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A Time To Love And A Time To Die [DVD]
A Time To Love And A Time To Die [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keenan Wynn
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £7.99

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a restored masterpiece..., 19 July 2009
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After "All Quiet on the Western Front", fans of Erich Maria Remarque, watched a movie called "A Time To Love and A Time To Die".

Based on the book with the same name, it is a love story set in last war years of World War II in Germany.

When others were drumming the Victor's side of things, this movie dared to look into German commoner's lives and their tragic fates.

This movie has nothing to do with pro and cons of German involvement and guilt about having unleashed the Storm.

It just deals with the lives of two selected young individuals, who witness at first hand what War is really all about.
Add a slight love story and tension caused by your own surroundings (Gestapo, SS, Propaganda machine, etc.), and you will see that this is far more than your common Drama.

Everyone can recognize him/herself in the two main characters.

It is a lesson of life versus death.

It tells you how destructive war can be, for those who are living it and have nothing to say about it.

The storms, or winds of war, are terrible companions, when they touch you personally.

This is the message this transliteration tries to convey, and may I say, rather successfully, despite the Hollywood cast included in it.

John Gavin plays the leading role, and for once, he is given a fair chance to prove that he was not just another "beau", but truly a full-bred actor who could incarnate a true-to-life character.

Liselotte Pulver, as his fiancee, bride-to-be, appears as a very young and very inexperienced girl, overwhelmed by this immense tide of war.

There is nothing romantic in all this, no pink dresses, no sweet lulls.
Just the harsh realities in war-torn Germany.
How to survive the bombings, how to survive the political police, and so on and so forth.

This is truly another Anti-War movie.
For those who understand what War is really all about.

As I started writing this, I had mentioned that it is finally being decently transferred onto DVD.

I did own an old PAL VHS tape of this movie, which was decent, but not satisfactory, considering that this movie had a very wide screen ratio.

Pan & Scan had marred the entire action and the desolated landscape scenes of this movie.
Now, on DVD, you get the best transfer ever.
It is in the correct 2.35:1 anamorphic aspect ratio, sports a conventional but full and crisp 2.0 Mono soundtrack and has been digitally restored in High Definition.

You also receive a second DVD with tons of extra material for your eye's delight.

Did I mention? It was directed by one of the masters of the genre: Douglas Sirk (Imitation of Life, Written on the Wind, Battle Hymn, etc.)
and the score is by the great master of spectacular film music himself, Miklos Rozsa.

I must insist on this. Get a copy before it's gone.
You won't regret it one bit.

It is part of our cultural heritage, and as such, it has to be collected.

This is film history.
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Waking Ned [1999] [DVD]
Waking Ned [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Bannen
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £9.08

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more perfect comedy..., 19 July 2009
This review is from: Waking Ned [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
"Waking Ned" or as called "Waking Ned Devine", in the U.S., is a very short movie worth mentioning and watching.

It is at first sight, a movie about man's greed for money.

But look closer.

If you watch more carefully, you will soon discover something much, much more important than this.

Friendship and the meaning of it...

Beautifully played by old master Ian Bannen and the magnificent David Kelly (of "Ballykissangel" lore), with a very valid support by Fionnula Flanagan, this tiny Comedy is a masterpiece of storytelling.

Fast paced, but never slipping into false slapstick comedy, it holds the reverence of the message hidden in its tight rhythm and style.

The transfer on DVD is perfect and can be purchased without second guessing.

Many other movie makers should study this product. They would discover how to make films worth watching.

This is one of the best Comedy movies I have watched in years and after the 20th visioning of it, it never tires me.

It is just too funny.

Recommended for your entire family.


The Full Monty (2 Disc Special Edition) [1997] [DVD]
The Full Monty (2 Disc Special Edition) [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Carlyle
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £5.10

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine example on how movies should be made..., 19 July 2009
I just finished reviewing "Brassed Off", and here we have another perfect example on how a movie should be made.

"The Full Monty" seems to be in a line with "Brassed Off" and explores even further the destinies of people in Industrial Towns, being massively laid off, without hope, without a future, without money, while others manage to make large profits out of these situations.

Above all, more than the industries themselves, politicians and unions.
Just those kind of people, who had sworn to represent us and protect us from infringements of the law...

But this movie goes a step further.

