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Blu-ray Review: The Vampire Diaries – The Complete First Season

For over a century, I have lived in secret. Until now. I know the risk, but I have to know her.” Dark, brooding, pulsing with bloodlust and transcendent with romance, The Vampire Diaries – which started as a series of must-read novels by L.J. Smith – has become a must-watch television hit.  Season One offers unforgettable characters, living and undead. They are vampire brothers Stefan and Damon, one good and one evil; Elena, a double for the beauty both brothers loved some 150 years earlier; plus Jeremy, Bonnie, Matt and more denizens of Mystic Falls, Virginia.  All are caught up in a spellbinding web of secrets, passion and terror

Click over the jump to read my review for the 4-disc first season Blu-ray set.

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FX’s Terriers premieres tonight on FX + Images and Episode Descriptions

FX premieres the new drama series Terriers tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. FX was kind enough to send along the first five episodes of the 13-episode season and I must admit, I’m really digging it. It has a little lighter tone than your standard FX drama series (i.e. “Sons of Anarchy”, “Justified”), but it stands its ground well. There’s nothing truly unique about it, but it works well thanks in large part to strong chemistry between the two stars Donal Logue (who plays Hank Dolworth) and Michael Raymond-James (who plays Britt Pollack).

The series co-stars Laura Allen as Britt’s girlfriend Katie Nichols, Kimberly Quinn as Hank’s ex-wife Gretchen Dolworth and Rockmond Dunbar as Hank’s former police partner Detective Mark Gustafson.

Terriers is definitely worth a look, so check it out tonight on FX at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT followed by original episodes every week at the same night and time.

Click on over the jump for episode synopses for the first five episodes and high-res photos  from the first two episodes.

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TV Review: Sons of Anarchy – Season Three – Episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4

Sons of Anarchy is my favorite FX series and I personally believe it’s one of the best all-around shows on television, with characters brought to life by incredible acting and equally impressive writing.

Season three gets off to a great start with a strong season opener and picks up the pace over the next three episodes.

Click over my jump to check out review of the first four episodes of season three.

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Sons of Anarchy – 2×13 – “Na Trioblidi”: Review/Recap

soa_2x13-2-120109Oh my.  What a shocking and impressive finale to the second season of Sons of Anarchy that was.  It’s hard to talk about this episode without spoilers, so head on over the fold for my review/recap of episode 2×13 – “Na Trioblidi”. Continue reading Sons of Anarchy – 2×13 – “Na Trioblidi”: Review/Recap

DVD Review: Gone with the Wind: 70th Anniversary Edition

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Gone with the Wind is the grandest, most ambitious and spectacular piece of filmmaking in cinematic history. With more than 50 speaking roles and 2400 extras, the film is the quintessential Hollywood epic – considered a “must have” for collectors, and one that can be watched again and again for generations to come.

Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland star in Gone with the Wind, which for more than a half century has thrilled audiences with its eternal love affair, set in the South against the backdrop of the Civil War, between handsome Rhett Butler (Gable) and his sassy, headstrong heroine Scarlett O’Hara (Leigh). With each new generation, Gone with the Wind continues to grow in popularity as new audiences discover and embrace the David O. Selznick production of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

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Sons of Anarchy – 2×12 – “The Culling”: Review/Recap


Sons of Anarchy – Season 2, Episode 12 – “The Culling”

In preparation on the Sons moving forward on Zobelle, “The Culling” opens with friends and family of SAMCRO organizing all their personal items to go into lockdown:

Clay: “You’re here because you’re family…and because SAMCRO takes care of its own.  Next couple of days this clubs got some business to handle that could put our members and the people connected to us in unfriendly situations.  Now chances are nothings going to happen but people have already been hurt on my watch.  And that aint ever going to happen again.”

