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Laurel and Hardy: Their Lives And Magic (english language) - Director“s Cut - Special Limited Collector“s Edition - 2 DVD-Box with 5 exklusive Collectors-Postcards - DVD - 2012
Laurel and Hardy: Their Lives And Magic (english language) - Director“s Cut - Special Limited Collector“s Edition - 2 DVD-Box with 5 exklusive Collectors-Postcards - DVD - 2012
Dvd ~ Oliver Hardy Stan Laurel

5.0 out of 5 stars English Version Just Grand, 9 Feb 2014
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This was clearly a mission of love for the film makers. There are a few small factual errors. These amount to nothing. A loud bravo.


Stan - The acclaimed BBC drama telling the story of one of the greatest comedy duos of all time.... Laurel & Hardy [DVD]
Stan - The acclaimed BBC drama telling the story of one of the greatest comedy duos of all time.... Laurel & Hardy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jim Norton
Price: £9.67

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Nauseating Movie, 9 Feb 2014
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I'll start out by trying to be positive here. This film depicts Stan Laurel and Oliver "Babe" Hardy as old men reminiscing about their shared careers. In some of the camera shots the actors playing elderly Stan and Babe bear striking resemblance to the actual pair as they appeared later in life. That's a happy chance and it's the only measly happy thing I can summon to say about "Stan".

Lots of folks apparently like this film. This can only suggest that there has been an appetite amongst the public for a Laurel and Hardy biographical drama, and also, that the public generally knows next to nothing about the real lives of the two famous movie comics. For watching this wretched travesty of a film reveals less than nothing about those real lives. All it reveals is gross falsehood. The script writers knew nothing about their subjects. Whenever the script happens to touch on facts it distorts the facts. This film stinks. It stinks so bad it makes you want to wretch. I don't simply dislike this movie, I execrate it, I want every copy of it burnt, with wide scattering given the ashes.

I'm not going to criticize "Stan" point by point for it would take a lifetime to enumerate all the things that are horribly wrong about this biography. Every frame of this movie, twenty-four of them every second over the excruciatingly unendurable duration of the reeking film, is a lie. If you suffer a viewing of "Stan", simply repeat to yourself during the the course of it, over and over to soothe your pained eyes: "The opposite is true." You will always be right.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were great comics who worked together with profound mutual respect from the onset of their pairing. Stan was not an egotist, or a pathetic neurotic, or a hermit, or anything else that he is portrayed to be here. Oliver Hardy was anything but the sheepish dolt he's depicted to be in this script. Both men, by all knowledgeable accounts, were delightful personalities off-screen. Their private lives were arrayed, as are all our lives, with quotients of joy and sorrow. A good biographical picture could be made based on the facts of their lives. This film is based on something that rose up in the script writer's bowel.

I will parse one particular. Aging Babe Hardy, who had been variably chubby to fat since childhood, began dieting strenuously in 1956. Within months he got down to his ideal weight; he was not at all fat anymore; he was happy for that. Then, suddenly and sadly, Babe got very sick and dwindled down to a rail. So it's the Hardy of about 1955 that his hefty portrayer resembles in the film's 1957 death bed scenes, and so really those scenes are inaccurate too; Mister Hardy, at the very last, actually looked about opposite to what the actor looks like in the death bed.

Of course, typically only knowing him from his corpulent days in Hollywood films, the film's general audience would naturally expect a fat Hardy in this film. Viewers would tend simply to be baffled by a skinny Ollie. So I'll forgive the film makers their poetic license on this point. But that's all I'll forgive them. Their movie is an insult to two very fine fellows. In the introduction to his novel "Slapstick", Kurt Vonnegut called Arthur Stanley Jefferson and Norvell Hardy (Laurel and Hardy's birth names) "two angels of my time." Just so. Dear Stan and Babe deserve all love and gratitude for the unique and tremendous joy they brought to our world. They do not deserve this silly sensationalistic hatchet job. There is no excuse for the existence of this nauseating movie. Avoid it for what it is: filth.


Lewis - Series 7 [DVD]
Lewis - Series 7 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Whately
Price: £9.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 31 Dec 2013
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I liked "Morse" and thought "Lewis" a worthy sequel: at its best as good as the original. I much enjoyed this final series and hope more occasional episodes may appear in the future.


Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Suchet
Price: £13.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, and sadly final, collection, 31 Dec 2013
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The final Suchet Poirot episodes are all good, some better than others, but all good. You'll be sad to see Poirot pass away in "Curtain" but you don't want to miss any of these episodes.


Poirot and Me
Poirot and Me
by David Suchet
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done, 31 Dec 2013
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This is what you'd expect: a competent telling of David Suchet's experiences in playing Hercule Poirot for television. There is background on his life & career generally but he and his co-writer stick to the Poirot story fairly consistently. Poirot is an eccentric character who could easily have been played, and has been played by other actors, as a caricature. Suchet developed upon character traits Christie described here & there in her stories to create a combined picture, his and hers, of a real man you could nearly believe in, and more, that you could care about and for. Bravo to Suchet for this book and for his wonderful performances.


Inspector Morse: Greeks Bearing Gifts/Promised Land [DVD] [1987]
Inspector Morse: Greeks Bearing Gifts/Promised Land [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ John Thaw
Price: £5.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 8 Jan 2013
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Good episode in the series. I would recommend all Morse episodes to fans of mystery drama. Good production, good acting.


Inspector Morse: Ghost In The Machine
Inspector Morse: Ghost In The Machine
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 8 Jan 2013
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Good episode in the series. I would recommend all Morse episodes to fans of mystery drama. Good production, good acting.


Lewis - Series 1-5 Complete [DVD]
Lewis - Series 1-5 Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Whately
Offered by signalboyblue
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 8 Jan 2013
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"Lewis" is a worthy sequel to "Inspector Morse". At its best it's as good as the original. I find myself often missing Morse (John Thaw) himself but the newer productions are good.


Laurel & Hardy - The Collection (21-disc Box Set) [DVD]
Laurel & Hardy - The Collection (21-disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stan Laurel

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 8 Jan 2013
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This collection includes most of Stan and Ollie's best pictures. What can one say about Laurel and Hardy? Wonderful! They're my two best friends of cinema land.


Sherlock Holmes - Complete Collection [DVD]
Sherlock Holmes - Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Brett
Price: £24.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 8 Jan 2013
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Jeremy Brett and the two Watson players were wonderful as was about everything else about this series. Generally very true to Doyle's original stories.


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