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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Weight of the Nation DVD Review

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Weight of the Nation DVD Review
Synopsis: Continuing the tradition of 2007’s Addiction and 2009’s The Alzheimer’s Project in spotlighting the nation’s most pressing health issues, HBO addresses the issue of obesity in The Weight of the Nation, an initiative that will help launch one of the most far-reaching public health campaigns on this epidemic to date. Developed in partnership with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and in association with some of the world’s foremost health-research organizations. Three years in the making, The Weight of the Nation spotlights the facts and myths of this public-health crisis, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system.
Review:  The Weight of the Nation is a controvertial documentary that aired on HBO this year regarding weightloss.   The documentary itself is very well produced and most of the experts are dead-on...there are a few points that have found some intense debate online, but we'll leave you to explore this on your own.  The overall message on this one is strong and its a rather informative and extensive look at our biggest public health crisis.
The special features include: Includes 11 bonus films with run times from 15-30 minutes each: 
1. Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Risks of Excess Weight 
2. Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
3. Latino Health Access: A Model of Community Action
4. Nashville Takes Action: A City Battles Obesity
5. Can a Lifetime of Excess Weight Lead to Heart Disease?
6. Poverty and Obesity: When Healthy Food Isn’t an Option
7. Stigma: The Human Cost of Obesity
8. Overweight in the Workplace: How Wellness Programs can help the American Workforce
9. The Quest to Understand the Biology of Weight Loss
10. Is Weight Something We Inherit?
11. Healthy Foods and Obesity Prevention: Increasing Markets for Fruit and Vegetable Farmers
Interest Range: Documentary

Cole Younger & The Black Train DVD Review

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Cole Younger & The Black Train DVD Review
Synopsis: Cole Younger & The Black Train traces Cole Younger's experiences with the Black Train - first as a teenager, then into adult life as he partners with Jesse James to create the most notorious outlaw band of the old West, the James-Younger gang.
Review: This one is a sort of biopic about Cole Younger, one half of the infamous James-Younger gang and how he got tracked down by the Pinkerton agency as a younger man.   Michael Madsen does a great job in this slightly campy, but fun western.
Interest Range: Western

Marvel Anime: Blade - Complete Series DVD Review

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Marvel Anime: Blade - Complete Series DVD Review
Synopsis: Bitten by a vampire while pregnant, Eric Brooks' mother gave birth to a baby boy a child born with all the strengths of a vampire and only one of its weaknesses. Struggling with a blood thirst, but imbued with supernatural powers, that child has become the vampire hunter know as Blade.
Review: There are four Marvel Comics based anime titles being released...X-Men, Iron Man, Wolverine and this one...Blade.   You may remember the Blade film trilogy and even the live-action TV show.  This continuation of the series consists of twelve episodes that follow Blade chasing Deacon Frost to Japan and encountering the local vampires that plague the area.  This one was a great watch..lots of action and fun for any comic book and anime fan.
Interest Range: Marvel Comics, Anime

Detention Blu-Ray Review

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Detention Blu-Ray Review
Synopsis: Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook and Spencer Locke star in Detention, a hipster, teen horror-comedy where the local students of Grizzly Lake must survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is Cinderhella, a slasher-movie killer who has seemingly come to life and is preying on the school's student body. As the clock ticks and the bodies pile up, the likely suspects are embroiled in a race against time to stop Cinderhella and ultimately save the word... if only they can get out of detention.
Review:  This movie...its a horror comedy.  If you are familiar with that genre, then you should enjoy this one.  Furthermore, you need to be a Dane Cook fan, which is a select grouping of people, lol.  This one features horror killer Cinderhella and a group of teens fighting for their lives.  Is this the best movie ever?  Nah, but it sure was a fun watch.
Interest Range: Horror, Comedy

Dead Season DVD Review

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Dead Season DVD Review
Synopsis: When a worldwide viral outbreak leads to a plague of zombies scouring the earth for the living, two survivors flee the chaos of America to a remote island, hoping for a chance to start a new life. What they find is unrelenting horror. Beyond the hordes of the flesh-hungry undead, the other people already on the island force the pair into a fight-or-die battle amongst themselves. Armed only with crude weapons, they must descend to savagery and cutthroat tactics just to make it through each day. Packed with cutting-edge action and outrageous gore, Dead Season is a riveting new spin on the zombie genre!
Review: The zombie genre has gone wild in recent years.  Far from Romero's classic tales, the mainstream has picked upon this horror phenom and run with it.  Dead Season goes back to the Romero-esque roots and doesn't go overboard on budget making a hollywood film..they make a zombie film.  The characters and dialogue are engaging and the situations that examine the idiocies in human nature are spot-on. Ths slice of life tale within a zombie apocalypse is just what Romero would do and its a wonderful fix for those into the this guy.  Thumbs up!
The special features include: Making of Dead Season, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and Trailer.
Interest Range: Horror

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Sanctuary - The Complete Fourth Season Blu-Ray Review

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Sanctuary - The Complete Fourth Season Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Amanda Tapping returns as Dr. Helen Magnus in the amazing fourth season of the hit Syfy series, promising bigger myths and greater surprises than ever before.

