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Gravity [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Gravity [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Price: £9.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mildly flawed but sill a masterpiece, 7 Dec. 2013
The flaws are very mild, mainly that the film has a slightly Hollywood overtone (those that saw it will know what I mean) but overwhelmingly Gravity is a blistering experience. Stunning visuals, excellent pace, and fine performances but the real star is the director who managed to make the "feel" of space very realistic. Yes there are a few factual errors but who the hell cares in a movie this good? I can't recommend it highly emough.

A Field In England [Blu-ray]
A Field In England [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Julian Barratt
Price: £9.00

11 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage, 7 July 2013
If you like art-house film, full of nonsense shouty theatrics, surreal stroboscopic editing that means nothing, characters that you won't give a damn about, and a story (sorry did I just say "story"?) that meanders without shape or form through a drunk student's worst nightmare, then you'll love this claptrap. For the rest of us, there are thousands - nay MILLIONS - of far better drivel to watch than this drivel.

Blog of the Dead - Sophie
Blog of the Dead - Sophie
Price: £0.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A local zombie outbreak for local people, 31 May 2013
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Quite the opposite to the epic World War Z with its sprawling global disaster vibe, Blog of the Dead - Sophie drills down to a very local level in the town of Folkestone. The narrative has a real spring in its step and bounces along beautifully, making for an easy and thoroughly entertaining read. It feels very "British", capturing a similar essence as Shaun of the Dead's Winchester pub and corner shop gags; there's a great battle to control a local ASDA superstore, and it isn't short of quirky eccentric British humour (the green fluffy slippers should have you rolled up with laughter). This is unlike any other zombie novel I've read, and if you like the genre then I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's a genuinely good read, utterly engaging, gorgeously written, and above all exceptionally entertaining. You can't ask for much more than that.

Sony MDRDS6500.CEK Digital Surround Headphones
Sony MDRDS6500.CEK Digital Surround Headphones

3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware, 29 Mar. 2013
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These are not what they are cracked up to be. You cannot just plug them into headphone sockets, instead they demand optical or twin audio line connections which is a massive pain, and doesn't actually allow me to use them with anything I own without pulling plugs out of the backs of things first. Secondly, when I did get them working, the so called "surround" effect is very poor. Nice meaty base sound, but that's about it. Sorry Amazon, but these are being returned for a refund. Overpriced, unacceptably useless.
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Who Framed Roger Rabbit [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Bob Hoskins
Price: £5.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Roger deserved better!, 25 Mar. 2013
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The movie itself is a keen 5 out of 5, still wonderful and amazing. This review is for the blu ray and quality of the reproduction. The verdict ain't good. Okay, Roger Rabbit is 25 years old, free of any CGI, totally hand-crafted and photographed rather than motion-captured and rendered, and front-heavy on audio. The image transfer is pretty good, with fine details resolving well and generally colours are near-perfect, but the problem is in the dark tones and shadows. They are so distractingly awful that they pull you right out of the movie. At times it is SO bad that it looks like you're watching a photographic negative. This should have been fixed for the blu ray! I compared to the DVD copy and guess what, the DVD was better! Seriously, I feel as though Amblin have fobbed us off a bit here. Boooo. Shame on you - look after this classic movie better please! Fix these problems and try again.
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Monsters in the Movies
Monsters in the Movies
by John Landis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.95

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just, wow., 7 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Monsters in the Movies (Hardcover)
John Landis has crafted a spectacular collection of images from just about every monster movie you could care to name. The text in the book is light and casual, there is no attempt to create a comprehensive encyclopedia or academic work. It is, quite literally, a movie fan's scrap book! There are some fascinating interviews with the likes of Rick Baker and Christopher Lee (as well as many others) but overall this is a beautiful volume to just dip into randomly and enjoy the marvelous collection on show. More like a light hearted stroll through a monster fan gallery than any type of study - thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining, and even a bit nostalgic! Oh, and Landis isn't shy of offering his honest opinions on the less-good movies!
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Cannibal Holocaust: Ruggero Deodato's New Edit [Blu-ray]
Cannibal Holocaust: Ruggero Deodato's New Edit [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Robert Kerman
Price: £17.61

4 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No no no!, 3 Sept. 2011
Uncut is the only way to watch this. In it's original uncut form, even with the animal cruelty, the movie generates a unique tension and sense of genuine horror. Remove anything and this effect is diminished. This looks like a pointless release to me.

Devil [Blu-ray]
Devil [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Chris Messina
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £5.77

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay I guess, 19 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Devil [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Devil is an over-long, slightly silly Twilight Zone episode which isn't as clever as it thinks it is (in fact it was downright predictable and daft) but if you can switch your brain box into "dumb down" mode then this actually isn't a bad little thriller. Go in with low expectations and you're likely to enjoy it. Go in hoping for something meaningful, clever, or in any way innovative and you'll find it garbage. Think of it as a heavily enhanced Saturday morning cartoon with grown up bits thrown in and you're on the right tracks. Worth a watch under the right conditions.
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Skyline [Blu-ray]
Skyline [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Eric Balfour
Price: £2.80

71 of 95 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage, 19 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Skyline [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This review will probably get a "0 of 100 people found this review helpful" rating but I just gotta get this off my chest. Skyline, which I saw at the cinema, is utterly, soul-crushingly, bewilderingly bad. It is pure and absolute in its awfulness. There is nothing I can recommend about it, nothing, not even one solitary scene or magic moment that makes it worth just checking out. It lacks the charm of those B-movies which are "so bad they're good". The CGI scenes are big, bold and ambitious but equally soulless and devoid of any humanity whatsoever, and the (ahem) "character" scenes are just cheap and pointless in the grand scheme of the movie. Avoid this like you would avoid being run over by a train. Except that being run over by a train is probably far more fun than Skyline.
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Let Me In [Blu-ray]
Let Me In [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Chloe Moretz
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.98

17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a pointless remake, 19 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Let Me In [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Okay, a lot is made of the fact that this remake is somehow "pointless" because the original Let The Right One In is SO good and this new version adds nothing to an already brilliant film. But plenty of people don't watch foreign films with subtitles, because they are illiterate, lazy, or unwilling to put effort into their entertainment and so a fair chunk of the demographic misses out on great movies. Do I need to remind anyone about certain Asian movies such as Ring and The Grudge to prove this point? Remaking a great movie into English is a brilliant way of opening up the audience. You could argue that people unwilling to read subtitles simply don't deserve the films they're missing but I disagree. Remakes such as this democratize foreign movies and make them accessible to wider audiences, and all that remains is for the actual remake to be well managed and made with good intentions. It seems to be the "purists" out there, the movie snobs and aggressive web forum brigade, who are offended by this movie.

Let Me In is a fantastic English language remake which does not add much to the original, but that's the whole point. It simply retells the exact same story, albeit with a few extra FX moments, and it does it beautifully. This is as good a remake as it could have been. Anyone who doesn't want to read their way through Let The Right One In can still enjoy this wonderful movie, only with a new (and brilliant) cast, and in their native language. What's wrong with that? Many English remakes are poor copies of their original but this is NOT one of those. Hammer have taken great care with this project and delivered a film which is almost equally as haunting as it's source, even if a few moments have been amped-up just a little.

I adore the original foreign movie (subtitles don't scare me), and I never find English remakes of foreign films a problem (unless they're poorly made cash-in jobs). Let Me In is a stunning work of brilliance. I would never recommend it over Let The Right One In, I have to say that out of the two I will always recommend the original, but for those who can't be arsed to read the dialogue then Let Me In far exceeds being a "next best thing".
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