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The Tragedy of Macbeth [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2016]
The Tragedy of Macbeth [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2016]
Dvd ~ Jon Finch
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My first Criterion blu-ray, 30 April 2016
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This is the first item I bought in the new line of European Region B Criterion Collection blu-rays. Great film - from Polanski's golden period. English is my second language, and I gotta admit that Shakespearian English with English subtitles only can be a challenge. But even when I sometimes missed the meaning of a few lines, there was always something interesting happening visually or with the direction, so I never felt lost or bored. Oh and there is enough blood and nudity to keep the average Game of Thrones fan happy, haha. The transfer of the movie is simply BEAUTIFUL - this is why we need Criterion in Europe - to get movies with transfers that make them look shiny and new.


Koyaanisqatsi [Blu-Ray]
Koyaanisqatsi [Blu-Ray]
Dvd ~ Godfrey Reggio
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Which version to buy:, 19 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Koyaanisqatsi [Blu-Ray] (Blu-ray)
One of the greatest movies of the 1980s.

Be aware that these reviews appear on several different editions of the movie - some of which haven't been properly restored. You should buy the version from Arrow Video that will be released February 2016 (ASIN: B017MIMP1Y) or their older box-set - Which apparently is close to going out of print (ASIN: B00IJD75H6). If you buy these versions, you will get the same good transfer as the American version from Criterion Collection.


Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "Trick or Treat" (Carl Barks Library)
Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "Trick or Treat" (Carl Barks Library)
by Carl Barks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly THE most creative volume in the series, if you like laugh-out-loud humor, 23 Oct. 2015
This is the 9th volume published in this series, the volumes being published out of order. It will be the chronologically 13th volume of the completed series.

If you're a fan of Carl Barks ten page satiric stories set in Duckburg - the kind of stories that inspired countless Simpsons episodes, with Homer Simpson in Donald's loser everyman role - then you're in for a treat. This volume has Barks at the absolute peak of his powers, creating creative laugh-out-loud scenarios in pretty much every story.

Included are celebrated classics such as the 'Hypno-gun' story (Donald gets his hands on a toy hypnosis gun that he THINKS can actually hypnotize people) , the 'Omelet' story (semi-autobiographical, based on Barks real-life experience as a failed chicken farmer) and the 'Flipism' story (Donald joins a self-help cult that decides everything in life by flipping a coin)

Comics simply don't get better than this.

Fans of the longer Barksian globe-trotting adventure stories are less lucky this time around. There is only one long story, and that's the Halloween themed title story, a very good longer adaptation of the short Donald animated movie "Trick Or Treat" (which was released around the same time, in 1952).

There's also a story about Donald growing pumpkins, and a short one page Halloween gag story, so yes, this volume has earned its Halloween theme.

Volumes published so far:

#, Title character, Title, year
5 Donald Duck “Christmas on Bear Mountain”, 1947
6 Donald Duck “The Old Castle’s Secret”, 1948
7 Donald Duck “Lost in the Andes”, 1948
8 Donald Duck “Trail of the Unicorn”, 1949
9 Donald Duck “The Pixilated Parrot”, 1950
11 Donald Duck “A Christmas For Shacktown”, 1951
12 Uncle Scrooge “Only a Poor Old Man”, 1952
13 Donald Duck “Trick or Treat”, 1952
14 Uncle Scrooge “The Seven Cities of Gold”, 1954


The Dance of Reality Blu-ray
The Dance of Reality Blu-ray
Dvd ~ Brontis Jodorowsky
Price: £17.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jodo's best works., 4 Aug. 2015
Jodorowsky's works have been a part of my life since I first started venturing into the grown up section of my local public library (here in Denmark) in the early 1980s and discovered the "Incal" comics he was doing with Moebius at that time.

I gotta admit I'm not always convinced. "The Incal" is a wonderful comics classic, but some of his later (serialised) books seem to fizzle out to nothing after they've taken years to complete. They've given me quite a bit of frustration - and the reviewers in the comics press often seem equally frustrated.

I bought his return to movie making "Santa Sangre" when it was first released on VHS back around 1990. And I love this movie! It's in my opinion completely coherent and satisfying, and I've seen it many times.

The long awaited DVD box-set of his older 1970s work was a bit of a disappointment. Some good scenes in the movies, but also a lot of semi- amateurish wannabe-spiritual 1970s-style hippie-rambling. The best part of the box was the very enjoyable documentary "La constellation Jodorowsky", which you might be able to find on you-tube with a bit of luck.

But as for his new movie: It's good. VERY good. Possibly even better than "Santa Sangre". In some ways it seems like a remake of "El Topo", except without the western-trappings and based more closely on his own childhood. The main character (Jodorowsky's father) undergoes much the same transformation as El Topo, but the narrative is much more coherent and gripping. I was lucky enough to attend a screening with Jodo's son (who played El Topo's son, and plays Jodo's father in this movie), and while I was mesmerized by the movie even before listening to Brontis Jodorowsky - who is a funny, cool and sensible down-to-earth guy - the information he gave me made me appreciate it even more.

