Category Archives: DVD Review

Fracture (2007) DVD (Just For The Hell Of It)

Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) murders his wife upon discovering she is having an affair, then, after phoning the police to tell them what he has done, waits for them to arrive.

A vengeful husband, found at the scene of his wife’s murder, a murder to which he has willingly confessed. Surely, it should be a simple open and shut case?

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Event Horizon DVD (Just For The Hell Of It)

Event Horizon is a favorite film of mine for many reasons. Chief amongst those reasons is the attention to detail within the film. Rather like Alien and Aliens, great efforts have been put in to the costuming and equipment shown on-screen. Each member of the crew on the Lewis and Clark has their name and medical information on their shirt, to aid in the event of an emergency situation. Their space suits actually look like they should work, with their simplistic design and the little lights on the side of the boots that signal magnetic lock. Everything is, well, practical, when it comes to the rescue craft and its crew. They feel like a unit, with their little jokes and jibes, and Fishburne as the no-nonsense Captain Miller feels perfect as their leader. Even when he is bouncing around in the coolest command chair this side of the Enterprise’s he gives of an air of cool calm. That is, until they arrive at their destination.

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Clue DVD (Just For The Hell Of It)

This for me is the best film of Tim Curry’s career. His performance as Wadsworth, the butler of Hill House herding the guests of a dinner party turned murder scene is one of the most frenetic examples of scene stealing I’ve ever seen. Even ammongst all the screaming, intentional over the top acting and insanity, Curry stands out as the star performer. That doesn’t mean that the other performers are slouches. Each one of the actors portraying the guests at the mysterious dinner party play their part with comic skill not often seen in today’s comedy films.

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Reign Of Fire DVD (Just For The Hell of It)

A really “Marmite” of a film, this post-apocalyptic dragon yarn delivers a nice slice of B-Movie fare, though its character-based rather than balls to the wall attitude to storytelling seems to infuriate many.

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Burning Bright DVD

A young woman in a vest and a pair of shirts and her autistic brother are stalked around a boarded up house by a hungry tiger unleashed on them by their step father.

Ok, stop. Now, if that doesn’t sound fun to you, then there’s really not much point you carrying on reading this review.

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Blitz DVD

A word of advice, girls. If you’re picking the wrong fight…at least pick the right weapon.

Honestly up to a week ago I never heard of Blitz till a television commercial announced the movie coming out on DVD. As an avid Jason Statham fan and action junkie there was no reason for me not to give this film a viewing. Really, was there any other reason after seeing Statham beat the tar out of a few carjackers?! Of course not.

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DVD Review: Harry Brown

In 1974 Charles Bronson gave us vigilante justice in Death Wish. 35 plus years past and now Michael Caine delivers the same in Harry Brown.  Difference here is that it is across the pond in London.  Set in The Elephant and Castle where Caine spent some of his youthful years.  A nostalgia project sort of speak.  Daniel Barber directing his second film depicts modern times in some of London’s areas where youth run wild.

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Saint John of Las Vegas DVD

Loosely based on the story Dante’s Inferno, Saint John of Las Vegas follows the story of a recovering gambler named John.  To even tie it in more, John’s last name is Alegheri just like Dante’s.  Comparisons from there can vary based on what interpretations of levels of hell one looks at.  Saint John of Las Vegas is an indie film that hit the festivals before making its way to DVD. Read the rest of this entry

A Perfect Getaway DVD

With The Crazies starring Timothy Olyphant coming out, which Rene and I are reviewing, I wanted to take the opportunity to watch A Perfect Getaway beforehand.  This movie was released on dvd a little more than a month ago after little publicity in the theaters considering it came out the same day as G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Read the rest of this entry

Chaser DVD Review (Just For The Hell of It)

Chugyeoja (The Chaser) is a 2008 Korean suspense/ thriller film, about a shady ex- detective; Joong- Ho Eom (Yee- Seok Kim) turns pimp, trying to run a failing escort service, he comes to the conclusion that the “working girls” he employed are skipping out without paying him his cut of their services. Rapidly losing “employees” and not getting paid, Joong starts to believe that it’s more than coincidence. Coming across a re-occurring cell number linked to the women who have gone missing, he sends out one of the last of his working girls Mi-Jin Kim ( Yeong -Hie Seo). Mi- Jin enters what seems to be the home of a single man Young – Min Jee (Jung- Woo Ha) and turns out he’s more than just guy looking for an escort Girl. And in this roller coaster of a non- stop thriller, Joong has to find his missing working girls and and unravel the mystery of the disappearances. Read the rest of this entry

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan DVD

I’ll admit it, I jumped onto the Battlestar Galactica bandwagon late.  The show was just about to air Season 4 when I decided to give it a shot.  After hearing nothing but positive reviews of the show and constant talk on the forum board on Comic Geek Speak, I decided not having the SciFi, or now SyFy, channel wasn’t going to stop me.  I rented the first disc of the first season which was set as a mini-series and was instantly hooked.  I went on a massive dvd marathon and was caught up by the end of the first half of season 4, dubbed season 4.0, and was eagerly awaiting for the 2nd half of the final season. Read the rest of this entry

Adventureland DVD

I had been looking forward to seeing Adventureland for a while now.  I missed it in theaters, so I had been waiting with heavy anticipation for the DVD release.  And now it’s out and I got to say…worth the wait. Read the rest of this entry

Watchmen: Director’s Cut Blu-ray (Lil Devil)

Let me begin this by saying that I am a huge fan of Watchmen. The comic book is one of my all time favorite comic books. The movie is now one of my top ten favorite movies. I really enjoyed this movie. I think it was marketed badly and too much for most people to handle. It’s not your typical story and it definitely is not your typical Hollywood blockbuster. Hopefully, with the Blu-ray and DVD release it will get the second chance it deserves.

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Push DVD (Lil Devil Review)

Push gives us something seldom seen in a film about superpowered individuals. We get a fresh perspective, with individuals we have never seen before. The abilities are nothing new. The characters however are and we get to see them from start to finish (finish, if there are no sequels that is). And it is a good feeling, because now the anticipatory aspects (when will Wolverine pop his claws or will the Hulk yell out “HULK SMASH”) that come with watching an already “established” superhero film are gone.

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Gran Torino DVD (Devil’s Advocate Review)

In the dictionary next to the word crotchety is a picture of Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino character Walt Kowalski. Clint Eastwood returns from his Million Dollar Baby hype to direct and star in what’s rumored to be his last film.  Gran Torino tells the story of a man whose time in this country has passed. Walt Kowalski a veteran of the Korean War, Ford plant worker, and all around mean old man. Walt would like nothing more than to hang out on his front porch, drink beer, and be racist. He then finds himself the hero of the block which now is prominently Chinese Hmong. In an act of heroism he rescues the neighbor boy from gang members. This happens in true old man fashion as he aims a shot gun and growls “get off my lawn”.

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Gran Torino DVD

In Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial film, Gran Torino, he not only shows us he still can be that tough guy/no mercy type but also show us heart and soul.

Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, an old aged, bigot that despises how, as the years go by, the world around him changes while he, like his prized possession the ’72 Gran Torino, stays vintage and a thing of the past.
With that car, Kowalski builds a relationship with his Hmong neighbor Thoa Van Lor, played excellently by newcomer Bee Vang.  This is where the main focus of the film lies.  Showing how two completely different generations and cultures can come together and form a bond.

Underworld: Rise of The Lycans DVD

Underworld: Rise of The Lycans is basically the origin story of the franchise, with a twist from the previous two.  Instead of seeing the story through the vampire’s point of view, we see it through the werewolves.

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