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Mexican Dia De Los Muertos Day of the Dead Skeletons Set Of 4 Coasters
Mexican Dia De Los Muertos Day of the Dead Skeletons Set Of 4 Coasters
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Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cool & Well Made Gift, 19 Jun. 2016
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nice product. well packaged inside its own sleeve. well printed images on thick material. haven't used with hot drinks yet. would recommend as nice gift.

BearExtender Turbo High Speed 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Mac OS X
BearExtender Turbo High Speed 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Mac OS X

5.0 out of 5 stars It just works (buy with confidence.), 13 Feb. 2015
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Just as others have said, this product works straight out of the box (once you've installed the software of course.) I use it with my i-mac situated some distance from our router, and through several dense brick walls. I'm getting for the first time, almost the very same speed as macs located much nearer the router. Really efficient & fast. Buy it with confidence.

The Houston Story [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The Houston Story [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £15.71

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting overlooked gem, 16 Nov. 2014
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From 1950-1951 what was known as the Kefauver Committee (a special committee of the United States Senate) investigated organized crime which crossed state borders in the US. The United States Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce (to call it by its formal name) had a big impact on the public, increasing awareness of how widespread the problem of mob influence had become across the nation. Hollywood took note, and a flurry of movies were made by various studios, dramatising many 'real life' events that had taken place across the USA involving mob influence in both big cities and small towns.

Among the classic movies made during this period were Captive City [DVD] [1952] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (Robert Wise) 1952 and the hard hitting Phenix City Story (Phil Karlson) 1955 - available in Film Noir Classics Collection 5 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

There were also a series of movies based around specific locales such as New York Confidential New York Confidential [DVD] [1955] [US Import], The Miami Story The Miami Story [DVD] [1954] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] Chicago Confidential Chicago Confidential [DVD] [1957] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] Portland Expose Forgotten Noir 1: Portland Expose & They Were So [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] New Orleans Uncensored New Orleands Uncensored [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] and this movie - The Houston Story.

Starring Gene Barry, the movie follows his downward from seemingly affable oilman to treacherous, overly ambitious, amoral, mob man. Without giving too much of the plot away, he's spent years figuring out a way to tap oil from legitimate operators and needs mob muscle and finance to carry out his scheme. Along the way he manoeuvres/tricks /coerces the two prominent woman in his life - Jeanne Cooper (Madge) a waitress he's been seeing for a while and Barbara Hale Perry Mason: Season 1 [DVD] (Zoe Crane) a singer and mob connected tough girl. Barry is also working his way further into the mob, by outfoxing Paul Richards Beneath The Planet Of The Apes [DVD] (Gordon Shay) and local mob boss Edward Arnold (Paul Atlas.)
With trigger happy goons in the mix, and a vengeful Gordon Shay itching to take out Barry when he's ousted from the mob, and John Zaremba The Time Tunnel - The Complete Series [DVD] [1968] (as mob supremo Emile Constant) eager to rub him out, Barry's plans all lead slowly and inevitably to his downfall and to the people around him.

The movie runs by at a fast lick. Well directed by William Castle (better known for his later 'event' horror movies like Tingler [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] and House On Haunted Hill [1959] [DVD] shows a real flair, showcasing many interesting Houston area locations aided by his DP Henry Freulich. The direction is assured, showing plenty of interesting staging of both actors and locations.
There's plenty of night time photography of vintage 50's locations and also a surprising amount of hand held camera work, which aids the rough aesthetic of the movie.

As per normal for Sony MOD discs, the print is in great shape and the photography is well represented on this DVD. I love the prominent grain in older movies and this movie is appropriately grainy. It's also in anamorphic widescreen so it fills the screen. Just wish Sony would plump for a restoration of these movies, as Warner Archive are now doing with their back catalogue, so they could produce blu-ray editions.

Van Veeteren Films: Vol. 1 [DVD] [2005]
Van Veeteren Films: Vol. 1 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Sven Wollter
Price: £14.96

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding detective stories, 13 Oct. 2014
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For UK audiences, the interest in so called Nordic Noir has been largely generated on TV by BBC4 on Saturday night and by Arrow, who've created dvd/blu ray releases for home audiences. The original books have helped but it's the TV adaptations that have affected audiences the most. Sadly most of the imported shows shown on BBC4 are very recent shows from Scandinavia (and also mainland Europe) so other well regarded crime shows from the recent past are still yet to get an airing on British TV.

So what's this got to do with Van Veeteren? Well for one thing. This underrated gem of a show has real class. The music, acting, writing, direction are all top notch featuring title character retired Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren. The stories can be quite intense and often bloody with the dark undercurrent of obsession and (twisted) motivation so typical of the best Scandinavian dramas. My only objective observation is that as a viewer, some of these films are a 'slow burn.' Not flashy. Not using the latest camera or editing techniques for flash or effect. Just well told, well made drama. So well worth your time and money.
This set (and Vol 2) feature all the Van Veeteren films made to date.

