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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 coming to Blu-Ray in March!

The “Toys” Are Coming To Life -- Like Never Before!

Disney•Pixar Present For the Very First Time In Blu-ray™ High Definition
Fantastic Blu-ray Debuts Allow Fans to Experience the Hilarious Adventures of the “Toy Story” Gang with
Blu-ray’s Eye-Popping Picture and “Buzz”-Worthy Sound!

Releases Include Exciting Sneak Peeks of This Summer’s Eagerly Anticipated Toy Story 3

Toy Story BD & DVD Combo Pack and Toy Story 2 BD & DVD Combo Pack
Available March 23, 2010 at an SRP $39.99
Direct pre-book: 1/26/10
Distributor pre-book: 2/09/10

Also Available: Toy Story Special Edition DVD and Toy Story 2 Special Edition DVD
Available May 18, 2010 at an SRP of $29.99
Direct pre-book: 3/16/10
Distributor pre-book: 3/30/10

• The Story: An Exclusive Sneak Peek at Toy Story 3
• Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: Blast Off
• Paths to Pixar: Artists
• Studio Stories: John’s Car
• Studio Stories: Baby AJ
• Studio Stories: Scooter Races
• Buzz Takes Manhattan
• Black Friday: The Toy Story You Never Saw
• Plus BD-Live movie chat, movie mail, movie challenge and more! (Only Available on the Blu-ray Disc)

• Characters: An Exclusive Sneak Peek At Toy Story 3
• Director Commentary
• Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: International Space Station
• Paths to Pixar: Technical Artists
• Studio Stories: Toy Story 2 Sleep Deprivation Lab
• Studio Stories: Pinocchio
• Studio Stories: The Movie Vanishes
• Pixar’s Zoetrope
• Celebrating our Friend Joe Ranft
• Plus BD-Live movie chat, movie mail, movie challenge and more! (Only Available on the Blu-ray Disc)

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 ‘Special Edition’ DVDs include all the above special features, except for the BDLive Portal Features.

All About Steve Blu-Ray Review

All About Steve Blu-Ray Review

You can purchase the blu-ray online today

 Synopsis:Treat yourself this holiday season and fall in love with the witty romantic comedy All About Steve when it debuts on Blu-ray Disc (BD) and DVD December 22 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Golden Globe-nominee* Sandra Bullock (The Proposal) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) star in this off-the-wall comedy about a blind date gone hilariously wrong. When eccentric, but lovable, Mary gets set up with Steve, a news channel cameraman, she falls hard. He does not. Mary decides to follow Steve on a cross-country hunt for breaking news and soon finds herself entangled in the story. But despite the media storm surrounding her, Mary may just discover her true place in the world... and the man of her dreams!

Blu-ray Disc Special Features:
Disc One
Commentary by writer Kim Barker, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden
Church, Bradley Cooper, Ken Jeong and director Phil Traill
All About All About Steve
Take A Stab At Vocab!
Gag Reel
Crew Snapshots To Mary’s Rap
Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session
Disc Two
Digital Copy of All About Steve

Review: I was interested in this movie due to the cast.  It has two alumni of the Hangover (this next generation's Animal House as far as I'm concerned) and Sanda Bullock, who has been a favorite of mine since Demolition Man.  Yeah, thats right...Demo Man.  Anyway, I was excited to see what they'd do with this film. 

Sandra camps it up playing a complete loser that latches onto Bradley Cooper's character after one "date".  This very ackward Napoleon Dynamite type girl decides to get her shot at a normal life by going on a blind date.  She then jumps on him before they even leave her parents house.  He realizes quickly that she must be nuts and gets away from her and the rest of the movie is her following him around and acting erradic. 

Parents - beware there are is a good amount of cursing and sexual references in the film, along with a rather graphic (for a comedy) groping scene in the first part of the film when Sandra jumps on Bradley Cooper.  This

This is a new blu-ray, so there isn't much to say about the transfer.  It looks great in 1080p high definition.  I can't fault the sound quality or the video its all in order as you'd expect from any new release in 2009.  The film wasn't well recieved by critics or movie-goers, but I enjoyed it.  I liked how nuts Sandra's character was and I enjoyed a lot of the humor throughout.  I timidly recommend it ..comedy is so hit and miss.  It all depends on what you think is funny.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Friday: the Complete Animated Series DVD Review

Friday: the Complete Animated Series DVD Review

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Synopsis: Craig and Smokey are back at it! FRIDAY: THE ANIMATED SERIES, based on Ice Cube’s successful Friday film series, is an urban comedy about the misadventures of the dynamic duo. Similar to the film, Craig and Smokey struggle to survive family, friends and life in South Central L.A. The series includes many of the popular characters from the Friday movies, including Deebo and Craig’s dad, Mr. Jones. Relive the hjinks all over again in FRIDAY: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

Review: I'm a fan of animation in general and I'm always looking for an interesting show.  I had no idea that there was a Friday Animated Series until this DVD arrived in the mail.  I enjoyed the first Friday film.  After that, I kinda lost interest.  I'm not really into it anymore.  I think a lot of liking it had to do with the time it came out and where I was in life (a teenager). 

The teenager in me wanted to check this DVD out, though.  I needed to see if it was something that was still funny to me.  I wasn't terribly impressed.  The animation is fine, once you get used to it and the situations are typical of what you'd see in a continuation of Friday...but something is just lost in this concept now to me, I don't know what it is.