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TV Review: The League (FX) – Episodes 1-2

league-banner-102909Tonight, FX premieres a new half-hour comedy series called The League (premiering tonight on FX at 10:30 p.m. ET):

Th League is a half-hour comedy about friendship, marriage, parenting, suburbia, and groping up – or refusing to grow up – that revolves around a circle of friends immersed in a fantasy football league.  The show features an ensemble cast of rising actors/comedians.  Mark Duplass (The Puffy Chair) plays “Pete,” the perennial league champ struggling with maturity.  Stephen Rannazzisi (Samantha Who?) is “Kevin.” a successful assistant district attorney and happily married father who also covets the elusive League trophy.  Nick Kroll (I Love You, Man) plays “Ruxin,” never a winner in fantasy, but has no doubt he is the smartest of the group.  Paul Scheer (30 Rock) plays “Andre,” the long-standing punching bag of the group as well as its most successful member.  Jon Lajoie (Everyday Normal Crew ) is “Taco,” Kevin’s little brother, who is a part-time musician and full-time stoner with little interest in fantasy other than hanging with his buddies (who he struggles to remember).  Katie Aselton (The Office) plays “Jenny,” Kevin’s wife and his (secret) better half in the fantasy league.

Head on over the jump for a few of my thoughts on the show’s first two episodes.

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DVD Review: The Mentalist: The Complete First Season

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A mentalist is a master manipulator of thought and behavior. The mentalist is Patrick Jane (Simon Baker in an acclaimed performance), a celebrity psychic whose wife and child are viciously murdered by an elusive serial killer called Red John. Devastated, Patrick admits his paranormal act is fake, renounces his earlier life and uses his astonishing skills of observation and analysis’ talents that made him appear psychically gifted to bring killers to justice. At crime scenes across California, Patrick now helps an elite team of detectives break their toughest cases. But no matter how many criminals he catches, Patrick never forgets his central goal: Find Red John. And bring him down.

Head on over the jump to check out my review of the six-disc DVD set. Continue reading DVD Review: The Mentalist: The Complete First Season

DVD Review: The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Edition

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In this charming film adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somewhow end up in the Land of Oz.  “The Wizard of Oz” opened on August 15, 1939 and is ranked among the top 10 best movies of all-time.  The film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and captured two Oscars – Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score – plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland.

Now, the colorful characters and unforgettable songs of Oz come alive as never before when Warner Home Video brings this cinematic treasure into the digital age with the September 29 Blu-ray (and DVD) release of The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The commemorative edition contains nearly 4 hours of all-new and never-before-available bonus features and is housed in numbered collectible packaging, and will be available for a limited time only.

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DVD Review: Observe and Report

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Bargain hunters at Forest Ridge Mall get more than they bargained for: a chubby flasher in a ratty bathrobe. They’re repulsed. Security guard Ronnie Barnhardt isn’t: This disgusting pervert is the best thing that ever happened to me! Catching the flasher may be his ticket to a real police job and to romance with a hot cosmetics-counter princess. Only one thing stands between Ronnie and destiny: a tall, handsome cop who actually knows what he’s doing. Seth Rogen, Anna Faris and Ray Liotta star in this mall-to-wall comedy covering acres of wild, sometimes raunchy, up-in-your-grill funny; all under one roof.

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DVD Review: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete Second Season

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The time: today. The stakes: all our tomorrows. A nascent AI, assisted by droids, continues to edge toward world domination and the ruin of humankind. It accepts no limits. It fears no one. Except John Connor. The machines know John, now 16, is the future head of the resistance. They know he is growing in abilities. They must find and terminate him. But Sarah Connor is there, protecting and instructing her son as he becomes the man he?s destined to be. The hunt is on in a season of powerful revelations, breathless pursuits and bravura effects. A mysterious 3-dot symbol (do UFOs provide a clue?), a girlfriend for John (is Cameron jealous?), ZeiraCorp (can it master the renegade software called Turk?) Season 2’s 5-disc action arsenal is locked, loaded, ready to amaze.

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DVD Review: Fringe: The Complete First Season

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Teleportation. Mind control. Invisibility. Astral projection. Mutation. Reanimation. Phenomena that exist on the Fringe of science unleash their strange powers in this thrilling series, co-created by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias), combining the grit of the police procedural with the excitement of the unknown. The story revolves around three unlikely colleagues ? a beautiful young FBI agent, a brilliant scientist who?s spent the last 17 years in a mental institution and the scientist?s sardonic son ? who investigate a series of bizarre deaths and disasters known as ?the pattern.? Someone is using our world as an experimental lab. And all clues lead to Massive Dynamic, a shadowy global corporation that may be more powerful than any nation.

Head on over the jump to check out my review of the 7-disc first season DVD set. Continue reading DVD Review: Fringe: The Complete First Season