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Shaun the Sheep Little Sheep of Horrors, a review by Dragonfire


Shaun the Sheep Little Sheep of Horrors



What’s black and white and goes bump in the night? Don’t be scared – it’s your woolly friend, Shaun the Sheep™!  Join Shaun as he leads his fearless flock through six adventures that mix the spooky, the kooky, and the just plain funny.  A troublesome tractor, freaky farm noises, and sleepwalking sheep are only a few of the weird and wonderful surprises waiting for Shaun and his barnyard pals as they creep, sneak and make mayhem in this laugh-filled collection.

My Thoughts

This is a cute collection of episodes of Shaun the Sheep.  Only two of them really have somewhat creepy stories, though some odd things are happening in all of them.  When I got the DVD, I was thinking that all the episodes fit in with being a bit scary or creepy because of the title.  Even though only 2 of them fit the theme I expected, I was still entertained and enjoyed this.  The episodes are cute, even the creepier ones, and there is a decent amount of humor in them.  They are created with the same type of stop motion animation with clay figures as most of the other Aardman projects.  Shaun, the main sheep character who seems to always be starting things, is the sheep from A Close Shave, a Wallace & Gromit short.  I do think that people who like Wallace & Gromit may also like this.  It is a cute, family friendly viewing choice.



I did get a review posted on Epinions...I rounded up for 5 stars for it since I can't do half stars there.

Shaun the Sheep: Little Sheep of Horrors

(From Dragonfire's Halloween/Horror Marathon 2009 on October 11th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Braveheart, a review by KinkyCyborg


Braveheart



Title:Braveheart
Year: 1995
Director: Mel Gibson
Rating: R
Length: 177 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, French: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English

Stars:
James Robinson
Sean Lawlor
Sandy Nelson
James Cosmo
Sean McGinley

Plot:
Mel Gibson stars on both sides of the camera, playing the lead role plus directing and producing this brawling, richly-detailed saga of fierce combat, tender love and the will to risk all that's precious for something more precious: freedom. In an emotionally charged performance, Gibson is William Wallace, a bold Scotsman who used the steel of his blade and the fire of his intellect to rally his country-men to liberation. Filled with sword-clanging spectacle, Braveheart is a tumultuous tapestry of history come alive, "the most sumptuous and involving historical epic since Lawrence of Arabia" (Rod Lurie, Los Angeles Magazine).

Extras:
Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Feature Trailers
Featurettes
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:

Yes... it's true. KC has gone blu.  8)

I've had my bluray player for a few weeks now but this is the first bluray I've watched in it's entirety since I got it. Mostly up till now I've fiddled with it, fine tuned the settings and audio and watched some up-converted dvds on it.

I picked up a sleek Phillips Bluray player and the only way I would agree to buy it from the A/V store where I bought it was if he threw in a Bluray movie of my choice and this is the one I grabbed.  :thumbup:

Before I review it though let me give my first impressions of true 1080p Hi Def. What can I say... the visuals are stunning. I can see the pores on the skin of the faces of the people on screen, I can see individual blades of grass when outdoors. The colors are rich, the clarity incredible. My only knock, if I could even call it that, is that is just kind of well... looks weird.  :-\ My first thought when seeing true Hi Def was that these Hollywood movies now look like Canadian television... amateur and lacking a Hollywood production 'ambiance'. I think it's merely not being used to it and I'm sure I quickly will. ;)

I have nearly 200 blurays stockpiled and will now start watching only those that I have already seen the DVD version, if only for comparison reasons. Also, I'm sure you'll find this crazy as well, I plan on continuing to collect both DVD and Bluray formats... with potential future business opportunities in mind.

Onto the movie. Mel Gibson's crowning achievement as both and actor and director. Honestly... show of hands... how many people knew the story of William Wallace before this movie? Gibson's vision has made William Wallace near mythical in reverence. Being of Scottish ancestry myself I feel a small amount of personal pride in this film knowing how a fed up nation took up arms to shrug off English tyranny. Some of the finest detailed and choreographed battle scenes ever on film are to be found in Braveheart. The jockeying for position, the betrayals, the constant shifting allegiances throughout the noble class system is fascinating and yet the bulk of the nation chose to follow a commoner not interested in land or riches... just freedom and to avenge the murder of his beloved. Wallace's torture at the end, and his refusal to cry out except to shout FREEDOM is one of the most memorable scenes in all the countless hours of movies I have watched in my life.

Again, in Bluray the visuals are stunning. The sweeping panoramic views of the majestic Scottish highlands is breathtaking. I did detect a very slight amount of motion blur during some of the more intense action scenes but not enough to bother me... yet. I will watch a few more action flicks in blu before I pass complete judgment on that.

I have worked bluray into my semi-random system of selecting movies. Working in random picks, my own picks, TV episodes and now bluray has turned into a form of science for me... I even have a chart/checklist now that I whipped up in Excel to help me remember and facilitate my movie watching.

I've rambled and gushed enough. Feels good to have joined the club!  :yahoo:

KC

Rating:

(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2010 on November 4th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Finales marathon, a review by Tom


     Berlin, Berlin: Complete Series (2002/Germany)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Universum Film (Germany)
Length:2150 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio:German: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:



Berlin, Berlin
Season 4.20 Melbourne, Melbourne
Writer: David Safier (Writer)
Director: Franziska Meyer Price
Cast: Felicitas Woll (Lolle), Rhea Harder (Sarah), Alexandra Neldel (Vero), Jan Sosniok (Sven), Matthias Klimsa (Hart), Maverick Quek (Tuhan), Moritz Paul Harder (Baby Ben), Alexa Wiegandt (Silvia), Fabio Beyer (Daniel), Kai Lentrodt (Harald), Christoph Hagen Dittmann (Fred), Thomas Neumann (Pfarrer), Andreas Rüdiger, Franka Berlin, Alexander Sheer (Lenny)

A good last episode. It resolves the main relationship dramas. And there is a little twist:
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Rating:

(From Tom's TV Finales marathon on April 11th, 2013)