Disney / Buena Vista | 2013 | 112 min | Rated PG-13 | Region A (B, C untested) | Feb 25, 2014
Exploring Thor's relationship with the Asgardian all-father Odin, as well earthbound companion Jane Foster, “Thor: The Dark World” follows the God of Thunder to The Nine Realms beyond Asgard and earth. And as his evil...
At 15, Adele doesn't question it: a girl goes out with boys. Her life is turned upside down the night she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an...
Blue is the Warmest Colour has become one of the most controversial films of the past year on the basis of its frank
depiction of sexuality, but the film is ultimately so much more than that. The sex is merely a device used to
accelerate the plot, enhance the naturalism of the relationship and enrich the realism of the film. At the centre of the
film is a very beautiful and ultimately devastating love story that far transcends the over hyped bedroom proclivities
of the two main characters.
Its lead character is teenage Adele, played by Adele Exarchopoulos in a fearless and breathtaking performance.
Every word she utters, ever expression on her face, it all felt so sincere. She is the heart and soul of this film. We get
to know her insecurities about her appearance, her experimentation, confusion and ultimate realisations/awakenings
with sexuality and her development from girl to woman. Her relationships, with the break ups and make ups, her
plans for her life and her passion for teaching all become the focus of the 187 minute run time. Honourable mention
goes to Lea Seydoux, who provides an equally enchanting performance as the free spirited, artistic Emma. Seydoux's
character provides an interesting contrast to the indecisive and sometimes confused Adele in that she knows exactly
what she wants in life - what pleases her and what doesn't.
The film is quite heavy on symbolism with the colour blue. It is very prevalent during the film, appearing (most
obviously) in Emma's hair, in the club Adele visits, in the flare she uses at the rally, in the classroom she teaches and
(perhaps as an ode to isolation and sadness) in the dress she wears during her last encounter with Emma. The
cinematography itself is beautiful and rich, full of earth tones and exquisite colour, giving the film a dreamy haze that
feels as though their overpowering love is seeping through the camera lens. One extraordinarily shot scene shows
the two girls locked in a passionate embrace as the rays of the afternoon sun shield their mouths. Despite the
tension filled shoot, the performances are incredible and every individual scene is beautiful.
The rather long running time may detract you, but do not let it. There is never a dull moment and the film
progresses like a breeze, with every single scene being coherent and crucial to the plot.
Do not miss this, I would have no hesitation naming it the best film of 2013 and certainly one of the most honest
depictions of a relationship between two people in cinema history.
A lethal assassin for a secret Chinese organisation, who sheds tears of regret each time he kills, is seen swiftly and mercilessly executing three Yakuza gangsters by a beautiful artist. She is captivated by the grace of his kill...
Beyond Home Entertainment | 1992 | 97 min | Rated PG | Region B (locked) | Apr 08, 2009
A 70mm film shot entirely without dialogue, just sound and images, on six continents
and in 24
countries, exploring the formation and evolution of Earth, the ascendance of man and
consequences of technology.
Harrison Ford is prison escapee Dr. Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife and determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime....
Think me up some coffee and a doughnut with sprinkles while your think
Viewing equipment: Epson 3010 HD 3D PJ on a 92" Dalite screen.
Film: Easily ranks up there with among the best thrillers Hollywood has put out in the last 20 years. I think Ford's career peaked with this film IMHO. The only thing that felt a little clunky to me this time revisiting it again after not having watched in 10+ years was the fight scenes. A small quibble, but they made me want to push the FF button.
Video: I owned the HD-DVD version of this and eventually got rid of it since my Toshiba HD-DVD player wouldn't play it without it freezing up throughout the movie. The video in this new transfer is a remarkable upgrade over the old blu-ray and hd-dvd which were sourced from the same place I'm sure. The original transfer for this looked like an upscaled DVD. A little better, not much. This looks like how I remembered seeing in the cinema the first time which blew me away.
Audio: Easily its greatest strength. The DTS:HD MA on this one rocks.
