Tron: The Original Classic

Computer geek that I was, I somehow missed ever seeing Tron. I should have checked it out before now, just because it’s historically significant both in terms of its use of computer graphics and in how culture views and portrays hackers. The upcoming release of Tron: Legacy means that Tron: The Original Classic is now available on Blu-ray for the first time. In addition to the two-disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), the movie is available as a single-disc DVD. […]

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

This post-apocalyptic environmentalist fable, by Hayao Miyazaki based on his manga, drops you into another world from the start. Nausicaa is a beloved princess in a village threatened by the Toxic Jungle, where giant insects menace her people and everyone outside must wear a mask to protect them from poisoned air. The beginning is slow-moving, as we and Nausicaa explore her world and she narrates to us what she’s seeing and doing (a characteristic other cast members share, with the […]

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Fantasia / Fantasia 2000

Fantasia, in my experience, has been more talked about than seen. I was eager to experience it for myself, since I had the impression of it as almost pure animation, art for its own sake. This new Disney release is available as a four-disc special edition — two Blu-rays, one each for Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, plus the two movies each on DVD — or a two-disc DVD package. I’m talking about the Blu-ray versions here, since that seems the […]

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Lennon Naked

I don’t know very much about the life of John Lennon; it’s KC who’s the big Beatles fan. I was interested in seeing this more because Christopher Eccleston (the first modern Doctor Who) plays the lead, and when I first saw the DVD cover, I didn’t recognize him, he’d done such a good job of projecting the artist. Lennon Naked is a BBC production that recently aired on PBS. The film is about 80 minutes and opens with a disclaimer: […]

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Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is an hour-and-a-half documentary covering the history of the company and their most famous characters. It’s narrated by Ryan Reynolds, who has a nice (if plain) voice, but much of the time, it lets some of DC’s best-known creators speak for themselves. That includes those no longer with us, as the package incorporates some surprising archive footage. Anything that opens with Alex Ross art of the Justice League looking down on us, as […]

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Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy

Review by Johanna and KC Carlson The 25th Anniversary Trilogy edition of Back to the Future totally justifies the purchase of our Blu-ray player. The excellent picture quality (newly restored for this release) made me feel like I was watching it for the first time. As for special features, the set is so comprehensive it’s almost overkill. You have the movies on both Blu-ray and DVD. You have all these extras (some redundant, but extra points for being complete). You […]

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The Social Network

KC and I went to see The Social Network last week. You can probably tell how much I enjoyed it by considering that it took me this long to get around to writing up my thoughts. I don’t regret seeing it, but it wasn’t as entertaining as I hoped. The Social Network is a Citizen Kane for our time, looking at a media mogul — in this case, Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, played by Jesse Eisenberg — who is […]

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Sherlock Holmes

I hadn’t seen this Victorian action movie in theaters, so I was glad to see the DVD come out only three months later. I knew there’d been lots of debate over whether this version was really Sherlock Holmes or not, and I wanted to see for myself. The movie doesn’t play much on what Holmes has come to mean as a brand, but since it’s billed as a “bold reimagining”, fair enough. The Sherlock Holmes film is faithful to the […]

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