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5.0 out of 5 stars More colourful 60's nostalgia
For those familiar with any of the previous releases in the "Look at Life" series, you'll have a fair idea of what to expect - yet another colourful collection of short features with running times of around 10 minutes each, a bright and breezy photo-album of snapshots of life in Britain, which were produced in the 1960's by The Rank Organisation for screening in their...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the films - one star for the duplications
These are all great five star films. For 'baby boomer' nostalgists, this whole series is just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately, it contains duplications from another 'Look at Life' set.
I first purchased 'Look at Life: Swinging London'. Inspired by this, I then bought 'Look at Life: Volume 5 Cultural heritage'. Imagine my surprise when I found that at least...
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5.0 out of 5 stars More colourful 60's nostalgia, 23 Nov 2012
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Alan James "Maebuschfan" (UK) - See all my reviews
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For those familiar with any of the previous releases in the "Look at Life" series, you'll have a fair idea of what to expect - yet another colourful collection of short features with running times of around 10 minutes each, a bright and breezy photo-album of snapshots of life in Britain, which were produced in the 1960's by The Rank Organisation for screening in their Odeon & Gaumont cinemas - a nostalgic collection with warm and cosy commentaries provided by Tim Turner, Michael Ingrams, John Witty, Bob Willcox, Antony Bilbow, Tom Naisby, Rowland Hill, Duncan Carse, Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, Vernon Greaves, John Westbrook, Stephen Potter & Paul Rogers.

The sixty-four films certainly cover a wide spectrum of cultural heritage themes, which is why I have included a full list of the titles below. The picture and sound quality is generally good (although the film "Garden of Tomorrow" is badly faded compared to the rest). There are no extras or subtitles. Please note that while currently advertised as a 3-disc set by Amazon, this is in fact a FOUR disc collection, with the discs stored in a single-size DVD case.

here is a list of the titles, with details taken from the included info....

***DISC ONE***
*A DOG'S LIFE.... A film looking at London from a dog's point of view.
*DOWN LONDON RIVER.... A leisurely journey through London along the Thames.
*COFFEE BAR.... A film that examines the cult world of the coffee bar and its habits.
*GARDEN OF TOMORROW.... A film for everyone who loves a garden, for everyone who loves a gadget, and for those who have never had the chance to see the Chelsea Flower Show in all its glory.
*HARVEST OF HOPS.... A look at a typical London family on their annual hop-picking holiday.
*ISLAND OF MEN.... Fair Isle, famous for its distinctive woollens, faces a problem: more than two thirds of its inhabitants are men. But the island is still a very happy place to live.
*TOP PEOPLE.... A look at a new generation in the City of London, from the crane drivers helping rebuild it to the flat-dwellers overlooking this throbbing heart of commerce.
*REBIRTH OF A CITY.... A film that documents the first steps in the rebuilding of Coventry after the devastation of the Second World War.
*SHOPPING BY THE TON.... A film showing London's main markets at their busiest time and capturing all the energy and bustle of the three old markets, the market men and their generations-old traditions.
*TOWNS BY DESIGN.... A look at some of the 'New Towns' being built around the country.
*FAIRS PLEASE.... A film that looks at contemporary fairs, and explores their popularity.
*RINGING THE CHANGES.... From small hand-bells to the great bell of Westminster, this is a film full of music, bringing into focus the fascination of an ancient craft.
*HYDE PARK CORNER.... A look at the changes being made at Hyde Park Corner, in particular the Underpass.
*THE BIG BLOW.... This film puts the spotlight on the human and mechanical components that make up the brass band - from a flourishing band in Wiltshire to the world-famous Black Dyke Mills band in Yorkshire.
*WOMAN-POWER... Author and broadcaster Stephen Potter shows why no man should ever underestimate the spending power - and influence - of women in modern Britain.
*ART IS A BUSINESS.... A look at the contemporary British art world, and the increasing interest in all its aspects.

***DISC TWO***
*COUNTING HEADS.... An account of the ten-yearly census - the first record in colour of the entire operation.
*LOOKING FOR NOTHING.... A look at various sights, including the Manchester Whitweek walks, liners, pet-shop windows, and holes!
*THE DANCE OF LIFE.... A exploration of English folk dancing, including the Hobby Horse dance and the Furry Dance.
*WHY ALL THE RUSH?.... August Bank Holiday is traditionally the date around which most Britons fix their holidays, but those who think they will get away from it all are almost certainly in for a shock...
*ON THE MAP.... The story of the Ordnance Survey and the maps it has been producing for over two centuries, told in fascinating detail.
*CHICKENS IN THE MILL.... Over ten years, Lancashire saw a new industrial revolution: from 1950, more than 55 cotton mills were converted for light industries. This film examines the process of change for Lancashire's workers.
*TREASURE HOUSES.... A film capturing the appeal of the four hundred castles, halls and mansions in Britain that are now open to the public.
*STATE OCCASIONS.... Behind every state ceremonial is the Earl Marshal of England. And behind the Earl Marshal is the College of Arms. This film documents its fascinating, little-known work.
*DOWN IN THE FOREST.... A look at the work of the Forestry Commission.
*MEET THE MAYOR.... A look at the office of Mayor in Britain, and the Lord Mayor's Show in London.
*UNDER YOUR FEET.... Beneath our feet is a little-known world: this film reveals the labyrinth of London's sewers, an Aladdin's cave of silver, and the GPO's unique tube railway.
*THE SILENT CHANGE.... A film capturing the 800 years of pageantry and ceremonial that attends the induction of a new Lord Mayor of London.
*SIGNPOSTS OF THE SEA.... A fascinating look at the lighthouses and light-ships around Britain's coast.
*THE CITY'S BUILT FOR SHOOTING... A look at the cities that are constructed for the world of cinema, featuring trips to Pinewood and Shepperton.
*NEW UNIVERSITIES.... A look at seven new universities at the time of the biggest expansion in the history of university training in Britain.
*RAG TIME.... Look at life explores the world of students' rags in Manchester, Hull, Sheffield and Leeds.

***DISC THREE***
*MARKET DAY.... Taking a look at the British country market, and the problems it is facing.
*THEY LEARN AS THEY SEE.... Schoolchildren in Britain learn by going to see things for themselves, not simply by classroom instruction. Foreign trips, geography from the air and visits to historical sights all play their part.
*JAZZ ALL THE WAY.... The Look at Life cameras visit the outdoor festival at Cleethorpes to see 12 top jazz bands.
*ISLAND REFUGE.... The island of Skomer off the Pembrokeshire coast is one of Britain's many wildlife havens. This film details the work of warder David Saunders and his family.
*HOLIDAY CAMPS.... The holday camp is a social phenomenon that has spread far beyond the British Isles. Look at Life explores the range of amenities on offer.
*SOUND OF A CITY.... Against the background of the Swinging Blue Jeans, this film looks at how the Merseybeat groups revolutionised pop music in Britain and beyond.
*SAVING A HERITAGE.... A report on the National Trust and what it is doing to save our national heritage.
*THE WAY OF RECKONING.... A film detailing the change-over from the Imperial to the Metric system of weights and measures.
*LADY BY THE SEA.... A look at the world of one of our most venerable institutions: the seaside landlady.
*EARLY STARTERS.... A film that tells the story of Britain's nursery schools.
*BUT NOT ON A SUNDAY.... A look at a typical Sunday in England - and the changes that are taking place.
*THE THINGS THEY SELL.... An intriguing look at the many and varied types of British exports.
*BOYS WITHOUT GIRLS.... Boys' clubs have served Britain for more than a hundred years. Rich men helped establish them: today they are state-aided. This film looks at their history and speculates on their future.
*MEMBERS ONLY.... A visit to London's Clubland - from the smoky rooms of Soho, to the traditional clubs in St Jame's.
*CITY OF SAILORS.... Portsmouth is no longer the sea-faring city it once was: this film looks at its changing face.
*WHY DROWN YOURSELF?.... Just how safe are Britain's beaches? From the swimmer's - and non-swimmer's - angle, not safe enough: nor are the inland waterways, in which so many tragedies occur.

***DISC FOUR***
*IN THE LIVERY.... In the Middle Ages, merchants and craftsmen of the City of London formed guilds and companies, many of which still exist. But what role do they play in the modern world?
*THE NEEDLES POINT THE WAY.... To millions of people the Isle of Wight is a holiday destination with a famous yachting event - but it is an island full of surprises.
*CRISIS IN THE CATHEDRAL.... A look at the crisis facing Britain's cathedrals, with massive repairs demanding the investment of vast sums of money.
*THE TOWER OF BABBLE.... A fascinating look at the network of Post Office towers in some of Britain's major cities.
*ON TAPE FOR TOMORROW.... A look at the recording on tape of Welsh and Irish folk songs and stories.
*THE ABBEY BACKSTAGE.... Westminster Abbey is not only a treasure house and tourist attraction - it's also a business run by a community who, like the monks of old, spend their lives in its precincts.
*THE SHAPE OF THINGS.... A look at the Ministry of Public Building and Works and its status as one of the biggest patrons of the arts in Britain.
*THE CHURCHILL PILGRIMAGE.... From one of England's greatest stately homes to a grave in a little Oxfordshire churchyard, this film makes a journey that has become known as the Churchill Pilgrimage.
*HIGH AND DRY.... This film shows what is happening in the Cinque Ports. Only one of the seven - Dover - remains a port: shingle brought in by the tides has silted up the coastline of the other six towns.
*IN GEAR.... A look at high fashion in Sixties Britain, exploring the exhuberant styles on offer in the boutiques of our cities, and their colourful clientele.
*HIDDEN TREASURE.... An intriguing look at the three-fold job of the British Museum, which also probes the reasons why so many of its treasures remain hidden.
*GOODBYE, PICCADILLY.... A film about Piccadilly, made as the area is about to be dramatically redeveloped to make way for modern precincts and a traffic underpass.
*CHANGE AT THE TOWER.... A behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes on in the Tower of London.
*THE SPOILERS.... As the number of visitors to Britain's countryside increase, so too do the threats to the very things they have come to enjoy...
*QUEUE FOR GARDENS.... A trip to Kew Gardens and also to Syon Park, on the opposite side of the river.
*IN THE HONOURS LIST.... A look at the peerages, knighthoods and memberships of the various grades of the Orders of Chivalry rewarded to men and women who have deserved well of their country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection of cultural heritage films, 4 Mar 2013
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I bought this volume of cultural heritage films for my fiance who now has every Look At Life volume and many other heritage films but I have to say, I've loved watching these films myself. The films are varied and fascinating and the quality of the filming is brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look at Life: Volume 5 Cultural Heritage, 19 Jan 2014
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Lovely. I bought this for Christmas knowing there would be a few folk of various ages sitting in front of the fire post prandial.
This was wonderful because the 10 minute segments allowed conversation or interest to develop. This is not an inexpensive item but will be fun for years to come. The resolution is excellent and clear. If you don't fancy this Culture one then I am sure you might find as much pleasure in another one. 4 discs too....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 3 July 2013
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These Look at Life films are great if you had lived through these times it brings back so many memories i have all the Look at Life series and would recomend to anybody who likes to see how things were in times gone by, one word sums them up GREAT.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look at Life Vol 5, 11 April 2013
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I wanted to get hold of this particular one as I was filmed as a child (with my class from school) and told it was for a Look at Life film. After 50 plus years I have tracked it down and seen my (8 year old) self country-dancing!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic- but...., 15 Nov 2012
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I have all the previous releases and am really looking forward to this one but a quick look on Networks website shows that, as in a couple of earlier releases some duplication is occurring. Surely there must be enought films available that this can be avoided but don't let that put you off as they are fantastic and I will buy everyone they release.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past, 7 July 2013
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For good 1960s sexist, stereotypical viewing this collection is a must. Were we really like this? The choice is fascianting
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the films - one star for the duplications, 23 Nov 2013
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These are all great five star films. For 'baby boomer' nostalgists, this whole series is just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately, it contains duplications from another 'Look at Life' set.
I first purchased 'Look at Life: Swinging London'. Inspired by this, I then bought 'Look at Life: Volume 5 Cultural heritage'. Imagine my surprise when I found that at least EIGHT of the films in 'Volume 5' also appear in 'Swinging London' (I stopped counting at eight). It's about time that consumer laws were changed to enforce producers to clearly label products like these, 'contains duplications from other works'.
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12 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars look at life:all volumes, 18 Aug 2012
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englands green and pleasant land is captured in all its glory in one of cinemas finest documentary series of the 50s and sixties,shown alongside pathe news,pearl and dean,and those wonderful trailers for coming attractions.this series made by the rank organization was one of best of its kind and it looks as good today as it did all those years ago.filmed in beautiful eastman colour these films took us all over england scotland and wales to show us what a look at life in our country was all about,most of the naration was by tim turner,who also did the voice in the 50s tv series of "hg wells,the invisible man" just listening to tim turners voice brings back many happy memories of cinema going in the early 60s.we visit the people and places of days gone by,and you will never find this series boring,it has the lot,each volume is based on a theme,such as people,places,historical intrest,the swinging sixties inc carnaby street,planes trains and automobiles,yes this is cinema at its best,the picture quality of these dvds are realy nice to look at,the sound is just as good.sit back relax and enjoy this wonderful series.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than watching various episodes on youtube, 1 July 2013
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Wasn't able to use the menu properly when watching on my DVD - no problems when using the DVD on my computer though.
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