Tag Archives: Blu-Ray

Blu Ray Review: Ong Bak 2

The plot is simplistic drivel, has a twist that’s rather nonsensical, and is in no way related to the first film… but that’s not really why any of us watch this, is it?  We watch it to see Tony Jaa doing things we didn’t think were humanly possible.  Anyone familiar with his work will appreciate this film as his most visceral, polished, epic, and astonishing to date.  Anyone not familiar should consider whether they’re interested in seeing the heir-apparent to Jet Li. Continue reading

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Blu Ray Review: Pan’s Labrynth

Far from the swords and sorcery that typify modern fantasy movies, Guillermo Del Toro’s best work presents a fairy tale for modern audiences, complete with the darkness, mystery, and wonder that once typified that genre. The mystical realm is connected to the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), a curious and willful young girl grappling with a monstrous stepfather. Themes of identity and obedience tie the two worlds together while the strong characters will keep you engaged throughout.  Continue reading

Blu-Ray Review: Lethal Weapon

Every cliché has to start somewhere, and few have a better beginning than Lethal Weapon.  The Buddy-Cop genre has been done to death, but Gibson and Glover’s chemistry as Riggs and Murtaugh still keeps this one feeling fresh and energetic.  By far the grittiest film the franchise, the first Lethal Weapon smartly relies more on good story-telling and engaging characters rather than elaborate set-pieces.  That’s not to say that this is high-drama, just that it (wisely) puts the story ahead of the eye candy. Continue reading

Blu-Ray Review: Casino Royale

“Reboot” has become a dirty word for film fans but damned if this one doesn’t get it right.  The original Bond movies ranged from awesome to awful action flicks, but Casino Royale manages to get so much more from the franchise that they all pale in comparison.  Action has certainly come a long way since Connery’s time, and this film is superb in that regard, but where it truly shines is the deep characters and air-tight plotting. Continue reading

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

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

Blu-Ray Review: Planet Earth

What is there left to say about this astonishing series?  Four years after its initial release and it’s still (arguably) the best nature documentary you’ll ever see.  The BBC captured some incredible footage in each conceivable environment on our planet from the lush jungles, to deep oceans, to frozen poles, to seasonal forests, to…  The world we live on is more amazing than any of us really knows and this set does an unparalleled job capturing that feeling. Continue reading