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New Review Movie Arrivals – 1-6-2011 – Buried BD & Nite Tales DVD

Hi got a couple of movies to review.

E One Entertainment –

Buy Nite Tales The Series @ Amazon.comNite Tales: The Series (DVD) – Five original horror tales, one devilish host. Prepare yourself for a whole new “flavor” of horror! Filled with twists and turns and packed with some of today’s hottest stars, Nite Tales is a thrilling, new anthology series that puts an urban twist on terror – all presented by the ultimate “master of scaremonies,” Flavor Flav – the “Time Keeper.”

Bonus Feature:

  • Making Of Featurette

Joe’s Thoughts – Looks interesting with stars like Gary Busey, Tiny Lister and Brigitte Nielsen among others. Not exactly an A list cast, but I’m a horror fan and love anthologies.

Lionsgate –

Buy Buried Blu-ray @ Amazon.comBuried Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray Disc plus DVD) – Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is not ready to die. Beaten and buried in a wooden box by Iraqi insurgents who attacked his civilian convoy, Conroy is left with only a cell phone, a lighter and 90 minutes to save his own life. He has only the voice of his kidnapper to help him piece together clues that could lean an elite team of special agents to his location and time is not on his side. Fighting despair, panic and delirium, Conroy focuses on his only link to the outside world – a cell phone with poor reception and a rapidly draining battery – to keep himself alive for himself and his family back home.

Disc One –

  • Blu-ray of Buried

“Unearthing Buried” – making of featurette

Disc Two –

  • Standard Definition DVD of the feature film

Joe’s Thoughts – Looks really good. One of the movies I have been looking forward to. Ryan Reynolds is becoming something approaching an A-list star and with upcoming films like Green Lantern his future looks bright……green. OK, that was tacky, but this film looks good and I’ve always been fascinated by the notion of being buried alive. Better seeing it fake on-screen though.

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New Movie Arrival 1-4-2011 Machete BD

Hi, hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. Here are the first arrivals of the new year.

20th Century Fox

Machete (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) – From Director Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Sin City) comes an action-packed, cutting-edge serving of carnage asada…and the sharpest way to see it is on Blu-ray, with killer deleted scenes that deliver more guns, more girls and more Machete action!

Set up, double-crossed and left for dead, Machete (Danny Trejo) is an ass-kicking ex-Federale who lays waste to anything that gets in his path. As he takes on hitmen, vigilantes and a ruthless drug cartel, bullets fly, blades clash and the body count rises. Any way you slice it, vengeance has a new name – Machete.

Disc 1 –

  • Blu-ray
  • Machete in High Definition
  • Audience Reaction Track
  • Exclusive Deleted Scenes

Disc 2 –

  • Digital Copy of Machete

Joe’s Thoughts – If you’ve seen the Machete fake trailer on Grindhouse you know you’re in for an action-packed thrill ride with women, blood and Danny Trejo at his best. This is probably the most-anticipated movie in quite awhile. If you think this is a bad movie, you just don’t get it. It is meant to be bad! Remember the movies from the days of drive-inn’s and Grindhouse theaters? This is supposed to be a throwback to those days. Filled with a stunning cast of who’s-who in Hollywood from De Niro to Alba, Michelle Rodriguez to Jeff Fahey and Steven Seagal to Cheech Marin and Lindsay Lohan all while “introducing” Don Johnson. This should be a film that will make you laugh and wow you with action and beautiful women. I can’t wait to view/review this one!

New Review Movie Arrivals – 12-24-2010

Hi. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Be safe!

20th Century Fox

Buy Twelve Blu-ray @ Amazon.com

Twelve (Blu-ray) – When you’re filthy rich, it’s hard to get clean. Hollywood’s hottest young stars deliver gripping performances in this suspenseful urban crime thriller. White Mike (Chace Crawford) is a young drug dealer straddling the mean streets of Harlen and the party palaces of upper Manhattan. Mike’s double life comes crashing down when a highly addictive new drug called “twelve” hits the street, unleashing a shocking wave of passion and violence. Costarring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Emma Roberts and Ellen Barkin and directed by Joel Shumacher (Batman & Robin, A Time To Kill): this adaptation of Nick McDonell‘s acclaimed novel will leave you wired and breathless.

 

 

E One Entertainment –

Buy The Narnia Code DVD @ Amazon.com

The Narnia Code (DVD) – The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis has become one of the most globally beloved franchises in history. And yet, there are mysteries about the author and these seven stories that have fascinated scholars and fans for nearly half a century.

