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Falling Down [1992] [DVD] [1993]
Falling Down [1992] [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Michael Douglas
Price: 3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling Down's Depth, 8 July 2009
Many great reviews of this terrific film written here,which is watchable many times over. It is a social commentary as relevant now as it was in '92. D-Fens wasn't "the bad guy". There's an interesting scene where the police officer quizzes his (D-Fens) estranged wife about his violent temper and she limply admits he wasn't violent, didn't drink or take drugs, so his violent temper is only alleged. He's a misunderstood guy who seems to have lost everything, including himself. Kills in self defence and its hard to feel sorry for any character but him. He even sacrifices himself at the end. Its almost a study about the triumph of feminism over men's/father's rights. By far Douglas' finest film and worthy of its cult status. A film working on many, many levels.


Survivors (2008) [DVD]
Survivors (2008) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julie Graham

25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Survivors v. Survivors, 24 Dec 2008
This review is from: Survivors (2008) [DVD] (DVD)
It is a pity that views on the new Survivors are so polarised. But inevitable. I'm a fan of the original series, although it has to be said it gets heavy going after the first series. The new series is a good, modern take on Terry Nation's great story of an epidemic wiping out most of the human race. There is a wide gap of 30 years between the old and new series and therefore a vast difference in style and production values. Instead of endless tramping around in the countryside, with slow panning shots now endless tramping around deserted Manchester at sunrise and the typical jerky camera shots whenever there is any 'action' (just like 28 Days/ Dead Set, etc, etc). A few debris strewn streets were shown in the original 'Lights of London' but pretty much everything else takes place in the country. The original is almost a survival guide as the 'survivors' try to get everything working again so compared with the new series it is slowly paced and 'action' is fairly sporadic.
As for casting. Political correctness has been mentioned by other reviewers. It shouldn't matter if the cast are all white or all black or all whatever, it is the story that matters! But I think that casting along diversity lines or 'quotas' to reflect society is necessary. In any event, the casting is fine and the actors have recreated the original characters well. I like Julie Graham (not least because she's been one of my fave middle age totty since At Home With The Braithwaites) and hopefully Abby Grant will stay in the series, unlike the original.
Having ploughed through the original and enjoyed that and been reasonably satisfied with the new series, I'd say defy the 'credit crunch' and get BOTH series. In each case a great story, well told.
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Fahrenheit 451 [DVD] [1966]
Fahrenheit 451 [DVD] [1966]
Dvd ~ Oskar Werner
Price: 5.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Book!, 23 Dec 2008
This review is from: Fahrenheit 451 [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
Rarely do film adaptations exceed the quality of the book but this by Francois Truffaut does ! The reasons are many fold. The casting is excellent. Some might consider Oscar Werner a little wooden but he underplays Montag in a slightly 'child like' way, which emphasises his growing awareness and affinity for books. Julie Christie has the uneviable task of playing both the main female characters including Montag's air head/drugged up/reality tv obsessed wife. Montag's burning of the marital bed is deeply symbolic after his wife betrays him to the authorities. He chooses his love of books over everything in this dystopian vision of the future, akin to the world of 1984. Clever use of literary greats including Dickens and spoken opening titles elevate this film above many films of this period. So too does the original score by the great Bernard Hermann, who composed the music while going through divorce. There are some very moving pieces of music throughout and the final snowy, woodland scenes with the 'book people' all wandering around reciting their memorised books is a great ending to a great film ! Unlike 1984 there is the final upbeat message that 'freedom' (in this case to read) survives ! A must see.


Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: 6.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Daleks' Masterpiece !, 20 Dec 2008
Without exaggeration 'Genesis of the Daleks' is the greatest Dr Who serial EVER produced. The introduction of the Dalek's creator Davros, the evil, scheming and crippled Kaled scientist on war torn Skaro added a completely new layer to Dalek mythology and added arguably the series', which to this point was 12 years running,greatest villain. The Daleks are deliberately under used and Davros, definitively played by the late great Michael Wisher, takes over the entire story. Anyone who derides the use of quarries in the classic series ought to reconsider, watching the eerie, atmospheric, desolate location scenes between the Kaled and Thal domes. This is the best Dr Who story and a terrific piece of TV history. Good v Evil, and for once the result is a draw, great television !


