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First Blood [DVD]
First Blood [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sylvester Stallone
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.45

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5.0 out of 5 stars DEFINING 80S ACTION-THRILLER WITH A MESSAGE., 28 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: First Blood [DVD] (DVD)
REVIEWED VERSION: 2008 Optimum UK DVD

Director: Ted Kotcheff

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, Bill McKinney, Jack Starrett, Michael Talbott, David Caruso

SYNOPSIS

Returning Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is arrested for vagrancy by small town Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy). When they abuse Rambo in jail, he escapes into the woods with the entire sheriff's station in pursuit. The hunters soon become the hunted as Rambo's survival instincts activate in an act of self-defense.

THE PROS & CONS

FIRST BLOOD shows the dispicable way many Vietnam veterans were treated after they returned. Think of the Vietnam war what you will, it was the government that ordered our boys there, if you blame anyone, blame the government. Freedom isn't free. Brave men fought an died so that we can enjoy our freedom. FIRST BLOOD is very critical of that era and has a very strong message, quite unique in the action genre.
The film is based on David Morrell's 1972 of the same name while the screenplay was written by Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim and Sylvester Stallone.
Excellent acting performances by Stallone as Rambo, Richard Crenna as Col. Trautman and Brian Dennehy as Sheriff Teasle. All three main characters are totally believable in their roles.
Superb directing job by Ted Kotcheff. Unlike the sequels, FIRST BLOOD does not rely entirely on action scenes and huge explosions. FIRST BLOOD is just as much survival/psychological thriller and drama and it makes this the superior film in the series, there is more substance to this film than there is to most action films of any time. It's incredibly well-paced with not a moment of boredom.
The stunningly beautiful cinematography (I need to get myself a Blu-Ray upgrade ASAP!) by Andrew Laszlo adds tremendously to the climax, so does the amazing score by Jerry Goldsmith.
The film received mixed reviews but nonetheless became a commercial success and a cult favorite. It grossed $47 million domestically, ranking as the 13th highest-grossing film of the year. It also was one of the most influential films in the action genre.
I personally would have preferred the original much darker but more realistic ending and did not care much for the ending in the final film. FIRST BLOOD still is one of the best action movies of all time and a definite must-own, even for non-Stallone fans like myself.

ON A SIDE NOTE

- filmed entirely in British Columbia, Canada, pretending to be Washington state

- based on a novel by David Morrell

- several famous actors were considered for the role of John Rambo including Kris Kristofferson, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, James Garner, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte, Paul Newman, Ryan O'Neal and Michael Douglas

- Kirk Douglas and Lee Marvin were considered for the role of Col. Trautman

- another ending was filmed in which Rambo commits suicide but the test audience found it too depressing

- the first rough cut of the movie was 195 minutes long

DVD DETAILS

Feature running time: 89:39 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1, English 2.0
Subtitles: NONE
Extras: 2 Audio Commentaries, 2 Trailers (1:02) (1:12), A Look Back Featurette (4:06), Drawing First Blood Featurette (22:35), 2 Interviews w/ Sylvester Stallone (8:41) (15:52)
Region: 2 / PAL (locked)

Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 4/5
Extras: 4/5

Good DVD with average picture quality (good given the age of the film) and good audio. Some really good extras, including 2 commentaries - not bad for a film of that age.
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Lethal Weapon (Director's Cut) [DVD] [1987]
Lethal Weapon (Director's Cut) [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.45

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5.0 out of 5 stars ACTION MOVIES DON'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS!, 27 Nov. 2014
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2001 Warner Bros. Director's Cut UK DVD

Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Tom Atkins, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe, Jackie Swanson, Joan Severance

SYNOPSIS

Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), a veteran cop with the LAPD is forced to team up with suicidal Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson). They share a mutual dislike for each other but must have each other's back when they take on big drug smuggling operation...

