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Once More, with Feeling! [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Once More, with Feeling! [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £11.71

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It fizzles when it should sparkle, 22 Mar. 2014
When the wife (Kay Kendall) of a narcissistic and high strung orchestra conductor (Yul Brynner) catches him with a young girl (Shirley Anne Field), she leaves him. When she wants to get married again, she asks for a divorce but there's one small problem ..... they were never married in the first place! So they must secretly get married and then divorced (this is 1960 after all) so she'll be free to marry again. But the conductor, who's still on love with her, has other plans. Based on an only modestly successful Broadway farce by Harry Kurnitz (who also wrote the screenplay), material like this needs to sparkle like champagne. What we get is a drink of tepid water. Watching the actors flapping around in an attempt to induce laughter, one calmly listens to the dull dialog thinking, "Oh, there's supposed to be a laugh here" as you sit there stone faced. Brynner is all wrong for this kind of farce that cries out for a Rex Harrison or even a Danny Kaye. He just doesn't have the comic timing needed. Kendall (who died at 33 before the film opened) looks stunning in her Givenchy outfits, fares better but nothing is going to help. It's a static film that lazily doesn't even bother to hide its stage bound roots. Directed by Stanley Donen (SINGIN' IN THE RAIN), who usually has a better touch for material like this. With Gregory Ratoff, rechanneling his Max Fabian from ALL ABOUT EVE and Martin Benson.

The Sony MOD DVDr is a very nice anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer.


The War Lord [DVD]
The War Lord [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charlton Heston
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A love story with epic trimmings, 14 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: The War Lord [DVD] (DVD)
In 11th century Medieval Europe, a Duke sends his trusted knight (Charlton Heston) to a small Druid village to protect it from Frisian invaders led by their Prince (Henry Wilcoxon). But it is at this village where the knight meets his downfall, not by Frisian soldiers but a young village girl (Rosemary Forsyth) who captures his fancy then his heart. Based on an unsuccessful play THE LOVERS by Leslie Stevens, Franklin J. Schaffner's (PATTON) film is essentially an intimate love story trimmed with movie epic pretensions. Unfortunately these elements seem to be fighting each other rather than meshing together. It doesn't help that the supposed 11th century European topography is clearly Southern California. It doesn't have the look or feel of an Epic and it's not just the obviousness of the Universal backlot. Its scale just seems small and that wizard of the camera Russell Metty (SPARTACUS) can't do much to punch it up especially when required to use rear projections. Heston provides the necessary gravitas material like this requires but he's playing with a second string cast of mostly Universal contract players like Forsyth, Guy Stockwell and James Farentino who don't measure up. With Richard Boone, Maurice Evans and Niall MacGinnis.

The Eureka DVD sports a handsome anamorphic wide screen (2.35) transfer.
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Guns of Darkness [DVD]
Guns of Darkness [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Niven
Price: £6.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for Niven and Caron, 2 Mar. 2014
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In a South American country, a high ranking employee (David Niven) of a sugar company finds his marriage disintegrating to the point where his wife (Leslie Caron) wants to leave him. But when a revolution breaks out and the military takes over the country, the couple find that a simple act of humanity has political repercussions that make them enemies of the state. A potentially intriguing political thriller gets bogged down in domestic issues to the point that it seems the film is encouraging political revolution as an alternative sort of marriage counseling or therapy! The characters' behavior is questionable and poor Leslie Caron is treated as a ninny though considering some of her actions, perhaps it's not unjustified. It's not a bad movie by any means but its potential is barely tapped which makes it a frustrating film. Luckily, Niven and Caron are such strong screen presences that they cover up a lot of the movie's problems. The normally reliable Benjamin Frankel's score is no help but Robert Krasker's (EL CID) neat black and white cinematography is nicely rendered. Directed by Anthony Asquith (THE VIPS). With James Robertson Justice, David Opatoshu and Ian Hunter.

The Network DVD is a nice wide screen (1.66) transfer. In some of the quieter scenes, some minor hiss can be heard but it's not a real problem.


