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Mr. P. Loudon "Paul Loudon" (Manchester, UK)

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Blizzard of Ozz (Expanded Edition)
Blizzard of Ozz (Expanded Edition)
Price: £5.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Great but poor remastering, 19 July 2016
It's a bloody brilliant album, of course. However I have marked it down due to the quality of the remastering.

A few months ago I got a good hi-fi and thought I'd treat myself to this 2011 (newest) version. However, the sound is uncomfortable to listen to, makes me wince. I soon discovered why...

After doing a bit of research and learining about the so called "Loudness War" I bought the 1995 remaster aswell. It's better, no bonus tracks... but worth it for the improved audio. It's the one with the artwork really small with the name OZZY large in gold written vertically. Don't worry though the full size cover is on the reverse so you can always fold it to face front.

Whatever you do, don't get the 2002 version either, google it to find out why. 1995 all the way.

Game of Thrones - Season 5 [DVD]
Game of Thrones - Season 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kit Harington
Price: £20.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great series, poor quality picture., 7 Jun. 2016
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A terrific, engaging and enthralling season. As we all know! ...another thing we all know is how good DVDs can look when taken from a hi resolution source. Unfortunately that is not the case here; whilst the DVDs are packaged really nicely with an opulent looking box, nice menus and audio commentaries, the picture often looks really poor.

It's as if recorded from non HD TV, full of pixels, blurry smudged. It looks like low resolution streaming. What a shame that the producers think that because it's on DVD that we won't care or notice.

Shame on HBO. If Game of Thrones only being available on sky Atlantic or whatever wasn't bad enough. For twenty quid, I expect better.

Beverly Hills Cop 2 [DVD]
Beverly Hills Cop 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tony Scott
Price: £2.50

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There's Only One Good Beverly Hills Cop..., 7 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Beverly Hills Cop 2 [DVD] (DVD)
...And this ain't it. The general consensus about BHC2 is that it is fairly decent, but not as good as the first movie. Well, that, in my opinion makes it just about as overrated as you can get. Beverly Hills Cop 2 is utterly, utterly dire. Don't be fooled by the lovable cast from the first movie returning, looking just as they did, and the whole 80's thing. None of this cuts the mustard.

Eddie Murphy's loud, over bearing performance in BHC2 will irritate you from the get-go. At least in the first movie there was some variation in performance, in this one his volume is turned all the way up to 11 and it stays there. This might not be so bad if just SOME of the jokes were funny, but turns out none of them are.

Here's the film in a nutshell: Eddie does some shouting, Axle F (the movie's returning signature theme tune) plays in the background, the rest of the cast all overreact. We can't tell what's going on because of the pretentious, dim, faux-dramatic perma-sunset lighting (was Inspector Todd even in this movie? I couldn't see his face). Some convoluted criminal plot, and some equally confusing detective work happens. You cease to care. Repeat the above until all faith in cinema is lost, and you have to remind yourself that there are other good cop-comedies out there. Though you might want to watch switch genres completely after this to completely wash the bad taste out of your mouth.

Dragon Fist [DVD]
Dragon Fist [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jackie Chan

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious Jackie is not necessarily poor Jackie., 4 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Dragon Fist [DVD] (DVD)
From the early to late 70's Jackie made movies for a guy called Lo Wei. These movies don't really depict the Jackie Chan we know and love today because Lo Wei wanted Jackie to be a straight man like Bruce Lee. However the era shouldn't be dismissed entirely and for me this is a pretty good revenge thriller in which you will find yourself wanting the villains to get their just desserts ...which is exactly what happens in a display of glorious bonecrunching mayhem!
This movie is part of the rich tapestry of Jackie Chan's career and fans should definately give it a shot.

Martial Arts Films (Box Set) [DVD]
Martial Arts Films (Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jackie Chan

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scraping the bottom of the kung fu barrel., 4 Jan. 2010
First off "Rumble in Hong Kong" (not the film's original title), is a terrible cash in on the name Jackie Chan and the superior movie Rumble in the Bronx. In the movie Jackie Chan, long before he became a star, plays a villain ...very badly I might add. There are no good fight scenes in this movie.
Bruce Lee The Man The Myth, is not a Bruce Lee film, rather it is what we call "Bruceploitation" where someone who looks like Bruce Lee ("Bruce Li" in this case) pretends they are Bruce Lee. Simples! This one tells the story of Bruce's life, a bit like Dragon: The Bruce Lee story, though if you are into Hong Kong movies then you will probably prefer this film. One thing you do get to see is the actual lifeless face of Bruce Lee from footage taken from his open-casket funeral precession. This for me is in poor taste.
Legacy Of Rage stars Brandon Lee, son of the great Bruce Lee however it features virtually no martial arts. Instead it is more influenced by the "gunplay" movies of John Woo and Chow Yun Fat. Some nice action towards the end but mostly very corny indeed. Like Bruce Lee The Man The Myth, Legacy of Rage has been released purely to exploit fans of Bruce Lee with the tag "like father like son", you would be wise to pay no attention to this and take the film on it's own merits ...of which there are very few.
The 4th film in this set is something called Black Friday, which I haven't seen. However, it does appear like the only one on the set that isn't there to exploit fans of Bruce or Jackie. Which is a good thing I suppose.

