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I am the Doctor!: Jon Pertwee's Final Memoir (Doctor Who)
I am the Doctor!: Jon Pertwee's Final Memoir (Doctor Who)
by David J. Howe
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for a wonderful man!, 29 May 2008
I had the good fortune to meet Jon Pertwee, and can report that he was, on this occasion, a wonderful, charismatic and very fuuny man. He was to many still THE Doctor (quite an achievment as he hasn't been the Doctor for 34 years!), and this book is a wonderful, lavish read, highlighting his achievments and personality in a warm and funny way. Full marks to David Howe for being instrumental in it's release. It is both amusing and sad, as Jon still had many things he wished to achieve, but he squeezed more into one lifetime than many, and had a lust for life one could almost bottle! Sadly, this book is now hard to find and costly once discovered, it is worth the search and is easily one of the best books on the early 70s period of Doctor Who.

Five Rounds Rapid!: Autobiography of Nicholas Courtney - Doctor Who's Brigadier
Five Rounds Rapid!: Autobiography of Nicholas Courtney - Doctor Who's Brigadier
by Nicholas Courtney
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book but...., 29 May 2008
What was it with John Nathan Turner? Why was it that everything he touched would probably have been better if he'd kept away? I don't wish to speak ill of the dead, but he loused up Doctor Who over a long period, eventually killing it off, and he's involbed with this too; his editorial hand can be felt on every page and one is left with a feeling that had an editor with editorial skills had been employed instead, this could have been a gem of a book. See Nick's next book 'Getting away with it'. It is much better.

Sandy Denny-Under Review [DVD] [2006]
Sandy Denny-Under Review [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Sandy Denny
Price: £12.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoping this is any good? Believe me, it is!!!!, 28 May 2008
I saw a poster for this dvd when at the 2006 Cropredy festival, and thus ran off to buy it at any market stall I could find that sold it. It's cover suggests a probably poor quality piece of journalism, but if, like me you think that you are wrong! It is quite an academic piece, which suits her story beautifully, it covers her career quite closely and, lets be honest, it contains several snips of footage that have laid dormant in some television archives somewhere under layer of dust. Notable examples are of the one in ten programme, showing snips of Late November, Crazy Lady Blues and The North Star Grassmen and the Ravens. I've had this footage for a while, but it's always nice to see. The other outstanding footage is of Fotheringay, playing Too Much of Nothing and Gypsy Davey. Wow! Where has this been all these years and how much not more is there? Sorry, I'm going off at a tangent. Oh, there's a snip of Fairport in Rising for the Moon lineup, doing Down in the Flood, Like and Old Fashioned Waltz and Solo (in grainy b&w). So, lots to get fans' lips smacking.
Also, there are lots of intelligent and, essentially for such a product, interesting interviews with people who knew her; John Renbourne, Dave Swarbrick, Martin Cathy, Dave Mattacks and some academic, but none the less thought provoking interviewing interviews with music journalists who clearly display a knowledge and deep love of her work.
I think many who see this product is out to buy, after no televisual documentaries of her have ever been produced, either for vidoe/dvd release or television, will be nipping themselves and hoping it is worth the time spent to investigate. I am a looooong term Sandy fan, a completist of her work and have spend years trawling the internet for anything new (or old!) and this is an excellent documentary and hopfully will generate soem new fans. If it does that, and nothing else it will have done it's job. Whoever is behind it, well done! It's a peach!

Morris On
Morris On
Price: £7.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful evocative boozy album, 28 May 2008
This review is from: Morris On (Audio CD)
I intially bought this years ago and enjoyed it; I did however, after the album was scratched beyond playing I bought it again on cd. For a period in 2005 I was working in and around deepest Surrey, and I listened to this while driving in the area; this album reminds me of the leafy hedgerows and public houses I was staying in. It is hard to conceive in this day and age how massively unfashionable this idea was back in 1972, but it has the pedigree of Richard Thompson, Dave Matacks and Ashley Hutchins (all ex Fairport) and the production sounds raw and rough and suits the music beautifully. Great stuff!

Sunshine [DVD] [2007]
Sunshine [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Cillian Murphy
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.01

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 28 May 2008
This review is from: Sunshine [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I really liked this, but I can acknowledge why some don't. It doesn't deposit all information you need in accessable chunks, and occasionally you are questioning what is happening. Also, the ending has an almost quasi-religeous feel to it. That said, it is nice in this day and age to be given a film that you have to be involved in and work on. You want eye candy? Go elsewhere, this is not going to be for you. The characters are however well written, the effects are superb, and the overall feel is claustrophobic and intense.

There is an argument that we seem to be raising a generation who have been weaned on spoon-fed films with superb effects and easy to follow plots, and this may be why some don't care for this (and I don't mean this to be a criticism or sound po-faced). This may in future be seen as a better film, as it does not do what one would expect from the cover and the sci fi genre, but if you like something slightly eosoteric and that needs slightly more thought than your average film, this is worth a punt. If you watch it with friends/ family, you will be discussing it as soon as the end credits hit the screen, and even if it doesn't press all your buttons, to evoke conversation and debate can only be a sign of a good film. Try it out. I liked it a lot.

