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Blind Date (Bilingual)
Blind Date (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Kim Basinger
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 19.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blind Dated, May 2 2004
This review is from: Blind Date (Bilingual) (DVD)
This is one 80's movie! Which is fine considering that particular decade gave us so much nostalgia. I just feel weird giving Blind Dare 4 stars because, even though it's great, it does contain a highly distressing 'disco' scene that will make you cringe.
Walter Davis (Bruce Willis in his first movie) is a stressed workaholic who must bring a date to a business dinner to impress a Japanese client. In desperation his brings his sister-in-laws cousin Nadia (a brunette, and prettier Kim Basinger) who is very cute, but has a drink problem. Despite warnings not to get her drunk, Walter buys her champagne and, like some sort of human mogwai, she transforms into a crazed party animal. Things go very bad for Walter as Nadia proceeds to wreck his life. Not only that, but her totally mad ex-boyfriend David (John Larroquette) is stalking them at every turn. William Daniels (the voice of KITT from Knight Boat) even has a funny role as a disgruntled judge and the late (great) Phil Hartman plays Walter's brother.
Filmmaking legend Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's) is the man behind the camera. He brings a lot of class and experience to what could have been a generic romantic comedy. His widescreen compositions and long, moving camera takes add a touch of sophistication, it's a shame it just had to end up being so 80's.
There are loads of hilarious moments and I suggest you pick it up whenever you see it. Just use 80's block factor 1000.
The DVD is in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with average Dolby 2.0 sound. A trailer is included.

T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous [IMAX]
T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous [IMAX]
DVD ~ Peter Horton
Price: CDN$ 8.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but entertaining, May 2 2004
From the bulk of reviews on this site I gather most people don't realize that IMAX is about presentation and style rather than story and content. Shot on vertical 70mm film the reels in the projection booth take up a huge amount of space, thus the running time of IMAX movies tends to be kept to around 45-50 minutes. Thus the format lends itself more towards the documentary/short movie genre. Most of the movies are factual but sometimes original stories come along. T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous is one of them.
It came out in 1998 and when I was at the Trocadero IMAX-3D cinema in London I had to choose between this movie and another called Across the Sea of Time. I chose the latter. Which is a shame coz the dinosaurs and huge shots of this movie would have looked better in 3D.
T-Rex begins with an impressive opening shot of the camera swooping over the Arizona desert, which still looks great even on a widescreen TV instead of the huge IMAX screen. There's a hefty narration from the lead actress conveying relevant information about dinosaurs. In this respect the film feels a bit like a 10-year-old's educational program. But being familiar with IMAX movies I was expecting this. I think too many people were expecting a Jurassic Park variant.
Tho I would have expected a few more dinosaurs. In the 45 minute running time there wasn't much dinosaur action. Though there was a good amount of story that I did get into. Plus the movie has a great score by William Ross. He released a promo CD of this score but it's impossible to find.
Hey, I was entertained and I thot the brief story was quite okay. The horribly slanderous reviews on this site really baffle me. The IMAX format does not work well on DVD, you have to see these movies in the cinema. But if you have a good sound system then the DVD is still worth it.
The DVD is in 1.33:1 full frame (they are shown theatrically at 1.44:1 so there isn't much modification to the framing) with a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack that is quite impressive. A slight featurette and an IMAX movies trailer are also included.

Daredevil (Widescreen)
Daredevil (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Ben Affleck
Price: CDN$ 11.66
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fluff, May 1 2004
This review is from: Daredevil (Widescreen) (DVD)
Have never read one single Daredevil comic book in my life I guess my review is kind of unbiased. Okay, I am certainly NOT a fan of Ben Affleck but his presence in this film was an indifferent one rather than an aggravating one.
For those of you who are unfamiliar Daredevil is also known as Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer. But though his eyes do not work his other 4 sense do to a superhuman degree. Sounds, smells, touches and tastes go together to form a bizarre sight that has pros and cons over normal vision. It's pretty cool concept and it's reasonably well done.
But Daredevil has NO plot! It's a swift 90 minutes of practically nothing. The most involving part of the film is the romance between Affleck and Garner but it's cut short with the arrival of Colin Farrell who plays Bullseye, a paper-thin but funny character. Many have been annoyed at the fact that the Kingpin is played by a Black-American actor. But what does THAT matter? Who cares if he's white in the comic book? Michael Clarke Duncan brings some formidable integrity to the role but does come off as a bit too cuddly at the same time.
A tiny bit of story is set up but it's over very soon. I guess the best you could say is that Daredevil doesn't outstay its welcome. But you'll not remember it 5 minutes after seeing it. And I don't like the fact they chose to separate all Daredevil and Spiderman links just because they were licensed to different studios.
The DVD is in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with a very powerful DTS 5.1 track. Plus a bunch of extras I don't care about.

