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Friday, July 30, 2010

KC Royals 1985 World Series Collector's Edition DVD GIVEAWAY!

You can enter to win one of these great DVD sets from DVDLegion.com!  You can read our review of the set HERE.

Simply email us at dvdlegion.com @ gmail.com (take out the spaces) with your favorite KC Royals baseball player and you're automatically entered into the drawing.  We will select a winner next week, so don't delay!  Good luck!

Kansas City Royals 1985 World Series Collector's Edition DVD Review

Kansas City Royals 1985 World Series Collector's Edition DVD Review



Synopsis: Released from the Major League Baseball Film and Video archives for the first time ever, each disc features the actual television broadcasts of this historic Fall Classic.  The seven games in this remarkable DVD collection showcase the rollercoaster of intra-state emotions as the Cardinals flew out to grab three quick wins in the first four games, only to have the Royals capture the final three games in oh-so-dramatic fashion.  These vintage games capture the beauty of mid-1980s Royals Stadium, a roster of all-time Royals stars, and a battle of players, managers, and intra-state cities that enthralled the region and delighted a nation.

DVD bonuses on the set include the 1985 Kansas City Royals season Highlight Film, segment on George Brett Hometown Hero, Bret Saberhagen Cy Young Award Winner, and classic segments including: ALCS Highlights; Royals Clubhouse Celebration,  “Royals Looking Back”  and “How The Royals Met the Cardinals”.

Review: I won't lie, I'm not a huge sports person.  I don't watch it anymore, but as a kid I grew up in the midwest and around here it was all about the KC Royals!  I remember the 1985 World Series when they faced the Cardinals.  Its a now epic battle that has gone down in history.  You got players like George Brett and Bret Saberhagen leading the team in their glory days.

This DVD set commemorates the 1985 World Series by giving us all seven of the games in their original television broadcasts.  You can literally relive the series!  Its a wonderful piece of history and most certainly something that any baseball fan needs to own!

We're going to be giving away one of these great sets!  Watch the site later for a giveaway!

Interest Range: Baseball, Kansas City Royals, Sports

The Art of Tim Burton Deluxe Edition gets a 2nd Printing w/ new Litho!

The Art of Tim Burton Deluxe Edition Books (2nd Edition) are now in stock and available at SteelesPublishing.com!

These books will not be sold in bookstores or on amazon.com - in the US they are available online only at SteelesPublishing.com


This is a limited edition printing of 1,000 copies - each book is hand signed and includes a new hand signed and numbered lithograph specifically chosen for this limited run.
Available while supplies last at steelespublishing.com


Now in stock and available for order at SteelesPublishing.com - The Art of Tim Burton Deluxe Edition (2nd Edition) books!

The Art of Tim Burton is the definitive compilation of forty years of Tim Burton’s artistry, including film concepts and hundreds of illustrations from his personal archives, edited under the creative guidance of Burton himself. This comprehensive 434 page book is grouped into thirteen chapters that examine common themes in Burton’s work, from his fascination with clowns to his passion for misunderstood monsters, to his delight in the oddities of people. Many of Burton’s friends and collaborators offer their thoughts, insight and anecdotes about Tim Burton’s style and artistic approach to life.

Artwork from the following films and projects are included in this book: Alice in Wonderland (2010), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride (both 2005), Big Fish (2003), Planet of the Apes (2001), Sleepy Hollow, (1999), Mars Attacks! (1996), Ed Wood (1994), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Batman Returns (1992), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Family Dog (1987), Batman (1989), Beetlejuice (1988), Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), Frankenweenie (1984), Vincent (1982), and Hansel & Gretel (1982). The book also contains additional drawings from his illustrated book of poetry The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (1997), and from The World of Stainboy web shorts (2000).

