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The Gold Robbers: The Complete Series
The Gold Robbers: The Complete Series
Dvd ~ Peter Vaughan
Offered by A2ZSupplies
Price: £17.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb, Well-Acted & Tense TV Mini-Drama from 1969....you will not be disappointed...!!, 9 Jan. 2016
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In the late 60s & through the 1970s, British television drama, whether it was a mini-drama or ongoing character-based series, became more powerful, gripping, entertaining......some were hit & miss, while others became synonymous with the title of becoming a 'cult' due to their popularity and strength of being first-class in the production, acting, etc........this being one of those TV shows, that SHOULD have been a 'cult' series, though since it's release a few years ago on DVD, it is slowly being recognised as one.

Made & Produced in 1969 by London Weekend Television, THE GOLD ROBBERS follows a fictional heist of a delivery of gold bars, worth millions of pounds & planned to perfection by a group of men chosen in their special fields that would make the heist much smoother to complete, but behind the heist is one man, and it is up to Chief Superintendent Cradock (played by Peter Vaughan) to discover who that was. Each episode opens with the heist, with episode one showing all the pieces of the raid being performed by the men & then from episode 2 showing only the angles of the raid, with the men who carried out a particular task. The episode, as well as CS Cradock continuing with his inquiries, delves into the state of mind and the feelings & actions of those individually involved, before Cradock catches up with them one way or another. The last two episodes get far closer to the real truth of who the real person was involved!

Vaughan performs like his life depends on it, with a mixture of light-hearted & deep, dark emotions. This can be said for the entire cast too, especially with special guest actors who take on the many characters (George Cole, Joss Ackland, Ian Hendry & Wanda Ventham to name a few). Strong performances, with a tight & tense script throughout, it received a BAFTA nomination the same year that it was broadcasted....shame that it never won it - quite rightly so!! Great soundtrack too...Some surprising & shocking violent scenes as well, which along with a well edited programme, makes it enjoyable to watch again & again. The other surprising thing is that I rarely ever see Peter Vaughan in a 'good guy' role, it's usually some rough, cocky hard-nut character doing some dastardly scheme that ends up with him being killed or put in prison, but it's good to see Vaughan really act.

Recommend to any 60s/70s TV fans of quality drama...you won't be disappointed..!!


The Capone Investment [DVD]
The Capone Investment [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Thaw
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.75

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 70s Crime Thriller...They don't make them like this anymore..!, 27 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: The Capone Investment [DVD] (DVD)
I enjoy 70s British Dramas & Thrillers, mainly from the ITV stable...some are hit & miss and some are classics due to the acting, pacing of the stories & filming style. When I bought this, I had read the reviews on this....I felt that I wanted to find out for myself, and I'm glad I did...It's an enjoyable, unusual but well produced mini-series, made in 1974 by Southern Television (made famous for making Children's programmes RUNAROUND & WORZEL GUMMIDGE). Starring Peter Sallis (Summer Wine) & John Thaw (Sweeney), the story centers around a vast amount of money that was kept hidden safe in the UK by gangster Al CAPONE, which he raised during the Prohibition period of the 1930's. After two americans are found shot in a small village in England (HAYDOCK to be precise..!!) the police investigate. Also, why they have links to a wealthy businessman, his son and certain friends/associates he knows...?? In each episode, the local police try to link each clue together, but as they do so, more murders take place, and with the help of a mysterious MI5 agent who knows more than he reveals, they piece each link to the whereabouts of the Capone Investment & who is killing off those who are entitled to it's share...! YES, it's dated.....fashions and cars show this, along with, and other reviewers have pointed this out, about the use of 'bue screen' back projection for scenes where actors are in a car with background moving scenes....this doesn't put me off from the great acting, specially in the last episode (NO SPOILERS...!!!), so if you're expecting CGI for 1970s TV drama, you're dreaming....!!! As stated, it's well acted, some 'very light' humour mixed in, some great action scenes & twists & turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.....! Violence is graphic but shown briefly...must have been shown after the watershead, but adds to the tension and overall feel of the series. A must for fans of cult 70s British TV drama. No extras, but if you watch individual eps. 2-6, footage of a caption & voiceover of announcer of storyline summary is included before the episodes which is a nice touch..! TV Dramas & Thrillers of the 70s aren't made like this anymore, and never will be...!


