October 16, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxed Set

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxed Set contains 15 of Hitchcock's films all digitally restored so that they are looking the best that they can.  

Included are Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot.

Also included are 15 hours of bonus features.  If you have watched a lot of Hitchcock films, you may find that you have seen most of them. However, this boxed set does include a new 15 minute The Birds retrospective.

On these discs you will find guest appearances by James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak. In case you are curious, Paul Newman appeared in Torn Curtain and Sean Connery appeared in Marnie.

Blu-ray.com says that it is not a perfect set but that it is definitely one that a fan will enjoy.  They rank it 7.7 out of 10 and say that it will most appeal to mystery and psychological thriller fans. 

I would love to own this set. How about you?  Are you a fan of psychological thrillers?

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October 9, 2014

Monsters, Inc. Blu-Ray Review

If you are reading this page you are no doubt familiar with Disney Pixar's Monsters, Inc. 

Featuring one big, giant blue Monster, this movie is a wonderful animated movie that Amazon says, showed "technical complexity and emotional impact."  
We loved the fact that the monsters in this film are more afraid of the children rather than that the children are of the monsters! 

If you are not familiar with this movie, you might like to know that your children will probably NOT find these lovable monsters scary and you might like to note that Monsters Inc. is recommended for children aged 5 and up.

Check out the trailer here for yourself and then read what the experts had to say about the blu-ray release of Monsters, Inc.

The Boston Herald called this movie, "visually dazzling, action-packed and hilarious."  

October 7, 2014

You Can Be A Super Hero In An Iron Man Hoodie!

I love Robert Downey Jr. as the Iron Man and hope no one else will ever play that role. In my humble opinion, he's the perfect Iron Man. Fortunately, I just read that Downey has confirmed on the Ellen Show that there will be a fourth Iron Man. (You can see for yourself here.)

Woo hoo!

As a big fan of the super hero, I think it would be fun to own one of these Iron Man hoodies.

I think it would be a hoot to show up at the movie or any super hero movie for that matter and surprise my grown sons with it.

I expect I would surprise a couple of other people, too, LOL since they might not expect a woman of my age, which I am not going to state, to dress as their favorite hero.

I think it would also make a great Halloween costume or at least the start of one, don't you?

How about you? Would you like to own this Iron Man hoodie? Would you dare to wear it in public?

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September 3, 2014

Adam Levine Sings Michael Jackson

I love Adam Levine and I love Michael Jackson. I was delighted therefore to find this video of Adam singing a song with Michael Jackson's voice on the Tonight Show.

If you appreciate the talent that these two men have (or in Jackson's case, had), I think that you will enjoy  this clip .

Of course, you will likely also appreciate the other singers that both host Jimmy Fallon and Adam impersonate on the show.

Watch here:


I've chosen to illustrate this post with a magnificent poster of Adam Levine. Amazon says that it is a high-quality version of the original art piece, which was originally created by Ryan Rabbass.

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July 16, 2014

Weird Al's Foil: A Parody of Royals by Lorde

Not sure exactly WHY but I have always enjoyed Weird Al's parodies and, since I really enjoy the song Royals by Lorde, I clicked on Weird Al's Foil with interest.

Turns out that Foil is a fun video, with a twist in the middle and at least one moment that is mildly offensive.

Watch Foil for yourself here:

Foil is part of an album that Weird Al is releasing this week called Mandatory Fun. You can check Mandatory Fun out here, on Amazon.

So what did you think of Foil? The twist is ah, interesting but I do not think the song would have been very popular or noteworthy if it really was just about leftovers and tinfoil...

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May 19, 2014

Disney's The Lone Ranger Movie Review

Initially, I was very excited about the 2013 version of the movie The Lone Ranger.  I will readily admit that I was enthusiastic only because of the presence of Johnny Depp as Tonto and not because I was a fan of the original series or even, for that matter, cowboy movies in general.  When the movie was released to disappointing reviews, it fell down on our must see list and eventually disappeared off the bottom.

Recently, on my rounds as an ebay seller, I picked The Lone Ranger blu-ray disc up at a consignment store figuring that I would be able to check out the movie and then sell it to earn some if not all of my money back.

But hey, I was surprised that the movie was such a fun romp. Once we stopped wanting it to be like something we thought it should be it was a hoot.  It was way over the top and often ridiculous and unbelievable but it was funny and, by the end, I was really enjoying it.

Here's a peek at the movie via the official Disney movie trailer:

Be aware that despite the fact this movie was made by Disney, it is PG-13 and, as Matt Zoller Seitz of Roger Ebert's website says, "it is all at once violent and sweet, clever and goofy." I agree and it is definitely not appropriate for children.

Blu-ray.com has praise for the blu-ray version, saying that it lives up to expectations of video and audio but that they wish there had been more special features. I enjoyed the following comment that blu-ray.com made about the movie, "There's some dark Looney Tunes-esque fun to be had, especially between Hammer and Depp, so long as you're willing to switch off the critical portions of your brain, you might just be able to enjoy the movie on its own terms."  I agree totally with that comment, too.

Noteworthy, the Ebert reviewer thinks this movie may eventually be called "misunderstood." I guess only time will tell.

Would I recommend it? I do think so, with the above comments kept in mind. It's a fun movie just take it as such and don't expect too much.

Have YOU seen Disney's version of The Lone Ranger? What did you think?

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May 16, 2014

Julianne Moore & Mockingjay

We're starting to hear and see more information about the next installment in the movie version of the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay.

Academy Award nominated Julianne Moore plays President Coin.  On this brief video she talks about her love of the books and determination to be in the movie, about the Mockingjay movie and about her role as the President, which she says is the only role that she could have played.

Is Ms. Moore lucky to have this role? Well, perhaps she is but I believe that her acting talent probably had something to do with it, too.

Julianne Moore is a British-American actress and a four-time Academy award nominee. One of her earliest roles was on a daytime soap opera, As The World Turns and one of her more recent efforts is The Kids Are All Right. I believe The Kids Are All Right was somewhat of an unexpected hit, emerging from Sundance and going on to great critical acclaim. I'll look forward to seeing her as President Coin in Mockingjay.

Anyone else anxious for the next movie?

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