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Passion [Blu-ray] [Import]
Passion [Blu-ray] [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars DePalma's best, Dec 21 2013
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This is the best Brian De Palma film ever, and I've seen them all. Great performances by the mostly female cast. The film left you guessing throughout and, even at the end, we were still "cliff hanging" when the credits rolled. This is the best erotic thriller since "Basic Instinct". Thoroughly enjoyable pace and the eroticism was more imagined than "in our face" like any true "Hitchcock-ian" piece.

Man of Steel [Blu-ray]
Man of Steel [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Diane Lane
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Superman since Christopher Reeve, Dec 21 2013
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This review is from: Man of Steel [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
After a lot of botched attempts they finally got it right! Henry Cavill was terrific as the last son of Krypton and this is the best Superman movie since the early Christopher Reeve films. The star-studded cast was amazing (Crowe, Ladd, Costner) and all were perfectly cast but, for me, it was the villains who stole the show. Michael Shannon was a terrific General Zod and Antje Traue was equally menacing as his Kryptonian sidekick. Within the ingenious plot, there were times that the viewer could emphasize with the villains, whose only crime was their commitment to the survival of their Kryptonian race. Although Jor-El was well intentioned and refused to go against the laws of Krypton, it was General Zod who dared to question their decision to stay on the doomed planet and chanced to overthrow them. I have been a fan of the "Man of Steel" since I was a boy and this was one of the better re-telling's of Superman's origin. The film was fast paced and exciting and the effects did not disappoint. The Krypton scenes made you feel like you were on a planet much further advanced than our own. This is the best live action DC comics movie ever! Let's hope they keep up the momentum and kick some Marvel ass! This one would have made Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster proud!

Star Trek Into Darkness / Vers les ténèbres (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
Star Trek Into Darkness / Vers les ténèbres (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
DVD ~ Chris Pine
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor man's remake, Dec 21 2013
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What we have here is a poor man's remake of what may arguably be the best of the original
Star Trek films, "The Wrath of Khan". The film had no continuity with respect to the original "Khan" series episode, "The Space Seed" nor the film. They even stole lines from the original film and switched roles with Kirk dying saving the Enterprise versus Spock's, now revered, "the needs of the many..." death. A total travesty and an insult to the original film. Are they so hard up for new material that they have to steal from the original series? Even the new Star Trek comics, emulating the "new" characters, are just re-spins of the original Star Trek TV series. It's bad enough that we have to forget the Vulcan "Pon-Far" (vulcan's mating every seven years, undergoing the Cali-Phi, etc.)and stomach the, supposed, emotionless Spock, from what is now Star Trek "lore", necking with Uhura. The first film was bad enough when Kirk became "instant" Captain of the Enterprise foregoing all of his years as Ensign on the "Farragut". Yet, even with that divergence, the first film was better than this new drivel. I loved Star Trek ever since I watched the series in the 60's, loved "Next Gen", "Voyager", and even the prequel "Enterprise" series and I can tell you that if they continue down this path, my 5-year journey ends here.

Marada the She-Wolf
Marada the She-Wolf
by Chris Claremont
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production, Nov. 22 2013
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The stories are every bit as good as when I first read them many years ago. One of Claremont's best! Marada remains provocative and fascinating and ranks right up there with all classic women warriors. This hardcover production is superb. You won't be disappointed.

Trekker Omnibus
Trekker Omnibus
by Ron Randall
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars black & white, Nov. 22 2013
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This review is from: Trekker Omnibus (Paperback)
When you check the book previews they are all in colour but when you get the book, it's about 15% colour and the rest is black and white. A bit misleading. Reduced "Star Wars omnibus size. Reads okay but would have been better in colour.

Skyfall (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
Skyfall (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
DVD ~ Daniel Craig
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1.0 out of 5 stars Skyflop, March 21 2013
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Having been a fan of the Ian Fleming icon -007 - for decades I am stunned by the number of great reviews for what in my opinion was one of the worst films of the franchise.Horrible script. No gadgets. Boring villains. Entire film was a weak vehicle to replace two characters - Q&M - neither of which was cause for any excitement. Going back to use the Aston Martin from Goldfinger was evidence of the complete lack of ingenuity to create a bigger and better Bond as the idea factory dries up. Bring back Spectre if you want to go retro and revive the series. Please stop comparing Bonds. Craig is fine in the role but any Bond fan can easily see that he lacks the suave sophistication and delivery of Roger Moore or Sean Connery. A shame that the moral morons who influenced changes to Bond as a womanizer and eliminated Bond babes from the series aren't held accountable for their role in diminishing fan enjoyment.

