Enter July's DVD review competition for the chance to win £100 of Amazon vouchers
10 July 2012
We are delighted to announce that one of our regular competition entrants Kashif Ahmed has won Find-DVDs review competition this June for his excellent review of Coriolanus. Kashif often sends in several very well written, high quality reviews to the competition and many of them find their way into our judge's short list each month for selection of the overall prize-winner. Every review received for entry into the competition is read really carefully by our judge and the very best one is chosen for the prize. It doesn't matter if the review is praising the DVD or slating it, whether the DVD is a recently released one or an old favourite. The winning review is chosen irrespective of DVD genre and every one sending in an entry stands an equal chance of winning our generous £100 prize.
July's competition is already under way so if you would like to have a go – please do enter – another £100 worth of Amazon vouchers is waiting for this month's lucky winner. The competition is completely straightforward and so easy to enter. The rules are simple but we would particularly like to stress that your reviews should not be offensive to anybody in any way and that they should be entirely your own work and totally unique. So no plagiarising please (even in part) and please note - they must not appear anywhere else.
Find-DVD regularly receives some really excellent reviews from our visitors. To help get you started on your competition piece, why not read through some of the ones sent in by our past winners or have a look at some of the more recent entries that have only just been sent in. Remember – yours can be about any DVD that may be found on the Find-DVD site - from any subject or genre; Childrens, Action, Music, Sport, Horror – absolutely anything! So what are you waiting for – get reviewing!
Some excellent reviews received in June's competition (on our judge's shortlist) included:
Andrea Chettles review of The Woman in Black - For me, it didn't provide the thrills I was expecting but neither did it keep me awake and terrified for nights afterwards which is always a good thing
Ross McIndoes review of Ponyo - the Ghibli magic stems not from the films' stories but from their traditional hand-drawn animation and the endearing, albeit rather eccentric, characters that populate them
George Orton's review of Curb Your Enthusiasm - Complete HBO Season 1-8 - in all honesty, "incredibly petty and obsessed with detail" is a perfect way to describe the fictional Larry David that inhabits the 'Curb' universe. Luckily, he's kept in check by a host of weary colleagues and friends
Martin Freeman's review of The Artist - The silent nature of the film puts the emphasis even more on its performers, and George Valentin and Peppy Miller are fantastically acted by leading stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo
Edmund Pollard's review of The Dark Knight - Calling this film a sequel is an insult, as this film can stand on way more than two feet
But it was Kashif Ahmed's review of Coriolanus which had a slight edge this month and was deemed to be the overall winner this time. Kashif's winning review can be read in full below:
Coriolanus reviewed by Kashif Ahmed
Riveting adaptation of Shakespeare's play about an embittered Roman General who loathes the people, is betrayed by opportunistic politicians and ultimately joins forces with his arch-enemy to lead an assault against the city he once protected. Ralph Fiennes is on superb form as both director and lead, his portrayal of the aloof and arrogant Caius Martius Coriolanus is matched word for word by co-star Gerry Butler, equally impressive as charismatic rebel leader Tullus Aufidius. Updating the story to modern times, 'Coriolanus' begins in 'A place calling itself Rome' where public dissatisfaction is at an all-time high as Affidus intensifies his campaign: Executing captured Roman troops on camera and provoking the powers that be to send in Caius Martius to pacify the insurgency.
Fiennes directs the battle scenes with a sure hand and the war zone looks a lot like the former Yugoslavia, Chechnya or Dagestan. But the real conflicts take place in the corridors of power; where malicious machinations, deceit and treachery prove much worse than the bombs and bullets of the battlefield. 'Coriolanus' is easily the best dramatic performance of Ralph Fiennes career, Gerry Butler, though absent for long periods of time, is also a revelation; and his relationship with Coriolanus traverses the boundaries between respect, friendship and rivalry.
Vanessa Redgrave almost steals the show as Caius Matius's mother Volumina (the long scene where she tries to dissuade her son from attacking Rome is particularly good) whilst a strong supporting cast that includes Jessica Chastin, Brian Cox, Lubna Azabal, Ashraf Barhom and James Nesbit all play their parts well. But this is Fiennes film, and he takes home the lion's share of the best dialogue and turns the dry, military man into a sympathetic anti-hero of sorts. For you'll be hard pressed not to applaud the iambic blitzkrieg of scorn and vitriol that Fiennes brings with every attempt to make him a politician or acceptable to the masses. A particular favourite of mine is the scene where Coriolanus is asked to apologise for an earlier outburst and make amends with the senate:
An excellent adaptation the play: well-paced, acted and an impressive directorial debut from Fiennes. A must see.
More DVDs reviewed in Find-DVDs competition this June
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Boardwalk Empire - Season 1 (HBO) [Blu-ray][Region ...
My Family - Series 9
Wallander - Series 1-3 Box Set
Waking the Dead Series 1-9 Box Set
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