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Dawn Of The Dead [1978] [1979] [DVD]
Dawn Of The Dead [1978] [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Emge

8 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but overrated..., 11 Sep 2005
I've just watched this for the sixth or seventh time now on video. I've decided that, although enjoyable overall, the film is seriously flawed at times and rather overrated.
I appreciate that this is set benchmarks etc. but for me there is some exceptionally bad acting towards the start in the city scenes. Aswell as this, some of the editing is ropey at times (which might be because of the fullscreen and probably cut version I was watching). Thirdly, there is maybe too much humour that sits uneasily with all the horror.
On the other hand I enjoyed a lot of the scenes that involved customising the shoppping mall that the good guys set up house in. And there are some genuinely scary and tense moments, particularly a claustrophobic encounter in an elevator and the opening sequence which sets the mood very well - a clever piece of filmmaking.
Theres always something that draws me back to this film, whether it be the gore factor, the likeable good guys or the fact that the running time makes this almost an epic film! Though enjoyable, for a more polished version, watch either the remake or the sequel.
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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: 10.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably, the best so far......, 17 Aug 2005
MGS3:SNAKE EATER is pure-magic in CD-format. Anyone who's ever watched Rambo, Bond or any other action film, wishing to be there and live will lap this game right up. At first, the game starts with a low-key halo-jump as "Snake" is sent into the USSR to rescue a defecting scientist.
However, after a relatively breif bit of gameplay, the game explodes into fifth gear. There is a fantastic "twist" to the structure.... never have i seen such an audacious opening to a game before. The slow beginning is merely a pre-title sequence and in true Bond-style, we are treated to an overblown, but beautiful title sequence with a wonderful theme song. Ace!
The game itself is a joy to play, with many features and moves to try out if you look for them. There are new hand-to-hand techniques and more stealth tactics than ever before. The movement of snake and his counterparts are superb and smooth. In fact, I have never seeen so much attention to detail in a game. In every shot, angle and picture there are tiny subtlties that raise the profle higher than MGS2.
Much more rewarding than in the previous game is the story itself and plotting which really immerses you in the game. Plus the characters are much more interesting and threatening and by the end, after taking a coniserable series of beatings, you soooo want to kick the hell out of the chief villains. The set-pieces are terrific, boss battles range from; a tense storming by crack commandoes; the obligatory one-and-one; and an epic sniper battle that sprawls over three whole areas. Then of course there's the Shagohod.... Metal Gear itself which provides the greatest set-piece of them all; a chaotic pursuit stretching across runways and bridges, with tanks being hurled in all directions (i was wondering when all of those spare tanks would be used!)
If you expect there to be less exposition than before, you'll be disappointed because there are perhaps even more cutscenes. But this time, they are all great to watch, whether Snake is perving at his female friends or being beaten up by Volgin the villain.
Quite simply there so much to enjoy including a couple of mini games and lots of in-game challenges to look out for. If you want salvation from MGS2, then you wont be disappointed.


Sharpe - The Complete Series (14 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1995]
Sharpe - The Complete Series (14 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Offered by BAZZMEDIA
Price: 42.90

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bulldog of British Television, 12 Aug 2005
Ever since Sharpe's Rifles was first broadcast at 8pm one night (wednesday i think), i was engrossed! For someone who usually hated period dramas, especially at 8 years old, I loved Sharpe and followed it to the end. The central character is ultimately the driving force; an honest soldier who has some of the hardest situations to deal with along his travels including traitors, false heroics, upper-class stupidity and of course, that crazy thing called love.
Basically, Sharpe is a soldier (but not a "gentleman") who is promoted by Wellington himself and given the task of leading a small task force of sharpshooters. After winning the respect of his men, he goes on to fight in many epic battles against teh odds. What makes Sharpe so great is that it is well-written and directed but also the enemble cast that all have their idiosyncrasies and suchlike.
Each episode usually consists of at least one spy, a buxom woman that Sharpe protects and a small village/outpost that needs holding. But this format always always works and more often than not, the action itself is wonderfully shot. Few British shows have the same epic scale as this series does - making top use of Europe's scenary.
The only criticism i would have of this series is how later on towards the end, the camaraderie is not so great because the chosen men have been disbanded. However, the series goes out on a tremendous high with plenty of moving moments and pounding action at Waterloo.
I haven't bought this set only because i have them all (almost) taped, but i would recommend this to anyone who needs reminding that Brits can still make quality TV!


Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Mark Hamill
Offered by claires_media_store
Price: 34.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN INSTITUTION - enough said, 7 Aug 2005
I don't feel worthy to review on of the finest trilogies ever made, but here goes...
A NEW HOPE, or just 'star wars' as it was known back then, was the very first film i remember seeing. When i was a kid, i'd watch all three on a regular basis but who didn't? If you look at where the characters start in the film, and where they end up its just a spectacular thrill ride!
In my opinion this film houses the tensest moments ever -stormtroopers burning through the airlock; the "he doesn't like you" part; the trash compactor; the lightsaber duel. However, the GREATEST SCENE OF ALL TIME has to be the destruction of the death star - when i was a kid, I thought the death star would fire each time i watched it!!! BRILLIANT
PROS:
SHEER EXCITEMENT AND WONDER
HUMOUR (including the infamous stormtrooper/bangs head moment)
CLASSIC, archetype characters
CONS:
Looks a little dated next to EPs 5/6 let alone the prequels
There's a good reason why people consider this the best film ever made...
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK was not just the next instalment, or even the continuation of a story, but an EXPANSION of it. Adding entirely new themes and, of course, revelations/characters, this is without a doubt, the best paced and accomplished Star Wars Episode as we watch the Empire scatters its enemies like ants. The tremendous set pieces counterbalance the quieter moments of Han/Leia's relationship and Luke's force training.
PROS:
EPIC BATTLES and CONFRONTATIONS
The SMARTEST DIALOGUE in all of them
New SLANTS and PLOT POINTS
GREAT CHARACTERS and EFFECTS
A welcome DARKER TONE
CONS:
Maybe a little slow in places..... but only a very few!
The Empire Strikes Back is the one that really gets fans going and represents the absolute pinnacle of Star Wars
RETURN OF THE JEDI used to be my favourite of the three, simply because it all comes to a head in the last hour. However, to get there, we must sit through the first hour. I don't have a problem with ewoks, but Jabba's palace kind of drags.
But like I said, the last hour is top drama as we finally witness the Emperor's power (Yoda said not to underestimate him!!!) and Vader's redemption - one of the poignant pieces of cinema history.
PROS:
The FINAL CLASH BETWEEN.... well everyone really
The EMPEROR - steals the show, scary
CHARACTERS again
DIALOGUE again
CONS:
The FIRST HALF doesn't really do it for me...
Even on its own, JEDI is awesome but after watching all three (or six) in sequence, there are fewer rewarding films to watch!


Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [DVD] [2002]
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Hayden Christensen
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 3.89

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Episode II: Attack of the Pixels, 7 Aug 2005
So after accomplishing, well... nothing in the first film, the jedi have begun to doubt their ability whilst Anakin Skywalker continues to show his skill aswell as his ambition. Guided by the new chancellor palpatine and advised by his master Obi Wan, the young jedi makes a big mistake and falls in love...
OK, i may have people disagreeing with this but in hindsight, i prefer episode I to this. Whilst this film does include action set pieces, I feel there is more of a 'star wars feel' to TPM. The plot sometimes seems hard to follow - well it did first time round as a Clone Army is mysteriously built for persons unknown.
PROS:
A DARKER TONE than that in TPM (but never too dark)
A nicely lit and well shot LIGHTSABER duel with Christopher Lee seeming convincingly athletic
Some nice touches that HINT at what is to come - the robotic arm, the clones etc.
The HUMOUR has improved - instead of Jar Jar pratfalls, there are funny mind-tricks and the start of some banter between Anakin and Obi-wan
CONS:
A totally lame OPENING with as much tension as a bubble bath
DIALOGUE
ACTING - liam neeson is sorely missed, tho christopher gives some believability
EFFECTS that are simply too forced
Too LITTLE of Darth Sidious
While we have to except that the digital age can only grow and CGI will continue, I can't help but tut at Lucas sometimes! Anyway, overall, worth watching for its action and if ur watching it in sequence it's a nice pit stop before EP III - but hardly Earth shattering.


Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [DVD] [1999]
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 19.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Episode I: The Phantom Plot, 6 Aug 2005
Ok, this has been out for god knows how long. But was looking forward to Ep III DVD that I thought i'd do reviews of all six.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Luke Skywalker was able to save his evil father's soul...
An even longer time ago... there were trade disputes.
Yes, that's right, the plot that we've all been waiting for - the nasty Trade Federation waging war on a planet ruled by slobbering fatty and a Queen with a stroke. This wasn't the best way to introduce the prequels to an apprehensive audience. Even Lucas says most of it was just padding and it shows!
To be fair, I loved this at the cinema and like a lot of people, it really took a second viewing to really damage it for me. However these days, I can still enjoy it - perhaps more than its sequel Clones.
PROS:
ARGUABLY best lightsaber duel in saga
LIAM NEESON acts everyone off screen - why oh why did u kill him off George?
THE SCORE - in the days when John Williams didn't just do ambience or recycled stuff
THE POD RACE is good, but overlong and with godawful commentators!
CONS:
DIALOGUE
ACTING
EFFECTS
"STORY"
I've given this three stars simply on the count of it's title (nt Phantom Menace!) and endevour to enjoy it as best i can!


