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Dallas - Season 12 [DVD] [2010]
Dallas - Season 12 [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Linda Gray
Price: £21.48

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story but Appalling Video Transfer, 28 Feb. 2010
Penned on behalf of the missus who has been a huge Dallas fan from when the series first aired on TV years ago.

While the stories and characterisations, wheeling and dealing are excellent the experience is ruined by what must be one of the worst video to DVD transfers ever. Even on a small screen the picture is grainy and blocky and almost unwatchable on a modern widescreen TV. This seems to be a direct result of Warners cramming 5 episodes on each disk, by comparison Season 3 which only has 3 episodes per side has perfectly watchable and clean picture. No-one expects an old TV show to be perfect, but this has nothing to do with cleaning up the source but everything to do with laziness and economy - would quite happily have paid extra to spread the show over another disc or two.
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Law Abiding Citizen [Blu-ray]
Law Abiding Citizen [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Price: £5.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Revenge Movie, 28 Feb. 2010
Gerard Butler stars as Clyde Shelton in this slightly different take on the revenge movie genre. Combining elements of Death Wish, Taken and various prison movies the plot moves violently and swiftly. To say more would give too much away. There's more plot holes than a Swiss cheese, particularly in the last 20 minutes and Gerard Butler's accent is firmly lodged somewhere between the Isle of Man and Cape Cod but that doesn't detract from the rollercoaster ride and what-happens-next experience.

NB: This review is based on the Canadian import, would suggest this version avoided as it is Region A only and has no extras. Either wait for this (UK) version or make sure you buy the US copy.

Aliens Vs Predator (PC DVD)
Aliens Vs Predator (PC DVD)
Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: £4.95

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nuke This Game From Orbit!, 21 Feb. 2010
I'm no slouch when it comes to FPS style games having spent many hours playing - and winning - the likes of COD, Doom and Quake. However AvP has me beat at the moment. Even on medium level I have found it impossible to get beyond the first Marine level or the second Predator level. Taking the marine level as an example, at one point you are trapped in a blocked corridor with aliens approaching on all sides. There's no cover or even alcove to dive into so you can face the enemies one at a time. During the training you're told not to engage aliens in close combat due to the acid blood, but in reality you have no choice. Result - you die, spectacularly, every time. You can only carry three stimpaks and you can't apply these during combat as it takes several seconds. All the time the game is spamming fast moving aliens. Gunfire is ineffective unless you get them in the head.

Certain sections aren't helped by the almost pitch black graphics, even with gamma turned right up, relying on a weedy flashlight. That might work in a movie but this is a game and we want to see our surroundings.

It's reminiscent of Quake 4 in some places, but not half the game that was. It's not even half the game of the old Alien Trilogy from PS1 days.

There's a huge 15Gb footprint off the two DVD's for your hard drive. Steam is required to activate and run the game, no big issue for me but does effectively mean you can't sell it on.

I fared little better on Easy mode, so AvP appears to be an example of very unbalanced gameplay. Graphics are reasonable but even in DX11 mode, not much better than aforementioned Quake 4.

If this is the best developers and publishers can come up with, I'm starting to have grave worries about the future of our PC gaming hobby.

Zombieland [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Zombieland [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Woody Harrelson
Price: £5.00

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Take On Zombie Genre, 18 Feb. 2010
I approached Zombieland with a bit of trepidation. On the surface, it seemed as though Hollywood might have taken Shaun of the Dead and turned it into a ghastly Americanised teen monster movie.

Pleasantly surprised to find it was anything but. Yes, Zombieland is a comedy and there are plenty of gags, but more akin to the cynical mature humour of Lake Placid than your average scream flick. Yes three of the four principal characters are youngsters but they don't grate at all and Woody Harrellson as Tallahassee balances the age stakes. Watch out for Bill Murray's cameo appearance as himself which culminates in two of the movie's funniest moments.

After a succession of relatively serious zombie movies (Land of the Dead, etc.) it makes a change to watch a lighter take on the genre. As much of the movie is given over to the main protaganists bouncing off each other as battling the undead. An excellent touch is the constant reference to the "rules", a list which evolves as the movie progresses and narration that could almost be from a Guy Ritchie movie.

Blu-Ray transfer and sound both very good.
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Pandorum [Blu-ray]
Pandorum [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Dennis Quaid
Price: £8.99

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Sci-Fi Film, 18 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Pandorum [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Pandorum is a fairly cracking sci-fi/horror space adventure. Mixes elements of Event Horizon, Dark City, Descent and even the vintage Night Flyers. Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster play astronauts who awaken from hypersleep on the deep space vessel Elysium, to find not only their memories up to that point are missing or scrambled but that most of the crew appear to have vanished and much of the ship is blocked off or inaccessible.

