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DVD REVIEW: Gran Torino

By Jamie Ewbank | Wed, 1 Jul 2009, 12:11pm

Gran Torino starts out like a Sanatogen fuelled reworking of Dirty Harry, with a constantly growling Clint Eastwood waving guns around and attempting to replace ‘Do you feel lucky?’ with the rather more prosaic ‘Get off my lawn!’. Give it a ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Bolt

By Jamie Ewbank | Fri, 19 Jun 2009, 12:12pm

With their sharp lines and rich colours, animated movies often shine on higher resolution formats, but the Blu-ray performance of Bolt is particularly outstanding. Even without the 3D effects it featured in certain cinemas, the film still retains ...

BLU-RAY REVIEWS: Slumdog Millionaire & The Spirit

By Jamie Ewbank | Fri, 5 Jun 2009, 12:11pm

It’s another pair of polar opposites on our movies channel this week, with Frank Miller’s embarrassingly poor adaptation Will Eisner’s The Spirit picking up a single star for just about managing to look and sound vaguely interesting, while ...

GAME REVIEW: UFC 2009 Undisputed

By Jamie Ewbank | Wed, 20 May 2009, 12:44pm

The sport of mixed martial arts has fewer rules than most boardgames, a fact which goes a long way towards explaining why UFC 2009 Undisputed is such an unnerving game to play: in its attempt to capture the no-holds-barred nature of the sport it ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Defiance

By Jamie Ewbank | Fri, 15 May 2009, 12:08pm

Arriving on Blu-ray on May the 18th, Defiance is director Edward Zwick’s follow up to the Oscar nominated  Blood Diamond and recounts the true story of the Bielski partisans, a community of Jewish resistance fighters hiding in the ...

From one extreme to the other: Max Payne and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

By Jamie Ewbank | Thu, 16 Apr 2009, 12:09pm

It’s been a mixed week for The Leisure Lab’s reviews, with Max Payne on Blu-ray earning itself a paltry one star, while It’s Blitz, the third studio album from New York art punks Yeah Yeah Yeahs has earned itself a five star rating.While the ...

Twilight, Madworld and more...

By Jamie Ewbank | Wed, 8 Apr 2009, 12:02pm

Probably the hottest movie release of the week if you're looking to keep teenagers entertained over Easter, Twilight is an angsty teen movie  featuring clumsy girls, hunky vampires and some lush cinematography. Sadly, its also po-faced and ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Changeling

By Jamie Ewbank | Tue, 31 Mar 2009, 11:47am

Suffering through the kidnap of her son and the return of a boy she’s convinced isn’t hers, Angelina Jolie gives an impressive performance in director Clint Eastwood’s latest drama, Changeling.The Blu-ray presentation of Changeling preserves the ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Quantum of Solace

By Jamie Ewbank | Mon, 23 Mar 2009, 12:25pm

Much has been made of the slightly disjointed feel of Bond’s 22nd outing, Quantum of Solace, and while a glossy blu-ray presentation can’t do anything to fix the mid-trilogy feel of the film, it does bring the action and excitement to the fore, ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Quarantine

By Jamie Ewbank | Thu, 19 Mar 2009, 12:15pm

Quarantine’s arrival on Blu-ray represents a clash of medium and message, in which a deliberately lo-fi, horror movie is presented on a format better suited to far slicker productions.The Blu-ray presentation is the mixed bag you’d expect, a ...