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Check out Network's HD restoration of The Prisoner on Blu-ray, it's absolutely wonderful.

Nineteen-Eighty-Four is a fantastic adaptation, probably the last word cinematically (just see the 1950s version with good old Edmond O'Brien and tell me I'm wrong). Though Brazil from a year later is more or less Orwell, and slightly better.
 

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Bought DVD, Harpurhey, 2435.D 19.07.2018, total price £1:
2436.D: Earth vs Flying Saucers, 1956, dir. Fred F. Sears, 79'56" 1.85:1, + Doc., 57'58" + Extras, 16' - supersedes PD version on 129.D
Bought: 2 x DVDs, Middleton, 2355bc.D 20.07.2018, total price £1
2355bc.D: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 139'30" + 3'40" etc. MGM, 1968, dir. Ken Hughes, orig. Super Panavision, 2.19:1, ana. w/s + Extras, 75' c - supersedes 2355a.D
Bought 3 x DVDs, Shaw, 2437-39.D 21.07.2018, total price £1:
2437.D: Reservoir Dogs, 95'00" + Comm. + Trailer, 1'33" ana. scope, st. supersedes 499.V
2438-39.D: Che, Parts One & Two, 128'32" + 129'30" scope/1.85:1, st. dir. Steven Soderbergh, 2009 c, + Extras, 70' c P.

The Sci-Fi film is the official Columbia DVD, which ought to be a lot better than the Public Domain issue on one of those three-films-a-pound issues. It isn't wonderful but comes with an hour-long Harryhausen documentary!
Disappointed with a scan/pan version of the kids' film, I felt obliged to upgrade it. I'm not certain if I'll be bothered to watch it. Nothing Ian Fleming did touches my buttons at all. Filmed in Todd AO, badged as Super-Panavision.
Tarantino likewise - he was the makeweight in a new triplet-for-a-pound scene. Another VHS for the dumpster, though.
Soderbergh's two-part take on Guevara was viewed as a long haul by the critics. I will probably throw in The Motorcycle Diaries to get a full fix. :thought:
 
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I'm not an Elvis fan at all - though peanut-butter and banana sandwich fried in butter was something I once made in his honour! I have not got around to fried squirrel yet!

The Whitehead library already had seven Elvis films, most of them accidentally acquired as newspaper freebies. The exception was the downloaded World's Fair, fascinating for the geeky reason that it is the best record of that Seattle event and for its connection to The Parallax View - an old favourite.

Anyhow, faced with a sealed boxed set of the following for a quid, I went for it, five of them new to me.

Bought 6 x Elvis MGM DVDs, Harpurhey, 2440-45.D, 29.07.2018, total price £1:
2440.D: Jailhouse Rock, 1957, dir. Richard Thorpe, 2.40:1 ana. 92'40" + Comm. + Doc, 16'
2441.D: It Happened at the World's Fair, 1963, dir. Norman Taurog, 2.40:1 ana, 100'34"
2442.D: Viva Las Vegas, 1964, dir. George Sidney, 2.40:1 ana. 81'25" + Comm. + Doc, 21'
2443.D: Harum Scarum, 1965, dir. Gene Nelson, 1.78:1 ana. 81'51" + Trailers
2444.D: Spinout, 1966, dir. Norman Taurog, 2.40:1 ana. 89'02" + Trailers
2445.D: Speedway, 1968, dir. Norman Taurog, 2.40:1 ana. 90'16" + Trailers

Having scored twelve Elvis films - only World's Fair ever seen - I thought I must have a complete set. Not so! There are no less than thirty-one Elvis film features. Don't think I will be a completist on this one. :buck:
 
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I have not got around to fried squirrel yet!
It’s delicious. Huge Fearlessly-Eatsitall assures us that there’s a posh restaurant in the UK that serves it as “Flightless partridge”.

Just make sure of your target: the invasive grey squirrel rather than the native Squirrel Nutkin!

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I'm not an Elvis fan at all - though peanut-butter and banana sandwich fried in butter was something I once made in his honour! I have not got around to fried squirrel yet!

The Whitehead library already had seven Elvis films, most of them accidentally acquired as newspaper freebies. The exception was the downloaded World's Fair, fascinating for the geeky reason that it is the best record of that Seattle event and for its connection to The Parallax View - an old favourite.

Anyhow, faced with a sealed boxed set of the following for a quid, I went for it, five of them new to me.

