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Payback, a review by addicted2dvd



Title: Payback
Year: 1999
Director: Brian Helgeland
Rating: R
Length: 101 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Mel Gibson
Gregg Henry
Maria Bello
David Paymer
Bill Duke
Deborah Kara Unger

Plot:
Mel Gibson "gives one of his strongest performances,"** teaming with director and co-screenwriter Brian Helgeland (co-writer of L.A. Confidential) and a superb supporting cast to ignite Payback's explosive mix of story, stars and style.

The dynamic superstar portrays Porter, a career criminal bent on revenge after his partners in a street heist pump metal into him and take off with his $70,000 cut. Bad move, thugs. Because if you plan to double-cross Porter, you'd better make sure he's dead. Porter resurfaces, wading into a lurid urban underworld of syndicate kingpins, cops on the take, sniveling informants and deadly gangs. Porter wants his money back. And the way he sets out to get it assures that, from beginning to heartpounding end, Payback pays off big.

**Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News

Extras:
Scene Access
Feature Trailers
Featurettes
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:
I decided to watch this one today in honor of William Devane's birthday. This is the first time I ever seen this movie. While not a bad movie... I was expecting more from it.  I would say it is more of an average movie in my opinion. I just found I really didn't care much about the characters. And found myself watching the clock. I mean sure it had plenty of action. But I just couldn't get myself to care about what was going on. Maybe it was just that I wasn't in the mood for this type of movie and I would like it more on a second viewing.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Addicted2DVD's September Birthday Marathon on September 5th, 2010)

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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)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews, a review by Tom


Star Trek
1.19 Tomorrow Is Yesterday
Writer: D. C. Fontana (Writer), Gene Roddenberry (Original Characters By)
Director: Michael O'Herlihy
Cast: William Shatner (Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), Roger Perry (Major Christopher), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), Hal Lynch (Air Police Sergeant), Richard Merrifield (Technician), John Winston (Transporter Chief), Ed Peck (Col. Fellini), James Doohan (Scott), George Takei (Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), Mark Dempsey (Air Force Captain), Jim Spencer (Air Policeman), Sherri Townsend (Crew Woman)

The Enterprise accidentally ends up in the 1960s and transports an US Air Force pilot on board. Now they have to deal with him without changing the history.
Interesting episode. One of the better ones, which still holds up today.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews on October 27th, 2011)