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* Review * Child’s Play on Blu-ray

Brief Summary

During a brawl with the police, Charles Lee Ray is shot and is on his last few breaths of life. He makes a quick decision to spout-off a voodoo curse that will put him in the object he is touching – which just so happens to be a Child’s Play doll. The scene cuts to a young boy who (dressed way too much like a Child’s Play doll) begs his mom for one for his birthday. Since they are expensive she passes…but soon finds an opportunity to score one from a peddler for only $30. Little Andy is thrilled to finally have a friend but soon things to start to happen that causes people to think the doll just might be alive

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*REVIEW* Heroes Season 2 (Blu-ray) (From the Vaults!)

With Hero’s Premiering in a few short weeks on NBC how about checking out our reviews of Season 1 and 2 on Blu-ray?

“Heroes” season 2 picks up four months after the devastation that could have happened in New York. Peter is presumed dead, Nathan dropped out of the race for Governor, D.L. is dead, Claire and her family have re-located to California and Hiro is in 1671 Japan. Slowly over the next few episodes we figure out that certain characters are not dead, we get introduced to several new “heroes” and my favorite character of Season One Hiro is falling in love.

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*REVIEW* Heroes Season 1 (From the Vaults!)

With Hero’s Premiering in a few short weeks on NBC how about checking out our reviews of Season 1 and 2 on Blu-ray?

I unfortunately never watched “Heroes” when it was originally airing on TV. It wasn’t until the HD DVD of Season One was released that I got around to actually watching the show (after the demise of HD DVD) for the first time. I was hooked right away and managed to watch all twenty three episodes over the course of the next week. I had always planned on watching the HD DVD set right away and wound up recording all of Season 2 on my DVR but after watching the HD DVD set I instantly deleted all the episodes in anticipation of Season Two on Blu-ray.

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*REVIEW* CSI: Season 9 (Nine) (Blu-ray)

“CSI” season nine more than any other season marked a major change for the series. While the show could sustain losing two of its main characters (Sara and Warrick), the departure of William Petersen’s Grissom might just have been too much. Despite adding the charismatic and talented Laurence Fishburne – more on him later –, the show just didn’t have the depth it had with Petersen.

This season the writers and directors decide to once again push the envelope with both the stories (1000 ways to die can only go so far and still be interesting) and direction by trying different ways to present those stories.

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*REVIEW* The Informers (Blu-ray)

TBilly Bob Thorton. Mickey Rourke. Winona Ryder. Amber Heard. Chris Isaak. An all-star lineup surely must mean that The Informers is a top-notch film right? Sorry to disappoint, but this one is definitely going to be nominated for something. It’s currently in the running for one of the worst films on 2009. The best news? We’re not even halfway through the year yet and it’s already leading the roster that I’ve built up so far of the worst flicks of 2009! Woo!

There are multiple storylines, I think anyways, going on here. I’ve watched the film twice (once without commentary, once with) and I still have no idea what in the heck was going on here for the most part,

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*REVIEW* Lie to Me: Season One (1) (Blu-ray)

“Lie to Me” is a rare freshman series. No, it’s not as well polished or instantly addictive like “Lost” or even “House”, but it’s a show with a solid foundation, an interesting premise and a flawed but charismatic central character played by an actor who is drawn to those kinds of roles with Tim Roth.

The series stars Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, the head of The Lightman Group, a contracted company whose members consult on various cases to determine deception in suspects.

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*REVIEW* Disney’s ‘earth’ (Blu-ray)

Have you seen “Planet Earth” before on Blu-ray/HD DVD? Well, you’ve already seen Disney’s ‘earth’. What Disney did was take all 14 hours of footage and splice it together into 90 minute form that somewhat tells the story of three different animal families (Polar Bear, Elephant, Whale) making a long journey.

There are a few faults with this method – for one, some of the best stuff from “Planet Earth” will clearly be missing. I really enjoyed the rainforest episode and that is not present in any way.

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*REVIEW* 300: Ultimate Edition (Blu-ray)

Plot: Spartan customs are harsh. The Spartans inspect each infant born to ensure it is whole – if it is defective, the baby is destroyed. They raise their boys in the school of hard knocks – in combat training, a small boy’s loss of his weapon earns a bloody lip from the hand of his own father. At age 7, each young boy is torn from his mother and makes his own way in the wilderness, to return a man. Even the King endures this rite of passage. At age 15, young King-to-be Leonidas (Neitzel) lures a wolf into a narrow passage so that he can kill it. He returns home to be crowned King.

