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Zoolander 2 [Blu-ray] [2016]
Zoolander 2 [Blu-ray] [2016]
Dvd ~ Ben Stiller
Price: £13.00

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really, Really, Really, Ridiculosuly Rubbish., 6 July 2016
THE FILM:
Its as bad, if not, worse than I had heard. As a fan of the first film, I went in open minded and wanted to make my own opinion. There are a few laughs in the first ten minutes. I thought I might actually enjoy the film, but no, I was wrong. Its gets worse as the film goes on. The plot is just ludicrous (and not in a funny, silly way) There are barely ANY laughs in the film (there are more celebrity cameos than jokes) and by the end, I was just embarrassed from what I had witnessed. It really is a terrible film. On the bad comedy sequel scale of Anchorman 2 to Dumb And Dumber To, this is CADDYSHACK 2. This is MANNEQUIN ON THE MOVE. THIS IS AWFUL.

PICTURE AND SOUND:
Presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, I thought the picture quality for a 2016 film was just OK. A little bit grainy, lacking detail and colors were OK, maybe a tad too strong. Sound levels were also very poor in my opinion, forcing me to watch the movie with a remote in hand adjusting the volume between dialogue scenes and 'action' scenes. Reminded me of DVD, not Blu Ray.

THE DISC:
Region B locked. Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French-Parisian, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish

BONUS FEATURES:
Unlike the first film on Blu Ray, this actually has some features. I hate how this Blu Ray release is called 'The Magnum Edition' to make you feel like you're getting something special, because you're not. There ARE no other Editions!

The Zoolander Legacy (9 minutes) - a nice little feature about the first films cult status. The highlight of the disc, but too short.

Go Big or Go Rome (8 minutes) - Cast and crew discuss the films on location shoot in Rome.

Drake Sather: The Man Who Created Zoolander (8 minutes) A short retropsective about the Zoolander characters late creator and a glimpse at the VH1 Fashion Awards 1997 and 1997, the first appearances of Derek.

Youth Milk full advert. NO.

OVERALL:
Below average Blu Ray release and a terrible film.
I'm depressed. This film left me staring in a puddle thinking 'Who Am I?'
It took the film-makers 15 years to come up with this sequel.
I need to Relax and have an Orange Mocha Frappacchino


Rocky 40th Anniversary Series 1 Clubber (Black Trunks Version)
Rocky 40th Anniversary Series 1 Clubber (Black Trunks Version)
Offered by Tucks Toys
Price: £23.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Prediction? PAIN, 29 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
NECA has relaunched their Rocky line. It is a mix of re-releases and new figures.
The Rocky figures are VERY expensive on the after market, so if you missed these figures first time you are in luck.
If you bought this figure back in 2012, you are getting the exact same figure but in a new window box that means it can be easily be removed and returned to packaging.
The sculpt and paint on this figure is just perfection. This sculpt is 4 years old now, but as good as ever. The realistic style skin is brilliantly done and much better looking than flat painted skintone. His attire is well detailed, even down the the brand name written on the gloves.
The articulation is plentiful on this figure and well hidden which doesnt compromise the brilliant sculpt.
Like the other three figures in the wave he has: a balljointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders and elbows, balljointed wrists, balljointed torso, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge knees and ankles, and hinged toes.

If you already own this figure, the only change is superior packaging. If you missed this figure, you can finally own it at a reasonable price.


Enemy Mine (1985) (Blu-ray)
Enemy Mine (1985) (Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Dennis Quaid
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enemy Mine UK Eureka Blu Ray Release, 29 Jun. 2016
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Enemy Mine is a little gem of a film that I caught on Channel 4 late one night as a kid and I've had a fondness for it since.
I was quite surprised when it was announced for a Blu Ray, but pleasantly surprised.
Its a disappointing release, but still the best UK release the film has ever had.
First off - don't worry about that awful ugly Photoshop cover. The reverse of the sleeve is the classic original poster (not the ugly blue/green DVD cover version either, the actual original poster)
Next, you get a good quality 20 page booklet that is informative and rather honest.
The transfer of the film is....OK. It won't impress you if you're getting used to Blu Ray, but it won't disappoint you either. Louis Gossett Jr fantastic make up really looks great in HD though.
The features are seriously lacking. The original trailer and a deleted scene.
The film is presented in 2:35:1 aspect ratio and it has DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0.
There are English only subtitles and it is region B locked.
Comes in a clear Amaray case.
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Rocky 40th Anniversary Series 1 Rocky Action Figure With Belt & Black Trunks (7" Scale)
Rocky 40th Anniversary Series 1 Rocky Action Figure With Belt & Black Trunks (7" Scale)
Offered by Parallel Worlds Toys
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Challenge!, 28 Jun. 2016
This year NECA have relaunched their excellent Rocky line which will contain a mix of new figures and now to find re-releases.
The first series contains three re-issues (Rocky in gold trunks,Clubber in blue and Clubber in black)
and this 'new' figure.
I say new as to be fair, it is just a re-paint, but a very good one.
This figure is barely seen in Rocky III but featured prominently in the promotional material, and was also seen in Rocky II.
The paint and sculpt are just beautiful. The likeness is, in my eyes, absolutely spot on and even though I own NECA's previous Rocky figures, this one still really impressed me.
He also comes with a belt which is incredibly well detailed, but difficult to remove. It has to be slipped down his legs which I would be nervous about.
The figure is also loaded with articulation which does not compromise the paint or sculpt. He has Rocky has a balljointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders and elbows, balljointed wrists, balljointed torso, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge knees and ankles, and hinged toes.
Packaging is also perfect. A cardboard box with a window at the front to see the figure. It can be removed from packaging and returned without any damage. A huge improvement over the earlier Rocky figures clamshells.

