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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Forbidden Lies DVD Review

Forbidden Lies DVD Review



Synopsis: A dramatized documentary investigating accusations that "Forbidden Love" author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.

Review: What a bizarre documentary this is!  The concept behind Forbidden Lies is from a 2003 book written by Jordanian Norma Khouri.  Khouri told the tale of an honor killing where a father had stabbed his daughter in the stomach after she fell in love with a Christian soldier and then received only three months in jail for the crime.  This tale horrified us all in the post 9-11 world.  The only catch is….it was a load of crap!  The story was revealed as false a year after the book was published, thanks to huge glaring factual errors in the book.

Now, a documentary is made to give Khouri a platform to sob and confess and also still persist that she wasn’t completely lying and take us on a journey to discover the truth..or at least her version of it.  I found this documentary to be highly entertaining, mostly because of all the drama queen moments with Khouri.  Its definitely a great watch.

Interest Range
: Documentary

Bored to Death: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray Review

Bored to Death: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Meet Jonathan Ames: writer, romantic, unlicensed private detective. Moonlighting from his job as a novelist and writer for a New York magazine, Jonathan is looking to jettison some heavy emotional baggage (his girlfriend just dumped him, okay?) through an unusual second careerof cracking cases of missing persons, espionage and infidelity in the Big Apple.

Review: Ok, so HBO has this new show called Bored to Death.  HBO is famous for high-quality programming, so we figured that we would check this out.  Then, we saw that it was going to have Jason Schwartzman (Shopgirl) AND Zach Galifianakis (the Hangover) as the main roles!  The casting alone was enough to secure our viewership, and all season long we were not disappointed!  This is one of those short series with less than 10 episodes, but they're all comedy gold!  This isn't so much slapstick comedy as it is ackward and uncomfortable situation comedy, much like 'Curb your Enthusiasm' or 'Seinfeld'.   

Bored to Death is one of the best new shows we've seen in a long while.  It also includes cameos from Ted Danson, who plays an absolutely insane boss to Schwartzman.  The cast is ackward and strange and the show is so unique, its not to be missed!   The second season is about to begin, so now is a great time to get caught up!

The special features on the blu-ray include: Audio Commentary
BEHIND THE SCENES

Interest Range: Drama, Comedy

How I Met Your Mother: Season 5 DVD Review

How I Met Your Mother: Season 5 DVD Review



Synopsis: Suit up for the hilarious Season Five of How I Met Your Mother, the outrageous, Emmy-nominated hit starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan!  The show’s funniest season to date is loaded with hook-ups, break-ups, and the return of Slapsgiving— not to mention the hottest guest stars imaginable, including Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, and Rachel Bilson.  On the dating front, Barney and Robin take their relationship to the next level—before calling it off—and Ted meets the roommate of his future wife in this uproarious, modern-day love story told in reverse.

Review: We've been following How I Met Your Mother from the very first episode five years ago, and it has only gotten better!  I really liked the idea of not knowing who the mother of his kids ends up being.  At first, I was deliberating between cast members, but over the years it has become increasingly clear that its someone we haven't been introduced to yet.  

the best part of the show is that its basically a showcase for Neil Patrick Harris.  You may remember Neil from the old Doogie Howser television show.  Well, in How I Met Your Mother Harris gained fame yet again with his role as the womanizing Barney (which is made even more funny by the fact that Harris is openly gay in real life!)  He is the life of the show and is absolutely hilarious.  Jason Segel also started on this show, you may know him as the mastermind behind films like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall".  This show is consistantly funny and the fifth season does not disappoint!

The special features on the DVD include: Bloopers, Music videos, Super Date, Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit, Best Night Ever, Making of Super Date, Wedding Bride Trailer - Extended Version, Behind the Scenes of the 100th Episode, Series Recap

Interest Range: Comedy, TV show

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Blu-Ray Review

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: When a spaceship splashes down in Gotham Harbor, Batman and Superman encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as Superman's. When Darkseid gets wind of this, he has the Kryptonian abducted and brought under his control on Apokolips. It's up to Batman and Superman to retrieve the Kryptonian, forcing them to infiltrate Darkseid's hostile world where superpowerful threats lurk around every corner. This story is based on Jeff Loeb's popular mini-series from the Superman/Batman comic books.

Review: The Dc Universe films have really been pushing the envelope as far as quality adult-themed comic book inspired animation.  The latest installment in this series is Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.   This movie is based on the "Supergirl from Krypton" arc in Superman/Batman comic book #8-13, pencilled by the late and great Michael Turner.

The film follows the arc quite well from begining to end.  Fan-Favorite Kevin Conroy is back as Batman and he doesn't disappoint!  Tim Daly is also back as Superman, so that really brings some magic to this film.  Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) does a wonderful job as Supergirl, as well.

My one and ONLY complaint about this film is the casting of Andre Braugher as Darkseid.  He's a fine actor, but his voice was all wrong for the role.  I really hoped for something a bit deeper and more ominous.  It was just too ordinary.

The Dc Animated Short was Green Arrow this go around.  It was absolutely wonderful!  It features Merlyn and Count Vertigo...along with Black Canary!  I could go for an entire Dc Universe film based on Green Arrow.

The film looks great on blu-ray.  The high-definition is the way to go!   This one is fantastic, I would rate it right up there with Batman: Under the Red Hood.

