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Into the Storm [DVD] [2014]
Into the Storm [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Richard Armitage
Price: £4.15

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There were some very nice CGI storms, 2 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Into the Storm [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I just paid NZ$2.20 to borrow this from the Auckland library. After watching it, I have decided that I paid NZ$2 for the special effects and 20 cents for the script and cast. There were some very nice CGI storms, but the script was written by a three year old and the cast had the combined acting ability of a bollard.


The White Queen [DVD]
The White Queen [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rebecca Ferguson
Price: £5.99

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrous, 19 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The White Queen [DVD] (DVD)
Ludicrous. Did the people who made this really think we wouldn't notice the zips in the back of the dresses, or the plastic drainpipes on the backs of the buildings? The dialogue is almost as anachronistic as that in Downton Abbey and historically it's a bit of a joke. If this was some Tony Curtis movie from the 1950s I wouldn't worry, but I think we should expect more in 2014.
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Slings & Arrows: Season 3 [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Slings & Arrows: Season 3 [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by Newtownvideo_EU
Price: £19.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning darama about drama, 19 Jan. 2014
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Canada produces some excellent films and television and this is one of the best. This is the final series of Paul Gross's three part drama/comedy about a Shakespearean theatre director, a ghostly and a production of Lear that goes horribly wrong. This series wraps up all the plot lines that have sustained the first two series and provides a stunning climax to one of the best television series ever made about the theatre.


Savage Islands (Nate & Hayes) [DVD]
Savage Islands (Nate & Hayes) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ferdinand Fairfax
Offered by czech.out
Price: £4.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly but enjoyable New Zealand pirate film, 19 Jan. 2014
This is a silly but enjoyable New Zealand-made film based on a real character. The real Bully Hayes was a bad man, a blackbirder and thief who was wanted from San Francisco to Sydney for his crimes. This film portrays him as a loveable rogue and you have to accept that this is fiction. The film is said to have out-performed the then-current Spielberg blockbuster when it was shown in New Zealand. They also used to play it a lot on the Suva-Nadi bus run in Fiji. There are evil Germans, comic missionaries, Maori extras trying to keep a straight face while playing cannibals and generally a fun time is had by all.


Black Swan (DVD + Digital Copy) (2010)
Black Swan (DVD + Digital Copy) (2010)
Dvd ~ Natalie Portman
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.32

2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Ken Russell, 4 July 2012
I fell asleep after the first 10 minutes. When I woke up Natalie Portman was having a lesbian sex fantasy. Eventually she killed herself. It was like watching a film made by somebody who desperately wanted to see the words 'shocking,' 'daring' and 'artistic'in the film reviews. Unfortunately the end result was on the same shocking, daring and artistic level as Ken Russell's contribution to Aria.


Dorian Gray [DVD]
Dorian Gray [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Barnes
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.14

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A failure, 25 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Dorian Gray [DVD] (DVD)
This film so desperately wants to be a Ken Russell film that it hurts: All that arch dialogue, odd camera angles, strange editing and the endless opium-fuelled sex scenes.
If this had been a Ken Russell film then we would have had Oliver Reed and Robert Powell and possibly even Helen Mirren or Vanessa Redgrave.
Instead we have an embarrassed Colin Firth and Ben Barnes looking utterly lost in a series of peculiar scenes that are supposed to represent some sort of 19th century Rake's progress.
The key to Dorian Grey's character is that he becomes cruel and thoughtless, not perverted or murderous.
Drugs and sex were as common in Oscar Wilde's time as our own; he "dined with panthers," did he not?
For Wilde, cruelty, thoughtlessness, the viciousness of society and the class system were the real perversions of the human spirit.
The film makers have failed to understand this and have attempted, very badly, to tell the story in a film that mocks the intentions of both Wilde and Russell.


Rebus - Fleshmarket Close [2006] [DVD]
Rebus - Fleshmarket Close [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Claire Price
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.99

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish Rebus, 17 Jun. 2007
This is the first Rebus I have seen and I was very disappointed.

It has as much to do with the book as the James Bond films have to do with Ian Fleming's novels.All of the subtlety and complexity is gone, most of the intricate interplay between the characters is gone and the whole things has been cut to fill a 75 minute slot.

DS Clark is totally miscast and unless you look carefully you wouldn't even know it was set in Edinburgh.

Awful.


Deep Purple: Live In California 74 [DVD] [2006]
Deep Purple: Live In California 74 [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Deep Purple

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The BBC video was better, 7 Mar. 2007
Back in the 1980s the BBC released this concert on laserdics and then on video,using an in-house process that the first time allowed an acceptable transfer of NTSC images to PAL. The picture was not terrific - Never Twice the Same Colour never is - but technically it was a real achievement.

Unfortunately, the image on this DVD appears to have been lifted straight from the original NTSC videotape and it looks absolutely awful - washed out, underlit and grainy.

It would have been much better if the BBC transfer had been used. Then we would have had a great concert and picture.


Breath Of Life
Breath Of Life
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £7.37

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return, 10 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Breath Of Life (Audio CD)
I have been waiting for a new Magnum album for 10 years and waiting to see them live for 20, so it was a real pleasure to be able to fulfil both ambitions within 24 hours. I saw the band at the University of East Anglia in Norwich on December 9 and they lived up to my expectations completely. The next night I flew back to Abu Dhabi and, having been kept waiting in line for an hour, just had time to race for the gate. On the way, I saw a CD shop, dashed in - and lo and behold there was the new album in a slipcase with three extra live tracks. I played it as soon as I got home. On first listening I was a little disappointed, but it has grown on me. I think some of the heavier tracks are forgettable, but the powerful ballads and outbreaks of pomp glory are all there. "Still" is my favourite track.
So, thanks to the band for a great concert and a great new album.


Live Album
Live Album
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: £35.28

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly pleasing noise., 22 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Live Album (Audio CD)
I think it was Flanders and Swann who invented the phrase "a jolly pleasing noise." I love Grand Funk and would heartily recommend this as a vintage slice of loud, primitive, pre-metal noise. Mark Farner was a lousy guitarist when he started (ever notice on the early studio albums how producer Terry Knight kept the lead guitar buried in the mix?), but fortunately Mel Schacher and Don Brewer more than made up until Farner practiced some more. As an example of America's best answer to England's late 60s blues-rock power trios, this is unbeatable. And would somebody please re-release Mark, Don and mel 1969-71? It's the best collection of their early work and worth it for Terry Knight's hilariously pompous liner notes alone.


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