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Executioner [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Executioner [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ George Peppard
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £11.20

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peppard at his best, 28 Sept. 2013
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Superb 1960s spy film with John Le Carre style realism in plot and character drawing but with James Bond style international production values, not a back projection in sight so when Peppard draws back the curtains of his floor to ceiling window of his Athens hotel room he looks out to the Acropolis and he is really there, not in some fake looking Pinewood studio set with a large photo outside his window!! Peppard looks great in this film, he is tanned, slim and handsome, he is looking his best, he should have done more movies really, this movie shifts around London with Peppard zooming about the streets of Mayfair in a white Lotus Elan convertible and moves to Greece and Europe. Its highly entertaining.


Deadfall [DVD] [1968]
Deadfall [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Price: £10.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb photography and music, 28 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Deadfall [DVD] [1968] (DVD)
1960s curio has Michael Caine as an international jewel thief who finds himself in Spain teaming up with a gay ex Gestapo officer brilliantly played by Eric Portman and his beautiful trophy wife who does not normally find men attractive shall we say, so a complicated tense menage a troi dynamic develops as they embark on some daring jewel robberies. The John Barry soundtrack is hauntingly brilliant and compliments the excellent visuals, the cinematography is stunning with beautifully saturated colours that you only find in a 1960s film and the image is impressively pin sharp for a DVD, the story is interesting and tense with a real sense of foreboding and impending disaster on all fronts both emotionally for the characters and in their ambitious plan to rob a millionaire who has never been outwitted by thieves, but its the music and visuals that are a real treat, its highly enjoyable and well worth a look.


Official History Of The Tour De France - 1903-2006 [DVD]
Official History Of The Tour De France - 1903-2006 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Le Tour De France
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.92

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars flawed documentary, 31 Aug. 2010
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Well, I admire Sean Kelly's sporting achievements, and no offense to Sean but his attempts at presenting the links to this documentary are absolutely dreadful and came close to rendering this DVD unwatchable for me. His deadpan monotone delivery into camera while nervously and continually licking his lips as he reads from the cue cards off camera are excruciating, after a while I just couldn't actually understand a word he was saying so simply fast forwarded his segments to get to the archive footage, sorry Sean! The archive clips are great and the DVD is worth having for those.....just skip through Sean's bits.


Bullitt [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free]
Bullitt [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Steve McQueen
Price: £7.70

73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pin sharp, gritty transfer, as it should be, 28 Feb. 2010
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Okay, lets talk about the difference between grain....and sharpness. The Blu ray transfer of this film is pin sharp,thats because the focus puller and camera man on the original film crew did a very good job and got everything in perfect focus!! The Blu Ray transfer does exemplify the characteristics of the film stock used in 1968....remember this is a film shot entirely on location in an almost semi/documentary style using film stock suited to low light levels and with a minimum use of suplementary lighting, by nature the film stock can be slightly grainy in places but that is no accident and can be considered a creative choice by the director to convey the gritty on the spot realism required. Actually in many ways this film set a trend, not just because of the car chase but the visual style and realistic/ urgent nature of the camera work spawned a slew of gritty action thrillers, (see French Connection/Blu Ray). There is no point in trying to compare the visual quality of a Blu Ray film like "Bullit" to a Blu Ray Bond film, for one thing the visual styles are so disparate as to be incomparable, Bond films present a saturated hyper reality, a high gloss to go with the high fantasy, "Bullitt" is a gritty cop thriller, it doesn't need cleaned up or made glossy like a modern film, watch it as it was intended to be, this Blu ray is good, its sharp, its clear, its grainy in places, its how it should be. I have the DVD and the Blu Ray is far superior...enjoy.
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Kidnapped [DVD]
Kidnapped [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caine makes mincemeat of Scottish accent!, 19 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Kidnapped [DVD] (DVD)
This is pretty good, I've always liked this version. As a schoolboy in Scotland word went out that Michael Caine was in my local town of Stirling doing some location filming and me and some of my pals bunked off school to stalk the production crew as they filmed around the streets of old Stirling and at Stirling Castle itself, all doubling for old Edinburgh. There was also some filming in the preserved historic village of Culross which is about 12 miles to the east of Stirling.No actual filming in Edinburgh Im afraid, its far too touristy with too many tartan shops, film makers tend to come to Stirling when they need to portray "old Edinburgh"....and not a lot of people know that! Caine is good as always, I believe his character but not his Scots accent which by all accounts is awfull but I'll forgive him that, enjoy the drama as the performances and script are top notch. Well worth a look.


The Day The Earth Stood Still [Blu-ray] [1951]
The Day The Earth Stood Still [Blu-ray] [1951]
Dvd ~ Michael Rennie
Price: £8.30

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic treatment of iconic film, 3 Jun. 2009
Superb blu ray transfer making a crystal clear rendition of this iconic film. Forget the remake, this is far superior, the soundtrack by Bernard Hermann serves the narrative brilliantly. In response to a previous review saying that this film was made in widescreen but is only shown in 4x3,.... well that is nonsense. This movie was shot in "Academy Ratio" which is 1:33:1 and as close to 4x3 as you can get, the blu ray and DVD release show the screen image in a complete form as it was shot, the only way to make this wide screen would be to crop off the image at the top and bottom and what would be the point of that?


The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby [DVD]
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby [DVD]
Dvd ~ Oliver Golding
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £29.99

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Film, 28 Aug. 2007
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The illustration on the cover of the DVD does not reflect how visualy impressive the movie is. Its beautifuly shot and makes good use of the historic Scottish town of Stirling and its Castle doubling for old Edinburgh.The whole thing is very well done and has a good cast and guest appearance by Christopher Lee as the Lord Provost of Edinburgh! I really would recommend this movie as good family viewing, it appeals to adults and children alike as well as dog lovers, my nephews have watched it several times over and it keeps them glued to the screen and I must say I have enjoyed watching it a few times with them. A thoroughly charming film and a rarity to find wholesome entertainement of this kind.


Tunes of Glory [DVD] [1960]
Tunes of Glory [DVD] [1960]
Dvd ~ Alec Guinness
Offered by globalmovies
Price: £14.99

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly acted drama, 12 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Tunes of Glory [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
Trouble at Stirling Castle when new Regiment commander (John Mills) arrives to take command and clashes with Jock Sinclair (Alec Guiness) All superbly filmed and directed by Ronald Neame, incidentally no location filming at either Stirling or Edinburgh apart from an exterior shot of Stirling Castle briefly at the beginning and end of the film, otherwise all filmed at the backlot at Sheperton and very convincing it is too. The acting is nothing short of brilliant and the story gripping, modern filmakers please take note of how good script and performances are everything! The transfer to DVD is pretty good from existing material. There is a thin faint dark bar that appears for 8 minutes as has been mentioned in other reviews, I have heard this is damage to the original neg and difficult to put right, the film is nearly 50 years old so I am not going to let that small glitch detract from my enjoyment of the film.


Deadfall [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Deadfall [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb soundtrack by John Barry, 24 Nov. 2006
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Any movie with a soundtrack by John Barry is worth watching and this is no exception,very watchable,compelling heist thriller with good performances from the three main leads.This film could have been a laughable disaster in the wrong hands considering the complicated personnal relationships we are being presented with in the film but Caine and Eric Portman and the rather beautiful Giovanna Ralli thankfully manage to pull it off.The film dips a little towards the end and seems to race towards the climax rather abruptly,however the visual style and soundtrack of the film more than makes up for this flaw,indeed the photogrpahy is quite stunning with very lush saturated colour and interesting composition throughout, the transfer is superbly sharp and widescreen,well worth a look


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