Bottom Line: The Fugitive has never looked or sounded better. You can buy this one with confidence. It receives my highest recommendation!
i bought it with amazon japan the price is expensive 40 euros with the delivery but i don t care i have seen it and it is incredible
the sound is more than expected i got some shiver with the fantastic music of john williams
and the picture is on top
it seemed that the movie is in black and white but it is not
there are some colours sometime it is what john badham wanted
there are no subtitles english but i could understand everything
so is this dracula the best of the best i think YES
Blu-ray + DVD
VVS Films | 2013 | 94 min | Rated CA: 18 | Region A (B, C untested) | Jul 09, 2013
Black comedy about four US college girls who get drawn into a world of drugs and violence while on their spring break. With no money to fund their annual break to Florida, hedonistic teens Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa...
One of the most interesting, woefully underrated films of 2013 receives a worthy Blu-ray edition courtesy of VVS.
I won't talk about the picture or sound quality too much (apart from the mislabeled aspect ratio – both the packaging and the disc say 1.85 when it is actually 2.39), since I'm far from an expert in the area. Suffice it to say, I think it looks and sounds as good as one would imagine of a brand-new film.
For a film of this calibre I would have loved a more analytical slant to the special features, since it is a terribly divisive film – some regard it a modern-day masterpiece, while others have derided it as utter trash – but I suppose such a new title as this will require time to percolate. Apart from that minor complaint, the supplemental content is adequate.
If you haven't seen the film, I would recommend you find a way to rent it first. But for the converted (such as myself), this Blu-ray comes highly recommended.
Warner Bros. | 1989 | 97 min | Rated PG-13 | Region free
| Dec 05, 2006
It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but
things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck
is worsened by his obnoxious family...
Seasoned astronaut Matt Kowalsky is on his final mission in space, while medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone is making her first outing on the Space Shuttle. While they are engaged in extra-vehicular activity, debris collides into...
I loved it and already have seen twice on my Epson 3010 3D projector on 145" screen. Amazing experience but 3D did not impress me what I have heard from reviewers. There is no any pop-out and only depth is seen throughout. Rest all is amazing.
Why...............why.....................why such movies are not made using real 3D cameras, it would have been perfect fun.
Magnolia Pictures | 2011 | 100 min | Rated R | Region A (C untested) | May 21, 2013
Taekwondo master Jeeja Yanin takes her skills to the next level as a bike messenger hired by competing mob bosses to smuggle goods. Caught in the middle and given an ultimatum, the only way out is a confrontation erupting into a...
This is another solid release by Magnet in terms of both video and audio quality. Unfortunately, the comedy that this movie relies on doesn't translate well to an American audience. I just didn't find the ridiculous outfits, jokes, or silly voices funny. In addition, the action sequences in this film just aren't very good. The choreography is distractingly obvious and the fights themselves just aren't that exciting.
I think most will want to stay clear of this release unless you enjoy the Thai brand of humor.
Blu-ray + UltraViolet
Sony Pictures | 2013 | 110 min | Rated PG-13 | Region A (B, C untested) | Dec 10, 2013
With the help of their demanding coach, a celebrated American breakdancing team travels to France to try to win the world championship competition in this exhilarating drama. Along the way, they struggle to gain acceptance for...
Seven years after a daring bank robbery involving an anti-tank gun used to blow open a vault, the robbery team temporarily puts aside their mutual suspicions to repeat the crime after they are unable to find the loot from the...
Twilight Time's awesome blu ray release of Thunderbolt & Lightfoot
Nice looking grain to start this very underrated film out, but it looks great and has never looked so
good. The colors are very balanced and the look is like a vacuum. Once you're sucked in, you don't
come out! Sound is pretty good and clear as well. Features include the much beloved isolated score,
audio commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman, the trailer and Ms.
Kirgo's awesome liner notes in the booklet.
The film itself is a unique work for both Eastwood and Bridges and directed by the one and only
Michael Cimino(Heaven's Gate). Also joining the crew are George "badass" Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis
and Catherine(Daisy Duke)Bach. A unique blend of characters help create this interesting "buddy
picture/robbery picture" with humour, suspense, drama and action. Very well balanced and fun, with
a soul. I love this film and Twilight Time once again deliver the goods! To those that want to wait, do
yourself a favour and grab it before it's long gone. Limited to 3000, as are all Twilight Time discs this
will be an ideal addition to your collection! Enjoy!
Action epic based on the famous heroic exploits of January 22, 1897, when a handful of British
soldiers, stationed at Rorke's Drift, withstood an onslaught by some 4,000 Zulu warriors.
Eleven of the defenders received the...
