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The Karate Kid [2010] [DVD]
The Karate Kid [2010] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jaden Smith
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £2.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on the original, 3 Jun. 2012
This review is from: The Karate Kid [2010] [DVD] (DVD)
The original ''Karate Kid'' is a truly classic, brilliant film. The Karate Kid tells the story of a boy who moves to a completely different neighbourhood, who is bullied by Karate fighters, but is saved and trained by a old, wise maintenance man, Mr Miyagi, to fight the bullies in a tournament. Almost three decades later, a remake was made, and it is no way near as fantastic as the original, and was incredibly flat and dull all in all.

Starting with the positives of the film, the acting was fantastic, and all the cast deserve credit even if the film was not so great. The film kept the story no too similar, but not too different to the original, and that is perhaps the films best point. It kept the basic storyline the same - an underdog who rises up to beat the odds. However, it does not teach Karate, it teaches Kung Fu, and instead of moving to California, it moves to China.

Instead of Daniel LaRusso, there is Dre Parker (Played by Jaden Smith), who is a much younger character than Daniel, and despite Smith's acting, he is not as good a character as Ralph Machio's Daniel.
Instead of Mr. Miyagi, there is Mr. Han, who I feel was a huge step down from the original character. Mr Miyagi was wise, funny and extreamy skilled, and could defeat multiple oppenents in matter of seconds. Mr Han on the other hand, is a lot less friendly and funny than Miyagi, and he is a lot less skilled than Miyagi, and is not way near as good a character than him.

The film is a lot more violent, unnecessary than the original, and it is generally less enjoyable than the first. I would have liked to have seen a fight between Mr Han and Master Lee, but it was deleted, which made the film worse. I give this film some credit, but is overall a poor remake of fantastic movie.


Harry Potter - Complete 8-Film Collection [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free] [2001]
Harry Potter - Complete 8-Film Collection [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free] [2001]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Offered by Hot Deals 1990
Price: £50.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing adventure!, 5 May 2012
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This 11 disc Blu-Ray boxed set has all eight Harry Potter movies, the final three have two discs each. With plenty of extras as well.

Harry Potter is one hell of a series. With epic action sequences, stunning CGI effects, romances, bromances, absolutely wonderful, well-written characters, and a solid Good vs. Evil overall storyline and is overall one of the greatest and most successful film series of all time. With 7 fantastic books by J.K. Rowing, later made into 8 fantastic films, which delivered so many breathtaking moments, laughs, tears, brilliant, well written characters and plots and immensely enjoyable entertainment.

Year 1: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – 4 stars
A great start to the franchise. Harry Potter, for the first eleven years of his life believes he is just a typical boy who's parents death and the lightning volt scar on his forehead were caused by a tragic accident when he was a baby. So he was raised by and is still living with his horrible Uncle Vernard, Aunt Petunia and Cousin Dudley. Until his eleventh birthday, when a mysterious huge man arrives and tells Harry the truth - ''You're a wizard, Harry!''. Therefore, Harry has been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he will be educated in the magical arts. Harry also learns the truth about his parents death and the scar on his head. On his very first day, Harry meats Ronald ''Ron'' Weasley, who is slightly fearful, yet very loving and loyal, and Hermione Granger, although muggle born, is very cleaver, bright and highly skilled for a witch of her age. The three become the best of friends. These characters are brilliantly written, and they are who engage the audience the most. Other great well written characters by J.K.Rowling included Neville Longbottom, and the despised Draco Malfoy. This is a really good start to the franchise and is immensely enjoyable throughout.

Year 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 4 stars
A mysterious house elf, who is very funny, warns Harry not to return for his second year at Hogwarts, and will do everything he can to stop him from returning, as he warns that terrible events will come to pass, and that ''history is about to repeat itself''. Introducing more characters into the series by Rowling, adding more magic, an even better storyline, and is even bigger and better than the first. The acting is truly flawless and absolutely phenomenal. You wouldn't know that this film is nearer three hours long, it flies by.

Year 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – 5 stars
This film is quite a lot bigger and darker than the first two films. This is one of the best of the series, which was huge entertainment throughout, with a brilliant storyline, more chemistry in the characters, and a lot of darkness was added to the series in this film. Once again, the performances the actors gave were excellent, and are one of the many things that makes the series of brilliant, and so enjoyable. It is also brilliantly written; Rowling did a fantastic job at writing these amazing books, and deserves so much credit for them, but this one stands out in particular. This is the least successful film in the franchise, but it is still very highly praised, and for good reason, it is a fantastic film that is really entertaining from start to finish.

