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Western Collection (Gunfight at the OK Corral, Once Upon A Time in the West, True Grit, The Sons of Katie Elder) [DVD]
Western Collection (Gunfight at the OK Corral, Once Upon A Time in the West, True Grit, The Sons of Katie Elder) [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Wayne
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £18.25

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic films, great value, 16 Oct. 2010
This box set is great value, as it contains four excellent Westerns. As usual with box sets the films are a mix of true classic and slightly lesser films but all of these films are worth your while.

One of the major plus points in the set is that it includes the two-disc set of Once Upon a Time in the West. This happens to be my all-time favourite Western and the dvd treatment is excellent featuring an audio commentary with Sergio Leone expert Christopher Frayling as well as others including John Milius, John Carpenter and Sheldon Hall. This commentary is well worth the time if you are into the film as Frayling explains many of the references to classic Westerns which Leone inserted. So, if your knowledge of early westerns is as patchy as mine, then this feature will prove useful.

True Grit is another good film. It is obviously best known as the film for which 'The Duke' - John Wayne won his Oscar. His performance is memorable as the drunken, violent 'Rooster' Cogburn. Kim Darby's performance as the teenage Mattie Ross is also memorable. Unfortunately, Glen Campbell as La Boeuf isn't so good. Still, a fine Western, and I'm also looking forward to the Coen Brothers' remake coming this year.

The Sons of Katie Elder is a somewhat lesser John Wayne film, but no less entertaining. The film is exciting and entertaining with a fine Elmer Bernstein score which is reminiscent of his classic work on The Magnificent Seven.

The Gunfight at the OK Corral is an entertaining, fanciful retelling of the classic Wyatt Earp/Doc Holliday story. Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas are first class leads and the film is directed by John Sturges who went on to make The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape.

When I bought this the list price was just £5. You couldn't ask for better value for money, especially considering that Once Upon a Time in the West is the two disc version!

James Bond - Live and Let Die (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set)   [DVD]
James Bond - Live and Let Die (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roger Moore
Price: £2.49

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Bond, it's good to see you again, 31 July 2006
Roger Moore's tenure as James Bond lasted from 1973 to 1985, during which time the Bond series turned more towards a comic style and Bond became more known for one-liners than for being a spy and assassin. Some of Moore's films were, on the other hand, much more balanced with regars to humour. Live And Let Die is my favourite Roger Moore James Bond film. Although much of Ian Fleming's novel is abandoned, the film still carries a Fleming-esque flavour. This is in part due to the Caribbean setting. Filmed in Fleming's beloved Jamaica, LALD is Moore's first effort as Bond and he is most convincing as Ian Fleming's secret agent. He is a little more ruthless here, and although he has some tongue in cheek dialogue, it doesn't go overboard. The only time the comic side of the picture gets out of hand is when Clifton James is on screen hamming it up as Sheriff J.W Pepper. Also the death of the villain, Kananga is very far fetched, and doesn't look convincing on screen.

The film's strongest points are probably the score and the henchmen. The score was composed by Beatles producer George Martin and really gives the film an interesting. The title song is used as the main action theme and Martin also composed some other good themes which appear regularly in the score. As much as I am a fan of John Barry, I'm not convinced that he could have done a better job than Martin on this film. In fact, I can barely imagine the picture with a more traditional Barry score.

The villain's henchmen are excellent. Tee Hee, a tall sadist armed with a mechanical hook. Baron Samedi, a voodoo priest with a wonderful sadistic laugh. Whisper, an overweight, almost mute henchman. The villain himself is Dr. Kananga, a politician who also operates as a Harlem gangster. The plot revolves around heroin, and Kananga's efforts to gain the monopoly in the heroin trade.

The DVD itself is very good. I didn't own the Special Edition, but I really like this Ultimate Edition. Although, looking at which features were present on the previous release. I'm not sure whether it would be worth buying this if you already have the previous version. But if, like me, you only had the VHS previously, this is a must buy. The library of extra features is rather good. The usual 'Making Of' documentary, narrated as always by Patrick Macnee. Also, worth looking at is the 'Bond 1973' documentary. Another behind the scenes look at LALD, but not as good as the Patrick Macnee one. Also of interest is the Bond circa 1964 piece, showing Roger Moore appearing as 007 in a 1964 TV program. It is a very nice comic piece between Bond and his Russian female counterpart, both just trying to have a holiday, but enable to shake off their suspicions about each other.

