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Mountains of the Moon [VHS]
Mountains of the Moon [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: 11.95

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great, True Tale of Adventure, 16 Mar 2003
Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton and his mate, John Hanning Speke's travels to find the source of the Nile, and travails to claim the rigth to say that either of these two gentlemen adventurers discovered the source of the Nile makes for one of the biggest and best EPIC adventure films in recent memory. The performances from Patrick Bergin (better known for PATRIOT GAMES and SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY), and Ian Glen (last seen on Broadway opposite Nicole Kidman in THE BLUE ROOM), turn in career-making perfomances as the two polar opposites who race to find the glory at the end of finding the source of the Nile. Bob Rafaelson, the man behind the camera, does not feel the need to spare the audience of any graphic details from the expeditions (including spearings, native sex, castrations, and ugly political maneuvering), and in the end, this is the best way to go since sparing us would have cheated us. Nor does he feel the need to spare us from any ticks in the characters themselves (Burton's blatant drinking and womanizing) and their questions (Is Speke gay? Who does end up with the bigger ego?). But the film's greatest achievements are:
1 - It makes you understand why these two gentlemen lived the lives they lived.
2- It makes you want to read more about them.
3- It really does make you feel like you too, got to go to see the Mountains of The Moon.


The Old Man And The Sea [VHS]
The Old Man And The Sea [VHS]
VHS

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took my breath away!, 16 Mar 2003
This film is such a milestone that it's a shame that it will probably never be screened again in it's original IMAX format. I was lucky enough to catch it during it's limited run in late 1999 when it was playing at the Sony IMAX in New York City. Anyways, Petrov's animation technique involves oil painting on glass, which most animation geeks are familiar with. When combined with IMAX the result is stunning. There is one shot near the end of the film with shows the Cuban fishing village at night with the stars in the background. The stars shimmer like diamonds set into dark blue velvet - incredible, beyond words, even if you are jaded about "art house" animation. If you ever hear of this film screening at an IMAX venue - don't miss it!


Apex [VHS]
Apex [VHS]
VHS

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TVM with swearing � reasonable story�..zero budget, 16 Mar 2003
This review is from: Apex [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Nicolas Sinclair is one of the team operating the time travelling APEX (Advanced Prototype Exploration unit) in the year 2073. When one of the APEX probes is accidentally sent back to an area containing a family in 1973, a sterilisation probe is launched to destroy any chance of a time paradox. However Sinclair himself goes back to 1973 to stop the unit - but in doing so he creates a paradox and unleashes a virus. When he returns to 2073 he finds the paradox has created a new timeline where the humans are in a war with APEX units sent from hi timeline to destroy the paradox.
Have you seen Terminator - you bet your ass that Phillip J. Roth has! He certainly drew a lot of inspiration from it when he wrote this. Having said that, the story is actually alright - the whole time travel, killer robots thing has been done before, but that doesn't make it less interesting. It doesn't go anywhere unexpected but it is not as bad as you suspect it might be.
What does let the story down a little is the rest of the production. Produced by Talent Captain (strangely no Oscar nominations yet!) it seems his biggest input was to get his son cast in one of the roles. The whole thing has a TVM feel - despite the swearing and violence. The special effects are cheap and very reminiscent of a straight to video sci-fi, the locations are good if basic - only the occasional interior shot looks like cardboard. But really you can see the budget constraints up there on screen.
The tight budget goes through to the cast - they aren't great and aren't helped by some poor dialogue. Keats, Cox, Russell etc are all TVM actors but they do actually do all right considering. The APEX units themselves are mixed - they look cheap at first, but then you forget that they look cheap. But then after a while you realise that they're rubbish - they can't shoot straight at all while the humans just need one powerful hit to get them (or even a music CD!). This takes away from the tension of the film - at least with Ernie you knew without a doubt that he was one mean mother who wasn't going to miss!
Overall this has some entertaining moments but is really a TVM with attitude - catch it now on the bottom shelf of your video store....


