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There’s few genres that are nearly as cool as the Western genre, and the Martial Arts genre. Both have been mainstays in cinema for quite some time, for good reason, because they both house some of the greatest films of all time. So it’s no surprise that combining the genres offered something fun and exciting. Mixed with a fish out of water comedy tale, ‘Shanghai Noon’, as well as it’s sequel, ‘Shanghai Knights’, come together as two of the most entertaining films of the early 2000′s. These two films were in constant rotation back when they were on DVD, but ever since blu-ray took off, I’ve been hoping that these two would eventually get a release. They seem like prime candidates for the format, with their fun action scenes in all the films, as well as some beautiful shots of the American frontier, the victorian London setting, and awesome costumes. While it was a long wait, Walt Disney Pictures has finally released the two films in a double feature pack, much to my delight, and probably to the joys of many Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson fans as well.
What happens when you take one of the best writers from ‘The Simpsons’, combine him with one of the most creative animation studios in Hollywood, and give them some of the best working comedians today? You come up with one of the most brilliant, fun, and hugely heartfelt movies to come out of Disney Animation Studios in quite some time, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’. Directed by Rich Moore, best known for his work on ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’, ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ transports us into the world of video games in a way you never thought you’d see, and you may never look at games the same way again. The incredibly talented voice cast, lead by Academy Award nominated actor John C. Reilly(‘Step Brothers’, ‘Chicago’) as Ralph, also features Sarah Silverman(‘The Sarah Silverman Program’, ‘School of Rock’) as Vanellope von Schweetz, one of the most adorable video game characters you may ever see, Jack McBrayer (’30 Rock’, ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall), as Fix-it Felix, Jr., the hero of his game ‘Fix-it Felix, Jr.’, and Ralph’s foe, Jane Lynch (‘Glee’, ‘Role Models’) as the hardened Sergeant Calhoun of the game ‘Heroes Duty’, and Alan Tudyk (‘Firefly’, ‘Suburgatory’) as King Candy, the ruler of ‘Sugar Rush’, a racing game in the vein of ‘Mario Kart’. With such great talent working behind the scenes, it would be hard for a movie like this to falter. Thankfully, it doesn’t, and with some incredible writing and a well made story, ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ is one of Walt Disney Animation’s strongest films to date, and one people will be falling in love with for years.
Nine years ago, the award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron took us on a breathtaking and haunting journey down to the grave site of the Titanic, something no one had ever done before. Using state of the art technology, Cameron, alongside actor Bill Paxton and a team of explorers, take us on an awesome and beautiful experience that is truly breathtaking. This was the first 3D film that Walt Disney Studios ever made, so it’s appropriate that Disney has returned to it now with the recent resurgence of 3D films. This is one of my all time favorite documentaries, and I’m so glad to see that Disney has returned to it for a blu-ray release. Featuring a completely new digitally restored version of the film, the original 60 minute version in 3D, and the extended ninety minute version, this is a set that doesn’t disappoint.
In a day in age where day time soap operas sadly seem to be a fading fad, fans must find a way to get their dose of backstabbing, betrayal, and drama. Thankfully for them, ABC has created ‘Revenge’, a show that will fall right into line with those day time soaps they love. But it isn’t just soap fans who will be won over by ‘Revenge’. As it turns out, this slick thriller of a show managed to win me over. With its intricate mystery, fun thrills, and very well written stories, this show managed to really win me over. I’m not one for prime time soaps, but this one really works for me. I resisted for a while, but when I received the first season to review, I sat down to watch it and was instantly drawn into this world of, well, quite simply, revenge. This is easily one of the better shows of the new season, and it’s clear to see why it’s such a hit. Fans of the show will be happy to know that, just like the show, this DVD set of ‘The Complete First Season’ doesn’t disappoint.
For me, ‘The Rescuers’ series is one of the true gems of Walt Disney Animation’s filmography. Both movies are full of colorful characters, exciting adventure, great humor, and lots of heart. That’s what makes the films so memorable for me, and really makes them stick out above many of the others. I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that for the first films thirty fifth anniversary. These were two Disney Animation films I thought we wouldn’t see on blu anytime soon, and I’m so glad to see that Disney proved me wrong. Not only do we get both films now on blu-ray, we get both with gorgeous looking new blu-ray transfers to boot. ‘The Rescuers’ and ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ are back, and looking better than ever, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.