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See No Evil 2 [Blu-ray] [US Import]
See No Evil 2 [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: £13.90

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LACKLUSTER SEQUEL TO THE 2006 SLASHER FILM., 26 Oct. 2014
THE STORY

Taking place right after the events of SEE NO EVIL (2006), Jacob Goodnight's presumably dead body is admitted to the morgue, where Amy (horror icon Danielle Harris) and her co-worker Seth (Kaj Erik-Eriksen) are preparing to perform an autopsy. After a few cheap genre typical scares they store the corpse in a room to celebrate Amy's birthday. Her friends (including Katharine Isabelle) unexpectedly show up for the surprise party, which gets out of hand after a drunk girl tries to mount Goodnight's body to make her boyfriend jealous.
Needless to say that Jacob goodnight rises again (nobody saw that coming) and goes on a killing spree (he couldn't just have had few drinks and played nice).

THE MOVIE

SEE NO EVIL was a descent slasher flick with some really nasty kills, but there was no need to make a sequel: the story was told and the Jacob Goodnight character is just far too mundane to be a memorable cult horror icon.
When I read that the Soska twins were supposed to direct SEE NO EVIL 2, I decided to give it a try, since I really enjoyed AMERICAN MARY quite a lot.
Unfortunately SEE NO EVIL 2 does not do the sisters' reputation any justice: the movie is filled with genre clichés and utter boredom, especially during the first 45 minutes.
I can't blame this on the twins entirely, the script by Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby deserves a fair share of the blame.
While SEE NO EVIL 1 has some really disturbing and intense gore scenes, the sequel fails to deliver here as well: for the first 45 minutes all death scenes are completely off screen. The movie's sole highlight kill is a throat slashing (yeah, we haven't seen enough of them yet) followed by a few minor and poorly executed CGI effects. Those few effects that we do get to see are just not inventive or impressive, just dull.
The story is a complete rip-off of the original HALLOWEEN II (1981) and is as unoriginal as it gets. While HALLOWEEN II managed to deliver much suspense and atmosphere, SEE NO EVIL 2 lacks both.
Overall SEE NO EVIL 2 is very predictable and follows the simple formula of 80s slasher flicks of scare and kill tactics which just doesn't cut it anymore for slasher movies made today.
The characters are unmemorable and show the same stupid behavior patterns as their 80s templates.
This movie lacks a style of its own - it just feels like a carbon copy when it could have been so much more.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2014 Lionsgate US Blu-ray
(obtained at Wal-Mart, some features may vary from the regular retail edition)
Feature running time: 90 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Extras: Twisted Twins featurette (10:44), Dissecting the Kills featurette (8:46), Kane's Goodnight Featurette (7:40), Lionsgate Trailers, Digital HD copy.
Region: A (locked)

Picture quality: C
Audio quality: B
Extras: D
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Mercenaries [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Mercenaries [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £3.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN ALL FEMALE "THE EXPENDABLES". SOLID B MOVIE AND BETTER THAN THE EXPENDABLES FRANCHISE!., 26 Oct. 2014
THE STORY

Cassandra Clay (Zoe Bell) leads a team of 4 disgraced soldiers in a search and rescue mission when the President's daughter is kidnapped and held for ransom my a ruthless Third World wannabe dictator (Brigitte Nielson). The team includes Kristanna Loken, Vivica A. Fox and Nicole Bilderback. The four are promised full pardons by Mona (Cynthia Rothrock) if they are successful.

THE MOVIE

I actually liked this better than the EXPENDABLES... and it is certainly the best movie The Asylum has made so far (although this doesn't say much, now does it). Basically think of it as a female version of THE EXPENDABLES minus the huge budget, that is what it was meant to be and that is what it turned out to be.
Directed by Asylum veteran Christopher Ray and written by Edward DeRuiter and Edward DeRuiter delivers overall good action and a few good puns although it sometimes can be quite corny. Make no mistake, the budget seems to have been bigger than usual this time but MERCENARIES is still a B movie and it shows.
Similar to the popular franchise the makers of MERCENARIES could gather a few familiar faces from 80s movies, including Cynthia Rothrock and Brigitte Nielson as well as some familiar faces from 90s/2000s flicks, Kristanna Loken, Zoe Bell, Nicole Bilderback and KILL BILL's Vivica A. Fox. The leading ladies do their jobs well as does Rothrock in her very limited screen time, just Nielson is a horrible actress. I will not mention the secondary cast...
A few well-placed plot twists come a bit unexpected (not used to that from The Asylum) but are very welcome.
While MERCENARIES (aka PRISON RAID) is in no way a great or brilliant movie, it certainly is better than THE EXPENDABLES 2 and 3 and if you enjoyed the EXPENDABLES franchise and are up for a few ladies to fill in for Stallone & Co. than this will be right up your alley. I'm glad to see this was not turned into a kiddie movie as the latest EXPENDABLES movies, this is a solid Unrated movie (although I am pretty sure it would have passed as an R if The Asylum had submitted it to the MPAA).

