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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Camp Rock: the Final Jam Nintendo DS Game Review

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Camp Rock: the Final Jam Nintendo DS Game Review


About the Game: Camp Rock: The Final Jam allows players to create their own customized avatar and join Mitchie, Shane and other Camp Rockers as they explore music camp and participate in a variety of activities as they prepare to compete against their rival Camp Star. Fans can jam to songs using the stylus to play guitar, bass, and drums and even get down with some hot dance moves inspired by the film.

Our Take: What sets Camp Rock: The Final Jam apart from other DS games?  Hands down, its the music!   The gameplay is fun and everything, but the fact that you can listen to the characters jam out is the best!  I played this one with my 8 year old son, and he had a blast.  He just recently watched the latest movie and this game was a great accompanyment.  If you or your kids are a fan of this series, the game won't disappoint!

The features of the game are:


Play through the story events of Camp Rock: The Final Jam.


Rock out to songs from Camp Rock and Camp Rock: The Final Jam using the stylus to play guitar, bass and drums.


Solve puzzles and play mini-games to help Camp Rockers prepare for the Final Jam.


Get down with some cool dance moves inspired by the film.


Customize your avatar with clothing, accessories and make-up to wear around camp.

Guilty Party Wii Game Review

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Guilty Party Wii Game Review


About this Game: Disney Guilty Party is a fun and hilarious mystery party game, exclusively for Wii™. Friends and family play as the savvy sleuths of the world-famous Dickens Detective Agency to investigate a series of crimes and identify the guilty party. Explore a variety of mysterious locations - each with a unique twist. The Wii Remote™ is used to collect clues and interrogate suspects via fun pick-up-and-play minigames. With enough evidence gathered, players can identify the guilty party and solve the case - but the Dickens Detective Agency has many enemies, and there's always another suspect lurking in the shadows...

Our Take: There are a ton of Wii games that come out every year, but none quite as fun as Guilty Party, the newest release from Disney.  You work as a sleuth with the Dickens Detective Agency in order to solve various mysteries.  One of the coolest things is that every level can have a different ending, depending on how you play it.  This game seemingly has infinate twists and possibilities.

The gameplay is smooth and the graphics are fantastic.  Our entire family played this one together and it was a blast.  It reminds me a lot of the old 'Clue' game, but with a lot more interesting turns.  We won't reveal the identity of ol' Mr. Valentine, but rest assured it'll take you by surprise!


They key features of this release are:


Family Friendly Fun: Play alone or with up to four people in head-to-head gameplay, or team up in cooperative modes to solve the case


Become a Detective: Play as an elite detective called in to investigate a bizarre series of mysteries. Search the scenes for clues, question suspects and utilize sleuthing skills to crack the case


Fun Mini Games: The Wii Remote becomes a lock pick, a flashlight and more. Quick wits and reflexes are needed in dozens of mini-games to uncover clues and gather information from suspects


Replayability: Each level can be replayed with a different ending every time

Batman: Arkham City Artwork! Catwoman!

A few new pics of Batman: Arkham City The Video Game sequel have been posted on GameInformer!  Will Catwoman be more of a central character in this one?
 Thanks to omgman113 on our forum for the tip

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Batman: Arkham City Video Game - First Look at Harley Quinn

The UK Playstation magazine is giving us a partial reveal of Harley's new look....


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The Simpsons: The Thirteenth Season Blu-Ray Review

The Simpsons: The Thirteenth Season Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Talk about lucky! Season 13 of The Simpsons arrives on Blu-ray and DVD with 22 hilarious episodes and tons of fun-filled extras, including audio commentaries, animation showcases, and featurettes. So grab a donut and pull up a couch to see Lisa becoming a Buddhist, Bart living in a plastic bubble, Homer doing community service (which lands him in the electric chair), and the Simpsons offending the entire nation of Brazil, plus your favorite couch gags and a slew of celebrity guest voices.

Review: The Simpsons is the most monumental animated show on television!  I've been watching the characters since the Tracy Ulman show in 1987 and the debut of their own show in 1989.  I was ten years old when I first saw the show, and like most of America, I fell in love!  I'm now turning 31 and the Simpsons shows no signs of slowing down!   How amazing is that?!  To have a show run this long and stay with you through all of the changes in your life is not only comforting, its impressive!

The thirteenth season of the show featured some new creative direction, which is necessary every so often on such a long-running show.  The season featured a total of 22 episodes, and they're as hilarious as ever!  Its a treat to finally be getting seasons in blu-ray high-definition!  The animation really pops!  Its fantastic.  The set includes a ton of extras that are sure to please any hardcore fan!

The special features on this blu-ray release include:
-A token from Matt Groening
-Audio Commentary on EVERY episode from writers, actors and directors
-Ralphisms 
-The People Ball
-The 13th Crewman
-Blame it on the Monkeys
-The Games
-The Sweet Life of Ralph
-Multi-Angle Animation Showcases
-Sketch Gallery
-Deleted Scenes
-Special Language Feature
-Commercials and more!

Interest Range: The Simpsons, Animation, Comedy

Monday, August 30, 2010

City Island Blu-Ray Review

City Island Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a lifelong resident of the tiny, tradition-steeped Bronx enclave of City Island. A family man who makes his living as a corrections officer, Vince longs to become an actor. Ashamed to admit his aspirations to his family, Vince would rather let his fiery wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) believe his weekly poker games are a cover for an extramarital affair than admit he’s secretly taking acting classes in Manhattan. When Vince is asked to reveal his biggest secret in class, he inadvertently sets off a chaotic chain of events that turns his mundane suburban life upside down. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, City Island spins a web of misrepresentations, misinterpretations and misunderstandings into a smart and charming comedy about a family that stops at nothing to avoid the truth.

