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Silent Running (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] [1972]
Silent Running (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] [1972]
Dvd ~ Bruce Dern
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: 9.52

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal appeal....., 17 Nov 2011
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Am I the only one fed with with Universals' dire treatment of both their film and TV shows on DVD and blu-ray?.
Could someone please hand over the Universal back catalogue to Eurkea! If this is an example of what they have lined up in future. Superb restoration in both picture and sound. I'm looking forward to other Universal titles from this UK company.
I watched this back to back with Touch of Evil and it's every bit as good. The new UK "Criterion"?

Roger Shore


Quatermass and the Pit (Blu-ray + DVD) [1967]
Quatermass and the Pit (Blu-ray + DVD) [1967]
Dvd ~ James Donald
Price: 14.24

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer at it's best..., 14 Oct 2011
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Simply put the restoration on this blu-ray edition is astonishing. It easily continues the excellent run of restoration releases that Optimum have done this year. My only minor gripe. It doesn't have the excellent 5.1 soundtrack that was on the 1998 Elite laserdisc. Bar that it's a must buy.
The running commentary is from the 1998 laserdisc but a lot of the extras on this disc are new.
For any fans of Hammer who are keeping a count of Hammer releases on blu-ray, in the past year we've had
1/ PARANOIAC! (UK 2/ Vampire Circus (USA) 3/The Vampire Lovers (Oz) 4/ The Man who could Cheat Death (USA) but Quatermass is easily the best restoration of the bunch and the one to be used as the standard bearer for future releases.

Roger Shore
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Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks [DVD] [1972]
Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks [DVD] [1972]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: 6.50

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Day of the make over...., 14 Sep 2011
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It's long been debated if overhauling an old sci-fi show with new special effects can make a difference. On the strength of Day of the Daleks special edition, the answer is a resounding yes. It does more than than just add new effects, it corrects problems with the original production and that has to be a good thing. As some reviewers have mentioned, the new Dalek voices are superb but what has gone unnoticed is the correcting of CSO fringing and very very subtle change in pacing and edits. As a long time fan I couldn't figure out where most of the changes had taken place.
This is how a makeover should be done. Purest will never like any changes but this 49 year old fan welcomes this version as a breath of fresh air. Why would you want to watch the original version ever again?. Shame it's not done more often.


Whisky Galore! - Digitally Restored (80 Years of Ealing) [Blu-ray] [1949]
Whisky Galore! - Digitally Restored (80 Years of Ealing) [Blu-ray] [1949]
Dvd ~ Basil Radford
Price: 16.80

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whisky that's matured well...., 11 Aug 2011
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What more can I can that hasn't been said already. A superb restoration and another hit from Optimum. Enjoy. Makes the wait for Quatermass even more unbearable.

Roger Shore


Went the Day Well? - Digitally Restored (80 Years of Ealing) [Blu-ray] [1942]
Went the Day Well? - Digitally Restored (80 Years of Ealing) [Blu-ray] [1942]
Dvd ~ Leslie Banks
Price: 17.10

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ealing that's no laughing matter., 28 July 2011
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This propaganda film from the 1940's has passed the decades with flying colours. For those who don't know, this film is about German troops who take over a British village in the guise of British troops as a prelude to invasion. If this film sounds familiar to modern viewers, it was remade as "The Eagle has Landed" but ignore this dire Michael Caine vehicle and enjoy the original.
More importantly at long last we are seeing a proper overhaul of the Ealing catalogue which for years consisted of worn out prints. The restoration of both picture and sound are top notch and easily on a par with Optimum's recent releases like "Ice Cold in Alex" and "The Cruel Sea". With the likes of "The Lavender Hill Mob" and "Quatermass and the Pit" forthcoming, this is turning out to be a great year for fans of classic British Cinema.

Roger Shore
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Brighton Rock (Digitally Remastered) [Blu-ray] [1947]
Brighton Rock (Digitally Remastered) [Blu-ray] [1947]
Dvd ~ Richard Attenborough
Price: 11.96

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brighton rocks...., 10 Mar 2011
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Having just watched this special blu-ray edition of this 1948 classic, I can confirm that unlike the DVD this does contain subtitles, useful as my hearing was badly damaged years ago. For anyone familiar with UK TV showings of this classic, all prints have been a disappointment. All scratched and worn out. Well this new blu-ray is a revelation. Superbly restored with a level of detail I didn't think possible. The grain structure is intact with a very clear mono soundtrack that even someone with my loss of hearing can still hear with the emphasis on the characters talking.
The blacks are rich and detail you have to see to believe. The extras while light are very very good and I honestly don't think you could add any more to the package. A running commentary from an historian would have been nice but don't let the lack of extras put you off. It's a must buy and a joy to see the continuing trend for restored old classic films.


Airwolf The Movie [Blu-ray] [1984]
Airwolf The Movie [Blu-ray] [1984]
Dvd ~ Alex Cord
Price: 7.29

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I have my VHS back...., 1 Mar 2011
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A contender for the worst HD transfer for a TV show this year. It really does look as if someone took the VHS from the 80's and transferred it straight to blu-ray. The blacks are non - existent with mid tone greys, the image is washed out in places with heavy DNR and it's unstable in places. Stick to the DVD box sets of the show. They mightn't be great but I suspect that's as good as it's going to get for Airwolf fans.
I can't comment on the DVD release of this Movie episode but from all reviews it's not bad but most certainly put this blu-ray movie under "avoid like the plague". All that's missing is the sound of the old top loaders.


Piranha 3D (Blu-ray 3D)
Piranha 3D (Blu-ray 3D)
Dvd ~ Elisabeth Shue
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: 6.00

14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An early Xmas present..., 23 Dec 2010
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This review is from: Piranha 3D (Blu-ray 3D) (Blu-ray)
Well my blu-ray copy turned up today way ahead of schedule and I was so looking forward to this as the cinema showings were 3D only and I can't perceive 3D so it was a joy to have both the 2D and 3D version on the same set and finally enjoy the film. The picture and sound are superb and the film really does deserve an 18 rating. It's a gore feast of the highest order but a seriously entertaining one. It doesn't forget what made the original so good and expands on it. But be warned, you really do need a strong stomach and a healthy sense of humour. Enjoy but don't bother with the popcorn, the only feasting will be the piranhas!.


Space 1999 - The Complete First Series [Blu-ray]
Space 1999 - The Complete First Series [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Barbara Bain
Price: 24.90

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed as well., 3 Nov 2010
Having received my copy direct from Network last week, I've had an opportunity to view the first 6 episodes and superlatives doesn't really do justice to the sheer quality of the restoration. Like The Prisoner, Network have pulled out all the stops and it shows. The most important lesson Network have learned is to pay attention to the fans hence the proper 4/3 aspect ratio. (Freemantle take note on this point for your dire World at War reframing). I can't recommend it enough. I'm hoping that Season 2 gets the same excellent treatment. Considering the amount of ITC products that were shot on 35mm and 16mm, can we look forward to future HD gems?


Sharpe Classic Collection [Blu-ray]
Sharpe Classic Collection [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Price: 40.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disc 7 Problem, 20 Oct 2010
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I've had the same problem with disc 7 on this blu-ray collection. This is my third copy of the set and disc 7 either doesn't play or the G.U.I. on the disc isn't working. It must be a pressing fault as I tried 3 different players but I've heard no word from ITV about this. It's a shame as the picture and sound is excellent bar the SD upgrade for a part of Sharpe's Gold.
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