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The Fourth Man [DVD]
The Fourth Man [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeroen Krabbé

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Verhoeven's exercise in suspense thriller and excess, 8 Aug 2004
This review is from: The Fourth Man [DVD] (DVD)
Paul Verhoeven remains an interesting director who treads between art and commercialism with a European style of excess without alienating the audiences (unlike Godard!) His early Dutch films remain a fascinating watch.
The Fourth Man is a straigh forward suspense thriller that somehow acts as a prelude to his later femme fatale genre piece, Basic Instinct. Full of tongue in cheek metaphors ranging from black widow spiders and its preys, popped out eyeball and even the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ!
This DVD however is a disappointment. It lacked the audio commentary that its Region 1 counterpart provides. Verhoeven is always a pleasure to listen to. Unpretentious, full of anecdotes and information into the making of his films.

Diary of a Sex Addict [DVD]
Diary of a Sex Addict [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Des Barres
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.70

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Soft Porn crap, 8 Aug 2004
This review is from: Diary of a Sex Addict [DVD] (DVD)
This movie is really abysmal. Apart from its promise that it would satisfy everyone's bestial desires, this movie fails on every level. It's filmed on digital video, thus the picture quality is questionable. The acting is the pits and the lead actor is just too old and craggy to be someone credible enough to be a casanova. Utter crap, even if the movie is put under the Hong Kong Category 3 genre.

Middle Ages Trilogy
Middle Ages Trilogy

5.0 out of 5 stars History and heavy metal fans start drooling now!, 30 July 2004
This review is from: Middle Ages Trilogy (Audio CD)
If you are a big fan of medieval history as well as heavy metal, prepare to weep, because this special 3 CD edition contains the best of what Grave Digger can deliver. By far, the most impressive CD of the lot is the "Knights of the Cross". Full of memorable choruses and as well as a great history lesson through the ages starting from the creation of the Knights Templar to its untimely and ultimate demise.
"Excalibur" is another fine album, unfortunately, rather than being based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte De Arthur, it chose to reference John Boorman's 1981 film, "Excalibur" instead. Thus, a great portion was sung about Perceval at the end of the album. A quick check on the book, it was actually Sir Bors who survived the fateful war between Arhtur and Modred and he was the one who threw excalibur back to the lake, not Percival as the film had shown.
Nevertheless, these 3 albums are a fine addition to any metal fans collection. Highly recommended.

Equilibrium [DVD] [2003]
Equilibrium [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.97

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Style and Content Blend, 30 July 2004
This review is from: Equilibrium [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
This movie can be summarized as 1984 meets The Matrix. It certainly invokes the Orwellian world as well as the visual anime style of The Matrix. However, what makes this movie so unique is the way how the world of Equilibrium is being protrayed as so "white", so "anti-septic". Everything looks so clean. Of course, one could not ignore the big television screens, the "Father" figure, the grammatron clerics as the embodiment of the thought police.
Since 1984 has been made and remade quite a number of times, the addition of a kung-fu style, "gun-kata", utilized by the clerics would only add to stylistic updadte of such visited and re-visited material.
This DVD edition has certainly excellent transfer. I had the good fortune to compare this with the region 1 copy and found that the picture quality in this region 2 DVD is sharper and clearer. Audio-wise, they sound the same. The only differences were probably the trailers and the tv spots. In this edition, it's the UK version.

The Last Emperor [DVD] [1988][Special Edition]
The Last Emperor [DVD] [1988][Special Edition]
Dvd ~ John Lone
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £6.75

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early 20th century China history in a nutshell, 24 Jun 2004
The movie is basically a straight-forward biopic of the last emperor of China as the name implies. What sets this Oscar winning film apart is the adept direction by Bernardo Bertolucci and his equally talented crew (especially the DP Vittorio Stararo). The colours that fill the screen is amazing. This movie has to been seen in the 70mm format in an IMAX auditorium.
Production values aside, the only flaw in this film, is the deadpan performance of John Lone. He still represents the Western archetype of Asians in the Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu style of bad acting with equally bad accented English. The movie could have been better if it had been using the authentic Mandarin language (Pu Tong Hua).
Overall, this edition is a marked improvement from its Region 1 cousin, being the presence of an audio commentary and a documentary. The Region 1 DVD that I owned was a general disappointment.

