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The Rough And The Smooth [DVD]
The Rough And The Smooth [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nadja Tiller
Price: £12.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Picture quality is poor with very low contrast giving a bland appearance, 30 Dec. 2014
Full credit to Renown Pictures for releasing this rare 1959 film on DVD for the first time but no credit whatsoever for such an abysmal mastering. Picture quality is poor with very low contrast giving a bland appearance. Any fast movement by characters on the screen results in a ghost image – a bit like the effect of an NTSC to PAL transfer. The aspect ratio of 1.33:1 is completely wrong. In 1959 it was probably shot for 1.75:1 and it’s obvious from the opening credits that picture information at the right side of the screen is missing because the titles cannot be read properly.

The film itself, which was promoted on release as daring adult entertainment, is unconvincing partly because it’s difficult to see Tony Britton, always a dependable and likeable actor, playing the part of a lothario. Nadja Tiller is somewhat more convincing as a femme fatale but what sort of character William Bendix is meant to be portraying (living platonically with Tiller) is not at all clear. The role is ambiguous but Bendix seems seriously miscast. Overall, an interesting curiosity but not worth seeing in this DVD travesty.
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The 'burbs [Blu-ray]
The 'burbs [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £12.90

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun film with reservations about the Blu-ray, 30 Nov. 2014
This review is from: The 'burbs [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
THE 'BURBS is a fun film with an excellent cast. It's not a great film but it's hugely entertaining. My only problem with it is the ending which I think is all wrong because it effectively absolves the main participants in the film from their bad behaviour and attitude to their neighbours, by revealing their suspicions to be real. The film's message therefore ends up confused and ambivalent.

Despite an impressive presentation with many extras and a substantial booklet, the picture quality of this Blu-ray is far from ideal. Much of the time it just doesn't look very sharp and the amount of grain in many scenes is distractingly bad. I saw many films in cinemas in the '80s and rarely saw grain so prominent.
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Great Continental Railway Journeys [DVD]
Great Continental Railway Journeys [DVD]
Price: £9.50

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series full of fascinating detail and sights, 12 April 2013
This is a wonderful series and, for me, far more interesting than Michael Portillo's British railway journey programmes. As a guide, Portillo is excellent and displays a witty and engaging personality in chatting with people he meets on the way. It's just a pity that it's not available on Blu-ray. The series was broadcast in high definition which displayed the many scenic sights spendidly.


Doug Pratt's DVDs 1.001
Doug Pratt's DVDs 1.001
Price: £7.46

1.0 out of 5 stars Unsuitable format for Kindle, 3 Feb. 2013
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This is a good example of a book which is totally impractical for an ereader. There are many thousands of DVDs reviewed but it is impossible to check whether there is a review of a particular DVD and go to that review. No one wants to read from page one to the end of a book when it is a collection of reviews. The closest to any sort of search is to go to the first letter of an alphabet A - Z and browse from there but there are thousands of reviews under each alphabet letter making browsing for something impossible. There's no point in making this type of book available on Kindle without a practical search function and an index.


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x2 Full Sets of 6 Compatible Ink Cartridges For Epson Stylus Photo P50, PX700W, PX710W, PX720WD, PX730WD, PX800W, PX810W, PX820FWD, PX650, R265, R285, RX560, RX585, R360, RX685, Printer Ink Cartridges Double Capacity Latest Chip
Offered by First Call Inks
Price: £9.80

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap but rubbish, 12 Sept. 2012
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These inks were absolutely hopeless for my Epsom Photo RX685. Very soon after installing them, printing problems started. Faint patches, distortions and constantly needing to clean printer head. I had to throw them away and buy genuine Epson replacements. This confirms my previous experience with so-called compatible inks.
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Enid Blyton's The Famous Five - Five On Treasure Island [DVD]
Enid Blyton's The Famous Five - Five On Treasure Island [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rel Grainer
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £8.00

4 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious - even as a piece of nostalgia, 7 Aug. 2011
Attending Saturday Morning Pictures, as I did in the '50s, a collective grown usually went up whenever a Children's Film Foundation logo appeared. Children don't necessarily want to see other children on screen, especially in unimaginative stories set in familiar locations. Fortunately CFF films usually came on at the end of the prgramme (unless it was a serial) and I walked out on more than one of them. What we wanted was action, be it westerns or jungle adventures. The CFF aimed to give children what they thought was good for them instead of all those crude action-packed American films and serials. I thought in the interests of nostagia I'd have a look at FIVE ON TREASURE ISLAND but even as a piece of nostalgia it doesn't work. Incredibly boring story which could be told in 30 minutes is stretched out to over two hours of sheer tedium - I admit I ended up fast-forwarding most of it. Amateurish acting, no directing to speak of - just stick the camera somewhere, boring dialogue and a really annoying (because it's so bad) music score.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special, 29 Dec. 2010
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I never read crime thrillers but gave this a go in view of the rave reviews. What a mistake! If this is a superior example of the format I won't be reading any more. I like novels to be insightful; to be original; to make you care about the charcters. This is routine writing which I struggled to get through.


A Composer's Notes: Remembering Miklos Rozsa
A Composer's Notes: Remembering Miklos Rozsa
by Jeffrey Dane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing "remembrance", 19 Sept. 2010
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Throughout a long, impressive career, Miklos Rozsa composed some of the finest music for motion pictures. I bought this book in anticipation of finding some perceptive analysis of his music together with some interesting facets to his personality from someone who knew him. Alas Jeffrey Dane's book offers neither. To be fair, Dane does not pretend that his book is anything other than, as he describes it, "a personal recollection" but is that sufficient to engage a general readership? Writing a remembrance in which the writer has sufficient knowledge about the subject to inform the reader is fine but, although Dane describes himself as a friend of Rozsa, there are none of those intimate details or confidences to suggest that Dane had very much more than a casual relationship - although the back cover, with its reference to decades of friendship, implies otherwise.

The main section of the book contains typed reproductions of around 40 items of correspondence from Rozsa to Dane. These consist of postcards, Christmas cards and letters. Unfortunately, the correspondence is mainly banal and trivial; the vast majority of which begin by thanking Dane for the receipt of a gift of some kind. Rightly or wrongly, the book comes across as a piece of fan worship, where the reader is presented with the image of a zealous admirer showering gifts upon the object of his devotion. The result is a book of uncritical adulation which ill-serves the composer, who, in terms of biographical remembrance, deserves far better than this.

The arrangement of the book is all over the place, with occasional detours and separate chapters to discuss other composers which indicate padding more than anything else. And what are we to make of the bitter, paranoid paragraph - seemingly inserted at random, for it relates to nothing which precedes or follows it - in which Dane berates some unidentified individual who apparently harbours a long standing resentment toward the author and whose hostility, we are told, continues to the present time?

It's also unfortunate that Dane's writing reveals considerable arrogance. If it's one thing I would advise a would-be author not to do, it is to spend an entire chapter rubbishing publishing houses which, apparently, don't have the business acumen to recognise such a valuable work, and which led to Dane going down the self publishing route. Well, sorry Jeffrey, but if I had been the one to read your manuscript, I'd have returned it with one of those "Having carefully considered etc." letters.
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