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Rampart [Blu-ray]
Rampart [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Woody Harrelson
Price: 9.42

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring Drivel, 11 July 2012
This review is from: Rampart [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Sorry but got to side with the one stars on this...

If you're expecting something along the lines of Training Day or Bad Lieutenant, forget it. Not even as good as The Shield TV series.

This is another example of the slow paced low budget "drama" which the US movie industry seems to have an obsession with currently. There is very little to the story with Woody Harrelson's bad cop dealing with his dysfunctional ex(?) family and various other characters, many of whose relevance or relationship is never properly explained. In fact I don't think it is posting a spoiler to say that by the end of the movie there's not even any real resolution to the events or the main story - the credits suddenly roll and that's it. Another 100 minutes of my life wasted.

I know not every cop movie is going to be Lethal Weapon or Die Hard with wisecracking dialogue and OTT action, but come on...

A complete waste too of the ensemble cast as what's on offer here can barely be described as acting.

Avoid or rent if you must copy, but our's is already up for sale secondhand.
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The Innkeepers [Blu-ray]
The Innkeepers [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sara Paxton
Price: 7.97

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scarefest - More Like Borefest, 29 Jun 2012
This review is from: The Innkeepers [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Please do not believe the hype about this movie, including the four star reviews in some UK sci-fi and movie magazines.

With a tiny cast, unheard of except Kelly McGillis, and even smaller budget, most of the movie centres on the two bored hotel clerks who want to prove the Yankee Pedlar Inn is one of the most haunted locations in the US. This should have set the scene for an exciting House on Haunted Hill or 1408 style experience, instead most of the nearly two hours is taken up with stilted dialogue between the two leads. There's a bit of build up towards the end, with a hardly surprising denoument particularly if you paid attention to the setting up of the set piece earlier in the movie. The role of the two guests - Kelly McGillis' psychic-actress and the fate of the second a mysterious old man are never fully integrated into the story.

The movie comes across as the Director/Producer trying to do a M. Night Shymalan but failed miserably - MNS may not always get it right, but usually manages a credible climax and a couple of, "Oh yeahs" from the audience. Even the fairly stodgy The Awakenings had a bit more going for it than this.

At best I can only recommend a rental, or wait for it to pop up on Sky Movies.

Iron Sky (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
Iron Sky (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
Dvd ~ Julia Dietze
Price: 19.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Das Ist Gut!!, 2 Jun 2012
Well, well. Who would have thought an independently funded joint Finnish/German/Aussie could knock the socks off just about every mundane film the US production line has churned out of late.

Part steam-punk, part sci-fi, part war and part political satire, the movie is deliciously entertaining. Moves at a fast pace too, from the moment the first men on the Moon in 36 years (so they thought) discover a secret Nazi base where latter day Aryans are plotting to invade the Earth. Perhaps occasionally a bit cliched but there are some wonderful movie homages including the infamous Downfall, where Hitler dismisses all but his generals from the bunker and a bit of Starship Troopers. The US president is an unashamed Sarah Palin alike.

Very satisfying ending too, perhaps leaving the viewer to contemplate who the worst race actually is plus hints at a sequel.

Imagery is of necessity quite dark in places but the Blu-ray transfer keeps up and the sound is good too.

Well worth watching and glad I purchased this one.
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The Queen (Diamond Jubilee Edition) [Blu-ray] [2006]
The Queen (Diamond Jubilee Edition) [Blu-ray] [2006]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 8.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Fascinating, 30 May 2012
Have watched this a couple of times on DVD and it is an interesting film around the events in late summer 1997 (and no I wasn't one of those bawling my eyes out or throwing flowers but it was nevertheless quite an event).

I'm not sure how much "official" information was forthcoming to script the film and I suspect a good deal of the dialogue was fictionalised, or written to represent the events in a certain way. While Helen Mirren is well cast as the Queen, Michael Sheen's Tony Blair is spot on, even down to the hideous grin which, after the initial fervour died down, people came to hate. It is as much an account of the early days of the New Labour government, with spin doctors like Campbell already manipulating and scheming in the background.

Obviously everyone knows the story so no real spoilers here. I thought the side story of the stag was a bit contrived, it's unlikely the real HRH would show much concern over the death of a noble animal.

Mixed with some real and news footage the film does not completely exploit the potential of Blu-ray and obviously it's not the type of film that's going to push your sound system too much.

The most frightening thing is stopping to think this all took place 15 years ago!

In the Name of the King: Two Worlds [Blu-ray]
In the Name of the King: Two Worlds [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Lochlyn Munro
Price: 10.68

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Really A Patch On The Original, 25 May 2012
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There has been a glut of films with a medieval setting recently, plus Game of Thrones and together with the Skyrim game the bar has been raised very high.

