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Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.70

11 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish!, 14 Nov. 2009
What is it about most Doctor Who stories with the word 'time' in the title; they are nearly all absolutely dreadful and this one is no exception. The first outing for McCoy as The Doctor and he is clearly looking to inject some warmth and humour after what was written for Colin Baker's Doctor - loud and arrogant. The problem her is a story that is weak, lots of Bonnie Langford who, bless her, was probably the worst companion in the programme's history, both in terms of character and acting performance and it seemed to be the blueprint for the rest of the programme's existance in the 80s (with a couple of exceptions). A new Doctor needs a bold exciting story to engage the viewer; this is rank and seen by fans as in the worst tales in Doctor Who. You may like it, but that is a fact, and one I wholeheartedly agree with.

Oh, and we also get the first airing of the then new titles, complete with completely rubbish logo and a winking Doctor (someone punch John Nathan Turner). Colin Baker had declined to do a regeneration scene (and after the way he was treated by the Beeb, who can blame him?), so we get McCoy in a blond curly wig. Why exactly does he regenerate? It's all very flimsy and not very good. Still, on the plus side, most of the rubbish in the programme's history has now been released, so perhaps we can look forward ot some better titles.
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Almost The Truth: The Lawyer's Cut [DVD] [2009]
Almost The Truth: The Lawyer's Cut [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Monty Python
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £5.50

54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sit on my face, 12 Nov. 2009
I can't work out why no one has reviewed this; I often look to Amazon's review for guidance, as the reviews are generated by ordinary people rather than some bloated ove paid journo. Anyway, as of now, there have been no reviews. Anyway, I put my money out and picked this up. Waht is it? A quite brilliant massive documentary, a kind of Python Beatles Anthology, with 7 hours of interviews, clips, thoughts etc. I can recommend it wholeheartedly, despite having Russell Brand's leering grin in it. In depth interviews with Palin, Jones, Cleese, CHapman and Idle, and clips of Chapman, really covering the story from their conception, through the programme's conception through it's halcyon days, the height of Brian and where they are now. Wonderful and original stuff. Thinking of buying it? Go for it, it is (should this be your thing) quite quite wonderful. Thanks to the world of Python; it has made my life a richer and more slightly off at an angle experience.

Fog on the Tyne
Fog on the Tyne
Offered by sdiscs.
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ha'way the lads!, 26 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Fog on the Tyne (Audio CD)
Most accomplished the thier first outing 'Nicely out of tune' and stronger in material than 'Dingley Dell', this is Lindisfarne's classic album. Released in 1971 and featuring their biggest hit, the wonderful 'Meet me on the corner', this album has a cheerful and beer-y atmosphere in places, but still manages to feature the much missed Alan Hull's more quiet and retrospective sounds. I used this album to teach myself mandolin as Ray Jackson's fine playing features throughout. The production sounds of it's time and it hangs together really nicely as an album, rather than a series of tracks. Highly recommended.

Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD] [1973]
Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £12.20

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 26 Sept. 2009
What's not to like here? Ok, very much a period piece, but if you are a fan of Doctor Who the first time round, these are classic stories, linked together to make a 12 part epic. Pertwee at his best, Katy Manning being his most accomplished companion, Roger Delgado in the original incarnation of The Master, Daleks, ejaculating plants, huge wobbly orange monster, it's all here folks! A most welcomed release after the plethora of very poor Doctor Who dvds from the 80s (what is the collective noun for rubbish Doctor Who dvds?), this is a real treat. As one episode of the second tale, Planet of the Daleks was only kept in a black and white format (cheers, myopic Auntie Beeb!), this has been re-coloured and this bodes well for the re-colousiastion of other stories the BBC lost in their original colour form. Well done to all concerned, this is a beaut and I can't wait to see it again!
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Scarf Jack [DVD]
Scarf Jack [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roy Boyd
Price: £10.40

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another thoroughly fruity romp, 18 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Scarf Jack [DVD] (DVD)
Southern Television, long since gone, makers of Worzel Gummidge, The Famous Five and the Freewheelers (and frankly, not too much else) made this historic rompathon back in 1980. Based on a tale written a couple of years previously, and staring lots of faces from the era that you'd go 'oh yeah, I recognise him from... erm....' this is great fun. I vaguely remember it and if it wasn't shown on a Sunday afternoon I would be very suprised (as was the wont of BBC and ITV back then; historical drama? - Sunday teatime! Sorted!), it tells the tale of a renegade in the late 18th century who tries to liberate the Irish under the Millitia oppresion and comes to England... I don't want to spoil it, but it is great, has a theme tune that sounds like Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention on a day out together and is an all round good wheeze. Highly recommended from I!

