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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
The Buccaneers on DVD, 29 May 2007
6/10

I remember watching this TV Show in the 1950's in Australia during the first decade of Television in the country. Robert Shaw was a great swashbuckler leading his motley pirate crew in a new adventure each week. It was very entertaining and the theme music I remember to this day.

When I saw the whole series was available in the USA on DVD I naturally bought it. Imagine my disappointment when I found the original theme and song 'Lets go a roving ..' had been completely discarded in the program in favour of one generic theme with lots of woodwinds and percussion. I wonder why the original music could not have been retained? Perhaps there had been a problem with the original print that was now remastered for DVD. Whatever the program definitely lost something in the translation. It is great to be able to watch the show again after many decades but my memory feels betrayed by the substitution of the program's theme music.

9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Consistent quality series, 26 September 2006
9/10

This is a comment on the series of 'Cold Case' not an individual episode. Each week I am impressed by the way another period of time is reproduced as the setting of the crime - the cars, buildings, rooms furniture etc. The actors dress and hair do are always just so right for the times. It also amazes me how well the younger actors are matched up with older ones to show the passage of,in some cases many many years. I remember I thought this show would deal with unsolved cases just a few years old but some have been as far back as the 1940's and earlier . As a crime show this one stands out because of its unusual approach, extremely high production values and of course its excellent cast of actors who present their characters so believably. The background music complements the time of the case that is being investigated, so well. We hear songs that were played in the year that the crime story takes place. The script writers should take a bow as each week there is a totally new story, another cold case to create for our detectives to solve. The quality of the stories has been maintained - in fact I believe it has become stronger as a little more is revealed about our main characters' backgrounds. It is a show I look forward to watching each week. I was sorry this Monday night was the last of the current series.

Incredible atmosphere, keeping us on the edge of our seats, 5 September 2004

What great atmosphere - the characters live in fear of the creatures in the forest that surrounds the village - a fear that we, the audience felt too. The young people in this Village know only this life that the elders have created for them - just as each of us is brought up in the world our parents have created. However ultimately we have access to a greater world outside our villages and towns - the people in the Village do not. The fear of what lies beyond the marked village boundaries creates the basis of the film. Boundaries marked by yellow banners, paint and towers. At times the wooden observation towers reminded me of prison sentry boxes. Mr Shyamlayan has created a memorable film building a plot based firmly in our own fairy tales - with elements of deep, dark forests and the unknown creatures who live there. Didn't Little Red Riding Hood wear the 'bad colour'? The tension in the Village builds as it seems creatures from the forest are invading. Finally help is needed from outside the Village. The cast did an excellent job - the elders all knowing and wise, the young people following the rules. Perhaps the Joaquin Phoenix character could have been played by a younger man. The climax when the blind girl Ivy, reaches the outside world is ironic - of all the villagers it was she that stumbles into the outside world but is not aware of the truth that surrounds her.

The Rookie (2002)
Based on a true story - a long lost dream becomes reality, 28 August 2004

This movie was a pleasure to watch and enjoy as the story was about a man who could live down the street from you. The main character is no Superman - he has a family to provide for, the usual bills to pay but he also has a love and talent for Baseball. Part of the appeal of this film was the development of the character from a transient Army family to adulthood with his personal dreams put aside again and again. Dennis Quaid was excellent as Jim Morris - extremely believable in this role. Rachel Griffiths was also very believable as his wife. The scenes involving the Morris family with 3 young children were very natural. Not many films would show Dad taking 3 young children with him to Baseball tryouts! The appeal of this story is that it reminds us all that with determination and a family's support an individual's dreams can come true.

12 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Retelling of documented tales of Sir Lancelot, 31 July 2004

I remember watching this television series as a child. I fell in love with Sir Lancelot (naturally!) and this program encouraged my lifelong interest in King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.

Since this series there have been numerous versions in film of the story of Arthur and his Queen Guinevere, the castle Camelot and those chivalrous Knights. Strangely enough none are ever the same but they are all based on the original legends of Arthur. This series had a fresh adventure for Sir Lancelot each week - whether it was rescuing damsels in distress or joining his fellow Knights in battle. The acting and the production values were very good for the time - everyone dressed in suitable period outfits. Then Sir Lancelot admired his Queen from a distance - there was never a hint of an affair as this was a children's program! The settings always looked very authentic and for Camelot itself no doubt a real castle was used - there are plenty of them in the UK.