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Michael J. Fox 4-Movie Laugh Pack

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2017

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  • Title: The Secret of My Succe$s, For Love or Money, The Hard Way, Greedy
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Michael J. Fox 4-Movie Laugh PackThis two-disc set collects four comedies of Michael J. Fox. As a set it’s problematic given you only have one good film here, one okay movie, one not-so-great flick, and one pretty awful piece of garbage. However, at the cost of $10 you are only really paying for the good movie, so it turns out to be a bit of a wash.

Starting from worst to best, 1994’s Greedy is a dumpster fire of a film about a greedy family after an old man’s (Kirk Douglas) fortune. 1991’s The Hard Way is an ill-conceived, but not all-together worthless, buddy-cop comedy starring Fox as an actor partnered with a real detective (James Woods). 1993’s For Love or Money is a pretty standard romcom casting Fox as a concierge with dreams of owning his own hotel who falls for the mistress (Gabrielle Anwar) of the man who might be able to make his dream a reality. It’s a fun, if lightweight, film. The best of the set, however, is 1987’s The Secret of My Succe$s starring Fox as a mail-room clerk who begins to work double-duty as a company executive under an assumed name. Gloriously goofy, the entertaining film is responsible for firmly cementing my long-time crush on Helen Slater.

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The Accountant

by Alan Rapp on February 18, 2017

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  • Title: The Accountant
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The Accountant Blu-ray reviewThe Accountant is your basic action-thriller with the twist being our main character is an autistic accountant who turns out o be a genius both with math and guns. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is targeted not by any one of his any number of dangerous clients but by a robotics company for confirming embezzling found by one of the firm’s junior accountants (Anna Kendrick). The story also features a subplot involving a retiring agent (J.K. Simmons) of the Treasury Department and his protege of sorts (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) who are hunting the forensic accountant whose client list includes some of the world most dangerous criminal organizations.

The script by Bill Dubuque gets a little too cute for its own good tying in Christian’s past, but the movie works better than I expected. Affleck is put to good use here as the autistic character I wouldn’t mind seeing more of, and the pairing with Kendrick is refreshingly not by-the-book.

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Pinocchio

by Alan Rapp on February 14, 2017

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  • Title: Pinocchio
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Pinocchio Blu-ray reviewAdapted from Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, Walt Disney’s second animated film features a morality tale about a young puppet brought to life who struggles to learn lessons about right and wrong. Helping him, but not always being successful, is Jiminy Cricket who is drafted into service as Pinocchio‘s conscience by the Blue Fairy who instills life in the marionette after answering the fondest wish of his creator Gepetto. If Pinocchio can prove himself brave, truthful, and unselfish, he may become a real boy, but before that can happen he’ll make a few wrong turns along the way.

Paroled from the Disney Vault, Pinocchio is re-released on Blu-ray as part of the new Signature Series. Extras include all the previously-released features (behind-the-scenes featurettes, storyboards, deleted scenes, and more) along with a handful of new short featurettes on the film, music, and Pleasure Island, and a vintage black-and-white cartoon.

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

by Alan Rapp on February 11, 2017

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  • Title: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
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Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders Blu-ray reviewBatman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is another middling recent entry to DC’s straight-to-DVD animated films. Playing up the nostalgia to the hilt, the film casts Adam West and Burt Ward to reprise their roles in this animated version of the 60s Batman television show. While the look an style of the movie hearkens back to the original, the tone is never quite right (paticularly after Batman is turned into the villain in the film’s second-half).

Jeff Bergman is well-chosen for the Joker, capturing the sound of Cesar Romero‘s version of the character. William Salyers and Wally Wingert are passable as the Penguin and the Riddler. The casting of Julie Newmar seems like a nice touch, except when you hear an elderly voice coming out of the character meant to be the sexy femme fatale.

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The King and I

by Alan Rapp on February 6, 2017

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  • Title: The King and I
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The King and I DVD reviewRe-released on DVD, 1956’s The King and I brought the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical to the big screen in CinemaScope starring Deborah Kerr as schoolteacher Anna Leonowens who instructs more than just her students when she takes a job teaching the children of King Mongkut (Yul Brynner). Winning five Academy Awards (including a Best Actor Oscar for Brynner), the film holds up.

As has been stated in other corners of the Internet, the DVD version of the film is much crisper and cleaner than the Blu-ray release (where lighting and color are both inconsistent). Fans who don’t own the 50th Anniversary DVD should certainly think about adding this to their collection for the music, Brynner’s performance, and an impressive amount of extras.

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