John Woodward

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,457
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (56 of 63)



Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,457 - Total Helpful Votes: 56 of 63
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy &hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Elijah Wood
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
With so many (deserved) critical accolades heaped on this franchise the question is not 'is this set any good?' it's 'is it worth it?' The answer is, unequivocally, YES. I could rave about the new transfer along with everyone else (it's great) but, in practical terms, the films look much better. Upconverting was never a friend to the DVD releases, seeming to bring out the flaws as much as the detail. The Blu-Rays resolve that problem and (for the most part) make these films look like the visual masterpieces they were in the theatre.

All of the 'Appendices' of the DVD release are here, along with the Costa Botes 'Making of'' documentaries that were previously only available in… Read more
The Incredible Hulk [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Edward Norton
The Incredible Hulk [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Edward Norton
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
As every other review points out, this movie is nothing like Ang Lee's ill-conceived Hulk movie. This one is most certainly about 'Hulk Smash', and not 'Hulk Brood,' containing the finest action sequences of any Marvel movie. The final fight sequence, in which Hulk and Abomination tear through Harlem, is worth the cost of the disc alone. It's one of those scenes action fans will skip to when they're looking for a quick-fix. That isn't to say that this is just a big dumb action flick. Edward Norton does an excellent job as Bruce Banner, peaceful scientist and William Hurt and Tim Roth are only a few steps behind as the aging warmongers looking to exploit him.

In many ways,… Read more
Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (Bilingu&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Robert Downey Jr.
This film suffers unfairly in comparison to its predecessor. Iron Man's second outing is certainly not as good as his first but the action scenes are still first rate and Tony's desire to go out in a blaze of self-destructive glory is an interesting starting point for the character. It's his journey back that leaves a bit to be desired. Efforts to tie Vanko's hatred of the Stark family into Tony's arc never really succeed and Mickey Rourke feels wasted in the role. Justin Hammer is also a big misstep as the secondary villain as he's just too ineffectual to seem threatening.

Given the shortcomings of the story, Downey's performance is forced to carry a lot more of the weight… Read more

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