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Mister Roberts [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Mister Roberts [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Henry Fonda
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Price: 7.99

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Lemmon saves the film, 30 Jun 2007
Given that "Mr Roberts" enjoyed the pedigree of being based upon one of Broadway's most succesful plays, which also starred Fonda, teams up Hank Fonda with fellow screen legend James Cagney as well as the emerging Jack Lemmon, all under the directorial hand of the great John Ford, it fails to live up to the collaborative sum of it's parts.

That Fonda had a massive falling out with Ford, the man who made him a star, is apparent given that Ford couldn't be bothered finishing the film and left rather a mis-shapen movie to Warner Bros. journeyman director Mervyn LeRoy to tidy up. LeRoy does well with what he had, and the film has some memorale moments, usually centred around Lemmon. Cagney and Fonda both sell themselves short and are rather pedestrian, but for completists of either of these legends the film is a must for the value of them working together alone.

Don't get me wrong, Mr Roberts isn't a bad film, it's just that with such a crew, one really would have expected far more.

Anniversary [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Anniversary [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Bette Davis

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just delicious Davis, 29 Jun 2007
Bette Davis shines in this wonderfully flamboyant piece of black comedy which surprisingly was produced by Hammer pictures (yes the same studio who brought you Dracula et al) With a great line in eyepatches that seem to shadow her moods, Miss Davis veritably chews up the scenery with a thick slice of "ham" every time she appears on screen as the dominating matriach of a very dysfunctional family.

The only downside to this DVD is the lack of any special features, which is a shame as the director Roy Ward Baker always makes for entertaining and informative listening on the several "horror" film commentaries he's been involved with. That aside, The Anniversary is a true gem in Bette Davis's later career that can stand right alongside "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane" and "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte"

Young Frankenstein [DVD] [1975]
Young Frankenstein [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Gene Wilder
Price: 3.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only a classic parody but a classic in itself, 27 Jun 2007
Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" is such an excellently observed piece of parody that it could fit quite easily within any collection of the Universal Horror cycle it so lovingly satirises as not to see the joins.

Unlike much of the later Brooks' works, "Young Frankenstein" contains true homage to it's source material which though extremely funny is never dismissive.

The making of documentary is worthwhile, and of a higher quality than the norm, and while Brooks' commentary track is far from comprehensive it does allow some insight into the efforts put into making the picture the success it still continues to be when more recent Mel Brook's comedies seem extremely dated

Asylum [1972] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Asylum [1972] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
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Price: 6.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Amicus Anthology At It's Best, 26 Jun 2007
This particular Amicus feature, which weaves together short stories of madness by Psycho author Robert Bloch (not Robert Black as printed on the cover) exemplifies why the Amicus Fear Factory could keep up with it's more famous competitor Hammer in releasing original and well constructed Horror films in the 60s and early 70s. Often mistaken for Hammer films, especially outside the UK, usually because it's output featured not only the usual list of Hammer stars (such as here with Peter Cushing & Herbert Lom) but also benefitted from Hammer's technical staff too, this superlative collection being directed by the great Roy Ward Baker.

The DVD contains a pretty good remaster of the original as well as a nice little documentary on Amicus "Inside The Fear Factory" and best of all a full length feature commentary from Baker himself.

A must for all fans of British horror's golden age.

Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter [DVD] [1974]
Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Horst Janson

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carry On With A Fistful Of Garlic, 25 Jun 2007
Writer and Director Brian Clemens brought a real sense of originality to the various Hammer projects he was involved in at the start of the 1970s. Nowhere is that more evident than in this wonderful cross genre piece of Hammer Vampire Hokum starring Horst Janson and the lovely Caroline Munro. The story plays like a Segio Leone western mixed with "Carry On Film" style romp transported to the darkest regions of 19th century Eastern Europe with Janson playing his hero completely straight only adding to the fun of this refreshing twist in Hammer's later rather lacklustre vampire cycle.

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