A compelling story unfolds, with a rather satisfying twist and ultimately agreeable ending (much more so than the end of Event Horizon). To say more would give too much away but this is an enjoyable film and you will watch it in a very different light the second time around.

Given the predominantly dark nature of the film, the Blu-Ray transfer is good and detailed and the sound quality is well up to expectations with lots of background creaks and groans.

Can recommend.

Stardust (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] [2007]
Stardust (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] [2007]
Dvd ~ Charlie Cox
Price: £8.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Light Fantasy, 30 Jan. 2010
This is a timeless movie that we find ourselves watching over again. The new Blu-Ray version offers better and sharper visuals than the old DVD and comes with a bucket load of extras. There's also a DTS soundtrack which doesn't disappoint.

The story itself bridges what appears to be a pre-industrial England with the mythical land of Stormhold, though the dialogue is modern and often quite pithy and sarcastic! There are similarities to Narnia and the Golden Compass but this is altogether more quirky and doesn't take itself too seriously. A stunning cast and the chance to see actors working together you wouldn't normally dream of seeing in the same movie. Robert de Niro probably has the stand out scenes as the closet, cross dressing "whoopsie" pirate. Weakest is Ricky Gervais who once again really only knows how to play himself and looks out of his depth against the likes of de Niro and Pfeiffer. If you look hard enough you'll find the plot holes but I would advise just sit back and enjoy the fantasy along with the glorious locations.

If you enjoy light fantasy that never gets too serious then I can recommend Stardust.

Surrogates [Blu-ray]
Surrogates [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Price: £8.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Review, 21 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Surrogates [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
There are similarities between this film and the also recently released Gamer. In Surrogates, people chose to remain in their homes (often horribly vegetated) and run their daily lives through humanoid robots - the surrogates of the title. In Gamer players control real people (through nano implants) in various game scenarios.

The Surrogate way of life has led to an almost utopian society with virtually no crime or disease on the streets. However it is all starting to unravel with small human enclaves who start to rebel against the use of robots.

In some respects Surrogates is a slight variation on and cut down version of I Robot. I quite enjoyed the story and in the end thought the film could have done to be 10 to 15 minutes longer.

Interesting conundrum too in that the "three laws" don't appear to apply in this movie.

Initially rented this but enjoyable enough that I will buy the retail version on Blu-Ray once released.

Hurt Locker [Blu-ray]
Hurt Locker [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Renner
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.40

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Review, 21 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Hurt Locker [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Before watching this, I seem to recall reading it billed as the next "Blackhawk Down". Now that film had me on the edge of my seat, really engaged and rooting for the good guys. However Hurt Locker never quite got going for me. Really amounted to a few set pieces with a maverick BDO (would they really be that gung-ho in real life), some pantomime locals, a bit of male "bonding" in the locker room and - despite the subject matter - a surprising lack of gore in the explosion scenes.

It was more akin to Jarhead and there was never any real tension simply due to the lack of engagement with the characters.

Dorian Gray [DVD]
Dorian Gray [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Barnes
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.33

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not A Blokey Film, 21 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Dorian Gray [DVD] (DVD)
Had to sit through this the other night with the wife as payment for watching Gamer the night before!

I admit to not being that familiar with the Dorian Gray story, other than as referenced in the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie. I would have expected the main character to be slightly older than the actor chosen to portray him.

Historical romantic films are not exactly my forte but on the basis of the character being some sort of super villain I was expecting rather more action than was the case. The film seemed to alternate between Gray's house being led astray by his "friends" and various ginhouses/brothels. A few ultra soft porn moments and mild viscera but after the two hour or so running time I didn't really feel entertained.

Gamer [Blu-ray]
Gamer [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.05

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Review, 21 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Gamer [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Actually quite good. As already mentioned it is very similar to The Running Man but also the more recent Death Race. Fans of the COD FPS combat games will also enjoy this and it's not entirely brain in neutral. The "Society" game which also features in the movie, is very much a poke at titles like The Sims or other MMORPG games where greasy nerds can basically become anyone they like.

As mentioned in the DVD reviews, can be gory in places though in a quickfire rather than lingering sense.

Blu-Ray picture is good and DTS soundtrack plenty of power.

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