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Highlander – 30th Anniversary Re-Release

Posted on 02 August 2016 by Chris Ford


I’ve always been a film collector, mainly the classics or what I consider classics anyway! And Highlander has always been a classic movie for me but the past video and DVD releases have quite frankly looked terrible, I guess the source material has suffered over the years which could be why this 30th Anniversary release was deemed worthwhile.


Sourced from a brand new 4K restoration of the film right off the bat it is very impressive and blows previous releases out the water, colours are clear detailed and quite frankly the film almost looks like it was made in 2016.

Sound wise the Bluray sounds spot on with clear dialogue and action, the films sound isn’t exactly a benchmark for 5.1 sound but it was made in the mid-eighties so that forgivable and to be honest not needed.

Extras wise we get a couple of great interviews from Director Russell Mulcahy as well as Christopher Lambert himself, both offering a nice insight into the making of the movie and their views all these years on. We also get a commentary track from Director Russell Mulcahy which is cool if that’s your sort of thing, it’s not really mine.

Also included are a few deleted /extended scenes with patchy audio, to be honest you can see why these scenes were trimmed down originally and don’t seem to offer much in the way of story progression.

I won’t go into the film itself as you will doubtless know the tale if you have read this far already, I do though thoroughly recommend this Blu Ray and a great way to spend a few how with the Immortals.


Highlander – 30th Anniversary is out now on both Blu-Ray and DVD

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Looking – Blu Ray Review

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Looking – Blu Ray Review

Posted on 07 January 2015 by Chris Ford

So over the Christmas period I sat down to watch new HBO drama Looking.

Looking is set in modern day San Francisco focusing on the lives of a group of gay friends and their trials and tribulations ‘looking’ for love, think of a gay world version of HBOs hit ‘Girls’ and you will be on the right track.
Being straight I wasn’t sure how much Id enjoy this show, and yes some of the sex scenes are pretty full on but with a great cast (including a surprise appearance from Quantum Leaps Scott Bakula) the story is compelling and in a way I wonder if its more enjoyable watching as a straight man, it feels like a looking glass into the gay world, something I otherwise wouldn’t really know much about.
The cinematography is spot on too, I watched the Blu ray version and the HD scenes of San Francisco were stunning and really show off what a beautiful city it is.
All in all the show is very watchable, it does have a bit of a slow start but the drama builds and is well worth sticking with, I’m ‘Looking’ forward to Season two!


Season one of Looking is available on DVD and Blu-Ray from the 12th January and can be pre-ordered at Amazon now.

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‘Death By Food’ Challenge at Red Dog Saloon

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‘Death By Food’ Challenge at Red Dog Saloon

Posted on 05 October 2014 by Chris Ford


To celebrate the release of Western themed comedy starring Seth Macfarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the West, on DVD and Blu-ray  today , Universal Pictures have teamed up with London’s authentic Kansas City Bar-B-Q Red Dog Saloon, to create an extra special, super-spicy food challenge, hot enough to take on the UK’s most daring food fans.



Last week I was invited down to Red Dog for a special preview of the challenge, faced with three extra-large ribs, coated in a super-hot spicy sauce developed by Red Dog Saloon chefs especially for the challenge (inspired by a scene in  A Million Ways to Die in the West) I was a little worried.

The hot sauce features not one, but four chilli varieties, including Nage Viper, Scotch Bonnet, Thai Red and Jalapeno. In between each rib, challengers must take a 60 second Burn-out Break, to ensure they really take on the heat and experience what it feels like to be under the hot western sun.

I started off well, and was somewhat surprised when almost halfway through the first rib I didn’t feel too bad… then it hit me I have NEVER experienced so much pain in my mouth,  it was bad as I reached for a pint of milk expecting it to sooth the pain it barely touched the surface next I pretty much downed a pint of beer,  things felt somewhat better but still the pain was there.

To be fair I am somewhat of a light weight when it comes to spice and chill based sauces,  while I was there’s these two courageous fellows demolished the ribs with great ease.




The challenge, which will run for a limited period only, will be added to the Red Dog Saloon menus in both the Hoxton Square and Clapham branches from today  and will run for two weeks, at a cost of £12.99. Those who manage to complete the challenge will be added to the special A Million Ways to Die in the West DEATH BY FOOD Wall of Fame and the first twenty to beat the heat will win a copy of the film on DVD.

