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God Is A Bullet
God Is A Bullet
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A golden swansong, 3 April 2008
This review is from: God Is A Bullet (Audio CD)
The Mission's last studio album and the best they've released since Carved in Sand. Album highlights are 'Belladonna' (the Mish back at their zeppelinesque best), 'To Love and to Kill' (one of the lyrical high points of the album), 'Blush' (a poprock song so good, snow patrol must be gutted they didn't think of it first), 'Chinese Burn' (surely the first psychological review of the social dichotomy of a threesome) and the U2 meets Jonny Cash tour-de-force of 'Father', which is possibly the best song Wayne Hussey's ever written.

It's truly sad that they've now gone, but what a way to say goodbye.

Worth every penny and hasn't been out of the car in over a year.

Alien Vs Predator (2 Disc Extreme Edition) [2004] [DVD]
Alien Vs Predator (2 Disc Extreme Edition) [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sanaa Lathan
Offered by simply-well-priced
Price: £2.50

63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the purists..., 31 Dec. 2004
Aliens. Predators. You would have thought with two of the greatest cinenmatic monsters in one film, it'd be difficult to get it wrong. Still, Paul 'WS' Anderson does a fairly good job. This time a team of Arctic explorers led by Charles Bishop Weyland (the founding 'father' of the 'Company' from the Alien series) are drawn to a temple in the antartic after it's identified by satellite. Thus begins an hour and a half of thrills, spills, schlock horror and a total absence of anything to put it on a par with the franchises that spawned it.

Which is not to say that it's a bad film. Whether or not you enjoy Alien vs. Predator is really dependent on what you're expecting. If you're looking for the intelligent plot exposition you found in the first 3 Alien movies, you're likely to be heavily disappointed. If, however, you're looking for the gratuitous gore (albeit largely Predator / Alien) and sense of suspense that went with the first Predator film, then you're a lot more likely to walk away happy.

AVP is somewhat of a mixed bag. Anderson is definitely a man who believes in old school cinematics (he wisely dispensed with the use of CGI unless it was absolutely necessary), but some of the cinematography and editing leaves a lot to be desired (one of the main AVP fights is shot so close and edited so quickly that it makes it very difficult to really see what's going on). For the most part however, the film retains a palpable sense of tension throughout and is a guaranteed to provide a few jumps and thrills for first time viewers. Special mention should be made for the set design which is superb and quite convincing - it's obvious where Andersons forte lies...

Where the film does fall down though, is on its script and storyline. The script is almost unnecessary - merely providing a vehicle from which to jump from one fight to the next. The actors make the best of what they're given, but ultimately much of the dialogue is cheesy and unsatisfying. As for the storyline - it broke so many rules of the Alien franchise (there's no Ripley, the suggestion that Charles Weyland provided the prototype for the Bishop android, the discovery of the Alien creature prior to the events of Alien, the lack of further exposition of the Alien lifecycle etc.) that many of the diehard fans from the original franchise must have run screaming for their Quadrilogy boxsets. Thankfully though, the film was never meant to be philosophised about in the same way as the originals and can only be taken at face value - it would have been far worse had Anderson attempted something more complex. Having said that though; it is sad that there is too much which is left unexplained or uncovered in this film - it simultaneously expects the audience to have an appreciation and understanding of the original franchises and to also ignore them due to the glaring continuity errors.

Ignoring the originals though, is ultimately the answer to appreciating AVP - if you can see it for what it is (an entertaining action romp with lots of monsters) then you're likely to think it's fantastic. For purists though - this is best avoided and filed away with 'Alien Resurrection'.

On the DVD itself you'll find an extended version with a different beginning (readers of the book will already know of the plot line set in the early 20th Century), some deleted scenes (nothing special, but a couple which would have been nice had they been included), commentary from the director, Sanaa Lathan and Lance Henriksen, a making of featurette and on the DVD - Rom some features on the original Dark Horse comics. Probably worth the extra £3 you'd shell out over the 1 disc edition.

With regards to the deleted scenes and added beginning - for fans who were disappointed with the lack of gore and low rating of the movie in theatres - this will do nothing to change their opinion, nor will it do much to rectify some of the plot holes - these scenes are curiosities; nothing more. The title 'Extreme Edition' is possibly a little misleading and I daresay only placed in order to play upon these hopes.