The bottom line is this..if you enjoy the Friday movies, then you'll enjoy this animated series.  The characterizations are spot-on and the humor is right in line with the film franchise.  The voice actors are not the actors from the film, but they do a great job of immitating.  This is one of those funny cartoons for adults.  WARNING PARENTS - this one is for adults.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Darkside DVD Review

Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Darkside DVD Review

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Synopsis: The story of The Empire Strikes Back is retold. Darth Vader (Stewie) is hunting the rebel Luke Skywalker (Chris) and his troops relentlessly across the galaxy. On the ice planet Hoth, Luke has a vision of his late mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert), telling him to go to the Dagobah system to learn the ways of the Force under Jedi Master Yoda (Carl). Meanwhile Princess Leia (Lois) finds herself taking a shine to the scruffy pilot Han Solo (Peter) and, against all odds, the two soon fall in love. But an encounter with Han’s old friend Lando Calrissian (Mort) lands them in the clutches of the Empire. Envisioning this, Luke chooses to forgo his Jedi training to save his friends. It all comes to a head in a climactic confrontation with Darth Vader himself… 

Review: This is the second time that Family Guy takes on the Star Wars saga.  It begins with the family watching tv when the power goes they decide to have storytime...I didn't watch the first one (Blue Harvest), but I was interested in checking this one out.    I don't like Family Guy.  I don't watch it..its usually too juvenille and obvious for me.  That being said, its had a few funny moments, but I generally stick to the Simpsons.  I do love a good Star Wars satire, since I adore it so.   I know I'm in the minority in not liking Family Guy, but that makes this review all the more potent.

This really turns out to be much less about Family Guy and all about Star Wars...and I love a good Star Wars satire. Heck, I love a satire of anything that I enjoy.  What I thought might happen is a lack of material.  A lot of spoofs that you watch have some funny moments, but you have to wait through a lot of boring space to get to them.  Not so in this film.  Its almost non-stop laughs.

One highlight right off the bat is the George Takei reference!  Hilarious.  Peter rides a don-don (a ton ton with a Don Knotts head...again made me laugh).  A random juicy fruit commercial in the middle of the hoth scene is a gut buster too, at least for me.  It goes on and on.  I'm surprised by my saying this, but I highly recommend this one . Its going to stay in my collection.

Rating: An unexpected 5 out of 5 Stars

Pixar Treasures Book Delayed!

The fine folks at Disney Editions let us know that the Pixar Treasure book that was scheduled to be out in November has now been pushed back to Fall of 2010.  We'll anxiously await its release!

Kyle XY: the third and final season DVD Review!

Kyle XY: the third and final season DVD Review!

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Synopsis: Action, mystery and suspense reach an all-new level in ten stunning original episodes of Kyle XY. Go to the next stage as Kyle (Matt Dallas) and Jessi (Jaimie Alexander) begin to work as a team and uncover the secrets of their origin. Kyle’s world is turned upside-down when his powers suddenly disappear, and he’s in for another surprise when Amanda (Kirsten Prout) comes home with an unexpected question. As one woman in Kyle’s life arrives, another must say goodbye – though Jessi assures him they will always be connected. Meanwhile, the prom is fast approaching, and Kyle wants his night with Amanda to be perfect. After a dance neither of them will ever forget, Kyle comes face-to-face with the ultimate mystery. Experience every twist and turn on three discs, including never-before-seen bonus features. You don’t know the whole story until you’ve seen Kyle XY: The Complete Third and Final Season.

Review: I had heard of Kyle XY in passing over the years.  When it first came out we were sent some press releases and such, but I never really gave it a chance.  It just looked too teen oriented for me.  I already watch Smallville, thats enough youthful angst, I figure.   So, when we came upon this DVD I decided to give it a good chance, because honestly most of my favorite shows keep getting cancelled and I need new ones!

Its been referred to as Smallville meets Dawson's Creek and I really found that to be the case.  The relationships in this world take the first chair, and after that comes the sci-fi elements.  This caught me by surprise, because Smallville has really balanced the two very well and this show is definately more love drama than action/sci-fi.  Its still a cool show and definately worth checking out, but don't expect straight sci-fi.

The bonus features on the DVD include Kyle XY: Future Revealed – A look at what would have happened in Season 4, Deleted Scenes and Audio Commentaries.  This DVD set is your chance to wrap-up this cool show and complete your collection!  We even get a look into what would have happened with this series if Fox had graced it with a fourth season.  Honestly, on Fox it was lucky to get three, they're so cancel-happy (we still miss the Sarah Connor Chronicles!).  The story could have been more involved and the acting isn't always top shelf, but this is a cool show and worth getting into.

Video: Click HERE to view the trailer

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Secret Life of the American Teenager Volume 3 DVD Review

The Secret Life of the American Teenager Volume 3 DVD Review

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Synopsis: The teen drama that has everyone talking is more exciting than ever in Volume Three. Rediscover all the drama and emotion of THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER, the critically acclaimed original ABC Family series. It's a whole new world for Amy as she tries to juggle motherhood, school, work and family. Meanwhile, Grace and Jack take their relationship to the next level. Experience all 12 episodes of Volume Three, complete with exciting bonus features -- including a behind-the-scenes look at the cast -- only on DVD!

Review: It seems like television is hard pressed to go without its teen dramas.   Whether its 90210 or this newer shot, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  This ABC Family show, often called simply 'Secret Life' is a huge hit.  It even beat out Gossip Girl at times in the ratings.

The show has released two previous seasons and this newest one is full of great situations and the crazy kind of drama that teens not only enjoy, they seem to need.  Secret Life delves into all types of issues, even centering around teen pregnancy, amid much controversy.  Its great to see a television show dealing with a real life issue like that, most shows like to pretend it doesn't exist.

This third volume shows the characters dealing with the struggles of teen motherhood, trying to juggle work, school and the baby, plus the in-depth and complicated relationships of the other characters.  The show will be staring up again in 2010, so catch up now with these great DVDs.  You'll definately need them to catch up on the drama!

Video: Another Pregnancy?!  Click HERE

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Toy Review: DST Ghostbusters Slimer Bank!

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Diamond Select Toys Ghostbusters Slimer Bank Review

We reviewed the Stay Puft Bank from DST last summer, and that thing was a beauty.  A great scale next to the Minimates too!  And of course DST graced us fans with a con variant featuring angry Stay Puft.  The latest bank to come out of the DST camp is Slimer.  He could be seen on shelves at Toys R’ Us over Xmas (though he quickly sold out at my local stores) and of course, online.

