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The Jackal [Blu-ray] [1997] [Region Free]
The Jackal [Blu-ray] [1997] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars 'WILLIS' AND 'GERE' AT THEIR VERY BEST', 26 April 2015
After a killing in Russia, Mobster 'Terek Murad' swears revenge for his Brothers killing and hires a efficient and ruthless assassin
known as 'The Jackal' (Bruce Willis) to exact his revenge.
The F.B.I uncover a plot to kill a high-profile target, to combat the threat deputy Director 'Carter Preston' (Sidney Poitier) and
Russian Intelligence Officer 'Major Valentina Koslova' (Diane Venora) enlist the help of Irish Terrorist 'Declan Mulqueen' (Richard
Gere) to track down and prevent the Jackal from carrying out his mission.
First he'll have to find do you find a shadow ?
This is a very well portrayed Drama which is often tense, sometimes exciting..........there are several familiar faces among the cast-list.
Quite a while since last watching this one, quality is always worth re-visiting in my view.
Extras -
* The Making Of The Jackal
* Feature Commentary with Director - Michael Caton-Jones

Red Sonja [Blu-ray]
Red Sonja [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Brigitte Nielsen
Price: £7.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Red Sonja [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
When 'Sonja's' (Brigitte Nielsen) home is destroyed and her family killed by the forces of the evil 'Queen Gedren' (Sandahl Bergman)
she is presented with a sword and a prophecy by a visionary figure.
'Sonja' having been given extraordinary power swears vengeance upon 'Queen Gedron' and the forces she commands.
Meanwhile she learns from her dying sister that the Queen had stolen an ancient 'Talisman' that could in her mind help fulfil her
aspirations for domination.
'Sonja' sets out for vengeance and justice alone, the theft of the 'Talisman' has also made it a quest to save the planet, she is joined by
an arrogant young 'Prince Tarn' (Ernie Reyes jr) and his bodyguard 'Falkon' (Paul L Smith) - 'Prince Tarn's' kingdom had also fallen
to the evil Queen.
'Sonja' accepts the help of 'Kalider' (Arnold Shwarzenegger) who mysteriously had seemed her guardian-angel during the early part of
her quest, he also possesses powerful powers of his own.
The four set out together now to right the wrongs the Queen had served upon both 'Prince Tarn' and 'Sonja' and to destroy the 'Talsman'
and save the World from it's misuse by 'Queen Gedren'
Certainly not a classic but fairly typical of many of the action-movies turned out during the low to mid eighties, the script in truth isn't great,
the action somewhat over-the-top and unconvincing, however it was enjoyable.
Rating - 7/10
The Blu-ray upgrade is quite good.
Features -
* Arnold Shwarzenegger - the man who raised Hollywood 'Red Sonja Vs Kalidor - The making of a misunderstanding.
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The Definitive Collection
The Definitive Collection
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £7.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE MOST MEMORABLE SONGS FROM 'OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN', 24 April 2015
'Olivia Newton John' was born in 'Cambridge' Cambridgeshire in 1948.
Country/ Pop - Artist who will almost certainly always be remembered for her role opposite 'John Travolta' in the Musical 'Grease'(1978)
Her singing career started back in 1963, I myself saw her perform on stage during her early days she was on the bill of a 'Cliff Richard'
Tour with The Shadows, remember the show being hosted by 'Lionel Blair'
Her Chart-Career here in the U.K didn't really get going until the early 70's with - 'If Not For You' (Chart U.K 1971) followed by 'The Banks
Of The Ohio' (Chart '6' also 71') and in 1972 - 'What Is Life' (Chart '16) in 1973 - 'Take Me Home Country Roads' (Chart '15') in 1974 -
'Long Live Love' (Chart '11') followed by - 'I Honestly Love You' (Chart '22) then somewhat of a gap, until 1977 when - 'Sam' Charted at
number '6' here in the U.K which was followed by much Chart-Success with tracks from the 'Grease' movie which in 1978 gave her two
number '1's' with - 'Your'e The One That I Want' and 'Summer Nights' and a number '2' with - 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' she also
had a number '4' success in 78' with - 'A Little More Love' her next real Chart impact came in 1980 with Chart-Topper - 'Xanadu' this was
followed with - 'Magic' (Chart '32') then 'Suddenly' sung with 'Cliff' (Chart '15') in 1981 - 'Physical' (Chart '7') in 1982 - 'Landslide' (Chart '18')
after which she only had lower-order entries until in 1990 when the 'Grease Megamix' sung with 'Frankie Valli' and 'John Travolta' Charted at
number '3' and in 1998 'Your'e The One That I Want' revisited the U.K Top-Ten peaking at number '4'
'Olivia' had a sparkling Chart-Career as this album truly demonstrates, all songs mentioned are on-board....this a great reflection of The-Lady's
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NOW That's What I Call Disney
NOW That's What I Call Disney
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'DISNEY' MAGIC-IN-SONG CAPTURED UPON THIS 4-CD BOX-SET', 23 April 2015
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It seem like forever that 'Disney' has been around, for many of us of course they have been, I myself was certainly brought up
with the movies from them, they fired our imagination and imprinted the memories upon us, so much so we've shared those
early times with generation after generation.
