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Planet Earth: The Complete Series  [HD DVD]
Planet Earth: The Complete Series [HD DVD]
Dvd ~ David Attenborough
Offered by lightningdvd
Price: £9.99

7 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance, 17 Nov 2007
I find my mind wandering on to "Wow that looks awesome" or "How did they get that shot" far too many times during this documentary. Watch any of the Life of Mammals/Life of Birds/Blue Planet documentaries and you are so engrossed with what is actually happening and with what you are actually learning that you only infrequently get sidetracked onto more technical matters. Planet Earth is stunningly pretty and technically mesmerising in HD but it feels more like a Bernardo Bertolucci film than a documentary, and being a photographer myself I notice constantly how very arty and deliberate the compositions are, and it does detract from the enjoyment.
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Evilspeak [1981] [DVD]
Evilspeak [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Howard

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane..., 11 Feb 2005
This review is from: Evilspeak [1981] [DVD] (DVD)
It's strange when you see a film for the first time in twenty years, you expect it to have the same impact as it did when you first saw it as a gore-hungry teenager. And of course it can't, but it does stand up remarkably well.
The bullying & violent-revenge plot still works well because the bullies still so very much deserve what they get!
The gore is all there from what I remember of it and the performances are still cheesy, although Clint Howard's sweaty, stuttering performance as the bullied Coopersmith isn't half bad.
My only real moan about the presentation (bear in mind I only watched the UNCUT version of the film on disc 2) is the quality of the print. The UNCUT version seems to have been edited together using a patchwork of many different prints , ranging from the pristine to the power-sanded!! Some scenes look mint while some look like a video source while some look like they have just been discovered in a bin.. The sound varies accordingly, from clear to muffled, and occasionally there is no sound at all where they obviously have restored the image but could find no accompanying sound reel.
Mostly though the image and sound are ok, it just gets distracting when it chops and changes so much.
Incidentally did anybody elso spot 'LUCA BRASI' from the Godfather as the campus chef????

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