DVD Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


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

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is available NOW on Blu-ray™, DVD, & Download.

Book Review: The 13th Hour

The 13th Hour

The 13th Hour, by Richard Doetsch

When Nick Quinn is held for questioning at the police station, it seems the police are convinced that Nick killed his own wife. Someone has framed Nick for her murder. But then, a stranger arrives with a bizarre opportunity for Nick. The stranger gives Nick 12 hours to save his wife and prevent her death. Each hour he will travel back in time to the previous hour in hopes of unraveling the plot around her death. But everything he does in the past, will affect the future, for better or worse.

The plot seems a bit confusing at first. I thought it might be hard to read. Instead, we live hour-by-hour with Nick and experience his race to uncover clues to his wife’s murderer. Nick makes occasional mistakes that have serious repercussions. But each hour, he is able to learn from the previous one and try to stop events from happening in the past.

Not only is the plot and design unique, but the story is incredibly fast-paced and impossible to put down. The suspense is intense, caught up in drama and fantastic characters. There are twists and turns in each hour that unfolds, leading to a surprising climax. This is a must for mystery and science fiction fans alike. But simply put, I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.

The 13th Hour releases from Atria on December 29, 2009 in bookstores everywhere.

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Here are some last-minute gift ideas that released this year that I highly recommend.





And, of course, this year’s Hallmark Star Trek ornament. (Of course, you can find it much cheaper elsewhere. It’s just easiest to link to Amazon with photos included.)

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