Drive Angry 3D (2011)

Motor mayhem

The fact that every seat at the press screening was adorned with a can of lager and a packet of crisps should be an instant clue as to what to expect from Drive Angry 3D – as if the insane trailer hasn’t been enough of a heads up. It’s a loud, brash, Saturday night kind of a movie, one that should be accompanied by a couple of beers and a large group of mates. If that’s what you’re after, then you’ll be in for a fine time; expect anything deeper – really, how could you with a title like that? – and prepare to be disappointed.

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Avatar (DVD & Blu-ray)

Vanilla skies…

In the short four months since it hit cinemas, James Cameron’s visual spectacle Avatar has broken all box office records to become the highest grossing film of all time – knocking Cameron’s own Titanic into second place on the list. Indeed, so many people have seen the film during its theatrical run that the marketing campaign for the DVD and Blu-ray release invites audiences to ‘return to Pandora’; so assuming that this would be the second (or third, or more) time of watching the film for many of those who choose to buy it. That it will break home entertainment sales records over the coming week seems to be a pretty safe bet.

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Coraline (2009)

The others…

That author extraordinaire Neil Gaiman wrote the deliciously fantastical story Coraline for his young daughters makes it no less accessible for a wider audience. In fact, Gaiman’s absolute understanding of the hopes, fears and joy of being a youngster imbues his story with vivid life – and when his epic imagination is teamed with that of writer/director Henry Selick (A Nightmare Before Christmas), it results in a sumptuous, stunning film that will charm audiences young and old.

 

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