Of course the old classics like 'Bambi' 'Cinderella' 'Snow White' and 'Peter Pan' live on, and long may they do so however the
story didn't stop there, 'Disney' have continued to build new memories upon each generation that have come along with films
such as 'The Little Mermaid' 'Aladdin' 'The Lion King' 'Toy Story' 'Cars' and 'Frozen' and so it continues.
Part of the magic of all these movies and more down the years was of course the songs we associate with them, helping to indeed
build the many and lasting memories for generations yet to come.
This 4-CD Box-Set captures many of the memories from many, many of the Disney-Classics down the years.....on the first disc we
find songs from films such as .........'Frozen'........'Pocahontas'.......'The Jungle Book'......'Beauty and the Beast'........'Pirates of the
Carribbean' - The Curse of the Black Pearl'......'Sleeping Beauty'......and......'Mary Poppins' ......among the many......and on disc two
'Enchanted'......'Alice In Wonderland'......'Lilo and Stitch'......'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'......'Toy Story 2'.......and......'Lady
and the Tramp'......again just a few of the songs from the movies......on disc three......'Hannah Montana'......'Cinderella'......'Dumbo'
....'Pinocchio'......'The Princess and The Frog'......'Bambi'......and......'Mickey Mouse Club'......again just some of the films featured on
disc three......the fourth disc brings an array of many of the most popular Christmas Carols and Songs.
All in all, this 4-CD Box-Set Captures many of the best remembered Songs from the many Best-Loved 'Disney Films' down the years.
The Memories Live On.

What We Do In The Shadows [Blu-ray]
What We Do In The Shadows [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jemaine Clement
Price: £17.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'OFF-BEAT HORROR SEND-UP', 22 April 2015
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The Players - 'Vladislav' (Jermaine Clement) 'Viago' (Taika Waititi) 'Deacon' (Johnathan Brugh) 'Nick' (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer)
'Stu' (Stuart Rutherford) and 'Petyr' (Ben Fransham)
This is an off-beat documentary-style Vampire tale -
The Immortals 'Vladislav' 'Viago' 'Deacon' along with 'Petyr' live together, they enjoy each others company, however living in
modern-day New Zealand is a struggle for them.
They don't understand modern technology and don't really get why for appearance sake they should get to grips with every -
''nightly'' chores.
Going out at night to clubs is good, however going out with last-nights blood on your clothing perhaps isn't.
Their conversation doesn't really quite fit-in either, they often arrange for prospective victims to join them at their home, they
sort of offer food and try to entertain them so they feel at ease, then.............
Victim of 'Petyr's' attention 'Mick' now a new recruit doesn't quite get the idea of being a Vampire, not a great idea to tell the
humans they meet up with or indeed to have his human friend 'Stu' tagging along.
A tale of Vampires, the odd Werewolf, and maybe a Vampire Hunter, just adds up to a very different movie experience that
is sure to bring a smile or two along the way.
Features -
*Deleted Scenes
*Behind The Shadows
*Promo Video's
*Video Extras
*Original Short Film

Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra [DVD] [2013]
Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Meat Loaf
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'MEATLOAF' - 'ROCK'S', 22 April 2015
'MEATLOAF' Was born 'Marvin Lee Aday' in 'Dallas' Texas in 1947.
Rock-Vocalist - Musician - Actor
Perhaps one of the greatest Solo-Rock-Artists over the past 30-Odd Years, first coming to the fore here in the U.K in 1978
Ironically in the U.K he had to wait until 1993 before achieving his first U.K Chart Topper with 'I'd Do Anything For Love' (But I Won't Do That)
Yet his Album from the late 70's 'Bat Out Of Hell' was a best-seller (remember buying it on Vinyl back then, and still have it, though i have
since covered it by buying the CD)
This, a recording of his 'Melbourne Concert with it's Symphony Orchestra' February 20th and 22nd 2004
Track Listings -
01 'Life Is A Lemon' (And I Want My Money Back)
02 'Mercury Blues
03 'Dead Ringer For Love'
04 'Testify'
05 'All Revved Up With No Place To Go'
06 'You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
07 'I Couldn't Of Said It Better'
08 'Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
09 'Out Of The Frying Pan' (And Into The Fire)
10 'For Crying Out Loud'
11 'Paradise By The Dashboard Light'
12 'I'd Do Anything For Love' (But I Won't Do That)
13 'Bat Out Of Hell'
Disc Two - Bonus Material
* Featurette
* Question and Answer with Meatloaf
* Pre-Show Ritual
* Photo Gallery
Bonus Features also Include - Commentary Track 6
Filmed in Pal 16.9 with 5.1 Surround Sound.