A large number of strong words were written about both the Blu-ray releases of Zulu when this was announced and I will try to bring a little balance!
Aspect ratio: This is noticeably wider on all sides than the UK Paramount. It does not make a great deal of difference to the experience but it is curious why Paramount cut theirs back. I estimate about a 5% difference.
Sound: This is lossless stereo whilst the Paramount is regular Dolby stereo. This sounds more open but I would not say the difference was as large as some have suggested. It is an old film and both are OK, this is just that bit better.
Commentary: Here we have a big difference. This new release has a really interesting discussion by two historians, unfortunately that is NOT subtitled. The Paramount commentary is well subtitled and is by another historian and the second director. It is also interesting.
Subtitles: Paramount offer regular as well as SDH English and the commentary, this new release subtitles the main audio only.
Now to the tricky bit, the Picture: When the Paramount came out it was so obviously so immeasurably superior to all the DVDs that had appeared it got rave reviews. The passage of time enables us to have another look and on reflection it is perhaps a bit too bright. The red coats are have a tendency to blood red that is not correct but the greens on the landscape and the sky come up wonderfully well. Here the red is rather orange and again is not correct and the landscape is drier with poor rendering of green. The Paramount picture is certainly a bit over-cooked but it looks pretty good. This Twilight Time release is more like the cinema but not as good as some other restorations. On balance I prefer the Paramount but neither are perfect and personal taste will probably be the decider.
Extras: Paramount do a better job here but neither are as good as they could have been.
I hope this helps
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 2001 | 118 min | Unrated | Region A (B, C untested) | Jun 07, 2011
When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what...
The film's plot, script, and acting are only average, but the film is buoyed by some sizzling chemistry
between Jolie and Banderas. Their sex scenes are extremely memorable, so make sure you get the
Walt Disney's animation department has always made the best in family entertainment for so many years. They've had so many hit films and successes that its countless. The Jungle Book is just another piece of that cog. Its filled with the usual singing animals, lively catchy song & dance scenes but at its heart the story of courage and learning. The kind of story that gets better with age and never loses its luster. Disney's blu features a fine PQ presentation as the soft color pallet comes across well. Audio's 7.1 DTS track is a bust as most of the sound a dialog comes from the front set of speakers. I didn't really hear much from the back 2 speakers. A good bundle of extra's accompany's this worthy Disney title.
Kampfstern Galactica: Die Komplette Serie - Battlestar Galactica: The
Saw this mentioned in the forums and thought I'd take a chance on it. Glad I did. The picture is far better than the old DVD set I own.
As I always do when replacing an existing movie or TV Show with a new Blu-ray version I rip them both to my computer and play them side by side to see the difference if any in image quality. Kampfstern... was a delightful surprise. Can't comment on the audio or extras as I haven't watched on the big screen with 7.1 surround yet. Even if the sound isn't updated I'm quite happy with my upgrade.
Throughout American History there have been men destined to bring change to better the American public. Jimmy Hoffa who's rather blunt approach to organize a workers union for better wages and protection was a major controversy in the 1960's. Senator Robert F. Kennedy spearheaded some congressional hearings and more or less a personal vendetta to prove Hoffa's loyalty to America claiming his communist connections. No matter the case, Hoffa made changes that not all political and some private folks agreed with. In the end his death remains as Historic as his life. Danny De Vito co-stars with Jack Nicholson as lead in this epic and beautifully acted film. Fox's blu shines with a great PQ & AQ presentation. A nice slew of extra's as this film gets its high-def debut on an excellent note!
Entertainment One | 2013 | 153 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Region B (locked) | Feb 03, 2014
In the rural New England town of Brockton, Massachusetts, neighbors and friends the Dovers and the Birches gather for Thanksgiving dinner, but by the end of the night, their celebration turns to panic when the families’ two...
After really liking the director's previous effort ("Incendies"), I was completely taken aback by this film, which I found myself loathing with a passion. I would call it an unseemly blend of torture porn and sanctimonious religiosity. The blu-ray however looks and sounds great and does justice to Roger Deakins' excellent cinematography. But, I haven't hated a film this much in years. NOT RECOMMENDED
Lionsgate Films | 1987 | 94 min | Rated R | Region A (locked) | Nov 10, 2009
A young cowboy is seduced by a new girl in town only to find out he has been kissed by a
vampire. Slowly turning into a creature of the night, he is persuaded to join up with the girl and
a roaming band of ghouls. But when...
