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Plan 9 From Outer Space [Blu-ray] [1959] [US Import]
Plan 9 From Outer Space [Blu-ray] [1959] [US Import]

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plan 9 on Blu-ray, 6 Jun. 2012
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This review is solely for Legend Films Blu-ray release.

Firstly the disc is advertised as a Region A only release, but thankfully is in fact region free.

The print is the same one used on the Region 1 colourised DVD.Plan 9 From Outer Space [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] ,and it includes the same compression problems inherent with the so-called remastered B & W version. That aside the colourised version is surprisingly good quality; the soundtrack beefed up to DTS, even. The extras are few: a few trailers, and the same comic commentary track from the DVD (some bloke from Mystery Theatre 3000?, apparently)

The final thought, is it worth upgrading? Cheaper than the UK DVD, yes; better picture than the UK DVD release, no.

The choice is yours....

Starcrash [DVD]
Starcrash [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Hasslehoff
Price: £11.19

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD, but which edition?, 16 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Starcrash [DVD] (DVD)
So the UK finally gets a release of "Starcrash" but on a pretty bare bones DVD, with little way of extras and full screen to boot. The old French release was widescreen, from a damaged print, but, apart from the film, was not English friendly. And now we have the all singing, all dancing, widescreen, loads of extras, US release under the Roger Corman banner, however, before we all rush out to purchase this version, this is the Corman cut of the film, previously released under the title "Female Space Invaders", which removes various scenes. So for the complete "International Cut", or original cut, this DVD is the best way to see Luigi Cozzi's space faring opera. Which version did I recommend? Can't remember myself, now.

And, for further intersteller adventures featuring our favourite bikini glad space heroine, could I recommend the book, "Curved Space- the further adventures of Stella Star" available here on Amazon, where several authors have written a collection of short stories.

Many thanks, and don't forget to "Halt the flow of time......."

Blue Thunder: Complete Series [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Blue Thunder: Complete Series [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We're using the helicopter, again?, 15 July 2009
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During my childhood the one film I wanted to see was "Blue Thunder" but unfortunately, I was too young. However, imagine my delight, as a 14 year old, to one day find the Blue Thunder TV series being shown on BBC1. And now, 25 years later, relive the series thanks to this Sony DVD release.

Has it aged well? What might have been exciting to young eyes all that time ago, is a little cringe inducing now; the writers relied heavily on situations where the helicopter could be used to full effect, and what stock footage from the movie was available, and judging from what I watched so far, they used a lot, thus limiting the story lines, so we get jet fighters being stolen, maniacs in helicopters and one story featuring the then novelty, space shuttle. Remember this was the time that "The A-Team" ruled early Saturday night TV.

The cast do their best playing second fiddle to Blue Thunder, herself. James Farentino takes on the Roy Scheider role as the maverick pilot, here re-named Chaney, with a pre- Wayne's World, Dana Carvey as JAFO (if you've seen the film you'll know what it means) throw in two ex-NFL stars, Bubba Smith, later of the Police Academy movies, and Dick Butkus as the light comedic pairing that the show perhaps could have done without, and you have your cast.

What surprised me was that the series only lasted for 11 episodes, all on this release. Unfortunately, Blue Thunder's thunder was taken by a more successful super helicopter, Airwolf, originally premiering in the USA a few weeks after the first few episodes of Blue Thunder.

Now to the discs. All episodes are spread over 3 discs; no extras really to speak off only a trailer for other titles available from Sony. However, the biggest surprise is that even though the discs are marked Region 1, they are in fact Region 1 AND 2!!! It even played on my £14.99 Region 2 player!!

So, for want of nostalgia or another example of a short lived Eighties TV action series, and for the price, give the old girl back her thunder, that's Blue Thunder.
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Power Rangers: SPD (Complete Series) [DVD]
Power Rangers: SPD (Complete Series) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brandon Jay McLaren

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Rangers SPD, 21 July 2008
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Another great Power Rangers series finally gets a full release.

But, this review is designed to direct you to Amazon,Germany. Why? I hear you ask. In response to the previous Reviewer, and for those who cannot wait.

Presently is offering the first 3 series of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", and not only that, they have the English soundtrack, the credits are in German, but you can't have everything, and they are now advertising a "Power Rangers: Zeo" boxset, and are taking advance orders for "Power Rangers Turbo."

So, do yourself a favour , click on the link below.

Frankenstein Vs Creature From Blood Cove [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Frankenstein Vs Creature From Blood Cove [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ G. Larry Butler

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shot on video...they should have shot the director., 19 May 2008
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William Winckler, William Winckler, William Winckler, William Winckler; no, it's not a lament, it's the credits for director, producer, writer, and wooden main star, of this shot on video, straight to DVD travesty.

I cannot say anything good about this film - so I won't. It's awful, awful, awful - period.

Don't waste your money watching the smug Winckler, dropping names like pennies from heaven, in the Extras, "Oh, how the Munster's fans will love Butch Patrick's final words: "Yvonne"", he exudes. Yes, Bill, my sides were splitting when Patrick uttered "hrmphy," or something like that, in his 10 second cameo.

Too painful to watch in one go; it felt like I'd spent 5 hours in front of the TV, instead of only 90 minutes.

Avoid. If I could give it zero stars, I would have done.

