Screen Junkies » DVD http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:58:01 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: Give ‘Real Steel’ A Second Chance On Blu-Ray And DVD http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/review-give-real-steel-a-second-chance-on-blu-ray-and-dvd/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/review-give-real-steel-a-second-chance-on-blu-ray-and-dvd/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:06:16 +0000 Mark Potts http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242922 This film deserved to do better.

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Real Steel is one of those movies that I wish had done better. It’s not an especially great film, but it’s admirable for what it wants to do and say, and is, at the very least, an enjoyable time. But nonetheless, it fell flat in theaters, but is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The Blu-Ray looks amazing, crystal clear and colorful. And, I’m aware of how dorky this is, but I was quite happy the loading time on the disc was very low. (I hope I’m not the only one to recognize the leaps and bounds Blu-Ray loading times have made. I remember the first Blu-Ray I bought took forever. And by forever, I mean about 10 seconds. But those are 10 seconds of looking at cat and girl photos on the Internet that I won’t get back!)

It’s not packed to the gills with features, but what it does have is pretty good. “Countdown to the Fight: The Charlie Kenton Story” is sort of a behind-the-music video of Hugh Jackman‘s character from the film. You only need to watch it if you’re an “extra features completist.” Otherwise, you can skip it.

“Making of Metal Valley” is a great feature where you see how they created a large sequence in the film. Director Shawn Levy does most of the talking and explaining as they show how they created Metal Valley, which had no real description in the script (isn’t that something of a screenwriting no-no? And is saying no-no a no-no?) Levy gives a lot of credit to his crew for helping create the film, which is nice to see since Hollywood is full of many egotistical directors (COUGH-Michael Bay-COUGH).

The rest of the features are a nice watch. Sugar Ray Leonard has a five minute segment detailing how he helped Hugh Jackman act like a real boxer. “Building Bots” is a cool behind-the-scenes look at how they created the practical and CGI robots. “Real Steel Second Screen” is a feature where you download an app to your computer or iPad, sync it to the film playing on your TV, and watch more extra features while the film plays. It’s a pretty cool feature and something I hope gets included on more Blu-Rays.

And finishing things out are your standard deleted and extended scnes, bloopers, and audio commentary by Levy, who is a fairly charming and interesting guy.

Overall, it’s a great Blu-Ray, It looks phenomenal, and has some fun features you can enjoy. Also, the film provides you with the fun game of “Who is Hotter: Hugh Jackman or Evangeline Lilly?” Man or woman, it’s a tough game.

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Give ‘Conan’ On DVD A Chance… Or Don’t http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/give-conan-on-dvd-a-chance-or-dont/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/give-conan-on-dvd-a-chance-or-dont/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 22:39:45 +0000 Mark Potts http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238760 Why not? You're just gonna blow the money on drugs, anyway.

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Released in August of this year, Conan the Barbarian failed pretty hard at the box office. Even Sean Hood, one of the screenwriters of the film, wrote a blog about how it felt to see the movie fail, which made me feel slightly bad that it did. Sometimes, you forget the people who make movies actually have feelings and believe in a project. But screw them, the movie sucked.

Well, not really. It wasn’t that bad. In fact, it’s an R-rated action film that probably would have been huge in the 90′s, but not in our cynical-10s (is that what it is? 10s? What about O-10s? That’s what I’m going to use. Try to stop me.)

The DVD and Blu-Ray are sparse on extras, but the ones they have are interesting nonetheless. “The Conan Legacy” is a pretty cool 18-minute history of the character that is really well made. The most interesting comment was by one of the film’s producers saying they cast Jason Momoa, and unknown actor, so they wouldn’t have to have someone who would be compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger. That seems slightly odd considering how anyone who would have been cast would have been compared to Arnold. I understand he is trying to find a more finess way of saying, “We cast an unknown because this movie had to be cheap.”

“Robert E. Howard – The Man Who Would Be Conan” is a short look at the man who created the character. It’s a fun watch. But, the two best features are about staging the fights.

“Battle Royal – Engineering the Action” is a look at how the stunt coordinators worked. It gives you a lot of insight into how they get these intricate fights created and ready to shoot. Spoiler Alert! Editing and many angles makes these fights interesting. Seeing the fights actually being created is funny because the actors are barely making contact and are slow. But it’s great to see the creation and final product, which makes “Staging the Fights” even cooler. The filmmakers actually shot many of the fights scenes in pre-production with stunt doubles and referred to these short films when shooting the actual movie. It’s great to see the stunt double version versus the final version.

The final two special features are audio commentaries, one with the director, Marcus Nispel (which breaks the main commentary rule: never only have one person. It’s very boring and very quiet). The other is with Momoa and Rose McGowan, which really should be called “Everything is About Rose McGowan” because she finds a way to make everything about her. Even scenes she isn’t in are somehow about her. The only thing she doesn’t talk about is the amount of plastic surgeons it took to turn her face into a flat, plastic shell of its former self.

