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Back in 1989 a little known director by the name of Tim Burton brought Batman to the big screen and set a new standard for blockbuster movies!
Batman is not a masterpiece but it has a flawless ability to keep you captivated especially when scene-stealing Jack Nicholson (Joker) is on screen! Nicholson's performance is iconic, his over the top craziness adds a scary and humourous take to the film which plays off superbly with Michael Keaton's Batman.
Keaton is great in the role, arguably the best Batman performance as he battles the role of night vigilante and daytime billionaire Bruce Wayne, he has an intense feel and attitude to the role not seen by the likes or Val Kilmer or George Clooney.
The Direction of the film from Burton is excellent, the pace keeps it exciting and the look of Gotham City and overall look of the film is classic Burton!
With a great supporting cast of Kim Basinger, Jack Palance, Robert Wuhl, Billy Dee Williams and Michael Gough it is easy to see why Batman has cemented itself in movie history and stands up as one of the best, albeit darkest, comic book adaptations of all time.
Overall the film is great entertainment for older children and adults alike, visualy stunning with a great script, especially Jack Nicholson's lines! Acted beautifully from Keaton, Basinger and the underrated Robert Wuhl. Of course Jack Nicholson is the main event here and it can sometimes feel that the story is more focused on the Joker, but with a legend playing him them why not? See it, love it!
The Blu Ray has all of the extras from the Special Edition DVD, they are as follows...
-A great Commentary track from Tim Burton-On The Set with Bob Kane-Legends of The Dark Knight: The History of Batman-Shadows of The Bat: The Cinematic Saga of The Dark Knight Parts 1-3-Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery (6 featurettes)-3 Music Videos-The Heroes and Villians Profile Galleries-Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence-Original Theatrical Trailer
Film Audio - 5.1 Dolby Digital/ Dolby TrueHDSubtitles - English/Brazilian/Portugese/Chinese/Danish/Dutch/Finnish/French/German/Italian/Korean/Norweigan/Portugese/Spanish (Castilian & Latin)/Swedish
Hope this helps! Enjoy!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the 6th collaboration between Director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, it is also the 5th time Burton has worked with Helena Bohnam Carter. Both Depp and HBC take to their respective roles of Todd and Mrs. Lovett perfectly, as they are no stranger to playing the dark roles required of them. The big names making up the rest of the cast are made up of the always brilliant Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin, Timothy Spall as Beadle Banford and Sacha Baron Cohen as Pirelli.
The film itself I think is excellent, a little shocked on first viewing that it is 90% singing, but it is a musical of course. 95% of the songs from the Sondheim musical make it into the film, the higlights for me being "Little Priest", "Pirelli's Miracle Elixir", "Epiphany" and "Johanna" (Todd/Anthony).
The Quality of the Blu Ray is pretty flawless, the picture looks crisp and fresh, a very good transfer, the music sounds brilliant with 5.1 surround sound but the other option is TrueHD which to me sounds exactly the same as the 5.1, not sure what the difference is.
My Blu Ray came in very nice steelbook packaging. The extras are the same as on the 2 Disc special Edition DVD, there is NO commentary from Tim Burton as advertised on play.com however.What we do get is a good list of informative featurettes on the films production and a look at the real history of Sweeney Todd as well as some of the usual promotional material, all of the main cast, crew and even Stephen Sondheim contribute to the supplemental material. The full list of features is as follows......Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd...Sweeney Todd is Alive: The Real History of The Demon Barber...HBO First Look: The Making of Sweeney Todd...Sweeney's London...London Press Conference...Musical Mayhem: Sondheim's Sweeney Todd...Designs for a Demon Barber...Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition...A Bl**dy Business...Razor's Refrain...Photo GallerySome of the features have been upscaled to HD.
Overall it's a must buy for fans of Burton, one of his best looking , enjoyable and well crafted movies, as a Blu Ray it has definately earned it's place in my collection, offering both great audio and visual, just as Blu Ray should.
Terminator 2: Skynet Edition
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Awesome movie, holds up well, looks and sounds great on BD.I have read that some people don't know how to access the ultimate cut of the film.
For people that are having trouble accessing the Ultimate Edition of the film all you have to do is go to "Select Version" then go down to where the "*****" is and enter "82997" on your blu ray remote, this code should be on the back of the box.
Hope this helps!
