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Leave Her To Heaven [DVD]
Leave Her To Heaven [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cornel Wilde

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good film noir in technicolor, 11 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Leave Her To Heaven [DVD] (DVD)
In 1944 Gene Tierney was Laura in Otto Preminger's classic of the same name. The next year, possibly because of that film, Fox made her star again as a "femme fatale" - only this time more "fatale". She plays a woman obsessed with her father, and the projected image of him in her newly found husband. To tell more, would be to spoil the film. She got her only Oscar nomination for this film (again, the omission in the previous year with "Laura" might have something to do with it) and its spellbinding to see her in muted technicolor, more beautiful than ever - yes, this is a film noir shot in colour. The cast also includes Jeanne Crain and Cornel Wilde (two of Fox's biggest starts at the time) and also Vincent Price as Tierney's rejected lover. The DVD is a barebone release with a copy that has its moments. Starts quite badly to improve as it goes on. Not a perfect film, but I was glad to find some new charm in it when I saw it recently.

The Snake Pit [DVD] [1948]
The Snake Pit [DVD] [1948]
Dvd ~ Olivia de Havilland
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £18.93

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Olivia de Havilland Show, 2 Sept. 2004
This review is from: The Snake Pit [DVD] [1948] (DVD)
Although Olivia de Havilland is probably best known as Melanie from Gone with the Wind and as the love interest of Errol Flynn in many of his films, she was a quite capable actress as this film shows. Virginia Cunningham (de Havilland) suddenly realises that she is a psychiatric ward of a hospital with no recollection of how or why she got there. We join her as she has her ups and downs in her recovery, trying to figure out why she's there. The film is a good one but is not perfect. It really lives out the performance of its leading lady and a good script - and there are some hidden gems in the dialogue which you can't help laugh at. The DVD shows an great copy for a 1948 film, but the sound although ok didn't impress me that much. Still is worth your money if you like classic films, Olivia de Havilland or simply want to enjoy a good film.

Meet Me In St Louis [DVD] [1944]
Meet Me In St Louis [DVD] [1944]
Dvd ~ Judy Garland
Price: £5.19

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judy Garland at her best, 7 Aug. 2004
One of Judy Garland's best films is now released in a fantastic and restaured copy. The advertise for it says it never looked better. This is probably quite true. The colours are just perfect, making justice to Vincente Minnelli's work as a director. Although with less extras than the US edition, this DVD still has a very good making off, an introduction to the film by Liza Minnelli, a trailer, a music only audio track and a informative and entertaining commentary.
The film has all the charm of the best MGM productions, and it tells the story of a family living in St Louis in the year leading to the World Fair of 1904. Judy Garland sings some of her best songs ("The Boy next door", "the Troley song" and "Have yourself a merry little christmas") and is upstage by the very young Margarte O'Brien as Tootie (she won the juvenile performer OScar for her part here).

Days Of Wine And Roses [DVD] [1962]
Days Of Wine And Roses [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ Jack Lemmon
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £14.99

56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a dark and entrancing film, 6 Aug. 2004
Revisiting this film, having seen it last about 10 years ago, was refreshing to see that it still impressed me. It's the story of how a PR man with alcoholic tendencies (Jack Lemmon) meets, falls in love, marries and "corrupts" Lee Remick, and soon they're both alcoholics. Starting almost as a romantic comedy and turning bleaker every minute to an amazing ending: if you see it with someone you'll end up talking about what happens next. Blake Edwards directs it with a very good hand, his style closer to his previous "Breakfast at Tiffany's" rather than any of his later comedies. As for extras, the director provides a commentary track and there's a trailer and a vintage interview with Jack Lemmon. Warner Bros has put some care into the restoration and the picture looks amazing.

