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Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge vol. 2 – Extinction (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

February 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Extinction” is a DVD that I recommend for young fans and the young at heart with the final ten action-packed episodes of the second and final season. If you love the first season of “Power Rangers Dino Charge”, definitely check out “Power Rangers Dino Super Charge” on DVD!

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DVD TITLE: Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge vol. 2 – Extinction

TV SERIES (YEAR): 2016

DURATION: Episodes 11-20 [Episodes 33-52] (2 Hrs. and 12 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1 Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Lions Gate

RATED: Not Rated

AVAILABLE ON: March 7, 2017


Directed by Charlie Haskell, Peter Salmon, Mike Smith, Jonathan Brough, Peter Burger, Karl Zwicky, Michael Duignan

Written by Judd Lynn, Haim Saban, Becca Barnes, Alwyn Dale, Mark Litton, Jeffrey Newman, Peter Wiseman, James W. Bates, Tanya M. Wheeler, Marc Handler, Ann Knapp

Produced by Sally Campbell

Executive Produced by Judd Lynn, Brian Casentini, Haim Saban

Music by Noam Kaniel

Cinematography by Kevin Riley, D.J. Stipsen

Edited by Allanah Milne

Casting by Iris Hampton

Production Design by Tracey Collins

Art Direction by Davin Voot

Costume Design by Sarah Voon


Starring:

Brennan Mejia as Tyler Navarro/Red Dino Charge Ranger

Camille Hyde as Shelby Watkins/Pink Dino Charge Ranger

Yoshua Sudarso as Koda/Blue Dino Charge Ranger

Michael Taber as Riley Griffin/Green Dino Charge Ranger

James Davies as Chase Randall/Black Dino Charge Ranger

Claire Blackwelder as Kendall Morgan/Purple Dino Charge Ranger

Campbell Cooley as the Mecha Voice

Davi Santos as Ivan

Estevez Gillespie as Wrench

Paul Harrop as Fury

Eve Gordon as Keeper

Adam Gardiner as Sledge

Jackie Clarke as Poisandra

Ryan Carter as Heckyl


The action is supercharged and the adventures are out of this world as the Power Rangers call upon their teamwork and abilities to protect the Energems!


The second season of “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge” concludes with the final ten episodes as the Power Rangers must take on a new enemy, Lord Arcanon.

Meanwhile, the Power Rangers prepare for their final battle against Sledge and the team gets assistance from the one person that would least likely to help them in the past.  But with the threat of the Dark Energem, can the Power Rangers endure and defeat their enemies?

What is “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge” about?

In 2015, “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” debuted on television. And as usual with Power Rangers series, a second season follows and in January 2016, “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge” made its debut.

The 23rd season of the “Power Rangers” series continues with the same actors as season one: Brennan Mejia, Camille Hyde, Yoshua Sudarso, Michael Taber, James Davies, Claire Blackwelder and Davi Santos.

And new antagonists with Heckyl and Snide.

The storyline begins with the opening narration:

Millions of years ago, the evil Sledge tried to steal the greatest power in the universe. But an alien named Keeper entrusted them to dinosaurs. As for Sledge… He was blasted deep into space. Now the Energems have been found, and Sledge returns to battle a new team of heroes; they are…Power Rangers Dino Charge!”

As Heckyl and Snide continues to look for the remaining two Energems, a team of Power Rangers form to find the the Energems before their enemies can and prepare themselves for the battle ahead.

Power Rangers Dino Charge consists of:

  • Dino Charge Red Ranger – Tyler Navarro (portrayed by Brennan Mejia) – The leader of the team and works as the chef at Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum’s restaurant, the Dino Bite Cafe. He commands the T-Rex Zord. His father had gone missing when he was a child and Tyler hopes one day he can find him.
  • Dino Charge Pink Ranger – Shelby Watkins (portrayed by Camille Hyde) – A waitress at the Dino Bite Cafe and knows a lot about Dinosaurs. She commands the Tricera Zord.
  • Dino Charge Blue Ranger – Koda (portrayed by Yoshi Sudarso) – A Cro-Magnon caveman who found the Blue Energem a hundred thousand years ago in a Stegosaurus fossil. He was unfrozen by Kendall and Chase and becomes the Dino Charge Blue Ranger. He works as a dishwasher for Dino Bite Cafe and Amber Beach Museum digger. He commands the Stego Zord.
  • Dino Charge Green Ranger – Riley Griffin (portrayed by Michael Taber) – Works as an intern at the Amber Beach Museum and as a waiter at Dino Bite Cafe. He is calm and very intelligent. He commands the Raptor Zord.
  • Dino Charge Black Ranger – Chase Randall (portrayed by James Davies) – The flirtatious and laid-back member who likes to ride a skateboard. Works as a janitor at Amber Beach museum and is an expert paleontology digger. He commands the Para Zord.
  • Dino Charge Gold Ranger – Sir Ivan of Zandar (portrayed by Davi Santos) – A Mideival knight who served the royal family of Zandar 800 years ago. He commands the Ptera Zord.
  • Dino Charge Graphite Ranger – Prince Phillip III (portrayed by Jarred Blakiston) – The wealthy crown prince of Zandar and descendent of Prince Colin. He is helpful and cares about the environment and wants to become a Power Ranger. He commands the Pachy Zord.
  • Kendall Morgan (portrayed by Claire Blackwelder) – A 26-year-old scientist who manages the Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum and heads the paleontology digging group.

As “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” featured a total of 22 episodes, “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Extinction” features the last ten episodes of the second season.

Here is a spoilerless summary of “Power Rangers: Dino Charge – Extinction”:

  • Episode 33 – “Love at First Fight” – Can Beauticruel use Poisandra’s magic to make men fall for her?
  • Episode 34 – “Catching Some Rays” – When the team discover Koda’s old cave, they ignore Koda’s grandfather’s warning.
  • Episode 35 – “Recipe for Disaster” – Food Critic Catherine Allister visits the Dino Bite, but what happens when Chase’s dish doesn’t come out as he expected.
  • Episode 36 – “Silver Secret” – The Silver Ranger lands on Earth.
  • Episode 37 – “Wings of Danger” – Doomwing comes to challenge Zenowing.
  • Episode 38 – “Freak Fightday” – What happens when a monster switches the rangers bodies around?  Can the team get back at being their original selves?
  • Episode 39 – “Worgworld” – Why is everyone turning into zombies?
  • Episode 40 – “The Rangers Rock” – What happens when Badussa turns the Rangers into stone?  Can Shelby and Zenowing save the day?
  • Episode 41 – “Edge of Extinction” – The rangers discovers a Greenzilla Egg, meanwhile the team receives help from an unlikely person.
  • Episode 42 – “End of Exctinction” – The final fight against Sledge.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Extinction” is presented in 1:78:1 Widescreen and English 5.1 Dolby Digital and French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio. Picture quality is good, as one can expect on DVD and with most of the film shot outdoors, picture quality is good. Dialogue and music is clear and understandable.

Closed Captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Extinction” features no special features.

EXTRAS:

“Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Extinction” comes with a slip cover.


For over 20-years, many people have grown up watching “Power Rangers”.

Sure, a lot of the stories are campy but for those who enjoyed the action, the costumes and the good old story of good vs. evil, that concept has remained consistent season after season.

“Power Rangers: Dino Charge – Extinction” continues the trend that Lions Gate did with the last released “Roar” by including the final ten episodes of the season instead of the standard five (note: the two specials are not included and will most likely be released for the complete collection).

As one who has grown up watching the Japanese sentai series and also the original “Power Rangers” and now having a child and nephews that are interested in them, one thing that I am glad to see is that the series retains its action and family-oriented storylines.

Nothing too violent and nothing that would make parents wince. Granted, some may object to the fighting but personally, costumed heroes vs. monsters (people in rubber suits), it’s not exactly something that I worry about in terms of fighting action. As parents, it’s how we teach our children and to not practice Power Rangers moves on other people.

As for this DVD volume, it’s pretty much the final ten episodes of season two and feature stories revolving around each character. From Kendall’s grandmother visiting the area, Chase trying to cook a dessert recipe for a renown food critic, Tyler and Shelby getting closer but the focus is on the return of Sledge and a new enemy, Lord Arcanon.

And as the team are in for the fight of their lives, they receive help from the person they would never expect to help them.

As for the DVD, picture and audio quality is as good as one can expect on DVD and there are no special features. Unfortunately, unlike previous DVD releases, there is no digital HD code included.  But usually, a complete collection is typically released and with those, one should expect all episodes including the two specials episodes.

