As The Dude on the Right was watching "Monsters, Inc." for his Blu-ray review, he wondered if the movie would still be as enjoyable as when he saw it in the theater. Well, The Dude loved the movie all over again, and for his perusing of the 4-Disc Combo Pack, he found it well worth the money, even if you already bought the movie when it came out on DVD before. Sure, there are a few extras, and a game for your "Monsters" fan, but for the picture quality alone it is a great combo for your Blu-ray/big-screen combination, and if you ever wanted to learn how movies like this go from a brief idea to the final product, there are tons of extras that give some explanations. Needless to say, The Dude on the Right loved it all.
The Dude on the Right admits that seeing "Up" on the theater big-screen, in 3D, is cooler than on the big-screen in his living room, but for his review of the movie "Up," and the 4-disc Blu-ray combo pack, you sure get a whole lot of stuff for your Blu-ray dollar. Sure you will get a movie that he loved, in all its Blu-ray splendor, but the extras included are too numerous to mention in this synopsis so you should read the revie, but here is a sample: There are explanations of character development, artistic development, how the story changed, an extra copy of the movie on standard DVD, a Digital Copy for your portable player, and if that weren’t enough there are a couple of "Movie Shorts" in Pixar story-telling glory. All The Dude really knows is that the movie was great, and the extras make this one Blu-ray purchase that is definitely worth it. And hey, you might actually learn some geography if you play the included game called "Global Guardian Badge Game."
The Dude on the Right and Stu Gotz wanted to both be in bed, only not together, and for different reasons, and they explain why during their “Weekend Wrap-Up!” podcast. Neither reason had drinking to excess involved, just klutziness and flu-ness, but they both had some movieness with “Management” and the 3-D versions of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2.” The boys also discuss Balloon Boy and the hoax that is ensuing, a topic that somehow shifts into the musical styling’s of The 5th Dimension and Monty Python. All of that, plus some Chicago Bears’ talk, some Sweetest Day talk, and chocolaty goodness of Count Chocula.
Stu Gotz wonders why there aren’t any science explanations at the "Harry Potter" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, but during this podcast episode of "Stu & The Dude’s Weekend Wrap-Up!", the boys at least have something in common – their laughing during "The Goods," a movie most nobody went to see. The Dude tells Stu about "The Rocker" and "The Soloist," Stu can’t figure out when "Monk" ends on TV, and Stu is sort of amazed that The Dude didn’t burn the Dude-Pad down while doing some home improvements. All of that and more for your listening pleasure.
Crappy traffic couldn’t keep The Dude on the Right and Stu Gotz apart this morning, especially since they had a "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast to record! Stu had quite the adventure because he took The Gotz family to see The Chicago Cubs play the St. Louis Cardinals, and little did he know but Wrigley Field would be invaded by seagulls. The Dude tells Stu that "17 Again" isn’t that horrible and Matthew Perry might actually be a really good actor, and Netflix queuing abounded with Stu seeing "Slumdog Millionaire" and The Dude seeing "The Secret Life of Bees." Stu missed out, though, because The Dude saw Donald Trump make fun of Jesse James on "Celebrity Apprentice," but the both of them got to see some large breasts during The Miss USA Pageant. Such are their weekends, sometimes.
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Finally I am getting back into the swing of things after my vacation to Dreams Villamagna last weekend (more on that in the coming weeks), and thanks to the inaugural Blu-ray reviews from The W.G.N. of "Pinocchio" and "Quantum of Solace," all I had to do was write about seeing "Adventureland." As far as those Blu-ray movies, The W.G.N. liked "Pinocchio" (and who doesn’t?), although he does get a little conflicted with the Blu-ray version because even though it does look good, he still can’t stand the black bars on the sides because it just seems like such a waste. He liked "Quantum of Solace" on Blu-ray a lot more than I did in the theater, but hey, to each their own, and I was as snookered as many of you might have been, thinking "Adventureland" was some kind of "Superbad" remake, but it’s really not, in fact it’s a really good movie but more in an adult/artsy kind of way.
I’ve got my new calendar/todo application for my iPhone to keep me organized now, I’ve got my new "what the hell am I eating and how little am I exercising" tracker was well, and in a matter of weeks the dude-pad renovations will be complete, so "Back to normal!" is now the rallying cry for the 2nd quarter of 2009. Oh, who the hell am I kidding, 2009 is looking like nothing like normal, I guess I should just keep writing, keep posting, and enjoy the ride!
That’s it for this one!
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The Dude on the Left has been absent for a while, but there’s nothing to bring him out of hiding like a request to review "South Park: The Complete 12th Season," and since he’s got a Blu-ray player, he busts his butt to give a complete review of all aspects of the 3 DVD set. And since he figures most "South Park" fans have already seen the episodes, he begins his review immediately commenting about the special features of the set, and then delves into the various episodes (like "Britney’s New Look," "Major Boobage," "The China Problem," and "About Last Night"). The boys of "South Park," Cartman, Kenny, Kyle, and Stan, looked better on Blu-ray, but The Dude on the Left is bummed a little because other than really looking good, there really isn’t that much extra in terms of special features on the Blu-ray version.
The Dude on the Right and Stu Gotz are a day late for this "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast, but it’s only because they were celebrating with their people, thanks to Monday being Casimir Pulaski Day. They tried to celebrate Square Root Day, but Stu had trouble with his math, so instead, for most of the podcast they talk about Stu catching up on his TV viewing without Mama Gotz being around, The Dude saw "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and some other movies on TV, but neither of them hit the movie theater. There’s a huge shout-out to The Dude’s sister (well, maybe not huge, but at least a "good job") for her latest accomplishment, The Dude has to re-enact "The Bachelor" finale since Stu didn’t watch it, and a new iMac isn’t as important as other purchases that The Dude on the Right is planning to spend his money on, at least, until, The Dude wins the Mega Millions jackpot.
The Dude on the Right wondered if Stu Gotz was in "little kid" euphoria mode when he originally saw the movie in the theaters, so for this DVD review of "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," The Dude tests the waters to see if the movie is as entertaining for adults as it is for kids. Well, The Dude thinks that for the most part, if you are a parent you’ll enjoy the movie and won’t poke your eyes out, but unless you’re a big, burly dude who owns a tiny dog, you’ll probably want to steer clear because this movie probably isn’t for you.
The Dude on the Right realizes that staff member, Stu Gotz, probably won’t understand, but for the release of "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," coming up on DVD on February 17th, The Dude actually thought the movie did exactly what it was meant to do during his DVD review, namely please the millions of fans that love the Disney series, and will give them something to sing-a-long with, now, for years and years to come. The only question that The Dude has is if the songs will stand the test of time, like the songs of "Grease" have? But, in the end, the underlying story is the same – about the decisions that must be made, whether about love, future, or baking a cake, that leaving high school sometimes seem to develop. Who knows, you might leave high school looking to design airplanes, and instead, well, you are reviewing "High School Musical 3: Senior Year."