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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars AN HONEST REVIEW., 25 Feb. 2012
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It's one thing to be loyal, another to be honest - & I wonder which the previous (19) reviewers are. I don't think they're both, somehow...

Let me state immediately that I am a big fan of Nik's music, rating 'Wouldn't it be good' & the album from which it came, 'Human Racing' among the all-time greats. However, remarks such as, "pure genius," "outstanding" & "Nik's best work yet" in relation to this album just don't sit with reality.

Having listened carefully to the album, I would say his voice is in fine shape & the overall sound is very pleasing, but the lyrics lack the wit & incisiveness of his best work (& at his best, he was, simply, THE best), while the tunes don't really grab you.

It may be that Nik will regain his former glory - I sincerely hope & pray so - but not with this particular album. As for those who wrote the ecstatic reviews, I would urge you to try & show a little more objectivity in future - if only for the sake of we poor buyers tempted by so much supposedly superlative product!
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Mike Yarwood - It's ...The Collection - Comedy Legend [DVD]
Mike Yarwood - It's ...The Collection - Comedy Legend [DVD]
Dvd ~ David G Hillier
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £6.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BARGAIN!, 3 Feb. 2012
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Max Bygraves says at the end of this double-disc set: "It's a good job Mike Yarwood can't sing or we'd all be out of work!" And he's so right. Watching him at work is like having the best talent from the world of politics & entertainment there in your living-room - without the egos.

There's no doubt in my mind that Mike Yarwoood is the greatest impressionist there has ever been - & this set, featuring 4 shows from the 80's plus a documentary, proves the point. Details as follows:-
dvd 1 - Mike Yarwood In Town (1982)
- It's Mike Yarwood (1984)
- Mike Yarwood Christmas Show
dvd 2 - Best of Mike Yarwood(1983)
- This Is Him! (1984)
With a total running time of 250 minutes & Amazon asking price of less than £3, this is an amazing bargain every fan of true comedy should take advantage of.

Just one point: We know Mike retired from the business owing to health & drink problems, but it might have been nice to have been brought a bit more up to date with his situation. That apart, this set proves that real comedy genius never dies!

Pendeford 1 Litre Whistling Kettle, Red
Pendeford 1 Litre Whistling Kettle, Red
Offered by Dealsdirect247
Price: £6.79

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LITTLE GEM., 4 Jan. 2012
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This kettle is primarily for camping use, but I use mine in the kitchen, the bright red colour standing out proudly against the white surroundings.

Living alone, the capacity is more than sufficient, it's as light as a feather, the handle does not get too hot & - best of all - I don't need to worry about yet ANOTHER electric lead overloading my poor, cluttered sockets.

I am now going to order another two, to keep in reserve. I highly recommend this little gem.

Viceroybedding Luxury 40% Down Single Size 15 Tog Goose Feather and Down Duvet
Viceroybedding Luxury 40% Down Single Size 15 Tog Goose Feather and Down Duvet
Offered by Viceroy Bedding
Price: £29.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING., 28 Dec. 2011
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Having enjoyed a wonderfully warm, snug 12-tog duvet for 15 years, I thought it about time I treated myself to a replacement, so chose this by virtue of its being goose-feather & also highly recommended in the (so far) only other review. Additionally, being 15-tog, I expected it to be even warmer than my old duvet, but, sadly, it is both thinner & colder. Very disappointing & not recommended.
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Blues of a Lifetime: The Autobiography of Cornell Woolrich
Blues of a Lifetime: The Autobiography of Cornell Woolrich
by Cornell Woolrich
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars HARDLY AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY., 9 Nov. 2011
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Cornell Woolrich is a fascinating character, allegedly responsible for providing more Hollywood screenplays (adaptions of his books & short stories) than any other author, yet virtually unknown to the average movie-goer. His tales, like the man himself, have an air of mystery about them, the majority being in the 'noir' genre - Phantom Lady, Fear in the Night, The Black Angel, Street of Chance, The Window, to name but a handful.

So I approached this book with a sense of great anticipation, though I'll be honest & admit I was aware it contained only a few fragmented episodes in his life - just five, in fact, producing a mere 137 pages. Hardly likely to very illuminating - & so it proved.

There are other books on Cornell Woolrich, none of which I have read, but they must be more revealing than this, which is hardly an autobiography. Buyer, be warned.

They Made Me A Fugitive [DVD]
They Made Me A Fugitive [DVD]
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SECOND RATE NOIR., 4 Nov. 2011
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An authentic atmosphere does not compensate for poor characterisation & a ludicrous plotline &, unfortunately, this film suffers from both.

