Interviews Video ¬†By Alfonso De Elias
Season Two lead cinematographer Rohn Schmidt‚Äôs gritty, hopelessly dour mise en scene is perfectly depicted on Anchor Bay‚Äôs Blu-ray transfer. The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray arrives courtesy of AMC and Anchor Bay Entertainment. The show is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, mixed in 7.1 Dolby TrueHD. The season’s 13 episodes are spread among four discs. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV.
Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying world. He was a small town cop who had only fired his weapon a couple times but never at anyone and had only ever seen one dead body. Separated from his family, he must sort through the death and horror to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, people are forced to finally begin living.
Shot on Super 16, The Walking Dead is a textured, gritty looking series, often painted with morose, bleak visuals and a stark, apocalyptic palette reminiscent of other zombie films. The Blu-ray presentation outdoes the already staggering HD broadcast by delivering a cleaner, crisper presentation.
It’s probably not a series for the ages, but any genre programming that can both appeal to its base market and still drum up intrigue in other demographics has to have something going on under its hood. Most images are defined by pale colors that yield a gray, bleak, hopeless sort of visual structure that reinforces the themes of despair and death and emphasizes the general end-of-days misery. The zombie apocalypse is not just about mindless nonstop zombie smashing for people with ADHD. It’s more about the loss of humanity and how people interact with each other so this Blu-ray-DVD has English and French languages with English subtitles.
Reviewed by Jenny Alvarez
“No one is safe” especially with a rogue CIA agent who has been hiding for years, Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) one day turns himself in, and he’s brought to a safe house in Johannesburg, South Africa managed by low-level agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) for debriefing. When the Safe House is attacked by a group of mercenaries, Matt finds himself on the run with Tobin, while trying to get to the bottom of who wants him killed.
Brutal fight scenes and intensity in each scene with car chases added life to what would have been an overall flat movie and makes it more entertaining. Sometimes, the camera shakes a bit too much and detracts during a few encounters. Although Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) plays the same character over and over again and he hasn’t done much outside, is the opposite of Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) does have his moments to let loose.
There is a lack of feminine touch so all of the inner workings fail and unfortunately, ‚ÄúSafe House‚ÄĚ just becomes too predictable even Director Espinosa did an extraordinary job of many action-packed sequences for the duration of some scenes. Now you can enjoy this movie on a DVD/blu-ray this coming June 5th with Master Audio 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English DVS), DTS 5.1 Surround (French), DTS 5.1 Surround (Spanish) and subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.
By Jenny √Ālvarez
Set in 1970s Texas, Cellmates tells the story of hardened Ku Klux Klansman, Leroy Lowe (Tom Sizemore), who has risen through the ranks to be crowned ‚ÄėGrand Dragon‚Äô of the State of Texas.¬† Unfortunately for him, the government has started cracking down on the organization‚Äôs activities and it isn‚Äôt long before Leroy is sent to the Low Lee Tuna Prison Work Farm to serve time‚Ä¶harvesting potatoes.¬† Worlds quickly collide when farm owner Warden Merville (Stacy Keach) forces Leroy to share a prison cell with eccentric Mexican field laborer Emilio Ortiz (Hector Jimenez) as part of his penitence. None too happy with the arrangement, Leroy sets out to make things very difficult for Emilio in the cramped quarters, but Emilio‚Äôs chatty disposition slowly chips away at Leroy‚Äôs gruff exterior. When an unlikely friendship develops, Leroy comes to realize how his ignorant past has distorted his view of the world, and what he must now do to make things right.
An offbeat comedy with heart, Cellmates is co-written, directed and produced by Jesse Baget.¬† The film stars veteran actors Tom Sizemore and Stacy Keach; Mexican actors Hector Jimenez and Olga Segura; and a special appearance by comedic actor Kevin Farley. This movie is a comedy with satirical humor related to race relations in this country. But the real fun here comes from Stacy Keach as a warden who tries (and fails) to instill a mania for potato farming on his highly skeptical prisoners or when Leroy falls in love and his cellmate serves as the translator for an illicit exchange of love letters. This could easily have come off as far too silly, but in the context of the tone of the film — it all works very nicely. Definitely this movie will make you smile and fans of good movies will receive it with enthusiastic applause. This movie opens in limited release on June 1st.
By Jenny Alvarez
We’ve got awesome news for you. You can now buy the Jane By Design DVD and you can get it on March 20, 2012. ¬†Yes, that’s right. Re-live all the high drama, high school and high heels through the eyes of Jane Quimby.
‚ÄúJane By Design” (formerly “What Would Jane Do”), a light-hearted drama, follows Jane, a teenager who lands a job at a hip retail company when they mistake her for an adult. Jane soon finds herself juggling life both as a regular high school student and as an assistant to a high powered executive in the cutthroat world of fashion… all while trying to keep her true identity a secret. “Jane By Design” stars Erica Dasher (“The Lake”) as Jane Quimby, Nicholas Roux (“Lemonade Mouth”) as Billy Nutter, Rowly Dennis (“Desperate Housewives”) as Jeremy Jones, India De Beaufort (“One Tree Hill”) as India Jordain, Meagan Tandy (“10 Things I Hate About You”) as Lulu Pope, Matthew Atkinson (“CSI”) as Nick Fadden, and featuring Andie MacDowell (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”) as Gray Chandler Murray – Jane’s steely boss whose constant demands keep her on her toes. This DVD can find it only in English language.