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Green Lantern, a review by addicted2dvd


     Green Lantern: Extended Cut (2011/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Home Video
Director:Martin Campbell
Writing:Greg Berlanti (Screenwriter), Michael Green (Screenwriter), Marc Guggenheim (Screenwriter), Michael Goldenberg (Screenwriter), Greg Berlanti (Story By), Michael Green (Story By), Marc Guggenheim (Story By)
Length:124 min.
Rating:Unrated
Video:Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
Blake Lively as Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond
Mark Strong as Sinestro
Tim Robbins as Hammond
Jay O. Sanders as Carl Ferris

Plot:
Experience the action as it was meant to be seen as Green Lantern takes flight in full HD! In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, an elite force of protectors for peace and justice has existed for centuries. They are the GREEN LANTERN CORPS. When a new enemy called PARALLAX threatens to destroy the universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of the Corps' newest recruit, the first human ever selected: HAL JORDAN (Ryan Reynolds).

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Picture-in-picture
  • BD-Live
  • Digital Copy
  • Theatrical and Extended Cuts
  • Maximum Movie Mode


My Thoughts:
I actually started this film a day or two ago... but didn't get the chance to finish it at the time. I have read some less then favorable reviews for this film... as well as seen it made fun of on shows such as The Big Bang Theory. But I always liked this film. But that could have something to do with the fact that I have been a fan of Ryan Reynolds. And I thought he was a good choice to play Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, I also liked how they did the others in the Green Lantern Corp. This is something like the 3rd time I watched it since it was released... and I found I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did on previous viewings.

My Rating:


(From Monday Mini-Thon: Blu-Day on April 7th, 2014)

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Unstoppable, a review by addicted2dvd


     Unstoppable (2010/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Director:Tony Scott (1944)
Writing:Mark Bomback (Writer)
Length:98 min.
Rating:Rated PG-13 : Sequences of Action and Peril, and Some Language
Video:Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:Chinese, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Stars:
Denzel Washington as Frank
Chris Pine as Will
Rosario Dawson as Connie
Ethan Suplee as Dewey
Kevin Dunn as Oscar Galvin
Kevin Corrigan as Inspector Werner

Plot:
Hang on for the ride of your life as Oscar® Winner Denzel Washington* and Chris Pine (Star Trek) team up for the year's most electrifying action-thriller. A runaway train, transporting deadly, toxic chemicals, is barreling down on Scranton, Pennsylvania, and only two men can stop it: a veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine). Thousands of lives hang in the balance as these ordinary heroes attempt to chase down one million tons of hurtling steel and prevent an epic disaster. Helmed by visionary director Tony Scott (Man On Fire), this story inspired by true events delivers excitement and suspense that are — UNSTOPPABLE !

*Actor, Training Day, 2001; Supporting Actor, Glory, 1989.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • BD-Live
  • Digital Copy


My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this film quite a bit. It easily kept my attention through-out. What made this one even better is that it was based on true events... I personally always thought films based on true events made the best stories. I thought the cast did a wonderful job. This is actually the second film I've seen recently with Rosario Dawson... as she was also in Zookeeper. If you never seen this film... I definitely recommend it. Well worth the time put in to watch it.

My Rating:


(From The Alphabet Marathon: Blu-ray Edition on July 29th, 2014)

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Death Note anime/manga/movies comparison, a review by Tom


01. Rebirth

Light, a very bright, but bored, High School student finds a notebook, which promises that for each name written in this notebook will kill that person.
Ryuk, the death god who has dropped this notebook on earth to have some fun, is also introduced. Only Light can see him, because only people, who have touched the Death Note can see and hear him.

Rules introduced in this episode:
- the person written into the death note dies after 40 seconds of a heart attack if no cause of death is written down
- if a cause of death is written down, you have another 6 minutes and 40 seconds to specify the circumstances
- you have to know the face of the person whose name is written down
- touching a death god's death note will enable you to see and hear him

Manga:
This episode covers chapter 1 of the manga. Generally in the manga, Light is very collected. In the anime he is very hot-headed, even in his inner monologues.
In the manga, the order of the scenes is this:
- Ryuk decides to drop the book in the human world
- Light finds it
- jump five days ahead and Ryuk introduces himself to Light and is surprised how many people Light has already killed
- Light tells about his first try-outs of using the book and coming to the realization, that it's the real thing
- he tells Ryuk of this plans of using the notebook to get rid of all evil in the world

In the anime, these happenings are told linear. We see him finding the book, trying it out and then the visit of Ryuk. As far as I remember, this observation in difference can be made a lot. In the manga, we often see Light doing something and then after it is finished, we get to see his preparations. In the anime we first get to see his preparations and then the pay-off.

Movies:
In the movies, Light does not start off as a high school student, but is already a law student, who gets frustrated with the Japanese law system. This is when he finds the notebook. His first tests with the notebook and his first encounter with Ryuk are similar to the manga/anime.


(From Death Note anime/manga/movies comparison on January 30th, 2009)