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WIN: Sopranos Complete Blu-Ray Boxet

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WIN: Sopranos Complete Blu-Ray Boxet

Posted on 08 September 2014 by Chris Ford


Fifteen years after it first hit our screens the multi award wining Sopranos finally gets a much desererved release in HD via Blu-ray.

This is one of my favourite all time shows and easily the best thing HBO has ever put out making the boxset an essential addition to any home entertainment collection. Featuring all six seasons plus bonus materials, this must-have set is out today the 8th Sept and we have the chance for one lucky winner to win a whole boxset for themselves!


yes that’s right one reader will get a boxset, Im a little jealous of this one so whoever it is I want to make sure is a real fan, and a real fan will be able to answer the following question and email it to me by friday 12th Sept.


What is the name of the horse Tony and Ralphie co-owned?

answers by friday must be emailed to enterthecomp@gmail.com , a random winner will be chosen from all correct answers good luck!

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Interview with trainer Nuno De Salles

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Interview with trainer Nuno De Salles

Posted on 08 September 2014 by Chris Ford

Nuno gym Photo life fitness 2014

Recently we spoke to Nuno De Salles the personal trainer in charge of getting Kit Haringtion and Keither Sutherland screen fit for their new movie Pompeii.

Can you tell us a bit about what you do?

The entertainment industry will contact me when they are challenged with a dramatic physique transformation. Industry heads have referred to me as sculptor for actors physiques. I will mold an actors body to the requests of the director and also collaborate with other departments like wardrobe and stunt department to fulfill the wishes of all the industry heads.
For example in Pompeii I collaborated with not only the directors’ wishes to have Kit Harington looking like a menacing athletic gladiator. I worked with wardrobe to make sure that his abs were well defined in his costume since his abs would be exposed in a key scene of the movie. I also worked with the Stunt Coordinator very closely since this project was high action. He and I would communicate on practically a daily basis and I would tweak my program so that his workouts would not interfere with his stunt training.

How much in advance of filming do you generally get to work with an actor?

It really depends on the project I am working on.
For Pompeii, I met with the Director (Paul W.S Anderson), producers (Jeremy Bolt & Don Carmody) & stunt coordinator (Jean Frenette) 8 weeks before filming.
We discussed the look that they wanted Kit Harington’s physique to be molded into in a 8 week timeframe. They needed him to look lean and athletic, so I explained that within this short timeframe I will need Kit to train 6x/week and be on a specialized meal plan and to take daily supplementation and only then could I guarantee the results they wanted.
As we got closer to the start date for filming we added a new goal. A shirtless scene. This meant I had to keep a very close eye on his training and nutrition.

Is there a difference between looking good on camera and actually being physically fit / muscular in the real world?

Yes there is.
On camera you need to look lean with almost no body fat because that is what the camera loves.
In the real world keeping such a low body fat is not always a healthy option. In fact you might feel & perform better at a higher body fat percentage.
If your main goal is to feel and look good there is no reason to push your body to that extreme.
The challenging aspect of Kit’s training was that he needed to perform demanding stunts as well as look extremely lean.
So we timed it in a way that he would film the physically demanding work at a different time of the shirtless material…

Kit Harington and Keifer Sutherland have come from fairly action based roles into this film did that make things easier in terms of where they were physically ?

Kit had been promoting his show and had not been training much prior to seeing me. So he had put on some weight and was no where near camera ready.
As for Kiefer I worked with him to prepare him for his role of Jack Bauer in 24 filmed in London at the beginning of 2014. He had not been working out either prior to starting with me.
What does make a huge difference is that they are both hard workers and take their craft very seriously which in turn translates into their intensity in the gym.
They are not afraid of the pain required to achieve the results.

How important is diet to your work?

Diet is 80% of the battle!!
I make sure my clients are being monitored all day if their goal is to be as lean as possible.
With Kit and the rest of the cast of Pompeii I had their meals prepared fresh daily controlling their calories (protein to carbohydrate to fat ratios).
They were “not allowed” to eat anything that I did not approve for them.
I managed to be in complete control of their nutrition and workouts and the results speak for themselves.

Do some actors struggle with your program?

I have been working with actors on different movie sets for 12 years and never have I had someone not give me 100%.
I am there to encourage & work with them. Not to make their lives harder…
On top of that the individuals I have worked with have an incredible work ethic & if anything, the problem is that they sometimes work too hard….


Would you have any advice for the average reader looking to get in shape?

