Album Reviews: Van Morrison - Versatile, plus Mark Olson, Michael Johnathon, Ethiopian & His All-Stars, and More

On his 38th studio album, Van Morrison reinterprets jazz and blues vocal classics. Plus, releases from Mark Olson, Michael Johnathon, Ethiopian & His All Stars, and a blues compilation.

Blu-ray Review: Home Again

Dull rom-com holds little of interest for anyone outside of star Reese Witherspoon's core fan base.

Blu-ray Review: Bananas - Twilight Time Limited Edition

Twilight Time keeps rolling out the early Woody Allen classics on Blu-ray!

Bentley's Bandstand: December 2017

Music industry veteran Bill Bentley reviews ten new releases including work by Peter Bernstein, Bob Dylan, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Gregory Porter, Tuomo & Markus, Imelda May, The Palandins, and Van Morrison.

Album Reviews: Various Artists - The Roots of Popular Music: The Ralph S. Peer Story, Plus America, Laura Benitez, Sofia Talvik

A new anthology documents the diverse music produced or promoted by the influential Ralph Peer. It's a wild and rewarding ride. Plus, releases from America, Laura Benitez, and Sofia Talvik.

Blu-ray Review: The Defiant Ones

Often breathtaking four-part, four-hour (plus) documentary tracing the careers of superstar music producers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Includes exclusive new interviews with many megastars including Bruce Springsteen, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Tom Petty, Gwen Stefani, Eminem, and many more.

Blu-ray Review: Woodshock

Druggy, hallucinatory tale of pot and euthanasia that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Kirsten Dunst struggles to figure out how to play what is essentially a non-character.

Album Reviews: The Ramones - Leave Home and Rocket to Russia (40th Anniversary Deluxe Editions), plus a Jimi Hendrix book

Greatly expanded editions of the Ramones' second and third LPs pay tribute to one of the most influential bands of the 1970s. Plus, a new book focuses on Jimi Hendrix.

DVD Review: High School Lover

Though he's featured prominently on the box cover, James Franco is not in this Lifetime movie very much. He plays a concerned dad whose teen daughter is dating a 30-year-old actor.

DVD Review: Lemon (2017)

Writer-director Janicza Bravo has crafted a funny and thoroughly strange gem. The ensemble cast, led by Brett Gelman, includes Michael Cera, Nia Long, Judy Greer, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, and Megan Mullally.

Album Reviews: Various Artists - Cool Blue Christmas, plus The Searchers and Samantha Fish

A new anthology series offers more than 10 hours' worth of superb and rarely heard vintage Christmas music, including blues, jazz, R&B, rock, soul, and country.

Blu-ray Review: Wind River (2017)

A stark portrait of isolation, regret, and murder. Excellent work by a cast including Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, and Gil Birmingham.

Blu-ray Review: Atomic Blonde

Smashing action thriller that flew under the box office radar last summer. Charlize Theron as MI6 superspy Lorraine Broughton is impeccably cool and tough.

Blu-ray Review: Patti Cake$

Extremely entertaining crowd pleaser combines elements of '8 Mile,' 'Hustle & Flow' and writer-director Geremy Jasper's own comedic sensibilities.

Album Reviews: Bob Dylan - Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (Deluxe Edition), plus Jeffrey Martin, Rusty Young

A new box set doesn't alter my belief that 1979 to 1981 will not be remembered as one of Dylan's most creative, innovative phases. Nevertheless, his passion remains evident throughout, and the anthology includes enough great music to earn a place in any fan's collection.

Blu-ray Review: The Glass Castle

Save for a very special performance by young actress Ella Anderson, this "coming of age" tripe is almost unbearably sentimental and also offensive in its glorification of abusive parents.

Album Reviews: Various Artists - At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight, Plus Johnny Nicholas, Jim Byrnes

A massive box set documents the historic Louisiana Hayride broadcasts, which gave many future country artists—and some rock stars as well—their first shot at the big time. Plus, CDs by Johnny Nicholas and Jim Byrnes.

Bentley's Bandstand: November 2017

Music industry veteran Bill Bentley reviews ten stellar new releases including albums by The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bill Carter, Robert Francis, Bette Smith, a biography of Kinky Friedman, and more!

Blu-ray Review: Kidnap (2017)

Halle Berry stars as a woman frantically trying to track down her abducted son. And unlike Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills, she has no set of particular skills with which to do so.

Album Reviews: Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts, plus Chris Barron, Rob Williams

A superb new box set presents two historic Woody Guthrie tribute concerts in their entirety for the first time. Also: new releases by Chris Barron and Rob Williams.

The Who to Release Tommy: Live at the Royal Albert Hall - October 13, 2017
The upcoming release boasts a complete performance of the entire 'Tommy' album, with a set of additional Who classics plus bonus features. Also available on CD and vinyl. Now on Blu-ray: Crashing: The Complete First Season
Pete Holmes created this funny HBO series about a struggling comedian. Holmes stars as a version of himself, and the new Blu-ray release includes one of his hour-long stand-up specials. Now on Blu-ray: Girls: The Complete Sixth Season - aka The Final Season
Lena Dunham's iconic HBO series winds up on a strong note with its sixth season, which is nominated for four Emmy Awards. Coming Soon: Jeff Beck - Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Legendary guitarist's 2016 concert featuring special guests including Steven Tyler and Buddy Guy will be available October 6, 2017 on multiple formats. Coming Soon: The Rolling Stones - From the Vault: Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015
The Stones acclaimed 'From the Vault' series rolls on with this 2015 concert, available in a variety of formats. Coming Soon: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - 35th Anniversary Gift Set
On September 12, 2017, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment reissues Steven Spielberg's classic. New to Blu-ray: Veep: The Complete Fifth Season
Nominated for 16 Emmy's for its fifth season (and winner of three, including Outstanding Comedy Series), HBO's 'Veep' shows no signs of slowing. New to Blu-ray: Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season
Though it lost the big Emmy to HBO's other highly-acclaimed comedy series, this Mike Judge-co-created series is still a big winner. Now On Blu-ray: From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Three
Entertainment One has issued a loaded up this three-disc set with an assortment of extras sure to please the vampire show's fan base. All ten episodes are included. Now on Blu-ray: Girls: The Complete Fifth Season
Get caught up with HBO's acclaimed 'Girls' in time for the February 12 premiere of the series' sixth and final season. Disney's The BFG - On Digital HD, Blu-ray and Disney Movies Anywhere
Steven Spielberg's first-ever Disney production will include lots of bonus content, including a tribute to late screenwriter Melissa Mathison. Due October 4 on Blu-ray: Prince Movie Collection - Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon, Graffiti Bridge
Prince three narrative theatrical films arrive newly remastered on Blu-ray. This is the Blu-ray debut of Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge. Now on DVD: Netflix Series Grace and Frankie - Season One
Audio commentaries, a gag reel, and a featurette are among the bonus features exclusive to this Season One DVD of the Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated series.

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