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Spiders 3D [Blu-ray]
Spiders 3D [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Patrick Muldoon
Price: £8.00

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For a low budget schlock-horror, it's not all bad., 2 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Spiders 3D [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Make no mistake, this is a low budget movie, and with that in mind, you can almost imagine what to expect. However, as a fan of low budget, cheesy made-for-tv creature features, I went into this with pretty low expectations - and was pleasantly surprised.

A brief summary of the plot: The government have been conducting experiments in space, and happened upon a race of 'alien' spiders. Unfortunately, during routine experiments, the space station that was housing the titular creatures, falls from the sky and crashes into the New York Subway system. Eventually, the 'alien spiders' that were kept at bay in the weightlessness of space, begin to grow and multiply before terrorising the city. And that is it.

As plots go, it's by the numbers, nothing terribly taxing and is completely full of plot-holes. But that for me, is part of the appeal of these movies. But what we have here is a little bit special. For a start, the majority of the budget actually went on the special effects, so for once, you have something that's actually not too bad too look at. Especially when the gigantic spider as featured on the cover makes it's first appearance (although you will be waiting to towards the end of the movie before that beast is rampaging across the screen) - but believe me, it's a pay off worth waiting for.

Patrick Muldoon is pretty passable, playing the role of a Subway Control Operator, who initially investigates the mysterious death of one of his colleagues following a bizarre electrocution, which leads him to discover the mutant spiders, when in turn makes him a target to be chased by the government. Christa Campbell is his ex-wife, who quite frankly, is the only reason why you, if you really have to, turn off the movie. Her character is flat, emotionless, and yet completely over the top and serves the most least convincing performance. She is quite easily upstaged by the CGI, which in a movie like this, is some achievement.

Unfortunately, the version of the movie I saw was 2D but it was a full 1080p version and visually, it's a good picture. It's sharp, it's got vibrant colours and there was very little grain during the more low light scenes. I can imagine however, there are plenty of scenes in this movie that could be enhanced with 3D, but the movie was enjoyable as a 2D affair.

Bottom line - if you love and adore cheesy sci-fi creature features, then I genuinely believe there is alot of fun to be had with 'Spiders 3D'. Just keep your expectations really low, dim the lights, grab the popcorn and just have fun. It's really not all that bad!
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Ultimate G's 3D-Zac's Flying Dream (Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D)
Ultimate G's 3D-Zac's Flying Dream (Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D)
Dvd ~ Joel McNichol
Price: £8.65

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unsure of why anyone would want to watch this.., 30 Jun. 2011
I saw this movie for FREE on my Samsung UE46D7000 HD 3D TV via Samsung Smart Hub - where you can view this film and several of the other "Imax" 3D blu-rays you can purchase from Amazon as well.

Starring a young Michael Cera (of Scott Pilgim) - the story details a young boy Zac, who dreams of flying, and spends most of his time building "flying machines" - none of which prove to be successful. Years go by and he is now a pilot for Air Combat Canada - an aerobatics team, and is currently teaching his best friend (and secret love of his life) how to fly. Soon, Zac is challenged to an aerial dogfight over the grand canyon by some guy they met once before when they were children....

Yeah so, the rest of the story is pretty much "the dogfight" which isn't really impressive.

As a film, it's awful. The acting is so mechanical and unbelievable, and as a showcase of 3D - it doesn't really do much to "wow" in the that sense either.

Don't waste your money. If you are curious, and you have a samsung TV - then check it out for free - but failing that, don't bother. Really, i'm doing you a favour.

R? [Explicit]
R? [Explicit]
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expertly produced album by an independent artist, 7 Jun. 2011
This review is from: R? [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
Fantastic follow up to Simon's debut album "8-Bit Heart". Simon Curtis is an independent artist, yet to be signed to a major label - why, I don't know. Having gained a massive online following after Simon gave his first album away for free via his website (which you can still download now, and I urge that you do).

