Thursday, December 30, 2010

Newsboys - "Christmas! A Newsboys Holiday"













Are you like me where you get the post-Christmas holiday blues after the sacred day just flies right by? Well one way of dealing with it is with some great Christmas songs! Sure the holiday's over, but who says you still can't jam to some jolly X-Mas (CHRISTmas for those who get uptight about the deal with the letter X thing) songs! One good recommendation is the "Christmas! A Newsboys Holiday" album dropped by the Newsboys! Now mind you, this is the post-Furler era Newsboys now fronted by Michael Tait. I would've loved to hear a X-Mas album with Peter as singer, but this album hits the spot as far as Chrismas jingles go. It's a short album with only 5 tracks. But put on repeat, this album can still bring holiday joy up until Valentine's Day. I enjoyed each track, but standouts for me are their cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You", and "O Holy Night". But like I said, each track is full of holiday cheer, so put in on repeat and ENJOY!

Friday, December 17, 2010

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (Blu-Ray)













Boy turns into geek and turns into a sorcerer to win his love. Gosh I love stories like this!

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is one film I was waiting to come on video. Now that it's out, I wasn't let down. This film has got the makings of a great family adventure. Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel shine in this fantasy/adventure set in Manhattan. The Blu-Ray has got tons of extra features adding value to this set put out by Disney. Overall this is one film great for family movie night, or just to kick back and see an entertaining film!

VeggieTales: It's a Meaningful Life DVD













VeggieTales, VeggieTales....
(cue the theme song)

If you have kids, or know someone who does, and have had the chance to watch any VeggieTales specials, then you know that song can get stuck in your head for days. I have shown these to my son ever since he was 4 years old. He's 11 now, and it was nice to be able to sit with him and still be able to enjoy VeggieTales when we watched the recent DVD called It's a Meaningful Life. In this show loosely based on It's A Wonderful Life, Larry the Cucumber stars as "Stewart" (get it? Jimmy Stewart?). Stewart gets a lesson in contentment after wondering "what if" his life turned out differently. Overall, this is a fun show to watch with the family. VeggieTales has always been good at delivering a moral message to kids through innovative animation. So do yourself a favor and check it out for the holidays!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fantasia and Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition













Hello there great peoples of the world!

I count it a pleasure to mention to you about the FANTASTIC Blu-ray/DVD release of the Fantasia and Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition. Just in time for the holiday season comes this 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack containing both DVD and Blu-ray versions of both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000! If you thought it was an amazing experience watching these films, wait until you see them on Blu-ray. Not only does the set have both films, but it is loaded with special features galore. One standout feature out of all the others for me would have to be short film "Destino". This was a a collaberation between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali started in 1946! The film had to be get put off due to financial concerns, but was picked up again by Roy E. Disney in 2003 and eventually finished up. With a lot of sets getting pushed out in time for this season, be sure to get your hands on this set. And for your viewing pleasure, check out the following video clip!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown! (DVD)













Peanuts fans can rejoice with the new release of He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown! Warner Bros has given this one the deluxe treatment with all updated audio and video. See the famous beagle Snoopy go to puppy boot camp when the gang gets fed up with him. But loyalty and friendship get tested when Snoopy wonders how it might be with a new master. Watch to see if Chuck can bring his beloved beagle back home in this Remastered Deluxe Edition!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)













Another great title is out from the WHV video collection. This time it’s the complete ninth season of Smallville. I checked out the Blu-ray version and the quality on this set is superb. Although I’m not the biggest fan of the show, I do like it and am glad it’s still trucking along on TV. In this ninth season, the trouble and the drama cranks up 1000 notches with the relationship between Clark and Lois heating up. Action isn’t lacking either this season with guest appearances by DC characters such as Wonder Twins, Dr. Fate, Hawkman, and the notorious Zod! High-quality video and fast paced action make this set one of the year’s best!

Here is a video clip for your enjoyment:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season - Blu-ray













Whoa! Between this show and True Blood, it's clear that vampires have taken over the TV networks. It would be too easy to brush a TV show like Vampire Diaries off as another way for someone to cash in on the sudden vampire trend. But don't jump your guns just yet. This show is definitely not a "flash in the pan". I believe it has what it takes to make it in the long run. With a very compelling storyline, mysterious characters, and great acting, Vampire Diaries is a hit that will be here for a while. The only beef I have with the show is that the teenagers are WAY too mature for their own good here. It might have been more believable if these were college kids. Instead, some of these high schoolers are involved in relationships that would be way over their heads in real life. I wouldn't want any teenagers in my family emotionally invested in relationships the way some of the kids here are.

Ok, rant over.

