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Prison Break - Season 2 [DVD]
Prison Break - Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robin Tunney
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £10.00

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reinvention at its Best!, 27 Aug. 2007
This really is a great second series. Whilst watching series 1 (and thoroughly enjoying it), I was often thinking where they could take this show in its second season. Well, where did they take it?

Essentially, this series is all about the relentless pursuit of the escapees by a significant new character, Agent Mahone, played by the outstanding William Fichner. He is on an intellectual par with Michael and what we end up with is a real game of cat and mouse. Mahone is almost like a Terminator and his presence adds another layer of intensity to an already tense show.

Meanwhile, we see Michael attempting to locate Westmorelands $5,000,000 stash, clear both his and Lincolns names, reunite with the very pretty Sara Tancredi and flee the USA. Not only does Michael have to contend with Agent Mahone, he also has to evade, Kellermann, a now rogue Belick and the might(?) of the USA's finest law enforcement agencies.

One area in which Series 2 surpasses Series 1, is the embellishment in the secondary characters storyline's. T-Bag, Sucre and C-Note are given more screen time and, as a result, there is even more depth/emotions/humour there.

Sure the show is extremely far-fetched,but it is supreme fun and highly addictive, with lots of cliff-hangers. The finale is inspired (if a little over-the-top) and, for me, laced with genious and originality.

We are in a golden era of television, what with Sopranos, 24, Heroes, Lost, Rome, The Dead Zone etc and this is no exception!


Casino Royale (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [2006] [DVD]
Casino Royale (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £2.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flemings Bond returns, an OUTSTANDING debut!, 4 Aug. 2007
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There are so many fantastic facets to this film, it is difficult to know where to begin.

Let me start with Daniel Craigs performance, to put it simply,he nailed the character of Bond, Flemings Bond that is. The way in which Craig fluctuates between being a gentleman and being polite (he says thank you on many occasions) to being cold and curt, is pure Fleming. The bottom line is that he acts, sounds and yes looks like Bond. Obtuse people (who have unfairly, had a go at Daniel Craigs looks) expect Bond to look like a model and act like a Milk Tray man. Flemings Bond had "dark, cruel, good looks", so for me, the only exception for Craig is that he is Blonde, does that really matter?

As for the film, the writers have done a great job in extending what was a relatively short story, the second half of the film is basically the original story. The dialogue is arguably the best in the entire series, the verbal jousting between Bond and Vesper being my highlight.

Martin Campbells directing is also superb and slick, from the cool black and white opening to the way he juggles both the action scenes and the character scenes. I hope that he returns to direct Bond 22.

The supporting cast is also exceptional, Judy Dench gives her finest performance as M, there is real anger, affection and authority from her. Giancarlo Giannini is charismatic as Mathis, whilst Jeffrey Wright makes a cool debut as Felix Leiter. Mads Mikkelson does a great job as the main vilain, playing the role in a composed, not too theatrical manner. Finally Eva Green is perfect as Vesper, she is incredibly sexy, highly intelligent and can strip me of my armour anyday of the week!

This film has everything, a great story and atmosphere, a strong cast, intelligent dialogue, slick action scenes, a good soundtrack, lots of attractive women, a good ending-I can't wait to see where the series goes from here-and an outstanding James Bond!

24: Season Six DVD Collection [DVD] [2002]
24: Season Six DVD Collection [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by Venture Online
Price: £6.99

40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bauer Lite and Repetitive to the Extreme, 2 Aug. 2007
I was really looking forward to Series 6 following the cliff-hanger ending of Series 5, sadly it did not live up to my expectations and went off on a crazy tangent. It really did feel, to me, as if the series was written off-the-cuff, whilst the show was actually being filmed. What are the problems? There are far too many to list here, but here are a few:-

There is a significant reduction in Jack Bauers screen time. Perhaps the producers were trying to ascertain if the show could work without the legend that is Kiefer Sutherland or maybe Kiefer had several other commitments, probably most likely.

There is extreme repetition, there are so many deja vu moments, assassination attempts, CTU breach/incompetence/distrust/staff torture/significant character deaths/staff turnover (exceeding that of a top fastfood joint), challenges to the presidency, the threat ultimately targeting LA (24 has to stop shooting in LA, it is all starting to look samey, why don't Fox choose a fresh location?)

What are the good points? As usual, the cast is exceptional. Although it was a shame that the Vice Presidents plot thread-the stupidity of his retaliation plans, towards the wrong target-was very weak, as this was a waste of a strong actor. There are 2 outstanding 'Jack Moments tm', We finally see Jack get a well-deserved meal (the end of the 1st episode)and he has his best fight ever. The last scene was also good, wiping the slate clean.

I know that diehard 24 fans will strongly disagree with me, But after an amazing first 5 series, maybe it was inevitable that there would be a dip at some point. Series 7 has some repair work to carry out!

Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (Xbox 360)
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (Xbox 360)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pro Evo Next Gen NOT!, 1 Nov. 2006
Pro Evolution Soccer (PES)has always been about the gameplay, its brilliance at recreating 'the beautiful game' is unsurpassed. There are shallow-minded people that refuse to give PES a chance simply because it does not "have all the proper kits". Do these people not enjoy or participate in a kickabout down their local park, if everyone is not wearing replica shirts?

Ok, so what do we get with the 360 version of the game? .The graphics are slightly better, especially the stadiums (although compared to most 360 games, they are average at best). The players all look like they need a good slap-up meal, they are so thin. Gameplay wise it is a big improvement on PES 5, the game flows much better, with the referee's not interfering as much. It is now easier to dribble and the passing feels much crisper-making for some nice one-touch moves. Shooting is more difficult-you have to tap the button for a micro-second, otherwise the ball balloons over the bar.

