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Thor: The Dark World (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

February 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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 If you were a fan of  the first “Thor”  film and you can’t get enough of Marvel action films, “Thor: The Dark World” is an action-packed Marvel superhero film that looks and sounds wonderful on Blu-ray!  Recommended!

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TITLE: Thor: Dark World

FILM RELEASE: 2013

DURATION: 95 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:40:1), English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

COMPANY: Marvel/Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: PG-13

Release Date: February 25, 2014

Directed by Alan Taylor

Written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Story by Don Payne, Robert Rodat

Based on the Comic Book by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby

Producer: Kevin Feige

Executive Produer: Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow, Craig Kyle, stan Lee

Line Producer: Leifur B. Dagfinnsson

Music by Brian Tyler

Cinematography by Kramer Morgenthau

Edited by Dan Lebental, Wyatt Smith

Casting by Sarah Finn

Production Design by Charles Wood

Set Decoration by Guani Lindal Benediktsson, John Bush

Costume Design by Wendy Partridge

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth as Thor

Natalie Portman as Jane Foster

Tom Hiddleston as Loki

Anthony Hopkins as Odin

Christopher Eccleston as Malekith

Jaimie Alexander as Sif

Zachary Levi as Fandral

Ray Stevenson as Volstagg

Tadanobu Asano as Hogun

Idris Elba as Heimdall

Rene Russo as Frigga

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim/Kurse

Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis

Stellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig

Alice Krige as Eir

Clive Russell as Tyr

Buried beneath the Arctic ice since the Cold War, genetically modified Soviet soldiers have been rediscovered, reactivated and are ready to unleash devastating destruction. They are cold-blooded killing machines with super-human strength and one man, a scientist who has been searching for them his entire life, will try to stop the carnage before they complete their terrifying, top-secret mission. Dominic Purcell (TV’s “Prison Break”), Michael Ironside (X-Men: First Class) and Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens) star in this pulse-pounding, action-packed thriller.

With the success of the 2011 Marvel superhero film “Thor”, which earned over $449 million in the box office worldwide, there was no doubt that a sequel was going to be made.

And in 2013, the sequel titled “Thor: The Dark World” would go on to have even more amazing success, earning over $638 million in the box office.

Directed by Alan Taylor (“The Emperor’s new Clothes”, “Palookaville”, “Game of Thrones”), “Thor: The Dark World” would feature an all-star cast starring Chris Hemsworth (“The Avengers”, “Thor”, “Rush”, “Star Trek: Into Darkness”), Natalie Portman (“Star Wars” films, “Black Swan”, “Leon the Professional”, “V for Vendetta”), Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers”, “War Horse”), Anthony Hopkins (“Hannibal”, “Red Dragon”, “The Elephant Man”), Christopher Eccleston (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”, “Elizabeth”), Jaime Alexander (“Rest Stop”, “The Last Stand”, “Kyle XY”), Zachari Levi (“Chuck”, “Tangled”, “Less Than Perfect”), Ray Stevenson (“Punisher: War Zone”, “The Book of Eli”), Tadanobu Asano (“Battleship”, “Ichi the Killer”), Idris Elba (“Pacific Rim”, “RocknRolla”, “Prometheus”), Rene Russo (“The Thomas Crown Affair”, :Lethal Weapon 3″, “Outbreak”, “Ransom”), Aweale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Lost”, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”, “The Bourne Identity”), Kat Dennings (“2 Broke Girls”, “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”, “The 40-yeear-old Virgin”) and Stellan Skarsgard (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “Good Will Hunting”).

And now “Thor: The Dark World” will be released as a single Blu-ray and also on Blu-ray 3D and DVD in Feb. 2014.

“Thor: The Dark World” begins with an introduction to a war on Asgard as Odin’s father, Bor, fought against the Dark Elf Malekith, possessor of the weapon known as the Aether, which he can destroy the world with.

