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The Exorcist: Extended Director's Cut & Original Theatrical Version (1973/United States)
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Warner Home Video (United States)
Director: William Friedkin
Writing: William Peter Blatty (Screenwriter), William Peter Blatty (Original Material By)
Length: 132 min.
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 6.1 (Discrete), English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, German: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Russian: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Hungarian: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Polish: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Portuguese: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Stars:
Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil
Max von Sydow as Father Merrin
Lee J. Cobb as Lt. Kinderman
Kitty Winn as Sharon
Jack MacGowran as Burke Dennings

Plot:
Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, The Exorcist marks its historic Blu-ray premiere in a 2-Disc Edition featuring Stunning Hi-Def Presentations of the Original 1973 Theatrical Version and the 2000 Extended Director's Cut. The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother's frantic resolve to save her and two priests – one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith – joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless. This greatest supernatural thriller of all time astonishes and unsettles like no other movie.

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  • Feature Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Production Notes
  • Interviews
  • Outtakes/Bloopers


My Thoughts:

This is a favorite of mine and my late wife's both. Though it did use to scare her to the point that she made me go to every room with her after watching it... as she was afraid to be alone. Sure it is a bit slow in parts. But the story is of such interest to me that it didn't "feel" slow. I of course love the head spin scene... and then there is the whole spider walk down the stairs scene... very cool. Definitely one I would recommend.

Added bonus... my roommate never seen The Exorcist before... so she got to see it for the very first time. She liked it... gives it 4 stars as well.

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Ghostbusters (1984/United States)
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (United States)
Director: Ivan Reitman
Writing: Dan Aykroyd (Writer), Harold Ramis (Writer)
Length: 105 min.
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, Portuguese: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: Bahasa, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Commentary
Stars:
Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler
Rick Moranis as Louis Tully

Plot:
The classic supernatural comedies that defined a generation: Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, together in this special collector's edition Blu-ray™ set. Celebrate 30 years of the Ghostbusters franchise with remastered high-def picture & sound for both movies, plus all-new and never-before-seen special features. Plus, explore the history of the films with this deluxe collector’s edition, loaded with production notes, character sketches, insider info and more. Bring home these spooktacularly successful films that captured the imagination of audiences around the world—and redefined the action-comedy genre in the process. Who you gonna call?

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My Thoughts:

One of my all time favorite movies. It is a true '80s classic. This movie is full of fun and laughs. I thought everyone did a very good job in this one. Granted some of the effects didn't hold up that well over the years. And even from the first time I watched it I thought the whole Say Puft Marshmellow Man thing was a little to far on the silly side. But over all it holds up well and I really did enjoy watching it again.

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Beverly Hills Cop: Special Collector's Edition (1984/United States)
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Paramount Home Entertainment (United States)
Director: Martin Brest
Writing: Daniel Petrie, Jr. (Screenwriter), Danilo Bach (Story By), Daniel Petrie, Jr. (Story By)
Length: 105 min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, French: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English
Stars:
Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley
Judge Reinhold as Det. Billy Rosewood
John Ashton as Sgt. Taggart
Lisa Eilbacher as Jenny Summers
Ronny Cox as Lt. Bogomil

Plot:
The heat is on in this fast paced action-comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street smart Detroit cop tracking down his best friend's killer in Beverly Hills. Axel quickly learns that his wild style doesn't fit in with the Beverly Hills Police Department, which assigns two officers (Judge Reinhold & John Ashton) to make sure things don't get out of hand.

Dragging the stuffy detectives along for the ride, Axel smashes through a huge culture clash in his hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice.

Featuring cameos by Paul Reiser, Bronson Pinchot and Damon Wayans, Beverly Hills Cop is an exhilarating sidesplitting adventure!

