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The Cure Greatest Hits
The Cure Greatest Hits
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Price: £4.93

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had appreciated them back in the '80s, 27 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Cure Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
It's funny how musical tastes change over the years. When I was at school, The Cure seemed to be a little left-of-field, and their fans had a demeanour that wasn't me. Looking back, I was into other things at the time which excluded me from fitting in with them. But not necessarily fitting in is what The Cure were about I have subsequently learnt.

"Boys Don't Cry, A Forest, The Lovecats, The Caterpillar, Inbetween Days, Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Lullaby, Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm In Love", are exceptionally beautiful songs, and some still evoke the thoughts and feelings that I had as a teenager.

Belatedly, some 30 odd years later, I feel that I am only now entering the 'left-
of-field' world that I mentioned earlier - just wish I had been part of it in the 80's. Where did all that time go? Anyway, enough of reminiscing about the long and distant past...

Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970]
Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £18.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the golden age of English horror, 23 Oct. 2013
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A good addition from the Hammer team which has a decent story that is paced well throughout the film. This type of film has a nostalgic quality which was done so well in England in this and other English horror films in the '60s and '70s.

Christopher Lee gives the role of Dracula good screen presence - avoiding the temptation to over-act which would have been easy to do. No longer with us Peter Sallis and Roy Kinnear, both usually remembered for comedy roles, give understated and solid performances. A film involving the lovely Linda Hayden is always worth watching and personally, I think Dracula should have been beguiled by Linda's stunning eyes rather than the other way round.

"Taste The Blood Of Dracula" isn't the most scary film that you will ever see but it confidently straddles good acting, a decently scripted story, and it doesn't out stay it's welcome.

No extras other than the films trailer but sound and viewing clarity is very good.

Sorcery at Caesars: Sugar Ray's Marvelous Fight
Sorcery at Caesars: Sugar Ray's Marvelous Fight
by Steve Marantz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on two genuine sporting legends, 21 Oct. 2013
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I have so many memories surrounding this fight, a fight that for years didn't seem likely to happen. Before this contest, Leonard had fought Duran (twice) and Hearns; Hagler had also fought Duran and Hearns, and Hearns had fought Duran. But the daddy of all fights among pugilisms "fab four" was Hagler-Leonard.

Steve Marantz has produced an informed and well paced commentary that traces both careers of the protagonists together with the backgrounds that built the personalities which became legends. Marantz highlights Ray Leonards well known charm, charisma and golden boy appeal in contrast with Haglers blue-collar, hard working and regular guy persona. But this accurately written account of "The Superfight" goes further than detailing the cliches. I was delighted that the author detailed the early careers - particularly of Hagler - that led to that historic evening of Monday, 6th April, 1987. As great a fighter that Marvin was and apart from his battles with our own Alan Minter, Duran, Hearns and Leonard, a lot of his early career has been overlooked here in Britain. Of course, Sugar Rays career had been traced all over the world since 1976 when he won Olympic gold in Montreal.

On a personal level, I remember in the week leading up to this fight I literally found it difficult to sleep. At the time a lot of American servicemen lived in my area and as a frequent visitor to US airbases as an 18 year old, I would discuss (or argue) with personnel who would win the fight. I was a Leonard man and wanted rather than believed that he would beat Marvellous Marvin. I really believed that Ray had been out of the ring for too long to actually beat Hagler, but I wanted him to win as he was responsible for me ditching football for boxing as my favorite sport. Most of the US servicemen believed Hagler would knockout Leonard.

What isn't in Marantz's book is a particular comment I remember that Hagler made to promote the fight; "He (Sugar Ray) won't talk no more, walk no more, see no more." The last part of that comment was truly scary because of Ray's eye operation to repair a detached retina.

The outcome of the fight thrilled me and I remember listening to the result early the next morning in bed and I punched the air in celebration.

Btw, when I obtained a vhs tape of the fight I scored it 7-5 to Sugar Ray.
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The Last Seduction (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
The Last Seduction (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Linda Fiorentino
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £7.79

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Seduction Two Disc Set, 16 Oct. 2013
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Great performances from Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman and Peter Berg in this 90's film noir, full of twists and turns. Directed by John Dahl who also directed another underated film in the same decade called "Red Rock West."

Fiorentino's Bridget will literally stop at nothing to get what she wants. She runs rings around the men in the film by messing with minds, taking advantage of love and lust, and even murder in this tale of passion, greed and revenge.

