Thursday, February 1, 2018

'Inoperable' DVD Review

Director, Producer, and Writer Christopher Lawrence Chapman has brought us horror on a grand scale. Danielle Harris has been called a scream queen and she can certainly carry that nick name in this film. Harris plays a young woman with the name of Amy. Our heroine is a hospital patient who must fight nature at its very best. Amy wakes up in the hospital with a hurricane fast approaching. The storm is not the worst thing that can happen here. For Amy realizes that the storm has awakened forces that if she can’t escape will trap her in the hospital for eternity. That’s right these forces that have been awakened will freeze time and poor Amy will be trapped in a time loop.

The story line takes us with Amy driving in her car and next she is back in the hospital. She will at first believe that she is alone and wanders the halls listening to a repeated warning of the approaching storm. All of sudden Amy is back in her car and we see her driving along. Then all of a sudden she is back in this hospital walking the halls. Except this time she sees Doctors and patients but they are unable to see her. Each the people in the hospital get weirder and weirder. Finally, the hospital begins to take on the haunted ghostly look of the dead. It is about this time that Amy begins to realize that if she can’t get out of the hospital she will be trapped in the time loop forever.

Chapman hits on a theme of complete and absolute horror that will keep you glued to your seat. Zorya Films, Millman Productions, and ITN Distribution brings us this classic horror DVD to us on February 6th, 2018. The DVD quality is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is one that you will want to add to that personal library and watch over and over. Harris actually pulls this one off. At first you want to say that this is one big load of crap but Harris pulls it together to live up to that nick name of scream queen. So take the time to pick this one up and get comfortable for an evening of pure horror.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

'East West 101 Series 1' DVD Review

Detective Zane Malik (Don Hany) works for Sydney’s Major Crime Squad. This Metropolitan Police unit deals with tensions within cultures, religions and economic statuses of Sydney’s western suburbs. Now, one might think for a Muslim like Malik that this would be a very stressful job. Malik is a devout Muslim but he wants to prove to his fellow officers that he can handle the pressure of the job. For the most part he does a wonderful job but he constantly is having run ins with one of his superiors. This has been going on for quite some time with Senior Detective Raw Crowley (William McInnes). These two opposites have been going at each other for sometime and rarely see eye to eye. What is very interesting is that when both men are dealing with a personal traumas that may over flow into the job the two come together to help each other. The two men understand that for the better good they can overcome their differences and find justice.

This drama is a little different from most in that the stories are true to life. Thus making this a wonderful show to watch. This is not just another show that reflects the anti-Muslim sentiment that can be seen in most neighborhoods. This show takes a good look at different scopes of life in a certain neighborhood.

This is definitely one of the better crime shows on at the moment and is definitely worth the watch. This is one of the more sophisticated crime dramas around. Acorn TV is bringing this fantastic crime drama to DVD on January 30th, 2018. The quality of the DVDs are excellent and the sights and sounds are perfect. This show is going to look real good in your personal library. Don’t waste any time picking it up and enjoy quality TV.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

'The Commander: The Complete Collection' DVD Review

Clare Blake (Amanda Burton) has been working for the London Metropolitan Police for the last 20 years. In that time she has risen to be New Scotland Yard’s highest ranking female officer. She is the commander of the Serious Crime Group. She is also the head of the Murder Review Team. Now this woman could be called terribly ambitious. You might even want to say she is very dedicated to her job. Along the way you could say she has crossed the line with her personal life and her career. This has been a problem of hers in that letting her personal life interfere with her cases and has made her reckless at times. She gets way to involved with her work which clouds her judgement at times and that makes her superiors very nervous.

Blake is a very driven woman, no one can take that away from her, but it can make her reckless at times. It also puts a target on her back if anything goes wrong with a case. It’s hard enough to be a female officer in this day and age but when your also a proven taskmaster well that just makes a persons life even harder.

This series has some great guest stars like Hugh Bonneville, James D’Arcy, Saskia Reeves, Simon Williams, Brendan Coyle, Matt Day, Greg Wise, David Patrick O’Hara and Yorick van Wageningen.
This series was written by Lynda La Plante who created 'Prime Suspect', one of the BBC greats.

Acorn is bringing  this series to DVD on January 16th, 2018. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are fantastic. This will make an excellent addition to your personal library. So sit back and enjoy watching a very determined, very reckless but very qualified woman do a man’s job so to speak. It’s kind of funny when you think about it men always had this arrogant attitude about what women could do and now we find out that they are just as good as men. Enjoy this very entertaining show over and over it’s that good.

'Alibi' DVD Review

'Alibi' is a wonderful thriller written by Paul Abbott. The story will keep you on the edge of the couch the entire time you are watching it. Businessman Greg Brentwood (Michael Kitchen) is a rather neurotic kind of guy who wants to throw his wife Linda (Phyllis Logan) an anniversary party that some would say is rather extravagant. They live in a beautiful English country home and had a wonderful catered event to celebrate their love. At least that’s what most people thought, for you see Linda was seen in an intimate embrace with one her husband's business partners by the name of Martin.

