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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #135 on: September 22, 2013, 05:16:19 PM »
You being from Sweden, where do you buy your movies at? I know me being from Norway, i use to buy alot of movies at the border, when i take the trip over :) You guys have alot cheaper movies then we do. Or do you buy your movies mostly online?
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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #136 on: September 22, 2013, 06:23:17 PM »
I buy almost exclusively online. I get most of my DVDs from Amazon UK or ImportCDs.com. When I buy from Sweden it's usually from CDON, Ginza or Discshop.

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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #137 on: September 22, 2013, 06:42:47 PM »
I've used amazon.uk quite a bit. Good prices and ok delivery time. When i used play.com, it usually would take weeks from the shipping date to arrival. And i've used CDON alot too. But (this might be a stupid question) Do they have any stores in Sweden? I know, here they only got online stores.
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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #138 on: September 23, 2013, 12:06:13 AM »
Yeah, we still have stores that carry DVDs. The big department stores do. And some video stores do both rental and sales.

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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #139 on: September 23, 2013, 12:15:47 AM »
Oh, sorry that i know. Got some great one's at the Norby mall at the border :) what i meant was does CDON have stores in Sweden? Or only online stores there aswell?  :-[ sorry about that!
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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #140 on: September 23, 2013, 08:00:49 AM »
Oh, heh, my bad, I misunderstood your question. No, to the best of my knowledge CDON does not have any stores in Sweden.

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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #141 on: September 24, 2013, 01:28:20 PM »
TitleWillow (5-039036-050005)
DirectorRon Howard
ActorsVal Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh, Patricia Hayes
Produced1988 in United States
Runtime126 minutes
AudioEnglish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1, German DTS 5.1, Italian DTS 5.1
SubtitlesDanish, English, French, German, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish
OverviewJourney to the far corners of your imagination with Willow, for the first time ever on Blu-ray! Now fully digitally restored, this release features a dazzling array of extras, including new, never-before-seen exclusive content. From legendary filmmakers George Lucas and Ron Howard comes a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes comes in all sizes...and adventure is the greatest magic of all. When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer) and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!
My thoughtsOne of the benefits of getting old and forgetful is that you can rewatch old movies and experience them again for the first time. Well, I may not be quite that senile yet, but it’s eleven years since I last saw Willow, and I only remembered a few bits and pieces, so it was really good to see it again. This time in high definition.

So, what can I say about Willow? It’s just over two hour long. I’m kind of old fashioned, and I usually prefer my movies to confirm to the old hour-and-a-half standard. That said, Willow didn’t feel overlong. So Ron Howard must have done something right. Some of the CGI that amazed me back in the late eighties felt rather ”meh” now. Those morphs felt a bit like ”Look what we can do!”, and that’s just old school now. But I can glady overlook that.

Some people have criticised Willow because the story is too much like Star Wars. Or the story is too much like Lord of the Rings. Well, boohoo. How many films have a storyline that is totally unique? Don’t overthink it, just enjoy it! It may not be the greatest fantasy film ever, but it’s good enough. So there!

The blu-ray release looks stunning, and sound stunning, too. Apparently not all of the extras from the old DVD has been carried over, most notably a commentary track by Warwick Davies. Despite this I give this release of Willow a big thumbs up!
My rating4 out of 5

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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #142 on: September 24, 2013, 03:18:25 PM »
One thing that occured to me while watching Willow was how much the Death Dogs looked like the shrews in Attack of the Killer Shrews (1959). I wonder if this was intentional...?

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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #143 on: September 26, 2013, 10:11:28 AM »
TitleHome on the Range (5-017188-814812)
DirectorWill Finn, John Sanford
ActorsG. W. Bailey, Roseanne Barr, Bobby Block, Steve Buscemi, Carole Cook
Produced2004 in United States
Runtime73 minutes
AudioEnglish Dolby Digital 5.1, Other Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary Dolby Digital Mono
SubtitlesEnglish, Portuguese, Spanish
OverviewDISNEY'S 44th ANIMATED CLASSIC

Round up the family and get ready for a whole lotta fun with Disney's hilarious animated comedy HOME ON THE RANGE.
When a greedy outlaw schemes to take possession of the "Patch Of Heaven" dairy farm, three determined cows, a karate-kicking stallion named Buck and a colourful corral of critters join forces to save their home. The stakes are sky-high as this unlikely animal alliance risk their hides and match wits with a mysterious band of bad guys.
Experience an all-new moo-vie adventure with stunning animation, lovable characters and original songs performed by k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Tim McGraw and The Beu Sisters and written by the Academy Award®-winning* composer of Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin.


*Alan Menken, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, 1991; Best Original Song, Best Original Score, 1992.
My thoughtsI’m a Disney animation fan. I own every traditional animation theatrically released feature on DVD except The Wild, and also most computer animated features except the Tinker Bell sequels. I have some, but far from all, of their animated direct-to-video features.

That said, I held off buying Home on the Range until quite recently, mostly because of the bad reviews. Finally it was so cheap that I felt I had to give it a try. It’s certainly not Disney’s finest hour, but I don’t think it’s as bad as some reviewers have made it out to be. Perhaps it would have been better suited as a direct-to-TV release. I think the bad reviews were to a large degree because the expectations were too high. I watched it with very low expectations, and I liked it just fine.

