: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2007-12-25, 08:33 PM
Watched The Kingdom this week, on HD-DVD. Very good movie, although parts of it seem to be moving slow. In hindsight, I like the way the director took his time developing the characters.
No idea if it is an accurate depicition of life in Saudi Arabia - if it is, it makes one apprecaite life in Canada a lot more!
As was said a while ago, the opening part is excellent, giving a thumbnail view of the development of the Kingdom from a historical viewpoint. Helped a lot in understanding some of what was happening in the movie.
2007-12-25, 10:49 PM
I'm watching Everybody Loves Raymond. Just got the complete series (42? discs) for Christmas.
2007-12-25, 11:47 PM
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Former gangster Will Graham reluctantly abandons his reclusive life in order to avenge the death of his brother, a playboy drug dealer who committed suicide after being buggered by another criminal who, it seems, really didn't like him.
This amazingly boring piece of cr*p features a story that is both thin and uninteresting and acting that is either leaden, wooden or just plain bad. (Clive Owen manages to pull off all three. I'm finally convinced that he is not a decent actor who, unfortunately, repeatedly finds himself saddled with bad roles.)
2007-12-27, 10:07 AM
Seinfeld - The Complete Series
Sony has done a great job overall except for Season 8 disks that are improperly flagged as 30fps (instead of 24fps like all the other Series' disks are). Other than that both transfers and content are superb!
2007-12-27, 10:37 AM
Shrek The Third - Thankfully it's over. I enjoyed the first two Shrek movies but this one just didn't feel right.
2007-12-27, 10:47 PM
Stardust - To prove his love to the shallow coquette he blindly desires, Tristan, a young Englishman, crosses into the neighbouring magical land of Stormhold to retrieve a fallen star. As it turns out, he's not the only one looking for the star-turned-female, so an adventure ensues which features evil witches, a treacherous prince and the gay captain of a flying "pirate" ship. Will Tristan manage to return his prize to England...or will he find true love in Stormhold with his shining star?
Although it appears to want to capture the spirit of such fairytale movies as "The Princess Bride", this film is overwrought, devoid of any charm and chock full of clumsy and/or uninteresting scenes and dialogue. A real disappointment.
2007-12-28, 01:25 PM
Maybe it's my warped sense of humor..but I LOVE Bad(der) Santa!...not so much the whole storyline..but certain scenes work for me ..and the Dwarf's foul mouth slays me
2007-12-28, 07:32 PM
Lost Season 3 - on SD. Continues the excellent audio and video of the first two season releases. I can't imagine how awesome the BluRay version must look.
Season3 was great and revisiting proves it has lost none of its power. Bring on Season 4!!
2007-12-29, 12:25 PM
Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix - Definitely not a film for someone who has not watched the previous 4 or is not a Potter-phile, but definitely a solid movie. I cannot wait for the last movies, hopefully they can keep the cast together.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End - This one was a bit slow in some places, but it did build up to a decent finale. As with Shrek, I am glad this one is over...... isn't it?:confused:
2007-12-29, 08:27 PM
Everybody Loves Raymond on DVD [again]
2007-12-29, 11:11 PM
Zodiac - In the late 1960s in Northern California, self-titled serial killer "the Zodiac" murders a number of people and then proceeds to taunt the media and the police with letters and cryptic cyphers. Despite the best efforts of police over the course of the next two decades, the Zodiac is never caught; however, thanks to the work of obsessed newspaper cartoonist Robert Graysmith, the killer's identity may finally be revealed...if they can get to him in time.
A reasonably interesting movie whose shine is somewhat dulled by its pedestrian pacing, a number of cardboard characters and a flat performance by Jake Gyllenhaal.
2007-12-30, 10:33 PM
28 Days Later - A team of animal activists raid a testing facility and accidentally unleash a viral infection that causes the infected to become uncontrollably violent and destructive. Twenty-eight days later, a patient in a London hospital awakens to find himself in a deserted city. Soon afterwards, he is saved from a roaming band of "infected" by a couple of survivors, from whom he learns that the plague has wiped out most of the population of England. Upon hearing a radio broadcast from a military outpost near Manchester, he and a group of survivors make their way toward this haven in the hope of finding safety from the madness that surrounds them. Danger, however, often lurks in the least-expected places...
