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Gia [DVD] [1998]
Gia [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Angelina Jolie
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.58

44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Performance By Jolie, 21 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Gia [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
As a big, big Angelina Jolie fan for many years, Gia was the one film I was still to see as it has not been shown on UK television and was never in cinemas. Before I saw it, I thought it was going to be your typical cheesey TV Movie that gets shown on Channel Five at 3.30pm. However, it blew me away and confirmed what a fantastic actress Angelina really is.It tells the story of tragic supermodel Gia Marie Carangi and her battles against drugs and later HIV. The part of Gia is a tough part to play but Jolie handles it so well - indeed I think only Angelina could have played this part (just as only she could play Lara Croft). As with all of her films, every time Jolie appears on screen she lights it up and is always a pleasure to watch. Her performance in Gia reduced me - a fully grown 6'3 man - to tears! It's a long film at two hours but it flies by. I have every other Jolie film on DVD and this is a worthy addition to the back catalogue. If you are a Jolie fan, I'm sure you're going to buy this anyway. However, if you are still to discover exactly what it is that makes people praise Jolie,snap this up at a bargain price. You won't regret it and you'll soon be an avid Angelina follower! ..
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Famous in the Last Century
Famous in the Last Century
Price: £7.07

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Real Disappointment, 12 Nov. 2001
As much as I hate to say it, as a long term fan of Status Quo, this is perhaps the band's worst album in their recording history. Possibly worse than Spare Parts ( the 2nd album). The only thing which makes me feel any better about this recording is that the Quo also admit that it is not good - apparently , they were contractually obliged to make this album. Basically, this album is an extended version of the Anniversary Waltz singles - a collection of fifties standards done well, but you can just tell that the enthusiasm is not in the same studio. There is one new track which makes it a must - buy for the completist, but that's about it. I still love and support the Quo, but this is a very low point. I truly hope that the next new album is the rocker that the band has promised. It's the least us loyal fans deserve.
In summary, Famous In The Last Century is the Blue Nun compared to the Champagne of the Quo's classic output. It's ok, but you know that they're capable of a lot better.


Solid Bronze - Great Hits
Solid Bronze - Great Hits
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.49

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've Done It Again!, 3 Nov. 2001
As a long term fan of the Beautiful South, I was concerned when they released their first Greatest Hits - Carry On Up The Charts in 1995 - that their new massive fanbase (1 in 7 households own a Beautiful South Record) would mean that the fantastic, sniping, sarcastic lyrics of Paul Heaton would have to be toned down in order to appeal to a mainstream audience. However, this was not the case, and this second greatest hits proves it. I cannot believe that it's been six years since the last 'Best Of' (the years fly by), but this material illustrates how The Beautiful South changed their style for the better. So we have Don't Marry Her - the controversial single from Blue Is The Colour and a song that warranted a whole page of complaints about the use of the 'F-Word' in the 1997 tour programme (it's the clean version here though) - Perfect 10 from Quench , and Closer Than Most from last year's Painting It Red. Those should please fans of Heaton's witty style. For lovers of those heartfelt Beautiful South songs, there's Blackbird On The Wire and One Last Love Song. In addition to this, there's also a couple of rarities; the fantastic single - only Pretenders To The Throne and the rare B-Side Dream A Little Dream.Plus, of course, the new single Root Of All Evil and a remixed version of The Mediterranean. Overall, this is a superb second Greatest Hits which deserves as much, if not more, pride of place in another 1 in 7 homes. My only gripe would be the fact that a few of the songs on here were also featured on the last one, but, I think it can be forgiven when the band has proved that they are capable of issuing the same level of standards with their current material. This is a CD for all, enough to keep the die-hard completists happy and the same amount to entice the newcomer to discover a great band's fantastic back catalogue. Buy it today, you won't be disappointed!
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Bruce: The Autobiography
Bruce: The Autobiography
by Bruce Forsyth
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice To Read Him, To Read Him Nice!, 15 Oct. 2001
Having always been a fan of Brucie Forsythe, I rushed to buy this book as soon as I discovered it was to be released. Unfortunately, I was a month early, and an agonising four week wait was finally over when this book finally plopped through my letterbox.
From the minute I opened the cover, I couldn't put this book down. Brucie is the UK's favourite entertainer, I'm sure (perhaps one of the world's greatest) and I knew that I was going to hear some great anecdotes from the master. I was not disappointed. One has to remember that this man has been in the business for years and has made millions smile with his fantastic humour. However, he has also done a lot of great work for charity which is often overlooked these days, as celebrities + charity = cheesy. This shouldn't be the case though, and any reader should read the accounts of Bruce's work with respect for a great man.
Of course, 'Brucie' is most well known for being a fantastic quiz show host and a regular on the celebrity pro - am golf circuit. Indeed - he excels at both! Bruce made The Generation Game his own - a tough job having to come behind Larry Grayson. But, Brucie did it. He introduced that fabulous thing he did at the beginning, where he took the pose of a muscle man, then almost tap danced down to centre stage. There was never a week that went by that he didn't do that, and he discusses this in the book. Bruce was also a presenter on You Bet! a forerunner to programmes such as Don't Try This At Home. What we must remember though is that Brucie did it FIRST and he did it BETTER. In this book, Bruce explains the driving force behind his fantastic ability to be able to do things like this, and why he continues even though many say he should have retired years ago (not me though!). Bruce is a national institution in the UK and this book is a fantastic account of why he did it and how he succeeded. If you are a fan of major celebrity biographies or Bruce, then this is the book for you.I would also recommend it if you like one or the other of the above. However, if you like neither, I would look for something else! However, I enjoyed this great read immensely and wish it had gone on for longer. Go on, give it a go!


