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The Grudge [DVD]
The Grudge [DVD]
Dvd ~ Megumi Okina
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.15

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing chills that last long into the night!, 24 Mar. 2005
This review is from: The Grudge [DVD] (DVD)
Ever since I mistakenly watched the made for TV film Salems Lot by Tobe Hooper as a 6 year old, I have had a passion for creepy, psychological horror that gets into your head, under your skin and sends ice cold shivers down your spine.
For a while this passion was unfulfilled as during the 90's, Hollywood churned out more pop corn slashers than Freddie Kruger had victims. These films placed an emphasis on gore and evil comedy characters that whilst great for a night out with your partners and mates at the cinema, never really seemed to take the genre seriously and were never actually that scary at all.
Whilst the masses were enjoying the on screen massacres of a seemingly endless supply of dumb American teenage kids, the more astute horror film fan was exploring the dark and disturbing depths of the Asian psychological horror movement. Many Asian horror films exuded an atmosphere, tension and suspense that fully understood the importance of subtlety and suggestion when making a truly scary horror film. Furthermore, rather than being designed for the viewing within a cinema environment, Asian horrors on the other hand were perfect for late night solitary viewings in darkened rooms.
Typically, viewers who are most affected by Asian psychological horror have wild and vivid imaginations. They are prepared to surrender to the vision of the director and become fully immersed in the world presented both visually and aurally. With this attitude and approach, viewers of this film can expect to experience genuinely eerie and disturbing chills that last long into the night!


Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Mark Hamill
Offered by GX-ENTERTAINMENT UK
Price: £44.39

12 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Greedo never fired!, 12 Jan. 2005
When George directed star wars, he was one of Hollywoods most ambitious and innovative directors. American Graffitti and THX1138 are testaments to his groundbreaking talent at that time. He made the film under an atmosphere of tight deadlines, severe financial restraints and a lack of confidence in the project by those who were funding him. Despite these difficulties and many others, the untainted, creative passion of him and his crew came together to create the most celebrated and popular fantasy adventure ever known.
26 years or so later, George has become one of the most influential and affluent people in Hollywood today. Sadly, and more importantly, he has lost his grasp of the magic that made the first three Star Wars films great. This is evident as after years of fevered anticipation, has he decided to ONLY release a version of the films that has unnecessariliy been tampered with on DVD. Every change he has made to the content of the trilogy has been detrimental and is an insult to the timeless qualities that made the films so great. I can understand improving the clarity of the image on screen and remastering the sound to a certain degree, but to change the content makes me shake my head in utter disbelief. He justifies the changes by saying that what we have now is his true vision of the originals. What George doesn't seem to understand, is that Star Wars is not just his film now. Star Wars has become the cultural property of everyone who loved and gave money to the many aspects of the much cherished franchise.
Sadly, I suspect that my hopes of a release of the untainted originals will happen one day and the expliotation of those Star Wars fans who will buy the trilogy again will finally end.


Killzone (PS2)
Killzone (PS2)