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2014 Asylum US DVD
(obtained at Wal-Mart, some features may vary from the regular retail edition)
Feature running time: 89 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / Not yet rated (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: None
Extras: Making of Featurette (8:00), Gag Reel (2:14)
Region: 1 (locked)

Picture quality: 4/5
Audio quality: 4/5
Extras: 2/5
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]
Texas Chainsaw Massacre [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £14.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOODLESS, BUT OUTSTANDING HORROR CLASSIC, BUT ITS SHOCK LEVEL IS OVER-HYPED., 25 Oct. 2014
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THE STORY

A group of 5 teens (or twens) tour through Southern Texas in a van to visit an old homestead, among them Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) and her wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain).
They pick up a crazed hitchhiker (Edwin Neal) and meet the notorious family of cannibals, including the family patriarch (brilliant: Jim Siedow) and the cult favorite chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) who pick them off one by one.

THE MOVIE

Although not really graphical in its depiction of violence (director Tobe Hooper was aiming for a PG rating which the movie didn't receive), the movie had a lot of problems in several countries, being banned for a long time in several countries including Australia, England, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Norway, Sweden and Finland. A bit ridiculous, since the film does not show much violence and most killings are off-screen.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE claims to be based on a true story, which isn't entirely true, there was no chainsaw-wielding cannibalistic family in Texas, but rather the notorious Ed Gein, whose story has been used for several movies, the one closest to the truth being DERANGED.
This 1974 original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE will NOT satisfy gorehounds, don't let the title deceive you. While it is deservedly regarded as a cult classic it features hardly any visceral gratification and I found it nowhere near as terrifying as its hype.
As a grotesque and somewhat unique and crafty little horror film TCM does hold its own and is a definite must have for any serious horror buff. The Leatherface character sure beats all the Jasons, Freddys and Michaels out there in creepiness.
Descent acting with a few highlights (Jim Siedow) and great directing by Tobe Hooper make this low budget production (less than $ 300,000) very effective despite the lack of special effects. Personally I could have done with a lot more of the red body fluid with such a title, but we do get that in the sequels.
The 40th Anniversary Edition has a better video quality with much better coloring but far from great. It is doubtful that much more could have been done considering the age of the film and the low budget. Note this is a new 4k digital restoration. It also features a newly created but unimpressive 7.1 audio track.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2014 Dark Sky Films US 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
(obtained at Wal-Mart, some features may vary from the regular retail edition)
Feature running time: 83 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 7.1, English 5.1, English 2.0 Stereo, English 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Extras: 4 Audio Commentaries
Region: A (locked)

Picture quality: B-
Audio quality: C
Extras: C*

* There also is a 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition edition which includes a bonus disc with a lot more extras.
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Deranged [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Deranged [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Dvd ~ Roberts Blossom
Price: £6.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DATED BUT STILL DISTURBING, GHOULISH AND QUITE HARD TO RATE., 25 Sept. 2014
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THE STORY

Ezra Cobb (excellent: Roberts Blossom), a grown man lives with his dominant and sickly mother. Since he was young, the religiously fanatic woman has indoctrinated Ezra to hate women - all except for her of course.
When his mother dies, the already deeply disturbed Ezra becomes very lonely and isolated. He becomes delusional and imagines his mother talking to him, telling him to bring her back home. One night he drives to the cemetery and digs her up.
Slipping away more and more from reality with each passing day, he begins to dig up more bodies of deceased women restoring them from their decomposition even using some as home decor.
His obsession soon grows stronger and goes far beyond merely digging up the dead, as he begins to kill the women himself, finding more and more creative ways to decorate his home.