"RA" - which stands for Robot Army, the cute name for his collective of followers (think GaGa and her little monsters and you are on the right lines, but far less pretentious) - is an incredibly dark electro-pop album which speaks of everything that make us human - love, loss, betrayal, anger - emotions that everyone can relate too.

RA see's Simon not only grow as an artist, but a credible artist at that. With over 1 million hits on and over 250,000 followers on Twitter, and countless more on Facebook - this little boy robot that had a dream is starting to see the rewards from all his hard work - and he certainly knows how to make his fans feel special - the mark of a true legend in the making.

It's about time that their was a popstar out there who doesn't rely on shock music videos or attention-grabbing headlines to obtain respect from his fans.

The album is Raw, Consistent, Dirty and shows us that this is what pop music is missing. This is where male pop music NEEDS to be, and Simon Curtis has set the bar.

Highly recommended to fans of pop music, and looking for something that for once, lives up to the hype that Simon and his dedicated followers have been building up. You will not regret it.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show [Blu-ray] [1975]
The Rocky Horror Picture Show [Blu-ray] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tim Curry
Price: £8.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give yourself over, to absolute pleasure!, 23 May 2011
This is one of those films that I used to watch all the time when I was younger, but never really appreciated it for what it was. It wasn't until I was much older, that the movies sublime homage to 1950's B-Movies, and the delectable campness of Tim Curry's character actually started to make sense.

And FINALLY the movie gets the treatment it deserves in this stunning high-definition release. There are 2 versions of the movie - there is the original theatrical release (which looks fresh and new - as if it was filmed yesterday) and then an alternate version where the beginning of the film is in black and white, up until the moment Brad and Janet meet the other transylvanians during "The Time Warp" - this was meant as a homage to "The Wizard of Oz" - whilst it's a nice feature, it doesn't really enhance the movie in anyway.

There is plenty in the way of special features, and the menu design it's self is so extremely fabulous, that I could have watched that for hours!

If you are a Rocky Horror Virgin, then I can think of no better way for you to lose your cherry. If your a rocky vetaran, i'll meet you in the lounge with a water pistol, some rubber gloves and a some toast!

Glee: Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2010]
Glee: Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2010]
Dvd ~ Lea Michele
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £23.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply uplifting, hilarious and totally unrelenting, 23 May 2011
I was very reluctant to watch the show. I'd heard alot about the show, and the first I had heard of Glee was when I heard their cover of "Don't Stop Believin'" before the show aired in the US. The funny thing is, I actually got into the music before the TV show. I must have been listening to the first Glee album for a good 6 months before I finally buckled and purchased the show of iTunes to actually see what it was all about - and boy, did I hate myself for not getting into it sooner.

It's a very witty, well written show that I think appeals to anyone and everyone. Musical Fans, sitcom fans, drama fans - this show has everything. I'm not going to go into the show in too much detail about the show as you really need to see it, but I really want to congratulate the writers and casting people for putting together the most dynamic and talented team of actors/actresses. Lea Michele is fabulous as Rachel Berry and easily has one of the strongest voices I have ever heard. Along with Amber Riley as the fierce and fabulous Mercedes and musn't forget the deliciously evil and spiteful cheerio trio Quinn, Santana and Brittany (i'm so glad Brittany got a much bigger part in the second series).

If you are going to watch this show, splash out the extra and get it on blu-ray. A show like this needs to be seen in High-definition - not just for the picture, but the audio as well - the song pieces sound incredible, and every note and beat is crystal clear.

Whilst not all of the song choices will hit the spot, most of the "glee-makes" are a delight to listen to, and either inspired me to go and listen to the originals or discover more about the original artist, or gave me a new found respect for the original.

I would certainly recommend Glee to anyone. And I mean, ANYONE.