THE PROS & CONS

LETHAL WEAPON is without a doubt the best buddy movie ever made and one of the best films made in the 80s, along with its first sequel. Even after 27 years this action-thriller has lost none of its appeal.
I strongly recommend the far superior Director's Cut which runs approx. 7 minutes longer and adds more depth to the characters (especially Gibson's). The scene where Riggs takes on a sniper is a must see. THE DIRECTOR'S CUT IS ONLY AVAILABLE ON DVD - *NOT* ON BLU-RAY!
Brilliant characters that make a perfect match, the mourning suicidal Riggs and the over cautious, 100 % by the book Murtaugh.
Gibson and Glover make the movie. BRILLIANT acting by both actors, brilliant chemistry, there couldn't have been a more perfect match. Few actors are convincing as suicidal and depressed characters but Gibson nailed the role. Glover makes a fine action star, which he proved again in PREDATOR 2. Fine performances by veteran actor Tom Atkins and Gary Busey as Mr. Joshua.
Richard Donner is a great director and he displays his talent here: LETHAL WEAPON is a brilliant example of how an action film is supposed to look! Suspenseful thrills, brutal action, great deep characters and a captivating story is more than we usually get.
Excellent story by Shane Black, who also wrote the story to LETHAL WEAPON 2 and THE LAST BOY SCOUT.
LETHAL WEAPON is a must-own!

ON A SIDE NOTE

- released in 1987 it held the No. 1 box office spot for 3 weeks and grossed $120.2 million worldwide

- spawned 3 sequels

- film debut of Joan Severance

- Franco Zeffirelli offered Mel Gibson the role of Hamlet after seeing his suicide contemplation scene in this film

- both Glover's and Gibson's characters were considerably older than they were in real life: Riggs was supposed to be 38, but Gibson was only 30 and Murtaugh was supposed to be 50 but Glover was only 40.

DVD DETAILS

Feature running time: 112:17 mins. (uncut Director's Cut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC) (rerated 2010. Theatrical Cut)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1, French 5.1, Italian 5.1
Subtitles: English, English HoH, French, Italian, Bulgarian, Spanish (Castellano), German, Dutch, Portuguese, Romanian, Italian HoH, arabic
Extras: Cast and Crew (text displaying which actor plays which role, same as end credits)
Region: 2, 4 / PAL (locked)

Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 3/5
Extras: 0/5

Warner missed an opportunity with the release of the Director's cut: the same mediocre video and audio quality as the previous release, but the major disappointment is the total absense of extras. There is a one "page" text on the cast & crew, which gives no information on the actors but just tells us which actor played which character - kind of like the end credits. Wow. Couldn't have done without that!
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Above the Law [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import]
Above the Law [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £7.89

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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LATE 80S ACTION-THRILLER. SEAGAL'S DEBUT FILM., 24 Nov. 2014
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2009 Warner US Blu-Ray

Director: Andrew Davis

Cast: Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva, Ron Dean, Daniel Faraldo, Sharon Stone, Jack Wallace

SYNOPSIS

Italian-American martial arts expert Nico Toscani (Steven Seagal) is hired by the CIA to join a special operation in Vietnam. He witnesses first hand how Zagon (Henry Silva) tortures prisoners of war. Nico is forced to leave the special forces and returns to Chicago.
15 years later Nico is a narcotics cop and married to Sarah (Sharon Stone). During a sting on a drug trafficking operation Nico and his partner arrest a few drug dealers. They find that instead of drugs, the dealers were actually smuggling C4. Things get weird when the CIA involve themselves, release the suspects and forbid any further investigation.

