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Kontroll [2003] [DVD]
Kontroll [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sándor Csányi
Offered by vivaverve
Price: £4.85

42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Underground, 7 April 2009
This review is from: Kontroll [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
I found this film totally by mistake. I was working away from home and woke in the wee small hours feeling unwell. Not being able to get back to sleep I stuck on the TV - and this had just started. I was transfixed from start to end. Kontroll is a visual feast, a film that defies you to pigeon-hole it. One minute it is straight out slapstick comedy, at the next breathless turn it is a surreal fantasy, all of a sudden we change tracks to dark horror and finally terminate with even a smidgen of romance. The creativity of the people who made this film is amazing - that the story of some shabby ticket inspectors on the Budapest underground could hold your attention and entertain you for an entire film is almost too much to believe. But this film achieves it and so much more. A brilliant achievement. And all we could manage in Britain was "Creep" - shame on us.

Loch Ness Terror (Beyond Loch Ness) [DVD] [2008]
Loch Ness Terror (Beyond Loch Ness) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Brian Krause
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £4.37

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad, it must be genius!, 5 Jan. 2009
This is such a truly terrible movie that it manages to skirt the territory of genius. It takes quite a bit of skill to produce a movie that is as awful as this. With the hero stumbling about, smoking cheroots, wearing a silly hat, looking mysterious and appearing to belch most of his lines, we also get the inevitable teenage helper and various guest artists who you just know are going to be monster poo in the morning. The CGI effects are lame and the monster changes sizes alarmingly in most scenes. This is better than "The Evil Beneath Loch Ness", but that's a bit like saying that Pol Pot was better than Hitler. HILARIOUS.

Sleepy Hollow [DVD]
Sleepy Hollow [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Price: £3.55

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A head of the game..., 30 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Sleepy Hollow [DVD] (DVD)
One thing you are certain of with a Tim Burton film, is that it will be a visual feast, and Sleepy Hollow is no exception. You have to keep reminding yourself that it is a colour film, as Burton makes the whole thing look so washed out and, to a point, sepia. You will realise just how washed out the movie looks when after viewing it, take a look at the original cinema trailer (an extra on this DVD) - it almost leaps off the screen with bright colours. But the washed out misty look is best for this film and just adds to the sense of unease and forboding.
Johnny Depp does indeed "camp it up a storm" as Constable Ichabod Crane, one of the NYPD's earliest stars it seems. His investigation into the Headless Horseman killings in upstate New York lead him into many sinister and ghoulish predicaments. Depp is as watchable as ever, commanding the screen whenever he is on. I am a big fan of Christina Ricci, but this is not one of her best outings as she comes across a little too woodenly as Katrina van Tassel, and blonde really does not suit her! There is marvellous support, with only a whiff of hamming it up from stars such as Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Michael Gough, Ian McDiarmid, Miranda Richardson, Alan Armstrong and even Christopher Lee at the beginning. Blink and you will miss Martin Landau at the start. Christopher Walken must have taken ages to learn his lines as all he says is "YAAAH!" a lot, but he does it jolly well all the same.
This film is creepy, atmospheric in the extreme, beautifully shot, on the whole well acted and will give you a fright or two. Marvellous stuff.

Hounds Of Love
Hounds Of Love

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class, 8 July 2008
This review is from: Hounds Of Love (Audio CD)
I was 18 years old when this album was first released. I bought it, listened to the singles, had a bash at the rest and then sort of forgot about it. It was only when I updated my collection of vinyl to CD's that I re-discovered this brilliant album, about 15 years ago. It is now never far from my stereo.
Speaking in an old fashioned way, the "a-side" (as it was on vinyl) is the one most people will listen to, it has the singles, from the galloping pounding "Running Up That Hill", through the sheer folky string quartet driven brilliance of "Cloudbusting" to the nicely upbeat "The Big Sky". But please try the old "b-side" - The Ninth Wave. A concept album within an album telling the story of a drowning woman, looking back through her life as she struggles in the darkening waters. Each track segues neatly into the next from the hard rock of "Waking the Witch" to the mad Irish reel of the "Jig of Life". The finest moment for me, by far, is the final two tracks. From the grand almost funereal surges of "Hello Earth" everything begins to fade, down and down, into darkness and near silence, and just then, in that moment of stillness, a bright light explodes in with the opening bars of the delightful "The Morning Fog". The chiming classical guitar of John Williams weaves in and out of the mix with Del Palmer's bass, and still sends chills down my spine! But is it death or life the woman encountered? The jury is still out.
Of the added extra tracks on this CD, the 12" re-mix of Cloudbusting is a goody, but please take some time over "Under The Ivy" one of the most beautiful songs Kate has ever written, and was originally the b-side to the single release of "Running up That Hill".
Kate Bush is beautiful and talented, a rarity in the music world these days. Cherish her, and cherish this, her finest album.