Review: City Island is a mess!  Its a good movie, but these characters are a mess!  Their lives are full of deceipt and lies and secret desire that eventually comes to the natural conclusion of chaos!   I really enjoyed this one, it shows a disfunctional family dynamic in the modern world.  A man going through what is clearly a mid-life crisis and a woman struggling with finding validation in her older age.   

The blu-ray of this film looks great.  Watching anything in high-definition is far superior.  This is a great film to watch anytime.  It has some laughs and great comedic-style drama that is sure to delight.

Interest Range: Comedy, Drama

Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Collection DVD Review

Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Collection DVD Review


Synopsis: Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie -- a.k.a. Flight of the Conchords -- moved to New York in the hopes of forging a successful music career. Unfortunately, despite their status as "New Zealand’s 4th Most Popular Folk Parody Duo," fame and notoriety continue to elude them. Watch as Bret and Jemaine contend with unrequited love, inept criminals, prostitution, and epileptic dogs, breaking into song as they clumsily try to break into the New York scene.

Review: Flight of the Conchords is one of the funniest shows I've ever seen in America.  The comedy duo of Jemaine and Bret take you through their lives as a New Zealand singing duo trying to make it big in America with the help of their bumbling manager, played by Rhys Darby, they manage to make it about everywhere but the top.

This complete collection set includes both seasons of the show, plus their HBO special, which is absolutely hilarious.  It includes fan favorites like the Robo-Boogie and Business Time!   This is an absolutely definitive collection and a must for any fan.  If you don't know the show this is the perfect way to enjoy it!   This show is dry, witty and hilarious.  If you enjoy shows like The Office, this one is definately for you!

The special features on this DVD set include: 
-All 22 episodes from the series
-Flight of the Conchords: One Night Stand--Never-before-released 30-minute special
-Flight of the Conchords: On Air documentary feature
-Dave's pawn shop commercials
-New Zealand Consulate meetings with Murray and Greg
-Outtakes
-Deleted scenes

Interest Range: Flight of the Conchords, HBO tv, Comedy

Dc Super Friends HeroWorld! New Batman Toyline!

There is a brand new, Toys 'R Us Exclusive, Fisher-Price Dc Super Friends toyline out on shelves now....HeroWorld!  I found these last friday when out with the family, they are awesome!
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season DVD Review

Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season DVD Review



Synopsis: It all comes down to this. Television’s most innovative and compelling series comes to a stunning conclusion in ABC’s LOST: The Complete Sixth And Final Season. The critically acclaimed epic drama will finally reveal the fate of the Oceanic 815 survivors and all who have joined their journey, and will uncover even more secrets with never-before-seen content available only on Blu-ray and DVD!

In the aftermath of a monumental explosion, reality shifts for everyone associated with the mystical island. Discover their ultimate destiny on Blu-ray and DVD, complete with exciting bonus features and a fascinating recap to catch you up on everything you need to know about the celebrated series. Complete your LOST collection with this spectacular 5-disc set, and experience the final 16 episodes of a landmark in television history.

Review: This is it!  We finally got the final season of the unprecidented television epic LOST!  For six years we've waited to see what the great mystery of the island truly was.  Through polar bears and time travel and crazy force fields we've stuck through it all, and now we're finally rewarded!    The ending is bittersweet, though, for many fans that wish the show could've gone ona little longer.  Nevertheless, we get this sixth and final season on DVD.

LOST is an absolutely character driven show.  It has an underlying mystery, but as you watch you really start to care about what happens to these people.  We get to revisit some old friends in season six.  We won't spoil the ending or plots here in this review, in case you've been saving yourself for the DVD release!  To be sure, it ends with quite the twist and a really fun take on an age-old myth.

The Special features on the DVD set include:


  • Plus: A Lost Blu-ray & DVD exclusive - Go deeper into the world of LOST with a much-anticipated new chapter of the island's story from Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse... and starring some very familiar faces

  • The End: Crafting A Final Season - Join the LOST team along with other producers of some of television's longest running shows as they examine the challenges of ending a landmark series

  • A Hero's Journey - What makes a hero? Which survivors of Oceanic 815 are true heroes? These questions and more are explored

  • See You In Another Life, Brotha - Unlock the mysteries of this season's intriguing flash sideways

  • Bloopers

  • Deleted Scenes

  • Audio Commentaries

  • Video: See a clip from this DVD set HERE


    Interest Range: Lost, ABC Tv, Mystery, Drama

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    Adam West Interview on TV Squad

    Adam West Talks Batman, 'Family Guy' and Using the Batmobile to Pick Up Women....read the full interview on TV Squad >>

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    Young Justice Cartoon: Arrowette!

    The forthcoming Cartoon Network Young Justice Cartoon will feature Arrowette, as voiced by Stephanie Lemelin.  Here is a full body shot of the character. 

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    Ed Asner to voice Granny Goodness in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Cartoon


    SEVEN-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNER ED ANSER REPRISES GRANNY GOODNESS ROLE IN SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE

    Seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming September 28, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video.

    Granny Goodness is the primary henchwoman for the evil lord Darkseid, ruler of the distant planet Apokolips and a cruel, ominous being even more powerful than Superman. Asner first voiced the role for four episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, and returned to those evil female roots for two episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.


