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The X Files : File 8 - Tempus Fugit [VHS] [1994]
The X Files : File 8 - Tempus Fugit [VHS] [1994]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary!, 24 April 2003
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After Flight 549 crashes in what appears like a mid-air collision, Special Agents Fox Mulder & Dana Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, respectively) are assigned to the case and depart without more ado to examine the debris of the jet at the crash site. Mulder, for ever and a day the believer, predicts that this was work of aliens and not as everybody else says, a human error. Sceptical Scully steps forward and tries to assure the occasionally awkward Mulder that this time the facts are clear and this is not an X-File. As the case begins to open out, a list of crew and passengers makes its welcome emergence and usual suspect Max Fenig is the first out of the hat. Believing in aliens since he was younger, as was Mulder when his younger sister was abducted when they both were small, and seems to have boarded the jet for a specific motive. Investigating further, the accustomed clues rear their ugly heads once more, with paused watches that look as if to of stopped minutes before the official time of the crash happened and other vital evidence that proves that maybe this could be the work of a premeditated alien abduction. Duchovny and Anderson give all-out performances as the hopeless romantics whose chemistry are generally of the most bubbliest with a passionate supporting cast surrounding them.
Chris Carters’ series has still it’s lost its edge and nor has he as both the episodes which have been spliced as one here are both written by the man himself. Imaginative directing skills from both Rob Bowman (Tempus Fugit) and Kim Manners (Max). A Must to complete that full X-Files Collection.


Heavenly Creatures [VHS] [1995]
Heavenly Creatures [VHS] [1995]
VHS

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Land..., 12 Mar. 2003
After breaking into films after the surfacing of his 1987 fill-out of his short, ‘Bad Taste’, New Zealander Peter Jackson hit back two years later with violent Muppets in ‘Meet the Feebles’ and then in 1992 with his next gore-fest ‘Braindead’. Another two years past and Jackson returned to the screens with debatably his optimum film, ‘Heavenly Creatures’, starring British stage actress, Kate Winslet making her film debut and New Plymouth actress Melanie Lynskey.
Based around true events that occurred in the 1950’s in New Zealand, the story tracks the young lives of Pauline (Lynskey) and Juliet (Winslet) and their path to rational dishonesty and eventually murder. Pauline is an unpopular member of the school classroom and labours over the fact, withdrawing herself in a corner out of arms-width from others. But when Juliet arrives from Britain, Pauline finds a soul mate in her outlandish personality and marvels at her broad knowledge. Ready to speak up for herself whenever possible, the arrogant Juliet argues back to her elders, speaks when she isn’t supposed to and confesses to her naÔve unsullied friend about her special land. Soon the virginal Pauline is drawn in, listening to the same music, making clay sculptures and running around in day-dreams so real they balance precariously on the brink of madness.
The films theme would seem very minute to one who hasn’t had the bliss of watching it, but let me assure you that this is indeed, one hell of a spectacle. The special effects are not overused and the acting is as far from ham as could be. The films zenith is by far the ballroom dancing with the clay statues that while they are unmistakably just actors in suits, are abnormally realistic and craft an edge to the film which is slightly unnerving due to the circumstances that this is based around fact. Jackson’s use of occasionally obscure angles heightens the impact of the schoolgirls psyche and presents with it an almost fairytale like eminence to it. Not usually a fan of her work, Kate Winslet acts-out an unfiltered character in Juliet, switching cleverly from sweet and innocent to devious and cocky. At the opposite end of the gamut is that of the green Melanie Lynskey, as shy as the day she was born, Lynskey relies on her illusory eye movement and quivering of the lips to put over her disposition in one of cinemas forgotten arts of acting.
Peter Jackson is the new style of A-List Hollywood and looks set to change the money machine to create a new golden age. This is classic cinema.


