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Bargain bin brouhaha


Don’t you just love unexpected bargains? There I was, minding my own business as I perused HMV yesterday during my lunch break (one of the nice things about working in the centre of town is the number of decent shops within a few minutes’ walking distance), and I noticed a copy of the DVD release of Fallen Angel, a rather good TV drama shown on ITV1 earlier this year, discounted to £5 from its original £20. This was presumably because the amaray case was slightly scuffed, in comparison to the two more pristine copies selling at the full price.

I also took the opportunity to pick up a double pack containing two Luc Besson films, Subway and Nikita, for a tenner. Unfortunately, the less said about their transfers, the better, but, given that I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything directed and/or written and produced by Besson that I’ve seen (even The Fifth Element, to some extent), I’m looking forward to checking out these two highly regarded earlier works.

Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2007 at 10:58 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Cinema | DVD | TV



"Nikita" is great. "Subway" is not so good, just don't expect an action thriller because it isn't.

Posted by: Marcus, October 10, 2007 8:04 PM


Nikita is my favourite Besson movie. After seeing The Fifth Element at the cinema, I decided to never again watch a Besson movie in a theatre, and so far I've stuck to that rule, which has saved me from suffering through movies like The Messenger and the ponderous Angel-A. I do, however, regret not seeing Arthur and the Invisibles.

During the 1990s, Besson was one of my favourite directors, and I'd defend to the hilt claims that his cinema was one of style over substance. But with The Fifth Element and The Messenger, that criticism seemed all too real: both were incredibly shallow (but pretty) films.

Le dernier combat and The Big Blue are pretty good movies too. Check them out.

Posted by: , October 14, 2007 10:51 PM

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