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The World At War - Complete TV Series (11 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
The World At War - Complete TV Series (11 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence Olivier

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World at War, 23 Feb 2007
From the moment the first strings are bowed from Carl Davis' musical score you know

you are about to witness something momentus. This 1974 series is a hugely visually informative account of WW2. There is little room for speculative interpretation - what you see is as close as you will get to the real events. Film footage ranging from the happy scenes of 1940's Christmas festivities to the deeply disturbing extermination camp body pits, this documentary pulls no punches. Yet it simply asks only to be watched in solemnity and remembrance.


Heavens Above [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Heavens Above [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Peter Sellers
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 46.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Sellers, 20 Dec 2005
`Heavens Above' is the Boultings Brother's attempt at satirizing the religious establishment. Sellers is cast as a well-meaning parson whose attempts at absolute Christian interpretation don't go down very well in a cosy English village.
Beautifully underplayed by Sellers, with plenty of humour and pathos.


Then And Now (1964-2004)
Then And Now (1964-2004)
Price: 6.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Townshend returns, 3 Feb 2005
This album is (hopefully) the beginning of the return of Pete Townshend. Since being musically in the wilderness from 1978 to 2001 he returns with 2 new songs that have Townshend bite - lacking in all his work since 1978.

There is a good choice of old Who stuff with the addition of 2 new tracks at the end, which may feature on the new upcoming Who2 album.

Townshend is never better than when he confronts life as it was as a teenager. His recollection of Elvis in 'Real Good Lookin' Boy' is classic Townshend .....full of downers, yet some hope at the end. Daltery is, as always, the perfect voice for Townshends biting lyrics.

A nice collection for those people wanting to get a taste of The Who, and hope for great new stuff for lifelong Townshend fans like me.

Well done Pete


The Will Hay Collection [DVD] [1938]
The Will Hay Collection [DVD] [1938]
Dvd ~ Will Hay

54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars aaaay aaaaay oaaayyy!, 24 Nov 2004
Will Hay was without question one of the best music hall and film comedians of his time.
In these heady days of easycome-easygo humour, it is easy to forget that good comedy has been around for a long long time. I doubt your average 20+yrs old would come across, or wish to see, this sort of black and white film humour; but what a little gem they will be missing.
Look beyond the the black and white footage, the dated topics of converstion and you see a rich tapestry of wit and timeless humour.
Will Hay has the timing of a comic genious, and his two sidekicks
are equally brilliant.
Oh Mr Porter is considered a classic of it's time and I wouldn't argue with that. It does get a little slow towards the end but is more than madeup for by the beginning.
There is no swearing, no violence, no innuendo, just a brilliant script and great acting.
Will Hay made several great films; probabaly the best are Oh Mr Porter, Old Bones, Boys will be Boys, Good Morning Boys and Where's the fire. Some are a bit too long and loose a little on plot, but some idividual scenes are 'diamonds'. If you are not sure about buying the whole set, maybe buy one of the ones I recommend and see if you enjoy it.
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Quadrophenia
Quadrophenia
Price: 10.87

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars townshend triumph, 16 May 2004
This review is from: Quadrophenia (Audio CD)
OK, so pete townshend has not written anything classic for a fair few years.
Pete has written many many unique classics in his time though. In fact I have trouble thinking who has written and performed as many as him.

Quadrophenia IS a classic, which won't appeal to everyone, but it is a monster of an album.


The Natural Way to Beat Depression: The Groundbreaking Discovery of EPA to Change Your Life
The Natural Way to Beat Depression: The Groundbreaking Discovery of EPA to Change Your Life
by Basant K. Puri
Edition: Paperback

18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not the whole story, 18 Mar 2004
I think anyone who buys this book with the intention of curing a mental illness will almost certainly be disappointed.

This is a review of this particular substance, and not a panacea for all ills. There may be something in it for some people, and nothing for probably a lot more.

Mental illness is very complex - it is important to get a professional opinion first before putting faith in books like this. Having said that it may be a good read if you are interested in this subject.

