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Caught On A Train [1980] [DVD]
Caught On A Train [1980] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peggy Ashcroft
Offered by loftmedia
Price: 16.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, thought-provoking, unexpected., 17 Jan 2014
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A wonderfully well-written and original play which unfolds gradually and contains many subtle nuances and twists of plot and character. The power-game between the two central characters seems reflected in the disturbed, unpredictable and latently hostile political landscape through which they pass whilst caught (or trapped?) together on their train. The elderly passenger's final proposition is startling and brilliantly played by Ashcroft and Kitchen (who are both outstanding throughout). I saw the play when it was broadcast more than 30 years ago and had always hoped to see it again: I was not disappointed!


Rise Of The Vikings [DVD]
Rise Of The Vikings [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Gantzler
Offered by themediamerchants
Price: 6.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful in all respects: avoid!, 11 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Rise Of The Vikings [DVD] (DVD)
It is difficult to express just how bad this scandalous travesty of a film is. It resembles an entry-level home movie, clumsily shot and with atrocious dialogue delivered in what seems almost like a parody of a flat and uncomprehending tone of voice. The acting could charitably be described as wooden. The paper-thin plot is entirely predictable and creates no dramatic tension whatsoever. The design and costumes are embarrassing cliches. The "battle" scenes are the worst (a distinction for which there is stiff competition) and are played-out between what seem to be badly rehearsed volunteers from a local Viking Re-enactment Society. The clash of blades sounds like the rattling of cutlery and the swordplay is inept and unintentionally hilarious. I pre-ordered this product and was bitterly disappointed. I would advise any reader and would-be purchaser to learn from my mistake, avoid this trash and look elsewhere.


Lost Capital of Byzantium: The History of Mistra and the Peloponnese
Lost Capital of Byzantium: The History of Mistra and the Peloponnese
by Steven Runciman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautıfully wrıtten, 11 April 2013
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Beautıfully wrıtten and scholarly account of a lıttle-known or understood perıod of medieval hıstory. Runcıman makes the reader wısh to vısıt (or revısıt!) the sıte.


Waiting for Godot: En Attendant Godot
Waiting for Godot: En Attendant Godot
by Samuel Beckett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating parallel text, 12 Mar 2013
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A most useful volume. The parallel text gives all sorts of interesting insights into Beckett's great and enigmatic play, particularly when the French and English texts differ in places and on details. The neat, hardback edition is also welcome, much more durable and not much more expensive than a flimsy paperback!


Greek Sculpture a Collection of Sixteen Pictures, of Greek Marbles, With Introduction and Interpretation (Classic Reprint)
Greek Sculpture a Collection of Sixteen Pictures, of Greek Marbles, With Introduction and Interpretation (Classic Reprint)
by Estelle M. Hurll
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.10

2.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled by poor photographs, 12 Mar 2013
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The text is concise and interesting but the quality of the photographs is very poor. This obviously affects the value of a book on sculpture! I was very disappointed and would advise others not to buy this book.


1612 [DVD]
1612 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Pyotr Kislov
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 6.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A shocker, 7 Aug 2012
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A shocker, I'm afraid. The film lacks dramatic tension and, indeed, the paper-thin plot is hard to follow through inadequate sub-titles. All the participants over-act and the production values, as mentioned by another reviewer, are poor. The assault by cannonade on a walled town is laughably badly-staged and hammily unconvincing. I didn't know quite what to expect, but I was disappointed in this melodramatic con-trick.


Chuck Berry And Bo Diddley Rock'N'Roll All Star Jam [DVD] [2010]
Chuck Berry And Bo Diddley Rock'N'Roll All Star Jam [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Gunther
Price: 7.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 4 May 2012
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I was very disappointed. It was interesting to see Bo's distinctive style of performnance, with his impassive face and heavy upper-body seeming rather incongruous with his quick scuttling and shuffling legs, and, of course, the famous rectangular guitar. But the sound quality is poor with Bo's music sounding oddly tinny and lacking precisely the depth and resonance which makes his tracks such effective, solid dance numbers. I appreciate that the session is billed as a jam but the band seem oddly anonymous and Ronnie Wood's rather obvious fawning gets irritating. The real disaster, predictably enough, is Chuck Berry who delivers one of the laziest and most cynical performances I have ever seen - even from him. He clearly put nothing into the event, just mumbling through the deplorable Ding a Ling and then gving a slightly more tolerable, but offhand, take on Bio. The backstage shots lacked interest or point (at least to me) with Bo's barbecue offering little of interest. For those, like me, who love Bo's and Chuck's music this may just about be worth a look - but don't expect a knock-out punch and be prepared to be disappointed- even bored!


The Lords of the North (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 3)
The Lords of the North (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 3)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly dull, 27 Aug 2007
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This is a plodding extension of an already unconvincing series. The further exploits of Uhtred, improbably caught between English and Viking families and societies, simply fail to ignite or generate anything but the mildest interest and tension. The sequence which sees Uhtred sold into slavery is implausible, and seems little more than a pretext for Cornwell to air his knowledge of early medieval trade in the North Sea. Some suspense is generated during the attack on Durham which forms the "climax" of the novel, only to be dissipated by a ridiculous climax in which Viking warriors are routed by dogs. Cornwell's deliberately, and perversely, sour portrayal of Alfred seems intended for effect - and just does not work. Unfortunately, he has chosen a vivid period of English history and rendered it dull and lumpen.


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