Nov 172013
 

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Year is a fun animated movie aimed for little tikes but the animation is pretty basic and this new Blu-ray released by Disney is really weak. While the back cover describes this as a “newly remastered” transfer, this is nothing more than an upconversion and with a basic 2.0 Dolby Digital track and a weak set of “features”; it’s also an expensive release.

 

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Nov 162013
 

It truly is sad how Disney has treated Mickey’s Christmas Carol with an awful video transfer and only satisfactory audio which itself wasn’t upgraded at all. There are no features to speak of other than some decent animated shorts. I suppose if you don’t already own this and can get it under $10, it might be worth but only for the short and not for the video work done.

 

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Nov 152013
 

A wonderful musical, Oliver debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of Twilight Time and it has never looked or sounded better with amazing transfers on both accounts. The bonus material is also quite good headlined by two new interviews with Mark Lester and Ron Moody with the former being a must-watch.

 

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Nov 152013
 

Night of the Comet is a clever and fun twist on the zombie sub-genre and one hell of a ride featuring two great performances from Kelli Maroney and, especially, Catherine Mary Stewart. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory has a fair array of bonus features and the audio/video transfers are both well done.

 

 

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Nov 142013
 

The Way We Were is a great, if not sappy, romantic drama propelled up by its two leads, Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand, who are so perfect together sharing two of the best on-screen chemistry. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers up good audio/video transfers and the features are all well done including an hour-long featurette.

 

 

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Nov 132013
 

“Batman: The Brave and the Bold”: The Complete First Season is a fun show with witty dialogue and some genuine laughs. The good news of this Blu-ray release is fans finally can get all 26 episodes in one collection rather than the volume sets. However, the video and audio are not huge improvements over its DVD counterpart, if you can nab this at a good price (~$15), then it might be worth picking up.

 

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Nov 132013
 

Tank Girl is a visually interesting flick with a story that doesn’t hold, ahem, water. The performances from Tori Petty and Malcolm McDowell are both fun but everything else is a mess including editing which gets pretty annoying after some time. Still, the Blu-ray released by Shout Factory receives a nice upgrade with newly produced features and good audio/video transfers.

 

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Nov 122013
 

“Downton Abbey” is one of more compelling television shows on and between the excellent performances and amazing production and costume designs, it’s easy to see why it has captured audience’s attention on both sides of the pond. This “Limited Edition” Blu-ray set is a good way to get introduced to the series if you haven’t already as it contains the three seasons available.

 

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Nov 102013
 

“Star Trek: The Next Generation”: Unification is a highlight in the fourth and fifth seasons of the series featuring the, at the time, long-awaited appearance of one of the main cast members of the original series (yes, I know Deforest Kennedy had a cameo in the pilot). The two-part episode isn’t as intense as “Best of Both Worlds” but they’re still an excellent inclusion in the series.

 

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Nov 072013
 

Man of Steel had the opportunity to be a lot better but as it stands, I actually found it enjoyable and kind of liked some of the changes Zack Snyder, David Goyer and, in small part, Christopher Nolan, made, but I can understand why others would be fervently against them. However, and acknowledging it doesn’t hold a candle to the Donner classic, it’s a new beginning for what is hopefully a serviceable franchise and universe.

 

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Nov 052013
 

White House Down is a forgettable action movie which heavily borrows from other, often better, movies most notable Die Hard. The acting isn’t bad though Foxx and Tatum don’t share great chemistry and the screenplay is riddled with lame lines that don’t hit their mark and don’t get me started on the plot.

 

 

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Nov 032013
 

Syrup might be the surprise film of 2013 in year filled with good movies, but nothing exceptional (thus far). The satire is done to near perfection, however the highlight once again is Amber Heard who continues to impress with a wonderful performance worthy of a Golden Globe nomination. The Blu-ray released by Magnolia Home Entertainment doesn’t offer many bonus features but the audio/video transfers are good.

 

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Nov 022013
 

Ambushed isn’t a terrible movie but one that also is guilty of some false advertising prominently featuring Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones and Randy Couture on the cover despite none of them being in the film for more than 15-minutes, though in the case of Couture, perhaps not the worst thing in the world. Still, the plot is a bit muddled trying to present a message about drugs and the culture, and the performances aren’t anything special outside of one or two of actors.

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