THE PROS & CONS

ABOVE THE LAW aka NICO in Europe is Steven Seagal's debut film - and one of his best films ever. It's a great action-thriller dealing with corruption and illegal CIA activities.
The film was co-written and directed by Andrew Davis, who also directed the equally great first UNDER SIEGE film with Seagal. The story is good and captivating and the action is superb and highly satisfying. I like that the film addresses certain "uncomfortable" topics, like torture of POWs, police corruption and the state's involvement in criminal activities (such as the CIA's involvement in opium dealings). I also like that the Italian mob plays a vital role in PROTECTING Seagal's familia.
While Seagal will never win the best actor Academy Award, he gives a decent and believable performance as the upstanding cop fighting corruption. It is always a pleasure to see Pam Grier on screen and she delivers a good performance as Seagal's retiring partner. Veteran actor Henry Silva is seen in his typical baddy role and does it well as always. Sharon Stone's performance is average, I don't find her to be that great of an actress.
Perfect directing job by Davis, he manages to find the perfect balance between action and thriller. The fight scenes are brilliantly choreographed and well shot.
Upon its released the film strangely received mixed reviews. It grossed $18,869,631 in the US itself. The film's budget was $7,500,000.
Although released uncut at the movie theaters in the UK, the film was cut by 15 seconds for a video release. Warner Bros. did not bother resubmitting the film to the BBFC, so the DVD versions are the same cut version. The Blu-ray versions released in the UK (single disc and the Steven Seagal Collection box) are fully uncut despite the film not having been resubmitted to the BBFC. This is due to a loophole in the Video Recordings Act. ABOVE THE LAW was also cut by over 1 minute in Germany for a 16 rating.
The violence shown in this film is not too strong, considering MARKED FOR DEATH was recently downgraded to a "15", ABOVE THE LAW would probably reveive the same rating today. There's a few nose breakings and bone breaking, but nothing overly brutal.
Overall this is one of my favorite action/cop movies next to the original DIRTY HARRY and the first LETHAL WEAPON.

ON A SIDE NOTE

- Steven Seagal's debut film as an actor. He also co-wrote the story and co-produced the film
- Seagal personally selected every weapon seen in the film
- some scenes needed to be trimmed to achieve the MPAA R rating

BLU-RAY DETAILS

Feature running time: 99:16 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English TrueHD 5.1, English 5.1, French 5.1, Spanish 5.1, German 5.1, Italian 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Swedish
Extras: Theatrical trailer (1:19)
Region: Region Free

Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 3/5
Extras: 1/5

Typical for older Warner Bros. films released on Blu-Ray ABOVE THE LAW does not contain any extras except for the theatrical trailer.
ABOVE THE LAW offers average picture and audio quality. Warner obviously did not invest much in the transfer.
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Wes Craven's New Nightmare [VHS] [1995]
Wes Craven's New Nightmare [VHS] [1995]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £4.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars THE ABSOLUTE WORST IN THE SERIES., 23 Nov. 2014
REVIEWED VERSION: 1995 Guild Home Video UK VHS

Director: Wes Craven

Cast: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven

SYNOPSIS

All the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies were just movies. Wes Craven has new nightmares and Freddy comes to life for real this time. Yeah whatever.

THE PROS & CONS

I hated WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE, to me it's the worst of the series (yes, worse than Parts 2, 5 and 6!). I did not like the story at all.
I did not even bother to get it on DVD, just on VHS, I watched it once and actually sat through the full 108 mins. resisting the urge to press STOP and EJECT and eject the tape into the trash.
The story was not to my liking. It focuses on a production team making another FRDDY film. All actors/film team play themselves except for Robert Englund, who plays himself AND Freddy Krueger who comes to life (real life).
Did director/writer at least get the horror right? Nope. Though not as silly as some previous entries, this is not scary at all either, just... boring.

DVD DETAILS

Feature running time: 108 mins. approx.
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC) (rerated 2004)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 / 4:3
Audio: English
Subtitles: NONE
Extras: NONE
Region: PAL

Picture quality: no rating (VHS)
Audio quality: no rating (VHS)
Extras: no rating (VHS)
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Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare [DVD]
Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Englund
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £8.49

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1.0 out of 5 stars THIS SEQUEL STINKS!, 23 Nov. 2014
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2004 EiV UK DVD

Director: Rachel Talalay

Cast: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane, Ricky Dean Logan, Breckin Meyer, Yaphet Kotto

SYNOPSIS

John Doe (Shon Greenblatt) is the last surviving Elm Street teen. Freddy wants to kill him. Let the boredom begin.