I think Conan is worth giving a chance. It’s campy, gory, and has some decent laughs. Also, some nudity. And that’s always good, right? (No. See About Schmidt).

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The ‘Jurassic Park Trilogy Box Set’ Is Sexier Than A Shirtless Jeff Goldblum http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/the-jurassic-park-trilogy-box-set-is-sexier-than-a-shirtless-jeff-goldblum/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/the-jurassic-park-trilogy-box-set-is-sexier-than-a-shirtless-jeff-goldblum/#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:59:53 +0000 Mark Potts http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233766 Just kidding. Nothing's sexier than a shirtless Jeff Goldblum...

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Steven Spielberg had already earned a spot in film history by 1993, but that was the year he cemented it with Jurassic Park. The story of a billionaire’s dream of bringing dinosaurs back to life and the unfortunate repercussions of that dream is still as exciting to watch as it was nearly 18 years ago.

The film was released today on Blu-ray DVD in the Jurassic Park Trilogy Box Set. Now, the second and third films aren’t as beloved as the first, so some of you might be hesitant to purchase the entire series. But you shouldn’t be. The first film is worth that money alone. And come on, the second film isn’t as bad as you remember (since Jeff Goldblum is awesome and insane). The third film is… never mind.

So, what are you getting with this blu-ray? You’re getting the best possible picture for these films. It’s crisp, colorful, and gorgeous. The sound is as amazing as if you were in a theater, and if you have 7.1 surround sound, you’ll enjoy it even more.

Wit the box set, you’re also getting all the extras from the DVD releases plus a great six-part documentary about the making of the trilogy. It clocks in at just over two hours and it’s worth watching every minute. The first film gets three parts. You get to see the original stop-motion dinosaur animation, and thank God they went digital (though hearing the animators talk about it is pretty sad.) All the actors are back, and they are a pleasure to listen to (especially Jeff Goldblum…again, awesome and insane). And of course, hearing Steven Spielberg talk about making movies is about as entertaining as his movies.

The second film has two parts, which are more of the same, but still highly interesting for Jurassic Park fans. And then the third film gets one part, and it starts with talking about the Jurassic Park ride, which is sort of funny if you think about it. But, give it a watch anyway. William H. Macy is cool and he talks a lot.

The trilogy is released today with an SRP of $79.98, but many retailers are selling it for much less. In my opinion, this is definitely one you need in your Blu-ray collection.

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DVD Rundown: August 2nd http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-rundown-august-2nd/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-rundown-august-2nd/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 22:22:54 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223226 The DVD Rundown for Aug. 2nd, 2011

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There’s a lot to like about this week’s new DVD releases. As far as the newer films, things are a little slim, unless you’re big fan of cartoon parrots and Christian overtones. But for anyone who likes 80′s comedies, you’re in luck. And MST3K fans also have a lot to look forward to, as do fans of sports legend Kenny Powers.

Take a look for yourself at this week’s DVD Rundown!

New Releases

Soul Surfer Rio Eastbound and Down (S:2) United States of Tera (S:3)
Ferris Buller’s Day Off Better Off Dead Sleepers Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Destroyer Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue MST3K vs. Gamera Everwood (S:4)

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DVD Rundown: July 26th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-rundown-july-26th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-rundown-july-26th/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:40:51 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222067 The DVD rundown for July 26th, 2011

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Last week at this time, I was all geared up for Comic-Con. Now it’s over, and I’m right back here, cropping pictures for this week’s DVD rundown like some sort of schmuck.

But my mediocre existence fits right in with the mediocre crop of new DVD’s being released today. I hope you like Source Code and Todd Solondz, otherwise, you’re going to have to settle for a trip in the way-back machine to a time when Animal House and Blues Brothers were still fresh and new. See for yourself in this week’s DVD Rundown!

New Releases

Source Code Life During Wartime Trust Dylan Dog
Animal House Blues Brothers Dante’s Peak Jersey Shore (S:3)

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DVD Rundown: July 19th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-rundown-july-19th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-rundown-july-19th/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:29:56 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220891 New DVD releases for July 19th, 2011

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And the Lord said, “Tuesday shall be the day that new DVDs will be released. So let it be written, so let it be done.” And so it was, and there was much rejoicing.

And you too shall rejoice, for Hey Dude Season 1 is now available on DVD. If you prefer something a little more “urban,” Boyz ‘n the Hood is also available, as is everyone’s favorite sickeningly sweet French film, Amélie. There’s literally something for everyone, or at least everyone with a DVD player and disposable income. With that in mind, here’s this week’s DVD Rundown!

New Releases

Limitless Boyz n the Hood Amélie Bridget Jones Diary

Television

Dr. Who (S:6) Hey Dude (S:1) The Girls Next Door (S:6) Melrose Place (S:6 V:2)

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DVD Rundown: July 12th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-rundown-july-12th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-rundown-july-12th/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:00:14 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219686 New DVD releases for Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

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It’s Tuesday. Therefore, it’s new DVD day. Therefore, Screen Junkies is making me post a list of the new DVD’s that will be hitting stores today. Huzzah.

