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Batman Begins (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Batman Begins (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.30

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Batman yet, 22 Sept. 2005
First of all let me say- this is not a remake, its a restart. It has as much in common with 1989's Batman as that movie had with the POW! BAM! 1966 version. As great as i still think Tim Burton's Batman and its sequel are, they're starting to look a little dated, especially during their arthritic action sequences. This is all about starting again (Hence the title.) and Frank Miller's Batman: Year One comic has definitely had a huge influence. Subtlety and realism are clearly director Chris Nolan's main concerns, instilling this movie with a real storyline instead of the usual wham bam setpiece upon setpiece plot usually associated with comic book movies. A stellar (Mostly British.) cast including Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Tom Wilkinson give their all, but inevitably its the man in black, Christian Bale, who owns this movie, giving Batman/Bruce Wayne a far more fully rounded representation of the character then we've previously been treated to. The action scenes could've done with some more wide angles, all the close-ups make it a little difficult to tell whats going on sometimes, but its nice to have a Batman who can actually move in the suit and the Batmobile chase scene is fantastic. The James Newton Howard/Hans Zimmer score is very underplayed but really takes off when it needs to, sure there is no real identifiable Batman 'theme' but this motion picture is not the place for one of those pantomime-esque theme driven soundtracks, it would just undo all the good work of making this feel more like a grown up picture. Probably not for everyone, its a little slow to get going maybe, but this definitely surpasses previous attempts to bring the Dark Knight to life and leaves you wanting more. Roll on the sequel.


Batman Beyond: Return of Joker [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Batman Beyond: Return of Joker [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £47.71

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dini & Timm are Gods!, 22 Aug. 2005
Having not been the biggest fan of the Batman Beyond series i approached this movie spin off with much reluctance. Bringing back the Joker just reeked of desperation to force the fans of the oringinal Batman Animated Series to accept this new incarnation. But thanks to great writing, acting and an amazing flashback to the final Batman/Joker face-off firmly puts a full stop on the original show and its spin-off, Gotham Adventures. We finally get under the skin of the new Batman, Terry McGinnis and a new insight into the team dynamics of the old Batman/Batgirl/Robin/Nightwing family. This movie really unites the old with the new in a highly satisfying manner while delivering all the action and setpieces we expect from an animated Batman movie. I really dont want to spoil the plot details of this extremely enjoyable feature as i myself went in blind and feel that this the best way to view it. The DVD features a brilliantly engaging commentary and enough behind the scenes features to make most cartoon DVDs blush. Highly recommended.


The Sun Is Often Out
The Sun Is Often Out
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.94

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Genius!, 22 Aug. 2005
This review is from: The Sun Is Often Out (Audio CD)
I, like many reviewers dug out this album from my mid 90's Britpop CD collection only to find a beautifully timeless debut album which ranks up there among the best! Crispin Hunt's vocals and completely bizarre lyrics dominate this LP which throws up classic tune after classic tune. The Longpigs never really fitted into the Britpop niche thrust upon them, being dazzlingly imaginative with an eclectic quality that sits more at home with celebrated genius such as Radiohead. Any fans of Muse and the Cure should check this out to see a band that transcend genres while spawninig infectious pop tunes such as "She Said". Every track sounds like a single and are more memorable and familiar than most bands these days seem capable of managing. Standout tracks include "Sally Dances", "Jesus Christ" and "Far" among many others, unfortunately the band disolved in 2000 in a blizzard of cocaine and egos, but not before releasing a long awaited 2nd album "Mobile Home". Rumours of note include the Longpigs being given the American tour support slot of a U2 tour (a similar deal which broke Radiohead in the US.) but losing it due to lead singer Crispin Hunt calling Bono a c**t! And who hasnt wanted to do that? Respect and salutations to a before their time classic British group. P.S. After seeing them on tour during their promotional "Mobile Home" tour i have to say that while their 2nd album doesnt quite reach the heights of their stellar debut their performance hinted at what couldve been. Crispin, where are you now?