THE PROS & CONS

Pros? In this film there are NONE.
Freddy Krueger is but a joke. After A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 - DREAM WARRIORS he became a clown and I still find it surprising why this guy received cult status.
FREDDY'S DEAD also makes sure to portray Freddy as the victim by adding the clicheed "he was abused as a boy" past scenes. Seriously? Can't they think of anything NEW???? Of course they can't!
Plot holes gallore. Like Freddy has a child? WTF? Looks like they desperately needed to come up with something "new".
NIGHTMARE 6 is a comedy again. There is NOTHING scary about this film, just as there is NOTHING good about this stinker of a film.
Once again this is a rather bloodless film that might impress teens aged 13-17, but since it has been given an 18 Certificate in the UK, the audience it was aimed at by the makers won't be able to watch this garbage until they've grown out of the age that this might appeal to them.
When the film came out, the BBFC saw it necessary to cut the film by 6 seconds, cutting out all sight of throwing stars and exotic Eastern weapons. The cuts were finally waived in 2001.
Director Rachel Talalay also wrote the story, and succeeds in neither.
Acting is average to poor. Lisa Zane (Maggie) gives a decent performance, Robert Englund as Freddy is reduced to a BAD joke and the rest suck.
Overall the film STINKS. Not even the kills are worth watching. In a slasher THAT is BAD. Real bad. Some scenes are so retarded (like when Spencer is lost in a video game), you think a 5 year old wrote the script.

ON A SIDE NOTE

- I'll tell you a secret: you can fall asleep real easily watching this movie!
- part of the finale was shot in 3D
- Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold have a cameo
- Peter Jackson wrote a screenplay to the film but it wasn't used.

DVD DETAILS

Feature running time: 85:28 mins.
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: NONE
Extras: NONE
Region: 2 / PAL (locked)

Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 3/5
Extras: 0/5

Same as the previous entries, average DVD with NO extras whatsoever and average picture and audio quality.
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child [DVD]
A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Englund
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.94

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2.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT A BAD SCRIPT CAN DO. NOT THE WORST IN THE SERIES., 23 Nov. 2014
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2001 EiV UK DVD

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Cast: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Nick Mele, Kelly Jo Minter, Danny Hassel, Erika Anderson

SYNOPSIS

Alice Johnson, survivor of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER has nightmares again, although she defeated Freddy.
But this times it's her unborn child that dreams, and through him Freddy is allowed to return.

THE PROS & CONS

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5 : THE DREAM CHILD is the perfect example of what happens when you have decent directing with style, a superb female lead and some really good ideas and a horrendous script:
Freddy is just a nuisance, there is absolutely nothing scary here and the whole "time lapse" thing was just a drag. On the positive side, there is a little anti-abortion message worked into the film.
Once again, Lisa Wilcox gives a superb performance as the best "hero" the franchise has ever seen. I'm glad they didn't make the same mistake here as they did with the survivors of NIGHTMARE 3 in NIGHTMARE 4. Alice is the best character in this film. Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) has been reduced to an annoying clown. Yes, he's still funny, but that is not what this film needed at all. I did like Nick Mele (Alice's father), who has really changed into a likeable character.
There is nothing scary in this movie and the 18 Certificate is a complete joke, this is more a 15 Cert. film on the brink to a 12. The little bit of gore that the film had to offer was cut by the MPAA for an R rating (why I don't know, those scenes weren't even that hard), and while the unrated version was available on VHS all DVD and Blu-Rays are downgraded to the rated version.
THE DREAM CHILD could have worked if the makers had gone back to the roots of the original film, and instead of making a comedy, create a dark and serious horror movie. Instead they tried to recreate the success of THE DREAM MASTER and failed utterly: THE DREAM CHILD was a box office bomb. This is not the director's fault - he did try to create some dark and bleak moments here and there, but I doubt he was given any freedom to delete the humorous parts which would have changed the entire mood of the film for the better. Instead THE DREAM CHILD, just like it's predecessor, is more fantasy/comedy than horror movie and will probably only appeal to the age group that cannot legally watch it (at least not in the UK): 13-17 year olds.