Overall, “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Extinction” is a DVD that I recommend for young fans and the young at heart with the season’s final ten action-packed episodes. If you love the first season of “Power Rangers Dino Charge”, definitely check out the second season on DVD!

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The Handmaiden (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

February 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

At times humorous, at times quite dark and many times erotic and sexually charged, Chan-wook Park’s “The Handmaiden” is a unique and intelligent film that I highly recommend!

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DVD TITLE: The Handmaiden

FILM YEAR: 2015

DURATION: 145 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 2:39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Korean 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English, English SDH and Spanish

COMPANY: Amazon Studios/Sony Pictures Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: Not Rated

AVAILABLE ON: January 24, 2017


Inspired by the novel “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters

Directed by Chan-wook Park

Screenplay by Seo-kyeong Jeong, Chan-wook Park

Produced by Jose Ibanez, Carter Logan, Fernando Sulichin

Executive Producer: Jon Kilik, Serge Lobo, Robert S. Wilson

Edited by Affonso Goncalves, Adam Kurnitz


Starring:

Min-hee Kim as Lady Hideko

Tae-ri Kim as Sook-Hee

Jung-woo Ha as Count Funiwara

Jin-woong Jo as Uncle Kouzuki

Hae-suk Kim as Miss Sasaki

So-ri Moon as Aunt of Lady Hideko


From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama. PARK presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with PARK Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.


In 2002, Sarah Waters wrote the historic crime novel “The Fingersmith”.

Over a decade later, a South Korean erotic psychological thriller inspired by “The Fingersmith” titled “The Handmaiden” and directed by Chan-wook Park (“Oldboy”, “Lady Vengeance”, “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”) and co-written by Park and Seo-kyeong Jeong (“I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK”, “Thirst”, “Lady Vengeance”).

The film stars Min-hee Kim (“Right Now, Wrong Then”, “No Tears for the Dead”, “Helpless”), Tae-ri Kim (“Moon-young”, “Who Is It?”), Jung-woo Ha (“Chaser”, “The Berlin File”, “The Yellow Sea”), Jin-woong Jo (“The Admiral”, “Assassination”, “Nameless Gangster”), So-ri Moon (“Oasis”, “A Good Lawyer’s Wife”, “Peppermint Candy”) and Hae-suk Kim (“Thirst”, “The Throne”, The Thieves”).

The film would receive critical acclaim and  now will be released on DVD courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

“The Handmaiden” is told in three parts and is set during the Japanese occupation in Korea.

We are introduced to Sook-Hee (portrayed by Tae-ri Kim), a thief who is from a family of con artists and Count Fujiwara (portrayed by Jung-woo Ha), also a thief.  Both plan to steal from Japanese heiress Lady Hideko (portrayed by Min-hee Kim), as Sook-Hee was hired to become Lady Hideko’s new maid.  Count Fujiwara’s plan is to marry Lady Hideko but needs Sook-Hee’s help to make it happen and also to find a way to have Lady Hideko committed to an asylum.

We also learn of how Lady Hideko is controlled by her authoritarian Uncle Kouzuki (portrayed by Jin-woong Jo), who is into erotica and uses fear and torture to have control of Lady Hideko, scaring her by reminding that she should not forget the basement.

At first, Sook-Hee was sticking to her plan of getting close and doing her job around Lady Hideko but the more they spend time with each other, both women become attracted towards each other and eventually, become passionate towards each other.

As Sook-Hee’s job is to push Lady Hideko to marry Count Fujiwara, she becomes more jealous and is more reluctant to follow through with the plan.

As Lady Hideko wants to know if she should go through with the marriage, Sook-Hee tells her that she should but it upsets Lady Hideko.

Meanwhile, both Count Fujiwara and Lady Hideko are married and Count Fujiwara becomes wealthy.  But as the three travel to the asylum, to Sook-Hee’s shock, they committed her, not Lady Hideko to the asylum.

But everything is not as it seems…


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“The Handmaiden” is presented in 2:38:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and Korean 5.1 Dolby Digital. Picture quality is good (as good as it can get on DVD) and I was quite shocked that the film was not available on Blu-ray.  For the most part, cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung is fantastic!  Audio is primarily dialogue-driven but surround channels capture the ambiance of the film.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Handmaiden” comes with no special features.


As I watched “The Handmaiden”, I felt that this sexually-charged erotic thriller gives every viewer the opportunity to see filmmaker Chan-wook Park work his magic in another fantastic film!

The film, which is broken into three parts, no doubt will surprise viewers but also entertain them by its wonderful screenplay but also the cinematography and directorial excellence of Chan-wook Park.

From storyline to cinematography, everything from how everything is orchestrated, planned and written made “The Handmaiden” one of the top films I have watched for 2017.

The acting by Min-hee Kim and Tae-ri Kim and having to perform sex scenes together and make it seem realistic and erotic, definitely will keep viewers on their toes.

Multiple twists, a lot of backstabbing but the story was intelligently written and each scene was well-done.

The first part of the film sets you up for a shocking betrayal, but the next part will shock you because you are surprised about character motivations and how things were thoroughly planned.  Leading to a final part that will shock you but at the same time, after it’s all done, realizing you just watched an amazing film!

As for the DVD, it’s a barebones DVD release unfortunately.  But I hope that doesn’t sway people because it’s a wonderful film.

At times humorous, at times quite dark and many times erotic and sexually charged, Chan-wook Park’s “The Handmaiden” is a unique and intelligent film that I highly recommend!

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Gimme Danger (A J!-ENT DVD Review)

February 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Michel Franco’s “Chronic” is a deep, slow-moving yet thought-provoking film. Recommended.

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DVD TITLE: Gimme Danger

FILM YEAR: 2016

DURATION: 109 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English, English SDH and Spanish

COMPANY: Amazon Studios/Sony Pictures Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: R (Drug Content and Language)

AVAILABLE ON: January 31, 2017


Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Written by Jim Jarmusch

Produced by Jose Ibanez, Carter Logan, Fernando Sulichin

Executive Producer: Jon Kilik, Serge Lobo, Robert S. Wilson

Edited by Affonso Goncalves, Adam Kurnitz


Starring:

Ewan McGregor as Curt Wild (Archived Footage)

Iggy Pop

Mike Watt

James Williamson

Ron Asheton

Scott Asheton

Danny Fields

Kathy Asheton

Steve Mackay

David Bowie (Archived Footage)

Ed Sanders


American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s documentary love letter to punk icons Iggy Pop and his band, The Stooges. Michigan-born Iggy’s youthful music career wavered, until he found his Stooges soulmates in Dave Alexander (bass), and brothers Ron (guitar) and Scott Asheton (drums). Three ground-breaking albums and just a few years later, the band was literally falling apart. Iggy gleefully relates the story of those crazy years from “I Wanna Be Your Dog” to “Raw Power.” Gimme Danger is brimful of music, clips and anecdotes, including Bowie, Nico and the crowd-surfing Iggy himself.


In 1967, an American band from Ann Arbor, Michigan known as The Stooges was formed.

Consisting of vocalist Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton, drummer Scott Asheton and bassist Dave Alexander, the band would be known for being controversial for their style of rock music and also Iggy Pop doing self-mutilation and suggestive dancing.

As the band went through various band members, they were known for their proto-punk music and were known for their involvement in the developing a style which many would consider as punk rock, alternative rock, heavy metal and rock music.

Because of their importance in American music history, The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

In 2016, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (“Ghost dog: The Way of the Samurai”, “Dead Man”, “Broken Flowers”, “Only Lovers Left Alive”) created a documentary showcasing the Stooges from their beginnings, through each decade with interviews with surviving members and also showcasing archived footage.

Showcasing the challenges the band faced, from performing in concerts and people throwing objects towards Iggy Pop to growing in popularity and the challenges the band faced in the music industry and working with major recording labels.


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Gimme Danger” is presented in 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and English 5.1 Dolby Digital. Picture quality is good, as one can expect on DVD but it’s important to note that this is a documentary with various archived footage.  So, one should expect footage to be vary in terms of quality.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Gimme Danger” comes with no special features.


Prior to the popularity of punk music and alternative rock music, there was one band known as The Stooge who was not playing traditional rock music.  In fact, they were a band that did their own thing, when it came to performance and presentation, that they were considered as controversial.

Iggy Pop known for his vocals, his dancing and wearing a dog leash during performances (as well as practicing forms of self-mutilation), the band reflected his carefree style and every band member, who performed as The Stooges, were just the same and not giving a care in the world for anything else but performing their style of music.

