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Brides of Dracula/ Evil of Frankenstein [DVD]
Brides of Dracula/ Evil of Frankenstein [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Double Whammy, 11 May 2010
A double dose of 1960s' Hammer Horror, starring Peter Cushing....

"The Brides Of Dracula" (1960) is a Dracula film in name only as there's no sign of Christopher Lee as The Count in this one. Dracula may be dead but his disciples are very much alive (or should that be undead?) and well as the vampirical Baron Meinster (David Peel) is unwittingly set free by a young teacher called Marianne (Yvonne Monlaur) and starts creating havoc in a nearby girls' school. Luckily, expert vampire slayer Doctor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) arrives to try to put a stop to The Baron's dastardly deeds.

The plot may have more holes than a large wedge of gorgonzola (if The Baron can change into a bat why didn't he do this and just fly away when he was chained up in his castle?) but the action moves along so quickly that you don't really care. This film is brilliantly directed by Terence Fisher and has a sort of magical, fairy-tale atmosphere. There are some memorable set-pieces including a scene where Van Helsing has to treat a vampire bite on his neck in dramatic fashion using a branding iron and there is a spectacular climax featuring a burning windmill that may have inspired a similar scene in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow". The cast is excellent with Peter Cushing in top form as Van Helsing, David Peel as Baron Meinster and Yvonne Monlaur (who also appeared in Hammer's "The Terror Of The Tongs") as the beautiful damsel in distress. Fine support is provided by Martita Hunt, Freda Jackson and Hammer movie-regular Michael Ripper and some comic relief is supplied by Miles Malleson as Doctor Tobler.

In "The Evil Of Frankenstein" (1964), Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) brings his original creature back to life and engages the help of a sideshow hypnotist called Zoltan to re-activate the creature's damaged brain. Of course, not everything goes to plan (as is usually the case in these type of films) and the creature, under Zoltan's control, goes on the rampage. Hammer's first two "Frankenstein" films were directed by Terence Fisher but this third entry in the series was helmed by Freddie Francis and, overall, the end result is not as good. Peter Cushing is great as usual as the obsessed Baron but the rest of the cast is pretty average. In this film, the creature was played by an ex-wrestler called Kiwi Kingston! The story is not as intriguing or as involving as some other Hammer "Frankenstein" films but it is still worth a look, especially if you are a Peter Cushing fan.
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Just A Country Girl
Just A Country Girl

4.0 out of 5 stars A classy collection, 10 May 2010
This review is from: Just A Country Girl (Audio CD)
With this delightful album, Mary Duff, the lovely Irish lass from Lobinstown, puts her own special stamp on a selection of well-known songs that were originally recorded by some great singers including Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Rita McNeil and Billie Jo Spears, to name just a few.

My favourite tracks on this album are "Talking In Your Sleep", "57 Chevrolet" and "Working Man" but the whole album is great to listen to or sing along with if you are a country music fan. Mary has been performing and recording long enough to know exactly what her fans want and I'm sure that they won't be disappointed with this release.

The Enforcer [1976] [DVD]
The Enforcer [1976] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rocket Man of Alcatraz, 9 May 2010
This review is from: The Enforcer [1976] [DVD] (DVD)
A group of wannabe terrorists kidnap the Mayor of San Francisco and attempt to hold the city to ransom but they have not counted on Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) and his Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver standing in their way. It all becomes a little bit personal when the leader of the group kills Harry's friend and colleague, Frank DiGiorgio. I hope the bad guys are feeling hungry because they're about to eat a huge amount of .44 calibre lead! Bullet-sprayed action and humour combine as Harry also has to contend with a new female partner - the recently-promoted Inspector Kate Moore (brilliantly played by Cagney And Lacey's Tyne Daly).

This is the third film in the "Dirty Harry" series and the only one not to feature a music score by the great Argentinian composer Lalo Schifrin but Jerry Fielding's lively, jazzy score provides a suitable accompaniment to the action. Clint Eastwood is perfect in the role of the taciturn detective, Harry Callahan, and it is hard to envisage any other actor playing the part as well as he does (even though Frank Sinatra was originally considered for the role).

Although "The Enforcer" may not be the best film of the "Dirty Harry" series it is still a very entertaining action thriller with enough gunplay to satisfy Clint Eastwood fans and fans of violent action cinema.

