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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Field tested and it performed, 24 Feb. 2010
I just took this to Haiti and it protected my notebook through shocks, rain and general wear and tear. An excellent buy - useful, practical, affordable


An Inconvenient Truth [DVD] [2006]
An Inconvenient Truth [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Al Gore
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £2.26

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be mandatory viewing for everyone, 7 Sept. 2007
This is seriously scary stuff and very plausible, compelling watching for any thinking person. It is a pity, though, that it is presented as an extended lecture - and in part an Al Gore ego-trip - since this must make it less attractive to many potential viewers. It could surely have been made in a more attractive documentary style without losing any of the facts, to open it up to a wider public (if that was, indeed, the point of the exercise).
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Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan [2006] [DVD]
Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sacha Baron Cohen
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.26

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gross but compelling, 12 Aug. 2007
Not for the squeamish but there are moments of pure hilarity. As with all candid camera filming, some parts are stronger than others, since the 'ordinary people' across the USA react in different ways to the arrival of this alien grotesque in their midst. Of the course the biggest laughs are where the Americans' reactions are most extreme, despite their having to be aware that this was all being filmed. This film reinforces some stereotypes about America and American attitudes but can these appalling people have been as naive as they appear? - one could almost feel sorry for them. There are some good parts in the extra sections outside the main film, especially the sessions with the police and doctor, could have been a good substitute for the weaker spots in the main film. A director's commentary on how the film was made would have been fascinating. Watch this, but chose your company carefully.


Beyond Borders [DVD]
Beyond Borders [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clive Owen
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.27

8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The real humanitarian disaster is that this film was ever released, 18 July 2007
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This review is from: Beyond Borders [DVD] (DVD)
No expense seems to have been spared to film around the world in exotic - if faux - locations (Namibia for Ethiopia, Thailand for Cambodia, Canada - less exotically - for the Caucasas and - totally implausibly - for the UK) which were then brilliantly enhanced by computer technology. The director claims that he aspired to making a film like 'Doctor Zhivago' - a love story set against a wider panorama of spectacular world events. This film fails miserably on both counts.
The supposed attraction between the two individually attractive stars totally fails to gel. Enough said about the love story.
As a portrayal of humanitarian work, the film was a horrible embarrassment to the agencies directly named or implied. It is cringingly inaccurate about their work and their modus operandi. Aside from the degree of anger and frustration exhibited by the hero, which I fantasised was directed at the role which he was being asked to play, I recognised very little in common with real humanitarian field work(ers). To the lay viewer it would seriously distort their perception of how the UN and NGOs behave, although the situations in which the charactors find themselves are all too accurate. I resorted to counting the number of ways in which Angelina Jolie's character contravened UN staff rules and codes of conduct, and imagining what could happen to her by way of internal or criminal proceedings: on balance she was lucky to end up as she did in the film. Such as shame given the actor's real life role as a UN Ambassador. I hope this is never shown in areas where humanitarian emergencies actually occur, because if the local people believe that this is how humanitarian workers really behave, we shall all be at serious risk.
This is probably the only film about humanitarian work that most people will see in their lives and I could weep at the opportunity lost to show something meaningful, true to life and entertaining.


The Queen [DVD] [2006]
The Queen [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
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Price: £2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb viewing whether or not it is not 100% factual, 18 July 2007
This review is from: The Queen [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
I wasn't sure whether I even wanted to see this film, since I already knew 'the plot' and like many people I am 'Dianaed-out'. But having convinced myself to see it because of it starring Oscar-winning Helen Mirren, I found it one of the most engaging movies I have seen in a very long while.
The characterisation / acting is brilliant - interpretations rather than caricatures of the key players, with some marvellous throwaway lines (especially by the Queen Mother and Prince Philip). Helen Mirren stars but everyone is outstandingly good.
However imaginary or close to the fact it really is in depicting events in the week of the Princess's death, it is satisfactorily plausible throughout and certainly led me to change my perceptions of some people, while endorsing those of others.
The locations, albeit reportedly put together on a shoestring, are gorgeous and quite brilliantly intercut with news footage. The portrayal of life in the palace(s) c.f. life at no. 10 is amusing in its contrast but I suspect frighteningly accurate.
See it!


Ocean's Twelve [DVD] [2004]
Ocean's Twelve [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
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Price: £1.22

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of a brilliant production and cast, 18 July 2007
This review is from: Ocean's Twelve [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Beautifully shot all over Europe and an all star cast but to someone expecting the clever plotting and near-wizardry of Ocean's Eleven it is a sad disappointment. The various heists are not shown but described (leaving many questions as to 'how they did it' unanswered) and - without giving away secrets - the most clever theft is thrown away at the end in an unsatisfactory and unconvincing flashback.
It looks as though the actors enjoyed it but perhaps rather more than the audience.


Pirates Of The Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Special Edition)[DVD] [2006]
Pirates Of The Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Special Edition)[DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.26

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sinking to new Deppths, 25 Jun. 2007
This a sad disappointment after the first film in the series. The plot, such as it is, is completely confusing and the acting - Johnny Depp's in particular - is totally OTT: he is so laid back that most of the time he appears drunk. The film makes a bit more sense in retrospect if you watch the third one immediately afterwards (currently only in the cinema). Only the amazing special effects make this film (and its sequel) worth the time it takes to sit through it all. I couldn't even be bothered go through it all again to listen to the director's commentary after the first few uninformative minutes. It is difficult to imagine who the audience is supposed to be.


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