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Frankenstein Created Woman [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Frankenstein Created Woman [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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Price: £10.89

5.0 out of 5 stars AND CREATE HER INDEED HE DID - BUT MANAGED TO KEEP HER MOST OUTSTANDING "ASSETS" MODESTLY COVERED ..., 23 May 2015
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... so don't believe what you see on the box cover of this Zone A (locked) BR release. Even so, Fisher has managed to create a minor masterpiece here!
It's easy to see why this movie was not well received on its initial theatrical run. No "monster", Frankenstein himself playing only a peripheral part in the proceedings (the focus of the narrative being on the tragic love story between the two protagonists), a distinct lack of horror with a very downbeat and unexciting climax .. and perhaps most of all, the failure of the movie to live up to the hype created by the publicity stills ie a naked or almost naked Miss Denberg (publicised with typical Hammer chutzpa as a previous Playboy nude model), as on the box cover of this BR. No such scenes ever appeared in the film and I'm sure I was not alone in thinking that I was seeing a censored version when I first saw this movie many years ago. So, audiences felt cheated: this was not typical Hammer Horror, moreover the promise of naked flesh was not delivered ( Hammer would finally deliver on this promise, with style and gusto, a few years later with Vampire Lovers).
But viewed on its own terms, without any preconceptions, and as a tragic fairy story in its own fantasy world, this is a wonderful, delicate and brilliantly constructed movie. True, the film doesn't hold up to logical analysis: a spiritual soul trapped by a physical force field; a drunken and discredited GP doctor performing incredibly advanced surgery; a "transplanted" soul which seems able to come and go at will; and that amazing decapitated head, resistant to all decomposition after months of death .. none of this makes any sense in the "real world". But this is Fisher's fairy tale world, fabulous and dream-like - and on this level, the film works perfectly. It stands alone in the Frankenstein canon, unique, almost surreal, and unrelated in style or substance to any of the films before or after it in the series.

The BR transfer is very good, if not spectacular. I compared it with my R2 UK Studio Canal DVD: there IS a difference, but not a great difference. The BR looks a little more natural (skin tones etc) and filmic, effort has been made to make the day-for-night shots that bit more realistic and night-like, and the BR is perhaps a tad sharper - but overall, there's not an awful lot in it. So is it worth upgrading? I think so, yes, if not for the print itself, then for the extras, especially the commentary, which I believe is new to the BR. The Australian BR (which is compatible with UK machines) is also listed as having a commentary; I assume it's the same one as this US release.
It doesn't look as though any UK release is forthcoming. Studio Canal appear to have taken the sulks over the criticism fired at them over some of their previous botched Hammer releases .. the criticism has been fully justified though: their BR of Rasputin is virtually unwatchable due to an obvious encoding error in the soundtrack. This was never recalled and corrected, to the best of my knowledge.
Anyway, Frankenstein Created Woman - essential viewing.


The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Dvd ~ Udo Kier
Price: £19.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REMEMBER THAT HORSE IN THE OPENING SCENE OF "THE BEAST" ? WELL .... ! ! ... PREPARE YOURSELF .., 18 May 2015
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As the previous reviewer has said, it's really surprising that there has not been a deluge of positive reviews for this title. It surely is one of the DVD / BR releases of the year (and to genre fans, possibly THE release of the year).
Sexy, horrific and very, very wild, this is Borowczyk at his delirious best; and presented fully uncut, has some positively jaw-dropping moments. A gorgeous quality print, enhancing Boro's surreal cinematography and sex-drenched mise-en-scene, fascinating extras and an informative booklet make this a must-have for any fan of horror, perverse erotica or arthouse cinema. Keep your VHS tape of "The Bloodbath Of Dr Jekyll" for nostalgia and the beautiful packaging .. but I guarantee you'll never want to watch it again.
Favourite scene: involves a sewing machine. I'll say no more!
One to watch back-to-back (or even on your back) with Boro's The Beast.
But it's not one for your maiden aunt - don't say you weren't warned.
Well done Arrow!


