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Amicus House of Horrors [DVD] [US Import]
Amicus House of Horrors [DVD] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Derek Pykett
Offered by M & L UK
Price: 10.86

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning documentary of Amicus Films, 25 Nov 2012
For far too long Amicus films have been somewhat in the shadow of Hammer Film productions when looking back over the genre, which is perhaps a little surprising when you consider that they were responsible for some of the most classic and entertaining films of the era such as Tales From The Crypt, Asylum, Dr Terror's House of Horrors and many others.
This was due in no small part, in my opinion, to the fact that no one had spent the time and effort to produce a comprehensive resume of the Studio - but I'm delighted to say that, once again, along comes Derek Pykett to literally save the day!

As with his other sterling efforts [ Michael Ripper Unmasked, British Horror Film Locations, The Danzigger Collector's Edition [DVD], House of the Long Shadows (1983) DVD] ] Derek Pykett has taken it on himself to put together a highly enjoyable, fascinating and thorough documentary about the Studio.
As with his other work, then were it not for his efforts then such details would have been lost forever and fans of the genre such as myself would never have had the opportunity to enjoy these reminiscences. So credit where it's due!

The documentary covers each film chronologically and it is a delight to hear from so many of those involved in the productions, from the likes of Geoffrey Bayldon, Angela Pleasence, Barbara Ewing and Kenny Lynch to Directors Stephen Weeks and Kevin Connor. We also hear from people who worked in art design and make-up and their memories about the running of the studio and the stars involved is simply marvellous.

I have no problem at all with the film and sound quality and as a delightful extra bonus we have two wonderful interviews with Peter Cushing included on the discs. The first is almost an hour long from 1983 and the second from the series The Human Factor where Peter speaks openly about his dear wife Helen who died in 1971.

In conclusion then this is a great dvd for any fan of the genre - and one to treasure. Bravo to Derek Pykett for his efforts in putting this together. Entertaining with some fascinating insights into the Studio, great value for money and the sort of thing you can dip into time and again.
In a word - Brilliant ...!


House of the Long Shadows (1983) DVD
House of the Long Shadows (1983) DVD
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
Price: 16.04

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful release with a marvellous documentary bonus!, 9 Oct 2012
What a delight it is to see this classic film released at long last on Dvd - without doubt one of my all time favourites, bringing together all four classic actors for the first and last time. With great support from Sheila Keith, Julie Peasgood and the rest of the cast, it's a film to relish on many levels, not least because it doesn't take itself too seriously and is all-round enjoyable fun!
There have been a few poor reviews on Amazon but I would suggest that those reviewers didn't really appreciate the charm of the film and the good time that all concerned were having in putting together this classic of the genre. The film and sound quality is excellent so lighten up and enjoy it for what it is!

A special mention must also be made of the "making of" documentary which accompanies the film, where actor and author Derek Pykett has put together a marvellous film reunion with Director Pete Walker, Julie Peasgood and others. As with his other work [ Michael Ripper Unmasked, British Horror Film Locations, The Danzigger Collector's Edition [DVD]] Mr Pykett has spent a considerable amount of time and effort getting together those involved in the film for their memories and anecdotes - all of which proves highly entertaining.
Without his sterling efforts then we fans would have missed out on this - so credit where it's due!!

There is also an audio commentary by Pete Walker and Mr Pykett which is likewise thoroughly enjoyable. In conclusion then, just grab the film on Dvd while you can, enjoy the performances of these great actors, see and listen to how much fun everyone had whilst putting it together and treasure this collection for what it is.
Because you will never see it's like again.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful release with a marvellous documentary bonus!, 13 April 2011
What a delight it is to see these films released at last on Dvd and Pegasus entertainment are to be congratulated in their efforts to ensure that these films are not lost forever. The picture and sound quality is excellent considering when they were made and the whole box set oozes style and quality packaging. No need for me to go into detail about the films, in view of the synopsis above, but suffice to say that it is a great to see these again.

Likewise I must make mention of the tremendous documentary which is included with the box set, and Derek Pykett who wrote, filmed, produced and directed this is to be congratulated on a marvellous achievement. As with his previous work (Michael Ripper Unmasked and British Horror Film Locations) Mr Pykett has put together both a fascinating and entertaining account of the Studio - which would have been lost forever, but for his efforts!
At just under 2 hours the documentary features interviews with many of those actors, directors and writers etc who worked at the Studio, including Francis Matthews, Brian Clemens, Geoffrey Bayldon and others and the result is both fascinating and at times highly amusing. Some of tales are truly wonderful and the documentary includes many clips from the countless films made at the Studios. Likewise included is the only known film footage of the Studio in action (compliments of Francis Matthews), and a selection of rare and previously unseen stills from many of the productions. Just tremendous!

