Thursday 31 October 2013

The LEGO Movie gets a brand new trailer

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The LEGO Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Emmet (Chris Pratt) is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Assembling into UK cinemas February 14, 2014.

My Amityville Horror DVD Release Short Review

3.0 stars for this insight into the life of the "Amityville Kid".

Amityville cover1My Amityville horror is a documentary about Daniel Lutz, who, at the age of ten, was living in the house at 112 Ocean Drive, Amityville, New York, during the time of the alleged supernatural occurrences on which the film Amityville Horror (among others) is based.

Over the years there has been a continued media frenzy over these events, but at no point before have any of the children been allowed  to offer their side of the story. (The other two siblings were asked, but declined to take part).

Find out more about this intriguing tale over at Road Rash Reviews 

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Mr. Peabody and Sherman gets a new trailer

Mr. Peabody and Sherman is an an all-new comedy adventure for the whole family. Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell (Modern Family) voices Mr. Peabody, the world’s smartest person who happens to be a dog. When his “pet” boy Sherman, voiced by Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man), uses their time traveling WABAC machine without permission, events in history spiral out of control to disastrous and comical results. It’s up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to somehow put things back on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed.
Hitting UK cinemas on February 7 2014.

Monday 28 October 2013

Red River 1948 Blu-ray Short Review

4 Star Classic Western.

Now In 1080 high definition this is a beautiful remastering of a classic Howard Hawks, (Rio Bravo) Western.
redrivercoverThomas Dunson, (John Wayne, True Grit) has a dream to start a ranch out there, somewhere in Texas.
After leaving the wagon train Dunson and his trusty sidekick Nadine Groot, (Walter Brennan, Rio Bravo) head across country looking for the spot to start a new life , when they spot fire from the wagons they left.
A while later they spot a half crazed boy with his young calf Matt Garth, (Mickey Kuhn, A Streetcar Named Desire) Dunson takes in the boy after giving him a few lessons in life.

Available on Blu-ray Now

See the full review at Road Rash Reviews 

Sunday 27 October 2013

Stand Up Guys short review

5 Stars of Class acting
This is a lesson on where less is far more, casting, writing and acting perfect.
Brilliantly directed by Fisher Stevens, (Just a Kiss) and a witty and gritty pen from Noah Haidle, (Gym Short). Despite their inexperience at the sharp end of the business they have produced a cracking film that warms the heart of true friendship.
Val, (Al Pacino, Scarface) has spent 28 years behind bars for a heist that went wrong and now someone wants him dead.

Available to Buy on DVD and Blu-ray on the 28th Oct

See the full review at Road Rash Reviews 

Saturday 26 October 2013

K-On! The Movie DVD and Blu-ray Short Review

4.5 stars for this heart-warming and funny tale of the Light Music Club.
K-On! coverK-On! The Movie is based on the TV series of the same name and covers the time period between just before the band leave school and start University.

Having saved the Sakuragaoka Girl's High School Light Music (Pop Music) Club from disbanding, four of the members of the band After School Tea Time, Yui - band leader and guitarist, Mio - bass player, Ritsu - drummer and Tsumugi - keyboards, are all set to graduate high school and move on, leaving behind their youngest member Azusa.

They embark upon a celebratory trip to London, with highly amusing consequences.

Read the rest of the review over at Road Rash Reviews

Thursday 24 October 2013

Bleach Series 2 Part 1 DVD Short Review

4 stars for this next instalment of the mighty force that is Bleach.
Bleach 12 1 coverBleach Series 12 Part 1 is subtitled Zanpakutō: The Alternate tale. A Zanpakutō takes the form of a  sword carried by the Soul Reapers, which is believed to be born within the soul of a Soul Reaper and die with them, two halves of the same soul.
At the beginning of this series, the Soul Reaper captains and lieutenants begin to notice that they are losing control of their  Zanpakutō, refusing to come when called, disappearing without permission. When a meeting of all the captains is called, it becomes apparent that something sinister is afoot.
Read more about this epic tale over at Road Rash Reviews

Horizon On The Middle Of Nowhere DVD and Blu-ray Short Review

3.5 stars for this beautiful but highly confused TV series.
Horizon coverHorizon On The Middle Of Nowhere 2 (also known as Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere 2) is based on the Manga by Minoru Kawakami and illustrated by Satoyasu. It continues the story of the flying city ship, Musashi.
The premise of Horizon is interesting, somewhat reminiscent of "Cities in Flight". The human race attempts to abandon a devastated Earth, but fails and returns to Earth only to find it uninhabitable everywhere apart from Japan. Japan is conquered by the other countries and subsequently divided into feudal territories, each controlled by a different foreign power.