It shows us, like "Brassed Off", that if people get together and re-invent themselves, they might even get through the hard times,
despite all the social and financial pressures of life.

Both movies are a message of hope.

"The Full Monty" sports very familiar faces to British and International audiences. First of all Robert "007" Carlyle. This very interesting actor has managed in a few years to get on center stage by his charisma and versatile acting.

He leads a bunch of laid off people into a life adventure of its own, and this, with surprising results.

This special edition (2-Disc) of the movie is well worth the money, since it contains a lot of unseen footage.

As for "Brassed Off", I can only recommend it.

It is a thinking man's movie.


Brassed Off [DVD]
Brassed Off [DVD]
Dvd ~ Pete Postlethwaite
Price: £4.99

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST IN BRITISH COMEDY..., 19 July 2009
This review is from: Brassed Off [DVD] (DVD)
Although not truly a Comedy, since the themes touched by this movie are rather serious (unemployment, lack of money, lack of hope, main character so ill that he almost dies), this delicious tiny British product, brings the UK Film quality back to its old high standards.

Pete Postlethwaite (Jurassic Park III, Dragonheart, The Usual Suspects, etc.) is the most versatile British actor of these days.
With a rough, tough face, which cannot be confounded with anybody else's, he manages to work splendidly through his eyes.

Yes, the man has some splendid and highly expressive eyes.
They say more than words.

The rest of the cast does not need to be introduced. They all work as masters of their trade and in unison, just like the Band they are supposed to represent.

But just to render justice to them I feel compelled to name them: Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor (the ever famous Wolverine in X-Men) and Steven Tompkinson (whose scenes of despair are truly shattering and moving).

They all are genuine actors and when they play, it comes through as natural as it should be.

The director Mark Herman, has knit one of the finest, most touching and memorable fabrics in movie making in ages.

This may be just a movie, but what a movie it is!

Compared to the usual trash we get usually dished up, this is by far the representation of how a movie ought to be done.

Great and powerful story, great and talented actors, magnificent and gritty photography, a musical score that does not invade your ears while people talk, a flowing pace that never leaves you asking for a cut.
Cuts come when they're needed.

This is a movie that should be seen everywhere in the world, because it does not just tell a British story, but rather takes Britain as an excuse for a much larger and pervading problem.

Besides, this movie was made in 1996 and it foretold the world as it is today.

This is really a movie worth watching.

You will pass about a 100 minutes with a product that makes you think and will stir you up like nothing before or since.

The ending is highly poetic and send you off with some hope in your hearts.

A thing that we all need these days.

I can only recommend it.

The transfer is clean, in the correct anamorphic 1:85 aspect ratio, and the sound is a conventional 2.0 Stereo, but crystal clear.

There are a few extras, but nothing really astonishing.

This DVD is just worth for the Movie it contains.

And what a movie!

Buy it and you will see that you won't be sorry.
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Alec Guinness Collection (Screen Icons) [DVD]
Alec Guinness Collection (Screen Icons) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alec Guinness
Price: £18.00

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good transfer and worth the money..., 6 Nov. 2008
I have always been an admirer of Sir Alec Guinness and love his movies.

He was one of those Gentlemen Actors one rarely encounters these days and what's more, he was also highly gifted and multi-faceted in his profession.

This collection, or let's call it a tribute, contains some of his better performances in his earlier years.

Due to the age of the movies, they are all in plain Mono, but with an excellent sound quality. The transfer on DVD is immaculate, with just very minor defects, but nothing to go crazy about.

Many titles are so clear now, that any other version has become obsolete.

For all those, like me, who love this actor's work, this collection is simply a must and is well worth the money.


Holcroft Covenant [DVD]
Holcroft Covenant [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £6.58

30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy!!! A joke!!!, 6 Nov. 2008
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This review is from: Holcroft Covenant [DVD] (DVD)
Please, please, please! Stay way from this DVD.

It is lousy at best...

I thought I would be lucky in buying this crappy DVD, but instead I have been taken for a ride...

This appears to be a tape transfer. The image is grainy and shabby all over. Colors are dull and washed out. The aspect ratio is a somewhat would be 1.66:1 or at best 1.70:1 instead of the 1.85:1 correct ratio.
Some images jump up and down like a defective VHS copy.
Sound? Loud and with an unbearable whirring noise...

