Hi Everyone! I’ve gotten some movies since my last post, but no time to update the arrivals with you, until now. There’s a nice assortment of DVDs, Blu-rays and even a book! No sign of a partridge in a pear tree, but I wouldn’t be surprised. First up, as always, is the review movies, followed by my personal collection additions (bought and paid for by yours truly). Some really good-great movies!
20th Century Fox –
The Last Of The Mohicans – The Last Of The Mohicans takes place in the majestic mountains and awe-inspiring forests of war-torn Colonial America. In the midst of a bloody battle between British, the French and Native American allies, Cora Munro (Madeline Stowe, Twelve Monkeys, We Were Soldiers), the aristocratic daughter of a British Colonel and her party are captured by a group of Huron warriors. Fortunately, a group of three Mohican trappers, including Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), a rugged frontiersman and the adopted son of the Mohicans comes to their rescue. A passionate romance soon blossoms between Cora and Hawkeye, but many forces test their love as they continue to journey through the Frontier.
Bridgestone Multimedia Group –
Homeless For The Holidays – When an uncaring executive falls from the corporate ladder, he learns how difficult it can be to find work and compassion in today’s economy. He eventually accepts a humiliating job, but with bills rapidly piling up, and not enough money to go around, he quickly discovers that, unless something changes soon, he’ll lose everything by Christmas. Will family and faith be enough to bring joy when you’re Homeless For The Holidays?
The Killing Machine – If you thought he was hardcore in The Expendables, he’s now totally unstoppable as The Killing Machine. Action icon Dolph Lungren (Rocky IV, Universal Soldier) stars as Edward Genn, a divorced Vancouver father and investment broker who also happens to be the infamous KGB-trained assassin known as “Icarus”. But when his two worlds collide in a storm of bullets, bloodshed and betrayal by the Russian Mob, Icarus reloads for the most personal – and punishing – contract of his entire career. When revenge is not enough, how far will a one-man death squad go to get even? Stefanie Von Pfetten, Samantha Ferris (“Supernatural”) and Bo Svenson (Inglorious Basterds, Walking Tall) co-star in this bone-snapping, skull-blasting, badass throwback to extreme ’80’s action movies, directed by Lundgren himself!
The Rig – Miles offshore, the skeleton crew aboard Weyland Drilling’s “Charlie” Rig is preparing to ride out an oncoming storm. But 4,000 feet below, their drills have mistakenly unleashed a different kind of terror: it’s strength is inhuman. It slaughters without mercy. And it is hunting the stranded team one by one. Now, deep within the labyrinth of oil platform passageways, a group of tough-as-nails drillers must find a way to destroy a monster that lives to kill…or die trying, William Forsythe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Art LaFleur (Field Of Dreams), Serah D’Lane (“Wild Things: Diamonds In The Rough“), Marcus Paulk (“Moesha”) and Dan Benson (“Wizards If Waverly Place”) star in this science fiction thriller featuring creature effects from the team behind Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem.
E One Entertainment –
ARN The Knight Template – Arn Magnusson (Joakim Natterqvist) is trained from birth to become a skilled swordsman. After being double-crossed by a decious nobleman, he is made a Knight Templar and sent off to the Crusades as penance for his sins. Fighting to regain his freedom, Arn battles fierce enemy armies and becomes a hero.
Last Day Of Summer – Tired of being tormented by his boss, Joe (DJ Qualls), a disgruntled fast food employee, finally snaps and plans revenge. But after getting rejected by a beautiful stranger (Nikki Reed), he decides to kidnap her instead. Can she show him that there’s more to life than flipping burgers, or is Joe past the point of no return?
Night Of The Demons – Angela (Shannon Elizabeth) is throwing a decadent Halloween party at New Orleans’ infamous Broussard Mansion. But after the police break up the festivities, Maddie (Monica Keena) and a few friends stay behind, Trapped inside the locked mansion gates, the remaining guests uncover a horrifying secret and soon fall victim to seven viciousm blood-thirsty demons.
The Six Wives Of Henry Lefay – After notorious ladies’ man Henry Lefay (Tim Allen) is presumed dead ub a skydiving accident, his daughter Barbara (Elisha Cuthbert) heads home to help prepare his funeral arrangements. But things get hilariously complicated when his current wife and multiple exes bicker for control over the burial procedures, and Henry shows up to his own funeral very much alive!
