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Dead Space Downfall [Blu-ray] [2008]
Dead Space Downfall [Blu-ray] [2008]
Dvd ~ Chuck Patton
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: £4.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Creates a bloody mess, 18 Nov 2013
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If you are reading this you are most likely a fan of the Dead Space game. If so this animated prequel has some pretty interesting introductory lore in amongst the carnage. You won't gain a much deeper understanding of the story from this, but as an extra it is decent. Expect some poor dialogue and acting, but for the right price it would be worth watching is you're a series fan.


The Fades Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
The Fades Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Daniel Kaluuya
Price: £8.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only negative is that it got cancelled, 17 July 2013
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You should watch this series knowing that these first 6 episodes are all you are going to get. But you should watch it. The seasons story arc does come to a conclusion, so you're not left completely in the open, but there are so many more things I want to see and find out about that could of been a second or third season. I guess that's a good thing.
This is solid UK drama, with a horror and sci-fi twist, but I've shown it to people who don't usually enjoy those genre and they've been hooked.
It's clear from how deliberate the pacing is that they thought they were going to get more than these 6 episodes, but by the midway point it has been unleashed. The acting is very good, the characters strongly defined, the effects are well done and the story and concept are top notch.
It's a real shame this was dropped for 'Being Human', as this is precisely the type of unique, innovative drama the UK and BBC3 used to be so good at producing.
This was a missed opportunity for the station, but what they did produce is very well worth your time.


Guilty of Romance (2011) [Blu-ray]
Guilty of Romance (2011) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Megumi Kagurazaka
Price: £8.08

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sion Sono keeps coming so close to making a great film., 3 Jan 2013
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Uneven acting and pacing, along with occasionally laughable dialogue sadly bring down Sion Sono's twisted sexual liberation picture. Over the top violence and sex, and questionable moral ideas are to be expected from this director, and GoR does not fail you there. I would still almost give this 4, I do like it, but to maintain consistency with my other ratings I can't. It is at times poignant, hilarious, and shocking in spades. The surface story mostly delivers, and this is certainly an interesting sexual thriller. However, it fails at times when it tries to make important societal observations and finds out it has nothing to say.
The Blu-Ray presentation here is also okay. The picture and sound is slightly better, but they have not done much to improve either. I have a good system and was not wowed by the upgrade from DVD, so I can't suggest you do if you already have it. If not, I would recommend this for Sono fans or those with an interest in the extreme end of Japanese cinema.


The Thin Red Line [Blu-ray] [1998]
The Thin Red Line [Blu-ray] [1998]
Dvd ~ James Caviezel
Price: £9.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic presentation of Malick's ruminations on human nature and war., 3 Jan 2013
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Thin Red Line is a collection of the directors thoughts and feelings about life, and especially war and man's destructive nature, shoe horned into the minds of an array of characters filling this truly epic film about the American capture of Guadalcanal, in the Pacific.
As a war film it is a great one. The action is tense and emotional, and the long quieter periods between explosions are beautifully filmed, and often accompanied by voice overs of those previously mentioned thoughts.
In this Blu-Ray presentation the picture has been vastly improved. Dark jungle scenes and brightly coloured are recreated so stunningly, but the biggest gain is in the sound reproduction. If you have a Blu-Ray player, then you should be using an HDTV and have good surround sound to be taking advantage of the upgrade from DVD. If you do, this is close to the best looking and sounding Blu-Ray around, both absolutely and relative to the DVD presentation.
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Cold Fish [Blu-ray]
Cold Fish [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Price: £8.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Brutally dark, Uncomfortably seedy, Agonizingly funny, 21 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Cold Fish [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
WARNING: Very mild SPOILERS...

This film, which I admit to watching in the wrong company first time around, is one of those, 'Wow, that was full on', pictures. Now, there isn't as much violence as you'd assume from the rating, unless you count the graphic depictions of bodies being hand chopped for disposal (it's not violence unless someones being hurt, right?). Though I will say the sex is stronger and occasionally more uncomfortable than I was expecting based on the ratings advice.
But now to film. Dark comedy about repression and personal fulfillment, submission and domination, basically. It's a psychological roller coaster unseen even in most Asia Extreme films. If you're familiar with any of director Sion Sono's work, you'll know he has a penchant for over-the-top-of-the-top visual styling and mis-en-scene. This is no different.
Here, the acting is spot on. The protagonist, so shy and encumbered by his own weak resolve, and the boisterous and bi-polar antagonist play so well against each other. The dialogue is so well managed it moves from funny to f'ed up, happy to angry and it takes you a few lines to even realise the whole mood has changed. Everyone, in front of and behind the screen, is kept on their toes for the duration.
I'm bumbling, and I'm sorry, this is a well made film. It is extreme. Over the top, but also very realistic. Asian cinema has that wonderful way of making extremes believable by first making you trust that the characters could be real people. There is meaning behind the madness. And yes, this one is oh so mad.


Tell No One [Blu-ray]
Tell No One [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ François Cluzet

4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and haunting romance, 21 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Tell No One [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
'Tell No One' is a sad romance about a mans grief after the loss of his wife in a tragic murder, it is more about love. There is mystery in the bubbling plot, and the film strays across as many strata of society as it does genres in its telling. But the film never feels undone. By allowing itself the space to roam it avoids genre cliche and allows our protagonist to complete a full, and very human journey.
The acting is strong all round, the characters have depth, it is shot marvelously.
I would recommend it whether you enjoy romance, or crime drama, or just if you are interested in seeing a story so wonderfully told.


The Magick Lantern Cycle [Blu-ray] [1967] [Region Free]
The Magick Lantern Cycle [Blu-ray] [1967] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Ernie Allo

3.0 out of 5 stars So... Kenneth Anger, eh?, 15 Sep 2011
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I gotta say... No, I don't know? I'm not so sure about this whole area of film. Never really liked 'Un Chien Andalou'. Actually, not that this is really anything like that. Not the point. Some of the stuff included on this (very) expansive Blu-Ray set is pretty interesting, and I definitely enjoyed, and have or will re-watch(ed), some of the shorts. Anger deals with some big themes, and he's a crafted skillsman (or there about). A bunch are like boring music videos, and repetitive, but maybe that means something.
If you're thinking you wanna see what experimental film is about, this is probably a good place to start (at the right price). Or maybe it was never more than an experiment because in the end it didn't work?


I Spit On Your Grave Collection [Blu-ray]
I Spit On Your Grave Collection [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sarah Butler

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Polished remake can't top the chilling original, 28 Mar 2011
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The original in this pack ('78) is well treated by the BluRay upgrade. Sound and picture are both much improved with this addition. What makes the first film so effective is powerful juxtapose between the carefree (atmospherically and musically) intro and the notorious events which follow. They seem never ending and the emotions elicited are strong.
The remake is a professional effort, not a $120 000 piece. Unfortunately, despite some very good acting performances and quality visual effects, several things make this a lesser picture. First, the addition of a pointless Sheriff whose role takes away from the realism. Second, the entire film is dark, rainy and gloomy with a sound track to match. This has the effect of letting you know something bad is about to happen the whole time, so there is nothing to contrast the horror of it all. There is also extra emphasis on the tortures Jill commits on her attackers, who are admittedly incredibly creepy and effective, but they pull more into the hardcore horror section than believable revenge.
All in all this is a fantastic double pack of the two films on BR. Quality is spectacular and both films are quality. Just view the first as the revenge chiller it is, and the second as a more violent torture horror adventure. Definitely recommended for a certain group of film enthusiasts.
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