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The Beatles on the road

Advantages: Decent if undemanding run-through of the Beatles' touring years
Disadvantages: Not very probing; no extras at all

A review of the single-disk Blu-ray release of this recent documentary. It should set yuou back about £15 in HMV at the moment. This documentary tells the story of the Beatles’ years as a live band, from their pre-recording years in Liverpool and Hamburg ...

hogsflesh 19.12.2016 · Read full review
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Review of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years (Blu-ray)

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Soho shenanigans

Advantages: Fun film
Disadvantages: Poor performance by Cliff Richard

...This BFI Blu-ray is about £10 on amazon at the moment, and possibly a bit cheaper in HMV. Expresso Bongo started out as a hit West End musical in 1958, and was filmed a year later. The stage version was a caustic satire on the Soho-based music industry o ...

hogsflesh 04.01.2017 · Read full review
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Review of Expresso Bongo (Blu-ray)

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Pop go the 50s

Advantages: Fun if you like the music
Disadvantages: Agonising if you don't

The Blu-ray from Network is about a tenner on amazon at time of writing. Six-Five Special was the first ever pop music show on British TV, starting in 1957. It was the BBC’s rather grudging concession to teenage audiences, which were becoming the key dem ...

hogsflesh 11.05.2015 · Read full review
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Review of 6.5 Special (Blu-ray)

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Thank you for the music, Mamma Mia! triumphs

Advantages: Great music, vivid scenary, great setting
Disadvantages: Storyline could have been improved on.

As members of the british public will know, the musical is a genre that has died out over the last few years. Yes, we've had high school musical and that was good for the kids. But what about us adults? Anything since saturday night fever worth watching? ...

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Review of Mamma Mia! (Blu-Ray)

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So why on earth should I moan?

Advantages: Great picture quality, entertaining film
Disadvantages: It's probably not great if you don't like the Beatles

...This blu-ray is about £15 on amazon at time of writing. When you listen to the charts from 1964, it's obvious the Beatles are a cut or two above everyone else. Quite aside from the music - and it's the vocal performances as much as the actual songs that ...

hogsflesh 08.01.2015 · Read full review
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Review of A Hard Day's Night: 50th Anniversary Restoration (Blu-ray)

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