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The Tudors - Complete Season 1-4 [DVD]
The Tudors - Complete Season 1-4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Offered by Direct Entertainment Supplies
Price: £14.69

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining historical drama, often at the expense of historical accuracy - but definitely worth watching, 21 Jan. 2016
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If you wish for dramatic recreation of Tudor historical verity then this is not the production to watch. There are far too many flights of artistic fancy made by the otherwise talented writer Michael Hirst, which ultimately exasperate all sincere history-lovers and irritate their viewing pleasure. However, if you accept this rather lavish production’s purpose as being predicated upon the basis of dramatic historical (and sexual) entertainment, then some viewers might well find it to be a rather addictive, engaging series. Jonathon Rhys Meyers is definitely miscast in every way imaginable as Henry VIII, most alarmingly physically but also in maturity of character and statesmanship; although he remains strangely, perpetually watchable. However, there is a believable and very earthy portrayal of Cardinal Wolsey by Sam Neil whilst Jeremy Northam offers a creditable and subtle study of the very complex Sir Thomas Moore. Henry Cavill offers only an adequate performance as Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, but James Frain is disturbingly good as the doomed Protestant Chancellor Thomas Cromwell. For me, Maria Doyle Kennedy was absolutely superb as Catherine of Aragon, although many of the female characters portrayed remained less than faithful, ether to themselves or to the historic records. Beyond ‘The Tudors’ I strongly recommend the recent and outstanding series ‘Wolf Hall’ as it conveys realism and high drama in equal amounts, interestingly from the viewpoint of Thomas Cromwell. From 1972 I’d endorse the splendid ‘Henry VIII and His Six Wives,’ featuring Keith Michel as the statesmanlike, petulant, womanising yet regally and physically authentic Henry VIII. Also, Ray Winstone’s earthy, enthusiastic and authoritative performance as the king in Henry VIII (2003) is richly entertaining and very believable. You simply have to decide whether you wish for period accuracy or unrestrained entertainment. The Tudors does not continually offer both.
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Alcosense ALCNFTWIN French NF Approved Breathalyser - Twin Pack
Alcosense ALCNFTWIN French NF Approved Breathalyser - Twin Pack
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product - would buy again, 20 Jan. 2016
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It does the job but be careful - an out-of-date product might make it unacceptable to motor-traffic law-enforcement officers.


36 [DVD] [2006]
36 [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Daniel Auteuil
Offered by westworld-
Price: £6.79

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Olivier Marchal is no Michael Mann but Depardieu remains regal, even in this French Farce., 20 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: 36 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
I've just had several laugh out loud moments as I watched this French farce, I mean thriller. The 'director,' if that is what Marchal calls himself, directs like a schoolboy offering mindless Christmas Panto. The entire film, script and score is replicating very very badly what would have been considered genuinely powerful and dramatic in 1974. You'd be far better off watching the original 'French Connection' films if you want real, French, gritty, realism. Whoever compared '36' to the incomparable 'Heat' has obviously been in the sun too long themselves. Marchal is no Mann, and never will be. If you watch the interviews with him, his incompetent naivety and artless inexperience simply shines through all that he says and all that you see him attempt to do whilst on set. Auteuil looked lost, perhaps even embarrassed. This cliched, stilted and confused, and often violent film was way way way beneath the acting talents of the great Depardieu (who could be thought of as France's greatest actor), whose role often was reduced to almost walk-on scenes offering only weird, distant and badly-directed expression. We all need to report the truth when offering reviews, even in the face of mindless, tidal modernity; after all, the film makers have no qualms in taking film-lovers' money. French filmmakers do not need to offer up hackneyed versions of US-style cinema products. I chose to watch it in its original French language as I happen to speak and hear French well enough to understand the film's spoken word, (with an occasional crib to the English subtitles) - but please under no circumstances watch it in the English language version as this overdubs all French feel, ambiance and character and replaces it with the banality of American nasal noise. I gave it two stars simply because of Depardieu's regal presence. The film itself is a failure. Save your money.


NEW! C5 Cloverleaf to 3 Pin Euro Mains Power Cable 1.8m
NEW! C5 Cloverleaf to 3 Pin Euro Mains Power Cable 1.8m
Offered by CableCity
Price: £6.07

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Functional, quality product & quick dispatch, 14 Jan. 2016
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Satisfying product. it allows a UK-plugged, 'cloverleaf,' power cord (for an HP Elitebook in my own case) to be properly and safely adapted for use directly in European electrical points. Good quality & speedy delivery.


Loving Geordie
Loving Geordie
by Andrea Badenoch
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly researched & beautifully written tale revealing light and dark of the human condition in 1960 Tyneside Newcastle, 14 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Loving Geordie (Hardcover)
'Loving Geordie' was beautifully written, poignant and indicatively disturbing as it showed real, earthy characters and a very sincere and believable plot that is totally in keeping with the region and the main location’s period examined. The historical detail and its verity were spot-on. I lived part of my own childhood within this region's orbit and I am old enough to have known personally the absolute verity that the author achieved in describing the districts of Newcastle, the real key persons living at the time, and also the wonderful fictional characters who Andrea Badenoch successfully brings to life from a not-so-far-distant past. Live human perspective was successfully and relatively set against a changing, very well researched social history that forms an ethereal backdrop to this bitter-sweet tale that explores and reveals the good, the bad, the happy and the sad of the human condition itself.
To some, I am sure, the story might in small measure be described as slightly predictable and perhaps even a little unspectacular – although I earnestly believe that the author deliberately intended this, as it allows the social tensions of life lived at that time to seep into the reader’s intuitive subconscious as every tension of each character’s lifestyle, hopes and fears are deliberately built-up slowly and meticulously. This allows the reader to gain a pleasantly uncomfortable feel as he or she gets to know each character intimately, long before denouements are revealed. It was perhaps a book written to appeal to a reflective, compassionate, yet vicarious readership who would thus be better enabled to appreciate the subtleties and rhythm of the story, whilst being shocked at the mellow but graphic honesty of the work.
It is so sad that the author has now passed, as she wrote and researched meticulously and remarkably well. It is better that I came to her work late rather than never - but I'll now make a point of reading all her books. I would recommend that all should do likewise.


