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Police Story Trilogy hits the Cinema and a new Bluray release

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 2, 2022 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi all,

Jackie Chan's Police Story series is getting a special screening at the Prince Charles Cinema in London's Leicester Square.

When is this happening, well September 2022, and it's part of a Jackie Chan retrospective which totals five films in total.

For those who can take the heat of watching all three Police Story films in one sitting then the 8th September is the date for a marathon of Chan on the big screen and all in remastered 4K with HDR.

For those wanting to see just one or two of the films, you can, as all three films are showing on alternative dates, visit the Prince Charles Cinema website for all the times and dates. 

The films are spread out through September with each film having three seperate screenings as well as the Marathon on the 8th September.

But for those lucky enough to have a 4K Bluray player and a decent sound system, you to can enjoy these new 4K remasters at home from the end of September as EUREKA  are releasing a box set of all three films in 4K HDR so you can sit back at home and enjoy the films. 

Coming in at around £70 I do wonder how much better quality can they make these old films, for films that where released on VHS back in the day, then DVD which improved the picture and sound by a large margin, then the more recent Bluray editions in 1080p, are they really that much better?

Or is this this just a cash grab praying on those Jackie Chan completists that must have every version of every film Jackie Chan has done?

Considering most 4K players will do a upscale of a bluray as most standard Blurays do a upscale of a DVD.

I do get irratated when these companies just concentrate on releasing the same few films repeatadly in various formats, when there are other films from Jackie and other stars that have not had a standard release on DVD or Bluray yet. 



Another Ip Man saga comes to DVD and Bluray

Posted by THE SNAKE on June 18, 2022 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


UPDATE: 21-06-2022 

Back with a update on this film, currently the HI-Yah streaming service is only available to customers in the USA and Canada. The DVD and Bluray which released on the 20th June 2022 are once again only available in the USA on Region 1 DVD or Bluray Region A NTSC.

You could import via Amazon, at present the film is £21.00 on DVD, AND £26.00 on Bluray, add shipping and taxes, and it may be more than your willing to pay. Here's hoping for a UK release soon.


Hi all, 

Yes we have another film coming to DVD and bluray that will have many wondering why, IP-MAN Awakening is the latest film about the life of Ip Man. This time Ip Man comes to the rescue of a kidnap victim and uncovers a human trafficking ring. The film stars MiuTse and Guangying Chen.

The film is currently to view on the streaming service Hi-Yah through Amazon Prime for a additonal fee in the States. 

Not sure if that streaming service is avaiable in the UK, but will have a look. 

But on June 20th the film gets a relaese on DVD and Bluray disc. As far as I know at present this is for the USA release of the film, and have yet to see a official UK release scheduale for the film. But buyers could import. As of today the film comes up on Amazon UK but it says not available.

We will try and cover this on site as soon as we can stream a copy or buy it at a reasonable price. 

It does make me wonder how many more films of Ip Man we need, I think I'm slowly growing tired of them as I think we have had the best that can be done on the martial arts legend. 

And also if we were to believe that Ip Man had so many provocations in life that resulted in his life being put in danger as the films would have us believe, it makes you wonder how he had time to teach any Martial arts. 


 I will update about the films availability as soon as I know.

Sertes Nake




Cruise Flies back in Top Gun Maverick-Mini-Review

Posted by THE SNAKE on June 5, 2022 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 Hi All , Yes I'm back with another Mini-review for yet another blockbuster film. This time we take to the skies with Top Gun Maverick.

Starring Tom Cruise

Jennifer Connelly

Val Kilmer

Ed Harris

Miles Teller

Glen Powell

 

Director JOSEPH KOSINSKI



 

Top Gun Maverick

 

Yes the KITG crew once more ventured into the void of cinematography.

This time we were viewing what many consider to be lightning in a bottle that has struck twice.

 

Tom Cruise returns as Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell from the classic 1986 film directed by the late Tony Scott.

 

Cruise has wanted to do a sequel to the film for years and Tony Scott even had a script in the works before his untimely death in 2012.

 

Now I never saw the original Top Gun at the cinema and my viewing back in the day was at home on VHS on a 20inch CRT tv.

