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Sid And Nancy [VHS]
Sid And Nancy [VHS]
VHS
Offered by dyerwilliams
Price: 6.95

2 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So Boring It Gave Me A Headache, 6 Sep 2001
This review is from: Sid And Nancy [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I was both warned off this film and turned on to it by different people and so I was unwilling to purchase the video. However when it came on the TV I had to check it out. Told as a flashback, the beginning is very confusing and slow relying on shock value. Things do not get much better. The early scenes in London are quite shocking with a trashy sophistication that seems to be the start of something good. However, the shcok of seeing these disgusting characters that reminds one of the necessity of prisons and rehabs soon wears off. Before you know it, the band members throwing darts at the drummer is normality, as are the fast-paced concerts and Sid stumbling around. Gary Oldman adds a great sense of realism to the talentless waster that was Sid Vicious and Chloe Webb convincing as the misguided and out of control Nancy. The film does fairly well, with nice subplots and good performances that keep it afloat for the first 35 minutes or so. This is the point for the film to improve as it moves towards it's climax, either increasing in speed, or power or sheer emotion. Instead, Sid and Nancy, both the charaters and the film slow down dramatically. They spend the last hour of the film is a dull repitition of the same scene with virtually no change whatsoever. The scenes of violence and drugs in a motel room are repeated endlessly giving you a headache. It was intended to be a gripping depiction of the slow demise of these two people. Remove the word gripping and you're there! Due to the excess to which modern films have exposed us, we are imune, and the shcok value that carried the film for half an hour cannot compensate for the dreary sludge which is the next hour and twenty minutes. The bottom line is that you can see no romance, feel no sympathy or take in interest in the film. There is no real emotion by the end as you feel like a spectator in a room of horror and all you want to do is stop listening to the horror about which you no longer cared, and never did in the first place. The directing is unoriginal and dull and the script is pitifull. Don't see this film, I was banging my foot against the coffee table to keep myself entertained. This film was a waste of two hours of my life, so much so that I feel like demanding compensation for that time that I lost thanks to Oldman, Webb and Cox. Avoid this film at all costs!


Scarface [VHS]
Scarface [VHS]
VHS
Offered by auczobe Orders Posted with-in 3 days
Price: 5.00

8 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Shoddy Job, 21 Jun 2001
This review is from: Scarface [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Possibly the most overrated film of all time, Scarface 1983 is overlong, grotesque, messy and not in the least bit interesting.
The plot is pretty thin for a nearly three hour film, so a few scenes of rather pointless bloodshed and an annoying and quite frankly tedious amount of swearing is used where gaps exist. All semblance of detail and proper insight into the characters and events is absent except where violence is involved. Brian De Palma's direction revolves around cutting the shots to show more blood and to make the action (or gore) look more exciting, but only succeeds in making the film look messy. The script is inundated with the 'f' word, which has no effect after the first five minutes. Al Pacino, normally a great actor is laughable. His performance is so ludicrously over-the-top while trying to be convincing that he cannot be taken seriously.
This films seems more like a high-school student's tribute to the real greats of cinema rather than a finely done, professional movie. Many fans told me that this film was one to see while the critics told me to avoid it. It only cost me 5.99 so I thought I'd risk it. I should have listened to the critics.
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King Kong [VHS]
King Kong [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: 7.95

