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Mr. A. Whiteside "tonyjackie3" (uk)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the silent greats, 27 Oct 2011
I had heard quite a bit about 'Broken Blossoms' so decided to give it a try. This particular DVD is the one I finally plumped for and it is a Korean import under the heading 'Griffith Masterworks'. The actual movie itself is terrific and it highlights the fact that Lillian Gish was a fabulous actress. All performances are fine with Richard Barthelmess good as the humble Chinaman who becomes obsessed with the character of Lucy. Donald Crisp is a little hammy as Battling Burrows but he does exude menace at the right times and is a truly memorable villain. But it is Miss Gish that steals the show here as tragic Lucy and the much lauded scene where she is trapped in a cupboard as her Father smashes the door in is acting at it's finest, you can feel her fear. D. W. Griffith does a great job with his direction and the movie has a remarkably realistic feel to it.

The picture on this DVD version is fine considering it's age. There are many blemishes in places but generally for a movie that was made in 1919 there isn't much to complain about. The sound is a very pleasant stereo mix and suits the movie very well. It's a little jumpy in a few places but it is pretty good. There are several extras listed on the sleeve but only one actually appears on this DVD and that's the 'Broken Blossoms' song so that is a bit of a disappointment. The DVD played absolutely fine and the Korean subtitles are easily removed.

This is a good version to get but I believe there is a better one on region 1 so that may be the one to go for. If you don't want to spend too much though, this version is ideal but loses a star because of the misleading extras listed.

Shutter Island [DVD] (2010)
Shutter Island [DVD] (2010)
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Price: £2.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype..This isn't great, 22 Oct 2011
This review is from: Shutter Island [DVD] (2010) (DVD)

Once again, this is a movie that has garnered many five star reviews and this puzzles me as I found the movie to be extremely predictable. By that I don't mean that I guessed the whole of the plot, I mean that 'Shutter Island' was so obviously set up to have a twist to the story. My fiancee guessed within fifteen minutes that all wasn't what it seemed to be and and while I don't want to discuss the plot, it seemed obvious that Leonardo's character (MAJOR SPOILER!!!) was an inmate. He was looking for the elusive 67th patient and it was no surprise at all when it turned out to be him.

As I stated earlier, I didn't guess everything but I did suss quite a bit and I found this movie to be too slow paced and actually boring in places. The acting is a mixed bag with the best performance coming from Di Caprio and some other parts not really acted that well to be honest. It does have it's moments but they are few and far between and this is one movie I would defintely pull the shutters down on in future.
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Hanna [DVD]
Hanna [DVD]
Dvd ~ Saoirse Ronan
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.97

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An extra star for Cate, 18 Oct 2011
This review is from: Hanna [DVD] (DVD)
This movie didn't do much for me at all. It stars Saoirse Ronan as a kind of super intelligent action child and it is totally unconvincing. 'Hanna' is full of character's you couldn't care less about including a very annoying English family she encounters along the way. There are several unconvincing action scenes and many completely inept 'agents' that are disposed of very easily. Saoirse Ronan is a decent actress but I was never convinced this role suited her and she sometimes looked uncomfortable in her action scenes.

I was surprised to see Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana in this, especially the usually terrific Cate who, while this isn't her best performance, is the best thing in this lacklustre effort. It's the kind of movie that makes you think 'Is that it?' when it ends and came pretty close to getting one star but scrapes two because of Cate.

Price: £5.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven at times but generally good, 8 Oct 2011
This review is from: Aerial (Audio CD)
Is this a pointless release? It is essentially the same as the original apart from the fact that CD2 has now merged into one track so to speak and it is an idea that works rather well. In fact, it does improve on the original idea so in that sense it is worth buying.

Taking the album as a whole, I think it is a little uneven with some mediocre tracks mixed with some superb stuff. CD 1 has it's moments but 'Bertie' and 'Mrs Bartolozzi' aren't anywhere near Kate at her best. I do like 'Pi' and 'How To Be Invisible' though and 'Joanni' has grown on me. CD 2 is where the albums true strength lies with some truly fabulous songs that showcase Kate's tremendous talents. 'Sunset', 'Nocturne' and 'Aerial' compare favourably with some of her best work and there is a feeling that she might yet make an album to compare with the superb 'Hounds of Love'.

This isn't her best album by a long way but it is vastly superior to the recent 'Director's Cut', which was in retrospect disappointing. Her next release '50 Words for Snow' sounds very promising with artists such as Elton John, Stephen Fry and Andy Fairweather Lowe making an appearance. It does sound as though it might be terrific, here's hoping. But getting back to 'Aerial', it is a good album with more good moments than bad. CD2 is a real grower, it may take a few listens but it is a fine pice of work.

Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [2009]
Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 24 Sep 2011
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
I found this movie to be a disappointment. Robert Downey Jr is always watchable but his English accent here was very hit and miss which is a surprise because it was so good in the splendid 'Chaplin [DVD]'. At times it was a struggle to tell what he said. Jude Law is OK as Watson but probably the best performance was from Mark Strong as the villain of the piece.

