Mark Cheney

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (66 of 71)
Location: Mountain Home, AR USA


Top Reviewer Ranking: 826,085 - Total Helpful Votes: 66 of 71
Halliwell's Horizon (paperback) by Michael Binder
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Let me say first that I'm not fond of biographies, nor of books full of facts and figures. In addition, I'd be hard-pressed to name more than a few books written in the past ten years that I can say I've enjoyed. A lot of people think they have something to say, but don't bother to learn how to say it well. I don't know how many books I've started to read in recent years -- books written on subjects in which I'm interested -- but then had to put down unfinished because they were so poorly written. Writing well is becoming, as they say, a lost art.

Halliwell's Horizon is not among those rejects. I can honestly say, without being effusive, that it is one of the best-written books… Read more
Carl Sagan's Cosmos [DVD] [1980] <b>DVD</b> ~ Carl Sagan
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A caveat . . ., 25 July 2010
People bitching about the style of the programme! Bog help us! Temporal chauvinism will not die.

Be that as it may, this is not about the series, but the DVD. The problems with the image are not merely the result of the age of the materials or the original medium. There is a frame-rate conversion problem, I suppose one might call it, that results in motion being rendered in twitchy bursts, a flaw I've seen on some off-brand DVDs, but which surprises me to find here. It's not always obvious, but sometimes it's dreadful.

However, for this price you're not likely to have a tantrum, unless your eye is very easily offended by this sort of digital artifact.

I… Read more
Andrei Rublev (Ruscico) (2 DVD NTSC) <b>DVD</b> ~ Anatolij Solonitsyn
Andrei Rublev (Ruscico) (2 DVD NTSC) DVD ~ Anatolij Solonitsyn
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I have owned the Criterion edition of this film a long time; I recently bought the Ruscico (Russian Cinema Council) edition and think I should try to make clearer the differences. This is not a critique of Tarkovsky's work -- that is beyond my capabilities.

As you may already know, the Criterion edition is taken from Martin Scorsese's personal print and represents the penultimate version of the film, while the Ruscico edition represents the release version, which is about twenty minutes shorter. However, Tarkovsky did more than pare twenty minutes off the film -- it's actually a somewhat different film, though the differences are not major.

To begin with, the Scorsese… Read more