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Don’t Dream it! The Rocky Horror Picture Show is on Blu-ray! Michelle’s Review!!

The Rock Horror Picture Show Blu-ray Review

A movie that transcends the ability to properly review it, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is finally out on Blu-ray. I’m sure phrase, “It’s so bad it’s good,” was invented for this movie. Sure Ed Wood probably set that bar, but The Rocky Horror Picture Show; well, there are very few words that can describe the campy good time you can have watching this movie. Most people used to criticize the music of the show, or were too ashamed to admit how good it actually was.

Ok, good may be a stretch, but I’ve always personally loved the music. I mean come on, “Touchy, Touchy, touch me, I want to be Dirty!” The CBS Television show – The Closer pulled off an absolutely amazing episode dedicated to The Rocky Horror Picture show. That’s how culturally significant the Rocky Horror Experience is/was in pop culture. If that’s not enough Glee did a themed Rocky Horror Episode a few weeks ago.

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AVATAR: Extended Collector’s Edition Arrives on November 16th!

AVATAR - Extended

As promised, a bells & whistles release of James Cameron’s AVATAR will be in stores just in time for the holiday season. AVATAR: Extended Collector’s Edition [3-Disc Blu-ray, 3-Disc DVD] hits store shelves on November 16th. This edition includes three versions of the film [theatrical, extended theatrical and Collector’s Extended Cut] and two audio tracks [original and Family Audio Track – no objectionable language] – plus a swak of bonus features.

Details follow the jump.

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Avatar Blu-ray finally reviewed by Michelle! It’s Beautiful!

Avatar Blu-ray Reviwe

This is a very easy Blu-ray review to write. It’s taken me a few weeks to review the biggest selling Blu-ray release of all time because the people at Fox Home Video are slick hucksters. The did not send out review copies of this until after the Blu-ray hit the retail stores, making us sort of irrelevant to the process. I’ve made my feelings on Avatar perfectly clear in my original review, but to sum it up I thought it was just Ok and the Imax 3D sucked. I really didn’t get what all the hoopla was about.

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The Avatar Screw Job Continues as Fox Announces a Special Edition Blu-ray is coming this Fall!

Avatar made over $2 billion at the box office but that’s not good enough for James Cameron and the people at Fox. As predicted the stripped down Home Video debut of Avatar in April will be followed up by a beefed up Special Edition in November and the 3D Version of the film sometime next year. So that’s already three planned Home Video releases for a movie that’s all sizzle and no steak. The April release will include a special code that will let users view Bonus Content online – which is incredibly dumb and in honor of earth day you can get a virtual tree. How encouraging people to play with Virtual Trees instead of planting real ones is beyond me, but then hey that’s the entire point of Avatar where everything was fake. Not only that but isn’t producing 3 separate releases worse for the environment than just waiting and giving us one decent version?  If you want to be even more cynical check out the self aggrandizing press release after the break.

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Michelle Loves Whip It, the Blu-ray Disc? Not so much.

EclipseMagazine Whip It Blu-ray Review

I love me some Drew Barrymore. She’s my white whale, the one actress that I really want to meet. I actually had a chance this year, but couldn’t do it. Her latest effort, Whip It, marks her Directorial Debut and you can see what attracted her to the material. It’s quirky, funny, and different. It’s a breath of fresh air. I didn’t see this last year when it came out, but now I wish I did. It definitely would have made my 2009 best of list it’s a lot of fun. My only issue with the movie is while it constantly explains the rules of Roller Derby, I still don’t understand what’s going on in the matches.

I love Ellen Page; I think she’s the new DB. She has an honest, open, yet vulnerable quality to her. She doesn’t come across as trying to be "quirky" and "hip." Jimmy Fallon is fun as the Derby Announcer. Barrymore doesn’t do much as a first time director here, she’s competent, it’s her cast, and the strong material that makes this film work. I was so into the characters that the predictability of the 3rd act didn’t bother me.