Bajo Dos Banderas (1936) Under Two Flags (Import)
Bajo Dos Banderas (1936) Under Two Flags (Import)
Offered by Den's DVDs
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colbert steals the show!, 10 Feb. 2014
In the turn of the century (the 20th) Algiers, a Sergeant (Ronald Colman) in the French Foreign Legion incurs the animosity of his superior (Victor McLaglen) when the Major believes the Sergeant has stolen the affection of a cabaret performer (Claudette Colbert). In actuality, the Sergeant has his sights set on a visiting English rose (Rosalind Russell). Based on a novel by Ouida which had already been filmed four times (including a silent with Theda Bara in the Colbert role) by the time director Frank Lloyd got his turn, the emphasis is on romance rather than action. Colman is all wrong for a romantic action hero but fortunately a sexy and sassy Claudette Colbert manages to convince us that he's worth slobbering over. While it's no GUNGA DIN or BEAU GESTE, it's a decent "Meet me at the oasis under the blue moon" kitschy romanticization of colonial North Africa. Palm Springs and Arizona stand in for Algeria. With Gregory Ratoff, Nigel Bruce, John Carradine and Onslow Stevens as the warring Arab chieftain.

The Fox DVD from Spain is a decent transfer with both English and Spanish soundtracks.


Untamed Frontier (1952)
Untamed Frontier (1952)
Dvd ~ Joseph Cotten
Offered by Den's DVDs
Price: £17.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nifty little western, 29 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Untamed Frontier (1952) (DVD)
When the reckless heir (Scott Brady) to the Denbow empire shoots an unarmed man (Richard Garland), he marries the only witness (Shelley Winters) to keep her from testifying against him as a wife can't testify against her husband in a court of law. An effective western that focuses on the human element rather than the usual western trappings like barroom brawls and gunfights. Oh sure, there's a subplot about homesteaders vs. cattle ranchers that's prominent but it takes a backseat to the saga of a hard nosed cattle baron (Minor Watson) whose only son (Brady) refuses to accept his responsibilities and the nephew (Joseph Cotten) who takes them on and the woman (Winters) who comes between them. Winters is good but she's one of those actors who have such a contemporary sensibility that they seem out of place in a western despite their talent. A minor entry in the genre but one that should appeal to even non-western fans. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. With Lee Van Cleef, Suzan Ball, David Janssen, Fess Parker and Katherine Emery.

The Koch Media DVD from Germany is a nice looking transfer in the proper 1.37 aspect ratio with optional English and German soundtracks.


Way... Way Out (1966) ( Way Way Out )
Way... Way Out (1966) ( Way Way Out )
Offered by DVD STORE SPAIN
Price: £7.70

3.0 out of 5 stars A subdued Jerry Lewis!, 26 Jan. 2014
The U.S. decides to send a married couple to man a space station on the moon. When they can't find an appropriate couple they tell the astronaut (Jerry Lewis) to select a wife between qualified two candidates and he chooses the more attractive one (Connie Stevens). The couple decide it will be a marriage in name only however. This dated cold war comedy is so 1960s! It's pretty flat for most of the running time but things perk up when a statuesque Russian cosmonaut (Anita Ekberg) and her lover (Dick Shawn) enter the picture. Their wild vodka foursome party is the film's highlight but when it's over, it's back to flat. Curiously, Lewis is rather subdued here, the role could just as easily have been played by Tony Curtis or Jack Lemmon. This is, of course, disappointing for fans of Lewis's inimitable brand of zany physical comedy. Hilyard Brown and Jack Martin Smith's futuristic set design is quite clever and Lalo Schifrin's ugly "swinging" score is typical of the era. Directed without any style by Gordon Douglas (where's Frank Tashlin when you need him?). With Robert Morley, Brian Keith, James Brolin, Dennis Weaver, Howard Morris, Linda Harrison (PLANET OF THE APES) and Sig Ruman.

The Fox DVD from Spain is a handsome anamorphic (2.35) transfer with both English and Spanish soundtracks.


Way... Way Out (SPA) ( Way Way Out )
Way... Way Out (SPA) ( Way Way Out )
Dvd ~ Jerry Lewis
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £22.69

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A restrained Jerry Lewis, 26 Jan. 2014
The U.S. decides to send a married couple to man a space station on the moon. When they can't find an appropriate couple they tell the astronaut (Jerry Lewis) to select a wife between qualified two candidates and he chooses the more attractive one (Connie Stevens). The couple decide it will be a marriage in name only however. This dated cold war comedy is so 1960s! It's pretty flat for most of the running time but things perk up when a statuesque Russian cosmonaut (Anita Ekberg) and her lover (Dick Shawn) enter the picture. Their wild vodka foursome party is the film's highlight but when it's over, it's back to flat. Curiously, Lewis is rather subdued here, the role could just as easily have been played by Tony Curtis or Jack Lemmon. This is, of course, disappointing for fans of Lewis's inimitable brand of zany physical comedy. Hilyard Brown and Jack Martin Smith's futuristic set design is quite clever and Lalo Schifrin's ugly "swinging" score is typical of the era. Directed without any style by Gordon Douglas (where's Frank Tashlin when you need him?). With Robert Morley, Brian Keith, James Brolin, Dennis Weaver, Howard Morris, Linda Harrison (PLANET OF THE APES) and Sig Ruman.

