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Batman: The Complete Television Series (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]
Batman: The Complete Television Series (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Various
Price: $91.76
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The special Limited Edition Box Set is AMAZING, and a MUST, November 28, 2014
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The special Limited Edition Box Set is AMAZING, and a MUST. Beautifully laid out, with each disc on its own spindle, and lots of fun extras and goodies, this set will sell out FAST over Christmas. I agree the episode guide could've been easier to follow, by listing all the actors playing VILLAINS and their sidekicks in each episode, but that is a small gripe. The thing I find MASSIVE is that I can blow it up to WIDESCREEN on my TV, keeping it in the correct ratio, and it still looks FANTASTIC. Like the original Twilight Zone on blu-ray, the camera was shooting further enough away from the actors, so we don't miss out on too much at the top and bottom of the screen if blown up. Especially with the villains segments, which were shot at an angle. We really have LUCILLE BALL to thank here. She insisted ALL her TV shows be SHOT ON FILM for prosperity, and luckily so was BATMAN, in glorious COLOUR. We have to thank LUCY for STAR TREK too, her studio DESILU (which she owned and was head of with Desi) was the only one that said YES to STAR TREK as a TV series. So LUCY thought outside the box, & started the trend for QUALITY, so future generations could enjoy these shows on actual FILM. Not tape or video.
This is my Christmas Present, so I've only been sneaking a look at a few episodes. Marsha Queen of Diamonds with the delectable Carolyn Jones (Morticia Addams in THE ADDAMS FAMILY) is a lot of fun. Eartha Kitt in CATWOMAN'S DRESSED TO KILL, blowing up women's hairdo's at FASHIONATION magazine is a great episode. And seeing the SIXTIES fashion designer Rudy Gernreich do a MOD FASHION SHOW, blew me away. But THE BLACK WIDOW with Tallulah Bankhead and Liberace as CHANDELL in THE DEVIL'S FINGERS, must be the CAMPEST episodes ever. Chandell serenading Aunt Harriet, then as she leaves, rolling his eyes in complete disgust is pure Liberace. And seeing the gorgeous Edy Williams famous for Russ Meyer's BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, as a sidekick, was delightful. Tallulah Bankhead delivers in every way. Calling Batman 'Batman Doll', and Robin 'Robin Baby' just KILLS me. Read about HER life if you ever see a bio. She was a great stage and screen actress, and later a huge radio personality hosting THE BIG SHOW in the 50's. To get that deep raspy voice, she used to hold booze and cocaine filled parties that lastest for days. The openly bi-sexual actress lived a REALLY full life, and her best lines are legendary. So this Batman set brings back wonderful memories, and since I was little, I now know who all these old stars were, so its so much more enjoyable to watch today. Robert. AUSTRALIA.
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Disfarmer: The Vintage Prints
Disfarmer: The Vintage Prints
by Mike Disfarmer
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DISFARMER THE VINTAGE PRINTS (hardback) by EDWYNN HOUK, February 23, 2013
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This is a beautifully printed book that presents Mike Disfarmer's recently discovered classic portraits in a light warm sepia colour, printed on off white heavy stock. The photographs have a nice earthy richness to them, that seems appropriate to the era they were taken. I previously bought as a gift, the long desired and out of print 'DISFARMER: Heber Springs Portraits', that is now very expensive on the secondary market. It came highly recommended by several reviewers on Amazon. But having seen both books, I prefer this one, with the photos on off white stock, and not printed on black paper, as are the 'Heber Springs Portraits'. Why that book was printed on black paper, I have no idea, as it does nothing for the photographs, and you loose so much of their vitality and uniqueness. This book is slightly larger too, so if you're into Disfarmer's work, or have seen the wonderful documentary on his life, then buy this book while it's still available. Its a quality book, to be treasured for years. And a great tribute to the wonderful legacy of this amazing photographer of the American heartland, from the depression to World War II. This is a book to look at over and over, because every time you do, you feel deep empathy and respect for these small townsfolk, soldiers with their sweethearts, farmers and families in their Sunday best, old overalls, or uniforms. It is a doorway to the past... to gaze at these amazing hard working, sweat stained faces, to wonder who they were, what their lives were like, what their dreams were. Here they are beautifully but simply, captured forever. Robert Rechter. Melbourne AUSTRALIA.

