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DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Download – Updated ‘Arthur’ Mildly Funny But Not Cuddly

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According to the press release that came with the ‘Arthur’ product, the bold claim is made that “Russell Brand reinvents the role of loveable billionaire, Arthur Bach”. That is pretty much true. The problem is, the ‘reinvention’ creates a character that is not as loveable as the one from the original ‘Arthur’. That’s not to say I have anything against Russell Brand, I think he is fairly talented. It’s just that the 1981 version of  ‘Arthur’, which starred Dudley Moore in the title role, was such a gentle, funny and at times very poignant movie that it’s hard to see this remake as being as endearing as the original.

The Russell Brand version of ‘Arthur’ has a lot of the same plot elements as the original. The title character is still an irresponsible child/man who relies on his limitless fortune and a life long personal servant who keeps him out of trouble. Arthur still finds himself facing the dilemma of choosing between an arranged marriage to ambitious corporate exec Susan, played by Jennifer Garner, and being able to keep his fortune. Or he can marry Naomi, played by Greta Gerwig, who is the woman he truly loves. Marrying Greta would mean losing his fortune.

Grade C+

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DVD/Blu_ray/Digital Download Review – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt.1- No More Kidding Around!

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Available on DVD/Blu_ray/Digital Download Combo Pack From Warner Home Video as of 4/15/2011

It’s been eleven years since Harry Potter the young half-blood wizard came onto the movie screen in the physical form of Daniel Racliffe. Back in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry and his friends were kids attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where they  learned magic and engaged in such innocent pursuits as rousing games of Quidditch.

Just like Harry and his friends, the majority of the audiences who embraced the Harry Potter movies were young kids as well. In the time since, that audience has grown up and so has Harry Potter, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). Gone of are the days of innocent childhood as the three of them set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) immortality and destruction:the Horcruxes. On their own and on the run, they find out that the wizarding world has become a dangerous place. The long-feared war has begun and the Dark Lord has seized control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting all who might oppose him. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort, alive.

There is no doubt about it, Harry Potter isn’t kidding around anymore!

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DVD/Blu-Ray Review: Life as We Know It- Good Romantic Fun

 

Available on DVD/Blu_ray/Digital Download Combo Pack as of February 8th

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Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned baby girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.

Ever since I first saw her in ‘My Father, the Hero’ opposite Gerard Depardieu and Dalton James, I have always liked Katherine Heigl.  She has that funny, friendly ‘girl next door’ charm that, to me, gives her an edge over the likes of Jennifer Anniston in romantic comedy movies . I just find Heigl more endearing.  Which is one of the reasons why I was looking forwarded to watching the DVD release of ‘Life As We Know It’  since I didn’t get a chance to it in the theaters.

‘Life As We Know It’, which also stars Josh Duhamel, is the story of Holly and Messer, two totally opposite people who came away disliking each other after one disastrous first date and must now put aside their dislike for each other to take care of their orphaned baby god-daughter, Sophie.

Molly (Katherine Heigl) is your typical childless, single young woman with a busy, structured lifestyle.  Messer(Josh Duhamel), is a stereotypical playboy bachelor. Of course, as is the way of these kinds of romantic comedies, their world is turned upside down when they find out they have both been appointed as one of the guardians for little Sophie after the the death of her parents.

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Toy Story 3 is an Amazing Blu-ray Release! Michelle’s Review!

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What happened? August and September were really quiet months for Blu-ray releases, now it’s the beginning of November and in the last three weeks I’ve been swamped with incredible Blu-ray releases that I have to wade through. Yeah, I know it sucks to be me. Disney Pixar’sToy Story 3 is probably the best Blu-ray release of 2010 (that is until I get a chance to look at the rest of this large stack on my desk), so I’ll hedge my bets by saying it’s one of the best of 2010.

What gives it the edge is that not only is it a brilliant Blu-ray, with reference quality picture and sound but it happens to be one of the top 4 movies of the year – I still say How to Train a Dragon is the best animated film of 2010 but Toy Story 3 is right up there. I’ll admit to never being a huge fan of the first one and don’t remember much about the 2nd, but the third installment was a perfect way to close this trilogy – and I sincerely hope they don’t make a fourth film because it’ll “dilute” the emotional punch the ending of Toy Story 3 has. But who am I kidding it’s Disney, of course there will be another one, or straight to video adventures.

