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Battle Royale | DVD | (21/01/2002)
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With the Japanese currently leading the way in thought-provoking cinematic violence it’s only fitting that Kenta Fukasaku’s Battle Royale is being touted as A Clockwork Orange for the 21st century. Based on the novel by Koshun Takami, the film opens with a series of fleeting images of unruly Japanese school kids, whose bad behaviour provides a justification for the "punishments" which will ensue. To be honest, anyone who has grown up with Grange Hill will view these aggressive teenagers’ acts as pretty moderate, but in the context of Japanese culture, their lack of respect is a challenge to the traditional values of respecting ones elders. Once the prequel has been dispensed with, the classmates are drugged and awaken on an island where they find they have been fitted with dog collars that monitor their every move. Instructed by their old teacher ("Beat" Takeshi) with the aid of an upbeat MTV-style video, they are told of their fate: after an impartial lottery they have been chosen to fight each other in a three-day, no-rules contest, the "Battle Royale". Their only chance of survival in the "Battle" is through the death of all their classmates. Some pupils embrace their mission with zeal, while others simply give up or try to become peacemakers and revolutionaries. However, the ultimate drive for survival comes from the desire to protect the one you love. The film looks like a war-flick on occasions, with intense Apocalypse Now-style imagery (check out the classical score blasted over the tannoys with sweeping shots of helicopters). Yet, Battle Royale works on many different levels, highlighting the authorities’ desperation to enforce law and order and the alienation caused by the generation gap. But whether you view the film as an important social commentary or simply enjoy the adrenalin-fuelled violence, this is set to become cult viewing for the computer game generation and beyond. --Nikki Disney
Universal Soldier Quadrilogy | DVD | (11/02/2013)
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In 1992 action movie superstars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren teamed up for one of the most successful science fiction thrillers of the early nineties, Universal Soldier. Not only was it a box office smash but spawned three popular sequels, gaining an instant cult following amongst both sci-fi and martial arts fans. The original Universal Soldier follows Luc Deveraux (Van Damme) and Andrew Scott (Lundgren), two soldiers killed in Vietnam who are raised from the dead in a bizarre government experiment. Genetically altered and modified they're both transformed into indestructible killing machines, warriors programmed to kill. The Return sees Deveraux in conflict with the unstoppable Seth, a newly formed Unisol intent on cold-blooded annihilation. In Regeneration Deveraux is reactivated in order to stop a nuclear catastrophe and is forced to face and old enemy. Day Of Reckoning takes the franchise to a new level as a renegade squadron of surviving Unisols go Awol with one objective: total global destruction. Universal Soldier Special Features: Commentary, Guns, Genes and Fighting Machines Featurette Trailer Alternative Ending A Tale of Two Titans Universal Soldier: The Return Special Features: Jean-Claude Van Damme: Looking Back, Moving Forward Featurette Michael J White: A Universal Soldier's Workout Making of Universal Soldier Regeneration Special Features: Making of Universal Soldier: Behind the Lines Trailer Audio Commentary Universal Soldier of Reckoning Special Features: Interviews with Director John Hyams and Actors Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins
The Art Of War | DVD | (18/06/2001)
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Poorly received on its theatrical release, The Art of War is a film which deserves a second look. Plot-wise it's a routinely complicated thriller full of double-crosses and sudden shifts of perspective, as Wesley Snipes, secret fixer for the UN, tries to find out who killed the Chinese Ambassador to stop a trade pact and what it is that interpreter Marie Matiko knows that means people are trying to kill her. There are good performances here--Donald Sutherland as a Secretary General who takes good care not to know what is done in the name of peace, Anne Archer as Snipes' power-dressed controller, and Maury Chaykin as a world-weary FBI man who finds himself dragged around New York in Snipes' high-speed wake--but what is memorable is the look of the film. Presenting a New York of building sites and mirrored apartment buildings and rain on glass in twilight, contemporary techno-noir has never been quite so coherently imagined and set. On the DVD: This is a film which comes into its own in widescreen and on DVD simply because its visual aspect is most of the point. This disc is not generous with features, simply providing scene access and the theatrical trailer, which makes rather more reference to Sun Tzu's classic of military strategy than the film ever bothers to. However, its combination of Dolby Sound and 2.35:1 widescreen ratio plays to the movie's strengths. --Roz Kaveney
Lady Vengeance | Blu Ray | (25/01/2010)
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The cinematic flair and narrative surprises that marked Park Chan-Wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy continue in this third and concluding part of the director's thematically-linked trilogy of revenge. Intense and inventive the film follows the progress of beautiful impassive Lee Geum-ja (Lee Young-Ae) after she's released from prison having served 13 years for the kidnap and murder of a young boy. Once on the outside she hooks up with some former cellmates a preacher who thinks she's an angel the detective who originally arrested her and the daughter she gave up for adoption gathering around her all the people needed to carry out an elaborate plan of revenge. Her target is kindergarten teacher Mr. Baek (Oldboy star Choi Min-Sik) while her weapon(s)-of-choice are unexpected and highly personal. This is striking and ghoulishly entertaining stuff a highwire act poised between horror tragedy comedy and exploitation. With the aid of Oldboy Director of Photography Jeong Joeng-Hun who employs some neat tricks and brings a vibrant beauty to the dark proceedings Park ensures there's never a dull moment.
