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Top Two Blu-Ray Releases For The Week Of 6/18/13

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Jack The Giant Slayer

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, I went in expecting the worse and it was not half bad. Directed by Bryan Singer and staring Nicholas Hoult as Jack and Eleanor Tomlinson as the princess. It also has some great supporting cast with Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci, and especially a really strong performance from Ewan McGregor. Now do not get me wrong the script is mediocre at best and the CGI is a little weak but its the chemistry and performances of these actors that carry the movie. I especially liked the last two minutes and how it shows what could possible be a true story turn into the fairy tale.The special features are not special typical short about various scenes with deleted scenes and a poor gag reel. At least worth a rental.

Movie:    2 1/2 Stars 
Extras:  2 Stars
Overall: 2 Stars 
This is a good rental but some might find the story endearing enough to warrant a purchase.

Safety Last!

This is Harold Lloyd's most popular film and has one of the most iconic scenes in movie history. Its a story about a man moving to the big city to make enough money and a name for himself so he can afford to get married and provide for his fiancee they way she deserves.  From the opening scene where it foretells how his  journey will be to the iconic shoot of Harold hanging of the clock arms above the city it is a masterpiece from the silent age.  This being a Criterion Blu-Ray the quality is top notch and the extras are abundant. These include a commentary track from Leonard Maltin and Harold Lloyd's archivist director Richard Correll, two different soundtracks, a new documentary called Locations and Effects highlighting the stunts that were cutting edge at the time, and more! This is a packed disk and deserves a place in any homes library.

Movie:    4 1/2 Stars 
Extras:  4 1/2 Stars
Overall: 4 1/2 Stars 
A welcome edition of an American classic in all its glory, buy it! 

Posted at 10:56 AM by Media Meltdown Podcast

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