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The Lodger - includes 2012 Soundtrack CD [DVD] [1927]
The Lodger - includes 2012 Soundtrack CD [DVD] [1927]
Dvd ~ Ivor Novello
Price: 9.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tonight, Golden Curls, discover the romance!, 22 July 2012
So. Do you come to read this review from having an interest in Hitchcock or Sawhney? Well, I write this as someone who has a strong interest in the former and until yesterday hadn't heard any of Sawhney's work.

The film is what it is - a seminal part of the Hitchcock catalogue with hints all the way through of cinematic and plot traits that will be seen again and again in his later work. The acting reflects the style of 1926, containing both beautifully fully expressive moments in equal measure with those that we'll now see as being hammed-up beyond belief. Nevertheless, the film's place in history cannot be denied.

As an owner of the previous 2000 VHS re-master, it must be said that this is vastly superior in every way. The print has been completely cleaned so that you can now see the glint in the characters' eyes. Equally important, the tints that that were such an intrinsic part of setting the film's mood have been lovingly restored. Now, it is not only a black and white film, but a blue, pink, yellow and brown one too.

But the real plus here is the new score. The previous score by Jody Talbot was workmanlike and appropriate but this new score is more distinctive and brings out what for me are the two overriding strengths of Hitchcock films, the suspense naturally (with (too?) many tips of the hat to Bernard Hermann), but also the romance. The introduction of two songs to express the romance during the chess game scene and the death of the sister is very bold. Doubtless, some will feel that the moods they invoke are inappropriate as an official accompaniment to an 85 year old film. The lyrics also add a major amount of new narrative information that may not accord with Hitchcock's original intended interpretation. However, this must have been sanctioned by the BFI and I must say that they work for me! Now, this is all going to come down to personal taste but I'd say they are the highlights of the work. The marrying of music and image during `Daisy's song' is exquisite (brought a tear to my eye) and could, I suggest, be a music video `MTV hit'.

Well done everyone connected with this work. Now I must go to check out more of Sawhney's work!

PS. The DVD comes with a 2 disc CD set of the soundtrack. Not sure why you can't buy the DVD only, but there you go - that's marketing!


Double Take [DVD]
Double Take [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ron Burrage
Price: 14.15

4.0 out of 5 stars A double delight for Hitchcock fans?, 25 May 2011
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As part of a wider, previous project 'Looking for Alfred', that has its own film and book, this is a fascinating work that mixes tidbits of Hitchcock's films (and tributes), his TV programmes, promotions and newsreel, together with newer material featuring Hitchcock's double, Ron Burrage. Amongst this, there is a strange tale as Hitchcock (told through an impersonating voiceover of varying quality) tells us about an event in 1962 when he met with himself from 1980.

This narrative is woven within footage of the cold war / space race / arms race which itself is told in an intriguing way. We are also kept amused by several of Hitchcock's irreverent and caustic introductions to the adverts of Alfred Hitchcock Presents' sponsors. The overall montage of footage is interesting but I found some of the edits and the inclusion of certain material too bizarre to follow. The use of the more serene musical extracts from the Psycho soundtrack is a great touch and I confess that I did spend an engaging 80 minutes watching this. I agree with the 'Screen' review that it is `Ingenious, witty, virtuoso and infectious', albeit a bit fractured.

Overall though - 4 stars. Probably a must for fans of Hitchcock the man, rather than for fans of his films.


Alfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films
Alfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films
by Paul Duncan
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A behind the camera view, 23 April 2011
Typical Taschen fare here. The emphasis is on images rather than text (an 80 / 20 split I guess) with a fascinating selection of mostly behind-the-scenes photos, together with some familiar production and publicity stills.

The text by Paul Duncan gives a good overall summary of Hitchcock's career but this is not the book to choose if you want an extensive insight to the man of his work - check out Patrick Gilligan's 'A life in Darkness and Light' for that. But this is a perfect picture-fest accompaniment.


Hitchcock, Piece by Piece
Hitchcock, Piece by Piece
by Laurent Bouzereau
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 30.00

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High on style, 1 Jan 2011
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Artistically, this is the best Hitchcock book on my bookshelf. It is beautifully designed and contains many excellent photos not previously published and facsimilie documents that provide an interesting insight on the Hitchcock story. These include copies of birth and marriage certificates, story boards, private memos, lost scripts and letters from the censorship boards. Unfortunately, a snazzy design feature of the 10 envelopes for the inserts (some holes to part view the contents) mean that the inserts frustratingly get snagged and crumpled everytime I put them back. Oh well.

Overall, this is a really good introduction book for anyone new to Hitchcock's work and good value when at Amazon's (half-ish) price. On top of the great design, the quality of the writing is good. However, I would go to Patrick McGilligan's 'A Life in Darkness and Light' for the best overall biography and review of his work.