Off the pitch little has changed,the 2 new features of note are the World Cup qualifying campaigns and the subsequent tournament. You also have a random-match mode, where the computer picks random players from each domestic league. The Master league is starting to feel a little stale now as there are few changes from last years version. It needs a multi-player version whereby players can choose their favourite teams and compete against one another-the bidding wars would be fantastic. Maybe Konami could link-up with the makers of the Football Manager series.

Why have I given the 360 game only 3 stars? When I spend £50 on a game I expect it to be significantly better than the version that is running on a machine that is almost 6 years old, costing £30. The 360 version is missing the following features that are present in the PS2 version of the game:-

Less teams/stadiums, you cannot save your replays, you cannot edit your players appearance and they have taken the shop away. Most importantly, the PS2 version still plays better, the turning circles on the 360 version are very slow. The player models also look better on PS2, compare Thierry Henry on both mahines to see what I mean. I sincerely hope that Konami doesn't start selling the missing features on the 360 market place, features that SHOULD have been in the game in the first place.

Pro Evo 360 is still great game (especially multi-player), BUT 360 OWNERS BOTH EXPECT AND DESERVE BETTER. Hopfully, next years version will be the complete, next-gen version that we were all expecting this year.

In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music That Fuels The Imagination!, 10 April 2006
There was this haunting, atmospheric melody that I once heard on a BMW commercial, (someone diving into an empty swimming pool, on top of a skyscraper, at night). This tune stuck in my mind and I tried to track it down, but with no luck. A couple of years later, I was playing Royksopp in my shop, when a customer came up to me and said 'have you heard of Boards of Canada?, they are similar to this, only better'. On the basis of that comment I bought the Goegaddi album and subsequently loved it. On the strength of that album, I bought up the entire BOC catalogue. Imagine my surprise when Kid of Today started playing, the classic BMW track.
For me, it is difficult to come up with the words to do BOC justice. They take music to the next level, blending beautiful sounds and melodies together, causing fantastic feelings and images to come to your mind. Their music is just so atmospheric and refreshing. They are also, amazingly consistent and if I was a film director I would sign them up. immediately.
Sadly, there are people out there that criticize BOC, these people, in my opinion, have no soul or imagination, they just don't get it.

For A Few Dollars More  (Special Edition) [DVD]
For A Few Dollars More (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.68

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys should be dirty, scarred and unshaven!, 7 April 2006
There are so many great aspects to this film, it is difficult to know where to begin. The direction, visuals, cast, and soundtrack all lead to the most atmospheric film that I have ever seen, along with the Godfather.
The plot is dual threaded, telling the tale of two rival bounty hunters. Both of which are tracking a group of viscious outlaws, led by the sadistic and brutal El Indio, played magnificantly by the late Gian Maria Volante. The two bounty hunters have different motives for the capture of Indio. Manco (Eastwood) is in it purely for the money, whereas Colonel Mortimer (Van Cleef) is seeking revenge for the death of his sister. The tale takes plenty of turns and you end up with a beautiful and poignant ending, one which is on a par with the great Casablanca. A special mention must go to Lee Van Cleefs performance, he was awesome and I find it hard to believe that this was his first 'proper' role.
Another special mention must go to the restoration team, they have done a wonderful job in giving this film the treatment it deserves, the picture is great.
Leone was a genius and showed the Americans how westerns should be done. My favourite film of all time!

Licence To Kill [DVD]
Licence To Kill [DVD]
Dvd ~ Timothy Dalton
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.77

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond gets a 15 certificate and is all the better for it!, 16 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Licence To Kill [DVD] (DVD)
Why do so many people dislike this film? Sure, it has a few flaws-the over-the-top truck chase and the lack of a John Barry score, to name a few. The trouble is Dalton's Bond followed immediately afer Moore's. Although Moore's films were enjoyable, they were completely different to Flemings original vision. All his gadgets and gags would have been better suited to Thunderbirds and the 'Carry on' films. in many ways Moore's Bond bastardized the character.
Once again Dalton plays bond as a moody, mean and cold character and again I think he is great. The supporting cast is also good with both Robert Davi and Benecio Del Toro playing very real and very sadistic characters, (not your usual meglomaniacs).
The plot itself is a tale of revenge, heavily inspired by Yojimbo and a Fistful of Dollars. It sees Bond going after a drugs baron(Davi as Sanchez), after Sanchez brutally mames his friend Felix Leiter. What ensues is a dark and gritty adventure-Bond swears for the first time-which is only let down by its silly climax (a truck doing a wheeley).
Give this film a chance, with an open mind. On a seperate note, the casting of Daniel Craig is inspired, as, I believe he will continue the legacy set by Dalton, in bringing a real and believable Bond to the screen.
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The Living Daylights (Special Edition) [DVD] [1987]
The Living Daylights (Special Edition) [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Timothy Dalton
Price: £3.52

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond returns to his roots and series returns to form, 22 Jun. 2005
Being a huge fan of Flemings original stories, I really appreciated Dalton's interpretation of Bond. For a long time I have been championing Dalton's work and am delighted to see that he is starting to get the credit he deserves (albeit a little late).
The Living Daylights marks a return to form for the series-with its tense,dramatic scenes, action sequences and realistic love interest. The soundtrack also deserves a mention as it is top notch, its clear that John Barry was inspired by Daltons acting skills. What a pity that Barry didn't score licence to kill.
Bond is not a thug, model, comedian or poser he IS Timothy Dalton. See sense and get this.

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