House of 1000 Corpses [Import]
House of 1000 Corpses [Import]
DVD ~ Sid Haig
Price: CDN$ 16.71
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely MENTAL!!!, May 1 2004
Gulp! This was one barmy film. By far the most true, nerve-wracking horror we've had in ages. Far too many 'horror' movies over the past 10 years have been neutralized sub-genre flicks starring generic babes and hunks from teen soaps. Nothing of the sort here. Rob Zombie has made a REAL horror film with some shocking and unbelievable elements.
Four kids, on their way home, stop over at some remote gas station (and fried chicken bar) run by the manic Captain Spaulding. Upon witnessing his freak-show amusement ride of urban legends they become fascinated with the myth of Doctor Satan, an insane local mass-murder/torturer/scientist. They make the very unwise decision of taking a slight detour in order to find him.
Soon enough they've picked up a wild hitchhiker called Baby who is more than a little slutty. Their car blows a tire and Baby has her brother Otis take them back to her house for repairs. Baby, Otis and the rest of the family seem kind of hospitable at first, despite their peculiar idiosyncrasies.
After that, well...complete and utter madness follows. Rob Zombie bombards us with so much horror, both macabre and morbid, that the film becomes a hypnotic thrill ride of guts, gore and grim. As the traumatized teens slowly lose their minds so do we. They barely have time to comprehend the mania and carnage and neither does the audience.
In the final 15 minutes our senses are so over-stimulated by the breath-taking madness, furious pace, escalating and mind-blowing horror that the shocking plot twist in the last few seconds comes as the biggest surprise and fright I've ever seen in a movie.
Many have criticized Zombie's Oliver Stone-type direction of this film and called his rapid switching of film-stocks jarring and distracting. I didn't mind it at all. It adds to the unstable atmosphere of the film and only proves Zombie took more time and effort to put this film together than most other directors do.
House of 1000 Corpses was made by Universal and Zombie wrapped production way back in Spring 2000. But the film was so gory and perverse that Universal simply refused to release it. MGM tried to help get it out there but ended up dumping it too. Finally Lion's Gate Films stepped in and gave the film a limited run (which is unfortunate since a mainstream Universal release would have guaranteed it reached a bigger audience). By this point the film had been cut, edited and censored. Which is a big shame. Even with these 15 minutes missing House of 1000 Corpses will still leave you feeling numb and slightly sick.
As Zombie is already working on a sequel (called The Devil's Rejects) he doesn't have the time to work on the uncut DVD but has promised he will do his best to get it out there. So until then get your fix with this DVD.
The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby 5.1 sound. Special features include a commentary, a featurette, audition footage, rehearsal footage, cast and crew interviews, a still gallery, trailers and an isolated score.

The War Of The Worlds (1978 Studio Cast)
The War Of The Worlds (1978 Studio Cast)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Million to One, May 1 2004
For a double disc set lasting 2 hours it's a shame that there's only 2 good tracks between them. 'The Eve of the War' (and it's remix) is the track that everybody knows and loves. It's truly great music and both tracks last for quite a while, fully exercising the brilliant theme. Richard Burton's narration works wonderfully well blended into these tracks but on the rest of the tracks the story seems out of order and boring.
I got this set for dirt cheap so it wasn't such a big deal forking over the dough for it. Like I said there are only 2 good tracks and even though they are super cool paying full price for them is a little steep.

