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Deadly Trap (Rene Clements) [DVD] [1971]
Deadly Trap (Rene Clements) [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ Faye Dunaway
Price: £9.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great idea executed poorly, 10 Jun. 2013
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An American couple (Faye Dunaway, Frank Langella) living in Paris find their marriage slowly unraveling. She is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. He's a computer genius (Frank Langella) who is re-contacted by "The Organization" which wants him to resume his former occupation as an industrial spy. When he refuses, they retaliate by kidnapping their children. The faux Hitchcockian thriller is a rather dull affair. A thriller without thrills and a muddled plot. The director Rene Clement knows a thing or two about thrillers, he directed PURPLE NOON after all, but he doesn't seem very interested in the mechanics of the genre here. He doesn't get any help from his illustrious screen writers, Sidney Buchman (MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON) and Eleanor Perry (DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE). Dunaway gets to do her specialty, the muted Madonna haltingly falling apart. Langella seems adrift as if he can't figure out the plot either. The insipid score is by Gilbert Becaud. With Barbara Parkins as the overly friendly downstairs neighbor and Maurice Ronet.

The Studio Canal DVD is a 100% improvement over the ugly Australian transfer. It's noticeably sharper and in anamorphic wide screen (1.85).


Ben Hogan - Follow The Sun [DVD]
Ben Hogan - Follow The Sun [DVD]
Dvd ~ Glenn Ford
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Golf fans should lap it up ..... but for the rest of us?, 30 May 2013
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An aspiring golfer (Glenn Ford) and his new bride (Anne Baxter) take the plunge and go on the golf tournament circuit in the hopes that he can make a name for himself in the golf world. After a very slow start, he becomes a champion golfer but because of his chilly persona, he's not liked in the golf world. Then, a horrible accident threatens to end his golf career forever. Based on the life of golf legend Ben Hogan, the film follows the formulaic path of sports bios: failure, success, tragedy, triumph and the little wife who stands by her man through it all. Is there a less cinematic sport than golf? Even pool (THE HUSTLER) and poker (THE CINCINNATI KID) have proved more thrilling than golf on film. Of course, I must confess I'm not a golfer and I suppose to someone who golfs the film might have an excitement that eluded me. Still, I don't play baseball either but baseball movies have proven pretty thrilling on occasion. The film does contain cameos by famed golf champions like Sam Snead and Jimmy Demaret. Directed by Sidney Lanfield. With Dennis O'Keefe in the film's best performance as a hard drinking golfer who clowns around to mask his insecurities. Also with June Havoc, Warren Stevens, Larry Keating and Nana Bryant.

The Duke DVD is a decent B&W transfer in its appropriate 1.33 aspect ratio. There are no extras.


Turn The Key Softly (Digitally Remastered) [DVD] [1953]
Turn The Key Softly (Digitally Remastered) [DVD] [1953]
Dvd ~ Joan Collins
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £5.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant yet gritty, 23 May 2013
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Taking place all in one day, the film follows three women who are released from prison on the same morning. A woman (Yvonne Mitchell) who took the rap for a crime her lover (Terence Morgan) committed, a young prostitute (Joan Collins) and an elderly grandmother (Kathleen Harrison) arrested for shoplifting. Each will spend their day in a different way before meeting up for dinner that evening after which fate gives some of them a second chance ... or not. Unlike most films of this type, this isn't a cautionary tale but a fairly realistic look about three essentially decent women who find themselves torn between destructive impulses they can't seem to help and an innate knowledge to do the right thing. Harrison's story is the most poignant and the most heartbreaking and it's interesting to see the young Collins showing much promise as an actress (a promise never quite fulfilled). Mitchell's character is the most frustrating because she's the most intelligent of the three women yet can't seem to see the obvious trap waiting for her. A neat little piece of social commentary that gets its message across without the preaching. Directed by Jack Lee from the novel by John Brophy. With Dorothy Alison, Thora Hird, Geoffrey Keen and Simone Silva.

The ITV DVD is a nicely rendered B&W transfer in the appropriate 1.33 ratio.