The look of the film is a little too stylized for my taste. It actually looks a bit like TV animation. But once I got past noticing that, it didn’t bother me too much. There are some great voice talents, like Judi Dench and Steve Buscemi. The story is passable, but not great. There is one gag that had me in stitches, but that the kids are very unlikely to get. It’s the Little Caesar reference ”Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?”

So, not one of Disney’s most memorable efforts, but not a total waste either. Approached with low expectations it is quite enjoyable. Maybe it’s time for me to buy The Wild, too?
My rating3 out of 5

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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #144 on: September 26, 2013, 04:04:25 PM »
TitleJourney 2: The Mysterious Island (5-051895-219577)
DirectorBrad Peyton
ActorsDwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Luis Guzman, Vanessa Hudgens
Produced2012 in United States
Runtime94 minutes
AudioEnglish DTS 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
SubtitlesDanish, French, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish
OverviewThe new family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when seventeen-year-old Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist.

Unable to stop him from tracking the signal to its source, Sean's new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest that will take them first to the South Pacific, and then to a place few people have ever seen. Or lived to tell about. It's a place of stunning beauty, strange and threatening life forms, volcanoes, mountains of gold and more than one astonishing secret.

Together with Gabato (Luis Guzmán), the only helicopter pilot willing to risk the trip, and Gabato's beautiful, strong-willed daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone human inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island underwater and bury its treasures forever, in this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit Journey to the Center of the Earth.
My thoughtsThis is another of those movies that I wasn’t sure about, so I waited until I could get it relatively cheap. This is also a case of setting my expectations low. I like Jules Verne. I have read The Mysterious Island, although it was long ago. I also read the Illustrated Classic when I was a kid, and I have seen the 1961 Harryhausen film, the 2005 Hallmark TV version and the 1995 TV series. None of them follow Verne’s book very closely, and this one certainly doesn’t either.

Being quite recent, it’s no big surprise that this movie has the better special effects. But good special effects does not equal a good movie. We have seen this over and over. Is Josh Hutcherson a good actor? If he is, he certainly doesn’t show it in this movie. Dwayne Johnson can be good in action movies, but isn’t good here. And Michael Caine is pretty much wasted. The less said about Luis Guzmán, the better. And you know something must be wrong in a movie when Vanessa Hudgens comes off as the least irritating character...

The script varies between silly and ludicrous, but at least it seldom gets boring. So, if you can put your brain in neutral for an hour and a half (at least it’s not overly long), then it can be an acceptable time killer. But hardly anything more than that.

If you want a good Mysterious Island, go with Harryhausen. It’s not Verne’s Mysterious Island, but in spite of Harryhausen’s creatures it’s probably the closest you get. The TV series is also quite entertaining, but it certainly isn’t Verne. Still, either of them is better than this mess. Definitely avoid the Hallmark version, though!
My rating2.5 out of 5
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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #145 on: September 27, 2013, 04:42:32 AM »
So, what can I say about Willow? It’s just over two hour long. I’m kind of old fashioned, and I usually prefer my movies to confirm to the old hour-and-a-half standard. That said, Willow didn’t feel overlong. So Ron Howard must have done something right.
Coincidentally, just yesterday I heard someone quite Roger Ebert: "A bad movie will never be too short and a good movie can never be too long."

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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #146 on: September 27, 2013, 08:14:19 AM »
Roger Ebert: "A bad movie will never be too short and a good movie can never be too long."
Well, I would counter that by saying that a too long movie isn't a good movie. So I guess Ebert and I agree, but from different viewpoints.

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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #147 on: September 27, 2013, 09:05:03 AM »
Well, I would counter that by saying that a too long movie isn't a good movie.
What? Nocento runs for more than five hours and it's an excellent movie, this is just one exemple but for me a long movie is one who take the time to tell its story. Do you think an hour and a half version of The Godfather or Once Upon a Time in America or Casino or GoodFellas would have been any good...

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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #148 on: September 27, 2013, 11:58:09 AM »
Well, I would counter that by saying that a too long movie isn't a good movie.
What? Nocento runs for more than five hours and it's an excellent movie, this is just one exemple but for me a long movie is one who take the time to tell its story. Do you think an hour and a half version of The Godfather or Once Upon a Time in America or Casino or GoodFellas would have been any good...
I think you misunderstood me. "A good movie is never too long" and "A too long movie isn't a good movie" are the basically same thing from two different perspectives. Perhaps you were mislead by my statement that I usually prefer movies to be about an hour and a half. The key word there is usually. The Godfather isn't too long. Neither is Once Upon a Time in America or Casino or GoodFellas. I can't comment on Nocento because I haven't seen it.

But if I'm watching a movie and I start thinking "Isn't this over soon?" then it's too long, and by my definition not a good movie, no matter what other merits it may have.

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Re: Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar
« Reply #149 on: September 27, 2013, 04:21:11 PM »
OK now I got it :)

You're right any movie that feels too long isn't a good movie. Even one that runs for less than one hour can be long if it's a bad one