Altitude [Blu-ray]
Altitude [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jessica Lowndes
Price: £10.09

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average run-of-the-mill teen schlock-fest with an interesting premise, 23 May 2011
This review is from: Altitude [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I purchased this on a whim after seeing the trailer, and being mildly interested. I expecting something very low budget, and I was not disappointed. It's not all bad now. Anyone familiar with the work of H.P Lovecraft will know what to expect with this movie - the god-father of horror and sci-fi certainly had a morbid fascination for many-tentacled beasties, and the film utilises an interesting plot device which could have worked REALLY well with a slightly more talented writer at the helm.. well whatever you call the thing used to steer a plane.

Don't expect any serious character development, or in fact, any kind of a plot really. It's a serious case of "switch off brain" and just enjoy the movie for what it is - a loud, cheesy sci-fi, by the numbers teen horror fest with some interesting twists and turns.

Girls Aloud: Tangled Up Tour 2008 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Girls Aloud: Tangled Up Tour 2008 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Girls Aloud

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Show, Awful Blu-Ray., 2 Mar. 2009
I bought the Tangled Up tour on Regular DVD before the blu-ray was released. For what it is, it's a great way to while away two hours with some toe-tapping pop music.

However, upon inserting the blu-ray disc into my drive this weekend, I was appalled at how fuzzy the transfer was. There is so much grain and onscreen noise that it was unbearable to watch. The Standard Definition DVD is actually better than the hi-definition purchase. Do not waste your time with this, at all.
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Silent Hill [DVD]
Silent Hill [DVD]
Dvd ~ Radha Mitchell
Price: £3.72

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A non-stop ride into the centre of madness., 5 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Silent Hill [DVD] (DVD)
I missed this when it was in the cinema. I've never been able to sucessfully sit through a complete "Silent Hill" game, as I find them far to disturbing and scary! So, I approached Silent Hill with an open mind, and was pleasantly suprised. There have been mixed reviews over this film. Many fans have said that whilst the film has been faithful to the games, they were disappointed with some of the acting and dialogue of some of the characters. I, personally however, thought this added to the charm of the film. For those that have ever played a "Silent Hill" or even a "Resident Evil" game, will know that they feature delightfully animated cut scenes, which advance the story. They look beautiful, but there is never alot of thought given to what dialogue the characters are going to say. Therefore, the script for the Silent Hill film has been written in a way, that almost makes it look like one long FMV cut scene from the game. Besides, we're never interested in what the characters have to say, we're more interesting in the absorbing scenery and what's going on around them.

This is something that Christophe Gans obviously realised. The sets of Silent Hill are absolutely magnificent. In "Silent Hill" there are 3 alternate states. I won't divulge why otherwise it will ruin the film, but there's the beautifully deserted state, where there's autumn leaves blowing around the ghost town. There's the second state, in which the town is covered in smoke, ash and fog... and then the last and most disturbing decaying state, which hosts the grotesque creatures that haunt Silent Hill. Most of the action takes place in the second and third states.

There is plenty of blood and gore to keep the splatter-hounds happy. But it's not used to induce fear or repulsion. It's meant to disturb. The story is very intricate, and very intelligent, which is rare for the horror genre. The movie keeps you both guessing, and draws you in, so no matter how much you might find what's happening on the screen a little intense, you want to delve deeper, and unravel the mysterious things that have been happening for the last 30 years. The creature work is splendid, with a lot of physical effects, as opposed to CGI. There's the very creepy grey children who have twisted faces, and the terrifying Red Pyramid, a 7ft tall man with a large metal pyramid covering his head. He carries a large sword, which he uses to despatch his unwitting victims.

The film is just shy of 2 hours, and did have the tedency to drag on a tad in some places. But, you are right in the action by 17 minutes. Then it's pretty much a rollercoaster ride through fear as Rose get's closer to the truth.

I feel that had I been a fan of the games, I probably would have loved this. But as a stand alone horror film, it's dark, sophisticated, disturbing yet intelligent, and leaves you with an unsettled feeling long after the credits have rolled.

The DVD features a 47 minute "Making Of" Documentary, as well as TV spots, a Trailer and a Photo Gallery.