The joke? Special Features: (and I quote) Interactive Menus - 6 scene selections.

Who are these morons at Pegasus Entertainment?
Cocaine sniffing bozos?

If one reads the back sleeve you may discover that this masterpiece in incompetence and lousy transferring reside in Germany.

Well, does one wonder? They do not even respect their own classics, and believe me, I know something about it, because I have tried to buy some, and what I did receive was unworthy to be called technologically advanced...

Really, stay away form this one.
At 6 pounds it is a waste of your hard-earned money.

I have re-ordered this at 13 dollars with Amazon.com in the United States. It practically costs the same, but being released by MGM, one is guaranteed to have a far better copy transferred on DVD.

I was really hoping in a PAL pristine copy, because of the far better image resolution it usually has on a widescreen television.
But this has absolutely no resolution to speak of.

I own a Pan & Scan VHS tape recorded from a broadcast of the movie on Showtime (in the United States) some years ago and believe me, it looks sparkling and sharp in comparison to this copy.

If I had the means and were the holder of the legal rights to the movie, I would sue the bastards who have dared to slam this taped movie on DVD.

That would teach them a lesson they would not soon forget.

Alas I don't.

Granted, the movie may not be the quintessential Michael Caine vehicle and maybe it may be a bit ludicrous in contents, but to distribute it this way, is simply an insult to decency and professional ethics.

I almost suspect that this might be one of those semi-legal pirate copies that usually are available through China or South America.

If I were in Law Enforcement, I would like to investigate this thoroughly, because seemingly, there are some companies out there who are again trying to launder their dirty drugs and prostitution moneys, by using fake trade names, in order to sell such trash.

Don't waste your money and look for titles on brand names. They might be slightly more expensive, but they cannot play such games without compromising their own labels and therefore they don't even try.

You would be better served and you would force minor companies (especially some like this one) to go out of business before time.

They really would deserve to go out of business, since all they do is steal your money...

Avoid them at all cost and leave them dry.

Maybe this will soon translate into prices of the major studios being dropped accordingly, once these pirates will be defeated.

Fight for it. It's in your own interest.
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From the Earth to the Moon (Tom Hanks HBO Signature Edition) [DVD] [2006]
From the Earth to the Moon (Tom Hanks HBO Signature Edition) [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £13.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled..., 27 Oct. 2007
MAN MUST EXPLORE! And, yes indeed, Galileo was right.

This tiny piece of docudrama, as someone else said in these pages, should not just belong on shelves of any American Family, but rather be part of anyone's Movie Collection in the world.

Although I agree with somebody else's opinion that this could have been more space-oriented and less politics-oriented, we have to remind ourselves that in those years we were in the midst of the Cold War, as well as been entangled in a tragic war in Vietnam.

This is why this story retelling of the conquest of the Moon, and yes, also of space, sends us a message that even in such bleak times, there was a light. A light that shone very bright in the darkness of our world, and brought us us a sparkle of hope for the entire human race.

Despite its political and even military implications, as it was in the beginning, this project, to land a man, or men, on the Moon, developed into something totally different, Something noble, something useful and something creative.

In fact, my favorite episode of the 12 in this collection, is most poignantly "Galileo Was Right", dealing with the first of the three "J"-step Missions of the Apollo, or as commonly known, the Apollo 15 Mission.

This, in my view, is the very best episode of them all, because it truly expresses and resumes why we went to the Moon in the first place.

Also, it is a great, and very short lesson, on how to learn to open our own eyes, look around us and truly "explore", not just the Moon, but rather Nature and Space as such.

It teaches us to "read" the great book that Nature has opened for us and never to shut our minds. In fact, best of all, there is even an original quote by Plutarch in it, with which I opened this review and closes the circle.

How many teachers are out there doing exactly this? Lighting a fire in their student's souls and minds?

It takes just a sparkle, a tiny bit of curiosity and a decent dose of passion to turn a simple student into an explorer, a scholar, a motivated and driven scientist.

What is more important, is that the subtext to this episode seems to be that there are simply not "lousy students", but rather "very bad teachers" out there. And if this applied to Astronauts, which were already very bright and open minds, just imagine what this would entice, if you had your own child being taught by a "blank-minded" teacher.