THE MOVIE

DERANGED is based on the real life serial killer Ed Gein, as are THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, PSYCHO and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, but neither of them are as close to the real Ed Gein as DERANGED. Perhaps that is the reason why DERANGED is probably the most disturbing of the lot.
I personally find DERANGED just as good as the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. It has less action than the CHAINSAW MASSACRE but has the better acting.
DERANGED is very macabre and has a lot of dark humor. It is definitely not for everyone's taste, despite not being overly violent or gory, most of the more graphical scenes are kept off-screen. The setting will definitely offend most people as it deals with murder, grave robbing and necrophilia.
The acting, is top notch, all actors are convincing and the movie is rather slow-paced and well directed by Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby. The story was written by Alan Ormsby.
Another thing about DERANGED that deserves mentioning is the music: a sombre church organ tune that is repeated over and over again without getting boring adds to the dark and depressing setting very effectively.
The movie is often times interrupted by a narrator speaking into the camera, giving it more of a "documentary" feel.

Buyers beware, the US DVD features the cut R-Rated version of the film, missing the notorious brain scooping scene, the UK 18 Certificate version as well as the German FSK 16 version (also includes the English audio track) are the fully uncut and unrated version of the film.

I find it rather hard to rate this movie. It is a classic, but I am sure most people will disagree with my rating because this definitely is NOT mainstream entertainment. If you liked the (original) TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE you will most probably like DERANGED as well, if you thought TCM was sick and disgusting, don't bother with DERANGED. If you prefer the later TCM movies for their visceral gratification you might also want to give DERANGED a pass - the effects are 70s level and rather poor and scarce compared to today's blood fests.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2013 Arrow Video UK DVD / Blu-ray Dual Format
Feature running time: 84 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) (cut) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 / 16x9
Audio: English 2.0 PCM (stereo)
Subtitles: English HoH
Extras: Introduction by Tom Savini (0:12 mins.), "A Blossoming Brilliance" interview (10:22 mins.), "Ed Gein: From Murder to Movies" (14:52 mins.), "Wages of Sin" (12:00 mins.), Theatrical Trailer (1:33 mins.), Trailer with intro/commentary by Adam Rifkin (1:54 mins.)
Region: B (locked)

Picture Quality: B
Audio Quality: B
Extras: B (considering the age of the movie)
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Wolf Creek 2 [DVD]
Wolf Creek 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Jarrett
Price: £5.81

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A RARE EVENT OF THE SEQUEL BEING BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL. FREDDY, JASON AND MICHAEL ARE WUSSES COMPARED TO MICK!, 19 Sept. 2014
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THE STORY

After showing us the proper way to deal with two obnoxious cops Australia's favorite diabolical killer Mick Taylor (brilliant: John Jarratt) continues doing what he does best: hunting and killing tourists across the Outback, starting with a German couple (Philippe Klaus and Shannon Ashlyn). When British tourist Paul (Ryan Corr) intercepts, he becomes the new target in Mick's cat and mouse game which includes a little sing-along and a very special (and painful) version of the popular game 10 questions...

THE MOVIE

This is the long-awaited sequel to the 2005 commercially successful but critically ripped apart independent horror film WOLF CREEK. Critics were deeply offended by the original's brutality - well, they're in for a real treat here! WOLF CREEK 2 cranks up the violence, gore and sadism tremendously, making the original look like a PG-13 in comparison. WOLF CREEK 2 required extensive cuts to be released in Germany with an 18 rating, it also was cut by approx. 2 minutes to secure a MA-15 rating for the Australian theaters. Luckily the version in England (DVD and Blu-Ray) is the fully uncut R18+ version in all its gory glory.
If you are appalled by graphic violence and sadism, avoid WOLF CREEK 2. The special effects are well done, but at times over the top.
While Mick had little screentime in the original, not making an appearance until the second half of the film, he graces us with more screen presence in the sequel, making his first appearance within the first 5 minutes of the film.
As I mentioned before, John Jarratt makes the movie with his awesome performance and hilarious one-liners, though his humor might not be to everyone's liking. Unlike its predecessor, WOLF CREEK 2 is less thriller and less suspenseful, relying more on gore and "torture porn" elements.This doesn't mean it lacks suspense, it is just very predictable.
The other actors deliver good and convincing performances, none as memorable as Jarratt's, but they are also not given the opportunities due to limited screen time and their roles (canon fodder).
WOLF CREEK 2 was co-written and directed by Greg Mclean, who also wrote and directed the original as well as ROGUE. Descent job here, but nothing extraordinary.
The scenery is where WOLF CREEK 2 (and any movie filmed in the Outback) really shines, really good cinematography by Toby Oliver.
Overall WOLF CREEK 2 is great entertainment if you like the genre and can stomach the violence. It could have used a bit of trimming in between as it has its lengths. At times it reminded me of the 1986 film THE HITCHER. I can't help but confess, I really like Mick, the secret "(anti)hero" of the film. An extremely creepy finale is the undisputed highlight of the film.

