Archive - 2006

Flight of the Phoenix (2004) – DVD Review

Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Film:
DVD:

Written by Scott Frank and Edward Burns, based on Lukas Heller’s 1965 Screenplay, which was in turn based on the novel by Trevor Dudley Smith writing as Elleston Trevor
Directed by John Moore
Starring Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Giovanni Ribisi, Miranda Otto, Tony Curan, Sticky Fingaz, Jacob Vargas, and Hugh Laurie

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with director Moore, producers John Davis & Wyck Godfrey and production designer Patrick Lumb
  • The Phoenix Diaries featurette
  • Deleted and extended scenes

Released by: Fox Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent it.

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Chuck Norris: That’s How I Get My Butter

Chuck Norris

This may look like he's got his feet up, but in reality, Chuck Norris can kick with both feet at once and smile.

This apparently aired some weeks back, but we hadn’t seen the video until now: The Best Damn Sports Show Period got Chuck Norris to read some facts about himself. He even reveals his favorite.

Say what you want about Norris, but he gets huge points for enjoying the joke and turning it into a positive for himself and not doing something ridiculous like sending a cease and desist letter. How refreshing.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

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Odds and Ends for 3-12-2006

Nice collection of spaghetti western trailers. Found at Bibi’s Box by way of We Make Money Not Art.

Subterranea Britannica–your guide to places beneath the earth in the UK. Awesome. Found via MetaFilter.

Positively badass bicycle spoke LEDs. Man, and when we were kids baseball cards were swank to have in your spokes. Nowadays, there’s this. I am so freaking old. Found via MAKE Blog.

Skulls made of chocolate? I want to get one, chop the top off, and drink milk from it at Halloween while I answer the door for trick or treaters. Found at Candy Addict by way of Boing Boing.

New Getter Robo, Vol. 3: The Hell on Earth (2004) – DVD Review

Film:
DVD:

Written by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa
Directed by Jun Kawagoe
Music by Kazuo Nobuta and Try Force

Features:

  • Music clips

Dindrane’s Anime Warnings:

  • Lots o’ violence
  • Big stompy oni-devils
  • Disrespecting planetary space
  • Disrespecting temporal cohesion
  • Serious anger management issues
  • Heresy
  • Such naughty language!

Released by: Geneon
Region: 1
Rating: 16 +
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Get it if you like mechas; rent it at least if you’re a sci-fi fan

In New Getter Robo, an army of monsters, like the oni of ancient legend, are attacking the earth. Luckily, Dr. Saotome (no relation) has been developing the “Getter Robo,” which might be powerful enough to stem the deadly tide. To pilot his robots, Saotome recruits three pilots: Ryoma, Hayato, and Benkei. However, all is not as it seems in a complex series that blends hidden villains with time travel, and intrigue with violent action.

In this final volume of three episodes, Seimei returns to the future with his army of oni to face off against Ryoma and crew, but it seems that the new and improved Getter Robos might be too much for the pilots, especially Ryoma, who is still responding to the Robos in an inexplicable way. The final two episodes deal with the aftermath of sorts as four “gods” arrive and threaten to destroy the Robo laboratory and the world. Their secret connection to the oni and Seimei is revealed.

If you haven’t watched the previous discs in this series, then go and do that before you try to watch this one. This is not at all a series that allows viewers to just jump in wherever they feel like it; it’s hard enough to understand why the writers have all the time traveling, etc. without not caring about the characters thrown on top of that. However, if you have watched the series from the beginning, the long trip is rewarding and interesting. There are still some questionable plot points that may not make a lot of sense with only one viewing, but then, if you buy anime, you will want to watch it over and over anyway. The philosophical side of things rang a bit shallow ultimately, but it’s still better than average.

The visuals and audio are satisfying, especially with respect to the mecha battles in the skies. There’s some nice directionality that should make use of a nice home stereo set-up if you have one. Kazuo Nobuta’s stirring music is a solid counterpoint to the high action factor. The oni are all nicely terrifying and disgusting (though not high gore), but beware of the violence factor. There were few problems with digital transfer, and everyone but the most snotty should be pleased with how the show looks and sounds.

The extras for the release are a bit disappointing. We get only a couple of music video type clips. A retrospective of Nagai’s works would have been splendid, as well as some kind of scholarship on how New Getter Robo fits into the larger genre of mecha/sci fi shows, like the better known Gundam franchise or Evangelion. Anime is a legitimate genre to study now, and some recognition of that fact on the DVD extras is overdue.

In short, if you appreciate massive battles that play out over a background of planetary destruction and giant stars, then you’ll appreciate New Getter Robo. The characters are different and complex enough to sustain interest over the relatively short series, and the question about who the ultimate villain is throughout the series will intrigue most viewers. There are enough twists and surprises to interest most viewers and only frustrate a few who likes things cleaner and more systematic. Fans of science fiction and time travel genre should be most pleased.

Buy it from Amazon.

Odds and Ends for 3-11-2006

There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

Very nice rare early Walt Disney collectible. Found via Cartoon Brew.

Wrong on levels you never knew humans could reach. Found via The Warren.

Overheard in New York continues to define the sublime.

Here are some potentially scary/intriguing bits from your friends at : Tequila Candies; curry and wasabi-flavored potato chips (only in Canada); Bawls for our folks in uniform; and, lastly, Ben and Jerry’s Black and Tan ice cream. Mmmmmm.

MacGyver: The Complete First Season (1985) – DVD Review

MacGyver: The Complete First Season DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Created by Lee David Zlotoff
Starring Richard Dean Anderson

Features:

  • All twenty-two first season episodes

Released by: Paramount Home Video
Rating: NR (suitable for all audiences)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Wait for the other seasons and then rent them instead…

Angus MacGyver (Anderson) is a specialist in pretty much everything. He’s an absolute genius who is good at getting out of sticky situations with only only his wits and whatever he happens to have with him at the moment. Oh yeah, he’s the guy who doesn’t need a gun to take care of business, either. Just some chewing gum. And maybe a bit of twine. And a twist-tie. And…

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Contest Catchup…

Okay, some winners for you here:

The Shield sets go out to:

David Harrison of Wisconsin
Charlie Johnson of Tennessee
Geraldine Madison of New Mexico
Irene Matthews of Iowa
Veronica Overton of Maryland

The Simpsons sets go out to:

Katie Allen of Arizona
Lena Gates of California
Carla Lewton of British Columbia
Heather McCain of Washington
Johnny Patrick of Nevada

And the Fox UMDs are hereby bestowed upon:

Cynthia Barnard of Tennessee
Bryan Michael of California
Irene Parker of Colorado
Jordana Rogers of Nebraska
Steve Thames of Illinois

More coming. Hang tight. Bite down on that leather belt and hold on.

Get That Pulse Racing Again

You know, getting yourself some companionship is never easy. Especially when you’re a member of the walking dead. Thankfully, Necromatch is here to help you zeds out there distinguish yourselves from the rest of the horde and find chewtoys true love.

Direct Link for feedreaders. Was uploaded to YouTube by bobeastman.

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