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Flying Higher and Bolder with First to the Moon

5 Jun

Release Date: June 4,  2019
Available on VOD & DVD on Amazon

Space, the final frontier… The 60s was a time filled with uncertainty. The Vietnam War, civil unrest and a dream—Kennedy promised to put a man on the moon and Russia put a man in space. It was a race to be the First to the Moon.

Director Paul Hildebrandt explains why America had to take chances during the Cold War in order to boldly go where no man has gone before and the result was inspiring. His two-hour documentary covers a lot of ground and has to dwell on the socio-political problems of the time to explain what everyone was facing. Despite a few setbacks, the Apollo mission was still a go and the result is inspiring.

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Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Documentary Comes to Home Video!

3 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

If you are a huge Deep Space Nine Fan like me, trying to find a local theatre playing this documentary about this show is difficult. Not every town will offer it. Thankfully, Shout! Factory is releasing this product to home video so those who are looking for that love letter from outer space can get it. In what I believe made this series work is that directors Ira Steven Behr (showrunner) and David Zappone (producer of For the Love of Spock, The Captains) were on board for all seven seasons. Their vision never waned!

They are two of the many names who look back at What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  It’s a fascinating in-depth look at the past, present, and future of a series whose dark, edgy take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision was often misunderstood when it premiered but has grown into a beloved mainstay in the Star Trek franchise, What We Left Behind will be available August 6, 2019 on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital, as well as a Shout! Factory exclusive two-disc Special Edition Blu-ray.

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The 27 Club (2019), A Movie Review

28 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Street date: June 11, 2019

Soundtrack includes original songs by Evante, Knox, Jürgen Engler (die Krupps), Geri-X and Todd Rundgren with Trent Reznor.

Not to be confused with the 2008 film of the same name, The 27 Club is a 2019 horror flick exploring the urban myth of why some rock stars died at a specific age. Patrick Fogarty (Legion of the Black) wrote, directed and edited this modestly budgeted work, and Maddisyn Carter played Lily, a singer-songwriter wanting fame. Her initial plucky naivety is charmingly cute. She learns about the world she’s in from student filmmaker Jason Reeve (Derrick Denicola), and it paves the way to making bargains with occult forces for fame.

Professor Crawford (Todd Rundgren) may well know more and the young lad makes the mistake of not investigating the right people. Had he played hero, he may have saved a soul than let another one in.

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Counting the Many Plays in Triple Threat

26 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Released by Well GO USA
Available VOD and DVD/Blu-ray

With three powerhouse martial arts stars Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, and Tiger Chen to kick some serious butt, Triple Threat is an apt title for this action thriller. I almost want to call them the Asian version of The A-team–but the beloved TV show saw these soldiers for hire out to do good than be hell-bent. The roles these boys have are ambiguous. One is out for revenge and the others are seemingly okay with following him.

This movie is not for kids but for the 80s martial art film enthusiast, it’s an homage to those products from long ago with a touch of Michael Bay style direction mixed in.

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