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Tim Marlow - Great Artists - Vol.1 [2001] [DVD]
Tim Marlow - Great Artists - Vol.1 [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tim Marlow
Offered by becksdvds-co-uk
Price: £21.79

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Tim, 22 July 2010
This quite simply, is the best way to watch and learn about any artist. Tim is one of the best presenters around and pitches his show perfectly in every way, ignoring his own views and zoning in on only the artist and his work. He is energetic in his approach and very knowledgable, without being pretentious, therefore I thoroughly recommend this Great Artists DVD.

My only criticism would be, I wish the programmes were longer, but I suppose that relates to Channel 5, the original broadcaster who showed this series.

Little Ashes [DVD] [2008]
Little Ashes [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Robert Pattinson
Price: £3.81

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dali, Lorca and Bunuel would be horrified!, 20 July 2009
This review is from: Little Ashes [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
When I first heard about this film, it was only a month before its release on DVD, so I thankfully didn't have long to wait. Not knowing about the film beforehand - due to the poor title not giving anything away - I was very much looking forward to seeing this. It concentrates on the early meeting of three of Spain's must intuitive geniuses and I think they would be truly horrified if they saw this recreation of their being; the film in its entirety is a huge disappointment.

Dali and Lorca's close friendship is featured prominently, with Bunuel almost a glorified extra; the result is utter romantic rubbish, turning what could have been a corker of a movie, into a poor excuse to show two men in love. The emphasis here is clearly placed on Lorca as many examples of his so-called poetry are recited, but very few of Dali's works are recreated, so this again highlights the romantic intentions of its creator.

If you love romantic films, by all means, watch this but if want to learn anything about Dali, Lorca or Bunuel simply buy a book about them as there is absolutely nothing to be learnt here.

Bacon's Arena - The Definitive Francis Bacon Story [2005] [DVD]
Bacon's Arena - The Definitive Francis Bacon Story [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Adam Low

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Francs Bacon Fan, 22 Sept. 2008
I remember this first being broadcast in 2005 and sadly only managed to record the last 30 minutes or so. Thankfully though, through Amazon, I was thrilled to hear that the documentary was being released on DVD and have to say that I'm very happy with the results given. The complete, original Arena film is there lasting around 90 minutes and to add to this is a handful of smaller films based around Francis' life. A great one being on his Reece Mews studio in South Kensington.

If you like Francis Bacon, you'll be pleased with this purchase, a very slick produced product. A bargain too, especially at just under £13! Get the DVD and then go and visit the current exhibition! You won't be disappointed.

Die Hard 4.0 [2007] [DVD]
Die Hard 4.0 [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £1.19

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor way to add to a franchise, 22 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Die Hard 4.0 [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
As a staunch fan of each and every one of the original trilogy, I was excited to hear that a fourth was being being released. Sadly though, I was disappointed but not really surprised.

I dislike sequels where little or no references are made to previous adventures, or worse still, when the only returning actors/actresses are the heroes themselves. An exception to this being Die Hard With a Vengeance, which managed to pull this off perfectly with a strong supporting cast.
This sequel though doesn't. The inclusion of Lucy Mcclane as his daughter just isn't enough. I found myself extremely bored whilst watching it and all this high tech nonsense doesn't fit in with the leading character.

There have been no positive contributions made to this film and as a stand alone film, this may warrant watching however, if you are a fan of the originals, don't bother. By all means, watch this but just forget that he is called John Mcclane and that the film is called Die Hard.


Vincent - The Full Story [DVD]
Vincent - The Full Story [DVD]
Offered by RevisionNet
Price: £16.82

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Gogh Heaven, 4 Oct. 2005
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I've been waiting for this to be released since I first saw it on Channel 4 back in early 2004, and I can say that it has been worth the wait. I regret not videoing it really, however it is great not to have it on VHS and have no advert breaks or anything.
Simply put, if you like Vincent Van Gogh and are interested in him or just like his works this DVD gets the thumbs up and will not disappoint.
Expertly presented by Waldemar Januszczak, he has thankfully thoroughly researched his subject with enormous accuracy giving us three hours of fascinating information about on of the worlds favourite artists.
Just brilliant! Well done Waldemar

The Van Gogh File: The Myth and the Man
The Van Gogh File: The Myth and the Man
by Kenneth Wilkie
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 28 Sept. 2004
I prefer factual books as opposed to fiction, true stories not made up ones and this book has to be the best book I've ever read.
Its based on the authors (Ken Wilkie) personal account of attempting to trace the living decendants of Vincent throughout Europe
including France, Holland and England and to find out about the man, Vincent Van Gogh.

Detective like, in his approach, the adventures and predicaments Ken gets in to are superbly entertaining, the secrets discovered
remarkable, leaving you feeling that you don't want to put the book down.

This really is great stuff I can't recommend it enough. I only finished it last week and already I want to read it all again.

If you like Van Gogh, just buy it, you will not regret it.

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