Lost Broadway 1961 - Music review

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At one time, there were several labels releasing cut and forgotten songs from Broadway and West End musicals. These days, you would expect even more to be released, given the ease of research and the speed at which recordings can be released. However, there is only one player to mention, and that’s the excellent Stage Door Records. And whilst they sometimes face criticism for the albums they release (due to our rather lacking copyright laws) they should really be applauded for releasing such treasure troves as Lost Broadway 1961... [click here...]

 

 

Tacit-citat-ion - Classical Music Review

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Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi's debut Tacit-citat-ion is a reflection of contemporary Scandinavian composition – gestural, yet empowered by painstaking attention to detail. Breath sounds, glottal stops, microphone static, white noise, electronic interferences, the percussive friction of instrument bows – these byproducts of music are the backbone of Tacit-citat-ion, yielding a truly unique auditory experience... [click here...]

 

The Accountant of Auschwitz - DVD review

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From a BBC docu series, this intense 75 minute study, lucently engineered by Signature Entertainment, illuminates one of the greatest crimes of the twentieth century with new perspectives where none seemed possible because everything has been said on the subject... [click here...]

 

 

Kindergarten Cop (1990) - Blu-ray review

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Jon Kimble is a tough police detective who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher in order to catch Cullen Crisp a dangerous criminal. The only one who can testify against him is his ex wife but she has disappeared. The only lead Kimble has is the name of the school her son attends. Once he wrangles his young charges, as well as the affections of a beautiful teacher, he prepares for a final showdown with his intended prey... [click here...]

 

Traitors - DVD review

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Acorn Media International release the Channel 4 drama Traitors on DVD. Set in 1945, the six-part series is set shortly after the Second World War as Britain, America and Russia are all vying for a new world order. This coming of age female spy story follows Feef Symonds, a gutsy, determined, but naïve 21-year-old, struggling to define herself in a bewilderingly fast-changing world. When she accepts a position with the British Civil Service, she hopes to finally use her spy training picked up during the war. But her allegiances are about to be called in to question... [click here...]

 

Vertigo (1958) (Vinyl) - Soundtrack review

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Varèse Sarabande Records has revisited the original analogue tapes and remastered Bernard Herrmann's memorable score for Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958). The LP has been pressed at RTI on to 180 gm vinyl, and slipped into a classic tip-on jacket from Stoughton Press. The American Film Institute’s list of the greatest films of all-time, (The AFI 100), places Vertigo at #9, and is one of only six entries to note the importance of the film score in the film’s ranking... [click here...]

 

Irma la Douce (1963) - Blu-ray review

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Irma La Douce is the last great Billy Wilder film that was a smash box-office success. The film is 147 minutes long and plays like something running way under two hours. It’s packed with eye candy: colour, set design detail, texture, fast pace, kinetic body comedy, character, funny dialogue, narrative irony and edgy vulgarity. This latter component is a Wilder speciality, never going too far but further than lecherous Hollywood could confidently venture without being cheesy and sophomoric... [click here...]

 

BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Music review

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Silva Screen Records reissue the 1968 BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s hugely influential 10th anniversary album, featuring remastered early electronic works of John Baker, David Cain and Delia Derbyshire... [click here...]

 

 

The Clockmaker’s Daughter - Music review

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter, an original story with original music, is set in the fictional Irish town of Spindlewood. Like most towns of age, Spindlewood has its traditions. But no practice, custom or old wives’ warning is so firmly adhered to as ‘The Turning of the Key’. Every year, on the last night of winter, as the first day of spring unfolds, the townsfolk gather to take part in a strange ritual... The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a beautiful story built around themes of prejudice, discrimination, animosity and a fear of the unknown - a folk musical with a specific, yet timeless, feel... [click here...]

 

Delicious: Series Three - DVD review

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Passionate cook Gina was once married to Leo Vincent, a successful entrepreneur, chef and hotel owner in Cornwall. Leo owes much of his success to Gina's exceptional cooking, but since leaving her for the glamorous Sam, his business has continued to thrive. When Sam has suspicions that Leo is having an affair, she confides in Gina but the secrets and scandals that spill out are proof that sleeping with another woman's husband is never a good idea even if he was your husband first. After Leo dies the two women go into business together, Gina running the kitchen while Sam is front of house... [click here...]

 

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