IFC Films –
Boogie Woogie – An all-star cast has wicked fun in skewering the pretentions and superficiality of the art world in this comic romp by director Duncan Ward Emmy and Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) is a cougar on the prowl for a new boy-toy; Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) is an ambitious assistant who will do anything to advance her career; Tony winner Alan Cummings (X-Men 2) is a hapless dealer with too much decency for his own good; Danny Huston (Robin Hood, Clash Of The Titans) is a rapacious dealer; and the legendary Christopher Lee (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy) is the owner if the priceless work of art titled “Boogie Woogie” that they all circle with naked desire. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but art ALWAYS has a price.
Lionsgate Home Entertainment –
Winter’s Bone – After her father jumps bail and mysteriously disappears, 17-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) must find a way to track him down or she’ll be left without a home or custody of her two young siblings. To avoid losing everything, Ree must hack through the lies and threats looming everywhere in her rural town to piece together the dangerous truth about her father – without getting herself killed – in this taut, pulse-pounding thriller.
Wolverine And The X-Men : The Complete Series –
MGM/20th Century Fox –
The following are part of MGM’s multi-feature collections 6 movies in one DVD-sized holder with 3 Double-sided discs with a movie on each side.
6 80’s Movies –
Valley Girl – Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman
The Rachael Papers – James Spader, Jone Skye, Dexter Fletcher, Jonathan Pryce
Losin’ It – Tom Cruise, Shelley Long
The Last American Virgin –
Class – Rob Lowe, Jacqueline Bisset, Andrew McCarthy, Cliff Robertson
Zapped! – Scott Baio, Willie Aames
6 Kids Movies –
Snow White –
Red Riding Hood –
Beauty And The Beast – Rebecca De Mornay, John Savage
Puss In Boots – Christopher Walken
Sleeping Beauty –
Hansel And Gretel –
6 Sports Movies –
Bull Durham – Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins
Rocky Marciano – Jon Favreu, Penelope Ann Miller, Judd Hirsch, Tony Lo Blanco, George C. Scott
Body And Soul (1981) – Leon Isaac Kennedy, Jayne Kennedy
Body And Soul (1999) – Rod Steiger, Jennifer Beals, Michael Chiklis, Tahnee Welch, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Joe Mantegna
Diggstown – James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr.
Semi-Tough – Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburch
Vivendi Entertainment –
Seven Deadly Sins – It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt…and then the real fun begins. For popular high school student Harper Grace (Dreama Walker, TV’s Gossip Girl), senior year means that she is just one step away from escaping her small-town life. But everything changes when Kaia (Rachel Melvin, TV’s Days Of Our Lives) arrives on the scene – bringing with her a big city attitude and an attraction to danger. Based on the phenomenally popular book series by Robin Wasserman, Seven Deadly Sins is a roller-coaster ride of betrayal, retribution, guilt and sweet revenge.
Warner Bros –
The Exorcist – Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, The Exorcist endures as a defining classic that influenced movies afterwards and still shocks and haunts today. The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother’s frantic resolve to save her and two priests – one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith – joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless. In the Extended Director’s Cut, director William Friedkin and producer/screenwriter Wiliam Peter Vlatty intergrated over 10 minutes of footage deleted before the film’s 1973 release. They include moments deepening the impact of a first-rate ensemble’s remarkable performances and reinforcing the film’s grip on it’s audience. A phenomenon of it’s time and for all-time, The Exorcist astonishes and unsettles like no other movie.
He’s Your Dog Charlie Brown – The gang is fed up with mischief-maker Snoopy, so Charlie Brown sends the offending beagle away to puppy boot camp. Equipped with a tiny suitcase and his own doggy dish, Snoopy heads to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm but never makes it past his first step at Peppermint Patty’s. Now Snoopy wonders if the grass is greener with a new master, Can Charlie Brown put an end to the canine chaos and bring Snoopy back to the little red doghouse? Friendship and loyalty come out on top in He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown. And you will, too, with this Remastered Deluxe Edition with Improved Picture and Audio.
