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Green Wing: Special [DVD]
Green Wing: Special [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tamsin Greig
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 14.99

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fittingly strange..., 5 Jan 2007
This review is from: Green Wing: Special [DVD] (DVD)
Having waited so long, hoping for a resolution beyond the tragedy that ended the second series, finally we find out how it all ends. I won't say what happens of course, since fans will want to find out for themselves, and naysayers just won't care, but believe me when I say that you'll be smiling through the tears come the end of this most extraordinary of journeys.

Despite the moments of comedy genius we've all come to expect, this is actually a very poignant finale to a comedy/drama that truly deserves both of it's genre definitions. Genuine moments of tenderness appear from the least obvious places, and while the end might border on saccharine, there are still a couple of bittersweet pills to swallow.

While not as colon-splinteringly funny as the series it completes, this still must rate as highly as possible simply because it allows a work of art to burn out, rather than fade away. Like The Office before it, this final episode in an emotional journey gives a sense of resolution to the stories we've become inexplicably enthralled by.

And so we are bereaved again, thankfully without the spirit-crushing stupidity of a happily ever after.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch [DVD]
Hedwig And The Angry Inch [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cameron Mitchell

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and Stunning, 6 Feb 2005
As one of the arrogant, convinced of my own aesthetic judgement, I have made it one of my life's works to show this film to as many people as I can. No-one has disagreed thus far. It can be quite a hard sell - a punk-rock musical about transsexualism leads the legions of Rocky Horror nay-sayers into a panic of anticipated dislike, but the story, once you watch it, is universal, tragic, and ultimately uplifting. Of course it doesn't hurt that the songs kick ass as well, but rather than the traditional spontaneous bursting into song that irritates critics of musicals, the music is kept in it's rightful place - on stage and performed to a crowd by a real band. This doesn't mean it's incidental - the more you watch this film, the more the music means.
The story has been outlined above and below; all I have to offer by way of new input is that I have watched this film many times with many people, and have loved it every time, as have they. For the lonely, the wistful, and the unfulfilled romantics, this film tells a story that begins as bizarrely alien to most of us, and somehow ends up genuinely reflecting the way we can all feel sometimes, regardless of gender or sexual preference. Just like Hedwig, my search for my other half goes on. Just like Hedwig, I have found my hope again.
Watch this film. Put aside preconceptions, and try something different. It might not change your life, but then again, who knows?

The Fisher King [DVD] [1991]
The Fisher King [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Jeff Bridges
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 17.48

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD!, 21 Nov 2003
This review is from: The Fisher King [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
Terry Gilliam's films are always worth catching, and this is my favourite of them all. The story of redemption and triumph over tragedy makes this the most poignant of the fantastic stories that Gilliam has told in his unique cinematic way.
Like The Shawshank Redemption, this film is a treasure many never heard of upon it's release, or if they did, seem to have forgotten. Starring the almost demonic Jeff Bridges as Jack Lucas, a 'shock jock' who blames himself for inciting a listener to murder, the story catches up with him as his drunken self-loathing leads him to the brink of suicide. Enter Robin Williams as Parry, a seemingly unhinged tramp, whose decline was triggered by the death of his wife in the shootings Jack feels responsible for. The pair battle together for each other's sanity in a tale that encompasses Arthurian myth, knights on horseback in central park, and love blossoming in chinese restaurants.
While emotionally wrenching at times, this is still a beautiful, whimsical, and even very funny journey, with the price of entry justified by the real story of the Fisher King that Parry tells Jack in central park alone.
You'll laugh, cry, and swear off eating dumplings in public, but this is a small price to pay, as is the cost of the title. Even if Monty Python was never your thing, and Twelve Monkeys was just too sci-fi for your taste, still this film deserves a place in everyone's collection.

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