The Woody Allen Collection (Alice / Annie Hall / Another Woman / Bananas / Broadway Danny Rose / Crimes and Misdemeanors / Everything You Always Wanted to Know Ab...)[Region 2]
The Woody Allen Collection (Alice / Annie Hall / Another Woman / Bananas / Broadway Danny Rose / Crimes and Misdemeanors / Everything You Always Wanted to Know Ab...)[Region 2]
DVD ~ Joe Mantegna
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT WOODY BOX SET Case is style over function., January 20, 2013
This is a great box set with many of Woody Allen's classic films not in the previous box set of the same name. It opens like a book with a thick glossy page devoted to each film, with a description and nice glossy photos from that movie. But BEWARE, this is style over function. Each page holds two dvd discs. You have to pull each tightly secured disc out with your fingertips, all the while feeling it rub against the cardboard. This was sheer hell for me, I must admit, and yes the discs get scratched each time you take them out and replace them. They are so tightly encased, for a moment I didn't think the disc would come out. This is the WORST dvd packaging I have ever come across. It doesn't matter if the box looks looks beautiful, it still needs to be able to FUNCTION!!! We all need to be able to store our discs without ruining them. Does the person who designed this actually collect dvd's, or is he one of those people who leaves cd's and dvd's out of their cases, stacked one on top of the other, who then wonders why the discs won't play? So what you need to do is take them out carefully once, and buy some slim line cd/dvd cases to keep them in. Annoying I know, but what option do we have? What was needed here was the simple universal dvd/cd storage with the centre holding mechanism you place the disc on. No scratches, no fuss. I realize the box is compact, but I'd rather it be twice the size if my dvd's could be stored properly.
The films themselves are all sharp and clear, and in their original format. The sound is good, with some great jazz and big band standards as selected by Woody himself. I must buy the compilation cd's of the best of Woody's film soundtracks. Standouts here for me are, Broadway Danny Rose, Hanna and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Sleeper, Another Woman, Interiors and Stardust Memories. These films were made to be watched over and over again. It would've been nice to have Bullets Over Broadway, Match Point and the superb Midnight in Paris, but we can't have everything. This is 20 of Woody's best films, a wonderful collection, so enjoy. Be sure to buy it soon, as it was sold out locally and hard to find over Christmas. (in Australia only $95 at JB HIFI) Robert.

