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Black Lagoon Season 1 & 2 Collection DVD Box Set
Black Lagoon Season 1 & 2 Collection DVD Box Set
Dvd ~ Daisuke Namikawa
Price: £28.43

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime the way I remember it!, 30 Sept. 2014
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I used to watch a lot of anime. Back when it was a little less 'mainstream' (nothing wrong with mainstream, don't get me wrong!), only the wildest and most spectacular stuff got translated, so I was introduced to Japanese animation by the likes of AKIRA, Urotsukidoji and Ghost in the Shell, and eventually enjoyed stuff like The Guyver, Evangelion and Dirty Pair Flash.

Unfortunately the more stuff came out, the harder it became to find anime to my tastes. These days there tends to be a lot of high school 'ecchi' (risque) and teen-focused stuff dominating the medium. This is fine, but not for me. So my anime days (aside from the occasional Miyazaki movie) were pretty much done.

Until I saw Black Lagoon.

The wit, violence and action which got me into anime in the first place are all here and as strong as ever!

Highly recommended to anime veterans, and newcomers too!

Superman Returns - Single Disc [DVD] [2006]
Superman Returns - Single Disc [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Brandon Routh
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.61

4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Superman drama. Great for fans of the Dean Cain series. Otherwise skip to Man of Steel., 30 Sept. 2014
This one gets a lot of flack, doesn't it? Mainly due to a lack of Superman fighting anything and, after all these years, everything in live-action Superman STILL boiling down to Lex Luthor being a bastard and Lois Lane getting into trouble. Comic book fans were severely disappointed.

With Man of Steel now out and filling that void, I wanted to go back and reassess this one on its own merits, and although I never disliked this one as much as many people do, I've realised just what this movie is...

Superman Returns is a Superman movie for fans of the Dean Cain series.

Seriously. Think about it. Remember "The New Adventures of Superman" in the 90s? It's a movie which puts Superman back in his 'quiet saviour' role whilst focusing most of the story on his relationship with Lois, and Lex Luthor's schemes. When the comic books had pit Superman one-on-one against the likes of Brainiac and Doomsday in fist fights that could turn cities into craters, this was a huge disappointment for comic book fans. However, if you grew up on the 90s series, this will take you back!

Superman doesn't throw a single punch? Sure. But he uses each and every one of his famous powers to save a tonne of people and prevent a bunch of disasters.

Superman is less 'champion of the opressed' and more of a lost puppy? I'll give you that. But Brandon Routh absolutely nails that version of the character and the idea of Clark being emotionally vulnerable where he's physically strong is a pretty damn interesting one.

Lex Luthor yet again? Yeah, that got old, but Kevin Spacey absolutely knocks the character out of the park.

Long story short - I highly recommend this movie to people with fond memories of the humble "Lois & Clark" vision of Superman. For fans of the comic book, jump straight ahead to Man of Steel. Lucky for me, I'm a bit of both!

Silent Hill: Revelation [DVD]
Silent Hill: Revelation [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Price: £3.00

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some great ideas, but very goofy., 6 April 2013
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I'm such a Silent Hill nerd. I've played every one of the games and must have watched the first movie 20 times by now. I can analyse the psychology behind each of the games and sound kinda like I know what I'm talking about and I'm a little obsessed with the minute details. That being said, I'm probably one of the few who can actually call themselves a FAN of the series, since I still enjoy it very much, American, Japanese or otherwise.

See, there's a little bit of a rift in Silent Hill. The original four games, the first on the PlayStation and the rest on the PS2, were culty Japanese creations, but after the original team disbanded and the series started to find more mainstream popularity, Silent Hill left Japan and started enlisting talent from the west, making a couple of stops in the UK, one in the Czech Republic and a couple in the US, and along with this there comes the expanding of the series to be more accessible to the now wider audience. The problem is, like many franchises which expand to please a larger audience, a schism is created between those who were touched by the subtleties of the pre-"selling out" era and those who joined the fandom due to the now more accessible franchise. One half are dying for the series to return to being a more subtle affair taking most of its cues from Japanese horror tropes which are much more alien to us, whilst the other half would rather keep the more accessible and thrilling side of things.

