Best DVD Reviews

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Invader ZIM - Doom Doom Doom (Vol. 1) (2001)


Any Invader Zim fan, especially one who has never seen the episodes in high quality, will enjoy this first set in the collection. All the episodes are very crisp and clear and do not include the somewhat annoying "Nick" logo in the corner. The commentaries are worth listening to and contain a good amount of trivia. The pilot episode is included and it is interesting to see how much the show changed between the pilot and the first aired episode. The show itself is just as good as it was on TV. The episodes are also closed captioned, which makes it easy to understand some of the harder-to-hear GIR lines. Overall, I was extremely satisfied and impressed by the quality and recommend it for teens and adults, but not small children.


Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Step Into Liquid (2003)


Totaly fun film... very atypical... where'd they find some of these cool surfers???

Check this one out!


Monday, December 26, 2005

The Best of The Chris Rock Show - Volume 2 (1997)


chris rock is the funniest guy ever to graze the earth and the chris rock show is the funniest thing ever if you want my opinion this is a 5 star buy.


Sunday, December 25, 2005

Sabrina (1954)


A great movie the remake was good to I prefered the Audrey hepburn in this movie to the leading actress in the new remake. However I liked Harrison Ford better in the remake over Humphrey Bogart in the original. In other word you need to see both.


The Office Special (2003)


I *love* The Office, but with the Christmas special, Merchant/Gervais & co. really outdid themselves. It is, I'd say, the high point of the series. Bittersweet, and always sympathetic to even unlikeable characters in a way that comedy rarely is. It would be high treason to give away the least little bit about the ending, but I'll just say that I had tears running down my face. Really. Not to mention that we get to hear Keith's secrets on how to be a sex god.


Saturday, December 24, 2005

Eerie, Indiana - The Complete Series


I first saw "Eerie, Indiana" on FOX KIDS when it was airing alongside "Goosebumps". I loved it...and then it was taken off the air and I eventually forgot about it. I was only eight, but I was always into supernatural-themed shows, so I was watching "The X-Files". In 2000, I discovered a really awesome Disney series, "So Weird", and it quickly became my favorite series.

Shortly after, I remembered "Eerie, Indiana".

I ordered the three-episode disc from Amazon.com, and checked my mailbox every day waiting for it. When it finally came, I was able to see it. I quickly fell in love with the show again. It's very entertaining and well written. Yes, the storylines seem ridiculous, but something about the way the show was made suspends disbelief. "So Weird" is still my favorite show, followed by the ABC horror series "Miracles", but "Eerie, Indiana" is extremely close behind.

I will definitely be buying the box set.


Thursday, December 22, 2005

The Princess Bride (Special Edition) (1987)


I watched the DVD Special Edition and it was great with all the behind the scenes stuff, and commentaries and the widescreen view of the movie! it was awesome! it was so awesome it was inconceivable! (anybody want a peanut?) it is a movie that you can easily memmorize the lines of. (your trying to stall aren't you? you like to think that!) you just have to see it. (but in the meantime sleep well and dream....you can finish it) it is one of my favorite movies!


Underworld (2-Disc Unrated Extended Cut) (2003)


Boiled down to the fine little dish of steak tar-tar that it is, "Underworld" is the answer to the two horror flick questions you had as a kid:

1) If Dracula and the Wolfman went mano a mano and fang-to-claw, which one would do the thrashing?
2) If Dracula and the Wolfman checked into a cheap motel, got roaring drunk on a case of Night Train, and had a baby, what would it look like?

You get the answer to #1 early and often, which is pretty much what this Transylvania Station is all about. And by the end of "Underworld" you get #2 as well---and trust me, when it's hopping about like an ugly green Mini-Hulk (right down to its one-size-fits-all-monster trunks) you'll wish you hadn't.

You want to know what you're getting when you lace up your thigh-high attitude boots and strap on that trenchcoat for a little midnight fun in Len Wiseman's uber-stylish little monster mash "Underworld"?

Think West Side Story: only here, instead of the Jets and the Sharks angling for a rumble on the other side of the tracks, we have Vampires and Werewolves. Oh, and in "Underworld" nobody breaks into song. Both sides just want to rumble, and the girls just wanna have fun. In the meantime, while not the sharpest stake in the vamp-hunter kitbag, "Underworld" finds its groove, and serves up a bloody two hours of unabashed techno-cool that drinks you dry, trashes the apartment and howls at the moon.

We get dropped into the middle of a war that Celine (the impossibly tasty Kate Beckinsdale)---our supple full-body-suit clad vampiric Death Dealer and narrator---tells us has been "raging for centuries."

On one side of the tracks: the sneering, brutally hip Euro-trashy leather-trenchcoat & hip-sunglasses wearing uber-high-maintenance Vampires. They have posh high-rent neo-Victorian digs, drive around the streets in Jaguars and Maseratis, and have managed to switch up the silver bullets in their glocks and MP-5 submachine guns for something more lethal: liquid silver nitrate, which makes it tougher for their hairy buddies to pull the bullets out. Advantage: Vampires.