I hope you like concert videos, because this week, we’ve got a ton of them. We’ve also got a Matthew McConaughey movie, a talking lizard, and robot chicken. With so many options to choose from, you’d be a fool not to waste your money on a format that will probably obsolete within the next few years. With that in mind, here’s this week’s DVD Rundown!

New Releases

Lincoln Lawyer My Dog Tulip Insidious Brother Justice
Brazil Miral Arthur (7/15) Rango (7/15)

 

Television

Entourage (S:7) Damages (S:3) Robot Chicken (S:3) ER (S:15)

 

Concert

Foreigner: Live Rage Against the Machine: Live at the Grand Olympic Foo Fighters: Back and Forth Megadeth: That One Night

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It’s new DVD day. Deal with it.

Sorry I snapped. I’m just a little upset that Boy Meets World season six is out, and I’m stuck at work like a jackass instead of watching it. I’m sure you can sympathize. Also out this week is Das Boot, for those of you who like to watch Nazis on boats. There’s other stuff coming out as well, but if I list it all here, you won’t bother to read on. So take a look below.

Here’s this week’s DVD Rundown!

New Releases

13 Assassins BloodRayne: The Third Reich Hobo with a Shotgun Das Boot

 

Television

Life According to Jim (S:4) Boy Meets World (S:6) The Cape (S:1) Victorious (S:1 Vol. 1)

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Screen Junkies DVD Rundown: June 28th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-june-28th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-june-28th/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:00:30 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218124 New DVD releases for June 28th, 2011...

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It’s new DVD day, which means it’s time for the Screen Junkies DVD Rundown. This week, we run the gauntlet from Sucker Punch to Stuart Little, from cage matches to Cowboy Bebop. If none of that tickles your fancy, there’s always the Lord of the Rings or Jumangi DVDs. And after all that, if you’re still not satisfied, I really don’t know what to tell you other than the world doesn’t revolve around you, and maybe you should learn to be happy with the hand you’ve been dealt.

At any rate, here’s this week’s DVD Rundown!

New Releases

Sucker Punch Season of the Witch Barney’s Version Beastly

 

LOTR Extended Jumangi Cowboy Bebop Stuart Little

 

Television

Law and Order: Criminal Intent (S:6) Ancient Aliens (S:2) Warehouse 13 (S:2) WWE: Greatest Cage Matches

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Screen Junkies DVD Rundown: June 21st http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-june-21st/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-june-21st/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:49:54 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217264 The Screen Junkies DVD Rundown for June 21st, 2011

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It’s new DVD day, which means it’s time for the Screen Junkies DVD Rundown. This week, we’ve got a lot to choose from, including my own personal favorite, “Rocko’s Modern Life.” Also, there’s “Medium,” a show rivaled only by “Home Improvement” for predictable plot lines. With so many great choices, it’s almost enough to make you forget that we’re all marching slowly toward death. Almost.

At any rate, enjoy this week’s DVD Rundown!

New Releases

Unknown Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Adjustment Bureau Cedar Rapids

 

Television

Rocko’s Modern Life (S:1) The Closer (S:6) Louie (S:1) Medium (S:7)

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DVD Rundown: June 14th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-june-14th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-june-14th/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 19:16:51 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216039 New DVD Releases for June 14th, 2011

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It’s new DVD day! It’s new DVD day! Stop whatever you’re doing, read the Screen Junkies DVD Rundown, and figure out what DVDs you’re going to buy on your way home from work. Just kidding. I know you don’t work. Just figure out what DVDs you want to buy with your disability check. After all, you earned it.

New Releases

Hall Pass Battle: Los Angeles Red Riding Hood Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

 

Classics

Cincinnati Kid Heavy Metal Harry Potter 5 Harry Potter 6

 

Television

Man vs. Food (S3) The Glades (S1) Haven (S1) House of Payne (S8)

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Screen Junkies DVD Rundown: June 7th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-june-7th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-june-7th/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2011 18:47:25 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215096 DVD releases for June 7th, 2011

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It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means, or at least you should. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you obviously haven’t been reading the Screen Junkies DVD Rundown! Every Tuesday we recap the latest and greatest in DVD releases. Week after week, I provide this feature free of charge, out of the goodness of my heart. Also, it counts toward the mandatory community service that resulted from my 2004 vehicular manslaughte conviction in the death of Joseph E. Mueller. At any rate, enjoy!

New Releases

True Gritt Just Go w/ It Sanctum 3d Company Men

 

Classics

Outlaw Josey Wales The Superman Anthology The Man Who Would Be King Billy Madison

 

TV/Documentary

Breaking Bad: Season 3 American: The Bill Hicks Story Burn Notice: Season 4 Elvis Costello – Spectacle: Season 2

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Screen Junkies DVD Rundown: May 31st http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-may-31st/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-may-31st/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 01:09:58 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214196 DVD releases for May 31st, 2011

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It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means. Yes, it means you’re only five days away from your weekly sponge bath. But it also means new DVDs are hitting the shelves. Here’s the rundown of what’s available this week.

