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Zulu, a review by Rich

Title: Zulu (Blu-Ray)

Genres:War, Action, Drama

Plot:Zulu is one of the great movies, an epic adventure of courage in the face of incredible odds. Based on a true story, it tells the amazing tale of 100 British soldiers who stood fast against an overwhelming force of 4,000 of the Zulu nation's mightiest warriors in the defense of Rorkes Drift in 1879.
Set amongst the stunning South African scenery, Zulu is a landmark action film and a fitting tribute to some of the most magnificent acts of heroism in the history of warfare.
Michael Caine's role as the arrogant but courageous Lt. Bromhead brought him international fame, and there are powerful performances from other great British actors including Stanley Baker and Jack Hawkins.

My Review:
Superb HD format offering of this classic film, the picture literally comes alive in its vivid reds and greens, wonderful African backdrop and DTS audio that added menace, hope and drama at the right points.
A movie that never dates too harshly, it is literally an institution in the UK following its many xmas TV outings.
A perfect example of drama, wonderful script, great acting, cinematography from top drawer, period detail with amazing attention to detail, and stirring music to pull you into the movie.
Excellent collection of extras to educate more about the film, the true characters, and the making of. 
My Rating

(From Riches Random Reviews on October 13th, 2009)

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Hot Rod, a review by Jon

Hot Rod ***
3 out of 5

Andy Samberg is Rod Kimble, a deluded stunt-man. Deluded, because he is crap! All he really wants is respect from his step-father Frank (Ian McShane) by beating him in a fight, but then Frank falls ill and without a heart transplant, will die. Rod can't stand the thought of not having the chance to beat him fair and square so with help from his gang and Isla Fisher, sets out to raise $50000 by staging a huge stunt.

Hot Rod is very silly, but very funny too. Produced by Will Ferrell, his touch is all over it. In another film, say Step Brothers, Ferrell himself would have unwisely taken the lead role. In fact, this is the film Step Brothers should have been. While Rod is a complete prat, Samberg manages to get you rooting for him. It has a lot more heart than many similar comedies.

That includes Anchorman, to which this seems to get unfairly compared. That film is considerably funnier than Hot Rod (and most others, to be fair!), but crucially, it can generate a lot of its humour from not being in any way realistic. Hot Rod, although clumsy, is easier to identify with. I knew kids like Rod Kimble, and who hasn't had scraps with their dad that border on domestic abuse? Especially with Sissy Spacek as Rod's mum, completely ignoring the violence! :)

The humour is very slapstick, with the funniest scenes usually ending with Rod in a crumpled heap. The soundtrack is great, all 80s power ballads, and there's one inspired moment where they rip-off Kevin Bacon's "punch-dancing" from Footloose. Despite being childish and criminally underusing the wonderful Isla Fisher, it's great fun and very watchable.

(From Jon's Random Reviews on August 30th, 2009)

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Pete's Pilots, a review by addicted2dvd

Retired serial-profiler Frank Black has moved his family to Seattle to escape the violence and horror he dealt with while working for the FBI in Washington, D.C. Although his uncanny and often unsetting ability to see into the twisted minds of serial killers has caused him much inner torment, Black knows his "gift" can still be used to help protect and save others. For that reason he has joined the Millennium Group, a team of ex-law enforcement experts dedicated to fighting against the ever-growing forces of evil and darkness in the world.

Frank hunts for a murderer trying to fulfill an apocalyptic prophercy and discovers that his own past has followed him and his family to there new home in Seattle.

My Thoughts:
This is a great series starring Lance Henriksen. The pilot episode sets up the series well. After watching the pilot episode I fell like I could watch entire series again. But I think I better put that one off a while.

My Rating:

(From Pete's Pilots on April 20th, 2010)