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An enormous door slamming in the depths of hell

Advantages: Both films are very good
Disadvantages: Perhaps the low budget is a minor problem in Culloden

This dual format Blu-ray + DVD release is currently a mere £11 on amazon. This is a very welcome Blu-ray (and DVD) release of two classic BBC films from the 60s. Both were available on DVD in the early 2000s, but both went out of print and were difficult ...

hogsflesh 04.07.2016 · Read full review
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Review of Culloden + The War Game (Blu-ray)

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Early films from a great British provocateur

Advantages: Two great early Russell films
Disadvantages: One less interesting film

...This BFI Blu-ray and DVD set is currently £18 on amazon. It contains three films made by the controversial British director Ken Russell for the BBC in the 1960s. Ken Russell Russell’s reputation as a filmmaker had sunk to almost unheard-of depths ...

hogsflesh 25.04.2016 · Read full review
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Review of The Ken Russell Collection: The Great Composers (Blu-ray)

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Mission: Possible?

Advantages: Unique concept, fabulous filming, dramatic, engaging
Disadvantages: Some may prefer a more typical "wildlife" or location documentary

...This is a unique set of nature DVDs, not so much because of the quality of the filming, but because each of the three DVDs is the record of a remarkable mission, and a mission conducted against a ticking clock. A team of international scientists and ot ...

2mennycds 14.01.2016 · Read full review
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Review of The Lost Land Collection (DVD)

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Wonderful London; or, where I review an older view of the city

Advantages: Sometimes poetic, frequently warm and humourous 1920s travelogues of Wonderful London
Disadvantages: Not much, unless you cannot abide silent cinema; lack of genuine extras if that's what you want

London! Wonderful London ! Assuming you like London that is. Now here is an oddity, or maybe not an oddity but a nice tangent from many of my normal reviews. Yes, you’re looking at silent cinema from 1924 but this is something slightly different. Wh ...

GenerallyInterested 23.06.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Wonderful London (DVD)

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When cinema was young

Advantages: A great glimpse at old, old films
Disadvantages: There are none, but you need to like this kind of thing

...This two-DVD set from the BFI costs about £15. Cinema was ‘officially’ invented in 1895 by the French Lumiere brothers (Edison in the USA had invented a kind of a moving picture as early as 1892, but it wasn’t ‘cinema’ – i.e. something ...

hogsflesh 24.03.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Early Cinema - Primitives And Pioneers (DVD)

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