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Noble House [ 1988 ] Uncut - 2-Disc Special Edition
Noble House [ 1988 ] Uncut - 2-Disc Special Edition
Dvd ~ Pierce Brosnan
Offered by brrsales
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, 14 July 2013
Some fabulous shots of Hong Kong in the 80s. The glittering lifestyles of the wealthy and realistic depictions of how everyone else lived. Superb scenes of the harbour,skyscrapers, and the beautiful country. The story by James Clavell is great and a lot of the book is skilfully brought to life.

But ........

Dreadful cheesy soundtrack (sugary strings, cliched "sexy" saxophone themes) from which there is no escape. This really grated.

Pierce Brosnan looks and acts the part most of the time but on several occasions goes way over the top into ham acting, especially when he starts to glower and adopts his "angry" voice which to me sounded ludicrous.

The American leading lady was very poor. Sad to say she lacked any charisma, power or glamour and the love scenes with Pierce were absolutely cringemaking. She just wasn't attractive enough for the idea of Dunross falling for her to be credible.

Special effects at the end of the film were straight from a 1950s B movie.

I enjoyed John Rhys-Davies as the villain but he too (I suspect deliberately) did plenty of chewing of the scenery.

Unlike a few other reviewers I thought Julia Nickson-Soul did well. Incredibly beautiful though she overdid it in her many desperate, eager-to-please moments.

All in all it was fun to watch but the whole production (complete with Dallas-style title sequence) felt very dated. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had seen it in 1988.

I'm probably being a bit generous giving it 4 stars but I recommend it to anyone who liked the book and/or is interested in a HK version of Dallas!


Call the Midwife Collection - Series 1-2 + Christmas Special [DVD]
Call the Midwife Collection - Series 1-2 + Christmas Special [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jessica Raine
Price: 10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, but ...., 11 July 2013
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The series itself is superb but I really cannot stand the dreadful, theatrical, over-the-top voiceovers by ludicrous "luvvy" Vanessa Redgrave. Having to listen to her awful, plummy "ac-tor" voice spouting inane platitudes adds absolutely nothing and really grates.

Or is it just me?


Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
by Amy Chua
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting and provocative, 27 Mar 2012
Many of the people criticising this book sound like typical wet, ineffectual "nurturing" Western parents!

I don't think the tone is self-congratulatory - there is plenty of pathos and soul-searching which is very moving and takes the book way beyond a guidebook on how (or how not to) raise children. Some of the author's barbed criticisms of Western parenting styles really hit home, especially her claims that by tolerating mediocrity Western parents are failing their children. Western parents are less honest - they either try to hide their ambitions for their children and are passive-aggressive in their dealings with schools and other parents, or in too many cases simply can't be bothered to put in the effort needed to get the best out of them and rationalise their own laziness by resorting to self-serving psychobabble about kids' "self esteem".

Don't let the po faced thought police put you off reading this superb and provocative book.


The "Gramophone" Classical Music Guide 2010 (Gramophone Classical Music Guide)
The "Gramophone" Classical Music Guide 2010 (Gramophone Classical Music Guide)
by James Jolly
Edition: Paperback

6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New depths plumbed, 12 Dec 2009
Accusations of racism applied to Gramophone Guide? Some of the most ludicrous rubbish I have ever read on Amazon or anywhere else!
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Oz And James's Big Wine Adventure: Complete BBC Series One [2006] [DVD]
Oz And James's Big Wine Adventure: Complete BBC Series One [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Oz Clarke
Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: 3.74

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great idea but mixed results, 28 Mar 2009
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Some of this series is excellent but for most of the first few episodes James May's oafish and offensive behaviour was truly cringe-making. Rude, surly and sulky public schoolboy behaving yobbishly in feeble attempt to get "street cred" - he was an utter embarrassment. I can't understand how Oz Clarke and the unfailingly-charming vineyard owners managed to put up with him. I can only assume they were all being very well paid.
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