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  • DVD review: 'End of the Road' weirder, more abstract than the book

    DVD review: 'End of the Road' weirder, more abstract than the book
    John Barth surely ranks among the least screen-adaptable modern (or, perhaps, postmodern) American novelists. His stories are about themselves; the words, their own subject. It's not surprising that only one of his books has made it to the big screen. In fact, what's surprising is that any of them did. On the other hand, Michael Winterbottom managed to turn the least-adaptable novel of all time, Laurence Sterne's “Tristram Shandy,” into the terrific 2005 “Cock and Bull Story,” so I suppose nothing's impossible.
  • DVD review: '21 Jump Street' is 'good dumb'

    DVD review: '21 Jump Street' is 'good dumb'
    As I remarked in my review of the theatrical release of “21 Jump Street”, this feature revival/spoof of the ‘80s TV show is better than it has any right to be. It may be dumb, but it's good dumb, mixing very broad shtick with clever...

    DVD review: 'Samurai Trilogy' is a cut above predecessor

    DVD review: 'Samurai Trilogy' is a cut above predecessor
    In 1954, Japan's Toho studio made three films that achieved enduring international success. The first was Akira Kurosawa's “Seven Samurai,” which shows up within the top 10 of nearly every international critics' poll. The second was “...

    Kaleidescape, Warner Bros. agree to digital distribution deal

    Kaleidescape, Warner Bros. agree to digital distribution deal
    After eight years of legal battle with the entertainment industry, Kaleidescape has found a friend in Hollywood. Starting Tuesday, the manufacturer of high-end media servers will sell movies and television shows from Warner Bros., a first-of-its-kind...

    DVD review: An action-packed 'Raid'

    DVD review: An action-packed 'Raid'
    It's safe to say that Gareth Huw Evans is the greatest Welsh director of Indonesian action films. Sony Classics picked up his second feature, “The Raid: Redemption,” to the cheers of Asian-action fans. The story is about a SWAT team sent on...