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Missile to the Moon
Missile to the Moon
DVD ~ Richard Travis
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 40.69
7 used & new from CDN$ 22.15

3.0 out of 5 stars SENDING CARDBOARD TO THE MOON, Oct. 22 2000
This review is from: Missile to the Moon (DVD)
There must be something in the Geneva Convention about these kinds of movies. Painful is a word that will come to mind time and again while watching this. Running a mere 77 mins you will feel as if 777 mins have passed by the films end, yet you wont turn away, nor turn it off... it's a test (not unlike an experiment on MST3K - but for real), it's a rite of passage... it's something you can show to your friends and watch as they try to get their minds around cardboard sets (literally - these sets are hollowed out boxes with knobs and wires punched through... and the rocket is a cardboard 2-D model that is so obviously flat that no amount of forced perspective can help it), wooden acting (you could build a table from the wood laid out in this movie), and confused ideas about the Moon (don't go there), space travel, female "issues", giant spider(s) and walking rocks (Gumby's prehistoric ancestors). But, it's not all bad... there are some real moments in this film. Perhaps the best being the society the women on the Moon have founded, and the mental abilites they possess and use against each other and our "hero's" - it adds up to a missed oppurtunity to make a minor sci-fi gem over a second feature on a double bill. For sci-fi library completests only... one last note, BOX ART - IMAGE has released these films with colorized images from the film, and I have to say they look fantastic. Pity the films could not have been colorized the same way...

Kronos (Widescreen)
Kronos (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Jeff Morrow
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 109.51
9 used & new from CDN$ 53.04

4.0 out of 5 stars PURE ENERGY, Oct. 22 2000
This review is from: Kronos (Widescreen) (DVD)
KRONOS will puzzle you. On one hand you have your typical stock footage heavy slow talker sci-fi 50's film, mixed with a wholly original monster (which I can see now was the template for STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME's Probe ship), an environmental message and psychiatry... and all of this is bundled into a mere 78 mins, and it still feels like it was padded to even make that... but don't let this put you off KRONOS. While there are moments that don't make sense, (why does KRONOS need a living host to compel it? Why is New York City so worried that it will land on their heads when it in fact crashes off the coast of Mexico? Is it just me, or do our hero's spend a lot of time just sitting around?)... there is still something here worth watching, talking about and worth owning. Presented in widescreen and featuring the original trailer, KRONOS is a worth addition to any DVD library. If I could have anything added to this disc, it would be a commentary track. While most (if not all) of the cast and crew associated with this film are dead, commentary from a Sci-Fi film historian (something along the lines of the UNIVERSAL releases) would have really helped to expand this film, and give it some added punch.

The Fly / The Fly 2 (Widescreen) [Import]
The Fly / The Fly 2 (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Jeff Goldblum
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 48.67
13 used & new from CDN$ 6.87

4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S THE BUZZ?, Sept. 24 2000
First, it is almost criminal that FOX did not give THE FLY the same attention to detail that a majority of their other titles have been given. There is no commentary, no additional scenes, no background or added material to go with this disc... but, that aside, it still is a fine disc and a solid movie. The only addtional extra's you will get with this double feature are six previews (the original FLY and it's sequal, the remakes, and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA and FANTASTIC VOYAGE - odd choices for this disc, but there you go). It is a double feature, and having both movies at your disposal for the price of one is great. THE FLY is the superior of the two pictures. Solid performances, a more thoughtful script that tackles not only the emotional but the scientific ideas behind the process of transformation. Being a surprise hit, it comes as no surprise that FOX wanted a sequel and got one with THE FLY II (a title which strikes me odd as having no class or imagaination... if you're going to take THE FLY as a title, you might as well take THE RETURN OF THE FLY as well). A under appreciated sequel (I do always take a beating for sticking up for this movie), it lacks the punch of the first, but still has it's moments... although few. The creature effects are very well done, and it dosen't hold back when it comes to the gore at the end. Again, like the original FLY/RETURN OF THE FLY double feature, this too is a worthy addition to your collection... as well as a solid rent. Will FOX do right by THE FLY and give us a true SPECIAL EDITION? Only time will tell...

The Fly (1958) / Return of the Fly (1959) (Bilingual) [Import]
The Fly (1958) / Return of the Fly (1959) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ David Hedison
Offered by Mikani Collectables
Price: CDN$ 9.99
18 used & new from CDN$ 7.65