Review: This blu-ray release is the fourth season of the Syfy hit Sanctuary.   Sci-Fi fans rejoice when we get a show with consistant quality like this.  The Fourth season, though not loved by all fans, took risks and I feel they paid off.  The outstanding episodes include Tempus and Icebreaker.  Low points in this season...the what seems to now be essential musical episode.  I was NOT into that whatsoever.  Other than that, this one was a complete win and a must-have for any fan.

Interest Range: Sci-Fi, TV Shows

IRT Deadliest Roads: Season 2 DVD Review

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IRT Deadliest Roads: Season 2 DVD Review

Synopsis: The road to success can be deadly. In the second season of IRT DEADLIEST ROADS, Lisa, Hugh and Rick, three of the toughest North American truckers, are driven to extremes in one of the world's most unforgiving environments: the Andes. As they cross borders to navigate the highways of South America, this fearless trio encounters some of the deadliest roads in history. Everything they’ve learned in more than 40 years of combined experience is tested in nerve-rattling conditions they’ve never experienced before. Whether it's driving along 1,000-foot cliffs or dodging avalanches, skill and ingenuity go full-throttle.

Review: What does one say about Ice Road Truckers?  Much like the show Dirty Jobs, IRT has shown us that some people live on the edge on a daily basis.  I definately do not envy these guys and gals as they truck across dangerous terrains to deliver their loads.   This season, season two, focuses on their trek through the Andes.  Oh my god its dangerous and on edge the entire time.  A great watch.

DISC 1: The Death Road / Rise of the Rookies / Lisa Vs. The Devil’s Bridge / The Replacement Trucker

DISC 2: Death Race / The Flattest Place On Earth / Oxygen Required

DISC 3: Desert Disaster / The Hangover / Dead Man’s Canyon

DISC 4: King of the Road / Landslide! / Bull Run / Bonus

Special Features

  • Additional Footage
Interest Range: Dangerous Trucking, History Channel, Docudrama

Dan vs.: The Complete First Season DVD Review

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Dan vs.: The Complete First Season DVD Review

Synopsis: The First 22 Missions Of Vengeance! Dan thinks the whole world is out to get him, and he may be right. From his cruddy apartment at the Casa Paradisio, Dan – along with his pushover best friend Chris and Chris’ hot genius wife Elise – will plot his elaborate personal vendettas against enemies that include the dentist, ninjas, Canada, baseball, Ye Olde Shakespeare Dinner Theatre and the entire state of New Mexico. The voices of Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds), Dave Foley (“The Kids In The Hall”, “NewsRadio”) and Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”) star in this Hub hit, featuring guest voice appearances by Michael Gross & Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”), Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob Square Pants”), Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and more.

Review: Dan Vs. is a great animated show that features its main characters, Dan, versus just about everything that makes him angry.  He's generally pissed-off and after everyone, but wait...this show is funny AND there is nothing vile or obscene.  There is no cursing and disgusting behavior....its not South Park or Family Guy....yet its still funny.  You can watch this one with your older kids (10 and up) without any issues.  Win!

Interest Range: Animation, Comedy

La Grande illusion (StudioCanal Collection) Blu-Ray Review

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La Grande illusion (StudioCanal Collection) Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.
Review: This blu-ray release is of the classic 1937 Jean Renoir french film.  The film, based on the book "The Great Illusion", which highlights the futility of war.  This is a fantastic transfer to blu-ray...the video quality is wonderful, especially for such an old noir film.   We recommend this one for anyone interested in vintage film and movies with a message.  The message in this one is timeless.
Interest Range: Vintage, Drama

Marvel: Wolverine: Animated Series DVD Review

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Marvel: Wolverine: Animated Series DVD Review

Synopsis: This series pays homage to Frank Miller's legendary Wolverine graphic novel from the 1980's. The series begins when Mariko, the love of Logan's life, is forced back to Japan by her crime-lord father, Shingen. Logan vows to get her back at any cost. He is plunged into a chaotic world of corruption and violence, forcing him to team up with young assassin, Yukio, to battle their way through the Japanese criminal underworld.

Review: This DVD is one in a series of four different Marvel properties being brought to anime.  This aired on the G4 network originally.  The series focuses on Logan's travels to Japan and his lover Mariko, as seen in the legendary original Wolverine mini-series back in the early 1980s by Frank Miller.   If you enjoy anime, then you will love these episodes.  Any die-hard X-Men and Wolverine fan will enjoy hearing Steve Blum reprising his role as Wolverine...that really helps tie this series in. 

Interest Range: Marvel Comics, Anime

Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand DVD Review

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Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand DVD Review

Synopsis: Since acquiring Dark Energon, the DECEPTICON leader MEGATRON has worked tirelessly to uncover its secrets in an effort to finally wield its great power! Now it’s up to the heroic leader of the AUTOBOTS, OPTIMUS PRIME, to stop his old nemesis once and for all, no matter what the cost. But Optimus Prime will not only face Megatron in this ultimate rematch, but rise to the challenge of defeating an even greater foe: UNICRON, whose power threatens the existence of humankind. With many dramatic surprises throughout this epic story arc, numerous questions will be faced, but none more important than these: Who is Optimus Prime? And can the Autobots’ true key to salvation lie in the trusted hands of a teenage boy named Jack?

From Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (the writing team behind the megasuccessful Transformers feature trilogy) and executive producer Jeff Kline comes the story behind the most iconic Autobot ever created, finally revealed like never before in an epic tale of deception, sacrifice, loyalty and triumph.

Originally broadcast as seven episodes that spanned the first two seasons of the Emmy Award-winning series, One Shall Stand is presented here as an uninterrupted movie featuring the voice talents of returning Transformers legends Peter Cullen and Frank Welker alongside a superstar cast including Adam Baldwin (Chuck), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), John Noble (Fringe), Gina Torres (Firefly) and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator)!

Review: Transformers: Prime is the latest incarnation of one of the most popular franchises from the 1980s.  This DVD from Shout Factory collects seven episodes of the series, which airs on the HUB network into a film.  The episodes on the disc include:

"One Shall Fall"
"One Shall Rise, Part I"
"One Shall Rise, Part II"
"One Shall Rise, Part III"
"Orion Pax, Part I"
"Orion Pax, Part II"
"Orion Pax, Part III"

Four of these episodes were released on the season one set, but three have yet to see release and seeing them all put together in this way makes for a fantastic movie experience. The show is very well-done and a joy for any Transformers fan. This is no single disc release, this is a well put together compilation for ultimate fans.

Interest Range: Animation, The Hub

Patriocracy DVD Review

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Patriocracy DVD Review

Synopsis: Patriocracy, a voice of reason in the age of polarization. Patriocracy is a non-partisan examination of Washington dysfunction. Alan Simpson, Bob Schieffer, Eleanor Clift, Pat Buchanan, Senator Mark Warner and Senator Kent Conrad are just a few of the notable Washington personalities who offer their valuable perspectives. Patriocracy drills down and illustrates the forces that drive a wedge into the middle ground of America and the solutions required to move forward.

Review: In a world where politics have become so baffling and confusing, Patriocracy takes a look at our broken system and offers an outlook into some of the key players in the game and provides us with some ideas to ponder moving forward.  This one is a must-see for anyone that is interested in modern politics.

Interest Range: Politics

WWE: Undertaker - The Streak DVD Review

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WWE: Undertaker - The Streak DVD Review

Synopsis: It is the most impressive feat in the history of Sports Entertainment, and one that may never be duplicated. Twenty times Undertaker has stepped in the ring at the Showcase of the Immortals, Wrestle Mania, and 20 times he`s had his hand raised in victory. Undertaker has faced some of the biggest names in WWE history, including Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Ric Flair, Edge, Kane, Batista, Randy Orton, and more, and always claimed their souls. Now for the first time ever, every match in its entirety is collected in one release: Undertaker: The Streak. In addition to every match, this collection also includes a never-before-seen documentary discussing the historic, unprecedented run.

Review: I still remember when the Undertaker debuted in the then WWF when I was a kid, back in 1990.  In an era of brightly colored superhero types, the Undertaker immediately stood out as a dark force in wrestling.   His very presence was shocking and dark and was a fantastic foreshadowing to what direction wrestling would take with the WWE in the late 1990s and beyond.  Wrestlemania after Wrestlemania he has take down his opponants.  The streak, as its referred, is legend in wrestling and continues today.

This fantastic DVD set provides you will all 20 of his Wrestlemania wins and an in-depth documentary.  The documentary, at over 40 minutes long, has tons of footage, commentary and interviews with other top wrestlers.  Its a great watch and was my favorite part of this DVD set.

Whether its the classic "deadman" or the "american badass", he never fails to come through with a performance that gives 120% for the fans.  This documentary is a must-have for any serious wrestling fan.

Interest Range: WWE, Wrestling

Casa de Mi Padre Blu-Ray Review

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Casa de Mi Padre Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch faces financial strains, Armando's younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fianc‚e, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez) and pledges to settle all his father's debts. It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over, but when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, the Alvarez family finds themselves in a full-out war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garc¡a Bernal).

Review: Will Ferrell is at it again with his signature comedic wit. This deadpan spoof of the telenovella is a fantastic addition to Ferrell's body of work.  The film is absolutely hilarious, often in subtitles and always dry and uncomfortable.   Casa De Mi Padre successfully accomplishes what films like Nacho Libre missed...a deadpan and serious, yet absolutely hilarious film.

Interest Range: Comedy

Bill Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home DVD Review

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Bill Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home DVD Review

Synopsis: Addiction can happen to anyone. It is an equal opportunity disease, crossing boundaries of race, creed, and class, destroying individuals, families, and communities. Most Americans have been touched by addiction, including renowned journalist Bill Moyers, whose oldest son struggled with drugs and alcohol.

In this acclaimed five-part series, Moyers looks at substance abuse from all sides: personal, professional, scientific, and political. First, we hear from the real experts: recovering addicts. Then, Moyers talks with scientists who study how drugs change the brain, treatment professionals who help recovering addicts lead healthy lives, and kids in danger of becoming the next generation of addicts. Finally, he reports on the ongoing fight to change our national drug policy. Far-ranging, frank, and compassionate, On Addiction: Close to Home is an in-depth exploration of the heartbreak of addiction and the hope and possibility of recovery..

