BLU-RAY MOVIE REVIEWS

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Rad Bennett  |  Mar 01, 2007  |  0 comments
20th Century Fox
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How can this pleasant
Ken Korman  |  Feb 27, 2007  |  0 comments
ThinkFilm
Movie •••½ Picture •••• Sound •••½ Extras •••½
Even the best an
Marc Horowitz  |  Feb 27, 2007  |  0 comments
Sony
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Director/cowriter Ryan
Shane Buettner  |  Feb 14, 2007  |  1 comments

In one sense this film is an unexpected gift. I would never have imagined such intense, mesmerizing human drama could be culled from the story of two rival magicians trying to destroy each other personally and professionally around the turn of the century. Of course, in another sense the success of a film made from such a talented pool of people on both sides of the camera shouldn't seem surprising at all.

Shane Buettner  |  Feb 14, 2007  |  0 comments

It's a big credit to this film that its subject matter is something that has not only been done, but been done very well many, many times. In fact, the film it reminded me the most of, in many ways, is the excellent if not great <I>Truman Show</I>. Yes, like that movie this one highlights the dramatic skills of a genius-level sketch comedy actor, only this time around it's Ricky Bubb-eee himself Will Ferrell. Instead of the being the unwitting subject of a reality TV show, Ferrell's Harold Crick finds that he's the subject of a novel being written by a self-and death-obsessed writer played wonderfully and obsessively by Emmma Thompson.

Shane Buettner  |  Feb 14, 2007  |  0 comments

It would take a much better film writer than I to do justice to this film, so I'll limit the damage by being brief. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's <I>Babel</I> brilliantly intertleaves the lives of four families across three continents, and links them in way that are mostly believeable and emotionally captivating and compelling from beginning to end. Almost like Jim Jarmusch meeting Robert Altman in the Int'l terminal.

Mel Neuhaus  |  Feb 13, 2007  |  0 comments

The Criterion Collection

Movie ••• Picture ••• Sound ••• Extras •••½

Ken Korman  |  Feb 13, 2007  |  0 comments
Paramount

Movie •••• Picture •••• Sound •••½ Extras None

Mike Mettler  |  Feb 09, 2007  |  0 comments

Mel Neuhaus  |  Feb 09, 2007  |  0 comments

Josef Krebs  |  Feb 08, 2007  |  0 comments
Although Martin Scorsese has drawn some compelling performances out of his cast - particularly Mark Wahlberg, who rises to the challenge as never before - The Departed lacks the visual flair of the director's other works.
Marc Horowitz  |  Feb 06, 2007  |  0 comments
Sony
Movie ••• Picture •••• Sound •••• Extras •••
Director/screenwriter Ryan Murphy has created a loving adaptation o
Josef Krebs  |  Feb 05, 2007  |  0 comments

Black Hawk Down (Sony). Finally, it all comes together on one high-def disc: incredibly detailed 1080p images and stunningly clear, uncompressed PCM 5.1-channel surround sound. A sea of fine lines in Sam Shepard's face adds authenticity to his portrayal of the commander of the mission, and his skin tones look utterly natural.

Geoffrey Morrison  |  Feb 05, 2007  |  0 comments
Video: 5
Audio: 5
Extras: 4
V for Vendetta is the heartwarming tale of a near future where the government has taken an Orwellian turn for the oppressive extreme. Ironically, this time, John Hurt plays the oppressor instead of the oppressed. His government subdues all, except for the “terrorist” V, who decides he’s mad as hell and isn’t going to take it anymore. Adapted from the graphic novel of the same name, V is decent, but it’s disappointing in that it could have been a lot better.
Gary Frisch  |  Feb 05, 2007  |  0 comments
Video: 5
Audio: 4
Extras: 4
M:i:III is the first film to be released simultaneously on HD DVD, Blu-ray, and standard DVD. Underachieving at the box office, this is nonetheless a lavish and worthy entry in the franchise. Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the show as a vile weapons dealer, but there are plenty of action sequences, stunts, and disguises to support Cruise. So what if it feels like we’ve seen it all before? Director J.J. Abrams adds a few fresh twists, and it’s still good fun the third time around.

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