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A Fine Brother: The Life of Captain Flora Sandes
A Fine Brother: The Life of Captain Flora Sandes
by Louise Miller
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So welcome and so long overdue, 17 Aug. 2012
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The story of English nurse Flora Sandes is one that is little known and deserves to be told. Joining the Serbian army during WWI after volunteering to serve as a nurse caring for the wounded, she was the only British woman combat soldier of the Great War. For so many years only very rare copies of her own two-part autobiography and a 1963 biography "The Lovely Sergeant" were the only publications that were sparsely available to tell her compelling story. This new book is such a welcome addition to this relatively obscure story of a true heroine of the First World War. If you don't know who Flora Sandes was, my advice is to get this book and find out. You won't regret it.


Race With The Devil [DVD]
Race With The Devil [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Fonda
Price: £4.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed and a great team-up, 16 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Race With The Devil [DVD] (DVD)
Race With The Devil has become a drive-in cult (no pun intended) classic and was a surprise hit for Twentieth Century Fox in 1975. It features one of the all-time great team-ups in the great Warren Oates and Peter Fonda. They ended up making three films together. Along for the hellish ride is MASH's Loretta Swit and Lara Parker from Dark Shadows as the two wives. Director Jack Starrett sets up some great stunts and action as the two vacationing couples flee for their lives. The Texas landscapes take on a cold, eerie and sinister appearance throughout much of the film. No monsters are to be seen anywhere. The villains are very human and are not unkillable. There is a minimum of blood and gore as suspense and tension are what makes the film keep you on the edge of your seat. There is not a dull moment once it really gets going. It doesn't let up until the unexpected finale. Truly a great 1970's drive-in classic. Very highly recommended.


To The Last Man: A Novel of the First World War
To The Last Man: A Novel of the First World War
by Jeff Shaara
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A flawed work of fiction, 11 Dec. 2011
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After reading the nine previous "reviews" of this book I have concluded that there are more anti-American sentiments expressed than a useful review. These people seem to have forgotten that this is a work of historical fiction. My main problem with the book is that there are too many characters with no unifying thread. It jumps back-and-forth between them, which I found a bit annoying. Jeff Shaara has written some very good historical fiction but sadly this one, while it has some good points, is not in the same class. It certainly looks like there is a lot of resentment towards all-things American among some people in the UK and more than a little bit of a collective inferiority complex. The world has changed a great deal since the end of the First World War and like it or not, the UK is no longer a Superpower, nor is the British Empire what it was in 1914. The facts are facts and the vital and immense contributions and sacrifices of the UK in both World Wars are well-documented and need no proving or defending.


Let Me In [DVD]
Let Me In [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chloe Moretz
Price: £3.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great love story disguised as a horror film, 7 April 2011
This review is from: Let Me In [DVD] (DVD)
I have to say that Let Me In worked on several different levels for me. It is mainly touted as a horror film about vampires but despite all of the necessary blood and gore it comes through as a very touching love story. It also well-captures the pains of growing up, facing bullying at school, loneliness, isolation and first love. The two young leads, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen and ChloŽ Grace Moretz as Abby are equally magnificent. It was interesting to note that Owen's mother was never actually shown except in very brief glimpses, ala the way the Peanuts cartoons used to depict adults. With the exceptions of a few other adults the children seemed to mostly carry the film. Let Me In is such a unique addition to the horror and vampire genres. It holds its own exceptionally well against the original Swedish version, Let the Right One In. The Americanization of the story only adds another dimension. The New Mexico filming locations also added much to the feel and the atmosphere of the story, making it feel cold, isolated and uninviting. Stephen King called it "the best American horror film for the last 20 years". It may not be the best but it certainly is one of them. I found myself pulling for Owen and Abby to be together and I loved the ending, although I would have liked for the story to go on longer. Some have said that maybe the whole story was just a dream or a daydream of Owen's to help him cope with his unhappy life. Interesting theory, but I would like to think that wasn't the case. Anyway, the film ends without any such idea being revealed and thankfully does not take the time and effort to explain anything further. The deleted scenes are very good and they actually reveal more about the story. All of the other extras are also excellent and above average. Well done Hammer Films.


Wake Wood [DVD]
Wake Wood [DVD]
Dvd ~ Timothy Spall
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £3.92

29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer is back!!, 25 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Wake Wood [DVD] (DVD)
Wake Wood is a genuinely creepy horror film that leaves you feeling more than a little bit unsettled after it is over. Filmed in suitably eerie locations in Ireland it is one of the most atmospheric films I have seen in a very long time. There are those who have compared it to films such as Don't Look Now, The Wicker Man and Pet Sematary, but Wake Wood easily establishes its very own niche in the horror genre. The mostly Irish cast is quite good but English actor Timothy Spall is truly creepy as the town elder "Arthur". Young Irish actress Ella Connolly is also superb as the young daughter "Alice". It is one of the spookiest films I have seen in years and is a most welcome change after years of slasher films and the more recent extremes of films such as Hostel and Saw. Yes, there is some pretty graphic violence in Wake Wood but what will stay with you after you see it is not so much what you see but the sense of uneasiness the film will leave you with. The ending will also leave you shaking your head. Welcome back Hammer.
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Passchendaele [DVD] [2008]
Passchendaele [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Paul Gross
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.57