New Releases

Drive Angry Biutiful Passion Play Kaboom

 

Classics


Stanley Kubrick Collection Once Upon a Time in the West American Graffiti Legend

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Screen Junkies DVD Rundown: May 24th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-may-24th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-may-24th/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 00:00:59 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213452 New DVDs are hitting the shelves. Buy them.

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It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means. Well, in the greater scheme of things, it means absolutely nothing. But it also means new DVDs are hitting the shelves. Here’s the rundown of what’s available this week.

New Releases

Gnomeo and Juliet I Am Number Four Burning Palms The Big Bang

 

Classics

The Great Dictator Papillon Platoon Solaris
Gods and Generals Gettysburg Grand Prix

 

Television

Childrens Hospital Transformers: The Complete Series IRT: Deadliest Roads

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Blu-Ray Review: The Usual Suspects http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-the-usual-suspects/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-the-usual-suspects/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 21:07:57 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213179 The movie that started the twist ending craze.

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The Usual Suspects, the movie that started the twist ending craze, comes to Limited Edition Blu-ray. The film won two Academy Awards in 1995 — Best Screenplay for Christopher McQuarrie and Best Supporting Actor for Kevin Spacey as the cripple Verbal Kint. It also let us know that Benicio del Toro can mumble like a champ.

There’s nothing here you haven’t seen on previous editions of the film, except its new, fancy packaging. An informative booklet attached to the cover sheds light on some of the behind the scenes action and trivia. A cast breakdown is also provided, as well as an essay entitled “The Ending That Shook The World” by Travis Baker. If you weren’t aware that The Usual Suspects has a surprise ending, I apologize for kind of ruining it, but seriously, how do you not know that by now? The film looks terrific on Blu-ray, with rich colors and a crystal clear picture that accentuate the noir tone.

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Screen Junkies DVD Rundown: May 17th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-may-17th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-may-17th/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 15:57:13 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212351 Here's the rundown of what's available this week.

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It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means. Well, yes; The cafeteria is serving taco salads. But it also means new DVDs are hitting the shelves. Here’s the rundown of what’s available this week.

New Releases

The Mechanic The Rite The Other Woman The Roommate

 

Classics

Beverly Hills Cop Diabolique Pale Flower The Hustler

 

Television

Twilight Zone: Season 4 Tim and Eric: Season 5 Royal Pains: Season 2 Bionic Woman: Season 2

 

Documentary/Concert/Event

ESPN: 30 for 30 Collection Search for the Great Sharks The Revealing Science of God I Want Your Money

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Blu-Ray Review: The Terminator http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-the-terminator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-the-terminator/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 17:34:19 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212203 He's back. Again.

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It’s the film that made Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron stars. The Terminator has dropped another edition on Blu-ray, and there isn’t much here that we haven’t seen before. The visuals and sound are as impressive as the 80s allow. It’s not any fault of the film, mind you. Back in 1984 the effects, musical score, and teased bangs wowed, but now those elements date a well-written and directed action flick. However, it’s still impossible not to enjoy The Terminator. Just trying to figure out the time travel logistics keeps your mind racing. There’s also that cringe-worthy moment when Arnold pops out his own eye and reveals the exoskeleton underneath his flesh. Just keep telling yourself it’s not real.

Special features include a look into creating the effects and a retrospective of the film. These can be seen on earlier home versions of the film, though.

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Screen Junkies DVD Rundown: May 10th http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-may-10th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/screen-junkies-dvd-rundown-may-10th/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 00:50:21 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211355 Gotta love that new DVD/Blu-ray smell.

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It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means. Well, yes, your local classic-rock station is playing two songs in a row from the same artist. But it also means new DVDs are hitting the shelves. Here’s the rundown of what’s available this week.

New Releases

Blue Valentine No Strings Attached The Illusionist I Saw the Devil
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (May 13th)

 

Classics

Something Wild (Criterion) Some Like It Hot The Misfits Top Gun: 25th Anniversary Edition
Alien Aliens Alien 3 Alien Resurrection

 

Television

Home Improvement: 20th Ann.

 

Straight to Video

Cougars, Inc.

 

Concert/Event

Wrestlemania XXVII

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Blu-Ray Review: Teen Wolf http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-teen-wolf/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-teen-wolf/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 15:54:13 +0000 B Hunt http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205183 Well what have we here? One of my early childhood favorites Teen Wolf is coming to Blu-ray and I, BHunt, get to review it?

