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OKA! (Blu-Ray Review)

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OKA! available 10/22 on Blu-Ray from Well Go USA

One has to be skeptical when reading that a film is based on or inspired by a true story.  It’s almost like buying juice boxes: how much of the stuff is real?  This one’s 10% juice, this one’s 20%… this one is 100%, but it’s been diluted with apple juice.  How much really occured and how much is the result of “artistic license”? There’s clearly a bit embellished upon in Lavinia Currier’s “Oka!”, coming to Blu-Ray 10/22.  Based in part on ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno’s book “Last Thoughts Before Vanishing”, the film takes us on a beautiful, humorous and sometimes trippy journey through Central Africa. In some ways it reminded me of an episode of “This American Life”… but with elephant steaks and a whole lot of smoking. Read more

Ready for some action? Enter to win DRUG WAR on Blu-Ray!

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Win DRUG WAR on Blu-Ray courtesy of Well Go USA and Cinema Judgement Day!!!!

Meth.  It’s bad for your teeth, your skin… your social life. What better way to fight against this heinous drug than to sit on your couch and watch the cops bust some dealers??  That’s where Well Go USA and Cinema Judgement Day happily come in.  We’re joining forces to fight the evils of this street drug by giving away “Drug War” on Blu-Ray!  Ready to fight the good fight?  It’s as easy as sending us an email with “Just Say No” as the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body. We’ll be running the contest until Thursday 10/31, at which point we’ll drop our mini Snickers bars and randomly chose 2 lucky entries from the bunch.  Both winners will be announced on the CJD website as soon as their win is verified.  Good luck to everyone!

Get Cultured. Enter our OKA! Blu-Ray Giveaway!

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Enter to win OKA!!! on Blu-Ray courtesy of Well Go USA and Cinema Judgement Day!

Want to feel worldly? Sure you could travel, but who’s got the time? Well, you’re in luck… Well Go USA and Cinema Judgement Day are giving you the chance to experience Central Africa without leaving your couch!  Just enter our “OKA!” Blu-Ray Giveaway. It’s easy! Send us an email with “African Music” as the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body and you’re good to go. The contest will run until Saturday 11/2.  2 Lucky winners will be notified via email and announced on the CJD website once they confirm the win. Good luck to all!

DRUG WAR (Blu-Ray Review)

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DRUG WAR available on Blu-Ray, 10/15 from Well Go USA!

Walter White has done what poor, old Stephanie Tanner couldn’t – he’s single handedly made meth pop culture’s drug du jour.  Need proof?  You could run out to Best Buy and check out “Grand Theft Auto V” with its meth dealing anti-hero Trevor.  Better yet, you could go half way around the world to Hong Kong and scope Johnnie To’s new action thriller “Drug War” to see how far this trend has gone.  What? You don’t want to hop a flight to Asia?  You’re in luck!  On 10/15 Well Go USA brings the film to Blu-Ray, right here in the States.  This badass film is fun, exciting and violent… and while it doesn’t share much with “Breaking Bad”, you might think of it as a Hong Kong movie version of “GTA”. I don’t think anybody would complain about that. Read more

ASTRONAUT: THE LAST PUSH (DVD Review)

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ASTRONAUT: THE LAST PUSH available now on DVD from Vision Films

With “Gravity” pulling everybody into theaters over the last few weeks, it looks like space movies are making a comeback.  I mean, what better setting for a high-tension drama than an infinite void that could suffocate or crush you at a moment’s notice.  Space is one bad motha and since we don’t know all that much about it, that makes it even more intimidating.  In “Astronaut: The Last Push”, available now on DVD from Vision Films, we join a crew of two looking to explore the vast unknown… and naturally things don’t go as planned. Read more

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (Blu-Ray Review)

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FROM HERE TO ETERNITY available now on Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Sixty (!) years ago, Columbia Pictures released Fred Zinnemann’s “From Here To Eternity”.  Based on the novel by James Jones, the picture scored thirteen Academy Award nominations and won eight of them… including Best Supporting Actor for Frank Sinatra.  It essentially resurrected Ol’ Blue Eyes’ film career, though he had to lobby awfully hard for the part.  Remember the horse head in “The Godfather”?  That was rumored to be based on Sinatra’s audition.  Is that what really happened? Who knows… but he’s good, nonetheless. See for yourself, as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just released “From Here To Eternity” in dazzling Hi-Definition.  If you enjoy classic movies or just want to see “The Chairman” beat Ernest Borgnine with an actual chair, this one’s worth your time. Read more

Winners of “The Last Tycoon” Blu-Rays Announced!

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THE LAST TYCOON available now on Blu-Ray from Well Go USA!

Congratulations to the winners of our “The Last Tycoon” Blu-Ray giveaway! We’d like to thank all who entered, but only 2 could walk away with the loot. Each will receive a copy of the film courtesy of the good people at Well Go USA.

 

 

 

Were you one of the chosen ones?  Click “READ MORE” to find out! Read more

THE KINGS OF SUMMER (Blu-Ray Review)

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THE KINGS OF SUMMER, available 9/24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Every September I get this feeling of dread cut through my gut. It happens whenever I see signs for “Back To School” sales. It’s been years since I’ve sat in a classroom, but there’s still some sort of psychological hold it has on me. Growing up sucks. While I now look back on my school days with fond memories, at the time there was lot of unnecessary anxiety and pressure that seemed so damn important. It wasn’t. Yet, I still get that feeling… like an amputee’s ghost pain shooting through a phantom limb. I never want Summer to end!! Well, what if it didn’t have to? On 9/24 “The Kings of Summer” will arrive on Blu-Ray and attempt to run away from responsibility, heartache and the cold autumn of adulthood. Read more

Enter to win THE LAST TYCOON on Blu-Ray!!!

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Enter to win THE LAST TYCOON on Blu-Ray from Well Go USA and Cinema Judgement Day!

Get ready to rule the Traids in 1930′s Shanghai with “The Last Tycoon”! Cinema Judgement Day and Well Go USA are giving away 2 copies of “The Last Tycoon” on Blu-Ray. Tracing the rise of Triad leader Cheng Daqi (Chow Yun-Fat), this film has it all: action, romance, humor and suspense… what more could you ask for? Entering is easy: Just send an email here with “Tycoon” in the subject line and the address you’d like the prize sent to in the body.  The contest runs 9/18/13 through 9/25/13. At the close, two winners will be randomly selected and notified via email, then announced on the CJD website. As always, only one entry is allowed per person and the contest is only open to US residents. Good luck!

BREAKOUT (DVD Review)

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BREAKOUT available on DVD 9/17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Seriously… what ever happened to Brendan Fraser? After “Furry Vengeance”, he more or less disappeared. How bad could that movie have been?? Honestly… now I really want to find out. But in any event, the guy was in some pretty big films and then *poof* he’s banished to straight-to-videoland. Well, I actually don’t mind the him… and I’m a sucker for comebacks; I want to see a Brendan Fraser revival, damn it! Well, on 9/17 “Breakout” hits DVD courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The dramatic actioner, which was also produced by Fraser could be the first step towards bringing my hopes to fruition. Or… maybe not. Read more