The special features on this blu-ray include: A first look at the next installment of the DC Universe movie,  DC Showcase Short Film: Green Arrow, The New Gods featurette: chronicles the tale of Darkseid and why he reigns supreme as one of the most brilliant, and toughest challengers the Super Heroes must face, and what his threat for tomorrow could bring, New Gods: Mr. Miracle pod, New Gods: Orion pod, Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton vintage featurette, Bonus episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm: Superman The Animated Series -"Little Girl Lost Parts 1 and 2," "Apokalips Now! Parts 1 and 2"

The big reveal on the next Dc Universe film?  Its going to be Allstar Superman!


Interest Range: Dc Comics, Batman, Superman, Animation

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Blu-Ray Review

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: When a spaceship splashes down in Gotham Harbor, Batman and Superman encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as Superman's. When Darkseid gets wind of this, he has the Kryptonian abducted and brought under his control on Apokolips. It's up to Batman and Superman to retrieve the Kryptonian, forcing them to infiltrate Darkseid's hostile world where superpowerful threats lurk around every corner. This story is based on Jeff Loeb's popular mini-series from the Superman/Batman comic books.

Review: The Dc Universe films have really been pushing the envelope as far as quality adult-themed comic book inspired animation.  The latest installment in this series is Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.   This movie is based on the "Supergirl from Krypton" arc in Superman/Batman comic book #8-13, pencilled by the late and great Michael Turner.

The film follows the arc quite well from begining to end.  Fan-Favorite Kevin Conroy is back as Batman and he doesn't disappoint!  Tim Daly is also back as Superman, so that really brings some magic to this film.  Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) does a wonderful job as Supergirl, as well.

My one and ONLY complaint about this film is the casting of Andre Braugher as Darkseid.  He's a fine actor, but his voice was all wrong for the role.  I really hoped for something a bit deeper and more ominous.  It was just too ordinary.

The Dc Animated Short was Green Arrow this go around.  It was absolutely wonderful!  It features Merlyn and Count Vertigo...along with Black Canary!  I could go for an entire Dc Universe film based on Green Arrow.

The film looks great on blu-ray.  The high-definition is the way to go!   This one is fantastic, I would rate it right up there with Batman: Under the Red Hood.

The special features on this blu-ray include: A first look at the next installment of the DC Universe movie,  DC Showcase Short Film: Green Arrow, The New Gods featurette: chronicles the tale of Darkseid and why he reigns supreme as one of the most brilliant, and toughest challengers the Super Heroes must face, and what his threat for tomorrow could bring, New Gods: Mr. Miracle pod, New Gods: Orion pod, Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton vintage featurette, Bonus episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm: Superman The Animated Series -"Little Girl Lost Parts 1 and 2," "Apokalips Now! Parts 1 and 2"

The big reveal on the next Dc Universe film?  Its going to be Allstar Superman!


Interest Range: Dc Comics, Batman, Superman, Animation

The Experiment Blu-Ray Review

The Experiment Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Oscar® winners Adrien Brody (Best Actor, The Piano, 2002) and Forest Whitaker (Best Actor, The Last King of Scotland, 2006) star in this mind-shattering psychological thriller from the creator of TV’s Prison Break. Selected to participate in a two-week research project, a group of men agree to play inmates and guards in a simulation of life within a state prison. But as the 24 volunteers slip deeper into their roles, power corrupts, fears escalate and the experiment spins horribly out of control. Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Clifton Collins Jr. (Crank: High Voltage) and Maggie Grace (TV’s Lost) co-star in this intensely shocking film.

Review: The Experiment is one of those films that I would've skipped if I'd just seen the cover of the film.  It looks like a cheesey prison flick.  What it actually turns out to be is a great sociological experiment that goes terribly wrong. 

Adrian Brody stars in this aggressive and haunting film.  I wouldn't have placed him as a tough leading man, except that his role in 'Predators' this summer was actually quite outstanding.  This experiment only lasts two weeks, but it doesn't take long for the survival instincts to kick in and everyone goes absolutely crazy in the prison, falling way too far into their roles.  

The high-definition blu-ray adds to the grit and grime of the prison life.  I really recommend viewing this film on the blu-ray format.

Interest Range: Drama, Action

Stomp the Yard: Homecoming DVD Review

Stomp the Yard: Homecoming DVD Review 


Synopsis: In the countdown to a national step-off, rivalries at Truth University run red hot. The Theta Nus are counting on new pledge Chance Harris (Collins Pennie) to lead the team to victory. But he’s too caught up in his own problems to focus. At odds with his father, caught up in romantic troubles and targeted by a street gang for an unpaid debt, Chance must decide what is truly important and make the choices that will shape his life. Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming unites a powerful cast featuring Terrence J and Pooch Hall with a soundtrack packed with pulse-pounding tracks.

Review: This film is the direct-to-DVD sequel to the 1997 film 'Stomp the Yard'.  Why did it go directly to DVD?  Well, to be honest its a bit predictable.  This dancer falls in with the wrong crowd and owes them money.  If he can't pay them back, they will break those dancin' legs!  Of corse, a dancing competition just happens to have a large cash prize!  Convenient!  Honestly, though, the dancing and choreography in this film will far surpass the rather predictable plot, because that is really the point of these movies.  I will give the film that the quality of the dance sequences is really high, its really well done.

