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Posted: Wed, 13th Jul 2005, 9:40am

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This is the full version of BATTLE ROYALE UK.



SYNOPSIS
The world is at war. Military casualties are high, and the government are considering compulsory armed service. To test the effectivness of 16-20yr old men in combat, the government set up an experiment on an abandoned residential island outside London. 12 college mates arrive thinking they are taking part in a new reality TV show. By the time they realise the truth it is too late. They are told the rules of the experiment:

1.They have two hours to kill each other. The last one left alive wins.
2.If more than one person is alive at the end of the 2 hours, they all die.
3. If they refuse to play, they all die.

They then must find weapon packs scattered around the island to defend themselves. Packs are random, containing anything from knives to machine guns. They then must work out who they can trust, and how they are going to survive.



NOTE TO THOSE WHO VOTE ON FXHOME MOVIES: I know this is a long film, and it is tempting to skip sections if you havent got time to watch it all, but please don't give it a rating or comment if you haven't watched the whole film.


NOTE TO THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN THE ORIGINAL FILM: When i posted the trailer on this site, a lot of people asked if this would be similar to the original in look, story etc. Its not. It's not based on BR, It's inspired by it. The tone of the film is completely different. Some people have lightsabers cos it seemed like a cool idea for a weapon. The premise is the same, but the film is a different take on the concept, just like all the star wars tributes, so please don't criticise the film because it isn't made in the style of the original.

FOREWARD: This is the first film i've made since discovering AlamDv, so the film was a chance for me to screw around with FX and try out new stuff. The film is pretty low on plot, with not much of the synopsis above actually mentioned in the film which i regret, but it was just a bit of fun. PS. critisicm welcome as always, but please dont feel the need to mention every shot with a mistake in it or tripods left in shot, cos i know theyre there!


Many thanks to Mellifluose for hosting this.


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Posted: Wed, 13th Jul 2005, 7:30pm

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Holy Crap, man, I'm so glad you finally got it online, sorry I wasn't able to help.

I believe you already know what I think of this movie, becaue it's quite possibly the best one on FXHome. Technically, it wasn't perfect, but story-wise, acting-wise, pacing, and story construction were all perfect, IMO. I believe I said back a year ago when this first hit the cinema that this was the first movie that I watched on FXHome where I actually worried if something bad was gonna happen to my favorite character.

In addition to what I've said thus far, FX shots were great, so was sound design. wink

What a great accomplishment, I'm glad everyone else can know how good it is now, because I've been watching it about once or twice a month since its original release.

A very deserving 5/5, my good man, and keep the movies coming.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2005, 2:14am

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I've been waiting YEARS for this movie man! ANd it was well worth the wait. I have to agree with ben3308 on all aspects. Everything was dead on. Anyone who gives you flack for not being a BR purist and following the book/movie, screw em. It was great, keep it up. 5/5.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2005, 3:14am

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I thought the Lightsaber was implemented really well, great cinematography on the fight. Also, how did you do that blood so well? (shotgun in the bathtub and hand getting shot)
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2005, 5:33am

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Not bad...

Things I liked -

some goot actions and chase shots, the shotgun blows, most of the acting, editing, some of the music, the cool black shots with the writing that said who died and how many is left, the locations

Things I didn't like -

Most of the music, the lightsabers (almost stopped watching it when I saw the first one), the audio (dialog too quiet some of the time), the dude in the paintball mask in the beginning, and the "the camera is stationary for everyshot for the first third"... lol

Was a great idea, entertaining - well done!

