Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 1 (Blu-ray) Criticize This! Pick of the Week – Looney Tunes was sacred material in my house when I was a kid. I have probably watched more hours of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig than any other animated characters ever to grace the screen. And to this day I become goofy and childlike whenever I watch any of the Looney Tunes shorts. So it was like Christmas for me when the Blu-ray release of Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 1 arrived at my door. This 3-disc set includes 50 shorts including all the ones with Marvin the Martian and Tasmanian Devil as well as classics like Buccaneer Bunny, Duck Amuck, Scaredy Cat, Lovelorn Leghorn, and A Pest in the House. Now, the HD transfer didn’t blow me away at first but the more I watched the more I realized this is the best these toons have ever looked. Bottom-line is that this is the greatest Looney Tunes collection to have ever been released so far. Period. Special features include a 52-page booklet, over 30 audio commentaries, three documentaries, an additional nineteen shorts, 11 making-of featurettes, and more. Set ***** (out of 5 stars).
DreamWorks Dragons (Blu-ray) – For fans of the hit animated film How to Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks Dragons is a must-have set to fill the void before How to Dragon Your Dragon 2 comes out in 2014. The set includes the animated shorts Gift of the Night Fury, which follows characters Hiccup and Toothless on a flying adventure to an island of never-before-seen dragons, and Book of Dragons, which acts as a training video on dragon mythology and features the characters Hiccup, Astrid and Gobber. The animation for both shorts is top-notch quality and they look great on Blu-ray. The actors from the movie are also back reprising their respective voice roles. Special features include deleted scenes, DVD-ROM material, and more. A regular DVD and access code to a new online Dragons game is also included. Set **** (out of 5 stars).
Larry Crowne – After losing his job at U-Mart because he doesn’t have a formal education, Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) enrols at a community college and begins to change his life. He also begins to fall for one of his teachers (played by Julia Roberts). Written by Hanks and Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and directed by Hanks, the film is sugary sweet and dumb in some spots, but overall works as an enjoyable light comedy (especially for fans of Hanks’ romcom work). Special features include deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and more. Film *** DVD ** (out of 5 stars).
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