by Umberto Eco
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the land of Prestor John, 17 Jun 2004
This review is from: Baudolino (Paperback)
Baudolino is the medieval equivalent of Baron Munchausen and Don Quixote. Teller of tall tales. Prof. Eco weaves an amazing yarn that imbues medieval history (the 12th century crusade, the sacking of Byzantine, Frederick the Great's death) and the fantastic (the numerous flora and fauna of the land of Prestor John).
Absolutely mesmerizing. As with Eco's previous novels, be armed with a history encyclopaedia, it helps in understanding some of the backdrops and narratives.

Wild At Heart [DVD] [2003]
Wild At Heart [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
Price: £2.59

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere over the rainbow, 17 Jun 2004
This review is from: Wild At Heart [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Lynch's ode to one of the most beloved classics of all time, Wizard of Oz. Who could forget the dazzling technicolour presentation of the land of Oz? Here Lynch presents all the ugliness and vile nature of the human condition in equally dazzling technicolour. You would only hope that the Wizard himself appears to correct all wrongdoings...Oh well, the good witch at the end will still do.
For the DVD, I gave only 2 stars as for the movie itself, 4 stars, thus overall it's 3 stars. This DVD has absolutely no extras. Nada, nyet, zilch. Not even a trailer.

Visionaries: Knights Of The Magical Light [DVD]
Visionaries: Knights Of The Magical Light [DVD]
Dvd ~ Susan Blu
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £49.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval magic at its best, 4 Jun 2004
This retro 80s cartoon series brings back wonderful memories. I remember anticipating each weekly episode. From Flint Dillie who wrote many GI Joe and Transformers episodes, this creative thinktank has combined the best of medieval elements and weaved them into a kid-friendly format. The animation still remains one of the best in the era.
The poetic magical incantations were a big hit with my mates and I back in primary school. Highly recommended for any lads who lived in the 80s and wished to relive it once more.

Hungry Ghosts: China's Secret Famine
Hungry Ghosts: China's Secret Famine
by Jasper Becker
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World's best kept Communist tragedy, 3 Jun 2004
The tragedy of the massive famine that devoured untold numbers of lives in China during the 1959 - 1961 "Great Leap Forward" campaign was that the official stand of the Chinese Communist Party refused to acknowledge it as a man-made mistake.
This book acts like Spielberg's "Shoah Foundation", it's a testament to a fatalistic catastrophe of biblical proportions. It contains testimonies of survivors which the author had interviewed. Simple as it may seem, but some of the testimonies are indeed moving, touching and shows how hunger can reveal the bestial and the monstrosity of what a human being is capable of.

Criterion Collection: Tin Drum [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Tin Drum [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ David Bennent

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars German History/Satire in a nutshell, 3 Jun 2004
This review pertains to the US Code 1 Criterion Collection edition of the film.
The Tin Drum is based on Gunther Grass's Nobel winning novel. The whole setting revolves around the most tumultous period in recent German history, spanning from the late 19th century till the end of the second World War, Germany had seen boundaries and name drawn and redrawn numerous times. Not to mention the various follies of wars that had ravaged the country. Oskar, the perpetual 3 year old kid, who refused to grow after observing the immorality that adulthood has to offer. Oskar represented the conscience of the ordinary German of that era. Being impassive, and at the same time bitter and vulnerable and again embittered (especially after the armistice treaty), Oskar presented a whole range of emotions that reflects the public mood of that period.
The DVD presents a beautiful transfer and a Dolby Digital 5:1 audio track. It also comes with an enlightening audio commentary by the director and co-writer, even though at times the commentary may seem bland and screen specific. Nevertheless, it's insightful in the discussion of the production of the film. Another noteworthy extra feature in the 2nd disc is the documentary "Banned in Oklahoma", which chronicled the banning of the film in that state and its ensuing consequences to the country's values of freedom and liberty.

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