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Be Kind Rewind [Blu-ray] [2007]
Be Kind Rewind [Blu-ray] [2007]
Dvd ~ Jack Black
Price: 12.35

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, lots of laughs with the community, 28 July 2008
An unusual film about the workers in and around the local VHS rental store, called Be Kind Rewind. One day the local slightly-crazy guy tries to sabotage the power sub-station and gets himself magnetised, and manages to wipe all the VHS tapes in the store.

This of course, causes a real problem, since all the rental tapes are blank and the store can't operate. With the owner away on a recon mission, the stores oldest customer demands a tape of Ghostbusters. With no other options, the pair go about remaking the film from scratch with a simple video camera and basic props. It's not long before the films take off and soon a line is stretched around the shop with new customers demanding remakes for all kinds of films.

This is where the community joins in, and a lot of the locals become extras in the film and it takes off to the point the movie lawyers put a stop to proceedings. During the story, the shop itself is under threat of demolition to make way for new apartment blocks. One of the recurring themes is that Fats Waller the famous Jazz musician was born and raised in the building. With no more options to save the building and no way to remake any famous films, they decide to make one last film about Fats Waller and call it a day. The ending is somewhat ambiguous, as we never know what happens to the building or the shop. However, the community spirit is revived and everyone seems pretty happy.

The 1080p picture quality I found to be excellent throughout, while being subtle and detailed. The 7.1 DTS HD soundtrack was both subtle and refined and not in your face or loud. It matched the on screen action just as subtly as you would want.

All in all, a good film, original story and some great moments. The making of documentary shows how much community involvement was needed and used throughout the making of the film, as well as being an interesting watch.

The Wild [Blu-ray]
The Wild [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by hunting_for_a_bargain
Price: 8.50

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great picture, shame about the story, 28 July 2008
This review is from: The Wild [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Starting with the picture quality, it is very good as you would expect from a recent animated release. The 1080p picture really lifts out of the screen with sharp detail and bright colours. One thing that really stood out, was the night sky in NYC, where the deep blues and twinkling stars set a great mood, along with the soaring skyscrapers.

The sound quality is ok too, this disc has a 5.1 PCM soundtrack with nice clear voices in the centre channel and plenty of sound effects placed around the room. It doesn't dazzle, but it doesn't disappoint either.

The story and pacing are a little weak. I felt that the film is aimed more towards the younger age group, and relying too much on the cuddly nature of the animals rather than any dimension to their character. Never mind though, it's still a worthwhile watch, but not a classic that will be watched over and over.

Unforgiven [Blu-ray] [1992] [Region Free]
Unforgiven [Blu-ray] [1992] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Price: 7.89

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, let down by ordinary sound quality, 28 July 2008
Presented with a 1080p picture, with fine detail, and a real feeling of grit and dirt, this film does a really good job of telling its story well visually.

The let down comes with the standard 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack which I felt was lacklustre at best. I felt it did not engage me in the film enough and often sounded thin and distant.

A few other things of note, the extras are plentiful, with documentaries about Clint Eastwood the man and actor, along with the usual making of the film, and extra.

There are plenty of other reviews about the plot and characters on the DVD version, I'll leave it to them to cover that aspect.

LINX HDMI Cable - Premium Gold Plated HDMI Lead For Full HD/HD Ready TV's - 2.4 Metres
LINX HDMI Cable - Premium Gold Plated HDMI Lead For Full HD/HD Ready TV's - 2.4 Metres

66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works at 1080p, 7.1 PCM, good shielding, 7 Mar 2008
So the first question you ask yourself; does an expensive digital cable make a difference? I'm sure there are millions of people who will tell you that the more expensive the cable to better the picture. Well, being digital, providing the signal reaches the other end with the ones and zeros intact, it will make little difference.

This cable boasts gold connectors, silver solder and oxygen free copper cable. It has a thick insulation coating, with a mesh sort of sleeve around it. It works fine, I've got three of them, one for PS3, one for Sky HD, and one for an Onkyo amplifier. The PS3 works in full 1080p with 7.1 Linear PCM sound without any hesitation, so the cable itself conforms to all the specs.

My only complaint, and this will be the same for all heavily shielded cables, is the weight. It does feel like it might fall out the back without support, and the angle at which it can be comfortable bent is quite small, possibly about 200mm for a complete circle.