Manhunt - The Complete Series [DVD] [1970]
Manhunt - The Complete Series [DVD] [1970]
Dvd ~ Peter Barkworth
Price: £22.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DA DA DA DAAAAAAA ..., 27 Feb. 2015
With those powerful and slightly sinister opening notes of Beethoven's 5th, so begins this epic wartime drama.
I remember being engrossed by it as a teenager when it first ran in the 70s .. and it hasn't lost its edge!
Finally got round to picking it up on Network's sale and wondered how I'd find it after all those years: have only watched the first 5 episodes up to now and I'm not disappointed. OK, it's aged - a little - but it's still first class drama, excellently written and brilliantly acted, especially by the wonderful Peter Barkworth. And Cyd Hayman is absolutely beyond drop-dead-gorgeous! I've read some of the comments on Amazon, criticising the acting here, but I really can't relate to those reviews .. Manhunt's performances are at least as good as, if not much better than, most of the stuff that passes for acting these days (in my humble opinion at least).
And y'know, there is some quite powerful, adult stuff to find here (especially for early 70s TV), even in the first 5 episodes which I've seen to date: we have boobs and bums being fondled, a same-sex relationship involving top military brass and a very unsavory rape of a teenage girl by a middle-aged policeman (played by no less than On The Buses 'Blakey', Stephen Lewis). The violence also is fairly intense (fist-fights, beatings,shootings, stabbings), although is fairly bloodless (no Wild Bunch-type exploding blood squibs here). It's in its handling of the violence, explicit but non-graphic, where Manhunt most shows its age. Still, all-in-all though, well deserving of its 12 rating.
So put on your shoulder-length wig, kipper tie and flared trousers (if you're a guy that is) and whatever you think fits the occasion if you're a girl .. and settle down to some top-drawer 70's telly.
Thanks Network!!


The Black Magic Series
The Black Magic Series
Price: £12.00

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars FAHRENHEIT 451 - THE TEMPERATURE AT WHICH PAPER BURNS, 1 Jan. 2015
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No - I'm not reviewing Bradbury's book: am just making a point.
This is an edited / censored volume of Wheatley's work, to 'improve the pace' and to make it more PC.
Shame on the Wheatley estate for agreeing to this.
The fact that we're not getting the original is also NOT highlighted by Amazon; I was only aware of this after purchase and when reading the introduction.
Hence the 1 star, which is not for the novels themselves, but for the censorship which has been imposed on Wheatley's work, to make it more commercially acceptable to modern readers.
Fahrenheit 451 via the 'digital door'.
Let the books speak for themselves .. if you don't like what you read, you don't have to read it.
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The Ghost [DVD]
The Ghost [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POLANSKI - BRILLIANT AND CONTROVERSIAL, AS PER USUAL, 26 Nov. 2014
This review is from: The Ghost [DVD] (DVD)
Totally engaging from start to finish.
What was particularly memorable to me:

**SPOILER ALERT**
1) The plot: complex and brain - teasing; had to give it some thought at the climax as to what had actually been going on throughout the movie. One thing seems clear: the "baddies" in this story are definitely the Americans. Given Polanski's ongoing and well-publicised difficulties with Uncle Sam, I can't help but wonder if Mr P took on this project as a form of emotional catharsis!

2) The performances: pitch-perfect all round .. and how refreshing to see Brosnan in an unsympathetic role; and also see him NOT being able to dodge the bullets in this one.

3) The pay-off: I really did not see this coming: the (implied) murder of our hero makes it clear that the good guys do not always win in the end; echos of Chinatown .. and of an uncomfortable fact of life ie that sometimes you just can't beat the system, no matter how corrupt it is.
**END OF SPOILER**

If you like a thoughtful, slow moving and gradually developing thriller, without gunfights, explosions and stunts every five minutes, which characterise today's creative bankruptcy in Hollywood - then this is for you.
And oh yes, a tremendous cameo from the late Eli Wallace, old, frail but still unmistakably him.


