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Batman: Gotham Knight, a review by Tom




Title: Batman: Gotham Knight
Year: 2008
Director: Have I Got a Story For You, Shojiro Nishimi, Crossfire, Futoshi Higashide, Field Test, Hiroshi Morioka, In Darkness Dwells, Yasuhiro Aoki, Working Through Pain, Toshiyki Kubooka, Deadshot, Jong-Sik Nam
Rating: 15
Length: 76 Min.
Video: Widescreen 1.85
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital Stereo, German: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish

Stars:
Kevin Conroy
Jason Marsden
Scott Menville
George Newbern
Corey Padnos

Plot:
Acclaimed screenwriters including David Goyer (Batman Begins), Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and Alan Burnett (Batman The Animated Series) join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman's transition from novice crimefighter to The Dark Knight. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. From some of the world's most visionary animators comes a thrilling depiction of Batman as man, myth and legend.

Extras:
Commentary
Exclusive DC Comics Character Guide
Featurettes
Scene Access

My Thoughts:
I did not buy this release until now, because of what I have read about it, it didn't seem that I would enjoy it. But then I saw the trailer for it on the Wonder Woman Blu-ray I watched recently, and I thought it could be something I will enjoy. But sadly, it didn't quite work out this way. The animation quality varies, but all stories were rather boring. Batman done by anime directors may sound fitting, but I think they didn't quite catch the character. Though I never was a big fan of animated Batman.
This Blu-ray contains four episodes of the 90's Batman animation series. I will watch those next. The first one I already watched. The story there is similar to the one in the first segment of the main feature. Of what I have read so far, one of the others is about Freeze. Another about Batgirl, where Commissionar Gordon, her father, finds out about her nightly activities (I am curious about that episode).

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on June 27th, 2009)

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Paranormal Activity 2, a review by addicted2dvd


     Paranormal Activity 2: Unrated Director's Cut (2010/United States)

Paramount Home Entertainment
Director:Tod Williams
Writing:
Length:98 min.
Rating:Unrated
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish, Other

Stars:
David Bierend as Surveillance Camera Expert
Brian Boland as Daniel Rey
Molly Ephraim as Ali Rey
Katie Featherston as Katie
Seth Ginsberg as Brad
Sprague Grayden as Kristi Rey

Plot:
"Paranormal Activity 2 is as groundbreaking as the original". Just as Daniel and Kristi welcome a newborn baby into their home, a demonic presence begins terrorizing them, tearing apart their perfect world and turning it into an inescapable nightmare. Security cameras capture the torment, making every minute horrifyingly real. Critics warn to "say goodbye to sleep" as Paranormal Activity 2 will haunt you long after its shocking final scene.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Closed Captioned
  • Unrated & Theatrical Version


My Thoughts:
I know there is a lot of people that don't like this sub-genre of horror... something that seems to be called "Found Footage." Movies such as The Blair Witch Project which uses a shaky camera since it is supposed to be found video footage of the events as they happen. But this is something I have gotten to like quite a bit. I don't know what it is about this type of movie... but I have gotten to the point where I started to seek them out. I really enjoyed Paranormal Activity when I watched it last year... so I was looking forward to watching this one when I was finally able to add it to my collection for this year.

I really enjoyed this one. Not quite as much as I did the first one... but pretty close. I liked the storyline behind this one... about the baby. Sure the movie starts off slow... but it gradually gets better.... giving it a right good ending. Basically I would say if you enjoyed the first one... you should like this one as well.


My Rating
Out of a Possible 5



Count:
Movie Count: 3
TV Ep. Count: 0
Other Count: 0

(From Month Long Horror/Halloween Marathon: 2011 on October 1st, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon, a review by Tom


05. Reptile Boy (1997-10-13)
Writer: Joss Whedon (Created By), David Greenwalt (Writer)
Director: David Greenwalt
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), David Boreanaz (Angel), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Greg Vaughn (Richard), Todd Babcock (Tom Warner), Jordana Spiro (Callie), Robin Atkin Downes (Machida), Danny Strong (Jonathan), Christopher Dalhberg (Tackle), Jason Posey (Linebacker), Coby Bell (Young Man)

A weak episode which I never really liked. Some funny Xander moments, but otherwise dull. Maybe it's because it's a cliched plot with a sorority which is doing funny business.
There is a movie sound cliché which always bothers me and it did strike again in this episode. Why do cars in American movies/episodes always sqeak, when they are stopping (even with new cars)? I always think to myself, that maybe the brakes of American cars do make this sound. But why put this sound bite to German cars (like in this episode)? Maybe to not confuse the American audience? :devil:

Rating:

(From Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon on February 8th, 2009)