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Mark Craven  |  Jul 24, 2008  |  0 comments

Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana head the cast of this impressive period drama based on the best-selling 'historifiction' novel, with Bana's King Henry VIII (in his early, non-fat years) caught in a love triangle between Johansson's shy Mary Boleyn, and her calculating sister Anne (Portman).

Anton van Beek  |  May 24, 2013  |  0 comments

This penultimate run of the award-winning sitcom about the making of a live TV sketch show continues to deliver more laugh-out-loud gags per episode than the vast majority of its peers.  Technically, the triple-disc DVD release is pretty comparable to its predecessors. In other words, the anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer is generally sharp and colourful (although some excess softness creeps into a handful of shots) and the DD 5.1 mix is fair, despite not making that much use of the surrounds. Extras include a few commentaries and several videos relating to the season's live episode.

Anton van Beek  |  May 12, 2012  |  0 comments

The animated adventures of CIA agent Stan Smith and his extended family may have been running since 2005, but based on this seventh DVD volume (confusingly, home to the entirety of the show's sixth season) it's showing no signs of slowing down. Indeed, for my money, the 19 episodes in this three-disc set include some of the very best in the show's history - proving that American Dad! is just at confident in exploring the psychology of its characters as it is in making jokes about farts.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 15, 2010  |  0 comments

Comedy is a difficult thing to review. What makes one person roll around laughing on the floor will simply make another roll their eyes. Which makes reviewing something like this fifth volume of episodes from American Dad! pretty difficult. After all, the show has been on the air for five years now, and it wallows in almost exactly the same sense of pop culture-spoofing humour that show creator Seth MacFarlane has been peddling in Family Guy for over a decade now - so chances are, you already know whether this is your kind of thing or not.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 29, 2014  |  0 comments

Mark Gatiss' one-off drama about the creation of Doctor Who is a poignant and charming companion to the show's 50th anniversary episode. While the anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer on this DVD holds up rather well, it's a shame that there's no Blu-ray on the cards as a production this handsome is crying out to be seen in hi-def. Among the extras you'll find a touching tribute to William Hartnell, an 11-minute Making of… featurette, two deleted scenes and four reconstruction clips (including a fun cameo from Gatiss).

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 26, 2008  |  0 comments

I’m no stranger to the world of bad movies. After all, I’m the guy who reviewed Ratman and Loch Ness Terror for this website, and managed to find plenty to enjoy in both of them. However, even I was not prepared for the sheer awfulness that was about to be unleashed by the made-for-TV Anaconda 3: Offspring.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 04, 2016  |  0 comments

Hard as it may be to believe, it's been 35 years since Ashley J. Williams (Bruce Campbell) and his four doomed friends first journeyed to that isolated cabin in the woods in Sam Raimi's gore-splattered 1981 shocker The Evil Dead, and unwittingly unleashed an ancient evil on the world. Since then the character of Ash has developed a cult fanbase that has followed him through two equally iconic sequels (1987's Evil Dead II and 1992's Army of Darkness) and a host of comic book adventures (which continue to this day).

Anton van Beek  |  May 15, 2013  |  0 comments

This second series of Charlie Brooker's techno-Twilight Zone isn't quite as strong as the first, but still makes for thought-provoking TV.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 03, 2012  |  0 comments

It’s not easy being a Breaking Bad fan in the UK. Not only has the show all but disappeared from the airwaves, but the UK branch of Sony Pictures is almost a year behind its US counterpart in bringing it to DVD – and doesn’t even offer a Blu-ray version on this side of the Atlantic. Thankfully, this four-disc release goes some way to making up for all of the difficulties.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 16, 2012  |  0 comments

Newcomer 88 Films continues to unearth the gems in the Full Moon Pictures library with this latest release. Reuniting director Stuart Gordon with his Re-Animator stars Jeffrey Combes and Barbara Crampton, Castle Freak draws upon another Lovecraft story (The Outsider), only this time filtered through references to the Italian Giallo.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 28, 2014  |  0 comments

Following a rather hit-or-miss fourth season (or the 'gas-leak year' as it's referred to here), show creator Dan Harmon returned to the fold for this latest batch of 13 episodes, and in the process brought Community back to its geek-friendly best.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 25, 2013  |  0 comments

One of a glut of Aliens rip-offs that turned up in the second half of the '80s, Creepozoids is a heap of fun, even if it doesn't actually make a lick of sense.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 16, 2012  |  0 comments

Yûdai Yamaguchi’s latest is basically the Story of Ricky of baseball movies. Tak Sakaguchi stars as a rebellious youngster whose deadly baseball skills find him serving time in a prison run by Neo Nazis (don’t ask). What follows is a deliriously bad taste mix of slapstick splatter and hilariously awful CG effects – and it had me laughing like a drain throughout.

Anton van Beek  |  May 05, 2009  |  0 comments

Based on one of the lesser known works by writer and dramatist Edward Plunkett (better known as fantasy pioneer Lord Dunsany), this delightful shaggy dog story deals with an eccentric cleric who believes he had a past life as a canine. Set in the early years of the 20th century, the movie stars Jeremy Northam as Henslowe Fisk, a young man forced every Thursday to pay a visit to his cranky father Horatio (Peter O’Toole). The latter has closed himself off from the world since the death of his other son during the Boer War and the passing of his wife soon after.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 07, 2012  |  0 comments

After several seasons of being exiled to Earth, the end of The Three Doctors (the first storyline from the show's tenth season) saw John Pertwee's Doctor finally being given free-reign to roam the cosmos once again. While the subsequent adventure Carnival of Monsters found the time traveler and his companion Jo (Katy Manning) trapped inside an alien sideshow attraction, the next story Frontier in Space truly embraced the space-faring concept with a piece of pure space opera.

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