ON A SIDE NOTE

- Author Stephen King and comic book writer Frank Miller were offered the job of writing and directing this sequel.
- First film in the series with the exception of the first one, that does not display the digit number, just subtitle of the film ("A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child").
- while the VHS version was uncut the MPAA cuts are restored for the DVD/Blu-Ray version

DVD DETAILS

Feature running time: 85:50 mins. (MPAA cuts)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1,85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1, English 2.0
Subtitles: English
Extras: Cast & Crew text info, "Jump to a Nightmare", Theatrical Trailer (0:39), Music Video "Are you ready..." (5:17), Music Video "Anyway I Gotta Swing it" (3:15)
Region: 2 / PAL (locked)

Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 3/5
Extras: 1/5

Same as the previous entries, average DVD with minimum extras and average picture and audio quality. Two crappy music videos are not going to change that. Contains the cut MPAA R-rated version of the film.
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master [DVD]
A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Englund

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WATCHABLE, BUT DECLINING NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET SEQUEL., 22 Nov. 2014
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2001 EiV UK DVD

Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Andras Jones, Danny Hassel, Rodney Eastman, Tuesday Knight, Ken Sagoes, Nicholas Mele

SYNOPSIS

Kristin Parker (Tuesday Knight) revisits Freddy's house in her dreams and accidentally brings him back. Before her demise, Kristin transfers her "powers" to her friend Alice (Lisa Wilcox).

THE PROS & CONS

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4 : THE DREAM MASTER takes place shortly after the events of DREAM WARRIORS. Most of the survivors of NIGHTMARE 3 make (brief) reappearances here, although Kristin is played Tuesday Knight instead of Patricia Arquette). It was rather disappointing that they had rather short roles after going through so much in the preceding movie.
Freddy is the "star" of this movie, he gets the HELLRAISER 3 treatment here. Starting in DREAM WARRIORS, he also became a comedian, which is even more apparent here: THE DREAM MASTER is more comedy than horror. There is nothing scary about Freddy anymore and there is nothing scary about this film. Gone is the darkness, this is a rather bright and colorful film. We still get some good surreal dream sequences, but this film is more fantasy than horror. Be it as it may, it still is not a bad movie.
With Alice (Lisa Wilcox) we get the best NIGHTMARE "hero" of the entire franchise. Her character actually develops and is more than a 2D cardboard character. Her development from a shy wallflower to a fighter who actually kicks Freddy's butt is believable and well-ascted. Nicholas Mele, who plays her on-screen dad also goes through changes in character, and both reprise their roles in NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD. Overall most of the teenagers in the NIGHTMARE franchise are a lot better and more sympathetic than their FRIDAY THE 13Th counterparts. Robert Englund is great as Freddy if - and only if - you do not expect a scary performance and take DREAM MASTER as what it is: a comedy. His one-liners are hilarious.
The gore level was drastically reduced to almost PG-13. There is one scene where a character is turned into a cockroach which is a bit graphic, but everything else is bloodless and definitely PG-13 levelish. Rather disappointed here, but then again, the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series is not really violent.
Not the worst in the series and definitely watchable, but not really a horror film either.

ON A SIDE NOTE

- highest grossing slasher film of the 80s and highest grossing NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET film
- Patricia Arquette could not reprise her role as Kristin Parker due to her pregnancy
- Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland wrote the script

DVD DETAILS

Feature running time: 89:22 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC) (rerated 2001, previous cuts waived)
Aspect Ratio: 1,85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1, English 2.0
Subtitles: English
Extras: Cast & Crew text info, "Jump to a Nightmare", Theatrical Trailer (1:22)
Region: 2 / PAL (locked)

Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 3/5
Extras: 1/5

Same as the previous entries, average DVD with minimum extras and average picture and audio quality.
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors [DVD]
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Englund
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.38

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4.0 out of 5 stars BEST NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET SEQUEL, 22 Nov. 2014
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2001 EiV UK DVD

Director: Chuck Russell

Cast: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Patricia Arquette, Rodney Eastman, Craig Wasson, Ken Sagoes, Jennifer Rubin, Laurence Fishburne, John Saxon

SYNOPSIS

DREAM WARRIORS picks up after the events of the original NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, ignoring the abysmal first sequel. Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) has become a psychiatrist who specializes in dream therapy.
Kristen Parker (Patricia Arquette in her screen debut) has nightmares of Freddy Krueger, but she also has a unique talent - she can pull people into her dreams (or nightmares). Her nightmares have her confined to a psychiatrical hospital, where she finds herself among other troubled teens who all have similar dreams. With Nancy's help the teens fight back...

