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College/Steamboat Bill Jr/Three Ages [DVD]
College/Steamboat Bill Jr/Three Ages [DVD]
Dvd ~ Buster Keaton
Offered by rightpricediscs
Price: 19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners and long-time fans alike, 21 May 2013
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The clarity of the film is beautiful - they clearly used a very high quality print. The music compliments the films without being too intrusive, and the whole package is excellent value! I'd recommend this highly for anyone interested in Keaton, regardless of how many other Keaton films they've seen.


Katharine Hepburn - Rooster Cogburn/State Of The Union/Bringing Up Baby/ Guess Who's Coming To Dinner/Holiday (1938)/Suddenly, Last Summer [DVD]
Katharine Hepburn - Rooster Cogburn/State Of The Union/Bringing Up Baby/ Guess Who's Coming To Dinner/Holiday (1938)/Suddenly, Last Summer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cary Grant
Offered by RevisionNet
Price: 15.63

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Cross-Section of Hepburn's Career, 14 Jun 2012
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The combination of films in this set are a good combination of Hepburn's earlier, later and very late films, and includes one of her most famous films, Bringing Up Baby, as well as films she made with her famous lover Spencer Tracy. The extra features on the discs are, predictably, somewhat sparse, mostly confining themselves to original advertising for the films, but this is probably to be expected, given the age of the films. Be warned - sometimes the summaries on the back of the boxes completely give away certain plot features (Suddenly, Last Summer is the main offender in this field).
In conclusion, a really good collection with DVD extras which are good considering that there is no possibility of any sort of commentary and other such business.


Richard Barthelmess - A Life in Pictures
Richard Barthelmess - A Life in Pictures
by David W. Menefee
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Our Dick" deserves better, 27 Mar 2012
I really wanted to like this book. It took the author seven years of research to produce this biography, which to my knowledge is the only biography of Richard Barthelmess, but I'm not sure he (or the reader) got much of a return on the investment of his time.

It is evident that the author admires Barthelmess greatly, even referring to him as "Richard" for the whole of the biography, so the reader definitely sees the subject through the eyes of a devoted fan. The text sticks very closely and uncritically to original material in movie magazines of the 10s, 20s, 30s and 40s, but doesn't ever stray far from those. There is little to no analysis of the sources or new material like interviews. We don't really get much of a sense of what he was really like, apart from via fan magazine articles about him, which we all know can be wildly off the mark. Barthelmess' disastrous facelift in the late 20s is brushed aside with a sentence or two, despite the fact that this could have been a rich vein of questioning, not to mention the fact that it reveals a lot about the actor's anxiety over his youth, a youth which made his fortune and to which he claimed to have said a fond, dignified farewell. All the information is presented in blocks, without much shaping or even helpful division.

There are a few other small problems of a technical matter: "ice floe" is exchanged often for "ice flow", the title "Letters to Lucerne" becomes "Letters from Lucern" on the next page, there is not one single footnote and the bibliography does not obey any expected convention. At one point Howard Hawks is called "Howard Kawks", and Bette Davis' wonderful line from "The Cabin In The Cotton" ("I'd like to kiss you but I just washed my hair") is bewilderingly misquoted. There are several other typographical and continuity errors. Many of the excellent and original photos are unfortunately grainy and poorly reproduced. The biography itself is not very long, most of the pages being taken up by a detailed filmography and lots of reproduced pictures and portraits of the star, many of which are available online but some of which are new. Many of these problems could have been remedied by a good editor.

Like I said, I really wanted to like this book, and I don't mean to join the ranks of displeased reviewers on Amazon.com. For now this is the only biography of this overlooked star, and it is a good effort by an evidently devoted biographer, but hopefully another, better account won't be too long in arriving.


The Lillian Gish Handbook - Everything You Need to Know About Lillian Gish
The Lillian Gish Handbook - Everything You Need to Know About Lillian Gish

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's all on Wikipedia for free, 3 Feb 2012
This book is clearly made up completely of Wikipedia articles (complete with photos and layout), and as such is a complete waste of money. The exact same information (down to the footnotes) can be found for free on Wikipedia. The "editor" has not even edited the articles - they appear exactly as they were on Wikipedia at the time this was printed out and bound. STAY WELL AWAY.


Hollywood Censored: Morality Codes, Catholics, and the Movies (Cambridge Studies in the History of Mass Communication)
Hollywood Censored: Morality Codes, Catholics, and the Movies (Cambridge Studies in the History of Mass Communication)
by Gregory D. Black
Edition: Paperback
Price: 22.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating account of life behind the scenes in Hollywood, 2 Feb 2012
Despite the rather trashy-looking cover, this is a book of excellent scholarship. Although it's detailed enough to be of use to those who have studied this topic in depth, it is also presented in a straightforward way so that the layman can understand it too. If any Catholics reading this are concerned that the Church takes a battering, there is no need - both sides of the debate are presented fairly (though sometimes you do share the frustration of those stuck between church and studio). This is a very good and interesting book, and I recommend it highly to anyone interested in the films of the Golden Age.


The Sewing Circle: Hollywood's Greatest Secret - Female Stars Who Loved Other Women
The Sewing Circle: Hollywood's Greatest Secret - Female Stars Who Loved Other Women
by Axel Madsen
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but fatally flawed, 9 Dec 2011
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The content of the book was interesting, and quite revealing in some cases. However, the author made a series of quite serious mistakes which detracted from my enjoyment. First, the text is laden with typos which sometimes render sentences completely incomprehensible. Greta Garbo's name is once misspelled as "Great" Garbo (unintentionally), and there are several examples of "as" in places of "was". Second, whole sections are repeated at different points in the book (especially a short discourse on Ona Munson's letters to Mercedes d'Acosta and a list of gay and lesbian hotspots in L.A.). Third, the book has no clear chronology, and skips around quite a lot to focus on whatever star the author is concerned with. As a result, the book does not keep to its own time frame (early talkies to the end of the studio period), nor does it give any explanation for why that particular period was chosen. Fourth, there are far too many commas in the text as a whole, and they only serve to render the text somewhat confusing and confused.
I did enjoy the book, and parts were very enlightening, but as someone bothered by simple, easily prevented errors like these I found that it undermined itself.


Style Me Vintage
Style Me Vintage
by Belinda Hay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Betty Crocker of hair!, 12 Aug 2011
This review is from: Style Me Vintage (Hardcover)
I bought this book because of the wonderful, step-by-step pictures that guide you all the way through the styling process. I know nothing about hair, so it was great to be walked through the various methods of making certain hairstyles. Would definitely recommend to those seeking an explicitly vintage look (e.g. Victory rolls) or a vintage influence on modern styles (e.g. the beehive). Brilliant book.


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