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Millenium Crisis, Kitchen Nightmares, Stardust

click to enlarge - Stardust (PG-13) -  -  - Paramount Home Entertainment -  -  - At the risk of offending the bandwagon fantasy fans out there, Neil Gaiman is probably the most overrated genre writer working today. Even worse are his film adaptations. Mirrormask was an incoherent, Cirque du Soleil-drenched nightmare and Stardust, the latest, is a too cute, too-precious whimsical fantasy that is overblown and boring. A falling star, played by falling star Claire Danes, is on the run from a witch (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Robert De Niro is somewhere in there, too, as a zeppelin-pirate. Stardust wants to be the next Lord of the Rings (mixed with the forced zaniness of Harry Potter), but fails on every level. The DVD has a short making-of feature, some bloopers and deleted scenes, but, with a wave of my magic remote, I was able to skip them effortlessly. — Louis Fowler -
  • Stardust (PG-13)

    Paramount Home Entertainment

    At the risk of offending the bandwagon fantasy fans out there, Neil Gaiman is probably the most overrated genre writer working today. Even worse are his film adaptations. Mirrormask was an incoherent, Cirque du Soleil-drenched nightmare and Stardust, the latest, is a too cute, too-precious whimsical fantasy that is overblown and boring. A falling star, played by falling star Claire Danes, is on the run from a witch (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Robert De Niro is somewhere in there, too, as a zeppelin-pirate. Stardust wants to be the next Lord of the Rings (mixed with the forced zaniness of Harry Potter), but fails on every level. The DVD has a short making-of feature, some bloopers and deleted scenes, but, with a wave of my magic remote, I was able to skip them effortlessly. — Louis Fowler

click to enlarge - Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: Vol. 1 (R) -  -  - Optomen -  -  - Americans love brutish, a-hole Brits. The newest on the block is Gordon Ramsay, who recently made a splash with his entertaining Hell's Kitchen reality show. But fans of BBC America will probably recognize him from the even better Kitchen Nightmares. The basic premise of this reality show is that, when a restaurant is in dire need of help, before they shut down, they call Ramsay, who wonderfully assails the daydreaming owners and shiftless staff into culinary submission. Whether railing against rotten food being served or a health-hazard kitchen, Ramsay takes it on. This readily available two-disc Canadian import has bigger balls than anything the Food Network has to offer, and Ramsay makes Simon Cowell look like a purring kitten. — Louis Fowler -
  • Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: Vol. 1 (R)

    Optomen

    Americans love brutish, a-hole Brits. The newest on the block is Gordon Ramsay, who recently made a splash with his entertaining Hell's Kitchen reality show. But fans of BBC America will probably recognize him from the even better Kitchen Nightmares. The basic premise of this reality show is that, when a restaurant is in dire need of help, before they shut down, they call Ramsay, who wonderfully assails the daydreaming owners and shiftless staff into culinary submission. Whether railing against rotten food being served or a health-hazard kitchen, Ramsay takes it on. This readily available two-disc Canadian import has bigger balls than anything the Food Network has to offer, and Ramsay makes Simon Cowell look like a purring kitten. — Louis Fowler

click to enlarge - Millennium Crisis (R) -  -  - Shock-O-Rama / Release date: Jan. 29 -  -  - Low-budget, indie stalwart Shock-O-Rama has, over the past two years, gone from a company that released decent horror-tinged skin-flicks to an actual force to be reckoned with in the genre world. Nothing personifies this more than its latest release, the stellar Millennium Crisis. Even with little cash on hand, director Andrew Bellware made a film that competes for your dollar at the multiplex, with eye-popping digital effects and a break-neck story line that emphasizes character development. It's got warring aliens, robots, spies, lasers and, in a real coup, character actor Ted Raimi, in a much nuanced performance. The DVD also has great behind-the-scenes docs, as well as a look at the astounding special effects. Millennium Crisis is a true landmark for Shock-O-Rama and for low-budget genre film. — Louis Fowler -
  • Millennium Crisis (R)

    Shock-O-Rama / Release date: Jan. 29

    Low-budget, indie stalwart Shock-O-Rama has, over the past two years, gone from a company that released decent horror-tinged skin-flicks to an actual force to be reckoned with in the genre world. Nothing personifies this more than its latest release, the stellar Millennium Crisis. Even with little cash on hand, director Andrew Bellware made a film that competes for your dollar at the multiplex, with eye-popping digital effects and a break-neck story line that emphasizes character development. It's got warring aliens, robots, spies, lasers and, in a real coup, character actor Ted Raimi, in a much nuanced performance. The DVD also has great behind-the-scenes docs, as well as a look at the astounding special effects. Millennium Crisis is a true landmark for Shock-O-Rama and for low-budget genre film. — Louis Fowler

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