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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [DVD]
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dennis Quaid
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £1.89

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Mindless Fun, 6 Sept. 2009
After reading the other reviews, I felt I had to step in and fight in GI Joe's corner.

The other reviewers are absolutely right - the CGI is quite ropey in places - the plane flying over the desert looks like the "before" shot in a Behind the Scenes featurette, the acting is exactly what you'd expect for this kind of movie, the plot contains a few twists which are probably not completely obvious if you're seven and yes, you do spend the last part of the film whispering "Let's blow this thing and go home!" "No, Snake-eyes, I am your father" but all these things are what makes this movie so much fun.

It's worth seeing just for the fantastically overblown chase through Paris, look out for Notre Dame, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, the mime artist, the exploding Peugeot, the boulangerie, the guy on the bike wearing a stripey jumper and a string of onions carrying a baguette...that's if you can see anything through the hailstorm of cars.

So basically, go in expecting brainless fun, but don't come out and complain that it's not Citizen Kane. Enjoy it for what it is - you don't have to admit it to anybody!

Ultimate Versus [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Ultimate Versus [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Tak Sakaguchi

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there any party?, 17 Jun. 2009
When I first rented this dvd, the girl in the shop smiled and said she liked the time I returned it, I'd watched it repeatedly and after I'd handed it over, I immediately scoured the dvds for sale box for my own copy.

If the story feels like they were making it up as they went along - that's because they were. It was filmed over a long period because the budget kept running out and they could only afford to film in the ski resort off peak season. The cast took turns cooking, in between takes they wrapped themselves in blankets because it was so cold, the zombies are mostly the director's friends. The acting is...well, in the commentary, the director complains about his leading man - who is sitting next to him - but you can't deny the characters have personality.

So the film is mostly about fighting. It's called Versus, it does what it says on the tin. Samurai vs zombies, escaped criminals versus yakuza, yakuza versus zombies - all of it filmed with style. And it's the sort of film which divides opinion. You can complain about the plot, the acting or you can just enjoy the craziness of it all.

So what do you get for your extra cash? You get the dub (worth listening to in order to pick out the bits they didn't dub - Japanese guys do the best evil giggles) and a better version of the subtitles - no more "you have finished with your roll" - although part of the charm of the original was imagining the buffet just out of shot. You get ten extra minutes of footage - these aren't deleted scenes - those who were available went back to the forest and shot extra bits which they then slotted seamlessly into the original. Plus they added a bit of blood here, neated up an effect there, changed some of the music...

If the film is like the original but supersized, then the extras are like getting a whole load of side orders too. There are three commentaries - including one in English and the behind the scenes shots show how much work, dedication and fun went into the making of the film. There are two shorts which are even more bizarre and even less plot, plus the main character's video diary as he goes to a German film festival - this could have been dull save for his quirky sense of humour and very nice behind.

The director has recently made his first Hollywood film, The Midnight Meat Train - if you liked the bit with Ted Raimi, or indeed The Evil Dead films, then you should check out Versus. He had a fraction of the budget and inexperienced actors but so did Peter Jackson when he made Brain Dead. And what happened to that guy?

Just enjoy Versus for the ride that it is - don't expect any philosophy deeper than "some people are better off dead". Yeah, tell that to the zombie yakuza.

Samurai X- Trust [1999] [DVD]
Samurai X- Trust [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Cansino
Offered by the-film-factory
Price: £5.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please release the series, 23 April 2003
Trust and Betrayal together form a kind of prequel to the Rurouni Kenshin series which is a very popular manga series inexplicably practically unknown here in England - however one of the characters from it Sagara Sanosuke still manages to appear on a lot of clothing!
While the series is light hearted and fun, the prequels are much darker and sombre in tone. They are the sort that you actually have to watch and pay great attention to in order to follow and enjoy, true there are gory fight scenes, but it is more the story of Kenshin's emotional journey.
It is worth seeing though just for Hiko, Kenshin's philosophical master, and the Shinsen Gumi, especially Saitou. Cool. Damn straight.

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