The special features on this DVD include: Filmmaker and Cast Commentary, Deleted Scenes and Stomp On The Yard: Choreography

Interest Range: Drama, Dancing

Monday, September 27, 2010

Modern Family: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray Review

Modern Family: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Come join the family for the hilarious and critically acclaimed breakout hit of the year! Featuring an all-star cast led by Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vargara, Julie Bowen, and Ty Burrell, Modern Family takes a refreshing and funny view of what it means to raise a family in this hectic day and age.  Multi-cultural relationships, adoption, and same-sex marriage are just a few of the timely issues faced by the show’s three wildly-diverse broods.  No matter the size or shape, family always comes first in this hilariously “modern” look at life, love, and laughter.

Review: The new ABC Wednesday night this past year spawned some great comedy shows!  One of the best and most acclaimed shows to come from this was Modern Family!  The show is shot in the documentary style of other shows, like the Office.   It follows a family that has a man re-married to a younger woman and her child, a gay couple with their child and a family with a dopey husband, a wife and their kids. 

This show is not to be missed.  It is now even an Emmy award winning show, so don't miss out on this great blu-ray.  It looks fantastic in high-definition and its full of ackward comedy and tons of laughs.

Interest Range: Comedy, TV Shows

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Blu-Ray + DVD Review

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Blu-Ray + DVD Review



Synopsis: What would you do if you met a fairy? Witness the historic moment when Tinker Bell first meets a human being and it's not who you think.

Years before meeting Wendy and the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell met Lizzy, a little girl with a steadfast belief in the power of pixie dust and the magic land of fairies. During the fairies' summer visit to the flowering meadows of England, two very different worlds unite for the first time and Tink develops a special bond with a curious child in need of a friend. As her fellow fairies launch a daring rescue,Tinker Bell takes a huge risk, putting her own safety and the future of all fairykind in jeopardy.

Experience Disney's astonishing all-new movie about the true power of faith and friendship. Bursting with excitement and imagination, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is magical entertainment for the whole family. You might even learn to fly.

Review: The lastest in the Tinker Bell movie series is here!  Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue!  We're typically a bit critical of spin-offs, but this Tinker Bell series has been very successful.  The films are always entertaining, sweet and fun.

In the Great Fairy Rescue Tinker Bell is catapolted into the 'real world' to help a little girl named Lizzy with her life, meanwhile her fairy friends set off on a mission to the human world to rescue Tink!  Its a really great quality movie and I can't figure out for the life of me why Disney didn't release it to mass audiences in theaters!  Its that good.

Disney has pioneered the blu-ray and DVD combo packs and this release is no exception!  You get the blu-ray for the family to keep nice and the DVD that the kids can abscond with to their rooms or viewing areas!   And believe me you want the blu-ray, this film looks amazing in high-definition.

Interest Range: Disney, Tinker Bell,  Animation


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Castle: The Complete Season Two DVD Review

Castle: The Complete Season Two DVD Review



Synopsis: TV’s most engaging and unlikely crime-solving duo is back in the spectacular second season of ABC’s Castle. The banter flies faster than the bullets in this unique series, loaded with drama, romance, and laughs.

Best-selling mystery novelist Rick Castle’s unique approach to crime solving may have won over Detective Kate Beckett, but after crossing her, Castle is going to have to do his best work to get her back on his side. Relive all your cases in this 5-disc set. Packed with never-before-seen bonus features, including inside secrets from the set, this collection is a must-have for every Castle fan.

Review: Its rare that a show comes along that really captures our interest here at the Legion.  We're very critical of new shows, and we are hesitant to commit to anything new, because they so often get cancelled after a partial or first season.  Castle is one of those rare shows that pops up and from day one we were on-board.  

Nathan Fillion is a superior actor.  He found minor cult success in other projects like Firefly and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.  He also had a small stint on Desperate Housewives, but if a show was ever designed as a perfect vehicle to showcase an actor's talents its Castle.   The show sticks to a standard formula for each week's murder investigation with a few running backstories that keep us entertained, not the least of which is the budding romance between Castle and Detective Kate Beckett.   Season two of the show is fantastic, as its really hit a great  stride.   The new season 3 is about to start, now is a great time to pick this one up!  We highly recommend!

The special features on this DVD set include: On the Set with Seamus & Jon - Go behind the scenes with Cast's resident comedians, Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas, as they reveal secrets of the set., On Location with Nathan - Nathan Fillion introduces us to some of his favorite crew members and demonstrates some interesting tricks of the trade, Manhattan's Most Unusual Murders - Discover how the production team stages murders using research, props, and special effects with inside stories from the producers, actors, and set designers, Deleted Scenes, Misdemeanors: Bloopers & Outtakes, And Much More.

Interest Range: Drama, Action, Romance

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season DVD Review

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season DVD Review


Synopsis: From Emmy® nominees Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, Dharma & Greg, Cybill, Grace Under Fire) & Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg) comes The Big Bang Theory. Leonard (Galecki) and Sheldon (Parsons) are brilliant physicists, the kind of "beautiful minds" that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people – especially women. All this changes when a free-spirited beauty named Penny (Cuoco) moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard's roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow Caltech scientists Howard Wolowitz (Helberg) and Rajesh Koothrappali (Nayyar). Leonard, however, sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities ... including love.

Review: The Big Bang Theory is a great sit-com.  It centers around science and comic book nerds as they relate to the world around them through Penny, their hot neighbor and now friend.  I have watched this show here and there over the last few years and every time I tune in its hilarious.  We really should watch it more often!   The show has really hit a comfortable stride now, because you are just so familiar with each character and you almost can anticipate how they are going to react to various situations.