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Well what have we here? One of my early childhood favorites Teen Wolf is coming to Blu-ray and I, BHunt, get to review it? Don’t mind if I do! Let’s see what this baby has to offer all of us children of the 80s in terms of special features:

-Trailer

-Exclusive first look at MTV’s new Teen Wolf show

-That’s all

-Seriously

-Quit reading these bullet points

How is it possible that this nugget of 80s pop culture has the most bare-bones Blu-ray I’ve ever seen? Certainly there’s promo material floating around out there? Or the people that made it at least have something to say about it? What the hell? This is Michael J Fox in his prime.

Well, if for some reason you haven’t seen Teen Wolf (like you’re under 30) then you might not enjoy it without the sheen of nostalgia to enhance it. That being said, here are some reasons to watch:

-Michael J Fox is the smallest human ever. He’s like a primordial dwarf. In the first scene alone he looks so small playing basketball that it’s laughable.

-Speaking of basketball, Teen Wolf might have the worst representation of the sport I’ve ever seen. Every actor in the movie looks like it’s the first time they’ve ever tried dribbling. It is awesome.

-Scott’s (Michael J Fox) best friend Stiles wears clothes so 80s, that had it not been for the recent hipster revival of all things retro, he would look ridiculous. As it is, he ends up looking pretty cool. He even wears those stupid slit sunglasses that Kanye brought back. AND, he wears a shirt that says “What are you looking at, Dicknose?” He was so ahead of his time.

-Scott’s dad in wolf makeup and eyeglasses = great.

-Scott giving his wolf coif a blow-out before the big dance = greater.

-Scott’s secretly crushing friend Boof, who I think I’ve been in love with since I was 6.

-Van surfing.

-They go to a really awesome house party.

-The basketball coach’s complete apathy is hilarious.

-The first time the wolf makes an appearance on the court. His swagger is legendary. As is the song they play.

-One of the worst transformation scenes in any werewolf movie ever. It’s so bad they only show it once.

-There’s a rumor that some extra gets his dong out in the very last shot of the movie (top left of the frame). This is patently false. It’s a female, you can see that she has sweater puppies (in the new hi-def transfer leaves no doubt). The scoop is that she was given ill-fitting jeans by the wardrobe department and wasn’t able to button them. Whatever the reason, it is bizarre that they didn’t do another take or use a different shot. Once you see it, you can never NOT look at this girl with her pants unzipped as the movie ends.

The actual transfer of the movie is decent. It’s not great, but that’s to be expected of a movie that’s over 20 years old (it doesn’t look quite as good as its box office rival Back to the Future). It looks good enough in hi-def though. The sound, again, same verdict. This isn’t the Matrix.

As for those bonus features? Say what you will about trailers today spoiling movies (and they really do, almost every time) at least they’re exciting. Every time I see a trailer from the 80s I wonder why anyone would go see the movie it’s promoting. No wonder box office used to suck. The Teen Wolf trailer was awful.

And that exclusive look at MTV’s new Teen Wolf series? Oh my. Wow. It’s like when someone re-edits a movie trailer to make it look like a different genre. This show looks so unbelievably bad I was rolling on the floor. It has to be online somewhere, go check it out. They took Teen Wolf and tried to make it serious. It’s bizarro Teen Wolf. He’s bitten, not born werewolf (which is like half the point of the movie). He plays Lacrosse, the douchiest sport there is. And there are werewolf hunters in the show. Michael J Fox is spinning in his grave. This show makes Teen Wolf Too look like the most faithful follow-up of all time.

So that’s it for this disc. Definitely not worth buying unless you’re already a fan. Grab it on Netflix if you haven’t seen it in a while. If you’ve never seen it, well, if those bullet points sound good, check it out. It really does have some awesome intentionally funny bits and a few unintentionally funny ones as well.

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Blu-Ray Review: TRON: Legacy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-tron-legacy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-tron-legacy/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:53:04 +0000 B Hunt http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204438 You can re-watch the light cycle sequence over and over and over again, staring at the light trails with your eyes glassy and your jaw hanging open.

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I love TRON: Legacy. I understand that’s kind of an indefensible position given the stilted acting, thin plot, and CGI Jeff Bridges, but I can’t help it. It oozes everything about style and design that I love I am a whore for visuals. So when it came time to review the upcoming Blu-ray, Longshanks had two options: hand it over or HAND IT OVER.

So how does a movie that practically begs for big screen presentation fair in the home theater? Surprisingly well. If you were only kind of lukewarm on this movie when it hit the multiplex, you now have the option of skipping past Jeff Bridges as Clu every time he’s on screen so you don’t have to see that horrible, horrible mo-cap facial animation (note: that isn’t an automated feature, you’re going to have to manually fast-forward past the suck). You can re-watch the light cycle sequence over and over and over again, staring at the light trails with your eyes glassy and your jaw hanging open—seriously, if ever there was a scene that deserved immediate reviewing it’s anything in this movie with light trails. Hell, you can even throw it on while you’re listening to music and just have the candy-coated visuals play in the background.