Sleepy Hollow [VHS] [2000]
Sleepy Hollow [VHS] [2000]
VHS
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Price: £9.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Come On... Don't Lose You Your Head About It!, 11 Mar. 2003
Based on the legendary short tale written by Washington Irving called 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', Tim Burton picks up his artistic pencil yet again, places a blue filter over the camera lens and regroups with chum Johnny Depp to develop his pet project into a fear-provoking movie of the headless horseman.
The year is 1799 and New York constable, Ichabod Crane is ridiculed for his abstract views on then term concerning evidence and the development of scientific substance. Sent by an ignorant Judge who deems that he is nothing other than an attention seeker, Crane finds himself in the small town of Sleepy Hollow. Petrified onlookers clutch their crucifixes from their necks as the stranger enters from out of the cold of night. A young blind-folded girl approaches him and questions if he would like a kiss from the Pickety Witch; he stops and refrains himself as he attempts to keep his authority from becoming tarnished. The young girl is that of Katrina Van Tassel, the only daughter of Baltus Van Tassell, the man he is sent to meet. Crane later finds sanctuary with Baltus and is introduced to the respected of town, namely that of Magistrate Philipse, Reverend Steenwyck, Doctor Lancaster and Notary Hardenbrook. Here he is told that the case is not as open and shut as once thought as he is told the assumedly tall tale of the Hessian Horseman and his thirst for blood after he decapitates his victims and steals their heads, seemingly in revenge after his was taken by soldiers in the Western Woods from which he appears from late at night. As Crane delves further into the case, he realises that there is more to the slaughtering than what meets the eye, leading to a climax that stay with you for nights to come.
Tim Burton's vision is indeed unique as he paints the screen with a gothic modus-operandi and while sometimes losing sight of the plot, he still presents some amazing set-pieces and poignant imagery. First filmed as a Disney short in 1949 and later in 1980 with Jeff Goldblum (The Fly) taking-up the role of Crane, Tim Burton pulled together another fine cast including that of Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood), Christopher Walken (Batman Returns), Christina Ricci, Jeffrey Jones (Beetlejuice) and other buddy Michael Gough (Alfred - Batman Saga), the acting is superb, especially a stand-alone by Marc Pickering as the fatherless Young Masbeth aiding the apprehensive rabbit, Crane. Another fine soundtrack is fashioned by collaborator Danny Elfman and plays a vital part in the stirring and at times scintillating action scenes filmed with a keen eye by Director of Photography, Emmanuel Lubezki. With a whole town built in Buckinghamshire, the scale of the film is commendably arresting.
A lover of British Hammer-Horror films of the 60's & 70's, Burton had been lucky enough to obtained Vincent Price for a cameo role in 'Edward Scissorhands' and with this new edition to his back-catalogue Burton is lucky enough to have Christopher Lee in a worthy part as a Judge in one of the opening scenes. A contemporary classic!


Batman [VHS] [1989]
Batman [VHS] [1989]
VHS

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Like Bats..., 11 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Batman [VHS] [1989] (VHS Tape)
It wasn't testing to outshine the 1966 Leslie Martinson original starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the majority of the sets were prepared out of Cardboard and the fighting-suits were a spandex unique, but in 1989 Tim Burton returned with the Caped Crusader with a gothic twist thrown-in. Starring Burton-pet Michael Keaton who also starred in his 1988 'Beetlejuice', the film also brought with it the acting talents of connoisseur actors Jack Nicholson taking up the reigns from Caesar Romero as the tarnished Joker and the undeniable aptitude of Jack Palance. Other supporting roles included that of Billy Dee Williams ('Star Wars' saga) and Jerry Hall. A closely condensed plot from the legendary Detective Comic strip created by Bob Kane that still doesn't fail to amaze the eye.
Gotham City is under the strict thumb of war-lords, one in particular called Jack Napier (Nicholson) who feels the need to take it on himself to take charge of the present situation. Picking up on this, his Boss, Carl Grissom (Palance) rats on him one night when he is away storming the Acme Chemical Factory. There to meet him is not only the police, but also an outlandish man fully clad in black rubber who has grown repute in town as 'Batman' and if you want to mess with the law, you have to mess with him too. But in the night in question, Napier encounters the enigmatic Batman and prepares to shoot, although when he does Batman draws on his shields. Blocking the shot, the bullet rebounds into a portal spraying Napier's face with acid. Screaming, Napier falls over a guard rail and through all the Dark Knights' effort, falls to an alleged death into a pool chemicals. Returning one night to take revenge on Grissom for snitching up on him to the cops, a freshly mottled Napier returns with a pale white face, an excruciatingly drawn fixed smile and a shock of green hair and fills the traitor full of lead. Alter-ego of Batman, Billionaire Bruce Wayne must first win the hearts of the city he tries so hard to protect before he can even approach Napier and his newly formed crime ring.
Jack Nicholson is exceptional as Jack Napier / The Joker in his accustomed frenzied state that he has now got down to a fine art. Flanking to him is Keaton who achieves the opposite of Nicholson throughout and earnestly underplays his part to the point that many criticised his performance, but now we have George Cloony so I'm sure you can make up your own mind. The supporting cast are spot-on with a nice turn from Michael Gough as Wayans' butler, Alfred. Dark, gothic filming from the master of macabre, Tim Burton, following other Keaton vehicle, the morbid 'Beetlejuice' and proves it was no one-hit wonder and retaliated a year later with (arguably) most sentimental piece to date, 'Edward Scissorhands'. With a score composed with usual Burton collaborator, Danny Elfman (Simpson's Title Theme, Sleepy Hollow), his stony use of instruments is astonishingly intricate and sets the tone for the films narrative. Said to by many to a spin off from many sources, at first the original comic strip, the Adam West television series and an early Roland West film called 'The Bat Whispers' in 1930 - a tuned update of his 1926 silent 'The Bat'. Filmed in Pinewood Studios, England on a $5.5 Million budget, the film raked in over $250 million, gaining more profit than it expected after Warner Bros. feared the worse after the first sneak-peaks. Breaking the $10 Million mark in its first 10 days of release, 'Batman' also was the biggest earner of 1989.
Buy it from Amazon.co.uk. Now!