Text By: Leah Gallo, Design by: Holly Kempf, Edited by: Derek Frey, Leah Gallo & Holly Kempf

*PLUS*
Personal text contributions by friends and fellow creatives including:
Allison Abbate, Colleen Atwood, John August, Rick Baker, Helena Bonham Carter, Felicity Dahl, Johnny Depp, Danny Devito, Danny Elfman, Carlos Grangel, Ray Harryhausen, Martin Landau, Rick Heinrichs, Christopher Lee, Lindsay Macgowan, Shane Mahan, Ian Mackinnon, Alex Mcdowell, Victoria Price, Ken Ralston, Paul Reubens, Deep Roy, Winona Ryder, and Richard Zanuck.

The Art of Tim Burton Deluxe Edition Books (2nd Edition) are now in stock and available at SteelesPublishing.com!

Jack Nicholson's Joker Outfit for Auction & a fan poll


Jack Nicholson’s Joker outfit from the 1989 Batman movie is going to be for sale next month in a film memorabilia auction at the Bonhams’ Auction House! On Predicto, a vote-by-text poll site, voters are trying to predict whether Jack Nicholson’s Joker outfit will sell for at least $15,000. 91% of Predicto voters say that the outfit WILL sell for at least $15,000. Predicto is the only mobile voting game on the market with more than 1 million subscribers. Predicto players become part of the news by text-messaging their predictions on the outcome of current events.




Keep up with Current Events and Pop Culture to Win Big with
Predicto Mobile Surveys
 
Subscribers forecast outcomes of today’s most-talked-about issues with unique vote-by-text mobile game to earn points redeemable for electronics, gift cards and more.
 
NEW YORK — More than a million cell phone users keep up with the most-talked-about current events, celebrity gossip, music, entertainment and pop culture news of the day by using Predicto Mobile, the only interactive, SMS mobile voting game on the market. Predicto players become part of the news by text-messaging their predictions on the outcome of events for a chance to win valuable prizes. Predicto operates on the short code 654654.
 
Predicto lets members predict what they think will result from the biggest hot topics of the day—from celebrity hookups and breakups to sports headlines and hot-button political issues. For each prediction, subscribers earn points that can be redeemed for prizes like HDTVs and iPods, gift cards from dozens of leading retailers or a cash contribution to their favorite charity. Predicto will even match subscribers’ charity contributions, allowing users to make a difference in the world while having fun. Users earn extra points by texting their comments on surveys, which appear at Predicto.com where members can also see how others in the community have voted.
 
"More and more consumers are using their cell phone to access information and stay updated on the latest news," said Eyal Yechezkell, co-founder and CEO of Snackable Media, which developed and runs the Predicto network. “Reaching mobile users and getting their viewpoint, in our experience, is highly personal. When someone answers our surveys, their response is candid and in the moment.”
 
Predicto polls go live each day at 3 p.m. ET after a rigorous review of breaking news items and selection by the Predicto editorial team. Predicto subscribers earn points for answering each survey and additional points for correct predictions. Some responses are also automatically entered into drawings for premium prizes. As many as 50 Predicto winners are chosen each month.
 
The Webby Award-winning site grants visitors an all-access pass to Predicto TV, which features red-carpet coverage and exclusive celebrity interviews. Steve Carell, Tina Fey, LeBron James, Kim Kardashian and the cast of Glee have all appeared on Predicto TV.
 
Predicto premium membership is just $9.99 per month and includes full eligibility for all daily contest polls and rewards points, as well as entry into an annual grand-prize drawing for $50,000. Standard text messaging rates apply. To play Predicto just for fun, basic online play is free. For more information, visit www.predicto.com.
 
About Predicto:
Predicto is the first and only mobile prediction and polling game that awards subscribers great prizes for accurately forecasting the outcome of the most talked-about entertainment, sports and political news of the day. Subscribers receive daily polls and respond with their predictions via SMS (text message) to the Predicto short code 654654 to earn points redeemable for electronics, gift cards and more. Predicto is a service of Snackable Media, a leading-edge provider of mobile and online consumer lifestyle services. The company’s subscription-based networks have generated some of the industry’s leading offers, reaching millions of Americans every month. According to Nielsen Mobile, Predicto has become the largest premium mobile community, with more than 1 million active subscribers.