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Towers Above The Competition, 14 Jun 2001
This review is from: King Kong [VHS] (VHS Tape)
As a budding movie historian and lover of all films, King Kong was unmissable. I collect all kinds of classic films but this is one that I think all movie fans should enjoy. The picture is in itself an historical landmark in the history of celluloid, featuring groundbreaking special effects, a star performance that would become a household name and one of the iconic images of American popular culture and the definitive 'damsel in distress'. This film gave a deafening roar that echoes today. But as a work of art, it is not to be missed. Being that we have all been reared in the post-Kong days of cinema, the idea of a giant ape stalking his prey is hardly shocking, we say 'oh that's just King Kong', but the first shot of the beast is still utterly gripping. Political correctness and liberalism tell us to look at Fay Wraye's performance as a symbol of the dark days when women were treated as dolls and weak creatures, but she portrays a classic role to perfection, and political incorrectness was never this good. Kong and his prehistoric pals are brought to life by stop-motion animation, some of the movements are rather jerky and the effects themselves are primitive by today's standards, but the effect that they generate has never been lost. Kong was in reality a metal skeleton with sponge-rubber muscles covered in rabbit fur, but 30s audiences and the 30s cast found it realistic, and that movement provides one with a feeling it would take more than a computer to beat this. The famous wall and door, behind which Kong resides was first used in Cecil B. De Mille's King of Kings, and was later used as a burning backdrop in the doomed city of Atlanta in Gone With The Wind. This film is packed to bursting point with breathtaking action and wonderful work all round, as a landmark and as a film, this one is truly special.


Kiss: Crazy Nights [VHS]
Kiss: Crazy Nights [VHS]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Viweing For All KISS Fans, 19 Mar 2001
Filmed in late 1987, KISS Crazy Nights is an explosive video featuring the three singles from the Crazy Nights album. The first video 'Turn On The Night' plays on like a rocket, the ultimate party song. Reason to Live does not fare as well, as both Paul and especially Gene look ridiculous, but all is forgiven when the band tear through Crazy, Crazy Nights to finish the video. It's very short, but if you're a KISS Fan, no price is too high.


The Birth Of A Nation [VHS]
The Birth Of A Nation [VHS]
VHS
Offered by stephensmith_426
Price: 16.00

47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Alltime Greatest Movies Ever Made, 17 Feb 2001
The first, and perhaps the greatest of the feature films, D.W. Griffith's wonderful and controversial film is a must have for anyone with any serious interest in cinema.
The beginning of the film deals with life in the old South, and much like Gone With The Wind, showed nothing of the harsh cruelty of slavery. However, this film does not bare the title 'Based on a true story' and so, as with the racist struggle at the end, with a little education, this may be judged purely in terms of cinematography. .. I simply saw it through Griffith's eyes, and could not help but give a broad smile many times at the wonderful atmosphere that the film created.
The film centres mainly around the Northern Stonemans and the Southern Camerons, and the relationship between them. The civil war presents some spectacular scenes, including the superb sequence where the eldest Cameron boy rushes forward to the front line towards the guns and rescues the Confederate flag. The horrors and tragedies of war are shocking, but spectacular. What follows is the heartbreak of loss, the surrender of General Lee, the beginning of the revenge that plagues the characters throughout the rest of the film and finally, April 14th 1865. Ford's Theatre is recreated, and one of history's greatest men is gunned down in a tragic scene.
The heroin of the film is a Northerner, played by the ravishingly beautiful Lillian Gish. Her love for the founder of the Ku Klux Klan creates an interesting situation. She condemns her lover but forgives him when the villain of the film, a mulatto named Syrus Lynch tries to force her into marriage and is rescued by our 'heroes' in white hoods. The eldest son of the Camerons founds the Ku Klux Klan, while the head of the Stonemans intends to crush the Southern whites by giving all the power to the blacks.
The film was condemned by blacks and white liberals and not without cause. Syrus Lynch, is given power after the end of the war and becomes Governor of South Carolina. He stands as a symbol for what will happen if the two races were to mix. Another of the bad guys is Gus, who harasses a white girl until she commits suicide to protect her honour. For the rest of the film, the blacks act as the villains while the Ku Klux Klan saves society and restores peace and justice to the land. It's a bit hard to take,.... I console myself by remembering that this film was made in unsympathetic times. It is advisable to read what really happened before seeing this film, but for those glorious 190 minutes, simply take this piece of cinema at face value and you will be the better for it.
This film changed history and movie history, as the Ku Klux Klan rose again in response to it, and the days of the one reeler films came to a close. There have been other films of this quality, but they can be counted on one hand. The Birth of A Nation is an utter masterpiece with no faults other than its political incorrectness. bfi films have painstakingly restored this masterpiece to its full, rich and deserved glory and the result is a superb and delightfully entertaining work of pure genius... It has not aged at all and I cannot recommend it enough. Buy it now!