The Last of the Fast Guns
The Last of the Fast Guns
Dvd ~ Eduardo Noriega
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £25.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, if minor, western, 13 May 2013
This review is from: The Last of the Fast Guns (DVD)
A gunfighter (Jock Mahoney) accepts $25,000 to track down the brother of a wealthy but dying man (Carl Benton Reid). The only clue to his whereabouts is a letter from Mexico. Eventually, the gunfighter finds what he's looking for but he also finds something more important ... his salvation. As a westerns buff, there's nothing more I love than to find some obscure western that has merit and this one is different enough to stand out from the large pack of 1950s westerns. There's enough gunplay to keep the westerns fan satisfied but the film also works quite nicely as a detective story. Neatly shot in CinemaScope by Alex Phillips Jr. (BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA) on location in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Directed by George Sherman. With Gilbert Roland, Lorne Greene, Linda Cristal, Eduard Franz and Edward Platt.

The Llamentol DVD from Spain is a very good wide screen (2.35) anamorphic transfer with English and Spanish soundtracks and optional Spanish and French subtitles.


And Now Tomorrow [DVD] [1944]
And Now Tomorrow [DVD] [1944]
Dvd ~ Alan Ladd
Price: £12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical 1940s soap opera, 11 May 2013
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A wealthy, slight spoiled heiress (Loretta Young) finds herself deaf due to meningitis. Her family physician (Cecil Kellaway) arranges for her to be treated by his protege, a young doctor (Alan Ladd) from the wrong side of the tracks who has been successful in developing a serum that has had some success in curing deafness. Based on a best selling novel by Rachel Field, this is a typical 1940s "women's picture" whose outcome is never in doubt. It has no particular style, point of view or agenda ... it just is. It's harmless but unmemorable. Amusingly, Ladd plays the young doctor as if he were a private eye and Young was a femme fatale. Young plays it straight, all wide eyed sincerity in her Edith Head creations. Susan Hayward provides some spunk as Young's bitchy younger sister. If you want to wallow in soap suds, this is as good as any I suppose. Directed by Irving Pichel (THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME). With Barry Sullivan, Beulah Bondi, Grant Mitchell and Anthony Caruso.

The Simply Media DVD is a decent B&W transfer though the last 2 minutes of the film have a minor fluttering effect that's a minor annoyance.


Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £11.08

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected, 5 May 2013
In Pennsylvania at the turn of the 20th century, a businessman (Clifton Webb) has successfully kept his two marriages and two families (with a total of 17 children) separate and a secret from each other. But when his Philadelphia son (Ray Stricklyn) unexpectedly visits the Harrisburg family looking for his father, the secret comes out and threatens to prevent the marriage of his daughter (Jill St. John) to the minister's (Larry Gates) son (Ron Ely, TV's TARZAN). Based on the play by Liam O'Brien, this wasn't quite the wholesome CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN knock off I was expecting. Although in the end it espouses traditional societal family values, it's a look at a so called unconventional "free thinker" and non-conformist who gets hoisted on his own petard with some laugh out loud moments. Webb, as expected, is able to deliver a quip with a razor like delivery but Dorothy McGuire as the first wife proves a feisty opponent. Directed by Henry Levin (JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH). With Charles Coburn (as Webb's father although he's only 12 years older), Dorothy Stickney, David Nelson (TV's OZZIE AND HARRIET), Larry Gates, Richard Deacon, Doro Merande and Joan Freeman.

The Fox MOD DVDr is a decent transfer in its appropriate CinemaScope ration (2.35) although not anamorphic.


The Magic Box (Boulting Brothers Collection) [DVD]
The Magic Box (Boulting Brothers Collection) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Donat
Price: £9.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity!, 3 May 2013
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The "true" story of William Friese Greene (Robert Donat) opens in 1921 and through a series of flashbacks, we see his struggle to bring recognition to his invention, the motion picture camera, but no one seems interested. After the credit goes to other men, notably Thomas Edison, he continues to perfect the instrument, working on the development of color film till the day of his death. It's not a particularly interesting film and it doesn't help any that Friese Greene is so obsessed with his work that he ignores his family, social and business responsibilities which makes it difficult to sympathize with him. Indeed, his selfishness is the indirect cause of his first wife's (Maria Schell) death and causes his second wife (Margaret Johnston, NIGHT OF THE EAGLE) to finally end their marriage. Surely the real Friese Greene's life couldn't have been this tedious. The Technicolor work of Jack Cardiff (BLACK NARCISSUS) is a treat though. Unexceptionally directed by John Boulting. The massive supporting cast includes Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Richard Attenborough, Glynis Johns, Margaret Rutherford, Peter Ustinov, Leo Genn, Kay Walsh, Robert Beatty, Stanley Holloway, Dennis Price, Emlyn Williams, David Tomlinson, Michael Hordern, Marius Goring, Barry Jones, Bernard Miles and Joan Hickson.

