Dec 192010
 

Knight and Day is a fun action flick that knows what it is and is not. The plot isn’t the least bit complicated and the primary villain, despite being played by a capable actor, is hardly a worthy adversary to the heroes. Meanwhile, as Cruise approaches into his 50s, the man probably hasn’t looked better playing the action hero we all know and love from the 90s and seems to be having a great time.


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Dec 192010
 

There are several reasons why Twelve is one of the worst films of 2010, a movie which is you have several characters you can’t relate to and/or symphonize with either. Add in an annoying and frankly lazy narration that gives all the insights for these characters and un-inspirational direction and you have a movie that does not work on every level.

 

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Dec 172010
 

The Other Guys may not hit a homerun in the comedy department but as someone who hasn’t been the biggest Will Ferrell fan throughout his star-making career, I thought it was funny enough from beginning to end. The DVD itself doesn’t have much to offer in terms of features while the audio and video transfers are adequate when compared against other newer DVD releases.


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Dec 162010
 

Rush Hour might be just another entry into the buddy cop subgenre, but thanks in large part to the interesting and unique pairing of loudmouth Chris Tucker and fantastic martial artist Jackie Chan, the movie succeeds quite well and has stood the test of time, albeit just over a decade now. The Blu-ray doesn’t look the greatest and is only a moderate upgrade over its DVD counterpart, but the audio does offer a good boost and most of the features have been ported over.

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Dec 132010
 

Overall, I liked parts of And Soon the Darkness. Even though the first act is a bit on the plodding side, I do understand the reasoning behind it to both establish the two friends and get a little suspense built up and on the first part, the movie does succeed. The remaining 60-minutes however are good even if some of the plot elements were on the eye-rolling side and the big twist could have been seen a couple miles away.

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Dec 132010
 

Overall, I liked parts of And Soon the Darkness. Even though the first act is a bit on the plodding side, I do understand the reasoning behind it to both establish the two friends and get a little suspense built up and on the first part, the movie does succeed. The remaining 60-minutes however are good even if some of the plot elements were on the eye-rolling side and the big twist could have been seen a couple miles away.

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Dec 132010
 

Anyone who gives this a score of a 4.5 lower is nuts. This is how all classic TV and movies on Blu-ray should be treated. While there might be a few small hiccups in the picture quality (most notably the six episodes presented in 1080i), it’s not ever going to look so good. Packed with hours (days?) worth of features, this is such a great value for consumers.

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Dec 122010
 

Although I have not fully grasped the cultural influence The Goonies has had over the past 25 years, I still found the movie to be a fun, adventurous romp with one of the better ensemble gathered who had such great chemistry with one another. The Blu-ray is good enough both in terms of the video and audio transfers while the features, albeit light in the featurettes department, more than makes up for it with the cast and director commentary/reunion.

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Dec 092010
 

Admittedly, I went into Going the Distance with some low expectations and even though yes the movie isn’t anything special, the cast from the leads to the supporting players, are fun. Where the movie falls apart is the fact the story itself, albeit unique, just isn’t very interesting and became a little boring towards the end. The Blu-ray itself isn’t much better from average video and audio transfers and a forgettable set of featurettes that altogether run maybe 25-minutes total.

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Dec 092010
 

Sadly, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland doesn’t deliver outside of some great looking visuals and his knack for the strange and bizarre, but like even the best of Burton’s films, the characters are rarely compelling and often one-dimensional. This 3D Blu-ray on the other hand does at least offer a third-dimension and easily one of the best 3D BD releases yet. Everything else in this set is basically the same from the original 2D Blu-ray including the audio and features but for those set up with 3D technology, this would be an easy purchase.

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Dec 092010
 

Admittedly I am not a fan of either Fantasia or Fantasia 2000 but I can still appreciate what they were trying to do and the experiment Walt Disney himself was trying to accomplish. It might have failed back in 1940 but the film has its devoted followers and while I may not be one of them, this is still a set well worth picking up. Personally, I loved the Destino animated short which, as far as I can tell, is the first time it has been available on home video.

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Dec 062010
 

Perhaps I’m just outside of the mainstream. Maybe I’m missing something that so many others, so willing to fork over $8 for a movie ticket to something like Vampires Suck because the demonic dynamic duo keeps churning these things out on a relatively low budget. As it stands, the movie stinks, the video is mutilated with aliasing issues, the audio is pretty average and the features might as well have been non-existent, though the lack of features might be this disc’s only positive.

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