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Phil Aypee "Film Freak" (Bramley, Surrey, UK.)

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Shooting the Past (1999) [DVD]
Shooting the Past (1999) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lindsay Duncan
Price: £6.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 15 Feb 2009
Perfect, perhaps not - but it's near enough for the difference not to matter.

"Shooting The Past" is a complete justification for television drama. It would never have worked as cinema or theatre but Poliakoff's magnificent achievement shines as television drama at it's wonderful best (and I'm a film loony!).

Description I'll leave to others save to say that the story is based on the Hulton Picture Library, once owned by the BBC, sold to Brian Deutsch and now mostly owned by Getty images.

Take care,
Phil.


Steptoe & Son - Double Bill [DVD]
Steptoe & Son - Double Bill [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wilfrid Brambell
Price: £5.39

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only just worthwhile, 8 Feb 2009
Hi,

These two films typify the problem of making a sitcom into a movie - length.

A sitcom, and "Steptoe & son" was a superlative sitcom, relies on well-defined characters in a well-defined situation facing little problems that seem big (or vice-versa). In a movie you expect something bigger - and in these you don't really get it.

I still think they're worth having, but for completeness and curiosity rather than sheer entertainment value.

Take care,
Phil.

--
"Time wounds all heels."


The Man Who Knew Too Much [DVD]
The Man Who Knew Too Much [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Stewart
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £12.99

6 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the first Hitchcock version - really., 8 Feb 2009
Hi,

The first Hitchcock version is far from my favorite - but it is vastly superior to this turkey.

This is slow, boring, depressingly lit and barely adequately acted. It is one of Hitch's worst American movies.

The earlier version isn't bad - but the story's the same very depressing account of kidnapping and intrigue. Buy it rather than this - but I personally prefer "The Trouble With Harry".

Take care,
Phil.

--
"Time wounds all heels."
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The Glass Bottom Boat [1966] [DVD]
The Glass Bottom Boat [1966] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Doris Day
Offered by somethinginmyeye Same Day and 24hr Dispatch by Royal Mail. Christmas Delivery Guaranteed on all orders placed before Monday 22nd December.
Price: £16.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant extra, 8 Feb 2009
Hi,

The main film is just a fairly good frothy comedy romance of no real depth or substance - but it's fun.

However the real fun, deep and substantial, is the Chuck Jones cartoon "The Dot And The Line". It's a charming topological romance, a joy of animation and perhaps the finest ever US cartoon.

The DVD is worth the money for those few minutes alone - really!

Take care,
Phil.

--
"Time wounds all heels."


The Beiderbecke Trilogy (21st Anniversary Edition) [DVD]
The Beiderbecke Trilogy (21st Anniversary Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Bolam

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsy, brilliant whimsy., 6 Jan 2009
I have enjoyed the Beiderbecke Trilogy from the first broadcast of Affair to today!

I bought the VHS tapes and now I have this DVD set (which I saw cheap in HMV). It includes the original, Get Lost!, and, though the characters are not as well-rounded as the Trilogy, it is very good.

I think Plater (the genius) wanted to write a screenplay about a mystery with no violence - and fell so in love with the characters that he wrote two sequels. He based it all on a very gentle, almost non-violent, series he'd written - Get Lost!.

The jazz in all I love - but it's not what this is about, it's just part of it. Principally it's the epitome of a sane attitude in an insane world.

Sanity is Plater-shaped!


Sony DVP-NS36 - DVD Player With Divx - Black
Sony DVP-NS36 - DVD Player With Divx - Black

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent machine!, 2 May 2008
Hi,

I bought this as a supplement to my DVD recorder/Freeview box as I wanted to play region 1 DVDs - it worked right out of the box. It is small, slim and quiet.

It's true I don't much like the menu or, in fact, the whole user interface - but that's just me. It's certainly no problem.

The important thing is that it works - and very well indeed.

Phil.


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