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Preston Sturges: The Filmmaker Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Preston Sturges: The Filmmaker Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They look simply brilliant, 7 Feb. 2011
I need to correct the previous user, claiming that these editions are sub-par. Actually they look brilliant, the prints are the exact same that were used for the exceedingly expensive Criterion editions of some of these titles, they have English subtitles, clean sound, and are hugely recommended.
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Wicker Park - Movie [DVD]
Wicker Park - Movie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wicker Park - Movie
Price: £4.00

9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Utter pretense, 1 April 2005
This review is from: Wicker Park - Movie [DVD] (DVD)
There is nothing I loathe more than pretension! To make believe that the story you want to tell is deeper and subtler and more sophisticated than it really is.
So, obviously I can't stand 'Wicker Park'. Apart from Josh Hartnett's almost Shakespearean pathos in the part of the young businessman who strays from his linear fashion when he thinks he spots a long-lost love in a restaurant, this film has nothing to offer but pretense and self-importance. The popular thriller 'Memento' is an evident role-model, but then 'Memento' told its story the way it did, because it made direct dramatic sense. On the other hand, the recent 'The Rules of Attraction' chose the same dubious path as 'Wicker Park', going to extremes to cover up the fact that it had no mind at all. Split-screen galore, fancy editing, plots that make absolutely no sense and end up tiring you out.
But, yes, Josh Hartnett is good, very good indeed, his martyred face and gentle persona being exploited to the full. But the movie itself? Forget it. It's an embarrassment.

Easter Parade [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Easter Parade [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't hear ME complain, 29 Mar. 2005
How could you not love 'Easter Parade'? It is among the most loveable of musicals, it has some of the best music, and if it is hardly the most innovative or daring, it works like a charm.
Charles Walters' classic from 1948 was one of the most bitterly missed of pictures not yet out on DVD, now Vincente Minnelli's 'The Pirate' holds that honour. This luxurious 2-disc edition boasts a wonderful-looking transfer, a very illuminating commentary track and lots of other extras that you will want to watch at least once. The documentary profile on Judy Garland is especially attractive, and my warm thanks go to MGM for retrieving the 'Mr. Monotony' song from the vault.
'Easter Parade' is vintage in every sense of the word. From Fred Astaire's rendition of 'It Only Happens When I Dance With You' (that trip to heaven, till the dance is through, but I know you know the rest!), while taking the floor with sassy Ann Miller, from here on it is like the director and his stars can do no wrong. So okay, Peter Lawford can't sing, but his 'I'm Just a Fella' (you know, with an umbrella!) has charm and ingenuity. And listen to Ann Miller's 'Shakin' the Blues Away' which is, almost, my favourite number of the film. Astaire's 'Steppin' Out With My Baby' is certainly another option, and for once in the Astaire oeuvre of the 40's it is obvious that Gene Kelly has already been around to revolutionize screen dancing. 'A Couple of Swells' where Astaire teams up with Garland as a superb duo of unshaven hobos has never been equalled, and then there is also the title track and the Garland weepie 'Better Luck Next Time' (but that will never be, will it?).
As you can tell, I love 'Easter Parade'. I'm not saying, though, that I wouldn't have liked to see the film they had scripted at the outset, a film that promised to be a lot darker and more morally ambiguous, but that is hardly MGM fare and Astaire was probably not willing to risk it, so we are left with this crowd-pleaser.
And I thank you.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Two Disc Edition) [DVD]
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Two Disc Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
Price: £2.93

