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Ginger Snaps, a review by addicted2dvd


     Ginger Snaps (2000/)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Director:John Fawcett
Writing:Karen Walton (Original Material By), John Fawcett (Original Material By), Karen Walton (Screenwriter)
Length:108 min.
Rating:Rated NR : Graphic Violence and Adult Situations
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:None

Stars:
Emily Perkins as Brigitte
Katharine Isabelle as Ginger
Kris Lemche as Sam
Jesse Moss as Jason
Danielle Hampton as Trina
Peter Keleghan as Mr. Wayne

Plot:
Ginger and Brigitte, two sisters trapped in suburbia, are obsessed with mayhem, torture and death until they get a taste of the real thing. Bitten by wild animal, Ginger begins to mutate into a sexy, uncontrolled woman, with some nasty canine tendencies. Is it virus? Is it a curse? Or the first step towards becoming a vicious werewolf!

Intelligent, inspired and truly terrifying, this award-winning horror film makes you look at raging teenage hormones in a shocking new way!

Extras:
  • Feature Trailers


My Thoughts:
I originally heard of the Ginger Snaps movies when a good friend of mine started raving about them to me. I told her I couldn't wait to check them out and the next thing I knew she had given me all three of them for my birthday that year. It is one of those independent movies that you go into it not expecting too much but then you are pretty much blown away by it. Sure... some of the effects aren't as great as they could be if this movie had the budget of a blockbuster movie... but it looks like they did a very good job with what they had. It looks like they used the bulk of the effects budget for the end of the movie... using effects sparingly until then... which really seemed to work well for them. This movie also don't follow all the rules of Werewolves that Hollywood put into place. Of course there is nothing wrong with that. There is one downside... that is the portrayal of the sisters mother played by Mimi Rogers. Which is surprising to me as I normally like her in the things I have seen her in. But this time... not so much. But it could have been more the character then her performance. As she seemed more annoying then anything. But over-all this is a very good movie. Definitely recommend checking it out.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Addicted2DVD's Month Long Horror/Halloween Marathon on October 2nd, 2013)

Member's Reviews

Nana, a review by Tom


MOVIE / DVD INFO:

Title: Nana
Year: 2005
Director: Kentaro Otani
Rating: NR
Length: 114 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio: Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1 , Japanese: PCM Stereo
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Mika Nakashima
Aoi Miyazaki
Hiroki Narimiya
Yuta Hiraoka
Tomomi Maruyama
Ken'ichi Matsuyama

Plot:
Based on the popular manga by Ai Yazawa, NANA follows the adventures of two girls both named Nana. While they share the same name, they couldn’t be more different. Nana "Hachi" Komatsu follows her boyfriend to Tokyo in hopes to make a new start, while Nana Osaki, who arrives in the city at the same time, is a punk rock beauty who has an ambition to make it big in the world of rock and roll. Although these two young women come from different backgrounds, they quickly become best friends to seek their happiness and dreams.

The bestselling manga is brought to life by J-pop icon MIKA NAKASHIMA and popular actress AOI MIYAZAKI, and directed by KENTARO OTANI, with an original theme by J-Rock superstar HYDE (L'Arc-en-Ciel).

My Thoughts:
After seeing the Death Note movies (and really enjoying it) I was searching the net for live-action versions of other mangas. This one was the only one I could find besides Death Note which had generally good reviews. I do not know the manga this movie was based on but this doesn't matter. I quite enjoyed this movie. I found it well-acted and captivating even though I usually do not particularly like this type of movie. I even had a tear in my eye in the last scene of the movie  Bag

And I was surprised when I read Ken'ichi Matsuyama's name in the end credits. He played L (my favorite character in Death Note). I didn't even know he was in this movie. I didn't recognize him, but it could be because I wasn't looking out for it.


Rating:


After the success of this movie they made a sequel. Of what I have read so far it was a big let down. They even had to recast some of the major roles. Nevertheless I will buy it  Laugh

The first movie I had bought as RC1 (it just has been released there). The sequel is not yet available as RC1. The Hong Kong release has English subtitles though.
But now I have a problem: I am still missing $10 for my order at yesasia.com to get free shipping. Any recommendations?

(From Tom's Random Reviews on April 26th, 2008)

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Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom




Title: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Beginning
Year: 2002
Director: Gary Hartle
Rating: NR
Length: 76 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles:

Stars:
Cam Clarke
Kathleen Barr
Lisa Ann Beley
Garry Chalk
Brian Dobson

Plot:
Years ago, two leaders battled for Eternia, a fatastical land where compassion struggles against greed. Where one became the good King Randor, the other grew into the monster Skeletor who plans to rise once again and take Eternia. To protect the kingdom, the mystical powers of Castle Greyskull chose a hero - Randor's lazy, impulsive teenaged son Adam. Although a little relucant to take on a new secret idenity, Adam may not mind the name He-man if it can help his father.


My Thoughts:
After watching the 80s motion picture, I wanted to rewatch a decent He-Man movie. These are the first three episodes of the series, which originally aired as one pilot movie.
This movie tells the origin story of He-Man, something we never got in the original Filmation series. It is a great introduction to all the characters. And you already see, that the makers know their stuff.
One thing is needing to get used to when you know the original series: Seems that gravity on Eternia is different, as everybody seems to be able to jump real high.

This lead to a fun video clip I found once, where they put He-Man footage to the Gummibears theme song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nR6GRrXuNc

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on June 11th, 2009)
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