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Beasts - The Complete Series [DVD] [1976]
Beasts - The Complete Series [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Pamela Moiseiwitsch
Price: £9.70

8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hit and miss horror series., 3 Sept. 2006
the idea of horrific incidents being only suggested rather shown, is all very well but it doesn't always work unless it is done properly.

in this instance, the results are mixed. there isn't enough in the way of brooding menace or a creepy atmosphere. the pace of each programme is too slow.

however, at least there is more concentration on the script and characterization. i always welcome those qualities. an interesting cast pull out all the stops to bring the dialogue to life, but more incident is sorely needed.

Woyzeck/Heart Of Glass [VHS]
Woyzeck/Heart Of Glass [VHS]

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars quite good kinski - herzog offering., 2 Sept. 2006
this isn't the best film klaus kinski made with werner herzog; a disappointing ending doesn't help. it is rather more low key than their usual collaborations, but still effective.

kinski playing a man pushed to the edge, is done to perfection. seeing what he is subjected to by others, makes you sympathesize with him from the beginning(that is a feat in itself as kinski usually didn't play that sort of character). he alone carries the film, as the supporting cast is nothing to speak of. the film sets used are magnificent as it sets the scene really well.

herzog's direction is once again inspired, as it takes an actor of kinski's talent to bring it to life.

for all of the film's merits(which are plentiful), there isn't quite enough incident to keep the film going.the running time is only 76 minutes, but somehow feels longer.

i always look upon this film as flawed but very entertaining.

What A Carve Up [1961] [VHS]
What A Carve Up [1961] [VHS]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic 'old dark house' stuff ., 31 Aug. 2006
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a 'carry on' film in all but name, this is one of the very best horror/comedies that i have yet seen.

sid james and kenneth connor have never worked better together; they both provide great on-screen chemistry from start to finish. the idea of them being stuck with other people in an old family mansion with a mad killer on the loose, is both funny and creepy. there is a real mystery as to who the killer is, which naturally i won't reveal.

there is a sterling cast to be seen apart from the two leads; donald pleasence, dennis price, michael gwynn, george woodbridge, michael gough, esma cannon and shirley eaton. they all play their part in an entertaining film.

a rare video that isn't as yet on d.v.d. buy this while you can.

Classic Vampire Short Stories
Classic Vampire Short Stories
by Richard Pasco
Edition: Audio Cassette
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect selection of late night chills., 29 Aug. 2006
this might sound daft, but i think the best way to enjoy listening to horror stories is to wait until night time. for me, it's more enjoyable.

"dracula's guest" is the best one here. richard pasco marvellously brings the stories to life.

Night Gallery: Complete First Season [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Night Gallery: Complete First Season [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £15.15

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a step down from "the twilight zone.", 23 Aug. 2006
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rod serling was always going to find it difficult matching the quality that he brought to "the twilight zone." sadly, the "night gallery" series is a long way off from even coming close.

the pilot episode which was broadcast in 1969, is three stories rolled into one. the first one is by far the best. most of the episodes in the first season are not very good at all. the subject is more about horror than sci-fi and the format is similar to before; rod serling talks to the camera, informing the viewers about what is going to take place etc. but nothing in the series makes much sense. a disappointment.
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Vault Of Horror (1973) [VHS]
Vault Of Horror (1973) [VHS]

5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars less effective than usual., 20 Aug. 2006
most of the horror compendium films released by amicus are highly entertaining and imaginative. sadly, "vault of horror" hardly matches those requirements.

again, there are seperate stories that are linked by the main plot. in my opinion, only two stories are any good; the one with daniel massey is good if slightly restricted. the one with tom baker is by far the best and really good to watch more than once. the other ones are either boring, silly or both.

amicus only made one more film using this format and was somewhat improved.

the earlier ones are the best.

The Black Windmill [DVD] (1974)
The Black Windmill [DVD] (1974)
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £4.94

18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor man's ipcress file., 20 Aug. 2006
this is certainly not michael caine's finest hour. just a routine spy thriller where there should have been more suspense, better plot and more action.director don siegel should have left this one alone. it's strange to imagine that this is the same man who directed classics like "dirty harry" and the 50s version of "invasion of the bodysnatchers."

the cast are good but are largely wasted. i remember seeing this about 1983 when i was very young, and thought how good it was. luckily, my opinion has changed.

for those who are fans of spy films, i recommend "the ipcress file," also with michael caine. it may be an older film, but vastly superior.

i haven't bought this d.v.d release, but i have the film on american video. if i knew how this was going to turn out, i'm not sure i would have bothered.

only buy "the black windmill" if you are a devout follower of michael caine.

Jason King: Variations On A Theme/As Easy As ABC [VHS] [1971]
Jason King: Variations On A Theme/As Easy As ABC [VHS] [1971]
Offered by shannon-raven
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars best and worst of this series., 20 Aug. 2006
this video contains both the worst and the best from playboy "jason king."

sometimes, this series seems to have problems in producing good entertainment.

the first episode selected here is a case in point; the characters don't serve any particular purpose except looking rather bored (as was i watching this), the plot doesn't make any sense and nothing of interest happens. utterly forgettable.

however, the next programme is an entirely different matter; an original storyline about a couple of upperclass crooks who copy each robbery that is committed in each mark caine novel to further their careers in crime. well made, some humour to begin with before things got serious. nigel green turns in an effective performance as one of the crooks and is one of the last acting jobs he did before his untimely death in 1972. such a pity.

my giving this video 4 stars rests entirely upon the second instalment. if only the rest were up to this standard, the series would be a classic as far as i'm concerned.

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes/The Return... [DVD]
Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes/The Return... [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Jeavons

2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a worthy attempt on granada's part., 19 Aug. 2006
this is one of the better productions that i have seen based on sherlock holmes. the attention to period detail is exceptional and the dialogue resembles that of arthur conan doyle very accurately.

jeremy brett is a very good choice for the part of holmes; david burke is quite good as watson but i do prefer edward hardwicke who was burke's replacement for the following season. an interesting comparison though.

despite perfect production values, i'm afraid there is no way that brett could hold a candle to basil rathbone's effort, as he is truly sherlock holmes personified.

but this is a worthy effort.

Errol Flynn: A Memoir
Errol Flynn: A Memoir
by Earl Conrad
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully written account of flynn's last years., 18 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Errol Flynn: A Memoir (Paperback)
for those of you who don't know, this book was written by the same author(earl conrad) who would ghostwrite errol flynn's autobiography "my wicked, wicked ways." and that is what this book is about; the making of flynn's memoirs.

everything is included from earl conrad's first meeting with flynn right up to hearing of flynn's death.

conrad recalls catching the odd glimpse of flynn as he really was; melancholic, distracted, distant, sometimes craving to be the centre of attention, other times withdrawn.

by this time in 1957 or '58, errol flynn's career had stalled, his health was gradually becoming worse, he wasn't very wealthy, so maybe he secretly realized he didn't have much time to do what he wanted to do.

in this book, you get the impression that conrad was flynn's righthand man and constant companion.

in some ways, this a sad reflection of a man who perhaps wasn't quite so content as everyone thought. a brilliant read and certainly one of the best books written about one of my favourite actors, errol flynn.

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