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Parker ballpoint ball pen refill red ink medium point x 1 single
Parker ballpoint ball pen refill red ink medium point x 1 single
Offered by K Direct
Price: £3.23

1.0 out of 5 stars So I am not best pleased to find the refill leaking over things, 17 July 2015
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Granted I bought one of these refills some three and-a-half years ago. But it has had very little use; my everyday Parker pen has a blue-black refill; the pen with the red refilll is used only for correcting proofs - and even then I make most corrections with a red ribbon in my electronic typewriter. Only corrections whose symbols do not appear on the typewriter keyboard (such as the 'omit' one) are done with the pen. So I am not best pleased to find the refill leaking over things, including me.


Suspicion [DVD] [1941]
Suspicion [DVD] [1941]
Dvd ~ Cary Grant
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars in his changed ending for GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Dickens put one over on Bulwer Lytton ..., 16 July 2015
This review is from: Suspicion [DVD] [1941] (DVD)
There is a theory that, in his changed ending for GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Dickens put one over on Bulwer Lytton who had objected to the unhappier original version - that the ambiguous last sentence can be interpreted to mean that Pip and Estella do, in fact, part. I suggest that Hitchcock may have done something similar with the front office's objections to Cary Grant as a murderer - that even as we have it the film can be interpreted to make him just that. We only have his word for it that he was not in Paris with Binkie. Why should we believe him when he has told so many lies? So the glass of milk IS poisoned; when that fails, he DOES indeed to push Joan Fontaine out of the car. And after he film ends he will no doubt try again.


The Two Faces Of January [DVD]
The Two Faces Of January [DVD]
Dvd ~ Viggo Mortensen
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Distraction, 24 Jan. 2015
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But what I don't like (and am trying to get to the bottom of) is that (at any rate on my player) the whole film (only the film, not the extras, or anything else) is disfigured by the maddening distraction, in livid white and impinging on the image in the top left-hand corner, of a symbol (a camera? a projector?) followed by the figures 1/2. (Except that if I switch on 'storyboard' they become 2/2.)


Baker's Dozen: Illustrated poetry published at Sidcot by the Gruffyground Press. [With a boxwood engraving of a pine marten by Simon Brett.)
Baker's Dozen: Illustrated poetry published at Sidcot by the Gruffyground Press. [With a boxwood engraving of a pine marten by Simon Brett.)
by Anthony Baker
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Caveat emptor, 4 Sept. 2014
This booklet is still in print at the publisher, price £2. I should know, being the publisher. (Naturally, the one star relates only to the ridiculous price. I am satisfied with the production, which was by the Rampant Lions Press.)


Premier AV SB-D9020 9" Region Free Portable DVD Player with Swivel Screen, USB and Card Slot - Black
Premier AV SB-D9020 9" Region Free Portable DVD Player with Swivel Screen, USB and Card Slot - Black
Price: £81.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Distortion, 18 Feb. 2014
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This deplorable player should not be on the market. Whatever it may or may not achieve in conjunction with a televison (I have no television), on its own screen it is incapable of displaying a film made before 1954 (and, in the field of non-anglophone cinema, a fair few made later than that) in the correct aspect ratio, which is 1:1.375. (Well, actually dvds turn this into 1:1.33, but this does negligible damage, though sometimes a letter or so of the credits disappears off the edge of things.) The player stretches the image laterally, to fill the screen. The distortion is appalling. Slim actresses turn into fat ones. In (for instance) the opening of Hitchcock's REBECCA the moon assumes the shape of a rugby ball. The makers seem to have a fixed delusion that this can be adjusted. It can't. Not the least mystery, however, is the host of people who have reviewed the thing here, largely favourably, with no mention of this defect. Can't they see it? Or don't they care? (I presume the comment about pre-1954 players is a joke - unless the writer really does suppose there were dvds in, and before, 1954.)
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A Royal Affair [DVD] [2012]
A Royal Affair [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Mads Mikkelsen
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Two royal affairs, 8 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: A Royal Affair [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Has anyone noticed the similarity between this film and Basil Dearden's Ealing Studios SARABANDE FOR DEAD LOVERS?


John Mills - Centenary Collection Vol.2 [DVD]
John Mills - Centenary Collection Vol.2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Mills
Price: £15.94

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad subtitling, 3 Jan. 2014
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Something needs to be done about the subtitling (for, as the French would say, 'sourds et malendants') of Hamer's THE LONG MEMORY in this set. When John McCallum's Inspector tells his wife that 'injustice has been done', the subtitle turns this, absurdly, to 'justice has been done'. Equally nonsensical in terms of the plot is John Mills's return to his hulk on the mudflats, to be told by Eva Bergh about a 'man who wanted to see you' - which in the subtitle becomes 'the man you wanted to see'. One begins to wonder if the subtitler was 'sourd ou malendant' himself. (For a better transfer all round, go - if your player is multi-region - to the region 1 Rank Ccllection LONG MEMORY.)


SONY SX910 9" CodeFree Portable Blu Ray Player Multizone Region Code Free DVD 012345678 PAL/NTSC Blu Ray Zone A+B+C Player DivX XviD AVI MKV AVCHD with LCD screen that rotates 180° so you can see all your favorite Blu-ray or DVD
SONY SX910 9" CodeFree Portable Blu Ray Player Multizone Region Code Free DVD 012345678 PAL/NTSC Blu Ray Zone A+B+C Player DivX XviD AVI MKV AVCHD with LCD screen that rotates 180° so you can see all your favorite Blu-ray or DVD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong aspect ratio, 14 Nov. 2013
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This particular specimen - though not all specimens of the model, as is proved by one bought on Ebay - hideously distorted dvds of films with an aspect ratio of 1:1.375 (that is, all films made before 1954, and some made later), compressing them so that they were exactly square, 4 and a half inches by 4 and a half inches. In other words, the aspect ratio became 1:1. The results were unwatchable. Inexplicably, blu-rays with the old ratio were unaffected.


Hunted (Digitally Remastered) [DVD]
Hunted (Digitally Remastered) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dirk Bogarde
Price: £5.10

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4.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles, 5 Aug. 2013
'It is easily Charles Crichton's best film' wrote the great Richard Winnington in the week HUNTED was released. Since Crichton had already directed HUE AND CRY and THE LAVENDER MOB, this was praise. Why, though, are there (as far as one can see) no hard-of-hearing optional English subtitles? Really, with an ageing population these should be a sine qua non - not least in view of Jon Whiteley's impenetrable Scottishness. (An accidental achievement of HUNTED was that it drew the attention of the newly expatriate Joseph Losey to the talents of Dirk Bogarde.)


Strictly English: The correct way to write ... and why it matters
Strictly English: The correct way to write ... and why it matters
by Simon Heffer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.30

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Grammarian, heal thyself, 23 Aug. 2012
Heffer appears to believe, with the Bellman in THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK, that what he tells us three times is true. On page 119, on page 157, and yet again on page 159, we are told that there is no such word as 'onto'. This is odd, considering that it is in the OED, with an earliest date of 1715. (And the old OED was prescriptive, not descriptive like modern, craven compilations.) It is plain that 'onto' and 'on to' are exactly parallel to 'into' and 'in to'. 'He went onto the roof' is not the same as 'We went on to a nightclub' (after, for instance, the theatre).
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