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Hannibal [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hannibal [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £8.20

5.0 out of 5 stars This Dvd in 2.35: 1 Anamorphic Widescreen - You've Never Seen Victor Mature's Hannibal Look This Good!, 24 Jan. 2016
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Review later! First, if you have EVER liked this movie at any time, please buy this particular dvd. I really BEG you to buy it because it's such a fine print of the movie! I've never seen it in full anamorphic widescreen right up until this dvd arrived. This remastered print is a revelation and an utter joy, I hope you have a large tv for it! I always sensed Hannibal was a better movie than it has somehow always seemed and this proves it. I bet it hasn't looked like this since it was in the cinemas! Hannibal has suffered from too many cheap editions over the years in 4: 3 aspect (or at best 16: 9 ratio) sold in markets, with poor image and sound. So in the hope you can be sure of buying the same dvd I got - Amazon listing ASIN: B0002VEU4O (this dvd's details on Amazon are absent) I can give you the details on the case. Amazon usually state whose "version" any dvd is, but the category "studio" (which is where Amazon differentiates betweem the different the dvd "editions"), is not there for this dvd! Anyway, on the case are these details, at the rear, bottom left. First, "VCI Entertainment." (If all else fails, will work). Also there is a "special dedication of thanks" to the "Edgar G. Ulmar Preservation Corporation" - a name which, it turns out, is this film's director (the corporation is no small beer if you google it). The only other thing on the case is "copyright MCMLX Warner Bros., Inc."

Tedious part over, now my review of Hannibal. If critics find Hannibal a "second rank spectacular" with "unconvincing" battle scenes (as a review here mentions), equally as a fan, I'm bound to point out that to leave matters there does an injustice to this fun, spectacular, 1959 epic. If the same year's Ben Hur is taken as an example of 'convincing' (with the biggest budget up to the time), what is fair to say about Hannibal today? Well in this reviewer's opinion its battle scenes are alright, and are in any event more convincing than those in the revered "Zulu" from 5 years later, which having watched that only a few years ago, shocked me with how poor and unconvincing its battles are, nowhere near as convincing as Hannibal. And battles are more essential to Zulu than to Hannibal, which has a whole lot else going for it. Unlike most epics Hannibal is never dry or stuffy, but is always on the move and constantly visually arresting. What's not to like about Hannibal? It has Victor Mature at the height of his powers, plus the elephants, plus the incredible Alps (whether actual or on set), cinemascope and a "cast of thousands." It has "over 4,000 foot soldiers, 1,500 horsemen, 45 elephants and a vast assortment of war machines employed in the historic battle of Cannae alone." (Roll call from the movie's case). Please please get this if you've ever had the notion that you like Hannibal. And don't be put off because it's cheap, this one I have does full justice to this unfairly underated movie! I do hope you get the same really great version.

Die Screaming Marianne [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Die Screaming Marianne [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Get "Die Marianne" Dvd in 4:3 Aspect, Get The Widescreen Dvd Instead!, 11 Jan. 2016
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One star is for the dvd, not for the film, which is great. Sorry about that as it skews the film's rating, but one star is needed for me to alert people that this is a "PANNED AND SCANNED" 4:3 ASPECT VERSION! Almost a third of the film is missing, replaced by black bars down the left and right sides. I feel I wasted my money on this. I've ordered the Blu-Ray to replace it, which is 16:9 full widescreen. The product details here don't state the film's aspect, but I never supposed it would be ancient 4:3 panned and scanned version for tv. And this has specks in the image and some 'pops' and 'clicks' in the sound. Update: I have the Blu-Ray now, full widescreen. It has a cleaner image and clearer sound as I hoped. One thing I'm not certain of, can anyone confirm whether the Blu-Ray, with its running time of 101 minutes, is longer than this one?

Something Wicked This Way Comes [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Something Wicked This Way Comes [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £7.95

5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE CARE, PEOPLE! I Got a "Panned And Scanned" 4:3 aspect version!, 9 Jan. 2016
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I gave this five stars as that is what the film deserves, but TAKE CARE, PEOPLE! I ordered this (region 1 of course) only a few months ago, had seen it was 'widescreen' (16:9) in the product details, but received a "panned and scanned" 4:3 version. Some while later (too late to request a refund) I asked another seller (thinking to buy it again - widescreen this time) "Is it widescreen or just 4:3?" And their reply was "Sorry, they couldn't say" - !! SO WATCH OUT! I am very disappointed as I love this film. I would never have bought a panned and scanned version if I had known that was what it was going to be.