Overall this box set is definitely one to treasure and great value for money. Highly recommended and a big thanks to both Pegasus and Mr Pykett for their efforts!


Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 [DVD]
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eric Clapton
Price: 14.63

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great - but time for a change ..., 25 Dec 2010
This dvd release is well up to the standard of the previous two, with sound and film quality as good as ever and it is always a delight to see these artists in concert - for those of us not lucky enough to be there in person!

However - I do think that if Eric is considering a fourth concert he should try to bring in a few folk who have so far missed out on the proceedings, and I don't mean the so-called "new generation" of blues musicians like Bonamassa, Randolph and Mayer etc.

Personally I'd like to see a few stalwarts like Jimmy Burns, Gatemouth Brown, Magic Slim, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal and suchlike get a showing for once - the potential list goes on and on. Some of these guys are blues veterans and a rare chance in the worldwide spotlight that these dvd's afford would be nice!

Otherwise I'm well happy.


Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood - Live From Madison Square Garden [DVD] [2009]
Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood - Live From Madison Square Garden [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood
Price: 14.65

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb ..., 4 Aug 2009
This excellent dvd captures a superb concert performance from Clapton and Winwood for those of us who were not fortunate enough to be there in person. The picture and sound quality are up to the usual high standards and I found no problem with this, contrary to other reviewers.
Likewise the very short interview clips between songs now and then did nothing to detract from the concert for me personally and their memories were quite entertaining.
Too many highlights to list them all, but After Midnight, Pearly Queen and Double Trouble stand out.
All in all a superb dvd well worth the price.


British Horror Film Locations
British Horror Film Locations
by Derek Pykett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 31.95

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential buy for all British Horror Film fans!, 18 July 2008
How many times have you sat and enjoyed a film, only to wonder at the closing credits just where it was filmed? Trying to locate such information has been well nigh impossible - and all the usual likely archives just result in nothing. For example - where is Peter Cushing's house in Tales From the Crypt? What was the film location of Hell House ... and so it goes on!
But we need worry no longer for this tremendous book reveals the shooting locations of more than 100 films released between 1932 to 2006, along with cast and crew credits, plot synopsis and countless photographs of the present-day locations.
The result of more than 5 years painstaking research by Derek Pykett this book is an invaluable reference guide and without it, such details would have been lost for ever. A fascinating read, entertaining and informative, along with some stunning photographs and a treasure-trove of facts and little-known details, I can't praise this work highly enough and it is a book you can go back to time and again.
In a word just essential to any fan or film enthusiast with any kind of curiosity at all - I hope that the author sends a copy to the BFI so that they can update their non-existant records!
A great read and I can highly recommend to all film fans both within the UK and abroad.


Son Of Skip James
Son Of Skip James
Price: 9.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Great blues album, 7 Mar 2008
This review is from: Son Of Skip James (Audio CD)
One of the best blues albums of the year from Dion, with some stunning covers and a really well produced feel that draws you in. Many favourites on here, but particularly his cover of Hoodoo Man Blues and Judgement Day, but there is very little to fault.
In a word - excellent. Take a listen!


Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 [DVD]
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eric Clapton
Price: 13.94

19 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Careful - one disc or two ???, 30 Oct 2007
The previous Crossroads Dvd was one of the best selling music dvd's of all time and nothing to suggest this won't be just as good. But on Amazon.com it's listed as having TWO discs but here just ONE ...

Hopefully just a slip-up by Amazon.co.uk but worth making sure before you part with your hard earned cash I think ...!
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Jimmy Burns - Live At B.L.U.E.S. [2007] [DVD]
Jimmy Burns - Live At B.L.U.E.S. [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jimmy Burns
Price: 13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Blues ... tremendous!, 6 Sep 2007
This is a long overdue release - but one to be relished by all fans of the blues and good music generally; an opportunity to see one of the real blues greats in concert in Chicago. Jimmy Burns doesn't get the recognition that he deserves in my humble opinion, but this dvd release will hopefully go some way to remedying that.

Great sound and picture quality, coupled with a great backing band and an interview with the man himself ... all in all worth every penny. Take a listen to the man's music and then pick up this dvd while you can.

Excellent.


Lightning In A Bottle [DVD] [2005]
Lightning In A Bottle [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ BB King
Offered by circularsound
Price: 20.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb concert in celebration of the Blues!, 3 Jun 2007
If you are a blues fan - or just enjoy great music - you need to get hold of this superb Dvd. Featuring tremendous live performances from the likes of BB King, Buddy Guy, Odette, Bonnie Raitt, Dr John and many others too numerous to mention it is a joy to behold - tracing the history of the blues through their music by way of a celebration.

Great picture and sound quality throughout with stand out performances by all concerned this is a Dvd you can watch over and over again - and never get bored with it.

Just tremendous. One of the best Dvd's I have ever had the good fortune to buy!


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