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Zulu [1964] [DVD]
Zulu [1964] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stanley Baker
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A great British film, 2 April 2014
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This print of the film replaces one i had from time past and is much better. The cinematography is an important feature of the film especially of the location.

I watch this film every so often and never get tired of it. There something about it, the story, the acting, the fact that its in fact an anti war film in as much as its not one sided despite the amount of killing depicted.


Henry Purcell - England, My England [DVD]
Henry Purcell - England, My England [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tony Palmer
Price: 7.65

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual dio..., 21 May 2013
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An interesting approach, mixing contemporary action with the historical action.
Its been done often in other films but this one is very different and rather strange in the style of directing, also a little confusing from a script point of view.
It would be difficult to put together a film biography of Purcell as vary little is known about his life so this approach is valid, however I have mixed feelings about this one.
The stand out is the music, selected from Purcells most well known and inserted in the narrative where appropriate. ..all well performed.


The Manor Reborn - The Entire BBC Series (National Trust Avebury Manor) [DVD]
The Manor Reborn - The Entire BBC Series (National Trust Avebury Manor) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Penelope Keith
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 6.27

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5.0 out of 5 stars Period makeover, 17 April 2013
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Great makeover story and more interesting because of the challenge to established conservation conventions.
Also fascinating to see that traditional skills in period furniture making, painting, embroidery, glass making, even wood stove restoration are alive and well in the UL.


Cathedral Cities [DVD]
Cathedral Cities [DVD]
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: 6.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars History with travelogue feel, 17 April 2013
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Nice to see how these cathedrals relate to their location and community not just the history of the buildings and how they were built.


A Royal Occasion: <i>from Queen Victoria to Elizabeth II</i> [DVD]
A Royal Occasion: from Queen Victoria to Elizabeth II [DVD]
Dvd ~ Various
Offered by specialinterests
Price: 6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating films, 17 April 2013
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Fascinating to see rare film like this, especially early color film. The films of George V and Queen Mary were particularly interesting


The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
by Laurence Rees
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The mystery of Hitlers power to persuade., 15 Mar 2013
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Everyone knows about the actions of Hitler and his Nazi party and how it pushed the world to war. What has always fascinated me is why did the German people follow him so enthusiastically right to the end.
Its clear from the book that he had no superior intellect, never debated or sought advice from others.

Laurence Rees book goes some way to explaining Hitlers power over others and the hold he had over most of the German people.


Westminster Abbey: A thousand years of national pageantry
Westminster Abbey: A thousand years of national pageantry
by Professor Richard Jenkyns
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A" Royal Peculiar ", 6 Jun 2011
This is a good short history of the Abbey, and Richard Jenkyns does an excellent job of presenting 900 years of history in an accessible way and very readable. This seems to be a republishing of the same book with a revised title, new cover and original content. I found it a little troublesome that there are quite a few literal errors ( spelling mistakes ) which have crept in since the earlier edition.
Overall this is an excellent account which covers early medieval beginnings and the Abbeys life as a monastery with detail of its story through subsequent reigns,the passion and devotion of many people high and low, notably Henry VII, Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmore, through periods of building and restoration and as national monument and 'royal peculiar' answerable only to the monarch.
A story of religious devotion, mighty architecture and royal pomp.


Westminster Abbey - Our Nation's Crowning Glory
Westminster Abbey - Our Nation's Crowning Glory

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Abbey a Crowning Glory- but not this production., 6 Jun 2011
A Crowning Glory the Abbey certainly is. However this history pack is certainly not. Whilst the booklet is fine the DVD is appalling.
A few old news reels, mildly intertesing of the Abbey during the war. The main component - a tour with the Dean is badly filled and put together. No fault of the Dean who is a very knowledgable and personable in front of the camera, but why have him sitting there talking to the camera in a static way whilst the images he is talking about are shown and very badly filmed and edited. A fabulous topic badly handled,there was no artistry at all in this production.
The package is nicely designed and the music CD is fine although all this music can be found on numerous other CD's but its the DVD that lets it all down in a big way.


Crown and Cloister: The Royal Story of Westminster Abbey
Crown and Cloister: The Royal Story of Westminster Abbey
by James Wilkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Westminster Abbey -royal participant., 6 Jun 2011
There have been numerous books produced to coincide with the Royal wedding , this, I think is one of them.
However having said that, this book although not large in terms of number of pages or especially academic in content is beautiful because of the quality of the printing, the large format,fabulous phots and historic reproductions.
The story of Westminster Abbey is so intertwined with the British Monarchy that its story, as this book demonstrates, is central to the history of Britain.
With great events like the recent Royal wedding and the funeral of the Queen Mother its important to see the Abbey as not a museum but an ongoing participant in that history.


The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace: Official Guidebook
The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace: Official Guidebook
by Hugh Vickers
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.75

5.0 out of 5 stars The Royal Mews- a living tradition., 6 Jun 2011
Having visited the Mews several years ago this guide book refreshes some wonderful memories. The book has some great photos that tell a story of royal tradition and service to the queen and royal family that is ongoing and so much part of our image of the British monarchy.
The history of the carriages and the skill and time which goes into maintaining them is particularly fascinating. The fact that all are in regular use means that the Mews is no museum but a true functioning part of the Monarchy.


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