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The Eagle Huntress Blu-ray Review

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“The Eagle Huntress” soars. Continue reading

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Passage To Mars DVD Review

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The dry and repetitious “Passage To Mars” lacks an emotional punch. Continue reading

January 22, 2017 Posted by | DVD review | , , , | Leave a comment

Danny Says DVD Review

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“Danny Says” is an uneven documentary. Continue reading

January 17, 2017 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breaking A Monster DVD Review

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“Breaking A Monster” is a fascinating documentary. Continue reading

October 9, 2016 Posted by | DVD review | , , , | Leave a comment

Dark Horse DVD Review

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“Dark Horse” is a victorious documentary. Continue reading

August 13, 2016 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , | Leave a comment

Knifed Up DVD Review

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“Knifed Up” is a short, but important documentary special. Continue reading

August 4, 2015 Posted by | DVD review | , , | Leave a comment

Wings of Life Blu-ray Review

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“Wings of Life” is a picturesque, but dull Disneynature documentary. Continue reading

April 27, 2013 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ronald Reagan: An American Journey

Ronald Reagan coverThis documentary obviously was put together by fans of the former President and really is one-sided in its approach.

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March 14, 2011 Posted by | DVD review | , , | Leave a comment

The World At War Blu-Ray

With a lot of money invested in restoration, the acclaimed World War II series comes to blu-ray in a set that certainly will be on the minds of history buffs this holiday.  But before you shell out over a $100 on this set, there are few things to consider.  First, the original aspect ratio of 4:3 (made for 70’s television) has been changed to 16X9 for widescreen viewing.  While that means you won’t have to put up with those black bars along the sides of the picture in your home theater, it also means that the footage is up closer than originally shot, bringing out grain, flaws, and cutting off parts of heads in the process and is “affectionately” known in the industry as “pan and scan”, which sends videophiles through the roof in outrage.   Continue reading

November 28, 2010 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , | Leave a comment

IMAX:Under The Sea Blu-Ray

Howard Hall does the principal work in this IMAX presentation on Blu-Ray, directing, filming, and writing most of the narration.  He previously has done other IMAX sea documentaries with great success.  Narrated by Jim Carrey, the film covers species around the coral reefs of the world and their unique ways of protecting themselves, their mating habits and rituals and the symbiotic relationships some have formed.  Highlights include the cuttlefish, the great white shark (filmed outside of a cage), Australian sea lions, beautiful jellyfish, sea dragons, and sea snakes.Without getting too heavy handed, the narration also sends the message that the changing climate caused by global warming is killing off some of these areas and animals.

The blu-ray picture is what you’d expect; the colors and detail are stunning and the additional sounds and enhancements in surround sound make this a quite entertaining film, even though it is way too short (40 minutes).  The film was originally made for a 3D IMAX presentation but this disc is 2D.  Extras on the disc include a ten minute advertisement about the film (making of feature) and some extra footage in each area they filmed in.  This is worth watching just to see the incredible amount of equipment needed to film an IMAX film; the camera alone weighs in at about 1300 pounds and can only take 3 minutes of film at a time before it has to be reloaded. It takes an enormous amount of crew and transportation to get the filmmakers where they need to go.

I can highly recommend this short film that studies sea life and captures some rare moments.  The narration is family friendly and the film can be enjoyed by all members of the family.  Rated G.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , | Leave a comment