The Fox DVD from Spain is a handsome anamorphic wide screen (2.35) transfer with both English and Spanish soundtracks.


Loophole (1953) [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Loophole (1953) [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £11.51

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting noir effort doesn't quite make it, 18 Jan. 2014
At the end of his Friday workday, a bank teller (Barry Sullivan) finds himself short almost 50,000 dollars. An error in judgment causes him not to report the shortage until the following Monday morning. That error in judgment makes him a prime suspect in embezzling the money and when the bonding company refuses to bond him, he is fired. Convinced he stole the money, an insurance investigator (Charles McGraw) begins stalking and harassing him. Though the plot may sound like an updating of LES MISERABLES, this "B" crime film is more akin to Chandler than Victor Hugo. Its story of an innocent man who finds his life turned upside down because of a lapse in judgment is strong enough to keep one engrossed though the protagonist's own stupidity renders him somewhat unsympathetic in the end. Thankfully, bank security is now sophisticated enough to prevent such an occurrence today. Its low budget B&W, shot on location look gives it a raw realism it would have lacked with a more polished studio finish. Sadly, the final 20 minutes are rather messy and deflate the tension that the film's first hour carefully built up. Directed by Harold D. Schuster. With Dorothy Malone, wasted as Sullivan's wife, but Mary Beth Hughes makes for an excellent hard as nails femme fatale and Don Haggerty, Don Beddoe, Joanne Jordan and Richard Reeves.

The Warners Archive MOD DVDr is a nice anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer.


Richard's Things [DVD] [1980]
Richard's Things [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Liv Ullmann
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars With so much talent involved, it should have been better, 16 Jan. 2014
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After her husband Richard (Mark Eden) dies suddenly from a heart attack, his wife (Liv Ullmann) discovers he was having an affair. She confronts his mistress (Amanda Redman) but after the initial hurt and anger, they slowly form an attachment to each other as a way of keeping Richard alive. The film would seem to have everything going for it: one of the world's greatest actresses in Ullmann, directed by an award winning director Anthony Harvey (THE LION IN WINTER), shot by a master cinematographer Freddie Young (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA), a screenplay by an Oscar winning screenwriter Frederic Raphael (DARLING), a score by the great Georges Delerue (JULES AND JIM). So what went wrong? The film seems to think it's more profound than its mediocrity reveals. The film is past the halfway mark before it gets remotely interesting but by then its squandered whatever good will it might have built up. The rather trite dialogue defeats the great Ullmann but positively demolishes poor Redman who can do no better than a one dimensional performance. To the film's credit, its depiction of a Lesbian relationship between the wife and the mistress is treated without sensation and rather affectionately. Still, for all the talent involved, shouldn't we get more than just another love story? With Tim Pigott-Smith, Elizabeth Spriggs, David Markham and Ian McDiarmid.

The Simply Media DVD is in an adequate anamorphic wide screen (about 1.78) transfer.


Bird of Paradise [DVD] [1951] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Bird of Paradise [DVD] [1951] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £11.43

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden love ... Polynesian style, 6 Jan. 2014
In the late 19th century, a Frenchman (Louis Jourdan) accompanies his Polynesian school friend (Jeff Chandler) to his native island. There, the Frenchman has trouble adapting to their native customs which are alien to him but he falls in love with the chief's daughter (Debra Paget). But there's trouble in paradise when the Kahuna (Maurice Schwartz) prophesies that the white man will bring bad luck to the island. Based on the creaky 1912 play by Richard Walton Tully which King Vidor previously made in 1932, this is a kitschy piece of tropical nonsense that makes for a diverting afternoon of mindless movie watching. The director Delmer Daves' previous film had been the excellent BROKEN ARROW which was one of the first films openly sympathetic to the Native Americans. Perhaps Daves thought he could do something similar with the Polynesian culture. Daves' BROKEN ARROW stars, Chandler and Paget change their Indian buckskins for sarongs here but the film has about as much depth as a wading pool. Though filmed on the islands of Hawaii, Oahu and Kauai, Winton C. Hoch's cinematography doesn't take full advantage of the islands' magnificent vistas. With Everett Sloane and Jack Elam.

The region one MOD DVDr from Fox is an adequate transfer that could have used some remastering. While there's is a darkish hue through most of the film, most of it seems appropriate as these are night shots and scenes in shadows. Certainly not enough to complain about.


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