Dick
Dick
DVD ~ Kirsten Dunst
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Price: CDN$ 8.90
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor comedy, April 29 2004
This review is from: Dick (DVD)
I'll admit that I only got this because, at the time, I had a crush on Michelle Williams. I watched the DVD once, about 4 years ago. And since I don't find her so attractive anymore I won't be watching it again because there is no other reason to waste my time.
Andrew Fleming (who made a much better teen movie with 'The Craft') makes a big, unfunny joke of the Watergate scandal and President Nixon's massive corruption and anyone not familiar with the specifics (which just so happens to be the movie's target demographic) will be lost. Some older adults might get a lame chuckle at some of the flippant, throwaway humor but there is nought to recommend to anyone else.
Why on earth would these girls be so infatuated with Nixon anyway other than to drive along the tiresome story. Even Will Ferrell fails to amuse and has nothing left to do but overact in order to fill up some screen time (much like everything else he does).
The DVD is in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby 5.1 sound. It's nothing to write home about. Extras include a commentary, an Isolated music track (why?), a deleted scene, a featurette, a mildly amusing blooper reel and some trailers (one for Spice World! of all things!!!)

Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (Full Screen)
Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Scott Innes
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 51.55
7 used & new from CDN$ 3.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Harmless, April 18 2004
I am honestly STUNNED by the shocking narrow-mindedness displayed by God-fearing, puritan Christians in other reviews of this DVD. There ARE other religions out there, exposing your children to them is no big deal, shielding them from it is both fascist and dangerous. And to dismiss them as evil is pure insanity. Especially Wicca. This is not a 'satanic' or 'devil-worshipping' religion and saying so only promotes further ignorance. Surely something was learned from the Dark Ages and the Salem Witch hunts. But reading other reviews here...I'm having second thoughts.
I'm actually quite glad Warner had the balls to have a plot involving Wicca and witches in a Scooby Doo cartoon. Okay, so ONE of them ultimately turns to be evil but there are evil people of all religions. Witch's Ghost is NOT pure Wiccan propaganda, it merely educates and enlightens on what is a highly misunderstood way of life. I would definitely prefer children to watch this.
The movie itself was one of the earlier efforts in the Scooby Doo revivals. Meaning that the monster is real and the writing is stronger and the gang have updated outfits. Tim Curry has a role as whacko writer Ben Ravencroft, a sort cross between HP Lovecraft and Sutter Cane, plus there is a Goth Girl Group called The Hex Girls who have a couple of cool songs. Billy Ray Cyrus sings the theme tune this time around.
There's a decent amount of mystery and humor, obviously nothing too sophisticated, to keep anyone, not just the kids, entertained. It's perfect family fun and I suggest you give it a ago and pay no attention to the insane reviews of Christian fundamentalists.
The DVD is in 1.33:1 fullscreen, as drawn, with Dolby 2.0 sound. However, my Region 2 release has a Dolby 5.1 track that was surprisingly loud and forceful with plenty of surround effects and deep bass. Sorry, but this ain't on the Region 1 version. A small amount of okay extras are included too. This DVD is an awful snap case but my Region 2 is a sturdy keepcase. If you can play multi-region DVDs get the UK version.

