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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Three [DVD] [2011]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Three [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Various
Offered by Sent2u
Price: 12.20

2.0 out of 5 stars The worst aspects of the prequels in one series., 30 July 2014
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After the brilliantly emotional series 2 gave us more excitement and characterisation than all three prequels put together series 3 brings us back down to Coruscant with a bump!!

It opens with a trilogy of episodes about rank and file Clone Troopers. Ok, I realise it's called Clone Wars but these minor characters are not the way to open a series. I thought I'd put the wrong disc in at first!
Highlights of this series are the Nighsisters of Darthomir and their apprentice Savage Opress though this plot seems to stop abruptly, presumably setting things up for next year.

Despite his ridiculous name, Mr Opress is the most interesting thing in this series which includes too few arcs which hang around for too many episodes such as Anakin on a planet of the Force and a seriously dull Padme/ diplomacy arc that I had to skip through.

Unlike the last series, this was leaden and complacent and hasn't left me trawling Amazon for the next instalment.


Doctor Who - The Moonbase [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Moonbase [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: 14.43

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cybermen on the moon!, 30 July 2014
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The template for the Second Doctor's adventures has been set- base under siege from monsters.

This time it's the Cybermen (in just their 2nd appearance) attacking a weather control base on the moon. It's a sound story with some stunning visuals (Cybermen marching across the moon) and the Cybermen are quite chilling and ruthless here.

It's not the best example of the 60s Cybermen, I think that accolade goes to Tomb of the Cybermen and when the story is almost entirely recreated as The Wheel In Space it has a more engaging cast of characters but it's a solid example of a good Troughton nonetheless.

The two animated episodes (replacing those junked by the BBC in the 70s) fill in the gaps very well with some of the best animation this range has produced since the first time in The Invasion.


Doctor Who - The Enemy of the World [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Enemy of the World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: 11.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Serious sixties Who, 30 July 2014
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Another lost classic rediscovered in 2013 (along with Web of Fear).
This story might seem a little drier than regular Doctor Who of the period as it doesn't rely on monsters at all but presents a tale of a fascist future.
Troughton gives a masterclass in acting playing both the Doctor and the villainous Salamander, plus in turns both characters attempting to portray the other- though there was far more of this than I expected.
Highlights- the Doctor gleefully running on the beach in part one and the surprisingly good (for the time) special effects at the end.
SPOILERPHOBES- if you've never seen this story don't watch the trailer first.


Doctor Who - The Web of Fear [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Web of Fear [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: 14.09

5.0 out of 5 stars A Doctor Who Holy Grail!, 30 July 2014
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You probably already know that this story was lost from the BBC archives bar it's opening episode and was rediscovered in 2013.
What you want to know is- is it any good?

I first saw The Web of Fear part one in 1991. The story begins with a lot of tension and I always wondered if the quality would be kept up through its entire 6 episodes. Being extremely familiar with part one, it was with real excitement that I was able to press on into part two and finally see what happened next.
What follows is a brilliant 'base-under-siege' story, a staple of this part of the Troughton era but this must surely be the best example. The yeti are for the most part used sparingly (though there's a brilliant action set piece in part 4) but you are constantly aware of a sense of menace throughout the story despite a lack of discernible villain.
There are some great characters too from the big hitters like Travers and (debuting) Lethbridge Stewart (later The Brigadier) right down to minor characters who get killed off early. The self serving Weems is a delight as is smarmy Harold Chorley.
And Troughton really shines here playing a more serious version of his Doctor. If you want consequences in your Doctor Who, look no further.
It's a shame part 3 is still missing (just a soundtrack with some stills) but there's still plenty to love here.


What The Butler Saw (Modern Classics)
What The Butler Saw (Modern Classics)
Price: 3.60

3.0 out of 5 stars One for the history books?, 30 July 2014
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Joe Orton presents a frenetic farce with a hyper-reality that makes it feel like an image of the genre rather than a bone fide entry into it.
There are some wonderfully funny lines that resonate today but I wonder if a lot of its intended comedy comes from the shock value it would have had in it's day- plenty of loose morals and nudity that would scarcely raise an eyebrow today.


To the rescue / End Credits (From "The Rocketeer")
To the rescue / End Credits (From "The Rocketeer")
Price: 0.69

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad., 30 July 2014
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As superhero themes go, it's a good one. It captures effectively the up-in-the-air antics of someone flying with just a rocketpack.

A couple of dodgy out-of-rhythm trumpets but that aside it's a good listen.


The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
Price: 2.21

2.0 out of 5 stars A bargain, 28 July 2014
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Excellent value and I'm sure I'll enjoy it but make sure you read it on a big screen. My kindle is on my phone and for some reason this file won't zoom.
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Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros
Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros
by Matthew Reinhart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 26.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing!, 5 Jun 2014
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You might think it's a bit expensive for essentially a pop-up book but once you see the work that's gone into it, you won't begrudge the price-tag.

Each page opens on a major place from Game of Thrones including Kings Landing, Qarth and The Wall. As you turn the pages, another city or building unfolds, very reminiscent of the show's opening titles. And we're not just talking a stand-up 2 dimensional picture, these are all gloriously painted, expertly designed and intricately detailed 3D models.

In addition, there are plenty of clever pull-outs and sliders that reveal information about the location, the major characters and the history.

As well as enjoying the buildings individually, the really clever thing about this book is that it folds out backwards into a pop-up map.

By no means an extensive guide to every location, this is still a fun coffee table book with plenty to keep you picking it up again and again.

For spoiler-phobes, I haven't finished reading everything but it seems to take in plot points only up to the end of series 2 at most.


Boss - Season 1 [DVD]
Boss - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kelsey Grammer
Price: 14.25

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5.0 out of 5 stars The West Wing's provincial, evil cousin., 5 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Boss - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
My partner recently discovered series 2 of this much underrated show cranked out at midnight on one of the UK Freeview channels. A complete tragedy that it's not getting a wider audience, though some of the language is a bit strong for primetime.

I'm pleased to say that season 1 did not disappoint. A marvellously dramatic turn from Kelsey Grammer. Brilliant writing, superb acting. I'd class it as a localised and darker version of The West Wing.


Privates On Parade (Original London Cast Recording)
Privates On Parade (Original London Cast Recording)
Price: 8.31

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5.0 out of 5 stars PoP-tastic!, 5 Jun 2014
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The original cast recording from the very first RSC production of this wonderful British comedy. It differs slightly from the updated version so if you're a burgeoning Terri Dennis buying it to help you learn the lyrics be warned- there have been some significant changes, particularly with The Latin American Way.

Otherwise, a great record of a bygone production.


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