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28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007]
28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Robert Carlyle
Price: £2.35

11 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish, 8 Sept. 2007
This review is from: 28 Weeks Later [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
28 Days later was intelligent, creepy, and moving. Unfortunately, they had to make a sequel; while 28 Weeks later DOES have a couple of interesting ideas, the film itself is terrible.
We're expected to believe that the Americans rebuilding London get overtaken just "like that" (their ideas of security seem to take a holiday halfway through the film). We're expected to believe that an infected seems to actually *stalk* his family.
It's gore for the sake of gore, and deathly serious without having the intelligence to merit it. Add to that the action is so badly directed you can't tell what's going on at times, and it's a strong contender for "worst / most pointless sequel devised in the last few years".

Transformers The Movie - The Ultimate Edition (2 discs) [1986] Limited Edition Slip Case [DVD]
Transformers The Movie - The Ultimate Edition (2 discs) [1986] Limited Edition Slip Case [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Cullen
Offered by Films and Figures (Recorded Delivery On All Orders)
Price: £18.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent edition, 21 Aug. 2007
Re, the below criticsm:
-Yes, the top and bottom have been trimmed. The movie was made in a 4:3 format, so to anamorphically fit widescreen it's been trimmed. To be fair, it's not really noticable and certainly doesn't detract.

-The "Star Wars" style opening text has been removed as this is the USA edition of the movie, not the European; it also omits the fianl voice-over clarifying that "Optimus Prime will return!" as that was only added after horrified USA reaction to Optimus' death.

Onto the movie: well, so much has been written about it already, I'll be brief. The beginning (until the Autobots flee Earth) is superb. The middle is terrible. The ending, where Unicron attacks and the story is resolved, is superb. It's like two films strangely stitched together.

The extras are interesting, the commentary is entertaining. The remastered picture looks absolutely beautiful. Recommended if you like the old TF cartoons, or have a nostalgic streak. Note that this is far, far better than the Metrodome release of "Transformers the Movie: Reconstructed" which was critized for its altering of sound effects, variable picture, and the showing of too MUCH picture (the complete 4:3 plus unfinished animation edges and corners).

Rome - The Complete Second Season [2006] [DVD]
Rome - The Complete Second Season [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin McKidd

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, compelling, 21 Aug. 2007
Picking up immediately where the first season ended, Rome season two embodies the same qualities that made the first season such a treat: the realistic depiction of death, violence and political intrigue are as well-done as ever.

Personally I would rate this season (only slightly) lower than the first, really because the story of Lucius Vorenus as a businessman didn't interest me as much as his life as soldier. Things kick into high gear quickly enough though, as the continuing civil wars and shifts of allegiance make for compelling viewing.

All the characters finish their stories in this final series with some degree of justice; whether they are murdered, die in battle, or prepare to live their lives with a huge degree of change. Everyone arguably gets their just desserts, and it ends on a highly satisfying note.

Rome: The Complete HBO Season 1 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [2006]
Rome: The Complete HBO Season 1 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Kevin McKidd
Price: £15.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding, 21 Aug. 2007
This series looks gorgeous, and it's clear that a lot of money has been spent in the right places. It's got everything: sex, death, violence, intrigue and politics. The plotlines are tight and well-constructed, and the acting is superb.

The producers said they wanted an "authentic" feel, rather than strict historical accuracy; I belive they succeded well. Julius Caesar, Mark Antony et al are provided real depth and character. It encouraged me personally to research this pivotal moment in history- the death of the Roman Republic, and the rise of the Roman Empire.

Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 [2006] [DVD] [2004]
Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 [2006] [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos
Price: £9.90

13 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible betrayal of the original concept, 21 Aug. 2007
The mini-series, and seasons one and two, of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica were possibly the best sci-fi I had seen in many years.

Unfortunately, the outstanding parts of the show- the gritty realism, the horror of a genocidal attack (and subsequent flight merely to survive), and the depiction of the military, were all shot to pieces in season three. After a strong start in sewing up the "New Caprica" storyline from season two, the series provides us with that old (and daft) sci-fi cliche: would you wipe out an entire enemy species if you had the chance? Never mind that the Cylons murdered millions- or is it billions?- of people. Never mind that they are still pursuing the fleet, trying to finish them off. Never mind that the President herslef orders the plan. No, we have a main character up on his high horse (and behaving out of character, at that) who sabotages the plan...and nothing, NOTHING, happens as a consequence. Utter rubbish.

After this it's noticable that the series just drifts somewhat, ending in a somewhat risible revelation that seems out of place. A sad end to what was the best show on TV. No wonder they barely scraped into season four.

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