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Nosferatu (Definitive Fully-restored version with original score) [Masters of Cinema] [1921] [DVD]
Nosferatu (Definitive Fully-restored version with original score) [Masters of Cinema] [1921] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Max Schreck
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £14.99

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in special features, but otherwise perfect, 8 Dec. 2007
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I've seen and owned several copies of Murnau's Nosferatu in my time, and to say that this is the best quality you can find in public distribution would be an understatement. Even compared to the excellent BFI release, which I previously considered to be the best version that I would ever see, this MoC release just blows it out of the water. The scratches and flaws have been digitally removed on the whole, or otherwise kept to an absolute minimum, and it provides (at times) a stunningly clear tinted image that betrays the film's 85 years. But the real beauty comes from seeing how utterly stable the picture is. Still screenshots do this no justice, but the image is no longer jerking around on your screen like the cameraman was drunk.

The music is also a real joy, as it is probably the "definitive" score for the film, the very score that was performed at the movie's premier. You will never get much better than that, and it fits the film wonderfully. While James Bernard did a great job on the BFI release, the Hammer Horror artefacts were too overbearing at times. However, the music on this release is perfectly unbiased and fits the movie like a glove.

The special features are about as good as can be expected for this nearly-lost and mysterious film. On disc two, there is one interesting documentary that delves into the history and background of the film, as well as a brief featurette about the restoration process. The documentary is good, revisiting some of the shooting locations and exploring Murnau's past and the occult background to the film, but if you're hoping for any footage of a non-Nosferatu Max Schreck like I was, then you'll be disappointed! Back on disc one, you can find a useful commentary track that delves into the film's imagery and influence.

The main flaw with this release is that everything except the commentary track is in subtitled german, and that includes the documentary and ALL of the text/intertitles in the film. This does comply with the authenticity of the restoration, and it doesn't bother me, but it could be considered lazy when it comes to the documentary. It's also a shame that the special features weren't more exhaustive. At least one photograph of Max Schreck sans-makeup would have been nice, and some interviews or featurettes on the commercial influence of the film would have been really cool. It was good of them to include a very nice 80-page booklet with the DVD though, which contains a number of nice essays.

If you consider the film alone, the picture and the audio quality make everything worthwhile. This the most watchable and authentic version of the film that you can get your hands on. You really won't regret it!
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Dune--Special TV Edition [DVD]
Dune--Special TV Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kyle MacLachlan
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £5.50

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously bad, 18 Nov. 2007
I love David Lynch's film, but this version is so bad, it's almost inconceivable that it ever happened. I can't believe this was released on DVD, it's a joke! In a way, it is worth it, because there is a ton of extra footage. However, you will soon understand why this footage was excluded from the proper film. Get ready to witness the likes of Jose Ferrer and Dean Stockwell temporarily forgetting how to act. Watch as the whole pace and cohesion of the film that you once loved disintegrates before your eyes. The scene with Thufir's suicide is not included (despite appearing on the back of the DVD case) and the extra fight scene with Jamis is so ridiculous and out of place that it borders on self-parody. The fact that Irulan's subtle commentary is replaced by a strange guy with a broad Brooklyn accent is where this version just all-out loses its integrity and becomes hilarious. The introduction, which runs like an illustrated "idiot's guide to dune" is kinda cool, but generally falls under the umbrella of comedy thanks to the Brooklyn dude again.

It's very nearly worth it just for the comedy alone! But do NOT pick this up unless it's for a couple of quid second hand, because you WILL regret spending £20 on it!

Best of Both Worlds - The Very Best of Van Halen
Best of Both Worlds - The Very Best of Van Halen
Price: £7.02

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A very poor collection, 20 Mar. 2007
Don't get me wrong, Van Halen are one of my favourite bands, but this is a hideously ill-conceived collection. The way they alternate between David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar songs is just horrendous. A CD for each performer would have been a great idea, but the track listing weaves erratically throughout their career, with no chronological pattern whatsoever. It's a weird, incoherent order that makes this seem more like a rushed mix CD than a compilation. A number of the band's lesser-known masterpieces are omitted, such as Little Guitars, Cathedral, and their cover of Ice Cream Man. And Gary Cherone doesn't get so much as a token song from his (admittedly inferior) run as lead singer.

If you are looking for a quick-start course in becoming a Van Halen fan, then all of the songs are here, but if you were hoping for a well thought-out compilation that gives you any sense of order or band evolution, then you'll have to look elsewhere. If you prefer one singer over the other, prepare to have your finger held constantly over the skip button.

Get "Best of Volume I" instead. If you are still curious about the Hagar era, get the live album, or maybe 5150 as well. Avoid "Best of Both Worlds" if you can help it.

Nosferatu The Vampyre [1979] [DVD]
Nosferatu The Vampyre [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Klaus Kinski
Offered by brierlyhilldvds
Price: £7.62

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but you might as well just get the boxset!, 20 Dec. 2006
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This loses a star, only because it's available in the Herzog-Kinski boxset, which is an absolutely essential purchase. So why should you own three copies of this film?

How does that make three copies? Well, this is where this release redeems itself: you can watch it in original german on disc one, or in the english language version that they filmed alongside it on disc two. Apart from this, there's not much point in buying this is you've got the box set, especially considering that the German version is better.

