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This review is from: Amongst Heroes [DVD] (DVD)Fist a warning to any future customers of this product as it is "PARADOX SOLDIERS" only re-branded.Different artwork,different title but the same film.On the face of it at only a Lady Godiva (pre-order price) it looked a steal and i was quite looking forward to it,how mistaken i was.I knew something was amiss and thought i had read reviews (here on Amazon) of a film with the same premise and upon further investigation it was the same film.Luckily i don't own Paradox Soldiers and was one day going to buy it anyway.But in all seriousness this practice is wrong and should cease forthwith.Other films to have this done is The Fallen vs The Final sacrifice and Nappola vs Before the Fall,both re-branded with artwork that never appears in the actual film.One other thing before i get to the film is that never once does the blurb on the cover mention time travel.I will have to check the studios of the films mentioned to see if its just one studio or if everyone but the consumer is in on it.
The disc itself has nothing in the way of extras just a scene selection menu.
The film is about a group of students re-enacting a decisive battle on the Eastern front.During this battle four hapless students happen to stumble upon an unexploded munition from WW2 (how this device has never been found and de-activated is beyond me) and upon triggering the device they are transported back to 1944 through a portal and smack in the middle of the battle they are re-enacting.
What ensues is the bungling four main protagonists jumping from one sticky mess to another and to be fair its not that bad an idea.Unfortunately its poorly executed with more holes than a tea bag.They go back in time 70 years yet two Russians instantly recognises one of them as a friend.Confused,you will be.I was as confused as a blind man trying to solve a Rubik's Cube!You can follow the film but you spend more time looking at the screen in bewilderment rather than being entertained.
Again i did some research and found that this film is in fact a sequel.The fist film was never released in this country in the first place.I am assuming all my questions would have been answered had i watched the first film.How was i to know this when it seems the distributors have done everything they can to mislead us the hard cash paying consumer.
The battle scenes are passable but only just in this day and age.The score was hilarious but at the least the actors did a fair job.The tank used in the film,pretty much like the soldier on the cover looked like a hybrid and the uniforms were all over the place which i suppose they can get away with to a point being as the four were not in official military garb.
How this film gets good reviews under its different title is an enigma in itself.Not a film i would recommend or watch again for that matter.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2012 14:46:41 BDT
Tommy D says:
Scott Thanks for the heads up I have 'Paradox Soldiers' and it is hardly a good one, so saved me some time and money - well done
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2012 15:17:08 BDT
No problem Tommy.Another heads up for you is that dreadful film Quiet Flows The Don is about to have the same re-titled,re-hashed release.It's to be called War & Revolution.
I know you like your war films Tommy so check out Army of Saviours if you get the chance.No battles but a great character driven true story.I think you would like it.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2012 18:40:09 BDT
Tommy D says:
Thanks Scott and OMG 'Quiet Flows the Don' is up there with one of the worst productions ever, it should be locked up not released. 'Army of Saviours' is now on my 'to see' list as ever much appreciated.
Posted on 6 Jul 2012 14:59:11 BDT
Philip R. Sumption says:
Yeah, all this re-releasing with a different name and box are is really starting to annoy me, it seems to almost always be the crappy war films as well, clearly desperate for sales. Some of the covers are just a total joke too with Challenger tanks and what not on the box's of WWII films!
I was wondering if you'd check out my WWII movies list quick and let me know your thought/suggestions on it...
Posted on 20 Aug 2012 06:32:28 BDT
N. Ingram says:
I wish I'd read the first two reviews before I'd foolishly bought it in a bargain bin this summer. I agree: utter rubbish. I managed to get through the first 45 minutes or so, but... a truly awful 'war' film and bad sci-fi, too; an insult to any surviving veterans of the Russian front, in fact. I can't believe Kim Newman of 'Empire' magazine ever uttered the words "Spectacular battle scenes" in relation to this film! And just who or what is Gorepress, that proclaims 'Amongst Heroes' to be "Incredibly stylish, action-packed and thoroughly entertaining" (and it is clearly not any of these)? Perhaps they're the mouthpiece for the film makers or distributors? Talk about the Trades Descriptions Act! I was suckered in by the cover and reviews, too. It doesn't even specify which war front it was about! I assumed it was the Battle of the Bulge in Dec., 1944 (especially with the helmet, which is more British, 1939-42, if you want to be nerdish, but anyway...However, I do think there might have been some scope for dealing with the interesting and sensitive subject matter of the Ukrainian role in WW2, which the film 'touches on' in its maddeningly incoherent way, but unless you're a Westerner or other outsider who's had some grounding in the complexities of the Ukraine vs Russia vs Nazi Germany (and how Stalin's ruthless purges of the 1930s decimated sectors of Ukrainian society and caused such hatred of Moscow and 'the commies'), you might be puzzled by the sight of Neo-Nazis in Nazi uniform at the 2009 war re-enactment games with which the film kicks off. Utter crap...
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2012 10:42:36 BDT
Well said Mr.Ingram,it seems film studios these days can get away with anything.What could have,should have been an interesting film turned out to be a real turkey.I did learn one thing though,Kim Newmans opinion is worthless(and he gets paid for reviewing).Utter crap!
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013 12:35:02 GMT
Hereward the Wakeful says:
I'm a bit surprised that there isn't some sort of customer backlash developing over this issue. Re-titling and repackaging a product with the clear and undisguised intention to deceive and to claw more money out of film fans is utterly despicable. For Chrissakes, isn't this illegal? There are pretty strict rules about food labelling and description of goods. Does this not apply here? Is there some sort of loophole where films are concerned? Who the hell do I get in touch with?
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013 17:43:05 GMT
I share your frustrations,along with the annoyance of most war film sleeve art.Most of the time they depict images that never appear in the film just to boost sales.I have no idea if this practice is illegal perhaps there is no legislation on this matter like for instance noise proofing housing.There is no legislation for that so they can do as they please.You could complain but who to and whether they listen is debatable.Let me know if you do speak to someone i would love to hear what "they" have to say.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2013 19:55:08 BDT
It was in the local Poundland today. Still wouldn't pay £1 for it though. LOL
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