I tend to let images do the talking with toys.   I’m a very positive fan, I’m not looking to complain, I’m hoping to be satisfied.  That being said, Slimer is a work of art.  It is the single best sculpt of Slimer to be released EVER.   This bank serves as a fantastic replica of the movie Slimer and really does the spud justice.  The scale is very large (see the scale pic below) and the detail is phenominal.  You can basically buy a high-quality Ghostbusters movie statue/bust for less than $20!  Thanks DST (and give us some terror dog banks!)

Image Gallery:

 Nice big Slimer shots to show detail…

 Scale shot of Slimer with the DST Stay Puft bank and Super Fright Features Venkman…

You can buy him online at, Entertainment Earth and at Toys ‘R Us stores!

Free Slimer Bank sample provided courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

DST Slimer Bank Review!

Diamond Select Toys Ghostbusters Slimer Bank Review.

We reviewed the Stay Puft Bank from DST last summer, and that thing was a beauty.  A great scale next to the Minimates too!  And of course DST graced us fans with a con variant featuring angry Stay Puft.  The latest bank to come out of the DST camp is Slimer.  He could be seen on shelves at Toys R’ Us over Xmas (though he quickly sold out at my local stores) and of course, online.

I tend to let images do the talking with toys.   I’m a very positive fan, I’m not looking to complain, I’m hoping to be satisfied.  That being said, Slimer is a work of art.  It is the single best sculpt of Slimer to be released EVER.   This bank serves as a fantastic replica of the movie Slimer and really does the spud justice.  The scale is very large (see the scale pic below) and the detail is phenominal.  You can basically buy a high-quality Ghostbusters movie statue/bust for less than $20!  Thanks DST (and give us some terror dog banks!)

Image Gallery:

Nice big Slimer shots to show detail…

Scale shot of Slimer with the DST Stay Puft bank and Super Fright Features Venkman…

 You can buy him online at, Entertainment Earth and at Toys ‘R Us stores!

Slimer Bank sample provided courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

Ghostbusters SDCC Minimates Giveaway!

Hey guys and gals.

I have a big ol’ box of these cool Diamond Select Toys SDCC 2009 exclusive Commemorative Minimates to give away!

You can enter by emailing us at at or by commenting here.  I’ll select the winners in two weeks.  Good luck!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Extract Blu-Ray Review

Extract Blu-Ray Review 

 You can purchase this blu-ray online today!

Synopsis: The creator of OFFICE SPACE, writer-director Mike Judge (BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD), moves from cubicles to the assembly line with EXTRACT his outrageous return to workplace comedy, featuring a hilarious ensemble cast of quirky characters. About to sell his successful flavor extract company, life is almost sweet for Joel (Jason Bateman) until a freak on-the-job accident happens. Add to that his bored wife (Kristen Wiig), his laid-back best friend (Ben Affleck), a sexy con artist (Mila Kunis) who blows into town with dollar signs in her bedroom eyes, and a dumb gigolo -- and life as he knows it turns sour. Filled with laugh-out-loud one-liners and raunchy comedy, EXTRACT is 100% pure hilarity.

Review: I was a big fan of Office Space, another film by Mike Judge, which serves as a close brother to Extract.  I did go back and watch the film recently and it just wasn't as interesting to me.  Extract really brought me back into Judge's universe, though.  The highlight of this film is Kristen Wiig.  I'm going to go on record as saying she is one of the funniest and most underrated women in film today.

The story of the film isn't quite as interesting as the banter.  This is something that Judge's writing has in common with Kevin Smith.  This isn't Clerks 2 quality humor, but its still funny.  The characters are full of life and have some great lines and observations.

The only way to own this one is on blu-ray disc!  Thats not to say that they don't offer it on DVD, but there is no point to wasting your money on DVD anymore if a blu-ray option is available to you!  The high-definition and amazing sound isn't to be missed.

Bonus Features include: Exclusive To Blu-ray Deleted Scene, Exclusive To Blu-ray Extended Scenes, Mike Judge's Secret Recipe Featurette The Ingredients For A Classic Mike Judge Film

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Monday, December 28, 2009

Indiana Jones Lego

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We spoke a few weeks ago about Star Wars Lego.  I’d like to take a moment to discuss another huge property that was undertaken by the fine folks at Lego…Indiana Jones!  Indiana Jones Lego has been handled much in the same way as Star Wars Lego, it has gotten both deluxe sets and the video games on systems like the Wii, XBox 360, Playstation 2, etc.

The recent Indiana Jones film didn’t go over that well with fans, but the great thing about Indiana Jones Lego is that they’re timeless.  They represent the entire franchise, rather than one specific film, so any fan of the franchise can get into them.

Will there be more Indiana Jones Lego in the future?  Its hard to say.  If they make more Indy films, then you can count on it!

Highlander: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray

Highlander: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray 

You can purchase this blu-ray set online today

Synopsis: The Season One of Highlander on BLU-RAY for the first time ever! New special bonus features compiled exclusively for this Blu-ray collection!

With over 220 minutes of BONUS FEATURES!

