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This Island Earth [DVD] [1955]
This Island Earth [DVD] [1955]
Dvd ~ Jeff Morrow
Price: £4.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a pretty important step in the history of science fiction cinema., 23 Feb. 2010
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First, it was made in color, which is not common in genre cinema of the time, and also because it was shot with a budget rather conspicuous.
Indeed the interplanetary war scenes are quite realistic in the eyes of the beholder.
The special effects department, headed by Clifford Stine (who has worked with Jack Arnold, the director contacted first for the realization of this work, which then passed to the less talented but more docile Joseph Newman) works very well and there awl in special effects, however, are never overwhelming or free over action.
As for the mutant (the work of very good Bud Westmore) that at one point appeared in the film, we can write that it was in no way foreseen in the original script, but that he believed was imposed by the production requires the presence of a monster to be included in various advertisements to entice the public to see the film.
Moreover, the figure dell'extraterrestre is, unlike the usual, certainly human and I share the same concerns and fears that may have a human being when faced with the catastrophe of war.
Is never bad, even if it prevails in the first part of the mystery about who he really is, much less pervaded by an aura of superiority, as some wise alien films before (see 's excellent "The Day the Earth stood still" by Robert Wise). Jack Arnold participates in post production on this film because the production called to redo some scenes set in the planet Metaluna, as not convince those who invested the money in this work as too boring to be subjected to public scrutiny. Arnold succeded and managed to find a new visual verve.

Eye Of The Needle [DVD]
Eye Of The Needle [DVD]
Dvd ~ Donald Sutherland
Price: £4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars "Eye of the Needle," a thriller that you can grow fond,, 22 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Eye Of The Needle [DVD] (DVD)
It is said that the subject of the bestselling spy-war fiction of Ken Follett was not an easy thing to reduce into afilm, but Richard Marquand, Canadian director rookie managed so well to do a lot of movies sold on international markets, is treated so faceted bad Nazi Agent "Die Nadel" (beautifully rendered by a glacial Sutherland) to push to choose Marquand in George Lucas "Return of the Jedi", where the diabolical figure of Darth Vader had to highlight the contradictions and residues of humanity. Set on a desert island along the British coast, known as Storm Island, the film is a love story mixed with a plot that involves precisely the German superspy who kills with impressive ease, and the British secret service that want to conceal Hitler from details of imminent landing on European shores, which then will be in Normandy. The film has a step not fast, but the care with which the screenplay and directed by delineating the characters rather than complex characters make "Eye of the Needle," a thriller that you can grow fond, and many are fans of this film is not spared the cruelty with which the protagonist gets rid of those who hindered his plans (the scene where he throws down the cliff, the paraplegic husband of the woman of which he is fall in love is tremendous) and the inability to use exactly the same ruthlessness towards his co-star a considerable contribution Kate Nelligan.

Masque Of The Red Death [DVD]
Masque Of The Red Death [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hazel Court
Price: £5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgar Allan Poe's cult horror classic about a satanic prince and a masquerade ball., 20 Feb. 2010
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Visionary, yet expressionistic. Corman translates a story in pictures of Poe assisted by the great Vincent Price, and adorably eccentric, much more an icon of horror. Death has no face, dressed simply the primary colors, leaving no room for any anthropomorphism which dissipated the unease and fear. Loves the solitude of the woods and knows how to be tender, but at the same time with those who must condemn glacial. The scene of the ball, built in a simple, but effective, is one of the most intriguing sequences of the film, giving it the taste of bitter sweet carouse carefree. The tenth plague the country and will not spare the mad Prince Prospero (Vincent Price), which has long since sold his soul to the devil and is believed immune from death, forgetting that it has no master.