Local Hero [DVD]
Local Hero [DVD]
Dvd ~ Burt Lancaster
Price: £3.99

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort and joy from this movie, 29 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Local Hero [DVD] (DVD)
Where to begin? This is almost the perfect feel good movie. It's gentle whimsical way is so resonant of earlier Ealing comedies, but I personally think lifts that genre to another level. Always keep an eye out in the background in this movie - there always seems to be something going on. Then you have the running gag about the young punk lad on his motorbike - "Ricky's on the road tonight, you have to look both ways...", even down to the scraggy old dog that always seems to be asleep in the middle of the road - it is all here in subtle glory.
Peter Riegert is wonderful as the American fish out of water who grows to love the place he has been sent to. Peter Capaldi looks like the disjointed man - how can anyone look that ungainly? Fulton MacKay is a real treasure as old Ben Knox and Dennis Lawson is subtly hilarious as amorous hotel owner, accountant and occasional taxi driver Gordon Urquhart. Even Burt Lancaster is not too stilted as Felix Happer.
For me, the finest moments come during the ceilidh, and not from the major characters. Just watch out for the two old farmers discussing their futures. Brilliant.
And to cap it all off, you have Jenny Seagrove in a swimsuit. How could I not give it five stars? Cuddle up with someone special and just let it wash over you.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None suck, 27 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Nonsuch (Audio CD)
XTC's final outing on the Virgin label is one of their strongest entries. Admittedly it has none of the sparkle and charm of "Skylarking" or the gloss and sheen of "Oranges and Lemons", but it is a very strong line up of songs assembled by Messrs Partridge and Moulding, despite what one other reviewer has said!
XTC always puzzle me as much as they delight me. If you listen to the first three tracks (Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, My Bird Performs and Dear Madam Barnum) one of them leaps out and smacks you between the eyes as an obvious single (Dear Madam Barnum if you were wondering) and what is it they release? The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead... Enough to make you want to chew your own foot off.
The album shows Partridge's song writing skills in all their glory, from the light instantly singalong (Then She Appeared), to the more cultured "adult" rock (The Disappointed, Books are Burning) to the just plain weird and wonderful (Rook, Crocodile, Omnibus etc).
Personally, I think the finest moment on the album is the sublime Wrapped in Grey, their final single for Virgin, which the record label did their level best to strangle at birth. It is a truly classy well crafted song that would have graced any era of XTC's output.
Nonsuch has not a duff track on it. It is warm and accessible and makes a brilliant start off point for anybody who has not yet leapt in and joined the marvellous, surreal, melodic, daft, impossible world of XTC. Come on in, the water is lovely!

Doctor Who - The Brain of Morbius [DVD] [1976]
Doctor Who - The Brain of Morbius [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.99

