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VANYA ON 42ND STREET,NTSC,IMPORT,REGION 0. <b>DVD</b> ~ LOUIS MALLE
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long long awaited,, 2 Mar 2014
I have waited so long to have this on an affordable DVD that I am more than happy to ignore the less than sharp picture quality. The film opens in crowded New York streets, showing the actors arriving at a run down theatre. There is chitchat, a sleigh bell rings and two actors begin the play. It's a rehearsal in everyday clothes. I watched it last night and it was exactly as I remember. Gripping. Mamet's version makes relationships between characters obvious and the lack of costume or scenery soon becomes irrelevant. Camera close ups reveal the pain and disappointment of the character's lives, especially Brooke Smith, who is wonderful as Sonya, as restrained as Wallace Shawn's Vanya is… Read more
Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction (Very S&hellip by David Seed
10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed reading this book. As a source of information on older texts I am sure it is useful. However, the author in writing about the Alien film series has made several basic errors. The Alien is not first encountered on "a derelict alien space craft floating in space." It is first encountered on a planetoid, LV-426 as it is designated in the sequel Aliens, inside a derelct space craft. According to Seed, Alien 3 is set on Earth! Earth! It is set on a prison planet, Fiorina. Perhaps the fact that the prison is largely populated by English character actors confused the author.

Hopefully, he spent more care writing about the books.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Kevin McCarthy
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
First the good news. This film IS a classic of its kind and indispensible for fans of the genre. It is fascinating to watch it and compare it with the Donald Sutherland remake and see how the latter incorporates scenes from the first.

The bad news is that I agree with the previous reviewer. The picture is not exactly sharp and the sound quality equally poor in parts. The only extra is more of a curio; the colourised version.

I'm glad I have it, but a little disappointed to have no commentary or feature putting it into context.

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