The Asgardians won the war, conquering the Dark Elves including their enhanced warriors known as the Kursed. And as for the Aethir, Bor has kept it inside stone, so it can never be used for evil again.

But as Bor and the Asgardians thought they have defeated all Dark Elves, Malektih, Lt. Algrim and a few of their clan have escaped and were in suspended animation.

Fast forward to the present and Loki (portrayed by Tom Hiddleston) is imprisoned for his war crimes on Earth (as featured in “The Avengers”).  And as for Thor (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth), he and his Agardian warriors which include Fandral (portrayed by Zachary Levi), Volstagg (portrayed by Ray Stevenson) and Lady Sif (portrayed by Jaime Alexander) fight their enemies in Vanaheim, as they try to pacify the Nine Realms.

But the group learns that the Convergence, when the alignment of the Nine Realms will link worlds at random.

Back on Earth, astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster (portrayed by Natalie Portman) and her intern Darcy Lewis (portrayed by Kat Dennings) get a spike on their equipment and making the two wonder if that means Thor is coming back.  And we learn that Jane has not seen Thor for two years and there has not been any communication between the two.

As Jane, Darcy and her intern begin to investigate, they notice a group of kids who found some sort of unusual portal in which objects that are dropped, will return back from the top….sometimes.

As Jane goes to investigate, she ends up traveling to another world and her body becomes infected with Aether.

As Thor is visiting his friend Heimdall (portrayed by Idris Elba), to check if everything is fine with Jane, Heimdall is no longer able to read her and Thor becomes concerned.

Back on Earth, Jane wakes up and is reunited with Darcy. She learns that she has been gone for five hours and they are surrounded by police, meanwhile rain is pouring everywhere, except around her.

As police go to arrest Jane for trespassing, immediately the Aether begins reacting on its own and repels the police officers.   Thor arrives and as both he and Jane reunite, she is upset with him for not communicating with her for the past two years.

But concerned about her well-being, Thor breaks Asgardian law by bringing a human to Asgard for medical help.  As Odin arrives and is upset with his son for bringing Jane to Asgard, the Aether begins to work again and Odin recognizes the Aether and explains to Thor that the Aether will kill Jane and that the fact that it has returned, can only mean that the Dark Elves are back and that a catastrophic prophecy make come true.

As for the Dark Elves in a suspended state, all have awaken due to the Aether’s release and now, he and the Kursed go to Asgard to get back the Aether. Which leads Thor and the Asgardians to fight their enemy.

As chaos takes place in Asgard, Thor’s mother Frigga (portrayed by Rene Russo) uses her holographic technology to protect Jane from being found.  Malekith arrives with the Dark Elves and Frigga tries to fight and defend Jane from being caught by them and in the process, she is killed by Malekith but was able to protect Jane from being found.

Distraught by how powerful the enemy is and the death of his mother, Thor knows that the only way they can beat Malekith is by going to the Dark Elves home of Svartalheim and using Jane to draw Malekith out and getting his revenge on Malekith.  But the only person that has access to enter Svartalheim in Asgard is Loki.

But can Thor trust Loki by freeing him from his imprisonment?

VIDEO:

“Thor: The Dark World” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1). And for those who have owned previous Marvel films from Disney know already that Disney goes all out in picture quality for their Blu-ray releases.

Picture quality is amazing as Asgard is absolutely beautiful!  Skintones are natural, there is no banding, artifact or any crush.  This is a beautiful film that looks absolutely amazing on Blu-ray!  Great colors, visual effects are amazing and overall, picture quality will be loved by videophiles!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Thor: The Dark World” not only looks fantastic, the lossless audio is absolutely magnificent.  Presented in English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, the lossless soundtrack is what audiophiles want to hear from a film with a plethora of action scenes.  The surround channel is utilized heavily and also fantastic use of LFE.

This is an active soundtrack and definitely one of the best lossless soundtracks I have heard on a Blu-ray release in 2014.