Without a doubt the best moment of season 3 is when the guys dress up with fake tattoo sleeves and go to the goth club to pick up easy girls!  Its hilarious and very typical of the characters.  They get in over their heads....as usual. 

If you enjoy this show, season 3 is no doubt one of your favorites yet and you need to get this DVD.  If you haven't checked it out yet, you don't need the past seasons to get what is going on, so pick this one up today!


Interest Range: Comedy, Sit-Com

Spartacus: Blood and Sand Blu-Ray Review

Spartacus: Blood and Sand Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. The classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.

Review: The cable television market has really been growing over the past decade with shows like Sopranos, Weeds, Breaking Bad and Curb your Enthusiasm.  Starz has now thrown their hat in the hardcore ring with a great new show, Spartacus: Blood and Sand.  Following in the footsteps of films like Gladiator and 300, this show really delves into a legendary world where fighting to the death was a way of life.

This show has a very high production value and fantastic writing.  The costumes, acting and scenery are all fantastic.  You really feel as if you're getting a peek into history!  While the show isn't terribly historically accurate, it is certainly entertaining and gritty.  We highly recommend this series, especially on blu-ray.  It looks amazing in high-definition.

The special features on the blu-ray include: Featurettes: Gladiator Camp, History Rewritten, Make-up Effects, The Hole And more!, Audio Commentaries, Episodes with Enhanced Digital Effects, Behind-The-Scenes Footage, Bloopers, Trailers and Blu-ray Exclusive bonus feature: Four “Directors’ Cut Extended Episodes” personally selected by Executive Producer Rob Tapert

Interest Range: History, Action/Adventure, Drama

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Broken Lizard Stands Up DVD Review

Broken Lizard Stands Up DVD Review


You can own this DVD today Synopsis: Concert Film includes over 30 minutes of uncensored material not shown on Comedy Central. Nothing is off limits when Broken Lizard, the guys behind Super Troopers and Beerfest, unveil their uproarious night of stand-up comedy. Live from The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, each group member takes the stage to discuss drugs, lust and everything in between, culminating with the origin tale of how they all met. Broken Lizard delivers their unique brand of outrageously raunchy comedy in one unforgettable night of stand-up.


Review: We love stand-up comedy here at the Legion.  When we heard that the guys in the Broken Lizard production troop were doing a stand-up tour DVD, we HAD to check it out!  You know their movies, like Super Troopers and Beerfest!  These guys are funny in script..but how do they fare on the stage?

Honestly, its pretty funny.  The guys seem fairly relaxed and their sets are great.  What type of humor is it?  Mostly masturbation humor, to be honest.  Its funny stories about each other and sex and drugs and masturbation and thats pretty much it!  Its wildly entertaining and even more wildly inappropriate!  Its a great time, we recommend checking it out!

The special features on this comedy DVD include: Live Super Troopers Sketch, On the Road with Broken Lizard:, Jay Loves Everyone, Soundcheck, Blumpy, Backstage in Milwaukee, Shopping with Broken Lizard, Erik’s Parrot Song, Wonder Woman, Backstage in Boston, Backstage in Philadelphia, Who’s On First on Steroids
Interest Range: Comedy, Broken Lizard, Comedy Central

Invasion of the Body Snatchers Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review

Invasion of the Body Snatchers Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review




Synopsis: When filmy spores fall from space and take root in San Francisco, the city is beautifully transformed by spectacular and exotic flowers. But these lovely extraterrestrial blossoms have gruesome plans for their earthly admirers: to slowly clone their bodies and then dispose of the originals! "A first-rate suspense thriller" (Newsday), this sci-fi adventure is a "chilling" (Leonard Maltin), "dazzling" (The New York Times) and "stunning" (Cosmopolitan) thrill ride that will send your pulse rate soaring! From a brilliant screenplay by Academy Award® nominee* W.D. Richter, filmmaker Philip Kaufman directs an all-star cast that includes Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, Brooke A`dams and Leonard Nimoy. With its mesmerizing style and awe-inspiring special effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is "a classic of the genre" (New York Post) a terrifying tale that "literally chills the blood" (The Hollywood Reporter)!


Review: There are a lot of versions of this film, all based on the classic novel.   This version is the now classic 1978 version.  Its coming to blu-ray for the first time, just in time for Halloween!  The cast of this film is amazing, it includes everyone from Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum to Donald Sutherland.

The transfer onto blu-ray high-definition actually looks really great for such an old film!  This is the classic tale of the pod people that come to earth in search of a new world and infest its inhabitants.   The acting is fantastic and the script is great.  This is a wonderful cult classic to enjoy this Halloween season!


Interest Range: Horror, Sci-Fi

The Return of the Living Dead Blu-Ray + DVD Review

The Return of the Living Dead Blu-Ray Review




Synopsis: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cemetery, those brain-eating zombies are back and hungry for more tasty mortals. A fiendish mix of outrageous humor and heart-stopping terror, The Return of the Living Dead is a veritable smorgasbord of fun (LA Herald-Examiner) filled with skin-crawling jolts, eye-popping visuals and relentless surprise! On his first day on the job at an army surplus store, poor Freddy unwittingly releases nerve gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas re-animates a corps of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!


Review: We've been waiting to see The Return of the Living Dead again for the longest time!  This film has been out of print for over a decade!  The last time I saw it was on VHS!  Now, we get it on blu-ray!