Enter Michael Ward who takes us inside the pages of Lewis’s masterpieces and discovers a “secret imaginative key” – The Narnia Code. Like a detective embroiled in an elusive chase, Ward takes us on an illuminating adventure into medieval cosmology and spiritual symbolism. His absorbing conclusions reveal a new third layer of hidden delight that will forever change your love and appreciation of C.S. Lewis and the Narnia books.

Special Features –

  • Includes over 45 minutes of bonus features
  • Three Friends
  • Hearth and Home
  • Heart of the Code

Vivendi Entertainment –

Buy The Garfield Show DVD @ Amazon.com

The Garfield Show: All You Need is Love (And Pasta) DVD – You’ve got a date with laughter as the witty kitty dishes up a heaping helping of hilarity in The Garfield Show: All You Need Is Love (and Pasta). Whether he’s fostering orphan birds, enduring Jon’s quest for the perfect family portrait, or putting up a good front for Luz’s parents, Garfield shows that he really does love his friends….almost as much as he loves lasagna.

Includes Garfield Shorts –

Episodes –

  • Mother Garfield
  • Desperately Seeking Pooky
  • Meet the Parents
  • Pet Matchers
  • Family Picture
  • Iceman

New Review Movies Arrived – 12-21-2010

Hi. More new review movies arrived today.

20th Century Fox

Click pic to buy Wall Street MNS Blu-ray @ Amazon.com

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Blu-ray+Digital Copy) – Following a lengthy prison term, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) finds himself on the outside looking in at a world he once commanded. Hoping to repair his relationship with his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), Gekko forges an alliance with her fiance, Jake (Shia LeBeouf). But Winnie and Jake learn the hard way that Gekko is still a master manipulator who will stop at nothing to reclaim his rightful place at the top of Wall Street.

Special Features –

Disc 1 –

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in High Definition

Audio Commentary by Director Oliver Stone

A Conversation with Oliver Stone and the Cast of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Money, Money, Money: The Rise and Fall of Wall Street

Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone

Fox Movie Channel presents in Character With…Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin and Frank Langella

Disc 2 –

Digital Copy (works with iTunes only)

Image Entertainment –

Click pic to buy Gun Blu-ray @ Amazon.comGun (Blu-ray) – In the face of rising crime rates and gun violence, the Detroit Police launch a full-scale war against gun runners. With the cooperation of the Feds they target a criminal named RICH (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Get Rich or Die Tryin’) and his arms operation. When a gun exchange goes bad and Rich’s old friend ANGEL (Val Kilmer, Heat) steps up big time and saves his life, they form a bond that makes his supplier and lover, Gabriella (Annalynne Mccord, 90210), paranoid. But there is a snitch in the group and Gabriella’s biggest deal goes bad only to have an even bigger secret revealed, one that rocks Rich to his core.

Warner Bros Home Entertainment –

Click pic to buy Yogi Christmas DVD @ Amazon.comYogi Bear’s All Star Comedy Christmas Caper (DVD) – Dear Jellystone Visitors, Happy holidays from the Big City! Boo Boo and I left Jellystone Park to spend the most wonderful time of the year metropolitan-style, with friends Snagglepuss, Quick Draw McGraw and the gang! Luckily, I outwitted Ranger Smith with my department store Santa disguise. Our adventure led me to Judy, a girl who wants to spend more time with her workaholic dad. Who knew my love of pic-a-nic baskets would reunite them at a big city Christmas picnic in the park? Join the merrymaking, but get here before the basket is empty! The Flintstones, Huckleberry Hound, Augie Doggie and more also join us, making this a Christmas caper full of animated favorites for the whole hungry family. Yours Truly, Yogi Bear.

Special Features –

Another  story starring your “Smarter than the average” Bear:

Yogi’s Birthday Party – The sponsors enlist Ranger Smith to throw a surprise party for Yogi Bear. Good luck keeping it a surprise! Yogi can smell a Birthday cake miles away!

New Review Movies – 12-20-2010

Hi, here are some arrivals from today.

E One Entertainment –

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Love Hurts (DVD) – Ben Bingham (Richard E. Grant) slips into a tailspin after his wife Amanda (Carrie-Ann Moss) leaves him and their 20-year marriage behind. Luckily, his teenage son, Justin (Johnny Pacar), comes to the rescue with a makeover that transforms Ben into the most popular man in town. But after his eyes are opened to just how superficial his life has become, Ben decides to give it all up for one last chance at true love.

