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Snow White & the Huntsman - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
Snow White & the Huntsman - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
DVD ~ Kristen Stewart
Price: $9.99
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong effort, with a few shortcomings, December 22, 2012
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Being a Kristen Stewart fan was mainly what drove my powerful interest in this film. She is the only reason I enjoy the Twilight films and I figured there would be a similar effect in Snow White. Having seen it three times now, I can definitely say that she is not the only draw, and is also not the only enjoyable thing about the film. Snow White & the Huntsman sets out to be this sweeping, big-budget action/fantasy epic with a grandiose story (and soundtrack). It only partially succeeds, but what's there is still (to me) an enjoyable experience.

The main problem the film suffers from is a lack of consistent pacing and tone. There are many important scenes which drive the emotional bond between characters, whether it's between Snow White, the dwarves, Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman, or a combination of the three. These scenes are done well, but the transitions between them and the action sequences in the film are often messy. We are often jolted from action to emotion in weird and awkward ways at times, and it disrupts the natural flow. Still, the final product is worthwhile and still succeeds (through fantastic performances from its stars, most notably Charlize Theron) even as it suffers from weak transitions and pacing.

The audio quality and picture quality are fantastic, and the set comes with a number of interesting extras that really delve into the production and costume design for the film, as well as the thought process behind bringing a darker, grittier version of the Snow White fairytale to the screen.

As it stands, Snow White and the Huntsman is a missed opportunity for what could have been a genuine summer blockbuster. However it is still worth a watch and the blu-ray boasts excellent audio and picture quality, as well as a healthy dose of extras. Recommended.


Battlefield 3 - Xbox 360
Battlefield 3 - Xbox 360
Price: $16.49
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this game, and I'm also a Call of Duty fan., October 27, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
First off, Battlefield 3 and the Call of Duty series are different types of games. To put it succinctly, BF games are about squad/team effort to win games and battles on a large scale. Call of Duty is about individual performance. Previously, I tried out the Battlefield Bad Company games (1 and 2) and they weren't really my jam. I wanted to like them, but just couldn't get into it. I picked up Battlefield 3 at the midnight release on Monday night, and have been loving the game since then. BF3 gets a lot closer in gameplay style to CoD than the previous Battlefield games, and for the most part this is a good thing. Controls are snappier, vaulting over cover and moving around the maps is responsive and enjoyable, and the spawning has been improved so it doesn't constantly feel like you have to run across the entire map just to get back to the action after you die.

One important thing to note is that the retail version is completely different from the Beta. The beta was janky and full of bugs, and the retail game is cleaner. You also seem to have significantly more health and it takes more bullets to kill you, which I really enjoy.

Mainly, though, BF games really enforce teamwork. There is a Team Deathmatch mode, but I found out early on that you miss out of the most fun elements of the game if TDM is all you play. Rush is where it's at. Those intense moments of frantically trying to stay alive so squadmates can spawn on you and help you protect an objective are just priceless, and it's something you really cannot get in Call of Duty.

So in short, CoD and Battlefield 3 are different games. Battlefield 3 is more about the big picture teamwork aspect and it has 12v12 games (on Xbox 360). CoD is about individual performance and killstreaks. In my opinion, both franchises are very enjoyable now that Battlefield 3 is in the mix. If you're willing to step outside CoD and attempt to break in to a different take on the shooter genre, definitely buy or rent Battlefield 3.


Infamous 2 - Playstation 3
Infamous 2 - Playstation 3
Offered by Clover Media
Price: $9.50
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All-Around Fun, June 17, 2011
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First off, let me say that gameplay-wise I have always been a shooter fan. I venture into other game genres to change up the pace, and what makes me stick around in those genres are games with great stories and characters (of course, fun gameplay is always a plus). This is why I particularly love the Mass Effect and Uncharted series, as well as the Infamous series.

