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Mrs. Miniver Review


Excellent
For some reason, I've resisted seeing the acclaimed Mrs. Miniver all my life (probably due to the dull title) -- but finally I caught a showing on Turner Classic Movies and I was duly impressed. Now out on DVD, there's no excuse for anyone to miss seeing Miniver for themselves.

The titular missus is just a moderatly wealthy English lady in 1939 who's trying to keep her family together on the eve of World War II. Her son enlists in the RAF, her husband serves in the river patrol. The Germans drop bombs and, eventually, a Nazi soldier lands in the Miniver backyard. In happier times the son woos and marries the local beauty. A flower show is held. Oddly, all of this is compelling and makes perfect sense -- and it all looks gorgeous thanks to some lush black & white photography, excellent set designs, and impressive war effects.

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The Premature Burial Review


Weak
Based on Poe's short story, this trifle features Ray Milland as a cruel man obsessed with being buried alive, going to elaborate lengths to avoid such an end. Of course, you already know what happens. Corman's use of stuffy sets and costumes doesn't endear the film to the audience, making it inaccessible and, for the most part, boring. We impatiently wait for the satisfying conclusion while the rest of the film just slips away.
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