With Jim Jarmusch’s “Gimme Danger”, Jarmusch’s documentary in essence is a true documentary on rock music and getting to know a band’s history, from challenges to tragedy, the band would continue to reinvent themselves musically for every album release.

And “Gimme Danger” is a documentary that was well-researched, as Jarmusch was able to obtain a good number of archived performances and news sources and creating a timeline from when the band was created to the band reuniting.  Even when their music was falling apart.  But also paying an ode of respect to the surviving and deceased members of The Stooges.

Discussing the challenges in the music industry and the creation of their music albums, “Gimme Danger” does a great job of showcasing the band’s music throughout the years and how the band would evolve.

And it helps to have interviews with Iggy Pop and original members, via archived sources or modern/recent interviews, and giving wonderful perspective of each band member and the band and the creation of their hit music.

Having Iggy Pop discussing the music and history of the band is invaluable and he gives wonderful insight.

As for the DVD review, as on can expect on a documentary, picture quality varies depending on the archived sources.  Audio is primarily a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack but most of it is primarily dialogue-driven.  And there are no special features, unfortunately.

Overall, “Gimme Danger” is a fascinating and entertaining documentary.  Jim Jarmusch definitely gives viewers a chance to relive or discover the fantastic yet rebellious rock music of The Stooges.  Recommended!

 

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Chronic (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

February 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Michel Franco’s “Chronic” is a deep, slow-moving yet thought-provoking film.  Recommended.

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DVD TITLE: Chronic

FILM YEAR: 2016

DURATION: 93 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English and Spanish

COMPANY: Lionsgate Entertainment

RATED: R

AVAILABLE ON: February 28, 2017


Directed by Michel Franco

Written by Michel Franco

Produced by Michael Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moises Zonana

Co-Produced by Amy Greene, David Zonana

Line Producer as Chris Stinson

Cinematography by Yves Cape

Edited by Julio Perez IV

Casting by Matthew Lessall, Susan Shopmaker

Production Design by Matt Luem

Art Direction by Nicolas Kelley, Danielle Laubach

Set Decoration by Madelaine Frezza

Costume Design by Diaz


Starring:

Tim Roth as David

David Dastmalchian as Bernard

Elizabeth Tulloch as Lidia

Claire van der Boom as Alice

Tate Ellington as Greg

Sarah Sutherland as Nadia Wilson

Michael Cristofer as John

Robin Bartlett as Martha

Joe Santos as Issac Sr.

Laura Niemi as MArgaret

Rachel Pickup as Sarah


Tim Roth gives an astonishing performance in this acclaimed film about a dedicated home-care nurse who finds that he needs his patients as much as they need him.


The critically acclaimed Mexican filmmaker/writer/producer Michel Franco is known for films such as “After Lucia”, “Daniel and Ana” and “A los ojos”.

In 2015, the Franco-Mexican production, “Chronic” starring Tim Roth (“Pulp Fiction”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Reservoir Dogs”) was premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.  And Franco would win an award for “Best Screenplay”.

And now, “Chronic” will be released on DVD courtesy of Lionsgate.

“Chronic” revolves around a caretaker named David Wilson (portrayed by Tim Roth), who works with patience in hospice and takes care of terminally ill patients.

The film begins with David following someone in his car and then later we see David taking care of a patient named Sarah (portrayed by Rachel Pickup) who is frail and dying.  As David takes care of Sarah (bathing her, helping her being comfortable), we then see him attending her funeral and her sister wanting to talk to him, but David refuses.

When he walks to a bar, he tells a story that he was married to a woman, who passed away due to AIDS. Embellishing his true relationship with Sarah, who was just a patient, not his wife.

We then see David becoming the new caretaker of a stroke victim named John (portrayed by Michael Cristofer) and immediately, he starts pretending he is the brother of John and visiting a couple of luxury homes that John built.  But why is David lyig?  As he keeps John pre-occupied with architecture and letting him watch porn on a tablet, John’s family becomes concern by the amount of time that David spends wiht John.

In fact, telling other caretakers that he will take their shift in order to take care of John.  But because of this, he gis accused of sexual harassment by John’s family and this leads David to face his own family.

And we learn a little of what drives David to be around the terminally ill patients, his relationship with his daughter Nadia (portrayed by Sarah Sutherland) and how David suffers from chronic depression because of actions he took in the past, which have affected his life.

What secrets does David hold within?


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Chronic” is presented in 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and English 5.1 Dolby Digital. Picture quality is good, as one can expect on DVD and with most of the film shot with no musical score, the film is primarily dialogue-driven.

Subtitles are in English and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Spirit of the Game” comes with the “Behind the Scenes of Chronic” featurette.


Michel Franco’s “Chronic” is a film that tells a story through actions.

While watching the film, one will realize that the film features little dialogue and a storyline that slowly unravels, revealing David’s life as a caretaker and his life outside of work and his love for his daughter.  And we learn slowly of why his relationship with his family had been difficult.

As David struggles with guilt from a decision he made in the past, he now suffers from chronic depression and tries to use his time in life to help those in need and that is through being an excellent caretaker.  But because he is dedicated to helping those suffering from extreme health problems, while most people would find difficulties in that type of job, he chooses to spend more time with his terminally ill patients.

And of course, his actions are unethical to his job but in his mind, it’s his way of exploring the lives of people who are not in good shape.

The film is no doubt a hybrid of art house and commercial filmmaking, and while I enjoyed the film, I expect many who watch this film and will not be pleased with how the film ended.

Without revealing too much of the plot, while I enjoyed the film’s slow unveiling, there are some moments where the film portrays David as a character that is creepy and one may thing that something is awry with his behavior and that the film could be building to something more sinister or troublesome.  But in reality, the film is a character study of David Wilson, his guilt and chronic depression that leads him to do the things he does but viewers are slowly take in to view David’s reality through tough choices that he had to make and struggling to find out if he did the right thing or not.

As for the DVD, picture quality is good, while the film’s audio is primarily dialogue driven.  You get a single special feature on the “Behind the Scenes of Chronic”.

Overall, Michel Franco’s “Chronic” is a deep, slow-moving yet thought-provoking film.  Recommended.

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Spirit of the Game (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

January 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Spirit of the Game” is no doubt a feel-good, underdog rising through adversity type of film. Sure, there is some sort of banality compared to other underdog sports films, but “Spirit of the Game” goes beyond winning on the basketball court, but also the importance of missionary work and using basketball as a strong form of communication with the community. “Spirit of the Game” is a film worth watching!

Images courtesy of © 2016 Spirits of the Game Pty Ltd. All Rights Reserved.


DVD TITLE: Spirit of the Game

FILM YEAR: 2016

DURATION: 98 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: PG (Mild Thematic Elements)

AVAILABLE ON: February 7, 2017


Directed by Darran Scott

Written by Darran Scott

Produced by Steve Jaggi, Spencer McLaren, Kate Whitbread

Executive Produced by Craig Deeker, Devin Durrant, Phil Hunt, Janine Pearce, Compton Ross, Darran Scott

Associate Producer: Harry Borland

Music by Ned McPhie, Matt Rudduck

Cinematography by Brian J. Breheny

Edited by Adrian Powers

Casting by Ann Fay, Louise Mitchell

Production Design by Adele Flere

Set Decoration by Robert Molnar

Costume Design by Andrew Infanti


Starring:

Aaron Jakubenko as Delyle Condie

Kevin Sorbo as Parley Condie

Heidi Arena as Mary Condie

Rudi Baker as Stan Page

Bailey Barbour as Young Delyle

Roy Barker as Syd

Corey Bear as Elder Christensen

Ben Bordeau as Jean-Paul Beugnot

Wade Briggs as Don Hull

Cameron Caulfield as Brett Davies

Hannah Cliff as Norma Condie

Emilie Cocquerel as Emily

Sam Hayden-Smith as James Condie

Andrew Hearle as Elder Frodsham

Jean-Philippe Heon as Coach Busnel

Jacob Machin as Grant Condie

Anna McGahan as Elspeth

Neil Melville as David O. McKay

Ben Prendergast as Coach Gardner


It’s 1956 and twenty-year-old Delyle Condie is on top of the world. MVP of his college basketball team (University of Utah) and engaged to Emily, his high school sweetheart, life is looking pretty good. That is, until the second round of the NCAA tournament. Midway through the most important game of his life, Emily unexpectedly breaks off her engagement to Delyle. Heartbroken, Delyle makes the spontaneous decision to quit basketball and embark on a mission for his church. His destination: Melbourne, Australia. A city gripped with Olympic fever, Delyle’s first encounters with the Aussies are not encouraging. He struggles to maintain his spirits when faced with the indifference of the locals, but when an opportunity arises to help train Australia’s first Olympic basketball team, Delyle sees his chance to connect with them. His passion leads to the formation of the Mormon Yankees basketball team, and in the run up to the Games, fierce competition with the French leads to a bloody rematch.