Ghostwatch [VHS] [1992]
Ghostwatch [VHS] [1992]
VHS

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do You Want To See Something Really Scary?, 10 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Ghostwatch [VHS] [1992] (VHS Tape)
In 1992, the British Broadcasting Corporation was determined to do something diverse for Halloween and when the 31st October arrived, they did it with style. Starring Michael Parkinson as a host of a special never-to -be-repeated live documentary called 'Ghostwatch', allegedly perceived to be real-life, the program was pitched as the truth and nothing else. But when the show was aired that night in '92, all hell broke loose and was ultimately held responsible as the cause of death on a young Nottingham boy. Out on the field was 'Red Dwarf' star Craig Charles and adjacent to him was Sarah Greene who, when raiding the residence, was beset by the ghastly images within. Owned by a single-mother with two daughters, she calls in the BBC team to see a ghost called 'Pipes' for themselves and when they do she shatters and is left in a pool of tears. With a phone-in live on the show so individuals could view their own supernatural parables live on air, only to be criticised by a shrink when they got on. A mass of non-believers begun to see themselves as believers and the show ratings hit the roof. The ones who did phone in was met urgently by a recording warning that it was only a television show and was not to be taken seriously, because some people do and end up panicking themselves stupid.
With an accumulation of props all set up on set and in the house, according to the grapevine in North London, they tended to discharge one at every potential minute. Mike Smith, ever the carer, gets anxious and keeps on argumentative that Greene is in difficulty and must leave as soon as possible. One of the most supreme individual shows ever to be made for television in the last few years, it is however dreadfully dated in several ways, but is still a very pleasurable mockery with realistic acting from all. Trick photography is used to its best advantage while the budget must have soared through the roof. Sadly this show was said to of disturbed many viewers, even though it had "Written by" in the credits and was blamed for the death of Martin Dennham, when he hanged himself. Created and written by Stephen Volk (Gothic - 1986), the program is underscored with haunting music from Philip Appleby. Director Lesley Manning gets the most out of his petite cast and uses it to his advantage to give the ambience of loneliness and isolation for the whole hour and a half duration. A mesmerizing show that will live on for years to come in he hearts of all Brits'.


The Long Kiss Goodnight [VHS] [1996]
The Long Kiss Goodnight [VHS] [1996]
VHS
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Price: £2.82

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's My Name?, 10 Mar. 2003
Finnish Director Renny Harlins' is conspicuously hit-&-miss as a rule with his movies. While there was the monotonous and harebrained exploitation of camera handling in the films such as sadistic Jaws version 'Deep Blue Sea', there was also the aerial extravaganza 'Cliffhanger', where Harlin was able to gel the yarn into a one location / compact image that keeps it amazing that he is still only regarded as a B-Director.
Present day and middle-aged school teacher & town belle, Samantha Caine (Davis) is suffering from amnesia and has only been living in this mountain town since she woke up as a woman eight years ago. After paying out for countless private eyes and small-time detectives, she is now running rapidly out of funds to support this habit, as none of them have yet to find a shred of her former self. One day, Caine strikes gold with Mitch Henessey (Jackson), who is himself contending his own demons as a disgraced ex-cop fighting to regain the respect of his wife and son. Discovering new skills about herself on a daily basis it isn't long before an escaped convict breaks into her house looking for payback. Caine freaks, throwing her child from the house into the arms of safety, she battles against the intruder, fighting with moves she never knew she had learnt. Henessey later joins her on a trek across America to find clues to what she did and discover evidence to why the man attacked her. On the way, a suitcase containing possessions of her former self include a telephone number to a secret agency, raunchy clothes that the languorous Caine wouldn't look twice at and a sophisticated sniper rifle. Reinventing herself as the new government assassin of all time, the once Samantha Caine - now Charly Baltimore fights back against the ones who are responsible for her ordeal, only to uncover a darker truth about the life she has been living and why.
In the same vain as an early James Bond flick, Harlins' direction is first-rate with colour, precise editing and two very plausible leads as the love / hate relationship of the brave. Written and co-produced by Shane Black, who had the astonishing victory in the early 1990's with gung-ho movies such as 'The Last Boy Scout' starring Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans. Fun in an upbringing kind of way, Harlin delivers special effects with all the mind-boggling physics of a Bond film, with one example when Davis shoots out a frozen-over pond with machine-gun fire as she falls from a five story train station window to break her fall. But of course, this is what dreams are made of and really I'm not one to complain about stuff like that. With the intermittent corny line that makes you wince with mortification, the dry humour should keep you entertained as Jackson's' use of the English language is staggering, while the burly Davis handles the action set-peices with style. Violent in the very extreme, this was the second outing for former husband & wife duo, Harlin & Davis, after the critical flop 'Cutthroat Island' a year earlier in 1995. Buy it now from Amazon.co.uk!


