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Regeneration [Region 2] [import]
Regeneration [Region 2] [import]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Pryce

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Enemy Within, 11 Dec. 2012
I can understand the criticism of the film's style as it clearly belongs within the war genre and has little front-line conflict on show, but the film is closer in spirit to Kubrick's Paths of Glory and subsequently, as the enemy in this film, as with Kubrick, is the military heirarchy on the soldier's own side, conflict with the enemy is almost a sub-plot to the main treatise of a system that finds the only way to return a broken man to the trenches is to break him again in a brutal and methodical manner as horrific as that faced behind the wires.

The lack of establishing or master shots in the film is surely the director creating the same confining space in the hospital that is found in France. The soldiers are reptriated back from the claustrophobia of trench warfare only to be confronted with a hospital full of small wards, corridors and rooms where they are actively prompted to relive their nightmares.

When one of the soldiers is left in the wilderness his only reaction is to kill, he has lost all sense of oneness with the natural world because the unnatural chaos of war has reshaped him. Sassson, too, is driven to return to the trenches, despite his belief that the fighting is futile and of course, Owen returns because he finds a kind of savage poetical beauty in the war, which will ultimately be eradicated with his death.

It remains a beautifully shot, thought provoking and moving film and second only to the Kubrick as an indictment of the waste of war.

Peter Gabriel - 3rd LP
Peter Gabriel - 3rd LP
Offered by westworld-
Price: £19.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madness has a Reason, 27 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Peter Gabriel - 3rd LP (Audio CD)
I remember reading a Gabriel interview in NME or Melody Maker at the time. He was suffering from a mental condition around the time the album was made. If this was indeed true then it provides one of the greatest examples of the proximity between madness and genius. From the uncomfortable claustrophobic bedroom of 'Intruder' to the bright but fading chants of South African voices in 'Biko', it retains a high level of intensity and brilliant writing. So many memorable parts it's unfair to single them out but the middle eight on 'Through the Wire' is sublime. The most perfectly orchestrated rock/pop album I've ever heard. Just listen to the way he employs the instruments. Where is he now?

Fireball - 25th Anniversary Edition
Fireball - 25th Anniversary Edition
Price: £4.91

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what about the blues?, 23 Feb. 2008
I've had this album for 36 years - it's the greatest fusion of blues and hard rock I've ever heard from a mainstream band even if the lyrics are somewhat dated and sexist - but then again being sexist (sexist Nigel, not sexy!) was a defining element of the genre. At the time I remember Blackmore being intervied in Melody Maker and promising that the next album would be "back to rock 'n' roll" because of the poor response at the time. Oh the benefit of hindsight - it sounds better today than most of "Machine Head"!
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