Intolerance [VHS]
Intolerance [VHS]
VHS

53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deep And Complex Moral Lesson But Also A Splendid Film, 17 Feb 2001
This review is from: Intolerance [VHS] (VHS Tape)
D.W. Griffith's previous great 'Birth of a Nation' had aroused such controversy that he decided to fight back. Intolerance is a superb piece of filmmaking and one that I most strongly recommend to all true lovers of the cinema. The lesson is made in four stories: The first story is of how the Priest of Bel betrays Belshazzar in ancient Babylon, with the final conclusion being the savage destruction of the great city. The battle scenes more than rival those of Ben Hur, Alexander the Great or any other tale of heroism in old times. The second story is that of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and of those who allowed it to happen. This story is not explored upon much and is given less treatment than the other three, although its impact remains potent. The third story takes place in renaissance France, where the Catholics slaughter the Protestants. The massacre is more violent than one would expect from a film of 1916, and despite its rather crude delivery, it still manages to shock and appal. The final story is set in what was then the modern world. A group of women fighting for decency and a proper society reduce life to a boring and monotonous existence. A man is to be hanged for a murder committed by one of the women who does not confess and when she finally does, a gang of men rush to save the boy just in time. All these stories are linked by an image of Lillian Gish rocking a cradle, symbolic of the innocence she protects.
Intolerance is extremely meaningful and poignant with good performances and shocking moments throughout. Its breathtaking sets and scenes are enough to keep anyone entertained, and this film comes to a superb climax four times. However, it also has to set the scene for four different stories which makes the first forty minutes very dull, but stick with it as it improves.
Griffith could hardly hope to match the brilliance of The Birth of A Nation which was released a year before this, but this film alone is enough to make him worthy of remembrance.
Eureka Videos has done a superb job in restoring this great film. Of the three silent films I owned before this (Nosferatu, Phantom of the Opera and Metropolis) all were badly in need of restoration, which reduced the viewing pleasure. The picture quality is very clean and adds to the experience. The film is also tinted for those of you who prefer a more colourful look, I however do not and always turn off the colour on my TV with tinted films, either have it in colour or in black and white is what I say.


Aliens [VHS] [1986]
Aliens [VHS] [1986]
VHS
Offered by dyerwilliams
Price: 4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boy's Action Movie Was Never Better, 7 Jan 2001
This review is from: Aliens [VHS] [1986] (VHS Tape)
After the wonderful Alien, James Cameron would have been forgiven for producing a down-right awful sequel, nothing great should have been expected, which makes this film even better. The 'boy's action genre' rarely produces more than big guns, loud explosions and bad acting. Every rule has an exception, this is the exception.
Going into greater depth on subjects such as the company conspiracy, the intelligence of the creatures and exploring new themes such as the Alien Queen and the nest, this film almost matches the greatness of the original. Technology had advanced in the seven years since Ridley Scott first chilled our bones and so Cameron could show the beasts in more detail without letting the audience in on the fact that this was just a bunch of guys in rubber suits. The aliens move fluidly and strike swiftly in large numbers. The music is one of the best scores ever recorded for a movie and adds tension as the soldiers fight for their lives in a situation that they cannot hope to win. Ripley plays the perfect heroine and proves herself as hard and deadly as the soldiers and develops the .. image that would spread into the next two movies in the classic scene when she battles the Alien Queen.
James Cameron may not have been able to beat Ridley Scott in terms of directing, but he does his best and comes close, and for that we must be thankful. He also showcases the aliens well and certainly we see more of them, especially at the end of the film, but they maintain that horrific image. The action is first class, especially the scene when the aliens attack them from the ceiling. All in all, this is one of the greatest action movies of all time, with fantastic scenes and clever direction, Aliens would become a more than worthy sequel to Alien and remain fresh in our minds 15 years later. If only the series had stopped there!


