DVD Late Show Lives… Again!

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May 292014

The last time I mentioned my DVD Late Show website (where I review genre films and television on DVD and Blu-ray) on this blog was last August. At the time, I had just posted a few new reviews after a three month ‘hiatus,” and promised more. But that didn’t happen.

In fact, I didn’t post any new reviews for nearly ten months.

 I don’t really know why I stopped posting last summer, but part of it was probably just blogger burn-out, combined with my state’s new tax laws, which killed the site’s only income (through Amazon referrals). I’m back at it now, though, because I really started to miss writing about movies. Hopefully, someone will read my reviews and find them useful and/or entertaining.

I’ve started with a look at the new Blu-ray of Godzilla Vs The Smog Monster, the 1981 martial arts drive-in favorite, Force: Five, and the James Garner television series, Bret Maverick (new from Warner Archive). I am planning to have one or two more reviews up this week (Evilspeak from Shout Factory and Warners’ Jonny Quest: The Complete Eighties Adventures), and hope to continue with regular posting.

Now if I could just get back to regular blogging here and at my Space: 1970 site…

DVD Late Show in August

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Aug 092013

Well, I didn’t plan it that way, but I didn’t update my DVD Late Show website in either June nor July. Heck, before this week I hadn’t posted a new review since early May. Sure, I had reasons why DVD reviewing had to be pushed to the back-burner – May and June were devoted to finishing up some overdue comics scripts, and July was mostly just too damned hot to write – but I hate that the site was neglected for so long (again). I may not have a lot of readers, but I owe them better than that.

Anyway, this week, I’ve gotten back to it, and have posted reviews of Warner’s new Charlie Chan Collection, Anchor Bay’s Solomon Kane Blu-ray, and the Bomba The Jungle Boy collection from Warner Archive (all of which I’ve mentioned here at one time or another).

Later today, I hope to have a review of Synapse Films’ terrific Hands Of The Ripper Blu-ray/DVD combo… and maybe one more.

I’m going to try and keep making regular updates for a while – I have a lot of discs on my desk to review. Stuff like the Adventures of Superboy – Season Three, Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming, The Beasts Are On The Streets, The Name Of The Game Is…Kill!, Captain Caveman – The Complete Series, Hangar 18, Fortress and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan on Blu-ray… plus a whole lot more. Stay tuned!

The B-Movie Jungle

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May 022013

I received the new Bomba The Jungle Boy manufactured-on-demand DVD collection from Warner Archives yesterday. I’ve watched the first four of the six films in the set, and while I’ll be posting a real review over on my DVD Late Show site early next week, I wanted to mention here how much I’m enjoying these Monogram B-movies.

While clearly shot on a shoestring budget, and a bit too leisurely-paced for their brief running times, I think these compare rather favorably to the Tarzan films that Sol Lesser was producing at the same time; they’re clearly cheaper, but not much cheaper than the Lex Barker Tarzan entries. Johnny Sheffield, while still decidedly boy-ish of face, has a remarkably impressive adult physique worthy of a jungle man, and appears to be doing a surprising number of his own stunts.

In these first four films – Bomba The Jungle Boy, Bomba On Panther Island, Lost Volcano, and The Hidden City – there’s a reasonable variety to the storylines, even if they do manage to include almost every convention (or clichĂ©) of the jungle adventure film – and we wouldn’t want it any other way. (Haven’t seen anyone trapped in quicksand yet, though.)

I’m definitely looking forward to spinning the last couple films in Volume One, and hope that Volume Two will be coming soon.

Return Of The Late Show

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Apr 092013

After a couple of months laying fallow, the DVD Late Show review site roars back to life this week, with a slew of new articles – and a new Blu-ray Giveaway!

I don’t really have a good excuse for the two month+ hiatus – it was mostly the result of seasonal depression and creative burnout, I think – but I’m back to work, and hope to both catch up with some of the genre DVDs and Blu-rays that have piled up on my desk and stay current with new releases.

Monday saw reviews of the new Shout! Factory/Scream Factory Blu-ray edition of Stuart Gordon’s 80s horror classic From Beyond, and the Blue Underground DVD release of the 1972 Lee Van Cleef Spaghetti Western, The Grand Duel. Today, I plan to post reviews of Westworld and Gorgo on Blu-ray and the Warner Archive MOD release of the 1974 Wonder Woman television pilot, starring Cathy Lee Crosby as the star-spangled Amazon.

Also on the way are reviews of the Westworld sequel, Futureworld, recently released on Blu-ray, VCI Entertainment’s two-volume Creepy Creature Double Features and Overtime, and more. Stay tuned!

DVD Late Show In 2013

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Jan 022013

After some erratic posting in the last third of 2012 (missing half of November and all of December entirely, somehow), a new review appeared today at my DVD Late Show website: the new Warner Archive release of 1989’s Superboy – The Complete Second Season.