The final word goes to something I read once:

"What ever the medium. Talent will always shine through"

None here then.

Jason King [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Jason King [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forever King., 25 Oct. 2007
Finally, a release of the full 26 episode Jason King TV series is available in the UK, but, unfortunately, only if you have a multi-regional DVD player.

In this, the most Seventies of ITC series, Peter Wyngarde, in a career defining role, portrays globe trotting, hedonistic, dandy, Jason King, ex-member of Department S, writer of trashy Mark Caine novels and now flying solo. Unfortunately, due to unpaid taxes, King was often blackmailed into working on behalf of Her Majesty. Through various escapades, King, with the usual glamorous girls in tow, takes on the villains of the world: nefarious gangsters, foreign spy's et al, usually on a studio backlot doubling for pretty much anywhere in the world, driving expensive motorcars against rear-projected screens. Camp, indeed it is!! And all the better for it. This was a series that knew not to take itself too seriously, unlike its predecessor, Department S. (which bizarrely, IS available on a two set, Region 2, DVD release from Amazon, Germany).

This new, Region 1, NTSC release from Image Entertainment contains the full 26 episode run over 7 discs. No extras, however. The picture quality is on par with the recent showing on ITV 4; there are no signs of any remastering of the original 16mm prints, but that's okay as the show itself is very entertaining, whatever the quality and very reasonable priced, unlike most UK releases of TV series.

For fans of great Seventies TV, especially British, then this is the DVD set for you.

Danger Man - (Special Edition) 47 Episode Set + Limited Edition Book [DVD] [1960]
Danger Man - (Special Edition) 47 Episode Set + Limited Edition Book [DVD] [1960]
Dvd ~ Patrick McGoohan

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want the other 39 half hour versions......, 12 Aug. 2007
In reply to the previous reviewer. If the case is that this new release only contains the 50 minute versions, this is where you can get the First Season.

The box set that was released by A&E in the USA, comprising of 5 discs, is actually REGION O, NTSC, and will play on any UK DVD player that can output the signal, and most do, even the cheaper models. And if you shop around, you can pick the set up reasonable priced; I bought mine, brand new, from for £ 11.00, and was including P&P.

Buy this set definitely but if you want to complete the collection treate yourself to Season One.

Shogun Assassin: Uncut Edition [DVD]
Shogun Assassin: Uncut Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tomisaburô Wakayama
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £6.99

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "You must choose - the ball, or the sword.", 26 July 2007
As many previous reviews state, the film "Shogun Assassin" is a compilation of the first two movies from the Japanese "Lone Wolf & Cub" series from the early 70's, dubbed into English, given a electro-pop theme tune, and released in the 80's, promptly being banned as a video nasty, due to excessive violence.

Now, with the release of a re-mastered Region 1 and Region 4 discs, of this film, and the original series now re-mastered as well, the films get a new lease of life.

However, which version? Do you buy the single disc "Shogun Assassin", or the six discs in the "Lone Wolf & Cub" set?

If you want no plot what so ever, but want wall-to-wall sword fights, very red blood squirting everywhere, English dialogue, and lots of meaningful stares into camera - then this is the one for you.

If you want more story, in the original Japanese, with subtitles, but with the same level of violence - stick to the original six movies.

But do not, do not, buy both, as I did; I sat there realising that scenes in "Shogun Assassin" were a different order, characters were given different roles, edited and re-dubbed for story, and I found it very, very frustrating.

"Choose the ball - you will spend eternity with your Mother, choose the sword - with me you will walk the path of vengeance......."

Frankenfish [DVD] [2005]
Frankenfish [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Tory Kittles
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy, fun creature feature.......but problems with sound?, 7 Jun. 2007
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I won't review the film, this is more a technical issue.

I don't have a surround sound system at home, but normally all 5.1 sound DVD's works fine through my stereo T.V. until now.

Most of the time the audio was fine for the film but during certain scenes, most notably during the meal time scene, the sound just drops away, bringing the musical score and sound effects to the fore. Now I don't know if this is a problem with the disc or the DVD player/T.V.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the flick, just a little disappointed with the audio.

Wrestlemaniac [DVD]
Wrestlemaniac [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rey Misterio Sr
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.33

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining low budget slash/stalk flick, with a Mexican twist., 2 May 2007
This review is from: Wrestlemaniac [DVD] (DVD)
Relying heavily on plot from previous slasher movies, "Wrestlemaniac" is an enjoyable tribute to the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", Mexican wrestling movies of the Sixties and Seventies, and a hint of Scooby-Doo!!

After being warned not to travel to La Sangre De Dios, the Scooby Gang, I mean, the low budget porn film-makers become involved in a cat-and-mouse game with the deranged left-overs of a Mexican Government experiment gone wry - El Mascarado ( played with eye-rolling relish by Rey Misterio, Snr ).

Nicely filmed, some great set pieces, and with some genuinley creepy and nasty moments, this little gem deserves to be embraced by the horror/slash, stalk fraternity; we need more of these type of filmakers, and I applaud their efforts.

The disc is very much a bare-bones release; you get the film , with scene access, and two trailers, but for other movies.

And as for the Scooby-Doo reference, well, the gang drive a camper-van, the character of Tim, is so, Shaggy the film!!!!

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