Public Eye - The Complete 1972-3 Series [DVD]
Public Eye - The Complete 1972-3 Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Chapman
Offered by A2ZSupplies
Price: £14.44

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic series from the past, 23 May 2008
This was the penultimate series of Public Eye, and keeps up the wonderful standard of writing and acting; Albert Burke is quite brilliant in the role of Frank Marker, and why he wasn't and isn't a better known name is beyond me. Also why this has drifted out of the public mind is also puzzling. Probably as it wasn't repeated ad nausium as some series from this period were. Anyway, this is equally as good as the two previous releases by the people at Network dvd and is a worthy addition to any collection.
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O Lucky Man! (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1973]
O Lucky Man! (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Malcolm McDowell
Offered by EU ELECTRIC
Price: £38.57

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most excellent sprawling epic of a film, 16 May 2008
There is a fashion at present to make films that go on and on and on. There are example where this expanse is used to good effect, such as the Lord of the Rings films and the opposite, such as the latter Pirates of the Carrebean films. This is an early example of a long film and it pulls it off with a swagger.

The second in a trilogy of films made by the late great Lindsey Anderson, O Lucky Man plots (albeit somewhat surrealistically) the progressions through life in the early 1970s (this was made in 1973, and boy, does it look it!); it is almost a kind of Pilgrim's Progress/ Road to Damascus tale, and is highly entertaining. Some have said they felt it flagged towards the end; I question whether the film flags or the viewer, as it is nearly 3 hours long, but to edit it would be to ruin it. It's sprawling aspect is one of it's selling points.

It has many stars other than the wonderful Malcolm MdDowell, such as Arthur Lowe, Jeremy Bulloch and Helen Mirren. The music is supplied by Alan Price and he also stars in the film as the leader of the band who supply the music to the film. At points still shocking (a rare thing for a film so old), at others laugh out loud funny and at others hard to fathom, this is a treat for anyone who likes the slightly odd, cult films from this period or the open minded.
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Little Britain - Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD]
Little Britain - Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Lucas
Price: £7.50

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like so many programmes that were initially on the raido..., 7 May 2008
This initially was on Radio 4, and if you track down the cd of it, it is really very funny. Why the tv series caught the imagination of the country in such a potent way is something of a mystery to me. It is very repetitious, but where something like The Fast Show was similar, that was basically much funnier, and kept re-inventing itself. This reminds me of latter Python, and the thoughts at the time of Terry Gilliam; 'when you set out to shock people, after they have got used to being shocked, where do you do with it?', and I think he's right. It's highlights are some of the central characters that have been (by series 3) done to death and the wonderful leathery voice of Tom Baker, but by half way through series 2 you feel like you've eaten a box of mars bars.... enough! I am glad to see it seems to have croaked it's last (after milking it in America), remeber it was it was when it was fresh; it now feels like it's stinking the place up!

Shout!: The True Story of the Beatles
Shout!: The True Story of the Beatles
by Philip Norman
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and biased book on the Fabs, 6 May 2008
I bought this to read on holiday; I know the story well and have been a fan for many decades, but I thought it would be interesting to read another take on the tale of The Beatles. I found this a very annoying book; biased totally on the side of Lennon, belittling McCartney's efforts almost not acknowledging Starr's efforts and influences and being down right offensive to the memory of Harrison. It made the reading hard as I kept having to put the book down to calm down, as the authour believes Lennon to be some kind of genius (a word that is said with ill-deserved regualrity in this day and age; none of them were geniuses; they were very talented musicians who were in the right place at the right time) and the way he goes into detail on the rest of the groups' failings, both musically and persoanlly is very unprofessional and leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. There are many books available on the subject (I think I have read most of them) and I would say this is the worst one I have come across, as it is like trawling through one man's unbalanced opinions rather than tackling the subject objectively and on balance. In short, very poor; don't bother!
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Run, Fat Boy, Run [DVD]
Run, Fat Boy, Run [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simon Pegg
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £2.11

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The difference between British and American is saliently clear here..., 22 April 2008
This review is from: Run, Fat Boy, Run [DVD] (DVD)
This has big American influences in it; it is sugary where other films with Pegg (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) are clearly superior, both in contect and direction. That said, if it is a drizzly Sunday afternoon, you could do a lot worse than Run Fat Boy, Run. It doe contain some funny moments, has the wonderful Dylan Moran playing his usual character (I'm still not bored with it, but one wonders what he'll do next) and it has some heart warming moments, even if they are served up in an American style with a side order of Soupy-schmatzyness. I'm not knocking our American cousins, they too make great films, but sometimes mixing styles doesn't work. It does here, but only just. Where was the fat boy though? Pegg is not a fat fellow, and sticking his stomach out for the first half of the film until he trains is a bit feeble. If you want to see him slightly more overweight, buy 'Hippies', when he was a good deal chunkier! A good 'stitch your brain off' film, it is not one of his greatest, simply becuase his greater films are superb.

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