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The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (1985 - 1989)
The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (1985 - 1989)
DVD ~ Cork Hubbert
5 used & new from $30.93

5 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Any way you slice it, crap is crap, February 5, 2005
It's a shame the studios filmed this show on the cheapest film they could find. The reviewer masquerading as Alan Brenner (TZ writer/producer) said that "the 1985-87 Twilight Zone was shot on film, but edited on video. In other words, the raw footage was 35mm film, which was then transferred to videotape. Editing, dubbing, special effects--everything was done on video. (We were in fact the first drama series on television to do this.)"

Well Mr. Brennert that's all well and good but as the title of MY far more apt review says, who cares, crap is crap. That film-to-video excuse you're feeding us like candy sounds great and all, but if you ask me the truth of the matter is that all that really happened back then was that a bunch of cheap people wanted to save a few bucks on high quality film/video sources which were clearly available at the time. I mean Star Wars pre-dates this series by many years and it's loaded with special effects. So there's no real excuse for this rubbish outside of being produced by a bunch of money-grubbing cheapskates.
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Hulk (Special Edition)
Hulk (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Eric Bana
Price: $12.99
294 used & new from $0.01

0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You're making me bored...you wouldn't like me when I'm bored, January 13, 2005
This review is from: Hulk (Special Edition) (DVD)
This movie is beyond boring. If you're an insomniac I think I've found your cure.


Seinfeld - Seasons One & Two
Seinfeld - Seasons One & Two
DVD ~ Jerry Seinfeld
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $18.95
360 used & new from $0.01

20 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip the early seasons, December 22, 2004
This review is from: Seinfeld - Seasons One & Two (DVD)
Skip the first couple of seasons, they're terrible. The jokes aren't that funny and neither are the actors. Kramer is barely the Kramer we recognize him as later. Seinfeld is a show about nothing, and nothing is exactly how much money you should spend on these dvds.
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Battlefield Earth
Battlefield Earth
DVD ~ John Travolta
Offered by TheCuriousityShop
Price: $35.00
52 used & new from $1.80

6 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, action-filled movie worth every second of your time, September 8, 2004
This review is from: Battlefield Earth (DVD)
Battlefield Earth is an amazing movie. The plot is great, the acting is great (perfect casting all the way 'round -- every single character), and the special effects are brilliant. It is an amusing, exciting, and thoroughly entertaining sci-fi flick that is a pure joy to watch. But a great movie isn't complete without a great soundtrack to back it up -- and believe me Battlefield Earth does not disappoint. The music score/soundtrack is fantastic. When Jonnie runs for his life with bullets blazin' by him, its significance is amplified by the fact he is also running for the life of the entire human race. If he dies, humanity is doomed -- and the film's incredible music score captures this feeling perfectly, every step of the way. Battlefield Earth is a heroic tale, uplifting and memorable. Man do I love this movie. Or should I say, man ANIMAL do I love this movie. Heh.
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Andromeda - Season 1 Collection
Andromeda - Season 1 Collection
DVD ~ Kevin Sorbo
8 used & new from $14.99

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi lover's dream come true, September 8, 2004
Great characters, great special effects, great music, and pretty good stories. Andromeda is a very fun show to watch. I love the intro/theme to the show, especially the second season's. Gene Roddenberry shows usually have cool voice intros with the themes, like in Earth: Final Conflict (which had possibly the best intro ever). Gene Roddenberry can't miss! First Star Trek, then EFC, and now Andromeda. All great. (Well except Voyager -- haha, I hated Tuvok -- worst, most boring character ever invented.)

As for the DVD set, what more can you ask for. Anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 sound, and extras on top of extras. The TV spots are awesome and the ADV previews are good too. It's a huge box that has a dominating presence in your DVD collection. I love the box, with its large pictures on it, it's like owning artwork. It's a great waste of space, but what a beautiful waste of space it is.

The one main complaint for the first season I have is that sometimes they can get FAR too sappy/lame. Some of the things Rev Bem says, for example, will make you want to cringe. Same goes for Trance, she can get preeetty lame, too. There are some very lame, lame, LAME episodes this season! Barf worthy! But there also some great ones. The season-ending cliffhanger was among the best anything television has ever produced. As far as other characters go, Sorbo's Captain Hunt is amazing, as is the character of Tyr, and Harper is hilarious ("Trust in the Harper, the Harper is good").

I am now into the second season and the lameness I was talking about has thankfully been diminished greatly, showing that the writers/producers have learned some important lessons from the first season, and improved. So far the second is even better than the first. And Rev Bem looks different now, haha! It reminds me of how Worf's appearance changed over time on TNG, same with Quark and Odo on DS9.

If you love Star Trek, you cannot possibly not like Andromeda. I also very highly recommend checking out Earth: Final Conflict -- an overlooked gem of a sci-fi show, which is also presented in glorious widescreen. I swear these things feel like movies.


The Flintstones - The Complete Second Season
The Flintstones - The Complete Second Season
DVD ~ Various
Offered by HOLLYWOOD DEALS
Price: $11.24
14 used & new from $11.24

22 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flintstones is good, September 2, 2004
The title of this review isn't lying. Get this dvd. PEACE OUT.

