I loved reading Ender’s Game and when I first saw its film clips at Comic Con 2013, I was intrigued as to whether or not the film would live up to my hopes. The novel came out in 1985 and obviously my first thought after I finished reading it was, this would be awesome to see on the big screen.
Director James Mangold’s The Wolverine is the most curious of comic book blockbusters.
It received decidedly mixed reviews, managing only a 68% positive rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and is currently sitting at a 6.9 viewer rating on IMDB. It also “only” managed to earn $132.5 million at the U.S. boxoffice, down significantly from the $180 million earned by 2009’s Wolverine: Origins.
The theatrical film is also long: coming in at just over two hours.
Not exactly the kind of credentials that warrant a big extended cut, right? Continue reading →
Flashback to 2011 and the Fright Night remake was a flashy bloodthirsty film that updated the original 80s film and still had its own unique charm. One of the things that made me love the original film was the monster effects. I watched its 80’s sequel and was quickly let down. Even though Fright Night 2: New Blood is a straight to DVD/Bluray affair I still had hope that they would improve upon the previous Fright Night 2.
To say the least I was confused with how Fright Night 2: New Blood fits into the Fright Night mythos. In theory Fright Night 2: New Blood should follow the events of the 2011 version of Fight Night. However it doesn’t. What it does do is take the 80’s Fright Night 2 villain Elisabeth Bathory who basically is Dracula, at least the film really tries to get its audience to believe that this is the case. I mean why not just use Dracula instead? One good reason is because you could feature lots of sexy vampire stuff, but the film does a mediocre job of it. So again why not just use Dracula?
There isn’t much of a reason to watch Fright Night 2: New Blood as again it doesn’t expand the Fright Night universe nor does it provide much action, scares, or general entertainment. The one portion of the film that stands out from itself is the ending. It’s pretty neat with some cool creature effects, but it’s not satisfying enough to watch the entire movie.
I’ve previously reviewed the film Oblivion in this video review below so I’ll just be focusing on the special features within this post.
The reality is that there’s not all that much to be had here. However what they did include was great. The making of series includes five videos that will last you around 30 minutes. A lot of this film is practical so it’s actually interesting to see how they made it. It’s not a CGI-fest, where all we do is stare at a computer screen.
There deleted scenes are pretty lame. There are four total lasting around 4 minutes. One of the deleted scenes is just a ship flying by. Yes, you heard me right. There’s no value in seeing these deleted scenes.
There’s a feature called M83 Isolated Score that allows you to watch the entire film with solely the soundtrack. It’s an neat idea because Oblivion is such a beautiful film to simply look at. I’m not sure how practical this feature is though as I can’t imagine watching the entire film without the other sounds.
The last feature is a commentary with Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski.
Oblivion stands on its own without any special features. The fact that there are some within this package that are great just enforces that you should pick up this gorgeous film and check it out.
I know this ain’t no 50th anniversary, but this is the first time Enter the Dragon has hit Bluray so one would think that this would be a big deal. Sadly it’s a massive hit and miss. Enter the Dragon the film has been remastered so it looks and sounds wonderful.
For some fans that’s all that they’ll want, a nice and clean copy of Enter the Dragon. However, for the fanatics that want in-depth and fresh behind the scenes features that’s where this Bluray falters. The special features are a mixed bag of old and new. The old special features contain the content that you actually want to know such as a making of. This documentary is one of the worst that I’ve ever seen. It literally has terrible dissolve effects to transition from one talking head to another. For some reason they did not mute the tail end of the transitions, so you hear two people talking over one another and then one of the sounds abruptly ends. This is pathetic to repackage this pile of trash in a 40th anniversary!
Even the new special features are odd too. They almost feel like an inside joke. They don’t invite you into understanding the basis for which they exist in the first place. I watched them and still didn’t understand what I was watching. They were poorly constructed.
Also included with the Enter the Dragon 40th Anniversary Bluray are several collectibles shown below:
As you can imagine I’m gonna say that you should pass buying and just rent this 40th Anniversary edition of Enter the Dragon unless you’re just a hardcore fan who simply wants to own a great looking copy of Enter the Dragon.