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  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Interviews
  • Closed Captioned
  • Location Map


My Thoughts:

This is one I haven't seen in many years. While I still enjoyed this one... I remember liking it more back in the day. Maybe it is just my tastes changing as I get older. But I thought I remembered this one being funnier and more action packed. It has a few laughs in it... but no real action. It is more so a pure comedy.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition (2001/United States, New Zealand)
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Director: Peter Jackson (1961)
Writing: Fran Walsh (Screenwriter), Philippa Boyens (Screenwriter), Peter Jackson (1961) (Screenwriter), J. R. R. Tolkien (Original Material By)
Length: 228 min.
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 6.1 (Discrete), Portuguese: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Stars:
Alan Howard as Voice of the Ring (voice)
Noel Appleby as Everard Proudfoot
Sean Astin as Sam
Sala Baker as Sauron
Sean Bean as Boromir

Plot:
Specially created for home viewing, over 30 minutes of new and extended scenes were added by director Peter Jackson, including new music composed by Howard Shore.

An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it! However he does not go alone. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir and his three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise. Through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner the Fellowship of the Ring must go. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign!

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  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Multi-angle
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • DVD-ROM Content
  • BD-Live
  • Digital Copy
  • Interactive Middle-earth Map


My Thoughts:

Years ago when this film first came out on DVD I tried to watch this one... and just couldn't get into it. I think it was mostly do to me just not being in the mood to watch such an epic film. Not knowing what I was getting myself into at that time. On this viewing I felt completely different. I really got into the characters and the story line. I can't to continue watching the films. Though I will be watching with my roommates so have to wait for times we can all watch them together. Definitely films I recommend. Well worth the time put in to watch it.

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The Sixth Sense: Vista Series (1999/United States)
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Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures Home Video (United States)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writing: M. Night Shyamalan (Writer)
Length: 107 min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: DTS: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Stars:
Bruce Willis as Malcolm Crowe
Haley Joel Osment as Cole Sear
Toni Collette as Lynn Sear
Olivia Williams as Anna Crowe
Trevor Morgan as Tommy Tammisimo

Plot:
Nominated for six Academy Awards®* including Best Picture, this critically acclaimed film remains the #1 thriller of all time. Bruce Willis, in an outstanding and restrained performance, is Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a distinguished child psychologist haunted by his failure to help a former patient. When he meets Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a frightened, confused eight-year-old haunted by a profound secret, they begin a suspense-filled journey of discovery. With a riveting intensity you'll find thoroughly chilling and utterly unforgettable, the revelation of Cole's incredible sixth sense leads them both to mysterious and unforeseeable consequences in this powerful supernatural thriller.

*1999.

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  • Feature Trailers
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Production Notes
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • DVD-ROM Content
  • Closed Captioned
  • THX
  • Collectible 'The Sixth Sense' Storyboard Sequence.


My Thoughts:

I was a little concerned about watching this one after already knowing the twist. Whether or not it would hold up. But there was no problem. The story still kept my attention with ease. The atmosphere was still great. And I really liked the cast. I was worried for nothing as this is a film that is , in my opinion, good even for multiple viewings.

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American Graffiti: Special Edition (1973/United States)
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment (United States)
Director: George Lucas
Writing: George Lucas (Writer), Gloria Katz (Writer), Willard Huyck (Writer)
Length: 113 min.
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 2-Channel Stereo, French: DTS: Mono
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Stars:
Richard Dreyfuss as Curt
Ron Howard [Ronny Howard] as Steve
Paul Le Mat as John
Charles Martin Smith [Charlie Martin Smith] as Terry
Cindy Williams (1947) as Laurie

Plot:
From director George Lucas (Star Wars) and producer Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), American Graffiti is a classic coming-of-age story set against the 1960s backdrop of hot rods, drive-ins and rock n' roll. Starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and Suzanne Somers in their breakout roles, this nostalgic look back follows a group of teenagers as they cruise the streets on their last summer night before college. Nominated for five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director, American Graffiti features the howling sounds of Wolfman Jack and an unforgettable soundtrack with songs by Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys and Bill Haley & His Comets.