Overall, this is one of my favourite Bond films and an equally good DVD release. One thing that puzzles me though, why did they put a picture of Roger Moore in Octopussy on the label of Disc 1. He barely looks like the same person that he did in LALD, as the pic was taken a decade later. Oh well, a minor slip, but it cerainly doesn't ruin this very good DVD set. Go on, buy it. You won't regret it.

James Bond - Limited Edition Attache Case Ultimate Editions Box Set (40 Discs) [DVD]
James Bond - Limited Edition Attache Case Ultimate Editions Box Set (40 Discs) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest series in the history of cinema, 31 July 2006
The first Bond film was released in 1962 and the latest is currently wrapping filming. In over forty years there have been many classic films, and even those which are not as good are still classy productions. Now, a new set of DVDs have been released. The big question is whether they are a big improvement over the old set. The best answer I can give is 'yes and no'. Certain aspects are better, and others not as good as the old collection.

First the good news: As expected the picture is better in the new releases. Although this is only really noticeable in the older James Bond films. Some, like Goldfinger are considerably better. As for the sound, I am not really able to comment as I don't have a good sound system. On the early Bond films, the colours are slightly muted when compared to the old ones, but they print are considerably cleaner.

Also, the extras are obviously better as the discs include the old extras as well as new ones. Some films have much more substantial new features than others though. There is one film which loses some of the features that it had previously - Die Another Day. The reason for this I don't know.

The areas in which the old releases are better are the menu screens and the informational booklets. The old editions had very nice menus, which were thematically relevant to each individual film. Here the menus are all the same, and get a bit boring. Some of the joy of the SE releases was looking forward to see what the menu was like for each film.

The information booklets are also inferior to the older ones. I guess they just don't want to repeat what they had done before. But they should have made something superior to the previous version. I am afraid they did the opposite.

The biggest question is whether it is worth spending money on the new set if you already own the previous set. I say no, unless you are a serious fan and really cannot live without the new featurretes. Also, the new Roger Moore commentaries are a nice touch. I think the SE dvds are more than sufficient for the average Bond fan, but with the fan base already in place, Sony Pictures have been given a licence to print money when they aquired the Bond films.

Oh well, the bottom line is that the new Bond DVDs are very good and succeed in both the areas of the film and the extras. If you don't already own the SE Bond DVDs it is definitely a worthy purchase, but you have to decide how badly you want the new material.

But one thing is for sure, 'Nobody Does It Better' than Bond.

Licence To Kill [DVD]
Licence To Kill [DVD]
Dvd ~ Timothy Dalton
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.15

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IAN FLEMING'S James Bond, 24 July 2006
This review is from: Licence To Kill [DVD] (DVD)
Licence To Kill was released in 1989 on the back of The Living Daylights. Timothy Dalton was back for his second turn as James Bond. This film continued the trend set in the previous Bond outing by taking it's inspiration from Ian Fleming's original creation rather than the traditions set by the earlier Bond films like Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice. The result is good, but it feel lacking in some way. The biggest trouble is that it feels like a standard action movie rather than a 007 film. The usual elements are mostly there, and Dalton plays the role well, but I'm not a fan of the South American drug scenario as a plot for a James Bond film. The plot is not a total loss though, and the way in which Bond gets into the villains inner circle and misinforms him is a great bit of screen writing. I really like that part of the film. The finale truck chase is pretty good and exciting. Dalton comes out of the bloody and tired. This is Ian Fleming's James Bond, and even if he is not as popular at the box office, this is how Fleming intended it to be.

Good on producers Broccoli and Wilson for taking such a bold step. It could have killed the franchise, but the result is a good film artistically, even if not as financially succesful.

The DVD is a good release, boasting a decent selection of special features, including the usual 'making of' documentary narrated by Patrick Macnee. A worthwhile purchase, and a good Bond movie. You can't go wrong with 007!!

