Tuesday, March 29, 2011

RAIN MAN on Blu-Ray













This is a film that really needs no introduction. A pivotal film in the 80’s, Rain Man is both a monumental film for the decade and the careers of Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. This is a film that never gets old, no matter how many times you watch it. Since lately we’ve been on the topic of films getting rereleased on Blu-ray, now we get to see Rain Man. Seeing it in HD quality you notice right away the improvements such as clearer picture and audio. While it’s not the best I’ve seen on Blu-ray, I think they did a good job for this 80’s classic. Definitely worth your time to watch it again, especially with the extra features like commentaries, a documentary titled “The Journey of Rain Man”, and deleted scenes.

Moonstruck on Blu-ray













“Snap out of it!”

If you’ve ever seen the movie Moonstruck then you know what that line above means. Moonstruck is the one movie where people that don’t like Cher and Nic Cage can actually enjoy. Cher has always annoyed me ever since I was a kid. Nic Cage has to be in the right role, otherwise his performance usually has me feeling awkward. Well Moonstruck is the one movie where you forget that you’re watching Nic and Cher. This classic romantic comedy is filled with great one-liners and is a smart and witty take on love. In case you haven’t heard, the film has released on Blu-ray. Considering this is from the 80’s, you can definitely see the difference in watching the Blu-ray version. Much clearer picture on the widescreen and HD audio makes it a good movie-watching experience. Of course features have been thrown in for an extra bonus. Some included are audio commentaries and a feature titled “Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family”. In short, a good title to own for any fan of the film.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BAMBI Diamond Edition













BAMBI Diamond Edition


One of the all time classic coming-of-age movies has been released in all its Blu-ray glory. Bambi is one of the most beloved Disney films, and why wouldn't it be? What's not to like about the cute deer growing up and facing the joys and sorrows of life? I think that this is a timeless film that people of all ages can learn from. Now about this special Diamond Edition. This is a 2-disc combo pack, so it includes the Blu-ray and DVD version for you to enjoy. As enjoyable as the film is, I thought the special feature "The Making Of BAMBI" was very informative and entertaining. If you like seeing how films get done, then this feature is right up your alley. So if you haven't had the opportunity to catch this classic in hi-def, do yourself a favor and check it out.



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

He-Man & the Masters of the Universe - The Complete First Season













I thought they were done with releasing He-Man. Apparently, they're not. Mill Creek Entertainment has released the ENTIRE first season all in one collection. That's right. Rather than release different volumes of one season, they decided to pack ALL episodes from this legendary cartoon into one box set. So that means A LOT of enjoyment for all you He-Man fans.

Pros:

Great video and sound quality. Around 22 hours of MOTU fun for anyone looking to reminisce about this great cartoon. PLUS, there is a wonderful documentary on a bonus disc that includes interviews with the creators of the show. Most questions related to the creation of the show are answered in this in-depth documentary. Not to be missed.

Cons:

The packaging! Arrggh! They did a great job with the artwork on the outside cover, but once you open it you'll be surprised to see each disc not in a foldable booklet of some kind, but individual envelopes. You'd think for a collectible set like this, that they could have spent more time creating some cool packaging along with the great discs. But it seems like where they excelled in one, they lacked in the other. On the bright side, it's not like you're just going to be staring at the box! But still, it would've been nice to have some kind of collectible box to go with the discs.

Overall it's a cool set that any He-Man fan can appreciate.