The 40 Year Old Virgin
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Great film with re-watch value, very funny. To find the funny hidden feature with Steve Carell and Seth Rogen...Go to BonusPress Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, RightSelect "Whack It"
15 (Fifteen) Minutes (5.1/DTS)
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Not a bad film, Bobby De Niro is good as always, Burns not too bad. Worth a watch. There is a hidden feature on the disc. To get it...Go To "Special Features"Highlight "Theatrical Trailer"Press right and select the red dot
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The Colour of Magic
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A fantastic start to the discworld legacy meeting one of it's best characters, Rincewind! The only problem with the book is that it is simply not long enough! To avoid disappointment buy this with book 2 "The Light Fantastic" to pick up where this marvellous, funny and exciting book left off.
Pirates Of The Caribbean 3: At World's End - Special Edition (2 Discs)
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Great Film, heres a list of the hidden DVD easter eggs for anyone interested...
1. In Search of The Perfect PeanutOn Disc 2, page 1Highlight "The Tale of The Many Jacks" and press Left then Down twiceA Black circle will appear on the bottom right of the screen, select it.
2. Simon Phillips FeaturetteOn Disc 2, Page 1Highlight "The Pirate Maestro: The Music of Hans Zimmer" and press Left twice then down.A Black circle will appear on the bottom left of the screen, select it.
3. AnimaticOn Disc 2, page 2Highlight "Masters of Design" and press left then down, a black circle will appear on the bottom left of the screen, select it.
4. Singapore set build Time LapseOn Disc 2, page 2Select "Masters of Design"Highlight "Rick Heinrichs: Singapore" and press left then down, a black circle will appear on the bottom left of the screen, select it.
5. Bonneville Salt Flats featuretteOn Disc 2, page 2Select "Masters of Design"Highlight "James Byrkit: Sao Feng's Map" and press up twice, a black circle will appear on the top left of the screen, select it.
U2: Popmart - Live From Mexico City
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Popmart Live From Mexico City was filmed on December 3rd 1997 at the Foro Sol Autodromo, a place and date sure to be long remembered by the thousands of people in attendance, now almost 10 years later everyone can enjoy the spectacle that is Popmart.
As you watch the band make thier boxer-like entrance and arrive on stage to be lit up by a 170x56 foot LED screen you are already aware that you are going to witness something special! Of course the show is completely over the top, questionable costumes, huge extravagant set pieces and a huge lemon discoball that the band emerge from and begin to play "Discotheque" - one you have to see to believe that will definately give you goosebumps on repeat viewing! The thing is Bono's ability to draw in the crowd and the home viewing audience alike is brillaint - nothing is a surprise!
Of course the band are musically on top form, my favourite performance from the show (after Discotheque of course) is definatley the sombre version of "Sunday, Bloody Sunday", the reactions of the crowd upon hearing the opening notes to classic U2 hits such as "With Or Without You", "Where The Streets Have No Name" and my personal favourite "One" will definately mirror your reaction from your living room! Of course with the new 5.1 surround remix and digital regrading the look and sound is pretty top notch.
You may not have been there but this truly is as good as the real thing!
The A-Team: Season 1 Box Set
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The nostalgic feeling you get just from hearing the theme tune is definately worth the asking price alone!
See where it all began join Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck, Cpt. HM "Howling Mad" Murdock and Sgt. Bosco "BA" Baracus the Vietnam vets that were locked up for a crime they didn't commit, now they are soldiers of fortune, ready for hire, they are the A Team!
The show kicks off with the feature length pilot, "Mexican Slayride" where we meet the guys, including the original "Face" played by Tim Dunigan. The action is of course brilliantly over the top as always and the way Hannibal (George Peppard) and BA (Mr. T) bounce off each other is always fun to watch, addictive is more the word, there isn't a bad episode in the first season and my favourite is probably "The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas", Murdock (Dwight Schultz) seems to get more insane as the series goes on, which is impossible not to enjoy and you can guarantee a car chase, usually including Col. Lynch, the nemesis of the team whose mission it is to catch them.
Other stand out episodes include "Pros and Cons", "Black Day at Bad Rock", "Holiday in the Hills", "One More Time", "The Beast from The Belly of a Boeing" and "A Nice Place to Visit".
Fun and enthralling, just how TV should be...
"I ain't gettin' on no plane sucker..!"