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The Movies: Stunts & Effects Expansion Pack (PC CD-ROM)
The Movies: Stunts & Effects Expansion Pack (PC CD-ROM)
Offered by monaghan_prints
Price: £21.99

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!, 6 April 2006
The first expansion pack from Lionhead Studios for the underappreciated, 2005 title: The Movies.
This time around you'll be building up your studio with all new sets including a minature city, blue/green backdrop CGI - custom scenes, Japanese gardens, Spy settings and more. Behind the scenes you'll be given the chance of training and exploiting a team of stunt experts and advancing in the latest special effects technology. While you juggle your cash with producing movies, and looking after your cast, you'll be given more options than ever before.
Not only from new scenes and sets, more options are available to add an even more distinctive stamp on your movies. Due to fan outroars, finally one of the most sought modes is available: Free Camera! You'll be able to literally take your shots from any angle, in any motion or direction you want!
This expansion, along with added content, expands on the eye candy with new particle effects shown off by the new stunts and effects package, that feature the ability to add high speed car chases, and air chases! Catastrophic explosions and the most insane stunts you could put any actor through.
The expansion not only explores more depths to the movie industry, but opens the oppotunities for all gamers to create the true movie they've been waiting to make.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Burton
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £3.42

10 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Drab and an exploit of the franchise name., 25 Feb. 2006
I had been keeping an eye on the progress of this film for about a year into it's development, and had been looking forward to the final outcome as trailers teased with adored characters and stories blown up onto the big screen (or transfered to the smaller screens on DVD). I was dissapointed with the final outcome, being one of those rare people who have actually seen this film with english subtitles (and official subtitles at that) I have slightly more credit than I dare say the fanboys who rank it at five stars and explain how absolutely brilliant this movie is.
Well, true that it has some nice special effects, but it is not a movie. More like an extension from the CG cutscenes of the original legendary game. But what could I expect? It is afterall a film based on a game, and the people involved, responsible for the film, seem to dislike the term 'spare no expense' as they had done with the original and somewhat displaced Final Fantasy film. You can tell in the film, that they cut corners to save money, everything feels so rushed and it means that the story is also.
These arent people who make films, but games, but even if they kept the original story and made a film of 'Final Fantasy 7', instead of this spin-off from the original plot, it would have been better. This time around, it's all about a none too threatening disease which knocks off some kids here and there, and Cloud, our main hero, struggles between what is right, his place in the world, and the conflict of his past. That and the genuine boringness of it all.
There is build up though, to an ending where a climatic battle ensues, which is sure to give you an epileptic fit. Though, by that time I doubt any viewer would care for what's going on, but instead for the return of the haunting villain of the original story - Sephiroth. Though he doesn't quite pack that punch as the surprise is already given away by the tasteless advertising and design on the DVD, as you can see for yourself.
As the mystery finally leaves us alone for a few minutes, we're left with this conflict that should have been the highlight to a better movie, but in itself is a tad overly polished and cut, to the extent that there isn't much to it. Although the baddy does get a few words in before you know, he tries to destroy the world. 'What is most important to you? - Will you allow me the happiness of taking that away from you?'
All in all, it's a good watch for fans who are not soley bound in obsession to the original story, and it's features. As even these 'hardcore' fans will be dissapointed in some respects. General viewers can appreciate some of the action, and the style. But it's a connundrum that this film is a game based movie, to appeal to an audience, when in itself it is so inaccesible to an audience through it's material and lack of sense of direction of indentity.

