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BLU-RAY MOVIE REVIEWS

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Michael Gaughn Posted: Jul 30, 2008 0 comments
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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 27, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/point.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) goes undercover to bring down a gang of bank-robbing surfers. Moving into the gang's inner circle, Johnny befriends their thrill-seeking, charismatic leader, Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), and finds that he is attracted to Bodhi's lifestyle. He must ultimately choose between his newfound friendship and his duty to the law.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 27, 2008 0 comments

Image Entertainment made its mark in the home-entertainment game with the dawn of LaserDisc, and some of its first titles were music concerts. History has a way of repeating itself, and with Blu-ray gaining momentum, Image is beginning to release its vast music library with HD video and audio.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 26, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/gangs.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>After years of incarceration, Irish immigrant Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) returns to lower Manhattan's lawless, corrupt Five Points neighborhood seeking revenge against Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis) for killing his father. Vallon's personal vendetta becomes the catalyst for all-out gang warfare in 1862 New York.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 26, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/mummyreturns.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Set nine years after <i>The Mummy</i>, Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) are married with an eight-year-old son, Alexander (Freddie Boath). Meanwhile, a mysterious woman, Mella (Patricia Velasquez), resurrects high priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), and the pair intend to defeat the legendary Scorpion King (The Rock) to gain control of his army and rule the world.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 26, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/drillbit.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Entering high school can be a harrowing experience. It's even worse for three self-proclaimed geeks&#151;Wade (Nate Hartley), Ryan (Troy Gentile), and Emmit (David Dorfman)&#151;who are tormented daily by school bullies Filkens (Alex Frost) and Ronnie (Josh Peck). Fed up with the harassment, they decide to hire their own private bodyguard, Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson), a former soldier of fortune who isn't all he seems to be.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 26, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/mummy.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>About a thousand years before the birth of Christ, high priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) had a forbidden relationship with Anck Su Namun (Patricia Velasquez), the mistress to Pharaoh Seti I (Aharon Ipale). As punishment, he was mummified alive in the city of Hamunaptra and cursed with a living death.

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Kris Deering Posted: Jul 25, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 3.75/5
Extras: 4/5
From the bridge of the Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga, with its sweeping galactic views, to the desolate terrain of planet Klendathu, teeming with shrieking, fire-spitting, brain-sucking special effects creatures, acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven crafts a dazzling epic based on Robert A. Heinlein's classic sci-fi adventure. Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, and Michael Ironside star as the courageous soldiers who travel to the distant and desolate Klendathu system for the ultimate showdown between the species.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jul 25, 2008 0 comments
Video: 2.75/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: 0/5
When it comes to love, Charlie Mackenzie has had his share of bad luck: Sherrie was a klepto - Charlie still can't find his cat. Jill was unemployed - but Charlie knew she really worked for the Mafia. Pam smelled like soup - beef vegetable soup. Good thing for Charlie these shortcomings became apparent, if only to him. Good thing for Charlie he discovered the truth before things went too far - before he stumbled into MARRIAGE! Because to Charlie the "M" word is just one step away from the fate foretold in that chilling phrase: "Till death do us part." When Charlie meets Harriet Michaels everything changes. Harriet's not like the others. She's smart, sexy, and crazy about Charlie. This time Charlie is determined to overcome the fears that sabotaged his past relationships. This time, he's ready for some commitment. Sure, Harriet may have her shortcomings - but so what? After all those other women, what's the worst she could be? An axe murderer?.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jul 25, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 2.75/5
Jake is the new kid in school. When a beautiful girl befriends him, Jake thinks he's set. But instead, her fight-club boyfriend Ryan smacks Jake a bloody, black-eyed welcome. Jake then turns to a mixed martial arts (MMA) master, who teaches him how to fight... and how to walk away. But it becomes obvious that a brutal re-match is inevitable if Jake wants to stop Ryan and his bullying, once and for all.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jul 25, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4.25/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3/5
When rebellious street dancer Andie teams up with a hot modern dancer, Chase, to compete in the biggest, toughest street dance-off ever, "The Streets," sparks fly both on and off the underground dance stage.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jul 25, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3/5
Jim Morrison, one of the most sensual and exciting figures in the history of rock and roll, explodes on the screen in "The Doors", the electrifying movie about a time called the sixties and a legendary outlaw who rocked America's consciousness-forever.
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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 25, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/vantage.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>During a counter-terrorism summit in Spain, the President of the United States (William Hurt) is gunned down by an assassin's bullet. Eight strangers have a perfect view of the kill, but what did they really see? Replayed through the eyes of these witnesses, the minutes leading up to the fatal shot are repeated from different vantage points to solve the mystery of the shooting.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 25, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/21.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a senior at MIT, aspires to attend Harvard Medical School but lacks the means to pay the tuition due to his working-class background. He pins his hopes on winning a rare full-ride scholarship but lacks a "moving" story to separate him from the other applicants. Ben's lucky break comes when Professor Mickey Rosa (Kevin Spacey) discovers his uncanny ability to solve complex math equations in his head and recruits him to join his card-counting team of students with the express intent of winning as much money as possible in Vegas. While card counting isn't illegal, the casinos have their own methods of discouraging the behavior. For Ben, this experience will give him one hell of a story to tell Harvard.

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Kris Deering Posted: Jul 21, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3.75/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 3.5/5
The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. When thrown into a concentration camp, Salomon must decide whether his actions, which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners, are ultimately the right ones.

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