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Bones in London
Bones in London
by Edgar Wallace
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bare "Bones" of the matter, 26 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Bones in London (Hardcover)
I read this one so many years ago it's hard to recall all of it. It is certainly surprising to find there are still copies of it around. This is a different Bones from the bumbling, awkward Augustus Tibbetts we all came to know and love from his first appearances in the legendary "Sanders" novels by Edgar Wallace. Bones the businessman seems to have been re-invented as a new, improved individual, who rises to the challenge magnificently and even manages to fall in love and eventually strike a chord in the heart of the object of his affections. Even the seemingly confirmed bachelor Sanders has by this time managed to get himself married to Ms Patricia Hamilton, sister of his trusted right hand, Lieutenant Hamilton. In fact, you'll meet all three characters again in a completely different and entertaining setting. Just a pity that unrepentant scoundrel Bosambo couldn't have been worked into the plot too, somehow. If you are a dyed-in-the-wool Sanders fan -- as I am -- then read it. You won't be disappointed.

Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Price: £18.62

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like, WOW!, 6 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Audio CD)
I don't have SACD but there's only one word to describe this disc: "electric" (to use that overworked adjective)! Even without surround sound it is more than a performance. It's an experience. Listen to it at high volume and in surround sound and feel the room rock when those hammer-blows are struck! Ignore the date of recording (12 September, 2001). I suppose that must add to the poignancy of the occasion but, since the plans were laid some time before 9/11, it was always going to be what we hear here. The engineering and performance combine to make this the definitive Mahler 6th for this listener. A must-have for any Mahler enthusiast.

Martin Chuzzlewit [VHS] [1994]
Martin Chuzzlewit [VHS] [1994]

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Dickens, 16 Dec. 2007
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I hardly feel able to improve on others' superlatives in reviewing this production. Setting and sets, characters and characterisation, actors and acting. These are the elements that make me return to this wonderful production time and again. With so many fine performances to choose from, it hardly seems fair to single out a few, but bouquets must go especially to Tom Wilkinson (Pecksniff), Paul Scofield (the Brothers Chuzzlewit), Keith Allen (Jonas Chuzzlewit - very scary indeed!), Pete Postlethwaite (Montague Tigg/Tigg Montague), Elizabeth Spriggs (Sairy Gamp) and Sir John Mills, proving once again that blindness need not be a deterrent to his fine portrayal as Chuffey. Others there are: Pauline Turner, Maggie Steed, Joan Sims, Philip Franks, together with Emma Chambers and Julia Sawalha providing a delightful foil to each other as the Pecksniff sisters, Charity and Mercy. I could go on, but it seems superfluous as any lover of Dickens knows that his novels always provide plenty of scope for fine acting. As vividly as the writer paints them, so are they brought to life in this winner of a production.

Mozart: Requiem etc...
Mozart: Requiem etc...
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £8.09

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting performances, 16 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Mozart: Requiem etc... (Audio CD)
I'm glad I bought this recording. Not only is it good value for money, with the "Coronation Mass" and the "Exsultate Jubilate" included, as well as the Litany K195, it's a fine performance of one of the most moving works ever written. It also has the added bonus of giving us the (I think) rarely heard edition by Franz Beyer, who "cleaned up" the more regularly performed Sussmayr version. Marriner and the Academy show their mettle to perfection here. If I have one quibble, it lies in the inexplicable arrangement of the items on disc one. Why place them in the order: Exsultate, then the "Coronation", then the Litany? The only reason I can conceive is that they were arranged from shortest to longest work, which doesn't make logical sense. Surely "Exsultate Jubilate" in this case is something of a "filler". However, that really IS a minor quibble; the whole set is superb. If you haven't got it, buy it!

Whisky Galore [DVD]
Whisky Galore [DVD]
Dvd ~ Basil Radford
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £24.99

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter Galore, 23 May 2007
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This review is from: Whisky Galore [DVD] (DVD)
My only experience to date with this classic film has been the VHS version, so cannot say anything about the newer format. But as sheer comedy, the great Sir Compton MacKenzie's work sits well on the screen. For me, one of the most uproarious scenes is where the 2 I/C of the home guard's mother, a dour Presbyterian, forbids him to leave the house on Sunday, so his commander is unable to thwart the plans of the conspirators who plan to store the eponymous whisky windfall. Not to mention the clock striking midnight, ringing in the Sabbath, just as they are about to launch out to recover the same whisky; and all they can do is gaze wistfully out to where the "treasure" is afloat, just out of reach! And marvel at the ingenious ways they find to hide it from the customs and excise officials. Glorious stuff! What a pity Ealing Studios aren't putting out such delights any more, but, thanks to modern technology, we can enjoy these "golden oldies" once again. A "must have" for anyone who, like myself, has such wonderful memories of old-style British humour. Treat yourself now!
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David Copperfield [DVD] [1974]
David Copperfield [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Arthur Lowe
Offered by Screen One
Price: £9.23

92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dickens of a review, 16 Jan. 2006
Although I have only seen this version in VHS format I rate it as head and shoulders above the 1999 version with Daniel Radcliffe, Bob Hoskins, et al. Sorry to be hard on such big names and impeccable credentials, but there it is. Arthur Lowe is the quintessential Mr Micawber and the big surprise, Patricia Routledge as Mrs M, is a huge bonus. Anthony Andrews is just as I imagined Steerforth from the novel: insufferably superior - I almost said sinister, but that dubious accolade must go to Martin Jarvis for his Uriah. I much preferred the beautiful Gail Harrison as Agnes to the soppy portrayal by Amanda Ryan, while Beth Morris is more believable than Joanna Page as Dora. Both Betseys, however, are superb. My vote must also go to Pauline Quirke in the 1999 version for her Peggoty. To clinch the matter, this production is more meaty, with more material from the novel being included. If you simply must have the "big names", the choice is yours but don't say I didn't point you to a better deal.
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