Apart from the original 1 hour 45 minute film presented with an excellent print and 5.1 audio, this two disc package contains an "extended directors cut" which lasts 2 hours 9 mins. The annoying thing about this is that the quality of this version is interrupted by the additional scenes shown as "rushes." These scenes are out of place in sound and viewing quality with the rest of the film, and the timings are shown at the top of the screen. The directors cut should have just been shown like a normal film as it looks a decent alternative to the original release.

Various bonuses include a commemorative 12 page booklet, alternative ending, commentaries, "The Art Of Seduction" documentary, trailer, and a short film (29 mins approx) starring Bill Pullman and Heather Graham, which is really just a filler to the overall package.

An excellent soundtrack is worth highlighting; provided by Joseph Vitorelli, the jazzy main theme stays with you long after the film has ended - it is endearingly beautiful. The rest of the music is a mix of jazz and blues and I recommend getting the soundtrack on cd.

All in all a good set slightly let down by the viewing and sound fragmentation of the directors cut.

The Hot Spot [DVD] [1990]
The Hot Spot [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Don Johnson
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £5.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as "Hot" as I remember, 13 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: The Hot Spot [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
Sometimes you revisit a film that you haven't seen for twenty years because you remember it as a good picture. Sometimes, as in this case with "The Hot Spot", you wonder what all the fuss was about.

I remember seeing "The Hot Spot" on channel 4 in the early 1990s one night and thought it was an above average film. It seemed then to hit the right note regarding story, acting and yes, eye candy. Well, the latter I still agree with; but the gorgeous Jennifer Connelly seems to be under strict instruction to perform as bland a performance as possible, and while Virginia Madsen is easy on the eye, she plays an annoying no-depth to her character hammy slut. Don Johnson appears trying to act the role rather than acting the role. The characters played by Johnson and Madsen I find impossible to like and Jennifer Connelly really has no character to play in this film - just a small town innocent teen. Memory has played a trick as I thought there was a genuine sultry atmosphere throughout the film, but now I find the attempts as about as sultry as a day in the Artic Ocean.

It just goes to show why it's sometimes best to leave some films as a memory (even if the memory is wrong) and to not go back to some of them. The catch of course is that you don't know it until you have gone back to a film and find yourself disappointed.

Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane [DVD]
Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jodie Foster
Offered by Digizoneuk
Price: £11.66

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1976 - What A Year For The Fourteen Year Old Jodie, 13 Oct. 2013
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In 1976 I was 8 years old and at the stage when I was noticing girls but not wanting to admit it - most boys go through that strange and beguiling feeling. I started fancying not just girls at school but ones I saw on tv, films and female pop singers. In 1976 I started having a crush on Jodie Foster after seeing her play Tallulah in "Bugsy Malone." Me and Jodie - an older woman!! Enough of that...

1976 saw Ms Foster in the best film of the '70s, "Taxi Driver", the aforestated "Bugsy Malone", and here, in the underated "The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane." All very different and iconically powerful performances. The range of her acting at the age of just 14 was remarkable.

In "The Little Girl..." I remember seeing bits of the film on tv when I was young, but only recently bought the dvd and watched the film from beginning to end. I love the understated feel of the filming of what has become 70's cinematic nostalgia; the scenery of small town america, the 'fall' landscape, the cars, fashions... even the electronic soundtrack, it takes me back. However, I was genuinely shocked when Jodie appeared naked, (actually, it was Jodies older sister who stripped for that scene), and got into bed with an older male - I wasn't prepared for that matter-of-fact scene.

The film is well scripted, acted and shot - some nice outdoor scenes in a place somewhere that I'd like to live. I haven't gone into the plot of the film as I would be just repeating earlier reviews. Suffice to add that Jodie gives another iconic and memorable performance that belied her young years. Outstanding.
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Pretty Baby [DVD]
Pretty Baby [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brooke Shields
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Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic "Pretty Baby" Brooke Shields, 12 Oct. 2013
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There are enough reviews regarding the films content so I won't repeat what has already been stated. I will try to be original with a few comments that I think are worth making.

The performance of Brooke Shields is quite simply stunning for a twelve year old playing what must have been a difficult role to feel comfortable performing. Her maturity and ability to play underage prostitute Violet in this excellent period piece has to be admired and belied her tender years. She certainly steals the acting accolades from the likes of Susan Sarandon and Keith Carradine, and I feel that Brooke never really became the star name that her talent warranted. She should have been as big as another of her contempories, Jodie Foster, in my opinion. Apart from a couple of other films Brooke seemed to disappear from roles worthy of her abilities as an actress.

