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Perfect Friday [Blu-ray + DVD]
Perfect Friday [Blu-ray + DVD]
Dvd ~ Stanley Baker
Price: £7.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Period Piece, 24 April 2015
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Marvellous period piece with the two masters of drollery, Baker and Warner, tussling for control of a heist. Great direction and the relaxed timing of yesteryear. Been waiting years for this to come out on DVD. Top class image and sound quality even in the DVD version (this is a 2-disc pack). For all lovers of sixties/seventies UK culture, Highly recommended!


Mains Battery Charger for Sony HDR-PJ10 HD Handycam Camcorder - 2 Hours quick charging - UK, USA, EU plugs and car charger Included - AAA Products - 12 Month Warranty
Mains Battery Charger for Sony HDR-PJ10 HD Handycam Camcorder - 2 Hours quick charging - UK, USA, EU plugs and car charger Included - AAA Products - 12 Month Warranty
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Price: £8.99

1.0 out of 5 stars A piece of junk, 25 Jun. 2014
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This item never functioned. On plugging in, it sparked a few times then died on me. I'd bought it to recharge more than one battery for my wedding, and fortunately others brought their video cameras along to save the day...
Shoddily made - none of the various plugs supplied fit securely - and no instruction leaflet.... AVOID !!!


Casa
Casa

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Addition, 12 July 2012
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This review is from: Casa (Audio CD)
A classic addition to the plethora of Jobim interpretations.
Partially recorded in Jobim's house on his piano, Sakamoto's Debussy-esque improvisations blend perfectly with Jobim's sophisticated harmonies, while Morelenbaum seems to be genuinely improvising, finding those magical notes that make each track come alive.
Always moving, and frequently intriguing melodically and harmonically, with a wonderful sensual atmosphere, to my ears there isn't a weak track among these, and I rate this amongst my favourite albums of all time.


Doctor Who - The Beginning (An Unearthly Child [1963] / The Daleks [1963] / The Edge of Destruction [1964]) [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Beginning (An Unearthly Child [1963] / The Daleks [1963] / The Edge of Destruction [1964]) [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £9.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Potent Stuff, 12 July 2012
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Hadn't seen any of these since they were first shown, and what a revelation!
Despite the limited budget there's an immediate sense of the weird and wonderful.
Hartnell is simply splendid, charismatic and always watchable, making the character very much his own, while Susan, Barbara and Ian are perfect foils to the Doctor's caprices.
The Dalek episode (which was my main reason for buying the set) has a real sense of dread, and it's not difficult to understand why they went on to become stars in their own right.
As expected, the picture quality is not what we're used to, but even that lends atmosphere to these very '60s icons.
A must for any serious Dr Who connoisseur...


Cantando Historias
Cantando Historias

5.0 out of 5 stars The Cream of Lins, 12 July 2012
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This review is from: Cantando Historias (Audio CD)
Ivan Lins' most famous songs, interpreted in a jazz-fusion vein with a sterling band and inimitable guest artists.
So lovely to hear the sophistication of Lins' harmonies being expoloited to the full, without forgetting all those wacky rhythms that sound so deceptively simple when performed by Brazilians!
A nice long live album with the right balance between the songs and improvised passages - hugely enjoyable...


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

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing Losey, 17 April 2012
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Surely one of the most under-rated film directors of all time.
This superb value box set contains the magnificent "The Servant" with its sublime portrayal of the sleazy, manipulative manservant who completely overturns his (supposed) master's life, and the unforgettable Kafkaesque masterpiece (in French) "M. Klein", starring Alain Delon.
But it's difficult to pick out a favourite here. Every film in this set is powerful in its own right, with sterling performances from Bogarde and Delon but also other actors who have long slipped into obscurity - e.g. the ever-charismatic Stanley Baker, showing off his versatility here in different roles...
And then unforgettable portraits of an era when British society was changing beyond measure.
All under Losey's masterful, confident eye and hand. Striking, lingering images, original scores, and powerful scripts.
A must-have introduction to this too often neglected director.


Scandal [DVD]
Scandal [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Hurt
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £4.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish nostalgia, 17 April 2012
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This review is from: Scandal [DVD] (DVD)
A very stylish, visually ravishing, moving, thought-provoking account of the Profumo affair. Great cast, with the young Whalley particularly charismatic. A fine lesson in how to make a great, enduring movie that doesn't rely on a mega-million budget.


The Dolly Dolly Spy (Crime)
The Dolly Dolly Spy (Crime)
by Adam Diment
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Nostalgia, 24 July 2009
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I've read this book at least ten times and it just gets better.... One of the real mysteries of the twentieth century; just what did happen to Adam Diment (if that was even his real name!)?
A truly entertaining, inventive writer, somewhat in the early Len Deighton mould, but still very much his own man and way more "Swinging Sixties".
If you still enjoy the (original) "Italian Job", "Our Man Flint", Modesty Blaise, etc. this is for you!


Overtime [DVD] [2005]
Overtime [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Lee Ritenour
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Price: £8.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best, 24 July 2009
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This review is from: Overtime [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
In the accompanying interviews, practically every one of these superb musicians says, "...when they phoned me I said 'yes' right away...!". And it shows; there is a love here which is enchanting, spiritual.... These guys are having the time of their lives!
As fans of the genre know well, this is not "Real Jazz" but music that touches all points, funk, Brazilian, rock...
In a class of its own...


An Evening Of Fourplay (Vols 1 & 2) [DVD] [2008]
An Evening Of Fourplay (Vols 1 & 2) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ An Evening Of Fourplay (Vols 1 & 2)
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and Moving, 24 July 2009
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A beautiful, moving pair of concerts with that seemingly effortless ease which comes from the musicians' familiarity with their instruments and each other. Ritenour is his usual funky inspiringly melodic self, James really stretches out in his improvisations while always keeping it listenable, Mason is ever there in the background, goading, supporting, while East is the real star, whether playing some mean bass, singing, or especially scatting along with his own solos.
Then there is the added treat of the delectable Chaka Khan who gets to sing one song here and blows everyone away.
This is not for "Real Jazz" buffs but lovers of Fusion, the subtle, that attention to fine detail that these seasoned session men are able to make look so easy (speaking as a musician, it ain't!).


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