Year 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 5 stars
Being action packed, epic, slightly funny and with a fantastic storyline, the forth addition to the series is better than ever. Harry sees the curse that he, and he alone survived. Hogwarts having several guests staying, in order to put there names into the Goblet of Fire to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. Harry, Ron and Hermione are too young to enter, but Harry's name is put in there by someone else, behind his back, and he has to compete in the tournament anyway. This is one of the series best storylines. Harry must confront a powerful, fire breathing dragon, fight vicious water demons, and find his way through an enchanted maze, only to find himself in the cruel grasp of... you know who.

Year 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 3 stars
Many Harry Potter fans, included myself, have clammed this to be the weakest of the eight films. Nevertheless, it is not terrible. With perhaps the weakest and less enjoyable story, and Delorus Umbridge, being the only character in the show that is not likeable. The Order of the Phoenix is the longest of the 7 books, but the shortest of the 8 films. However, the movie is still enjoyable at times, especially the final part of the film; from where the characters all broke into the Ministry of Magic to the end of the film was very enjoyable and entertaining.

Year 6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 4 stars
Now that everyone knows that ''he who must not be named'' has returned, he tightens his grip, causing havoc and destruction for both muggles and wizards. This film is perhaps the most dark of the series, and when compared to The Philosophers Stone, it is amazing to see just how much darker, and how much the series has changed. This film also has emotional scenes, and slight elements of humour, giving this film has a great mix of darkness and laughter. This is a really good edition to the series, that was very emotional, very dark and set up the final 2-Parter of the franchise really well.

Year 7 Part 1: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – 3 Stars
Building up to the final decently. The film has several action packed scenes which have us sitting on the very edge of our seat, with some jaw dropping moments and the return of Dobby. However, 2 and a half hours of build up – to me, that seams ever so slightly unnecessary. Despite being ''the epic build up to the finale'', at the end of the day, the film is just the three friends on a camp. However, nevertheless, it was still a good film, and it is enjoyable at times. Ending on a huge cliffhanger that falls nicely into Part 2.

Year 7 Part 2: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – 5 Stars
The ending of the incredible franchise. But this really was a wonderful conclusion, as it is by far the best of all 8 films. What better way the end the series than with the franchise strongest film. A usual the acting was fantastic, that is one of the things that the franchise never lost; it was brilliant throughout the whole series. An epic battle between the good and evil, turning into an all out war. It all ends here. This is a truly magical film, and it ended the franchise wonderfully. A superb, fitting ending to superb franchise, which did not fail to deliverer at all.


James Bond 007 Ultimate DVD Collector's Set [DVD] [1962]
James Bond 007 Ultimate DVD Collector's Set [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Price: £32.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but it could have been better, 5 May 2012
I am a absolute die hard Bond fan, the franchise is purely amazing. With the women, the villains, the vehicles, the fantastic cast and crew... and of course, Bond himself, this is an amazing franchise, one of the most successful and by far my absolute favourite movie franchise ever, with absolutely cracking movies.

If I am such a huge Bond fan, why only 3 stars? - It's not the franchise that has faults, the franchise is absolutely fantastic, it's the boxed set itself that I am disappointed with. This 22 Disc box set has the first 22 James Bond movies. I do not think this is the best Bond collection that is available, but it could have been though.

The show has some positive features and some negative features, the positive features of this set really bring my verdict up, and the negatives really bring my verdict down, which really balances the views of the set; I think it is far too good for one star, but far to bad for five, making it very average, and a solid 3 star rating.

The positives:

The DVD's in this set have the absolute best picture and sound quality on DVD; Newly remastered picture and DTS 5.1 surround sound. This makes the experience of watching these outstanding films even better. The picture is just truly amazing, and it makes a huge difference, especially on the earlier films such as Dr. No, From Russia with Love and what have you. The DVD cases in this set are also very slim, so the set does not take up much room on a shelf, bookcase and what have you. If they were regular sized cases, the set would be at least twice as long, requiring more room, whereas this set fits in smaller places. The boxed set is very well made, it is very sturdy and I am very pleased with quality of it, it protects the discs and the cases really well, and I have no concern that the set itself will receive any damage. It is also the first Bond set to contain Quantum of Solace, so it is the most complete and up-to-date set currently available. In terms of quality, presentation, picture, sound and the films themselves - absolutely brilliant.