Where the Return of the Living Dead lives is as a precursor to great films like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland.  It has a great punk rock soundtrack, the reason for much of its out of print status, which really adds to the feel and the tone of the cult classic film.  Its a hilarious zombie flick that features smart, fast and aggressive zombies!  There are a lot of tongue in cheek jokes for serious zombie movie fans, so pay attention!

This new release comes in a Blu-Ray + DVD combo pack!  Its the best of both worlds..even if you don't own a blu-ray player yet, you likely will soon and then you'll have this one already in your collection, along with the DVD!


Interest Range: Horror, Zombies

The Amityville Horror Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review

The Amityville Horror Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review




Synopsis: From Michael Bay, the producer of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, comes the true story of Amityville. In November 1974, a family of six was brutally murdered. Now, a year later, an unsuspecting young couple, George (Ryan Reynolds, Blade: Trinity, The In-Laws) and Kathy Lutz (Melissa George, TV's Alias), and their children move into the house that was the site of the horrific event and is now haunted by a murderous presence. What follows is 28 days of unimaginable terror. With demonic visions of the dead and relentless screams of terror, this is the haunted house story that isn't just a movie - it's real.


Review: The Amityville Horror is a remake of the 1979 classic horror film.   Its available on blu-ray for the very first time, just in time for Halloween!   I hadn't had the pleasure of seeing this one until I got ahold of the blu-ray...so, how do we rate it?

WOW.  This film doesn't give-up.  No boring intros that introduce all the characters.  No typical lead-in to suspense and action.   They bombard you non-stop with creepy situations, odd camera angles and one of the best and funnest horror flicks that we've seen in awhile.  It looks fantastic in blu-ray transfer, its definately one to add to your collection.


Interest Range: Horror, Suspense

Monster House Blu-Ray 3D Review

Monster House Blu-Ray 3D Review




Synopsis: Even for a 12-year old, D.J. Walters has a particularly overactive imagination. He is convinced that his haggard and crabby neighbor Horace Nebbercracker, who terrorizes all the neighborhood kids, is responsible for Mrs. Nebbercracker's mysterious disappearance. Any toy that touches Nebbercracker's property, promptly disappears, swallowed up by the cavernous house in which Horace lives. D.J. has seen it with his own eyes! But no one believes him, not even his best friend, Chowder. What everyone does not know is D.J. is not imagining things. Everything he's seen is absolutely true and it's about to get much worse than anything D.J could have imagined.


Review: The film Monster House is one of the best animated features of the last decade.  It was rather underrated and flew under a lot of radars, but we here at the Legion have always valued it as a great film.  Now, we are getting it on blu-ray 3D!

The 3D transfer looks fantastic.  We watched it on our Samsung 3D television.  The sense of depth is amazing and the effects look wonderful in 3D.  This is without a doubt the BEST 3D feature we've experienced at home.  There is little to no ghosting, which was surprising for a film that was transfered into 3D later.   We cannot recommend this film enough!

The blu-ray special features include: Filmmakers' Commentary, 7 Featurettes: Imaginary Heroes, Beginner's Luck, The Best of Friends, Lots of Dots, Black Box Theater, Making it Real, Did You Hear That, Evolution of a Scene: Eliza vs. Nebbercracker, Photo GalleryInterest Range: Kids movies, Animation

The League: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray Review

The League: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray Review




Synopsis: Get drafted into the hilarious first season of The League, a full-contact look at the hyper-competitive, hysterically unrestrained world of fantasy football! The League's members are a tight crew of long-time buddies, but that doesn't stop an all-out blitz of trash-talking, deceit and ruthless extortion. Watch as their obsession with winning the highly coveted, yet utterly absurd championship trophy impacts their careers, sex lives, families and above all -- their dignity.


Review: The League is a show that I hadn't watched until I got ahold of this blu-ray.  Its a funny show and another addition to the comedy line-up from the FX network.  The show is very football centric and focuses on a crazy group of sports fans and friends.

Essentially, if I had to describe the League I would say its a sister show to It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.  The League tries very hard to push the boundries of what is acceptable and appropriate.   The results are sometimes mixed, but overall its a funny show.

The special features on this blu-ray set include: Blooper Reel, Deleted Scenes, Alt Nation, Three Penis Wine Infomerical, Vaginal Hubris Extended, Birthday Song, Legalize Kevin's Pubic Smoke, Mr. McGibblets Fun House and Dojo, Andre: Dress with Style, Win with Style, Bonus Feature from FX: “Archer” Pilot Episode.


Interest Range: Comedy, Tv Show

Fraggle Rock: Scared Silly DVD Review

Fraggle Rock: Scared Silly DVD Review




Synopsis: Carve the pumpkins, bob for apples, and put the mask on, a new Halloween tradition is born when Fraggle Rock: Scared Silly from Lionsgate Home Entertainment becomes available on DVD just in time for Halloween!  Three mysterious and magical Fraggle stories will entertain Kids and parents alike!  These frightfully delightful episodes come from the beloved series that has been awarded five international Emmys, including top honors for Outstanding Children's Program. 


Review: Fraggle Rock is without a doubt one of the best kids shows ever created.  It was develolped by Jim Henson when he was still alive, in fact it was one of the last great things that he did.  

This DVD release is here with three spooky themed episodes from the show for Halloween!  It also includes bonus episodes from the Fraggle Rock animated series and The Animal Show with Stink y & Jake, also Henson cult favorites.  This is a fantastic release for any Fraggle Rock fan or kid that you want to enjoy this great 80s series!


