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Justified - Season 2 [DVD]
Justified - Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Timothy Olyphant
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars the invisible special feature, 23 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Justified - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
It just irritates me when the disc cover advertises an extra 'featurette' about the show, which isn't on the discs. It probably wouldn't have been all that good, but y'know, we do have a Trade Description Act that says what's described on the package should also be on the inside.

The series? It's terrific. Like 'Macbeth' set in Kentucky.


Day for Night ( La Nuit américaine ) ( The American Night )
Day for Night ( La Nuit américaine ) ( The American Night )
Dvd ~ Jacqueline Bisset
Offered by wmdservices
Price: £13.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD not as described - beware!, 9 Jun. 2012
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The film is still a classic. Unfortunately, the DVD I received is an Italian one although the outer case is in French. The outer case, like the Amazon description, promises subtitles in various languages including English, and extra commentaries. The actual disc has only subtitles in French or Italian and no extras at all.

Do not buy this DVD based on the description on Amazon, it is incorrect and the product is not as advertised.

I shall not buy anything from this seller - ARVOnline - again.


The Box of Delights
The Box of Delights
by John Masefield
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A world with magic in it, 23 Feb. 2008
This review is from: The Box of Delights (Paperback)
"The wolves are running" "If you see Someone, tell them Someone is safe"... those phrases have stayed with me ever since I first read this book as a child.

(SPOILER) I agree that the very end is a mistake, because Masefield has created such a marvellous world where magic is intermingled with normality and one really doesn't want it to be dismissed as 'only a dream'. However, that's my only criticism of this lovely book.

Recommended for any imaginative child or adult. Reading The Midnight Folk first adds another dimension - personally I don't think it's quite such a good book, but it's full of wonderful imagery too (and doesn't use the 'dream' explanation either).


Laughing Boy (Signet Classics)
Laughing Boy (Signet Classics)
by Oliver La Farge
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic, 17 July 2007
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This is a wonderful book for anybody who is interested in Native American culture, but also for anyone who cares about how ancient societies have been trampled by more modern ones. Laughing Boy himself is a great character, but it is Slim Girl, bruised and cynical from her life among the whites, who lingers in the memory.


The Looking Glass War
The Looking Glass War
by John Le Carré
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one, 24 April 2007
This review is from: The Looking Glass War (Paperback)
This is not perhaps the best-known Le Carre book, but it's my favourite and I recommend it to anyone who hasn't yet discovered it. It has elements in common with 'Tinker Tailor' in that it deals with collective delusion by a group of secret service officials - here, a bunch of second-rate spymasters who decide to run an unauthorised operation. Le Carre has a great gift for portraying vanity and the terrifying lengths people will go to in order to make themselves feel important.


Miss Ranskill Comes Home
Miss Ranskill Comes Home
by Barbara Euphan Todd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.00

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird idea, clever book, 23 July 2004
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...So this woman has been shipwrecked on a desert island, where she's been living with another castaway until he's died and she's been rescued. She's been fond of this man, and he was very self-reliant and useful on a desert island, though as he was happily married and she was socially somewhat above him and it's the 1940s, Nothing Happened. And now she's being brought back to England, into the Second World War, which so far she's pretty much missed...
So far, so loopy. But if you can accept this far-fetched premise, what you get is a shrewd and funny book about how people's outlook can be completely changed by their circumstances. Nice, thoughtful Miss Ranskill has really learned a new philosophy from her desert island life, and now she's dumped into a whole new world of ration books, the blackout, and telling on your neighbours when they buy on the black market. Her old friends are living a different life, preoccupied by the war, and are not at all helpful - in fact this is often a book about how nasty women can be to each other.
Miss Ranskill is splendidly dauntless, and she wins out in the end. It's fun. Read it.


The Officer's Ward [DVD] [2002]
The Officer's Ward [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Éric Caravaca
Price: £9.50

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic and deeply moving, 23 July 2004
A stunning, hypnotic, deeply moving film. Since I bought the DVD I've watched it several times and it just gets better.
Yes, some viewers will find it slow, but how could it move quickly when it's about people inching their way back to normal life? This isn't a 'bang-bang kiss kiss' adventure story, the patients aren't heroes, they're just average men (and one woman), yet their battle against the pain of disfigurement and rejection is heroic. The nurse is a woman you might meet any day, yet the way she restores her patient's will to live is extraordinary. Don't miss this one.


The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill
by Ron Suskind
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, scarey, essential reading, 4 Mar. 2004
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Some of this book is pretty dry stuff about the American economy, but you can skip that. The rest is a mesmerising and depressing account of how the clever and expert Paul O'Neill was shut out by the Bush administration - and just how deeply, deeply weird that administration is. What happened to O'Neill will be horribly familiar to anyone who's ever found that their face doesn't fit at work - but this is the top echelon of the most powerful country in the world. Who is George Bush? What makes him tick? O'Neill never found out and at the end of the book you still won't know, but he scares the hell out of me. In Bush's FIRST foreign affairs meeting after taking office in 2001(eight months before 9/11) he started talking about removing Saddam, and some official produced a load of photos of 'WMD sites'. Anyone who cast doubt was ignored or pushed aside...


Le Colonel Chabert [VHS] [1995]
Le Colonel Chabert [VHS] [1995]
VHS

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spell-binding three-cornered duel., 18 Mar. 2000
One of the best films I've ever seen. The story is set in France in the period just after the fall of Napoleon. Fanny Ardant and her husband are determined social climbers - aided by her immense wealth; but the money came from her deceased first husband, Colonel Chabert, and when a shabby, half-mad man (Gerard Depardieu) appears claiming to be Chabert, she'll stop at nothing to keep him quiet. The brilliant lawyer who acts as go-between (a dazzling performance from Fabrice Luchini)tries to resolve the conflict, and to find out if "Chabert" is really who he says he is. Don't expect a sprawling epic; this is a small, intense, beautifully acted movie which you won't forget.


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