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January Window (A Scott Manson thriller Book 1)
January Window (A Scott Manson thriller Book 1)
Price: £1.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable thriller., 11 Jan. 2015
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Forget Bernie Gunther for a while, this is a different beast, and needs to be treated as such. I thoroughly enjoyed this, Kerr has a great knack for pitching his prose to fit the context and has successfully done this throughout his career. He doesn't like to stand still and should be applauded for this. I have struggled in recent months to get stuck into a book and was relieved to find myself drawn into this from the onset. The blokey dialogue suits the subject matter perfectly - there are some amusing observations about the world of football and some great banter. This is Kerr, so the whole thing is underpinned with a level of intelligence that belies the testosterone-fuelled subject matter. In my opinion a solid three points for Kerr.


The Art of Robert E McGinnis
The Art of Robert E McGinnis
by Art Scott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A visual treat!, 4 Jan. 2015
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I came to this via 'Lifestyle Illustrations of the 1950s' and how glad I am that I did! This is simply an outstanding publication crammed with the most gorgeous illustrations by the prodigiously talented McGinnis. Every page is a winner, showcasing the artist's undeniable technical expertise. Although he is primarily an illustrator (often of pulp fiction), it is interesting to see the influences in his work - Klimt, Vuillard, Wyeth, Degas, Rockwell etc.... It is wonderful to see a commercial artist who understands and draws on his artistic heritage so effectively. If you love pulp, 60s spy fiction and beautiful women, you are in for a treat. If you just appreciate looking at the work of a master illustrator, then this is the best £15 you are likely to spend!


Victim Five [DVD]
Victim Five [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lex Barker
Price: £8.46

3.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian Five, 9 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Victim Five [DVD] (DVD)
Prepare yourself for a pedestrian film in all but one respect. Lex Barker is OK as the male lead and Ronald Fraser plays Ronald Fraser; the ladies are, with the deepest respect, not particularly attractive and the director manages to suck any action, drama or suspense out of the film. The plot is OK, but the pace is so plodding that you end up not really caring what happens in the end. The saving grace is the beautiful cinematography of Nicholas Roeg. His excellent work saves the film from mediocrity and brings the beauty and danger of the South African environment to life. Worth a look because of this, but don’t expect too much of the film!


Fernando Di Leo's: Madness [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Fernando Di Leo's: Madness [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Joe Dallesandro
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £9.62

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Low budget madness., 27 Sept. 2014
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I'm a big Di Leo fan, but this is a major disappointment! Joe Dallesandro escapes from a poorly guarded prison and then skips around the countryside in a vest and tight trousers for the first ten minutes. He is supposed to look like a hardened criminal, but more resembles Robin Askwith in a poor British sex comedy from the early 70s. The three holidaymakers who arrive at the house where Dallesandro has buried his loot are not particularly likeable characters, so it is hard to empathise with them during the scenes when they are being tormented. Lorraine de Selle is, sadly, no Bouchet or Fenech, and fails to be a sexy temptress; she just comes across as desperate. The 2 other main characters are cardboard cutouts. When Dallesandro gets angry he stares in a most disconcerting manner. Another big problem for me is the soundtrack - originally recorded by Bacalov and the outstanding prog rock group Osanna for Milano Calibro 9 (an enormously superior Di Leo)- the music just sounds wrong here. It makes the film seem even more low budget than it already is. Just watch Milano Calibro 9 and see how well the same music fits the beautifully coordinated opening sequence. So, in my opinion, a big misfire from Di Leo. If you are a completist you will want to add it to your collection, if you are new to his films try any of his early 70s offerings in preference!


The Pyjama Girl Case [1977] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
The Pyjama Girl Case [1977] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Ray Milland
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £6.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Director loves Dalila!, 24 Sept. 2014
Not really a giallo, more a murder mystery that gets hijacked on the way! There are two major threads to the film that should interweave in a clever and balanced manner. The problem is that after about 50 mins the director seems to forget that he is weaving a tale that has two different time frames and becomes obsessed with Dalila di Lazzaro! I can't blame him - she is gorgeous!! We get Dalila weeping beautifully near a stunning Sydney Harbour backdrop, Dalila looking pouty on a bed in a room bathed in neon lights etc...etc... Ray Milland bows out after about an hour and leaves most of the rest of the film to the Dalila photoshoot. So, I love the film for its grouchy and amusing Ray Milland moments, for the gorgeous fashion shoot filming of the lovely Dalila and for the crisp clean transfer by Blue Underground. It looks stunning in places. However, I do think that the final product was a missed opportunity and ended up being an exercise in style over substance!


la bestia uccide a sangue freddo / Slaughter Hotel (Dvd) Italian Import
la bestia uccide a sangue freddo / Slaughter Hotel (Dvd) Italian Import
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £17.56

