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Good Luck Miss Wyckoff [Blu-ray] [1979] [US Import]
Good Luck Miss Wyckoff [Blu-ray] [1979] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Robert Vaughn

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch the cut version, 25 Dec 2014
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The quality of image on the blu ray disc looks like an old dvd with washed out images. The sound is awful: It is out of sync and there is a big mismatch between the volume of music and dialogues so I had to keep changing the volume constantly.

The set consists of three discs: One blu ray disc with the uncut film, one dvd with the original theater released cut film (which was called "Sin") and a cd with the sound track. Most of the tracks in the cd sound pretty much the same and they are all instrumental, sugary music.

The story itself is weak and badly acted. Many of the dialogues are surreal because people talk as if they were reading a pamphlet.
The film, by the time I finished watching it, felt like a soft porn movie. The kind of thing that I watched as a young man but grew out of it.

Fortunately, there is an option that might be worth watching: The cut version, called "Sin", which is on the dvd, will have a more dramatic effect as there is no explicit sex scenes as in the uncut, blu ray disc version. It leaves more room for the imagination, something like being more afraid of a dark place because you don't know what is in there.

The film is based on a story by William Inge and it is easy to see that it could had been a good movie but its director, cast and technical crew were not up to the task.

"Good Luck Miss Wyckoff" is a budget movie based on a good book. The word "budget" is present all along the film. Sometimes the quality of a film raises far above its budget but sometimes the film just reflects its limited budget and looks like a home made movie as it happens with this film here. Also, sometimes the cut version of a film is better. The cut, original theatre version of "Cinema Paradiso", for example, is far better than the cliched, soap opera like directors's version.
The cuts made to the original theatre version of "Good Luck Miss Wyckoff", "Sin", had questionable reasons but ended up improving the film aesthetically, as it makes it more serious instead of the soft porn feel of the uncut version.

I didn't know what the film was about when I ordered it as I order many films in the dark. I had a vague idea that the film was something like the great "An unmarried Woman". I was very wrong.

One last thing: don't read reviews about this film on Amazon US. Many of them have very serious unwarned plot spoilers that will ruin your viewing experience if you have not watched this film and is considering to order it.

Justified - Season 5 [DVD]
Justified - Season 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Timothy Olyphant
Price: £24.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a country song anymore, 24 Dec 2014
This review is from: Justified - Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)
If seasons one to four were like, say, traditional country music then this season 5 is a mix of unimaginative pop song with a little of heavy metal.

It was a big disappointment to see how they dumbed the story down in season five.

I won't be specific as I don't want to spoil the plot but one thing I can say: The diversity of stories is not here anymore. The first episodes were good and it looked like nothing had changed but soon enough the episodes become a two keys notes story with influences from "Breaking Bad" and the awful "Prison Break". It is all too commercial, tainted by political correctness and it is made to hook a larger public instead of telling a good story.

The last three episodes are especially bad and it is clear that things are happening out of one single reason: Lay the ground for a next season.

Now, unlike so many customers, I don't use Amazon as Facebook so I asked myself if there was any point in writing a review about the fifth season of a series when all previous seasons were so good and it is likely that everybody who came this far will watch season five.

One two stars review will not make a difference. I wrote this review just out of frustration. "Justified" was one of my favourite series and it was, in some aspects, absolutely unique amongst other tv series: The dialogues, the songs, the fights, the location and so on. To see such a good series end up with the cliches of season five is disheartening.

I only started to watch "Justified" after season four was already available. I didn't know about the series but someone kept telling me about this series in comments but I don't remember where. I finally decided to give it a try and I immediately liked "Justified" . I watched four series in a row and have the whole story fresh in my mind. Season five is definitely different for worse.

The dvd has subtitles in English.

I am not looking forward to season six and it is unlikely that I will watch it.

German Baroque Sacred Music  Christmas
German Baroque Sacred Music Christmas
Price: £32.26

1.0 out of 5 stars THE TEXT..., 20 Dec 2014
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When I ordered this set i thought it would be like other sets from ricercar, such as “reformation and counter reformation”, which comes with a book and a link to a beautiful pdf with all texts for the songs.

Unfortunately, I was very wrong. This set has a lousy presentation and it does not have texts for the songs in any form: booklet, cdrom or internet link.
The cds are placed in “home made” paper cases so you need to check the booklet every time you want to find a specific piece.

The booklet has a complete track list and a short essay with brief descriptions of the pieces and their composers. The essay is in english, french and german.

The lack of texts for the songs is always a bad thing in my thinking. when I buy a product the more complete the product is the better. The songs are very beautiful and the sound is good but I would enjoy this set much more if I had the texts for the songs.