The Dark Knight Rises / L'Ascension du chevalier noir (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
The Dark Knight Rises / L'Ascension du chevalier noir (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Christian Bale
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Knight Falls....Short!, Dec 6 2012
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Worst film of the franchise. Childlike script that insults the intelligence. Slow moving until late in the "too long" film. A disappointment to true comic book fans and a complete derailment of Batman lore. The camp of Adam West is preferable. Even all of the milksop brooding does not make one really feel for any of these characters. It was completely overblown and superfluously melodramatic. Cool gadgetry but we've seen it all before. Other then the revelation of Talia Al’Ghul there were very few surprises. If you want to read a true representation of the "Bane" villain concept try the "Ten Nights of the Beast". In comparison this Bane representation was nothing short of a tongue in cheek farce and does a disservice to the scants of script that try to reproduce some semblance of the "Knightfall" epic. The Catwoman attempt was fair and “near-highlight” but lacked the conviction of Michelle Pfieffer’s performance. Burton's Gotham looked as it should - a dangerous place to live. Nolan's Gotham bore the bright lights of New York City. Nolan's creativity is obviously spent as he appears to have made one franchise film too many. SPOILER ALERT! When the idea factory dries up comic book characters lose their appeal - book sales decrease and they kill off the character. Hence the plot line. Even Bale's fine acting could not salvage the mold on these script pages. Good comic book films don’t take themselves too seriously and yet still base in reality. This one did not and it fell flat. A real stinker! DC may as well stick to's what they do best. Make my "live action" Marvel! Excelsior!

The Amazing Spider-Man 3D [BD 3D + Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
The Amazing Spider-Man 3D [BD 3D + Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Andrew Garfield
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3.0 out of 5 stars Less than amazing, Nov. 30 2012
Much like the final Rami Spiderman, too much Peter Parker and not enough Spidey. There is a reason why the Avengers broke all box office records; they skipped all of the melodrama and focused on a fun superhero movie. We really didn't need another re-tell of Spidey's origin. The Spidey scenes were good excpet for the many scenes where he's fighting with his mask off and the whole world seems to know his identity. Two bright spots in the film were Sally Field as Aunt May and the real actor Sheen...Martin. Other than that this film was pretty ordinary for this comic fan-boy.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 [Blu-ray + DVD]
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 [Blu-ray + DVD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remake or re-invention?, Oct. 2 2012
I was never a big fan of the original Frank Miller tale. Partly because I found end-stories or stories about vulnerable/ageing superheroes depressing and also because the book had such an overabundance of flash panels and verbal diarrhea it was sometimes hard to connect with the story beneath. However, I was pleasantly surprised that Timm and Burnett were able to present Miller's vision in a more story-focused way. It was completely absorbing. It seemed less a re-make of the graphic novel and more a re-invention of what is oddly seen by many as a cornerstone of comic-book lore. Be warned,this is not Bob Kane's version of the Batman and far surpasses anything DC has produced to date in terms of adult appeal.Gotham has decayed to the point that the Dark Knight must respond with equal savagery which leads to some of the more gruesome animations to date in terms of mainstream caped heroes. Peter Weller is absolutely superb as the Batman. Kudos to Romano on this one.She may be one of the finest voice directors alive.Fabulous effort by all. It almost makes me want to re-read Frank's novel again without skip-reading all of those annoying panels.Can't wait for part-2. Still don't understand why studios can't or won't make 160 minute or even 120 minute animated feature films. Knowing there was more, I wanted more immediately after watching it which makes you feel cheated somehow. Fan-boy addictions die-hard. Whatever the restrictions, we pray Timm keeps making these features while we silently withdraw in anticipation of his next release.

Battleship (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (Bilingual)
Battleship (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Taylor Kitsch
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2.0 out of 5 stars Save your hard earned cash, Aug. 30 2012
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One star is too many for this drivel. It just shows that special effects do not a movie make.
Plot-stupid. Acting-awful. Dialogue-juvenile. Shame on you Taylor Kitsch for chasing the cash instead of the script. I've seen some bad films in my time but this ranks near the top.

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