Herzog / Kinski Box Set [DVD]
Herzog / Kinski Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Klaus Kinski

58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the greatest movies ever made, all in one place, 19 Dec. 2006
Kinski is probably my favourite actor of all time, and Herzog is easily one of my favourite directors. Naturally, I find their five collaborations to be nothing short of genius. Here we have a selection of brilliant, varied films, from the claustrophobic intensity of Aguirre, the brooding horror of Nosferatu, the tortured insanity of Woyzeck, the powerful obsession of Fitzcarraldo and the brutally poignant Cobra Verde, my only regret is that they didn't make more films together. My Best Fiend tops it off, a fascinating and insightful documentary into this incredible partnership.

The picture and sound are good, most films offering the choice between original German with English subtitles and English dubbing, but the former is always the best choice. One reviewer complained that Fitzcarraldo suffered from poor subtitling - but why watch it with German dubbing when the movie was originally filmed in English?

The films come nicely packaged in six thin DVD cases, each one colour-coded and revealing a picture of the movie's poster. These all slot comfortably into a stylish two-piece cardboard box. There's a booklet with production notes on each film as well, and most of the films have on-disc biographies and commentaries.

Absolutely essential.
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A Nightmare On Elm Street [DVD]
A Nightmare On Elm Street [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Englund
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.94

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 19 Dec. 2006
I already own both the Region 1 and Region 2 boxsets of the NOES series. So naturally, I was a little apprehensive about getting a third copy of this film on DVD. But it's a 2 disc special edition, and one of my favourite films of all time, so why not?

It was worth it. Not only are the picture quality and sound the best they have ever been, but the bonus features are amazing. There are a whole bunch of new interesting interviews and documentaries, featuring much of the cast and crew. There are lots of wonderfully insightful alternate scenes, including some nicely polished alternate endings. These are much better than the shabby black and white alternate endings from the Region 1 boxset. There are also some cool bloopers and behind the scenes shots.

There's also a nice new commentary track, FINALLY featuring Robert Englund. However, it's not a "real" commentary track, it's a bunch of interviews spliced over the top of the film. Sadly, this doesn't allow for any rapport between the various voices, they're not always talking about what is specifically happening, and it can be rather boring at times. Luckily, the original commentary is also included, so it redeems itself there.

There are some things missing, so this is not quite the "definitive" release. The deleted scenes from the trailer that didn't make it into the film, for one. But all in all, it's a very good release, and well worth getting.
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Candyman : Collectors Edition [1992] [DVD]
Candyman : Collectors Edition [1992] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Virginia Madsen
Price: £2.99

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD release, 12 Dec. 2006
What can be said about this excellent DVD?

Good special features, including informative documentaries. Curious if were real bees or not? What Clive Barker thought of the film? Who was behind that haunting soundtrack? It's all there.

The picture quality is probably as good as it's ever going to be outside of the HD realm, but it stands up. The sound is a little bit rusty, but in a good way.

It's a great film, and this is a great release. Don't hesitate!

St. Anger [CD + DVD]
St. Anger [CD + DVD]
Price: £19.68

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album trapped in a mediocre album, 1 Dec. 2006
This review is from: St. Anger [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
When this first came out, it was a shocking experience. Indeed, it was not the "return to their roots" that we were promised, but a raw, brutal, almost punk-metal album that seemed to fall short of the mark. The guitars are muddy, Lars' snare drum is just ridiculous, and Kirk's seminal guitar solos were replaced with his backing vocals, which border on comedy.

But in retrospect, it really wasn't that bad. It was different, sure, but in a vaguely interesting way. There are some memorable hooks and some funky riffs, but where this album really failed was in its lack of variety. Every song feels like its got the same tempo, the same mood, the same dynamic. It's by no means the Thrash Metal Opera that Ride the Lightning was. The songs exceed the eight minute mark at times, but the inexcusable absence of guitar solos makes the album go on forever, in vast, looping repetitions.

It's really not that bad an album, and like most of Metallica's more recent efforts, it really comes alive when performed live. What does the future hold for the album? Lets hope a reperformed reimagining is somewhere in the pipeline, with better production and some of those guitar solos that we all desire.

They Live [DVD] [1989]
They Live [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ Roddy Piper
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £13.41

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of Fun, 1 Dec. 2006
This review is from: They Live [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
It's just a fun and watchable film. It's not quite up to John Carpenter's best standards, but if you're a wrestling fan and/or a stoner, then this is definately your film. The special features are great, including a nice commentary with John Carpenter and Roddy Piper, but the film stands up on its own. It's funny, there's a message, and then, of course, there's that infamous fight scene.

A classic.

The Road to Dune: New stories, unpublished extracts and the publication history of the Dune novels
The Road to Dune: New stories, unpublished extracts and the publication history of the Dune novels
by Frank Herbert
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not breathtaking, 1 Dec. 2006
This is a good book for any hardcore fan of the Duniverse, with Deleted/Extended Scenes, letters and a "What If?" Dune based on Frank Herbert's notes. It won't take your breath away, nor is it as fascinating as the holy grail that is the unoffical, out-of-print Dune Encyclopedia. But if you're desperate for more Dune, here it is.

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