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Movie Review: Ninja Assassin
Jack Bauerstein83   |  

 ninja assassinNinja Assassin
Directed by James McTeigue
Written by Matthew Sand and J Michael Straczynski
Starring Rain, Naomie Harris, Sho Kosugi
Rated R
Release Date: November 25, 2009

When I chose to review Ninja Assassin, I knew it would entertain me on some level just by the name alone. I mean, how can you mess up something like Ninja Assassin? Other than Hot Librarian or Free Wi-Fi, no two words in the English language have ever been more of a perfect fit for one another. Good or bad, it has to be fun to watch, at least on a primal, blood-letting level.

Raizo (Rain) is one angry ninja and who can blame him? First, he is kidnapped at a young age by the mysterious Ozunu Clan and trained to be a silent, death-dealing assassin for hire. Then, just when he decides to forgo killing a person at the request of his master, his clan turns their back on him and leaves him for dead. With revenge on his mind and the aid of a government agent (Naomie Harris), Raizo seeks to destroy his Clan and the Master who he once called family.

The story, written by Matthew Sand and J Michael Straczynski, provides an interesting dose of Japanese-style violence with the standard “lone wolf experiences love and loss” flashbacks into Raizo’s past. The fleshed out back-story is necessary for viewers who feel unfulfilled without one but is not needed. If you are watching a movie named Ninja Assassin, story and plot is not high on your list. Like this reviewer, you want to know if the movie delivers with their action sequences, and deliver it does, with bloody gusto.

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Blu-ray Deal: Pixar’s Up, Monster’s Inc & Cars
Empress Eve   |  

Disney/Pixar's Up blu-rayEarlier this month, I wrote about the great limited-time-only deal when you purchase Disney/Pixar’s Up, Monster’s Inc., and Cars on Blu-ray. Now, the deal is back up!

In the returning Pixar DVD/Blu-ray Sale, there are three ways to save:

  • Order Up on DVD and buy any other Pixar DVD from the list and save $7.50 off your total purchase at checkout.
  • Order the Up DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack and buy any other Pixar Blu-ray disc from the list and save $15 off your total purchase at checkout. To receive the $15 discount, enter the promo code UPBLURAY at checkout.
  • Buy the Up DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack and both Monsters, Inc and Cars on Blu-ray from the list and save $26 off your total purchase at checkout. To receive the $26 discount, enter the promo code PIXARBLU at checkout.

Allow me to do the math [again] for you on that last one:

$62.47 [original total for 3 Blu-rays]
- $26 [discount]
=$36.47 [total after discount]

That’s $12.16 per Blu-ray!

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DVD Review: ‘The Best of Star Trek’ The Original Series & The Next Generation – Volume 2
Empress Eve   |  

Best of Star Trek Volume 2The Best of Star Trek
The Original Series – Vol. 2
Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
The Next Generation – Vol. 2
Starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Earlier this year, Paramount Home Entertainment released Best Of Star Trek DVDs for Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Each DVD contained four episodes, apparently deemed as the “best” in their respective series. Considering how long each series ran (79 episodes in TOS; 178 in TNG), four episodes hardly seems sufficient, so it’s no surprise that the studio has followed up with Volume 2 Best Of collections for both series, released in conjunction with the release of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek on DVD and Blu-ray this month.

Both Volume 2 DVDs contain fully remastered episodes and enhanced special effects (the same ones included in the recent Blu-ray releases) and are economically priced at priced, making them them a great choice for any new viewers who want to jump onto either Star Trek show. Most die-hard fans of Trek would probably already own all the season DVDs, though your average fan might not want to or be able to invest in them, so these DVDs might be the way to go for them as well.

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Digital Deal: New Movies From $6, Rentals From $1
Empress Eve   |  

xmen originas wolverineAmazon is currently offering some great deals on movie purchases and rentals through their Video On Demand service.

In their Digital Movie Sale you can purchase digital copies from $4.99 to $5.99 of titles like Terminator 2, The Da Vinci Code, and Borat, and much more. You can buy the movie, then watch it instantly through the VoD player and all your purchases will be stored in your Video Library for future viewing. You can also download it to your Windows PC to watch them offline (or if you have TiVo DVR, you can send it there to watch on your TV). Amazon lets you preview over 2 minutes of each selection.

If you’d rather try out some rentals On Demand, there’s also a deal on Digital Rentals, available now for $1.99 for a 24-hour viewing period on newer movies, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and other movies as low as 99 cents. (Some titles even offer 48-hour viewing period for the same low price.)

Check out a sample of some of offerings here below (note, some discounts are for this weekend only).

Weekend Rental Sale
[Rent new movies for $1.99 or less discounted this weekend only.]

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DVD Review: X-Men Vol. 1-4 (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection)
Jack Bauerstein83   |  

X-Men, Volume 1 (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection)X-Men
Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection
Volume 1-4
Starring Norm Spencer, Cedric Smith, Cathal J. Dodd
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release Date: April 28, 2009

When I found out that the X-Men cartoons from 1992 were being put out on DVD, my nine-year-old self jumped out of my body and threatened me with bodily harm if I did not pick up this DVD. Fearing for my life and the risk of being beat up by a nine-year-old, I relented.