Mallrats [VHS]
Mallrats [VHS]
VHS
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Price: £1.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Say Something Silent Bob!, 6 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Mallrats [VHS] (VHS Tape)
After the unbelievable success of Black & White independent wonder 'Clerks', Writer/ Director/ Actor/ Comic-Shop owner Kevin Smith was in no doubt to hit back with another cutting observational satire, based around a handful of teenage outcasts brushed out by society, bettering his earlier endeavour and he did admirably.
When T.S. breaks up with girlfriend Brandi shortly before they were due to depart for a romantic trip for two to Disneyland, Florida where the luckless T.S. was to propose when "Jaws pops out of the water" things begin to go staggeringly wrong. Messing up plans for her father's game show when he inadvertently kills the shows guest, daughter Brandi steps up and agrees to take part to keep her boyfriend in the clear. Angry and desperate to end another one of their arguments, Brandi dumps T.S. who quickly seeks comfort in the company of loud friend Brodie who was also recently dumped by his girlfriend Rene. Uniting at the mall to seek guidance in their hours of darkness, Brodie is faced with one of his darkest enemy's, namely a wannabe high-flyer of clothes shop 'Fashionable Male' called Shannon, who finds pleasure in annoying the comic-collecting fan-boy Brodie in anyway he can. This later ends up with an exceedingly side-splitting climax. While the two are there, they meet up with stoners Jay & Silent Bob who agree to wreck the game show 'Truth or Date' which is fortunately also taking part in the mall later on into the evening. Along the way we meet nymphomaniac Gwen, a young sexual-know-all called Tricia (the Dish) and an enthusiastic cameo from comic-giant, Stan Lee.
Including a good turn from ex-90210 star, Shannen Docherty, the soft-porn queen is very close to being the most believable in this tour-de-force of jokes and cinematic sociology. Jay & Silent Bob make a welcome return, named after Smiths' comic book store 'Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash', keeping the movie afloat in the sporadic slow moments that seem to drown the movies narrative. Jason Lee, who has had more success in recent years with the triumphs of 'Almost Famous' and 'Vanilla Sky', is much sharper on the dialogue provided and is able to make the script smoothly fall off his long forked tongue like letters from a typewriter. Great lighting, run-of-the-mill acting (some truly awful) and an up-to-date soundtrack certify this is a howl. Kevin Smith appears as Silent Bob opposite Jason Mewes as his counterpart Jay.
Although a flop at its original time of release, 'Mallrats' went on to better things in rental sales and later in video sales that gained it a cult reputation that is sometimes stated to be larger than that of 'Clerks' or third-effort 'Chasing Amy'.


The X Files : File 2 - Tooms [VHS] [1994]
The X Files : File 2 - Tooms [VHS] [1994]
VHS
Offered by hessleoldbooks
Price: £14.98

