DVD Review: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa DVD CoverDistributor: StudioCanal

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Declan Lowney

Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montagu, Tim Key, Simon Greenall, Phil Cornwell, Monica Dolan, Sean Pertwee

Whenever a popular television programme character is given a movie you can almost hear the collective sighs of the nation as the inevitability of stretching out a half-hour sketch to fit a 90-minute movie usually means that all the good stuff will be done within the first act and the rest of the running time is spent with the main characters in a fish-out-of-water situation, thus taking away the reasons why the nation liked it in the first place. The difference with Continue reading

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DVD Review: Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

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Universal Soldier:  Day of Reckoning DVD CoverDistributor: StudioCanal

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: John Hyams

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins, Andrei Arlovski, Mariah Bonner

After his wife and young daughter are brutally murdered by Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme – Death Warrant/A.W.O.L.) during a home invasion, John (Scott Adkins – The Expendables 2) awakens from a coma suffering from amnesia and struggling to remember what exactly happened. But as he begins to piece together the events that destroyed his family he vows to avenge their deaths and hunt down the man responsible.

At the same time, Deveraux and Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren – Rocky IV/Battle of the Damned) are attempting to build an army consisting Continue reading

DVD Review: Robocop (2014)

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Robocop DVD CoverDistributor: StudioCanal

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: José Padilha

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson

Uh-oh! It’s that dreaded ‘R’ word again; no, not RoboCop but… ahem… remake/reboot/reimagining or whatever ‘re’ prefix it is this week. Although in this case it isn’t that much of a surprise as RoboCop is a franchise that hasn’t been particularly well served since Paul Verhoeven’s original movie became an instant classic back in 1987, despite the massive potential that it had, so of course a remake has been on the cards for a while. However, remaking RoboCop was always going to be Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Evil Dead (2013)

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Evil Dead BR CoverDistributor: StudioCanal

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Fede Alvarez

Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jim McLarty, Elizabeth Blackmore

It was only a matter of time before somebody got round to remaking The Evil Dead (in this case just called Evil Dead). Although the pros and cons with regards to remakes is an ongoing argument that isn’t going to go away anytime soon, it seems the idea of remaking Sam Raimi’s infamous low-budget gore classic got many people choking on their entrails and wondering how a vision created with such style and energy could be interpreted for a new generation who expect certain things from their horror films, things that don’t include stop-motion special effects and Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: The Witches (1966)

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The Witches BR CoverDistributor: StudioCanal

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Cyril Frankel

Starring: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Michele Dotrice, Leonard Rossiter, Ann Bell

Based on the novel The Devil’s Own by Peter Curtis, The Witches is one of the less spoken about films from the mid-period of Hammer’s first run of horror films, released amidst a flurry of Dracula and Frankenstein sequels, cave girl pictures and more popular standalone titles like The Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile.

After an incident with a witchdoctor whilst teaching in Africa, Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine – Ivanhoe) has a breakdown and returns to England to take up a position Continue reading