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I Saw The Devil [Blu-ray]
I Saw The Devil [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Byung-hun Lee
Price: £7.81

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Did I Just See....?, 8 Dec. 2011
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Just watched this and still processing it - first thing to say is it's a beautiful looking movie on blu ray, every shot here is a work of art, even (especially) the really nasty stuff, and the picture quality is stunning. Another major plus - the sheer unpredictability of it, it's a film that reminds you just how rote and formulaic most movies are, I guarantee you've never seen anything like this and you'll never guess its plot twists. My reservations concern the violence, specifically the Loony Tunes quality the director occasionally applies. At times it becomes ridiculous, heads are whacked a dozen times with an iron bar but the recipient displays all the symptoms of a mild hangover. Storywise logic is also thrown out the window on numerous occasions, especially near the end. To sum up I totally loved this movie but part of me wishes the director had played it a little more straight, maybe pruned the running time a little. Definitely worth checking this out though.


Cat O'Nine Tails [Blu-ray] [1971] [US Import]
Cat O'Nine Tails [Blu-ray] [1971] [US Import]

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Argento fanatics only, 1 Dec. 2011
Few directors inspire the fanatical devotion that Dario Argento does - no wonder with classics like Deep Red and Suspiria in his locker. The popular idea though, that his 70s work was a string of pearls is for me, wide of the mark. Take this pretty dull whodunnit which features a couple of scenes of visual flair among 100 long minutes. I would stress this is in no way a terrible film, its just a really average one - give me the lunacy of Phenomena anyday rather than this humdrum plodder. I saw the Blue Underground blu ray and, despite the hysterical screeching of the forums, the transfer is perfectly fine.


Tweedles
Tweedles

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Residents album in 20 years, 11 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Tweedles (Audio CD)
I must admit I was a lapsed Residents fan. Having loved them since i was about 15 I lost my way around 'Gingerbread Man' and 'Have a Bad Day' in the early 90s - these albums were pretty poor(the obsession with CD-Rom and ropey graphics didn't help) and I assumed a permanent decline had set in and that I didn't want to be around to hear it. Fast forward more years than I want to count and news reaches me of a Residents renaissance - apparently in the mid noughties they started making good records again. I tried a few - Demons Dance Alone and Animal Lover were indeed fantastic, but it was the unpromisingly titled and illustrated Tweedles which blew me away. It plays like a sequel to God In 3 Persons (an all time fav), with a deranged narrator (is it Mr X indeed?) spinning anecdotes and perverse philosophies over an endlessly inventive and mutating collage of music. Some Residents stuff is accused of being cold and souless but you could never accuse Tweedles of this. Snatches of Romanian folk music, canned laughter, beautiful guitar strumming, choral chanting, melodious piano breaks ensure this is as warm and entrancing as an album about a sociopathic loner could possibly be. I would urge anyone with adventurous tastes to give this a go - it could open up an entire universe of music for you.


Fallen Angels [Blu-ray] [1995] [US Import]
Fallen Angels [Blu-ray] [1995] [US Import]

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning US Blu-Ray, 12 Oct. 2011
For me this is second tier Wong Kar Wai, which means it's merely brilliant as opposed to the absolute perfection of Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express. My reason for writing this review is to sing the praises of the all region US Kino blu-ray - the PQ here is jaw dropping, all the more so due to the difficult nature of the film (loads of speeded up shots, blurred shots, night scenes, smeary neon etc). Truly perfect, please God the same company tackle Days of Being Wild at some point. By the way I'd forgotten the closing song used in this movie - a certain UK one hit wonder you would never associate with an uber cool HK director, and yet it works perfectly - check it out, preferably in this edition.


Lunch Hour (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Lunch Hour (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Shirley Anne Field
Price: £7.99

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 17 Aug. 2011
What we have here are one short (63min) movie and 3 short films made by BP back when they could still sell the myth of a benevolent big cuddly company. All features directed by James Hill.
Lunch Hour, the main attraction, seemed like a spoof to me - imagine Harry Enfield doing an awfully English Last Tango in Paris - all bad teeth, cups of tea, irritating landladies and absolutely no sex. The only use for butter here would be on a stale scone. It's OK with some funny moments. the dragon waitress being my favourite ('halibuts off') but I was grateful it wasn't longer which tells you something. The shorts are all in vivid colour and look amazing. The Home Made Car is the best - engaging whimsy that stays just the right side of sickly - an enjoyable half hour. Skyhook is an educational type of mini doc which shows BP setting up a drilling op in Papua New Guinea. Shots of terrified animals fleeing as trees are felled and land blasted are presented as humorous - how times have changed. The third, the Italian set Giuseppina, apparently won an Oscar, I found it pretty disposible but what do I know. As usual the booklet is attractive and the overall package, although probably more 3.5 than 4 stars, is definitely worth picking up.