 

It was the time of the VHS boom and we rented films consistently.

So we never got the scope of the film from watching it on the big screen.

Unlike today where you at home you have large screen TV's and HD and 4K resolution.

 

But hearing how the film was made, and my home projector set up not up and running as of yet. We chose to see the film on the big screen at the cinema.

 

I was excited to see the aerial stunts of the planes, all the actors had to go through a rigorous training regime and learn to operate cameras and direct themselves within the plane's cockpits for the aerial scenes.





 

Yes no CGI here folks, these are real planes you are watching here.

 

This is what makes the film a must-see at the cinema.

The story is simple, Maverick ( Cruise) is still in the Navy air force but as a Test Pilot for new planes, he has gone through various problems in his career, always blowing his chance of promotion.

 

When he makes one truly big mess and has to bail out of an expensive test jet he faces dismissal.

 

But to his bewilderment, he is ordered back to Top Gun.

Upon arriving he learns they need him for a mission of utmost importance.

What he does not know is that his job is to train the latest high-flying Top Guns to carry out this mission.

 

The film runs about two hours and twenty minutes. And amazingly it goes quite fast, the emphasis here is on the action and everything moves at a faster pace than in the original which did have a bigger segment of romance within it I remember.

 

For this film, it was mostly new faces and a fresh start, Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan were never approached to reprise their roles. Though they do appear in a memory from footage of the first film.

 

Maverick has a new love interest, an old flame played by Jennifer Connelly.

 

The star of the film is the fantastic aerial scenes and the tensions between Maverick and his potential students.

 

Val Kilmer reprises his role as ICE from the first film, who now is an Admiral.

 

Tom Cruise continues to make box office hits and chooses his films carefully, unlike so many others.

 

You know if it's a Tom Cruise film it will deliver.

 

We enjoyed our time with the film. The story is tight and the action comes thick and fast, it was nice to see a film with a feel-good factor that harked back to the 80s when films were about fun and action with real-life pyrotechnics, and explosions and all..

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Too many films rely on the whole CGI thing now because actors and actresses don't want to get dirty.

But here Cruise delivers and proves you can still make a fun action film with a story where real actors do real stunts without a computer in sight.

And for this Top Gun Maverick must be commended.

 

Up to date, Top Gun Maverick has become the sixth highest-grossing film of 2022.

Whether it can surpass its predecessor which cost a mere $15 Million to make and made back a staggering $357.3 million we will have to wait and see.

 

But as Maverick cost a cool $170 million to make and can not see the same mega success. In effect, Maverick would have to take $3.9 Billion to match the original Ratio.

 

View Date: 31st May 2022

Location: Cineworld, Stevenage

 

Review By: Sertes Nake




Dan Fogler appearing at MCM Comic Con May 2022

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 26, 2022 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 Hi All,




Some quick updates to whose appearing at this weekends MCM Comic Con, added to the guest list is star of Fantastic Beasts Dan Fogler.


Dan Fogler


For Game Fans we have Doug Cockle whose the voice of Geralt in the game. 


Doug Cockle


So along with the wrestling stars, Dante Basco,Janet Varney and others it should be a fun filled weekend for all that visit the show.. 

Check out the sites Calendar for details and links to the official website

Who knows maybe where see you there.

Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness-Mini-Review

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 25, 2022 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 Yes I'm back with another Mini-review, this time of one of this summers Blockbuster films. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands we here at KITG try to get our heads round all the stories.

So without further ado,enjoy the review.


 

 



Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness- 2022

 

Yes, another Mini-review for you all, once again the KITG crew ventured out to see the second in the Doctor Strange movies by Marvel, and the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

Now I for one have seen most of the Marvel films over the years, but there are a few that I have not yet, add to this the fact that Marvel also makes TV streaming series of some characters which all fall in line with the Universe of Marvel and it makes it quite hard to remember or know of each character.

 

If you have missed a film or two and not seen all the series it can make key elements of the story within these films pass you by as you may have not seen that particular previous film or TV series.

 

So I went into the film with the hope to be able to unravel all the stories and fill in the blanks about what I may have missed.

