I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this post and video is part 6, looking at some of the films I have. Feel free to comment if you share any of my tastes. 🙂
- An American Werewolf In London & An American Werewolf In Paris. These are very good films, the first one being the best of the two, as is often the case where films are concerned. Sequels often aren’t as good as the original – not always, but certainly in this case the first one is the best. And there are plenty of extra features on here all about it. There aren’t so many extras on the second film, but it’s still nice to have the pair, they’re both very good films. It wouldn’t surprise me if they remade them one day, given all the advances in CGI, but I don’t see how you can really beat the originals to be honest, they should leave these things alone.
- Airplane! & Airplane II: The Sequel. These are very funny films, with lots of very clever and silly gags, and very silly gags. Again, the first film is the best of the two. The second one wasn’t quite as good, but it’s a decent enough follow-up. So it’s nice to have them both together.
- Bula Quo! This is a film written by and starring Status Quo, which at the end of the day you buy for the music as much as anything else really. There isn’t a superb story to it. The scenery’s nice though, and it is still good fun. It’s nothing amazing, but it’s still nice to have in the collection when you’re a Quo fan.
- Die Hard series. These are fantastic films, real classics, with great action sequences. And there are loads of extra features on the first Die Hard film, which it deserves, plus quite a few for Die Hard 2. Meanwhile, Die Hard With A Vengeance is a decent enough sequel, again with plenty of extras. And this film actually has audio description on it. The first two don’t, but this particular disc does, which is well worth noting. And then Die Hard 4: Ultimate Action Edition, which is a slightly extended cut of the fourth film. Again, it’s not as good as the first couple of films, but it’s ecent enough, and again has plenty of extras. There’s no audio description though, so they’re not very consistent on that, which is a shame. I haven’t got Die Hard 5 – I think I have seen it once, and I know it’s not as good as the others going by all the reviews.
- Harry Potter. I’ve got all 8 films in this wonderful series, which are extremely well made and performed acted by involved. I’ve got them in their Ultimate Edition box sets too, so they aren’t just the basic releases that they did initially, which I owned to start with. These editions have got all sorts of extra features on them, not just games and things for the kids, but tons of behind the scenes insights too. And they’re very well put together, including in-vision commentaries, which are very cool. You also get some collector’s cards and a nice book of photos in each set too. They’ve clearly put a lot of effort into each set, and they’ve really come out well.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. This isn’t as good as the original TV show, but still good fun nonetheless, Martin Freeman’s very good in this. And this is another film in my collection that’s got audio description, as well as all the other special features, so it’s very nice of them to have included that.
- Hot Shots! & Hot Shots! Part Deux. Again, like Airplane, these are a couple of very funny spoof films. Both of these are very good, it’s hard to pick a favourite out of these two. But Hot Shots! Part Deux was a particular favourite amongst me and my friends when I was younger.
- Independence Day. This is the DVD release that I’ve had for years. I haven’t upgraded to the Blu-Ray, though I am tempted to. It even has never before seen extended footage as well, as well as various other extra features. I haven’t seen the second film that they’ve released recently, I’m not so excited about whether to see that given what I’ve heard about. But I’ll probably check it out at some point.
- James Bond. I’ve got nice big shiny silver briefcase, which is the box set of the first twenty 007 James Bond films. They are classic films, I don’t need to say anything about them really. It’s just great to have a nice set like this. All the discs are very nicely packaged, and they’ve all got great special features on too, because they’re all special editions, with documentaries and various other bits and pieces. I’ve got the later films beyond this separately too though, I have been continuing to buy them. I think the earlier films are probably the best ones, but the modern films have still been quite good. Certainly the special effects have been great. The songs for the latest films haven’t been very good though, I think the real classics are in among the original 20 to be honest. But the films themselves are always a good way to kill a couple of hours.
So I’ll leave it there for this part. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the films that I’ve got so far. If you like any of them, feel free to comment as always. I should be able to get through the remainder of my films in one more part, then there’s still other stuff to go on to after that. So I hope you’ve enjoyed it so far, and I will see you for part 7 next time!