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Joseph Losey Collection [DVD]
Joseph Losey Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dirk Bogarde
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4.0 out of 5 stars Losey's English Opus., 22 April 2013
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Losey's outstanding work with Pinter, Baxter and Bogarde. The part played by Julie Christie in The Go Between also a tour-de-force.

As to the DVD's, a tad low quality soundwise and no sub-titles. May be better to wait for the forthcoming bluray burns of some of these titles, but have no evidence myself to support this view as have not seen them.


Luck - Season 1 (HBO) [DVD] [2012]
Luck - Season 1 (HBO) [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Dustin Hoffman
Price: £14.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars USA Horse racing TV series., 17 Mar. 2013
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Dustin Hoffman was excellent as lead protagonist. Some of the horse racing scenes are exceedingly well shot, by far and the best being the first training session. The close ups of the other main characters, the 3 or 4 minutes of the scene itself and the music; Michael Mann at his best. Pity the series had to close; can understand completely reasons for doing so.


Impressions
Impressions
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No doubt about it., 12 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Impressions (Audio CD)
A wonderful album...hours of listening into.Eric Dolphy is on two tracks and masterpiece tracks they are. Coltrane on soprano sax and Dolphy on bass clarinet on 'India' and then the reverse, with Coltrane on tenor and Dolphy on alto on 'Impressions';are they kidding or what?But these are truly marvellous tracks.. Dolphy's sound is extraordinarily compelling and Coltrane is majestic in exploring every facet of expression in breath,note and chord.This is a top notch release from the Impulse label and comes highly recommended.


Best of the Quintet
Best of the Quintet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Miles Davis Quintet Bop Compilation., 12 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Best of the Quintet (Audio CD)
If you're thinking of getting the box set of all the quintet's recordings you might do well to first start here.This is a great selection of the quintet's range and power.'Eighty-One' and 'Masqualero'(make a note Joe Strummer fans) are two unforgetable bop numbers that cover the tone and feel for the full three years.Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter,Herbie Hancock,Ron Carter and Tony Williams are at their ensemble best.No one player or instrument dominates here,each player demonstrating an ability to blend or lead as the music asks.The last track 'Freedom Jazz Dance'recorded on the same day as the third track 'Circle'is an inspired ending to this Sony selection.The lead here,though not in the foreground, is Tony Williams' remarkable drumming.This is not in your face power play ,rather a subtle combination of march rhythms,rolls and ride cymbal.Take a listen and you'll see what I mean, this is ,without overstating it, Tony Williams at his best.


The Power Trio: Live in Chicago
The Power Trio: Live in Chicago
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago the greatest city in the world., 12 Feb. 2004
So goes the introduction, to be followed by a powerhouse gig by legendary jazz guitar man Larry Coryell...a trio performance,though with the others sitting out on the Beatles 'Something' cover.Coryell at his best;my daughter,an apprentice pianist,wondering how many hands he had on the up tempo numbers,picking and playing with extra ordinary pace and verve..the only bum note on the liner notes in which Larry compares his love for Jazz to Brigitte Bardot and then unnecessarily adds '..when she was younger, of course..',yes in her later years now she may be awful,but not in the way he meant.The music?.. high octane fuel for any road you may be on.


The Great Lanza: Original Recordings 1949 - 51
The Great Lanza: Original Recordings 1949 - 51
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia strong and sweet., 12 Feb. 2004
A good compilation of Mario Lanza's songs 'O ole mio' the first track out on this CD.Great voice..if you like your 50s nostalgia strong and sweet this is an album for you.


Vanishing Point [1971] [DVD]
Vanishing Point [1971] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Barry Newman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Sarafian Cult Road Movie., 12 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: Vanishing Point [1971] [DVD] (DVD)
Sarafian's 1971 cult road movie ,with an early opening credit to Malcolm Hart for the idea and first script,depicts the protagonist's(Kowalkski) race against time and space,in which speed is defined as a spiritual protest against the confines and limitations of an authoritarian state and its law enforcement agents..the 'blue meanies'.
Sarafian's later movies also pit the individual against overwhelming odds,Rocky III and Eye of the Tiger,but V.Point is not only about an individ.. it's also a spiritual landscape where speed in its literal forms and shapes is also a metaphor for the human spirit outpacing the confines and strictures of an unimaginative,repressive state.
Kowalski(Barry Newman)heads west thr/gh the big space from Denver to San Francisco and encounters a death defying spiritual and moral landscape, literally the desert,metaphorically the 'blue meanies'beating up the blind black DJ(Cleavon Little as Super Soul)with his visionary communicative powers to see into the thoughts and feelings of the central protagonist as he battles his way thr/gh the incomprehensible blight of the american state.A movie not to be missed and not even in the top 400 recommended American thrillers.. though you'd suspect that the likes of Quentzin Tarantztino et al have seen it frequently...it's ending(finale?) echoed,in homage(?)on a number of occasions.Highly recommended.


The Bandwagon
The Bandwagon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle ingredients make for a masterpiece., 11 Feb. 2004
This review is from: The Bandwagon (Audio CD)
This serving by Jason Moran's piano trio is laced with a turkish voice and his father's and others' voices.Building on the already accomplished work in 'Black Stars'and 'Facing Left'Jason Moran submits his recipe for the Bandwagon Trailmix to the Village Vanguard crowd..a live performance that culminates in a prayer for a planet that rocks.This is a trio that rocks together;Jason's piano,Nasheet Waits drums and Tarus Mateen's acoustic electric bass producing a bowl of sound of subtle taste and ingenuity.The 'cover' of Brahms' Intermezzo.Op.118,No.2 opens with a serene piano introduction by Jason which is then built upon and developed by Tarus' bass and Nasheet's drums.The slow simmering of the trio here adding intricate mellow tastes to the delicately spiced starter.The History Lesson 'Gentle Shifts South'already recorded two,maybe three times earlier, this time has Jason's piano in the background to his father and others reminiscing about friends and recalling their names.This is a beautiful atmospheric piece...you're there in the room with them.Later there's a fine cover of 'Body and Soul' and finally the gig ends with the powerhouse 'Planet Rocks' which starts out as a march and is then developed into polyrhythmic intensity with Nasheet Waits equal to Tony Williams' drumming on the Miles Davis quintet's track 'Freedom Jazz Dance'.Jason Moran's piano together with Tarus Mateen's bass and Nasheet Waits' drums create a masterpiece that is infinitely rewarding .


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