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Tomorrow's Harvest
Tomorrow's Harvest
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another part of the BOC journey, 14 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Tomorrow's Harvest (Audio CD)
I'm not claiming to have everything by boards of Canada, but I do own all the official albums, eps, singles and peel sessions that I have been aware of over the years. I cant believe Boc have grown in popularity over the years the way they have and still retained the sound that is unique to them. It seems this album has divided opinion. I personally am grateful that they haven't gone down a more commercial sounding route, albeit it seems ironic that it is destined for commerciality (its number 3 in the album charts as I write). It is a fantastic album, but nothing will surpass the first two albums and series of eps, and therefore it will always suffer in comparison. However it is another part to the boc story and place it how you will. The bottom line is that it is still very much BOC and for me personally is a fantastic journey. Shut your eyes, imagine you're in a post apocalyptic world and enjoy the experience. By the way can anyone hear the Romero's day of the Dead homage in track 3.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Lords of this world, 10 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: 13 (Audio CD)
Yes. Much better than it deserves to be at this stage. It really is very good. Much more of a hybrid of "Black Sabbath" and "master of Reality" with a hint of "Sabotage" than it is "paranoid" but then again I wouldn't want it to be a recreation of the Sabbath classic. Full to bursting with classic Iommi riffs and even my fear that Ozzy would sound too much like he did on his later solo work, has been calmed. The album is very Sabbath without sounding clichéd. Yes one or two songs are cut and paste jobs but even they are not naff but good in their own right. If this had been released in the mid 70s by now it would be figuring in a list of classic Sabbath rock albums from the 70s. It will never live up to some of their work but neither will it be viewed as a nearly album like never say die or technical ecstacy. If this is the last Sabbath album featuring ozzy ever then Im happy with that.
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Black Sabbath [Blu-ray]
Black Sabbath [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Michèle Mercier
Price: £12.00

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrow bd/dvd Superb, 16 May 2013
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What a quality film!!! Three stories The Telephone, Wurdalak and Drop of Water. Arrow here present a glorious hd master of two versions of the film, The Italian version with English subs and the American International Pictures dubbed release. The stories run in different order depending on which version of the film you watch, with different introductions by Karloff, different editing, different scores (as usual Les Baxter takes the helm on the AIP release), also with the story "The Telephone" the versions differ in the sense that the AIP version offers a more supernatural take as opposed to the more giallo flavour of the Italian version. There are also different colour gradings on each of the versions which were undertaken by the studios themselves. I cant recommend this film (and edition) enough. The extras here are good also, although not a comprehensive list are split over 3 discs which is a little annoying but I understand why that is done. The best of these imo is the side by side comparison of the two versions of the film. Its easy to see what the differences are and believe me there are plenty. The "Telephone" and "Drop of Water" work very well as short stories, but its "the Wurdalak" a Russian vampire tale by Tolstoy which would have deserved to have been a film to itself. I loved it. Arrow presents the bd/hd with an extremely good hd master, the Italian version slightly better in terms of clean up as the AIP has a few specks and scratches occasionally. Reversible sleeve art too. Overall another excellent release by Arrow.


Baron Blood [Blu-ray]
Baron Blood [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Joseph Cotten
Price: £7.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrow win again, 6 May 2013
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This review is from: Baron Blood [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Arrow come up trumps again with this edition. 3 versions of the film (Export version, AIP version with alternate score and the Italian version with subs). The extras are good and the HD restoration is just as good. In this day and age is fantastic that someone like Arrow actually cares about the fans considering they are a small outfit. The film itself is not a masterpiece, but is a highly entertaining piece of gothic filmmaking set in a modern period (well 70s!!). Its not up there with Bavas classics Black Sabbath and Black Sunday as to me it suffers from having a slightly Scooby Doo feeling to the script (spooky castle, the disfigured Baron, unravelling the mystery to the final reveal etc) It just feels like its missing the mystery machine, shaggy and a closing statement of "Those pesky kids". Don't let that put you off its still a great ride but just a period of its time and certainly the horror of the early 70s pre Exorcist where the game changed entirely.