Goldfinger (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set)  [DVD] [1964]
Goldfinger (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £2.97

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm beginning to like you, Mr Bond", 24 July 2006
I believe that few would question that Goldfinger had it all. Sean Connery was the definitive Bond in this installment. It had the definitive villain and henchman. The Aston Martin DB5 is the definitive Bond vehicle. Shirley Bassey sings the definitve Bond song and John Barry introduces the definitive Bond style in his score. This film has pretty much everything going for it. And it all shows on screen. Many consider it the definitive Bond film. They are probably right, although I do prefer darker, more sinister style of From Russia With Love. This film takes a distinct turn towards the comic book style. This may well be the influence of director Guy Hamilton who took over the reigns from Terence Young. Overall he is my favourite director of a Bond movie. I am also a fan of his non-Bond work, especially Battle of Britain and The Colditz Story, two of my favourite films of all time.

This new ultimate edition of Goldfinger does not dissapoint. Perhaps if you already owned the SE version you would be dissappointed if you had to fork out again. Since I only owned Bond on VHS previously I was more than happy to pay up for this. The picture and sound quality are very good and the extras are very nice. Although most of them were on the previous release I think. The new 'interactive guide' feature is neat but obviously you don't see anything new, but it is just a few quick links to some classic scenes.

Overall, Goldfinger is a classic, and no Bond fan should be without it. Nor should any self respecting DVD collection lack this masterpiece. If you own the SE DVD already, you need to decide whether or not it is worth the extra expense. Whatever you do though, have Goldfinger in your DVD collection, it is a must have.
As Auric Goldfinger would put it:
'No, Mr Bond. I expect you to buy.'

The Gods Must Be Crazy / Gods Must Be Crazy 2 [1980 / 1989) [DVD]
The Gods Must Be Crazy / Gods Must Be Crazy 2 [1980 / 1989) [DVD]
Dvd ~ N!xau
Price: £5.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gods must have a sense of humour!!!, 21 Jun. 2006
The Gods Must Be Crazy is a great film. Although on the surface it might appear crude in style and technically flawed, none of this matters since the superb humour hides the technicalities of the film, and you cannot help laughing. The introduction is a masterpiece. The comparison between the bushmen and life in a South African city is startling, and very funny. One of my favourite lines is the woman in the lunchroom asking, 'Does the noise in my head bother you?'

The plot is quite amusing as well. The bushman are amazed when a very useful tool fell from the sky. In fact, it was a coke bottle dropped from an aeroplane. They find the bottle very useful, but it causes trouble as well. They have always had enough of everything in nature to go around, but here is a thing which there is only one of. It causes fights etc. and the bushman try to give it back to the Gods. They send Xi to the edge of the world to throw the 'evil thing' off the earth. Along his way Xi comes across a bumbling ecologist, a pretty school teacher, and a bunch of terrorists. The second half of the film is less focused than the first half, but it is just as funny. The scenes with the Land Rover are very good indeed.

'The Gods Must be Crazy 2' is slightly less inspired than the original but is very funny as well. This time Xi's children are lost when they get taken away on the truck of an elephant poacher. Xi goes to find them, and once again comes across terrorists, and also elephant poachers, a Lawyer and another ecologist who are lost in the Kalahari when their microlight aircraft is lost in a storm. The characters are not quite as good as their counterparts from the first film, but film is techinically a bit better. More great comedy, and also funny to see in Pierre van Pletzen (aka Oubaas van Zyl from the South African soapie 7de Laan) as poacher, George.

If you're looking for a laugh, look no further than this double feature set. For the price, it is a great buy and will have you in fits of laughter, whether you're african or not.

All The Goals Of The World Cup: 1998 [DVD]
All The Goals Of The World Cup: 1998 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Football
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.63

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All the goals. . . but what about the shootouts??, 6 Jun. 2006
All the goals of World Cup 98. Well the title says it all. I knew what I was getting, and I was delighted, apart from the fact that the penalty shootouts were not included. If one didn't know what had happened, games like England vs Argentina would be very confusing, as they appear to end with the scores level, and we are never told who went through, but have to work it out for ourselves. But that's the only real complaint. The picture quality is very good, I was most impressed by this.

Its just a pity that games like the world cup final were given no more special treatment than any other group stage game. There isn't even any footage of France lifting the trophy.

Oh well, the goals is what I wanted, and I got them so I can't complain. Just would've been nice to see the shootouts. . .

The Dam Busters [DVD] [1955]
The Dam Busters [DVD] [1955]
Dvd ~ Richard Todd
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £5.98

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential classic, 26 May 2006
This review is from: The Dam Busters [DVD] [1955] (DVD)
Modern audiences may be put off by Black and White films, but in this case, they should watch it anyway. They don't come better than this. The true story of one of the most audacious and daring air raids of all time. The characters are well drawn and the action is convincing and realistic.

