Profile for jimmcn1 > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by jimmcn1
Top Reviewer Ranking: 59,148
Helpful Votes: 73

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
jimmcn1

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
The Eagle Has Landed (Special Edition) [DVD]
The Eagle Has Landed (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Price: £8.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WRONG PRODUCT INFORMATION........... AGAIN!, 10 Mar 2013
Please be aware that this is the 2-disc Special Edition DVD The Eagle Has Landed (Special Edition) [DVD] and is in fact the EXTENDED edition of this movie with a run time of 145 minutes and not 118 minutes as Amazon have listed. It is also presented in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and again, not the 1.78:1 as listed.

The movie I feel needs no review however with the revised details I have added above you can purchase this 2-disc extended edition with the peace of mind that it is also a restored print of the film and has a crisp clear picture quality which is far superior to the original single disc Carlton release.

As for the listing, come on Amazon, it's about time you extract the finger and start paying attention to detail.


Outlaw Josey Wales [Blu-ray] [1976] [US Import]
Outlaw Josey Wales [Blu-ray] [1976] [US Import]
Dvd ~ John Vernon
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £9.65

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOWCASE BLU-RAY TRANSFER, 7 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having never been a fan of the genre there are few westerns within my movie collection, however THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES is certainly a valued edition. I made the decision to buy the US region free blu-ray based on the reviews of other Amazon customers and have to add that I'm glad I did. The upgrade to hi-def is outstanding for a movie made in 1976. With crystal clear picture quality and 5.1 surround the movie has never looked and sounded better. Having been severely disappointed with the poor quality of some other blu-ray titles recently, (Glory & Quadrophenia), Josey Wales has restored my faith in the blu-ray format and is undoubtedly a showcase disc.

The movie itself needs no review as it's easily one of the best westerns ever produced. THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES captures the bleak desolation and reality of a country torn apart in the aftermath of the American civil war and focuses on the harshness of the west rather than the kind of sunset silhouette cinematography usually seen within the genre. Alongside Kevin Costner's DANCES WITH WOLVES (Director's Cut), Billy Bob Thornton's ALL THE PRETTY HORSES, and Ang Lee's RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, Josey Wales is an achievement in film making that can bring in audiences to the western genre that otherwise wouldn't be interested.

If you're contemplating making this purchase make sure you opt for the region free blu-ray and buy with the confidence of knowing that if you liked the film before, once you've experienced the superior quality of this editions tranfer, you'll love it even more......... I reckon so!

Outlaw Josey Wales [Blu-ray] [1976] [US Import]


Quadrophenia [Blu-ray] [1979] [Region Free]
Quadrophenia [Blu-ray] [1979] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Phil Daniels
Price: £7.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RUINED !, 4 Feb 2013
QUADROPHENIA, what more needs to be said. Mention the word and the majority of people think it's the title of a movie rather than a word with meaning.

My intention here was to give a comprehensive review of the blu-ray tranfer of the movie, however my tuppence worth would only echo the disappointed reviews of others who have previously expressed their opinions. The hi-def transfer undoubtedly boasts picture clarity that exceeds that of the DVD release, which in most cases would be an improvement. Unfortunately, due to the grainy quality of the original, this actually detracts from the picture quality rather than improving it. Whilst the added clarity reduces blurring throughout motion sequences it unfortunately accentuates the graininess and subsequently cancels any advantages gained from the upgrade to hi-definition. To say that the movie has been re-mastered is a stretch of the imagination which is difficult to accept given the high standards that other re-mastered titles have achieved in recent years. Personally I believe that the decision to upgrade should have been cancelled when it became apparent that the alterations made would deteriorate the quality of the film rather than improve it.

The upside of this release is, that as well as a feature length commentary with Franc Roddam, Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash, there's also a fantastic one hour documentary entitled "A Way Of Life: Making Quadrophenia". This additional feature on the disc is a superb and very insightful look at the experiences of the cast and crew throughout the making of the movie, and is without doubt one of the best bonus features I have seen in a long time.

