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The Ford of Heaven: A Cosmopolitan Childhood in Tientsin, China
The Ford of Heaven: A Cosmopolitan Childhood in Tientsin, China
by Brian Power
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but flawed, 19 Aug. 2010
I really enjoyed this book, but later wondered why the author never mentioned Desmond Power, the author of 'Little Foreign Devil'. In fact he neglected to mention any of the siblings he grew up with in Tianjin except for one, and it seems much of this book is to be taken with a grain of salt. Search Google for 'Brian's real upbringing in the Ford of Heaven' for his brother Desmond's version. It's compelling reading, and well presented. A very different side to the family, and fascinating, almost required reading for anyone who has read 'The Ford of Heaven'.


The Tony Hancock BBC Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1956]
The Tony Hancock BBC Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1956]
Dvd ~ Tony Hancock
Price: £16.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Commentary and subtitles, 20 Mar. 2009
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Other than the Blood Donor commentary, which is noted on the DVD screen menu, the other two commentaries are impossible to find without trawling through every disc. So for the benefit of those who would like to hear them, they are on 'There's an Airfield at the Bottom of My Garden' and '12 Angry Men'. Also, although English subtitles are advertised on the box set, none are available for the five episodes featured on the last disc.

One day someone should do progressive (frame-by-frame) transfers of these episodes, as the combing on all of them is truly horrible.
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A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveller
A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveller
by Jason Roberts
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oversells its subject, leaves too many gaps., 18 Feb. 2009
Quite an interesting book, but not as compelling as it could have been and ultimately rather dissatisfying. It's not that Holman himself isn't a fascinating subject, but there are too many unexplained gaps in the narrative as well as the occasional hole, and several questions arise. Via which ports, for example, did Holman get from Calcutta to Canton, and from Canton to Australia? This whole section of his journey is brushed under the carpet without even any explanation about a lack of source material, etc.

Later Roberts tells us that Holman had heard of the death of King George IV while in Hong Kong. How Holman could have been in Hong Kong in 1830 when a colony under that name was not even established until 1841 is a mystery.

As for "his greatest feat, a circumnavigation of the world", the fact is that Holman never crossed the Pacific, at least not in the pages of this uncritical book (which at times reads like an overly protective puff piece), and so never actually circumnavigated (encircled) the world.

Finally, if Holman really did travel "no less than a quarter of a million miles" as Roberts asserts (the equivalent distance of ten times around the world) and left only "a handful of nations" unvisited, then this book really does seem to have left out an awful lot.


Windom's Way [DVD]
Windom's Way [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Finch
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £5.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible transfer of a good film, 18 Mar. 2008
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This review is from: Windom's Way [DVD] (DVD)
I'm giving this DVD one star just because it contains a good, hard-to-find film. Otherwise this is a terrible disc, with a washed out, worn out television print that looks like it was retrieved from a shipwreck. It's shown in 1.33:1 AR, but the trailer provided is, depressingly, in the original 1.66:1 widescreen. This is the worst image quality I have seen on a DVD for a colour film that could and should be expected to be at least acceptable.


A Matter Of Life And Death [DVD]
A Matter Of Life And Death [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Niven
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £4.05

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic film but misleading packaging, 4 Jan. 2003
An excellent film by Powell and Pressburger, and perhaps their most mainstream Technicolor film. The Carlton DVD, however, is not as clean as it could be, but the main thing to watch out for is the "Exclusive behind the scenes commentary" by Jack Cardiff. This is not a second audio track featuring commentary by the great Cinematographer, but merely a 10-minute video interview. So beware.


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