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  1.  Baked to perfection


    There is no other way for me to describe it - this is just a HAPPY FILM ! It is better than the original Bean film by miles - namely because it contains no jobbing American try-hard actors. Also the whole theme of the Bean is that he's alien to all around him - if you remember the opening sequence of the tv series it did actually infer that he was dropped out of a spaceship into the road. Thus, here we find Mr Bean in France - where of course he speaks none of the language. From the opening scenes right up until the end is pure escapism and everything about it is a pleasure to watch. I never even watched the original tv series when they were first shown and in fact used to dismiss them until I watched the original film. But I would really strongly recommend you don't bother at all with Bean in Hollywood and instead try out this film - even if you failed to enjoy the tv series. The transfer to blu-ray is fantastic, and well worth the asking price. Also, Universal blu-rays have a nice feature whereby if you pause it and go off and do something a screensaver comes up - always handy to help prevent image burn. There aren't a huge amount of extras but what there are I found very watchable. Nothing brings this film down, and all in all if you're feeling a bit down or it's miserable weather outside, then stick this on and you'll feel much happier afterwards.

  2.  Final Nail in the Coffin


    3D is a silly fad - anyone with a brain can see that. And it's sad that the makers of the once great Final Destination series chose to re-title the series and 'start over' with this lacklustre effort. Unlike the previous, BRILLIANT 3 FD films, this one is a film with more holes than an Irish water pipe. There are several scenes which simply do not make any sense at all, with only a casual thought given to them. Suspension of disbelief can only be pushed so far. This film is far, far worse than Final Destination 3. The acting in this film makes the previous 3 look like Othello - it's utterly appalling. I don't think I actually wanted any of them to survive longer than about 12 minutes - if only to spare themselves from ruining their potential careers in the acting profession. Of course the HD is fine - it's not going to be an issue as this was filmed within the HD age. But that's about the only good thing I can say about this. Let's hope they go back to their roots in the 5th film - due in 2011. This would otherwise be a terrible end to a once excellent series.

  3.  One word : Brutal


    This film is well worth a look. As per the others the remote control scene is very odd and no idea what that was all about - could really have done without it. The 2 main protagonists are really, really creepy, with weird creepy faces and mannerisms to match. If this was a computer game it would never get released - that's a guarantee. For some reason I honestly thought right up to the end that things would turn out differently than they did in this film - part of what makes it different than the normal "family held hostage but miraculously overcome all the odds to all go home again" kind of films we're all so weary of. The only reason I couldn't give it 5 stars is because of the bizarre and needless remote control part - of which the CGI is really poor in an otherwise flawless film. But definitely recommend highly.

  4.  Bye bye dvd !


    A look around the internet will tell you in depth precisely why this player is worth buying. I'm no expert on the technology behind it, all I see is the end result - that of an absolutely stunning picture. Upon loading up The Matrix I could virtually see every hair growing out of the actors face - and that's just the women. Almost every review from every source (and I do do my homework before purchasing) has really rated this player, and it contains several improvements over the previous BD35 model. One downside to the player are the noticeably slow load times, but it's a question of whether you want to compromise on the kind of quality Panasonic is renowned for, or have your blu-rays loading up faster at the expense of picture quality. Another downside worth noting is that this does not support a 5.1 Dolby sound system. But for me this is not an issue as I have no short term plans to buy such a sound system. The design is very nice and sleek - Panasonic (along with other manufacturers) having now moved from the "must be the size of a fridge because it's new tech" ethos to a more sensible "can be small and yet actually still be good" outlook. I would never have even considered paying 200+ for a piece of technology that is currently being superceded every few months. The next model up from this is the BD80 but I do not need the new features that model provides (5.1 Dolby support being one of them), so at well under 200 quid I would totally recommend this player out of the Panasonic range. Yes you can buy cheaper, but before doing so I would suggest you don't just take my word for it ; research the kind of things people have been saying about this model. Right now until January 2010 it has another major selling point - no less than 7 free blu-rays courtesy of Panasonic. These titles are The X-men Trilogy, Wolverine: Origins, Australia, Ice Age 3 and Night at the Museum. Very nice start to a collection, and a very significant saving even with internet prices.
    I've entered a whole new world of viewing pleasure. Now GIVE ME STAR WARS ON BLU RAY !!

