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Dam Busters  [1945] [Blu-ray]
Dam Busters [1945] [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Michael Redgrave
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £9.64

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars two, 1 Jan. 2015
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One reviewer here notes that the issuing company has resisted the temptation to 'crop' this movie to make it widescreen instead of its original square-ish full=frame Academy ratio.
In fact, this was shot for widescreen release; one of the earliest British movies to do so. It is a disgrace, in this Blu ray age, to ignore history and not give us these classic movies in their intended screen ratio .. in this case, widescreen.
Still, it's good to have the movie in any ratio . I just wish it was in the intended one!


Young and Innocent [Blu-ray]
Young and Innocent [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Nova Pilbeam
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £8.21

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be buying this wonderful early Hitchcock movie (based on a classic detective tale ..., 2 Oct. 2014
I'll be buying this wonderful early Hitchcock movie (based on a classic detective tale 'A Shilling for Candles' by Josephine Tey) IF AMAZON DECIDES TO TELL US whether this is a DVD or a Blu ray.
It's listed in the description as a DVD and if so, I won't be ordering.
Please Amazon, either change the pic or the description so people can know what they're ordering. I suspect you're losing a huge number of advance sales because of this;.


The Big Country [Blu-ray] [1958]
The Big Country [Blu-ray] [1958]
Dvd ~ Gregory Peck
Price: £8.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Check aspect ration before buying, 19 Oct. 2013
I'll be purchasing this as soon as I hear that this is a new transfer to Blu ray, correcting the grievous erro which makes the US Region A Blu ray virtually unwatcheable.
The US Blu ray has been transferred at the wrong aspect ration, so that all the figures are stretched sideways, making everyone verge on the obese .. which is, I suppose the look of today!
This should be a 5-star rating, and I'll emend this the moment I hear that the correct transfer ratio has been used for this new release. I just hope that the same shoddy transfer (the result of a technician simply hitting the wrong button on his control panel) is not being used!
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Love in a Cold Climate - The Complete Series [DVD] [1980]
Love in a Cold Climate - The Complete Series [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Judi Dench
Price: £6.47

101 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over ....., 21 May 2011
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The wait is over. At last, this gem of British television is being released on DVD. This is a luscious, but at the same time astringent re-creation of that era before and during war, when 'society' was being put under the microscope by its own members, and there are few more objective critics of their own set than Nancy Mitford.
Felicities abound throughout this series, with much humour but much sadness too. For many years I thought the executives of Thames Television were absolute sewers, for not releasing this on DVD. Fortunately I am now able to set the trenching-tool down and relax, for soon it will be at my side, to comfort me alongside my Amelita Galli-Curci 78s. This was one of the finest literary adaptations created for television, ranking alongside 'Brideshead Revisited' for its honest transcription of a literary gem.
We are being spoilt. 'Civilisation' has at last made its appearance on Blu ray, Andrew Davies' 'Pride and Prejudice' has already appeared in that format. If we wait, we may even be given the wonderful 'Cold Comfort Farm' of 1968, with Alastair Sim as Amos Starkadder.....
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The Buddy Holly Story [Blu-ray] [1978]
The Buddy Holly Story [Blu-ray] [1978]
Dvd ~ Gary Busey
Price: £7.99

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray bummer, 26 Mar. 2011
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Admirers of this superior biopic should not waste their money on this abysmal Blu ray transfer.
The print is dirty, chapters are badly planned, and worst of all, the image is fuzzy and with bleached-out colour.
I'm viewing via an HD projector on a 120-inch screen, so any faults are magnified. On my system, my old Region 1 DVD looks way better -- colours have more realistic hues and the image is sharper.
Yes, Blu rays are supposed to give us a far better viewing experience than standard DVDs. This is sadly not true in this case. Save your pounds or dollars and hope that a properly transferred Region A Blu ray may one day appear.


