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Yet more catch-up. *sigh*
48 HOURS (Blu-Ray)
I know Eddie Murphy is a sad shadow of his former self these days, having not actually been more than tolerably amusing in anything not animated since the mid-nineties or so. It's even sadder when you get to watch movies like "48 Hours" that define exactly why we were all so taken with him back in 1982. Murphy hit the theatrical ground running playing versus the entertainingly gruff Nick Nolte with this Walter Hill-helmed comedy action film that more-or-less began the buddy-cop picture trend (even though, technically, Murphy isn't playing a cop...just a technicality, really). This is the high bar for action comedy, still floating well above most of the copycats; so good that it almost makes up for the decades of many of those terrible imitators that have come since. Unfortunately, this Blu-Ray isn't much of an upgrade in sound or audio and comes with no extra features other than the trailer, but hey, it's certainly better than my first-year of DVD release copy which wasn't even anamorphic. You'll hear no complaints from me with getting to see one of the best films of it's genre (and decade) filling up my big widescreen.
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ALL-STAR SUPERMAN (Blu-Ray and DVD)
As animated adaptations of superhero stuff goes, one need not look any further than DC's Animated Universe, whether you're talking about the old television adaptations of Superman, Batman, the Justice League, or the more recent direct-to-dvd movie releases by the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line of releases. Having already put out some of the best superhero home entertainment out there with films like "The New Frontier" and "Under the Red Hood", they manage to outdo themselves with their adaptation of one of the greatest Superman tales in comics from the past decade, writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely's superlative "All-Star Superman". Although some of the sub-plots of the series are left behind (and, except for the Bizarro one, I think largely for the better of the translation), the adaptation captures both the spirit and (as much as is feasible) the art style of the original books. The non-canon story follows Supes after he contracts terminal super-cancer, and starts putting his affairs in order; revealing himself to Lois (no, not like that, sickos...you know what I mean), dealing with some meglomaniacal recent Kryptonian arrivals, trying one last time to understand his nemesis Luthor, and...well, lots of stuff really. It's always just when you're trying to tidy up that people show up and track mud all over the damn place. Even without the expected accompanying animated short featuring a smaller DC character that we've come to look forward to with these releases, "All-Star Superman" takes the top spot on my animated feature shelf.
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BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR (Blu-Ray and DVD)
First of all, I need to call bullshit on this whole 'greatest bad film ever made' buzz around this 2008, barely-quantifiable-as-a-film, piece of shit. I mean, yeah, it's one of the worst films I've ever seen, no question. But I absolutely do NOT believe that director James Nguyen didn't know exactly what he was doing. There's intentionally making a good/bad film, and then there's "Birdemic", which is pure lazy cheapness masquerading as naivete. I mean, I'm supposed to believe that this is a guy who admits growing up watching good films (like, of course, Hitchcock), but he thinks there's anything even remotely passable about this? I'm incapable of being big enough of a doofus to fall for these film hipster-baiting shenanigans. I can't even tell you...just watch this trailer...
That's gotta be an entire ten minutes worth of CG work on those birds. That's not low-budget filmmaking. That's no-budget, pandering, these-idiots-who-like-bad-movies-are-gonna-eat-this-shit-up, no-budget filmmaking. Perhaps a more defining use of the term 'exploitation' han normally used, to be sure, but not in any sort of good or admirable way. Perhaps if "Birdemic" kept changing up its badness, or attempted to be mildly creative in any way (other than it's irritating 'go green' subtext that would have made even Al Gore vote Republican), there'd be something barely worth recommending here. As it is, after the first few yuks at how truly uninspired and terrible every aspect of the movie is (about ten minutes in), the rest is soul-crushing boredom. Don't believe the hype. Skip it.
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