Artois The Goat DVD Review

Artois The Goat DVD Review



Synopsis: Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known, and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie. She has taken a new job in Detroit and to follow her means signing his life over to his soul-sapping career in artificial flavor additives. To stay behind and pursue his newfound passion for fine artisanal goat cheese, is to risk losing her forever. Despite his lack of resources, experience, or basic competency in the field of agriculture, Virgil heads for the hills (literally) with a felonious German baker, a grave- digging hermit, and a tiny white goat named Artois. With Angie awaiting his imminent return and a conference of the International Cheese Consortium just a few months away, he has no choice but to go for broke. Throw away everything he has on a gamble: That, before it is too late, he can craft a cheese that will change the world. A cheese that will buy him a new life. A cheese of destiny.

Review: I just got done reviewing an indie film called Entre Nos.  It is a dark and unrelenting drama about the harsh realities of life.  This is the exact polar opposite of that film!  Artois the Goat was a welcome break from drama with an indie delve into the extremely comedic!

This lab tech named Virgil basically is trying to win back the love of his life with this crazy quest to create the best goat cheese.  Yep, thats the plot of the film!  It eneds up being hilarious and heart warming as he learns the inevitable lessons of life and the secrets to love.  Its a cute film and definately worth your time.  It makes a great film to watch with your sweetheart.

Interest Range: Indie Film, Comedy

Entre Nos DVD Review

Entre Nos DVD Review


Synopsis: Mariana (Paola Mendoza) is determined to keep her family together. Her children, Gabriel (Sebastian Villada Lopez), 10, and Andrea (Laura Montana Cortez), 6, have grown up in Colombia without their father. He immigrated to the United States years earlier in order to make a better life for his family. Finally after many years of separation the family is reunited in New York City. After coming home late from work one night Antonio announces he has found work in Miami and will be moving there...alone. He will send for the family when he is settled. Days go by and Mariana does not hear from him. Worried and desperate, she goes to her only friend s home only to find out Antonio is not coming back. The rent is due, there is no food on the table and Mariana has fifty dollars to her name. With no one to turn to, she must find a way, in a strange city where she barely speaks the language, to provide for her family, financially and emotionally. Mariana makes homemade empanadas (meat patties), which she tries to sell on the streets, however this quickly fails. With all options closing in on her, Mariana turns to the city s trash, collecting cans in order to put food on the table. With Gabriel and Andrea working beside her, the family finds the most stability they have known since their arrival, and it is during these challenging moments that the family triumphs. In entre nos, Mariana, Gabriel and Andrea take us on a remarkable journey where we bear witness to a family s commitment to survival and their unrelenting hope for the American dream...one soda can at a time.

Review: We're big fans of Independant Filmmaking here at the Legion.  Its really nice to see movie making that still captures your soul and moves you.   This tale of a woman that comes to America, only to be abandoned by her husband and have to find a way to support her family against all odds.  You truly feel her desolation and desperation as she struggles to achieve the myth of the American dream.

Entre Nos is without a doubt one of the most emotional and moving films that I've seen and its most definately the best drama of 2010! 

Interest Range: Indie Film, Drama

Super Friends Season One, Volume Two DVD Review

Super Friends Season One, Volume Two DVD Review

Synopsis: The series featured the adventures of DC Comics book heroes Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. These five superheroes along with superheroes in training Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog focused their abilities on putting away criminals, saving lives, and stopping terrible disasters. Each episode of the SuperFriends was geared to present, not only action, but also some lesson of educational value. A number of other famous DC comic book heroes appeared: Plastic Man, The Flash, and Green Arrow Eight 1-hour timeless adventures in a Deluxe 2-Disc Collector’s Edition showcase the universe’s greatest heroes paving the way for a brighter future.