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Carter, Your The Man!, 5 Mar. 2003
Quite possibly the best of the twelve feature-length X-Files that started with 'The Unopened File' and finished with the aptly titled X-File 'The End', but where 'Tooms' excels is in its non-stop action that initiates on a Psychological level and finishes Physical. Originally released on the 25th March 1996 on UK video, 'Tooms' was formerly split into the two divided episodes 'Tooms' & 'Squeeze' in the first pioneering series of the unprecedented Fox Television show and made such an impact they combined the two for this fantastic video.
File 2 'Tooms' is an elaborate yarn regarding a young man called Eugene Tooms who becomes a dominant suspect in a string of fierce murders after his fingerprints are found in a victims' office. Initially perplexed at why the fingerprints are found around the air ducts and on no other points of entry and give the impression to be of a very strange nature as if they have been stretched. FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder, deducing that Tooms is his man, scans his fingerprints with the ones which were found on another sufferer who died 30 years previous. Both Mulder and Partner Special Agent Dana Scully find this exceedingly strange and come to a decision to visit the original case official and question him over the aforementioned Tooms. As the conversation between the three go on, the ex-officer takes out his own research on the case and proves that Tooms is not as young as he looks and his tastes for killing and stealing human livers have a much more sinister reason.
Running for 85mins, the two episodes 'Tooms' & 'Squeeze' are directed by Harry Longstreet and David Nutter, respectively, and are both of the very highest quality. Chris Carters original series does not get any better than this that is on the same level of ingenuity as other celebrated episodes such as 'Ice'. Followed by File 3: Abduction.


The Wicker Man [VHS] [1973]
The Wicker Man [VHS] [1973]
VHS
Offered by unclejohnsband
Price: £8.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rowan Morrison?, 4 Mar. 2003
Originally discarded by the production company itself, it was to be later slated by critics the world over and became just a further video-nasty churned out from Pinewood studios. From the instant it was seen by some few individuals it was hailed as one of the biggest cult films ever & it was later seen by a much wider audience it was finally given the recognition it deserved as one of the best British Horror films of all time. Straight-faced Sgt Neil Howie is sent from Mainland Scotland to the remote neighbouring island of Summerisle to investigate the strange vanishing of schoolgirl Rowan Morrison. After landing his biplane, Howie invades the island and begins his questioning of the locals to further his enquiry. As the hours draw closer to the Mayday celebrations, the islanders persist in refusing to cooperate with the policeman and demand that he leaves as soon as he can. By nightfall, Howie finds shelter in a small phlegmatic inn where he finally introduces himself in an official capacity to everyone in town. Before long, he is under the spell of the landlords' daughter, Willow, and his deep Christian roots must fight his lustful virgin desires as she attempts to enchant him to her room. The day after, the islanders become even more hostile and insist that he departs before Mayday. But when Howie doesn't and makes an attempt to summon more officers to the island, the fool-proof fan begins to crack and in one of most infamous and harrowing climaxes of all time, it finally falls apart. The film travels at a fair pace until the last half-an-hour when it unleashes its full potential. A True landmark in British filmmaking.


Twin Peaks - Complete Season 1 [DVD] [1990]
Twin Peaks - Complete Season 1 [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Kyle MacLachlan
Price: £8.00

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Twin Peaks..., 4 Mar. 2003
As dreamlike as any portfolio available on DVD at present, ‘Twin Peaks: Series 1’ is a weird, if periodically a perplexing view surrounding a bewildering murder of trendy student Laura Palmer who ends up washed up on a isolated beach enclosed in plastic. Directed by the master of bizarre, David Lynch, many people have jumped feet-first on the band wagon, all claiming how little Series 1 has aged, well let me tell you they are all lying their warm and cosy socks off. The show is unambiguously 80’s and some of the script seems intolerably dated, but (here comes the praise) is in all honesty a very fascinating and intriguing TV show that deserves all the admiration that falls upon it.
First up is the pilot which set the tone for the episodes that followed. It’s Friday, 24th of February when Home-Coming queen Laura Palmer is found by a local resident of Twin Peaks. The man gets directly onto Sheriff Harry S. Truman who is later aided by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper when he arrives soon after. Before long all hell breaks loose in the town with a population of 51201, where all and sundry are all too quick to blame each other to keep their own name in the clear. At the top of the pile, an ill-tempered trucker called Leo Johnson who has no alibi and what seems like a blood-stained shirt becomes a chief suspect, as does Laura’s boyfriend Bobby Briggs who unbeknown to him was being cheated on with her secret lover James Hurley. A plot of the most ghoulish ensues with a following 7 episodes concluding the series.
If you have seen the spin-off movie ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me’ you may know the fundamental dogma of the TV’s composition, if not that then unquestionably some of the key characters. A hit in its original time of release in 1990, Twin Peaks is one of those shows that if you miss the first few episodes, even just the pilot, you possibly will not enjoy it as much as anyone else. Modestly filmed with a touch of spontaneous brilliance that makes the show that little bit more bona fide in a TV show that got better with each episode it went on for. With classics such as ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘Eraserhead’ it is clear he has the class with the surrealism of ‘Blue Velvet’ at the vanguard.


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