Interest Range: Vintage Kids TV, Jim Henson

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 5 Blu-Ray Review

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 5 Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: The series follows the exploits of “the gang,” a group of self-centered friends who run Paddy’s Pub, a relatively unsuccessful Irish bar in South Philadelphia.

Review: I started in on It's Always Sunny on Philadelphia in the fourth season, so I came in rather late in the series.  Boy, was that a mistake. I  had no idea how hilarious this ensemble cast comedy is.  It can only be described as raw, disturbing and inappropriate.   If you enjoy comedy that pushes the boundries of decency and societal norms, It's Always Sunny is for you!

The fifth season is so strong, maybe the best yet.  The episodes are limited to about 12 or 13 each season to keep the quality high and it works.  This is a MUST own!  Its best on blu-ray, so go pick one up today!

The special features on this release include:
  • “Archer” Season One Pilot Episode
  • Season Five Blooper Reel
  • Kitten Mittens Endless Loop
  • The Gang’s Dating Profile (Blu-ray only)
  • Schwep Dream Sequence (Blu-ray only)
Interest Range: Comedy

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Human Target: The Complete First Season DVD Review

Human Target: The Complete First Season DVD Review


Synopsis: This is the thinking of Christopher Chance, a mysterious security agent for hire who assumes different identities, at times literally becoming a human target on behalf of his clients. Using the popular DC Comics title as a springboard for riveting and intelligent action and adventure, Human Target provides a thrill ride with no clear boundaries. Resourceful, driven and compelled by a force known only to him, this take-charge antihero will barter his services for an aged bottle of scotch, much to the chagrin of his shadowy associates. If someone is threatened or a life is in danger...leave it to Chance.

Review: The FOX television show Human Target was based on a comic book series from DC Comics.  When I heard this, there was no way I wasn't going to tune-in!  I think that comic book stories have proved in recent years that they have what it takes to entertain, from Sin City to the Dark Knight and X-Men!  

Human Target is full of great action sequences, fight scenes, snarky line delivery and almost hilarious situations.  Its certainly no comedy, but there are plenty of moments that make you laugh out loud!  Overall its a fantastic show and well worth the watch!

The special features on the DVD include: Two making-of featurettes, Pilot commentary and a Gag reel

Interest Range: Action/Adventure, Drama

Friday, September 24, 2010

Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season DVD Review

Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season DVD Review



Synopsis: When things get rough on Wisteria Lane, the Housewives band together like never before. Relive the passion, the laughter, and the mystery of television’s celebrated dramatic comedy with The Complete Sixth Season of Desperate Housewives.

The neighborhood is jolted with the arrival of Angie Bolen (Drea de Matteo) and her family, and it soon becomes clear that they are hiding something. But what is their secret, and what are their true intentions? Meanwhile, a plane crash on Wisteria Lane causes everyone to reflect on their lives and the choices that have made them who they are.

Experience every juicy episode, and get inside access to your favorite show with never-before-seen bonus features. Find out more on DVD with this spectacular 5-disc set. It’s the perfect addition to your Desperate Housewives collection!

Review: Desperate Housewives can only be described as a cultural phenomenon!  The show has changed the way that we watch television.  The seventh season is about to start and the show is still going strong! 

The show is still in the flashforward 5 years reality where we see the gang on Wysteria Lane in the future.  Now, we have a new family and with them comes trouble!  Citizens are being attacked and a lot of people are lurking around town.  The Scavos are pregnant with twins, much to Lynette's dismay.  The drama is unfolding and you cannot miss it!  The new season is about to premiere, so this DVD set will get you caught up if you missed anything last season or refresh you if you do keep up with the show.

The special features on this DVD set include: Bloopers, Deleted scenes, Cherry Picked, Desperate Housewives Master Class – Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew to learn more about what it takes to be an actor on one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows on television today and Miss Piggy Takes Wisteria Lane –  Miss Piggy, accompanied by her producer Pepe, will meet the ladies one on one to find out “their story”. How did each of them become part of the sexiest cast on the hottest television show in America?  Miss Piggy wants to know EVERY single detail 

Interest Range: Drama

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bones Season 5 Buckcherry Contest!

Glee: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray Review!

Glee: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray Review!



Synopsis: Join the club and bring home the fun with Glee Karaoke and Glee Jukebox— available only on DVD! A talented group of high school misfits transforms into a performing sensation with the help of a dedicated teacher. Through laughter, tears, irreverent humor and unforgettable music, they learn to follow their hearts and chase their dreams.

Review: One of the hottest shows on television right now is one that I wouldn't have picked out of a line-up.   Glee is a strange mix of dark humor, drama and music that seems to really appeal to people, so we thought we'd check it out for ourselves with this new blu-ray release of the complete first season.

The show is very well written and the character development is really on the money.  The music didn't start to outweigh the story until the end of the season.  Jane Lynch is definately a stand-out performer on this show, she is wicked and hilarious as always.  Overall, a cool show and now anyone like us that hadn't seen the full season can pick this up and experience the entire thing.  Fans of the show will love the disturbingly HUGE list of extras....

