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Blood Work [2002] [DVD]
Blood Work [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £5.85

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks direction, 4 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Blood Work [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
Not one of Eastwood's strongest efforts, not even lately. It has its entertaining moment, but lacks direction and substance. And it gets to be pretty boring.


Miss Sadie Thompson [DVD] [2003]
Miss Sadie Thompson [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Rita Hayworth
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £9.99

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No match to Swanson, 4 Oct. 2003
Somerset Maugham's short story was turned into a film before, by Lewis Milestone in 1932 (as 'Rain' with Joan Crawford, a much too chatty and literal early talkie), and by Raoul Walsh in 1928 with sultry Gloria Swanson in a definitive performance. Curtis Bernhardt in 1953 did not exactly try reaching for the moon, and his movie is sort of fine, but nowhere near the Walsh masterpiece which is also out on a brilliantly transferred DVD. La Hayworth is slightly round about the hips in this comeback part, but she ooooooooozes sexuality as the ex-prostitute who just cannot help beguiling all the GI's. José Ferrer is the slimy preacherman, but he isn't halfway dangerous enough. Colours are nicely reproduced.


Adam's Rib [DVD] [1949]
Adam's Rib [DVD] [1949]
Dvd ~ Polly Moran
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £10.56

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich and witty, 4 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Adam's Rib [DVD] [1949] (DVD)
Even if this movie lasted only all of its initial ten minutes, it would still be a classic! Cukor is vastly underestimated as a maker of pure cinema, just watch as the camera slides and pans and cranes and what not through New York City, with rich black & white textures and sharpness in all dimensions. The script is unfailingly witty, and obviously Hepburn & Tracy are at the top of their art. They were never better or more organic in their inter-acting. The DVD transfer is well-nigh perfect, and there is really no reason to tarry. Go get it!


Daredevil [DVD] [2003]
Daredevil [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck|Colin Farrell|Jennifer Garner
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.96

2 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Antiseptic and trite, 4 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Daredevil [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
I do need to remind all you guys that there are truly great action and fantasy and comics-based movies out there. There is really no need to stoop to this mechanical, noisy but lacklustre affair. It is antiseptic from the word go, all the special effects were lifted from other and infinitely better movies, the vigilante angle is as close to Fascism as ever, and the dialogue is trite and meaningless. The extras are overwhelming and superfluous. Please spend your money elsewhere.


Live Flesh [DVD] [1998]
Live Flesh [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Liberto Rabal
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £4.58

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the old wildness, 4 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Live Flesh [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
I greatly prefer early Almodóvar to more recents films by the Spanish filmmaker, as I find that he has evolved into yet another entirely palatable, slightly bland, faux-arty, European director. 'Live Flesh' has some of the old wildness, though, and some of the original idiosyncracies that made him so fun to watch. Plus, the sex is nice.


Deathwatch [DVD] [2002]
Deathwatch [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Jamie Bell
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Far from individual enough, 4 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Deathwatch [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
The writing and the plot are as foggy as the dampness surrounding the German trenches depicted here. First-time director Michael J. Bassett's talents suffice quite a long way, and it's quite impressive what he gets out of his limited locations. But what is it all about, is what I found myself asking louder and louder. What is really a shame, is that the nine soldiers are never quite individual enough to hold our attention, now the day after I cannot for the life of me tell them apart.


Bowling For Columbine [DVD] [2002]
Bowling For Columbine [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Documentary
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.72

10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obnoxious, but thanks anyway, 4 Oct. 2003
Does the very liberal American attitude to firearms about the house have anything to do with why Americans kill each other in such bountiful number? That's what controversial documentarist Michael Moore asked himself, and that is what he aims to illustrate to us in his admittedly rather obnoxious, unrelenting fashion. This is not the movie to boost your solidarity with America or make you want to wave any American flag anytime soon. Actually, it will make you sick to your stomach, but it is an important document, and a worthy one. Thank you, Mr. Moore.


The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali/Aparajito/The World Of Apu [DVD]
The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali/Aparajito/The World Of Apu [DVD]
Dvd ~ Smaran Ghosal
Offered by g515tfl
Price: £54.90

48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing feat, 4 Oct. 2003
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
At first I was rather weary that these three wonderful movies were not exactly pristine as they are presented here. But itty-bitty objections like that pale when confronted with Ray's profoundly human, breathtakingly visual, uncompromisingly ambitious rendering of a small Indian boy growing up, losing his parents one after the other, coming of age, marrying and losing again, only to come into his own in the very last reel of the very last film. Amazing! Everybody connected with the first movie was an amateur with a lot he and she wanted to say, but by the last of the three, all were consummate professionals and among the very best storytellers in the world. The extras are all well worth watching.


Punch-Drunk Love [DVD] [2010]
Punch-Drunk Love [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Adam Sandler
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £4.95

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly explosive, 4 Oct. 2003
A sort of romantic comedy - from Hell! Nervous, flakey, vibrant, porously affecting. I thought Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Magnolia' just about changed movie history, and this time he has me going again, although his formal ambitions with his new film aren't quite as staggering. Adam Sandler, for once in his life, hits something real, a nerve, as this bundle of highly explosive ... matter. The soundtrack itself is exceedingly fascinating, for crying out loud, even the extras on the DVD are engrossing!


Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) -- Zurich/Harnoncourt [DVD] [2006]
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) -- Zurich/Harnoncourt [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Zurich Opera
Offered by Great Buys Uk
Price: £39.75

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of burn-marks!, 4 Oct. 2003
Having heard bits of pieces over a few days I wasn't too enthusiastic, as I sat down to have a real go at it. I was quickly persuaded, though, that this production, scenically and musically, is so stubbornly individualistic and so grandly conceived that you are liable to forgive anything. Flimm's vision is unremittingly downbeat, and in ominously dark hues Wonder's sets evoke Hiroshima and other stuff that was obviously not in Da Ponte's or Mozart's minds. Without the showmanship and professionalisme and sheer singlemindedness of vision this 'Figaro' would drown, but instead it soars. The music-making, with its raw energy, magnificent arches and heavy accents, often reminds you more of late Verdi and even Wagner than of conventional Mozart playing, and occasionally the singing suffers slightly, but it is worth it. Gilfry is superb in the title role, as devastating an actor as he is a singer. The DVD is state-of-the-art brilliant, sharp, densely textured, rich, the sound is perfect. Warning: don't go near this 'Figaro', if you are afraid of getting burnt!


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