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Kill Bill, Volume 2 [DVD] [2004]
Kill Bill, Volume 2 [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.21

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid end to a great beginning, 5 July 2004
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What the first volume lacks in characterisation and background history, Volume 2 makes up for it in spades. What we get is a different offering from QT, the pace has slowed from Vol. 1 and the focus is really on filling in the story (Thurman's Kung Fu training, the fated wedding and such like), development of the main characters, and also the showdown with Bill. If you're expecting the same degree of ultra violence as the first film then you'll be disappointed as the violence is really kept to a minimal and quite restrained. Instead we have great acting, Uma Thurman is superb, as is David Carradine & Michael Madsen, and much more of the sharp and realistic script writing that QT is generally known for. The filming is similar to the first volume with many techniques borrowed from different genres and the story jumps around in the usual Tarantino fashion. The running time is quite long but I wasn't clock watching, and it's a must see for fans of the first, even if it's just to see how it concludes. Apparently there's been talk of a Kill Bill Volume 3, so I guess we may still be waiting for the definitive end..


Open Range [DVD] [2004]
Open Range [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Kevin Costner
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £3.44

6 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull as ditchwater, 9 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Open Range [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Hmmm, where to start. I way very disappointed when I saw this, it has got to be the most boring western I seen, and I'm big fan of the western. The film runs at just under 2 hours 10 min and could have definitely been reduced to 1 hour 30, it's dragged out with pointless scenes such as rain storms, card play, digging carts out of the mud or rescuing a dog from a flood, none of which add any depth or contribute in any way to the overall plot or story. Talking of plot and story, there really isn't much, it's very straightforward with no twists or anything remotely clever. The film is incredibly slow starting off with nothing really of interest happening until near 45 minutes in, and even then it's not great. There's very little conflict which means that it's hard to sympathise with the main characters and their plight. The script, which is thin at best, does little to help the film & even the actors seem bored. Costner's acting is wooden and the darker side of his character could have been used so much better to heighten our interest. On the plus side, Duvall does what he can, the scenery is great and the gun fights at the end (the last 45 minutes or so) are pretty realistic - this does nothing in the end to redeem a shallow, drawn-out & dull movie. I recommend watching on fast forward.


D-Day In Colour [DVD]
D-Day In Colour [DVD]
Offered by BLT-Deals
Price: £2.92

22 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing footage, 7 Jun. 2004
This review is from: D-Day In Colour [DVD] (DVD)
I watched this when it aired on television on the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Narrated by John Hurt, this hour or so documentary narrates the events leading up to D-day and explains how and why things happened the way they did. All the footage is original and the final parts showing the invasion, particularly seeing the warships unleashing their guns in anger, is unbelievable. This is a must for anyone interested in the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted and really brings home how amazingly lucky and grateful we should be to our veterans for their part in liberating Europe. Lets just hope that it hasn't all been in vain and we don't roll over and hand away our sovereignty to the EU.


Welcome to Collinwood [DVD] [2003]
Welcome to Collinwood [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.90

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly wasted opportunity, 27 May 2004
I can't help but think this is a slightly wasted film, everything was going so well until the last 20 minutes. The first hour is excellent, very funny, not so much laugh out loud, more subtle humour. The acting is excellent through out, Sam Rockwell shines as usual and Clooney's cameo is strong. But in my opinion overall, it's hugely let down by the last 20 minutes (the film only runs 78 minutes), where the story turns from a light hearted funny robbery story to a deadly serious what is the meaning of life script, this basically turns the tide on the previous good fun and then the film ends! This left me feeling is that it, where's the rest? It's almost like they ran out of ideas to make the ending, cut it short and just gave up, very sad as it would have been excellent. Anyway, it gets 3 stars on the strengh of the first hour alone.


Dawn Of The Dead: Director's Cut [DVD] [1980]
Dawn Of The Dead: Director's Cut [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ David Emge
Offered by westworld-
Price: £19.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 25 May 2004
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Fantastic, this is the definitive 70's zombie horror classic, absolutely superb. As one of other reviews mentioned this is really about consumerism, the fact the group holes up in a mall and the zombies get drawn there without really knowing why, distant memories from the past of what they used to do...shopping. Also, who hasn't thought of being given private free run access to an entire mall for a week - what a laugh. It's almost cowboys and Indians, barricaded in the fort with all the supplies, guns and ammo you could ever need, every little boys dream. I love 70's movies, the filming techniques, the music, the wardrobe etc, this is a great example of all of that, with added zombies and blood & gore. The helicopter filming really gets across the desperate situation the country is in with long shots of vast desolate countryside filled with grey faced living dead - there must have been hundreds of extras in this film. Defiantly worth watching, it'll be interesting to see how the modern remake compares.


