DVD Review

DVD Review

True Lies (1994)

Arnold Schwarzenegger is always fascinating to watch. He was in his prime from the mid-‘80s to the early ‘90s, and what better way to make cinematic magic happen than by putting him smackdab in a light-hearted, James Bond-spoofing outrageous action comedy directed by his old Terminator buddy, James Cameron? Happily, […]

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Dr. No (1962)

Little did the world know, 1962 would be the beginning of a new generation for film making and commercial enterprise. Yet despite some initial mixed reaction, Dr. No went on to become the foundation for, what would soon be, the era of spy-dramas and new global franchises. It was of […]

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House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

 A valiant effort from first time director Rob Zombie, House of 1000 Corpses does not quite hit its mark but gets close enough to keep us wanting more. It’s October 30, 1977 and a group of teenagers are traveling cross country to write a book about offbeat roadside attractions. On […]

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The Invasion (2007)

We have had film versions of Jack Finney’s 1955 novel “The Body Snatchers” in 1956, 1978 and 1993, and then again in 2007. In terms of directorial inventiveness, moody tension and visual splendor, the first two movies are vastly better than the latter two. However, the fourth and latest is […]

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Cruise of the Gods (2002)

We have all seen and enjoyed Galaxy Quest, haven’t we? It’s a brilliant spoof on, and homage to, Star Trek fandom, or sci-fi fandom in general. Cruise of the Gods is exactly the same kind of thing, but produced by and for the British. It focuses on the fans of […]

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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Sleeping Beauty stands out as one of Disney’s finest and most daring renditions of the ‘traditional’ fairytale. The plot, in short, follows baby Princess Aurora being threatened with an eternal sleep by the wicked witch Malificent as a ‘present’ for her 16th birthday (I know, some present!), leaving our three […]

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Snow White (1937)

Walt Disneys first feature length animation, Snow White, has finally got the package and medium it deserves with this Blu-Ray Diamond Edition box set. Its only fitting then that the film which innovated legendary storytelling and mechanical processes became the first in a series of Diamond Edition packages, Disney claiming […]

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Toy Story (1995)

I’ve been a proud owner of the original ’10th Anniversary Edition’ DVD of Toy Story for some time, but had been contemplating whether a purchase of this new Special Edition was actually worth while or, indeed, necessary. These CGI romps from Pixar tend to have less resell value given that […]

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Dumbo (1941)

As the ‘Golden Age’ of the Disney studio almost came to a close, Dumbo is the film that is most commonly remembered as being an integral release. It saved the business after the financial losses of Pinocchio and Fantasia before it, but managed to so with such astonishing economy and […]

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Avatar (2009)

Possibly as the majority of DVD/Blu-Ray buyers have done, I originally saw ‘Avatar’ in the cinema after being led into the tiresome hype regarding Digital 3D. ‘Avatar’ was also, apparently, the most expensive piece of film-making ever, which miraculously to many also meant the film had to be the greatest […]