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Three Men in a Boat [DVD]
Three Men in a Boat [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tim Curry

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best video adaptation of the classic book, 24 Aug 2009
This review is from: Three Men in a Boat [DVD] (DVD)
This is by far the best screen adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome's classic. All the actors play their parts wonderfully and the costuming and direction are great. Also, the boats they managed to find for the show evoke the era beautifully. I saw this years ago on TV and I've been waiting since then to see it offered on VHS or DVD. Finally it's here! I can't wait until it arrives - then I'll give more details on the technical specs of the DVD.
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Shaun the Sheep Box Set [DVD]
Shaun the Sheep Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Sparkes
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: 7.21

8 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another great British kids' show, but why oh why Region 2 coding?, 28 Jun 2008
First, let me say that Shaun the Sheep is a great TV show for kids of all ages. However...

As an expatriot Briton living in the US I am constantly baffled by DVD manufacturers' insistence on producing kids TV titles in region 2 format (so that they can only be viewed on region 2 DVD players). Sadly this is the case with such classic children's TV shows as Shaun the Sheep, The Clangers, Mr. Benn, Ivor the Engine and The Wombles, and it makes it hard or virtually impossible to see these TV shows outside Europe. Region 2 format was intended to prevent people from buying videos abroad before their domestic theatre release - this is hardly going to be an issue with children's TV shows - especially ones that have been shown on TV for up to 40 years! Why, why why are these shows issued in region 2 format when it's surely just as easy to release them in open region 0 format so that everyone everywhere can view them???

Bagpuss, Paddington Bear and Trumpton are all issued in region 0 format, so thankfully these are viewable everywhere. Please, video producers, use the format that allows the most people to use the product. This is a no-brainer - you'll sell more DVDs if you open up the formatting so that everyone can enjoy the product, and you lose nothing by doing so.
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Somewhere In Time [DVD]
Somewhere In Time [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher Reeve
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: 9.79

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining romance movie flawed by a poor transfer to DVD, 13 Oct 2007
This review is from: Somewhere In Time [DVD] (DVD)
I won't go into Somewhere in Time's worth as entertainment here - suffice to say that I think it's a wonderful film, adapted by the brilliant short story writer Richard Matheson from his own story and well worth 5 stars. But in this review I'm focusing on the technical aspects which I feel detract from the DVD.

This DVD (ASIN: B0000UM0OE) features a 'matted widescreen' transfer which works fine on smaller 4:3 TVs, but which looks awful on larger screen or widescreen TVs. I believe that every DVD today should be made in 'anamorphic widescreen' format so that the image is enhanced for viewing on a larger screen. If it's not then I think that the low image quality should be clearly marked in some way, as the lack of an anamorphic transfer makes a big difference in quality. In the case of this particular movie the image is very poor mostly due to the matted widescreen format that results in what's known as 'gutterboxing' (black bars all around the image) when the movie is played on widescreen TVs. Some TVs allow zooming in to fill the screen in cases like this, but then the image becomes very grainy - so much so that it's probably better to watch it in the 'gutterboxed' mode.

So in conclusion, those with standard 4:3 TVs under 30 inches probably won't notice any loss of resolution. But for folks with big screen TVs I advise waiting until this movie gets an updated DVD treatment. Sadly there is no anamorphic transfer of this movie at present. Hopefully at some point we will get a restored and remastered version of this classic film.
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Blood On Satan's Claw [1971] [DVD]
Blood On Satan's Claw [1971] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Wymark

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror Film spoiled by a poor DVD transfer., 3 Oct 2007
I won't go into the movie's worth as entertainment here - suffice to say that I think it's probably Tigon's best horror film, one of the best British horror films and well worth 5 stars. But in this review I'm focusing on the technical aspects which I feel detract from the DVD.

This DVD (ASIN: B000163SAW) features a poor transfer from a film print which, although relatively rich in terms of colour has quite a lot of dirt and scratches. Worse news is the fact that the transfer is a 'matted widescreen' which works fine on smaller 4:3 TVs, but which looks awful on larger screen or widescreen TVs. I believe that every DVD today should be made in 'anamorphic widescreen' format so that the image is enhanced for viewing on a larger screen. If it's not then I think that the low image quality should be clearly marked in some way, as the lack of an anamorphic transfer makes a big difference in quality. In the case of this particular movie the image is very poor mostly due to the matted widescreen format that results in what's known as 'gutterboxing' (black bars all around the image) when the movie is played on widescreen TVs. Some TVs allow zooming in to fill the screen in cases like this, but then the image becomes very grainy - so much so that it's probably better to watch it in the 'gutterboxed' mode.

So in conclusion, those with standard 4:3 TVs under 30 inches probably won't notice any loss of resolution. But for folks with big screen TVs I advise waiting until this movie gets an updated DVD treatment. Sadly there is no anamorphic transfer of this movie at present. Hopefully at some point we will get a restored and remastered version of this classic film.
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Judge Dredd: Origins (2000 Ad)
Judge Dredd: Origins (2000 Ad)
by John Wagner
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.71

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last - Origins!, 28 Aug 2007
Dredd fans have waited a long time for this. The definitive origins of the Justice Department and Dredd's world is brought to life by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Wagner does a great job of tying together the loose ends of 30 years of Dredd, bringing us a compelling picture of the end of our world and the beginning of Dredd's.

