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Devil Rides Out (Blu-ray + DVD) [1968]
Devil Rides Out (Blu-ray + DVD) [1968]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee
Price: £14.00

66 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: New Non-Option Effects on Blu-Ray, 27 Sept. 2012
A word of warning: Hammer have announced that this Blu-ray will NOT contain the original theatrical version of The Devil Rides Out. Instead it will replace old special effects with new CGI scenes. These will be mandatory, with no choice of opting out.

Why the current owners of Hammer think there is a need for this, or even that they have the moral right to alter Terence Fisher's work, is beyond me. They obviously have no clue about what the fans actually want.

Someone Tweeted about wanting the original version and they were directed by Hammer to the pre-existing DVD. I too will stick with the older SD version until the film is given a proper Blu-ray release.
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This Happy Breed [Blu-ray] [1944]
This Happy Breed [Blu-ray] [1944]
Dvd ~ Robert Newton
Price: £11.53

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film; brilliant Blu-ray, 11 July 2012
Annoyingly, Amazon have attached a string of reviews of the substandard DVD to this Blu-ray.

Just to make it clear, the picture quality of this disc is stunning and the sound is perfect and completely in synch. The two episodes of the South Bank Show included as extras are terrific, too: the first, from 1985, juxtaposes an overview of Lean's career with footage of him making his latest (and, as it turned out, last) film A Passage To India and runs an impressive two hours and ten minutes; the second is about Lean's working relationship with the writer Robert Bolt.

This Happy Breed is a terrific film and it's never looked this good in decades. Buy it.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very distracting audio synchronicity error, 4 Mar. 2012
I've watched the first twenty or so minutes of this and, for the most part, the audio track is wildly out of synch with the visuals. It's apparent even in the first dialogue-free scenes when a falling trapdoor produces a bang almost a second too late. The scenes in the pub are a frame or two adrift but, by the time the travellers reach Castle Dracula, things are so out of synch it's like watching a dubbed foreign film. The problem is the same on both the Blu-ray disc and the DVD, so the fault is in the master.

I really want these Hammer Blu-rays to succeed, but this particular product is substandard. Was no quality control done at all? Studio Canal need to do the decent thing: recall and replace these discs. They also need to put in place procedures to make sure future titles are unaffected.

UPDATE (7/3/12): Hammer/Studio Canal have announced a replacement scheme. Once I have received the corrected disc I shall alter this review accordingly, presuming that the fault has been fixed.
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Basil Brush: Boom! Boom! - The Best Of Basil Brush [DVD]
Basil Brush: Boom! Boom! - The Best Of Basil Brush [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ivan Owen

18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello, hello, and welcome to the show!, 27 Oct. 2001
I say everybody, you've simply got to buy my new DVD. It's only 52 minutes long but what laugh-filled minutes they are. There are lots of sketches involving your favourite fox and my friends Mr Derek, Mr Howard and Mr Roy; who could ask for anything more? There are even guest stars too like Demis Rousos, Cilla Black, Alvin Stardust and John Inman....
That's right! out, watch out, Mr Humphries about! Ha ha ha ha haaa! Boom Boom! The picture looks jolly fine for vintage TV and there's a lovely picture of me on the cover too, so go on, what are you waiting for? Best twelve quid you'll ever spend, I can tell you. And lastly, here's a message for drivers travelling northwards on the M6 heading for Brighton. You're going the wrong way you fools! Ha ha ha haaa! Boom Boom!
love Basil

The Promise (Piper)
The Promise (Piper)
by Robert Westall
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful evocation of the pain of bereavement., 22 Oct. 2001
This review is from: The Promise (Piper) (Paperback)
I can never really look at this book objectively as I empathise a great deal with the main character, but I still feel that this is one of the greatest novels ever written for young people. As World War 2 begins in the North East, Bob finds himself attracted to a sickly girl called Valerie who infrequently attends his school. The attraction turns to obsessional love, and that mutual obsession continues even after Valerie's death. The book is beautifully written in the first person and Westall really draws you into the world he knew so well. The people are alive and their emotions are real; you could almost cry for them. He makes you think about the very nature of love, life and death. It is a ghost story where the hero actually wants to haunted. There are wonderful moments of tenderness and humour to offset the tragic heart of this story and if you are aged between 12 and 16, I cannot recommend this book too strongly.

Fingerbobs: The Complete Fingerbobs [DVD]
Fingerbobs: The Complete Fingerbobs [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fingerbobs
Offered by Rare DVD and Blu Ray
Price: £24.98

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoffy lifts a finger....., 10 Sept. 2001
Yes, they're here! Your life can now be considered complete; all thirteen episodes of the classic series Fingerbobs have finally arrived on DVD. Produced in the early 'Seventies, Fingerbobs was designed to demonstrate to pre-school children concepts such as softness and prickliness. Its presenter,Yoffy, was played by the Canadian Rick Jones, an ex-Play School presenter with a wonderfully calming voice. Each week, his expressive hands brought life to a whole menagerie of paper animals, including Fingermouse, Tortoise and Gulliver the seagull. They were meant to represent speed, slowness and flight respectively, and would collect various objects to help Yoffy tell a story. On a technical level, the picture quality is very good; the 16mm film prints bely their thirty years age and the transfer onto DVD is sharp. This disc is designed to appeal to twenty- and thirty-somethings wishing to "relieve their wasted youth". Extras include a Fingerbob version of the Fast Show - "Great, that sounds like a cow mooing" - and a text screen of information that features a few double entedres. That said, I'm sure that the toddlers of today will love this as much as their parents did before them.
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