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Coping With The Urban Coyote
Coping With The Urban Coyote
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.26

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the album itself is NOT Unida's "Coping with the Urban Cayote" but is some crappy disco rubbish ("Feel it like a Scientist" by C, 3 April 2015
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BEWARE when purchasing this product. Upon playing the CD, the album itself is NOT Unida's "Coping with the Urban Cayote" but is some crappy disco rubbish ("Feel it like a Scientist" by Chrome). The CD is printed with a band photo of Unida on, so this error was not discovered until the album started playing to my horror.

Possibly this error is a one off, but just it case you were expecting the product advertised, you may find that the album you receive is not Unida.

Luckily Amazon have a reasonably hassle-free returns policy.

The one star review is not a reflection of the album by Unida, which is awesome. However, Chrome's "Feel it like a Scientist" sucks balls.

The Bicycle Thieves [1948] [DVD]
The Bicycle Thieves [1948] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lamberto Maggiorani
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £16.99

38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Piece Of Cinema History, 20 Feb. 2006
The Italian neo-realist film movement began around the end of WWII with Roberto Rossellini's OPEN CITY in 1946. It is defined and encapsulated by this striking film directed by Vittorio De Sica. THE BICYCLE THIEVES is the best of a group of films that depicted the hardship and despair that Europeans, specifically Italians, went through after the death and destruction of the war. The economy was horrible, and the towns and cities were half-destroyed and decaying. Rome is the location for THE BICYCLE THIEVES and De Sica shoots the city in grainy black and white with non-professional actors to get a simple, yet unbearingly emotional point across. A simple thing such as a bike can be someone's entire world at that time and losing it means doing something irrational or perhaps necessary.
The lead in the film is played by Lamberto Maggiorani who seems to be a very good actor. He is not an actor, however, and maybe this is why the film hits its mark so well and comes across so realistically. Maggiorani is of this difficult world and his brooding face is a clear indication of this. His job is to plaster film posters up on the walls of buildings all over Rome. He even hangs a picture that symbolizes the absolute opposite of the misery surrounding him. Rita Hayworth from GILDA is on the walls all over the city, a sign of joy to some, a representation of their own lowly status to others.
When the bicycle is actually stolen, the "title" character is sought after by Maggiorani and his young son (Enzo Staiola), a little kid with so much acting ability, you swear this must be a documentary. A grueling search throughout Rome has the essential parts of the movie, because we see up close the actual people and places the neo-realist film movement came to represent. It is a small, sad world they live in and the bike has to be found so that they can live. The father is put to the ultimate test in front of his son. Will he do the honorable thing or will he do what his mind and heart know is only possible? These are the tense moments of the film's climax.
There is a lot of THE BICYCLE THIEVES in Benigni's LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and some obvious comparisons have been drawn because of the father-son relationship. They are worthy of comparison and have equal artistic prowess. What is different about THE BICYCLE THIEVES is the level of intensity maintained throughout. I felt the key element was the music by Alessandro Cicognini, a simple horn that plays so tragically that it is a main character in the picture. What De Sica does here, as well as other neo-realist directors (Rossellini, Fellini), is create for American audiences a powerful counterpoint to what we are used to. An honest, non-corporate portrait of the struggle for life and self-respect. THE BICYCLE THIEVES is one of the finest films ever made and restored / remastered deservedly on this dvd.
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The John Cassavetes Collection [DVD]
The John Cassavetes Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gena Rowlands
Offered by Magic Movies Ltd
Price: £64.98

16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yay!, 26 Sept. 2005
Finally, the father of american independent film making gets a boxset! If you're a Cassavetes fan, this is obviously a must-buy item. The quintessential actor's director, these films all represent life in a fresh and honest way - typically through the performances Cassavetes gets out of his actors and his unque film technique/style. All great films if you are willing to engage with them fully. This is not for passive film-viewing!
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Journey To Italy [1953] [DVD]
Journey To Italy [1953] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ingrid Bergman
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £7.87

