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Not Too Late
Not Too Late
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.89

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but boy does it grow on you!!!, 1 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Not Too Late (Audio CD)
I rushed out to buy this album and thought it was a little slow at first. But after a couple of listens and time I found myself going back to it again and again. This must rival the first two albums.


Superman: Red Son
Superman: Red Son
by Mark Millar
Edition: Paperback

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great What If But....., 21 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Superman: Red Son (Paperback)
So instead of landing in Smallville USA, Superman finds himself entering the atmosphere hurlterling down towards the Soviet Unions equivelent. Well, well,well you may be thinking so surely Superman won't be the wuss that he is in the normal Superman stories. Hmm well sorry to ruin it for you but he is. It's his good soul you see coming through even when those around him aren't, how should I put it...nice. So you maybe thinking so what we love Superman because he is a "good guy" if he were evil the whole comic wouldn't hold much weight as we'd all be slave. Yep I agree completely. In this strory Superman tries to save the world in a way similar to the warped logic of Terminators Skynet. What else can I say. Its a really good story with really good graphics and text, and a really really corny ending.
Don't take my word for it though. Well worth a read. I may critisise certain things about it I bought it and so should you!!


Ghost In The Shell [DVD] [1995]
Ghost In The Shell [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Atsuko Tanaka
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £7.49

12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Piece of Anime Not For The Disney Generation, 21 Jan. 2006
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese Science Fiction movie, shot in the unique Japanese style of cartoon called “Manga”. Originally created by Masamune Shirow and released in 1995, the movie received a lot of attention from the both film and computer worlds alike because of the use of new and revolutionary computer graphics and techniques. Ghost in the Shell was really one of, if not the, first Manga movie to really appeal to a western market and its mix of gritty thought provoking story, spectacular Manga animation, and powerful soundtrack only prove why.
Setting
Set sometime in the 21st century, Ghost in the Shell is on the outside, a futuristic spy thriller that deals with the exploits of “Major” Motoko Kusanagi a member of the covert and powerful Section 9 of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission. Section 9 is an organization that specializes in fighting the rising threat of cyber crime. Although supposedly equal to all the other members, Kusanagi seems to have filled the leadership role in the team, and is usually referred to as "Major" due to a past rank she held in the armed forces. She, like most of the other characters, is almost completely mechanized, save her brain and a single spinal cord segment, and as a result is capable of superhuman feats that make her highly specialized for the job.
The genre of Ghost in the Shell is distinctively that of cyberpunk, though Shirow's work tends to be focused more tightly on the ethical and philosophical ramifications of the widespread merging of humanity and technology. The development of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and an omnipresent computer network set the stage for a re-evaluation of the Human identity and uniqueness. The Manga in particular tackles these questions head on: Kusanagi and her colleagues face external threats and suffer internal conflict over their own natures.
The overarching story of the Manga is of the hunt for most wanted cyber-criminal, “Puppet Master”. Who later turns out to be the elusive, “Top Secret Project 2501” whose real identity is unknown, and who commits a large number of crimes through a single modus operandi: "Ghost Hacking", breaking through firewalls and security barriers, and taking control of selected Human minds connected to the “Net”. As the agents of Section 9 begin to unravel the mystery behind the Puppet Master, it eventually becomes clear that they are dealing with no ordinary criminal, but a unique and autonomous artificial intelligence. It later becomes apparent that project 2501 was created by the Americans, and eventually escaped to Section 9 wanting asylum and to be recognized as a real person with a genuine Human identity and robotic body. As the story unravels, it emerges that the Puppet Master wants to meld with the “Major’s” consciousness taking the merger of Human and Artificial Intelligence to a new level. Kusanagi, although initially skeptical, finally agrees to allow the Puppet Master to merge with her own consciousness or Ghost, thus sharing her body, in what is no doubt intended to raise even more questions about the nature of Human identity in a world where Human consciousness ceases to any longer singularly unique.
Movie adaptation
Directed by Mamoru Oshii, the film adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is highly atmospheric and slow-paced when compared with the original comic book Manga. Whereas the characters in the Manga are portrayed as more unconventional and different, Oshii's screenplay is clearly written in a far more serious manner for a more thinking and adult audience. In addition, Oshii was sadly required to shorten the Manga considerably in order to fit it into 115 minutes of allowed screen time. As a result, the film focuses almost exclusively on the 'Puppet Master Plot', which led to several subplots covered in the original Manga been sadly excluded.
Many people have different opinions about Ghost in the Shell, some found the result of this conversion from comic to film superficial, confusing, lacking any real answers or conclusions, and overall dull. Others argued that the cut version was so much removed from Shirow's "obsessive idealness” that it added a focus on the story, and made for a much more artistically pleasing and mature effort than the original.
Oshii's adaptation of the Manga is filled with awe-inspiring cinematic sequences containing depth, detail, focus and perspective previously unrealized in movie Anime as an art form. The musical score, although perhaps jarring at first to western ears, is deep and emotional, and the attention to detail in weather/crowds/technological implementations/etc. is far beyond the simplified action sequences and economical guerilla animation style used by |Anime features before this work.
Although purists and fans of Manga may consider the movie to be inferior, distilling eight long Manga issues into the length of a feature film, it ranks among sci-fi fans as a serious pinnacle of speculative fiction in movies. Many viewers could easily rank Ghost in the Shell as being at the same level of aesthetic excellence as Blade Runner, the first Alien movie, or even 2001.


Northwest Passage
Northwest Passage
by Kenneth Lewis Roberts
Edition: Paperback

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not At All Bad If You Ask Me, 5 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Northwest Passage (Paperback)
Well what can I say, this book had me staying up all night to read more in parts, but also in other parts had me so bored and contemplating what i could have done with my money. However, it would'nt be fair for me to moan to much because i liked 95% of this book and the other 5% well everything has its ups and downs. The first part of the novel involvin the march to the Indians camp is fascinating and really gives you a feel for those who really did that sort of thing. My moaning at the beggining of my review is'nt meant to turn you away from this book, merely to get my moaning about a classic book out of the way so i could then laffish on the praise for the book. LIke I said parts are long and boring at times but in the same way that Lord Of The Rings is. But like the lord of the rings this is a must read. SO READ IT!!!!


Fulltime Killer [DVD] [2001]
Fulltime Killer [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Andy Lau
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £4.75

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of Bullet Flying White Knucke Brilliance, 5 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Fulltime Killer [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Obviously I can only speak for my own oppinion when I say Full Time Killers is one of the best Far East Asian films I have ever seen. If you like the shoot em up style in Die Hard etc you'll love this. However it does get a bit hard to follow towards the end but most people I know just put it down to differences in film styles between Hollywood and Asia. This film does have everything needed to make it a great. Good fast paced action filled story from the start till the end. Twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. Basically everything you'd need to enjoy a good thriller.


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