OVERALL: If you missed NECAs older Rocky figures, you are in luck. If you own them already, its still tempting to get them thanks to the lovely packaging. This one was a must buy for me as the only new figure in the series.


Taxi: The Complete Series [DVD]
Taxi: The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Judd Hirsch
Price: £51.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taxi For The Packaging Designer, 15 Jun. 2016
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A truly superb sitcom and surely up there with the best of all time.
I held off on buying the individual seasons and Im glad I did.
Season 2 was released in 2009 and since then, there hasnt been a UK release of the further 3 seasons.
This set contains the first UK release of Season 3 - 5.

Why four stars?
THE PACKAGING. DEAR LORD THE PACKAGING.
You get a slipcover, this is fine. The DVDs are housed in a large stacked Amaray case (Like Mork and Mindy, Futurama, Frasier, Cheers etc)
But once you open this case...The horror begins. Each section of the case houses 8 discs. Two at the top, two at the bottom and the same on the reverse. If you want the bottom disc, you need to remove THREE discs to reach it. You can't see all the discs, so I have to remove them all to make sure they were OK.
If this doesnt seem like a hassle to you, wait and see how TIGHT each disc is housed. The snapping noise and I removed each disc made me wince. They are insanely tight and very difficult to remove. Somehow though, SEVEN discs were loose in the case when I received it. (God knows how they escaped their Alcatraz prisons)
All discs were fine, no scratched.

EPISODES PRESENTED IN 4:3 FULL SCREEN. PICTURE QUALITY IS OK.
SOUND IS IN MONO.
PACKAGING DOES NOT MENTION SUBTITLES. RANDOMLY CHECKED SEASON 3 DISC 1 AND THERE ARE NO SUBTITLES.

Contents = Perfection
Packaging = Possibly the worst I've ever owned.
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The Hateful Eight [Blu-ray]
The Hateful Eight [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Samuel L. Jackson
Price: £9.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Film. Disappointing Blu Ray., 20 May 2016
This is a very disappointing film from my favourite director.
The Hateful Eight is a gorgeous looking but poorly paced and uninteresting film.
The cast is good but as the title states they are the HATEFUL eight and hateful they are. For 167 minutes you can't believe a word out of anybodies mouth or can't root for anybody. I know this was the films intention but it left me feeling disconnected.
There is a mystery element running through the film but the tension thats so prominent in Tarantino's work is sorely missing. Also, a huge error in my opinion, a cast members name pops up in the opening credits and I spent the entire film knowing he had to pop up eventually (spoiler - its Channing Tatum - but its not really a spoiler as his names at the start!) so I knew he had some part in the plot. I simply could not get into this film. This does not happen with Quentin's films. They are usually gripping from start to finish.
Yes its beautiful to look at, the transfer is perfection and the 2.76:1 aspect ratio makes for some stunning shots. Yes its well acted with some great music(The blu Ray has excellent sound quality) but like the weather in the film, it left me cold as ice.

The Blu Ray is also very poor. You get a cardboard sleeve but the cover art is as ugly as the characters themselves (check out the gorgeous cover on the US release) and there are a mere ELEVEN minutes of features, I'm sorry, but thats not good enough, especially when Quentin is so fascinating to listen to.

You get Sam Jackson's Guide to Glorious 70mm which is 8 minutes long and is fascinating stuff but is over as soon as it starts!
Then you get a measly 4 minute Beyond the Eight which is good for what it is but 4 minutes?!

Overall: It pains me to say that the film is a let-down. And the Blu Ray feels like a budget release, not something I just spent £15 on.
Give it a shot, make up your own mind, but proceed with caution!