Review: This series by Bill Moyers, which aired in the UK 14 years ago, was a fantastic and in-depth look at addiction that pre-dated our own "Intervention".  This series was a great and encouraging series for those that are close to those with addiction or even if you are suffering from addiction yourself.  The DVD set includes a great 2012 bonus guide that updates the viewer on any new thought processes on addiction and treatment.

The special features on this DVD set include: 16-page viewer’s guide with an introduction by Bill Moyers; articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous, drug policy, and antismoking efforts; "Take a Step" by Ben Alsup; and more Biography of Bill Moyers Plus a list of resources and discussion questions at

Interest Range: Documentary

Matt Braunger: Shovel Fighter! DVD Review

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Matt Braunger: Shovel Fighter! DVD Review

Synopsis: Matt Braunger's (Up All Night) second Comedy Central special Shovel Fighter is available on DVD and CD extended and uncensored just two days after the world television premiere. The follow-up to the successful album Soak Up the Night, Shovel Fighter is a hilarious special and must own for all comedy fans.

Review: Matt Braunger is a well-versed comedian.  You may have seen him in the past on MadTV and NBC's "Up All Night".  His role on Up All Night is the ackward and stiff neighbor dad.  I enjoy him in that role, so I decided to give his stand-up special a chance.  His pacing is rather quick...he barely pauses for a laugh before moving right onto the next joke.  His topics covered range, but are mostly completely inappropriate, which is fantastic.  Overall, its rather funny and definately worth the watch.

Interest Range: Stand-Up Comedy

The Three Stooges Blu-Ray Review

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The Three Stooges Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: The Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, Curly) are on a mission. Left on a doorstep of an Orphanage run by nuns, the young Trio grows up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way into trouble. Now years later, with the Orphanage forced to close its doors, the Three Stooges embark on a wacky mission to save the Orphanage. Hilarious Mischief and Mayhem ensues.

Review: The Three Stooges have been one of my favorite things since I was a kid.  I used to watch them on late night television, and then when I was older they would show the old shorts before movies at the drive-in theater.  In fact, I remember a channel when I visited my grandmother in Arizona that showed them 24 hours a day back in the 1990s.  Now, the Farrelly Brothers, kings of comedy in their own right, are re-imagining these classic characters for a new generation.  This is something that is long overdue and its done so well here.  The film serves as both an homage and a relaunch of this great troup.  The performances are fantastic, especially that of Will Sasso as Curly.  We highly recommend it for the entire family.

Interest Range: Comedy

Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla Book Review

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Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla Book Review
About the Book: William Travilla is one of the best costume designers of all time and Marilyn Monroe his most famous client. Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla focuses on the striking dresses that Travilla designed for Marilyn, from his early work on the thriller Don't Bother to Knock and the gorgeous pink dress in which Marilyn sang "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" to the legendary white dress from The Seven Year Itch, which arguably contributed to the collapse of Marilyn's marriage to Joe DiMaggio. Featuring Travilla's original sketches, rare costume test shots, dress patterns, photographs of Marilyn wearing the dresses, plus exclusive and never-before-seen extracts from interviews with Travilla, this book offers a fresh insight into the golden age of Hollywood.
Our Take: Marilyn Monroe was one of the most glamorous and iconic actresses of the 20th, in fact she was THE most.  Her still mysterious death still enthralls fans today and her legendary icon status can be seen all around through her film work and the tons of merchandise that still invades our culture.  This book is a look into her primary costume designer, William Travilla, and his work on most of her most famous films.  The hardcover coffee table book showcases tons of original artwork and drawings by Travilla, test shots of Marilyn in the various costumes and more.  This one is a great buy for any Marilyn fan!
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Prometheus: The Art of the Film Book Review

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Prometheus: The Art of the Film Book Review
Our Take: Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The movie takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.

With an introduction by Scott himself, this lavish book will be the only publication to accompany Prometheus. Stunning production art and behind the scenes photos will grant the reader a window on the process of creating this astounding new epic.

Our Take: We love the Alien franchise here at the Legion.   Hell, we even love Alien: Resurrection, lol.  Ridley Scott has re-visited the franchise that he began with a prequel of sorts to Alien that explores who the infamous "space jockey" was.  This hardcover art book is a fantastic collectible from the film that provides insights (and spoilers!) into the film's sets, gadgets and various creatures.  You get everything from early artwork to storyboards.   This one is a must for any serious Alien fan.  Prometheus was a phenominal film and this book is a great companion piece.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Storage Wars: Volume 3 DVD Review

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Storage Wars: Volume 3 DVD Review

Synopsis: Fast-talking auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson and the loyal bidders that frequent their storage unit sales are back for more STORAGE WARS. Aided only by the beam of a flashlight, the bidders get a quick peek inside the units, then have mere minutes to decide if they re going to take the gamble, make a bid and see if the resulting buy is full of mostly trash... or true treasure. Storage addict and 32-year bidding veteran Darrell and his son Brandon Sheets, secondhand store owner Jarrod Schultz, entrepreneur Dave Hester and antique collector Barry Weiss return for more high-stakes fun as they try to outbid one another in the pursuit of storage treasure. Part gamblers and part detectives, these seasoned veterans negotiate the fascinating and obscure world of storage auction and consignment, with personalities as colorful and varied as the treasures they uncover. In STORAGE WARS: VOLUME 3, the buyers are introduced to the world of vault auctions, Dave goes all in for a unit that hasn t been opened in 20 years and Barry has a brush with his own mortality.