Dracula Has Risen From The Grave [DVD] [1968]
Dracula Has Risen From The Grave [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Michael Ripper
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Vampire Strikes Back, 8 May 2010
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Dracula is resurrected, ironically, by a priest after the clumsy cleric falls and bangs his bald bonce and the blood from the wound revives The Count. The toothsome terror is soon up to his old tricks and he's a bit annoyed that the Monsignor has stuck a big cross on the doors of his castle. Old Drac wants revenge and, with the help of the priest who is now under his spell, he fixes his fangs on the Monsignor's beautiful niece, Maria.

This was the first of Hammer's Dracula films that did not have Terence Fisher in the director's chair and was helmed by Freddie Francis instead. When I first saw this film I thought that it was a bit dull compared to some of the other Dracula films but subsequent viewings have changed my opinion. The film is nicely-paced and features some memorable set-pieces and there is some effective use of lighting and coloured filters in certain scenes.

The fine cast includes Christopher Lee, who oozes evil as Dracula, Rupert Davies, as the Monsignor, and Hammer movie stalwart Michael Ripper. The Hammer Glamour is provided by voluptuous Veronica Carlson (one of my favourite Hammer Babes) and busty Barbara Ewing.

The film is presented in its original ratio of 1.85:1 on this DVD and a trailer is also included.

Hammer House Of Horror - Complete Collection [DVD] [1980]
Hammer House Of Horror - Complete Collection [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Price: £9.10

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satanism, witchcraft, cannibalism, lycanthropy, murder and much more...., 6 May 2010
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This is a four disc set of thirteen contemporary horror stories that Hammer made for television. They were first shown on tv in 1980 and certain episodes featured some well-known Hammer actors and were helmed by some famous Hammer film directors.

Here's a summary of each episode:

Disc One

The House That Bled To Death
Directed by Tom Clegg
Starring Nicholas Ball, Rachel Davies, Brian Croucher, Patricia Maynard....

A young couple and their daughter move into a house where a murder was committed and bizarre and horrible things start to happen.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The Silent Scream
Directed by Alan Gibson
Starring Peter Cushing, Brian Cox, Elaine Donnelly, Antony Carrick....

An ex-convict takes a job in a pet shop and is held captive by the shop's sinister owner as part of a strange experiment.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Two Faces Of Evil
Directed by Alan Gibson
Starring Anna Calder-Marshall, Gary Raymond, Paul Hawkins, Philip Latham....

Evil doppelgangers are trying to take over the world in this "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers"-type story.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Disc Two

The Mark Of Satan
Directed by Don Leaver
Starring Peter McEnery, Georgina Hale, Emrys James, Anthony Brown

A hospital worker becomes obsessed with the number nine and is convinced that there are forces of evil at work all around him.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Witching Time
Directed by Don Leaver
Starring Jon Finch, Patricia Quinn, Prunella Gee, Ian McCulloch....

A film composer and his actress wife are menaced by a 300 year-old witch.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Visitor From The Grave
Directed by Peter Sasdy
Starring Kathryn Leigh Scott, Simon MacCorkindale, Gareth Thomas, Mia Nadasi....

A woman becomes the victim of a 'let's try to drive her completely mad' conspiracy.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Disc Three

Rude Awakening
Directed by Peter Sasdy
Starring Denholm Elliott, James Laurenson, Pat Heywood, Lucy Gutteridge....

A slimy estate agent, who lusts after his young female assistant, becomes trapped in a series of nightmarish situations.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Charlie Boy
Directed by Robert Young
Starring Leigh Lawson, Angela Bruce, Marius Goring, Janet Fielding....

A young man inherits a weird-looking African doll that his girlfriend nicknames Charlie Boy but the doll has black magic powers.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Children Of The Full Moon
Directed by Tom Clegg
Starring Christopher Cazenove, Celia Gregory, Diana Dors, Robert Urquhart....

A couple's car breaks down during a trip to the countryside and they encounter a family of werewolves.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Disc Four

The Thirteenth Reunion
Directed by Peter Sasdy
Starring Julia Foster, Dinah Sheridan, Norman Bird, Warren Clarke....

A female journalist, who writes articles for the woman's page of a paper, investigates a series of strange goings on at a health farm.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Carpathian Eagle
Directed by Francis Megahy
Starring Suzanne Danielle, Anthony Valentine, Siân Phillips, Pierce Brosnan....