The Blues Brothers/Blues Brothers 2000 [DVD] [1980]
The Blues Brothers/Blues Brothers 2000 [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ John Belushi
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £7.72

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!, 4 Sept. 2001
The Blues Brothers and The Blues Brothers 2000 are the kind of film that you want to put into your DVD player on a Sunday afternoon - not too serious and they don't require your brain to work hard! They are both great films and while BB2000 is nowhere near as good as the original, it still raises many laughs and also has one of the biggest car pile ups I think I have ever seen since a Smokey And The Bandit movie. Overall, both films will make you laugh out loud and you will never tire of them. Also, if you are a true blues fan, you will love the music and the cameo appearances from stars such as Arethra Franklin and James Brown. Buy It Today!!


Gangsters: Organized Crime (PC CD)
Gangsters: Organized Crime (PC CD)

4.0 out of 5 stars Be patient....and you'll love this game, 18 Aug. 2001
Gangsters is one of those games which you can't even think about starting until you have read the manual from cover to cover. You get a nice fat manual with this, and believe me - you'll be needing it at the side of your PC for your first few games. However, work through the tutorials to get the hang of recruiting hoods, extorting, patrolling and so on then you'll be able to start the game properly for yourself! The game is such good fun. Any wannabe Reggies or Ronnies can do the things they've always dreamed of...collect protection from the local businesses, bomb the city hall, be 'the boss'!! As the previous reviewer said, the game is a little bugged, but I have found that the patch that is easily downloaded from the net works wonders. In summary, if you want a game that you can pick up and play then this is probably not for you. However, if you want to feel the sense of achievement when you have mastered the complex strategies, then I would not hesitate in recommending it to you. A great game.


I'm Alan Partridge: Series 1 [VHS] [1997]
I'm Alan Partridge: Series 1 [VHS] [1997]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £9.17

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Alan would say..."First Class", 14 Aug. 2001
The character of Alan Partridge had always been a brilliant creation - in my opinion, he was the standout section of TV's The Day Today - but these six episodes of I'm Alan Partridge illustrate the brilliance of creator Steve Coogan's mind. Moving on from the brilliant yet farcical Knowing Me, Knowing You (or KMKYWAP!)the audience now sees the real Alan at 'home' in his room in the Linton Travel Tavern, with only a 12" plate and tales of Bangkok from geordie Michael for entertainment. This series arouses many emotions within the viewer - Alan had always been seen as a little tragic, a bit lonely, somewhat naive, but I'm Alan Partridge proves this point and emphasises it in style - how can anybody not feel sympathy for a man trapped underneath a cow on a narrowboat in the Norfolk broads?? However, the main reason to enjoy this brilliant series is for the pure laugh-out-loud moments it provides. There are too many to list, but standout scenes include Alan drunk on his home made cocktail "The LadyBoy" (Lager with a Gin and Tonic and Bailey's chaser), the chocolate mousse scene, "There's More To Ireland Dan Diss" scene and many, many more. Not since Only Fools and Horses has a British sitcom made so many people laugh or introduce so many new phrases into the vocabulary of fans. It has recently been announced that Alan series 2 is in the scripting stages and this series is receiving a long overdue DVD release in October. If the new material is anywhere near as good as series one (or indeed Coogan's recent film The Parole Officer - check it out) we will all be in for a treat. Until then, BUY THIS NOW!!!


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