    Asner’s storied career boasts seven Emmy Awards – three supporting actor honors for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, two more as the title character in Lou Grant, and a pair of awards recognizing individual supporting performances in the landmark miniseries Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man. He has won more acting Emmys than any other performer, and is the only actor to ever win Emmy Awards for playing the same character in both a comedy and a drama

    The five-time Golden Globe winner also served as President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981-1985.

    Live-action accolades aside, Asner has been ever-present in animation for nearly 25 years, running the gamut from guest spots on shows like Animaniacs, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Johnny Bravo, King of the Hill, The Boondocks and Hercules (to name but a few) to regular roles in Gargoyles, Freakazoid, Batman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man and Captain Planet and the Planeteers. He also voiced the role of Santa Claus in the animated television special Olive the Other Reindeer (he’s played Santa Claus for four different film/TV productions).

    Asner’s stirring, funny, wonderful portrayal of Carl Fredrickson in Disney/Pixar’s Up had critics wondering why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had yet to add a voice acting category to the Academy Awards slate.


    Asner joins a Superman/Batman: Apocalypse cast led by fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (China Beach) reprising their seminal roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. Also featured among the celebrity-laden guest cast is Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the daunting Darkseid, and sci-fi heroine Summer Glau (Serenity/Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

    Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel “Superman/Batman: Supergirl” by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist).

    Asner, who turns 81 this November, had a few short minutes to answer questions following his latest recording session as Granny Goodness. Take note … or Granny will know.

    QUESTION:

    How does Granny Goodness compare to playing other female characters?

    ED ASNER:


    I don’t think I have played any other female characters before (he laughs). But if I did, she’d have more balls than any of them. It’s become the fashion lately – there’s Brian Bedford in Stratford doing Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s play. What hasn’t been done enough is women playing men in as butch a manner as possible. That’s got to be even more fun. I’m talking somebody like Marjorie Main pulling it off.

    QUESTION:

    What do you use as a focal point while voicing Granny?

    ED ASNER:

    I’m thinking she’s a lot of chest, a lot of high pressure steam, and that she’s probably got a constant focus on vengeance and wreaking havoc on whoever she can. And I want to get away with as much damage as I can in as high-flown an effeminate form as possible.

    QUESTION:

    You’ve done it all and had long-lasting success in the entertainment industry. What’s the enticement of voice acting for you?

    ED ASNER:

    It’s always a trip a joyful trip to come into the studio, and especially working with this group. Andrea (Romano) is a delight to work with, and Bruce (Timm) knows this genre better than anybody. Plus, it’s the ability to let your imagination take flight – to take chances, to plunge and to soar. That’s something you don’t get to do as an actor. You get to do it as a kid. So I grab the opportunity as often as I can.

    QUESTION:

    With all the animation work you’ve done, and the huge success of Up, can we assume you see animated films and television as a viable source of entertainment.

    ED ASNER:

    I’ve always loved cartoons – I watched them when I was young, I still watch them now. And it is interesting to see how much more adult they’ve gotten in terms of content, from these super hero pieces with their violence and more adult themes to the truly mature, fully-developed stories developed in films like Up and Wall-E. Today’s animation goes places cartoons didn’t used to go.

    QUESTION:

    How do you feel about spunk?

    ED ASNER:

    That all depends on who’s got it.

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    Hi-5 Season Four DVD Review

    Hi-5 Season Four DVD Review



    Synopsis: The complete and final ten episodes from Hi-5 seen daily on Discovery Kids. As a bonus we added the five highest rated shows of all time. DVD comes with Growth Chart and collectable HI-5 stickers!

    Review: The kids tv show Hi-5 is a very underrated and widely unknown series.  The show offered four seasons, this DVD represents the final season.   The show is very educational and entertaining, which is more than I can say for a lot of children's programming these days. 

    The DVD includes the final 10 episodes, plus a greatest hits of 5 more episodes.  If you have a little one you'll want to pick this show up for them.  Its a blast.

    Interest Range: Kids Programming, Discovery Kids

    Don't You Forget About Me DVD Review

    Don't You Forget About Me DVD Review



    Synopsis: How did John Hughes capture the growing pains of adolescence so perfectly? Why do his films resonate with those that grew up with them, and those that have just discovered them? Why did he leave? Armed with those and many other questions, a documentary was put into production. It wasn't long before interviews with Hughes alumni and those influenced by Hughes transpired, shedding light on Hughes and his work. However, after 2 years of compiling hundreds of interviews there was still a very important one missing: John Hughes. DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME cuts insightful and entertaining interviews with the honest, humorous, and tension filled road trip the neophyte filmmakers make to Chicago hoping to secure an interview with the reclusive director and closure for themselves. Interviews with Kevin Smith, Mia Sara, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy and more!

    Review: The 80s wouldn't have been what it was without the filmmaking of John Hughes!  Everything from the Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles to Weird Science and Pretty in Pink, some of the best films that came out of that era were thanks to him.  This new documentary touches on how Hughes worked and why he left the entertainment business. 
    Don't You Forget About Me has interviews with all the major players in the 80s Hughes era, including Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy.  We see the filmmakers journey to find Hughes and interview the man himself about why he left.  I found this one very entertaining and nostalgic.  This is a must-own for anyone into 80s films or Hughes' work in general.

    Interest Range: Documentary, John Hughes, 1980s Movies, The Brat Pack

    Timer DVD Review

    Timer DVD Review


    Synopsis: What if a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate? In this alternate version of present day Los Angeles, a revolutionary device called the TiMER fulfills this fantasy. For a reasonable installation fee and moderate monthly charges, a TiMER implanted in the wrist will accurately display the numbers of days, hours, minutes and seconds until the wearers date with destiny.

