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Hancock

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Columbia/Tristar Vid
  • DVD Release Date: Nov 25 2008
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  • ASIN: B001FTIJTE

Tropic Thunder

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Review
Ben Stiller’s biggest problem as a director has been that his material has never quite been worthy of his obvious ambition. But in Tropic Thunder, a satire about the insecurity and immaturity of movie stars, which he co-wrote with Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen, Stiller’s obvious comfort and confidence in the material grounds the film so firmly that, for the first time, his directorial ambitions can flourish. The premise is that five actors - three of them international superstars - are stranded somewhere in Asia believing they are shooting a guerrilla-style Vietnam War epic, when they’re in fact caught up in very real danger. This structure serves up so many delicious possibilities that Stiller and his cohorts can’t help themselves, they try everything: physical comedy; self-serious Oscar-bait trailers; profanity-laced diatribes from Hollywood power players - they even mock the horrors of drug withdrawal, all the while playing up the ceaseless insincerity of almost everyone involved in moviemaking.Well-shot by cinematographer John Toll, and cannily edited by Greg Hayden, the film is a visual treat. Moving briskly from joke to joke, Tropic Thunder, much like Hot Fuzz, works as both as an action film and as a spoof of action films. When there are visual allusions to other Vietnam classics like Apocalypse Now or Platoon, the point is never just to reference those great works - there’s always something else going on in those scenes to make them funny, so the homages simply add another layer of laughter. The care that went into the art direction, for instance (especially in the movie memorabilia on display in an agent’s office), will bring a smile to anyone paying attention.Nobody can be faulted for missing some of these subtle pleasures, however, because the big jokes are so consistently uproarious. Everyone from Steve Coogan, as the befuddled British director, to Danny McBride, as a gung-ho special-effects man, to Matthew McConaughey, playing a loyal, unctuous agent, takes full advantage of the numerous opportunities to score laughs. Jay Baruchel deserves particular praise for playing the straight man flawlessly against each and every one of these raging lunatics. But it’s Robert Downey Jr. as Kirk Lazarus, an Australian critical darling revered for his chameleon-like method acting, who will keep viewers doubled up with laughter. The character undergoes a radical surgical process that turns his skin black so that he can play an African-American role, and Lazarus refuses to break character, even when the cameras are off. His ongoing verbal battles with entrepreneurial rapper and fellow cast member Alpa Chino (a rock-solid Brandon T. Jackson, whose character gives the film its screamingly funny first scene) become so comically convoluted that they defuse the racial tension. That comedic shock value adds yet another dimension to a movie that already draws upon the rich tradition of Hollywood self-mockery, from Sullivan’s Travels to The Player. Time will tell if this film ends up in the pantheon with those poison pen letters to Tinsletown, but it is safe to say that Tropic Thunder is the most consistently funny movie Hollywood managed to produce in the summer of 2008. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide 

Synopsis
Ben Stiller’s satirical look at Hollywood, Tropic Thunder concerns the production of an epic Vietnam War film that quickly derails thanks to the giant egos of everyone involved in the production. Stiller stars as Tugg Speedman, an action hero trying to segue out of that genre. Jack Black plays Jeff Portnoy, a drug-addicted fat comic also attempting to change his image by taking on such a serious film. They star alongside Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), one of the world’s most awarded actors, and a man who insists on immersing himself totally in a role. In this case, that means Lazarus has had his skin dyed in order to portray an African-American soldier. After their outrageous behavior lands the film’s director, Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan), in very hot water with producer Les Grossman (Tom Cruise), Cockburn takes the advice of grizzled Vietnam vet Four Leaf Tayback (Nick Nolte); in order to gain control of his performers, Cockburn drops the actors off in the jungle, planning to film the movie guerrilla-style with hidden cameras. When the group stumbles upon a heroin production camp, the actors are unaware that they are in very real danger. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

Doctor Who Season 4

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The Hollywood Reporter says Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on November 18.

The animated hit, written and directed by Andrew Stanton, will be available in both single-disc and triple-disc versions. The latter comes with special features about the film’s robot heroes, including Web vignettes and an interactive storybook, and a detailed documentary on Pixar.

The releases also include a digital copy of the film, playable on mobile devices

Quantum of Solace

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"Quantum of Solace" continues the high octane adventures of James Bond (Daniel Craig) in "Casino Royale."

Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M (Judi Dench) interrogate Mr White (Jesper Christensen) who reveals the organisation which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.

Forensic intelligence links an Mi6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organisation.

On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano (Joaquin Cosio). Using his associates in the organisation, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.

In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene’s sinister plan and stop his organisation.

