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The Dark Knight Rises (DVD) [2012]
The Dark Knight Rises (DVD) [2012]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.99

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect End to the Perfect Trilogy., 8 Dec. 2012
Most films which receive as much hype and critical praise as this can rarely live up to it, it is a good job then that The Dark Knight Rises isn't most films.

Set eight-years after the events of The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne is a broken man being told by his father-figure and best friend, Alfred, not to return. Only one thing can yank him back - terrorist leader Bane (Tom Hardy).

While all the classic elements of superhero films are there (plus a flying Bat-mobile), this is much more a crime thriller than it is a superhero movie. The story bares intellectual heft and asks some very profound questions while never forgetting its characters or its action-movie roots; managing to create some of the most jaw dropping action set pieces imaginable with minimal use of CGI. This is a film that will leave you with spine-tingling emotion as the series goes out on a perfectly-judged sentimental climax.

Incredibly enjoyable and well worth buying. The Blu-ray is pristine and even the DVD quality is better than most.


The Dark Knight Trilogy [Blu-ray] [2005] [Region Free]
The Dark Knight Trilogy [Blu-ray] [2005] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £25.00

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest trilogy of all time., 14 Oct. 2012
Batman begins: 10/10, in 2005 this became the best superhero movie ever made. It was the first of the genre to take big, bold, exciting, human stories and apply them to a comic book world. This tells the origin story of Bruce Wayne, detailing the injustices that drive him and how he establises his own moral compass.

The Dark Knight: 10/10, in 2008 this became the best superhero movie ever made (arguablly the greatest film ever made). Heath Ledger produces an oscar worthy perforamance, the likes of which we may never see again and turns would could have been a formulaic superhero sequel into a full blown crime drama.

The Dark Knight Rises 10/10, in 2012 this became the best superhero movie ever made. It did exactly what was needed raised the stakes for all the characters and turned the tension up to max. The film is nearly 3 hours long but doesnt feel like half that. Ticks all the boxes and turned me into a complete emotional wreck at the end which rarely happens in big budged blockbusters.
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Alan Partridge - Mid-Morning Matters [DVD]
Alan Partridge - Mid-Morning Matters [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Coogan
Price: £6.50

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit For Alan, 30 July 2012
Does something different with the franchise. We have seen the talk show and the sit com. This is much more Alan interacting with the public and putting Alan's ego right to the fore front. Killer lines throughout the whole series, wonderfully acted by Steve and pitch-perfect a script. A hilarious series. Anyone who likes any previous Alan work will love this.

Homeland - Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Homeland - Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
Price: £26.88

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So the stylish, high concept thriller is over ... but did it live up to the hype?, 7 May 2012
Despite being an incredibily complicated, high-concept thriller with twists around every corner, this little gem of a show has proved a ratings success for Channel 4 and has built up week on week.

If you have been alive for the past 10 weeks someone has probably told you the set up; but if not: Sgt Brody, A prisoner of war (who was thought to be dead) is found alive in Iraq. However, only month's before top CIA agent Carrie Matherson had been given a tip-off that an american POW had been 'turned'. From this the story follows Carrie (Danes) as she tries to do everything she can to prove that Nicholas Brody (Lewis) is a terrorist working for al-Qaeda, and all the while she is battling her own demons in the form of her bi-polar disorder.

There are plenty of time-bombs exposed in pilot and early episodes, all of which are major attention grabbers and none of which play out in quite the way you think they will.

Each of the characters is developed thorughly giving us a three dimensional view of the cynisism in the US intelligence agencies, the secrescy and the cover-ups. The series is far-more brave with where is takes its story arch that many US dramas which are aiming for a long-run. The acting is superb from all corners (especially from the British cast) in particular Danes and Lewis who brood tension and eat up the screen.

Some quarters have criticised the show for being too unbelieveable; but, whilst there is a space for believable real-life drama (Mad Men) there is a space for more far-fetched things too. Considering the fact that very few of us work for the CIA we dont know the full scale of things and therefore upping the anti a bit too much sometimes doesn't take anything away.

Because of the stylishness of the show I do reccommend a blu-ray purchase despite the higher price tag.

This will be a fantastic watch for any fan of fast paced thrillers; this is certainly the stand-out show of 2012.
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Johnny English Reborn [DVD]
Johnny English Reborn [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.25

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You will either love it or hate it, but if you put your silly mode on you should love it., 30 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Johnny English Reborn [DVD] (DVD)
Follows on some-what from the first instalment. After one of his missions goes badly wrong Johnny has lost his knight-hood and had taken a downhill turn. However, after a spiritual healing visit to tibet in which he becomes a monk he is recalled to the spy outfit and given a new mission. The gags come from the same area as the previous English film that essentially, Johnny English thinks he is a good spy but really isn't and this leads to all sorts of hilarious happenings.