  1. MacLeod Memories: Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul Reminisce
    Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul get together and discuss what it's like to be Immortal- from the fun to the romance to the heartbreak to the self discovery and spirituality. They talk acting and how it is to portray someone who learns and makes mistakes over hundreds of years and how the success of Highlander has changed their lives.
  2. Video Interviews for Each Episode
    Late producer Bill Panzer gives insights and anecdotes about the making of the first season of Highlander: The Series and the thoughts behind the action. He takes us on a tour of locations around Vancouver B.C. and even spills some inside info on Joan Jett, who had a cameo on Free Fall.
  3. Bloopers
    A hilarious collection of goofs and blunders, scenes gone strange, stunts gone wrong and some very fancy dance steps from all your favorite Highlander stars.
  4. Swordmaster: Bob Anderson Perspective
    Legendary Swordmaster, Bob Anderson, has choreographed sword fights for Star Wars, Princess Bride, Three Musketeers, The Mask of Zorro, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean and, of course, Highlander. Here, the Olympic fencer delves into the art and science of a truly memorable sword fight and how he came up with some of his brilliant ideas for fight sequences in the Highlander television series.
  5. Original Series Promo/Behind-the-Scenes
    Part pilot, part behind-the-scenes peek, this engaging piece introduces the Legend of Highlander and exhibits unique moments among the Highlander cast and crew.
  6. 400 Years: Journey of Duncan MacLeod
    One of fans favorite parts of Highlander are the flashbacks. Here we go through the life of Duncan MacLeod as seen through flashbacks used throughout the series. Starting with Duncan as a child wishing he could join his father in battle, we travel to Spain, Japan, the wild west and more.
  7. Immortal Memories (Favorite Beheadings)
    It wouldn't be Highlander without beheadings! The cast and crew discuss their favorite Immortal battles and Quickenings as we look back at truly spectacular moments in the series.
  8. Marto
    The famed sword-maker of Spain gives a special tour of the facilities in Toledo where all Highlander katanas, broadswords and lethal weapons are forged. Centuries old crafting techniques are on display, but the secret metallurgy formula stays hidden with Marto.
  9. Highlander in Paris
    Bill Panzer and Dennis Berry take us around the enchanting city of Paris to see the unforgettable locations where Highlander filmed. From the amazing scenes on the Eiffel tower, to Notre Dame, to The Paris Opera House to how MacLeod's barge became a home away from home and more.
Blu-Ray LIVE for Your Smart Phone
In addition to these bonus features on your Blu-ray Disc, we present a unique way to connect with Highlander and take it everywhere you go: Blu-ray LIVE. Blu-ray LIVE allows you to access features from your iPhone, BlackBerry, or other smart phone! Simply put the disc in your computer and your phone will automatically sync! You�ll get the following:
  1. Interviews with Bill Panzer for each show
  2. Season One Photo Album
  3. Wallpapers
  4. Rock'n'Roll Lounge: Highlander Season One featured several rock stars (Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey, Roland Gift, and Vanity) in guest appearances. Here you can read their bios and learn trivia about them.
  5. Star Bios: Special bios and photos from the stars of Season One, including Christopher Lambert who won the C�sar Award in 1986.
This special box set contains all 22 episodes from the first season of HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES on Blu-ray, giving you the finest quality available. Spectacular special features in that amazing Blu-ray clarity give you even more Highlander to love.
Starring: Adrian Paul, Alexandra Vandernoot, Stan Kirsch, Amanda Wyss, Jim Byrnes, and Christopher Lambert as special guest star in "The Gathering"
Rating: Not Rated
  1. The Gathering
  2. Family Tree
  3. The Road Not Taken
  4. Innocent Man
  5. Free Fall
  6. Bad Day in Building "A"
  7. Mountain Men
  8. Deadly Medicine
  9. The Sea Witch
  10. Revenge is Sweet
  11. See No Evil
  12. Eyewitness
  13. Band of Brothers
  14. For Evil's Sake
  15. For Tomorrow We Die
  16. The Beast Below
  17. Saving Grace
  18. The Lady and the Tiger
  19. Eye of the Beholder
  20. Avenging Angel
  21. Nowhere to Run
  22. The Hunters
Review: I'm a self-admitted Highlander nerd.  I got into this show during the first season, back when I was in high school.  I was already heavily into the first film.  I even had the unofficial film soundtrack, Queen's 'Its a kind of Magic'.  Don't believe I'm a fanboy?   I used to order product from the Highlander catalog.  I have a watcher necklace.   I remember when Tess died, I think I cried.  See, I told you so!  When the series came out on DVD I scooped it all up greedily, much to my wife's chagrin, lol.   Then, I hear earlier this year that the series is finally being put out on blu-ray, but will only be available on Legendary Heroes, the official Davis-Panzer website.  I was anxious to check out the quality of the transfer, since so many films from the 1990s suffer from excessive grain.  How does this set stack up? 

Ok, I'm going to get right to the most important thing about this set..the transfer to blu-ray.  This series is already on DVD, so really this is the concern.   Should you upgrade?  In one word...YES.  Allow me to explain.  I have reviewed a lot of blu-ray in my time and I come across so much grain and poor quality.  This series could have really suffered in the transition to blu-ray, but Davis-Panzer obviously took painstaking care to ensure that the video quality not only didn't suffer, but reflected a high-definition look.  The transfer is absolutely fantastic.

The Highlander series on blu-ray is not widescreen.  Davis-Panzer never made any bones about this, in fact they released a lot of information and images to let us know that the show would be offered in full-frame format (1:33:1), as that is how the series was originally aired.  When you convert to 1080p high-definition you get a widescreen format (1:78:1), so rather than leave the space black you can opt to have these cool decorative pillars on the sides of the screen.  I thought this was a nice touch, but I just opt to watch it with the black space personally. 

The blu-ray set includes new special features (seen above) along with the old ones from the DVD.  This set collects the entire first season of the show from 1992-93.  It has the original intro with that original rock-like logo and of course the best Queen song ever written. 

The bottom line on this set is that any fan of this show can feel secure in upgrading their collection.  If you don't own the series yet, even better.  The second and third seasons should be out this next spring on blu-ray, so you won't have to wait long to expand your collection.  The total of six seasons shouldn't take long to release.  This series experienced delays, because Davis-Panzer cares so much for their properties that they wanted to ensure that it was perfect for the fans..and they have.  Highlander: the Series on blu-ray is an absolute gem.

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Rating: a strong 5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-Ray Review

The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-Ray Review

You can purchase this blu-ray box set online today

Synopsis: Best known as a creator of broad film farces and uproarious parodies, jack-of-all-trades Mel Brooks has been entertaining audiences for years with his wacky and absurdist humor. Now just in time for the holidays, the king of comedy’s brilliant work is available for the first time in high definition in The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray Disc, debuting December 15 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Embark on a hilarious adventure over and over again as the ultimate gift set debuts with some of Brooks’ best films including Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, History Of The World Part I, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Silent Movie, Spaceballs, To Be Or Not To Be, The Twelve Chairs and Young Frankenstein.

