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Commando: Director's Cut [Blu-ray]
Commando: Director's Cut [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Price: £13.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars Arnie's Rambo, 4 May 2015
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Commando: Director's Cut (Blu-Ray).

Product Info.
Region: B
Certificate: 18
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles;
English, English SDH, Spanish
Running Time;
90 Minutes (Theatrical)
92 Minutes (Director's Cut)

Special Features.
Commentary
Two Mini Featurettes
Deleted/Extended Scenes
Trailer

Cast.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Col. John Matrix
Rae Dawn Chong as Cindy
Dan Hedaya as Arius
Vernon Wells as Bennett
James Olson as Gen. Franklin Kirby
David Patrick Kelly as Sully
Alyssa Milano as Jenny Matrix
Bill Duke as Cooke
Bill Paxton as Interceptor
Drew Snyder as Lawson
Sharon Wyatt as Leslie
Michael DeLano as Forrestal
Bob Minor as Jackson
Mike Adams as Harris
Carlos Cervantes as Diaz
Lenny Juliano as Soldier
Charles Meshack as Henriques

Trivia.
1)Second time Arnie says the catchphrase "I'll be back" in one of his movie's.
2)Vernon Wells played Wez in Mad Max 2.
3)Bill Duke appeared in Predator as Mac.
4)Mark L.Lester directed the underated action movie Showdown In Little Tokyo starring Dolph Lungdren & the late Brandon Lee.
5)Body count 104, 84 killed by Arnies character - John Matrix.
6)Nick Nolte was the original choice to play John Matrix.
7)The shopping Mall in this movie is the same Shopping Mall used in Terminator 2 Judgment Day.
8)Bill Paxton appears in a blink or you'll miss it scene as a US Navy Radar assistant.

Somewhere, Someone's Gonna Pay!
A retired Black Op's Commando named John Matrix launches a one man war against South American criminals when they kidnap Matrix's daughter Jenny who in return for her life they want Matrix to kill the president & bring about a revolution so that General Arius a exiled dictator can lead in a uprising & once again rise to power.

Matrix is put on a plane but kills & evades his captures & has only 11 hour's to locate & rescue his daughter Jenny from Arius & former Black Op turned mercenary Bennett who was once a soldier in Matrix's unit & wants revenge on Matrix for having him thrown out of the unit.

Matrix with a little help of airline hostess Cindy try to find clues to the location of Matrix's daughter, Matrix along the way kills Arius mercenaries Henriques, Sully & Cooke piecing together information & the location of his daughter Jenny.

Matrix then suits up & arm's himself with a vast array of guns, ammo & explosives to unleash a brutal bloody one man vendetta against Arius & his army.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a classic 80's Schwarzenegger action movie fare were Arnie as John Matrix takes down a army & killer mercenaries single handedly in a attempt to rescue his kidnapped daughter.

Directed by Mark L. Lester whom should've gone on to become a bigger action movie director than he did delivers some superb tense & bloody action sequences throughout this classic relentlessly paced action movie.

Arnie showcases great charm & charisma & handles the action magnificently from breaking necks to the
full-on carnage big guns shootouts, Arnie delivers the action goods while spurting out his usual one liners "I'll Be Back, "Trust Me", "F..k You A..hole" to name but a few.

Vernon Wells is excellent as a ex member of Matrix's Unit turned mercenary - Bennett & the final confrontation between him & Matrix is a well choreographed fight sequence, while David Patrick Kelly brings a smug humour to the role of Sully who's eventual death scene is hilarious.

Overall, 'Commando' is a typical 80's testosterone action movie mayhem that features a easy to follow plot, great written characters, full on hardcore violence, bad language & a huge bodycount that is suspensefully paced & skilfully directed by Mark L. Lester.

The Blu ray version is uncut in both theatrical & director's cut, but the real reason to buy this is for the DC cut which adds different dialogue scenes & a little more violence during the shed sequence.

The Blu-ray transfer is a good one & features just a fews minor speckles of dust on the print now & again , the detail is sharp & the colours are rich & clearly defined, the English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is impressive throughout as the movies features plenty of heavy gunfire & loud explosions that reverberate in one's ear long after the films finished while the fight scenes with the usual bone crunching mayhem resonate with hard-hitting, authoritative goodness.

This is a excellent Blu-Ray re-release which features two versions of the film, some solid extras & a great HD transfer that is well worth purchasing is you love 80's action movies & are a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Timelord Rating.
9/10


Head Games (New Doctor Who Adventures)
Head Games (New Doctor Who Adventures)
by Steve Lyons
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & His Evil Doppelganger, 3 May 2015
Doctor Who Head Games (New Adventures Novel).

