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Freud in the City: 20 Turbulent Years at the Sharp End of the Global Finance Revolution
Freud in the City: 20 Turbulent Years at the Sharp End of the Global Finance Revolution
by David Freud
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.11

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Freud's Heap Of Garbage That Avoids Telling The Truth!!, 8 Mar 2009
I have read David Freud's book, and I have to ask why someone with his mentality would write such rubbish. Freud is certainly a very funny writer, and yes some of the tales he tells are good, but in fairness that's all you would expect. He has caused a great deal of distress towards the disabled community recently regarding comments about Incapacity Benefit claimants.

And what's ironic about that I hear you ask well later he admitted he hadn't a shred of evidence to back up his claims, and tarnished his reputation in the process. His book further reveals the man himself as a right-wing bigot, and it makes you really wonder if his book was to sell to the right-wing parties.

To be really honest it really beggars belief why this man was allowed to publish such a heap of garbage, and threaten, and destroy the lives of vulnerable people

If you like David Freud then buy it, but I wouldn't give it the time of day. AVOID!!!

Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, 2008 Christmas Special  [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, 2008 Christmas Special [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by themediamerchants
Price: 3.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hark!! I Can Hear Them Coming!!, 11 Jan 2009
I have seen all the reviews who thought the Doctor Who Christmas Special was awful, and I say PAH!! I watched The Next Doctor, and thought it was absolutely superb, and strong performances from David Morrisey, and a deliciously Dervla Kirwan as the evil, and ruthless Miss Hartigan. One never bothered ever to ask her name, and its Mercy. Those reviewers who gave it one to two stars should be begging for it as the DVD is a nice package coupled with Doctor Who At The Proms fronted by Freema Agyeman.

Excellent special, and with four more to come before David Tennant bows out later this year it will be a fitting end to the Russell T Davies/David Tennant era, and allow the era of Steven Moffatt, and Piers Wenger not forgetting Matt Smith's tenure as the Doctor to begin in 2010.

Doctor Who - Series 4 Volume 4 [DVD]
Doctor Who - Series 4 Volume 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 2.68

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julian Bleach breathes new life into Davros!!!, 11 July 2008
Its was never going to be easy to bring the Dalek creator bang up-to-date, but they pulled it off beautifully. Julain Bleach is very close to Michael Wisher's portrayal hence the reason why he was cast when you compare his performance in, "From Out Of The Rain", from series two of, "Torchwood".

Apart from Graeme Harper's brilliant direction, Julian Bleach perfectly recreates the Wisher Davros as he was seen in 1975, and brings a new insanity, and madness to the part delivering an exceptional performance, and making the final two-part story of Series Four hugely enjoyable.

Doctor Who - Series 4 Volume 3 [DVD]
Doctor Who - Series 4 Volume 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: 3.95

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moffat, and Lyn triumph again two years later!!!, 23 Jun 2008
"Silence In The Library", and "Forest Of The Dead", marks a welcome return for Director, Euros Lyn after a two year absence, and what better than to team up with partner in crime, and successor to Russell T Davies, Steven Moffatt who won a Hugo Award with, "The Girl In The Fireplace", in 2006.

These two episodes are, I have to say are the best you're likely to see in this series, and Alex Kingston who plays River Song is absolutely outstanding, and Moffats' simplistic idea for shadows as monsters are a masterstroke, but what really makes this two-parter compelling to watch is Lyn's direction. He really makes the whole thing gel, and gets the best from his actors making Steven's scripts stand out, and the Vashda Nerada really scared the hell out of me I can tell you.

After the disappointing, "Phoo Action", Euros Lyn's return to Doctor Who is more than very welcome.

And What Have You Done With My Body, God?
And What Have You Done With My Body, God?
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 38.41

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff! Now What About The Art Of Noise's China Output!!!, 2 Sep 2007
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This ZTT 4 CD set is full of all the trimmings with all the rare stuff that I bought on vinyl all those years ago, and the price is well justified with documented booklet too. Pleasant stuff, but what would be pleasant still if the Art Of Noise's China Records entire output was released in the same way.

