Dec 272013
 

Prisoners is certainly one of the better movies to come out of 2013, though I do think it was a tad overrated given the hype. However, the performances from Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are brilliant and the atmosphere brought by Villeneuve and DP Deakins is absolutely absorbing.

 

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Dec 272013
 

In spite of a truly funny beginning, Hell Baby does tend to wear out its welcome even though the ending is satisfactory enough. However, if you enjoyed “Reno 911” and “Children’s Hospital”, the comedic styles will definitely be up your ally and help get through some of duller and dumber moments.

 

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Dec 212013
 

Force of Execution is yet another lame direct-to-video action movie that serves only for producer/star Steven Seagal to get together with friends and have a good ‘ole time, coherent plot be damned. For their parts, Ving Rhames and Danny Trejo are ho-hum with thin characters and the fight scenes, while nicely choreographed, leads only to an unsatisfying finale which only made me regret the 95-minutes I committed to the film.

 

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Dec 202013
 

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is yet another solid release by Twilight Time and a coup for fans of the fantasy series. The video and audio transfers are both excellent and clear upgrades over any previous releases; the only downside is the features are limited with none of the three featurettes dealing with the movie itself.

 

 

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Dec 192013
 

Mischief Night is your typical and cheap direct-to-video horror movie with nothing new to offer although I did find star Noell Coet to be one of the few highlights, so hopefully she finds better material in the future. The DVD released by RLJ Entertainment isn’t overly impressive with merely adequate video/audio transfers and a forgettable bonus feature.

 

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Dec 182013
 

This direct-to-video sequel to a movie I frankly barely heard of and never seen, actually wasn’t bad. Despite a kind of lame subtitle, Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear isn’t a bad movie with well choreographed fight scenes and on the whole a nicely framed picture from director Isaac Florentine. The Blu-ray includes excellent audio/video transfers while the bonus material is mostly forgettable.

 

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Dec 172013
 

Royal Flash is a fun adventure-comedy with what is a deplorable central character but played so perfectly by the energetic and personable Malcolm McDowell, though from my reading, fans of the novel weren’t overly thrilled with the adaptation. This Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers excellent audio/video transfers and the features are decent enough highlighted by a commentary by Malcolm McDowell.

 

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Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones BD + Screen Caps

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Dec 162013
 

I might take some heat for saying this, but I didn’t think The Mortal Instruments was that bad of a movie. No, the cast wasn’t exactly the best with a few roles needing re-casting, but the story was at least half-coherent, if not sloppy, and Lily Collins for her part seemed to have carried the main role fairly well.

 

 

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Dec 142013
 

This round 20th Century Fox Studio Classics releases gives a wide range of movies for any fan of the era going from the 1930s to the 1960s. Each movie provides excellent video and audio transfers and although the features are limited, those with commentary tracks are well worth listening to.

 

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Dec 102013
 

The Lone Ranger might’ve been a good movie but on a much smaller and simpler scale but instead the filmmakers attempted to recreate some of the conditions which made the Pirates of the Caribbean movies monumental successes down to Johnny Depp playing yet another make-up wearing quirky character. The action scenes aren’t that fun and get a bit tedious.

 

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Dec 082013
 

This is yet another double-dip, the second on Blu-ray, offering the same content, including audio and video, as the 2009 release. Don’t get me wrong, this is a wonderful movie, a favorite of mine since I saw it back in the 90s, but if you already own the other Blu-ray you can skip this release all together. However, if you haven’t picked it up, now’s a good enough time with a relatively low $20 SRP.

 

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Dec 072013
 

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is yet another failed attempt by Marvel in the animated feature department though younger viewers might enjoy it well enough, there’s not much here for an older audience with an amateurish screenplay filled with lousy dialogue. The Blu-ray at least offers adequate video/audio transfers while the bonus material is, at best, throwaway.

 

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Dec 062013
 

The Wolverine is a marketed improvement over X-Men Origins: Wolverine in some places, but I felt the story could’ve been tightened up as it dragged in many scenes and took a long and winding path to the same place without muddy character alliances, who hates who and who wants who dead; it doesn’t make much sense and definitely didn’t help the story as a whole. Even so, Hugh Jackman delivers a, prepare for critic’s cliché, tour-de-force performance.

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Dec 052013
 

EuroTrip wasn’t a favorite of mine when it originally came out in 2004 but in the years since, I’ve come to really enjoy it and find the comedy, albeit obvious, to be quite funny and a cast that have a strong chemistry. The Blu-ray released by Warner Home Video, from the Paramount catalog contract, offers decent audio/video transfers while all the features have been ported over.

 

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