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Continuum
Continuum
Dvd
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 23 May 2015
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This review is from: Continuum (Amazon Instant Video)
Really nice low key sci fi movie


Interstellar (2014)
Interstellar (2014)
Dvd
Price: £9.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Art Movie. Not Star Wars!, 19 Mar. 2015
Warning - do not bother with this film if you're expecting "Guardians of the Galaxy" (which I loved, incidentally). This is a slow, portentious movie exploring a number of moral and philosophical themes - family, religion, death, global warming as well as some mind boggling quantum physics scientific concepts. If you like slower moving, thoughtful science fiction, this is for you - it's got more in common with "2001" and other arthouse sci fi than it has with more comic-book, fast moving entertainment movies. It's a flawed masterpiece to be sure (plot holes) but you have to admire it for its ambition and vision.

That said, it has some of the best special effects ever.

I loved it!


Around The City
Around The City
Price: £19.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Eliane does pop!, 4 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Around The City (Audio CD)
Hardcore jazzers should note that this is light, poppy album albeit with some great writing and performances. It's got a modern, smooth production and is a shot at the mainstream - not the first time she's done this and why not? I love it for what it is and I don't think a stab at pop music detracts from Eliane Elias as a great, great pianist and performer.


Noah
Noah
Dvd

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ... it's fair to say that I am unlikely to like anything by Darren Aronofsky, 12 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Noah (Amazon Instant Video)
I think it's fair to say that I am unlikely to like anything by Darren Aronofsky, director who really puts the F back into art. This spectacular yet plodding epic is unlikely to please atheists or god fearers, as it comes over as a cross between "Lord of the Rings" and some sort of "it's grim oop North" kitchen sink drama. None of the characters make any sense. There is no attempt to put the flood in either a religious or historical context. And Ray Winstone toils away putting yet another nail in the coffin of his career. A mixture of po faced obscurity and CGI trolls. It's ridiculous, but never ridiculous enough to raise it out of it's deadly dullness.

Great effects though! But overall, avoid. Better to revisit "Gladiator" to see ancient history brought to life by Russell Crowe and a great director.


Shift: (Wool Trilogy 2) (Wool Trilogy Series)
Shift: (Wool Trilogy 2) (Wool Trilogy Series)
Price: £5.22

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Sci Fi, 9 July 2013
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If you like big stories tackling reasonably serious issues with well drawn characters, this series of books is for you!


My Word is My Bond: The Autobiography
My Word is My Bond: The Autobiography
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, informative and touching, 23 Mar. 2013
Roger Moore will never go down as one of England's greatest actors - but he is certainly one of our greatest stars and this book reveals him to be a fantastic raconteur with enormous compassion for the issues he has supported. The book reads like an after dinner speech and consists mainly of anecdotes. I was very sorry when this warm, funny and touching memoir was over.


God's Lions: The Secret Chapel
God's Lions: The Secret Chapel
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for the Pope! He da man!, 22 Jan. 2012
An interesting premise - a religious version of the Da Vinci Code - is rather squandered and becomes a long pamphlet advertising Catholicism, dealing with Islamic terrorism with all the skill and sensitivity of 'Team America'. The propaganda unfortunately made it impossible for me to suspend disbelief which resulted in the ending, for those of us who don't happen to believe that every word of the Bible can be interpreted as historical fact, was just plain silly. Sort of like Stephen King trying to convince you that vampires are real rather than letting your imagination do the work.

What we need is an Agnostic version of the Da Vinci Code - a religious conspiracy story written by someone without an axe to grind.

That said, it was an OK read! Despite being quite irritated from time to time I made it to the end.


Harry Potter And The  Deathly Hallows Part 1 [DVD]
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.24

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit boring, 17 April 2011
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Watch carefully and about 1.45 hours in... something happens! I really think that they shouldn't have divided the last book into 2 films.

The problem with the HP films (except for the brilliant 3rd one) is that they didn't learn the 'Lord of the Rings' lesson that trying to render every sentence of a book in celluloid doen'st always make for a great film, especially in terms of pace. Roll on the final one, hopefully a bit more eventful!

On the updside - good fx, some humour and Emily Watson.


The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray]
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Elijah Wood
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £14.57

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original versions - good!, 27 May 2010
To introduce a note of controversy into this festival of righteous indignation...

I agree that it's a bit of a rip off not to offer blu-rays that could play either the normal or extended versions (a bit like the 'Close Encounters' release). However, as a blu-ray, LOTR and movie fan I have to say that while the extended versions are interesting and there's a couple of scenes that would have been nice in the theatrical release, the original cuts overall are FAR better than the extended versions - I've seen all of the extended versions and although they add quantity, the don't have the same pace or tension and many of the additions are quite boring or inconsequential. Oh look, another bloody elf! I love the original book too, but I thought Peter Jacksons original philosophy of trying to make a good film first and a faithful adaptation second was the right way to go - after all, it was the dogged attempt to reproduce every aspect of the book that made the early Harry Potter films so disapointing. They are different mediums.

So I'm very happy to have the theatrical releases and am absolutely STUNNED by the picture and sound quality - possibly the best blu-ray I have in my collection which includes Avatar and 2001, my previous bests. Helms Deep in particular is mind blowing.


Gladiator [Remastered] [Blu-ray] [2000] [Region Free]
Gladiator [Remastered] [Blu-ray] [2000] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £4.99

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - VERY POOR QUALITY TRANSFER, 9 Sept. 2009
Just received this and am sending it straight back. It is really bad quality, without doubt the worst blu-ray I've seen (and I've seen quite a few, 30+). It's a very poor transfer, very jerky and blocky, the sound quality varies all the way through and in short it's a dud.

I strongly suggest waiting - given that this is a fantastic film and very popular, they are bound to release a decent quality one sooner or later.

Cheers,

Doug
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