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Walt Disney Pictures presents Tangled, one of the most hilarious, hair-raising tales ever told. When the kingdom's most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, who's looking for her ticket out of the tower where she's been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs.
Disney has always been the master others have tried to emulate regarding story telling and Tangled simply ranks up with the best of them. This retelling of Rapunzel is brilliant, the music is exceptional and the 3D work is to die for. All in all, this is one of the best films of the year. Everything in the film is top notch, from the performances and chemistry between the characters (particularly Mandy Moore and Zach Levi), not to mention the color and clarity of the action sequences. Parents, be for warned - you will have to take the kids to see this film more than once just to take in all the beauty.
Starring: Mandy Moore,
Brad Garrett & Zachary Levi
Director: Nathan Greno & Byron Howard
Now Showing: in Local Theaters
MPAA Rating: PG
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ANIMAL TAILS - Lionsgate
Join your favorite characters as they learn the value of responsibility and friendship with animal friends! Help Bob solve a barnyard mystery for Farmer Pickles and watch Thomas and Percy search for golden eagles and Fireman Sam save a baby sheep from a fire. Then learn why it takes more than just puppy love to be a good dog owner with Barney. From household pets to wild beasts and barnyard buddies, your favorite friends will have you smiling fur-ever!
THE EXPENDABLES: Blu-ray - Lionsgate
They might be expendable, but they sure are durable: The Expendables is crammed with well-traveled action heroes, called to a summit meeting here to capture some of that good old ultra violent '80s-movie feel. Star-director Sylvester Stallone rides herd as the leader of this mercenary band, which includes Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Stallone's old Rocky V nemesis Dolph Lundgren. Mickey Rourke, looking like a car wreck on Highway 61, plays the tattoo artist who communicates the gang's assignments to Stallone; throw in Terry Crews and Ultimate Fighting champ Randy Couture, and you've got a badass crew indeed. The specifics here involve a Latin American island where US interests have mucked up the local politics beyond repair--but when Sly's eye is caught by the feisty daughter (Giselle Itie) of the local military jefe, a simple job gets complicated.
ENEMY AT THE DOOR: Series Two - Acorn
This set continues the series that is a must watch for everyone. Not only do you feel the deprivations,hardships, and fears of the Islanders (from Guernsey), but you understand that all the Germans in WWII were not the same. Because the island is self-contained, it's almost as though you can understand the ramifications of what it would have been like if Germany had won this war. You also feel what it's like to be "occupied". In spite of this oppression, one also comes to respect some of the German officers, and sees the progression of the occupying SS officer's downfall into pure evil as he makes choices that hurt everyone, but most of all himself.
THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: Complete Collection - Time Life
One of the most amazing programs of the 1970's, The Six Million Dollar Man starred Lee Majors as NASA pilot Steve Austin that is critically injured when his experimental plane crashes in the desert. Richard Anderson stars as Oscar Goldman, the head of the division that controls Steve Austin. Through all of the episodes, Austin protects the nation from all doers of harm all the while utilizing his special abilities for the greater good. The show ran from 1974 - 1978. Enhancing the series long-awaited release are countless hours of bonus features including intimate interviews with the cast and crew. Also featured are a staggering seventeen original featurettes on everything from “Real Bionics: How Science Fiction Is Becoming Science Fact” and “The Bionic Sound Effects” to “The Search for Bigfoot” and “The Six Million Dollar Man’s Best Villains, Best Fights”; the two-part featurette “TV Goes Bionic: The Untold Story of The Six Million Dollar Man” which goes behind the scenes to explore the series like never before; and, several featurettes celebrating the series V.I.P. guest stars. The DVD set includes over 40 DVDs with over 30 hours of programming.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - DIsney
Fans of Robert Zemeckis's brilliant special effects, and of Jim Carrey's transformative acting abilities, will be swept away by their collaboration in the stunning A Christmas Carol. Perhaps more surprising is that Charles Dickens purists will also be impressed and captivated by this version of the oft-told tale--which is dark, complex, and in its way, uncompromising. Which is all to say that this Christmas Carol is an instant holiday classic, easily taking its place alongside the Alistair Sim version, the Patrick Stewart version, and even the Mr. Magoo version of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ultimate holiday redemption. Carrey is dazzling as not only Scrooge, the most miserable, and miserly, man in 19th-century England, but as the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future.
MINUTE TO WIN IT: wii game - Zoo Entertainment
Tackle unique challenges as you compete to win $1,000,000 in NBC s hit game show, Minute to Win It . With encouragement from All-American chef and host Guy Fieri, you will compete in series of simple, yet intimidating games that can lead you to a $1 million prize! The everyday household items used in each 60-second challenge may seem harmless, but it will take nerves of steel to conquer all 10 tasks. So be careful, because when that minute is up, so is your chance of winning. ESRP Rating E Games Features: 36 Fun and Exciting Mini GamesFull Character CustomizationBalance Board CompatibleSolo & Multiplayer Players 1 to 4. This game is a total blast! I would absolutely recommend buying this game for the whole family.
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE - Music Box Films
The toughest chick in Sweden returns to action in The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second film adaptation of the late author Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy novels. That would be Lisbeth Salander, once again played with quiet, feral intensity by Noomi Rapace. As Larsson's readers and anyone who saw the first film (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, also released in 2010) knows, Lisbeth is small in stature but big trouble for any man who crosses her--after all, this is the woman who set her father on fire after he abused her mother and later, after being released from a mental institution, took extreme revenge on her legal guardian after he brutally assaulted her (those scenes are briefly revisited for the enlightenment of those who missed the earlier film). Also back is investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), Lisbeth's erstwhile lover and partner in solving the Dragon Tattoo mystery. When two of his young colleagues are killed while at work on a story about sex trafficking, followed shortly by the murder of the aforementioned guardian, Salander is the prime suspect. But Mikael is sure of her innocence; in fact, he's convinced she's the next victim, leading to a tangled tale in which Lisbeth learns more about her family and its very dark secrets than she ever wanted to know.
THE OFFICIAL 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP FILM: 3D - Sony
First off, this disc will only play in 3D, and it's only 720p, which is somewhat disappointing. In spite of it only being 720p, the scenes on the soccer/football fields are pretty amazing. The extra inserted interview footage, not so much. the interview footage is very soft and not quite too sharp, where as the footage on the fields is amazingly sharp. This movie is simply a documentary of the World Cup playoffs in South Africa. It points out how having the tournament in S. Africa has given pride to the nation as a whole, and brought people of all races in Africa together. Mainly, however, it highlights many of the (most important) games of the FIFA 2010 World Cup series. I am by no means a sports fan, but I found this BD very entertaining. The footage shot during the games at times makes you feel like your right in the middle of the action. For the most part, the 3D was shot very well, except for a few brief instances of mis-synch between left and right images, and what appears to be a brief instances where the stereo seems inverted.