The Karate Kid Collection (Four Film Set)

The Karate Kid Collection

A sizable hit with both teen audiences and sports-themed movie enthusiasts, 1984’s The Karate Kid had the right combination of heart and action to spawn three sequels of varying quality between 1986 and 1994; all four features have been packaged together in this three-disc set. Though plot elements varied from film to film, the core story (and the series’ greatest strength) remained the same–the relationship between a wise Japanese martial arts teacher (skillfully underplayed by comedian Pat Morita) and his young American student (Ralph Macchio in the first three films, and future Oscar winner Hilary Swank in the final entry, The Next Karate Kid).

The first of the Morita/Macchio matchups remains the best of the four features, with excellent performances from both leads and director John G. Avildsen (who also handled Rocky and the first two Kid sequels) expertly balancing the emotional moments with the pure excitement of the martial arts tournament that serves as its finale.

The subsequent sequels with Macchio seemed pulpier (especially The Karate Kid, Part II, with its rekindled wartime romance subplot), and the inevitable come-from-behind competitions lacking the impact of the original; 1994’s The Next Karate Kid (directed by Christopher Cain) put a slight spin on the formula by replacing Macchio with belligerent teen Swank, but it too seems like a retread of the first film. Still, the messages inherent to each film–finding one’s inner strength, trusting your heart–should ring true to new generations of younger viewers. Fans may find the Collection light on supplemental features–while all four films are presented in anamorphic widescreen format, only the original (which was previously released in pan-and-scan only) offers commentary by Avildsen, Macchio and Morita and several making-of featurettes; the three sequels, packed into two discs, offer no extras.

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Apollo 13 (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

Apollo 13 (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

Nominated for nine Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Apollo 13 blasts off onto Blu-ray™ Hi-Def for the first time ever with Blu-ray™ exclusive bonus features. Produced by Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer and directed by Oscar® winner Ron Howard, Apollo 13 stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris in the inspiring and riveting story of the real-life space flight that gripped a nation and changed the world.

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Avatar – Blu-Ray

Avatar – Blu-Ray

After 12 years of thinking about it (and waiting for movie technology to catch up with his visions), James Cameron followed up his unsinkable Titanic with Avatar, a sci-fi epic meant to trump all previous sci-fi epics.

Set in the future on a distant planet, Avatar spins a simple little parable about greedy colonizers (that would be mankind) messing up the lush tribal world of Pandora. A paraplegic Marine named Jake (Sam Worthington) acts through a 9-foot-tall avatar that allows him to roam the planet and pass as one of the Na’vi, the blue-skinned, large-eyed native people who would very much like to live their peaceful lives without the interference of the visitors. Although he’s supposed to be gathering intel for the badass general (Stephen Lang) who’d like to lay waste to the planet and its inhabitants, Jake naturally begins to take a liking to the Na’vi, especially the feisty Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, whose entire performance, recorded by Cameron’s complicated motion-capture system, exists as a digitally rendered Na’vi).

The movie uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to plunge the viewer deep into Cameron’s crazy toy box of planetary ecosystems and high-tech machinery. Maybe it’s the fact that Cameron seems torn between his two loves–awesome destructive gizmos and flower-power message mongering–that makes Avatar‘s pursuit of its point ultimately uncertain. That, and the fact that Cameron’s dialogue continues to clunk badly. If you’re won over by the movie’s trippy new world, the characters will be forgivable as broad, useful archetypes rather than standard-issue stereotypes, and you might be able to overlook the unsurprising central plot. (The overextended “take that, Michael Bay” final battle sequences could tax even Cameron enthusiasts, however.) I

t doesn’t measure up to the hype (what could?) yet Avatar frequently hits a giddy delirium all its own. The film itself is our Pandora, a sensation-saturated universe only the movies could create.

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Iron Man Deluxe Helmet

Iron Man Deluxe Helmet

Gear up just like the mighty metal-clad warrior with this awesome Iron Man Helmet accessory. Press the button to activate your slow-release visor and make it slide into place so you’re ready for action. Activate your light-up eyes so your enemies can see you mean business and choose one of three different modes to head into battle. Press the Quick Missions button to hear the Iron Man character say cool movie phrases like Target engaged and I am Iron Man.

Your Battle Sounds button features power-up, flight and combat sounds and, when you’re ready to fly into the heat of conflict, press the Combat Missions button to activate a mission from the Jarvis character. The world needs a hero — and you’re just in time.

A great gift for kids and Iron Man fans!

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Inglourious Basterds 2-Disc Special Edition – Blu-ray

Inglourious Basterds 2-Disc Special Edition

Brad Pitt takes no prisoners in Quentin Tarantino’s high-octane WWII revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds. As war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Bursting with “action, hair-trigger suspense and a machine-gun spray of killer dialogue” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), Inglourious Basterds is “another Tarantino masterpiece”.

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Sony 9-Inch Portable DVD Player

Sony DVP-FX930 9-Inch Portable DVD Player

Enjoy your favorite movies on the road with the DVP-FX930 portable DVD player. Boasting a large 9-inch, high-resolution widescreen display and up to six hours of battery life, this portable device is ideal for long flights and car rides.

Conveniently located touch keys and a 180-degree swivel and flip screen make it a breeze to operate and watch your favorite flicks. And when you want more than movies, this portable DVD player lets you view your personal photo albums and plays your CDs or MP3s. You can even share audio and video with a friend via two built-in headphone jacks. The FX930 is available in black, blue, red, pink and white.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection – Blu-ray

Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection – Blu-ray

  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009

More info here

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