G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) – 27 Second Review

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie poster

Written by: Stuart Beattie, David Elliot, Paul Lovett, and Michael Gordon
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Ray Park, Marlon Wayans, Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, Rachel Nichols, Byung-Hun Lee, Saïd Taghmaoui, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Miller, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Pryce

Review: Casting Ray Park as Snake Eyes earned them a lot of leeway. I was even willing to forgive the fact that they put lips on his mask. It’s the ninja equivalent of Bat-Nipples. But they countered that with a good deal of brilliant homage, as well as enough kicksplode to entertain me for the two hours needed. Even if they twisted a fond childhood memory a bit (Accelerator Suits…? The hell?), the action made it a fun movie. Not a great movie by any means, mind you, but a fun one.

Time: 21 seconds

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Stuff You Need to Know, Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hollywood Musicals Collection

  • Fox and MGM are creating a boxed set for…well, I’m not sure who the target audience is. It’s their fifty best known musicals in a sixty-one disc set called The Hollywood Musicals Collection that is available for pre-order on Amazon for $375. Apart from postcards that reproduce the theatrical posters, it’s probably the same discs that were released for these musicals individually–and probably have the same DVD art and everything. Now, granted, if you don’t own these fifty titles already (click through to Amazon to see the full array), this would be the way to get them all, since it comes out to about $6 a disc. But if you really enjoy musicals, you probably own the key ones already and it wouldn’t make sense to snag this, even if you had the coin to drop on it. Crazy. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • The Closer, the popular show on TNT starring Kyra Sedgwick, is getting a spinoff called The Fixer. We don’t know anything else about it except I’d like to state I’d probably watch the hell out of a show about the Venture Bros. character “The Cleaner.” I don’t know about your feelings in the matter. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    The Mummy Collector’s Set (1999) – DVD Review

    The Mummy: Collectors Set DVD

    Films (overall):
    DVDs (overall):

    The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
    Written and Directed by Stephen Sommers
    Starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Freddie Boath and Oded Fehr

    The Mummy Features:

    • “Buildling a Better Mummy” Featurette
    • Running audio commentary with director Sommers and editor Bob Ducsay
    • Visual and special effects formation
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Egyptology 101

    The Mummy Returns Features:

    • Running audio commentary with director Stephen Sommers and producer/editor Ducsay
    • Interview with The Rock
    • Featurette
    • Spotlight on Location
    • Visual and special effects formation
    • Outtakes
    • Egyptology 201
    • The Mummy Returns Chamber of Doom
    • A special message from Oded Fehr
    • The Mummy Returns PlayStation2 Video Game Preview

    The Scorpion King
    Written by Jonathan Hales, David Hayter, William Osborne & Stephen Sommers
    Directed by Chuck Russell
    Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan and Kelly Hu

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:38:27+00:00 October 28th, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

    Van Helsing Ultimate Collector’s Edition (2004) – DVD Review

    Van Helsing DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written and Directed by Stephen Sommers
    Starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp, Silvia Colloca, Josie Maran, Robbie Coltrane, and Stephen Fisher

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary with writer/director Sommers and editor/producer Bob Ducsay
    • Running audio commentary with actors Roxburgh, Hensley and Kemp
    • Tour of Dracula’s Castle
    • Deleted Scenes
    • “You Are in the Movie!”
    • “The Legend of Van Helsing” featurette
    • Van Helsing XBox game preview
    • Tour of Frankenstein’s Lab
    • “Van Helsing: The Story, The Life, The Legend” featurette
    • Track the Adventure: Van Helsing’s Map
    • “The Music of Van Helsing” featurette
    • “Darkness Falls: Dracula’s Lair is Transformed” featurette
    • Three Classic Universal Feature Films: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Wolf Man (1941)

    Released by: Universal Home Video
    Rating: PG-13
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Own it…

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:42:34+00:00 July 23rd, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

    The Scorpion King (2002) – DVD Review

    The Scorpion King

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Jonathan Hales, David Hayter, William Osborne & Stephen Sommers
    Directed by: Chuck Russell
    Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan and Kelly Hu

    Features:

    • Alternate Version in Advanced Viewing Mode
    • Running audio (and sometimes video) commentary with The Rock
    • Running audio commentary with director Russell
    • Outtakes
    • Godsmack Music Video: “I Stand Alone”
    • Preparing the Fight: A look at the process of shooting a fight sequence
    • Making-of featurette
    • Special effects featurette
    • The Rock and Michael Clark Duncan featurette
    • Ancient World Production Design featurette
    • Working with Animals featurette
    • Scorpion King: Man or Myth? featurette
    • DVD-ROM Features including Total Axcess

    Released by: Universal Pictures
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG-13
    Anamorphic: 2.35:1

    My Advice: Rent it

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    By | 2011-06-11T02:35:42+00:00 October 15th, 2002|Reviews|0 Comments