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Home on the Range, a review by GSyren


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


(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on September 26th, 2013)

Member's Reviews

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, a review by addicted2dvd


     Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (2010/United States)

Warner Home Video
Director:Mac Carter
Writing:Mac Carter (Writer)
Length:90 min.
Rating:NR
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Ryan Reynolds as Narrator (Voice)
Neal Adams
Kyle Baker
Karen Berger
Mike Carlin
Dan Didio

Plot:
This original DC COMICS documentary is the first of its kind: a compelling look at the company that created the modern super hero, produced with unprecedented access to the archives of Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Both a celebration of the best writers and artists in comics and a thoughtful exploration of seventy-five years of DC Comics history, SECRET ORIGIN combines insights from respected historians; interviews with some of the most influential comic book creators in history; and experts from comics, films, and television shows to bring the story of DC Comics to life in vivid and unexpected ways.

Extras:
  • None


My Thoughts:
This morning I felt like watching something to do with superheroes... but something I never seen before. So I pulled out this documentary. It concentrates mostly on the comics... but it also touches on both the movies and television series. I enjoyed this documentary quite a bit... as it touched on some things I never knew before. I never was much of a big reader of comic books... but I seen several I would like to check out in this documentary. At an hour and a half it is a pretty long documentary as well. I would recommend this one for any comic book fan.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From What Movies I Been Watching on January 21st, 2012)

Member's TV Reviews

The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon, a review by DJ Doena


Castle


What's the show about?
Richard Castle is a thriller author and he has a new muse now: NYPD Detective Kate Beckett who will become Nikki Heat in Heat Wave and Naked Heat.
Thanks to his friendship with the mayor Castle is partnered up with Beckett and together they solve real-life murders.

"Flowers for Your Grave"
Richard Castle is a successful thriller author who's killed his last protagonist Derek Storm by putting a bullet through his head. There's no Reichenbach Fall in Storm Fall. His blood-sucking publisher and also blood-sucking ex-wife is waiting for the next manuscript but Castle has writer's block. That is until Detective Beckett approaches him because there's a serial killer out there who's mimicking the murders in Castle's books.

My Opinion
I love the show. The dynamics between "Caskett" work very well and the cases are interesting. There are underlying season arcs but most of the time it’s a case-of-the-week show and that’s just fine with me.
Although the most mysterious question on the show is how his daughter became so well-behaved with a father like that. ;)

(From The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon on January 3rd, 2013)