Despite the flaws I mentioned above, I think this show is something that a lot of adults can "sink their teeth into". I've always been a sucker for a good vampire story, and this is one of the best I've seen in a while. I finally got to finish the first season on Blu-ray and honestly, I couldn't get enough. With the cliffhangers at the end of each show, I was left hungry for each episode. The quality of video on the Blu-ray colection is superb and made it much more interesting to watch. Warner Bros seems to be finishing the year off right with this addition to their home video collection.

And for a peek at the show, check this out:


Monday, September 13, 2010

The Middle: The Complete First Season













Family comedies have been redeemed thanks to the hit show The Middle. Watching this show is one of those that really makes you feel like part of the family. Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck, frazzled mom of 3 trying to keep her head above water. Along with her husband, they try to remain sane amidst all the complications of raising a family. What makes this show work is that underneath all the wacky situations the family goes through, it is a very realisitc look at what having a family looks like. A big plus is that it doesn't rely on turning the family into "white-trash" for our enjoyment like some shows do. You actually feel for these people, especially the youngest kid known as Brick! Check out the first season on DVD and you'll see what I mean. It's a fine collection of episodes from one of TV's best comedies! And for your viewing pleasure, check out this clip:

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Newsboys - "Born Again" Live @ Ocean Grove, NJ

At their memorable concert in Ocean Grove, I captured this performance of the Newsboys' "Born Again" on video. This was one song that sent shockwaves though the excited NJ crowd. And without further ado, here is the live version of the title track from their latest album.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Exclusive interview with Newsboys' Duncan Phillips

On August 21st, I had the chance to sit with Duncan Phillips of the Newsboys right before their amazing performance at Ocean Grove, NJ. I must say, interviewing him was a blast and he was very generous with his time. And now, for your viewing pleasure is the entire interview. Check it out!

Newsboys - Live @ Ocean Grove, NJ 8/21/2010

If you're like me and have your reservations about the new direction the Newsboys are heading, then seeing them live should squash any doubts you may have. Recently they passed through NJ, and my son and I went to see them play at the Great Auditorium in historic Ocean Grove. Overall, it was an electrifying performance that had me reeling for a couple days afterwards. They played most songs from their new album along with oldies like Shine, He Reigns, and Breakfast. The audience was captivated by a phenomenal show, and I can't wait to see them pass through this area again. To give you a taste of the performance, here's a video I took of the song Miracles from that night's show. Also, stay tuned for a video I took of the song Born Again, and an exclusive interview I did with drummer Duncan Phillips. Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Matt Maher - Alive Again




Here's another review by Amica Paige...






Matt Maher’s album, ALIVE AGAIN, so aptly named, is a breath of fresh air in today’s polluted airwaves, wherein “cool tunes”, per se, rule over substance, and mere noise have replaced real music, as these misguided and image-driven artists, in blind pursuit of relevance, continue to embrace bland formulas and popularity over their God-given talents and musical integrity. This unpretentious, stripped-down music displays a genuine balance between substance and creativity, without the latter running amok for its own sake; take note of Maher’s vocal ease and Audrey Assad’s cool harmony in a couple of tracks, especially in Garden. With its lyrical and melodic strength, this album is solid and certainly deserves some serious airtime in its entirety, though my favorites are Alive Again, Sing Over Your Children, Hold Us Together, Love Comes Down, Letting Go, You Were on the Cross, Christ is Risen, and Garden. Each track eloquently delivers a message that turns your thoughts to our glorious Creator who richly blesses, even with eternal life, which many of us would rather reject, instead of actively seek or even honestly question God.

Pick up the album, if you care to nourish your spirit. The music is a gem for the jaded listener, and may very well make you feel alive again. Plainly put, it is food for the soul and the lyrics are included in the no fuss, yet artful insert.

“I was looking outside
As if love would ever want to hide”

“No scheme of man
…separates
Us from Your hand…”

“I flirt with the world…
But Your gaze stops my heart”

“Glorious beyond measure
Bending low to wash His traitor’s feet…
Why would a king do such a thing?”

“Where were you when all that I’ve hoped for
Came crashing down in shambles around me”

“O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church come stand in the light
Our God is not dead
He’s alive! He’s alive!”

“Your love’s so strong
I can’t recall
What was this thing
They called the fall?
…The mournful rejoicing
Seeing through tears
Of peace overflowing…”

Monday, August 16, 2010

Stellar Kart - Everything is Different Now










If frenzied pop-punk is your thing, then you’d probably dig the latest album put out by Stellar Kart.

Lately, the term “worship” has developed into a style or genre, instead of an act of reverence. So I do have my reservations when I hear an album (or anything for that matter) described as “worship”. I honestly wish that the term would be done away with. But for the time being, I’ll use it here since that’s the word used for the theme of this album.