Red Dead Revolver (PS2)
Red Dead Revolver (PS2)
Offered by Crunchbusters
Price: 33.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Great and the even Better!, 6 Aug 2005
There's nothing bad or ugly about this game - its all good! It's so refreshing to have a western on the PS2, I just HAD to buy this! It follows Red, a gunslinger who has travelled the land looking for his parents' murderers. Along the way, he becomes a bounty hunter for the sheriff of Brimstone, providing lots of oppotunities to take out the local heavies.
Red Dead is pure magic - the level design is marvellous, with alot of them being set piece shootouts and duels rather than spawling maps. The graphics are smooth and the scenary is stunning with terrific effects - looking like something Leone would be proud of! The controls are fiddly to begin with, but after a while, you realise that Rockstar have done a great job with the gameplay - allowing yu to jump, kick, punch, shoot (obviously) and roll over fences etc. like summit outa Magnificant 7! Plus loads of good weaponry and horses and bufalo that you can ride!
The multipayer allows up to four combatants and is also a real good laugh, and each character has their own special weapon. But the icing on the cake (aside from a wonderful soundtrack, pace and replay value) is the DEAD EYE mode. During gameplay, you build up your DEAD EYE and when activated, it provides a slow motion target display - in other words, you can target all six bullets on various limbs etc or multiple enemies and take them all out at once! COOL!!!!
You have to buy this game - it reminds me of the type of action that used to be good in Syphon Filter 1 and 2. Get it now!


Black Christmas [DVD]
Black Christmas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Olivia Hussey
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: 8.66

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Agnes, it's me Billy...", 19 Feb 2004
This review is from: Black Christmas [DVD] (DVD)
Whoever Billy is, you never see his name amongst those classic horror icons (Jason, Freddy, Michael). But really, they all have NOTHING on "Billy". I came across Black Christmas by chance a few years ago on TV and was totally freaked out by it. I'd seen plenty of 70s slashers but never had I seen (or heard) such a scary villian who attacks with a phone more than anything else.
The film opens on a Sorority house that is clearing our for Christmas. However, as some girls leave, one man enters... What starts out as something harmless (some VERY obscene phone calls) soon becomes terrifying as a lunatic begins to kill of those in the house.
What makes this so chilling (like many slashers) is the gradual build up and increasing death toll aswell as the hard-to-listen-to phone threats. However, what sets it apart is how a lot is left unearthed, unanswered or unknown. Bodies are never found, killings are never shown (too much) and we never QUITE know who "Billy" was. I love it when a film is never totally resolved.
The characters are all likable and well-performed, including Olivia Hussey's Jess (the lead) and Margot Kidder's Barbara (the fun-loving foul-mouthed girl). But the scene stealer is "Billy" who acts out twisted domestics in the attic with dead bodies and muliple personalities. These moments are definately the most chilling and will certainly keep you awake at night.
Enjoy.


Pulp Fiction (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [1994]
Pulp Fiction (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 9.89

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This IS a tasty burger!", 12 Dec 2003
Pulp Fiction is one major exercise in fun. From the random opening to the cool strut into the sunset, this film invented its own genre; "Tarantino". QT has capitalised on the hipness and structure of Reservoir Dogs and has created a series of ultra-cool episodes. The Vincent-Jules scenes are legendary. The Vincent-Mia scenes are iconic. The gimp scene is... well... ISN'T easily forgotten. There is scene after scene of dialogue that roles off the tongue, usually Samuel L Jackson's and Ving Rhames'. The all-star line up is priceless, as is the confidence that QT shows. The soundtrack is a star in its own right and the direction flows like wine. Everything that happens is both surreal and enjoyable. The extras are also really cool, particuarly an interview between QT and Michael Moore. Also, look out for QT's response to heckling at Cannes!
Buy this DVD along with Dogs and Jackie Brown and enjoy!


Introducing Film (Hodder Arnold Publication)
Introducing Film (Hodder Arnold Publication)
by Graham Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guideline for Beginners, 4 Dec 2003
I am currently studying Film and Television at university and already I am constantly referring to this book. Roberts and Wallis effortlessly get the right balance between useful detail and understandable references. I prefer to use this book to others such as 'Film Art' because it follows the structure of my course. The case studies are superb and use films that, whilst generally commercial and unoriginal choices, we can all easily relate to such as 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. The terms and theories are clear and concise, making this book a relatively cheap but informative guide to the film-making process. I also like the layout a lot as it begins with the straightforward subject of mise-en-scene and cinematography and then goes on to combine the various theories to help the reader understand a film's meaning/message. For its price, 'Introducing Film' is exceptional and definately worth a purchase. The more expensive books, such as 'Film Art' are quite intimidating to the beginner and those students in their first year, or indeed anyone getting into the subject. This however, isn't as off-putting and is very easy to get to grips with. For a cheaper, more of a pocket-book guide, buy 'Introducing Film'.
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