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Red Dead Revolver (PS2)
Red Dead Revolver (PS2)
Price: £19.99

4 of 4 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 HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £15.99

6 of 7 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.

Pulp Fiction (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [1994]
Pulp Fiction (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Price: £2.77

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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Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1969]
Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Henry Fonda
Price: £5.00

46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Only at the point of dyin", 2 Dec. 2003
'Once Upon a Time in the West' is an opera. Its direction and music tell more than any script could. The film is a calculated, lyrical work of genius and my favourite film. From the off, Sergio Leone has surpassed his 'Dollars' trilogy and has produced a poignant farewell to the Western, before moving on to make 'Once Upon a Time in America'. Orignially made soleley to please the studio, Leone's masterpiece combines some big names on screen (Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson) and off screen (Bertolucci and Argento!) to create a stirring Western that's as ritualistic as a samurai film. Three characters are brought together because they each have a score to settle with stone-cold sadist Frank (Fonda). As the film continues (at a pace which Hollywood audiences would not accept), we begin to realise that Leone is counting down... to death. The characters don't expect to survive and are simply awaiting the inevitable. The pace of the first 10 minutes sets the standard and if you don't like those 10 minutes, switch off - in fact, stop reading now. This is more than a Western, it's a ceremony, played out to Ennio Morrocone's greatest score ever - the film was shot to fit the music! The words "best ever" can be applied to any of the following... 'duel' 'one-liners' 'scenery' 'direction' 'score' 'villian' and anything else that I've missed. Once Upon a Time in the West, there was a DVD collector's edition. This double disc set boasts some superb commentaries from various people (inc. John Carpenter!) and some interesting documentaries. Nevertheless, you buy a film FOR THE FILM! In this case, you pay £15 for the greatest western ever and two and a half hours of beautiful filmmaking.
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John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982]
John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Kurt Russell
Price: £3.28

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Watch whoever you're with... real close", 29 Nov. 2003
Paranoia, dread and isolation. Three classic features of John Carpenter films and they have never been better used in The Thing. A Norwegian helicopter hovers over the Antarctic. A single wolf bounds across the Antarctic. A 12 man team of bored scientists sit idle in the Antarctic. All three meet in dramatic circumstances - the Norwegians want the dog dead. Evidently, they're crazy... but none of them live long enough to explain what the dog really is... THE THING! JC has really succeeded in generating a bleak and nasty horror film that harks an impending apocalypse. The 'thing' is an alien, a shape shifter, that had crash landed in the Antarctic some 100,000 years ago. Frozen (essentially imprisoned) for years, the thing is thawed out by the Norwegians who soon learn the truth about their discovery. So here we are at the American Outpost... and the thing is roaming... There is so much tension, drama and some silent spooky moments that send chills down the spine. There is a definate atmosphere of doom throughout as the 12 men try to fight the THING... who (man by man) wants to take them over and make it to the populated mainland... if that happens, then mankind has serious problems. The special effects are very imaginative, particularly the transformation scenes, but there is very little blood and guts, more slimy, gungy transformations. For a real late night thrill, watch 'The Thing'... and remember: "Man is the warmest place to hide"

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Two Disc Set) [DVD] [2003]
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Two Disc Set) [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.47

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This could have been soooo bad... (spoilers!), 29 Nov. 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines... dodgy title (kinda like Attack of the Clones). No James Cameron, no Edward Furlong, no Linda Hamilton. Oh dear, oh dear...
Arnie, looking good for his age, fair enough, Jonathan Mostow (Breakdown) directing, so at least the car chases will kick butt. They do. So does Arnie. This film has got so much bad press just because it's no T2. Frankly, I could sit and watch this 100 times more than T2. There is no huge dull patch in the middle (of nowhere). The action is more chaotic in my opinion (the storm drain chase in T2 was taut and tense but not as destructive or downright brutal as the Tow Truck chase). The two Terminator's facing off was more entertaining because of the sheer, unrelenting smackdowns that each get. OK, the action isn't new or original and builds on what the other two did before, but anyone expecting another 1984 classic is so goddamn naive! This is a faithful continuation that actually shows the beggining of Skynet's control (hence the subtitle). We witness the human's worries of activating it and the ensuing chaos as the Terminator's ancestors take over. I was entertained throughout and I think the new actors did well for such a daunting task (Claire Danes is extremely good and harks back to Hamilton's character change). The Terminator isn't as clear-cut this time; he isn't immediately bad, but this time, he isn't under Connor's command and becomes a lot more rebellious. This is a good idea, dumping the idea of the T101 developing human traits again. There are some cool surprises during the film and the ending is effective. Ignore all Cameronites and watch this film as a faithful sequel that piledrives from one action scene to another. Be warned, Connor is still a whingy little s*** at 22! Never mind. This film, though it shouldn't have been made to begin with, is still worth seeing, but if there is another, then I'll probably cry.
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Predator (2 Disc Special Edition ) [1988] [DVD]
Predator (2 Disc Special Edition ) [1988] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Price: £8.46

