Friday, September 28, 2012

Phantom Lady and Doll Man Issue #1 Comic Book Review

DC Comics is pulling some interesting characters out of the past for their second wave of the New 52 relaunch. The first few books long-time fans might recognize by name are G.I. Combat, Dial H, and World's Finest. Now we get a four part mini-series which hardcore enthusiasts will be familiar with. October sees the release of Phantom Lady and Doll Man. Both characters were created by Will Eisner with Jerry Iger assisting on Phantom Lady.

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Phantom Lady and Doll Man Issue #1 Comic Book Review

DC Comics is pulling some interesting characters out of the past for their second wave of the New 52 relaunch. The first few books long-time fans might recognize by name are G.I. Combat, Dial H, and World's Finest. Now we get a four part mini-series which hardcore enthusiasts will be familiar with. October sees the release of Phantom Lady and Doll Man. Both characters were created by Will Eisner with Jerry Iger assisting on Phantom Lady.

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Interview: Director Jesse Baget Talks About "Breathless"

Director / writer / producer Jesse Baget has quite a diverse roster of films he's worked on already in his short career. He's made everything from horror films to comedies and dramas. Baget has been fortunate to recruit some big-name actors for his films like Tom Sizemore and Stacy Keach. His latest film, "Breathless," features an impressive cast which includes Val Kilmer, Ray Liotta, and Gina Gershon. I had the opportunity to interview Baget while he was doing press for the movie, which is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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Interview: Director Jesse Baget Talks About "Breathless"

Director / writer / producer Jesse Baget has quite a diverse roster of films he's worked on already in his short career. He's made everything from horror films to comedies and dramas. Baget has been fortunate to recruit some big-name actors for his films like Tom Sizemore and Stacy Keach. His latest film, "Breathless," features an impressive cast which includes Val Kilmer, Ray Liotta, and Gina Gershon. I had the opportunity to interview Baget while he was doing press for the movie, which is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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Blu-ray Review: "Dark Shadows"

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is doing the smart thing and releasing Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" just in time to soak up some Halloween spirit. The film performed poorly in studios but will no doubt do good business on Blu-ray and DVD since the holiday season puts people in the mood to see something spooky and kooky to celebrate. "Dark Shadows" is perfect for viewers who want to get the chills and some thrills but not overdose on them. A good helping of humor helps to balance things out.

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Blu-ray Review: "Dark Shadows"

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is doing the smart thing and releasing Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" just in time to soak up some Halloween spirit. The film performed poorly in studios but will no doubt do good business on Blu-ray and DVD since the holiday season puts people in the mood to see something spooky and kooky to celebrate. "Dark Shadows" is perfect for viewers who want to get the chills and some thrills but not overdose on them. A good helping of humor helps to balance things out.

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Blu-ray Review: "Halloween III: Season of the Witch"

Very few movie studios are willing to gamble on anything that strays outside of their comfort zones. They all want sure things. That's why we get so many remakes and sequels to movies these days. Their actions aren't without reason. Moviegoers are a fickle bunch. Something that sounds or looks good on paper may not translate well when it finally hits the big screen. Universal Studios and John Carpenter learned that lesson the hard way with "Halloween III: Season of the Witch."

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Blu-ray Review: "Halloween III: Season of the Witch"

Very few movie studios are willing to gamble on anything that strays outside of their comfort zones. They all want sure things. That's why we get so many remakes and sequels to movies these days. Their actions aren't without reason. Moviegoers are a fickle bunch. Something that sounds or looks good on paper may not translate well when it finally hits the big screen. Universal Studios and John Carpenter learned that lesson the hard way with "Halloween III: Season of the Witch."

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blu-ray Review: "Big Top Scooby-Doo!"

The poor Mystery, Inc. gang never can catch a break... even when they're on vacation in Atlantic City. No matter where they're headed, monsters and mayhem seem to find them. 43 years after his first appearance, Scooby-Doo still has a nose for mysteries. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment gives fans of the crime fighting canine and his ever youthful sidekicks a new feature length animated movie entitled "Big Top Scooby-Doo!"

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Blu-ray Review: "Big Top Scooby-Doo!"

