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Ghost In The Shell Arise: Borders Parts 1 And 2 [DVD]
Ghost In The Shell Arise: Borders Parts 1 And 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kenichirou Matsuda
Price: £14.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new beginning for the GITS universe., 26 Dec. 2014
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For what seems like forever, the Ghost in the Shell franchise finally makes a return to our screens.

GITS: Arise serves as a prequel centered around Major Kusanagi's first involvement with Section 9 and paves the way to how she discovers her perfect team to combat cyber-terrorism/warfare in the post-cyberpunk world of the mid 21st century.

This release features the first two out of four OVA parts, each part being an hour long. The animation shares similarities to the SAC series but it has greatly improved in terms of effects and aesthetics. The main cast has been completely redrawn but they still maintain the characteristics and mannerisms that we have known and love.

The similarity of SAC stops there though as Arise simply embraces it's own direction to the franchise, you won't find any Oshii imitations here nor will you see the humor and tongue-in-cheek attitude that SAC has.

This new iteration has a huge emphasis on cyber-espionage and tones down on the philosophical themes that past entries had. For the first two parts, Arise brings more of a serious tone and builds a slow thriller pace. The fundamental elements of GITS are still there and the action sequences are really impressive (way more than Solid State Society imo) and the story has it's share of unpredictable turns.

One last thing l believe that deserves a mention is the music score by Japanese Electronica artist Cornelius. While not going to touch the masterpiece of Kenji Kawai's work (Honestly, how can anyone top his scores for GITS?) or reach the popular appeal of Yoko Kanno. Cornelius brings an eccentric techno/idm soundtrack that fits GITS: Arise's aesthetic perfectly.

Overall, Arise is an interesting new beginning for GITS and I look forward to seeing the last 2 parts and for what they might bring.

Dangerous Days
Dangerous Days
Price: £13.14

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The year is 2088, and you are about to embark on a journey into an urban nightmare", 4 July 2014
This review is from: Dangerous Days (Audio CD)
Call it Synthwave, Dreamwave, 80's electro etc. it doesn't matter. All you need to know is that James "Perturbator" Kent is back, he is like the Yuzo Koshiro of this genre; criminally underrated and a prodigy at mixing retro synth with modern electro.

What makes Perturbator stand out from the other acts like 'Make up and vanity set', 'Lazerhawk' and 'Kavinsky', is that he truly captures everything cool about 80's culture: the sound of rain slick cyberpunk streets, neo-noir dreamscapes, sounds from the arcade and infectious melodies from a music video on a forbidden VHS tape.

His music never really slows down, it maintains that sense of style and attitude throughout. His new release Dangerous Days is no exception, the music here is the equivalent of driving a Delorean down a neon soaked strip at 88mph with your nose full of cocaine and hallucinating a Giallo/ Argento-esque nightmare.

Dangerous Days marks as Perturbator's third album and his first release on a signed label. Maybe it's artwork or the story concept but Dangerous Days feels like a journey, every track here feels more consistent and mature than his previous works.

Nothing ever feels forced on this release, tracks like "Perturbator's Theme", "Future Club" and "She is young, she is beautiful, she is next" have the potential to be Gothic Dancefloor hits. The two vocal tracks "Hard Wired" and "Minuit" are just beautifully atmospheric and really show how versatile Perturbator can be with his music, and "Human's are such easy pray" "Satanic Rites" and "Raw Power" really set this dark, ominous tone with a sense of hope.

If you are into this genre, then you need a piece of this action. Quiet possibly the perfect CD to put on after midnight.

Price: £13.58

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intermix revisited?, 12 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Airmech (Audio CD)
FLA returns with some new material but its material that fans should not expect as a standard new release. Unlike a new FLA album, "AirMech" marks as something special in FLA's catalogue, as its the very first time the group have officially released a Soundtrack. Yes, "AirMech" is an OST to an online indie RTS game (Carbon Game's AirMech), the cd also comes with some cool exclusive in-game content to satisfy the craziest of FLA/AirMech fans and the artwork in the booklet is bad ass.

As you can expect from this being an OST, all the tracks here are instrumental and the group this time have dropped the guitars, so anyone expecting the successor to I.E.D. is going to feel under-whelmed and disappointed. However, AirMech is a must listen for any follower of Leeb's music and FLA's side projects.