Product Info.
256 Pages
Paperback Novel
Author: Steve Lyons

What's Up Doc?
Stand by for an exciting new adventure with Dr Who & his companion, Jason. Once again, our time-hopping friends set out to seek injustice, raise rebel armies, overthrow dictators & beat up green monsters.

But this time, Dr Who faces a deadly new threat: a genocidal rogue Time Lord & his army of combat-hardened, gun-slinging warrior women. To make matters worse, this foe is a twisted version of the good Doctor himself - and if Dr Who & Jason can’t stop him, he’ll end all life on Detrios & Earth.

Armed only with their wits & with the modest power of control over reality, our heroes must face Doctor Who’s evil double: the megalomaniac scientist who calls himself simply... 'The Doctor’.

Timelord Thoughts.
Head Games is a sequel to NA novel 'Conundrum' & sees the return of the Doctor's companions Mel & Ace along with a trip back to the land of fiction as seen in the tv story (The Mind Robber) as writer Steve Lyons has written a clever & slightly twisted story that grasps the characteristics of books main characters extremely well & gives the Doctor a battle on his hands with his most feared advisory...himself, thanks to the new master of the land - Jason who has created a doppelganger version of the Doctor named Dr.Who.

The characters are well written especially the Seventh Doctor who is at his dark & devious best here who is so secretive by keeping certain events from his travelling companions & shows a more mysterious plotting incarnation of the character who seems to be manipulating his companions as chess pieces & is haunted by his previous Sixth incarnation who is somehow tormenting his mind into becoming The Valeyard which gives author Lyons the chance to explore the mental psyche of the Seventh Doctor's mind & inner conflict as he must confront both his past, present & future.

Benny is her usual sarcastic self who enjoys adventure along with a few drinks but her character seems less fun loving here somehow, at least Lyons adds a bit more strength & determination to the Chris character as he forms an uneasy alliance with Dr.Who & Jason who also begins to fall in love with a woman named Kat, Ace has seemingly found her inner peace within herself & is written far less aggressive here than in other novels inthe range who is even able to forgive the Doctor for his past manipulative behaviour to her, although Ace tells him in no uncertain terms how she felt about his previous betrayal that strikes deep at the hearts of the Timelord.

Roz isn't characterized too well in this story & is the least underdeveloped of the companions & could've easily stayed in the Tardis for a nice long kip for all she gets to do in this novel while Mel is a little too over characterized as she's written to be far too self opinionated & judgemental, from being appalled at the Doctor's deceitful manipulative behaviour & his choices of taking on-board firearm wielding companions to how Aces personality seems to have changed from the fun loving waitress girl she met in 'Dragonfire' which eventually ends up with Mel parting company with the Doctor on very bad terms which makes for plenty of great written drama between the two.

'Head Games' is a very tense dramatic novel & author Lyons keeps the drama coming thick & keeps the story edgy & fast paced as the Doctor's companions begin to mistrust him he desperately tries to stop his evil doppelganger & land of fiction writer Jason (who is another well written conflicted character who shows possible redeemable qualities) from causing havoc in the universe all adds great tension & atmosphere to the overall story, throw in a subplot to save the Queen, see past companions & old friends return & reunite & you have all the right ingredients for a wonderful fast paced novel that had me gripped from beginning to end.

A highly recommended read.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Strange England (New Doctor Who Adventures)
Strange England (New Doctor Who Adventures)
by Simon Messingham
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Vs The Quack!, 2 May 2015
Doctor Who New Adventures: Strange England.

Product Info.
256 Pages
Paperback Edition
Author: Simon Messingham

What's Up Doc?
When the TARDIS lands in the idyllic gardens of a Victorian country house, Ace knows that something terrible is bound to happen. The Doctor disagrees. Sometimes things really are as perfect as they seem.

Then they discover a young girl whose body has been possessed by a beautiful but lethal insect & as they meet the people of the House: innocents who have never known age, pain, or death -- until now.

Now their rural paradise is turning into a world of nightmare. A world in which the familiar is being twisted into something evil & strange. A world ruled by the Quack, whose patent medicines are deadly poisons & whose aim is the total destruction of the Doctor.

Timelord Thoughts.
Simon Messingham's first NA novel titled 'Strange England' has received slightly unfair criticism of being a long winded & padded novel & while I'll admit there are a few padding issues especially at the beginning of the book isn't as bad as fan's claim & I recommend you stick with it as this story quickly improves to become quite an enjoyable New Adventures novel.