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

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Thor: The Dark World” comes with the following special features:

  • Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King – (13:51) A fascinating short film which includes Trevor Slattery (who played “The Mandarin” in “Iron Man 3″).  And for any Marvel Comic book fan who criticized “Iron Man 3″ for the way “The Mandarin” was used, will no doubt love this Marvel One Shot!  Prepare to be surprised!
  • A Brother’s Journey: Thor & Loki – (31:39) A two part look at the relationship of Thor and Loki from the first film and the sequel.  Plus interviews with the cast.
  • Exclusive Look: Captain America: The Winter Soldier – (3:35) Behind-the-scenes of the “Captain America” sequel.
  • Scoring Thor: The Dark World with Bryan Tyler – (5:21) A featurette with composer Brian Tyler and discussion of the films’ score.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes – (7:49) Featuring six deleted and alternate scenes with optional audio commentary.
  • Gag Reel – (3:30) A fun bloopers featurette.
  • The Dark World Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by director Alan Taylor, cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and actor Tom Hiddleston.

I grew up reading the “Thor” comic books from Marvel.   And he was one of my favorite characters because not only did he have the strength to fight powerful enemies but also hold off the Incredible Hulk, but he was also naive and a hit with the women!

But it was also a storyline unlike other Marvel superhero storylines because it included Norse Mythology and featured a different world as a lot of the action was featured in Asgard than on Earth, so while connected to the Marvel Universe (especially with “The Avengers”), it was different because of its many characters that were featured in Asgard.

And it’s what I wanted to see with the latest film, more Asgard, more of the Asgardian warriors and this is what we get with the sequel “Thor: The Dark World”.

The way the world of Asgard is created and the various lands, its creatures, the Dark Elves, everything about the film featured wonderful visual effects, costume and set design, I was very impressed by the visual aspect of the film.

And we also get a little of the naive, charismatic Thor in this film as he goes back between Asgard and Earth.  And we get more of the relationship between Thor and Jane Foster, rekindled after two years later and suffice to say, the chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman was done very well and as usual, Kat Denning’s Darcy manages to steal the scene with her blunt humor and actions.

And also, what I enjoyed about the film is how “Thor: The Dark World” was able to feature a continuance of the storyline post-The Avengers and continue to have the connection, as what “Iron Man 3″ was able to accomplish.

The film delivers in action, visual effects and humor and there is no doubt that the film sets up viewers for a third film with its surprising ending.  While not a perfect storyline, I still enjoyed it over the first film.

As for the Blu-ray release, “Thor: The Dark World” has emerged as one of my favorite Blu-ray releases for early 2014 due to its fantastic picture quality and lossless audio.  This is a title that videophiles and audiophiles want to see in a Blu-ray release, fantastic PQ and AQ and you’re getting it!

There is also a good number of special features included and for any Marvel fan, the “Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King” will no doubt enjoy the return of Trevor Slattery but also the big surprise that this feature delivers.  Suffice to say, I think this can easily segue to another Iron Man storyline or perhaps another Marvel character that has been long discussed for having a feature live-action film, Dr. Strange.

But for the most part, this Blu-ray release of “Thor: The Dark World” is fantastic and when it comes to visual and lossless audio, it’s definitely a heavyweight contender for best lossless soundtrack for a Blu-ray release for 2014.

Overall,  if you were a fan of  the first “Thor”  film and you can’t get enough of Marvel action films, “Thor: The Dark World” is an action-packed Marvel superhero film that looks and sounds wonderful on Blu-ray!  Recommended!

Ransom: 15th Anniversary Edition (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

July 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As for “Ransom”, as thrilling as the film was back in 1996, the film is just as exciting in 2012!  Ron Howard does an amazing job as director, the acting performance by Mel Gibson, Rene Russo and Gary Sinise is fantastic and for fans of the film, this is probably the definitive version to own of the film right now.  Overall, if you are looking for an awesome crime thriller, “Ransom” is one of the best ransom films made in America and worth owning on Blu!