For those who are unfamiliar with this cartoon, X-Men debuted on the Fox Kids Network in late 1992, and was part of the Fox Saturday Morning line-up alongside another little unknown cartoon called Batman: The Animated Series. The cartoon featured the popular Marvel mutants, led by their mentor, Dr. Charles Xavier and their battles with the mutants hell-bent on destroying the world. This incarnation of X-Men was composed of members from the past (Cyclops, Jean Grey) and present (Wolverine, Gambit) teams.

Now, there were many things that I loved about this cartoon. For one thing, it was one of the only cartoons back then where one of the main character was an Asian person. That’s right, the series featured newest X-Men recruit Jubilation Lee, aka Jubilee, quite prominently in the series. Being Asian myself, it was hard to find any person who was Asian on TV with such a prominent role and so seeing Jubilee front and center was certainly awesome.

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DVD Review: ‘The IT Crowd’ The Complete Third Season
Obi-Dan   |  

The IT Crowd, The Complete Third Season DVDThe IT Crowd
The Complete Third Season
Written and directed by Graham Linehan
Starring Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry
MPI Home Video
Release date: September 15, 2009

For the uninitiated, The IT Crowd is a British-made sitcom and the story so far goes something like this: Jen (Katherine Parkinson) is hired as the new head of department in the IT basement. Her new ‘team’ is Roy (Chris O’Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade), Reynholm Industries’ computer support nerds. Roy and Moss are very comfortable in their geeky treasure trove office. They don’t need a head of department and their frustrations spill out onto their computer-illiterate colleagues. Roy and Moss are intimidated by women and ‘real men’, learning to interact with both by researching on the internet.

The IT Crowd Season 3, like the two seasons before, is written and directed by Graham Linehan, responsible for many excellent comedy series like Father Ted, Black Books, and Big Train. The IT Crowd follows the familiar brand of surreal humour with some outrageous characters.

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Black Friday Video Game Deals: PlayStation 3, Guitar Hero Metallica, Left 4 Dead 2
Empress Eve   |  

2009-11-27-blackfri-ps3Very early this morning, we posted the Black Friday DVD & TV deals over at Amazon today, which includes “lightning” deals all day today (meaning, drastically reduced prices for a limited time only selling out very quickly, so jump on these sales while you can.

There’s also lightning deals on Video Games, which include Assassin’s Creed for Xbox 360 and Fallout 3 for Xbox 360 and PS3. Check the page for upcoming deals and times for when they’ll be available.

Some all-day sales in video games include Video Game Gold Box deal of the day, a Sony PlayStation 3, a 120 GB “Black Friday Bundle” with Infamous and Killzone 2 (Includes a $10 Amazon.com Promotional Credit on Black Friday) for only $299.99.

Also, today ONLY, if you buy a Nintendo Wii along with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, you’ll get Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games for free. See full details HERE.

Here are some more video games sales happening today only (all qualify for $10 off if you pay with a Discover Card):

Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) – $39.99

Guitar Hero Metallica (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii) – $25

Ghostbusters: The Video Game – Slimer Edition (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii) – $29.75

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Geek Peek: First Images & Story Details From ‘Shrek 4′ Emerge
The Movie God   |  

Shrek Forever After

Many people instantaneously went from loving Shrek to hating Shrek when Shrek the Third was released in 2007. And since we’ve already said “Shrek” more than anyone in the history of mankind has ever said in such a short amount of words, why stop now! Although said third film was pretty unanimously disliked compared to the original and wonderful first two Shrek films, DreamWorks has moved forward with the planned fourth film in the mega franchise — a movie that we now know will officially be called Shrek Forever After. The studio has given USA Today released a couple of new images from the film, as well as many new details as to what we can expect. Click the image to go large and click the link to go see another image.

One smart move that’s being made is that DreamWorks hasn’t been talking a lot about this project and releasing a ton of images. Instead of risking fans becoming turned off by two straight years of news and images and rumors, it appears that they’re trying to ease us into the return of the giant green ogre. They’re doing this by dropping this first batch of images and updates right before the first trailer is debuted in only a few weeks when Avatar is released. The movie itself will be released on May 21, 2010.

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Deal: Weeklong Black Friday Sale – Friday
Empress Eve   |  

2009-11-23-blackfriday

It’s finally here people, the most insane shopping day of the year — BLACK FRIDAY!

And as you know, Amazon has been having a weeklong countdown to Black Friday Sale with huge DVD/Blu-ray and Video Game sales.

Well, the sale continues day with more drastically reduced prices in the Lightning Deals appearing throughout the day. All the items up for grabs are limited time only and limited supply, which means if you see it and want it, buy it immediately before either the sale ends or all items are claimed.

Below is a list of today’s Lightning Deals, which begin at midnight PST/3am EST and end 12am PST/3am EST.

LIGHTNING DEALS

12am – 4am PST | 3am – 7am EST

4am – 8am PST | 7am – 11am EST

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Thanksgiving Day Deals: DVD & Blu-ray Blow-Out!
Empress Eve   |  

All week, Amazon has been doing a countdown to Black Friday Sale sale. The Lightning Deals for today are now up, but the site has also posted some awesome DVDs and Blu-ray titles at amazing prices! Here’s just a small sample of some of the titles on sale right now! (Look at the Star Trek deals!!!)

DVD

Blu-ray

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