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Time Was: The Sessions 1957-1962 ~ The Flamingos
If you are new to the Flamingos and in the market for a cheapo one-stop-shop compilation you would be better off starting with Jasmine's earlier Dream of a Lifetime set, which gathers together all their Chance, Parrot and Checker (Chess) recordings plus a selection from End. For established fans, however, this new CD set is notable for including the group's 1957-1958 sides for Decca - the first time, as far as I am aware, that they have been issued on CD, with the sole exception of Ladder of Love.

On that basis alone this new collection really is something to celebrate, even though the bulk of the collection is made up of tracks on End (their next label) which haven't exactly… Read more
A.J. Wentworth BA - The Complete Series [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Arthur Lowe
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This DVD has attracted polarised reviews; I think I understand why. Fans of other Arthur Lowe sitcoms may have been disappointed to find that this is something altogether gentler which would have been ruined by an audience: it's not about belly laughs but wry chuckles. Accept that, and the fact it dates from the time when sitcoms were shot on video, and there's quite a lot to savour.

That said, I do think some of the slapstick moments are a little bit clumsily handled: books obviously dropped rather than knocked out of Arthur Lowe's hand, for example.

And fans of H.F. Ellis already primed to expect something in a lower key than other Arthur Lowe vehicles may have their… Read more
Violent Playground (Digitally Remastered) [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Peter Cushing
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Shot on location in Liverpool by Ealing Films veteran Basil Dearden, and centering around a broken home, this 1958 Rank film offers a snapshot of contemporary British fears about directionless rock'n'roll-crazed youths. It could be considered a companion piece to director Basil Dearden's earlier The Blue Lamp (1950), although in the case of Violent Playground the out-of-control boy at its centre could, the film suggests, have been redeemed at a certain moment.

Stanley Baker is the detective reluctantly transferred to Juvenile Liaison who gets to know prospective hoodlum Johnny (an early role for David McCallum) when his young brother and sister are caught scamming a shopkeeper… Read more