Machete [DVD] [2011]
Machete [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Danny Trejo
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £2.48

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another kids movie from Rodriguez, 16 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Machete [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Lets get this straight, Machete is not an exploitation movie, not even close. It's juvenile, sure, as are all Robert Rodriguez movies, it's gory, stilted and all the rest but it's also glossy, riddled with CGI, hell, its even got the ever more shameless Robert De Niro in it (give him a call Marty, please!). In other words its yet another tiresome fake, an homage if you're being polite. Loads of faux grittiness and bloodshed but completely vacuous (just like Jessica Alba, surely the worst actress in Hollywood). Whatever happened to directors like Walter Hill and Paul Verhoeven who could deliver unironic films with thrills, satire and a decent script? As for this exploitation nonsense, if a lot of the ravers on here saw a real exploitation movie, a Herschall Gordon Lewis or Andy Milligan, for example, they'd run a mile - these films were raw, technically inept and tough to watch. I found Machete tough to sit through as well, but for very different reasons.
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The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael [2010] [DVD]
The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael [2010] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danny Dyer
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £8.47

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shame, could've been a contender, 8 Aug. 2011
From the reviews here you'd think this film was completely devoid of merit, I don't agree, although I concede it has gaping flaws and is ultimately a failure. On the plus side its really well shot and makes great use of the surrounding locales. The director obviously has some talent and knows how to compose a shot. Should be noted that theres no violence for a good 80 minutes so this is no constant bloodbath.
On the down side the acting is am dram at times, the dialogue poor and characterisation unbelievable. One scene of the drama teacher asking the TV chef to look at his book is haunting in its awfulness. The infamous last 10 minutes is grim but doesn't feel remotely realistic, just shock for shocks sake. The similar scene in Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer showed less but felt worse. As for the decision to intercut war footage and the pretentious quote at the end, oh dear, less said the better. Pity, as this could have been a really good movie if it had kept the vibe of the first hour or so.


Colin [DVD] [2008]
Colin [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Alastair Kirton
Offered by FILMNIGHT
Price: £2.49

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Admirable but unwatchable, 8 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Colin [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
A film like this doesn't deserve all the one star reviews here but neither does it merit the five star raves. Truth is its an original, sporadically interesting film - if it really cost 45 quid then fair play to everyone involved, I salute you - however none of this means that the film is in any way enjoyable or exciting. In fact once the frission of the first 10 mins is over its a long slog to the end. Theres a stodgy set piece in a flat that totally derails the spooky atmosphere - its better in the quieter outdoor scenes.
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Deep End (DVD + Blu-ray)
Deep End (DVD + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Jane Asher
Price: £7.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, just stunning, 4 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Deep End (DVD + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
This movie just blew me away - easily the best I saw in 2011. Everything is perfect here, the performances, the visual beauty, the storytelling. We start out chuckling at a wry coming of age comedy and finish up with our jaws on the floor at the sheer audacity of the ending. The icing on the cake is a pair of genius cameos from Diana Dors and Bert Kwouk. The justly famous scene in Soho set to Can's Mother Sky is unforgettable, from the endless hotdogs to the prostitutes record player, to the cardboard cut-out - I'm raving, just please see this movie. The blu ray picture is incredible and the feature length documentary fascinating. An essential purchase for any movie lover.


The Party's Over (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
The Party's Over (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Oliver Reed
Offered by Sunset-Games
Price: £14.59

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top quality Flipside release, 30 July 2011
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I must admit if I'd been a teenager in the 60s it would have been the beatniks for me - frugging, puffing, Watneys pale ale, expressos, constant parties - it looks great. Trouble is there's always the hangover, the comedown, reality seeping in. This film captures the ups and downs brilliantly. We see this now deceased world through the eyes of a bemused American looking for his fiance, who has fallen in with a ner-do-well gang (led by the brilliant Oliver Reed). As the title suggests things don't turn out well, but for the viewer its compulsive all the way, from the John Barry soundtrack to the seedy milieu to the unusally subtle plot twists. I really enjoyed this one, but its not the highlight of the package, that would be the short 'Emma' which is a dazzling blast of colour amidst the monochrome sleaze of the other two features. Only 12 minutes long, but each one of them perfect, this allegorical snapshot of 2 kids playing in Highgate Cemetary is damn near perfect and as for the picture quality - incredible. The other extra 'The Party' is a disposible but fun enough look at a typical house party.
Just one thing stops this being 5 stars, the fact that Guy Hamilton, the director wanted his name removed from this cut. Why? It would have been nice to hear what it is he objected to and what his actual vision for the film was (he is nearly 90 now, so perhaps this was impossible, but it would be nice to have more info)
To sum up, a great buy and remember, don't skip the supporting features.


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