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Into The Blue [DVD]
Into The Blue [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Wilding
Price: £9.88

5.0 out of 5 stars REFRESHING AS A SEA BREEZE!, 24 July 2015
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Delightful and charming are the words that spring to mind when describing this rarity filmed in 1950. A couple, Jack Hulbert & Constance Cummings, both giving wonderful performances, are holidaying on a chartered yacht, off the coast of France. The only crew are skipper, Edward Rigby and his adopted French daughter, Odile Versois, in one of her most charming and appealing roles. Very soon their idyllic holiday is interrupted by a stowaway, the equally charming Michael Wilding, who also produced the film, who they can't seem to rid themselves of. It then comes to light that he's a smuggler on the run from the authorities. But by then, they have all become more than involved in the stowaway's plight and his plan to clear his name. This is simply an utterly charming and delightfully gentle film from a bygone era, which has lost none of it's appeal. The print is very good, too, for a film i suspect has not seen the light of day for a very long time. Thank you, Network. Keep these treasures coming!


Cemetery Without Crosses [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD] [Region A & B]
Cemetery Without Crosses [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD] [Region A & B]
Dvd ~ Michèle Mercier
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like an old photograph, 21 July 2015
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This late 60's French/Italian co-production was a personal project for star Robert Hossein, who co-wrote, starred and directed. He plays a mysterious, solitary gunman named Manuel, who always wears a single black glove before using his gun. Having renounced violence, he resides in an abandoned ghost town, where he is approached by Maria Caine, (lovely Michele Mercier), a woman from his past, whose husband has been hanged by a rival family. Initially reluctant, Manuel decides to help Maria in her plan of revenge. While the plot may be run-of-the-mill and simplistic, it's the imaginative and creative touches which elevate this well-paced western several notches above the ordinary. Notice the sparse dialogue initially between the two central characters when they first meet. Obviously there's history there. Little or nothing is said of their past relationship to one another. It's the little information which Hossein puts in, like an old photograph, which gradually alludes to what these people are to each other. Personally, i really enjoyed this rather unique and intriguing film. Hossein's fateful and tragic central figure is a stand out, as is the film's rousing score. I suspect this may not be to everyone's taste, but if you are into slow, methodical, character-driven westerns, this rivals some of the better known films in this genre. When this release was announced by Amazon, i immediately pre-ordered it, anticipating something different, out-of-the-ordinary. It is both those and more. My top purchase of the year, i suspect. Highly recommended.
Despite the print having a little, minor damage, the Blu Ray's 1080p transfer from a 2K restoration is impressive in it's original aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Arrow are certainly to be thanked for releasing this compelling, lesser-known but minor gem.


Le Monachine [DVD] Italian Import
Le Monachine [DVD] Italian Import
Dvd ~ Alberto Bonucci
Offered by VECOSELL
Price: £7.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Little Nuns - Italian style!, 4 Feb. 2015
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Charming, delightful little film from 1963 starring Catherine Spaak, in one of her most appealing performances. She plays Sister Celeste, a sweet, young nun, who along with colleague, Didi Perego, travel to Rome to try and persuade the airline company to divert their flights from flying directly over their convent, as it's causing damage to their building. Naturally, matters don't progress so smoothly, but as one might expect from a comedy such as this, common sense prevails to a happy and satisfying conclusion. Other performers in the cast who feature strongly here are, Amedeo Nazzari and Sylva Koscina. And it's all wrapped up with an entertainingly gentle score from maestro Ennio Morricone. This film may be better known outside of Italy as, The Little Nuns, released in 1965. Anyone who is interested in Italian cinema from the glorious 1960's, may want to seek this, perhaps, forgotten little gem out.
The all regions Italian dvd from RHV (Ripley's Home Video) features an Italian only language option, in the film's original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. I've watched this repeatedly, and it's never failed to lift my spirits. If you're receptive to entertainment of this kind, and long to be transported back to simpler days, when life perhaps was less complicated, this film will take you there, at least for 94 minutes!


Government Girl
Government Girl
Dvd ~ Paul Stewart
Offered by DVD STORE SPAIN
Price: £11.32

3.0 out of 5 stars Olivia outshines this release., 9 April 2014
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Breezy 1943 comedy starring Olivia de Havilland and Sonny Tufts. Tufts is called to Washington to ensure planes are made for the war effort. Fortunately for him, savvy secretary de Havilland is on hand to pave, not always so smoothly, the way for him to succeed in achieving his goal.
This Spanish release, which is the only release at present of Government Girl, is unfortunately rather on the soft side in picture quality, which is adequate enough, but my three star rating really reflects that the dvd has fixed Spanish subtitles. Personally, i find unremovable subs rather a distraction, so i guess it's another waiting game for someone else to release this film. My hope and best bet is, The Warner Archive Collection.
**UPDATE** As of the 30th September, The Warner Archive Collection, to my delight, have released Government Girl. The picture quality is much sharper, even though it's not remastered.