Strange England sees The Doctor, Ace & Benny arrive on earth on a summer's day near a Victorian house were the inhabitants aren't all they appear to be as a insect which is strangely named ' The Quack' affects there human host's behaviour which slowly decends into chaos & insanity for the Doctor & Co.

Author - Messingham writes the two out of the three main characters well with the Seventh Doctor actually being indecisive for once instead of problem solving time traveller, Benny is her usual fun loving sarcastic self but seems concerned about the Doctor's indecisive behaviour but the characterization of Ace is completely wrong & it seems Messingham has written to have turned her character into a killer & a very calm one at that which makes the character come across as a slightly psychotic bully but she does at least get to feature in the novels unique twist which I won't spoil here, while the conclusion gives a satisfactory end to this New Adventures.

Overall, 'Strange England' is quite a sinister & surreal story that features the usual human possession, monster mayhem scenario with plenty of running about back & forth for our time travelling trio that despite the novels slow start & occasional padding turns into quite a tension filled mystery which is definitely worth reading if your a fan of the NA range.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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Avenging Force [DVD]
Avenging Force [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Booth
Price: £6.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunters Will Be Hunted By Hunter!, 2 May 2015
This review is from: Avenging Force [DVD] (DVD)
Avenging Force (DVD).

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, French, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Running Time: 103 minutes

DVD Extras.
Trailer

Cast.
Michael Dudikoff - Capt. Matt Hunter
Steve James - Larry Richards
James Booth - Admiral Brown
Bill Wallace - Wade Delaney
John P. Ryan - Prof. Elliott Glastenbury
Karl Johnson - Cmdr. Jeb Wallace
Marc Alaimo - Charlie Lavall
Allison Gereighty - Sarah Hunter

Trivia.
1)Originally written as a sequel to Invasion USA (1985) with Chuck Norris returning to the role of Matt Hunter but when Chuck became uninterested, the role was rewritten to be younger & given to rising Cannon star Michael Dudikoff instead.
2)Despite sharing the same main character name, the finished film was no longer intended to be a sequel or prequel to the earlier film, but it's own stand-alone movie.
3)The second of three movies to both star Michael Dudikoff & the late Steve James.
4)The photograph that Michael Dudikoff's character picks up & stares at along with Steve James, is actually a previous production still from American Ninja (1985).
5)Jason Voorhees actor Kane Hodder was a stuntman on this movie.

What's The Story.
A retired secret service agent, Captain Matt Hunter takes on a sinister right-wing political organization called the Pentangle & comes to the aid of his best friend Larry Richards, an African-American politician who has become a target for the Pentangle's henchmen.

Impressed by Hunter's martial arts skills, the Pentangle leaders try to persuade him to join their cause & kidnap his sister Sarah to make sure he cooperates but Hunter refuses & takes on the Pentangle one man at a time as the hunted become there hunter.

Timelord Thoughts.
Arh, the glory days of B' movie 80's action films from Golan & Globus - Cannon Films as Avenging Force once again pairs up American Ninja star's Michael Dudikoff & the late Steve James who try to bring down a sinister right-wing political organization called 'The Pentangle'.

This is a excellent action movie that is at times is quite brutal & relentless & features a similar plot to Van Dammes - Hard Target, Michael Dudikoff star's as Matt Hunter a role previously played by Chuck Norris & is impressive in the role who brings about his special skills to the films many impressive fistfights & shootouts that all builds up to an impressive 20 minute climax as Hunter single handedly hunts down the bad guys though the swampy Bayou as he searches for his kidnapped sister Sarah, this is one of several skillfully shot & well directed action sequences by American Ninja 1 & 2 director Sam Fistenberg who directs with great flare & energy.

The late Steve James gives a good performance as Hunters friend Larry Richards & shares a great chemistry with Michael Dudikoff which echoes the duo's real life friendship, John P Ryan hams up the movies villain duties brilliantly & gives a wonderful sinister performance as Professor Elliott Glastenbury, however James Booth who also wrote this movies script sadly looks bored & completely uninterested in his role as Admiral Brown.

Avenging Force is your typical 80's action B' movie cheesefest but what it has over many movies of this genre is some superbly staged & choreographed action sequences, a great chemistry between Dudikoff & James plus a great scene stealing performance by John P Ryan as the main villain & a thrilling tension fuelled climax that delivers the action goods in spades & is highly recommended Friday night entertainment for fan's like me who love 80's action movies.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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The Defectors (Doctor Who)
The Defectors (Doctor Who)
by Nicholas Briggs
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit Defective, 30 April 2015
Doctor Who: The Defectors.

