Guide to Stamp Collecting (Collector’s Series) Reviews

Guide to Stamp Collecting (Collector’s Series)

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From America’s leading experts, your ultimate Guide to Stamp Collecting Whether you’ve always wanted to start a stamp collection or already have the beginnings of one, this is the definitive guide to becoming a smart and savvy stamp collector, with information on everything from the history of stamps to surprising celebrity philatelists to the best way to remove stamps from envelopes. You’ll receive priceless expert advice on: Finding and identifying stamps Caring for and exhibiting your co

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The Collector

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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
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Release Date: 14-JAN-2003
Media Type: DVDAs one of the greatest directors of Hollywood’s golden age, William Wyler had a long and distinguished roster of films to his credit, among them a number of classics (including Wuthering Heights and The Heiress) that rank among the finest literary adaptations to emerge from the studio system. Near the end of his career, Wyler focused his veteran skills on John Fowles’s novel The C

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  1. Robert C. Ross says:

    Review by Robert C. Ross for Guide to Stamp Collecting (Collector’s Series)
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    Janet Klug is the Past President of the American Philatelic Society; its journal (a subscription includes membership) is the American Philatelist. She has written an excellent overview guiding a beginner through the steps of starting a stamp collection.

    She writes: “[I]t includes proper care and handling of stamps, locating stamps for a collection, using the tools of a stamp collector, and deriving maximum enjoyment from a stamp collection.” As a collector for over 50 years, I give her the highest marks for achieving her objectives.

    There are too many excellent suggestions to summarize in this Review, but a couple will give a flavor of her writing.

    “Myth: Stamp collectors are nerdy and obsessive about their collections.

    “Truth: Most collectors of anything are somewhat obsessive. Collecting is a passion. Stamp collectors are not any different in that regard…. Rock ‘n’ roll singer/song-writer and former Beatle John Lennon collected stamps in his youth.” Klug illustrates the cover page of Lennon’s album; he drew beards and mustaches on Queen Victoria and King George VI.

    Klug argues that stamp collectors must form a collection of books as their collection grows. She recommends Fundamentals of Philately by L. N. Williams on the technical elements of stamps, for example. As your interests narrow, you will want to purchase additional reosurces; a collector of women on stamps will want a copy of Women on United States Postage Stamps by Anita Price Davis, for example.

    Klug worked closely with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in creating her book; the Lennon album was acquired by the Smithsonian in 2005. It is well worth exploring the website of the Smithsonian or the American Philatelic Society if you have any further interest. Klug’s book is beautifully printed on heavy stock with clear illustrations and an attractive format which could serve as a model for arranging your stamps on an album page in an attractive manner.

    Robert C. Ross 2008

  2. AutreVie says:

    Review by AutreVie for Guide to Stamp Collecting (Collector’s Series)
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    This book is well-written and decently researched. It doesn’t “dumb down” the subject for kids, it’s written clearly and directly, and is decently illustrated. Recommended.

  3. Paul Kesler says:

    Review by Paul Kesler for The Collector
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    “The Collector” falls within the “Psycho” tradition in focusing on the repressed sexual longings of a quietly alienated loner, but it’s closer to “Peeping Tom” in portraying the sympathetic side of the killer. This is highlighted, first, by the performances themselves, which are superficially cold but in reality display a great deal of underlying warmth. But it’s also underscored by the fact that William Wyler’s madman is only an accidental murderer, his intention being only to harbor his object of desire, not murder her (murder, as it happens, being simply the “collateral” result of his own perversity). “The Collector,” in fact, is probably the most humanized portrait of a sociopath ever put on film, and Terence Stamp makes us realize in every scene just how starved for affection he is. Not even “Peeping Tom” rivals it in this respect, since the analytical approach of Michael Powell toward his deranged protagonist, not to mention the peculiar fetishism involved, prevents us from really identifying with him. By contrast, Stamp’s character could easily represent any otherwise “normal” human being, who is merely more estranged and sensitive than most.The DVD transfer of the film is fine, certainly not the best conversion of a sixties film I’ve seen, but still doing credit to the film. The sound is also superior, and I personally love Maurice Jarre’s theme music, particularly the beautifully orchestrated version played during the closing
    credits. One caution, however: this DVD has been edited slightly, and those used to seeing the brief frontal nudity of Ms. Eggar during the “seduction” sequence in the final quarter of the film will search in vain for it here. This seems to have resulted from some absurd prudery on the part of the company, but it also hurts the film, since the nudity, far from being “pornographic,” highlights the intimacy of the scene, and, in addition, serves to emphasize Stamp’s reaction to Eggar’s slow and delicate offering of herself. Just one more example, in other words, of how the bowdlerizing of a film against the director’s wishes is always a perilous exercise.

