Archive for April, 2013

Star Trek: The Next Generation (Season Three) on Blu-ray

Star Trek: The Next Generation (Season Three) on Blu-ray

| April 30, 2013

There are folks out there who still don’t see the point in buying any Blu-ray of a film or series made prior to The Matrix, people for whom anything that didn’t make generous use of digital effects is simply not worthy of a full HD transfer. They fail to see the benefits that 1080p resolution […]

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Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 1 Premium Edition

Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 1 Premium Edition

| April 24, 2013

One of the things that I find makes many Japanese films and series so thoroughly engaging is the ability to reflect the dedication that the Japanese people possess at a fundamental cultural level for whatever it is they endeavor to do. Be it pursuing a rare collectible or fighting the forces of evil, Japanese characters […]

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Pawn

Pawn

| April 23, 2013

Ok, so we have a diner filled with people and a cop who walks in for the customary pastry and cup of java. But this isn’t an ordinary diner, and the cop isn’t an ordinary cop. The cop is Oscar winnerForest Whitaker, and he thinks he knows all that is going on, but he really […]

A Certain Scientific Railgun

A Certain Scientific Railgun

| April 20, 2013

Mere months after the release of 2010’s A Certain Magical Index— the 24-episode anime adapted from Kazuma Kamachi’s light novels of the same name– animation studio J.C. Staff returned with this adaptation of Kamachi’s Index side story/companion, A Certain Scientific Railgun. Whereas Index followed Toma Kamijo and his magical friend Index, caught in the middle […]

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42

42

| April 20, 2013

42 is a film that is drenched in history regarding the first black player to play major league baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers—Jackie Robinson, who wore number 42 for the team in 1947, when he integrated the sport. This integration was deliberate, as baseball club owner Branch Rickey, who was a man of great faith […]

Girl$

Girl$

| April 20, 2013

Kenneth Bi’s Girl$, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from FUNimation Entertainment, follows four young women as they explore the life of a nanan, or a paid date. Girl$ is an in your face look at the prostitution world in Hong Kong. It tells the story of four girls who are caught up in the exciting yet […]

Not Suitable For Children

Not Suitable For Children

| April 20, 2013

This is the second film I’ve seen Ryan Kwanten in after last year’s Griff The Invisible, and I continue to be impressed at how legitimately good of an actor he is, despite his portrayal of the idiot brother on HBO’s True Blood.  Here, Kwanten plays an Australian party animal named Jonah whose life is turned […]

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Emma: A Victorian Romance – Season Two

Emma: A Victorian Romance – Season Two

| April 19, 2013

Emma: A Victorian Romance season two seems to be almost an entirely different show than its previous season. The plot, while still languid, seems to be quicker and fuller. This may come from the fact that there is more conflict inherent in the story lines. Emma and William have gotten to know each other during […]

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Dragon (Wu Xia)

Dragon (Wu Xia)

| April 16, 2013

I know it will certainly seem like a bunch of hyperbole, but Peter Chan’s Dragon is one of those rare kung fu films that is pretty much perfect. Every fist thrown and every kick launched has meaning behind it and the film manages to blend both character development and plot progression that make something much […]

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Jackie Chan Double Feature: Police Story/Police Story 2

Jackie Chan Double Feature: Police Story/Police Story 2

| April 14, 2013

On April 16, 2013, Shout! Factory will release the second of their Jackie Chan Double Features, following January’s double feature of Crime Story (1993) and The Protector (1985). In this sophomore release, Shout! brings the first two installments of Jackie Chan’s Police Story series together on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Whereas, as I […]

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