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One Night with the King, a review by Hal




Title: One Night with the King
Year: 2006
Director: Michael O. Sajbel
Rating: PG
Length: 122 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Stars:
Tiffany Dupont
Luke Goss
John Rhys-Davies
John Noble
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

Plot:
With lush cinematography, a mesmerizing score, and an all-star cast that includes Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif and John Rhys-Davies, 'One Night With The King' is a sweeping epic about Hadassah, the young Jewish orphan who becomes the biblical Esther, Queen of Persia.

Born into poverty, Hadassah (Tiffany DuPont) grows up to become a beauty who catches the eye of the powerful King Xerxes -- and ultimately becomes his bride. But despite her position, Hadassah's life is in danger, as the state has decreed all Jews will be put to death. Defying warnings to remain silent, however, Hadassah struggles to save her people, even as she attempts to hide her heritage, in this exciting and inspiring story about courage, faith and destiny.

Extras:
Scene Access
Feature Trailers
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:
Reminiscent of the lavish studio productions of the 1950s, this film was beautifully photographed, elegantly costumed and given a majestic musical score.  Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss and James Callis give moving performances as they deal individually with revenge, duty, honor, love, loyalty and betrayal.  Since I have a soft spot for historical novels and have a particular interest in the history of Judaism, I was thoroughly satisfied with this one.  While Joan Collins and Richard Egan did a credible job in the 1960 version, Esther and the King, I enjoyed this version much more.

Rating:


(From One Night with the King on July 22nd, 2010)

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Young Adult, a review by addicted2dvd


     Young Adult (2011/United States)
Trailer |IMDb |Wikipedia |
Paramount Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:Jason Reitman
Writing:Diablo Cody (Writer)
Length:94 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Audio Descriptive: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles:English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Stars:
Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary
Patton Oswalt as Matt Freehauf
Patrick Wilson as Buddy Slade
Elizabeth Reaser as Beth Slade
Collette Wolfe as Sandra Freehauf

Plot:
Teen lit writer and one-time prom queen Mavis Gary (Academy Award®-winner* Charlize Theron) returns home determined to recapture her fading glory by winning back her married high school sweetheart. But her unlikely plan sends Mavis' life spiraling further out of control, until she forms an unlikely bond with another old classmate who forces her to face adulthood's harsh realities. Critics rave this darkly hilarious film from Academy Award®-winning** Writer Diablo Cody and Academy Award® nominated† Director Jason Reitman is "brilliant and brave" (A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES).

*Best Actress, Monster, 2003.
**Best Original Screenplay, Juno, 2007.
†Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Up in the Air, 2009.

Extras:
  • Scene Access


My Thoughts:

I been pretty lucky with the movies I have watched lately... so knew it had to be coming. I really didn't care for this one much at all. While there was some good scenes and I was able to watch it all the way through... this one just didn't do it for me. The characters was unlikable. The storyline was a bit on the boring side. There just wasn't that much here to keep me interested. Do yourself a favor and don't bother with this one.

Rating:


(From The Alphabet Marathon: Blu-ray Edition on February 2nd, 2016)

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Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom


MOVIE / DVD INFO:

Title: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Volume One
Year: 2002
Director:
Rating: NR
Length: 286 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Stereo , Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo

Plot:
Now for the first time on DVD, it's the Emmy Award Winning 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series! You have the power to re-live these first 13 episodes in this volume one of a three-volume series. Start with the three-part movie that shows how Prince Adam became He-Man as he leads Man-At-Arms, Teela, Ram Man, Buzz-Off, Mekanek and the other Masters of the Universe as they battle Skeletor, Trap Jaw, Tri-Klops, Evil-Lyn, Mer-Man and the other classic villains for control of Eternia.

This fresh take on the retro favorite delighted and entertained a new generation of fans as well as those who grew up watching the beloved series in the '80s.

Extras:
2 Masters of the Universe Collectible art cards
Commentary
DVD-ROM Content
Featurettes
Interviews
Photo Gallery
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:

A remake of a classic 80's TV series which has done it right. It did not change the things we are familiar with all that much, but deepened the characters' background which were only hinted at in the original series. The animation is also done well. And finally it is believable that the other characters do not recognize Prince Adam as He-Man.
Too bad it only lasted 1 1/2 seasons. Probably the reason was, that this series appealed more to old fans than the new generation which was targeted to buy the new toyline. I really would have liked to see an updated version of She-Ra who was said would have come down the road.

What I found quite amusing is, that they gave Stratos a voice which sound remarkably like Sean Connery. And when Stratos said "I never thought I will see this: A dragon being on our side", I had to think of Sean Connery's movie Dragonheart ;D. I wonder if this line was intentionally a reference to Dragonheart.

Rating:




(From Tom's Random Reviews on March 17th, 2008)