It is indeed that time of year again, the malls have become ten times more busier, jobs are becoming easier to find, people are buying five times more food than their freezer can hold, and people are actually saying good morning to each other in the streets again. Yes my friends Christmas has arrived, and what most people will always struggle with is what to buy for their family and end up leaving things very last minute, so let me give you a little insight into the upcoming DVDs this fall and maybe I might just be able to help you out.
Here is one for Dad to keep him pre occupied for a night as I am sure he will be to engrossed on Christmas day. Situated in the 1930’s the notorious John Dillenger (Johnny Depp) transports us into his life where currently his “too busy living for today to think about tomorrow” why would he state such a quote? Loaded with his Tommy gun and filled with adrenaline John is in fact a bank thief, stealing from as many banks as he cares to, also adored by the public as a some what Robin Hood character, Dillenger is an extremely unique character.
Hot on his tale is FBI agent Purvis who is portrayed by the legendary Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Terminator Salvation). He won’t lay down his arms until he has John Dillenger imprisoned behind bars. Will the wit and confidence of John Dillenger out do the determination and accuracy of agent Purvis?
The duo of Johnny Depp and Christian Bale is a guarantee to most that this will be an epic slice of entertainment, what do you get if you combine that in with iconic filming and director Michael Mann (The Kingdom, Collateral)? Well a complete classic that will most positively overwhelm your Dad.
An assortment of the worlds most flourishing pop group and a sold out Wembley Stadium is just the initial intense feature on this live DVD which captures the now middle aged adults Take That gracing the stage.
Take That are a fascination with the majorities of mums, so the contents on this should pretty much put an endless grin on their face until next Christmas appers. Sending the crowd into a frenzy Take That’s tour erupts at London as they promote their latest album success The Circus. Supported with lights, stage acts, and exciting visuals they gracefully perform through the majority of their biggest sellers, crowd pleasers, and greatest hits, and pretty much covering any aspect an antedate to the concert would need. Did I fail to mention that there is two DVDs to this pop fest? I believe I did.
On the second DVD you can discover a live session recorded at the extremely famous and outstanding Abbey Road. So I will conclude this review by saying, if your not a Take That fan and you purchase this for your Mum this Christmas although you may enlighten her, be warned as after the first sip of red wine this will be pumped into full volume for the entirety of the night.
For the Kids….
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Some kids are hard to satisfy, and some kids can be graceful of whatever they get but Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs will satisfy either category. Director Carlos Saldanha has returned to direct the third encounter into the world of Ice Age, and he is more than achieved the efforts of the Two prior.
Our lovable animal friends Sid, Diego, Ellie, Manny are all reunited in another glorious animation sequel blockbuster which has just been let loose onto DVD form. After Sid adopts three dinosaur baby eggs he quickly gets taken away by the siblings mum.
So what happens next ? Well Diego, Ellie, Manny embark on a epic adventure to get their friend back. Joined by a new associate "Buck" whose voice is accomplished by one of our nations favourite actors, Simon Pegg. This all makes for an exciting heart warming film that kids will embrace and more than enjoy.
In an age where a lot of films are 3D in the cinema to make up for the poor product it will be when on DVD, Ice Age 3 is not one of these - thanks to great Casting, Directing, and Scripting. This will keep your kids sustaining a smile right through to the new year.
For The Teens….
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
So I must admit this is more for a male teen but hey I try. I am pretty convinced that this will in fact be located on most boys Christmas list underneath the request for a new BMX and the latest guitar hero game as a perfect filler present.
The first Transformers film was an absolute masterpiece Michael Bay the experienced director of huge action films such as Pearl Harbour, Armageddon shows us again just how to accommodate such grand and space size characters such as The Transformers mixed in with small human beings like ourselves. In the sequel we see Shia Lebouf (Transformers, Disturbia) who is now a global superstar joined by the youthful Megan Fox (who just featured in Jennifer’s Body)
Sam has just hit college for his first day everything seems to be just normal, his first encounter with the Decepticons now just feels like a bad dream. Unfortunately though for Sam the Deciptcons discover that a pair of glasses that are in his possession hold the secret location to a apocalyptic machine that can black out the sun. Similar to the first Transformers Sam must dodge his way through brave dangers and save the world while being protected by his robot friends Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee.
This jam packed action/comedy and at moments even romantic is considerably breath taking and makes you want to stand back as you just can‘t quite take everything in. I am confident that as soon as your son un wraps this little gem he will lock himself away in his room for a couple of hours intoxicated by the genius ness that is Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.