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Uhf [DVD]
Uhf [DVD]
Dvd ~ 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It has it's good moments..., 6 April 2012
This review is from: Uhf [DVD] (DVD)
..but, sadly, those good moments are few and far between. Many years ago Weird Al Yankovic cut a record called "Dare To Be Stupid". Al is a man of his word and he practices what he preaches. This movie is indeed stupid. Juvenile humour.. no, wait.. "humour" is perhaps too elevated a description. In my book, Mr Hulot is what I would call "humour". These are "juvenile jokes"... some of them work, and many misfire. On a positive note, I quite enjoyed Al's "Theme From The Beverly Hillbillys" sung to the tune of "Money For Nothing" in a parody of the classic Dire Straits film clip. Also Emo Phillips (in a Monty Pythonesque moment) made me smile. These are ballanced out by "Wheel Of Fish" and "Raul's Wild Kingdom" which are truly cringe worthy.. and so it goes!

If you think that Kramer is funny then you will enjoy Michael Richards honing his Seinfeld role. Richards plays a janitor who gets his own children's show on a TV network that Weird Al is desperately trying to save from the clutches of bad guy Kevin "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" McCarthy.

This is sometimes called a "cult movie" but I can't see it. It is merely a silly, little comedy that probably wouldn't offend anybody. Dumb American comedies can be pristine: "Wacko", "Get Crazy", "That's Adequate", "Mortary Academy", etc... but "UHF" is strictly kiddie fare. One for the 10-year-olds. My copy is resting in the charity shop box... may it rest in peace.

One Dark Night [DVD] [1983] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
One Dark Night [DVD] [1983] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Meg Tilly

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of time., 6 April 2012
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Maybe this movie was hot stuff back in the 1980s. I don't know because I missed it then.. or maybe I saw it and forgot about it, because that is what it is best described as: ultimately forgetable.

As a sorority initiation prank, some annoying American teenagers decide to have a girl locked up in a mausoleum at night while they dress up in Halloween masks, sneak inside and scare her. The local Satanist had recently passed away and was interred in the mausoleum that very afternoon. To quote Bryan Ferry: "Dim the lights, You can guess the rest!"

Cheap production values, a waste of Adam "Batman" West in a small role that makes one think he need the exposure and/or the money, and some truly lamentable papier-māché zombies... not a scare in the whole miserable mess. I found the movie amateurish and an insult to one's intelligence, but I stuck with it.

The second disc in this set offers an alternate cut of the film but the picture quality is so abyssmal that I couldn't watch it. To sum up: "One Dark Night" is tedious, drive-in drivel... made even more annoying by the presence of obnoxious American teenagers. Will I never learn??
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The Haunting [DVD]
The Haunting [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ana Torrent
Price: £5.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy..!, 6 April 2012
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This review is from: The Haunting [DVD] (DVD)
One of the better ghost stories around... but be warned, if you have an aversion to catholic priests right now, then you'll REALLY hate them by the time you finish this movie.

This dvd (at the time of writing) has a low star rating but that is mainly due to the fact that people were expecting an English language film. This movie is in Spanish and it has English sub-titles. If you can appreciate "Pan's Labyrinth" and "The Orphanage" then you will have a good time with this movie.

Basically, the plot centres around a young family who move into a spooky mansion that was once a school run by priests. The holy fathers did some despicable things to a handful of children and now their very disgruntled spirits haunt the mansion along with something even more hideous. I wont give away what it is or why it's there... but it's a darn good film in the vein of "The Exorcist". It doesn't suffer from CGI overload and there are no nauseating "pretty people" or smart-mouth teenagers with attitude that are so prevalent in Hollywood product these days. This is a good, well-acted, atmospheric movie that may have you looking over your shoulder if you watch it alone.

A nice, sharp, anamorphic, wide screen picture. A "making of" featurette and a trailer is what you get on this dvd. I'm glad I bought it. I watched it yesterday and I could watch it again right now.

La Sirena Y El Delphin (Boy on a Dolphin)
La Sirena Y El Delphin (Boy on a Dolphin)
Dvd ~ Sophia Loren
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £23.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Product, not film, review., 24 Mar 2012
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This review is for the Spanish dvd of "La Sirena y el Delfin" and also the Australian dvd "Boy On A Dolphin"... A fine 1950s adventure yarn filmed on location in the Greek Islands.

The problem here is the dvd itself. The Spanish disc is 2.35:1 wide screen but it is NOT anamorphic. Even more annoying is that the sunny, vibrant colours one would expect of such a picture turn out to be kind of dull and murky. I'm sure that this is because of the inferior print used or perhaps a lazy telecine operator not concentrating on the colour grading when transfering the film. I used to own a CBS/FOX videotape of this movie and I remember the picture being one helluva lot brighter than what we have here.

The Australian dvd put out by "Bounty" is a direct copy of the Spanish version except that the writing on the cover is in English. I bought this copy as well hoping for a brighter, anamorphic picture but all I got was a twin of the Spanish version... obviously this is where the Aussie disc was sourced.

We still have to wait for a decent print of this film. If only Fox Studio Classics would come to the party.

