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Berserk Complete Collection Box Set (6 Discs)
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I read a lot of reviews of Berserk before watching it and the ending seemed to be an issue for a lot of people. I'm not going to spoil anything for anyone, but I definitely know what they mean now I've seen it for myself. I would have given it 4 stars, but the end knocked one off for me.
That aside, it's a very addictive series and you will find it difficult to just watch one or two episodes. The story moves forward well and some of the characters are really likeable, despite them often brutally murdering people within minutes of having a touching conversation.
Regarding the warnings of blood and sexual violence, I didn't think this was really an issue until the last episode, which is horrific. Much of the sexual stuff is implied, or prevented, rather than shown and there is not so much graphic gore as just rivers of blood. So don't be put off by these warnings.
Some of the dialogue is corny and dubbing can be sketchy at points, but they make up for that in the hilarious Outtakes. They had me in stitches, full of great references from Beavis and Butthead, to Arnie, to Metallica. Quality.
Overall, a good series with genuinely emotional moments, some fun violence and a few great characters. But be prepared for an ending that will not give a great sense of anything other than dispair and a lack of closure.
17 New from
This is a film about isolation, the breakdown of relationships and the depths of depravity that people will reach if put in the wrong situation. You never really get an idea for how long the characters are stuck in their underground 'shelter', which for me adds an element of uncertainty to the whole thing. It is not a comfortable watch, but if you get into it this becomes a very tense experience.
If you're into constant action then this is one film to avoid, as a lot of the atmosphere and tension is built through conversations and telling looks rather than events. There are some quite shocking moments and if you don't have a strong stomach for these things, you might be put off. However, there are considerably more graphically violent and offensive films out there (e.g. it's nothing like Hostel etc).
Characters are well acted, it's full of tense exchanges and it can be a bit of an emotional rollercoatser at times as there are some quite touching moments in there as well. It is very dark and often hopeless, but very powerful and tense. I thought it was a very good film and well worth watching if you are into that sort of thing.
9 New from
This is a very dark and emotional film, which can be funny and heartbreaking at the same time. The story is told very personally through the main character, who acts his part extremely well. It doesn't get too caught up in special effects and focuses instead on characters and their interactions.
Park Chan-Wook has a way of making you feel like you're part of a surreal world in his films, where you see everything that goes on in the characters' heads - either directly through bizarre sequences or just from the expressions on their faces. Credit to the actors and they can just sit and stare for minutes at a time and you just know what they're thinking.
A really gripping and emotional story of a guy wrestling with his conscience as he goes through a very distrssing experience, but who also finds love... Of a sort.
7 New from
The other reviews of this are spot on about the key aspects of this film: it is extremely uncomfortable viewing, it stays with you for days afterwards and it is a very well directed and unique film.
It's impossible not to mention the rape scene as the entire film stems from this moment. I too had to fast forward it because it was so horrifying that I felt sick and massively disturbed by it. But this is surely the point, so I don't think it takes anything away from the strength of the film. There are other moments of very raw visuals which may make you feel very uncomfortable, but if a realistic film about rape and murder doesn't make you feel disturbed then you should see a psychiatrist.
Totally unique, brutally beautiful and extremely well acted and directed. It is a great film, but I don't know if I'll watch it again.
20 New from
This is an excellent anime-style film, with a lot of depth and emotion involved. There are moments that are truly shocking but also plenty that are genuinely heart-warming.
It's really all about the relationship between the main guy and the little girl and how his quest for revenge affects them. It is beautifully animated and very well scripted, so it draws you in from start to finish.
It deals with some quite intense themes and although the more sinister aspects are only implied rather than explicitly shown, they are just as brutal. This is not for the faint-hearted, but it is a very powerful film.
A must watch for any adult (not that kind) animted film fan, but well worth watching for anyone else too as a unique experience.
17 New from
I'm the sort of weird person who likes strange films about random things, and this is most certainly that. It really wouldn't be for everyone - I can imagine my wife would HATE it.
It's an odd idea and one that never takes itself too seriously. The comedy works well and is very well acted. There are some genuinely very funny moments, but also parts that are just weird and unexplained.
I think there could have been more full-on laugh out loud moments, but it will keep you grinning all the way through. Some weird characters, funny lines and a murderous tyre. That will do.
20 New from
This is a fun film, that's definitely worth watching if you like a good horror / comedy crossover. Be warned though, it's a pretty silly film so don't watch it if you don't like films that don't take themselves too seriously. This doesn't.
The characters are very likeable (for the most part) and very normal, which makes what's happening to them all the more funny. I mean, how would you react if you had to unearth yourself from a grave? And how would you explain your mysteriously re-animated corpse to your mate?
This is a good character-led comedy with a funny script and some genuine surprises along the way. Well worth watching.
Threat Signal - CD
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These guys can write a very tasty riff and this album is full of pure head banging nastiness. If you're into bands who can play incredibly fast guitar licks (like FFDP) while managing plenty of tempo changing, then this is an album for you.
Don't be fooled by the frequent comparisons with Linkin Park, they sound nothing like them - it's just the singers voice when he sings choruses. They are more like a mixture of Soilwork, Fear Factory and Chimeira (ish).
There are some absolutely savage breakdowns on this album, which will get you banging your head no matter where you are or who's around you. There are also some very technical riffs and brilliant solos on there for good measure.
Well worth checking this album out if you're into metal. Sometimes fast, sometimes dirty and heavy but always controlled and well produced.
Download: Trust in None and Death Before Dishonour.
New World Orphans (Digipack)
Hed P.E. - CD
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(HED) PE have been around for years and they've written some blinding tunes. When they're good they're great, but there are always one or two slightly questionable songs too. This album is no exception.
This is a very political album with plenty of aggressive stabs at the Bush administration and lots of fist-clenching social comments about the state of soceity. You can't help but feel empowered by tunes like Stay Ready (a definite highlight). But there are also some great hip hop tunes about weed and sex for those of us who like to dabble in the world of straight up rap.
My only issue is that there are a few moments of random ska / punk that drop in, and although it keeps things different and interesting it just doesn't fit in some songs (like Higher Ground).
Overall, this a really cool album full of different styles and ideas. Sweet hip hop and angry political metal can't be a bad thing. Well worth checking out.
Download: Stay Ready, Renegade and Babylon Fall.
One (CD & DVD)
Tesseract - CD
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This album is a fantastic debut album from a band who could well end up being a pretty big deal. There is a great mix of beautiful and atmospheric harmonies and brutal heaviness, all done to an amazing technical standard. The time signatures can be tricky to keep up with, but never in a frustrating way as it all sounds so well produced that you just go with it, wherever they take you.
Clean vocals are stunning (such a shame the guy left the band after this album) and the musicianship is very impressive. There are some very long pieces of music with many levels (like Eden and Acceptance), but there are also songs that are short and sweet. There is a song called Perfection which is literally the embodiment of its name, two and a half minutes of sheer musical perfection.
Any regular metal fan would enjoy this album, but real music lovers will go nuts for it. One of the best albums in years. BUY IT!!!!
Download: Deception and Perfection.