Alan Bean Painting Apollo: First Artist on Another World
Alan Bean Painting Apollo: First Artist on Another World
by Alan Bean
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Is that all there is?" So much more. Alan Bean gives his unique insight to the moon landings, 28 Dec 2010
I have many books about the moon and the moon landings of 1969-72, but this is the first one to really make me think about what it must have been like for the astronauts. their thoughts, experiences and their regrets too. In a short passage at the end of the book, Alan Bean says it himself: "I want you to see the spirit of Apollo that is inside us all." His paintings do this better than all the biogs and books about the landings. With his art and insight, he enriches the whole experience.

A beautiful art and space book. Heartily recommended.


Moon Landing (Pop Up)
Moon Landing (Pop Up)
by Richard Platt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POPTASTIC! - WOW! - WE'RE GOING TO THE MOON!, 20 April 2010
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If you are looking for a book that can reinvigorate a 10 year child's sense of awe about the moon landings in a 51 year old, then look no further. This is it! This must be the book Tony Blackburn invented the term 'poptastic!' for. Although strictly only 12 pages, they are so full of such ingenuity that it puts Grunman's finest to shame. From page one's Redstone rocket shooting out of the page, narrowly missing going up your nose, to Eagle sitting proudly on the Sea of Tranquility, via a pop-up moon, this is really is a thrilling page-turner equal to going up in the Saturn 5 itself - well almost.

I took this into my children's school's book week to show the 5 year olds. The reaction - "Wow!" A book for children and the nostalgic adult alike. Highly recommended.


Shure SV100 Dynamic Microphone with 4.5 m Lead
Shure SV100 Dynamic Microphone with 4.5 m Lead
Offered by ToysElite
Price: 39.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you shure its not a SM58?, 16 Feb 2010
Yes. I've got to concur with the other reviewers. After my SM58 went AWOL, I didn't feel flush enough to purchase another one and settled on purchasing its much cheaper (-70 ish) stable mate. I must say that the difference in quality is not obvious on my equipment (a Boss BR digital recorder)and it seems to pick up my acoustic instruments with the same brightness and depth. It's a shame the lead goes to a jack rather than XLR, but unless you've got really high quality professional gear, I suggest this will do very nicely.


Eagle Vs Shark [DVD]
Eagle Vs Shark [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jemaine Clement
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 5.95

2.0 out of 5 stars ALAS, THIS EAGLE HASN'T LANDED, 6 Feb 2010
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Bought on the back of the majority of the other reviews and my love of Clement's role in Flight of the Conchords, I took a gamble of this.
I so longed to find this funny but I'm afraid I barely uttered a titter. The situation and the characters promised an endearing Gregory's Girl like rites of passage naivety and it does have a couple of lovely moments. However, these were too few to keep me engaged and I ended up losing interest and finding the supporting cast rather annoying.
My copy is now available at my local Oxfam shop.


Missions to the Moon
Missions to the Moon
by Rod Pyle
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice bit of Moonology - great for kids, but pricey, 28 Jun 2009
This review is from: Missions to the Moon (Hardcover)
Another 40th anniversary book that contains a well written history of the space race and the moon missions with excellent pictures. What sets this apart is the style of presentation that features lots of inlays, fold-outs and take-outs and makes it rather reminiscent of the Ology books for kids (Dragonology, etc). Certainly, it helps makes the content just that bit more interesting for inquisitive children who like to check out the maps, secret plans, mission logs and letters rather than just turning the page.

Overall, this is a really high quality package. However, at a rrp of 30, its 64 pages (with sturdy but unnecesary presentation box and hard covers) are a bit on the expensive side.


Apollo 11 Manual: An Insight into the Hardware from the First Manned Mission to Land on the Moon
Apollo 11 Manual: An Insight into the Hardware from the First Manned Mission to Land on the Moon
by Christopher Riley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.95

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alas, no guidance for a flawless free return trajectory......., 7 Jun 2009
...... but excellent all the same. Well done Mssrs Riley and Dolling. This book is an excellent reference on the development and design of the various Apollo crafts in line with other recent (tongue-in-cheek) Haynes Manuals. I was really excited when I saw news of this manual being published as I've been waiting for 40 years for something like this. In truth, it is not a 'workshop manual' and I wish it gave more detail on what all the dials and buttons on the CSM dashboard are there for (some of the drawings are too small to decipher), but you do get information to help you steer through the roll and yaw and point the craft for a successful translunar injection.....so no more ossilating orbits between Pluto and Mars for me! There is also some useful information deriving from the later Apollo 13 debacle. It won't help you fix the defective main bus B undervolt but at least you'll understand the relationship between the fuel cells and oxygen tanks! Also contains useful information on how to use the urine dump properly. What a relief!

Check out Moon Landing by Richard Platt and David Hawlock as a great accompaniment for young and/or young at heart readers. Poptastic!
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