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No Ordinary Family


Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the latest in nerd movies and TV at your local video store. It’s not the biggest of ways for geek DVD releases, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. Here’s what to check out:

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X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for…Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.

The most acclaimed superhero film of 2011 is finally available for home viewing this week. After the mediocrity of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this flick takes it back to the beginning to restart the franchise with a fresh cast and a fresh take on one of the most successful superhero teams of all time. It’s definitely worth adding to your collection.

Hellraiser Blu-Ray

From horror master Clive Barker comes this chilling nightmare featuring the first appearance of the hideous zombie Pinhead, who terrifies his brother and his estranged wife now inhabiting his former home. When a drop of blood partially resurrects him, all hell breaks loose as Pinhead forces his sister-in-law, formerly his lover, to kill and kill again so he can become whole. A creepy, thrillingly perverse tale straddling the thin line between heaven and hell, extreme pleasure and unbearable pain, Hellraiser will haunt your dreams.

A classic of modern horror is now available in a high definition format, and if you’re a serious fan of the genre it’s something definitely worth owning. Few horror films of the 1980s were as influential and as striking as Clive Barker’s directorial debut, and despite a number of truly terrible sequels, the original film still lives on as a visually stunning masterpiece. The first of the sequels (not great, but still good), Hellbound: Hellraiser II, also comes to Blu-Ray this week.

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CANCELLED

In news that surprises nobody, 2 networks are placing their respective, original, super hero series in front of the firing squad of death.

ABC have unofficially clipped the wings from No Ordinary Family – the dramatic super hero family adventure series starring Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz. While the show hasn’t been officially canceled yet, genreaddict.com mentioned on their website that sets have been taken down on the ABC lot. Everything isn’t so bad for everyone though, as stars Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz, have already signed on to new pilots for the Fall. Chiklis will be the lead in Vince Uncensored, a new CBS comedy and Julie Benz has signed onto a currently untitled CBS drama starring Patrick Wilson who plays a surgeon who is grieving over his wife’s death. When your stars have already signed onto another show before the series is even over you might as well release the Kraken!!!! news that there isn’ going to be a second season, ya know… to lessen the blow now.

Also getting the red stamp of death is NBC‘s The Cape. Which houldn’t be any surprise to the masses. After getting it’s season cut from 13 to 10 episodes and the finale being online only it was only a matter of time. The show of a carnie vigilante was playing Russian roulette from the beginning and it looks like they finally landed on the right chamber in the gun. From tvbythenumbers:

The Cape is off NBC’s schedule, and The Event resumes in its former Monday 9pm timeslot next week. NBC notes that the final episode of The Cape will be viewable online only. No word on the geographic restrictions on that viewing.

In a double wammy for the now canceled series this is the 4th to be canceled with Summer Glau on it. She hasn’t really had the best of luck since Firefly. Even with the fanbase she has it wasn’t enough to keep her on the air for another season. Yet with the bad reviews and lack of viewership it wasn’t any real surprise that the Cape was taken out to a permanent lunch. At least NBC is bringing Wonder Woman to replace it… Oh wait, never mind.

Via: Comic book movie

“The Cape”- What Did You Think?

As you know ‘Heroes’ was a horrible failure for a televised superhero show (season one was good, but went to shit immediately after.). “No Ordinary Family” has tried to fill the superhero TV blues, but it’s been received with a “Meh” response from viewers. Did NBC‘s new superhero show “The Cape“, which premiered last night fair any better? Well, this bastard thinks not.

I’d honestly rather take another toke and eat some cupcakes than dedicate the next few minutes dissecting ‘The Cape’, which was a complete waste of my time. Since I have far better things to do I’m gonna be brief and invite you all to have an open discussion, talk amongst yourselves type deal. Here are my quick thoughts.

So, ‘The Cape’. What was it about? *Sigh* Stereotypical blond haired dude (David Lyons), with a square jaw and moral compass gets framed for the murder of his police boss by some twisted asshole who wants to take over the town. Hero goes into hiding, meets some circus people (gay) and in the matter of a few hours learns magic, dons a cape and fights to clear his name while taking a bite out of crime. If there is one word that can describe the 2 hour premier of this hideous, horrible excuse for a super hero show it’s… “cartoony” As far as I was sold (by commercials, which were jammed down my throat every goddamn minute), ‘The Cape’ was meant to be the story of a man in the real world who adopts a comic-book persona. A dark, edgy take on the crusader bit with a sense of realism. Instead we got an over the top, silly, misguided, piece of derivative shit.  This is a show where the main character whips a magic bathrobe around, using the fabric to throw knives, disarm gunmen and grab the occasional piece of glassware. I dunno how I assumed it would be promising. Shame on me, I guess.

My biggest peeve with “The Cape”, besides it’s campy dialogue and one-dimensional villains is that it borrows too much from Batman. hmm, lets see. No superpowers. Uses smoke bombs. Has a techy/hacker girl assisting him (Oracle anyone?). The final scene with The Cape standing on top of one of the tall buildings looking out across the city just couldn’t have been more derivative. How un-profound.

As a whole? “The Cape” didn’t work for me. I couldn’t get past it’s disparate tonality, unintentional comedy and insignificant centrality. OK, I’m out. That last sentence was far and above the most intelligible thing I’ve written all week. My head hurts. I need a beer.

So, y’all know how I felt about it. Question is, what did you think? Please share your thoughts below. Have at thee!

No Ordinary Family: “Pilot” Review

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With all the superhero success on the big screen (X-Men, Iron Man, Spiderman, etc…), it is no wonder that television networks were looking to capitalize on this renewed interest. But, as we saw with NBC‘s Heroes (which had a great first season, but then failed miserably), you need to be careful. After all, you do not want a clone of something you have seen before.

The show is drastically more upbeat than Heroes, and the cast is quite likable in No Ordinary Family. There are no convoluted plot strings like what plagued Heroes, just a family thrown into extraordinary circumstances. Now, if that sounds familiar, that’s because it is. No Ordinary Family has obviously borrowed heavily from both The Fantastic Four and The Incredibles, both of which deal with a family of superheroes, and the hurdles they must face.

The plot is pretty simple. A dysfunctional family takes a trip to try to re-connect, ends up crashing in the Amazonian rainforest, and suddenly get miraculous powers. Police sketch artist Jim Powell (Michael Chiklis) receives the power of invincibility and the ability to jump really high, scientist Stephanie Powell (Julie Benz) gets the gift of speed, and their two high school kids JJ (Jimmy Bennett) and Daphne (Kay Panabake) become a mathematical genius and telepathic, respectively. The show is not going to win any contests for originality, but while the story is recycled, it is presented in an a very entertaining way.

Seeing as this was only the pilot, and the show has yet to build up any steam, I think it did a good job. One thing lacking though, is a villain. But, the ending does leave us with a few suspicious characters. I would not consider it outside of the realm of possibility that the pilot did not die in the crash, but instead becomes a villain on the show. I do not know if this will happen, but it is just a guess.

All in all, it was an enjoyable hour that will keep me tuned in for next week. I just hope the don’t borrow too much more from already established heroes, and begin to pave their own way. If the show does that, it could be great.

I would give the pilot episode of No Ordinary Family a seven out of ten, with the hope that the show finds its audience and its groove.

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