I picked up Infamous 1 when I got my PS3 (about a year and a half ago) because it was considered one of the best for the console. I loved every minute of it, and since then couldn't wait for Infamous 2. This sequel improves both gameplay-wise and character-wise, while trailing a bit in the story department. The twist ending of Infamous 1 is what takes the cake for me, and overall the story of that game seemed more focused than Infamous 2. Infamous 2 is an engaging story nonetheless, with enjoyable and adequately fleshed-out characters, but there are a number of plot threads that towards the end of the game start to detract from one another. I can't really give too much away but suffice it to say that the story does tie off well (there are two endings, only one of which I have seen), and each plot thread is individually resolved in the end, more or less.

The best thing one can do to enjoy Infamous 2 is to go in knowing as little as possible. That's what made it the most fun for me. An epic plot, with witty characters and just the right amount of comic relief make this game a must-own, in my opinion, for any PS3 gamer.


Prison Break: The Final Break [Blu-ray]
Prison Break: The Final Break [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Dominic Purcell
Price: $15.26
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting Final Break, July 14, 2010
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The Final Break is a great ending to Prison Break. Some people have said it's a little anticlimactic because if you've seen the final episode of the show then you know how The Final Break is going to end. I agreed with those people before I watched this, but now that I've seen it I can say it is well worth it to watch this. This should've been included in the series finale on television. I don't know what the reasons were for not including it, but it's unfortunate that that decision was made. It plays just like an episode from the series and gives great closure for all of the characters. The final minutes of the television finale now make much more sense and hold a larger emotional punch.

If you're a fan of the show, you need to see this. It is an essential piece to the ending.


Dawn of the Dead (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut)
Dawn of the Dead (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut)
DVD ~ Sarah Polley
Price: $6.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zack Snyder has a sick mind, but a brilliant one, October 28, 2004
This re-make of George A. Romero's undead horror classic is a good one. Although it doesn't come close to the original (what would?), it still has its own type of bloody and gory fun and twisted humor. This film succeeds in ways most other zombie films do not. When one sees a trailer or advertisement for a movie like this one, what would one think? Most likely that it's a waste and it's only being made for the sick people who enjoy seeing extreme blood and gore. I thought that too, at first. However, when this film was released, it earned high praise from many critics. I had to see how a movie like this could've been enjoyed by such a broad audience. And I think the main reason is that the movie doesn't take itself too seriously. Chaos is ensuing in the movie and characters still find time for humor. Zombies are flooding the mall and everything seems to stay upbeat more or less. It's just a great ambience for the overall picture. And, as expected, there's enough blood and gore to fill several movies to satisfy those horro movie buffs. But anyhow, this is a great film and definitely worth checking out for a rental on DVD.


Blade
Blade
DVD ~ Wesley Snipes
Price: $4.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wesley Snipes slices some vampires, September 3, 2004
This review is from: Blade (DVD)
Hearing about the third installment in the Blade series prompted me to see the first two movies in the franchise. I watched Blade II first, and absolutely loved it. Then I watched this film. I have to say before anything else that I did like Blade II better than the first, but the original one still has its positives.

When this movie first came out in 1998, it was given so-so feedback from critics, but was very popular at the box office. It was the first ultimately successful vampire movie yet. The sequel was anticipated from when it was first announced.

The one thing I find weird about this movie is that it is marketed as both an action movie, and a horror movie. At most stores in the DVD section, you'll find Blade in the horror aisle. This film really isn't a scary movie. It's an intense action movie. And oh yes, the action. It's amazing. Fight coreography is top-notch, and the gunfire sequences please one's eyes as well.

Wesley Snipes is excellent as Blade, and he continued well with the character in Blade II. Kris Kristofferson also stars as Whistler, and he too returns in the second film. Stephen Dorff plays Deacon Frost. He plays a great villain. Who ever made the decision to cast him, it was a good one. He makes you enjoy the movie even more.

Overall, Blade is a very entertaining action film that one can watch many times over again.

