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Ceres: Celestial Legend, Vols. 1-4 (2000) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Dindrane @ 6:15 am
Ceres Celestial Legend Vol. 1 DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written and Illustrated by Yu Watase
Character Design by Hideyuki Motohashi
Directed by Hajime Kamegaki

Features:

  • Interviews with Yu Watase
  • Video of Watase drawing a character from a different series
  • Character profiles
  • Stills gallery
  • Japanese trailer

Dindrane's Anime Warnings:

  • Brief nudity
  • Violence
  • Existential angst

Released by: Viz.
Rating: NR, suggested for 16+
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Own it.

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File Under: Reviews
Comments: None



Dragonball Z: Fusion: Hope Returns (1996) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Dindrane @ 6:15 am

Film:
DVD:

Original Japanese Version by: Akira Toriyama

Features:

  • Contains episodes 251-253
  • Trailers

Dindrane's Anime Warnings:

  • Too short! Too short!
  • Heroes dropping like flies
  • Tough choices

Released by FUNimation
Rating: 13+
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Buy it.

As the Majin-Buu Saga continues, three more episodes bring new twists to the story that make matters even worse...and then usher in a new hope. In "The Old Kai's Weapon," we see how the absorption of Piccolo and Gotenks has given Buu nearly unlimited power, as well as several new ideas for how to use those abilities, thanks to Piccolo's intelligence. Gohan, while newly powerful, is still all alone and weakening under Buu's borrowed power, until the Old Kai steps up with an idea for Goku. In "Ready to Fuse?," Goku has to watch helplessly as his other son is absorbed by Buu, making the monster yet more powerful. Old Kai, however, has tricks of his own that just might allow Goku to even out the battlefield a bit. Finally, in "Union of Rivals," Goku must decide with whom he can fuse to face Buu: Hercule Satan, Dende, or...Vegeta?

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File Under: Anime
Comments: None




Akira (1988) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Doc @ 6:13 am
Akira DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Izô Hashimoto, based on Katsuhiro Ôtomo's original manga
Directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Starring the Voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, and Mami Koyama

Features:

  • New film transfer from original negative, completely restored and digitally remastered
  • New English translation dub from original screenplay
  • "Capsule" mode - provides additional information during the film
  • The Making of "Akira" documentary
  • Making-of feature on the film's soundtrack
  • Interview with director/creator Ôtomo, circa the original release (1988)
  • Production materials gallery of more than 4,500 stills from the film
  • Trailers (TV and Theatrical)
  • Restoration featurette
  • Akira glossary
  • Wicked metal keepcase

Released by: Pioneer.
Rating: R.
Region: 1
Anamorphic: You betcha.

My Advice: Own it.

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File Under: Anime and Reviews
Comments: 1 Comment



Big Trouble in Little China (1986) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Doc @ 6:13 am
Big Trouble in Little China DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein, and W.D. Richter
Directed by: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, and Victor Wong

Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making-of featurette
  • Commentary with Kurt Russell and John Carpenter
  • FX featurette with commentary by Robert Edlund
  • Still and advertising gallery, including magazine articles
  • Original trailers and TV spots
  • Music video of John Carpenter's theme

Released by: 20th Century Fox
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Yep.

My Advice: Own it.

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File Under: DVD and Reviews
Comments: None



Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (1988) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Doc @ 6:09 am
Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks DVD cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Ben Aaronovitch
Directed by: Andrew Morgan
Starring: Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred

Features:

  • Commentary by McCoy and Aldred
  • Deleted scenes and out-takes
  • Multi-angle scenes
  • Pop-up production notes
  • BBC1 Trailers
  • Music-only audio track
  • Photo Gallery
  • "Who's Who" actor bios

Released by: BBC Video
Region: 1
Rating: NR, suitable for audiences 12+
Anamorphic: N/A; presented in original 1.33:1 TV aspect ratio

My Advice: Buy it.

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File Under: DVD Reviews
Comments: None



The Dan Curtis Macabre Collection (1968-1974) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Dindrane @ 6:05 am
dan-curtis-macabre-collection-dvd-cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Richard Matheson (Dracula, based on the novel by Bram Stoker), William F. Nolan (Turn of the Screw, based on the novella by Henry James), Ian McLellan Hunter (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson), and John Tomerlin (The Portrait of Dorian Gray, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde)
Directed by: Dan Curtis (Dracula & Turn of the Screw), Charles Jarrott (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), and Glenn Jordan (The Portrait of Dorian Gray)
Starring: Jack Palance, Fiona Lewis, Penelope Horner, Murray Brown, Lynn Redgrave, Jasper Jacob, Eva Griffith, Shane Briant, Nigel Davenport, Denholm Elliott, Torin Thatcher

Features:

  • Interviews with director Curtis, actors Palance and Redgrave
  • Dracula European trailer

Released by: MPI
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; all films appear in their original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Get it.

