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Blu-ray Review – To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

To Live and Die in L.A., 1985.

Directed by William Friedkin.

Starring William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer, Dean Stockwell, John Turturro, Robert Downey Sr., Dwier Brown, Michael Greene, Darlanne Fluegel, Steve James.


A secret service agent goes out for revenge when his partner is killed but has to resort to criminal methods to get his man.

Richard Chance (William PetersenManhunter) is a secret service agent whose partner Jim Hart (Michael GreeneWhite of the Eye) is due to retire in a few days, but before Hart can hang up his badge he single-handedly goes to investigate a warehouse where known counterfeiter Ric Masters (Willem DafoePlatoon) is operating. Hart is killed by Masters and his henchman, an action which sends Chance on a mission to nail the counterfeiter at whatever cost. When the opportunity arises for Chance and his new by-the-book partner John Vukovich (John Pankow
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January 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Guardian, The Ice Pirates

  • DailyDead
January 19th has some really unique home entertainment releases that should make fans of cult cinema happier than Jason Voorhees on the first day of summer camp. Scream Factory is debuting William Friedkin’s The Guardian on Blu-ray this week and one of my personal favorites from my childhood, The Ice Pirates, is also getting an HD overhaul, courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection.

Vinegar Syndrome is also keeping themselves busy with a duo of cult classic releases, Nightmare Weekend and Luther the Geek, and for those of you sci-fi TV fans, season one of 12 Monkeys as well as the final season of Continuum arrive on Blu and DVD this Tuesday as well.

The Guardian (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

William Friedkin, the Academy Award winning director of The Exorcist, delivers a new kind of fairy tale for adults. A handsome young couple finds the perfect live-in babysitter to look after their newborn child.
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Contest: Win William Friedkin’s The Guardian on Blu-ray

  • DailyDead
A babysitter has evil intentions in William Friedkin's The Guardian, making its Blu-ray debut tomorrow from Scream Factory. Ahead of the movie's new home media release, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Guardian.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject "The Guardian Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on January 24th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


The Guardian Blu-ray: "William Friedkin, the Academy Award®-winning* director of The Exorcist, delivers a new kind of fairy tale for adults.

A handsome young couple finds the perfect live-in babysitter to look after their newborn child.
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William Friedkin’s The Guardian Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

  • DailyDead
Years after making an indelible mark on the horror genre with The Exorcist, William Friedkin returned to the scarier side of cinema in 1990 with The Guardian. Ahead of its January 19th release, we have high-definition clips and a trailer teasing Scream Factory's Blu-ray debut of the film.

The Guardian Blu-ray: "William Friedkin, the Academy Award®-winning* director of The Exorcist, delivers a new kind of fairy tale for adults.

A handsome young couple finds the perfect live-in babysitter to look after their newborn child. It seems like a fairy tale, until ancient, supernatural forces turn the couples dream into a nightmare.

In his first horror film since The Exorcist, Oscar®-winning* director William Friedkin spins a terrifying tale based on every parent's worst fear. Jenny Seagrove (Local Hero) portrays the enchanting guardian who enters the home of new parents Dwier Brown (Red Dragon) and Carey Lowell (Licence to Kill
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William Friedkin’s The Guardian Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

  • DailyDead
Years after making an indelible mark on the horror genre with The Exorcist, William Friedkin returned to the scarier side of cinema with The Guardian. Ahead of the 1990 film's January 19th Blu-ray debut from Scream Factory, we have the release's extensive list of bonus features and a look at the cover art:

Press Release: William Friedkin, the Academy Award® winning director of The Exorcist, delivers a new kind of fairy tale for adults. A handsome young couple finds the perfect live-in babysitter to look after their newborn child. It seems like a fairy tale, until ancient, supernatural forces turn the couples dream into a nightmare. On January 19, 2016, Scream Factory™ is proud to present The Guardian, arriving for the first time on Blu-ray™. A film by William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The Hunted), the supernatural thriller stars Jenny Seagrove (Local Hero), Dwier Broan (Red Dragon) and Carey Lowell (License to Kill).