(And wow, I see a LOT of people don't like this review. What could possibly be wrong with it? Haha, peace out.)


The Twilight Zone - The Complete Series (Season One)
The Twilight Zone - The Complete Series (Season One)
DVD ~ Forest Whitaker
Offered by Two Thumbs Up
Price: $29.99
15 used & new from $17.97

16 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GARBAGE, PURE AND TRUE, September 2, 2004
Terrible. "The New Twilight Zone" from the 1980's was awesome, but this one is just plain awful.

In case you were wondering, this remake came out first because it's complete crap and they want to get rid of it (ie. make as much $$$ as they can out of it). Wait for the 80's Twilight Zone remake (there were 3 seasons). Trust me, now THAT was a great show (especially the first season -- CLASSIC).

Oh well, at least they've bundled all this junk in one set. That's a plus. I guess. Ugh, just save your money. Trust in the Jean-Luc, the Jean-Luc is good. (I stole that from Andromeda's Harper...heh.)


Legends of the Fall (Special Edition)
Legends of the Fall (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Brad Pitt
Price: $5.00
474 used & new from $0.01

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dust & Debris in picture, August 19, 2004
The DVD would get 5 stars because the movie is great, however the picture isn't. Spots of dust (which flash on the screen as white specks) show up in the picture too often for my taste. The studio didn't bother cleaning it up before producing the DVD. Every time a white speck/dot shows up boy does it spoil the experience for me. Don't get me wrong, it's not a constant thing -- but it's enough. I don't know about the rest of you but I expect perfection in this day and age.


Earth Final Conflict - No Refuge (Season 3)
Earth Final Conflict - No Refuge (Season 3)
DVD ~ Von Flores
4 used & new from $29.98

18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Roddenberry does it again, August 15, 2004
This is Season 3 for those of you that don't know. The last two seasons (4 and 5) are available as well. However seasons 1 and 2 have yet to be released.

MY REVIEW:

I've finished the entire season, and wow. Brilliant sci-fi, simply brilliant. The music/soundtrack of the show is awesome. It's just so good. Plus the shows are all in beautiful animorphic widescreen, making them better than ever. Widescreen always adds a movie-like element to shows, which is quite intoxicating to be sure. The special effects are marvelous. This show is just great fun.

Personally I think the best seasons were Seasons 2, 3 and 4, what I like to call "The Liam Years". Liam is a great character, and an improvement on season one's Boone. Season 1 was of lower production quality as well. More money was put into later seasons. Plus these are the years with Zo'or, a spectacularly entertaining villain. He's the guy you love to hate. Sandoval is funny to watch because he clearly has trouble with english. Plus he's shorter than Liam making scenes with them together particularly amusing, especially when Sandoval is trying to exert his authority over him. I remember loving this show when it was on, and it was the character of Liam that drew me in. He's always looking around for spies in every one of his scenes, especially outdoor ones, which is hilarious. The character of Renee was introduced in the first episode of this set (Season 3). She's not who I would have cast for the part, she's just not quite right, but at least she's bearable (unlike the entire cast of Stargate SG1...ugh). Season 4 was another great season, however Season 5 was NOT. The wonderful characters you grew to love over the years, including Liam, Zo'or, and Da'an are gone. Renee is left to carry the show on her own, and well, it didn't take. In fact it was terrible. I will go so far to say that Season 5 was terrible. Just stick with Seasons 2 (when it comes out), 3 and 4, and pretend 5 never happened. (Season 1 was o.k., but Zo'or and Liam aren't in it yet, and they're great.)

As mentioned by another reviewer, there is no Closed-Captioning/Subtitles. A useful tool for trying to decifer unclear dialogue. Why would this be left out?

Also, there are no advanced menu screens on these discs, just the episodes basically. That is, no Scene Selection screens, no Sound Option screens, no nothing, just choose an episode and play it. But the chapters are placed nicely, including just after the opening theme (which is always convenient). However unlike most shows, the opening theme portion of EFC is done so well I want to watch it each time.

And I would have liked to see COMMENTARIES recorded for some shows, but no dice. At least there are some extras on the last disc though.

Another interesting thing to note is that a "Dolby Surround WHERE AVAILABLE" logo pops on the screen at the beginning of every episode just as it did on TV. This is clearly a mistake, something that wasn't removed. This, along with the above leads me to believe these sets were RUSHED into production. Rushed or not though, the picture and sound are top notch and that's what matters.

Great show. A well-earned 5 stars.


The Dead Zone - The Complete Second Season
The Dead Zone - The Complete Second Season
DVD ~ Anthony Michael Hall
Offered by discountedmediaoutlet
Price: $10.09
98 used & new from $3.41

7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GET IN THE ZONE WITH DEAD ZONE (Great DVD, O.K. Season), August 6, 2004
Previously I reported on this site that Season 2 was sub-par. Well it starts out that way, but it gets better. And thanks to Amazon.com's neat new "Edit/Delete Review" function, I can right my wrong. So anyway, the price was right so I bought the DVD set, and now I can sing a different tune and say that it's an "O.K." season. However there are definitely some bad episodes, many more than in the stellar, nearly flawless first season which I highly recommend picking up.

