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DVD Review: American Gladiators: The Original Series – The Battle Begins

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Nitro. Blaze. Gemini. Gold. Lace. Laser. Titan. Zap. They were the AMERICAN GLADIATORS! From 1989-1996, we got to see the phenomenon that swept the nation and around the world. Ordinary men and women descended upon “Gladiator Arena” each week to put their strength, speed, and athletic ability on the line against a group of highly trained modern-day warriors for the single honor to become American Gladiators Champion!

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DVD REVIEW: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero, Season 1.1

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Yo, Joe!  Cobralalalalala…….There are three movies that deeply disturbed me as a sensitive child of the mid 70s and 80s – the first time I saw The Wizard of Oz, the flying Monkeys gave me nightmares – I still get nightmares to this very day about them, then there was the H.R. Puffingstuff movie and finally in the late 80s there was a little known, rarely shown movie version of the 80s cartoon series G.I. Joe. It was called G.I. Joe: The Movie and it basically gave a lot more color and back story to Cobra Commander – he’s really from another planet. If you read the recent 19 part Star Wars: New Jedi Order series about the invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong, it’s a blatant rip-off of the G.I. Joe movie. But this review isn’t about the G.I. Joe: Movie, it’s about the original G.I. Joe cartoon series which the later movie was based on.  When I watched this series, I couldn’t help but get more and more ticked off at how much of a bastardization the upcoming Hollywood movie is going to be.

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CONTEST: Win a copy of the Transformers 2 Disc Special Edition DVD!

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Remember when a little technology format called HD-DVD was around and Paramount pictures announced an exclusive deal with them? Michael Bay was loud and vocal about his distain for the HD-DVD format and his love of all things Blu-ray. Michael Bay, finally gets his wish. Transformers, is now available in a 2 disc Blu-ray edition. See where the battle began, as you witness Transformers in the ultimate high definition Blu Ray experience. Then go see, Transformers – Revenge of The Fallen – in theatres now.  Pick up Transformers  – The Two Disc Blu-ray Edition – including 25 minutes of all new content -  available on June 16th from Paramount Home Entertainment.  In celebration of this event, we have 5 copies of the standard edition DVD to give away. The special edition of Transformers is packed with extras (and more than a few product placements for Hasbro). The entire second disc is devoted to featurettes on aspects of making the technical tour-de-force–and the land mines involved in tinkering with a beloved ’80s franchise. Executive producer Steven Spielberg is very much a part of the proceedings, from his introductory comments ("I think everybody likes the idea of taking something you’re familiar with and turning it into something you’re not so familiar with–like an 18-wheeler become Optimus Prime") to mentions of his films that influenced this one, like E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

 

Contest Rules

  • Contest will run June 29, 2009 to Wed, July 8, 2009
  • Leave a post about Michael Bay or the Transformers
  • On Wed July 8th, send your full name, mailing address to contests@eclipsemagazine.com – I’m not going to hunt down potential winners, so if you want this leave your post and send the email.
  • Sorry this contest is only open to people who live in the US.

 

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BLU-RAY NEWS: The Echelon Conspiracy comes to Blu-ray and DVD

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Called “a cyberspace thriller for the male action crowd” (The Hollywood Reporter), the edge-of-your-seat suspense ride ECHELON CONSPIRACY makes a breathtaking debut on DVD and Blu-ray July 21, 2009 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  Featuring an all-star cast including Shane West (A Walk to Remember), Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) and Martin Sheen (The Departed), the high-tech action-thriller weaves an engrossing story of greed, intrigue and the price of national security.  Mysterious cell phone messages promise a young American engineer untold wealth — then make him the target of a deadly international plot.  Dangerous security operatives chase the engineer across the globe, while a powerful government official pursues a mysterious agenda that threatens the stability of the entire world. The ECHELON CONSPIRACY DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles.  The Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD and English, French, Spanish and English SDH subtitles.

New On DVD: The Closer The Complete 4th Season

On May 26th, Warner Brothers released the complete 4th season of the hit TNT series The Closer onto DVD.

They’ll bring you in. She’ll make you talk.

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The Golden Globe award winning series stars Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson who runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD. Johnson has an unorthodox style, she couples with an innate ability to read people and obtain confessions all of which makes it possible for this Deputy Police Chief and her team to solve the city’s toughest, most sensitive cases.

