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  • Originally posted by Gerald Lovell View Post

    It's on Talking Pictures TV again tonight at 6 pm, BVS.
    Thanks very much Gerald - much appreciated - but unfortunately we do not have satellite tv at the moment.

    rgds baz

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    • First of the Few (1942)
      Leslie Howard and David Niven.
      Hugely enjoyable film loosely based on the life of Spitfire designer R J Mitchell,David Niven was actually serving as a Major in the Army and was given a few weeks special leave to complete his scenes.Mostly done with a light touch and with some laid back good humour,the film is unusual in that LH was given access to RAF Ibsley and the use of 501 sqn aircrew/aircraft for the scramble/landing scenes.Some of the aerobatics were performed by Tony Bartley who later married Deborah Kerr.Other flying scenes shot at RAF Boscombe Down,RAF Warmwell and RAF Winkleigh.
      This was the remastered version and it was really good quality - I had only seen a lower res version before.

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      • Judge Foozle
        Judge Foozle commented
        Editing a comment
        Yes, wonderful film, seen it loads of times. Rather hackneyed ending and of course Mitchell died of cancer, not overwork. Those gripes aside, I love it. There is a version without the opening battle scenes, starting at the muster hut, but I have the complete movie on DVD, though not in HD. Great performance from Niven and some footage from actual air battles. Marvellous.

    • Originally posted by BVS View Post

      Thanks very much Gerald - much appreciated - but unfortunately we do not have satellite tv at the moment.

      rgds baz
      Have you tried Freeview Channel 81?

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      • Thanks Judge - sorry I should have said that we get very limited freeview channels where we live - it is a transmitter limitation I have been told.Ah the pleasures of rural perthshire

        Re First of the Phew - absolutely agree with your comments but I always think of it as one of the best wartime films !

        rgds baz

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        • I'm sure there's more than makes up for that in your part of the world. Not much of a consolation but every movie on Talking Pictures has a very intrusive station ID in the top corner. Most channels manage to keep it very discreet, like a watermark, but this is in your face - literally when there are close-ups. Yes, FOTF is indeed a war film, but still a tribute to a great man, arguably one of those who won the war for Britain. I find the dining scene with the Nazi bigwigs a little unrealistic for some reason, might be the acting or fake accents, but still one of my favourite movies. I also know it's popular with aviation enthusiasts, for whom Mitchell is something of hero.

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          • Hello. Last night I watched The Omega Man, on this site: http://www.topstreaming.co.uk/ . It is a zombie film, action packed, where the main character is the survivor of an apocalypse, which left behind some deformed human beings. Then, the protagonist is set on a dangerous adventure to find a cure while the creatures want to kill him. I have actually read about its reviews on wikipedia.org and imdb.com. Lastly, I went to have a look at its trailer on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUkU18MrBzU . You can check out this movie if you want. However, watch out for these mutants, I found them really creepy. Even my brother had nightmares yesterday. Goodbye.

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            • HOUSE OF THE BLACK DEATH 1965. Lon Chaney Jr John Carradine along with some interesting dancing from Sabrina. Weird sort of film but worth seeking out if only to see the dance.

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              • Bedazzled (1967). Julie Andrews! A Faustian comedy from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, lazily directed by Stanley Donen, with all too brief though revealing appearances from Raquel Welch. Cook is the laid-back devil who gets the soul of loser Moore in exchange for seven wishes, primarily for him to capture the heart of Wimpy waitress Eleanor Bron. There's lots of silliness, much of which doesn't work, but as well as a few amusing one-liners, there are some interesting psychedelic 60s images and fashions as well as appearances from Barry Humphries, Michael Bates and a stuttering Michael Trubshawe. I've often found much Pete 'n' Dud material falls flat, and there's lots and lots and lots of Pete ' n' Dud in this. Raaaasp!

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                • I agree Gerald - I only watched about 20 mins of it before I got completely bored,the 2000 remake with Liz H I thought was very good and much better paced

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                  • Beyond Mombasa

                    (1956) Cornel Wilde, Donna Reed, Leo Genn, Ron Randell, Christopher Lee,

                    This is a pretty average 1950s Africa movie, with some nostalgic footage of the Kenyan coast at that time. The scenes in Mombasa were filmed at the Manor Hotel, some footage filmed at Gedi ruins, Watamu, just south of Malindi - it was partially shot on location during the Mau-Mau Uprising which was probably more threatening than the 'Leopard Men' .

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                    • The Calendar (1948). Light-hearted Gainsborough Pictures adaptation of an Edgar Wallace horse racing novel with some performances better than others. Trainer Captain Garry Anson frequently finds himself short of cash and, as a result in a drunken moment, lands himself in a pickle with the Jockey Club because of an incautious telegram, a message written on a £100 note, an argument over inherited pearls, a fun and money loving former girlfriend and her jealous husband. Throw in a cheeky cheerful Cockney butler and stuffy race stewards . . and there's only a 79 minutes running time. Winners are Greta Gynt as the sly and scheming girlfriend, Leslie Dwyer as the crafty butler, Felix Aylmer as pompous Lord Forlingham, Diana Dors as a glamorous maid and particularly Raymond Lovell, so often cast as a heavy heavy, as Greta's large and bumbling husband. The also-ran is unfortunately John McCallum as the captain who takes his various setbacks throughout the film without a blink.

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                      • DRACULA A.D. 1972 Recent Blu-Ray issue Warner Bros presents A Hammer Film.
                        Nice job on the transfer and dig the music baby! Bit since I had seen this on TV but we projected it 8ft wide and looked really good on the home screen, one of Tim Burtons favourite films apparently. Peter Cushing giving another solid performance as usual with Christopher having a good steak in it as well.

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                        • Originally posted by Gerald Lovell View Post
                          Hoffman (1969). Peter Sellers plays the title character, a creepy office worker who blackmails typist Sinéad Cusack to spend a week with him in his flat. Sellers didn't like this "comedy" and neither do I. He plays it straight while the whole concept of the film is simply not amusing, just pretty unsavoury. None of the (basically four) characters in the film are admirable and the humour is difficult to find. Written by Ernest Gébler from his own novel and directed by Alvin Rakoff, who should've known better. Unpleasant.
                          Not unlike that other non-'comedy', The Apartment, then...

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                          • Supersonic Saucer (1956). A sweet CFF film about a group of schoolkids who befriend an alien being/flying saucer who gets up to some mildly amusing mischief before helping them thwart a robbery. Not very well made, but the effects are unusual in that they combine puppetry and cartoon techniques. The puppet design reminds me of the very early Gerry Anderson efforts. 'Twas on TPTV.
                            Last edited by Andy2; 25th January 2018, 05:19 PM.

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                            • Laserdisc of SATANIC RIGHTS OF DRACULA 1973 WS
                              Nice to run up the old Laserdisc of this film which was issued complete on the format along with the extras.

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