Tag Archives: blu-ray

10 Completely Made Up Star Wars Facts

It’s Star Wars week here on Fluent in Film, mainly because the entire Star Wars movie series was released on Blu-ray this week here in the UK, partly because there seems to be very little else happening this week. I wanted to share with you some fun facts about the original Star Wars trilogy, but I really couldn’t be bothered to do the research required. So instead, I’ve made up some! Please feel free to share your own in the comments. Continue reading
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Star Wars – 10 Great Prequel Moments, or How I Learnt To Stop Sulking And Love The Prequels

Annoying characters, clunky dialogue, wooden acting. No, I’m not talking about the Star Wars prequels, I’m talking about the original trilogy. If you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you’ll be aware that the complete Star Wars collection was released on Blu-ray in the UK this week. The common consensus, myself included, has been that the prequels are awful, and an affront to the iconic original trilogy. Obviously, we were all disappointed when the belated prequels came along and did not live up to our expectations, but upon revisiting the films, i have discovered something. Continue reading

Does Star Wars Deserve One More Shot?

***PLEASE NOTE – This article was originally published when the Star Wars Blu-ray sets were announced. I am reposting it to coincide with the release of the Blu-ray box sets this week. For the record, I have held firm and not bought them. At least, not so far…*** Continue reading

DVD Review – The King’s Speech

Just a few short months ago a we witnessed a royal occasion bigger perhaps even than that of the wedding of William and Kate. Riding a wave of critical acclaim, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech surprised many by winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as well as getting nods for lead actor and director. With the release of the DVD and Blu-ray, away from the hype and intense media attention, we get an opportunity to reappraise the film and ask the question – was it really the best film of 2010? Continue reading

DVD Review – Blue Valentine

This week sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of Blue Valentine, co-written and directed by first time feature director Derek Cianfrance. Starring acclaimed actors Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, it is a low-budget independent film following a couple’s deteriorating marriage, juxtaposed against flashbacks of the first flushes of young love between them. Continue reading

Does Star Wars Deserve One More Shot?

It was announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that both the original Star Wars trilogy, and the three prequels were to be released on Blu-Ray for the first time in September. You can buy both trilogies in separate box sets, or all six in one. There are hours of extra footage, and it is available to pre-order now. The news has been received with great excitement. Within literally hours of the announcement, the sets had reached the top of amazon.co.uk’s DVD chart. Are we really STILL this excited about Star Wars, even with George Lucas’ constant tinkering, and the disappointment of the prequel movies? I’ve been as big a fan as anyone of the original movies, but i find myself asking myself, do i really want to invest in them on a new format one more time? Continue reading

HMV Will Be A Sad, But Inevitable, Loss

It was announced this week that high street music and film retailer HMV are planning on closing up to 60 branches of their store. It is, sadly, not unusual to see a major store shutting up shop in the current economic climate. Neither is it unheard of for a large CD/DVD retailer to run into trouble, as we have seen Virgin Megastore, Silverscreen, Impulse and Zavvi all fold in the last few years. What makes this news the most devastating is that HMV are the largest, and the last remaining of these types of store. HMV’s total demise would be the end of high street music and film shopping. So how much of this is just a sign of the times, and how much is down to changing technology and consumer habits? Continue reading