Before the end of the day, I’ll be posting a review of the recent Scorpion Releasing DVD of Greydon Clark’s 1983 teen comedy, Joysticks, and on Friday, I’ll have looks at Severin Film’s new Blu-ray of the manly merc adventure The Wild Geese and Warner Archive’s pre-Code torrid tropical melodrama, Red Dust, with Clark Gable & Jean Harlow.

My goal is to try to settle into a  Monday-Wednesday-Friday update schedule at the Late Show, as long as I have review discs on hand. On my desk at the moment are plenty of DVDs and Blu-rays to get me through January, including Outlaw Brothers, Ashanti, The Definitive Document of The Dead, Godzilla Vs Biollante, A Cat In Paris, Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon Vol. 1, Overtime, and more.

I’ve been writing and posting DVD (and later, Blu-ray) reviews under the DVD Late Show banner since 2005. That’s over 700 reviews, so far. I’m going to try and get at least a 100 more done this year… as long as the discs keep coming and people still find my reviews informative and entertaining.

DVD Late Show Update

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Sep 022012

Since the last time I posted here about my DVD Late Show website, a number of new reviews have been posted, including looks at the 1981 horror cult classic The Boogens, on Blu-ray from Olive Films; the Cuba Gooding/Dolph Lundgren actioner, One In The Chamber, on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment; The MGM Limited Edition Collection MOD disc of Hammer’s The Quartermass Xperiment from 1955; the first authorized DVD of the kaiju classic, Godzilla Vs. Megalon from Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock; and the 1976 kids’ TV series, Monster Squad, from VCI/Fabulous Films. Check ’em out!

In the next week or two, I expect to have articles on the recent DVD and Blu-ray releases of the 1981 martial arts opus, Kill And Kill Again; Gene Roddenberry’s The Lieutenant from Warner Archive; Piranha 3DD on Blu-ray; The Asylum’s Bigfoot; Jersey Shore Shark Attack and The Walking Dead – Season 2, on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay, and a couple of vintage children’s TV series. Stay tuned!

DVD Late Show Update

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Aug 092012

Yep, it’s that time again. Since the last time I desperately begged folks to go check out my DVD Late Show website, I’ve posted several more reviews, including looks at the 50s crime show, Federal Men, the Blu-ray releases of Barbarella, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (the original!) and Robert Rodriguez’ The Faculty, the teen T&A comedy, Bikini Spring Break, and several new Manufactured-On-Demand releases from Warner Archive: the Crime Does Not Pay short subject collection, Harry O – The Complete First Season, and the sword & sandal epic, Hercules, Samson and Ulysses!

Still on tap for the next week or two are Alien Origin, One In The Chamber, Some Guy That Kills People, and more. Stay tuned!

Back To The Late Show

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Jul 312012

Yeah, I know. I was laid up for much of July and that really knocked my schedule and plans all out of whack. Anyway, I’m posting reviews again over at DVD Late Show, and I’d really appreciate it if you clicked over there and took a look. So far this week, I’ve posted reviews of 1978 The Invisible Man television series DVDs and the incredible Twins Of Evil Blu-ray from Synapse Films.

I’m hoping to get a couple more TV series DVD reviews posted this week (Harry O and Federal Men), along with coverage of a bunch of recent Asylum flicks, and posts on several new cult film Blu-ray releases, including the original Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Barbarella, Outland, and Robert Rodriguez’ The Faculty. Stay tuned… and wish me luck!

DVD Late Show This Week

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Jun 252012

Okay, I didn’t quite meet my goal last week at DVD Late Show. Only posted 7 out of the 10 promised reviews. Well, this week, I’ll simply have to try again. On the review pile for this coming week:  Burn Notice – Season 5, Nazis At The Center Of The Earth, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, The Invisible Man – The Complete 1975 Series, The Quatermass Xperiment (a/k/a The Creeping Unknown), Bikini Spring Break, Alien Origin… and, hopefully, more.

Don’t touch that dial!

New This Week at DVD Late Show…

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Jun 182012

I’m trying to get back into the reviewing groove at my DVD Late Show website. To that end, I’m aiming to post at least two new reviews a day, every day this week.

Today: I’ve got reviews of the Spaghetti Western Double Feature: The Grand Duel & Keoma Blu-ray, from Mill Creek Entertainment and Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp – The Complete Series, from Film Chest.

Tomorrow: the greatly anticipated (by me, anyway) Red Scorpion Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Synapse Films, and the 80’s Sho Kosugi ninja thriller, Pray For Death, from the MGM Limited Edition Collection (MOD).

Wednesday: Hammer’s new Gothic horror, The Woman In Black (on Blu-ray) and the goofy Monster Brawl (also on Blu-ray), from Image Entertainment. 

Thursday: we’ll travel to strange worlds with Warner Archive’s Captain Nemo And the Underwater City and The Asylum’s Nazis At The Center Of The Earth!

Friday: It’s a surprise! Stay tuned!

ADDENDUM  6/22/12: Well, I didn’t quite make my goal. Will repeat the attempt next week. Stay tuned.