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    Dark Skies (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on May 24th, 2013

    “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

    Just in case the film’s title wasn’t a big enough clue, this opening quote from famed science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke makes it abundantly clear the domestic disturbance in Dark Skies won’t be caused by grumpy ghosts or a dastardly demon. This effective little sci-fi/horror movie follows the low-budget template established by recent hits like Insidious, Sinister and the Paranormal Activity franchise, but looks to the not-so-friendly skies for its source of terror.
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    Beautiful Creatures (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on May 20th, 2013

    The conclusion of the wildly popular Twilight saga last fall left a nation of haters high-fiving each other, but it also created a giant, heart-shaped vacuum in Hollywood. Where is the industry’s next big young adult-oriented, human-on-supernatural romance franchise going to come from? This past Valentine’s Day was as good a time as any to find out if Beautiful Creatures — based on Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s “Caster Chronicles” series — was up to the task.
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Three (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 14th, 2013

    “Space… the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission, to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.”

    When the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation beamed into our living rooms, I was quite impressed with the quality of work that was done to bring the next generation of Star Trek into the next generation of home video.
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    Willow (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on April 11th, 2013

     Looking back, it’s amazing how far visual effects have come since 1988.  I can remember sitting in the theater watching Willow for the first time and believing everything I saw up on the screen wasn’t the work of movie magic, but I believed it to be reality.  Perhaps some far off land where there are swordsmen fighting evil sorcerers and trolls lurk in the shadows of abandoned castles.  This is a thought I’d like to believe I’m not the only one that hoped this was a reality, but if I am I’m fine with that.  Willow came out at a time when Hollywood was trying to bring large-scale fantasy to the screen with other releases like Excalibur, Legend and Conan. 
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    Earth’s Final Hours (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on April 10th, 2013

    “Why save a few when we can save them all?”

    An excellent question; have you ever noticed that in disaster films as soon as an apocalyptic event is discovered, plans go into motion to protect the elite such as the president, his cabinet, and a few select others while the rest of the world is left out in the cold to be lambs to the slaughter? Well, in Earth’s Final Hours, the lambs fight back, working to save the many rather than just the few.
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    Star Trek: Enterprise – Season One (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 28th, 2013

    “It’s been a long time getting from there to here.”

    35 years to be exact. Enterprise is the fourth spinoff from the original 1960’s hopeful series. The Earth is finally ready to send its first starship to explore the vast galaxy. This first starship Enterprise is smaller than the ships we’ve become used to. There are no shields or photon torpedoes. The transporter has only been cleared for inanimate objects. Not that this stands in the way of its occasional “emergency” use.
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 18th, 2013

    “My dear Frodo, you asked me once if I had told you everything there was to know about my adventures. Well, I can honestly say I’ve told you the truth, but I may not have told you all of it…”

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been a decade since Peter Jackson last brought us to the fantastic lands of Middle Earth. It was one of Hollywood’s most ambitious projects ever. Jackson took on the perilous journey of adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous Lord Of The Rings trilogy, perilous because of the beloved place the works hold in the hearts of those who have read them over the years.
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    Ultramarines (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jonathan Foster on March 11th, 2013

    “I am steel. I am doom. I march for Macragge, and I know no fear!”

    The above quote is the motto of Ultramarines, the best of the best of the Space Marines from the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The popular miniatures star in their first movie, a CGI action/adventure tale from Anchor Bay films. I admit — as nerdy as I am — I’ve never had any interest in the Warhammer figurines. Because of that, I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this movie. I was pleasantly surprised, then, when the story of the Warhammer universe and the Space Marines’ place in it was succinctly presented in the opening voiceover.
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    Seeds of Destruction (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on February 25th, 2013

    “God never would have intended this.”

    Has anyone ever noticed the pairings that tend to occur in disaster films? A lone scientist with an expertise in a particular field of study partners with a lone government agent or soldier to prevent a cataclysmic event that will result in the destruction of mankind, whether the disaster is manmade or an act of fate. This was in the case in Godzilla (American version), Independence Day (there may be some controversy on whether this qualifies but you must admit that the main focus was on Smith and Goldblum), miniseries Asteroid, and now it would seem Seeds of Destruction.
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    Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on February 19th, 2013

    “There’s a king in every corner now.”

    Game of Thrones is definitely one of the best shows on TV right now, and it might be the most ambitious television series ever produced. Ambition and quality don’t always go hand in hand. (See, Cloud Atlas. No, seriously…watch it. I’m one of the people who really enjoyed that convoluted mess.) The second season of Game of Thrones — a massive undertaking that took its cast to Iceland and Croatia, in addition to its Belfast base — performed a minor miracle. It deepened, expanded and improved upon an already excellent show.
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    All Superheroes Must Die (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on January 30th, 2013

    How exactly do you make a superhero movie without the powers? Answer: Have them wake up with their powers being stripped from them. All Superheroes Must Die is a superhero tale that from the title you can tell is fated not to end in the traditional way that superhero films end: with the righteous prospering and the wicked suffering. What the film title doesn’t let you know, however, is how underwhelming the film is. It does have an interesting startup, I’ll give it that.
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    Branded (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jonathan Foster on January 17th, 2013

    Do you realize how much you’re affected by advertising? Branded attempts to answer this question while showing us where our world is headed if the trend continues. Mishka Galkin (Ed Stoppard, The Pianist) is Russia’s advertising whiz kid. When Mishka meets Abby (Leelee Sobieski, 88 Minutes, The Wicker Man), they immediately become friends, despite the fact that she is the niece of Bob Gibbons (Jeffrey Tambor, TVs Arrested Development, the Hellboy movies), Mishka’s boss.
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Two (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 14th, 2013

    “Space… The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission, to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.”

