Project Greenlight: The Complete Second Season (2004) – DVD Review

Project Greenlight Season 2

Film:
DVD:

Series Created by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Chris Moore
Project Greenlight Film Written by Erica Beeney
Project Greenlight Film Directed by Kyle Rankin and Efram Potelle
Starring Shia LeBeouf, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, Billy Kay, Kathleen Quinlan, and William Sadler

Series Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Filmmaker Bios
  • Exlusive footage not aired on HBO

The Battle of Shaker Heights Features:

  • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by directors Potelle and Rankin
  • Gag Reel
  • Running audio commentary with the directors

Released by: Miramax Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region: 1
Anamorphic: The series, no–appears in its original 1.33:1 format; the film, yes.

My Advice: At the very least, rent it…

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By | 2017-09-24T23:52:59+00:00 October 23rd, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

Pearl Harbor (2001) – DVD Review

Pearl Harbor DVD set

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Randall Wallace
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight and Dan Aykroyd

Features:

  • Intro and Letterbox Explanation by Michael Bay
  • Three running audio commentaries with filmmakers:
    • With director Bay and film historian Jeanine Basinger
    • With producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Affleck, Hartnett and Baldwin
    • With cinematographer John Schwartzman, production designer Nigel Phelps, costume designer Michael Kaplan, supervising art director Martin Laing, and composer Hans Zimmer
  • Journey To The Screen: The Making of Pearl Harbor
  • “There You’ll Be” Music Video
  • Trailer/promo for Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor by National Geographic
  • Two fifty minute documentaries from The History Channel:
    • Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor
    • One Hour Over Tokyo
  • Oral History snippet
  • Soldier’s Boot Camp featurette
  • Three production mini-featurettes, two with optional commentary by director Bay
  • Pre-production footage
  • Theatrical trailer and teaser
  • Deconstructing Destruction effects sequence featurette
  • Interactive Attack Sequence
    • Four angles to view from, four audio mixes to choose from
    • Commentary by effects supervisor Eric Brevig
    • Commentary by storyboard artist Robert Consing
    • Commentary by survivors of the actual Pearl Harbor attack
  • When Cultures Collide: From Perry to Pearl Harbor history featurette
  • Still gallery
  • 24-page companion booklet
  • Four Collectible Postcards

Released by: Buena Vista
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Own it, but only for the special features

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By | 2017-09-25T00:01:21+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|1 Comment

The Sum of All Fears (2002) – DVD Review

The Sum of All Fears DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne, based on the novel by Tom Clancy
Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson
Starring: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Richard Marner, Alan Bates, and Bridget Moynahan

Features:

  • Running audio commentary by director Robinson and novelist Clancy
  • Running audio commentary by director Robinson and cinematographer John Lindley
  • The Making of The Sum of All Fears
  • Creating Reality: The Digital Effects

Released by: Paramount
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:02:19+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Daredevil (2003) – Movie Review

Daredevil Poster

Written by: Brian Helgeland & Mark Steven Johnson, based on characters created by Bill Everett, Stan Lee & Frank Miller
Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Favreau

My Advice: Wait for cable.

Matt Murdock (in the older version, played by Affleck) was a good kid. His dad, Jack (David Keith), is a mildly washed up boxer who doesn’t want it to be known to his son that he’s working for a local hood. When an accident blinds Matt, Jack decides to straighten up and start kicking ass again–a decision that ultimately leaves Matt alone. But he’s not really alone–and he’s not really blind, of a sort. You see, what blinded him was some biohazardous goop that also jacked up his other senses like you wouldn’t believe. He’s able to, with his other four senses, create a picture of the world around him that enables him to be even better than before. He decides to put on some tights (and a dog collar, apparently) and go out into the world and kick ass–as Daredevil.

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By | 2009-08-23T04:39:25+00:00 February 15th, 2003|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

Dogma (1999) – DVD Review

Dogma DVD Box Art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Kevin Smith
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Starring: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock

Features:

  • Cast and Crew commentary by director Smith, producer Scott Mosier and View Askew historian Vincent Pereira, Affleck, Jason Lee, and Jason Mewes
  • Technical commentary by director Smith, producer Scott Mosier and View Askew historian Vincent Pereira
  • Complete Set of Storyboards from Three Major Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes with View Askew Crew Intros
  • Cast and Crew Outtakes
  • Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash Spot (shameless plug)
  • Saint and Sinner Files (bios and filmographies of Smith, Affleck, Damon, Fiorentino, Rock, Alan Rickman, Jason Lee, Salma Hayek and Jason Mewes)
  • Theatrical Trailer

Released by: Sony Pictures
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Oh yeah.

My Advice: Buy it.

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By | 2011-07-19T04:31:41+00:00 February 6th, 2002|Reviews|0 Comments

Shakespeare in Love (1998) – Movie Review

Shakespeare in Love poster art

Written by: Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Directed by: John Madden
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Affleck

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

I’ll never complain about the plight of a modern writer again. Well, at least not this week. At least the SDI will never get closed because of the plague. Never expected the terms “plague” and “romantic comedy” to ever get together? Well, surprise. This is the best comedy of 1998, an absolute cinematic gem.

Bill Shakespeare (Fiennes) is in the throes of writer’s block at the start of his career, completely at a loss. This is bad news for the owner of the Rose Theatre, Henslowe (Rush), who owes money to Fennyman (Wilkinson), and will probably get killed or worse if he doesn’t pay. There’s only one thing to do–write a play and quickly, and call it “Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter.” With a deadline approaching, they need a Romeo, and who should arrive but Thomas Kent, a virtual unknown who’s perfect for the part.

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By | 2011-04-30T12:43:30+00:00 December 4th, 1998|Movie Reviews|4 Comments

Armageddon (1998) – Movie Review

Armageddon movie poster

Written by: J.J. Abrams, Tony Gilroy, Jonathan Hensleigh, & Shane Salerno, based on a story by Jonathan Hensleigh & Robert Roy Pool, with additional writing by Paul Attanasio, Ann Biderman, Scott Rosenberg, & Robert Towne
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

Michael Bay does it again and producer Jerry Bruckheimer is pretty much forgiven for his part in making Con Air a reality. That’s right, it’s the first big-ass plastic mindless destructorama flick I’ve seen this summer to actually make good on its promise and thrill. But be forewarned–you’re entering Jerry Bruckheimer’s world, a world that gives physicists in our world ulcers and headaches. We’ll tell them to bugger off in a minute. First, the synoptic thing: A rock the size of Texas is headed towards Earth (played by itself) and will wipe out everything including politicians, movie critics, and other forms of bacteria. There’s only one thing to do–drill a hole in the sucker, plant a nuke in it, and blow it to hell. Or wherever space rocks go after they die when they’ve been bad and menaced whole planets. And I know what you’re thinking, true believers–you already reviewed this movie, Widge, and were disappointed! Ah, not this movie but its bastard cousin. More on that to come. Anyway, the head of NASA (Thornton) calls on the best deep driller in the world (Willis) to save all creation. Nuff said.

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By | 2009-06-16T01:00:04+00:00 July 2nd, 1998|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments