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DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX – Some of the adaptations of the DR. SEUSS children’s books have been pretty good (THE GRINCH) and pretty bad (THE CAT IN THE HAT), luckily THE LORAX is actually animated, which seems to always make things better. Here the basic plot elements of the classic book are there but with a lot of artistic license. Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) wants to impress his crush (played by Taylor Swift) by finding a tree in the desolate town of Thneedville where everything is plastic and air comes bottled in a can. He learns about a mysterious creature known as the Lorax that speaks to trees and he sets off to find him in order to impress his crush. With the voices of Ed Helms, Danny DeVito, Jenny Slate and Betty White it is a well-done animated joint that will be enjoyed by all ages. On Blu-ray, there are three new mini-movies included featuring Two Bar-ba-loots and The Once-ler. Great stuff and you also get a digital copy which is always a bonus.
JESSE STONE: BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT – Talk about reviving your career into a solid franchise that is super popular with a number of TV and video viewers. This is Tom Selleck’s eighth movie starring as Jesse Stone, the police chief of a small town called Paradise, that is constantly thrust into solving unusual and deadly crime in countryside New England. What is it about New England that brings out the fictional murders? Wasn’t MURDER SHE WROTE always in that area? Seems like someone believe murders happen a lot and in small towns. I guess it makes for good drama as this one was well received yet again when it aired on CBS and will probably do very well on DVD as those who enjoy the franchise continue to invest in it. That means expect Selleck to reprise the role in the future (even if they keep retiring him in the series).
New to Blu-ray this week:
- GROSSE POINTE BLANK: 15THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION – Before John Cusack started making crappy disaster flicks and Mini Driver had a career. Great flick.
- HIGH FIDELITY – Remember what I said about Cusack and being great prior to making a big paycheck? Applies here to with a stellar performance from Jack Black.
- CLUE: THE MOVIE – Underrated fun based on the board game of the same name. See, BATTLESHIP, this is how you do a game adaptation with three different endings and scenarios. Still a fun movie, if dated.
- ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION – Wow, I feel totally old. 25 years since this came out? Egads. Still fun and the carbon copy formula for decent or even crappy babysitter movies that have come out since. This one is still the best.
- FULL METAL JACKET: 25TH ANNIVERSARY – What’s your major malfunction, numbnuts? I’ll gonna rip off your head and skullf*** you! Such awesome quotes from this one just back to back to back. Another 25 years for this one and that is also hard to believe but this one also looks great in HD.
- SPACEBALLS – Mel Brooks’ science fiction spoof may not be his best effort but it is still damn funny and has some great moments. Obviously borrowing heavily from STAR WARS, use the Schwartz and pick it up.
GRIMM: SEASON ONE – Honestly, I didn’t think that this show with ties to the classic fairytales of the Brothers Grimm would last more than a few episodes given it aired in a crappy time slot and, well, it is on NBC. However, it sustained a pretty good audience and is coming back for more with a second season in about a week. Obviously, as a summer show that’s never a good sign that the network has that much faith in it, yet, still it got two seasons which is more than most. Here’s your chance to catch up on what you missed about a police officer that gets thrust into a world where creatures are real and he’s the one responsible for taking them out.
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