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Divided We Fall (Musime Si Pomahat)  [DVD]
Divided We Fall (Musime Si Pomahat) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bolek Polívka

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Czech mate, 22 Feb 2005
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This is the kind of film I could probably watch over and over again...I saw it on late night BBC TV over the summer and it perfectly encapsulates my conspiratorial and dare-devil mood at the moment.
Like most European films of this genre it is funny and thankfully free of the pervasive American sentimentality that tends to render their movies about Jewish life in occupied Europe rather treacly and unrealistic (Robin Williams' "Jakob the Liar" was good, and quite funny; but could only have been made by someone who wasn't there). Even on my second viewing of this film now I have it on DVD, I was still holding my breath every time Horst came within inches of David without seeing him, or when the brilliant climax threatened everything that Josef had been desperately clinging to for two whole years.
The filming is expert, with just the right amount of symbolism, camera action which enhances the mood of the scene and characters who are believable (although I think Marie is too perfectly made-up for a wartime housewife).
The only low point on the DVD is the cloying trailer, which is predictably American in tone. If I'd seen it before I saw the movie, I probably would have missed out on easily one of my all time favourite films.


The Thin Blue Line: Complete BBC Series 1 & 2 [1995] [DVD]
The Thin Blue Line: Complete BBC Series 1 & 2 [1995] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Price: £7.00

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Of its day, 21 Feb 2005
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This is no classic Britcom, but it is great for a quiet evening in. Rowan Atkinson is the cringingly old-fashioned Inspector Fowler, and although he is not at the height of his powers, Blackadder is pretty hard to top (and I am boycotting the Bean films until they make a proper Hollywood style Blackadder movie).
Both series are included on the DVD, and in my opinion the second, complete with spoof Dixon of Dock Green prologues and the additional character of Lady Christabel increases the tension at the heart of the comedy, between Fowler and his girlfriend and co-worker Pat. The pilot episode is also worth watching with a lot more location filming and action than either series, and the best episode really has to be the one with Constable Habib's sister, with second place going to the one with the fireman (spoiler deleted!) and the Christmas episode with the inevitable mix-up in the presents and spoof-Nativity.
Not great, but not bad either.


Red Dwarf: Series 6 [DVD] [2005]
Red Dwarf: Series 6 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Chris Barrie
Price: £9.44

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gunmen at the End of the Universe, 21 Feb 2005
I remember where I was when I saw the final episode of this - sitting goggle-eyed and possibly quite teary as the 'Bug seemed to blow up for good. This is the series that had me on the edge of my seat, the series where the crew - for the first time - seemed to be perpetually on the edge of disaster with less than the usual hope of pulling through unscathed. "Back to Reality" prepared you for this in its own way, but Series 6 really put the cat among the pigeons...
It is also the first series that you really have to watch right the way through to be able to "get" all the references (I am looking forward to the Series 7 and 8 DVDs as those also have to be watched back-to-back), rather than each episode being "stand-alone". This has its pluses and minuses; the up-side being the writers creating a coherent plot, the downside being that when it and subsequent series were shown on TV one missed episode ruined the whole series (as happened to me with Series 8).
The best episode has to be "Legion". "Psirens" is a bit tacky looking with all those busty girlies; "Gunmen..." has you on the edge of your seats and fully deserves its award but I never gelled with it; "Emohawk" and "Rimmerworld are rehashes of older episodes - though the GELF village scene is pretty good - and I must be the only Dwarfer not to warm to either Duane Dibbley or Ace Rimmer; and "Out of Time" toys too far with the death of the crew for comfort (I think I actually ended up crying when the Bug blew up). "Legion" is reminiscent of "Holoship" in the previous series, and it is so vivid that you can almost taste that Mimosian cuisine.
There are many more Smeg-Ups and Deleted Scenes than on previous DVDs in this series, which is good news for anyone, and the commentary has improved tenfold on Series 3, 4, and 5, where the actors seemed to be more interested in watching the episodes rather than talking over them. This was a DVD well worth waiting for and Red Dwarf has come up trumps again.


The Brittas Empire - The Complete Series 1 [1991] [DVD]
The Brittas Empire - The Complete Series 1 [1991] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Barrie
Offered by Top of the Charts
Price: £14.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brittas never never will be enslaved!, 18 Feb 2005
This series is one of my childhood favourites; along with Red Dwarf, it marked Chris Barrie's (entirely inaccurate) typecasting as the archetypal...well...uptight git.
The first series is interesting to watch, as it deals with the opening of the Fawlty Towers-esque Whitbury leisure centre and is more of a mini-series than what I remember of the other series. Like the first series of Red Dwarf, it is more concerned with character interaction and development than formulaic slapstick (if only Fawlty Towers itself could have been more like this!). Indeed the end of the series raises a question mark over its whole future - perhaps the writers weren't confident of a second series - and made it an excellent example of Britcom writing at its best, and a good programme for aspiring comedy writers to learn from.
One star off for the irritating theme music which pervades every inch of the DVD outside the episodes, though...not one of the Beeb's finest, unlike the AbFab "Wheels on Fire" or Red Dwarf's hymn to nonsense.


Red Dwarf: Series 2 [DVD] [1988]
Red Dwarf: Series 2 [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Doug Naylor
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dwarf II, 18 Jan 2005
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A fantastic DVD and one of the best ever TV sitcoms that I grew up with (along with "Blackadder"). I remember quoting and re-enacting scenes in the playground at school, and it is nice to see the early episodes which are rarely repeated on TV (in favour of the more professionally made later series - just as good but too reliant on the FX to be really classic). The focus is still on interplay between the characters rather than pure space opera, and includes cheesy Eighties' dance routines like "Tongue-Tied".
The DVD extras give an insight into the making of the series, and especially worth listening to is the commentary from the cast. This not only includes reminiscences about making the episodes but also covers the conditions the team "endured" while making them - including Norman Lovett's encounter with a beefy Rastafarian on Moss Side and the evolution of the bus which shuttled the crew between London and Manchester, where the early series were filmed before production moved to Shepperton.
Definitely a must for anyone who saw these the first time round and hasn't seen them since then!


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