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting. Emotional. Electrifying., 17 July 2005
These are just a few of the words that I can think of describe this literaty masterpiece that is J.K.Rowlings sixth book in the harry potter series.
After receiving the book this morning at 12:30pm, I have read non stop (and it is now 12:30 am - so in 12 hours, I completed the 608 pages that Rowling has lovingly created.
The story continues after Voldemorts return to power, and Harry must now come to terms with the fact that only one can live. Either him, or Voldemort. As its early days, it wouldnt be wise to give too much away. But "Half-Blood Prince" is as wonderful as previous books, and will continue to excite you.
We do lose a main character, and nothing will prepare you for the shock. But home truths are finally revealed, and Hogwarts will forever be plunged into darkness. Highly recommended.

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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The War to end All Wars..., 2 July 2005
Synopsis: Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is blue-collar, working class Dock Worker in New Jersey. Estranged from his wife (Otto) and to kids Rachel (Fanning) and Robbie (Chatwin), Ray reluctantly agrees to look after his kids one weekend. But, during a freak lightning storm, all electrical items stop work, and a hole has appeared in the middle of a busy street. Suddenly, the ground caves in, and a 200ft Tripod emerges from the ground, and begins to incinerate everything and everyone in its path. It's a fight for survival, as Ray tries desperately to get his kids to safety.

Review: After following this movie, from its initial production, to release, one could say I was almost obsessed. That may be so. But the wait was well and truly worth it. Spielberg considers this the third in his "trilogy". First he have us "Close Encounters" back in the 70's, "E.T" in the eighties, and now, he's bringing us the War to end all Wars! No cute and cuddly aliens phoning home here. Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G Wells, the setting has moved from Victorian england, to New Jersey, USA today. Most people would think that would be highly ridiculous. I did. But after seeing it, I was left breathless.

This isn't your conventional alien invasion movie. The film is told through the eyes of Ferrier and his family, and surprisingly, the special effects take a back seat. Altho, the set pieces are dazzling, and the special effects ARE incredible. As soon as the first fighting machine emerges from the ground, you know you are about to experience a white-knuckle ride of emotions, fear and danger. The Tripods are huge, armed with heat-rays, and truly look like some huge mechanical animal. They stomp and blast their way across america, causing chaos, death and destruction. The scene involving a Ferry, and an underwater tripod is heart-stopping, and you see just how savage these invaders are. The designs are amazing, and you will be left breathless!

Which brings me to how graphic this movie actually is. This has to be, the most violent and disturbing film Spielberg has done. The body count is enough to rival a stallone movie, with countless deaths happening towards the beginning. I would definately advise a screening before you consider taking children to see it. Seeing dead bodies floating down a river in dozens is enough to frighten anyone, especially a child.

There are several elements of the book still kept in, so we do get to see some red weed! However, for the new movie, it has a grotesque way of being fertilised! I shall say no more.

My only Gripe, is Tim Robbins. Usually, a fantastic actor, I felt he was totally wasted in this movie. Firstly, he was called Ogilvy (who is an astonomer in the novel), who is an ex-paramedic/security guard who has gone mad and is lurking in his basement as the war wages on outside. But, it felt as though Spielberg had tried to cram so many elements of the book in, he came across as three characters in one! The Curate, The Artilleryman, and of course, Ogilvy. This made the character annoying, unbearable, but somehow, managed to capture the essence of insanity in a crisis.

There are plenty of nods to the 1953 George Pal "War of the Worlds" with a creepy basement scene involving a martian camera! And the ending is lifted straight from the original movie! Those who have read the book, or seen the '53 movie, will know how the film ends. It did feel rather rushed. One minute, we were faced with an exciting, action packed sequence, then it was all over. Fan's won't be disappointed, but for new-comers, the ending might feel a bit tacked-on, and not really do the rest of the movie any justice.

Over all, Spielberg has not disappointed, and Fans and newbies are sure to love the top-notch special effects, explosive action sequences, and the human emotion as refugees flee across the states to safety.

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