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The Book of Lost Things
The Book of Lost Things
by John Connolly
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome diversion from his usual, 21 May 2013
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I spent two excellent months of reading the Charlie Parker novels from start to finish. I held off reading TBOLT for a couple of months to read different authors but finally read it in a few days.

An excellent read full of creativity and although sparsely written it leaves the reader to fill in the gaps with their imagination, which to me is a demonstration of the strength of the writer. I do wonder if this was a book for Young Adults that developed into something a lot more adult.

The end scenes describing the crooked man in detail are as disturbing as anything in the Charlie Parker novels.

If you like the film Company of wolves or any of the work of Terry Gilliam this would be an ideal read, and thinking about it Terry Gilliam would be ideal as a director for a film version of this book.

Now that I have read all of John Connolly's work I wait for the next release, he is a fantastic writer and one of the best out there today lets hope he keeps producing work of such high standard for a long time to come.


Jaws (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy)
Jaws (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy)
Dvd ~ Roy Schneider
Price: 6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film, incredible Restoration, 13 May 2013
This is one of those Blu-rays you must own, the film is one of the best, a classic, every department from the acting through to editing and special effects are just fantastic. I know some people are going to say the shark looks a little fake, but you have to remember this was all done mechanically, no digital effects here.

The restoration work on the film is just amazing, you will never have seen the film look so good, it is like watching the film for the first time. There has been no tinkering with the film using CGI and it is all the better for it (please take note Lucas, leave classic films alone!)

There is really no downside to buying this film apart from the Blu-Ray menu not having a clear structure as universal have used icons rather than coming up with an innovative design, chances are you are going to press on a few wrong icons before getting to the Documentaries.

However buy now.


Die Another Day [Blu-ray] [2002]
Die Another Day [Blu-ray] [2002]
Dvd ~ Pierce Brosnan
Price: 8.75

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just the worst Bond of all time, 10 May 2013
There is nothing right with this film, an appalling, terribly made film with some of the worst CGI in a major blockbuster. The villain should never be allowed to act again, the Madonna cameo! the invisible car just everything is wrong. It is a shame it finished off Brosnan's tenure as Bond that started quite well, I really think he had at least another two films in him.

Bond stumbled through the 00's with Craig's tedious and boring two films, finally getting back to a thrilling, exciting film with Skyfall.

Avoid this film at all costs.


Incendies [DVD] (2010)
Incendies [DVD] (2010)
Dvd ~ Lubna Azabal
Price: 5.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful film making of the highest order, 18 April 2013
This review is from: Incendies [DVD] (2010) (DVD)
This is an exceptional film, directed with a distinctive style that draws you into the story and the horror of war in the middle east (in this case a fictional country but likely to be based on Palestine), in terms of the style I kept thinking Gasper Noe but dialed down to a watchable pace.

The story in told in a non linear style which adds to the intrigue, the cinematography is excellent with slow tracking shots that add to the tension. The Acting is excellent across the board and do try to watch this film with out reading anything about the story first.

A real find, this is a film with a lot to say about war, religion and it's impact on those who have to live through it and what they do to survive.

There are scenes that are hard to watch in this film, I praise the BBFC for giving it a 15 cert so more people can see it, but the film will be challenging for some and do bear this in mind.


Total Recall (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Total Recall (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Price: 4.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a complete disaster but watch out for lens flare!, 16 April 2013
The first 45 minutes are actually quite good, Farell is convincing (my next shout for Bond after Craig), the set design and special effects are good and some of the action is well filmed and mildly entertains.

However Len Wiseman's a bit like Paul WS Anderson he just does not seem able to bring any depth to his films,there is chase followed by chase ripping ideas from Minority Report, I,Robot, Fifth Element, Blade Runner for the design and concept of the action.

Originality is no where to be seen (apart from maybe those glowing tattoo's).

Also what is with all the lens flare in this film ?(again Wiseman ripping a style from JJ Abrams) seriously there is not a scene in the film where lens flare does not happen. Could be a new drinking game "The Total Recall shot per lens flare" - game. I don't think you would make the end of the film though although it might make it more interesting.

However despite all its faults, I was mildly entertained and I watched it to the end so I guess that gives it a OK rating. You know this is a lazy film that could have been better but the first part is OK and then it falls into formulaic drivel that washes over you in floods of cliche's and action beats from other better films.

A rental at best.


Hugo (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) (2011)
Hugo (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) (2011)
Dvd ~ Asa Butterfield
Price: 5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning for Panasonic 3D BluRay users!, 2 April 2013
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This is a good film and a great example of what good 3D can do, however it is worth noting that on some Panasonic BluRay players it flags up a compatibility warning and does not play initially (all my firmware is up to date). It seems to be a common problem with Panasonic players. I looked up on a couple of AV forums and if you keep turning the player on-off and the occasional disk ejection suddenly the film works and starts playing! I tried this and yes after 8 restarts the film booted up.

Not sure of the reasons why (Entertainment in Video always seemed a bit cheap to me)and it is a little frustrating, maybe that is why it is for sale for 5 on Amazon.

