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Hägar the Horrible: The Epic Chronicles: The Dailies 1974-1975
Hägar the Horrible: The Epic Chronicles: The Dailies 1974-1975
by Dik Browne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.61
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great ! But "Dallies" means Monday through Saturday., July 25, 2014
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While I love these books, I have to deduct 2 stars because it does not include any Sunday strips.
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Benny Hill Complete and Unadulterated - The Naughty Early Years, Set Three (1975-1977)
Benny Hill Complete and Unadulterated - The Naughty Early Years, Set Three (1975-1977)
DVD ~ Benny Hill
Offered by Solo Enterprises
Price: $20.15
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best, July 31, 2005
This 3rd Benny Hill set distributed by A&E Home Video is very likely the best of the "The Naughty Early Years" series. Not only are some of the skits included in this set are the most remembered (and most aired on American TV in the late 70s/early 80s), but there is plenty of material that has never been shown stateside.

Many of my personal favorites are here: "Mastermind", "Sale Of The Half Century", "Bionic Baby", "Husky and Starch", "Murder On The Oregon Express", "Supersonic", "The Bamboo Curtin", "Girls Girls Girls", "Cabaret With Diana Darvey (You are a bit of twits)", "Deep In My Heart in TV Widescreen" and "The Family". (You might not recognize the name of these skits - but trust me, you have seen them and have laughed).

Of course, any Benny Hill set would not be complete without the commercial bloopers, the "1 liner jokes" on the dance floor, and Fred Scuttle. They are all here.

What is most surprising is how the unedited 50 minute shows were cut and chopped up for the American broadcast 30 minute timeslot. Some of the 2-3 minute skits were actully part of an entire 10 minute segment, so people who are looking for their personal favorites might not realize they are included in this set. Its a great way to see the entire episode the way it was intended.

Episode 7 (from disk #2 on this set) is one of the funniest and greatest 50 minute episodes I think Benny and clan have ever done. Also, the DVD transfer is first rate. This is the set to own (if not all 3).


Sex Pistols - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
Sex Pistols - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
DVD ~ Malcolm McLaren
Price: $9.99
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD transfer is "ok", May 19, 2005
When I found out Sony was releasing this to dvd - I figured I would be able to throw away the grainy VHS copy I had from Japan. I'm not so sure I will do that now because the DVD transfer is sometimes better - and (shockingly) sometimes *not*.

With this being a documentary (of sorts) and showing clips from random sources (many of them being shot on 8mm and the TV), I figured a prestine picture would be out of the question. But even the professionally filmed footage with Malcolm (the bands manager), all the scenes with guitarist Steve Jones playing a film noir private eye, and the animation - all show signs of wear and tear. It looks no better than my VHS copy taped over 20 years ago. This is such an "over the top" mocumentary (and one of its kind) that a complete overhaul of the original film negative should have been done without question. Hense, Sony decided to leave well enough alone - and that is a mistake.

What they DID do is present us with a 5.1 surround sound mix, which has got to be the poorest *remastering* I have ever heard. The sound is not near as clean that a 5.1 surround should be. Its a shame that Sony could not give more effort from the mixing board. Awful job...You might as well just listen to the original mono mix.

As for the movie itself - its presented as a documentary style, with footage of fiction mixed in - mostly centering on Malcolm McLaren teaching us his "10 Comandments" on how to scam and shock the media, as well as the general public - by ways of a rock and roll band. All this is woven with Steve Jones on the hunt for him via private detective (why ? We are not really told). What holds our interest is the original clips and footage of the Pistols from newscasts, videos, and concerts. The problem is - there is not enough of it. But once they grace the screen, it will grab your attention.

Once Johnny Rotten leaves the band (Malcolm said he was fired..yeah right) - we are left with Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook traveling to Rio for some recording sessions with Ronnie Biggs, exile from the UK for robbery. Do we really care to see this ? Does this have anything to do with the Sex Pistols ? Very little, in my opinion. We also get to see bassist Sid Vicious on his solo outing throughout France. This poses a problem with me (even 20 years ago I felt the same way): Yes - its SID - part of the Sex Pistols - but solo ???? It just didn't seem to flow with the first 80 minutes of the film, which delt with the Pistols as a 4 man band. To pad the film out to 100 minutes with solo videos/footage just didn't seem to fit. But - its there - and it is interesting to a point - but becomes tiresome and uneven.