Basically the first part of the movie is a magical realist version of Jodo's childhood. But then the 'psycho magic' therapy that Jodo practices (in his second career as a kind of Tarot-card - or whatever - therapist) starts to play a part, and the movie becomes a kind of exorcism of the hard asshole'ish macho-part of his dictatorial father - the movie gives the father-character the journey of learning he never had in real life, making him a better wiser man that real-life Jodorowsky is able to make (symbolic) peace with. Anyway, this may sound like a lot of nonsense, but it made a lot of sense when Brontis Jodorowsky talked about it, and it makes for a compelling movie, even without the background information. It's as good as any Fellini-meets-Latin- American-Magical-Realism-movie could ever hope to be.

Basically I'm just happy that Jodo has now made two movies and one graphic novel ("The Incal") that I'm able to embrace and enjoy 100%.


Stray Dogs [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
Stray Dogs [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £16.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, Region Free US blu ray, 29 May 2015
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Note that this American blu ray is in fact region free. (you can look it up on www.blu-ray.com and www.dvdbeaver.com)

Good austere art movie. Very haunting. Maybe even one of the best movies of the last ten years, as some people claim. But you have to be patient. The shot towards the end that is 14 minutes long admittedly goes into a territory that is close to self-parody. But apart from that it's a good movie.


Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "The Pixilated Parrot" (Carl Barks Library)
Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "The Pixilated Parrot" (Carl Barks Library)
by Carl Barks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great volume, 24 May 2015
This is the 8th published volume in this series. It will be the chronologically 9th volume of the completed series.

This is another book containing peak period Barks stories, from around 1950-1951. At this time Barks was assigned to do a lot of 'special' stories of varying length, so it only contains one of his standard ten pagers from Walt Disney's Comics and Stories.

This is the first volume to contain a couple of stories drawn, but not written, by Barks. This will be a problem in some later volumes, but in this volume it works, the Grandma Duck story not written by Barks is actually quite enjoyable in a gentle and nostalgic way.

The book contains several stories featuring Uncle Scrooge, so those people clamoring for more Scrooge volumes should be relatively happy. It also contains one christmas story.

Barks was doing a lot of experimentation with panel borders around this time, and there are also a couple of beautiful full page panels, so it's a visually fun volume.


Nymphomaniac Volumes I & II Directors Cut [DVD] [Blu-ray]
Nymphomaniac Volumes I & II Directors Cut [DVD] [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Charlotte Gainsbourg
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £14.46

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decadent and funny, 10 May 2015
This is a funny, unsettling and decadent arthouse flick from Lars Von Trier, and it's much improved in the Director's Cut. I sat through it all again, and I wasn't bored. I'm not too crazy about Shia LaBeouf, and I wish his role was played by someone else. But that's a minor quibble. Good movie, probably my favorite Von Trier, along with "The Kingdom" and "Breaking The Waves".


Goodbye To Language [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray]
Goodbye To Language [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Héloise Godet
Price: £13.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, even though I didn't understand it, 29 April 2015
Watching this movie in the cinema was a visually fascinating experience, even though I mostly didn't quite grasp what Godard was getting at with the actual 'content' of the film. I have to say I pretty much disliked his somewhat similar previous film, the tedious "Film Socialisme" (even though it had my hero Patti Smith in it). But this time he had managed to come up with a selection of images and edits and weird lo-fi effects that was consistently interesting. It's a cool showcase for what you can ALSO do with 3D, outside of the mainstream. It's recommended along with two other good 3D art movies, Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" and Wim Wenders' "Pina".

(this is not a review of the blu ray, I have to say the movie is almost 100% dependent on the 3D stuff, so watching it on a TV set-up with less that satisfactory 3D is bound to be disappointing)
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Incidents in the Night, Book One: 1
Incidents in the Night, Book One: 1
by David B
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.04

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable weird occult series from master illustrator David B., 8 Mar. 2015
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Excellent graphic novel series from the creator of "Epileptic". The story is bookish library-fixated quasi-fantasy in the style of Umberto Eco, Jorge Louis Borges and the short stories of Neil Gaiman. It includes antiquarian book stores, occult mysteries, murders, angels, Napoleonic history, creation myths etc. The black and white illustrations are quite awe inspiring, David B. is one of the most stylish illustrators in the medium. I enjoyed the book. It could turn out to be a major achievement, I'll wait with a final judgement until more volumes are available.


Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present
Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present
by Dan Mazur
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.56

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview for fans of 'mature reader' comics and graphic novels, 12 Sept. 2014
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Good overview of comics history since 1968, mainly in The US, Japan and the Franco-Belgian territories, with a few selected titles mentioned from other territories (Italy's Hugo Pratt and Guido Crepax, etc). The book is mostly about comics for older readers, so don't expect a lot of coverage of children's comics. Superheroes are mostly covered when the artist or writer has an 'artistic' edge, like in the case of Jack Kirby, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, etc. Newspaper strips are not covered, so no Calvin and Hobbes.

What the book HAS got is a stunning overview of a lot of fascinating comics that would interest modern graphic novel readers, including a lot of foreign stuff that hasn't previously been covered in similar English language books. Some of this material has already been translated, some will hopefully be translated in the coming years.

If that's what you're looking for, then this book is pretty definitive.

Illustrations are well selected and well printed. It's a visually good looking book.


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