3/13/2012

This week we have two action films, four classic Doctor Who episodes on Blu-Ray and a cheesy straight-to-DVD knock off of Snow White.

Before I get to this weeks post I just wanted to announce that M. Pax is doing a guest post on our blog tomorrow! Make sure you come back for her cool list of Star Trek tech.

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The Three Musketeers [Blu-Ray 3D]
Orlando Bloom (Actor), Logan Lerman (Actor), Paul W.S. Anderson (Director) 
Logan Lerman and Orlando Bloom star in a swashbuckling update to Alexandre Dumas classic novel, The Three Musketeers. Re-imagined as a stylistic and explosive action adventure, the young hero D Artagnan (Logan Lerman) and three of France s most elite warriors battle their way across Europe on a mission to foil the plot of an evil conspiracy that threatens to overthrow the king and engulf the whole of Europe into full-scale war. - Amazon


The Adventures of Tintin (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy) (2011)
Daniel Craig (Actor), Jamie Bell (Actor), Steven Spielberg (Director)
From Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson comes the epic adventures of Tintin. Racing to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune -- but also an ancient curse -- Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy embark on an action-packed journey around the world that critics are calling “fun for the whole family.”* *ABC-TV (Chicago)
 

Neverland (2011)
Rhys Ifans (Actor), Bob Hoskins (Actor), Nick Willing (Director)
Originally, a two-part mini-series on the SyFy channel. Neverland introduces us to a young lad named Peter and his streetwise gang, who are mysteriously transported from turn-of-the-century London into an enchanting parallel world where time stands still and an adventure awaits like nothing you ve ever seen before. In Neverland, no one ever ages and lost souls have been plucked out of time. The lost boys are soon caught in a war with the man who will become Captain Hook and change the fate of this mystical land forever.
 

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Doctor Who: The Face of Evil (Story 89) (1977)
Tom Baker (Actor), Louise Jameson (Actor), Pennant Roberts (Director)
Doctor Who: The Face of Evil introduced one of the most unusual of the time traveler's companions: Leela (Louise Jameson), an intelligent but savage woman from a jungle planet, a fierce fighter who looked good in a skimpy leather outfit. The Doctor (Tom Baker) finds himself caught between two tribes, one primitive and physical, the other effete and possessed of mental powers. Leela, who's been cast out of the primitive tribe for heresy, teams up with the Doctor as he discovers his face carved in stone on a mountainside--and realizes that the root of the problem may be his own past actions. Though the sets, special effects, and a few plot turns of The Face of Evil require some suspension of disbelief, this story has fantastic elements: the roaring invisible monsters (which may have inspired the similar monster on Lost), the rituals of the two tribes, the Doctor's confrontation with a computer with a split personality, and Leela herself. But above all is Baker, one of the all-time greatest Doctors. Intelligent, capricious, yet driven by a clear moral sense, Baker projected an unmistakable impression of being more than human yet still relatable. This story falls smack in the middle of Baker's seven-year tenure, when his grip on the character is assured but he hasn't yet begun to chafe at it. The extras on this DVD are abundant: outtakes, photos, a detailed making-of documentary, a wonderful interview with Jameson, an examination of the media response to Tom Baker's Doctor, a 1970s talk show featuring Jameson, and a commercial for Doctor Who action figures! --Bret Fetzer


Doctor Who: The Robots of Death (2012)
Tom Baker (Actor), Louise Jameson (Actor), Michael Briant (Director)
On a distant, barren planet, Storm Mine 4 trawls across bleak deserts and through fierce dust storms in search of rare and valuable metals. Onboard the Sandminer is a small skeleton crew, who alternate between indulgent relaxation and skilled mining work. The mundane day-to-day duties of the mine are attended to by a much larger compliment of servile robots.

This is a society that is dependent on robots for all areas of life, the people comforted by the knowledge that the strictest safeguards are built into each and every robot's programming. So when one of the miner crew is murdered, suspicion falls on two new arrivals...