Stellar Kart, if you haven’t already noticed from my intro, is a Christian band. As a believer myself, when I listen to the songs on this CD, I understand the connection they sing about. As for the style, I really haven’t been into the pop-punk sound since the Blink-182 days, with the exception of Relient K (which lately has evolved to a much more mature sound). However, after saying all that, I like these guys. It’s a fun album with a lot of heart behind it. I played it a few times driving home in traffic to give me that extra jolt of energy I needed. The standout track for me would have to be their cover of "Spirit In the Sky". It’s definitely unlike any other version of the song you ever heard. Overall, it’s an album that gives you the pleasure of indulging in some frenetic sounds while contemplating on life and God.

Friday, August 13, 2010

James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition











We all know that Tim Burton directed the recent Alice In Wonderland starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Well when you watch Burton’s films long enough you start to realize he IS the Mad Hatter. His unique films draw you into another world as each one comes to life on the screen. From Ed Wood to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Burton has been consistent in delivering some memorable films with his eccentric style. One of his most beloved is James and the Giant Peach. I recently checked it out on the new Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack. If you loved this film, then seeing it on Blu-ray will be truly enjoyable. Someone had recently said to me that stop-motion animation has become a forgotten art. Well I hope this new release will wake some people up and revive this style of animation. The Blu-ray version comes with some special features that shouldn’t be missed. There is a really funny game called Spike the Aunts where you get to “spike” the nasty evil aunts from the film with a rhino! Also, there is the Production Featurette which takes a look at how the film was made. This kind of feature is already expected on DVD/Blu-ray releases, so not much of a surprise there. However this shows how much work was put in to make this film. Man! You have to have A LOT of patience to make a stop-motion animated film. Overall, this is one release that I was very satisfied with.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ER: THE COMPLETE THIRTEENTH SEASON (DVD)











So what's been happening over at America's favorite ER lately? Check out Season 13 on DVD to find out. This month, WHV released Season 13 on DVD. The set comes with 6 discs filled with all the episodes of this hit show. In this season, along with the cast that includes noneother than John Stamos are some special guest stars. Making guest appearances this season are Forest Whitaker, Robert Prosky, Stanley Tucci, Sally Field, and many others. It's known that more than 11 million viewers checked out this 13th season. For those of us who don't have the time to sit in each week to watch the show, this set provides the opportunity to catch up on every episode.

Check it out.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Newsboys - Born Again











When the Boys light up...

They’re back! By “they” I mean the band that still goes by the name “Newsboys”. But to me, they are a totally different act. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of Newsboys’ members Jeff, Duncan, and Jody joining forces with the Lenny Kravitz of Christian music: Michael Tait. Ever since the dc Talk days, Tait has proven that he is one of the premier vocalists in the industry. From dc Talk to his time with his band Tait, he has belted out some memorable tunes. But let’s face it, without Peter Furler, what we’ve known as the Newsboys is long gone. Maybe they should have changed their name to TAITboys? Well whatever you feel like calling them, their new album Born Again hits stores July 13th and I had the chance to listen to an advance copy (thanks Stacie!). To get right to the point, this is a good album. Tait’s powerhouse vocals fit the band’s sound perfectly here, especially on the more aggressive tracks (see Born Again for example). And the band sounds tight also on the slower tracks like On Your Knees. One funny thing I noticed is the track titled Miracles that kept reminding me of a certain song called Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson. I never imagined I’d be comparing the NEWSBOYS with Manson! Anyway, to sum it up, this album is not a letdown. I feel this is the band Tait was meant to sing for, especially after his previous projects didn’t fare so well. So do check it out and see what you think about these TAITboys, uhhh… I mean “Newsboys”.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Tom Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection DVD











It is my pleasure to present ANOTHER fine Tom and Jerry release from the WHV collection of DVD's! This time we have the Tom Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection on DVD. I had a lot of fun watching this set that contains 2 discs filled with 30 animated shorts. As usual with this famous cat and mouse duo, chaos ensues as they literally beat the crap out of each other. I know there are people that have a problem with this show and how violent it is. But honestly, do we really need to take this show THAT seriously? Anyway, enough ranting. Everyone has their own opinion. Getting back to the DVD, fans of the show would really dig this set. I really enjoyed it and am glad to have it as part of my collection.

For your viewing pleasure, here's something to check out:


Friday, June 25, 2010

The Sorceress - Michael Scott





Here's another review by Amica Paige...





