Warbirds over Wanaka 2010

February 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Posted in DVD, DVD Documentary, Reviews | Leave a comment

Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow 2010 – with bombs exploding, soldiers running around with rifles and aircraft above you engaging in an aerial dogfight, you would think you were in a war zone. But no, you would be in little old New Zealand.

It may not be in the top ten on many a girl’s list – but it is for me.

Again the Wanaka Airshow has outdone itself in 2010. It has death defying aerobatics, military displays, aerial dogfights and historic military machinery.

Aircraft on show included: Mitsubishi Zero, Harvard’s, La-9’s, Yak 3, the Aussies new F/A-18’s and my all time favourite fighter aircraft the Spitfire, I just love the deep, throaty sound of it.

If you have a love for military aircraft, whether you are a male or female, you will love this DVD – especially with surround sound.

Reviewed by Shona

‘Critics Choice’ – Critically acclaimed DVDs of 2009

August 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Posted in DVD, DVD Documentary, DVD Film, DVD Music, Library_News | Leave a comment

The following list of DVDs has been compiled from critics’ reviews in magazines and websites.

Sources used include imdb.com, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, and the magazines: Empire, Mojo, Uncut, Q, Real Groove, Rip It Up, Rolling Stone

Best DVDs of 2009 (so far):

  • Frost/Nixon
  • Slumdog millionaire
  • Pineapple express
  • Milk
  • The visitor
  • Changeling
  • Wilco: Ashes of American flags
  • Battlestar Galactica: season four, part two
  • Young@heart
  • 24: redemption
  • Watchmen animated: tales of the black freighter
  • Leonard Cohen live in London
  • Bones season 3
  • Jeff Beck: Performing this week live at Ronnie Scott’s
  • Futurama: Into the wild green yonder
  • He’s just not that into you
  • Doctor Who: Planet of the dead
  • Naked weapon
  • Stevie Wonder: Live at last, a wonderful summer’s night
  • Whitechapel
  • Mistresses season 2
  • Go girls
  • Flight of the Conchords season 2

Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls

August 17, 2009 at 9:51 am | Posted in DVD, DVD Documentary, DVD Film, Music, New Zealand, Reviews | Leave a comment

I remember going to my first Topp Twins concert at the James Theatre in Wellington back in 1992. I was reluctantly dragged along by my friends, thinking at the time ‘what the heck do I want to go and see this show for’.  At the end of the show I walked out suffering with a sore face from laughing so much – from then on I was hooked.

The Topp Twins are cultural icons in New Zealand entertainment. For the last few decades they have entertained us with street busking, television shows, books, live shows and now to top it all off – Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls, a fantastic entertainment documentary that will leave you laughing in the aisles. They have bought us real life characters: The Bowling Ladies, Prue and Dilly Ramsbottom, Ken and Ken, and last but not lest Camp Mother and Camp Leader.

The documentary shows 25 years of New Zealand history. It showcases great footage of protest movements (Maori land occupations, homosexual reform bill and the nuclear-free New Zealand campaign), cultural change, and interviews with well known musicians, comedians and even Helen Clark.  It also shows their personal side with home movies and Jools brush with breast cancer.

It has all been put together with great footage of their shows including clips from their television show: Don’t Adjust Your Twinset 1996-2000. It is a real laugh to also look back at the fashions and trends of times gone by.

They have also always been open about their sexuality and this is also bought into their comedy acts and songs. They have shown that these sorts of things don’t matter and that they can still act and entertain the crowds to much applause and laughter.

This movie broke opening day records for a New Zealand movie, and I think it highlights what it feels like to be a true Kiwi.  I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, just as well as their live shows. I am sure that there are plenty of our library patrons that would also love to watch this fantastic movie of the Topp Twins and New Zealand history.

Reviewed by Shona

The Ascent of Man.

June 6, 2007 at 11:19 am | Posted in DVD Documentary | Leave a comment

The Ascent of Man. Based on the book by J Bronowski.
The Ascent of Man, now available on DVD, is one of the best television documentary series that I have ever seen. I remember watching this when it was first broadcast on TV in the 1970s. Who could forget Dr Jacob Bronowski’s impassioned style of communication, his gnomic stature, and his wonderful ties? He describes the series as a “personal journey through intellectual history.” He was first a mathematician, later a biologist, and a lover of poetry and the arts. The series was filmed in locations that spanned the globe – Jericho, Basel, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Vienna, and humankind’s nadir, Auschwitz. He covers cultural achievements from stone tools to horsepower to quantum physics. This series is a jewel in the BBC’s crown and not to be missed.

March of the Penguins

April 1, 2007 at 1:19 pm | Posted in DVD Documentary | Leave a comment

I had heard from many sources that ‘March of the Penguins’ was a wonderful film and wanted my children to watch it. I have since decided that the kids might need a few more years on them before they take in this incredible story of survival. A quiet pre-screening in the evening had found me reaching for the tissues more than once.The Academy Award winning film, narrated by Morgan Freeman, is a story of courage. A long journey against the odds for the endearing emperor penguin to find a mate and start a family. Watch this film and life suddenly seems a lot less complicated.

Egypt – rediscovering a lost world DVD

March 23, 2007 at 5:11 pm | Posted in DVD Documentary | 1 Comment

This fascinating BBC series ‘Egypt – rediscovering a lost world’ tells the stories of three of the leading figures associated with the study of ancient Egypt. Follow Howard Carter’s long search for the Tomb of Tutankhamun, Jean-Francois Champollions race to decipher the Rosetta Stone and unlock the secrets of the ancient hieroglyphs. Wonder at the incredible journeys of eccentric Italian explorer Giovanni Battista Belzoni, the failed circus strongman who uncovered Ramesses’s the II’s great temple at Abu Simbel in Nubia. With typical BBC flair the lavish cinematography brings to life Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs while the stories highlight the attitudes these men worked against in a time when the worlds antiquities were being plundered and sold to wealthy collectors.

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