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Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Special Edition)
Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Yasuo Yamada
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Film and a Very Poor Video Transfer., January 3, 2011
Claims of digital remastering are ridiculous. This is from an obvious interlaced non progressive source in 480i converted to 480P and it has way too much digital video noise reduction, this must be the so called remastering.

This film needs a proper restoration even the japan release which is out of print, and the blu ray used the same inferior interlaced print.

If only Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli retained the rights to this film it would be given a decent treatment.

Hey at least its anamorphic though unlike a good portion of older manga entertainment DVD's.

It does not have the old streamline dub, the japan release had that from a long out of print laserdisc release in japan, and the audio sounded fuzzy being recorded with the limitations of the time. Still would have been nice to have on here instead of the 5.1 mixed down to 2.0.
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Crosscurrent (Star Wars) (Star Wars - Legends)
Crosscurrent (Star Wars) (Star Wars - Legends)
by Paul S. Kemp
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book was all kinds of awful., April 30, 2010
I cannot really explain how awful it is without spoiling the plot.

I will say the time travel is an awful idea, more moral relativist nonsense revision of star wars that sith and jedi are not that different.

Disjointed. The different parts from one time period to the next confusing, reminds me of a star wars comic series that tied all the then currently running series together in a single story thread.

It was written like a supplement to a computer game, just awful.


Backlash (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 4)
Backlash (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 4)
by Aaron Allston
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really Weak Entry in the series., April 24, 2010
Slow, ponderous and boring. Also making the sith not really bad guys is ridiculous. Moral relativism has no place in star wars. At least real star wars if you discount the garbage prequels.

The preview of the next book Allies was better than this whole book. Second weak book by Allston, Christie Golden will probably hit another one out of the park, and Denning's next will be middle of the road, or stink based on previous efforts.

While Allston was never as good as Stackpole at least his Entries in the X-wing series were pretty good, like Solo Command.

He does politics, military and regular characters right, but really fails when it comes to writing Jedi Or Sith.

The books lack excitement or the fun of the swashbuckling adventures of the original trilogy, and you would think the guy who wrote doc sidhe would know pulp fiction from garbage treatises on Religion and Politics, or moral relativism.


Rip Kirby Volume 1
Rip Kirby Volume 1
by Alex Raymond
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $35.79
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am now totally hooked on Rip Kirby., April 20, 2010
This review is from: Rip Kirby Volume 1 (Hardcover)
I read the first volume in a single reading session. I thought Alex Raymond's art on Flash Gordon was spectacular, but he hits even higher standards on this strip.

Realistically drawn with some pulp elements, and all around enjoyable formula of crime noir drama.

A genre a typically shy away from, i am a sci fi and fantasy type mostly.

The Proofs are obviously very good in some panels but some are not as good, but still good enough for me since i wanted an affordable book. Those imports can be expensive.

I would have loved this just as much had it been a movie or novel, since it feels like their are elements of both in this. This is way better than X-9, and one can definitely see the influence it had on Al Williamson's Secret Agent Corrigan.


Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (Star Trek I, II, III, IV, V, VI + The Captain's Summit Bonus Disc)
Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (Star Trek I, II, III, IV, V, VI + The Captain's Summit Bonus Disc)
DVD ~ William Shatner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Films deserved better., December 21, 2009
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They botched the colors on Wrath of Khan,i saw the color of the theatrical reel and the uniforms were red not orange.

Star Trek I- Too much Dvnr but overall the best presentation ever on home video at least in terms of picture quality.

Star Trek II- Wrong Colors but the grain structure is intact and pleasant to the eyes, and the only reel restoration in the set. The only film restored from its original negative and not a vaulted print.

Star Trek III a bit bright but otherwise Perfect

Star Trek IV Too Much DVNR again

Star Trek V the best this film has ever looked on DVD

Star Trek VI substandard old transfer from an old HD scan, edge enhancement artifacts and less than sharp image.

Special Features are nothing really. The Captain's Summit is basically worthless Banter instead of Interesting stories and repetition of what stories these stars have told before. Nice to see Shatner and Stewart, Nimoy and Frakes on the same stage. None of the special features from the 2 disc sets or special editions have been carried over, no trailers, or old commentaries either or making of and no deleted scenes. Basically this is the movies only. With that in mind i was ready to give the set five stars but subtracted 2 because of the wrong colors on wrath of Khan.