Hellraiser Limited Edition Puzzle Box Set [DVD] (1987)
Hellraiser Limited Edition Puzzle Box Set [DVD] (1987)
Dvd ~ Andrew Robinson

52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic way to rediscover a true horror classic!, 23 Feb. 2005
I recently received this boxset as a present i had debated buying it but had eventually decided against it as id never been a fan of Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 or Hellraiser 3. All i can say is that this is one of the best DVD boxsets in my collection. All three movies are presented in beautiful widescreen with fully remastered picture and sound and in the case of the first two completely uncut for the first time. Each of the disks is jampacked with featurettes, trailers, honest interviews (its clear that series creator Clive Barker has no love for the later sequels!) and extremely entertaining commentaries for each movie. However like all DVDs great features do not make a great package but thankfully 2 out of 3 of these movies are dark, inventive masterpieces. If all you know about these movies are that it has some guy with nails in his head then you are in for a shock. Hellraiser plays almost like some weird family drama at times and has a claustrophobic feel with the action never really leaving the inside of a house but i dont want to spoil it for you because the first time i saw it it was not at all what i expected. Pinhead is merely a supporting character in the first two and it is these few breathtaking scenes that give him a kind of regal nobility. The original is still the best but having re-evaluated Hellbound, i found it almost as amazing as the classic original and it certainly does a brilliant job of following up plot strands left from the first movie. It is extremely stylish looking and has some fantastically surreal imagery contained within. Although the gore factor does take things a little too far in places and i aint squeamish so thats really saying something! Unfortunately by Hellraiser 3 Hollywood had come calling and had clearly decided it was time to turn Pinhead into a wisecracking Freddy Krueger style franchise spewer. Dont get me wrong its ok but too much money and a lack of originality give this movie no identity of its own, still its a lot better than the later movies! So two classic movies, one so-so and a more extras than you could shake a meat hook at and at the current price you should snap this baby up, believe me if youre a fan of horror movies this is darn near essential.
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The Fog (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]
The Fog (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Adrienne Barbeau
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.74

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right up there with Halloween!, 21 Sept. 2004
As a huge John Carpenter fan it seems to sicken me more & more with every passing year that while many of the Carpenter classics get the recognition they deserve one of his flicks always seems to be forgotten- The Fog. Easily as atmospheric and creepy as Halloween( which is my fave movie ever!) this movie has everything that most good John Carpenter flicks have in spades- great performances, set ups, tension building & above all a great JC score! this movie is real crap-your-pants stuff witch just goes to show how much The Master has lost it- Vampires, Ghost of Mars- oh please!) if you like horror do me a favour & buy this when if (finally) comes out! Unless you've been raised on MTV nu-metal horror you will NOT be disappointed!


The Fog (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]
The Fog (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Adrienne Barbeau
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.74

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right up there with Halloween!, 21 Sept. 2004
As a huge John Carpenter fan it seems to sicken me more & more with every passing year that while many of the Carpenter classics get the recognition they deserve one of his flicks always seems to be forgotten- The Fog. Easily as atmospheric and creepy as Halloween( which is my fave movie ever!) this movie has everything that most good John Carpenter flicks have in spades- great performances, set ups, tension building & above all a great JC score! this movie is real crap-your-pants stuff witch just goes to show how much The Master has lost iy- Vampires, Ghost of Mars- oh please!) if you like horror do me a favour & buy this when if (finally) comes out! Unless you've been raised on MTV nu-metal horror you will NOT be disappointed!


Rumpelstiltskin [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Rumpelstiltskin [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars worst/best horror movie ever!, 21 July 2004
Rumpelstiltskin is one of those horrible, trashy, straight to video horror movies that sits on the bottom shelf of rental stores everywhere. Yet somehow, it defies all expectations and delivers a solidly crap hour and a half of terrible movie enjoyment. The performances are on the whole, abysmal( With the exception of Max Grodenchik in the title role!) the story is as predictable and hackneyed as they come and of course it has the inevitable suggestion of a sequel stapled onto the end. My advice is: take it all with a pinch of salt and watch it with some friends, preferably when inebriated. The only real recomendation is its high production values- explosions/stunts are impressive and the make up effects surpsisingly good but with actors this bad its easy to see where the money went! Warning: has little or no reference to the fairy tale character with the exception of the gloriously inept opening sequence.


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