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Romeo & Juliet (DVD): Review

The Film

Romeo & Juliet, one of the most told stories, with countless stage plays and movies telling the story of the star crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet secretly wed, despite the ongoing feud between their two families, the Montagues and the Capulets.

Soon, fateful events ensue, leading to death, and changing their families forever.

Douglas Booth (Noah) plays Romeo, and Hailee Steinfeld (Enders Game, 3 Days To Kill) plays Juliet in this incarnation. There is not much to say about the story we all know, except that there are a few slight interpretative changes, nothing big, but are a new take on some scenes. Casting is an interesting choice, as it feels as if they two lead characters are somewhat less important than some of the supporting characters. Damian Lewis is ideal as Lord Capulet, revelling in the role, and making his scenes thoroughly enjoyable.

Disc And Bonus Features

The disc, as nearly all commercial discs, is encoded at a high bitrate, meaning it can be scaled up in software for a high definition screen, without any visible artefacts. Sound makes use of the surrounds in your theatre system, adding to the soundstage of a scene, with mostly atmospheric audio. There are no bonus features on this disc.

Romeo & Juliet is available now, for purchase, in South Africa.

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Escape Plan (DVD): Review

The Film

An operative, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), who tests the security of the hardest prisons is set up, and finds himself in the world’s most secret and secure prison. Here he befriends an inmate, Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), and together they plot a way to escape this hell.

Escape Plan, it’s an action romp, of sorts, with two of the 80’s and 90’s biggest action stars, namely Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. As action stars, running about as The Terminator and Rambo, they were in their prime, but focus has now shifted more to a character level. Sadly, although Stallone comes across with a tangible character, Schwarzenegger is more apt for those roles that can manage one-liners, such as his famous “I’ll be back”.

That being said, action lovers will enjoy this film, about the proverbial “tough guy against all odds”. The action sequences are not the main focus of the story, but are fun when they occur. Some of these scenes lead to some humorous moments, and kept the blood and gore to a minimum.

Disc And Bonus Features

The disc is encoded at a high bitrate, meaning it can be scaled via software to a high resolution screen. The soundtrack does make use of the surrounds, although not as much as you would think for an action movie, it does add to immersing the viewer and broadens the soundstage. There are sadly, no bonus features on the disc.

Escape Plan is available to purchase now in South African stores.

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Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit (Blu-Ray): Review

The Film

Relive the action, and add this latest installment to your Jack Ryan collection, now on Blu-Ray.

Read the SAMDB movie review of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Disc And Bonus Features

The disc is encoded at a high bitrate, as with most Blu-Ray discs, owing to their huge storage capacity. with Dolby Digital and DTS 7.1 soundtracks, this action movie is sure to look great on any home theatre setup.

There are a plethora of bonus features, starting with an insightful commentary by actor / director Kenneth Branagh and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

A selection of deleted and extended scenes, with optional commentary, are available, a featureette on Jack Ryan himself, with a look back to the various incarnations of the character, played by several actors.

One featurette looks at Kenneth Branagh, in his role as villain, and director, juggling these two important roles.

The collection of bonus features on the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit disc will enthral fans, and provide useful insights for filmmakers.

A well presented disc, full of extras, along with an enjoyable movie.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is available to purchase now in South African stores.