Product Info.
2xCD's
4 - Episodes
Running Time 120 Minutes

CD Extras.
Trailer
Music Score
Behind The Scene Interviews

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Jo Grant - Katy Manning
Captain Yates - Richard Franklin
Captain Cornelius - Neil Roberts
Commander Wingford - Barnaby Edwards
Shedgerton - David Graham
Europan Leader - Rachel Bavidge
Europan - Jez Fielder
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart - Nicholas Courtney (archive recording uncredited)

Trivia.
1)Jo mentions the Time Lords fixing the TARDIS.
2)Mike Yates is temporarily standing in for the Brigadier whilst he is in Geneva.
3)The Third Doctor theme tune is used, keeping with the era of the companion rather than the era of the Doctor.
4)Jo tests the Doctor by asking him why his first three incarnations were brought together. (TV: The Three Doctors) She also tests him by asking him on which planet did she pretend to be a princess. (TV: The Curse of Peladon).

What's Up Doc?
Jo Grant is shocked to find most of her UNIT colleagues are missing & then she discovers that the Doctor has inexplicably changed.

But there's little time to worry about it all, as she & her misplaced Timelord friend are whisked to the mysterious Delphin Isle on a matter of national security, there they encounter a disturbingly odd form of local hospitality & learn of a highly classified incident that took place during the Cold War.

Why exactly have they been brought here? & what is the truth concerning the bodies in the harbour & the vast project being undertaken under a cloak of secrecy?

Timelord Thoughts.
The Detectors is the first story in a trilogy of "Locum Doctors" adventures & for the most part is a complex clever sci-fi mystery by writer/director Nicholas Briggs who combines a surreal alien menace adventure keeping in tone with the Third Doctor era works pretty well despite the latter episodes of the story not quite holding up as good as the first two episodes.

The main cast do well, Sylvester McCoy brings a lighter inquisitive tone to his incarnation of the Seventh Doctor & seems to take events in his stride, while Katy Manning effortlessly reprises her character of Jo Grant & becomes inquisitive as to why the Doctor has suddenly changed appearance again & is written far less than a damsel in distress than she was on tv & is given some meaty drama over this story's four episodes, sadly Richard Franklin, who returns to his role as Captain Yates is woefully underused in this adventure & is given more of a extended cameo role than being actually involved with the story's main action & drama.

The first two episodes are a gripping listen & the surrealistic nature of the strange goings on at Delphin Isle captures elements of the original 'The Prisoner' tv series as things are certainly not what they seem, Briggs lures the listener in & set's up some wonderful sequences the highlight being the Doctor & Jo's arrival in the local pub as they sit down for dinner.

Sadly Briggs can't quite match his earlier episodes tension & drama as the latter two episodes don't do justice to this audio drama, the story's eventual explanation is simply another set of displaced aliens looking for a way home as Briggs then throws in the ole mankinds disregard for other alien species will end in our downfall card, the climax feels rather inconclusive & a little anticlimactic as the Seventh Doctor suddenly disappears & is replaced by the Third Doctor leaving the listener puzzled to what the Doctor actually did to restore the timeline & set history right?

The music & sound effects by Joe Kramer effortlessly captures the atmosphere & mood of the Third Doctor era & putting the 1970's Doctor Who theme in the episode titles is an inspired idea.

Overall, The Defectors is a unique story that asks more questions than it answers, the idea of removing earlier Doctor's & replacing them with another is an intriguing concept though & whether the next two stories will pay off this trilogy arc remains to be seen but for now I'm more than happy too tag along for the ride & find out.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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Death Match (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures)
Death Match (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures)
by Matt Fitton
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Game's Of Death, 30 April 2015
Doctor Who: Death Match - The Fourth Doctor Adventures.

Product Info.
1xCD
2 - Episodes
Running Time 70 Minutes

CD Extras
Trailer
3 Minutes Of Behind The Scene Interviews

Cast.
The Doctor - Tom Baker
Leela - Louise Jameson
K9 - John Leeson
The Master - Geoffrey Beevers
Kastrella - Susan Brown
Vargrave - Andy Secombe
Marshall - Damian Lynch (uncredited)

What's Up Doc?
The Death-Match is under new management, the Hunt Master's Champion has been installed & all regular players are welcomed back to the Pursuit Lounge to observe the contest in luxurious surroundings, privacy is assured & for this reason we ask our elite guests to abide by the strict security protocols & please note, the house has no limits.

In the Gallery, your combatants can be observed on the orbiting Quarry Station. A purpose-built environment filled with deadly traps & hidden dangers. Prizes are offered for every kill, with bonuses for rogue elements.

Only an elite hunter can survive the End-Game. Do you have a worthy champion? Kill or be killed is the only rule of the Death-Match.