Special Features –

  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage

 

 

 

 

Lionsgate Home Entertainment

The Last Exorcism (Blu-ray-DVD-Digital Copy Combo Pack) –  After years of eliciting money from desperate believers, charismatic preacher Reverend Cotton Marcus decides to reveal his fraudulence by documenting one last “exorcism” performed on another disturbed religious fanatic. But after he and a film crew arrive at the Sweetzer farm, Marcus encounters a horrific scene beyond his wildest imaginings: a blood-drenched farmhouse with a teenaged girl held in the grip of true evil. Now, Marcus must find a way to save the girl and stop the terror – or die trying.

 

 

Disc One –

  • Blu-ray Version of the Feature Film
  • Audio Commentary with Producers Eli Roth, Eric Newman and Thomas A. Bliss
  • Audio Commentary with Director Daniel Stamm and Actors Ashley Bell, Patrick Fabian and Louis Herthum
  • Witness to an Exorcism: Rare Audio Commentary with Former Exorcism Participants
  • The Devil You Know: The Making of The Last Exorcism
  • Real Stories of Exorcism: Interviews with Actual Victims and Participants
  • Actors’ Audition Footage with Ashley Bell, Patrick Fabian, Caleb Landry Jones and Louis Herthum
  • 2009 Cannes Film Festival Teaser Trailer
  • Protection Prayer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Lionsgate Live – BD-Live menu system that lets you access exclusive content, special offers, ringtones, and more!
  • BD Touch and Metamenu Remote Enabled for iPhone/iPod/iPad Interactivity

Disc Two –

  • Standard Definition DVD Version of the Feature Film

MPI Media Group –

Not DVD CoverBitter Feast (DVD) – A food critic can dish it out, but can he take it? Revenge is on the menu for notorious blogger J.T. Franks (Joshua Leonard, Humpday, The Blair Witch Project) when he publishes a rumor which leads to the demise of TV chef Peter Grey’s culinary empire. Grey (James Le Gros, Zodiac, TV’s Mercy) kidnaps the writer, confines him in a remote cabin and presents him with a series of deceptively simple food challenges – from preparing a perfect egg over-easy, to grilling a steak precisely medium-rare – punishing him for anything less then total perfection. Bitter Feast is an exploration of the creative impulse gone tragically and ferociously awry. Indie horror icon Larry Fessenden and renowned chef Mario Batali co-star in the tense shocker, which is served up with wicked wit and savory flair.

Special Features –

  • Feature-Length Commentary with Writer-Director Joe Maggio along with Producers Larry Fessenden, Peter Phok, Brent Kunkle, and Sound Designer Mario Batali
  • Making Bitter Feast
  • Joe Maggio Interviews Mario Batali
  • Deleted Scene & Alternate Ending
  • Teaser
  • Trailer
  • Feast Portraits

Warner Bros Home Entertainment –

Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales (DVD) – ‘Tis the season for the cheer and charm of the Peanuts kids – and this delightful special offers five segments full of unforgettable Christmas moments. Snoopy works as a bell-ringer to raise money and tries making peace with the ferocious cat next door. Linus strives to strike the right tone in his letter to Santa – and his friendship with an indecisive girl at school. Sally’s ideas about gift-giving and the identity of Santa Claus may be unusual – but her strange notion of how to obtain a Christmas tree surprisingly does the job. Lucy tries awfully hard to be nice…and still coax everyone around her to buy her presents. Charlie Brown and Sally wait up for Santa (a surprisingly short man), who spreads Christmas gift cheer further than they had thought. Make merry!

Special Features –

  • Another Story Featuring the Gang: Is This Goodbye Charlie Brown? Charlie Brown and Pals Sadly Face the Departure of Linus and Lucy. Who Must Move When Their Father Gets Transferred to a Job in Another Town.

Happy Birthday – Alyssa Milano!

Alyssa.com

Hi everyone. Here to wish the beautiful actress Alyssa Milano a very Happy 38th Birthday! You might be a year older, but lucky you age very well (unlike some of us). To celebrate Alyssa’s birthday I want you to check out her charity she is passionate about and if you can spare some change donate for clean water. – MyCharityWater.org You can click the picture  below to go to Alyssa.com. Happy Birthday again! P.S. – If you don’t know who Alyssa Milano is I give you permission to smack yourself….hard. 🙂

Check out her other sites as well –

Alyssa.com

Alyssa Milano Twitter

Official Alyssa News Twitter

Sports News & Touch By Alyssa Milano News

Alyssa Milano Myspace

Alyssa Milano Forums

Alyssa Milano MLB Blog

Alyssa Milano.