Bought 6 x Elvis MGM DVDs, Harpurhey, 2440-45.D, 29.07.2018, total price £1:
2440.D: Jailhouse Rock, 1957, dir. Richard Thorpe, 2.40:1 ana. 93'
2441.D: It Happened at the World's Fair, 1963, dir. Norman Taurog, 2.40:1 ana, 100'
2442.D: Viva Las Vegas, 1964, dir. George Sidney, 2.40:1 ana. 81'
2443.D: Harum Scarum, 1965, dir. Gene Nelson, 1.85:1 ana. 82'
2444.D: Spinout, 1966, dir. Norman Taurog, 2.40:1 ana. 89'
2445.D: Speedway, 1968, dir. Norman Taurog, 2.40:1 ana. 90'

Having scored twelve Elvis films - only World's Fair ever seen - I thought I must have a complete set. Not so! There are no less than thirty-one Elvis film features. Don't think I will be a completist on this one. :buck:
Jailhouse Rock is pretty decent, and Viva Las Vegas has the pop culture epic meeting of Elvis and Ann-Margret (in shorts so tight it's amazing she can walk, never mind dance). World's Fair also has a tiny Kurt Russell booting The King on the shin. Harum Scarum you can safely avoid, possibly his worst.
 

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Bought 7 x DVDs, Radcliffe, 2446-51.D 04.08.2018, total price £4.50
2446-48.D: Fawlty Towers, tv series, 12 episodes + commentaries, interviews etc

WWI Commemorative Film Collection, 4 East-German features about The Great War, made after WWII, "Demand DVD" issued in 2014 - probably Public Domain quality?
2449.D: The Girls in Gingham, Die Buntkarierten, aka Beaverskin! 1949, 96'45" dir. Kurt Maetzig
2450.D: The Kaiser's Lackey, Der Untertan, 1951, 103'53" dir. Wolfgang Staudte, based on a novel by Heinrich Mann
2451.D: When Martin was Fourteen, Als Martin vierzehn wahr, 1964, 79'46" dir. Walter Beck, a film made for children
2452.D: Farewell, Abschied, 1968, 101'50" dir. Egon Günther, filmed in Totalscope

The Fawlty Towers set means I can dispose of my old VHS tapes. Copies abound of the DVDs but this 3-disc set seems to be the most complete with commentaries by the directors of both series. Not bad for £1.50, though I notice that even joints like CEX have swathes of common DVDs for 50 pence now. And in alphabetical order!

The four East German films were an unexpected trove, all of them deriving from the archives of the DEFA company. The popularity of the Great War theme at this period may have been displacing the trauma of more recent events. The Girls in Gingham does take events as far as the Second War, according to the blurb. East German cinema is mainly unfamiliar to me, as are the directors' names. I am not expecting great quality from the transfers. The makers have declared the films to be Exempt from Certification, which normally applies to works chiefly musical or factual/educational. I'm thinking these may have been sold through outlets like The Works to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WWI. :parapet:

Edit 06.08.2018, 02.40 am.
The East German films are much better discs than I expected. All are bare-bones releases with burned-in English subtitles in yellow. The visuals are really rather good, allowing the atmospheric b & w photography to cast a spell. The didactic elements are present, typically in ballads over the titles etc. which point to a Socialist moral. Yet these are not austere movies - they seem packed with visual poetry and imagination. Abschied, thankfully, is presented in its proper 'scope ratio, albeit non-anamorphic. The quality is good enough for it to be zoomed but the out-of-frame subtitles lose the most important line. That gripe apart, these films are a very happy discovery! :clap:
 
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Bought 7 x DVDs, Radcliffe, 2446-51.D 04.08.2018, total price £4.50
2446-48.D: Fawlty Towers, tv series, 12 episodes + commentaries, interviews etc

WWI Commemorative Film Collection, 4 East-German features about The Great War, made after WWII, "Demand DVD" issued in 2014 - probably Public Domain quality?
2449.D: The Girls in Gingham, aka Beaverskin! 1949, 101' dir. Kurt Maetzig
2450.D: The Kaiser's Lackey, 1951, 108' dir. Wolfgang Staudte, based on a novel by Heinrich Mann
2451.D: When Martin was Fourteen, 1964, 83' dir. Walter Beck
2452.D: Farewell, 1968, 107' dir. Egon Günther

The Fawlty Towers set means I can dispose of my old VHS tapes. Copies abound of the DVDs but this 3-disc set seems to be the most complete with commentaries by the directors of both series. Not bad for £1.50, though I notice that even joints like CEX have swathes of common DVDs for 50 pence now. And in alphabetical order!

