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Lisa Stowner "Lisa. S." (Sydney, Australia)

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The Lincoln Lawyer [Blu-ray] [2011]
The Lincoln Lawyer [Blu-ray] [2011]
Dvd ~ Matthew McConaughey
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: 6.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Very John Grisham like..., 4 Sep 2011
Plenty of twists and turns and quite the eye opener to see what underhand lawyers get up to. PQ and AQ are good.

Passengers [Blu-ray]
Passengers [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Anne Hathaway
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 6.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit predictable, 4 Sep 2011
This review is from: Passengers [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The ending was a little too easy to predict but on the whole it was an enjoyable movie. The cast were good and kept my interest right up to the end even though I had guessed what was coming. Love Anne Hathaway and she's gorgeous as usual in this. PQ and AQ are very good. Even though a tad formulaic you won't be crying over having spent 7 pound on it.

Barney's Version [Blu-ray]
Barney's Version [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Paul Giamatti
Price: 7.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars him or hate him, you will enjoy this ride!, 14 Jun 2011
I loved this film. Barney's not a particularly likeable character and he's exposed warts and all, and that can often sound the death knoll for a movie but not in this case. It's so honest, the story exceedingly well told (you will see bits of yourself as well as family/friends in it) and really is an enjoyable trip. It spans a lifetime and the birth of his children and marriage to three women, his highs, his lows. I found myself laughing out loud in parts and at other times I had tears in my eyes. I am a big collector of movies and I would rate this in my top ten of a movie in this genre.

PQ and AQ are good. Well cast, great acting, all in all one of my favourite releases of 2011.

Deep Blue Sea [Blu-ray] [1999] [Region Free]
Deep Blue Sea [Blu-ray] [1999] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Thomas Jane
Offered by rsdvd
Price: 5.95

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The taking of Samuel L !!, 21 Sep 2010
Big improvement over the DVD but what is then clear is how clunky the special effects and CGI is. Sure it's 11 years old now and CGI wasn't as advanced as it is now but high def really brings that home. Never mind, that aside it's great fun and doesn't take itself seriously at all and at times will have you squirming in your seat when people are taken by the sharks. Just put your brain in idle, sit back and enjoy!

Charlie's Angels [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Charlie's Angels [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Cameron Diaz

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good morning Charlie!, 21 Sep 2010
I have to admit this film is a secret fav of mine. Love the girls in it, think they work well together but I'm not posting this to review the film because if you haven't seen it yet, then you must've been in a coma for the past ten years! I'm disappointed with the transfer. It's not as sharp as I had hoped for, in fact it's not a lot better than the DVD. Audio is problematic too as their voices are often overshadowed by the bass and/or music, just not the best mix. I gave it 3 stars as the movie itself is so good.

Lock Up [Blu-ray]
Lock Up [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sylvester Stallone
Offered by figswigs
Price: 6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad transfer, 21 Sep 2010
This review is from: Lock Up [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
If you like this film, then you won't be disappointed with the transfer. Given it's age, it's ok.

Man On Fire [Blu-ray]
Man On Fire [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Price: 6.55

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Denzel and Dakota shine, 26 Dec 2009
This review is from: Man On Fire [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
All the other reviews only echo what I would say about how good the film is and that it is worth the upgrade to Blu but what I will add is that once you've watched the film, I would highly recommend watching it again with the Director's commentary. The Director, Denzel and Dakota talk through the commentary and add lots of value and it's only once you've heard this that you realise what a clever and committed little actress Dakota is. She and Denzel work very closely together on this film and form a friendship. Absolutely beautiful. The soundtrack's great too with Clare De Lune used perfectly in the most unlikely scene full of gunfire. All in all, a sleeper, a very underrated film.

Public Enemies [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Public Enemies [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by Sent2u
Price: 3.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not an engaging film at all, 26 Dec 2009
When making a good movie it's important to engage the audience, give them a good story to sink their teeth into, don't patronise the audience and don't make the film longer than it has to be, don't drag it out just for the sake of it...sadly Public Enemies snubs it's nose at all of these.

Then to rub salt in the wound, the sound quality is terrible, the volume has to be cranked up very high to hear the dialogue and then of course when there's gunfire because the volume's so high the whole neighbourhood hears it! Picture quality is bad, lots of picture noise and aliasing.

'nuff said, very sad on all levels for a new release.

Bridget Jones Diary [Blu-ray][Region Free]
Bridget Jones Diary [Blu-ray][Region Free]
Dvd ~ Renee Zellweger
Price: 7.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lois Lane of Melbourne is spot on!, 26 Dec 2009
I found the difference between the DVD and Blu-ray world's apart. I started watching the blu-ray and not expecting a whole lot of difference but not so, sound is great although as stated not a lot of use of the surrounds but it's not an action film so it doesn't matter. Where it really popped is the PQ, beautiful skintones, Renee's eyes are gorgeous as are Hughes baby blues.

I am very happy with this Blu-ray and was pleasantly surprised. A lovely re-visit of a film I haven't seen for a long time.

Der Kritiker...don't be such a grumpy!

The Tudors - Series 3 [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]
The Tudors - Series 3 [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Price: 12.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Season's 1 & 2, then buy this!, 26 Dec 2009
The story continues at the same pace as Season's 1 & 2.

Costumes are magnificent, as is the scenery. Jonathon Rhys Meyers is just as good as the first two seasons.

PQ and Audio are great. 9 out 10 for sharpness and colour and particularly good for a TV show.

So in short, if you liked the first two season's, then don't hesitate, grab this and sit back and watch the tale does Henry by this stage of the story!

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