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VERDI - Aida [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]
VERDI - Aida [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Sophia Loren
Offered by YouWantIt-WeGotIt
Price: £18.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Celeste Sofia', 12 April 2010
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I adore this film version of Aida - yes, I had to get used to the garish colour and the dubbing of the songs at first, but 10 minutes into the film it stopped bothering me and I started loving this condensed but convincing version of the famous opera. Sopia Loren "sings" all her arias with great feeling - I tend to forget that she is dubbed. The supporting cast is strong (Amneris and Radames are both eye-candy) and the singing, of course, is glorious.

The only down-side is that there are no subtitles - yes, I know it is advertised as having subtitles, but only the 'narrator' (they have one at the begging of each act) is 'subtitled'. The remainder of the opera is subtitleless. Not that it matters much - the actors tell the story more than well enough.


As You Like It [DVD] [1936] [US Import] [NTSC]
As You Like It [DVD] [1936] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £42.77

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As I Like It, 12 April 2010
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This is a charming version of Shakespeare's curious and unlikely tale, with a young Laurence Olivier and a very charming Elisabeth Bergner (despite the fluctuating accent). The settings are beautiful and the supporting cast convincing. Both the sound and the picture quality are very good. Highly reccommended!


Tale of Two Cities [DVD] [1935] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tale of Two Cities [DVD] [1935] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ronald Colman
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £9.44

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis a far, far better thing to see, than you have ever seen before...', 26 Feb. 2009
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Read the 5-star reviews on Amazon.com - I don't have much to add except that they are all true - 'the most outsanding film version of Tale of Two Cities', 'the best film adaption of any Dickens novel', 'Colman's greatest performance', 'one of the best movies ever to come out of Hollywood' etc. etc. etc. If you haven't watched it yet, you are missing one of the greatest films ever made acted by one of the greatest actors that ever lived.

Watch out for any scenes where Colman is slightly inebriated - in spite of his reputation for correct and gentlemanly behaviour, he simply excels at these. Basard and Jerry Cruncher provide first-class comic relief, and the seamstress - with only a few minutes of screen time - delivers one of the most moving performances I have seen. In fact, as good as the movie is as a whole, the best part comes at the end. The emotional impact of the scene where Sydney Carton and the seamstress are taken to the guillotine is overwhelming, thanks to the impeccable timing of the scenes and the inspired acting of Colman and the seamstress. If you watch this movie, 'it will be a far, far better thing you do, than you have ever done!'


The Scarlet Pimpernel/Return Of The Scarlet Pimpernel [DVD]
The Scarlet Pimpernel/Return Of The Scarlet Pimpernel [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leslie Howard
Price: £6.75

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 out of 5 stars for The Scarlet Pimpernel - but I couldn't even watch the sequel, 26 Feb. 2009
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This must be Leslie Howard's best performance, the best film version of Scarlet Pimpernel and one of the best screen adaptions of a classic book. The 'cravat' scene must be one of the most amusing episodes in film history.

The plot has been changed somewhat, especially the end, but the film creates such a sense of unity and rightness that I sometimes forget that 'that's not how it goes in the book'. Of course, if you didn't read the book, or don't remeber it or don't mind when movies deviate from the novels they were inspired by, there's nothing at all to worry about.

Merle Oberon is a suitably beautiful but disenchanted French wife to Leslie Howard, who is a master at his changes of personality from 'Sir Percival Blackeney' to 'The Scarlet Pimpernel'. The film sticks to the spirit of The Scarlet Pimpernel even when it deviates from the letter.

I'm afraid I can't give an accurate description of the sequel. After Leslie Howard's performance, every other Pimpernel was bound to flop.


Brambly Hedge: Classic Collection [DVD]
Brambly Hedge: Classic Collection [DVD]
Price: £3.99

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 6 Sept. 2008
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This DVD (and the others in the series) is a fantastic animation of the Brambly Hedge books. They are great for young children, but I enjoy watching them too! The Brambly Hedge DVDs are so enjoyable that I can't understand why they are not more readily available.


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