Richard J. Williams

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (54 of 58)
Location: London United Kingdom
Birthday: 29 Jan


Top Reviewer Ranking: 269,460 - Total Helpful Votes: 54 of 58
Claude Debussy: La Mer, Images, Nocturnes, Prélude&hellip ~ Pierre Monteux
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
On the face of it this is a great bargain - ten discs for the price of one normal one. The catch however is that the original recordings date from at least the Fifties, and in some cases twenty years earlier, and seem to be taken from retail discs rather than masters, will all that implies for quality.

The main draw therefore has to be the presence of some famous namess from the past. These include conductors such as Igor Markevitch, Pierre Monteux, Ernest Ansermet and Willem Mengelberg. Pianists are particularly well represented with Walter Gieseking, Arthur Rubinstein, Friedrich Gulda, Horovitz, Emil Gilels, and Alfred Cortot.

Of these Gieseking, a noted Debussy… Read more
Satan Bug [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTS&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Richard Basehart
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
John Sturges clearly had an affinity for the Amercian West since his best films all seem to be set there. The Magniicent Seven and Gunfight at the OK Corrall are probably the best known, but Bad Day at Black Rock is another great Sturges film.

I wouldn't claim that The Satan Bug is up to the same standard, but it is still in my view well worth watching. The first part set in an isolated laboratory surreounded by emply desert is partcularly impressive, enhanced by one of Jerry Goldsmith's best scores.Later, when the action shifts away from the laboratory, the film becomes more of a routine thriller, though competient enough. Richard Basehart is probably the best known actor,… Read more
Charley Varrick [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Walter Matthau
Charley Varrick [DVD] DVD ~ Walter Matthau
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A great film by the master Don Siegel that hasn't had the appreciation it deserves. I won't add to the earlier reviews, which explain why it's so great, but this version at last shows the film at its best.
The US version, which I bought a while back, is for some reason in full full frame 1.33 aspect ratio. When I saw that this version was supposedly 16:9 letterbox, according to the information on the case, I was diappointed, but thought that it was at least an improvement.
However there was a pleasant surprise whenI watched the film - it is actually in anamorphic widescreen so that at last I can see it as the director intended.

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