The negatives:

This is a 22 Disc set; the movies are the ''single disc ultimate edition'' versions, so the films have a really poor amount of extras. The first 20 movies each have audio commentary(s), but nothing else, Casino Royale has absolutely no extras at all, and Quantum of Solace just has a music video of one of the series worst Bond themes. Although the commentaries included are very good, there are no documentaries, no featurettes, barley and extras at all. It would be much, much better if this was a 44 disc boxed set, containing the ''2-Disc ultimate edition DVD's'', so there would be all the extras included as well. Even if just the final two films had contained an extra, disc, the set may have just scored 4 stars.

The ''single disc ultimate editons'' and the ''2-Disc ultimate editions'' both have the same artwork, the same menu, the same fabulous quality in picture and sound, the only difference is the extra disc is not included, therefore, there is little bonus material. There is also the ''special edition'' DVD's, which I also own, and I prefer them to this set overall. The picture and sound quality varies, so the early films of the franchise do not has as good picture and sound quality, but the picture and sound is still really good, and there are lots of extras included. So I would recommend buying them. I absolutely love the documentary's, features and music video's that were included on the ''special edition'' DVD's, and are also included on the ''2-Disc ultimate edition'' DVD's, but these were not included on the ''singe disc ultimate editions'', so I would advise not buying this set if you like the extras as much as I do. I do not see the point in the releases of the ''single disc ultimate editions'' anyway, it should have just been the 2 disc versions that should have been released, and they should have been the versions in this set, it would be worth paying more than double the current price for that.

I love the James Bond 007 franchise, it is my favourite and most incredible series of films ever, the picture and sound is truly amazing, and the commentaries are good, but with no documentaries, no featurets, and barley any special features at all, this set cannot get much praise from me.


Merlin - Complete BBC Series 4 [DVD]
Merlin - Complete BBC Series 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Morgan
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £14.46

5.0 out of 5 stars In a land of myth, and a time of magic, the destiny of a great TV show rests on the shoulders of it's forth series, 5 May 2012
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Merlin is one of my favourite, if not my favourite ever TV series. With great, well-written characters, great CGI effects, chemistry involving bromances and romances and lots of action sequences as well spices of humour, it is a truly brilliant show. The first three series of the show are exceptional, absolutely terrific fantasy drama, and just when we thought it couldn't get any better, the forth series broadcasts, and series 4 is something very special, as it is the best series yet.

This series has been more of an adventure than the previous three series, and It was absolutely amazing and immensely enjoyable throughout. I have really enjoyed all of four of Merlin's series, but for me, this is the only series of the show that does not have a single bad episode; the series has several excellent episodes, as most episodes in this series for me were 9 or 10 out of 10, and I enjoyed all 13 of them at the very least, whereas previous series all had at least one episode that was below the average. So Merlin's forth outing doesn't just continue the outstanding standards of the previous three series, it tops them.

So just how great is this series? - The opening 2-Parter, ''The Darkest Hour'' is by far the best episode of Merlin ever! Not just of the series, but of Merlin as a whole! From the very beginning of the episode it is clear to see how much the series has changed - at the start of every episode in the first three series, the voice of the great dragon says ''... the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young boy...'', but in this series, it has changed to ''young man'', which shows that Merlin is older and wiser, preparing for his great destiny. Morgana is also much more powerful that she ever has been, making her a great danger towards Camelot. For the first episode of a series to top the entire show is quite something. The episode was very epic and action packed, with Arthur and Merlin's bromance and Arthur and Gwen's romance really strong. The episode has very un-predictable events that lead to emotional scenes and it is a smashing episode that has everything needed for an entertaining drama show.. This episode is undoubtedly the best episode of the show ever, and it as great as Merlin gets.

The rest of the series did not fail to deliver either, as following episodes continued to be exceptional.

*SPOILERS AHEAD.

You would think that after the shows best installment, the next episode would be somewhat weaker, but here that is not the case, as ''The Wicked Day'' was another superb episode that was very surprising and has a huge effect on the show. King Uthur, played by Anthony Head, left the show, after being King for more than three series. His exit was done brilliantly. The episode also has lots of laughs as well as tears. We also saw the return of Old Merlin. Arthur became king after three series of build up to that.