The poor Mystery, Inc. gang never can catch a break... even when they're on vacation in Atlantic City. No matter where they're headed, monsters and mayhem seem to find them. 43 years after his first appearance, Scooby-Doo still has a nose for mysteries. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment gives fans of the crime fighting canine and his ever youthful sidekicks a new feature length animated movie entitled "Big Top Scooby-Doo!"

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Monday, September 24, 2012

DC Comics Releases Telling #0 Issues

Let me start off by stating the obvious to many of my regular readers. I absolutely love DC Comics. They never fail to do anything they can to meet my petty undeserving demands as a reviewer of their monthly comics and graphic novels. I sit here right now contemplating how I can review all 46 #0 issues they sent me.

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DC Comics Releases Telling #0 Issues

Let me start off by stating the obvious to many of my regular readers. I absolutely love DC Comics. They never fail to do anything they can to meet my petty undeserving demands as a reviewer of their monthly comics and graphic novels. I sit here right now contemplating how I can review all 46 #0 issues they sent me.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Blu-ray Review: "The Tall Man"

My press contact for Image Entertainment's "The Tall Man" couldn't be more correct. It's the sort of film you come away from either really liking or really hating. I enjoyed the movie and found it to be a unique little thriller.

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Blu-ray Review: "The Tall Man"

My press contact for Image Entertainment's "The Tall Man" couldn't be more correct. It's the sort of film you come away from either really liking or really hating. I enjoyed the movie and found it to be a unique little thriller.

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Blu-ray Review: "Terminator Anthology"

Something I've heard people ask is why the "Terminator" movies haven't been released in a box set all together. The answer used to be simple: they were owned by separate studios. No longer will I have to throw that disappointing answer out at disgruntled fans. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has taken possession of and released the 5-Disc collection "The Terminator Anthology" on Blu-ray.

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Blu-ray Review: "Terminator Anthology"

Something I've heard people ask is why the "Terminator" movies haven't been released in a box set all together. The answer used to be simple: they were owned by separate studios. No longer will I have to throw that disappointing answer out at disgruntled fans. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has taken possession of and released the 5-Disc collection "The Terminator Anthology" on Blu-ray.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Justice League International Annual #1 Comic Book Review

DC Comics ends another 12 issues and ushers in a second year of adventure with Justice League International Annual #1. Here's yet another monthly book I can't seem to find the time to follow on a regular basis. Every time I'm pulled into its pages I leave satisfied. What it comes down to is there are just not enough hours in a day.

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Justice League International Annual #1 Comic Book Review

DC Comics ends another 12 issues and ushers in a second year of adventure with Justice League International Annual #1. Here's yet another monthly book I can't seem to find the time to follow on a regular basis. Every time I'm pulled into its pages I leave satisfied. What it comes down to is there are just not enough hours in a day.

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Blu-ray Review: "Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures"

I am an Indiana Jones fan through and through. I have been since I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as a child in 1981. The Blu-ray release of such a monumental piece of film history merits taking the day off work and viewing all the entries of the series. Yes, that DOES include "The Temple of Doom" and "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

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Blu-ray Review: "Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures"

I am an Indiana Jones fan through and through. I have been since I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as a child in 1981. The Blu-ray release of such a monumental piece of film history merits taking the day off work and viewing all the entries of the series. Yes, that DOES include "The Temple of Doom" and "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Green Lantern Annual #1 Comic Book Review

Every time I open an issue of Green Lantern I walk away from it wondering why I don't read it on a monthly basis. I got the same sensation when I closed the Green Lantern Annual #1. I knew immediately what I was reading was going to be one of those pivotal moments in comic book history. Will it change things for good? Does anything change permanently in the comic book world?

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Green Lantern Annual #1 Comic Book Review

Every time I open an issue of Green Lantern I walk away from it wondering why I don't read it on a monthly basis. I got the same sensation when I closed the Green Lantern Annual #1. I knew immediately what I was reading was going to be one of those pivotal moments in comic book history. Will it change things for good? Does anything change permanently in the comic book world?