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TITLE: Ransom: 15th Anniversary Edition

FILM RELEASE: 1996

DURATION: 121 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:85:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Touchstone Home Entertainment

RATED: R

Release Date: June 5, 2012

Directed by Ron Howard

Story by Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum

Screenplay by Richard Price, Alexander Ignon

Produced by Brian Grazer, Kip Hagopian, Scott Rudin

Co-Produced by Susan Merzbach, Adam Schroeder

Associate Producer: Aldric La’auli Porter, LouisaVelis

Executive Producer: Todd Hallowell

Muisc by James Horner

Cinematography by Piotr Sobocinski

Edited by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill

Casting by Janet Hirshenson, Jane Jenkins

Production Design by Michael Corenblith

Art Direction by John Kasarda

Set Decoration by Susan Bode

Costume Design by Rita Ryack

Starring:

Mel Gibson as Tom Mullen

Rene Russo as Kate Mullen

Brawley Nolte as Sean Mullen

Gary Sinise as Det. Jimmy Shaker

Delroy Lindo as Agent Lonnie Hawkins

Lili Taylor as Maris Conner

Liev Schreiber as Clark Barnes

Donnie Wahlberg as Cubby Barnes

Evan Handler as Miles Roberts

Nancy Ticotin as Agent Kimba Welch

Michael Gaston as Agent Jack Sickler

Tom Mullen is the epitome of the American dream; rich and successful with a wife and kid. His seemingly perfect life is turned upside-down when his son, Sean, is kidnapped for ransom. Mullen tries to handle this the police’s way but decides to take matters into his own hands in order to save his son. An action filled remake starring an Oscar power cast and crew with actors Mel Gibson (Best Director, Braveheart, 1995), Gary Sinise (Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Forrest Gump, 1994), Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer (Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind, 2001) and Academy Award winning director Ron Howard (Best Director, A Beautiful Mind, 2001).

How far would you go to get your son back if he was held for ransom?

From director Ron Howard (“Apollo 13″, “A Beautiful Mind”, “The Da Vinci Code”, “Frost/Nixon”), “Ransom” is a crime thriller featuring an all-star cast which includes Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”, “Signs”, “Lethal Weapon”, “The Patriot”), Rene Russo (“Lethal Weapon” films, “Outbreak”), Delroy Lindo (“The Cider House Rules”, “Broken Arrow”, “The One”), Gary Sinise (“Apollo 13″, “Mission to Mars”), Liev Schrieber (“Defiance”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “Salt”), Donnie Wahlberg (“The Sixth Sense”, “Blue Bloods”), Lili Taylor (“Say Anything”, “High Fidelity”) and Evan Handler (“Sex and the City”, “Californication”).

Based on an idea from a story of an episode of “The United States Steel Hour” (from 1954), “Ransom” was released in theaters in 1996 and was a box office success earning over $309 million.

The film revolves around a multimillionaire named Tom Mullen (as portrayed by Mel Gibson), an owner of an airline.  Despite his success, his family has been investigated by the FBI of bribery but there is no proof that Tom was involved in any crime.

One day, while at a science fair with his wife Kate (as portrayed by Rene Russo) and his young son, Sean (as portrayed by Brawley Nolte).  But during the fair, Sean is kidnapped by a group of people, led by Det. James “Jimmy” Shaker (as portrayed by Gary Sinise).

Shaker and the kidnappers send a video via e-mail to the Mullen family of Sean handcuffed to a bed with duct tape on his mouth and demand a $2,000,000 ransom and not to call police.  So, the Mullens contact the FBI which a group led by Special Agent Lonnie Hawkins (as portrayed by Delroy Lindo) hope to get information or tap the phones to find the location of the kidnappers.

