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Early Cinema - Primitives and Pioneers [DVD]
Early Cinema - Primitives and Pioneers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edwin S. Porter
Price: £19.98

29 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Back to the primitive, 7 Mar. 2006
After watching a documentary about the pioneering director and entertainer George Melies, whose work is included on this DVD, I was expecting this to be another fascinating and insightful look at the early days of cinema. What I got was a series of early films presented one after the other with little or no commentary. Most of the clips included are not so much pioneering ie, directors using the camera in much the same way as a still camera and capturing single moments with little or no talent. In fact, George Melies' work was the only decent example of cinematography presented here and they only showed one of his pieces.
My advice, watch 'Melies The Magician' instead. It comes with a great documentary, 15 or so of his full length films and dicusses more about the early days of the cinema than this DVD.
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Genghis Blues [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Genghis Blues [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £12.28

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick a song in your throat..., 30 July 2005
To Paul Pena, a traditional blues singer, sound is incredibly important. As a young kid, he would listen to the radio. He learnt from the masters of blues music; T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker and B B King. But it was when the radio revealed a whole different world of music that Paul's life changed. Late one night on a scratchy Russian channel, a voice captured Paul's imagination which led him to Asia. A journey that is more incredible given that Paul is afflected with congenital glaucoma and has been blind since birth.
This is the story of Paul Pena's journey to the Russian territory of Tuva to met Kongar-ol Ondar, the man who's voice inspired him, and to participate in the Khoomei Symposium held in the capital city, Kyzyl. The competition highlights the various forms of Tuvan throat singing. The film-makers demonstrate the various singing styles by using didgeridoo's and nose flutes. The noises made by these instruments can be reproduced by Tuvan children using nothing other than their own voices.
The story follows Paul Pena and Kongar-ol Ondar as they explore this almost unheard of land, both through it's people and it's unique music, through the bad times when the journey almost comes to an end when Paul's medicine runs out but also through the good when at the Symposium, Paul is awarded first place and the nickname 'Earthquake' for his incredible voice.
A good documentary should have an moving story and this story is so heart-warming and against the odds it can win anyone over.


Star Trek: Generations [VHS]
Star Trek: Generations [VHS]
VHS

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek at its finest (no I'm not crazy), 23 Sept. 2000
I reliased how much I've grown to admire the crew of the USS Enterprise when I first watched this film. When the ship crashes on Veridian III and you see the survivors of the crash standing on the crashed saucer section just as the planet is ripped apart, my first thought was 'Oh my God, they just killed the crew'.
The integrity and community of the crew comes to the fore in this film and with the exception of the Data subplot, is incredibly written and acted. The scenes in Captain Picard's quarters when he learns of his brother's death is some of the most heart-felt acting I've seen.
Definitly one film that will live long and prosper (brain - 'Thats it Im outta here!')


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