The Wicker Tree [Blu-ray]
The Wicker Tree [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee
Price: £6.00

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 4 May 2013
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I tried to like this film, I really did and I found it hard to give it 3 stars. Unfortunately it will always be in the shadow of its far superior forerunner "The Wicker man" the original Robin Hardy undisputed classic. All the ingredients should have been put in place for this, the original director, based on his own novel "cowboys for Christ", the fact that there was a rebellion against the awful Nicholas cage remake of the wickerman and the return of Christopher lee. As it happens Christopher lee had to pull out and is relegated to a very poor scene which was just placed in there to get his name on the credits. The problem with this film is that there is no dramatic tension. The original built up tension by having a mystery unfold set in an isolated village, featuring creepy characters and very odd musical interludes. The oddness was purposeful as it created uneasiness, adding to the pagan culture of the locals, culminating in a very shocking and thought provoking ending, which to me still hasn't lost its power. The Wicker tree has none of this. The characters are sometimes odd but unfortunately annoying, the music doesn't really add to the film as the songs tend to be more country style than folk which are also annoying. There is no interesting mystery unfolding and the climax is very poor in comparison, and didn't have that shiver element that the Edward Woodward "Oh Christ!!!" moment had. It was years in the making and I think Hardy probably over though it. The idea of the film is interesting but it just wasn't carried out with any real passion and at times feels like its a parody of the original. Have I mentioned that there is intentional comedy, and at times very cringeworthy unintentional comedy. It tries to replicate the original but fails on almost every level. The blu ray does have a nice cover though!!!


Black Sunday Dual Format [DVD + Blu-ray] [1960]
Black Sunday Dual Format [DVD + Blu-ray] [1960]
Dvd ~ Barbara Steele
Price: £11.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic B/w gothic, 24 April 2013
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In my opinion The mask of Satan (European version) ever so slightly surpasses the AIP Black Sunday version if only because I feel that the Les Baxter score on Black Sunday is a bit too over the top in a typical AIP way. It is I re-iterate only my opinion and sometimes less is more as is the case with the original score. Having watched both versions, and I have yet to see the original Italian language version there really isn't that much in it really, different editing, dubbing and the AIP version is cut and shortens some of the more gruesome scenes (even though it is tame by todays standards). Whichever version you prefer however offers great b/w gothic tale. It never really decides if it wants to be about vampires or witches and blurs the two ideas but the imagery portrayed is fantastic if you like eery forests and castles, crypts and coffins. Its part Hammer, part Universal monsters with a European flavour so if you enjoyed either then I highly recommend Mask of Satan/Black Sunday. It also offers the Italian "I Vampiri" (The vampires) which Bava worked on and completed as cameraman. Overall very good film, does lose its way sometimes but generally deserves its reputation as an old skool classic.


Female Vampire [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Female Vampire [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £14.61

4.0 out of 5 stars Ok film, average transfer. Not franco or Romays best., 17 April 2013
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I liked Franco as a director and more importantly Lina Romay. This is probably one of Francos better known efforts, however I find it drags in places as it has a dreamy and surreal quality to it. Lina is great as always as the countess Irina, but don't expect lots of blood and scares. There are two versions of this film on the bd, the "bloodsucking" version known as "Erotikill" , and the more adult orientated most well known version of "Female vampire". Both are ok but unfortunately the print used here is still pretty bad, I believe though its the best available at this time. For those who need to know, the version featuring the h/c inserts is not on this edition. Advertised as region 1, it will in fact play on uk players.
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Vamp [Blu-ray]
Vamp [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Grace Jones
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £14.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80s vampire flick, 17 April 2013
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Great vampire film from the 80s. Maybe not as good as I remember but offers some good vampire effects, black humour and dodgy 80s fashions. Arrow have done a great job restoring this, the neon lights bright and colourful in contrast with the dark shadows of The After dark club etc. Grace Jones weird as always.


Jack The Giant Killer [DVD]
Jack The Giant Killer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kerwin Mathews
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable yarn but falls short on many levels, 17 April 2013
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I'm a huge fan of Harrthausen, specifically Jason and the Argonauts and of course 7th voyage of Sinbad. Jack the giant killer has the same director as 7th voyage, I guess it was made in response to the popularity of it. However, this isn't a work of Harryhausens' and although the stop motion has a certain charm it in no way can compete with the technical brilliance Harryhausen brings to the table. The film does have a magical charm about it but falls short on many levels. It is enjoyable nonetheless.


From Dusk Till Dawn 1-3 Complete BD Collection [Blu-ray]
From Dusk Till Dawn 1-3 Complete BD Collection [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Harvey Keitel
Price: £12.93

4.0 out of 5 stars As a trilogy its actually pretty good, 5 April 2013
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Given that there is a hell of a lot of criticism aimed at parts 2 and 3 I actually wasn't expecting much but in fact I actually enjoyed parts 2 and 3 if viewed as a whole with the original. Not too sure if Id have bought them individually but enjoyable nonetheless.


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