Apr 292014
 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a film with so much potential squandered for the sake of a buck using blatant in-movie advertising but instead of furthering the story, they only served to take one out of the film despite some good performances, particularly Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig, with honorable mention for Adam Scott for playing one of the biggest/best cinematic douchebag.

 

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Apr 282014
 

The Legend of Hercules gets to have the distinct pleasure of being the first flop of 2014 at the box office and with critics and audiences alike and for good reason. There’s nothing here save maybe for Gaia Weiss who, albeit in a limited role, was decent (and easy on the eyes). Anyway, avoid this like the plague as there’s nothing redeeming, not even in the “it’s so bad it’s good” kind of way either.

 

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Apr 262014
 

Home of the Brave is another forgotten film that gets a HD treatment courtesy of Olive Films. And while the picture and audio are hardly anything to brad about, it’s nice for this to get a release. That being said, the price on a title without features is extreme at $30 but if you can find a deal and are a fan, then it might be worth picking up.

 

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Apr 252014
 

Sophie’s Choice is a harrowing drama set against truly haunting images. The performances from Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol are all fantastic. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory is hardly perfect with merely acceptable audio and video transfers but the roundtable discussion featurette is well worth watching.

 

 

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Apr 252014
 

Gloria is an inspirational film about love at an older age and the performance from Paulina Garcia is well done and deserving of some recognition. The DVD released by Lionsgate is limited on features but the audio and video transfers both sound and looks good, especially for a movie with music prominently featured.

 

 

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Apr 252014
 

The Suspect, despite a somewhat convoluted story, isn’t all that bad of a film thanks in large part to two great performances from Mekhi Phifer and William Sadler who play off one another so well. The Blu-ray has good audio/video transfers while the features are more than I had expected from a DTV release like this.

 

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Apr 232014
 

Labor Day is a fairly dull and despite the best intentions by Reitman, Brolin and Winslet just never resonated on an emotional level plus an inane, ridiculous and unbelievable plotline. The Blu-ray offers up good audio/video transfers and, for a Paramount release, at least has a commentary track to go along with a decent featurette and some deleted scenes.

 

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Apr 222014
 

Escape from Tomorrow is notable for one reason and one reason only: getting made, on the fly, and under the nose of the Disney Corporation and for that, it’s a commendable flick, but the story breaks down though the cast do well enough all things considered. The Blu-ray released by Cinedigm offers adequate audio/video whiles the features, limited as they may be, to be fairly interesting.

 

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Apr 202014
 

In Rock Star, I can respect Mark Wahlberg’s performance, and some of those in the supporting cast like Timothy Olymphant and Jason Flemyng, but it’s a clichéd drama that never quite hit the, ahem, right high notes to make for an engaging drama. The Blu-ray released by Warner has some thin special features while the video/audio transfers are at least sufficient.

 

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Apr 172014
 

Torque is a biker version of The Fast and the Furious (from its producer no less) sans any memorable characters and includes terrible dialogue, a lame story (even for a movie like this) and even worse visual effects culminating with an awful, and confusing, finale. The Blu-ray at least ported over the features including two expansive commentaries while the video/audio transfers are both quite good.

 

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Apr 162014
 

Twentieth Century Fox has announced the date and released artwork for the crime thriller, 3 Days to Kill starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Stanfield and Connie Nielsen and directed by McG.  Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.

 

 

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Apr 162014
 

This “Power Rangers” Seasons 13-17 set is another solid seasons of the long-running, enduring series. Sure, its cheesy as all hell, the acting isn’t the best but it’s also entertaining in the breezy sort of way. This season set compiled by Shout Factory offers up OK audio/video transfers and some well made, newly recorded featurettes.

 

 

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Apr 142014
 

Ride Along had the potential to be a good action-comedy and despite good on-screen chemistry between its two leads, it gets bogged down with a clichéd screenplay and ho-hum direction. The Blu-ray released by Universal does offer up a good selection of bonus material and the video/audio transfers are top notch.

 

 

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