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Three Came Home [1950] [DVD]
Three Came Home [1950] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Claudette Colbert
Price: 4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive portrait of a woman's POW experience, 14 Jan 2012
This review is from: Three Came Home [1950] [DVD] (DVD)
This film is now over 60 years old, but the portrayal of live in Colonial Borneo seems much older than that.

I say that because I'm sure that 21st century people who have little or no knowledge of those times will probably find it hard to believe that the characters depicted in this film could have ever lived (and loved) in the way shown here. However, I've no doubt it is an accurate picture of life in the 1940's for a number of women who were caught up in the tide of war. I can't remember where I first heard about this film, but it was worth watching. The acting is superb from the entire cast, and as with so many films of this vintage, the locations and sets are as close to the real thing as they are ever likely to get, being shot in the actual locations where the story takes place.

I started to think that the film was overly sentimental, even a little mawkish at times, but then realised that it was me, looking throuh jaundiced 21st century eyes that made such an interpretaion. Thinking about people I've known who lived though these times, yes, a man and a woman COULD feel so strongly about each other, surviving for just a kiss or a hold of the hands.

It's a long way from "Sex and The City", but it's a great picture, and it's a true story. It's not a war film as such, but a tale of love and survival. A little predictable, perhaps but none the less it's a good story. The Japanese are shown in a realistic way for a change; like most people, there are good and bad. Sometimes though, it's hard to tell. Is the Japanese Colonel a good man or a bad man? Judge him for yourself, I won't give the game away here!

I found myself asking at the end of the film "Could I have survived all that?" I'm still wondering.

Get Some In! - Series 3 - Complete [DVD] [1977]
Get Some In! - Series 3 - Complete [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Robert Lindsay
Offered by momox co uk
Price: 6.98

4.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of "service humour", 24 April 2009
I waited a long time to see "Get Some In!" again. The title "Get Some In" comes from an admonition to young military recruits to get some time in the service before making comments themselves. As I "got some in" during the 1960's I find the series very funny at times and quite painful at other times when I remember how cruel some of that time could be.

If you are of the view that humour is based on other peoples misfortunes,then you too will find the humour in this series. The characters are well drawn, true to life and the writing is of a high standard. Esmonde and Larbey also wrote "The Good Life" so it is no surprise to note that they used the same actors in both shows. Robert Lindsay is still popular today...this is an early version of Robert. Paul Eddington makes an appearance as Sqn Ldr Bush.

Tony Selby is brilliant as Cpl Marsh, he reminds me of a Corporal that I once had as a drill instructor...anything you survive you can laugh at!

A good laugh...roll on Series 4!

Train Of Events [DVD]
Train Of Events [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Warner
Price: 9.72

59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film, Poor Sound, 16 Mar 2009
This review is from: Train Of Events [DVD] (DVD)
This is a well-paced film, full of drama, with many lighter moments. The cast is well chosen, the story engaging, but it is badly let down by this DVD presentation. There are no subtitles and the sound is simply abymsmal. I had to make some very heavy adjustments to my home theatre audio to rid the film of dreadful hiss and a whistle on the soundtrack.

What a shame these wonderful pieces of a Britain long lost aren't given the respect that they desrve.

Buy it if you would love to see a portrait of Britain as she was, but beware of the sound!

Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938 V.1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938 V.1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Artist Not Provided
Price: 31.92

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best, 19 Aug 2007
Perhaps this DVD is the best thing I've bought all year. perhaps about it, it IS the best DVD I've bought in the last decade.

This is Popeye presented as cinema-goers in the 1930's would have seen him. Uncut, clear and very, very funny. WHV have done a superb job on restoring the original Fliescher cartoons, and added a whole lot of commentaries and documentaries for those of us who grew up with Popeye and now want to know more about his history and animation. If ever there was a way to present a valuable back catalogue of treasures, this has to be it. If you are a fan from way back, used to seeing butchered videos with poor pictures and hissing soundtracks, this will amaze you. Time to throw out all the old tapes and the DVD's made from recorded TV shows. THIS is how it's done! You will gasp with amazment at the COLOUR that dazzles you in the 2 two-reel shorts!!! Even the Black and white cartoons take on new life.

