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Doctor Who - The Invasion (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1968]
Doctor Who - The Invasion (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: 6.45

5.0 out of 5 stars at last complete!, 2 Dec 2009
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I have to say the 2 episodes animated as the original films no longer exist are excellent. The BBC needs to use the same animation house to recreate all the other missing episodes, as the quality is superb.

The story is one of the better stories from this period, and now complete is a joy to watch. The extras are good too, a great documentary about the making of this story, and good documentaries regarding animating it.

Journey To A Hanging [DVD]
Journey To A Hanging [DVD]
Dvd ~ Henry Silva
Offered by rsdvd
Price: 4.78

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the start of a classic series of westerns, 21 Aug 2009
This review is from: Journey To A Hanging [DVD] (DVD)
Cimarron Strip aired on CBS in the USA from September 1967 to March 1968. Its star was Stuart Whitman who played the role of Marshal Jim Crown. (The series was produced by the same people who produced Gunsmoke).

The format was for a series of approx 90 minute westerns (including adverts), and was very similar to The Virginian in its style.

Set in Oklahoma, but used many locations for external shooting eg Alabama, Utah and Tuscon.

This is the very first episode (of only 23 ever made, the series was cancelled after just one season). Its theme music was composed by Maurice Jarre.

The stories being longer than the usual 30 minutes or so, gives time for more character development. The film quality has aged somewhat, however these are good stories and are examples of 1960s westerns done well.
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McLintock! [DVD] [1963]
McLintock! [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ John Wayne
Price: 3.75

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the version to buy, 1 Aug 2009
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This review is from: McLintock! [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
this is the official release by Paramount, the quality of print and sound is wonderful, and knocks the other versions (using public domain prints) into a cocked hat.

The extras are plentyful, and informative. A lot of care has gone into this DVD, and it is one of my favourite Duke films, the mud fight is the best fight ever filmed... just wonderful entertainment.

Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 [DVD]
Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lee Bergere
Price: 12.00

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not as bad as you may remember, 30 Jun 2009
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having been a fan since the late 60s, i feel able to speak with some persepctive regarding the remastered and CGI editions of the episodes contained on this new release.

The episodes when shown in the 60s and even into the early 80s where very acceptable in their special FX, however since the advent of CGI, we have become accustomed to top quality SFX, and the addition of such to the 1960s episodes of ST have not diminished the experience one bit... i would say it has brought ST into the 21st century. I am aware this grates with the purists who believe the episodes ought to remain untouched.

The episodes are packaged in a metal tin, with "fat" amaray style clear case.

Extras are plentiful and interesting to watch.

All in all a very worth while purchase. Series 1 and 2 are of course better for being under Gene Roddenberry's control, and these episodes are drifting away from his original "feel", but they are not as bad as you may remember them.

Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Martin Campbell

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Deluxe, 30 Mar 2009
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This 3 disc set is packaged in the thickest card and has a velvet covering. A really well produced package, with a sumptuous booklet too.

The first disk has a new commentary which is insightful and entertaining.

The second disc is as it was on the 2 disc version.

The extras on the third disc are all new and go into great detail and are very much worth viewing.

All in all, a superb set... I hope they do the same for Quantum of Solace.

Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 3.20

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, 28 Mar 2009
I found QOS to be an excellent film, well directed, well acted, good story and a perfect continuation from Casino Royale.

The locations used where as gritty as the action. Daniel Craig is proving to be the best Bond yet. It is true that the "feel" of the old Bond films is being lost to some degree, however after the atrocious Die another Day, a new start was needed... and Daniel Craigs two outings as Bond have been just what was needed.

My only complaint at all about this release is... why was the opening Bond Ident (where the white circles on black backgound find Bond and he turns an shoots at the camera) used at the very end of the film?

The extras on the DVD itself are limited, and are not too in depth. They are informative enough, and you do get a feel for the behind the scenes work involved in making the film, but i was left wanting more. I am sure they will do a Deluxe release later on as they did with Casino Royale and satisfy the Bond fan that wants more in depth documentaries etc.

All in all a great DVD. I would recommend this highly.

Oldboy [DVD] [2003]
Oldboy [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Choi Min-Sik
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 10.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns!, 20 Sep 2008
This review is from: Oldboy [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
A fantastic film. Great story, great acting and excellent camera work.

More twists and turns than a back lane in Devon. Graphic - Yes, Gruesome - Yes, over thetop - No.

Leaves an impression long after watching. An essential purchase for anyone, not just for asian movie fans.

The DVD is well put together, a plethora of extras, just an all round great package. Top marks to all involved in producing the film, and producing the DVD.

Epic Action Collection [DVD]
Epic Action Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Yu Wing Kwong

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three great films, 4 discs, 4 Sep 2008
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This box set has the 2 disc platinum version of Iron Monkey. 1 disc Thai Chi and 1 disc Wing Chun.

As usual HKL have produced top quality DVDs in picture and sound, as well as great extras. As HKL are now no longer releasing DVDs with this quality extras, and as most HKL DVDs are going out of print, it would be an idea to get as many as you can before they become too expensive.

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
by Dee Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Hurts!, 28 July 2008
This book makes you ashamed to be a white man, it angers you to hear how the native american indians were treated.

I knew before reading the book that the white man had treated the indians so badly, but I was not ready to read exactly how badly.

As an indian says in the book " They broke all there promises, except one. they promised to take all our land".

My heart goes out to all the native Ameican people.

Lucy Show Marathon, The [DVD] [2005]
Lucy Show Marathon, The [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Lucille Ball

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 episodes of fun, 21 July 2008
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This 3 disc set contains;

Disc One:
1.Lucy & Viv put in a shower
2.Lucy's Barbershop Quartet
3.Lucy & George Burns
4.Lucy and the submarine
5.Lucy, the Bean Queen
6.Lucy and Paul Winchell
7.Lucy and the ring-a-ding-ding
8.Lucy goes to London
9.Lucy gets a roommate
10.Lucy and Carol in Palm Springs

Disc Two
1.Lucy gets caught up in the draft
2.Lucy and John Wayne
3.Lucy and Pat Collins
4.Lucy and the monkey
5.Lucy and Phil Silvers
6.Lucy's substitute Secretary
7.Viv visits Lucy
8.Lucy the baby sitter
9.Main Street USA
10.Lucy meets the Law

Disc Three
1.Lucy, the fight manager
2.Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford
3.Lucy meets Sheldon Leonard
4.Lucy meets the Berles
5.Lucy gets trapped
6.Lucy and the French movie star
7.Lucy the Starmaker
8.Lucy and Jack Benny's Account
9.Little old Lucy
10.Lucy and Robert Goulet.

These are all "public domain" episodes ie they are all freely available on the internet as the copyright was not renewed properly after 28 years in the USA and they then become public property.

They are good fun to watch and I would like the complete 6 seasons of the Lucy Show to be made available.
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