I finally had the time to read The Sorceress, and had my fill indeed, at least for the time-being until I get my hands on the next book. As with the previous books, this third sequel in the fantastic tale, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, is an exhilarating ride right from the start, as monsters-in-disguise chase the protagonists through St. Pancras Station to the Sorceress’ escape from Alcatraz. This edition equally brims with mounting battles, surprising turns, unforeseen alliances, and unexpected encounters, on top of endless references to legendary characters, both fictional and factual, if you can handle a bit of information overload. The Saracen Knight, Shakespeare, and Gilgamesh all turn up this time amidst an onslaught of some of the most grotesque creatures to ever emerge in any mythical realm—sea-creatures, flesh-eaters, vampire breeds, the Horned God, wolf-men, and other beasts, dog-like, bear-like, goat-like, and definitely unlike we’ve ever seen before. Even the fabled Virginia Dare and Billy the Kid make their devious appearance alongside the enemies, as well as "normal-looking humans which are "the most frightening of all" for Josh Newman. I’m very curious about how this incredible epic will be translated onto the big screen. I’m hoping that the filmmakers come close enough to Scott’s literary creation and not lose the story in its immensity, which seems common to big productions getting too caught up in their hullabaloos.
As the race to save or destroy mankind heats up, the Flamels still haven’t recovered the book of Abraham the Mage from their adversary, the English Magician, and so continue to age significantly and weaken. Meanwhile, their time to protect the human race runs grim as the summer solstice, Litha, draws near. On that day, the twins’ auras will have reached their full strength as the barriers to the Shadowrealms weaken, thus enabling the Dark Elders to unleash inconceivable horrors to wipe out humanity and reclaim the world. Sure enough, Dee and Macchiavelli get desperately busy in their pursuit of the Flamels, the twins of legend, Sophie and Josh, and the last two pages of the codex for the Dark Elders, or risk their own immortalities. But of course, the Alchemist and the Sorceress have other plans than to simply surrender or drop dead. As Perenelle attempts to escape the monster-infested prison through her cunning and great sorcery, Nicholas must prevail in having the twins fully trained in elemental magic before it’s too late. But their next lesson is with a mad, old King, which could be quite troublesome. Even more problematic is the twins’ growing distrust of the evasive Alchemist, which surely doesn’t help ease the situation, though it certainly makes for a more intriguing plot. Then, there’s Clarent, Excalibur’s twin sword, to further complicate the matter. As Josh slowly realizes Clarent’s dark influence, Dee’s desire for it only deepens, especially since he already possesses the other blade. And while the strengths of both swords are unmistakable, the force that they could yield together is unthinkable, particularly in the hands of one with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and power, like the Magician. The swords' existence poses a new question: could they be the prophesied “two that are one”?
Deeper twists unravel as the events in this blazing saga unfold—events that surely don’t come without a fight. Yet even with its never-ending battles, at the heart of this fascinating story are timeless themes that reveal humanity's ongoing inner struggles for hope in the darkest hours, perseverance through the most difficult obstacles, courage against the most formidable foes, empathy for even the most dubious characters, forgiveness for the grossest wrongs, a chance of redemption for the offender, trust even when no one seems worthy of it, loyalty amidst great uncertainty, the bonds of families and friendships, and ultimately, the good of mankind, not self-preservation, but a genuine concern for life. Like all other insightful narratives, this story challenges the conventional view and blurs the line between good and evil. Michael Scott has yet again brewed an enchanting concoction, a true “conjugation”, a perfect equilibrium of magic and history, because “at the heart of every story is a grain of truth.”

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Newsboys!

I have a strange fascination with Christian music. There are times when I cringe from what I hear, and there are times where I see artists with tremendous talent living out their faith. My favorite out of all the Christian artists would have to be the boys from down under, known as the Newsboys. I guess I should say that they STARTED OUT as a band from Australia. Now, after band members coming and going, they have only one true Aussie left (Duncan Phillips). Lead singer Peter Furler, who for me epitomizes everything good about this band, left the band to be replayed by Michael Tait. I still can’t fully express how I feel about this since I always thought Peter WAS the Newsboys. Honestly I think they should have just changed their name. Time will tell how this all pans out in the next few years, especially with their new album being released in July. Anyway I thought I’d bring up three Newsboys albums released before Furler’s “retirement”.












Newsboys Live: Houston We Are Go

After the Newsboys' experiment into the “Worship” territory, they released the album Go. This album returned back to what the Newsboys built a reputation on: lively, bouncy tracks that get stuck in your head for days. Newsboys Live: Houston We Are Go is the CD/DVD version of their tour that supported this album. Let’s face it, I can’t imagine getting let down from a Newsboys show, so this release is obviously is good. However, after seeing their Newsboys - Shine: The Hits Live DVD from 2001, I don’t think another release can top that one. That one set the standard as far as the quality of a Newsboys show. And while Houston We Are Go isn’t a letdown, it doesn’t hold up to Shine. However, if you want to see a more recent concert with all of the Newsboys excitement, then check out Houston We Are Go.












Newsboys: The Ultimate Collection

Want to get a full dosage of Newsboys fun? Then check out the ULTIMATE COLLECTION. This 2-disc set contains most of their best tracks over the years. Of course with each album there are pros and cons. Pros for this would have to be it has most of their well known tracks. Anyone not familiar with the band would do well by listening to this to get a good feel for their sound. Cons would be that it doesn’t contain enough of songs from their old days. I’m talking about when guys were rockin’ mullets and playing songs heavily influenced by the 80’s. Other than that this album is one to have for any fan of the ‘boys.