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2014 eOne UK DVD
Feature running time: 102 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 / 16x9
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: English HoH, English non-optional for non-English dialogue
Extras: Making of (50:59 mins.), Deleted Scenes (24:50)
Region: 2 (locked)

Picture Quality: A-
Audio Quality: B+
Extras: D

CONTAINS THE COMPLETELY UNCUT AUSTRALIAN R18+ VERSION.
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Ironclad 2: Battle For Blood [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Ironclad 2: Battle For Blood [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Michelle Fairley
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CARBON COPY OF IRONCLAD 1 WITH SOME FLAWS, 14 Sept. 2014
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THE STORY

A Celtic raiding party is slaughtering its way through Scotland near the border to England in retribution for atrocities prior committed by the English.
They lay siege on a castle owned by the De Vescis, the Lord, Gilbert De Vesci being the uncle of Guy the Squire from the oringinal IRONCLAD.
De Vescis is mortally wounded during the raid and so is the Celtic leader's son and it falls to De Vescis middle child, Hubert (Tom Rhys Harries) to seek out his cousin Guy (Tom Austen) to aid them.
Guy has changed though, not only is he played by a different actor, he has become a cold mercenary who takes Hubert's coin in exchange for his services rather than rushing to his family's aid out of the goodness of his heart. Along the road they pick up a few more helpers, Berenger, who owes Guy a debt, an executioner and a murderess.

THE MOVIE

IRONCLAD 2 - BATTLE FOR BLOOD is not a bad movie but it is a couple of steps backwards from IRONCLAD.
The budget is notably lower than that of the original. Don't expect any big names such as James Purefoy to make a comeback. Look close enough though and notice a few familiar names: Michelle Fairley and Roxanne McKee both appeared in the hit series GAME OF THRONES before.
The story is a carbon copy of IRONCLAD 1 - this is not much when you think they had 4 years to come up with a more original story.
There are many historical errors, especially in regards to the timeline. Do not expect a history lesson here.
The movie was entirely shot in Serbia. The scenery is marvelous. This and the well-choreographed action scenes is where IRONCLAD 2 shines.
I could have done without the shaky camera however.
Director and co-writer Jonathan English directed an co-wrote IRONCLAD 2 as well, doing a descent job at directing bit seemingly lazy at writing (or shall we say recycling) the story.
Decent actors, especially Fairley, McKee, David Caves as Berenger and Serbian actors Predrag Bjelac as Mad Dog and Dragana Atlija as Shiba.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2014 Warner Bros. UK Blu-ray
Feature running time: 108 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 / 16x9
Audio: English DTS-HD 5.1
Subtitles: English HoH
Extras: Behind the scenes (15:40 mins.)
Region: A,B,C (region free)

Picture Quality: A-
Audio Quality: A-
Extras: F
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Devil's Rock [DVD]
Devil's Rock [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gina Varela
Offered by simply-well-priced
Price: £3.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ATMOSPHERIC NEW ZEALAND OCCULT HORROR MOVIE SET ON D-DAY., 24 Aug. 2014
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THE MOVIE

At night on June 5th, 1944, 2 New Zealand soldiers, Captain Ben Grogan (Craig Hall) and Sergeant Joe Tane (Karlos Drinkwater) paddle to to Forau Island to sabotage German gun emplacements located there. They land on the beach dodging mines and traps and make their way to the German fortification. From inside they hear screaming.
They are surprised by a German soldier running out of the bunker, screaming and pleading for help. Grogan easily kills the soldier and when they hear a woman screaming, they decide to investigate. During this, Tane is killed and Grogan is knocked unconscious by another German officer.
Grogan is interrogated and tortured by the German officer (Matthew Sunderland). During the interrogation Grogan repeatedly hears a female screaming from another room. Grogan eventually manages to break free and injure Meyer, the German officer.
He discovers the woman who was screaming. It turns out the woman is a shape shifter demon, summoned by black magic, a weapon the Germans plan to use against the Allied Forces...

