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HDTV Magazine Reviews Archive (October, 2011)

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Blu-ray Review: Bad Teacher

By The HT Guys • Oct 28 2011, 2:37pm

Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) is ruthless, wildly inappropriate and says exactly what's on her mind. She may be working as a teacher, but her real occupation is to find a rich man to support her and get her out of the middle school for good. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Punch), while disregarding the advances of the school's irreverent gym teacher (Segel). Elizabeth’s schemes and their wild consequences prove that she truly doesn't give an "F."

Bad Teacher seams like a run of the mill raunchy comedy that follows a safe and well known path to the ending. However...

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Blu-ray Review: Fast Five

By The HT Guys • Oct 27 2011, 2:24pm

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker head up an all-star reunion of the explosive Fast franchise set in sultry Rio de Janeiro. Former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and his girlfriend Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) bust Mia’s brother Dom (Vin Diesel) out of prison, blasting across South America to elude the authorities. Finding themselves backed into a corner in Brazil, they assemble an elite team of top racers to help pull off the one last job that could mean freedom for them all. But hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is hot on their trail, and so is a corrupt and powerful businessman who wants them dead. When Hobbs and his strike force launch an all-out assault to capture the Torettos and their team, he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Instead, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey…before someone else runs them down first.

If you like over the top action movies, this movie is for you. It's got gun fights, car chases, fist fights, explosions, h ...

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Blu-ray Review: Star Wars (Episodes IV - VI)

By The HT Guys • Oct 26 2011, 2:44pm

The May 25, 1977 theatrical debut of Star Wars - on a scant 32 screens across America - was destined to change the face of cinema forever. An instant classic and an unparalleled box office success, the rousing "space opera" was equal parts fairy tale, western, 1930s serial and special effects extravaganza, with roots in mythologies from cultures around the world. From the mind of visionary writer/director George Lucas, the epic space fantasy introduced the mystical Force into the cultural vocabulary, as well as iconic characters such as evil Darth Vader, idealistic Luke Skywalker, feisty Princess Leia, lovable scoundrel Han Solo and wise Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since its 1977 debut, Star Wars has continued to grow, its lush narrative expanding from modest beginnings into an epic, six-film Saga chronicling the fall and redemption of The Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker.


Watching the original trilogy is like hanging out with old friends. It makes it hard to look at these films objectively, but I d ...

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Blu-ray Review: Star Wars (Episodes I-III)

By The HT Guys • Oct 25 2011, 2:30pm

The May 25, 1977 theatrical debut of Star Wars - on a scant 32 screens across America - was destined to change the face of cinema forever. An instant classic and an unparalleled box office success, the rousing "space opera" was equal parts fairy tale, western, 1930s serial and special effects extravaganza, with roots in mythologies from cultures around the world. From the mind of visionary writer/director George Lucas, the epic space fantasy introduced the mystical Force into the cultural vocabulary, as well as iconic characters such as evil Darth Vader, idealistic Luke Skywalker, feisty Princess Leia, lovable scoundrel Han Solo and wise Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since its 1977 debut, Star Wars has continued to grow, its lush narrative expanding from modest beginnings into an epic, six-film Saga chronicling the fall and redemption of The Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker.

If the original trilogy never existed, and all we had were the prequels, I think they would be considered good movies. However, t ...

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Blu-ray Review: Transformers - Dark of the Moon

By The HT Guys • Oct 24 2011, 2:59pm

A mysterious event from Earth’s past threatens to ignite a war so big that the TRANSFORMERS™ alone will not be able to save the planet. Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and the AUTOBOTS™ must fight against the darkness to defend our world from the DECEPTICONS’™ all-consuming evil in the smash hit from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg.


This Transformers movie is the perfect example of movie spectacle at its peak. I don't think I've ever seen a movie with so many explosions, gunshots, fancy camera work, and metal on metal violence. The action is insane to the point of excessive, the final battle sequence is about half an hour of total carnage.

I like Shia LaBeouf, but...

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Blu-ray Review: Lion King

By The HT Guys • Oct 12 2011, 2:54pm

An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music sets thestage for “The Lion King”, a Disney classic that follows the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can't wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba's exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.”

When my daughter was 2 years old, she watched The Lion King on VHS every day for about a year, and I grew extremely tired of it. Needless to say, I did not look forward to reviewing this movie. However...

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Blu-ray Review: Dumbo

By The HT Guys • Oct 11 2011, 2:38pm

In celebration of this landmark film’s 70th anniversary, experience the daring adventures of the world’s only flying elephant with a dazzling all-new digital restoration and brilliant Disney Enhanced High Definition Theatre Mix Sound. The inspirational tale of Dumbo, the courageous baby elephant who uses his sensational ears to soar to fame with the help of his clever best friend Timothy Q. Mouse, will thrill and delight audiences of all ages. And now, the award-winning music and empowering messages about friendship and belief In yourself reach new heights in this must-have Blu-ray high-definition presentation of Walt Disney’s classic Dumbo!

On the surface Dumbo is a simple story about a "deformed" elephant that learns to fly, but I think the story is deeper than Disney suggests it is. Dumbo is really a story about societies social ladder, and how your birth determines you status. It also shows Dumbo hitting rock bottom after a night of drinking and hallucinations. However, not ...

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Blu-ray Review: Bridesmaids

By The HT Guys • Oct 10 2011, 2:28pm

Thirty-something Annie (Kristen Wiig) has hit a rough patch but finds her life turned completely upside down when she takes on the Maid of Honor role in her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding. In way over her head but determined to succeed, Annie leads a hilarious hodgepodge of bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to the big event.

It's great to see a movie starring women being very funny. It made me realize that there are very few movies that feature women in a comedy. In fact, I can't really remember a movie starring this many women where men aren't the focus of the film. While I was watching this film with my wife I realized...