The transfer is, of course, crisp and beautiful. As we move into an increasingly digital world I think crappy DVD and Blu-ray transfers will be a thing of the past. This movie looks gorgeous and practically begs for you to go out and get a newer, better, bigger TV. The audio is just as nice. This movie bumps and if you’re a Daft Punk fan, you are legally required to own this disc along with Interstella 5555.

This brings us to the special features, which are decent but a little sparse.

• First Look at “TRON: Uprising”- First look unless you saw it online a month ago. It’s the new animated series featuring a grip of good voice talent, and it looks awesome until you see the character design/animation. Ew. It looks like a bad DC cartoon. Doesn’t mesh with the sweet light cycles and environments at all.

• Visualizing TRON- Watch this if only to see how they made the suits worn in this movie. Insane. I can’t believe this wasn’t even nominated for a Costume Design Oscar. I would literally kill someone for a motorcycle jacket with lit panels on the inside. There could honestly be a lot more making-of type stuff in here, but oh well.

• Installing the cast- Nothing too interesting here. But you do get to see more of Olivia Wilde. I would watch her read the phone book. I’m not kidding. You also get to see Garret Hedlund have what looks like an insane amount of fun prepping for his role.

• The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed- This also leaked a few weeks back. It could have been cool but the faux-documentary style is ruined by horrible acting. There are a couple neat easter eggs at the end on the high score screen. It’s pretty self explanatory, but what you’re looking for is DJR and SPC if I’m not mistaken. One is an exchange between Dillinger Jr and an old friend, and the other is a fake 80s commercial for Space Paranoids. Both pretty sweet. The rest are just extended bits from the Next Day short.

• TRON: Disney Second Screen- The Second Screen App wasn’t available at the time I reviewed this, which sucks. Basically when the movie starts you hit play on the app, and as the movie progresses you can some cool bonus info on your screen, like vehicle schematics and scene progressions (animatic to green screen to complete scene).

• Launching the Legacy- Not that interesting. They really pat themselves on the back when it comes to predicting the future in the first movie. Ironic since they completely ignored all the cool advances in computing since the original TRON came out. The Internet? Hacking? Maybe these things would have made your movie a little less like the original? Maybe?

• Disc Roars- Spoiler: the crowd cheers in the arena during the disc wars scene was a bunch of sweaty nerds at Comic-Con. If you were there, relive the best day of your life. If you were not there, you probably don’t care.

• “Derezzed” Music video- If you haven’t seen Daft Punk’s video for Derezzed then you suck. It’s a quick look inside a TRON-like jousting game that kind of mashes up visuals from both TRON movies, and it’s pretty much the greatest music video since whatever Daft Punk’s last music video was. I kid, but only slightly. Seeing Daft Punk in costume is always awesome.

That’s it. No audio commentaries for some reason. Kind of bummed about that. And no deleted or extended scenes either. Maybe they’re saving it for when TRON 3 comes out in 2030.

Final verdict: If you were a fan of the flick and actually still buy Blu-rays, it’s a no-brainer. If you’re looking for a disc to show off your bad-ass new home theater rig, it’s a no-brainer. If you’re on the fence but looking for special features, know that the movie looks and sounds amazing, but you may want to stick to renting. Everyone else, at least give it a rent. I think once your expectations have been dashed by digital Jeff Bridges emotionless face you’ll be able to embrace some really, really cool-looking action scenes.

B Hunt out.

END OF THE LINE.

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Blu-Ray Review: Skyline http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-skyline/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-skyline/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:41:16 +0000 B Hunt http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202946 Not a bad audio commentary with the directors, if you're into that sort of thing.

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Hey everyone! It’s your favorite part-time writer back with the review you’ve all been waiting for: the Blu-ray of Skyline, the science-fiction film (emphasis on the “fiction” part) that had aliens destroying L.A. almost a full four months before Battle: Los Angeles. In Skyline, two BFFs 4ever reunite in Los Angeles and party like young bros do before being RUDELY woken up by an alien invasion. 95% of the movie takes place in the same location (condo, pool, condo, roof, condo, pool, condo, roof), which gives it a really boring, uninspired feel. With a better script and better cast this could have been a cool indie film, but instead it’s just a brainless, derivative vanity project from some of the worst directors in the world, with the only original twist coming in the very last minutes of the movie. Had this “twist” happened at the halfway point instead of being saved for a sequel you might have had a better movie.

I mentioned Battle: LA in my opening. Both movies suck in their own unique way. Skyline has the indie thing going for it (though it’s shot well enough that you think it’s just a crappy studio movie with a really bad script and bad cast), while Battle: LA has an awesome premise, decent cast, and horrible execution. Neither is bad enough to be fun.

