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Destiny of a Man [1959] [DVD]
Destiny of a Man [1959] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sergei Bondarchuck
Offered by FilmloverUK
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Bondarchuk, 26 July 2011
Having thoroughly enjoyed Waterloo and War and Peace I felt I had to see previous works of this masterful director. Whilst I enjoyed it it is obvious that Bondarchuk needed a broader canvas. The plot here is pretty simple and very definitely Soviet era in its message but with the acting and photography raise it above the usual propaganda.

Gundula Janowitz - The Golden Voice
Gundula Janowitz - The Golden Voice

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Voice indeed!, 26 July 2011
This is a very good introduction to Janowitz for anyone who only knew of her from Strauss's Four Last Songs. She was to German Lieder what Janet Baker was to Handel and Purcell. Very difficult to follow! This album is excellent value and neatly packaged.

Cutter's Way [DVD] [1981]
Cutter's Way [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ John Heard
Price: £5.61

0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 26 July 2011
This review is from: Cutter's Way [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
I normally love Jeff Bridges in just about anything but this little exercise I found so very ordinary and a waste of his talents. The fault must lie partly with John Heard who plays a fairly tiresome character who tends to dominate the scenes which is hardly his fault but mainly with the director who doesn't do enough with what is a fairly simple plot. And as for the ending, it was though "now what can we do to liven this up and then close the curtains?"

Falstaff-Chimes At Midnight (a.k.a. Chimes at Midnight) [DVD] (1965)
Falstaff-Chimes At Midnight (a.k.a. Chimes at Midnight) [DVD] (1965)
Dvd ~ Orson Welles

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Welles at his worst, 13 May 2011
Let's face it Welles was a genius but unfortunately he didn't need to be told that. His conceit that Shakespeare needed to brought up to date spoils an otherwise enjoyable film. The attempts at authentic location and scenery are laudable but the joy of Shakespeare is in the words and they need to be enunciated properly not mumbled lazily and incoherently making this exercise a bit of a travesty.
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High and Low [DVD] [1963]
High and Low [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Toshirô Mifune
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £10.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece from Kurasawa, 7 May 2011
This review is from: High and Low [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
Nothing quite prepares you for this carefully researched, tightly scripted, superbly acted and very unusual Japanese crime thriller. It shows all of the stage managed filming for which Kurasawa and other Japanese directors were so famous and which so many Western films lack and I feel this is the films strength. Mifune plays out of type as a hard ambitious businessman who sees all of his dreams collapsing before him. The cops are simply brilliant and the strict social stereotyping of Japanese society is laid bare. A must for Mifune fans.

The Original Soul Sister (4CD)
The Original Soul Sister (4CD)
Price: £15.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifically good value introduction to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1 April 2011
I agree with a previous reviewer in that this is the goddam awful production but it is cheap, the sound quality quite good and it does provide a cheap introduction to a unique soul singer. However why we have to four versions of This Train and another four of That's All beats me. Irritating and unnecessary. However the package is still marvellous value.

Joseph Losey Collection [DVD]
Joseph Losey Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dirk Bogarde

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A one off, 1 April 2011
I already knew several of the better known films and wished to be reacquainted with them but was not prepared for Mr Klein which I found simply fascinating. Quite the best performance from Delon I have yet seen playing a strangely unsympathetic yet mesmerising individual. Sleeping Tiger came a close second, what a wonderful actor Bogarde was with such depths that Losey plumbed so successfully. My third surprise was Eva with Baker playing the usual abrasive, chip on the shoulder character which he played a little too often but this film was again hypnotic with everything going down hill and no one doing anything to stop it. That and the strange unclear conclusion to virtually all the stories makes Losey a terrible cynical observer of relationships. Makes you wonder what his own were like! All highly watchable and very good value.

Madeleine [DVD]
Madeleine [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ann Todd
Price: £4.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did she, didn't she?, 18 Feb 2011
This review is from: Madeleine [DVD] (DVD)
A must for David Lean fans. Wonderfully atmospheric, perfectly detailed and beautifully acted. Ann Todd plays a strangely unsympathetic role but then when you looked at the manner in which she was brought up this was not so unusual. She is anxious for romance but when push comes to shove she is just as cold blooded and unemotional as her parents. I thoroughly enjoyed it though the ending left one looking for something more satisfactory.

The Silver Fleet [1943]
The Silver Fleet [1943]
Dvd ~ Ralph Richardson
Price: £9.64

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Period piece, 18 Feb 2011
This review is from: The Silver Fleet [1943] (DVD)
A rather stilted but nonetheless charming vignette of wartime propaganda. Richardson is always a joy to watch though I didn't feel he was exactly stretching himself with this role and there was the usual bucket loads of melodrama which passed for patriotism in those days. A good film for a rainy afternoon.
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Sergei Bondarchuk -War And Peace [DVD]
Sergei Bondarchuk -War And Peace [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andrei Bolkonsky

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 8 Jan 2011
I was simply bowled over by the sheer scale and authenticity of this production,it will never be bettered. I watched it over a period of four consecutive evenings and nothing was going to get in the way of each evenings viewing! My only small criticism was that the aristocracy spoke in French in those days but that is being a bit nitpicky!

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