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Skyjacked [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Skyjacked [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Charlton Heston
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars All you need is a curtain between first class and economy and everything becomes soundproof, 15 Oct 2014
Strangely satisfying disaster flick, in which a terrorist hijacks a plane and threatens to blow it to smithereens unless the plane is diverted to Russia. Charlton Heston who by this time was becoming a regular in such films plays the very calm and smoking captain of the plane. None of the flight passengers offer anything special, though Roosevelt Grier is one of them- his job seems to give out booze and play some guitar.

There are a few stand out lines, one being Heston's message that there is a bomb on the plane, but the good thing is the drinks are on the house. I suppose Skyjacked was missing one more major player- George Kennedy perhaps?

The movie doesn't slow down too much and just about has enough quality to see it through as above good for these type of films.

The Fly Collection [DVD]
The Fly Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Hedison
Price: £9.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it don't swat it., 14 Oct 2014
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This review is from: The Fly Collection [DVD] (DVD)
This box set which is quite sturdy presents all five Fly films in one set in slimline cases.

More detailed reviews are on the individual releases:

The original The Fly 1958 is still the best movie about the subject matter. Flows well, excellent acting and quite chilling and emotional, has it all. Its sequel, Return of the Fly, is a competent piece, a little goofy towards the end, but all in all a very good movie. Curse of the Fly followed, and took the franchise in a new direction, there are no flies in this one, but there are plenty of mutants, again chilling in some places and a very decent movie.

In 1986 we got a remake of The Fly- great acting and the gore factor could be ramped up given the age we lived in. It's good to see how Cronenberg reivented the franchise with this violent epic movie. Though it emotionally has issues and the direction is a little hammy, still solid horror. That film in turn had its own sequel- The Fly II. Overload of gore makes the 86 version tame in comparison, but works better than some reviewers would have you believe. Either that or horror films have become such pap lately that The Fly II is seen in a different light.

All in all, there are probably no masterpieces here, but all are good to very good films, Here is my order of merit.

1. The Fly 1958
2. The Fly 1986
3. The Curse of the Fly 1965
4. Return of the Fly 1959
5. The Fly 2 1989

Curse Of The Fly [DVD]
Curse Of The Fly [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brian Donlevy
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid end to the original trilogy- Though goes through a complete revamp and rethink., 14 Oct 2014
This review is from: Curse Of The Fly [DVD] (DVD)
Despite its obvious low budget this third film to wrap the trilogy up is very enjoyable. It's from 1965 but at times seems well ahead of the game. The opening sequence of a woman escaping a mental institution, her swaying body to the music is pretty good- and the opening window smash scene is just terrific.

Purists may be disappointed, there are no flies to be found in Curse of the Fly. This time decendents of the original family are still testing the transporter machine but to side spiltting horrrible effects- as their victims are all mutant types. These mutants reminds one of zombies.

There's definetly a nod to Hitchcock's Rebecca, with the head maid having women issues with the new woman in the house. There's a lot going on here, and all the actors do a fine job with a decent script. This movie was supposed to be the one to forget, but its nearly as good as the original and just a bit better than the sequel. Talky movie but genuinely chilling in places, a nice gem from the 60s. Be sure to note there is no Vincent Price this time.

The credits at the end say 'Is this the end'? Well it would be until David Cronenberg rebooted the series 21 years later.

Watch out

The Fly/Return Of The Fly [DVD]
The Fly/Return Of The Fly [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Hedison
Price: £7.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Two classic 50s horrors., 13 Oct 2014
Great value for money, pairing the original Fly movies together. The first is the superior one, but it's fun having the 2 films in one set as one follows the other. Great movies- I have detailed reviews on both on seperate reviews of the dvds themselves.

One note of caution, these are the original Fly films, 58 and 59 releases. Amazon's product description reviews the 80s movies, so just be sure to check what Fly movies you are after.

Return of the Fly [DVD] [1959]
Return of the Fly [DVD] [1959]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
Price: £6.89

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent sequel with a few spins., 13 Oct 2014
Surprisingly solid sequel to the 1958 hit. Vincent Price returns now as some sort of carer for his nephew who has lost both parents. Nephew played by Brett Halsey wants to for some reason continue his dads legacy. But the story has a neat sting in the tail with his back stabbing cash grabbing assistant- this was welcome because the film was hinting to dwelve into familar territory.

The sets look nice, though viewers may be puzzled as to how this is black and white and the original was colour, probably due to budget reasons. However the black and white turns the movie into a mad scientist tale and works a treat. The effects look a little better as the "help me, help me" scene is played out again. But the fly head just looks a little goofy this time around. Possibly because it is on the run from armed police and gets away. There was just something more spooky about the original and the confinement of the fly man to one room.

Some fans may complain that apart from the last quarter of an hour this doesn't feel like a horror film at all. As aformentined it is a little goofy- but the cast of characters and the sets/locations are just about enough to reel this one in, final verdict- good decent romp.