Hellboy 2, the Golden Army

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Review
Guillermo del Toro and Co. have pulled off a fantastical feat of high entertainment in Hellboy II, a follow-up that bounds off its predecessor into new comedic and action-packed heights, giving this unlikely big screen hero a gleeful second installment that works its devilish tail off to satisfy and astound. Having already been through the rather transparent - "This is who the big-horned fella is and yes, he’s the leading man" schtick the first time around, round two finds its own groove as Mike Mignola’s characters trounce through Del Toro’s menagerie of fetishes, namely misunderstood monsters, clockwork gears, undying love, and a magical array of monsters that leaves the audience spellbound throughout its near-two-hour running time. If one thing is for certain, it’s that Ron Perlman was born to play this cat-loving demon with a heart of gold. His nuances under the makeup are effortless, as is his interaction with the movie’s biggest surprise, that of gill-man and best bud, Abe Sapien. Performer Doug Jones dons the suit once more, but this time, is given the humble task of supplying the voice for the creature (taking the reins from Frasier’s David Hyde Pierce) - the result being a homerun straight out of one of the Hollywood’s most unexpected playbooks. Abe and Hellboy are an endearing duo to be reckoned with, and with their dual romantic subplots, are given the chance to play off each other in wonderfully silly ways. And if there weren’t enough laughs already with returning cast member Jeffrey Tambor, here comes the newest - and most delightfully bizarre - BPRD member, Johan Strauss, infectiously voiced to a Germanic hilt by Family Guy-guru, Seth MacFarlane. On the flipside, Luke Goss provides another intriguing villain that’s not unlike his sorrowful portrayal of the tragic Shakespearean baddie in Del Toro’s highly underrated Blade II. Far separated from the sparse, atmospheric creation that makes up much of Mignola’s comics, Hellboy II dares to cram as much creativity into every frame as possible, leaving no doubt that this big-screen incarnation is its own valid animal - and one that’s well worth the price of admission. From the exquisite production design to the top-notch creature effects, the film is eye candy of the highest order. Boasting the largest set of in-camera monster effects this side of Nightbreed, and featuring some of the most striking character conceptions of its time, Del Toro has crafted a uniquely beautiful creation that dazzles the eye as well as the heart. Add in its sharp comic instincts and wham-bam action and one gets a comic-book film that strives to deliver a rousing experience for audiences of all ages - and really, who could ask for more than that? ~ Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide 

On the DVD
Feature Commentary with Director Guillermo del Toro 
Feature Commentary with Cast Members Jeffrey Tambor, Selma Blair and Luke Goss 
Set Visits: Seven mini documentaries provide viewers with unlimited access to the Hellboy II: The Golden Army set. 
Troll Market Tour with Guillermo del Toro: Using sketches and backstage video, del Toro walks the audience through the creation of one of the films most distinctive sets, the legendary Troll Market. 
Animated Zinco Epilogue Comic

Banjo Kazooie, Nuts and Bolts

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Famed game developer Rare Ltd. is reviving one of its most beloved and successful franchises exclusively on Xbox 360 with the third installment of the "Banjo-Kazooie" series. "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts" embraces new and old fans alike, as the famous bear and bird duo return in stunning high definition for a unique adventure of epic proportions. The Lord of the Games (aka LOG) is tired of the petty squabbling between Banjo and the evil witch Gruntilda (aka Grunty) over the years, and has arranged a showdown to decide the rightful owner of Spiral Mountain. Claiming to have created every video game ever made, LOG has built the game worlds in which the contest’s challenges take place. Banjo must complete LOG’s challenges to win, while Grunty tries to stop him using every method her devious mind can muster.

Throughout their adventure, players create their own abilities by building vehicles for Banjo to pilot over land, water and air. Vehicle parts, which range from simple devices such as engines and wheels to more unusual equipment such as springs and egg guns, are earned and collected throughout the game. Players use their imagination to combine parts in any order to create whatever vehicle they choose. LOG’s challenges have one goal, but players’ choice of vehicle and tactics will determine how they get there. By exploring worlds and solving puzzles, players both young and old will be rewarded with more advanced and diverse vehicle parts in their quest to defeat Grunty once and for all.

Features:

  • An adventure that starts with your imagination. If you can imagine it, you can build it in the Mumbo’s Motors easy-to-use workshop. Then put your creation to the test as you take on Grunty in your quest for Spiral Mountain. Unlike other games, where the player progressively picks up new skills or abilities at points pre-determined by the game’s creator, "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts" puts the power of improving Banjo’s abilities into the hands of the players as they build vehicles that allow Banjo to progress through the game. Vehicle parts include a wide variety of body panels, engines, wheels, wings, propellers, fuel and weapons, plus many more weird and wonderful gadgets such as floaters, Mumbo Bombos and the versatile sticky ball, from which players can design and create anything from a simple object-carrying truck to a space-age flying saucer. Once you’ve designed your creation, give it the finishing touch by painting it and choosing a suitable name before Banjo jumps in and pilots it into action.
  • Customizable experience. With more than 100 contraption parts and unlimited combinations possible, no two players will have the same experience in "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts." By exploring the vast game worlds, discovering hidden secrets and solving puzzles to win rewards, players continually find more and more ways to customize and improve their contraptions, creating an unprecedented level of user-generated content for a 3-D platform adventure game.
  • Fun right out of the box. Don’t worry if you aren’t the world’s greatest inventor or want to skip the workshop and get straight to the action, because "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts" comes with a fully loaded experience right out of the box. Pre-built vehicles are included so players can jump right in and get started, with many more contraptions available for purchase throughout the adventure using the in-game currency system of musical notes.
  • Engaging storyline and entertaining characters. Two of Rare’s most beloved characters have returned from retirement, making their debut on Xbox 360. To win the deed to their homeland and prevent the evil witch Gruntilda from developing it into tower blocks and malls, Banjo and his best friend Kazooie battle over land, sea and air against their longtime rival. Familiar faces such as Mumbo Jumbo, Bottles, Captain Blubber and the Jinjos are also back to lend a hand, along with an equally colorful cast of new friends and foes. Look out for Trophy Thomas, Piddles, Lord of the Games and Grunty’s mechanically menacing army of Gruntbots.
  • Enjoy alone or with friends. "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts" offers complete single-player and multiplayer experiences. You can play through the adventure alone in the single-player campaign, or play with friends in competitive or cooperative challenges on your own or in teams.
  • Fun for everyone. Xbox 360 is the home to the best entertainment experiences for everyone. With "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts," Xbox 360 continues to build its impressive lineup of content that appeals to people of all ages and types.

Call of Duty: World at War

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Call of Duty: World at War completely changes the rules of engagement by redefining WWII gaming and thrusting players into the final tension-filled, unforgiving battles against a new ferocious enemy in the most dangerous and suspenseful action ever seen in WWII. Powered by Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare technology, Call of Duty: World at War brings an uncensored edge to combat, as soldiers face the most harrowing and climatic European and Pacific battles in which an enemy, who knows no surrender and no retreat, will fight to the last breath, unleashing an arsenal of lethal surprising tactics. Peril and danger lurk throughout the battlefield as players combat the unknown risk of the new chaos of battle.

From the remains of Russia and the ruins of Berlin, to the beach and jungles of the deadly Pacific Theater, the volatile action takes on added depth as players employ new features that previously were only-available in multiplayer, including perks, rankings and online stats in up-to full four-player cooperative gameplay. New infantry and vehicle-based weapons, like the potent flamethrower, bring the battlefield ablaze.

Final Battles:

Call of Duty: World at War forces players to survive the final climactic days of a world at war to thwart the advance of Axis powers on multiple fronts from Europe to the Pacific – delivering the hallmark Call of Duty cinematic intensity on a worldwide scale. Play as a U.S. Marine or Russian conscript across a variety of European and Pacific infantry, vehicle and airborne missions. An all new depth of WWII-era combat variety, from the tactics and weapons to the unique and varying locations that traverse the ruins of Western Europe all the way to the harsh, wetlands of Imperial Japan, immerses gamers into an adrenaline-filled, epic struggle.

Co-Op Campaign Mode:

“No One Fights Alone” takes on new meaning as players can complete the entire single player campaign with up to four players online or two players via split-screen (both online and offline). Strategizing with others provides gameplay diversity, replayability and engagement. Complete unique co-op challenges to earn rewards and bragging rights. The title takes the perks, rankings and online stats that players love in multiplayer and builds them into the cooperative campaign as well, adding even more variety, replayability and continuous fun.

Addictive Multiplayer:

Call of Duty: World at War continues the addictive and leading class-based multiplayer action. The addition of vehicles to the highly-successful Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare multiplayer that already includes persistent experience, player rankings, upgradeable weapons, squad-based gameplay, map scripting, customizable classes and perks, brings a new dimension to Call of Duty online warfare.

Unprecedented WWII Cinematic Quality:

Utilizing the jaw-dropping and revolutionary Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare engine, Call of Duty: World at War delivers an unprecedented level of visual and cinematic effects to WWII. Highly-detailed character models, self-shadowing, environmental lighting and amazing special effects up the WWII authenticity to new heights. Depth of field, rim-lighting and texture-streaming technology bring the adrenaline-pumping combat to life. Physics-enabled battlefields and destructible cover immerse players into the harrowing and dynamic combat.

Gears of War 2

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Gears of War 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the 5 million-selling blockbuster action game and one of the most popular Xbox games in history. Players continue as Marcus Fenix, a reluctant war hero and leader of Delta Squad, six months after the events of Gears of War. The last cities on Sera are sinking, swallowed by a new Locust threat from below. A massive counterattack is humanity’s last hope for survival.

