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Dracula: Prince of Darkness [DVD] [1966]
Dracula: Prince of Darkness [DVD] [1966]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.20

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 star film, shame about the presentation, 20 Dec. 2001
I for one greeted the news of region 2 Hammer dvds with some excitement, but I have to say that I'm a wee bit disapponted with this release.
Presented in widescreen (but not anamorphic), with nothing in the way of extras save chapter access, the film is one of Hammer's best, though as usual Christopher Lee has little to do save the usual lurking around, hissing and biting. Andrew Keir makes a decent Van Helsing substitute, and Barbara Shelly makes a fantastic transformation from buttoned-up, repressed, Victorian madam to sensual nightie-clad vamp. Her staking by a group of monks is probably the film's great set piece, along with the resurection of Dracula himself.
Fantastic film (and it looks good too), but surely Warners could've put some more extras (trailers, commentaries etc.) on this disc? Hopefully the next batch of releases will remedy this...

The Who & Special Guests - Live At The Royal Albert Hall [DVD] [2000]
The Who & Special Guests - Live At The Royal Albert Hall [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Noel Gallagher
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £13.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dads are Alright!, 20 Dec. 2001
Few fans can have expected the Who to return in 2000, and fewer still can have expected them to have regained something approaching the power of their "classic" live period of 1969-76. After the previous reunion tours with extra musicians, backing singers and rumours of poor Pete reduced to thrashing an acoustic guitar on account of his ears. Zak Starkey's addition on drums has given them the shot in the arm they needed, and after all, who taught him? (clue - it wasn't his old man!)
This dvd captures the Who in rude health at the end of last year's UK tour, and from the opening chords of "I Can't Explain", one thing stands out. The sound quality on the disc is superb! The Who's live sound, courtesy of Bob Pridden, was always renowned for both its extreme volume and clarity, and the mix here is crisp, crunchy and best played as lound as you can get it without getting a call from the environmental health!
As for the gig itself, the Who hit the stage of the RAH with more energy than is strictly dignified for a bunch of fiftysomethings. Many of their younger guests must've hoped that they'll be able to maintain half of that fire after a thrity five year plus career.
Of the guests, Nigel Kennedy fits in well on "Baba O' Riley", and Eddie Vedder aquits himself well. Personally, I've never cared much for Bryan Adams though, Noel Gallagher doesn't add much to "Won't Get Fooled Again", and poor little Kelly Jones looks a bit lost onstage. Paul Weller's acoustic bit with Townshend is a nice interlude though.
If you saw the Who in 2000, this is a great reminder of how good they can still be. How about some new songs now Pete?

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