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Better in the Dark
Better in the Dark

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 29 April 2008
This review is from: Better in the Dark (Audio CD)
This is a great album, it takes a slightly different theme in style than Here Come the Drums, but it's Rogue Traders at their best.


Curse of the Golden Flower [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Curse of the Golden Flower [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Yun-Fat Chow
Offered by AllGoodDealz
Price: £10.96

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 24 April 2007
Curse of the Golden Flower is a subtle mix of the oppression of women, revenge, martial arts and stunning beauty. It is clear from the early stages of the film that the film is going to have some amazing visuals, and at no point within the entire film are we disappointed by the direction of the art. With each new room, we can see a palace that is full of decadence and tradition. With gold an incredibly important part of the film, it is understandable to see why every last item is gold plated, gold brushed or just gold in colour.

The storyline itself is also rather complicated if you have no prior knowledge to the backstabbing Chinese Royal Family's history. The film is centred around the Empress, played by Gong Li (recently seen in Memoir's of a Geisha), and throughout the opening passages of the film we are shown the tradition that governs the Forbidden City's way of life, her struggle with the Emperor and her increasingly deadly illness.

After an hour or so of almost period drama styling, where we are slowly introduced to some of the more complicated power struggles, we are thrown into the action sequence of the film. Where there are Ninjas, Imperial Guards and masked men en-mass. All of which are fighting for different factions within the Royal Family.

The film ends on a powerful high note, and we're left to guess whether or not the Empress will suffer for the attempted coup d'état.

One must not forget the soundtrack to the film either, throughout the entire film there is a strong soundtrack being played, there are only a few scenes without the music composed by Shigeru Umebayashi. The composition adds depth and emotion to the film, which is only heightened by the stunning performance from Gong Li.

If you are expecting something similar to House of Flying Daggers then you will be slightly disappointed, although the visuals are far more impressive than Daggers, the action is far more sparse and you get the feeling that the action was meant to be more of a sideline aspect of the film. As the story surrounds the coup d'état and the relationships between the characters, in which there is in abundance and a few cross character relationships as well.

This film is easily worth the viewing if you enjoy powerful visuals, with a strong story and you can read subtitles at a quick speed.
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The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl)
The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl)
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.33

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant addition, 22 May 2005
When receiving the first book of the series, back four or five years ago, I loved them. This love has continued. I am now old enough to stop reading these books, I shouldn't have read them four or five years ago.
The Opal Deception is an enjoyable read. As you can guess from the title, this books concerns Opal, the pixie. It is a long story, with an enjoyable storyline. Some of the areas are a little vaguely described; however, the overall effect of the books is one of joy and brilliance. There is a twist at many of the crucial points. This adds to the brilliance.
This is a enjoyable and fabulous addition to the series.


Tenchi - The Movie: Tenchi Muyo In Love [DVD]
Tenchi - The Movie: Tenchi Muyo In Love [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hiroshi Negishi

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 24 Mar 2005
This Tenchi Muyo film captures the essence of all previous Tenchi Muyo shows. The drawing is realistic and is a nice contrast to some of the newer animes. The standard plotline, although a little thin at points is typical Tenchi. The usual arguments between Ryoko and Ayeka. In this film, Kyone makes an appearance, like in Tenchi Universe and is amusing as ever, and with Mihoshi's usual stunts the film has many comic areas.
Overall, this was a pleasure to watch and sticks to the essence of Tenchi well.


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