Niagara [Blu-ray] [1953]
Niagara [Blu-ray] [1953]
Dvd ~ Marilyn Monroe
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Niagara comes to life on Blu!, 11 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Niagara [Blu-ray] [1953] (Blu-ray)
What can one say that hasn't been said already about this true classic of American cinema? For me, this tense and effective thriller with it's very fine cast, who all give engaging performances, is right up there with the best thrillers ever made. Looking past Marilyn Monroe's breakthrough show-stopping turn, Joseph Cotten is equally impressive as George Loomis, whose murder is being arranged by his man-trap, devious wife, Monroe. Soon a vacationing couple at the imposing Niagara Falls, played by Casey Adams and Jean Peters, become involved in the proceedings.
I would like to give special mention to Jean Peters as the down-to-earth, quick-witted Polly Cutler, who reluctantly aids Loomis. I rate this her career-best performance and she is not overshadowed by Monroe's more prominent prescence.
Should anyone be in doubt about upgrading from DVD to Blu Ray for this title. Don't, the picture quality is excellent and far superior to all previous dvds of the film.


Guns of Darkness [DVD]
Guns of Darkness [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Niven
Price: £6.00

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness no more as Guns steps into the light, 12 Nov. 2013
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I remember seeing this modest black & white 1962 drama from a screening one sunday afternoon on ITV television back in the 1970's. To my knowledge, it was never screened again. I do have fond memories of it and waited a long time to hear the news of an up-coming dvd release. Obviously, this kind of film, of which there's a brief description on the Amazon page, is not going to appeal to everyone, but if like me, you fondly recall this film and the wonderful cast of David Niven, Leslie Caron and James Robertson Justice, you'll be counting the days till February 10th, 2014. Great sleeve, too. Thank you, Network!
**UPDATE** The day of release has finally arrived! Received the dvd exactly on the day, too! The film is just as i remembered it all those years ago. Polished performances from the lead actors and quite an engaging storyline of human emotions with political strife as a backdrop.
The print from Network, as advertised, from a brand-new transfer, is a very fine one indeed, with a 1.66:1 aspect ratio. And i can confirm it is a Region 2 dvd.


Song for Marion [Blu-ray]
Song for Marion [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Gemma Arterton
Price: £5.75

82 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Song to Experience, 22 Jun. 2013
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Terence Stamp, in a near career-best performance, stars in this heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting film concerning a pensioner who finds difficulty connecting with other people, including his son, Christopher Eccleston. Vanessa Redgrave, in one her best latter day performances, plays Stamp's wife who is dying. Later, after some soul searching, it is through her memory and the gradual guidance of young music teacher, Gemma Arteton, in a lovely performance, that finally draws Stamp out of his shell and take up where his wife left off, performing with a group of musical OAP's. Being receptive to 'gentle' entertainment, i found myself totally immersed in what unfolded, and certainly left me in quite a reflective mood. A very down to earth film that draws top performances from it's cast and will be fondly remembered as one of 2013 best offerings.


Bingo Bongo [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Bingo Bongo [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £12.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Bingo Bongo, 25 Nov. 2011
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I'll skip the inane plot about an ape man (Adriano Celentano) who is brought back to civilization. I must warn anyone who is even contemplating purchasing the U.S. Telavista release that the picture quality is pretty atrocious. This is a prime example where the asking price in no way reflects the quality of the product. I recall my old VHS copy being of infinitely better quality than the poor excuse of a copy offered here. I've given one star for the sole reason that Carole Bouquet still manages to shine amid such a poor presentation.


Smoke Signal [DVD]
Smoke Signal [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dana Andrews
Price: £9.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Right Signal!, 21 Sept. 2011
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Above average 1950's western starring sturdy leading man Dana Andrews and lovely Piper Laurie. Briefly, Andrews is accused of abandoning his people in favour of the indians and when captured, a martinet captain (William Talman) intends to see him court-martialled. Naturally, Andrews is innocent and proves his worth before the final reel. Refreshing firstly to see this western released. Secondly, the quality of the print is very good in the film's original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. I've long awaited a UK DVD release of this film and thoroughly recommended it especially to western fans. Bring on, Dawn at Socorro!
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Siege Of Pinchgut [DVD]
Siege Of Pinchgut [DVD]
Dvd ~ Aldo Ray
Price: £9.50

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pinch yourself..the siege IS finally available!, 23 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Siege Of Pinchgut [DVD] (DVD)
Being a big fan of the tough, muscular Aldo Ray, i was overjoyed to hear this little-seen 1959 classic was to be released by Optimum. The much underrated Ray is on top form here as a prison escapee whom, with three accomplices, becomes trapped on Pinchgut Island. In order to secure his demands, Ray threatens to blow up Sydney harbor, if those demands are not met, thus leading to an action-packed finale with the authorities. Based on a true story, this film really packs a wallop, and fans of classic films should derive much enjoyment. With a good cast, which includes, Heather Sears, Victor Maddern, Neil McCallum and Barbara Mullen, the Siege was a worthy film for Ealing to end film production with.
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