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Altman on Altman
Altman on Altman
by David Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "As for Hollywood they sell shoes and I make gloves", 8 April 2012
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This review is from: Altman on Altman (Paperback)
Another excellent entry in Faber & Faber's director interview series, and with the final interview conducted as Altman was about to embark on what would be his final film it offers a complete career overview.
So all of Altman's films are featured, albeit in varying degrees of depth, which in one instance (O.C. & STIGGS) sees coverage restricted to a single question/paragraph (and yet it still tells you all you really need to know about Altman's intentions for the film).
Throughout Altman proves a frank and forthcoming interviewee, so whether discussing a film you know well or one you've never seen (a true film-making maverick, Altman's status as a Hollywood outsider is underlined by the dearth of his titles currently available on DVD) his expansive answers remain equally fascinating and offer many insights into the man, his methods and his movies.
Things are rounded off with a comprehensive Filmography, an extensive TV-ography, Awards List and selected Bibliography. Finally, there's even an Appendix explaining how to play the game of QUINTET from the film of the same name; incredibly, a board game was produced in anticipation of the film becoming a hit, which somehow seems to sum up the career of a unique talent that Hollywood never really understood but knew they couldn't ignore. Recommended.


British Television: An Insider's History
British Television: An Insider's History
by Peter Graham Scott
Edition: Library Binding

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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge A Book by Its Cover (Or Title), 5 April 2011
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The plain blue cover and prosaic title of this volume belie the fact that inside is a treasure trove of information on the history of British television by someone who was, as he says in the introduction: "...part of television's dawn promise, bright noon, and golden afternoon..."
Scott's story encompasses attending the first BBC Producers Training Course in 1952, taking his talents to fledgling ITV company Associated-Rediffusion in 1955, before another stint at the BBC from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, and finally onto big budget international co-productions in the 80s and 90s. And it's all set in the context of the rapidly evolving/expanding world of British television.
Along the way there are tales of the exhilaration and exasperation of producing weekly live TV plays, causing controversy with an ITV Schools programme about advertising, working with future stars, incl Glenda Jackson in her first screen (make that scream) role, as well as established talent like Patrick McGoohan (on both DANGERMAN and THE PRISONER, and later JAMAICA INN) and Peter Sellers.
Scott also inadvertently had an important role in the history of TV classic THE AVENGERS as he directed the aborted first version of THE TOWN OF NO RETURN with Honor Blackman's original replacement Elizabeth Shepherd (gallantly unnamed here) leading to him shooting the screen tests which resulted in the casting of Diana Rigg, and he then directed 3 of her episodes.
Returning to the BBC in 1965 Scott helped initiate the highly successful MOGUL (later retitled THE TROUBLESHOOTERS) before becoming Producer (and occasional Writer and Director) on the show he is best known for, the internationally successful THE ONEDIN LINE, and both of these series get a full chapter each.
The final phase of his career saw Scott moving effortlessly between HTV children's classics CHILDREN OF THE STONES and INTO THE LABYRINTH, and big budget mini series and TV Movies like KIDNAPPED and ARCH OF TRIUMPH. Despite the occasional difficulties posed by the egos and eccentricities of foreign producers and crews the international critical and commercial success these productions generally brought clearly also brought much personal satisfaction and, revealingly, the title of this chapter is On American Screens At Last.
To top it off, each section is supplemented by a selection of behind the scenes photos of the author at work inserted at relevant points in the text, along with a comprehensive Career Appendix.
The only criticism, if it can even be called a criticism, is the fact that much of the time you're left wanting to know more about the various productions he worked on (which certainly makes a pleasant change from many of the padded-out quick-cash-in TV books around).
Published in 2000, the final chapter sees Scott cautiously hopeful about the opportunities British televison might still offer in the future, which in retrospect seems overly optimistic, so all the more reason to celebrate this work.
It's certainly fitting that a book on British television itself fulfills first BBC Director General John Reith's dictum that it should "Inform, Educate, and Entertain".


Alive: Sixteen Men, Seventy-Two Days, and Insurmountable Odds--The Classic Adventure of Survival in the Andes
Alive: Sixteen Men, Seventy-Two Days, and Insurmountable Odds--The Classic Adventure of Survival in the Andes
by Piers Paul Read
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P.S. - ADDITIONAL MATERIAL, 24 Feb 2008
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Potential purchasers should note this listing is for the 2005 Harper Perennial reprint of the book which features 8 pages of additional material including contemporary interviews with the author and some of the survivors.
As for the book itself, it remains the only book I literally couldn't put down and read in one extended sitting. It still retains that power and the additional material make this the edition to own.


Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: Gruesome Edition [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: Gruesome Edition [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Dennis Hopper
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Price: £3.72

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT EDITION, 23 Feb 2008
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These reviews and the description (which even bemoans "the lack of extra features on this disc") all seem to refer to the standard edition of TCM2, when in fact this listing and illustration is for "The Gruesome Edition" which has various excellent extras, including 2 commentaries (one with director Tobe Hooper, and another featuring various cast members plus Tom Savini), a selection of deleted scenes (which more than earn this edition it's "Gruesome" tag), stills galleries and an extensive documentary - so this is the edition you want if it's the extras you're after...
As for the film, it's not a patch on the original, but then what is, but it's still enjoyable in it's own right and getting "the gruesome edition" will certainly enhance that enjoyment.


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