4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S THE BUZZ?, Sept. 23 2000
FOX is leading the way. Apart from their 5 STAR COLLECTIONS (ID4/THE SOUND OF MUSIC), they have not forgotten their minor gems and forgotten classics - and THE FLY and THE RETURN OF THE FLY, are just such pictures. Presented in anamorphic widescreen , with remastered image, each film is crisp, clean and very well packaged. The double feature does not boast much in the way of extra's - you get six previews (both THE FLY and RETURN OF THE FLY, plus the remakes, but also FANTASTIC VOYAGE and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - odd choices to tag onto these films, but there you go), and static, but very nice, menu screens (they come across like lobby cards). But, least you forget... you do get two movies for the price of one. THE FLY is the best of the two... it's in color (which is still vibrant), and features a superior script (written by James Clavell, author of the blockbuster bestseller SHOGUN, go figure) and fine performances all around (as well as the best opening... beautiful and gruesome... and a equally disturbing ending). Despite popular belief, Vincent Price is a supporting player here, not the lead. That honor goes to Patricia Owens who plays the solid but suffering wife of THE FLY. It is an excellent movie... very entertaining, impossible, yet thoughtful. THE RETURN OF THE FLY, produced a year later to cash in on the first, is a step or two down in quality. Flimed in black and white, it simply covers the same material as the previous film, and then waters it down. It's a revenge picture, pure and simple, and again Price is the supporting player (but he does have more to do). But it is not a total loss... it does have it's moments, and I do recommend it along side THE FLY. The disc is worth the rent, but also worth adding to your collection.

They Saved Hitler's Brain
They Saved Hitler's Brain
DVD ~ Walter Stocker
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 72.94
9 used & new from CDN$ 14.93

3.0 out of 5 stars A SAN-S PRODUCTION, Sept. 13 2000
This review is from: They Saved Hitler's Brain (DVD)
Mention this title today to anyone and they will think you're joking. Who really would have ever made a movie called THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN?... well, I've seen the movie, and I have the DVD now, and I still don't know who would have made this kind of movie... but here it is. Started in the 1950's and completed by a few UCLA students in the 1960's and then finally released to the world, T.S.H.B. is considered by many to be the true "worst movie ever made". Does it steal any thunder from PLAN NINE? Oh yes, this is indeed a poor movie all around... yet made by experienced people. The 1960's additional scenes serve merely as exposition, filling in the missing details and information and star a Young Ron Jeremy type working with the CID, who is partnered with a Well-Fed Alicia Silverstone wannabe dressed as a ready and able (and seemingly willing) school girl (who is perhaps the best actor in the 60's footage) who drives a beat up VW Bug. They are not in it for long, and are in fact killed off... big surprise. As for the rest of the movie... it's a trial. Painful. A true test of will... can you sit through it? RHINO has done a good job with the transfer and actually has added perhaps one of the best, and funniest, antimated menu's I've ever seen on any DVD. It features the head of Hitler spouting some unintelligable German. His eyebrows move, his mouth, and his head dances around when he talks... very odd, but lay down funny. I recommend this movie, and I recommend buying this DVD if only to impress your friends that you actually own something called... THEY SAVED HITLERS BRAIN.

Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Richard Carlson
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 27.57
21 used & new from CDN$ 11.35

5.0 out of 5 stars SIX DEGREES OF THE CREATURE, Sept. 8 2000
With this (and THE INVISIBLE MAN, also just released) UNIVERSAL rounds out it's collection of their classic horror/thrillers. CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is what we've come to expect from UNIVERSAL - sharp transfer, loaded extra's and a tight package all around. If you've bought the rest, don't hesitate to pick this one up... if this is your first, then it's one of the best to buy. CREATURE is a great movie, pure and simple. And what makes this feature even better is the audio commentary by TOM WEAVER (who also did the excellent commentary on THE WOLF MAN). Fast, funny and very much on the inside... Weaver really knows his history, he knows the people behind this movie, and he knows all the connections to this movie (and I mean serious connections... his commentary is like a six degrees of seperation game... everything from Orson Wells to I LOVE LUCY is connected in some way to CREATURE). All in all... it's a perfect disc.

Independence Day: Five Star Collection [Import]
Independence Day: Five Star Collection [Import]
DVD ~ Will Smith
Offered by Far Out Flicks - Kitchener Canada
Price: CDN$ 25.98
23 used & new from CDN$ 1.63

