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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Limited life, 4 April 2014
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It worked for about 3 weeks, although it wasn't as effective as the shop ones. It has now stopped working altogether. You get what you pay for.

The Pillow Book [DVD] [1996]
The Pillow Book [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Vivian Wu
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 19.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious nonsense., 12 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Pillow Book [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
A long, pretentious, boring film which will appeal to pretentious pseudo-intellectuals but not to normal people. A young Japanese girl develops a fetish for calligraphy on the human body after growing up with a father who uses her as a human writing pad inbetween bouts of gay sex with his publisher. She draws an English publisher into her strange little world and they have a jolly time writing on each other between bouts of torrid sex.
It is visually impressive, but this does not compensate for the lack of content

Never Let Me Go (2010) [DVD]
Never Let Me Go (2010) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keira Knightley
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: 3.50

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too implausible, 12 Feb 2012
This review is from: Never Let Me Go (2010) [DVD] (DVD)
This has all the trappings of a moving, involving British drama, but the basic premise is so ludicrously implausible
that it overshadows the experience of watching it. We are expected to believe that in a country so obsessed with human rights as Britain, cloned children are raised in a boarding school, to be used as organ donors when they reach young adulthood. None of the children object or try to run away and many adults including doctors, nurses and teachers are complicit in a scheme that even Dr. Mengele would have baulked at. They are told at an early age that they will die young after their third or fourth donation, but don't seem to mind a bit.
The film follows three friends from childhood into young adulthood, two who die whilst the third escapes her fate by becoming a 'carer'. The performances are good and parts of it are quite moving and sad, but my overall impression was that the whole thing was very silly.
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The Ladykillers [DVD] [2004]
The Ladykillers [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
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Price: 3.37

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and unfairly maligned, 24 April 2011
This review is from: The Ladykillers [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
This is a much underrated and unfairly maligned black comedy; presumably receiving so many bad reviews because people have fond memories of the original. The action has moved from London to the American Deep South, with Tom Hanks's elegantly spoken southern gentleman gone bad replacing Alec Guiness's sinister professor and the landlady now a black devout christian. The script is excellent and the physical comedy very funny, with some great supporting performances. There is some very adult language, as you would expect from a Coen Brothers film, but it is part of the humour, with the perpetrator getting smacks on the face as punishment for his transgressions.

Kiss Me Deadly [DVD]
Kiss Me Deadly [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ralph Meeker
Price: 6.27

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All style and no substance, 23 Jan 2011
This review is from: Kiss Me Deadly [DVD] (DVD)
I have just watched this film, and although I enjoyed the style and the hard-boiled dialogue, I found the plot incomprehensible. Ralph Meeker is excellent as the rather unpleasant private detective Mike Hammer, but a lot of the performances are wooden and unconvincing, whilst the ending, which probably reflected the paranoia of the fifties, now just seems silly.

Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne [2005] [DVD]
Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Eagles
Price: 24.54

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sher professionalism, 4 Dec 2010
This is a fantastic concert D.V.D. - The visuals are pin sharp, the sound balance is perfect as is the quality of the recording. It combines their great hits with newer material which I hadn't heard before, but like enormously. My only gripe is that Joe Walsh's clowning around is a little inappropriate for The Eagles; at times he is downright childish. If only Jackson Browne had joined them instead of him. Having said that, I love 'Life's been good to me'.

The Last House On The Left: Extended Version [DVD]
The Last House On The Left: Extended Version [DVD]
Dvd ~ Garret Dillahunt
Price: 5.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tight, taut and suspenseful, 3 April 2010
This is a well made, taut, suspensful horror film that covers the same ground as 'Death Wish' and 'I Spit On Your Grave,' although the rape scene is not nearly as graphic as the ones from those films, (it's a case of 'You can keep your dress on'), probably in deference to the age of the actress involved, who looks about 13.
The first half is a slow, steady build up to the assault on the two girls, whilst the second half, in which the parents of one of them take their revenge, is full of suspense and enough blood and gore to satisfy most horror fans. I found it gripping throughout and enjoyed the mind-blowing end.

The Boat That Rocked [DVD] (2009)
The Boat That Rocked [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Price: 2.96

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Curates Egg, 6 Mar 2010
I think Richard Curtis peaked early with the sublime 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and has been slowly spiralling downwards ever since. This is better than 'Love Actually' in that it doesn't have as many corny, cheesy, implausible scenes and is generally very enjoyable. I didn't listen to the pirate stations, as Radio One was launched just as I was becoming interested in pop music, but I was very aware of them and so found the subject matter fascinating.
The soundtrack is excellent, but as usual, Curtis tries just a little too hard to uplift our spirits and manipulate our emotions, showing a lack of subtlety and finesse, and it is too long, with not enough plot to sustain it. Having said that, it is often funny, moving, involving and has an excellent, if slightly corny end.

The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas [DVD]
The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: 6.82

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceitfully brilliant, 13 Dec 2009
The people who issued this D.V.D. are guilty of deceit; I also bought it, assuming from the cover that it was the original Rat Pack and only discovered it was a West End tribute show when I began playing it. I am actually glad that I was deceived, because the quality, performances and songs are first-rate and it is one of my favourite music D.V.D.s.
Their is less of the tiresome banter and interruptions that marred the performances of the original trio and I would reccomend it to all lovers of swing music.

Working On a Dream (Special Edition)
Working On a Dream (Special Edition)
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: 4.00

4.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better, 29 Aug 2009
If I'd rated this album after a couple of plays, I would have given it 3 stars, but fortunately I gave it time and found that it just keeps getting better and better every time I play it. Now I wish I could give it 4 and a half, because there is only one track I don't like - the bizarre 'Good Eye' which sounds like a cross between Led Zepp's 'When the Levee Breaks' and a hoedown, with Bruce's voice sounding tinny and distant.
It gets off to a great start, with the exciting and dramatic 'Outlaw Pete'; the best cowboy song since 'Blaze of Glory'; the exuberant 'My Lucky Day'; a classic rock ballad 'Working on a Dream' and a tender ballad in which Bruce expresses his love for the 'Queen of the Supermarket.' (Does Patti know?)
It finishes with 2 lovely acoustic ballads: 'The Last Carnival' and 'The Wrestler.' In between come a set of great songs that stand comparison with any of his previous work, esp. 'Tomorrow Never Knows' which The Byrds would be proud of. It's a (slightly) flawed masterpiece and I recommend it.

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