Hi everyone. Two new review movies came this past day. Both DVDs.
E One Entertainment –
Ellery Queen Mysteries – Match wits with Ellery Queen (Jim Hutton) in all 22 uncut and unedited episodes of this classic NBC series following the exploits of the famed writer as he assists his father, Inspector Richard Queen (David Wayne) in solving the mysteries that baffle the New York City police force.
Manson, My Name Is Evil – Manson’s bloodlust left a trail of dead bodies across the Los Angeles landscape. His resulting trial connects Perry, a sheltered chemist, to Leslie Van Houten, one of Manson’s mudering minions.
- Groovy Fall TV Preview: 1975 (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s Assassin, Eligible For Parole (brainz.org)
- “Evan Rachel Wood Calls Off Her Engagement with Marilyn Manson” and related posts (taragana.com)
- Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson split once more (hollywoodnews.com)
Brooklyn‘s Finest on Blu-ray is a very nice release. With an amazing cast including Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Wesley Snipes and Ethan Hawke along with smaller roles by Ellen Barkin, Vincent D’Onofrio and Will Patton the cast has some amazing actors and all give above-average performances. Brooklyn’s Finest is about cops in Brooklyn dealing with their surroundings and each has their own major hurdle to get over. Hawke’s character is supporting a wife who is pregnant with twins and also having other kids and a house that is falling apart. How is he supposed to do right by his family on a cop’s salary? Cheadle’s character is an undercover cop being used to set up a recently released prisoner who saved his life when he was undercover in jail. Gere is a week from retirement, not willing to take risks that could cost him his life, he is forced to train rookie cops and learn how to live life as an everyday citizen. Snipes plays a recently released convict wanting to go straight but finding himself irresistibly drawn back into a life of crime, hoping to make one final score to fund his post-criminal life. Brooklyn’s Finest is a tough police drama that is a bit of a downer but a very good movie none-the-less.
Blu-ray Details –
Special Features –
- Audio Commentary With Director Antoine Fuqua
- Chaos & Conflict: The Life Of A New York Cop
- Boyz N The Real Hood
- An Eye For Detail: Director Featurette
- From The MTA To The WGA: Writer Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Three Cops And A Dealer: Character Profile
- Brooklyn’s Finest HD Theatrical Trailer
- Additional Trailers – Spartacus: Blood and Sand, The Crazies, Pandorum, Law Abiding Citizen, The Ultimate Fighting Championship
2nd Disc –
- Digital Copy
As usual click the picture to read my review of Brooklyn’s Finest @ Movie-Vault.com!
- DVD: Brooklyn’s Finest, For retail & rental (Momentum) (independent.co.uk)
- BROOKLYN’S FINEST DVD Review (collider.com)
- Brooklyn’s Finest Being Filmed on Lower East Side  (gawker.com)
- Redbox gives green light to Blu-rays (variety.com)
- Redbox brings $1.50 Blu-ray rentals to 13,000-plus kiosks, across the US by fall (media.venturebeat.com)
Caught In The Crossfire stars Adam Rodriguez of CSI: Miami fame and Chris Klein from American Pie and We Were Soldiers. They play cops caught between gang members and crooked cops while investigating a gang-related shooting. It’s a nice decent movie. Worthy of a rental or maybe a buy if you get it on the cheap-side. It’s the kind of murder-mystery good cop/bad cop movie that you see on LMN or premium channels. I liked the movie but some will like it and some will not. It succeeds as a fine mystery, but that strength also gets in the way of giving you a good hero-type to root for.
As usual click the pic to read my full review @ Movie-Vault.com!
Joe’s Top Picks (& why you should buy!) –
1 – Band Of Brothers (Best war miniseries ever! Must-own for war movie fans, Speilberg & Tom Hanks fans and anyone with any sense. Buy It!…….Now!)
2 – The Enforcer/Sudden Impact (Sudden Impact = Dirty Harry at his best! Must-own)
3 – Clint Eastwood Collection 1968-2008 (Absolute Power, Dirty Harry, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, The Rookie, Unforgiven shall I go on???)
4 – Essential Eastwood Director’s Collection (Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Unforgiven cheaper than the above by nearly half the price and some damn fine titles!)
5 – Absolute Power (A very underestimated Eastwood flick. Eastwood+Hackman+Ed Harris=I’m so there! Buy this!)
6 – Bad Boys – (As much as I rag on Michael Bay this here is a fun movie. Worthy of a buy)
7 – The Rookie (What’s not to love? Eastwood & Charlie Sheen shine here, another underappreciated Eastwood flick that should be in your collection)
8 – Air Force One/In The Line Of Fire (These are here mostly for In The Line Of Fire an EXCELLENT Eastwood flick, Air Force One is good but more of a throw-in) and in a tie – Bram Stoker’s Dracula/The Grudge (This is a nice pairing of similar genre movies. A good pairing, nice price. I’d get it)
9 – I Know What You Did Last Summer/I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (I love the first one, as much as I loved that I HATED the sequel. Still with the pairing of the two at about the price you’d pay for the original alone, why not buy this?)
10 – Groundhog Day/Hitch – (The pairing of these two movies is what knocks this down to the last spot. Love Groundhog Day and Murray is at his best here. Hitch…well at least Groundhog day is worth buying. Didn’t see Hitch. Don’t want to)
Notable Mentions – War Of The Worlds (Not so much a fan here, but I’ll review it if Amazon sends it and go in with an open mind on my 2nd viewing of it maybe I’ll like it more on the 2nd go-around), Alice In Wonderland (Kiddies will eat this up. I read on Wiki that this drew in over $1,000,000,000+ worldwide up there with Titanic and below Avatar, just not my thing), The Wolfman (Didn’t see it, don’t know anyone who has, but I’ll have to rent it and see, love Anthony Hopkins though), Someone’s Knocking At The Door (looks interesting, but have to give it a rental), The Strangers (Steve Austin might be a far better wrestler, but his acting skills are pretty decent. I haven’t seen this, but I feel if it is anything like The Condemned it will at least be worthy of a rental), Wild Things: Foursome (I only mention this because a girl from my hometown of Reading, PA is in this so I’ll give my shout out here), The Gauntlet (Need to rent this, forget the movie it’s been so long),