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The Fall: (Blu Ray) With a ‘to watch’ pile this big it’s uncommon for me to re-watch a film, even rarer viewing one several times within a year, but after subjecting many a friend to the DVD I couldn’t pass up a loan of this Blu Ray. The Fall is pretty impossible to pigeonhole but would probably fall more under the Art realm than just a plain ol’ Movie. In saying this, the mythical storyline is pure cinema escapism that you rarely see these days: much like the magic Cinema would have had like in the 1920s. There’s more eye-popping locations on display than the finest travel brochure – so many that some get no more than 1/4 second glimpse: Colosseum, Eiffel Tower… Both lead characters are fantastic; Pace should be a much bigger star and the young girl Catinca Untaru will be, mark my words! The scenery, costumes, textures and detail of the picture is phenomenal, it’s what BD was made for! The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra ensure the soundtrack’s epic, making the BD a must see. There’s a few spells of trippy visuals and the story won’t be for absolutely everyone but I would encourage anybody to give this a shot. Reining in my initial score from a 9.5 to an 8, although the first viewing DID blow me away that much.

Score: 8/10

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The Fall: Watched this gem yesterday and was totally blown away! The look, style and feel of the film are amazing and worth the price of the DVD alone. Some reviews slate the story for being weak, but when a film looks as mind-blowingly good as this, most will. Shot in over 20 countries and dozens more outstanding locations; it took approx 4 years to make. I would say is that it must be watched on a huge television to get the full effect – and on Blu-Ray / HD is possible. The story is pretty basic: a guy in hospital tells a girl a story of 5 heroes and their quest to kill a baddie. It’s a bit slow at times, but both the ‘present’ story and the fable itself are good, and nearly all of the actors pull out top-drawer performances – especially the young girl.

Score: 9.5/10

Updated review