The four East German films were an unexpected trove, all of them deriving from the archives of the DEFA company. The popularity of the Great War theme at this period may have been displacing the trauma of more recent events. The Girls in Gingham does take events as far as the Second War, according to the blurb. East German cinema is mainly unfamiliar to me, as are the directors' names. I am not expecting great quality from the transfers. The makers have declared the films to be Exempt from Certification, which normally applies to works chiefly musical or factual/educational. I'm thinking these may have been sold through outlets like The Works to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WWI. :parapet:
James, I thought that I liked films, but you put me to shame! The East German films sound very interesting (I studied German history at university, including a course on Weimar cinema that took in Bertolt Brecht's then very, very obscure Kuhle Wampe). As for my favourite East German film, there can be only one contender, Das singende, klingende Bäumchen, otherwise known as The Singing Ringing Tree, which will resonate with anybody of a certain age in the UK.

And I'm lucky enough to have a CEX near to where I work in Bristol, handy for cheap DVDs to watch and then recycle/charity shop. Recently picked up Airplane! and Airplane 2 on a 2 DVD set for £1.50. I'd been looking for it in charity shops for the last year or so, and was surprised how hard it was to find...
 

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Check out Network's HD restoration of The Prisoner on Blu-ray, it's absolutely wonderful.

Nineteen-Eighty-Four is a fantastic adaptation, probably the last word cinematically (just see the 1950s version with good old Edmond O'Brien and tell me I'm wrong). Though Brazil from a year later is more or less Orwell, and slightly better.
Bought that this morning, have yet to watch it, damn the never ending housework!
 

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Check out Network's HD restoration of The Prisoner on Blu-ray, it's absolutely wonderful.

Nineteen-Eighty-Four is a fantastic adaptation, probably the last word cinematically (just see the 1950s version with good old Edmond O'Brien and tell me I'm wrong). Though Brazil from a year later is more or less Orwell, and slightly better.
I'll have to tell my Dad about that, he's a huge fan of The Prisoner, he went as far as building a Lotus Super 7 for himself, became head of the club, visited Portmeirion with my Mum (where it was filmed) and stayed in the flat that No 6 lived in as well as being allowed to borrow the actual car as used in the show's intro for an event display .. although he wouldn't let me drive it sadly ..
 

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Bought DVD, Rochdale, 08.08.2018, total price £0.99
2453.D: Captain Blood, dir. Michael Curtiz, 1935, + Newsreel, All-American Drawback, short, Billboard frolics, cartoon, Trailer + New Featurette, supersedes 1379.V
Bought DVD, Swinton, 09.08.2018, total price, £1.25
2454.D: Overlord, dir. Stuart Cooper, 1975, 83' + Comm. Interviews, Archive Tour, Trailer + Gallery, P.

Bought 9 x DVDs, Droylsden, 13.08.2018, total price, £0.99:
2455-56.D: Schindler's List, dir. Spielberg, 187', 1.85:1 ana., 2-disc set with Extras, supersedes 477.V
2457-58.D: Fahrenheit 9/11, dir. Michael Moore, 122', w/s, 2-disc set with Extras, supersedes off-air 241.V
2459-60.D: Life of Brian, Immaculate Edition, 90', 1.85:1 ana., 2-disc set with Commentaries, Extras, supersedes 944.V etc,
2461.D: When Harry Met Sally, dir. Rob Reiner, 1989, 92' 1.85:1 ana., with Comm, Extras, etc. P.
2462.D: The Hurt Locker, dir. Kathryn Bigelow, 2010, 126' 1.78:1 ana., Extras, P.
2463.D: Cromwell, dir. Ken Hughes, 1970, 2.35:1 ana., st. 134' supersedes f/s 1358.V

If I don't write down things, I forget where I bought them. This may be less to do with great, galloping dementia than the way shops look the same. I am pretty sure that Captain Blood came from Rochdale and Overlord from Swinton. Yes, in those days, an ancient Flynn picture would still - just about - merit a New Featurette!

Overlord is something I knew of and have wanted to see. It may make a good double-bill with It Happened Here.

