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Made In Jamaica [DVD]
Made In Jamaica [DVD]
Dvd ~ Toots FREDERICK
Price: £5.40

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 23 Sep 2010
This review is from: Made In Jamaica [DVD] (DVD)
This really is a load of bollocks. More tropical hip-hop than traditional reggae. More non-talents (like Elephant Man) than the "old guard". Buy "Rock, Roots & Reggae" instead if you want to see a glimpse of the greats (like Jacob Miller and Lee "Scratch" Perry). On the 'plus' side: Some amazingly gorgeous women and a neat, rusting shipwreck on the beach.

I junked this dvd. Aside from the babes, it's unwatchable and the "music" is awful.


The Girl Can't Help It [DVD]
The Girl Can't Help It [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Ewell
Price: £7.20

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It needs to be said..., 3 Sep 2010
This review is from: The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] (DVD)
Yes, this is probably the best 1950s rock'n'roll movie ever and I am happy to have a copy. One quibble: my Second Sight dvd may very well be in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio but it is NOT anamorphic! It is widescreen but 4:3, so you'll need to zoom up the picture ...and in doing so it will lose quality. A shame!

The excellent 20-minute featurette with John Waters IS in anamorphic widescreen. As Tom Ewell says at the start of the movie: "Sometimes you wonder who's minding the store..!!"


Pennies From Heaven - The Essential Collection
Pennies From Heaven - The Essential Collection
Price: £5.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 27 Aug 2010
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Nowhere here does it say that this is the soundtrack from Dennis Potter's "Pennies From Heaven", that wonderful TV mini-series starring Bob Hoskins and Gemma Craven. AVID do, however, state that this was their inspiration for compiling a cd set of music from that time. Still, there are songs from the TV series here...most notably the better of the two versions of "Roll Along Prairie Moon". Other selections are interesting as well. The first version of Pennies From Heaven is not only Bing Crosbly because he is joined by Francis Langford, Louis Armstrong along with Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra. It's a version I haven't heard before. Likewise, "I'll be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You" which is here sung by Jack Teagarden along with Fats Waller. The TV show featured mainly (in not ONLY) British dance bands but this cd set has it's fair share of Americans...even outweighing the Brit content. Sinatra, Garland, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Fred Astaire, Teddy Wilson in addition to those already mentioned..so I'm glad to find a few tracks by the great Al Bowlly. As with most AVID releases, the sound quality is exceptional for the age of the material. I'd recommend it, for sure!


Road to Bali [DVD] [1952] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Road to Bali [DVD] [1952] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Bing Crosby

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bci - the best edition of this movie, 27 Aug 2010
After owning many copies of "Road To Bali" (all of them poor quality in one way or another..most likely colour deterioration) I was pleased to finally find an acceptable version of this dvd. It is the Region 1 Bci Eclipse edition. The sound and picture quality is excellent and the colours are vibrant. Don't get me wrong, it hasn't been remastered or anything like that..it is just a good print of the film, quite possibly put through telecine colour correction during transfer to dvd..either that or it was a good TV print to begin with. Whatever the case, Bci is the company to go with if you want a decent colour copy of Road To Bali.


Are You Ready/Pacific Gas and Electric
Are You Ready/Pacific Gas and Electric
Price: £8.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, what he said, BUT...., 27 Aug 2010
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This is a great blues/rock outfit from the late 1960s. After the psychedelic haze of 1967-69 started to waft away into recent memory, music began to get a little more "earthy" and urban. Pacific Gas & Electric's first album was fine blues, the second a little more rocky, and they seemed to experiment with multiple styles (country?) within the third effort which was still a good album, but not as cohesive as the first two. This "Collectables" edition of their 2nd & 3rd albums combined is not complete. "When A Man Loves A Woman" is missing. So if you want the complete albums, you will have to buy the 2-cd edition from the 'SPV Yellow' folks in favor of this single disc edition.

This is great music. I may move off into different directions from time to time..From Jazz to Classical to any kind of weird rubbish imaginable, but I always come back to the funky blues!


Malena [DVD]
Malena [DVD]
Dvd ~ Monica Bellucci
Offered by SAS MUSIC & DVDS
Price: £4.39

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie, BUT...., 27 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Malena [DVD] (DVD)
I'd recommend you buy the beautifully-packaged 2-disc KOREAN dvd of this film. It is completely UNCUT and has removable English subtitles and DTS audio. The only quibble is that the anamorphic widescreen picture is NTSC. I'd have preferred PAL but regrettably all the PAL discs seems to be censored or lack subtitles. The second disc contains bonus features.


Kim Newman's Guide To The Flipside Of British Cinema - Flipside [DVD] [2010]
Kim Newman's Guide To The Flipside Of British Cinema - Flipside [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Kim Newman
Offered by FilmloverUK
Price: £10.00

20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly interesting!, 16 Aug 2010
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What we have here is a 37 minute add for 9 films in the BFI catalog.Kim Newman tells us about each film and there are snippets of trailers. The complete trailers can be seen in a separate trailer reel on the dvd. The "Bed Sitting Room" looked the most interesting although there are a couple of arty films, a couple of crime films and a couple of movies dealing with the swinging 60s rock world. I suppose the most interesting to me would be "Privilege" since it stars Manfred Mann's Paul Jones...but I wasn't really convinced to buy any, probably because I have had it up to my bottom lip with exploitation and art movies. "London In The Raw", "Primitive London", "The Big Switch" and "Man Of Violence" held even LESS appeal after viewing the 3 short films on this disc.

