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From Dusk Till Dawn with Bonus Feature: Full-Tilt Boogie
From Dusk Till Dawn with Bonus Feature: Full-Tilt Boogie
DVD ~ Harvey Keitel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Night For Vampires., December 19, 2014
From Dusk Til Dawn (1996). 2-Disc. Rated "R". Running Time: One hour, 47 mins.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Written by Robert Kurtzman and Quentin Tarantino.

Texas Ranger Earl McGraw (Michael Parks) stops into Benny's Liquor Store in Big Springs to gab with Pete, the clerk (John Hawkes) and to take a piss in the bathroom. Just then Seth Gecko (George Clooney) holds up the clerk with a gun while holding young female hostage. His brother, Richard (Quentin Tarantino) also has a young female hostage. The two girls (Aimee Graham, Heidi McNeal) are friends.
Not going to tell you what happens next.

After the hold-up, Seth and Richard make a getaway. They have another hostage, Gloria (Brenda Hillhouse), a bank teller, in the trunk of the car. She is alive. They stop at a motel.
Still not going to tell you what happens next.

Meanwhile, the Fuller family, Jacob Fuller, the father and former pastor (Harvey Keitel), the daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis), and son Scott (Ernest Liu), are eating in a cafe and are on there way to El Paso, Texas. They stop at the Dew Drop Motel. Seth and Richard hold them up for a ride in their trailer to Mexico.
Things get more strange when they stop at the Titty Twister trucker-biker bar.

Also in the cast: Richard "Cheech" Marin, John Saxon, Kelly Preston, Danny Trejo, Tom Savini, Salma Hayek.

Highlights in this movie are Cheech Marin playing 3 different characters, Tom Savini's armor wear and don't miss the dancing of Salma Hayek.

"Dark Night" performed by The Blasters.
"After Dark" performed byTito & Tarantula.

Movie contain female nudity.

Michael Parks also plays "Earl McGraw" in Kill Bill: Volume 1 [HD] (2003), Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof (Extended and Unrated) (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2007), Grindhouse Presents, Planet Terror - Extended and Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2007).

In-film advertising: Mickey's, Budweiser.

Filmed in Chihuahua, Mexico. Barstow, Lancaster, Los Angeles, California. Redmond, Seattle, Washington.

Disc One: Movie. Option of Language: English, French.
Audio Commentary with Robert Rodriquez and Quentin Tarantino.
Bonus Materials: Outtakes. Hollywood Goes To Hell. Theatrical Trailer. TV Spots. Music Videos. Still Gallery. The Art of Making the Movie. Deleted & Extended Scenes. On The Set. Cast Bios. Crew Bios.

Disc Two: Full Tilt Boogie (One Hour, 40 mins). English language only. Crew Bios.

Followed by:

From Dusk Til Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999). Sequel Direct-To-DVD.
From Dusk Til Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (2000). Prequel Direct-to-DVD.

From Dusk Til Dawn tv series (2014-present) is broadcast on El Rey cable network. Pilot. Season one (10-episodes). I highly recommend it.

DVD ~ Charlton Heston
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest Earthquake hits Los Angeles. All-Star Cast., December 12, 2014
This review is from: Earthquake (DVD)
Earthquake (1974). Universal. Rated "PG" Running Time: 2 hours, 02 mins.
Directed and produced by Mark Robson. Written by George Fox and Mario Puzo.

Inspired by the real-life earthquake that struck Sylmar/San Fernando Valley in California on February 9, 1971 at 6:01am. It was a 6.7.

One of the most popular all-star cast disaster genre movies of the 1970's. Theater. audiences were able to hear this movie in "SENSURROUND".

It is a nice, sunny morning in Hollywood, California and Graff (Charlton Heston) is out having his morning jog, but when he returns home to continue exercising, his wife, Remy (Ava Gardner), wants to start a spat. He is getting tired of her. After he showers, she is found on the bed gasping for air. Finding a bottle of pills, he quickly calls the doctor. He later sees the pills from the bottle in the toilet. She was faking it. Just then an earthquake strikes and then another.
The people of Los Angeles are in for a great earthquake today. The biggest earthquake they have ever experienced in their life in Southern California.

