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Totally Stripped – The Rolling Stones (Eagle Rock Blu-Ray)

 

Totally Stripped Blu RayTwenty years ago The Rolling Stones released Stripped, their own version of an “Unplugged” album. Now, as part of their massive archival project, comes Totally Stripped, an updated version of the documentary that accompanied Stripped in 1996. Continue reading

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Bye Bye Birdie & Cactus Flower (DVD Review)

Cactus Flower Bye Bye ShockTwo surprisingly similar films just released on DVD that show two sides of the 1960s, both using music prominently. Bye Bye Birdie was released in 1963 while Cactus Flower hit cinemas just at the end of 1969. Watching both films now, it’s easy to see how much filmmaking changed during that decade.

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Utu (Redux) (DVD Review)

utu-discsStarring: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Ilona Rodgers and Tania Bristowe
Quinton Tarantino called it, “hands down the best New Zealand movie of all time,” when he was here to promote The Hateful Eight. He was talking about Geoff Murphy’s 1983 film Utu. It’s no wonder Tarantino was impressed. After watching this “enhanced & restored” version of the film just released on DVD and Blu-Ray, it’s clear Utu is Tarantino before Tarantino.

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That Sugar Film (DVD Review)

That Sugar Film CoverAustralian filmmaker Damon Gameau goes all Morgan Spurlock on the sugar industry, highlighting the damaging effects that too much sugar can have on one’s physical and mental health by taking on a 2-month diet eating “healthy” foods full of hidden sugar.

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Someone You Love (DVD Review)

Someone You LoveA self-obsessed, burned-out musician discovers his capability for love after being forced to care for his young grandson. It’s not the most original premise, but what Someone You Love lacks in originality, it makes up for in heart and soul.

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A MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney (DVD Review)

musicares Paul McCartneyHere’s the latest in a series of annual “gala events” to honour MusiCares’ “Person Of The Year”. This time around it’s Paul McCartney who got the treatment in February, 2012. He’s joined by an eclectic group of artists including Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Neil Young and Sergio Mendes, who all take a whack at one of Paul’s songs.

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Super Duper Alice Cooper: Welcome To His Nightmare (DVD Review)

SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER (BLU-RAY)With the New Zealand International Film Festival just around the corner, you may be all fired up to view some of the excellent music documentaries that will be on offer. To wet your appetite, check out this new DVD/Blu-Ray release of Super Duper Alice Cooper, the story of the infamous shock-rocker.

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Electric Light Orchestra Out Of The Blue – Live At Wembley (DVD Review)

ELO Blu RayIn 1978 Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra reached the zenith of their popularity with their tour supporting the double album, Out Of The Blue becoming the highest-grossing concert tour in music history up until that point. This DVD/Blu-Ray captures the band in full flight, complete with a giant ELO space ship and a state of the art laser show at London’s Wembley Arena.

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Pretty Poison Dir: Noel Black (DVD Review)

Pretty POisonStarring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld

This 1968 cult classic comes across as a mix of Psycho and Bonnie & Clyde with a touch of Natural Born Killers. Until now, its been largely ignored, but hopefully this DVD release will help it find the audience it deserves.

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Jimi: All Is By My Side Dir: John Ridley (DVD Review)

Jimi All Is By My SideThis dour biopic of the legendary guitarist not only fails to entertain, it also portrays the late musician as an abusive boyfriend prone to fits of rage.

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Finding Fela Dir: Alex Gibne (DVD Review)

Finding FelaWith Fela! the musical just recently in Auckland as part of last month’s Arts Festival, the release of Finding Fela, director Alex Gibney’s 2014 documentary about the controversial founder of Afrobeat, on DVD comes at just the right time.

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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Cheek To Cheek Live! (DVD Review)

40013_01_LadyG_DVDSleeve.inddIt’s not every day you get the opportunity to watch two artists with a 60 year age difference working together. That’s just what happened when the 88 year old Tony Bennett teamed up with 28 year old Lady Gaga last year to record this videotaped concert.

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Straight to Video – Episode Thirty-Two (DVD Reviews)

Come at me bro!Here’s the latest from the murky world of straight to video releases courtesy of The 13th Floor’s Steve Austin. This week Steve reviews Detention Of The Dead, Repentance, Spike Island and Wolfcop. 

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Straight to Video – Episode Thirty-One (DVD Reviews)

Come at me bro!Here’s the latest from the murky world of straight to video releases courtesy of The 13th Floor’s Steve Austin. This week Steve reviews Automata, Drive Hard, The Immigrant and Wetlands.

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Straight to Video – Episode Thirty (DVD Reviews)

Come at me bro!Back after a hiatus of a busy few months, Straight to Video will be continuing to highlight those worthy (and sometimes not so worthy) genre films that have been slipping past the mainstream, into the goldmine/graveyard of home video. This week Steve reviews The Grandmaster and Juan Of The Dead.

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