DVD Releases: March 2, 2010

Out this week we have Three DVDs to feature:  Ponyo, 2012, and Ninja.  Do we Love It, Rent it, or Avoid Like Plague?



  • 2012: a disaster film which will feature some of the more scarier natural disasters out there like Yellowstone's super volcano. I’m curious to see how they pull of the message behind the movie but I have seen so many of these go wrong which leaves me leery to watch it. Netflix says I’ll give it a 4.1 so it may be good.  Definitely a renter.

  • Ninja: Do Not Confuse this with Ninja Assassin the Wachowski brothers film that will be released in a couple of weeks.  Ninja is a modern tale about Ninjas with a typical story line:  Main character journeys to Japan to study to be a ninja then gets called back to New York to protect an armor chest with the legendary ninja weapons in it.  I find it hard to place into the not interested category because I’m a sucker for Martial arts movies though every other bone in my body warns me that this won’t be good.  Netflix thinks I will give it a 3 which means it’s a risk.  With that in mind a renter for fans of martial arts movies and not interested for the rest.

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Theater or Renter: August 2009

Theater or Renter: August 2009 includes five SF movies G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, District 9, Ponyo, Shorts, Halloween II, The Final Destination.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the movie. 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?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra:

Release Date:  AUGUST 7th

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

Studio:  Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Hasbro, Di Bonaventura Pictures

Director:  Stephen Sommers

Produced by:  Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Bob Ducsay, Brian Goldner, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Stephen Sommers

Written by:  Screenplay: Stuart Beattie, David Elliot, Paul Lovett  Story: Michael B. Gordon, Stuart Beattie, Stephen Sommers  Comic book: Larry Hama

Stars:  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung Hun Lee, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Jonathan Pryce, Saïd Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Ray Park, and Dennis Quaid

The Plot / Story: Ten years in the future the Cobra Organization raises to terrorize all nations of the earth.  With only one group to stop them Duke forms the G.I. Joe, a top secret team of elite soldiers.  Yo Joe!  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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District 9:

Release Date:  AUGUST 14th

Listed as: Sci-Fi

Studio:  WingNut Films, QED International, Key Creatives, Wintergreen Productions

Director:  Neill Blomkamp

Produced by:  Peter Jackson, Bill Block, Ken Kamins, Paul Hanson, Elliot Ferwerda

Written by:  Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

Stars:  Jason Cope, Robert Hobbs, Sharlto Copley

The Plot / Story: Twenty-eight years after their first contact the alien refugees, now living in District 9, welcome is wearing thin.  Their care is handed over to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens' welfare but very interested in getting their weapon tech to work unfortunately the tech requires alien DNA to work.  After an accident that changes Wikus van der Merwe's DNA the MNU field operative quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable, for he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Release Date:  AUGUST 14th

Listed as:  Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Studio:  Studio Ghibli

Director:  Hayao Miyazaki

Produced by:  Toshio Suzuki

Written by:  Hayao Miyazaki

Stars:  Noah Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson

The Plot / Story: A juvenile fish named Ponyo wants to become a human girl.  In pursuing her goal, she befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke and they go on a mad capped adventure together. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock:

Most refer to the name of this film as "Shorts"

Release Date:  AUGUST 21st

Listed as:  Family, Fantasy

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Director:  Robert Rodriguez

Produced by: Robert Rodriguez

Written by:  Robert Rodriguez

Stars:  Jimmy Bennett, James Spader, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Jon Cryer, Leslie Mann, William H. Macy

The Plot / Story: Toe Thompson's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes a stir in the suburban town of Black Falls, and grand-scale chaos occurs when the object falls into the hands of local adults. Can Toe and his two newfound friends save the residents of Black Falls from themselves? (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Halloween II:

Release Date:  AUGUST 28th

Listed as:  Horror, Thriller

Studio:  The Weinstein Company, Dimension Films

Director:  Rob Zombie

Produced by:  Malek Akkad, Andy Gould, Rob Zombie

Written by:  Rob Zombie

Stars:  Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Sheri Moon Zombie, Brad Dourif, Danielle Harris, Scout Taylor-Compton

The Plot / Story: Family Is Forever...  At least if your brother is Michael Myers.  He returns to his home town of Haddonfield, bringing death in his wake, to bring "closure to the secrets of his past". (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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The Final Destination:

Release Date:  AUGUST 28th

Listed as:  Horror, Thriller

Studio:  New Line Cinema

Director:  David R. Ellis

Produced by:  Craig Perry, Warren Zide

Written by: Eric Bress

Stars:  Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Haley Webb, Nick Zano, Krista Allen, Andrew Fiscella, Jessica Ritchie

The Plot / Story: On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt,  to leave... escaping seconds before Nick's frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they've cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die one-by-one — in increasingly gruesome ways — Nick must figure out how to cheat death once and for all before he, too, reaches his final destination. The film is shot in HD 3-D (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo U.S. Release Date!

After what feels like an eternity of watching Japanese language trailers and reviews wondering when the latest Hayao Miyazaki's latest film Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea will come to the United States, I now have the answer: August 14th 2009!

To top it off, Disney have hire a stellar voice cast for the English dub:

Noah Cyrus provides the voice of a baby goldfish named Ponyo who desires to be a human, and gets her wish. She runs away from her home in the sea and befriends a five-year-old human boy named S?suke voiced by Frankie Jonas. Other cast members include Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Betty White (/Film).

My anticipation has just shot into overdrive!  I cannot wait until August!