A must-have for loyal fans,
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Interview: Clive Standen talks Vikings Season 2

We spoke to Clive Standen, Rollo on History’s Vikings, which returns on History with a second series.

Kk: Hi Clive, how are you doing today?

Cs: I’m doing really well, it’s really nice to be promoting the show in the UK.

How’s it been – how’s the reception of the show so far in the UK?

It’s been fantastic, I mean, it’s very strange for me, like, when we go to Comic Con in San Diego – I think it’s the 6th biggest watched show of the year in America right now – so we get get people dressed up as Vikings, and reciting old Norse back to us… it’s fantastic. But people still don’t know where to watch the show in the UK, so I get back here and people go “I’ve heard about Vikings but I don’t know where
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The Subtlest Christmas Movie Ever Made

Los Angeles is a city whose most privileged corners seem to prize youth at any cost against a backdrop of twelve-month sunshine. It is a city in which time moves differently than it does anywhere else, where the passing of seasons simply does not occur in as pronounced a fashion, and traffic replaces weather as the subject of universal conversation. It should come as no surprise, then, that Los Angeles has never been an iconic city for representing the holiday season. Where New York, Chicago, the suburban Midwest, and even Budapest have provided the settings for numerous entries in Hollywood’s holiday film canon, Los Angeles has rarely been used or imagined as a location that produces a distinct image of the holidays, despite the fact that it has provided soundstages for numerous movies revisited this time of year. This fact stands out in William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in La, the
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Your favorite A.V. Undercover of the year was...

It was Gwar. You should've known, people. Here are the top 10, with their scores. (No, I won't tell you who finished dead last, you bastards.) Here's something fun, though: We're going to do a few Holiday Undercover episodes this year, which we skipped in 2012. Get ready. Now, your winners: Gwar: 1325 Basia Bulat: 1065 Wang Chung: 883 Jc Brooks & The Uptown Sound: 844 The Melvins: 716 Frightened Rabbit: 604 Mac DeMarco: 422 Coliseum: 406 Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: 395 Ben Sollee: 331
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Relax Girls & Boys, It’s Only The First Poster For The ‘One Direction: This Is Us’ Movie!

The current pop phenomenon following the retirement of the brilliant Wang Chung (ask your parents boys and girls. In fact, scratch that, ask your grandparents) One Direction have apparently taken over the globe following their epic formation on the top UK talent show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. It’s no surprise the handsome boys are top of the charts with hits like ‘Momma, Can I Play Out Tonight, Johnny Nicked My Yoyo’ and the heartbreaking hit, ‘Di Gave Me An Sti’ (please do let us know we have our research wrong), so, with that, we bring you the first poster for their own movie, One Direction: This Is Us.

The documentary is directed by Morgan Spurlock and will follow the recent trend of 3D tour efforts which has previously saw that angry kid with the bad barnet and the kinky chick who had a fetish for ex-junkie Goth comedians
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Wang Teases Us With UK DVD Release Date

Man, seems you can’t do anything these days without being teased by Wang. Wait, what? No! Not that, you filth! We’re talking about The Manetti Bros’ intergalactic urchin, landing on DVD in the UK on October 8th. Ahead of his visit, we have a tasty little teaser trailer for you!


