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Chariots Of Fire [1981] [DVD]
Chariots Of Fire [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Cross
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Price: 3.87

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film Of Passion!, 31 May 2004
Ultimately this film is about both passion and faith. The passion being both competitors extream will to win at all costs, and the faith for Liddell in God, and for Abrahams in himself.
'Chariots Of Fire' features Ian Charleson as the devoted protestant Eric Liddell who runs because he belives that God made him able to run fast for a purpose, and also because he feels that running brings him closer to God.
Ben Cross plays the Jewish Harold Abrahams whose sole purpose for running is basically to win at all costs, even if it means employing the help of a proffessional coach (which at this time was strictly not allowed) to enable him to do so.

Both competitors travel to Paris for the 1924 Olympic Games however when Liddell realises that his first head is on a Sunday (the sabbath), he simply refuses to play, until a fellow runner who has already won a gold medal, offers for him to swap an do the 400 metre dash. Liddell agrees and goes on to win that race, despite the fact that he has not really trained for that race.
Meanwhile Abrahams who has trained like hell all year in order to beat Liddell, is dissappointed that he cannot come up against him, but when he finds that there is even bigger competition from an American athelte, he soon forgets about Liddell and concentrates on winning.
With a great cast, some excellent direction and a theme tune that comes very close to the Rocky tune, this really is a good film, which any sports fan is sure to enjoy, and even relate to. Highly recommended.

Winning Tournament Karate
Winning Tournament Karate
by Chuck Norris
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Approach To Succeding In Competition!, 31 May 2004
I am a big fan of martial arts films and my favourite actors in this genre are Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. Having already brought most of Bruce Lee's books, i thought that it was a about time i tryed out Chuck Norris's.
I am also a student of the martial arts (Karate) and i had been struggling slightly with my sparring for some time, and so i thought that this book would be a great help, and maybe teach me a few special moves that i could use to close the gap etc.
Having read it now i have to say that it really is a great book, and while it won't teach you how to instantly be a world champion karate master, it will give you a practical approach to doing a whole lot better in competition that you have done before.
The book is split into three main sections; Attacks, Conditioning, and Technical Excellence, which are then split up into lots of mini sections, such as The Lunge, The Shuffle, Jumping Kicks, Fighting Form Drills, to name but a few.
Each move is shown clearly with some black and white photos, which may seem a little old, but still have supurb quality. There is also plenty of text to explain each move in detail, and each move is covered for a standing still oponent, a counter attacking opponent, and a retreating opponent. This is very useful because you will always have a solution no matter what type of person you are fighting.
Overall a very useful book from Chuck Norris which has helped me no end in my sparring, and is also very useful as a reference guide once you have learnt the moves it suggests. If you liked this then i would also recommend, 'Bruce Lee's Fighting Method: Basic Training' or for the more advanced student, 'Bruce Lee's fighting Method: Advanced Training'.

The Mummy [DVD] [1999]
The Mummy [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Brendan Fraser
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Price: 1.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!, 31 May 2004
This review is from: The Mummy [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
The ultimate point of 'The Mummy' is simply to entertain the audience and keep them gripped and on the edge of their seat right up until the grisley end, and after watching it i can say that it certainly did just that, and very well i might add.
This type of film is just my sort of thing. A really 'out there' storyline, a tough-ish hero (and also in the case heroess), loads and loads of really super special effects, and hundreds of nasty bad guys (in the case mummies) getting their hollow, rotting heads blown clean off.
When Egyptian librarian, Evelyn finds an old map hidden in an ancient arifact, along with her drunken brother Jonathon, she goes in search of its owner and comes across the big and tough Rick O'Connell, who agrees to take them to the 'lost city' on the map if they will resue him from prison and stop him being hanged.
They do so and soon find themselves deep in the sand dunes of Egypt; more specifically, the 'ost city'. Here they find vast caverns of gold and riches, along with an 'undead' mummy and an ancient curse which threatens the whole of man-kind. Evelyn manages to unleash this curse upon the world when she acidentially read from 'the book of the dead', and brings back to life Imhotep, who suffered the worst punishment; having his tongue cut out, wrapped in bandages, put into a sarcophagus, and then covered with scarabs. All of this because he had an affair with the pharos wife and killed the pharo himself.
Anyway, now he is freed, Imhotep has muge power and kills people and sucks the life out of them in order for him to re-generate, and thus be able to bring back to life the Pharos wife, so that they can be together again. Thankfully though, Evelyn knows how to kill him. They must find the golden book, somwhere in the lost city, and read the passage from it, thus making Imhotep mortal again, and therefore able to be killed.
I know that some people say that the special effects in this film are not that good, and ok, in the odd places there not one hundred percent, but come on, apart from a few places, they are pretty amazing really. For example when Imhoteps face is sort of half mummy half human, i found that incredible, and i still am amazed at how they did it.
However don't be fooled. This film is not about re-creating ancient Egypt accurately, Its about making an entertaining film, so don't worry if its not like it is in the text books, just accept it for what it is and enjoy it.
With a good supporting cast, some great directing, loads of special effects, and of course a beautiful woman, this film for me is definately five star, and i highly recommend it to everyone. You might not want to keep watching it, but for the few times that you do watch it you will be gripped from start to finish.

