The Search For Freedom – on Blu-ray & DVD from August 10th

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The Search For Freedom tells the story of the pioneers, the legends, the icons, the visionaries and the champions. It’s told through the eyes of a group of extreme sports experts who created a cultural phenomenon. Featuring legendary skateboarder, Tony Hawk, and multi-award winning surfer, Kelly Slater, who alongside their peers in the extreme sports world, have helped shape the action sports revolution we know today.

Written and directed by Jon Long (IMAX® Extreme), The Search For Freedom features some of the most outstanding cinematography ever shot of the extreme sport world led by the brightest pioneers, legends, visionaries and champions of surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking and more.

Ripper Street Series 3 – Launch Trailer – BBC One

ripper-streetRipper Street is the series starring Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn that the BBC dropped a bollock on when they cancelled it after two series, which ended in 2013, much to the annoyance of fans.

Amazon answered the call for this series where the Whitechapel police fight to bring law to the lawless in the wake of Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror, and picked it up for their Amazon Prime service, launching Series 3 on November 14th 2014, with the BBC getting it starting tonight on BBC1 at 9pm, and every Friday night for eight weeks.

Also starring Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring, the first episode is “Whitechapel Terminus” and in this one, four years have passed. Time that has seen Reid, Drake and Jackson split and isolated from one another. But when the robbery of a goods train leads to a cataclysmic locomotive disaster on Leman Street itself, the men and their resentments are reunited to seek its cause.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation leads the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e July 31st 2015

mission-impossible-rogue-nationThis weekend there are seven new films out for you to choose from: action in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, comedy in Hot Pursuit, drama in Beyond The Reach, comedy in Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder, more drama in 7 Cases and Where Demons Hide and, turning up again like a bad penny, Adam Sandler’s The Cobbler.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation is the fifth in the now-seemingly-never-ending series starring Tom Cruise as CIA agent Ethan Hunt, but for me, only the first one was completely worth of yor time, while the third one was worth a watch for the performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman as the baddie. Films 2 and 4 were only so-so, however.

Jeremy Renner and, sadly, Simon Pegg, return, along with old hand Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell.

New to the cast are Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, America Olivo and Simon McBurney, with a script from Drew Pearce and Will Staples, and it’s directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who also took the lead on Cruise’s 2012 so-so actioner Jack Reacher. Fans of that series should note that work is progressing on a follow-up based on the novel, Never Go Back, but bear in mind that it’s not a sequel to the first film, since they’re not following the books in chronological order, the first one being based on the novel One Shot.

You can watch this film in IMAX, but unlike Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, there are no scenes actually SHOT in IMAX, so don’t bother. Save your pennies and watch in regular 2D instead.

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension on Blu-ray Special Edition – The DVDfever Review

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension stars Peter Weller – later to become the original and best RoboCop – in the titular role as the brain surgeon, rock musician and alien-battler, he’s got more strings to his bow than John Barrowman! (albeit without once being an annoying fuckwit)

Yes, I swore. But I swore positively. If Kevin Smith can swear in the Q&A on this disc, then so can I.

The film because a cult hit and is also another in the long line of Arrow Blu-ray premieres which I never saw first time round. In this case, it’s probably because while it looked cool on the video cover, I knew it would be cropped to 4:3, and thus wouldn’t be worth a look-in.

Mommy on DVD – The DVDfever Review

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Mommy is a film I wanted to see from the first moment I saw a clip of it as it had a certain something about it, and I was pleased to learn that certain something was certainly present.

Anne Dorval plays Diane, or ‘Die’ for short. Her ex-husband long since naffed off, she lives her life as a single parent, albeit without her son Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon)… until now, since this serial ne’er-do-well is too unruly even for France’s toughest equivalent of Borstal and he’s now back with her, ready to cause her life mostly misery. Circumstances result in her having a sort-of helper in the form of stuttering neighbour Kyla (Suzanne Clément), who seemingly has nothing else better to do with her time, as her husband’s a workaholic, his job taking them from place to place, and then to another place, so she’s never in one spot too long.

Ant-Man IMAX 3D – The DVDfever Cinema Review

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Ant-Man is another movie in the seemingly never-ending Marvel canon. I’ve said before that I don’t follow the comic books so I only know of what is presented before me in movie form, and I have to say that, from the moment I first heard about this entry in the series, I wasn’t exactly wowed.

After all, superheroes are big and loud and they smash shit up! This one is tiny and would barely leave a stain on your shirt if you splattered it while he wasn’t looking.

But at least we had the promise of the fantastic Edgar Wright (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead) being handed the directing reins… Sadly, he returned them back to the studio after ‘creative differences’ split them apart.

The Great British Bake Off – BBC One 2015 Trailer

the-great-british-bake-offThe Great British Bake Off is soon to return for Series 6, where twelve master bakers (careful how you say that) take part in a ‘bake off’, which will test every aspect of their baking skills as they battle it out to be crowned The Great British Bake Off‘s Best Amateur Baker.

Now, I love Mel and Sue, and I really wish their ITV show, Mel & Sue, would return, but I can’t stand this. I also couldn’t care less about Paul Hollywood, and I think that Mary Berry is being powered by Duracell batteries, but the baking show really is dumbed-down chronic output of the lowest order.

Movie Charts – UK & US – w/e July 26th 2015

inside-outThis week’s Movie Chart for the UK w/e July 26th 2015 is as follows:

Video Games Charts (All formats) – week ending July 25th 2015

week ending July 25th 2015In this week’s video games charts, week ending July 25th 2015, there is one re-entry.

    1 (1) Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (Electronic Arts)
    2 (4) Lego Jurassic World (Warner Bros Interactive)
    3 (3) Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros Interactive) (review-ish)
    4 (2) F1 2015 (Namco Bandai) (review)
    5 (5) Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games) (review)
    6 (7) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision) (review)
    7 (13) Minecraft: Xbox Edition (Microsoft)
    8 (11) Minecraft: Playstation Edition (Sony)
    9 (8) The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethseda)
    10 (12) FIFA 15 (EA Sports)

F1 2015 on PS4 – The DVDfever Review

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F1 2015 has arrived for the first time on the current crop of consoles and today we are going to take the PS4 version for a spin!

I’m an avid armchair fan of Formula 1 and I tune in to Sky F1 for every race during the championship season. So the first thing I noticed was commentary (what there is of it) is handled by Sky F1’s own Crofty (David Croft). It’s been a long time since I played an official F1 game. Probably a PS one version was the last one I played and there seemed to be far more commentary during the race from Murray Walker. Crofty, as I far as I could tell, delivers an introduction to the track and conditions before the race but then that’s it. Instead in the interests of realism (or so I choose to believe) you receive messages from your race engineer through the speaker in the joypad. This is more authentic as this is how it would be for the drivers.

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