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The Stunt Man [1978] [DVD]
The Stunt Man [1978] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter O'Toole
Offered by Global_Deals
Price: £13.83

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary. No, really, Revolutionary., 12 Jun. 2009
This review is from: The Stunt Man [1978] [DVD] (DVD)
This film (which, it is noted, can no longer be purchased new in its country of origin, *sigh*), is one of the most incredible, enjoyable and revolutionary films ever made.

From building brand new equipment never before seen or used, to ground breaking camera technique and a script that is beguiling, bewildering and mind bending in the best sense, The Stunt Man is one of the most solidly entertaining films ever made. It is funny and outrageous, tender and horrifying, sometimes from one second to the next, certainly from one minute to the next.

Always surprising, the script is deeply fortunate in its incredible cast. Peter O'Toole grabs you by the collar and drags you through the story screaming for mercy and begging for more. Barbra Hershey and Steve Railsback are extraordinary, their characters sharply and deeply realized, maintaining a thread of sanity and insanity, respectively, with clarity and commitment.

Cult hit? Huh. If God could do the tricks that Richard Rush can do ... he's be a happy man.


Einstein And Eddington [DVD] [2008]
Einstein And Eddington [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
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Price: £39.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ode to scientific truth as the highest human aspiration., 12 Jun. 2009
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This story turns on a critical historical event; without Arthur Eddington, it is quite possible that Albert Einstein's theories would have been ground into the dusts of obscurity by the juggernaut of mainstream academic belief systems, wartime politics, racism and the list goes on. It is a story of moral heroism, of persistence and of great triumphs set in the bloodthirsty insanity of the first World War.

The acting is blissful. Andy Serkis as Einstein inhabits the role with a vibrant intensity that is engaging and electrifying; if you are an American, his performance is worth the purchase of a region-free DVD player (they've become more reasonable and more capable than you may remember). David Tennant's Eddington is drawn with the pristine clarity that is becoming a hallmark of his work; haunting and riveting in the same breathless space. Together (though they actually share the screen for only a moment) they are outstanding.

I am not quite as happy with the script ... or is it the editing? There is so much story to tell and such limited space to tell it. These are fully drawn characters, set in some of the most emotionally charged years in history. Their lives are impacted by WWI, their needs, their desires and their lust for the truth of the universe that lies so tantalizingly near, yet so far away. Perhaps my problem is not with the gifted Peter Moffat but with the gods of the producing universe who decree that an audience attention span rarely exceeds 90 minutes. A full two hours or more to build and shape this story would have been more than welcome.


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