But I suppose by now you know what the critics thought (16% on Rotten Tomatoes as I write this) or heard from your friends, so who cares what I think of the movie itself? What’s important is the Blu-ray and whether or not you should buy or even rent it. In short, no. But there is a caveat: The audio commentary from the Strause Brothers—excuse me—Th Brothers Strause is actually pretty interesting if you’re into the details of making a movie. They go into the Red system and how it saved them truckloads of money, how they cut corners by using music their friends did (if you hate name droppers, skip this commentary), and why so much of it was filmed in one location (one of the brothers’ newly renovated condos, and might I say, it’s a really nice condo).

Aside from two commentary tracks (the other one is from the writers and producer), there are a couple of deleted scenes which offer nothing new, a couple “alternate” scenes which offer nothing new, and two pre-vis sequences, one of which is insanely long and insanely boring. That’s it. For a passion project I find it weird that there isn’t any on-set featurettes or interviews or anything. Here are full Blu-ray contents:

Deleted scenes with optional commentary
Alternate scenes with optional commentary
Previsualization with optional commentary
Teaser/Theatrical trailers with optional commentary
Feature commentary with Liam O’Donnell and Joshua Cordes
Feature commentary with Greg and Colin Strause
My Scenes bookmark feature
D-Box Motion Code enabled
Pocket BLU App

There’s no way you should buy this Blu-ray unless you have already seen and enjoy the movie, everyone else skip it entirely or rent if you’re in film school and interested in making a sci-fi film on the cheap. And if you do, please, PLEASE make it better than this one.

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Blu-Ray Review: Raging Bull (30th Anniversary) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-raging-bull-30th-anniversary/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-raging-bull-30th-anniversary/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 04:19:21 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21568 Feel all of the hits, both emotionally and physically, with the Blu-ray Raging Bull 30th Anniversary Edition.

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Feel all of the hits, both emotionally and physically, with the Blu-ray Raging Bull 30th Anniversary Edition. One of the best Scorsese films ever made, one of the best De Niro films ever made, hell, one of THE best films ever made. De Niro transforms into boxer Jack La Motta. He takes the blows, delivers the smacks, and makes you waffle between intense hatred and intense sympathy within a matter of minutes. Scorsese is at the top of his game in every aspect. It’s the film he should have won the Oscar for, but had to wait almost 30 more years to get it for The Departed.

Raging Bull has been on Blu-ray already, so while the quality is great, it’s nothing to new a person who already owns a previous addition. What impresses is the abundance of special features on the 30th Anniversary Edition. There’s a fourteen-minute love story on Marty & Bobby. If you didn’t already know, they’re connected at the soul. “Raging Bull: Reflections on a Classic,” “Remembering Jake,” and “Marty on Film” lend more insight into the research and filmmaking process. Then the feature length documentary, Raging Bull: Fight Night, takes you through four intense rounds of behind the scenes drama. After you get through the entire Blu-ray, you’ll be Raging Bull heavyweight champ.

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Blu-Ray Review: Dances With Wolves (20th Anniversary) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-dances-with-wolves-20th-anniversary/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-dances-with-wolves-20th-anniversary/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 03:31:45 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21562 Guaranteed to keep you busy until the cows come home.

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Dances With Wolves 20th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray is guaranteed to keep you busy until the cows come home. Not only is the extended edition of the film four-hours long, but the special features and vignettes will inform you of anything and everything you might want to know about dancing, wolves, and shooting both of those things. The film looks fantastic on Blu-ray. If there was a way it was supposed to be seen, it’s definitely this. The landscape is so serene it makes you want to grab your tent, or tee-pee, and head toward open land.

As for the special features, “A Day In The Life On The Western Frontier” is great if you’re up for a history lesson. I personally would rather watch fictitious account of the times, but the historians interviewed know their stuff. The original making of the film doesn’t present the production values we’re used to with today’s making-ofs. The narration quickly becomes tiresome. An hour and fourteen-minute retrospective on the Dances answers any last questions you might have after watching the rest.

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Expendables’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-the-expendables/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-the-expendables/#comments Mon, 22 Nov 2010 19:01:51 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8881 The Expendables put together a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack jam packed with special features that offer more than enough insight into the action and on-set camaraderie.

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The Expendables put together a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack jam packed with special features. You can read our review of the film here, but let’s get into the extras, which offer more than enough insight into the action and on-set camaraderie.

The Expendables: Ultimate Recon Mode

Audio commentary by Stallone mixed with behind the scenes footage. Interesting to see how some of the scenes came together, and perfect if you have A.D.D. At times there are four different things to watch up on the screen. Stallone also controls the action by ordering an off-screen person to stop and rewind footage.

Comic-Con 2010 Panel

Harry Knowles moderates a panel with all of the movie’s actors. Terry Crews kicks it off by taking his shirt off. But like most Comic-Con panels, it’s a lot of ass kissing.

Inferno: The Making of The Expendables

A 90-minute, four-part documentary on the making of the movie. If you didn’t already get you fill watching the Ultimate Recon Mode, then check this out. You’ll know more about The Expendables than you ever thought was possible. Be prepared for a plethora of veiny arms and cigars.

