Stardust (Region 2) DVD Review


 In the fantasy tale Stardust a man crosses a forbidden entrance in a wall that leads him to an alternate world. His objective is to bring back a star to prove his love to a woman (Sienna Miller). There is only one catch…he finds the star is not a rock but Claire Danes. (A little hard to transport!)
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The Nanny Diaries (Region 2) DVD Review


About The Nanny Diaries. In short since its not aimed at a male audience the best way to describe it is to say it’s the most recent book to movie conversion in the chick flick genre. This time it’s Scarlett Johansson in a fish out of water situation as someone who suddenly becomes a nanny for the really upper class with no experience.
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Shoot Em Up (Region 2) DVD Review


 Shoot Em Up has bystander Clive Owen interrupt in a murder saving a pregnant woman’s child. What happens is a shoot more, think less movie with constant strong gunplay from the first scene to the last. Taking along old associate Monica Bellucci Owen takes on main hired bad guy Paul Giamatti and his endless stream of henchmen. There are some funny scenes like his having to order more men over the phone. Its just like he was ordering a pizza. When the film is over there is no doubt that Giamatti steals the show.

If you are looking for a deep movie with a lot of emotional content for those actors wanting Oscars this is not it. Forget the loose storyline and all you have is 75 minutes of gunplay where your mind must be firmly switched off. Lets face it that’s not a bad thing. You do end up feeling though that the movie is more a one watch rental and not a purchase though.

DVD extras are deleted/alternate Scenes, commentary by Writer/Director Michael Davies, Ballet of bullets: Making Shoot ‘Em Up, animatics and a theatrical trailer.

Verdict: –

Blood Ties – Season One (Region 2) DVD Review


 Blood Ties is a TV show based on a series of modern day books about vampires. The story follows Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) a former cop who is now a private investigator as she investigates cases of the bizarre and unusual. Think a grown up version of Buffy with the standard monster of the week that comes with it.

While investigating the cases she joins up with former partner cop Mike Celluci (Dylan Neal) and vampire Henry Fitzroy (Kyle Schmid). The show in essence uses the same formula as Angel where a monster is encountered and then the vampire is sent in to fight it. There is more to the story though in even a full season set there is only a single bad episode. The rest are stories about vampires, exorcisms, haunted paintings and the list goes on.

Even though the show does sound rather generic on paper with the vampire sidekick and romance storyline that shows it type of book origins it is a good show. It takes a while to get used to and the DVD has no extras but the show is excellent and takes repeat viewings.

Verdict: +