Monday, 14 December 2015

DVD ROUNDUP: FANT-FOUR-STIC EDITION


Whoa, who was expecting this film to be as bad as it was? Marvel's original superhero family have had a bad time in their cinematic outputs, with nobody being able to convincingly convey the stretchy, firey, invisible.. stony bunch. Josh Trank gave his best effort in this latest effort, with great stylistic choices, Philip Glass helping in the music front, as well as a cast of confident actors. What went wrong? According to Trank, it was all down to the studio. The truth is it was just boring, with underwritten characters, forced plot points, and Doctor Doom was completely underwhelming. A sequel was in the works, but with the poor box office figures, it looks like that won't be happening, and you know what that means? Marvel gets the rights back... Listen to our podcast review of Fantastic Four here, where Ross Bell of Man on the Post helped us dissect this mess.





While not the most hilarious or original comdey ever, this reboot/sequel of National Lampoon's Vacation has just enough chuckles to satisfy, without resorting to some of the more low-brow techniques of less funny comedies. However this film has seen some serious hate from other reviewers, mainly on the fact that Ed Helms is not like Chevy Chase, how Chase was a more realistic character in the first Vacation movie. I found Chase's character quite deplorable, but we talk about this in the podcast in more depth. Still, I would give this film a go if you want something mindless to watch. Listen to our review here.

























If you've seen the 1997 biography of Oscar Wilde, where Stephen Fry plays the titular character, you know it was the role he was born to play. Re-released on Blu-Ray, Wilde also stars Jude Law as Lord Alfred Douglas, Oscar Wilde's younger lover, whose relationship with him led to Wilde's ultimate downfall. Definitely worth a watch, if only to see just how uncanny Fry's likeness is.

If you didn't know, its nearly Christmas, and its ubiquitous to have a boxset released that doesn't contain the latest film that's in the cinema. This time its the turn of Quentin Tarantino, whose latest film The Hateful 8 is out very soon, and so a new collection has been released to capitalise on the release. This is the boxset for the teenager in your life, that has only just discovered Tarantino and just needs to watch Pulp Fiction a hundred times so they can quote the Ezekial 25:17 to their friends in the lunch hall.

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