I love this movie, even with it's flaws, but this movie needs a better release. The overall state of this blu-ray is underwhelming; picture and audio quality is really mediocre, and nothing new in the special features, so if you got the 2-disc dvd set from Anchor Bay, keep it.
In the not-too-distant future, a newly transfered Detroit police officer is remade into an indestructible cybernetic cop after being dismembered by a gang of thugs in an abandoned warehouse. Reborn as RoboCop he is programmed to...
This new remastered version is, in short, head and shoulders above the previous release.
I must have seen this film 30 times on various formats, from VHS onwards, and when i popped this disc in, it was like watching it again for the first time.
The extra detail on offer here and improved colours look great, and the image looks generally fantastic. Unlike some remasters, Robocop expertly treads the fine line of retaining its grain and other idiosyncrasies from the era, but cleaning it all up to produce a sparkling picture. This is the kind of thing we upgrade to Blu-Ray for.
Audio too has gone through a similar process. Clearer, sharper, but retaining the overall character. My one criticism would be that i would have like just a little more thump from the sub here and there. But this is really only a very minor thing, and probably a matter of taste on my part!
I pre ordered my steelbook back in December, and it is everything i hoped it would be. I'm absolutely chuffed to bits with it!
Anyone want to buy my 2007 copy in mint condition? No? Didn't think so......
IFC Films | 2012 | 118 min | Rated R | Region A (B, C untested) | Oct 29, 2013
In director Neil Jordan's vampire thriller a mother and daughter struggle to hide their bloody secret from their adopted community. Having survived for over 200 years, itinerant single mother Clara (Gemma Arterton) and her...
Reminded me a lot of 1992's Innocent Blood with a sexy vampire feeding on the scum preying on the weak. Breaks a lot of vampire conventions while creating new ones. Byzantium is a quality production with creative cinematography, fluent direction and honest acting by several name actors (hello Jonny Lee Miller aka-Sherlock from Elementary!). The score is very appropriate too. Slow pace that fits the original story. Not a lot of action but the movie keeps you interested from start to finish.
PQ: Scores high grades for resolution and colors. Clarity is slightly degraded by what looks like a thin veil throughout the movie. Which also makes blacks not truly black. Very pleasing image nevertheless.
AQ: The club scene at the beginning offers perfect and full rendition. Other sound effects are remarkable like bats coming out of a cave. Voices are always clear. The piano and choral score is simply beautiful. Hard to find any fault other than it is a little front-heavy as an ensemble.
Overall: Excellent transfer for an original take on vampires. Glad I bought this movie.
Shout Factory | 1990 | 96 min | Rated R | Region A (B, C untested) | Feb 18, 2014
Dr. Peyton Westlake is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in synthetic skin when a gang, led by the sadistic Robert G. Durant obliterates his laboratory. Burned beyond recognition and altered by an experimental...
1990's Darkman may not have come out of the gate as a strong box office hit, but over the years and in its home video incarnations has become a cult classic. Writer/Director Sam Raimi channels his inner Phantom of the Opera/modern monster movie magic with this well made low budget adventure. Liam Neeson who wasn't a full blown star proves his early status as a bad ass. Larry Drake is a fine foe and the beautiful Frances McDormand in one of her most early roles. Shout Factory gives this one a proper special edition with a fine PQ & AQ presentations along with some new interviews with the three main actor's and a host of other new material. For those who don't own the title this is the one to get and for those who picked up the first Universal release this one from Shout is worth the double-dip!
20th Century Fox | 1974 | 106 min | Rated PG | Region A (locked) | Oct 07, 2008
An affectionate parody that pays homage to the Frankenstein films (from the novel
'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley) directed by James Whale in the 1930s, 'Young Frankenstein'
is both a zany comedy and a cinematic tour de force....
