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Jeepers Creepers 2 [DVD] [2003]
Jeepers Creepers 2 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Breck
Price: £3.00

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jeepers Creepers - Not so much..., 26 Feb. 2004
Err... this film is, well... poor, to say the least. The first Jeepers Creepers movie was a satisfactory horror film up until the middle when you realise the Creeper has wings. The second film elaborates on the fact that the bad guy is a 'monster' which to be frank does it no favours.
As for the film... well, where's the storyline exactly? To save you from having to watch this film, here's the gist of it: Kids on bus. Kids get out of bus. Kids run back onto bus. Kids leave bus again. Kids run through field. End. The group of teenagers in the film are killed off in unimaginative ways and the acting is also quite poor. Another factor in the movie which makes it so bad is that the Creeper is seen in far too much detail. Remember in the first movie where the Creeper was represented by his truck? Well.. in this one, he scraps his motor and resorts to flying around everywhere. After a five minute scene in which you are forced to watch the Creeper lick his lips endlessly, the fear factor has gone. No more mystery, no more scares. Perhaps good if you want a few laughs.
The DVD is ok.. the picture and sound quality are OK although before the main menu you are forced to watch around 6 movie trailers. Wasn't the point of DVDs to NOT have trailers? Ironically, one of the trailers comments on how a 'good DVD' should have no trailers. I found a way to skip these is to use the forward chapter button on your DVD remote. The extras are good although access is difficult and annoying as you can only select a certain feature when it is highlighted by a light which is supposed to be some sort of torch beam.
To be honest, this film is disappointing and isn't really worth the money. Rent it perhaps, if you saw the first film, but it's not really worth worrying about. See 'Wrong Turn' instead.
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Wrong Turn [DVD] [2003]
Wrong Turn [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Eliza Dushku
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice DVD, 16 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Wrong Turn [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Wrong Turn is a very good movie and I would recommend it to anybody who is looking for a 'different' horror film.
The movie in itself is very pleasing. I noticed the time reading on my DVD player showed 00:03:15 and my heart was already racing. I do not scare easily and the fact that I was even vaguely scared three minutes into the film was a very good sign. The film stars 6 main characters who, like in all slasher movies, are killed off one by one until only a fraction remain. Unfortunately, like with many films, it becomes quite clear who will survive and who will die by simply looking at the box. As a general rule, characters in the foreground tend to live whilst those further back are less likely to survive. However, the deaths are executed (excuse the pun) very well in the film; original and gruesome - just the way I like 'em! Instead of spending too much time on the deaths to scare the audience, however, the film concentrates on the predicaments the characters get into which builds great tension, including silently escaping a building while the villains sleep and climbing among tree branches whilst trying to not be noticed. The use of darkness and shadows as well as a tense score make this movie one of the more memorable slasher flicks.
The transfer to DVD is good and the picture and sound quality is superb, in my opinion. The special features are quite minimal with a few featurettes and an audio commentary; there is also a poster gallery which is unnecessary. Although the extras are small, considering the price of this DVD (only £11.99) this is very good value for money.
Although the special features are limited, the movie quality and low price mean a good all-round DVD which is well worth the money.

Final Fantasy X: The Official Strategy Guide
Final Fantasy X: The Official Strategy Guide
by Piggyback
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless, 16 Feb. 2004
What can I say? This book is by far the best strategy guide I have ever read. The quality of writing and explanations by Brady Games is absolutely fantastic.
This book has absolutely everything you could ever need to know about Final Fantasy 10, and then a bit more. It is broken down into categories such as Walkthrough, Items, Monsters and Secrets. The Walkthrough section is by far the most useful walkthrough I have read, whilst it does not include any spoilers to ruin the game. The secrets chapter is fantastic and provides more than enough information on secret aeons, celestial weapons etc. There is also a handy section on how to play blitzball which I found useful, as it's a rather complicated game. One problem is that a Mix table for Rikku's overdrives is not included however a link on the internet for it is provided... so not a problem at all, really.
The book is presented in nice, thick, glossy pages with full colour just for that extra touch. This book is an essential companion to the game and if you plan on buying the game, you MUST (I cannot stress this enough) buy this guide.
I would award this 6 stars but does not allow me to do so...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Series 7 Part 2 [VHS] [1998]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Series 7 Part 2 [VHS] [1998]

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Us Buffy fans are worse than Trekkies, 23 Aug. 2003
This is the final Buffy the Vampire Slayer box set. Ever. You may want to shed a tear or two... this show is undeniably one of the best you'll ever see on television.
The final 11 episodes of season seven bring one of the best seasons of the show to an end with a bang. Season 7 brings back all the light hearted humour after a very dark season 6, with episodes such as 'Storyteller,' which is less of an episode and more of a video diary created by geeky Andrew, which he aptly calls "Buffy, Slayer of Vampires" (emphasis on the 'ire' part of vampires). Also, we see the return of some old characters, including Angel for the final two episodes, and Faith, who seems to have turned to the good side again to fight on Buffy's side. The most important episode in this box set, of course, is the final episode 'Chosen,' an epic masterpiece in itself which nobody should miss.
If you buy this boxset you are spending your money well, for the final 8 hours of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Dawn: "Yeah Buffy, Where do we go now?"