Timelord Thoughts.
Death Match continues on from the previous story 'Requiem Of The Rocket Men' as writer Matt Fitton takes up the writer's chair from John Dorney & delivers one of the most entertaining Doctor Who audio dramas I've listened too in quite a while.

Following on from the previous story's cliffhanger 'Death Match' has Leela who left the Doctor & K-9 in the previous story to set up a new life with Marshall, a Rocket Man she's fallen in love with is captured by The Master who is manipulating Leelas warrior survival skills in a series of brutal games which provides the sadistic entertainment on Quarry Station.

Marshall manages to alert the Doctor & K-9 about Leelas disappearance & The Doctor & K-9 arrives at Quarry Station in a bid to stop The Master's diabolical plan & rescue Leela.

Despite the CD back cover stating a running time of 60 minutes this story actually runs to just over 70 minutes & those extra 10 minutes do make a hell of a difference to the overall storyline which is paced far better & doesn't feel rushed like some of the story's have done in this 60 minute format.

Fitton writes the story's main characters well & captures the bonkers eccentrics of the Fourth Doctor without going too over the top with the manic madness as Tom Baker gives a truly amazing performance here as the Fourth Doctor, Leela is given a fair chunk of this story's drama as actress Louise Jameson fleshes out Leelas personnel fears, feelings & emotions which sadly ends in a tragic loss.

The verbal sparring between The Doctor & his arch nemesis The Master as the duo debate on how each other sees the universe is a excellent two handed scene that adds depth & drama to this story as Fitton writes sparkling dialogue that captures the true incarnations of The Doctor & The Master as one timelord simply wishes to see the universe while the other timelord wishes to rule it, this scene gives actor's Tom Baker & Geoffrey Beevers (who is wonderfully evil as the emaciated Master) one of the best confrontation scenes to date that is amazingly acted by both actor's.

Death Match is a brilliant Fourth Doctor audio drama that had me gripped from beginning to end, the story is action packed & crammed full of tension & delivers an emotional climax, the sound effects & music score by Jamie Robertson enhances the play's atmosphere & Nicholas Briggs direction keeps the story moving at a decent pace & is overall a highly recommended listen & certainly one to add to your Big Finish - Doctor Who collection.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Stargate (Director's Cut) [DVD]
Stargate (Director's Cut) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kurt Russell
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stargate Delivers A Entertaining Sci-Fi Movie, 28 April 2015
Stargate Directors Cut (DVD).

Product Info.
Region 2
Certificate: PG
Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Turkish
Anamorphic Widescreen
Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Audio;
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English DTS
German Dolby Digital 5.1
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Surround
Running Time 123 Minutes

DVD Special Features:
Commentary by Roland Emmerich (Director) & Dean Devlin (Producer)
Theatrical Trailer
Stargate Promo Reel
Photo Gallery

Cast.
Kurt Russell as Colonel Jack O'Neil
James Spader as Dr. Daniel Jackson
Jaye Davidson as Ra
Alexis Cruz as Skaara
Mili Avital as Sha'uri
Erick Avari as Kasuf
Viveca Lindfors as Dr. Catherine Langford
Leon Rippy as General W. O. West
John Diehl as Lieutenant Colonel Kawalsky
French Stewart as Lieutenant Feretti
Richard Kind as Dr. Gary Meyers
Rae Allen as Dr. Barbara Shore
Derek Webster as Lieutenant Brown
Carlos Lauchu as Anubis
Djimon Honsou as Horus
Christopher John Fields as Lieutenant Freeman
Jack Moore as Senior Airman Reilly
Steve Giannelli as Lieutenant Porro

About The Directors Cut.
1)An additional scene added straght in at the beginning immediately after the opening titles shows the entirety of the scene where Ra takes over the body of the caveboy showing the cavemen running from the light in the sky & showing him walking towards it.

2)Moments after the stargate has been hoisted up by the workmen at the Giza dig, people notice that there is something underneath it: a group of the Hora guards encased in the stone.

3)In the scene after the stargate has been opened for the first time the military are checking the pictures of the marking of the gate on the other gate, after Jackson says he is 'positive' he can decipher the symbols, O' Neil's character turns & says "it's your call" in the theatrical version, the DC however the line has been re-dubbed to "he's full of s***".

4)An additional scene before O' Neil is gearing up with the group about to go through the stargate, shows him going to a secured area to look at the stone/fossil Hora's.

5)When the army group are setting up the camp in the desert there is a longer scene where the group discuss more about how the stargate works and how they are going to get back to Earth.

6)The scene during the sandstorm inside the pyramid is also extended with more footage of them talking about the sandstorm & how they are going to get back to earth.