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File Under: DVD and Reviews
Comments: None



The Cannabis Cup (2003) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Widge @ 6:03 am
cannabis-cup-dvd-cover

Film:
DVD:

Written and Directed by: Steven Hager

Features:

  • "Meet the Founder" featurette/bio of High Times founder Hager
  • Musical jukebox of concert performances
  • Trailer

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

My Advice: Fans of the herb will want to own. Everyone else should rent, because it's damn funny.

Every year--for the past fifteen years in fact--there has been a competition held in Amsterdam. This is contest of champions in which, from what I can tell, there are no real losers. Why? Because this is the World Cup of marijuana cultivating. This is where, last year, twenty-one different types of highly specialized weed showed up to go head to head and have a party. And, of course, the magazine to cover everything was High Times. They had the decency to go a step further and record everything in...well, I don't know if I'd call it a documentary. Let's just say they got a lot of stuff on film.

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File Under: DVD and Reviews
Comments: 1 Comment



The Secret Garden (1987) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Dindrane @ 6:02 am
The Secret Garden (1987) DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Blanche Hanalis, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by: Alan Grint
Starring: Gennie James, Barret Oliver, Jadrien Steele, Michael Hordern, Billie Whitelaw, and Derek Jacobi

Features:

  • Production Notes
  • Biographies

Released by: Artisan
Region: 1
Rating: NR; suitable for all audiences
Anamorphic: N/A; presented in original TV aspect

My Advice: Buy it

Mary Lennox (James) is leading a spoiled, perfect life in the Raj, where, as she says, the British rule like gods. But when her parents die and she is sent to live with a family friend in England, everything changes for Mary. She is truly alone--no friends, no family, no country even, as Yorkshire is very different in every way from her native India. When she finds the key to an abandoned walled garden, however, a garden with a past nearly as tragic as her own, things start to change. She finds a purpose and eventually friends--the mysterious Dickon (Oliver) who can talk to animals and make anything bloom, and the sickly heir to Misselthwaite Manor, Colin (Steele). As the garden is coaxed back to beauty, so are Mary and Colin, and even the adults Mrs. Medlock (Whitelaw) and Colin's father, Archibald Craven (Jacobi). The story in this version is quite faithful to Burnett's original, perhaps the most faithful of the handful of versions out there, with the exception of the frame story with adult Mary and Colin--an addition that surprisingly works well and continues the positive, yet pensive, tone of the book and movie.

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File Under: DVD and Reviews
Comments: 1 Comment



Coraline - Book Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Widge @ 5:54 am
Coraline book cover art

Written by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Dave McKean
Published by HarperCollins

Coraline Jones is a young lady who is very, very bored. Her family has just moved into a new flat and her mother and father have plenty of work to do that doesn't involve keeping her entertained. Her new neighbors, two former actresses and the ringmaster of an all-mouse circus, seem interesting enough--but interactions with them can only take up so much time. In her explorations of her new surroundings, Coraline finds a door that doesn't go anywhere. When the building, formerly a house, was converted into flats, they separated one half of the structure from the other with a brick wall--so this door opens onto brick. But one day the door opens on a corridor, one that leads to her other flat. And to her other parents, who want nothing more than to keep her entertained and well-fed...forever.

Many, many moons ago I had the distinct pleasure of hearing Gaiman do a reading of about the first third of this novel, which he introduced as a "spooky story for little girls", and I never forgot Coraline or her button-eyed other parents...and how the entire thing creeped the hell out of me. And now that the rest of the story is known, I can say it was definitely worth the wait.

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File Under: Books and Reviews
Comments: None



Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 2 (1994) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Doc @ 5:50 am
star trek deep space nine season 2 dvd cover

Film:
DVD:

Created by: Rick Berman and Michael Piller
Starring: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Siddig El Fadil, Terry Farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, and Nana Visitor

Features:

  • New Frontiers: The Story of Deep Space Nine making-of featurette
  • Michael Westmore's Aliens: Season 2 makeup and costuming featurette
  • Deep Space Nine sketchbook: Season 2
  • Crew Dossier: Jadzia Dax
  • New Station, New Ships production featurette

Released by: Paramount
Region: 1
Rating: NR, suitable for 12+
Anamorphic: N/A, appears in its original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: A must-have for fans of the series

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File Under: Reviews and TV
Comments: None



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