Forever Marilyn Collection [Blu-ray]
Forever Marilyn Collection [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Charles Coburn
Offered by CG Movies and Games
Price: $30.25
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165 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOREVER MARILYN Blu-Ray BOX SET IS STUNNING, July 25, 2012
Just got the magnificent FOREVER MARILYN blu-ray dvd set of 7 films yesterday. Very nice box and presentation, with a little booklet of pictures and lines from the films as a keepsake. I must say the films look stunning, particularly 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'. 'How to Marry a Millionaire' looks extraordinary its its full very widescreen ratio (16:9) and so does 'There's no business like Show Business'. I've watched most big production numbers like 'Heatwave' and 'Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend' again and again, and seeing them on blu ray on my big flat screen HD TV, is like seeing them glisten with real detail, depth and color for the first time. The blacks are black, the whites white, and Marilyn's lips and nails are a real luscious fire engine red. 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' in (4:3) ratio is glorious, the transfer just sparkles with sheer magic and jumps right out at you. Made just before widescreen became popular, I do believe only one number from the film, 'Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend' was filmed in Cinema-Scope as a test. That would've been nice to see here as an extra, because if any musical number EVER deserves to be seen in widescreen, its that one. The sound (dts-HD) on all films overall is impressive too, clear and crisp, especially through big speakers. The song and dance sequences are breathtaking. Mesmerized I found myself looking at everything technically, the clothes, the sets, the makeup all seemed so perfect as to be surreal. Marilyn is just beautiful, so is Jane and Lauren and Betty too. The awesome technicolor they achieved in the color films here, and the technical excellence will never ever be repeated. The brilliant 'Some Like It Hot' was made for black and white, and as the greatest comedy ever made, it is an absolutely perfect movie. It would've been nice to see as extras long lost cut songs from 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' especially that 'Paris' number we see in vintage lobby cards, but not in the actual film. Or a new doco for the 50 years since we lost Marilyn perhaps. But we must give thanks for the fine re-mastering of these Marilyn Monroe films for their long awaited blu-ray release. The pristine quality delivered here will keep me happy for a long time. Robert.
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Barbarella [Blu-ray]
Barbarella [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Jane Fonda
Price: $7.49
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BARBARELLA on Blu-ray delivers the cult classic in all its glory, July 1, 2012
This review is from: Barbarella [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
"Do you want to come and play with me" Pretty Pretty!!! As The Great Tyrant aka The Black Queen ( Anita Pallenberg, Rolling Stones girl friend) utters those immortal words, we realize we are in sci-fi heaven. The wait is over with this stunning first time release to blu-ray of the 1968 cult classic Barbarella starring Jane Fonda. On my big H.D flat screen T.V the film transfer and re-mastering looks simply spectacular. Gone is the dirty dull print from the previous ordinary dvd release, here is the film in all its glory, with 4 minutes extra footage of flesh and frivolity. Its certainly not the completely uncut version that buffs have been praying for, but we must be thankful for a beautiful High Definition version. The opening sequence seems to have longer shots of Miss Fonda's ample assets, those assets the naughty title sequence letters previously covered up ..... or is it just wishful thinking? The restored and re-mastered transfer here is truly glorious in detail, its brighter and clearer, and the details are crisp. Gone are all the dirt spots and scratches, the blacks are black, and the colors vivid and vibrant. The sound is great too, you can hear the Black Queen's switch blades cut through the air like a knife, and the fantastic soundtrack by Bob Crewe (on CD if you can find it) is so memorable.
The sets seem more breathtaking, and the futuristic costumes by Parisian designer Jacques Fonteray and Paco Rabanne seem somehow raunchier and even more way-out. Roger Vadim the director and Jane Fonda's then husband once said "We want people to laugh with Barbarella, because she uses her body as a writer uses a pencil, as a means of self expression." And today the humor in Barbarella seems as fresh and tongue in cheek as it did when first released, even more so. Of course Barbarella is camp and kitsch it was meant to be, but its also light hearted and fun, and a wonderful example of science fiction being spoofed. My other favorite film of this genre is Danger Diablolique also starring Barbarella's angel Pygar John Phillip Law. Barbarella has been a long time favorite of mine because I get the humor, I love the costumes and sets, and the performances by all the actors. Its a real trip too because it doesn't take itself too seriously, and its just stunning to watch on blu-ray. So thank you to the powers that be for finally re-mastering it. But please, lets see some extras and at least interviews with as many of the cast as you can. Even the still stunning Jane Fonda herself now recognizes the film as a cult classic, and appreciates it more than ever. So do buy Barbarella on blu-ray, and sit back and enjoy it for the glorious over the top confection that it is. Robert.
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Marilyn Monroe: The Life, The Myth
Marilyn Monroe: The Life, The Myth
by Rizzoli
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MARILYN MONROE: The Life The Myth. A very rare book., May 23, 2010
The rare photos and ephemera in this book were originally lent for a 1995 exhibition on Marilyn Monroe in Rome. Rizzoli the publishers, took these images from the exhibition catalogue negatives, made others of all the items, and simply blew them up for this coffee table book illegally, without permission or compensation. It is a stupendous book simply because all these images from famous photographers, appear in the one book. The book includes vintage American and International magazine covers, paintings, movie posters, and rare memorabilia, from all over the world. They all appear in this book without permission, ignoring copyright laws. Of course because Marilyn's image is so highly copyrighted today, and a legal nightmare to gain those rights, a book like this will never be reprinted. Rizzoli was sued for 10 million, the case was settled out of court for $90,000 with each photographer receiving about $3,000 for royalties. By order of the court, all copies of the book were taken off the shelves, the book withdrawn from publication, and all remaining copies destroyed. It is a very rare book. Some escaped to the international market like mine. I think it is one book that is going to increase in value because of its uniqueness. Robert Rechter (Australia)

Kitsch Deluxe
Kitsch Deluxe
by Lesley Gillilan
Edition: Hardcover
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars from the 'LESS IS A BORE' school of decorating, November 17, 2003
This review is from: Kitsch Deluxe (Hardcover)
KITSCH DELUXE by Lesley Gillilan, with photography by Dave Young, is an eclectic crazy colorful cavalcade of a coffee table book as well as a stunningly fun and informative reference work on collecting kitsch and tasteless popular culture. It also gives new-comers a great introduction into various themes of kitsch , as well as showing the more advanced collector some extraordinary interiors in the real homes of the truly tasteless. From Elvis to Big Eyed Art to Jayne Mansfield to Barbie and Barbarella, this book wil help you discover those areas of bad taste and camp, that you wish to explore. The lavish pictures are in your face, from the truly hideous to the divine, lush cool cocktail lounge style to trailer park treasure. The book also includes a directory of shops, cool online sites, museums and architecture of interest.
Today, sadly, most of the best books on the subject of Bad Taste are now hard to find. The classics 'KITSCH: An Anthology of Bad Taste' by Gillo Dorfles (1968), 'KITSCH' by Jacques Sternberg (1971), 'KITSCH-IN-SYNCH' by Peter ward (1991) and the fabulous 'The ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BAD TASTE' by Jane & Michael Stern (1991) an invaluable source, are all out of print. But help is at hand with '20th CENTURY POP CULTURE' by Dan Epstein (1999), 'THE BOOK OF TIKI' by Sven A. Kirsten (from Taschen 2000), 'Just Above the Mantlepiece' by Wayne Hemingway (2000) see my review, 'BEATSVILLE' by Martin McIntosh (2003), 'BIG EYED MASTERS' by Megan Besmirched (2003), and of course this style guide you're reading about....... 'KITSCH DELUXE'.
This book also includes bizarre chapters on the homes of true eccentrics like artists Pierre et Gilles, fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and Tom Bliss (from the 'less is a bore' school of home decorating). Its a book for those wanting to relive their childhood with no rules, for those willing to create their own Valley of the Dolls or Elvis's Tiki Room at home. Enjoy. (Nov. 2003)