  5.  Avoid disappointment : look elsewhere


    I own this car, and this version - bought from a model shop. I have to say the quality is disappointing. The front light does light up, but it is not very accurate - it switches off for a split second before scanning to the other side - which is noticeable. When this is the main selling point of any K.I.T.T. car, it doesn't say a lot for the quality. The interior is also a let down. The controls look like someone came along and just dabbed a blot of red here, some white there, etc. The monitors inside are merely silver-painted plastic which look more like most model kit wing mirrors than monitors. The rear light doesn't even exist - it's just blanked off shiny black plastic.
    There was a version released before this upon which the front scanner light was immeasurably superior, and I really wish that I'd purchased that one now, because for the money this version doesn't justify the price. Overall very cheap looking and for a modern die-cast model there is no excuse for this.

  6.  Old school classic


    I own the "Special Edition" of this game, although I've no clue what's actually special about it over this version.
    Anyway, Scratches is BRILLIANT. In this day and age it's comforting to find a decent point and click adventure with a good storyline to boot and one that doesn't fizzle out towards the end. Long-time PC gamers rejoice - there are NO timed puzzles, and NO "enhanced gameplay elements" (read "wrecks the entire point of the genre elements") You are playing as the character Michael Arthate, and unlike many adventure games your character does have a voice. The presentation is good - first person perspective and a full 360 degree panoramic view. Animation is sparse but does include moving clouds when you're outside which is a good touch. There are also plenty of cut scenes scattered throughout but these are NOT overly relied on to the point of the game ending up cut-scene driven with a couple of player actions inbetween. This is precisely one of the reasons why I've given the game the full 5 stars. The music is very fitting, and the atmosphere is at times genuinely creepy - surely quite a feat given that the game has such lowly specs (it's not even a dvd-rom). This is first person adventuring done how it should be. There are no illogical puzzles and although I got stuck several times I was really kicking myself once I'd cheated and used a walkthrough. I would certainly consider playing this through again - despite it being completely linear - also a sign of a really well constructed adventure. The reviews quoted on the box of mine are almost exclusively from adventure gamer websites - personally I would take their warm words any day over short termist mainstream media reviews. If all your brain can handle is rushing round a race track or fragging your way through the latest generic online shooter then no, this game is not for you. But if like me the thought of your own creepy old mansion and grounds to explore and dig for clues within fills your heart with joy then BUY THIS IMMEDIATELY !! The ONLY minor downside is having to sometimes wade through door openings (each one is a sort of mini cut-scene and you cannot skip these) to get from one side of the mansion to the other (which you will have to do plenty of times). But this is nowhere near enough to take away full marks.

  7.  In 3 words : "oh my gaaad"


    Cloverfield is certainly unique. I'm hoping all the "alright if you can handle motion sickness" (due to the shaky cam) quips were tongue-in-cheek, because that really isn't an issue at all. It starts off with an annoyingly beautiful couple with flawless faces and chiselled cheekbones - 2 people who you really wouldn't mind perishing fairly soon. I thought the monster would be a little more inventive than it turned out to be. I've seen better horror/suspense films but I've also seen a lot worse. One thing I wonder about is the make of handycam - must be quite an amazing brand because despite endless amounts of dust, debris, masonry etc falling all around it there's never a single spec on the lense through the entire film ! I'll be looking out for that brand at the next entertainment expo. You could also hold a competition if watching with friends of "who can guess the number of times he says "oh my gaaaad" throughout the film - because I lost count.
    It's an okay film, just not brilliant and certainly not the astounding blockbuster the blurb on the box suggests it is. However, for a fiver for the 2 disc set (never seen it for less than £9.99 in the shops) you'd be mad not to give it a try.

