Tarzan (1999) – DVD Review

Tarzan (1999) DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Henry Mayo, David Reynolds, based on the novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima
Starring Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Brian Blessed, Nigel Hawthorne, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight, Alex D. Linz and Rosie O’Donnell

Features:

  • Terk’s Tree Surfing Challenge – 3 All New Games
  • DisneyPedia: Living in the Jungle
  • Deleted Scenes including Alternate Opening
  • Filmmaker’s Audio Commentary
  • All-New Music Video featuring The Wildly Popular Everlife
  • Music Videos featuring Phil Collins and ‘N Sync

Released by: Disney Home Entertainment
Rating: G
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Skip it.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:32:00+00:00 May 2nd, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) – DVD Review

Herbie Fully Loaded DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on characters by Gordon Buford
Directed by Angela Robinson
Starring Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon, Breckin Meyer, Justin Long

Features:

  • Director Commentary
  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Title Opening
  • A Day at the Races
  • Breaking the Rules: The Stunts from Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • Lindsay Lohan Music Video: “First”

Released by: Disney Home Entertainment
Rating: G
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it

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By | 2017-09-24T23:32:12+00:00 April 27th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Hakugei: Legend of Moby Dick, Vol. 1: Ahab Awaits (1997) – DVD Review

Film:
DVD:

Based upon the manga by Osamu Desaki and Akio Sugino
Directed by Osamu Desaki
Music by Masahiro Ando and Hirotaka Izumi

Features:

  • Clean opening and closing animation
  • Lexicon
  • Production artwork
  • Character bios
  • Character sketches
  • Text interview on liner notes

Dindrane’s Anime Warnings:

  • Scary clown
  • Crazy people
  • Young girl with the voice of a 70-year-old New York smoker
  • Whale-shaped battleships

Released by: ADV
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Get it.

In this science-fiction anime version of Moby Dick, it’s the year 4699, and a young researcher named Dew is collecting daily data on an icy planet known as Windmill. Dew is told that his duties are complete, and he is due to be reassigned to a new mission, which is downloaded directly into his cybernetic parts. Just as he’s receiving the information, however, the frozen peace of the ice world is broken, as a giant white shape, apparently some kind of massive robotic ship, blasts up through the ice, and abducts Dew. The next time we see him, his cyborg-like human structure is being rebuilt by strange machines he does not seem to recognize: he is apparently inside the giant white ship, and a voice announces to him that he is now joined to them. But how? And why? And what can Our Hero do to rescue himself from… whatever awaits him at the hands of the strange aliens? Meanwhile, we meet Lucky, a stowaway out of Nantucket, traveling to find the mad Captain Ahab who is needed on Lucky’s home planet. Ahab and his men are “whale hunters,” scavengers who recycle finds from derelict ships.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:34:08+00:00 April 1st, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

The Wobblies (1979) – DVD Review

The Wobblies DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Directed by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer
Narrated by Roger Baldwin

Features:

  • Interview with the filmmakers
  • Interview with historian and author Paul Buhle
  • Original Recordings of IWW songs
  • Photo gallery
  • Film maker biographies

Released by: Docurama.
Rating: NR
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Rent It.

Early in the last century, a new labor union began. They accepted everyone who was members of the working class: blacks, women, immigrants. They weren’t interested in working within the system like the AFL or the Teamsters. They wanted to change the world, and make it so the workers benefited from American prosperity, not the few heartless robber barons that ran the monopolies and the government that aided and abided them. Whether they were singing in solidarity or busting the heads of some strike busters, they were a force to be reckoned with. But while the organization bickered over the impact of the Russian Revolution, the authorities struck back and used patriotic sentiment and the sweeping powers generated by The Great War. The organization was mortally crippled, but their legacy lives on. They were the International Workers of the World, the I.W.W. They were The Wobblies.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:34:18+00:00 March 28th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice

Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don’t have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend.

Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, “Promoter (of earthbound causes)” as my theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find “Promoter”. Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:34:54+00:00 March 16th, 2007|DVD, Podcasts, Recommendations|0 Comments

Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999) – DVD Review

Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written & Directed by Jeff Abugov
Starring Mackenzie Astin, Carmen Electra, David Hyde Pierce, Lucy Liu, Markus Redmond

Features:

  • Running audio commentary by writer/director Abugov

Released by: Columbia Tristar.
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent it to see it at least once.

Have you ever wondered about how there got to be so many human beings on such a tiny little planet? Well, wonder no more! This documentary by an alien anthropologist (Pierce), takes a look at just what makes these simple creatures tick, and more importantly, what makes them tick so often. He follows one human female, known among other of her species as Jenny (Electra), and one human male, also known as Billy (Astin) and follows their relationship from courting to sexual intercourse to marriage to the birth of their resulting offspring. As you will see, there is much more to a human relationship than meets the ocular nerve endings.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:35:01+00:00 March 11th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Contest: Win Aeon Flux (the original) on DVD!

That’s right…Charlize, we love ya (and your exploding ball bearings were cool)…but we bet most people would opt for this instead. We yanked it out of the Needcoffee.com Swag Closet, and you might yank it out of your mailbox…if you win. So go do it.

Please note: “Exploding ball bearings” is not, in fact, a sexual innuendo.

By | 2017-09-24T23:35:04+00:00 March 8th, 2007|Contests, DVD|1 Comment

Sliver (1993) – DVD Review

Sliver DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Joe Eszterhas, based on the novel by Ira Levin
Directed by Philip Noyce
Starring Sharon Stone, William Baldwin, Tom Berenger

Released by: Paramount.
Region: 1
Rating: Unrated
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent something better than it. Which should be pretty easy.

After ending her waste of a marriage, Carly (Stone) is ready to make some changes in her life. Part of this is getting a new high rise apartment. Of course, she gets her new place the way a lot of New Yorkers acquire real estate: by someone dying. In Carly’s case, the previous resident jumped off her balcony. In fact, everyone comments how much Carly looks like her. But she doesn’t have time to consider this since she has two new suitors in her life. There’s Jack (Berenger), a self-important macho cop-turned-author, whose attentions she’s not thrilled with and Zeke (Baldwin), a young hot game designer, whose attentions she’s very thrilled with. Thrilled multiple times, if you know what I mean. Zeke pushes Carly’s boundaries and that is exactly what Carly is looking for. Even when he reveals that the apartment building has been turned into Zeke’s private reality TV network, Carly doesn’t look away. But when the competition between Zeke and Jack for Carly starts getting a body count, she needs to take a hard look at these two men. And herself.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:35:28+00:00 March 4th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments