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4.0 out of 5 stars not quite 5 stars, 20 Jun 2011
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A. W. Wilson - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Never Let Go/Soft Beds Hard Battles/The Wrong Arm Of The Law [DVD] (DVD)
And the only reason is the somewhat odd choice of films making up this VFM trio. "Wrong Arm of the Law" Does anyone know anyone who hasn't seen this still funny lovely comedy with Sellers approaching his peak and supported so well by his "team"? "Never Let Go" The only film of it's kind - period. I can see why Sellers wanted to do this. A violent gangster, with no redeeming features. You know, if you mentally step back and forget Sellers as a comedian (hard I know), then his performence is pretty dam' good, even if once or twice a tantrum reminds you of the Clouseau to come. The film is well directed at a good pace by John Guillermin and Richard Todd (the nominal star) and Elizabeth Sellers do stalwart work. Even Adam Faith is better than you think he could be. I would say this is must see film. The last one "Soft Beds..." is a bit of a mystery. Some like it, others hate it. I think it's OK if you are in the mood, but it's not Sellers best moment even tho he plays 6 (I think) parts. It's also a bit ruder than the other film, but harmless. All 3 are good quality, with "Soft Beds" particularly good (Colour/wisescreen). As I say, almost 5 stars, and it's good VFM, you may like all 3 - I did (I think).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wrong Arm of the Law (& other movies), 12 Oct 2012
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Tim Kidner "Hucklebrook Hound" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this set for evergreen and ever watchable crime caper just mentioned, that in my separate review of it was titled 'Lavender Hill Mob meets Panther meets Casino Royale'. I wanted it on DVD as the commercial TV channel (the same that produced this boxset, ITV) where it does get shown always cut in with the ever increasing ads in all the wrong places and it's a film that needs to run continuously, as it's fast - and fun.

Of course, getting two bonus films is always welcome and one always makes allowances for this, as they can bring the whole standard down, but we should bear in mind what we bought it for in the first place.

Promises of some soft erotica, I'm ashamed to say Soft Beds Hard Battles was my next choice and these days, with no nostalgia for it in my clear eyes, at best it's a saucy romp. At worst, it's absolutely dreadful, with Sellers' take on the Japanese general extremely embarrassing, to say the least. It struck me as being an 'Allo 'Allo for adults, but forty years ago and of course, might have seemed titillating and even X-rated, now just looks pathetically tame - and tired. That said, it does show Sellers' ability to morph himself into as many disguises as he can. But, this is as far from Dr Strangelove as could be envisaged. There was probably a story within it, somewhere, but I preferred to just sit back, in various states of dismay, mostly!

Never Let Go, was one that Radio Times' David Parkinson, who reviewed it for them, gave it just one star. However, I rather like these sort of British crime dramas, that mix social comment, location and a few faces from my childhood TV days. It might seem to lacking in cohesion, with characters at odds with each other and some lumpy and over-dramatic moments but it is good entertainment, something which 'proper' critics often forget all about! Yes, it might seem OTT for cosmetic salesman Richard Todd to get SO het up about when his Ford Anglia (the rep-mobile of its day) gets stolen, but when you compare this inconvenience with one of the finest films ever made, Bicycle Thieves and consider that all his woes are triggered by the loss of his means of sustaining a living, then criticisms dissipate somewhat.

So, as others have said, a lumpy ride, no absolute duds and only one real corker, but if you're a Sellers fan, then it is a must and for the price, is an excellent means of buying them. It's all nicely packaged too, with a fold-out layout and made from good materials. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational Sellers, 2 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Never Let Go/Soft Beds Hard Battles/The Wrong Arm Of The Law [DVD] (DVD)
All these three films feature Peter Sellers at his very best. I personally like the 'Never Let Go' segment because if I am right it was the only film Sellers made with him in a serious role. Apparently the critics lambasted him say he wasn't funny in it but he showed what a brilliant actor he was. What do the critics know anyway.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 Sellers Classics!!!!, 1 Feb 2009
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R. Reel "The Raven" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Never Let Go/Soft Beds Hard Battles/The Wrong Arm Of The Law [DVD] (DVD)
As my review title says 2 classic films from the comedy great from Sellers, as yes it is a great set apart from Soft Heads, this is a pretty poor attempt to bring a borstal into great fun in the war with plenty of un-nessacary nudity.
But the other two films are pure gems, The Wrong Arm is like a previous Sellers classic "Two Way Stretch", with most of the old crew reunited to yet again try and pull the wool over the police, a great crime caper!
Never Let Go hower is more a Drama and is so intence and has a real gritty feeling to it, and Sellers plays a great nasty charecter with just adds to it's greatness.
Overall i would get this for them 2 films, and treat the final film as an opitional extra.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for Three Classic Peter Sellers Movies, 23 July 2009
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L. Evans (DVD addict) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Never Let Go/Soft Beds Hard Battles/The Wrong Arm Of The Law [DVD] (DVD)
Three excellent Peter Sellers Movies even though two were in black & White, these classic movies show how versitile Peter Sellers is when he does so many different characters I am very pleased thank you.
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