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Battle Royale [DVD] [2001]
Battle Royale [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Tatsuya Fujiwara
Offered by streetsahead
Price: 7.21

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Haunting and 'Bloody' Good Cinema, 10 Feb 2003
This review is from: Battle Royale [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
I was excited when I heard about this film, apprehensive as to whether it would hold up to the good press it has received or just degenerate into another violence for kicks gore show. I was in for a shock. The film opens with a powerful introduction, dark, menacing and setting the tone of the film throughout. With teenagers behaviour crossing the line for the authorities action is taken in the form of a winner takes all competition. What initially appears to be a vague and outlandish plot with school children fighting for their lives, pitted against each other in a frantic tale of survival becomes a gripping and frightening tale of normal people pushed to far.
The films action sequences are many and varied, never loosing their originality or their power. The director produces an insightful cinematic production and a host of skilled young actors take challenging roles, which could have easily become farcical, and produce harrowing and realistic characters, each as engrossing as the others. The introduction of two unidentified characters (both outstanding performances) feel a little out of place early in the story but settle well as their backgrounds are developed.
Overall this is a violent and bloody story, it plot remains a step beyond the believable but this doesn't hamper the shocking and insightful nature of the piece. It will appeal to those who are looking simply for a fight flick with plenty of gore on show, but on another level it can become frightening, engrossing and truly original. To say any more about the plot would be to take away from the film; but if you can accept the violence necessary to the story line and like your pictures dark and sinister then this film is a must see. I look forwards to future works from the production team and actors alike. Excellent!

Errors, Medicine and the Law
Errors, Medicine and the Law
by Alan Merry
Edition: Paperback
Price: 26.38

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Medico-Legal Reference, 11 Jun 2002
I bought this book after it was recomended by a tutor. It provides a wealth of useful information and references in all areas of medico-legal interest. Ammusing or thought provoking tales hold your concentration and it's straight forwards lay out and clear & concise language makes it invaluable as a litary reference for studies and reviews.

Blood Follows
Blood Follows
by Steven Erikson
Edition: Paperback

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality not quantity, 27 May 2002
This review is from: Blood Follows (Paperback)
Quality not quantity, sums up this, the latest offering from Steven Erikson. It was either devised as an introductory novella for those unfamiliar with his current series or as a colectors piece for ardent fans. I fall into the second category and as such was not disapointed. The paperback edition is signed by Erikson himself, whilst the hard back is autographed by Erikson, Steven Donaldson (who provides an introduction) and the cover illustrator. It is a slim number and took me three evening leasurely reading to finish and as such may well disapoint those used to grand schemes and epic story telling but the book grew on me quickly and has the added bonus of being incredibly re-readable.
The story includes a pair of characters from his latest book "Memories of Ice", Korbal Broach and Buchelian. Anyone who is familiar with the characters will certainly start imagining what they could be up to but with a twist in the tail the ending, in classic Erikson tradition, may surprise. In the wayward city of Lamentable Moll, a murderer stalks the streets and it is the job of sergeant Guld to see justice done. A tale which runs at breakneck pace it is surprisingly complex despite its length but dissapointingly becomes a little confusing at the finale.
The story is brief but still manages to flesh out an impressive array of characters adding greater depth to those we have met before. Including the origins of Emancipor Resse, the hapless man servant it may even cause you to crack a smile. A reasonable read and ideal as an introduction to Eriksons world of magic and mystery but still cannot compare to his epic, "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series. Well worth a read and a exciting diversion whilst waiting for "House of Chains" to be finished it is a limited edition print so may not be around forever.

Simply Acoustic
Simply Acoustic
Price: 9.64

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best acoustic album around..., 20 May 2002
This review is from: Simply Acoustic (Audio CD)
This has to be one of the best compelation albums I've come across. With a mix of styles covering just about every taste (and several decades) it will hold your interest for hours. One of those CD's you can listen to again and again without becoming sick of those same old song it features some all time classics. I would personally favour CD one over the second disc, which can be a little disjointed, switching from one style to another and containing a few more obscure songs.
This CD is a must for anyone who listens to the radio then wanders away wondering who it was that wrote that song? I heard at least a handful of songs that I've been look at for a while, particulaly from those one hit wonder groups. It also introduces you to a host of artists, next on my shopping list are a couple of albums by Shaun Mullins or Paul Weller.
With songs such as the Crash Test Dummies haunting, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and Connels, "74-75" and also including numbers from the likes of U2, Simon & Garfunkel and Suzzane Vega it will suit no matter what your mood. Not to mention it features more recent hits, "Half a world away" - Oasis. I would critisice it for using a few too many filler tracks so its only worthy of four stars but still brilliant value for money.
Buy it...!

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