From the Ashes: Post Production Documentary

The most dramatic take on a post production behind the scenes look that I’ve ever witnessed. The way they score it, you’d think the editor had to put together a rough cut before a bomb timer attached to his Avid reached 0:00.  No groundbreaking techniques are revealed, but Sly sounds like he knows what he wants and he usually gets it.

Gag Reel

Actor break character, and Jet Li and Dolph try to not butcher the English language.

Deleted Scene

It’s hard to believe that this was the only deleted scene in the film. Either everything else was gold, or the other deleted scenes are so bad they didn’t want to include them on the Blu-ray.

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DVD Review: ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-review-scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-review-scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world/#comments Thu, 04 Nov 2010 10:49:56 +0000 Reza F. As a recent and thoroughly wide-eyed convert to the cultish Church of Pilgrim, I was no doubt predisposed to drool over every moment of the Scott Pilgrim vs The World DVD bonus features. And drool I did, nearly the whole way through. Come to think of it, there might be something wrong with my mouth.

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As a recent and thoroughly wide-eyed convert to the cultish Church of Pilgrim, I was no doubt predisposed to drool over every moment of the Scott Pilgrim vs The World DVD bonus features. And drool I did, nearly the whole way through. Come to think of it, there might be something wrong with my mouth.

From concept sketches to storyboards to a generous offering of gags, bloopers, and deleted scenes that kept me smiling from start to finish, this first half of the production alone was a worthy supplement to the most original film of the year, and an enticing reason to swap out your Pilgrim torrent for a good old-fashioned store-bought copy.

The features only get better once you dive into the commentary — four separate rounds of discussion including remarks from Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, director Edgar Wright, and creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. Not typically one to sit through two hours of actors and filmmakers talking about themselves, I was genuinely impressed by the level of discussion here; the commentary revealed minute details about the film’s rich visuals that I hadn’t noticed before and nifty factoids about the oh-so-indie musical score, while delving deep into the process behind transplanting the world of Scott Pilgrim from page to screen.

Whether you’re a fan of the film or a staunch and exceedingly hip member of the “the comic book was better than the movie” camp, this is a collection of features worth checking out.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World releases on DVD and Blu-ray November 9th.

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DVD Review: ‘Toy Story 3′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-review-toy-story-3/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/dvd-review-toy-story-3/#comments Sun, 31 Oct 2010 12:15:03 +0000 Defy Media The Toy Story 3 DVD is packed with special features. After you’re finished rewatching the exceptional third film in the series, take a look at how it all came together. The only downside is after you might be depressed that you don’t work at Pixar. Review after the jump...

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The Toy Story 3 DVD is packed with special features. After you’re finished rewatching the exceptional third film in the series, take a look at how it all came together. The only downside is after you might be depressed that you don’t work at Pixar.

Review after the jump…

Day & Night: Theatrical Short

The clever dialogue-less short that played before Toy Story 3 in theaters is included in the DVD. Like most Pixar films, it teaches a simple lesson, but in a fresh way. I learned that I shouldn’t fear change, and that Vegas is a helluva lot cooler at night.

Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure

Be warned, this feature is a science lesson in disguise. Buzz Lightyear takes us into space and teaches us how the International Space Station navigates and explores the unknown. A good refresher course if you’ve been out of school a few years.

Paths to Pixar: Editorial

The editors on the film explain the basics and art of editing. The editor on an animated film has a degree of control over the filmmaking that an editor on a live action film would never have. If they want a particular shot, they can tell the director to make it happen, as opposed to just having to work with what’s already been shot. Someone needs to keep these Pixar editors in check before a mutiny happens.

Studio Stories: Where’s Gordon?

Andrew Gordon, a Pixar animator, tells of a secret room he found in Pixar Studios that he turned into a swanky lounge. It was not only visited by his bosses, but celebrities, sports stars, and a school soccer teams.

Studio Stories: Cereal Bar

Pixar Studios has a massive cereal bar with any cereal you could ever want. I want to work at Pixar!

Studio Stories: Clean Start

All of the animators shaved their heads and beards at the beginning of Toy Story 3’s production. They then had a contest to see who could let their hair and beards grow back the longest. This was all in the name of camaraderie.

Toys!

The Pixar team explains how they designed all of the toys for the film. The old toys, including Woody and Buzz, got a makeover that utilized the advancement in technology since the previous films.

The Gang’s All Here

A behind the scenes look at the actors who voiced the characters. I watch Michael Keaton behind the mic and all I see is Beetlejuice. It’s also nice to see Tom Hanks and Tim Allen getting along. I heard Hanks slashed his tires during the last Toy Story. That could have just been something I made up though.

A Toy’s Eye View: Creating a Whole New Land

A look at how Disney instituted Toy Story attractions into their various theme parks around the world. If you’ve ever visited Hong Kong Disney, let me know what it’s like riding inside Slinky Dog.

Toy Story 3 releases on Blu-Ray and DVD this Tuesday.

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