Review: Oh, how we love Storage Wars!  (Storage Wars Texas, not so much).  This volume covers almost the rest of season two of the show (see the episodes included below).  We get more drama between Jarrod and Brandi, Dave Hester, Barry and Darryl.  Honestly, even though the odds that this show isn't put on are VERY low, that doesn't even matter to me.  The fun watching these guys loathe each other is worth it.  I don't expect anything real on TV..I reserve that for real life, lol.  This show is a TON of fun and most definately has us glued still. 

DISC 1: I’m the New Mogul / Driving Miss Barry / Winner Winner Chicken Dinner / Auction Sesame / Stairway to Hemet / Scoot-A-Toot, Toot / The Empire Strikes Out / Make It Rain, Girl

DISC 2: Smoke Em If You Find Em / The Drone Wars / Brandi’s First Time / Hooray for Holly-Weird / Don’t Bid So Close to Me / Not Your Average Bear / Hook, Line, and Sucker / Operation Hobo

Interest Range: Docudrama, A&E

The Note 3 DVD Review

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The Note 3 DVD Review
Synopsis: The Note 3 is the third installment of one of Hallmark Channel's highest-rated movie series of all time, "The Note." Genie Francis and Ted McGinley reprise their roles as Peyton MacGruder (Francis) and King Danville (McGinley) and, in this installment, Peyton finds a baby abandoned on her doorstep. An anonymous note begs for Peyton to take care of the infant. As MacGruder and Danville search for the baby's rightful home, Peyton is stunned by the growing maternal instinct she feels for the small child.
Review: The Note film series are touching films that originally aired for the Hallmark Channel.  I remember watching the first of these, which I thought was fantastic.  This release is the third film, which takes the saga in a new direction, with a baby being left on Peyton and King's doorstep along guessed it..a note.  This heartwarming tale unfolds as they try to find the baby a good home.  This one is fantastic and great for the entire family.
Interest Range: Drama, TV Movie

Win a copy of Butterfly Swords on DVD!

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Butterfly Swords DVD Review

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Butterfly Swords DVD Review

Synopsis: A gang of eunuchs is attempting to overthrow the Ming Dynasty, and sibling assassins Sister Ko (Michelle Yeoh) and Brother Sing (Tony Leung) must infiltrate the group to stop them in this Hong Kong action thriller from director Michael Mak (Dragon Inn).
Review: We love asian cinema here at the Legion.  Butterfly Swords is a fantastic new example of this cinema, with period action and fantastic political drama.  Michelle Yeoh is dynamic as ever and Tony Leung turns in a fantastic and daring performance.  There is non-stop action and some very cool characters in this does not disappoint.
Interest Range: Action, Drama

Freak Dance DVD Review

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Freak Dance DVD Review
Synopsis: When rich girl Cocolonia (Megan Heyn) can’t shake her stuff at home because of her uptight mom (Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation), she hits the streets to join a dance crew who respond to every challenge with a dance .
Review: This new crazy comedy, Freak Dance, is definately an aquired taste.  Its from the mind of Matt Besser of the Upright Citizens Brigade.  This one one of those off-kilter spoof-comedies that won't appeal to everyone, but if you have the right mindset going in, its quite hilarious.  The comedy is bizarre and the dancing action is insane, but if you "get" the Upright Citizens, then you should love this one.
The special features on this DVD include: Commentary with writer/co-director, Matt Besser and co-director, Neal Mahoney, Deleted Scenes, Extended Scene, Trailer and The Dangers of Freak Dancing.
Interest Range: Comedy

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Three Stooges Celebration DVD Review

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 Three Stooges Celebration DVD Review

Synopsis:  Larry, Moe, and Curly (and sometimes Shemp) are at it again in this set featuring the comic trio. The collection includes some short films, live footage of the boys from a TV show called CAMEL COMEDY CARAVAN, as well as a special documentary.

Review: The new Three Stooges movie (which we will be posting here soon) is causing a slew of releases tributing the funniest slapstick comedy troop in history.  There are some very expensive ultimate sets out there, which are perfect for hardcore collectors.  If you are a casual fan, who would like to own some Stooges to pop in now and again, this $10 set is perfect for you.  It includes a few of the shorts and a documentary.  Its a great watch and absolutely hilarious, as always.

Interest Range: Comedy, The Three Stooges

Bill Bellamy - Crazy Sexy Dirty DVD Review

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Bill Bellamy - Crazy Sexy Dirty DVD Review

Synopsis: Filmed live in Los Angeles, Bellamy gives a terrific performance, engaging the audience on such topics as sex chat rooms, killer whales and their trainers, Jay-Z and Beyonce, making it rain in strip clubs and more.