    Review: This film is a romantic comedy disguised in a sci-fi plot.  It stars the very charming Emma Caulfield in the lead role of a woman that hasn't had good luck with love and is considering whether or not she should use this new technology.   Caulfield really shows her range here and does a fantastic job of endearing herself to the audience right away.  You find yourself actually caring whether she finds true love.  

    Timer is a great movie to watch with your sweetheart.  Guys will be into the sci-fi concepts and your girl will love the romantic angle.  Its perfect!

    Interest Range: Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Sci-Fi

    Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes DVD Review

    Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes DVD Review
     

    Synopsis: Jewel heists around the city of London befuddle Scotland Yard and the beautiful singer Red is framed for the crook. Only the legendary Sherlock Holmes can find the real thief with the help of his assistant Dr. Watson--and of course, Tom and Jerry. But finding clues and cracking the case will be elementary compared to keeping the peace between these raucous rivals as they scamper, scurry, scoot and speed along the streets, alleys and rooftops in the name of justice. Familiar friends Tuffy, Butch, Droopy and many more cleverly round out the motley crew of characters and possible suspects in this brilliant fusion of classic detection and energetic animation!

    Review: Who doesn't love Tom and Jerry?!   I myself have a respectable collection of their classic and more modern shows on DVD.  Its always a joy to see familiar characters doing what they do best!  This time around we get a new original movie.

    The best way to describe Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes is classic.  It harkens back to an era when your favorite characters would encounter fictional or historic characters for a fun mash-up.  The story is well told and full of fun.

    The special feature on this DVD movie is a segment on How to Draw Tom and Jerry.  It was full of great tips and it was fun to watch the characters be drawn by one of the professional animators.
    Interest Range: Tom and Jerry, Classic Animation, Kids Cartoons

    Hamlet Blu-Ray Book Review

    Hamlet Blu-Ray Book Review


    Synopsis: Hamlet has the kind of power, energy and excitement that movies can truly exploit, actor/director Kenneth Branagh says. In this first full-text film of William Shakespeare's play, shot on 65mm film and exhibited in Panavision Super 70, power surges through every scene. The timeless tale of murder, corruption and revenge is reset in a lavish 19th-century world, using sprawling Blenheim Palace as Elsinore and staging mich of the action in mirrored, gold-filled interiors. A landmark cast (Julie Christie, Kate Winslet, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Charlton Heston and more), the excitement of the Bard's words and an energetic filmmaking style lift the story from its often shadowy ambience to fully-lit pageantry and rage.

    Review: Hamlet is a classic work by William Shakespeare.  It has been interpreted many times, cincluding a tragic version with Mel Gibson (ewww), but never so well on film as by Kenneth Branagh in this version with Kate Winslet, Robin Williams and more.

    What sets this version of Hamlet apart is the high-quality actors chosen and the filmmaking techniques that draw us into this world and really make it real.  We forget that we're watching a Shakespearean play and we feel the drama and the impact of everything happening.

    Hamlet looks amazing in high-definition.  It only adds to the majesty and finesse in which Branagh handles this classic tale.  The blu-ray set also comes with a commemorative book about the filming. This is a must-own!

    Interest Range: Shakespeare, Hamlet, Drama

    One Tree Hill: The Complete Seventh Season DVD Review

    One Tree Hill: The Complete Seventh Season DVD Review


    Synopsis: The journeys of those who hail from the town of Tree Hill have been vast, from Nathan and Haley's first kiss to marriage, a son and, most recently, Nathan's return to the basketball court. Now in its seventh season, One Tree Hill continues to explore the journeys of its beloved characters, while seamlessly introducing new favorites. As the series jumps ahead 14 months, these new relationships infuse the history and change the lives of those who live there. Through it all, these friends and family members realize that life always leads you right where you belong.

    Review: One Tree Hill is one of the coolest dramas on television.  It has gone on forever, with the eighth season slated already, and the characters still manage to stay interesting.  This new season jumps ahead 14 months into the future and shows us how things are sitting with the gang.  This season really stays true to the feel of the show with a great blend of romance, drama and humor.

    The special features on the DVD include: Unaired scenes, Return to Camp One Tree Hill: The experiences of newcomers Robert Buckley, India DeBeaufort, Jana Kramer and Shantel VanSanten, Spring Break with One Tree Hill: Two contest winners are put through their paces working as production assistants on spring break, OTH – The Director's Debut: Following First-Time Helmer Sophia Bush, Commentary on two episodes by series creator Mark Schwahn and key cast and crew and a Gag reel

    Interest Range: Drama

    Links: WB One Tree Hill Website

    Highlander: Season 2 Autographed Blu-Ray Giveaway!


    DVD Legion has partnered with Davis-Panzer to offer a copy of Highlander: Season Two on Blu-Ray to one lucky reader!  This Blu-Ray has been personally autographed by Highlander producer Peter Davis!

    How do you enter?  Simply email us at dvdlegion.com @ gmail.com to be entered in the random drawing!