Extras:
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  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • BD-Live
  • U-Control, Pocket Blu


My Thoughts:

My first time seeing this film. And I must say I enjoyed it. There is no denying how closely this film resembles the TV series Happy Days. Right down to Mel's Drive In, Even has Ron Howard who plays a very similar character as he does in Happy Days. Ron Howard isn't the only familiar face from sitcoms. This movie also has Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley) and a very young Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time). I almost didn't recognize her. As I said... enjoyed the film. Had fun watching it, though I do wonder how much re-watch-ability it has. Guess I will find out the next time I decide to watch it.

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Men in Black (1997/United States)
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Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Writing: Lowell Cunningham (Original Material By), Ed Solomon (Story By), Ed Solomon (Screenwriter)
Length: 98 min.
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby TrueHD: 5.1, French: Dolby TrueHD: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby TrueHD: 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Commentary, Other
Stars:
Tommy Lee Jones as Kay
Will Smith as Jay
Linda Fiorentino as Laurel
Vincent D'Onofrio as Edgar
Rip Torn as Zed

Plot:
Men in Black follows the exploits of Agents K (Jones) and J (Smith), members of a top-secret organization established to monitor alien activity on Earth. The two MiB find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio) who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. K and J face a simple imperative: track down the interloper or the Earth will be destroyed. It's all in a day's work for the Men in Black.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Interactive Games
  • Multi-angle
  • Music Videos
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • BD-Live
  • $5.00 VUDU Movie Credit


My Thoughts:

This movie is just plan fun for me. It is a really good "Turn your brain off... Popcorn Movie"... it has a nice amount of laughs. I enjoyed the performances of both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in this movie. I especially enjoyed Will Smith firing off that little gun of his... the "Noisy Cricket". If you just want some mindless entertainment for about an hour and a half... this one I will recommend.

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The Dark Knight (2008/United States, United Kingdom)
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Warner Home Video (United States)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writing: Jonathan Nolan (Screenwriter), Christopher Nolan (Screenwriter), Christopher Nolan (Story By), David S. Goyer (Story By), Bob Kane (Original Characters By)
Length: 152 min.
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: Dolby TrueHD: 5.1, Audio Descriptive: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Stars:
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne
Heath Ledger as Joker
Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent
Michael Caine (1933) as Alfred
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel

Plot:
THE DARK KNIGHT

The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The trio proves effective. But soon the three find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

Extras:
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  • Feature Trailers
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Picture-in-picture
  • BD-Live


My Thoughts:

I found this to be a very good continuation to Batman Begins. While it is also a film that is a bit on the long side, it didn't feel like it as the time flew by. Before you knew it the film was over. I like the way they did Joker in this one and think Heath Ledger did a great job with the character. Liked the entire cast. Think the visuals were great. Definitely recommended.

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012/United States)
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Director: Christopher Nolan
Writing: Jonathan Nolan (Screenwriter), Christopher Nolan (Screenwriter), Christopher Nolan (Story By), David S. Goyer (Story By), Bob Kane (Original Characters By)
Length: 165 min.
Video: Widescreen :1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Stars:
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne
Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon
Tom Hardy (1977) as Bane
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Blake
Anne Hathaway as Selina

Plot:
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Eight years ago, after assuming the blame for D.A. Harvey Dent's death, a disgraced Batman (Christian Bale) mysteriously vanished. But everything changes with the appearance of a cunning cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and the arrival of Bane (Tom Hardy), a ruthless madman. Bane's reign of terror forces Bruce out of his self-imposed exile and into the ultimate battle for Gotham City's survival...and his own.

Extras:
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Digital Copy


My Thoughts:

While still worth watching, this one I feel was the worst of the Dark Knight trilogy. While the story line was interesting, it wasn't quite as good as the previous films. I thought the way they did Bane was odd and wasn't too thrilled with Cat Woman either. If by chance you never seen this one...it is worth the time put in to watch it but don't go in expecting too much.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition (2002/United States, New Zealand)
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New Line Home Entertainment (United States)
Director: Peter Jackson (1961)
Writing: Fran Walsh (Screenwriter), Philippa Boyens (Screenwriter), Stephen Sinclair (Screenwriter), Peter Jackson (1961) (Screenwriter), J. R. R. Tolkien (Original Material By)
Length: 236 min.
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 6.1 (Discrete), Portuguese: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Stars:
John Rhys-Davies as Voice of Treebeard (voice)
Bruce Allpress as Aldor
Sean Astin as Sam
John Bach (1946) as Madril
Sala Baker as Man Flesh Uruk

Plot:
Frodo Baggins and The Fellowship continue their quest to destroy The One Ring and stand against the evil of the dark Lord Sauron.

