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Samson and Delilah (1949) Blu-ray Review

Posted March 16th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Samson and Delilah (1949) Blu-ray Review

Cecil B. DeMille’s epic retelling of this Biblical story gets a superb first Blu-ray restoration.

The Bible: The Epic Miniseries Blu-ray Review

Posted May 5th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Bible: The Epic Miniseries Blu-ray Review

Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have enlisted literal armies of fine actors, three excellent directors, and judicious selection of Old and New Testament episodes for this “epic miniseries.” While there is occasional unevenness in the picture quality, this huge undertaking succeeds where some of its biblical predecessors have failed in delivering an effective dramatic whole.

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The Borgias: The Second Season Blu-ray Review

Posted March 22nd, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Borgias: The Second Season Blu-ray Review

Forget the historical inaccuracies, the second season of The Borgias is an addictive guilty pleasure you won’t want to miss on Blu-ray.

One Night with the King Blu-ray Review

Posted March 18th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

One Night with the King Blu-ray Review

A two-hour retelling of the Book of Esther, this biblical epic has some spectacular visual and audio effects, but is undermined by sub-par dialogue and rather lame performances by its king and queen.

World Without End Blu-ray Review

Posted November 29th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

World Without End Blu-ray Review

Terrible melodrama and a retread of the same plots from the previous mini-series, The Pillars of the Earth, make World Without End, seem like no more than lame imitation hoping for similar success.

October Baby Blu-ray Review

Posted October 3rd, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

October Baby Blu-ray Review

October Baby unfolds with all the subtlety of a music video and a PSA message. Skip it unless you’re in the specific audience this is aimed at.

Blue Like Jazz Blu-ray Review

Posted September 3rd, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Blue Like Jazz Blu-ray Review

A well crafted film by Steve Taylor, Blue Like Jazz takes viewers along a young man’s journey through faith lost and found. Both cinematography and soundtrack are first rate.

The Preacher’s Wife Blu-ray Review

Posted August 5th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Preacher’s Wife Blu-ray Review

The performances of Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston help make this 1996 remake of 1947′s The Bishop’s Wife a bit better than your average holiday film.

The Last Temptation of Christ [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 24th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Last Temptation of Christ [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

A controversial retelling of the Christ story by Martin Scorsese will be received quite differently depending on one’s faith and desire to see a faithful reproduction of Kazantzakis’ novel.

The Gospel According to Matthew [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 21st, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Gospel According to Matthew [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Pasolini’s story of Christ arrives on Blu-ray in a Dual Format edition from the Masters of Cinema series that is a likely contender for one of their best releases of the year.