In The Hands Of God

This album is significant in that it’s the last album released with Peter Furler as lead singer. Reviews for this one were somewhat negative from critics, but forget what they say. At first I wasn’t blown away, but it really grew on me after a few listens. I still keep it on rotation in my playlist. This album is a little more rock than previous Newsboys albums, and the lyrics contain the usual quirky lines that you’ve come to expect from them. Standout tracks for me are The Way We Roll, No Grave, This Is Your Life, The Upside, Dance, and RSL 1984. Honestly, I am sad at the fact that Furler isn’t performing with them anymore, as this is one of the few bands that kept Christian music from heading to the graveyard. I will miss the days of seeing the bald headed Aussie leading the band in their energetic shows. Hopefully, like many other artists that “retire” (Jay-Z, etc) Peter will come back… SOON!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

VALENTINE’S DAY - Blu-ray











Hey everybody, it’s VALENTINE’S DAY!

Actually, it’s not.

But it can be when you watch the romantic comedy on Blu-ray!
With an all-star cast leading the way, this film can either improve or ruin your date night. This film by veteran filmmaker Garry Marshall takes a look at love and how it intertwines in the lives of the different characters. It’s not the best Garry Marshall film, but it’s got some pretty funny moments and is a decent comedy. I checked out the Blu-ray and along with the film there are some cool extra features. There’s 14 Deleted Scenes with intros from Garry Marshall, Gag Reel, and a music video for Jewel’s “Stay Here Forever” to name a few.

VALENTINE’S DAY is out now on Blu-ray.

Invictus - Blu-ray











A powerful movie with some great acting.

I've been bored lately with a lot of movies. To see Invictus was a breath of fresh air. As you may know, it’s out now on Blu-ray, and if you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend you check it out. Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon pull off some really great acting, and much kudos goes to Clint Eastwood for his directing skills. This powerful film tells the story of how President Mandela tries to unite his country through rugby! If you have been jaded with movies, then give this one a shot.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Angel Time











What's up with the fascination with angels lately?

Beloved writer Anne Rice surprised everyone when she made the announcement that she'll be writing for the Lord from now on. Known as an atheist for most of her writing career, this news was a shocker. Now, after her releasing some books on Jesus, she has presented a gift to us in the form of a metaphysical thriller. Angel Time is the book, and it is one that takes a little time to get used to. Some parts are a little slow, but necessary in the bigger picture. Overall, it's a good read. Anne Rice still hasn't lost her touch when it comes to writing. It's just that now her faith seeps into every story. And that is fine with me. We need more writers like Anne that can mix faith and art in a very real way.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Legion - DVD











If humanity were about to get “smited”, and our only hope was in the Archangel Michael, would you feel good if he appeared as Paul Bettany? That’s what happens in the end-of-the-world action flick Legion. I have to admit this movie was “OK”. Not phenomenal, but “OK”. There are some pretty cool action sequences that balance out some of the lame acting. Mr. Bethany did a decent job of playing Michael. The whole concept of the film is badass, with the fighting angels and whatnot. Overall, it’s an enjoyable action film that hopefully will open the door for more warring angel films.

The Bible!

The Bible is a book that stirs up different feelings for different people. Some people loathe it; some hold it in the highest regard. Some think that its fiction and some find it to be a series of texts that are literal documents to support their faith. As a believer, the Bible is a comforting book, yet it’s confusing at the same time. I’ve wrestled with a lot of the stories I’ve read. Some have made me laugh, some have strengthened my faith, and some have made me doubt. But overall, I am fascinated by it. After saying all this here are some versions of the Bible that I’ve found to be helpful.












The Jesus Storybook Bible
Every Story Whispers His Name
By: Sally Lloyd-Jones

Now this isn’t a real “Bible”. But as a father raising a son, I think this is an amazing book to share with a kid who is learning about faith. It is pretty straight-forward and really has some cool illustration by a guy named “Jago”. The writer of the stories in here is Sally Lloyd-Jones, and she brings a fresh perspective to these Biblical stories. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book to share with their kids. I even admit that some of the stories have given me a new way of looking at the biblical texts!














The Message//REMIX 2.0

This is a funny version to read, yet I love it. It doesn’t change any of the meanings in the Bible (although some critics will tell you otherwise). It’s just translated into everyday modern language. It always gives you something to ponder, and really makes reading the Bible fun without “watering it down”. It does take some getting used to, especially if you’re used to the “Thee’s” and “Thou’s”. But overall, it’s a version that has changed the way I read the Bible in a good way.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

AVATAR - DVD











Man, I can't believe how fast this movie came on DVD. So let's get down to business! Avatar (the highest-grossing film of all time) can now be viewed at home thanks to Fox Home Entertainment. Now I had the chance to check it out on DVD, and while it's great to view the film in my living room, I was expecting more. To put it bluntly I was expecting some extra features. I mean anything would have been fine. But sadly, there were none. There were no interviews, alternate endings, commentaries, etc. That's my main beef with the DVD. So on one hand, having the film at home is great. On the other, if you're expecting any extra features, don't look here. So if you're just looking to check out the film and nothing else, then the DVD will do just fine.

