BLU-RAY MOVIE REVIEWS

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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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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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Tom Norton Posted: May 30, 2006 Published: May 31, 2006 0 comments

As noted in another blog, I've been having fun lately with unexpectedly good movies that fell through the critical and audience cracks during their theatrical releases. And <I> The Greatest Game Ever Played</I> certainly surprised me as much as any of them.

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Tom Norton Posted: May 30, 2006 Published: May 31, 2006 0 comments

I have mixed feeling about the Bourne films. This one is the sequel to the first, <I>The Bourne Identity</I>. The two movies feature a rogue, on-the-run, amnesiac CIA hit man trying to discover who he really is, and in the process discovering "talents" that he didn't know he had.

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Tom Norton Posted: May 28, 2006 0 comments

I've been experiencing an unusual run of good films on standard definition DVD lately, though most are not of any special demonstration quality, nothing gets blowed-up real good in most of them, few were big hits, and several are set in the past. But I'm a sucker for almost any historical film or TV miniseries (HBO's two part <I>Elizabeth I</I> resides on the HD PVR in my cable box even now waiting for me to find the 4 hours I need to invest in watching it!)

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Tom Norton Posted: May 28, 2006 0 comments

Yes, I know. This film was received by critics as if it was the sequel to <I>Battlefield Earth</I> instead of the follow-up to the cult favorite, <I>Pitch Black</I>. Riddick, you may recall, was once a dangerous, sociopathic villain. Here, like a gravel-voiced Captain Kirk, he arrives just in time to save the universe from the Underverse.

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Tom Norton Posted: May 28, 2006 0 comments

A bored, rich widow, Laura Henderson (Judi Dench) buys a failed London theater on the eve of World War II. But she soon discovers she has no idea what to do with it. After she hires an experienced producer (Bob Hoskins) the theater is briefly successful running music hall reviews. But soon reality sets in and the competition drives them into the red.

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Tom Norton Posted: May 18, 2006 0 comments

And now for something entirely different. Film critics and theater audiences had a mixed reaction to this computer-animated release. So mixed, in fact, that it moved in and out of theaters last fall before it had a chance to develop any word of mouth.

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Tom Norton Posted: May 18, 2006 0 comments

When a rogue Russian extremist seizes control of enough of Russia's armaments to nuke the US, the <I>USS Alabama</I>, along with other nuclear missile subs, is sent in harm's way as a deterrent or possibly even a first-strike weapon to take out the Russian missiles before they can be launched.

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