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Peter Sellers Collection - Comic Icons [DVD]
Peter Sellers Collection - Comic Icons [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Sellers
Price: 7.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three great films, I just wish they were formatted correctly!, 22 Mar 2014
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I have always loved Peter Sellers' early films, and these are three choice examples. At so cheap a price, this boxset set is an irresistible buy.

However, like other boxsets in this series - Terry Thomas, Leslie Phillips for example - the films have been "cropped and zoomed". In simple terms this means that instead of seeing the original 4:3 image as released in the cinema at the time, you see a widescreen version. That's okay if you think that's how it should be, but certainly not okay if you have any notion of the original cinematographer's visual concept - or even if it's how you're accustomed to seeing the films in question. The problem is that you are forever seeing the tops of heads sliced off, disappearing feet etc etc. AND it doesn't help definition - "Only Two Can Play" isn't a great image, and it would definitely have helped if it had been kept to 4:3.

It seems a shame to grumble when at least we can see these movies, but I'm dumbfounded why this keeps happening to old films. I don't expect every old film to be given the full Criterion treatment, but a bit of basic respect would be nice.

What next? Colourisation of these black and white gems? Just to keep a few wallies happy?

Battle: Los Angeles [DVD] [2011]
Battle: Los Angeles [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Aaron Eckhart
Price: 3.73

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dear oh dear...., 10 Dec 2013
This easily falls into that category of US movies which appear to have been made for 12 years olds by 12 year olds.

Already in the charity shops, it will soon be a penny on Amazon marketplace.

Calm: 36 Pieces To Soothe, Relax and Inspire
Calm: 36 Pieces To Soothe, Relax and Inspire

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real thing in splendid sound quality, 30 May 2012
There are many CDs on the market which have titles featuring words like "calm", "chill", "relaxation" etc etc. Sadly most of these end up in the local charity shop, I suspect because they are usually thrown together amalgams of obvious classical pieces played by so-so musicians - or worse still have "beats" added! Many also have distinctly uninspiring sound quality...

This is a compilation of expertly chosen and beautifully played tracks all taken from Decca's rich catalogue of classical recordings. Despite owning a large collection of CDs and having very wide ranging taste, I have played these 2 CDs literally hundreds of times - the first disc is particularly wonderful. Sound quality is superb, and on a nice system much of this lovely music seems to just hang in the air.

The Runaway Bus [1954] [DVD]
The Runaway Bus [1954] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frankie Howerd
Price: 5.42

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling picture quality, 21 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Runaway Bus [1954] [DVD] (DVD)
Sadly I have to agree with the majority of other reveiwers - this really is the worst picture quality I have ever seen on DVD - or VHS come to that. For me it proved unwatchable. It's a shame because the film deserves better - surely some basic remastering can't be too difficult?

Like many fans of old British film, even if the plot isn't brilliant I enjoy watching the great character actors of the period and the location shooting. Pickwick's frame of mind seems to be "it's just an old film, so we can't be bothered". I think Amazon should de-list all Pickwick products until Pickwick learn to treat their customers with more respect.

The Pink Panther [DVD]
The Pink Panther [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Martin
Offered by 247dvd
Price: 3.43

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Come back Peter Sellers, all is forgiven!, 6 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Pink Panther [DVD] (DVD)
Put bluntly, there isn't a single laugh in this movie. It doesn't say much for Steve Martin that you never for one moment believe he is Clouseau - instead you're never allowed to forget that you're watching "Steve Martin" one of the world's great comedians. Except he isn't funny at all, and consequently the film is tedious, crude and embarrassing.

When I stopped the DVD, I found BBC2 had Dad's Army on..... very soon I was laughing aloud. It was made on a shoestring of course, but such wonderful scripts, wonderful character actors...... real talent, real skill.

December Boys [DVD] [2007]
December Boys [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 7.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars France 3, Australia -2, 12 Nov 2010
This review is from: December Boys [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Somewhere in this mess there's a decent film trying to get out.....

There are 2 main problems imho.

1) Daniel Radcliffe is awful in this film. He is awkward, embarrassing and just plain bad.
2) Perhaps more seriously, this film suffers from a rather/very smudged sense of period, of era - to say there are a few anachronisms is an understatement.