Read the rest of the review over at Road Rash Reviews

Tuesday 22 October 2013

Captain America gets a poster

With Thor taking over London with the film's premiere, here on thie blog we have the first teaser poster for the upcoming, read 6 months time, second Captain America Film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Exploding into UK cinemas from March 28, 2014

Monday 21 October 2013

Comic Con is coming soon

This is something I don't tend to do, plug a convention here on the blog. This time it's different as the nice people over at Manga UK have sent over this great piece to remind you that not only can you see your favourite character in the flesh with the Cosplayers you can also get hold of some great stuff from Manga UK if you turn up at their stand.

So just sit down, turn up the volume and enjoy a little taster of what you can expect from Manga UK at Comic Con.

Comic Con is taking place next weekend Friday October 27 - Sunday October 29 at the Excel in London.

Sunday 20 October 2013

Dragonball Z Season Nine DVD Short Review

3.5 Stars of Classic Manga.

MANG6008_DVD_Dragon_Ball_Z_8_2D_png_290x290_q92Season 9 is the last in this long running series in both anime and manga from the pen of Akira Toriyama, spanning episodes 254-291.
Majin Buu the much feared fighter has had a change of heart after Bee (a little puppy) came into his life along with Mr Satan/Hercule the World Champion Fighter.

Can this ruthless fighter truly be a changed man? Maybe but things change when the people on the hill start firing on Buu's house.They shoot Bee but Buu is able to resurrect him when the  shooting stops.

 Later the house is rebuilt to look like a big Bee (the dog) and Mr Satan and Buu are getting on surprisingly well. Mr Satan is cooking tea when one of the earlier shooters creeps into the kitchen and confronts Mr Satan, then shoots him dead.

Find out more over at Road Rash Reviews

Penguindrum 2 DVD Release Short Review

4.5 stars for this compelling and strange Manga series.

Penguindrum 2 coverHow far will we go to save those we love?

Mawaru Penguindrum 2 is directed and co-written by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena) and is the second and final instalment of this fascinating story, comprising episodes 13 -24.
The story begins with three siblings, Himari Takakura and her twin brothers, Shōma and Kanba. While on a day trip to see the penguins at the aquarium, the terminally ill Himari collapses and dies, only to be mysteriously resurrected by a spirit wearing a penguin shaped hat.

Read more about this fascinating series over at Road Rash Reviews

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Award winning comic makes his big screen debut

LONDON –16th October 2013 – The Harry Hill Movie starring BAFTA-winning Harry Hill (“TV Burp”), Julie Walters (Billy Elliot), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners Movie), Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids), Sheridan Smith (Gavin and Stacey), Marc Wootton (Nativity), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh) and Jim Broadbent (Bridget Jones’s Diary) will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 20th December by Entertainment Film Distributors.

What would you do if you thought your hamster only had a week to live, your chickens are attacking you with machine guns, and your Nan is just not giving you the space to spread your wings?

When Harry and his Nan (Julie Walters) discover their hamster is seriously ill they set off on a road trip to Blackpool pursued by a lunatic vet (Simon Bird). Along the way, Harry falls in love with an undersea shell person (Sheridan Smith), witnesses canine superstars The Dachsund Five, and meets indie rock band The Magic Numbers - who run a B’n’B. It all culminates in a fight on top of The Blackpool Tower. Who could be behind it all? Could it be Harry’s evil twin Otto (Matt Lucas), who was separated from Harry at birth and brought up by Alsatians?

Based on a true story, it’s all singing, all dancing family entertainment from the big collared loon himself.

Harry comments “I can't wait for everyone to see my movie in December. It's full of all the traditional festive family fun – evil twins, brains with legs, giant hamsters & chickens with guns

The Harry Hill Movie is directed by Steve Bendelack (Mr Bean’s Holiday), from a script by Harry Hill, Jon Foster and James Lamont (BAFTA-winning writers of The Amazing World of Gumball). Director of photography is Baz Irvine (Mr Bean’s Holiday). The film is produced by Robert Jones (Dirty Pretty Things, Run, Fatboy, Run) and Lucky Features.

Tuesday 15 October 2013

Lifeforce Blu-ray and Limited Edition Steelbook Short Review

Lifeforce steelbook cover3.5 stars for this nicely tweaked version of an Eighties cult classic.

Lifeforce was first released in 1986 and was directed by Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and based upon the novel "The Space Vampires", written by Colin Wilson (Max Headroom).

This sci-fi thriller starts when the deep space probe Churchill investigates Halley's Comet and finds an unidentified object located within the head of the comet.

ship cometThis proves to be a ship of alien origin, on first inspection filled with giant bats, but also containing three life pods containing naked humanoids, one female (Mathilda May - Naked Tango, The Tit And The Moon), and two males.

See the rest of our review for this epic tale of tits and vampirism over at Road Rash Reviews

More from Jack Ryan

A new trailer for the film has just hit my in-box. Whoever cut this one together dropped the, possible, sub-plot that appears in the first trailer.

Also it's a much more explosive trailer aiming more at the action than the drama of the first.

