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Films mentioned this week in our video review roundup include Sony's Magic Magic, West of Memphis and Shout Factory's Ralph Bakshi's Heavy Traffic, Swamp Thing, The Incredible Melting Man, Kentucky Fried Movie, and The Producers. 20th Century Fox catalogue titles Blood and Sand, Bus Stop, Niagara and Love Me Tender, as well as a new release of Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt. HBO's Blu-ray releases of Banshee Season One and Strike Back Season Two and the Synapse Films release of Hammer's hard to get Hands of the Ripper on Blu and Paramount's Star Trek Next Generation Season Four Blu-ray. Lastly, Universal releases Oblivion on Blu and IFC let's fly Brandon Cronenberg's debut Antiviral and the excellent documentary My Amityville Horror. Aaaaaand a big thanks to Red Bubble for their...
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This week: The Deadites get an upgrade in "Evil Dead," a remake/reboot of Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead" about an ancient book that unleashes terrible demonic forces on a group of young people staying at a remote cabin in the woods.
Also new this week is the Jackie Robertson sports biopic "42" with Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman, "Bullet to the Head" with Sylvester Stallone and a Criterion Collection Blu-ray for the 1963 version of "Lord of the Flies."
Box Office: $54 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 63% Fresh
Storyline: In this new variation on Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic "The Evil Dead" directed by Fede Alvarez, Mia (Jane Levy) heads to a remote cabin in the woods with her brother (Shiloh Fernandez) and three friends (Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore) who are trying to support her in her fight for sobriety. When one of them discovers the »
- Robert DeSalvo
Blu-ray Release Date: July 16, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.97
Studio: Shout! Factory
From Ralph Bakshi, the anarchistic animator/director of Fritz The Cat, Wizards and the 1978 version of The Lord Of The Rings comes the 1973 animated comedy-drama Heavy Traffic, which makes it’s Blu-ray debut with this release.
An “underground” cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.
Heavy Traffic tells the undeniably surreal tale of Michael Corleone, a young underground cartoonist scraping by on the inner-city streets of New York where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.
One of the more critically acclaimed films of Bakshi’s career, Heavy Traffic uses pinball as a metaphor for the highs and lows of urban life as it weaves through tales of love, prejudice, sex, and murderous betrayal.
“Hey people, Ralphie needs money to draw. Let’s give him some so he can make a fool of himself again.” — Ralph Bakshi’s Miss America, in the Kickstarter campaign video for his new animated project
Making films has never been easy for Ralph Bakshi. The maverick cartoonist and filmmaker, who became famous — and infamous — after 1972′s smash X-rated ‘toon, Fritz the Cat, never liked to color within the lines, so to speak. He was the anti-Disney back then, filling his stories with provocative themes, raunchy humor, and curvacious broads that would make Russ Meyer blush. His bold 1975 blaxploitation satire »
- Jeff Labrecque
4 items from 2013
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