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Burn Up Excess, Vol. 1: To Serve and Protect and Vol. 2: Crimes and Missed Demeanors (2002) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Doc @ 2:15 am

Burn Up Excess, Vol. 1: To Serve and Protect DVD cover art
Burn Up Excess, Vol. 2: Crimes and Missed Demeanors DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Character Designs and Animation Direction by: Yuji Ikeda
Directed by: Shinichiro Kimura
Mechanical Design by: Kazunari Iwakura and Hideki Takahashi

Features:

  • Production sketches
  • Jiggle Counterâ„¢
  • Trailers
  • Clean opening and closing
  • English and Japanese audio
  • English subtitles

Doc's Anime Warnings:

  • Jiggle Counterâ„¢
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Transvestites with 5 o'clock shadows

Released by: A.D. Vision
Region: 1
Rating: Suggested 15+
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Pass, unless you need something to distract adolescent boys while you steal from them or something.

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File Under: Anime and Reviews
Comments: None



Robinson Crusoe (2001) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Doc @ 2:15 am

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Christopher Lofton, Tracy Keenan Wynn, Christopher Canaan, based on the novel by Daniel Defoe
Directed by: Rod Hardy and George Miller
Starring: Pierce Brosnan and William Takaku

Features:

  • Theatrical trailer

Released by: Buena Vista
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: 1.85:1 widescreen (enhanced for 16x9 TVs)

My Advice: Pass.

When I pulled this little gem out of my latest shipment from Needcoffee HQ, I spent several minutes stomping around the house and saying really uncharitable things about Widgett and his family line unto the tenth generation. Then, after a short break to catch my breath, I repeated the process with Pierce Brosnan as the target of my ire. Once more for Buena Vista Home Video, and I was done. Pierce Brosnan? Robinson-frickin'-Crusoe? What fresh hell was this? But, because I'm that kind of guy, I hurled myself on this cinematic hand grenade to save the rest of you. You'd best be thankful.

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File Under: DVD and Reviews
Comments: 1 Comment




Dr. No (1962) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Doc @ 2:13 am
Dr. No DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkley Mather; based on the novel by Ian Fleming
Directed by: Terence Young
Starring: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, and Bernard Lee

Features:

  • Commentary with director Young and assorted cast and crew
  • "Inside Dr. No" documentary
  • "Terence Young: Bond Vivant" documentary
  • Original TV featurette
  • Still gallery
  • Original TV and radio ads
  • Original trailers
  • Making-of booklet

Released by: MGM
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Are you kidding? Own it.

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File Under: Reviews
Comments: None



Gangs of New York (2002) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by HTQ4 @ 2:12 am
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Film:
DVD:

Written by: Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian & Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Liam Neeson

Features:

  • Featurettes on costume design, set design, and a history of the Five Points area
  • Set exploration Utilizing 360 Degree Shots of the Sets
  • U2 Music Video: "The Hands That Built America"
  • Discovery Channel Special: "Uncovering The Real Gangs of New York"
  • The Five Points Study Guide: Luc Sante Introduction and Five Points Vocabulary
  • Running audio commentary with director Scorsese
  • Theatrical Trailer

Released by: Miramax
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Own it

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File Under: Reviews
Comments: None



Transmetropolitan, Vol. 7: Spider's Thrash - Comic Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Widge @ 2:09 am
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 7: Spider's Thrash

Story:
Art:

Written by Warren Ellis
Pencils by Darick Robertson
Inks by Rodney Ramos
Colors by Nathan Eyring
Letters by Clem Robins

Notes: Contains issues 37-42 of the series and a introduction by director Darren Aronofsky

Published by Vertigo/DC Comics.
My verdict: Pledge allegiance.

Spider's lost his gig at The Word, forced out by the sinister forces that are amassing against him. However, you can't keep a good journalist down--at least not one this popular. So Spider seeks out a new venue for his rantings: The Hole, a guerilla news source that can't be stopped because it can't be tracked down. He's got other problems as well: his body may give out before he can finish what he started.

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File Under: Comics and Reviews
Comments: None



R. Lee Ermey (2001) - Toy Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Widge @ 2:08 am
R. Lee Ermey toy in box

Figure:
Packaging:

Produced by Sideshow Toy

Features:

  • Voice chip featuring eight "motivational phrases"
  • "Semper Fi" base
  • Sword with scabbard
  • Obligatory hat

Asking Price: US$40.00.

My Advice: Own It.

Denis Leary once was afraid of a Darth Vader coin bank that his kids owned, because it malfunctioned and started talking to him in the middle of the night. A renegade toy with James Earl Jones' voice has nothing on R. Lee Ermey. Some people have been wondering why there's been a veritable slew of Needcoffee updates recently. Well, if you had a twelve-inch "motivational doll" (as this monster is billed) in your collection, you'd get off your ass and type faster too. Five minutes on my shelf and it already had all the other toys doing push ups. Never in all my days have I owned a toy that made me feel worthless. But today is that day.