The Fellowship has divided and now find themselves taking different paths to defeating Sauron and his allies. Their destinies now lie at two towers – Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupted wizard Saruman waits and Sauron's fortress at Barad-dûr, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • DVD-ROM Content
  • BD-Live
  • Digital Copy
  • Interactive Middle-earth Map; Interactive Sound Demonstration of The Battle of Helm's Deep


My Thoughts:

This one does an excellent job of continuing the storyline. I enjoyed it just as much as the first... the cast was great... the storyline was great... the battle scenes were fantastic. I don't know what more to say other then I amlooking forward to revisiting the final installment.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Extended Edition (2003/United States, New Zealand)
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New Line Home Entertainment (United States)
Director: Peter Jackson (1961)
Writing: Fran Walsh (Screenwriter), Philippa Boyens (Screenwriter), Peter Jackson (1961) (Screenwriter), J. R. R. Tolkien (Original Material By)
Length: 263 min.
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 6.1 (Discrete), Portuguese: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Stars:
Alan Howard as Voice of the Ring (voice)
Noel Appleby as Everard Proudfoot
Alexandra Astin as Elanor Gamgee
Sean Astin as Sam
David Aston as Gondorian Soldier 3

Plot:
The Fellowship's journey is coming to an end. Sauron's forces have attacked Gondor's capital of Minas Tirith in his final siege against mankind. Watched over by a fading steward, the once great kingdom has never been in more desperate need of its king. But will Aragorn find the strength to become what he was born to be and rise to meet his destiny?

As Gandalf desperately tries to move the broken forces of Gondor to act, Théoden unites the warriors of Rohan to join in the fight. Even in their courage and passionate loyalty, the forces of men – with Éowyn and Merry hidden among them – are no match against the swarming legions of enemies raining down on the kingdom. With each victory comes great sacrifice. Despite their great losses, The Fellowship charges forward in the greatest battle of their lifetime, united in their singular goal to give Frodo a chance to complete his quest. Traveling across treacherous enemy lands, Frodo must rely increasingly on Sam and Gollum as The Ring continues to test his allegiance and, ultimately, his soul.

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My Thoughts:

I found this to be an excellent conclusion of the trilogy. Action-packed and visuals are outstanding. I found the entire trilogy to have great re-watch value. Definitely one I highly recommend.

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Airport (1970/United States)
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Director: George Seaton
Writing: Arthur Hailey (Original Material By), George Seaton (Screenwriter)
Length: 137 min.
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, French: DTS: Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Stars:
Gary Collins (1938) as Cy Jordan
John Findlater as Peter Coakley
Jessie Royce Landis as Mrs. Harriet DuBarry Mossman
Larry Gates as Commissioner Ackerman
Peter Turgeon as Marcus Rathbone

Plot:
Prepare to take off on a nonstop, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride with four suspense-filled adventures in Airport: The Complete Collection. The quest begins with the original Airport, nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, which launched the popular 1970s disaster film genre and became a box office smash. In Airport 1975, a mid-air collision leaves a 747 without a pilot and little hope for survival. The tension continues in Airport '77 when a 747 is trapped underwater in the Bermuda Triangle and it's a race against time to save the passengers and crew. In The Concorde: Airport '79, at twice the speed of sound, the Concorde must evade a vicious attack by a traitorous arms smuggler. Featuring all-star ensemble casts that includes Charlton Heston, Burt Lancaster, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, Jacqueline Bisset, Dean Martin, George Kennedy and many more, Airport: The Complete Collection will leave you on edge from takeoff to dramatic landing.