Also in the cast: Inez Pedroza, Lorne Greene, George Kennedy, Genevieve Bujold, Tiger Williams, Lonny Chapman, Sam Chew Jr., Barry Sullivan, Donald Moffat, Kip Niven, Bob Cunningham, Gabriel Dell, Richard Roundtree, Victoria Principal, Marjoe Gortner, Walter Matthau, Monica Lewis, H.B. Haggerty, Pedro Armedaris Jr,. John Randolph, Kenny Endoso, Dick Warlock, Lloyd Nolan, George Murdock.

The movie theater scene was playing High Plains Drifter (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) starring Clint Eastwood.

NBC Network added some deleted scenes and filmed new footage for the broadcast of Earthquake (1974) in 1976. Debralee Scott is in the tv version. The tv version has been shown on AMC - American Movie Classic cable network.

In-Film Advertising: J&B Scotch Whiskey, Capitol Records, Coors Beer, Coca-Cola, Bold Detergent.

Nominated for Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Original Score, John Williams.

Won Academy Awards for Best Sound. Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects.
Nominated for Art Direction-Set Decoration, Film Editing.

Option of Language: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Sensurround 3.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.01.
Option of Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French.

Single Disc. No Special Features. No Audio Commentary.

Airport (1970).
Airport 1975 (1974).
Airport '77 (1977).
The Concorde - Airport '79 (1979).
*Airport Terminal Pack. All 4 Airport movies.
The Poseidon Adventure [HD] (1972).
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) (1979).
The Towering Inferno (Special Edition) (1974).
The Hindenburg (1975).
Two-Minute Warning (1976).
Black Sunday (1977).
Meteor [Blu-ray] (1979).
When Time Ran Out (1980).

San Andreas will be released June 5, 2015. Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Nature Unleashed: Earthquake/Avalanche
Nature Unleashed: Earthquake/Avalanche
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Russians in an Avalanche and Earthquake, December 8, 2014
Nature Unleashed: Avalanche (2004). Rated "PG-13". Running Time: One hour, 31 mins.
Directed by Mark Roper.
Side B of Disc.

Story begins in Eastern Europe in the town of Dubrov. 10 minles away at the Ski Lodge and at Clear Sky Resort, many skiers are enjoying the snow today, including four men riding snow mobiles for recreation. They have been warned about not going too high on the slopes because the snow is soft. One young man wants to show-off and go where he shouldn't. The snow mobile cuts into the snow. The snow moves and he is thrown off the snow mobile and down the slope. This has just started an avalanche.
A hotel owner refuses to delay the opening of his hotel. More avalanches occur and a getting closer.

In the cast: Andrew Lee Potts, Adam Croasdell. Zachary Baharov, Peter Gaitandjiev, Kate Henry, Plamen Manassiev, Jessica Brooks, Kalin Yavorov, Steven Grives, Valentin Ganev, Nikolai Sotirov, Roger Hammond.

Filmed in Bulgaria.

English language only. No subtitles to choose from. No special features on this disc.

Side A of Disc: Nature Unleashed: Earthquake (2005).

Nature Unleashed: Earthquake (2005) Rated "PG-13". Running Time: One hour, 32 mins.
Directed by Tibor Takacs.

Side A of Disc.

Leon (Patrick Dreikauss) with his guard dog checks on the gate and electrical entrance lock-box for Dr. Rachel Stevens (Jacinta Mulcahy). Everything seems fine. They are verbally playing a game of chess through the walkie-talkie. The dog is afraid of something and stands further away from Leon. Suddenly an earthquake strikes and the ground in front of Leon collapses. He is near the Kasursk Nuclear Power Plant.
Josh (Fintan McKeown), who works for Global Energy in Los Angeles, California, is flown to Russia to investigate the retro-fitting of the plant after the quake. A radiation leak is discovered. More aftershocks are coming.

