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The Silence of the Lambs [DVD] [1991]
The Silence of the Lambs [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Jodie Foster
Price: £3.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, 17 May 2006
The Silence of the Lambs tells the story of FBI student Clarice Starling (played by Jodie Foster), who is asked by her boss to visit with serial killer Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to get his insight into profiles of serial killers. The FBI have had no luck in getting any help from Lecter in the past but decide to send Clarice to see if she has any success. The main reason why the FBI are so desperate for this psychological profile is due to the fact that there is a particularly vicious serial killer on their hands dubbed Buffalo Bill who skins his victims. As Hannibal Lecter was previously a psychiatrist before he was imprisoned in a mental asylum, his viewpoint is especially desired.

This film is incredibly well acted especially by Anthony Hopkins. You really could not imagine anybody else playing this character. He plays Lecter in such an understated way that in the hands of another actor you feel that the character would seem unthreatening. In Hopkins case this is to the contrary. The low key way in which the character is played is even more menacing than if he portrayed a stark raving lunatic. The film rests heavily on the shoulders of these two characters being more about the evolution of their relationship than it is about the hunt for Buffalo Bill.

In regard to Buffalo Bill himself I didn't find the scenes of violence as previously commented to be overly distressing. I have seen worse in films of a similar ilk so I hope this doesn't put people off watching this film. There are some gruesome scenes but they don't last long enough to be classed as ghoulish. This is a film that is made what it is by the acting more than the story but despite this, the storyline is of a high standard compared to other serial killer films.

There are no extras with this particular DVD but there is a special edition DVD available with some extras. The quality of these I am unable to comment on.

Legally Blonde [DVD] [2001]
Legally Blonde [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Reese Witherspoon|Luke Wilson|Selma Blair|Matthew Davis
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.96

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look if nothing better to do, 17 May 2006
This review is from: Legally Blonde [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Legally Blonde is never going to be one of those films that you think "I've got to see that again!" as soon as it finishes. I felt that it was a film version of a Lighthouse Family album ie easy watching (if there is such a thing). To give you some idea of the film it tells the story of Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) who gets dumped by her boyfriend as he feels that she's not good enough for him intellectually. This prompts her to leave fashion school, get enrolled at Harvard Law School where her ex goes and try to prove him wrong. This soon becomes secondary to her trying to prove to herself that she can become a bona fide law student.

It's supposed to be a romantic comedy but there's no romance and it isn't that funny. On the plus side Reese Witherspoon does give a good performance as Elle Woods and the film is okay to the extent that you don't feel the need to turn it off half way through. It is incredibly far-fetched however in every aspect from beginning to end but to be honest with a film called Legally Blonde what can you expect. I nearly gave this 3 stars for Reese Witherspoon's performance alone but on closer reflection I decided it wasn't worth that. If Legally Blonde 2 is worse than this which I've heard it to be, I think I'll give that one a miss.

Magnum Pi: the Complete First Season [DVD] [1981]
Magnum Pi: the Complete First Season [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ Tom Selleck
Price: £10.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Viewing, 15 May 2006
The series is based around Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) who is ex Navy intelligence and a Vietnam war veteran who decides to set up business as a freelance private investigator in the Hawaiian islands. Each week has a different story of Magnum attempting to crack cases sometimes assisted by his old war buddies TC and Rick. He is based at the estate of millionaire writer Robin Masters where he stays as a guest much to the disdain of Higgins the security officer who sees Magnum as a rather large pain in the neck!

Magnum was one of those shows that I watched as a child and remember really enjoying but as is the case sometimes, watching an old show as an adult can sometimes not live up to the memory that you had of it previously. This is not the case with Magnum. The relationship between Magnum and Higgins is hilarious as they try and find ways to get one-up on each other. The series is set in beautiful scenery which adds to each episode. The only downside I can find with the series is that it does look a bit dated but I think it only makes it more fun to see how tight Magnum's shorts can actually get! There are no extras as such on this collection but there is a written synopsis at the start of each episode telling you the plot and also telling you the original air-date for that particular show which I though was a nice touch. This is not the case for the second series. One thing I found particularly interesting which I didn't know is that the famous Magnum theme tune was actually different up until the middle of the first season. Really worth watching. Look out for cameos from now famous actors in early roles.