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    Time Bandits Blu-Ray Review

    Time Bandits Blu-Ray Review



    Synopsis: Young Kevin's daydreams burst into astonishing and hilarious life when a band of time-traveling little men come crashing through his bedroom wardrobe and carry him off on an unbelievable crime spree, weaving through the greatest and strangest moments of history. The pint-sized plunderers filch from a neurotic Napoleon (Ian Holm), a dim-witted Robin Hood (John Cleese) and a heroic King Agamemnon (Sean Connery), leading to a showdown with the dark forces of Evil (David Warner)...all while keeping just one precarious step ahead of the wrath of The Supreme Being himself!Producer/Director/Co-writer Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil) teams with many of his comic-genius cohorts from Monty Python to bring this laugh-out-loud modern fairy tale-adventure to life.

    Review: This movie is crazy.  Do you know how I know this?  Terry Gilliam directed it, so even before you go into it you know there is some wild stuff going on.  You may recognize Gilliam's name from the legendary Monty Python boys, but don't let that cred fool you into thinking he's a goofball, he's a seriously twisted individual!  Anyone that has seen his feature 'Tideland' knows this first-hand.

    Time Bandits is a classic fantasy tale from the 1980s.  Its a great movie for adults and kids, especially if you're a Python fan.  The film features cameos from John Cleese and Michael Palin.  The cast also includes Iam Holm (Lord of the Rings).  The big question here isn't whether Tim Bandits is a good movie...its already established it's place.  The question is how does this new transfer into high-definition blu-ray look?  In a word...shocking.

    Honestly, when I see a film from the early to mid-80s is going to blu-ray I sigh loudly.  After all, we all got burned by that terrible release of the original Ghostbusters.   Time Bandits shocks and awes with a FANTASTIC transfer!  You can tell that the film was taken from a master source, and though it has a little static, that really just adds to the feel of the film.  There is no grain to speak of and the picture really pops.  This is a great release and a must-own!

    Interest Range: Fantasy, Terry Gilliam, Monty Python

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever DVD Review

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever DVD Review



    Synopsis: WHEN THE TURTLES OF THE 1987 ANIMATED SERIES ARE ACCIDENTALLY BROUGHT TO THE WORLD OF THE 2003 SERIES, THE OLD TURTLES MUST ALLY WITH THE NEW TO PREVENT CH'RELL, THE UTROM SHREDDER, WHOSE EVIL PLAN THREATENS THE EXISTENCE OF THE VERY MULTIVERSE ITSELF.

    Review: This might be one of the best animated movies of the last ten years!  Its only a TMNT feature, you say?  No!  Its far more than that.  This fantastic DVD is a mash-up of the 1980s TMNT with the way cooler 2003 TMNT series!  A rift in dimensions opens and the old TMNT join up with the new ones and hilarity ensues!  

    The DVD is full of tongue-in-cheek cracks at the silly atmosphere of the old show and its even addressed as the old Krang and Shredder are treated like idiots and dominated by the Utrom Shredder!  This feature really goes into the TMNT multiverse, even showing us a cool original comic book universe at the end!

    Bottom line, this DVD is fun!  If you're a TMNT fan from serious to casual, you need this one!  It was a blast to watch with my own kids, who are also fans of both series.  Nick now has rights to TMNT and I can't wait to see what they give us in the coming years!  This is a nice way to wrap up what was in the past and get us ready for a new incarnation of the gang soon!

    Interest Range: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animation, 1980s Cartoons, Nickelodeon

    Batman: Brave and The Bold Season One, Part One DVD Review

    Batman: Brave and The Bold Season One, Part One DVD Review


    Synopsis: Batman wings into an exciting new era, teaming with a mighty honor roll of DC Comics Super Heroes in this action-packed series. Through the show's first 13 Animated Adventures in this 2-Disc Collection, the Dark Knight allies with Aquaman, Plastic Man, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado, Green Arrow, Wildcat, Deadman, Bronze Tiger and Atom to take on an array of evildoers ranging from mad scientists to intergalactic crooks, from power-mad dictators to out-of-control teenagers. He even travels to a parallel world, becoming the villainous Owlman! In this cool, cutting-edge and often funny series bringing back old-school comic-book styling and dry wit to crimefighting, Batman faces any peril, including other heroes stealing the show, in his relentless pursuit of justice.

    Review: The Brave and the Bold is the most recent cartoon to make its mark on the Batman franchise.  The show brings a mixture of humor and nostalgia that appeals to many older fans, while also keeping it interesting for little ones.

    The Brave and the Bold is basically a love letter to the silver age of Batman comics.  The character designs and the campy feel really show that the crew on the show have a fanboy agenda to put forth.  They claim that the show is geared towards kids, but it clearly has draws for the adult fan, as well.  The show airs on Cartoon Network, which not everyone can get, so this DVD set may be your first introduction to the show.  Its fun for kids and fans alike.  It has humor and action, but not the serious overtones of say Batman: The Animated Series or even The Batman.

    This DVD set includes 13 episodes from the first season of the show.   This is a great start to collecting the complete series, which will end with season 3!

    The episodes on this set include: RISE OF THE BLUE BEETLE,TERROR ON DINOSAUR ISLAND,EVIL UNDER THE SEA,INVASION OF THE SECRET SANTAS,DAY OF THE DARK KNIGHT,ENTER THE OUTSIDERS,DAWN OF THE DEAD MAN,FALL OF THE BLUE BEETLE, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE BAT,EYES OF DESPERO,RETURN OF THE FEARSOME FANGS,DEEP COVER FOR BATMAN,GAME OVER FOR OWLMAN

    Interest Range: Batman, Dc Comics, Animation

    Batman: Brave and The Bold Season One, Part One DVD Review

    Batman: Brave and The Bold Season One, Part One DVD Review


    Synopsis: Batman wings into an exciting new era, teaming with a mighty honor roll of DC Comics Super Heroes in this action-packed series. Through the show's first 13 Animated Adventures in this 2-Disc Collection, the Dark Knight allies with Aquaman, Plastic Man, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado, Green Arrow, Wildcat, Deadman, Bronze Tiger and Atom to take on an array of evildoers ranging from mad scientists to intergalactic crooks, from power-mad dictators to out-of-control teenagers. He even travels to a parallel world, becoming the villainous Owlman! In this cool, cutting-edge and often funny series bringing back old-school comic-book styling and dry wit to crimefighting, Batman faces any peril, including other heroes stealing the show, in his relentless pursuit of justice.

