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Sherlock Holmes: 1964-1965 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Sherlock Holmes: 1964-1965 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Douglas Wilmer
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £8.91

1.0 out of 5 stars Warner, be ashamed of yourself!, 30 April 2014
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Never I have seen such contempt on behalf of quality level. As a former projectionist (we know a lot more than the average people about movie production) I can only state that nothing, and I repeat, nothing has been undertaken to produce a DVD of these excellent series of Sherlock Holmes stories with a good, no even an acceptable image quality, It is terrible!
Without any doubt the originals were shot on 35 mm. Although some degeneration of emulsion and the acetate layer happens over the decades, Image blurring as on this DVD doesn't originate from the source (35 mm.) Never. In all my years as a projectionist; with all the many thousands of 35 mm movies I have projected on screen I have never been confronted with this kind of image deformation.
The cause is only the DVD transfer equipment used. Warner, be ashamed of yourself! This DVD is a disgrace for the actors in these Sherlock Holmes movies.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [DVD] [2013]
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Martin Freeman
Price: £10.00

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit part three: not for me!, 26 April 2014
Peter Jackson really has found its limit as a Director in my opinion due to this, well... infringement of the original story of The Hobbit.
It started for me already in part one: the Dwarfs acting like Dishwashers Hero's, while in the book it's a huge mess in Bilbo's House after they have gone. But to introduce a main part for the Orc Azog gave me no good feeling about where the film was going to.

Because of curiosity I bought part two and I couldn't watch it to the end. Suddenly there was Legolas (LOTR) again?!? and to my surprise a new 'Non-Tolkien' Character named: TauriŽl. During the circus act, roller coaster ride with the wooden Barrels, the Dwarfs escaping the domain of the Wood-Elves, (in fact they live in Caves not in Tree houses like in the movie) came for me the 'finale' and I ejected the DVD.

My advice: If you haven't read (and never think of doing so) The Hobbit, you'll have a nice entertained couple of hours watching these movies.

If you are a Tolkien fan and want to harbour YOUR imagination of Tolkien's The Hobbit: avoid these movies.


Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Suchet
Price: £11.00

5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to wait for series 13 !...., 11 April 2014
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...because the episodes on Collection 9 doesn't differ from the series like always. Above all the DVD's are actually series 13. The DVD menu's read literally 'Series 13'
The only reason why you shouldn't buy collection 9 would be if you are persistent to have the inlay of this DVD set read: Series 13. Otherwise: don't hesitate and buy collection 9


Titanic [DVD] [1953]
Titanic [DVD] [1953]
Dvd ~ Clifton Webb
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £4.70

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WWII Destroyer horn sound while sinking?!?, 18 July 2013
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This review is from: Titanic [DVD] [1953] (DVD)
Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck had the - in my opinion - unrewarding job to tow this movie in the Cinema's. I could not give it the chance to watch it to the end. Terrible.

Best advice: Stick to 'A night to remember' or if you want to see human relationship drama: 'Brief Encounter'


Michael Cacoyannis - Trilogy (Iphigenia, The Trojan women, Electra)
Michael Cacoyannis - Trilogy (Iphigenia, The Trojan women, Electra)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Greek Drama at his best, 22 May 2012
Some 1,5 years ago I bought this collection of Cacoyannis' Screen-adaptions of these 2500 year old Drama's of Euripides and they are superb. These movies reflect in my opinion very well the circumstances of life in that period. One tiny example: Cotton was a unknown fabric in these days. Woolen fabric was, and you see many actors wear woolen clothes or at least they wear something alike.
But the most important is of course: The kind of ancient reality and vision upon is how it should be. You see no Muscle built blood-thirsty blood-splattering fools etc. but plain Human drama at its very best.

On the contrary to the product description:
I p h i g e n i a is Greek spoken with English subtitling,
W o m a n o f T r o y English spoken, Greek subtitling,
and E l e c t r a Greek spoken with English subtitling.

Mark that the DVD menu Language is often only in Greek; so somewhat puzzling if you do not understand, nor can read the Greek Language.

Nevertheless Highly recommendable!!


The Bridge (Die Brucke) [DVD] [1959]
The Bridge (Die Brucke) [DVD] [1959]
Dvd ~ Folker Bohnet

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here is no place for HeroÔsm, 4 Oct 2011
This movie comes right out of the wrecked gut of WWII. It is capable of making you angry about everything related to war of what kind or root whatsoever. The actors are no actors thus you cannot identify yourselve with one of them by means of 'hey I knew him from ....' The best thing in this movie is that it does not display any heroÔsm at all. It is a sheer display of the immense vulnaribility we face during wartime; that we are not built to withstand war but only to dy or survive.
If you want to see a war movie, do not buy this movie. You'll be much disappointed. If you want to see a movie about war, you"ll make the right choice, and it will leave you empty at the end, as empty as when all hatred and bloodshedd is overthought at the end of a war, and the big question arises: what have we accomplished? for what reason did we kill each other?


Samsung SE-S084C/RSBN USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive for PC, Netbook and Mac - Piano Black
Samsung SE-S084C/RSBN USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive for PC, Netbook and Mac - Piano Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can be used with MacMini (2009) too!, 26 April 2011
Yes, like I wrote in the title, the samsung SE-S084C can be used with a MacMini from 2009 too. Other MacMini models (pre- and post 2009) may also accept the samsung SE-S084C, but I couldn't test.
The tric is that you need to use an active (AC/DC-powered) USB Hub connected to the MacMini. Now on that USB Hub you plug in the double plugged end of the USB cable wich comes with the samsung SE-S084C. Do not use a common USB cable, because it won't work) at least with me it didn't.

My experience with the samsung SE-S084C is good, but like the MacMini's DVD-RW, it tends to vibrate at high speeds. If so: push with thumb and fingers on top of both edges the samsung SE-S084C gently but firmly down on the table and the vibration is significantly reduced.

Jan Otterspoor, The Netherlands


Pompeii: The Last Day [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Pompeii: The Last Day [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Alisdair Simpson
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £3.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic true, based on facts, 13 Mar 2011
Here we can enjoy how computer-animated scenes enrich historic drama of epic proportion. History in this BBC production is brought to the viewer, using place of death and actual remains of victims of the year 79 eruption of mount Vesuvius, and building a very plausible story-line around it. But what gives this production the best historic background is the implementation of the ancient written account of Pliny the Younger who witnessed the events north from the (today called) Bay of Naples from the home of Pliny the Elder, his uncle, who died - as we may believe - during a rescue-attempt.

Very recommendable!


Nosferatu Phantom Der [DVD] [1979] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Nosferatu Phantom Der [DVD] [1979] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Klaus Kinski
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £83.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, but what happened to the Credits?, 23 Jan 2011
Herzog's 'Nosferatu' is a great adaption of the original book of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and you must not compare it with Murnau's 1922 predecessor. That's not fair. Murnau exploited the handicap of the missing soundcapability of early cinematography as a true master, while Herzog accomplished to reflect sound and image back to the late 19th century; al less noisier and flashing time that we are used to live in.
But, there is always a but... What happened to the credits? I remember Bruno Ganz - reborn as a 'fresh' nosferatu - disappearing on a horse at the horizon accompanied by the complete 5+ minutes Sanctus from Gounod's Requiem. Probably an inexperienced projectionist didn't check the perforation at the end of the last reel (always vulnerable!) while copying the movie to digital format? Who knows.
Nevertheless: Herzog's Nosferatu is a cinematographic beauty!


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