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Heartbreak Kid [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Heartbreak Kid [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Charles Grodin

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly one of the best comedies ever, 9 Nov 2013
A natural comedy style that is way ahead of it's time. Has the awkward, close atmosphere of say The Office with lacings of Woody Allen. A big favourite of Father Ted writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews - you can see the influence it has on Ted's scenarios which cause him to lie and dig himself deeper.

Grodin is in splendid twitchy form as his attentions turn from his newlywed to another woman. Cybil shepherd is at her beautiful best.

Can't believe this film sits neglected on an expensive, rare poorly transferred region 1 only DVD while the lukewarm remake takes all the glory!

Criminal for this comedy masterpiece to be so overlooked. Come on DVD people! Release it on region 2 for £5 and let the world see it in all it's naked, original glory!
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Sholay Hindi DVD Fully Boxed and Sealed
Sholay Hindi DVD Fully Boxed and Sealed
Dvd ~ Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachan, Jaya Bhaduri Dharmendra
Price: £12.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sholay Remastered - the better version DVD to buy, 9 Nov 2013
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Two versions of Sholay are available to date. Sholay remastered is the one to get in my opinion.

The other is presented in 4.3 full screen with dodgy subtitles throughout and no translation on the songs!

Remastered is in 16.9 widescreen as intended with better translations, subtitles on the songs though there are still errors throughout, some of them laughable. Remastered is also better picture quality but not perfect. The film absolutely deserves a full restoration and more accurate translation but remastered is the best version right now.

Film wise - it's a classic. An epic musical/western romance - full on entertainment for the duration. Great fun, slightly crazy full of energy and colour. Bollywood at it's best. Lives up to it's legend. A must see.

Marvellous Boy: Calypso From West Africa
Marvellous Boy: Calypso From West Africa
Price: £12.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely get this one, 20 Aug 2013
Cannot praise this enough. If you loved the 'London is the place for me' comps, then you will love this. If you don't know them - check them out at once.

This is rare Calypso at it's finest, put together with a very discerning ear from Honest Jon's - once again. Full praise to those guys for putting this music out there in such a glorious way. You'd pretty much not get to hear it otherwise.

2 months after owning this, i still play it all the time - a rare thing for me. It's full of humour, style, spice and skill with just the right amount of naivety. Transports you somewhere as good music often does, yet still works as perfect background to a BBQ. I mean that in a good way. This is sociable music, easy to enjoy. As hot as it is cool.

A very positive little comp this one and fast becoming an essential of my collection.

Sightseers [DVD] [2012]
Sightseers [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Alice Lowe
Price: £5.50

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars B****cks in May, 20 July 2013
This review is from: Sightseers [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Begins so well, subtle details of modern british life etc then falls into gross-out black comedy that is so cheap, you can neither laugh or take it seriously. In fact, it undoes all the good work it sets up at the beginning of the film by indulging itself in so many 'shocking' moments that it comes across as desperate to be cool. It's as funny and as 'shocking' as a 12 year old who has just discovered swearing. Embarrassing film and a massive waste of an opportunity for something greater. Not in the same league as so many other quality British films out there and certainly nowhere near the brilliant Nuts in May.

Despite it's indie quirks, Sightseers lacks joy and soul.

Oh That Kiss
Oh That Kiss
Offered by oldiesmuseum
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated, Mellow, Sublime, 14 Jun 2013
This review is from: Oh That Kiss (Audio CD)
One of my favourite releases from Vocalion. The smaller band of Carroll Gibbons and his Boyfriends as opposed to his usual full band works wonders and is a real treat. The reduced horn section relaxes the bands sound and enhances Carroll's wonderful piano as the lead instrument. Backed up with gorgeous string arrangements, this makes for some of the most elegant music of the era.

The vocal tracks from Hildegarde are all gems, beautifully perfomed. The whole CD flows together as a collection very nicely. Every song on this album in fact is a delight. One of the very few CDs i would play again as soon as it ends. That is a rare thing indeed.

