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Silver Streak [1976] [DVD]
Silver Streak [1976] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gene Wilder
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Price: 4.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Siver Streak, 1 April 2013
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This film does not appear in retail outlets, yet other Gene Wilder films seem to be always around. An amusing crime/adventure story, set on (and off) a train, this film is good entertainment. Richard Pryor, "I'm a thief, man," has some particularly amusing lines, "Pay the man. Pay the man," in some inverted situations. Jill Clayburgh is the eye-catching romantic interest and plot involvement. The whole trip is a very bumpy ride in a smooth-running train.
At one point in the film there are some wonderful shots of a Jaguar ("Pure pussy, man!") gliding through flat wheat country in the early morning. Pure magic. For those who are railway enthusiasts, this is one of those "The Lady Vanishes" experiences, updated with diesels. This film is a great escape for anyone for an evening.


The Eric Sykes Collection [DVD]
The Eric Sykes Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eric Sykes
Offered by figswigs
Price: 4.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Sykes Collection, 1 April 2013
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This collection has five of Eric Sykes' quirky little films. "If You Go Down in the Woods Today" is the odd one out; it has ordinary speech (apart from some garbage by Sykes). The rest only have noises, although there is one brief sentence of speech in "The Plank", while all speech in "Rhubarb, Rhubarb" is (you've guessed it) "Rhubarb, rhubarb."
"If you go Down in the Woods Today" has a strange storyline, a scoutmaster and cubs wandering around in some woods, where particularly nasty things are occurring. The other four films, the real gems, are purely situations. Three of the situations involve moving objects: furniture, a coffin, a plank. Even the fourth involves moving a ball; a game of golf. If you want a list of all the great English comedians of the 50s and 60s, just watch the credits on these films.
For those who enjoy these "silent" films, I would also recommend Ronnie Barker's "Futtock's End" and "A Home of your Own".


Terry-Thomas Collection - Comic Icons [DVD]
Terry-Thomas Collection - Comic Icons [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Carmichael
Price: 17.19

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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry-Thomas Collection, 1 April 2013
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Terry-Thomas only has smaller roles in some of these films; but that was very much the Terry-Thomas thing. He was never layered on too thickly; he was there, being a cad and a bounder, or a person using the system to avoid the hard yards. He was one of the most lovable character players in English film, always with the gap-toothed broad grin and the moustache of a used-car salesman. Before the invasion of blow-them-up shoot-them-dead American films, character actors like Terry-Thomas played amusing and whimsical roles in many films, developing them into a real art form. We are fortunate that there is a handful of recent films which still carry on this tradition.
This collection includes other English greats in memorable films. A worthy addition to the library.
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Simon, Simon [1966] [DVD]
Simon, Simon [1966] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Sellers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simon, Simon, 1 April 2013
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This is an enjoyable comedy, and I am still trying to work out what was the play of words in the title. One thinks of the actress Simone Simon, the play Boeing Boeing or New York New York. There are some good visual jokes and situations, as well as a great cast of comedians. However, this film does not quite come up to the brilliance of "the Plank" and the like. But it is still an amusing little film to watch when you have a spare few minutes.


By the Sea / The Picnic - English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
By the Sea / The Picnic - English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

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5.0 out of 5 stars By the Sea/Picnic, 1 April 2013
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Brilliant Barker/Corbett film, with Barker in a favourite character role. Corbett stands up well as a foil, being placed at the level of a bikini-clad woman's navel. Visual jokes, along with the cadences of the continual muttered non-dialogue will bring out open laughter from many viewers. If you're feeling like a good pick-me-up, this is it.


Lovejoy - The Complete Collection [DVD]
Lovejoy - The Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian McShane
Offered by Revelation Films Direct
Price: 39.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much loved Lovejoy, 29 Dec 2012
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This series showed in Australia when it came out, and had similar character ideas to those of 'Minder', a roguish dealer, just on the edge of legal dealings,. with plenty of shady background work. However, 'Lovejoy' goes a little further; the antiques background is interesting and we learn a lot about them. Obviously a favourite pastime for the writer of the original novels.
The platonic relationship between Lady Jane and Lovejoy provides just the right amount of tension (nearly as much as with Steed and Emma Peel in 'The Avengers', and the boozy Tinker and the naive Eric add the required characters so beloved of English stories.
Entertaining, wonderful plots and a great part played by Ian McShane.


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