Monday, May 17, 2010

HAMLET - DVD and Blu-ray











A contemporary look at Shakespeare's HAMLET comes to DVD and Blu-ray. Starring David Tennant as and Patrick Stewart, this is a fresh take of Shakespeare's famous play. What’s great about this version is that rather than being filmed at the theater, this was filmed on location. All fans of Shakespeare can appreciate this contemporary version of the play. Overall, it’s a well acted and very well produced version of HAMLET.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

IRON MAN and X-MEN!











What perfect timing to release the complete 1994 animated series of Iron Man on DVD. With Iron Man 2 in theaters, it's a great time to revisit this great animated show! This 3-disc collector's set contains all the episodes from this series. Here we get to see Iron Man do battle along with Nick Fury, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Spider Woman and Hawkeye. Overall, it's a cool set to own for any fan of all things Iron Man!












Next on DVD is X-MEN: Volume 5. This set is a 2-disc collection of Episodes 63 to 76 from the animated series. Being that this is the final installment in the series, it's a must see for any X-Men fan. Some things in store on this set include the X-Men seeking help from Magneto, and the final episode “Graduation Day"! Don't miss out on this final volume in the X-Men collection.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

THE OFFICIAL INAUGURAL CELEBRATION DVD











Obama was put in office in 2009, so I'm not sure why only now a DVD of his inauguration was released. Is it to distract us from the mess that's going on in this country? Who knows? Well whatever side of the political fence you're on, Barack Obama's presidency is one that we'll have a hard time forgetting. Out now on DVD is a collection of the Obama Inauguration festivities. All of the performances from artists like BeyoncĂ©, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, and Usher are here in this 2-disc collector’s set. Also included on this set is the Neighborhood Ball that has the President’s and First Lady’s first dance. Oh, and along with the entertainment of course we get to see Obama's swearing-in and inaugural address. Overall, this is a set that captured the best moments of this historical inauguration.

Friday, May 07, 2010

FFH - Wide Open Spaces











The name "FFH" may not mean anything to you, unless you are familiar with this veteran CCM band. Whether you're a fan or not, I think this is one of the most surprising albums I heard recently. In a nutshell, these songs were born out of pain. After the band went on a hiatus, singer Jeromy Deibler was diagnosed with MS. I'll spare the details here since you can look up other interviews online that cover his story. This album is worth checking out, especially to hear some very honest songwriting that doesn't hide the pain that comes in life. And yet, the album still leaves room for hope. I honestly didn't expect to be writing about a FFH album, but this one was a nice surprise.

Armageddon - Blu-Ray











Remember when Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck saved the world back in 1998. Well now you get to see ARMAGEDDON all over again on Blu-Ray. This is one movie that is way over the top, but in a good way. I’m not sure why they decided to re-release it now, but this movie does benefit from the Blu-Ray treatment. This is one of those films you pop on to kill a few hours and get a few laughs and thrills along the way. With end-of-the-world movies becoming so trendy now, I got reminded that this came out before all the hype. If you enjoyed this film, it’s worth checking out on Blu-ray. However, I wish they would have added more bonus features on the disc.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (DVD)












Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back. If you didn’t get enough of them the first time around, then you’ll be happy to see they’re joined by the Chipettes. However, Dave (played by Jason Lee) is missing from most of the film. To provide comedic support in his place this time is Dave’s cousin (played by Chuck’s Zachary Levi). There’s not much depth in a film like this. This is strictly family entertainment, with a little bit of publicity thrown in for certain singers (Hi Beyonce!). But overall, it is an enjoyable film that kids and adults can enjoy together. It’s got some pretty funny scenes, and some really cheesy ones. But hey, we’re talking about the Chipmunks here! So for a family comedy, this one is a hit.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Night Court: The Complete Third Season (DVD)












The Night Court theme song will never get old...

Another trip down 80’s memory lane comes this time courtesy of Warner Home Video with their release of Night Court: The Complete Third Season on DVD. I enjoyed this set a lot as it brought back so many memories of my youth. As I popped in the first of this three disc set into my DVD player, that familiar theme song rang through my head, reminding me of the fun times I had watching this show. Judge Harry and gang are all here in 22 hilarious episodes packed into this collectible set. Overall, this is one set that doesn’t let down and reminded me of one of TV’s great sitcoms from the 80’s.


