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Long Ships [DVD]
Long Ships [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Widmark
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Price: £5.12

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing Viking Saga, 11 Feb. 2015
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I was disappointed in a film that boasted several very good actors. The storyline is silly and implausible, peppered with unconvincing fight scenes consisting of people jumping on each other, falling over each other and grappling clumsily like teenage schoolboys. The Vikings are astoundingly resilient. They get knocked about, drowned, pulled over a cliff by their slave chains and a gigantic bell, and still manage to bounce back. Sidney Poitier, the bad guy, is given a predictably ironic end, being crushed by the great bell he has spent so much time and apparently so many lives seeking. Hamlet-like, he still manages a final little speech, telling Richard Widmark (whom he has tortured and threatened with horrible deaths half a dozen times) that he has achieved what he had promised in bringing back the golden bell that was now crushing him to death. With a faint smile he expires and the Vikings embrace each other in perfect reconciliation. So everything is all right and apparently it has all been worth it. I'm not so sure!


Adventurer: The Curse of The Midas Box [DVD]
Adventurer: The Curse of The Midas Box [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Sheen
Price: £2.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An awful film!, 17 Nov. 2014
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I purchased the film largely on the basis of a prominent cast led by Sam Neill, Michael Sheen and Ioan Gruffudd: all actors I admire. It was a tremendous disappointment. The plot is not just a fantasy, it is silly and thoroughly unconvincing. It fails to generate real excitement and appeared to me to be disjointed without any logical flow to the story. The script is wooden and almost laughable in parts, which may explain the poor and unconvincing performances by actors who normally deliver a polished performance. I should think this film in retrospect will be an embarrassment to them. The final scene seems to set up a line for sequels. If so, I shall not be a customer for them. It is a film experience I cannot in any way recommend.


Guns At Batasi [DVD]
Guns At Batasi [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Attenborough
Price: £9.50

4.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful film with a bit of a twist., 22 May 2014
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I bought this dvd because of Jack Hawkins. He is excellent as always, but his role is a supporting one with appearances at the beginning and the end. The main character is played by the great actor, Richard Attenborough. He is an almost comical martinet of a British officer stationed in an African ex-colony just after independence. The situation becomes threatening as a revolution takes place and Attenborough has to save the day (and his post) in the absence of his commander, Jack Hawkins. His character reveals then resourcefulness and courage and becomes surprisingly a sympathetic character. All very British Empire stuff. Good entertainment and quite suspenseful and dramatic.


Assyrian Palace Sculptures
Assyrian Palace Sculptures
by Paul Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent photos, 22 May 2014
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This is a beautifully produced book with lots of large coloured photos of the Assyrian palace sculptures and wall reliefs to be seen in the British Museum in London. I find that these excellent photos show off the sculptures in lively detail, almost as good as the real thing. In some ways even better, because it focuses one's attention. I was only a little surprised that the famous mighty winged bulls or sphinxes were not included. This is a book for anyone interested in the history of the Assyrians and their art.


Snow White [DVD]
Snow White [DVD]
Dvd ~ Miranda Richardson
Price: £3.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Second rate, 22 May 2014
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Perhaps I'm too critical, but I found this one of the less successful adaptations of the famous fairy tale. The story is pretty thin and silly, but the characters are even worse. The king and the prince are both soppy. Miranda Richardson has had much better roles than that of this wicked queen. I didn't like Kristin Kreuk in Smallville, but here her role is insipid. One can't really sympathise with her. There's nothing there! Even the dwarves seem to be incidental to the plot and far from funny. It is colourful, and undoubtedly appeals to kids, but I can't give it high marks.


The Ancient Assyrians (Elite)
The Ancient Assyrians (Elite)
by Mark Healy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.50

4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview, 17 May 2014
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A good introduction to the rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire and to its military campaigns. I knew only little about the Assyrians apart from a couple of kings' names, cities like Nineveh, and their reputation for warfare and cruelty. Of course, I had been overawed by the great sculptures and reliefs in the British Museum. This booklet gives one a more balanced and reasoned view of the Assyrians and their policy of expansion, which had much to do with trade routes. It is a good place to start.


The Rebel [DVD] [1961]
The Rebel [DVD] [1961]
Dvd ~ Tony Hancock
Price: £9.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the few Hancock films, 17 May 2014
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This review is from: The Rebel [DVD] [1961] (DVD)
The Rebel is a good laugh at the expense of the art world. (Alec Guinness "The Horse's Mouth" is even better!) Hancock gives as a superb performance as he did on his TV shows, supported by a good cast including the excellent George Sanders. He goes to Paris to have his "talent" recognised and gets in to a serious mix-ups which provide Hancock with a chance to do a lot of his characters. His atrocious sculpture of Aphrodite at the Waterhole provides some hilarious moments. A good laugh. Good entertainment.


Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £13.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Benny is always good, 17 May 2014
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As a great fan of Jack Benny since my early teens, I was delighted to get this set of three discs with so-called "lost episodes". Certainly most of them have been completely new to me. The quality is good, if you remember the quality of American b/w TV that era.
Benny is as always great and so are his regulars (like Dennis Day and Rochester) as well as his guest stars, who manage to break him up on several occasions (an easy task with Benny's acute sense of the ridiculous). This is a must for all Jack Benny fans.


Frenchman's Creek (1944) - Region 2 PAL
Frenchman's Creek (1944) - Region 2 PAL
Dvd ~ Joan Fontaine
Offered by wmdservices
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very exciting, 17 May 2014
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I read the book many years ago and cannot remember whether the film does it justice or not. I bought the dvd mainly because I enjoy seeing Basil Rathbone, but this was not one of his better roles. I don't like Joan Fontaine. I think she always over-acts, and sounds it too! The plot is trivial and with all due respect to the famous authoress, it is not very convincing. A lady of society flees from her half-witted caricature of a husband and the unwelcome attentions of his sinister friend (Rathbone) to their secluded country house on the smugglers' coast. There, surrounded by more dull caricatures as noble neighbours, she promptly falls in love with a French pirate captain and neglecting her children, indulges in various pirate adventures with him. Forget it!


The House in the Woods [DVD]
The House in the Woods [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patricia Roc
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Price: £4.96

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment, 4 May 2014
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Although I like B/W films of the 50's, especially suspenseful ones, I found "The House in the Woods" disappointing. The plot is transparent with no surprises; indeed the viewer is several steps ahead of the characters in realising what's going on. The dialogue is far from brilliant and the level of acting is never more that adequate. On top of that, the sound track is uneven and occasionally misses a word. In short: not to be recommended.


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