Inspired by the 300 year-old legend of a Countess from Eastern Europe, a beautiful, homicidal woman lures male victims into bed and then cuts out their hearts.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Guardian Of The Abyss
Directed by Don Sharp
Starring Ray Lonnen, Barbara Ewing, John Carson, Paul Darrow....

A Satanic Cult tries to gets its hands on a special, ancient mirror that has been acquired by an antiques dealer.

Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Growing Pains
Directed by Francis Megahy
Starring Barbara Kellerman, Gary Bond, Norman Beaton, Tariq Yunus....

A married couple adopt a child after their own son tragically dies but creepy things start happening when the new boy moves into their home.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

On the whole, this is a great collection of horror tales that are generally well-made and well-acted. The only two really weak episodes, in my opinion, are "The Mark Of Satan" and "Growing Pains". I think that the best episode is "The Two Faces Of Evil" which features some wonderfully-creepy moments that will haunt you for a while afterwards. I remember watching this famous series when it was first shown and I have memories of being quite scared at the time by most of the episodes. This four disc package is an essential purchase for Hammer fans or fans of good quality, made-for-tv horror.

Doctor Who - Destiny of the Daleks [DVD] [1979]
Doctor Who - Destiny of the Daleks [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Another portion of Dalek dread, 6 May 2010
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The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana (Lalla Ward) land on the planet Skaro and become caught up in the middle of a war between The Doctor's old enemies The Daleks and a race of androids called The Movellans.

1975's "Genesis Of The Daleks" may have been voted the Number One Doctor Who Story by the readers of Doctor Who Magazine but I think that 1979's "Destiny Of The Daleks" is just as good and maybe even more enjoyable. Although the story does not have as much depth to it, this four-parter is shorter and punchier than "Genesis...." and rattles along at a faster pace. "Destiny...." is less talky and not as bleak as "Genesis...." and there are even some slightly comic moments involving The Daleks (but they still exterminate some people) as the story leads up to a game of scissors, paper and stone (yes, really) and a literally explosive climax.

Tom Baker is great as The Doctor and pretty Lalla Ward is a worthy successor to Mary Tamm as the regenerated Romana. Doctor Who fans will be pleased to see The Daleks' megalomaniac creator, Davros (or am I thinking of Terry Nation?), resurrected to once again spar in a battle of wits with The Doctor. Oh, and I must mention that this story also features the gorgeous Suzanne Danielle as one of The Movellans.

So, in short, "Destiny Of The Daleks" contains just about everything you would expect to find in a 1970s Doctor Who adventure and is well worth checking out or revisiting.

Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde [DVD] [1971]
Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ Ralph Bates
Offered by Rapid-DVD
Price: £9.97

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now that's what I call a dominant woman, 5 May 2010
Hammer's third film version of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous story (after "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll") gives the tale a novel twist. Instead of transforming into the brutish Edward Hyde, Dr. Jekyll (Ralph Bates) really gets in touch with his feminine side and changes into a beautiful, but murderous, woman (played by sexy Martine Beswick). This film also manages to throw in some Jack The Ripper-type murders, the body snatchers Burke and Hare and even a fair amount of humour - upon witnessing Burke's demise, Philip Madoc's character, Byker, remarks, "He was a Burke by name and a berk by nature."

Dr. Jekyll's gender-bending is a result of his research and experiments to produce a life-extending elixir so that he can live longer and buy himself more time to discover cures for various diseases. He uses female hormones in his research obtained from bodies supplied by a local morgue attendant and it's these hormones that transform him into Mrs. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll tells friends and neighbours that Mrs. Hyde is his sister and they don't cotton on that Jekyll and Hyde are the same person even though they are never seen together. When he cannot get any more bodies from the morgue, Dr. Jekyll employs the services of the notorious Burke and Hare but when the two body snatchers are lynched by an angry mob, Dr. Jekyll has to take matters into his own hands. He stalks the streets of Whitechapel, Jack The Ripper-style, sometimes as Jekyll, sometimes as Hyde, and carves up a few prostitutes so that he can continue his research. Eventually though, the persona of Mrs. Hyde starts to become more dominant....

Although this may not be one of Hammer's best horror films from the 1970s it is still very entertaining and effectively combines scenes of grisly murders, humour and mild eroticism. When Dr. Jekyll transforms into Mrs. Hyde for the first time the first thing he does is check out his/her new female body in the mirror and fondles his/her breasts!

