Charity Shop & Poundshop Finds

JamesWhitehead

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It was over to Chadderton and Middleton for a quick browse this afternoon. Chadderton let me down but the BHF shop in Middleton's Arndale precinct produced four DVDs for £2.48:

Bought 4 x DVDs, Middleton 13.12.2018, total price £2.48:
Duplicate: McClintock, Authentic Collectors' Edition, = 1468.D, not catalogued
2575-76.D: Perfume, 132' dir. Tom Tykwer, 2006, ana. scope, st. + Making of Extras on Disc 2
2577.D: Tales of Hoffmann, 128' dir. Michael Powell, 1951, f/s, 4K restoration, with extra footage + Extras,

Annoyingly, the first, McClintock, "Authentic Collectors' Edition" turned out to be a duplicate, already held in a 9-DVD wallet. The film is a late pairing of Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in a somewhat unnecessary Western update to The Taming of the Shrew. The original artwork featured Wayne spanking O'Hara. The movie fell into Public Domain Hell and turns up in slush-piles everywhere in fuzzy old transfers. This Paramount disc is taken from the original elements. I may pass this spare one on to someone I don't much like.

In the 50p bin, reduced from £1.99, was the two-disc, slip-cased set of the gothic thriller Perfume. The 2006 film of Patrick Süskind's novel is on the dual-layer disc one with the documentaries on a single-layer one. I don't know if this always guarantees a better bit-rate for the feature.

The pick of the crop, for £0.99 was The 1951 Powell & Pressburger film of The Tales of Hoffmann. I bought a DVD of it as recently as June but that turned out to be the pre-restoration version - only a bit better than the version I had downloaded from Youtube. Third time lucky, as the new disc, issued in 2015, is from the 4K remastering with about 8 minutes of lost footage restored. This is not quite the Bluray recommended by GNC back in June but it derives from the same upgraded material and I expect it to look very good! It also comes with some postcards and a booklet! :headspinner:
 
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A pity you haven't found that Blu-ray of Hoffman, it's real showcase for HD material.

I read an article ages ago about John Wayne's liking for spanking his leading ladies in his movies, and how much certain male fans of his appreciated it, like he was saying, "here you go lads, we know what we like!" *wink* Nowadays he'd be on a register - back then, biggest star in the world.
 

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If you find any candles - even second hand - in a charity shop, without a warning sticker, please give the management a stern talking to.

I'm informed that "Never leave a naked flame unattended" is vital info.

After thousands of years of using fire we're now no longer competent to use it without a warning.
 
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This morning I got the Bords' Modern Mysteries of Britain book, which I had but it mysteriously vanished while moving house- looks like it's never been read, really good condition. Also got a boxset of Jackass DVDS for £2.

So, that's the weekend sorted: reading about strange happenings, and watching grown men inflicting pain on each other and playing excrement-related practical jokes.

Hope everyone else enjoys their weekend too!
 

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Bought 5 x DVDs, Harpurhey 17.12.2018, total price £1.00:
2578.D: Finding Neverland, 96'56" dir. Marc Forster, 2004, ana. scope, st. + Commentary + Extras, P.
2579.D: The Kite Runner, 122'40" dir. Marc Forster, 2007, ana. scope, st. + Commentary + Featurettes, Trailer, P.
2580.D: Notes on a Scandal, 88'02" dir. Richard Eyre, 2006, ana. 1.85:1, st. + Commentary, Featurettes etc. P.
2581.D: Dust Devil, 104'10" dir. Richard Stanley, 1992, ana. 1.85:1, st. + Commentary + Deleted Scenes, P.
+ Mystery DVD-R, included in the case with Dust Devil, turned out to be 57'23" home-movie of a trip to Canada, Vancouver Island etc.

Three films, which turn up everywhere in slush-piles, I think of them as recent but I see they are between eleven and fourteen years old already! The Disney - and Miramax - DVDs typically lack dating-information on the sleeves. Are they intended to be a joy forever? The J. M. Barrie flick was popular in its day, using the life, I gather, as a springboard for an effects-laden fantasy. Not a genre which appeals to me much. By coincidence, The Kite Runner, from three years later, had the same director. The book turns up in schools from time-to-time, ticking a lot of boxes: ethnic, uplifting, childhood, friendship, war. We shall see how many pitfalls it manages to avoid.

Notes on a Scandal is a smaller-scale British drama, featuring Judy Dench as a truly evil teacher. The trailer turns up on a lot of other DVDs, so I almost feel I have seen it already! The running-time seems about right for this kind of material.

Dust Devil comes badged as "an instant cult classic." Did I see it once on television or am I confusing it with The Hitcher? The DVD promises a Director's Cut with Commentary and Deleted Scenes. In the case with it is a mystery DVD-R. Will it play at all? Is it related to Dust Devil? Might it be a secret stash of Llama-porn? I can live in hope, until I find out! :hunger:

Edit: Mystery DVD-R is a fuzzy home-made souvenir video of a trip to Vancouver Island, ana. 1.78:1, 57'23" "with Annaliese, Janet, Keith & Bazzo"
No llamas. :(
 
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Motherlode: a ceramic biscuit tin (weighs a ton), a genuine painted and glazed Ostrich egg, a mug with three Ladybird Princesses, two Coca-Cola glasses, a wooden cat and two M&M's tins (one containing juggler balls and one with small figurines without heads).

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Have you bought that weasel yet?

EDIT: Saw your other post!
 

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A pity you haven't found that Blu-ray of Hoffman, it's real showcase for HD material.

I read an article ages ago about John Wayne's liking for spanking his leading ladies in his movies, and how much certain male fans of his appreciated it, like he was saying, "here you go lads, we know what we like!" *wink* Nowadays he'd be on a register - back then, biggest star in the world.
To be fair there are ladies who like being spanked if you get the timing right.
 
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