Quatermass and the Pit (BFI Film Classics)
Quatermass and the Pit (BFI Film Classics)
Price: £8.84

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY .. GETTING THE RECOGNITION IT DESERVES!, 24 Nov. 2014
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Excellent .. and well overdue!


SPIES AT THE ABC - VAMPIRES AT THE ODEON - CULTURE AT THE COSMO
SPIES AT THE ABC - VAMPIRES AT THE ODEON - CULTURE AT THE COSMO
Price: £5.70

4.0 out of 5 stars 70s DOUBLE FEATURES LISTINGS REALLY PRESS NOSTALGIA BUTTON!, 24 Nov. 2014
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Amazing research but more photo reproductions would have been the icing on the cake.


SEX AT THE ABC - KUNG FU AT THE ODEON - UNCENSORED AT THE TATLER
SEX AT THE ABC - KUNG FU AT THE ODEON - UNCENSORED AT THE TATLER
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 60s DOUBLE FEATURES LISTINGS REALLY PRESS NOSTALGIA BUTTON!, 24 Nov. 2014
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Amazing research .. but more ad mat reproductions would have been the icing on the cake.


Once Upon A Time In America: Extended Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [1984] [Region Free]
Once Upon A Time In America: Extended Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [1984] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LEONE'S UNDISPUTED AND DEFINITIVE MASTERPIECE - AND ONE OF THE MOST UNDER-RATED FILMS OF ALL!, 23 Nov. 2014
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Well that's my view; and it's confirmed by having just watched the BR extended version.

Quality is outstanding for all except the extended footage and the producers of the disc have done the best they can with sub-optimal elements .. but it's so good to see these extended scenes, poor visual quality notwithstanding.

I think four of the extended scenes do add appreciably to the depth and development of the narrative; these are:
***SPOILER ALERT IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE STORY***

1) Noodles' meeting with the cemetery director, played with chilling coldness by Louise Fletcher - she is just SO sinister that you really feel she is in on the conspiracy and knows exactly who he is, adding to the general atmosphere of betrayal and mystery. Her role is brief but totally memorable.

2) Noodles' initial conversation with the driver on his date with Deborah: this makes it clear that Noodles is well know as a hood and dangerous to cross - thus giving narrative logic to the driver's otherwise inexplicable inaction during the later rape (which I have always felt to be a weak point in the standard version).

3) Noodles' initial meeting with Eve, in which he asks her to play-act being Deborah during sex. This further emphases his love of / obsession with Deborah, as well as explaining how Eve came into the picture (important,as Eve is the first character seen in the movie).

4) The penultimate scene, between Max and Treat William's union boss Jimmy; a brilliant scene which makes clear what was otherwise left ambiguous - ie that Jimmy is now totally corrupt and completely part of the Syndicate. This gives resonance to dialogue between the various characters in the earlier scene in the hospital room, following Jimmy's shooting ("you guys achieved more in one afternoon than I've achieved in three years of talking"; "he won't have clean hands for much longer after the hands he's gonna shake"). This scene is also the only one in the movie where Secretary Bailey is addressed directly as 'Max' (just in case we still had any doubt about that rather crucial plot point).
*** END OF SPOILER ALERT***

The only criticism I have is the woeful lack of extras on the UK BR release. This film deserves better.
But it still gets 5 stars in my book. It's such an amazing movie in terms of acting, scope, production values, music, cinematography, sets and set-pieces .. and of course the brilliant script.
Inexcusibly neglected by the Oscars.
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Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection
Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY?? ELIMENTARY!, 7 Nov. 2014
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Excellent comprehensive set and great value for money.
Also, much easier to handle on Kindle than the huge printed tome!
A must for fans of the world's greatest detective.


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