Doctor Who - Destiny of the Daleks [DVD] [1979]
Doctor Who - Destiny of the Daleks [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: 5.69

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spack Off !, 20 Dec 2008
'Destiny of the Daleks' undeserved reputation comes from 'fans' in the know writing nasty things about it in the early Doctor Who Weekly and fanzines of the late 70s. I can only assume this is because it does not quite match up to the greatness of 'Genesis of the Daleks' (the ALL time best Dr Who story) AND the problems caused by hyper inflation at the time decimating the budget like the Dalek's slaves are at the end of episode 4 ! However this is a strong, fast paced solid script by the great Terry Nation (with hints of script editor Douglas Adams style thrown in) and although the Daleks (and Davros) are a bit battered and dented this does not detract from the quality of the story. The first 2 cliff hangars are actually among the entire series finest. Tom Baker and Lalla Ward quickly establish a great team, and David Gooderson with the uneviable task of taking over from Michael Wisher as Davros turns in a great performance albeit in a decrepit mask! It is no exaggeration that this IS the best (and first) of the 'Genesis' sequels..oh and the title of this review is one of Tom's most famous fluffs, from this story, during the 'Mexican standoff' scene, presumeably aimed at the 'Destiny' deriders ?
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Les Miserables [1978] [DVD]
Les Miserables [1978] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Jordan
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: 12.75

50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 20 Dec 2008
This review is from: Les Miserables [1978] [DVD] (DVD)
This is the definitive film version of Victor Hugo's story of endurance, obsession,retribution and redemption. An all star cast with some fine actors not least of which Richard Jordan as Valjean and the great Anthony Perkins as Javert, who give terrific performances as the main protagonists. The film looks superb, making great use of its locations. Highly recommended as the most interesting and entertaining version of Les Miserables.


Last of the Summer Wine - Series 13 & 14 [1991] [DVD]
Last of the Summer Wine - Series 13 & 14 [1991] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bill Owen
Price: 7.50

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Great Days of Summer Wine, 18 Dec 2008
The return of Foggy is very welcome, even though Seymour was a good temporary replacement to the main trio of Summer Wine characters. During the 90's the direction of the show changed and there was less emphasis on the antics of the main trio of characters, Foggy, Compo and Clegg. Given the actors were increasingly elderly and the work had to be shared among a larger ensemble this was inevitable but did diminish the quality of the programme in my view. I think the quality of the programme had in fact peaked with the 1983 'Getting Sam Home' Christmas special. One of the funniest comedies EVER. Increasingly the series box sets are for completists only. The following season's 'The Most Powerful Eyeballs in West Yorkshire' is also one of my favourites. And look forward to this one being released.
These box sets are EXCELLENT and the kerfuffle over series numbering should not detract people from considering acquiring them. Some of the reviewers sound like Last of the Summer Wine characters themselves ahah!
Finally, I'd like to pay a tribute to Kathy Staff who died at weekend, forever the formidable Norah and much deserving of every fans fond remembrances and tributes. Watching the next set of episodes will be a poignant reminder of the good characters, actors and actresses we've lost including Brian Wilde, Bill Owen and Joe Gladwin too.
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Rommel - The Desert Fox [DVD]
Rommel - The Desert Fox [DVD]
Dvd ~ The War File
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: 5.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rommel The Desert Fox, 17 Aug 2008
A good overview of Rommel's life and particularly his military leadership of the Afrika Korps in North Africa. No doubt the interviewees wished to re dress the 'propaganda' image of Rommel and his achievements but their basic lack of understanding of how a driven field commander such as Rommel or say, Guderian achieved what they did exactly because they did take risks that appear 'reckless' undermines their criticisms. The footage used is good quality but nothing not already seen in a quality TV production such as 'World At War' which has a very good 'war in the desert' installment. The sound and transfer from video are acceptable and overall this is an above average 'War File' DVD.
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The War File: Combat On The Russian Front [DVD]
The War File: Combat On The Russian Front [DVD]
Dvd ~ The War File
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: 4.95

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Combat On The Russian Front, 17 Aug 2008
This 'War File' DVD is yet another generic rehash of other titles, even re using interviews from the 'Army Group' DVDs and obviously lots of footage. It gets 2 stars as it is a reasonable 'overview' of the barbaric German/Russian conflict, for those with a modest interest in the subject. Many of 'War File' DVDs would benefit from interviewing actual participants of the conflicts rather than 'experts' with pro Russian or pro German bias. The sound and picture quality is acceptable but a straight transfer from original tape. Not a DVD that stands repeated viewing unlike quality BBC documentaries such as 'War of the Century'!


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