The Lost Boys (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1987]
The Lost Boys (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Jason Patric
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.81

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic, 15 May 2006
The Lost Boys is the story of a mother (played by Dianne Wiest) who relocates to a town called Santa Carla with her two sons (Corey Haim and Jason Patric) after a divorce to live with her father. Little do the family know that Santa Carla is filled with vampires. A gang of teenage vampires led by Kiefer Sutherland manages to make Michael (Jason Patric) into a half-vampire by tricking him into drinking blood. There begins the story of his brother attempting to try and save Michael by killing the head vampire enlisting the assistance of 2 vampire hunters one of which is played by Corey Feldman.

Well, that's the what about the film? All I can say is this is one of the best 80's films ever made. Despite being nearly 20 years old, it doesn't look dated and can still hold it's own against other modern vampire films in regard to make-up, effects and overall look of the film. The performances from each of the characters is solid and immensely believable which enables you to get dragged into this fantasy world of vampires and actually believe the story. The Lost Boys has one of the best soundtracks of any movie I have ever watched and this only adds to the stylishness of the whole film.

There is a second disc of extras which include some really nice featurettes, some of which show the stars as how they look now and there is also a commentary of the film from Joel Schumacker. The Lost Boys is a film that doesn't take itself too seriously but that doesn't mean you shouldn't. It's fun, exciting and a cult film that will always remind a generation of their childhood. A must have addition to anybodys DVD collection.

Godsend [DVD] [2004]
Godsend [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.52

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrible, 12 May 2006
This review is from: Godsend [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
What is it with Robert De Niro these days? One of the best actors around does not seem to have an eye lately for a dud film and this mind numbing mess takes the biscuit. The premise of this story is a couple who's kid gets run over on his 8th birthday. Taking advantage of the couples grief a disgraced doctor (De Niro) visits them and offers his services to clone their child. All is well and good until the kid turns the age he died originally and starts becoming akin to the antichrist. "Why did this happen?" you may ask and all is revealed later on in the movie. The fact is though by that time you don't care. The kid acting in the part as the clone is extremely annoying and so is every other character in this movie. It is not in the slightest bit scary and the ending is appalling but by this time even with mouth to mouth resucitation this film could not be saved.

White Noise [DVD]
White Noise [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Keaton
Price: £2.13

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really slow, 12 May 2006
This review is from: White Noise [DVD] (DVD)
This film is soooooooo boring. I have a great interest in the paranormal so the idea of a film that explores the supposed phenomenon of EVP sounded like a really good idea. Despite this, I felt that this film made a complete hash of what could have been a winner. The plot of the dead wife trying to contact the husband has been done before and somewhat better I might add. The painfully slow progression of Michael Keatons obssession with trying to contact his dead wife could have been done in far less time. I don't know how long I watched him mournfully gawping at a TV screen and the idea of his wife warning him about tragedies yet to come just so Michael Keaton could divert them was the epitome of cheese. Even though EVP has been recorded I have never heard of pictures of dead people appearing on TV screens and the idea of this just made the whole film seem silly. The 'scare' scenes were the usual that has become the norm of modern Hollywood horror films. Have the guy doing something really normal to 'lull' you into a false sense of security and then flash some weird face on the screen and make a loud noise with the music. The thing is this has been done so many times that you can literally guess when the scary bits going to happen. The film could have been so scary but there was so much cheesiness interlaced you really couldn't take it seriously and believe me if you do have to watch it, I think you'll agree that the embarassing end sums the whole thing up.

