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The Lone Ranger Blu-ray Review

The Lone Ranger Blu-ray Review

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer bring their own flair and comedy to the classic western hero but with Tonto as the main star and The Lone Ranger as a costar.

Film making 2.5/5
Video 5/5
Audio 5/5
Bonus Features 2/5

Recommendation 3/5 Stars

The Lone Ranger

Johnny Depp sure knows how to entertain and the laughs do abound with this retelling of the classic masked gunman who is out for justice. The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the masked Ranger but more attention is paid to Tonto than anything else.

John Reid is on his way to a small western town in Texas to help his brother Dan Reid the Texas ranger with a local outlaw. They are bringing Butch Cavendish back to a small town in Texas to hang him for his crimes and John Reid as well as Tonto happen to be on the same train.

When Cavendish is rescued by his gang the Rangers head off in search of Cavendish with John along for the ride but still stating he hates guns so he doesn’t carry one. Cavendish and his gang ambush the band of Rangers and Cavendish himself eats Dan’s heart while John is left for dead.

Tonto happens upon the scene and when he goes to bury John Reid a white horse appears and wakes John up so Tonto tells John he is a spirit walker and cannot be killed in battle. John starts to avenge his brother’s death but only wants to bring Cavendish in for justice still not wanting to kill but seeking justice.

Tonto wants to outright kill Cavendish for his past deeds against his tribe which starts to close the gap about who Cavendish is to Tonto and to Latham Cole. Latham is trying to get some influence in the new Transcontinental Railroad and wants to become a major shareholder.

By the end of the film we have Latham Cole using the railroad to move silver form Indian territory while using the army to kill off the Indians. John gets his justice by killing Cavendish after he is double crossed by both Cole and an Army Cavalry officer who can’t turn down Cole’s offer of money.

The Lone Ranger is a fun ride and really does have its moments but the writing is just not that good with all too familiar plot points. At times I laughed out loud but most of the time the writers did such a bad job that you could see everything coming a long time before it happened.

There was just no mystery to anything and every time anything occurred you knew it would turn out that way because it is always written that way. It was just such a familiar story with only a handful of great laughs to set it apart which are mostly due to Johnny Depp.

Johnny Depp is the real shining star of the film while Armie Hammer is a costar put there to help Depp make his case. The Lone Ranger from Disney will go down in history as yet another attempt at reviving a long lost saga and failing to do so.

Video for The Lone Ranger is excellent and with an over the top audio would have really made this film shine but alas with such a poorly written plot to go on we have a wasted effort. Both video and audio are nearly perfect and video only being a small step behind audio but both so nearly perfect as to not matter.

Bonus content is also just a matter of adding salt to a now painful wound as they added just enough to admit they needed something but not enough to stand out. The making of features are well worth visiting once and the bloopers is pretty good but there just is not enough here to matter.

Johnny Depp does bring out the best for Tonto but in the end The Lone Ranger is a bitter disappointment even though it does have its moments. Rent The Lone Ranger for a good entertaining moment or two but a collection is probably out of the question as the plot is just not there.

The Lone Ranger @ Disney

Oblivion starring Tiom Cruise Blu-ray Review

Oblivion Blu-ray Review Starring Tom Cruise

Oblivion stars Tom Cruise as Tech 49 Jack Harper, a drone repairman stationed on the post-apocalyptic Earth but finds out that everything he thinks he knows has been a lie.

Film making 4/5
Video 5/5
Audio 5/5
Bonus Features 3/5

Recommendation 4/5 Stars

Oblivion Starring Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise plays Tech 49 Jack Harper who repairs drones that are defending the energy harvesters that are supplying power to the last remaining members of the human race. Jack believes he is the last man on Earth along with the last woman on earth but only until they have completed their jobs.

Jack and his partner Victoria Olsen are a team that protects the energy harvesters that are supplying a colony of survivors on Titan. Aliens attacked the earth some 60 years before and some have remained to mysteriously continue to attack the harvesters as they collect power.