Meatloaf is a dramatic performer on-stage.......It's, for me, Rock-Opera at it's very best.
Meatloaf still Performs to this day
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The Very Best Of Val Doonican
The Very Best Of Val Doonican
Price: £4.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE 'IRISH' CROONER AND HIS BEST LOVED SONGS', 21 April 2015
'Michael Valentine Doonican' was born in 'Waterford' Ireland in 1927.
As an earlier reviewer mentioned those of us that watched variety shows, especially through the 60's, would
remember 'Val Doonican'
In 1951 'Val' moved to England to join 'The Four Ramblers' who regularly featured on RADIO-SHOWS, later
when touring as a support act with 'Anthony Newley' who persuaded 'Val' to perform as a solo-act.
In 1963 he had a spot on the variety show 'Sunday Night At The London Palladium' after which the BBC gave him
his own show, 'Val' stole the hearts of the nation singing 'Irish' Ditty's such as 'Paddy McGinty's Goat' 'Delaney's
Donkey' and 'O'Rafferty's Motor Car'
Some of his early releases also featured in the U.K Charts as many will surely remember with songs such as -'Walk
Tall' (Chart '3' 1964) 'The Special Years' (Chart '7' 1965) 'I'm Gonna Get There Somehow' (Chart '25' also 65')
'Elusive Butterfly' (Chart '5' 1966) 'What Would I Be' (Chart '2' again 66') 'If The Whole World Stopped Loving' (Chart
'3' 1967) he did get a further Top 10 entry the same year with 'Memories Are Made Of This' (which isn't on-board) he
continued to pepper the lower order of the Charts right up to 1973, though during this time he did have two further Top
20 entries with - 'If I Knew Then What I Know Now' (Chart '4' 1968) and 'Morning' (Chart '12' 1972) - all the numbers
listed in the review are on-board this release other than - 'Memories Are Made Of This'
'Val' will always be remembered for his seemingly laid-back style, his Irish-Ditty's and of course 'The Rocking-Chair'
He continued to perform until 2009 now enjoying his retirement.
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The Greatest Novelty Songs [3CD Box Set]
The Greatest Novelty Songs [3CD Box Set]
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'MANY 'COMIC' MEMORIES OF YESTERDAY' (AT A BARGAIN-PRICE), 20 April 2015
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As an earlier reviewer pointed out the time-line of the numbers on-board do span from the late 30's through to the early
60's, though the majority do appear to be from the late 50's into the early 60's.
These were the Golden-Days when 'Novelty-Songs' popped up in the U.K Charts frequently and I like many did buy them,
and those i didn't i've since spent years trying to find those i remember.
As good as this selection is there are many 'genuine gems' not on-board such as - 'I Went To Your Wedding' - 'Spike Jones'
'Pete Seeger' - 'Little Boxes' (1963) 'Hello Muddah Hello Faddah'- 'Alan Sherman' (1963) and 'They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha Haaa !' - 'Napoleon X1V' among the many from way-back.
Also noticeable, is that the U.S-Version of Beep Beep rather than the U.K-Version both of which were recorded by 'The Playmates'
is featured, also, although in truth there are a couple of 'Charlie Drake' tracks included, i'd have preferred to see his version of 'Mr Custer'
which Charted at number '4' than the 'Larry Verne' offering, in my view the 'Charlie Drake' Cover-Version was the better of the two.
Nit-picking aside there are many many true gems that are on-board this re-release such as......on disc one........'Pat Boone' --
'Speedy Gonzales'........'Tommy Steele' --'What A Mouth'........'Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kickers' --'Monster Mash'......
'The Coasters' --'Charlie Brown'........and........'Michael Medwin, Alfie Bass and 'Bernard Breslaw' --'The Army Game'........just
some of the amusing memories to be found on disc one.......on disc two........'Slim Dusty' --'A Pub With No Beer'........'Benny Hill'
--'Gather in the Mushrooms'.......'David Seville' --'Witch Doctor'........'Rosemary Clooney' --'Where Will His Dimple Be'........and....