The entire series deals with very human emotions and concerns. It is a journey through the minds of those who traveled and landed on the Moon, and it is also the exploration of those that stood next to these men, supporting them in every step to reach their goals.

In my view, this is a mini-series that should be screened in every school on this Planet, at least once a year.

This journey takes the viewer far beyond Space and the Moon, it takes him through the thoughts, the worries, the grief and the emotions of true men, not heroes, not action figures, but true living and breathing people, who decided to sacrifice their lives in an adventure to benefit, and yes, for a brief moment even unite All Mankind in a noble endeavor.

At first, to be very honest, when I watched this series the first time, I started nagging with the fact that the actors did not resemble one bit to their historic counterparts (to me, a greater effort could have been made to cast actors who even just slightly, could "pinpoint" who they played).

But after repeated viewings, this nag slowly disappeared, being replaced with an admiration for its contents and the messages these episodes tried to convey, proving me totally out of place in criticizing such a work of art.

Yes indeed, I learned to bridle my prejudices and in fact started to use and open my mind to the experience that is "From the Earth to the Moon".
Because it is far more than your usual Mini-Series. It is a school of thought and beyond that, it is a class on human ethics.

If you, like me, were "captured" by the so-called "conquest of space" and beyond, the "conquest of the Moon", you will certainly don't want to miss out on this addition to your space collection in your video file.

I also want to thank all those involved in the production of this, in my humble view, tiny masterpiece of story-telling, with a particular reference to Tom Hanks, who also appeared in it and was executive producer of the series, who in my view has refreshed a tiny bit the stuffy air that one usually breaths from Hollywood.

Tom Hanks, joins the ranks of visionaries like Selznick, Zanuck, Mankiewicz, Welles and Spielberg in acting upon his ideas and passions and sharing them with us in such a vivid way.

Also a great many thanks to the excellent cast who makes it all so believable on screen. There is no moment in which someone overacted or tried his Hollywood bit. They all come through (including Tom Hanks himself, and also Sally Field) as very natural and truly "feeling" characters.
This should also be considered as a school for good acting.

The transfer on DVD is simply excellent, at least for my LCD HD-Ready Widescreen TV and my Sony DVD-Player. The sound is outstanding in 5.1 Surround Sound, never too invasive or too bombastic, just well calibrated.

I repeat myself, but I wished I had been there with those guys, in those years filled with new hopes and new adventures. I think I would have had a ball with them, even if in the end, I would never have actually participated on a Lunar Mission, just being there would have been an experience and a half.

This is intended for a screening with the entire family present. I think that mamas and papas would enjoy it as much as their kids, and even more so when they all group together to have some evenings of true quality entertainment...

Take this first leap for Mankind, it's just a small step away... and remember it is not "what you pour in", but rather "what gets ignited" that is important in life...


Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Complete Collection (24 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Complete Collection (24 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Suchet
Offered by pokerbooks
Price: £150.00

91 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suchet IS Poirot, mon ami, and this is Belgian, not French!, 10 Oct. 2006
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SUCHET IS THE MAN!

Oh yes, he appears to be an actor, but is he really?

He is far more than that!

During my long investigation, mon ami, I discovered that he is also a Producer and a Director.

How do I know?

Well, this is a fact contained in this tiny marvel that is the "Agatha Christie's Poirot" Full Collection.

They should have named it "David Suchet's Poirot", since he is the only true and so far, the most elaborate Poirot ever brought to the screen.

David Suchet is a master actor, not just your everyday actor.

He studied the character from scratch, since Agatha Christie never really gave him life. She just used him in her Novels as one of her characters, and except for giving him some general physical traits, she never went deeper than that.

Hence "David Suchet's Poirot".

And what a Poirot it is!

It shines like a wonderful diamond, carefully cut and displayed.

The Boxed collection is divided in Six booklets of 4 DVDs each and includes all the episodes and TV movies aired from 1989 to January 2006.

Yes, my friend, 2006.

Considering that it is still being produced as I am writing this, the next two being "Mrs. McGinty's Dead" and "Dead Man's Folly", this does not represent as yet the definitive collection, but rather what has been filmed and produced to this day.

This alone is enough reason to buy it.

It is a masterpiece! A Jewel in the Crown of British film-making.