If you want REAL cartooning, you must buy this. Worth every penny. You will not regret it.

The War Lover [DVD] [2003]
The War Lover [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Steve McQueen
Price: 4.95

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production, 26 Dec 2006
This review is from: The War Lover [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
This film may seem a little dated now, but is probably a little closer to the truth of the time than many a modern recreation. The flying action is intercut with real action footage of the daytime air war over Germany in WWII. The action on the ground is pretty realistic too, the Americans portrayed as brash and self-confident, the British as stoic and formal. And so it was during those years.

Some errors of fact occur, but overall it shines with a good script, good acting and some wonderful flying. It doesn't gush with patriotism, it doesn't force its morality down your throat. A non-intrusive score by Richard Addison rounds out a very worthwhile production. The DVD contains the original trailer (pay no attention, it is rather sensational!!) and subtitles.

Major and Mrs.Holt's Battle Map of the Ypres Salient
Major and Mrs.Holt's Battle Map of the Ypres Salient
by Tonie Holt
Edition: Map

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but with a caveat, 14 Aug 2006
This is an excellent map: Clear, well drawn and packed with fine detail. The back of the map contains a full, detailed gazeteer.

As of today's date (Aug 2006), map is up to version 6. However, if you are buying Major and Mrs Holt's fine Guide to the Battlefield book, be aware that this map is INCLUDED with the book, albeit only up to version 4.

Don't be a chump like me and buy them both!!
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Bend Me Shape Me
Bend Me Shape Me
Price: 8.40

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Opportunity, 1 Dec 2004
This review is from: Bend Me Shape Me (Audio CD)
A curious album, this one. I wanted to round out my collection of "sixties CDs" with an Amen Corner compilation, and this certainly looked a goody. 2 CDs, with the 5 important UK hits, "Gin House", "Bend Me Shape Me", "High In The Sky", "(If Paradise is)Half as Nice" and "Hello Suzie". These are the important tracks, the rest (for me at least) are interesting fillers. My aim was to get CD quality recordings of the tracks I played back in the sixties. Unfortunately, that's NOT what I got. The first three hits were originally Deram tracks. Maybe there was some sort of royalty problem but they are presented as "Live" tracks. Apart from being misleading (Why not, for instance list the track as "Bend Me Shape Me (Live)"?) the vocals are often drowned out by the screams of the fans. The tracks originally released on the Immediate label ("(If Paradise is)Half as Nice" and "Hello Suzie") are the originals. The Album notes "All tracks are Immediate Original Recordings"...too bad if you didn't realise the band was first signed to Deram, and you don't see this note until you open the sealed package. I just hate it when compilations are released like this...but I suppose if you were a big fan, you can relive the bands glory days once more. If, however you seek fidelity to the original chart releases you won't find all of it here. What a shame, this had the makings of a good collection...decent packaging, a good band. Spoilt for lack of honesty in packaging. Still, I suppose it's not bad for a fiver...

Pirate radio jingles from the Sixties
Pirate radio jingles from the Sixties

48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Sound Bites, 9 Jan 2004
The sixties was a magical era, and one of the magical elements was the pirate radio station. The stuffy BBC did not have all the latest sounds played by the offshore transmitters of Radio Caroline and Radio London, and the pirates were ardently listened to by the youth of the nation.
Part of the magic was the "jingle", usually a few seconds of music which reminded the listener which station they were tuned into. The were short, snappy and added a lot to the flavour of the era. The Who certainly thought so when they added a few pirate jingles on their "Who Sell Out" album.
This CD brings together a very comprehensive collection of the original jingles. Radios Caroline and London feature prominently, with a few of the more memorable ones from the smaller stations such as Radio England. Most are CD quality, too, so you don't have to filter out the static anymore!
It's not a CD that you would buy as an hour's worth of entertainment (as so many of them sound pretty similar) but it's so good to hear them all again. There are a few that are missing, the "You're a pussycat..." jingle from London for example, but there are many more to enjoy.
I would imagine those who like to put together the odd collection of sixties classics could do no better than to add a few of these musical spices to the mix!
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