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Detective Comics Annual #1 Comic Book Review

Tony S. Daniel delivers an action-packed close to a year with Detective Comics Annual #1. He's always been a favorite writer and artist on the Batman monthly. When it was announced he would be taking the reins of the character's flagship Detective Comics I couldn't have been more excited. What's more fitting than one of the best creative talents taking over the book that originally launched Gotham's Finest over 70 years ago? Daniel hasn't failed me yet.

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Detective Comics Annual #1 Comic Book Review

Tony S. Daniel delivers an action-packed close to a year with Detective Comics Annual #1. He's always been a favorite writer and artist on the Batman monthly. When it was announced he would be taking the reins of the character's flagship Detective Comics I couldn't have been more excited. What's more fitting than one of the best creative talents taking over the book that originally launched Gotham's Finest over 70 years ago? Daniel hasn't failed me yet.

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Blu-ray Review: "Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season"

How could a show that takes the princesses and characters from every fairy tale known to modern man and woman not be a sensation? That's my question to anyone who challenges the success of ABC's "Once Upon A Time." You're guaranteed to have a hit show when it appeals to any female on Earth old enough to watch "Cinderella" or "Beauty and the Beast."

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Blu-ray Review: "Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season"

How could a show that takes the princesses and characters from every fairy tale known to modern man and woman not be a sensation? That's my question to anyone who challenges the success of ABC's "Once Upon A Time." You're guaranteed to have a hit show when it appeals to any female on Earth old enough to watch "Cinderella" or "Beauty and the Beast."

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"Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench" Graphic Novel Review

Many think of Aquaman the same way the guys on "The Big Bang Theory" do. When they decide to go to a Halloween party dressed as the Justice League, nobody wants to be stuck being Aquaman. Let's face it. He isn't exactly thought of as being on the same level as Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman.

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"Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench" Graphic Novel Review

Many think of Aquaman the same way the guys on "The Big Bang Theory" do. When they decide to go to a Halloween party dressed as the Justice League, nobody wants to be stuck being Aquaman. Let's face it. He isn't exactly thought of as being on the same level as Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman.

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DVD Review: "Revenge: The Complete First Season"

I review movies, comics, and work at a movie and music store. This leaves very little time for me to spend watching senseless television like reality series (except "Gene Simmons Family Jewels"), court room dramas, detective thrillers, and mindless sitcoms. I must choose carefully what I devote precious hours of my life to. ABC's "Revenge" is high on my must-see list every week when it's in season.

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DVD Review: "Revenge: The Complete First Season"

I review movies, comics, and work at a movie and music store. This leaves very little time for me to spend watching senseless television like reality series (except "Gene Simmons Family Jewels"), court room dramas, detective thrillers, and mindless sitcoms. I must choose carefully what I devote precious hours of my life to. ABC's "Revenge" is high on my must-see list every week when it's in season.

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Creation Entertainment’s Salute to “Supernatural” in Dallas this weekend


Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX Metroplex devotees of the TV series "Supernatural" have reason to celebrate September 21st through the 23rd. The Winchester Brothers are coming home to Texas for a visit. Texas natives Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) headline Creation Entertainment's Salute to "Supernatural" this weekend at the Westin Park Central Hotel (12720 Merit Dr., Dallas, TX 75251).

Joining Padalecki and Ackles in the festivities are fellow "Supernatural" stars Misha Collins (Castiel), Mark Sheppard (Crowley), Richard Speight Jr. (The Trickster and Gabriel), Matt Cohen (Young John Winchester), Sebastian Roche (Balthazar), Chad Lindberg (Ash), and Gabriel Tigerman (Andrew Gallagher). They will be meeting fans, signing autographs, and participating in question and answer panels.

Activities that enthusiasts can look forward to are Dick & Matt's Karaoke Kings Party hosted by celebrities Richard Speight, Jr. and Matt Cohen. A duo photo op in costumes with the actors will be done during the party. An exclusive Saturday Night Cocktail Party and Centerpiece Contest and Sunday breakfast with select actors including Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have already sold out. That should tell "Supernatural" enthusiasts how important it is to get your tickets now!

