Simon Crust

Simon is a movie reviewer for AVForums and has been writing for the site since way back in 2005, having had a few years on other publications before.

He's covered every disc format across the decades, from DVD to HD DVD, Blu-ray to 4K UHD, and with ever evolving technology now finds himself preferring his own home 'cinema' experience to the real cinema.

With horror as his favourite genre, and as more than a little bit of a Doctor Who fan, Simon has enjoyed the diversity of reviewing with all its pitfalls and hidden gems.

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    Lawrence of Arabia 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Lawrence of Arabia 4K Blu-ray Review
    The final disc in the stunning Columbia Box Set, Lawrence of Arabia, does not disappoint, in fact it might be the best disc ever released.  
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    A League of their Own 4K Blu-ray Review

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    A League of their Own 4K Blu-ray Review
    We turn our attention to the penultimate disc in the amazing Columbia Classic Box Set, A League of their Own, whose 4K makeover knocks the ball out of the park!  
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    Gandhi 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Gandhi 4K Blu-ray Review
    Continuing our look through the Columbia Classics Box Set we come to Richard Attenborough's epic Gandhi, whose lavish photography in native 4K and Dolby Atmos makeover, leave you breathless.  
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    Dr Strangelove 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Dr Strangelove 4K Blu-ray Review
    Continuing our look at the Columbia Classics set, we turn our attention to Dr Strangelove, in all its absurdity, which is stunning in 4K.  
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    Mr Smith Goes to Washington 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Mr Smith Goes to Washington 4K Blu-ray Review
    Continuing our look at the Columbia Classics Box Set, we enjoy Mr Smith Goes to Washington; full of charm and belying its age with a stunning native 4K image.  
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    Jerry Maguire 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Jerry Maguire 4K Blu-ray Review
    We are taking a look through the whole of the Columbia Classics box set in all its glory; first up Jerry Maguire, which looks and sounds terrific in native 4K.  
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    Pan's Labyrinth 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Pan's Labyrinth 4K Blu-ray Review
    Writer/director Guillermo del Toro ethereal masterpiece has lost none of its verve, looking and sounding fine in 4K.  
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    The Invisible Man 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    The Invisible Man 4K Blu-ray Review
    The picture and sound are stunning in this re-visioning of the classic monster The Invisible Man, not bad considering you can't see him!  
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    Birds of Prey 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Birds of Prey 4K Blu-ray Review
    Harley Quinn goes it alone in Birds of Prey, which looks stunning and sounds awesome, but might be tough to get through.  
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    War of the Worlds 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    War of the Worlds 4K Blu-ray Review
    War of the Worlds comes to 4K in what is a stunning, demo worthy disc.  
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    Jaws 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Jaws 4K Blu-ray Review
    Spearheading the Summer Blockbuster, Jaws, has lost none of its bite, looking and sounding stunning in native 4K.  
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    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 4K Blu-ray Review
    Breathing life back into the Star Wars Universe, Episode VII had a lot riding on its shoulders, thankfully it delivers, and so too does this 4K release.  
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 4K Blu-ray Review
    Concluding our look at the Original Trilogy on 4K we come to the slippery slope that is Return of the Jedi, whose image has been thwarted by the Empire.  
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 4K Blu-ray Review
    Continuing our look at Star Wars on 4K UHD, we come to the pick of the bunch; can the film overcome the shortcomings of the picture?  
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    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 4K Blu-ray Review
    Star Wars comes to 4K. Can this new scan banish the Blu-ray from our collections? You bet!  
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    The Elephant Man 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    The Elephant Man 4K Blu-ray Review
    David Lynch's The Elephant Man is given a tremendous 4K release package on its 40th year Anniversary.  
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    Ant-Man 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Ant-Man 4K Blu-ray Review
    The MCU's tiniest hero arrives in 4K, we take a look at the small film that is large in charm.  
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    Knives Out 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Knives Out 4K Blu-ray Review
    Knives Out is a film out of time but the 4K UHD is right up to date.  
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    Midway 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Midway 4K Blu-ray Review
    Roland Emmerich's passionate retelling of the Battle of Midway comes to 4K UHD with a Dolby Atmos track that will have you diving for cover.  
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    Netflix's I Am Not Ok with This Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Simon Crust
    Netflix's I Am Not Ok with This Season 1 TV Show Review
    Netflix delivers another solid comic book adaptation in this lead vehicle for It's breakout star Sophia Lillis, revelling in adolescent angst wrapped up with burgeoning super-powers.  
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    Zombieland: Double Tap 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Zombieland: Double Tap 4K Blu-ray Review
    Cast and crew return 10 years later to Zombieland, newly released on 4K UHD with superb picture and sound.  
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    Zombieland: Double Tap Movie Review