36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Full Metal Jacket of FPS's, 9 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Killzone (PS2) (Video Game)
Is there somesort of Killzone conspiracy out there? A conspiracy whereby all the official reviewers throughout gaming press and world wide web have teamed up with microsoft to over rate Halo 2 and underrate Killzone. Obviously not. However, anytbody would think that Killzone is a real turkey of a game and that Halo2 is the god of FPS. People, this is not the case... I for one strongly believe that Killzone IS a Halo 2 beater!!! Now, i know your all wanting to read another Halo 2 versus Killzone review like a kick in the crown jewels, but please hear me out because it is not often that i feel compelled to write a games review.
I am in my thirties and have been gaming since i was a kid and the FPS is my favourite gaming genre. I have the XBox, PS2 and a rather dusty Game cube and the pinnacle of the FPS is shared in my opinion between was the original doom and Half Life. (Ihave not played Doom 3 or HL2 as my PC is nowhere near up to spec).
I have read loads of reviews for both Halo2 and Killzone and whilst Halo 2 has consistenly scored 10 out of 10, Killzone has been unfairly been scored 7's and 8's. I believe that the reviews of Killzone have been overly harsh and far too lenient on Halo 2!!!
Of course Halo 1 and 2 are great games and every gamer should experience them. However, playing Halo 2 recently seemed a very shallow experience in comparison to that of Killzone. The storyline was the most amatuer, puerile nonsense i have had to play though in a very long time and whole experience seemed - well kind of empty. The game is obviously very polished, apart from the awful cut scenes, however it really does not offer a great deal of depth in terms of gameplay and atmosphere. When playing on line, the shallow gameplay design is even more exaggerated. Live games require little strategy or team work and in most battles, success is simply determined by who has the most powerful weapon. Thats not to say that Halo 2 does not have some outstanding elements. The AI is awesome and there are some genuinely breathtaking sequences, however to consistently give it 10 out 10 seems an exaggerated score to me.
Killzone on the other hand, is the most atmospheric, engaging and gritty FPS i have played since the original Half Life. Furthermore, i believe that Killzone is one of the most innovative FPS games available on any console. Most reviewers don't agree with me on this point. However, i believe that the outstanding visual style and overall design provides a truly unique gaming experience that no other game matches. Killzone exudes atmosphere and tension in all areas.
The Helgast are truly intimidating enemies and are the best designed adversaries since the stormtroopers of the original Star Wars. Taking a whole encampment of them out with nothing more than a stealthy approach and an assassins knife is one of the most exhilarating gaming experiences i have had. Believe me, these are the best melee attacks of any FPS so far.
The plot and cut scenes are truly engaging,providing a reasonable, low key story set against a huge and escalating conflict.
I knew Killzone was a masterpiece as i embarked upon the first level. However, the sense of awe continued throughout. OK, so the levels are very linear and there are plenty of staged events, but think to yourself, is this really a bad thing when this approach is implemented so perfectly? Reviewers in the gaming press don't seem to agree. I don't think that they are taking into account the fact that this is a PS2 game and the hardware is now - well lets just say - getting on a bit.
Anyway to finish off, Killzone beats Halo 2 in so many areas that it has totally restored my faith in the good old PS2. Ultimately though, it's a matter of taste - If you are just after a quick arcadey blast, then Halo is for you. If, on the other hand, you like engaging atmospheric games like Rainbow six and Ghost recon, then check out Killzone, and you could be in for one of the best gaming experiences to date.
Cheers for reading.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Collection 0.1, Episodes 1-4 [DVD]
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Collection 0.1, Episodes 1-4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Megumi Ogata
Offered by GX-ENTERTAINMENT UK
Price: £28.68

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing, 9 Aug. 2004
Over the last year I have become enthralled by anime. It all started when I watched the animatrix which acted as a great introduction to the possibilities of animation. I then watched Ghost in the Shell which utterly blew me away. (In my opinion, the best anime FILM so far).
After subsequently experiencing the likes of Perfect Blue, Akira, Ninja Scroll and Metropolis to name but a few, I finally took the leap into Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Wow.........
At the time of writing this review, it is 4 days since I finished the series and the film End of Evangelion and I am still obsessed with coming to a conclusion as to how I should interpret the meaning of the work. OK, so I am a sci-fi fan and have a passion for innovative cinema; however, I cannot remember watching a film / TV series that has had such a profound effect within me. I wish I could convey to you how the enthralled I was by the series and the subsequent film End of Evangelion. Maybe it is simply that I have just experienced a film and TV series that is so completely unique within a medium that has become so boring and formulaic. On the other hand, maybe Neon Genesis is a piece of art that has evoked thoughts and emotions within me that have lain dormant for some time? I really don't know. Describing NGE as art is very controversial, Auteur theory and all that, but in terms of making you think and interpret meaning, similarities can certainly be drawn.
If you are curious about Neon Genesis, let me just say three things to help when you watch.
Firstly, the first half of the series is very infantile at times and titillating in a very puerile sense. Stick with it though, because by the end, the depth, passion and intellect that was employed within Neon Genesis will help you to understand why and make up for any early dissatisfaction.
Secondly, don't be taken in by those who dismiss the last two episodes. They are without a doubt the episodes that catapulted NGE into greatness. Furthermore, don't give credence to the theory that the animation style changes purely because of financial constraints, every frame of the last two episodes was created with purpose and meaning.
Thirdly, watch the series before the film End of Evangelion.
Lastly, NGE is not for most tastes; however, if you enjoy thought provoking sci-fi and appreciate the unique use and purposeful distortion of film, you may just find NGE to be as awesome as I did.