I am not alone there because the essays in the booklet also consider the texts to be very important…

Here I am transcribing a few excerpts from the short essay. excerpts that show how important the texts are for a better appreciation of the music:

“…there was also the very special tenderness of the texts addressed to the new born Christ child…”

“…The chorale text describes the descent of the angels…”

“…The soprano line cites the melody and text of the chorale…”

“…the text not only mentions the angels but also describes a battle…”

“…the text is unceasing in its praise…”

“…this six part motet takes its text…”

“…the character of the music is at times linked to the text…”

“…this work sets to music a text from…”

“…the primary source of the text of this cantatas…. luther made a faithful translation of the eight verses of this touching and theologically profound poem…”

“…this final point can only be explained by the text in madrigal style that proclaims…”

I really liked the songs here but I will return the set for a full refund. reason: Performance or quality not adequate.

I noticed that, added to the name “ricercar” there is the name “outhere”. I wonder if they bought ricercar and the label is now going to dumb down the fantastic presentation of its sets. I am writing this review to alert customers about this set’s presentation, that is, the ones who care about sets having texts for the songs and a proper case with information about the contents of the cd.

Soon enough there will be a buffer five stars review praising this set. It will have only a few lines. I don’t accept “DIY” products. this set should have proper cases for the cds and at least a pdf with the texts for the songs. I would like to write a five stars review about this set, considering the music. Obviously, the music is the most important thing but let's not forget that most of the pieces in this set have songs so the texts are equally important and to understand them is crucial for a better enjoyment of the songs. If I were to write a five stars review because of the vocal only then I would be saying to OUTHERE that it is okay to do what they did with this set: No texts for the songs and poor presentation.

No, Outhere, what you did is not okay.

Man With the Golden Arm [DVD]
Man With the Golden Arm [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frank Sinatra
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.96

1.0 out of 5 stars Get the Spanish blu ray disc, 18 Dec 2014
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Poor quality of images. Amazon reviews team has the bad habit of putting reviews about different products together so I ordered three different copies, found out that they were all of poor quality, and returned them all for a full refund. I also ordered a French copy, with has one extra feature. My thought was that if they cared about adding an extra feature then they would also care about the quality of the copy is as bad if not worse than the British copies.

The dvds I checked and had poor quality of images were from the following studios, according to Amazon descriptions: Slam Dunk Media, Quantum Leap. The third one has no studio name on Amazon description. It has the saying "the movie that broke the drug taboo" on the cover and a photo of a black arm against a white background. Lancaster is the name of the studio, according to Amazon description, of the French copy.
I tried to write one review about each specific studio but Amazon didn't let me do it, saying that I've already reviewed the product. It is a sign of staggering stupidity to consider two copies manufactured by different studios to be the same product. One of the dvds, Quantum if I remember right, has better images than the other three but the quality is still poor and the audio of Quantum is very low, problem that is not present in the copies of other studios.

Two options: Try the dvd from Warner. It might be the only decent copy of this film on dvd but here I am guessing as I don't have the Warner dvd.
Get the Spanish copy of this film on blu ray. The quality of image is really good. It's not remastered but it's certainly far better than four different dvd copies that I checked. The Spanish blu ray has the option for audio in English with no subtitles.

The Man With The Golden Arm (Region B)
The Man With The Golden Arm (Region B)
Dvd ~ Frank Sinatra
Offered by Acid Vibes
Price: £14.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a good copy, 18 Dec 2014
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The copy is far better than any of the dvds I've seen. It's not a remastered copy but the quality of images and sound is really good.
You can watch it in English without subtitles.

There are also options for audio in Spanish and German. Subtitles can be in Spanish, German or Portuguese. This blu ray has been available since last year but it was just last week that I found it on Amazon UK. Before that, as Amazon has the very bad habit of putting reviews about different products together, I ordered three different British copies and a French copy of this film on dvd. They are all rubbish. It is likely that the only decent copy of this film on dvd is the one from Warner.

In any case, it doesn't matter so much anymore. This excellent film can finally be watched in more decent images. It is not perfect but, as I said before, it's far better than four different dvd copies that I've checked.

J R Watkins Menthol Camphor Vapor Rub Chest Ointment Cough Suppressant 60 ml
J R Watkins Menthol Camphor Vapor Rub Chest Ointment Cough Suppressant 60 ml
Offered by SKY BOOK
Price: £18.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Vicks vaporub, 17 Dec 2014
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I use this product for light muscular pain and it does work for me.

What I like about Watkins Vaporub is that is not sticky as Vicks Vaporub and it
doesn't stain clothes the way Vicks Vaporub does. Once I apply Watkins, all I need to do is to wash my hands once but
if I use Vicks then I have to wash my hands several times in order to completely remove the product from my hands.