7)When the sandstorm initially hits at the nagada village O'Neil & Jackson & the others are locked inside the city, they decide that they do not want to stay and decide to leave; when the natives try to stop them, O' Neil shoots at the ground to frightem them off. The boy (whom he later befriends) takes him up above to see the sandstorm approach. After this, a native that they were holding at gunpoint is released & Jackson comments "Sandstorm, that would have been a brilliant reason to shoot everyone".

8)The scene when Jackson awakes in the sarcophagus after being killed is extended, showing him walking towards Ra's chamber, seeing a cat sitting on Ra's throne.

9)When Jackson turns & shoots at Ra instead of his comrades so that they can flee, there are several extended cuts put in. Originally they were ushered away by the natives, in the DC they ride away on one of the Mastadges, an additional scene after this sees the boys feeding the Mastadges outside the caves.

What's The Story.
Hard-bitten Colonel 'Jack' O'Neil & Egyptologist Doctor Daniel Jackson are sent on a mission to investigate the theory that the pyramids were built by shape-changing aliens as a means of communication & pan-galactic travel via a wormhole.

O'Neils mission team travel through the wormhole & arrive on a distant desert planet where they whip up the planet's natives into a rebellion against their dictator who is named Ra an alien who possessed a boy's body & has kidnapped & enslaved the people by striking fear & terror with his malevolent army to worship him as a god.

Timelord Thoughts.
Stargate is a exciting entertaining & action packed sci-fi movie that features a great cast plus a solid written script by Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich the latter who also directs.

Kurt Russell brings his square-jawed action hero to life in the form of no-nonsense battle scarred Colonel Jack O' Neil, Russell is excellent throughout the movies many action scenes & yet somehow allows us to feel a certain empathy & sadness for this tortured character as it hints of a recent loss of a child in his personal life.

James Spader is a brilliant piece of casting & is completely believable as archaeologist Daniel Jackson who combines his characters genius in Egyptology with a charming childlike wonder with just a touch of nerdy humour thrown in.

The movies shows two very different men who gradually gain the other's trust & respect for each other while trying to help the planet's natives survive the constant threat of there evil ruler Ra (a chillingly good performance by Jaye Davidson) who is an alien being who has possessed a boy's body & kidnapped humans from ancient Egypt & brought them to this planet to enslave them & now has built up & commands a great army to do his bidding to worship him as a god.

Emmerichs direction is tightly paced & the movie delivers an action packed spectacle but what this movie has over so many other films of this type is a great script that keeps you engrossed in the story from beginning to end, the special effects have slightly dated but still hold up better than some other 90's sci-fi films.

Stargate is a entertaining family fun movie with a wonderful written story that features some tense drama combined with great action scenes & features a superb cast, the director's cut additions don't add too much really, just a bit more backstory to the Ra character & a few minor tweaks to the storyline.

The DVD transfer is a Anamorphic 2.35:1 ratio with a English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, extras includes a promo reel, photo gallery, trailer & a feature commentary by director Roland Emmerich & producer Dean Devlin & the film is now fully restored to how the director originally intended & overall is a highly recommended movie for the whole family.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation [Blu-ray]
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Michael Dudikoff
Price: £12.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Weak Entry In This Tired Looking Franchise, 27 April 2015
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (Blu-ray).

Product Info.
Region Code: B
Picture Format: HD 1080p 1.85:1
Audio Format: LPCM Stereo
Language: English
Certification: 18
Running Time: 100 Mins Approx.

Cast.
Michael Dudikoff - Joe Armstrong
David Bradley - Sean Davidson
James Booth - Mulgrew
Dwayne Alexandre - Brackston
Ken Gampu - Dr. Tamba
Robin Stille - Sarah
Frantz Dobrowsky - O'Reilly
Ron Smerczak - Maksood
Kely McClung - Super Ninja
Jody Abrahams - Pango
Anthony Fridjhon - Freddie / Treddle
David Sherwood - Gavin
Sean Kelly - Norris
Jamie Bartlett - Segal
Deon Stewardson - Delta Force Team

Trivia.
1)David Bradley claims that he had lobbied the producers to have his & Michael Dudikoff's characters work in tandem throughout the film, but his efforts were frustrated when Dudikoff agreed to appear only on the condition that his character would save the day on his own & clearly be shown to be the superior fighter.
2)Kely McClung, who plays the masked lead antagonist SuperNinja, also cameos as the first member of the Delta force to be killed by the ninjas in the opening scene.

What's The Story.
CIA agent Sean Davidson & his sidekick Carl are sent into the stronghold of sadistic British ex-soldier Mulgrew to rescue some Delta Force commandoes who have been captured & tortured.