THE DEVIL'S ROCK is an interesting little horror film with a unique and tense atmosphere and superb actors. Almost the entire movie takes place in the bunker, focusing on Grogan (superbly played by Craig Hall), Colonel Meyer (equally impressive: Matthew Sunderland) and Gina Varela, playing the demon.
Paul Campion directed and co-wrote THE DEVIL'S ROCK, which at 82 minutes is a rather short movie, but well paced and without unnecessary lengths. A bloody chamber drama with quite well-written dialogue.
Occult horror, of course is not to everyone's liking, but the occult is rather subtle, no demon worshipping or blasphemy, it should not be to offensive. The gore section, however is a different story: there is quite a lot of blood, guts and gore to go around, gore hounds should be pleased. The special effects are very well done - real makeup effects instead of cheap CGI effects.
Fortunately the movie spares us the usual cheesiness one would expect from a movie such as this, I was pleasantly surprised.
Not great, but definitely worth a look and most certainly better than I expected.

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2011 Metrodome UK DVD
Feature running time: 82 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Not Rated (MPAA) (not yet released) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16x9
Audio: English 5.1, English 2.0
Subtitles: None
Extras: Making Of Featurette, interviews
Region: 2 (locked), PAL

Picture: B
Audio: B
Extras: D-
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The Raid 2 [DVD] [2014]
The Raid 2 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Iko Uwais
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £4.65

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT NOT GREAT AND CERTAINLY *NOT* "THE GREATEST ACTION FILM EVER", 24 Aug. 2014
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THE MOVIE

Taking place shortly after the original THE RAID, rookie Jarkarta cop Rama discovers he has made enemies with his actions when a gang lord executes his brother. To protect his infant son and wife Rama goes to prison undercover to get close to Uco, the son of a powerful gangster. Rama saves Uco's life during a prison riot and Uco's father hires him when they both get out.
Things get bad when Uco rebels against his father and his gang engages in a turf war with the rivaling Japanese gang during which a cop is killed...

THE RAID 2: BERANDAL (English for "Thug") continues the story of THE RAID 1, taking a different turn.
Director / Writer Gareth Evans delivered a good sequel to the rather mediocre THE RAID, improving much that the original lacked - in some cases too much: the movie could have used some trimming in some scenes (especially the prison scene at the beginning). 20 - 30 minutes shorter would have been more. Despite much time given to the story, the characters remain 2 dimensional without much depth, which really isn't all that necessary in this genre anyway.
Iko Uwais might be good at martial arts, however he totally lacks charisma and is just a terrible actor. I could see Steven Seagal in his place and THE RAID 2 would have been much better.
Fortunately some of the other performances are far superior than Uwais', Arifin Putra as Uco being the best, but also Julie Estelle as the mute "Hammer Girl" was a nice adddition. Also great: Tio Pakusodewo as Bangun.
Where THE RAID 2 truly shines are the martial arts scenes and its unflinching approach to violence: where American films tend to pan away to secure a lower age restriction, THE RAID 2 doesn't - at least not in the uncut version (see below for details) - and shows it all in its bloody glory.
I'm giving it a 3 star rating for the flaws I mentioned before. Overall it is a decent action film, but it is not great and I seriously doubt I will be watching it a second time. The "cop goes underground and beats an endless flow of gangsters" story just wasn't that compelling for my taste. Fans of THE RAID 1 however should love THE RAID 2.

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2014 Entertainment One UK DVD
Feature running time: 143 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Not Rated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 / 16x9
Audio: English 5.1, Indonesian 5.1
Subtitles: English
Extras: Commentary, Featurette
Region: 2

Picture: B
Audio: B
Extras: D

Unlike the US version, which lost several frames in some of the many extremely violent scenes (despite the director's promise of the cut scenes being reinstated for home entertainment, which is NOT the case), the UK version is completely uncut at 143 mins. (DVD PAL) and 150 mins. (Blu-ray). The DVD and the Blu-Ray are region locked (2/B).
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A Certain Justice [DVD]
A Certain Justice [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cung Le
Offered by SweetBuzzards
Price: £3.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SUFFERS FROM A BAD SCRIPT AND BAD DIRECTING., 22 Aug. 2014
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THE MOVIE

John Nguyen (Cung Le) returns home from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq struggling with with posttraumatic stress disorder. When he witnesses a group of thugs attacking defenseless call girl Tanya (Briana Evigan), he can't help but interfere, seriously wounding her attackers and triggering a war between him and the Aryan Brotherhood, led by Hollis (Dolph Lundgren). The Brotherhood goes after John's parents, killing them, which makes it personal. One by one John takes on numerous high-ranking members of the gang, while also being hunted by the cops.

