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Paulo Roberto Elias (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

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The Deadly Affair [1966] [DVD] [2006]
The Deadly Affair [1966] [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ James Mason
Price: £4.20

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film, with great, film-noir, atmosphere., 15 Dec. 2009
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It is somewhat strange that The Deadly Affair never had the right attention from the studio to release it in a better format. The film itself probably passes unnoticed to most viewers, something that is ultimately rather unfair to the novel, script and filmmakers. There is also an outstandingly good soundtrack, from Quincy Jones, while he was still under great influence from bossa nova waves, literally speaking. No surprise that it is due to Astrud Gilberto to sing the main theme, mind you, in Portuguese, whereas in the CD soundtrack this particular rendition is, sadly, unavailable! Great movie, great atmosphere, filled with espionage and suspense.


The Island [Blu-ray] [2005] [Region Free]
The Island [Blu-ray] [2005] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Price: £9.75

4.0 out of 5 stars The best of Michael Bay., 1 Aug. 2009
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Director Michael Bay has made films in an inconsistent manner, alternating solid direction with completely empty content. This movie stands out as not having that kind of inconsistency. It is perhaps his best film ever made.

The plot involves the discussion over the boundaries of ethics concerning genetic engineering, a theme that was also competently covered in Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park.

Nice movie, all around, combines suspense and action in a entertaining way.


North Face [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
North Face [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Philipp Stolzl
Price: £12.91

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding filmmaking, with some minor camera shot flaws, 1 Aug. 2009
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Modern German fillmaking has already proven its value with movies like Downfall or The Lives fo Others or Sophie Scholl. These are somewhat recurrent themes, but they embrace a reasonable approach and analytical view of the characters involved in the plot.

In this regard, North Face is not an exception. The film runs for a whole couple of hours, giving that feeling to you, in this case opposite views on the same political stand.

The only one thing that I would not prefer to see is the wavering camera technique used throughout the film. It is not fully disturbing but at least to me it is somewhat annoying.

Fortunately it does not disrupt the suspenseful third act, so in the end no further harm is done to the audience.

This is, in my opinion, a highly recommended piece of film, especially to those who appreciate non-commercial, alternative productions to current Hollywoodian stereotypes.

A note to foreign buyers: I imported the Blu-Ray edition because the disc is codefree. However, all the extras are encoded in PAL, and will not be viewed in a non-PAL player. If one does not mind not having access to extras, the rest is fine.


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