    It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. No, this is not a Charles Dickens review. It very accurately describes the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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    The Dark Knight Rises (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on December 6th, 2012

    “You think this can last? There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”

    In the spirit of full disclosure, let me state that my favorite comic book hero is Batman. As a child, even before the sixties TV show premiered, I loved the tale of Batman. It is a story of a child who overcomes the fear and destruction of his childhood and becomes stronger because of it.
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    Men in Black 3 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 28th, 2012

    “I promise you the secrets of the universe, nothing more…”

    It’s been an astonishing 15 years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones first teamed up as Agents J and K respectively for the intergalactic police force Men In Black. The film was like a breath of fresh air. It combined top-flight science fiction fantasy with whimsical humor. It was a hit at the box office, and like most wonderfully original hits it was quickly followed by a sequel that had almost none of the cleverness and freshness of the original film.
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    Hirokin

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on November 13th, 2012

    As a moviegoer, I love my share of epics. The bigger the storyline, the bigger the world, the more I probably enjoy it. Oh, it has to be sci fi/fantasy related too. Fantasy worlds in particular are often amazing since the creator is making it up from scratch. Today, we visit the world Aradius, a land where a very special mineral plays a very important part in the story. The story you ask? The story of Hirokin, the Last Samurai. Let’s explore, shall we?
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    Snowmageddon (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on November 13th, 2012

    People make fun of us Floridians for a variety of reasons. (Some of them don’t even involve our performance in presidential elections.) One of the most popular ways out-of-staters in the northern part of the country — as well as our Canadian readers — mock us is by chuckling whenever we dash to our closets and dust off our winter wear as soon as the weather dips below 60 degrees. So I can’t even imagine how we’d handle a full-blown Snowmageddon!
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    Prometheus (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 17th, 2012

    “In space no one can hear you scream.”

    It was the tagline that brought us by the droves into our neighborhood cinemas in 1979 to see one of Ridley Scott’s two classic science fiction adventures. Alien was one of the scariest science fiction films we’ve ever seen. It wasn’t just the wonderfully organic H.R. Giger designs that had us on the edge of our seats. Scott delivered a claustrophobic nightmare that caged us with this remarkable killing machine. Much the same feeling I had recently trapped in a minivan with a large spider on the prowl.
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    Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 5th, 2012

    “There is a town in Maine, where every storybook character you’ve ever known is trapped between two worlds, victims of a powerful curse. Only one knows the truth, and only one can break her spell.”

    ABC has had a very important asset going for it for years. It’s one that the network has seldom taken any advantage of. That asset is its parent company. You see, ABC is part of the Walt Disney family. With the rich history of stories the studio has in its arsenal going back to the 1920′s, it was only a matter of time before some clever people decided to find a way to use that rich history in a television series.
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    Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Movie

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on August 10th, 2012

    A group of teenage faeries are graduating from their Faerie academy, and set off on a grand adventure to stop an evil force from…doing evil in general. Meanwhile, one of the faeries is searching for her birth parents, while the rest are giggling about boy faeries and various colouful, giggle-inducing cute items.
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    Total Recall (Mind-Bending Edition) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on July 31st, 2012

    Perhaps one of the best known science fiction authors ever, Phillip K. Dick’s short stories and novels have been the basis for many film adaptations including The Minority Report, Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly, Blade Runner, and the upcoming release Next. Of course the reason I mention Phillip K. Dick is because Total Recall is based upon his story We Can Remember It for you Wholesale. In the past Total Recall has been known for quite a few reasons – its achievements in special affects, its high budget, the re-launch of Sharon Stone’s career – but ultimately when we think of Total Recall we all think of the big guy himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 26th, 2012

    “Space… The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission, to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.”

    Nearly 20 years after the original Star Trek left the network airwaves, Gene Roddenberry set out to discover if he could catch lightening in a bottle once again. Some say he did an even better job with Star Trek: The Next Generation. There are times I tend to agree. The Star Trek sequel series had a lot more advantages from the moment it was conceived
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    Barbarella (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on July 13th, 2012

    Taking place in the 41st century, an astronaut named Barbarella (played by Jane Fonda) has been ordered to search out a missing Earth scientist named Durand Durand. On this mission, she is forced to land on a Planet called Lythion where she must overcome various erotic obstacles in this psychedelic camp classic.
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    Wrath of the Titans (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 26th, 2012

    “In ancient times the world was ruled by gods and monsters…And now the time of the gods is ending.”

    It appears that Greek mythology has become the fodder for a ton of movies of late. From young adult films to the hardcore action movies, audiences are getting their fill of the familiar gods and beasts from mythology lore. Some are calling it a trend or hot phase, like vampires and robots. Whatever it is, it isn’t a phase, and it isn’t merely passing through.
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    Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 13th, 2012

    “In the 19th century Jules Verne wrote some of the greatest adventure stories ever told. Novels such as 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Journey To The Center Of The Earth and The Mysterious Island. Most consider these works of science fiction. Vernians know otherwise.”

    In 2008 Brendan Frasier had himself a rather unexpected hit with Journey To The Center Of The Earth. That film posed the fantastic question: What if the works of Jules Verne were not based on fantasy at all, but rather actual events, people and places
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