She / The Vengeance of She
She / The Vengeance of She

5.0 out of 5 stars Shining Excellence! Here is a Track List!, 5 Jan. 2016
I'm so glad to finally have "She," James Bernard's masterpiece, after all these years. Like basking on a beach on a paradise isle, it doesn't disappoint. Excellence with no equivalent.
THE TRACK LIST: 40 tracks, incl. bonus tracks:
SHE (Composer: James Bernard, Conductor: Philip Martell)
1. Opening Credits (1.17)
2. Leo And Ayesha (5.00)
3. The Journey (0.46)
4. Mountains Of The Moon / Ambush (2.19)
5. The Way To Kuma (0.45)
6. Leo In Danger (3.40)
7. Billali's Task (2.03)
8. Fantastic Sight (0.16)
9. Killikrates Reborn (3.06)
10. The Body Of Killikrates (0.54)
11. She Who Must Be Obeyed (0.53)
12. Ancient City (2.15)
13. Ustane's Fate (0.58)
14. Eternal Flame (0.22)
15. The Death Of Ayesha (2.43)
16. Finale and End Credits (0.48)
Bonus Tracks
17. Dance for scene 216, take 2 (3.23)
18. Chant for scene 206, take 1 (3.14)

THE VENGEANCE OF SHE (Composer: Mario Nascimbene, Conductor: Franco Ferrera)
19. Opening Credits (2.13)
20. Escape (1.12)
21. Calling Ayesha / Mon Hari's Power (3.17)
22. Carol And Kassim (2.18)
23. The Ritual (1.30)
24. Searching For Carol (4.20)
25. Journey To Kuma (1.11)
26. Entering Kuma (4.55)
27. Carol Is Ayesha (1.07)
28. Killikrates And Carol (1.31)
29. Remembering The Past (1.48)
30. Entertaining Philip (1.18)
31. Ayesha, Ruler of Kuma (0.59)
32. The Secret Flame (1.36)
33. Decision (1.15)
34. The Pain Of Killikrates (0.35)
35. Death At The Flame (1.38)
36. Destruction Of Kuma (1.45)
37. End Credits (0.48)
Bonus Tracks
38. Carol's Theme - Unused Alternative Version (2.39)
39. Kuma Calling (0.12)
40. Claudio Fuiano talks to Mario Nascimbene (3.01)

Stanley Dorfman - Jefferson Starship - The Definitive Concert [1983] [DVD] [2003]
Stanley Dorfman - Jefferson Starship - The Definitive Concert [1983] [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Jefferson Starship
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An Irreplaceable, Splendiferous, Rousing Piece of History!, 16 Oct. 2015
*Yes, this has its faults, but how to evaluate it, since it is an Irreplaceable Piece of History?
You could say it has an annoying plasticky 80's host who appears inbetween some of the songs, and you'd be right.
You could say the sound and picture quality looks like a VHS-lift onto dvd, and you'd be right.
BUT what's also important to say and remember (and why I wrote this review) is that as there AREN'T ANY other Jefferson Starship dvd's to be had whatsoever, that has a bearing on matters. And if you're a fan of Jefferson Starship, that fact alone makes this flawed gem (despite the fact it will probably never be remastered or re-edited; a crime of itself), poignant, and priceless!

The Halloween tree / [by] Ray Bradbury ; illustrated by Joseph Mugnaini.
The Halloween tree / [by] Ray Bradbury ; illustrated by Joseph Mugnaini.

5.0 out of 5 stars This Best Ever Edition Will Blow You Away Every Halloween on a Journey!, 2 Oct. 2015
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This is the best ever, classic edition of The Halloween Tree. My love for it has never dimmed and its ability to impress and delight me has never lessened. The newer editions don't compare, the illustrations in them are plain WEIRD! This looks like, feels like, and is, a treasure - thanks to Ray's writing and Joe's illustrations being so well matched and given equal attention, the best the classic partnership of Ray's writing and Joe's illustrations has ever looked for sure. This is an heirloom, to love and cherish and include in your Halloween ritual EVERY year!

