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Blu-Ray Review: Lost In Space

Lost In Space Blu-ray

Lost In Space Blu-Ray Edition

Danger, Will Robinson!

This 1998 remake of the 1960’s TV show follows the Robinson family into deep space. Earth has exhausted its resources and looks for another planet to colonize. The Robinsons are the first to venture off to a new world in hopes of beginning colonization. But when the ship is sabotaged, the pilot is forced to take a detour and effectively getting… lost in space.

The talented cast includes: William Hurt (Professor John Robinson), Gary Oldman (Dr. Zachary Smith), Matt LeBlanc (Major Don West), Mimi Rogers (Dr. Maureen Robinson), Heather Graham (Dr. Judy Robinson), Lacey Chabert (Penny Robinson), Jack Johnson (Will Robinson), and Dick Tufeld (as the voice of the Robot). Is it strange that my favorite character is the Robot? The acting is fantastic; and the special effects are spectacular, even compared to today’s CGI. My one complaint is an annoyingly cute and equally creepy monkey-like creature that the Robinsons adopt.

There is a lot packed into this action-packed, deep space adventure – terrorists, killer robots, cannibalistic spiders, mutations, and time travel. But at the heart of the story, it’s about the Robinson family and their relationships. It’s an entertaining, fairly light-hearted space romp that was more fun than I originally remembered. This is one I’ll gladly add to my Blu-ray collection.


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DVD Review: Smallville the Complete Ninth Season

Smallville the Complete Ninth Season

Smallville the Complete Ninth Season

Krypton’s last survivors have decided to make Earth their new home. But Zod is obsessed with his people receiving the same powers that Clark possesses. So Zod has decided to transform Earth, without a care about what happens to all of humanity. Meanwhile, back at the Daily Planet, Lois and Clark’s relationship develops. And many DC Comic heroes (the Wonder Twins, Zatanna, and the JSA) make guest appearances.

As in each season of this long-running series, Clark goes through a lot of changes – most notably with his relationship with Lois. Clark, the man-who-will-become-Superman, juggles his relationship with Lois, dealing with the recent Kryptonian residents, his day job (which we rarely see him doing) and crime fighting as “The Blur.” Zod and Tess are up to more scheming and no good. Chloe and Oliver round out the rest of season’s regular cast, whose relationship gears up this season as well.

This set contains all 21 episodes from this action-packed season. It’s a solid show with fantastic actors. Now that Clark and Lois have paired up, it’s high time that Clark trade in the drab black outfit and start donning his primary colors. So few science fiction shows last this long, but it’s not hard to see why. Tom Welling is a stellar Clark Kent. And each season continues to improve on the last. While some former costars are missed, this has been one of my favorite mixes of characters. The Smallville cast has incredible chemistry – and dissonance – in all the right places.

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DVD Review: Sanctuary: The Complete 2nd Season

Sanctuary: The Complete 2nd Season

Sanctuary: The Complete Second Season

The Sanctuary is a haven for all kinds of paranormal creatures, from the monstrous to the shunned. Dr. Helen Magnus has made the protection and study of abnormals her first priority. Following the cliffhanger ending from season one, Magnus’ daughter Ashley has been kidnapped by the deadly Cabal. And Magnus and her team discover the Cabal’s plans and their plans for Ashley.

Joining Magnus’ team this season is Kate Freelander, a con artist with a good heart. Adam Darshi plays the initial rogue-turned-hero throughout the season. Her character changes quite a bit, as early on, I found her annoying and out of place. And the rest of the team is back, of course: Amanda Tapping as Dr. Magnus, Robin Dunne as Dr. Zimmerman, Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss, and Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt. These characters are some of my favorites on television.

Season two is just as exciting and suspenseful as the first. Each episode is strong and continues to impress. The ensemble cast works well together, with excellent acting. And the special effects continue to inspire, and are easily the greatest of any other television show on the air today. I can’t say enough about how much I love this show. Season three is coming to the Syfy Channel this fall. So don’t miss the first two seasons of this excellent show, now on DVD and Blu-ray.