After the earth was devastated by nuclear weapons trying to destroy the aliens survivors left for Saturn’s moon Titan but they need energy form Earth. Jack routinely repairs drones in the field with Victoria watching from their safe tower which doubles as their home.

Jack is having dreams about a woman and is suddenly introduced to her when a prewar space ship crashes to Earth but is attacked by the drones. Jack rescues the woman and finds out she was Jacks fiancé before the war but he has only the dreams of her while she knows it’s true.

Jack learns that everything he thought was real is only a story and the supposed aliens that are attacking the harvesters are not real. Jack meets the survivors when he tries to find out what is going on and comes face to face with the truth that his whole life has been a lie.

Oblivion is a good film with an interesting plot that has plenty of twists and turns that you will not see coming and acting is top notch. Tom Cruise is at his best with action and heartfelt support from Morgan Freeman as the leader of the human survivors.

The film delves into new areas and does a great job at a new science fiction story that looks as good as it plays out. Video is excellent and the films does well with the stark contrast of the devastated world with the near perfect tower that Victoria and Jack live in.

Colors are great and Oblivion comes with a perfect Blu-ray transfer that is without problems for an excellent looking film. Audio is also top rate with no problems and an excellent surround sound on a DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound track.

Bonus features for Oblivion include audio commentary, a forty eight minute making of feature, deleted scenes and the score to the film. The making of feature is great while the score is an extra I have not seen before for a good set of extras that worth viewing.

Oblivion packs a lot of plot into its two hour time but it also has plenty of action and great science fiction story telling. Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman do a great job of entertaining and Oblivion is worth buying for that science fiction or Tom Cruise collection or a rental.

Oblivion Website

Oblivion @ IMDb

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Blu-ray Review

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec stars Louise Bourgoin and is directed by Luc Besson who also directed The Fifth Element.

Film making 4/5
Video 4/5
Audio 3/5
Bonus Features 2/5

Recommendation 3/5 Stars

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec stars Louise Bourgoin and is directed and written by Luc Besson who also directed The Fifth Element. Luc Besson’s unique style highlights this films sense of adventure along with fantasy elements that make for a fun movie.

Adele Blanc-Sec raises the dead trying to find a cure for her sister who fell on a hat pin and is comatose due to the hat pin through her head. Adele first goes to Egypt trying to find the doctor of Ramses II who is rumored to be a great healer.

While Adele is finding her mummy a pterodactyl is snatching small animals from France after a scientist uses magic to partially control the pterodactyl. Adele succeeds in bringing the mummy back to life only to find out he is actually a physicist and not a doctor.

Adele uses the help of the number cruncher to find and resurrect the other mummies that are Ramses to find the doctor that can help her sister. In the end Adele is reunited with her sister when they raise the group of mummies entombed with the pharaoh and find the real doctor that removes the hat pin from Adele’s sister.

Indiana Jones is an obvious comparison down to the raising of the dead and Egyptian tomb raiding but the films do differ enough. Adele Blanc-Sec has a different sort of flair than Indiana but both get the final result of being right and saving the day in the end.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec does pretty good with the story and acting but voice does add an odd twist to the film. The original film used French actors and they spoke French during the initial filming and later dubbed the voices in English.

The Blu-ray edition comes in French and English dubbed sound tracks that work well but if you’re not fluent with French the English dub is a bit distracting. The film has the original French with English being dubbed in but the difference of voice and lip movement in English can be annoying.

Video quality is excellent with great looking color and no problems what so ever throughout the film but it does have a clean look to it. The film has a specific clarity and looks very good even in the darker scenes like Paris at night but daylight scenes really standout well.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is a good film but only has one making of feature with some deleted scenes and a music featurette. The making of feature is the only extra really worthwhile but it does contain about the right amount of interviews and information about the film that it works out well.

Bonus content is a bit short but good enough so the film at least has something in the way of extras even if it is only a half hour long. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is a fun adventure in the same vein as Indiana Jones with enough differences that a gentle comparison is all you get.

I highly recommend The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec as a fun adventure that even with English dubbing you have a good film for a rental or purchase.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec @ Amazon

Falling Skies Season 2 DVD Review

 Falling Skies Season 2 DVD Review

Falling Skies stars Noah Wiley as professor turned militia leader of a group of survivors after aliens invade the world but hope comes with them in the form of fellow captives.