Other events include a costume contest and an "Angels, Demons, and Creatures" presentation which features images, music video bits and interesting facts. The "Supernatural" Fan Video Contest winners will also have their creations shown. You can also have your picture taken with a Chevy Impala just like the one driven by the Winchesters on the show.

It's going to be a fun-filled weekend for all fanatics fortunate enough to attend Creation Entertainment's Salute to "Supernatural." General admission weekend passes and preferred and single day passes are still available. They range in price from $30.00 to $109.00. General admission tickets for Sunday are almost sold out, so if you want a chance to meet Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles go get tickets and information now right here!

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Creation Entertainment’s Salute to “Supernatural” in Dallas this weekend


Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX Metroplex devotees of the TV series "Supernatural" have reason to celebrate September 21st through the 23rd. The Winchester Brothers are coming home to Texas for a visit. Texas natives Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) headline Creation Entertainment's Salute to "Supernatural" this weekend at the Westin Park Central Hotel (12720 Merit Dr., Dallas, TX 75251).

Joining Padalecki and Ackles in the festivities are fellow "Supernatural" stars Misha Collins (Castiel), Mark Sheppard (Crowley), Richard Speight Jr. (The Trickster and Gabriel), Matt Cohen (Young John Winchester), Sebastian Roche (Balthazar), Chad Lindberg (Ash), and Gabriel Tigerman (Andrew Gallagher). They will be meeting fans, signing autographs, and participating in question and answer panels.

Activities that enthusiasts can look forward to are Dick & Matt's Karaoke Kings Party hosted by celebrities Richard Speight, Jr. and Matt Cohen. A duo photo op in costumes with the actors will be done during the party. An exclusive Saturday Night Cocktail Party and Centerpiece Contest and Sunday breakfast with select actors including Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have already sold out. That should tell "Supernatural" enthusiasts how important it is to get your tickets now!

Other events include a costume contest and an "Angels, Demons, and Creatures" presentation which features images, music video bits and interesting facts. The "Supernatural" Fan Video Contest winners will also have their creations shown. You can also have your picture taken with a Chevy Impala just like the one driven by the Winchesters on the show.

It's going to be a fun-filled weekend for all fanatics fortunate enough to attend Creation Entertainment's Salute to "Supernatural." General admission weekend passes and preferred and single day passes are still available. They range in price from $30.00 to $109.00. General admission tickets for Sunday are almost sold out, so if you want a chance to meet Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles go get tickets and information now right here!

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

DVD Review: "Shuffle"

I never feel more like an idiot than when I write a movie off or judge the proverbial book by its cover and then watch it only to discover what a gem I almost passed up. The indie film "Shuffle" is a perfect example of my narrow-mindedness. What sounds like a low-budget straight-to-DVD knock-off of "The Butterfly Effect" is so much more and is teeming with heart that movie could only dream of mustering up.

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DVD Review: "Shuffle"

I never feel more like an idiot than when I write a movie off or judge the proverbial book by its cover and then watch it only to discover what a gem I almost passed up. The indie film "Shuffle" is a perfect example of my narrow-mindedness. What sounds like a low-budget straight-to-DVD knock-off of "The Butterfly Effect" is so much more and is teeming with heart that movie could only dream of mustering up.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3 Comic Book Review

Before Watchmen: Minutemen continues the prequel series with the same high-standards in story and artwork we've come to expect from the different creators involved. Every month, this specific title from the "Before Watchmen" event takes us deeper into the history of the costumed crime fighters. Whether fans of the original graphic novel want to admit it or not, Darwyn Cooke has successfully expanded the universe of "Watchmen."

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Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3 Comic Book Review

Before Watchmen: Minutemen continues the prequel series with the same high-standards in story and artwork we've come to expect from the different creators involved. Every month, this specific title from the "Before Watchmen" event takes us deeper into the history of the costumed crime fighters. Whether fans of the original graphic novel want to admit it or not, Darwyn Cooke has successfully expanded the universe of "Watchmen."

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Blu-ray Review: "The Tigger Movie"

I've never been a big Winnie the Pooh fan. As a child who grew up in a household full of sci-fi nerds, the 1,000 Acre Woods really didn't hold any fascination for me. I was more interested in a future world where fully dressed apes spoke to each other and tortured humans the same way they had been.