As with all audio / video / digital cables, buy the smallest length you need, and try not to run them in parallel with power cables.

The Searchers [Blu-ray] [1956] [Region Free]
The Searchers [Blu-ray] [1956] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ John Wayne
Price: 7.75

36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good picture and film, 20 Feb 2008
When taking this film in context, it was 1956 after all, this is an amazing film, full of wonderful panoramic backdrops of monument valley and the surrounding area. OK, so the story is a bit weak in places, the acting a bit wooden at times and it is full of clichés, but it has this magic charm that is irresistible.

The real magic lies in the cinematography that was well above the standard of the day, and is better than a lot of modern films. Each scene is carefully constructed, with beautiful western style back drops, and a real sense of the harsh environment they are playing the story out in.

The picture quality is very good, full 1080p, sharp edges and little unintentional bobbing around like old films do sometimes. Occasionally there is the small fault, but given the very good restoration they did, it embarrasses some modern films in its presentation.

The supplements are very good. There are several documentaries about how they made the film, about the people in it. It is interesting to see original TV shots and film shots of the set, and you can really see what the standard of the day was like in visual and audio production, which gives you a better appreciation of the film.

Overall, it's an enjoyable presentation, but remember it is from 1956, so not everyone's cup-of-tea.
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Stuntman: Ignition (PS3)
Stuntman: Ignition (PS3)
Price: 11.06

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun with crashes, turns and stunts, a bit repetative if you don't progress quickly, 31 Jan 2008
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I first tried this when I downloaded the demo from the PSN, and finally decided to buy the full version. If you are not sure, then download the demo and see for yourself.

It's fun or frustrating, depending on how good you do. Essentially you listen to the director and look for yellow targets while driving around a film set. Each set has six scenes, starting off relatively easy and getting more difficult and longer. The magic trick here is to memorise them and then you know where to position yourself for the next take.

It can be frustrating since everything is designed to be in the way if you miss a stunt, or crash into something you shouldn't of, or miss your mark. But it can be fun when you get your flow going and hit all the marks. If you miss five stunts during the scene, the director will call cut and you will have to start again, and he will tell you off, which can be funny for a while but downright annoying when you take 20 goes to get to the end. He also praises you and offers his sisters phone number when you do well.

So the trick is to do all the stunts at the right place and in as short a time as possible. When you make it to the end of a scene, you are awarded a rating, one to five in stars based on how many stunts you missed and the time it took. To get the really good points you need to string it, which means you need to complete a stunt or something stunt like (scrape a car, miss an object by an inch etc) within two seconds of the last stunt. To progress to the next scene you need to score reasonably well, I found a two or three rating should do the trick.

There are several films in production, the first is a sort of rip of a volcano movie such as Dante's Peak, escaping from a town with lava flowing down the hill, you have to jump, crash, handbrake turn, slide your way to safety. You get to use a few different cars and a motorbike while escaping.

The second is a sort of rip of The Dukes of Hazzard with the good old boys running around a small town, this time you get to try a few different vehicles, such as the armoured van, the souped-up pickup truck, motorbike, etc. The third, fourth, fifth etc, well who knows, not made it that far yet.

Overall it is fun to play and easy to pick up and let your friends have a quick session too. It can get repetitive if you take a while to memorise the scenes and are not the best gamer around, but I find it's best to dip in and out of it for 30 minutes at a time, but I always have a laugh when playing and anyone else who has a go loves the idea too, I can't get them off it.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking clarity and sound isolation, 27 Oct 2005
Like most people, the thought of paying all this money for a single set of headphones makes you think twice. However, once you have experienced the high quality and detailed resolution these headphones bring, you will never regret spending the money.
They certainly take a bit of getting used to, but after 30 minutes of wearing them for the first time, you quickly become accustomed to having them in your ears and eventually the emotion and details from the songs you enjoy start coming through. Stereo separation is excellent, as well as the bass response, which can be described as punchy and taught without being overpowering, very much like a good quality set of speakers. The mid-range is smooth and bright without being harsh, and the treble sparkles while being under control.
The best thing by far is the vocal detail on often uninspiring tracks, lifts from the background and shines above the music. They are worth every hard earned penny. You might find yourself suddenly unhappy with highly compressed music and have to re-encode all your tracks to 256kb or more.

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