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Fantabulosa! - The Kenneth Williams Story [DVD] [2006]
Fantabulosa! - The Kenneth Williams Story [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Michael Sheen
Price: 9.57

3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Poor Disc, 21 Feb 2014
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This is a wonderful recreation of Kenneth Williams, with Michael Sheen pitch perfect in the role and supported by a great cast. Unfortunately we were only able to watch three of the four chapters! As soon as the final section started, the image either temporarily froze or broke up, and then eventually stopped completely before returning to the very start of the film. I returned the DVD and was quickly sent a replacement, which unfortunately had exactly the same problem. I tried playing it on another player, with the same result. The Amazon customer service was excellent in trying to solve the problem, but it seems that it originates with the DVD's manufacturer.
So, although the film warranted a five start rating, the technical problems downgrades that to three.


Broadchurch [DVD]
Broadchurch [DVD]
Dvd ~ Olivia Colman
Price: 13.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Great, 26 Aug 2013
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An absolutely wonderful series with utterly believable, real characters, brought to life by outstanding acting from the stars all the way down to the many minor characters. I expect Broadchurch will deservedly win a raft of BAFTA awards, one of which must surely go to David Bradley as the town newsagent - a great performance!


Das Prague Brass Ensemble
Das Prague Brass Ensemble
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: 19.49

5.0 out of 5 stars World Class, 26 Aug 2013
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I was fortunate enough to hear the Prague Brass Ensemble live in Prague this summer, and their brilliant playing blew me away. This CD just confirms what I thought then - they are a world class group. The programme is varied and wide ranging and very well recorded. As a bass trombone player I love that they include the instrument in place of the tuba! Any lover of brass music must hear this CD.


Waking the Dead Series 9 [DVD]
Waking the Dead Series 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sue Johnston
Price: 10.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better on DVD than on BBC Canada!, 26 Jan 2012
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I can only endorse all the other reviews in giving this final series a 5-star rating for acting, production and storylines. My main reason for this review is more about the cutting that obviously occurs when the show is broadcast on BBC Canada (and BBC America too?). The two episodes that comprise each case are normally shown back-to-back in consecutive one hour time slots. However, they are interrupted by commercial breaks that become more and more frequent as the end of each episode approaches. This obviously disrupts the flow of the storyline, and dissipates the building tension. But worse than this is that during a one hour episode I estimate commercials and trailers take up around ten minutes of that hour, and as each episode on the DVD runs at least 57 minutes, it's obvious that considerable cuts are made so that the program "fits" the allocated time. So, if you have a DVD player that is set up for All Regions, buy the DVDs and watch the show as it was originally produced. Incidentally, I believe PBS also indulges in similar editing practices.
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Great Rift [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Great Rift [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Hugh Quarshie
Price: 13.99

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Region Free, 12 May 2011
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This is not a review of "The Great Rift", it's just a heads-up that my copy of this "Region Free" Blu-ray isn't! My player indicates it "cannot play this format" when I insert the disc. Other similar items ("Yellowstone" and "Wild China") have played perfectly! There's nothing on the box cover to indicate whether it's region free or region specific.
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A Queen Is Crowned [DVD]
A Queen Is Crowned [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence Olivier
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: 19.96

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Documentary, 3 Jan 2011
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This is a wonderful record of a unique occasion. Anyone with an interest in the Monarchy and British History should own it.

To the two Canadian reviewers who complained about the DVD not being viewable - look at the product details section for the DVD. It states quite clearly that it is in PAL format, is for Region 2 and may not be viewable outside Europe. What more do you need? A one star review headed "Stinks" is not justified if the only problem with the product is the customer's inability to read simple information about it.


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