 

This time we have Doctor Strange suffering from dreams/nightmares, whatever you may call them.

 

When he attends the wedding of his close friend Christine he witnesses demon-like spirits wrecking the city and going after a young girl.

 

Being the superhero he is, he intervenes to save the girl after going through a series of death-defying confrontations with said demons.

 

After saving the girl who happens to be very wary of him, he discovers his dreams are not just dreams but real happenings in an alternate reality and universe.

 

This becomes more apparent when the young girl presents to him the dead body of himself from another universe...

 

His goal is to help the girl and find out what these demons want.

 

He turns to an old colleague by the name of Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch.

He tells Wanda his situation in a bid she may help.

 

Like any Marvel universe film, the film starts and ends with huge CGI effects and battles across universes against unfathomable foes.

 

To get to the truth Doctor Strange must travel to various universes to uncover the reason behind all the wanton destruction.

 

He encounters his own self in various forms and has to also confront allies that are foes in his own Universe and vice versa.

 

It does give many cast members different characterisations to unravel within the same character.

 

Unlike something like Shang Chi where you may marvel at the choreography of the Martial arts action, most Marvel Universe films are just big CGI showcases with actors going through the motions in front of Green screens while special effects are added after.

 

We enjoyed our time with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and I suppose in the end the real stars of the film are the computer geniuses behind all the effects.

 

Though the actors do give a believable performance considering for the most part they do all this in plain studios.

 

For myself, I don't usually rush to see any of the Marvel films on the big screen as there all pretty much the same, all delivering the same kind of movie with different characters.

 

But as I like Benedict Cumberbatch and have seen him perform some real amazing acting in other films I didn't mind going to see this one as I regard the first Doctor Strange Movie as one of the better films from the Marvel catalog.

 

At nearly two and half hours it goes quite quickly as the action comes thick and fast.

And as a switch of your brain action fodder, it's quite fun.

 

View Date: 23-05-2022

Location: ODEON Luxe

Review Date: 24-05-2022

 

Review By: Sertes Nake




 


Where have another couple of Mini-reviews soon as we have arranged to see another couple of films on the big screen in the coming month?

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Director: Sam Raimi

Starring

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr.Stephen Strange

Rahcel McAdams as Christine Palmer

Elizabeth Olsen – as the Scarlet Witch

Benedict Wong -Wong

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo

 

Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier


Image Copyright (c) Marvel Studios 2022


Mini-Review - The Northman 2022-Alexander Skarsgard

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 21, 2022 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 


The Northman - 2022 - Director :Robert Eggers

 

Hi, all here we have a mini-review of a film the KITG crew ventured out to see the other night.

 

Though the film has a fair bit of battling it is also quite in-depth in its depiction of the Viking age.

 

Based on a legend of a Viking by the name of Amieth. Set around 895AD.

 

Set in the lands of Rus, Iceland, and Norway the film follows the life of a young Viking Prince Amieth.

 

The young Prince witness the death of his father and vows revenge whilst escaping.

 

The film shifts a few years and Amieth is a warrior who was raised by Vikings that saved him and taught him the art of the Berserker, basically, a badass muscle-bound lunatic who slices through his foes with a ferocity unequaled.

 

With a runtime of just over two and a quarter hours, the film is no flash in the pan and its pacing at times can be a bit slow. The beginning starts off like an art-house movie with a thespian-type monologue. I must admit I was a bit wary o this at the start and thought, Can I handle this for over two hours.

 

Luckily the film takes a more modern style of verse in its depiction of characters after about twenty minutes.

 

That's not to say that it becomes like all other films based on the Viking age.

The director Robert Eggers is known to be quite concentrated on being historically accurate in the depiction of his films.

 

And the film does offer some interesting scenes of the brutality and near animal-like savagery of the Vikings and their traditions of bloodletting and scenes of full nudity in abundance.

 

The Northman will entertain, and the action pieces are excellently done for the most part, yes with all American-style films the fast cuts do happen.

 

But what makes the film watchable are the top cast of Alexandra Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke, and Willem Dafoe in a small role.

