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by Jacinta Bell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-Provoking, 15 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Exiles (Paperback)
Although this is not an easy read I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an uncensored examination of the human existence. There are several scenes within it that'll stay with you for months. In fact, the entire book has stayed with me.

Music Man [Us Import]
Music Man [Us Import]
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance, 20 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Music Man [Us Import] (Audio CD)
There aren't many soundtracks that seem to have the same effect on the listener as the film does. This is the exception.
Not only are the songs brilliantly written by Meredith Willson, the delivery by all the stars sounds just as good on CD. Shirley Jones stuns as usual with her smooth and pure sounds and each group piece has you tapping your feet and (if you're anything like me)almost dancing.
My favourite song on the album would have to be 'Being In Love', mainly because of the fantastic notes Jones manages to scale. In all honesty, there isn't a song on the album that I dislike or seems to drag, and there really aren't many albums you can say that about.
This is one that appeals outside of simply the musical genre. Enjoy it!

Bedknobs And Broomsticks [DVD]
Bedknobs And Broomsticks [DVD]
Dvd ~ Angela Lansbury
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.91

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Kids, 20 Jan. 2005
It's surprising that a film such as this can appeal as much to adults as children.
Perhaps it's the clever blend of a serious subject like a war being intergrated effortlessly with the magical songs, but this is one film that any age will find difficult not to enjoy.
Standout moments are, for me, the 'Portobello Road' dance sequence and the 'Substitutiary Locomotion' scene for it's comic genius.
Angela Lansbury shines as ever and every other member of the cast shines individually. In my (probably biased) opinion, one of the best Disney films ever made.

Cover Girl [DVD]
Cover Girl [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rita Hayworth
Price: £14.97

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kelly, as usual, gets the girl, 15 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Cover Girl [DVD] (DVD)
As with any Gene Kelly movie there is plenty of dancing and all of it good. Some standout numbers include 'Long Ago And Far Away' and 'Make Way For Tomorrow' which is a highly energetic number which has you tapping your feet and smiling regardless of whether you want to or not.
Comedy is provided in the shape of the ever-reliable Eve Arden who, along with Phil Silvers, adds the comic moments that sometimes musicals miss.
Overall a good film, beautiful dancing, singing and a half-decent storyline which is another shortcoming in some musicals. In a few it seems as though the songs have been drafted and the plot written to fit it but this is completely different- every song, every dance seems to fit in exactly where it should.
The ending is predictable but the way to the ending is full of little 'moments' and I thoroughly recommend this to any Gene Kelly/ Rita Hayworth or musical fan.
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Oklahoma! [VHS] [1955] [DVD]
Oklahoma! [VHS] [1955] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gordon MacRae
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £5.25

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ultimately fantastic film, 15 Dec. 2004
It's a Rodgers and Hammerstein production so obviously it seems to go on forever but in this case it doesn't seem to matter.
Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones are highly watchable as the two leads while the subplot involving the love triangle between Ado Annie, the peddler and Will Parker also provides entertainment.
The dances are wonderfully choreographed, in particular Gene Nelson's superb solo dance for 'Kansas City' which has me bouncing up and down in time with the music.
Songs are tuned to perfection as is expected from these writers but for me the standouts are the well-known 'People Will Say We're In Love', 'Oklahoma' and 'Many A New Day' which is my personal favourite simply because of the high notes that Jones reaches that seem impossible to the untrained.
As for the story, a simple enough love story which still seems to add something new to the genre.
If there was one thing I was annoyed about when I first watched the film it was the length. However the songs and suspense of the last hour made it less of a trial.
Ultimately, I would recommend to anyone at all interested in musicals or to anyone just wanting an enjoyable experience.

Pajama Game [DVD]
Pajama Game [DVD]
Dvd ~ Doris Day
Price: £4.14

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Entertainment, 15 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Pajama Game [DVD] (DVD)
Although 'The Pajama Game' isn't one of Day's better known pictures it still ranks high up for entertainment.
The songs are well-written, my personal favourites being 'I'm Not At All In Love' and 'Small Talk', though none have really got the recognition they deserve with the possible exception of 'Hey There'. Choreography on this picture is also good with special mention going to the group ensemble performance of the 'Racing With The Clock' which is perfectly timed along with being a catchy tune.
All in all I find this film to be enjoyable, John Raitt makes a believable co-star for Day while the supporting cast all seem to contribute to the overall mood in some way. If I had one criticism it would be that the plot is a little shaky in my view.
But, overall, I liked it.
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Price: £5.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern masterpiece, 14 May 2004
This review is from: Cabaret (Audio CD)
While I have to admit that i prefer older musicals where the people burst out into song for no reason, this soundtrack was the one that launched me into the more modern musical.
All of the songs possess a quality that doesn't make them sound childish, the best of these being 'Maybe This Time' and the title track.
A thoroughly modern musical with a suitable hint of sadness.

Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: £36.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's no business like show business!, 11 May 2004
The film was fantastic and the soundtrack definately matches up!
Not only do you get the fabulous Betty Hutton singing the famous songs such as 'You Can't Get A Man With A Gun' and 'Doin' What Comes Naturally', you also get the Judy Garland versions from the aborted film version.
Any fan of musicals or Judy Garland would love this as an addition to their collection but some of the songs are so famous anyway, anyone would know them!

Fiddler On The Roof
Fiddler On The Roof
Price: £8.83

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!, 11 May 2004
This review is from: Fiddler On The Roof (Audio CD)
My Granny says you can't mistake Topol's voice and, for once, I'm going to have to agree with her.
Topol manages to bring the character of Tevye to life only by uttering a few words, I don't know if it's the huskiness of his voice or the slight laughter that always seems to be underneath it but any song sung by him is bond to make you smile.
The soundtrack features all the songs from the movie plus an extra in the shape of 'Any Day Now' which was cut from the final film. A song that neatly sums up 'Fiddler On The Roof' is 'If I Were A Rich Man', after all, who wouldn't love to have lots of money and 'a great big house with rooms by the dozen'? I think this'll appeal to anyone who's ever had such a dream.

Easter Parade [VHS] (1948)
Easter Parade [VHS] (1948)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast of fun!, 11 May 2004
While on paper a film named 'Easter Parade' might sound as though it's all going to be about Easter, it isn't. Easter provides a great starting point and a few top-notch songs such as the infamous 'Easter Parade' itself and 'Happy Easter'.
Some of the liveliest songs come from the Astaire/Garland dancing duet scenes, a personal favourite of which is 'A Couple Of Swells' and the biggest dancing number is probably the Ann Miller solo, which is brilliant, she can really dance!
However, my favourite song has to be 'Fella With An Umbrella' which neatly personifies the theme of the film and is an upbeat mid-point.
'Easter Parade' is a film which seems so much more than a musical, it brings together song, dance and a bit of heart-break in the way that Judy Garland did best.

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