Pokémon Sapphire Version
Pokémon Sapphire Version

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Catch 'Em All.... Again, 25 July 2003
From the moment you recieve this product you can tell it is going to be good. The packaging is even different to that of other games so you know you've bought something special. The box for this game is a shiny, holographic blue colour. Inside the box, you will find your game cartridge which a translucent blue colour instead of your ordinary black cart. Assuming that the European version is the same as the American, you should also find a trading card in your box which is compatible with the swipe-card-thingy which we should be able to get over here soon.
The graphics in this game are fantastic. They exploit the game boy advance's ability to use hungreds of colours, and in the ruby and sapphire, the once round little people from red and blue versions are now slightly more corectly proportioned; their heads being ever so slightly smaller than the rest of the body. However, you are limited to walking around in the square grid fashion, walking directly vertical or horizontal across the screen. The audio is also very nice.
The gameplay has much in common with that of the previous games, however it remains to be as addictive as ever with a total of 381 pokémon. There is one drawback however, these games are not backward compatible with previous games, and in total there are only about 180 pokémon you can catch/trade with ruby. I would assume that more will be available via the swipy-card-thing later on. These games however only have 8 gym badges to collect unlike the 16 in the previous gold/silver/crystal versions, making the lifespan of these games a little shorter.
Overall, this is a very pleasing game and I would recommend it to any fan of the franchise. If you have not yet had a taste of the phenomenon which is Pokémon, you must have been locked in a cupboard for the past 4 years, give it a try.

X-Men 1.5 Extreme Edition [DVD]
X-Men 1.5 Extreme Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.72

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Too Special, 6 April 2003
The film itself is great. I enjoyed it very much, and thought that I might as well buy this set instead of the original DVD. I can't say that I was disappointed, as usually you find these kind of sets for around £20, but the second disc of 'special' features weren't too great. It's vaguely interesting to watch to see the background info, but you wouldn't want to watch the second disc more than once. The X-2 sneak peeks are also no more that 2 minutes each. Theres a trailer, and some other thing which couldn't have been that good or I would have remembered it.
If you've seen the film, and liked it, but haven't got it yet, this is definitely worth the money, as it is a better alternative to the original DVD. However if you already own the film, this isn't anything too special.

Signs [DVD]
Signs [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson|Joaquin Phoenix|Rory Culkin
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.15

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the 6 Star Option?, 6 April 2003
This review is from: Signs [DVD] (DVD)
I first saw this film back in September 2002 in the opening weekend. I bought it on release. I would like to say that I do not usually review films, however after reading reviews here I feel it is my duty to get the truth out. This is the review you can trust.
Signs, by M. Night. Shyamalan, is a suspense thriller in which we meet one family who live on a farm, awaiting an alien invasion. Graham Hess, played by Mel Gibson, is an ex-vicar who lost his faith after seeing his wife die in a tragic car accident. He lives on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his brother Merril (Phoenix) and his two children Morgan and Bo.
There are many reviews on this site, however I believe the majority of them do not give the whole truth.
This film is very good, and I would recommend it. Enough Said.
Signs is not a film for creeps who want to see a massive gore fest. The film is about suspense, not gore and aliens eating people's intestines. That is why it is so good. If you want some gore-fest, go and watch something else like 'Night of The Brain Mashers XXVIII.'
The essence of this film, as I said, is the suspense, created by the fantastic music score by James Newton Howard (you won't be able to get that creepy three-note motif out of your head for weeks after seeing Signs) and the intellectual use of shadows and lighting etc. If you were any closer to the edge of your seat, you'd fall off.
During the story, there are many seemingly strange and irrelevant bi-stories, for example the little girl's obsession with immaculately clean water and a guy who used to be a baseball player. Of course, these parts conveniently come together at the end to make a very good ending.

Shenmue (Dreamcast)
Shenmue (Dreamcast)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took My Breath Away, 27 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Shenmue (Dreamcast) (Video Game)
I really think that this is the best ame I have ever played. A visual and audio masterpiece, this game is absolutely fantastic.
The game follows the life of a japanese teenager named Ryo Hazuki avenging the murder of his father. With the help of his friends Fukuhara-san, Nozomi, and many more, Ryo sets out to find his father's killer and get his revenge.
Originally, this game was set to be released on the sega megadrive, but as it took 10 years to complete, it was refreshed and brought out on the Sega Dreamcast. The game, which is set over 4 discs (well - 3 really), is eye candy, ear candy, and every other body part candy. This was revolutionary in the gaming world. Every character on screen has artificial intelligence, going about their daily lives, shopping, chatting and more. Every non playable character can speak to you and give you clues. The concept of this game is interesting. First, you find some information you need to know, and then set out to try and find the answers by asking people, and searching through their houses, and scribbling in your little brown notebook.
Also, in this game, we are introduced to something called 'magic weather'. This means that, different to other video games, the weather changes instead of constant sunshine. There is also a small clock in the corner of your screen. Each game hour lasts around 5 minutes, and at the end of each day it gets darker, the bars open, and at 11:30 pm you look at your watch, stop whatever you are doing, and decide that you must go home in case your stepmother gets worried.
This is a sheer work of art and I would recomment this to anybody. If you haven't played this, you really are missing out. Big Time.
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