Redneck Zombies [VHS]
Redneck Zombies [VHS]
VHS

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really, really bad... but not in a good way, 16 Mar 2003
This review is from: Redneck Zombies [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Even for a Troma Film, this one is bad. Shot on video, it makes no pretence at being serious in any way; the acting is dreadful and the special effects just...aren't that special. Most of the budget seems to have gone into fake blood, mock intestines and various snot-like substances to be oozed or spewed by zombies. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but unlike other Troma films this one just doesn't get there. There are a few humorous moments, such as the autopsy carried out by a veterinary student under the influence of acid, but in general the jokes fall flat.


Robocop/Robocop 2 [VHS]
Robocop/Robocop 2 [VHS]
VHS

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Action Film That Is Not For the Squeamish, 16 Mar 2003
This review is from: Robocop/Robocop 2 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Robocop 1...
"RoboCop" is a surprisingly impressive action film about a young cop (Peter Weller) who is killed by a gang of cruel criminals and is brought back to life with both human and robotic characteristics. Now he is cleaning up the city of Detroit and going after those who brutally murdered him when he was 100% human. This film is ultra-violent in every sense of the word. Anyone under the age of 17 should be strongly cautioned before seeing this film. However, the violence makes the film realistic and more exciting. Paul Verhoeven does some of his best work as a director. The screenplay is very smart for an action film and all the actors give bravura performances. Peter Weller will always be remembered as the original "RoboCop". Ronny Cox, Nancy Allen, Miguel Ferrer, and an incredibly evil Kurtwood Smith all do the best work of their careers. An impressive film from the action genre. 4 stars out of 5.
Robocop 2....
This is one of my favorite movies. I used to rent it constantly before I finally got my own. Heck, I must have rented this film so much, I almost made the retailer a millionaire.
This film is alot more violent than the first one. The subject of this film is RoboCop trying to rid the city of a drug called Nuke; my favorite part of the film is when OCP reprograms Robo into being more calm and cool and make speeches. It's funny when
he tries to talk some kids down from robbing an electronics store and playing with a broken hydrant, they curse him and he says, "Bad language makes for bad feelings". The title character is also interesting, but deadly!
He makes ED-209 look like a pussycat! It seems The Old Man has turned into a bad guy in this movie. He was a good guy in RoboCop 1, but now he's a bad guy with a real biotch of an assistant, Faxx. They both should've gotten their commupance in the end, but nope, but it's like RoboCop said, "We're only human". So in conclusion, I recommend this film! It's as good as the first!!
By the way, the boy who plays Hob, the junior gang accomplice of Cain also did the voice of Littlefoot in the first Land Before Time!


Robocop 2 [VHS] [1990]
Robocop 2 [VHS] [1990]
VHS

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As the First!, 16 Mar 2003
This review is from: Robocop 2 [VHS] [1990] (VHS Tape)
This is one of my favorite movies. I used to rent it constantly before I finally got my own. Heck, I must have rented this film so much, I almost made the retailer a millionaire.
This film is alot more violent than the first one. The subject of this film is RoboCop trying to rid the city of a drug called Nuke; my favorite part of the film is when OCP reprograms Robo into being more calm and cool and make speeches. It's funny when
he tries to talk some kids down from robbing an electronics store and playing with a broken hydrant, they curse him and he says, "Bad language makes for bad feelings". The title character is also interesting, but deadly!
He makes ED-209 look like a pussycat! It seems The Old Man has turned into a bad guy in this movie. He was a good guy in RoboCop 1, but now he's a bad guy with a real biotch of an assistant, Faxx. They both should've gotten their commupance in the end, but nope, but it's like RoboCop said, "We're only human". So in conclusion, I recommend this film! It's as good as the first!!
By the way, the boy who plays Hob, the junior gang accomplice of Cain also did the voice of Littlefoot in the first Land Before Time!
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Robocop-Ghost of War/Zone Five [VHS]
Robocop-Ghost of War/Zone Five [VHS]
VHS

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Robocop since...Robocop!, 16 Mar 2003
This TV series actually manages to capture more of the original than either of the two theatrical sequels. Okay, it's toned down for television, but the self-parodying humour is there in all the right places. It's basically a live-action cartoon, as the like of Cray Z. Mollardo, the E Coli Brothers, and Pudface Morgan return time and time again to battle the stone-faced Robocop. We get a bit more on Murphy's background (although his wife shows up _way_ too often), and there are lot of parody-commercials. It's a lot better than a lot of the first-run syndication stuff out there. Catch it on the Sci-Fi Channel.


