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Kung Fu Panda, a review by Tom




Title: Kung Fu Panda
Year: 2008
Director: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne
Rating: PG
Length: 92 Min.
Video: Widescreen 2.35
Audio: English: Dolby Digital TrueHD, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital Plus, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Turkish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dutch: Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish

Stars:
Jack Black
Dustin Hoffman
Angelina Jolie
Ian McShane
Jackie Chan

Plot:
From the Creators of Shrek and Madagascar comes the funniest movie of the year! Prepare for awesomeness with DreamWorks Animation's KUNG FU PANDA. Jack Black is perfect as the voice of Po, a noodle slurping dreamer who must embrace his true self - fuzzy flaws and all - in order to become the legendary Dragon Warrior. With high-kicking humour, tons of kung fu action, and groundbreaking animation, KUNG FU PANDA is a heart-warming story of courage for the whole family!

Extras:
Commentary
Featurettes
Interactive Game
Video Jukebox

My Thoughts:
A fun kung fu movie. I think the fight are animated well. Jack Black is perfect for the role of the Panda, who likes to be a Kung Fu fighter.
The animation is great, though still behind Pixar. But classes better than Madagascar (I don't like the character design in that one).
To compensate their disadvantage in animation to Pixar, DreamWorks has as always "big" names in their cast list for promoting the movie. Besides Jack Black, there is Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan and others. Though most of them have only a few lines.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on January 8th, 2009)

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Knight Rider Pilot Movie, a review by addicted2dvd



Title: Knight Rider Pilot Movie
Year: 2008
Director: Steve Shill
Rating: NR
Length: 80 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Justin Bruening
Deanna Russo
Sydney Tamiia Poitier
Bruce Davison
David Hasselhoff
Greg Ellis

Plot:
When it's reclusive inventor is placed in imminent danger, K.I.T.T. revs into action to save him. But even though his super high-tech car is able to self-regenerate, deploy weapons, and change color and shape, it needs a reluctant ex-soldier named Mike Traceur to shift gears and help in the desperate mission.

Extras:
Scene Access


My Thoughts:
This pilot movie was included in the complete series set of the 2008 TV Series. OK... I know the popular view of this series is that it is no where near the series that the '80s version was. But you know... I have liked this one since the very first time I have seen it. Not only that... but the more I watch it (this is the 4th time I have seen the pilot movie now) the more I enjoy it! That is not to take anything away from the original version. It is awesome too. But I really enjoyed the upgraded features of K.I.T.T. and I liked the characters as well as the storyline. After watching this pilot movie today... I feel like I could watch the entire series again.

One thing that did bug me about this one though. In the pilot movie they never used the Turbo Boost. You would have thought that would have been a must for the fans of the original. I remember when this originally aired that because it wasn't in (or even mention in) this pilot movie that I was afraid they dropped that all together. But thankfully it was in the series. I was also surprised to see a Special Guest Star credit for David Hasselhoff early on in the credits since he was really only on for a cameo appearance. Really only the matter of 30 seconds to a minute. I also noticed that in this pilot movie they made it very clear that Sydney Tamiia Poitier's character, FBI Agent Carrie Rivai, is a lesbian... which if I am remembering correctly... is something they totally dropped from the actual series.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Sunday Mini-Marathon: TV Movies on July 11th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Sabrina: The Teenage Witch: Season One (1996/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

(United States)
Length:525 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:


Plot:
Pretty teen witch Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) lives with her two otherworldly aunts, Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick), along with Salem, their talking black cat (voice of Nick Bakay). The Witches Council long ago ordered her aunts to teach Sabrina witchcraft once she turned sixteen. Now she can be in Paris for lunch...and make it back in time for biology! The show that found its way into the hearts of millions of viewers each week brilliantly combines the supernatural world of magic with the average life of a teenage girl.

Join Sabrina, cute crush Harvey (Nate Richert), best friend Jenny (Michelle Beaudoin), and rival Libby (Jenna Leigh Green) at their favorite pizza hangout, The Slicery. That is, when they aren't frustrating their teacher, Mr. Pool (Paul Feig). Here on DVD for the first time ever are all 24 Season One episodes of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch®!


Sabrina: The Teenage Witch
1.01 Pilot (1996-09-27)
Writer: Archie Comics (Original Characters By), Nell Scovell (Screenwriter), Barney Cohen (Original Material By), Kathryn Wallack (Original Material By)
Director: Robby Benson
Cast: Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina), Caroline Rhea (Hilda), Beth Broderick (Zelda), Nate Richert (Harvey), Jenna Leigh Green (Libby), Michelle Beaudoin (Jenny), Paul Feig (Mr. Pool), Nick Bakay (Salem (voice)), Teller (Skippy), Deborah Harry (Cassandra), Robby Benson (Edward), Penn Jillette (Drell), Melissa Murray (Cee Cee), Bridget Flanery (Jill), Ren Woods (Mrs. Hecht), Shaun Weiss (Male Student), Jim Greenall (Puppeteer), Sandey Grinn (Puppeteer), Jim Boulden (Puppeteer), Thom Fountain (Puppeteer)

I enjoyed this series. Though I never finished watching it. I lost interest after the third season, when my favorite character (Valerie played by Lindsay Sloane) left. But I have all the episodes on DVD and I plan to finish it. I am thinking about watching the fourth season now.
I have seen the series finale though, when it originally aired, out of curiosity.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 27th, 2012)