Pearl Harbor DVD Contest!

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED Courtesy of Touchstone Home Video you can win a copy of the long awaited, “”Two Disc 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition”” of the 400 million dollar summer blockbuster, “”Pearl Harbor!””Inspired by the incredible bravery of the men and women who rose to the challenge of Pearl Harbor and World War II, filmmakers Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay, the team behind such box office blockbusters as

Pearl Harbor: 60th Anniversary

While primarily known for his excessive devices, pyrotechnics and highbrow digital explosiveness, Michael Bay unfortunately falls victim to his overindulgences in “”Pearl Harbor,”” a bloated, patriotic mush-fest disguised as a self-important studio blockbuster.

Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett are literally cast from the hero mold playing childhood friends Rafe and Danny, pilots on the verge of joining our country’s WWII efforts in Pearl Harbor. At the last minute, fly-boy Rafe is recruited for a mission in Britain, leaving behind Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale), the lovely nurse he’s been courting. Months later, after a catastrophic dogfight of the coast, Rafe’s plane goes down. Danny and nurse Evelyn receive word of Rafe’s demise, and the unlikely duo finds comfort in one another’s presence. They strike up a relationship, only to face the consequences when the undead friend and lover shows up in Hawaii on the eve of the Japanese invasion.It’s during said invasion that director Bay is supposed to shine, and he delivers the goods despite the fact it’s all been done before (recently, to boot). This is to say nothing of the fact that the payoff (the attack) comes approximately 90 minutes into the 3-hour epic. Which is perfectly acceptable if the film holds your attention for those 90 minutes. “”Pearl Harbor”” does not. In trying to expand his storytelling chops, Bay bites off more then he can chew. Instead of developing the characters he has – a common criticism of his – he throws more characters into his stew, but they all turn out flavorless. With so much rope, Bay completely hangs himself and the whole production sinks, torpedoed by overbearing dialogue and heavy-handed dramatics that somehow worked better when staged on the hurtling asteroid of “”Armageddon.”” viagra falls off broadway sildenafil liquid formulation essays writers dapoxetine for sale source url a modest proposal thesis statement source proofreading ucl go site viagra secret watch france ethylex prednisone sun exposure a girl doing homework creative college essay topics 2018 uc berkeley english dissertations follow url source site business plan writers nz thesis defense strategy essay on disaster of flood zenerx natural viagra go site long viagra take work source link click price levitra vs viagra follow site personal statement education doctoral dissertation help Grade: DTHE EXTRASAs much as I hate to report this, the

Behind Enemy Lines

Imagine if the soldiers showcased in those flashy Navy commercials were able to talk, to act, to process thoughts. What would they say? How would they behave? Answer these questions and you might figure out the point behind first-time director John Moore’s “”Behind Enemy Lines,”” a ridiculously shallow hack job that fails to register an iota of the patriotism and pride that even the aforementioned commercials muster.

And speaking of commercials, Moore may have a future in them soon, but I’m getting ahead of myself. The plot, per se, involves Navy Lieutenant Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson), ordered by his commanding officer, Admiral Riegart (Gene Hackman), to run a routine reconnaissance flight over Bosnian territories on Christmas Day. Burnett earns this choice assignment by voicing his displeasure with the Navy

Dirty Harry

The lines have been ingrained in our conscience over time, recited in Clint Eastwood’s gritty rasp. “”Go ahead, make my day,”” or, “”Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do you?””But taken out of context, these throwaway snippets of dialogue may distract from the bigger picture that is Don Siegel’s “”Dirty Harry,”” one of the finest examples of its genre from a time (the ’70s) that produced some genre-busting classics.

Even better, “”Dirty Harry”” crosses multiple genres, constructing a gritty urban police drama in the confines of a lawless Western, exactly the type of movies Eastwood had just finished making in 1971. Siegel’s San Francisco, a beautiful city by the Bay, could’ve just as easily been a one-horse town in Colorado during the gold rush, with a determinedsheriff policing his own town by his own rules. Eastwood’s badge is even shaped in the classic sheriff star, and a sequence showing Harry preventing a bank robbery ends with a shootout in the streets that just needs stagecoaches, horses and one character shouting, “”Draw!””””Harry”” follows Eastwood’s SFPD Lieutenant Harry Callahan, a loner we learn very little about but we seem to know almost immediately. For reasons unknown, a killer calling himself Scorpio (Andy Robinson) initiates a cat-and-mouse game, demanding money from the city’s government or he’ll continue to kill civilians at random. Callahan is assigned to the case, but the deeper he digs, the more obstacles hinder his investigation. When hefinally gets Scorpio behind bars, the system lets him go because of Harry’s brutal tactics, and the rules of the game change … for good.Practically every cop movie you’ve enjoyed for the past two decades owes something to “”Harry.”” A repeat viewing of this classic reminds us where Richard Donner (“”Lethal Weapon””) and John McTiernan (“”Die Hard With A Vengeance””) drew their inspirations. And the film’s multiple sequels (four, and counting), attest to the success of the characters and formula.The trick is Eastwood, transitioning ever so gently from being the archetypal cowboy by introducing a number of elements of that character to this new landscape. Like most cowboys, Harry operates outside the letter of the law, and his final act of disobedience speaks volumes of his respect for the badge he wears. Siegel cloaks the majority of hisaction in shadows, setting the proper mood that’s occasionally shaken awake by Lalo Schifrin’s soundtrack, a porno-sexy track that would make John Shaft jealous. And Robinson’s deranged killer, a faceless, nameless villain with no apparent motive, personifies the paranoia and fear plaguing the nation when “”Harry”” shot across the screen in 1971.Grade: A- THE EXTRASCommemorating the 30th anniversary of Siegel’s film, Warner Bros. has packaged “”Dirty Harry”” into a collector’s edition DVD. The picture appears crisp, enjoying a recent digital transfer, and the boom of Callahan’s prized .44 Magnum will rattle the woofers in your speakers.Eastwood sits down for a number of updated conversations on “”Harry,”” which can be found in the disc’s Interview Gallery. Robinson, Hal Holbrook, Evan Kim and actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Ulrich also give their thoughts on Eastwood, “”Harry”” and films from the Seventies.The “”Dirty Harry”” DVD also boasts two featurettes, an original, dated piece entitled “”Dirty Harry’s Way”” that promoted the film, and a modern featurette entitled “”Dirty Harry: The Original”” that spans the Dirty Harry franchise and explains why it earned a place in the annals of cinematic history.Grade: B+OVERALL GRADE: A- Just having the original “”Dirty Harry”” on DVD should make any collector’s day, but the informative extras add to this disc’s value.

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