    Review: The Brave and the Bold is the most recent cartoon to make its mark on the Batman franchise.  The show brings a mixture of humor and nostalgia that appeals to many older fans, while also keeping it interesting for little ones.

    The Brave and the Bold is basically a love letter to the silver age of Batman comics.  The character designs and the campy feel really show that the crew on the show have a fanboy agenda to put forth.  They claim that the show is geared towards kids, but it clearly has draws for the adult fan, as well.  The show airs on Cartoon Network, which not everyone can get, so this DVD set may be your first introduction to the show.  Its fun for kids and fans alike.  It has humor and action, but not the serious overtones of say Batman: The Animated Series or even The Batman.

    This DVD set includes 13 episodes from the first season of the show.   This is a great start to collecting the complete series, which will end with season 3!

    The episodes on this set include: RISE OF THE BLUE BEETLE,TERROR ON DINOSAUR ISLAND,EVIL UNDER THE SEA,INVASION OF THE SECRET SANTAS,DAY OF THE DARK KNIGHT,ENTER THE OUTSIDERS,DAWN OF THE DEAD MAN,FALL OF THE BLUE BEETLE, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE BAT,EYES OF DESPERO,RETURN OF THE FEARSOME FANGS,DEEP COVER FOR BATMAN,GAME OVER FOR OWLMAN

    Interest Range: Batman, Dc Comics, Animation

    Links: DVD Legion

    The Universe: Our Solar System Blu-Ray Review

    The Universe: Our Solar System Blu-Ray Review



    Synopsis: Employing cutting-edge computer-generated imagery to bring distant planets and faraway stars up close, history and science collide in this ambitious investigation of the Universe.

    THE UNIVERSE: OUR SOLAR SYSTEM takes viewers on an exhilarating voyage through the cosmos. Witness the sun's birth at the dawn of our solar system, and its death, billions of years in the future; explore the possibility of a human settlement on Mars; and learn about the devastating threats posed by the meteorites, comets, and asteroids that routinely collide with Earth.

    From the farthest planets and stars in our solar system, back to the familiar face of our moon, HISTORY brings the mysteries of the heavens down to earth.

    Review: The Universe series is one of the best out there.    Here, the History Channel does what they do best, making great and informative documentary television!  I learned SO much about the solar system that I didn't know before. 

    The Universe series mixes historical footage and documentation with modern CGI graphics and theory.  Its without a doubt the most in-depth look at space that I've ever seen.  The high-definition graphics just blew me away!

    This blu-ray would be ideal for anyone interested in space, but furthermore to homeschoolers and classrooms.

    DISC 1: Secrets of the Sun / Mars: The Red Planet / The End of the Earth: Deep Space Threats To Our Planet / Jupiter: The Giant Planet / The Moon

    DISC 2: Spaceship Earth / The Inner Planets: Mercury & Venus / Saturn: Lord of the Rings / Alien Galaxies / Life and Death of a Star

    Interest Range: History Channel, Space, Documentary

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    Four Seasons Lodge DVD Review

    Four Seasons Lodge DVD Review


    Synopsis: From the darkness of Hitler's Europe to the lush mountains of New York's Catskills, FOUR SEASONS LODGE follows a community of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer at their beloved bungalow colony to dance, cook, fight and flirt - and celebrate their survival. Directed by New York Times journalist Andrew Jacobs, with cinematography by the legendary Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), FOUR SEASONS LODGE is an inspiring and surprisingly funny documentary that captures what may be the final season for a remarkable tribe of survivors who have found that dancing, laughter and late-night revelry may be the best revenge on Hitler.

    Review: When I began watching Four Seasons Lodge I didn't expect to be terribly entertained.  I figured I'd see a tired and boresome documentary about some WWII survivors.  Instead, what I got was an engaging and honest look into not only the world of the holocaust survivors, but also inside the golden years of life and a special group of people that have more life and spunk than many half their ages!  This documentary is very interesting and relevant, I found it to be a great watch.

    While watching these people that have survived through so much in their lives, the problems in your own life might seem to shrink just a bit, because they have embraced life and value it for what it truly is.  A gift.

    Interest Range: Drama, Documentary, WWII

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010

    New Animated Bat-Comic / Interview from Newsarama!


    The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold Comic!
    The new volume would feature a new creative team, including artist Rick Burchett (no stranger to drawing comics based on Batman cartoons) and writer Sholly Fisch.

    Click HERE to read the full interview with Sholly Fisch.

    Off and Running DVD Review

    Off and Running DVD Review



    Synopsis: With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean - Brooklyn teen Avery, a local track star in high school, grew up in a unique and loving household. But Avery's curiosity about her African-American roots compels her to contact her birth mother, thrusting her into a complicated exploration of race and identity that threatens to distance her from her family. But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring. OFF AND RUNNING follows Avery to the brink of adulthood, exploring the strength of family bonds and the lengths people must go to become themselves.

