Family Guy (DVD), Confessions Of A Sociopathic Social Climber (DVD), The Crow : City of Angels (DVD), The Year of the Yao (DVD), He-Man : Season 1 (DVD), Underworld : Evolution (DVD), Les Murray’s World Football Challenge Pack (DVD)

Caffeinated Clint

Clint is the creator, editor and maintainer of Moviehole.

“Family Guy : Season 4″, “Confessions Of A Sociopathic Social Climber”, “The Crow : City of Angels”, “The Year of the Yao”, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – Season 1 Collection 2″, “Underworld Evolution”, “Les Murray’s World Football Challenge Pack”

A fusion of other new DVD release reviews.

“Family Guy : Season 4”
Director: Various
Starring: Alex Borstein, Lacey Chabert, Mila Kunis, Seth Green, Seth MacFarlane, Adam West, Patrick Warburton

I don’t think I ever really appreciated “Family Guy” – Seth McFarlane’s adult toon about a lumbering, portly dad and his nonconformist family, consisting, no less, of a talking dog, intelligently-speaking tot, and so on – until it was gone. Seems the rest of you were the same, and as an upshot, the show died, only to be resurrected Buffy-like (thanks to high DVD sales) a year or two later. This fourth season – the first season since it’s reprieve – might just be the best season yet. Seems they’ve put everything into making sure everyone (especially the network) views the renaissance with necessitate, so the writing is scrupulous, the jokes never-ending, and the in-jokes (especially liked the joke at the start of the first episode, where they ran through all the short-lived shows that FOX had cancelled in the states, like “Wonderfalls”, “Firefly” and “The Lone Gunmen”) flow as effortlessly as irrigate from a tap. Loads of laughs.

Reviewer : Clint Morris

“Confessions Of A Sociopathic Social Climber”
Director: Dana Lustig
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Colin Ferguson, Natassia Malthe, Daniel Roebuck, Stefanie von Pfetten, James Kirk, Sonja Bennett

In the first five minutes of the film, Jennifer Love Hewitt is getting – up a bridal dress, no less – some oral enchantment from the tongue of the groom. Funny. Sexy. Wow – risky stuff for the former (I, suppose, with “Ghost Whisperer”, she’s that again) TV sweetheart. OK, watched it, yet? Now you can turn it off. I promise you, you’ll miss nothing. Absolutely nothing else to see her folks, move on. Essentially, this is one of those ‘I was down and out, before Ghost Whisperer came along, so I needed cash’ jobs for the busty fox. The film – about a sales exec who won’t let anything or anyone stand in her way in getting to the top of the San Francisco social ladder – is really quite tragic.

Reviewer : Clint Morris

“The Crow : City of Angels”
Director: Tim Pope
Starring: Vincent Perez, Mia Kershner, Iggy Pop

OK, I’ll admit, the first film did have some ‘artsy’ elements to it – but it was still fast-paced enough, brimming with action, and book ended with enough hard rock music, that it was going to appeal to the popcorn-chewing crowd, too. This, on the other hand, just won’t…doesn’t. It’s all art…. and not much more. Imagine “The Crow” directed by the Merchant-Ivory clan, and you get the picture. Sure, Vincent Perez looks the part – he plays a chap who’s resurrected to avenge the death of himself, and his son – but the central character’s make-up is the only thing this film shares in common with the original. It’s truly disappointing. Good transfer….

Reviewer : Clint Morris

“The Year of the Yao”
Director: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
Starring: Charles Barkley, Colin Pine, Cuttino Mobley, Ernie Johnson, Glen Rice, Kenny Smith, Michael Irvin, Ming Yao, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Francis

It’s really hard to tell what this film is about just by looking at the DVD sleeve – so a synopsis is probably the first thing we need here: It’s a documentary about the 7ft 6in Chinese basketball phenomenon Yao Ming, who joined the NBA a couple of years back, and it chronicles his efforts to blend in, feel like part of the team (which includes such notable dribblers as Shaq), gain some buoyancy, and maintain his Chinese values. Really interesting stuff, and very inspiring too. I’ve seen many compare it to sports films like “Hoosiers”, but here’s the thing – they were illusory movies, this is the real-deal, no more than a lens in the face of a real person, so if anything, this should touch you even more. Extras include deleted scenes and the trailer.

Reviewer : Clint Morris

“He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – Season 1 Collection 2”
Director: Various
Starring: John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary

The older you get, the sadder you get. Believe me. I hardly watched this thing when it was on TV – I was probably about 12, so no doubt had taken up drinking by that stage, which was far, far cooler than watching a cobalt-skinned skeleton swordfight a shirtless blonde teenager – and now I can’t seem to turn the thing off. It’s as if it’s the only way us thirty-something’s can reconnect with our childhood…. even if “He-Man” was never a big part of it. Or, is it the fact that “He-Man” was/is a good show? And still holds up? Hard to say, could be a little bit of both. It’s definitely fun, and does have some intriguing storylines in it (or maybe that’s just me comparing it to the Dolph Lundgren movie – of which I imported a couple of years back! Yeah, I know, crazy!) but it’s very dated, and oh so cheesy….but if I had the choice of giving my kids (which, I don’t have, by the way) a copy of the “He-Man” set, or a copy of some modern-day travesty like “The Powerpuff Girls” set, I’d go this – every time. Awesome DVD set too, including documentaries, storyboards, commercials, trivia and some other things.

Reviewer : Clint Morris

“Underworld Evolution”
Director: Len Wiseman
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Derek Jacobi, Sophia Myles

If the first one gave you a headache, best pop an extra pill tonight, because a migraine is coming on. Something tells me, though; no paracetamol is going to help anyone get through this shrill, bland, sci-fi monstrosity though.
The problem with these “Underworld” movies – about a woman caught up in the fight between vampires and werewolves – is that they’re, well, boring. They’re so slow, so bland, and so sleepishly-performed, that there’s just no way an audience can get invested in them. OK, so Kate Beckinsale looks ‘tight’ in that leather-clad costume, and the special effects are quite good (especially, the werewolf stuff), but the whole thing is rather hollow.
The Extras are much more rewarding than the film, thankfully, and include numerous featurettes and a commentary by the director.

Reviewer : Clint Morris

“Les Murray’s World Football Challenge Pack”
Director: Various
Starring: Les Murray

Not my thing, that’s for sure – not only because I don’t like football, but because, well, it’s soccer, and I no less about that than I do about the many flavours of Fanta that apparently exist over the border – but this will definitely find it’s audience/players, that’s for sure, especially with ‘World Cup Fever’ brewing. It’s essentially another one of those interactive DVD trivia-games (like ‘Scene-It’ or ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’) in which SBS commentator Les Murray quizzes fans via a multiple-choice game. Sure to have the soccer-fans tied up for minutes/hours/days…depending on how good they are.

Reviewer : Clint Morris

All DVDs are available to buy from www.ezydvd.com.au

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