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Walt Disney Treasures - Topolino In Bianco E Nero #01 (2 Dvd)
Walt Disney Treasures - Topolino In Bianco E Nero #01 (2 Dvd)
Dvd ~ Autori Vari

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Mickey at a Great Price, 14 Jan. 2015
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"Mickey Mouse in Black and White, Volume One" represents a valuable treasure trove of early Disney animation - showcasing many of the finest cartoons from 1928 to 1935. Upon viewing these shorts in chronological order, one notices the increased skill of the Disney animators and, sadly, the gradual diminution of Mickey's character. By the time we get to "Mickey's Service Station" (1935), the evolution from naughty cartoon star to squeaky-clean nonentity is complete. With more than four hours of material, the affordable Italian import is a must-have for animation buffs.
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Laurel & Hardy Volume 11 - Saps At Sea/Music Shorts [DVD]
Laurel & Hardy Volume 11 - Saps At Sea/Music Shorts [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stan Laurel
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.23

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4.0 out of 5 stars Stan and Ollie's Farewell to the "Lot of Fun", 9 Feb. 2011
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Though "Saps at Sea" (1940) looks like a pair of three-reel comedies stuck together, the result is undiluted Laurel and Hardy. This streamlined feature marked Stan and Ollie's last production for Hal Roach, with The Boys making the most out of thin material. Memorable appearances by Jimmy Finlayson, Rychard Cramer and Ben Turpin add to the fun. No classic, but superior to the team's mostly dispiriting post-Roach efforts. The addition of classic shorts such as "You're Darn Tootin" (1928) and "Below Zero" (1930) kick this DVD up a notch.


The Stan And Ollie Collection: Utopia [DVD]
The Stan And Ollie Collection: Utopia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stan Laurel
Offered by Love-Your-Books
Price: £3.45

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3.0 out of 5 stars Laurel and Hardy's Cinematic Farewell, 11 Jan. 2011
A 1951 French-Italian production, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's unjustly maligned "Atoll K" deserves another look. If you have only seen the mutilated public-domain dupes of "Utopia" (the 1954 U.S. release), the 87-minute "Dick und Doof erben eine Insel" is quite a surprise in terms of its excellent print quality and the additional subplot with co-star Suzy Delair. The team's cinematic swansong includes some memorable sight gags and a surprising amount of political satire. Though somewhat marred by Stan and Ollie's declining health, the admirably offbeat "Atoll K" remains superior to the team's post-Hal Roach efforts.
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Prince - Sign 'O' The Times [DVD]
Prince - Sign 'O' The Times [DVD]
Dvd ~ Prince
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Princely Concert Film, 23 Dec. 2010
If you were fortunate enough to see its original theatrical release, Prince's "Sign 'O' the Times" (1987) truly rocked the big screen. His Royal Badness and Company kick out the jams for a high-energy performance. The Sheila E. drum solo is one for the ages - along with flat-out brilliant renditions of "Hot Thing" and "Forever in My Life." Prince's finest 85 minutes on celluloid.


Elvis on Tour [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Elvis on Tour [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Elvis Presley
Price: £10.73

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2.0 out of 5 stars Warner Has Left the Building!, 18 Aug. 2010
No bonus footage, no theatrical trailer, no "Johnny B. Goode." Even though Warner Home Video slashed their restoration budget due to the poor economy, they could have given "Elvis on Tour" (1972) the royal DVD treatment. They simply didn't care. Elvis fans have every right to feel ripped off, but uninitiated viewers probably won't mind. However, Presley's final film deserved much better. Save your money and wait for the inevitable two-disc "special edition."
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James Bond - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD]
James Bond - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ George Lazenby
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £8.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Bond, 7 Feb. 2010
Unfairly maligned in some quarters, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) remains among the top-five James Bond adventures. It's fitting that Sean Connery chose to sit this one out, since the Bond depicted in this film is more romantic and vulnerable. With George Lazenby as 007, you actually believe Bond would give up everything to marry Tracy (a memorable Diana Rigg). It's a pity that Lazenby didn't continue in the role, but his one-time performance adds to the film's uniqueness. Director Peter Hunt gives "OHMSS" a cinematic flair lacking in most Bond films - highlighted by some of the finest action sequences in movie history. Remastered and expanded, the two-disc "Ultimate Edition" is a must-own for 007 fans.


Please Please Me
Please Please Me
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £9.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Changing the Face of Pop Music, 2 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Please Please Me (Audio CD)
The Beatles' "Please Please Me" (1963) proved that the four lads from Liverpool would be around for the long haul. Opening with the breathless rocker "I Saw Her Standing There" and finishing with "Twist and Shout" (a remarkable first-take performance from John Lennon), the group's auspicious debut album still packs a sonic wallop. Along with "Love Me Do" and the title hit are Lennon-McCartney classics such as "Misery" and "There's a Place" - plus memorable covers of "Baby It's You," "A Taste of Honey" and "Boys" (Ringo's first lead vocal). The original mono version remains preferable to the weird stereo mix. Shortly before his death, Lennon acknowledged "Please Please Me" as one of his favorite Beatle albums.


Laurel & Hardy Volume 17 - Swiss Miss/Animal Shorts [DVD]
Laurel & Hardy Volume 17 - Swiss Miss/Animal Shorts [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stan Laurel
Price: £5.00

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3.0 out of 5 stars Schizophrenic L&H Feature, 1 Jan. 2010
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Producer Hal Roach makes the error of shoehorning Laurel and Hardy into a romantic musical that looks like a Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy reject. Fortunately, "Swiss Miss" (1938) includes some of Stan and Ollie's most memorable scenes, such as their surreal encounter with a gorilla on an Alpine suspension bridge. Skip the dreadful songs and you will have a good time. This European DVD includes the underrated three-reeler "The Chimp" (1932) and the disappointing "Flying Elephants" (1927) - a prehistoric two-reeler in which The Boys are barely seen together.


Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo: Celebration of the Marx Brothers (Coronet Books)
Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo: Celebration of the Marx Brothers (Coronet Books)
by Joe Adamson
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Marx Brothers 101, 9 July 2009
Film historian Joe Adamson's 1973 critical biography remains one of the best studies of Marxian operandi, with a sharp sense of humor to match. In his well-researched analysis of the team's stage and screen work, Adamson offers a plethora of hilarious anecdotes, rare photos and fascinating production details. The chapters on the Paramount films are particularly revealing. "Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo" is a must for any Marx Brothers aficionado.


The Prisoner Of Zenda [DVD]
The Prisoner Of Zenda [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Sellers

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sellers Makes "Zenda" Worth Watching, 21 April 2009
This review is from: The Prisoner Of Zenda [DVD] (DVD)
The incomparable Peter Sellers shines in this 1979 comic remake of the Anthony Hope classic as he plays three roles (one relatively brief). Director Richard Quine seems a bit uneasy with the swashbuckling slapstick, but a decent cast makes up for the weak spots. In one of his final films, Sellers delivers a spot-on Michael Caine imitation as the no-nonsense Cockney cab driver. "The Prisoner of Zenda" is a pleasant romp that will not erase memories of the 1937 Ronald Colman version.


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