Apr 262013
 

Overall, I suppose if you have nothing better to watch on a Saturday night, you certainly could to worse than The Guilt Trip, plus if you’re a fan of either Rogen or Streisand, you might enjoy a bit more than I did. In the end, the movie does contain a couple of laughs and the pairing of the two stars was well done, but the script fails.

 

 

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Apr 252013
 

The second season of “Friends” is actually better than the first with some great storylines, like the Ross/Rachel relationship getting ratcheted up and Monica getting involved with an older man. The comedy is gold and you begin to see how the series would run as long as it did. The Blu-ray is light in features but the video and audio transfers are on the acceptable level and are on par with what’s seen on TBS syndication.

 

 

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Apr 252013
 

The first season of “Friends” is funny and has some great storylines. Often times, when series with ensemble casts start, they have a difficult time devoting time to each character but in this case the premiere was fantastic and the success continued through the season finale. The Blu-ray is light in features but the video and audio transfers are on the acceptable level and are on par with what’s seen on TBS syndication.

 

 

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Apr 242013
 

Jack Reacher is a well made suspense-thriller featuring a great performance from producer/star Tom Cruise and his supporting cast members. However, while the story starts off with incredible tension the ultimate motives by the villain came off as weak. Even so, this is an entertaining movie with great stunts and action scenes. The Blu-ray itself offers up amazing audio/video transfers and there’s a fair amount of features headlined by the star and director commentary.

 

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Apr 212013
 

Not Fade Away certainly had potential with a respectable and hopefully on-the-rise young cast, a great actor in James Gandolfini and a wonderful writer in David Chase, but the story itself was dull, the main character, despite the best attempts by John Magaro, was an annoying brat, plot points going nowhere and an ending that not only felt tacked on but was obnoxious and pretentious as all hell.

 

 

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Apr 192013
 

Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad no doubt blew the opportunity to be a special crime-drama and instead it stumbles trying to emulate other gangster movies in the past. Still, I couldn’t help but enjoy the movie especially the performances from Brolin, Gosling, Robert Patrick and Sean Penn that it makes for a worthwhile viewing even with its flaws. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack offers excellent audio/video transfers and for a Warner release, there’s a good amount of features.

 

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Apr 162013
 

Pawn is an acceptable mystery-thriller that has a respectable cast who unfortunately seemed to mostly phone it in except perhaps for Michael Chiklis who was having fun with his thick Aussie accent. Otherwise, as interesting as the story was and comparatively well done as the flash backs were, the movie falls apart at the end coming crashing down with an utterly unsatisfying finale.

 

 

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Apr 122013
 

Sexy Evil Genius is a fun low budget film propelled primarily on the cast and their interactions with one another than anything else. The story itself, though, does at least keep you on edge just trying to figure out what the main character’s ultimate goal is. I wouldn’t say this was a memorable film or anything, but it is worth a one-off viewing at least. The DVD itself has acceptable video/audio transfers while the features are underwhelming, though the commentary is enjoyable.

 

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Apr 102013
 

Crush was surprising in the fact that it didn’t completely stink especially compared with many other direct-to-video flicks that have come before. The plot is a slow in developing but with some decent charisma from Lucas Till, Crystal Reed and Sarah Bolger, it at least kept my attention for the duration.

 

 

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Apr 082013
 

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia starts off on a sour note just with an incredibly stupid title trying to draw in those fans of the original film. However, what makes even less sense is the filmmakers didn’t even bother to make a connection with the first movie, heck a tentative connection would’ve been better than nothing. The Blu-ray at least has some OK features and the audio/video transfers look pretty good.

 

 

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Apr 062013
 

This 25th Anniversary edition of Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a great set and includes all the features from the Vista Series edition but gets a boost from great audio/video transfers to go along with an all around fantastic movie that is just as good when I last saw it (probably a good 15 years ago). Although the price is a bit steep ($24 at the time of this writing), it’s well worth the cost.

 

 

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Apr 052013
 

“Star Trek: Enterprise” Season One serves as fine entertainment but not much more as it doesn’t come close to the drama of “The Next Generation” or the performances from “Voyager” and “Deep Space Nine”. Even so, there’s something about the then fledgling series which I enjoyed and can only hope it improves with each season. The Blu-ray release, however, has a fantastic selection of features, the audio transfer is pretty good and the video, not without its own problems, is in the acceptable range.

 

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Review: Escapee BD + Screen Caps

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Apr 042013
 

Escapee is a half-baked and all around cheap shlocker with no scares, stilted dialogue, a terribly boring plot and amateurish direction. Dominic Purcell headlines but it’s obvious this was a favor for somebody in the production. The Blu-ray isn’t much better with only adequate lossless audio while the video transfer is at best subpar and the features are minimal, although not sure if a commentary was even necessary anyway.

 

 

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Apr 012013
 

Summit Entertainment has announced the date and released artwork for the action-drama, Snitch starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Barry Pepper and Susan Sarandon. The film was co-written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh whose previous works included Felon and In the Shadows.

 

 

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