THE DVD:

Widescreen is awesome. The picture is great, and so is the sound. The extras are phenomenal, just like the first season. Commentaries on every episode, 5.1 sound, widescreen, movie-like transfers, what more can you ask for? And affordably priced, too. :)

THE SHOW:

Season 2 is a mixed bag. Unlike Season 1, which was consistently good, the only thing consistent about this season is its inconsistency. But there are 19 episodes this time around, beating out Season 1's mere 13. In this regard, bad episodes in Season 2 can be forgiven. So without further adieu, on to the episodes.

SEASON 2 EPISODE MINI-REVIEWS AND RATINGS:

2.01 Valley of the Shadow

- The "Millenium/Seven" episode of Dead Zone. Very boring. A lousy way to start the season. Talk about turning away new viewers, I mean, I loved the first season, but this was just plain bad.

GRADE: 3/10

2.02 Descent (1)

- The first of a two-parter, another bad episode. Johnny and Walt have a boring adventure in a mine looking for trapped kids. I mean "Little House On The Prairie" did this better. Wow, the first two eps of the season and they're barely watchable.

GRADE: 4/10

2.03 Ascent (2)

- We're getting better, folks. This episode is OK, however it is a clear rip-off of a "Star Trek: Voyager" episode. Fans know what I'm talking about.

GRADE: 5.5/10

2.04 The Outsider

- This is the "Earth: Final Conflict" episode of Dead Zone. Not bad.

GRADE: 5/10

2.05 Precipitate

- Terrible, just terrible. Johnny gets blood and has visions of the donors, and he takes Bruce along for the pointless ride. This episode is so lame you will swear Dead Zone off your TV diet forever.

GRADE: 2/10

2.06 Scars

- A very good episode. It's about time, too. This season was a total write-off up to this point. In this episode Johnny helps one of the Simon&Simon brothers come to terms with his murderous past in Vietnam.

GRADE: 8/10

2.07 Misbegotten

- This is the "Blair Witch" episode of Dead Zone. It's decent.

GRADE: 6/10

2.08 Cabin Pressure

- Excellent. Airplane disaster episodes are always great, just like the one on FOX's "John Doe" (a spectacular but cancelled show by the way). One of the best episodes of the series.

GRADE: 9.5/10

2.09 The Man Who Never Was

- Awful, simply awful. A lonely old man turns out to be a retired James Bond.

GRADE: 1.5/10

2.10 Dead Men Tell Tales

- The "Godfather" episode of Dead Zone. Not great, not bad either. Fa-get about it.

GRADE: 5/10

2.11 Playing God

- This is the "Breakfast Club Reunion Special" episode of Dead Zone. Mostly boring.

GRADE: 4.5/10

2.12 Zion

- This is the Bruce episode. Bruce finally gets his own episode and it's lousy beyond words. Oh well.

GRADE: 1/10

2.13 The Storm

- After waking up from your Zion nap, you're in for a treat with this mostly entertaining episode about a tornado or wind storm or whatever sent by God apparently to follow around and eventually kill Johnny -- or teach him an important lesson or something. Or both, I forget which.

GRADE: 7.5/10

2.14 Plague

- The "SARS" episode of Dead Zone. Alternatively it is the "Outbreak" episode of Dead Zone. A good episode.

GRADE: 8/10

2.15 Deja Voodoo

- This is the "Groundhog Day" episode of Dead Zone, in which we learn that Johnny, with his powers, can never lose or be beaten and can cheat his way out of anything. This episode also taught us that Johnny is never in any real danger because his powers are far too god-like. A great episode!

GRADE: 9/10

2.16 The Hunt

This is the Osama episode of Dead Zone. It is also the single worst episode I have ever seen ever on any show ever. EVER. Additionally this episode is a ripoff of a ST: Deep Space Nine episode, at least in its idea of pairing Johnny (Dr. Bashir) with three freaks like himself.

GRADE: 0/10 (that's right, ZERO -- it's THAT bad)

2.17 The Mountain

- This is the "Cliffhanger" (Stallone movie) episode of Dead Zone. It's pretty good.

GRADE: 7.5/10

2.18 The Combination

- This is the "Rocky" episode of Dead Zone, in which the Apollo Creed of this episode is facing sure defeat, likely death, at the hands of the Drago of this episode. A mediocre episode.

GRADE: 4.5/10

2.19 Visions

- A nice season finale (nothing spectacular). Still, it has its moments. In it we finally find out who the mysterious hooded man is that kept appearing in Johnny's visions throughout the season. It turns out it's that guy from "Career Opportunities" (with Jennifer Connelly) back for revenge. Haha. ;)

GRADE: 8/10

OVERALL:

Even though the second season was far from perfect, it is still light years better than most of the crap on television. Plus it's widescreen, loaded with extras, and cheap. So BUY IT. :)


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