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DVD Reviews & TV Programs

DVD Reviews & TV Programs

Introducing some of the more prominent DVD releases & up to the minute TV/Satellite programs

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) 

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, John Hurt, Shia LaBeou, Ray Winstone, Karen Allen Hollywood.

Release Date: Oct 29th, 2008

Adventure
Icon Harrison Ford returns to the role of the adventurous archaeologist Indiana Jones nearly 20 years after he last donned the famous fedora and bullwhip to save the world from imminent peril. 
Certainly entertaining, this long-time-coming fourth Indy movie feels like a rekindled romance for those of us old enough to have grown up on the first three. Ford is more energetic in this role than any we've seen since The Last Crusade. And Cate Blanchett is wonderful as a 1950s psychic commie with her jet black hair bob, sword and drab grey suit. The sci-fi themes this time around may turn off some viewers and the picture's ample suspense is frequently undermined with hit-or- miss humour (swinging through the jungle a la Tarzan was a bit much.) Plus, Shia LaBeouf's inclusion feels mostly like the seed for future movies rather than a real contribution. It's not that he does a bad job; it's just that he sticks out a bit considering the nostalgic inclusion of Karen Allen and the brilliance of both Ford and Blanchett. These comments aside, Crystal Skull is a good movie; occasionally very good considering Ford's age or the time lapsed since the last instalment. Don't let nostalgia warp what you expect going in and you just might enjoy yourself. Available on DVD and BluRay

 

 

The Rules of the Game (1939)

Directed by: Jean Renoir

Starring: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Mila Parely, Paulette Dubost, Jean Renoir, Anne Mayen, Lise Elina, Julien Carette

Release Date: Oct 30th, 2008

Drama, suspense, thriller
Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir’s masterpiece The Rules of the Game is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners. At a weekend hunting party, amorous escapades abound among the aristocratic guests and are mirrored by the activities of the servants downstairs. The refusal of one of the guests to play by society’s rules sets off a chain of events that ends in tragedy. Poorly received upon its release in 1939, the film was severely re-edited, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II. Only in 1959 was the film fully reconstructed and embraced by audiences and critics who now see it as a timeless representation of a vanishing way of life. Newly restored.

 

Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

Directed By: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino

Starring :  Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen

Release Date: Nov 4, 2008

Children Story
After an elephant named Horton hears a cry for help from a speck of dust, he's determined to protect the residents of the tiny town of Whoville -- despite ridicule from his neighbours -- in this adaptation of Dr. Seuss's beloved children's story. Jim Carrey provides the voice of Horton, and other stars lending their vocal talent include Steve Carell as the mayor of Whoville, along with Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler. Available on DVD and BluRay

 

Death Defying Acts (2007)

Directed By: Gillian Armstrong

Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Timothy Spall, Guy Pearce, Aaron Brown, Martin Fisher.

Release Date: Nov 5, 2008

Drama
When legendary escape artist Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) offers a handsome reward to anyone who can contact his dead mother beyond the grave, a sultry Scottish psychic and con artist (Catherine Zeta-Jones) takes up the challenge. But when the two fall in love, the boundaries between truth and deception become blurred. Directed by Gillian Armstrong, this entertaining period costume drama co-stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothy Spall. Available on DVD and BluRay


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