Archive for July, 2010

“There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.”

The first five seasons of the critically-acclaimed and most original series, The Outer Limits, has hit DVD. Like the classic 1960’s series of the same name, each episode is an imaginative exploration of humanity’s greatest hopes and darkest fears. It often pushes the sci-fi envelope, taking you to places, worlds and times you never thought existed.

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Clash of the Titans blu-rayClash of the Titans (Blu-ray and DVD combo pack)
In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods, but the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth.

Special features include: maximum movie mode by Worthington, Neeson, Fiennes and director Louis Leterrier with picture-in-picture, enhanced scene breakdowns, enhanced visual effects breakdowns, on-the-spot vignettes and close-up views of the monsters; “Sam Worthington: an action hero for the ages”; additional scenes; an alternate ending; and digital copy. (Warner Home Video) (more…)

Chinese legends are some of the best subjects of storytelling because they are intriguing and, like a Shakespearean tale, often end in tragedy.

General Pang Qingyun (Jet Li) is the sole survivor of a bloody battle that saw him lose all the men he commanded during the Qing Dynasty. However, he finds a new lease on life when he joins a group of bandits and finds two men (Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro) who accept him as a blood brother. Together, with Pang’s military training, the trio move up the ranks becoming one of the most effective and eventually merciless Chinese armies. However, as Pang’s ambitions become more evident, his oath to his brothers comes into question.

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A protagonist on the run with a need to prove his/her innocence is not an original concept; but with Salt, Angelina Jolie joins the ranks of great women casted in roles written for men – in this case Tom Cruise dropped out and Edwin Salt became Evelyn Salt.

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Jolie) swore an oath to duty, honour and country.  But her loyalty is tested when a defector accuses Salt of being a Russian spy.  She goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt’s efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues.

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It’s unfortunate the days of all-girl rock bands appears to have gone the way of vinyl records: out of style. But, for a cool rocker chick to admire, no young woman needed to go further than Joan Jett with her tough attitude, targeted determination and rocking tunes. With The Runaways, Jett was one of the “queens of noise” in the 70’s.

The film follows two friends, Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), as they rise from rebellious Southern Californian kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. Joan and Cherie fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself and so do its two leads: Joan is the bands pure rock n roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.

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