Monday, November 30, 2009

DVD How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe 2 Disc DVD & Snow Globe) (2000)








Starring: Christine Baranski, Jim Carrey

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# Actors: Christine Baranski, Jim Carrey, Clint Howard, Bill Irwin, Molly Shannon
# Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD, Full Screen, Limited Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
# Language: English
# Subtitles: English, Spanish
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
# Number of discs: 2
# Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
# Studio: Universal Studios
# DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
# Run Time: 105 minutes

Genre: Family
Rating: PG
Release Date: 4-NOV-2008
Media Type: DVD

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Reviews DVD How the Grinch Stole Christmas


We already have it and watched it last night. There are a lot adult jokes and lines in the movie so listen carefully.

Christine Baranski does a great job. Jim carey is Jim Carey and is just flat out funny.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Proposal 2009 Single Disc

The Proposal (Single Disc Widescreen) (2009)








Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds

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# Actors: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson
# Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
# Language: English
# Subtitles: French, Spanish
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
# Number of discs: 1
# Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
# Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
# DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
# Run Time: 108 minutes

Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) terrorizes her publishing house co-workers with her abrasive, take-no-prisoners management style, especially her overworked assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds). But when Margaret is threatened with deportation to her native Canada because of an immigration technicality, the quick-thinking exec announces that she and Andrew are engaged to be married. Ambitious Andrew agrees to go along with her scheme—if there’s a long-awaited promotion in it for him. Everything is going according to Margaret’s plan, until an overzealous immigration official makes it his business to prove that the couple’s engagement is bogus. To demonstrate her commitment to her new fiancĂ©, Margaret agrees to celebrate the 90th birthday of his colorful grandmother (Betty White) — in Alaska. The editrix’s type-A ways put her at odds with her eccentric future in-laws with hilarious consequences, until the Paxtons teach Margaret a thing or two about family.

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Reviews The Proposal 2009 Single Disc


The story: a tough lady-boss (Bullock) is being deported to Canada for willful non-compliance with the US immigration department. To save herself, she directs her doormat of an assistant (Reynolds) to marry her. He reluctantly agrees to play along, after she "helps" him understand the virtues of being employed. If you think you know where this story is going... well, you are right. The "happily ever after" cannot be avoided. 'Tis a comedy after all...What is fresh is how skillfully the writers and the director allow the story to veer away from the "happily ever after" course, keeping us on the edge of our seats until the satisfying end, which we have known all along was bound to arrive.

The chemistry between the two leads is another pleasant surprise. I am not a particular fan of either Bullock or Reynolds. Though each smoking hot and talented, neither has made many inspired project choices. However, the roles here suit the pair's natural acting styles reasonably well, which in turn further enhances the believability of their characters. The look of constipated doom on Reynold's face, as he's being informed he's engaged, is side-splitting! I do regret Bullock does not play "mean" better; the intended juxtaposition of her supposedly tough as nails character against her overly compliant secretary is lost at times. We are TOLD she is a witchy boss, and yet she comes accross nothing more then efficient (Sandra: call me! I'll give you some pointers. In return you can teach me how to find a secretary as hot as Reynolds ;0) ).

Gladiator Blu-ray 2000

Gladiator (Sapphire Series) [Blu-ray] (2000)








Starring: Tomas Arana, Russell Crowe

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Product Details
# Actors: Tomas Arana, Russell Crowe, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, Ralph Moeller
# Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
# Language: English, French, Spanish
# Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Korean
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
# Number of discs: 2
# Rating: R (Restricted)
# Studio: Paramount
# DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
# Run Time: 171 minutes

Director Ridley Scott’s triumphant Gladiator is an unparalleled combination of vivid action and extraordinary storytelling that earned five Oscars® including Best Picture. The Blu-ray presentation will include both the original theatrical version of the film as well as the extended version in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, as well as English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Korean subtitles. The two-disc set also will feature over four hours of bonus material.


