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Recent and upcoming DVD & Blu-Ray Releases
June 2017 DVDs & Blu-Rays
- Boone: Bounty Hunter
Wrestling's Johnny Mundo stars as an egotistical bounty hunter who's just discovered his reality show is about to be cancelled.
May 2017 DVDs & Blu-Rays
- Vega$: The Complete Series
Are you ready for some cheese? Remember all those great P.I. shows from the seventies? This was a cheese of another colour. But it did have Robert Urich. In jeans! And a '55 pimp-red T-Bird!
March 2017 DVDs & Blu-Rays
- Jack Taylor: Third Series...Buy DVD Set 3
Rough-hewn Iain Glen returns as Ken Bruen's woebegone fuck-up P.I., damned but defiant, uncovering unpleasant truths in Galway Bay. These, at least, are once again based on Bruen's novels, though the spirit of those fiery blasts of bittersweet regret and endless hurt seems to often be missing in action.
February 2017 DVDs & Blu-Rays
- Quarry.. Buy on DVD. .Buy on Blu-Ray
When Mac Conway came marching home after a second tour of duty in Vietnam, he finds himself at loose ends with just about everyone from his wife to society at large, and finds himself drawn into the circle of a criminal known only as "The Broker." Based on the popular series of novels by Mac Allan Collins.
January 2017 DVDs & Blu-Rays
- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.. Buy on DVD. .Buy on Blu-Ray
Follow Douglas Adams' holistic private dick Dirk Gently (played by Samuel Barnett) and his hapless assistant/stooge (Elijah Wood) as they tear into the fabric of time and space, and have to put up with time travel, shape-shifting sharks, multiple realities and things that go squelch in the night. If you're looking for a linear sort of coherency, boy, did you come to the wrong place! And yet, there's something oddly compelling -- and even fascinating -- about this headspiining mini-series.
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.. Buy on DVD. .Buy on Blu-Ray. .Watch it now!
Lke Jack Reacher himself, Tom Cruise doesn't give a shit what you think about him. So he steps into Reacher's shoes once again, and once again kicks ass. A solid action flick you can enjoy without letting your mouth hang open.
December 2016 DVDs & Blu-Rays
- Ray Donovan: The Fourth Season...Buy on DVD
HBO's grimy noir wallow continues, with its best season yet, as the writers finally start to swerve, and seem more willing to occasionally head for the ditch. Your mileage may vary. Starring Liev Schrieber, Jon Voight and a cast that eventually grows on you, if not the characters they play.
October 2016 DVDs & Blu-Rays
September 2016 DVDs & Blu-Rays
- Blood Simple: The Criterion Edition. Buy on DVD. .Buy on Blu-Ray. .Watch it now!
At long last the very first Coen Brothers film gets the Criterion treatment! Perhaps the most consistently entertaining makers of crime films in the modern era (sorry, Quentin), the Bros' first salvo, released over thirty years ago, was a shot across the bow that still stands up, a quirky twisty hot mess of lies, betrayals and cross purposes that announced there was a new gang in town, and introduced Loren Visser, one of the best bad P.I.s ever.
- The Catch.. Buy on DVD. ..Watch it now!
Shonda Rhimes does a P.I. show! Barbie is the P.I., and Ken is the bad guy. But she really loves him.
August 2016 DVDs & Blu-Rays
- Matt Houston: The Complete Collection)..Buy on DVD
In the world of TV eyes, this eighties show starring Lee Horseley is the cheese that stands alone.
- The Nice Guys.. Buy on DVD. .Buy on Blu-Ray. .Watch it now!
Shane Black wrote and directed this 1970s period piece action comedy, centred around a semi-inept private eye (Ryan Gosling) and a thug-for-hire (Russell Crowe) who team up to find a missing girl. Insults are hurled, witty banter is thrown around,things blow up and plenty of guns are fired.
- Too Late .. Watch it now
A twisted little bit of cinematic chess perpetrated by writer/director Dennis Hauck that plays with all your favourite P.I. tropes in all-new ways, built around a only-in-the-movies gimmick. But it's one hell of a gimmick. One of my favourite films of the year, at turns clever and sneaky, but delivered with a heavy dose of heart.
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December 2015 DVDs & Blu-Rays
November 2015 DVDs & Blu-Rays
- Farewell, My Lovely....Buy on DVD
Robert Mitchum finally gets to play Marlowe. A very tired Marlowe, withCharlotte Rampling, Sylvia Miles, John Ireland, Harry Dean Stanton and a very young Sylvester Stallone putting him through his paces. Still, it's not bad. now if only they'd thought of doing this thirty years earlier...
- Mr. Holmes....Buy on DVD...Buy on Blu-Ray...Watch it now!
With all the Holmes-related products spreading through the land, this quiet little gem might go unheeded, which would be a shame. Ian McKellen gives a subtly wrenching, powerful and bittersweet performance as an aging Sherlock Holmes (the story takes place post-WWII) who fears it's all slipping away for good. Elementary and in its ponderings on memory, honour and death, elemental.
List respectfully compiled by film editor Chris Baldemor and site editor: Kevin Burton Smith. Special thanks to our man in the field, Bob Huggins, for the heads up.
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