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Too Many Crooks [DVD] [1959]
Too Many Crooks [DVD] [1959]
Dvd ~ Terry-Thomas
Price: £4.81

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, 13 Jan 2007
This review is from: Too Many Crooks [DVD] [1959] (DVD)
Not quite as funny as Make Mine Mink, but still painfully hilarious. The scene in the court room was quite extraordinarily funny, and had me in tears and stitches, clutching my heart. There wasn't quite the sustained humour, and perfect pacing that there was in MMM, though. Never mind, it was still infinitely more humorous, witty and amusing than almost anything I've seen made in a film studio in the last 20 years. Terry Thomas was the rotter of all time, a sublime character, the type of would-be gentleman cad who simply doesn't exist in these egalitarian days --- more's the pity.
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The Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom [DVD]
The Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom [DVD]
Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: £1.71

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 23 Dec 2006
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. This is one of the best and funniest movies I have ever seen. Holly's performance is stupendous, sizzling, superballistic. All the other performances are also brilliant. The script, cutting and direction are all perfect. Don't bother to read any summaries of the story: just grab it for its knockdown UK price, rush home and slot it into your player. You will not regret it.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Penguin Classics)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Penguin Classics)
by Lewis Carroll
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius, 27 Sep 2006
These are two of the greatest books ever written. They are, of course, not nonsense. They may have been written for children, but their appeal to any reasonably perceptive adult is so intense that those who have fallen under their spell can practically recite the entire texts of both. In fact, they constitute profoundly penetrating statements, or summaries, of the human condition: physical in Wonderland, and intellectual in Looking-Glass. They do not ramble. Every word, every incident, has been chosen with the utmost precision. Tenniel's illustrations are inspired perfection, and the result of prolonged and dedicated collaboration between author and artist. They will never be improved upon, although many have attempted to replace them with their own images. Wonderland is, in effect, an analysis of the significance and sensations of growth and discovery in the development of a human being, advancing from childhood into adolescence. Starting with the trauma of birth, it describes the experience of adjustment to the world of adults, but succeeds nevertheless in demonstrating that adult society is nothing but a construction of charades --- a house of cards. Looking-Glass raises perennial philosophical questions, such as what is reality? what do words actually mean? what is the nature of time, and identity? Does the world consist of as much anti-matter as matter? It is an extraordinarily compressed summary of the riddles of thought and existence. These works are absolute masterpieces of writing: two of the most sophisticated productions ever penned during the late Victorian era. At the same time they are uniquely readable, witty and amusing.

Treasure Island [DVD] [1950]
Treasure Island [DVD] [1950]
Dvd ~ Bobby Driscoll
Price: £3.60

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long John Newton, 27 July 2006
This review is from: Treasure Island [DVD] [1950] (DVD)
There'll never be another. Robert Newton reigns supreme as Long John Silver in this terrific adaptation of Stevenson's great story. The tale is so good, and so well told, that when reading it you can almost hear the dialogue in your mind's ear. But this film version does the original proud. All the characterisations are superbly played by the actors, the settings are great, and the action is well-paced, dramatic and touching. Crazy old Ben Gunn has never been improved upon, either. Eat your hearts out, Pirates of the Caribbean!
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The Beggar's Opera [DVD]
The Beggar's Opera [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence Olivier

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First and Original, 25 May 2006
This review is from: The Beggar's Opera [DVD] (DVD)
To anyone with a sense of history this is a work, and a production, which grows better and more fascinating with each re-visit. It is, in effect, the first modern musical, and a major influence on all subsequent examples of the genre. Olivier is great in the role of Macheath: he looks the part, he acts the part, and so far as I'm concerned he sings the part. How well is a highwayman supposed to sing? The direction, if perhaps a little slow, is generally excellent, particularly in the group scenes. There is a splendidly atmospheric evocation of the general grubbiness of C18th London low-life. These settings draw extensively on Hogarth, who was strongly influenced by Gay's smash hit --- and not vice versa, as I read somewhere. Gay was dead, destroyed by Prime Minister Walpole, before Hogarth made his big breakthrough in 1733. Macheath, as Hogarth realised, was a parody of Walpole, the "great man". Stanley Holloway and Athene Seyler were terrific stalwarts on the London stage of the era. Tutin, as Polly, is suitably naive and innocent. The other girls are realistically slatternly, quite unlike the usual Hollywood hookers. Sadly, the dvd quality is pretty poor: the colour and the sound are jarringly uneven. Surely it would be possible to remedy this? But I'm not docking any stars for that reason: this is an affectionate production of a true theatrical survivor, and deserves to be seen by anyone capable of discernment.

by John James
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 26 April 2006
This review is from: Votan (Paperback)
An exceptionally imaginative and entertaining account of how the Scandinavian god Odin might have originated. Told in the first person. Some knowledge of the mythology of the Norsemen makes it even more fascinating, but in my view it stands up as a fantastic tale even for those who know nothing of the background. Odin was in fact a late-comer, circa 1st/2nd century AD, to the Scandinavian pantheon, and was grafted on to the existing myths of paganism in the North. Extremely creative, original and well-written. A great read.

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