No Sex Please: We're British [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
No Sex Please: We're British [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £14.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another CUT version....but it will do for now....!!!, 27 Feb. 2012
Firstly, this is one of my favourite films, and quite different to the 'Carry-On' series, with a more tounge-in-cheek style to it. Secondly, this is another release of the cult film by SONY PICTURES, only this version is part of the series of 'direct to DVD-R' releases of rare films, region free (as far as I know..!)...the other is on UK Region 2 DVD release. Finally, this is AGAIN a CUT version of the film, which comes to the assumption that Sony wanted to 'reduce' the running time of the film, therefore cutting out 'unnecessary' scenes from both releases. With the R2 DVD release, there are at least 3-4 scenes cut from the film but with a feeling that the region-free DVD-R version would be uncut, I was wrong, but had noticed that fewer cuts had been made....most notable include the opening scene with the american tourists & the scene in the park when Corbett's character who hides the first box of pornography bumps into the park attendant after throwing the contents into a litter bin. One scene cut on the R2 version, which is on THIS release, which i'm glad to say & is so funny, is when Corbett's character while jogging to work, shoves a van door away and into a delivery man (played by ROBIN ASKWITH) holding a large cake that flies into his face...typical classic slapstick......!!

Any reason for these cuts, even if it is for reducing time to the film, is no excuse...but as this recent version will do until Sony see right to releasing the film in it's fullest...!
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Yes -The Lost Broadcasts [DVD] [1971]
Yes -The Lost Broadcasts [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ Yes

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best YES DVD Compilations Of Their Early Career...!, 17 May 2010
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This has to be one of the best compilations of early European TV performances, both live & mimed, by UK progressive rock band YES, between 1969 and early 1971. It has a full, uninterrupted session, supposedly their first ever TV performance, on Radio Bremen's BEAT CLUB in '69...with material from their Debut album which has never been seen before, plus their early version of NO OPPORTUNITY NECESSARY... seen in it's entirety. This is followed by another rare clip from 1970, with the band in COLOUR, part-miming to TIME AND A WORD. Finally, the last live set, features then new guitarist STEVE HOWE, performing YOURS IS NO DISGRACE & three takes of ALL GOOD PEOPLE.

If you're a fan of YES, then this is a must in your Music DVD collection. VOICEPRINT have done an amazing job on this collection...WELL DONE....!


Edgar Broughton Band -Edgar Broughton Band [DVD] [2010]
Edgar Broughton Band -Edgar Broughton Band [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Edgar Band Broughton

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb (If you're a fan of EBB)....!!!!, 2 May 2010
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This has been a bit of a shock, as i have constantly seen poor copies of the BEAT-CLUB sessions on Youtube on a number of times, to see an official DVD release of some of the rare German TV performances of one of the UK's most underrated Progressive Rock/Blues bands of the 70s. The Edgar Broughton Band have always been and will be one of my favourite bands, especially being a fan of 60s & 70s obscure hard rock bands. I was so over the moon when i herd about a UK music dvd/cd label called VOICEPRINT were releasing a number of DVD of rare European TV performances from the 70s, including the likes of YES, WEATHER REPORT and of course EBB...! I got it a few days ago and watched it from beginning to end.......was a very happy person indeed....! It's 40+ minutes of well-edited clips of BEAT CLUB performances from 1970, and as a bonus, a mini concert from 1973, again in Germany, featuring performances of old tracks such as FREEDOM, POPPY and OUT DEMONS OUT.

This is a must for EBB fans...!!! I hope VOICEPRINT release more BEAT CLUB gems, especially the BLACK SABBATH performances....!


Eclipse [digipak]
Eclipse [digipak]
Price: £11.34

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The "Lost" Jade Warrior Album....A Rare Masterpiece....!, 24 April 2010
This review is from: Eclipse [digipak] (Audio CD)
I discovered JADE WARRIOR through the VERTIGO Double Vinyl Album Sampler "Suck It And See" from 1973. A track entitled MWENGA SKETCH appeared on this set, which is a lively & heavy dose of Santana-esq beats going from heavy to soft and to heavy again. The details of the track were not specified to a new album release by this UK progressive rock band, only described as COMING SOON/TO BE RELEASED by the label. Unfortunately, with poor sales and lack of interest and promotion of their previous albums, Vertigo decided to withdrew their contract with them, and the sample track, followed by material for the next two albums were shelved, never to be released, with the band immediately changing label (ISLAND) and direction. The guitarist TONY DUHIG sadly passed away in 1990, and much interest to release the bands rare recordings by the other group members had begun, only to have taken some years to have ECLIPSE released by a re-issue company (ACME) and to have the album fully remastered and with original artwork that was to be used if released in the 70s.

The Album re-release was deleted and is very rare. It was the decision by European label REPERTOIRE to again release ECLIPSE, as well as the other album recorded at the same time, entitled FIFTH ELEMENT, which was the band's final album, with a mix of Heavy and soft sounds, compared to their new softer direction on the ISLAND label.

