HOME   News   Reviews   Adv Search   Features   My DVD   About   Apps   Stats     Search:
  Directed by
    None Listed
  Starring
  Specs
  • Full Frame
  Languages
  • English: Dolby Digital Stereo
  Subtitles
  • None
  Extras
  • Animated menus
Paul McKenna's Stop Smoking For Good
Sony BMG/Sony BMG . R4 . COLOR . 50 mins . E . PAL

  Feature
Contract

Are you a smoker? Do you want to quit? Do you believe in hypnosis? Tried patches and gum? If you answered yes to most of these questions then read on, otherwise you may be wasting your time.

This self help DVD comes from hypnosis guru Paul McKenna, renowned throughout the world for convincing people to do things they normally wouldnít willingly do. He has predominantly made his name in America, the land of the psychic hotline and television evangelist networks. This is not to say he is of the same calibre as those shysters though, for all we know his technique may actually work.

Click here to enlarge and send to a friend
Look deep into my eyes.

Now I must profess to be a smoker and a long term one at that. At this current point in time there is little desire to quit the habit even though public opinion is forever putting on the pressure. The one thing about smoking is that those who do tend to be more relaxed and therefore donít care too much about public opinion. Having said that, there is a huge admiration for those who choose to quit and if you are one of those, good on you and hopefully this DVD will be of benefit to you. One other point of note is that there is a warning for those who suffer from epilepsy or clinical depression. These people are strongly urged not to watch.

Split into the two sections of Technique and Hypnosis, section one features Paul McKenna talking about the principles of hypnosis and the addiction to smoking. He goes into detail about what causes our bodies to become addicted to nicotine and how we can overcome that addiction. The second section is the one that needs to be watched repeatedly. It consists of a collection of videos of such things as trees and ocean waves accompanied by Paul McKennaís encouraging words to help in the willpower process.

Whether this technique works or not is an individual matter. The simple fact is that it is an alternative to other remedies such as gum, patches and cold turkey so those desperate enough to kick the habit may wish to give it a go. As a smoker who is not currently ready to quit, this reviewer cannot attest to its effectiveness, but rest assured that if the desire ever arises to try this technique, this review will be updated accordingly.

  Video
  Audio
  Extras
Contract

Being originally released on video, this transfer is of about the same quality as its VHS counterpart. It is presented in full frame and is therefore not 16:9 enhanced. Picture is generally sharp throughout with decent colour quality. There are a couple of instances of edge enhancement and pixelisation but there are no signs of aliasing. Artefacts are also absent and there are no subtitles supplied.

Click here to enlarge and send to a friend
Feeling very relaxed now.

Audio is supplied in English Dolby Digital stereo and, for this purpose, it is more than adequate. Dialogue is clear at all times and the ambient music is also clear. There are no problems with synch, hiss or dropout.

There are no extras supplied with this release.

As stated above, this is the type of release that may benefit some people but wonít work for all. The question is whether you want to take the risk and try it. If it does work for you then the purchase price is well worth it, but should it not work, the money spent could have bought you another couple of packets of cigarettes. Sceptics will bag the technique of hypnosis so if you doubt its ability to work then donít waste your time. If you are openminded about such things then by all means give this a go, there is little to lose really.


  • LINK: http://www.dvd.net.au/review.cgi?review_id=3287
  • Send to a friend.
  • Do YOU want to be a DVDnet reviewer? If so, click here

    Cast your vote here: You must enable cookies to vote.
  •   And I quote...
    "Whatever you do, donít smoke!"
    - Adrian Turvey
      Review Equipment
    • DVD Player:
          Sony DVP-NS305
    • TV:
          AKAI CT-29S55AT 68cm
    • Receiver:
          Sony STR-DE685
    • Speakers:
          Sony SAVE815ED
    • Centre Speaker:
          Sony SAVE815ED
    • Surrounds:
          Sony SAVE815ED
    • Subwoofer:
          Sony SAVE815ED
      Recent Reviews:
    by Adrian Turvey

    The Rise & Rise of Australian Rugby - The Bledisloe Cup: Deluxe Edition
    "This is a quality package for fans of rugby, as well as fans of Australian sporting history."

    Youssou N'Dour - Live at Union Chapel
    "The talented African singer gives a fine performance in this show."

    The Wailers - Live
    "Keep the pizza delivery phone number handy for this one!"

    Matchbox Twenty - Show: A Night in the Life of
    "Great band, great spectacle, great sound, great show!"

    Manchester United - Beyond the Promised Land
    "Fans of Manchester United should enjoy this release, for others it may induce vomiting! "

      Related Links
      None listed

     

    Search for Title/Actor/Director:
    Google Web dvd.net.au
       Copyright © DVDnet. All rights reserved. Site Design by RED 5   
    rss