Tom thinks that the person responsible for the kidnapping is related to the bribery and tells Hawkins that he is responsible for the bribe and the wrong man was sent to jail.  And perhaps that man has taken his son for revenge.  But as Hawkins arranges for Mullen to meet with the incarcerated man, the man is upset that not only did Mullen put him an innocent man in jail, he would accuse him of kidnapping, when he would die for his own children.

Meanwhile the kidnappers are on edge.  Maris Conner (as portrayed by Lily Taylor) is becoming frustrated towards Cubby Carnes (as potrayed by Donnie Wahlberg), because Wahlberg is feeding and talking to Sean.  As Cubby’s brother, Clark (As portrayed by Liev Schreiber), tries to lessen the tension between the group, Det. James Shaker becomes more aggravated when he catches Cubby buying children’s cereal at the store.

The group begin to argue of whether or not to kill Sean once the ransom has been delivered, but Cubby who wants to keep a child alive, tells his brother that he will not give the money to Shaker unless the boy is released.

As a rendezvous point is made for Tom Mullen to meet with Cubby Barnes to give up the ransom money and secure his son’s release, the FBI botches the meeting and kills their only lead.  With the kidnappers now angered by what had taken place, will the Mullen’s ever see their son again?  Or will the kidnappers kill Sean as retaliation?

VIDEO:

“Ransom: 15th Anniversary Edition” is presented in 1080p High Definition (widescreen 1:85:1).    Video quality is very good as close-ups showcase the detail on the character’s faces to their clothing.  Skin tones are natural, black levels and deep but the film looks like it has been cleaned up via slight DNR (which is probably going to be the case for a lot of studios in 2012, as most casual viewers have voiced their opinion against grain, versus the videophiles who prefer it).  But compared to the original LD and DVD versions, this is the best version of I have seen of “Ransom” by far.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Ransom: 15th Anniversary Edition” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Frenh 5.1 and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital.  Lossless audio is what I was expecting for this older film.  While there are scenes that utilize the surround channels during the more action-intense scenes towards the final arc of the film, the film is primarily front and center-channel driven due to the film being dialogue driven.  Ambiance could have been utilized much more, especially with scenes involving crowds but overall, the lossless soundtrack was good but could have been much better.

Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Ransom: 15th Anniversary Edition” features the following special features:

  • Deleted Scenes – (3:53) Featuring four deleted scenes.
  • What Would You Do? – (13:16) Featuring interviews with Ron Howard, editor Dan Hanley and the cast and crew of “Ransom”.
  • Between Takes – (4:00) Ron Howard, Rene Russo and Mel Gibson having fun between takes.
  • International Theatrical Trailer – (1:06) The international theatrical trailer for “Ransom”.

Back in 1996, with the success of “Braveheart”, seeing the reunion of “Lethal Weapon” stars Mel Gibson and Rene Russo, was pretty exciting.

And as these two talents were becoming big stars at the time, so was the career of filmmaker Ron Howard.  As a fan of “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days”, I’ve supported Ron Howard’s filmmaking career by watching most of the films he had directed, so suffice to say, I had high hopes when I watched this film in the theater.

And at the time, I loved the film.  Enjoyed it so much that I would purchase the extended edition on LaserDisc and also the DVD.

Here were in 2012, 15-years-later and “Ransom” (the theatrical edition, not the extended version) makes its debut in HD via Blu-ray.  And while ransom films usually do well in theaters such as the more recent films such as “Taken”, “Munich” “Inside Job” or “Firewall” or a classic ransom film such as Akira Kurosawa’s “High and Low”, “Ransom” does have its place as one of the memorable ransom films out there.

Mel Gibson and Rene Russo play two parents who are taken through a  degrees of emotions as they try to save their son, but with each mistake, they feel that they are more closer to losing him and getting their own son killed.  Both have amazing chemistry and both feed off each other’s emotions.  Mel Gibson’s Tom Mullen is a man full of anguish, a man that wants to be a ban and not give in to the kidnappers demands but is powerless, Rene Russo is the wife, Kate, who is pushed to the brink that we see her emotions start to turn its back on her husband.