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*REVIEW* Crank 2: High Voltage (Blu-ray)

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is still alive after falling from the helicopter from the last flick, and this one picks up right where the last one left off. His eye still blinks, signifying that somehow, someway, he’s still alive and his body is whisked away by another gang he’s managed to tick off in his life. He’s knocked out cold for about a month, and he wakes up with an artificial heart that is powered by electricity (instead of adrenaline, like in the previous installment) that was put in by the opposing gang’s doctors. His real heart is given to Johnny Vang (Art Hsu) and some surgeons come in to collect Chelios’s remaining parts, including his male organ that’s unique to that gender.

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*REVIEW* I Love You, Man (Blu-ray)

I’ll admit that while I can’t quite get on board with saying I Love You, Man as being one of the best comedies to come around in the 21st century, it is still quite funny. It’s also an R-rated sexually course movie that doesn’t take the easy comedy route with fart jokes and instead works for the jokes with two funny lead performances from Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. For the most part the guys just do the same sort of shtick we’ve seen before but the on screen bromantic-chemistry makes it all worthwhile.

After watching the movie, it reminded me of what a Judd Apatow movie should be. Not saying Apatow’s movies aren’t funny, but director John Hamburg, along with co-writer Larry Levin, give us a funny movie that is under two hours (I Love You, Man clocks in at 104-minutes).

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*REVIEW* Adventureland (Blu-ray)

I’m still trying to figure out why Miramax marketed the film as they did. From the trailers, it looked like a comedy: funny antics at a local amusement park. Office Space for teens? Clerks minus the vulgar language? As I sat back to watch the film I noticed it was not a comedy, but more of a teen drama with little bits of comedy here and there. What Disney has done is completely shock the hell out of me (and likely the audience who may still think this is a teen comedy).

Plot: In 1987, James Brennan’s (Eisenberg) dreams of a summer European tour before studying at an Ivy League school in New York City are ruined after his parents have a severe career setback.

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*REVIEW* See No Evil (Blu-ray)

That’s right folks, it’s that time again. Welcome to Tyler reviews a horror flick and gives you, YES YOU, the rundown of all the great things that happen in this movie to see if it’s your kind of film. I hope it is, and you enjoy it as much as I did, but before we get to that, I need to give you the kill check sheet.

Crazy-psycho-killer with a weird parent? Check.

Stupid people who are unaware they are being picked off one-by-one? Check.

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Smallville: Season Eight (8) *REVIEW* (Blu-ray)

“Smallville” enters its eighth season without its key villain (Michael Rosenbaum), key love interest (Kristin Kreuk), plus the departure of Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort). Not to mention series developers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar who departed for different pastures. And last season was a couple episodes shorter (only 20) due to the writer’s strike.

This season begins the transformation/push of Clark Kent towards his ultimate destiny, of becoming the hero he was meant to be. Clark faces challenges on multiple fronts:

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*REVIEW* Hannah Montana: The Movie (Blu-ray)

No doubt I’ll be strung up and hung for what I’m about to say, but I must admit, Hannah Montana The Movie is not the atrocity I had read it was. I can’t say it’s anything particularly good, but I found the movie to be harmless. Predictable, of course, but perfectly harmless.

Obviously I’m not the target audience for Hannah Montana so keeping that in mind, while kids and early teens might find it fun and enjoyable adults will think it’s boring and tedious, but still marginally entertaining especially compared with other movies that are aimed directly at the younger viewers.

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*REVIEW* 17 Again (Blu-ray)

This is one of the movies I look upon and go ‘Damn, this actually exceeded my expectations’. While the plot has been done so many times before (in TV and Film) it’s nice to have a little spin on a familiar genre. The movie packs family-friendly comedy throughout that kids will enjoy with slight nods that adults will get a kick out of. Like last year’s Get Smart, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by these titles Warner keeps putting out.

Gotta give it up to Zac – he really knows how to act. I pretty much wrote him off after the three High School Musicals came out because he seemed like a one-hit wonder for the Disney crowd but gees this kid can act. Not only did he probably watch all ten seasons of “Friends” over and over, but he pictures up nearly all of Matthew Perry’s little ‘ticks’ and pulls them off perfectly. This kid has skills.

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