Having said that, the short films on this dvd include "Tomorrow Night In London" which is basically just a series of film clips, seldom lasting more than 4 or 5 seconds each, joined together to depict the swinging nightclub/restaurant scene in late 60s London. It runs for just under 5 minutes. "Carousela" semi-profiles 3 young strippers. Some have said that it is nothing more than a recruitment add for exotic dancers but I found it to be a total yawnfest, too long at even 25 minutes and also available as an extra of the "Primitive London" dvd. Equally tedious is "The Spy's Wife" which takes us back to the days of bad haircuts and mutton-chop sideburns. It plays like an early '70s ITV private eye show minus the star power. Unlike "Carousela", this short film is in colour. It is also included as an extra on the "All The Right Noises" dvd.

You also get a 10-page booklet detailing the three shorts. Read it before watching because it will tell you what to watch out for.. I mean, Good Lord, you wouldn't wanna miss out on seeing the poster on the wall at The Talk Of The Town headlining Bruce Forsyth. To miss it, you wouldn't wanna!

Interesting nostalgia.. but I wont be watching it more than once.


THE ORIGINAL COMEDY CLASSICS
THE ORIGINAL COMEDY CLASSICS
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How seriously do you take your Spike?, 12 Aug 2010
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An excellent compilation.. and GREAT value for money! You get a lot of stuff here and the older 1940s 78s sound as good as can be expected. My only gripe is with Disc TWO. This is a mid 1950s recording that Spike did in STEREO. It was called "Dinner Music For People Who Aren't Very Hungry" released on the Verve label. One of his first post RCA recordings. It is through this record that I first discovered Spike back in the 1980s so it is a favorite of mine. Rhino had released it on cd and the quality is excellent...PERFECT! Unfortunately, the copy here is mastered from a worn 33.3 rpm record and it shows. The sound is thin and scratchy in parts.. the louder high notes on "Little Child" grate on you like a fingernail scratching on a blackboard. There is some funny stuff here that I hadn't heard Spike do before... things like the "Dean Martin" + Singing Dogs version of "Memories Are Made Of This". So my advice would be NOT to throw out your Rhino Records copy of "Dinner Music" in lieu of this one because, believe me, you wont be playing the second disc much.. not unless you like distorted, ear-piercing high notes.

Having said that, I cannot fault Disc One. The sound quality is fine and the song selection is superb. I bought it for "Der Fuhrer's Face" and "Hawaiian War Chant", but it's ALL good!


Songs For Swingin'Sellers
Songs For Swingin'Sellers
Price: £4.97

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars (with reservations)!, 12 Aug 2010
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Unlike Sellers' records with The Goons (which have dated badly), this album still sounds fresh and funny today. From the opening track (sung by an uncredited Matt Monroe, doing his best Sinatra impersonation) to Sellers' own immortal rendition of "George Gershwin" it is near perfect comedy genius. The thing is, for an album called "Songs For Swingin' Sellers", there aren't all that many songs here..well, okay, about 5 or 6.. the main part is clever sketches. The Lonnie Donegan sendup is sheer brilliance but that is only the tip of the iceberg!

My only reservation is the sound quality. While it is acceptable, I can't help thinking that it sounds rather thin compared to when I listened to it on the Peter Sellers 4-cd box set. This cd is a budget Hallmark release so I suspect they may have mastered it from an LP record. It just kind of sounds that way. Still good though, and well worth a place of honour on your cd shelf next to the Vivian Stanshall stuff.


Mysteries of Bible: Bible's Greatest Secrets [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Mysteries of Bible: Bible's Greatest Secrets [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Artist Not Provided
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £33.95

3.0 out of 5 stars A nice travelogue!, 12 Aug 2010
There are some nice shots of "The Holy Land" today and some interesting excavations to be seen. I noticed that since this program is chiefly made by Jews, they do tend to plug the Old Testament as fact (I've learned that there is no historical evidence of the existence of Moses and that there were no slaves in Egypt, simply because they weren't needed..that's right, not even to build the pyramids) and gently scoff at the New Testament. For example (and I'm paraphrasing here) "There were more than 50 gospellers but the bible only uses four: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. Thomas was totally ignored. There is one story where Jesus struck a young boy and killed him. Well, I can see why the compilers wouldn't want THAT fact known in their bible."

I am not a religious person and I am not an atheist. I'm not even agnostic! I just don't care if there is a god or not, so I can watch this series with a relatively open mind. It struck me as a whole lot of Jewish folk pushing their barrel, albeit very gently (Note the "Ten Commandments" episode). Please don't pee down my leg and tell me it's raining, Abe!

All in all, it's quite entertaining... but there are better things out there. If you do watch it, take it with a grain of salt... no, better make that a pillar!


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