Gears of War 2 blends a best-in-class third-person shooter with unsurpassed high-definition visuals, all layered on top of an engaging story of survival, loss and retribution. 

Gears of War 2 is developed by Epic Games exclusively for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system.

  • Unparalleled gameplay: Gears of War 2 takes the award-winning gameplay of the original and improves upon it in every way. The genre-defining cover system is further refined, making the “stop and pop” gameplay more intuitive. Dynamic cover is given new meaning as downed opponents can be picked up and used as shields. The intimate violence of the battlefield is heightened when combatants engage in chainsaw duels. Destructible environments and vicious new finishing moves add to the over-the-top experience.
  • Jaw-dropping visuals: Gears of War 2 continues to raise the graphics bar through its breathtaking visual effects, made possible through advances in Unreal Engine 3.
  • Engaging experience that pulls you in and won’t let go: Gears of War 2 takes deep and immersive storytelling in video games to greater heights. Players connect with humanity’s battle for survival on a personal level as they move through a story that introduces new characters and sheds light on the histories of familiar ones.
  • Expanded cooperative play: Team up with a friend to fight through the harrowing story of Delta Squad in the enhanced campaign mode, now featuring drop-in/drop-out gameplay, as well as individual player difficulty options. Or recruit four friends to battle in the new game mode “Horde,” where you’ll fight together to fend off a seemingly endless onslaught of Locust forces to attain the highest score.
  • Fierce and varied competitive multiplayer action: Gears of War 2 features eight distinct multiplayer modes,2 including the new Wingman, Guardian and Submission modes, where up to 10 players choose a side and pit their courage and battlefield mettle directly against others. In addition, multiplayer bots are available to sharpen your skills offline or to fill out your online private matches on Xbox LIVE.
  • Party system and skill-based online matchmaking: New to Gears of War 2 is a party system that allows players to form a full or partial team with friends and continue together from match to match without the need to reform after each game. Gears of War 2 also supports a skill-based online matchmaking system, powered by TrueSkill, which groups players of similar skill level together in competitive multiplayer matches.

Legendary

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Set in modern day locations from New York City to London, Legendary – The Box is the story of Charles Deckard, a thief who unwittingly opens the mythical Pandora’s Box and begins a war only he can end.

Features:

 

  • A war of mythic proportions - Lead awe-inspiring fire-fights where high-caliber ordnance meets beak, talon, claw and fang. Dynamic environments crumble around you as you and your enemies tear an interactive, living, breathing environment apart in your battle to stay alive.
  • Global combat in stunning locations - Devastation is realized on an unprecedented scale. See internationally recognized structures and monuments to mankind fall before the primal onslaught of titans. Every feature, every location is realized in breath-taking high-definition.
  • Think fast or die combat - Man is no-longer top of the food chain and you are the hunted. Witness stunning artificial intelligence in action as packs of werewolves attempt to outflank you and giant gryphons tear through buildings to drag you screaming into their world.

Bender's Game

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Futurama: Bender’s Game is the third of the four planned Futurama films.[1]

The sneak peek trailer mentions a release date of the holiday season of 2008 in the United States. It was later confirmed to have a November 2008 release.[2] An advertisement on the region 2 DVD of Bender’s Big Score stated a release date of November 2008 in the United Kingdom. At Comic-Con, it was confirmed that the release date will be November 4, 2008. It has also been confirmed to have a simultaneous release date on Blu-ray Disc, a first for the Futurama film series[3].

In a comic-con 2007 cast reading previewing the four new movies featured in the Bender’s Big Score DVD, it is shown that this chapter in Futurama’s adventures will feature a Dungeons & Dragons-like setting whereBender dresses like a knightLeela is a centaur and the Professor is a wizard. A teaser image depicts Fry as a Gollum-like creature, while the trailer shows him as a dragonAmy will be appearing as the queen of the "Water Nymphos". Zoidberg will appear as a squid-like blob, similar to a beholder from Dungeons & Dragons (his head with tentacles much like his tendrils). According to David X. Cohen, the movie will be Futurama’s "first real foray into the fantasy world as opposed to straight sci-fi".[4] The title appears to be a reference to the Hugo and Nebula award winning novel Ender’s Game. The trailer also shows that much of the feature will spoof elements of Peter Jackson’s version of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Additionally, Mom will make a return appearance,[5] possibly as the main antagonist as the trailer seems to suggest, and the Planet Express crew apparently takes their ship to enter the "Space Demolition Derby", likely before the fantasy portion of the film takes place.

Guest stars will include George Takei and Rich Little reprising their roles as their own heads in jars.[6]

A preview of Bender’s Game is one of the bonus features on the Beast with a Billion Backs DVD.[5]

According to the Beast with a Billion Backs commentary, the idea to spoof Dungeons and Dragons and the death of its creator, E. Gary Gygax, happened at around the same time, but are coincidences.