Along Came Polly [DVD] [2004]
Along Came Polly [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ben Stiller
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.24

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment, 20 May 2004
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I really enjoyed this, it's an easy to watch romantic comedy (more comedy than romantic) with plenty of humour and laugh out loud moments. Ben Stiller is on home ground playing the comedy male lead, reminiscent of that in Meet The Parents and There's Something About Mary, it's failsafe casting.
I'm a big Friends fan and have never seen Jennifer Aniston in anything else, so I was somewhat hesitant to see how she would make the adjustment to this sort of part. Nothing to worry about here, she is excellent as the slightly bohemian Polly. All in all this is good entertainment with great casting and a sharp script and there's never a dull moment - it's a perfect one to watch with the girlfriend.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [DVD] [2003]
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Jessica Biel
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.72

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ol' leatherface is back.., 13 May 2004
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All round an excellent film by any standards, I thoroughly enjoyed it. From start to finish it was a roller coaster ride of edge of the seat suspense, atmosphere and horror. I think this remake was done very well, though there was some digression and extra screenplay added, but all in all as remakes go this is a winning effort. Gone is the humour that detracted some of the scary elements in the original; added is plenty of gore and eye candy in the form of Jessica Biel running around in a tight wet t-shirt. The majority of fans of the original should enjoy this, and I certainly did, but at the end of the day I found the original more shocking with it's low budget grainy filming and hot hazy summer setting - but I admit I have watched a lot more horror movies since then.


Down With Love [2003] [DVD]
Down With Love [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.25

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Purposefully over the top., 11 May 2004
This review is from: Down With Love [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
The film is a deliberately over the top, tongue in cheek romantic comedy set in 60's America. Ewan McGregor is fantastically cast as the suave lady killer Catcher Block, with the perfect cheesy smile and Renée Zellweger plays Barbara Novak, the target of his affection. The film feels slightly like a play and the wardrobe department & set designers must have had a field day, what a laugh. Personally I thought it was very watchable and highly entertaining with lots of cheesy one liners and double-entendres designed to make you smile. Beautifully filmed, this is nice easy watching on a Sunday afternoon.


Timeline [DVD] [2003]
Timeline [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Paul Walker
Price: £3.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 10 May 2004
This review is from: Timeline [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Michael Crighton's book "Timeline" is a fantastic read, but unfortunately this film of the book suffers the same fate as the majority of book to film conversions. Whilst it's an enjoyable enough film in it's own right, it really doesn't do justice to the original story. There's a lot of material to cram in to a couple of hours of film and therefore the end result is fairly hectic, jumping from one part of the story to the other. Some of the acting is fairly poor in places, Anna Friel with a french accent? Saying that, if you haven't read the book and you're just looking for some mindless entertainment you could do a lot worse.


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - 2 Disc Special Edition [1966] [DVD]
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - 2 Disc Special Edition [1966] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.04

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning piece of cinema., 7 May 2004
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This is the definitive edition of an already superb piece of film making. The Good the Bad and the Ugly is the best (in my opinion) of the dollars trilogy from Sergio Leone. Set during the American Civil war, it's predominantly a story of greed with the main characters hunting for a fortune in gold, they have to watch out themselves and others along the way. Leone's west is a gritty place where life is cheap and only the toughest survive, and this is conveyed fantastically in the casting where the majority of characters are deliberately ugly looking with scars or facial abnormalities. There's a roughness to the film, which helps to seal in the realism and the cinematography is legendary and has been repeated ever since, wide angle shots of vast open scenery go straight into close-ups of darting eyes and twitching trigger fingers.
This edition includes scenes that were cut from the others mainly to keep the film length down, Eastwood & Wallach actually went back to the studio to record the voice overs, though as the Amazon reviewer mentioned, they do sound distinctly older voices. The missing scenes do help to explain small parts of the story that may have seemed a bit sudden in other editions of the film and really add some value. The musical scores throughout are brilliant and really add to the feel and atmosphere which just builds up into the most awesome finale a film can boast. Just brilliant, every man should own a copy.


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