-MAGIC
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2005, 5:44am

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I'm a HUGE BR fan and I loved it, I thought it did the entire concept justice and being such a huge fan I felt right at home. It needn't follow the book or film, you wisely chose to concoct your own version which I thought was great. Look at BR2. Not at all like the first, different in look and feel and story. Awesome job, I gave it a 5 bro, keep makin' movies, it seems like you've found alot of folks who would love to see them, myself included!
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2005, 11:58am

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Thanks for the kind words. The first 10mins, in my opinion, suck. We had to rush so many scenes cos we were short on time or people had to leave etc. The music I like except for the bad killbill choices. The camera was supposed to be stationary for the beginning as it was meant to look like cctv, and kinda slowly become more mobile as the action increases. guess I didnt do that too well. Looking back on it, I feel it could be shorter, leaner and more violent!!! which is why I start making my next film in 2 weeks. Its a comedy with some of the same cast from BRUK and its gonna be a gorefest!!! will keep you updated.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2005, 1:43pm

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I thought that this movie was a great action flick with some moments of brilliance, but on the whole, I didn't get the same feel off of it that I got from watching Battle Royale.

GOOD
-The total devolving of a lot of the characters, like Jon, Dan, Richard and Danny were my favorite part. People who originally weren't going to play the game changed into killers over the course of the film.
-Most of the action sequences were very brutal and true to life, like the original Battle Royale.
-All of the props and stuff were excellent. Did you make those submachine guns yourself or were they bought?
-I hated seeing Joe die. He was the only character who actively didn't want to play and the rush of all of his friends killing each other off just got to me in a scary place.
-The FX were awesome, especially the blood. Did you composite a guacomole gun hit against the tub with the shotgun blast?

BAD
-The lightsaber fight, though I didn't mind the inclusion of them, was too choreographed for a movie about high school kids being forced to kill each other.
-Darts? A wee bit silly. Maybe if they had been throwing knives or you'd rigged up a blow dart gun, it would be a little better.
-The music was not the best. Only the ending track really did it for me; all the other times it was either out of place or overshadowed the already quiet audio.

All in all, I thought this movie was great and well-executed for something this massive.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2005, 2:01pm

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chuter wrote:


Many thanks to Mellifluose for hosting this
Mellifluose? LOL, I sound like a food additive

Yeah, good stuff. I can't remember what I wrote when I first reviewed this but I think I mentioned the great locations and generally the great execution of this. So much time and thinking was put into this, what with all the camera angles etc, that it does deserve a second chance to allow people to see it. I love the little details in this that make it so effective, like the bloodstained cigarette bit.

Look forward to your next one, good luck with the filming
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2005, 6:26pm

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sorry for the mispelling dude, thanks again for hosting this.

Kid Entropy, This film was meant to be a bit of fun (check the synopsis) I recon its my fault the tone has confused people as it has some moments of emotional intensity and others that are completely daft, like jon having the force, the poison darts and matrix bullet fx. I guess i should have stuck to either comedy or seriouse. we shot the film on off days over a few months. i was editing as i went along, and kinda treated each fight as a mini film, which is why the tone differs so much. When you said you didnt get the same feel off of it as the original, that was not my intention and I feel my film doesnt deserve any comparison to the brilliant original. It was a fan film, and a bit silly!. also, once again, sorry about the daft musical choices. they bug me too!

sorry ive gone on a bit. I really appreciate criticism and want more of it, im just simply explaining my inital intentions for the film. thankyou for taking the time to watch it.

Youre the first person to get the theme of joe being the only good character in the film. Looking back, I really wish id made more effort on character development. Cant wait to post my next film. for a start, this one will have a script!!
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2005, 10:47pm

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Perhaps you don't remember, but I thought this was the most entertaining movie on here, and has the best continuity (for how long it is) I've seen in a while.

Not much to say, as I've already said it like a year ago. The Violin-music/Axe scene is one of the best fights I've seen from an amatuer filmmaker. Awesome stuff, chuter, as usual. Just simply



5/5

Bravo. This is the only movie I keep on my desktop. Mostly because I love watching it. Glad it's back. THANKS ABUNCH MEL!
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 3:15am

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Awesome movie, absolutely awesome. Great job getting that many guys together. I know how hard it is. The fight scenes, music, all done very well. One of the few long movies on here that stay suspenseful throughout. Very well done. 5/5.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 3:56am

