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Alvin And The Chipmunks [DVD] [2007]
Alvin And The Chipmunks [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Jason Lee
Price: £2.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Family fun and entertainment, 25 May 2010
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When I ordered this movie, I wasn't sure what to expect. The reviews on Amazon were good, but generally the film had been panned by critics as one of the worst films of 2007, despite it's major financial success. Bah, just shows how much the critics know!

I finally got the chance to see this film the other night, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Fun, cute, inoffensive and pure family entertainment. (OK, a couple of bathroom jokes, but they were not taken to any extremes)
There was humour where it applied in the movie, but also some moments of emotion - such as when Theodore had a nightmare and Dave let him stay with him for the night.
To be honest, the only problem I might have with the movie is that the "boys" were sometimes hard to understand with their squeaky voices... still, the actors enunciated their lines pretty well, so generally this wasn't a problem.
Anyway, long and short of it is that this movie is unjustly underrated and definitely worth the watch.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Lasvegum really is entertaining... we should come back!", 17 July 2009
A really fun game!
When Getafix appears to have betrayed our cause by turning three leading Druids over to Caesar, the task falls to Asterix and Obelix (and Dogmatix) to find out what's going on.
To this end, they must infiltrate Caesar's new themepark, which is split up into several zones based on provinces of the Roman world. And at least it's not all fighting - there are a number of puzzle elements, too!
This game builds on and improves a number of concepts from the old game, and includes better cut-scenes. The voice-actors have done a better acting job this time, as well.
Also, there are several videogame-spoofs to look out for as you explore Lasvegum - such as the Roman enemies in various costumes (including those you see on the box-cover above). Standing out from among these is your old friend, Sam Schieffer, the ex-Roman spy with the night-vision goggles, and Larry Craft, a Roman henchman who seems to prefer jumping around in combat-shorts instead of wearing a skirt like everyone else...

Sonic Mega Collection (PC DVD)
Sonic Mega Collection (PC DVD)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £4.45

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, the old-school! Classics!, 31 Dec. 2007
This has been a delightful stroll down Memory Lane.
I was excited to get hold of this, because it included some games I remember from years ago, when I used to have the now-obsolete SEGA Master System II and when I used to play some of these games with a friend at his house.
Now, I have all those games and more on my own PC, thanks to this brilliant collection!
Sure enough, I haven't figured out how to unlock the locked games yet, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the games I have been able to play and indeed - these were good old days! Sonic the Hedgehog may be in 3D these days, but he started out big with these games!
I also love those special features, like the publicity and comic art also available on this disc.
To anybody who is any sort of Sonic fan, I recommend this!
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Asterix - Box Set [6 Discs] [Animated] [DVD]
Asterix - Box Set [6 Discs] [Animated] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Goosens

67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Veni, vedi and double vici for this collection!, 31 Dec. 2007
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Having had 'Cleopatra', 'Britain' and 'The Big Fight' on video before, I had hoped to get the other three. But though they no longer appear to be available individually, I was excited to find this complete box-set. I can honestly say that I got a splendid deal out of it!
Sure enough, there are different voice actors for some of the movies and the French signs haven't been converted to English, but then this is a French comic and the films seem to have been produced by various companies. I still feel that the English dubs were well cast for the roles.

To tackle each film individually:
Asterix the Gaul - this one is shorter than the others and thin on plot, but this was the first comic and I give it credit for remaining faithful to the book. This was actually very well done, and a good laugh.
Asterix and Cleopatra - we had this one on video before, but unfortunately the quality was poor and the audio was overdubbed, causing an obtrusive echo. I'm happy to say the DVD version is cleaned up beautifully!
The Twelve Tasks - probably the best of the batch. Full of laughs, well-animated and a fun storyline. The Isle of Pleasure part was most enjoyable, with the musical sequence performed by the animals of the island (including a squirrel with a clarinet that hadn't been invented yet).
Asterix and Caesar - this was also a very well done film and I enjoyed it a lot. There was quite a strong storyline to this one. Some of the funniest moments include Obelix's crush on Panacea, and the scene when he dived in the pool...
As for 'Britain' and 'the Big Fight', I already know they are good.
That said, however, I was disappointed to find 'the Big Fight' was an American dub version, with different names and voice-acting I personally found inferior to the former British version.
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Special Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2005]
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Special Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Georgie Henley
Offered by VAP Goods
Price: £7.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant adaption of a brilliant book!!, 25 Aug. 2006
I was very excited when I first heard that they were making a movie of Narnia. Knowing that the movie was being made by Andrew Adamson (the creator of the Shrek movies) I knew that this movie had to be good! As soon as we could swing it, we went to see the movie at our local cinema...

Beating the Lord of the Rings on my mental list of favourite movies, Narnia is now my Number One! It was brilliant!

Finally making up for the pathetic wooden thing used in the BBC Series, Aslan finally comes to life as a very realistic-looking CGI beast. Even the pixels that represent eyeballs enable the viewer to feel his emotions!

The special effects were impressive. You can really believe in the fantastic creatures of Narnia and you might even mistake Mr Beaver for the real thing when you first see him.

The acting is also wonderful. Georgie Henley is so right for the role of Lucy - all the Pevensie children are, in fact. And Ray Winstone really brings a sense of rough working-class cockney to the Beaver!