Friday, March 05, 2010

Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases, Volume 4












I can never get tired of seeing the cartoons of my youth get released on DVD. Speaking of that, Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases, Vol. 4 is out on DVD. This DVD contains 14 classic cartoons from the craziest cat/mouse duo. Seeing these two go at it is absolutely hilarious, and this set is a lot of fun to watch. The running time is over an hour, but I would have liked to see it hit closer to the two hour mark. However, this set is still a great one to check out for all the hilarious insanity that’s included.

The episodes included are:

The Mouse Comes to Dinner
Springtime For Thomas
Trap Happy
Polka-Dot Puss
Saturday Evening Puss
Little Quacker
Cruise Cat
The Missing Mouse
Jerry and Jumbo
Just Ducky
Little School Mouse
Tom and Cherie
Muscle Beach Tom
Down Beat Bear

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

FLASHFORWARD: Part 1, Season 1











FANTASTIC!

That would have to be the one word I'd use to describe the hit show Flashforward. This conspiracy/thriller centers on a global event when every human blacked out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and gets to see a glimpse of their life in the near future. Exactly WHAT caused it and WHO is behind this catastrophe is the fuel that keeps the show running. From the story to the acting to the shocking scenes that unfold, this show is pretty mind-blowing. I got the chance to see the first 10 episodes on the show’s recent DVD release. This 2-disc set is an absolute gem with the 10 episodes and extra bonus features. Features such as a teaser to an upcoming episode, and a behind the scenes look at the pilot. From the moment I popped in the first DVD, I was hooked. Now after seeing this set, I am stoked to see what lies ahead for this series!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo (DVD)











There’s nothing like a little Scooby-Doo to brighten up your day. For all you fans of the Mystery Inc. gang, they’re back again in Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo. This brand new DVD from WHV follows the gang as they visit Daphne’s sister Madelyn at the Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy. As expected, they discover there are some strange happenings going on. In particular, people have reported sightings of a giant Gryphon. Leave it to Scoob and the gang to uncover what’s really going on. If you are looking for a video to give you some good laughs, Abracadabra-Doo should do the trick.










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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

GARY UNMARRIED: The Complete First Season











Former SNL funnyman Joy Mohr is back with a hit sitcom, and this time he’s Gary Unmarried. Out now on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is the entire first season of this hit show. This quirky show takes a look at life after divorce for the main star Gary. Trying to help raise 2 kids after a divorce has got to be tough. But imagine finding out your ex-wife is engaged to your marriage counselor! That’s part of the crazy world that Gary finds himself in. On this DVD set are 20 episodes on three discs, along with some extra special features. Features like Season One bloopers, a tour of Gary Unmarried by the cast and crew, and much more. Overall, it’s another great TV series released on DVD by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

And don’t forget to check out these clips:

The Jay Factor (Bonus)


The Cast (Bonus)

Friday, February 05, 2010

Dallas: The Complete Twelfth Season (DVD)











Dallas fans, rejoice! The shows complete twelfth season is out on a collectible DVD set containing all 26 episodes. All the scandals and deception that helped make this show so popular are here in this set. This is the season where J.R.’S wrongdoings come back and get him. Karma is a real bitch, aint it? Now fans of this classic show can relive this season on this DVD set. Yet, another fine addition to the WHV catalog of DVD’S.

The Boys Are Back (DVD)












On a more dramatic note, there is the film The Boys Are Back. Starring Clive Owen, this movie is about a man who loses his wife, and is forced to raise his two sons alone. An inspiring film, The Boys Are Back has some memorable performances, particularly by Mr. Owen. Out now on DVD, this film is one that is sure to touch the hearts of its viewers. The DVD contains a feature starring the man who inspired the film, Simon Carr. This one feature is very interesting as he and his sons visit the set of the film. Overall, The Boys Are Back is surely one film that will be talked about for years to come.

Surrogates (Blu-ray)












Bruce Willis hasn’t lost his touch. The action movie superstar has aged, but he still knows how to carry a film. In Surrogates, he stars as FBI agent Tom Greer in this film that was based on the famous graphic novel. In a world where people live their lives through human-like machines, things are not as they seem. This almost perfect world where crime is almost nonexistent flips upside down when a college student dies. Agent Greer suddenly gets drawn into something much bigger as the world is threatened. Surrogates is a film that is great for any sci-fi fan. It’s got a compelling story and the special effects are pretty impressive. The Blu-ray disc makes the film much more enjoyable to watch with crystal clear picture and some really good extra features. One feature in particular shows how the film was brought to life from the graphic novel. So if you’re in the mood for a great sci-fi flick, check out this one.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Edge of Darkness - DVD











With the new Mel Gibson movie coming out, it’s good to see the original series that inspired the film. The original BBC series Edge of Darkness has been released on DVD, courtesy of Warner Home Video. While the video quality is not the best, the acting and story behind this series has all the goods that make a great thriller. Any fan of BBC productions would appreciate this collectible set. It’s great for people like me who never got to see the original to watch before seeing the new film. And for anyone that’s already watched the series, it’s a good time to revisit this classic.

