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Mary Of Scotland [DVD]
Mary Of Scotland [DVD]
Dvd ~ Katharine Hepburn
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars A perambulating waxworks melodrama with the cast alternately arranged in ..., 9 Aug 2014
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A perambulating waxworks melodrama with the cast alternately arranged in tableau or rushing about the sets. It all looks
grand in an operatic way: vaulting interiors, theatrical shadows and dramatically lit fade-outs. Kate,as Mary, suffers stoically (with too many tear-filled close-ups) portrayed as victim and martyr. Predictably, Elizabeth is a conniving
fox, played by Florence Eldridge in a brash, flouncing manner : shamelessly aped by Bette Davis in a later film!
A handsome production can't detract from the over-emphatic performances and studio-bound atmosphere. Picture
quality and sound is satisfactory, considering its age.(PAL Universal Cinema Classics DVD)


Phantom of the Rue Morgue [DVD]
Phantom of the Rue Morgue [DVD]
Dvd ~ Karl Malden
Price: £10.96

3.0 out of 5 stars This French disc's "soft" resolution is no more than acceptable ..., 9 Aug 2014
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This French disc's "soft" resolution is no more than acceptable. Entertaining plot that, sadly, flatlines at the climax.
But there's still plenty of robust mayhem: a knife-throwing act is a standout. Pity it all runs out of steam. Some of the sets look familiar? A particular house exterior is from "Streetcar" and the cabaret interior is "Calamity Jane's" Golden Garter saloon.
(Warner Bros Home Video France DVD) English soundtrack.


Paranoiac [DVD] [1963]
Paranoiac [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Liliane Brousse
Price: £8.76

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor direction builds no suspense while letting Reed rampage and ..., 9 Aug 2014
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Bones of the plot from mediocre novel, "Brat Farrar", isn't improved by Sangster's predictable script . Poor direction builds no suspense while letting Reed rampage and Scott cringe and blubber endlessly. Burrell, as a cynical relative , comes off best. Remaining cast doesn't deserve a mention. Excellent Cinemascope transfer goes for nothing! (EUREKA VIDEO UK PAL DVD)


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