Overall, my opinion on ECLIPSE, is an amazing experience....their debut and second album work towards the direction of soft to heavy melodic sounds, with the volume slightly turned down. By the third, and classic album, LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM, they managed to mix both the heavy/soft sound pretty well, but there is still the element of creating lengthy peaceful & dreamy tracks. On ECLIPSE, the volume has been turned up, especially on tracks SANGA, TOO MANY HEROES, HOLY ROLLER and the sample track from the Vertigo LP sampler....VERY HEAVY STUFF...! I don't think many fans of Jade Warrior have discovered this album, but are aware of it's existence, and i would seriously recommend purchasing a copy whether you're a fan of JW or Progressive Rock.


Corrupción (Corruption) (DVD) (1967) (Spanish Import)
Corrupción (Corruption) (DVD) (1967) (Spanish Import)
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent Print But Cut In Bits, 25 Sept. 2009
This is a Spanish/Portuguese DVD version of the classic 1967 Horror/Thriller By Robert-Hartford-Davis, starring PETER CUSHING as a Surgeon who is pushed to save his young lover (SUE LLOYD) to keep her looks after an accident destroyed her face. He discovers a technique to restore his lover's looks, but he has to kill other women to get what he wants.

It's a little dated, the soundtrack/score can be irritatingly loud sometimes, but it's a fun horror to watch, with a decent print, though it's in a 4:3 format & not widescreen. The main problem with this release is that it has been cut in various scenes, particularly during Cushing's first killing of a prostitute. This has been totally removed, only showing him wandering around London, then coming back home with his "findings"...I'm assuming that this must have been violent to the censors in Spain!

With 99% of the disc in Spanish/Portuguese, but despite removal of the language & subtitle track for this region release, it will do for now until SONY releases the film fully uncut!
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Sound-On-Sound
Sound-On-Sound
Price: £47.22

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electro-Punk of the late 1970s at it's best!, 10 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Sound-On-Sound (Audio CD)
I bought this album, after discovering Bill Nelson's work with BE-BOP DELUXE of which some did not agree with me, mostly the last two studio albums. I also discovered material from this album from the samplers placed on the massively awsome HARVEST FESTIVAL 5 Disc set (the samplers being RADAR IN MY HEART - One of the best examples of commercial pop-punk ever produced, and REVOLT INTO STYLE). The first listen, i loved it....for it's quirky style of synth usage and raw guitar style, as well as the superb vocal and lyrical style of Bill Nelson. Not a huge fan of his, but this album fits side-to-side with such artists as DEVO, JAPAN & ULTRAVOX 1979/80 period....heavily recommended to fans of 80s electro pop-punk!


Cherry Five
Cherry Five
Price: £33.10

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST starter album for any GOBLIN/PROG ROCK fan!, 22 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Cherry Five (Audio CD)
When you get into any genre of music, whatever your tastes are, you can't help exploring other avenues of groups, beginnings and solo projects, that sort of thing. When i started to "explore" the works of GOBLIN, the italian maestros of dark progressive rock, mainly used in GUT-CHURNING horror soundtracks, most notably of DARIO ARGENTO, et. al., i herd of the groups former band, CHERRY FIVE, which included vocals, which i was a bit weary of, even before purchasing their only album. I took a chance and recieved it in a matter of weeks......and let me tell you....THE WAITING HAS BEEN WORTH IT! It is one of the most intresting and powerful european progressive rock albums that i've heard since PFM! It is so rich in chord changes, deep bass strumming and whirling organs, that kind-of mirror the likes of YES and ELP...BUT...it has an identity of it's own! The reason lies within the structure of each song (some odd titles!)..OLIVER is a prime example that has a middle that could have been the basis for the GOBLIN sound...deep and moody! Each song is never boring or drifts out of place...it's an album i'll never get tired of and i think it's a great starter block for those who adore the works of GOBLIN, as a stand-alone band or for their added musical talents to some of the great italian horror films, and for PROGRESSIVE ROCK fans who enjoy heavy, heavy sounds of mellotron, organ, deep bass, guitar and obscure lyrics....Definately worth checking the ROOTS of your favourite bands...you never know what treats you might find!


Killing Hour [DVD] [US Import]
Killing Hour [DVD] [US Import]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £25.88

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying, overpaid, so-called HORROR trash!, 6 July 2004
When i went to look at the details of the film via the Anchor Bay U.S. website, my initial reaction, before seeing it, was that it would contain the regular things you would expect in an UNRATED/UNCENSORED thriller...gore, violence and so-on..! Upon recieving and viewing it, i was heavily disapointed, AND HOW...the suspense of the film is dragged near to the end with much of the sexual violence showing full-blown...theres too much dialogue thats dragged via the characters and the gore scenes are...well, let's just say, left up to the imagination of the viewer...if you can spot any, that is! I may be being picky, but buying something that sounds so delicious to the eye before viewing is criminal, and anchor bay...inc. the UK, should review their TRUTH POLICY on what the film is really like, or if it has the necessary components to make it what it is, and NOT the reverse! It is your choice however, collectors of thriller/horror, but buy with caution and watch with patience!


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