    by Simon Crust
    Zombieland: Double Tap Movie Review
    Zombieland: Double Tap may have taken 10 years to hit theatres and may tread familiar ground, be fairly basic both in terms of story structure, character beats and comedic elements; yet it remains constantly positive, engaging and enjoyable despite its obvious flaws.  
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    Gemini Man 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Gemini Man 4K Blu-ray Review
    Can the technical marvel that is Gemini Man allow you to see past its weaknesses?  
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    Gemini Man Movie Review

    by Simon Crust
    Gemini Man Movie Review
    Gemini Man is an action film starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and is directed by Ang Lee. Filmed in 4K, 3D and 120fps, the technology is at the forefront of the filmmaking process, but that also makes it a very acquired taste, since the picture now looks like very high quality video.  
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    Joker 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Joker 4K Blu-ray Review
    We take a look at Joker in all its insane wonder, now on 4K.  
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    Joker Movie Review

    by Simon Crust
    Joker Movie Review
    Jettisoning all but the bare essentials of the comic origin story of the Joker, director Todd Phillips and lead actor Joaquin Phoenix have created a dark, unpredictable character study that may have one foot in the comic book genre, but owes a lot more to real life.  
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    Parasite Movie Review

    by Simon Crust
    Parasite Movie Review
    Snowpiercer's director Bong Joon-ho and star Song Kang-ho reunite for this Award-winning South Korean gem, part uncomfortably tense drama, part black comedy and all one superb con.  
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    Ad Astra 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Ad Astra 4K Blu-ray Review
    Blending Apocalypse Now and Gravity by way of 2001, James Gray's gripping Ad Astra certainly aims for the stars, and looks and sounds stunning in 4K with Dolby Atmos.  
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    Bad Boys for Life Movie Review

    by Simon Crust
    Bad Boys for Life Movie Review
    Over two decades after the franchise was launched, this third effort somewhat unbelievably misses the Michael Bay touch, but it's still nice to have these Boys back.  
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    BBC's Dracula Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Simon Crust
    BBC's Dracula Season 1 TV Show Review
    Gatiss & Moffat's colourful updating of Dracula blends horror and classic camp comedy to surprisingly good effect, delivering everything you would expect from the makers of Sherlock.  
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    Netflix's The Two Popes Movie Review

    by Simon Crust
    Netflix's The Two Popes Movie Review
    A simple dialogue between two disparate Popes provides an electric stage for theological discussions as the Catholic Church is caught up in some of its most controversial moments of the 21st Century.  
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    Crawl Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Crawl Blu-ray Review
    Taut and efficient, Crawl does for 'gators what The Shallows did for sharks, cranking up the tension and delivering a solid bit of 88 minute entertainment.  
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    Jumanji: The Next Level Movie Review

    by Simon Crust
    Jumanji: The Next Level Movie Review
    After the surprisingly hilarious and innovative Welcome to the Jungle, this excellent sequel capitalises on its two Dannys - Glover and DeVito - for even more hilarity.  
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    Knives Out Movie Review

    by Simon Crust
    Knives Out Movie Review
    A nice little throwback murder mystery for modern sensibilities, Rian Johnson hasn't exactly crafted a memorable masterpiece, but he does well to keep even seasoned detective story fans guessing.  
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    BBC's His Dark Materials Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Simon Crust
    BBC's His Dark Materials Season 1 TV Show Review
    After the abortive film adaptation, the popular book series gets explored by BBC and HBO, crafting an intriguing, well-cast mystery which might actually do it justice.  
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    Anna 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Anna 4K Blu-ray Review
    We take a look at Luc Besson's latest action thriller, and wish we hadn't; at least it looks and sounds good.  
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    Anna Movie Review

    by Simon Crust
    Anna Movie Review
    Anna is little more than a rehash of better films, even from Luc Besson’s own catalogue which leads to a feeling of fatigue and eventual apathy.  
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    Yesterday 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Yesterday 4K Blu-ray Review
    Danny Boyle's sci-fi rom-com, Yesterday, rocks on to UHD with a stunning native 4K image and Dolby Atmos.  
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    Yesterday Movie Review

    by Simon Crust
    Yesterday Movie Review
    The melding of Danny Boyle’s direction and Richard Curtis’s whimsy, form a near-perfect whole; despite the fact that the basic story structure has been done ad nauseam, it still manages to hit all the right beats.  
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    Apollo 11 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Simon Crust
    Apollo 11 4K Blu-ray Review
    The first manned mission to the Moon as told by NASA themselves, comes to 4K, but what has happened to the picture?  
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