Blu-ray Review: The ‘Burbs (1989)

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The 'Burbs BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Joe Dante

Starring: Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, Bruce Dern, Wendy Schaal, Rick Ducommun, Henry Gibson, Courtney Gains, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo

Playing on the themes of suburban paranoia that seemed to permeate a lot of dark comedy films that emerged in the late ’80s/early ’90s, The ‘Burbs sees ‘normal’ suburbanite Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump/Big) and his fellow neighbours Art Weingartner (Rick Ducommun – Groundhog Day), Ricky Butler (Corey Feldman – The Lost Boys) and the military-obsessed Lieutenant Mark Rumsfield (Bruce Dern – Django Unchained) wondering about the mysterious new arrivals in their street, the Klopeks. Never seen Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Runaway Train (1985)

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Runaway Train BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Andrei Konchalovsky

Starring: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Danny Trejo, Edward Bunker, T.K. Carter, John P. Ryan, Kyle T. Heffner, Kenneth McMillan

Despite being made in the mid-1980s Runaway Train has the feel of a ’70s action film, the kind where the lead characters were real men on real adventures and the testosterone levels went through the roof, the sort of tough movies that Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson made their reputations with.

Runaway Train stars Jon Voight (Deliverance/Heat) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight/The Expendables) as Oscar ‘Manny’ Manheim and Buck McGeehy respectively, prisoners at Stonehaven Continue reading