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Small Soldiers
Small Soldiers

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SMALL SOLDIERS, BIG MUSIC!, 28 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Small Soldiers (Audio CD)
It seems that Jerry Goldsmith can do no wrong, continualy crafting beautiful, rousing and action packed scores for a multitude of films. Small Soldiers is no exception.

Goldsmith, as ever, bases this score around a central theme, which is introduced in the first track 'The Assembly Line' This is undoubtedly my favourite track and draws parallels between his other scores for director Joe Dante, namely 'Gremlins' and 'The Burbs'.

The contrasting sides in this film ie. the Gorgonites and the Commando Elite enable Goldsmith to deliver two quite different styles of music; a sensitive and emotive sound for the peaceful Gorgonites which becomes more heroic and expansive towards the end 'Trust Me' and 'Off to Gorgon' when they decide to fight the Commandos. And a Militaristic and mischievious score for the commandos themselves.

As only Goldsmith can, these different themes are perfectly married together to produce a cohesive and inspiring soundtrack, perfectly complementing the film. The only downside is that it is rather short, at just over 30 minutes. however this should certainly not stop you owning this.

There will be no mercy if you don't!

Resident Evil (GameCube)
Resident Evil (GameCube)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS EVIL IS RESIDENT, 26 Sept. 2006
Originally released in 1996 on the Playstation, this classic survival horror game has since infected its way onto the Nintendo Gamecube in 2002 to deliver the most frightening, gut wrenching experience of all time.

Most people know of the story, set in 1998 the S.T.A.R.S Alpha team is dispatched to investigate a series of gruesome murders in the Arklay forest, bordering the sub-urban town of Racoon City. The characters end up inside the old Spencer Mansion, they believed to be long since abandoned by the Umbrella Corporation... they were wrong.

This huge mansion provides the perfect back drop for the story. The game features some of the best graphics ever seen on a console and no detail has been spared, from the lonely flicker of a candle to the rustling of bushes. The sound effects and music are equally superb, perfectly complimenting the action and suspense of the immersive gameplay. Indeed often the scariest moments are when there is no music and only the sound of your character's boots walking over creaking floorboards or polished stone, so quiet you can hear your own heart as you wait for something to jump out at you, which there is no shortage of in this game.

This coupled with the hitchcockian style camera angles keep you on the edge of your seat as you are unsure of what lies ahead. the Zombies, being one of the main features of the game, are some of the best ever designed and frequently cause accidents in your trousers as they lunge through windows or doors and more alarmingly when they REANIMATE jumping up and running at you with improved strength and speed.

The game is huge, with two playable characters, Chris Redfied and Jill Valentine with multiple endings depending on your course of action throughout. Harder difficulty settings give you more enemies to kill and less ammo to do so with, forcing you to make descisions whether to run or fight.

This game is the perfect homage to George A. Romero's Living Dead film series. If you are a fan Zombies and horror games/films, this classic should take up residence in your home NOW!

Predator 2  (Special Edition)  [DVD]
Predator 2 (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danny Glover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WANT SOME CANDY?, 26 July 2006
Predator 2 is the sequel to 1987's hit film Predator and benefits by having a completely different setting from the original. Instead of steaming jungle, the Predator chooses the heated, war torn streets of Los Angeles to gather skulls aplenty! While not considered as good as the original, Predator 2 is perhaps more shocking and realistic as it depicts violence between rival gangs and the police, with the predator in the middle becoming the hero of the film.

This put's Danny Glover's character in the backseat( so to speak)and for most of the film he is resigned to picking up the pieces after the Predator's many killing sprees. on the upside the climax of the film is particualry exciting and suspenseful. one of my favourite scenes being the slaughter house massacre. (very ironic) The action is intense, complimented no end by Alan Silvestri's magnificent score, introducing a tribal element. some of the special effects however seem a little rushed and not as sharp as the original.That said the Predator suit, again designed by Stan Winston looks excellent.

The film also delves deeper into the predator's lifestyle as part of a hunting clan and develops the idea of the code of honour. The in 'joke' about the alien skull ultimately spawned 2004's Alien Versus Predator (for better or for worse!)

Being a big fan of the Predator films I was very disappointed with the initial boxset release of both films which had no special features. Finally the Predator 2 special edition has been released, 3 years after Predator's special edition treatment. While the special features are not as extensive as one would like they certainly offer a rare insight into how the film was made. The priceless interviews with the late Kevin Peter Hall talking about his life in the suit (a job now taken over by Ian Whyte for AVP) are a real highlight!

Overall this is a decent sequel to an excellent original, Predator fans or those of action or sci-fi should waste no time in hunting down this special edition to add to their collection!

Predator 2 (Original Score)
Predator 2 (Original Score)
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £16.18

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SILVESTRI AT HIS BEST!, 27 April 2006
The Predator films are almost definately Alan Silvestri's best scores. This excellent soundtrack perfectly suits the dark tone of the film, particularly with the use of eerie percussion instruments carefully assembled to achieve tension and suspense one minute before all of a sudden springing into the full orchestra (usually when someone gets killed!)

Many of Silvestri's original Predator themes can be heard here perfectly blended with a plethora of new music, giving it a tribal air in keeping with the Predator's honour system. One small downside is it's relatively short length (around 40mins)a lot of soundtracks today are over an hour. However in a way this makes it easier to sit down and listen to it as this is essential to appreciate all the little weird bits that you didn't really get a chance to hear in the film.

If you are a fan of the Predator films or film music in general, buy it (especially at such a good price!) you won't be disappointed.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
by Max Brooks
Edition: Paperback

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAY MEARS EAT YOUR HEART OUT!, 27 April 2006
This is a fantastic book with everything you would want and need to know about successfully surviving a zombie outbreak. It provides detailed information on the gruesome causes of zombification, evaluative sections on different weapons, how to barricade your house or wherever you happen to be! At the back is also an extensive list of zombie outbreaks from around the world and much more.

The book is written completely seriously, which makes for a very amusing read. However with the prospect of a zombie invasion looming it is an essential purchase If you are interested in zombies, horror or just survival. you won't be disappointed.

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