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Latest DVD reviews for March!

The Grudge
The Grudge is based on an original Japanese film ?Ju-on? directed by Takashi Shimizu, who I am pleased to say also directed this remake.
When someone dies in the grip of a terrible rage a curse is born. Once you see it you can never forget. Once it sees you – you can never escape?or as Sarah Michelle Gellar describes it ?it’s about a woman’s rage”. A poor unfortunate was killed under terrible circumstances and decides that it would be a good idea to continue the horror. Geller happens to be one of a few poor unsuspecting souls who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time and become the unwilling participants in a calamity of revenge and horror. Like all good horror films The Grudge is not just a series of scary event wrapped in special effects. There is a mystery behind the terror and through an assembly of interesting and very peculiar characters the Grudge is slowly unveiled? while scaring the pant of you and making you jump to the ceiling at the same time.
The adaptation from an all Japanese cast to include a few westerners does not detract form the original creepy atmosphere of the film and flavour of the Japanese culture.
If you feel you could do with a little more creepiness after the film the DVD offers some great extras, such as the origins of the legend of The Grudge and some special effects, which include the design of the house.


Ocean’s Twelve
Anyone who loved Ocean’s Eleven may be disappointed by this film. It?s three years since Danny Ocean (George Clooney) stole 160 million dollars from Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). Now Benedict has found the team and wants the money back. Ocean and his crew need to find the cash, and fast. They decide Amsterdam is the ideal destination, which coincidentally is where Rusty?s (Brad Pitt) ex love (Catherine Zeta-Jones) lives. She also happens to be the head of police which adds a law enforcement angle to this adventure. Ocean?s Twelve is probably worth seeing to satiate the curiosity caused from the first film; however it lacks the wit, element of surprise and intelligence of Oceans Eleven. It?s yet another addition to the wasteland of movie sequels that are never as satisfying as the original film.


Miss Congeniality
As Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous is being released next week, we thought we?d take a look at the original DVD. It was, believe it or not, one of the biggest films ever screened in Australia. Grace Hart (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent who lives for her job. As such, she has neglected all other areas in her life ? dating, friendships and seemingly insignificant grooming rituals such as brushing her hair and applying makeup. When she is forced to go undercover as a beauty queen, she finds the feminine side she never thought she had. This film seems simplistic and similar to many other chick flicks out there, however it has more depth than the majority. All performances are flawless, including Michael Caine as her beauty advisor Victor Melling, Benjamin Bratt as her FBI partner Eric Matthews, and of course the beautiful Sandra Bullock in the central character. The special features behind the scenes making of the beauty pageant and interviews with the cast and crew as well as deleted scenes and outtakes. All-in-all: above average light comedy that is definitely worth seeing.
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