Creed [Blu-ray] [2016] [Region Free]
Creed [Blu-ray] [2016] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Sylvester Stallone
Offered by Mr.Magnitude
Price: £9.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creed Is A Winner On Blu Ray, 19 May 2016
THE FILM:
I, like anybody else, rolled my eyes when this spin off was announced.
Im a HUGE Rocky fan and Balboa was a more than fitting end to the series.
To my surprise, CREED is an absolute triumph. The direction is perfection, the music is already implanted in my mind and the emotional beats it hits are just spot on. Rocky fans - there will be tears. Stallone gives one of his best performances of all time here, and Michael B Jordan is solid as Adonis Creed. The boxing scenes are also possibly the best in the series, particularly the fight done in one take which almost took my breath away. Also, for those Stallone fans wondering if they'll get their Sly fix, its no cameo. He is an important piece of this movie.The films balance between Rocky Sequel/ Rocky Spin-Off is judged very well here
The film is not perfect. I felt that there were pacing issues in the first half, and the love story, whilst likeable, felt a *little* forced and/or rushed at times.
Despite its minor flaws, by the end of this film I was wowed and after a second viewing I was in doubt that Creed is a five star film.

THE BLU RAY RELEASE:
I wasn't impressed with any of the promotional work for Creed and the artwork chosen is pretty poor. You get 1 disc in a standard Amaray case and a leaflet with the details of the included UV Digital Copy of the film.

PICTURE AND SOUND QUALITY:
Film is presented in 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Picture quality is perfect. I expect no less from a new film on Blu Ray. It has a cinematic feel throughout, colours are lifelike and it looks great from start to finish.
The sound is perfectly balanced. Dialogue is spot on at all times even in scenes with music or background noise. No issues here at all.

FEATURES/SUBTITLES:

English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

A poor selection of features though, something I've noticed with alot of Warner Bros releases on Blu Ray
You get:
Know the Past, Own the Future (15 minutes of standard issue interviews)
Becoming Adonis (6 miunutes)
and 20 minutes of deleted scenes.


Ghostbusters Select Egon Action Figure
Ghostbusters Select Egon Action Figure
by Diamond Select
Edition: Toy

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Looked At The Trap, Ray, 4 May 2016
I have been collecting action figures for nearly 30 years and my 'toy dream' has always been 4 screen accurate Ghostbusters figures.
NECA tried, but they never got to the four guys themselves as Bill Murray didn't allow his likeness.
Mattel got them made but they were impossible to find in the UK for anything less than extortionate prices.
Diamond Select have finally made my sad little dream come true and I now have all four Ghostbusters figures.

PACKAGING: The typical Diamond Select bookshelf packaging. Absolutely huge, but the space is needed with this particular line due to the amount of accessories and huge part of diorama. the spine of the packaging features an image of the character. The only negative is that you will have to destroy the pakaging to remove the figure - it is NOT collector friendly!

ACCESSORIES:
Where to start! Egon comes with one unqiue item - a nicely sculpted PKE meter. You get a walkie talkie which clips into the figures belt. You get the proton pack with wand (non removable unless you're willing to damage it) you also get FIVE yes FIVE interchangeable pairs of hands. You also get a huge piece of diarama that builds the rooftop when you collect all 15 figures. Finally, you get the proton stream. Unlike series 1 though, you do get a small clear plastic clip to attach to the wand. Diamond Select promised Series 2 would come with spares for series 1 but they don't. You can contact their customer services for those.
You do not get instructions on how to build the diarama with any of the figures so far. These can be found on Diamond Selects facebook or twitter pages though.

SCULPT: From the neck down, the sculpting is perfect. The outfit, creases and proton pack are insanely well sculpted. Each GB looks very similar but all feature some unique sculpted parts (some belts vary, the zipper parts are different). The head is disapointing. Egon is the weakest of the four main guys, sadly. The hair looks wrong - the sculpting on it is so soft and has next to no detail on it. And those glasses....Louis in Series 1 had fine glasses. These look like I moulded them out of clay. They are oversized, bent and just look terrible unfortunately. The yellow wire on the outfit is actualy wire and is easily posed.

PAINT: Be a fraid. Be very afraid. This is where this line suffers.His name is painted clearly on his pocket, the GB logo on his shoulder is sharp and the dry brushing on the outfit helps the sculpt. but then we reach the head. His glasses cover his eyes, but you can see the eye's are poorly painted. The hairline is also very poorly done and particularly messy aroud his ears - its very noticeable in person.

ARTICULATION: EXCELLENT all round. From balljointed neck, rocker ankles along with ab crunch and more.

