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Criterion Collection: Grey Gardens & Beales of [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Grey Gardens & Beales of [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Edith Bouvier Beale
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £25.40

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Documentary, 26 Jun. 2009
I've wanted to watch this documenary for a while after havign heard news of the HBO remake. Coincidently and to my delight I happen to come accros copy of the dvd at work.
This is a fascinating if some what bizarre documentary which explores the relationship between Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale. The eccentric characteristics (Little Edie in paticular) come to life on film generating humour but also some sadness to the audience.
This an excellent example of the cinema verite stle that the Maysles brothers are famous for and i would recommend it to anyone interested in documentaries.


Rize [DVD]
Rize [DVD]
Dvd ~ David LaChapelle
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing documentary, 25 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Rize [DVD] (DVD)
Rize is a great illustration and introduction into the world of clowning and krumping. It explores the social, racial, economic issues intertwined in the movement through chracters such as Tommy the Clown, Lil C, Tight Eyez etc. This is a transition from the work genrally associated with photographer/videographer David Lachapelle, in Rize he strips down all the gloss to reaveal a powerful expressive movement and emerging subculture.
This documentary is well worth the watch, moving and powerful you really feel the director engaged and developed relationships with the people involved in film.


Brazil: An Inconvenient History [DVD]
Brazil: An Inconvenient History [DVD]
Dvd ~ Phil Grabsky
Offered by becksdvds-co-uk
Price: £14.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Eye-opening documentary., 23 Feb. 2009
I thought `Brazil: An Inconvenient History' was a great documentary that gave informative historic insight into an amazing country. It had a wide selection of contributors and a good mixture of contemporary scenes and archive images. What I found particularly interesting was that that the Portuguese settlers were more inclined to acknowledge the children they had with African slaves, some becoming heirs but mostly slaves. The mixture of indigenous, African and Portuguese culture has contributed in creating this racially mixed vibrant country however as the documentary illustrates a significant number of Brazil's inhabitants are poverty-stricken. If you have seen films like City of God and would like to know a bit more about the history of Brazil this is a great documentary to watch and I would thoroughly recommend it.


In Search Of Mozart [2005] [DVD] [NTSC]
In Search Of Mozart [2005] [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Juliet Stevenson
Offered by becksdvds-co-uk
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Documentary, 11 Feb. 2009
I thought In Search of Mozart was an outstanding documentary, not only did it feature some great musicians it also took the viewer on a journey through Mozart's life which I found insightful and comprehensive. I would loved to have seen more performances from the contributors maybe as an bonus on the DVD yet saying that the DVD is just over two hours long so its deffiently worth the money. I noticed on Director Phil Grabsky's IMDb profile that In Search of Beethoven is currently in production which i'm really looking forward to. Does anyone have any idea when it is going to be released? It would be great to see it on the big screen
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I, Caesar - The Collection [1997] [DVD]
I, Caesar - The Collection [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Caesar I
Offered by becksdvds-co-uk
Price: £15.05

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series, 11 Feb. 2009
I think the real master stroke with this series is the use of the experts' opinions. The historians who have been chosen to contribute were brilliantly selected -they are all great at divulging their knowledge and it's never too dense or boring - far from it. Also, rather than interviews being cut to shreds, the producers have allowed us to hear complete sound bites, not just snippets. As a result, the pace is measured and it's easy to take in the information. Lot's of amazing artefacts and sumptuous locations too.


The Boy Who Plays On The Buddhas Of Bamiyan [2003] [DVD]
The Boy Who Plays On The Buddhas Of Bamiyan [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Phil Grabsky
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, 11 Feb. 2009
A truly moving documentary about a young boy called Mir living among the ruins of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. Mir is so charismatic and a joy to watch and is always smiling despite everything he and his family have been through. I have yet to see the recently released "Buddhas Collapsed out of Shame" which has also received great reviews but I would really recommend watching "The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan" You can make a donation to Mir at []
The follow-up is currently in development so I'm really looking forward to it being released.


Escape From Luanda [DVD] [2006]
Escape From Luanda [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Phil Grabsky
Offered by becksdvds-co-uk
Price: £10.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film, 5 Feb. 2009
I watched this documentary when it was aired on More 4 in 2007 and was thoroughly impressed. The documentary really captures the determination Alfredo, Domingas and Joana have with their music despite the struggles they face on a personal and social level. The film manages to be funny and moving as well as being a useful insight into Angola. It would be really interesting to know how Alfredo, Domingas and Joana are doing now. Is there a follow up in the pipeline? If you liked this documentary then i would recommend "We Are Together" which follows the story of the children's choir at the Agape orphanage in South Africa, a very inspirational film.


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