The music in AirMech just oozes old-school Leeb with lots of EBM rythems and industrial/ambient soundscapes. The bass synth is as loud and pulsing as ever - its used for full effect in tracks like Arise and Pulse Charge. The soundtrack sounds allot like a new Intermix or Noise Unit release for me with the ghostly presence of Rhys Fulber and Chris Peterson material. That said, Leeb, Inkel and Slingerland have been opening and experimenting with new sounds: some tracks have some progressive house melodies (has the band been listening to some Sasha?) and theirs even a faint inclusion of dubstep. It may sound a bit intimating but the whole album does work well together - the tracks are well consistent, the sounds are well layered and the production is top FLA quality.

As AirMech stands: it's a modern revamp of that classic Leeb sound. It shows that Bill hasn't forgotten about his EBM roots in FLA and its another ambitious display of how underrated the Leeb is in the electronic genre. This is a must have and listen for fans.

Metal Gear Solid 4 - Guns Of The Patriots Platinum (PS3)
Metal Gear Solid 4 - Guns Of The Patriots Platinum (PS3)
Offered by Base
Price: £16.16

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2.0 out of 5 stars I really do want to like this game...but it's a mess., 12 Feb. 2011
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Ever since late 1998, l have been invested in the MGS series, l was thrilled by it's characters,story, music etc, it was the perfect cinematic, postmodern video game series...but MGS4 is just a disappointing conclusion to Snake's journey. I didn't mind the story, it was like a roller-coaster ride of thrills and emotions, l love how the presence of the story goes back to MGS1 for nostalgic effect and how all the other games plot ties together. But my problem with this game is how unbalanced and boring it is.

I could go on about the 'long' cut scenes are but hey, it's expected in an MGS game, but my problem with them is how they don't flow with the game-play but instead interrupt it, this happens more and more as you progress through the game and at most of the time it just feels redundant and leaves you feeling bored. But what surprised me the most was the dialogue, did Hideo Kojima actually write this? the writing is just dreadful and insulting, from a full 10 minute explanation of why Weapons are ID Locked (and it's so obvious right away how its done) from Raiden giving you a 15 teaching of tracking, even thou Octocon explains the same thing in 30 seconds right after. Speaking of Octocon, he is annoying as hell in this game, he never shuts up, always states the obvious and the emotional,dramatic cut scenes involving him are just embarrassing. I find the controls to be a chore to go through, theres alot of jerkyness and takes forever to turn in FP view. And to me, the most disapointing aspect of MGS4...The Bosses.

Hey, do you remember Sons of Big Boss MGS1? how about Dead Cell in MGS2? or the Cobra Unit in MGS3?? they all had unique characteristics, mannerisms and far-out powers...well say goodbye to that in MGS4 and welcome these generic, bland bosses. This just blows my mind, how can you take four bosses based off the awesome 'Sons of Big Boss' group from MGS1, and the outcome turns out to be completey banal and uninteresting? The Boss battles are so SO Boring!! There is nothing unique, nothing that makes them memorable, hell, they are not even a challenge, they are the most easiest and most pathetic bosses in MGS History. Sure the battle against Crying Mantis was amusing but that just makes you wish you where playing MGS1 again, fighting Psycho Mantis.

Overall, this isn't a game for anyone to be introduced to the series, and the MGS fans will either enjoy it or hate it, but to me, l found this to be insulting, l really tried to like this game but l couldn't stop faceplaming, this could of been a truely marvelous conculson but it's just a product of disapointment, it's a pefect example of a game that throws in way too much information, too much focus on turning the video game medium into a work of art, and completey alienating the gameplay and fun factor.

Akira - The Ultimate Collection [1991] [DVD]
Akira - The Ultimate Collection [1991] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nozomu Sasaki
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £29.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Remastered but whats with this new English Dub?, 23 Dec. 2010
I own Akira on original VHS back in the early 90s so l decided to get the film on DVD to get better picture quality and sound, so l came across this edition of Akira. The remastering of the picture is really, really good, the quality is excellent and the sound is fantastic but for some reason the English dub has a whole new cast of voice actors and to be honest it really does kill the experience for me.