The Very Best of Santana
The Very Best of Santana
Price: £5.95

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To avoid disappointment, read this:, 17 Feb 2012
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This is one GREAT cd but be warned that the earliest 10 tracks presented on this disc were formerly a cd release called "Santana's Greatest Hits" and they are the shorter radio/single edits. Hence you will find that "Black Magic Woman" fades out before the lengthy guitar solo at the end. Also the "Evil Ways/Jingo" single is here and both songs are shorter than the album versions. Looks like CBS re-released "Santana's Greatest Hits" but added an extra 9 album tracks and renamed it "The Very Best Of Santana" which is what we have here. The additional 9 songs (including "Soul Sacrifice") are full versions.
The shorter songs on the original "Greatest Hits" release that are repeated here are:
Evil Ways
Hope You're Feeling Better
Samba Pa Ti
Black Magic Woman
Oye Come Va
Everything's Coming our Way
Se a Cabo
Everybody's Everything

The Day The Earth Caught Fire [DVD] [1961]
The Day The Earth Caught Fire [DVD] [1961]
Dvd ~ Leo McKern
Offered by UKPaperbackshop
Price: £11.16

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cheaper re-release from Network., 2 Feb 2012
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Great movie, sure... but be aware that the new, cheaper, Network Dvd version (the one with the newspaper headline and picture of the three main stars on the cover) is completely devoid of extra features. Although it was also from Network Dvd, the earlier release had a lot of extras... even more than the original Anchor Bay disc.

If you want Val Guest's commentary, the Leo McKern interview and all the other stuff, then you will have to buy the more expensive earlier release which costs approximately three times as much at around 13 quid. It's up to you, of course...but be warned that the new release is strictly bare bones. Still has a beautiful 2.35:1 anamorphic picture but that's all you get.

Golden Rendezvous ( Nuclear Terror )
Golden Rendezvous ( Nuclear Terror )
Dvd ~ Richard Harris

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst quality!, 2 Feb 2012
It's not that great a movie to start with but the Australian ALL REGIONS dvd from Umbrella Entertainment is a total piece of junk. The print is a cropped full screen image taken directly from an old VHS videotape... an ex-rental tape because it was never released down here commercially. Tape damage is shamelessly on display as the movie plays out. To add insult to injury, the colour is faded and the picture is soft. Don't waste your money here.. it's a dead loss! Also tread carefully with the same company's "Killer Force" (aka "The Diamond Mercinaries"). That too is a full frame picture transferred from an ex-rental dvd.

Super Troopers [2002] [DVD]
Super Troopers [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jay Chandrasekhar
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £3.95

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terminally BORING..!!, 3 Jun 2011
This review is from: Super Troopers [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
I don't mind dumb movies and I can even snigger at a lame joke... but one thing I cannot abide is terminal tedium. I couldn't even finish this movie. My copy came in a 5-dvd set along with 'Borat', 'Dodgeball', 'Shallow Hal' and 'Me, Myself & Irene'. These were very amusing to various degrees but 'Super Troopers' was a total stinker from the get go. If you want stoner comedies then get some Cheech & Chong or Firesign Theater's "J-Men Forever"... even "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (if you must) but stay away from THIS turkey. Honestly, the only joke in it is the one on you if you sit through this stupid excuse for a comedy expecting to find a laugh. Scraping the bottom of the obnoxious American 'frat-boy humor' barrell.

Cobra Woman [DVD]
Cobra Woman [DVD]
Dvd ~ Maria Montez
Price: £12.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!, 21 May 2011
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This review is from: Cobra Woman [DVD] (DVD)
Great title sequence! The music, the golden Cobra Throne, the green smoke...! Unfortunately what follows is the blandest of bland jungle adventures. Maria Montez, Jon Hall and Sabu have all done better and are totally wasted in this movie. I wont tell you what happens because the slight plot will be too easily given away and I don't want to spoil it for you in case you are foolhardy enough to waste money on this lack-lustre effort from Universal Studios. A real "nothing" experience..believe me! Even Lon Chaney Jnr can't save it from it's terminal tedium.

In it's favor, the print is gorgeous. Sharp image and beautiful colour.... but the dvd has no extras.

The Troggs Tapes
The Troggs Tapes
Price: £7.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BURNT..!!!!, 13 May 2011
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This review is from: The Troggs Tapes (Audio CD)
Great album. It's a good 10 years after the initial Troggs album ("From Nowhere") and we have a 5-piece band now. The sound is edgier but still great garage-rock fun. I'm not sure if any of the songs were hits but I seem to remember hearing "Gonna Make You" (with it's Bo Diddley drum beat)somewhere before. This album has been likened to "punk" but a couple of sweet ballads kill that notion.

Now for the BAD news..! I wrongfully assumed the final bonus track, "The True Troggs Tapes" (which runs for nearly 10 minutes), to be the original "put some fairy-dust on it" studio banter that supposedly inspired Spinal Tap and had the underground in fits of laughter. Boy, was I WRONG..! The "True Troggs Tapes" included here is indeed studio banter but, instead of the original expletive-laden laugh-fest, we now have Reg Presley and the rest of the guys TRYING to be funny... and as we all know, rock musicians are not great comedians! I guarantee that you will only listen to this track once if you can sit through it at all. It is just embarrassing drivel.. the kind of unfunny persiflage that you would hear from a group of half-drunken simpletons at a party, laughing at their own stupid discourse.
If this Repertoire CD release would have contained the ORIGINAL "Troggs Tape", it would be rated 5 stars PLUS! I have no-one to blame but myself for my crimes of assumption and wishful BE WARNED. Don't think you're going to get the "fairy dust" spiel here because you wont.
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