1974's Death Wish hit the silver screen and American audiences with a vengeance as the movie struck a cord when crime in major city's was at its peak, especially New York and a best selling novel called Death Sentence in which this movie was inspired by didn't get adapted to the full extent, but nonetheless a much older Charles Bronson became a anti-hero and a B-movie star to boot. Paul Kersey would return in four more sequels and Bronson a staple of 1980's early 90's urban thrillers. But its this film that defined his cool bad ass self. He was the Danny Trejo of his time, just not as buff but forever slick. Paramount's 40th anniversary blu may lack in any real extra's other then the trailer but the print looks very good. Details are natural with just the right amount of film grain. Audio's 5.1 DTS track is clear and overall solid. Simply put Death Wish is a classic 70's film that holds up today even if it didn't follow the novel to a T. Its unfortunate that we couldn't get the actual unrated cut considering the nature of movies today, but this one is just as good!
In the not-too-distant future, a newly transfered Detroit police officer is remade into an indestructible cybernetic cop after being dismembered by a gang of thugs in an abandoned warehouse. Reborn as RoboCop he is programmed to...
Robocop doesn’t need an introduction and in my opinion it’s one of best films of the 1980’s. It holds up really well considering its over 25 years old and doesn't feel dated at all.
The Steelbook is very nice and comes with a gloss finish, however the title on the spine has been printed around the wrong way. The title has been printed to read from left to right instead of from right to left.
The Blu-ray appears to be the same as the one released in the US and features the Director’s cut of the film which is more violent. It’s a shame that both the Theatrical and Directors Cut weren’t included on the disc through seamless branching.
PQ – The 1080/24p AVC encoded picture is excellent, there is a nice fine layer of grain throughout and it exhibits a great level of detail. The contrast range is also very good with deep rich blacks. However I did notice in a couple of scenes the use of edge enhancement, it has only been used lightly and is not noticeable unless looking for it and it is not distracting. I didn't notice any banding or encoding errors.
The Additional scenes show the normal symptoms of a 2nd generation negative, which has more grain, higher contrast and are slightly softer in appearance, but they are never distracting.
AQ – In my opinion the English DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack has been set 3-4 dB lower than normal Blu-ray titles but once this is accommodated the soundtrack is very good. It does have a limited dynamic range and the bass could have been slightly deeper.
Extras – The Blu-ray is loaded with lots of extras. See official US review for details. The retrospective making of documents are very good and cover all aspects of film production. The new 2012 cast and crew questions and Answers is ok, but it is focused primarily on the writers and the director, and Nancy Allen and Phil Tippett don’t have the opportunity to contribute that much information. An interview with Rob Bottin would also have been nice.
Overall this is a great and worthwhile re-release of Robocop.
Arrow | 1955 | 92 min | Rated BBFC: 12 | Region B (A, C untested) | Oct 28, 2013
In 1930s rural American South, psychopathic preacher Harry Powell is arrested for a minor offence. His cell mate, Ben Harper, facing the death penalty, confides that he has hidden $10,000 from a bank robbery. When Powell is...
Arrow films under their Arrow Academy label brings Charles Laughton's “The Night of the Hunter” to Blu-ray.
PQ – AVC encoded 1080/24p film with an aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The black & White picture shows no signs of DNR or Edge enhancement and there is a nice layer of grain. Detail levels are excellent and the blacks are nice and deep. The picture has been restored as there is hardly any damage to the negative. As the film has numerous dissolves there is a lot of 2nd generation footage throughout the film, especially as the film makers decided to switch back to the original camera negative at cuts instead of straight after the dissolve, this footage is slightly soft and the grain structure is doubled but this is to be expected and not a problem with the transfer or the restoration.
AQ – There 3 soundtracks available, a English 2.0 channel Mono LPCM, a English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and a Music and Effects 2.0 channel Mono DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack. There are only English Sub-titles. I watched the film with the mono soundtrack which is very good, there is no cracks, pops or background hiss and it has good dynamics and the dialogue is clear.
Extras – The extras are:
A Stanley Cortex interview -12min 1080/24p but poor quality in English and French with English subtitles
Charles Laughton Directs - a 2h40min documentary which is made up of outtakes and shows how Charles Laughton directed. This is an amazing and fascinating extra. (AVC encoded 1080i, English Dolby Digital with no sub-titles)
There is a Trailer but I could not get it to work as it would just send me to the Stanley Cortex interview.
Very much worth seeing today. The issues with some of our returning vets now aren't all that different. PQ is very strong,
as is typical of most movies from Warner Bros. on blu-ray. Fine performances all around. If you appreciate classic films,
this one probably belongs in your library.
