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House On Haunted Hill [DVD] [1999]
House On Haunted Hill [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Geoffrey Rush
Price: £3.57

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary stuff!, 3 Nov. 2002
Not many films scare me. House On Haunted Hill, however, certainly did.
Almost uniquely in this day and age, House On Haunted Hill mixes numerous moments of tension and suspense with light-hearted banter and comedic moments between characters, which augment interesting subplots. But make no mistake - this is a pure thriller. It doesn't just try to scare the living daylights out of you by pushing headless ghosts and bloodthirsty cannibals in your face (unlike most other films of the genre), it is actually very clever in the way it makes you stay hooked to the storyline. Each scary moment has a long build up...you know something is going to happen but you just don't know when.
The film is well planned and well thought out, and all of the actors, although not stars, play their characters superbly. House On Haunted Hill is set in a disused mental hospital for the criminally insane. That in itself is enough to make me nervous! You just wait and watch as film gets better and better as the drama fully unfolds...
House On Haunted Hill is, in my opinion, one of the best horror/suspense movies you will ever see, and seeing as it is relatively cheap, there is no excuse not to have it in your DVD collection. The DVD has some decent extras, too, which just enhances the experience further.


Ocean's Eleven [DVD] [2001]
Ocean's Eleven [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.51

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop thrills and spills!, 3 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Ocean's Eleven [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Admittedly, I was a little sceptical about this film, as I had known about the original version for a long time, yet failed to motivate myself to watch it. But one Saturday night, I sat down to watch the 2001 version, starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and I really found it very enjoyable.
The theme of the movie is about a small group of relatively experienced crooks and villains who decide to do the unthinkable - rob three casinos in the same night. Danny Ocean is the leader of the pack and wants to get revenge on the man who stole his wife, the man who just so happens to be the owner of these 3 casinos.
Cue a lot of action packed drama and feisty frolics as the 11 accomplices go about their arduous task of getting past the extremely high-level security which protects the casino's cash in an underground cell.
This is a good film, one that keeps you hooked in suspense from start to finish.


The Mummy [DVD] [1999]
The Mummy [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Brendan Fraser
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.89

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not good enough., 3 Nov. 2002
This review is from: The Mummy [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
I am a fan of adventure movies and I thought The Mummy would have been to my liking, but all in all, I found the movie quite boring. Even the end credits last nearly 9 minutes, which is something of a shock, seeing as there are not too many characters with speaking parts.
The Mummy has some wonderful special effects and I consider the set design to be fantastic, too, but the acting is wooden and I didn't feel convinced by the characters at all. True, there is a deliberate hint of comedy in this film, which surprised me, but nonetheless I feel the plot could have been thickened and depicted in a more serious fashion.
The highlights of the film are when the Scarabs attack the humans, getting under their skin and eventually mummifying them. For younger viewers, this movie might scare the living daylights out of you, and it could leave a lasting impression, but for adults like myself, The Mummy can do nothing other than make us marvel at the special effects yet somehow take the DVD out of the DVD player still somehow yearning for more.
It's a good film, but there are so many better films of the same genre.


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Special Edition) [DVD] [1982]
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Special Edition) [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Henry Thomas
Offered by Decider
Price: £11.99

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational Film!, 3 Nov. 2002
ET is, without question, Steven Spielberg's acknowledged masterpiece.
Originally released to stunned cinema audiences worldwide in 1982, ET is a movie containing all of the basic elements required to make it a box office hit. There are comic moments (like ET blowing bubbles in the bath), there are moments of suspense (like when ET tried to run back to his spaceship and we are all wondering if he'll make it), there are haunting and harrowing moments (like the bit when the men in spacesuits invade the house) and there are pure emotional moments (for example, the final scene when ET says goodbye).
The 20th anniversary edition has been digitally remastered and a few extra scenes have been added. John Williams has also brushed up his award-winning score and added a few new tracks to the soundtrack, available on CD.
The DVD contains plenty of interesting and informative extras - especially the option of watching the movie in sync with John Williams' live performance of the score from the premiere at the LA Shrine in March 2002. This basically means that as you watch the movie, the music you hear will be 'live', so the speak - you can ever hear the amazing standing ovation during the end credits! There is also a featurette on reuniting the cast and Spielberg himself, who talk openly and emotionally about their experiences of filming and the effect ET had on their lives.
This DVD is an absolute must for any respectable DVD collection. In my opinion, ET is the greatest film made since the Hollywood boom.


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