It becomes *very* uneven with the movie theater sequences, part showing Tadpole (who IS he ???) singing "Who Killed Bambi" and another part where Steve Jones is getting it on in the audience with a (real life) porn star. Its very misplaced in this film.

I viewed this many times back in the early 80s, maybe not because it was so great - but because its all that was *there*. Now - we have a choice of 2 other documentaries: The superior "The Filth & The Fury" and the "Greatest Albums - Never Mind The Bullocks", both on dvd. I would advise anyone who is just starting to learn about the Sex Pistols, to first dive into the "Greatest Albums" dvd - then watch "The Great Rock N Roll Swindle"...You will understand it better.

After that - the *must see dvd* is Julien Temple's "The Filth & The Fury", which tells us the real story of the Pistols, as remembered by Rotten, Cook, Jones, and original bassist Glen Matlock. After viewing these 3 pieces of Pistols work - you will get a total understanding of what happened.

With that being said - Julien Temple's "The Great Rock N Roll Swindle" is an interesting piece of filmmaking on the rise and fall of punk rocks originators, but has a bit tooooo much of Malcolm McLaren's psychobabble - and not enough story told by the Pistols themselves (Johnny Rotten refused to be a part of this, and has gone down in his book to say he "hated this film"). I can't say I hated it - but it sure left a lot of question marks.

For die hard Sex Pistol fans only - others will just be confused.
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5 Dolls For an August Moon
5 Dolls For an August Moon
DVD ~ William Berger
Offered by Lights Camera Action DVD
Price: $8.73
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprize !, June 12, 2001
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This review is from: 5 Dolls For an August Moon (DVD)
Mario Bava has taken a step back to his horror genre and created a psychadelic, mysterious, sexy, black comedy. The film is TERRIBLY dated to the late 60s/early 70s. (The girls look like they just walked out from the 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls' set). But DON'T let that stop you from viewing this VERY original piece of film !
The plot is simple: A group of married friends are on a 'getaway' weekend and they find themselves being killed off one by one. THATS IT ! Sounds like a "Ten Little Indians" clone, right ???? Wrong ! You have the brutality of "Fargo" in some spots and the wickedly DARK comedic moments as in "Pulp Fiction". If you liked both of those films, you will enjoy this little seen Bava masterpiece. The music is TOTALLY 60s, the outfits are right out of the Jimi Hendrix thrift store, and the stage sets look like a 'hippie' Brady Bunch dwelling. Its a FUN movie !
Without a doubt: This was WAY before its time. Very enjoyable ! Even though its not HORROR, (its more of a mystery), this is a MUST for Bava fans !


Temple Of The Dog
Temple Of The Dog
Price: $8.39
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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Burried Treasure, March 11, 2000
This review is from: Temple Of The Dog (Audio CD)
What can you say about Temple of the Dog ? I am sorry to say this is the only release they ever made, and that was brought on by MOTHER LOVE BONEs Andrew Wood s death. Chris Cornell has NEVER sounded better on vocals and the mixture of grunge rock with a heavy dose of blues is arranged WONDERFULLY ! Dont expect a Soundgarden sound, but expect more of a Pearl Jam meets Led Zeppelin.
You simply get it all on this release : SAY HELLO TO HEAVEN and CALL ME A DOG have a slower, blues-heavy feel to them...YOUR SAVIOR and PUSHING FORWARD BACK shows us the funky side of rock...REACH DOWN has a 60s feel to it and ALL NIGHT THING is a gentle, jazzy, kick-back-and-enjoy sound to it. Its a shame that the only cut to get airplay was HUNGER STRIKE, because there is SO MUCH MORE to this record !
If you like a heavy dose of guitar, with a great arrangement of songs - This is for you. Obvoiusly, any fan of Soundgarden or Pearl Jam needs to add this one-time-only cd to their collection. One of 90s BEST releases !
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