These are emotions that many past ransom films do not tend to emphasize.    A lot of tears, a lot of confrontational arguments and plenty of frustration, it’s what I want to see in a ransom film.  True raw emotion of despair of one trying to get a family member or a child back from kidnappers.  And both Mel Gibson and Rene Russo are effective.

And on the opposite end, Gary Sinise can always play a villain.  In this case, a detective who knows the law, but is also the leader of this kidnapping group.  He is remorseful, he is deadly and he will not hesitate in killing the young Sean.

We do get to see a little Mel Gibson bravado in this film, as most people are so used to seeing him in action roles back in the ’90s but for the most part, director Ron Howard is able to keep a balance between emotional drama and action that even 15-years-later, this film holds up quite well.

While the Blu-ray release of “Ransom” features the film in HD and with a lossless soundtrack, slight DNR was used but as mentioned, this is the state of Blu-rays in 2012, as some studios are now trying to find a medium to appease the videophile who want grain or the casual masses who have shown their disdain towards seeing grain on films in HD.  As for the special features, these are the same special features from the DVD release.

As for “Ransom”, as thrilling as the film was back in 1996, the film is just as exciting in 2012!  Ron Howard does an amazing job as director, the acting performance by Mel Gibson, Rene Russo and Gary Sinise is fantastic and for fans of the film, this is probably the definitive version to own of the film right now.

Overall, if you are looking for an awesome crime thriller, “Ransom” is one of the best ransom films made in America and worth owning on Blu!

GET SHORTY (A J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 27, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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MOVIE COMPANY: METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES
CAST: Starring John Travolta, Rene Russo, Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Harvey Keitel, Penny Marshall and more.
DIRECTED BY: Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
PRODUCED BY: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
RATING: Rated R
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE URL: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0113161
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action, Comedy, Drama
DURATION: 1 hour and 45 minutes


Drug smuggling, Racketeering, Loan Sharking.  Welcome to Hollywood!  Golden Globe winner John Travolta leads an all-star cast in “the most flat-out enjoyable movie of the year” (NY Newsday) – a hysterical comedy that insists it doesn’t take much to make it in the movies…just a background with the mob.  Loanshark Chili Palmer (Travolta) has done his time as a gangster.  So when “business” takes him to L.A. to collect a debt from a down-and-out filmmaker (Gene Hackman), Chili jumps headfirst into the Hollywood scene: he schmoozes film star (Danny DeVito), romances a “B” movie queen (Rene Russo) and even gets reservations at the hottest restaurants in town.  In fact, all would be smooth for this cool new producer, if it weren’t for the drug smugglers and an angry mobster who won’t leave him alone.  But hey, this Hollywood and no one said it would be easy!

DVD EXTRAS:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• 8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes and a revealing look at the making of the movie
• Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I could find.

DVD REVIEW:

A movie about a gangster who leaves the business to get into another business similar to his previous job….show business.

The movie is very interesting and entertaining.  Also, very smart to see how the Loanshark Chili Palmer evolves in the movie business. Quite a few celebrities appear in this film which helps make this movie entertaining.

The video is colorful and the audio is strictly dialogue, so don’t expect much in terms of major explosions or audio effects in your living room.  The only thing that this movie falls short is in the special features department.  This movie’s release on DVD has audio commentary and much more.  In the DVD version, it’s just the trailer and an 8-page booklet.  So, either they will release a special edition of this movie, something that fans of this movie are awaiting for.

So, check out a cool movie, with a cool storyline featuring many of today’s top actors and actresses.

