THE WEEK OF MAY 11th 2010

GROUP EDITED by: TROY ANDERSON

DVD/BR SECTION by: Troy Anderson


DARIA: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES
Creator: Glenn Eichler
Paramount/MTV

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Special Features

  • Featurette pilot: Sealed With a Kick
    Music video: Mystik Spiral music video “Freakin’ Friends”
    Featurette: Daria Day Intros
    Featurette: Top Ten Video Countdown Hosted by Daria & Jane
    Interview: Cast & crew interviews
    Featurette: Never before-seen Mystik Spiral spin-off script


Daria: The Complete Animated Series comes to DVD with relatively few music changes. Plus, the episodes are uncut which is a far cry from its Beavis and Butthead ancestors. There’s ton of vintage MTV footage with Daria, Jane and the whole gang. Back when MTV still had quality animation and showed those music video things. The only downside I’ve noticed from advance viewings is that the commerical bumper music seems to cut back into the start of new acts in the show. It seems like the timing’s off by a few seconds, but it’s nothing major.


DAYBREAKERS
d. The Spierig Brothers

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Special Features

  • Featurettes
  • Commentary
  • Poster Gallery
  • Trailer

Daybreakers has such a great concept with no real execution. I’m not going to praise the Spierig brothers, but I’m going to call it as I see it. They are two Australian gentlemen that show the ability to take genre material and repurpose it for the masses. The sad thing is that the end-result is often very mediocre and doesn’t illicit the response that comes from films with tighter scripting, editing and other key essentials. Still, it’s a fun movie.


LEGION
d. Scott Stewart

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  • movieIQ™+sync and BD-Live
    BD Exclusive: Bringing Angels To Earth: Picture-in-Picture
    Creating the Apocalypse – Behind the Physical Effects
    Humanity’s Last Line of Defense – The Cast and Characters
    From Pixels to Picture – A Look at the Visual Effects



Legion
is a litmus movie. It’s fun crap to watch on an off-week like this. Plus, it never takes itself too seriously. The film’s true purpose is to be used to find the idiot in your circle of friends. I’m not sure how many of you have experience this, but there’s always one person in your common group of friends who might be borderline retarded. Throw on any dumb movie, but I’d recommend picking a FX heavy film. Put out some snacks and a comfortable chair, then tape them. Sometimes, I transcribe what they say during the film and I try to piece together a review out of that.


THE KARATE KID
c. Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elizabeth Shue and William Zabka

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Special Features

  • Trivia Track
  • Commentary
  • Featurettes