Film making 4/5
Video 4/5
Audio 4/5
Bonus Features 4/5

Recommendation 4/5 Stars

Falling Skies Season 2 DVD Review

Noah Wiley stars as Tom Mason with three sons who are struggling to survive in the aftermath of an alien invasion that killed 90 percent of the world’s population. Tom is second in command of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia who are fighting to survive and protect civilians.

When the aliens invade they bring with them captives who wear an alien device called a harness that controls and communicates between the wearer and the alien Overlords. Children on earth are being taken hostage and have this harness which is a biomedical device that turns the children into obedient slaves.

At first the humans only see the six legged skitters and think they are the invaders but at the end of season 1 we are introduced to the Overlords. In Season 2 of Falling Skies Tom returns after 3 months of questioning and torture from an alien overlord to rejoin the 2nd Massachusetts.

Tom left with the alien to protect his son Ben because Ben is communicating with a skitter that is rebelling against the Overlords. Tom’s son still has some problems with the leftover parts of the alien device that remain in his spine and the aliens can partially control them.

Tom struggles to remain a leader and to help others but when the group finally finds a larger group of survivors their hope is renewed. The group that the 2nd Massachusetts find is not by any means self-sufficient and in serious need of help in many areas but it is someone else.

The series is pretty good with a lower focus on the science fiction and alien aspects and more on human frailties, emotions and behavior. The show does a great job of dealing with the surviving members of humanity and how some still believe they can return to a normal life by defeating the aliens.

Of course you always get a differing opinion and some work to help the aliens in the belief that a truce can be obtained if they give the aliens what they want. Noah Wiley does a great job as a history professor who knows a lot about leadership and war from books and study.

He uses a lot of his background knowledge not to fight the aliens but to predict what and how they should go about surviving even when they cannot know everything about the invaders. Falling Skies does a very good job of keeping interest and curiosity as to where the series is going with really good special effects.

Falling Skies is good enough in my opinion that after watching a few episodes of the season 2 edition I received for review I had to go out and buy the first season. While you can understand what is going on with the handy recap video on TNT the first season is well worth a purchase along with the second season.

Falling Skies is a great series and one that I hope keeps enough differing story and plot to keep audience members glued to their screens for a few more seasons. Video for Falling Skies is pretty good and special effects are mostly makeup and actual creatures instead of animation for the aliens.

Audio is also great but not perfect with some well-done surround sound and very clear voice from the Dolby TrueHD sound track. While the audio is not the best possible sound track the Dolby TrueHD is great and without any serious problems.

Bonus features include plenty of making of features, audio commentary and behind the scenes footage that gives a great look at creating the world of Falling Skies. The bonus content has plenty of making of and behind the scenes that really give you an idea of how they create the shows and work together to create their series.

The series on Blu-ray is more than enjoyable and well worth a look for a fun and interesting science fiction show that has action and adventure. I enjoy a good science fiction story and Falling Skies has a good plot with good acting which is a main point of why the series has a good following.

Falling Skies Season 2 on Blu-ray is a great way to catch up on the struggle for the 2nd Massachusetts to survive in the aftermath of the alien invasion.

Falling Skies @ TNT

Falling Skies @ Amazon

Brooklyn Castle DVD Review

Brooklyn Castle DVD

Have you ever wondered where the geeks and nerds rule the school, Brooklyn Castle documents the real life of the Brooklyn Intermediate School 318 and their national award winning team.

Film making 4/5
Video 4/5
Audio 4/5
Bonus Features 1/5

Recommendation 5/5 Stars

Brooklyn Castle

While a documentary Brooklyn Castle is a great film to watch as well as wonder about the insanity of school budgets and where the money needs to go. Brooklyn Intermediate School 318 has had more winning chess champions and their team has won more awards than any other group in the United States.

That’s pretty good when you consider that the average income of parents is below the poverty level for the entire school. A second look at the area of the school will tell you it is inner city and in much need of money just to keep the school open.