Set goals!!
You need to work towards a goal if you want to be successful in the gym. Once you have a “destination” in mind give yourself a time frame to achieve it. Design the best program and nutritional plan and go for it!! Goals are essential they keep you motivated and on track.
Once you reach that specific goal set another goal! Keep challenging yourself!
Keep in mind that the goal must be important to you whatever it might be….Gain muscle or running a marathon or powerlifting competition etc…
If a large goal is to difficult to visualize then set smaller goals and once you achieve that goal set another more challenging goal that competes against the last. In essence, competing against yourself.

What are you working on right now?

At the moment, I am working with my core clientele at my Toronto gym.
However, I have been contacted for several exciting new Film & TV projects starting in 2015 so I am diligently working on designing different exercise & meal programs for those casts.


Pompeii is out on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 15th and can be pre-ordered here now.

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Interview – Crime Expert Tom Prior

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Interview – Crime Expert Tom Prior

Posted on 14 August 2014 by Chris Ford


Boardwalk Empire’s forth season is out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, throughout the previous seasons, Al Capone has been one of the key characters, but in season 4 he steals the show which is why I thought Id have a chat with Tom Prior,who is an expert on high profile American Gangsters, with Al Capone being his forte.

Tom Prior

How historically accurate would you say Boardwalk Empire is with its portrayal of people like Al Capone?

Like most Hollywood productions there is always some artistic licence taken but Boardwalk , particularly season 4, has kept close to the facts when portraying Capone in his rise to power beginning with the killing of Dean O’Banion. Meyer Lansky and Luciano are also well portrayed as the scene is being set for future series when all the gangsters come together to form an organisation called the Seven Group.

What do you think of the choice of Stephen Graham playing Capone?

I may be a little bit biased here but fellow Scouser Stephen Graham does a very good job in playing Capone. He has the same build as Al; the round pudgy face and same height. He capture’s Capone’s intelligence and temper(which may have been down to the first symptoms of paresis beginning to surface) and his accent can’t be faulted.

He reminds me much of Rod Steiger who played the Big Fellow in the 1959 picture entitled Al Capone. Steiger too gave Al many layers of character that looking at it now sometimes captures a future Tony Soprano.

Robert DeNiro (The Untouchables) took his portrayal over the top and both Jason Robards(The St Valentine’s Day Massacre,1967) and Ben Gazzara (Capone, 1975) although both quite good, lacked Capone’s Italian ancestry and likeness.

Capone tried to paint himself as a bit of a Robin Hood figure, opening soup kitchens for the poor etc, do you think think that was a genuine desire to help the less fortunate or a early form on PR on his part?

Most definitely an early form of PR. One of Capone’s early biographers subtitled his book ‘the biography of a self made man’. Capone was the first gangster to court publicity and use it to his advantage.

New York gangster Dutch Shultz used the same tactic some years later when facing trial for tax evasion . He had his trial moved to an upstate farming town were Shultz turned local benefactor and the rural jury returned a not guilty verdict.

Being an expert on American Gangsters who would you say was the most ruthless of them all?

Capone must be a contender for the most ruthless gangster. He gave his enemies a very low life expectancy but to me it is actually a Sicilian mobster Salvatore “The Beast” Riina who was so ruthless that not only women and children were his victims but judges, police and politicians were too . He waged war on the entire Italian state – and nearly won.

Do you believe the mafia or similar organisations as they were portrayed in programs like The Sopranos still function today?

The American Mafia were pretty much decimated by the FBI during the eighties but after 9/11 the attention was turned to anti-terrorism leaving a void that has allowed, not only the Mafia to re-emerge but also the Colombian and Mexican cartels expand their networks.

In the UK I would guess our most famous gangster were The Kray Twins they are somewhat seen as Robin Hood figures by some much like Al Capone was, why do you think people admire criminals?

I think most of us admire their power and prestige and are fascinated by their lives while being equally appalled at the crimes they commit. Perhaps it is best summed up by Tony Montana
(Scarface,1983). “…you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money you get the power. Then when you get the power you get the women.”

Whats your favourite gangster movie? And why?

There are some great contenders for the best gangster movie. Joe Peci in GoodFellas stole the show with his portrayal of psychotic mobster Tommy DeVito. The scene were Henry Hill takes his wife through the back entrance of the Copacabana nightclub to the top tables were the power and prestige of the wiseguys is displayed for all to see was stunning.
But in the vastly underrated Donnie Brasco(1997) we see the real lives of the wiseguys lounging around doing nothing and hoping that some easy money will come their way. Al Pacino can be seen stealing dimes from a parking meter that shows the reality of the gangster life.