Alyssa.com

New Michael Jackson CD “Michael” Review

I normally don’t review CD‘s, but this is Michael Jackson my favorite singer/entertainer of all-time. If I can’t make an exception for MJ then I can’t for anyone. I might delve into music reviews from time to time depending on how much I love a given CD.

Here’s the skinny….I mean MJ CD 🙂

MJJ Music-Epic-Sony Music Entertainment

Michael CD –

#1 – Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon) – By now most of you have heard this song. Akon has said that he originally was going to do the song for himself but when he worked with MJ for the Thriller 25th Anniversary he decided the song better suited MJ and he’s right. Too bad MJ didn’t get enough of the spotlight with this song. It’s enjoyable as a sing-along or just listen and groove to it.

#2 – Hollywood Tonight – Probably the most fun MJ track since the Thriller days. It’s just that damn fun. You can dance to it, sing it or just sit back and enjoy it. Ellen recently spotlighted the song on her show dancing to it. I can see this getting lots of play by most people. My personal favorite track of the CD though a few others come close like Behind The Mask, Hold My Hand and Monster as well as the Bee Gees influenced The Best Of Joy.

#3 – Keep Your Head Up – Sounds familiar but I can’t really place where from. More positivity. A nice groove. Michael sings smooth and clear (as he does throughout much of the album). Sounds like MJ circa around the Bad or Dangerous albums (the whoooo sounds he did around that time in his songs especially in concert).

#4 – (I Like) The Way You Love Me – Another familiar track. Nice but probably will be skipped by some who prefer the more upbeat songs. It has a 70’s feel and sound modernized though his singing sounds like it is an outtake from the Invincible album.

#5 – Monster (Featuring 50 Cent) – Another in the Thriller style like Invincible’s Threatened or Blood On The Dance Floor‘s “Is This Scary” and “Ghosts”. Fun and upbeat.  Probably the 2nd best dance track on the album. Fits in well with his scary songs like Jackson’s “This Place Hotel” 50 Cent fits in perfectly with this song like previous rap guest stars like Heavy D on “Jam” or Notorious BIG on “This Time Around”.  A bit too repetitive in the title track repeating a bit too much, otherwise this is a pretty fun track.

#6 – Best Of Joy – This sounds like a throwback in singing style to the Bee Gees who Michael had professed to love in a video interview with director Brett Ratner. It’s got a nice smooth sound that recalls the good days of Michael Jackson and the Bee Gees. Sounds like it could come from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and that isn’t so bad since it is one of the biggest soundtracks ever. Would have loved to have heard MJ work with the Bee Gees on some songs. P.S. – Shame on you if you diss SNF you know you jammed to it as a kid. Hypocrite!

#7 – Breaking News – MJ  doing his Justin Timberlake impression? Was it MJ at all? Controversy ensues. I’ve wondered but the more I listen to it the more I hear MJ’s voice. Instead of getting closer to the speaker to differentiate, I notice MJ’s sound the further I am away from the speakers as his voice comes across different from most of his songs, but unlike the version released online causing the controversy, the CD version sounds much more like MJ. The song comes across much better. A welcome relief from the lesser tabloid songs he did like “Tabloid Junkie” from HIStory. Not great but a nice jam that will remind you of JT and MJ blended together. Not on the level of  Bad’s “Leave Me Alone” which is probably his best song on tabloid fodder.

#8 – (I Can’t Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz) – MJ’s best rock song in quite awhile. Even though it wasn’t a hit Dangerous’s “Give In To Me” was the last MJ rock song that really hit me like this. I’m not surprised this is good though being an MJ and Lenny Kravitz fan. Their style blends together nicely and I hope there is more material (I think Kravitz said there was other songs) for future release. Not exactly a head banger but this song rocks. Too bad MJ didn’t get to perform it in concert. Not as rocking as Thriller’s “Beat It” or Dangerous’s “Black Or White” or “Give In To Me” or HIStory’s “Come Together” (originally recorded during the Bad era for the Moonwalker movie. Above the level of HIStory’s D.S. & Blood On The Dance Floor’s Morphine (though the latter grew on me over time as a jam with nice beats and guitar work). Probably MJ’s hardest to understand song on the album but he’s rocking it.