Consider one of the main characters, gangster boss, 'Narcy.' Have you ever encountered such a person? Mean & nasty, without rhyme or reason. Such individuals just don't exist. Compare him with any of the great James Cagney gangster creations & you'll see what I mean. Cagney's characters, mean & vicious as they are, are also real & have humanity, you can see where they're coming from, how they came to be the way they are. 'Narcy,' by contrast, is a myth - unreal & unbelievable.

As for the plot, if you can take a man on the run breaking into a home where the drunken husband openly greets him while the wife asks him quite seriously if he would mind bumping him off for her, then this film is for you. The fact is, as noirs go - as any film goes - this is strictly second rate.
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by Paul Duncan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'ESSENTIAL' IS RIGHT., 20 Oct. 2011
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Why do I prefer this briefer-than-brief guide to other, more comprehensive efforts? Simply because it has a minimum of (often irritating) analysis & is very easy to pick up & put down. (In common with another reviewer, my copy is extremely well-thumbed).

Only criticisms:-
a) It could do with updating (last reprinted 2006). In the UK Noir section, particularly, there are glaring omissions (Heatwave, Woman in question, Blackout, The Impersonator, to name but a few),
b) Way of all flesh, a 1940 film starring Akim Tamiroff & Gladys George, is also omitted (in common with just about every Noir guide). This is one of my favourite movies of any genre & deserves to be better known.

However, despite these flaws, I would recommend this item to anyone with an interest in Noir. To the revewer who said the information is available elsewhere - yes, but not in such a handy, concise format, nor so reasonable priced. Me, I wouldn't be without it!

Wild Wild West [DVD]
Wild Wild West [DVD]

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING & INFORMATIVE., 3 Feb. 2011
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This is an interesting & informative collection featuring various historians (including Robert M. Utley) analysing the characters & events of the American West during the 19th century (& early part of the 20th), backed up with plenty of photographs & other visual evidence. I think it provides a more balanced view than another set, 'How the West was lost,' which is overly-sympathetic to the Indians. Current asking price, which equates to £2 per DVD, represents reasonable value. Each DVD lasts 45mins & focusses on one particular character, as follows:-
1. Daniel Boone
2. Davy Crockett
3. General Custer
4. Crazy Horse
5. Wild Bill Hickok
6. Buffalo Bill
7. Geronimo
8. Butch Cassidy

Film Noir Classics Collection 5 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Film Noir Classics Collection 5 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars REASONABLE VALUE., 29 Dec. 2010
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It's strange how, even amongst noir enthusiasts, there are such radical differences of opinion regarding quality. It would appear that volumes 1 & 2 of these Warner sets are the most popular. Personally, however, of the 10 titles contained therein, precisely half I cannot even bear to watch all the way through, namely: Out of the past (too far-fetched storyline), Murder my sweet (too talk-y), Crossfire (trying too hard to make a political point), Dillinger & Born to kill (dislike Lawrence Tierney). To me, volume 4 is best, with a generous 10 titles, only one of which, the dreadful Decoy, falls short.
All of which made me wary when sitting down to view the 8 films on offer here. As it turned out, only one (Cornered) did I find unwatchable. As for Crime in the streets, described by one reviewer as the "most boring film he's ever seen," I found it the best of the 8. Not noir, the same reviewer claims. Well, this is debatable, but it's set in the city, has plenty of night-time scenes, there is crime involved &, most importantly - & where so very many, around 50% in my opinion, noir films fail - THERE IS A MORAL DILEMMA. What more do you want? Furthermore, the acting is of a high standard & it has a powerful message.
All in all, though, a so-so set &, as has previously been pointed out, no extras. Will there be a vol 6, I wonder - & will we dare buy it...?

Younger Than Yesterday
Younger Than Yesterday
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEY NEVER SOUNDED BETTER., 23 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Younger Than Yesterday (Audio CD)
Many people nominate "Notorious Byrd Bros." as the best Byrds album (even, I read recently, Chris Hillman - strangely, considering his influence here). Personally, I prefer this, always a favourite - one of my most played vinyl records ever, in fact - & now sounding better than ever.

Gary Usher deserves much credit for an impeccable production. Also, Chris Hillman, whose bass-playing just two years previously was considered so inadequate, a session player had to be hired for "Mr Tamborine Man." Here, it is outstanding throughout. As for his songwriting, to me, his contribution (4 & a half songs) forms the backbone of the album.

Negative comments? Dare I mention "Mind gardens?" No, perhaps the less said the better...

With six reasonably enjoyable bonus tracks & extensive sleeve-notes (though no lyrics), this is an excellent buy, capturing a band at the very peak of their powers, in the summmer of love.

P.S. To the reviewer who felt the lead guitar was practically inaudible on "My back pages" & other tracks, I honestly do not notice any difference from previous pressings.
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