Things will make a little more sense if I give a very brief outline of the series' history. Silent Hill on the PS1 was a Japanese attempt at American horror, resulting in something quite unique. The story involved demonic cults, living nightmares and lovecraftian demons, a "thrill ride through hell" as Revelation's TV spots described it, but with a surreal weirdness resulting from the Japanese tropes which were so alien to us. Silent Hill 2 on the other hand took the setting and turned it into a nondescript purgatory from which a very personal story could be told, in fact a story deeper and more moving than we'd seen in video games before, mostly. Ironically whilst the second game is the fan favourite these days, at the time it met with backlash due to being too different from the first, so the third game went back to basics, trying to take one or two of the things learned from this detour with it, and acted as a direct sequel to the original game. Naturally this was the entry chosen to be adapted for the movie sequel.

Here's where things get a little fuzzy. See, although Silent Hill went 'back to basics' for the next few series entries, later on a more mature fanbase wanted more of what Silent Hill 2 had to offer, the emotional and personal stories. After the polarising Silent Hill 4: The Room, Silent Hill left Japan and was resurrected by several different studios in different ways, some going the route of Silent Hill 1/3 but bigger and "better" and more universal (Silent Hill Homecoming in particular), some split off from the demon/cult stuff and told personal stories like the second game, and some of these even tried to do both at once, attempting to bridge the Lovecraftian cults and demons with the subtle psychodrama, which... usually works about as well as it sounds like it would.

About the same time the series left Japan, the first movie came out, which actually did a bloody good job of telling the first game's story in a smaller and more relatable way, swapping evil demonic cults for witch-burning extremists, bringing up new questions about personal faith, family vs. god and sacrifice, making things a lot more close to home. Not all fans were happy, as it borrowed many of the more iconic images from Silent Hill 2, such as Pyramid Head and the nurse creatures, which are said to be figments of one man's imagination (so to speak... look up Silent Hill 2 to learn more), and worked them into the original game's more fantastical, less profound story, but these iconic images helped to shape the movie and make it as memorable as it was. A little bit of a 'best of' Silent Hill, telling the story of the original game with a melancholy tone more akin to the second, with bits and bobs from the third and forth in there as well.

A good six years later they finally got the sequel made and released, by the awesome Michael J. Bassett, who brought us the stunning Deathwatch, the badass Solomon Kane, and the intense Wilderness, and it shows perhaps a deeper understanding of the Silent Hill series than the first movie did, but this isn't always a good thing.

Silent Hill Revelation follows Sharon, the little girl from the first film (go and watch it if you haven't, if I try to fill you in on that one as well, this review will go on for even longer than it already has... a problem I believe this sequel suffered from actually... more on that later), now 18 years old and going by the pseudonym Heather, and her father, named Chris in the original, now calling himself Harry, as they constantly relocate and rename themselves to try and keep Silent Hill's evil cult off of their heels. It's not long before Harry is captured and Heather makes her way back into the hellish nightmare town, aided by love interest Vincent, to try and rescue him.

Why were the cult still following Chris and Sharon after so long, and why do they want them back in Silent Hill? Well, you won't have to worry, Revelations is VERY keen on answering EVERY LAST ONE of your questions.

A little too keen.

See, Bassett, from the beginning, has expressed his intent on bringing the movies closer to the games, and in making this sequel an accessible movie to game fans, fans of the first film, and newcomers. To (attempt to) achieve this, the film goes all out to try and fill us in on the first movie AND the details from the video game universe that the first film intentionally left out or changed, as well as explaining away any contradictions between this film's more faithful version of the Silent Hill lore and that of the first film. In 90 minutes. To its credit, it leaves next to no questions unanswered, but the unwelcome side effect is that in a story known for its good character development, entire characters end up being devoted to exposition dumping. Heather's love interest, Vincent, quickly deteriorates into a narrator, the Silent Hill Revelation tour guide. Before you can ask "but what about-" Vincent has answered it. The rule is usually "show, don't tell", but in this case I'd have preferred neither, to have kept the lore simple like the first film did and have instead given Vincent more to do as a character in his already short screen time. What's worse, there are other characters who exist just for this purpose too. Dahlia, a character from the first film, returns for one scene, in which she basically recaps Heather's origin from the first film and then tells her to run, and another character from the third game appears to give an exposition dump and then get slaughtered by a monster.

There's also one entirely CG monster which, while some of the things going on around it aren't done in the most believable CG (it's a pretty low budget film after all), is a sight to behold. Generally my rule is that practical monsters are scarier due to attributes such as weight and the uncanny valley effect, but this thing was quite terrifying, especially in 3D. I'd go as far as to say it was the highlight of the movie.