The Mormon Yankees.

A group of Mormons who formed a basketball team who played against countries preparing for the 1956 Olympics.  Did this actually happen?

Filmmaker/screenwriter Darran Scott (“The Playbook”, “Walk By Faith”, “A Brigh Shining Life”) explores the Mormon Yankees for his film “Spirit of the Game”, which will be available on DVD in February 2017 courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film stars Aaron Jakubenko (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”, “The Shannara Chronicles”, “Roman Empire: Reign of Blood”), Kevin Sorbo (“Andromeda”, “God’s Not Dead”, “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Wade Briggs (“Still Star-Crossed”, “Please Like Me”), Hannah Cliff (“Neighbours”, “House Husbands”), Emilie Coquerel (“Lion”, “An Accidental Soldier”) and more.

The film revolves around DeLyle Condie (portrayed by Aaroon Jakubenko), a 7-foot-6 college basketball standout and MVP for the University of Utah who is doing great in basketball and is set to marry his childhood love, Emily (portrayed by Emilie Cocquerel).

With the support of his mom and father Parley (portrayed by Kevin Sorbo), all is going well until Emily comes back from staying with her sister for several weeks and tells him that she can’t marry him and sees her with another man.

Feeling defeated and feeling his love for basketball is not his priority, DeLyle quits basketball and decides to go on a mission for his church in Melbourne, Australia.

As Australia is preparing for the 1956 Olympics, he and his fellow missionaries take part in a friendly match against members of the Australian Olympic basketball team and the missionaries beat them.

But the leader of the missionary in Australia reminds DeLyle of why he is in Australia and he must stop playing basketball.

But life as a missionary proves to be challenging but when he sees how the community are embracing basketball, the Australian coach Ken Watson (portrayed by Grant Piro) has a plan, for DeLyle and his fellow missionaries to come together as a basketball team and prep the Australian basketball team for the Olympics.

DeLyle starts to see basketball as the opportunity to bring the community together and introduce people to the church.  But will it work?


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Spirit of the Game” is presented in 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and English 5.1 Dolby Digital. Picture quality is good, as one can expect on DVD and with most of the film shot outdoors, picture quality is quite good. Dialogue and music is clear and understandable.  Surround channels are utilized in more of the crowd scenes during the basketball games.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Spirit of the Game” comes with the “Behind the Scenes: Spirit of the Game” featurette.


Back in 1956, the accomplishments of a Mormon team, known as the Mormon Yankees, a basketball team of Mormons who banded together to scrimmage the Australian Olympic basketball team made big news for what they accomplished on the court but also their accomplishments off the court… for the sake of using basketball to promote a positive message to the community and the church.

Led by DeLyle Condie, a former University of Utah basketball MVP with the skills to make it to the NBA, DeLyle Condie would lead a team who would also compete and help prep the Olympic basketball teams in a matchup that would shock people because the Mormon Yankees would win.

The film is an underdog team becoming heroes feel-good film but also a film that showcases a positive spiritual tone that people with an open mind will enjoy.

While I don’t know how accurate the film is compared to the real DeLyle Condie and the Mormon Yankees, when it comes to films about Mormon missionaries, you don’t really see that many of them.  But there are solid and higher budget films such as Disney’s “The Other Side of Heaven” starring Christopher Gorham and Anne Hathaway and even the wicked horror thriller, “Missionary”, to name a few.

But as I mentioned in previous film reviews of Christian films, I like films that are able to communicate a message without being overly preachy and giving people the choice to make-up their minds and learn, rather than feeling forced to accept a belief, ideology or religion.

Personally, I enjoyed “Spirits of the game” for its pure entertainment of seeing a man dedicated to his religion and reaching out to the community through basketball.  Putting others in need first, before himself and the basketball team, if the real-life DeLyle Condie is like the person portrayed in the film, then I can’t help but feel that the basketball player was a very cool individual.

I did like the touches to make the feel of the 1950’s era with hairstyles, costume design and even basketball competition with the small courts, lower baskets, granny foul shots and even the lax of international competition and how hard fouls were at that time.

Overall, “Spirit of the Game” is no doubt a feel-good, underdog rising through adversity type of film.  Sure, there is some sort of banality compared to other underdog sports films, but “Spirit of the Game” goes beyond winning on the basketball court, but also the importance of missionary work and using basketball as a strong form of communication with the community.

“Spirit of the Game” is a film worth watching!

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Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman Double Feature (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

January 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman” is a fantastic collection of three Frankenstein episodes and a wolfman episode that aired on the History Channel.  Well-researched and truly insightful, if you enjoyed these episodes on the History Channel or just curious about where Frankenstein and the wolfman were derived from, this double feature on DVD is recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman

FILM YEAR: 1995-2009

DURATION: 178 Minutes + 94 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 1:33:1 Widescreen, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French

COMPANY: Lionsgate

RATED: NA

AVAILABLE ON: February 7, 2017


The Real Wolfman

Directed by Carsten Oblaender

Written by Carsten Oblaender and Laurie Miller

Produced by Story House Productions, Inc.

Executive Produced by Andreas Gutzeit, Carl H. Lindahl


The Real Story Wolfman

Starring:

Narrator: Jonathan Adams

Ken Gerhardt

George Deuchar


FRANKENSTEIN: THE REAL STORY OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
The Frankenstein: The Real Story collection from HISTORY® examines how the tale of a brilliant but deranged scientist who builds a grotesque monster from the body parts of fresh corpses has its roots in reality. “In Search of the Real Frankenstein” looks at scientists throughout history who experimented with reviving animal and human corpses to find the secret force of life. “Frankenstein” explores the fact-or-fiction origins of the tale that became the first science fiction novel. “It’s Alive! The True Story of Frankenstein” further traces the story through all its artistic renditions, from 19th-century stage adaptations to 1930s silent films to Mel Brooks’s satirical Young Frankenstein and Kenneth Branagh’s faithful horror interpretation. This spectacular set features interviews with actors including Gene Wilder and experts on Mary Shelley, the 19th-century novel, the horror genre, cinema makeup, and much more.

THE REAL WOLFMAN OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
In the mid-1700s, a mysterious beast viciously attacked and killed 102 villagers in the French village of Gévaudan. The victims, mostly women and children, were mauled and decapitated, their naked bodies all bearing the savage bite marks of a non-human creature. The killings marked the largest number of alleged werewolf attacks in history and are a contributor to the Hollywood “Wolfman” legend. Venture deep into the mythology and folklore of werewolves with renowned cryptozoologist Ken Gerhardt and veteran criminal profiler George Deuchar as they investigate the reviled creature believed to brutally kill when the moon is full. Their investigation includes intriguing paranormal transformations, diseases that make men look and act like animals, and strange but true stories of children raised by wolves. What they uncover in the dark side of human nature is the horrific truth behind the Gévaudan werewolf attacks, and the wolfman within us all.


For the first time, all  three Frankenstein episodes (“In Search of the Real Frankenstein”, “Frankenstein” and “It’s Alive! The True Story of Frankenstein”) and “The Real Wolfman” which aired on the History Channel will be released as a double feature on DVD.

“In Search of the Real Frankenstein” is a series that focuses on scientists throughout history who really experimented on animal and human corpses in order to revive them and finds secrets to the force of life.

“Frankenstein” explores the fact or fiction of Frankenstein and the real life of author Mary Shelley.

“It’s Alive! The True Story of Frankenstein” traces the story of “Frankenstein” from its original story, the 19th-century stage adaptations, the silent films to Mel Brook’s satirical “Young Frankenstein” and Kenneth Branagh’s faithful horror adaptation.  Also, an episode that features interviews with celebrities and experts.

“The Real Wolfman” features veteran criminal profiler George Deuchar and cryptozoologist Ken Gerhardt going to France to investigate the wolfman and the murders of 102 villagers in the French village of Gevaudan back in the mid-1700’s.  Is the wolfman fact or fiction?


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman” is a compilation of episodes shot from 1995-2009.  So, picture quality varies with the older to newer History TV episodes.  But for the most part, picture quality is good as one would expect.

Closed Captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman” comes with no special features.


The History Channel is known for its wonderful investigative episodes on the history covering various people that are historic due to their accomplishments in their country, but often there are investigative episodes on the supernatural to monsters.

In the DVD double feature, “Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman”, the DVD focuses on where the terrifying monsters, Frankenstein and the Real Wolfman were derived from.