Adam is an ordinary guy in an extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he met once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with...
There is so much going on in this movie - the complexities of having two worlds held together with opposing gravity requires a couple
of viewings to take it all in. But basically it's a love story which illustrates the lengths that people will go to to be together.
Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst are thoroughly likeable as the two main characters. Their story and the virtually impossible nature of
their relationship (living on different but linked worlds) is brought to the screen beautifully.
The writer of the official blu-ray.com review didn't seem to understand all of what was happening - people don't start burning up after a
couple of hours on the other world - it's the material they use to counter the gravity that generates enormous heat which sets things
This title isn't available in Australia in 3D blu-ray so I'm glad I purchased it from the US in this format. This is a great watch in 3D. My
main complaints are that it is very blue in colour and it is also quite grainy but I guess that's what the Director was going for.
Forced to lead a makeshift Dark Ages army against the demonic Deadites, who possess all the
deadly magic of hell, the shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed, reluctant 20th century time traveler
Ash (Campbell) must save the living...
I don't get why people say they don't buy into the Blu-Ray bit. I mean it is night and day difference on most movies now on Blu-Ray from DVD. I may not have a big 50" HDTV, and I watch on my 15.6" laptop, with external BD drive. As far as Blu-Ray, just on the small screen is obvious that its better. Makes me wonder where those people are lost, when they say there is no difference. Seriously, I don't like to call people stupid, but some just make it so easy to make me say it. Actually, there is a lot now a days that make me say it. I got this copy at Walmart for $8. Not bad for the price, and I love the Evil Dead series, and really love the remake. I don't have the remake yet, because it is expensive right now. I am going for the sales.
My overall score is at 4, because audio is just either laptop sound or my headphones. So I don't get no surround sound. I do have a setup for the laptop with external sound card to make surround sound, but I need a new external sound card for it. Don't have the funds for that kind of thing right now. Well, so far I have total of 5 BD movies.
Boardwalk Empire Season 3 continues with excellent acting, direction
and character development.With the addition of some new faces and
the departure of a few old, the struggle for power with'n and outside
The Boardwalk makes way for some new music played to the tune of
death, intrigue and destruction.
Faithful from season one, audio and video quality continue to be well
above par, keeping with the best Blu-ray titles. Boardwalk Season 3,
easily recommended for fans and new-comers of this marvelous series.
Universal Studios | 2012 | 105 min | Rated BBFC: 12 | Region B (A, C untested) | Feb 24, 2014
As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, General Douglas MacArthur assigns the task of investigating whether Emperor Hirohito should be hanged as a war criminal to a younger staff General Bonner Fellers. Influencing his...
Tommy Lee Jones is as one would expect perfect for MacArthur but the story is wrecked by the addition of an implausible love story not based on any historical record. This could have been a good film but in its final form it is just silly. Pity.
Three university parapsychologists lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven
to be bogus. The team decides to go into business for themselves as "Ghostbusters", a ghost removal service. After struggling...
Ghostbusters is a childhood favourite of mine, been sorta holding out on buying Ghostbusters on dvd or blu-ray, and I'm still waiting. Give us, the definitive edition of Ghostbusters, with this remastered image, better sound and new special features.
Hard-hitting fortune hunter Jack's ex-girlfriend is kidnapped and held for ransom by an evil cult. Then, things really kick into high gear when her fiance, an old friend of Jack's, turns to him for help in finding and delivering...
This has to be one of the worst looking Kam & Ronson catalog releases that I have ever seen. There is a lot of noise in the image. The main movie itself does not look any better than the trailer provided. The Joy Sales Region 3 dvd looks much better than this release. JC deserves a lot better than this.
With a who's who of great character actor's and the one & only Ridley Scott directing them, The Counselor has got way to much dialog and not enough action to follow it. The story itself is solid, but it just takes way to long to get things rolling. I watched the extended cut first since I usually go for those presentations because they offer more, well I got more, more bored as the plot slugged along. The blu itself features and nice PQ presentation that is sharp and detailed. Audio is clear and precise. A nice amount of extra's is found on the theatrical disc and one long one of the extended cut disc. Bottom line this one will please you right off, or slightly bore you as it did me.....
