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The Return Of The Saint - The Complete Series [DVD]
The Return Of The Saint - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Ogilvy
Offered by Callums Cheaper Items - CUSTOMER IS PRIORITY NUMBER 1
Price: £25.98

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a galiant attempt., 1 Feb 2007
i'm somewhat in two minds as to whether it was a good idea to resurrect the "simon templar" character for this 70s update.

the locations are indeed better, but the scripts are rather average plus the series doesn't have the unique ingredients of the original.

ian ogilvy, despite being a good actor, doesn't quite have the charm or personality of roger moore to be 100% successful. he still does his best.

i was simply delighted to discover that old t.v hands like derren nesbitt and ian hendry were included in the impressive list of guest stars.

there are some reasonable episodes and this isn't the worst t.v series i've seen, but a classic it is not.

Modern Mysteries of the World
Modern Mysteries of the World
by Janet Bord
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting, well-written account of various unexplained phenomena., 16 Jan 2007
this volume which is the follow-up to the authors' "modern mysteries of britain," is much the same in content but with the difference that the whole world is covered.

it makes for a brilliant read if you feel like using your imagination now and again.

the two authors(janet and colin bord), have certainly done their research thoroughly by interviewing as many of the relevant people as possible. as for the presentation of the text, i think it has been done exceptionally; the information is easy to follow but is also interesting.

my particular favourite chapters are ones that cover phenomena like U.F.O encounters, winged creatures and lake/sea monster sightings.

the authors wisely don't attempt to solve a mystery themselves but instead present what they have discovered, thus leaving the reader to draw his/her own conclusions.

the volume of photographs included, complement the book perfectly.

also helpful, is a list of books on similar subjects, plus a chapter which highlights different incidents from various counties and states from around the world.

an indispensable book.

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The Fog (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]
The Fog (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Adrienne Barbeau
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars positive proof that excessive violence isn't needed., 8 Jan 2007
one of the best films that john carpenter directed, this goes to show that pointless blood-letting isn't necessary when producing a riveting yarn. that is exactly what "the fog" is.

a mixture of suspense, calculated shocks, creepy music and suggestive violence make this a sure winner.

the one highlight for me, is when three men at sea catch a glimpse of the haunted ship that is shrouded in the fog and then suddenly they come face to face with the spirits of the dead sailors. spooky to say the least.

no one in the cast particularly stands out, but they are okay(if only donald pleasence was in the film). john carpenter himself has a cameo at the beginning if you look carefully. i haven't seen him do that before.

the special features are good but not plentiful; there are two documentaries about the film, one made in 1980 at the time of release and one made a few years ago. both are very interesting if rather brief. the outtakes are very good, the audio commentary fascinating and of course there is a theatrical trailer.

john carpenter's directing skills are fully in evidence; such vision and imagination.

James Bond - Thunderball (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set)  [DVD] [1965]
James Bond - Thunderball (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by The Outlet Shop
Price: £4.99

0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars start of "bond" series., 27 Dec 2006
"thunderball" is the first decent bond film as far as i'm concerned; a fast pace, plenty going on that will keep one occupied, the perfect locations and also one of the best theme songs ever made. only tom jones could it bring it to life.

even connery's usual wooden performance can't spoil the film.

Innocent Bystanders (1972)
Innocent Bystanders (1972)

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars slight return to form for baker in violent spy thriller., 21 Dec 2006
a more violent film than i'm used to seeing with stanley baker, this is a reasonable yarn with action, pace and a brilliant cast. my personal favourite has got to be the under-rated derren nesbitt; he really comes into his own here as a ruthless, cunning and psychopathic villain. the fight between him and baker at the beginning is a joy, with such great dialogue as "old and just a little past it," and "not today son." a true highlight.

like i said, quite shocking for its day with a couple of particularly scenes that aren't nice. this video deserves its "18" rating.

this was the last feature film stanley baker made before his death a few years later. a slight return to form.

Les Vacances de M. Hulot [DVD] (1953)
Les Vacances de M. Hulot [DVD] (1953)
Dvd ~ Jacques Tati
Offered by somethinginmyeye
Price: £29.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gentle, amusing film by talented comic., 13 Dec 2006
having given myself a chance to see a "jacques tati" feature film from start to finish, i was pleasantly surprised.

during the proceedings, i was given further confirmation of jacques tati's talent of producing a gentle, quite charming but funny comedy like "monsieur hulot's holiday." i noticed how different his approach was to film-making, and i prefer that. after all, it would be rather boring if everyone was the same as i do like original material.

someone in a previous review mentioned the omission of "a deck chair" sequence. i didn't know about that, but a disappointment if true.

a shame there weren't any scenes based in monsieur hulot's hotel room. i think he could have added something extra given the right props and situation.

three great highlights were: the fireworks going off towards the end; showing off whilst playing table-tennis and also his unorthodox methods of beating everyone at tennis.

i almost hoped there would be a chance of a relationship on the horizon between hulot and the young blonde hotel guest, as they seemed to get along very well.

at the climax, there's a touch of sadness when the holiday-makers have packed their suitcases and are ready to go home. afterwards, the camera focuses on the empty beach as if no one had ever been there. i hope tati's other films are this good.

there's a good special feature on the d.v.d featuring an interview with director richard lester who talks extensively about jacques tati. interesting.