When Sean, Carl & a pretty doctor named Sarah run into some problems, Peace Corps vet Joe Armstrong is lured out of retirement to stop Mulgrew's plan to explode a nuclear device in New York City.

Timelord Thoughts.
First the good news, Michael Dudikoff returns to the American Ninja franchise as Joe Armstrong (Hurrah), now the bad news he appears at about halfway through this movie, speaks very little dialogue & delivers a charisma free phoned in performance & looks like he'd rather be anywhere else but in this movie.

David Bradley reprises his role as Sean Davidson who has weirdly gone from a karate champ of the third film to working for the CIA, Bradley is a great martial artist but doesn't have either the acting chops or screen presence to carry this movie & comes across as wooden in any scene that requires him to speak dialogue.

This fourth movie had the potential for a decent team up between the two American Ninjas but failed miserably as Joe Armstrong & Sean Davidson only share around 10 minutes of screen time together, but at least Brit actor James Booth chews the scenery & looks like he's having fun playing a half decent villain as Mulgrew.

This is a very violent fourth movie & while an improvement over the third is very slow moving in part & doesn't match up to the quality & ninja mayhem that the first two movies, this Blu-ray features a decent enough transfer & is released uncut for the first time in the UK.

Yet again there's no Blu-ray extras & while the movie has a few fun moments on the whole 'American Ninja 4' wastes the opportunity of delivering the kick ass B' movie ninja carnage we fan's wanted to see & is sadly yet another weak entry in this now tired looking franchise & overall is just an average action movie.

Timelord Rating.
5/10
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American Ninja 3: Bloodhunt [Blu-ray]
American Ninja 3: Bloodhunt [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ David Bradley
Price: £12.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacklustre Third Sequel, 27 April 2015
American Ninja 3: Bloodhunt (Blu-ray).

Product Info.
Region Code: B
Picture Format: HD 1080p 1.85:1
Audio Format: LPCM Stereo
Language: English
Certification: 15
Running Time: 90 Mins Approx.

Extras.
None

Cast.
David Bradley - Sean Davidson
Steve James - Curtis Jackson
Marjoe Gortner - The Cobra
Michele B. Chan - Chan Lee
Yehuda Efroni - General Andreas
Calvin Jung - Izumo
Adrienne Pierce - Minister's Secretary
Evan J. Klisser - Dexter
Grant Preston - Minister of Interior
Mike Huff - Dr. Holger
Alan Swerdlow - Police Captain
Thapelo Mofokeng - Police Sergeant
Eckard Rabe - Sean's Father
Stephen Webber - Young Sean
Kevin Friedlander - Martial Artist

Trivia.
1)The U.S. theatrical trailer refers to the character Sean Davidson as Sean Cunningham.
2)The role of David Bradley's character was originally offered to Kurt McKinney, who turned it down fear of being typecast as a martial arts actor.
3)Despite what the title this is the first entry of the American Ninja series to actually feature a scene which takes place in America.
4)This is the only American Ninja film to neither have a female love interest nor kill off the villain at the end.

What's The Story
A powerful terrorist known as "The Cobra" has infected Sean Davidson, the American ninja, with a deadly virus as human guinea pigs in his biological warfare experiments.

Sean & his partners Curtis Jackson & Dexter have no choice but to fight The Cobra & his army of genetically-engineered ninja clones led by the female ninja Chan Lee

Timelord Thoughts.
American Ninja 3 is by far the weakest entry in the franchise as without lead actor Michael Dudikoff in the main role of Joe Armstrong this awful third film is simply a lacklustre lazy effort.

David Bradley takes over the role of the new American Ninja - karate champion Sean Davidson & while his martial art skills are quite impressive he lacks any charm or charisma on-screen whatsoever.

The late great Steve James is back as Curtis Jackson & his performance just about makes this film watchable as at least James had the charisma, the wisecracks & looks bad ass during the many fight sequences.

Marjoe Gortner camps it up as the movies main villain named "The Cobra" but to think his character actually stands any chance in a one on one fight with Bradley's American Ninja is bizarre a there final fight is one big climatic letdown, why didn't this film give Bradley's character - Sean some bad ass ninja master to fight at the end like the first two movies did?

The action sequences are badly staged & the whole film has a tired looking feel to it & lacks any sense of fun thanks to new director Cedric Sundsrom lazy paced direction & this film contains more cheese than a McDonald's cheeseburger.

The Blu-ray offer a decent enough transfer & this is Blu-ray is released completely uncut for the first time in the UK with reinstated nunchaku sequences, there's no Blu-ray extras here whatsoever & overall this third sequel isn't really worth adding to your Blu-ray collection unless you really enjoy badly made B' movies.

