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Darkness Falls (2003) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: John Fasano, Joe Harris & James Vanderbilt
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie, Grant Piro, Sullivan Stapleton, Steve Mouzakis

Features:

  • Running audio commentary by director Liebesman, producers William Sherak and Jason Shuman, and writer Vanderbilt
  • Running audio commentary by writers Fasano & Harris
  • Storyboard comparison
  • Deleted scenes
  • The Legend of Matilda Dixon featurette
  • Making-of featurette

Released by: Columbia Pictures
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it.

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Dark Shadows: DVD Collection 4 (1967) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: Sam Hall, Joe Caldwell, Ralph Ellis, Gordon Russell, Ron Sproat, Francis Swann, Art Wallace and Violet Welles
Directed by: Dan Curtis, Pennberry Jones, Dennis Kane, Henry Kaplan, John Sedwick, Jack Sullivan, Sean Dhu Sullivan, Lela Swift, and John Weaver
Starring: Jonathan Kidd, Joan Bennett, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, David Henesy, Lara Parker, Clarice Blackburn, Anthony George, Grayson Hall, Joel Crothers, and David Ford.

Features:

  • Cast and crew interviews

Released by: MPI Home Video
Region: 1
Rating: NR, safe for 12+
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: Get it NOW, along with the previous sets

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Kate & Leopold (2001) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: James Mangold and Steven Rogers
Directed by: James Mangold
Starring: Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer, Natasha Lyonne

Features:

  • Commentary by director James Mangold
  • Original Theatrical Version and Director’s Cut
  • Deleted Scenes With Commentary
  • “On The Set” Featurette
  • Sting “Until” Music Video
  • Photo Gallery
  • Costume Featurette
  • English Audio
  • French Audio on the Director’s Cut
  • Spanish subtitles

Released by: Miramax
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Yep. Presented in 1.85:1 AR, enhanced for 16×9 TVs

My Advice: Rent it.

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A Walk to Remember (2002) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: Karen Janszen, based upon the novel by Nicholas Sparks
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Starring: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, and Daryl Hannah

Features:

  • Two commentary tracks, one with director Shankman and stars West and Moore, the other with writers Janszen and Sparks
  • Mandy Moore music video
  • Cast film highlights
  • Theatrical trailers

Released by: Warner Home Video
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Skip it

A Walk to Remember, adapted from the novel by Nicholas Sparks, relates the story of Landon (West), part of the “in” clique in his high school, and Jamie (Moore), the preacher’s moral daughter, and the love they come to share in the face of tragedy. Sound familiar? A little like Love Story perhaps? Well, it is. It’s very much like most romances, in fact, with very little to differentiate it.

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102 Terra Cotta Projects – Book Review

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Subtitle: Pretty & Practical, Whimsical & Wonderful Ideas for Terra Cotta Pots of All Sizes
Written by: LeNae Gerig
Published by: Hot Off the Press

An artist’s dream: a flexible, cheap, readily-found material. Just a dream? No longer…the answer seems to be terra cotta pots! From holidays to special occasions to everyday, 102 Terra Cotta Projects has something for every reader’s needs. Not just pots, but also the saucers and so on are utilized in this clever and inspirational book. You really have to hand it to the author; she’s turned these humble, ubiquitous household objects into something interesting–a tall order indeed.

The book’s inside front cover gives the reader a bit of information about the author, lists of necessary general supplies, and some tips for working with terra cotta pots. The rest of the book is devoted to the titular 102 projects, representing such a wide range of uses and styles that even the most finicky of readers is bound to find some things to make. Some of my personal favorites were the Peal Votive Cup, Bubbler Fountain, Gum Ball Machine, and Bird Feeder.

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Love Hina Christmas Movie (2002) – Anime Review

Love Hina Christmas Movie DVD cover

Film:
DVD:

Original Story by: Ken Akamatsu
Directed by: Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Character Design by: Makoto Uno

Features:

  • Textless ending
  • Bonus episode
  • Insert calendar
  • English and Japanese audio
  • English subtitles

Dindrane’s Anime Warnings:

  • Forbidden Swordswoman Buttocks
  • Dangerously large breasts
  • Christmas cheer

Released by: Bandai
Region: 1
Rating: 13+
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: Buy it.

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Record of Lodoss War: DVD Collection (1990) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: Mami Watanabe and Kenichi Kanemaki, based on original story by Hitoshi Yasuda and Ryo Mizuno
Directed by: Akinori Nagaoka, Katsuhisa Yamada, Kazunori Mizuno, Taiji Ryu, Shigeto Makino, Akio Sakai, Hiroshi Kawasaki
Translation by Neil Nadelman
Character Design by Nobuteru Yuuki

Features:

  • Japanese promotional video
  • Comics
  • Fan convention with Japanese cast
  • Art gallery
  • Character profiles
  • Scripts
  • Cast list
  • Production credits
  • “Cast a Spell” look at the magic sequences
  • English and Japanese audio
  • English subtitles

Dindrane’s Anime Warnings:

  • Dragons and elves and witches, o my
  • Elf-maidens much cuter than you
  • Grumpy dwarves

Released by: Central Park/U.S. Manga
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Buy it, oh buy it…

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Bonanza 8-Pack (1961) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: Robert E. Thompson, Bill Barrett, Gene L. Coon, William Raynor, Myles Wilder, Laurence Mascott, John Twist, R. Hamer Norris, Leonard Heideman, and Donald S. Sanford
Directed by: Lewis Allen, Richard Bartlett, Arthur Lubin, Felix Feist, Charles F. Haas, Lewis Allen, James P. Yarbrough, and Christian Nyby
Starring: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, and Victor Sen Yung.

Released by: Brentwood Home Video
Region: 1
Rating: NR, safe for all ages, with some violence
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Buy it if you love Westerns

Originally conceived as a way to sell color TVs by dazzling consumers with the Western landscapes, Bonanza became a beloved part of many a Baby Boomer and Gen X childhood. Now, this set of two double-sided discs presents us with eight of the best episodes from this long-running show. Return to the Ponderosa with Hoss, Little Joe, and the rest, and return to those long, simple days of childhood.

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