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Brief Encounter (Special Edition) [DVD] [1945]
Brief Encounter (Special Edition) [DVD] [1945]
Dvd ~ Celia Johnson
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 14.78

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Do not buy this 'special edition' version - everything in this edition can be found on the standard edition with pink cover, which at the moment is only around 5.00, as opposed to this more expensive release. The only differences between the two editions are the covers and price, they are exactly the same thing inside with exactly the same features. I also did not receive the advertised booklet with the film.

The film is a good watch, a quintessentially English picture released very shortly after the war in the November of 1945. Two married 30-somethings fall in love against a smokey backdrop, restrained by convention and moral. If you are interested in classic cinema, this film is an absoloute must. A touching picture, with brilliant performances from leads Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard.

City Girl - Dual Format (Blu-ray+DVD) [Masters of Cinema] [1930]
City Girl - Dual Format (Blu-ray+DVD) [Masters of Cinema] [1930]
Dvd ~ Charles Farrell
Price: 7.55

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Picture, 16 April 2013
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Whilst not his most celebrated film, Murnau's 'City Girl' is a great watch, no proclaimed masterpiece, but significant in being a very late silent and his last American film. Often compared to 1927's 'Sunrise', it's running theme is that of the differences, and more evidently the simularities, between city and country life. It has a nice story - Kate (Mary Duncan), a street-smart waitress from the city dreaming of a life in the country meets the attention of a sweet and naive country boy called Lem (Charles Farrell), on his first trip to the city. They marry after two days, and head back to his home in the country, where his dominating father (David Torrence) crushes Kate's idea of a dream rural life. The film is superbly made and full of brilliant imagery and techniques, my only criticisms being Duncan's occasional overacting and a lack of zeal that has left this film in the shadow of 'Sunrise', in my mind the better film, but not by far.

As usual with Masters of Cinema silent releases, the film is presented sensitevely restored with a very suitible score, accompanying the images with a nice country twang.

Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ [DVD] [1925][KOREAN IMPORT]
Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ [DVD] [1925][KOREAN IMPORT]
Dvd ~ Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ
Offered by Seedhouse-Rare-Movies
Price: 10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy - don't be put off by the words 'korean import', 16 April 2013
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Originally sceptical (it being a Korean import) - my hankering to watch Novarro in his most famous role got the better of me. (Ever come accross those R2 Valentino releases with the terrible scores?)

The film is a great biblical epic to sink your teeth into, with some outstanding scenes such as the famous chariot sequence and moments of gorgeous colour. Novarro's revealing costumes are worth the watch if nothing else! Very good quality print, great score, and a smashing buy for only 1p brand new at the time!

Sunrise (Dual Format Blu-ray+DVD) [Masters of Cinema] [1927]
Sunrise (Dual Format Blu-ray+DVD) [Masters of Cinema] [1927]
Dvd ~ George O'Brien
Price: 10.05

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Edition - top quality!, 16 April 2013
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A must for any silent film fan - not the greatest silent in my mind story-wise, but undoubtedly an important milestone in the history of cinema. I adore the Masters of Cinema series - top notch quality as with all their releases.

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