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All Hell Breaks Loose
All Hell Breaks Loose
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia without feeling dated, 23 July 2016
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This review is from: All Hell Breaks Loose (Audio CD)
This is a great CD for fans of Thin Lizzie (although Kingdom of the Lost reminded me strongly of The Pogues with its Celtic flavour). The quality of tracks is variable with the title track All Hell Breaks Loose being brilliant whilst some of the others are less memorable. All in all an excellent compilation, reminiscent of the 1970s but not feeling dated in any way.


Chato's Land [DVD] (1972)
Chato's Land [DVD] (1972)
Dvd ~ Charles Bronson
Price: £4.32

5.0 out of 5 stars He's half Apache, isn't he? You mix a dog and a wolf, you wind up with a killing animal., 20 July 2016
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This review is from: Chato's Land [DVD] (1972) (DVD)
Charles Bronson plays an Apache half-breed who kills a racist sheriff after the sheriff calls him by abusive names and tries to shoot him in the back. Jack Palance plays a Southern cavalry officer who forms a posse to hunt him down. Bronson is hardly seen in the course of the film which is mainly a portrayal of Southern bigotry and racism, and squabbling among members of the posse whose values become increasingly warped as the film progresses. They are outraged that a half-breed has killed a white man, but are happy enough to turn their guns on each other as the end approaches. There is some excellent dialogue and characterisation. Clever camera work keeps the pace fast with some slick shot changes. Bronson is superbly implacable during his rare appearances. One curiosity is the single shot hammer rifles that everyone uses. The film is dated 11 years after the Civil War making it 1876, and those rifles must have been on the verge of giving way to the Winchester at the time. A nice detail. We even catch a glimpse of one being reloaded.
I thought this was an excellent, thought-provoking film - one of Michael Winner's better ones. Certainly as good as Death Wish and The Mechanic. Well worth a look if you like Westerns. Bronson fans may think that Bronson was wasted - although they have the chance to hear him speak in Apache language (which he does slowly and hesitantly as if struggling to remember his lines although it probably reflects the thoughtful way in which Apaches spoke).


Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III Wireless Music System - Black
Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III Wireless Music System - Black
Price: £386.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile, powerful and sophisticated, 12 July 2016
I bought this for a party in a barn. After considering a lot of much cheaper systems, my wife and I settled on this. At 150 watts it produces enough volume to 'fill' a barn (approx 17x8 metres) with good quality sound. It was easy to use with the bluetooth function. We were up and running within a couple of minutes. The internet functions were straightforward were set up in 15 minutes (and it was the first time I've connected a music system to the internet). The only negative feature - and it's relatively minor - is that there are just 6 preset buttons. But that's adequate as we listen mainly to two or three radio stations. I'm glad we spent the extra money buying a Bose. It works well with Amazon Prime music. Be warned it's fairly heavy - it might benefit from a carrying handle. Perhaps that's something Bose might consider for the next model.


JETech® iPhone 4/4S Case Bumper Shock-Absorption Bumper and Anti-Scratch Clear Back for Apple iPhone 4/4S (Bumper - Clear)
JETech® iPhone 4/4S Case Bumper Shock-Absorption Bumper and Anti-Scratch Clear Back for Apple iPhone 4/4S (Bumper - Clear)
Offered by JEDirect UK
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to fit and not bad for the price, 8 July 2016
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This is easy to fit and reasonably priced. I haven't dropped my iPhone on to a hard surface since buying it but the design looks good and I'm sure it would afford useful protection. There are some stronger and more rigid protective shells for the iPhone 4 but they cost two or three times as much. This is a very reasonable alternative and I'm happy with it.


