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The Devils (Special Edition) [DVD] [1971]
The Devils (Special Edition) [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ Oliver Reed
Price: £12.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Campers, 28 Mar. 2012
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This is probably the best I have sen this film look, certainly better than the further butchered US print first released in Australia under the then new R rating.
We can wish and argue all we want about a "complete" version, or a "Director's Cut" but short of a minor miracle (perhaps the first in sending Ken to his deserved sainthood)
this great job by the BFI has to be applauded from all angles. Simply one of the best looking standard DVD transfers I have seen for a film from the period, it does THE DEVILS
proud. Ken must be very happy up there at the moment. What a shame he didn't get to see the re-birth of his troubling, frightening and blackly funny masterpiece.
Never did a practicing Catholic ask so many questions in 107 minutes.

Cleopatra [Blu-ray] [1963] [Region Free]
Cleopatra [Blu-ray] [1963] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Taylor
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £5.96

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleopatra on Blu-ray. Regions A,B,C, 6 Feb. 2012
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Great to have this extraordinary film on BD at last.
I'll leave the technical glowing to others.
This UK 2 disc set is clearly marked as regions A, B, C
which is good news for those territories slow to release it.
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Secret Beyond the Door [Remastered Special Edition] [DVD]
Secret Beyond the Door [Remastered Special Edition] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joan Bennett
Price: £14.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lang no Hitchcock, thankfully., 5 Feb. 2012
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Apparently Fritz Lang was annoyed over the later years of his life that he wasn't thought of as being in the same league as Hitchcock as a recognisable
trade name for suspense films.
It's easy to see why he wasn't - his films rarely carry comfortably identifiable characters in the way the most popular Hitchcock films do.
This is an excellent transfer of SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR, a romantic noir of sorts. If you have never seen it, it is a must have.

The Halfway House [DVD] (1944)
The Halfway House [DVD] (1944)
Dvd ~ Francoise Rosay
Price: £9.95

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent WW2 Ealing., 5 Feb. 2012
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While this film has been consigned as some sort of DEAD OF NIGHT also-ran for a long time, THE HALFWAY HOUSE now in what is a pretty damn fine
DVD transfer shows itself as a very different beast to the famed horror compendium.

A gentle ghost story with a wartime message (well, a few different ones, really)and a charming off-kilter approach to the supernatural elements,
it can be recommended very highly indeed.

Johnny Staccato [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Johnny Staccato [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £18.13

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic jazz is the icing on the cake!, 18 Oct. 2011
I remembered this show as a kid on Australian TV around 1960-61 and along with PETER GUNN I guess it was my first introduction to jazz - Henry Mancini on the latter and on JOHNNY STACCATO music by Elmer Bernstein (themes) in jazz mode, and what was basically Shelley Manne and His Men, with John (then Johnny) Williams on piano in the scenes at Waldo's, where Johnny S. plays a little piano and takes his calls for his rather odd PI jobs. Over 50 years later, JOHNNY STACCATO looks and sounds great - with each episode containing almost wall-to-wall music for its 25 minute running time, a very noirish feel to its settings and shootings and the plus of quite a lot of on location shooting (clearly done on the run and without permits) which gives us a great look at NYC and Greenwich Village - when it was really cool. Cassavettes is terrific, and directed a few episodes himself. The Timeless transfers are actually pretty good overall. That we have this available to us at all is something of a wonder. Grab it while it's still available, it's a must for fans of 60s US crime TV and especially the jazz of the period.

Repo Men [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Repo Men [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jude Law
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £2.68

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked, 7 Jun. 2011
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This is for the BD release. Worth getting this version for the slightly tougher and 8 minutes longer version of the film. I knew nothing about this film before I saw it, not even that it was a science fiction film (well, somewhat futuristic at any rate)... perhaps a far less cerebral take on the same world that GATTACA exists in, but what's happening more at the blue collar levels of society. Make no mistake, it is violent and bloody - but it is also extremely funny, in the blackest and best way. The hard sell of FULL THROTTLE ACTION smells of a marketing campaign that tried to sell it as something else, but there is enough action to keep that genre's fans reasonably happy. But wait! There's more! Its take on a future society, and in particular the medical world, is savage and somewhat sadly may not be too far from the truth. Worth getting the BD for the extra unrated version as well as the theatrical cut and the film's visual and sound effects definitely benefit for the ramp up.

Wild at Heart [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Wild at Heart [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Nicholas Cage

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the director's cut, sadly, 2 Nov. 2010
The film is 5 stars, this BD release is sadly 3. This is the regular theatrical cut of the film, and not the director's cut, so some of the violence is trimmed back in small ways and in the case of the shotgun scene has the added optical to obliterate the gush of blood. The BD transfer is extremely good, the film looks and sounds as amazing as it did on the big screen. Definitely worth having until the DC gets the BD treatment, but hang on to your DVD DC as well until it does.
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