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Heat And Dust [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Julie Christie
Heat And Dust [DVD] DVD ~ Julie Christie
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If "A Passage to India" was the tragic version of the story, here is the corresponding farce. India at the dusk of British rule, between the World Wars; a young English woman, an Indian man, sex, scandal - but in Ruth Prawer Jhabavala's novel and the subsequent film (which she also wrote), the Indian guy is not an ingenuous, if naive, little doctor but a dubious, if charming, prince who runs a mafia-style organized-crime gang. Nobody is safe from Jhabvala's gently ironic perspective; nobody is a saint and nobody is a victim. The prince's chain-smoking mother is one jewel of a supporting role. For anyone who liked "A Passage to India" but found it too moraline-drenched, this is a truly funny… Read more
Peter's Friends [DVD] [1992] <b>DVD</b> ~ Hugh Laurie
Peter's Friends [DVD] [1992] DVD ~ Hugh Laurie
64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad technical quality, 11 Dec 2006
Yes, yes, excellent film and all that. Granted. But I would like to warn everybody that the technical quality of this DVD doesn't at all do justice to the artistic quality of the content. The picture is grainy (yes, grainy, which is particularly weird in a DVD), it looks positively awful on any screen larger than a laptop, the 4:3 format is disappointing, and there are absolutely no frills (extra features), not even subtitles or chapter overview. A film of this quality deserves a much better DVD.
Jane Eyre (Complete 1983 BBC Adaptation) [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Timothy Dalton
10 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Dalton and Clarke do a decent but not a brilliant job - and that's about the best thing I can say about this adaption. Other reviewers remarked on the shockingly bad artificial lighting; I can only agree with them. Far worse yet is the poor, poor technical quality of the picture (although we've come to expect no better from the BBC but anyway, it's a disgrace). But even apart from technical questions, the whole production feels like uninspired routine, conventional, listlessly done. I have ambivalent feelings about the book and about Gothic novels in general but they were certainly written with more passion and care than this trite, routine job of an adaptation. Charlotte Bronte, wherever… Read more

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