Review: This review is courtesy of our network site www.legionsofgotham.org

The Super Friends is a classic cartoon that has enthralled fans of all ages.  To those of us that grew up on it as children, which can be quite a few as the show spanned over a decade in it's various incarnations, to our own children that are seeing it now for the first time.  I won't lie to you, the show is dated.  Its old and its silly.  Its also fun and safe for your kids.  Its not as dark as some of the other incarnations and not as painfully campy as Brave and the Bold.  Its not trying so hard to be anything but fun for kids.  The best thing about all of these new DVD releases is not only can you relive your childhood memories of this great series, but you can now share it with your own kids.

This volume of Super Friends is the second volume of the original season.  Warner Bros. has kinda released these in a random order, but we're finally starting to wrap it all up!  This is a solid set.  It has very nice graphics and a neat little slipcase to give the set a little bit of class on your shelf.  Its a solid release with some great episodes of the show.  Bottom line, if you dig the Super Friends, then you'll dig this.  Its not heavy on extras in the slightest, but its a great collection of episodes.

Interest Range: Vintage Animation, Dc Comics, Batman, Superman

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ghostbusters: The Return for sale once more

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We're offering the ultra-rare autographed copy of Ghostbusters: The Return one more time, now with a lower starting bid!  This is your chance to own a great Ghostbusters rarity and help benefit Ghostbusters Collector.


Good luck!

Exclusive Official Batman Stickers for LOG!


Batman fans will want to stand-up and take note...in the next 24 hours we will post a huge announcement regarding our partnership with a great company that produces officially licensed, customizable Batman and Dc Comics stickers!

There will be giveaways, free stickers, discounts and more surprises just for the fans on Legions of Gotham!  Stay tuned, Bat-Fans!

Product Spotlight: Batman Fabric Posters!

Product Spotlight: Batman Fabric Posters

We feature a lot of merchandise here on Legions of Gotham.  Honestly, sometimes it starts to all blend together.  We don't get a ton of new stuff until a movie is released or a new cartoon premieres.  I came across these in Krypton Comics, our local comic shop in town, and I had to check 'em out!  We partnered with LPGI to give the fans a heads-up on their cool new product, Batman Fabric Posters.

At first, I thought they were flags..but the term fabric posters definately is a better description.  What I love about these is the retro Super Powers era graphics that they have used.  You get anything from a blue and gray Batman to the standard Bat-Symbol with a black backround.  I've hung these up with the ol' collection and they look fantastic.  I like the more than standard posters, because they don't tear or wrinkle and they definately add a unique look!  I highly recommend these..they retail from anywhere between $10-$20, depending on what deal you can find.


The Batman fabric posters can be found on various websites, but the best price looks to be on Amazon.com.  You can visit the official LPGI website to see their full selection of fabric posters!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Adopted DVD Review

Adopted DVD Review



Synopsis: For hundreds of years, Africa has existed in a state of despair Famine, civil wars and rampant disease have left the continent without hope, but for the efforts of Western do-gooders. At first, they arrived with food, bibles and the magic of penicillin; more recently they have hosted rock concerts and sent plane loads of grain. And in the last decade of the 20th century they arrived and took babies home with them. First there was Angelina, then Madonna, and now...Pauly Shore!

Review: I first heard about this documentary while listening to Pauly Shore on the Howard Stern Show.  We haven't seen a lot of Pauly Shore in past years, so its a welcome return as far as we're concerned here at the Legion.  This documentary chronicles Pauly's spoof of the Hollywood community as he goes to a foreign country and tries to adopt a child.

The film first and foremost is funny.  Shore still has it and the documentary puts him in the best situations.  What really struck me most about this documentary, though, is how it really had a heart.  The film gives stats on orphans around the world and some adoption numbers.  There is such a need out there and while this film spoofs, it also brings attention to the millions of abandoned children around the world.  

A very nice return for Pauly Shore and a great documentary.

Interest Range: Documentary, Pauly Shore

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Batman Beyond: The Complete Series coming to DVD!