For Whom The Bell Tolls [DVD]
For Whom The Bell Tolls [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gary Cooper
Price: £4.00

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway novel, good TO SEE, NOT A TIME WASTED, 19 Feb. 2010
A masterpiece just missed for a little. To make beautiful the film looks just enough of the beautiful Ingrid Bergman, but the usual coldness of Cooper, an excellent Katina Paxinou (rightly awarded the Oscar), directed by the wonderful and the beautiful high end all at high levels. "TO SEE, NOT A TIME WASTED", assorted excellent cast, script hemingwayana, pathos and a good cause .... what else? Film true or propaganda film? The date is suspect, and the fact that Phalangists soldiers wear helmets fashioned German is rising all the clues leading to validate the second hypothesis. As for the speech on the greater or lesser fidelity to the text of the film of Hemingway, it seems very interesting, although I doubt that the novel had precedence over the love story to the story-war politics. I think that generally the works of great popular success, as is the novel by Hemingway, usually resulting from a merger of the two elements, a little 'Gone with the wind like the meatloaf, novel and film. From the aesthetic point of view the film is ugly and disappointing. Sam Wood does not know how to make a film that would require the realistic strength of a John Ford, or at least an epic achievement to De Mille (who apparently started the project). But this is not the fault also - and here lies the biggest disappointment - the script written by Dudley Nichols while large, responsible for many scenarios of value, which is only making the minute phrases you would expect to hear in mouths of the characters. It is no coincidence, in fact, already at the time the Oscar was awarded to Katina Paxinou (who remembers years later at the mother's "Rocco and His Brothers"), rather than the fools who play the two main parties. If, as they say, it was Hemingway himself to pick the two players, took a historic blunder, if indeed Gary Cooper with his blue eyes at least has the merit to match the stereotypical American who selflessly fought for freedom, not understand what can match the Swedish Ingrid Bergman but her beauty.

Anzio [DVD] [1969]
Anzio [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Robert Mitchum
Price: £3.15

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting "documentary" on the life in Italy durin the last war, 19 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Anzio [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
It seems unfair to dismiss this film with a few words of skill and prolific Dmytryk (along with Colette), whose theme is an important historical event in the military campaign in Italy between the end of '43 and the liberation of Rome and so many young lives cost to both sides. How much of what is told in the film history and what is fantasy? In fact, the film speaks of the few survivors of the battalions of rangers, sent to take Cisterna.
The over-cautious initial cost dearly. The Germans could hardly drive out the allies at sea, and only after 4 ½ months of grueling fight the Allies managed to break through and arrive in Rome (just 50 km). The director describes the discharge as occurred and, with the eyes of a war correspondent, he mentions that, immediately after landing, you could get to Rome (this part is too fanciful: how could a jeep covering 50km without being seen and enter a city completely empty). Instead, well described the destruction of two battalions of Rangers. Certainly exceed the espionage activities by the 6 survivors who had already their fish to fry, to return to the bridgehead. But the substance of the story is true and who does not experience a surge of pity for so many young lives cut short in the struggle for liberation from Nazi-fascism, does not deserve respect. The film is thus the story of an act of war actually happened and the possibility of preventing many deaths if the command had been more suitable. I confess that when I saw the endless rows of white crosses in the cemetery of war Neptune had a lump of emotion. Overall the film is enriched by a beautiful photograph of Rotunno and supported by appropriate music Ortolani, although with some excess, flows and attentive despite the gender war content. Good and credible performance of the actors

Sophia Loren: Two Women [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Sophia Loren: Two Women [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £33.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars La Ciociara, a milestone in the italian cinema history, 19 Feb. 2010
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Provisional gossip holds that the production (versus the failure with Magnani, promoting as "diva International" Sophia Loren, the relationship with Ponti), the film concerns the work of emancipation by the stylistic features of Neorealism: De Sica arrives with great fluidity to a natural anthropocentrism which unfolds in its recrudescence beauty, passion and pain. There are currently highly capable of a lyrical bully (the outrage and anger) and some fall in tone, but overall the picture is vivid and compelling. Meritorious and unconditional (it seems ...) the incursion of Loren.
Intense, beautiful film. Masterful interpretation of Sofia Loren. White black accentuates the drama of history and context
The film that launched the international Loren (Oscar for Best Actress)
A Sophia Loren was originally intended the role of Rosetta, while Cesira was called Anna Magnani, who preferred to give up when he heard of having to play the part of the mother of Sophia
One of the ultra-great films of De Sica.
The traumas of war seen through the innocent eyes of a mother, protective of his daughter still little girl, but nevertheless defeated by events. Many claims of reflection, but these are not betrayed; apocalyptic atmosphere of the historic moment captured with fair accuracy, the story can be a small thing, but than enough to hit the mark
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Weird Science [DVD]
Weird Science [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kelly LeBrock
Price: £3.73