Overall though, for the average horror film fan with nothing better to do, this film is an entertaining piece of popcorn fiction and worth a look.
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Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Offered by brooke2001
Price: £4.48

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every hit so far..., 30 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Robbie Williams consistent popularity with the British Public has long since bemused 'artistes' and musicologists alike, but in truth he is the quintessential 'British' pop star. Caught somewhere between a cheeky Sean Connery and a rather self analytical Norman Wisdom, Robbies ability to entertain may be totally lost on our friends across the pond, but to the brits he has a bit of everything for everyone. For the pubrock lads and lasses there's plenty of Oasis-lite pop here (Old before I die, Angels, Lazy), for the Bon Jovi fans - a Keep the Faith inspired tour-de-force in the shape of 'Let me Entertain You', for the girls - the 'I will survive' infringing 'Supreme', for the dancefloor - the thumping (if not slightly irritating) Rock DJ and so on...
You name it - Robbie's done it and, annoyingly enough for his critics (me included), done it well. It's not often you'll pick up a best of and understand why someone has been so successful, but the album is crammed full of memorable tune after tune. Love him or hate him - you can't deny the fact that he's had some of the most enduring songs over the last 8 years and his continuing popularity can no longer be consigned to the fact that he was once in Take That. Nowadays he's everything you saw 'Carry On' movies celebrating about Britain; the cheeky chappie who's your best mate always up for a pint, the seaside holiday entertainer from Blackpool, the James Bond wannabe from Sean Connerys era and (for the girls) the unobtainable, but (worryingly) vulnerable boy who just wants to be loved...
All of which is sickening if you don't like him, but as there's only about 15 of us in the entire country who think like that, it's as well to point out that he's successful, and succesful for a reason. For every RW fan this album is largely pointless - most of them will have bought the two new songs as singles and doubtless own the rest on their respective albums, but as everyone's a completist these days - it'll shift like no other. For those of you who've never found the time to pick up one of his forays into stardom - it'll be a good starting point - probably closely followed by 'I've been expecting you' and 'Escapology'.
How his career develops from here remains to be seen, but even without Guy Chambers, he can still bang out a good melody. Expect this to be the first of many...

Freddy Vs Jason [DVD] [2003]
Freddy Vs Jason [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Robert Englund
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.89

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining; if not scary., 6 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Freddy Vs Jason [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
It’s not often that you see a supposedly defunct genre resurrected to such great effect, but horror has certainly enjoyed a renaissance over the last few years. The postmodernist take used to such good effect in the first Scream film is finally beginning to wear a bit thin though and it was with a huge sense of relief that I noted Freddy Vs Jason had wisely sidestepped it in favour of a retro 80s style slasher flick – with a ‘Horror’s Greatest Villain’ title bout thrown in to boot.
The premise of Freddy Vs Jason is actually quite reasonable – Freddy; long since forgotten by the children of Elm Street, is languishing in hell – powerless to enter the dreams of his potential victims without their fear to feed him. To return – he uses Jason to wreak havoc upon the children – hoping that in doing so, the locals will think he’s returned, thus providing him with his fear, thus providing him with his strength. All goes reasonably well (for Freddy and Jason at least) until Freddy realises that Jason isn’t about to stop and thus the battle (for territory) ensues.
On face value – F vs J is wildly entertaining – all of the staple horror clichés are present and correct (gratuitous gore and violence, large breasted and sexually active victims, the stoner, the female heroine etc.), but don’t watch it expecting to be scared. Whilst the film carrys on as if Scream never happened – there’s a wonderful tongue-in-cheek air about the whole thing (the clichés are quite obviously knowing), but it detracts from the overall idea of it being a horror movie. Freddy is his usual wise-cracking self – all gusto and glove, but no longer menacing or scary - and Ronny Yu’s direction unwisely portrays Jason in a sympathetic light. With one villain a demonic chat show host and the other emasculated – it’s difficult to find either a terror on the screen anymore.
The supporting cast are competent enough, but Monica Keena’s character of Lori never evokes the sympathy audiences felt for Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm St, nor does she present a convincing heroine. The rest of the cast are quite simply divided up into Jason and Freddy’s potential victims – none are massively likeable and it’s quite obvious that the stars of the film are the villains – after all, the audience really has one question on their minds – if Jason and Freddy had a fight – who’d win? Ultimately, if you can see past the obvious plot holes – you’ll find an enjoyable film that falls squarely in the eye-candy / action genre – just don’t expect it to either win any Oscars or scare you.
As for the DVD – the extras are certainly better than average. Robert Englunds commentary is vastly entertaining, the deleted scenes (whilst brief and fairly un-important) are diverting enough and the alternate ending will certainly appeal to some – although it’s quite obvious as to why the producers went with the original. The making of sections are also worth a watch – specifically the fight scene.
Overall the film is a must for the fans of either series (Friday 13th or NOES) and most likely an entertaining piece for newcomers – it’ll be interesting to see what they do with the sequels…

Alien Quadrilogy (9 Disc Complete Box Set) [DVD] [1979]
Alien Quadrilogy (9 Disc Complete Box Set) [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Offered by HavenSky
Price: £25.17