I'd love to comment on the actors' performances, but sadly due to the short runtime and complex story, a lot of them are gone before they've had a moment. Malcolm McDowell has a scene, and he's as brilliant and campy as ever. Carrie-Anne Moss floats around doing her best wicked witch impersonation (to be fair, this character was just as stereotypical in the game), and Sean Bean (Harry/Chris) somehow got worse at doing an American accent (I'm British and even I can hear how off it is). Adelaide Clemens is a decent Heather, and Kit Harrington is... adequate as Vincent, even if he does get his "Twilight" on a little too much.

So for all its ambition and the convoluted dialogue coming from the film trying to be too many different things at once, Silent Hill Revelation is pretty entertaining first time around. I really did care for Heather and I got immersed in the world and its thick atmosphere. Seriously, those were some amazing sets and they don't get enough credit, the same goes for the lighting. Though with repeated viewings, the campy cheese and the flaws just come to the forefront. Revelations pulled off the Silent Hill 1 thing reasonably well, but Silent Hill has come so far since then as a game series. Perhaps now you can understand the need for my little micro-retrospective at the start of the review when I explain that whilst this movie adapts Silent Hill 1 and 3 reasonably (all things considered), it doesn't come close to matching the maturity and depth that Silent Hill 2 and others brought to the series, nor the majesty of the first movie.

If you're from the Silent Hill 2 crowd, looking for a David Lynch-esque multilayered psychological study of the darkness inside of all of us, you're going to absolutely despise this. If, however, you appreciate the other side of Silent Hill, the Lovecraftian adventures in a nightmare world, I say rent it. Silent Hill Revelation is a thrilling, engrossing, gorgeous, if rather campy, horror thrill ride. It just doesn't match up to what Silent Hill has become.

The Thing (2011) [DVD]
The Thing (2011) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £7.93

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great version, 19 May 2012
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I'm surprised there haven't been more than three versions of this one, The Thing From Another World is up there with Dracula and Frankenstein in terms of quality. John Carpenter's 1982 version, however, was so pitch-perfect, and so close to pre-CG special effects perfection, that it seemed like you just couldn't top it! A new take on a classic tale for a new audience is always welcome in my book, though, provided they capture what made the previous version(s) special.

A living 'Thing' from another world, recently excavated in Antartica, assumes human form and lurks amongst others, then splits, contorts and bursts open its human bodies in whatever way necessary to survive. Paranoia spreads, the cast never knowing who among them has been assimilated by this 'Thing'. The Thing acts as a remake for the newcomers, but also as a prequel for people familiar with John Carpenter's version, complete with homages to shots found in that film (even down to the placement of a bloody axe) and a mid-credits sequence leading right into it.

The re-remake has been met with some anger on the internet due to its use of CG, after Carpenter's film wowed people so much with its real-life animatronic effects. The bizarre truth is that the majority of this version's effects shots are actually practical, with a bit of CG to smooth out the edges and to achieve a few of the things practical effects could not, Jurassic Park style. The fact that people have had trouble realising this is testament to just how far both types of effect have come. The 'transformations' here however are less visceral than they were in the 80s version, the bodies change shape and sprout tentacles and teeth without the gushing blood and pus from the 'original' and it gives the entire affair a 'cleaner' feel, where the monster is more of a marvel than a horror. I was also pleased to see that where CG is used here it really is used to its potential, creating some awesomely grotesque and agile creatures which move freely of any rigging or puppetry (and nobody's going to convince me that CG tentacles are any less believable than jerky green-screened stop motion).

In fact, the most notable difference in this version is the pacing. Carpenter's film bided its time, steadily working on the paranoia, only pulling out the glorious effects in a few key scenes, whilst this 'Thing' wastes no time showing off what it can do. For me, the 'original' was too slow in many ways and in contrast I find this one a little too fast, and it almost feels over too soon. The all-male cast of the 'original' weren't the most compelling set of characters, many of them crude stereotypes shoehorned in to further fuel the rage with their testosterone, whilst this version brings in a more diverse group of people - Norwegians, Americans, Englishmen, young and old - and it benefits from it. Whilst you could argue that the heroine character is crammed in and given too much character strength to contrast with Carpenter's sausage-fest, but she's still strong and when wielding a flamethrower and calling the shots at times she almost has an Ellen Ripley vibe to her. It's also nice to learn a bit more about the 'Thing'; as great as the mystery of it all was in the 'original', it's refreshing to get a further look into the kind of world this being may have come from and the kind of technology that brought it here.