 Batman Beyond: The Complete Series DVD

Release Date: November 23, 2010
MSRP: $99.98

Synopsis Terry McGinnis was just an ordinary teenager...until his father was mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father's company Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns a secret identity hidden for decades. Now too old to battle injustice, Wayne refuses to help. So Terry does what any brash young kid would do: steal the Batsuit and take matters into his own hands! Vowing to avenge his father's death, Terry dons the high-tech suit tricked out with jetpacks, a supersensitive microphone and even camouflage capabilities in search of his father's assassin. Get in on the action from the beginning of a new partnership between an ex-crimefighter and his apprentice.

Prodigal Sons DVD Review

Prodigal Sons DVD Review



Synopsis: Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother, Marc. But along the way she uncovers stunning revelations, including Marc's blood relationship with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, intense sibling rivalries and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender that forces them to face challenges no one could imagine.

Winner of Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival's FIPRESCI prize, Jury Award for Best Documentary at Newfest, and Special Jury Prizes for Bravery in Filmmaking at the Florida and Nashville Film Festivals, Prodigal Sons is a raw and provocative examination of one family's struggle to come to terms with its past and present.

Review: I was definately not expecting what I got from this film!  You go into it thinking ok..here is a male to female transgendered woman that is going back to her hometown for a reunion.  No doubt it will be met with shock and awe when the school jock is a woman now, with a female partner...right?  Amazingly enough..wrong.   She actually gets a nice reception from her old classmates!   

all is well, right?  Wrong.  She is trying to reconnect with her adopted brother Marc.  This is where the twist comes..he is going through his own crisis of who he is, as he discovers his relation to Orson Welles!  I wish that I was related to Orson Welles.  My relatives are less than interesting!  

Bottom line, this is a great documentary.  It couldn't be better if it was scripted and planned!  Absolutely loved it and I highly recommend.

Interest Range: Documentary Film

The Losers Blu-Ray Review

The Losers Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, The Losers centers around an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search-and-destroy mission. But the team – Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar – soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross instigated by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Making good use of the fact they’re now presumed dead, the group goes deep undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score with Max.

Review: The Losers is one of those classic action shoot 'em up films.  Based on a comic book, the Losers is another in an increasing line of movies that take the comics seriously.  And in this case it really does pay off.

I would almost go as far as to call this film Oceans 11...with guns.  It has great character development and such a great mix of action and snarky humor that it is sure to please.  The blu-ray looks fantastic, because the film has plenty of special effects that are best enjoyed in high-definition.

The blu-ray special features include: Zoe and the Losers, Band of Buddies: OPS Training,
The Losers: Action-Style Storytelling,  Sneak Peek at Batman: Under the Red Hood and Deleted scenes


Interest Range: Action/Adventure, Revenge

Cop Out Blu-Ray Review

Cop Out Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Officers Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges have their weapons drawn on a gun-wielding killer. They agree to shoot on three. But, wait, does that mean 1…2…shoot or 1…2…3…then shoot? Punches hit hard and laughs hit harder (or is it the other way ’round?) when action star Bruce Willis and ace comic Tracy Morgan pair as bickering-but-got-your-back Brooklyn buddy cops. Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) directs the gritty, goofball goings-on as the guys hunt for a stolen 1952 mint-condition baseball card (Jimmy needs it to fund his daughter’s wedding), a hunt plunging them into a gunslinging war with a deadly drug ring. Batter up, fans. The boys are ready to take you out to the ol’ brawl game!

Review: Cop Out is one of those movies that got a very bad theatrical reception.  It just didn't resonate with audiences well, I don't know if they were expecting something different, but that really soured what I expected going into this film.  When we popped in this blu-ray I was pleased to find that not only was it funny, but it was highly enjoyable.

Firstly, Kevin Smith is a mastermind.  The man pulls things out of his ass almost without fail.  Even his lesser known films like Jersey Girl were enjoyable.  Is it Clerks II?  No.  It is a great movie though. A perfect mixture of action and comedy.  Its very similar to the Rush Hour and Beverly Hills cop formulas.  In fact, this feels like the type of film they would've made back in the 1980s.  Its two cops that are buddies that stumble onto a huge drug dealer, all the while searching for a baseball card that was stolen from one of the cops that is supposed to be sold an used to pay for his daughter's wedding, so that her jerk step-dad (played by the great Jason Lee) can't step in and make him look bad.  Whew.  All in one breath!

