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Awaiting [DVD]
Awaiting [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tony Curran
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Must see, gripping to the end, 22 May 2016
This review is from: Awaiting [DVD] (DVD)
Wow! Just watched this and seen a lot of horror movies but this one was gripping to the end. Diana Vickers was superb as the daughter of psycho played by Tony Curran and also a brilliant part played by Rupert Hill as the motorist who just took the wrong shortcut one day. It has a lot of the stereotypical things you would expect from a psycho horror-thriller and it delivers even at one point as to why did you go that way etc. It keeps you guessing to the very end and I just loved it. Great soundtrack and well directed, I definitely recommend this.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to own but overpriced., 27 Jan. 2016
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Nice to own but overpriced at £14.99. Plain brown box with Jelly Belly sticker on outside (logo on a white label, not as elaborate as shown in photo). Thankfully received all 3 different packs but it was 4 x Darth Vader, 1 x Stormtrooper and 1 x Yoda. Not that big either, box measures about a ruler wide and about 7 inches at the side. Sweets are American produced. So you are aware of what you are purchasing.

Duel [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free]
Duel [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Dennis Weaver
Price: £7.00

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Blu-ray transfer, 27 Sept. 2015
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Excellent Blu-ray transfer. I have seen this films tons of times as I absolutely love it. I have never seem it look so clear and vivid and sound is superb also with both being superior to the DVD so Universal have done a great job for this print. For the technical aspects, note when compared to the UK 2005 DVD 4:3 Full Frame same 90 minute (DVD) version, this 1.85:1 widescreen transfer does not actually give us anything extra on the side, in fact the print is cropped along the top and bottom to give the appearance of 1.85:1 theatrical ratio and not 1.33:1 TV ratio. After all it was a made for TV movie at 74 minutes and then inflated with extra scenes for a 90 minute cinema release in Europe, UK and elsewhere in 1972. So its 1.85:1 (cropped) to be precise. That said, it does not detract from the pure enjoyment of watching this in Blu-ray HD quality and highly recommend its purchase.

History of Duel:
Officially listed as ©1972 on print even though this was broadcast originally as a TV Movie in the US on 13 November 1971 on ABC at 8:00PM EST in a 90-minute slot with commercials. Originally a made-for-TV movie, this Spielberg film was re-edited and lengthened for theatrical release in Europe in 1972, at the request of CIC (the distributor). Spielberg shot an additional 16 minutes of footage (bringing the running time up to 90 minutes from the original 74 of the TV version), including a longer title sequence, and a scene showing the killer truck trying to push Dennis Weaver's car under a train at a railroad crossing. Another new scene, where Weaver stops at a gas station and phones his wife, was written by producer George Eckstein to inflate the running time to the requested 90 minutes. This was reportedly done against Spielberg's wishes.

Some technical aspects on the DVD (and this Blu-ray version) when compared to the earlier VHS releases.
The DVD version is the 90 minute version, but it differs from earlier releases in at least three instances.
1. In the wide shot (13mins) overlooking the truck at the gas station, a camera shadow can be seen on the truck's roof, at the bottom of the screen. This is gone, corrected either digitally or through cropping.
2. Toward the end (67mins), in the VHS version, a voice-over makes it very clear what Dennis Weaver is planning to do: go at least 70 miles per hour through "Frenchman's Pass," an incline that the truck won't be able to climb very fast; on the DVD, the voice-over is removed, and all one hears is Dennis Weaver shouting, "You can't beat me on the grade!"
3. Finally at 72mins, another fifteen- or twenty-second shot showing Dennis Weaver's eyes superimposed over the road as another voice-over reveals he is about to get on the incline, has been removed. Just before this scene, the scene where the train blows it airhorn after the truck driver blows the truck's horn is a different horn. The horn in the VHS version is a deep single-note airhorn which is too old for the Southern Pacific diesel locomotives in the film. Leslie or Nathan muti-chime horns can clearly be seen on the cab roofs of the locomotives and should have a blaring brassier tone. This has been corrected for the DVD version.
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Exists [DVD]
Exists [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brian Steele
Price: £3.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you go into the woods today......., 18 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Exists [DVD] (DVD)
This gets mixed views from a lot of folk but I'll give my take on it. I found it pretty good, I'm rating it 4/5 and far better than a lot of cheap horror HD camera movies.
It's the usual script of a bunch of kids head off on a trip into the woods but as usual they don't tell anyone where they are. Its dark and they hit something, they start to hear sounds, what is it and things just don't go right from there. Off to the cabin, yip there has to be a log cabin, for protection from anything bad but not for long. This movie plays on fear and at first we just get glimpses of Bigfoot. One by one with bad decisions, they get picked off. I found it pretty engaging, nice remote woods setting and good enough if you don't mind the fact that this is using a lot of shaky HD camera footage from a multitude of angles. But shaky in a good way as I have seem some absolute awful stuff that I had to switch off, this was not one of those. The acting varies but is generally good, we do only have about 6 people in this film. All in all a good effort from director Eduardo Sanchez who also directed Blair With Project, Lovely Molly and V/H/S 2.

