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Total Recall [DVD] [2012]
Total Recall [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £3.13

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
This review is from: Total Recall [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
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
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £6.84

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning for Panasonic 3D BluRay users!, 2 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
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: £8.99

2 of 13 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 ~ Orlando Bloom
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £7.33

1 of 3 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
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.95

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
Price: £2.97

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.

Pulp Fiction (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [1994]
Pulp Fiction (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.76

2 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Over rated, pretentious nonsense, 13 Mar. 2013
Saw this on original release and my view on this film has never changed. A mediocre story told in a overly convoluted way referencing French New Wave and Kurosawa style story edits. Tarantino makes good parts of movies (i.e. the opening of Inglorious Basterds) but they never seem to add up to more than these individual parts with vast tracks of inane supposedly hip dialogue linking the scenes. Nothing is original, all the ideas are plagiarized from better or more obscure films and we are told this is one of the great films of all time! I don't think so.

Pulp Fiction thinks it's cool, it is not. Its intention is to make a cultural statement and it comes across as cringe worthy.

Tarantino now thinks he can rewrite history with Inglorious and Django. The Ego of the man is beyond all comprehension.

Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula 1)
Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula 1)
by Kim Newman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There is one good thing about this book, 13 Mar. 2013
There is an extra 120 pages at the end of it that you don't have to read! Bonus material etc. I was starting slog through this mess of a story and was thinking I cannot read another 100 odd pages of this when it suddenly ended. Thank you Titan books for sparing me the pain.

There are some good parts in the novel especially in the thirst third and then it goes too far out for my liking. Maybe if I read it 20 odd years ago while Gothing up I may have been impressed. But it wasn't and I am not so I was disappointed.

Steampunk/alt history is really not my thing I gave it a try won't be doing it again, if it is yours I am sure this is a classic so I have given it an extra star, because I am kind and generous...

Rust and Bone [Blu-ray]
Rust and Bone [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Marion Cotillard
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful exceptional film, 11 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Rust and Bone [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
An excellent Blu-ray presentation of a stunning movie, picture and sound quality is exceptional, although found a 2 disk special edition for a lot less at one of the local supermarkets, worth shopping around. Has anybody else noticed that since HMV announced it was in administration Amazon's prices have started to creep up!

This is just quality film making of the first order, the actor's performance's are just staggering and the atmosphere created by Audiard through his clever cinematography, seamless FX, sound and editing put him in the category of one of the best director's working today.

The Whisperers: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 9
The Whisperers: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 9
by John Connolly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars John Connolly is always good, 5 Mar. 2013
I saw a couple of one star review on here for this book, all I can say is that they are wrong this is a solid thriller which adds a little more to the Parker mystery. It does feel like JC is drip feeding the clues to the origins of Parker bit at a time, with the occasional book that is a diversion into more conventional thriller (ie The Reapers, The Burning Soul).

I did not like the ending particularly, I thought it was a little week but overall a solid read.

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