Archive for the 'Blu-ray Reviews' Category

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Paramount Home Entertainment/The Criterion Collection This epic romance has at its core a serious subject – how we treat the precious minutes of our lives.  The film takes place beginning after World War I.  It is beautifully directed by David Fincher.  Blu-ray captures the splendid detail of each period [...]

Blu-ray Disc Review: There’s Something About Mary

There’s Something About Mary 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge This raunchy and oddly heartwarming romantic comedy from the Farrelly Brothers deserves a place in your collection. Ted (Ben Stiller) is a young and awkward high school nerd.  In a random act of kindness, he defends Warren (W. Earl Brown), [...]

Quantum of Solace

  Quantum of Solace MGM Home Entertainment (Distributed by 20th Century Fox) Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge  Quantum of Solace, the sequel to Casino Royal, is a solid addition to the James Bond franchise of spy, action films.  It is a worthy addition to every fan’s collection. The film picks up where Casino Royal [...]

Blu-ray Disc Review: Into the Wild

Into the Wild Paramount Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge Into the Wild is based on the spirited, true live story of Christopher McCandles (Emile Hirsch), who graduated from Emory University in 1992 and, rather than go to law school, burned his social security card and went on a path of self-exploration across [...]

Madacascar: Escape 2 Africa

Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa Paramount Home Entertainment (for Dreamworks Animation) Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge Madacascar 2 is the hilarious, zany animated comedy that is a sequel to the 2005 hit, worth a buy for families with children as it is certain to have household replay value. It reunites us with all the [...]

Blu-ray Review: Stargate: The Ark of Truth

  DVD Box Art Shown Stargate: The Ark of Truth MGM Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge Fans of the Stargate science fiction action adventure television series will want to add this  Blu-ray Disc™  to their movie collection.  It provides a conclusion to a major story line developed in seasons nine and ten [...]

Blu-ray Review: Igor

Igor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge Igor is a macabre and quirky, computer animated comedy, worth a rent especially if you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s animated work, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas or Corpse Bride.  The title character Igor (voiced by John Cusack) is a citizen of [...]

Blu-ray Review: Babylon A.D.

Babylon A.D. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Don Lindich Vin Diesel plays Toorop in this sci-fi action, tough-guy movie which is worth renting, especially if you are a Vin Diesel fan.  Toorop is a mercenary hired to smuggle a psychically gifted young woman named Aurora (Melanie Thierry).  He is accompanied by [...]

Blu-ray Review: The Bourne Trilogy

The Bourne Trilogy Universal Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge If you like spy mystery thrillers with plenty of chases and heavy doses of pulse pounding action, this Blu-ray Disc™ set of three movies belongs in your collection.  Each Bourne Disc comes with U-Control features (additional picture-in-picture content that can be activated [...]

Blu-Ray Review: The Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow

The Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow Lionsgate Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge The Next Avengers is an animated superhero movie.  I recommend it for the teen and preteen crowd, although there is plenty to please comic book fans in general.  In The Next Avengers, we learn the original Avengers have vanquished evil [...]

Blu-ray Review: The Invincible Iron Man

  The Invincible Iron Man Lionsgate Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge The Invincible Iron Man is an animated retelling or the superhero’s origin story; however, unlike the live action movie with Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger as the villain, the principal villain here is the Mandarin.  It makes a great gift for [...]

Blu-ray Review: Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye Paramount Home Entertainment (Dreamworks) Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge Eagle Eye is a cyber thriller combined with top notch action with plenty of well done chase scenes.  It exceeds other movies in its genre for pure adrenaline such as The Net, War Games and Colossus – The Forbin Project.  A rental for [...]

Blu-ray Review: Ghost Town

Ghost Town Paramount Home Entertainment (Dreamworks) Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge Ghost Town is a surprising, small romantic comedy with witty dialogue and great character acting.  A buy in my book. Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) plays a dentist who does not like people.  He would rather stuff his patients’ mouths with cotton than listen [...]

Blu-ray Review: Drillbit Taylor

Drillbit Taylor Paramount Home Entertainmeny Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge In this comedy, Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson) is a beach bum / AWOL ex-marine hired by three nerdy high school kids – skinny Wade (Nate Hartley) fat Ryan (Troy Gentile) and little Emmit (Brad Dorfman) – for protection from borderline psycho school bullies (Alex [...]

Blu-ray Review: The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight Warner Home Video Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge The Dark Knight is as much a psychological thriller as it is a comic book action movie.  It is a must have for fans of the genre.  The Joker (played by the late Heath Ledger) is a cynical, sadomasochistic villain who organizes the [...]

Blu-ray Review: Dr. No

Dr. No Fox Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge Dr. No introduced “Bond, James Bond” as the secret agent “licensed to kill.”  It has been beautifully restored on Blu-ray Disc.™   Sean Connery’s successful, hard nosed spy portrayal launched the 007 film franchise.  Daniel Craig’s tough guy Bond performance in the current Bond film [...]

Blu-ray Review: The Heartbreak Kid

The Heartbreak Kid Paramount Home Entertainment (Dreamworks) Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge In The Heartbreak Kid, Eddie Cantrow (Ben Stiller) is a 40-ish single man who is the manager of a San Francisco sporting goods store. Because he has never made the decision to get married he is the butt of many jokes of [...]

Blu-ray Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still

  The Day the Earth Stood Still 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Don Lindich The Day the Earth Stood Still, released in 1951, is one of the two great and seminal science fiction films of the 1950s, the other being MGM’s Forbidden Planet.  A full color production, Forbidden Planet has seen [...]

Blu-ray Review: The Kingdom

The Kingdom Universal Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge The Kingdom is a taut, international thrill ride of a movie.  I highly recommend it to the movie collector interested in war and espionage movies, or anyone interested in the politics and culture of the Middle East and its recent history. The movie [...]

Blu-ray Review: Hancock

Hancock Sony Picture Home Entertainment Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge Will Smith is John Hancock, a down and out boozing superhero in this original action-adventure-comedy.  Hancock cannot remember who he is or where he came from — he seems to be cast adrift without a purpose.  And yet, he is compelled to perform the [...]