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The Changeling, a review by addicted2dvd



Title: The Changeling
Movie Count: 51
TV Ep Count: 15
Time Started: 8:30am
Plot:
George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere star in a thriller that challenges the viewer to solve its mystery. It's a haunted-house adventure complete with seances, nocturnal grave-diggings, ghostly spirits, and an ancient puzzle jealously guarded by a devious man (Academy Award™ winner Melvyn Douglas). Scott is splendid as the man who becomes an unwilling instrument of a ghost's revenge and learns to trust no one. Eerily entwining a detective story with the mystery of the supernatural, 'The Changeling' delivers solid entertainment and a frightening good time.

My Thoughts:
This is another I bought blind for this marathon. I bought it because I have had several friends rave about this movie for quite a while... and finally decided to take a chance on it. Unfortunately I think my expectations was a bit too high on this one. Even thought this is a good haunted house movie... I found it to be only slightly above average. First of all it is a bit slow for my taste... plus it seems that even though they did try hard with the atmosphere of the movie... for me at least... they fell a bit short. I did however enjoy the scenes with the wheelchair in the attic.


My Rating
Out of a Possible 5


(From My Month Long Horror/Halloween Marathon: 2008 on October 14th, 2008)

Member's Reviews

Willow, a review by GSyren


TitleWillow (5-039036-050005)
DirectorRon Howard
ActorsVal Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh, Patricia Hayes
Produced1988 in United States
Runtime126 minutes
AudioEnglish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1, German DTS 5.1, Italian DTS 5.1
SubtitlesDanish, English, French, German, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish
OverviewJourney to the far corners of your imagination with Willow, for the first time ever on Blu-ray! Now fully digitally restored, this release features a dazzling array of extras, including new, never-before-seen exclusive content. From legendary filmmakers George Lucas and Ron Howard comes a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes comes in all sizes...and adventure is the greatest magic of all. When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer) and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!
My thoughtsOne of the benefits of getting old and forgetful is that you can rewatch old movies and experience them again for the first time. Well, I may not be quite that senile yet, but it’s eleven years since I last saw Willow, and I only remembered a few bits and pieces, so it was really good to see it again. This time in high definition.

So, what can I say about Willow? It’s just over two hour long. I’m kind of old fashioned, and I usually prefer my movies to confirm to the old hour-and-a-half standard. That said, Willow didn’t feel overlong. So Ron Howard must have done something right. Some of the CGI that amazed me back in the late eighties felt rather ”meh” now. Those morphs felt a bit like ”Look what we can do!”, and that’s just old school now. But I can glady overlook that.

Some people have criticised Willow because the story is too much like Star Wars. Or the story is too much like Lord of the Rings. Well, boohoo. How many films have a storyline that is totally unique? Don’t overthink it, just enjoy it! It may not be the greatest fantasy film ever, but it’s good enough. So there!

The blu-ray release looks stunning, and sound stunning, too. Apparently not all of the extras from the old DVD has been carried over, most notably a commentary track by Warwick Davies. Despite this I give this release of Willow a big thumbs up!
My rating4 out of 5


(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on September 24th, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (1999/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Shout! Factory, Sony Music Entertainment (United States)
Length:798 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:


Plot:
The fans demanded it, and so it has come. Freaks and Geeks, the Emmy award-winning series about the trials and tribulations of outsiders in 1980 Michigan is finally on DVD in its original form, with all of its original music. The complete series includes all 18 original episodes; the director's cut of the pilot with never-before-seen footage; deleted scenes; outtakes; behind-the-scenes footage and 29 commentary tracks by the actors, writers and directors who made the show. If you wanted it, it's in here. Even if you didn't want it, it's in here. So rock on and enjoy!


Freaks and Geeks
1.01 Pilot
Cast: Linda Cardellini (Lindsay Weir), John Francis Daley (Sam Weir), James Franco (Daniel Desario), Samm Levine (Neil Schweiber), Seth Rogen (Ken Miller), Jason Segel (Nick Andopolis), Martin Starr (Bill Haverchuck), Becky Ann Baker (Jean Weir), Joe Flaherty (Harold Weir), Dave "Gruber" Allen (Jeff Rosso), Ben Foster (Eli), Chauncey Leopardi (Alan White), Tom Wilson (Coach Ben Fredricks), Steve Bannos (Mr. Kowchevski), Brianna Brown (The Cheerleader), Lizzy Caplan (Girl #1), Gabriel Carpenter (The Football Player), David Michael Gangler, Jr. (Don), Marco Gould (Kevin), Sarah Hagan (Millie Kenter), Anna Coman-Hidy (Mousy Girl #2), Stacy Hogue (Karen), Jason Lansing (Bully #2), Jarrett Lennon (Colin), Ron Lester (Seidleman), Natasha Melnick (Cindy Sanders), Ashley Power (Popular Girl #1), Busy Philipps (Kim Kelly), Alan Simpson (Tom), Lea Sheppard (Harris), Mark Allan Staubach (Mark), Shaun Weiss (Sean), Kristy Wu (Mousy Girl)

A great series which sadly only got one season. This series felt more real than any other TV series about high school life that I have seen. I was constantly reminded about my own school. Nothing specific but the general feel to it.
This series also introduced me to a lot of actors who later popped up in many movies and TV shows. Like James Franco, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 19th, 2011)