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly LeBrock, a lovelly and loving witch, 19 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Weird Science [DVD] (DVD)
John Hughes, the king of "teen movies", packs a hilarious turmoil of situations, and uses both hands to the beauty of a radiant Kelly LeBrock, who here shows the "wild side" of his lady in red. Situations and issues 100% 80 years, very funny.
The film was written by the director in just 2 days .. Set, like all films of Hughes, in the imaginary Shermer, Illinois ..
The name Lisa comes from the first computer with a graphical interface, the Apple Lisa .. and the computer used for the experiment is a real Memotech MTX512 .. the theme song of the film "Weird Science", the group's cult Oingo Boingo .. While Anthony Michael Hall, Gary, has continued his career as an actor, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Wyatt became a teacher of medieval history at university ..
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Rome, Open City [DVD] [1945]
Rome, Open City [DVD] [1945]
Dvd ~ Aldo Fabrizi
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Price: £11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A customer, 19 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Rome, Open City [DVD] [1945] (DVD)
I've bought, first The Amazon.co.uk edition, and then the italian version which is surely very best.
This film is the ultimate expression of neorealism: Film Movement aims to return with great fidelity the tragic reality of the moment, through images and narrative. Intended to occupy a prominent place in film history mondiale.Roberto Rossellini turned "Rome, Open City" between 1944 and 1945 during the last months of World War, creating a masterpiece that is now recognized by all as a kind of movie -symbol of Neorealism. In a troubling climate of continuous raids during the Second World War, in a Rome starving destroyed by war and Nazi occupation in the dignity of a priest (Aldo Fabrizi a memorable), and in the name of freedom, it helps a partisan leader. But because of one infamous traitor, who is using drugs and who attends a long time environments of the "SS", everything falls ... and tragedy within the tragedy takes sopravvento.The film has a strong emotional charge, aligned perfectly with the harsh reality that has not left space unfortunately not even that thin thread of hope for an eventual rebirth and fed only a bitter illusion a better tomorrow. Hope, much sought-after (and wonderfully represented by the great Anna Magnani), but ruthlessly suppressed by atrocious reality. After "Rome, Open City, Rossellini completed the so-called" war trilogy "with" Paisà "(1946) and" Germany Year Zero "(1948) to see ... not to forget ...

Barbarian Queen [1985] [DVD]
Barbarian Queen [1985] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lana Clarkson
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £17.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lana is better than Arnold... a Conan the barbarian in female..., 19 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Barbarian Queen [1985] [DVD] (DVD)
Set in some mythic land during the Dark Ages, the film opens as the beautiful, well-endowed barbarian queen Lana Clarkson is about to marry Frank Zagarino, a handsome prince from a nearby province. The ceremony is interrupted by a band of killers sent by evil warlord Arman Chapman who rape Clarkson's sister, Dawn Dunlap, slaughter whoever gets in their way, and capture most of the men--including Zagarino. Clarkson and her two loyal she-warriors, Katt Shea and Susana Traverso, survive the attack and vow to avenge the slaughter and to free their men. Argentine director Hector Olivera manages to inject some style and pace to the rather silly goings-on in BARBARIAN QUEEN, though the film is basically just an excuse to show off the physical attributes of its female cast.

She [DVD] [1965]
She [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ Ursula Andress
Price: £8.64

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ursula Andress, the goddess of the lost city, beautiful as always and not just Bond Girl., 19 Feb. 2010
This review is from: She [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
Vaguely inspired by the myths of Atlantis, is a product that does not depart from peplum crassest products in photocopy in the sixties. Dull adaptation of the famous fantasy novel by Henry Rider Haggard, titled "She". Much more successful version of 1935 (released in Italy under the title "The eternal woman"). Entertaining adventure film from the legendary Hammer Films produced during its heyday and with two of his most interpreters' famous, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, both in parts disappear, but equally valuable in the economy of the film.Well directed and well written, despite some obvious drops in tone, the film remains acceptable for the duration, until you get to 'explosive, phantasmagoric finale.Good actors, led by P. Cushing, C. Lee and Bernard Cribbins.With their presences is only "nobilita"a film like this.Charismatic, always present, suggest security and passionate in everything they do. Great duet and, of course ... .... MYTHIC

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