Ill Manors (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) | Blu Ray | (08/10/2012)
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We are all products of our environment. Some environments are just harder to survive in.Welcome to London, 2012. Home of the Olympic Games. Behind the veil of newly injected prosperity lies a community that's impossible to enter and even harder to escape...After 15 years in prison, ex-dealer Kirby wants three simple things; to take back his turf, to get laid and to take revenge on the gangsters who have disrespected him. But a humiliating run-in with his former protg sparks a chain of violence, vengeance and lethal reprisals that ripple through the community of drug dealers, pimps, and innocents all swept up into the cycle of violence and deception.Then there is Aaron, street-wise yet vulnerable, just trying to get by and do the right thing while his ruthless friend Ed will stop at nothing to reclaim a mobile phone, leading to deadly consequences.The highly anticipated feature length debut of award-winning musician Plan B (aka Ben Drew), Ill Manors is an explosive, unique crime thriller. Narratively linked through original music from Plan B himself, the film is a groundbreaking, visually stunning and gripping experience, laced with street-wise humour.
Death Race 2000 | DVD | (27/11/2000)
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Death Race 2000, Paul Bartel's 1975 cheapo satire about a futuristic international sport--an anything-goes car race where drivers score points for hitting pedestrians--stars David Carradine as a hero behind the wheel and Sylvester Stallone as his nemesis. The film is clever and macabre enough as a modernist satire, but finally overplays its hand in grim, decadent humour. The sets are gloriously artificial, and former Andy Warhol-star Mary Woronov is in sexy, comic form. --Tom Keogh
Sin City | DVD | (01/10/2007)
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Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough the corrupt the brokenhearted. Some call it dark. Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home. Crooked cops. Sexy dames. Desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge. Others lust after redemption. And then there are those hoping for a little of both. A universe of unlikely and reluctant heroes still trying to do the right thing in a city that refuses to care. Three stories - shocking suspenseful and searing - come to the fore in the motion picture from co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez with special guest director Quentin Tarantino.
The War Zone | DVD | (29/04/2002)
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As unflinching and bleak as it is beautiful, Tim Roth's directorial debut The War Zone is remarkably accomplished filmmaking. Adapted by Alexander Stuart from his own novel, the film centres on a family that has just moved from London to the wind-swept seaside during winter. The relative isolation soon reveals an ongoing incestuous relationship between the working-class father (Ray Winstone) and his 17-year-old-daughter, Jessie. The middle-class mother (Tilda Swinton) has just given birth to their third child and desperately avoids knowing the truth, leaving Tom, the younger brother, with the horrific responsibility of exposing the family secret. Fearless in its hard-fought depiction of incest, The War Zone pulls no punches; this vivid portrayal of abuse within a family and the scathed consciousness that results is not for the faint of heart. True to his theatre background, Roth doesn't explain how or where such brutal choices were first taken, choosing rather to let the actors bear the ambiguities and anguish of a terrible knowledge in the their body language.--Fionn Meade, Amazon.com
The Punisher | Blu Ray | (09/02/2009)
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Marvel Comics presents a second big-screen version of The Punisher with this action-packed adaptation from screenwriter-turned-director Jonathan Hensleigh. Frank Castle (Tom Jane) is a retired F.B.I. agent spurred into action after the merciless slaying of his wife father and son. Adopting the superhero guise of The Punisher Castle aims to wreak vengeance for his dead family by tracking down the culprits responsible for their demise. All clues point to Howard Saint (John Travolta) a ruthless businessman and nightclub owner whose son was mistakenly killed by Castle in a botched undercover operation back in his F.B.I. days. Unique amongst Marvel superheroes The Punisher possesses no special powers just remarkable strength parried with a blind determination to avenge his family. As he hunts down Saint Castle surrounds himself with three fellow societal outcasts to get the job done namely Joan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) Bumpo (John Pinette) and Dave (Ben Foster).
Sin City | UMD | (26/09/2005)
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Born to Fight (Tony Jaa) | DVD | (23/04/2007)
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Thailand's top action Director Panna Rittikrai stars in this action-packed crime thriller that many consider to be his best work. Panna plays an ex-cop turned private eye, who is paid mega-bucks by a Hong Kong agent to look for a lawyer who is on the run from a big Hong Kong syndicate calling themselves the Black Dragon Gang. The Lawyer also happens to look like the father of a local Thai kingpin and soon Panna finds himself up to his neck in trouble - not only has he to deal with the Black Dragon and their ninja-style assassins but also the kingpin's Thai boxers, swordsmen and biker gang before he can deliver the lawyer into safe hands.Untold action, insane stunts and the realistic foot-to-face action we except from Thailand's best. In fact the film was so popular that Panna went on to make two sequels in 2003. This is the first time this film has been released outside Thailand.
Fight Club | DVD | (31/10/2005)
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First Rule: You do not talk about Fight Club. Second Rule: You do not talk about Fight Club. Third Rule: When someone says Stop or goes limp the fight is over. Fourth Rule: Only two guys to a fight. Fifth Rule: One fight at a time. Sixth Rule: No shirts no shoes. Seventh Rule: Fights go on as long as they have to. Eighth Rule: If this is your first night at Fight Club you have to fight... Jack (Edward Norton) is a chronic insomniac desperate to escape his excruciatingly boring life. That's when he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) a charismatic soap salesman with a twisted philosophy. Tyler believes self-improvement is for the weak; it's self-destruction that really makes life worth living. Before long Jack and Tyler are beating each other to a pulp in a bar parking lot a cathartic slugfest that delivers joys of physical violence. Jack and Tyler form a secret Fight Club that becomes wildly successful. But there's a shocking surprise waiting for Jack that will change everything... Pitt and Norton deliver knockout performances in this stunningly original darkly comic film from David Fincher based on the controversial book by Chuck Palahniuk.