If you expect a "typical" Lundgren vs. evil movie such as THE MECHANIK, you will be very disappointed: Lundgren plays the leader of a white supremacist group looking more like a hippie with long hair and a mustache (seriously, Dolph???), while Cung Le is the actual hero in A CERTAIN JUSTICE (aka PUNCTURE WOUNDS). Vinnie Jones has only a minor role.
Directing by Giorgio Serafini and James Coyne is below average (the latter wrote the story), the movie is badly paced. A bit of trimming here and there would have been better for the film.
A CERTAIN JUSTICE is not a bad movie, it has descent fight scenes and the typical vigilante story, but it never excels beyond mediocrity, mostly due to its poor writing, very poor dialogue and a rather uninspired performance by Lundgren. At least Jones is top notch during his very limited screen time. A bigger budget might also have helped, but isn't the main issue. Cung Le does a decent job (more convincing than Iko Uwais in THE RAID!) but unfortunately it is not enough to save the movie.
What is good about this movie are the fighting scenes. They are not as spectacular as in both the RAID movies, not even close, but they are the best this film has to offer.
I recommend VENDETTA with Danny Dyer instead, it even has a very similar story about a returning vet avenging his parent's murder, but it's executed much better. As a matter of fact there are a lot of similarities between the two movies.

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2014 Signature Entertainment UK DVD
Feature running time: 93 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Audio: English 5.1, English 2.0
Subtitles: English
Extras: None
Region: 2

Picture: C
Audio: B
Extras: none
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Hang Em High [Blu-ray] [1968] [US Import]
Hang Em High [Blu-ray] [1968] [US Import]

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4.0 out of 5 stars CERTAINLY NOT EASTWOOD'S BEST WESTERN - BUT STILL ONE OF THE BEST AMERICAN-MADE WESTERNS., 19 Aug. 2014
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THE MOVIE

Jed Cooper starts out as a cattle rancher when a group of men surround him, claiming that the man he bought his cattle from killed the herd's true owner. Cooper says he knew nothing about the murder but they hang him anyway and leave him for dead.
A Federal Marshal finds Cooper and cuts him down, claps him in irons and takes him to Fort Grant for a judge to determine his fate. The judge finds him not guilty and sets him free. He is offered a job as a Deputy U.S. Marshal so he can bring the men in who lynched him. He also warns Cooper not to kill the men. Cooper accepts.
Cooper tracks the first man, Reno, down and attempts to arrest him, but Reno draws his gun and Cooper is forced to shoot to kill. He finds out that most of the hanging posse are respected members of the community, but the local sheriff honors the warrants for their arrest nevertheless.
Cooper is ambushed and barely survives after the posse escapes. Slowly recovering, Cooper is back on their trail...

Made between Leone's Dollar Trilogy and HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, this actually is my least favorite Eastwood westerns - which still makes it better than 99 % of the American-made westerns.
HANG 'EM HIGH lacks the violence and the dark hero of the other Eastwood movies (don't be fooled by the 18 Certificate, this deserves a 12 or 15 at the most, it is a PG-13 in the States). Overall it is a rather tame movie.
HANG 'EM HIGH was a major success in 1968. It also was the first production of the Malpaso Company, Eastwood's production company.
Sergio Leone was asked to direct this movie, but he was busy directing ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, so Ted Post, who also directed Eastwood's second Dirty Harry movie MAGNUM FORCE 5 years later, was hired instead.
Post did a decent directing job.
The acting is top notch, with great performances by Eastwood (of course), Pat Hingle as Judge Fenton, Ben Johnson as Marshal Bliss, Ed Begley as Captain Wilson and be on the lookout for Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper and L.Q. Jones in minor roles as well!
Overall HANG 'EM HIGH is a solid 4-star movie with a few flaws, but the great actors make up for it.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2011 20th Century Fox US Blu-ray (reissue)
Feature running time: 115 mins. (uncut)
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16x9
Audio: English DTS HD 5.1, English 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Extras: Nothing
Region: A, B, C (region free)

Picture: B
Audio: B
Extras: F
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