Friday, 01 December 2006 |
Housed in a transparent red plastic box that designates a
high-definition DVD (as opposed to the transparent blue plastic box
that denotes Blu-Ray) comes yet another video release of Sam Raimi’s
“Army of Darkness.” This must be a new and improved plastic box, as it
has a hinged fastener, evidently intended to slow down sneak thieves.
Unaccountably, this release has none of the extras that graced earlier
DVDs of the movie—but it does include a standard DVD print on the
reverse side. But why? If someone wants a standard DVD, surely they’d
choose one of the other extras-laden versions; if they want the
high-definition version, what’s the point of having the standard
version? (The title, by the way, is actually “Bruce Campbell Vs. Army
That being said, there is a point this time to releasing this film in
high definition. It wasn’t a lavish production, but Raimi fills the
screen with detail. ...
Saturday, 01 July 2006 |
Created by Alan Moore, John Totleben and Steve Bissette in an issue of
the comic book “Swamp Thing” in 1985, John Constantine began life as a
sarcastic and cynical Englishman who knew a lot about magic and the
beings that wielded it. With his trademark trench coat and smoking Silk
Cut cigarettes, Constantine wandered through several issues of “Swamp
Thing”, made brief stopovers in other titles, and finally got his own
comic series under the title, “Hellblazer”. There have been over two
hundred comic magazines published so far, and the series remains one of
the premiere titles of DC Comics’ Vertigo line.
In the comic books, Constantine doesn’t try to be the hero. He’s
totally out for himself, either to gain something for himself, help a
friend he can’t live without (and the attrition rate among
Constantine’s friends is incredible) or learn something about magic or
a demon that he didn’t previously know. ...