In short, it's Quadrophenia. It's a fantastic film with a kicking soundtrack and outstanding performances from all members of the cast. My only advice would be to get yourself a copy of the re-mastered DVD instead of the blu-ray release, as the magnification of the grainy quality is very distracting when all you really want to do is relax and enjoy a stonking good british film.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 17, 2013 1:09 PM BST


Sleuth [DVD]
Sleuth [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Price: £4.14

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Foul mouthed remake of an original masterpiece., 30 Jan 2013
This review is from: Sleuth [DVD] (DVD)
Simply put, don't waste your time or your money on this trash. Instead you should purchase the original 1972 release of this movie. The two roles are portrayed by Laurence Olivier and Micheal Caine and is sure to become one of your hidden gems. Sleuth [DVD] (1972)


Excalibur [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]
Excalibur [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Nigel Terry
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.16

0 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Title Worthy Of Deletion!, 27 Jan 2013
It's completely incomprehensible why this utter garbage should be given Blu-Ray status when there are so many fantastic titles that are currently unavailable due to deletion.

Poor acting, screenplay, editing, score, direction, set design, script, the list goes on. John Boorman should be ashamed to have profited from tripe like this. To my knowledge, he only made two films throughout his career that were worth their production values. Deliverance, and Hope & Glory.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Feb 3, 2013 9:21 PM GMT


Legend [Blu-ray] [1985] [Region Free] [US Import]
Legend [Blu-ray] [1985] [Region Free] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.79

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could make one perfect movie from the three available versions, 25 Jan 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Chances are, if you're here, you were probably a child when you first became aware of Ridley Scotts LEGEND. To my knowledge there are three available versions of the movie, the European release with the Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack, the U.S. release with the Tangerine Dream soundtrack and the Director's Cut also using the Jerry Goldsmith score.

Having first seen the U.S. version of Legend with the Tangerine Dream score on television in the late 80's I was disappointed to discover that the European release was distributed using the vastly inferior Goldsmith score. Not until as recently as 2011 with the REGION FREE release of the U.S. Blu-Ray (Legend [Blu-ray] [1985][Region Free] [US Import]) have we been able to enjoy the superior Tangerine Dream version without the use of a multi-region player and a Region 1 release.

Having invested some time recently watching all three versions of the movie currently available, I can honestly say that in my opinion there is no definitive or ultimate version of this film as all three versions have their own positive and negative attributes. What is evident after watching all three however, is that the Tangerine Dream soundtrack adds an element of fantasy to the movie that the Jerry Goldsmith score seems unable to achieve. This becomes obvious from the outset of watching the U.S. version as the prologue accompanied by the opening of Tangerine Dream's score sets the tone for the forthcoming adventure.

My own opinion is that the Director's Cut of the movie whilst being 24 minutes longer, adds very little substance to the film and on viewing, it becomes apparent as to why certain scenes were omitted from the alternative theatrical editions. In addition to this, unfortunately the Director also chose to use the Goldsmith score which further detracts from the overall presence of the movie.

The U.S. version has the same run time as the European release, although certain scenes throughout the film have been altered with the use of different camera angles, aswell as some having been deleted only to have been replaced with alternatives elswhere in the film. The major positive attribute of the U.S. release however is the use of the sublime soundtrack scored by the German electronic musical group Tangerine Dream.

Finally the European release. This for me is the finest "CUT" of all three, being let down only by the use of the Goldsmith score rather than the alternative. This edition seems able to flow easily from scene to scene never languishing on insignificant detail and hence able to maintain a constant pace throughout. If not for the inferior soundtrack included, this version would be my definitive edition.

Overall, all three editions of this movie are fantastic based upon their own individual merits, however the finest version of this movie would undoubtedly arise from merging both the European and U.S. theatrical versions. To keep the European version intact but to add the various scenes from the U.S. version currently missing from the European, and to use the Tangerine Dream soundtrack to weave the edits together in order to produce the ultimate edition.

