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Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan by John Roderick
Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan by John Roderick
Minka is the story of an American AP correspondent who, reluctantly at first, fell into buying a 250 year-old Japanese farmhouse for a pittance (it was in an area soon to be flooded by dam construction) had it taken apart, transported, and re-built in the rural outskirts of Tokyo.

It's an insight into two aspects of Japan; firstly the rural side as Roderick befriends a family from Gifu (the son of which eventually becomes an expert on transplanting minkas) and uses many of the rural folk from Gifu for their capentry skills, and secondly some of the high society that Roderick mixes with, being a well-connected ex-pat (Hilary Clinton visits the house!).

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Grizzly Man [2005] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Werner Herzog
Grizzly Man [2005] [DVD] DVD ~ Werner Herzog
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A one line summary of this documentary would intrige anyone: "Man who lived with Alaskan Grizzlies for 13 summers is finally killed and eaten by the very bears he loved." However, there are a number of problems I found with this film, that ultimately means I cannot rate it higher than three stars.

Timothy Treadwell was cleary devoted to the bears he studied and did capture some interesting footage of Grizzlies, other wildlife, (in particular foxes) and the beautiful Alaskan landscape, and he was knowledgable about the personalities and behaviour of the bears. However, most of the entertainment in this film is in the 'freak show' character of Treadwell himself… Read more
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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AMAZON TAKE NOTE: Because this version is so different from the book I think Amazon are wrong to lump all the reviews together and treat them as a single product. This will confuse buyers and create inaccurate ratings.


This version of The Hobbit is an audio play first broadcast by the BBC in 1968 (it is NOT an audiobook - ie someone reading the full book version out aloud). It features a whittled down version of the book in play form, with a narrator and audio actors coming together to tell the story.

For keen collectors of Tolkien, this would no doubt be a valued item. Though it was before my time, it is apparently considered a classic of… Read more

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