Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter / Night Watch / Day Watch Triple Pack DVD|
Abraham Lincoln Vampire HunterMany 2012 genre movies have developed a worrisome postmodern tic, often rushing to point out their own ridiculousness before the audience even gets a chance to get swept up and taken in. The historical monster mash Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is profoundly silly--even sillier, possibly, than the title suggests--but it conducts itself with an admirably straight face. Seth Grahame-Smith's script (based on his own novel) finds the Young Mr. Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) set on a path of righteous vengeance after watching his mother get fatally fanged. As he studies the law and woos the ravishing Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) by day, the nights find him throwing down with an unending army of the undead. When he discovers the plot of a master vampire (the excellently dry Rufus Sewell) to conquer the United States, he makes the fateful decision to throw his hat (and silver-bladed axe) into the ring of national politics. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, the Night Watch series) brings a wide-eyed fervour to the material, offering tantalising hints of a larger mythology while also glorying in the wonky kineticism of the plentiful action sequences. (He's aided in his mission by legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, who gives the images an old-timey View-Master texture.) Scholars of the historical record may well develop the vapours, but for susceptible viewers, the film's wink-free approach and exceedingly game performers make it frightfully easy to sit back, switch off, and bask in its poker-faced outrageousness. Many movies have had somebody thrown by a horse; this movie has a bad guy pick up a horse and throw it at the hero. Brothers and sisters, there is a difference. --Andrew Wright Night WatchNight Watch is that rare film that--like The Matrix--is not only visually dazzling but creates an intriguing, seductive, and thrilling alternative world. A young man named Anton, after dabbling in black magic to bring back the wife who left him, discovers that the world is populated by fantastical Others (vampires, shape-shifters, witches, and more) who have chosen sides--Light or Dark--in an epic battle. A truce has been declared; both sides watch the other to ensure the truce is maintained. But a prophecy has predicted that a powerful Other will tilt the balance, and Anton--who is himself an Other--finds himself crucial to the prophecy's fulfillment. There's no question that Night Watch has weaknesses. Numerous plot holes get glossed over by pell-mell pacing, the visual conception of the apocalyptic battle between Light and Dark is curiously pedestrian (a bunch of knights fighting a bunch of guys in fur with swords--what happened to their various powers?), and more--but, much like similar problems with The Matrix, it doesn't matter. The alternative world Night Watch presents is so rich with possibilities that it takes on a life of its own, both as an imaginative universe and as a vivid metaphor for the moral complexities of our own lives--for example, though the forces of Light claim to be good, their often brutal actions call their virtue into question, and the forces of Dark make some compelling moral arguments on the topic. The movie is so overstuffed with ideas that many don't get fleshed out, but that only contributes to the sense of vitality and unexplored dimensions. Even the subtitles are used creatively. The impending sequels (this is the first film of a trilogy) may--like The Matrix--take all the stimulating possibilities Night Watch raises and drag them into the toilet, but for the moment, this is the sort of electric excitement that blockbuster movies promise but so rarely deliver. --Bret Fetzer Day WatchThe dizzying supernatural Russian epic started in Night Watch continues with Day Watch, in which once again the battle between the forces of Light (the Night Watch) and Dark (the Day Watch) threatens to crack open the world as we know it. The plot centers around Anton (Russian superstar Konstantin Khabensky), an Other (one of many beings with varied supernatural powers) whose son, Yegor, has joined the Day Watch, who are grooming him to be their superpowerful savior. Anton's protégé, Svetlana, also has high-capacity power, and if Yegor and Svetlana come into conflict, the resulting devastation could shatter everything. The key to success seems to lie with the Chalk of Fate, a simple piece of chalk that can rewrite reality. Day Watch is full of plotholes and underdeveloped story points (at one point, to keep him safe, Anton's consciousness is switched into the body of his Night Watch colleague Olga--but mere moments later the Day Watch knows what's happened, before any suspense could be mined from it; as a result, this promising plot twist seems only to exist to allow for some girl-on-girl action), but it's forgivable. As with the first film, Day Watch bubbles over with its wildly imaginative world, its ravishing style, and its fantastic visual effects. If a Hollywood blockbuster had half as much creativity, it would be praised to the skies and be the hit of the year. Don't let the subtitles put you off (particularly since even the subtitles reflect the movie's wit and imagination)--Day Watch is a cinematic feast that any movie fan should devour. --Bret Fetzerfrom£3.25 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play A collection of vampire horror films directed by Timur Bekmambetov In Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (2012) Benjamin Walker stars as Abraham Lincoln the 19th-century United States president who is fictionally portrayed in the film as having a secret identity as a vampire hunter After Lincoln&39;s mother is killed by a supernatural creature he makes it his life&39;s mission to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers Dominic Cooper and Rufus Sewell co-star Night Watch (2004) tells the story of the &39;Others&39; who whilst living amongst normal humans possess a range of supernatural powers They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark having signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle Ever since the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires whilst a &39;Night Watch&39; of light forces among them Anton (Konstantin Khabensky) tries to control them and limit their outrage Finally in the sequel Day Watch (2006) over a year has passed since the denouement of the original film Anton (Khabensky) continues to fight the forces of Darkness while simultaneously attempting to find and save his son (Dmitry Martinov) who has become a great Dark Other from those same forces But when Dark Others start mysteriously being murdered and Anton is framed for the killings he must put his goal on hold and try to escape the Day Watch who are out looking for his blood
A collection of vampire horror films directed by Timur Bekmambetov. In 'Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter' (2012), Benjamin Walker stars as Abraham Lincoln, the 19th-century United States president, who is fictionally portrayed in the film as having a secret identity as a vampire hunter. After Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, he makes it his life's mission to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers. Dominic Cooper and Rufus Sewell co-star. 'Night Watch' (2004) tells the story of the 'Others', who, whilst living amongst normal humans, possess a range of supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, having signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires, whilst a 'Night Watch' of light forces, among them Anton (Konstantin Khabensky), tries to control them and limit their outrage. Finally, in the sequel 'Day Watch' (2006), over a year has passed since the denouement of the original film. Anton (Khabensky) continues to fight the forces of Darkness while simultaneously attempting to find and save his son (Dmitry Martinov), who has become a great Dark Other, from those same forces. But when Dark Others start mysteriously being murdered and Anton is framed for the killings, he must put his goal on hold and try to escape the Day Watch who are out looking for his blood.
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