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Aliens (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1986]
Aliens (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1986]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.73

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Game over Man, game over!", 24 Nov. 2003
"Hudson be cool!" snaps Vasquez. No chance, because Hudson must have seen the first film and he KNOWS whats coming. That's right, Ripley and the Aliens are back in an all-out action sequel that takes a new perspective on the 'Alien' Saga. The direction, screenplay and music all travel at light speed and the end result is simply astounding. Instead of one man in a suit, there are hundreds, thousands and it's gonna take a lot more than a cattle prod to sort this mess out.In the first film, a good 40 minutes of build up goes by before the alien strikes. Here, it takes just as long (longer in this version). The difference? The first's build-up made me look at my watch a few times and sigh. Here, I looked at my watch and it was suddenly an hour later! This movie is so fast-paced, eerie and has a great follow up story to the original. In this Director's Cut, the extra footage ranges from the slight (extra seconds of footage looking for colonists) to entire sub-plots (Ripley recovering from losing her "life" and daughter after 57 years hypersleep). I think the best touch is a first-name-sharing moment towards the end between Hicks and Ripley, which really shows what we've thought all along about their relationship. But don't get this alone, wait for the Quadrilogy in December!
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Licence To Kill [DVD]
Licence To Kill [DVD]
Dvd ~ Timothy Dalton
Price: £2.62

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Watch the birdie you b*****d!", 24 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Licence To Kill [DVD] (DVD)
This, along with Goldeneye, is my favorite Bond film for the simple reason that it's unlike any other Bond film - over-exaggerated, cheesy and predictable. However, in this one, Bond is out for revenge, proper revenge whereas in 'Die Another Day', Bond's idea of revenge was... well, non-existant. At last, Bond curses, gets beaten to a pulp, captured (by his own people) and kicks M in the gut (TOP stuff!) The violence is more graphic than before, as villian Sanchez demonstates his brutal methods ("What did he promise you? His heart? Give her his heart!") There are no supervillians, no meglomaniacs, just a two-faced drug baron with some stinger misssiles. The best thing about 'LTK' is how Bond is seen working with the enemy for a good part of the film, really cranking up the tension between him and Sanchez. Michael Kamen's soundtrack is reminicant of his earlier work on 'Die Hard' which undoubtedly helps the film retain it's edginess. Maybe I'm just a sucker for violence (I only like Goldeneye because of that punch-up at the end). But for a hard-as-nails Bond film, watch 'Licence To Kill'.

The Matrix Reloaded (2 Disc Edition) [2003] [DVD]
The Matrix Reloaded (2 Disc Edition) [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.19

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definately the 'middle' one! (Slight Spoiler Alert!), 23 Nov. 2003
'The Matrix' was so original and so innovative that it was always going to be hard to follow up on it. Not only this, but it could have been a stand-alone film with an ending that is left to our imagination. However, 'Reloaded' is a case of 'mid-trilogy' syndrome - something that must be done to get to the final part. In this respect, 'Reloaded' works quite well (with a decent twist involving Smith's "real life" clone). There's certainly a feeling that you're witnessing a real spectacle or that one is around the corner. As a stand-alone, it doesn't work so well. There's a good 40 minutes in Zion (the last human city) before an real action - aside from an extremely pointless 30 second punch up with a few Agents... oh and another extremely pointless 30 second punch up with another good guy! But then Smith returns, thank God, "a new man, so to speak". But this time, he is also a rebel and begins to real inject some much-needed fun into the film. As soon as he shows up, there's one of the most entertaining fight scenes ever made with God-knows-how-many Smiths! Then a 15 minute car chase, ending with a REAL CLOSE CALL that just makes you sigh with relief! Much like The 'Empire Strikes Back', the ending is quite grim and holds one or two twists. The DVD extras are unremarkable and could have been a real spectacle... well, there's bound to be a 'Reloaded Revisited'! Anyway, definately worth buying if you watch all three (somehow) in a short amount of time...

Die Hard (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1989]
Die Hard (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.98

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definative Action Movie, 7 Nov. 2003
Die Hard remains undisputed champ of the action movie genre. For Christ's sake, it's just so perfect, how can it still wupp all newcomers after 15 years? Because it works so well, it makes so much sense, it is so logical. Think about it; does McClane go in all guns blazing? No. Does McClane hide, use sneak tactics and slag off the terrorists? Yep. This is the way it should be - no false heroics (remember Ellis on the radio?) This film feels like (well, it is) one big, calculated action sequence that builds and builds towards a sweaty-palmed, sweaty-foreheaded climax. Rarely do we have an action film where every bad guy has their own name. Rarely does an action movie even show the terrorists communicating with each other. This film has every base covered, action or otherwise. The acting is spot-on for every character, whether it's McClane's laid-back good guy or Deputy Dwayne T Robinson's plain stupidity. But most of all, above all of this, I love the editing. "The Editing?!" Yep, the editing. Director John McTiernan directs the action with top presicion and, in some cases, plain old brutality. However, the editing completes the picture; the switch between McClane and Karl's ferocious punch up and the ensuing chopper raid is cleverly combined with every character desparately pegging it to one place or another. It's actually quite brave to leave such a great action scene halfway through to cut to a policeman buying some twinkies! The DVD edition presents the complete widescreen version - which is good because the TV/VHS pan and scan ruins every shot. In addition, of course, it's a God-send not to have those awful TV dubbings and cuts which make me either laugh or cringe. Finally, the extras are terrific in quality but somehow there doesn't seem to be enough. Nevertheless, this is the all-time greatest action spectacular. Never mind Face Off, The Matrix or The Rock. Buy Die Hard for its sheer logic... and bloody violence of course.
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Vertical Run
Vertical Run
by Joseph R. Garber
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that can convert non-readers!, 8 July 2002
This review is from: Vertical Run (Paperback)
I never really had much interest in reading until I went on holiday and bought Vertical Run, attracted by the 'Die Hard' style and premise. But as I read on, I couldn't put the thing down. The action is relentless and skillful, the dialogue witty and brutal and the plot twists are simply staggering. Read it - no, buy it!!!

Carlito's Way [VHS] [1994]
Carlito's Way [VHS] [1994]
Offered by pkeylock
Price: £8.10

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacino's Best Work - Trust me..., 7 Feb. 2002
The best thing about Al Pacino that makes him one of my favourite actors, is that he can go from playing one of the most vicious men in film history (see: 'Scarface') to playing some of the wisest and most warm-hearted guys too - such as in 'Carlito's Way'. The film is simply about an ex-con who really is reformed, except that his repuation preceeds him wherever he goes and he soon realises that there is no escaping the past! What ensues is a flurry of chases, deals, shootouts and an intense breakdown between Carlito and his crooked lawyer (Sean Penn).
Although the critics didn't like this one tto much, it remains one of my favourite movies and definately the best character role for Pacino. Most recommeneded!

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