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File Under: Reviews and Toys
Comments: None



The Quiet Man: Collector's Edition (1952) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by HTQ4 @ 1:53 am
The Quiet Man Collector's Edition DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Frank S. Nugent, based on the story by Maurice Walsh
Directed by: John Ford
Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with Maureen O'Hara
  • The Joy of Ireland Documentary
  • Remembering the Quiet Man Montage featuring classic scene work, fights, stunts, and romantic moments
  • The Making of The Quiet Man, hosted by Leonard Maltin
  • Cast, Crew and Production Information

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

My Advice: Go out and buy it right now...I'll wait.

Sean Thornton (Wayne) is a former boxer who has hung up his gloves and returned to the land of his birth, Ireland. Once he returns home, he falls in love with the local beauty, Mary Kate Danaher (O'Hara). Unfortunately, Thornton and Mary Kate's brother, Will (McLaglan), didn't get along that well and he won't give Thornton Mary Kate's dowry. Thornton almost loses the love of his life because he won't fight her brother for the money (and her hand). The big secret that he's keeping is the reason why he gave up boxing: he killed a man in the ring.

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File Under: DVD and Reviews
Comments: None



Magnum P.I.: The Complete First Season (1980) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Widge @ 1:50 am
Magnum P.I.: The Complete First Season DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Created by: Donald P. Bellisario & Glen A. Larson
Starring: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

Features:

  • All eighteen first season episodes
  • Four bonus episodes from later seasons

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

My Advice: Fans should own.

Thomas Magnum (Selleck) is a former Naval Intelligence officer and Vietnam vet who's realized that he gave his youth to the military and now is trying to make up for lost time. He becomes a private investigator in Hawaii where he hangs out at a millionaire's pad, gets ferried out of danger by his chopper pilot buddy T.C. (Mosley), and is backed up in his endeavors by club owner Rick (Manetti). The only thing he has to deal with is occasionally getting shot, and of course, the strict Higgins (Hillerman), the manager of the place where he's got room and board. So it's the Hawaii life with sports cars, cases, and the occasional gorgeous woman that needs smooching.

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File Under: Reviews and TV
Comments: None



Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Complete Third Season (1990) - DVD Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Doc @ 1:44 am
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Complete Third Season DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Series Concept by: Gene Roddenberry
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, and Marina Sirtis

Features:

  • All 24 episodes of Season 3 (1989-90)
  • Four making-of documentaries
  • Cast and crew interviews

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

My Advice: It's Star Trek, for cryin' out loud. Own it. You don't need me to tell you.

Star Trek: The Next Generation provided an entirely new generation of Federation crew members, but perhaps more importantly, bombarded a new generation of sci-fi fans with fresh ideas and interesting stories to draw them into Gene Roddenberry's sweeping future, where humanity freely explored the far corners of the galaxy and regularly interacted with hundreds of alien races. In this respect, the "generation" referred to in the show's title may have more to do with those of us on the sofa side of the equation than the starship side.

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File Under: Reviews and TV
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The Uses of Enchantment - Book Review
Posted on 12.07.03 by Dindrane @ 1:43 am
The Uses of Enchantment book cover art

Written by: Bruno Bettelheim
Published by: Vintage Books

Written by a child psychologist, The Uses of Enchantment investigates how faery tales affect children, including a story-by-story analysis of many of the most common tales. It is Bettelheim's claim that faery tales are invaluable in educating, strengthening, and supporting children. He argues that the frightening aspects of faery tales, including their unadulterated violence and sexual aspects, should not be removed; rather, such things enable children to grow up stronger, believing that every conflict has a resolution. Trying to isolate children from the reality of violence, the author claims, does them a very real disservice; faery tales can serve to redress this imbalance.

There are, however, some problems with Bettelheim's claims. While many of his claims regarding the symbolism of the tales are interesting, claiming the source of a given mytheme, ripped from its story-context, is dangerous even for the most seasoned analyst, particularly when only one possible reading (the Freudian one) is accepted. In typical Freudian fashion, he neglects the fact that sexuality isn't the only issue in growing up. Undoubtedly, faery tales can be quite valuable to a child's progression, or even an adult's, but the author does not always succeed in making his more challenging points. Bettelheim does not address the fact that many faery tales, even some of those included in common anthologies, do not end well for the hero/heroine. How, then, could a child, consciously or otherwise, learn to believe in the power of goodness or even their own power to find resolutions? Also, faery tales were not originally just for children; they were for adults as well. To claim, then, that they were intended to teach children valuable lessons is fallacious. Perhaps they can be used in the manner he suggests, but that would be a modern use, not an ancient one.

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File Under: Books and Reviews
Comments: None



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