I'm not one of those anime freaks who constantly complains about English dub, in-fact this is the only time it has annoyed me, the original English voice actors where brilliant, they really set the tone for their characters and the dystopian environment of neo-tokyo. But this new cast is just plain awful; there is no sense of attitude or excitement in their characters, the new dialogue is watered down and they can't even pronounce the main character's name correctly (Kenada is pronounced as Kanada??? what the-)

As a fan that was grown up on the original release,l found this to be really disappointing and it does pour slat in the wound as this is the only Akira release with fantastic picture quality.
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Alien 3 [DVD] [1992]
Alien 3 [DVD] [1992]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.89

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars erm....just what the hell happened here., 18 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Alien 3 [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
I'll admit l was never into the "Alien" series until l came across James Cameron's "Aliens" which is without a doubt a perfect blend of sci-fi,action and horror.

So when l finished watching Alien 3 l was really disappointed. By no means do l blame David Fincher; his direction in this movie is great and knows how to bring shivers down your spine but what ruined this movie for me was the studio and the writing. The writing is bad and just how bad is it? well while the movie was being made the script wasn't even complete. Just what the hell Fox it's already challenging enough that Fincher has to tackle Ridley Scott's and James Cameron's movies but all this time he was working on a movie that was dead from the start. The story it's self has a major plot hole but what annoyed me the most was killing off the characters "Hicks" "Newt" and "Bishop" instead of having these characters that we have loved in the previous film they have been replaced with criminal thugs and they are completely unlikable; when they die you don't feel anything for them unlike when Private Vasquez dies in Aliens. But even the character of Ripply has changed allot, she acts like an idiot in this movie.

So was there anything this movie does justice? well the production designs and cinematography is fantastic, instead of the usual cold blue,dark colours you have warm amber colours which works really well. Even the Xenomorph looks absolutely brilliant in this movie.

Overall if David Fincher was able to have full control of the project this would of been a great Alien movie but now it's just a product of frustration and disappointment.

Patlabor 1 And 2 [1989] [DVD]
Patlabor 1 And 2 [1989] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mamoru Oshii

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5.0 out of 5 stars The movies that introduced me to Mamoru Oshii, 27 Aug. 2010
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Back in the early 1990s Manga and Anime was becoming very popular and my brother was collecting alot of it on VHS tapes and his favorite out of the bunch just so happens to be "Patlabor: Mobile Police" so l watched it.

As a kid l absolutely loved it even if l didn't fully understand the complex plot at an young age, there was so many things l loved about Patlabor like the animation (hand drawn is always the best), the mecha designs, the characters, the action sequences and storytelling are just fantastic. There are even scenes that l found to be really chilling and gripping, If theres anyone that's pushing the limits of anime it's Mamoru Oshii.

Patlabor 2 is another great example of Oshii's talents, this movie may have a problem with pacing for the average anime fan but it's a rewarding experience. Patlabor 2 is more concerned with character development and political background, their are even mentioning of several real-life disasters about the cold war propaganda. It's alot like a detective, film noir movie and at times it's like your not watching an animation at all.

If you are a fan of Oshii without a doubt you need these masterpieces in your collection, if you are an average anime fan give Patlabor a shot, its the mecha concept in our modern world.

The Happening [DVD] [2008]
The Happening [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Mark Wahlberg
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.24

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this movie is...Comedic Genius!!!, 27 July 2010
This review is from: The Happening [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Seriously only pick this up if you want laughs because this movie is just a showcase of how incredibly stupid M. Night Shawmaopoop is. I mean oh my god...oh my god right from very start of the film you see how awful and funny the dialogue is, it's like M Night is insulting our human intelligence.

So why should you pick up this bad movie??? because it's just plain funny. For one the acting in it is hilarious and you will be doing marky mark impressions all day "Hey guys..Where did all the honey bees go?" but most of all there are scenes that simply make no sense what so ever.

Example 1. The Jeep crash scene, why didn't the passenger of the front sit go flying out of windshield? in the previous camera shot you see that he is not wearing his seat belt. But most of all its IMPOSSIBLE!!!! to go flying out of the windshield in a freaking Jeep.