It was scripted by "The Avengers" creator Brian Clemens and directed by the stalwart Hammer director Roy Ward Baker. Ralph Bates is fine as Dr. Jekyll but it is Martine Beswick who really excels in her role as Mrs. Hyde. She manages to be both menacing and seductive and she looks great naked as well. The rest of the cast provide solid support, there are the usual classy Hammer sets and production values and the music score by David Whitaker features a memorable main theme. So, all things considered, this film is well worth watching for fans of tongue-in-cheek horror movies.

A Pistol for Ringo Poster Movie 11 x 17 In - 28cm x 44cm Montgomery Wood Fernando Sancho Nieves Navarro George Martin Antonio Casas
A Pistol for Ringo Poster Movie 11 x 17 In - 28cm x 44cm Montgomery Wood Fernando Sancho Nieves Navarro George Martin Antonio Casas

3.0 out of 5 stars A poster for Ringo, 4 May 2010
This is an 11 inches x 17 inches reproduction print of an English language poster for the 1965 spaghetti western directed by Duccio Tessari and starring Giuliano Gemma (a.k.a. Montgomery Wood). This film is held in high regard by many spaghetti western fans and features a memorable music score by Ennio Morricone. The film inspired a sequel called "The Return Of Ringo" and a few other movies with "Ringo" in the title.

Abominable Dr Phibes & Dr Phibes Rises Again [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Abominable Dr Phibes & Dr Phibes Rises Again [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £5.80

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Phibes alright.... and he always comes back., 3 May 2010
The inimitable Vincent Price plays the villainous Dr. Anton Phibes (a character obviously inspired by The Phantom of The Opera - he plays the organ, he's horribly disfigured underneath the mask he wears and he has a penchant for staging a series of gruesome murders) in this pair of beautifully-crafted horror films from the 1970s.

In "The Abominable Dr. Phibes", Dr. Phibes seeks revenge against a group of doctors who failed to save the life of his beloved wife, Victoria (Caroline Munro), following an horrific car crash. Phibes uses the ten Biblical plagues bestowed upon Egypt as his inspiration and this sets up some highly-inventive murder scenes. This is a wonderful and extremely entertaining film that combines horror and humour very effectively. The great cast also includes Joseph Cotten, Terry-Thomas, Hugh Griffith, Peter Jeffrey and John Cater.

In "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" it's very much a case of carry on again doctor as Phibes travels to Egypt in search of The River of Life, used by the Pharoahs, that will grant eternal life to he and his wife, Victoria. Also in search of this river, is someone called Biederbeck (Robert Quarry) who has his own personal reasons for wanting to find it. Once again we are treated to some inventive murders as Biederbeck's team are bumped off one by one by Phibes and his mysterious female assistant, Vulnavia. Comic relief is provided by Terry-Thomas (who plays a different character this time) and Peter Jeffrey and John Cater, who reprise their roles as two bumbling policemen trying to catch Phibes. The cast also includes Peter Cushing, Beryl Reid, John Thaw, Milton Reid and the gorgeous Fiona Lewis.

What is there not to like about these two marvellous films? They are brilliantly directed by Robert Fuest (who went on to direct the wonderfully-creepy "The Devil's Rain"), well-written, superbly-acted and feature amazing art deco sets, great music and artistic use of colour and lighting. John Carpenter must have liked these movies because there is a character called Dr. Phibes in his 1980 film "The Fog". These two films really are essential viewing for any Vincent Price fan and can be seen as a sort of precursor to another classic 1970s Vincent Price movie - the sublime "Theatre Of Blood".

The Magic Christian 11x17 Inch (28 x 44 cm) Movie Poster
The Magic Christian 11x17 Inch (28 x 44 cm) Movie Poster

4.0 out of 5 stars Ringo Movie Starr, 2 May 2010
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Hmmm.... It's a bit difficult to write a review about a film poster but I'll try.

This 11 inches by 17 inches poster is a reproduction of one of the poster designs used for the 1969 film "The Magic Christian" - a bizarre comedy starring Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr and a wealth of British comedy acting talent. The main artwork for the poster features Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr, Raquel Welch and some other people in cartoon form with mainly a blue and red colour scheme on a white background.

This is worth having if you are a Ringo or Peter Sellers fan or if you have a fondness for this particular film.

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