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Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning Steelbook (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [2012]
Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning Steelbook (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [2012]
Dvd ~ Jean-Claude Van Damme
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Universal Soldier: love the fight scenes, shame about the rest, 10 Feb. 2013
I was looking forward to this being a fan of the first and third Universal Soldier movies. The third movie in paticular was surprisingly excellent and dealt with the subject matter of reanimated super soldiers in a more realistic hard hitting tone. Everything Terminator Salvation should have been.

Now we come to the fourth movie and I'l briefly summarise what I didn't like about it:

-Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren are in it for around 10 minutes each despite taking up half the cover!

-Scott Adkins (Undisputed 2 & 3, Ninja, Expendables 2) appearing in a Universal Soldier movie sounded a nice way to progress the series as he's one of the best action stars of the last few years. Sadly his character is so boring it's hard to really root for him. I blame the writing (rather than the actor) which does not give the character any depth or decent dialouge.

-The most intense strobing effects I have ever seen in any movie for the 'trip' sequences (very offputting and potentially harmful to epilepsy sufferers)

-Too long, too minimalist and generally boring. A good 30 minutes of dialouge could have been lost

Some things I liked:

-Very good fight scenes. This is something that director John Hyams does well. The problem is that the story and lead character are so dull that I just wasn't immersed as I should have been

-Buckets of violence to rival Machete and Hobo With A Shotgun. Universal Soldier: Grindhouse would have been a suitable title.

My recommendation is to stick with the classic original 1992 Universal Soldier and Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2010) because this is a film that gets more wrong than right and thinking about it I actually found Universal Soldier: The Return more entertaining.

UPDATE: After watching it a second time, I'm prepared to upgrade this to 3 stars. The story makes a bit more sense second time round and I was more comfortable with the pacing of the movie. The fight scenes are excellent and a lot of gore if thats your thing. Still, this is a very odd film.


Special Forces [DVD]
Special Forces [DVD]
Dvd ~ Scott Adkins

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is whats meant by a B movie!!!, 4 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Special Forces [DVD] (DVD)
The first movie between Scott Adkins and director Isaac Florentine (Undisputed 2 & 3, The Sheperd, Ninja, this feels very low budget despite numerous gunfights, explosions etc. A group of US Special Forces marines head into Eastern Europe to rescue an American woman who has been kidnapped by a rouge general. They join forces with a lone wolf Brit soldier(Adkins) with a personal vendetta to take down the bad guys. Thats it plot wise. This certainly is not a one man show for Adkins who dosn't even appear until 30 mins in, in fact it feels like a low budget version of The Expendables (sorry no Stallone but we got Marshall Teague instead!).

If you can forgive the low budget look, the bad acting, the laughable special effects, the stereotypical Eastern European setting and the cheesy 'good ol US of A dialouge' then this is an ok movie. The main thing is that the fights are excellent and up to standard with other martial arts movies. Scott Adkins is of course brilliant in this department and is as good as any other movie he's been in. Check out other Adkins movies first but this isn't bad for a few quid.


Assassination Games [DVD] [2011]
Assassination Games [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Jean-Claude Van Damme
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £2.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weapon, 11 Oct. 2011
Looked forward to this as a long term Van Damme fan and have been VERY impressed by Scott Adkins in the few films he has done. Assasination Games - Well theres not that much action - a few brief fights, some gunfights and a pretty good torture scene nthrown in. Nothing on the scale of Undisputed 2/3 or Universal Soldier Regeneration. However the story and characters are well rounded and the film has a dark atmosphere that makes this moody and dark. The days of cheesy Van Damme are over, the darker, deeper Van Damme is here and works well, especially now he is older and has more lines on his face. Adkins is also currently overlooked in the action hero stakes at the moment although his role is less martial arts based than he usually does (see Undisputed 2 & 3 and Ninja), he still plays it well. Production values are also better than most straight to DVD releases. Overall I enjoyed it and cannot wait to see both in Universal Soldier A New Dimension and Expendables 2 next year. 7/10


Mortal Kombat Collector's Edition Official Game Guide
Mortal Kombat Collector's Edition Official Game Guide
by Adam Hernandez
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not perfect, 30 April 2011
Good points:

+ Moves cards for each character - great to be able to look up moves without having to pause the game or in offline multiplayer share the guide with friends.
+ Krypt guide - don't go to the Krypt without one - helps you find costumes, fatalities and classic MK backround music
+ The strategies I have used in Challenge Mode do work but only some of the harder ones are covered.
+ Looks nice

Bad Points:
- Nothing on the secret fights or unlocking classic costumes or classic fatalities. Nothing on babalities
- I have noticed that a few (maybe 3-4) fatality moves are described incorrectly on the cards and in the guide. Thankfully you can get the moves from the game's pause menu so I will be getting to work on the cards with some sticky labels where necessary. Also many fatalities it does not specify where to stand so I will be adding this as well.
- I found the interviews at the back rather boring to be honest

Conclusion:
A good companion piece to the game. Mostly worth buying for the moves cards as it certainly helps to have a quick guide for each character. Also useful for the Krypt although this info is available online. Worth buying to get to grips with the game but could have been better in many areas.


The Defender [DVD] [2008]
The Defender [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Dolph Lundgren
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.67

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 26 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Defender [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Great movie. Basically one long gunfight with a plot that could change the course of the war on terror woven in. Got it for £4 and very well spent!


Ong Bak 3 [DVD]
Ong Bak 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tony Jaa
Price: £3.67

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ong Broke, 12 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Ong Bak 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Looked forward to this as the others were great but this one is a complete misfire. Tony Jaa has about 3 fight scenes and spends half the film recovering from torture. This film needed more action and more fighting, not less. Whilst Ong Bak: The Beggining just had hints at the supernatural this one seems to go into fantasy territory. The crow thing from the previous film (who was awesome in that) is now the main antagonist - great opponent but the character just looses his effectiveness here the second he opens his mouth. Oh and there are a few 'nuke the fridge' moments that just further ruined what was already a dull film. Best avoided.
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Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland
Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland
Offered by Music4Less
Price: £6.70

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful., 9 Nov. 2009
This is the fifth or so attempt at writing a review for this album and I feel I just can't do it justice with mere words. Shpongle's music is so beautiful and wonderfully weird that I don't think any series of adjectives can summaries what an amazing record this. I guess Indian, classical and chillout are a few words I could use but the justice comes from hearing it running through a high end sound system. The details are so intricate and finely honed, I could listen to this 20 times and still feel I wanted to know it better.

I love all of Shpongle's music and like all their albums it's different to their last but all I can say is buy it, put it on and get Shpongled (don't download it as crappy MP3s have such degraded sound quality). You won't be disappointed.

And buy it for your family and friends as well coz they will love you.

Oh and the live DVD of their Roundhouse show in 08 is out and absolutly brilliant as well.

Peace.

M


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