Also in the cast: Kofi Agyemang, Jay Benedict, Lydie Denier, Damian Hunt, Pete Lee-Wilson, Patrick Monckton, Zoe Thorne, Naomi Vekinis, Michael Zelniker.

Filmed in Vilnius, Lithuania and Belarus.

English language only. No subtitles to choose from. No special features.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DVD)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DVD)
DVD ~ Chris Evans
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captain America and Robert Redford, December 6, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). Rated "PG-13". Running Time: 2 hours, 15 mins.
Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.

Sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (2011) and Marvel's The Avengers [HD] and is the next movie after Thor: The Dark World (2013).

Returning: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Stan Lee.

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is running in Washington DC, this early morning, and meets another powerful runner Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie).
Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), who is The Black Widow, picks Steve up in her automobile because they have a mission to accomplish for S.H.I.E.L.D. From the helicarrier, Steve free-falls without a parachute using his Captain America skills. On the S.H.I.E.L.D vessel where Steve must free the hostages, he manages to fight every enemy aboard the top deck before the other men with parachutes arrive. Then Steve finds out Black Widow is there for a different mission.

More scenes appear in the middle of the end credits and one more scene at the finish of the end credits.

Also in the cast: Robert Redford, Jenny Agutter, Chin Han, Frank Grillo, Maximiliano Hernandez, Emily VanCamp, Toby Jones, Garry Shandling.

Option of Language: English, French, Spanish, English Descriptive Video Service.
Option of Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.

Bonus Features: Steve Rogers Notebook, deleted scene.

The Hulk [HD] (2003).
Iron Man (2008).
The Incredible Hulk (Widescreen Edition) (2008).
Iron Man 2 (Single-Disc Edition) (2010).
Thor (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (2011).
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
Marvel's The Avengers (2012).
Iron Man 3 (2013).
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (ABC 2013-present).
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
The story continues on Agent of S.H.I.L.D: Season One, episode 8 "The Well", broadcast November 19, 2013.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Marvel's Agent Carter (ABC, January 6, 2015).
Avengers: Age of Ultron to be released May 1, 2015.
Ant-Man to be released July 17, 2015.
Captain America 3: Civil War to be released May 6, 2016.
Doctor Strange to be released November 4, 2016.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 to be released May 5, 2017.
Thor: Ragnorak to be released July 28, 2017.
Black panther to be released November 3, 2017.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 to be released May 2018.
Ms. Captain Marvel to be released July 6, 2018.
Inhumans to be released November 2, 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 to be released May 2019.

Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks
DVD ~ Emma Thompson
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3.0 out of 5 stars The battle between Walt Disney and Mrs. Travers for Mary Poppins., November 29, 2014
This review is from: Saving Mr. Banks (DVD)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013). Rated "PG-13". Running Time: 2 hours, 05 mins.
Directed by John Lee Hancock. Written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith.

This is the story of Pamela L. Travers (Emma Thompson). We see her childhood in 1906 in England. In April 1961, at the suggestion of her agent, he pleads her to go to the United States to sell her story of Mary Poppins to Walt Disney. She just doesn't want to. it is her character. Her agent reminds her she does need the money. She decides she would like to keep her house.
So she flies to Los Angeles, California. Mrs. Travers is quite cantankerous. She is not amused by the complimentary gifts and fruit basket she has received from Walt Disney. She throws the fruit into the pool of the Beverly Hills Hotel. She has a studio driver, Ralph (Paul Giamatti) that drives her to Burbank at the alt Disney Productions. There, she meets screenwriter Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford) and the Sherman brothers, Robert (B.J. Novak) and Richard (Jason Schwartzman). Then finally Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) himself who is very nice and welcoming to her, but Mrs. Travers, as she prefers to be called, is still stuffy. Walt Disney has been trying to obtain "Mary Poppins" for 18 years from the first time he read the book 20 years years ago.
Walt and the Sherman brothers have wonderful ideas for the Mary Poppins movie and making it a delightful musical, but Mrs. Travers wants to be difficult in every way, putting in her own creative control, before papers are signed.
We shall see who wins.

Also in the cast: Colin Farrell, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Kathy Baker, Rachel Griffiths, Ronan Vibert.

