Dracula's Daughter (Blu-ray) (1936)
Dracula’s Daughter, the first sequel to the classic Dracula (1931), is, rather surprisingly, a decent film in its own right with a chilling lead performance by Gloria Holden and atmospheric black and white visuals by cinematographer George Robinson, who had shot the Spanish language version of Dracula.
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Dracula (1931) (Blu-ray)
Not many films are so iconic that they can still leave a legacy 90 years after having been made; Dracula, released in 1931, made a horror icon of Bela Lugosi and left a legacy and an iconography that survives to this day. With its fabulous black and white expressionist visuals and mesmerising performances Dracula, remains a film that is spooky and still well worth watching. This is a chance to check out this classic film in HD, nicely restored and with excellent extras, on this Blu-ray.
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Haunting, The (Blu-ray) (1999)
I didn't hate The Haunting, but nor did I like it as much as I wanted to. It's an enjoyable late-'90s haunting house horror flick with some great production design and special effects, but it's not scary and it doesn't linger on the mind. Umbrella has once again brought a forgotten movie to Blu-ray for the first time in the world. For its worldwide Blu-ray debut, The Haunting looks and sounds terrific, with a few minor caveats. Unfortunately, there are no extras. If you're a fan, this disc is a must-buy. For everyone else, try before you buy.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (4K Blu-ray) (2019)
Let's not mince words here: The Rise of Skywalker looks and sounds excellent on 4K Blu-ray. The 2160p presentation is flawless from top to bottom, while the Dolby Atmos track is dynamic and impactful. And if you pick up the three-disc edition, there's hours of bonus material to enjoy. Highly recommended.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Blu-ray) (2019)
It's impossible to please Star Wars fans at this point, and everyone will have a strong opinion about The Rise of Skywalker. For my money, though, this is a robust finale and an entertaining Star Wars picture that deserves to be witnessed on the biggest possible screen. Thankfully, The Rise of Skywalker is a winner on Blu-ray. The technical presentation is excellent and close to perfection, and there are hours of extras on the second disc which satisfyingly delve into the production. This set comes highly recommended.
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