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The Shining [DVD] [1980]
The Shining [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Jack Nicholson
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.26

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Shines' Above Them All., 25 Sept. 2006
This review is from: The Shining [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick, is a masterpiece of horror moviemaking. It is probably one of the most iconic films of the 20th Century. The visual style, setting, characters and music all combine to give this film a uniquely chilling atmosphere, that is with you from the opening credits to the very end.

The basic plot outline is that Jack Torrence (superbly portrayed by Jack Nicholson) has been hired to work as the caretaker for the monsterous Overlook Hotel in the Rocky Moutains, which completely shuts down during the winter months. He and his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) move into the hotel, planning spending six months in total isolation. It is during this time, that Jack starts to loose his sanity for various reasons, leading to some dire outcomes.

Now, The Shining is most definately not a sterotypical horror film. Although it has many features of one (blood, chilling music, a few jumps here and there), all are presented in such a way as to make them seem completely unique. I mean, how can you ever beat an elevator door opening, and a river of blood rushing out down the corridor? Further, the musical score is definitively the best you will hear.

It is true that this version (the European version) is approximately 25 minutes shorter than the American version. Kubrick personally edited some scenes out, most of which make reference to the wider world (such as watching television) to add to the sense of isolation the viewer experiences. So although it may be shorter, it is probably Kubrick's prefered version.

All I can say more is that I believe this is THE best horror film there is. It may not give you the extreme guts etc. that other more modern films deliver, but for sheer phsycological horror value, it will haunt you to the grave.


Half-Life 2 (DVD ROM)
Half-Life 2 (DVD ROM)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £19.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Half Life 2: Easily the greatest game of 2004, 12 May 2005
This review is from: Half-Life 2 (DVD ROM) (Video Game)
Half-Life 2 is, plain and simply, an absolutly amazing and spectacular game.
Set in and around the sprawling urban metropolis of City 17, you play as Dr Gordon Freeman, a scientist who has abandoned his lab coat in order to fight for humanities very survival. An unknown number of years after the events of the original Half-Life, you are awoken by the mysterious G-Man who states that your "time has come again". You find yourself on a train bound for City 17, where the last remnants of the human race have been hearded togther by the oppresive forces of the Combine.
From then on, you battle through a horde of stunningly engaging first-person shooter situations, fighting the Combine forces, ravenous and frighting Zombies along with a whole host of other intelligent enemies. There is a wide array of weapons available, the most fun of which is the Gravity Gun. Unlike the original Half-Life, the levels are far longer and there are less loading screens to wait through. The most disappointing point about Half-Life 2 is the music, which is rather a bit dull and repetitive. On the plus side, the game does include two vehicles to drive, which gives those levels an awesomely intensive visual rush. The storyline is interesting but some may find the ending disappointing because this is the middle chapter in a longer saga. Many may wish to play the original Half-Life which should to be able to fill in some of the background information.
All in all, Half-Life 2 is fantastic. Once you've finished it, you will probably wish to replay your favorite levels again and again. The poor soundtrack doesn't matter. Half-Life 2 doesn't need one. It manages to excel at what it does best, innovative and exciting first-person adventure gaming.


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