Warrior King [DVD]
Warrior King [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tony Jaa
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.34

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Fights, Poor Everything else, 19 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Warrior King [DVD] (DVD)
I only just saw this for the first time and I watched it with the wife. There was a point not far into the movie when we looked at each other acknowledging that there was something horribly wrong with it especially compared to Ong Bak. Some genuinely amazing fights scenes (that cannot be understated, Jaa rules) float around in a messy void of un-realistic and disjointed characters (what the fudge did the bad guys want anyway??) and there's such a lack of succinct direction it's as if they let those elephants call the shots.

Hand of Death [DVD] [1976]
Hand of Death [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ James Tien
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £5.25

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High-Kicking Action!, 22 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Hand of Death [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
Jackie Chan is more of a co star in this period kung-fu flick from the mid-1970's. I have no idea how this film came about because I'm sure that at the time of filming that Jackie was contracted to the films of director Lo Wei, who was very keen on keeping Jackie all to himself and pretty much forcing him to churn out inferior movies. This movie however is GREAT! The actual star of the pic, is a guy called Tan Tao Liang a.k.a "Flash Legs" so nicknamed because whilst this guy might not be able to act, he kicks like a god!

Hong Kong action movie fans like will also delight in watching this because it is an early John Woo movie, and it is interesting to see signs of the stylistic film-making that made him famous and allowed him to become one of Hollywoods finest action directors with movies like "Hard Target" and of course "Face Off". Of course there is no leaping around with guns and slow-mo explosions here, but look hard enough and you will see what I mean. John Woo also appears in the movie, I wont say where!

Also, did I mention that Sammo Hung plays a bad guy?

Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Animated Series [DVD] [1983]
Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Animated Series [DVD] [1983]
Dvd ~ Willie Aames
Offered by *Rare-Film-Finders*
Price: £29.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 80's Cartoon, 22 Aug. 2007
I think that the weekly American cartoon went through something of a golden age back in the 80's (this is quite apart from the "actual" golden age of cartoons which was of course in the 1930's and 40's) and for me Dungeons and Dragons was the absolute pinnacle. I would like to think that my oppinion is formed on more than just nostalgia but part of the nostagia value in this case is that there are episodes with genuine emotional value such as "The Girl Who Dreamed Tomorrow". The scene when Bobby the Barbarian has to carry his sweetheart to the portal home yet stays in the "Realm" himself to help his friends is touching and I remember got me all choked when I was little and watching it back today has the same effect. (It's also nice to think that I'm watching the greatest episode of the greatest cartoon of the 80's!)

I doubt there will ever be a show like this again that in one instance has a wonderfully reliable formula and dependable characters and on the other hand hits us with scenes that are supprisingly moving. ...Also I don't really give a stuff that the kids never actually made it back home because that fact only adds to the intrigue.

Thundercats: Series 1 Volume 1 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Thundercats: Series 1 Volume 1 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thundercats
Offered by Flushing Meadows
Price: £19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stuff!, 22 Aug. 2007
I don't know why the above reviewer "" has put the episode "Sixth Sense" as one of the greatest, the animation is truly, truly terrible; it looks like it was created by a monkey chained to a drawing board and the same goes for "The Wolfrat". My personal favourite of Volume 1 is the episode "The Time Capsule" the story is gripping, and the animation is fluid and succinct and it appears to have been made with genuine enthusiasm and directoral flair, the exact opposite of "Sixth Sense". The scene in which Lion-O arm wrestles a caveman in order to retrieve the time capsule is pure muscle-bound glory (oh and makes Silvester Stallone in "Over The Top" look like Barbie.)

It is almost as if there were two different teams of animators working on Thundercats, one lousy team and one great team and so I would suggest that (certainly in the last couple of disks) that the show can be a bit hit and miss in terms of quality. In my oppinion, to simply say Thundercats was great would be to "tar it all with the same brush" so to speak. However, for the sheer joy of finally owning these early episodes, I can forgive the bad episodes and take sheer delight in the good ones which is why I can only ever give this 5 stars.

Thudercats HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Hapkido [DVD] [1972]
Hapkido [DVD] [1972]
Dvd ~ Angela Mao

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fight Frenzy, 24 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Hapkido [DVD] [1972] (DVD)
This film is terrific! I was enthralled by the fight choreography and was left aching from all the action on display.

From the early seventies, this film is very much a cash in on the success of Bruce Lee's "Fist of Fury", in that the bad guys are Japanese and one scene in particular is near identical to that of Bruce Lee's movie. Another connection with Lee, is that the lead actress Angela Mao is perhaps most famous for playing his ill-fated sister in "Enter The Dragon". Here she is given presidence and really shows her excellent timing and amazing martial arts agility. In this film we also get to see another performer Wang In Sik as a good guy, chiefly he is more famous for his bad guy roles in Bruce Lee's "Way Of The Dragon" and a couple of Jackie Chan movies "Young Master" and "Dragon Lord". Here we get to see Wang desimate a room full of Japanese fighters with ease! Lets not forget of course an early performance by Sammo Hung who would go on to become one of the greatest forces in Hong Kong cinema. I cannot recomend this film highly enough, but please don't expect to see much of Jackie Chan, his role is microscopic; blink and you'll miss him!

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