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  • Feature Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Digital Copy
  • D-BOX


My Thoughts:

I grew up hearing about this movie. So been wanting to see it for years. I am so glad I finally got the chance to do so. First going into it I found the movie to be very slow. This is something that normally bothers me... but in this case it is needed. The film needed time to get you familiar with the characters and set up what is happening. The one thing that really did bother me here is all the use of split screen and such used every time someone was on the phone or radio. This is something I never liked. It pulls me out of the story. The people on screen can't see the person they are talking to.... why should we? It just does not feel realistic so when they did this every time it was just too much for me. That being said, I loved the film itself. It has a great story line and some big names in the cast. I especially liked Dean Martin here. This is not the type of film I think of when I think of him. And I felt he did a great job. If you never seen this one before I definitely recommend it.

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Ben-Hur (1959/United States)
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Warner Home Video (United States)
Director: William Wyler
Writing: Lew Wallace [General Lew Wallace] (Original Material By), Karl Tunberg (Screenwriter)
Length: 222 min.
Video: Widescreen 2.76:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, German: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital: Mono, Czech: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Hungarian: Dolby Digital: Mono, Polish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Music Only: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai
Stars:
Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur
Jack Hawkins as Quintus Arrius
Haya Harareet as Esther
Stephen Boyd as Messala
Hugh Griffith (1912) as Sheik Ilderim

Plot:
High-definition Blu-ray hits greater heights with the arrival of the visual splendor, thundering action and towering drama of this record-setting winner of 11 Academy Awards® including Best Picture*. Charlton Heston brings a physical and moral presence to his Best Actor Oscar®-winning role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Best Director Oscar® winner William Wyler masterfully grips the reins of an enduring and spellbinding spectacular.

*Other 1959 Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith), Color Art Direction/Set Decoration, Color Cinematography, Color Costume Design, Film Editing, Score, Sound and Special Effects.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers


My Thoughts:

Years ago when I was a teen they showed a portion of this (the chariot race) in class in high school. Every since then I wan't to see the entire film. And now... more years later then I wish to admit to... I finally got to see the entire epic film. A true classic if there ever was one. Yes, such a long film, but it doesn't feel like it when you watch. The time went by so fast! The acting is great, the visuals are fantastic and the story will bring out multiple emotions through-out. If there was one thing I would change here it would be a little more action. Not much more mind you... but I think just a touch more would have been beneficial. But over-all recommended as a must see!

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M*A*S*H: Five Star Collection (1970/United States)
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (United States)
Director: Robert Altman
Writing: Richard Hooker (Original Material By), Ring Lardner, Jr. (Screenwriter)
Length: 116 min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, English: Dolby Digital: Mono, French: Dolby Digital: Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English
Stars:
Donald Sutherland as Captain Benjamin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Elliott Gould as Captain 'Trapper' John McIntyre
Tom Skerritt as Captain Augustus 'Duke' Forrest
Sally Kellerman as Major Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Robert Duvall as Major Frank Burns, M.D.

Plot:
One of the world's most acclaimed comedies, M*A*S*H focuses on three Korean War Army surgeons brilliantly brought to life by Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt and Elliott Gould. Though highly skilled and deeply dedicated, they adopt a hilarious, lunatic lifestyle as an antidote to the tragedies of their Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and in the process infuriate Army bureaucrats. Robert Duvall, Gary Burghoff and Sally Kellerman co-star as a sanctimonious Major, an other-worldly Corporal, and a self-righteous yet lusty nurse.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Production Notes
  • Closed Captioned
  • THX


My Thoughts:

This really is a good film. But I personally prefer the TV series. I don't know... maybe because I grew up watching the series. I think Alan Alda did a better Hawkeye. But I think I prefer the Frank Burns here, And I really liked the fact that they had the same Radar. But the movie is well worth watching. It definitely has some laughs to it.

