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Citizen Kane [Blu-ray] [1941]
Citizen Kane [Blu-ray] [1941]
Dvd ~ Orson Welles
Offered by sandy2hunter
Price: £12.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this is the WORST print that I have ever seen of this masterpiece ..., 30 Oct. 2015
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This is supposedly according to the blurb on the box "Digitally remastered". This is actually a lie.
Take my word for it, this is the WORST print that I have ever seen of this masterpiece of cinema.
I have a cheap DVD that is an infinitely better print than this mess. In fact, I have a VHS tape recorded off the television that is superior to this horror. I am shocked! This is supposedly a Blu-ray from Universal Pictures! The images are almost unwatchable. Scratched as though sandpaper has been applied to every single scene. the light flickering, unfocused, dull and a complete mess. The ironic thing is that the ""blu-ray exclusive" is "The Restoration of Citizen Kane" !!!?? This is nothing short of a sick joke, talk about rubbing it in! I wont even give this Blu-ray to a friend, I would not inflict it on them. It has in fact gone where it deserves to be, in my dustbin. Please DO NOT BUY this absolute disgrace. You will be wasting your money. An insult to one of the greatest films ever made. Disgusted.


You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!
You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!
by Paul Karasik
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the artwork and the actual comic / graphic stories of Fletcher Hanks are excellent. They are odd and very idiosyncratic, 25 Oct. 2015
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Don't get me wrong, the artwork and the actual comic / graphic stories of Fletcher Hanks are excellent. They are odd and very idiosyncratic. They have a strange anachronistic or nostalgic feel to them. Well that's because most of the artwork was done in the first years of the 1940's. It's great stuff. So why only one star? Because the people responsible for the production this book have seen fit to reproduce it in the worst way possible. It looks awful. Bright white pages with clean sterile printing. It looks cheap. The fact is that when the comics were originally done, they were printed onto an off white, ivory or cream newsprint type of paper. Over the years this paper tans to become even darker in tone. This has the effect of making the colour of the inks look rich and the over all aesthetic effect is very attractive. These comics NEVER looked like this. There is a new book called "The League of Regrettable Heroes" by Jon Morris, that reproduces some of the same comic strips as are in this book. Take a look and you will see what I mean, because in that book they do it properly. This paperback/soft back book is well produced and you get plenty for your money at 230 pages, but what a shame that it looks so crap. Disappointing.


Pernod Absinthe 68% 70cl
Pernod Absinthe 68% 70cl
Offered by ewhisky
Price: £34.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!, 28 Aug. 2014
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Very high quality absinthe. great taste. Would buy again and a nice large 70cl bottle. Pernod is the original. Love it.


The Simon and Kirby Library - Horror (The Simon & Kirby Library)
The Simon and Kirby Library - Horror (The Simon & Kirby Library)
by Joe Simon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.00

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What have they done!, 21 Jun. 2014
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Very disappointing. The problem is not the stories or the artwork, which are just splendid. I adore this old pre-code horror stuff,I can't get enough of it.
The problem lies in the nasty clean and cold modern reproduction of these old comics.
The pages are ultra clean and very white. The printing is way too bright. Clean sharp colours. Why? Do these people not realise that what makes these old comics beautiful is the "patina" of tanned beige pale yellow pages? Such original tanning and fading of the cheap comic paper affects the colours, making the colours subtle and beautiful.
Many recent publications dealing with the pre code American comics are very sympathetic to how this content originally looked. They look excellent. They are the original size page and look as they did way back then.
This book has a section at the back with the covers of the comics reproduced. Four to a page! It should be one cover to one page and on glossy paper for the cover section. Ah, but this would have been too expensive to print they would say? What at £35!
This looks like a cheap annual that you may have got for Christmas as a kid. Have you seen those old Dr.Who annuals from the 1960's? Great hardbound covers with rubbish contents? This book reminds me of those books.
I should point out to those too young to remember, that originally these comics were printed on an off white almost grey beige type of newsprint. The attraction to these comics is often nostalgic to older readers who remember these comics from the 1950's. With this book, no attempt what so ever has been made to make the artwork look as we remember it. Rather like taking a beautiful old bronze sculpture and polishing it up with Brasso so that it looks all shiny and new, ruining it in the process.
You can clean or enhance works of art too much and this is a perfect example. Simply cheap looking.
The cover and binding are perfect. The contents look very ugly. I got this book because it was a nice Amazon price, I would have been very disappointed to pay the full book shop retail price. I look forward to reading the old horror stories contained within it, but, once it's read, you really wouldn't want to keep it on your book shelf. One for eBay when I'm through with it. As for any other books in this series, I won't bother buying them.
A poor job.
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Wildewoman
Wildewoman
Price: £11.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous voices, 31 May 2014
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I saw this band on "Later with Jools Holland" and was knocked out by the incredible vocal performances of the two girls. The music is quirky yet almost indi rock country music, but don't let that put you off, it is a superb and very original sound. The vocals send a shiver down your back. Brilliant.


Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
by Peter Ackroyd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for Chaplin fans, 31 May 2014
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I imagined that this book would be a very hefty tome being by Peter Ackroyd, but it is a fairly slim volume. However that doesn't mean that it isn't an excellent little book. It is a fairly comprehensive study of the life, films and music hall days of Charlie Chaplin. It has much to say about his chaotic love life and his often difficult personality. Very well written. I enjoyed it very much.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as good as they used to be., 20 Mar. 2014
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Extremely pricey for what is essentially a latex pillow! They are very good but not as good as the Dunlopillow that was manufactured in Harrogate. These new ones are very hard and too plump. Why oh why do they always have to change things?They are better than most average cheap pillows, but not as perfect as they used to be. The old style ones weren't as firm, they were slightly flatter and felt cooler somehow. Anyway, these are the closest you will get to those glorious old style perfect Dunlopillows. I give the original Harrogate manufactured Dunlopillow 100%, I give these new ones 90%. Would I buy them again? Yes I would. Maybe I'm just being very very fussy.


Black Lace Drag
Black Lace Drag
by Ed Wood Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oops big mistake!, 9 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Black Lace Drag (Paperback)
I was very disappointed when I got this book, for the simple reason that "Black Lace Drag" is the exact same book as the previously released "Killer in Drag", released in 1999 by Four Walls Eight Windows Books. The only difference being the cover and the title!
If you own a copy of "Killer in Drag", do not buy this book!
However, if you don't, then this is typically wonderful crazy Ed Wood fodder. Full of Angora fetishistic transvestite detectives, it's very Ed Wood. Great book, just a shame that I bought it twice.


Psychopathological Art, 1948-1950
Psychopathological Art, 1948-1950
by Karel Appel
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book, 9 Jan. 2014
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If you like the work of Karel Appel and the extreme expressionistic figurative style of the early 1950's this book is for you.
Beautifully reproduced, it is essentially Karel Appel's re-working on top of an old booklet / pamphlet about art done by patients with psychological problems.
The illustrations done by these patients has been emitted leaving just the short texts. The wild, colourful crayon and ink drawings by Karel Appel that replace these missing reproduced works are almost childlike, but in a fabulous "Outsider Art" way.
I found it to be a brilliant edition to my art library. The copy that I bought was with German text, but this really doesn't matter as the vast majority of the book is comprises of the wonderful crazy free and spontaneous art of Karel Appel. Beautiful.


Ed Wood: Screenplay
Ed Wood: Screenplay
by Scott Alexander
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect accompaniment to the film, 9 Jan. 2014
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This book came as quite a shock to me. I remember seeing it in a book store in 1995 and thinking, why buy this book, which is essentially the screenplay from the film when you can own the actual film on DVD?
I bought it anyway all these years later because I became interested in Edward D. Wood once again.
The screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski differs wildly from the eventual filmed work, in that almost every other page is a deleted scene! The eventual cuts were drastic perhaps because the film would have ended up being far too long.
Never the less, I found it fascinating to read dialogue and descriptions of so many scenes that didn't make the film in its final cut. Would the much longer film have been a better film? I'm not sure, but one or two scenes that were cut seem to me to be vital to understanding the life of "The Worlds Worst Director"?
Essential reading for true fans of Ed Wood!


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