Snatch
Snatch
Dvd
Price: £2.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Black entertainment at it's best, 8 July 2016
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This review is from: Snatch (Amazon Video)
Bad men doing bad things to other bad men accompanied by bad language: if you like that kind of thing you'll love this film. The screenplay is fresh and intelligent. The one-liners keep on coming. The acting is superb. (Brad Pitt plays the part of an inarticulate gypsy bare knuckle champion and makes the most of this unusual but inspired casting.) The pace is relentless. Every scene is the right length. Although - as in all crime movies - there are a some cliches, there is also plenty that's original and some genuine wit. Some of the scenes are hilarious - my favourite was the one in which three men try to hold up a bookie's shop and get outwitted by the woman behind the counter. Their fat getaway driver probably gets the credits for the most laughs for sheer incompetence: he can't park in a space large enough to land a jumbo jet. The gypsy dog performs well and steals several scenes. Overall this is a great movie. Possibly a classic movie. Definitely cosmopolitan with Londoners, Irish travellers, Jews, West Indians and Russians battling it out for the 84 carat diamond. Sure it's not Shakespeare and there's no profound message about the human condition (well there is a message but it's not profound), but strongly recommended for anyone who likes black humour and non-stop action.


Leon: Director's Cut [DVD] [1994]
Leon: Director's Cut [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Gary Oldman
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Price: £5.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly memorable, 5 July 2016
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This film is worth watching for many reasons. One is the photography with some fascinating camera angles and mesmerising close-ups. The relationship between Mathilde (brillliantly played by 13 year old Natalie Portman) and the hitman Leon is uncomfortable but never strays out of bounds. He teaches her to kill. She teaches him to read. Despite a large age gap, she emerges as the senior partner in their partnership. Gary Oldman plays a psychotic homicidal corrupt policeman with flair. You'll either love his acting or hate it. It's certainly over the top and memorable. The film contains many cliches. Much of the violence is stereotypical. Many of the lines are predictable. But overall, this is a refreshingly original and beautifully filmed movie that stays in the mind long after you've put the DVD back in its case.


Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1969]
Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Henry Fonda
Price: £4.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Sergio Leone at his best, well supported by Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale and Charles Bronson, 24 Jun. 2016
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Is it one of the best films ever made? Possibly. Is it one of the best westerns ever made? Probably. All the ingredients of a great film are here - clever screenplay, excellent acting, fabulous music, brilliant photography and some extraordinary camera angles. Claudia Cardinale is beautiful and intelligent as the vulnerable widow, Charles Bronson is uncharacteristically verbose and musical (Clint Eastwood turned down his part, but he couldn't have done it better than Bronson), and Henry Fonda shakes off all his squeaky cleanness to be a cold eyed killer - 'I only told you to scare them,' says his boss after he's massacred a family. 'People scare better when they're dying,' replies Fonda. Even folk who don't normally like westerns will find something to admire in this. It's Sergio Leone at his absolute best.


The Man With No Name Trilogy [DVD]
The Man With No Name Trilogy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning music and photography. Sergio Leone at his brilliant best., 19 Jun. 2016
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There are some obvious flaws with all of these films. The screenplays don't withstand too much scrutiny. But if you overlook that, they're well worth watching for some of the acting - especially that of Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef. (Although some of the acting is dire - especially that of the villains.) The music soundtrack (Ennio Morricone) and the photography is stunningly brilliant throughout and final scenes of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly are mesmerising. Altogether, these three classic westerns form a good value package for fans of the genre and are a fitting tribute to Sergio Leone's skill as a director.


Blackspur BC101 Bolt Cutter
Blackspur BC101 Bolt Cutter
Price: £7.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Stiff and unwieldy, but just about OK, 19 Jun. 2016
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I found these rather stiff and unwieldy and the jaws don't open quite as much as I'd like but they do the job and it's useful to have them in reserve.


Lost In The Dream
Lost In The Dream
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent evocative music, 19 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Lost In The Dream (Audio CD)
I hear the influences of many other musicians on this - including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Cold Play. Overall this is an excellent album which gives an original take on the music of the 1960s to the 1990s. I listened to it virtually non-stop for two weeks. One of the best things I've heard in a while. Strongly recommended.


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