This is the gentler kind of 30s music i am always seeking out. Any similar recommendations are always welcome!
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Down Terrace [DVD]
Down Terrace [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julia Deakin
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £4.48

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as cool as it thinks it is, 8 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Down Terrace [DVD] (DVD)
I'm a big fan of new British Films. I love Dead Man's Shoes, Wild Bill etc. Those films have a genuine quality that this lacks. Very unrealistic portrayal of the criminal underworld. I was cringing with embarrassment throughout. Self conscious film making, tries too hard to be 'different' with it's zany camerawork etc. There are good actors but somehow you aren't able to really care about anyone in the picture. It tried to cram as many wild and crazy events into a small space as possible, yet still managed to drag. Very disappointed with this one.

The Very Best of Louis Prima: 24 Original Recordings
The Very Best of Louis Prima: 24 Original Recordings
Offered by musica
Price: £7.44

2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Louis Prima, 24 May 2013
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Louis Prima has made some of the most exciting, cool and humorous recordings i have ever heard in any genre. If you want to hear him at his actual 'very best' get some of his classic Capitol recordings such as the CD 'Wild, Cool and Swinging'.

This CD is not his very best as it states, but it consists of earlier, unrestored versions of great songs which sadly lack the vibrancy of his classic later recordings which can easily be found on CDs such as i mentioned above.

I love the man, and love these songs - but not the versions on this CD.

Lassie - The Painted Hills [DVD]
Lassie - The Painted Hills [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Kelly
Offered by marxwax
Price: £4.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The film noir of the Lassie's !, 22 Mar 2013
As Lassie films go, this is perhaps the darkest. It plays like a thriller in isolated gold rush cabin/mountain setting. The gold inspires greed, paranoia, foul play and a whole load of growling from Lassie or 'Shep' as she is known in this.

As well as the usual Lassie cosiness and adventure, this film gives you a fine mountainous Oregon setting and a good edgy pace to the movie as a whole.

Solid saturday afternoon entertainment.

Lincoln [DVD]
Lincoln [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
Price: £4.82

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick review of Lincoln, 7 Feb 2013
This review is from: Lincoln [DVD] (DVD)
Beautifully photographed with such detail you can almost smell the furniture. Day-Lewis's performance is charming, honest and very watchable, but this is not a biopic of Lincoln's life, it's mainly the story of a single law being passed being the 13th ammendment/abolition of slavery.
There is little broader insight into the character or lives of the people in the film outside of their part in the story of the law's passing.
Considering the subject of slavery is so emotional, this film is surprisingly unemotional. Even when the law is finally passed - there is little cinematic rush of elation. Similarly when Abe is shot, the film denies you any tension or the sensation of grief.
The film is very political, very masculine.
So why 4 stars?
It has a visual beauty and is quite brave in how it avoids sensational film making. It is very adult. Children will be bored beyond belief.
Still it was a serene joy to be so absorbed in that era and to watch such confident and mature film making. A nice antidote to exhausting, wacky CGI epics.

The Sound Spectrum
The Sound Spectrum
Offered by hi-5films
Price: £13.59

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Carter Soundtrack + various lounge-core gems, 31 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Sound Spectrum (Audio CD)
Superb easy listening/funk/soundtrack/jazz compilation that includes music from original Get Carter movie 1971, that was previously unreleased.

Music from a golden age of UK soundtrack recording (with a handful from the US) featuring artists whose music was used in shows such as 'The Sweeney'. High production values, depth and dimension aplenty in both the music and the musicianship, with plenty of soundtrack tension and groove.

Years later this still sounds fantastic and whisks you away to a London that i wish was still with us.

Track list

1 Roy Budd - Get Carter
2 Roy Budd - Love Is A Four Letter Word
3 Roy Budd - Getting Nowhere
4 Roy Budd - Plaything
5 John Schroeder Orchestra, The - Grow Your Own
6 City Of Westminster String Band, The - A Touch Of Velvet
7 Chico Rey And The Jet Band - Stiletto
8 Ray Davies (3) & Button Down Brass, The - Heavy Water
9 Roy Budd - Hurry To Me
10 Lovin' Spoonful, The - Speakin' Of Spoken
11 Sister Goose And The Ducklings - Super Shine No.9
12 John Schroeder - Headband
13 Milton Hunter Orchestra - The Loner
14 Ted Dicks - Busy Boy
15 Tony Hatch Orchestra - Birds
16 Ray Davies (3) & Button Down Brass, The - Mach 1
17 Cecil Holmes Soulful Sound, The* - Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)
18 Mike Vickers - Pegasus
19 Badder Than Evil - Hot Wheels (The Chase)
20 City Of Westminster String Band, The - Split Level

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