Special Features Include:
– Episode Audio Commentaries
– Five featurettes
– Anatomy of an Episode
– From Script-to-Screen look at “Next Tuesday” episode
– Behind the scenes
– Video diaries
– Bloopers and outtakes
– Production stills photo gallery


Blu-Ray Review: Being Human Season 1

Being Human Season 1 is available today on Blu-Ray and DVD!

Hospital porters George (Russell Tovey) and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) are trying to live normal human lives in their small community, despite the fact that George is a werewolf and Mitchell is a vampire. When the two move in to a new house, they discover Annie (Lenora Crichlow), the ghost of a woman who died there. Now, the three (seemingly) young people must deal with the repercussions of their paranormal curses, try to blend in with society while hiding who they are, and face others in their community of vampires and werewolves – those that don’t necessarily share their respect for humans.

Mitchell, the vampire, looks to be in his 20s though is actually over one hundred years old. He has a long and tortured past, and has sometimes made decisions that he now regrets. He goes through some tough changes and decisions as the first season progresses. And he becomes more likable as well.

George, the werewolf, is an extremely awkward and nervous character. He is very smart, but socially inept. It’s ironic that he’s the most likely to live a normal human life, but hates his condition and finds it the hardest to accept.

Annie, the ghost, is still discovering her abilities and limitations. George and Mitchell can see her without problem. But to others who come to the house, she is more of a haunting presence, able to move objects within the house. A dark mystery surrounds her death that is revealed later in the season.

This original BBC show is dark, humorous, suspenseful, and completely engaging. My one complaint is that the special effects in regards to the werewolf are not as great as most recent television and film standards. But the acting and storylines are spot on. This was one of my favorite new shows of last year. And I’m excited to see it continue on BBC America.

BEING HUMAN: SEASON 1 BONUS FEATURES:
• Deleted scenes
• Behind the scenes featurettes
• Video diaries
• Character profiles
• Interview with creator Toby Whithouse

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Blu-Ray Review: Supernatural: The Complete First Season

Supernatural: The Complete First Season

Supernatural: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray
Own it on DVD and Blu-Ray: June 15th
Official Site: http://www.supernaturaldvd.com

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester are brothers who are on a journey to find their missing father, who was hunting the evil that killed their mother. Along the way, the brothers find themselves hunting the very things that their father faced including popular urban legends, vampires, ghosts, and other paranormal monsters.

A decidedly dark and grisly series, Supernatural appeals to a wide range of horror and thriller fans. Scary and violent, this series isn’t for the faint of heart. Padalecki and Ackles are fantastic actors that are put in a shocking and bizarre situation each week, sometimes getting to play beyond their own characters. Each episode is a nightmare/freak-of-the-week, full of heart-pounding suspense and chills. And the stunning visual effects are impressive for a television series. Now each of the 22 episodes is available in HD, making the picture ultra-clear and ultra-scary.

Special Features Include:
The Devil’s Road Map: Interactive Map Guide to Season One’s Urban Legends and Unusual Facts
– Paley Festival Panel Discussion Featuring the Cast and Creators
– Unaired/Extended Scenes
– Commentary on the Pilot by Series Creator Eric Kripke, Director David Nutter and Producer Peter Johnson
– Commentary on Phantom Traveler by Co-Stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
– Two additional featurettes: Day in the Life of Jared and Jensen and Supernatural: Tales from the Edge of Darkness
– Gag Reel


DVD Review: The Guild: Season Three

The Guild: Season Three

The Guild: Season Three

Codex and the rest of her Guild excitedly await the latest release of their game’s expansion pack, when a group of bullies arrive. The Axis of Anarchy is a rival guild, who decides to make it their goal to torture Codex’s Guild members online and off. Then, Tink abandons them, Vork decides to quit as Guild leader, and Codex steps up and tries to pull her team back together.

