Bluray

The Goonies – 25 years – Bluray released

From: GeekDad

“Tuesday, November 2nd was a day of monumental importance for many Americans. No, not because of the elections — rather, it marked the release of The Goonies 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and DVD.
In anticipation of this most sacred arrival, a special press event was held late last month at the Warner Bros. lot. A number of the original film’s cast and crew members were in attendance including notables like Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Ke Wuan and Richard Donner…”

I have to admit this one kind of slipped by me. I’ll have to get the order going so I can give the Blu-ray a proper coregeek review. ‘The Gooines’ after all, champion the geek in all of us! Now if I could just get my childhood friend to return me the pristine, original (3’x5′), Goonies movie poster I LOANED her 25 years ago all would be right in the world.

District B13 Ultimatum – Netflix Find – Review

Back in March I gave a favorable review to the original District B13. I was happy to learn that a sequel District B13 Ultimatum was released on Blu-ray/DVD earlier this year. The film picks up 3 years later. David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli reprise their original roles of Leito and Damien.

Plot Synopsis from Wikipedia:
“Three years after the events of the original film, the authorities are attempting to return law and order to ravaged District 13. The death of gang overlord Taha Bemamud has left a power vacuum, and total control of the area is now being fought over by five rival territorial gang lords who want to step into Taha’s position. Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector before the secret services of Paris take drastic measures to solve the problem.”

This type of action film relies on two things: charismatic lead actors and exciting fights. Fortunately, both of those ingredients carry over from the first installment. Belle and Raffeelli are in top form here and continue to amaze with their physical agility. The plot is decent enough for all of the action to be strung together in a coherent manner although I will say it’s a bit unbelievable. You could probably say the same for the first film too. A highlight for me was Raffeelli’s fight inside the night club where he both wields and protects a van Gogh painting.

Bottom Line: It’s all about the fights. Not as much Parkour this time around although things were exiting enough to hold my attention for the full running time.

Rated R available on: Blu-ray, DVD.

Note: District B13 Ultimatum is a French production so the film is subtitled. There is an English dub track for those interested. I personally find dubs to be distracting and prefer subtitles.

Cameron: Avatar 2 Going into Ocean

Avatar

From: FirstShowing.net

“As for the sequel and going underwater, we’ll just let Cameron himself explain he wants to do in this one:

“We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story – not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film. I’ve already announced this, so I might as well say it: Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.”

Avatar will be out tomorrow April 22nd on DVD and Bluray

The Host – Netflix Find – Movie Review

Netflix plot summary:
“In Seoul’s River Han, a giant mutant creature has developed as a result of toxic chemical dumping. When the squidlike monster scoops up the teenage granddaughter of humble snack-bar owner Hie-bong (Hie-bong Byeon), he races to track down the murderous beast. With no help from the authorities, who are convinced the girl is already dead, Hie-bong and his family will have to band together to save her — and possibly the entire city.”

I hesitate to call this a monster move because it really is more about the family and their struggle to understand each other and keep the family together. The monster is really the catalyst for the story instead of the focus (compared to something like Godzilla). Don’t get me wrong though, the monster gets a lot of screen time. This is part monster movie, thriller, kidnapper movie, family drama and comedy. Somehow it all really works and the story heads in directions that keep you guessing.

It’s a Korean production so you’ll either have to deal with subtitles or dubbing. I prefer subtitles. The special effects are not up to Hollywood current standard but are done competently enough that it remains believable (think TV quality).

As a side note this 2006 film broke the Korean all-time box office record and has scored a 92% (out of 110 reviews) at Rotten Tomatoes.

Bottom Line A likable, quirky, monster movie with thrills, chills and heart.

Rated R available on: Bluray, DVD and Netflix Watch Instantly.

Planet 51 – Bluray – Family Movie Night

Around our house, for the past few years, Friday night is family movie night. We order pizza and watch a geeklet age appropriate movie in the home theater. Last night we gave Planet 51 a spin.

Wikipedia Plot Synopsis: “Planet 51 is a galactic sized animated alien adventure comedy revolving around American astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker, who lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders…like Chuck!” Voice actors include: Dwayne Johnson, Justin Long, Jessica Biel, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman and John Cleese. (Sony Pictures)

When Planet 51 was released in the theater it seemed to have an entertaining premise and an impressive voice cast, but it didn’t pique my interest enough to warrant a $40 family trip to the theater. My instinct was mostly right, although there were a few surprises.

Surprise #1: The exceptional 3D animation. The 1950’s Americana look and feel of Planet 51 was outstanding. It was created by Llion Studios out of Spain. Llion appears to be an upstart for 3D feature animation. The design and animation was right up there with the best of Pixar’s work, something I was not expecting.

Surprise #2: There were a few laugh out loud moments that weren’t spoiled in the trailers. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough of those moments to run the full length of the film. What the film mostly relies on are nods to other sci-fi genre films. Some not so subtile like the “dog” that looks like a baby Alien and is named Ripley. Some a little less in your face like a ET style “moon fly-by”. It all adds up to a bit of fun but nothing that really sticks with you. If Planet 51 wasn’t so much fun to look at its lack of a gripping story would be more apparent.

On the kid appropriate side of things it’s fairly benign but does include some Shrek style double entendre type of humor. However, I found it to be less “charged” then Shrek. Uncoincidentally both films share the same writer.

Geeklet Approval Rating: My 10 & 13 year olds rated it 3.5 out of 5. Which means they enjoyed it but weren’t blown away.

Bottom Line: “B” movie level script with “A” level design and animation. Visually stunning and moderately entertaining, lacks real heart to make it truly memorable.

Rated PG available on: Bluray and DVD.