So Long at the Fair [DVD][1950]
So Long at the Fair [DVD][1950]
Dvd ~ Jean Simmons
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £21.04

53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable transfer of wonderful movie, 16 Mar. 2009
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This Spanish DVD is a reasonably good transfer of a wonderful movie which really does deserve the sort of treatment Warners or Criterion in the States gives vintage movies. The picture quality is fairly decent -- but it does call out for some quality restoration.
The tale is based on a true event at the time of the 19th Century Great Exhibition in Paris. Jean Simmons attends the World Fair with her brother, played by David Tomlinson. After a night on the town, they retire to their little hotel, to their separate rooms. Comes the morning -- no brother. He has disappeared. Even more bizarre, so has his room And no-one will believe that either he or his room were there. The lady must be mad.
Enter Dirk Bogarde playing the romantic lead in a fun fey way. He's very languid and high-camp, as if he doesn't quite believe his role -- his slight air of alienation somehow aids rather than detracts from the movie.
This is a little mid-Century British gem and until a better transfer comes along, this will do quite nicely.


Fatty Finn [DVD]
Fatty Finn [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Oxenbould

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous celebration of childhood, 22 Feb. 2008
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This gem of a movie is just one of the finest family movies ever made. All three of my children grew up with it. And they, like my wife and I, need regular Fatty Finn fixes -- supplied, till now, courtesy of my own DVD-dub of a free-to-air television screening I captured on video more than a score of years ago. I hope my DVD copy, when it arrives, captures the same super-saturated exuberant colour of the original -- my dub, with all its limitations, is as vivid as the best pre-War Technicolor.
This movie should be in every family collection. It's wild, irreverent, downright anarchic but with a core of solid gold. And it's timeless -- it's set in the Depression era in sinful Sydney, against the backdrop of Don Bradman slaughtering the Poms, but its spirit is still right in the 21st Century. Go get it!


The Adventures Of Robin Hood - The Complete Series 1 [1955] [DVD]
The Adventures Of Robin Hood - The Complete Series 1 [1955] [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Adventures of Robin Hood
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £18.49

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The adventures continue...., 1 Jun. 2003
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I can remember as a child standing in front of our local hardware shop in Hampton, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, on the night in 1956 that television was introduced.
And featuring on that historic night was..... The Adventures of Robin Hood, with Richard Greene.
Yes, it's somewhat homespun compared to the Technicolor glory of the Errol Flynn/Olivia de Havilland version, but what a great television series this was. The show was thoughtful, and conscience-provoking (Robin Hood mightn't have been a Socialist, but he certainly wasn't part of John Howard's not-so-merry band). Mind you, I haven't seen the show since those childhood years, but I think I'll have to indulge myself.


Bolshoi 67 [DVD] [1967] [NTSC]
Bolshoi 67 [DVD] [1967] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Bolshoi Ballet

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical record of a great era, 2 Oct. 2001
This widescreen movie from the late 1960s presents the Bolshoi at the height of its fame, in tremendous performances linked loosely by the narration of a young member of the corps de ballet.
The picture quality is acceptable; it's not an anamorphic transfer but is still pretty reasonable. The sound however is very sharp -- luckily playing it through my Quad amp lets me tame the edgy peaks!
Highlight within the film is a performance of the complete 'Paganini', danced to Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and featuring, as Paganini's muse, the delectable Ekaterina Maxomova. But the whole film is equally delectable. I wouldn't be without this great ballet movie.
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Love In A Cold Climate [VHS] [2001]
Love In A Cold Climate [VHS] [2001]
VHS

50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars barely adequate, 14 May 2001
Well, this dramatisation does at least inspire you to return to the Mitford novels. And it will be worth acquiring, once it is issued on DVD. However, it still pales compared to the wondrous earlier British television adaptation of maybe 15 years ago, featuring a perfectly chosen cast including Judy Dench and her real-life husband Michael as Uncle Davy. The new dramatisation is far too abridged -- Uncle Davy has been virtually obliterated! -- the only blessing it has is the luminous Fanny, who was just too plain for credibility in the earlier adaptation. The earlier adaptation was, I think, a Granada production. It was a long and loving series which did full justice to Nancy's two novels, 'Love in a Cold Climate' and 'The Pursuit of Love'. It deserves release on DVD so that its wonderful ensemble acting can be preserved, alongside this modern short-hand version. ANTHONY CLARKE
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