Bottom line, don't listen to the hype..or lacktherof.  Its a fun film and is definately best seen in blu-ray high-definition!  The Kevin Smith extras are hilarious.


Interest Range: Comedy, Action, Kevin Smith

Cats & Dogs Blu-Ray Review

Cats and Dogs Blu-Ray Review
 

Synopsis: They’re cunning. They’re stealthy. They’re waging a top-secret, ultra-high-tech struggle for global domination right under our noses. They’re…Cats & Dogs! Witness this epic “tail” of what happens when an eccentric professor (Jeff Goldblum) makes a discovery that could tip the age-old balance of pet power. Now an inexperienced young beagle pup (voiced by Tobey Maguire) will undertake the ultimate mission impawsible: saving humankind from total catastrophe! Voices of Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jon Lovitz, Charlton Heston and Sean Hayes are also featured.

Review: Oh, no..here comes the cliche, right?  A talking animal kids movie.  Not again!  Right?  Wrong!  Cats and Dogs revolutionized kids movies with their snarky and fun take on the talking animals.  The film has great star power with Susan Sarandon and Jon Lovitz and as many jokes for the adults as the kids!  This film is a spoof on James Bond and other action spy films, but with the premise that there is a secret world existing beneath ours amongst the pets!

The sequel to Cats and Dogs (The Revenge of Pussy Galore) is coming to theaters and now you can see the original hit on blu-ray for the first time.  The sound and picture both look fantastic.  The transfer into high-definition was a wonderful success.   Our kids love this film and continue to be huge fans of what is turning out to be a cool franchise.
Interest Range: Kids Movies, Talking Animals

Greenberg Blu-Ray Review

Greenberg Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Roger Greenberg (Stiller) is single, fortyish and deliberately doing nothing. In search of a place to restart his life, he agrees to housesit for his brother in LA and tries to reconnect with his former bandmate (Rhys Ifans) and successful ex-girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh). But old friends aren't necessarily still best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself forging a connection with his brother's personal assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig). Despite his best attempts not to be drawn in, Greenberg comes to realize that he may at last have found a reason to be happy. Critics rave, “Greenberg has a soul, a heart and a sense of humor.” (Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com)

Review: This is not your average Ben Stiller film.  This is an independant film in every way, shape and form.  It was done by Noah Baumbach, who is infamous for directing piercing character pieces like Margot at the Wedding and the Squid and the Whale.  This film is dry, shyly dark and full of realism that will turn off anyone looking for a silly comedy.

Greenberg is a great character piece that really illustrates the human condition.  Stiller plays a character that is so vile and yet he does such a great job of coyly convincing us to feel for him.  This is the type of film that gives me hope in the industry, when you can find a 'big name' actor willing to flex his real acting muscle and not pander to the mainstream.   This is art film in its finest and I highly recommend it.

The film comes off best on blu-ray, so if you have the ability to get it in high-definition, definately do so!

Interest Range: Indie Film, Noah Baumbach

Insomnia Blu-Ray Review

Insomnia Blu-Ray Review


Synopsis: A thriller to keep you wide awake in mesmerizing hi-def from the director of The Dark Knight and Inception. Invited to Nightmute, Alaska, to head a murder case, a veteran LAPD detective finds his investigation disrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on him – and by personal guilt over a second crime that may be real...or a figment of his increasingly unstable consciousness. Director Christopher Nolan (whose other credits include Memento and Batman Begins) crafts another jolting psychological thriller to remember, guiding Academy Award winners* Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank in Insomnia. In the season of the midnight sun, no one – and no secret – can forever hide.

Review: Insomnia was the second offering from director Christopher Nolan.  It was a far departure from his debut film, Memento, which was full of twists and mind-bending turns.    The cast is all-star with Robin Williams and Al Pacino.  The film is essentially a cop drama and it was really a way for Nolan to show is level of range after Memento, so that he wouldn't be sectioned off as an oddball indie film director.

