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Perlasca
Perlasca
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Butchered for Americans, September 26, 2013
This review is from: Perlasca (Amazon Instant Video)
The Italian DVD, available on this site (without subtitles), has a playing time of 195 minutes. IMDB lists the running time as 197 minutes. This version has a running time of 125 minutes - a third has been cut out. Therefore unwatchable.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 24, 2015 1:58 PM PDT


The Last Voices of WWI - A Generation Lost
The Last Voices of WWI - A Generation Lost
DVD ~ Various
Offered by Alpha-Deals
Price: $4.94
60 used & new from $0.01

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Abridged knock-off version, October 4, 2012
This version is 221 minutes long. The version sold in the U.K. is 282 minutes long. (I confirmed the difference between the U.K. and U.S. versions by looking up the DVDs on the websites of the respective DVD production companies.) The U.K. version (i.e., the complete version) retails for about $20 on the U.K. Amazon website, so I suppose you get what you pay for.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 20, 2014 11:07 AM PDT


Classic Poetry: Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, in a single file, improved 8/18/2010
Classic Poetry: Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, in a single file, improved 8/18/2010

1.0 out of 5 stars Formatting for Kindle is terrible, July 18, 2011
The formatting is atrocious - no one would want to read this on a Kindle unless they played with font etc. for a very long time to get it to look acceptable (and presumably ending up with text that is either too big or too small). Download the sample to see what I mean.


Rome (Ancient Society and History)
Rome (Ancient Society and History)
Price: $23.99

6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Exhibits are invisible on the Kindle, September 11, 2010
There are many photos and diagrams included in this book. However, anyone downloading the book for either his Kindle device or his computer will be disappointed to find that these reproduced exhibits are so small that they are useless. This book is a recent release on the Kindle, there are many Kindle books available that provide proper presentation of exhibits, so this defect is really unacceptable.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 14, 2011 1:27 PM PST


Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
by John Heilemann
Edition: Hardcover
625 used & new from $0.01

56 of 156 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, no sourcing, January 13, 2010
This appears to be a hastily written book based on the numerous typographical errors that I found reading the first fifty pages, as well as certain factual inconsistencies that become evident as you get further into the book. Also, be warned, many of the most lurid claims are from unnamed sources (similar to a Woodward book), so reliability may be highly questionable.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 18, 2010 10:29 PM PDT


Masterpiece Theatre: Monsignor Renard
Masterpiece Theatre: Monsignor Renard
DVD ~ John Thaw
18 used & new from $3.62

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hacked to pieces, September 19, 2009
This is 232 minutes.
The version available at Amazon.co.uk is 295 minutes and considerably less expensive.


The Pocket Timeline of Ancient Rome
The Pocket Timeline of Ancient Rome
by Katharine Wiltshire
Edition: Hardcover
49 used & new from $0.99

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Laughable, May 13, 2009
This is truly pathetic - if you do not believe me, use Amazon's "Look Inside" system to see that each page consists of a huge photo with about two sentences of text. Dates are minimal - they might give the "kids" a headache.


Egypt (BBC)
Egypt (BBC)
DVD ~ Various
Offered by theorem
Price: $20.02
8 used & new from $4.30

35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware - 60 minutes cut from U.K. version, May 14, 2006
This review is from: Egypt (BBC) (DVD)
I have not seen this yet. It gets excellent reviews on Amazon.co.uk.

I will be buying it from Amazon.co.uk. The U.K. version is described there as lasting 360 minutes. The U.S. version is described here as lasting 300 minutes.

American studios do this kind of thing to DVDs quite often. See, e.g., "Vietnam, A Television History," in which two out of the thirteen original PBS episodes were quietly excluded from the DVD, and other episodes were edited down from the originals. The studios often fill up the saved time on the DVDs with advertisements. It tells us a lot about what the studios think about their U.S. viewers.

As you probably know, you will need a mutli-region DVD player to watch a DVD purchased from the U.K.
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Collected Stories (Everyman's Library)
Collected Stories (Everyman's Library)
by W. Somerset Maugham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.41
79 used & new from $3.00

29 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware - nowhere near complete, December 3, 2005
I have bought Everyman collections before (two Waugh books - travels and short stories). The editions are attractive and seem to be durable.

The title of this book is misleading. Nowhere in the Amazon description or in the book itself is it made clear that this is a selection, not a complete collection, of the short stories. I would estimate that well under half of Maugham's stories are here. A complete set is available in four volumes from Penguin.

The fact that Everyman sells a book that appears to be a complete collection but is not is irritating and makes me wonder about the completeness of the other collections I have bought from this publisher. I returned this book to Amazon and will not buy Everyman books again.
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Vietnam - A Television History
Vietnam - A Television History
DVD ~ .
Offered by twilightmedia
Price: $31.68
27 used & new from $18.41

53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two episodes missing, September 9, 2004
Check out the running time of the DVD package (660 minutes), and that of the VHS tapes (780 minutes). Unbelievable!
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