The extras on this release include:
All four discs have Glee music jukeboxes. The fourth disc also has:
Glee Sing-Along Karaoke
Staying in Step With Glee
Sue's Corner
Bite Their Style: Dress Like Your Favorite Gleek
The Power of Madonna
Making of a Showstopper
Welcome to McKinley!
Glee Music Video
Full Length Audition Pieces
Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session
Deconstructing Glee with Ryan Murphy
Dance Boot Camp
Jane Lynch A to Glee
Meet Jane Lynch
5 Things you don’t know about Jayma
7 Things you don’t know about Cory
6 Things you don’t know about Amber
7 Things you don’t know about Chris
Video Diaries
Interest Range: Musical, Drama

Disney's The Black Cauldron: the 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD Review

The Black Cauldron: the 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD Review



Synopsis: Fantasy, magic and fun are all brewed together in Disney’s legendary adventure The Black Cauldron. Created from a new digital master this 25th Anniversary Edition features vibrant picture presentation and  includes exciting new bonus features!

Whoever releases the mysterious Black Cauldron’s power will be invincible! The fearsome Horned King will do anything to possess it, but he is challenged by the most unlikely adversary: a young assistant pig keeper named Taran, who dreams of doing heroic deeds. With a motley team of the brave Princess Eilonwy, a minstrel named Fflewddur Fflam and Hen Wen, a remarkable pig who can predict the future, Taran embarks on a quest to stop the Black Cauldron’s evil once and for all. Will he have the courage to succeed?

Now with The Black Cauldron- 25th Anniversary on DVD, you can share more magical adventures with your family

Review: Disney is known throughout the world for their amazing animated features.  In their library you have the classics..the Princess movies and the greats like the Lion King and Toy Story, but there are a few lesser-known and often overlooked films.  One of those is the Black Cauldron.  It is often misunderstood and labeled a failure, when in all honestly its a fantstic movie.

I think what pushed people away from the Black Cauldron was the fact that it does contain a few scenes that are perhaps too scary for very little ones.   I can tell you that watching it as an adult is quite the experience.  Its really fantastic and fanciful and full of life, just what you expect from something with the Disney name on it!

New bonus features include: Deleted scene: The Fairfolk: Join Taran, Fflewddur Fflam, Gurgi, and Princess Eilonwy as they travel into the depths of the earth, and meet the Fairfolk, The Witches’ Challenge Game: In order to defeat the dark powers of the Horned King, you must get the magical sword. The sword is held by the Witches of Morva. Solve their riddles and the sword is yours
Plus classic DVD features:
• Still frame gallery – Gallery of behind-the-scenes artwork and photos
• Theatrical trailer: Original theatrical trailer
• Quest For The Black Cauldron: Race to reach the Black Cauldron before the evil Horned King does in this trivia game
• Trick Or Treat: Donald Duck cartoon from 1952
Interest Range: Disney Classics, Animation, Kids Cartoons

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Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Sixth Season DVD Review

Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Sixth Season DVD Review



Synopsis: Expect more competition, more doctors, and much more drama as Seattle Grace merges with a competing hospital in Grey’s Anatomy’s celebrated Sixth Season. Relive every moment in this sensational 6-disc set.

Meredith, Derek, Izzie, and the rest of your favorite characters face a brand new challenge with the arrival of doctors from Mercy West. Battle lines are drawn and rivalries reach new heights in an unforgettable year at Seattle Grace.

Commit yourself to one of primetime’s most popular shows, complete with exclusive bonus features – including two extended episodes available only on DVD. It’s the perfect addition to your Grey’s Anatomy collection!

Review: Grey's Anatomy is one of those shows that keeps you tuned-in.  The character-driven show is so dynamic that you can't help but consider them family after awhile.  They truly ilicit an emotional reaction to the story.  You feel for them, you cry for them and you're happy for them.  Its kind of a ridiculously good show.

The sixth season started out a little slow, but damn did it end with a bang (no pun intended).  If you haven't see the finale for this show, I suggest that you stop reading now and just go buy the DVD set, because spoilers will be discussed.

The new season premieres this week and we get to see the aftermath of Derek being shot and Meredith working through that miscarriage. Not to mention the re-kindled romance between Yang and her guy and Karev being shot in the side!  McSteamy wasn't too happy to see Little Grey fawning over Alex, now was he?  Kali and Arizona are going to have 10 kids and they're back together..it just seems to be perfect.  I'm guessing the chief will take back over in Derek's absence too.   This season is a must-own, as are all of the seasons of this show. 

The DVD extras include: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy - Unaired Scenes, In Stitches: Season Six Outtakes, Extended Finale, Chandra Wilson: Anatomy of a Talent and Seattle Grace: On Call - 6 Webisodes

Interest Range: Drama, Medical Drama, Romance

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Secret of Moonacre DVD Review

The Secret of Moonacre DVD Review



Synopsis: After being orphaned, young Maria Merryweather leaves her luxurious home to live with her eccentric uncle at Moonacre Manor. There, she discovers a magical world inhabited by outlandish characters and mythical beasts. Now, Maria must unearth the secrets of her past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre Manor disappears into the sea forever.
Based on the classic novel by Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, which J.K. Rowling has called “my favorite childhood book.”

Review: The Secret of Moonacre is loosely based on the classic children's book "The Little White Horse" by Elizabeth Goudge.   There is admittedly a lot of dramatic license taken, so staunch fans of the book beware.  The film is a fantastic and epic fantasy tale that really brings fairly tales to life!  The film includes everything from romance and magic to feuds and deception.

The cast is wonderful, and Tim Curry is as exquisite as ever!  This very british and very true to heart film is a joy for all ages.  There are great lessons to be learned and a fantastical story to enjoy.