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Reviews Gladiator Blu-ray 2000


This was a great action packed movie.
Can there be a more versatile actor today than Russell Crowe, especially when he's directed by the great Ridley Scott.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blu-ray Up 2009

Up (4 Disc Combo Pack with Digital Copy and DVD) [Blu-ray] (2009)








Starring: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai

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# Actors: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer, Bob Peterson
# Directors: Bob Peterson, Pete Docter
# Writers: Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Thomas McCarthy
# Producers: Andrew Stanton, Denise Ream, John Lasseter
# Format: Animated, Color, Widescreen
# Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
# Subtitles: French, Spanish
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
# Number of discs: 4
# Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
# Studio: Disney*Pixar
# DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
# Run Time: 96 minutes

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Reviews Blu-ray Up 2009


Now for the supplements (all times in minutes):

DISC 1: (BD)
* 5:46 Partly Cloudy short film. Was hilarious. A great depth test for your display with the clouds. Nice little message of tolerance no matter how difficult someone might be.
* 4:40 Dug's Mission. An almost lo-def looking short take on our main dog dealing with the main three baddies on a chase.
* 22:17 Adventure Out There. A must see documentary about the crew taking the actual trip to the Tepui location in South America. A beautiful travel infomercial in itself. Loved how their guide only wore sandles for the ascent and hikes.
* 4:56 Alternate Scenes Ending of Muntz. Sketches and interviews regarding different endings for that bad guy that they had come up with.
* 1:00 How-to on using the Digital Copy.
* Cine Explore option while watching the film. The two directors give their commentary with multiple pop-up screens showing art, ideas, etc.
* Screen Saver. Allows you to set a time period for your screen saver to activate.
* Maximize Your Home Theater. The standard Pixar multi-step process for setting all of your theater capabilities.

DISC 2: (BD)
Documentaries
* 6:24 Geriatric Hero. History behind the creation of our old guy. All of these documentaries are interview oriented with sketches and film clips to supplement.
* 8:26 Canine Companions. In depth analysis on the breed choices, training and dog behavior studied to get the dogs in the film to be more - dog like.
* 9:00 Russel Wild Explorer. Covers the reasons for his character to have the loss and why he was "egg" shaped as opposed to other sketch ideas.
* 5:04 Kevin (bird). Nice reference to the Swiss Family Robinson ostrich; covered the hardest part of any of these animation films - the feathers.
* 4:38 Homemakers Pixar. Enjoyed the work that went into them studying sub-floors and lighting options in making this look so real in the house.
* 6:25 Balloons and Flight. Tells the now famous number of balloons used; some interesting dirigible history; shows the Pixar group using that local Bay Area air service I keep seeing fly around here (research stuff).
* 7:37 Composing for Characters. Have to be into the musical/scoring stuff for this one.

Extras
* Global Guardian Badge Game. After the initial setup of name, difficulty levels and tutorial material, the game has an extensive amount of country/geography material. Customers grouped around and we did fine for the United States section, but we randomly tried Africa and we bombed (some of the countries they were asking for I hadn't heard of in years) - good learning tool though.
* 9:15 Alternate Scene - Married Life. Another sketch/interview piece about more material being removed/added into that section of the film. The scene itself would have been only a minute longer.
* 6:00 montage. A mix of characters doing funny things - will make the kids laugh.
* Screen Saver option.

DISC 3 (DVD)
* Film, plus special features from disc 1. Essentially the single disc cut of Up (Single Disc Widescreen).

DISC 4 (Digital Copy).
* Code both unlocks the copy and gets you the usual points at the Disney site.

Blu-ray Wolverine X-Men 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Two-Disc Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2009)








Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber

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Product Details
# Actors: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, Ryan Reynolds
# Directors: Gavin Hood
# Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
# Language: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
# Subtitles: English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
# Number of discs: 2
# Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
# Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
# DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
# Run Time: 107 minutes

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Reviews Blu-ray Wolverine X-Men 2009


Wolverine Origins or, "Wolverine 'N Pals 4; how this mess began", is a very entertaining movie. But it fails to deliver a comprehensible story line. A lot of the story doesn't make any sense. The movie,( as you might be have been clued to know), is about Wolverines origins, its shows you where he came from and how his powers manifested, leading to spending a long part of his life with his half brother Sabertooth, whom we were introduced to in the 1st X-men. After many adventures and wars, the pair ends up joining a military group of people with superpowers led by Stryker. On one of the missions, Wolverine angered by Sabertooth's actions leaves the group to pursue a nicer lifestyle. This is when he falls in love with Silverfox and the pair lives happily for a while. Many years later Sabertooth comes back in a killing rampage taking out some old members of Stryker's group, and Wolverine's love is killed during this. To get his revenge, Wolverine agrees to have done on him an experimental procedure that with give him metal plated bones.

