Stardust (Region 2) DVD Review

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 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

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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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Doc Martin – Season 3 DVD Review (Region 2)

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Shown on ITV in the UK Doc Martin is the story of a city doctor who is moved to a rural seaside town. There really is no need to watch the previous seasons and you can jump right into the third season without needing to worry about continuing storylines. What you in short have is a comedy drama starring Martin Clunes of Men Behaving Badly fame playing the serious Dr. Martin. The only doctor around who has a blood phobia. 
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The Hoax (Region 2) DVD Review

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Marking a serious return to form The Hoax has Richard Gere playing Clifford Irving in this true story about a writer who faked an authorised autobiography on Howard Hughes the airplane billionaire.

The movie is a seriously funny comedy but not in a slapstick way. Its situational comedy as its incredible what lengths he and his writing partner Dick Suskind (Alfred Molina) go to for handwriting samples and other ways to fake conversations to bluff the publishers. It is a movie that does feel like time well spent when watching and is worth a purchase.

As far as DVD extras are concerned there is only a trailer that on such a great movie is a horrible disappointment.

Verdict: +

Shoot Em Up (Region 2) DVD Review

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 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: –

Death Sentence (Region 2) DVD Review

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 As a plain revenge trip Death Sentence does very well at keeping you entertained. After seeing his son murdered at a gas station average Joe Kevin Bacon goes hunting. While he just starts out by killing the gang member who killed his son things soon turn more serious as the rest of the gang retaliate against him. While Death Sentence is not a high profile movie it is a high quality one with some really good chase scenes and a long shootout at the end. In short it’s the Punisher done right. The only criticism is that the movie would have had a better ending if it ended about 13 seconds earlier. When you see it you will understand.

As far as DVD extras are concerned there is a ‘Making of Death Sentence’ featurette and that’s all in this case.

Verdict: +