  8.  Everything I hoped it would be....(the first one)


    Having seen positive reviews on Play I thought, despite all the negative reviews I'd also seen here and elsewhere, to try out these films once they came down in price. The first one is brilliant - everything I'd hoped it would be. It has the adventure, the excitement and the thrills of the most watchable action films. There is a bit of a nauseatingly patriotic moment in it but that doesn't detract from the overall pleasure. Briefly summed up it's about a code that Ben Gates is convinced is written in invisible ink on the back of the declaration of independence, and he hatches a plan to steal it - alongside Sean Bean's very impressive evil character who wants the treasure that the clue will lead to as well. The most impressive thing I found in this film is the way they manage to write a script not containing a single swear word, despite Ben being shot at several times. In Disney live action films gone by it has always looked very forced when you just know they'd normally have sworn, but the script is so well executed you never notice. A very nice conclusion to the film makes it a winner and everything I hoped it would be.
    Sadly, the same cannot be said for the sequel. It starts out with Ben and his girlfriend from the last film split up, and you just KNOW right from the start that they're going to end up back together by the end. The execution of the sequel is also poor, in that there isn't really much of a point to it. Gates is merely obsessesed with clearing his family name - hardly a rivetting plotline for an action/adventure film. And unlike before when the bad guys knew all along there would be treasure involved, the bad guy in this one isn't doing anything at all until all of a sudden "oh, treasure ? Oop, better start searching as well then". Also the film is filled with all manner of slushy and cringeworthy knowing nods from once loved-up partners - Ben's parents included, who also get back together by the end of the film (also fairly obvious to see coming). The first film was at least pretty plausible. The second one though features "the president", who of course is not the real president. References to reality in films such as presidents come across as weak when they're obviously only going to get some "presidential looking" actor instead. And with all the technical wizardry Ben's companion is meant to have, you would think he'd actually notice what the bad guys did to Ben's father's phone early on in the film.
    All in all I would say do not miss the first one - but buy it separately, because the sequel really disappoints.

  9.  More Gothic for your pound


    To be honest I mainly bought this for Gothic II. This collection is well worth buying if like me you held off from buying Gothic 3. This is because the version of Gothic II you get here is actually Gothic II Gold - the version which wasn't even RELEASED in the UK, so I was overjoyed that JoWood saw fit to release this collection - I think it shows a publisher actually being considerate to us long suffering PC gamers. It's extra nice because the original Gothic II stood no chance at all of running on my 64bit XP. This version however runs like a dream. For the purposes of not waiting until I retire and can no longer type due to rsi before reviewing all 3 in this box set I shall review Gothic II. This one, interestingly, seems to have a better reputation than Gothic 3. It has also been favourably compared to Morrowind, yet with several key elements that Morrowind, through all of it's hype, simply cannot match. Firstly and most impressively, there are NO load points. This obviously makes the game much more immersive. Also note the swaying trees and corn (something we had to wait for Oblivion to see in the Elderscrolls series). That's not all. Again in comparison to Morrowind, in Gothic II, when you enter a house the characters do not just stand there looking at you dumbly, they shout at you to get out, or summon the guards who will attack you. That's still not all. In Morrowind you can find npc's doing the exact same thing 24/7. Not so with Gothic II. After leaving behind the workers out in the fields during the day, I went back there at night to find them out of the fields and sitting round a fire up on the hill chilling - the rest of them were asleep in the sheds. It's touches like these that make you realise that through all of it's faults, the developers know what they're doing. Some of the voice acting is very iffy but because of all the other plus points this fails to bring the game down. Combat can be extremely irritating, but this is because you need to build up your skills through the game. The world feels alive and authentic, in spite of a few glitches here and there (and collision detection isn't the best !). Gothic II has had it's detractors and many would steer you straight to Morrowind/Oblivion. But Gothic II has a few tricks up it's sleeve that clearly demonstrate that the US is not the only country that is capable of making a really immersive, deep and extensive RPG, and you would really be missing out on a good long game if you passed this one by. So don't !!

  10.  Flytastic value


    For less than £7, I cannot imagine if you love The Fly, why you would NOT want to order this. My copy arrived today and I've just spent the last 2 hours 40 minutes watching the "enhanced" documentary, having spent a bit of time before that watching the deleted scenes and extended scenes. The extras are all there, far surpassing any previous dvd release of this film. The documentary features interviews with all the main actors in the film, all the key technical people, though sadly not with Cronenberg himself. It also features plenty of on-set footage and several times that footage is just left to play out, which is so much more pleasurable than getting the usual 3 second glimpse you're usually afforded in "making of" documentaries in these fly-like attention span offerings these days. The package itself is really nice - a tin case looking very flashy, and the dvds are sensibly mounted on extremely solid and robust spindles. As for the film itself well if you're buying this set my guess is that you've already seen it. If you haven't then now is your chance - it is a modern day classic if ever there was one, and with the genuine insight the documentary gives you (rather than the usual mere schmaltzing about how wonderful it was to make the film) there has never been a better time to own this film on dvd.