Review: When I first heard that the Mel Brooks Collection was coming out on blu-ray my thoughts on it were instantly negative.  Its been my experience that attemping to "up-convert" any old film is in fact more damaging than not.  Many of these films are 30 years or older and I've seen movies converted to blu-ray that are ten years old and are full of grain and have terrible picture quality.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this set, it was a Xmas miracle!
The films in the set include all of Brooks' filmography, including the famous Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs and Young Frankenstein.  I forget until I watch these movies again how hilarious Mel Brooks can be.  His films are an American equivalent to Monty Python.  The humor is a bit more obvious, but thats the American part. 

The video transfer to high-definition is a large source of curiousity for most readers.  I will be honest, I'm VERY picky when it comes to this category, but I watched all of the films in this set and I was blown away.   There is NO grain.  I'm going to repeat that NO grain.   You get a little bit of dust on some of the films, but I you will be amazed at how crisp and clean these films look.  They did a fantastic job on each and every film in the set.  The sound quality is also fantastic. 

I HIGHLY recommend this box set.  You can find it online for less than $100 and thats an absolute steal.

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Rating: A Strong 5 out of 5 Stars!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

George Lopez: Tall, Dark and Chicano DVD Review!

George Lopez: Tall, Dark and Chicano DVD Review

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Synopsis: One of the most popular and versatile comedians of his time, “G-Lo” has pretty much done it all – TV series, film, radio, stand-up, recordings, a book, and soon, late-night TV as a talk show host.  Now his second solo special for HBO®, George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano, hits stores on December 15, 2009 from HBO Home Entertainment, featuring the hot comic in one of his most controversial performances to date.

Hitting on some of the hottest buttons today as well as familiar issues,George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano finds the multi-talented comedian/actor before a packed house at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, delivering a no-holds-barred routine on topics like Latino perspectives on change in America, kids these days, parenting, Barack Obama, aging, sagging body parts, sexual frustration, trendy names for children and “rednecks” who date Latinas.

Added to Lopez’s triumphant six-year run as the star of his self-titled sitcom on ABC, is a long list of credits including hosting the Latin Emmy® Awards and co-hosting the Alma Awards®; recording the Grammy-nominated CDs Team Leader and El Mas Chignon; writing the best-selling autobiography Why Are You Crying?; hosting his own morning radio show in L.A.; and  acting in feature films such as Balls of Fury, The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl, Swing Vote and the upcoming Valentine’s Day and The Spy Next Door.  Lopez’s first solo HBO special was George Lopez: America’s Mexican, which premiered in 2007.

Review: Its very difficult to get a good rating on a comedy DVD.  A comedian like George Lopez had run the danger of becoming very watered down over the year of being on television in a successful sitcom.  This new HBO stand-up special, which was filmed in La Vernia, Texas, is a triumphant return to legitimate comedy for Lopez.

There really aren't enough latino comics of note, so Lopez really carries a lot on his back.  In this comedy special Lopez uses the gift of foul language and controvertial topics to get his points across.  You may not wish to have your younger kids watch this one due to the language.  Thats definately of note since George also has a very clean television show, so you might not expect it.  Mind you, its hilarious for adults.  Lopez delves into politics even, by mocking the Republicans. 

This DVD is a fantastic release.  It'd make a great Xmas gift or just a fun addition to your own comedy collection.  George Lopez has proven once again why he's funny.  I know that George also has his Lopez Tonight talk show on TBS weeknights, so you should tune into that, as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Friday, December 18, 2009

Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special Blu-Ray Review!

Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special Blu-Ray Review!

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Jeff Dunham and his cast of characters join to make Christmas very special -- and hilarious -- like only they know how. All new show also includes bonus material with numerous extras. Share this must-have event with the entire family for Christmas and all year long!

Loaded with additional footage and extras not seen on television including Holiday Tips, Outtakes, Ask Santa-Walter, and Behind The Scenes.

Review: I was only recently introduced to Jeff Dunham's comedy by my wife earlier this year.  I know that he has been popular for awhile, but I'm late in the game on this one.   If you're not familiar with Jeff's work, he is basically a very talented ventriloquist that has a variety of character puppets that spout offensive material, from Achmed the terrorist to bubba.  His live comedy act has become something of a cult phenomenon over the past few years.  Now, this Xmas special is out on blu-ray to enjoy.

Jeff Dunham now has his own show on Comedy Central each week.  Its a pretty good show.  I didn't think he could hold his own in that capacity, but he really surprised me, at least so far.  This special pre-dates that show with a great selection of various skits and bits.  The blu-ray includes a lot of behind the scenes material and other things not seen on the television special when it originally aired.  Its like watching it all over again for the first time!  You defiantely need to score this one on blu-ray.  High-definition is the only way to go.  Firstly, why bother buying a DVD?  Its already an outdated medium.  Invest in blu-ray and you can have this great comedy special to pop in every year for the holidays!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Monty Python: Almost the Truth the Lawyer's Cut Blu-Ray

Monty Python: Almost the Truth the Lawyer's Cut Blu-Ray

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Synopsis: Monty Python reunites in this outrageous comedy and also features some of today's biggest comedians including Jimmy Fallon, Eddie Izzard, Dan Aykroyd, and Seth Green. The Pythons are matched against their contemporaries: rock stars, comedians, actors, politicians, Python-haters and potential axe murderers, in this never-before-seen outrageous comedy from the biggest comedy troupe of all time. Watch as Monty Python is brought to life on-screen in this six part mini-series which is airing on the IFC Chanel. The Monty Python troupe includes John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman.

Review: We love Monty Python here at the Legion.  When I say that we love Monty Python, I mean that we're complete fanboys.  We've seen all of the films that Terry Gilliam has directed.  We watch Michael Palin and John Cleese whenever possible in film roles.  Eric Idle still convinces us to watch the terrible films that he cameos in.   We still mourn Graham Chapman.  We're sad like that.  Needless to say, when there was a new Monty Python release coming out, it got our attention!