I thought Tom Hanks did well in portraying Walt Disney.

Some scenes were actually filmed inside Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Also filmed at Ontario, Burbank, Los Angeles, Highland Park, Arcadia, Campo, Simi Valley, Hollywood, California.
Some scenes filmed at Universal Studios.

In-film advertising: TWA airlines, Warner Bros, MGM, RTD buses.

Option of Language: English, French, Spanish, English Descriptive Video Service.
Option of Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.

Can you find Mickey Mouse through the Option Menu? Hint: Set Up.

Bonus Feature: Deleted Scene, Nanny Song.

I'm still waiting for someone to make the Walt Disney Story into an epic motion picture.

Mary Poppins Limited to 4,000 Copies Blu-ray Steelbook Edition Region Free (1964). Starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke with David Tomlinson, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotice.


The Towering Inferno [Blu-ray]
The Towering Inferno [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Paul Newman
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5.0 out of 5 stars People are trapped up in a skyscrapper on fire., November 29, 2014
This review is for the 2-disc DVD release in 2005.

The Towering Inferno (1974). Rated "PG". Running Time: 2 hours, 44 mins.
Directed by John Guillermin and Irwin Allen (action scenes). Produced by Irwin Allen and Sidney Marshall. Original score music by John Williams.

Based upon the novels, The Tower, by Richard Martin Stern, and The Glass Tower by Thomas N. Scortia & Frank M. Robinson.

Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant.

Presented by 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros.

A new, modern skyscraper, the tallest, is having its Grand Opening today in San Francisco, California. The architect, Doug Roberts (Paul Newman), has flown in by helicopter to attend the Grande Party to be held up in the glass tower after the official dedication. Many people will attend the party including Senator Parker (Robert Vaughn) and Mayor Ramsay (Jack Collins) and his wife, Paula (Sheila Allen).
On this first day, a fire begins in a utility room from faulty wiring. A security guard, Jernigan (O.J. Simpson) says a fire sensor went off and it has failed to contact the fire department. The fire can not be seen on a security camera.

As the party begins, the fire continues to spread and our all-star cast becomes trapped. Who will get out alive?

Also in the cast: William Holden, Normann Burton, Jennifer Rhodes, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Jennifer Jones, Carlena Gower, Mike Lookinland, Robert Wagner, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Susan Flannery, Maureen McGovern, Gregory Sierra, Steve McQueen, Scott Newman, Dabney Coleman.

That is Maureen McGovern singing "We May Never Love Like This Again". You may have seen her in the past Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons and on Broadway stage productions.

Scott Newman is Paul Newman's son.

Sheila Allen is Irwin Allen's wife. In this film, she plays the Mayor's wife. I have always remembered the scene of her walking up the red carpet seeing her hair-style making her look prominent and wonderful.
I was 11 years old when I first saw this movie at the Drive-In.

This movie is dedicated to all firefighters around the world. If this movie encouraged anything, it was the installation of ceiling water sprinklers and change of construction and fire code laws.

Filmed in San Francisco, California at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Fairmont Hotel and Bank of America. Also on the 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California.

This movie is considered to be one of the best all-star cast disaster films of the 1970's including:
Airport (1970),
Airport 1975 (1974),
Airport '77 (1977),
The Concorde - Airport 79 (1979).
*Airport Terminal Pack All 4 Airport movies.
The Poseidon Adventure [HD] (1972),
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979).
Earthquake (1974).
The Hindenburg (1975).
Two-Minute Warning (1976).
Black Sunday (1977).
Meteor [Blu-ray] (1979).
When Time Ran Out (1980).

Disc One: Movie.
Disc Two: AMC Backstory: The Towering Inferno. Featurettes. Vintage Promotional Material. Extended and Deleted Scenes. American Cinematographer Articles. Galleries. Storyboard Comparisons.

Option of language and subtitles in English, Spanish.
Audio Commentary by Film Historian F X Feeney.

Won the Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actor - Fred Astaire, Most Promising Newcomer - Susan Flannery.
Nominated: Supporting Actress - Jennifer Jones. Best Screenplay, Best Original Song.