Overall, a great monster movie and another great retelling of a classic, but probably better for newcomers than for people with fond memories of the previous version(s). Less tension and more 'BOO!', less revulsion and more awe, this is the 'accessible' version of The Thing.

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) [DVD]
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence R. Harvey
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £4.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thousand times better than the original, 8 May 2012
I didn't like The Human Centipede. As much as I like to see originality in films, THC just didn't do it for me at all - I found the fundamental concept laughable, the tone contradictory (intended to be a dark and shocking film, supported by a cast of pantomime characters and a cartoon villain...) and I just couldn't find it in myself to be frightened by the concept of being surgically forced to 'eat da poo poo'.

The Human Centipede 2, on the other hand... Suffice to say I've never seen a movie director improve and mature so much in such a short period of time. THC2: Full Sequence is a gorgeously creative, unique and original film, cultured and sophisticated to the point that it's almost a shame it has to share a name with its predecessor. The first act has more than a little in common with David Lynch's 'Eraserhead', the dream-like atmosphere serving to help you to distance yourself from the rest of the film's explicit content.

THC2 is a meta-sequel, set outside of the world of its namesake - think Return of the Living Dead, Wes Craven's New Nightmare or Halloween III: Season of the Witch - and revolves around a mute, asthma inhaler wielding sociopath, obsessed with the original film, attempting to recreate its "100% medically accurate" content for real, substituting surgical experience with brute force, a crowbar and staple gun.

Here's the thing - the film is difficult to review as the 'good film checklist' doesn't apply here. THC2 can't be judged on the same scale as your typical movie because of the way it tells its story. For example, the severe lack of character development is one of the film's strongest points; the director wants you to follow one character - the antagonist (or protagonist?) - as he works on his 'project'. I can guarantee you'll find pages of reviews ridiculing the lack of any character development for any of the innocent people who meet their gory fates here, but this and the black & white presentation shift the focus away from 'nasty scary movie' and in the direction of an intriguing art film. You aren't supposed to be fearing for the lives of the innocents, but rather watching in fascination, almost seeing the world through the eyes of the 'villain', to whom these humans are no more than ingredients in his recipe.

I would also expect to see many reviewers claiming this film to be 'the most explicit thing (they've) seen', and while objectionable content is probably more prevalent here than in many (or any) other mainstream movies, I risk repeating myself in stating that this really isn't the focus.

I was as happy as a pig in the brown stuff to have such a stylised, almost Lynch-like film sprung on me in the middle of one of my mates' regular beer & double-feature nights which usually entail brainless horror films, but it wasn't without its share of drawbacks, particularly later on in the film when a pregnant character endures a far-too-predictable and completely implausible sequence of events.

Overall an impressive and ferociously unique film, bound to anger a few prudes. Watch it just to be able to say that you've watched it, and hopefully you will appreciate this surprising leap forward for the post-Hostel gore genre as I did. I can't wait to see what comes next.

Nightmare on Elm Street (Blu-ray + DVD Combi) [Region Free]
Nightmare on Elm Street (Blu-ray + DVD Combi) [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jackie Earle Haley
Price: £8.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Re-imagining, 8 Aug. 2011
2010's A Nightmare on Elm Street is a remake/re-imagining of Wes Craven's supernatural slasher classic about a group of teenagers being tormented by badly burned killer Fred Krueger in their dreams. A Nightmare on Elm Street has been taken back to the drawing board, to it's very basic premise, and re-done for 2010.

So what does all that mean, exactly? Well, to put it simply, we're not looking at the same movie with modern day effects here. We're looking at Wes Craven's idea coupled with today's societal concerns.

Fans of the original will remember the intentional ambiguity of Freddy's past, starting off as a child killer who got away with it, killed by angry town folk taking the law into their own hands, and becoming more and more bizarre as the series went on, involving the strange circumstances of his conception, and a lot of religious undertones. This time around, Krueger's past is made a little more clear, and this is what will make or break the movie for a lot of people. Many were upset by Rob Zombie's choice to explore Michael Myers' past in Halloween, as they felt that a mysterious, faceless enigma is scarier than somebody you know everything about.