 

We'd enjoy our time with the film and in the end, we're glad we went to see it.

 

So even though the film has been deemed a failure in the box office stats with it not even making back its cost of 70-90 million dollars and only taking 59 million dollars at the box office it should not stop all from seeing it who are fascinated with the Viking culture.

 

The Northman is not for the faint-hearted or those not into bloodletting. But for everybody else get on down to the cinema and see it before it's gone.

 

Where have another mini-review next week as we are down to see another film at the cinema next week?

 

View Date: 20-05-2022

Location: Odeon Luxe

Review Date: 21-05-2022

Review By: Sertes Nake




Poster of The Northman - (C) 2022 Universal Pictures / Focus Features

 


Jackie Chan wraps Ride On- Releases Christmas 2022

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 17, 2022 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

  Hi All,

Here's one of the posters for Jackie Chan's new film releasing Christmas 2022 in China. The film, Ride On sees Jackie as a aging stuntman who has to come to terms with his Daughter getting married and how they will all get along due to his persona.

All Jackie's character cares about is his Horse but when he gets in debt, he needs to ask for help from his daughter and his future son-in-law.

There's a trailer for the film out now, though it's quite short but is English subtitled, its up on Youtube now, and I will embed it on site as well. 

Here's the Poster for the film. This looks like this could be a fun film with Jackie doing roles more akin to his age. Looking forward to this one. 



Michele Yeoh is Everywhere in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 3, 2022 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)


    A new film release starring Michele Yeoh hit's cinema's on 13th May with previews on the 12th. Screening at most cinema's in some form or another.

Everything Everywhere All At Once stars Michele Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis and Harry Shum Jnr in a this Comedy Science fiction fantasy film about a multiverse. Where be catching this at the cinema and bringing you all our review shortly after.. It definitetly looks like a off the wall film.




Live events for 2022, MCM Comic Con,Hyper Japan Festival, and more.

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 1, 2022 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

       Yes those events are starting up again, and even with the  Worlds Unrest currently its good that live events are back so people can get out and enjoy life a bit more after the two plus years of the Pandemic restrictions. 

Though there where quite a few towards the end of 2021, 2022 is starting fresh with live events all over the country from films shows, Comic Con's and culture shows. 

So Hopefully where be covering some of these events on site in features and our first attendance of the year is MCM Comic Con London which we will be attending for a couple of days, maybe even three at the end of May.




After that we have Hyper Japan Festival at Evolution London in July on the weekend of the 22nd and we hope to be covering that one in some form, .




Both shows have been added to our events calender under Upcoming Events on the home page, and you can find out the dates and times and official site links on the page. 

We will be updating on the guests to appear with the MCM Comic Con getting priority first. Next update on the MCM show will be on the 2nd -05-2022.

The Passing of two legends

Posted by THE SNAKE on February 27, 2022 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)


 Hi All

It seems I fill this news stream with sad news more then good of late. The Martial art and Film world have lost another two legends .





Sadly on January 30th the Martial art world lost one Robert Wall (Bob), star of Enter the Dragon, Bob Wall was taught Martial arts under the late Gordon Dovasola, a Hawaiian Okinawan Karate exponenet as well as the late  Joe Lewis and his friend Chck Norris, attaining a 9th Degree Black Belt under Chuck. Bob Wall also set up the World Black Belt Inc soceity. 


From teaching the arts to starring in films Bob Wall was a champion for the Martial arts world, of course his standout film was Enter the Dragon  where he played the legendary Ohara charcter opposite Bruce Lee. 

A sad loss to the Martial arts world, he will be sadly missed , he was 82 years of age.


Then on 21st February the sad news of the passing of Hong Kong film director Chor Yuen, who had started his film career in the 1950's , he directed some 120 films and wrote and starred in many others. From greats like ''Bloodshed in the Valley of Love -1957 to Killer Clans-1976 and 1982's Heroes Shed No Tears. 





Many will know him from his role in Jackie Chan's Police Story where he played the antagonist Chu Tao aka Tom Koo. In fact he starred in four films with Jackie in total. 

A prolific director and screen writer, Chor Yuen passed away at age 87.