To those who own the ZTT Value Of Entertainment Video, The Art Of Noise's departure is evident as Anne Dudley, JJ Jeczalik, and Gary Langan signed for China Records in July 1985, and their first single, "Legs", was released in October 1985 with two versions, Inside Leg, and Last Leg as well as the 7" version. "Peter Gunn", followed in March 1986 again two versions, Long Version, and The Twang, and 7" versions, Paranoimia, released in July 1986, Long version, and the rare Paranoid version were available as was the 7". "Legacy", a redoing of the Art Of Noise's earlier track, "Legs", rounded of a perfect year when it was released in October 1986.

The Art Of Noise's China output is rumoured to include Live recordings from their Hammersmith Odeon gig, the theme from, "The Krypton Factor", and a myriad of classics between 1985, and 1990 when the Art Of Noise decided to call it a day.

Having said all that, the ZTT CD set is a perfect introduction to one of the most innovative electronic bands of the 1980's.
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Doctor Who - Series 3 Vol. 4 [DVD]
Doctor Who - Series 3 Vol. 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 3.04

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Russell T Davies Must Bring Back The Master For Series Four, 7 July 2007
So, folks here we have the last, and in my opinion the greatest ever Doctor Who to be produced during the last three years. Utopia, (10/10), is an excellent precursor to the introduction of the Doctor's greatest nemesis, The Master, played by Sir Derek Jacobi in the guise of Professor Yana only to regenerate into John Simm who has an excellent opening exchange with Tennant's Doctor, "Why don't we sit, and have a nice chat about I'll tell you all my plans, and you try, and stop me. I DON'T THINK!", and his classic one-liner, "End of the universe, have fun. Bye-bye". John Simm delivers a career-defining performance as The Master which everyone's been talking about being the best thing since sliced bread on Doctor Who.

The Sound Of Drums, (10/10), sees John Simm as Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, and his scene-stealing peformances again set the tone for the episode gassing his entire cabinet. One classic exchange between Saxon, and one of his ministers (Johnathan Gecks) calling him insane, and in response wearing his gas-mask gives him the thumbs-up before he dies.

The centrepiece of the episdode is the exchange between Saxon, and the American President, and this is where the fun part of the episode bursts into life when John Simm is really in his element making fun of the American President, and taking the piss before killing the President on The Valliant. He ages the Doctor with his laser screwdriver, and his classic line as regards to the shooting of Captain Jack Harkness, "He's not dead for long so I get to kill him again." It again shows the class of actor John Simm who clearly must be enjoying himself with the part he has now made his own.

The Last Of The Timelords, (10/10), is an excellent way to end Series three. This episode goes forward a year, and centres on Martha Jones's quest to stop The Master's empire by travelling the world, and using words not weapons to defeat him. The best scene of this episode is when The Master is shot, and cradled in The Doctor's arms urging him to regenerate, but being the nasty piece of work he is he refuses, and dies.

The Doctor burns The Master's body or is it his body?, on a pyre. As we have witnessed in the 1984 Doctor Who story, "Planet Of Fire", where the then-Master, Anthony Ainley was burned to death, and then resurfaced in the 1985 Colin Baker Doctor Who story, "The Mark Of The Rani", with a vengeance The Master has a nasty way of popping up again anytime, anyplace, and anywhere so the Doctor better be on the lookout.

I hope John Simm does come back. He has to. Russell T Davies must bring The Master back for the fourth series. Watching Simm's performance was like watching a showman which was well-worth the price of admission.

Highly recommended!!!

Doctor Who - Series 3 Vol.1 [2007] [DVD] [2005]
Doctor Who - Series 3 Vol.1 [2007] [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by themediamerchants
Price: 3.45

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream start for David, and Freema, 19 Jun 2007
The third series picks up the momentum from series two quite nicely, and the first three cracking epsodes, : "Smith And Jones", "The Shakespeare Code", and "Gridlock".

"Smith And Jones", introduces us to the Judoon, hulking rhino-like policemen who have a very unorthodox way of pursuing non-humans like the Doctor. They mark humans with an X mark on their hand, and with a humourous twist anyone who hits them from behind is executed. Their target is Annie Reid as a Plasmavour who does away with poor Roy Marsden very easily, and her two leather-cladded henchmen with motorbike courier gear.