The storyline wasn't great, the CGI wasn't great either and the direction from Guy Ritchie was a bit like seen it, done it, perhaps try a different approach. He was originally a groundbreaking director with his quick scenes, striking camera and fabulous soundtracks but now his tricks have been seen too many times. There is a nice soundtrack from the ever reliable Hans Zimmer and some of the action scenes aren't too bad. Overall though, this is a mish mash of a movie and I expected better. Maybe I'm just too used to Jeremy Brett!

Orphan [DVD]
Orphan [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vera Farmiga
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.96

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better recent horror movies, 18 Sep 2011
This review is from: Orphan [DVD] (DVD)
This is a movie that surprised me in the fact that I consider most modern horror movies to be boring. 'Orphan' is actually pretty good, not as good as the recent 'The Orphanage [DVD]' but a decent attempt.

Without going into the story too much, the movie would have failed completely if the character of Esther had been portrayed badly. Fortunately, Isabelle Fuhrman is terrific in the role, giving just the right amount of menace and supposed sincerity at the correct time. I also think that Aryana Engineer deserves credit as the deaf Max in a part that could be easily have been overlooked. There isn't really a duff performance here to be honest.

Perhaps the final ten minutes become a little too cliched and maybe the husband could have been more supportive to the wife at times but 'Orphan' is by and large well worth watching.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 [DVD] [2011]
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent finale, 3 Sep 2011
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I wasn't expecting much from this final Harry Potter movie as the previous two had left me underwhelmed. 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 [DVD]' was OK but 'Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince [DVD]' was very disappointing. I am pleased to admit that 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2' was a very good final movie which brought a fitting conclusion to the franchise.

It moves along at a cracking pace, the acting is good and there are some fabulous set pieces. What I really liked was the fact that this movie shows that a British blockbuster can be every bit as good as an American one. OK, there are some parts I wasn't sure about, especially the way that the deaths of well known characters was almost glossed over. But really, this is a terrific and action packed movie that deserves credit for it's pacing, direction and storyline.

There have been a few liberties taken with the book but I honestly didn't find that a problem at all which wasn't true of the two previous movies. I was well and truly glad to be proved wrong about my concerns beforehand and David Yates really came good here. Recommended.

Discriminating Metal Detector
Discriminating Metal Detector
Offered by In21 Direct
Price: £59.99

84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for a beginner, 3 Sep 2011
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Metal detecting is something I have thought about trying quite a few times so I finally thought I would give it a go. As I wasn't sure if it was to be a hobby that I would really get into, I didn't want to spend too much money so I plumped for this machine and it is ideal for a complete novice like me.

I didn't find it a problem at all to assemble it and it is sturdy enough. I have only used it a few times and haven't really found anything of value yet, a penknife on the sand dunes and various pieces of rusty metal. I guess it's the excitement of the beep that goes off when you have discovered something buried that keeps you plugging away, even if it only turns out to be a sweet wrapper!! There is a very handy headphone socket which cuts out the beeping noise and saves on the batteries. The 'Discriminating Metal Detector' is also quite light and easy to use.

I am by no means an expert but to me this is ideal for any beginner or someone that just wants to have the odd detecting search.

Captain America - The First Avenger: Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2011]
Captain America - The First Avenger: Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2011]
Dvd ~ Chris Evans

10 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly average, 25 Aug 2011
I didn't really have high hopes for this movie and it wasn't great to be honest. The good bits? Chris Evans is good as Steve/Captain America, Tommy Lee Jones is always worth watching and the film wasn't overlong at just under two hours.

What I didn't like were the several way too corny scenes, the very tedious and unconvincing will they/won't they romance, Hayley Atwell's wooden performance( a lack of emotion and her delivery seemed as though she was just reading from a script), the way that the movie felt more like an expensive TV episode and not a blockbuster and an underwhelming experience all round. It has a few good moments but this is not a movie that I would watch again.
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Columbo: Complete Series [DVD]
Columbo: Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Falk
Offered by joe4books
Price: £74.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific value for money, 13 Aug 2011
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This box set is a fantastic tribute to the legendary TV detective Columbo. It features every episode and a couple of episodes of 'Mrs Columbo' which is a nice bonus although the series wasn't that great to be honest.

It goes without saying that it is the brilliant portrayal of Columbo by Peter Falk that made this series such a success. He is simply perfect as the shabby but very intelligent detective and it ranks as one of the greatest TV performances ever. Obviously some of the episodes are better than others, indeed some are MUCH better but Peter Falk is always at the top of his game and never less than watchable.

Several of the episodes are excellent, especially the earlier ones such as 'Any Old Port In A Storm', 'By Dawns Early Light', and 'A Friend In Deed'. They are a just a handful of fine stories but much later ones are also very good especially the very clever 'Columbo Goes To College'. This is a terrific box set with many many hours of entertainment.

Some people have been critical of the cigar type box that the DVDs come in but I think that it is great and quite sturdy. There is also a handy booklet included which adds to the overall value of this set.
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