Sidenote: The DVD contains excellent audio and video quality, and a rather large handful of supplements. Included are audio commentaries from the cast and crew, an isolated score of the film, 4 featurettes, pencil sketches of production designs, house of erebus, cast and crew biographies and filmographies, and the original theatrical trailer.


Freddy vs. Jason (New Line Platinum Series)
Freddy vs. Jason (New Line Platinum Series)
DVD ~ Robert Englund
Offered by Clyde Parks
Price: $3.72
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freddy and Jason Clash., August 15, 2004
I haven't seen any of the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' films or any of the 'Friday the 13th' installments. And I have to say that watching this movie without the background was just as good. Someone explained the backstory and everything to me later about Freddy and Jason, and that did help a little bit to add to the movie. Freddy vs. Jason is an extremely violent, gory and creepy film filled with careless teenagers, drugs, sex, and gratuitous nudity. This film is great because it succeeds as a horror movie on two levels. It has both cheap scares (i.e. things popping out), and also creepy scares. Not so much the images but just the whole idea. The scene I found particularly creepy was the first nightmare that Lori has, where she wakes up in the police station to find it empty. Kids sing Freddy's song as she walks through the graveyard. Genuinely creepy. There are a lot of cheap scares though, too. Things popping out, along with the accompanying music jab. But the film is well done. It has an interesting story that eventually pits Freddy and Jason against one another, and I thought that was much better than having them just randomly meet and fight it out. Like I said before, there, of course, is gratuitous nudity. And I think that's something that the filmmakers thought they had to put in to give more appeal to the movie. It may have helped a little. The only other thing I must say is, casual movie viewers should approach with caution. The film is extremely bloody and violent.

The DVD has a very large handful of extras to immerse yourself in. On the first disc, there are both widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film, a commentary by director Ronny Yu and actors Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger, and the 'Jump to a Death' menu option. This allows you to skip everything else and jump right to the killing scenes of the movie.

On Disc 2, first are Deleted/Alternate Scenes. There are 19 in total, most are short and less than a minute however. What's included, though, is the original opening and ending. In my opinion, both the final opening and ending benefited the film better, and were wise decisions to put into the final cut. Next are Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries on the Film's Development, including screenwriting, set design, make up, stunts, and principle photography. Next is an exploration of the Visual Effects of the film which includes a series of 3 or 4 minute documentaries. Also included are storyboards and photo galleries, the film's original theatrical trailer along with 8 tv spots, and a music video for Ill Niño's "How Can I Live", a 'Pre-Fight Press Conference', 'My Summer Vacation: A Visis to Camp Hackenslash', and DVD-ROM features, which are actually very entertaining. There is the option for Script-to-Screen, which allows you to read the script while you watch the film, an Enhanced Playback Mode, 'The Cutting Room Floor', which allows you to cut and paste your own fight scene between Freddy and Jason, and a 'Killer Sounds Bites' option. This showcases some favorite quotes from Freddy, and the sounds of all of Jason's killings from the film. The DVD really is amazing.

Movie: 8
Video: 10
Audio: 10
Extras: 10

Overall: 9


Blade II (New Line Platinum Series)
Blade II (New Line Platinum Series)
DVD ~ Wesley Snipes
Price: $9.99
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nonstop Action!, August 12, 2004
The action in this movie really is non-stop. An outstanding action sequence opens the movie, and there's an even better one for the finale. It's violence and gore to the max, probably enough to fill several movies, but it fits the movie. It's about vampires, so what can you expect? Blood, of course. And the new vampire elites have this special mouth opening trick that can be really disgusting to some people. However I thought it was awesome. There isn't really much plot to speak of. Blade's former enemies need him to lead their "Blood Pack" to battle the new vampire elites that have began an uprising. The movie mostly focuses on action, and it does amazing things with it. CG effects are weaved into some of the sequences, and it only makes them look cooler than they already are. I specifically liked the CG effects in the finale of the movie. As for acting, Wesley Snipes returns as Blade, along with Kris Kristofferson as Whistler. Newcomers are Ron Perlman as Reinhardt, and Leonor Varela as Nyssa.