Swiss Family Robinson [DVD]
Swiss Family Robinson [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Mills
Offered by media-4-u
Price: 14.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure story From Disney!, 28 May 2004
This review is from: Swiss Family Robinson [DVD] (DVD)
You can tell as soon as you start watching this film that it is definately a disney production, and this "stamp" remains right the way through the film, even in the climatic battle at the very end, with the nasty pirates.
Based on the classic novel by Johann Wyss this film is simply about a European family who leave their home country to start a fresh in New Guinea. However a huge storm leaves them stranded on some jagged rocks just off-shore from what appears to be an unihabited island. By using the timber from the boat, they construct a raft and within no time they have landed on this new island, and created a wonderful, multi-story tree house complete with running water, a fridge and they even managed to salvage an old organ from the wreck.

Still wanting very much to continue on to New Guinea, the two sons, Fritz and Ernst construct a small boat, and sail round the island to see if there is any way off it. On their journey they come across an old man, and a young boy, both being held prisoner by a group of nasty and very mean pirates, with big swords, and proceed to free the boy and make a daring escape.
After arriving safetly back to their home, the family bagin to set up loads of bubby traps, including tiger pits, cocanut bombs, and even a collapsing draw bridge, so that when the pirates come, they won't win so easily.
There have been many adaptations of this classic novel Johann Wyss but i have to say that this one is one of the best, and deserves the five stars which i have given it. Overall, a great disney adventure film, that the whole family can sit down and watch and enjoy together.

Tanks of World War 2
Tanks of World War 2
by Steve Crawford
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Insight Into The Best Tanks Of WW2!, 27 May 2004
This review is from: Tanks of World War 2 (Hardcover)
I brought this book when i was studying World War II in the later years of school, as a kind of study aid. I also enjoyed the subject and when i picked this book up to have a scan through i really couldn't resist buying it.
In total it covers ninety of the worlds best tanks used in the battles World War II, including designs from Japan, France, Italy, and of course some of our own. From the 'Char S-35' to the 'Panzer III'. From the 'Comet' to the 'Churchill'. From the 'Challenger' to the 'Cruiser MK IV'.
People forget just what a big role the use of tanks played in the many battles of World War II, and without them we may not have won. For example the German Blitzrieg victories of 1939-41 were achieved with thousands Panzers spearheading mobile columns, while the allied victories 1943-45 were helped by the large number of armoured divisions that the Americans, British and Russians were able to put into the field.
For each tank in this book, there is quite a bit of writing explaining what that particular tank was used for, and what historical battles it was a part of. There is also a quick reference table for each tank, giving details of length, width, height, weight, crew, and range to name but a few. There is also a nice big black and white picture which although must be fairly old, just looks like a picture of today but not in colour.
Overall a very good book with tonnes of infomation about a whole load of the worlds greatest world war II tanks. If you are interested in this period of history then i highly recommend this book, or like me if you are studying it at school.

The Borrowers [DVD] [1997]
The Borrowers [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ John Goodman
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Price: 5.22

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Family Film!, 27 May 2004
This review is from: The Borrowers [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
When i saw that this film was on in the holidays i decided that i would watch it, knowing how much attention 'The borrowers' had attracted back in 1998 when it was released. Although i don't usually like this type of film, with this it was different, and i quite enjoyed it.
Unfortunately i have never read the book so i don't know how accurate this film is, but it didn't really matter, becuase the supurb mixture of comedy, action/adventure and suspense, made it a really fun fil to watch.
The Clock family live in the walls and under the floor boards of an old aunt, however when she dies, and her will is stolen by a fat mean lawyer who wants to demolish the house for building land, the borrowers must escape before they are all squished. But saftey is a long way away and they need the help of a young boy when they venture into the outside world of cars, and 'big' people.
Overall a very fun and entertaining film, which kids are sure to love watching, as are the parents who watch it with them. I highly recommended movieif you want a few hours of good 'clean' family viewing.

Spawn: The Director's Cut [DVD] [1997]
Spawn: The Director's Cut [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ John Leguizamo
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 7.83

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, not a bad film., 27 May 2004
When i first watched this film i had absolutely no knowledge what so ever that Spawn had once been a hero in a comic strip and that there were several series of Spawn. Therefore i cannot really comment on how die-hard fans of Spawn will find when watching this film, but i will say what i felt about it.
Al Simons is a highly skilled assassin trained by the CIA, but when his latest mission causes the death of many innocent civiliants, Al hands in his resignation. However he agrees to do one more job, which is actually a setup by his boss to kill him, basically by setting him on fire (must have been painful). Al then finds himself in the bowls o hell where flames constantly lick his body with their firery tips. He makes an agreement with he devil to lead his massive army, and in return he gets the chance to see his wife again and return to earth. He arrives back to find himself horribly disfigured from the fire, and that Wanda, his wife, has married his best mate. But now he has powers and he will fight to the death to rid the world of an ugly rude clown and also to avenge the his own death.
When it comes to special effects i can only say that i was slightly dissappointed. The scens in the bowls of hell, didn't look very real, and although the wepons that magically spring from Spawn's body were not bad, they give the film more of a cinamatic feel rather than a realistic one.
Overall its not a totally bad film, but it was very over-hyped when it first came out, and i can see room for some slight improvement. Despite that though, Spawn is still a nice little film that will entertain fans of sci-fi, and will be a novelty to any 'Spawn' fans that there are already.