The film chronicles five of the best student chess talents in the country and showcases not only their tournaments but the daily struggles of the students and families. The school is also hurting with yearly budget cuts that eat into the afterschool activities like the chess club.

Donors have stepped forward to help but the kids are still having a rough time getting enough money to attend the tournaments that mean so much to them and their future. A final note to an exhilarating year is the middle school team won the High School championship at the 2012 United States Chess Federations national competition.

This is a documentary but you will be involved and fascinated by these kids taking on the challenges that adults usually deal with. Like their coach says “It’s not a metaphor for life; it’s life itself, revealed in all its options.”

Coach Elizabeth Vicary talks about chess and her pupils but she treats them much like adults throughout their day when it comes to chess and the direction they are headed. These kids are faced with the responsibilities most kids don’t come near until well after high school.

They have to decide early where their life is going in regards to chess and they have to make decisions now that are going to affect the rest of their lives. That is some of the things that make this documentary so interesting as well as the real life aspect of kids doing so well in a serious subject like chess tournaments.

Audio and video are just fine and the film does have a documentary look but it is filmed with very good cameras and with well-done editing. The audio is also in 5.1 Dolby surround sound for really great audio that does border on excessive for a documentary that does not need a surround sound field.

Brooklyn Castle is a great documentary and well worth a look as a rental if you can find it or a purchase as it does not cost all that much. The DVD edition has only the deleted scenes on the disc for extras but I really hesitate to consider as documentary in the same review as regular movies when it comes to bonus content.

Brooklyn Castle is a great documentary and a testament to what an afterschool program can do to build lives and motivate kids to do better.

Brooklyn Castle Website

Brooklyn Castle @ Amazon

Cleopatra 50th Anniversary Blu-Ray

Cleopatra 50th Anniversary Blu-Ray

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in the epic film Cleopatra which chronicles the life of Cleopatra from meeting Julius Caesar to her tragic love affair with Mark Antony.

Film making 4/5

Video 5/5

Audio 5/5

Bonus Features 5/5

Recommendation 5/5 Stars

cleopatra

Elizabeth Taylor plays Cleopatra while Rex Harrison plays Julius Caesar and Richard Burton plays Mark Antony in the epic dram Cleopatra. Cleopatra starts in 48 BC after the battle of Pharsalus where Julius Caesar defeated Pompey only to have him escape to Egypt.

Julius goes to Egypt to defeat Pompey only to find the boy ruler Ptomely who gives Caesar the head of Pompey to appease him. Caesar is not happy with the death of his adversary and instructs his advisor to find the rest of the body for a proper funeral.

Julius takes over in Egypt and returns to Rome for a few years before being killed by some of the senate that fear he will become too powerful a ruler. Cleopatra returns to Egypt and after the assassins of Caesar are killed Antony looks to Egypt for money and supplies in his fight to rule parts of the Roman Empire.

Antony and Cleopatra fight together against other rulers of the now broken Roman Empire until Antony falls on his sword thinking that Cleopatra is dead. While Antony is dying his friends bring him to Cleopatra to die and she kills herself shortly after.

Cleopatra was filmed in 1963, won four Academy Awards as well as several nominations but was a bit long at over four hours in length. Cleopatra is one of those rare films that truly marvels in both great acting and in historical accuracy.

The film does have an old look to it but it does look great on Blu-ray with an excellent transfer without any problems what so ever. The colors are a bit muted and things just look like they were filmed way back when but overall the film on Blu-ray is about as good as your ever going to get.

Audio is also very good with a great DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround Sound track along with five other tracks including Spanish, French, Catalan and Portuguese. The audio is excellent and of note is also an impressive subtitle selection for the film but overall you will not be disappointed with the impressive surround sound.

Surround has some great full field use while the epic score sounds fantastic with an updated re-mastering for the Blu-ray release. Both audio and video are as perfect as you will ever get and this is truly the way you want to watch one of these older classics.

Cleopatra on Blu-ray has a slew of bonus features with the movie being split on two Blu-ray discs and extras on both. There are plenty of making of features, retakes and lost footage features and much more including some new extras.