The New Line Platinum Series DVD edition really is amazing. The Audio and Video quality are both outstanding, and there are a large handful of extras. They include an 83-minute documentary on the film, 25 minutes of deleted scenes, some excerpts from the director's notebook, an art gallery, a "Cypress Hill" music video, visual effects documentaries, the theatrical teaser and trailer, and DVD-ROM features. This is a must for any DVD collector.


The Butterfly Effect (Infinifilm Edition)
The Butterfly Effect (Infinifilm Edition)
DVD ~ Ashton Kutcher
Price: $8.36
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Premise Provides Excellent Entertainment, August 9, 2004
When this film came out in theatres, it was doused with an endless amount of negative reviews, mostly because it starred Ashton Kutcher. This really isn't a film to be judged by its acting. Sure, they may have been able to find someone a little better, but Ashton gets the job done here and that's all the movie needs.

The Butterfly Effect is about the chaos theory. It is about a man who finds a way to recall his blacked-out memories from certain points in his childhood. When he was a kid, he didn't know why he kept blacking things out, so doctors suggested having him keep a journal. They suggest that he write in it everything that he does to help jog his memory if he blacks something out.

The movie is entertaining with its interesting premise, and it's at least decent acting. Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart do an excellent job as Evan and Kayleigh, along with Eric Stoltz as Kayleigh's father, and Elden Henson as Lenny. Just prepare for an entertaining ride with some very neat twists in it. This is a thinking movie, and a good one at that. I think the less you know about it before you watch it, the better it will be when you watch it.

The DVD has a decent amount of supplements, with one part covering the history of the chaos theory and time travel, and a fact track. The All-Access Pass features cover more behind-the-scenes details, with commentary from the filmmakers, and documentaries on "the creative process", which is mostly about what the directors went through for pre-production, and a "visual effects" documentary. That of course explores the visual effects of the film. Also included on the disc are a storyboard gallery and the original theatrical trailer. For those with DVD-ROM drives, included is a script-to-screen option, which allows you to watch the film while reading the script. Along with that, there is a "commentary digest", which allows you to hear specific bits of commentary that weren't included in the commentary track for the film. And finally to round it out there is an image gallery and some links to other infinifilm DVDs.


Underworld (Unrated Extended Cut)
Underworld (Unrated Extended Cut)
DVD ~ Kate Beckinsale
Offered by newbury_comics
Price: $17.99
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film really is very good, if you give it a chance., August 5, 2004
I picked up this DVD edition today, and having not seen the film, I was relying on the fact that it was the "2-disc edition loaded with features" to make it worthwhile if the film happened to be of poor quality. I've read many reviews of this film, and most have butchered it saying that it is a ripoff action film of 'The Matrix' or 'Blade', and that its characters and plot are very weak. This is only partly true. If you watch the film with very high expectations, then yes, you may think of it that way. However, if you accept that it's a film from first-timers Len Wiseman and Danny McBride, and give it some leeway, it can be very entertaining. The one thing I must say is that this film isn't as much of an action film as the creators lead you to believe. Sure, there are action scenes, but they don't overshadow the plot. The action scenes work within the plot, instead of vice versa.

The only notable performance is Kate Beckinsale's. She is excellent as the vampire Selene, and she looks really hot in the tight leather outfit. Other acting in the film is average.

The action scenes in the film are amazing. The big shootouts come at the beginning and end of the film, but there are little action snipits throughout. The reason people have tagged this as a ripoff of 'The Matrix' is that the creators decided to use stop-motion camera styles in some areas. Slow-mo is used in some of the action scenes, and I have to say that it only makes them better.

Bogged down by all its negative reviews, 'Underworld' has nevertheless become another one of my favorite films. The film really is very good, despite what many critics have said. The key to enjoying this movie is to not expect much from it. A worthy plot interwoven with action scenes galore make this film an excellent addition to the genre.


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