Battle Royale - Two Disc Special Edition [DVD] [2001]
Battle Royale - Two Disc Special Edition [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Tatsuya Fujiwara
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £7.11

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cruelly Captivating, 8 July 2004
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If you are cult movie fan with a taste for sci -fi and horror, this is a film I guarantee you will enjoy.
I have recently been soooooo bored and frustrated by mainstream cinema, with it's patronizing, formulaic, money burning drivel that I had nearly lost my passion for cinema altogether. Then one weekend, on a blind recommendation, I watched BR...
Thank the film gods for extreme Asian film makers!!!! The Sci-fi and Horror genres have been saved!
This film is raw, brave, fresh, accomplished and the kind of film cult fans like myself, totally adore.
(I enjoyed BR so much that as a result, I have since been on a visceral voyage of discovery into live action Asian Cinema of the extreme kind., check out Ichii the Killer and Audition.)
OK, you have to be a bit forgiving at times to get the most enjoyment from the film. For example, the dialogue can be totally unconvincing, although this is mainly due to the difficult task of translation, and the significant cultural divide between the west and the east is very apparent. However, for me, this is a huge positive, providing a truly unique experience for those who have never encountered Asian cinema of this ilk before.
In my humble opinion, watching Asian cinema of all kinds, allows a limited, yet eye opening insight into the tastes and values of a very different culture to our own. This alone, is highly rewarding and enlightening.
Anyway, back to the film...
As others have suggested, I didn't find BR that thought provoking, however, I was genuinely impressed with the attention to subtle detail and the films ability to realize the difficult task of portraying a cohesive story whilst attempting to reflect the character, and in some cases the background, of so many characters (40 odd kids).
Anyway, to conclude, if you are a cult film fan, or simply looking for a change, watch BR. It is wickedly engrossing and I guarantee you won't have seen anything like it before.


DRIV3R (Xbox)
DRIV3R (Xbox)
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £14.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don�t let all the negative reviews put you off, 5 July 2004
This review is from: DRIV3R (Xbox) (Video Game)
I am going to try to balance out all the negative reviews.
OK, the controls and AI of the on foot sections are dodgy and leave you thinking just what could have been if this area had been done properly. However, the city driving sections are the best I have experienced on any platform. The three Cities are graphically incredible, a little glitchy at times but then so was GTA III and Vice city, and the destructible car models are truly brilliantly realized. I can understand the disappointment of some gamers, however, I can honestly say that Driv3r has some moments of sheer gaming genius. These moments aren't that rare during the undercover mode and exclusively concern the driving sections of the game, especially the chase sequences. By the way, those who moan about the lamp posts should simply try harder to play the game properly. Of course your car will be wrecked when hitting a lamp post, they are concreted into the bloomin pavement.
The Car handling is far better than Vice City and provides a much more realistic feel to the exhilarating chase sequences and the in car perspective really revs up the excitement.
To sum this game up, it is quite simply not as bad as everyone seems to be saying. I found it very disappointing in parts, but absolutely brilliant in others. This game delivers the best car chase experience ever and for that I highly recommend it.
Overall, on foot sections included,I would give this game 3 and a 1/2 out of five, but i can't so i am going to give it 4 stars (based on the driving sections).
Cheers for reading.


Audition [DVD] [2001]
Audition [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ryo Ishibashi
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.17

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 10 May 2004
This review is from: Audition [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Firstly, let me just say that this film is best watched not knowing much about it. So please just trust me, if you have a passion for cinema and are looking for a refreshing alternative to the bland thrillers / horrors that are commonplace these days, then go buy or rent this DVD now. Some viewers will hate it, some will be disturbed and some people may even be bored for sections. However, nobody can watch the entirety of this film without experiencing a strong reaction in some way. For me, that is what makes this film stand out.


Ghost In The Shell [DVD] [1995]
Ghost In The Shell [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Atsuko Tanaka
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.25

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost in the Shell is pure class., 16 July 2003
The artistic flair, dedication and extreme level of perfection that has gone into creating this film is breathtaking. Forget that it is anime, this beauty takes on the hollywood machine and comes out of it more than standing proud. If you like the Matrix or any film that has an interesting, mature, thought provoking plot, then this is definately a film you MUST experience!
The spine tingling changes of pace, the breathtaking, meaningful visuals and the hauntingly hypnotic soundtrack will leave you simply stunned!
As regards the special edition, believe me THIS IS THE VERSION TO BUY. The original DVD release has an audio sync problem which totally ruins the whole experience.
One more thing, this film is over 7 years old, and now the plot, whilst still one of the best Sci-Fi plots in any film, is not as original as it once was.
Never forget... Ghost in the Shell is the inspiration behind
The Matrix!


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