#9 – Behind The Mask – You can tell this was done back during his Thriller days by his voice alone. He had the best voice at that time and easily identifiable. A great song that challenges the previously mentioned Hollywood Tonight for most fun and a cool song you can dance to or just sit back and enjoy. The style is so cool in an early 80’s MJ style. This could have easily have been on Thriller as his voice has that cool style he had around that time of smoothness and youth as well as determination. He really had an eye for dance music around this time and it sounds more like a song for break-dancing than any of his other solo work with the robotic synthesized sound at times. The saxophone is a nice throwback to the Quincy Jones sound that helped skyrocket their success together.

#10 – Much Too Soon – Probably the worst track on the album. A downer which feels a bit out of place. Sounds kind of like something he might have put on a Jackson’s album. Not a bad song by any means as I am a huge Jackson’s fan. Also another familiar song like it was sung in the style of another song. Probably will be skipped by a lot of people who buy the album.

Overall, Michael is more uplifting than most of his work post-Thriller. Not his best work but there are songs to enjoy here. I can’t help but think if MJ were alive there would be a few social-aware songs in the vein of We Are The World, Man In The Mirror, Earth Song, Heal The World etc. Also he had been going top heavy with averaging more than 10 songs an album since his Thriller days (when he only had 9 s0ngs on the album). I think Hold My Hand fits as a social anthem for positivity, but not in the light of those songs I mentioned above.

Final Thoughts – I can’t say this is the best album since Thriller. That would be disrespecting this album and albums like Bad, Dangerous and the vastly underrated, hardly-promoted Invincible album. I’d say it’s among those albums in quality. Despite all the critics bashing the album I feel it’s as true to MJ as could be expected being that he isn’t around to finalize the work himself. I don’t believe any songs are anyone other than him and background singers strengthening the vocals. I already have a preferred playlist which is pretty much every song but Much Too Soon. I can see I will eventually tire of some songs. Ironically this album does seem like the next step from Invincible whereas This Is It seemed a little off-track. The booklet has the song lyrics which I always prefer and also has little writings by MJ about success and how he formulates the music from his head to recording it vocally including the instrument sounds he could imitate with his voice. Nice insight into the mind of a musical genius.

To buy or not? – Buy! You might want to try listening to it online but there are some nice jams here and keepers you should like if you are an MJ fan.

Review Movie – 12/10/2010

Anchor Bay Entertainment

And Soon The Darkness (Blu-ray) – In And Soon The Darkness Stephanie (Amber Heard) and Ellie’s (Odette Yustman) vacation to an exotic village in Argentina is a perfect ‘girl’s getaway’ to bask in the sun, shop and flirt with the handsome locals. After a long night of bar-hopping, the girls get into an argument, and Stephanie heads out alone in the morning to cool off. But when she returns, Ellie has disappeared. Finding signs of a struggle, Stephanie fears the worst, and turns to the police for help. But the local authorities have their hands full already – with a string of unsolved kidnappings targeting young female tourists. Skeptical of the sheriff’s competency, she enlists help from Michael (Karl Urban), an American ex-pat staying at their hotel. Together they go on a frantic search for Ellie, but Stephanie soon realizes that trusting his seemingly good intentions may drag her farther from the truth. With danger mounting, and time running out, Stephanie must find her friend before darkness falls.

Michael Lang Named Miramax CEO

Cover of "Kill Bill - Volume Two"

Cover of Kill Bill - Volume Two

 

SANTA MONICA, CA – December 9, 2010 –

Miramax today announced that Michael Lang has been appointed chief executive officer, effective immediately. Lang will be based at the new Miramax headquarters in Santa Monica and will oversee the renowned Miramax film library, which was acquired by Filmyard Holdings on December 3, 2010.

“I have known and worked closely with Mike for almost 20 years and have always respected his talents,” said Richard Nanula, chairman of Miramax and a principal at Colony Capital.  “We are confident that he is the right person to lead Miramax in its next phase of growth.”

“I have always admired the Miramax library, which includes many respected titles and award-winning films,” said Lang.  “Based on the quality of these assets, I believe bringing new life to this library — by working with traditional and new partners – will be an exciting and unprecedented story of growth and innovation.  I am honored by this opportunity, and I look forward to working with my partners as we build a new kind of media company.”

Click the picture to read the rest @ Movie-Vault.com!