Death Star (Star Wars)
Death Star (Star Wars)
by Steve Perry
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite Possibly the worst star wars novel ever written, October 12, 2009
I cannot believe this is from the guy who wrote shadows of the empire. It is like bad tie in fiction.

This book Death Star is the worst star wars novel i have ever read, its like cliff notes for crying out loud, except those actually serve a purpose, whereas in death star he lifted scenes straight out of the movies quoted verbatim especially Tarkin, boring.


X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Single-Disc Edition)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Single-Disc Edition)
DVD ~ Hugh Jackman
Price: $7.50
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16 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst of the Four X-men films a zero star effort, maybe even negative stars, September 23, 2009
The final nail in the coffin for the x-men saga on film for me at least as a fan. Though this film made enough to warrant a sequel, you won't see me in the theaters paying hard earned money for that garbage.

The only thing they did right was casting Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and the symphonic score.

Fox please get Brian Singer back and do a real X-men sequel to the first two so we fans can forget the awful films that came after like X-3 by Ratner and this the worst of all. This film makes Ratner's film look like an absolute masterpiece in comparison.
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Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato - Original Soundtrack, Part 1 (1979 Anime Series)
Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato - Original Soundtrack, Part 1 (1979 Anime Series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Soundtrack, September 23, 2009
Though it is a bit dated as there is some funky sounding disco like music in there lol, but i can recall the starforce uniforms/yamato uniforms pants kind of looked like bell bottoms, this was the 1970's after all.

The soundtrack itself as such was written for a television series anime/cartoon so it should not be expected to be on the same level as epic theatrical movie presentations, the music got better as time went on and the series became 5 blockbuster films.

The music is from a simpler time. Though the themes are absolutely heroic especially the yamato march, in comparison to other shows like Speed Racer or Astro Boy which sound silly in comparison.

The one real catch here is the music was recorded in monaural sound as the show itself was in mono sound.

If you can track down any of the re-recordings especially done by an orchestra they sound a good deal better having been recorded with a large orchestra not a small tv one, and of course in glorious stereo.

Like the Yamato Symphonic Suite, there was also recently a recording done i think last year in japan of some of the themes with a large orchestra and a cd released. I cannot recall the title as the site it was posted on was in all Japanese. Though i recommend both highly.


Al Williamson's Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic
Al Williamson's Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic
by Al Williamson
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull Art but the strips and comics are in black and white mostly, September 8, 2009
There is a certain purist take on having the original art prior to the color stage, but with computer color facsimile/restoration it is possible to reproduce the color from those old comics faithfully.

Yes the Russ Cochran editions of the star wars volumes were all in black and white too, and a good many reprints of raymond's sundays were in black and white. But since the color pages other than the line drawing is what drew me to flash gordon in the first place i could not be more dissapointed.

Also Al's other half in my opinion in his best work was Archie Goodwin. Al Produced his best work on the star wars strip and the secret agent corrigan strip, His flash while the best since raymond matches raymonds early art but not when he was at his stunning best later on. Though i will say the best issue of the king comics is #1 and the quality from then on was lacking when al was not doing the book and only drawing cover art.

Also some of Al's early work is unmatched in the imaginative way it was presented like in the weird science/weird fantasy EC comics titles, especially when he had the help of the Legend in his own right Frank Frazetta, Al was and still is a legend in the field of comics.

Changed my review after reading that these were shot from the original art so the black and white makes sense. Also recently seen some of the old comics reproduced and the sixties printing left a lot to be desired, the colors muddied AL's art.
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The Hidden Temple (Star Wars: Legacy, Vol. 5)
The Hidden Temple (Star Wars: Legacy, Vol. 5)
by John Ostrander
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars In My Opinion this is the best star wars fiction since Return of the Jedi the film, September 8, 2009
A true return to form, star wars action and excitement. Adventure, moral choices of dark and light. Good Guys and Bad guys and those in between, its truly classic stuff folks.


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