Universal Studios | 1996 | 97 min | Rated R | Region A, B (C untested) | Jan 08, 2013
A 16 year old girl takes up with a charming young man who quickly shows his colors when he beats a friend simply for walking with her and then goes totally ballistic after she tries to break up with him.
Mark Wahlberg showed off his raw talent along with a your Reese Witherspoon in this mid 90's thriller. Its a classic tale of boy meets girl and boy gets over-protective and then down right dangerous. CSI's Grissom aka William Petersen is no slouch himself playing Reese's dad Mr. Walker. The movie still holds up today and is a good title to find cheap. Universals blu features and mid-range PQ presentation with some soft grain present. Audio is a weak 5.1 dts track especially when they are talking. Outside of that this title can be had at Walmart for $7.88.....
Olympus Has, no wait this one They Have the Castle.....
Every now and then Hollywood produces two movies that feature the same plot. One is generally very well put together, while the other not so much but it also holds its own in genre weight. First we have Wyatt Earp & Tombstone. Earp is very good with a solid story & performances and has 'epic' written all over it. Tombstone is classic by it very nature of the cast and snappy dialog and this one has Val Kilmer. Armageddon & Deep Impact with Armageddon winning that same plot disaster film and no this one along with Olympus Has Fallen. Olympus was quick and in your face pure entertainment. Gerard Butler did an excellent job. White House Down with all that talent, gets bogged down with a lousy script, way to much CGI destruction and generic lead Tatum Channing. Even Jamie Foxx seemed like he phoned this performance in. But at the end of the day White House Down was good but not as exciting as one would expect. AQ & PQ on this disc is pristine and well balanced through the channels. Sony never missed a beat. A slew of extra's for all your behind the scenes needs. Bottom line a fun 2nd take on the White House disaster films slate.
Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
Then you don't really need to see Elysium. But Elysium goes even furthet than District 9. It has gone in search of every human/social failing and thrown them all up there on the screen. It's quite overwhelming, and I felt that it severely detracted from the movie. When I watch a movie I want to be entertained, not preached at. Elysium is a non-stop sermon which left me not caring about any of the 'serious' issues it was trying to surreptitiously enlighten me about.
Yes, the effects were exceptional, but you hardly got to see any of the beautiful Elysium space station. Most of the movie is set on a dirty, dysfunctional earth.
A huge disappointment. Fortunately I only paid < $10 AUS for this one.
Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent emerged in theaters only a few months after his previous release, Rebecca, and both films received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture of 1940. The fact that these two movies are worlds apart with respect to plot structure and tone is a testament to Hitchcock's cinematic talents, and it's quite amazing to compare the brooding psychological atmospherics of the Best Picture winner, Rebecca, with the crowd-pleasing contrivances and timely urgency of Foreign Correspondent. Decades later, Steven Spielberg would show a similar versatility with his two iconic, but disparate, 1993 releases, Jurassic Park and Schindler's List.
Foreign Correspondent is a visual rollercoaster of elaborate set pieces, including an umbrella-lined city street, an isolated rural windmill, a dizzyingly high hotel ledge, a cathedral tower, and an airplane, that propel the viewer from one sequence to another with barely a moment to catch a breath, and I cannot help wondering if Spielberg might have had this film in mind when he helmed Raiders of the Lost Ark. In terms of plot and pacing, Foreign Correspondent deliberately winks at the audience by way of a comically rushed romantic relationship and uncannily precise developments, while simultaneously amping the tension and the sense of imminent threat with stylistic touches that lend a newsreel investigation broadcast effect to the proceedings. The final result is a seemingly effortless blend of lighthearted popcorn movie flourishes and a stern call to arms for America to set its pre-World War II isolationist policies aside for the greater good.
This Criterion Dual-Format Blu-ray/DVD package of Foreign Correspondent delivers an outstanding film presentation along with a treasure trove of extras that will put a smile on the face of any Hitchcock enthusiast. The video quality is stunning, and this is one of the better high definition transfers of a black-and-white 1940s film in my collection. Since this film is graced with a number of special effects sequences that will make present-day viewers shake their heads in wonder at how the scenes were created, the spectacular detail and impressive black levels are crucial advantages. On the audio front, the film sounds great for its age. Several supplements shed light on the importance of this movie's place in the propaganda of the era or on the creation of the special effects, but my personal favorite extra is a 1972 broadcast of Dick Cavett interviewing Hitchcock.
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