Discs were 10 for £0.99 in Droylsden today, so I splashed out. Two films new to me: the Reiner comedy and Bigelow's war movie. Both highly-regarded. I know of the former for its iconic toe-curling moments and never felt inclined to explore further.

The only essential find, for me, was the DVD of Cromwell. I picked up a pan-n-scan VHS tape a year ago and was very disinclined to view it with half the spectacle missing.

Not a bad crop for the first half of August, though. :fish:
 

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Bought DVD, Rochdale, 08.08.2018, total price £0.99
2453.D: Captain Blood, dir. Michael Curtiz, 1935, + Newsreel, All-American Drawback, short, Billboard frolics, cartoon, Trailer + New Featurette, supersedes 1379.V
Bought DVD, Swinton, 09.08.2018, total price, £1.25
2454.D: Overlord, dir. Stuart Cooper, 1975, 83' + Comm. Interviews, Archive Tour, Trailer + Gallery, P.

Bought 9 x DVDs, Droylsden, 13.08.2018, total price, £0.99:
2455-56.D: Schindler's List, dir. Spielberg, 187', 1.85:1 ana., 2-disc set with Extras, supersedes 477.V
2457-58.D: Fahrenheit 9/11, dir. Michael Moore, 122', w/s, 2-disc set with Extras, supersedes off-air 241.V
2459-60.D: Life of Brian, Immaculate Edition, 90', 1.85:1 ana., 2-disc set with Commentaries, Extras, supersedes 944.V etc,
2461.D: When Harry Met Sally, dir. Rob Reiner, 1989, 92' 1.85:1 ana., with Comm, Extras, etc. P.
2462.D: The Hurt Locker, dir. Kathryn Bigelow, 2010, 126' 1.78:1 ana., Extras, P.
2463.D: Cromwell, dir. Ken Hughes, 1970, 2.35:1 ana., st. 134' supersedes f/s 1358.V

If I don't write down things, I forget where I bought them. This may be less to do with great, galloping dementia than the way shops look the same. I am pretty sure that Captain Blood came from Rochdale and Overlord from Swinton. Yes, in those days, an ancient Flynn picture would still - just about - merit a New Featurette!

Overlord is something I knew of and have wanted to see. It may make a good double-bill with It Happened Here.

Discs were 10 for £0.99 in Droylsden today, so I splashed out. Two films new to me: the Reiner comedy and Bigelow's war movie. Both highly-regarded. I know of the former for its iconic toe-curling moments and never felt inclined to explore further.

The only essential find, for me, was the DVD of Cromwell. I picked up a pan-n-scan VHS tape a year ago and was very disinclined to view it with half the spectacle missing.

Not a bad crop for the first half of August, though. :fish:
Ooh .. what are The Schindler's List extras ? .. I love that film.
 

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Bought 4 x DVDs, Harpurhey Flea Market 16.08.2018, total price, £5.
2464.D: Sapphire, dir. Basil Dearden, 1959, f/s, 87'47"
2465.D: The Glass-Bottom Boat, dir. Frank Tashlin, 1966, ana. scope, 106' + Featurettes, Trailer + Cartoon
2466-67.D: Tom & Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection, 34 remastered shorts, ana? scope, 228' + Chuck Jones Doc + Featurette
Bought 2 x DVDs, Radcliffe 17.08.2018, total price, £1.
2468.D: Bowling for Columbine, dir. Michael Moore, 2003, 114' ana. 1.85:1 + Trailer
2469.D: The Conversation, Collectors' Edition, dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974, 109' ana. 1.85:1 + 2 Comms, Docs. etc.

I was disappointed in May to discover that the Collected Edition of Tom & Jerry cartoons included only scan & pan versions of the later 'scope-format ones. This two-disc Chuck Jones collection promises remastered versions in their original theatrical ratio* plus a documentary about Jones and a Featurette. Though the case and slip-case looked good, I see the discs themselves are scratched. I hope they play!

Wikipedia says this is 1.78:1. I was convinced they were 'scope!

As they were 3 items-a-fiver, I settled on Sapphire, a thriller with race-relations theme from 1959. It is often mentioned in surveys of British film but I have never seen it. The case suggests it is non-ana. scope. The Glass Bottom Boat is a bit of Doris Day fluff from 1966.

In Radcliffe today, I could have had four DVDs for a quid. I could find only two I wanted. The main attraction was The Conversation Collectors' Edition with 5.5 hours of Extras. I see I already had a version with the 2 Commentaries and a short documentary. It is probably my favourite of Coppola's films, essentially an audio version of Blow Up and probably Hackman's finest work. The Michael Moore doc. explores the High School shootings theme and US Gun Laws.

