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Rhapsody In August [DVD]
Rhapsody In August [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sachiko Murase
Price: £11.86

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurosawa's family film, 11 April 2004
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This review is from: Rhapsody In August [DVD] (DVD)
A beautiful little family study, seen through the eyes of the grandchildren of a Nagasaki bomb survivor. Richard Gere is the Japanese-American relative, whom the parents, through greed, decide to conveniently forget to tell him about that the majority of his father’s family were killed in the bomb.
But the children, who are left with grandma, discover about the horror she went through, and inform their cousin in a letter. This is a quiet film, and moves at a slow pace, but is full of little quirks and sub stories. The ending is a bit odd, but apart from that, a fine film.
If you are coming to this film from one of Kurosawa's action films, then you may be shocked, certainly hearing Gere speaking Japanese is a novelty.

Porterhouse Blue [DVD] [1987]
Porterhouse Blue [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ David Jason
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.09

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sharp production, 26 Mar. 2004
The literary style of Tom Sharpe is baldy and blunt, with comic situations that form within the mind of the reader. Adaptations of his (i think wonderful) books have occasionally hit the television screen, (Blott on the Landscape...) but to my mind, David Jason is perfect as Skullion.
Some of the depth of charichters has not transfered too well from the book, and it has lost some of the rich tapestry that Tom Sharpe weaved into the book, but remains a great adaptation none the less, and a good introduction to this writers work.

My Left Foot [DVD]
My Left Foot [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Day Lewis in cracking form., 26 Mar. 2004
This review is from: My Left Foot [DVD] (DVD)
True stories, or films based on true stories are rarely the stuff of Oscars. Allto often they get bypassed by production money, for the lack of stunts and hyper realities; thus if made tend to be b-movies, or acted by a cast of supermodels who lack credability. To find such a moving story about Christy Brown, who overcomes his cerebal palsy,is a little gem, watch this if only for Daniel Day Lewis's amazing performance, which is on a par with John Mills's transformation.

Good Bye Lenin! [DVD] [2003]
Good Bye Lenin! [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Daniel Brühl
Price: £4.98

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little film with a good story, 26 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Good Bye Lenin! [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Good cinematography, music by Tiersen, which brings into comparisons with Amelie at times, which is perhaps a shame, as this film deserves to stand on its on feet. No boring special effects, no over worked plots, just a nice straightforward little story, funny bits, and a clean end.
Wonderfuly perfect in fact, why can't Hollywood try to make films like this.

Stray Dog [1949] [DVD]
Stray Dog [1949] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Toshirô Mifune
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £7.55

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot action film from early Kurosawa stable, 2 Jan. 2004
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This review is from: Stray Dog [1949] [DVD] (DVD)
You can see the process that was to flower in Kurosawa's later films, taking shape here. Yes the search sequence in the film is perhaps a little too long, but the story, written by Kurosawa, is sound, and the drama leads you on. The chase scene used in this film was the inspiration behind the French Connection, and the telephone call from the hotel was adapted William Friedkin, to help illustrate Gene Hackmans charichter.
The weather, is hot, and this is set up with panting dog from the very onset of the films titles. Stray Dog is a film about the difference in outlook between a calm, wise but jaded senior figure (Takashi Shimura) and his young impaitentent but more forgiving rookie (Toshiro Mifune). See this film, if for no other reason than the wonderful backdrop of post war japan.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest hits, 23 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Stereotomy (Audio CD)
If you come to this album from the other wonderful work of the Alan Parsons Project, then you may find it an interesting diversion, but compared to Gaudi, or the monumental Project Pyramid, it is very much a lesser work. Track 5, the real world is the best of the album, lyric wise, but if you want to discover Parsons and Woolfson, this is perhaps not the album to do it with.

Offered by Sons Of Pluto
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As momentous as the Great Pryamids at Giza, 23 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Pyramid (Audio CD)
This album is a true wonder, the sort of concept that Pink Floyd captured in the wall. It's a bittersweet story of death, with unforgettable Egyptian themes, and sound effects that would rank with 'War of the Worlds'. Epic, moving and so beautifully complete a concept. It has emotive melodies, hauntingly beautiful and poetic laments, plus some very funny lyrics as well.
It is one of those rare albums that you just have to sit down, and listen to from start to finish, and it is addictive... I have forgotten the woman who introduced me to this record, even her name, but I have not forgotten the music, even replacing the album after an ex conveniently acquired the first copy, and again after a break-in.
'I've consulted all the sages I couldn't find in yellow pages, and there aren't many of them. And the Mayan panoramas, on my pyramid pyjamas haven't helped my little problem'.
If you find this jewel, don't walk on by.

Musashi Miyamoto [DVD]
Musashi Miyamoto [DVD]
Dvd ~ Toshirô Mifune

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warrior, but without a reference manual, 22 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Musashi Miyamoto [DVD] (DVD)
The visual artistry of this film is stunning, wide shots of rural Japan which give a rich texture to the fine acting. However the story, so well known in Japan, is sadly not transferred to cinema in such a convincing way.
Understanding the sometimes 'Olympic jumps' within the story or characters behaviour requires a degree in media studies or the full reading of the book first. This is a good example of the 'chambara' genera of Japanese films. But I for one grow tired of this struggle to be pure, clean violence, with no blood, severed limbs or even scenes of agony; Kurosawa lampooned these films so well in Sanjuro, and compared any of Kurosawa's Black & White work, or Kobanashi’s thoughtful compositions, I find Inagaki's colourful drama a pale substitute.

Slap Shot [DVD]
Slap Shot [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Newman
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £14.82

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slap Shot, the ultimate sports film of the 1970's, 22 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Slap Shot [DVD] (DVD)
Forget Rollerball, the real sports film of the 70's was slap shot, filmed in same mood as MASH, a light hearted look at America, with a better soundtrack than its contemporaries. It has a slow start, its only fault, but it builds up into a good black comedy, and the few cinematic seconds when the Hanson brothers are released onto the rink, must rate as one of the funniest moments committed to film. This is the best of American Cinema, without the boring polish and pretty faces that Hollywood usually vomits up.

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