You may know Nolan's name for reviving the Batman franchise with Batman Begins and the now infamous, The Dark Knight.   You can really see his ability for these films in Insomnia, and no doubt his pulling off of this film contributed to his getting work on Batman.  The scenery is so epic and grand that it almost overshadows the small cop drama plot.  The film itself isn't terribly odd or extraordinary, but in fact it is a typical film, done in such a way that it grabs you.

The blu-ray looks fantastic and the film definately shines in high-definition.  We recommend this film for any fan of Nolans and anyone that enjoys police drama and suspense.
Interest Range: Thriller, Suspense, Christopher Nolan

Film Noir Classics: Volume 5 DVD Review

Film Noir Classics: Volume 5 DVD Review

Synopsis: Out of the vaults and into the light: a fascinating 4-Disc Set showcasing 8 genre gems rich with the intensity and diversity of noir! Disc 1 wreaks revenge, with Dick Powell on the hunt in Cornered and Steve Brodie on the lam in Desperate. Caught-in-the-act immediacy highlights Disc 2’s corruption exposé The Phenix City Story and the hostage drama Dial 1119. Disc 3 turns procedural with noir ace Charles McGraw bulldogging the perps of an Armored Car Robbery then turns to social-conscience filmmaking with Crime in the Streets (John Cassavetes and Sal Mineo star). An unfatale femme is rare in noir but invaluable when strong dames help their men out of jams, as do Disc 4’s Susan Hayward in Deadline at Dawn and Virginia Mayo in Backfire. Step into the shadows and suspense.

Review: We're talking guns, dancers, crime, women and an old world sensibility that you just don't see in film today.  This fifth collection in the Film Noir series by Warner Bros. has another great collection of retro film.  We get a lot of these types of collections at the Legion, but none like this one.  I started to watch these old films and I was drawn right into the world of yesterday.  It was so much fun to see these black and whites from the 1940s and 1950s. 

The collection is eight films on four discs and it doesn't disappoint.  If you enjoy retro film at all, then this set is for you!  Its definately a peek back into culture and the way movies were made during the WWII and post WWII era.

Cornered (1945):
From England to continental Europe to Buenos Aires, ex-RCAF pilot Dick Powell stalks the Nazi collaborator who murdered his bride. But one fact constantly surfaces during his quest: no one can describe the mysterious man. Joining Powell in the film shadows are the director and other key talent behind Murder, My Sweet of the year before.

Special Features:
Cornered trailer.

Runtime:           102 minutes
Rating: NR
Film Specs:       B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
Language:         English Mono
Subtitles:           English

Desperate (1947):
Desperate is the first of seven atmospheric noirs directed by Anthony Mann. Steve Brodie is a postwar every man who accepts what he thinks is an honest trucking job, only to find he’s the driver in a botched heist that puts Brodie and his bride (Audrey Long) on the run from the cops and the cons who planned the job (including chief thug Raymond Burr).

Runtime:              73 minutes
Rating:                 NR
Film Specs:          B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
Language:            English Mono
Subtitles:              English

The Phenix City Story (1955):
Corruption, brutality and vice plagued Phenix City, Alabama, for 100 years, so who would dare to change it? Based on real-life events and filmed on location in what was called Sin City USA, director Phil Karlson’s semi-documentary tells the jolting tale of those who risked their lives to bring the burg’s syndicate of thugs and murderers to justice.

RT:                      100 minutes
Rating:                 NR
Film Specs:          B&W 16x9 Widescreen 1.77
Language:            English Mono
Subtitles:              English


Dial 1119 (1950):
An asylum inmate escapes to the city, where he takes hostages at a local dive, guns down a bar employee and warns authorities his captives will be next if the doctor whose testimony first put him away doesn’t arrive within the hour. A bit of casting irony goes with the movie’s then-novel use of TV news coverage: actors Marshall Thompson, William Conrad, Keefe Brasselle and Leon Ames would have significant career ventures in television.

