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TRON: LEGACY – This is a fun film. It has all the elements from the original classic but with current technologies used to create the special effects and the environments. It is like watching the classic but with a new coat of fresh pain. Jeff Bridges does a great job in revising his role as Flynn, as well as the clone of Flynn made to better humanity, again stuck in the Grid. Of course, that clone went bad and took over the Grid, leaving Flynn on the outskirts of the society. With Olivia Wilde as the eye candy (along with hottie Beau Garrett) and Bruce Boxleitner returning to the franchise as well, it is like an old friend coming home. An old, improved friend. The best version to get is the five-disc combo pack including TRON LEGACY on 3-D, on 2-D, the original classic now on blu-ray, the DVD version of TRON: LEGACY and a digital copy. So you can watch the film now, and when you upgrade to a 3-D TV, watch it in 3-D as well as take it with you on the road.
LITTLE FOCKERS – Must they really keep making these awful films about the Fockers? Isn’t two films enough pain for one lifetime? Apparently not as we get yet another face-off with Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro (and Owen Wilson). I understand needing to get paid. I get it. But can’t we do something original? Stiller only plays himself and it is damn annoying and I don’t need to see De Niro doing any more comedy, two times is enough (not to mention the ANALYZE THIS films). But what do I know, if people keep coming to see them, I’m sure we’ll see another Fockers in the future.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – The third film in the franchise has lost a bit of its luster in the eyes of the mainstream public failing to capture the attention and popularity that has made HARRY POTTER so successful. Still, fans of the series will enjoy the different approach to the film with more swashbuckling adventure, sword fighting and high seas adventure.
I LOVE YOU PHILIP MORRIS – The con artist extravaganza starring Jim Carrey and Evan McGregor doesn’t have anything to do with cigarettes. In fact it is a dark comedy about how a small time businessman became one of the most wanted men in Texas because of his con schemes and prison escapes. But the reason for doing these dastardly deeds had everything to do with love rather than any monetary gain. A funny and interesting movie you’ll get a kick out of.
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TAXI DRIVER – The classic film starring Robert De Niro as a tortured vet that befriends and violently defends a young prostitute, played by Jodie Foster, makes its debut on Blu-ray for the first time.
- FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – It’s “Tradition” that musicals aren’t really my bag but I’m sure someone out there will enjoy that this classic is now available on Blu-ray.
- A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – I hated this movie when it came out. Hated it. I saw it again recently on cable and didn’t like any better (although the special effects are still amazing). Now it is out on Blu-ray for the first time and if you love cool effects, that’s a reason to check it out because they look that much better in high definition.
- THE COVE – The remarkable look at the plight of dolphins being rounded up as part of the Japanese fishing trade is totally sad and in high definition made only worse.
LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION – The BBC adaptation of Flora Thompson’s love letter about rural England in the 19th Century is now available in a complete collection. The series focuses on a small town and the inhabitants during a period where the future is bustling and in the face of scandals and feuds must embrace an exciting time. The complete collection include all four seasons from the show on 14 discs.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS – THE FIFTH SEASON – The fifth and final season to the high school football drama includes all the 13 episodes from the season as well as an extended finale. The cool thing is that they were able to wrap up all the loose ends of the show with appearances by Jason Street, Tyra, Saracen, Riggins and more. A great way to end the show that is beloved by fans.
LIFE UNEXPECTED: THE COMPLETE FIRST AND SECOND SEASON – The television drama about a 15-year-old finding her birth parents after being given up for adoption makes its DVD debut. All 26 episodes from the series’ first two season are included in one DVD set and includes two featurettes on the casting for the show and making the show in Portland, Oregon.
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- SARAH PALIN’S ALASKA – The ultimate MILF comes home in her reality series now available on DVD.
- WWE: DX: ONE LAST STAND – Triple H and Shawn Michaels profiled in this new wrestling special focusing on the in-ring and out-of-the-ring antics of the duo.