battle for terra

DVD Releases: September 22, 2009

Out this week we have five DVDs to feature:  Ugly Betty: Season 3, Friday the 13th: The Series - The Final Season, 30 Rock - Season Three, National Geographic: Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife, and Battle for Terra.30-rock-season-3

  • Ugly Betty: Season 3:  This is a great modern fantasy tale.  Now I can get caught up with season 3, they finally added Ugly Betty to Hulu but they did so mid-season and did not put up the earlier parts.  In season 3 Betty tries to maintain sanity in the office, but it's a tough job working alongside dragon lady Wilhelmina, corporate ladder climber Amanda and the acutely dysfunctional Meade clan.  Season 4 airs October 9th.
  • Friday the 13th: The Series - The Final Season: This was the 80's show that I keep comparing Warehouse 13 to.  A must see for Warehouse 13 fans.  A long-ago pact with the devil continues to yield grave consequences for the staff of Vendredi's Antiques, as plucky owner Micki, occult expert Jack and handsome Johnny race to find the jinxed relics of Lewis Vendredi. In the third season of the serial horror sensation, the trio tracks down a poison-producing tea set, a painting by the Marquis de Sade, a deadly cross from the Crusades and more.
  • 30 Rock - Season Three:  A hilarious comedy full of quotable lines and a must own.  With Jack taking a new job at Homeland Security, Liz's decision to have a baby and Tracy's high jinks continuing nonstop, there's no telling what's in store for the gang at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.  Season 4 airs October 15th
  • National Geographic: Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife: This fascinating Nat Geo documentary explores Egypt's tombs and reveals the ancient beliefs of the afterlife and the perilous passage to resurrection, as renowned archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass excavates a mysterious tunnel deep below the earth. Discover the artifacts, drawings and other clues that tell the story of an underworld journey filled with terrifying monsters and fiery lakes as the dead navigate to the other side.
  • Battle for Terra: Has an interesting premise where it turns the invading alien theme around and makes humans the invading alien but it was a renter at best for me.  When the peace-loving inhabitants of the beautiful planet Terra come under attack from the last surviving members of humanity adrift in an aging spaceship, the stage set for an all-out war between the two races for control of the planet.  But will an unlikely friendship between a rebellious young Terran and an injured human pilot somehow convince their leaders that war is not the answer?


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Theater or Renter: May 2009

Theater or Renter: May includes eight SF movies:  X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Battle for Terra, Star Trek, Angels & Demons, Terminator: Salvation, Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, Up, Drag Me to Hell.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Release Date: MAY 1st

Listed as: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Gavin Hood

Produced by: Hugh Jackman, Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter, John Palermo

Written by: David Benioff, Skip Woods

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, and Ryan Reynolds

The Plot / Story: The first chapter in the X-Men Saga, unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.  Are you concerned that there is no story in that description... I am. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

for more read: A video look at X-Men Origins: Wolverine, And here.

Battle for Terra

Release Date: MAY 1st

Listed as: Animation, Adventure

Studio: Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, MeniThings Productions

Director: Aristomenis Tsirbas

Produced by: Ryan Colucci, Keith Calder

Written by: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Story: Aristomenis Tsirbas

Stars: Brian Cox, James Garner, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet

The Plot / Story: When the peace-loving inhabitants of the beautiful planet Terra come under attack from the last surviving members of humanity adrift in an aging spaceship, the stage is set for an all-out war between the two races for control of the planet.  But will an unlikely friendship between a rebellious young Terrian and an injured human piolt somehow convince their leaders that war is not the answer? (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Star Trek (2009)

Release Date:  MAY 8th (May 7th in some theaters)

Listed as: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Studio: Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Bad Robot Productions

Director: J. J. Abrams

Produced by: J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof

Written by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana

The Plot / Story: The origin story of Captain James T. Kirk, Spock and the crew of the USS Enterprise before they had boldly gone where no man had gone before. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

For more articles on Star Trek read here

Angels & Demons

Release Date:  MAY 15th

Listed as: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Studio: Imagine Entertainment

Director: Ron Howard

Produced by: Brian Grazer, John Calley

Written by: David Koepp, Akiva Goldsman

Stars: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor

The Plot / Story: Based on the book Angels & Demons by Dan Brown.  Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon finds himself in Rome, where he has to race against time to prevent the Illuminati, a secret society, from putting in motion a terrorist act that could destroy the Vatican. He's aided in his quest by the beautiful Italian scientist Vittoria Vetri (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

For more on Angels and Demons read:  Trailer: Angels & Demons TV spot

Terminator: Salvation

Release Date: MAY 22nd

Listed as: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: Warner Bros.

Director: McG

Produced by: Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek, Jeffrey Silver, Moritz Borman

Written by: Screenplay: John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris, Uncredited: Jonathan Nolan, Anthony E. Zuiker, Shawn Ryan, Paul Haggis, David C. Wilson, Characters: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd

Stars: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Jane Alexander, Helena Bonham Carter

The Plot / Story: John Connor is joined in his attempt to defeat Skynet and its army of Terminators by Marcus Wright, a man who apparently has been rescued from the past, though Connor wonders if instead he's been sent from the future as a foil to his plan. As Connor and Wright push deep into the heart of Skynet, they get closer and closer to learning the secret behind the organization's mission to wipe humankind off the planet.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

For more articles on Terminator read here

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Release Date:  MAY 22nd

Listed as: Action, Comedy

Studio: 21 Laps Entertainment

Director: Shawn Levy

Produced by: Shawn Levy, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Written by: Screenplay: Thomas Lennon  Story: Robert Ben Garant

Stars: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest, Alain Chabat, and Robin Williams

The Plot / Story: Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institute in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Up

Release Date: MAY 29th

Listed as: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family

Studio: Pixar Animation Studios

Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

Produced by: Jonas Rivera

Written by: Bob Peterson, Ronnie del Carmen, Thomas McCarthy

Stars: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Jordan Nagai

The Plot / Story: By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Drag Me to Hell

Release Date: MAY 29th

Listed as: Horror, Thriller

Studio: Ghost House Pictures

Director: Sam Raimi

Produced by: Grant Curtis, Joshua Donen, Joseph Drake, Nathan Kahane, Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert

Written by: Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi

Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, David Paymer

The Plot / Story: A loan officer ordered to evict an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse which turns her life into a living nightmare. Desperate, she turns to a seer for help, and learns she only has a short period of time before she is literally ushered into Hell. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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