    Review: Off and Running is a film about an African-American girl that was adopted by two Jewish Lesbians into a mixed family in Brooklyn.  Once she is nearing graduation from high-school she really begins to question her roots and heritage, to the point where she eventually drops out and becomes completely confused and uprooted.  This coming of age tale really shows us how fragile the family unit can be, especially if someone within it doesn't truly know themself.  The film is touching, heartbreaking and vulnerable.  Its definately a must-see.

    Interest Range: Drama, Coming of Age

    Temple Grandin DVD Review

    Temple Grandin DVD Review


    Synopsis: Based on the writings by its title subject, HBO Films’ Temple Grandin is an engaging portrait of an autistic young woman who became, through timely mentoring and sheer force of will, one of America’s most remarkable success stories.

    Review: HBO is infamous for creating great television and original movies.  In the biopic of Temple Grandin we get something that is touching, charasmatic and captivating.  Claire Daines portrays the best selling author and her life-long struggle with Autism.  A widely known, but rarely understood disorder in our country.  Grandin's mother was told that she would never speak or amount to anything in life, but they showed everyone through determination and hard work.  Grandin eventually became quite successful.

    The film features Daines in one of her best roles yet, in my opinion.  She plays the autism up just enough without becoming a cartoon.  She treads the line of endearing and disturbed so well that you can't help but feel emotionally connected to her.  The struggle to fit in and the reactions of those around her only add to the emotional depth of the film.   I was truly blown away by this one.

    The DVD special features include Commentary by Dr. Temple Grandin, director Mick Jackson, and writer Christopher Monger and The Making of Temple Grandin.

    Interest Range: Drama, Biopic

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Ghostbusters 24" Lighted Logo Sign Coming!

    click the above title for the full story...


    A Diamond Select Release! Who you gonna call?! One of the most iconic images in movie history is now for the first time ever available for display at your home or firehouse! The Ghostbusters logo hanging outside the firehouse is now being produced by Diamond Select in exacting detail and ½ scale to the original sign used in the movie. Measuring 24" wide by 24" high, this sign is waterproof and comes with mounting brackets that can be used to mount outside a business or hung in your home.

    Retail will be $399.99!

    Thanks to ghosthead Ryan for the tip!

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Skellig The Owl Man Blu-Ray Review

    Skellig The Owl Man Blu-Ray Review 


    Synopsis: This moving tale of a boy who befriends a mysterious man with unearthly powers will cast a spell on the entire family! Young Michael hates his dilapidated new home, he's worried about his sick baby sister and hes bullied at school. But life changes when he stumbles upon "Skellig" hiding out in a backyard shed (Tim Roth, The Incredible Hulk), and quickly realizes that there's something very special about him. As magical things start to happen, an entirely new world opens up to Michael, who turns to a reluctant Skellig for help when his baby sister takes a turn for the worse. Don't miss this unforgettable story about the power of friendship and family, the beauty of hope and the rapture of learning to fly.

    Review: Skellig the Owl Man is a new kids fantasy film that has elements of the Neverending Story.  The magical Owl Man turns up to watch over this boy after his life has essentially fell apart.  Skellig is a reluctant old man living in a shed, when this boy, Michael, shows him kindness, suddenly things start to change.  The film is very emotional and does deal with topics of illness and death.

    The blu-ray high-definition looks fantastic.  The sound quality is great and he production value is high.  This is a great quality film that every family should enjoy together.

    Interest Range: Fantasy, Kids Movies

    Orlando Special Edition DVD Review

    Orlando Special Edition DVD Review



    Synopsis: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane and Quentin Crisp star in this "hip, sexy and wickedly funny" film based on the gender-bending novel by Virginia Woolf. Swinton stars as Orlando, an English nobleman who defies the law of nature with surprising results. Immortal and highly imaginative, he undergoes a series of extraordinary transformations which humorously and hauntingly illustrate the eternal war between the sexes. Visually stunning and beautifully acted, Orlando is an intoxicating blend of romance, adventure and illusion.

    Review: This now classic tale from Virginia Woolf is being released in a special edition DVD set!  The tale of a lord that lives life over a 400 year span and even gives himself a sex change to avoid war is masterfully played by the now famous Tilda Swinton.  This film came out originally back in 1992.   Finally, we get a great edition of the light-hearted, but poignant film.

    The special features on this new DVD set include: Orlando Goes to Russia, Orlando in Uzbekistan, Jimmy was an Angel, Venice Film Festival Press Conference, An Interview with Sally Potter, Select Scenes, Commentary with Director Sally Potter

    Interest Range: Drama, Romance

    Dorian Gray DVD Review

    Dorian Gray DVD Review 



    Synopsis: When Dorian Gray arrives in London he immediately falls under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, leading to a life of increasing debauchery. Dorian soon trades his soul for eternal youth and as his lust for pleasure grows, he resorts to murder to protect his secret. Starring Colin Firth, Ben Barnes and Rachel Hurd-Wood.

    Review: The Oscar Wilde tale of Dorian Gray is a classic tale of morality.  This new film is a re-imagining of the tale for us with more...modern sensibilities.   If you're not familiar with the tale, essentially the handsome Gray is painted as he enters society and begins a life of debauchery and hedonism.  The painting gradually gets more and more twisted and ugly to represent his own deeds, until it finally consumes him.

    This new version is fantastic!  Its quite graphic and very dark.  Colin Firth steps outside of his usual romantic "good guy" lead to play a significantly more twisted role.  The entire film is a very enjoyable and high-quality telling of this tale.  Definately a wonderful update! 

