Feb 282011
 

This is how all classic TV and movies on Blu-ray should be treated. While there might be a few small hiccups in the picture quality (most notably the six episodes presented in 1080i), it’s not ever going to look so good. Packed with hours (days?) worth of features, this is such a great value for consumers.

 

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Feb 262011
 

Warner Home Video has announced the digibook releases, on May 24th, for the director’s cut of the epic Civil War drama Gettysburg starring Jeff Daniels, Tom Berenger and Martin Sheen and the Extended Director’s Cut of Gods and Generals featuring Jeff Daniels and Robert Duvall. Check out the features, technical specs and high-res artwork for each within.

 

 

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Feb 252011
 

Morning Glory failed to shine bright at the box office (sorry for the pun), but on home video we now can see the charm and charisma that Rachel McAdams brings to every role while the supporting cast fulfill their parts quite well. However, even though the video and audio transfer are pretty good, there’s very little in terms of features as it seems the studio didn’t want to put any more money into this release than they already had.

 

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Feb 252011
 

Hatchet II is nothing more than a rehash of the first movie – right down to a few of the kills – and that might’ve been all well and good but it also was missing the dark humor and actors who could pull it off. Although I wasn’t a big fan of the original, I did find parts of it to be what writer/director intended it to be, a call back to old school horror, unfortunately Hatchet II seems to be a call back to the old school unnecessary sequels as well.

 

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Feb 222011
 

48 Hrs is a great buddy-action flick but not because of the story but, like others in the genre, the dynamic between the two leads. Both Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy do a great job bouncing off one another which provides for some good laughs mixed in with well done chases. Unfortunately, the Blu-ray doesn’t do either of them justice as the, specifically, video transfer is pretty bad with only a couple of scenes that actually looks like its high-def while everything else is blotchy.

 

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Feb 212011
 

Megamind is one of the better non-Pixar computer animated releases and for DreamWorks scores another victory after the response for the highly entertaining How to Train Your Dragon. As for this movie, the voice casting was genius and perfectly fit each roll from the heroic Metro Man voice by Brad Pitt to the villainous ineffectiveness of Will Ferrell as the title character, it all works so well with a clever script and well done animation.

 

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Feb 212011
 

Megamind is one of the better non-Pixar computer animated releases and for DreamWorks scores another victory after the response for the highly entertaining How to Train Your Dragon. As for this movie, the voice casting was genius and perfectly fit each roll from the heroic Metro Man voice by Brad Pitt to the villainous ineffectiveness of Will Ferrell as the title character, it all works so well with a clever script and well done animation.


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Feb 202011
 

Due Date was a slight disappointment only because Robert Downey Jr. has been on such a role with the Iron Man movies and Sherlock Holmes where he showed just how damn funny he is, but here I thought his character was a bit too much of a douche coupled with Galifianakis who came across as too obnoxious making for a double whammy of annoyance. The film does have some funny moments and although Jamie Foxx’s cameo is a bit of waste, I still give the film at least a moderate recommendation if only to see the two stars face off with one another.

 

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Feb 202011
 

Due Date was a slight disappointment only because Robert Downey Jr. has been on such a role with the Iron Man movies and Sherlock Holmes where he showed just how damn funny he is, but here I thought his character was a bit too much of a douche coupled with Galifianakis who came across as too obnoxious making for a double whammy of annoyance. The film does have some funny moments and although Jamie Foxx’s cameo is a bit of waste, I still give the film at least a moderate recommendation if only to see the two stars face off with one another.


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Feb 192011
 

Unstoppable may not bring anything new to the action-thriller genre and indeed Tony Scott’s direction does tend to be over-the-top but it’s still very entertaining thanks in large part to the cast headlined by Denzel Washing, proving once again the charm he brings to any production, and Chris Pine whose own star is on the rise.

 

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Feb 172011
 

Maybe it’s a cultural thing or perhaps it’s generational, but I never got why a movie like Shopping has somewhat of a cult following. Sure, for Jude Law’s first major role, I thought he acquitted himself just fine and the female lead with Sadie Frost was pretty good as well, but the story it a mess and the characters all around aren’t very likeable.

 

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Feb 162011
 

All-Star Superman is a disappointment in that there was so much potential where you have The Man of Steel facing a certain death and we get a story that’s often clunky to go with voice casting for Superman himself which does not work at all, delivering flat and unemotional lines.

 

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Feb 152011
 

All the President’s Men is one of those rare movies that stand the test of time in both quality and subject matter. Not only is the story fascinating but the components of the film itself top notch from the performances from the stars and supporting actors to the screenplay and direction, it’s just a film that should be seen for its nuances and drama.

 

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Feb 152011
 

Check out the Blu-ray review for the Disney classic, Alice in Wonderland. Is the Blu-ray version worth the upgrade over its DVD counterpart? Take the plunge down the rabbit hole to find out.. or you can just click the link below. Whichever will get you there, I’m sure.



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