THE MOVIE:  B+
THE DVD EXTRAS:  D
THE DVD OVERALL:  C-

The Thomas Crown Affair (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 27, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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MOVIE COMPANY: Metro Goldwyn Mayer / United Artists
CAST: United Artists Pictures presents Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Rene Russo and Denis Leary.
Produced by Brosnan and Beau St. Clair, John McTiernan directs from a script by Leslie Dixon & Kurt Wimmer based on the story by Alan R. Trustman.
Also featured are Esther Cañadas, Frankie Faison, Ben Gazzara and Faye Dunaway, who starred with Steve McQueen in the original film.
The Thomas Crown Affair is an Irish DreamTime, Inc. production.
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE URL: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0155267
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action


Thomas Crown is a self-made billionaire who can buy anything he wants and is irresistible to women. But there are some things that money can’t buy. Thomas Crown has run out of challenges.

When an alarm sounds at a world class museum and someone walks out with a priceless Monet, Crown is the last person the New York police suspect. But one person suspects him: Catherine Banning, the brilliant female investigator hired to retrieve the painting no matter what it takes. Catherine loves the chase as much as he does and she’s on to his game. Crown has found his challenge.

Two can play, but only one can win.

DVD EXTRAS:

- 1999 / 113 Minutes / Color / Rated: R
- Stars Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, and Denis Leary. Written by Leslie Dixon and Kurt Whimmer. – Produced by Pierce Brosnan and Beau St. Clair. Directed by John McTiernan.
- Single Layer Double-Sided Disc: 2.35:1 Widescreen Presentation (Enhanced For 16×9 TV’s) and 1.33:1 Full Screen Version
- English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround / French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
- English and French Subtitles
- Supplements: Interactive Motion Menus / Scene Selection / Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Director John McTiernan / Collectible Booklet / Theatrical Trailers From 1968 and 1999 Films
- 36 Chapters
- Keep case
- List Price: $24.98

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None at this time

DVD REVIEW:

I never watched the original movie from 1968 but after watching the 1999 version of “The Thomas Crown Affair”, I wanted to see more.  I must admit that the main motivator from watching this movie was an interview in Los Angeles Magazine with Rene Russo.  The article was quite interesting and shedding more on the life of the beautiful Rene Russo of Lethal Weapon fame.  In this movie, she was absolutely…delicious.  Brosnan as Thomas Crown does a pretty good job.  The hot love scenes in this movie is very hot!   Denis Leary’s presence in this movie is actually not that bad in this movie.

After reading the special booklet that accompanied the DVD (Btw, I urge companies that include the books to please add them to the actual DVD), you do read about the differences between the two movies.  One marked by betrayal and one marked by romance.  Which do you prefer depends on the viewer.  The cat and mouse storyline was very interesting but I felt the cat gave up to easily.  It is a very good movie nevertheless and the movie is worth purchasing on DVD.   It was nice to see the two trailers for both movies and although it doesn’t carry the many extras that other DVD’s may have these days, the DVD gets a B- in the extras department..

The DVD gives you a choice of widescreen or standard.  The video is very good with some noticeable artifacts during the airplane scene during the middle of the film. But that wasn’t so distracting to me at all.  The audio is very well done and I liked the musical score for the film.

This is a more of a dialogue movie but if you are looking for some deep audio using your equipment capability, you will find a few moments.  As for the characters, sometimes watching Pierce Brosnan and Thomas Crown feels like your watching James Bond.    Rene Russo, again I must say…delicious.  I’m not sure how this movie did in the box office, but if this is one of the movies that bombed in the box office, as a movie aficionado, this movie is pretty good (not great) and worth viewing.

Anyway, it’s a beautiful DVD and I think fans of the celebrities or the movie will enjoy this movie.  Just bare in mind that the two movies are different and it was meant to be that way.  Second, don’t read the book first, read it after the movie.  Third, the movie can be found at Blockbuster for $14.99.  It’s a steal!

THE MOVIE:  B
THE DVD EXTRAS:  B-
THE DVD OVERALL:  B

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