    Interest Range: Drama

    The Last Song Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review

    The Last Song Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review




    Synopsis: Miley Cyrus shines as the star of this heartwarming coming-of-age movie that will strike your emotional chords. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks (Dear John, The Notebook), The Last Song follows Ronnie (Cyrus) and her estranged father as he tries to restore the loving relationship they once had. But reconnecting with his rebellious daughter isn’t easy, so he chooses the one thing they still have in common — music. Complete with not-to-be-missed bonus features — the Miley Cyrus music video “When I Look At You,” exclusive interviews with the actress and more — this uplifting and touching drama about family, first loves and second chances is a heartfelt story to you won’t soon forget.


    Review: This new film is another romantic tearjerker from Nicholas Sparks, who wrote the Notebook and Dear John.   We see Miley Cyrus in an uncharacteristic role as a down teenager that has issues with her father.  Quite the opposite of Hannah Montana.    The film is actually very enjoyable and well-written, but the end does have some tragedy.  Overall, its a great movie, definately one to watch with your sweetheart.  You could also share it with your teenager, as there is a strong 'coming of age' angle to the story, as well.

    DVD & BD Bonus Features:



    • Set Tour with Bobby Coleman – In this featurette, we’ll go on a behind-the-scenes guided tour, hosted by Bobby Coleman. This rambunctious eight-year old will bring his fans along as he does everything from interview Adam Shankman, Miley’s security team, to going on a seashell scavenger hunt. Audiences will have an all access pass to see how a film is made through the eyes of the new up-and-comer and star of The Last Song, Bobby Coleman.

    • Making of the Music Video, “When I Look At You“ with Miley Cyrus – Go behind-the-scenes of the music video, “When I Look At You”. It will feature recording studio footage, b-roll from the set, interviews with Miley and crew, clips from the film and music video. Audiences will learn how the film’s motif, southern summer romance, is incorporated into feel and theme of the music video

    • Miley Cyrcus Music Video: “When I Look At you”

    • Audio Commentary – with Director Julie Anne Robinson and Co-Producer Jennifer Gibgot

    BD ONLY

    • Alternate Opening Sequence: The Church Fire (with optional commentary by director)

    • Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by director)

    o Ronnie at the piano

    o Steve & Ronnie at the beach

    o Hospital montage

    o Vegan cookies

    o Juggling on the pier
    Interest Range: Drama, Romantic Drama

    Cemetary Junction Blu-Ray Review

    Cemetary Junction Blu-Ray Review




    Synopsis: From the award-winning team behind the hit series; “The Office". 70’s England is in full swing as three outcast friends find themselves drinking, joking, fighting and chasing girls, while dreaming of escape from their blue-collar hometown of Cemetery Junction. Freddie (Christian Cooke) is a salesman suddenly thrown onto the fast track when he gains the attention of his boss, Mr. Kendrick (Ralph Fiennes). Torn between a prior life of partying with his friends (Tom Hughes and Jack Doolan) and the promise of a brighter future, life gets more complicated when the bosses daughter becomes the focus of Freddie’s affection. Also starring Ricky Gervais and Emily Watson.


    Review: Ricky Gervais is comedy gold.  Everything he touches I bust a gut laughing at, from his stand-up to the Office to Ghostworld.  Now, it needs to be qualified that in order to enjoy Gervais, and this film that he wrote and directed, you need to "get" british comedy.  This is most definately a british comedy.

    This is a great british coming of age film.  It has uncomfortable comedy and some great situations that will leave you wanting more.  I highly recommend this one!!

    The Blu-Ray extras include: Commentary with Writers/Directors Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, Cast Commentary with Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes, and Jack Doolan, The Directors: A Conversation with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, The Lads Look Back: The Stars Discuss Cemetery Junction and Deleted Scenes.

    Interest Range: Comedy, Drama

    Wolverine and the X-Men: Final Crisis Trilogy DVD

    Wolverine and the X-Men: Final Crisis Trilogy DVD




    Synopsis: The Battle for the Future Ends in a Shattering 3-Part Finale. It’s time to save the world from Xavier's catastrophic future in “Volume 6: Final Crisis Trilogy,” as Wolverine and the X-Men stop at nothing to prevent the world’s end in this epic first season finale. The shadowy Inner Circle has captured Jean Grey in order to possess the dangerous Phoenix inside her, while Magneto uses Mystique, disguised as Senator Kelly, to launch the Sentinels on Genosha. After discovering the truth about the Circle’s plan, Emma Frost realizes she alone must try to harness the Phoenix force and save Jean before it’s too late. Meanwhile in the future, Xavier unwillingly helps Master Mold track down every mutant on the planet…for execution. Only Wolverine can stop both Magneto and the Inner Circle, preventing the devastating future Xavier has foretold. Get ready for the ultimate battle in these three game-changing episodes. Who will succeed? The battle for the future has arrived.


    Review: This single-disc release represents the final three episodes of the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series.  The show, regretfully, as been cancelled.  This is DVD wraps it all up with what was a fantastic finale, to say the least.   Its difficult to find well-made super hero cartoons, but this one tops the list.

    The Final Crisis Trilogy has the X-Men and other mutants joining together to battle Apocalype and his Four Horsemen.  The series ends with such a great twist that any serious comic fan will love it!  The show is well-made and entertaining, not to mention fun.

    This DVD is great, because it does give a nice audio commentary from Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson and Chris Yost! 


    Interest Range: Animation, X-Men, Marvel comics