On the other side of the tracks: the Salvation Army surplus-wearing tear-your-scalp-off-and-wear-it Werewolves---erm, I mean Lycans, short for Lycanthropes. The Lycans are strictly low-rent, hang out together in what looks like an abandoned public lavatory, and take a bath once every full moon whether they need it or not. Whereas their blood-sucking cousins from the East Side look like they'd be hanging at crazy underground raves when they're not boring each other to tears talking like the Merovingian, the Lycans are strictly the mosh-pit set. Oh, and from what I could tell, there's not a single werewolf girl. C'mon guys---haven't ya heard of "Ginger Snaps"? Bummer. Advantage: Vampires.

That said, the boys have been pumping the rent money they've saved up into super-science research, giving them bullets that encase super-photoelectric magnesium charges (perfect for giving that oncoming vamp a little taste of Club Med sunlight). They also have the upper hand in figuring out how they can mix the bloodlines, bringing the war between Vamp and Lycan to an end. Advantage: Lycans.

And finally, mixing it up with our fanged-kissin' cousins, we have perplexed med student Michael Corvin (played by the annoying Scott Speedman who cashes a check) stalked by Lycan heavies and tagged by Selene, who wants to know why the werewolf army is so eager to get their hands on him.

And that, pretty much, is "Underworld": two hours of movie built around jaw-droppingly gorgeous set-pieces and bouts of total war between locked-and-loaded squads of Things that go Bump in the Night.

Just a note: you'll want to get the Unrated Extended DVD: it fleshes things out, beefs up some supporting characters, and ends with an extended battle sequence---and it's loaded down with plenty of extras you can sink your fangs into.

Plus, the sleeker transfer shows off Wiseman's technical mastery in spades. Wiseman uses sound-stages and CGI to anchor the film's look, and tethers all of it to the fog-shrouded cobbled streets and ancient alleys of Prague: the City itself takes on a bleak and brooding character. The movie looks gorgeous: whether it's the gloomy red-velvet and dark mahogany halls of the mansion, the sleek, sterile Underground, or the industrial ruins of the Lycans, Wiseman and cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts make every scene tell. The sequence where a locomotive full of vampire diplomats chugs into a deserted rail-station---with the baying of werewolves in the distance---is jaw dropping.

"Underworld" also gets the most out of its talented stable of actors. There are three centers of gravity in the film: Beckinsdale, who doesn't need her bodysuit to command her lines (though I'm glad she wore it). The Lycan overlord Lucien (the gifted Welsh actor Michael Sheen) steals every scene he's in, and brings complexity and command to a role that could have been a throwaway in lesser hands. Finally, there's the Vampire King Viktor, played by the great Bill Nighy (who also played Shaun's Jag-loving stepdad in "Shaun of the Dead"). Nighy is a kind of demonic embodiment of immortal Puritan rage, and acts like a champ through all that make-up.

Even the supporting actors turn in strong roles: Shane Brolly (Kraven) whines and pouts and lisps and turns in a convincing performance as a spineless worm; Sophia Myles (Erika) comes off as a naughty little vampire cat-girl; Kevin Grevioux owns this film and puts the smack down as Uber-Werewolf Raze; and Hungarian actress Zita Gorog rocked my world---without uttering a single line.

In the end, this batwinged black-lipstick wearing looker of a flick charged into the goth club of my choice, served me an extra-bloody steak tartar , smacked me around, bought me drinks, and talked Shakespeare after. Would a Lycan by any other name be just as hairy?




Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Something's Gotta Give (2003)


Let's see: Erica Berry (played full out by Diane Keaton in a role to die for) is a successful playwright with a beautiful daughter (Amanda Peet) and at least one very fine bosom buddy (Frances McDormand). Along comes Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson, 66) in his PJ's or underwear-I forget which--to be discovered behind the opened door of her refrigerator ("Boy Meets Girl--Cute," as they say in Hollywood). Turns out he is dating her twenysomething daughter Marin. Well, gee, what a guy.

However daughter and man about town have not yet consummated their relationship; indeed when they try, Viagra Harry has a heart attack. And now the plot thickens. Enter handsome, dashing, young and very eligible Dr. Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves) who tells Harry that he can't go anywhere yet because they need to keep a close watch on his heart. So Erica ends up babysitting him. Ah, yes we can see where this one is going. Playboy of the Western World finally but finally gives up the young stuff, meets the love of his life (Erica), and falls clumsily, but hopelessly in love with her.

For Erica, who hasn't felt a man's touch for lo these many years, it's like electrifying. Ah, but here's the rub. The old bachelor can't comprehend his feelings. After all he has never but never dated anyone under thirty before, and the prospect of COMMITMENT is way scary. So he demurs, shall we say. Meanwhile, the dashing young doctor reveals his romantic and clearly carnal interest in--no, NOT the beautiful young daughter! How prosaic would that be? No, he reveals he has quite a yen for the great playwright herself, and age does not matter in the slightest!

Okay, at this point if I were a woman of any age I would say that my cup doth runneth over. I would also suspect that this Fantasyland is a bit much for belief. But hey, why should the starlets have all the fun?

Anyway, Nancy Meyers's direction of this self-authored fairytale will appeal to its targeted audience no doubt, but don't try to screen this for your boyfriend. He won't survive the first reel.

Incidentally, this flick is not even in the same league as the somewhat similar romantic comedy, As Good As It Gets (1997) starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, which I recommend that you see instead. Jack and Diane give it their best here-and Keaton is very good--but the lame and cloying script defeats their efforts.