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Mallrats Blu-ray Review

“Mallrats” is pure Kevin Smith.

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October 14, 2020 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

City On A Hill Season 1 Is Now Available On DVD

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Produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and created by Charlie McLean, “City On A Hill” is a 10 episode Showtime series set in 1990s Boston. The Kevin Bacon starring series (which is helmed by showrunner Tom Fontana) is a gritty drama about corruption and crime. More specifically, the story revolves around a crooked FBI agent (Jackie), a District Attorney (Decourcy) who is trying to clean up the city, and two brothers (Frankie and Jimmy) who robbed an armored truck.

After genre elevating series like “The Shield” and “The Wire” or even films like Affleck’s own “The Town,” “City On A Hill” feels like an overly familiar entry in the crime drama genre. Nothing here feels fresh and the characters (many of which sport bad Boston accents) lack dimension. With that said, the adult drama is bound to find an audience with fans of crime dramas and cop stories.

Presentation: 16:9

Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Extras: 3 featurettes on the first 3 episodes, a featurette on Kyra Sedgwick directing, and a fetaurette titled “Capturing Boston.”

December 5, 2019 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

To The Wonder Blu-ray Review

To The Wonder Blu-ray

“To The Wonder” is standard Terrence Malick. Continue reading

August 23, 2013 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Company Men DVD Review

The fantastic cast makes “The Company Men” worth watching. Continue reading

June 5, 2011 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Armageddon Blu-Ray

Michael Bay’s big film before “Transformers” was this doomsday plot action thriller with producer Jerry Bruckheimer on board. Stars Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson,  Michael Duncan, and Will Patton are put in charge of saving the planet from a rogue comet the size of Texas, as no one in the government can hold a candle to these oil drilling experts.  (We need these guys in the Gulf of Mexico right now!).  The semi-serious plot (the end of the world sure is funny)involves their recruitment, training and their adventures getting to the comet to drill a hole and stuff it with a nuke before it impacts Earth.  Along the way they team up with a space happy Russian cosmonaut and “serious” members of the NASA crew.

The science part of this science fiction film is laughable but the movie in general is really one of those “put your brain on hold and just watch the action” type films anyway.  If you can get around those facts that are glaring in parts (fires in space?) you could enjoy the film for its effects, humor and action sequences.

The blu-ray picture is up to Disney (Touchstone) standards, as well as the DTS-MA sound.  Extras are not plentiful at all, which is a disturbing trend for Disney films( Tombstone also lacked extras found on the Vista series dvd set) but all we get  on this blu-ray is Aerosmith’s music video I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, a theatrical trailer, and teaser trailer.  With the Criterion dvd set loaded extras this a real letdown.

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Extract Blu-ray Review

“Extract” is Mike Judge’s weakest work to date. Continue reading

December 26, 2009 Posted by | 1 | , , , | Leave a comment