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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan [DVD] [1982]
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ William Shatner
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Even Trek-haters would love it..., 18 Sept. 2005
The idea is so simple, but so brilliant. The young and inexperienced crew of the Enterprise and thrown into the deep end as Admiral Kirk and co. investigate the phenomenon that is The Genesis Project.
Devised by both the military and Federation scientists (led by Kirk's old flame Karen and their son David), the project is intended to inject life into previously un-inhabitable planets. Enter Khan.... Kirk's superintelligent enemy from an old TV episode who intends to hunt down his advisary with the help of a stolen ship.
What ensues is a cat and mouse pursuit around the galaxy as Khan and Kirk lock horns in an epic confrontation. This is the high-point of the entire Star Trek universe and only First Contact comes close (which runs out of steam in the end). This on the other hand only builds up and provides thrills, humour and great characterisation.


Big Trouble in Little China -- two-disc Special Edition [DVD] [1986]
Big Trouble in Little China -- two-disc Special Edition [DVD] [1986]
Dvd ~ Kurt Russell
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £6.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chang-sings, Wing King, Egg Shen............ confused?, 14 Sept. 2005
It's a hard task trying to rate this film. On one hand I'm looking at the whole film and on the other I'm just thinknin of Kurt Russell's terrific Jack Burton. This film and Prince of Darkness mark the dying days of John Carpenter's golden era.
The plot follows trucker Burton who, with his best mate, become inadvertantly involved in a supernatural gang war in Chinatown, San Francisco. On their journey deeper and deeper into the underworld they encounter street punks, demons, and a 2000 year-old sorceror who wants a green-eyed girl to make him mortal again.
Though utterly ridiclous in every way, the set-pieces are always entertaining, particuraly the first scrum-down between the two rival gangs in an alleyway and the encounters with the 'three storms'. There are lots memorable sequences and dialogue, most involve Burton's mis-guided, all american hero making an idiot of himself.
It's easy to see why this panned by critics, but at the same time, its great fun and pure escapism. I'd recommend this to people looking for a good laugh. The commentary between Carpenter and Russell isnt as sharp as The Thing's and meanders a bit but is still good to listen to unliken some commentaries.


Saw (Uncut, Theatrical Version) [DVD]
Saw (Uncut, Theatrical Version) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leigh Whannell
Offered by Rainbowend.Advertising
Price: £1.17

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching once buts that really it, 11 Sept. 2005
I bought Saw expecting the concept to be strictly restrained to the two men-one room thing. However, the script gets around this limitation by adopting flashbacks that only slow down the tension and an awfully cliched final ten minutes.
The dialogue isnt anything special put the direction is quite effective and at least encourages the audience to guess at what's to come. Some of the past victims' demises are well put together but the old psycho/moral avenger routine is starting to get old-hat now I think.
The final twist is quite good I suppose and is nice and grim, but overall this is definately one-watch job; much like similar films 'Phone Booth' and 'Panic Room'.


Sledge Hammer - Series 1 [DVD]
Sledge Hammer - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Rasche
Offered by 5-star-media
Price: £20.98

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2/3 cheesy cop show, 1/3 pant-wetting hilarious, 11 Sept. 2005
I was always a bit weary of buying this on dvd, because although I could rememeber the theme tune and general concept, I couldnt remmeber if actually liked it when I was younger. The result is a mixed bag and anyone considering buying this should have a good think.
David Rasche is terrific as the Dirty Harry-like who loves excessive force and violence, although he never actually kills any criminals in the show. The funniest moments include Hammer's blowing-up-building-to-nail-sniper strategy and his one liners; when asked if he's using a silencer - "its my own design, I call it a loudener".
Harrison Page I feel sorry for because his portrayal of Capt Trunk has been since done to death (the shouting black polica captain act with a constant disdain of his detectives). Ann-Marie Martin is also likeable as Hammer's rational partner, Dori Dorreau.
The problem with this series now is that it's dated terribly and it feels as though you have to sit through 20 minutes of corny cop show to see five or ten minutes of absolute comedy genius which is why I can only say three stars for it as some episodes are pretty awful, "If I had a Little Hammer" springing to mind.
What might be the problem is that there are so many spoofs now that you forget this was original for its time - if you can get past that, then you'll enjoy this boxset.
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Dawn Of The Dead [1978] [1979] [DVD]
Dawn Of The Dead [1978] [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Emge
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £9.79

