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Oblivion [Blu-ray]
Oblivion [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining amalgamn of ideas from other SF films, 16 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Oblivion [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I would suggest that those who wax lyrical on this movie should watch the film Moon made a few years previously and starring Sam Rockwell. Whilst this is entertaining and Cruise is good value it does feel like a bunch of other recent SF movies cut n' pasted together and if you've watched those it's not difficult to work out the main twist to this some time in advance. In this nuked out world I did also wonder where Morgan Freeman got his big cigar from.


Corruption
Corruption
by Peter Saxon
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Standard film novelisation with some interest for genre fans, 30 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Corruption (Paperback)
Corruption is a novelisation of the British horror film of the same name starring Peter Cushing which was made in 1967 by Titan Films and directed by Robert Hartford-Davies. The novelisation was designed to be released to coincide with the cinema release of the film in 1968.

Author 'Peter Saxon' (an alias for Stephen Frances) basically just copies out Derek and Donald Ford's screenplay in a 'where's-my cheque' manner using little imagination. However, for fans of the film (and there are some) and of the filmmakers and Cushing should note that Saxon was provided with an earlier version of the Ford script which did not contain the 'dream' epilogue that appears in the film. There are some other minor differences as well. Those differences provide historians with the sole justification for the existence of this tome.


Grip Of The Strangler [DVD]
Grip Of The Strangler [DVD]
Dvd ~ Boris Karloff

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hevily censored print of classic british horror film, 28 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Grip Of The Strangler [DVD] (DVD)
Those interested in this film would be better advised to seek out the US Criterion DVD if they have a multi-region player. The print offered by 2 Entertain is the heavily censored UK theatrical version with numerous censor cuts including the removal of an entire murder.

The Criterion DVD offers the US cut with all of the violence cut by the BBFC restored although the American censors took some dislike to the extended can-can dancing and the sight of Vera day removing her stockings. However, their cuts are barely noticeable by comparison to the damaging cuts in the British print. the quality of the Criterion print is much better than the 2 Entertain print and there are also various extras.
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X-Cert: The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970
X-Cert: The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970
by John Hamilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK run through of 1950s and 1960s independent Brit horror, 5 Sept. 2013
John Hamilton, author of Beasts in the Cellar (a biography of exploitation producer Tony Tenser) here offers a run through of what he terms 'independent' British horror films from 1951 to 1969. By 'independent' he means nothing by any major studios (eg The Haunting, Village of the Damned both made by MGM) or by Hammer, Amicus, AIP or Compton/Tigom (covered in his Tenser book) although he does include films by Anglo Amalgamated which was a bigger company than either Tigon or Amicus or Hammer.

What's left you might ask? Well, quite a lot actually (mainly because he includes Anglo) and about 75 odd films get a run through here including Peeping Tom, Blood of the Vampire, Devil Doll, Corruption and Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire. The X Cert title is misleading as a number of these films were released without an X certificate (over sixteens only in the time period in question). One obvious missing film is the X rated Where Has Poor Mickey Gone? which was picked up by Compton for release but made independently by a collective.

The book gives about 3-4 pages of narrative covering each film's production background, a critique and snippets about its release and any other stuff. For those of you after more detail about lesser known British horrors the book is fairly good value and in particular there are a number of very interesting stills and posters including, for example, a comparison of the 'clothed' and 'unclothed' takes in the 1959 Jack the Ripper.

where I was disappointed is that I got the impression that, apart from collecting some good and rare photographs, Hamilton had done negligible original research for this tome and just cribbed from already existing sources (especially Jonathan Rigby's English Gothic and Tom Weaver's numerous articles and books on Richard Gordon's films). It was pretty noticable for example that, on Jack the Ripper, he was cribbing from David Pirie's poorly structured and inaccurate censor notes contained in New Heritage of Horror. This means that Hamilton fails to challenge existing authodoxy and just repeats dubious statements that others have made without challenging them. Elsewhere the book suffers from a number of basic factual errors (Lyn Fairhurst, writer of Devils of Darkness, is a man and not a woman for example ) and lazy writing with Hamilton sometimes assigning 'auteur' status for a project to a director hired at the last minute to direct a script that had already gone several rewrites (Theatre of Death for example).

Overall, though, I did find it a usewhile addition to my collection.


Eleanor the Secret Queen: The Woman who put Richard III on the Throne
Eleanor the Secret Queen: The Woman who put Richard III on the Throne
by John Ashdown-Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

18 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Speculation and suppositon rule. She wasn't a Queen either., 30 July 2013
The title of this speculative tome is misleading in the extreme. Eleanor Butler did not put Richard III on the throne. Ricardians would have us believe that the allegation that Edward IV's children were bastards was Richard's entire claim to the throone. it wasn't. The Titulus Regius - the petition presented to parlimaent justifying Richard's ursurpation - gave the following justifications for Rihard's ursurpation:

- bad government caused the "the counsaill of persons indolent, vicious and of inordinate avarice" (ie the Woodvilles) "despising the counsaill of good, vertuous and prudent personnes" (ie Richard and his mates)
- "the ordre of all politeque rule was perverted" (following Edward IV's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville)

(and then getting to the "pretensed marriage" of Edward and Elizabeth)

- "made of great presumption without the knowyng or assent of the lords of this land"
- "alsoe by sorcerie and wiche-crafte committed by the said Elizabeth and her moder, Jacquett Duchess of Bedford"
- "made privately and secretly, with edition of banns, in a private chamber, a profane place and not openly in the face of the church, aftre the laws of God's churche, but contrarie thereunto"

And then for good measure "at the tyme of the contract of the same pretensed marriage" (ie it is a sham marriage even allowing for what follows) "the saide King Edw was and stood marryed and troth plight to oone Dame Elianor Butler, daughter of the old Earl of Shrewsbury, with whom the said King Edward had made a precontracte of marriage".