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Blu-ray Review: "The Tigger Movie"

I've never been a big Winnie the Pooh fan. As a child who grew up in a household full of sci-fi nerds, the 1,000 Acre Woods really didn't hold any fascination for me. I was more interested in a future world where fully dressed apes spoke to each other and tortured humans the same way they had been.

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Blu-ray Review: "Lovely Molly"

It's hard to feel sorry for the directors of "The Blair Witch Project." They made a movie that launched a whole new genre of filmmaking with their "found footage" technique. Since then, the "Paranormal Activity" franchise has squeezed millions out of the filming style while others followed in hot pursuit to cash in on the craze. There's been "The Devil Inside," "The Last Exorcism," and even "Chronicle."

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Blu-ray Review: "Lovely Molly"

It's hard to feel sorry for the directors of "The Blair Witch Project." They made a movie that launched a whole new genre of filmmaking with their "found footage" technique. Since then, the "Paranormal Activity" franchise has squeezed millions out of the filming style while others followed in hot pursuit to cash in on the craze. There's been "The Devil Inside," "The Last Exorcism," and even "Chronicle."

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Blu-ray Review: "Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure"

Many of the Disney Direct-to-DVD releases feel like they're stretching the source material way past what it was meant to be. Did we really need a sequel to "Cinderella," "Peter Pan," "Beauty and the Beast," and other classic movies that ended with the phrase "…and they lived happily ever after?" These sequels should carry a tag line reading "… But theeen…"

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Blu-ray Review: "Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure"

Many of the Disney Direct-to-DVD releases feel like they're stretching the source material way past what it was meant to be. Did we really need a sequel to "Cinderella," "Peter Pan," "Beauty and the Beast," and other classic movies that ended with the phrase "…and they lived happily ever after?" These sequels should carry a tag line reading "… But theeen…"

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Superman Annual #1 Comic Book Review

12 issues of a DC Comics title can mean only one thing: the anticipated annual. Superman Annual #1 delivers two times the action and drama we get on a monthly basis from the Man of Steel. It's an exceptional sci-fi laced one-shot that leaves questions unanswered and plenty of opportunity for future encounters with the villain of the story.

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Superman Annual #1 Comic Book Review

12 issues of a DC Comics title can mean only one thing: the anticipated annual. Superman Annual #1 delivers two times the action and drama we get on a monthly basis from the Man of Steel. It's an exceptional sci-fi laced one-shot that leaves questions unanswered and plenty of opportunity for future encounters with the villain of the story.

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Justice League Issue #12 Comic Book Review

The comic world is all abuzz with the iconic kiss seen 'round the world. Wonder Woman and Superman finally seal the deal with a climactic full-page smooch. The cover of Justice League #12 teases of the monumental moment with Jim Lee's dramatic illustration of the two super heroes flying through the air together wrapped in the Amazonian princess's golden lasso of truth. Does the issue live up to all the excitement built around it?

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Justice League Issue #12 Comic Book Review

The comic world is all abuzz with the iconic kiss seen 'round the world. Wonder Woman and Superman finally seal the deal with a climactic full-page smooch. The cover of Justice League #12 teases of the monumental moment with Jim Lee's dramatic illustration of the two super heroes flying through the air together wrapped in the Amazonian princess's golden lasso of truth. Does the issue live up to all the excitement built around it?

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blu-ray Review: "The Aristocats"

One of Disney's latest offerings on Blu-ray is the classic animated feature "The Aristocats." It's interesting that the Mouse House released two 1970s era films in the same month. This one boasts a jazzy soundtrack that will have viewers of all ages tapping their feet. It's of note that this was the last movie Walt Disney approved before his death in 1966.

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Blu-ray Review: "The Aristocats"

One of Disney's latest offerings on Blu-ray is the classic animated feature "The Aristocats." It's interesting that the Mouse House released two 1970s era films in the same month. This one boasts a jazzy soundtrack that will have viewers of all ages tapping their feet. It's of note that this was the last movie Walt Disney approved before his death in 1966.

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