I beg to differ... The slasher genre has slowly become a parody of itself, especially after the ingenious Scream quite literally stating all of the rules and clichés, and even if we can block out their knowledge of the 'rules', the killer still often becomes the protagonist in our minds as we become more interested in how they will pick off the next dumb, drunk teenager than who will survive.

This is where Freddy's back-story comes in. Once you know what he is, you will hate him, fear him, and most definitely root for the heroes of the picture. A hint - Freddy's back-story is far more disturbing than the original version, and things which Craven may have intended, but never outright said, come to light here.

I will also tell you this - a newcomer to Freddy would probably do better watching this film than a hardcore fan of the original series. Firstly some of the strongest moments in this version are lifted straight out of the original, but more importantly the story is told in a completely different way. Surprisingly, this is not a teenage slasher flick. None of the stereotypes appear here - there's no token black guy, no cheerleader, no geeky do-gooder girl - and there are no house-parties or scenes of characters getting drunk and sleeping with one another. In fact, I don't recall any 'happy' scenes in at all, since we begin the movie with all of the characters already affected by the nightmares, a sombre funeral scene being the backdrop to our character introductions.

This, in the long run, leads the movie into much more of a mystery-horror along the lines of The Ring, where the primary concern of our remaining characters is staying alive and awake long enough to find out the truth about Freddy and possibly shed some light on how to stop him, rather than who is going to die next. On the down side, this does mean we have to spend the first twenty minutes trying to relate to the characters as they get stalked by night and attend funerals by day, and it can be difficult to pick which to try and follow as they are slowly picked off. It pays off though, once the cast has been nicely 'pruned', as the few remaining characters really hold your attention and there are none of the "he just went in there on his own, I can tell he's going to die" moments due to this structure.

So I guess the question on the lips of long-term series fans is "how is Freddy?"... Robert Englund kept the role for such a long time that it does become hard to imagine anybody else clad in the striped sweater and finger-blades, but equally hard to imagine him becoming scary again after how far he dipped into the 'wise-cracker' character Freddy became. When the funny-faced Englund with pizza-face makeup would don sunglasses, a super-villain costume, or a power glove, and make some kind of game show host gag about it, it was easy to forget you were looking at the ghost of a brutal child murderer. If you ask me, the only way to have truly brought back Freddy's terrifying nature from the original movie was to re-cast him and to re-design his make-up, and that's exactly what has been done. Englund has been replaced by Jackie Earle Haley - Rorschach from the brilliant 'Watchmen' - and his make-up is what, in anybody's imagination, a horribly burned man would look like - he's disfigured, skin melting, bits of flesh missing to reveal the bone and tendons beneath, and parts have 'healed over'. He is not nice to look at at all, and it will upset some fans, but will scare newcomers in the same way that Englund did in the 70s. Jackie's acting is, as usual, brilliant, both as burn victim Freddy and as the past Fred Krueger, presenting two completely different sides of the character so well that you almost sympathise with him until later revelations.

'Elm Street recreates a brilliant idea from the 70s in a way that is relevant to 2010 and once again scary and believable.

Clouds (Iceferno Presents Clouddrifter Remix)
Clouds (Iceferno Presents Clouddrifter Remix)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, 26 July 2011
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I've been following Iceferno's work for a while. The artist is like the rebirth of 'chillout', a sort of 'lounge house' sound which combines soothing relaxation with conventions of modern day house music to create a real sense of rhythm. This remix has some really fantastic ambient moments, punctuated by great head-bobbing moments of rhythm. 'Chillout' music at its best!

Showgirls [DVD] [1996]
Showgirls [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Berkley
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sleazy cult flick, unpredictable and engaging, 16 Mar. 2010
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The ultimate boys' movie? I'd say so, but then that'd be denying it to any women who like to see powerful female characters who put every sleazy, heartless male character in the film in their place. And then get naked.

If I could sum up Showgirls in one sentence it would be "Not what you expect it to be". From the word go, Showgirls is unpredictable to say the least. There are a number of scenes which will have you attempting to predict an ending which any other movie would have gone for, but rejects the Hollywood templates and tells it's own, surprisingly compelling, story.

That's not to say that it isn't swimming with hard-to-believe moments, most characters in the movie seem to have the mood swings of a person with bipolar disorder - the smallest unfortunate event sends the characters into thrashing emotional convulsions while a little good news sends them into giggling ecstacy. It's not necessarily a bad thing in the unusual, illogical world the film creates, but you will be well aware you're watching one-liner spouting cartoons instead of characters you can believe and relate to. Like many cult classics, though, (RoadHouse comes to mind), within a few scenes you'll be immersed in the world of offbeat, sassily-scripted 80s wise crackers.

