Actuarial Science Movie Reviews
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nerver received a fair shake. Please INSIST that the last 3 shows and episode 31 (missing from Homefront)be included on a 2nd
Homefront DVD. I now have all 7 DVD's and 4 of the VHS tapes plus
all of the episodes I recorded during its short run on BKN. For a
show done in 1999 it is still TOPS in CGI Animation. Episode 31
is the exciting space battle between SICON and the Queen as she
heads for Earth, without it the first episode of Homefront makes
no sense! (The war is over????) NOT! Come on SONY...GIVE US THE
REST OF IT!!! It should have been ran in prime time. Great action
and characters, cool special FX and it is the only rendition that
even remotely follows the book! I honestly believe that Troopers
could give any prime time show in a family slot a run for its money! And lets not forget the "Clip Shows", Marooned, Court Martial and Boot Camp (These were how Sony got the magic "40" episodes without actually finishing the series. BUY THESE DVD's!!
AND MAYBE SONY WILL SEE DOLLAR SIGNS AND GIVE US THE REST OF IT!!
Thank goodness the kind folks decided to release it!
In the scope of the entire ROUGHNECKS series, ZEPHYR introduces some mighty fine species of new bugs for our heroes to fight, and the digital transfer is wonderfully done. The story also expands heavily upon the possible relationships between the principle characters, and the non-stop action continues from start to finish.
Please, please, please! Buy this product so that the producers will be able to justify completing the final three-episode installment to give us a fitting conclusion to one stunning series.
This disk does not have quite as many features as the other disks in the series (multiple languages, for example), but they did go back to the studio and enhance the music and audio effects, and the full-length commentary track provides insights into the making of the series.
Even though the target audience was adolescents, I'm in my 50s, and have been anxiously awaiting this "missing week" to complete my collection. (I pre-ordered it as soon as it was available, as I did with the other disks in the series.) As different from the movie as the movie was from the book, it is still Very Entertaining, and I really enjoy watching the reactions of people who see it for the first time. :-)
As revealed on one of the other disks, the actors recorded the scripts of two additional episodes, but they were never animated ... budget constraints near the end led to the creation of two "clip shows" to deliver the promised 40 episodes (5 episodes a week for 8 weeks.) We now have 7 of what should be 8 DVDs, and if enough fans buy them, maybe the producers will complete the unfinshed episodes and include them on a final DVD.
Cast your vote for completing the collection by buying this disk ... and if you haven't purchased any of the others yet, get this one first, because it's a well constructed, self-contained story arc that stands OK by itself, even if it is out-of-context.
The second filmis a gem called This Is Not A Test. I had seen this on late night television and never forgot it. A gritty, well acted film about several people waiting for the end of the world at a roadblock set up by a local policeman. Great film, great ending!!
The extras are good here as well. I highly recommend this dvd is you like 50's and 60's sci-fi.
But all minor niggles aside, not only is this one of the best presented Wing Chun instructional films out there - no displaying of Siu Lim Tao from all angles over and over, or specific techniques displayed without exaplanation as to how they apply to Wing Chun principles for example) - but it is also the only time the late Master Wong Shun Leung was captured on film in this way. So aside from being a great instructional film, it is worth the Wing Chun enthusiasts purchase if only to see all the film footage of Master Wong.
Oh, and the accompanying music's really groovy too! ;-)
Your first viewing will leave you slack-jawed. (I wonder if Disney's Fantasia had such an impact at its debut.) I have followed computer animation for quite some time, but this is the first time I have seen a truly successful marriage of music and computer animation. For me, "Drum Machine", "Pipe Dream", and "Acoustic Curves" are particularly appealing because they appear like machines that could exist in reality given a NASA-sized budget, much like Rube Goldberg inventions. The others are more fantastical, with floating drum sticks and string picks that appear to be operated by ghosts, and pretzel shaped laser beams. Although there is some duplication among the fictitious musical instruments, there is enough creative range between the pieces that no one is likely to complain about repetitiveness.
The appeal of the music itself will vary depending on your current musical fare. If you have listened to early John Tesh or mid-career Jean-Michel Jarre, the music will strike you as unoriginal. In fact, most of the music will feel very predictable - a solo instrument that is joined by additional instruments, rising to a climactic symphony of instruments. If you don't regularly listen to "New Age" music, this will be a fresh exposure to purely instrumental pop music.
This is a unique fusion of technology and art and I look forward to the already announced sequel.
I have used music from this album to perform with my Diabolo and the audience loves it! (I recieved permission to use it of course.)
Best of all, in spite of this being "juvenile" action (as Heinlein originally planned to market his novel), the Klendathu Campaign has more depth of character, gung-ho humor and just plain good old-fashioned story-telling charm than anyone would ever expect from a CGI "cartoon".
As I have said previously, the creators of Roughnecks deserve at
least one Hugo award for their efforts. Granted, the graphics and movement are not up to the Spirits Within level. But for all the reasons that really matter - the heart and soul of a story well told with characters that have some resonance - Roughnecks Chronicles has all the spirit that counts.
Let's hope the creators of this thing get to finish it someday. And go on to give us more quality science fiction CGI.
Live Forever, you apes!
The missing episodes are 121 - Ice-Olation", 122 "Mixed Signals", 123 "Hot Ice", 124 "The Inside Story", and 125 "The Ice Men Goeth".
Without revealing content, this arc introduces a new bug (Fireflies) and answers the question, what happened to Zander. We still have one more dvd to wait for...and that's a good thing.
This campaign on Earth touched me quite a lot. Lt Jean Razak, a guy i have came to admire myself, died in line of duty. Why? Why must he detonate the grenade? Rico, Diz and Doc could have helped him! Frankly, episode 36, Funeral For a Friend, nade me cry... a great man, laid to rest. So, Sony, make it happen! Let's have the last 3 episodes!
P.S. To all the fansites up there, please petition for a release of the last 3 episodes. Look alive, Apes!
"Hamlet". An underrated show, and a good candidate for DVD-hood. Mike and the 'bots win a game of 3 card monte and get to select their film. They choose "Hamlet" but let Pearl decide WHICH adaptation. Instead of Kenneth Branagh's 1996 version or Zeffirelli's 1990 interpretation, they get to watch this poorly-dubbed German made-for-TV slice of warm pork.
"Space Mutiny". Made in the one country not subjected to endless reruns of "Battlestar Galactica" - South Africa. What to do? Why , reuse the BG opticals in the bizarre space drama. The film can be summarized as follows: Our hero, Big McLargeHuge, does something in a spaceship that is made of brick walls and boiler rooms.
"The Girl With Gold Boots". A film made when Manson walked the streets. The less said about this one the better.
"Overdrawn at the Memory Bank". The kind of film your parents thought would be ok to watch since it was produced by PBS. It even has that flat videotaped "made in the UK" look about it. Little did your folks realize that making kids watch this awful Raul Julia vehicle is tantamount to child endangerment. The film itself is a futuristic "Casablanca" something-or-other. Oh, and it's hilarious!
In conclusion: buy this collection, even if these experiments aren't your favorites. Create demand for old MST3K episodes so that others might be released in the future. Supplies are really limited, so act now!