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Aladdin

Review: “Aladdin” Diamond Edition – Rawk! Polly Wants This Blu-ray!

by SB20xxon October 20, 2015
Aladdin was another successful part of Disney’s “renaissance:” the period that started during the late ’80s with The Little Mermaid that revitalized interest in the Disney brand, thanks to a renewed interest in quality storytelling, Broadway-worthy musical numbers, and state-of-the-art visuals. Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast were both top notch films, but Aladdin, in […]
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Review: “Sword Art Online II – Volume One Collector’s Edition (UK Edition)”: Bringing A Sword To A Gun Fight?

by Grant Whiteon October 19, 2015
As I said the last time I reviewed a show inspired by MMORPGs, the genre has never really been my thing. I have my creative outlets which includes writing (though my poor editor may feel differently) but I’ve got enough commitments and drama in my real life to carve out a second one. That said, […]

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Review: “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown! (And Don’t Come Back!!)” – Thankfully, It Did

by Ed Liuon October 13, 2015
I am of two minds about Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!), the fourth and final Peanuts feature film from Charles Schulz, Lee Mendelson, and Bill Melendez. It has much bigger aspirations than any of the earlier Peanuts films, sending Charlie Brown and his friends to the French countryside on a trip strongly […]
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Review: “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” Chooses To Be Great

by Neo Yion October 5, 2015
The Iron Giant hovers somewhere between nigh-infinite critical praise and semi-obscurity that’s kept it from overblown hype. I think the balance ensured it stuck around as a beloved cult classic all these years. It’s to the film’s credit that the decade-and-half since its release has done nothing to tarnish its quality. Evidently, Warner Bros. must […]

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Review: “009 Re:Cyborg (UK Edition)”: A Re:Boot That Needs Re:Considering

by Grant Whiteon October 1, 2015
Fans of Japanese pop culture will likely be familiar with Shotaro Ishinomori, one of the key architects of the framework for many long running superhero works such as Super Sentai and Kamen Rider. One of his only slightly less well known works is Cyborg 009. Sharing themes with Kamen Rider, the story focuses on nine […]
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Review: “Hotel Transylvania 2” – Does New Blood Keep the Laughs Coming?

by Christopher Glennonon September 25, 2015
Sony thrilled audiences so much with Hotel Transylvania in 2012 that they’re rolling out the blood red carpet again with its sequel just in time for the 2015 Halloween season.  The first movie asked the question of what would happen if a human fell in love with the sheltered vampire daughter of Dracula (answer: hilarity). […]

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Review: “Solty Rei Complete Series” – 1985, Is That You?

by Weathermanon September 23, 2015
Some reviews write themselves: “It’s great!” or “I’d rather gargle with razor blades!” Some reviews don’t. Solty Rei is most certainly the latter. There’s certainly a lot about it that isn’t good, but there’s just enough that is to make for a interesting but frustrating experience. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Grizzled detective/private […]
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Review: “Code:Breaker” Has Too Many Broken Parts

by macattackon September 21, 2015
I did not have high hopes for Code:Breaker upon sitting down to watch it. I have been a reader of the long-running manga, and I knew the story, at a mere 13 episodes, would either be incomplete or end on an original note that likely would not be satisfying to me. As a result, I began […]

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Review “Gotham” Season 1 Blu-ray – Rotten, but Not Where It Should Be

by Ed Liuon September 18, 2015
I find precious little of value in the first season of Gotham, now available in a complete season Blu-ray set. The visual design of the show is terrific; many in the ensemble and guest-starring cast turn in impressive performances; some of the episodes make for gripping, entertaining television; and… …and I’m already out of nice […]
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Review: “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” and “Clarence: Dust Buddies”

by Ed Liuon September 16, 2015
LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles takes the sensibilities of the LEGO video games and translates them into episodic TV set in the Star Wars universe between the original movie and The Empire Strikes Back. This means that a reasonable story is made ridiculous by copious addition of amusing in-jokes, creative use of LEGO […]