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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an ending!, 30 July 2007
I'll miss this series. But this book was one of the best series endings I've ever read, certainly on a par with Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' and Tolkien's 'Lord Of The Rings' and much better than Cooper's 'Dark Is Rising Sequence' (the final book of which thoroughly annoyed me.)

Yes, character's die, some of them shockingly and some not so shockingly, but there are also characters that are vindicated and characters that are forever changed.

You can only be dissapointed by this book if you expect it to be more than a children's novel. For that is what it is, that's what the whole series has been. Some people have apparently forgotten this.

Sit back, tell friends and family to leave you alone for a few days and just enjoy the ride. Oh, and don't forget the kleenex - I spent a good three chapters crying my eyes out.

Pride & Prejudice - 2005 [DVD]
Pride & Prejudice - 2005 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keira Knightley
Price: £3.00

44 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, didn't like it, 21 Feb. 2006
I have three biases to state before I continue:
I have never particularly liked Kiera Knightly's acting.
I am an avid Austen fan - having collected, read and re-read all of her books.
I am a fan of the 1995 Colin Firth TV series.
I tried my best to watch this dvd with an open mind - having refused to see it at the cinema, on the grounds that Kiera was too thin to be thought a beauty in those days - I did my best to get over my prejudices (no pun intended) and simply enjoy the story.
However, within minutes of turning the dvd on, I was astounded by the complete lack of attention the writers, producers, directors et al paid to the original story.
I can put up with it being moved back a few years, sub-plots being removed for the sake of simplicity and I can even (just about) put up with Kiera - but the dialogue? The dialogue was stilted, too obviously rehersed. Honestly, it felt like watching combatants throwing words at each other instead of skilled actors speaking the words of much loved characters.
Elizabeth was cold, stand-offish and obsessive instead of steadfast and intelligent. Darcy was simply slow rather than the wonderful arrogant man he was. Wickham was almost non-existant. What happened to Mr Bennet's wit and stoicism? Bingley was, for some reason, a buffoon instead of the likeable innocent he is in the book.
I found the dialogue not only too quick but also jarring - every time I heard a line out of place or phrases that simply would not work in that day, my suspension of disbelief was out of the window and it took me minutes to get back in again.
I can't fathom the use of some of the actors and actresses in this film, such as Judi Dench as Lady Catherine de Bourg - Judi Dench is a wonderful actress, but she appears in the film for no more than three or four minutes put together. The same goes for Donald Sutherland as Mr Bennet.
On top of the bad acting, bad dialogue and horrendous cropping, the story was changed almost beyond recognition. Of course, all the original elements are there, but this means nothing. Anyone who has read Austen, particularly Pride and Prejudice, will be albe to understand when I say: They turned it into a romance novel.
Pride and Prejudice - as with most of Austen's novels - was a satire on the typical romance novel of her time. Austen looked around her at the overused formulae of the romance novel and Pride and Prejudice was the result. It was never meant to be a soppy love story, all floppy bunnies and sunsets - yet that is what it has become in this version.
The European ending is bad enough, but the DVD has the American ending in the special features. Watch it - spoilers.
In Europe, the film ends with Darcy asking for Elizabeth's hand and then Elizabeth explaining why she loves him to her father. The American ending takes it a few months later and the two are at Pemberly, half dressed in the garden, being sappy all over each other.
As to the DVD itself - the special features are nothing special. There are a series of short interviews of the cast and crew, a 'Family Tree' of the Bennet's (which I haven't quite figured out - is it supposed to do more than show three pages of nothing?) a few short films on the various mannors used in the film, a couple of films on such things as 'the ettiquette of dating' and suchlike and the Alternative American Ending.
In conclusion, I reccomend that you read the book or watch the 1995 tv series. If you still insist on buying this DVD, wait a few months and buy it at a cheaper rate - watch it once and relegate it to the back of your collection. As I aught to have done.
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The Road To El Dorado [DVD] [2000]
The Road To El Dorado [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Kevin Kline
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £7.52

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Road to El Dorado, 3 Jun. 2003
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This is one of the funniest films I've seen in a loong looong time. It far surpasses...well, pretty much ANYTHING Disney has done, and then some.
The basic story is of Tulio and Miguel, two spanish con-men who 'win' a map to the lost city of El Dorado.
Before they can get there though, they find themselves locked in the brig of Spanish explorer Cortez's ship.
They escape, with a horse named Altivo ("well, the horse is a surprise" Tulio) and find themselves landing in the Americas.
They manage to find the city, but are accidently mistaken for Gods by the cities head priest (who's name I simply cannot spell)
They soon befriend a young native girl, who also turns out to be a con-man, of sorts, and the hilarious outcomes youre going to have to watch for yourself.
What really got me with this film was the animation, it was superb, wow worthy. It was so realistically done, but in that unique way that good animation does.
Tulio and Miguel's animation is also incredibly realistic, they are fascinating characters to watch, simply to pick out the little quirks of movement unique to each of them.
Besides the animation, the story is very well written, of course the idea of a city made out of gold isn't exactly synonomous with history any more, but this film makes you believe.
The two lead characters, Tulio and Miguel, are so well written that you just wish they were real men. The voice actors, (Kenneth Branagh: Miguel, and Kevin Kline: Tulio) play off each other so well and incredibly convincingly, you just find yourself laughing constantly.

The Passion (Dark Visions)
The Passion (Dark Visions)
by Lisa Smith
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Passion, 3 Jun. 2003
This is the final book of a brilliant trilogy. In fact, this trilogy happens to be my favourate by L.J.Smith.
In this, the final book, we join the group of talented teens a week or so after the end of the second book. Gabriel has defected and rejoined Zetes in an attempt to curb the curse of psychic vamparism placed on him at the end of the first book.
In an attempt to bring him back, Kaitlin follows him, leaving the rest of the teens to figure out how to stop Zetes.
It's a very good end to the series, the love triangle gets sorted out in a way I hadn't actually forseen, and the characters gain so much by the end, in both experience and personality. They are all much older in perspective than they were at the begining.
I'd recomend anyone to read this series ^^

Witchlight: Book 9 (Night World)
Witchlight: Book 9 (Night World)
by L J Smith
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Night World: Witchlight, 3 Jun. 2003
As one of the Night World books, this is a great read, continuing the story of Circle Daybreaks struggle to bring all the clans together before the millenium and one of two outcomes (peace or death pretty much)
This is a good example of Smiths' work, the story keeps you interested throughout, the love triangle is wonderful leaving readers with the feeling it could go either way, and the re-emergence of the Dragons...wow to put it simply ^^

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