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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Dec 062010
 

As usual, unless you are a fan of the Twilight films you probably won’t enjoy this film. It’s not for everyone, and really only applies towards the younger female crowd. But as a guy, I enjoyed them and feel Eclipse will likely appeal more towards guys then the previous two films and hopefully will drag in some new fans along the way.

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Dec 062010
 

As usual, unless you are a fan of the Twilight films you probably won’t enjoy this film. It’s not for everyone, and really only applies towards the younger female crowd. But as a guy, I enjoyed them and feel Eclipse will likely appeal more towards guys then the previous two films and hopefully will drag in some new fans along the way.

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Dec 062010
 

Salt isn’t the best action movie out there and when it compares to the Daniel Craig Bond or Bourne movies probably a cut above Quantum of Solace but well below Bourne, I still enjoyed it for what it was and to appreciate the skill and beauty of Angelina Jolie. The Blu-ray itself excels in both the video and audio while the features, although nothing noteworthy, are good. The highlight for this release is the fact you get 3 versions including the “Unrated Director’s Cut” which was the version I recommend.

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Dec 022010
 

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice may have greatly disappointed at the box office but I found it to be a mindless but fun movie that has a good mixture of action and comedy that one would expect from a Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer joint venture. The Blu-ray itself presents some OK special features but the video and audio transfers make up for it all.

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Nov 212010
 

Overall, this Peanuts Holiday Collection is well worth purchasing even if you already own the DVD versions as the upgrade in video and audio makes it worthwhile. For me, I’ve never been a big fan of Charlie Brown and friends but there is a fun innocence about it showing why it has the resilience it does. The features aren’t anything groundbreaking but do give a glimpse at the background for each special as well as giving bonus episodes in high-def.

 

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Nov 202010
 

“V” The Complete First Season has plenty of promise and while it’s not quite even from the beginning of the season to the end, I do think it has the potential to be great. At the same time, I am intrigued to see how they can keep the series fresh if it even gets beyond the upcoming second season. The Blu-ray itself has a decent selection of features and the video/audio both are good enough, but nothing amazing.

 

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Nov 192010
 

Altitude could have been a great air disaster movie before they threw in some supernatural “Twilight Zone” moments which completely took me out of the film. On the positive side, for such a fairly unknown cast, I thought for the most part they had some good chemistry together and the film looks good for a low budget project.

 

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