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Anton van Beek  |  Feb 20, 2018  |  0 comments

In the weeks leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, MI6 operative Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) arrives in the snow-covered city to track down a confidential list of undercover agents before it falls into the wrong hands. Aiding Lorraine in her assignment is eccentric local MI6 agent David Percival (James McAvoy) – although it isn't long before she starts to suspect that he may have his own plans for the list. And where does the mysterious woman (Sofia Boutella) who keeps tailing her everywhere fit into things?

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 19, 2011  |  0 comments

As far as movie taglines go ‘Inner city vs outer space’ is pretty damn snappy. Incredibly comedian-turned-filmmaker Joe Cornish has delivered a debut movie that more than lives up to it. 

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 29, 2013  |  0 comments

Back in 2010, Avatar was the hottest film around and home cinema enthusiasts couldn't wait to get their hands on a copy of the film in its native 3D.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 13, 2010  |  0 comments

Avatar is a frustrating film in so many ways, not least the fact that while Cameron has clearly spent years creating an engrossing and entirely believable new cinematic world, he then uses it as the backdrop for a fairly ordinary tale packed with wooden acting and leaden dialogue.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 24, 2012  |  0 comments

Take six Marvel superheroes. Add fan-favourite writer/director Joss Whedon. And what do you get? Only the best Summer blockbuster in years.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 16, 2015  |  0 comments

While Joss Whedon's 2012 smash Avengers Assemble remains one of the crown jewels (or should that be Infinity Stones?) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his blockbuster sequel is unlikely to be so fondly remembered by fans.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 25, 2010  |  0 comments

The Back to the Future Trilogy should play an integral part in every home cinema fan’s collection, standing proudly alongside the like of the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Alien boxsets.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 29, 2014  |  0 comments

Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron star in this inspired comedy about a young couple with a newborn baby forced to live next door to a raucous off-campus frat house. Mixing big belly laughs with acute observations about the anxieties that accompany the journey to adulthood, Bad Neighbours is one of the year's funniest films and (refreshingly) doesn't outstay its welcome thanks to a brisk 97-minute running time. In addition to attractive 1.85:1 imagery and powerful DTS-HD MA 5.1 sonics (just check out those party scenes), Universal's Blu-ray serves up some fun bonus bits.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 21, 2013  |  0 comments

A group of tsunami survivors find they've more to worry about than just keeping dry in this high-concept 3D b-movie; trapped inside a submerged supermarket, they also have to contend with a killer shark swimming up and down the aisles. Much better than the lamentable Shark Night 3D, this Australian flick is a fun watch and boasts some effective stereoscopy thanks to the Blu-ray's crisply-rendered MVC 1.78:1 picture. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix also has real bite, with strong dynamics and good bass presence. Extras take the form of a 44-minute Making of… and the trailer.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 06, 2011  |  0 comments

Bambi is possibly Walt Disney’s crowning achievement in feature animation. Based on the popular book by Austrian author Felix Salten, this story of a young fawn and his woodland friends might boast a fairly sleight 70min running time, but into that it packs some of the most beautiful hand-drawn animation ever committed to celluloid, a simple yet effective narrative that set the template for countless animated films to follow and some heart-wrenching scenes that can still turn adults into a blubbering mess. Truly magical.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 19, 2013  |  0 comments

Now here's a strong contender for 2013's biggest guilty pleasure. This testosterone-laden tale of a former criminal masquerading as a small-town sheriff is the kind of pulp TV series that pulls you in with its lurid mix of violence and sex, but keeps you hooked with its colourful cast of characters and unpredictable storylines. As you'd expect from an HBO release (even one for a Cinemax series such as this), Banshee has been given exemplary treatment on Blu-ray. The AVC 1.78:1 1080p visuals and DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio are both excellent – and there's no shortage of quality bonus features.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 12, 2015  |  0 comments

With its rather carefree approach to sex and violence, this Showtime series became a guilty pleasure among Team HCC when it first surfaced back in 2013.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 05, 2012  |  0 comments

Roger Vadim’s 1968 star vehicle for then wife Jane Fonda is an extremely odd movie. Based on a French comic book series, Barbarella wastes no time on such niceties as plot or characterisation. Instead, it’s all about a sultry babe playing dress-up and having a series of erotic encounters in outer space. It should, therefore, be absolute rubbish, but the tongue-in-cheek nature of the whole endeavour, coupled with Fonda’s brilliant central performance, lifts Barbarella to a higher plateau. Not necessarily a ‘good’ film in the traditional sense, but still a lot of fun.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 08, 2013  |  0 comments

It may not be Mario Bava's most inspired film (to put it mildly), but that hasn't stopped Arrow from pulling out all the stops with this release. The Blu-ray offers a choice of three versions of the film - the original Italian cut, the export version of the same and the seven-minute shorter US edit - all handsomely restored and presented as AVC 1.74:1 1080p encodes. The LPCM 2.0 mono soundtracks are equally impressive. Arrow's typically satisfying selection of extra features include a commentary, trailers, a Bava at Work behind-the-scenes photo gallery and an interview with fellow Italian filmmaker Rugero Deodato.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 25, 2013  |  0 comments

Frank Henenlotter's gory skid row shocker about a young man and his monstrous Siamese twin doesn't seem like an obvious choice for a hi-def remaster. But we're pleasantly surprised by the fidelity of the AVC 1.33:1 1080p encode and how it helps reinforce the grain and grime of the original 16mm footage. The two bigger-budget sequels fare better in terms of AV, although the quality of the actual films dips with each instalment. A refreshingly frank 79-minute examination of the making of the trilogy is the pick of the set's copious extras.

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