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The Lion King: Diamond Edition (1994/United States)
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Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Buena Vista Home Entertainment (United States)
Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Writing: Irene Mecchi (Screenwriter), Jonathan Roberts (Screenwriter), Linda Woolverton (Screenwriter), Burny Mattinson (Story By), Barry Johnson (Story By), Thom Enriquez (Story By), Gary Trousdale (Story By), Kevin Harkey (Story By), Chris Sanders (1962) (Story By), Larry Leker (Story By), Rick Maki (Story By), Francis Glebas (Story By), Lorna Cook (Story By), Andy Gaskill (Story By), Jim Capobianco (Story By), Jorgen Klubien (Story By), Tom Sito (Story By), Joe Ranft (Story By), Ed Gombert (Story By), Mark Kausler (Story By)
Length: 88 min.
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 7.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Stars:
Rowan Atkinson as Zazu (voice)
Matthew Broderick as Simba (voice)
Niketa Calame as Young Nala (voice)
Jim Cummings as Ed (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg (1955) as Shenzi (voice)

Plot:
The wait is over! For the first time ever, experience the majesty of Disney's epic animated masterpiece as it roars onto Blu-ray! With a spectacular picture, spine-tingling high definition sound and immersive bonus features—you will feel the love for this critically acclaimed and universally beloved classic like never before!

Embark on an extraordinary coming-of-age adventure as Simba, a lion cub who cannot wait to be king, searches for his destiny in the great "Circle Of Life." You will be thrilled by the breathtaking animation, unforgettable Academy Award®-winning music (1994: Best Original Score; Best Original Song, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight") and timeless story. The king of all animated films is destined for greatness on Blu-ray!

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Interactive Games
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
  • BD-Live
  • Disney Second Screen


My Thoughts:

This is the first time I watched this film since it first came out. A very familiar story (betrayal for the quest for power) done well by Disney. Keeps your interest with ease and beautifully animated. Timon and Pumbaa are fun characters... though I also liked Rafiki the Baboon a lot as well. I can easily recommend this one. I won't be letting it go so many years to see it again this time.

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Ever have one of those days... no matter how long you stare at the list you have no idea what you feel like watching?
Method 1: I have found that when I can't make up my mind on one movie to watch, I pick three, and then, once I have narrowed the field to three, it is much easier to pick one.

Method 2: I simply pick one without much thought and put it on. I have found once I start watching, I enjoy it. It's akin, for me at least, to channel surfing, coming across a movie already playing, and being caught up in it.

I hope one of my methods works for you.

P.S. I like #82 on the list most of all. It was #2 for a long time. :)
 
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Finding Nemo: Collector's Edition (2003/United States)
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Buena Vista Home Entertainment (United States)
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writing: Andrew Stanton (Story By), Andrew Stanton (Screenwriter), Bob Peterson (Screenwriter), David Reynolds (Screenwriter)
Length: 101 min.
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English: Dolby TrueHD: 7.1, English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Audio Descriptive: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Stars:
Albert Brooks as Marlin
Ellen DeGeneres as Dory
Alexander Gould as Nemo
Willem Dafoe as Gill
Brad Garrett as Bloat

Plot:
See it like never before! For the first time ever, through the magic of Blu-ray, fully immerse yourself in the stunning underwater world of Disney•Pixar's Finding Nemo! From the creators of Toy Story and Monsters, Inc., this critically acclaimed and heartwarming tale splashes off the screen with brilliant digital picture, high definition sound and breathtaking bonus features that transport you beyond your imagination.

In the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin (Albert Brooks), an overly protective clownfish, embarks on a daring rescue mission when his beloved son, Nemo, gets scooped up by a diver. With his unforgettable friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) by his side, Marlin encounters an ocean full of memorable comedic characters on his momentous journey—to find Nemo.

Bring home the humor and heartfelt emotion of the epic adventure that captured the Academy Award for "Best Animated Feature Film" (2003)—now more awesome than ever on Disney Blu-ray!

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Feature Trailers
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
  • Aquarium Mode
  • Short


My Thoughts:

Another enjoyable film from Disney. Though I would say I like The Lion King more...this one is close to as enjoyable. The animation looks wonderful... and the story easily keeps your attention. Other then the main characters here... I must say I really got a kick out of the surfer dude sea turtle.

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