'Max Bygraves' --'You're a Pink Toothbrush'.......again just a few of the numbers that'll raise a smile on disc one........on disc three
........'Paul Evans and the Curls' --'Seven Little Girls'.......'The Ivy Three' --'Yogi'.......'Lonnie Donegan' --'Does Your Chewing Gum
Loose its Flavour (on a bedpost over-night)........'George Formby' --'When I'm Cleaning Windows'........and........'Mudlarks' --'I've
Been Everywhere'........again just a few of the 'Novelty' memories to be found on disc three.............i have quite simply highlighted
five or six from each of the thee discs to offer a flavour of the material that can indeed be found on-board.
All in all, the numbers on the play-list of 75 tracks should trigger many a memory and indeed give much pleasure to listeners, at
it's current price of just £4.99 on the Amazon Site makes it a Bargain.

Von Ryan's Express [Blu-ray] [1965] [US Import]
Von Ryan's Express [Blu-ray] [1965] [US Import]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When 'Colonel Joseph Ryan's' (Frank Sinatra) aircraft comes down in enemy territory he is captured by an 'Italian' patrol
and taken to an 'Italian' controlled P.O.W camp.
The prisoners there had just lost their commanding officer leaving 'Major Eric Fincham'(Trevor Howard) in charge of the mainly
British P.O.W's
Almost immediately the newly arrived Colonel realizes that the prisoners were poorly fed, dressed in virtual rags and had no
medication for the sick.
The intent of the Major is to continue efforts to escape despite the fact that the allied forces who are gaining ground could be
there in a matter of weeks.
When the Colonel is shown a stock-pile of supplies including medicines his thoughts are for the sick and hungry and decides to
show the Italian Commandant the hoard believing he can win the trust of the Italian captors will perhaps allow much needed food
and clothing for his fellow P.O.W''s an act that immediately goes against the grain for the 'Major' and many of the other captives
earning him the tag of 'Von Ryan'
When news comes through that Italy had surrendered 'The Major' wants to put the Commandant on trial for the murder, however
'Ryan' decides to spare his life and place him in the cooler to rot, a possible mistake ?
The 400 prisoners are still in enemy controlled territory they make a break to reach the coast, however there are numerous 'German'
patrols still the region, re-capture is quick.
The remaining prisoners are herded onto railway carriages and bound for a German-Controlled Camp, on route, 'The Colonel' comes
up with a plan to overpower the guards on the train and attempt to take the P.O.W's to a safe zone, difficulties along the way will force
them to alter their escape route.
There will be dangers ahead, the Germans will not let them leave easily...........
The film was adapted from a book of the same name written by 'David Westheimer' apparently 'Frank Sinatra' came up with the idea to
alter the story's conclusion to make it more dramatic.
There are many superb performances among the cast members, the 1965 film is a true gem, in my view one of 'crooner' 'Frank Sinatra's'
finest performances on screen.
The picture quality though not perfect is considerably sharper than the DVD version.
(This is Region A and will not play on Region B players) (The film is available on Region B but currently at a greater price)
Features -
* Hollywood and it's War Films
* Bringing Movies to Life - The Legacy of Jerry Goldsmith
* 2 Additional Featurettes
* Isolated Score Track and More
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Wild Card [Blu-ray] [2015]
Wild Card [Blu-ray] [2015]
Dvd ~ Jason Statham
Price: £16.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars 'CHRISTMAS IN VEGAS', 18 April 2015
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I do tend to go for 'Jason Statham' movies, very few have been below expectation, this one did have quite a slating from
the critics and didn't do too well in the U.S Box-Office, however i found it a whole lot more enjoyable than i'd been led to
believe in truth.
'Nick Wild' (Jason Statham) is a highly-skilled Body-Guard in 'Vegas' he earns his living by being hired by those that feel
the need for protection, trouble is, he has a habit, he's a gambler (well it is Vegas) and never seems to get ahead of the
'Cyrus Kinnick' (Michael Angarano) has asked for 'Nick's' services, though first impressions for 'Nick' are adverse he needs
the money and accepts the job.
Meanwhile a close friend 'Holly' (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) is badly beaten by a vicious thug and his two bodyguards and has
turned to 'Nick' for help to exact revenge.
Trouble is that the thug in question 'Danny Demarco' (Milo Vemtimiglia) is the son of high-rolling mob-boss 'Baby' (Stanley Tucci)
and knows by acting against 'Danny' will make him a mob-target.
Before he leaves town he'll have one last hit on the tables, one last long-shot to win big ...
Maybe not the fastest-moving 'Jason Statham' offering but, enjoyable nevertheless, the action sequences though perhaps few are
pretty impressive, not action-packed but worth a spin.
Features - Director Commentary
* Original Sin - Las Vegas and the Characters of Wild Card
* Script Vignette
(The Import Version is Region A and will not play on a Region B player)
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