Review: Bill Bellamy has put in his time as a stand-up comedian.  He was, in fact, the very first comedian to kick off the Def Comedy Jam back in the day.  In his latest one hour special, Crazy-Sexy-Dirty, he goes off on various celebs like Lil' Wayne, Internet Sex Chat rooms, airport security and more.  Bellamy has a wide appeal and a fantastic flow.  He doesn't miss a beat and though he targets some of his comedy, I found it all to have a universal appeal and it was absolutely hilarious.  He's a well-polished machine and this special is a must-have.

Interest Range: Comedy

Batman: The Animated Series: Volume 2 CD!




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Literally years in the making, La-La Land Records and Warner Bros. proves the wait was worth it with this amazing 4-CD set of previously unreleased music from arguably the greatest animated television series of all time, BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES! Produced by MV Gerhard and mastered by James Nelson, this 2nd Volume 4-CD set takes you through a treasure trove of astounding orchestral scores; music that rivals any blockbuster feature film. Composers Shirley Walker, Harvey R. Cohen, Carlos Rodriguez, Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion, Carl Swander Johnson and others are musically represented here, as well as Danny Elfman's iconic theme. The 36 page CD booklet features exclusive, in-depth liner notes from writer John Takis.� Limited Edition of 3500 Units.

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES � Main Title (Danny Elfman) 1:05
Beware The Gray Ghost - Carl Swander Johnson

Beware the Gray Ghost 0:54
Simon Trent 1:47
Trent Meets Batman* / Trent Runs 1:33
He Runs But He Can't Hide* 0:36
Trent Helps Batman* 0:55
Lethal Toys* / The Ghost Saves Batman 1:25
Toy Car Chase* 0:43
Gray Ghost's Shrine / Mistaken Identity 0:46
Twisted Ted* / Up in Smoke 1:36
Bruce's Hero* 0:31
Beware The Gray Ghost - Bonus Track:

Gray Ghost Suite 1:24
The Cat And The Claw, Part I -
Harvey R. Cohen, Wayne Coster, Shirley Walker

The Catwoman (S. Walker) 4:51
Riding the Truck* (W. Coster) 1:01
Multigon International (W. Coster) 0:18
Introducing Red Claw (H. Cohen) / A Word With the Boss
(W. Coster) 0:55

Catwoman at Multigon H.Q. (S. Walker) / ��Cats in the Office (S. Walker) (Features "Ode to Joy" By L. Beethoven) 1:31
Batman Rescues Catwoman* (H. Cohen) / Lovers or Enemies (W. Coster) 3:33
Who Will Save You? 0:30
The Cat And The Claw, Part II - Harvey R. Cohen\

The Cat and the Claw 0:44
The Train* 1:59
Bruce Wayne's Chaperone / A Bumpy Ride 1:57
Alley Cat* / Catwoman Strikes* 3:30
Bat Draft* 2:14
The Fallen Resort* 0:57
More Than You'll Ever Know* 0:46
The Cat And The Claw - Bonus Tracks:

String Quartet (W. Coster) 1:01
Ode to Joy (Composed By L. Beethoven;
Arranged by Shirley Walker) 0:10

Introducing Red Claw (Alternate) (H. Cohen) 0:39
Ode to Joy Alternates (Composed By L. Beethoven;
Arranged By Shirley Walker) 0:28
Nothing To Fear - Shirley Walker

Nothing to Fear 0:43
Machine Gun / The Scarecrow Arrives 1:42
The Vault** / Sprinklers 3:22
Scarecrow's Hideout 0:22
Scarecrow's Backstory 0:35
Batman's Flashback / Batman and Alfred 0:46
Scarecrow Invades the Museum /
Scarecrow's Attempt at Escape** 2:13

Dirigible Flight / Fear Strikes Again / Escape and Explosion 3:22
Scarecrow Discovered / Scarecrow is Captured /
Scarecrow on a Skewer 1:54
Heart Of Ice - Todd Hayen, Shirley Walker

Heart of Ice 0:38
The Iceman Cometh Again / Cold as Ice* 3:30
Top Secret 0:57
The Swift Hand of Vengeance 1:55
Ice Assault / Frigid Frenzy / Alfred's Cold Remedy 2:34
Arkham Asylum 0:59
Heart Of Ice - Bonus TrackS:

Newsbreak (Expanded) 0:44
Benefit Classic 1:15
Office Muzak 2:25
The Iceman Cometh Again (Alternate) 2:53

(Extended) (Danny Elfman) 0:46

Disc One Total Time: 73:54

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES � Main Title (Piano Version)(Danny Elfman and Shirley Walker) 1:03
Appointment In Crime Alley - Stuart Balcomb

Sub Main Title 0:31
Batman Drives to Crime Alley / Where Are We Going to Go? 2:23
I'm Not Afraid Here* 1:12
Searching for Leslie / Leslie's Held Captive 0:49
The Billboard 0:52
Baby Picture* 1:59
Chasing the Trolley / Trolley Rescue* 1:28
Batman Sees the Newstand Clock* / Leslie Sweats / Batman Swings During Speech 1:09
Good People in Crime Alley* 0:38
Mad As A Hatter - Harvey R. Cohen