"The Shakespeare Code", is in my opinion the best episode of Doctor Who so far this series. The great bard is superbly brought to life by Dean Lennox Kelly, (Kev in, "Shameless") with a great deal of humour, and detail to the period. Three witches want Shakespeare to write, "Loves Labours Won", the lost masterpiece which has an element of truth in real life. It didn't exist. The play opens a gateway for the witches so their sisters can come through, and terrorise Elizabethan England. The final scene of the episode shows Queen Elizabeth I appearing, and recognizing the Doctor she shouts, "Off with his head!!!". An excellent script from Gareth Roberts, and superbly directed by Charles Palmer.

"Gridlock", is what the third series is all about. The words from The Face Of Boe, played by Struan Rodger, "You Are Not Alone" = YANA, played by Sir Derek Jacobi in episode 11, "Utopia", neatly sets the tone for this episode, and a marvellous performance from Ardal O'Hanlon as Thomas Kincaid Brannigan.

All in all. A great start for Freema Ageyman, and our David.

Date With a Dream [1948] [DVD]
Date With a Dream [1948] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Norman Wisdom
Offered by Rapid-DVD
Price: 8.98

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Entry From Messrs Baker And Berman, 31 Jan 2007
Although this film is now 58 years old, it still entertains most people including myself. This was the film that launched the producing careers of Robert S Baker, and Monty Berman who would go on to produce classic ITC action series such as, "The Saint", "The Baron", "Department S", "Jason King", "The Persuaders", and "The Return Of The Saint".

I loved Terry-Thomas's comic turns in this film, particulary when he entertains the theatre's management to allow the other entetainers to get the money for renting the theatre on time. The songs are good, and its a nice filler especially as its only 55 minutes long.

Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 2 Box Set [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 2 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: 15.57

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tennant Is Excellent. You Better Believe It., 6 Jan 2007
Before I begin this review, I think its time to set the rumourmongers straight. The BBC has yet to confirm that a fourth series of, "Doctor Who", is to be commissioned, and it will be most likely towards September before we hear anything concrete, and another thing, it will be up to David Tennant himself to decide when he wishes to quit the role, and for him to be voted, "Best Actor", and top the poll as, "Best Doctor Who", with Tom Baker coming a close second, I hope that it won't be for a long time yet.

David Tennant has certainly made the second series of the revived Doctor Who far more watchable, and judging by this boxset it certainly doesn't disappoint. The episodes which stand out are, : "School Reunion", "Love And Monsters", "The Idiot's Lantern", "Tooth And Claw", and the two-part Cybermen episodes, "Rise Of The Cybermen", "The Age Of Steel", and the finale, "Army Of Ghosts", and "Doomsday", which not only sees the introduction of Torchwood, but on a sombre note sees the last of Rose Tyler, Jackie Tyler, and Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke who wrote the recent, "Torchwood", episode, "Combat", although I didn't agree with a Weevil being used as a punchbag).

Extras are good. Many suggestions have been made regarding the upcoming series 3 including David Tennant possibly directing an episode. As far as I'm concerned, he is the best possible actor around as the Doctor, and his performance clearly justifies his commitment to the role.

Christopher Eccleston, although good in the first series clearly wished he stayed, but his lack of commitment by leaving after 13 episodes proves that Tennant is the better Doctor.

"The Runaway Bride", was absolutely hilarious with David Tennant reckoning with the shouting of Catherine Tate.

The third series of Doctor Who will explain Captain Jack Harkness's arrival from the Games Station to present day Cardiff to lead Torchwood, leading into the Second Series of the same name, and Russell T Davies is a writer who likes to keep you guessing so I not going to spoil it for you.

You'll just have to wait.

Silver Streak [1976] [DVD]
Silver Streak [1976] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gene Wilder
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 3.93

2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stick With The Cassandra Crossing Instead., 13 Dec 2006
This review is from: Silver Streak [1976] [DVD] (DVD)
Silver Streak is a good comedy film, but lacks the punch, and power of the way-superior Cassandra Crossing. Still let's not criticise it like this. The cast is top-notch : Gene Wilder, the late, and much-missed Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, and Patrick McGoohan, and there is plenty of laughs, and suspense enough to keep the viewer entertained.

That said though. The Cassandra Crossing was better, but that's my opinion. You judge for yourself.
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