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Pompeii [DVD]
Pompeii [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kit Harington
Price: 10.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining mish-mash, 2 Jun 2014
This review is from: Pompeii [DVD] (DVD)
Mix 1 part 'Conan', 2 parts 'Spartacus' and 'Gladiator', and sift it through the destructive vision of someone like Roland Emmerich, and you have this latest offering from British director Paul W.S.Anderson in a nutshell. But please don't confuse this in any way with the jokey nature of his previous 'Three Musketeers' offering. Despite some ham acting, especially from a totally mis-cast Keifer Sutherland as a nasty Roman Senator, this is all taken very seriously indeed. The action is well-handled and plentiful, the meticulous sets are convincing and the special effects well above par, particularly in a final 30 minutes of hell let loose in the volcanic eruption. Obviously cast to cash in on his current popularity,(especially with the ladies) playing Jon Snow in 'Game of Thrones' Kit Harington acquits himself rather well in the lead role as the brooding Celt seeking revenge for his family's massacre, and Emily Browning is fetching as the high born girl he falls for. Hardly Oscar material, but very watchable. And don't miss the excellent final shot!


Zombieland [DVD] [2010]
Zombieland [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Woody Harrelson
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 6.43

5.0 out of 5 stars The Walking Dead infused with Black Comedy., 16 April 2014
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This review is from: Zombieland [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This is a great little gorefest with a near-perfect blend of action and comedy. The 4 main players acquit themselves well and there's not a dull moment in the 84 minute running time. The cute but feisty Abigail Breslin and smoulderlingly sexy Emma Stone are wonderful as con-artist sisters who link up with geeky resourceful loner Jesse Eisenberg and hard-assed survivalist Woody Harrelson traversing a zombie-infested America. I found the decidedly tongue-in-cheek approach surprisingly endearing, but there's no shortage of full-on 'blood and guts' in the mix, and any fan of zombie flix should not let this little gem escape their attention.


Sucker Punch [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]
Sucker Punch [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Emily Browning
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 7.68

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic and outrageously entertaining, 18 Mar 2014
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To anybody having seen the cinema/DVD release only, I would thoroughly recommend this extended Blu-ray 2 disc edition. The first disc has the cinema version, the second the director's cut, containing over 17 extra minutes, that add up to a real fleshing out of the narrative. There are notable highlights here, including substantially expanded action sequences, particularly the fortress assault in pursuit of fire, which is on a par with the Orc scenes in 'Lord of the Rings' ( but with added machine guns!!) There's also an eye-popping burlesque/night club scene with Oscar Isaac and Carla Gugino performing the show stopping 'Love is the Drug'. Also on this disc is a full feature run-through of the film with director Zack Snyder, various film technicians and actors dissecting and explaining many of the processes involved in production and special effects. Definitely a must buy item for anyone who liked this film on its initial release.


Pacific Rim [DVD + UV Copy] [2013]
Pacific Rim [DVD + UV Copy] [2013]
Dvd ~ Idris Elba
Price: 6.90

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5.0 out of 5 stars Del Toro appealing to the child in all of us!!, 12 Feb 2014
A pot pourri of ideas from Transformers, Battleship, Iron Man, Godzilla, Independence Day and Matrix Revolutions, this shouldn't work at all. But, distilled through the kaleidoscope imagination of director Guillermo Del Toro and some amazing CGI effects, this is slam-bang action and excitement from first frame to last. Was initially dubious about buying this but I have a high regard for Del Toro and was not disappointed. This is the director really letting his hair down and having fun.


Impressions on Chopin
Impressions on Chopin
Price: 14.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Chopin for the 21st Century ?, 7 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Impressions on Chopin (Audio CD)
Bought this CD on spec., having thoroughly enjoyed this pianist's rendition of Preisner's '10 Easy Pieces for Piano' and was totally bowled over by the sheer virtuosity on display throughout every one of the pieces. There is not a below par track on the disc. If you enjoy Chopin's works, and are prepared to accept them liberally reworked through the Jazz idiom, please give this disc a try. The recording is clear. spacious and is one of the finest I've heard outside of the ECM label.


District 13/District 13: Ultimatum [DVD]
District 13/District 13: Ultimatum [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bibi Naceri
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 7.44

5.0 out of 5 stars The real French Connection, 1 Jan 2014
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Exciting, exhausting and exhilarating from the word go; if you're an action fan-look no further. These films are a total adrenaline rush. I don't think I've ever seen so much incident packed into what are relatively short running times. French films always seem to be so much more stylish than Hollywood productions and these are no exception. The 2 main stars 'Leito' (David Belle) and 'Damien' (Cyril Raffaelli) interact so well and their numerous fight sequences with both villains and crooked cops will surely leave you breathless with their over-the-top audacity. To quote another film title, this really is 'As Good as it Gets'.


Another Mind
Another Mind
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Price: 8.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly gifted, 14 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Another Mind (Audio CD)
This is a superb jazz album with just about every musical genre thrown into the mix. For sheer virtuosity alone you would be hard put to find its equal. Hiromi's keyboard dexterity and imagination is quite staggering and she is matched by the furious drumming of 'on fire' Dave diCenso driving it all forward. XYZ is a pile-driver of an opener, leading into the amazing 'Double Personality' featuring Jim Odgren's alto saxophone(not my favourite musical instrument)but here performed with a suitably jaunty style which fits perfectly, followed by a tour-de-force piano onslaught with a rapidly rising crescendo. 'Dancando no Paraiso' is Michel Camilo on speed, and the proceedings climax with Hiromi's solo on 'The Tom and Jerry Show' which is worth the album price alone. Definitely one for your collection.


Time Control
Time Control
Price: 14.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Major talent on display, 8 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Time Control (Audio CD)
Another awesome disc from this Japanese keyboard wizard. Featuring the same line-up as her companion CD ('Beyond Standard') this consists of all original compositions and may be a more challenging prospect for the uninitiated, but there are abundant rewards here! Simply try out track 5 ('Real Clock vs Body Clock = Jet Lag') if you want something completely different! I was reminded of early Chick Corea (with Return to Forever) on some of the tracks, but there is much more than that on display here. The disc is brimming with unbridled virtuosity and will certainly be one of my all time favourites.


Beyond Standard
Beyond Standard
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Price: 8.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Touched by Genius, 6 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Beyond Standard (Audio CD)
In a word, ASTONISHING. This young lady is a recent discovery for me, but what a find! I've been a piano jazz fan since my teens and I reckon I've heard most of the exponents of the art, but I think Hiromi Uehara takes this music to another level. The speed and dexterity of her solo version of Gershwin's 'I Got Rhythm' which closes the disc is simply jaw-dropping. All the tracks are standards (Jeff Beck's 'Led Boots' anyone?) but none of them is doing business as usual. I played this disc twice in quick succession and it sounded different altogether on repeat hearing. My particular favourites, beside the Gershwin, would have to be 'XYG' and 'Softly as in a Morning Sunrise', but the whole disc is a revelation and I look forward to hearing a lot more from this artist.


War Of The Arrows [DVD]
War Of The Arrows [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hae-il Park
Offered by b68solutions
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars How much action can you handle?, 21 Mar 2013
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This review is from: War Of The Arrows [DVD] (DVD)
If any film fans out there can recommend a more action-packed movie, irrespective of origin, please let me know. After a quite breathless start, followed by a slightly benign ten minutes, this Korean cracker just explodes into life. There is a hint of Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto' in here, as one reviewer noted, but that does not detract from a whole host of brilliant action set pieces that just keep on coming at you. This, coupled with some of the most ravishing cinematography I have seen to date, make up a remarkable, unique experience.


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