And I found myself captivated by each episode featured.

The first, “In Search of the Real Frankenstein” was actually quite shocking because the episode features on the horrific experiments conducted by real scientists throughout history, trying to know how the body works, but trying to revive actual corpses through electricity and some experiments that even horrified those who were witnessing the grizzly experiments at the time.

“Frankenstein” was fascinating because it goes into the origins of where “Frankenstein” is derived and also the 18-year-old author Mary Shelley.

But the best Frankenstein episode would have to be the best of the three as “It’s Alive! The True Story of Frankenstein” traces the story of Frankenstein through history and while it features interviews with directors, celebrities and experts, the best part of this episode is the true story of author, Mary Shelley’s life and the tragedy that happened in different moments of her life.

As for the 2009 episode, “The Real Wolfman”, this fascinating investigative episode features veteran criminal profiler George Deuchar and cryptozoologist Ken Gerhardt investigating the wolfman and how stories of the murders of 102 villagers in the French village of Gevaudan in the mid-1700’s fueled the wolfman myth.  But how villagers believe in the wolfman, thus prompting a thorough investigation by both men.  Fascinating discoveries and definitely enjoyable to watch.

Overall, “Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman” is a fantastic collection of three Frankenstein episodes and a wolfman episode that aired on the History Channel.  Well-researched and truly insightful, if you enjoyed these episodes on the History Channel or just curious about where Frankenstein and the wolfman were derived from, this double feature on DVD is recommended!

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Spin Out (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

January 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Ferguson and Marc Gracie’s “Spin Out” is a decent romantic comedy from Australia.  A story hindered by too many characters and lack of character development, “Spin Out” is a film that may amuse a few.

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DVD TITLE: Spin Out

FILM YEAR: 2016

DURATION: 92 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 2:40:1 Widescreen, English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio,  Subtitles: English, English SDH, French

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: R (Language Including Sexual References)

AVAILABLE ON: February 7, 2017


Directed by Tim Ferguson, Marc Gracie

Written by Edwina Exton, Tim Ferguson

Produced by Marc Gracie, David Redman

Executive Produced by Phil Hunt, Bryce Menzies, Compton Ross

Associate Producer: Edwina Exton

Music by Jon Hume

Cinematography by Justin Brickle

Edited by Ken Sallows

Casting by Thea McLeod

Production Design by Ralph Moser

Art Direction by Blossom Flint

Costume Design by Aphrodite Kondos


Starring:

Xavier Samuel as Billy

Morgan Griffin as Lucy

Lincoln Lewis as Nic

Travis Jeffery as Sparrow McGee

Tessa James as Kimba

Melissa Bergland as Mary

Lisa Kowalski as Shazza

PiaGrace Moon as Taylah

Christie Whelan as Sasha

Brendan Bacon as JJ

Thomas Blackburne as Rooter

Dorje Swallow as Podge

Brooke McClymont as Michelle

Damian Hill as Spike

Chris Fortuna as Boof

Aileen Huynh as Merline


Billy and Lucy have grown up together in a small, close-knit country town, where they form one of the town’s most formidable off-road driving teams. When Billy takes one risky car stunt too far, Lucy declares she is moving to the city – sending Billy into a spin. Amid the mayhem of the town’s annual block party, Billy only has one night to wake up to his true feelings for his best friend – or lose her forever.


From actor/filmmaker Tim Ferguson (“DAAS Kapital”, “Funky Squad”, “Shock Jock”) and Marc Gracie (“Totally Full Frontal”, “The Tumbler”, “You and Your Stupid Mate”) comes their Australian romantic comedy “Spin Out”.

Written by Edwina Exton and Tim Ferguson, the film stars Xavier Samuel (“Fury”, “Love & Friendship”, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”), Morgan Griffin (“San Andreas”, “The Sleepover Club”), Lincoln Lewis (“After Earth”, “Home and Away”), Travis Jeffery (“Gallipoli”, “Wolf Creek”), Tessa Jams (“Home and Away”, “We Were Tomorrow”), Melissa Bergland (“Winners & Losers”, “Relative Happiness”), Lisa Kowalski (“The Black Balloon”, “Blinder”) and PiaGrace Moon.

“Spin Out” revolves around two best friends who grew up with each other, Billy (portrayed by Xavier Samuels) and Lucy (portrayed by Morgan Griffin) who live in a small town in Australia.

Billy has always looked at Lucy as like a “Bro” and they are heavily involved with the town’s Ute driving competitions.

But now Lucy feels that she wants to do something with her life and leave the small town, so she wants to move to the city.

And her plans are made clear after Billy pulls off a risky car stunt that sends him into a spin and really upsets Lucy for him making another rash decision that could have gotten him killed.

Not understanding why she is upset, it is quite obvious to everyone else that Lucy has always liked Billy, he just doesn’t get it.

Billy and his friends attend the annual “Bachelors and Spinsters” party.  While Billy’s buddy Sparrow McGee tries to go out with tough girl Mary (portrayed by Melissa Bergland), who also wants to leave town to become a wrestler.  You also have a story about the wealthy sister and her brother visit the small town to attend the party because she wants to hook up with a guy from a smaller town and get away from the type of guys she has dated in the city.  And also, a singer who is pregnant but afraid to tell her current boyfriend, the baby is not his.

As many of Billy’s friends are facing life changing decisions, now that they are getting older, life after the annual “Bachelors and Spinsters” party will change the direction of their lives forever.


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Spin Out” is presented in 2:40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital. Picture quality is good, as one can expect on DVD and with most of the film shot outdoors, picture quality is good. Dialogue and music is clear and understandable.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and French.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Spin Out” comes with no special features.


Tim Ferguson, the Australian actor turned filmmaker is known for his “DAAS” years and having written and directed a few TV series and films, he is back with a romantic comedy “Spin Out”.

An Australian romantic comedy that feels like a nod to ’80s teen romantic comedies without the sex, “Spin Out” is a film about two people living in a small, close knit-town and are heavily involved in Ute off-road driving competitions.

Billy and Lucy grew up with each other, are best buds but of course, as they get older, Lucy who has always loved Billy doesn’t receive the same kind of love as Billy looks at Lucy as just one of the guys.

But when she makes the decision to grow up and move to the city, this leaves Billy feeling a little bit lost because he never imagined growing up and becoming responsible.  While his friends are in the same position and are contemplating joining the military or wanting a relationship.

The weakness for “Spin Out” is that it tries to incorporate way too many characters for its own good.  Characters that you don’t really get into.

Unlike a large cast in a romantic comedy such as the original “American Pie” which focuses on a group of teens wanting to do something with their lives, get laid and have sex, at least there is a focus on character development.  With “Spin Out”, while the protagonists are taken care of, aside from Billy’s shy friend Sparrow wanting to hook up with resident tough girl Mary, everyone else are just there with their own share of issues.

Execution is what’s lacking and the film tries to incorporate stories such as a wealthy sister and brother trying to check out how life is on the other side and hook up at the annual party, two buffoons who start to realize they may fancy each other and other situations that just don’t seem to work.

A little surprise that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment decided to release this film on DVD, as there are a lot of other Australian films that are far more deserving and never receive recognition here in the U.S.

As for the DVD, picture quality and audio are good.  No special features, so this is a barebones DVD release.

Overall, Tim Ferguson and Marc Gracie’s “Spin Out” is a decent romantic comedy from Australia.  A story hindered by too many characters and lack of character development, “Spin Out” is a film that may amuse a few.

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Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

January 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

For “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” fans who have been anticipating the release of this first season DVD will no doubt enjoy owning all 20 episodes and the two specials on DVD. Definitely recommended for the young fans and also the young at heart!

