Sumptuous in every way, visually magnificent, with grandiose sets, panoramic Spanish vistas and intricately detailed costumes, possessor of one of cinema's...... more
Sumptuous in every way, visually magnificent, with grandiose sets, panoramic Spanish vistas and intricately detailed costumes, possessor of one of cinema's greatest music scores, boasting vast and astonishingly kinetic battles, and breathing heroic virtue in every scene, El Cid is the very epitome of epic. For this reworking of the medieval legend of the Cid (Arabic for "Lord") who united warring factions and saved 11th-century Spain from invasion, producer Samuel Bronston and director Anthony Mann insisted every set had to be created from scratch, every costume specially made for this movie alone; they also shot entirely on location in La Mancha and along the Mediterranean coast of Spain to enhance the film's authenticity. The cinematography is saturated with the burnished hues of the Spanish landscape, as are the palatial sets and rich costumes; Miklos Rozsa's resplendent score is also the result of painstaking research into medieval Spanish sources. The screenplay is imbued with knightly gravitas and more than a little salvation imagery, from the opening scene of the young Rodrigo rescuing a cross from a burning church, to the movie's indelible finale as The Cid rides "out of the gates of history into legend". Charlton Heston is at his most indomitable as Rodrigo, "The Cid", a natural leader of men and the embodiment of every manly virtue (note that he fathers twins--a sure token of his virility); Sophie Loren is ravishing as Chimene, the woman whose love for Rodrigo conflicts with her filial instincts after he kills her father, the king's champion, over a point of honour. Their scenes together create a humane warmth at the heart of this vast movie: the moment when Chimene finally declares her love (beneath a shrine of three crosses--more symbolism) to the exiled Rodrigo forms a pivotal and very intimate centrepiece. Shortly thereafter he must rise from their rural marriage bed to lead his followers into battle, and the tension between his public and private lives adds a piquancy to the film's stunning battle sequences. The international supporting cast sometimes look like makeweights, especially when chewing on the occasionally stilted dialogue, but any such faults are easily forgiven as the scale and spectacle of El Cid carries the viewer away on a tide of chivalry. --Mark Walker
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES:...... more
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Pablo is a 12-year old boy raised in an unforgiving environment. Hurt by the brutality of his family life, he isolates himself from his classmates, engaging them only through a dangerous game. The arrival of a new pupil, with whom he learns to be friends, leads to the discovery of a family where love and warmth prevail over violence. Told through both the children's and adults' points of view, the film carefully juxtaposes the lives of a caring father unable to connect with his willful son, and that of distant Pablo and his abusive father who is incapable of giving him the love he needs, replacing it with something far more sinister. Winner of 4 Spanish Goya awards for Best Film, Best New Director, Best New Actor and Best Original Screenplay. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain, European Film Awards, Goya Awards, ...El Bola (2000) ( Pellet )
Laserworld EL-350 RG, Tired of single color green lasers, doing single color green tunnels? Go for the next step, add color to your lasershow! Two...... more
Laserworld EL-350 RG, Tired of single color green lasers, doing single color green tunnels? Go for the next step, add color to your lasershow! Two colors (green and red), 4 scanners, one hell of a spacious effect. No less than four stepper motors create the illusion of a complete array of laser projectors. Get incredible laser effects, in perfect timing and synchronicity. Either with music control or with DMX. You can create stunning new effects combining the various effect channels of the powerful EL-350RG.Technical specifications: Output power: min: 230nW max: 350mW RG, Lasers: aircooled laser diodes, RED: >150mW / 655nm; GREEN: > 80mW / 532nm, laser class: 3b, Beam properties: 3mm/1,5mrad, Scanner system: high-speed micro step motors, Deflection angle: max. 30 optical, Scanspeed: 2-5kpps., Control mode: DMX 512, Stand-Alone (Auto / Sound), DMX 512: 9 channels, basic patterns: 50 (layers, tunnels, fences, waves...), effects: more than 350 different beam effects, Laser Safety: compliance to IEC 60825-1, accessories: power cable, manual, power supply: 85V - 250V AC 50/60 Hz, power consumption: 40W, measurements: 435 x 205 x 130 mm (L x W x H), weight: 7 kg
75cl / 40% - El Ultimo Tequilas are made by Hacienda de Oro in Jalisco. The Reposado, like the rest of the range, is known for its notes of sweet,...... more
75cl / 40% - El Ultimo Tequilas are made by Hacienda de Oro in Jalisco. The Reposado, like the rest of the range, is known for its notes of sweet, roasted agave. A delightful tequila for use in cocktails or for sipping on its own.
Empirical Labs EL 500, 2 module rack for API 500 series compatable modules, ultra quiet power supply, instrument line input, bal. XLR in-/out and unbal....... more
Empirical Labs EL 500, 2 module rack for API 500 series compatable modules, ultra quiet power supply, instrument line input, bal. XLR in-/out and unbal. Jack in-/out per moduleslot, flush-mount front panel, dimensions: 1U
75cl / 40% - El Ultimo Tequilas are made by Hacienda de Oro in Jalisco. The Anejo, like the rest of the range, is known for its notes of sweet, roasted...... more
75cl / 40% - El Ultimo Tequilas are made by Hacienda de Oro in Jalisco. The Anejo, like the rest of the range, is known for its notes of sweet, roasted agave. A delicious tequila that is at home both when sipped neat or in cocktails.
Advantages: History, good food and attractions Disadvantages: Maybe not geared up for tourism
...thoroughfares were the same place I'd seen in the day. In true Spanish style the night living starts late and goes on late. What a picture the little cafes, pubs, restaurants and the lit up statuary were..... superb, especially in the Barrio del Carmen district.
You can travel to Valencia by plane, train, bus or private vehicle and when you're there expect to be warm most of the year...
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Review of Valencia (Spain)
Advantages: Cheap and reliable Disadvantages: Better for personal, rather than professional use
...With having a job in payroll, the one item of stationery which is essential to my job is a calculator and at the moment I am using a Sharp EL-334FB calculator.
This is quite a basic calculator, but when a couple of buttons on my last calculator stopped working, I wasn?t allowed to have anything more expensive as we are on a major cost cutting exercise at the moment so this is all I was allowed...
Advantages: Beautiful architecture, many shops and restaurants, history abounds but modern too Disadvantages: can't really think of any-drivers beware!
...indoor market hall selling all kinds of food stuffs.
Restaurants to cover all tastes, McDonalds to haute cuisine. But don't leave without trying a paella. Valencia is the birthplace of the dish evidently and particulalry at lunch time all the local business people can be seen in the bars with theirs. We liked the chicken best but the variety is endless.
There are also Italian...