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Brilliant. Well planned out, must have been hard to have so many confilcts and what not. Perfectly written in that sense. My only problem was that I wanted to see what happened to the winner and after he one. That was a great idea for a film. The effects were great for the most part. The blood was absolutely brilliant. But most of the digital effects could have been better. As muzzle flashes go, they were fine. But the sabers and bullet hits weren't the greatest. Smoke was nice. I understand though as ELDV was not out when you finished this. Good work Chuter. I am so glad I finially got to see this after all the hype and everyone wanting to get it hosted and whatnot. 5/5




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The guy who died with the cigerette, the one with the red lightsaber... I wanted him to win. sad He was my favorite of the guys, I don't know why. He was just my favorite, great actor too.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 5:28am

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damn fine work ole chap, better than some of the stuff i have rented from the vid store. It kept me into the movie the whole time, also a good use of space. A+ hope to see another soon
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 5:57am

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Serpent wrote:

The guy who died with the cigerette, the one with the red lightsaber... I wanted him to win. sad He was my favorite of the guys, I don't know why. He was just my favorite, great actor too.
Same here, I wanted him to win too. I think it's because he's the one who originally wanted everyone to stop fighting and find a way off the island, rather than killing everyone.

And it's funny that you actually put a spoiler warning, indicating that the film was so complex and intricate that you didn't want to spoil anything for potential viewers. wink
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 8:37am

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Ok since I have never posted any of my work on here I dont feel I can be too critical of anyone elses work so I wont be. Also having read the synopsis it seems a lot of the critisisms you are already aware of anyway.

The one thing I might have done myself would be to avoid the direct reference to battle royal in the title since by your own admission it doesn't try to be and isn't a battle royale sequel/clone. With that title you're bound to get the battle royale fans like myself seeing it as such and being very dissapointed. I viewed this before any synopsis was posted using the link posted on another thread so I for one was pretty dissapointed with what I saw plot wise. But as you said yourself, it pretty much has no plot.

So as films go on here it's not bad at all from the point of view of length and feel. I share a lot of magic_man12's thoughts though and like him when I saw the light sabres I was close to stopping viewing right there and then, they were just so out of place.

Anyway even though it's one of the better efforts on fxhome I gave it a 3/5 because it's far from perfect and I feel seeing this that you are gonna be able to do very much better with your next offering and giving this a 5/5 would leave nothing left to give your better future work plus it wouldn't do anything to spur you on to do better.

One thing I forgot, the complete absence of female contestants really reduced the impact of the whole thing.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 8:51am

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jotoki wrote:

One thing I forgot, the complete absence of female contestants really reduced the impact of the whole thing.
The contestants were a traveling gay rock group. Did you not get that?
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 8:53am

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so where was the Gay love interest then ? lol
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 8:57am

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They killed each other out of love. Man, you must've missed the point of this movie entirely.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 9:00am

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looks like it yeah, i was too hung up in my outdated hetrosexual ways
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 12:03pm

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Really really really good movie. This is one of the first long fxhome movies where I never got bored and wanted to skip through. It looked really well planned out. All of the camera angles were perfect and really meshed well to give this movie an amazing feel. Good pacing when they are running in the woods (my favorite part). I didn't like the lightsabers that much but hey I got over it. One thing I loved in this movie was location. Too often you see a movie with people shooting running around someones trampoline and sand box (random example). The shipyard environment really did it for me. 5/5 from me this is great work and definately on my top 10.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 5:05pm

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Serpent wrote:


The guy who died with the cigerette, the one with the red lightsaber... I wanted him to win. sad He was my favorite of the guys, I don't know why. He was just my favorite, great actor too.
Oh man, I hated him! I definitely wanted Danny to win, because he had just had enough of trying to get everybody out alive once he saw what they were doing to each other. Either that or Jules, cause he's got long hair and I shared a long-haired solidarity with him. Plus that "Oi!..." was awesome.

