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Fresh air, feeling good and flowers? Yup, we’re checking out the new to DVD flick “The Bouquet” out now from Vivendi Home Entertainment. Follow the smell of reviewed flowers below!
Title: “The Bouquet”
Cast: Kristy Swanson, Michael Shanks, Danny Glover
Director: Anne Wheeler
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes
Release Company: Vivendi Home Entertainment
The Flick: “The Bouquet” is pretty much a standard, feel-good, what you see is what you get kind of flick. Safe story (estranged family pulls together after the death of the father), family friendly (these folks even say grace before the meal!) and even loaded down with a circa 1980’s montage there’s not much edge in “The Bouquet.” Though there are some nice performances though including a more quiet and somber Danny Glover, a feisty Alberta Mayne as the rebellious daughter and a surprisingly moving Kristy Swanson (she of Deadly Friend!) as the city sister in need of some family roots. (And yes, Swanson has never looked more fetching!) Decent, predictable but certainly watchable, this bouquet smells just like it looks.
Best Feature: There’s an equally safe ‘Making-Of’ Featurette where everyone praises everyone else – we’re you expecting a slur slinging commentary track perhaps?!
Best Hidden Gem: Again, the uber-sexy Swanson is both caring and confident as a brash single woman.
Worth the Moola: Ready for a slice of apple pie with milk – just add this bouquet for a safe centerpiece.
Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Vivendi Home Entertainment
Need a fix of Bruce Lee – the man, the myth and the legacy? Then check out our review of the new to Blu-ray doc “I Am Bruce Lee” out now from Shout! Factory. The truth behind the legend (and it’s review!) lies below.
Title: “I Am Bruce Lee”
Grade: 3 1/2
Cast: Shannon Lee, Linda Lee Cadwell, Bob Wall
Director: Pete McCormack
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 94 minutes
Release Company: Shout! Factory
The Flick: It’s fine to see various celebs and famous friends wax nostalgic about what Bruce was like and his influence on them. Though what truly makes this doc stand out is not only the personal footage of early Bruce both talking and performing, but the candid and lesser heard stories from both Bruce’s widow Linda and daughter Shannon. Told by the ladies who knew him well, we finally get a glimpse into Bruce the man and his mindset behind some of his very askew and controversial decisions professionally and personally. To get it right from the horse’s mouth is to be truly enlightened – this doc is bright with insight.
Best Feature: ‘Backyard Training’ features more rare Bruce Lee from personal films with footage of home movies and even more from Shannon and Linda – amazing stuff.
Best Hidden Gem: ‘Bruce’s Lee’s Hollywood Audition’ shows right up front what a poised, candid and insightful star Bruce would finally become.
Worth the Moola: Again for those who are looking for more on the man then the surface stuff, this doc finally gives you the depth fans crave.
Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Shout! Factory
After seven years since it first started releasing movies in the High-Definition Blu-ray format, Disney has finally gone to the vault to update and restore one of its greatest classics: Peter Pan.
Held over — and well worth the wait — for the film’s 60th anniversary, the Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy is a true gem and a must have for Disney fans and collectors alike. Pop in the Blu-ray and you’ll be thinking happy thoughts as you fly off to Never Land. And you won’t need any of Tink’s Pixie Dust to get there with the magic of this hi-def adventure.
The all new digital restoration is bright, colorful and crystal clear in both picture and sound; and, like Blu-ray predecessors Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it includes the option to get rid of those black bars on the left and right sides of the screen with Disney View. Since the film was originally shot in the 1.33:1 format it doesn’t come close to filling the screens of the newer 16:9 high-definition TV screens, so turning on Disney View replaces the bars with custom artwork themes created just for the film. The themes change as the scenes and moods do, adding an extra vibrancy to the experience.
Another great feature is the all-new “Disney Intermission,” which doubles the entertainment value when the movie is paused, adding 30-minutes of pirate-themed games, songs and animations to keep little ones’ attention if a break in the movie is necessary. Activities include hunting for Pan’s shadow, a shell game, reading smoke signals and “Pirate Training.”
As for the extras, Disney dug deep into the vault and came up with a pair of deleted scenes and two new songs to add to the release. Unfortunately the two deleted scenes, “The Journey Home” and “Alternate Arrival,” were never filmed; but full audio and storyboards with drawings of how the scene would have played out tell these short bits of the story.
Two new songs (old, actually) “Never Smile At A Crocodile” (which was actually made famous by the likes of Jerry Lewis and the Muppets) and “The Boatswain Song” are also set to storyboards but include the lyrics and some raw animation to go along with them.
Peter Pan’s standout extra, though, is the documentary “Growing Up With Nine Old Men,” which focuses on Walt Disney’s core of nine animators as told through stories from their children, now all grown up and in their golden years. All nine only worked together on three Disney films.
Lastly, several of the special features that were a part of the 2007 Platinum Edition release are also included, like “You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan” and “Tinker Bell: A Fairy’s Tale”; Walt Disney explaining why he chose to bring Peter Pan from the stage to the screen and the 1952 featurette “The Peter Pan Story.” They’re all gems; however, they’re all in standard definition. One of the pluses, though, is that the footage from the film used in “You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan” is pre-restoration, so you get a good look at how amazing the upgraded picture and sound really are.
Join the Darling children — Wendy, John and Michael — as they fly of with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell to Never Land for the adventure of a lifetime in the Peter Pan Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, released Tuesday, February 5, 2013. “Second star to the right, and straight on ’til morning!”
Blast from the past: be sure to check out the below slideshow below, featuring 1950s live action reference photographs from the Walt Disney Studio Vault!
77 minutes, Rated G.
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Can Tyler Perry fill the shoes so amply filled by the great Morgan Freeman? We’re gonna find out as we check out the new to Blu-ray film “Alex Cross,” out now from Summit Home Entertainment. The review of the hunt lies below!
Title: “Alex Cross”
Cast: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns
Director: Rob Cohen
Runtime: 101 minutes
Release Company: Summit Home Entertainment
The Flick: I heard some seriously unflattering things about this title before watching it. (Plus the fact that Pete “Quote Whore” Hammond has a blurb on the cover box doesn’t help!) But for all the raspberry fun thrown at this one, it’s actually not a bad film. The story, based on James Patterson’s famed best selling books, is interesting enough. The supporting cast is fairly decent, with a creepy Matthew Fox (they should have given him much more to do!) and cool as ice Ed Burns. So what’s the negative fuss about? Tyler Perry. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never seen a Medea film or anything else Perry has acted in, but if it’s anything like the performance in this film I’m glad for my unintentional avoidance. Perry here is dry, drone, emotionless and overall unimpressive as the detective of the title. With the emotional range of a gnat (he plays happy and bitter…with the same blank expression!) and the likability of Carrot Top at a funeral, Perry simply comes off as acting – badly. (The scenes where he meanignfully discusses human behavior are almost laughable!) The fact that the actors around him are good only makes it worse and Perry certainly isn’t learning anything by observing. Hammond is quoted on the box saying “Tyler Perry like you have never seen him before” – or ever will again Pete.
Best Feature: I dug the featurette “The Psychologist and the Butcher: Adapting and Filming Alex Cross” solely due to the captivating insight into novelist James Patterson’s characters and writing process.
Best Hidden Gem: Jean Reno, yes Leon himself, shows up here in a nice smarmy role – takes notes Tyler.
Worth the Moola: Can you really recommend a film that you thought was decent except for the work of the lead actor in the film – probably not.
Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Summit Home Entertainment