Won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Film editing, Best Music-Original Song. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor-Fred Astaire, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best Music-Original Dramatic Score.

The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street
DVD ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
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3.0 out of 5 stars A stockbroker and his dirty business and life for money, November 29, 2014
This review is from: The Wolf of Wall Street (DVD)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Rated "R". Running Time: 2 hours, 59 mins.
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Terence Winter.

Jordon Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a stockbroker. he has an estate, a white car, loves sex with women and does cocaine and morphine. One hundred dollar bills mean nothing to him. He wads them up and throws them in the trash can because he is so rich. To tell you his graphic story, we go back to when he was 22-years old, just starting is job on Wall Street.
He was a good person, until he met the company executive, Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey). With the experience Jordan has gained, he wants more money. A lot of it. So with his new friend, Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), who worked for a furniture store, he begins his own stock company, Stratton Oakmont.
While the firm becomes successful and continues to expand, there are no work ethics and is low on morals. The office has some unprofessional workers who do lewd, elicit sex acts in front of everyone. Their is corruption and security frauds. Jordan doesn't care. He just wants the money to roll in. What Jordan does not know yet, someone inside is investigating the company.

Also in the cast: Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Bo Dietl, Jean DuJardin, Joanna Lumley, Christine Ebersole, Kenneth Choi, Fran Lebowitz, Spike Jonze.

I'm still laughing at the television/phone scenes with Rob Reiner.

The real Jordan Belfort appears towards the end of the film. He introduces Leonardo DiCaprio as "Belfort".

Contains Full frontal female nudity. Some male nudity.

Filmed in Ardsley, White Plains, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Oyster Bay, New York City, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bayville, Long island, New York.
Closter, New Jersey. Genoa, Liguria, Italy.

Golden Globe Award to Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor. Nominated for Best Picture.
Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor, Jonah Hill for Supporting Actor, Martin Scorsese for Directing, writing-adapted screenplay.

Option of Language and subtitles: English, French, Spanish. English Audio Description.

While the running time is near 3 hours, it had to be edited down for nudity, sexual content and drug use, so it did not receive a rating of "NC-17", An "NC-17 rating would not have given the movie a wide theatrical release.
A 4-hour version was planned to be released for DVD, but the plans did not happen in 2014.

A lot of this movie will be edited down if ever shown on broadcast television.

Went overboard on cursing and using the "f" word, 569 times.

Women in Love
Women in Love
DVD ~ Alan Bates
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just wait until you see the wrestling scene, November 27, 2014
This review is from: Women in Love (DVD)
Women In Love (1969). Rated "R" in the USA. Running Time: 2 hours, 11 mins.
Directed by Ken Russell.

Ursula Brangwen (Jennie Linden) and Gudrun Brangwen (Glenda Jackson) are adult sisters. They think it is time for them to find a man of means. They watch these two men at a wedding. Ursula has her eye on Rupert Birkin (Alan Bates) and Gudrun likes to look at Gerald Crich (Oliver Reed) whom they later watch go skippy-dipping naked in the lake.
At Hermione Ruddice's estate is a tea party where Ursula and Gudrun are invited and Rupert and Gerald, whom are friends, are also invited. They get to sit and speak with Ursula and Gudrun. The two men feel it is time to find just one woman...maybe.

Also in the cast: Eleanor Bron, Vladek Sheybel.

Is the first mainstream, modern British film to contain male frontal nudity. Also contains female nudity.

Movie in English. Option of Subtitles in English, Spanish, French.

Commentary #1 with Director Ken Russell.
Commentary #2 with Larry Kramer.

Special Features: Behind the Scenes. Photo Gallery. Theatrical Trailer.

The Other Conquest (La Otra Conquista)
The Other Conquest (La Otra Conquista)
DVD ~ Elpidia Carrillo
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3.0 out of 5 stars The story of Fray Diego de La Coruna and Topiltzin, November 23, 2014
La otra conquista (The Other Conquest) (1998). Rated "R". Running Time: One Hour, 50 mins.
Directed, written and edited by Salvador Carrasco.