OVERALL: I'm sorry for the length of this review, but I am so excited to own these figures and happy with the value they offer. I would highly recommend this figure, but if you're ordering online cross your fingers, cross the streams, and hope you get lucky with the paintjob.
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Ghostbusters Select Peter Action Figure
Ghostbusters Select Peter Action Figure
by Diamond Select
Edition: Toy

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Feel So Funky, 4 May 2016
I have been collecting action figures for nearly 30 years and my 'toy dream' has always been 4 screen accurate Ghostbusters figures.
NECA tried, but they never got to the four guys themselves as Bill Murray didn't allow his likeness.
Mattel got them made but they were impossible to find in the UK for anything less than extortionate prices.
Diamond Select have finally made my sad little dream come true and I now have all four Ghostbusters figures.

PACKAGING: The typical Diamond Select bookshelf packaging. Absolutely huge, but the space is needed with this particular line due to the amount of accessories and huge part of diorama. the spine of the packaging features an image of the character. The only negative is that you will have to destroy the pakaging to remove the figure - it is NOT collector friendly!

ACCESSORIES: Peter gets the least accesories out of all four Ghostbusters, but still! Where to start! You get a walkie talkie which clips into the figures belt. You get the proton pack with wand (non removable unless you're willing to damage it) you also get FIVE yes FIVE interchangeable pairs of hands. You also get a huge piece of diarama that builds the rooftop when you collect all 15 figures. Finally, you get the proton stream. Unlike series 1 though, you do get a small clear plastic clip to attach to the wand. Diamond Select promised Series 2 would come with spares for series 1 but they don't. You can contact their customer services for those.
You do not get instructions on how to build the diarama with any of the figures so far. These can be found on Diamond Selects facebook or twitter pages though.

SCULPT: From the neck down, the sculpting is perfect. The outfit, creases and proton pack are insanely well sculpted. Each GB looks very similar but all feature unique sculpts (some belts vary, the zipper parts are different) and Peter here has his trousers over his boots as opposed to tucked into his boots, which is a detail I appreciated. The head is MUCH MUCH better in person. I have seen many review online and the sculpt seemed off and let down by paint, but when I unpacked this figure and had it in hand i breathed a sigh of relief. I think its pretty spot on. When compared to Mattel's version its pretty much perfect. The yellow wire on the outfit is actualy wire and is easily posed.

PAINT: Be a fraid. Be very afraid. This is where this line suffers. My Peter is perfect (heh.Peter Perfect) but I have seen so many photos with wonky hairlines, messy eyebrows, awful eyes, cats and dogs living together, mass hyteria. His name is painted clearly on his pocket, the GB logo on his shoulder is sharp and the dry brushing on the outfit helps the sculpt

ARTICULATION: EXCELLENT all round. From balljointed neck, rocker ankles along with ab crunch and more.

OVERALL: I'm sorry for the length of this review, but I am so excited to own these figures and happy with the value they offer. I would highly recommend this figure, but if you're ordering online cross your fingers, cross the streams, and hope you get lucky with the paintjob.


WWE Elite Series 40 Flashback Irwin R. Schyster Figure
WWE Elite Series 40 Flashback Irwin R. Schyster Figure
Offered by modelstore
Price: £21.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Pay Your Taxes!, 4 May 2016
I don't really know why, but since Mattel gained the WWE license is 2010, IRS was high up in my wishlist.
He was just behind the likes of Hogan and Flair - I always enjoyed him in WWE and thought his look would stick out on the shelf.
I have finally got my wish with Elite 40, but its a swing and a near miss.
The likeness could be described as 'soft' . Its not bad at all, but it seems more inspired by IRS than actually being IRS..
The sculpt on the figure overall is good but unexceptional. Articulation is plentiful and solid, with no loose or stuck joints which is always a relief.
Then the little niggles kick in. His braces on his trousers are a separate moulded piece, going over his shoulders down his back and round the waist.
Whilst I appreciate the effort put into this additional sculpt, its bulky, hinders articulation and I do fear it snapping. I genuinely feel it would have better to paint them on, or to mould them into the torso.His red tie is also a separate sculpt.
His accessories consist of a briefcase (which fits in the right hand and also opens) and a pair of glasses.
Im telling you now, these glasses will come out of box bent, and if this figure is being played with by a child they WILL face the wrath of the hoover or carpet.
They are a nice little sculpt made out of soft plastic with clear lenses, but they just sit loosely on the figure, they dont click in anywhere.
Seriously, these little specs are going to get lost.
I store my WWE figures away in crates, a tip would be to keep these little glasses inside his briefcase! They fit perfectly in there!
Finally, you may notice a little black smudge on the left side of his chest. this little smudge is actually a very tiny, very nice detail. It reads 'IRS'
Overall, I really do like this figure alot - but the glasses and braces are frustrating.


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