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad, but Fun!, 14 Sept. 2014
Getting straight to the point, this really is not quality cinema - the 'story' is preposterous with the idea 'borrowed' from Agatha Christie. Even Di Leo, himself, thought that it was a bad film!! So, what is there to like? - This presentation by Raro is excellent and the transfer is gorgeous. I have watched an English version of this film (also available on Amazon and called Asylum Erotica) that was virtually unwatchable. This is a totally different beast - crisp images bathed in a glorious light that is redolent of the early seventies. Di Leo frames the women beautifully in this film with the colours of their outfits complementing the settings stylishly. A couple of the women, especially Rosalba Neri, are gorgeous and seem to be incapable of leaving their clothing on for long. It all looks lovely and with a couple of very naughty inserts edited into the film should appeal to lovers of this kind of Italian erotic cinema.
I left logic at the door and went along for an enjoyable ride, taking care not to be too bothered by the ridiculous happenings (just what kind of croquet rules were those nurses using?!)


Transmission from Sogmore's garden
Transmission from Sogmore's garden

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful second offering from Magic Bus, 1 Sept. 2014
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Another wonderful album from Devon's Magic Bus! From the beautiful opener 'Sunflower' this picked me up on a warm summer breeze and carried me along with its infectious, intelligent and enchanting music. In a sane world this would be blasting from cd players across the land - but no, we live in a land of X Factor, where singers earn rounds of applause for hitting a high note and give '110%' to clunky pre-programmed backing tracks. The perfect antidote to that 'madness' is Magic Bus; catchy songs, wonderful tunes and superb musicianship. The music is laid back, but still filled with some great guitar/ keyboard interplay. Jay Darlington infuses the album with his beautiful keyboard work, Paul Evans plays some tasteful guitar lines and there is great support from the rhythm section.
Like the previous reviewer this album left me with a smile on my face and an urge to spread the news to my friends (with taste!)


Magic Bus
Magic Bus

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Bus, Magic Album!, 23 Jun. 2014
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I heard a snippet of this album while waiting to see Arthur Brown live in Totnes. Fortunately the girl behind the bar knew who the album was by and I went home and bought a copy the next day. I can't tell you how happy I am that I did so - this album has barely left my cd player since! The title track is very infectious and you will find yourself humming it in the same way that you might have done with Caravan's Golf Girl. There are of course similarities but don't let that put you off - this isn't just a poor pastiche. The longer songs demand more patience, but slowly sink in and are, in my opinion, more rewarding in the long run. The music is a melding of 'Land of Grey and Pink' era Caravan with Mighty Baby circa 'Jug of Love'. Beautiful songs - part English naive whimsy and part mild melancholy - beautifully played by a group of great musicians who clearly understand the heritage and treat it respectfully. If you are a fan of Caravan, Mighty Baby, West Coast etc I am sure that you will not be disappointed - I wasn't!
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Loaded Guns ( Colpo in canna ) [DVD] [2005]
Loaded Guns ( Colpo in canna ) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Ursula Andress

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Di Leo, 13 Oct. 2013
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Sometimes it's hard to tell a di Leo comedy - here there is no such problem! The film is loaded with sub-Benny Hill/Chuckle Brothers gags, pervy little guys, slapstick fights and circus-type music. Put off yet?? On the plus side guys of a certain age will enjoy seeing Ursula Andress wandering around naked (or semi-clothed if she is venturing outside). I rather enjoyed seeing a lady of fuller figure as god intended, rather than the stick-thin models you tend to see nowadays. Raro, as ever, have done a good job of cleaning the film up. Although not as sharp as some of their other di Leo releases, the colours are bright and suit the light mood of the film well. Disappointingly, neither the verbal nor the sight gags work very well and I got the feeling that di Leo was just going through the motions. Completists or Ursula Andress fans might give it a shot,.........


Peccati di Gioventu (So Young, So Lovely, So Vicious...) (DVD)  (1975) (Italian Import)
Peccati di Gioventu (So Young, So Lovely, So Vicious...) (DVD) (1975) (Italian Import)
Dvd ~ Gloria Guida
Offered by d-uk
Price: £7.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Neither sexy nor sleazy........just dull., 15 Sept. 2013
I like Gloria Guida quite a lot - but the novelty of her wandering around in a state of undress wears off fairly quickly in this film. 'Sexy' doesn't just mean whipping your kit off - it's about mood, setting, context, pacing, surprise, suspense etc... and this is where this film is sorely lacking. The direction lacks craft and the scenes play out in a rather monotonous and one-paced manner. A previous reviewer sums up the 'plot' very succinctly, so I won't bother going over it again, but what I will say is that this is the least good of Raro's erotic dramas that they have released (in both content and picture quality). For Guida fans and Italian psychosexual drama devotees only!!


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