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The Encyclopedia of British Film
The Encyclopedia of British Film
by Brian McFarlane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I consult the Encyclopedia practically every day..., 2 Nov. 2014
This is a very useful and reliable source and I consult the Encyclopedia practically every day. This 4th edition is remarkably error free and there are many additional entries compared with earlier editions. Judging by who is included and who is not, the entry criteria for actors seems to be 'good starring (or character) roles in three or more films made in the UK', but this is rather inconsistent ! I was expecting to see the following names who have just as many credits as some who are included - Mia Farrow, Kirk Douglas, Elliot Gould, George Segal, Lee Marvin, Roddy McDowell,Wayne Morris, Eddie Constantine, Alex Nicol, Ann-Margret, Rod Cameron, William Bendix, Joe Gladwin, Susan Travers, June Cunningham, Adrienne Fancey(Scott), Cecile Chevrau, Danny Ross, Tommy Cooper, Sarah Branch, Ken Jones and several others who meet this criteria and could be in but are omitted. Also Malcolm Lockyer, Norrie Paramor, Ray Martin (music) and Judd Bernard (producer). But this is a very minor criticism, considering the vast number who are included. All in all, the Encyclopedia is a stupendous production !
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Offered by PC Supplies Limited
Price: £2.39

1.0 out of 5 stars Not fit for purpose, 1 Oct. 2014
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The Greengage Summer [DVD] [2010]
The Greengage Summer [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Kenneth More
Price: £4.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Malicious and incorrect....., 25 Jan. 2011
The posting by 'Jill Old Film Fan' (March 2010)is malicious and incorrect (probably posted by a bootlegger who his trying to boost her illegal sales....) - the UK DVD release is issued by Sony (UK) who now own the Columbia film archive - it is NOT 'a dark and muddy print with poor sound' !
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A Matter of Choice/Jungle Street [1961] [DVD]
A Matter of Choice/Jungle Street [1961] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vernon Sewell
Price: £8.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two British 'Bs' from 1962, 15 Dec. 2010
Two British 'B'movies from 1962......Husband and wife team David McCallum (later in tv's 'The Man from Uncle') and Jill Ireland star in 'Jungle Street', which has a sound screenplay and is a well acted crime drama (even the minor roles are well played). Direction is sound, with good compositions and some excellent editing. Scenes at the 'Adam and Eve Club' could have been spiced up a bit more, but perhaps they didn't want an 'X' certificate. McCallum reprises the type of character he played in 'Violent Playground' (1958). 'Jungle Street' is an above average 'B' movie, though it is rather short of action.
'A Matter of Choice'is much weaker, and it doen't really get going until 30 minutes have passed, with far too much padding in the script with two Oxbridge/Public school type young men trying to pick up girls in a coffee bar and then a jazz club. These two 'Horray Henrys' become irritating after a while. The pace is sluggish - more like a routine episode of ITV's Armchair Theatre from 1962. Not really cinema material. 'Star'Anthony Steel has very little screen time, and the only other face you might recogise in the Major from TV's 'Fawlty Towers', who plays a cuckolded husband.
Prints of both films used for the DVD are very good, and presented in the correct aspect ratio (almost widescreen)


The British 'B' Film
The British 'B' Film
by Steve Chibnall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important, but overlooked, part of British cinema history......, 26 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The British 'B' Film (Paperback)
Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane's The British B Film is essentially a sequel to the pair's 2007 volume, 'Quota Quickies: The Birth of the British B Film'. Taking up the story at the outbreak of the Second World War, this meticulously researched and infectiously written study begins by demonstrating the importance of B pictures to the war effort, With their combination of documentary and dramatic material, the likes of John Baxter's The Shipbuilders and Humphrey Jennings's The Silent Village (both 1943) informed and inspired audiences and provided the vital link between the actualities that had launched the British Documentary Movement in the 1930s and the Free Cinema outings that were to transform it in the 1950s. The B also played its part in the postwar era of austerity and reconstruction, with its brisk, but civilised attempts at British-ising film noir presenting a fascinating snapshot of the social and cultural mores of the times, as well as some of their more pernicious flaws. But funding was always a problem for Poverty Row outfits like Butcher's, Merton Park and Danziger Productions and the writing was on the wall once television started to deplete cinema audiences. Nevertheless, many B journeymen found themselves small-screen niches and several star names went on to bigger and (sometimes) better things in features and soap operas. Packing the pages with titles, credits and trivia, Chibnall and McFarlane have produced an invaluable primer on the neglected featurettes that entertained generations of UK moviegoers. The overviews of the main studios and the more prominent directors, writers, cinematographers and stars are as acute as they're concise. The text tantalisingly refers to countless cult favourites that once used to enliven afternoon and late-night TV schedules, but are now almost entirely inaccessible. Perhaps the BFI could set up its own cable/satellite channel along the lines of Cinemoi to showcase these gems of British cinema before they are forgotten altogether. At the end of the book 15 films which the authors regard highly are covered in detail. But all is not lost - increasing numbers (150 titles to date) of these forgotten films are now being released on DVD and listed on Amazon, and hopefully this book and the DVDs will lead to a renewed interest in these overlooked movies, mainly produced between 1945 and 1965.


Strictly For Grown Ups
Strictly For Grown Ups
Offered by Preowned Discs Direct
Price: £11.75

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Ballad of Bethnal Green' plus a great deal more...., 3 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Strictly For Grown Ups (Audio CD)
I mentioned to a friend that I would like to receive this CD for Christmas and was delighted when it popped through my letterbox on Christmas Eve.....

All of the CD tracks sound good, but the five songs by Paddy Roberts from THE GOOD COMPANIONS (1957 film) have been exceptionally well remastered. I have the old vinyl EP so appreciate what has been achieved here.......

The whole collection displays the ability of Paddy Roberts to write any type of song lyric and in many cases music as well, from sentimental ballads (for Ruby Murray, David Whitfield, jolly numbers (for Diana Decker, Lita Roza), early rock 'n' roll (for Don Lang), and of course, the humourous songs for which he is most well known, such as 'The Ballad of Bethnal Green'. Anybody who enjoys the wide spectrum of 1950s songs will like this collection, I think !
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