A disappointing third entry.

Timelord Rating.
3/10
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Raw Deal [Blu-ray]
Raw Deal [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Price: £8.06

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You Should Not Drink & Bake", 26 April 2015
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Raw Deal (Blu-ray).

Product Info.
Number of discs: 1
Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: 2.36:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Classification: 18
Studio: Studiocanal
Running Time: 101 minutes

Special Features.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Man Who Raised Hollywood - In English & French, with optional English subtitles for the French portions. (16 minutes, 1080i).
A Generic Gangster Film - a short featurette (9 minutes, 1080i).
- Trailer (3 minutes, PAL)

Cast.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mark Kaminski / Joseph P. Brenner
Kathryn Harrold as Monique
Darren McGavin as FBI Chief Harry Shannon
Sam Wanamaker as Luigi Patrovita
Paul Shenar as Paulo Rocca
Steven Hill as Martin Lamanski
Joe Regalbuto as Marvin Baxter
Robert Davi as Max Keller
Blanche Baker as Amy Kaminsky
Steve Holt as Blair Shannon
Sven-Ole Thorsen as Patrovita's bearded bodyguard
Ed Lauter as Baker
Robey as Lamanski's Girl
Victor Argo as Dangerous Man
George P. Wilbur as Killer #1
Denver Mattson as Killer #2
John Malloy as Trager
Lorenzo Clemons as Washington 2nd Sergeant
Dick Durock as Dingo
Frank Ferrara as Spike
Thomas Rosales, Jr. as Jesus
Jack Hallett as Carson
Leon Rippy as Man in Tux
Doug Billings as guy standing at poker table
Norman Maxwell as Fake State Trooper
Tony DiBenedetto as Rudy

Trivia.
1)Sven-Ole Thorsen: Arnold Schwarzenegger's friend & frequent collaborator appears as a bodyguard towards the end of the film.
2)Arnold Schwarzenegger & Robert Davi later appeared in Expendables 3 in which they share no screen time. 3)Arnold was also considered for Bruce Willis's role as Detective John McClane in Die Hard which also co-starred Robert Davi as FBI agent Johnson but he turned it down

What's The Story.
Former FBI agent Mark Kaminsky was forced to leave the Bureau due to his excessive brutality so when someone is required to infiltrate Luigi Patrovita's crime organisation in Chicago, Kaminsky is offered a second chance by FBI man Harry Shannon who wants Kaminsky to go undercover & also has his own agenda against wanting Patrovita & the mob dead.

Kaminsky agrees to take on a job as Patrovita's bodyguard & set's about destroying the mob from within.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a typical testosterone fuelled 80's Schwarzenegger action movie that features your typical Arnie one liners & many shootouts that results in a huge bloody bodycount.

Arnie plays smalltown North Carolina sheriff Mark Kaminsky who has been swiftly dismissed from the FBI because of his strong arm tactics against the bad guys & is told by his boss Baxter to "resign or face prosecution" but when Kaminsky's former friend FBI Harry Shannon informs him that his own son Blair was killed in a mob attack on a FBI safe house he asks Kaminsky to go undercover & bring down the mobs criminal organizations & seek vengeance for his son's brutal murder, cue lot's of explosive action sequences, witty one liners.

Arnie gives a good performance & certainly sells the action scenes while spurting out the typical one liners in his thick Austrian accent, Sam Wanamaker does well as the head of the crime syndicate Luigi Patrovita adding acting gravitas while Darren McGavin as Kaminsky friend & mentor Harry Shannon gives a very emotional understated performance especially during the movies final scenes.

The movie is a little slow in places especially during the middle part of the film but the climax is well worth the wait as director John Irvin delivers a tremendous tension fuelled shootout that's he skilfully directs which sees Arnie use a load of semi-automatic guns, & pistols as he more or less goes around shooting every bad guy who's appeared throughout this movie.

The Blu-ray transfer is excellent & the print gives a good contrast with minimal grain & features strong rich colours that features only occasional dust specs, the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is solid & the bass is surprisingly strong throughout the films many gunshots & explosions scenes, while the dialogue is stable, balanced & clear.

Special features include the original theatrical trailer & a 16 minute documentary documentary that focuses on this movies star - Arnold Schwarzenegger & his transformation from a champion bodybuilder to famous movie star.

Overall, Raw Deal on Blu-ray is a pretty impressive package & credit to Optimum Home Entertainment for cleaning up this movies picture & sound quality, the final results deliver a great looking movie that for Arnie fan's is well worth upgrading to Blu-ray.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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