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With Love Travel Gift Set - Leather Passport Holder & Luggage Tag
With Love Travel Gift Set - Leather Passport Holder & Luggage Tag

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal gift for somone special..., 21 Feb. 2013
I bought this for a friend's 21st birthday (she's a bit of a jet setter and really very beautiful, so the "Hello Beautiful" caption on the front made this the perfect present).

Discounting any packaging the sellers themselves might use, the item comes very attractively pre-packed; the luggage tag in protective tissue, and the tag and passport holder are together in a compact stiff card box, printed with a stylish motif. The passport holder is good quality leather and doesn't feel at all cheap (so no need to worry about the usual marketplace "caveat emptor" of a so-called leather product feeling like tawdry plastic tat) - the stitching appeared expertly finished and the plastic window inside seemed sturdy and I imagine a passport cover would have a good, snug fit (I scrutinised it carefully - as I say, it was for a 21st!) NB: When I saw this item in a high-street store in Chester, it didn't appear to come with the gift-box like the online product.

I'm not sure I'd use the luggage tag when flying, though - it's so very nice, and baggage handlers can be so very light-fingered.

For £20 approx., I felt this was terrific value - and the recipient said she liked it too!

Price: £6.21

4.0 out of 5 stars "The Next Hundred Years" is missing!, 2 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Unforgotten (MP3 Download)
As these tracks aren't out on CD, I took the plunge and made my first mp3 download. These tracks are fantastic quality (I would still prefer them on a CD with artwork and liner notes, though).

Curiously, these nine songs formed 90% of an Al Martino LP called "The Next Hundred Years" - here, they are presented out of sequence and the title track is missing. I would have thought if it was worth licensing the songs from Capitol, then the inclusion of the title track (which scraped the top 50 in America and made it to no. 6 in the Adult Contemporary chart) would have been a no-brainer - for this, four stars instead of five. If you do decide to download these, the track is available on various Martino compilations such as Capitol Collectors Series if you want to create your own CD-R LP.

Minor gripe over - more original Martino LPs released digitally please!

Strangers in the Night [DVD-AUDIO] [DVD AUDIO]
Strangers in the Night [DVD-AUDIO] [DVD AUDIO]
Price: £4.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrific concert, terrible DVD!, 21 Nov. 2009
This is the excellent 1976 concert, filmed in Canada with accompaniment by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, that has seen many other DVD releases all over the world.

As a resident of the U.K., I took the trouble to purchase this version from amazon.de as the track listing includes: Track 7, Begin the Beguine, and Track 14, MEDLEY: It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing / Sing, Sing, Sing. "Begin The Beguine" is one of my very favourite Martino tracks and I assumed, as these were in the middle of the usual tracks included on all other releases, that they were additional songs that were usually trimmed for syndication copies, i.e. so more commercials could be included in the running time on TV. Following Mr. Martino's passing, how wonderful to be able to see him perform this song again! Well, not quite.

These two tracks are totally out of place here - they are audio versions played over video stills of the rest of the concert, and are taken from Mr. Martino's U.S. "Style" album (also released as "Big Time Operator" in the U.K. and "It's Swing Time" in Germany). While the tracks are great (the "Style" album is one of my favourites) it seems a bit of a con to add them to the show in this way.

Also by way of warning, the picture quality of this release is far inferior to other DVD releases - it also uses some very distracting freeze frames as substitutes for the original credits and occasionally inserts some rather ugly captions to announce upcoming songs. I recommend the "All-Stars" release Al Martino-Spanish Eyes [DVD] [1930] [Region 1] [NTSC] of this show, also available from Germany, or the DPTV release In Concert [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], obtainable from America.

The Eagle Has Landed [Blu-ray]
The Eagle Has Landed [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Price: £9.99

36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top-notch image from ITV DVD, 12 Oct. 2008
Although the cover states a runtime of 118 mins (all of the ITV Blu-Rays retain their PAL / 4% shorter runtimes on their covers, although in this case the 4% shorter time would still be wrong!), this is the full version as shown in the cinemas (clocking in at 2:15:24 - 135 mins). It is a shame branching was not used to include the further extended edition, but at any rate it is much better than having the 118 mins. version.

As for the actual picture quality, it is the same high standard as with all other ITV Blu-Ray products, i.e. Escape To Athena, Capricorn One, Great Expectations and (especially) The Boys From Brazil. Detail is excellent, as are colours; thankfully, ITV / Granada are not down there with the larger companies who tamper with colour to bring out detail, or turn up the yellow to give everything the brown, drab look associated with so many of today's new releases.

The Blu-Ray is absolutely vanilla, not even a trailer - but if the price is right for you, this disc with its lush picture quality comes thoroughly recommended.

Ten Little Indians [1965] [DVD]
Ten Little Indians [1965] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wilfrid Hyde-White

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very good version, poorly served on DVD, 31 July 2008
This is one of the best adaptations of the Christie novel, taking many then big stars of the sixties for the 'victims', including Shirley "Goldfinger" Eaton and Wilfrid Hyde-White and Stanley Holloway, both fresh from success in "My Fair Lady".

Unfortunately, this DVD is extremely poor in the picture quality department, a kind of haze lingering throughout - it appears to be down to a conversions issue and ghosting is a constant problem. A less trusting buyer might wonder whether Orbit have put out a bootleg product.

Extras are limited to a very dull list of other Orbit releases and the 'Whodunnit Break' - an extremely cheesy gimmick from the original theatrical release which purports to offer clues but simply throws up flashbacks to each murder in turn.
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