Kill Bill, Volume 2 [DVD] [2004]
Kill Bill, Volume 2 [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino evolved!, 31 Aug. 2004
Kill Bill Vol.1 boasted a high death count, artificial sweat and a brilliant script...although as the advertisements remind us, it is only half the story, and you must remember this and judge Vol. 2 as the second section of the story, not some sequel. Vol. 2 starts off where Vol. 1 did also, the two pines wedding masacre and it is instantly obvious that everything we didn't know, everything we wondered about in Vol.1, is about to be explained in full, Tarantino, blood and guts form (Although Vol. 2 does not have nearly as much gore as the first, which is a good thing for some and some would prefer The Bride to rip her way through more 'bad guys'). Vol. 2 sets out to answer the questions of Vol. 1, and it does so in a fantastic way, but for those of you who haven't yet had the pleasure of watching Vol. 1, let me go over some of the basics. The Bride (Uma Thurman) is betrayed by her old master (Bill played by David Carradine) and the deadly viper assasiantion squad, it is during this 'wedding' that The Bride meets Bill for the first time in quite some time, she is fully pregnant and just as he shoots her dead, she reveals to him that it is he who is the father of her baby! The Bride appears dead, but by luck, is not...and so begins the tale (when she wakes up, four years later) of her bloody revenge, tearing through the four members of assasins who attacked her and finding her way to Bill, for the final showdown.
Vol. 2 is the second chapter, there are only two left before Bill and The Bride is on her way, the story unfolds brilliantly, and there is some aboslutely suberp acting (particulary by Michael Parks). A must see movie, or rather, a MUST-OWN movie!

Metropolis [DVD]
Metropolis [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rintaro
Offered by Telstar Entertainment
Price: £7.95

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That magic feeling!, 5 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Metropolis [DVD] (DVD)
It's a shame that so many people have looked down at anime's as just 'cartoons' or comics...the visual style,themems and story in Metropolis should break the mould in some peoples heads when they first come to see it as a first in anime films.
Those who are fans of anime or just watch it from time to time will enjoy the transversion of such a story into a visual world that they have come to love, the comic has been transformed into a very dramatic and compelling story of friendship, hardship and redemption. It gives the same 'lesson' as any of the modern sci-fi films out today, from hollywood, this film having themes about Human building technology beyond their control.
The voice acting is good, although you notice that the characters in Metropolis are meant to be completely genuine and realistic, so for any one who is expecting the mad, outgoing, and outrageous people that you sometimes find in Japanese and chinese work, may be a little dissapointed. But thats not to say the story doesn't feature some good characters, they are all individual and build up to the climax well.
Metropolis is a film that should give you a feel of that 'magic journey' as if you have gone to the tallest mountain and dropped to the bottom of the sea...it shall not dissapoint fans of anime and the genre, see first before you buy, it is not without its minor faults!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Series 7 Part 1 [VHS] [1998]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Series 7 Part 1 [VHS] [1998]
Offered by Hurrah for Summer!!!
Price: £17.80

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy season 7 pat 1 review, 30 July 2003
Season 7 (the most impressive and indulging season seen out of the show's seven years on the air, according to many who have seen it) see's the return of many familiar faces right from the first episode, and Im not talking about some of the characters who sometimes return to the show like Giles, Im talking about some of the things and people Buffy hated the most in her life, for instance, Sunny-Dale high school. During the first 11 episodes in season 7 (part 1) you'll see Buffy struggle with many normal slayer problems that she has faced before, and some she hasn't like her new (stressful)job. Her biggest challenge is waiting later on as the season unfolds, Buffy learns of a new threat to the world which she has already met before, and as usual Buffy must stop its evil desgins and save the day from its apocolypse! Sound familiar? Well this season shakes things up a bit, all I could really say is that it is the most brilliant season out of all of the other six there are and it will surely satisfy fans, as it is the last season the producers cant dissapoint! What will definatley bring fans down at times is how many characters describe this battle against evil as the big bang "The fight they knew was coming" Basicaly this always used to remind me that Buffy would finish, the end, gone but at the same time it helps bring suspense, as fans well know that there is always a last battle to end the season with, those who have seen it on Sky-One will know full well that it will go out with a bang. Until part 2 comes out you'll see Buffy kick butt against old fiends, loved ones and the new vamps, with a indulging and apocolyptic story-line that will be gobbled up by fans.

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