:)

edit: I was not dreaming it:

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edit 2: The T & J cartoons made in 'scope were from an earlier batch. All the Chuck Jones ones were flat w/s, so Wikipedia was right. The new discs play OK but they are probably just matted versions - hopefully in higher resolution - of what I had. The documentaries are 20'25" on Tom & Jerry under Jones and 25'09" Memories of a Childhood on Jones himself, both full-frame.

Sapphire turns out to be full-frame, not as the case stated. It is probably not even open-matte, as the edges look clipped. Zoomed to 1.78:1, it also clips the heads. I am pretty sure it should be 1.66:1, standard for the period. The colours are quite good and the location photography very evocative of the period. The story lurches into lurid melodrama at times but offers a curious insight into contemporary attitudes. I enjoyed it.
 
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Is The Glass-Bottomed Boat the one with Doris Day disrupting a hidden microphone at her restaurant table by eating and burping loudly? I thought that was absolutely hilarious when I was little. It's either that one or Caprice. Director Frank Tashlin started out in cartoons, too.
 

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It's a spy-spoof, so that might fit the scenario. Tashlin did a lot of the Jerry Lewis films, so I am not expecting a great deal of subtlety! :party:
Some of the Lewis stuff was inspired, though. I know he's an acquired taste these days, but Lewis turning into a "human cartoon" was one of the best ideas Tashlin ever had.
 

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Bought 7 x DVDs, Ormskirk 01.09.2018, total price, £2.49
XXXX.D: Dressed to Kill, dir. Brian de Palma, 100'14" + 2'04" duplicates 1943.D, bought 20.06.2014, P.
1190-92.D: Cleopatra, SE, 241' + 119' Documentary etc. replaces original 1190-92.D bought 01.05.2010, later given away
2470.D: Love is a Many-Splendoured Thing, dir. Henry King, 1955, ana. 'scope, 97'48" + 2'17" supersedes 'scope VHS version, 1339.V, P.
2471.D: The Killing, dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1956, f/s, 80'51" + 1'40" supersedes off-air VHS version, 038.V
2472.D: Lizard in a Woman's Skin, dir. Lucio Fulci, 1970, 99'37" + 2'14" 1.85:1 + Trailer, P.

A brief stop in Ormskirk on my way over to Southport produced a crop of useful and economical DVDs, only one of them breaking new ground. They were tidying away the market-stalls when I landed at 4 pm on Saturday but the charity-shops were open till 5 pm, including one where a lady provided a live piano accompaniment to shopping!

I am no Brian de Palma fan and remembered that I had Dressed to Kill in some form. It turned out to be a duplication but I can pass that one on. It's a few years since I passed-on the lavish 3-disc Cleopatra set. I recall that the very long-form documentary was better than the movie. Nice to have it back for £0.50p!

I was not impressed with the 'scope VHS version of Love is a Many-Splendoured Thing, when I sampled it, so an upgrade was needed. Those TCF Studio Classics were tricked out with all kinds of Extras in the States but you were lucky to get a Trailer and a Newsreel on the UK issues. They were all anamorphic but they tended to confirm the reputation of Cinemascope for being grainy. This one looks reasonable and is certainly better than the tape.

I have never believed in digging deeply into my pockets for a Kubrick film. A few are on DVD but the bulk are antique off-air tapes, seldom revisited. I had The Killing on a long tape, together with Killer's Kiss and the shorts The Flying Padré and an abridged version of Day of the Fight. MGM put the very short feature Killer's Kiss on a separate disc, which seemed ungenerous - especially in the days HMV was asking a tenner each for them. I think the shorts can be found on Youtube - the boxing pic. with an extra 3 minutes of footage! This MGM disc presents the 1956 feature non-anamorphically in what appears to be open-matte format. It was clearly framed for widescreen and will zoom to 1.78:1 for a more cinematic experience.