Mad as a Hatter 1:00
Poor Jervis / Frabjous Day* 2:00
A Walk in the Park* 0:38
Ejection* / The Plunger* 1:15
The Mock Turtle Song 0:34
Until Tomorrow* / Will You, Won't You* 1:03
All's Fair in Love and War* / Mad Hatter's Friends* /
Storybook Land* 3:04

Off With His Head* / The Maze* / Batman Comes to Tea* 4:15
Mad As A Hatter - Bonus Track:

Dining With Jervis 1:18
The Strange Secret Of Bruce Wayne - Lolita Ritmanis

The Strange Secret* / Batman Intervenes 2:21
Tragic Past* 1:23
The Strange Doctor / The Joker's Phone Message* / Strange Has Left the Building 0:58
The Diabolical Plan* 3:07
Bruce Makes Another Tape 0:45
Strange Tries to Run / Flying the Unfriendly Skies* /
Running on Empty* / Batman Makes the Catch / Robin is Revealed 3:00
I've Got Batman In My Basement - Shirley Walker, Carlos Rodriguez

The Heist 2:17
Sherman Tracks Vulture / Birdseed / Penguin Revealed 1:36
Batman Gets Gassed 2:11
Batmobile Goes Bats / Sherman and the Batmobile* (Carlos Rodriguez) 2:09
The Vulture Flies / It's a Matter of Life and Death 0:43
Vulture Attack / Penguin Pays a Visit 1:04
It's Them or Us / Polite Penguin 1:49
Penguin the Bully / Batman vs Penguin 2:20
Front Page Penguin 0:41
Feat Of Clay, Part I - Jeff Atmajian,
Shirley Walker, Carl Swander Johnson

Feat of Clay* (J. Atmajian) 1:09
Mr. Fox's Resignation (S. Walker) 3:32
Matt's Make-Up (S. Walker) 1:31
Matt Finds the Formula (C. S. Johnson) 0:35
Creation of Clayface (J. Atmajian) 0:45
Bell Goes for a Ride*/** (C. S. Johnson) 1:56
Bruce Looks for Answers (J. Atmajian) 0:49
Teddy Discovers Clayface (S. Walker) 0:43
Feat Of Clay, Part Ii - Shirley Walker

Sub Main Title 0:36
Arrival at Imperial Pictures 0:19
Man of Many Faces 2:11
Suffocation for Fox / Foiled by Batman 1:08
Batman Confronts Clayface / The Matt Hagen Films 3:09
Batman Confrontation With Clayface / Clayface Dies 4:48
The Morgue 0:50

(Alternate Beginning) (Danny Elfman) 0:48
Disc Two Total Time: 78:24

(MIDI Version)(Danny Elfman and Shirley Walker) 1:04
Almost Got 'Im - Stuart Balcomb

Almost Got 'Im 1:24
Pumpkin Patch* / Batman's Scorn* 1:11
A Bad Penny* 1:12
Penguin's Setup* / Birds of a Feather* 2:42
Laugh O Meter / Catwoman to the Rescue* / Catwoman KO'd 1:10
Shadow Secrets* / Cat Food for Thought* / Maybe Some Day 2:08
Almost Got 'Im - Bonus Tracks:

Club Source #2 0:59
Club Source #4 0:57
Joker Talk Show Source* (Extended) 0:49
Joker Bumper* 0:15
Just for Laughs 1:40
If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? - Carlos Rodriguez

If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?*/ Silent Radio 0:45
The Wasteland*/ Rescue Attempt* / Riddler Escapes* 4:18
Minotaur's Myth* / The Griffin /Griffin Fight / Hand of Fate 3:05
Hijacked Hand* / The Minotaur / Destroy Them / Deadbolts* 3:06
If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? -
Bonus Tracks:

If You're So Smart Source (Shirley Walker) 2:11
Riddle of the Minotaur Source 0:13
Griffin Theme 0:09
Question Mark Motif 0:08
Hand of Fate Motif 0:09
Wasteland Motif 0:07
Musical Puzzle 0:12
The Demon's Quest, Part I - Michael Mccuistion

The Demon's Quest* 1:47
Sad News / Strike One 1:06
Calcutta / Alley Fight* 1:48
Black Cat / Sweet Dreams, Kitty* 2:03
After You 0:33
Power Trooper* / The Demon's Guard / They Call Him Ra's* 2:45
Strike Three - You're Out 0:44
The Lazarus Pit* / Revitalized Demon* 2:04
The Demon's Quest, Part Ii - Harvey R. Cohen

Recap* 0:52
The Demon's Quest, Part II* 1:26
Parted Lovers / Goodbye Beloved* 1:29
Orpheus / Lets Do It* / Caravan* 1:47
Pay for This Trespass 1:13
Lower the Bombs / Crazy / To the Tower 1:10
To Remember Me, Beloved* / Countdown* 1:44
He'll Ruin Everything* 3:35

Prisoner of Love* 0:57
The Laughing Fish - Shirley Walker

The Laughing Fish / Joker's Insane Scheme 3:15
Friendly Fish Truck / Missile Fish / Francis Gets Happy
(Extended) / I Know You're Watching 1:13