Special Features:
Includes Dial 1119 theatrical trailer.

RT:                      75 minutes
Rating:                 NR
Film Specs:          B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
Language:            English Mono
Subtitles:              English

Armored Car Robbery (1950):
Richard Fleischer directs this brute-force milestone about a deadly heist and the battle of wits and firepower between a fugitive gangster (William Talman) and his stripper moll (Adele Jergens) and a bulldog cop (Charles McGraw), out to avenge his partner’s death, who uses hidden microphones, lab work and his own well-honed instincts to close the net.

RT:                      68 minutes
Rating:                 NR
Film Specs:          B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
Language:            English Mono
Subtitles:              English

Crime in the Streets (1956):
Following a turf rumble with a rival group, a street gang leader (John Cassavetes) tells his gang to do what they’ve never done before: kill a snitch. Reginald Rose wrote and Don Siegel directs a jazz-riffing screen version of a tale first seen on TV and co-starring James Whitmore and Sal Mineo.

RT:                      91 minutes
Rating:                 NR
Film Specs:          B&W 16x9 Widescreen 1.77
Language:            English Mono
Subtitles:              English

Deadline At Dawn (1946):
A gangster’s sister lies dead. All clues point to sailor Bill Williams as the murderer. Slated to depart for duty at dawn, the swabbie, aided by good-hearted dime-a-dancer Susan Hayward and affable cabbie Paul Lukas, has mere hours to prove his innocence. The tangy Clifford Odets script is based on a novel by William Irish (pseudonym of Cornell Woolrich).

RT:                      83 minutes
Rating:                 NR
Film Specs:                   B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
Language:            English Mono
Subtitles:              English

Backfire (1950):

Vincent Sherman directs this gripping yarn about recovering war veteran Gordon MacRae’s quest to prove pal Edmond O’Brien innocent of murder. Aiding him is his resourceful nurse Virginia Mayo. And a secretive doctor, a lively undertaker, a desperate gambler, a dying witness and a haunting Viennese melody all lead them to a shocking climax.

RT:                      91 minutes
Rating:                 NR
Film Specs:          B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
Language:            English Mono
Subtitles:              English


Interest Range: Vintage Film, Noir Film

Monday, July 26, 2010

SDCC 2010: Young Justice Video & Pics!

San Diego Con brings some great pics and info about Young Justice.  Firstly, the show will include the older JL members as mentors.  We're talking Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow and more!


See the video that the WB released this weekend below!

A NEW Batman cartoon is in the works!

Thats right folks, on the heels of the news of Batman: Brave and the Bold facing cancellation after season 3, we learn that a new Batman cartoon, a CGI one, is being produced by James Tucker and planned for a 2011 release!

We can't wait to see this latest addition to the bat-toon universe!

Batman: Brave and the Bold - CANCELLED!


Thats right folks, the news out of SDCC is that the Brave and the Bold has 26 more episodes to air.  This means part two of season 2 and a 13 episode long season 3.  Is there a new bat-toon in the works after this?  YES!  Stay tuned for news on that...

SDCC 2010: Retro Action Super Heroes Rundown

Pics courtesy of ToyNewsi.com

SDCC 2010: Action League Expanding into the DC Universe!


The Action League line expands outside of Brave and the Bold! We've posted the Bat-characters of interest, hopefully much more to come!  Pics courtesy of ToyNewsi.com

SDCC 2010: Brave and the Bold Hot Wheels Batmobile

Pic Courtesy of ToyNewsi.com

SDCC 2010: Imaginext 2011 Rundown

There was one new Batman Imaginext character revealed....and that was Killer Croc!  Pics courtesy of ToyNewsi.com

SDCC 2010: DC Universe Classics Rundown

Check out that Az-Bats!!!!  These pics are courtesy of ToyNewsi.com. 

SDCC 2010: Justice League Unlimited Rundown

These images are courtesy of www.toynewsi.com