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Confessional: House of Mortal Sin [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Confessional: House of Mortal Sin [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Stephanie Beacham

5.0 out of 5 stars Pete 'n' Dave ride again!, 12 April 2013
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House of Mortal Sin (aka: The Confessional Murders) is the third nasty little tale from director Pete Walker and writer David McGillivray. Following on from the gleefully downbeat 'House of Whipcord' and the splendid 'Frightmare', 'House of Mortal Sin' tells of a deranged Catholic priest (Anthony Sharp) who believes he is saving young souls by taping their confessions and blackmailing them, using more extreme methods to rid them of people who may be leading them astray. Murders using a thurible, communion wafers, etc. as murder weapons. Ably supported by another excellent performance from Sheila Keith (Walker's 'scream queen'), this is another deep-black classic of 70's British horror.


Murder Obsession [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Murder Obsession [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ John Richardson
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 6.80

3.0 out of 5 stars Riccardo Freda's giallo swansong, 12 April 2013
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Murder Obsession is an odd confection of a movie. It includes various famous Italian exploitation favourites (John Richardson, Laura Gemser, etc.) in a tale of a young actor's return to his family mansion to film location shots and inflict his movie friends upon his ever-so-slightly bonkers mother. Convinced by his mum that he was responsible for his famous conductor dad's death, various skeletons tumble out of closets as well as real bodies (with some gory but very dodgy effects by Sergio Stivaletti). The film veers into true delirium towards the climax (almost invoking the spirit of Argento's 'Suspiria') but apart from the killings, the film's pace is painfully slow. A too so-so epitaph to an Italian horror great.


Verbatim 43522 16x DVD-R - Spindle 25 Pack
Verbatim 43522 16x DVD-R - Spindle 25 Pack
Offered by Espace-Disque
Price: 6.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD discs - they're good'uns, 12 April 2013
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What can one say? Delivered within 2 days of ordering from BabzMedia (and postage free, to boot), these DVDs do the job, recording material without any nasty glitches, fallout or inanimate object rebellion. Recommended.


Before Dawn [DVD]
Before Dawn [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dominic Brunt
Offered by videosanddvds
Price: 3.39

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Really?, 12 April 2013
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This review is from: Before Dawn [DVD] (DVD)
Dominic Brunt's Before Dawn stands comparison with other equally bleak Brit-zombie movies such as 'The Dead Outside', 'Salvage' and 'Zombie Diaries'. Created through ideas pitched between Brunt and his wife Joanne Mitchell about what does and doesn't make a good zombie film, 'Before Dawn' tells of an estranged couple's weekend vacation to rebuild their relationship horribly torn apart (literally) by an outbreak of the living dead. A violin-string-tight atmosphere and the occasional outbreak of humour make this film an outstanding entry in the slowly disintegrating zombie genre. Several reviewers have stated that this is the worst zombie film they've ever seen; they should watch 'Grave Mistake'.


Yellow Brick Road [DVD]
Yellow Brick Road [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cassidy Freeman
Price: 4.90

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What would L. Frank Baum have said?, 19 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Yellow Brick Road [DVD] (DVD)
It's over seventy years since the population of Friar, New Hampshire upped and disappeared into the forest along an unmarked trail. 'YellowBrickRoad' tells of photojournalist and his colleagues attempts to find the trail and thus the missing people. Avoiding the found-footage conceit that the material may suggest, this grim (and Grimm) little tale films the explorers increasing disorientation and mental collapse that descends into moments of shocking violence. Rather than a coherent whole, 'YellowBrickRoad' relies on sensory assaults such as the band music and jarring static that begins haunting the woods, the unease of the explorers increasingly anti-social behaviour and a climax that sits somewhere between David Lynch and Jonathan Carroll in its discomfitting ambiguity. Not a great movie, but a strong and ambitious attempt to step outside the usual 'lost-in-the-woods' box. Well worth a look.


Deep Red [DVD]
Deep Red [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Hemmings
Price: 7.01

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deep Red Let-down, 15 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Deep Red [DVD] (DVD)
Originally I jumped to buy this budget edition of 'Deep Red'. Having already purchased an earlier Arrow dual release of one of Dario Argento's finest giallos, I thought maybe this would finally reintegrate the one scene edited from the Italian version (a lizard pinned to the floor by a small girl) which is included in the US version. More fool me, I should have checked the running time. This is the heavily-edited US release, with lizard and gory murders in tact, but with large chunks of the plot removed (including some of the excellent interchanges between David Hemmings' composer (who believes he has the key to a psychic's brutal murder) and Daria Nicolodi's marvellously eccentric reporter). If you've never seen an Argento film (from the period when his talent was still in the ascendant) go for the more expensive Arrow release of Profondo Rosso as this version will just leave you scratching your head at what's going on. Even though it still contains many of the director's visual pyrotechnics, this version is for gore-hounds only - and I don't mean that as a recommendation. Avoid.
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100 CD SLEEVES
100 CD SLEEVES
Offered by toys2media
Price: 2.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Plastic Cd Sleeves, 7 Mar 2013
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This review is from: 100 CD SLEEVES (Electronics)
What can one say about plastic CD sleeves? Well, they're plastic and DVDs fit in them equally well. You might be able to choke a duck with them but I wouldn't be the one to try it. The delivery was beyond prompt, arriving 3 days before the estimated 1st date of delivery, so the company can certainly be trusted. And they're a darned sight cheaper than at Ryman's. Caveat emptor!


Tucker and Dale vs. Evil [DVD] (2011)
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil [DVD] (2011)
Dvd ~ Tyler Labine
Price: 5.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rednecks are people, too!, 14 Sep 2012
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Think you've seen enough 'deranged redneck meet students' movies? Think again! Tucker & Dale vs. Evil turns the whole template on its head and it's the kids that are the problem. Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are two quite innocent, well-meaning rednecks fixing up their dream cabin in the woods. However, when they rescue one of the female students from drowning, their call to the others of 'We've got your friend' is misinterpreted in the worse possible way and from then on things go to Hell in a handbasket. No good deed that Tucker and Dale try to do goes unpunished, leading to a truly demented finale. This is a classic 'splatstick' horror in the spirit of Peter Jackson's 'Braindead'. With plenty of deep-black comedy, gore and rug-pulls, this little gem deserves a much wider audience.


Let's Have A War
Let's Have A War
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4.0 out of 5 stars there's too many of us..., 5 Mar 2012
This review is from: Let's Have A War (MP3 Download)
Probably LA punk band Fear's finest moment. You may have encountered it in Alex Cox's mighty 'Repo Man'. A cynical paeon to population control through conflict (arguably shared, without the sense of humour, by the Daily Mail). Singer (and occasional actor) Lee Ving is in full shouty mode, with his growling voice throwing out pithy suggestions (eg: 'Let's have a war...we need the space') over a chugging bass and screeching guitar. Make this the soundtrack to the next Big One and even I might join in...


The Order Of Death
The Order Of Death
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the butter adverts and just listen, 5 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Order Of Death (MP3 Download)
From the album 'This is what you want...' and written for a long-forgotten Italian movie starring John Lydon (playing a possible cop-killer) and Harvey Keitel (as a cop) in a battle of wits, this track builds and builds with just the single repeated sentence in Lydon's trademark sardonically sneering voice ('This is what you want...this is what you get')threading through the urban doom-laden instrumentation. Public Image Ltd at their best - the soundtrack to your nagging conscience.


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