Film and Television Reviews

Here at FlickDirect, our goal is to provide up-to-date reviews on theatrical, home entertainment, and television series. Check out the scoop on upcoming films or programming, and even our take on the classics.

The East Blu-ray Review
The East   The East Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/04/2013 11:16 AM EDT
The apple that's bruised on one side, the slightly stale bag of chips, and the carton of milk three days past its "expiration" date. All usually end up in the garbage. A recent NPR article highlights the obvious but too often overlooked paradox: "Hundreds of millions of people go hungry, and yet we waste a whopping 1.43 billion t... Read More

House of Wax Blu-ray Review
House of Wax   House of Wax Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/04/2013 10:23 AM EDT
This is the classic version of House of Wax, from 1953, starring Vincent Price, with its storied 3D visual production that helped set the 1950s 3D craze alight. A lavish remaking of the 1933 film Mystery of the Wax Museum (provided on this disc as well), and miles above the 2005 slasher remake, House of Wax was ironically directed by the one-eyed A... Read More

The Big Parade Blu-ray Review
The Big Parade   The Big Parade Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/04/2013 10:01 AM EDT
Though its impact may be reduced by decades of brilliant war-themed classics such as Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now, The Dam Busters, and Das Boot, King Vidor's 1925 silent classic The Big Parade laid the groundwork for all of the films that would follow in its wake. Originally meant as a small production, upon seeing the early footage, MGM ga... Read More

The Little Mermaid Blu-ray Review
The Little Mermaid   The Little Mermaid Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/02/2013 12:22 PM EDT
No one factor was singularly responsible for The Little Mermaid's success. It wasn't a surefire hit from the outset. Walt Disney Animation wasn't riding high, gaining momentum or in the midst of restoring its reputation. (Yet.) A new era in Disney animation had yet to begin, much less be realized or dubbed the Disney Renaissance. In Nov... Read More

Homeland Blu-ray Review
Homeland: The Complete Second Season   Homeland Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  09/26/2013 1:56 PM EDT
With a series so tightly wound as Homeland season 1, seemingly meant for a self-contained, miniseries-style run, there are two real dangers of extending the story. To extend past shelf life, they could just modify the tail end of the story, dragging resolution on and on, until viewers get tired of being so blatantly manipulated, and the network put... Read More

The Fly Blu-ray Review
The Fly   The Fly Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  09/24/2013 4:30 PM EDT
Horror films have often been the poor stepchildren of the film industry, relegated to B-movies or less than stellar production quality, including often less than A-list talent both in front of and behind the camera. Universal may have built much of its early empire on horror flicks like Frankenstein and Dracula, but at the time of those films' ... Read More

Iron Man 3 Blu-ray Review
Iron Man 3   Iron Man 3 Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  09/23/2013 12:31 PM EDT
The ashes still not settled when it burned up the box-office in May of this year, the action thriller Iron Man 3 slams into home theaters in a Blu-ray combo pack. The movie with its HD Master Audio transfer from the theatrical release can shake the family room with the right equipment.  The movie cashed in with over $1billion ticket sales from... Read More

Bates Motel Blu-ray Review
Bates Motel: Season One   Bates Motel Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  09/17/2013 3:14 PM EDT
Wow we had some great television and cable programs this past year and hopefully more to come.  Looking over the list so far however, one stands out as the most decadent drama of the year thus far.  The very eerie, well acted Bates Motel takes a classic horror film from Alfred Hitchcock and brings together a prequel that matches, no surpa... Read More

World War Z Blu-ray Review
World War Z   World War Z Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  09/17/2013 2:58 PM EDT
One of the best picks so far this year for the Action category World War Z has entered the home entertainment market and it comes in various formats including Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD.  Packed with bonus features the Blu-ray has an unrated version that contains extra footage of the zombie onslaught.  The movie will also be released on ... Read More

Sons of Anarchy Blu-ray Review
Sons of Anarchy: Season Five   Sons of Anarchy Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  09/09/2013 1:49 PM EDT
It used to be that ads on television about so-called private matters seemed to be the exclusive domain of women (think of products like Depends or Summer's Eve), but we're in an apparently more enlightened age now when any number of potentially highly embarrassing "male issues" are trumpeted over the airwaves with of course the co... Read More