  4. Chris Rau says:

    Review by Chris Rau for The Collector
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    One STAR is too many, but there was no goose egg!

    I really hate to slam this beautiful movie, but after buying it, I felt betrayed and wanted to try to prevent others from having the same problem.

    Wyler’s work is always fabulous, which makes it especially hurtful to see his film butchered in this fashion – yes I said BUTCHERED.

    I just purchased “The Collector” on DVD (Columbia 07893 – ISBN 0-7678-8288-1) after already owning the same title on LaserDisk.

    I have criticisms of both the TRANSFER, and the CONTENT.

    Transfer:

    IMDB Lists the original film as “Spherical 1.78:1 aspect ratio” – If this is true, then the DVD has been way over-masked because the LaserDisk version has a mask that shows about 30% more picture content on the top and bottom of the field. It appears that the studio simply took a 4:3 version of the film and transferred it to DVD by cutting off the top and bottom to make it 16×9, rather than finding an original widescreen print to transfer. Compare it with anything… even video tape to see what I mean. Horrible. They have a lot of nerve advertising “Preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio” on the DVD package.

    The print they started with is not in very good condition. It exhibits signs of sprocket wear (side to side picture shifting) as well as specks of dirt on the film and splice jumps.

    In short, the film was given the “quick and dirty” transfer, not the “lovingly carefull” one it deserves.

    Content:

    As others on this forum have noted, the seduction scene is highly mutilated. Gone is the tender moment of frontal nudity, as well as side angles – thus stripping the scene of it’s innocence and impact almost completely. All have been cunningly “panned and scanned” away. The DVD box claims the film is “not rated” – it should really say “Why Bother”.

    I cannot recommend this version at all, I am sorry to say.

  5. El Lagarto says:

    Review by El Lagarto for The Collector
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    This 40-year-old specimen by legendary director William Wyler will enhance any collection of fine film. You may have trouble recognizing a very young Terence Stamp, whose performance as a painfully shy office clerk who hits the lottery will give you chills. Samantha Eggar, lovely as the focus of his attention, gives a compelling performance and is in many ways the film’s centerpiece. Based on the novel by truly gifted author John Fowles, The Collector chronicles a subtle, incremental descent into madness and cruelty with such skill that viewers are engaged throughout, indeed, it is the ability of the film to penetrate the viewer’s own psychology that gives it its real power.

    Stamp’s Freddie Clegg, newly rich, is free to indulge his eccentricities fully, without fear of repercussion. While his passion has always been butterfly collecting, Freddie, socially inept and pathologically lonely, slips into another level; he “collects” Eggar’s Miranda Grey and keeps her captive in his remote estate. With pathetic innocence he lavishes care on her, imaging that she will be won over and come to love him in her time. She cringes through this process, and we cringe with her. The entire situation is unbearably creepy, made all the creepier because of the nuance and exceptional acting.

    Hoping all the while that Miranda will find salvation, we know in our heart of hearts that such situations rarely end well. Miranda’s response to imprisonment evolves, we see her trying new tactics, we root for her. Because we’re involved, everything that happens has meaning. This film contains virtually no physical violence, (certainly no hideous language, stacks of corpses, or nail gun brain surgery), indeed, it may be the most sympathetic portrayal of a stalker ever made.