The Doctor and Leela arrive on board, and are immediately accused of being the prime murder suspects. But the Doctor soon realizes that perhaps the killer isn't human. More deaths occur - can he persuade the remaining crewmembers that the killer is a robot?    - BBC America Shop


Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen (Special Edition) (2012)
Patrick Troughton (Actor), Frazer Hines (Actor), Morris Barry (Director)
The TARDIS arrives on the planet Telos where an Earth archaeological expedition, led by Professor Parry, is trying to uncover the lost tombs of the Cybermen. With a lot of help from the Doctor, the archaeologists enter the tombs. There, one of the party, Klieg, reveals himself and his business partner, Kaftan, to be planning to revive the Cybermen. He wants to use their strength, allied with the intelligence of his own Brotherhood of Logicians, to create an invincible force for conquest. It transpires however that the tomb is actually a giant trap designed to lure humans suitable for conversion into Cybermen - a fate that almost befalls Kaftan's assistant Toberman. After fending off an attack by Cybermats - small but dangerous cybernetic creatures - the Doctor finally defeats the Controller and his revived Cybermen, and reseals the tombs. The Controller is apparently destroyed in the process. - tardis.wikia.com


Doctor Who: The Three Doctors (2012)
Jon Pertwee (Actor), Patrick Troughton (Actor), Lennie Mayne (Director)
Time itself is in peril! The Time Lords find themselves besieged by a mysterious enemy, the legendary Time Lord, Omega. Omega has been inhabiting the anti-matter universe on the other side of the black hole from which the Time Lords draw their power. They enlist the Doctor in his first three incarnations to battle this foe, who turns out to be a legend from the Time Lords' remote past. But vital cosmic energy is draining into a black hole and the Time Lords are under siege. The Doctor is their only hope but, trapped in the TARDIS, he's powerless. The only way out is to break the First Law of Time to let the Doctor help himself - literally... - tardis.wikia.com


The Tribe: Series 1, Part 1
Caleb Ross (Actor), Meryl Cassie (Actor), John Reid (Director)
The Tribe is a New Zealand/British post-apocalyptic fictional TV series primarily aimed at teenagers. It is set in a near-future in which all adults have been wiped out by a deadly virus, leaving the children of the world to fend for themselves. The show's focus is on an unnamed city inhabited by tribes of children and teenagers. It was primarily filmed in and around Wellington, New Zealand. - Wikipedia


Anime                                       
One Piece: Collection Five (2012)Luci Christian (Actor), Eric Vale (Actor), Mike McFarland (Director)
The Straw Hats are headed for a deadly dessert showdown in this brutal collection of twenty-seven uncut, unedited episodes! Crocodile and his army of assassins have their sights set on conquering Alabasta, and the claw-fisted sandman won’t stop until he gets his hand on the most powerful weapon the world has ever known. Only the Straw Hats can protect Princess Vivi from her reptilian oppressor, but they won’t survive this battle without getting a little blood on their hands. Be on the lookout as Nami unleashes the power of thunder and lightning, Zoro tests his swords against a man made of steel, and Luffy goes underground to settle the score with Crocodile once and for all!


Cheese                                       
Grimm's Snow White (2011)
Jane March (Actor), Eliza Bennett (Actor), Rachel Goldenberg (Director)
When the King is killed by ferocious reptile beasts, his Queen takes control of the kingdom. She tries to kill her beautiful stepdaughter SNOW, but she escapes into the enchanted forest...


What DVD are you buying this week?
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2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Didn't catch TinTin in the theaters, so might just go buy that one. Missed Hugo's theatrical run, but enough great reviews prompted me to just buy it. After watching it this past weekend, I'm really glad I did! Incredibly original and moving film. Should've won Best Picture.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Alex, I just saw Hugo this weekend myself and it is surprisingly moving. Without giving spoilers the characters had great depth and motivation. Visually, it was striking. I think it should have gotten best picture too, but I never saw the other nominees.

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