Felicia Day returns as Codex, in season 3 of her satirical webseries about a group of online gamers who meet in the real world. All of her fun cast mates/guild mates are back as well, this time joined by the evil guild members from the Axis of Anarchy. Leader Fawkes is played by Wil Wheaton, who is ideal for the role.

As the guild members’ relationships grow and change, Codex makes it her mission to try to keep her guild from falling apart. Once again, hilarity ensues with eccentric characters, outrageous situations, and plenty of geeky awkwardness. The season is 12 episodes, each 3-8 minutes long, so there’s no excuse not to check it out. It’s easily one of the best (and funniest) webseries I’ve ever seen.

Special Features Include:
– “Do You Want to Date My Avatar” Music Video
– The Making of “Do You Want to Date My Avatar”
– Halloween Video
– Guild Applicant Rejects
– How to Build Vork’s Sword
– Audio Commentary with the Cast and Crew
– Interviews with the Axis of Anarchy
– Tips on Making a Web Series
– Gag Reels
– Script PDF File


Blu-Ray Review: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Blu-Ray

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Blu-Ray Edition

Billy, (aka Dr. Horrible) has two main goals in life (besides taking over the world): to join the Evil League of Evil and to win over his lady love, Penny. But his archenemy (the superhero Captain Hammer) always seems to thwart his every move. Billy has a plan that could get him into the Evil League of Evil and win Penny’s heart, but only if the irritating Captain Hammer could stay away.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was created as an online miniseries musical by fan-favorite Joss Whedon. Neil Patrick Harris plays Billy/Dr. Horrible to pure perfection. He’s sadly sweet, funny, and completely loveable. Felicia Day is Penny, the shy and demure focus of both Billy and Captain Hammer’s attentions. And Captain Hammer is played by Nathan Fillion, who much like his Castle character is pompous and narcissistic and hysterical.

Besides the satirical premise, the other highlights are when Billy bursts into song. These unconventional characters and songs make for a hilarious and extremely entertaining musical. It’s fresh, witty, and absolutely charming. And now this cult hit is available on Blu-ray, which I’ll be watching again and again.

Special features include:
– Cast and creator commentaries
– “Commentary! The Musical!” with all new music and laughs
– Behind-the-scenes featurettes
– Top 10 fan applicants for submission to the Evil League of Evil
– Easter eggs including: bloopers, rehearsals, and ELE interviews


Blu-Ray Review: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Aptly described as “a celebration of romance,” Valentine’s Day follows the lives of an array of characters throughout one romantic holiday. The star-studded film includes about 19 different actors and actresses. As we follow each character, it is soon apparent that all have some connection to another, and all are touched (in positive or negative ways) by their relationships.

A virtual who-who of romantic comedy, the cast is the highlight of the film, each with their own scene-stealing performance. As almost all romantic comedies are, the plot lines are blatantly predictable. Yet that’s why we watch them – for the happy endings. From young, puppy love to tender, long-lasting love; Valentine’s Day covers it all. There are also plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this light-hearted feel-good flick. I have to admit that before watching it, I thought that there were going to be too many characters and storylines going on. I didn’t think it was possible to tie them all together. I am happy to be proven wrong. Director Garry Marshall is king of romantic comedy. And his latest is just as fun and full of magic as some of his previous hit films.

Since this is a romantic comedy, I don’t think the Blu-ray edition added much to the film viewing experience. But the Blu-ray combo back does come with loads of extra bonus features.

The Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack includes:
• Exclusive Sex and the City 2 sneak peek trailer
• 14 Deleted Scenes with Intro from Garry Marshall
• “The Stars Confess Their Valentine’s Day Stories”
• Gag Reel
• Jewel “Stay Here Forever” Music Video
• The Garry Factor
• Audio Commentary
• Standard definition version of the movie and a digital copy


Valentine’s Day is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download: http://bit.ly/9EmOWb