New Review Movies -12/8/2010

Hi everyone. Sorry it’s been awhile. I’ve been pretty sick (still am) making it hard to do anything that requires concentration (like typing or writing reviews). Here are some movies that came yesterday and today. There is a lot more that came recently and I will try to catch up on some of those when I can.

20th Century Fox –

Click to buy @Amazon.com

The Dolphin Story Of A Dreamer (DVD) – Dive into an enchanting world of undersea adventure, friendship and danger with this delightful animated treasure the whole family will cherish. Daniel Alexander Dolphin is a little dolphin with big dreams, living in a world where dreams are forbidden. Swim along with Daniel and his friends on a magical journey of destiny and discovery as he ventures beyond the safety of his pod and follows his heart into the unknown in search of the true purposes of life. This heartwarming, coming-of-age adventure will make a splash with the young and old alike. Dive in – and dare to dream again!

Joe’s Brief Thoughts – Looks like a good animated or CGI children’s movie. The style is very pleasing to the eye. I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up really liking this.

Vivendi Entertainment –

Click to buy @Amazon.com

Derailed (Blu-ray) – Married man Charles Schine (Clive Owen) meets Lucinda Harris (Jennifer Aniston), a high-powered buisnesswoman, on a commuter train one morning. An innocent conversation leads to an evening drink. Before either one can stop, their aroused passions lead to a sizzling one-night stand. Suddenly a stranger explodes into their world, threatening to expose their secret, and lures them into a terrifying game with more surprises than they saw coming.

Special Features – Deleted Scenes, Making of Derailed, Theatrical Trailer

Joe’s Brief Thoughts – I liked this movie. Probably my favorite Clive Owen and favorite Jennifer Aniston (though I loved Along Came Polly & Bruce Almighty) movie wrapped in one. A nice thriller.

Click to buy @Amazon.com

Harsh Times (Blu-ray) – From the creator of Training Day comes Harsh Times, an explosive ride on the mean streets of south central Los Angeles, featuring powerhouse performances by Christian Bale (Batman Begins), Freddy Rodriguez (TV’s “Six Feet Under”), and Eva Longoria (TV’s “Desperate Housewives”). Bale is “electrifying” and “mesmerizing” (Entertainment Weekly) as a returning Middle East soldier who, unable to get a job with the LAPD, drifts into a life of petty crime, drugs, and violence. In an acclaimed performance, Bale “continues to establish himself as one of the most daring and committed actors of his generation” (Michael Ordona, Los Angeles Times). Says Kyle Smith of the New York Post, “if Martin Scorsese were 30 and a Los Angeleno, he’d be making movies…like this.”

Special Features – Feature Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director David Ayer, Making of Harsh Times, Deleted Scenes

Joe’s Brief Thoughts – Harsh Times was a good movie. Probably Eva Longoria’s best big-screen film thus far. Nice cast and an interesting story. Along with Derailed a really nice release from Vivendi on Blu-ray.

Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema –

Click to buy @Amazon.com

Rush Hour (Blu-ray) – “Ain’t never gonna have no partner.” LAPD Det. James Carter insists. He gets a partner. And since that partner is played by dynamic martial arts legend Jackie Chan and motor-mouthed Carter is played by wisecracking Chris Tucker, Rush Hour zooms along with gleeful chemistry under the dynamic directorial hand of Brett Ratner. The case: rescue the kidnapped daughter of a visiting Hong Kong official. The result: amazing stunts (Chan does his own( and verbal wit (well, Tucker does his own, too!) that delivered a kick to the buddy-cop genre – and gave Chan his long-awaited, mainstream-U.S. breakthrough.

Special Features – Commentary by Director Brett Ratner, Additional Scenes, A Piece of the Action: Behind the Scenes of Rush Hour Featurette Gallery, Brett Ratner’s Short Film Whatever Happened to Mason Reese?, 2 Music Videos: Dru Hill’s How Deep Is Your Love? and Heavy D & the Boyz’s Nuttin’ but Love, Isolated Score with Commentary by Composer Lalo Schifrin, Theatrical Trailer.

Joe’s Brief Thoughts – Rush Hour is one of the best action-comedies to come along since the heydey of 48 Hrs and Beverly Hills Cop movies in the 1980’s. Jackie Chan brings the action and Chris Tucker brings the comedy, though Chan is pretty good in his own right comedy-wise. Everything works here, action, comedy, music, pace and style all work. Nice casting as well with great supporting actors like the late Chris Penn. You have to own this on Blu-ray!

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