But it is The Godfather(1972) that wins it for me. I can still remember going to see it in the cinema and the whole audience practically jumped when a nurse bursts in as Michael Corleone tries to move his father from assassins coming to kill him in the hospital.
I recently watched it again on C4 and the lighting and cinematography coupled with the acting and storyline make it the greatest of them all.

A bit about Tom Prior…

Tom Prior has been a contributor for Britain’s True Detective, Master Detective and True Crime magazines for over 25 years, specialising in American organised crime and Depression era gangsters.

He has written articles on many high profile gangsters such as Al Capone, John Gotti, Bonnie and Clyde, and John Dillinger, and is currently working on an article about Capone’s life in Alcatraz and how the gang boss suffered from the mental and physical ravages of advanced syphilis that caused his early death at 48.

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Posted on 11 August 2014 by Chris Ford


I have personally been waiting for this set for years, The Sopranos a iconic groundbreaking show that tackled everything from cheating, armed robbery to depression I love this show and its fantastic new that the series is finally being given the full HD Blu Ray treatment it deserves.

The Sopranos: The Complete Series Blu-ray is also loaded with more than 5 hours of bonus material including a new and exclusive feature exploring how The Sopranos came to be and how it transformed the television landscape. “Defining a Television Landmark”, which runs approximately 45 minutes, features all-new interviews with the cast and crew – including series creator David Chase, the late James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano), Academy Award® winning director Steven Soderbergh, Emmy® Award winner Jeff Daniels and Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi — discussing the impact and influence of the groundbreaking series, with brand new archival footage. Additional bonus material includes lost scenes, two round table dinners with cast and crew, 25 audio commentaries and much more as seen on the DVD collection.

So far this is what we know about what the boxset will contain :



Release Date: 8th September 2014

Credit: HBO Home Entertainment

Certificate: 15

Genre: Crime drama series

Price: £129.99

No. of Discs 28 (86 episodes)

SPECIAL FEATURES (All TBC at present):


• New Content: Defining A Television Landmark (45:29)

• Supper with The Sopranos Part I (36:50)

• Supper with The Sopranos Part II (38:02)

• Lost Scenes (12 in total)

• Alec Baldwin Interviews David Chase: “Cut to the Chase” (21:13)

• Alec Baldwin Interviews David Chase: “Anatomy of the Mob” (22:02)

• Returning Content: 77 minute interview with David Chase

All I can say is wow roll on the 8th September when this is released Ive preordered mine allready get over to Amazon and do the same here.


Scarlett Johansson- A Career Retrospective

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Scarlett Johansson- A Career Retrospective

Posted on 30 June 2014 by Chris Ford

It’s hard to recall that Scarlett Johansson started out as a child actress, starring in films ranging from Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer to The Coen Brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There. Transitioning from those child roles to altogether more grown-up performances, Johansson has risen to the A-list, ensuring her presence in Hollywood as a commercially successful actress who turns in critically-acclaimed performances and she also happens to be my biggest actress crush!

To mark the release of Under the Skin on Blu-ray and DVD on 14th July 2014 from STUDIOCANAL, we look back at some of her best performances…


Ghost World (2001)
Despite small roles in her teens, many began taking notice of Johansson as a rising star after her performance in Ghost World, Terry Zwigoff’s cult comedy-drama based on the comic book of the same name. She plays Rebecca Doppelmeyer, a social outcast alongside best friend Enid (Thora Birch), who get up to no good in the summer following their graduation. Although the film wasn’t a commercial success, Johansson received critical acclaim for her understated performance.

Lost In Translation (2003)
It was Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation which saw Johansson, not only become an adult but propelled forward to become the Hollywood starlet she is today. She plays Charlotte, a listless and lonely young wife who crosses paths with Bill Murray’s faded movie star in Tokyo. Acclaimed by all, Johansson earned a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination for her efforts.


Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
At the age of 18, the same year which saw her breakout role, Johansson played Griet in Girl with a Pearl Earring (directed by Peter Webber), which saw her nominated for further BAFTAs and Golden Globes. The character of Griet was a 17th-century servant in the household of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth). After Kate Hudson stepped down from the lead role and Webber came on-board as director, he auditioned 150 girls, opting for Scarlett Johansson as she ‘…just stood out’.


Match Point (2005)
In the same year as critical bomb The Island alongside Ewan McGregor, she appeared in Woody Allen’s Match Point for which she received another Golden Globe nomination. She plays American actress Nola who begins an affair with her ex-boyfriend’s brother-in-law Chris Wilton (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) which causes problems for his social standing within his wealthy family. Many deemed the two lead performances as the best acting seen in a Woody Allen film for some time at that stage.