There are over 3 hours of extras and commentary with trailers and archival footage as well so bonus content is fantastic. Cleopatra 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release is how to do a film right on Blu-ray with an excellent transfer and enough extras that make it a worthwhile purchase instead of a rental.

Cleopatra @ Fox Connect

LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out DVD

LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out DVD

Animated LEGO figures make a mess of the Star Wars world in LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, the latest release of LEGO Star Wars animated short films with plenty of laughs.

Film making 5/5
Video 4/5
Audio 4/5
Bonus Features 3/5

Recommendation 4/5 Stars

LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out

LucasArts along with LEGO has released their second animated short film on the Star Wars theme that bounces in the time frame of The Empire Strikes Back but actually encompasses many of the characters and events of all the Star Wars films. The Empire Strikes Out is a quick look at the Star Wars universe through the eyes Of LEGO figures with almost nonstop slap stick humor.

The Death Star made from a boxed LEGO kit or Darth Vader and Darth Maul sibling(Sith-ling) rivalry is some of the more hilarious moments but throughout the 22 minutes you do get lots of fun. Favorite characters like Luke, Han, Leia and Darth Vader are here but some from a variety of the series are also here like Darth Maul and Boss Nass.

Running from female fans we follow Luke Skywalker as he tries to find and destroy an Imperial base after destroying the Death Star which is why the fans are chasing him. Adoring fans aside the laughs come fast and furious in this not for kids only animated LEGO adventure that is well worth adding to any science fiction film collection and a must for Star Wars fans.

While the plot of the short film is not exactly adhered to the fun and joviality is and the Star Wars themed animation is a great entertainment. Notable actors voicing popular characters are Tom Kane and Sam Witwer but really famous is Anthony Daniels who played the original C3PO in Star Wars.

Other voice actors are not as well-known but all do an excellent job in voice acting for a really funny short film that is thoroughly enjoyable. The animated short has great audio and video quality without many problems while the standard DVD does not limit quality due to media size.

The DVD edition does not contain any bonus content but does contain a limited edition LEGO Darth Vader mini figure which really adds enough value considering the cost of the DVD. The DVD edition of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out is available from Amazon for $10 which is pretty good for the video and a LEGO mini figure.

While LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out is only 22 minutes long it has laughs from start to finish and enough Star Wars fun for the whole family. I highly recommend LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out for any movie collection where star wars is a part.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out @ LEGO

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out @ Amazon

Pawn Blu-ray Review

Pawn stars Michael Chiklis, Ray Liotta and Forest Whitaker in a crime drama that keeps you guessing right to the end but not in a good way.

Film making 2/5
Video 4/5
Audio 4/5
Bonus Features 1/5

Recommendation 3/5 Stars

Pawn

What starts as a common enough robbery of an all-night diner turns into a confusing mess with mobs and bad cops at the heart of this drama. Pawn starts with a confusing look at a robbery where Forest Whitaker puts two and two together and imagines what would happen if he straight out pulled his gun in the middle of the diner.

This repeat look at events happens a couple of times which just confuses the issues and makes you not wonder what really happens but why they are looking at things play out differently in the first place.  We also get a look back at some events to see what transpired up to the point of the robbery but this does not really clear the air enough.

Pawn may keep audiences on the edge of their seats with drama but it does keep them guessing what is going to happen next because of the scattered plot. The beginning scene may have been a what could be moment but they do this a few times and you get the idea that the director or writer did not start with a clear picture.

Spoiler alert but the film is not worth watching so I don’t think it matters much, the diner is a front for the mob and a certain cop wants a hard drive that has dirty cops listed on it. The robbery was supposed to get the drive and cash that was in a safe but the events played out differently than expected and a hostage negotiation winds up the robbery.

Dirty cops and mob bosses working behind the scenes make for great drama if told the right way but Pawn just makes a mess of the story from the start with the repeated scenes. The dirty cops in Pawn think they are smarter than the good ones and the bad guys, a.k.a. mobsters, think they can get away with anything but in the end the only ones who are really hurt is the audience for having to watch this mess of a movie.