Tati Shorts [VHS]
Tati Shorts [VHS]

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it for the classic "postman" film., 11 Dec 2006
This review is from: Tati Shorts [VHS] (VHS Tape)
if you can find this video and you love classic comedy, then snatch this up before someone else does. this contains the timeless "school for postmen" short, and is perfection from start to finish. i won't give away anything, but you will love it. that film alone is worth five stars. i saw it many years and laughed myself silly then.

the other two short films are of lesser quality; the one where jacques tati tries his hand at boxing, is well made and funny but there should have been english subtitles added on. still, the film has enough happening to sustain interest. the last film made about 1966 or '67 is terrible beyond belief; so bad that it shouldn't have been included on this video. the only remotely amusing highlight, is where tati trips and stumbles on a step. the rest is a long and boring process. tati spends most of his time giving a lecture that hardly makes any sense and isn't part of the film. a bizarre ending is rather pointless, not to mention daft.

still, at his best, jacques tati is more than capable of keeping his audience entertained long after a film has finished.

Unknown Chaplin [DVD]
Unknown Chaplin [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charlie Chaplin
Price: £8.45

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a dream come true for any chaplin fan., 9 Dec 2006
This review is from: Unknown Chaplin [DVD] (DVD)
included on this d.v.d for the first and only time, is a selection of outtakes from charlie chaplin's early two-reelers.

at the time, chaplin gave strict instructions that any remaining footage that wasn't needed be destroyed. thank goodness some of it wasn't. what you are seeing, is the rarest of chaplin ever to be found anywhere in the world. to see footage of the man himself directing, rehearsing and auditioning throughout this three-part series made in the early 80s is simply unbelievable.

the makers of this programme made by thames television(kevin brownlow and david gill) were lucky to find anything, as the footage they acquired was not in the best condition.

during the programmes, you will notice how committed chaplin was at producing the best possible results - even if he had to shoot the same scene several hundred times, he would do it.

the special features could have been more, but that doesn't matter. there's an interview with kevin brownlow about the making of the series; more outtakes from chaplin's film "the count" plus another short film.

a truly fascinating series that shows a different side and a deeper understanding of chaplin's filmmaking methods.

Laurel And Hardy - Laughing 20's [DVD]
Laurel And Hardy - Laughing 20's [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stan Laurel

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect highlights of the perfect comedy team., 8 Dec 2006
no wonder this compilation of laurel and hardy singlehandly revived interest in them; there are some priceless highlights featuring the team at their best, especially "you're darn tootin,'" "battle of the century," "the finishing touch" etc. but most of all, these highlights provide concrete evidence that laurel and hardy still remain unrivalled as the greatest comedy team in the world, be it film, stage, radio or T.V.

also on hand, are some funny moments from silent clowns charley chase and max davidson. historically, they make for fascinating viewing.

luckily, the success of this release led robert youngson to compily another collection of highlights entitled "the further perils of laurel and hardy."

the narrator jay jackson summed up laurel and hardy perfectly with his closing commentary: "into the distance, into the memory, we shall never see their like again." never was a truer word spoken.
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Chaplin: His Life And Art
Chaplin: His Life And Art
by David Robinson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitive is THE word., 6 Dec 2006
i've heard of the numerous books that have been published for the past several decades about comedy genius charlie chaplin; they are meant to range from "very good" to "awful."
however, david robinson has really pulled out all the stops with this one; god knows how long it must have taken him to complete the original manuscript. judging by the sheer volume, he must have spent years researching his subject before finally putting pen to paper.
just about everything you could hope to find is covered here; there are even a few excerpts taken from an F.B.I file that was kept on chaplin. the number of photographs in the biography totals about 120 and highlights his long life perfectly.
sometimes, details of his films(especially his feature ones) are summed up from a few pages to whole chapters. they make for fascinating reading.
i'm particularly glad that the book covers chaplin the man as well as the performer. his struggle with his povery-stricken childhood, insecurity about inheriting his mother's insanity etc. but also, his incredible skills, not to mention his dedication to his craft, are constantly referred to throughout; writing(both the dialogue and music), editing, directing and performing of course. he has certainly earned the "genius" tag in my opinion.
apparently, this book was one of two sources used for the biopic directed by richard attenborough(the other was chaplin's memoirs published in 1964). what better choice could there possibly be?
miss this, miss out.

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