Archive for September, 2011

The Legend of Zorro

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Technical details:

  • Voices: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Hindi
  • Dolby 5.1
  • Extras: Deleted scenes, Commentaries, Making of etc.
Legend of Zorro

Legend of Zorro

Back in the 70-ties, when I watched zorro on my parent’s black and white TV set, about 7 years old, and discovering the world around me, two questions taunted me.

  • What color was Zorro’s cape,
  • and why for heaven’s sake was his image on a bottle of sherry?

It took quite some years to find out that his cape was just black (what a disappointment). Why his image was associated with sherry, was something this movie might reveal.

You know being a superhero is just not as easy as you would think. Obviously there are problems with the kids, being away all the time due to your superhero duties, and the pressure that goes with it. Of course this imposes a lot of stress and one good way to fight stress is with alcohol. Now about 40 years later I finally understand why Zorro is on that bottle of sherry! Yup, he is a good candidate for AA.

Problems with the wife and kid, appearing drunk at a party. That pretty sums up this movie. Of course the bright candle lights, the barrels of wine, and warm nights makes for some good looking camera shots, however, it can’t save the movie. There is some superhero action at the beginning and end of the movie but nothing in between. I think they could have made a nice movie with the same effort. Not sure to whom this movie is supposed to appeal. People interested in social interaction aren’t likely to buy a movie with Zorro in the title, likewise someone who want to see a superhero solving the worlds problems isn’t going to be satisfied seeing his/(her) superhero succumb to alcohol.

If you are interested in a superhero’s social problems, then this, is the movie to watch, if not then just skip this one.

This DVD I got from the bargain bin, and that is where it should have stayed.

Final verdict, don’t buy.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Technical details:

  • Voices: English, Turkish
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Danish, Fin, Icelandic, Nordic, Swedish, Turkish
  • PAL
  • 5.1 DTS
  • Playtime: 106 minutes
  • Extras: Comentaries, Removed scenes, Making of etc.
  • Type: Fantasy
  • Two disc edition
  • Price tag: between 7 and 10 €
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

I didn’t think too much of the  movie while reading the back of the box. “A captain, a hunter, a strong man, a vampire, an invisible man and someone who can’t die have to save the world”. Well it can’t get anymore ‘cliche’ than that. However this movie, based on a book, has all the right ingredients, humor, adventure and romance (ok your mileage may vary on that last one 🙂 ).

It is fun to see who the main characters really are, so I won’t spoil the fun here. This movie has a lot of FX and is really fun to watch. Although completely different, I can imagine, this would appeal to people who like a movie like ‘Indiana Jones’.

One of the main characters, played by Sean Connery, dies at the end. However it leaves the possibility of a sequel open, and I can only hope one will be created.

King Kong

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Technical details:

Voices: English

Subtitles: English, Dutch, Finish, Hebrew, Nordic, hungarian, Swedish

Playtime: 180 Minutes (Yup, that is not a typo 🙂 )

Price tag: 7 €

King Kong

When I see the title ‘King Kong’ I can’t happen to view a very clumsy ape attached to the Empire State Building. A scene typical of the ancient ‘King Kong’ movie. However this ‘King Kong’ movie is different. Set in the twentieths of the previous century, a group of people, brought together through circumstances, are heading to ‘Skull Island’. They’ll bring back King Kong to New York where he is on display. Of course in the end he will escape his prisson and the classical scene on the empire state building will play out.

This movie was directed by Peter Jackson, who also directed ‘Lord of The Rings’ and it shows. King Kong is really worth every penny you paid.

I really enjoyed this movie.

Star Trek 2009

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Star Trek 2009 has the following technical features:

  • Voices: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French
  • Playtime: 122 Minutes
  • Type: Scifi
  • Price tag: I believe 8 Euros or so.

Being a fan of the original star trek series, the ones with William Shatner as captain Kirk, I was a bit hesitant to buy a movie with a completely new cast. But reading some reviews I thought I would give it a chance. The story is in any case a typical ‘star trek’ story. Including Romulans, time travel and firing phasers. It has the fantasy of the original series but, and this contrary to the previous ‘Star Trek’ movies, the pace of a modern movie. To top if off the original Spock also plays a role as the ‘old’ spock. The film directed by JJ Abrams has a very distinguished look. Everything looks very dynamic, which is especially surprising when you see how they pulled it off. For the latter see the extras on the DVD.

I can recommend this movie to anyone who liked the original series.