Die Another Day (2002) – DVD Review

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DVD:

Written by: Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, based on the creations of Ian Fleming
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, Judi Dench, John Cleese

Features:

  1. Running audio commentary by director Tamahori and producer Michael G. Wilson
  2. Running audio commentary by actors Brosnan and Pike
  3. Video streaming trivia
  4. Documentary: Inside Die Another Day
  5. Storyboard scene comparisons
  6. Multi-angle sequence explorations
  7. Opening credits breakdown
  8. Special effects featurette
  9. Bond gadgets featurette
  10. Photo gallery
  11. “Die Another Day” music video by Madonna
  12. Making of “Die Another Day” music video
  13. Making of 007 Nightfire computer game

Released by: MGM
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Bond fans should own it, otherwise rent it.

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X2: X-Men United (2003)- Movie Review

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Written by: Michael Dougherty & Daniel P. Harris, based on a story by David Hayter, Zak Penn & Bryan Singer, which was in turn based on the comic book originally created by Stan Lee
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Brian Cox

My Advice: Matinee.

Picking up a short time after the first film left off, we find Wolverine (Jackman) trying to figure out his past. We also find a certain fuzzy blue teleporter (Alan Cumming) trying to off the President (Cotter Smith). Freaked–well, wouldn’t you be?–the POTUS authorizes William Stryker (Cox) to put certain plans to action to eliminate the mutant threat. And what he sets in motion will be so bad, it will involve a bold raid on the Xavier School, and force Magneto (McKellen) and his crony, Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), to join forces with the X-Men.

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Swordfish (2001) – Movie Review

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Written by: Skip Woods
Directed by: Dominic Sena
Starring: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones

My Advice: Matinee.

Gabriel (Travolta) is a man with a mission. Suffice to say that mission involves a lot of guns, cigars, high speed chases, and Halle Berry topless. But of course, those are the elements of all good missions. Anyway, the one thing this mission is lacking is a world-class hacker. Gabriel finds one in Stanley (Jackman), a burnt-out computer cowboy with an ex-wife and a daughter living in stepfatherly hell. Gabriel has something up his sleeve you see, and it involves a lot of money and an intricate plan to get at it. Hot on the trail of everybody is Agent Roberts (Cheadle). And of course, Vinnie Jones is quickly becoming the Danny Trejo of the next millennium.

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X-Men (2000) – Movie Review

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Directed by Bryan Singer
Written by David Hayter, story by Tom DeSanto & Bryan Singer
Starring Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

There’s a war brewing, and the lines are being drawn. Mankind is evolving to the next step, and that step happens to be “mutants,” people with superhuman abilities. Trouble is, mankind isn’t too keen on their brethren being able to do these neato things, and the general populace becomes afraid and belligerent, as they are wont to do. Among the mutants, there are two factions. Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart) believes in getting past the ignorance of humanity and preaches tolerance. Erik Lensherr, also known as Magneto (McKellen), thinks Xavier is suffering from a major delusion and that humanity and tolerance are mutually exclusive.

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