Example 2. The Lion video, oh wow l think l am going to send this video of this guy getting mauled by lions to my family l think they will enjoy it. When guy gets his arm ripped off by the lion it's done in the most unrealistic way, the lions would have to twist it to even manage to get it off also when the woman said "my god what kind of terrorists are these" l was speechless...THEY ARE LIONS YOU STUPID WOMAN!!!

Example 3. The redneck scene, "hey l don't want to get infected, in fact you guys are terrorists,you damn terrorists I'm gonna kill those kids first because everyone knows they are the terrorist masterminds, those damn kids of today".

Example 4. Running from comment.

this is one of those movies that is so so bad that you gotta see it, hell l even think mark wahlberg was aware of how bad this movie is so he had to be the comic relief by degrading his acting. congratulations M. night slapadick you are the laughing stock of Hollywood, keep smiling you just made 5 bucks.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [DVD] [1990]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Judith Hoag
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £11.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TURTLE POWER!!!, 21 July 2010
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I dare you not to like this movie, l even dare you to say negative things about it?? you can't you know why because it's "BOSSANOVA" dude!!! l haven't seen this movie since l was a kid and my perspective of it was very memorable from the scenes the turtles reveal themselves, the entrance of villain Shredder and the exciting final fight on the rooftop. Seeing this movie today is like having an injection of nostalgia. No matter how corny the jokes are or how stereotypical the dialogue is this film is awesome.

This movie is a perfect blend of the comics and the cartoon TV series as the whole atmosphere of the movie is dark and surrounded by corruption and crime (like Tim burton's BATMAN) but the turtles have the charm of the Cartoon series and they both work really well but it's also a great example of the 90s generation. For a movie done with puppetry suits they actually work well, Splinter looks absolutely awesome and the fight choreography in the battle scenes are well put together.The actors play their characters perfectly, sure their not gonna get awards for it but they do a swell job.

Bottom line this movie is so underrated it puts most modern comic-book movies to shame and that includes your precious Dark Knight. Why because it's funny, well executed, faithful and most of all it's Entertaining. Now go watch this classic!!!

Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2002]
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Kang-ho Song
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.23

5.0 out of 5 stars It's a a very very very very bleak, dark and brutal way, 18 July 2010
Disappointing?? far from it. Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance Trilogy is without a doubt one of the greatest things to happen in film making today but their is always one film that gets overshadowed by the other two and that's "Sympathy For Mr.Vengeance" so what can l say about this film? it's just fantastic. It's like going on a gripping, horrific roller coaster ride.

The Story is a tale of cruel fate and the actions of the consequences you take. Shin Ha-kyun does a terrific performance playing the Deaf Mute "Ryu" and doesn't create a mockery stereotype, Doona Bae handles her role perfectly and Song Kang-ho does a fantastic performance being the wealthy desperate father.

What l find most interesting about this film is that Park chan-wook envisioned this as a black comedy and you can see that in a lot of scenes but when you laugh...boy do you feel bad. Theirs a lot of great use of detail especially in the steel factory scene where Ryu works to pay off the medical bills for his dying sister you can see that he's the only one not wearing ear protection headphones, it's the little things like that help to create atmosphere and development on Ryu. The Direction is flawless; park is very inventive with the camera and he doesn't try to be annoying with it.

The cinematography is stunning and has some of the best striking visuals l have ever seen, I'm even goning to say they are better than the ones in "Oldboy". The music in his film is not really that exciting unlike the other spiritual successors but it's the characters in "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" that stand out more than "Oldboy" and "Lady Vengeance"

Park makes you feel sympathy for each character, everyone is a victim and become Mr. Vengeance their own way. Ryu's part of the story starts off being melodramatic with his dying sister, out of an act of desperation things get worse and worse. once he exacts his revenge he becomes a monster. Dong-jin wants revenge on Ryu and his girlfriend for taking his daughter away from him but as the film progresses his personality and emotions become stripped down, he's like a dry piece of wood with only one thing on his mind revenge. when Ryu and Dong both have their confrontation in the lake everything gets so gripping and complex it just blows your mind away.

Overall this is a must see for anyone that isn't faint hearted, the only minor problem with this film is the pacing but when you get through it you will be experiencing one hell of an horrfic ride.

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