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The Incredibles (Widescreen Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
The Incredibles (Widescreen Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
DVD ~ Craig Nelson
Price: $19.35
56 used & new from $2.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent animation and "grown-up" humor..., March 23, 2005
This is definitely the best looking so far of the Disney/Pixar collaborations, which include "Toy Story," "Monster's Inc," and "Finding Nemo" among others. This stars the voice of Craig T. Nelson as an out-of-work superhero trying to raise a family, keep a job, and be a normal part of society. But his superpowers beckon him to return to the superhero world once more, and this time, he's got the whole family with him. The humor has lessened since 2003's "Finding Nemo" and in place of it is awesome action that is superbly animated. If you like superheroes or cartoons in general, "The Incredibles" is definitely a wise choice.

Dragon Ball Z - The Movie - Dead Zone
Dragon Ball Z - The Movie - Dead Zone
DVD ~ Masako Nozawa
Offered by galaxyentertainment
Price: $19.95
19 used & new from $0.30

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action, not much story..., December 1, 2004
There's only so much story you can tell in a 45-minute movie and "Dragon Ball Z: The Movie- Dead Zone" proves this point. The plot is paper-thin and this movie is very heavy on action. To top it off, the animation really isn't all that great. I suppose there's some market for "DBZ," and perhaps I'm not one of them, but I feel like a story would've helped this mini-film a lot. What little story there is involves Goku going to rescue his son Gohan from a weird little guy named Garlic Jr., who has collected all the dragon balls together and wished for immortality. Violence ensues. There are much better anime movies out there. Do you really want to spend your money on this one?

Cowboy Bebop - The Movie
Cowboy Bebop - The Movie
DVD ~ Shinichiro Watanbe
85 used & new from $0.01

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anime sure to please..., December 1, 2004
This review is from: Cowboy Bebop - The Movie (DVD)
"Cowboy Bebop: The Movie" is a fun anime feature that will please fans of the genre as well as fans of action and sci-fi. Taking place in the distant future on Mars, the film tells the story of a group of rogue "cowboys" looking to make an honest (or dishonest) buck. When a bioterrorist is lurking the planet, a bounty of $3 million is put on his head. Our heroes, led by Spike, race to collect the money. It's fast, funny, and very enjoyable with rich animation and interesting characters. Overall a very fun pick.

Vampire Hunter D
Vampire Hunter D
DVD ~ Kaneto Shiozawa
Offered by PRIME LINE
Price: $79.12
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd anime has good moments..., November 29, 2004
This review is from: Vampire Hunter D (DVD)
To be fair, "Vampire Hunter D" held my interest, but I wasn't necessarily wowed by it. It tells the story of D, a vampire hunter in a future far from now. D is hired by a young woman to kill a powerful vampire. What ensues is blood and guts, as D fights not only the demons of this lost world, but also the demons inside of him. The animation is very dark and not always at exotic as some anime is. The voice dubbing in this movie also leaves much to be desired. But there's enough violence to please fans of the genre, which I guess is good enough for most people.

Dragon Ball Z - Bardock: The Father of Goku
Dragon Ball Z - Bardock: The Father of Goku
DVD ~ Masako Nozawa
15 used & new from $17.51

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average mini-movie pleases non-fan..., November 29, 2004
I've never really been into "Dragonball Z," but I approached this hour long movie with an open mind and was pleased with what I got. This is like the prequel story to "Dragonball Z," telling the story of Goku's father Bardock and how he is given special psychic abilities to see into the future. The animation is not all that great, which is why it only gets a 3/5 in my book, but I liked the story and am interested in seeing other DBZ stuff. This is a good starting point for the "Dragonball" series.

Star Trek - The Original Crew Movie Collection (Special Edition)
Star Trek - The Original Crew Movie Collection (Special Edition)
DVD ~ William Shatner
13 used & new from $86.00