8 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but overrated..., 11 Sept. 2005
I've just watched this for the sixth or seventh time now on video. I've decided that, although enjoyable overall, the film is seriously flawed at times and rather overrated.
I appreciate that this is set benchmarks etc. but for me there is some exceptionally bad acting towards the start in the city scenes. Aswell as this, some of the editing is ropey at times (which might be because of the fullscreen and probably cut version I was watching). Thirdly, there is maybe too much humour that sits uneasily with all the horror.
On the other hand I enjoyed a lot of the scenes that involved customising the shoppping mall that the good guys set up house in. And there are some genuinely scary and tense moments, particularly a claustrophobic encounter in an elevator and the opening sequence which sets the mood very well - a clever piece of filmmaking.
Theres always something that draws me back to this film, whether it be the gore factor, the likeable good guys or the fact that the running time makes this almost an epic film! Though enjoyable, for a more polished version, watch either the remake or the sequel.
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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably, the best so far......, 17 Aug. 2005
MGS3:SNAKE EATER is pure-magic in CD-format. Anyone who's ever watched Rambo, Bond or any other action film, wishing to be there and live will lap this game right up. At first, the game starts with a low-key halo-jump as "Snake" is sent into the USSR to rescue a defecting scientist.
However, after a relatively breif bit of gameplay, the game explodes into fifth gear. There is a fantastic "twist" to the structure.... never have i seen such an audacious opening to a game before. The slow beginning is merely a pre-title sequence and in true Bond-style, we are treated to an overblown, but beautiful title sequence with a wonderful theme song. Ace!
The game itself is a joy to play, with many features and moves to try out if you look for them. There are new hand-to-hand techniques and more stealth tactics than ever before. The movement of snake and his counterparts are superb and smooth. In fact, I have never seeen so much attention to detail in a game. In every shot, angle and picture there are tiny subtlties that raise the profle higher than MGS2.
Much more rewarding than in the previous game is the story itself and plotting which really immerses you in the game. Plus the characters are much more interesting and threatening and by the end, after taking a coniserable series of beatings, you soooo want to kick the hell out of the chief villains. The set-pieces are terrific, boss battles range from; a tense storming by crack commandoes; the obligatory one-and-one; and an epic sniper battle that sprawls over three whole areas. Then of course there's the Shagohod.... Metal Gear itself which provides the greatest set-piece of them all; a chaotic pursuit stretching across runways and bridges, with tanks being hurled in all directions (i was wondering when all of those spare tanks would be used!)
If you expect there to be less exposition than before, you'll be disappointed because there are perhaps even more cutscenes. But this time, they are all great to watch, whether Snake is perving at his female friends or being beaten up by Volgin the villain.
Quite simply there so much to enjoy including a couple of mini games and lots of in-game challenges to look out for. If you want salvation from MGS2, then you wont be disappointed.


Sharpe - The Complete Series (14 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1995]
Sharpe - The Complete Series (14 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Offered by alentertainment
Price: £49.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bulldog of British Television, 12 Aug. 2005
Ever since Sharpe's Rifles was first broadcast at 8pm one night (wednesday i think), i was engrossed! For someone who usually hated period dramas, especially at 8 years old, I loved Sharpe and followed it to the end. The central character is ultimately the driving force; an honest soldier who has some of the hardest situations to deal with along his travels including traitors, false heroics, upper-class stupidity and of course, that crazy thing called love.
Basically, Sharpe is a soldier (but not a "gentleman") who is promoted by Wellington himself and given the task of leading a small task force of sharpshooters. After winning the respect of his men, he goes on to fight in many epic battles against teh odds. What makes Sharpe so great is that it is well-written and directed but also the enemble cast that all have their idiosyncrasies and suchlike.
Each episode usually consists of at least one spy, a buxom woman that Sharpe protects and a small village/outpost that needs holding. But this format always always works and more often than not, the action itself is wonderfully shot. Few British shows have the same epic scale as this series does - making top use of Europe's scenary.
The only criticism i would have of this series is how later on towards the end, the camaraderie is not so great because the chosen men have been disbanded. However, the series goes out on a tremendous high with plenty of moving moments and pounding action at Waterloo.
I haven't bought this set only because i have them all (almost) taped, but i would recommend this to anyone who needs reminding that Brits can still make quality TV!


Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Mark Hamill
Offered by EU ELECTRIC
Price: £28.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN INSTITUTION - enough said, 7 Aug. 2005
I don't feel worthy to review on of the finest trilogies ever made, but here goes...
A NEW HOPE, or just 'star wars' as it was known back then, was the very first film i remember seeing. When i was a kid, i'd watch all three on a regular basis but who didn't? If you look at where the characters start in the film, and where they end up its just a spectacular thrill ride!
In my opinion this film houses the tensest moments ever -stormtroopers burning through the airlock; the "he doesn't like you" part; the trash compactor; the lightsaber duel. However, the GREATEST SCENE OF ALL TIME has to be the destruction of the death star - when i was a kid, I thought the death star would fire each time i watched it!!! BRILLIANT
PROS:
SHEER EXCITEMENT AND WONDER
HUMOUR (including the infamous stormtrooper/bangs head moment)
CLASSIC, archetype characters
CONS:
Looks a little dated next to EPs 5/6 let alone the prequels
There's a good reason why people consider this the best film ever made...
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK was not just the next instalment, or even the continuation of a story, but an EXPANSION of it. Adding entirely new themes and, of course, revelations/characters, this is without a doubt, the best paced and accomplished Star Wars Episode as we watch the Empire scatters its enemies like ants. The tremendous set pieces counterbalance the quieter moments of Han/Leia's relationship and Luke's force training.
PROS:
EPIC BATTLES and CONFRONTATIONS
The SMARTEST DIALOGUE in all of them
New SLANTS and PLOT POINTS
GREAT CHARACTERS and EFFECTS
A welcome DARKER TONE
CONS:
Maybe a little slow in places..... but only a very few!
The Empire Strikes Back is the one that really gets fans going and represents the absolute pinnacle of Star Wars
RETURN OF THE JEDI used to be my favourite of the three, simply because it all comes to a head in the last hour. However, to get there, we must sit through the first hour. I don't have a problem with ewoks, but Jabba's palace kind of drags.
But like I said, the last hour is top drama as we finally witness the Emperor's power (Yoda said not to underestimate him!!!) and Vader's redemption - one of the poignant pieces of cinema history.
PROS:
The FINAL CLASH BETWEEN.... well everyone really
The EMPEROR - steals the show, scary
CHARACTERS again
DIALOGUE again
CONS:
The FIRST HALF doesn't really do it for me...
Even on its own, JEDI is awesome but after watching all three (or six) in sequence, there are fewer rewarding films to watch!


Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [DVD] [2002]
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Hayden Christensen
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.10

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Episode II: Attack of the Pixels, 7 Aug. 2005
So after accomplishing, well... nothing in the first film, the jedi have begun to doubt their ability whilst Anakin Skywalker continues to show his skill aswell as his ambition. Guided by the new chancellor palpatine and advised by his master Obi Wan, the young jedi makes a big mistake and falls in love...
OK, i may have people disagreeing with this but in hindsight, i prefer episode I to this. Whilst this film does include action set pieces, I feel there is more of a 'star wars feel' to TPM. The plot sometimes seems hard to follow - well it did first time round as a Clone Army is mysteriously built for persons unknown.
PROS:
A DARKER TONE than that in TPM (but never too dark)
A nicely lit and well shot LIGHTSABER duel with Christopher Lee seeming convincingly athletic
Some nice touches that HINT at what is to come - the robotic arm, the clones etc.
The HUMOUR has improved - instead of Jar Jar pratfalls, there are funny mind-tricks and the start of some banter between Anakin and Obi-wan
CONS:
A totally lame OPENING with as much tension as a bubble bath
DIALOGUE
ACTING - liam neeson is sorely missed, tho christopher gives some believability
EFFECTS that are simply too forced
Too LITTLE of Darth Sidious
While we have to except that the digital age can only grow and CGI will continue, I can't help but tut at Lucas sometimes! Anyway, overall, worth watching for its action and if ur watching it in sequence it's a nice pit stop before EP III - but hardly Earth shattering.


Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [DVD] [1999]
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £11.98

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Episode I: The Phantom Plot, 6 Aug. 2005
Ok, this has been out for god knows how long. But was looking forward to Ep III DVD that I thought i'd do reviews of all six.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Luke Skywalker was able to save his evil father's soul...
An even longer time ago... there were trade disputes.
Yes, that's right, the plot that we've all been waiting for - the nasty Trade Federation waging war on a planet ruled by slobbering fatty and a Queen with a stroke. This wasn't the best way to introduce the prequels to an apprehensive audience. Even Lucas says most of it was just padding and it shows!
To be fair, I loved this at the cinema and like a lot of people, it really took a second viewing to really damage it for me. However these days, I can still enjoy it - perhaps more than its sequel Clones.
PROS:
ARGUABLY best lightsaber duel in saga
LIAM NEESON acts everyone off screen - why oh why did u kill him off George?
THE SCORE - in the days when John Williams didn't just do ambience or recycled stuff
THE POD RACE is good, but overlong and with godawful commentators!
CONS:
DIALOGUE
ACTING
EFFECTS
"STORY"
I've given this three stars simply on the count of it's title (nt Phantom Menace!) and endevour to enjoy it as best i can!


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