Blu-ray Review: GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGENCE

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Release date: June 12th, 2012 SRP: $35.99 Ah, licensing rights. When studios desperate to keep a trademark they usually rush a movie just to keep the title and characters. When the first Ghost Rider movie bombed it was a wonder why they would start production on a second, let alone even want to keep the Ghost Rider trademark. But they did, and instead of a Marvel production that might have actually been fun we get the abortion we got. “Ghost Rider” is one of the worst comic book movies ever made. The problems were many but two of the biggest were the casting of Nic Cage (and his digital chest) and the fact...

THE WOMAN IN BLACK – Blu-Ray Review

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Release Date: May 22nd, 2012 In THE WOMAN IN BLACK, from director James Watkins, young lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) travels to a remote village to sort through the papers of a recently deceased client. When the locals regard him with fear and hatred, he unearths the dark history of the house and the vengeful spirit that still plagues the town. As tensions build and time begins to run out, Kipps is left to search for a way to end the haunting and put the spirit to rest. Radcliffe is likeable as the young lawyer, even if it is hard to distance him from his Harry Potter fame, and holds his own as a...

Blu-ray Review: UNDERWORLD – AWAKENING

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Release date: May 8th, 2012 UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING, directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, begins twelve years after Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael are captured and sedated by an ominous research facility known as Antigen. When Selene is awakened by a fellow captive, she has to adjust to a world where humankind has driven vampires into hiding and lycans nearly into extinction during a period called The Purge. Selene pairs up with a vampire named David (Theo James) to discover what happened to Michael twelve years prior and why Antigen is currently hunting Eve (India Eisley)—the young girl Selene is...

Blu-ray Review: We Bought A Zoo.

Fox Home Entertainment Release date: April 3rd, 2012 Director: Cameron Crowe Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Angus MacFadyen Six months after the death of his wife, Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) decides to find a new house, one that does not constantly remind him of her. He comes across his perfect home, but there is one catch: Whoever buys it must also take the dilapidated zoo that is on the property. After seeing the delight in his 7 year-old daughter’s eyes, he takes the leap and becomes the owner of one shoddy zoo. The remaining staff members initially view him with skepticism, but eventually...

JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM – Blu-ray/DVD Review

Warner Home Video Release date: February 28, 2012 MSRP: $24.98 Starring the voices of Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg, Nathan Fillion, Carl Lumbly, Michael Rosenbaum Written by Dwayne McDuffie Directed by Lauren Montgomery In the latest DC Universe direct-to-video animated movie, the immortal Vandal Savage hires several supervillains to eliminate their enemies–Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Martian Manhunter–twisting plans originally conceived by Batman in case any of the heroes went rogue. For me, a key ingredient to any superhero story is the level of threat faced by the hero(es). Part of...