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take one cauliflower and boil..., 20 Jun. 2008
My dear Father has never really "got" Doctor Who, or my love of it. His knowledge of the programme now he is in his 70's is that there is a TARDIS, some Daleks and women screaming occasionally. End of story. However, even he was obviously moved by this classic serial from the 1970's as, whenever he sees something being boiled mercilessly by my Mother on the stove, he refers to it as "the Brain of Morbius".
This is another wonderful release from 2Entertain and the BBC, long overdue in my mind. I remember the wonderful chill at the opening of this story when I was a child. The wild electrical storm, the wind blasted graveyard of a planet, the weird Sisterhood, the sinister surgeon, and all of this still stands up to most scrutiny in this modern time. Oh, sure some of it is a bit creaky in places, and there is one very clear bit where a stunt goes a bit "Pete Tong". But all the plus points are big scorers, you have Tom Baker in fine resonant form as the Doctor, Liz Sladen, never looking lovelier or so helpless (bless!)as Sarah Jane Smith and a fine turn from Operatic warbler Colin Fay as the henchman Condo. The high point though is Philip Madoc as Dr Mehendri Solon. His performance is wonderful, powerful and conveys the tortured brilliance of Solon, and also how low he has fallen and his pathetic existence on the planet Karn.
The "Making of..." mini documentaries on these are always worth a look and, echoing a previous reviewer - please God, let it be a Tom Baker commentary!
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I Am Legend [DVD] [2007]
I Am Legend [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Will Smith
Price: £2.48

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a Leg End, 8 Jun. 2008
This review is from: I Am Legend [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I wholeheartedly agree with Amazon's opening review of this movie. For the first hour or so this is epic, wonderful, suspenseful stuff. Will Smith (always worth watching) is gripping as the sole survivor of a plague ravaged world. His loneliness is portrayed so clearly and cleverly, i.e. watching old recordings of news programmes just for some background noise, and the underlying knowledge that there is something nasty out there in the dark adds to a growing feeling of unease.
And then it all sort of falls apart in the second half. Now I am a big fan of Bob Marley but even I can see that good songwriter and natty dread wearer that he was, his songs can't actually help a virologist cure a plague. The CGI zombies are on the whole laughable and look as though they have been hacked together on a home computer.
So a triumph up to a point, but I suggest you turn off the DVD when you reach that point. The "animated comics" that come as extras on this DVD are bizarre and, to be frank, a bit pants.

Murder By Decree [DVD] [1980]
Murder By Decree [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Christopher Plummer
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £9.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good and atmospheric, 6 Jun. 2008
If you have seen the movie "From Hell..." then here is the film where they got most of their best ideas from! As one earlier reviewer put it, this is not a film with which you approach with much enthusiasm. You are expecting the same old plod over familiar territory of Jack the Ripper murders with Sherlock Holmes investigating. But it is a little gem of a movie with some surprisingly subtle touches to it. The atmospheric studio sets of fog bound East End streets are remarkably good and the clever use of location work just adds to the quality feel of this movie.
Christopher Plummer turns in a fine performance as a very believable and fallible Sherlock Holmes. James Mason, one of Britain's finest ever screen actors, gives a masterclass in understatement as Dr Watson, giving the character depth and dignity, something denied to Dr Watson from Nigel Bruce onwards. Add to this a guest list of epic proportions including John Gielgud, Donald Sutherland, David Hemmings, Frank Finlay, Anthony Quayle, Genevieve Bujold, and even "EastEnders" very own Pete Beale as a Cockney Copper and you know you're on to a winner.
Effectively creepy in places and bringing the Masonic side of the Ripper theories to the fore, this is a great film for dark nights and will even deliver a scare or two.

Sahara [DVD] [2005]
Sahara [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Matthew McConaughey
Price: £2.97

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Expensive Stupid Tripe (and I am being kind), 6 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Sahara [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
And I thought "The Covenant" was bad... This is yet another of those hugely annoying American films where every character that is not American is either (a) expendable, or (b) stupid AND expendable. Every single American in this movie is savvy, smart, sharp witted and has huge grasp of current affairs and World knowledge in general - which of course the rest of us on the planet know is about as far from the truth as you can possibly get.
This film is deafeningly loud, has enormous explosions, a plot line developed by lobotomised marmosets and more designer stubble than you can shake a stick at. It is a dreadful waste of an actor of the skill of William H Macy, but everyone else is at or about their correct level.
If you have a choice between watching this film or having root canal work done on your teeth, think hard. You have a choice. At least with root canal work you get pain killers.
This film is DREADFUL.
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