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Dark Water [2003] [DVD]
Dark Water [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hitomi Kuroki
Offered by produXa UK
Price: £6.91

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling..., 12 July 2004
This review is from: Dark Water [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
This spin-chilling, dark and atmospheric film is an extrodinary follow up to The Ring. It has all the things a haunted house horror movie needs: Dark, grim scenery, slow tense build up, spooky ghost of a sinister missing girl, that haunts the corridors of an appartment block, tormenting a mother and daughter.
The grim story is about a mother and daughter moving into a new appartment after the mother's horrible divorce from her husband. Everything is fine until a water stain in her bedroom ceiling appears to be growing larger each day. The spirit of a young girl, approximately 8-10 years of age, in a bright yellow raincoat and a red hellow kitty bag, begins prowling the corridor and street following the mother and daughter. Horrifying things begin to occure as the climax nears that will probably make you stay away from a bath for a while, like the ring did to video tapes.
The end is quite frightening and very sad, but i will not give it away. Some may try and connect the demon child to the little girl in Don't look now, or a miniture version of Sadako in the ring. But who cares if such an amazing and effective film was made by the maestro Hideo Nakata. All you need to do is sit back and relax, and feel yourself shiver as you get absorbed into this grimy tale.

Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000]
Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Nanako Matsushima
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ' will die in one week.', 12 July 2004
This review is from: Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
After Asakawas niece and her niece's friends died of strange sircomstances on the same day at the same time, she sets out to discover why, soon to find a video tape that kills you in one week after viewing it. Determined to find the original cause of the tape she teams up with her ex-huband Ryuji, both with only a week left to live.
This film is very shocking, very original, and far superior than the American version. And makes you suffer with Asakawa as she has to make hard choices after her son is exposed to the tape. This film is very atmospheric with genuinly shocking moments, it is unsettling and makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It is filled with overwhelming sense of dread and a potent presence of unworldly evil. The ring (Ringu) is dark, sinister and genuinly horrifying, this is a film that you will never forget.

Kill Bill, Volume 2 [DVD] [2004]
Kill Bill, Volume 2 [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
Price: £2.23

39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'I roared, and i rampaged, and i got bloody satisfaction...', 12 July 2004
Quentin Tarantino's outstanding Kill Bill epic finally comes to an end, as she comes face to face with Bill. After crossing Vernita and Oren's names of her hit list, she is finally ready to go ahead and get the final three: Bud, Elle Driver and the one and only...Bill.
The second instalment of the phenomenal Kill Bill, is not better than part 1, but just as good. The two films are totally differente from one another, volume 1 is more oriental, japanese samurai style, with lots of colour and style, whereas vol.2 is more weastern and the picture is darker and less stylised. This also has much more spectacular dialogue and much more story, telling you more so you understand her motives for revenge. And if you were not a great fan of vol.1 (Which is basically impossible!) watch vol.2 and you will find yourself appreciating vol.1 much more than you think.
This film is not perfect, neither was vol.1, because yes the dialogue is great, but when bill and the bride are face to face, his lines do tend to drag on quite a bit, making the veiwers a tiny bit bored, but watching David Carradine from Kung-fu fame years ago he keeps you interested, that is if you grew up watching his t.v. series.
The acting is startingly good. Uma Thurman does an amazing job as the rampaging Bride, and Daryl Hannah makes an unbelievable come back (That Quentin also did for John Travolta in Pulp Fiction) as the vile, spiteful, evil ex-rival Elle Driver. Bud (Micheal Madson, Mr. Blonde in Resevoir Dogs) is just as good as the trailer trash brother of Bill, and David Carradine is equally as good as the rest of the cast. Oh, and see if you can spot Samuel L. Jackson's (Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction)cameo as the Orchestra player at the wedding chapel. This is a tremendous film, both are for a fact. And there is rumour that when this is out to buy on DVD there will be a special edition of both films, together on a disc, for four hours of uncut Kill Bill footage! Which is something definetaly worth the wait.

Audition [DVD] [2001]
Audition [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ryo Ishibashi
Offered by Rapid-DVD
Price: £4.58

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal., 11 July 2004
This review is from: Audition [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Aoyama is a middle aged man, who decides to re-marry after his son suggests it to him. So he sits through an audition for a fake movie watching young women audition for a role, wondering which of them will catch his eye. Then Asami enters and he watches her, fasinated by her, and you know he's decided he wants her. Asami is a shy, beautiful twenty-something year old girl, who constantly wears white as an image to make men think she is an angel and would do no such thing to harm someone. He takes an instant shine to her and asks her out. His friends are uncertain about her, and find that there is something Asami is keeping hidden. His friend then asks him not top go out with her again and not to call her. Of course he can't help it and calls, soon to end in a night of passion. asami dissapears the next morning, and Aoyama goes and searches for her. Things start to unwrap and reveal a truely dark and sinister side of Asami as he continues the search. The film quickly shifts from a romantic, mystery to a horrifying, brutal nightmare. You feel yourself wince as you watch Asami explicitly torture and dismember Aoyama in jealousy, with needles, a syringe and a piano wire, in the last half hour. When the film finishes, you will feel differente feelings, shock from what you've just seen, sympathy for Aoyama and Asami when you find out about her sad childhood, hatred by what she did, or you may feel nothing at all, and stay quivering on the couch wide-eyed in horror.
Takasi Miike's film is no horror movie, if it is, it's the bloody best horror film shot in ages! But it's more of a brutal psychological dramatic chiller, full of suspence, and tense sequences. This film is close to perfect, with only a couple of flaws: Aoyama would never go out with a beautiful, shy out of his leauge girl like Asami, and Asami would never go out with a dull old man like him, but appart from that, this film is esquisitly made, with tremendous acting, beautiful dialogue and famntastic grainy, dark scenery. And another thing Takashi did perfectly is shooting the excrutiating climax so that it lingers in your mind for years after veiwing it.

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

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars '...well this is me at my most sadistic.', 11 July 2004
I have one word...Phenomenal! This Quentin Tarantino picture is extrodinarily made. With sensational score, outstanding acting and sharp dialogue. This film may lack dialogue and story, but it keeps you glued to the screen, as you watch the Bride wreak havoc as she sets out on a 'roaring rampage of revenge.'
The film centres around the character 'The Bride' (Uma Thurman) as she is left for dead, pregnant at a wedding chapel in El Paso, after being shot in the head by former boss 'Bill' (David Carradine) four years later she awakens from a coma, and sets out on a violent, bloody revenge, on the people who betrayed her on her wedding: Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Oren Ishii (Lucy Liu), Bud (Micheal Madsen), Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) and of course, Bill.
Volume 1 tells the tale of her and Vernita's ugly meeting and her trip to Okinawa to collect a Hatori Hanzo sword (the best swords to be made)and travel to 'The house of Blue leaves' where the Queen of the Japanese criminal underworld Oren Ishii, and her army the crazy '88's' are staying.
The film is very stylised, and very colourfull, with an outstanding cast. I found it very clever that he used Chiaki Kuryama (from Battle Royale fame as Chigusa) to play Oren's 17 year old bodyguard 'Go Go Yubari', Pei Mei as The Brides master and Gordon liu as Oren's head army leader. Along with Julie Dreyfuss (Sofie Fatal) as Oren's best friend and David Carradine as bill. This film may be very differente from his other classics but it is still...Sensational!

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