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Carrie [DVD] [1976]
Carrie [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Sissy Spacek
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best version, 7 July 2015
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This review is from: Carrie [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
Having read Stephen King's novel, I proceeded to watch the 2013 film version with Chloë Grace Moretz in the title rôle, followed by the 2002 TV film (both on Netflix). I then bought the DVD starring Sissy Spacek, to see how this original version compared with its successors, and I have to say it was unfavourably. All three films have their good and bad points, but this was the version in which I felt the characters were least convincing. It is also the shortest, and has some disappointing omissions, such as the exploding gas station and many of the details of the school prom debacle. I preferred the recent remake, as Chloë Grace Moretz is one of my favourite actresses, but I liked the TV film best. In that version Angela Bettis makes a more convincing portrayal of Carrie White, as a shy, downtrodden mouse of a girl who when pushed beyond her limit of endurance, uses her telekinetic powers with devastating effect. All three films have endings that significantly differ from King's original, and it's for the viewer to decide which is preferred. This is a good film, but in my opinion the others are better.


The Shining [DVD] [1980]
The Shining [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Jack Nicholson
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Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 7 July 2015
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This review is from: The Shining [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
SPOILER ALERT!! I vaguely recall watching this film at its first appearance and being suitably impressed by it, but on viewing it again recently after reading the book I was very disappointed. Inevitably, when transferring a classic novel to film some of the minor details have to be omitted and others amended somewhat, but in this movie several major details are scarcely mentioned or totally ignored. Jack Torrance's alcoholism and the torment of abstinence play virtually no part in the film, the creepy topiary figures that threateningly seem to come to life are completely absent, and the malfunctioning elevator with a mind of its own does not feature. Worst of all is the faulty boiler in the basement, which receives barely a passing mention, whereas in the book it plays a major part in the tension that builds up to the end, when it finally explodes and destroys the hotel (which in the film apparently survives intact). Other flaws are too numerous to mention, but include the character of Manager Stuart Ullman being pleasant and mild compared to his rather snarling, unfriendly persona in the novel, and Halloran's death which is an unnecessary and disheartening invention. The acting too is often poor, the exception being that of six year-old Danny Lloyd, who was excellent as Danny Torrance, particularly in the way his imaginary friend Tony was portrayed. If you haven't read the book you will probably find this a tense, gripping horror film; if you have, it's awful.


Misery  [1991] [DVD]
Misery [1991] [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Caan
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4.0 out of 5 stars A tense thriller, almost as good as the book, 7 July 2015
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This review is from: Misery [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
I understand the difficulty in transferring a classic book to film — it's impossible to capture all the small details, and some of the larger ones for that matter, and there are bound to be some omissions and modifications to the plot. This film is no exception to that, but on the whole it stays reasonably faithful to the book. However, there are several divergences from Stephen King's story which, although not detracting greatly from the whole, seem unnecessary, and one wonders why they were made. Without giving too much away, this is particularly the case as regards Annie's 'restraining' techniques and the dénouement of her dealings with Paul Sheldon, which are more horrific in the book. However, on the whole the sense of mounting tension and uncertainty as to how matters will end are captured well, and this is a worthy member of the genre.


Moonrise Kingdom [DVD] [2012]
Moonrise Kingdom [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The innocence and inexperience of young love, 29 Jun. 2015
One of my all-time favourite films is ‘Melody’ (1971, aka S.W.A.L.K.), and although it’s a very different film, when I stumbled upon Moonrise Kingdom I was struck by a number of similarities. Moonrise Kingdom features Sam, a Khaki Scout who falls in love at first sight with fellow 12 year-old Suzy, in the context of a musical theatre production. In Melody, 10 year-old Boys’ Brigade member Daniel is equally stricken by Melody Perkins on spotting her in her school ballet class. The scene where Suzy’s mother tries to sympathise with her daughter’s heartache echoes that in which Melody’s parents try to reason with her, and Suzy’s poignant remark, ‘We’re in love. We just want to be together – what’s wrong with that?’ recall’s Daniel’s cry of ‘All we want to do is be with one another all the time.’ In both films the young couples run away together and undergo a ‘marriage’ ceremony aided and abetted by their peers, and other common factors are dysfunctional backgrounds and the conflict between youth and authority. There is also a strong musical element: Melody has songs by the Bee Gees, whereas Benjamin Britten, Hank Williams, Françoise Hardy and others provide the background for Moonrise Kingdom. Sam and Suzy (portrayed superbly by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) are two years older and that much more mature than Danny and Melody, and this is reflected in the storyline. The general tenor is more quirky and the humour more subtle and deadpan, but Moonrise Kingdom has instantly appealed to me and found a well-deserved place among my best-loved films.