Emmerdale Farm - Vol. 2 [DVD] [1973]
Emmerdale Farm - Vol. 2 [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Sheila Mercier
Price: £19.75

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' Network dvd..., 8 Aug. 2009
Fab stuff, does what it says on the cover. But, just need to make clear, these are episodes from the 70s, and the fairly early 70s at that. Not, as the first review states, the 80s. This is from the days when it was shown at lunchtime and didn't have to addres issues such as sex (other than sheep mating etc). Heheheheh.
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Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love - Under Review [2009] [DVD] [2008]
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love - Under Review [2009] [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Kate Bush
Price: £12.99

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent if somewhat academic review of a seminal album, 25 July 2009
New products either by or based on Kate Bush are few and far between in this day and age, so when I first came across this dvd, my interest was initially engaged. The packaging projects a 'unauthorised' feel to it (something that can be disasterous in terms of quality) and thus I was also weary. I looked up Amazon for a review, but one wasn't there, so I decided to give it a go. I am very glad I did.

Hounds of Love is often seen (in context of all her works) as arguably the high point of her career artistically, and although I personally disagree with that thought, it is a remarkable album and worthy of such an indepth examination. All involved on this dvd give an interesting and often very technical look into each track, it's often difficult subject matters and their overall thoughts and feelings. This can potentially be a bit dull, but not so here.

Not a dvd one will rush back to on a regular basis, but a fantastic and intelligent look at a very important album by an artist who challenges, entertains, and interests in equal amounts. Indeed, when compared to modern music, it sadly highlights how certainly no one I can think of (and if you can, please respond to this review) really does this sort of thing as well as Kate. Pop meets art in such a successful, rewarding and melodic way, encorporating themes such as lust and sensuality, death, family relationships, imaginative narritives and a view of life from a very female perspective without ever alienating the male listener is in my eyes unique to Kate. In many ways it is a shame she currently only presses out albums on a very rare basis, we should be grateful of her previous works and this dvd celebrates her 5th album beautifully.

Doctor Who - The Twin Dilemma [DVD] [1984]
Doctor Who - The Twin Dilemma [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: £6.90

13 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sigh!, 1 July 2009
The good thing about the fact that the Beeb are releasing all these old, simply dreadful stories while the current series successfully rides the zeitgeist (despite a completely unreasonably explained 18 month gap) is that there aren't that many left. Let's get Creature from the Pit, The Space Museum etc out and then we can look forward to the greats that still languish in the vaults being released.

This has to win, hands down, the award for the worst story to give a new actor playing the Doctor. Poor Colin Baker; a fabulous actor, given a poorly conceived character (who wants to watch a version of the Doctor who is bullish and arrogant, just because that is 'different' to the previous one?) dreadful clothing, poor and often alienating stories and bad scripts. He must have thought his ship had come in when cast as the Doctor, only to be given a sucession of bad stories and then to be sacked! This story is possibly the worst of the lot (but there are several to choose from, but worry not, the Beeb have released them all!); an embarrassing alien that simply looks worthy of guffaws, a dull story and dispite the title, no dilemma in sight!

Bored this evening? Charge a glass of your favourite tipple, and raise it, thanking the stars that John Nathan Turnip's reign of Doctor Who's producer is just a sorry and best forgotten memory. The man should have stayed in pantomime production. It beggars the question, who was his boss and why was he allowed to grind Doctor Who so far into the ground that it couldn't resurface for 16 years???
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Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks - Special Edition [DVD]
Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £5.99

11 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why oh why oh why etc, 1 Jun. 2009
This has been released more than once. The Beeb didn't see fit to put any decent extras on it, but have now seen the Who dvds are big money spinners, so have seen fit to put this out again. Just leaves a nasty taste in the mouth, as this is totally an exercise in profit generation. There are so many stories fans are waiting to be released, and this coming round again is tiresome and annoying. No, I don't want have to sell my original dvd release and buy this. I want to Beeb to put their house in order; stop milking Who fans! Where is Terror of the Zygons, Seeds of Death, The Daemons etc? How long before other early releases come out to irritate those who lined the pockets of the Beeb in the early 2000s, just because they saw dvd as a swift profit, with little effort? My mark reflects on the story (4/5) and the product (1/5), but I do not wish to make people think this is a poor tlae; it is one of the best from the 7th Doctor's period, which in turn was hit and miss at best, due chiefly to the producer John Nathan Turner, who by 1988 had gone mad and thought he was in charge of a light entertainment programme. Nutter!
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Doctor Who - The War Games [DVD] [1969]
Doctor Who - The War Games [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £7.90

19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who as is should be, 1 Jun. 2009
The best (only marginally) actor to play Doctor Who, in a huge sprawling tale, in which we learn some of the Doctor's past and say goodbye to two of his most effective companions. True, in the middle it drags ever so slightly, but as a tale, it is among the classics of not only Doctor Who, but BBC television. It is almost amusing to compare this to the late 80s efforts; this is when the series was starting to wander towards it's peak. I can recommend this highly, it is a welcomed gem after that Bannerman release. Can we have some more Troughton stories? We only have 5 so far (this included).
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