It's a mistake (perhaps a cruel one) to suggest that one substance will cure all - sadly it won't, because the condition has a spectrum of causes.


The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before they were famous..., 17 Mar 2004
This book started a complete new genre of travel writing.
It appeared on the bookshelves unannounced some time ago.
It slowly began to gain momentum for Bryson purely on the strength of the quality writing and it's apparent new style.
It became a massive seller, as have many of his subsequent books.

Before Bryson travel books were DULL and polarised.
Byson took the shine off the glossy travel books and created a new type of writing - maybe REALITY travel writing?!

For those of you who went on cheap holidays, and visited poor `attractions` as a kid, this re-lives it all.

It's about America, but there are so many similarities in the UK. When something is c**p he tells it like it is; when it's quality, he also gives praise.

Brysons offerings since have been variable - now he knows he has an audience to please.

Many writers have tried to follow him; some more successful than others. Don't forget Bryson was there first.


The Will Hay Collection [DVD] [1938]
The Will Hay Collection [DVD] [1938]
Dvd ~ Will Hay

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will Hay, 26 Feb 2004
Will Hay was without question one of the best music hall and film comedians of his time.
In these heady days of easycome-easygo humour, it is easy to forget that good comedy has been around for a long long time. I doubt youR average 25yr old would come across or wish to see this sort of black and white filmed humour; but what a little gem they will miss.
Look through the dated scenery, the black and white footage, the dated topics of converstion and you see a rich tapestry of wit and humour equal to any other.
Will Hay has the timing of a comic genious, and his two sidekicks
are equally brilliant.
Oh Mr Porter is considered a classic of it's time and I wouldn't argue with that. It does get a little slow towards the end but is more than madeup for by the beginning.
There is no swearing, no violence, no innuendo, just a brilliant script and acting.
Will Hay made several great films; probabaly the best are Oh Mr Porter, Old Bones, Boys will be Boys, Good Morning Boys and Where's the fire.


The Brittas Empire - The Complete Series 1 [1991] [DVD]
The Brittas Empire - The Complete Series 1 [1991] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Barrie
Offered by Top of the Charts
Price: 14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy, 24 Feb 2004
Yes, Brittas Empire is up there with the rest of them.
It won't appeal to all comedy tastes; it might be considered a bit light, silly or safe maybe.
Still, Chris Barrie shows how one good character idea,a well-tuned script and a fine comedy actor can make a show work. It's not like Basil Fawlty though, I suppose it has similarities. It is more subtle humour, rather than farcsical.
If you suffered at the hands of 80's/90's middle management theories, you should like this.
I love the pettiness of Brittas; ..having staff sign-out a borrowed pen. His secretary who sees through him and gives him all he deserves.
I wasn't too keen on the character development of Mrs Brittas I have to say - even though it was fairly well played. I think it would have been funnier if we had NOT seen Mrs B (as in Mrs Mainwaring of Dad's Army). Towards the end it lost it's way a little with the overdevelopment of Mrs Brittas and Colin, but they were well played and quite funny. I guess they ran out of Brittas lines??
i'd happily watch most episodes and probably laugh quite a lot.
I just wish Chris Barrie could find more quality scripts like this one.


Who Are You
Who Are You
Price: 4.66

10 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who were they?..., 6 Feb 2004
This review is from: Who Are You (Audio CD)
This was sadly the last album from The Who with any real purpose or `soul`. The band had worked hard, Pete was suffering and seemed to
be dissatisfied with his role in Rock. Moon was becoming incapable
of being relied upon and this was his last album before his untimely death.

Having said that, it IS a good album.
I do rate New song, Guitar and Pen, Who Are You and I suppose Sister disco isn't bad. But the album lacksthe `fire in the belly` and meaning that is so evident in Pete's previous work.

The album which followed (Face Dances) is a poor one, It's Hard, bad compared to previous Who material. Pete was effectively not able to produce the quality of his previous stuff at this time.

He can still produce and play great melody and lyrics even to this day, but something extra is missing which made his previous work so brilliant and original.


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