132 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect box set for any Trekkie..., June 22, 2004
I was thrilled when I found this box set containing the first six "Star Trek" films in their two-disc collector's editions. I had to get it. Let's take a look shall we?
"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" Rating: 3.5/5
This is the long-awaited director's cut which actually subtracts about 12 minutes and adds a few necessary special effects. The film isn't as boring as it used to be and the focus is now more on the story than the special effects. The second disc is pretty good as well with three interesting documentaries and a load of deleted scenes.
"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" Rating: 5/5
This timeless sci-fi classic is now in beautiful widescreen with all the action and intensity in tact. This is even the director's cut with three more minutes of footage, though granted you don't even notice the added scenes. Overall it's a great movie and the features on the second disc are very worth the money.
"Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" Rating: 4/5
This third film adventure for the original crew of the USS Enterprise is an exciting and action-packed ride that almost equals it's predecessor. A very enjoyable film with great special features.
"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" Rating: 4.5/5
This is the black sheep of the bunch in the sense that it's mostly a comedy, but it's well-done and an enjoyable adventure worth seeing.
"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" Rating: 2.5/5
This is probably the worst of the movies, period. It tries to blend the action and adventure of films two and three with the comedy of film four and fails on an epic scale, not to mention shoddy special effects at the end.
"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" Rating: 5/5
Nicholas Meyer returns to direct this final voyage and it's excellent. This wraps up the story with the Klingons and sets the stage for "The Next Generation," which had been on the air for a few years by the time this film came out.
Overall, it's a fantastic box set for any Trekkie or sci-fi movie buff. Each movie has a running audio as well as text commentary as well as documentaries on the makings of each film, trailers, and interviews. It's well worth it!

Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.
DVD ~ Bob Hoskins
Price: $4.99
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun kids movie..., June 21, 2004
This review is from: Super Mario Bros. (DVD)
"Super Mario Bros." may have very little to do with the video game of the same name, but it is a lot of fun. Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo play Mario and Luigi respectively. They're Brooklyn plumbers who stumble upon a parallel universe containing the evolved versions of dinosaurs. The leader of this new dimension is Koopa, played with charisma by Dennis Hopper. Koopa is in search of a meteorite piece that will merge the two dimensions and allow him to rule the Earth. This is an enjoyable film for the most part, though it has its disappointments, the biggest being that it's almost nothing like the game. But it contains quite a few laughs and good moments that should be a pleasure to kids. While this DVD contains no special features, it makes for a great collectible item.

Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation
Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation
DVD ~ Ed Lauter
Offered by Outlet Promotions
Price: $8.84
159 used & new from $0.01

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste-of-time sequel..., June 21, 2004
I'm a pretty hardcore fan of "Starship Troopers." I've read the book twice, seen the first film a dozen times, and watched the cartoon series. Now I've seen "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" and I must say that I was more than disappointed. The film stinks for many reasons, the biggest being its horrendously low budget. Had the filmmakers had more money, they definitely would've made a better film. But instead we're stuck with this lame, "trapped in an abandoned building" monster fest instead of the senseless killing and violence the original Paul Verhoeven film displayed. It's very obvious this film was very low-budgeted, which sounds like a mistake on the studio's part. They had their chance to make a great sequel to a very enjoyable movie and they blew it. Don't see "Starship Troopers 2." It'll be a huge let-down.

Timecop 2
Timecop 2
DVD ~ Jason Scott Lee
Price: $9.10
64 used & new from $0.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid DTV sequel..., June 21, 2004
This review is from: Timecop 2 (DVD)
"Timecop" is the Van Damme movie that almost everyone has seen two minutes of. Now we have "Timecop: The Berlin Decision," a sequel-in-name-only starring Jason Scott Lee from "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story." Lee chases bad guy Thomas Ian Griffith through time as the two try desparately to kill one-another. There is a lot of time travel in the 80 minutes this film provides, but not much plot. The action and fight scenes are very well done and the special effects are sure to please, but the viewer is left with very little after this experience. Maybe if the writers would've shelled out a good story, the film may be even more enjoyable.

The Breed
The Breed
DVD ~ Bokeem Woodbine
Offered by Amazing Prime Express
Price: $5.94
99 used & new from $0.01

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, gothic, and yes, very cool..., February 4, 2004
This review is from: The Breed (DVD)
Set in the near future, Bokeem Woodbine plays an NSA cop who makes an incredible discovery: vampires exist. Not only exist, but have made themselves known to humans for over a year. Now he must follow a string of murders with the help of his new partner, Aaron (Adrian Paul), who just so happens to be one of this "new breed" of humanity. Dark and filled with just the right amount of action, "The Breed" is a good vampire drama that also has a message about prejudice hidden within it. Woodbine ("Hard Cash") is fine as our main character, but Paul ("Highlander: Endgame") is the star. Not only can Paul act, he can fight. He has all the right moves to be the next big action star. All he needs is a break from his direct-to-video run. Overall, this is makes a great renter, but it's not as cool as, say, "Underworld."

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