DVD Gurus

Up to Date
1:29 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

DVD Gurus: Film Noir

Actress Peggy Cummins joined Steve Kraske and the DVD Gurus in the studio.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Beautiful women, crime and doomed lovers dominate the screen when it comes to film noir. At their height, these films featured star players, such as Humphrey Bogart, Burt Lancaster and Marilyn Monroe.

On Friday's Up to Date, our DVD Gurus highlighted their favorites of the genre. We also talked with a few special guests from the Noir City film festival.

Read more
Up to Date
10:42 am
Fri July 18, 2014

DVD Gurus: World War II

'Sink the Bismarck!' is on our DVD Gurus' list of World War II flicks.

They fought on the beaches, in the air, on the sea... and on film. World War II made an indelible mark on pop culture, and it's especially evident on the silver screen.

Read more
Up to Date
9:52 am
Fri April 18, 2014

DVD Gurus: When Good Directors Go Bad

Steven Spielberg fell flat with this 1979 effort, called '1941.'

For every Million Dollar Baby, there’s a film like The Rookie. Even Steven Spielberg, who climbed the heights of Hollywood with E.T., Indiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan hit the bottom with 1941.

On Friday's Up to Date, the DVD Gurus return to examine how even a great director can come out with a flop. In their sights are Clint Eastwood, Mike Nichols, John Boorman and other directors who have been silver screen darlings and rotten tomato rejects. We look at films that range from completely bizarre to just plain bad.

Read more
Up to Date
10:46 am
Fri December 6, 2013

DVD Gurus: Reporters On Film

Ace in the Hole is one of the DVD Guru's favorite films about reporters.

From a manufactured media circus, to a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with a serial killer, Hollywood sure knows how to romanticize journalism.

On Friday's Up to Date, DVD Gurus Mitch Brian and Jason Heck join us to talk about some of their favorite films that feature reporters. We'll dive into some thrilling vampire conspiracies, reports gone wrong, and others that are sure to set off the investigator in everyone.

Read more
Up to Date
4:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

DVD Gurus: Putting A Fright In Halloween Night

Mad Love is on the DVD Gurus' list of their favorite horror films.

That chill in the air isn’t the only thing that will give you goosebumps. With the approach of Halloween, all kinds of spooky stuff is coming your way.

On Friday's Up to Date, DVD Gurus Mitch Brian and Jason Heck join us to share their favorite horror films. We’ll follow the creepy tale of a pair of hands with minds of their own, cower from an invisible demon and duck a mad man’s sharp axe. They’ll leave you wanting to check under the bed before you go to sleep tonight.


Read more
Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

DVD Gurus: Scouting Out 70s Cinema

Paper Moon featured Tatum O'Neal's Oscar-winning performance.

Bruce Lee's final film, a cyborg Yul Brenner and Tatum O'Neal's Oscar-winning performance all have one thing in common-- they hit the silver screen in 1973.

Read more
Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

DVD Gurus: When The Oscars Got It Wrong

Around the World in 80 Days

Did the film Fargo receive the cold shoulder at Oscar time?? Did Forrest Gump deserve a smaller box of chocolates from the Academy?

Read more
Up to Date
2:31 am
Fri December 28, 2012

DVD Gurus: Favorite Films 50 Years Ago: 1962

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? How have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

Audio Pending...

Read more
Up To Date
10:58 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

DVD Gurus: Films For Which We're Always Thankful

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Belushi star in Columbia Pictures' Red Heat.
Columbia Pictures

A weekend full of eating, shopping, football and leftovers leaves many of us grateful for an opportunity to collapse on the sofa and watch a movie at home.

Read more
Up to Date
9:41 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Villains Don't Leave Bond Shaken Or Stirred

From Russia With Love

Gold paint, searing lasers and one deadly hat— villains have attacked James Bond in a lot of ways over the years.

Read more
Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

DVD Gurus: Hammer Studios' Classic Horror

The Mummy

Dracula bites and the Mummy rises as we comb through both frightening and corny moments from Hammer Studios’ horror archives.

Read more
Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

DVD Gurus: The Bomb

Them! released in 1954 by Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

The dawn of the atomic age reverberated throughout the world.  It even found its way to Hollywood.

Read more
Up to Date
10:21 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

DVD Gurus: Wedding Bells Are Ringing!

Andie McDowell and Hugh Grant in "Four Weddings and a Funeral"

If you’ve ever been in a wedding, then you know there’s a lot more to one than meets the eye.  That may be why it’s a theme often visited by filmmakers.

Read more
Up to Date
11:23 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

DVD Gurus: The Anti-Hero

Natalie Wood and John Wayne in "The Searchers"

Lots of movies have a hero … that flawless person who always saves the day, and for the right reasons … but what about the anti-hero? The tarnished and flawed characters who emerge heroic in spite of themselves.

Read more
Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

DVD Gurus: Roger Corman Films

He's made a film in two days.

And some people will say that it shows. Others will proudly defend the low-budget work of B-movie director Roger Corman. He even won an Honorary Academy Award in 2009 for his body of work.

Read more
Up to Date
5:37 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

DVD Gurus: High Speed Thrills

High octane thrills.  Open roads.  Freedom.  You may not be able to try the stunts at home, but you can certainly watch them there.

Read more
Up to Date
10:50 am
Fri January 27, 2012

DVD Gurus: 50 Years Ago

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? And how have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

Read more
10:00 am
Fri December 23, 2011

DVD Gurus: The Gift Of Movies


If you're still looking for that perfect gift, it may not be too late.  Sure, you could buy some clothing, jewelry, or (men - don't do this), blender, but why not pick something meaningful for your friend or loved one - something that matches their personal taste?  Here's an idea: the gift of movies.

Read more