Considering this is a Johnny English spy-spoof film there are a number of things about the film which are not at all surprising. The jokes are predictable, unoriginal, lack integrity or cleverness and some what repetitive. However, what is surprising is just how little this seems to matter. Every piece of physical comedy in this film is hilarious and Rowan Atkinson delivers each moment with style are precision with superb timing and great physicality.

This is probably one of the best spoof films since Hot Fuzz because while having all the ingredients needed to refer to the serious spy genre pieces it also works as a stand alone piece, rather than one of these spoof films in which every scene from the movie it is referring to is dissected with headache inducing awful results. Naming no names 'Vampires Suck' and 'Meet the Spartans'. This is a silly and explosive hour and a half. The whole family will love it and the children especially will be in hysterics because while it does not talk down to children thus alienating the adult audiences it has very broad comic sensibilities.

FIFA 12 (PS3)
FIFA 12 (PS3)
Offered by rockaway-records
Price: £2.48

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The updates are not worth the disc they are encrypted on. But if you are new to the franchise this is a perfect time to buy!, 29 Dec. 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: FIFA 12 (PS3) (Video Game)
The FIFA game franchise has been going on for a long time now. Each year they come out with some new additions and charge us all £40 for them, when really what we are buying are essentially like-for-like football simulation games. And however much EA may try to make out they have changed and however much we might tell ourselves has changed, we all know that really it hasn't and the experience is not improved enough each year to justify the hefty price tag.

This year there are a few updates. The tacking system has changed slightly, meaning you can now press the R1 button to track players and keep locked to them. Furthermore, you no longer have to for go an image cut when the ball goes off for a throw in, play continues naturally. On manager mode you get far more offers for your players and you have to deal with the press. Again EA have slightly changed the menu layout in order to disillusion us in to thinking that the experience is more different than it actually is. There are also a couple of changes in the logistics of manger mode and various other features such as ultimate team but nothing which in the real world actually changes your gaming experience.

However, despite the fact that EA have had years and years to perfect this franchise there are still problems a plenty. The simulation of days on manager mode takes ages and can be rather annoying. Manager mode still has various glitches where it will tell you, you have players who are suspended who are not in fact suspended. Making substitutes still incurs an annoyingly lengthy loading time. Finally, penalties are still almost impossible to take. If you move the stick a middling amount the ball will go miles wide (regardless of whether you kick it at the right moment) and if you only move the stick a small amount it will go straight down the middle. There is no inbetween. Free kicks are also annoyingly difficult and there seems to be very little 'knack' to taking them either, the whole set piece system feels very clunky.

Therefore, the hefty price tag of almost £30 is certainly not worth the money. So why does this franchise do so well every year? Because in the past improvements have been major and thus people have got used to buying the new version of FIFA year after year, this has made it almost a fashion statement to get the new copy of FIFA. Therefore, we all have to get it so that we can play with our friends on the new version when really we were getting as good an experience from the previous edition. Therefore, it is not until this traditionalist additude to buying this game ends that we will have to pay fairer amounts for these updates. And eventually I hope a £10 downloadable update will be made available each year, thus justify the cost of purchasing the new title.

But don't get me wrong, if you have not brought a game in this franchise for a while and you are not greeting this as an 'update' game rather a stand alone game then it is perfect. The modes are very diverse and they offer a wide range of different experiences. The online competition mode with friends where you can play seasons of 10 games against each other is great fun. The ultimate team feature makes for fantastic escapism. The graphics are fantastic and the play designs are spot on. On these basis it is hard to fault this game, so if you are new to this franchise or have been away for a few years this is a perfect time to return.

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, 2011 Christmas Special  [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, 2011 Christmas Special [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £2.60

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cliche, over-sentimental and slightly predictable; however, it was loving and fun - that is what Christmas is all about!, 27 Dec. 2011
This episode of Doctor Who has received very mixed review, mainly from people who are taking the Christmas episode slightly too seriously. There are many people who watch Doctor Who on Christmas Day who do not usually watch Doctor Who and for that reason the programme has to be taken back to its fundamental roots. That th Doctor is a nice man who wants to help people and along the way he always runs in to trouble and has to save the day. This special takes Doctor Who back to those roots.

The episode is set during the Second World War. It's Christmas time and the mother of two children has received news that her husband has been killed at war. She doesn't dare tell the children because she doesn't want to ruin Christmas for them. At this point the Doctor comes along and through various insignificant plot movements the family and the Doctor end up entering a vortex into a Narnia like world inhabited by giant wooden statues that want to escape but require human help to do so.

The basics of Doctor Who are all there. The acting is strong as ever. Claire Skinner portrays the fragile mother bottling up guilt superbly well, Matt Smith as ever controls the screen and his range is amazing. The comedic moments are funny, the sad moments are sad and the dramatic moments are dramatic. It is thoroughly enjoyable and whilst it may be a bit predictable and a little bit cliché; I do not think that there is anything wrong with that on a Christmas Day Special. I had a lump in my throat by the end and it was an emotional and gripping hour of television.