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DVD TITLE: Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season

TV SERIES (YEAR): 2015

DURATION: EPISODES 1-20 + 2 Specials (8 Hours)

DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1 Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Lionsgate

RATED: Not Rated

AVAILABLE ON: February 7, 2017


Directed by Charlie Haskell, Peter Salmon, Mike Smith, Jonathan Brough, Peter Burger, Karl Zwicky, Michael Duignan

Written by Judd Lynn, Haim Saban, Becca Barnes, Alwyn Dale, Mark Litton, Jeffrey Newman, Peter Wiseman, James W. Bates, Tanya M. Wheeler, Marc Handler, Ann Knapp

Produced by Sally Campbell

Executive Produced by Judd Lynn, Brian Casentini, Haim Saban

Music by Noam Kaniel

Cinematography by Kevin Riley, D.J. Stipsen

Edited by Allanah Milne

Casting by Iris Hampton

Production Design by Tracey Collins

Art Direction by Davin Voot

Costume Design by Sarah Voon


Starring:

Brennan Mejia as Tyler Navarro/Red Dino Charge Ranger

Camille Hyde as Shelby Watkins/Pink Dino Charge Ranger

Yoshua Sudarso as Koda/Blue Dino Charge Ranger

Michael Taber as Riley Griffin/Green Dino Charge Ranger

James Davies as Chase Randall/Black Dino Charge Ranger

Claire Blackwelder as Kendall Morgan/Purple Dino Charge Ranger

Campbell Cooley as the Mecha Voice

Davi Santos as Ivan

Estevez Gillespie as Wrench

Paul Harrop as Fury

Eve Gordon as Keeper

Adam Gardiner as Sledge

Jackie Clarke as Poisandra

Ryan Carter as Heckyl


Millions of years ago, an intergalactic bounty hunter named Sledge tried to capture the Energems – ten mysterious colored gems with incredible powers. Keeper, the guardian of the Energems, fled to Earth, where he entrusted the Energems to the dinosaurs for protection. After the dinosaurs went extinct, the Energems were lost. Now, Sledge is back, and it’s up to the Power Rangers Dino Charge to hunt down the missing Energems and defeat the vicious Sledge — once and for all!


In 2015, “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” debuted on television.

The 22nd season of the “Power Rangers” series, the series would star Brennan Mejia, Camille Hyde, Yoshua Sudarso, Michael Taber, James Davies, and Claire Blackwelder.

The storyline begins with the opening narration:

Millions of years ago, the evil Sledge tried to steal the greatest power in the universe. But an alien named Keeper entrusted them to dinosaurs. As for Sledge… He was blasted deep into space. Now the Energems have been found, and Sledge returns to battle a new team of heroes; they are…Power Rangers Dino Charge!”

As Sledge continues to look for the Energems, a team of Power Rangers form to find the the Energems first and fight various enemies.

As “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” features a total of 22 episodes, “Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season” DVD featuring all episodes including two specials will be available in a five-DVD collection.

Power Rangers Dino Charge consists of:

  • Dino Charge Red Ranger – Tyler Navarro (portrayed by Brennan Mejia) – The leader of the team and works as the chef at Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum’s restaurant, the Dino Bite Cafe. He commands the T-Rex Zord.  His father had gone missing when he was a child and Tyler hopes one day he can find him.
  • Dino Charge Pink Ranger – Shelby Watkins (portrayed by Camille Hyde) – A waitress at the Dino Bite Cafe and knows a lot about Dinosaurs. She commands the Tricera Zord.
  • Dino Charge Blue Ranger – Koda (portrayed by Yoshi Sudarso) – A Cro-Magnon caveman who found the Blue Energem a hundred thousand years ago in a Stegosaurus fossil. He was unfrozen by Kendall and Chase and becomes the Dino Charge Blue Ranger. He works as a dishwasher for Dino Bite Cafe and Amber Beach Museum digger. He commands the Stego Zord.
  • Dino Charge Green Ranger – Riley Griffin (portrayed by Michael Taber) – Works as an intern at the Amber Beach Museum and as a waiter at Dino Bite Cafe. He is calm and very intelligent. He commands the Raptor Zord.
  • Dino Charge Black Ranger – Chase Randall (portrayed by James Davies) – The flirtatious and laid-back member who likes to ride a skateboard. Works as a janitor at Amber Beach museum and is an expert paleontology digger. He commands the Para Zord.
  • Dino Charge Gold Ranger – Sir Ivan of Zandar (portrayed by Davi Santos) – A Mideival knight who served the royal family of Zandar 800 years ago. He commands the Ptera Zord.
  • Dino Charge Graphite Ranger – Prince Phillip III (portrayed by Jarred Blakiston) – The wealthy crown prince of Zandar and descendent of Prince Colin. He is helpful and cares about the environment and wants to become a Power Ranger. He commands the Pachy Zord.
  • Kendall Morgan (portrayed by Claire Blackwelder) – A 26-year-old scientist who manages the Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum and heads the paleontology digging group.

Here is a spoilerless summary of “Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season”:

  • Episode 1 – “Powers from the Past – The Keeper finds Tyler Navarro and Shelby Watkins and recruits them to find the red and pink energems.  But a monster known as Iceage is looking for them as well.
  • Episode 2 – “Past, Present and Fusion” – The group must summon the T-Rex Zord to fight against Iceage.
  • Episode 3 – “A Fool’s Hour” – Sledge comes to Earth and confronts the Keeper and the Power Rangers.
  • Episode 4 – “Return of the Caveman” – Chase, Koda and a young boy named Peter are trapped in a cave by Slammer.
  • Episode 5 – “Breaking Black” – Chase falls under the spell of Spellbinder.
  • Episode 6 – “The tooth Hurts!” – Riley thinks Chase doesn’t take the threat of Cavity seriously.
  • Episode 7 – “Let Sleeping Zords Lie” – Sledge sends Akylo Zord to go against the Power Rangers.  But can Shelby’s knowledge of advanced dinosaurs help the Power Rangers?
  • Episode 8 – “Double Ranger, Double Danger” – Clone Rangers are created.  Meanwhile Fury learns the location of the Ptera Zord.
  • Episode 9 – “When Logic Falls” – Puzzler teams up with Fury and captures the Dino Charge Rangers.  Can Riley save them?
  • Episode 10 – “The Royal Rangers” – Fury tries to take control of the Ptera Zord.
  • Episode 11 – “Breakout” – Prince Phillip III is attacked by Poisandra, Fury, Wrench, Curio and Vivix but discover a new ally.
  • Episode 12 – “Knight After Knights” – With the discovery of the Gold Ranger, Fury sends out the criminal Bones of Fury to take on the Power Rangers.
  • Episode 13 – “Sync or Swim” – One of Sledge’s monsters has planted a bomb and Ivan and Tyler must drop their rivalry to work together and stop the bomb.
  • Episode 14 – “True Black” – A monster has left Shelby, Tyler and Ivan buried, Chase must save the day!
  • Episode 15 – “Rise of a Ranger” – What happens when Prince Philip finds a Graphite Energem?
  • Episode 16 – “No Matter How You Slice It” – A Monster has broke the Power Rangers bond of friendship, can Riley and Koda work together?
  • Episode 17 – “World Famous (in New Zealand)” – The Power Rangers come in contact with a Purple Ranger.
  • Episode 18 – “Deep Down Under” – Sledge is after the Plesio Zord…the Rangers must find it first!
  • Episode 19 – “Wishing for a Hero” – Kendall and the Rangers must find one who can bond with the Purple Energem.
  • Episode 20 – “One More Energem” – Sledge has two Energems and the Rangers and Kendall must find a way to defeat him.
  • HALLOWEEN SPECIAL – “The Ghostest with the Mostest” – A Monster has kidnapped the Rangers and takes on their appearance during a Halloween Party.  Kendall must discover which members are real and which are fake.
  • Christmas Special – “Race to Rescue Christmas” – Poisandra steals Santa’s tablet and the Rangers must get it back to save Christmas.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season” is presented in 1:78:1 Widescreen and English 5.1 Dolby Digital and French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio. Picture quality is good, as one can expect on DVD and with most of the film shot outdoors, picture quality is good. Dialogue and music is clear and understandable.

Closed Captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season” features no special features.

EXTRAS:

“Power Rangers: Dino Charge – The Complete Season” comes with a slip cover.


For over 20-years, many people have grown up watching “Power Rangers”.

Sure, a lot of the stories are campy but for those who enjoyed the action, the costumes and the good old story of good vs. evil, that concept has remained consistent season after season.

“Power Rangers: Dino Charge” is rather interesting because of the dinosaur angle.

As one who has grown up watching the Japanese sentai series and also the original “Power Rangers” and now having a child and nephews that are interested in them, one thing that I am glad to see is that the series retains its action and family-oriented storylines.

Nothing too violent and nothing that would make parents wince. Granted, some may object to the fighting but personally, costumed heroes vs. monsters (people in rubber suits), it’s not exactly something that I worry about in terms of fighting action. As parents, it’s how we teach our children and to not practice Power Rangers moves on other people.

With this latest release, you get all 20 episodes + the two Halloween and Christmas specials.

From the early episodes of introducing the characters and stories that revolve around each of them and learning an important lesson.  There are also episodes that revolve around who can be the Purple Ranger.  And trying to stop Sledge, who has managed to get two Energems.  You get episodes that deal with the introduction of the gold power ranger and whether or not the team will gain a new teammate.