This low-key "zombie" horror flick is still reasonably effective and enjoyable.
2007-12-31, 03:17 PM
Blood Diamond- Thought it was excellent movie, except the ending. I do not think those smuggler types would let other things get in their way of getting what they want. Overall, a great movie. On a side note, I watched it on ps3 bluray ( It was a bluray disk) and all I can say is WOW, it looked bloody amazing. I was extremely happy with the look and sound of this movie, looking forward to a couple more over the next few days.
2007-12-31, 06:17 PM
Sicko - Wasn't struck so much by the amount of Americans without any health insurance, some 49 000 000 + :o, as much as I was stunned by the amount of Americans with health insurance who, for various reasons (i.e., deductables, disqualified from benefits, etc.) have sold their homes, used up their savings, and so forth to pay for health care.
P.S. The extras are fabulous too, especially 'Who Would Jesus Deny?' and 'This Country Beats France.'
Away From Her - Sarah Polley's film based on a short story about a wife's journey with the earlier stages of Alzheimer's and her husband's journey with her, especially when she develops affections for another man. Slow, methodical and incredibly poignant.
Rescue Dawn - Based on a true story about an US Navy pilot shot down in the very early stages of the American Vietnam conflict. For me, it started slowly but I got hooked pretty quickly.
2008-01-05, 10:48 PM
War - Not long after Special Agent Tom Lone kills rogue assassin Rogue, he and his family wind up dead. When Tom's partner, Special Agent Jack Crawford, discovers that the killer is none other than the unstoppable Rogue, he sets out for revenge. Meanwhile, Rogue is stirring things up in the Asian underworld, manipulating rival Yakuza and Triad factions into a destructive war against each other. When the smoke finally clears, Jack Crawford emerges to settle an old score. Is Rogue finally finished...or has he got one last trick up his sleeve?
While not quite up to the standard of "The Transporter" (which, in my opinion, remains Statham's best movie), this decent but overly-busy "shoot 'em up" flick is nevertheless generally enjoyable and is far superior to "Crank" (possibly Statham's worst movie). Good PQ and use of 5.1 audio, too.
2008-01-05, 10:56 PM
While not quite up to the standard of "The Transporter" (which, in my opinion, remains Statham's best movie)...
Didn't you mean Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels?
2008-01-05, 11:02 PM
I liked Jason Statham in "Lock, Stock" and even more so in "Snatch", but those, in my opinion, were not "Jason Statham movies" - they were Guy Ritchie movies in which Jason Statham had a role. (That, anyway, is the reasoning behind the comment in my previous post.)
2008-01-07, 11:58 AM
Dexter, season 1 - I knew very little going into this and I loved it! A very interesting twist on the worn-out detective/csi shows. I also like how the season has a story arc that wraps up.
Carnivāle: The Complete First Season - Another tv show I've never seen until now. It's a real shame it got canned but it's not stopping me from enjoying what I've seen so far.
2008-01-07, 04:47 PM
Some of our favourite tv-via-dvd watching of late:
24 S6 -- didn't really think we would enjoy this season, but it's turned out to be a fun and exciting view - counting down hours, only a few episodes left to watch.
Boston Legal S2 -- great show - very interesting themes, so well-written and acted!!
Hero S1 -- just finished this one - mixed emotions, enjoyed it, not sure that we followed most of it though, or if that even mattered?
Lost S3 -- great to look at, interesting to watch.
X-Files S4 -- catching up on the antics of Scully & Maulder, and the ever-increasing conspiracy stuff - will stop at S5 - not sure the series is worth proceeding past that season.
2008-01-07, 05:11 PM
Revisited Notes on a Scandal the other night ... appreciated and enjoyed it as much as we did with the first viewing.
The film was based on the novel "What Was She Thinking?" by Zoe Heller, and transcribed to film with the same force and intensity via the powerful acting of the two main stars, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett (both of whom earned Oscar nominations for their performances).
A rather "delicious & nasty melodrama", with Dench and Blanchett terrific in their roles as unsympathetic, but consistently interesting characters.
Found this copy in a Wal-Mart 'bin' just a few days ago - at $10, an absolute steal!!