The House Across The Street [DVD]
The House Across The Street [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eric Roberts
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £4.15

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another deceptive DVD cover, average low budget thriller, 15 Jun. 2015
Another deceptive DVD cover as the house (across the street btw!) in the movie does not look like that, there are certainly no crows or birds flying about, there is no white fence or tons of leaves, no big moon and the girl on the back cover (UK release), front cover (US release) is not blonde, has a white dress or has her seen carrying a knife behind her covered in vivid red blood. Nice effect though but not representative of what is in the movie. This is basically a weak horror movie about a young woman that moves into an apartment and early on think she sees a hit and run. She starts to get suspicious of the house across from her, its across the street if you did not know, we learn she is also a bit psychotic with a lot of anger and negative emotions. We don't find out why until the later part of the movie. The plus side of the movie is it does keep you engaged to find out what is all about the house across the street and the movie has some nice twists but I found its plot weak, acting very average and cinematographic linking misfired. For example, the house at night is in very dark surrounding with lights on so its pitch black outside but how come when she looks out her window through the blinds its pretty damned light. Just several things did not add up and weakens it. Oh and it also has Eric Roberts in it but only for some small scenes as a local town cop.

The Tall Man [Blu-ray]
The Tall Man [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jessica Biel
Offered by i want one of those
Price: £5.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully shot, engaging with twists, 14 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Tall Man [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Wow! This one's a corker. Superb psychological thriller with twists on children that go missing from a small dead mining town, Cold Rock, Pitsville County, Washington, United States. Beautifully shot with in scenic forest town localities and keeps you engaged to the end especially as the plot deepens. Highly recommend this one, miles away from usual Hollywood big cash earners and that's what makes it good.

High Fidelity
High Fidelity

5.0 out of 5 stars Just superb, 7 Jun. 2015
This review is from: High Fidelity (DVD)
All the customer reviews, nearly 60 of them at the time of writing are here:

Fantastic movie especially if you love music, records and appreciate this for what it is.

Mankind's Last Stand [DVD]
Mankind's Last Stand [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joe Reegan
Price: £3.50

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, deceptive cover, do not expect too much aliens or sci-fi, 7 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Mankind's Last Stand [DVD] (DVD)
Mankind's Last Stand (aka Outpost 37 and Alien Outpost) is yet another smaller production companies release with a good convincing DVD cover artwork to entice sales but deceptive and ultimately disappointing. It is more of a docu-style war drama, there is little sci-fi to it. We do see some of the "heavies" which are usual glorified metal robots in the usual humanoid 6ft tall style and there are some good effects towards the latter part of the movie but they are brief. I found it very disappointing and perhaps I was expecting more of an engaging sci-fi drama but it caters more for those that like the army war docu-style drama with usual aggression, antics etc. I had to fast speed through some of it as just wanted it to end and see if it improved. Overall, it did not change my view. Do not buy it if you want a science fiction battle alien drama, its not that, if you like war documentary style drama with some battle scenes in the desert/Afghanistan/Pakistan terrain then this could be for you.

Alien Rising [DVD]
Alien Rising [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lance Henriksen
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad, just bad, 6 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Alien Rising [DVD] (DVD)
Bad, one reviewer above said he loves sci-fi films but found everything bad about this movie and could not watch to the end. I totally agree. I love scifi films and always like to find more of these problem in space type movies as not enough off them are made that are decent. This one is not decent. Even Lance Henriksen could not save it getting a 1 out of 5. Just found it boring, going nowhere, certainly not engaging and acting and plot didn't really exist.

Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil [1998] [DVD] [1997]
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil [1998] [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ John Cusack
Offered by Bonkers4Bargains!
Price: £12.93

3.0 out of 5 stars An overly long and boring film, 4 Feb. 2015
OK, this has quite a number of 4 and 5 stars and I like most of Clint Eastwood's films but I found this one very long and rather boring for a lot of it, some of it was really good and interesting but on the whole I found it too long or let's say not engaging enough, hence I rate it 3 and not 4. It flopped at the US box office though not by any huge margin (budget $30-35M, US takings $25M, worldwide N/A), we have had far bigger flops even in past few months. Not that takings should be any gauge, some of the biggest box office taking movies are weak blockbusters. Apparently, there is a "Director's Cut" of this film and is hinted at by a UK Region 2 DVD 35 Years 35 Films Box Set that contains this along with 34 other Eastwood movies though not sure if that is actually a Director's Cut or the same as the print released theatrically, I suspect the latter. Clint Eastwood has admitted to shooting a love scene between Kevin Spacey and Alison Eastwood and then cutting it from the movie so this may be in any longer version if at all available, I think generally the DVDs are the print as seen theatrically.. It's on BBC1 tonight though the run time suggests its the theatrical print also. Reasonable effort, just wish it had some more bite.

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