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William G Axten (N.FREMANTLE, W.AUSTRALIA Australia)

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The Singing Detective [DVD] [1986]
The Singing Detective [DVD] [1986]
Dvd ~ Michael Gambon
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Singing Detective ; Potter's Masterpiece., 4 Jun 2014
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A complex and enthralling examination of a life with a cast of many characters , laughs , and chills. The music of the era accompanies the highs and lows of the life of Philip Marlowe , writer of detective stories ; hospital patient ; husband ; singer ; young boy and , as an adult , caustic observer of the world and its inhabitants. One marvels at Dennis Potter's artistry in the way he unites all the threads of his tale : reconed by many to stand as his masterpiece. The way all this has been brought to the screen is also a brilliant triumph. This work will last.
Highly recommended to those lucky people that have a genuine treat in store.

Battle Of The Somme [1916] [DVD]
Battle Of The Somme [1916] [DVD]

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD "Battle of the Somme", 15 May 2011
This DVD that has produced from a smartened-up original film shot on nitrate during WW1 I found to be of great interest . The informed commentary , by an expert in the history of the war , plays a critical role towards the understanding and appreciation of what the combatants endured during those times. Images are sharp for the most part , and the elements that were posed are clearly indicated .
Also , there is a lot of footage of artillery pieces in action : serving to graphically demonstrate the sort of fearfulness to which the front line troops of both sides were exposed in the trenches. I did not watch the added extra version with the musical score that was created for this silent film - not because I am not interested in it, but rather , because I found the documentary aspect more suited to the subject .
Bill Axten.

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