Vol. 1 contains:

Borkmann's Point
In 'Borkmann's Point' (2005) Veeteren, who we see retiring from the force, is invited in by former colleagues to find links between two brutal murders to try and catch the killer before he strikes again.

Münsters Case
In 'Münsters Case' (2005) Veeteren's colleagues Münster (Thomas Hanzon) and Moreno (Eva Rexed) investigate the murder of a wealthy man. Although he's not a dominant player in the story, Van Veeteren's intervention and counseling to the younger detective is critical in solving the case and saving the man's life.

Moreno and Silence
In 'Moreno and Silence' (2006) Moreno investigates the murder of a girl who had left a controversial religious sect trying to find the killer before he murders again. Van Veeteren is again, not a dominant player throughout the story, but provides crucial support to Moreno at the cases end, as she tracks down the murderer.

Recommended release for anyone with a taste for a distinctly different kind of Nordic murder/mystery.

Out Of The Past [Blu-ray] [1947] [US Import]
Out Of The Past [Blu-ray] [1947] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Robert Mitchum
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £13.94

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5.0 out of 5 stars Baby I DO care!, 3 Oct. 2014
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One of the benefits of the high definition boom, is the effort some companies are making to create definitive editions of classic movies for consumers. Warner Brothers via their Warner Archive label have just started to mine their rich back catalogue of film noir. Out of the Past was previously released as part of the Film Noir Classics Collections 1 [DVD] [1950] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] so some fans might think this blu-ray release is a double dip too far.
It isn't. About as much care as could be mustered for a black & white movie made in 1947 has been lavished on this edition.
As one of the first postwar movies to capture the look and feel of a darker uniquely american type of mystery film, this edition does the nearly impossible. And helps you see the film as if for the first time.
The beautiful stark photography, the masterful direction, the faces of Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas - including the atmospheric landscapes are all showcased with startling clarity.
Although some reviewers have noted (and complained) about the paucity of special features (a trailer and previously recorded audio commentary are the only special features) I think Warner Archive are to be congratulated for this release.
It's that good. If you already love this movie and own a blu-ray player or are simply curious about film noir and classic cinema order a copy. It's a movie you'll want to watch again and again.
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Down Three Dark Streets [DVD] [1954] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Down Three Dark Streets [DVD] [1954] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £15.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars 50's police procedural with a Noir twist, 18 May 2014
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Sometime in the 1950's, Hollywood changed the way it made crime movies. Coinciding with a resurgent american patriotism which found ugly expression in the HUAC hearings, movies that dared to feature criminals in sympathetic roles or blur the lines between hero & villain were replaced with so called police procedurals. This movies are easy to spot as they often feature the voice of a reassuring narrator providing bridging narration for stories that feature hero cops or (as in this movie) FBI officers. Family men & decent public servants all.
But scratch a little further or better yet wait for the narration to recede and what you're left with is often re-assuringly noir leaning or noir tinged.
In this flick, Broderick Crawford (so often a great heavy) plays the hero Fed, chasing the killer of his partner Kenneth Tobey by investigating 3 different possibly unrelated cases, one of which features Noir stalwart Ruth Roman.
All 3 cases are interesting but the strand involving Roman for my money is the most fully fleshed. Her descent into panic following the advances of a creepy blackmailer is well shown, with a lot of memorable scenes.
One brief scene in particular featuring a late night lecherous kerb crawler (in a cemetery!) is just weird. Also memorable is the chase finale and big reveal under the shadow of the Hollywood sign.
Definitely worth checking out.

Death Wish: 40th Anniversary [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]
Death Wish: 40th Anniversary [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]
Offered by Newtownvideo_EU
Price: £14.79

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4.0 out of 5 stars 40 years on - this troubling, ambiguous thriller continues to provoke, 10 May 2014
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Firsty a confession. When this movie first came out in theaters I was to too young to see it but I do remember the storm of negative reviews from critics as well as its popular appeal to moviegoers.
In the 40 years since its release, several things have become clear.
Firstly, Charles Bronson COULD act. In this movie his slow progression from grieving widower to reluctant vigilante is well portrayed. As well as his initial revulsion following his first shooting/murder. So is Charles Bronson's acting wooden? Sometimes in other movies yep. But I think he definitely is committed to showing the range of his characters emotions & reactions to the world around him.
Secondly, Michael Winner is not a great director, even with strong dramatic material to work with. Probably not a major revelation. :) While the movie does work on its own terms, and you can follow events through to their ambiguous conclusion the movie contains a LOT of missed opportunities, not helped by a largely immobile camera & workmanlike editing.
Apparently during development of this movie Sidney Lumet was attached as a director but unfortunately left to work on Serpcio instead. It would have been fascinating to see how he would have used the same material to make a movie.
Regardless of what might have been, the movie works on its terms. Just don't expect to see a lot of subtle character interaction or layered development of the moral conundrums posed by Bronson's vigilante antics.
Thirdly, the movie should definitely be seen alongside other movies dealing with police corruption and crime made during the same period like Serpico and Dirty Harry. Interesting period when big questions were being raised in public life about trust in figures of authority and institutions following high profile failings such as Watergate and Vietnam.
So am I saying you should watch this movie? Yep, but probably after having seen Dirty Harry and also Serpico. Death Wish is a good film and worth watching as it still has a powerful message but it's not IMHO in the same class as the other two better movies.

