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24: Live Another Day [DVD] [2014]
24: Live Another Day [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Price: £19.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Bourne and Bond, this is the JB you need!, 14 Oct 2014
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.I don't think any 24 fan could reasonably expect a more apt continuation of the story than is delivered here. The pace is blistering from 1st episode till last, the change of locale to London is refreshing (anybody remember any rain in the preceding seasons?) and Jack is leaner, meaner and badder than ever. He really looks the part of the former Black Ops agent here, whether it be in the very frequent gun battles or the close quarter hand-to-hand combat that puts Messr's Damon and Craig in the shade. Biggest surprise is the return of Chloe O'Brian as a gothic/punk character whose involvement is initially unclear. The pared down 12 episode run allows for a much tighter and fast moving scenario which produces twists and turns aplenty and the finale in no way disappoints. And don't miss out on the 'Solitary' sequence on the 4th disc's Extras for a very tantalising trailer. Heartily recommended.


Bonfire
Bonfire
Price: £21.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Appetit, 25 Sep 2014
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A terrific 5 CD set. 4 discs with Bon Scott and a 5th (Back in Black) fronted by Brian Johnson. The pick of the bunch (imho) has to be the live set on the 1st disc recorded at Atlantic Studios New York, a 45 minute battery of raw and exciting rock tracks from their early years, containing matchless performances of 'Live Wire','Whole Lotta Rosie' and 'Rocker' amongst others, and surely the best ever recorded version of 'The Jack' with its original lyrics. The 2nd and 3rd discs comprise the soundtrack from the DVD movie 'Let There Be Rock' recorded live in Paris 1977 with a bevy of great tracks including a 13 minute 'Bad Boy Boogie' and the 9 minute 'Rocker'. The 4th disc (Volts) is a series of studio takes that presaged the 'Highway to Hell' album and includes the superb 'Touch Too Much' and the first incarnation of 'If You Want Blood You Got It' . I can't praise these discs too highly and I've listened to them countless times. If you are any fan of AC/DC and you haven't bought this yet, I urge you to consider buying ASAP!


Pompeii [DVD]
Pompeii [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kit Harington
Price: £9.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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 streetsahead
Price: £4.50

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 skyvo-direct
Price: £8.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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: £5.30

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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: £13.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Chopin for the 21st Century ?, 7 Feb 2014
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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
Price: £6.90

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: £10.31

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
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major talent on display, 8 Aug 2013
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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.


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