The Human Target: Season One –
- Last of the Mohicans: No 18 (guardian.co.uk)
- Two New Behind The Scenes Featurettes For DOLPH LUNDGREN IS THE KILLING MACHINE (geektyrant.com)
- DVD Artwork And Details For THE RIG Starring William Forsythe (geektyrant.com)
- DVD Releases – October 19th: It’s a Rocky, Psycho Night of the Predators in Mirrors (dreadcentral.com)
Escape From New York is a unique futuristic look (at the time, which was 1981) at the world and New York in particular. Director John Carpenter brings his greatest talent to the table creating a claustrophobic atmosphere. Kurt Russell gives his best action-hero performance as the timeless Snake Plissken, a man who kicks ass and doesn’t take names. The sound is the typical soundtrack in the earlier Carpenter flicks and supports the film very well. The supporting cast is pretty good here and the film has a tense/suspense feeling that doesn’t let up until very close to the end. This is not really horror and by today’s standards the action is fairly tame but this is a fun movie. At least give it a rental and this is a great buy for both the DVD and Blu-ray if you don’t have this at all. No extras here but the Blu-ray looks really good.
Thomas Hayden Church (Emmy winner “Broken Trail”, Spider-Man 3) is Don McKay, a janitor who regrets making a mistake in his youth. After 25 years he hears from beautiful Sonny (Elisabeth Shue – Leaving Las Vegas, upcoming – Piranha 3-D) his ex-girlfriend and the woman he still loves. She is dying and wants to spend her remaining days with him. Returning to the site of the tragedy, Don rushes to be with her. She is still as beautiful and desirable as ever, but something about her is…different. Wondering if it is sickness that has changed her or something that makes the townspeople act odd, Don tried to solve the mystery while keeping his sanity and life intact.
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What if enemies had to rely on one another to survive. That’s not only the question, but also the situation intelligent billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins, Silence Of The Lambs) and photographer Robert Green (Alec Baldwin, It’s Complicated) are in as their plane crashes in freezing Alaskan wilderness. The pair discovers the wilderness may be very dangerous, but human nature infinitely more so. Treachery and fear override each as they struggle to survive the wilderness…and each other.
Special Agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta) is trigger-happy and leading rookie James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) on a high-speed shooting frenzy through the underworld during a CIA mission to foil a terrorist attack planned on the city of Paris. During their mission, Reese realizes he’s in over his head as the pair discovers that they are a target of the same group planning the attack. 48 hours to save the city, it’s either stop the terrorists or lose the city forever. If you want a movie that isn’t going to engage your mind, but take you away from your real-world problems than this is for you.
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Note that this review is for the Karate Kid/Karate Kid II Blu-ray Box Set.
Miyagi (Pat Morita) returns home to Okinawa for the first time in 45 years with Daniel (Ralph Macchio) as his father falls gravely ill. There he encounters his former love Yukie (Nobu McCarthy), the woman he left behind when he left for America. Daniel falls in love with her niece Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) just as two enemies emerge to challenge both couples’ happiness. Sato (Danny Kamekona), the man Yukie was arranged to be married to, seeks revenge against Miyagi for interfering. Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), is his vicious nephew who instantly dislikes Daniel. Together Miyagi and Daniel must face their foes and overcome them in their own ways. Karate Kid II features the 1986 Oscar-nominated song “Glory Of Love” by Peter Cetera.
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Karate Kid Kicks Butt On Blu-ray!
Karate Kid is a movie about a teenage kid being uprooted from his Newark, New Jersey home and moving to sunny Reseda, California, where the scenery is better, but just about everything else is worse. Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio (My Cousin Vinny, The Outsiders) feels lost and alone, missing his home, unable to talk to his busy mom Lucielle (Randee Heller) and to top off his misery he is being bullied by a group of karate students out to make him pay for flirting with the leader’s (William Zabka) beautiful blonde ex-girlfriend Ali (Elisabeth Shue, Hollow Man). Daniel keeps getting up from his beatings, but his spirits dwindle until he meets his apartment complex’s janitor Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita, Happy Days, Karate Kid II) takes an interest in the young teen. After saving Daniel from a brutal beating, Miyagi continues to refuse to teach him karate until he meets the bully’s Karate teacher John Kreese (Martin Kove) and learns that the odds are truly stacked against young Daniel. Finally agreeing to teach Daniel karate so he can defend himself, Miyagi also teaches the teen about life, that sometimes two wrongs don’t make a right and revenge benefits nobody. But it is the life lessons that make Karate Kid as relevant today as it was back in 1984.
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