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Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD]
Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danny Dyer
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £3.15

8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Superbly successful exercise in cynical marketing to the moronic, 10 Sept. 2007
Here's a film that reflects several of the worst traits in human nature and then wallows obscenely in them for cheap thrills.
It is either horrendously ill-judged (my hope) or an appallingly nasty attempt to benefit financially from the naive and execrable underclass who slavishly inhabit the world of football (which is, unfortunately, my suspicion).

After watching it I struggled to find anything about it that was redeeming in any way. I couldn't believe such a serious subject had been handled so irresponsibly. I checked with friends, in case I'd missed the point, but it seems that this really was "all there is".
Certainly in some ways Danny Dyer gets his (un-repentant) come-uppance but there is a fine line between telling things "as they are" and endorsing them. Football factory teeters on that line then stumbles over it, purely because of the very last scene. Sadly this film sends out the message that it's ok to be a violent thug with no remorse and no intention of changing because that makes you a cheeky "mockney", rogue.

This nasty little turd of a movie was a limited theatrical release which then slithered it's way into the mass conciousness as a cynical, seasonal DVD release spreading like a nasty cold over the Christmas period. Most of it's sales were directly targetted by the industry to be a "stocking-filler" bought for football fans by unsuspecting partners, family or friends.

Utterly vile with no redemption , no depth and little or no value.

A plague upon all your houses, to be honest :(

Jekyll : Complete BBC Series 1 [2007] [DVD]
Jekyll : Complete BBC Series 1 [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Nesbitt
Price: £3.25

55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, restrained and rather wonderful., 30 July 2007
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Initially, I have to admit that I fully expected this series to be yet another poor attempt at adapting the original novel. When I realised it was set in the modern day my expectations fell even further; updating a classic story usually only succeeds in lessening it's impact.
Well, after grudgingly watching episode one I was eating my words gleefully.
This is an astounding series which has incorporated the orginal tale as part of it's internal mythology then moved forward into a totally fresh storyline.
James Nesbitt's performance is absolutely dazzling. He steals the show (particularly as Hyde) and I love the way the transformation is more about his personality than external appearance, even with the beautifully subtle physical changes.
I saw the last episode on saturday and two days later I'm eagerly buying the DVD.

I'm so glad to have been so wrong.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A satisfactory ending to the series, 23 July 2007
Well to be honest I'd been losing faith with these books since "Goblet Of Fire" but "Deathly Hallows" managed to rekindle the excitement, albeit sporadically.
It is enjoyable (if somewhat predictable) but really manages to turn up the heat in several key scenes and then keeps the pace going despite Rowling's best attempts to scupper the momentum with an overly ponderous back-story about Rita Skeeter and Dumbeldore's family history.

I enjoyed it but still felt slightly cheated.......not entirely sure why...

Prisoner of Azkaban still my favourite :)

The Call of Cthulhu: The Celebrated Story by H.P. Lovecraft [DVD] [2005]
The Call of Cthulhu: The Celebrated Story by H.P. Lovecraft [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Matt Foyer
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £32.48

42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Cthulhu no longer waits dreaming in R'lyeh. He's on DVD!, 4 July 2007
I approached this product with apprehension and unease. An unknown film of one of Lovecraft's most celebrated stories could have been an utter disaster. Luckily it isn't. This is a remarkably loving adaptation of an oft-considered unfilmable story. The driving force behind the film is the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society and thankfully they have done an excellent job.
The genius lies in making it a silent black & white production. It does have a truly early-1900's feel to it with a subtle placement of a few canny visual effects to reinforce the illusion. The overly eye-rolling performances of some of the actors are thankfully diluted by the period atmosphere and the brevity of most roles, as dictated by the story itself.
When they finally discover the grim secret of earthquake risen R'lyeh you'll be favourably impressed. It is stylistically reminiscent of the 1933 King Kong and incredibly, almost as effective.

A few minor niggles are far outweighed by the good points and when you consider this is not made by a "professional" studio it's an outstanding piece of work.

If you love the story, I heartily recommend this adaptation.

edit: my copy says "region 0" on the back !
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