In addition, Watkins Vaporub has more natural ingredients and it does not
have paraffin, one of the ingredients in Vicks Vaporub. Paraffin is derived from petroleum and it is what causes that
horrible stickiness in Vicks product.

Jarrow Formulas - Pomegranate Juice Concentrate 12 oz
Jarrow Formulas - Pomegranate Juice Concentrate 12 oz
Offered by Nature's Remedies
Price: £20.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars far too sweet, 17 Dec 2014
It is far too sweet. Even if you mix it with water it stills taste sweeter than the excellent pure squeezed pomegranate juice from Waitrose, for example. Life Extension had the best pomegranate extract liquid. It was bitter, it was excellent. Unfortunately, they discontinued the product. I like Jarrow but their pomegranate juice concentrated is a mistake. It has 12 grams of carbohydrate per 15 ml ! Stay away from it.

Bunny Lake Is Missing [DVD] [2008]
Bunny Lake Is Missing [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Laurence Olivier
Price: £4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars To watch with tea and cake, 17 Dec 2014
I was very impressed with the excellent quality of images of this dvd. It really is pristine. The sound is uneven but this, I guess, has to do with the original film not the dvd copy. The film has subtitles in English.

"Bunny Lake" is a really thrilling film, typical from the 60s, and there is a lot of suspense.

One thing I liked about the film was that it was, in some way, as if I was watching a documentary as I could see how people dressed in 1965, how institutions ( police, nursery) worked, how was the traffic in London and so on. It's the kind of film that makes you wanting to drink tea...

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £62.40

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A poetic travel in time and space, 14 Dec 2014
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I am a little dubious about this book. It is a very beautiful book but maybe it has more of a historic value than, say, a quality value because the book seems to be an exact reproduction of the original "The Decisive Moment" published over 60 years ago.

It means that, although the quality of the matt paper is excellent, the photos look just like they looked in the original book ( I never saw the original book but Steidl says that this is a facsimile so...) and don't have the quality, the definition of Cartier Bresson photos in newer books such as "Henri Cartier Bresson Photographe", published by Delpire in 2005 (a new edition of their 1979 book), for example. Incidentally, the Delpire book has good part of the photos from this book and many more that are not in "The Decisive Moment".

I didn't read the "product details" on Amazon's page and found out, when I received the book, that it was bigger than I was expecting. The book comes inside a hard case and, as I wrote before, seems to be an exact reproduction of the book published by Simon and Schuster in 1952. There is a large notebook included. It has a text , written by Clement Cheroux, about Cartier Bresson's original "The Decisive Moment".

The book also has a fascinating essay written by Cartier Bresson. He starts the essay quoting Jean-François-Paul de Gondi, cardinal de Retz, who wrote in his autobiography in the 17th century that "There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment".

The book has a few double pages photos that I really don't like as they limit the view of the photograph.

All that said, it is a very beautiful book but I wonder if they should have printed the photos with more resolution. On that, looking at the photos from a distance they look much better than if I look at them holding the book close to me, as if I was reading it. A "museum distance", I would say, might be the best way to look at the photos on this book so a book stand would be a good idea.

Even considering that Cartier Bresson's photos were naturally soft, the photos in this book, apparently printed in the same way they were printed so long ago, are certainly too soft for modern eyes. Cartier Bresson is no Ansel Adams so expect soft images. I quite like the kind of black and white and the nice, soft texture of Cartier Bresson's photos on the beautiful matt paper in this book.

I am just a curious about photography and a professional photographer might have a different idea about this book. In any case, I think this book is worth ordering, especially now that Amazon UK reduced the price of the book from £78 (what I paid for it) to £62.40 , a more reasonable price.

Beethoven - Complete String Quartets (Vegh)
Beethoven - Complete String Quartets (Vegh)
Price: £27.26

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Beethoven in a lousy set or Good Beethoven badly recorded, 11 Dec 2014
I read that this is one of the best performances of Beethoven's string quartets. It might as well be but the presentation is the shabbiest, lousiest that I've ever seen in a set of cds. The back cover is light grey and the index of music is in dimmed and tiny white fonts so it is impossible to read. Things don't get any better in the booklet. There is one single index but the discs are not numbered in the index and the pieces are not listed as 'opus" they are simply described in the discs as quartet 10, 12 and so on.

The recording quality is poor. Lots of noise, breathing. I just can't believe that they play so much better than the Italian Quartet or the Alban Berg Quartet, to name just two, to justify buying this expensive set over other sets. I deeply regret having bought this set.

I was very surprised with the very poor quality of the set ( not the performance itself ) as Naive is no Warner.

Trying to fix things a bit, I am going to order the Naive set which has a book and a few quartets played by the Vegh Quartet. This set here I will not keep.
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