Kill Shot (The Mitch Rapp Series)
Kill Shot (The Mitch Rapp Series)
by Vince Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fast and often enjoyable-enough read - but perhaps not the author's best work., 6 Jan. 2016
'Kill Shot' was a gift given to me and so it's the first of Vince Flynn's 'Mitch Rapp' series that I've actually read. From reading other reviews it is obvious, I think, that the author knows how to write a fast-paced thriller where the pages turn themselves - this story offers something of that quality although I thought the story itself was a little contrived and at times offered only a superficial read. Some of the characters seemed to me to be somewhat two dimensional and the plot line quite formulaic. Even so, I still enjoyed the fast read, so the author must be doing something right and I might read others in this series.


Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015]
Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History factually dramatised to perfection - you must see this absolutely brilliant production, 6 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
Obvious initial comparisons will be made by most who have also viewed ‘The Tudors,’ but once watched, those comparisons must inevitably fade, largely, but not exclusively, due to the rather shaky historically factual elements which ‘The Tudors’ dramatised so successfully, but perhaps also rather disingenuously. The slightly excessive sexual scenes of ‘The Tudors’ was also perhaps an attempt to ‘spice-up’ history for a more zesty, modern audience. I admit that I myself enjoyed watching ‘The Tudors,’ as it entertained so addictively. However, ‘Wolf Hall’ falls into neither of these potential traps and doesn’t need spiced inaccuracies or sexual excesses to utterly and completely succeed. Instead, we see a beautifully elegant and understated made-for-television historic drama that offers powerful and absorbing viewing and that lacks absolutely nothing. ‘Wolf hall’ offers earthy believability; as if each day you were looking through a window that crosses time from the 21st century to the 16th, where we get to see the actual characters as they really were. We observe their strengths and weaknesses, their mistakes and successes and we can be critical of their planned involvement with, whilst empathising over any of their unplanned participation within this hugely powerful story-line; as this well-documented period of English flux and passion flows to its well-known historic conclusions. But for me, this was not its only major strength. By telling this famous historic story from the viewpoint of Thomas Cromwell, the viewer is pleasantly surprised by the essentially refreshing nature of the ‘historical faction’ that Hilary Mantel has written. We see an altered emphasis of facts, new discernment of truth, and a re-evaluation perhaps of the people closest to the drama. The screen writing and direction for this production are quite excellent, with the mood of a very fluid religious-age-in-turmoil caught perfectly. We are entertained as we experience older authorities struggling to contain the new vibrant and rebellious energies of a more temporal and modern age. We as good as witness the rising, falling and metamorphosis of several characters who each, at least in part, typify both the conservative status quo and a new, statescraft-order approaching and taking over most of men’s thinking. Mark Rylance is utterly superb as a cerebral, patient and lucid Cromwell who additionally retains moral dignity of thought and a concern for others’ wellbeing, apart from his Italian-tutored temporal skills. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a more humanly-convincing enactment of the king and man who was Henry VIII - Damian Lewis’ performance was perfection as it offered us Henry’s strength, historical verity and glimpses of his genuine self-doubt and uncertainties, all born out of the tempestuous age in which he found himself to be king. It is a series well-worth owning on DVD and I anticipate with relish the next series.


Official Marvel Comics A5 2016 Diary (week to view)
Official Marvel Comics A5 2016 Diary (week to view)
by Danilo
Edition: Diary

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Functional quality, not exceptional., 6 Jan. 2016
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Reasonably good quality diary for lovers of Marvel. Functional layout inside and sturdy outer. It'll do the job.


Farrah's of Harrogate Fudge Luxury Fudge Art Nouveau Tin 300g
Farrah's of Harrogate Fudge Luxury Fudge Art Nouveau Tin 300g
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crumbly buttery fudge in a re-usable embossed, reproduction late-Edwardian tin - you won't be disappointed, 6 Jan. 2016
A splendid gift of old fashioned, genuinely hand-made, luxury, crumbly and quite buttery fudge - especially for those of us who also might appreciate the elegant and beautifully embossed tin that echoes late Edwardian Art Nouveau charm. The tin is reusable and the fudge will disappear quicker than you might wish for as I'd have preferred the tin to contain more of this delicious confection.! A very appealing product that I highly recommend.


Deacon Brodie [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Deacon Brodie [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Connolly is incomparable within this wonderful production - I'd buy it on region 2 DVD - if it existed!, 29 Dec. 2015
I originally viewed this fine production on TV and then some time later on VHS - it's a mystery why there is still no Region 2 DVD, instead we see that a Region 1 DVD was made years ago for a market audience (via reviews read on Amazon .com) that seems not to understand or appreciate the talents of Billy Connolly playing the amoral role of his life. He shadows a compelling duality of two persons in one body as he lives life to the full between night and day, dancing deftly from honest man to lovable rogue, whilst hiding his fear behind his gallows humour that dreads the gallows hangman. Connolly is in his element and the period recreation, including sets, costume and dialogue is quite superb. A well directed British production for television that has never received the acclaim it might have. Come on Amazon, can't you influence matters? When can we have a Region 2 DVD?


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