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Spartacus: Blood And Sand Season 1 [DVD] [2010]
Spartacus: Blood And Sand Season 1 [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Andy Whitfield
Price: £9.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Is the UK version uncut ?, 2 Mar 2013
I'm looking for some help. I watched this wonderful series on TV and loved it. I'm in Germany, so I bought the German Blu Ray edition. To my horror, it's been cut - especially in the pit episode. Before I buy it (again grrr)from the UK, I need to know if the UK version is uncut, or "trimmed"? Thanks for your help.

Spartacus [Blu-ray] [1960]
Spartacus [Blu-ray] [1960]
Dvd ~ Kirk Douglas
Price: £7.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Flat Transfer, 15 Dec 2011
This is my favourite film. It's therefore the first film I bought for my new blu ray player. I was expecting a great experience. But although the picture is "sharper" than that on the Criterion double DVD, it also seems "flatter" and less dynamic. In short, it lacks atmosphere. I expected more, and I can only presume that the transfer isn't a new one that's been done especially for blu ray. The extras, too, are limited compared to the Criterion edition. I'll go back to watching that upscaled DVD version, until a new transfer gets made.

Slumdog Millionaire [DVD]
Slumdog Millionaire [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dev Patel
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.72

19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, accomplished, and a tribute, full of cinemagraphic power, 5 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Slumdog Millionaire [DVD] (DVD)
As an Englishman living in Germany, where Bollywood films are dubbed and therefore much eaier to understand than with subtitles, I now know a lot about Bollywood, from both the Masala and the Parallel sides.

"Slumdog Millionaire" manages what very few films have done before it,(perhaps Ram Gopal Varma's "Satya" was the closest), in that it combines both the Indian genres. It is a "parallel film" (ie. an Indian Arthouse movie) in its construction, but it has a "Masala Movie" (ie. a Bollywood Blockbuster) feeling in its execution.

In other words, "Slumdog Millionaire" makes you think about the subject matter (which is arthouse), but it also makes you feel good at the same time (which is blockbuster). That is, it has a deep meaning (ie. that the slum people know things too, which could help the country to progress), but also a flashy cinemagraphic execution (for example, when one watches it, one has the feeling that something new in cinema has occurred, just like with Danny Boyle's earlier film, "28 Days").

As far as the Bollywood influences go, Danny has obviously taken time to study the art-form of Indian cinema closely, and any Indian who doesn't appreciate and respect that aspect of the film is banging his head against a wall for the sheer fun of it. Because at its core, the film IS Indian, full of the lifeforce and charisma of Mumbai. Though interestingly, apart from the Hindi speaking kids, who are FABULOUS, the NRI in the cast seems to understand the subtelty that Boyle is after much better than the Mumbai based actors. It's a shame, for instance, that for the film's balance, SRK did not accept to play the role of the quiz-master, as he would have given, as the character of Fate, a far more inspired and impressive counterweight to the background story than AK does. But nevertheless, AK brings everything he's got to the role, and obviously enjoyed it.

As for Mumbai, and the criticism in India of showing the slums too graphically... Well, I'm sorry, but I know Mumbai, and it looks EXACTLY like it's shown in the movie. Especially North Mumbai, near Juhu.

So, in short, Danny Boyle has done agreat job in capturing the lifeblood of the city, and I'm sure the film's sucess will open up a can of worms in the established Bollywood fraternity, where everything is still extremely caste-based, and where a lot of ingrained filmy-families have a lot to lose if "non filmy people" start having a success.

But the point is, as the film makes clear, that change has already started to happen with the inroduction of TV, so that already the old style Bollywood of the "rich kids with their rich kid's problems" is giving way to the specific concerns of the upper and lower middle classes.

Soon, I hope, the lower classes will have their own TV programs too,(which is not that far away, when one considers that a non-touchable recently won the Indian version of American Idol!). And so, when that happens, let the slumdogs cheer! Because then, just as Gandhi envisioned, India really will become a great democracy

Let us hope, therefore, in solidarity with all the slum dwellers, (who are, by the way, some of the kindest people in Mumbai), that the day of equality will arrive there as soon as possible, so that everyone, no matter what caste they're born into, can filfill their true potential ... as a human being.
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The Virgin Queen [DVD] [2006]
The Virgin Queen [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Power Tv

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible TV, 23 Aug 2008
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I'd hoped that this version of the Elizabeth story was going to be a "hidden gem". Unfortunately, it was not. Although there were undoubtedly a few interesting historical details included (together with some terrible moments of "poetic license"), on the whole, it was a very lame and out of date piece, with a lead actress who did not grow during her performance, and who was, in my opinion, quite clearly not up to the task of playing this great part.

A major, MAJOR criticism must be made about the make up. While some characters aged hardly at all, others aged at a ridiculous pace, their faces so puffed out with latex that it made them look like extras in a terrible Star Trek episode from 20 years ago. Such pathetic make up should not be shown on TV today. It was an insult. Another insult was the terrible use of wigs and false beards. Elizabeth's shaven forehead and wig glue were so visible in some scenes that it was unbelievable.

As far as production values go, it is enough to say that many scenes, just like with the laughably "old" make up, reminded me of yet more old Star Trek episodes, where the crew visits a planet which has a population of five. The whole of the English army, for example, waiting to face the Armada, consisted of 16 pathetically dressed extras. And so on ... And so on ...

The only plus points in this terrible, embarrasing production were the horses. Finally, a piece set in Tudor times did not employ modern Thoroughbreds or Arabs, but used the old type of quasi-shire horses which were actually popular at the time. Here, and nowhere else, the other Tudor TV and film epics could learn something.

So 11 out of ten for the horses, and -1 out of ten for everthing else.


Bombay [DVD] [1995]
Bombay [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Arvind Swamy
Offered by Ravi789
Price: £12.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful !!!!, 17 Jan 2007
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This review is from: Bombay [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
One of the best films I have ever seen. Slower and plainer than most Bollywood starbusters, but the better for it. This film is beautiful, poignant, real, and very, very moving.

Buy it!!!

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