So, Richard was heging his bets here and throwing in a whole host of things to jutify his ursurpation. He wasn't just relying on the Eleanor Butler allegation. She didn't put him on the throne and she wasn't a Queen.
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Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1958]
Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1958]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £15.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD containing the 'Holy Grail', 25 Mar. 2013
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I thought this was an excellent release. I saw the cinema version in February 2012 and the restoration team have done a better job for this DVD release including integrating several more extra shots from the disintegration that were not in the cinema print (although a shot of Dracula's rotting hand is slightly different on the japanese original compared to the finished film).

Watching the film on Blu Ray I though the picture was excellent and no-one should listen to the trolls who frequent forums like the Classic Horror Film Forum who have slagged off a release that they have not seen. There is nothing dark about ti and the picture is perfectly clear and better than the previous releases in terms of detail.

Finding this extra censored footage in a film valut in Japan is like finding the holy grail in terms of missing horror footage. With the raft of extras including the entire Japanese reels and a PDF of the script and new documentaries featuring the likes of Jonathan Rigby, Denis Mikle, Marcus Hearne and others this is an excellent release.


Plague of the Zombies (Blu-ray + DVD) [1966]
Plague of the Zombies (Blu-ray + DVD) [1966]
Dvd ~ André Morell
Price: £15.00

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This version will have the UK pre-credits scene, 24 Jan. 2012
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Ignore all the other reviews as they are for the older DVD releases.

The good news about this Blu ray/DVD combi version is that it will be the UK version of the film not the US version which is on all the previous releases. That means that the opening credits will (should) appear in their proper place at the end of the voodoo scene and not in the middle of it. The sound on the previous releases was also less than perfect (when the zombie graps Peter round the throat in the dream sequence there should be more of a hiss from the creature and a better aural impact) and hopefully this will be corrected too.
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Napoleon: Total War - Imperial Edition (PC DVD)
Napoleon: Total War - Imperial Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by hi-games
Price: £14.80

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't play it when not connected to internet, 23 Jun. 2010
I bought this for my elderly father who has played other Total War games.

The computer on which he playes these games is not connected to the internet.

This seems to require you to go into the internet and access something called "Steam". Is this only the first time you play this to register or is it permanently? If latter, he will have to return the game. (NB: none of the other Total War games he has required this)

I need to tell him what will happen if he tries to access Steam before he dares open the game (sealed he can return it and get refund).

How many other Total War games have this odd thing?

Thanks
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A New Heritage of Horror: The English Gothic Cinema
A New Heritage of Horror: The English Gothic Cinema
by David Pirie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent updates of a classic original marred slightly by errors, 8 Feb. 2008
David Pirie's A Heritage of Horror published in 1972 or 1973 was the first attempt to take the British horror film boom of the late 1950's and 1960's seriously. It's a great read and lead to a much overdue critical re-examination of these films. Its unlikely that the work of later authors such as Dennis Mikele or Wayne Kinsey would have happened without Pirie's pioneering piece.

This is an update of his book, written over thirty years later. About 50% of the text has been re-written to take account of (a) what has happened since the original (b) new information which has come to light (c) Pirie re-visiting his opinions.

When Pirie wrote his original BBFC information was a closely guarded secret. Now it is a much more open organisation and there are various addiitonal sections detailing the filmmakers' struggle with the censors. Whilst the section on Hammer is heavily indebted to Wayne Kinsey's book on the Bray studio years, Pirie has done his own research at the BBFC to cover the so-called Sadean horrors and there is new material on the censor and Horrors of the Black Museum, Circus of Horrors and Jack the Ripper that is valuable.

Pirie has also re-evaluated Anthony Hinds' contribution to Hammer and gives him much more credit than he did originally. Basically, each chapter contains amendments and re-writes to reflect new information. What this interestingly reveals is that the original was largely written on spec without much inside knowledge about what really went on at Hammer in the period. For these updates Pirie is indebted especially to Kinsey who is footnoted numerous time.

The book has also been updated to cover the collapse of the British horror movie industry in the mid 1970's and deals with British horror post Hammer and Amicus rigght up to Creep and The Descent.

For an intellectual piece the book is extremely well written and it is very easy to read and follow the arguments. It remains the definitive intellectual argument for the British gothic horror movie.

Only a couple of quibbles - there are an alarming number of factual errors in it, many of which seem to be typos (the index of films titles at the end is especially bad including a movie called Curse of the Crimson Arrow and putting And Now the Screaming Starts under the title of Bride of Frankenstein). There are also a number of errors of fact (eg: on Curse of the Fly Pirie identifies Brian Donlevy as Carole Gray's lover when it should be George Baker(p 139), a picture titled Curse of Frankenstein is actually from Revenge of Frankenstein(p34), Night of the Eagle got an X and not a A certificate (pg 119), Jimmy Sangster was not forced to dub the song Strange Love onto Lust for a Vampire (p181)and so on). None of these detract from the argument that the book makes but they are a distraction. The second point is that several of Pirie's allusions assume a knowledge of literature or theory that very few people possess and he might have been better explaining them. Not all of us have PhD's in semiotics !

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading it.
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Die Hard 4.0 (2 Disc Special Edition) [2007] [DVD]
Die Hard 4.0 (2 Disc Special Edition) [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.12

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double disk version should be the R rated cut., 3 Oct. 2007
The double-disk version should be the original R rated cut of this film rather than the PG-13 theatrical release (therefore I suggested everyone ignores all of the reviews posted prior to this one since they are referring to the theatrical version and not this release).

This version will have a lot more F words and various extra bullet impact shots.

Interestingly, it gets the same BBFC certificate as the other version
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