Of course, this paragraph is inevitable in this kind of movie, and my apologies to the entire female gender, but the real star of this movie is the large amount of female skin on show, and it most certainly delivers. While I don't believe any actor or actress should be cast for their body, Showgirls never fails to deliver some really stunning female figures. Of course this isn't of importance but it's the film's selling point.

Indeed, contrary to what may be implied by the film's poster (or even the name), Showgirls portrays some strong, powerful and unpredictable women with deep and interesting histories, particularly the protagonist, whose character arc you will not even begin to predict. Nomi (Elizabeth Berkley) takes no prisoners and for once a mainstream film doesn't end in apologies and reunions.

Much like the film's recurring theme, Showgirls gambles. Unfortunately not all gambles pay off and I believe this was completely slated by the mainstream critics, but if you're anything like me, this cult classic hits the jackpot.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (PS3)
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (PS3)
Price: £11.85

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Even tops Mario Kart., 4 Mar. 2010
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I don't wish for any angry comments, but for me, this game actually tops Mario Kart. The tracks are better, the characters are funnier, and there are no blue shells. I have been playing this with my girlfriend, who can't play Mario Kart Wii at all, but we were evenly matched when racing in this, with her winning in a best-of-5 match.

I've played through all of the GP cups and aside from a bit of jittery framerate on 2 or 3 of the courses (there's around 20-25 or so in the game) it plays so fast and so smooth (I can't comment on the Xbox 360, Wii or DS versions, but my girlfriend will be getting the DS version soon), and the characters are all really balanced. I've found Knuckles is the best to race with due to his handling, but each player will pick a different character who suits their racing style.

This does everything that a good Mario Kart does, minus the annoying blue shells (and those moments where you're approaching the finish line in first place and will be hit with 4-5 items at once, including a blue shell, sending you all the way back, they don't occur in this game either), with a hilarious (and completely optional) commentator voiceover.

The best part of this game though is the courses. Aside from the very frustrating Super Monkey Ball courses, the tracks are exciting, unpredictable (but not to the point where anything shows up before you can react to it, aside from those damn Monkey Ball levels) and very nostalgic to any SEGA fan. Unlike Mario Kart the courses in Sonic Racing go upside-down and loop-de-loop, like an F-Zero or WipEout game. There are also huge jumps, and some really cool cinematic moments like smashing through giant windows etc.

All in all I'd say this is the best Kart racer I've played, including all of the Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing games, so I would most definitely recommend it to anybody looking for a good time, and if you only have a PS3 or Xbox, then this is a more than worthy alternative to Mario Kart, and it'll give you some good SEGA nostalgia too!

Psycho [DVD] [1999]
Psycho [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Vince Vaughn
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £4.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Better than a colourization., 29 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Psycho [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Perhaps a pointless remake, perhaps not, but certainly better than a colourization. This movie is a 99% word-for-word, shot-for-shot, camera-angle-for-camera-angle, set-for-set remake. You're practically watching the same movie, just in colour with today's actors, fashion etc. with one or two little tweaks.

So, certainly, if the original movie was well scripted, well directed and had a good story, this translates over to the remake. The question is, is there any point in watching it? That depends on you. How familiar are you with the original? If it's one you've seen a few times and enjoyed, it might be worth experiencing it again a little sharper, more colourful and up-to-date. If you're a Hitchcock veteran and love the original, you might be disappointed by the different actors and the fact that the creepy black and white atmosphere is drained from it by default. If you've never seen Psycho, well, this is a great way of experiencing it without having to accommodate for datedness.

While there is some occasional cheapness due to remaking a scene exactly, for example a certain exact remake of a violent scene on a staircase seems a little fake in a 1998 film, Psycho's message makes it through, and it's definitely one to show to your younger siblings (or whoever else) whose minds aren't open enough to watch a black and white movie.

Did anybody really imagine Saul Bass' opening credits to be lime green like that though? Ha ha! Red, if anything!

Pointless? Perhaps. But I certainly believe that it's worth doing what you can to keep something good alive, where restrictions of its time cause it to become dated and less accessible. The original has a better atmosphere (due to the black and white) but the story and suspense make it through just fine.

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