The Mummy [1932] [VHS]
The Mummy [1932] [VHS]
VHS
Offered by rdowns33
Price: 4.47

3 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat And Often Lifeless Adaption Of A Classic, 30 Dec 2000
This review is from: The Mummy [1932] [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The original story of the Mummy was a chilling tale of manipulation and hatred. Unfortunately, this 'new' version with a totally new plot is often boring. In this version, a team of British archaeologists uncover the mummy of a man who had been buried alive for an ungodly act. He is buried with the Scroll of Thoth, which, when uttered, brings life to the dead. A keen young member of the team whispers the words and brings the beast back to life. However, the monster, played by Boris Karloff is not out to settle scores for a maniac, or to bring terror to those who disturbed his rest, no, this ancient Egyptian devil is one smitten kitten! That's right, this mummified monster is out for love! Apparently, the man was mummified alive for trying to bring his beloved back from the dead. He did this using the Scroll of Thoth but was caught red-handed and buried with the scroll. Now, that woman has been reincarnated in the form of an Anglo-Egyptian babe. The mummy wants to kill the woman and bring her back to life but his plan is thwarted by the girl's family and friends. The scenes from Egypt and the exploration is fantastic, but the shoddy plot brings down this film badly. Ultimately it limps along to an unimpressive conclusion.


The Phantom Of The Opera [VHS]
The Phantom Of The Opera [VHS]
VHS
Offered by rdowns33
Price: 10.43

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, Ghoulish And Terrifying, 30 Dec 2000
Lon Chaney was one of the most famous actors of the silent screen. There is a very good reason why. Playing the part of the stylish and ghastly villain of this cryptic tale, Chaney is sinister and at one point petrifying. The film wastes no time, setting the scene right away and sticking to it. Everything is introduced to the film at the best possible pace, and both without the mask, and in costume, the Phantom is dark and compelling.
This film is a little different from other silent horror classics such as Murnau's masterpiece Nosferatu in several ways. The photography is different, being more straightforward while still strongly influenced by the German impressionist style. The scenes are perfectly shot and the script is fascinating and not in the least bit confusing. A gem of the silver screen.


THE INVISIBLE MAN - THE ORIGINAL B&W CLASSIC
THE INVISIBLE MAN - THE ORIGINAL B&W CLASSIC
Offered by unclejohnsband
Price: 7.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest of The Early Horror Films, 30 Dec 2000
Many of the early horror classics were held down by certain factors. Sometimes, the poor acting of the early talkies left a bad taste in the mouth, and other times it was Universal's need to cut down on horror. The Invisible Man does not suffer from these problems.
The film gets to work straight away and wastes no more than two minutes with unimportant matters. The main character develops most brilliantly, as more and more of him and his personality is shown. We soon learn to fear him. But it would be criminal of me to mention this film and not mention the dazzling performance by Claude Rains. With a voice to curdle the blood and a manner to chill to the bone, Rains makes us more and more afraid of 'Griffin' as time goes on. Both Claude Rains and the wonderful character development propel this film into the league of the legends.
The special effects are marvellous. Yes, I did say special effects. The scene in which the Griffin gets undressed is shocking. I could never believe such tricks to be possible without a computer, but a man pulls off his trousers from invisible legs. Somehow, it seems more effective than Hollywood's computer graphics. Special effects had been used before such as in the masterpiece Nosferatu, but here they are taken to new heights.
The Invisible Man begins his reign of terror and the action heats up, and Kemp's death is deliciously horrifying. But best of all, the ending is dark. Unlike Frankenstein or the Mummy, The Invisible Man is not spoiled by a stupid and happy ending. Instead we are left to ponder the terrible mistakes of Jack Griffin.
Buy this great film now!


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