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Doctor Mordrid, a review by GSyren


Doctor Mordrid (859831-008163)
United States 1992 | Released 2014-09-23 on Bluray from Full Moon Features
75 minutes | Aspect ratio 1.78:1 | Audio: English Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Directed by Albert Band, Charles Band and starring Jeffrey Combs, Yvette Nipar, Jay Acovone, Keith Coulouris, Ritch Brinkley

Two beings from another dimension; two sorcerers with immeasurable powers. One has sworn to destroy the Earth; the other has vowed to protect it. Their timeless battle has crossed over from the fourth dimension and only one man will reign in the end...

Doctor Mordrid (JEFFREY COMBS) is the chosen guardian who can protect the Earth from eternal darkness; Kabal (BRIAN THOMPSON) is his vengeful enemy whose implacable wrath has escalated with time. Kabal has arrived on Earth and is planning to use his infinite powers to unleash a horde of hellish demons to devour and destroy humankind.

Bound by hate and a mystical amulet that holds the powers of life and death, the immortal wizards will meet for the last time. Their centuries-old rivalry has matured into the ancient struggle of good versus evil. Now, their battle takes on majestic proportions as Mordrid and Kabal give life to prehistoric skeletons and begin their final conflict...

My thoughts about Doctor Mordrid:
I have seen Doctor Mordrid before, and I thought it was only so-so. I gave it 2.5 stars at the time. I probably wouldn't have double dipped for the blu-ray release if it wasn't for Dave Allen's stop motion animation. As a big fan of stop motion I wanted those sequences in HD. I don't know if it was just the better picture and sound quality, or if I was just in a better mood for it, but I liked the film a bit better this time.

The mythology seems pretty muddled. Apparently the script was originally an adaptation of Marvel's Doctor Strange, but Full Moon lost the rights to it, and changed it to Doctor Mordrid. Perhaps it would have made more sense to me if I had been familiar with Doctor Strange.

It's an OK time-killer, but not a very good movie. But how many Full Moon movies are?
I rate this title


(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on February 8th, 2016)

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Blank Check, a review by KinkyCyborg




Title:Blank Check
Year: 1994
Director: Rupert Wainwright
Rating: PG
Length: 93 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, French: MPEG-2: 2-Channel Stereo, Spanish: MPEG-2: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:

Stars:
Brian Bonsall
Karen Duffy
James Rebhorn
Jayne Atkinson
Michael Faustino

Plot:Extras:
Scene Access
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:

Totally implausible Disney film about a boy who comes by a blank check and cashes it for a million dollars.

Some funny bits, but not many.  The highlight of this one was Rick Ducommun, better known as the nosy neighbor Art from The Burbs. He's one of those comedian actors who they don't even give a script to... they just let him improvise his lines just to see what he is going to say and it is often hilarious!

I'm used to seeing Miguel Ferrer play a sleazeball, and he does it quite well, but in a 'G' rated family movie it stinks of blasphemy. It's rare to see an actor who normally plays hardened criminals or scumbags make the transition to family fare and make it work. Joe Pesci pulled it off in the Home Alone flicks, but that was a rare exception.

Kids in the 6-12 age group might like this and have some laughs, but for just about anyone else it's sure to be a bore.

KC



Rating:

(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2010 on October 13th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Pushing Daisies: Season One (2007/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Warner Home Video (United States)
Length:410 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, Thai


Plot:
Every not-so-often, along comes a show that's different. Wonderfully different. Pushing Daisies, TV Guide's Matt Roush writes, "restores my faith in TV's ability to amuse, enchant and entertain." It's the story of Ned, a lonely pie maker whose touch can reanimate the dead. Cool, but there's a hitch. If Ned touches the person again, the miracle is reversed. If he doesn't, a bystander goes toes up. What to do? Easy: Team with a private eye, bring murder victims back just long enough to discover whodunit, and collect the rewards. Things go well until Ned's boyhood sweetie is the next dear departed, and he can't resist bringing her back for keeps! Dig the wit, style and quirky romance: If you're not laughing, you may need a visit from Ned.


Pushing Daisies
1.01 Pie-Lette (2007-10-03)
Writer: Bryan Fuller (Created By), Bryan Fuller (Writer)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Lee Pace (Ned), Anna Friel (Chuck), Chi McBride (Emerson Cod), Jim Dale (Narrator (voice)), Ellen Greene (Vivian Charles), Swoosie Kurtz (Lily Charles), Kristin Chenoweth (Olive Snook), Patrick Breen (Leo Gaswint), Terry Anzur (Newscaster 3), Ed Brigadier (Minister 1), Field Cate (Young Ned), Ted Garcia (Newscaster 1), Murray Gershenz (Rabbi), Tina Gloss (Ned's Mother), Brad Grunberg (Funeral Director), Sammi Hanratty (Young Chuck), Geraud Moncure (Newscaster 4), Leyna Nguyen (Newscaster 2), Sy Richardson (Coroner), Greg Suddeth (Gravedigger 1), David Trice (Martin Miltenberger), Julie Wittner (Deedee Duffield), Jeff Wolfe (Shiny Shoes Killer)

A short-lived series I enjoyed very much. But I must admit I am glad that it only had two short seasons. The premise is nice, but nothing which holds up multiple seasons.
The pilot episode is a perfect introduction to this series.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 24th, 2012)