The character of Dredd is an anti-hero who lives in post-apocalyptic America, but no American comic would ever have given birth to Dredd. Thankfully I was privileged to be at the perfect age (15) and living in England when Dredd came on the scene.

Although Origins has some plot flaws (unsurprising since so much unrelated lore had to be tied together) and I think the ending is too rushed, this story will stand alongside great Dredd stories like America, The Pit and The Apocalypse War. Surely we have not seen the end of Dredd, and hopefully we never shall, but we have finally seen Dredd's beginning.


Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files v. 1
Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files v. 1
by John Wagner
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This brings back good memories, 29 Jun 2007
I still have all the original 2000ADs from program 1 but the older ones are yellowing and delicate now. How great it is to find all those original stories collected together so that I can re-read them without damaging my originals. Just looking at this collection reminds me of the robot war, Call-me-Kenneth, Walter, Whitey, Rico and all the rest of those great early characters. Can't wait to get this in the mail from Amazon. My only major criticism is that this collection is in paperback format - Dredd deserves to be in hardback!

Now, thinking of these old progs makes me remember Flesh - but sadly that great 2000AD series is not yet available. Hopefully soon.


Strontium Dog: v. 1: Search/destroy Agency Files (2000 Ad Strontium Dog 1)
Strontium Dog: v. 1: Search/destroy Agency Files (2000 Ad Strontium Dog 1)
by John Wagner
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.19

8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just 2000AD Strontium Dog, 29 Jun 2007
As any loyal Strontium Dog reader knows, Strontium Dog was first written for the 2000AD spin-off comic Starlord. Contrary to what the Amazon site seems to indicate it DOES contain early Starlord episodes as well as the early 2000AD ones.

Now if only this was published as a hardback, it would be perfect. Sadly it's paperback and so it's going to get battered after only a few readings. I hope one day the powers that be will release a hardback version that will stand up to the heavy use I expect to subject it to.


The Ashes 3 Disc Box Set - England V Australia 2005 [DVD]
The Ashes 3 Disc Box Set - England V Australia 2005 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shane Warne
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 8.22

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the test series, 2 stars for the DVD, 5 Feb 2007
I agree with an earlier reviewer - highlights are no way to record a test series for posterity. A test match is a psychological struggle - it's not just about bowlers getting wickets, fielders making catches and batsmen hitting fours and sixes - that sort of nonsense is what Twenty/20 is about. Real cricket is more complicated and deserves better coverage. I'm not suggesting that test cricket DVDs should consist of twenty DVDs showing every single ball, but surely there's a better way of capturing the ebb and flow of the game. I also agree that pre-match and post-match stuff is superfluous. I'd prefer the DVD to be all cricket all the time.


Clangers: The Complete First Series [DVD]
Clangers: The Complete First Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Oliver Postgate
Price: 5.75

25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, but why region 2???, 30 Oct 2006
First, let me say that The Clangers is one of the best British children's TV shows ever. However...

As an expatriot Briton living in the US I am constantly baffled by DVD manufacturers' insistence on producing children's titles in region 2 format (so that they can only be viewed on region 2 DVD players). Sadly this is the case with such classic children's TV shows as The Clangers, Mr. Benn, Ivor the Engine and The Wombles, and it makes it hard or virtually impossible to see these TV shows outside Europe. Region 2 format was intended to prevent people from buying videos abroad before their domestic theatre release - this is hardly going to be an issue with children's TV shows - especially ones that have been shown on TV for up to 40 years! Why, why why are these shows issued in region 2 format when it's surely just as easy to release them in open region 0 format so that everyone everywhere can view them???

Bagpuss, Paddington Bear and Trumpton are all issued in region 0 format, so thankfully these are viewable everywhere. Please, video producers, use the format that allows the most people to use the product. This is a no-brainer - you'll sell more DVDs if you open up the formatting so that everyone can enjoy the product, and you lose nothing by doing so.
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A Fistful Of Dynamite (Special Edition) [DVD]
A Fistful Of Dynamite (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rod Steiger
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: 19.89

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 132 minutes? Then it's not the whole movie., 22 Jun 2006
Recently I bought this DVD as I hoped that Amazon.co.uk had got the running time wrong, and I'm glad I did. This is indeed the fully restored version with all the trimmings. It's not 132 minutes as Amazon incorrectly lists it. It's more like 150 minutes. Thank goodness it's finally available in its full glory. Hopefully Amazon will correct the misleading technical details listing on this site so that others aren't confused as I was.

In the interests of full disclosure I've left my original review below:

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It's great that they released a 'special edition' version of this film, but if it's missing the scenes that were in the original theatre version it's not the whole movie. As with all the other DVD versions this one is missing all the 'political' scenes, so you get a version without the original movie's context. Seems to me like this is just a cynical attempt to re-release the same flawed version to make some extra cash. Give us the full version in its original state!
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