THE PROS & CONS

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS is a sequel done right. This is mostly due to Wes Craven's direct involvement - he co-wrote the story and the screenplay.
I liked some of the surreal dream sequences, some of the inventive (and diabolical) kills and the eerie atmosphere.
Unfortunately this is when Freddy started becoming a comedian and far less scary with each following sequel. It also started becoming more mainstream. DREAM WARRIORS isn't effects overkill, but it started with this one.
This is Chuck Russell's directional debut and a pretty good one at that although I would have preferred a darker setting as in the original one.
Good acting, especially by Patricia Arquette, Jennifer Rubin and Craig Wasson. Needless to say that the real show stealer is Robert Englund. I was rather disappointed in Heather Langencamp's performance in this one, which is not on par with her performance in the original Elm Street massacre. Good cameo by John Saxon.
The MPAA imposed some heavy cuts on the film which unfortunately never have been reinstated in any version. Especially Taryn's murder was much longer and more graphic. DREAM WARRIORS works without the additional gore however, the Nightmare series overall is not particularly violent.
DREAM WARRIORS is the best NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET sequel and makes up for the horrible first sequel.

ON A SIDE NOTE

- Patricia Arquette's screen debut. Also watch out for Laurence Fishburne.
- Wes Craven's first involvement in the franchise since the original, also his last until the 1994 film "WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE"
- was banned in Queensland, Australia until 1990 due to its drug references, namely the scene where Freddy kills Taryn with a number of syringes, injecting her with an amphetamine overdose.

DVD DETAILS

Feature running time: 92:29 mins. (MPAA cuts)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1,85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1, English 2.0
Subtitles: English
Extras: Cast & Crew text info, "Jump to a Nightmare", Theatrical Trailer (1:27), Music Video "Dream Warrior" (4:51)
Region: 2 / PAL (locked)

Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 3/5
Extras: 1/5

Just like the DVD release of NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2, this is an average DVD with minimum extras and average picture and audio quality.
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge [DVD]
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Patton
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £8.47

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1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE AND HUGELY DISAPPOINTING SEQUEL., 22 Nov. 2014
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2001 EiV UK DVD

Director: Jack Sholder

Cast: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager, Robert Rusler, Marshall Bell

SYNOPSIS

Freddy Krueger is back and this time he terrorizes Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) with the diabolical goal to possess his body. Yes, you read correctly. Fortunately is later sequels he becomes humble again and settles for "just" killing teens.

THE PROS & CONS

First off featuring the most unsympathetic "hero" in the entire series. Englund only has slightly over 10 minutes of screen time, so basically you are stuck following the main character around to school and gay bars (not joking) and wait for Freddy to pop up.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 has a gay undertone, which many people had problems with when it came out. Personally I didn't care for this but it didn't bother me as much, since there wasn't too much of it. I had many other issues with this film!
I did not find A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 scary at all although they tried to go "darker", even Freddy's makeup is now darker and slightly different to make him scarier, but it didn't work. Some scenes and kills were just ridiculously stupid (shower scene). Overall a little gorier than the original, I must say the effects look very dated and won't shock anyone today.
The acting ranges from bad to good. I didn't care for the Jesse (Patton) character or Coach Schneider (Marshall Bell), veteran actors Robert Englund, Hope Lange and Clu Gulager on the other hand do quite well, so does Kim Myers.
David Chaskin's screenplay is just horrible. It's good they tried to do something different, but it's executed HORRIBLY. The plot is poor and lacks original ideas, not even Jack Sholder's decent directing job could save this.
The ending feels rushed and is just bad to top off a bad movie. Luckily the DVD features the "jump to a nightmare" feature which let's you jump right to Freddy time and avoid all the boring drag inbetween. (Yes I made use of this feature and yes, I have seen the entire film some 16 or 17 years ago, and no I will never ever sit through the full 81 minutes and 54 seconds again, not even for pay!).

