Just Visiting – Blu-ray Review

Remakes have become a time-honored tradition in the movie industry and are here to stay, especially when it comes to adapting from outside the country into the US. The superb Infernal Affairs turned into the engaging The Departed, the atmospheric Let the Right One In turned into the demandingly named Let Me In, the spooky [Rec] became the disappointing Quarantine, and the fantastically frenetic Taxi inspired the mediocre Taxi to name just a few. Some result in great movies and some result in not-so great times. What camp does Just Visiting fall into, you ask? Let us look and see.
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A Dozen Blu-ray Imports Worth Considering

The simple fact remains that there are a lot of great movies out there.  For one reason or another a lot of them haven’t been released on Blu-ray, either at all or in the states.  Some because they don’t have suitable materials to create an HD transfer, some because they don’t have the marketability, and some due to rights issues.  Fortunately for fans, a good chunk of these happen to be available elsewhere and just need to be imported.  Some of these will require a multi-region capable player and some will play in any region.  I’ve done my best to call attention to those that are region locked to help those interested in the movies, but be warned that occasionally new pressings change region coding.  Some of these are movies originally from the US and some of these are movies from other countries, while some of these movies have been available stateside, but now they are out of print and some of these have never had a US Blu-ray release. These are all imports worth looking at in no particular ranking.

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Beetlejuice – Blu-ray Review

Before directing him in Batman, Michael Keaton and Tim Burton teamed up to present us with the “ghost with the most” in Beetlejuice.  Now, when I think Tim Burton, I think weird movies. Edward Scissorhands, The Night Before Christmas, Corpse Bride – all kinda weird. However, the man also directed Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Mars Attacks, so he understands humor as well. You mix the weird atmospheric touch that he is so talented at putting in his movies with humor and you get the peculiar but great Beetlejuice.

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The Stuff – Blu-ray Review

Just imagine a dessert that resembles a cross between ice cream and marshmallow cream. It is sweet, creamy, and filling. Even better, this dessert has no calories. You can eat as much as this dessert as you want and not put on weight. You would in fact even lose weight. How popular would this delectable dessert be? That, my friends, would be The Stuff.

Also, be sure to check out our exclusive giveaway of The Stuff Blu-ray from Arrow Video!

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Galaxy Quest – Blu-ray Review

It seems like most science fiction fans have a core fandom to rally around. You have the franchises Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, etc. I’m personally a fan of all three. But when you have a fandom that is large enough, there is a lot of comic material to use for parody and referential comedy. Spaceballs serves as the definitive parody for Star Wars. Galaxy Quest hopes to be the same for Star Trek and the fan culture surrounding it. But does it pull it off?

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Blu-ray Review

One wonders how many times Keanu Reeves can save the world. Before he was “The One” to save the human race from the machines, before he became the Buddha, before he fought off demons and defended us from his alien brethren, he was Ted “Theodore” Logan. There was also his friend Bill S. Preston, Esq. played by Alex Winter. And the two of them would usher in a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity. Whoa.

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