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Exploding into UK cinemas on Boxing Day 2013

Monday 14 October 2013

The Mummy 1959 Blu-ray Short Review

4 Star Classic British Horror, Now in Beautiful Blu-ray.

A classic Hammer Horror from the skill of Terence Fisher, (The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Hound of the Baskervilles and Dracula: The Prince of Darkness) a fine pedigree for a great British film studio.

A 3 disc set, 1 Blu-ray and 2 DVD's with loads of extras.

Find out more over at Road Rash Reviews

Saturday 12 October 2013

Appleseed XIII DVD Short Review

4 Stars of Beautiful Manga, Masamune Shirow's Saga Goes on.
We gorged ourselves on each amazing 30 minute episode with "oohs and ahs and oh my god that's amazing" at every frame turn. We see City-Olympus bathed in beautiful sunlight,World War 5 is over, Planet Earth has avoided a nuclear holocaust and Olympus has become the centre of the World and the human race is under the eye of the Bioroids (Human Clones made from only the best DNA) and they are working towards a human utopia.

But not everyone is happy with this idea. Some despise the very idea of the Bioroids, The Human Liberation Front for one and their very heavily armoured allies the Argonauts who live on a self-propelled city-Fortress.

Available on DVD and Blu-ray Now

 See all of our thoughts at RoadRash Reviews  

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Bomb Girls DVD Release Short Review

4.5 Stars of War Time Effort
bombGcoverThis series follows a group of girls from different backgrounds and social groups in 1941, but they do have one thing in common; doing their bit for the war effort.
Victory Munitions sets the scene as the new girls line up to sign in. Lorna Corbett, (Meg Tilly, Body Snatchers) runs the factory floor as the matron and she lays down the rules that sparks kill.
The best worker is Betty McRae, (Ali Liebert, Apollo 18) and she is charged with training the girls of Blue shift, on the assembly of 25llB'ers.
Then there is the blond bombshell Vera Burr, ( Anastasia Phillips, Nonsense Revolution) and the new comers Kate Andrews, (Charlotte Hegele, Sundays at Tiffany's) and Gladys Witham,(Jodi Balfour, Final Destination 5).

Read the rest of the review over at Road Rash Reviews

I Spit On Your Grave 2 DVD and Blu-ray Short Review

4 stars for this disturbing yet compelling piece.

Spit CoverI Spit On Your Grave 2 is directed by Stephen R. Monroe and is the sequel to his 2010 remake of the film I Spit On Your Grave. Unlike the remake, which was pretty much word for word the same script as the original film, this sequel has new writers on board, Thomas Fenton (Saw IV) and Neil Elman (No Way Up).

I Spit On Your Grave 2 tells the story of Katie (Jemma Dallender - HollyOaks, Community), an aspiring model, who has moved to New York to find fame. Desperate to update her portfolio, she calls a number she finds on a flyer, advertising free photographs.

Read the rest of the review over at Road Rash Reviews

Sunday 6 October 2013

Jack Ryan is back

With a new Jack Ryan film hitting UK cinemas late this year does make me happy as I loved The Hunt For Red October.

The film does look good but the trailer hints on, what seems to be, a major plot point. You should be able to spot it.

Finally, Brad Grey, chairman of Paramount USA released the following statement on the death of Tom Clancy.
"Tom Clancy was one of the great storytellers of our time and his passing has been deeply felt by all of us at Paramount. We are forever indebted to Tom for making this studio his home, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, and his many fans, at this great loss."

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Exploding into UK cinemas on Boxing Day 2013

Saturday 5 October 2013

Sharknado DVD and Blu-ray Short Review

0.1 stars for this appalling shower of sharks.

Sharknado coverSharknado is a great title for a film, there is no denying that. So it does come as rather a surprise that armed with such a good idea, they managed to produce a film which has no visible redeeming features (other than the title, that is).

Sharknado is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante (Boo, Scream Of The Banshee) and written by Thunder Levin (American Warships, AE: Apocalypse Earth). With a pedigree like that, I was expecting great things.

Find out what else we thought about this fintastic adventure at Road Rash Reviews

Thursday 3 October 2013

Steins; Gate Part 2 DVD and Blu-ray Short Review

4 stars for this excellent Sci-Fi based anime.

Steins Gate 2 CoverThis is part 2 of the TV series Steins; Gate and picks the story back up at episode 13 "Metaphysics Necrosis", just one of many mind-boggling titles to follow.

Our hero Okabe (J. Michael Tatum - Hetalia Axis Powers), a self proclaimed mad scientist and his friends and colleagues Daru and Kurisu (Trina Nishimura - Deadman Wonderland) have finally succeeded in creating a device that is capable of sending messages into the past (D-mails),but in doing so, make some significant changes to the past and attract some very unwelcome attention in the form of SERN, an evil corporation who Okabe suspects of trying to manipulate time to their own ends.

Read  the rest of the review at Road Rash Reviews

Tuesday 1 October 2013

The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug gets a new trailer

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug opens nationwide across the UK on December 13, 2013.