Along with the usual hard hitting action and police drama, season 4 of The Closer had some vital changes going on in the storylines of the characters. The change that seemed to divide fans of the show the most was the marriage of Brenda and FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (played by Jon Tenney), which left many loyal viewers wondering if The Closer had ‘jumped the shark’. Since only the progression of season 5 can  answer that question, let’s take a look at what the DVD has to offer regarding season 4.

Season 4 found Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson and her team coming under the gun of an ambitious news reporter’s unflattering tell-all which marked the end of the PHD unit even amid the successful solving of some very brutal and dangerous cases. But Brenda is not one to be counted out and in the episode Time Bomb, she and her team, reunite as the newly created Major Crimes Division with expanded jurisdiction, find themselves uncovering a murder plot by a group of teens who see humans as a plague on the earth. When a member of the terrorist teen group dies of an overdose during interrogation the clock is ticking for the MCD to stop the carnage before it’s too late.

The series also stars J.K. Simmons (Juno), Corey Reynolds (The Guardian), Robert Gossett (Passions), G.W. Bailey (The Jeff Foxworthy Show), Tony Denison (Prison Break), Michael Paul Chan (Arrested Development), Raymond Cruz (Training Day), Gina Ravera (ER) and  Phillip P. Keene (Home).

While Season 4 of the Closer has some uneven pacing in episodes, it has plenty of very intense storylines and intriguing regular and guest characters to offer the viewer. The DVD itself comes with some high quality special features.

Bonus Features on the DVD set include:

A “Day in the Life” of a Homicide Detective: – An engrossing featurette hosted by actor Corey Reynolds (Det. Sgt. David Gabriel) that spotlights Reynolds as he rides along with an LAPD detective.

Catching a Lie – A compelling featurette that teaches viewers how interrogators know a suspect is telling a lie.  The FBI as well as other highly trained interrogators are taught unique and specific ways to catch a potential suspect in a lie. The technique and mannerisms are so precise that the results are almost identical to those of an actual lie detector test. Viewers visit with an actual member of the FBI as they discuss what to look for and how one can spot tell-tale signs.

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The packaging of the 4 disc series is solid and the discs have an ease of access that helps to protect them and reduces wear and tear on them. Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing had this to say about The Complete 4th Season of The Closer:

“When a series earns major award nominations and wins for each season since its inception, you know you’ve got a rare and exceptional television program on your hands. That is consistently the case with The Closer. We feel privileged to be associated with this remarkable show. Kyra Sedgwick is dazzling in her role as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.  Her outstanding performance combined with the show’s powerful story lines and brilliant production is what makes this a real stand-out police drama, and we are pleased to offer it to consumers.”

Check out this video clip of season 4 of The Closer.

The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season will be available in a four-disc DVD set from WHV on May 26, 2009, and will retail for $39.98 SRP

DVD NEWS: What the Fuck? Risky Business on Blu-ray!

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"Joel, sometimes you gotta stop being a Pussy and just say ‘What the Fuck.’"  Remember where you were when you first saw the classic Risky Business? This was the film that changed a generation and launched Tom Cruise into the stratosphere. Risky Business was that perfect storm of timing, edge, story, and one of the best movie Soundtracks – ever. In celebration of it’s 25th Anniversary the folks at Warner Home Video are tripple dipping and bring us a brand new DVD Deluxe edition set and a Blu-ray edition. Check out the full press release.

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Sunshine – Blu-Ray Picture in Picture is Here

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The folks at Fox Home Video are one of the first studios to come out with a Blu-Ray disk that supports the new 1.1 (or picture in picture) spec. One of the things that distinguished HD-DVD was it’s copious use of picture in picture for extra features. For instance on the 300 HD-DVD you could watch the entire movie in it’s original unedited green screen form and compare the original shots with the finished product. Very cool insight into how that film was made. Fox Home Video’s “Sunshine,” doesn’t do anything nearly as nifty as that. But it’s nice to know that they’ll have that capability in the future. For now the Sunshine Blu-Ray Disk has some basic pop-up featurettes that go in-depth into how certain scenes were made. The picture window is quite large and beautiful. The navigation menus on this disk are also really nice. They are transparent and float in and out of the picture with minimal fuss. It’s probably pointless to tell you that the movie looks amazing. It’s sharp, clear, and clean with no artifacts. The blacks are “blue black.”

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