Sadly In The Name Of The King 2 fails to set any new standards. The story follows Dolph Lundgren's Grainger (a retired US Marine in the modern world) as he is pulled back through a vortex to a time which appears to be some years after the original Name Of The King. The plot meanders around and while there's a few twists it's not hard to spot these in advance. Various themes are started but not really expanded on or seen through to conclusion. The ending had me going, "Uhh, is that it?" Almost as if they ran out of money or what we got was a much abridged version of the director's original vision.

The remaining cast seem to have been largely picked from Eastern European C list and are so wooden they make Dolph Lundgren look like Oscar material.

Must have been really low budget as when we eventually get to see a dragon, the effects aren't even as good as BBC's Merlin series.

All in all, I was quite disappointed. If you want to see a movie that takes a character out of the modern day into an ancient time, Army of Darkness takes some beating.

Nix 5g Styptic Pencil
Nix 5g Styptic Pencil
Offered by Pharmacy Place
Price: 2.06

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable, 23 May 2012
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I would just like to add my thanks to Amazon for arranging to stock this invaluable shaving accessory. I have used a styptic pencil for years to deal with little shaving nicks as the quick sting is far preferable to blood running down your chin, or bits of toilet paper stuck to the face. However of late it has become increasingly difficult to find them in the supermarket or chemist, or even in the barbers where they used to sit alongside the "Something For The weekend, Sir?" range of products.

The Divide [DVD]
The Divide [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Biehn
Price: 6.20

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Survival Not Sci-Fi, 17 May 2012
This review is from: The Divide [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of the better recent low budget apocalyptic movies, albeit the majority of the movie is set in the basement of an apartment building. However most of the budget was blown in the first two minutes on fleeting glimpses of the nuclear(?) firestorm before the survivors take shelter. As others have commented the film then follows most survival in a confined space cliches. The scene with the scientist/soldiers was never expanded on and if you were wondering up to that point why the film has an 18 certificate you'll soon find out, as the story takes several darker turns and shows how quickly humans might revert to a primitive state when the confines of civilisation and law are removed. More than a few squeamish and uncomfortable moments.

The cliches return at the end and the images are lifted straight out of the Fallout play book It is a less than happy denoument which leaves much unexplained. Like other recent movies this attempts to tell the stories of the people caught up in the events rather than explain the events themselves.

Why 3 stars? Because it is certainly a film worth watching once, but not sure there's anything different on offer with repeated viewings. Probably a rental job.

Haywire [Blu-ray]
Haywire [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Gina Carano
Price: 7.00

6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomprehensible..., 7 May 2012
This review is from: Haywire [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Seeing the film directed by Steven Soderbergh and the ensemble cast, this seemed like a sure fire winner for an evening's entertainment.


It's certainly no Get Shorty or Oceans. What we get is a muddled tale, told mostly in flashback sequences, the main character Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) seemingly on the run from various people trying to kill her. Just about every guy she meets in the film ends up in an over-choreographed and implausible martial arts contest.

After 95 minutes and the end of the movie I was no further forward as to, who she was working for, who the various antagonists were working for, who she was being setup for having killed - or why - though by that stage I didn't care.

An hour and a half of my life wasted which I won't get back. Spare yourself and son't bother with this turkey of a movie.
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Scottish East Coast Mainline - Add-On for Railworks 3 (PC DVD)
Scottish East Coast Mainline - Add-On for Railworks 3 (PC DVD)
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: 15.96

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Expansion Pack, 14 April 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This is not a bad route but the inclusion of several iconic structures, including the Forth and Tay railway bridges, is marred by something of an over-reliance on Kuju/RSC default assets up to and including buildings at some of the intermediate stations en route. These have been seen countless times before in freeware and other payware routes, the excessive use here perhaps an indication that the project started life as a freeware project.

ScECML is notionally set in the modern day. There's quite a few scenarios bundled with the route, but the pack does not include any new or custom rolling stock - just some reskins of default items, including a totally out of place Class 166 Thames Turbo painted in a fictional "Scottish Railways" livery. Rivet counting? Perhaps - but if you are charging towards the upper end of what these add-ons cost, then some attention needs to be giving to providing some more appropriate rolling stock. MS Train Sim may be all but gone now, but most of the add-on packs released for that offered a complete package of new motive power and stock, in addition to the route.

The route drives reasonably well but can drop the frame rates - even in open country where the lineside has been veritably stuffed with all that default vegetation. Some of the curves see excessively sharp for the posted speed restrictions and there are one or two issues with signalling. On the plus side, you do get quite a bit of mileage to cover and it can be quite challenging to drive as the speed limits change frequently and the driver's ability to keep time will be tested.

Given the above I can't really go with more than three stars. Discussion on the train simming forums indicates a patch for some of the issues may be forthcoming, at which point I would probably rate 70 - 75%.

Get Shorty [Blu-ray] [1996]
Get Shorty [Blu-ray] [1996]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Price: 6.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty Pressing, 14 April 2012
Although purchased from a competitor, two copies of this disc had exactly the same fault as the other reviewer described. At around 1:05, Ch18 to Ch19 it freezes up and stutters and does not recover.

Avoid until/if the publisher reissues.

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