Mudhoney/Motor Psycho [VHS]
Mudhoney/Motor Psycho [VHS]
VHS

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film title ever!, 16 Mar 2003
Really. How could anyone ever come up with a better film title than "Motor Psycho?" No one ever will. Now that we've said that, let's get on with the story. Alex Rocco makes his film debut as veterinarian Corey Maddox, whose wife is violently raped by a gang of motorcycle hoods. Maddox tries to hunt down the gang to glean a little retribution, or perhaps bring the gang to justice. In the process, he meets Ruby Bonner, whose husband has been murdered by the same thugs. Ruby and Corey team up and get caught in a canyon where they are forced to violently confront the by-now-totally-nuts leader of the group, who happens to be a whacked-out Vietnam vet. This film is a little-known Meyer gem; you get the opportunity to see how good he really was at shot composition and editing. What's it got going for it? Awesome title, incredible sixties twangy guitar soundtrack, great period dialogue, a great tense snakebite scene, and perhaps the first example ever of a film character who's clearly spent too much time in the Vietnam jungle. Odd side note: everyone in this 1965 film drives a Toyota. Three out of four stars


The Serpent's Kiss [1997]
The Serpent's Kiss [1997]
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: 14.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a nice movie but would have been better in a different, 16 Mar 2003
This story is about a young, Dutch landscaper, Meaner Chrome (Ewan McGregor), who plans to create an extravagant garden for Thomas Smithers and his wife (Pete Postlethwaite and Greta Scacchi). His real plan or the real motive of this garden is to bankrupt Smithers so the not-so nice James Fitzmaurice (Richard E. Grant) can seduce Smithers wife. But Chrome begins having second thoughts about completing the plan, after he becomes fascinated by Smithers daughter Theca (Carmen Chaplin). I think people who have criticized this movie are far too harsh. I found it to have an excellent story with a talented cast. The performance that I felt most touched by was Carmen Chaplin's. Her struggle to find disorder in a world that wants to have order is an interesting element to the story. What I didn't like was the movie's pacing. I felt the message the movie was conveying that you couldn't control nature. I think this theme would have been better expressed in a short story or a short movie, not a feature length film. A part from that, I can sit through the hour and fifty minutes and feel glad that I saw this movie.


Seven Brides For Seven Brothers / Show Boat [VHS] [1954/1951]
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers / Show Boat [VHS] [1954/1951]
VHS
Offered by watsonsinc
Price: 6.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, with great music, 16 Mar 2003
A lot of fun to be had by Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Adam (Howard Keel), the oldest of seven brothers, comes into town one day looking for some chaw and a wife. The shopkeeper thinks this is ridiculous, but Adam effortlessly courts a young woman named Millie (Jane Powell) in only a couple of minutes. He takes her back to his rowdy brothers more as a slave than a wife, but she makes the best of it. Through her influence, the other brothers settle down a little and learn to be gentlemen. They can't keep this up forever, though, especially under the influence of the relatively untamed Adam. When his six brothers start to pine over six girls they met at a barn raising party, he convinces them, with the help of Plutarch, to kidnap them, just like the Romans did to the Sobbing', err, that is, Sabine women. The story's not especially great, but the musical numbers more than carry it along to its conclusion. It's never less than entertaining, and mostly it's wonderfully so. The songs vary a little in quality, but there are no bad ones (some of Powell's ballads come close) and there are several great ones. Howard Keel starts things off by singing "Bless Your Beautiful Hide." Later on, he and the brothers have the great song 'Sobbing' Women." And there's a nice double song near the end in "June Bride" fading into "Spring, Spring, Spring." My favourite, though, is "The Lonesome Polecat," which the six younger brothers sing while cutting up logs in the snow. Their saws and axes provide most of the sound effects, and they dance with the objects slowly and gracefully. It's a beautiful number. Most people probably remember the barn-raising dance best of all. No one sings there (the music is a reprise of "Bless Your Beautiful Hide"), but the choreography is a highlight in the cinema's musical genre. 8/10.


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