The Optimum DVD is a nice Technicolor transfer in the appropriate 1.33 ratio.


You And Me (1938)
You And Me (1938)
Dvd ~ Sylvia Sidney

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming fable courtesy of Fritz Lang, 19 April 2013
This review is from: You And Me (1938) (DVD)
An ex-convict (George Raft) trying to go the straight and narrow route marries a young salesclerk (Sylvia Sidney) who works in a department store with him. But she has her own secret and when he finds out, it sends him back to a criminal path. This odd little fable, directed by Fritz Lang, is quite unusual. Parts of it have a kitchen sink realism yet most of it is very stylized. It's obvious from the opening scene that this isn't going to be a straight forward romance about two young lovers struggling to find their place in the world. The film has three musical numbers courtesy of the great Kurt Weill (THE THREEPENNY OPERA) inserted into the film. One is a typical nightclub sequence where a chanteuse (Carol Paige) sings about The Right Guy For Me but then there's the Knocking Song in which ex-convicts talk their "lyrics" accompanied by rapping knuckles, tin cups, sirens and gunfire which is very reminiscent of the work he did with Bertolt Brecht. There's a certain daffy charm to it all with a batch of Runyonesque supporting characters. With Robert Cummings (even in a bit part, appallingly bad), Harry Carey, Barton MacLane, Joyce Compton, Guinn Williams and the appealing Warren Hymer (who effectively ended his career by drunkenly urinating on studio head Harry Cohn's desk).

The German import courtesy of Koch Media is a nicely rendered transfer with optional English or German soundtracks.


Holiday for Lovers [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Holiday for Lovers [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £11.37

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bubbly as it should be!, 10 April 2013
When their eldest daughter (Jill St. John) travels to Brazil with a tour group and decides not to return, a psychologist (Clifton Webb), his wife (Jane Wyman) and their precocious younger daughter (Carol Lynley) trek down to South America to see what's going on. Based on the Broadway play by Ronald Alexander, the attractive cast can't do much with the sitcom material. It doesn't help that there's an unpleasant pre-feminist undertone to the proceedings. Webb wants his daughters to further their education but they're more concerned with boys/men and his wife seems to implicitly encourage them. One of the more hideous examples of the film's tone: when Lynley refuses to marry Gary Crosby, he takes her over his knee and spanks her! Webb is offended at this but Mama Wyman thinks it's cute! Yes, yes I know it was a different time but still. Furthermore although the film takes place in Brazil, it doesn't appear any of the cast went there, just the second unit as the actors play out their scenes in front of rear projections of Brazil's tourist sites. The film's theatrical poster compares it to THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN ... as if. Directed by Henry Levin (WHERE THE BOYS ARE). With Paul Henreid, Jose Greco, Nico Minardos, Wally Brown and Gardner McKay.

The Fox MOD DVDr is presented in an anamorphic wide screen (2.35) transfer which is a bit on the dark side but quite decent.


Marriage-Go-Round [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Marriage-Go-Round [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £11.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What was risque in 1960 seems tame today!, 6 April 2013
A happily married Academic couple, she (Susan Hayward) is the Dean Of Women and he (James Mason) is a professor, are entertaining a house guest from Sweden. But when the statuesque house guest (Julie Newmar, recreating her Tony award winning stage performance) makes a proposal that he father her baby, what begins as suggestion not taken seriously leads to a marital meltdown. What was daring and risque in the 1958 Broadway play by Leslie Stevens (THE WAR LORD) and its film version barely raises an eyebrow today. Which removes much of the play's teeth and leaves us with a gummy sex farce. Who thought it was a good idea to cast Hayward and Mason in a sex comedy anyway? Neither are exactly known for their farcical abilities. Fortunately, Newmar is a delight as the Swedish amazon who wants a genius to father her child and compensates for the two leads. However, Hayward does acquit herself nicely in a confrontational scene with Newmar over her husband, if only the rest of the film were on that level. Directed by Walter Lang (THE KING AND I). With Robert Paige and June Clayworth.

The Fox MOD DVD-r is a nicely rendered anamorphic wide screen (2.35) transfer.


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