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Anton van Beek  |  Aug 21, 2015  |  0 comments

The quintessential Cannon Films action franchise, the American Ninja films continue to hold a special place in the hearts of those who grew up in the '80s.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 16, 2013  |  0 comments

Ignoring the forgettable made-for-DVD sequels, this latest slice of …Pie picks up the story of the original characters as they return to their home town for a high school reunion. Cue a contrived and lacklustre comedy that fails in its goal of recapturing the charm and wit of the original film. This generous hi-def package serves up two cuts of the movie with richly coloured AVC 1.85:1 1080p imagery and front-heavy DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio. Extras include an audio commentary from the writers and directors, an on-screen cast commentary and much, much more.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 31, 2015  |  0 comments

The title may recall memories of direct-to-video thrillers gone by, but there's nothing B-movie about this adaptation of the best-selling biography by US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hollywood fave Bradley Cooper, it's a handsomely-staged A-list endeavour. Unfortunately, it's immensely serious and rather lacking in thrills.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 17, 2014  |  0 comments

This belated sequel to Will Ferrell's 2004 comedy smash Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy moves the action from the mid-'70s to the early '80s as Ron (Will Ferrell) is hired to be one of the anchors on the world's first 24-hour news station. Stuck in the graveyard shift, Ron's team decides to focus on trivial but attention-grabbing newscasts and celebrity gossip, which makes them a ratings smash and changes the landscape of news reporting.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 13, 2013  |  0 comments

Against all the odds, director Joe Wright has managed to find a fresh approach to Tolstoy's novel with this 12th bigscreen adaptation. Wright stages the story within the confines of an artificial theatre setting to act as a 'metaphor for Russian society at the time' and 'the roles we all play in life'. If this all sounds rather dull and conceptual, it's not – instead it adds a lavish visual conceit to this well-worn story of love, and those visuals look great in 1080p courtesy of the Blu-ray's richly saturated VC-1 2.40:1 encode.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 22, 2018  |  0 comments

The creepy doll from The Conjuring is back and the good news is that this new movie represents a vast step up in quality over the previous solo outing.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 10, 2016  |  0 comments

Earlier in the year, superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron lit up the box office but failed to capture the energy and thrills of the original. 2015 suddenly looked set to be the year that the cracks started to show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, what hope was there for the studio's next outing; a film about a hero whose powers consist of shrinking and talking to ants? Let alone one that had already been tarnished by the acrimonious departure of fan-favourite filmmaker Edgar Wright. Could it be that we were looking at Marvel's first major flop?

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 13, 2010  |  0 comments

Apocalypse Now is one of the great films of American cinema. As much a disturbing journey into the human psyche as it is a voyage into the unknown during the Vietnam war, Francis Ford Coppola’s epic 1979 war film is quite simply a masterpiece in every single regard and for many represents the last great gasp of US cinema before it was swallowed up by the blockbuster mentality that followed in the wake of Jaws and Star Wars.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 19, 2013  |  0 comments

Buried away on 5USA here in the UK, there's a good chance that most people are still unaware of this hilarious animated spy spoof – so thank heavens for Blu-ray. Indeed, 20th Century Fox's stunning hi-def releases remain the best way to watch the show, and this latest two-disc set is no exception. The AVC 1.78:1 1080p encodes across all 13 episodes are nigh-on flawless, with excellent colour fidelity and crisp delineation throughout. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 sonics also impress with their clarity and potency. And while the extras are a little thin on the ground, what's here is almost as much fun as the show itself.

Anton van Beek  |  May 09, 2012  |  0 comments

The brilliantly filthy, bitingly funny animated spy spoof returns looking bigger and better than ever. While the debut season took a few episodes to really find its groove, this second year hits the ground running and races through 13 hilarious episodes that see secret agent Sterling Archer dealing with an over-sexed 16-year old German heiress, a prostitute who claims he’s the father of her baby, breast cancer and continuing problems with his mother/boss.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 29, 2013  |  0 comments

In November 1979, the US embassy in Tehran was overrun by a pro-Ayatollah force that took the personnel hostage. While the world watched the crisis unfold, what nobody outside of the US government knew was that six officials had managed to escape and were holed up in secret at the Canadian ambassador's residence.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Following the sudden arrival of a dozen alien spacecraft around the globe, linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is approached by the US military to aid them in translating the alien visitors. Together with a team of mathematicians and scientists (including physicist Ian Donnelly, played by Jeremy Renner), Louise discovers that the squid-like aliens, dubbed 'heptapods', communicate with complex symbols and starts working on a method of decoding their language. Meanwhile, tensions and paranoia about the aliens' true intentions see world governments isolating themselves from each other, leading to the possibility of a new global conflict.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 03, 2018  |  0 comments
It turns out that there's more than was originally announced when it comes to Arrow Video's upcoming Limited Edition Blu-ray release of Candyman, including one particular treat that is sure to make fans very happy indeed.
Anton van Beek  |  Dec 24, 2012  |  0 comments

Not at the heights of the best of Pixar or DreamWorks, but Aardman's latest CG 'toon is still plenty of fun and a great AV experience in hi-def. The disc includes both 2D and 3D 1.85:1 1080p presentations of the film, with the latter proving incredibly convincing in its ability to create the impression of depth and volume. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is just as satisfying, making use of the entire soundstage. Extras include a trio of Making of… featurettes, a Justin Bieber music video (with its own short Making of…) and five animation progression reels.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 28, 2018  |  0 comments

When it comes to the Evil Dead franchise, there's nothing that Bruce Campbell won't put himself through. Over the course of three films and two seasons of this belated TV spin-off, the actor has been bruised and abused on a regular basis.