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Moshi Monsters Moshlings Series 2 - 104 Dustbin Beaver
Moshi Monsters Moshlings Series 2 - 104 Dustbin Beaver
Offered by lego loco toys
Price: £5.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, 18 Mar. 2012
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
very good very expensive for one little toy but my child is having fun with it.
if u a fan of moshi monsters dustbin beaver is your luck
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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide [DVD] Limited Edition
Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide [DVD] Limited Edition
Dvd ~ Ruggero Deodato

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An open love letter to Marc Morris, Jake West, and Stephen Thrower, 10 Nov. 2010
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As numerous online reviews will already attest, this bumper box-set is something very special indeed and a mandatory purchase for any serious movie fanatic (not just horror fans). On disc 1, we have Jake West's superb documentary which recounts the whole video nasty debacle to a wholly satisfying level of detail but imbued with a nostalgic warmth that sidesteps academic tedium. That said, the more light-hearted reminiscences of actor Andy Nyman and filmmaker Neil Marshall are counter-balanced by thought-provoking contributions from media researcher Martin Barker who valiantly rallied against the horror-hating Gestapo back in the day, and self-congratulatory flatulence from - boo-hiss - Graham Bright the MP responsible for pushing through the Video Recordings Act in 1984. So, although clearly the work of those with a love for the banned epics in question, we have a rounded, comprehensive overview of the issue complete with rare archive news footage and heart-warming glimpses of those Calor Gas-scented emporiums of filth - the early 80s video libraries. All this and a thrilling opening sequence that marries juicy clips from all the films to The Damned's Nasty. An inspired touch indeed.

Discs 2 and 3 feature trailers from all the films (the 39 that remained on the DPP's banned list and others that were subsequently dropped). Many of the trailers are, naturally, works of exploitation genius and while seasoned horror fans will be familiar with a large number there is a scattering of rarities (Mardi Gras Massacre, Island Of Death and Night Of The Demon). Newcomers will be in for an eye-popping treat (and more than a few DVD shopping ideas) but the main attraction for the hardcore fan is the inclusion of specially-recorded intros for each trailer. Some are rather too brief but many really do the films justice. Personally, I found Stephen Thrower's contributions particularly enlightening e.g his appraisal of "Axe" as a "beautiful" film, his intelligently-argued appreciation of mavericks such as Jess Franco and Andy Milligan, and his assertion that unconventional, rough-shod film-making contributed as much to our moral guardians' anxiety as the sex and violence on display. I've long held that view myself and it brought a smile to my lips to hear it articulated so intelligently. Kim Newman also proves to be a highly engaging presence. Despite my initial reservations that he would simply slate the more...errh.."eccentric" movies (i.e personal faves of mine), he actually acknowledges that there is some fun to be had with, for example, Joe D'amato's Absurd.

As if all that wasn't enough bang for your buck, the set also features 50 odd minutes of vintage video idents and video artwork galleries galore.

Truly a labour of love from Marc Morris and Jake West, Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide more than lives up to its title.

Coi Collection: Volume 4 - Stop! Look! Listen! [DVD]
Coi Collection: Volume 4 - Stop! Look! Listen! [DVD]
Dvd ~ Documentary
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £9.84

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Go With Strangers!!! A cult classick in waiting.., 8 Nov. 2010
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Wow - finally Never Go With Strangers and Apaches on legitimate DVD! Two great examples of "black nostalgia" for 40-somethings who never quite got over the childhood trauma of seeing these public information atrocities during school assembly. Never Go... still packs a punch with its sinister narration ("he may do rude things to you"), the infamous molester face-morph sequences, and the extremely chilling scene where the young girl is terrorised by the looming shadow of her abductor (much more disturbing - in context - than it sounds). Add to that distinctively 70s-style animation and an ultra-morbid soundtrack, and you have a cult classic in waiting.

Watched in 2010 (courtesy of Youtube), Apaches has less of an impact for me but it still stands up as an enjoyably grim Children Film Foundation meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre hybrid complete with gory setpieces and a unique surreal tone. Looking forward to seeing these and legendary, previously rare titles like Building Sites Bite in their restored form.

Even if you don't remember these from the time, any student of bizarre movies or 70s esoterica needs this collection.
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City of the Living Dead [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
City of the Living Dead [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Christopher George
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £8.63

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for fans of offbeat horror, 10 Jun. 2010
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Arrow gives us a flawless, ultra-generous package featuring a beautifully restored print of what was formerly a grungey, dreary-looking movie especially in its VHS incarnations. As with Fulci's classic The Beyond, this is no straight-forward zombithon - instead, we are offered a surreal, claustrophobic nightmare with a heavy doom-laden ambience and ambiguous supernatural overtones. The characters aren't exactly engaging but thanks to the artistry involved (from the cinematography and editing to the use of sound and music) a formidable sense of tension is achieved throughout.

Put all notions and expectations of logic out of your mind, and immerse yourself in this anarchic, hellish vision that delivers both camp EC-comics-style schlock and classy, beautifully composed images by turns.

Finally, one of Fulci's landmark films gets the treatment it deserves!

Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [1978]
Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [1978]
Dvd ~ David Emge

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomenal Release Of A Horror Classic, 19 Mar. 2010
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Arrow have truly done this iconic 70's horror classic proud with this extensive and lovingly packaged set. The HD transfer is razor-sharp and a joy to behold, and the incredible collection of high quality extras simply seal the whole deal. Even if you have the ABUS Ultimate Edition boxset, this remains a worthy purchase - as well as presenting the film in a form that surely could never be bettered, the extras also include Tom Savini's Scream Greats documentary.

Can't wait for Arrow's upcoming deluxe release of Lucio Fulci's surreal zombie-nightmare City Of The Living Dead. This one's similiarly packed with extras but these have been especially made for this release. Thanks to Arrow, things are looking pretty damned exciting for UK horror freaks. Show them some support!

Sonic Attack
Sonic Attack
Price: £14.28

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Flawless Atomhenge Reissue!, 2 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Sonic Attack (Audio CD)
This underrated 1981 gem gets the treatment it deserves with outstanding sound quality, a generous platter of bonus tracks, and beautiful packaging. Perhaps controversially, I think the studio update on Sonic Attack is pretty effective, but - of course - the real highlights here are the soaring, spectacular Rocky Paths and the menacing spaceadelic grunge of Angels Of Death. Elsewhere, eerie sci-fi soundscapes and edgy, memorable rockers abound. Definitely a worthy successor to Levitation though not quite as consistently impressive as that classic. Ade Furniss.

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