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Holy pop culture! We check out the original Batman live-action flick Ong-Bak and Blade.

Article by TNL Staff (Email)
November 30th 2005, 01:40AM

Batman: The Movie (1966)
Released by: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 110 minutes
Language: English
Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
Available On: UMD, DVD

"Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!" We can't think of too many longtime comic book fans who couldn't immediately recall that line at the drop of a hat. Here lies the definitive version of camp; filled with plenty of whimsical nuances and hijinks—if there's not at least one thing here you find amusing, consult a doctor immediately.

The original dynamic duo (Adam West, Burt Ward), offer plenty of comic relief as they face off against an all-star rogue of villains who put aside their differences to unleash the greatest criminal coup in history. Enjoyable bits consist of an entertaining commentary session from West and Ward as well as a short featurette that documents the legendary Batmobile. Yes, we said legendary—who knew that a pimped-out Cadillac would end up a treasured set of wheels?

··· Chris Scantleberry

Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior
Released by: Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time: 101 minutes
Language: Thai, English (w/subtitles)
Directed by: Prachya Pinkaew
Available On: UMD, DVD

Word began to leak out a couple years ago about a new action star that moved with the charisma of Jackie Chan and wielded the power of Bruce Lee. A star that took us back to the glory days of Hong Kong-style cinema, where action and stunt scenes were invented and reinvented on the fly. That person is none other than Tony Jaa who takes the sleeper hit Ong Bak and makes it an exhibition for everything the human body isn’t supposed to be able to do.

Small town hero and Muay Thai master Ting (Jaa) is forced to head into Bangkok when his village’s statue head is taken. Of course he stumbles across an underground fight club and is forced to own for free any and all takers. There’s a few other minor subplots, but that’s pretty much it folks. This film is solely about kicking ass in a stripped down, bare-budget style. You won’t see any computer enhancements or crazy wirework, but what you will see is a rebirth of the martial arts film, a genre that has become so diluted with poseurs that its refreshing to witness the real thing.

Give this movie five minutes of your time and you won’t move for the rest of the film, except maybe to get closer and closer to the TV. Yup, it’s that enthralling. The kind of visceral entertainment that comes along maybe once or twice a decade. Whether Ong Bak is your introduction to action films or yet another notch is your collection, just make sure you experience it on the go or at home.

··· Andrew Calvin

Released by: New Line Cinema
Running Time: 120 minutes
Language: English
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Available On: UMD, DVD

Love them or hate them, there's something about vampire stories that human beings can't deny. Maybe its the longing for eternal life or simply the raw power vampires exude which has kept these images alive for centuries. Regardless, the vampires of old were spared a problem plaguing modern era types: Blade.

Blade isn't just a pain in the neck, he's a one-man, vampire-killing machine. With an impressive arsenal of weapons combined with martial arts, he decimates scores of the undead. Along the way, Blade finds time to fall in love, confront his inner demons, and even saves the human race.

Any fan of genre films will squeal with glee at Blade's impressive visuals, intense action, and rivers of the ol' krovvy and gore. This modern take on a classic tale will leave you thirsting for more.

(Note on UMD version of Blade reviewed. The UMD is in 2.35:1 aspect, instead of 1.85:1. This just means there will be "Widescreen" bars on your PSP screen. Special Features: Actor and Filmmaker commentary.)

··· Jesse Evans

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