Giallo enthusiasts appear to rate Lizard in a Woman's Skin highly. It was the subject of a case in which the Special Effects wizards had to prove their pulsing dogs' hearts were unreal. Sealed copy, 2010 Studio Canal-Optimum issue and nearly given-away. I am keeping expectations low, as I am not a fan of the genre. It must be one of Stanley Baker's last films and is set in London, though probably filmed in Italy. It turns out to be a decent enough anamorphic transfer, though the trailer is very rough. :pipe:
 
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Bought 2 x DVDs, Cheetham Hill 04.09.2018, total price, £2
2473.D: 4 Serial Killer Documentaries: Hindley, West, Shipman & Dahmer, double-sided disc, 4 x 46' ana. 1.78, except Dahmer which is non-ana. P. [From a series called Born to Kill]
2474.D: School for Randle, 1949, dir. John E. Blackley for Mancunian Films, 84'18"
& Short, taken from otherwise-lost feature Somewhere in Politics, 1948: Full House, 16'44"

Nothing doing in Radcliffe's charidee outlets today, though they have a bloody big Lidl, which does a nice 6-y-o Valdepeñas for under a fiver. I came back via Cheetham Hill and found two curious DVDs in a Jewish charity there. The ladies were busy discussing the ins-and-outs of brisket cooked in syrup.* Some keep strict Kosher and others do not; it's an expensive business!

The DVDs were oddities. 2473.D, is a double-sided disc offering 4 documentaries on the jolly theme of Mass Murderers: I got Hindley, West, Shipman and Dahmer all on one DVD! This bottom-of-the-tank 4-in-1 series showed up in the poundstores several years ago; I bought a stack of Chaplin shorts, which were not bad. They had been ripped from authentic issues on the safe assumption that vintage film folk would not have the means to contest copyright.

The present offering turned out to be anamorphic 1.78:1 docs from a series called Born to Kill. Dahmer, for some reason, is non-anamorphic. All last 45.5 minutes, so I assume they had some tv exposure. Crude and exploitative, no doubt but likely to be watched earlier than much worthier fare, I find!

2474.D, is a Frank Randle double-bill: Full House, short, from the otherwise-lost feature Somewhere in Politics, 1948, 16'44" & School for Randle, 1949, dir. John E. Blackley for Mancunian Films, 84'18" Fairly grim quality and very poor sound - Helium-voiced midget, Jimmie Clitheroe, was especially hard to make-out. He was plausibly a schoolboy at this time!

This turns out to be a DVD-R. One outlet for them was on Bolton Market, where you could pick up ancient Gracie Fields, George Formby and Randle pictures on these home-brew discs for about £7 a pop. The last time I looked, the stall was gone.

£1 each for them seemed about right, supposing they actually play! :fish:

*This snatch of overheard discussion led me to look up the recipes. The Jewish New Year is approaching. Kosher Brisket is a favoured holiday cut and there is a tradition of sweet foods to celebrate the season. Online versions use honey, maple-syrup, date-syrup or sugar-syrup, depending on the region.
 
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Nothing doing in Radcliffe's charidee outlets today, though they have a bloody big Lidl, which does a nice bottle-aged Valdepeñas for under a fiver, among other things.

Disappointed, I came back via Cheetham Hill and found two curious DVDs in a Jewish charity there. The ladies were busy discussing the ins-and-outs of brisket cooked in syrup! Seems some kept strict Kosher and others did not. It's an expensive business!

The DVDs were oddities. One, 2473.D, is a double-sided 4-in-1 documentary set on the jolly theme of Mass Murderers. You get Hindley, West, Shipman and Dahmer all on one DVD! I'm guessing these are cheapo productions pasted together from Public Domain material. Case claims the documentaries are 60 minutes each. I have seen them as single-disc issues and not been tempted. I remember this bottom-of-the-tank 4-in-1 series when they showed up in the poundstores several years ago. I bought a stack of Chaplin shorts, which were not bad. They had been ripped from authentic issues on the safe assumption that vintage film folk would not have the means to contest copyright.

The other disc, 2474.D, is a Frank Randle double-bill: Full House, 1948 & School for Randle, 1949, dir. John E. Blackley for Mancunian Films, c 60' each? PLUS Short, taken from otherwise-lost feature Somewhere in Politics.

This turns out to be a DVD-R. I know one outlet for them used to be on Bolton Market, where you could pick up ancient Gracie Fields, George Formby and Randle pictures on these home-brew discs for about £7 a pop. A bit of a niche market now and the last time I looked, the stall was gone.

Anyhow, £1 each for them seemed about right, supposing they actually play! :fish:

I have just the publication for you!

https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/yours-retro-print-single-issues


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No, Diana's her platinum blonde self in It's a Grand Life. Got the image sorted early.
 
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