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Plants behaving Badly [ 2014 ] David Attenborough
Plants behaving Badly [ 2014 ] David Attenborough
Dvd ~ David Attenborough
Offered by wmdservices
Price: £15.68

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5.0 out of 5 stars I have been watching each of them three times without getting bored a single minute, 25 Mar. 2015
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Since I received these documentaries; I have been watching each of them three times without getting bored a single minute. The picture quality is outstanding and the choice of species is very clever (and this includes Darwin as a human species worth investigating). The only hesitation I have is about the judgmental aspect of the title which, I believe, is deliberately seductive. I just wish the talented film crews who treat us to such amazing nature programmes, made a documentary about what human beings do to one another. Using the same technology and supported by the same ethics it would doubtlessly produce an animated version of paintings by Hieronymus Bosch.
Excellent DVD.

The Who: Quadrophenia - Live In London [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
The Who: Quadrophenia - Live In London [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ The Who
Price: £12.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Whosome, 4 Jan. 2015
I'm remembering distant memories Recalling other names.
I remember reading an article in a music paper in the 70's entitled « In awe of the Who » ; considering the achievement this DVD represents it wouldn't be inappropriate to create the word « whosome » as a neologism indicating something as awe inspiring as the Who.
The Who play to the video clip of the century from the aftermath of WWI to the beginning of WW3. I don't know what it means to younger people but, to me, it certainly looks like a very effective means to raise their awareness. The music rages through, deaths and births, war declarations and peace talks, a selbstdarstellung of a generation who has had to face death from an early age, boldly wished for it in its teen years and learnt to accept it as a final fact.
This concert is a touchstone to check whether you are still a human being ; if you are you're bound to cry at one point or another, be it when you perceive the cahos described by the back projections or when the music is so overwhelmingly perfect it permits to resurrect the bassist of the millenium and the eternal boyish drummer no Who fan has ever forgotten.
I saw the Who perform Quadrophenia in the seventies and retrospectively I cannot but be amazed at the performance they produced back then as a four-piece band when Pete could play both rhythm and lead parts and the band had to battle with out synched backing tapes . I'm glad I saw the original line up but I'm also impressed with the stubbornness for perfection that drives Roger and Pete to take up such challenges when they could be resting on their laurels and sip tea at home. Hats off to Pino Palladino and Scott Devours for their total selflessness in accepting little or no exposure and total dedication to the original members. I also fully trust Bob Pridden has done his best with producing the recording. If there has ever been a faithful Who right-hand man through thick an thin he is the one.

Ooh La La: An Island Harvest
Ooh La La: An Island Harvest
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Price: £11.11

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5.0 out of 5 stars This music saves lives, 21 July 2014
One of the best collection of great Ronnie Lane songs. Previous reviews have given every technical detail you need to help you figure out whether you're gonna be scammed one more time by allegedly new releases. Well, you're not.This seems fair enough but what must essentially be said is that Ronnie's music SAVES LIVES! Take my word for it, I'm not the only one to says so. Try it and as Ronnie used to say "life's for living".

Down And Out In Beverly Hills [DVD]
Down And Out In Beverly Hills [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nick Nolte
Price: £3.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant remake, 23 Aug. 2013
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Originally adapted from a play in the 30's by French film director Jean Renoir (as a showcase for French actor Michel Simon, as the tramp), this remake by Paul Mazursky is absolutely brilliant. In Renoir's version the tramp was the main character, here Nick Nolte's low key acting very tactfully gives strength to his character, physically contrasting Richard Dreyfus'volubility whom he helps discover the realities of life he overlooked while he was busy making a fortune out of having wire hangers made by latino workers (Duddy Kravitz eventually made it). Mazursky once directed a libertarian cat in “Harry and Tonto”, here he found a very gifted dog, Matisse. Emotionally disturbed,evidently like a majority of the population of Beverley Hills, he adds a new dramatic dimension to the mandatory Disney comedy pet acting. A sexually frustrated Bette Midler and a nosy Little Richard complete the cast but every supporting actor contributes to a very effective work, rhythmically irreproachable. Obviously an unforgettable movie since I purchased the DVD nearly thirty years after seeing the movie in a cinema.

Kingdom of Plants [DVD]
Kingdom of Plants [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Attenborough
Offered by The Canny Store
Price: £8.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars an obvious political statement, 21 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Kingdom of Plants [DVD] (DVD)
All nature programmes have an underlying political statement whether it is about power or natural selection. This one combines both aestheticism and accuracy but also hints at the need for a statesman or woman with the necessary insight to invest in time. A luxury democracies don't seem able to afford. The title of the programme can be read "plants of the Kingdom" as well.
Sir David Attenborough hasn't usurped his title; may I suggest that everyone involved in the project should be granted a similar status.

The Who - At Kilburn 1977 + Live at the Coliseum [DVD] [NTSC]
The Who - At Kilburn 1977 + Live at the Coliseum [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ The Who
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Price: £27.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rganic who, 21 Nov. 2008
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I'm talking about a time when the guitars were wired to Hiwatt or Marshall amps.
I'm talking about a time when a 2'30" song could blow your mind into unkown realms of knowledge to come.
I'm talking about a time when a singer would gaze every night across a deafened and blinded audience of up to 300 000 people and into eternity, shoot them up to the stars and help them land back dumbstruck, delicately in the morning dew.
I'm talking about my generation.
Thanks to Gramp Stamp (I would have loved to have a grandfather like Chris Stamp) and the late Kit Lambert the show at the London Coliseum was captured on film. Who cares if it's 16mm, sometimes scratched, and some numbers are not complete? Who fans don't, at least I for one would rather have the London Coliseum show as it is than any fancy split screen effects with multiple angle camera work or awesome lightshow if it doesn't serve the initial purpose of a concert i.e music.
No fertilizers, no pesticides no cheap gimmicks. Organic Who play their guts off on this DVD. The mix does justice to Entwistle's original sound and Moonie's kiss to Ivor-the-engine-driver won't be forgotten let alone his unsurpassed drumming.
The Kilburn (Kill /Burn ?) show is perfect in every respect technically; both musically and "cinematically"it is as good a document as any, still every die hard Who fan knows that the Golden Age was over after Quadrophenia in terms of playing for kicks and recognition. It's a wonderful piece of professionalism and showmanship expertise.
The kids were alright, two of them burned up their lives to let us dream; the two grown ups left are sensible enough to allow us to celebrate the entity that was known as the Who. Whoever has the power to bless its soul, let Him do it.
If you love The Who, go ahead it is no rip off.
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