Blu-ray Quantum of Solace 2008

Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray] (2008)








Starring: Daniel Craig, Jesper Christensen

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# Actors: Daniel Craig, Jesper Christensen, Judi Dench, Lucrezia Lante Della Rovere, Tim Pigott-Smith
# Directors: Marc Forster
# Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
# Language: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
# Subtitles: French
# Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
# Number of discs: 1
# Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
# Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
# DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
# Run Time: 106 minutes

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Reviews Blu-ray Quantum of Solace 2008


The film picks up only minutes after the end of "Casino Royale" and we are presented with a very damaged and changed James Bond. As revealed in the first film by Vesper Lynd's assessment of him upon their first meeting on the train, James Bond is a man who came up from humble beginnings and was given a privileged education but never allowed to forget his low origins. This has made him a very guarded loner with a chip on his shoulder, a perfect candidate for recruitment by MI6. In his words to her later on in the film, Vesper has "stripped me of my armor." But by the end of that film he is a man scarred by the death of his love, the armor is back on never to be penetrated again. He is now becoming the Bond of legend and a man bent on revenge.

Blu-ray Star Trek 2009

Star Trek (Three-Disc +Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2009)







Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto
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# Actors: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood
# Directors: J.J. Abrams
# Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
# Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 ES Matrix)
# Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
# Number of discs: 3
# Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
# Studio: Paramount
# DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
# Run Time: 126 minutes

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Reviews Blu-ray Star Trek 2009


The picture is as good as would be expected, with plenty of great space effects, the heavy lens glare that Abrams likes does not bleed too bad but ILM does not disappoint. They went with TrueHD which gives an adequate immersion, some of the best tests were with Spocks ship and that unique sound (but 7.1 DTS would have been nice). Plenty of reference points throughout, but even with that clarity I still couldn't get a read on some of the little things (tried freezing the fence signs in the Corvette scene, freezing some of the panel displays to read what the actors.

DVD Series Sex and the City

Sex and the City: The Complete Series (Collector's Giftset)






Series: Sex and the City

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Product Description
# Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon
# Format: Box set, Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
# Language: English
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
# Number of discs: 20
# Rating: Unrated
# Studio: Hbo Home Video
# DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005

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For six seasons Carrie Bradshaw and friends Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte offered us their hilarious, outspoken and outrageous look at dating, mating and relating in the big city. Celebrate the show that explores the day-to-day -- and night-to-night -- world of single women in this, the definitive collector's edition.

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Reviews DVD Series Sex and the City


if I really got the "Collector's Edition" so I called my girlfriend who bought her "Collector's Edition" at the regular price of $300 back a few years ago to compare the difference. Good news! Sounds like they're the exact same thing! What I received in my $109.99 set is a pink velvet spiral binder with various color pictures of the ladies and scenes from the show and short summaries of each episode. The DVDs are nicely tucked away, by seasons, in pockets of thicker pages after the summaries. The pink velvet spiral binder comes in a plastic sleeve for protection from scratches, etc. There's no way, however, to see if this DVD set was made in 2007. Everywhere I looked said 2005. Oh well, I'll be happy if all the DVDs work!

Planet Earth Blu-ray

Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray]







Series: Planet Earth

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Product Description
# Actors: David Attenborough
# Format: Color, Widescreen
# Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
# Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
# Region: All Regions
# Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
# Number of discs: 4
# Rating: NR (Not Rated)
# Studio: BBC Warner
# DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
# Run Time: 530 minutes

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With an unprecedented production budget of $25 million, and from the makers of Blue Planet: Seas of Life, comes the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production, over 2,000 days in the field, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, shot entirely in high definition, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that captures rare action, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats. Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before, to experience sights and sounds you may never experience anywhere else.

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Reviews Planet Earth Blu-ray


This is one series that fascinated my kid as much as it amazed me. She wanted to watch her cartoons but the moment the episode began she was captivated. Both of us shared together the wonder that is our Planet and it was she who brought up the subject of what we might be doing to it by our actions. We cried when we saw how polar bears have begun to drown as ice melts faster every year. The image of one lone bear trying to walk on ice but falling into the slushy waters, and having to swim longer distances to capture food and finally dying with exhaustion was heart breaking. The series makes no references to the present conditions, just in passing as with the polar bear. I think the directors and producers of the series just wanted to show us the beauty of the natural world, the fight for survival of several animals even when there is no climactic change. And as we keep watching and are filled with awe and wonderment that we're lucky enough to live on this planet, we begin to appreciate quietly in our hearts how we need to change today to ensure that we save our planet.