    By not reducing Freddie to a symbol, but showing him instead as a person, however disturbed, Fowles and Wyler have given us something much more upsetting – a picture of our own worst self. The hacks that practice the craft of filmmaking today, gleefully spraying blood onto the first 20 rows of theatres nationwide, would do well to watch The Collector. This movie succeeds the old-fashioned way; it earns the undivided attention of its audience.

  6. Goodbye Cruel World says:

    Review by Goodbye Cruel World for The Collector
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    To flesh out what my title says, this is a good enough movie when taken for its own merits, and perhaps in fairness to consider it for its own merits is all that someone should do, but when it comes to getting the tone of John Fowles’ masterful novel, it fails miserably.

    I know there are many who will disagree with me but neither Samantha Eggar nor Terence Stamp were right for the roles they played. Eggar comes off as too worldly and seductive (and old) to properly embody Miranda Grey as Fowles wrote her. In the novel Miranda was an innocent and an idealist, though in her ability to draw men she was described by Fowles in terms that reached out to the Jungian concept of the anima, but in this film she is a more aware presence who not only understood her powers of seduction but harnessed them. Likewise Terence Stamp seems all too prepared to be a cold mastermind, whereas Frederick Clegg in the book (the definitive source, let’s say) was more or less a misfit who never lost a sense of wonder that his timidly attempted dream plan actually worked in bringing the object of his attraction into his life.

    Also in the film the relationship between the pair, Miranda and Freddie (aka Caliban) is far different than the one Fowles clearly described. True Clegg in the movie does promise to show Miranda “every courtesy” a line lifted straight from the text, but he is not the worshipful collector, he is more a cruel overlord whose self-confidence possesses none of the childlike wonder of the real character in the brilliant novel. Clegg in the book comprehends that he is undertaking acts of lawlessness but has no understanding that he is doing acts of egoistic evil; in the film Stamp plays Clegg as someone who understands his own darkness all too well.

    Okay, so clearly I love the novel and am not happy with this treatment of it, but I will confess that as far as a films go, this isn’t a bad way to invest some time, and it does get the bare bones of Fowles’ plot right, so if you are someone who prefers movies over books or if you’re likely never going to take a day to let Fowles’ masterpiece unwind in your brain, then this film version is a passable surrogate. True, I ripped up on it here, but I do own copies on both DVD and VHS, and have seen it at least five times, so maybe my criticisms are wider than they are deep.

    Four stars for the film, about ten stars for the book.

  7. Steven Sprague says:

    Review by Steven Sprague for The Collector
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    Freddy is an invisible man in the sense that nobody ever sees him. In fact, the only time he gets noticed is when he is being made fun of. Freddy gets his enjoyment in life from collecting and studying butterflies, and he must have killed a thousand specimens in this enterprise. His first love is Miranda Grey, a girl he’s studied for years, but one who’s never seen him despite riding the bus together all through high-school. When Freddy wins a large sum of money in the lottery, he quits his job as a bank clerk and is now able to devote himself full time to collecting; however, what he has in mind is Miranda. If only she could get to know him surely his feelings of love would be reciprocated. And so with careful planning he purchases a remote old house in the country, kidnaps the girl, and sets her up in a locked room completely furnished to her tastes. “They’ll come looking for me!” she threatens. “They are,” says Freddy, “but no one’s looking for me.” Freddy’s newfound wealth has given him an opportunity to turn adolescent fantasy to reality, and now the beautiful “untouchable” girl of his dreams only has eyes for him. If he gets caught, at least he’ll have had that in his miserable existence. What Freddy really hoped to achieve by force, was to get Miranda to love him of her own free will. He fails to see the contradiction. And though Freddy succumbs to the reality that we all want things that we can never have, he knows that if given the power, we all “take what we can get.” Based on the Novel “The Collector” by John Fowles.

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