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The Water Margin - Complete [DVD]
The Water Margin - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Atsuo Nakamura
Price: £42.60

59 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do not despise the snake..., 11 Mar. 2005
As a child of the 80s I recall seeing this in an apparently never ending cycle. Well not as long as Mahabharata I admit. I loved it then and the cheesy nostalgia trip was worth it. Still just straight forward heroes and villains with a catchy if not always understandable moral at the end. The ludicrously dubbed swords and morality-fest is probably best enjoyed exactly as it is with no heavy film & drama student type analysis. Basically its Robin Hood in China. The extras on the DVD are ok and they do explain a bit more about the characters. I guess though that most people buying this will want memories rather than documentaries about how it was made or clips that didn't make the cut.
If you enjoyed Monkey you'll love this too. If you're a bit more highbrow steer clear and tell your mates what a serious person you are.
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Helen Of Troy [DVD]
Helen Of Troy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sienna Guillory
Price: £5.99

27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing - see the film instead, 11 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Helen Of Troy [DVD] (DVD)
I have a real interest in Greek history and mythology and this is easily the worst version of the Trojan war I have seen. Normally I'm quite easy to satisfy with this genre and will watch most things with good humour but this was dreadful.
I can understand taking liberties with an epic story set over more than 10 years - and this does take plenty of liberties - for the sake of telling a story in a manageable time but this really takes the proverbial. Agamemnon raping Helen, Menelaus being a weakling, Paris being a mighty warrior not a coward, no real semblance of Achilles having a quarrel with Agamemnon... I could go on. Practically the only main plot line kept is that the Greeks and Trojans had a scrap after Helen and Paris took a shine to each other.
All this wouldn't be so bad if the performances were any good. Rufus Sewell is believable as a single minded megalomaniac but no-one else is in any way convincing. Even Keanu Reeves has turned in more convincing acting displays.
If you're interested in the story of Troy see the more recent film or even the dated 60's film for a more credible and enjoyable version. Shame because it looks like they spent a bit of cash on this monster too.
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