Reviews & hands-on

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) - Blu-ray review

    By 24 April 2009

    To coincide with the release of the Keanu Reeves' 2008 remake hitting the shelves, 20th Century Fox have rolled out the original 1951 version of the Sci-Fi masterpiece. But should you bother with this black and white offering? We get watching to find...

  • Home Cinema 1 out of 5

    Eragon - DVD review

    By 19 April 2007

    Eragon is a lifeless fantasy adventure based on 15-year-old Christopher Paolini’s phenomenally successful novel, the first book in his epic “Inheritance Trilogy”. Newcomer Ed Speleers plays the titular character, a young farm boy from the mystical...

  • Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    A Scanner Darkly - DVD review

    By 5 February 2007

    A Scanner Darkly is a faithful adaptation of visionary author / drug-hound Philip K. Dick’s 1977 novel of the same name. The year is 2013 and the US government has finally lost its war on drugs, with 20% of the population now addicted to “Substance...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Children of Men - DVD review

    By 16 January 2007

    Last seen directing the big-screen adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s “Prisoner of Azkaban”, Mexican Alfonso Cuaron now turns his attention to P. D. James’ dystopian sci-fi thriller (a marked change of direction from her usual crime fiction) “Children...

  • Home Cinema 0.5 out of 5

    Ultraviolet - DVD review

    By 15 November 2006

    It is the end of the 21st century and human society has been decimated by a biological warfare experiment gone wrong. Instead of creating a race of genetically-engineered super soldiers, a vampire-like sub-species with enhanced physical abilities called...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    X-Men: The Last Stand - DVD review

    By 6 October 2006

    The conclusion to Marvel’s hugely successful comic book trilogy (although a Wolverine spin-off is also in the offing) sees Magneto (McKellen) waging war on humanity after a government lab develops a so-called “cure” to the mutant gene. Meanwhile,...

  • Home Cinema 1 out of 5

    V For Vendetta - DVD review

    By 2 August 2006

    Adapted by the Wachowski brothers (creators of "The Matrix") from Alan Moore's 1988 graphic novel, V For Vendetta is a piece of dystopian science fiction set in London in the not-too-distant future. V (Hugo Weaving) is a mysterious masked avenger fed...