Sunsets 3
Sunsets 3
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated ambient lounge grooves, February 15, 2003
This review is from: Sunsets 3 (Audio CD)
This is a very stylish and laid back album just right for that lazy Sunday afternoon or quiet cocktail. It's almost like an imaginary soundtrack for some lush elegant film that never existed. Its all very jet set and Wallpaper magazine, and reminds me of the group Air at times, but of course is by several different artists. I love the track 'Turn out the lights', that samples Cyd Charisse miming Vikki Carr's 'Theme from The Silencers' Dean Martin's Matt Helm spy spoof . Just Vikki saying 'turn out the lights' over and over with this hypnotic slow beat becomes mesmerizing. This album has lots of deep house/ambient grooves and breathy french vocals in tracks like 'Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi' and 'Elle et Moi'. Barry Adamson, famous for his...track 'Black Amour' , here is wonderful on 'The vibes aint nothing but the vibes'.
This is a fascinating album with a nice encompassing mixture of cool Immerse yourself. Robert Rechter. Feb 2003.

Claudine Longet - A & M Digitally Remastered Best
Claudine Longet - A & M Digitally Remastered Best
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Claudine Longet The BEST Remastered on CD, August 8, 2002
Well it took me a while to remember who Claudine Longet is as I was very young and her music is hard to find today. She has that sweet voice you remember from childhood listening through the door at your parents cocktail parties, seeing her with then hubby Andy William's on his T.V show, or hearing her haunting childlike theme from 'Rosemary's Baby'. She sang in the 60's classic 'The Party', with Peter Sellers, and seemed to represent a certain French waif 60's look, a sweetness and style, unique to her. The standout tracks to me on this great release are 'Meditation', 'A Man and a Woman', a wonderful version of 'The look of Love', 'I love how you love me', 'Love is Blue', 'Everybody's Talkin' from Midnight Cowboy, 'Am I blue?' Let it be me',... I love them all...but the best...the la la la theme song from 'Rosemary's Baby' called 'Sleep safe and warm'. I have wanted that for years! Claudine Longet is simply mesmerizing, she has a way of effortlessly making famous songs her own with her unique interpretation. This is wonderful stuff, so forget your worn out vinyl, Claudine's best is finally on C.D. I can assure you this won't leave the stereo. Robert Rechter. AUSTRALIA 2002

Gaborabilia: An Illustrated Celebration of the Fabulous, Legendary Gabor Sisters
Gaborabilia: An Illustrated Celebration of the Fabulous, Legendary Gabor Sisters
by Anthony Turtu
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I wasn't born. I was ordered from room service" Zsa Zsa, January 22, 2002
It would have been a sad world indeed without the fabulous Gabors, their wit, wisdom, beauty and charisma and above all their glamour has kept us spellbound for decades. This book is a celebration of their lives and acheivements, I only wish it was twice as big. Filled with photos movie posters and memorabilia, it lists the Gabor sisters various appearances in Las Vegas, in stage shows and on the big and small screen. People forget Zsa Zsa starred in many memorable movies like 'Lovely to Look At', 'Moulin Rouge', 'Lili', 'Death of a Scoundrel','Queen of Outer Space', 'Arriverderci Baby' & 'Naked Gun 2 1/2' and Eva's films included 'The Mad Magician', 'The Last Time I Saw Paris', 'Artists and Models', 'Gigi' and 'The Aristocats', as well as having a cult following on the 60's T.V classic Green Acres. These women never stopped working and supporting themselves, making legendary guest appearances on countless T.V shows and having everything they said and did reported in the columns. They never stopped partying either, or changing husbands. In glorious gowns they adorned the covers of countless magazines and tabloids and have themselves written tell-all books on their lives. This coffee table book celebrates their journey from El Morocco to Studio 54, it showcases their style as true Hollywood celebrities and legends. "A wry and sumptuous look into the world of celebrity" Robert Rechter.

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