Pick Up On South Street [DVD] [1953]
Pick Up On South Street [DVD] [1953]
Dvd ~ Richard Widmark
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £19.91

65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling film noir, 2 Aug. 2004
I decided to get this on impulse buy having read some good reviews on the web. I have to say that I don't regret it in the least. It's a very good film noir, unusually fast paced both for its genre and time. Within the first few minutes you get addicted. A pickpocket (Richard Widmark) accidentally steals a microfilm from a handbag - only the woman was a corrier and was being followed by the police as they wanted to catch the communist receiver. Soon he has everyone after the film: the police, the communists and the femme fatale from who he had steal it from the first place. Richard Widmark (whom I don't like) and Thelma Ritter give wonderful performances. She is as usual the best thing and a complete scene stealer. She got an Oscar nomination for this but lost rather unfairly for Donna Reed. The DVD itself is a barebone release (there are some trailers for other releases, but not the film's) but the copy is very good.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir [DVD] [1947]
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir [DVD] [1947]
Dvd ~ Gene Tierney
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £12.17

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet, quite charming romantic comedy, 2 Aug. 2004
A quiet, quite charming romantic comedy from director Joseph L Mankiewicz, who later directed "All About Eve". A widow (Gene Tierney) decides to leave her husband's family and move to the sea side. There she moves to a house where a captain (Rex Harrison) had live and die and she falls in love with his ghost. Although not much happens in the film, you still can't help falling in love with it. Gene Tierney is lovely, Rex Harrison is close to top form, George Sanders is at his slimy best and look for a very young Natalie Wood as Gene Tierney's daughter. The DVD looks very good and sounds quite good as well, doing justice to one of Bernard Herrmann's best and most famous scores. Let yourself fall in love with it.

The Children's Hour [DVD]
The Children's Hour [DVD]
Dvd ~ Audrey Hepburn
Offered by Black Wolfe
Price: £3.96

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hepburn and McLaine at their best, 17 July 2004
This review is from: The Children's Hour [DVD] (DVD)
William Wyler had made film version of this story in 1936, but then he had to give in to the censors in some things. In 1961, enjoying a bit more freedom he decided to keep closer to Lilian Hellman's original. Although there is an outdated prespective on homosexuality in it, there was something about this film that made me really like it and it's still a powerful testemony of how mean gossip can ruin someone's life. Two friends (Audrey Hepburn and Shirley McLaine) have a girls' school and everything seems finally to be fine, when one of the girls accuses them of being lesbians. And every parent soon starts taking their children out of the school. The two actresses are great, and so are Miriam Hopkins and Fay Bainter.

Mutiny On The Bounty [1935] [DVD]
Mutiny On The Bounty [1935] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charles Laughton
Offered by kurekro uk
Price: £7.18

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the most exciting classic, 17 July 2004
Inspired by true events on board of HMS Bounty, the film tells the story of a group of sailors rebelled against their cruel captain. I have to say that I was rather curious to see the film but I was a bit disappointed. It never quite did it for me, and I found myself losing interest at several points. Gable was never one of my favourite actors and this isn't the one that going to change it. As for Laughton, although he is very good, I prefer to see him in "Witness for the Prossecution" any day.
The film transfer without being one of the best I've seen in films from the 30's and 40's is quite good. The DVD has a few minor extras, the most curious of which is an MGM short about the fate of the rebels and their descendants. A bit condescendent but still a nice epilogue to the film.

How To Steal A Million [DVD] [1966]
How To Steal A Million [DVD] [1966]
Dvd ~ Audrey Hepburn
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how to steal a million laughs, 13 July 2004
The daughter of a forger (Audrey Hepburn) asks Peter O'Toole's help to steal one of her family's "masterpieces" - the Celini Venus, who seem to resemble a lot like her own grandmother... Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole are great in this great heist/romantic comedy, one of those you can watch over and over again without being tired.
The DVD edition has no extras but has a great picture quality. Even with no extras I would not hesitate to suggest to buy this. It's brilliant.

Unfaithfully Yours [DVD][1948]
Unfaithfully Yours [DVD][1948]
Dvd ~ Rex Harrison
Offered by hessleoldbooks
Price: £27.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good comedy from an old master, 26 Jun. 2004
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Although not as brilliant or daring as some of Sturges' earlier work, "Unfaithfully Yours" is still quite funny. Rex Harrison is a conducter who suddenly starts to have suspicions about his wife and plans the best way to kill her... only nothing goes according to plan. As for the DVD the picture is quite good throughout (my guess is that has been restored), but the sound does get a bit annoying from time to time. As for the extras there are some interviews, but nothing very interesting - still is the film thatmakes it worth.

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