Episode which focuses on the team having to work together despite whatever odds or differences they may have.  And with Halloween around the corner, the Halloween special “The Ghostest with the Mostest”.  The Christmas special which features scenes from past episodes, but most importantly, the Power Rangers trying to save Christmas by retrieving Santa’s stolen tablet.

The later episodes features Sir Ivan of Zandar now part of the team as the Power Rangers Dino Charge Gold Ranger.

As for the DVD, picture quality is as good as one can expect on DVD and there are no special features.

Overall, for “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” fans who have been anticipating the release of this first season DVD will no doubt enjoy owning all 20 episodes and the two specials on  DVD.  Definitely recommended for the young fans and also the young at heart!

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Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge vol. 1 – Roar (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

December 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Roar” is a DVD that I recommend for young fans and the young at heart with ten action-packed episodes.  If you love the first season of “Power Rangers Dino Charge”, definitely check out this second season on DVD!

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DVD TITLE: Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge vol. 1 – Roar

TV SERIES (YEAR): 2016

DURATION: Episodes 1-10 [Episodes 23-32] (2 Hrs. and 12 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1 Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Lions Gate

RATED: Not Rated

AVAILABLE ON: January 10, 2017


Directed by Charlie Haskell, Peter Salmon, Mike Smith, Jonathan Brough, Peter Burger, Karl Zwicky, Michael Duignan

Written by Judd Lynn, Haim Saban, Becca Barnes, Alwyn Dale, Mark Litton, Jeffrey Newman, Peter Wiseman, James W. Bates, Tanya M. Wheeler, Marc Handler, Ann Knapp

Produced by Sally Campbell

Executive Produced by Judd Lynn, Brian Casentini, Haim Saban

Music by Noam Kaniel

Cinematography by Kevin Riley, D.J. Stipsen

Edited by Allanah Milne

Casting by Iris Hampton

Production Design by Tracey Collins

Art Direction by Davin Voot

Costume Design by Sarah Voon


Starring:

Brennan Mejia as Tyler Navarro/Red Dino Charge Ranger

Camille Hyde as Shelby Watkins/Pink Dino Charge Ranger

Yoshua Sudarso as Koda/Blue Dino Charge Ranger

Michael Taber as Riley Griffin/Green Dino Charge Ranger

James Davies as Chase Randall/Black Dino Charge Ranger

Claire Blackwelder as Kendall Morgan/Purple Dino Charge Ranger

Campbell Cooley as the Mecha Voice

Davi Santos as Ivan

Estevez Gillespie as Wrench

Paul Harrop as Fury

Eve Gordon as Keeper

Adam Gardiner as Sledge

Jackie Clarke as Poisandra

Ryan Carter as Heckyl


The Power Rangers continue their search for the Energems after Sledge’s defeat, but soon learn that his most dangerous prisoner, the evil Heckyl, survived! In light of this new threat, Kendall creates a powerful new Dino Charger that unlocks the Red Ranger’s T-Rex Super Charge mode! It will take every Zord, Megazord, and Dino Charger in the Power Rangers’ arsenal to finally unite all ten Energems and save the universe!


The second season of “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge” begins as Heckyl and Snide resume leadership after Sledge’s defeat.  And now the two are after the final two Energems.  Can the Power Rangers find the remaining Energems before Heckyl and Snide?  Also, who is the Aqua Ranger?  And Silver Ranger?  And new enemies….Singe and Fury?

All this and more for “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Roar”!  Featuring the first ten episodes of the second season!

What is “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge” about?

In 2015, “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” debuted on television.  And as usual with Power Rangers series, a second season follows and in January 2016, “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge” made its debut.

The 23rd season of the “Power Rangers” series continues with the same actors as season one: Brennan Mejia, Camille Hyde, Yoshua Sudarso, Michael Taber, James Davies, Claire Blackwelder and Davi Santos.

And new antagonists with Heckyl and Snide.

The storyline begins with the opening narration:

Millions of years ago, the evil Sledge tried to steal the greatest power in the universe. But an alien named Keeper entrusted them to dinosaurs. As for Sledge… He was blasted deep into space. Now the Energems have been found, and Sledge returns to battle a new team of heroes; they are…Power Rangers Dino Charge!”

As Heckyl and Snide continues to look for the remaining two Energems, a team of Power Rangers form to find the the Energems before their enemies can and prepare themselves for the battle ahead.

Power Rangers Dino Charge consists of:

  • Dino Charge Red Ranger – Tyler Navarro (portrayed by Brennan Mejia) – The leader of the team and works as the chef at Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum’s restaurant, the Dino Bite Cafe. He commands the T-Rex Zord.  His father had gone missing when he was a child and Tyler hopes one day he can find him.
  • Dino Charge Pink Ranger – Shelby Watkins (portrayed by Camille Hyde) – A waitress at the Dino Bite Cafe and knows a lot about Dinosaurs. She commands the Tricera Zord.
  • Dino Charge Blue Ranger – Koda (portrayed by Yoshi Sudarso) – A Cro-Magnon caveman who found the Blue Energem a hundred thousand years ago in a Stegosaurus fossil. He was unfrozen by Kendall and Chase and becomes the Dino Charge Blue Ranger. He works as a dishwasher for Dino Bite Cafe and Amber Beach Museum digger. He commands the Stego Zord.
  • Dino Charge Green Ranger – Riley Griffin (portrayed by Michael Taber) – Works as an intern at the Amber Beach Museum and as a waiter at Dino Bite Cafe. He is calm and very intelligent. He commands the Raptor Zord.
  • Dino Charge Black Ranger – Chase Randall (portrayed by James Davies) – The flirtatious and laid-back member who likes to ride a skateboard. Works as a janitor at Amber Beach museum and is an expert paleontology digger. He commands the Para Zord.
  • Dino Charge Gold Ranger – Sir Ivan of Zandar (portrayed by Davi Santos) – A Mideival knight who served the royal family of Zandar 800 years ago. He commands the Ptera Zord.
  • Dino Charge Graphite Ranger – Prince Phillip III (portrayed by Jarred Blakiston) – The wealthy crown prince of Zandar and descendent of Prince Colin. He is helpful and cares about the environment and wants to become a Power Ranger. He commands the Pachy Zord.
  • Kendall Morgan (portrayed by Claire Blackwelder) – A 26-year-old scientist who manages the Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum and heads the paleontology digging group.

As “Power Rangers: Dino Charge” featured a total of 22 episodes, “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Roar” features the first ten episodes of season two which consists of 20 episodes + two specials.

And this time around, Lions Gate is now releasing ten episodes instead of the usual five with this DVD release.

Here is a spoilerless summary of “Power Rangers: Dino Charge – Roar”:

  • Episode 23 – “When Evil Stirs” – For the Power Rangers, a new enemy emerges.
  • Episode 24 – “Forgive and Forget” – Heckyl launches a new plan to find the Power Rangers base, meanwhile Riley has a new rival at school.
  • Episode 25 – “Nightmare in Amber Beach” – Shelby’s father pressures her to get great grades, so she can take over Watkins Ice Cream.  Meanwhile, they must confront Nightmare, a monster which causes the Power Rangers to fall asleep.
  • Episode 26 – “A Date with Danger” – A new enemy named Singe appears, meanwhile Chase and his girlfriend Kaylee breakup, as she has fallen for his Power Rangers persona, Black Ranger.
  • Episode 27 – “Roar of the Red Ranger” – Tyler takes the Rangers to the campsite that he and his father visited, the last area where he has seen his father.  But as monsters attack Tyler, out of nowhere, the Aqua Ranger has appeared.
  • Episode 28 – “Forged Under Fire” – What happens when Singe has a new plan to defeat the Rangers with power-disabling rings?
  • Episode 29 – “Home Run Koda” – Kendall creates a new Dino Charger, meanwhile Koda becomes a baseball star and Riley manages him.  But will Riley’s passion to become a champ overshadow his commitment as a Power Ranger?
  • Episode 30 – “Riches and Rags” – When Ivan accidentally destroys a thousand-year old suit of armor, thinking it’s a training dummy, the museum is now in debt of two million dollars and the museum may be closed.  How will the Rangers save the museum?
  • Episode 31 – “Besties 4Eva” – Shelby’s best friend Erin always takes credit for Erin’s accomplishments.  But now, Erin is proclaiming herself as the Pink Ranger.
  • Episode 32 – “Gone Fishin'” – The Rangers receive a message from the Silver Ranger, but Fury destroys it before they can receive it.  Meanwhile Riley and brother Matt go fishing.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Roar” is presented in 1:78:1 Widescreen and English 5.1 Dolby Digital and French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio. Picture quality is good, as one can expect on DVD and with most of the film shot outdoors, picture quality is good. Dialogue and music is clear and understandable.