Birth [DVD]
Birth [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicole Kidman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.28

7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn, 10 May 2006
This review is from: Birth [DVD] (DVD)
As has been commented upon many times in previous reviews, this is trully one of the most boring films ever made. The premise of this film for those who don't already know is that Anna (Nicole Kidman's) characters husband dies of God knows what while out jogging. We flit forward to 10 years later where this random kid turns up claiming to be Anna's reincarnated husband Shaun. Sounds interesting? Well believe me it's not. It's quite a short film but in the whole script there's about 10 words of dialogue. The rest of my precious time was spent staring at long, lingering shots of peoples expressions (mainly Nicole Kidman's). I feel the director thought this may be a clever way to portray what a character was feeling just from their face. All it succeeded in doing was to make me gasp in disbelief at how long one shot could be held. I think without all that the film could have been about 10 minutes long. Nothing about this film was worth praising. Even the score was annoying. Also, the end of the film was so dull it only seemed to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that, for me, this is one of the most pointless films ever.

Children Of The Living Dead [2001] [DVD]
Children Of The Living Dead [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Savini
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £2.70

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish, 17 April 2006
The only reason I bought this DVD is because it was cheap. I am a huge fan of the living dead series and other zombie related films and considering Tom Savinis name was attached to it I thought it couldn't be too bad despite the fact that I hadn't heard of this particular one. This film will go down in infamy as being one of the most amateur films ever made. I think the makers may have blown their whole budget just getting in Tom Savini for 10 minutes because the rest looked like it took about £2 to make. The camerawork was embarassingly shoddy and the acting was even worse. I don't think you necessarily need a big budget to make a decent horror film. In fact some of the better horror films have been made on a shoestring (I cite Halloween as a main example). The head zombies make up looked okay but it did tend to get on your nerves that everytime he was there even in the background there would be this Grrrrrrrrr noise that would denote he was there. I was surprised to see that this film was made in 2001. By the way it looked it seemed about 20 years old. The only good thing about this film is that it wasn't that long but truthfully this film should never have been made its that bad.

Kate And Leopold [DVD] [2002]
Kate And Leopold [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Meg Ryan
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.55

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, 17 April 2006
This is one of those films that you watch once and probably would never watch again. It's okay as romantic comedies go and mixed in with the time travelling 'fish out of water' aristocrat (Hugh Jackman) you could say that it has a nice twist on the old formula. My main gripe with the film is I really couldn't stand Meg Ryans character. The main goal I think of a romantic comedy from the outset is to make the characters likeable so you want them to get together but I didn't feel that with this film. I felt that Hugh Jackmans character was immensly more watchable than Megs. The ending was slightly confusing and I still don't understand it now. I felt that the writers had an idea of what they wanted to do, stuck with it and fudged the explanation a little. There is a directors commentary plus some other nice extras but it's one of those films that you're not going to really care what the commentator had to say about the film. A Sunday afternoon film.

The People Under The Stairs [DVD] [1991]
The People Under The Stairs [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Brandon Quintin Adams
Price: £5.75

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching, 17 April 2006
I've watched this film several times over the years and it is really one of the better of Wes Cravens films which can be especially of late pretty hit and miss. The premise of this film has been given before so I won't go over it again so I'll just give my opinion. This film is not really scary but I don't think being scary was it's main intention. There are some bits of the film that do make me laugh out loud and that is usually hard for me in a comedy let alone a horror film.

There are some slightly disturbing aspects of the film regarding child abuse that I thought may not have fitted in entirely well with the dark comedic aspects of it. One of my main problems with the film is the DVD didn't appear to be of that good in regard to picture quality but saying that it wasn't that bad that it detracted from the film itself. It just could have been better. Another problem is that the people who do actually live under the stairs didn't really look like real people. They were made to look like bad zombies. I don't really believe that the make up was needed to that extent. The film was very well cast and entertaining. Do not go into this film with the preconception that it's going to scare you because you're only going to be disappointed. It is a horror film but I would say that it is a comedy horror.

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