4.0 out of 5 stars MUST GO FASTER, Aug. 30 2000
If you loved it, buy it. If you hated it... buy it... it's a grand package and a worthy addition to any DVD library, if only to show your friends and family how cool your set up is. INDEPENDENCE DAY is indeed a big budget "B" movie... but it's heart is in the right place, and a lot of things are destroyed in this film. On the level of bells, knobs and whistles... ID4 gets a nine. Packed with two disks that really deleiver added value and repeat viewing, you get alot. Commentary (which is actually pretty good and insightful), three MAKING OF's... the original BI-PLANE ending, and excellent menu interfaces that take you into AREA 51 - the hanger, and the ALIEN HOLDING TANKS... well done. PLUS! - we have an EASTER EGG, a hidden menu that takes you inside the alien space craft. Once inside you will find several options... one, view random destruction scenes, two..view random news reports (these reports are the very same news segments seen on the TV's durning the film... but are uncut and very interesting to watch - try and pick up what footage was from real news events and what was made up), three... the LAYER CAKE, view a segment of film from various aspects... sound, foley, dialouge... each one seperated from the rest to demonstrate how a film is put together. Very nice addition... to view E.E. follow the instructions below...
Easter Eggs: Hidden Feature Directions:
On the second disc go to "The Console." Move right one time to highlight the light above the disk drive. Press ENTER and the ship will be activated. The computer will give you the access code. Go back to the Main Menu and press 7, 4, and ENTER. You will then move into the ship and see a hidden menu. Menu includes: 1. Audio Layer Demo - you can switch between full audio mix, dialogue only, effects only or music only. 2. Random Explosion Playback 3. Random TV News Clips from different countries about the invasion 4. Disc Credits (on the top right corner)
Uncovered by: Christopher Alba Uncovered on: June 29, 2000
Thanks to Chris keeping a sharp eye out... and keep an eye out yourself... more and more DVD's are being released with hidden features... see if you can find them.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Ultimate Edition)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Ultimate Edition)
DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Offered by WonderBook-USA
Price: CDN$ 38.82
35 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars SHINE THEM ON, Aug. 30 2000
After nearly ten years T2 is still snappy. And with this new DVD ULTIMATE EDITION, you can't really go wrong. If you already have bought T2 on DVD before this release, you will not feel cheated if you buy it again... because this one is the complete package. As for bells and whistles and added value, T2 is a ten all around. Excellent menu interfaces (level by level inside SKYNET HQ), a host of extras that will keep both DVD and PC/DVD ROM owners busy for hours on end... and I mean hours (from script, to movie(s) - three in all, to 700 storyboards, inside MAKING OF's - the film and the T2 3D ride, audio commentary - and on and on and on...). Also, it comes complete with a metal slip case... real metal, real nice, and very cool... and I mean cold (when I bought this the other day the stores air conditioning had chilled the slip case to ice cold... my hand fogged it up when I was holding onto it). T2 ULTIMATE promises and delivers just that. The tranfer is sharp (the images in the film are very clear... very percise and dead on). The sound, very visual when you have the right system (and even if you don't - it's still very nice). One of the best packages out there... highly recommended. PLUS! - we have an EASTER EGG, for those of you who don't know what that means... we do have a hidden MODE to play with. It's an extra run of the film (making it three in total for the disk). It's the SPECIAL ADDITION, but with the FUTURE CODA scene replaced at the end. For those who don't know the FUTURE CODA scene and why it was cut... you'll have to review the DVD and movie. To get to the E.E. follow these instructions:
The hidden alternate version is 156 minutes. It contains the Future Coda ending and the cut of the movie is the special edition. To get to this third cut of the movie, click on Special Edition from the main menu. Highlight Play Special Edition and press 82997 on your remote. The words The Future Is Not Set will appear in the right hand portion of the setup screen and the left eye of the Terminator will light up. Now you can click on Play Extended Special Edition. If this does not work try 8 enter 2 enter 9 enter, 9 enter, 7 enter to achieve the same effect. Or, press title 3 and it plays the hidden alternate version.
There you go... you've got it all. Enjoy.

Planet of the Apes: Evolution (Widescreen) [Import]
Planet of the Apes: Evolution (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Charlton Heston
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 83.08
15 used & new from CDN$ 2.68

5.0 out of 5 stars A RARE BOX SET, Aug. 27 2000
It's all in one box. You can not get any better than that. All five movies are here and brought back to life with a fine transfer, excellent sound and in widescreen as well. As you may have heard and have read only the first 100,000 box set editions will include the AMC original: BEHIND THE PLANET OF THE APES, a two hour retrospective produce by and for AMC when they hosted the showing of the remastered APES films. The special is more than worth the price of the box set alone. Well produced, documented and hosted by the late Roddy McDowall (FRIGH NIGHT), it's gives everything you ever wanted to know about the APES movies and more. As for the films themselves... they still hold up. As far as bells and whistles and extra's - each individual DVD has little to play with. Previews of all five films are present on each DVD and that is about it. It may not seem like much, but the AMC special is worth it. I recommend the box set, a very worth addition to any DVD collection. Do not let this one pass you by.

The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man
DVD ~ Claude Rains
Offered by importcds__
Price: CDN$ 12.91
23 used & new from CDN$ 7.43

4.0 out of 5 stars OUSPENSKAYA, July 21 2000
This review is from: The Wolf Man (DVD)
When watching THE WOLF MAN it's just amazing to think that this movie is a mere 70 mins long. By comparison, PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE runs eight mins longer... and each is a classic, although not for the same reasons. THE WOLF MAN is a great movie. Well scripted, acted and performed all around, there isn't a moment when something is not happening on the screen... which is good, because there is no time to waste in this movie. UNIVERSAL has done their usual fantastic job of presenting not only one of their classic films, but have added the usual bells and whistles to go along with it. The best thing I can say about this DVD is the commentary by Tom Weaver... it's fast, funny, and speaks to the audience on a street level (which is to say, he dosen't mind sharing the same confusion, humour and wonder at what is happening both on and off the screen). For the mere 70 mins of running time Weaver packs it in... by the roll of the closing credits you know who everyone is... where all the props came from, what was just PR and what was real, what was cut out, left out, or just left around. Great stuff... worth the purchase and a worthy addition to any collection.

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