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme means to a magnificent end, 21 Mar. 2005
Of all the things that I appreciate most about this movie is the way that it, in the best possible taste, refuses to become yet another cheap spoof on a genre movie. Nothing could be more tempting, and obviously the references to other pieces of sci-fi fluff abound, but the cuteness never gets out of hand, it remains tongue in cheek but never goes overboard. In a self-indulgent post-modern world this is not a given.
So, we get Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, The Day the World Ended, the silent Fritz Lang epic, Indiana Jones, we get Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow looking so much like Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake that it is uncanny, we get Metropolis and Lost Horizon, the whole history of 20th century pop culture, diffused by gentle irony, but never crass or vulgar. Rolled into one sublime dish of a film that looks like nothing ever did outside of a comics book.
Let me add this: I loathe CGI, the artificiality of it, when it strives to look naturalistic and offers no texture, no three-dimensionality. Here, CGI is an extreme means to an end, and first-time director Kerry Conran shapes his work with utter conviction, with subdued, dark colours, slightly blurry like in old, preserved celluloid, and every image is so richly saturated and aesthetically perfected that it makes your jaw drop.
And yet, 'Captain Sky and the World of Tomorrow' is not style without substance. No more so than any other action movie in history. The characters are nicely written, and I must say that I did not think either Law or Paltrow had it in them. Joe and Polly Perkins are not character parts, never aimed to be, but they have as much depth and more real emotion than the majority of action or sci-fi roles, just try and compare it to any of the 'Star Wars' characters, and this one wins out without even half-trying.
'Captain Sky' proved to be no box-office hit, but that does not detract from its abundant cinematic and narrative wealth.

Lamento - Bachiana III
Lamento - Bachiana III
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking point, 22 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Lamento - Bachiana III (Audio CD)
A handful of Bachs served in less than an hour and by the lady herself, gorgeous Czech mezzo soprano Magdalena Kozená. Those are promising prospects, if you ask me.
As soon as this new CD opens, with Johann Christoph Bach's enormously expressive 'Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte', threatening to come off at the seams by way of sheer passionate melancholy, you feel engrossed in this music, at the edge of your seat. Dynamically Kozená challenges the music almost to breaking point, and purists might, just might, want to discuss whether this is the exact idiomatic way to handle this music, but whichever way you look at it, is is deeply moving.
Not all the rest of the material on the CD lives up to the spectacular opening. It doesn't seem at all self-evident what to do with Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's bland 'Selma', a piece that was even written for a higher soprano than Kozená's. Johann Christoph Friedrich's almost Mozartian 'Die Amerikanerin' is hardly great music either.
The lamento, the poignancy of Johann Sebastian Bach's arrangement of Conti's Catholic 'Languet anima mea' has immediacy, healthy energy and lovely detail, and is, like everything else on the CD, marvellously sung and interpreted in a highly individualistic fashion. Listen to the aria 'Tu lumen mentis es' with Kozená in dialogue with gut-strings that have truly been blessed from above. As usual conductor Reinhard Goebel and his ensemble never caress you with their sound, but rather emphasize musical issues eloquently, so you are seduced, almost unwillingly.
I hardly need to make a case for Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Vergnügte Ruh', also included here. You can disagree with tempi here, but it is great music, done with wonderful pathos and urgency.

Mean Creek [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Mean Creek [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Price: £29.95

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cutting corners, 21 Feb. 2005
George, the fat boy at school, is also the school bully, and in order to teach George a lesson Sam, his favorite victim, his big brother and his friends invite him on a boat outing, planning to humiliate him and make him walk back to town naked. Unexpected things happen, and the gang makes a pact ...
"If you could snap your fingers right now, and he would stop dead in his tracks, would you do it?", good-girl Millie asks Sam, and obviously he wouldn't, no matter how obnoxious George really is. On the boat George is more annoying than ever, a very unlovable kid, but does he deserve to die? "He's a stupid fat kid, and he's got problems", someone says, but god knows George provokes fate no end, and in the end it does ruin the good intentions of writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes. Because nobody on the boat, none of the would-be bullies or would-be avengers, actually strike out, nobody does any killing. So actually everyone escapes scot-free. Which makes the last fourth of the film rather pointless.
Having said that, (and don't get me wrong, it IS a quite damning testimony on a picture that pretends to have moral ambiguity) 'Mean Creek' is quite a thrilling adventure. Writer Estes' premise has a potential that director Estes isn't quite up to. For starters it is interesting what we the viewers would make of an obese, dyslexic kid becoming the cruel joke, but Estes doesn't have the guts to carry his idea through, and you lose interest immediately after that.
So, yes, 'Mean Creek' is inspired by John Boorman's early 70's masterpiece 'Deliverance', but its artistic courage pales by comparison. Much too much political correctness, much too few guts.
Acting is great throughout. Watching these kids interact in a totally natural, unforced way is wonderful. Hunky and troubled Scott Mechlowicz is already on his way to stardom, deservedly, and others might follow.
So, watch it for the suspense and the acting, but don't expect wonders. Just don't expect another 'Deliverance' or even a very important movie.

