Blu-Ray Review: Lake Placid (1999, Dir, Steve Miner)

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The late 90s was significant for the nature run amok genre, for I can recall five major movies, and when I say major I mean movies that were made for a wide theatrical release, got a wide theatrical release, and had big name stars in them, that came out between 1997 and 1999. It all started with Anaconda in spring of ’97, then Mimic in August of ’98, Lake Placid  and Deep Blue Sea (this could also fall in the science run amok category) in summer (July, I think) of ’99, with Bats rounding it all out in fall of that same year.

When it comes to the Giant Croc/Alligator sub-genre I have three favorites. Until someone comes along to knock it off the top spot Greg Mclean’s Rogue (2007) is about the best one you’ll ever watch. In the #2 spot Lake Placid (1999) is a very good rural variation on the giant gator myth, and, finally, we have the first giant alligator movie I ever saw, the one that literally explores the urban myth of “alligators-living-in-the-sewers,” Lewis Teague’s Alligator (1980).

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Blu-Ray Review: Deadly Eyes (1982, Dir, Robert Clouse)

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(Warning! Spoilers Contained Within!)

 Ah, yes, another big time “memory movie” from childhood.

I can’t quite pin down an exact time frame for when I saw it. Let’s see, it hit theaters in 1982, but I distinctly recall seeing it after I saw Of Unknown Origin, that Peter Weller rat flick, which came out in 1983, so I probably saw Deadly Eyes in the mid-80s. Best I can do. I do remember the moment I saw it though; late night on cable, in the living room, everyone asleep in the house but me because I was interested in seeing if this particular rat movie would actually deliver the goods this time.

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Blu-Ray Review: The Final Terror (1983, Dir, Andrew Davis)

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The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
 

(Warning! Spoilers Contained Within!) 

It’s that first line from Robert Frost’s poem, ‘the woods are lovely dark and deep,’ that occasionally pops into my head when I’m penning something about the woods, or at times, at certain moments of introspection, when I’m actually in the woods.

I live in the country and my favorite seasons are spring and summer because I can get out and into the woods. There’s no place better to recharge your batteries or just get away if you’re having a bad day. A nice walk in the woods always hits me right in that special sweet spot. I couldn’t never fathom living in a city.

But it does have a dark side.

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Made-For-TV: Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Blu-ray)

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In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!!!

No disrespect to Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1998), Batman Beyond (1999-2001), or any of the other DC super hero toons that came before, which are all fine in their own right, but, for me, Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006) is DC’s pinnacle of excellence in their history of TV toons and the last word on anything related to the Justice League, thus making Justice League (2001-2004) their second best super hero team toon. But DC had more successes after that namely in the form of Young Justice: Invasion (2012-2013), which was the second season of Young Justice. I wasn’t a total fan of their first season, the animation was inconsistent, being excellent for a few eps then sub par for another, but when Invasion came along the animation in my opinion stayed consistent and excellent for the entire 20 episode arc and the story was more focused. Now during this time DC decided to create their first CGI hero toon and give Hal Jordan his shot at the big time.

Cue Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011-2013)!

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Made-For-TV: Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection)

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WILLIAM SHATNER FROM THE “NICK OF TIME” EPISODE

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone. 

I was always a bigger fan of The Outer Limits (1963-1965) than I was of The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) when they were both in re-runs during my childhood (my brother liked it more than I did), nevertheless I saw enough of the series to cull a mental list of favorite episodes I never forgot about. This new collection here gathered enough of them that it attracted my attention and made me want to review it.

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Blu-Ray Review: Dracula (Dir, Dan Curtis)

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 I was born in ’69, coming into this world at the tail end of Dan Curtis’ Dark Shadows (1966-1971) series, but fear not Curtis still managed to remain in my life through out most of my childhood. And I don’t ever remember Dark Shadows being re-run during that time either; if it was I never knew it. As with most memories from those formative years despite having them they’re sometimes out of order, so for the sake of argument let’s say my first run in with Mr. Curtis was through his 1973 TV movie The Night Stalker.

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Doc Review: Mirage Men (Dirs, John Lundberg/Roland Denning/Kypros Kyprianou)

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“Doty’s disinformation campaign destroyed careers and drove some of its victims insane. His tall tales came to be believed by millions of ordinary people as the hidden truth behind the modern era’s greatest mystery.” — Mirage Men’s Website 

Like Ghosts and the general paranormal/supernatural at large I’ve been fascinated by UFOs since childhood, not to the extent that I would go out and investigate sightings and so forth but more to the extent of just being an “armchair investigator;” books and documentaries are as far as my fascination extends.

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Blu-Ray Review: Journey To The West (Dir, Stephen Chow)

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When I first saw this trailer last year my first impression of it was not good. At that time it just looked stupid. I was reacting to the slapstick comedy and even though I liked it visually the comedy turned me off.

As we got closer to the release date for the DVD and the blu-ray a press release was sent my way I decided to have another look at the trailer. I seem to think it was a second trailer I saw this time for now I felt more receptive towards it. And now that I’ve just seen it last night I thank God I decided to have that second look; the movie was fantastic!

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DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Review: Son Of Batman (Dir, Ethan Spaulding)

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I had no idea this year was Batman’s 75th anniversary. I found that out only a month ago; this now explains why this year in the DC Animated Movie universe is Batman heavy with the last two flicks.

The first one out of the gate is Son Of Batman, based on the graphic novel, Batman & Son. Here Ra’s Al Ghul (Giancarlo Esposito) plans to bio-engineer manbat/ninja assassins with the help of Dr. Kirk Langstrom (Xander Berkeley) the original Man-Bat, but Deathstroke (Thomas Gibson) has other plans. He assassinates Ghul and attempts to assassinate Ghul’s daughter, Talia (Morena Baccarin) and her son, Damien (Stuart Allan), but Damien, having been trained since birth to be a killer, ends up being more of a challenge than Deathstroke thought and in the process he loses an eye.

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