Interpreter Gaia (Francesca Cuttica) is offered a fortune by security forces to use her Chinese-language skills on a very special, highly secretive job. Her curiosity means she accepts, and after being escorted to a secret location in Rome, she is locked inside a pitch-black room under the watchful eye of the domineering Inspector Curti (Ennio Fantastichini, Loose Cannons) where she is asked to interpret the harsh interrogation of the eponymous 'Wang'. But who exactly is the mysterious visitor, and what does he want? Gaia uncovers some startling truths that not only jeopardise her position but could also
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World | Review

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Lars Von Trier Would Weep: Scafaria’s Roadtrip Romance Facelifts Apocalypse

Old Hollywood studios had it good. Between two World Wars and countless other miseries (like stagnant marriages, repressed housewives, the ultra masculine matinee idols, lack of readily available information and less advanced modes of communication and transportation) sure made love something you sank your teeth into when you think you found it. Love conquers all, but only when there’s something to conquer, like the abusive spouse, Hitler, or cultural taboos, perhaps. Wartime romance was a boon of the genre, an unsinkable formula, until war became a divisive political agenda. Think Waterloo Bridge, either the 1931 or 1940 version—or how about any number of Douglas Sirk’s sudsily magnificent melodramas, centered on other elements keeping lovers apart? In today’s modern world, writer turned director Lorene Scafaria has tapped into the ultimate obstacle for two young lovers in love with her debut,
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Soundtrack Round-Up Vol.8

The jukebox soundtrack to Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a healthy mix of old pop standards (The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice), ‘80s hits (Wang Chung – Dancehall Days) and modern alternative rock (Frank Black – In The Time Of My Ruin). Not much else needs to be said except that this collection of songs gives an easygoing but occasionally melancholy feel which, given the film’s title, I would imagine is rather appropriate.

Ronen Landa’s score for The Pact is an understated, moody affair, full of sinister thrums and oddly reminiscent of Alien in its penchant for creeping tension, though it never seems to fully reach a satisfying crescendo. The 9-minute Apparitions, however, is a welcome exception to this rule and sets the hairs on the back of your neck going without attempting to overpower any narrative (I haven’t seen the flick
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'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World' Soundtrack Features Inxs, French Kicks, Beach Boys, Frank Black & More

  • The Playlist
With the end of the world coming, you might think that some truly apocalyptic sounds from bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Mogwai might be appropriate, but at least in the universe of "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," it looks like people are going to get reacquainted with old hits and classic tunes as they meet their untimely demise.

The soundtrack for the movie is a pretty decent blend of radio hits like "Devil Inside" by Inxs and "Dance Hall Days" by Wang Chung, oldies from The Beach Boys, The Walker Brothers and The Hollies, indie rock from French Kicks and Frank Black and even a seminal hip-hop tune in the form of "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" by P.M. Dawn.

All these and more will be on the disc when it lands on June 19th, with the film arriving in theaters a few days later on June 22nd.
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Don’t You Forget About Me: 'Pretty In Pink,' 'Breakfast Club' & 'Empire Records' Soundtracks Getting Vinyl Reissues For Record Store Day

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If there are any filmmakers who’ve worked their way through record stores as much as folks like Quentin Tarantino or even Wes Anderson, it would have to be John Hughes and Allan Moyle. So perhaps it’s no real surprise that on annual Record Store Day, where you can come out and support your local independent record stores on April 21st this year, there will be soundtrack reissues from both filmmakers.

First is Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club,” which will surely find many record enthusiasts doing some Judd Hirsch-style fist pumping as they pick up their all-white 12-inch vinyl pressing of the album. It’s hard to capture an entire mood of a film with a single soundtrack, especially when that film lingers on a dreary Saturday spent in detention with a few high school students looking to find themselves like in “The Breakfast Club,” but between the seminal
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Take Me Home Tonight – The Review

Bitchin’ soundtrack dude… But their could have been a more bodacious story!

Every summer needs the perfect end.. the perfect party… In the summer of 1988, that is exactly what was suppose to happen. With pressure from his parents to use his degree from MIT, Matt (Topher Grace) must decided on a career path other than his current one at the local video store. While working his mediocre job he runs into his high school crush Tori (Teresa Palmer) and lies about his current occupation in order to impress her. Now he, his twin sister Wendy (Anna Faris) and his best friend Barry (Dan Fogler) are in for the ride of their life as they head to the party of the summer in search of their own “radical” good time.

