Feb 252013
 

Wreck-it-Ralph is a great animated-comedy-adventure the entire family will enjoy and, at least for the past couple of years, rivals some of Pixar’s own works. It’s a fresh and imaginative story and the animation is wonderful. That being said, while the audio/video transfers are phenomenal, this unfortunately did not get the same treatment as most Pixar home releases do in terms of features. There’s a nice making-of featurette but its standard and the deleted scenes aren’t anything amazing. However, if solely buying based on the movie (who in the hell does that anymore?!?!), its well worth the purchase price.

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Feb 242013
 

Live Nude Girls, from my perspective, seems to be a predecessor to “Sex in the City” with a lot of girl talk and girl drama. I wasn’t a big fan of the movie but realize it has a core set of fans which makes this Blu-ray release to be somewhat popular to that segment. The disc itself has a fine video transfer, if nothing incredible, while the audio also is only above average.

 

 

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Feb 202013
 

Scooby-Doo!: Mask of the Blue Falcon is a wonderful entry into the long-running franchise. The voice casting is well done as always and the story for once holds at least a little mystery, albeit by the third act it’s pretty obvious who the culprit is. Unfortunately, the Blu-ray, while having nice video and audio transfers, is void of any substantive features.

 

 

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Feb 182013
 

Anna Karenina is yet another film with plenty of potential but failed thanks to a lifeless script and oft stilted acting from what is normally a respectable cast. This is the epitome of style over substance as Wright attempts to give his portrayal a different flavor than those that have come before and while I do appreciate trying something different, perhaps more focus should’ve been paid on the script and, in some cases, casting. This is not a completely disastrous production and not void of anything good, but for me it’s worth one viewing only

 

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Feb 182013
 

Deadfall is a simplistic and predictable drama-thriller but thanks to a suspenseful performance from Eric Bana makes for an engaging flick which is well worth at least one viewing. The supporting cast, including Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam, are mostly impressive even if Wilde’s accent is a bit wonky at times. The Blu-ray offers up excellent audio/video transfers but the features are pretty thin in terms of substance.

 

 

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Feb 172013
 

In Like Flint is a fun comedy for sure although it does overstay its welcome by a good 15-20 minutes. Still, James Coburn is charming once again as the title character and there’s just enough sly fun to keep one’s attention until the end. The Blu-ray offered up by Twilight Time is phenomenal with a good amount of substantive features combined with amazing audio/video transfers making this a worthwhile purchase even at the $30 price point.

 

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Feb 172013
 

A Star is Born is a well acted music-drama by Kris Kristofferson and Barbara Streisand who both share wonderful chemistry. The Blu-ray book released by Warner Brothers doesn’t have a plethora of features, not even a behind-the-scenes featurette, but the commentary by Streisand is compelling and the audio/video transfers are both above average. If you can snag this for under $20, then it might be worth picking up.

 

 

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Feb 162013
 

The Running Man is certainly dated but still a lot of fun in that cheesy fashion that the 1980s and Arnold Schwarzenegger is known for. The Blu-ray disc offered up by Olive Films has an average video transfer and an acceptable lossless audio track both of which are different from the Lionsgate release. On the plus side there is a new commentary but even that is fairly slow.

 

 

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Feb 152013
 

Skyfall is a fun entry into the long-running James Bond series. Daniel Craig is still a fantastic Agent 007 and while it’s entirely possible this movie gets more praise thanks to lower standards of the previous outing, I still found it to be highly entertaining. Javier Bardem makes for a great villain and Adele’s theme song is one of the best and really brings back that classic feeling.

 

 

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Feb 152013
 

Pony Soldier is a well-made Western though mostly remembered for its Technicolor beauty rather than a weak storyline and modest performances from the cast. This limited edition Blu-ray has acceptable video while the audio is decent especially for a mono track. The biggest fault with this release is the lack of features and given a hefty, and strict, $30 price tag, I’m not sure if it’s really worth it.

 

 

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Feb 132013
 

Highlander 2: Renegade Version still has many problems which of course were not fixable without major reshoots but I do at least give credit to the editors for trying to present a half-decent movie. No doubt, it’s still not a very good movie although it would make for a fun Friday night drinking game, rife with many scenes worthy of mockery.

 

 

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Feb 132013
 

A Late Quartet is the surprise gem of 2012 featuring four great performances, one of which from Walken deserving of more recognition, and a story which is rich with great drama, even when certain scenes get on the melodramatic side. Co-Writer/Director Yaron Zilberman delivers a great drama that hopefully will get more notice over the years.

 

 

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Feb 112013
 

Monsters, Inc. is a great film that the entire family can enjoy. The story is cute and the voice talent Pixar puts together is once again done to perfection. This 3D Blu-ray combo pack offers up a nice 3D presentation but surprisingly also has a new lossless audio track upgrading from 5.1 channels to 7.1. The features are mostly the same with the exception of adding the Toy Story Tunes short film.

 

 

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Feb 112013
 

The Factory was a film destined for failure and Dark Castle studio knew they had a dud upon its completion as its distribution partner in Warner Brothers obviously didn’t want to spend any money releasing to theaters. Instead, it sat on shelves for five years before being hastily dumped on DVD with no features and standard video/audio transfers.

 

 

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Feb 102013
 

Celeste and Jesse Forever does have some things going for it like the chemistry between Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg but how the main character, Celeste, was written (partially by Jones herself) made her come across as awfully self-centered and the key scene where she seeks redemption doesn’t help matters as it takes place at her best friend’s wedding. Still, as a rental this might be worth it as there are some nice moments and it doesn’t take the typical path in the genre.

 

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