The main character is Wing Commander Guy Gibson, brilliantly portrayed by the legendary Richard Todd. The leader of the raid, Gibson was a great pilot and a great leader. His men rallied around him with confidence and obediance despite not knowing their target until the day of the attack.

Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the 'Upkeep' bouncing bomb is portrayed by the great Michael Redgrave. Much of the first half focuses on Wallis' attempts to generate interest in his idea of bursting the Ruhr dams. His determination and eventual success is a great story in its own right.

The rest of the cast is very good and the characters are believable and down to earth. Look out for the great Robert Shaw as Pullford, a member of Gibsons crew.

The films tends to cause controversy these days due to 'Nigger', Gibson's dog. I find this absurd and an insult to the great man. The word is not being used in a racist, it's the man's dog for goodness' sake. And it is true. It would be stupid to change the dog's name just to be PC. The dog was something of a mascot to these men.

The DVD release is nothing special, apart from the attractive packaging and slip case. But in these cases, the film itself is worth the money, and extras are not needed to make the purchase worthwhile. Go ahead - Buy, Watch and Love.

As Time Goes By Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
As Time Goes By Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Judi Dench

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An understated classic!!, 25 May 2006
As Time Goes By is the type of sitcom that seems to be out of vogue with modern television producers, especially American ones. It is hilarious, but in a genuinely understated sort of way. What makes it even more funny is that the characters are pretty realistic. This makes it all the more believable and it is because of this that the series is even funnier. There are essentially four key characters.

Jean Pargetter is a widow who runs a succesful secretarial agency. She has a reputation as a taskmaster, which has led to her being known as 'Crabapple' and 'Iron Drawers'.

Lionel Hardcastle is a fussy, rather grumpy old man who spent a large portion of his life growing coffee in Kenya. He is now back in the UK doing lectures and writing a book about his life in Kenya, entitled 'My Life In Kenya'. The title is a running joke throughout the first two series.

Judith Hanson is Jean's attractive daughter. She works for her mother, who uses her to win over angry customers with her charm and her seduction tactics which Lionel describes as 'artless'.

Alistair Deacon is Lionel's rich young publisher. He drives an Aston Martin and insists on calling Lionel by various nicknames. Mostly 'mate' and 'Li'.

Jean and Lionel were lovers in the fifties but lost touch due to Lionel's posting in the Korean War. They meet again thirty eight years later(in the first episode). The first two series revolve around Lionel's book as well as Jean and Lionel's relationship. It twists and turns and provides tons of laughs. This set has thirteen episodes and is well worth the money. If you want to be seriously enteratined, check this out. They also have a high re-watching value, so you can enjoy them over and over again. :)

Zulu [1964] [DVD]
Zulu [1964] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stanley Baker
Price: £2.48

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to both the British and the Zulus, 13 May 2006
This review is from: Zulu [1964] [DVD] (DVD)
I must admit that I was apprehensive when first viewing this film, as I suspected that it would portray the zulus in a bad light. My fears were unnecesary as this film gives proper tribute to both sides. The zulus are shown to be intelligent and barve, as are the British.

It is set during the Anglo-Zulu war and portrays the defense of the mission station at Rorke's Drift. The scenery, while spectacular, is not actually what the area around Rorke's Drift looks like. It was filmed in the Drakensberg mountains, and the dramatic mountain known as the 'Amphitheater' forms a stunning backdrop for the action. So licence was taken in this area, but on the whole the film is extremely good. The hand to hand combat does look a little clumsy at times, and it is obvious that they are faking it, but this is a relatively minor complaint. The only other hassle is that it does not explain the earlier events at Isandhlwana. Jack Hawkins' character simply states that British soldiers were massacred, which might lead some to believe that they were simply murdered by the Zulus, but this is not so.

Also, John Barry's score deserves a mention. The main theme is brilliant, and really stirs you up whenever it plays.

South African's will also be interested to see prominent polititian Mangosuthu Buthelezi in the role of King Cetshwayo.

All in all, this is a very good, entertaining film. The DVD release does not dissapoint, boasting very nice picture, with minimal blemishes, and vivid colour. A must purchase item for all war film aficionados, and anyone wanting to see an interesting film. Also, all South African's should watch this and get a taste of some of the country's history.

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