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Michael Reeves (British film directors)
Michael Reeves (British film directors)
by Benjamin Halligan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.70

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read., 16 May 2011
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Thoroughly researched, and full of illuminating details, this book is recommended for fans of 60's British horror films and Michael Reeves in particular.


The Quatermass Collection: The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass & the Pit [DVD]
The Quatermass Collection: The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass & the Pit [DVD]
Dvd ~ Reginald Tate
Price: £11.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highpoint of TV science fiction, 9 April 2011
I bought this collection a couple of years ago, and have watched it a number of times especially Quatermass 3 - "Quatermass and the pit". All 3 programmes are worth viewing. Unfortunately the first, "The Quatermass experiment", is incomplete - only 2 episodes survive and the visual quality is pretty rough. Still, a fascinating time capsule of the era, and the complete script is available as a PDF extra with the set. "Quatermass 2" is complete, and well done within the budgetary and special FX constraints of the time. The gradual revealing of the alien threat behind government /Whitehall denials is effective. "Quatermass and the pit" is, in my opinion, the best scripted of the 3 with a vast "what if" underlying the complex unfolding story. The acting is fine all round, esp. Andre Morrell as Quatermass, and Cec Linder as Professor Rooney. The visual quality of this 3rd programme is also the best of the lot due in part to certain scenes being shot on film (not tape) originally, and a comprehensive restoration process that "cleaned up" and repaired the source materials as much as possible. An in-depth booklet covering the original production shoots, and detailing the restoration work done by the BBC is included. A must see for all fans of intelligent and thought provoking science fiction.

11/4//2011 NB: Anthony Bushell, who plays the part of Colonel Breen in "Quatermass and the pit", should also be lauded for his brilliant character acting in this 3rd series. Apart from the "viewing notes" booklet there are also a number of informative documentaries included with the set, featuring interviews with the writer Nigel Kneale and producer/director Rudolph Cartier.


The Day Of The Triffids - The Complete BBC Series [DVD]
The Day Of The Triffids - The Complete BBC Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dougray Scott
Price: £6.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good version of the "Triffids", 30 Mar. 2011
There have been a number of versions of "The day of the triffids" : the 60's film ( cheesey, variably acted, wildly divergent from the book, but strangely endearing) the 80's BBC TV series (more comprehensive and closer to the book, well acted, but limited FX wise and in scale} and this contemporary effort which does, I feel, a good job in re-imagining the book to "now". Absolute fidelity to the source novel is not the only criteria for success, but this version does hew reasonably closely to the book - or at least retains the key elements - and in updating it using todays CGI FX with a good budget the "realism" and scale of the story is better expressed. The acting is fine, the depiction of the Triffids themselves is really effective, and the story moves along at a brisk pace. I enjoyed it.


Dead Set (re-package) [DVD]
Dead Set (re-package) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chizzy Akudolo
Price: £5.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Big Brother Vs the Zombies, 29 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Dead Set (re-package) [DVD] (DVD)
If you're into Zombies then this will fit the bill. Good acting, interesting plot and situation/location. I just wish they'd allowed viewers the option to be able to watch the episodes in one hit, as a "movie" length programme in it's entirety. Despite this, it's still great viewing.


The Heart Of The Matter [DVD] [1953]
The Heart Of The Matter [DVD] [1953]
Dvd ~ Trevor Howard
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In Greeneland, 29 Mar. 2011
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Acting is fine, although the "wife" is a little overdramatic at times. Technically, image quality is good, although the sound is a bit muddy and indistinct sometimes. Film is still worth watching mainly for the on-location footage of the era, and Howard's and Schell's performances.


Quatermass & The Pit [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Quatermass & The Pit [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ James Donald

5.0 out of 5 stars Quatermass rules!, 25 Oct. 2010
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The 3rd, and best, Quatermass film gets a great release on this Anchor Bay DVD. Image transfer is solid, the audio 5:1 soundtrack is very effective, and gives another dimension to the viewing experience. The commentary track with Nigel Kneale (author/screenplay) and Roy Ward Baker (director) is informative and quite moving as the 2 men reminisce and look back at the making of this classic piece of British sci-fi. Overall, a must see for fans of the genre.


The Sorcerers [DVD]
The Sorcerers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Boris Karloff

4.0 out of 5 stars Reeves 60's psycho horror, 3 Aug. 2010
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Michael Reeves 2nd feature film (after "Revenge of the blood beast" and prior to "Witchfinder general", his last) is a good one. Karloff is sympathetic and moving as a "scientist" who inadvertently unleashes a killer on Swinging London. Catherine Lacey is really effective as his wife, whose manifestation of suppressed desires lead to tragedy. And Ian Ogilvy is fine as the "innocent" tool of the old couple. The film also works as a clear metaphor for the cinema experience itself. The DVD transfer is not great - some scratches and dirt are apparent at times - but the film is still eminently watchable. A cleaned up/restored print would be nice someday. The extras are good, esp. the comprehensive doco about Reeves.


Night of the Eagle [DVD] [1962]
Night of the Eagle [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ Peter Wyngarde
Price: £8.00

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural classic, 1 May 2010
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A classic of it's type - witchcraft, "unseen forces'' at work, academic rivalry, all in a sleepy English town where playing Bridge is apparently the highlight of social life. But underneath the surface....? All the actors deliver committed performances, Margaret Johnson in particular giving a twisted edge to her portrayal that is very effective. Brilliant black and white photography, inventive direction and a fast paced narrative ensure that the story is always engaging. The DVD has a nicely restored and contrasty image, and the audio, although only mono, is clean and does the job well. All in all, a great viewing experience.


Seven Days To Noon [DVD] [1950]
Seven Days To Noon [DVD] [1950]
Dvd ~ Barry Jones
Price: £10.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking film, 1 May 2010
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A great thriller as well as being a prescient vision of future potential "terrorist" attacks. Suitcase sized nuclear device anyone? And a vivid time capsule of 1950 London. Barry Jones as the disillusioned scientist, and Andre Morell as the policeman tracking him down, both give committed performances. The film is well restored, and both picture and sound are excellent. A 1950's british film classic.


Last Tango In Paris [DVD] [1972] [1973]
Last Tango In Paris [DVD] [1972] [1973]
Dvd ~ Marlon Brando
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £4.84

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brando's way, 29 May 2007
A beautiful and challenging film. Bertolucci's direction is fluid, Storraro's camera/lighting is expressive, Brando's acting is done with conviction, and it all works to tell a moving tale of death, rebirth,and a sort of acceptance of mortality.


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