Tremors 4 Legend Begins+Trem.1
Tremors 4 Legend Begins+Trem.1
DVD ~ Kevin Bacon
Offered by Now Showing DVD's
Price: CDN$ 18.55
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cool first/Dull Fourth, April 17 2004
Tremors 4/5
Tremors is truly a cult film. Ignored upon it's initial release it's built up a huge fanbase and cult following. It's easy to see why. From a smart and inventive script by SS Wilson and Brent Maddock (Short Circuit 1 and 2) comes an exciting, silly movie with no pretentious delusions.
In the desert town of Perfection, Nevada giant, man-eating worms awaken from a long hibernation and begin munching on the townsfolk. The have no eyes but hunt by sound and vibration and they're quick on the uptake and won't fall for the same trick twice.
A pair of local handymen (Bacon and Ward), a crazy survivalist (Michael Gross) a not very pretty love interest (?) and some bratty kids band together and hatch plans for escape. But the giant worms, or Graboids, are too hungry to allow that.
Full of gory moments and brainless fun, Tremors is not a great movie but much fun and rewatchable time and time again. The DVD comes as a Collector's Edition and has quite a few extras. The 1.85:1 picture is unfortunately non-anamorphic and the sound is Dolby 2.0 made from the original Stereo track. It's not terribly involving but gets the job done.
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins 2/5
A surprisingly poor sequel this time. Offering us nothing new and no excitement. Set in the 1800's, the town of Perfection, then called Rejection, is becoming a ghost town because the Graboids are gobbling up all the mine workers. The mine owner (Hiram Gummer-Burt's ancestor and complete opposite) comes to town to sort out the problem but proves to be useless. He hires a notorious gunman (the ever-evil Billy Drago) but he proves to be useless too.
What is weird about this film is that it provides NO set-pieces for our characters to do anything or prove themselves. Nothing happens and the film seems to drag on for ages with long periods of no Graboid action whatsoever. Weird considering it's directed by SS Wilson who did the Tremors 2 and 3. It doesn't feel like a Tremors film at all. Where's the fun in watching a bunch of period characters learn what we've long known about the mysterious Graboids?
Michael Gross is great as Hiram in regards to playing the complete opposite of what he is popular for and showing some range as an actor. But he just doesn't do anything. There is no reason to watch this film.
Plus it's not shot on 35mm film but with a TV camera. The 1.78:1 anamorphic picture proves this only further. It really does look like a feature length episode of the Tremors TV show (which I don't think I'll get if it's anything like this, assuming it ever comes to DVD at all) and it's very distracting. The sound is in Dolby 5.1 and is quite good during the tunnelling and gunfire scenes but it's not reference quality stuff by any means.
This special two-pack DVD set may seem cool but be warned...there are no inserts in either DVD. An annoying popular and lazy, unimaginative trend currently being practiced by Universal. The first release of Tremors came with an insert that folded out and contained lots of info about the film. I sold that version thinking it'd be included in this two-pack (as Tremors 4 is not available on its own) so be warned anyone expecting to find one. Plus I also got the ugly bilingual cover that doesn't match any of my other Universal DVDs. Make sure you don't get this one.
As much fun as the first 3 Tremors movies are the 4 is rotten and makes me want to sell the whole lot as it ruins a great line up. Don't be tempted by this two-pack and pick up the first 3 movies on their own.

Tremors 2: Aftershocks (Widescreen)
Tremors 2: Aftershocks (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Fred Ward
Price: CDN$ 14.75
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted, silly fun, April 17 2004
The Graboids are back and this time their terrorising a Mexican oil refinery. Depressed and bored with the fact that he was the only one who didn't make money from his experiences in the first film, Earl Bassett quits his ostrich farm in Nevada and heads south to stomp out the Graboids with the help of new recruit Grady Hoover.
When they get there however, they discover that the Graboid is only the first stage in the creature's development and soon they are facing something much more dangerous. Burt Gummer comes to the rescue with a truckload of guns and explosives. Cue lots of blowing up and loads of Graboid guts.
Tremors 2 has a silly, sarcastic sense of humor and a fast pace. There's not one minute of boredom and Fred Ward plays the cantankerous, irritable Earl very well. You'll hardly be missing Kevin Bacon.
The DVD presents the film in a sadly non-anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer. The picture is passable but is not impressive. The sound is Dolby 2.0 and it's no more than average with decent spaciousness and fidelity. A trailer is also included.

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (Widescreen)
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Michael Gross
Price: CDN$ 12.58
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun sequel, April 17 2004
I really wasn't expecting much from a third in the series even tho Tremors 2 added so much more imagination. So I was pleasantly surprised when this turned out to be so much fun.
It begins with a rather cool opening scene in which Burt Gummer (still in Mexico) takes out zillions of Shriekers with a massive machine-gun tank thing. After returning home to Perfection Burt must deal with new graboids, new shriekers and another metamorphosis...The shriekers turn into Ass-Blasters, flying creatures with rocket propelled farts. As the town (and the returning, surviving cast from the first film) is besieged by all forms of these animals, Burt and his pals must figure out increasing desperate ways to destroy them.
There's loads of energy and self-referential humor and the locations have a more dark/sophisticated look to them than in the previous 2 films. A light-hearted tone is still in check tho. There's even one teriffic scene in which Burt is swallowed by a Graboid and taken halfway across the desert. I paniced, I honestly thot we'd lost him. Turns out he's okay in the end.
Fred Ward is definitely missed tho his abscence is explained (Earl and Grady went to make a Graboid amusement park) but Michael Gross is simply irreplaceable as the eccentric and paranoid Burt Gummer. And Ariana Richards is so much more cuter now that she's grown up.
Tremors 3 is the best presented Tremors movie on DVD. The 1.85:1 anamorphic picture looks great and the Dolby 5.1 is reasonably lively with lots of bass during the tunnelling scenes. A fair amount of extras come along too.

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