Blu-ray Review: Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013)


Ninja: Shadow of a Tear BR CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Isaac Florentine

Starring: Scott Adkins, Kane Kosugi, Mika Hijii, Tim Man, Markus Waldow

Of course, back in the golden years of the 1980s you couldn’t move for a tidal wave of ninja films that seemed to fill up the shelves of VHS rental shops across the whole of the country. They were usually made by production companies like Cannon, starred Michael Dudikoff, Shô Kosugi or Cynthia Rothrock (if you fancied a female spin on the genre) and had titles like American Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, Pray For Death and Ninja III: The Domination. Apart from Shô Kosugi’s Ninja Assassin in 2010, the ninja film hasn’t really been well served since those halcyon days but maybe that will change now that Ninja: Shadow of a Tear is here to dazzle us with displays of brilliantly choreographed violence and a lead actor with Continue reading


Blu-ray Review: The Wolverine (2013)


The Wolverine BR CoverDistributor: 20th Century Fox

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Haruhiko Yamanouchi

Ever since 2000s X-Men brought the superhero film out of the limbo that Joel Schumacher’s limp Batman & Robin dragged it into in the late-90s, Hugh Jackman’s take on Wolverine has proven to be one of the most popular modern movie protagonists, albeit one that hasn’t quite had his defining film made yet. Despite being the standout character in the X-Men films, they were really ensemble pieces and 2009s X-Men Origins: Wolverine proved to be something of a disappointment to many fans with a jumbled mess of a back-story, too many secondary characters and cheap CGI effects losing ground to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Marvel’s production line of Avengers-related product. Which brings us to Continue reading

DVD Review: Hammer of the Gods (2013)


Hammer of the Gods DVD CoverDistributor: eOne Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Farren Blackburn

Starring: Charlie Bewley, Alexandra Dowling, Clive Standen, Glynis Barber, Ivan Kaye

Hammer of the Gods is the debut feature film from director Farren Blackburn and sees a pretty strong cast of veteran actors and rising stars going head-to-head in a tale of Viking invasion and brotherly betrayal.

Set in 871 A.D. the film is based around Viking Prince Steinar (Charlie Bewley – The Twilight Saga), who is ordered by his ailing father King Bagsecg (James Cosmo – Trainspotting) to go and find his long-lost brother Hakan Continue reading

Digital Review: Final Recall (2017)


Final Recall DVD CoverDistributor: Signature Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Mauro Borrelli

Starring: Wesley Snipes, RJ Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre, Laura Bilgeri, Niko Pepaj, Hannah Rose May

Final Recall, a.k.a. The Recall in the US, is the latest entry into the alien abduction library, stars action veteran Wesley Snipes (Passenger 57/Blade) along with RJ Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre, Laura Bilgeri, Niko Pepaj and Hannah Rose May, is directed by Mauro Borrelli (Total Recall). In short, five friends go camping in the wilderness and run into ‘The Hunter’ (Snipes) and an alien attack.

As the story unfolds the campers mistake the Hunter for a “mountain man who may or may not be a cannibal”; it seems like the five main characters have spent as much time watching hillbilly cannibal Continue reading

DVD Review: Killing Season (2013)


Killing Season DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Starring: Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Milo Ventimiglia, Elizabeth Olin

Killing Season brings Hollywood giants Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver/Raging Bull) and John Travolta (Grease/Pulp Fiction) together on-screen for the first time in a story about two veterans of the Bosnian War who both carry the baggage of what they did in the conflict. Retired US Colonel Benjamin Ford (De Niro) lives a quiet life in a log cabin up in the hills, having swapped hunting rifles for a camera to photograph the wildlife. Ford still suffers from a leg injury caused by trapped shrapnel from the war and, along Continue reading