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Star Trek: Enterprise: The Full Journey [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Full Journey [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Scott Bakula
Price: £53.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Kirk foundation story hits the mark, 29 Dec. 2015
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This Star Trek incarnation, like Voyager, started very slowly, with less than engaging pratagonists and storylines. However like Voyager, it picked up by half way through, with storylines spanning many episodes, characters growing into their skins, and a captain that grows in stature among the disparate races they meet. It was taken off air while in its most popular season. Go figure. Being the last show to be made, I expected it to be given the blueray treatment earlier. It was afterall broadcast in HD. Transfer is no worse than the HD, but not cleaned up to make full use of blueray either. A minor bugbear, offset by the great price, and 100 hours of immersion in the early history of the Star Trek universe. Enjoy.


Predestination [Blu-ray]
Predestination [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Ethan Hawke
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £5.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously convoluted time travel drama, 27 July 2015
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This review is from: Predestination [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The less said about exact plot the better. Suffice to say that it is a deliciousy convoluted time travel story, with twists and turns enough to keep you very awake. Sarah Snook plays a role in the film that stands out beyond oscar material, a mesmerising performance that adds much to the already serious depth of the whole experience. Dont ask anyone about it before going. Spoilers could ruin your whole day....... See sooner, soonest.


Kiki's Delivery Service (Blu-ray + DVD) Cardboard Sleeve
Kiki's Delivery Service (Blu-ray + DVD) Cardboard Sleeve
Dvd ~ Hayao Miyazaki
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only Hollywood would allow talent..., 20 Aug. 2013
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I do not believe that 300 million Americans are talentless, but unfortunately, Hollywood makes sure that this is the only message allowed out. A movie like Kiki's Delivery Service is 'illegal' in the studio machine world, and the difference shows gloriously. Every hand drawn character is more real, charming, thoughtful, interesting, and emotionally involving, than most live action characters in modern soul-less movies. And not a gun in sight.
This is a simple tale, about a real girl who just happens to be a witch in a world where this is normal. Her simple coming of age problems and rewards are all mirrored in our own lives.
Miyazaki, always the master of creating 4-dimensional characters, also places them in stunning landscapes and detailed scenes. On the blueray this mesmerising colour and detail are even more memorable. The Japanese movie industry has always been fascinating, and within it, visiually, Miyazaki is the master. Studio Ghibli is now famous for not being allowed to use CGI 3-D computer graphics until the master is gone. Every meticulous frame is a hand drawn painting. As truly involving and sweet as the story is, one could almost watch the movie again with no sound, and just concetrate on the backdrops as the camera gently reveals more detail.
There are still a few more Miyazaki films left to transfer to blue-ray. Cannot wait.


Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Blu-ray
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Blu-ray
Dvd ~ Tom Green
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.96

5 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars slow, dull and cheap, 15 April 2013
I notice that the reviews here, pre UK release, are not even of the actual film. I have watched the film now,on blueray, from America, and was shocked by how geologically slow, dull and visually boring this was. Microsoft are behind it, and I would have thought they could afford good CGI. Instead they chose live action bad actors, going through mind-numbingly banal dialogue, in cheap earth here-and-now sets. No CGI, no scifi, until the last minutes of the film. If you are still awake - you meeet the alien invaders, in all their few microsecond flashes on the screen. The game is great, but this is a serious waste of money, especially in blueray, as it is not a visual feast by any generous stretch of the imagination. I want my money back. Good franchise ruined.
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Woochi - The Demon Slayer [Blu-ray]
Woochi - The Demon Slayer [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Gang Dong-Won
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: £4.52

4.0 out of 5 stars If you like being surprised ..., 5 Aug. 2012
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As an avid follower of Japanese and Korean fare, i was still surprised by this gem of a movie. Killing demons is common fare to storylines from this region, but while most stay in a medieval setting, this story brings the ancient pratagonists into our age. A setting as surprising to the bemused Taoist Gods, demon slayers and demons, as it is amusing for the audience. Combined with a light touch, and a real sense of humour, the whole is a very entertaining and recommended two hours.


Age of Consent [DVD] [1969) [2008]
Age of Consent [DVD] [1969) [2008]
Dvd ~ James Mason
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.48

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dated, but not disappointing, 20 Jun. 2010
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I first saw this film at high school age, back in 1968. The director had updated a Norman Lindsay story to the then modern setting of a Great Barrier Reef island. I now live in this area and know that the simple rustic charm of the backdrop and people of this film belong to the past, but this does not detract from seeing the film again. It has a light hearted touch and is never too far from a gentle eroticism that does not stray beyond naughtiness. Helen Mirren in one of her very first screen roles is delightful as the free spirit island girl who naturally becomes the muse for the artist getting away from it all on the island.
This is not a deep or very serious film, which is all the more reason for still retaining its ability to be a good movie matinee experience. Transfer to DVD from old film stock results in some grain, but the quality and colours are generally very good.
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Kino's Journey - The Complete Collection [2003] [DVD]
Kino's Journey - The Complete Collection [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ryutaro Nakamura

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original take on 'girl-with-gun' anime, 12 July 2009
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As a collector of various genres of anime, I was happily surprised to find Kino neatly transcended several of these. The lurid cover would have you think 'girl-with-gun' story, but despite being proficient with her guns, this is a very minor aspect of this fascinating journey. Kino travels through an unknown land, where she encounters a completely different society in every episode. The stories are a way to explore extreme ways of life, where whole societes have gone down a singular philosophical path. Kino is a perpetual traveller, never staying more than a few days in each. With each episode we are treated to a new adventure and learn a little more about her past. The addition of the fantasy character of her friend and companion, a living, talking motorcycle , serves beautifully to remind you that you are watching a true anime. Imagination free of boring formula. A great journey indeed.


Host [Blu-ray]
Host [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Kang-Ho Song
Price: £8.00

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars refreshingly not holywood, 12 July 2009
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This review is from: Host [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I saw this film after a review alerted me to its original format. Unlike holywood which relies either on making us wait a long time to see the monster, or revelling in gore rather than story, this Korean flick gives us the monster straight up, and follows with lots of story. It is a most original and engaging take on the horror/monster genre. The movie is about the struggles of one family who lose a daughter to it early in the film. Which is not to say it lacks suspense or action. It has these in globs, and all the more hard hitting as we can believe in these very real character's lives, and through them believe all the more in this fascinating monster. I only hope Holywood does not buy the rights to this, yet another piece of fresh imagination from the east, and and make a travesty of it. The bluray version is great, as unfortunately the normal DVD version is a poor grainy transfer.


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