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A Christmas Story, a review by addicted2dvd

Title: A Christmas Story: 20th Anniversary: Two-Disc Special Ed.
Year: 1983
Director: Bob Clark
Rating: PG
Length: 93 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1, Pan & Scan 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Mono, French: Dolby Digital: Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Melinda Dillon
Darren McGavin
Peter Billingsley
Ian Petrella
Scott Schwartz
R. D. Robb

The Christmas spirit isn't served up with more observant hilarity than in this beloved adaptation of Jean Shepherd's holiday story. In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. But when gruff dad (Darren McGavin) and doting mom (Melinda Dillion) regularly respond with "You'll shoot your eye out!" Ralphie mounts a full-scale Santa-begging campaign. He encounters a slew of calamities from snowsuit paralysis to the dreaded tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole gambit. We triple-dog-dare you to unwrap a more welcome Yuletide classic!

Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Feature Trailers
Interactive Games
Closed Captioned
Radio Readings by Jean Sheppard

My Thoughts:
While I have seen small bits and pieces of this movie on cable over the years... this is actually the first time I got to see this one from start to finish. It is a fun movie... I definitely enjoyed it. Though from all the years of hearing about this one... I think I was expecting more from it... and felt it didn't live up to it's reputation for me. But it definitely had some decent laughs in it. OMG... that terrible gift from his aunt... the bunny pajamas... and the fact that his mother liked it so much was scary as well. I do think the story was over exaggerated... but I believe that was on purpose. After all it was supposed to be a guy telling the story about a childhood Christmas.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From Addicted2DVD's 25 Days of Christmas Marathon: 2010 on December 17th, 2010)

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Gravity, a review by GSyren

TitleGravity (5-051892-150248)
ActorsSandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen, Phaldut Sharma
Produced2013 in United Kingdom
Runtime91 minutes
AudioEnglish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
SubtitlesDanish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
OverviewDr. Ryan Stone (Oscar winner Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission with a veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Oscar winner George Clooney). On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone, tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling into the darkness. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go farther out into the terrifying expanse of space.
My thoughtsI'm conflicted about Gravity. Technically it is absolutely brilliant. Acting wise OK. I like Sandra Bullock, but maybe she's not quite able to carry a film more or less by herself. George Clooney is excellent, though. The main problem for me is the script. First of all it's too improbable. Secondly it does not make me care enough for Bullock's character. And that's fatal in a drama like this. There are a lot of metaphors in the film, and that's fine by me, but the film has to work even if you don't get the metaphors.

I would have expected to dislike the CGI, but I didn't. And that's saying something, seeing how this movie is almost all CGI. For the most part it's an animated movie with some live action bits inserted (mainly heads). And it works! It's brilliantly done. But it's not enough.

I would rate it 5 stars technically, 3.5 stars for the acting, but only 2 stars for the script. Weighing that together is not easy. If I had seen it on a big screen perhaps the sheer technical achievement would have swayed me to give it a better rating, but as it is, an overall rating of 3.5 is generous.
My rating

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on March 25th, 2014)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     Futurama: Season One (1999/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (Germany)
Length:286 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, German: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:Commentary, Danish, English, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish

1.01 Space Pilot 3000
Writer: David X. Cohen (Writer), Matt Groening (Writer)
Director: Rich Moore, Gregg Vanzo
Cast: Billy West (Fry/Farnsworth/Zoidberg/Various (voice)), Katey Sagal (Leela (voice)), John DiMaggio (Bender/Various (voice)), Dick Clark (Himself (voice)), Leonard Nimoy (Himself (voice)), Tress MacNeille (Various (voice)), Dave Herman (Various (voice)), Kath Soucie (Michelle (voice))

I have been a fan of this series since day one. It's nice to finally see the first episode again. It has been awhile. I forgot that it started out with Fry running from Leela because he wanted to avoid to have a career chip implanted. They have dropped this concept later it seems.
And sure enough, you can really see Nibbler's shadow in the scene where Fry falls into the freezer. It was an episode in a later season which revealed that it was no accident that he was frozen, but caused by Nibbler when he travelled back in time to ensure Fry being frozen.
Is it me, or are the voices that Billy West is doing (Fry/Farnsworth) a little different than later in the series?


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 20th, 2011)