As it stands, the three current versions are the only ones we are likely to see. Although the U.S. release lacks the pace and balance of the European edit, once you have viewed the film with the Tangerine Dream soundtrack there is simply no pleasure in returning to the Goldsmith scored version. Throughout the film there just appears to be something lacking as the Goldsmith score seems to play over the top of the movie rather than integrate and compliment the visual style of the film.

In summary, I have no doubt that each individual will have their preference with regards edition, however, if like me you initially viewed the movie with it's Tangerine Dream soundtrack don't be disappointed by ordering the wrong disc online. Only the REGION FREE U.S. IMPORT has the version accompanied by this soundtrack and can be found using THIS LINK: Legend [Blu-ray] [1985][Region Free] [US Import]

Enjoy!


Before The Fall [DVD]
Before The Fall [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Schilling
Price: £4.99

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 STAR FILM, 1 STAR DVD. An insult to a fantastic movie!, 22 Jan 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Before The Fall [DVD] (DVD)
I won't waste time reviewing the film itself other than to state that this is a re-titled re-release of the outstanding movie "NAPOLA".

The movie itself is a fantastic piece of film making with excellent performances and terrific period detail. This re-released DVD however is nothing more than an insult not only to consumers but more importantly to the film makers responsible for the original release.

For some unknown reason Metrodome Distribution have re-titled this product and re-designed the packaging of the Dvd, however the biggest insult comes in two further alterations.

"NAPOLA" (the original release of this movie) was filmed and released in a 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen format. Despite being listed on the current "Before The Fall" packaging as a 1.85:1 anamorphic presentation, this re-release is actually a poorly altered PAN & SCAN version when compared to the original widescreen Dvd. This is evident when viewing the movie, even to those who have not seen the original, as parts of the full image are very clearly cut at the sides of the frame.

In addition to the altered picture format, this re-release also suffers from re-edited subtitles when compared with the "NAPOLA" release. Whilst the general meaning is similar the accompanying subtitles are not a direct translation of the actors dialogue. Why these alterations have been made is beyond comprehension as the original of this movie was, and still is an example of outstanding movie making, the kind that can't be found in the standard run of the mill hollywood releases.

In short, if you have a genuine interest in WW2 subject matter you will undoubtedly find this film a worthy addition to your collection. This said, I would strongly recommend paying slightly more money and finding yourself a copy of the original "NAPOLA" release in order to view the movie as the director intended us to see it.

Avoid this re-release at all costs.


Sweet Sixteen [DVD]
Sweet Sixteen [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Compston
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie, Poor quality DVD., 23 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Sweet Sixteen [DVD] (DVD)
If the review were to based solely on the quality of the movie this production would undoubtedly receive five stars, however the quality of the transfer to DVD has severely let this product down. Even when played on a Blu-ray player which upscales standard definition movies this DVD has the quality of a car boot copy VHS tape. A real shame considering the superb acting and directing of this little known Scottish film. Surely it's about time this movie was re-mastered.

If you've seen and enjoyed other Scottish movies such as "My name is Joe", "The debt collector" and "On a clear day" you will undoubtedly enjoy this production, buy it with low expectations of picture quality and you won't be disappointed.


Batman Returns [Blu-ray] [1992] [Region Free]
Batman Returns [Blu-ray] [1992] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Michael Keaton
Price: £5.81

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman at his finest!, 14 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Forget Chris Nolan and his interpretation of a "real world" Batman. The origins of this character lie within the pages of comic books and as such that's exactly what the masterful Tim Burton has delivered.

In my opinion Tim Burtons two films are marvelous, and are without doubt the definitive Batman movies.

A required addition to the collection any movie fan, and an absolute "must have" for fans of Batman.


Kampa Single Electric Low Wattage Hob
Kampa Single Electric Low Wattage Hob
Offered by Blackmore Leisure
Price: £19.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy Piece of Kit, 26 Jun 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Bought this to use in my caravan after looking at the other types on offer at Amazon. It has exceeded my expectation in that it is of really good quality, it feels sturdy and does the job. The casing gets a bit hot in use, but I imagine no more so than anything similar. All in all, a great piece of kit to take camping or caravanning or a back up for use at home. Great value for money.


Page: 1