After the shows' best episode ever, followed by the episode that changed Camelot, following episodes had a lot to live up to, and they were great. ''Aithusa'' has lots of humorous scenes, and a great storyline of Merlin trying to find the last remaining dragon's egg, so that Killgarah will no longer be the last of his kind. ''His Father's Son'' has Arthur making several wrong decisions and he must put them right. Guest star Lindsay Duncan gave fantastic acting and Queen Anis, and we Arthur getting more wiser, settling into the role of king really well. Episode 6, called ''A Servant of Two Masters'' is a really enjoyable episode, which has fantastic pacing, the second appearance of Old Merlin this series, and a fantastic magic battle between Emrys and Morgana.

''The Secret Shearer'' continued the story from last weeks episode, but it is not quite as good. The episode is actually the series weakest' episode, as it is the most predictable episode of Merlin ever, and in the end, it came to no development at all. However, it was still really good. It had a much bigger part for Gaius, there is not usually an episode of the show which sees so much of him. It also has a bigger part for a particular knight, Sir Gwaine. The episode actually just goes to show how great the series, as even the series weakest has more positives than negatives.

The following episode, ''Lamia'', returned the series to it's exceptional quality and was a great episode, with one big thing that let it down a little. Once again, it is an episode that has both darkness and humour, and it had fantastic ensemble for all the main characters, Merlin, Arthur, Gwen, Gaius and the knights of the round table, which is not often done in the show. It is great to have episodes centered around a particular characters, but this episode has a big role and involvement for all the characters of the show. What let this episode down was the terrible CGI at the end, which is not often something to fault on Merlin, as the CGI is usually excellently done. The following episode ''Lancelot Du Lac'', I have exactly the same views as the preceding episode - great, with one big thing letting it down. It had a great exit for the knight who has been in the show the longest, Sir Lancelot. Lots of emotional scenes in the episode, and absolutely superb acting from Angle Coulby who plays Gwen. However, I love Arthur's strong bromance with Merlin and romance with Guinevere, and what the episode had letting it down is that it cooled down the romance between Arthur and Gwen big time!

''A Herald of the New Age'' was a really enjoyable dark and spooky episode which was centered around a particular knight, Sir Elyan. Elyan disturbs the spirit of a demented soul, and possess him, causing him to do things that Elyan would never do - the most serious of which is to kill Arthur, who is the reason why the spirit is not at piece. This episode gets rid of predictable events, and it is all wrapped up well in the end. The episode has humorous moments as well as dark, jumpy scenes. All the actors give brilliant performances in this episode as well, and it is yet another episode that makes this a fantastic series. In terms of storyline, this episode is completely different to the last episode, but it did not throw the previous episodes story to one side, there was a reference to Gwen in this episode, more than once,

The final three episodes form a 3-Parter, with episode 11 being a prologue, and episodes 12 and 13 being a 2-part finale. Episode 11, ''The Hunter's Heart'' made up for Arthur and Gwen's romance being seriously cooled in episode 9, but this time, it was Arthur and Merlin's bromance that was cooled down, as Arthur threatened Merlin, twice! They had such a strong bond in the first half of the series. Yet strangely, at the same time, Merlin and Arthur's bond got somewhat stronger as well. But this is still another great episode that continued to make this such a fabulous series. This episode is somewhat similar to Series 3 Episode 6, ''The Changling'', without being just a simple redux of it. This is yet another brilliant episode which was really enjoyable and featured great acting from both the main cast and guest stars, also had elements of humour. I must admit that I was also a little disappointed by the two-part finale, ''The Sword in the Stone''. Although a very epic and enjoyable final, in the end, in is just a repeat of series 3's 2-Part final, ''The Coming of Arthur'', virtually event for event: Morgana takes over Camelot, Merlin and Arthur flee, Arthur is sad, Merlin cheers him up and they re-take Camelot. However, the episode does have a few differences. Arthur and Gwen also become king a Queen of Camelot at last! Which was one of the series highlight scenes. However, I barley dislike this episode at all; it is still absolutely brilliant! The series also ends of a cliffhanger, a bigger cliffhanger that ever before, this was a very effective way to end the series, and it makes us think ''Roll on series 5!''.

Overall, an absolutely amazing series of Merlin. By far the strongest yet!


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