23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Journey To Italy, 21 July 2005
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This, in my opinion, is one of Rosselini's finest works. The BFI edition is a very good transfer however it was a disappointment to learn that it has been dubbed into english.
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Koyaanisqatsi/ Powaqqatsi [DVD]
Koyaanisqatsi/ Powaqqatsi [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christie Brinkley
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £12.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Koyaanisqatsi - Life out of balance, 11 July 2005
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This is one of the most beautifully crafted films I've seen in a long time.
Every image is rich and vivid in terms of aural and visual aesthetics, as well as conveying a strong underlying message or idea regarding life (qatsi).
The film poses questions regarding the essence of our nature that in a progressing society, has become so infused with the advancement of technology. Has life become that of a series of machinizations, souless, and confined to structure? Godfrey Reggio reminds us that there are parts of the world, aspects of life, which are still untainted by technological development. That society still has the ability to be spiritual and organic. Some images juxtaposing the creations of man and god are so profound and excellently filmed that they become moving in their poignancy.
Phillip Glass' musical score gives Kayaanisqatsi an almost hypnotic quality, ranging in density to fit the sequences of image and moods.
This film is not boring or arbitrary, however the meaning is always going to be purely subjective in regards to the audience. I recommend Koyaanisqatsi because a sign of great filmmaking is being able to create a work that will leave no one indifferent to.

Lady in White [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Lady in White [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £62.39

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bring it back into print, 22 Jun. 2005
This is one of those films that you watched as a kid and has always stuck in the back of your mind. Its a film you mention to friends to see whether they too watched it that one time so long ago on Channel 4. There is a wonderful sense of small town nostalgia about this film, similar to Stand By Me, the kid parts in Stephen King's It, and The Wonder Years. Lady In White is a childhood treasure - recommended because films like this arent made anymore.
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Dogville [DVD] [2004]
Dogville [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Nicole Kidman
Offered by rileys dvds
Price: £3.70

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm, 18 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Dogville [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
I expect this is one of those films you either love or hate. On one hand it can be considered a compelling character driven story which lives up to the hype, on the other, it can be seen as pretentious post-dogma 95 rubbish. Personally, I think the film swerves more towards the latter, but maybe that's because i found the story as uninteresting as the set. More stupid than clever. But if you're a fan of Lars Von Triers, I did enjoy aspects of The Idiots and Dancer In The Dark, then I'm sure you'll like Dogville, while others will feel disappointed.

Down [DVD]
Down [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Marshall
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £8.79

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this film is a joke, 11 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Down [DVD] (DVD)
DOWN's american title is THE SHAFT (no, seriously) so that should immediately tell you this isn't exactly of Apocalypse Now or The Godfather status. Actually, this film is in a league of its own and can be found in most supermarket video bargin bins 3 for 5 pounds. It stars pre-famous Naomi Watts (actually, is she famous?), and monkey man Ron Pearlman, and the plot entails some crazy elevators and naff killings. It is a good film if you ain't too picky, but I'm just suprised some producer actually greenlighted this piece of scatmunch.

Shaft [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Shaft [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this film is a joke, 9 Jun. 2004
starring pre-famous naomi watts and monkey man ron pearlman, comes "The Shaft"!!!!! (What a brilliant title)
Mad elevators and no actual plot make this an excellent example of avant-garde (even though i think it's intention was to be a horror film). For everyone else though, I'm just suprised some producer actually greenlighted this piece of sh*t.

The Passion of the Christ [DVD] [2004]
The Passion of the Christ [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ James Caviezel|Maia Morgenstern|Monica Bellucci
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.97

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 2 Jun. 2004
Ok, i'm not going to waffle on about torture scenes, or the violence. The film is called the 'passion' or the 'suffering' of christ and that's basically what you get. The violence is justified, infact is no doubt subtle compared to a real crucifixtion. The acting and direction is stunning; the film does not prevoke anti semitism, it stays pretty close to the text and therefore who can complain(!); the visual style of the film is dark and beautiful and the score is powerful. Anyone moaning about the brutality of this film needs a reality check...

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