Category Archives: DVD Review

Blu-Ray Review: Kick Ass

We’ve all seen the “zero to hero” storyline a hundred times before, but I must say that this is the most refreshing take on the superhero origin that I’ve ever seen.  Never quite a pure satire, this film doesn’t really play it straight either as it moves back and forth between hilarious comedy and brutal action while always giving us characters we can care about.  The only thing I can really compare it to is Kill Bill, and even that’s not really appropriate.  Kick Ass will take you on a unique, fun journey, provided you’re willing to leave the beaten path. Continue reading

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DVD Review: The Matador

Wanna watch Pierce Brosnan send up his own performance as James Bond?  Actually, this off beat buddy-comedy has a lot more going for it than that, with a quirky and original story and good performances all around, but its leading man does deserve special attention.  Julian Noble’s libido isn’t sexy, it’s sleazy; his alcoholism isn’t cool, it’s sad; and his profession most certainly doesn’t make him a hero.  And yet, despite all this, Brosnan makes us connect with Julian in a way we never could with James, definitely the best work of his career. Continue reading

Blu Ray Review: Life

Planet Earth’s “sequel” proves itself a worthy successor to the greatest nature documentary ever filmed and one of the most visually stunning Blu Rays on the market.  Whether you’re into natural science or not this boxed set is a must own for anyone looking to show off their home theatre as it captures some of the most beautiful and surprising footage of our world that you’ll ever see. Continue reading

DVD Review: The Simpsons – Season 8

“Best” is a difficult term to apply when a series delivered such consistent excellence for so many years, but it sounds so much bolder than “Personal Favourite.”  The eighth season of The Simpsons represents the series at its most hilarious, smart and innovative.  To those in doubt I’ll point out that this is the season that gave us Hank Scorpio, Frank Grimes, Poochie, and Mr. Sparkle; Ned loses his house, Burns loses his fortune, and Skinner loses his virginity; Homer becomes a boxer, Bart works in a burlesque house, and Marge gets mobbed up… I could mention every episode here and not hit a bad one. Continue reading

DVD Review: Angel Season 1

The first season of most shows involves a bit of trial and error, but Angel’s beginning really seemed to be mostly error. Where Buffy seamlessly blended genres from the get-go, Angel outright changed genres from episode to episode, or even from scene to scene. The end result is jarring and leaves the characters and plotting feeling directionless. Most of the episodes are just plain bad and some, like ‘She’ and ‘Eternity,’ are unwatchable. The show eventually clicks in the final few episodes when Angel’s mission becomes clarified as saving himself through others.  Continue reading

DVD Review – Trailer Park Boys: Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys

Fans should be pleased that this episode is finally out on DVD.  Aired as a special one year after the season seven finale, “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” is a vastly superior sendoff for the boys than the atrocious 2nd film.  Some people may object to its undermining the feel good ending of the series, but most should appreciate the old school vibe as Lahey returns to being a credible antagonist and the boys pin all their hopes on an ill-advised crime. Continue reading

DVD Review – The Blue Planet: Seas of Life

Five years before Planet Earth there was The Blue Planet: Seas of Life.  Few would deny that the latter series is the better, but that doesn’t make this one any less fascinating.  The footage is as spectacular as it is unique and many of the episodes, particularly “The Deep,” capture creatures and behavior never before seen on film.  “Limiting” the series to the water in no way diminishes the scope or variety of this series as it takes us on a fascinating journey across 71% of our planet’s surface. Continue reading

DVD Review: STNG Season One

Let’s face facts people, season one of TNG is bad.  Like, really bad.  As an artifact of a great show finding its way, it has some value.  As something to laugh at rather than with, it has a bit more.  But as a piece of entertainment in itself, it’s severely lacking.  The characters are ill defined and the stories are mostly ill conceived.  Cringes of note include “Code of Honor” “The Big Goodbye” and “Conspiracy.”  Sadly such poor, and often nonsensical, episodes are the norm this season.  Exceptions like “Where No One Has Gone Before” and “Heart of Glory” are pretty good, but nowhere near the heights this series would reach in later years. Continue reading

DVD Review: BtVS Season 3

While you could debate whether or not this is Buffy’s best season, no one can deny that it’s the most consistent.  This is the year that gave us “Band Candy,” “Helpless,” “The Zeppo,” “Earshot,” and “Graduation Day.”  I could easily mention another four (or eight or twelve) episodes that rank as classics but, more importantly, this is also the season that gave us Faith and the Mayor.  Either one of these villains were enough to carry a season on their own, but their evil father/daughter pairing help make this season’s arc the strongest of the series. Continue reading

DVD Review: The Simpsons – Season 5

Fans can debate endlessly what the “best” Simpsons season is, but no one can deny that this one should be counted among the golden years.  Listing its best episodes is a bit redundant as each and everyone one of them is great.  That’s not hyperbole, the product description alone rhymes off 13 classics and doesn’t even get to “Homer Goes to College,” “Secrets of a Successful Marriage,” or “Homer the Vigilante.”  Even the Marge and Lisa episodes were great back then with “Marge on the Lam” and “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacey.” Continue reading