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Up, a review by Tom




Title: Up
Year: 2009
Director: Pete Docter
Rating: U
Length: 96 Min.
Video: Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dutch: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Flemish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Hungarian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Audio Descriptive: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Hungarian

Stars:
Ed Asner
Christopher Plummer
Jordan Nagai
Bob Peterson
Delroy Lindo

Plot:
From the revolutionary minds of Pixar Animation Studios and the acclaimed director of Monsters, Inc. comes a hilariously uplifting adventure where the sky is no longer the limit.

Carl Fredricksen, a retired balloon salesman, is part rascal, part dreamer who is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams. Unbeknownst to Carl, Russell, an overeager 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer who has never ventured beyond his backyard, is in the wrong place at the wrong time - Carl's front porch!
The world's most unlikely duo reach new heights and meet fantastic friends like Dug, a dog with a special collar that allows him to speak, and Kevin, a rare 13-foot-tall flightless bird. Stuck together in the wilds of the jungle, Carl realises that somtimes life's biggest adventures aren't the ones you set out looking for.

Up reaches new heights with a pristine picture, theatre-quality sound and hours of never-before-seen bonus features available only on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def.
It's an adventure that will send your spirits soaring!

Awards:
Academy Award2009WonBest Animated Feature FilmPeter Docter
Academy Award2009WonBest Music, Original ScoreMichael Giacchino
Academy Award2009NominatedBest PictureJonas Rivera
Academy Award2009NominatedBest Sound EditingMichael Silvers, Tom Myers
Academy Award2009NominatedBest Writing, Original ScreenplayBob Peterson, Pete Docter. Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Thomas McCarthy
American Film Institute Awards2009WonMovies of the Year
Annie Awards2009NominatedBest Animated EffectsEric Froemling
Annie Awards2009WonBest Animated Feature
Annie Awards2009NominatedBest Character Animation in a Feature ProductionDaniel Nguyen
Annie Awards2009NominatedBest Character Design in a Feature ProductionDaniel Lopez Munoz
Annie Awards2009WonBest Directing in a Feature ProductionPete Docter
Annie Awards2009NominatedBest Music in a Feature ProductionMichael Giacchino
Annie Awards2009NominatedBest Storyboarding in a Feature ProductionPeter Sohn
Annie Awards2009NominatedBest Storyboarding in a Feature ProductionRonnie Del Carmen
Annie Awards2009NominatedBest Writing in a Feature ProductionPete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
BAFTA2009WonAnimated Film
BAFTA2009WonMusicMichael Giacchino
BAFTA2009NominatedOriginal ScreenplayPete Docter, Bob Peterson
BAFTA2009NominatedSoundTom Myers, Michael Silvers, Michael Semanick, Doc Kane
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2010WonBest Animated Feature
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2010WonBest ComposerMichael Giacchino
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2010NominatedBest Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2010NominatedBest Screenplay, OriginalBob Peterson, Pete Docter
Golden Globe2009NominatedAnimated Film
Golden Globe2010WonAnimated Film
Golden Globe2009NominatedOriginal Score - Motion PictureMichael Giacchino
Golden Globe2010WonOriginal Score - Motion PictureMichael Giacchino
Hugo Award2010NominatedDramatic Presentation, Long Form
National Board of Review Awards, USA2009WonBest Animated Feature
Scream Awards2009NominatedBest DirectorPete Docter, Bob Peterson
Scream Awards2009NominatedBest Fantasy ActorEd Asner
Scream Awards2009NominatedBest Fantasy Movie
Scream Awards2009NominatedBest Scream-PlayBob Peterson, Pete Docter, Thomas McCarthy
Scream Awards2009NominatedThe Ultimate Scream
Teen Choice Awards2009WonChoice Summer Movie - Comedy
World Soundtrack Awards2009NominatedFilm Composer of the YearMichael Giacchino


Extras:
Deleted Scenes
Featurettes
Interviews
Scene Access

My Thoughts:
I really like the first half of this movie. Great introductions of the characters. But as with the first time I have watched it in the cinema, I felt it lost something from the moment "Kevin" appears. And then shortly after with all the talking dogs. It's a little too ridiculous even for a movie where a house flies with balloons. But still the second half is worth watching. Some great action scenes, which were even better in 3D.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on June 26th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Dark Night of the Scarecrow, a review by addicted2dvd