A couple of side thoughts; first, it was funny seeing Antonio Fargas playing a jazz pianist, fresh out of playing his role as "Huggy Bear" in Starsky and Hutch. Second, as a recent convert to the music in the period that "Pretty Baby" is set in, and noticing that the legendary Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton was in the credits, it is a shame that the soundtrack is not available on cd.

But the film is truly a tour de force for the young and beautiful Brooke Shields - simply magnificent.

3 Classic Horrors Of The Silver Screen - Vol. 2 - A Bucket Of Blood / House On Haunted Hill / The Ghoul [DVD]
3 Classic Horrors Of The Silver Screen - Vol. 2 - A Bucket Of Blood / House On Haunted Hill / The Ghoul [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dick Miller
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £4.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Horror triple: ** and **** (x2), 10 Oct. 2013
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A good little collection of overlooked old-style horror films rather than classics in my opinion.

First up is "A Bucket Of Blood" made in 1960 and for me, is the poorest of the trilogy on this dvd. Basically, the film is nothing more than a comedy horror that sends up the art world, which it does rather well. Although this film is the most recent of the three on the disc, it is by far the worst in terms of production. The visuals are fuzzy and the audio suffers from distortion. One for prosterity only.

** out of *****

The second horror is in my opinion an underated film, starring Vincent Price who has the perfect voice for late night chills. "House On Haunted Hill" was made in 1958, and Price plays a millionaire playboy who invites five guests to stay in a haunted house and offers them $10,000 if they spend the night. But all is not as it seems... The visuals and audio are very good and vastly improved on this second treat - and superb compared to the GMVS release of this film several years ago.

**** out of *****

The 1933 horror starring the legendary Boris Karloff in "The Ghoul" makes up the final film on the disc. Karloff plays professor Morlant who obtains a magic jewel which grants immortality to anyone who is buried with it. Morlant arranges this and his spirit arises to wreak revenge on his betrayers. This film could have been better if the supporting cast were not so theatrical and 'hammy' in their performances. Ernest Thesiger, he of "Bride Of Frankenstein" plays a good supporting role. Despite being the oldest film on the dvd by at least 25 years, the visuals and audio are stunning. No blemishes or 'cigar burns' and no crackles which you might expect on a film 80 years old this year.

**** out of *****

Overall, for the cheap price that I paid the seller, I am pleased with the collection.

Steptoe & Son
Steptoe & Son
by Alan Simpson Ray Galton
Edition: Audio CD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the company of Albert and Harold, 4 Oct. 2013
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The first episode "Pilgrims Progress" sees Harold and Albert taking a flight to France so Albert can revisit the places of the fields of battle in World War One. On the way, Albert gets into arguments with an American and Frenchman regarding their respective countries contribution in both of world wars. Father and son then end up being deported as undesirable aliens. Leonard Rossiter makes a brief guest appearance.

In the second episode "Home Fit For Heroes", Harold puts Albert in a home as Harold plans to travel the world without his dear old dad. As always, Harolds attempts for getting away from Albert end up in disaster and he finds himself back at square one.

The sound quality is very good on the cd and although I agree with the first reviewer that they are not the very best radio episodes, they do tell a couple of funny stories, and it's good to hear these actors voices on cd.

Last Seduction
Last Seduction
Offered by HANG LOOSE Records
Price: £8.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous sophisticated carefree jazz\blues soundtrack, 3 Oct. 2013
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Joseph Vitarelli has to be congratulated on his sublime score to the cool and underrated film "The Last Seduction", starring the beautiful Linda Fiorentino.

Listening to this cd I cannot help but be taken over by the seductive sophistication that the whole soundtrack evokes. The gorgeous main theme stays with you long after you've put the cd back in it's case. I don't even mind the country track by Sandy Rogers - and I'm not a fan of country music. But it is the jazz and blues that is addictive here, Vitarelli on piano, John Pattitucci on bass, Kurt Wortman on drums and percussion, Les Pierce on alto sax, Steve Tavaglione on clarinet, and Jeff Beal with Walt Fowler on trumpet. They all deserved a mention and I am happy to have done so.

If you like cool, sophisticated, carefree, delicious jazz, you'll love this soundtrack.

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