Though I guess the guy who won did deserve it. Anyone who kills someone with barbeque tongs deserves something in my book.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 5:58pm

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hahaha!! you joker serpent!!
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 9:39pm

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I wanted the guy with the darts to win. He was like a dart ninja man. Who threw darts and leaped through the air. Actually, that would suck. If the weapon set you found were darts?!?
Posted: Sat, 16th Jul 2005, 4:16am

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they were posion darts to be fair
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I'm not joking, I really did want him to win. crazy
Posted: Sat, 16th Jul 2005, 5:11am

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Serpent wrote:

I'm not joking, I really did want him to win. crazy
Me too. The red saber dude had the most morals, but when it came down to it, he put up a fierce fight before he died.

And who wanted Jules to win? He jsut ran shooting a gun like a friggin sissy. No plan, just action. And that's why he died. At least the crazy dude who won had a plan.
Posted: Sat, 16th Jul 2005, 3:03pm

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It was very well done, except the only thing that irked me was how bad the aim was of the characters.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jul 2005, 11:55pm

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Heh.. decent but you prob shouldnt have draged out allot of stuff you did

some good shots though (filming)
Posted: Wed, 20th Jul 2005, 5:23am

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cool movie, I too wanted the red lightsaber guy to win, but he didn't. over all pretty good film, beginning was kinda slow, but w/e. The ending was a nice twist. But over all pretty sweet
Posted: Wed, 20th Jul 2005, 5:38am

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One of the best and most ambitious films on this site. The sheer length illustrates the amount of work that went into it and the fact that it stayed exciting till the very end (and what an ending!) means it was well executed. Loved the effects, over the top without being corny, lightsabres are always a treat. One of the hardest things in organising a shoot is getting people to dedicate all their free time to you and you've done well with so many people in the cast. How long was the shoot/edit etc? Look forward to seeing the next film.
Posted: Wed, 20th Jul 2005, 7:12pm

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First I would like to say thank you to the three or for people that ruined the Red lightsaber character for myself and others who had not seen the movie.......
Nah I'm just busting your chops!!

....no actually that really sucked.

The blood, muzzle flashes, and explosions were all really good. The actors were great, and the dialouge was pretty realistic.
I felt like a lot of what happened wasn't realistic at all (as far as actions and reactions) and some parts were a little corny.
Not that you were trying to make it realistic, but I think realism makes a movie like this better, and more detatched from the normal violent short movie.
Posted: Wed, 20th Jul 2005, 7:45pm

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yeah i agree with reactions and actions and what not..

the acting was suprisingly good (not perfect) but good but.. what i didnt like is how they were all friends.. but as soon as they were told "hey kill eachother" they became animals and had no problem shooting eachother (for the most part)

like where the guy spit on his friend after hitting him to the ground.. lol that was a bit much dont you think?

i dunno just comments.. i still think there was some really good film work and such just lackin alittle realizum.. like were they did a matrix style shoot out for 10 min.. in the complete open and no one hit anyone..

anyway just thought i would give my 2 cents
Posted: Wed, 20th Jul 2005, 9:08pm

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I don't think all the contestants were THAT good of friends with one another. More like, 'I know a guy who knows a guy', that kind of thing. Ah, aquaintances, that's it.
Posted: Thu, 21st Jul 2005, 2:00am

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even so.. you would just turn around and say.. ok lets put him over a bath tub and shoot him in the head.. (he had to have known him somewhat cuz almost everyone addressed eachother by name)
Posted: Thu, 21st Jul 2005, 5:10am

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cheezyfilms wrote:

even so.. you would just turn around and say.. ok lets put him over a bath tub and shoot him in the head.. (he had to have known him somewhat cuz almost everyone addressed eachother by name)
Hey, that dude who killed the dude in the bathtub was crazy from the beginning. He's the one who got everyone hyped up about killing eachother.
Posted: Thu, 21st Jul 2005, 6:33am

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Ok ok, that's true. But are there really any seemingly normal kids like that? It just seems a little unrealistic to think that some of those kids didn't even hesitate to kill eachother, and especially that one of them enjoyed himself doing it.
Posted: Thu, 21st Jul 2005, 7:25pm

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masta oooba wrote:

Ok ok, that's true. But are there really any seemingly normal kids like that? It just seems a little unrealistic to think that some of those kids didn't even hesitate to kill eachother, and especially that one of them enjoyed himself doing it.
yeah exactly.. like.. guy with axe.. lol
Posted: Fri, 22nd Jul 2005, 11:44pm

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Besides the audio levels and the music choices (i just didn't like them; they didn't seem to fit) this was pretty damn good.