Title: Dark Night of the Scarecrow
Year: 1981
Director: Frank De Felitta
Rating: NR
Length: 97 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Stars:
Charles Durning
Robert F. Lyons
Claude Earl Jones
Lane Smith
Tonya Crowe
Larry Drake

Plot:
When young Marylee Williams (Tonya Crowe) is found viciously mauled, all hell breaks loose in her small rural town. Officious Postmaster Otis P. Hazelrigg (Charles Durning) leads a gang of bigots in pursuit of the suspect; her mentally challenged friend Bubba Ritter (Larry Drake). Finding him hiding inside a scarecrow, they exact brutal mob "justice"...only to discover a tragic mistake! Now a strange apparition stalks the land seeking each of them out, as the legend of the Scarecrow begins.

Extras:
Audio Commentary
Feature Trailers

My Thoughts:
After all the good things I heard about this movie here recently... it was a bit difficult going into it without having high hopes. But thankfully it didn't matter... as I enjoyed every minute of this one. I can't believe I never seen this movie over the years... as it is something I would normally make sure I would see. Of course I was only 12yrs old at the time it originally aired... but I would imagine it has shown since then as well.

The first thing I did when I popped in the DVD is watch the original CBS promo trailer. And wow... did that bring back some memories... as I used to watch a lot of those Saturday Night Movies. So to me while it is just a little thing... I really like having this extra on the disc.

I also enjoyed all the familiar faces in this movie. I really enjoyed Larry Drake for what time he was in this one. And then there was Lane Smith who I enjoyed as Perry White on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Anyway... as I said... I enjoyed this one very much. I definitely can see myself watching this one again.

My Rating
Out of a Possible 5



Count:
Movie Count: 26
TV Ep. Count: 13
Other Count: 2
Time Started: 5:00pm

(From Month Long Horror/Halloween Marathon: 2010 on October 9th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom




Title: Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season Seven
Year: 2009
Director:
Rating: TV-MA
Length: 317 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Larry David
Jerry Seinfeld
Jason Alexander
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Michael Richards

Plot:
Larry David leads a troubled life — he's got a high-maintenance girlfriend he'd like to dump, an ex-wife he'd love to win back, fed up friends, and offended celebrities wishing him physical harm. So how can he turn it all around?

See Larry woo a paraplegic, offend a midriff-baring assistant, bludgeon a pet swan, and let loose on nine-year-olds, all while planning the much anticipated Seinfeld reunion. Will reviving his former show bring Larry's old life back as well...or only invite more problems?

Awards:
Primetime Emmy Awards2008NominatedOutstanding Casting for a Comedy SeriesAllison Jones
Primetime Emmy Awards2008NominatedOutstanding Comedy SeriesLarry David , Jeff Garlin , Gavin Polone , Alec Berg , David Mandel , Jeff Schaffer , Tim Gibbons , Erin O'Malley
Primetime Emmy Awards2008NominatedOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesShelley Berman
Primetime Emmy Awards2008NominatedOutstanding Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (Single or Multi-Camera)"The Bat Mitzvah": Steven Rasch


Extras:
Bonus Trailers
Closed Captioned
Featurettes
Interviews

My Thoughts:
The closest we will ever get to a Seinfeld reunion. Larry David (who was the co-creator and executive producer on Seinfeld) is organizing a Seinfeld reunion show. This season was the most fun since season four where Larry David was cast by Mel Brooks in a "The Producers" stage production.
We get all four Seinfeld cast members back and even Wayne Knight (Newman) and Estelle Harris (George's mother) appear. And they have rebuild two sets of the Seinfeld series. Jerry's apartment and the diner.
When they are playing the Seinfeld characters on these sets, it is hard to believe that already ten years have past since the Seinfeld finale. Seeing these scenes you can very well image them doing another full season without big differences to the old series.

Here the final few minutes of the last episode where we see the final product of the Seinfeld shooting (spoilers!):


#EpisodeRating
01Funkhouser's Crazy Sister
02Vehicular Fellatio
03The Reunion
04The Hot Towel
05Denise Handicap
06The Bare Midriff
07The Black Swan
08Officer Krupke
09The Table Read
10Seinfeld


(From Tom's Random Reviews on June 26th, 2010)