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Friday, 17 August 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Adventures In Babysitting [25th Anniversary Edition] (1987) Before his famed “Harry Potter” days, Chris Columbus created one of those classic 80s films.  “Adventures IN Babysitting” is not a masterpiece by any means.  Until I received it I had forgotten the film even existed.  Upon another viewing, the film actually has a great throwback quality to the 80s.  It is always fun to watch stars of today in the breakout roles.  In this case, Elisabeth Shue. Video: 3.5/5 This film receives a better than to be expected video transfer.  As the last of five 8/7 releases by Touchstone to be watched, I didn’t have high hopes for it.  Following on the heels of video disasters such as “Grosse Pointe Blank” and “Preacher’s Wife,” “Adventures In Babysitting” comes through in fine style.  While the image suffers from mainly issues in league with “preacher’s Wife,” this transfer has just a slight edge ...
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Friday, 10 August 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Grosse Pointe Blank [15th Anniversary Edition] [1997] “Grosse Pointe Blank” is a cult favorite of many.  However, like many of Cusack’s films it is generational. Video: 2/5 Yikes!  Disney dropped the ball on this release.  I was hoping for at least another “Romy & Michele” quality transfer.  Alas, what we have here is something that I can’t even name.  It seems as though the film was dumped from a low-res transfer onto Blu-ray, with some tweaking in between.  Normally, I just state that there is no artifacting in the image.  This has become a staple in Blu-ray video transfers.  Looks like someone missed the memo.  “Grosse Pointe Blank” has all the artifacting you could ever not ask for.  There is banding.  There are compression artifacts.  There is crushing.  There is edge enhancement and halos.  It goes on and on.  If that wasn’t bad enough, the image is also plagued ...
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Friday, 10 August 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Romy & Michele's High School Reunion [15th Anniversary Edition] [1997] Some movies just hit the spot.  “Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion” is one of those films.  If not for a few slow lingering moments in the film, this film would garner five stars, easy. Video: 4/5 The AVC-encoded Blu-ray of this 15 year-old film makes a nice debut.  Don’t believe the box art when it comes to aspect ratios.  Time and time again I see aspect ratio listed as 1.78:1 when in actuality the film is actually 1.85:1.  No kidding the aspect ratio is 1.78:1, all Blu-rays are.  That doesn’t mean the film’s image is in that ratio.  Come on studios, give us the correct info.  There is room for improvement but sadly I don’t think that will ever happen.  If it does it won’t until the 20th or 25th anniversary edition in which more years and degradation of the original ...
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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Bringing Down The House (2003) What was I thinking?  Seeing a film like this shows you how much your tastes in filmmaking and comedy evolve over the years.  I am 100 percent utterly ashamed that I ever laughed at this film when I first saw it nearly 10 years ago.  Having not seen the film since I was excited to watch it again.  Boy, I really wished I hadn’t. “Bringing Down The House” is perhaps one of the most vulgar comedies of the last decade.  I can see a lot of people out there taking offense to almost to the whole film.  I am not blaming the actors nor the director.  The writers on this film must have been smoking something to come up with such a contrived pile of…. If anything, it is the actors that save this film, with the exception of Betty Davis.  Queen ...
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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Father Of The Bride / Father Of The Bride Part II (1991-1995) “Father Of The Bride” is a staple in the Steve Martin’s repertoire.  Surprisingly though, it is not really the funniest of films.  Nor is its sequel.  At times it seems as though Martin is trying to hard to push comic relief into lifeless scenes.  Nevertheless, the films have a spirit that puts them at the top of the list, well almost. Neither of the “Bride” films is a repetitive watch. I was thrilled to see them, but then again I haven’t watched them since their initial release in the early 90s.  I have satisfied my craving and now the films will likely sit on the shelf collecting dust.  But that is probably the case with more than 90 percent of our collections, right? The first film introduces us to he Banks family.  George doesn’t deal with the fact that his little girl ...
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