The Downward Spiral
The Downward Spiral
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nine Inch Nails greatest album., 13 Oct 2014
This review is from: The Downward Spiral (Audio CD)
The Downward Spiral released in 1994 was NIN in their prime. It made the band huge and Trent Reznor a house hold name. There are 14 tracks here, with stand outs being: Piggy, Heresy, March of the Pigs, A Warm Place, Reptile, Closer and Hurt. It is an maginificent record, with no fillers.

Infamously recorded at the same house as the Sharon Tate murders. Reznor woke up somewhat after a chance meeting with Tates sister and realised he should move out of the home as he was exploiting her death. Still he took the front door with him- the same door that once bore the word PIG in blood after the Manson family massacre.

An excellent album, and NIN's finest moment.

The Fly [DVD]
The Fly [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Hedison
Price: £7.27

4.0 out of 5 stars In every way better than the remake, 12 Oct 2014
This review is from: The Fly [DVD] (DVD)
The original and best version of The Fly. The touches are wonderful, a fly that annoys all of our central characters before the real horrors begin, being the prime example. The acting is very solid. And the film unlike the remake is much more emotional. Here we have a well to do family being torn apart and a young boy who feels that he is letting down his mother, the emotional impact of this movie seems to have either been dismissed or neglected. Since the Cronenberg's remake this film has been looked upon by some as just another goofy 50s monster movie and it is so much more deserving than that statement.

There is even some gore- and when the fly head is revealed, it can still have the power to shock- though what a teenage audience would think is any one's guess.

Stand out performance from detective Herbert Marshall and Patricia Owens is excellent as Andre's wife who must bear this horrific outcome at the same time as being made a victim. Vincent Price also stars and is ever very good, though a number of actors could have played the role.

True the final scene though infamous, does look scrappy and cheap, but hey this was 1958, get over it. Make no mistakes the remake is a very good film, that simply brought the idea buzzing into the 80s. But this film has way more emotion and heart.

Canadian Bacon [DVD] [1995]
Canadian Bacon [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ John Candy
Price: £5.68

4.0 out of 5 stars A political send up that works, 8 Oct 2014
This review is from: Canadian Bacon [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Michael Moore does what he does best, gets under the skins, exposes some home truths and takes the biscuit with Americans. But it's all done with a smiley face and wink, and not too be taken too seriously.

John Candy in sadly his last role plays an American sheriff who believes the propoganda that his country want to invade Canada. He spends the entire movie speaking down on Canadians and of course is one in real life, and that is the film in a nutshell, just 90 minutes of being ironic.

Alan Alda is great as the President and Rhea Perlman for Cheers fame plays Candy's sidekick- and there are cameos from Jim Belushi and Dan Ackyrod. There are plenty of scenes that are extremely funny. So, whilst not being the perfect comedy, it comes very close, gets a little disjointed in places, but Canadian Bacon is probably the best movie Michael Moore ever did.

Brannigan [DVD] [1975]
Brannigan [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ John Wayne
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £6.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Guess who just rode into London Town......., 8 Oct 2014
This review is from: Brannigan [DVD] [1975] (DVD)
The mid 70s, London, Richard Attenborough for starters, but wait for it, guess who is walking around Piccadilly Circus, none other than the Duke, John Wayne.

From the word go Brannigan is a success. Decents script, well directed, great music and John Wayne in London. He gives such a smooth performance and his American culture to British culture bantering with Attenborough is priceless. A match up like this could have gone wrong, but thankfully the story is very entertaining and even tense in some moments.

The film bombed at the box office which was a shame and the Duke died not long after this movie. But I could have envisioned otherwise having the Brannigan character go in different cities within Europe. The movie works and is a lot of fun. Watch out for the pub fight scene, a clear homage to Wayne's Western movies. John Vernon stars as the bad guy but is only in the movie for a brief period.

Excellent nostalgia trip and great movie.

Firewalker [Region 2] [import]
Firewalker [Region 2] [import]
Dvd ~ J. Lee Thompson
Offered by Nr1mediaFBA
Price: £11.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone is having fun on this picture, 8 Oct 2014
There isn't much love for Firewalker around the web. IMDB have this rated at a score of 4.9 and movie snob Leonard Maltin declared Firewalker as a BOMB. I think some reviewers must be Chuck-ist. Firewalker is a highly entertaining adventure movie, and it works because its lead stars play along tongue in cheek. You'll be reminded of Kurt Russell's character in Big Trouble in Little China, the hero that in reality is far from it, that's another film that is grossly underrated by the mass media.

Chuck Norris impresses here too, I have always said there is more than one dimesion to the man and this film only underlines that. Louis Gossett JR plays Chucks best friend and side kick as the pair along with blonde Melody Anderson go in search of hidden treasure.

There are plenty of comedy moments along the way, some rather funny. But what excites most is that this film moves along very quickly with an assured directness. Some may call it a cheap mans Indiana Jones, but it ended up being much better than Indy 4. Anyhow it is what it is, and the acting is far better than you would expect. This is a very enjoyable movie that Chuck fans, yay or nay will still enjoy.

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