Posts Tagged ‘Gary Oldman’

This week’s releases include: a possessed house; a secret section of history; the second chapter of an adult animation; a holiday picture; a vengeful Death; a medieval sequel; a classic novel committed to film; a surprise visit from the stork; the forlorn find happiness; a super dysfunctional family; a radical couple; and a zombie sideshow. (more…)

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This week’s releases include: an alien invasion; a gambling drama; an anniversary release; a supernatural series; a risky relationship test; a real life invincible man; a tale of grief and love; a fairy tale with an edge; and a scary desert story. (more…)

JUNE 1
Life (Blu-ray)
From the BBC and the Discovery Channel, producers of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, comes the newest landmark natural history series, Life. In Planet Earth, they brought you the world as you’ve never seen it before. Now, get closer with Life. Four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days across every continent and in every habitat, with breathtaking new high definition filming techniques not available for Planet Earth, Life presents 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world, 54 of which have never been filmed before. This 11-part series narrated by Oprah Winfrey captures unprecedented sequences and demonstrates the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive.

Special features include: “Life on location,” a collection of 10 behind the scenes video diaries showing efforts of the filmmaking team; deleted scenes; and “music only” viewing option. (Warner Home Video)

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We’ve always considered what would happen if aliens landed on Earth, but what if during our outer space explorations we landed on a planet that was already occupied? Planet 51 ponders this question.

American astronaut Chuck Baker (Dwayne Johnson) lands on Planet 51 ready to claim it with the U.S. flag, thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds the planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerful 1950s America. Coincidentally, their only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders – like Chuck.

The voice talent involved in breathing life into this fish out of water sci-fi story is notable. Other than being well-known, they all provide the appropriate personality to their character. Johnson, a former WWE Superstar and renowned tough guy, actually raises his voice a little because Chuck is masculine, but cowardly. Justin Long and Sean William Scott were great choices for the geeks, while Gary Oldman portrays the commanding but hard-headed general perfectly. John Cleese is also a great quirky profressor. All the voice contributors do wonderful work.

The ’50s world created is familiar but different as designers put a slight alien twist on various items. The best tribute is the one to ’50s sci-fi pictures, which is a creature feature about a giant alien trying to suck out people’s brains; it’s called “Humaniacs.” Then like Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds, panic rises when word spreads that the “alien” has landed.

This is a cartoon that can be enjoyed by adults and children, consisting of humour for the young and older.

Special features include: “Run Rover Runt” obstacle course game; three extended scenes; “The World of Planet 51”; “Life on Planet 51”; “Planetarium – The Voice Stars of Planet 51”; a music video montage, animation progression reels; and interviews with the Quebec actors (in French only).


Quentin Tarantino made his second splash on the scene after Reservoir Dogs with a writer’s credit rather than a director’s with this romantic black comedy.

Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) works at a comic book store, likes kung fu movies and has a special relationship with Elvis Presley’s ghost. He thought his life was pretty complete until he met Alabama (Patricia Arquette). She was an escort hired by Clarence’s boss but they fell in love and got married a few days later. After an unplanned shootout, Clarence finds himself in possession of $500,000 worth of cocaine, which the Sicilian gangsters it originally belonged to want back. His attempt to cash in on his fortune in Hollywood sinks Clarence and Alabama into a river of blood via a Mexican standoff.

Not only is this movie an edge-of-your-seat bloody thriller, it’s packed with a lot of impressive names – Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gandolfini, Michael Rapaport, Brad Pitt, Chris Penn, Bronson Pinchot, Saul Rubinek and Val Kilmer. There are several very intense scenes of violence but they are all laid over Tarantino’s signature dark humour; thus, characters laugh and tell jokes as they endure brutal beatings. The infamous “Sicilian scene” is one of these occurrences and it is one of the best scenes ever put on film.

Even though Tarantino didn’t direct True Romance, his style of story and violence radiates through the whole movie. It’s fast-paced with memorable monologues rather than just the usual one-liners. Fans of Tarantino’s will not be disappointed and haters will welcome the direction of Tony Scott. Scott didn’t make any major alterations to the script, except for the ending (which even Tarantino agrees is better) and some musical choices, but his editing style is prominent. It is Scott’s influence that gives the film its fairy tale quality.

The special features match those of the previous two-disc DVD release. There are three feature commentaries that stand as examples for all others because for each major scene they provide different insider information. Commentators include: Slater and Arquette; Scott; and Tarantino. Additional commentary is provided by Hopper, Kilmer, Pitt and Rapaport on only the scenes in which they appear. A five-minute original featurette includes interviews with the cast about the evolution of their characters and a short behind-the-scenes featurette has an option to see footage from on-set during production. There are 11 deleted and extended scenes with optional director’s commentary that explains most scenes were eliminated due to time and momentum issues. One of the most significant extras is the original alternate ending with separate director and writer commentary.