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Lion King [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Lion King [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Matthew Broderick

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to make you hyperventilate, 30 Nov. 2003
The Lion King has got to be Disney's best movie of all time. If sales figures are correct, and you already own three copies of The Lion King on VHS, then there's no real point describing the plot of the film, beyond the fact that its wonderful art, award-winning songs, and loveable characters are good enough to make you sob into your Lion King hankerchief. In a good way. And you'll have been licking your lips in frantic anticipation of the Special Edition DVD. And believe me, it's been well worth the wait.
And the Gift Set is no less wonderful. For a start, it contains the Special Edition DVD, with its 2 disks with beautiful disk art, the special features of games, interveiws with the animators and such, the film itself in all its improved glory, and in general, three wonderful hours of bonus material.
After you've enjoyed the film, you can then enjoy up to eight original drawings of the characters to keep in your cupboard in an airtight box so that you don't wear them out by looking at them too much, and most wonderfully of all, the DVD companion Hardback, 'The Journey'. This describes the making of TLK, the making of the TLK Special Edition DVD, and has some lovely pictures in it as well. These are found only in the Gift Set.
All of this is wrapped in a special box with beautiful art.
It takes a lot for me to give any film FIVE stars, but here is TLK in all its greatness.
A small warning - despite being a very limited edition of the Special Edition, the DVD contained within the Gift Set does not contain any more special features than it does when purchased on its own. The extra money is paid for the book, pictures and box. The Gift Set is for adult collectors, not children.
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Akira [DVD]
Akira [DVD]
Dvd ~ Katsuhiro Otomo

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not Manga - It's the definition of Manga, 17 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Akira [DVD] (DVD)
The main characters of Akira are Kaneda, a 16 year old juvenile delinquent, his best friend Tetsuo, and Kaneda's hoped to be girlfriend Kei. There are also three small children with incredible psychic powers and wrinkled, elderly faces, who are taken care of by the military, the General, with his questioned alignment of good or bad. Secondary characters include the other two members of Kaneda's gang and the head scientist in the military complex. Tertiary characters are made up of the large number of people who get killed throughout the film.
It's 2019, and the world is still recovering from WWIII. Kaneda and his friends are living in the crime-infested Neo-Tokyo. On night, they go out for a bike ride and a fight with their enemies The Clowns. Tetsuo suddenly comes across one of the psychic children who has escaped from a military hospital. He craches his bike, while the child remains unharmed. When Kaneda and his other friends catch up with him, they are arrested, while Tetsuo is taken to hospital. In the police station, Kaneda spots an attractive young girl. He helps her to leave, but she disapears. It is later revealed that she is working for the military.
Meanwhile, in the hospital, Tetsuo's powers are growing. He learns of Akira, and sets off to find him, escaping from the hospital. His sanity is crumbling, and he begins to kill people in his search for Akira, both accidently and intentionally.
Finally, in the most confusing ending I have ever seen in a film, the good guys win.
The plot of Akira twists and coils like spaghetti on hard drugs, and even the most devout Manga fan would agree that it's incredible confusing throughout. Only after at least five veiwings would you finally understand what's going on. But one of the best things about Akira is the way everything makes sense in it's own, crazy world.
There are some genuinely funny moments in Akira (probably even funnier to the Japanese) including when Kaneda and his gang are arrested and are desperately trying to appear innocent, many of the scenes where Kaneda is hitting on Kei (pronounced Kay), and even some of the violent scenes are amusing.
The animation of Akira is as good as any Disney flick, (and in some cases, better). The Japanese songs and music has been replaced by American songs and music (understandable really, considering the audience), the dubbing is excellent, and subtitles are for the most part accurate.
Disk 2 contains the many extras, including the original VHS version of the film, and interviews with the makers. Since Disk 1 contains the re-vamped film, it's unlikely that you'll watch Disk 2 more than once. Still, it's a nice thing to have. Since most DVDs are about £16.99 anyway, you're practically getting it for free.
If you get offended by violence or swearing at all, don't even think about watching Akira. It earned it's 15 cert with its strong violence, frequent swearing, frequent drug references and very brief, but disturbing, nudity, and totters on the brink of an 18.
Akira is not just an excellent Manga-to-Animé film, of which there are quite a large number anyway. To say such a thing would be sacriligious, and would probably get you punched by fans of the film.
Akira defines Manga.

Street Fighter 2 - The Animated Movie [1994] [DVD]
Street Fighter 2 - The Animated Movie [1994] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gisaburo Sugii

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Street Fighter II - Animate it!, 22 April 2003
Fighting games rarely have a plot, so Capcom had to jack one together quickly. M. Bison and his jerks want to take over the world, and Ryu and Ken have to stop them. I get the feeling that half-an-hour of decent plot was forgotten about.
The animation, on the other hand, is excellent, and the only problem is that all the way through the film, muscles are emphasised hugely.
It seems that Capcom tried to include all the characters from the games, even the ones that no-one gives a dog's toss about. Unfortunately, they come in for a two minute scrap and one or two lines, and are never seen again. What you need to pay attention to are the four main characters - Ryu, Ken, Guile and Chun Li.
While SF2 might seem like a must for kiddy fans of the game, you parents had better think twice. In the unedited version, there are vast amounts of blood, and Chun Li is shown having a shower, before fighting Vega half-naked. There is also a lot of hard-core swearing, not just the mild stuff that your kids learnt off you.
There's a lot of opportunities to read between the lines in SF2. Ryu and Ken have constant flashbacks about each other, and I get this constant feeling that Guile and Chun Li have something going together - partly because he doesn't run her over, partly because he nearly cries when he thinks she's dead, and partly because of that huge hug she gives him in hospital.
Still, to the fans of Manga, anime and SF2, if you don't mind the adult content and thin plot, this is a must-buy.

Sim Life
Sim Life
Offered by Satsumo
Price: £4.02

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it, 31 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Sim Life (Video Game)
This is pretty much the worst game I have ever played. The graphics are tiny, the interface is impossible, and it's purely for the science freaks among us. It didn't last me even a day.
I'd rather chew off my foot than play this again.

Mickey's House Of Villains [VHS]
Mickey's House Of Villains [VHS]

3.0 out of 5 stars The House of Villains, 17 Mar. 2003
The premise? Disney's baddest teaming up. It's a great idea. Many fans of the felons should have loved it. The problem? Too many shorts, not enough story (Oh, and the shoddy animation and poor music). It's called the 'House of Villains', but even the shorts concentrate entirely on Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and his boys.
Where Disney did succeed was in giving almost every villain in their files a chance to shine - from Cruella deVille flirting with Captain Hook, to Shenzi, Banzai and Ed drinking cocktails. It's almost worth it just to play 'Spot the Bad Guy'.
Nice try. Better luck next time, hmmm?

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