Monday, January 25, 2010

ER: The Complete Twelfth Season (DVD)









More drama in everyone’s favorite ER. In real life, the last place you want to be is in the ER. But on TV, it’s hard to keep your eyes off this gripping series. Already over the 12 season mark, this show has stood the test of time. And on the DVD set for the twelfth season, there’s so much drama inside and outside the hospital. This six-disc set has all the episodes that over 10 million viewers tuned into every week during this season. Impressive! To give you a glimpse, there’s a mother looking for a runaway son, a doctor with a questionable past, a doctor returns from Iraq, and one heads to Darfur. This set is out now courtesy of Warner Home Video and I definitely recommend checking it out.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT: Volume 1 and 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU: Volume 1


With so many good TV shows on these days, it is pretty hard to narrow down the ones that are worth watching. Surprisingly, ABC Family is one network that has a great selection of shows to check out. Two of these, which just recently got released on DVD for the first time, are Make It Or Break It and 10 Things I Hate About You.











Make It Or Break It is about four teenage girls on their way to the Olympics. In this gymnastic drama, there is a lot of rivalry as you see just how far they will go for their dreams. It shows the highs and lows that come with extreme competition among teens, especially girls. The Volume One DVD set gives you a chance to revisit the show again with over 400 minutes of running time. Features on the DVD include a behind the scenes look at the show, extended episode, deleted scenes, and a lot more to keep fans of the show busy for quite a while.

Featurette: Stunt Doubles



What are you afraid of?













Next is the series 10 Things I Hate About You, which is based on (you got it!) the hit movie starring Heath Ledger. While the show has some significant differences from the film, as a show it is one of ABC Family’s best. It’s witty, funny, and the cast holds up the show really well. This Volume One DVD set is definitely worth checking out if you want to see teenage comedy done right. Along with the episodes, the set contains lots of additional features such as audio commentaries, bloopers, and much more. Even if it didn’t have all the extra features, I still would recommend it for all the laughs and clever stories in each episode. Check it out!

Behind the scenes: Blooper
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Detention

Friday, January 08, 2010

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (10th Anniversary Edition)











Wow, I can't believe it's been TEN years since 10 Things I Hate About You came out. Not only was this Heath Ledger's American screen debut, but it is one of the BEST teen comedies ever made. Witty dialogue, a solid cast, and one of the funniest paranoid dads you'll ever see make this one a hit. I forgot how good this film was, until I recently checked it out on the Blu-ray version. On this 10th Anniversary Edition of the film, the film gets an updated look on Blu-ray AND you get to see some great never-before-seen footage on the special features. The feature 10 Things I Love About 10 Things I Hate About You 10 Years Later takes a trip down memory lane with an inside look at the screen tests done for the talented cast of this film. With a running a little over an hour, this feature also includes lots of one-on-one interviews with the cast and crew. So if you enjoyed this film as much as I did, do yourself a favor and check it out.

And for your enjoyment, check out these clips:


Book Store


Meeting


Stadium Serenade


Parking Lot


Tell Me Something True


Trailer

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Ruby-Spears Superman (DVD)











I don't remember watching this show in my younger years, but after checking out Ruby-Spears Superman on DVD, I am now a fan. I'm glad WHV decided to release this on DVD, because it really is a great animated series. The colors are nice and bright, and on the 2-disc DVD set there are 13 very entertaining episodes to really enjoy. The dialogue is a little cheesy at times, but overall the show is enjoyable. I definitely recommend checking it out.

Monday, January 04, 2010

EXTRACT











Leave it up to Mike Judge to poke fun at the typical American workplace...

What happens when you take director Mike Judge and throw in Jason Bateman, Kristin Wiig, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis, and Gene Simmons from KISS? You get EXTRACT, the latest comedy from Judge out now on DVD and Blu-ray. Followers of Mike Judge will remember him mostly for his cult classic Office Space. It’s been a while since he put out something like that. Now, we finally get to see EXTRACT. While this film is no Office Space, it does have all the elements of a great Mike Judge comedy. The stereotypical characters in the workplace are dead on, as anyone who has been a part of drama in the office can relate to the shenanigans that go on here. Jason Bateman does a great job playing the owner of a flavor extract factory and having to deal with all the strange daily happenings within his company. Not only that, but he has some sexual frustrations with his wife, played by Kristin Wiig. Surprisingly, Ben Affleck pulls off a memorable role as the annoying “friend” to Bateman’s character, who causes more trouble than you can think of. I checked out the Blu-ray and if you are looking to see this film, definitely get the Blu-ray version. Not only is the video quality 10 times better, but you also get some extended scenes AND an exclusive deleted scene not shown in the theaters. Overall, I recommend this movie because of its ability to highlight the eccentricity of life in a typical American company.