ON A SIDE NOTE

- the bus driver at the beginning of the film is played by Robert Englund
- Brad Pitt, John Stamos and Christian Slater auditioned for the role of Jesse (and the casters would have been wise to go with either of them!). Michael J. Fox was also considered.
- Wes Craven, creator of the original NIGHTMARE wisely refused to work on this sequel since he never wanted NIGHTMARE to become a frnachise.
- was a box office success grossing nearly twice as much as the original

DVD DETAILS

Feature running time: 81:54 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1,85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1, English 2.0
Subtitles: English
Extras: Cast & Crew text info, "Jump to a Nightmare", Theatrical Trailer (1:19)
Region: 2 / PAL (locked)

Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 3/5
Extras: 1/5

Average DVD with minimum extras and average picture and audio quality. Nothing to get excited about.
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A Bay of Blood [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
A Bay of Blood [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Claudine Auger
Price: £8.74

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3.0 out of 5 stars THE GRAND DADDY OF THE SLASHER FILM, 21 Nov. 2014
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2010 Arrow Video UK Blu-Ray

Director: Mario Bava

Cast: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati, Chris Avram, Leopoldo Trieste

SYNOPSIS

A wheelchair-bound heiress is strangled to death by her husband before he himself is stabbed to death by an assailant. This is the beginning of a series of stabbing, slashings and beheadings...

THE PROS & CONS

A BAY OF BLOOD is the grand daddy of the slasher film, even though Sean Cunningham denies having seen this film prior to making FRIDAY THE 13TH, I find it very doubtful as the two movies have a lot of similarities, especially the scenery at a lake (bay).
This Arrow release comes in 2 versions: The English language Export version and the Italian language Italian version which features different dialogue (no additional gore).
The killings look rather tame by today's standards, but when it came out it was violent enough to get censored by the BBFC (by almost 1 minute in 4 scenes) and banned in Germany until this day. The movie required no cuts to obtain its R rating. The second FRIDAY THE 13TH film copied two murders of BAY OF BLOOD almost shot for shot: the machete in the face scene and the spearing of two copulating teenagers in bed - although the original scenes in BAY OF BLOOD are a lot more graphic.
The acting is definitely better than in most slasher films. You do have the annoying sex-crazed teenagers but they are not quite as stupid as in most American-made slashers and they fortunately don't last very long.
The directing is quite good - let's not forget this is the very first slasher film, so you have to forget about having seen all the stabbings und brutalities in other movies, this movie came out in 1971 when nobody even thought of FRIDAY, NIGHTMARE or HALLOWEEN! Mario Bava did a good job with the killing scenes, they still are kind of "in your face", but they must have been really shocking back then. I especially liked the grim ending that you don't expect - brilliant! Bava also paced the film perfectly. I also liked the dark atmosphere and the film's score.
Still overall the film is dated. Hence 3 stars instead of 4. The shock value is no more, some effects look better than others.

ON A SIDE NOTE

- A BAY OF BLOOD is known to have more alternate titles than any movie ever. "Twitch of the Death Nerve" is the best-known title and has been selected by Mario Bava himself. It was re-released under the title "The Last House on the Left Part II" although it has nothing to do with that film and was actually made a year before. Other famous titles are "Blood Bath" and "Carnage".

- Due to the low budget of the film, Mario Bava had to shoot most of it on his own property or property owned by the crew. He also had to be his own cinematographer.

BLU-RAY DETAILS

Feature running time: 84:02 mins. (English version) / 84:53 Min. (Italian version)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English LPCM 1.0, Italian: LPCM 2.0
Subtitles: English
Extras: Export version (English) and Italian version of the film, Alternate (reversible) cover, booklet (8 pages), Audio Commentary, The Giallo Gems of Dardano Sachetti Featurette (33:09), Joe Dante remembers Twitch of the Death Nerve Featurette (12:24), Shooting a Spaghetti Splatter Classic interview( 21:16), Carnage theatrical trailer (3:56), Theatrical trailer (1:17), Radio spot #1 (1:00), Radio spot #2 (0:28)
Region: Region Free

Picture quality: 4/5
Audio quality: 3/5
Extras: 4/5

As usual, Arrow Video brings us a superb release with excellent picture quality (considering the film's age) and plenty of extras and Arrow-typical "gimmicks" like the booklet or reversible alternate cover designs. Unlike the US Blu-Ray Arrow's release is region free.
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