The only other collection that I know which is as good as this one, in the Agatha Christie's selection is Margaret Rutherford's "Miss Marple".

Despite the fact that Margaret Rutherford was not at all as described by Agatha Christie, she managed nevertheless to make the role hers and hers alone.

Alas, she died before she could film more wonderful translations in the series.

Who knows, if she had lived another decade, if there had been other incarnations of Miss Marple?

In any case David Suchet is alive and kicking and I am glad he still continues to incarnate the Belgian Sleuth.

What an eclectic thespian he is, and what a master of disguise.

All episodes are flamboyant and highly entertaining. Filled with Poirot's mannerisms and idiosyncracies they are never dull or boring, but rather gripping and at times, even funny.

Image quality on these DVDs is as sharp as technology permits nowadays and the sound, at least for all the episodes filmed prior to 2002, is in Digital Mono, but crystal clear and even rounded a bit up for ambiance.

All the episodes and TV movies after 2002 are in 1:78 anamorphic ratio and sport an outstanding Stereo Sound. I seem to have even spotted a hint of 5.1 channeling in the last two TV movies, but perhaps it was due to my hearing playing tricks on me.

All in all this is a most recommendable Collection and don't let yourself been thrown off by the price. It is cheaper than you may think, for such a masterpiece.

Included with the latest episodes are also a few extras. Mind you, nothing mind blowing, but not too bad.

There are some interviews with the cast and a few crew members, as well as a very insightful "reveleation" by David Suchet himself.

I can only recommend it, mon ami.

Bon, et maintenant I must go and study my next case, because writing reviews is not, as you British might say, my cup of tea, and to me this is intolerable idleness.

So, vite, vite, allez, buy this collection.

Poirot is waiting for you in here and cannot come to you, mon ami, and if you want to know how he proceeds to solve his cases, you must make an effort and decide by yourself what is right for you.

In any case, don't miss out just because you are shy, my friend.


The Barbarian And The Geisha [DVD]
The Barbarian And The Geisha [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Wayne
Offered by Rare DVD and Blu Ray
Price: £5.90

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars 'cause I am confused..., 22 Aug. 2006
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This is certainly not a movie that merits more than 3 stars, considering what movie John Huston was able to dish up.

You can forget John Wayne and Sam Jaffe in this and concentrate on the true acting of their Japanese colleagues, who all deliver excellent performances.

Poor sods, having to face with a "Cowboy" and a "Troll".

If the depictions of the U.S. diplomatic envoyees are truly close to those that this movie attempts to protray, then it would have taken a miracle for Japan to open up as it finally did later on.

Anyway, the movie is nevertheless highly entertaining, at least for the introduction (for us, that is) of Japanese customs and habits of the time and very spectacular in its panoramic vistas of the Japanese Empire of the nineteenth century.

Now, the only thing that really bugs (bothers) me, is the fact that Amazon.co.uk doesn't seem to have any interest in accurately describe the item at hand with accuracy or the necessary detail we all expect.

For instance, the movie length is described as being 100 minutes, when everybody knows that the original movie ran at 108 minutes.

Unless the DVD is missing scenes or the movie tranferred is an edited version, why should anybody be compelled to buy it?

Also the system notification appears to be PAL-Black & White. OK for PAL, but BLACK & WHITE?

The original movie was shot in Color, hence the beautiful images of Japan.
Why is it all of a sudden in Black & White?

Another thing, and this one I really hate.

There is no specification of screen format (as usual).

What is it? 1.33:1? Then it is a Pan & Scan movie and I don't buy a P&S on DVD, especially when a movie like this one, has an original screen ratio of 2.35:1 Anamorphic image which could have been adapted for 16:9 TV Screens.

If it is show in its original Anamorphic Format, why not specify it on these pages?

Is it a shameful deed to do so?

Does it take so much extra work to do so?

We deserve a bit more attention to detail, at least as much as our U.S. customer counterparts, who on the Amazon.com pages, all receive a full description of the product, and not just a lazy and unwilling (not to mention disgraceful) brief and inaccurate
spec.

Sloppy, truly sloppy.

I would suggest you guys at Amazon.co.uk, take the extra time and read the backcover of the DVD and transfer such informations
on your website, if you're really interested in making a sale.

It's all part of good customer service and care, a thing Europe still has to improve in considerably.


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