Closed Captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Roar” features no special features.

EXTRAS:

“Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Roar” comes with a slip cover.


For over 20-years, many people have grown up watching “Power Rangers”.

Sure, a lot of the stories are campy but for those who enjoyed the action, the costumes and the good old story of good vs. evil, that concept has remained consistent season after season.

“Power Rangers: Dino Charge – Roar” is probably a DVD release that I’m quite happy that Lions Gate has made the decision to go with a ten-episode release, versus the standard five episodes.

As one who has grown up watching the Japanese sentai series and also the original “Power Rangers” and now having a child and nephews that are interested in them, one thing that I am glad to see is that the series retains its action and family-oriented storylines.

Nothing too violent and nothing that would make parents wince. Granted, some may object to the fighting but personally, costumed heroes vs. monsters (people in rubber suits), it’s not exactly something that I worry about in terms of fighting action. As parents, it’s how we teach our children and to not practice Power Rangers moves on other people.

As for this DVD volume, it’s pretty much the first ten episodes of season two and feature stories revolving around each character.  From Tyler’s search for his missing father, Shelby having to deal with her best friend who is now proclaiming herself as the Pink Ranger, Koda dealing with his fears of ice and also becoming a baseball player, Riley’s competitive attitude coming to fruition as he has a school rival and also managing Koda during the baseball episode, Chase breaking up with his girlfriend and getting jealous as she has fallen for his Black Ranger persona and Sir Ivan accidentally destroying a historic outfit  that now may force the museum to close down.

The latest season also features four new enemies that the Power Rangers must take on, but it also features the debut of the Aqua Ranger and also a glimpse of the Silver Ranger.

As for the DVD, picture and audio quality is as good as one can expect on DVD and there are no special features. Unfortunately, unlike previous DVD releases, there is no digital HD code included.

Overall, “Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge – Roar” is a DVD that I recommend for young fans and the young at heart with ten action-packed episodes.  If you love the first season of “Power Rangers Dino Charge”, definitely check out this second season on DVD!

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Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

December 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Yinxi Song’s “Amnesia” will entertain those wanting a popcorn action film.  But having reviewed martial arts action films for over 20-years, “Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia” is no doubt one of the most inconsistent, badly written martial arts action film that I have ever watched.

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DVD TITLE: Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia

YEAR OF FILM: 2015

DURATION: 102 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen 2:35:1 aspect ratio, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Subtitles: English and Spanish

COMPANY: Lions Gate

RATED: PG-13

Release Date: January 3, 2017


Directed by Yinxi Song

Written by Xiaoshuai Hu and Yinxi Song

Produced by Yinxi Song, Zhang Shijia

Executive Producer: Jackie Chan, Jianguo Xu, Yinxi Song

Music by Varqa Buehrer, Tiannan Cai, Huazhang Dai, Zhao Zhao


Starring:

Wang Haixiang (Ocean) as Li Ziwei

Ken Lo

Xingtong Yao as Tong Xin

Ronguang Yu

Lanxin Zhang


Martial-arts legend Jackie Chan presents this pulse-pounding update to his own classic thriller.


In 1998, Jackie Chan co-directed (with Bennie Chan) and starred in the film “Who Am I?” which featured Chan playing an agent who suffers from short-term memory loss and travels the world.

Fast forward 17-years later and Jackie Chan is the executive producer of “Amnesia”, a vehicle to promote his protege and friends in a film that is not a remake or reboot of “Who Am I?”.  And what better to launch their careers than attach a legends name to the project and get people excited of what may be a remake, reboot or update of his 1998 film.

With “Amnesia”, while the film does have Jackie Chan’s name attached to it as an Executive Producer, what we have is an action film co-written and directed by Yinxi Song and a vehicle for new actor Ocean Wang.

And now the film is available on DVD courtesy of Lions Gate.

“Amnesia” begins with bike courier (but also street racer and also one who likes to take part in parkour) Li Ziwei (portrayed by Ocean Wang) delivering a package.

Unfortunately, he notices something awry and realizes that the two people he meets are involved in a murder scene and want the package that Li Ziwei is delivering.

But during the pursuit, while Ziwei manages to escape, he hits his head on the bridge and tumbles and falls into a river.

Now Li Ziwei is suffering from prosopagnosia, a cognitive disorder known as “face blindness” in which one can’t recognize faces including one’s own due to damage to the brain.

As Li Ziwei awakes from being hospitalized, he doesn’t know where he is or his surroundings abut receives a mysterious phone call about his condition and that he must try to protect the package that he has in his position.  He is also reminded of his car racing skills, his parkour and martial arts skills but also the death of his girlfriend.  But also that he is now a wanted man as the death (of the person who was supposed to receive the package) has been attributed to him and now he is a wanted man.

Meanwhile, the murderers who are after the package have discovered Li Ziwei’s identity and are now after him.

As Li Ziwei tries to avoid being captured by the murderers, he is joined by a sassy hitchiker named Tong Xin (portrayed by Xingtong Yao) and he tries to find out why people want the package but also to clear his name.


VIDEO, AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Amnesia” is presented in 16:9 anamorphic (2:35:1 aspect ratio) and Mandarin 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio. Picture quality and audio quality is as good as it can get on DVD. The film is primarily dialogue driven. Dialogue and music is crystal clear.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Amnesia” comes with no special features.


Quite often in sports, you often see in sports news discussing who will be the next legend.

And for martial arts films, there is always discussion of who will be the next Jackie Chan, Jet Li, etc.

And while the last 15-years have gave us a glimpse of who may be the next action star, but a lot of them have not become action stars but just film stars.

And when it comes to action films, one way of getting attention is by attaching your name to a project and for martial arts legendary actor Jackie Chan, attaching your name to a film with a title that may make people think it’s an update, remake or reboot of a past film will surely receive hype.

In 2015, Yinxi Song wrote and directed “Amnesia” and as the film would be his introduction as writer and director, young actor Ocean Wang would get a chance to show that he can be the next martial arts star.

Unfortunately, “Amnesia” is a film that would have benefited if there was no relation to Jackie Chan’s 1998 film “Who Am I?” but when it comes to financing a martial arts film, you need all the help you can get it and what best than to utilize Jackie Chan’s name to make an action film.

The problem is, “Amnesia” has nothing to do with actual amnesia like the 1998 film and while an entertaining martial arts popcorn action film, the film’s plot is quite weak.

The film reminds me of a martial arts version of David Koepp’s 2012 action-thriller, “Premium Rush”.  A film about a bicycle messenger who is delivering a package and now is wanted and pursued by a corrupt police officer.

“Amnesia” revolves around a bike courier being pursued by a triad with two murderers who are after a package that the courier, Li Ziwei, has in his possession.

But when the bike courier has brain damage due to hitting his head on a bridge, he now suffers from prospagnosia and is unable to recognize any faces, including his own.

All he knows is through a mysterious call, traces of his past, fragments of memories and is now joined by a sassy hitchhiker that he picks up and realizes there are people out to kill him and police think he’s a criminal.

All Li Ziwei can do is run and fight.

And of course, no matter how far he travels to escape the gang, they always know where he is headed.

While if the film focused on action, it’s muddled due to his fragmented memories of a girlfriend that has died. And he starts thinking the girl he picked up is his girlfriend and she tends to go along with it as she starts to have feelings for him.

The problem with the film is that it tries to teeter with two stories of a man who is wanted and a man who can’t escape the guilt of the past and his girlfriend that died.

To make things worse, we are given an ending that cheats viewers out of any true ending and felt it was put together in haste and that the hour that one has been watching, has been thrown out of the window by giving a finale that really seems it came from another script.

To put it simply, this is one of the worse screenplays that I have seen when it comes to continuity.  How the film is resolved was poorly done and how the film deals with the two murderers that we see pursuing Li Ziwei throughout the film is really stupid.  If they wanted to make up for this monstrosity of a script, they could have explained it with Li Ziwei waking up from his coma or sleep and saying “that was a weird dream”.

The film looks and sounds as good as it can get on DVD and it’s a barebones release, so there are no special features.

Again, just because Jackie Chan’s name is on the title and he is the executive producer should not come into watching this film and expecting a Jackie Chan martial arts film.  Nor does it have anything to do with his 1998 film “Who Am I?”.

Overall, Yinxi Song’s “Amnesia” will entertain those wanting a popcorn action film.  But having reviewed martial arts action films for over 20-years, “Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia” is no doubt one of the most inconsistent, badly written martial arts action film that I have ever watched.

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