One of the caterers named Marcey (Sophie Okonedo) was the person who saw the embrace. Marcey would leave the affair but would forget her purse and have to go back to retrieve it. Marcey let’s herself in and finds Martins lifeless body being moved by Greg. Greg immediately assures her that it was all an accident and that she should not be afraid. Greg does a wonderful job with Marcey that she actually agrees to help with the removal of the body.The police are called to investigate the death of Martin and all seems normal until Greg begins to lose his composure and becomes very anxious or agitated. Marcey becomes the calm one and tries to reassure Greg that all will be good but soon finds out that there was much going on behind the scenes with the Brentwood’s marriage and lives. Marcey eventually begins to wonder just what she has gotten herself into and all begins to unravel.

Acorn brings this psychological thriller to us on DVD on January 16, 2018. The sights and sounds of the DVD is excellent and the quality of the DVD is beautiful. This story will make a wonderful addition to that personal library. Don’t waste any time and pick this one up. Enjoy.

Friday, December 29, 2017

'Acceptable Risk' DVD Review

Sarah Manning (Elaine Cassidy) was simply living a reasonably comfortable married life. Her husband Lee worked for a International pharmaceutical firm and traveled from time to time. It was in Montreal that Lee was killed. There were many questions left unanswered about his death the police kept a Detective by the name of Emer Byrne (Angeline Ball) on the case.  The evidence that concerned the case was very conflicting. It turns out that there was much that Sarah didn’t know about her husband. There seems to be a multitude of lies that are coming to the surface and it’s causing Sarah to question just what her husband was involved in. From Montreal to Dublin a conspiracy of corporate as well as police and political interests that are overshadowing this murder.

Detective Byrne is getting a lot of heat from her superiors to close the case, but she refuses. There is another twist to this story and that is Sarah’s first husband also died under mysterious circumstances and the two deaths could be connected. This conspiracy thriller will keep you glued to your TV set for the duration of the disc. In other words you will want to watch six episodes one right after another. Morten Suurballe and Lisa Dwyer Hogg also star in this fight for the truth at all costs.

Acorn is bringing the his fantastic series to DVD on December 26th, 2017. The quality of the  DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are equally impressive. For some of us we couldn’t go to the extremes that it takes Sarah to find out the truth of the death of her husband. The life she had with Lee was a comedy of lies or was it just a matter for circumstance to answer. Enjoy this series to start the New Year off in a good enjoyable way. You know starting off the New Year with a thriller searching for the truth makes me want to watch this series again. This could be an enjoyable Sunday afternoon. Happy New Year.




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

'George Gently, Series 8' DVD Review

Detective George Gently (Martin Shaw) is coming close to retirement. He has had a stellar career and has been assisted by his trusted partner Detective Inspector John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) for much of his career. Joining Gently and Bacchus is Detective Sergeant Rachel Coles (Lisa McGrillis) to round out the team.

The year is 1970 and a new decade is starting, but a brilliant career is ending. Gently is not looking forward to retirement but what can you do. Eventually we all get to that point in our lives when we must hang it up and relax. Gently is not going to like retirement at all. The team is facing two homicides perhaps the last two of Gently's career. Gently and Bacchus are at odds as to what the legacy of Gently's career will be. A woman has been serving eight years for the murder of her husband. The husband's body has finally been discovered thus forcing the case to be reopened against the wants and wishes of Bacchus. The junior of the team does not want to reopen the case since he was part of the team that handled the original case against the wife.

Gently later investigates a cold case that involves a politician that is so charismatic that it is believed he may once become Prime Minister. The three detectives are pushed into a world of political intrigue and shadows. To uncover the truth of the case it may cost one or all their lives.

Acorn brings series 8 to DVD on December 12th, 2017. The quality of the DVD set is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This will make a wonderful addition to that personal library and will make a fantastic gift for that special someone this holiday season. Gently has entertained us for many years and it will be sad to see him go. Don’t let this one slip by and pick it up today. It will be enjoyable to see the show and even better if you pick up the first series. Enjoy.

'Doc Martin, Series 8' DVD Review

Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) has been living and practicing in Portwenn for some time now. He came to this beautiful seaside village several years ago after having to give up working as a surgeon. You see the Doc has one little problem. He can’t stand the sight of blood. It makes him sick to his stomach. Now, don’t get me wrong the Doc is a top notch Doctor. He just can’t get over his revulsion of blood.

The Doc settled in and eventually fell in love with the local school marm. Louisa (Caroline Catz) had her work cut out for her when she fell in love with the Doc. The relationship blossomed and they were married. Louisa had a son but all was not right with the marriage. As a couple they had some rocky points but eventually they survived. Series 8 has the Doc and Louisa back together raising their son and still living in Portwenn. Their son James Henry is attached to their dog Buddy but this drives the Doc up the wall.

Louisa has herself been pulled in many directions and must find a new nanny. It’s either that or she will have to switch jobs. This does not set well with the Doc. Portwenn is preparing for a wedding and the Larges are hoping to cash in on the joyous festivities. The Doc's Aunt Ruth (Eileen Atkins) was to sell the family farm which brings troubles for all involved.

Doc Martin has to be one of the best shows ever to come out of the British Isles. This show has been a hit in the states for many years and it’s a joy to watch. Acorn is bringing Series 8 to DVD on December 12th, 2017. The quality of the DVD set is excellent and the sights and sounds are perfect. This will make a wonderful addition to the family DVD library. It would also make a fantastic gift to that special person. This is one show you will want to watch and if you have missed any of the first seven series then you just might want to go pick them all up so you can catch up on the adventures of the Doc and all the other inhabitants of Portwenn.