James And The Giant Peach [DVD] [1996]
James And The Giant Peach [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Paul Terry
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 22.98

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film To Get Into The Imagination Of Children!, 25 May 2004
No one can really say that any of Roald Dahl's books or adaptations of books are 'normal', on the contrary, they are as far from normal as you can get without straying too far into the realms of sci-fi. Don't get me wrong though, this is definately a good thing as he manages to capture the minds and the imaginations of all the children who read and watch them.
When Jame's parents are killed by a huge rhinosorus, he is sent to live with two evil women, (presumably his aunts) who treat him like a slave and make him work like a dog all day and give him very little to eat. One day James is visited by a mysterious man who gives him one hundred green crocodile tounges and tells him to use them to make his dreams come true. Minutes later he has falled and all of the crocodile tounges have jumped away into the ground. Then, when a huge peach starts to grow from a supposedly dead tree, James realises that it was the crocodile tounges that are responsible and ventures into the huge fruit. There he meets six insects that have grown to be as big as him, and together they fly around the world on the peach, in search of New York City.
In this film there is a clever use of part real people, part animation which works really well, and is for most of the film seems it actually feels like a cartoon.
Overall this is a great adaptation of a very successful Roald Dahl novel and is sure to entertain children of all ages, and adults alike. If you have very hyperactive kids, then this is a great film to buy as it will keep them quiet for the whole time its on. A good choice if you or your children want some fun.
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Home Alone [DVD] [1990]
Home Alone [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Macaulay Culkin
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Price: 2.73

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Christmas Comedy!, 22 May 2004
This review is from: Home Alone [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
This supurb Christmas comedy from writer/producer John Huges became a Blockbuster phenmenon when it hit the big screens back in 1990, and still to this day is one of the highest grossing films of all time.
When you watch 'Home Alone', its not hard to see why it has become such a huge success. Theres somthing for everyone, young, old, male or female, you are sure to love it and want to watch it again and again. It could have been a big flop, but thanks to an original idea, some great directing, a good choice of cast and loads of comedy moments it stands out as one of the greatest films of all time.
Kevin Macallister lives in huge house with about twenty other family members all of whom think that he's an incapable pest and treat him as such. However when they all rush off to spend Christmas in France, Kevin is left by himself and is forced to loom after himself for a change. Meanwhile, the street is being targeted by two criminals, known as the 'Wet Bandits' and when they realise that a eight year old boy is in a house by himself, they make a beline for it. Little do they know that Kevin is not going to make that easy and they might come out worse than when they went in.
There are some people that argue that Macaulay Culkin is not really a very good actor when it comes down to it, and thats why his caraeer was so short lived. To those people i say "rubbish". The boys a genius and of course he can act, especially well in this film which is definately his all time best. After all, this film did not become one of the highest grossing films of all time for nothing.
The rest of the well-picked cast are also on top form. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern who play the two dumb burglers. Catherine O'Hara and John Heard who play the parents Pete and Kate that left their own son on his own while they went to Paris. Devin Ratray who plays the annoying big brother Buzz and Gerry Bamman who plays the cheap-skate Uncle Frank.
A special tribute has to be made the supurb directing of Chris Columbus as well, who also directed the Harry Potter films, because without him i don't think the film would have been quite so good.
Overall, this is a simply fantastic film and certainly deserves the five star rating which i have given it. May it be a film that is shown on TV at least once very year (probably at Christmas) and that the whole can sit down and enjoy the brilliant comedy of the whole thing.
Highly recommended to all. But it now!

The Big Book of Knowledge
The Big Book of Knowledge
by John Farndon
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Of Facts, Feats & Figures!, 22 May 2004
This humungous book of 383 pages is bursting to the seameswith amazing world facts, feats and figures, catagorised and presented in loads of different ways to help you absorb and remember everything.
The book is split up into six main catagories; People, Animals, Plants, The Universe, Planet Earth, and Science. Each catagory is then split up into smaller sections for example the People section is split up into Heart & Blood, Lungs, Muscles, Bones Senses, The Nerves & The Brain, etc In each of these sections and catagories there are literally hundreds of interesting facts that will facinate anyone.
The second half of the book is packed pull of hundreds of questions based on the facts in the first half. Down the right hand side of every page there is a quiz also based on the first half of the book.
As well as loads of great facts, this book also has some great pictures to illustrate everything that is said and make it much clearer. This also makes it more attractive to children so they can learn and have fun at the same time.
Overall a very good facted packed book, which children from about ten or eleven upwards will read, learn and most important, enjoy it.

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