Let's expand on this second problem:
In the initial stages of the film you are led to believe that it's set in the 1940s - but already something is amiss, because the soundtrack is plodding through some decidedly tedious 2005ish second-rate Aussie blues type rubbish. When the boys relocate to "The Cove" we realise that it's actually set in the 1960s - or at least we assume it is by the records that are played. Shame then that the boys are wearing long shorts as in the 1950s or 1990s instead of the short shorts we wore in the 1960s. I calculated that this may have been intentional to show that the boys from the orphanage had been kept in some sort of 1950s time capsule - but no, sorry, it just doesn't wash. It's not helped by "Misty" wearing a pair of 1980s retro spectacles that could have only been worn in the 1980s, not the 1950s - oh hang on, it's supposed to be the 1960s isn't it? I'll stop here, but I could go on.

So is it all about period detail? No. To add to the general implausibility, the horrendously awkward "Maps" (Radcliffe) manages to have a fling with the local blonde babe who not only looks 5 years older, but is as likely to have had an affair with this super nerdy young lad as grow wings and fly out of the telly at you. Perhaps the word I'm looking for is "ridiculous".

So... it's a shame the French or Italians hadn't made this film - or us Brits. Perhaps for "coming of age" you should read "coming apart at the seams".

And the soundtrack is DREADFUL.

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A Village Lost and Found: "Scenes in Our Village" by T. R. Williams. An Annotated Tour of the 1850s Series of Stereo Photographs
A Village Lost and Found: "Scenes in Our Village" by T. R. Williams. An Annotated Tour of the 1850s Series of Stereo Photographs
by Brian May
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 28.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another packaging warning!, 13 Sep 2010
Firstly let's say that this is a magnificent and unique book. It is a book to cherish and treasure.

However.... sadly as far as Amazon is concerned, it is just another book to be shipped out like a sack of potatoes. My copy was sent in a flimsy oversized cardboard box with just a sheet of brown paper thrown in as a nod towards protection. As soon as I took the box from the courier I knew the book would be damaged - it was swinging around loose inside the box, banging from one end to the other with about 6"-8" of space around it! And yes, the book was damaged, the spine of the slipcase noticeably bumped and bruised.

Amazon - please get your act togther. I have been a full time bookseller for nearly 25 years - I would NEVER treat my customers with such contempt, and I would never treat such a obvious gem of a book with such negligence.

Time Flies 1994-2009
Time Flies 1994-2009
Price: 4.81

14 of 83 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If only I could reward Oasis with 0 stars, 19 Jun 2010
This review is from: Time Flies 1994-2009 (Audio CD)
What could possibly be more depressing and dreary than a "best of" double CD of Oasis? With over 4000 CDs and LPs in my collection, I am pleased to say that I've never owned even one track by this band. I could have bought every one of their CDs 200 times over in local charity shops and at any Sunday bootsale. So why do so many people buy Oasis CDs and then dispose of them? It's quite simple, they were one of the most limited and untalented bands to have ever made it big. This is music for people who need to be told what to buy, this is music for people who don't like music. I would wager that 90% of Oasis "fans" actually spend very little time listening to real music - how else could anybody explain the entertainment value of listening to what is effectively 2 bad tempered oafs groaning and moaning for track after track? The lyrics are appalling, the guitar playing barely more than rudimentary - perhaps worst of all, Noel can only sing one note, so every line ends with that same one note.... (you don't believe me? listen again...).....

Sorry, no intention to offend, but a sincere message to all Oasis fans - please go and explore the vast treasury of music that exists out there, discover how marvellous music really can be. Don't waste your time listening to drivel by Oasis - life is too short.
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Soul Power [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1974]
Soul Power [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: 18.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another missed opportunity by out of touch wallies - as ever!, 16 Jan 2010
Controversy rages.... a scandalous oversight. As soon as it was known this DVD was in the pipeline, REAL music fans were already asking the big question - FRANCO. It's well known that Le Grand Maitre Franco played this gig - it was his home city after all. But what do we get? Just 1m40s of the clearest live footage you'll ever see of Franco and TPOK Jazz at their very peak. AAAAAGGGGHHHH! Talk about a missed opportunity.......

C'mon Masters of Cinema - have some guts for goodness sake. Go and have a chat with Sterns or somebody and put out an entire DVD of the Franco footage which must exist... go on, you know it makes sense!

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