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Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg ~ Norman Bailey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensationally good, 6 Jun 2014
Bought recently this has rapidly become my favourite Meistersinger. I saw Norman Bailey sing both Hans Sachs and Wotan, in English, at the English National Opera in the 1970s. I had forgotten how good he was. On this recording one can sense the easy command, the weight of his voice, the bass element of his bass baritone voice, and the experience of someone who has this music in his bones. Bailey is far superior to the Hans Sachs's offered by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, on the Jochum set, and Theo Adam on the Karajan set, who both sound bitty and bark too often, and also better than Bernt Weikl who recorded the role of Hans Sachs, with Sawallisch, too late in his career. Bailey is up… Read more
Man Who Came to Dinner [DVD] [1943] [Region 1] [US&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Bette Davis
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A literary lion descends on a small mid-western town and, after a fall, is confined a to wheelchair in his reluctant host's house. Thereafter he takes command of the house for his own purposes - such as lunch with a bunch of convict murderers, while expelling the family from the main rooms of the house so that they can't get in the way of such things as his telephone calls from Winston Churchill and Eleanor Roosevelt. He is monstrously rude to everybody else, but welcomes the diversion of visits from Hollywood chums. Monty Woolley makes a magnificent monster who finally redeems himself with an act of grace.
Fabulous dialogue delivered with lightning precision. Great stuff.
Assault On Precinct 13 [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Austin Stoker
Assault On Precinct 13 [DVD] DVD ~ Austin Stoker
John Carpenter made this with a cast of unknowns as a homage to the Howard Hawks/John Wayne classic Rio Bravo. the name John T Chance, the name of the Duke's character appears as Executive Producer in the credits. As in the Wayne movie a small group of men and women hold out against overwhelming number of attackers of a police station. Unlike the 2005 remake the motivation of the attackers is never made clear. In the 2005 movie we get that tired old cliché of police corruption driving the plot. Here we just don't know why there are these huge gangs of urban terrorists..
One of the stars of the film is the relentless, thudding soundtrack, with the music written by Carpenter… Read more