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Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem [Blu-ray]
Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Steven Pasquale
Price: £6.40

3.0 out of 5 stars A word on the different versions, 6 Mar. 2015
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This isn't a review of the film itself - you probably know what you think of it by now. But I recently found trying to identify which versions of this film existed where was very difficult. There's a lot of confusing and inaccurate information and reviews out there, so I thought I'd post what I eventually found it so it's all in one place and clear for anyone like me in future! So...

The UK Blu-ray is the theatrical cut only. It does NOT contain the unrated cut. The only place you can get the unrated version on Blu-ray is the Region A locked disc from the US. Region B Blu-rays from France are also the theatrical cut only.

The UK Blu-ray DOES contain all the extras from the two-disc 'Ultimate Combat' DVD edition. It actually has a lot more extras on the disc than are listed on the back cover. All the many documentaries ARE included.

The two-disc 'Ultimate Combat' DVD edition, IS the American unrated cut. Some reviews I read claimed that it wasn't, but I think the confusion there is the shorter running time than the US 'Unrated' DVD. The confusion lies in Region 1 DVDs being coded at a fractionally different frame rate to Region 2 (as I understand it), which by the end of a film can amount to a few minutes difference. Hence the UK 'Ultimate Combat' edition only runs to about 1h37m where the Region 1 'Unrated' disc goes to 1h41m. But trust me: I've compared them and they are the same. So no need to import.

So there you go. And no, no version gets around the problem that it's so dark you can't see anything.


Robert De Niro Box Set [DVD] [2011]
Robert De Niro Box Set [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Price: £11.04

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here are the full details, 17 Feb. 2014
Some of the negative reviews for this set accuse it of being in some way dodgy or pirated. That's obviously stupid - it's a totally legitimate Warner Bros. box set and wouldn't be available on Amazon if it was some sort of bootleg. But it IS quite bargain basement, so here are the actual details of the editions of the films included.

Once Upon A Time In America [DVD] [1984] is the excellent two-disc edition (I don't think it exists on DVD in any other form). The film, which is four hours long, is divided across both discs (with intermission), and there are good extra features.

Goodfellas [1990] [DVD] is the single-disc version from the very earliest days of DVD. It's a double-sided disc (which is why it isn't labelled!) and you have to turn it over half way through the film. There are no extras. In more recent years a much better two-disc edition has become available (Goodfellas (2 Disc Special Edition) [1990] [DVD]). This isn't that.

Heat [DVD] [1995] and The Mission [1986] [DVD] are the single-disc editions (although you don't have to turn these over). There are two-disc versions available with better extras (Heat (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] (1995) and The Mission - Two Disc Special Edition [DVD]). These are not those.

Four great films; bare bones box-set at a cheap price. You get what you pay for.


The Wicker Man - The Final Cut - Zavvi Exclusive Limited Edition Steelbook - Double Play (Blu-Ray and DVD)
The Wicker Man - The Final Cut - Zavvi Exclusive Limited Edition Steelbook - Double Play (Blu-Ray and DVD)
Dvd ~ Edward Woodward
Offered by takemetothe1980s
Price: £16.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars STEELBOOK INFO, 13 Jan. 2014
This regards the STEELBOOK version of the Final Cut Blu-ray only. Obviously a brilliant film in any version, but be aware if you're ordering the steelbook version that it DOES NOT include the theatrical cut and the older 'director's cut'. The steelbook includes the Final Cut ONLY. To get all three cuts you need the regular version.


Midnight in the.. -Digi-
Midnight in the.. -Digi-
Price: £17.61

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Er, where's the orchestra?, 10 May 2012
I've got no problem with the idea behind this album - orchestral reworkings of early Cradle tracks. I'm just really disappointed with the execution. This is apparently some interpretation of the word "orchestral" that doesn't involve an orchestra. The band have been calling this "fully orchestrated" and "full soundtrack quality" and dropping names like Basil Poledouris and Danny Elfman all through production, but this is a very thin sounding collection, made with keyboards. It sounds like the demos for an orchestral album, rather than the finished thing. Maybe a real orchestra with real instruments would have been too expensive, and it's an unrealistic expectation. But if you're expecting Damnation & A Day-level pomp... don't.
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The Best of 2000AD
The Best of 2000AD
by Mighty Tharg
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much cop, 7 Oct. 2008
This review is from: The Best of 2000AD (Hardcover)
This is a nicely produced hardback, but if you're a lapsed 200AD fan and you're after a nostalgia trip, you might find this disappointing. Firstly, I don't know how they can advertise it as containing "hundreds of strips". There are about sixty included, and not as full stories, so you get lots of random eipsodes from longer narratives. Secondly, it's not presented as being specifically about 2000AD's early years, but it doesn't go anywhere near representing most strips, even from the 80s heyday, and certainly not afterwards (no Zenith, no Judge Anderson, no Chopper, no Durham Red, No Sinister Dexter, no Nikolai Dante). Obviously what's included is weighted towards Dredd (10 strips), but big deal stories like Necropolis and Cursed Earth aren't represented at all. There's only one Slaine strip in here (the first one - no representation of Bisley's art), only a couple of Strontium Dog, a couple of Rogue Trooper, only one ABC Warriors, no Nemesis the Warlock at all... But there are SEVEN Mean Team strips. Four Harlem Heroes. Even two of Shako the polar bear.

In short, this is a really odd collection, and a missed opportunity unless further Best Ofs are planned to cover later eras. Rebellion are currently doing a great job of collecting vintage 2000AD strips into paperback omnibuses (omnibi?) Stock up on those instead.
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Mad Max Trilogy: Mad Max / Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior / Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Mad Max Trilogy: Mad Max / Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior / Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £22.99

10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C'mon..., 29 Jun. 2007
"Butchered travesties" is a bit strong... And it's wrong to say that Mad Max 1 in this set is only the American dubbed version - you can change the audio track so it's in the original voices in the languages menu. I was actually quite amused by the choice of "Spanish, Italian, Australian"... :-)


Mulholland Drive - Special Edition [DVD]
Mulholland Drive - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Justin Theroux
Offered by Fantastic Films and Music
Price: £9.98

137 of 145 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silencio!, 18 Mar. 2007
Bit of a public service announcement here. Great movie, obviously, and if you don't already have it, this is certainly the edition to buy. BUT, if you have the previous DVD and you're thinking of upgrading to the new edition, I really wouldn't bother. The main selling point to me was chapter selections, which were notoriously absent previously, but notice that the new chapter divisions are "David Lynch approved"... There are now six chapters, four of which are in the last half hour (of a two and a half hour movie). They're only accessible from the menu (so you still can't skip ahead when the film is running, as you couldn't before), and the menu itself gives you absolutely no clue as to what the chapters actually are. So the main disc is really no more user-friendly than before. I think that's quite funny, but I wish I hadn't paid 14 quid to find out. As for the second disc of extras, the "making of" is not a documentary but just a lot of raw footage from the shoot and not very interesting, and the Cannes press conference isn't very illuminating either - not that I was expecting answers or explanations, but Lynch just looks bored and uncomfortable, and the rest of the cast just gush about how wonderful he is. Plus, the questions from the audience have been edited out, so the panel are replying to questions you haven't heard. The rest of the extras were already on the original release.

You DO get a booklet of the Mulholland Drive chapter from Lynch on Lynch, but that book is so good I'm guessing most Lynch fans - like me - have it already. For those who don't, but who do have Mulholland Drive from the previous release, spend your tenner on that book instead.
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