This blu-ray collects a six-part documentary series that will be running on the Independant Film Channel (IFC).  The documentary takes a unique look at the Python boys by conducting interviews with each of them about their days on the Flying Circus show, up to the present day.  They explain a lot of the behind the scenes motivations to things that we don't understand as fans, such as why there will be no new Python projects with the remaining boys.

This set really delves into any and everything you could want to know about Monty Python.  You even get to hear from celebrity fans like Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Izzard.  I highly recommend picking up this blu-ray.  Of note, its the only other Monty Python blu-ray release next to the Life of Brian, and this one is far more entertaining!

Rating: a strong 5 out of 5 stars

World's Greatest Dad DVD Review

World's Greatest Dad DVD Review

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Synopsis: Robin Williams stars as Lance Clayton, a man who has learned to settle.  He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as an unpopular high school poetry teacher.  His only son Kyle (Daryl Sabara) is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day.  He is dating Claire (Alexie Gilmore), the school's adorable art teacher, but she doesn't want to get serious, or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating.  Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.

Review: This is one of those films that can only be categorized as a dark comedy.  Robin Williams is generally known for his outrageous hilarity, but over the past decade he's done some more independant style roles and this one takes the cake.   This is the darkest film I've seen since Kevin Spacy American Beauty.

In many of the scenes its what Williams doesn't say, rather than what he does that really hits home.  His silent foreboding looks.  You can see him trying to absorb and understand what has happened to his life and to our society in general.  The lack of intimacy and closeness...opportunism, narcissism and other negative effects that have overrun society over the past few decades.

I truly enjoyed this film.  It doesn't give you the American ending.  You don't get the cliche moments of redemption.  This really can only be categorized as an independant film with a mainstream actor who is clearly searching for a deeper voice in his older years on the screen.  I have learned that I much prefer Robin Williams in dramatic roles.  I highly recommend this one if you're into alternative film and dark comedies.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie DVD Review

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie DVD Review

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Synopsis: The most magical event of the year is now even bigger, with more thrilling adventure! Wizards Of Waverly Place The Movie Extended Edition features exclusive footage, behind-the-scenes bonus and awesome extras that take you deeper into the mysterious world of wizardry!

Embark on a supernaturally exciting adventure as the Russos, your favorite family of wizards-in-training, join together on a quest full of heart-stopping action and hilarious magical mishaps! While on vacation, Alex (Selena Gomez) accidentally casts a spell that threatens her family’s existence! Max (Jake T. Austin) tries to keep his parents together while Alex and Justin (David Henrie) use every trick they know as they search for the “Stone of Dreams” to reverse the spell and save their family. You won’t want to miss one extraordinary moment of this extended, magic-filled and action-packed movie!

Review: This Wizards of Waverly Place is quite popular in our household.  Ever since we got the Disney Channel the kids have been glued to it.  My daughter loves all of the witchery, but I think my son just thinks Selena Gomez is cute.  Sigh.   I remember when this movie aired, my kids had to make sure we were home in time to see it.  It was a big ol' deal.  I wasn't sure why, so I started to watch this show with them more often.  What I found was a formula that I've seen work many times in the past, but with a twist.

When we opened the extended edition of this film, the kids were SO excited to find that it comes packed with a keychain that has some sort of magic stone in it.  Its something they understand being regular viewers of the show I guess, but they loved it.  This film delves into the idea of what would happen if Alex (Gomez) wishes that her parents never met.  Its really a fun film, and as a parent this show has grown on me.  I hope its around for many years to come.

This one would make a great Xmas gift, so I'd pick it up today!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Warner Bros. Announces new DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Packs


Studio To Begin Offering Blu-ray(TM) Combo Packs On All Theatrical New Release Titles;
Blu-ray Disc, Standard Definition DVD, And Digital Copy All-In-One At No Additional Cost

Also Introducing The Industry’s First Line Of Affordably Priced “Blu-ray Double Features;”
Sets Will Include Two Of Warner’s Top Catalog Hits On Blu-ray Disc

Burbank, Calif. December 16, 2009 - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment today announced two Blu-ray(TM) packaging initiatives that will give consumers greater value and portability when shopping for the best possible way to watch movies at home. Beginning in the first quarter of 2010, Warner Home Video will be releasing its entire Theatrical New Release slate as Blu-ray combo packs, containing a Blu-ray Disc of the film with exclusive special features and exciting BD-Live interactivity, a standard-definition DVD and a Digital Copy of the film.  For no additional cost, Blu-ray combo packs offer consumers significantly more value by merging the unsurpassed quality of Blu-ray with the convenience of being able to watch the film in any format, on just about every playback device.  

Warner Home Video is also launching the industry’s first line of Blu-ray Double Features, priced at $24.98 (SRP). Beginning February 23, the attractively packaged and entry-level priced Blu-ray Double Features pack will include a pair of well-matched catalog hits spanning multiple genres – comedy, action, drama/thriller and horror.  The first wave will include “Dirty Harry” and “Magnum Force” starring Clint Eastwood; “Analyze This” and “Analyze That” starring Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro; “Presumed Innocent” and “Frantic” starring Harrison Ford; “Miss Congeniality” and “Miss Congeniality 2” starring Sandra Bullock; and Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

“When people experience Blu-ray – they love it, and with Blu-ray combo packs on all of our top new releases, we are giving consumers the titles they want without having to sacrifice convenience and portability,” said Ron Sanders, President, Warner Home Video. “And our new Blu-ray Double Feature sets make it easier and more affordable than ever for consumers to build or expand their home movie libraries and discover why Blu-ray is simply the best way to watch movies at home.”

According to third quarter figures compiled by the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), Blu-ray is on the rise.  In 2009, Blu-ray Disc set-top player sales grew 112 percent over the same period last year and this holiday season consumers are seeing Blu-ray player prices starting around $100, making it that much easier for home audiences to see the films they love the way they were meant to be seen. Blu-ray devices are at the top of many consumers’ holiday wish lists this year are projected to be in 15 million U.S. homes by the end of this year.