HP Inkjet Advanced Photo Paper Glossy 4 x 6" (10 x 15 cm) 250g/m2 10.5 mil 20 SHEETS
HP Inkjet Advanced Photo Paper Glossy 4 x 6" (10 x 15 cm) 250g/m2 10.5 mil 20 SHEETS
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Price: £2.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job., 4 April 2015
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Seems to perform well. Just a bit puzzled why there's a perforated strip at one end of each sheet - it means you have to be careful which way you put it in the printer.


Dobble Card Game
Dobble Card Game
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively simple but immensely enjoyable., 4 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Dobble Card Game (Toy)
This is an ingenious yet basically simple game involving picture recognition and matching that even our five year-old grandson quickly mastered and enjoyed. There are several different ways it can be played, and by just two or as many as eight players. It's a favourite of ours at any family gathering.


Paints4u VAUXHALL 400ml Car Paint Aerosol GRANATAPFELROT-POMEGRANATE RED L50C
Paints4u VAUXHALL 400ml Car Paint Aerosol GRANATAPFELROT-POMEGRANATE RED L50C
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Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An even finish, 25 Sept. 2014
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Did the job fine.


Jewel CD Cases DOUBLES 5.2mm Clear Tray(25)
Jewel CD Cases DOUBLES 5.2mm Clear Tray(25)
Offered by Dragon Trading
Price: £13.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Looks good, works fine; no more needs to be said., 18 Aug. 2014
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This product is exactly what I wanted but couldn't find in any of the usual audiovisual or computing shops. Suits me fine.


Panasonic DVMC Head cleaning tape for mini DV video equipment
Panasonic DVMC Head cleaning tape for mini DV video equipment
Offered by MARVELTECH
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job simply, quickly and efficiently., 28 May 2014
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When my Sony DRC-TRV22E digital camcorder began to produce wide horizontal black bars across the picture on record and on replay of previously recorded material, it seemed I would have to replace the camcorder, at considerable expense. I bought this cleaning cassette after reading the many positive reviews, and on using it I would completely endorse what others have said. Ten seconds in 'play' mode was sufficient to restore both record and playback as new. The problem did occur again some time later, but again, a few seconds' use of the cleaning cassette resolved the issue. I shall now ensure I carry this cassette with me whenever I go out and about with the camcorder.


The Giant Book of Useless Information by Steve Sutton
The Giant Book of Useless Information by Steve Sutton
by Steve Sutton
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts; totally off-beam in others, 27 May 2014
This book was a birthday present, and on the whole I’ve enjoyed many of the quirky facts and quotes, though it is padded out with some lengthy, and at times boring, passages that would better suit a history book. But what really marred it for me was the author’s complete ignorance of biblical knowledge. His section ‘Was Jesus a messiah?’ is total rubbish. For a start he says that Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem on a donkey fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah. It was actually the prophecy of Zechariah (9:9). Steve Sutton claims that Jesus denied that he was the Son of God; he didn’t—several times he referred to God as ‘my Father’, and when Peter said, ‘You are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God’, Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.’
Sutton considers Jesus a failure as a messiah because he did not drive out the Romans and restore the kingdom of Israel, but he declared, ‘My kingdom is not of this world’ (John 18:36). Jesus did not say that the end of the world would come soon—he said ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father’ (Matthew 24:36).
Sutton makes the statement, ‘Jesus died, like so many other messiahs and political agitators, by crucifixion’ but completely ignores the resurrection, the gospel accounts of which have been exhaustively examined by legal and historical experts and judged to be beyond reasonable doubt.
Sutton speaks of St Paul’s ‘version of Christianity’ as ‘the notion that Jesus died on the cross to redeem man from the sin of Adam’ and that ‘Jesus had preached salvation through the efforts of the individual.’ Nothing could be further from the truth—he said (Matthew 5:20): unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.’ Paul’s teaching is entirely in line with that of Jesus.
These glaring errors cause me to wonder what other ‘facts’ in the book are erroneous.


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