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Snow White & The Huntsman, a review by dfmorgan


     Snow White & The Huntsman: Collector's Boxset (2012/United States)

Universal Studios Home Entertainment (United Kingdom)
Director:Rupert Sanders
Writing:Evan Daugherty (Screenwriter), John Lee Hancock (Screenwriter), Hossein Amini (Screenwriter), Evan Daugherty (Story By)
Length:131 min.
Video:Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 7.1, French: DTS: 5.1, Spanish: DTS: 5.1, Japanese: DTS: 5.1
Subtitles:Dutch, English, French, Japanese, Spanish

Stars:
Kristen Stewart as Snow White
Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman
Charlize Theron as Ravenna
Sam Claflin as William
Sam Spruell as Finn

Plot:
THE FAIRYTALE IS OVER...
In this epic adventure, Kirsten Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the Evil Queen (Oscar Winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But the one girl threatening the wicked ruler's reignhas been training in the art of war with the very huntsman (Chris Hemsowrth - Thor) dispatched to kill her. Evil now fights destiny.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Featurettes
  • Digital Copy


My Thoughts:

A darker version of the classic fairy tale. I enjoyed this film and feel that maybe I need to look up the original stories behind the tale as the one I know is the Disneyfied version. I do have last years Mirror Mirror to view and will now schedule that to possibly be the next film I watch.

Rating:  A solid 3

(From Dave's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews on October 22nd, 2012)

Member's Reviews

3 Godfathers/Night Passage, a review by Rogmeister


I haven't posted any reviews for a few days so how about a double-feature?


3 Godfathers
Cast: John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond, Mae Marsh, Jane Darwell, Ben Johnson, Mildred Natwick.
Director: John Ford

This was a popular story...it was told at least four times. This version is probably the most popular because it starred John Wayne, was directed by the great John Ford and was the most recent. It deals with three badmen who bungle a bank job in Arizona with one of them being shot in the shoulder during the getaway...but get away they do. While in the desert, they take refuge during a sandstorm, but their horses get lose and are gone the next morning. They soon find a wagon which contains a woman about to give birth. She is in a bad way, however, and soon passes on but not before she names the three men her baby's godfathers. The remainder of the movie deals with their trying to care for the infant and get it to civilization while a lawman and his posse are on their trail.

The movie is dedicated to the late Harry Carey, an old-time western star of his own (Ford used him several times, including a couple movies with Wayne), who had passed away before the film's release. This movie also marks the film debut of his son, Harry Carey Jr. This film has lots of humor as well as action and it contains some incredible color photography. It's not the best-known John Wayne film out there so people should look it up. It was included as one of the movies in the DVD box set The John Wayne-John Ford Movie Collection. It looks great, though its only extra is the original movie trailer.  This is a full frame picture because this was originally released in 1948, back in the pre-widescreen era.


Night Passage
Cast: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Dianne Foster, Elaine Stewart, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Elam, Hugh Beaumont
Director: James Neilson
Music: Dimitri Tiomkin

About a week ago (on cable TV), I got to see Kirk Douglas sing and play the banjo in "Man Without A Star". Now, in "Night Passage", I got to see Jimmy Stewart sing and play the accordian. I guess these were the most expensive singing cowboy pictures ever made. I wonder who else got musical in the big pictures? Did John Wayne ever play the guitar? Did Randolph Scott ever play a fiddle? Somehow, I don't think so...

The accordian actually played a plot point in this movie. It involves Jimmy who, having once worked for the railroad, being offered a job again. An outlaw band has been robbing the train of its payroll for those who are laying the track. It turns out that one of the gang is The Utica Kid (Audie Murphy) who happens to be Stewart's brother. It culminates in a big climactic gunfight. And this is one of the few gunfights I can remember where we actually see the hero reloading. In some movies, you'd swear a pistol might hold 20 bullets. Brandon De Wilde is in this movie...he was the kid in the classic Shane.  Other notable supporting polayers include Jack Elam and Paul Fix.

As with 3 Godfathers, the only extra here is the movie trailer.  The film is presented in it's original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35: 1.  We have a nice color print and a fine music score by Dimitri Tiomkin.

(From Roger's Ongoing Westerns Marathon on July 2nd, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     The IT Crowd: Version 1.0 (2006/United Kingdom)
IMDb | Wikipedia

2 entertain Video (United Kingdom)
Length:144 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:English, Other


Plot:
Roy and Moss toil in the squalid basement of a huge company, fielding IT help desk calls. Roy has a lousy attitude coupled with an eye for the ladies, while Moss is dressed by his mother and has an aerosol can of water clipped to his belt with which to spray his ear when it gets hot.

Into their life of 'users', pizza, science fiction and firewalls comes middle manager Jen, a punky can-do career gal who doesn't know one end of a laptop from the other. Can she introduce real life to men who email the fire brigade in an emergency, who invent a psycho for an internet dating site and display sympathetic PMT symptoms once a month?

'The IT Crowd'. It's more than a way of life, it's a sitcom.


IT Crowd
1.01 Yesterday's Jam
Writer: Graham Linehan (Writer)
Director: Graham Linehan
Cast: Chris O'Dowd (Roy), Richard Ayoade (Moss), Katherine Parkinson (Jen), Chris Morris (Denholm), John Willie Hopkins (Postman), Nancy Lodder (Office Girl), Laura Pyper (Laura), Pete Deagle (Office Worker)

A great geeky series. I watched it again with the l33t subtitles on. As a special feature, all episodes have l33t subtitles. But whereas most of the episodes simply replace normal lettering with l33t lettering in the subtitles, the pilot episode has special jokes thrown in here, like shell commands replacing dialog but actually meaning the same.
A simple example for this subitle track is the following exchange:
Jen listing her computer skill: Reading emails, sending emails, deleting emails.
Gets subtitled as: pop3, smtp, M$ Exchange


Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 3rd, 2012)