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Choosy Perspective: “Jurassic Park Trilogy” Blu-Ray Pick

24

Oct

Posted by Derek

One of the last great true “Movie Magic” films, Jurassic Park captivated audiences in 1993 with it’s original story, amazing special effects, and memorable music.

With two subsequent sequels, the trilogy has now hit Blu Ray, and Geek Out Loud has an advanced look at these beautiful films in glorious hi definition

Watch the trailer for the Jurassic Park Trilogy Blu-Ray here

There are a host of special features available here. One of the most amazing is the all new six-part documentary featuring interviews with directors Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston, cast, and crew. Plenty of behind the scenes material to keep you busy for hours, as well as previously released archival featurettes, plus deleted scenes and trailers.

With the Blu Ray, you can access a whole new world of Jurassic Park with all new 7.1 Audio, BD Live, My Scenes, and the new Pocket Blu App that works with your iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and now iPad.

These films have never looked more gorgeous than they do on Blu Ray; it really captures the true spirt of seeing them again for the first time (and even makes the third film fun to watch!)

Jurassic Park: The Blu Ray Trilogy hits shelves tomorrow, October 25th. Order yours today.

Choosy Perspective: “Winnie the Pooh” Blu-Ray Pick

21

Oct

Posted by Derek

Return to the hundred acre wood in an all-new animated feature that brings back some of the most beloved animated characters from our childhood. Winnie, Tigger, Eyeore, Piglet and everyone else return. Craig Ferguson joins the cast as Owl, and John Cleese narrates the stories, with original music by Zooey Deschanel.

The film is split up into a few different stories, based on the original A.A. Milne books which provided inspiration for the interlinking plots of the movie. Pooh and friends set out to “rescue” Christopher Robin after assuming he’s been abducted by a creature in the forest, all of this while on the search for honey and Eeyore’s missing tail.

It’s refreshing to see a feature film that is, not only actual animation, but entertaining and genuinely funny.

Owl Explains \”The Backson\”

The Blu-Ray offers up a host of features, including deleted scenes and a sing-a-long function that lets you (you guessed it!) sing along with the great songs from the film! I also love the “Ballad of Nessie” short film about the Loch Ness Monster as well as the Winnie the Pooh short, “The Balloon” in which Winnie tries to fool a group of bees so he can get his honey. The best part of the film, to me, is the coda after the credits. So when you pick up the film, be sure not to miss it! It will keep you laughing.

At 68 minutes, the film is great for kids and families, or just the young at heart. It’s a great story that keeps you laughing, especially as Cleese talks to Winnie through the¬†narration. And with October being National Honey Month, what better way to celebrate than picking up Winnie the Pooh on Blu-Ray when it released October 25?

You can also get some great honey recipes to go along with the film, just by clicking the banner below!

Winnie the Pooh comes to DVD and Blu-Ray October 25th. Pre-order yours today from Disney DVD.

Winnie the Pooh Trailer

Choosy Perspective: “Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides” Blu-Ray Pick

21

Oct

Posted by Derek

The best installment since the original, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” takes us away from the first trilogy and in search of the Fountain of Youth. It’s a return to the fun we first saw nearly ten years ago with Captain Jack Sparrow at the helm. This time around, Jack travels from caves to jungles encountering Mermaids and even the pirate Blackbeard himself (played by Ian McShane) and Penelope Cruz as Angelica.

 

The film is not lost on Blu-Ray, either. The behind the scenes look at the latest installment in the franchise gives glimpses of how everything came together during production. Great featurettes like “In Search of the Fountain” and “Under the Scene” show the work that went into Pirates 4. Careful detail went into this release during filming, and it shows through these mini-documentaries.

 

Disney also offers up the Second Screen on this outing, which gives users with iPads access to even more in-depth coverage on another display while the film is happening. I admit this can be distracting at times but it is a very technological treat that gives you more bang for your buck. If anything, all these features show you how much more went into this fourth film than the two previous sequels that were more shock and awe than story and fun. Packed with deleted and extended scenes, the Blu-Ray is a vast volume that once again shows that Disney goes the extra mile for its fans.

 

Personal favorite on the Blu-Ray is the Bloopers of the Caribbean, the Lego animated featurette of Captain Jack’s Brick Tales. Also, the director’s commentary is a great treat for learning about how the idea of the film came about and became a reality with Johnny Depp reprising his role.

It’s this week’s choosy pick, and you can get your copy of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides from Disney DVD.

On Stranger Tides Trailer

 

Joss Whedon Makes Me Sad…I Think

4

Aug

Posted by Steve

serenity1.jpgWhen I was growing up there were a few names that were synonymous with doing no wrong. ¬† Names like John Hughes, Steven Speilberg, and even George Lucas were mentioned with a reverence and confidence that if their names were on a project, it was gonna be a winner. ¬† Many of the names from that time survived to become legends of film and television making. ¬† It’s interesting to be on the verge of becoming an old fogey and seeing who the new generation has tapped to revere in similar ways. ¬† Visionaries like J.J. Abrams, Christopher Nolan, The Coen Brothers, and of course Joss Whedon. ¬†There are tons more, and there’s a part of me that gets sad knowing that M. Night Shyamalan had such potential to be in that list…but alas…THE HAPPENING happened.

Of all of the film makers, show runners, and writers that have emerged in the last ten to fifteen years, none have garnered the cult following of Joss Whedon. ¬† Quite frankly, he deserved it. ¬†He’s a man who built two successul franchises on a movie that received a pretty modest reception from audiences in the early nineties. ¬†To perform that kind of feat, one has to be a visionary. ¬†From Buffy, Whedon has gone on to gain across the board approval from his fans on whatever he touches. ¬† People follow Whedon as blindly as I follow George Lucas. ¬† On one hand I get that. ¬†The guy has a great imagination…but…he makes me sad. ¬†Why? ¬†I think I finally realized it while watching FIREFLY and SERENITY.

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Time For A Confession…Toy Story 3 Reviewed!!!

28

Jun

Posted by Steve

ToyStory3.jpgLet’s just stop and think about Pixar for a second. ¬†It seems that every film that Pixar has done has been the new standard by which other animated films are judged…until the next Pixar film comes along. ¬†I remember seeing TOY STORY for the first time in 1995. ¬†I was blown away by how real some of the backgrounds looked. ¬†I genuinely laughed at all the jokes. ¬†I was was caught up in a fun story about two characters forming an unlikely friendship in the most unlikely of places.

The Pixar movies that came after equally impressed me. ¬†From the retelling of ¬†“The Ant and The Grasshopper” in A BUG’S LIFE to Sully’s fur in MONSTERS INC. ¬†to the Super Hero team movie that showed how other team up movies should be done in THE INCREDIBLES to the very adult themes in UP, Pixar has consistently surprised me with the ability to knock it out of the park everytime the studio steps up to the plate.

Right off the bat, I will tell you that, for me, TOY STORY 3 was no exception. ¬† I would never say that Buzz and Woody are part of my childhood. ¬†I was in college when Toy Story hit the scene. ¬†So, there was no way that the gang from Andy’s room could have been a part of my childhood, but they were a big part of the point in my life when movies began to become something a little more than a distraction to me. ¬†Toy Story was part of a time in my life when I began to watch movies a little more critically, when I began to pay attention to trailers a little more closely, when I began to seek out reviews from respected critics, and when I began to truly define my cinematic tastes. ¬† So, Pixar holds a special place for me inasmuch as in the past 15 years or so, I have been able to point friends and other geeks to Pixar as THE movie studio that “gets it.”

Now, confession time.

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