On a side note is it me or do Martin Scorsese's films always seem to get an initial cheap release, and it is only when they are about 15-20 years old do the studio's then deem it OK to release an ultimate edition like Taxi Driver or Raging Bull in their may forms of release. For example Goodfella's was a flipper on DVD, Shutter Island should have been better release with more extra's (great film though)and where is The Last Temptation on BluRay?

P.S. Just seen Amazon have put a disclaimer on the site about the issues, it is not a firmware issue though, it is a faulty product and should be recalled.


Fevre Dream (Fantasy Masterworks 13)
Fevre Dream (Fantasy Masterworks 13)
by George R.R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.36

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Vampire's doing the same thing again.. Down South... Yawn..., 26 Mar 2013
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I was tempted not to review this book as I think it is just not my type of story however I normally try to finish a novel, but I got about 150 pages in and I just was not wanting to pick it up in the evening. The story was predictable and just a little peculiar even for a vampire story.

I think it is one of those novels that when released thirty years ago would seem like a fresh and new idea but now seems a little tired and cliched.

The writing is OK but does not pull you into the story like say Robert McCammon, McCammon is a good example I was expecting this book to be similar to "Speaks the Nightbird" with vampires but GRR Martin does not have the talents of a writer such as McCammon during his later period.

Clearly this is a liked book but it is not for me, I think the limit of my taste for vampire related novels extends to Carrion Comfort, They Live, Salem's Lot and Dracula... Everything after that just seems like a rehash of better stories.


Kingdom Of Heaven (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
Kingdom Of Heaven (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Martin Hancock
Price: 5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a difference the Director's Cut makes, 22 Mar 2013
An excellent film which demonstrates what a difference it can make when a director has final cut. Ridley may have massively misfired recently with Prometheus but his full version of KOH is a fantastic film. At over three hour it is a long film that recalls the classic historical films of old, it is a film I return to again and again.

Ridley seems to be the master of the Director's Cut it almost seems that after Blade Runner a Ridley Director's Cut will turn a film into an instant masterpiece (not sure this will help with Prometheus) on this occasion it is absolutely right.

Some complaints have been made of Orlando Bloom and yes he does not quite have the gravitas to make rousing speeches such as Crowe in Gladitor but his character arc through the film is convincing and well played, it is certainly his best performance. There are historical inaccuracies (i.e. and this is a spoiler! the Saracens did not let everyone leave Jerusalem, certainly without paying) but in general the changes are sympathetic to the aim of the film. Which is to demonstrate the futility and frustrations of the conflicts in the Holy Land and potentially the Middle East in general. I admire the approach taken by the makers of this film especially in the representation of the Saracens and it certainly present an argument for peace and reconciliation that some of politicians in America and Britain should have headed after 2001. Anyone looking for more history around this subject should read "Jerusalem" by Simon Sebag Montefiore for a full history of the City in a concise form.

A great film with resonance for today,it is immersive, impeccably made with an excellent score and good performances. It is stunning on Blu Ray.

It is worth noting that the 4 disc DVD director's edition comes with a intermission, playing the score, and also intro with the score being played before the film starts, I loved this presentation as it reminded me of other classic films such as The Sand Pebbles and Lawrence of Arabia and is very much in keeping with the film. The Blu Ray does not have this or the masses of special features of the 4 disk DVD which is a shame. I suspect a special edition on Blu Ray at some stage, but you cannot fault the picture or sound as Ridley said himself HD is like looking through a Window and this film is a great example.


The Insider [DVD] [2000]
The Insider [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Price: 4.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mann, Pacino and Crowe at their best- Where is the Blu Ray (R2), 22 Mar 2013
This review is from: The Insider [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This is a marvelous, stunning film reminiscent of Lumet's work on All the president's men and even Scerpico (probably the Pacino link). Mann's direction is faultless, first rate performances from all cast members, excellent music and cinematography that makes this a modern classic.

The story itself, a R&D director of a major tobacco company looking to expose the dangerous/addictive nature of tobacco on 60 minutes is not material you would associate with a modern thriller but in the hands of Mann the film is as tense as any thriller out there.

I cannot find a Region 2 Blu Ray copy of this film and I urge Warner's to release this as soon as possible. Ideally they will remaster all of Mann's films and produce a director's boxset (please include directors cut and original 3 hour edits of The Keep and Mohicans) I would be the first to buy.

You can keep your Spielberg's, Jackson's and Nolan's for me Michael Mann is the best director out there (closely followed by David Fincher) and this film just shows what he is capable off.


The Dark Knight (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
The Dark Knight (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 3.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Film of the Decade, 18 Mar 2013
This is a classic, a film that combines the perfect combination of cinematography, editing, story, script, plot, acting and visual effects. The end of Batman Begins set up the hope of a sequel and this film delivers in every department.

This film was and is a phenomena that set 2008 alight, partly due to Heath Legder's outstanding performance but also because of the drive and ambition of the film. It is a real movie, with grand ambitions that it manages to deliver. The ending sets up a perfect opportunity for a stunning third film... And then they thought TDKR was a good idea.. oh well you can't have everything. Maybe Nolan like Burton should have left it at two Batman films..

The BluRay is excellent, although I would have liked the option to watch the film without the IMAX aspect changes, it is a little distracting and it would surely be possible to have the option to watch the film in the same aspect ratio all the way through the film.


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