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Glee Season 1, Volume 1: Road to Sectionals DVD is Awesome, Michelle’s Review

I’ll admit I’m a late with my review of Glee Season 1, Volume 1: The Road To Sectionals. I was actually afraid to watch it, Glee was my favorite show of the fall and I honestly didn’t think it’d hold up to repeat viewing, I’m glad to be wrong. I watched a few minutes of the DVD and I was hooked all over again. Glee is like watching two different shows – you have the Baby Glee, which is kind of dark, dreary, and all about Teenage Pregnancy drama, and a separate story about someone faking a Pregnancy then you have the 2nd show that is about the actual Glee Club which is like a breath of sunshine. I love everything that has to do with the actual Glee Club, the baby stuff always felt completely out of place. Sometimes the singing on the show is spotty but what makes Glee work is that every song has a purpose and when the Glee Kids do them or my new dream man Mr. Schuester does one of his white man rap numbers they are done with such wild gusto that you can’t help but get caught up in the moment.

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The Simpsons 20th Season Blu-ray is one of the Worst Blu-rays Evah! Michelle’s Review

The Simpsons Season 20 is now on Blu-ray, this special; landmark season gets the Blu-ray release it deserves. It’s packed to the gills with extras including a nice coffee table book that commemorates this milestone, has a 1-hour retrospective, a look at creator Matt Groening, a special look at the China Sweatshop where the animation is actually created and more. Why the 10 hours of extras is worth the price of admission alone! We love you Fox Home Video for giving the fans what they want! If I lived in a dream world, this opening paragraph would have been true. Unfortunately reality sucks and so does The Simpson’s Season 20 featureless Blu-ray set. Not only does it not include any worthwhile features; unless you count a 3 minute Sneak Peak at Morgan Spurlock‘s 20th Anniversary Special, but they didn’t even standardize the picture. Half the episodes are Full Screen 1.33:1 and the other half are in Widscreen 1.76:1.

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Blu-Ray News: X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits Blu-ray/DVD September 15

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Blu-ray

I’m one of the only critics who liked X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  I’m not saying I loved it and it didn’t have numerous problems but as a generic action film I thought it was, Ok. Just not one you run out and see in a theater. The movie made over $175 million so just like all the other summer movies this year, while all of them failed creatively and no one apparently liked them, all of them (Transformers, G.I. Joe, Terminator, etc) still made plenty of bank at the box office. I think in the comfort of my own home on the Blu-ray I’ll probably like it a bit more.  The Blu-ray is coming out September 15 in basically a single disk version with some deleted scenes, blu-ray live, and a couple of alternate takes and a 2nd disk for Digital Copy.  Here’s the full press release.

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DVD REVIEW: Driven to Kill – Steven Segal Just Keeps On Kicking!

The eighties had a lot of action heroes – enough for two tiers of them… enough to churn out B-movie action flicks in plain, twisted, ironic and even extra-toasty. Tier one included names like Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Arnold. Tier two included the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme and the star of Driven to Kill, Steven Segal.

Driven to Kill 

Where Van Damme has re-invented himself through the very meta JCVD, Segal has, after trying to make movies that say stuff, returned to what he does best – revenge fantasies. Driven to Kill finds him playing a Russian writer named Ruslan who writes – as a former colleague [i.e. gangster] calls them, “snuff books” [presumably the Russian mob equivalent of The Mack Bolan, Executioner series].

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: X2 – X-Men United by Michelle Alexandria

X2: Xmen United Blu-ray Review

A few weeks ago the folks at Fox Home Video finally put out the complete X-Men Trilogy on the good old Blu-ray. I checked out the X2: X-Men United Blu-ray and came away feeling mixed. If you have Blu-ray and don’t own the DVDs then this is a must buy set as X-Men and X2: X-Men united are two of the best comic book films of all time. X2 is epic, while watching it this weekend I was forced me to think of last week’s X-Men: Wolverine and how much better it should have and could have been. Wolverine actually affected my enjoyment of X2 because I kept going, wait a second Wolverine totally screwed up a lot of stuff and didn’t even bother to try and remain consistent with the current trilogy. Technically Fox considers Wolverine a reboot of the franchise but if that’s the case then they shouldn’t have had Patrick Stuart do his cameo at the end which, um,,, Hello? Linked the Wolverine film to this trilogy!  Anyway, X2 is an almost perfect movie. Watching it on Blu-ray, I didn’t notice much of an improvement in picture or audio quality over the already pristine DVD version. But it is a nice 1080p, 2.40:1-framed transfer.

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