129 of 142 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Space - no one can hear you scream..., 31 Oct. 2003
Once every few years – cinema is graced with a truly groundbreaking film, perhaps it’s just new take on old ideas, perhaps it’s something unlike anything that’s ever been seen before, but either way settles into the public consciousness; creating heroes and villains that become icons for an age of cinema-goers. Alien was one such film – generating the definitive blueprint for the embattled horror heroine in Ripley and the definitive monster in the Alien – a creature designed by H.R. Giger to prey on the even the most remote of human subconscious fears.
This new box set sees the re-release of the first four films of the series. I say ‘first four’ as next year will see the release of the long-awaited Alien vs. Predator film, to be followed (if successful) by Alien ‘5’. Box sets by nature are tricky things – when buying one it’s always useful to be aware that the studio will most likely release another box set in years to come with yet more bonus features added – as is true in this case. For those of you who bought the Alien Legacy box set – my sympathy – as the new Alien Quadrilogy appears to have it all…
So what’s new?
Well, this time we have the directors cut of Alien – clocking in at 40 seconds shorter than the original, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were getting less value for money than the ‘79 release. However, Scott’s new cut works well – giving a nip and tuck here and there – trimming off some of the fat so to speak. For those of you who found some of the slower moments of the original hard to sit through – the new version should provide some welcome relief as whilst the air of tension and suspense is still maintained – the pace of the film is quicker. It is also worth noting that the new version also incorporates the much vaunted Dallas cocoon sequence – available only as a deleted scene on previous DVD editions. Whether it works in the final cut is a matter of personal opinion, but for this reviewer – whilst intrigued to see it, my belief is that if wasn’t deemed good enough to make the initial print – then there’s no reason it should really be in the new one. Hard-core fans of the series will no doubt be glad to see its reinsertion though.
The other big new addition is David Finchers work print of Alien 3. Whilst many films have scenes re-shot or removed from the final print – it is interesting to see how much was actually removed from Alien 3 – to put it mildly – there’s quite a bit. In some places it merely fleshes out the story – perhaps giving an image or a sound to an obvious suggestion in the original cut, but in others it gives an entertaining twist on the plot of the film – perhaps most notable of all is the revelation that in the original script the Alien was to be spawned from an Ox – indeed much of the footage was shot with prosthetics, but it was only when the director realised how difficult an ox was to train that they abandoned the concept and re-shot the footage with a dog instead.
In addition to this, Aliens & Alien Resurrection are both faithfully reproduced here – both have bonus features on the additional discs unseen before, but little that’s new is brought to the table. The films themselves are superb pieces of fiction – fascinating on many levels and equally gruesome. Alien and Alien 3 are both masterpieces of suspense and storytelling, Aliens is every action film fans wet dream and Resurrection, whilst by no means the best of the series, is certainly a vastly entertaining film.
Whether or not this box-set is either definitive or a ‘must buy’ remains to be seen, but for fans who have yet to buy any of the movies on DVD I recommend this highly. For those of us with the Alien Legacy box set – my advice is to wait – these editions will almost inevitably be re-released along with any or all of the newer instalments in the years to come.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge [DVD]
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Patton
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £8.46

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable, occasionally good sequel, 26 Sept. 2003
Oft dismissed as nothing more than keeping the franchise alive on the road to part 3, Freddy's Revenge is actually worthy of some recognition within the Elm Street series. Released largely to cash in on the success of the first and boost the bank accounts of the then fledgling New Line Cinema, NOES 2 does suffer from a skeletal script and some wooden acting, but it does at least stand out as a step forward in the storyline development.
Rather than the standard 'rehash of the original' flick we normally see in sequels (see Halloween parts 2, 4, 5 etc.), director Jack Sholder and crew preside over a story that sees Fred attempting to possess a young teenager and therefore have free reign to kill in the 'real' world again. What is perhaps most interesting about this film though, is the break from horror tradition it makes. The genre's dependence on large breasted female victims and heroines is abandoned in favour of a storyline littered with gay and sexual subtext - in one seen the school coach is dragged into the showers, tied up, stripped and whipped before being despatched - in another Jesse runs to his handsome jock friends bedroom after a failed sexual encounter with his girlfriend. Perhaps not to everyones taste, but it does mark a breath of 'fresh air' in a genre too often reliant on cliches.
The direction too is worthy of note. It's not exactly cutting edge, but there is a palpable sense of tension throughout most of the film (sadly occasionally broken by shoddy effects / bad scripting) and Sholder wisely continues in Craven's vain by keeping Fred to the shadows and his script minimal. Fans of part 3's wise cracking Freddy may be disappointed by his lack of dialogue, but as a result his screen presence is far more menacing and Krueger does manage to present a terrifying figure in places.
Robert Englund aside, Mark Patton (Jesse Walsh) & Kim Myers (Lisa Webber) make a good job of the undernourished script - in particular Pattons portrayal of a teenagers descent into fear-induced madness and confused sexuality is occasionally superb. Whilst Myers character of Lisa is often syrupy beyond belief, she provides amiable support and there is at least some chemistry between the pair.
Overall the film is reasonable and far more likely to appeal to fans of the first, rather than the third onwards. It's occasionally let down by some terrible ideas / effects (see the hell hound scene at the end / exploding budgie), but as a horror film it delivers - relying more on suspense and fear than body count and gore. Not a must see - but an interesting installment in a series that would later descend into self parody and supposed 'black comedy'.

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