Pawn is just not worth a rental as the film is confusing most of the time but in the end just does not have enough clear cut drama to make it enjoyable. Video and audio quality are probably the only savers of the movie and the only reason it gets an average rating when finally figured out.

Pawn is shot in pretty good digital film with a decent enough Blu-ray transfer but due to a low budget we get a simple transfer without much in the way of cleanup. The film looks just fine and the transfer looks good due to the source material but it does include a few problems here and there that could probably been cleared up in processing.

Audio is also pretty good but not top notch with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track which sounds just fine but a few problems creep in here and there. At one point in the film static was obvious that made me look to my back speakers for a second but this only happened once while the straight forward voice was just fine throughout the movie.

Both audio and video are much better than the plot which is a shame but not surprising given this film skipped theatres and went direct to store shelves. Sometimes direct to video films can be worthwhile but not here even with a good actor list you still need better direction and plot which are missing.

I hate making of features that simply try to convince viewers what a great film they just made by restating the great actors or directors of the project. One of the actors simply sits and says to the camera what great actors are in the movie over and over but direction and plot go out the window.

There is only one bonus feature on the Blu-ray disc and it only restates what we already know but in reverse with a  good acting list but poor direction and plot. It’s no wonder that Pawn went straight to DVD and Blu-ray to skip the potential money making at the box office with its top actors but lack of good story and direction.

I would recommend renting this if you’re interested and leave Pawn to the direct to video dungeon because it just does not excite enough to warrant more money from the audience.

Pawn @ Imprint Entertainment

The Impossible Blu-ray

The Impossible Blu-ray

Surviving a tsunami is only part of the incredible story of a family that not only survives but reunites with each other in the chaos after the disaster in The Impossible.

Film making 5/5
Video 5/5
Audio 5/5
Bonus Features 2/5

Recommendation 5/5 Stars

The Impossible Blu-ray

Based on the true story of Maria Belon and her family’s struggle to reunite after the 2004 tsunami devastated Thailand The Impossible stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGegor. Namoi Watts stars as English physician Maria Bennet with her husband Henry played by Ewan McGregor as they vacation in Thailand during the Christmas holiday in 2004 when disaster strikes.

The Bennet family is on vacation in Thailand at a new resort when a tsunami strikes their coastal retreat which catches the family while they are playing in the pool. Maria and their oldest son manage to stay together while being swept away with the debris as the wave washes them across the island.

We follow her and her son as they first look to help each other find shelter from a potential second wave and find a small boy named Daniel that also needs help. Maria is severely injured in the leg and chest but they eventually manage to make it to a hospital that is overflowing with patients.

While Maria awaits surgery she tells her son to see what he can do to help others so he goes about reuniting survivors with their relatives as well as looking for his father and two brothers. Henry in the meantime has managed to stay with their two younger sons and sends them with other tourists who are taken to a safer place while he stays near the resort to look for his wife and other son.

The family is eventually reunited with each other and whisked off the island to safety by Henry’s insurance company but not before they witness both the horror of the disaster and the compassion of so many helping others. The tsunami was a disaster of epic proportions but the locals were the true heroes as the tourists were not only helped but made the difference for everyone regardless of whether they were rich tourists.

The Impossible is a very good movie and well worth watching with its unique perspective of a victim in a tsunami and Naomi Watts plays an extremely convincing role. Nominated for numerous awards including Best Actress the films leading lady does a great job and the film is very entertaining as well as moving.

The movie does a fantastic job with special effects and only once was I disappointed when Maria was flashing back to her initial tumble in the tidal wave. The scene where she remembers back to her tumbling in the wave and getting poked with sticks and ripping her leg open just seemed irrelevant.

My wife looked at me at this moment and both of us said the same thing, Why have this in the film? But the rest of the movie was great. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie even though it is about a disaster in that it shows how even during the worst of times people will do amazing things to help others.

The Impossible on Blu-ray is excellent for video and without any problems throughout the film with gorgeous color even though toned down for many of the disaster scenes. Color is vibrant and good looking but even the disaster parts of the film have a piercing color variety such as the quick glimpse of the bloody wound on Maria’s leg.

