No Game No Life: Zero

No Game No Life: Zero (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 108 minutes approx. You might recall the TV series No Game No Life which appeared on UK shores back in early 2016, about two siblings dragged into a virtual reality world where disputes and settled via games and not violence. Based … Continue reading No Game No Life: Zero

Brotherhood Of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield (Xiu chun dao II: xiu luo zhan chang)

Brotherhood Of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield (Xiu chun dao II: xiu luo zhan chang) China (2017) Dir. Lu Yang It seems Alan Mak and Andrew Lau have set a precedent when it comes to sequels, since having the follow-up to a successful film be a prequel in Chinese/Hong Kong cinema is now a recurring … Continue reading Brotherhood Of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield (Xiu chun dao II: xiu luo zhan chang)

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Cert 12A) US (2018) Dir. Ron Howard The Star Wars franchise is following in the footsteps of Marvel and DC by expanding its cinematic presence with more adjuncts to the main saga that explore the events prior to the story we all know and love. After the prequel-following-the-prequels Rogue One … Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story

Dragonball Z TV Specials – The History Of Trunks/Bardock – The Father Of Goku

Dragonball Z TV Specials - The History Of Trunks/Bardock - The Father Of Goku (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 48 minutes approx. / 48 minutes approx. The double feature releases of Dragonball Z movies may have ended but there are still further gems from the DBZ archive to be … Continue reading Dragonball Z TV Specials – The History Of Trunks/Bardock – The Father Of Goku

The Case Of Hana & Alice

The Case Of Hana & Alice  (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: All The Anime) Running time: 99 minutes approx. Unless anyone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of anime can suggest otherwise, I believe a precedent may have been set with this film by being an animated prequel to a live action Japanese film, 2004’s Hana & … Continue reading The Case Of Hana & Alice

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story US (2016) Dir. Gareth Edwards After The Force Awakens rekindled the love for the Star Wars franchise for most of us a year ago it was announced that a standalone film would appear in the interim period before Episode VIII arrives. This film would be another prequel but … Continue reading Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Soul Eater NOT! Complete Collection

Soul Eater NOT! Complete Collection (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 301 minutes approx. No this isn’t an outdated riff on the old Wayne’s World “not” gag (for those of you of a certain age) but it is a new Soul Eater spin-off, well prequel is more accurate. In this case … Continue reading Soul Eater NOT! Complete Collection

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes US (1971) Dir. Don Taylor So having ended your last film on a pretty conclusive note by blowing up the entire planet and killed off all the characters, the last thing you would expect is to be told a sequel has been commissioned! For producer Arthur P. Jacobs … Continue reading Escape From The Planet Of The Apes

Nekomonogatari Black

Nekomonogatari Black (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 104 minutes approx.     For those of you who can’t get enough of the surreal acid trip that is the Monogatari universe then rejoice as another instalment is upon us. If, like me, you find it to be a self indulgent and almost impenetrable headache then … Continue reading Nekomonogatari Black

Monsters University

Monsters University (Cert U) 1 Disc (Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment) Running Time: 103 minutes approx. The dynamic duo of Mike Wazowski and Jim “Sully” Sullivan (voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman respectively) make a great team as Scarers at Monsters Inc., drawing the screams out of young children in the human world … Continue reading Monsters University