The Wonder Years: The Complete Series Set
The Wonder Years: The Complete Series Set

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Knockout Series, My Favourite of All Time, 28 Sept. 2015
Yes expensive, but it is a lot of discs. Fortunately I recorded the series on dvd's at the time and to be honest (another review talks about 'grainy images) the UK's "Channel 4's" images look absolutely fine, very good - not grainy! I hadn't searched The Wonder Years until now, out of curiosity.
I'm endlessly sad that a series as great as this is not readily available for a quarter the price. Recording the episodes at the time I never supposed for a minute that one day you'd have to spend hundreds of pounds in order to be able to watch them. Stupidly or not, I always thought a quality series as moving, funny, and fantastically nostalgic as this was, would be syndicated regularly every few years or so. There is no justice!
On YouTube there are few Wonder Years episodes and the few there are poor quality. Uploading some, I found out why. YT 'struck' my account, giving as a reason, copyright claims. So you're stuck with having to shell out for this if you really want The Wonder Years!
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Twilight Zone - Season Four [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Twilight Zone - Season Four [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Rod Serling
Price: £18.90

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5.0 out of 5 stars Season 4. All 18 Episodes As Described In The Accompanying Booklet!, 6 Sept. 2015
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The description of each episode as it appears in the accompanying booklet, verbatim:
Alan Talbot doesn’t understand why his home town seems so unfamiliar, why he is driven to kill and what those noises are in his head!
A mysterious clanging sound is heard from within a submerged submarine – 20 years after it was sunk by the Japanese during World War II.
Philip Redfield (Ed Nelson) finds himself trapped in a small town where people can reverse time and do many other amazing things. He is determined to escape and share the town’s secrets with the outside world.
Peter Vollmer (Dennis Hopper), a small-time neo-Nazi leader, yearns for more power. Advised by a shadowy benefactor, Vollmer’s followers grow, as does his ego.
A 12-year-old girl (Ann Jillian) who loses her parents in a fire doesn’t speak because she has grown up in a telepathic community. The couple (Frank Overton, Barbara Baxley) who takes her in, and her teacher (Irene Daily) are determined to help her adapt to their society, no matter the cost.
Three astronauts discover a wrecked duplicate of their spaceship and their own dead bodies! Determined to prove that they are alive, Captain Ross (Jack Klugman) launches their spaceship again… and again.
Billy-Ben Turner (James Best) finds himself enchanted by the beautiful Jess-Belle (Anne Francis), who soon learns the danger of buying a love-spell from a witch.
Charley Parkes (Robert Duvall) is a shy bachelor who discovers a miniature doll apparently alive inside a 19th Century dollhouse. Fascinated, he whiles away the hours peering into this little world and wishing he were part of it.
When a newspaper editor is at the brink of suicide as his paper is being driven out of business, the devious Mr Smith (Burgess Meredith) presents an unusual deal guaranteed to boost circulation.
Paul Driscoll (Dana Andrews) travels back in time to try to prevent some of history’s catastrophes. Unsuccessful, he decides to stay in the past without interfering until disaster strikes closer to home.
Astronaut Robert Gaines (Steve Forrest) finds himself back on Earth in a world very similar to, but not quite his own. Even his wife and daughter appear to be strangers.
George P Hanley (Howard Morris) never had much success in life. But when he rubs a magic Arabian lamp and a genie (Jack Albertson) emerges to grant him one wish, he imagines all kinds of possibilities.
The curator (Martin Balsam) of a murderers’ row in a soon-to-be-defunct wax museum persuades the owner to let him keep the figures for a while. When his wife attempts to destroy them, a new murderous rampage begins.
William Feathersmith (Albert Salmi), a bored, wealthy businessman, gets a chance to go back in time and start over, armed with all the knowledge he’s acquired – an arsenal that’s not as powerful as he thinks.
Toy designer Horace Ford (Pat Hingle) spends most of his time reminiscing about his idyllic childhood. But when he gets the chance to go back to those years, he gets a bitter taste of reality.
William Benteen (James Whitmore) has been the unquestioned leader of a stranded outpost in space for 30 years. But when a rescue ship usurps his power, he tries to force the colonists to remain
In an effort to save their marriage, a young couple book passage on an old ship, which long ago was reserved for lovers. Former passengers, all now over 75, have gathered for a mysterious voyage.
Jack Weston is an untalented would-be TV writer whose career takes off when the ghost of William Shakespeare writes his script. Shakespeare is appalled by the sponsor’s changes, including the casting of a macho-type actor (Burt Reynolds) to play the lead.