The special features on the DVD include: Making-of featurette, deleted scenes, cast/crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Interest Range: Fantasy

Monday, September 20, 2010

Batman Product - Dc Direct Solicitations for December 2010


Here are the Batman Product - Dc Direct Solicitations for December 2010!


HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BLACKEST NIGHT BLACK LANTERN BATMAN BUST

BASED ON THE ART OF IVAN REIS • SCULPTED BY JEAN ST. JEAN 
The BLACKEST NIGHT continues in mini-bust form!

Each month in 2011, DC Direct releases a mini-bust featuring a character from the hugely popular DC Comics’ epic BLACKEST NIGHT.

Black Lantern Batman continues the HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BLACKEST NIGHT bust line! The sculpture features Batman atop a special base that displays the spectrum of Lantern symbols. 

The bust is hand-painted, cold-cast in porcelain, measures approximately 5.75” high x 4.25” wide x 5” deep and is packaged in a 4-color box. 
Limited Edition.

On sale May 18, 2011 * Bust * $70 US


BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: BATMAN BY DUSTIN NGUYEN
DESIGNED BY DUSTIN NGUYEN
SCULPTED BY JOSEPH MENNA

From fan-favorite BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM artist Dustin Nguyen! The next Batman Black and White statue is an original design for DC Direct! 

This statue measures approximately 7.61” high x 5.1” wide x 3.45” deep, is painted in monochromatic tones, features a Bat-logo-shaped base and is packaged in a black and white box.  
Limited Edition.

On sale May 4, 2011 * Statue * $80 US


HARLEY QUINN 1:4 SCALE MUSEUM QUALITY STATUE
SCULPTED BY JONATHAN MATTHEWS 
Bud and Lou … and Harley, too!

Madly in love with her spotted darlings, Harley Quinn takes her babies out for a walk, chain-link leash in one hand, pop gun in the other. Out for a stroll, they’re laughing all the way … to the bank.

Little Lou and Baby Bud each hold a piece of what Harley holds near and dear, but with a slice of fear: a stick of dynamite from her Puddin’, The Joker, and a ripped and torn Bat logo from the costume of a certain Gotham City hero.

This classic rendition of the Queen of Crime is the latest addition to DC Direct’s exclusive 1:4 scale museum quality statue series. Harley Quinn’s costume is exquisitely tailored and detailed, while various mixed media elements give this museum quality statue texture and visual interest. 

The HARLEY QUINN 1:4 SCALE MUSEUM QUALITY STATUE includes hand-painted resin parts, measures approximately 16.5” high x 10” wide x 14” deep, and is packaged in a 4-color box.
Limited Edition.
On sale May 25, 2011 * Statue * $325 US


JUSTICE LEAGUE: CLASSIC ICONS SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES

Four of DC Comics’ biggest names – all renowned members of the JLA – in classic, heroic body styles.  These figures are evergreens for any fan – and for any retailer! Stock up in preparation for Free Comic Book Day on May 7!
Batman • The World’s Greatest Detective! - 7” high
Wonder Woman • The Amazing Amazon! - 7” high
Superman • The Man of Steel! - 7” high
Green Lantern • The Emerald Knight! - 7” high
All four figures feature multiple points of articulation and include a display base.
4-color clamshell blister card packaging.
On sale May 4, 2011 * Action Figures * PI

 
AME-COMI HEROINE SERIES: RAVEN PVC FIGURE
 
SCULPTED BY SAM GREENWELL
 
OH MY GOTH!
 
Sweeping shadows in black and midnight blue, post-punk pretty Raven keeps her emotions in check so the dark magic of her heritage doesn’t devour her whole.
 
Caped in swirling dark waves, this gloomcookie’s cloak of night locks in screaming lost souls, bats and beasts and terrors with teeth – including monster dad, the demon Trigon.
 
Packaged in a 4-color window box with J-hook, this non-articulated PVC statue stands approximately 9” high and includes a display base.
 
On sale May 11, 2011 * Statue * $70 US
 
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Seven Blu-Ray Book Review (Se7en)

Seven Blu-Ray Book Review (Se7en)


Synopsis: Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Pride. Lust. Envy. Two cops (Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman) track a brilliant and elusive killer who orchestrates a string of horrific murders, each kill targeting a practitioner of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Gwyneth Paltrow also stars in this acclaimed thriller set in a dour, drizzly city sick with pain and blight. David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) guides the action – physical, mental and spiritual – with a sure understanding of what terrifies us, right up to a stunning denouement that will rip the scar tissue off the most hardened soul.

Review: Any film that is sandwiched in by musical tracks from Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie should garner instant attention!  Seven (or Se7en as its known) was a much needed film that really hit audiences at exactly the right time.  It was the mid 1990s and Industrial music had taken over with its darker tone and bands like Nine Inch Nails were on regular radio-play, while Marilyn Manson was just emerging as the next shock rocker.  It was post-grunge and there was a large interest in all things dark, especially serial killers. 

The blu-ray book release of this film is absolutely epic.  The package presentation is beautiful and the accompanying book is fun to flip through.  Its the blu-ray transfer that is the real story here, though.  The color palet on Se7en is rather dark with heavy amounts of shadow and black, but the transfer into high-definition really makes the picture pop!  The gritty details are all there and crystal clear for the first time.  There is a complete lack of grain and noise on the image..its smooth and clean and clear.  This is a beautiful transfer.  This one is a must-own!

Note - be warned..I saw a version of this at wal-mart that did not include the booklet, so be careful what you purchase!


Interest Range: Mystery, Suspense, Cult Classics