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Orders To Kill [DVD]
Orders To Kill [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eddie Albert
Price: £11.87

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE, 14 Nov. 2011
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Many people will give CITIZEN KANE as the Welles masterpiece, without remembering THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, (even after the studio had disgracefully changed the ending), or this wonderful piece of Grande Guignol. The cost of the DVD is worth the opening sequence alone - a real director and cinematographer working together Welles makes Heston look like a real actor, and Dietrich is magnificent. Needless to say, he steals every scene he's in himself.

Settle down with a glass of your favourite tipple and enjoy.
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A Delicate Balance [1973] [DVD] [1976]
A Delicate Balance [1973] [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Katharine Hepburn

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LEGENDS, 14 Nov. 2011
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When the play was first performed in London the cast was led by Scofield, and he had Peggy Ashcroft and Angela Lansbury starring with him. The cast on the DVD are just as good, and obviously relish the lines Edward Albee penned. It's the sort of play that appeals to real theatregoers in that it makes you work for your enjoyment. Katherine is mesmeric, and you can glean how Scofield loves working with her.


Natasha [DVD] [2007]
Natasha [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Natalia Makarova

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Even the greats make mistakes, 14 Nov. 2011
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This is trash of a not even kitsch type. Makarova should never have allowed this to be any sort of legacy of her career. She was a great artist, and with one exceptio this is dreadful. Null pointe, as they were won't to say.


An Evening with The Royal Ballet [DVD]
An Evening with The Royal Ballet [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rudolf and Margot Fonteyn Nureyev
Price: £16.99

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of History, 14 Nov. 2011
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To see Margot Fonteyn dancing her signature role is something special. She had a quality in this role that was particularly special. It was a measure of instinctively knowing what was right at any given moment governed by her innate musicality and line. The extra is seeing all those wonderful dancers from the period now forgotten by all except fans. Mind you those costumes for the male courtiers really do stretch taste.

The DVD also includes Ashton's marvellous LA VALSE, choreographed for the de Gaulle gala, and a very good LES SYLPHIDE in which Fonteyn is magical.

Buy this and enjoy.


Nureyev: Raymonda [1999] [DVD] [2009]
Nureyev: Raymonda [1999] [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Rudolf Nureyev
Price: £19.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Archive Document, 25 Oct. 2011
Anyone complaining about the fact that this is a documentary should have checked beforehand. The fact that it is in French with subtitles should not deter purchase either. It is fascinating to listen to the members of the Paris Opera Ballet telling the way Rudi worked and encouraged the POB dancers. The comments of Elizabeth Platel and Claude de Vulpian are very important, as they also give an incite into the working of the POB before Nureyev, and how he changed things. The POB to-day is one of the great companies in the world, and it is due to what Nureyev put into his tenure as director. There are several great performances on DVD that can be bought, and I would recommend their production of Balanchine's JEWELS for a start.

Buy this and revel at the spectacle.
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Chopin / Adam: Les Sylphides/ Giselle [DVD] [NTSC] [2011]
Chopin / Adam: Les Sylphides/ Giselle [DVD] [NTSC] [2011]
Dvd ~ Svetlana Beriosova
Price: £19.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical, 12 Oct. 2011
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There is so little on film of Svetlana Beriosova and Violetta Elvin that this DVD is worth buying for that alone. Even in the confines of a very tight BBC studio you get the essence of why they were rated as highly as they were. Markova has all the style and mystery that made her the prima ballerina she was.

You also have the added attraction of the LES SYLPHIDE being introduced by Tamara Karsavina, who created the piece for Michel Fokine (dancing with Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky, no less)., with a wonderful cast. The GISELLE is another archival document, with a wonderful cast.

If you are interesting in ballet you should have this in your collection.
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Yolanda & The Thief [DVD] [1945] [US Import]
Yolanda & The Thief [DVD] [1945] [US Import]
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Price: £13.69

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A revelation, 12 Oct. 2011
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Anyone interested in dance in Hollywood musicals should have this. Among other things it has two of the greatest dance sequences ever put on film, with marvellous choreography by Eugene Loring (who worked a lot with American Ballet Theatre at that period). The "Coffee Time" number is a knockout.

Astaire is, as usual, on top form. He has a knack of making the extreme look so easy, but then he was a stickler for the ultimate work ethic and accuracy. His partner here is Lucille Bremer. She is terrific, and matches him step for step in a all the dance work. I admired Rogers very much; and there are two sequences that are way up there with the best. However, I always thought that Rita Hayworth (look at the two movies they made together) was his best partner, and Miss Bremer is as good. There is also the added attraction of the great Mildred Natwick (remember her in Hitchcock's TROUBLE WITH HARRY bakingg blueberry muffins).

A lovely evening's entertainment.


The Soldier's Tale - Robert Helpmann / Svetlana Beriosova [DVD]
The Soldier's Tale - Robert Helpmann / Svetlana Beriosova [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Birkett
Price: £12.61

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Travesty, 12 Oct. 2011
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I remember when this first came out I wasn't too enamoured of it. However, I thought I'd buy a copy and re-evaluate. It is even worse then I thought.

Helpmann is appallingly OTT, as he could be, and the general format is all wrong. It should have been done on stage. The wonderous Beriosova is woefully used, to the point that a choreographer isn't even credited. Whoever it was must have been so ashamed that they refused to have their name used. Beriosova was one of the glories of the Royal Ballet, and to see her so misused is bordering on scandalous. Don't touch it.


The Nutcracker [1968] [DVD]
The Nutcracker [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Merle Park

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best NUTCRACKER ever, 12 Oct. 2011
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I saw Nureyev's NUTCRACKER many times from the first night onwards, and always wanted a DVD of the production. It is, in my estimation, the best production of this Tchaikovsky ballet and the DVD shows why. Nureyev uses all his theatrical know how to tell the story, and he is helped by some stunning designs. On occasions he could overdo the choreographic content of his productions, as witnessed in an overlong solo for himself in his SLEEPING BEAUTY. However, from the opening party scene onwards it all works here, and his own performance shows why he was the ballet rock star he became. His work with the kids in Act 1 is a joy to behold. They were all having a ball.

He also has, as his partner, one of the great ballerinas of the period in Merle Pärk. Classical, musical, incisive,and above all giving him as much as he threw at her. The grand pas de deux is the showcase it should be. There is also the chance of seeing some of the famous faces from the Royal Ballet of the period; all remembered with love and affection.

The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is the quality of the film and colour. It's not bad at all, and it won't spoil your enjoyment, so do get a copy. it is the best!


Went The Day Well - Digitally Restored (80 Years of Ealing) [DVD]
Went The Day Well - Digitally Restored (80 Years of Ealing) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leslie Banks
Price: £6.99

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Community Spirit at its Best, 31 Aug. 2011
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I had long wanted a copy of this glorious piece of British cinema. It is beguiling in that it involves you with the story that enfolds over a weekend. The plot being an invasion of a small village by German soldiers posing as British Tommies.

A wonderful cast, including a very young Thora Hird, work as a terrific ensemble,although one cannot overlook the gracious Marie Lohr as the local chatelaine. An oasis of calm among all the turmoil.

Buy this and settle down for a lovely evening. You will not regret it


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