The video is great and the special effects really stand out well for an excellent looking film that also has some great sounding audio. The DTS-HD Master Audio track is in both English and Spanish for the 5.1 surround sound audio that has excellent use of the sound field as well as clear voice.

The audio with its natural disaster effects does stand out but even afterwards the muted animals and insects or the bustling hospital environment all work well in surround sound. Audio is without any problems and the audio will really help to make this an excellent film overall for a worthwhile film for a disaster movie collection.

Bonus features are rather light for this Blu-ray release as I had expected to find more on the real person the film was based on or even more about the real tsunami. Audio commentary and a couple of making of features are all you’ll find worthwhile on the bonus content and a few deleted scenes round out the extras.

The two making of features are worth a look but at ten minutes for both you only get a quick glimpse behind the scenes. The extras are too light when you have so much available due to the based on a true story nature of the movie that I was disappointed at how little there is here.

The Impossible is one of those films that you cannot miss because it shows not only what really happens in a natural disaster but the human spirit that can show from underneath people. The Impossible is a great film and is definitely worth a rental if you don’t want to add it as a film for your entertainment collection.

The Impossible Website

Not Suitable For Children Blu-ray

Not Suitable For Children

Not Suitable For Children asks the question what if you had little time to father a child yet were not even married, could you find a mother for your offspring in time?

Film making 3/5
Video 4/5
Audio 4/5
Bonus Features 2/5

Recommendation 3/5 Stars

Not Suitable For Children Blu-ray

Jonah played by Ryan Kwanten has little prospects in life and just wants to have fun while he and his roommates earn a little money on the parties they host at their home. While these parties earn them enough money the future is pretty uncertain for Jonah as this is his only income but a dalliance turns his attention elsewhere when a girl finds a lump on his testicle.

Jonah visits the doctor with the life altering news that he has testicular cancer and his only option is to remove the cancer but it will render him infertile. He looks to the future and his chance at being a father only to be told that his sperm will not survive being frozen so his only option of fathering a child is getting someone pregnant before his surgery.

He begins searching for a mother only to come face to face with the fact that his fellow roommate and friend Stevie played by Sarah Snook is suddenly liking the idea. Jonah and Stevie try to conceive without their other roommate Gus finding out because things might get awkward, as if sleeping together isn’t.

When Stevie fails to conceive and Jonah is forced to undergo surgery without having to father a child they have a big argument and to make matters worse the police raid their latest party. Jonah and Stevie have a fight but in the end she comes to see him off to his big day in surgery only to realize she does love him and they do have options for children in their future.

Not Suitable For Children is a goofy film but in the end just falls short as a solid comedy or romantic comedy even though the acting is good. In Not Suitable For Children the drama of cancer takes a back seat to fathering a child and Jonah just is taken in directions that are not natural given his situation.

Yes, fathering a child when suddenly having the ability about to be taken away would be natural to want but they just go about it strangely and without enough emotional impact. The shock Jonah feels is evident but the sudden switch to wanting a child is just too sudden and even the great acting of Sarah Snook and Ryan Kwanten is not enough to propel this film above average.

Video and audio for Not Suitable For Children are great with good color and no real problems in either area but a few lower quality moments sneak in at times. Color at times is muted as an apparent choice but even with this video just never looks better than great and at times is just average.

Audio is also very good but not better and even though most of the film uses dialogue things could have been improved with the addition of more ambient sounds and music. The audio is without major problems but throughout the film you are forced to observe the fact that it is just decent audio and nothing more.

Bonus features in Not Suitable For Children include interviews with cast and crew along with a fourteen minute behind the scenes feature that includes more interviews and making of shots. The interviews are your typical extras while the making of features are also quite typical and in no real way anything above ordinary fair that is included with films.

You just cannot expect to have much else for a film that rises just barely above mediocre for extras but just like film direction a good producer could add enough to make it worthwhile. Not Suitable For Children is just not really all that great but is worth at least a rental for those days when nothing else is available.

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