Elvis: In the Twilight of Memory
Elvis: In the Twilight of Memory
by June Juanico
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten for 45 Years! You'll Never Forget "The Real Biloxi Blues!" Elvis And June's Summer Romance Of 1956!, 19 Aug. 2015
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Confidently buy June Juanico's transparently true book in hardcover edition, it's so moving and memorable you won't regret it! Her account of her summer of 1956 romance and engagement to Elvis is a triumphant combination of intimate detail and heart and soul. Reading this, you'll be there as it happens. In 1956, the very year Elvis' fame took off, the pair's summer romance was featured in national magazines and yet, was thereafter forgotten for 45 years! Find out why Elvis, at 21, proposed to 18 year old June but asked her to wait 3 years and find out what ultimately changed Elvis and ended their relationship.
Perhaps the best way to describe this book is to quote the book's flap (verbatim):
"It began in 1955 when the teenage June Juanico was persuaded by a friend to go and see an up-and-coming singer perform at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.
"The singer was Elvis Presley, the venue a makeshift dancehall like dozens of others across the Deep South where the singer would make his name. Elvis was still a shy country boy then, but not too shy to catch a pretty girl's eye and make a date. June, for her part, was only too pleased to show off her hometown to this handsome rising star - little knowing that he would ultimately take a piece of her heart and make it his own for ever.
"After one wonderful evening together June waited by the phone, but a combination of bad luck and the demands of Elvis' touring conspired to keep them apart. Nearly a year later, however, in May 1956, June and some girlfriends went on holiday to Memphis and soon after their arrival bumped into the town's biggest local celebrity. To June's surprise he remembered her name, and they met up again. It was the start of an idyllic summer together, during which June fell in love, toured with Elvis in Florida and had to come to terms with dating the hottest property around.
"With an introduction by Presley's acclaimed biographer Peter Guralnick, and featuring many previously unpublished photographs, "Elvis: In The Twilight Of Memory" is June Juanico's own account of that magical time. A bitter-sweet love story moulded by innocence and the demands of fame, it exposes the tender, loving side of Elvis - a side he always kept hidden, even from his closest friends. Funny, revealing, charmingly original, June's wonderfully fresh memoir also presents a brilliant portrait of 1950's America and provides a fascinating new insight into the genesis of the man who would be King.'"

Believe me, this is one of those books you won't be able to put down, that you'll never forget and that you'll want to read over and over again!

Trust USB 2.0 10-Port Hub for PC, Laptop with UK-Plug
Trust USB 2.0 10-Port Hub for PC, Laptop with UK-Plug
Price: £17.99

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Dodgy LOOSE port connections are made on this, oh the grief! Devices 'dropping out' on a whim, until I discovered eventually - you DARE NOT EVEN TOUCH any of the wires from your devices that come from this or "ding!" something drops out - again! In fairness to it, both this and the hub I had prior to this were like that, the problem may be endemic across hubs. Once you've put your usb's in this, try wiggling them up and down with even the lightest of touches, you'll see how sooner or later they're bound to disconnect. Which is an utterly ridiculous situation for a product whose PURPOSE is to make good connections! Prior to discovering the loose connections in this are the problem, I had gone through all the possibilities. Was it the devices, Windows 8.1 failing to keep the connections, a corrupted registry, etc. Add to that the inconvenience of not knowing exactly WHEN the disconnected devices will reconnect. It's very time consuming checking and rechecking. I had no wish to become an expert in how to force re-connects, but with shoddy buses like this (irrespective of price), I've had to become one. It's not that the sockets are too shallow. Weirdly, only some usb's are a poor fit. I hope my report about this saves you time working out what's wrong with your system peripherals. You'll have to avoid even touching the wires of your connections, with this bus - ARGGGH!

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