Rising Anime Star Toshiyuki Kanno Discusses Halo Legends

Rising Anime Star Toshiyuki Kanno Discusses Direction
of “The Babysitter” Episode within Halo Legends

Warner Home Video to Distribute Compilation DVD on Feb. 16, 2010

Toshiyuki Kanno, one of the rising stars in anime, brings his distinct action style to the world of Halo with an innovative, yet uniquely familiar approach to the episodic film “The Babysitter,” one of the seven stories within the upcoming Halo Legends.

Warner Home Video will distribute Halo Legends on February 16, 2010 as a Special Edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray™, as well as
single disc DVD and available On Demand and Digital Download. The DVD anthology of episodic films based within the mythology of the popular game Halo is produced by 343 Industries, a unit within Microsoft Game Studios.

Kanno worked with Studio 4oC (and producer Eiko Tanaka) to create the Halo Legends episode, “The Babysitter,” which focuses on the intense rivalry between the ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers) and the Spartans. When given an assignment to assassinate a high-ranking Covenant Prophet, a four-man team of ODSTs must accept a Spartan Sniper to their strike force. Each discipline learns something important about the other as the mission progresses into hostile territory - and old rivalries must be reexamined if the mission is to succeed.

The episode emphasizes the differences in ability and style between
the two soldier types, and features a few familiar faces – Dutch from
Halo 3: ODST and his teammates Private O'Brien, Master Sergeant Cortez
and Corporal Checkman. The Babysitter was first previewed for Xbox
Live subscribers on November 7, 2009.

Kanno has rapidly established himself as a force within the anime
industry, building a reputation for directing stylish action anime in
such productions as Black Lagoon, Fighting Spirit, Aquarian Age and
Zone of the Enders. He also worked on special effects for Digimon: The

Kanno provided some further insight into the production of “The
Babysitter” via the following Q&A. Read on …

How does Halo lend itself to anime/animation?

Halo is a property filled with so many exciting characters and
detailed story settings with a very vast/huge background, and I
believe that the property has a lot of room to create episodes. Thus,
I think that various ways in anime development can suit the property
in whatever style the creators employ.

What was the inspiration for your artistic vision in your episode of
Halo Legends?

What inspired me the most are the "ruins of an unconfirmed space
alien.” Of course, we had a premise that the ruins are Forerunners,
and Microsoft/343 Industries provided us with a good deal of leeway to
create new elements. We have tried to incorporate a Japanese taste as
much as possible to the buildings, costumes, and other visual things
to try to add greater depth and expand the Halo realm.

Were there any particular images within the Halo realm that helped
shape or drive your creative vision?

We found inspiration in all of the art books provided by Microsoft,
especially the beauty of the nature shown in the image boards as well
as in the game itself. I tried to incorporate a similar beauty in my
episode. In addition, the costume and the weapons of various
characters such as the Brutes, Elites and Prophet provided me with
inspirations in creating the characteristics of this episode.

Why were you the right person to direct/design/write this episode?

The original script describing a story relating to the relationship
between Spartans and ODST was been provided by Mr. Frank O’Connor. I
discussed with Ms. Tanaka, the producer of the episode, that we needed
to brush up the story to make it more understandable and impressive,
and proposed the new script to Microsoft. I believe that the script
has become better suited to animation.

We had a very strong design and animation team. I was in charge of
character designs and focused on creating designs to easily express
emotions of each of them. I employed Mr. Hayashi and Mr. Suzuki to
design mechas, such as those involving the Spartan,  ODSTs and
Covenant. They have been very good in creating mechas that are simple
but very cool designs.

Mr. Sasaki was in charge of background designs, and his ideas helped
realize a very distinguished world of “The Babysitter” – giving our
anime sensibility, but retaining the Halo taste. He has created an
original UNSC spaceship and the design seemed to please the Microsoft

Both Ms. Miyuki, who was in charge of coloring, and Mr. Watanabe, who
headed the CGI as well as the screen plan, focused on keeping a
balance throughout the entire episode. I believe that they contributed
a lot in accomplishing a profound screen play.

What did you set out to accomplish in this episode, and why do you
think you achieved or exceeded your goals?

The most distinguished characteristic of this episode is that this is
the only episode in Halo Legends where ODST characters appear. During
the production of this episode, a new Halo game “Halo 3: ODST,”
featuring ODST characters, was released – and our episode has some
common characters with the game. Thus, we felt an intense pressure to
make the episode very enjoyable to the newcomers to the Halo world
and, more over, to ensure that the episode would not betray the trust
of the game fans.

I, myself, was a quite a newcomer to Halo at the beginning of this
project, and it was a very hard process to understand the vast realm
of Halo and to create new things out of it.  Consequently, I have
found out that the episode has become very exciting and much better
than I had originally expected. I believe that this result comes from
the efforts of each and every member of our production staffs. This
was a very collaborative effort.

How important was having Halo gaming experience to bringing the world
to life in anime?

I am not at all good at playing video games, and I have not played
that much. But my staff played a great deal, and both myself and my
staff spent a lot of time viewing the long-playing movie many times to
ensure we understood the Halo realm as well as the details of its

Are there any hidden images or behind-the-scenes “Easter eggs” –
special little things you included for the devout Halo fans – that
appear within your episode?

It was simply tough enough for me to understand the Halo universe
during such a short period of time, so I did not have time or room to
create such “hidden images” etc. However, I strongly believe that
every viewer will feel the enthusiasm of all of our creative staffs in
the episode.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Deluxe Edition Book Review

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Deluxe Heirloom Edition Book Review

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Just in time for the holidays, Quirk has prepared The Deluxe Heirloom Edition of the New York Times Best Seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies featuring:

* A fancy 4C hardcover package that will endure for generations
* In addition to the illustrations in the first edition, the expanded version features 13 new full-color oil painting illustrations – depicting all of PPZ’s most memorable moments
* A special preface from author Seth Grahame-Smith in which he describes the writing of PPZ
* Best of all, The Deluxe Heirloom Edition features 30% MORE ZOMBIES! Seth has written pages and pages of all-new (and entirely gratuitous) ultra-violent zombie mahem. If you loved the premise and zombie action of the first book, you’ll love this expanded Deluxe Edition even more.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton-and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers-and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.

Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature.

Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn. He lives in Los Angeles.

Review: If you haven’t already guessed, you need to have a good sense of humor to appreciate this book.   I was interested in this title for two reasons.  Firstly, my wife loves Jane Austen..I mean really loves her.  I think she’d time travel to marry the woman.  That might be less popular then than it is now.   And I, well I love zombies.  Not all zombie things mind you, but those with a sense of humor.    Therefore, this book appealed to me right away..its the best of both worlds.  A book we can both read and enjoy.

I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but I quickly realized that the author actually did blend zombies right into the real story.  Its just masterful the whit and sense of humor that this guy displays.    Its about 85% Jane Austen’s original words and he’s inserted this entire subplot of a zombie infestation in historic England.   Its really comedic genius at its best.  This one will appeal to any with a good sense of humor and an open mind.  I wouldn’t get it for anyone under the age of 13, though!   It can be a little graphic with the violence at times.

This deluxe edition is fantastic and definately something that will grace our bookshelves here at the Legion for many years to come!  You can also find this title on audiobook!   This would be a hilarious Xmas gift.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars – very creative!

Bleach Volume 23 DVD Review

Bleach Volume 23 DVD Review

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Synopsis: Kariya and the Bounts arrive in the Soul Society and find themselves battling two Soul Reaper lieutenants, but the abundance of reishi in the Soul Society gives the Bounts a ready source of power, rendering them formidable opponents. Ichigo and friends arrive in the Soul Society, and when Rukia is injured in a fight, Ichigo follows her to the Kuchiki house, where he asks Byakuya to fight alongside him against the Bounts. Byakuya refuses and insists they leave it up to the 13 Court Guard Squads, but soon enough Byakuya finds himself in a one-on-one battle with Kariya. (Episodes 92-95)

Review: This is the 23rd volume in the Bleach series, released by Viz.  This single disc release includes episodes 92 through 95 of the series. These episodes take on a rather dark tone at times with some near death experiences and bloody sword fights, but there is time still for moments of humor in classic Bleach fashion.

This volume does include some great moments, but is mostly comprised of story and filler that is a build up to future action in the later Bleach volume releases.  This is a single disc release, which is my pet peve, but the Bleach series is really fantastic, and if we can't get boxed sets I'm happy they're at least consistantly and frequently releasing these volumes for the fans.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

G-Force Blu-Ray / DVD Combo Pack Review

G-Force Blu-Ray / DVD Combo Pack Review

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Synopsis: Buckle up for thrilling edge-of-your-seat action and laugh-out-loud fun in Disney’s family comedy adventure G-Force. Just as the G-Force — an elite team of highly trained guinea pigs — is about to save the world, the F.B.I. shuts the secret unit down. But these next-generation action heroes — Darwin, loyal team leader; Blaster, weapons expert with attitude to spare; Juarez, drop-dead gorgeous martial arts diva; and tag-along Hurley — won’t be stopped. Armed with the latest in high-tech spy equipment, and with the F.B.I. on their tails, the fur flies as they race against the clock to save the world. From the producer of the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy and National Treasure, and filled with high-octane action, daredevil stunts, cutting-edge special effects and outrageous comedy, G-Force is fantastic fun for the whole family.

Review: The first time I saw this trailer my wife and I looked at each other and laughed.  Not just because the film looked cute or there was a funny moment, but we knew instantly that our kids were going to just die with laughter.  Later that day we made sure our daughter and son saw the trailer and behold, they were cracking up.  From then on they were obsessed with seeing G-Force.  Unfortuantely for them, we don't do a lot of movie theaters, so we waited for it to come to Blu-Ray.   Since dad gets stuff early for the site, they were counting the weeks.  Finally the moment came and let me tell you, this one hit the mark with not only the kids, but the parents too.

This film is packed with action and adventure.  The all-star cast includes notables like Bill Nighy, and yet the G-Force steals the show.  Another example of great computer animation placed with just the right voice actors.  The jokes are spot on and the fun is family friendly, which isn't easy to find.

Disney has really brought life to the market with these combo packs.  I definately appreciate being able to have the blu-ray copy, DVD AND a digital copy.  That way I can load this on my iPod for the kids when we're out and they can steal away to their room with the DVD and if anything happens to big deal, since we have our family blu-ray copy safe and sound.  Its hard to watch movies without high definition anymore, and there really isn't any point to buying DVDs these days.  Blu-Ray is the only way to go.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

The Batman Vault Review!


Book Review: The Batman Vault!
Publisher: Running Press
Written by: Robert Greenberger and Matthew K. Manning

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Our take: The same company that brought us the Dc Vault releases a much better edition with the Batman Vault.  I was skeptical about these titles when I first heard about them.  I mean how do you really fit a character with 70 years of history into one book.  The answer?  You don’t.  You don’t even try.  What you do instead is make a hardcover scrapbook of sorts.  This book has a ton of information in it.  A lot more than I anticipated.  We have the benefit of writers Robert Greenberger, former Dc Comics editor, and our pal Matthew K. Manning, a very popular writer for Dc Comics.  The book is full of tidbits and inside information that you don’t hear everyday.

You can see from the pictures that every chapter includes a plastic sleeve that has pull-out memorabilia.  From reproduction coloring book pages to production art, you get a great variety of stuff to look at.  There are even some looks at very rare art.

I know that titles like this come off to fans like a gimmick…and it is, but its a gimmick that works.  As a fan, I treasure this title.  I can only hope that every major Dc Comics character will get their own vault treatment.

We should most certainly see them for Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.  I highly recommend picking this one up.  It’d make a fantastic gift for yourself or anyone on your Xmas list!

Check out this great youtube video look at the book!