The Prestige (2006)
A small, but extremely pivotal role, Johansson plays Olivia Wenscombe in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige in which Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale’s rival magicians try to outdo each other, with dire consequences for all surrounding them. Wenscombe is the assistant and lover of Robert Angier (Jackman) who becomes nothing more than a pawn played by the two. Showcasing an eye for quality, the actress was vocal of her praise for Nolan’s directing methods.


Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Her third appearance in a Woody Allen film (after 2006’s Scoop), Vicky Cristina Barcelona went onto become the director’s most profitable film. Johansson plays Cristina, one of two American women who spend a summer in Barcelona where they meet and become attracted to artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who remains enamoured with his emotionally unstable ex-wife (Academy-award winning performance from Penélope Cruz). Perhaps most notable for showing she can remain memorable amongst an ensemble of terrific actors.


Iron Man 2 (2010)
An important film in Johansson’s career as this was her first performance as Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow, ahead of Avengers Assemble and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, furthering the ability to steal scenes amidst a gathering crowd of world-famous stars (including Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans). Despite not being the initial choice for the role (Emily Blunt, don’t you know…), she has since made the role her own, embracing the many extended choreographed fight sequences she partakes in throughout each film she appears in. Next up will be Avengers: Age of Ultron in May 2015.


Don Jon (2013)
Furthering her acting skills as sassy, gum-chewing Jersey girl Barbara Sugarman, Johansson’s role in the Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed Don Jon was deemed a highlight by many. Starring opposite Levitt himself, who takes lead role duties as a modern day Don Juan obsessed with pornography, it is to the actresses credit that Sugarman is a character you will yourself fall in love with, and then rue the day you ever messed with her, just like the title character.


Her (2013)
One of the more impressive feats of her career, in Spike Jonze’s Her, Johansson never once appears on the screen, instead allowing her voice to deliver a standout performance that had many calling for the Academy to take notice. Set in a futuristic setting, she voiced Samantha, an intelligent computer OS (operating system) who enters a virtual relationship with Joaquin Phoenix’s human Theodore Twombly.


Under the Skin (2014)
Scarlett Johansson’s performance in Jonathan Glazer’s acclaimed feature Under the Skin is a career best; starring as an alien who preys on men in Scotland, the actress heightens the mystery and intrigue surrounding her very existence. As the film endures, Johansson conveys the emotional battle she experiences, overcome with an unexpected feeling of guilt over her actions. Baring all for the role, Johansson embraces the experience – driving a van around Scotland and picking up unsuspecting Scottish men whilst a camera crew sat in the back of the van is a slice of film-making genius which has since hit headlines.

Under the Skin is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 14th July 2014 from STUDIOCANAL

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Win the Russian epic STALINGRAD on Blu-ray/DVD!

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Win the Russian epic STALINGRAD on Blu-ray/DVD!

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Chris Ford


Acclaimed Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk’s action epic STALINGRAD explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD this June 23rd and to celebrate we’ve got 3 copies of the Blu-ray/DVD to give-away completely free!
Starring Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron) “Stalingrad” is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there. The film is directed by acclaimed Russian filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk (9th Company), who was introduced to the world of cinema at an early age as the son of actress Irina Skobtseva and internationally acclaimed film actor and an Academy Award®-winning director Sergei Bondarchuk. The film stars an ensemble cast including Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong), Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina.

To be in with a chance of winning simply watch the above trailer and answer the following question. What year did the Battle of Stalingrad commence?
a) 1942
b) 1842
c) 1742

email us the answer at enterthecomp@gmail.com, three winners will be chosen at random on 27th June

STALINGRAD is out on Blu-ray (with 3D), DVD and digital download June 23rd. You can order your copy now here

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RoboCop Competition

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RoboCop Competition

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Chris Ford

With the fantastic re-imaging of 80s classic RoboCop out on DVD on June 9th STUDIOCANAL have kindly provided us with 3 copies on DVD and 3x Tshirts to give away, for your chance to win a DVD and Shirt all you have to do is email us RoboCop’s real name to enterthecomp@gmail.com by June 9th

3 winners will receive a DVD and T-shirt each


If you aren’t lucky enough to win our competition you can still buy RoboCop 2014 on dvd for only £10.00 from Amazon which is a bit of a bargain.

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