Disney’s The Little Mermaid Anniversary Edition: The Signature Collection

The Little Mermaid arguably launched the Disney Renaissance, and it is now thirty years old, and what better way to celebrate it than with an all new Signature Edition bli-ray from Walt Disney. Featuring fantastic songs by Howard Ashman, and Alan Menken, fantastic voice performances, including Jodi Benson, Rene Auberjonois, Buddy Hackett and Samuel E….

South Park: The Complete Third Season

The fun, comedy, and sheer insanity of what is South Park Season Three blazed across my screen this week, as I delved into The Complete Third Season of the Comedy Central show available now on blu-ray from Paramount Pictures. Over the course of seventeen episodes the small Colorado town of South Park is explored through…

The Little Mermaid (1989) – Ron Clements and John Musker

Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale gets the Disney makeover in this the first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Lion King. While Lion King is undeniably more popular, The Little Mermaid was the film that more or less launched the Disney renaissance. Prior to…

The A-Team (1984) – Deadly Maneuvers and Semi-Friendly Persuasion 

  Hannibal (George Peppard) and the team are in trouble in the first episode up this week. Deadly Maneuvers was written by Richard Christian Matheson and Thomas E. Szollosi. It aired, originally on 28th February, 1984. In today’s terms of television, this type of episode would be the culmination of a season long arc, but here…

S. (2013) – Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams

  This week’s book was a wonderful, experience, part art, part mystery, part collectible, all enjoyment. Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams collaborated to create this wonderful book, that once removed from its protective slipcase, for all intents and purposes, looks like a library book. The book is titled The Ship of Theseus by V. M. Straka, and…

Hot Docs 2015: Raiders! – Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen

  Screening today at the Hart House theatre at 9:30 is a documentary that completely encapsulated my youth and filled me with awe, and a fire to create. Back in 1981, a film came along that changed many a young viewer, myself included, Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. It affected a number of…

Magnum, P.I. (1981) – Missing In Action & Lest We Forget

Thomas (Tom Selleck) takes on lost loves, broken hearts, and the military in this week’s two episodes. And while the theme isn’t in place yet (it doesn’t take over from the current them until Season 1 Episode 12 (next week)), it is woven throughout the episodes at this point. The first episode Missing In Action,…

Evil Dead (2013) – Fede Alvarez

I decided to watch a couple of remakes this week, to see how they look, and how they stand up to the originals. We need to establish I’m a huge fan of the originals, I recognize they are full of faults, but there is also an undeniable charm to them, as Raimi and his team…

True Blood Season 6

Releasing today from HBO Canada on Blu-ray and DVD is the penultimate season of the bloody and sexy vampire series, True Blood, based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. I fell out of the series about a quarter of the way through the third season, briefly after the introduction of a character, who…