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DVD Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Picking up where The Order of the Phoenix left off, this 6th installment focuses on Harry and Dumbledore working together to discover Voldemort’s weakness and the only way of standing up to the dark lord.

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) are another year older, and teenage romance begins to bloom. This is a fun escape, from an otherwise much darker and ominous film, as each year/movie has been. The acting is spot on, leading to an emotional roller coaster.

Though, as always, the film misses out on a lot of detail from the novel, the main plot is there. This installment has more suspense, danger, and mystery than any other previous. And much like after finishing the corresponding novel, I eagerly anticipate the final showdown that’s coming in the next film(s).

Special features from the DVD include:
– Additional scenes
– JK Rowling – A Year in the Life
– Close Up with the Cast of Harry Potter
– Q&A with Cast and Crew
– Sneak Peak at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
– One Minute Drills – Character recaps

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DVD Review: Genesis II (1973)

Genesis II

“My name is Dylan Hunt. My story begins the day on which I died.”

After a devastating accident, test subject Hunt (Alex Cord) awakes 154 years in the future. The future is post-apocalyptic, with two races (the Pax and the Tyranians) battling for dominance. Hunt is torn, not knowing who to trust, both races wanting his scientific knowledge of the past. But the beautiful Tyranian mutant (Mariette Hartley) has been anything but truthful about the true nature of her people.

Following on the heels of Star Trek, Genesis II was also created by Gene Roddenberry. And with all of Roddenberry’s conceptions, this story holds a deeper message. Roddenberry’s vision of peace carries over to Genesis II as well. Hunt is from a world that destroys itself with war. The Pax are a peaceful race that have learned from history and want to preserve their way of life. The story is of Hunt’s journey from his past ideals to those of justice and peace.

Despite an obvious 70’s look and feel and dated visual effects, the adventure is still exciting. And the characters are just as vivid. There is plenty of action, suspense, and a bit of romance. Genesis II is thoroughly enjoyable. I had never heard of the film before receiving it for review, but I now count it as a true science fiction classic.

DVD Review: The Guild Seasons 1 & 2

The Guild Seasons 1 & 2

Cyd Serman (Felicia Day) is an online gamer, who goes by the name Codex. Her own therapist has dumped her, telling her she spends way too much time online. But when an online friend shows up at her door, mistaking cyber flirting for the real thing, Codex decides to enlist the help of the Guild. And gets them to all meet in the real world.

Felicia Day created and stars in this comedy series created for the internet. Each short webisode begins with Codex talking to the camera, as her video blog, then transitioning to her experiences with her Guild friends and the real world. Hilarity ensues. Codex and her geeky Guild spend so much time in their online game, that interactions in the real world are often skewed. Besides the clever dialog, the casting was perfect for each character. Felicia’s Codex is sweet and completely loveable. Sandeep Parikh plays Zaboo, the young man who shows up at Codex’s house and mistakenly believes that he has a real relationship with her. Vincent Caso is Bladezz, a young teen who hits on all of the female Guildmembers. Jeff Lewis plays Vork, the Guild leader who takes his job way too seriously. Robin Thorsen is Clara, an extremely irresponsible stay-at-home mom. And Amy Okuda plays Tink, a spoiled girl who would rather not interact with the rest of the Guild, unless she happens to find it amusing.

The Guild” is a fast and funny web series that is enjoyable for more than just gamers. Anyone who spends a little too much time online will be able to relate in some ways, and enjoy the wacky and sometimes self-deprecating humor throughout. The DVD set offers up great special features as well, such as several gag reels for both seasons. Fans have the option of watching the seasons online still, but the DVD offers exclusive bonus materials. I had never been a fan of web series, besides “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” But I’m now hooked on “The Guild.”

DVD Bonus Materials Include:
– Special Insert: Gaming Glossary and Note from Felicia Day
– Cast and Crew Interviews
– Audition Footage
– Gag Reels
– Audio Commentaries
– Table Read
– Script PDF Files
– Play All Feature

Season 3 is online now at http://www.watchtheguild.com.

Blu-Ray Review: Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles The Complete Second Season

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles The Complete Second Season Blu-Ray

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles The Complete Second Season Blu-Ray Edition

Sarah Connor (Lena Heady) will do anything to protect her son John (Thomas Dekker), the future savior of the human race. The machines know about John, and have been sent back to terminate him before Judgment Day. There is also Cameron (Summer Glau), a machine sent back to the past to protect him. But Cameron seems to have another agenda as well. And joining the team on a regular basis this season is John’s uncle Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green).

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DVD Review: Primeval Volume 2

Primeval Volume 2

Primeval Volume 2

Following the shocking death of Stephen, who gave his life to save Nick, the team is down in spirits and numbers. Captain Becker joins the team as security when they investigate an anomaly sighting at a London museum. From that adventure, Egyptologist Sarah Page also joins the team. Throughout season the team goes through several major changes, including an administration shake-up and the addition of policeman Danny Quinn who worms his way onto the team as well.

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DVD Review: Sanctuary: The Complete First Season

Sanctuary: The Complete First Season

Sanctuary: The Complete First Season

When forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman encounters Dr. Helen Magnus, he is introduced to a whole new world of creatures from dreams and nightmares. Dr. Helen Magnus has taken the responsibility of providing a safe haven for “abnormals,” to protect them from the world and the world from them.

Amanda Tapping stars as Dr. Helen Magnus, the mysterious proprietor of the Sanctuary. Dr. Magnus’ daughter Ashley is an expert fighter/sharpshooter and monster hunter, played by Emilie Ullerup. Robin Dunne is Dr. Zimmerman, new to the Sanctuary but with special gifts of his own. Ryan Robbins adds comedy relief to the show as the tech-geek in charge of keeping the Sanctuary safe as Henry Foss. And Christopher Heyerdahl makes special guest appearances as villainous John Druitt, who shares a secret past with Dr. Magnus.

Each episode is a dark, suspenseful, action-packed, and humorous, with a new creature (and mystery) to face. The characters are well-written and brilliantly cast. With each episode, more is revealed about the characters and the overlying arc of the story. When John Druitt comes on the scene, he is immediately apparent as the sinister “bad guy.” But even he has a story and a reason for his actions.

With incredibly storytelling, fantastic characters, and stunning visual effects, Sanctuary is now one of my all-time favorite shows. It’s one no science fiction fan should miss.

Bonus Features:
– Audio commentaries with Amanda Tapping, creator Damian Kindler, director Martin Wood, etc.
– 3 Making-of featurettes: Welcome to the Sanctuary, Sanctuary Residents, and Sanctuary Visual Effects
Sanctuary: The Original Webisodes
– Bloopers
– Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
– Season Two Sneak Peek

Sanctuary: The Complete First Season is available in stores now.