"In 1519, the Spanish Conqueror, Hernando Cortes, and his small army rode into the Aztec capital of Mexico where they were welcomed by the Emperor Moctezuma. Within two years, the Aztec civilization was an orphan state on the survivors were trying to adapt to a new world without families, homes, temples or gods".

It is raining heavily. Topiltzin (Damian Delgado) awakens and climbs a pyramid mount. He finds his mother laying dead below.

We switch to 1548 in La Coruna, Spain. Friar Diego (Jose Carlos Rodriguez) has been ill ever since he return from Mexico. he hasn't said a word as he lay in bed. he has not eaten in a week. He wants to die. he holds a book, possibly a bible. Inside it contains a piece of parchment paper with Aztec drawings on it. He is recalling his time with Topiltzin. Diego then passes away.
This is his story.

We are now in 1526. Topiltzin is a Mayan. He is drawing and painting on parchment paper what he sees after the battle. The ceremonial center was destroyed. Topiltzin says they must use a holy place they can't find.
Topiltzin is one of the natural sons of Emperor Moctezuma.

Also in the cast: Elpidia Carrillo, Inaki Aierra, Diana Bracho, Victor Linares.

Contains male nudity and full frontal female nudity.

Language in Spanish. Option of subtitles in English.

Special Features: Directory Commentary. The Making of The Other Conquest. Deleted scenes.

The Last Airbender
The Last Airbender
DVD ~ Noah Ringer
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Last Airbender is the last M. Night version of this film., November 22, 2014
This review is from: The Last Airbender (DVD)
The Last Airbender (2010). Rated PG. Running Time: One Hour, 43 mins.
Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan.

Book One: Water. Katara (Nicola Peltz) is using her powers to rise an orb of water out of the icy lake. However, it is her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), now in human form. Practice, practice. Sokka and Katara are part of the Southern Water Tribe. They continue to hunt. Under the icy ground is a light. Sokka breaks the ice and a huge frozen sphere emerges. The image of a boy appears. Katara pops a hole into the sphere against her brother's orders. She is thrown back by a mighty force and the sphere breaks up. A special small boy, Aang (Noah Ringer) is inside. He is alive and resting. His flying bison, Appa, is with him also resting. The boy has a decorative arrow tattooed from the back of his neck, around his head to his forehead. Aang has been missing for 100 years until now. He ran away from his people when he was told he was the Avatar. He meant to return, but he became trapped under the ocean water.
Now he must help Sokka and Katara, but first, he must be trained. First, he must finish the Air cycle. Then be trained in Water, Earth and Fire.

Also in the cast: Dev Patel, Shaun Toub, Cliff Curtis, Seychelle Gabriel.
Dee Bradley Baker does the voice of "Appa" and "Momo".

Jackson Rathbone is not related to Basil Rathbone.

Filmed in Greenland. Vietnam. West Rockhill and Reading, Pennsylvania.

At times, the color of the film is awful. Might have been better filmed in digital.
Some teenagers and adults might make fun of the back of the hairstyle of "Princess Yue", a phallic symbol.

I think we are done with The Karate Kid stuff for another 30 years.

If the film had a bigger budget and better screenwriting, it could have been made like the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, M. Night Shyamalan is known for making small story-telling films.

Have you ever seen a 12-year old work so hard in a movie before? Good work, Noah Ringer. He actually does have a first-degree black-belt.

Perhaps, if they wanted to re-boot Kung Fu: The Complete Series Collection. They might cast Noah Ringer when he is older.

You can also see Noah Ringer in Cowboys & Aliens - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (2011).

Current movies of M. Night Shyamalan:

Praying With Anger (1992).
Wide Awake (1998) (1998).
The Sixth Sense (Collector's Edition Series) (1999).
Unbreakable (2000).
Signs (2002).
The Village (2004).
Lady in the Water (Widescreen Edition) (2006).
The Happening [HD] (2008).
The Last Airbender (2010).
Devil (2010).
After Earth (2013).
The Visit will be released September 11, 2015.

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