Nice work.
Posted: Mon, 25th Jul 2005, 7:31pm

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one of the best I've seen so far. some parts are genius! I loved it and it's rare that such a long fxhome movie can keep me interested entire length.

keep up the work!
Posted: Wed, 27th Jul 2005, 7:26am

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aw you beat my genre.
I'm working on something similar to this for a college film festival.

Whered you get ahold of the set for this place? It rocked
Posted: Thu, 22nd Sep 2005, 7:03pm

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I enjoyed this a lot. This movie would basically be the very best me and my friends could of done, so I related to this a lot. The music....I'm sorry but I hated it. Well, it was weird the music seemed to get better as the movie went along, especially the last 10 minutes. The donnie darko song that was playing while the kid was getting shot at and couldn't find the shooter went perfect, as did the song that went on in the background in the final shootout where the last 4 fought it out, it built up the tension nicely. The real reason I'm posting, besides to inform you that I'm giving this a 5, is my question on your muzzle flashes. It looks like you used solthar's smoke clips for the bullet hits and such (which looked awesome) but what what was your technique for making the muzzle flashes look so realistic? Which muzzle flashes did you use for the front shots and side shots? Just what did you do exactly for the machine gun shots? Also where did you find the sound clip for your machine guns because it sounded very realistic? Thanks a lot, I appreciate it and good work.
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I can answer that question, I remember it form when he originally posted the movie over a year ago. chuter used the AlamDV effects "Breath Vapour" to do most of the smoke effects, I believe, no Sollthar smoke involved. I'm not certain, but I think that's right.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Sep 2005, 1:14am

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However, Sollthar's plugin is superior to breath vapor.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Sep 2005, 6:11am

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Man, I just keep hearing about this. Apparently its the coolest action short Ever. I'll take a look...



EDIT

So, just watched it. That was quite an undertaking. Considerably longer then most Indie actioners, and really fairly entertaining. However, I will have to give an objective and non-biased review.

In my opinion, the muzzleflashes ranged from good to terrible. More often than not they were good, with some nice smoke fx.

The acting were particulary good, although I probably would have went with moodier, mentally deteriorating menace.

The action scenes were decent. Nothing too original or memorable, but they were shot really well.

The camerawork with the biggest letdown..It was unsteady and jerky for a majority of the shots, and not in a way that makes me think this was purposeful. this was the weakest point of the movie.

The color correction was good for what it was.

Some scenes became far to corny. Such as, the slowmo bullet scene, the lightsabers (shouldn't have been in there) and a few others.


Overall an entertaining, if overly long movie. Consider writing it tighter and cutting out unneccesary scenes or characters on the next one you do.

3/5
Posted: Wed, 28th Sep 2005, 10:44pm

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as ive said before, made this 2 years ago without a script due to long winded reasons. used breath vapour for smoke. it was supposed to be cheesy, i made it for fun, and i understand everyone hates the music. sorry
Posted: Fri, 24th Feb 2006, 2:44pm

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i thought it was a good effort really nicly choereographed... along with the lightsabers its good to have some star wars action so nice work guys good sound effects
Posted: Fri, 24th Feb 2006, 3:39pm

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B.R.U.K. officially the pimpest FXhome movie. Not necessarily the best, but definitely the pimpest.
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Brilliant film! loved every seconded of it! 5/5! Just like to know how you made the some fo the weapons!

Cheers!
Posted: Thu, 29th Jun 2006, 3:58am

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bBrown

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Bloody f***ing BRILLIANT, you guys!!

Holy crap was that an entertaining film... and also, the SUSPENSE. It was all there.

Great work.