Tuesday, 31 July 2012

AMERICAN WARSHIPS DVD review

Yes, the review you've all been waiting for is finally here. American Warships/Battleships/the latest Asylum mockbuster is now out on DVD. But is it any good and how does it compare to its bigger, stronger cousin, Peter Berg's Battleship?

Monday, 30 July 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

Get out of my dreams, get into my DVD collection; this week's selection contains one shining light of a re-release and the star of one of the biggest films of all time sharing the screen with an ex-Hollyoaks cast member.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Ghostbusters - Yes, it's true, this man has more discs.

If, like me, you snapped up a copy of Ghostbusters when it was released on Blu-ray back in 2009, prepare to feel a slight bit of regret that you didn't wait a while.



Instead of releasing the under appreciated (but admittedly nowhere near as good) Ghostbusters 2 on the Blu-ray format, the bigwigs in 'Hollywood' have decided to make us loyal, honest Ghostbusters fans have a second bite of the cherry by releasing the film in a nice new steelbook edition. What's so different about this edition you may ask? Well, from first appearances it would seem to be nothing except the tin (artwork TBC, obviously), as I'm pretty sure that's exactly the same disc that is gracing my now inferior, unloved copy of the film.



So, not only do I now own Ghostbusters on a VHS i'll never need to play, a DVD that I don't need because I bought the re-released version in slime green packaging, the re-released version in slime green packaging that became inferior with the arrival of the Blu-ray, but i'll soon be buying the same film on the same format with the same extras purely because the steelbook packaging looks pretty. Don't judge me.



If 'busting makes you feel good too, the steelbook edition is due for release on November 5th and can be pre-ordered from Amazon now.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster - Trailer



In my humble opinion, anyone who considers themselves a true film fan should know the name Drew Struzan and if they don't, luckily there's a new documentary on the way that should fix that. Not literally the man behind the poster (they would have been incredibly hard to paint so he tends to stand in front of it), he is the man who created some of the most indelible film poster images of the last 35 years, be it Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Hellboy, Rambo, The Thing, Star Wars... the list goes on. 


Held in such high esteem by the directors who've been fortunate enough to have a Drew Struzan poster grace their film's promotional campaign, most of the big guns (Lucas, Del Toro, Spielberg, Darabont) appear in this documentary to talk about his artwork and what effect they think it's had on the audiences perception of their films.


There isn't a single filmmaker in the world who wouldn't want a Drew Struzan poster for their film, now the elder statesman of film poster designers and still the high benchmark for up-and-comers like Olly Moss, Sam Gilbey and Tom Hodge. This doc allows us a closer look at the man at work, now semi-retired and able to choose the projects he wants to do, and offers us the first meeting between Struzan and Harrison Ford, the man whose face he has probably drawn more than any other.


An intriguing looking doc for anyone with an interest in poster art, there's no clear indication yet as to when this is going to be released. Imagine what the poster might look like though...

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

STRAWBERRY FIELDS review

Starring Christine Bottomley and Anna Madeley, this sexually fuelled drama set in the fruit picking fields of Kent is now in cinemas.

Monday, 16 July 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

Welcome to the only place you need to be if you like films with puppets, zombies, real-life Navy SEALs or three breasted prostitutes. Oh, and Mark Wahlberg.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Not So Hunky Dory - How I Managed To Make Life Just A Little Bit Harder For A Small Welsh Film





What do you get when you cross one inquisitive film blogger, one of the world's best known film magazines and a small Minnie Driver starring Welsh independent musical-comedy with an erroneous quote on its DVD cover? This whole debacle...

Monday, 9 July 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

In another quiet week for DVD and Blu-ray releases, one new comedy stands head and shoulders above the rest of the week's questionable horror ideas and potential lawsuit provoking rip-offs.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

If you're looking for the year's most ridiculous film concept, it's this one.


In an industry that's constantly having to deal with criticism that it's running out of new ideas, it's good to see that there are still some blue sky thinkers out there. Sure, the plot for the upcoming Bait 3D may be a mere whisker away from a number of other films and boil down to 'shark in a supermarket', but what's wrong with that? An Australian production starring The Twilight Saga's Xavier Samuel and Nip/Tuck's Julian McMahon (who I'm pretty sure isn't in the trailer), thanks to this film we'll finally get the answer to the age old question of who would win in a fight between a shark and a tiny little dog.

Admittedly borrowing elements from The Mist, Tremors and that shark movie people are always talking about (no, not Deep Blue Sea), any film that has someone using a wire shopping basket as a shark-proof helmet is okay by me. Also, bonus points for using "clean up on aisle 7" as its poster tagline.