The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-ray Review

     Actors: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 115 minutes

  •         The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is sincere and sweetly hopeful in dealing with relevant topics and real-world issues, which would otherwise naturally slip into cinematic cynicism. Though there are also many moments of naïve simplicity in dealing with much more complex social issues, it is surprising how much can be willfully dismissed in favor of this buoyant spirit. PG is an appropriate rating for Walter Mitty, though more in terms of attitude than content. In the current climate of the world and workforce, I am less likely to find the narrative to be realistic in its optimism, but this is certainly the type of attitude I would aspire to have in the face of unfair adversity. In short, though unrealistic in its representation of what failure and loss looks like, Walter Mitty gives us something to aim for in our daily outlook.


    Ride Along Blu-ray Review

        Actors: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter
  • Director: Tim Story
  • Writers: Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
  • Producers: Ice Cube, Will Packer, Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner
  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish,English
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 2, 2016
  • Run Time: 100 minutes

            As much as I enjoy the mindless escapism of a good buddy cop film, Ride Along lacks the required laughs and action needed for success. Too much of the film seems to be cliché script-by-numbers, so that even when it is inoffensive entertainment, Ride Along is never a memorable trip. The best it has to offer is distraction during the 100-minute running time, offering nothing to contemplate or reminisce over once the credits have rolled.


    The Invisible Woman Blu-ray Review

         Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 111 minutes

  •         For a film about social impropriety, The Invisible Woman is incredibly tasteful in its approach. Despite its R-rating, the physical relationship between Charles Dickens and his much younger mistress takes backseat to the emotional toll of the secret liaison. Rather than reveling in gossip, as the film’s lovers were concerned that the Victorian society they existed in would have, director Ralph Fiennes has a delicate touch in the representation of sordid affairs. Unfortunately, much of the film then remains quite singular in the showing of the secrecy’s emotional impact. While fantastic for performances, The Invisible Woman provides only slight variations on the same note for its 111-minute running time.   


    Throwback Thursday Review: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones


    (This review was written as a guest critic at in 2002)

            For every generation there are a group of movies that are so incredibly new and exciting that we take them with us as we grow older. These are the movies that we can all remember who we were with when we first saw them and how we felt, even if the details of the film are not clear. For my parents Star Wars might fall into this category, as I'm sure it would for many people their age. However, although the new addition to this series does have somewhat of a timeless quality to it, I'm afraid it would never fit in my list.

    BBC Earth DVD Reviews: The Bear Family & Me, Earth Flight, Extreme Bears, & Winged Planet

  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 150 minutes


    “The Bear Family & Me”


            “The Bear Family & Me” has a much more personal approach than your average nature program, bringing the audience into the experience by allowing Scottish wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan to become part of the story. Buchanan travels to the wilds of Minnesota for a close encounter with a group of wild black bears over the course of several seasons, witnessing a number of remarkable scenarios first-hand. Devastating in its ability to inspire empathy for these specific creatures, “The Bear Family & Me” could very well impact each viewer’s feelings about the feared and hunted animals.