Despite the fact that I enjoyed the programme I do not recommend buying this DVD at the current price. For one episode it is highly overpriced. If you are interested in seeing it it is still available on the BBC iPlayer. If you are dying to get the DVD, if you wait a few months it will go significantly down in price at which point the purchase of this DVD will be more reasonable.

Paranormal Activity 3 [DVD]
Paranormal Activity 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chloe Csengery
Price: £3.00

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inactivity 3: The Worst Film of the Year. By an absolute Mile!, 22 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Paranormal Activity 3 [DVD] (DVD)
The Story: Set in 1980 something or other, Katie (from PA1) and Kirstie (from PA2) are children and this is essentially a prequel which goes some way to explaining the evens of PA1 and PA2. I know what your thinking: how have they forgotton all this stuff happened. Well because if they continue to forgotten the Worldwide viewing public will give them millions of dollars. (Anyway that is not the main problem here). Sp essentially the set up is the same as before. Things begin to go bumb in the night. Camera are installed to track the goings on. The loudness of the sounds escalates throughtout the film, eventually ending with a large bumb. So essentially the film is: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz .... BOO .... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... BOO ... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... BOO ... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... BOO .................. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... BOO

Paranormal Inactivity 3: probably the most boring film ever made. It was cliche ridden, brought nothing new to the franchise, it was in no way scary, after 10 minutes the persistent loud noises no longer even made me jump. And before we even get on to the implausibility, the terrible acting, the lack of characterisation, the lack of tension, the poor direction and all those other endless logistical cinema nightmares there is just a small problem that for 2 hours NOTHING HAPPENS! This is exactly what 'horror' is not, it was nauseating, empty, emotionless, savagely heartless and stomach churningly tedious This was the worst experience I have ever had in a cinema. At least I could get a good sleep through Tinker, Tailor. But in this the relentless and evil banging loud noises were viscous to my ears and I could not even sleep. The most vindictive and hateful piece of cinema there has ever been. I understand some people have found this film scary. Why? I will never know. You may also be scared of this. In order to be of some general help rather than spew out my own discrepancies with it then you will like this if you like the first two films and are a fan of 'horror' movies without stories essentially and without character and love. Things that go BOO. Not that many come to mind to be honest which might explain why this is SO uniquely awful. But you know the sort of film I mean.

Just so people say I am not admitting to being scared because I want to seem manly, I will admit know I am probably the worst person in the world with horror films. I watched 'The Exorcist' from behind the couch, 'Ringu', which tearing nail marks into my arms in fear and I couldnt get to the end of 'The Shining'
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Russell Howard: Right Here Right Now [DVD]
Russell Howard: Right Here Right Now [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Howard
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.88

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Vulgar, Unintelligent and Unwitty Man. He should be ashamed of himself!, 17 Dec. 2011
Lets gets one thing straight vulgarity can be funny many example; however, it has to be in some way clever or unexpected or have come comedic undertone, I am a fan of Frankie Boyle, I like the inbetweeners. This man however, with his AWFUL physical comedy in which he pretends to have swinging penis's or having sex with various animals is just disgusting and has no founding and is just pointless, hateful and relentless. The stories he tells are funny now and then but ultimately his extreme exaggeration and sheer annoyance undercuts this. One of the worst comic performers of our generation.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [DVD] [2011]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £9.10

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Action Film with Heart, Character, Love, Emotion. Beautiful., 4 Dec. 2011
Picks up straight from where 'Part 1' left off. There was a lot of controversy over Part 1 and the lack of event in Act 2 of the film. However, I felt Part 1 was all about setting up the stories of these characters coming to an end, and after watching Part 1 and 2 back - back it really does work!

The story here is are three protagonists have come all their way through 7 years to finally meet their match in the epic 'Battle of Hogwarts' and there will be no-one out there who can claim this instalment is dull. The action is majestic and fast paced, without ever destroying your eyes with a Michael Bay style heavy cutting technique. The wonderful pan shots and the fast camera movements following characters gives a relentless fast pace to the action and allows our eyes to feat on the wonder of the epic destruction and the wonderful cathedrals of colour. The action is not just that though, it isnt just things blowing up; this has a heart. The unveiling of the twisted psyche and intentions of everyone's favourite potions master was tear-jerking and was a huge emotional concept which was handled concisely but with enough attention to detail to give the overwhelming senses of guilt and betrayal.

The story in this final chapter is complecated but I like the fact that the audience in being treated as intelligent beings and not being talked down to like James Cameron's pet Dog. The tieing up of loose ends is done so well.

A perfect end to a great franchise. These characters have been with me through my childhood and to see them come to an end this good is astounding. Without a shadow of a doubt - the film of the year!

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