Derek Draven

Top Reviewer Ranking: 53
Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (404 of 490)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 53 - Total Helpful Votes: 404 of 490
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 (Bilingu&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Patrick Stewart
Paramount's Blu-Ray reissues of this fine show have been going on for quite a while, and I'm late to the party, but that doesn't mean I can't chime in. When I was 8 years old, my parents sat me down for the premier episode of a show they had watched when they themselves were young. I had no idea what to expect, but there I was, wide-eyed and in awe at the spectacle before me. According to my parents, Star Trek, a very popular sci-fi TV show, had returned in a completely new form, called 'The Next Generation.' At the time, I had no familiarity with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, the Enterprise, phasers, tribbles, or vulcan neck pinches, so I truly was entering my own personal final frontier. This… Read more
Akira - 25th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Johnny Yong Bosch
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Few anime films are as groundbreaking, mystifying, or head-scratching as Akira. For years, it's been the benchmark which all other anime films are measured against. Its scope and ambition is far beyond most films, anime or otherwise, and it serves as a figurehead for mature, intellectual stories built on unique concepts that nobody has really ever attempted to replicate. Now we have the 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-Ray, which could very well be called the definitive version of this wonderful classic.

Akira takes place in a dystopian Tokyo circa 2019, 31 years after a massive explosion decimated the city and triggered the onset of World War III. The city is rife with… Read more
Riddick [Blu-ray] [Import]
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic sequel, Nov. 22 2013
Few on-screen antiheroes are as engaging as sociopathic convict Riddick, played once again by Vin Diesel in the film of the same name. The killer with the shining eyes is back once again, doing what he does best: surviving in hostile environments. The film picks up after the events of "The Chronicles of Riddick," where the character killed the Lord Marshall and took control of the Necromongers, a devout religious cult dedicated to finding the mysterious Underverse, a collection of dark stars believed to hold life through the promise of death. Riddick's only goal is to return to his home planet of Furya, once decimated by the Necromongers during their zealous campaign of destruction and… Read more