On a literal level, the LWW stays pretty faithful to the book. There are deviations, of course, but you cannot avoid that in film adaptations. The spirit of the story is still alive!

Do not judge this by its subtle Christian meanings - the Matrix was also said to have had religious allegories! I must urge you as a long-time Narnia fan not to pass up this wonderful movie.

You'll be the only one who misses out!

Sonic Heroes (PC)
Sonic Heroes (PC)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic is back in action and back in 3D., 9 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Sonic Heroes (PC) (Video Game)
I had been hoping to get hold of a decent Sonic game for years. There are so few Sonic games that have been made available for the PC. I don't have a PS2.

Anyway, the game is fast-paced, naturally, and follows the premise of old-school Sonic games, but in true 3D. It features brilliant combo moves, exciting action and a presents a fun challenge. The special effects are most impressive.

It has also given me a chance to become acquainted with some of the newer characters, whom I could grow to like.

It's true that the storyline is thin and some of the voice acting is poor, but at least there is enough story to go on and the voice acting is not cringeworthy. (At least, that's my opinion) The game itself is fun.

I recommend it to Sonic fans - or fans of the other characters, even!

The Prince Of Egypt [DVD] [1998]
The Prince Of Egypt [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Val Kilmer
Price: £4.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic!, 5 April 2006
It may not be Charlton Heston playing Moses, but this is still an EPIC!! In fact, it's a good deal better than 'the Ten Commandments'
For those who don't know the Bible story, the Hebrews have lived in Egypt for nearly 400 years. The current Pharaoh, fearing their alarming birthrate began oppressing them. Now the Israelites are slaves in a foreign land. But God has not forgotten them. That's where Moses comes in, sent to try and deliver his people out of Egypt and take them to the Promised Land as God commands him.
The story is brilliantly told and we see how Moses, raised as a Prince of Egypt, must learn of his past and later face it to meet with the task put to him. The character animation appears flatly drawn, but it works well and the acting is fully believable. Other special effects are positively mind-blowing, in particular, the Burning Bush, the Angel of Death and the Red Sea.
Hans Zimmers' score really adds something to the movie. Some of his compositions are very moving. One of the really high points is the joyful Hebrew chorus during the Exodus. (That part was actually sung in Hebrew)
So, to conclude, this is a terrific movie and a credit to the Exodus story.
P.S. About the question of the Plague on the First Born of Egypt. God did indeed bring that plague, but it was not an easy decision. Remember, Moses earnestly warned Rameses that something worse was coming - he would not listen, and so there was no other choice but to go through with it.
Besides, you must consider that the previous Egyptian Pharaoh ordered the death of EVERY newborn Israelite boy, so in a sense it was blood for blood.
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The Nutty Professor [VHS] [1996]
The Nutty Professor [VHS] [1996]

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but bad content, 28 Nov. 2005
Eddie Murphy was funny as Donkey in 'Shrek' but I'm afraid this thing didn't make the grade.
I've seen both 'Nutty Professor' movies and I strongly feel that the Jerry Lewis version was better. That's saying something, because that wasn't especially brilliant.
An inadequate bloke trying to get the girl and the simple Jeckyl/Hyde concepts all make good sense, taken together. There are some very funny bits in the movie. However, it is seriously let down by the bad language, the constant innuendo and references to certain parts of the anatomy. I was watching the counter and fervently waiting for the end before half an hour was past.
Sorry, Eddie. I cannot recommend this. Please, stick to playing a Donkey!

Age of Empires 2: The Conquerors Expansion
Age of Empires 2: The Conquerors Expansion

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of strategy games., 27 Jan. 2005
I refer to Age of Empires II as a whole, not just this Expansion pack.
In the game itself, you start from humble beginnings - a scout, a tiny village and a few workers. From here, you must use your own cunning to become to strongest civilisation on the map - maybe even build an Imperial Age 'Wonder of the World'! It's all down to you!
Also, you get to relive the campaigns of various great heros of the ages - William Wallace, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan to name but a few.
Research technology, improve your army, expand your town - and of course beat the living daylights out of any rival impudent enough to use you for a punch bag!
The Expansion Pack allows you to do all this and more, featuring new technology, new units and new campaigns.
And even if you run out of campaigns and maps, you can always use the built-in scenario editor and make your own!
Basically speaking, this is a great medieval strategy game, both enjoyable and educational.

Garfield The Movie - Single Disc Edition [DVD] [2004]
Garfield The Movie - Single Disc Edition [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Breckin Meyer
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.46

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious movie and very cleverly done!, 28 Dec. 2004
Having seen the number of dissing reviews on the IMDB, I just had to put in this review in defiance, as a chap who watches a movie to enjoy it rather than blam it.
The plot is simple. Garfield, fat lazy lasagne-loving telly-addict cat is living his very simple life, when his owner Jon get a new pet from his vet girlfriend, Liz. A puppy dog called Odie. Odie quickly turns Garfield's life on end and the two are always quarelling over their hometurf. Then Odie is kidnapped by an evil TV showman and Garfield must face his guilty conscience and rescue him.
While not the most brilliant of movies, Garfield is still hilariously funny and you'd have to be incredibly sour not to laugh. The special effects are brilliant - not just the CGI Garfield, but the whole facial animation with the other animal characters. The way that Garfield portrays moral developement is also good and I recommend this as a truly delightful family movie.

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