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Eager for Glory: The Untold Story of Drusus the Elder, Conqueror of Germania
Eager for Glory: The Untold Story of Drusus the Elder, Conqueror of Germania
by Graham Sumner
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative read but also a touch irritating, 1 Nov. 2011
I enjoy reading all things Roman so I was amazed how important Drusus was while at the same time being almost ignored by historians - hence this book. An informative and well written account makes this a worthwhile purchase. It's also a little irritating because the diversions from the narrative could have been better presented such as dedicated pages or sections; and some of the plate and map references in the text are incorrect. I also found the maps a bit too dark.


Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
by Alexander Van Millingen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.26

4.0 out of 5 stars essential reading for the history of Constantinople's churches, 4 Oct. 2011
This refers to the 2011 printing by Lightning Source.
A fantastic effort first published in 1912 providing everything you need to know about for 20+ churches and other famous ecclistiastical Byzantine buildings dating between 5th and 14th centuries with most still standing in Istanbul today. Each church is considered with details of history, architecture and descriptions of the many 'colourful' characters associated with each church. An essential reference but best used in conjuntion with a walking guide such as 'Blue Guide'. The only downside is the poor reproduction of many of the 'plates' - perhaps a Kindle edition will rectify this or is this a prblem with this particular print?


Health & Safety, Environment and Quality Audits: A Risk-Based Approach
Health & Safety, Environment and Quality Audits: A Risk-Based Approach
by Stephen Asbury
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for new and experienced auditors, 30 Dec. 2008
This is a great read. Complete with "top tips" all auditors - new and experienced - will benefit from the valuable guidance and expert tuition in this book.
As an experienced auditor reading the book I found myself identifying areas of my work that could do with a refresher - and as such believe my auditing has now improved.
Highly recommended.


King Kong [DVD] [1933]
King Kong [DVD] [1933]
Dvd ~ Fay Wray
Price: £3.99

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Digitally enhanced? - pull the other one, 4 Feb. 2006
This review is from: King Kong [DVD] [1933] (DVD)
Superb film. No question.
But it has not been cleaned up - the sound is very "hissy" and the picture is very poor in places. So what exactly does 2Digitally Enhanced" actually mean? I can only hope the box set is better.


Laurel & Hardy Volume 3 - Way Out West/Shorts [DVD]
Laurel & Hardy Volume 3 - Way Out West/Shorts [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stan Laurel
Price: £5.95

31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great fun but a disappointing presentation, 25 May 2004
There is no questioning the brilliance of Way Out West and the two supporting shorts - featuring the always watchable Jimmy Finlayson - are pretty good as well.
But this release is a missed opportunity; I'm sure the DVD producers could have located some interviews, documentaries and even a commentary from a film historian for a proper Special Edition. Furthermore, absolutely no attempt has been made to clean up the picture quality so that this DVD is not much better than a good quality VHS recording. The colour version of the main feature dates from 1985 and this too now needs a digital "clean-up". In any case, I don't think the colour versions of Laurel and Hardy films have much more than curiosity value.
On the plus side, the sound quality is good and if you listen through a decent centre speaker (the sound is digital 1.0) there is plenty of bass while you enjoy the Oscar-nominated tunes of Way Out West. Also, this version of WOW is the original theatrical release with over 5 minutes of footage before L&H appear. It's funny too!
I was hoping to pick up some of the other DVDs (there are some very rare films included in the 20-disk release) but the picture quality and overall lack of initiative with this release has put me off. Laurel and Hardy had appeared on DVD before so if you are only interested in their most famous offerings, I recommend shopping around to pick up some of these (now presumably) cheaper options.


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