Let me start off by saying that I am a Huge fan of the 80′s. I think that is both why
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The Fighter

The Fighter

Directed by: David O. Russell

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams

Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: December 17, 2010 (Limited)

Plot: The story of two boxing brothers from Lowell, Massachusetts, Micky Ward and Dick Eklund, and their personal struggles to retain their status as “The Pride of Lowell.”

Who’S It For? This boxing movie has the ability to please non-fans of the sport just as much as those who actually follow the sport. Most importantly, anybody that has ever been wrapped up by a Christian Bale performance should check this one out. For those looking at what films to check out for award season, The Fighter has now been put on that list.

Expectations: How would the accents be handled? More importantly, how would this boxing movie be different from other boxing movies? Would Bale’s performance fit into my list of “Top
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The Walking Dead S1E1 review

Perhaps you’ve been in a coma due to a gunshot wound, or otherwise completely under the radar for the last month, and you’ve missed the massive marketing campaign associated with AMC’s new show, The Walking Dead. Do believe the hype, people, this show was good. Gory, chilling...and if there were a couple of predictable moments, I'm going to prefer to think of them as an homage to classic zombie movies rather than imitative cop-outs.

Sheriff Rick Grimes gets shot in the line of duty and wakes up from a coma in a deserted hospital. He finds a field of bodies and a ten-speed, but his wife and son are gone. His new neighbors hit him in the head with a shovel, but in a good way. They exposition the zombie apocalypse for him, and reveal their personal trauma as well; and it sucks. Sheriff Grimes heads
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TV Review: The Walking Dead – Episode 1 “Pilot” (Directors Cut)

The Walking Dead – Episode 1: Pilot (Directors Cut)

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun | Written and Directed by Frank Darabont

Based on the Robert Kirkman created comic, The Walking Dead follows a group of survivors led by police officer Rick Grimes in search of a safe place to live after a zombie apocalypse. And so it begins… Yes, one of the most eagerly awaited TV shows finally arrives in the UK. Was it worth the wait? Yes. Does the finished product justify the hype? Hell yes!

The Walking Dead starts as it means to go on with an awesome opening scene that [Spoiler: Highlight to read] sees Andrew Lincoln’s Officer Grimes blow away a zombie-child, /Spoiler] for all intents and purposes laying down the ground rules for what is to follow. It’s almost like in that one scene Frank Darabont and co. are saying “Forget
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Video Vault – To Live and Die in L.A.

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The west coast cultural melting-pot that is Los Angeles goes by the nickname “the city of angels”, although throughout many of its representations on the big screen, it appears to be somewhat lacking a population which could be described as heavenly.

Whether it be the backdrop for a futuristic tale of a world-wearily cop hunting down humanoids or the exploits of a Detroit-based detective who finds his presence extremely unwelcome in one of city’s more affluent areas, it’s a place that has always dealt with the other side to the glitz and glamour it loves to showcase, and this 1986 tale of flamboyant criminals and compromised cops is no exception.

It’s a dazzling story of an arrogant Secret Service man, Richard Chance (William L. Peterson, the year before his role of FBI agent Will Graham in Manhunter) whose determination to bring a master counterfeiter to justice is further
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Motion/Captured Must-See: 'To Live And Die In L.A.' burns down the '80s in style

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Welcome to The Motion/Captured Must-See Project. From the moment it starts, William Friedkin's "To Live And Die In L.A." is absolutely, unmistakably a creature of the 1980s.  That Wang Chung score is the first thing that anchors it as a Secret Service details drives the President down Santa Monica Blvd. toward the Beverly Hilton hotel.  Once inside, we see agents checking out the building, and we hear the voice of Ronald Reagan delivering a speech offscreen.  Then again, Reagan's speech is one of his famous tax cut rally cries, a message that would seem current today, and when William Petersen faces...
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