Force of Evil [Blu-ray] [1948] [US Import]
Force of Evil [Blu-ray] [1948] [US Import]

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie on corruption & morality gets a new lease of life on blu-ray, 16 Mar. 2014
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John Garfield remains one of the last major stars from Hollywood's golden age to remain unknown to the general public. Long regarded as a key player in classic film noir movies, Garfield proves in this movie, like many others, why he was so widely regarded as an actor during his lifetime.
In this movie, the relationship between the 2 brothers played by Garfield (as an unethical lawyer in the numbers racket) and Thomas Gomez, (the older brother he wants to help) are the core of the movie.
Big issues like the nature of business, corruption, public and private morality are all subtly interwoven as the movie plays out.
Written & directed by Abraham Polonsky, who like Gomez & also Garfield, were later in various ways to fall victim to the HUAC hearings, the movie is a classic morality tale. Moving & expertly told right until up until the closing moments.
If you can buy the Olive Films blu-ray release. In addition to a brief introduction by Martin Scorsese, the print & sound are the best this movie has ever looked.

The Steel Trap [DVD] [1952] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The Steel Trap [DVD] [1952] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £15.46

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4.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Cotton & his dark heart, 14 Dec. 2013
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Movies set in 50's America always interest me. Especially movies that explore darker themes set against the white-bread conservative conformity so familiar from this period. Right from the start in The Steel Trap (1952) Joseph Cotton's narration paints a picture of suburban bliss, playing Jim Osborne, a bank officer in Los Angeles, with a 'respectable' job, his life seemingly perfect - complete with a wife and young daughter.
But soon after showing us his world, he starts thinking how much better it could be, with more money. Stealing money from the bank where he works (which proves suspiciously easy to carry out) And without fear of prosecution, if he can get to Brazil with his wife, during 48 hours.
I won't spoil the plot any further. Suffice to say, if you enjoy Hitchcock's thrillers, you'll find much to enjoy in this movie. As Cotton tries, step by step to get his stolen money out of Los Angeles, accompanied by his wife Laurie (Theresa Wright - his co-star from Hitchcock's Shadow Of A Doubt [Blu-ray] [1943] [Region Free].)
But like so many noir's, little by little, his perfect plan, begins to unravel, step by tortuous step. Quite what happens at the end and how Cotton's character ends the movie, I won't spoil. For me, it's not the ending that I was expecting but I can see how 50's audiences, might have preferred it. All I will say is that, along with other plot points that you just need to accept rather than question (if you want to enjoy the movie) the ending/resolution is just not noir, however much the rest of the movie seems to be. Along the way however, there is enough tension and angst to justify spending time with this 50's gem. And Cotton, as always, more than justifies his star billing. Recommended.

Experiment in Terror [DVD] [1962] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Experiment in Terror [DVD] [1962] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £14.82

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual 60's thriller with enough dark moments to satisfy, 30 Nov. 2013
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Interesting & well made movie by Blake Edwards. Though much better known as a comedy director, Edwards proves he was equally adept at fashioning a tense & exciting thriller. Much like director Robert Wise The Sound Of Music [2 Disc 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition] [1965] [DVD, who created a string of fascinating/hard-boiled noir movies in the 50's/early 60's, this movie shows how adept previous generations of movie makers were, at creating films across a wide variety of genres.

Starting with a wild plot twist right at the start, Experiment in Terror moves at a good lick, quickly involving FBI man Glenn Ford, in the story of a terrorized woman (Lee Remick) who with her sister (a really really young Stephanie Powers) become enmeshed in a story involving creepy asthmatic Ross Martin (Wild Wild West: Complete First Season - 40th Anniv [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC].

The direction by Edwards & photography by Philip Lathrop, along with the performance of Lee Remick, who really sells the idea of being trapped/terrorised by Martin, really help lift this movie from being merely routine to superior B picture, helped by a great print, that clearly shows the quality and care of the photography. This is the kind of small well made movie they REALLY don't make anymore.

While not all the plot twists are unexpected, there are enough curve balls in the plot & direction to keep you gripped all the way to the end. Highly Recommended.

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