Carrie [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Carrie [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Price: £32.95

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tender memories disappointed, 4 Feb. 2005
I have such tender memories of 'Carrie' from my first youth. I remember crying and being dejected and severely tested by the emotions of it all.
Not so now, though. I was so disappointed. To me William Wyler is among the five best directors ever, but 'Carrie' is not one of his shining hours. Jennifer Jones is the naÔve peasant girl who, in the beginning of the 19th century, moves to big city Chicago, where she falls in love with a mature, and as it turns out very married restaurant owner, Laurence Olivier. He runs away with her and you watch them as they slide further and further down the social ladder. Until she makes up her mind to make a difference ...
God knows, the very poor state that this DVD transfer is in did not help any, but I am not sure that the film itself is worth any thorough restoration. It is all very soberly and decently made, and Olivier is nothing short of brilliant, but the film is too complacent, too satisfied to be the perfect movie for a ladies' night out to ultimately make an impression. It is just not very ambitious, and today it looks very old-fashioned.

Criterion Collection: Eyes Without a Face [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Eyes Without a Face [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankly unforgettable, 4 Feb. 2005
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The French always liked to camouflage their guilty pleasures as intellectual aspirations, and the genre movie, be it the thriller, the drama or the horror flic made in France have adorned themselves with metaphysical deliberations.
Director Georges Franju, who in the 1930s established the Cinémateque Francais with the likes of Jack Lang, is not a pretentious Frenchman, far from it. He loved the bizarre and the grotesque, and if you share his taste for the poetically unfathomable, the suggestive, you will love this new CD from Criterion. 'Eyes Without a Face' is about a surgeon whose daughter was the victim of a car accident that peeled away the skin from her face. His nurse and mistress now picks up pretty young girls with whose skin the surgeon can experiment. His aim is to perfect a skin transplant to help his daughter. When the police gets a whiff of this they pick a young girl as a decoy and ... Well, you will have to see for yourself.
The movie starts out as a somewhat shabby, but highly effective noir with Alida Valli driving her car nervously along the highway, trying to get rid of yet another corpse of a young woman. Gradually the film evolves into the silent horrors of the middle part (the only other two films I know that are equally silent are Bergman's 'The Silence' and Hitchcock's 'Notorious') and the climax of which I shall reveal absolutely nothing, but it is frankly unforgettable.
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The Haunting [DVD] [1963]
The Haunting [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Julie Harris
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly scary, 4 Feb. 2005
This review is from: The Haunting [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
The essence of High Goth Phantom Drama, and only the recent and equally stylish 'The Other' by Amenabar can compete for the honour.
Robert Wise's 42 year old thriller still works like a charm, in parts it is incredibly scary. Julie Harris, James Dean's sweet girlfriend in 'East of Eden', is the old maid who after having buried the sick mother that she took care of for years and years takes part in a social experiment that takes place in an old allegedly haunted house, Hill House.
Maybe about five or ten percent of the film is too ironic to be taken seriously and mar the general impression, devaluating the sheer horror of it all. But in any case 'The Haunting' is extremely effective, filmed in a virtuoso fashion that works as the perfect vehicle for something as genre-bound as this.
The DVD is very generous and includes a running commentary by old man Wise with his three leading actors. The restoration work is awesome.

A Yank In The R.A.F. [DVD]
A Yank In The R.A.F. [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tyrone Power
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Price: £2.96

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a must, 29 Jan. 2005
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This review is from: A Yank In The R.A.F. [DVD] (DVD)
Next to Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable was the ultimate pin-up with American GI's overseas during the war. In this movie she is in love with Tyrone Power, gorgeous as ever, who is a charming, but irresponsible pilot. And at the same time she is tempted to take up with another officer of a more serious and responsible disposition. The movie has some wonderful lines and the action is fair, but it is hardly a title that the DVD market was clamouring for ...
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