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HDTV Magazine Reviews Archive (July, 2011)

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Blu-ray Review: Rango

By The HT Guys • Jul 27 2011, 2:15pm

Johnny Depp lends his voice to the portrayal of the title character, an adventurous family pet who leaves home to learn more about himself, in this family-friendly animated adventure directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean).

Rango does a great job of paying homage to classic westerns like High Noon and True Grit has some surprising interesting social commentary. If you want your kids to start watching western with you, this is the first step into the true American film genre. Shootouts at noon, riding off in the sunset, assembling a posse, all the familiar tropes of the standard western are present. They even have a famous spaghetti western character make a cameo in a pivotal scene. What is most surprising was it's underlying commentary on the world's economy. Without spoiling too much...

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Blu-ray Review: Hobo with a Shotgun

By The HT Guys • Jul 26 2011, 2:55pm

A train pulls into the station –it’s the end of the line. A Hobo jumps from a freight car, hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in an urban hell. This is a world where criminals rule the streets and Drake, the city’s crime boss, reigns supreme alongside his sadistic murderous sons, Slick & Ivan. Amidst the chaos, the Hobo comes across a pawnshop window displaying a second hand lawn mower. He dreams of making the city a beautiful place and starting a new life for himself. But as the brutality continues to rage around him, he notices a shotgun hanging above the lawn mower. Quickly, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this town is with that gun in his hand and two shells in its chamber.

Hobo with a Shotgun isn't for everyone, it's a borderline horror film, with cheesy dialog, and over the top characters. However, when all the crazy ingredients come together its a delicious casserole of awesomeness. When I said this movie had corny l ...

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Blu-ray Review: A Warrior's Way

By The HT Guys • Jul 25 2011, 2:45pm

Fugitive Asian assassin Yang (Dong-gun Jang) journeys from the Far East to the Wild West, where he holes up in a tiny town in the American badlands. There, he meets local drunk and ex-fighter Ron (Geoffrey Rush), as well as a beautiful circus knife thrower (Kate Bosworth) with a dark secret. Danny Huston and Tony Cox co-star in writer-director Sngmoo Lee's gripping hybrid of martial arts and Western genres.

If you enjoyed the synopsis of this film and you like campy movies, there is a high likelihood this is the film for you. The Warriors Way is a fun movie to watch, its over the top, a little funny, bloody, and doesn't take itself to seriously. First off, this movie puts a assassin samurai in the wild west with an abandoned circus act ... this movie is designed for fun, not for a gut wrenching drama. However, it is not...

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Blu-ray Review: Season of the Witch

By The HT Guys • Jul 22 2011, 2:26pm

In 14th-century Europe, a courageous knight (Nicolas Cage) leads a group of weary warriors across impossibly treacherous terrain in order to transport a suspected witch (Claire Foy) believed to be responsible for spreading the devastating Black Plague.

It's no coincidence that Season of the Witch was a flop at the box office the movie is a mess. It has horrible writing and is directed like it was made for TV SciFi movie. Nicolas Cage has been...