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Back To The Future 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Release Party

Back to the Future 25th Anniversary

I tell you, the folks at UHV kind of screwed me on this Blu-ray release. I hate it when you work with studios all year on the smaller stuff, but the minute they have a guaranteed hit, they decide to face palm you. Next year I may ban all coverage of big releases until we’re treated with a bit more respect. I went out and bought it today, how could I not? It’s Back To The Future!  Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Huey Lewis, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Neil Canton reunited to celebrate at the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-ray & DVD party at on October 25, 2010 at Guastavino’s in New York. The evening included a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers, as well as an eight-foot DeLorean cake with red-hot flaming tracks by Chef Duff from “Ace of Cakes.” Check out the clips after the break.

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DVD Review: The Losers is Out On Combo Pack, But Special Features Are Limited to The Blu-Ray Disc

Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download 7/20!

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It’s tough to do just a DVD review anymore since many movies, especially those being released by Warner Home Video, are being packaged as combos that include DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download. So this is really a review of both the DVD and the Blu-Ray discs since both are included in the packaging.

It seems like only yesterday, but it was actually back in late April that I was sitting down in the theater to see an advanced screening of a movie called The Losers. The Losers, which is based on a graphic novel of the same name, was an all out action movie about a special-forces unit consisting of Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Jensen (Chris Evans), Roque (Idris Elba), Pooch (Columbus Short), and Cougar (Oscar Jaenada) who reluctantly join forces with a mysterious woman named Aisha (Zoe Saldana) to stop a rogue CIA agent named Max (Jason Patric)  who burned Clay’s team during a covert military operation in Bolivia.  Under the direction Sylvain White and the outstanding casting of the actors in the their various roles, The Losers was a non-stop thrill ride that I really thought would be a bigger box office draw than it ended up as. But then my inner child is a 12 year old boy, or so I have been told by my friends, so I might be a little biased when it comes to action movies with lots of explosions and wild chase scenes. I mean right after seeing The Losers for the first time, I wanted to go back and see it again I liked it so much.

To me the movie was a nice balance of action and character drama. Clay’s team of ‘Losers’ as he called them were a good mix of macho, funny and heroic. Aisha wasn’t some stereotypical ‘ model pretty, kick ass chick’. She had mystery and inner strength as well as outer beauty and combat skills.

So here we are, three months later, writing a review of the movie’s release by Warner Brothers Home Video onto a combo pack for home viewing entertainment.

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Coming To DVD: Edge of Darkness

Gibson is back, taking us to the edge and into the sinister darkness beyond on Tuesday May 11, 2010 as Edge of Darkness comes to DVD, Combo Pack, Blu_Ray and Download

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The bullet that killed his daughter was meant for Boston cop Thomas Craven or that’s what police brass and Craven himself think, but that’s not what the investigation finds. Clue after clue and witness after witness, the search leads him into a shadowy realm where money and political intrigue intersect. If Craven wasn’t a target before, he and anyone linked to his inquiry has become one. Mel Gibson stars in his first screen lead in eight years, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) directs from a screenplay co-written by The Departed’s William Monahan.

Edge of Darkness marked actor Mel Gibson’s return to a big screen leading role since his role in the 2002 thriller, Signs.  Released worldwide in late January of 2010, Edge of Darkness was not the huge box office success of earlier Gibson led motion pictures but did manage to end it’s run in late April with a respectable $89M total box office gross which was $29M over the cost of the $60M budget.

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DVD: Cowabunga Dude! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary with Special DVD Release!

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“SHELL-EBRATE” 25 YEARS OF TURTLE-MANIA ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD AUGUST 11

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are having a totally bodacios Shell-a-bration this year as they mark the 25th anniversary of their arrival on the cartoon scene back in 1984. DONATELLO, LEONARDO, MICHELANGELO and RAPHAEL (all named after famous painters) along with their sensei MASTER SPLINTER, human companion APRIL O’NEAL and evil nemesis SHREDDER drop-kicked and karate chopped their way in comic books and then on to Saturday morning cartoons and big screen movies and soon became a hit with children, teens and adults alike.

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