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All reviews - DVDs (17)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 10 October 2006 07:14 (A review of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964))

Another holiday classic that I've grown up with and all these years later, it's still a holiday staple of mine and I cannot imagine my holiday season without several viewings of this gem.

Rankin & Bass hit the target on this story of Rudolph and his glowing nose and all the supporting cast....Sam the Snowman being my personal fave, after Rudolph, of course. Wonderful tunes, a endearing story and loveable characters make this a must-see by children and adults, alike.


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Night of the Lepus

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 10 October 2006 03:59 (A review of Night of the Lepus)

OK, I'm sure anyone that has seen this film may be doing a double-take on my rating, but I stand by it. How can you not get a kick out of a herd of very large and very hungry rabbits?! Sure, the film may at times look like a made-for-TV film, but since I first saw this on TV when I was a kid and it seemed to be a staple of late-night TV, I love it. I'd only ever seen the edited version of the film, but the DVD offers the unedited version and there is a scene or two in the film that quite surprised me with the end result of an attack.

A solid cast, with the very big exception of the Bennett's daughter, who by film's end, I was ready to feed to the rabbits! Overall, if you're just looking for some mindless entertainment, I'd definitely say check this classic out.


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Brainiac

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 10 October 2006 03:54 (A review of Brainiac: El Baron Del Terror (Rmst B&W) [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC])

This is a great little Mexican film, first brought to the attention of U.S. audiences by, K. Gordon Murray, back in the 60s. Long-story-short, in 1661, Baron Vitelius, stands accused of cavorting with the devil and is sentenced to death by buring at the stake. As the Baron is burning at the stake, a comet crosses the sky and the Baron vows revenge on his accusors, stating he will return in 300 years, when the comet makes its return. True to his word, the Baron arrives in 1961 and begins to seek out the descendants of his Inquisitors, as well as a few innocent bystanders. I won't give away too much of this classic, but fair to say, the Baron turns into quite the beast and the title (U.S.) of this film fits it quite well.

The film has a real no-budget look to it, but that only adds to the charm and if you haven't seen too many foreign or Mexican films up to this point, I'd not hesitate in recommending this DVD.


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Santa and the Three Bears

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 7 October 2006 01:06 (A review of Santa and the Three Bears)

I believe this is a Hanna-Barbera holiday film and what an enjoyable effort this is. A Yellowstone Park Ranger teaches two young bear cubs and their Mom the joy of Christmas, something the bears have never experienced, because they hibernate through the season. This animated feature has some really cute tunes and definitely has a charm all its own. For something a little different for a holiday special, I'd recommend checking this DVd out.


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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 7 October 2006 01:01 (A review of A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965))

I grew up watching this classic on TV and I never grow tired of watching this gem. The music, the story and the charm of this classic has yet to be topped by any other Peanuts special, in my personal and very humble opinion.


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The Lost Continent

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 5 October 2006 04:59 (A review of Lost Continent [US Import])

This was my first Hammer Studios film. I was about 7 years old and it came on late-night TV on Thanksgiving night and I watched it with an older cousin and her husband and two cousins around my age. This film has often been described as, 'The Love Boat On Acid' and that's probably a fair description, but it remains a favorite if mine because of the weirdness! Mutiny on the high seas, an illegal and explosive cargo as well as some passengers that just want to travel without any questions being asked of them. Add a hurricane to the mix and then mutated beasties and a leftover civilization from the Spanish Inquisition and how can you not enjoy something about this film. Sure, the film isn't anywhere close to being a great film, but it's the characters and the fun of the film that makes this one a must-see!


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White Christmas

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 5 October 2006 04:55 (A review of White Christmas)

I know many fans prefer the film, Holiday Inn, which also starred Bing Crosby and introduced the song, 'White Christmas', but for some reason, I love this film and prefer it to the other classic. The tunes are outstanding, the cast is wonderful and in spite of a story that's far from original and quite predictable, it's too fun to dismiss. This has long been a holiday staple for me and I squeeze in as many viewing as possible, during December. If you're a Christmas fan and even a casual fan of musicals, I highly recommend checking this classic out.


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