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Tom Norton Posted: Jun 17, 2006 0 comments

In these still early days of HD DVD, it's a little creepy that three of the releases have been films about bad cops: <I>Assault on Precinct 13</I>, <I>Training Day</I> (see below) and now <I>16 Blocks</I>.

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Tom Norton Posted: Jun 17, 2006 0 comments

<I>Training Day</I> is about a bad cop. A very bad cop who has convinced himself that if he can do good in questionable ways and get a little action on the side for himself (not to mention for a few bad cop buddies), that’s the name of the game. When it comes to breaking in a rookie, however, he gets more than he bargained for.

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Tom Norton Posted: Jun 17, 2006 0 comments

Stephen Sommers, director of a fun ride in <I>The Mummy</I> and an unnecessary, overblown sequel in <I>The Mummy Returns</I>, brings us a whole bevy of uglies in <I>Van Helsing</I>. It's a monster mash, with Dracula getting together with his vampire brides, the Frankenstein monster, Mr. Hyde, wherewolves, and various other hangers on.

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Rad Bennett Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
Time Travel Borg Paramount
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Paramount has already released all of the original Star Trek shows and
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Josef Krebs Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments

In Match Point (DreamWorks; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound •••½, Extras: None), Woody Allen creates a Shakespearean tale of ambition, passion, and madness that can only end in tears, and he does so in a uniquely cinematic way. By usual DVD standards, the quality of the picture and sound might seem lacking.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments

So much fuss has been made about Brokeback Mountain (Lionsgate; Movie ••••½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras •••), especially after it was nominated for eight Oscars (winning three), that it's not worth rehashing the details here.

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Marc Horowitz Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
Sony
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Unlike The Crying Game, writer/director Neil Jordan's other film a
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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments

With a slew of superheroes in theaters this summer - X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns, My Super Ex-Girlfriend - we feel a musclebound DVD assessment is in order. Batman Begins, a benchmark title, ascended beyond this list to the pantheon of torture test discs and will be revered in a future issue.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
Universal
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The first thing I noticed after picking up this two-disc set was that the
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Brandon Grafius Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
Universal
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This six-disc set brings us 12 more one-hour episodes of dust, grime, an
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Ken Korman Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
Universal
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Jane Austen has been done to death on film, but that doesn'
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Rad Bennett Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
Disney
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Cowritten and directed by Andrew Adamson (who also brought us
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Ken Korman Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
Miramax
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Now known for the vivid, otherworldly look of movies like The City of Lo
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Sol Louis Siegel Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
Sony
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Michelangelo Antonioni took the premise for an intrigue-filled thriller - burne
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Tom Norton Posted: May 30, 2006 Published: May 31, 2006 0 comments

As submarine movies go, <I>U-571</I> is far from a classic. It includes scenes we've seen in countless other submarine films, and its history is warped (implying that the U.S. Navy and not the Royal Navy captured the Nazi Enigma machine and broke the German naval codes&mdash;though the end titles do correct the record).

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