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Tom Adams Uncovered: The Art of Agatha Christie and Beyond
Tom Adams Uncovered: The Art of Agatha Christie and Beyond
by Tom Adams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Tom Adams, 21 Nov. 2015
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Excellent retrospective of Tom Adams' iconic career undermined by his co-author's understated commentary that fails to heap this marvelous artist with the brilliant superlatives he deserves.

If this book is reprinted, Adams' publishers will have to pay closer attention to reproducing the paintings faithfully. Having seen some of the original paintings when they were exhibited, as well as the book jackets themselves, it is apparent some of the paintings, like Mrs McGinty's Dead, have in the printing process failed to achieve the right colour balance and have been over-saturated in colour. This is a technical point requiring the printers' attention.


Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (2015) [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (2015) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Walliams
Price: £14.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An All-Time Low-Ebb for Tommy and Tuppence., 9 Oct. 2015
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The BBC should be ashamed of themselves for producing these two terrible adaptations. Sadly, the glory days of the celebrated Miss Marple series with Joan Hickson are well and truly behind them.

This new series features adaptations of two Christie books, The Secret Adversary and N or M? The Secret Adversary, set in 1918 and the early 1920s, has been filmed previously with James Warwick and Francesca Annis who were excellent as Tommy and Tuppence. The adaptation was extremely faithful to the book and a joy to watch for Christie fans. N or M? which is set in World War 2 has not been filmed before and it deserved a much more faithful rendering than this ghastly tosh.

The BBC in their infinite arrogance decided to set both these stories in the Cold War Britain of the 1950s. To be a leading man you have to be GOOD-LOOKING and charismatic. David Wallaims is the complete opposite and should stick to character acting and the usual comic grotesques for which he is best known. David Wallaims and Jessica Raine are both miscast as Tommy and Tuppence, the investigating husband and wife duo. There is no sexual chemistry between them at all, and, despite the occasional perfunctory 'I love you' hug, they seemed more like brother and sister.

I am not at all saddened to read in Radio Times that there will be no second series of Partners in Crime since two million viewers were lost after the screening of the first episode. It is not enough to put Agatha Christie's illustrious name on the tin - the contents therein must be a true and worthy reflection of her.

Agatha Christie was a genius and one wastes one's time being disgusted by the individuals who fall far short of her in bringing her work to the screen.


LG DP542H MULTIREGION UPDCALING TO NEAR 1080P HD DVD PLAYER . PLAYS DVDS IN ALL REGIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 FROM AROUND THE WORLD - MULTI FORMAT (CD Audio, DivX playback, CD-R / CD-RW, DVD-R / DVD-RW, DVD+R / DVD+RW, DVD Video, MP3 and JPEG) - INCLUDES HIGH QUALITY HDMI CABLE AND COLLECTABLE WORLD CUP DVD - FULL REMOTE CONTROL .
LG DP542H MULTIREGION UPDCALING TO NEAR 1080P HD DVD PLAYER . PLAYS DVDS IN ALL REGIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 FROM AROUND THE WORLD - MULTI FORMAT (CD Audio, DivX playback, CD-R / CD-RW, DVD-R / DVD-RW, DVD+R / DVD+RW, DVD Video, MP3 and JPEG) - INCLUDES HIGH QUALITY HDMI CABLE AND COLLECTABLE WORLD CUP DVD - FULL REMOTE CONTROL .
Offered by TOTAL AV
Price: £55.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered, 2 Sept. 2015
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Excellent. You can press the size button on your TV remote control (not your dvd remote control) to adjust the ratio of the picture - be it 4.3 or 16.9. That way, you get to watch DVDs in the screen size for which they were intended as there is nothing worse than watching an old dvd with the picture ratio of 4.3 stretched across the screen to fill it entirely a la 16.9 with the result that thin people are made to look fat.


Love From a Stranger [DVD] [1947] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Love From a Stranger [DVD] [1947] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Sylvia Sidney John Hodiak
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £9.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor remake, 14 July 2015
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The 1937 Basil Rathbone version is superb - this is not


Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances (CD/DVD)
Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances (CD/DVD)
Price: £11.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Whitney in Her Prime, 6 Dec. 2014
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What more could you ask for? Brilliant.


The Monogram Murders (New Hercule Poirot Mystery)
The Monogram Murders (New Hercule Poirot Mystery)
by Sophie Hannah
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.51

40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a Poorly Conceived and Written Book Doesn't Deserve a Review as Long as This, 5 Dec. 2014
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The characters are not so much cardboard cut-outs as names on a piece of paper. Ditto the hotel atmosphere - the Bloxam never becomes a character in the book as did the hotel in the excellent At Bertram's Hotel.

For someone who's supposed to be writing a classic style detective novel set in the 1920s, there are too many contemporary resonances - including names like Fee which Agatha would never have used.

Dull, flat writing, a ridiculous over the top plot that is beyond implausible.

It must be easy for HarperCollins listening to the cash registers sing as they cash in on Christie's name, but it evidently has not occurred to them that they are undermining their reputation as a publisher by releasing such tripe.
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Agatha (Region 2)
Agatha (Region 2)
Offered by DVD STORE SPAIN
Price: £12.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Several Scenes are Deleted For No Good Purpose, 17 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Agatha (Region 2) (DVD)
For reasons best known to the producers several scenes are deleted - such as the one where Agatha sees Nancy out shopping while watching the Pierrots, and the one where she goes shopping to buy a dress.


Me and Murder, She Wrote
Me and Murder, She Wrote
by Peter S Fischer
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Insights, 12 Jan. 2014
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A great insight into the world of writing for television. Much recommended if you're curious about this sort of thing.


Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Suchet
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £11.79

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time for a Rest, 12 Jan. 2014
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I'm afraid I haven't enjoyed this series as much as I would like to - awful photography with vaseline on the camera lense and the background all blurry. Since the financing of the series was taken over by the Americans, they seem to be insisting on a modern, gritty look consistent with the look of modern police dramas. This will be a fashion for a time then change. Oh, for the glory days of Brian Eastman for producer when you could see everything clearly in VIVID colours. This muted brown, black look in costumes etc is dreary and depressing. Check out Brian Eastman's excellent Murder on the Homefront.
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Joan Collins: The Biography of an Icon
Joan Collins: The Biography of an Icon
by Graham Lord
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with envy of its subject, 16 Sept. 2013
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Ultimately, a rude, patronizing, condescending derogatory,put-down based on numerous negative newspaper articles. The authorial tone is one of envy. I've learned to approach Graham Lord's books with caution over the years as so many of his books appear to be based on newspaper stories instead of enjoying the involvement of the person he's writing about.

Joan always puts a smile on my face.

Mr Lord's book made me groan.


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