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albert
8th Jun 2024
Cinema
First Blood (1982)
Now renamed as "Rambo:First Blood" on 4K discs, while the second in the series is now called "Rambo:First Blood Part II".

albert
29th May 2024
DVD
The Singing Ringing Tree - Network
Filmed in a widescreen eye-popping saturated colour palette.
During a trip to Berlin many years back, and while looking for rare DVDs, I discovered that this is just one of at least 2 dozen 'fairytale features' made by the same East German production company (DEFA Stiftung) in 1950s-1970s. I would have bought many of the available DVDs but unfortunately only 3 had an English language option, including The Golden Goose and The Devil's Three Golden Hairs.

albert
29th May 2024
DVD Box Set
Look At Life Volume 8 : People And Places - Network
Volume 8 is the largest in the Look At Life series and rounds up the remaining titles that were not pigeonholed onto the other 7 volumes, (and in that respect is the most varied and, dare I say, most interesting of the series). I do own volumes 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8.

Note that since Network went bust last year all volumes are likely to become sought after collectors items.

albert
11th May 2024
Cinema
The Shining (1980)
Note that there are 2 official versions of the film, the USA version at 2hours 26mins, and the trimmed version at 1hour 55mins - cutting out a lot of incidental stuff but losing much of the ominous feel and slow built up of tension.
After Kubrick's death the long version, now referred to as the extended cut, has become widely available on Blu-ray, 4K and some DVDs (I think it was always the version on Region 1 DVDs), and I recommend this as the one to watch.
For artistic reasons Kubrick shot the film full frame, and it is best viewed without any matting. Unfortunately recent transfers present the film 1:85 (or wider) for a more 'cinematic look'.

albert
8th Feb 2024
Vinyl Album
Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Clear Spot
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Probably the most perfectly realised Captain Beefheart LP, and the one that is the most accessible. Definitely the starting point that I recommend for anyone interested in discovering the great man.
The LP pretty much covers his wide range of styles incorporating elements of blues, rock, ballad, and of course his signature Beefheartian style. Every track is a winner and the LP includes the fabulous Big-Eyed Beans From Venus which is just about everyone's favourite song, and the difficult Golden Birdies which will help you decide if you really do want to venture onto Trout Mask Replica.

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