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'It picked the wrong man to hunt' Yeeeaaahhh!!!!, 28 Nov. 2003
This is my all time favorite favorite film (next to Rocky and Die Hard). Ever since I was a little kid, when I'd sneak downstairs to watch the video, I have loved this film and nver tire of it. No film, in my opinion has quite captured that feeling of fear and claustrophobia (or has maintained it, at least). You know the drill, Arnie and co. head off into the jungle to rescue CIA men from guerilla soldiers. Job done. They didn't, however, bargain on an ET-hunter tracking them down! Especially not one who skins his victims and takes their skulls for the trophy cabinet! This film still manages to be one of the more savage sci-fi flicks around and doesn't apologise for one second, never goes all serious and philosophical and always has a good line for something (my favorite: "I wouldn't wish that on a broke-dick dog"). McTiernan directs will the kind of knife edge precision later seen in Die Hard and Alan Silvestri's score is heart-pounding. It's good to look back and see Arnie as he was; one mean badass and not a self-parody! The xtras are top quality also and provide as many laughs as insights - check out how Sonny Landham (Billy) had to have a bodyguard... to protect everyone FROM HIM!!! In short, buy 'Predator' because... 'If it bleeds, we can kill it"... Fair enough...
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American Pie 3: The Wedding [DVD] [2003]
American Pie 3: The Wedding [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Jason Biggs|Alyson Hannigan|Seann William Scott|Eugene Levy
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.04

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The next step.... one step too far?, 27 Nov. 2003
I was really disappointed with 'American Pie: The Wedding' and can't help feeling that the writers have gone one step too far. When I heard of a wedding for the second sequel, I thought Oz and Heather would be most sensible choice, but I was mystified by having Jim and Michelle the happy couple. I can only see them as the comedy couple, not a marrying type. Anyhow, the film itself lost my interest in between the set pieces, which are still up to the usual comedy standard (even though they seem more forced). The strangest thing, I felt, was Stifler's character who seems totally different (the scene at the gay bar was funny, but out-of-character for Stifler). The only laughs he got in his dialogue was from saying 'f*****s' repeatedly - and the people laughing were probably about 12 years old. Basically, I loved the first two because they were carbon copies of each other. But hey, if it ain't broke... I guess here, they tried fixing it and made it worse. The other lead are reliable, particularly Finch, who have to compensate for others who haven't stayed on for the third. In short, I just felt bored in between the set pieces, probably because I just couldn't believe in the wedding really happening!

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [DVD] [2003]
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.08

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "My name's Buck... and I came here to ****", 25 Nov. 2003
I still don't know what it is, what it is that makes me love this film. I went to see it, had trouble getting into it (maybe because the fight sequences didn't totally appeal to me as much as QT's humour and style). The opening scene is truly shocking and really makes you jump as we witness Uma Thurman's Bride being shot in the head point-blank by Bill (unseen) at his 'most masochistic'. Then the titles roll and you get the feeling that you're witnessing something important - the opening music is sombre and quite sad itself and really gets to you. Then the film goes back to usual QT mode; out of sync episodes throughout (though it's easy to see why the Crazy 88 sequence is kept to the end). The scene in the hospital will always make me laugh, as we see a familiar face from Jackie Brown playing 'Buck' the night guard with a rather shady little earner going... with the comotose patients. This film has the knack of going from euphoric comedy action to really upsetting and emotional moments (Thurman's reaction to her lost baby is unforgettable). The anime sequence is impressive and even more violent that the rest of the film, in my opinion. Like I said, the action didn't bother me but somehow, as I think more and more about it, the film just makes you feel all kinds of sensations that you won't forget long after leaving the cinema. The cliffhanger ending was a big suprise - in that it rounds off the film nicely, given that it SHOULD be one long film. QT is back and so is that elation that you get only from watching his films. I wouldn't be suprised if 'Bill' is killed in the opening minutes of Part 2! Well, you know Quentin....

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