Jackson's Cat 0:57
Oceanside Aquarium / Sharkey's Appetite 2:13
Catch of the Day / How Do You Spell Relief? 1:57
Batman Rides the Shark / Jumping Joker Sees Jaws / Is the Joker Gone? 3:30
The Laughing Fish - Bonus Tracks:

"Joker's Fish Song" (Features "Twinkle, Twinkle, �Little Star" Arranged by Nerida Tyson-Chew) 1:03
Joker's Door Chime #1 0:11
Joker's Door Chime #2 0:12

(Alternate Ending) (Danny Elfman) 0:44
Disc Three Total Time: 72:12

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES � Main Title (with Sound Effects) (Danny Elfman) 1:04
Shadow of the Bat, Part I - Shirley Walker

Shadow of the Bat / Thorne on the Roof 2:01
Gordon's Arrest 1:02
We'll See About This / The Evidence Room 1:07
Two-Face's Hideout / The Batgirl / Batgirl Takes Action / Batgirl Gets Trashed 2:37
Bad Company / A Different Disguise / Matches Malone 3:56
Shadow of the Bat, Part II - Harvey R. Cohen

Recap* 1:19
Shadow of the Bat, Part II / Casing Gil's Apartment* 1:21
Robin and Batgirl Follow* / Matches Gives the Signal / Bad Guys Escape 2:58
Water in the Tunnel / Water, Water Everywhere* / Saving Robin / Batgirl up the Rope* 1:47
Blasted out of Jail / Batgirl Finds Out 1:00
Subway Escape* 1:44
Rescue of the Commish* / Batgirl's a Real Drag / Batgirl Sees the Statue* 3:16
Welcome to Gotham 0:32
Shadow of the Bat - Bonus Tracks:

Recap (Alternate) 1:20
Matches Gives the Signal (No Bass) / Bad Guys Escape
(No Bass) 1:41
Harley And Ivy - Peter Davison, Michael Mccuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, Shirley Walker

Harley and Ivy* (M. McCuistion, L. Ritmanis) 2:57
Harley is On Her Own (S. Walker, L. Ritmanis) /
The Girls Escape (S. Walker) 3:18

Toxic Dump (P. Davison) / Crime Spree (S. Walker) 1:10
Batman Finds a Clue* (P. Davison) / Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (S. Walker) / Locked in Chains (P. Davison) / Batman Escapes Bondage* (P. Davison) 1:43
The Joker's Flower (S. Walker, L. Ritmanis) / Batman Rescues Mr. J* �(M. McCuistion) / No More Women (S. Walker) 2:04
Read My Lips - Shirley Walker

Read My Lips / Scarface's Boys 2:14
What a Dummy 1:17
Drapes for the Bat / Lumber Slumber / No Apples 2:50
A Prima Notion 1:14
Platinum Vault / Hang in There 1:24
Dummy Up / Here We Go Again 3:24
Fire From Olympus - Shirley Walker

Fire From Olympus 2:17
Max on High 1:16
Lightning Demonstration 0:39
Sneaking Batman In / Fire in the Sky 2:39
Batman Enters Olympus / Snake Fight 1:51
Olympus Battle 4:59
(Alternate Beginning and Ending) 0:43
Disc Four Total Time: 66:44

Total Album Time: 291:14
*Theme by Shirley Walker **Theme by Danny Elfman

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God Bless America Blu-Ray Review

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God Bless America Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Frank (Joel Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture. Divorced, recently fired, and possibly terminally ill, Frank feels he has nothing left to live for. However, instead of taking his own life, he embarks on a killing spree with cohort Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement, and together they embark on a nation-wide assault on our country s dumbest, most irritating celebrities.

Review: God Bless America is a new violence satire from the mind of Bobcat Goldwaith.  I should say, the twisted mind of Bobcat.  You may remember him as Zed from the Police Academy films, but times have changed and this guy has a vision to share.  The film is a fantastic satire and a big FU to the establishment..celebrity, guns, religion...all types of things.  If you enjoy extreme liberal satire, you will LOVE this film.  If not, you may find it too preachy.  Us?  We loved it.  This one is laced with violence and some pretty extreme sequences at times..definately controvertial, but this loveletter to liberal disgust will live on as an instant cult classic.
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Friday, July 27, 2012

The Intruders Blu-Ray Review

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The Intruders Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Though no one can see him, Hollow Face lurks in the corners, desperately desiring love but only knowing how to spread fear and hate. He creeps into the life of John Farrow (Clive Owen) after Farrow s beloved 13-year-old daughter Mia (Ella Purnell) is assaulted in their home. The line between the real and the imaginary blurs as fissures start to open within the family unit. It seems that no security measure can keep Hollow Face out. From visionary filmmaker JUAN CARLOS FRESNADILLO (28 Weeks Later, the upcoming Highlander reboot), INTRUDERS is the chilling story of two children living in different countries, each visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them.
Review: These days it seems that he classic terror of a horror movie is lost.  Its always gore and guts or stupid Paranormal Activity, Blair Witch style films.  The Intruders focuses on two children that are basically haunted by this guy called Hollow Face.  Not only is the tone and acting fantastic in this film, but the sheer terror that you feel along with the cast is unparalelled.  I haven't seen such a good quality and true horror film in years.  We highly recommend this one.
Interest Range: Thriller, Drama