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Paul Gross show, 5 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Passchendaele [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
This film actually put me to sleep. I watched the "Road to Passchendaele" feature on the DVD and it seemed to go on forever. One thing is quite clear and that is Paul Gross seems very fond of himself and his abilities. The film is heavy-handed and slow. It alternates between battle scenes and scenes on the homefront. I never believed the far-fetched romance with the Canadian nurse nor her brother with asthma who manages to enlist and winds up being looked after by Gross's character of Sergeant Mann, ala Saving Private Ryan. Yes, the battle scenes are gruesome and well filmed. It is just that the rest of the film is not on a par with the action scenes. I much more enjoyed The Red Baron and Flyboys. Perhaps maybe if Paul Gross had not tried to dominate every possible part of this film the results might have been better. The actual events on which this film is based were very significant and the Canadian forces made a great sacrifice and contribution. It is just a pity that this was not more obvious than Mr. Gross trying to carry the film solely by himself. He should at least have left the writing of the screenplay to someone more capable and objective. Then he would have been left with only top-star billing, directing and executive producing. Has anyone outside of Canada ever heard of Paul Gross before or since this film was made anyway??


No Country For Old Men [DVD]
No Country For Old Men [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tommy Lee Jones
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Do not read the book first!!, 5 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: No Country For Old Men [DVD] (DVD)
I am very glad that I did not read the book before seeing the film. This is because the film is very faithful to the book and would have spoiled the surprises for me. However, there are two very significant events near the end of the film that the book cleared up for me. The film well-deserved the four Academy Awards it won. Josh Brolin was also excellent and perhaps even underrated as Llewelyn Moss. Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald was also amazing, as was her West Texas accent as his wife Carla Jean. Tommy Lee Jones was as always a great pleasure to watch. His character of Sheriff Ed Tom Bell was a much more low-key character, although very significant than his U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard. The character does not offer a chance to participate actively in any of the film's many scenes of action and violence, although the opportunity does present itself on several occasions. Javier Bardem is just stunning as Anton Chigurh, the most chillingly evil film presence since Hannibal Lecter. Even the smallest roles of the supporting cast were well-played. Woody Harrelson is great in a brief appearance as Carson Wells, who is sent to seemingly reel-in or subdue Anton Chigurh, although the film does not offer a very clear explanation of his character or actions. It would seem that the character was sent on a damage control mission. The Academy Award winning cinematography by Roger Deakins presents a great look at the harsh and inhospitable landscape of West Texas. I only wish I had taken the time to see this great film on the big screen. It will stay with you long after you see it. It demands repeat viewings to fully appreciate. It is brutal and shocking, yet fascinating. I haven't been kept in such suspense and tension by a film for a very long time.


Due Date [DVD] [2010]
Due Date [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why do we have to go Blu-Ray in order to get most of the extras??, 18 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Due Date [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Please take note: if you want any extras besides the gag reel (such as the deleted scenes) you will need to buy the Blu-Ray DVD. Oh yes and if you do not own a Blu-Ray player (like me) you will need to spend even more money in order to watch the three or four minutes of deleted scenes and a few other "bonuses" they decided not to include on the standard DVD. A sign of things to come in order to force "dinosaurs" like myself to upgrade to Blu-Ray, I guess. The three stars are for the film itself. No stars for the disappointment and the inconvenience.
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Sean Dillon Series (18) - The Judas Gate
Sean Dillon Series (18) - The Judas Gate
by Jack Higgins
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Sean Dillon should retire??, 7 Dec. 2010
I have long been a fan of Jack Higgins and own many of his books. However I think that maybe the time has come for Sean Dillon to be retired. Has anyone else noticed that in the last few Dillon novels that S.D. has not been as much in evidence as in the earlier books?? He seems to be more-and-more relegated to the background while other characters fill the pages. I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Higgins being unwell and hope he makes a full recovery. I think maybe he needs to find other material to invest his time and talent in. I used to grab any new Higgins book without even bothering to find out what it was about. Sadly I don't do that anymore. Jack Higgins has always been a very good, if not great writer and storyteller and I find it sad to see his writing is in decline. More than that, it is becoming predictable.


Deathdream [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Deathdream [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £7.67

5.0 out of 5 stars A low-budget horror classic, 29 Oct. 2009
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I first saw "Deathdream" as part of an all-night horror film show at a Georgia (U.S.A.) drive-in. It had already been around for many years, including on t.v. But it was especially good on a big screen on a warm Georgia night. This DVD contains numerous extras, some which were pretty rare finds. The director, the late Bob Clark, went on to make the first two "Porky's" films and the modern American holiday classic, "A Christmas Story". "Deathdream" is based on the classic horror short story, "The Monkey's Paw". It was filmed on location in the west coast Florida town, Brooksville. It features some excellent and early make-up effects by the then (1972) unknown Tom Savini. Richard Backus is chilling as "Andy Brooks" and John Marley is also excellent as his father "Charlie". Although there are moments of graphic violence, it is not as explicit as many films being made today. If you are a fan of good horror films, I simply cannot recommend this low-budget gem to you highly enough.


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