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Star Cutouts Cut Out of Sarah Jane Smith
Star Cutouts Cut Out of Sarah Jane Smith
Price: 27.07

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventure Begins, 10 April 2010
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Let's face it, it's the closest most of us with get to having Elisabeth Sladen standing in the corner at our barbecue.
Lifesize (so smaller than some other Dr Who standees) and really detailed photo, with good flash resistant finish. Durable cardboard, folds in the middle for ease of storage and posting. Simply excellent.

Robin Hood - 12" Talking Figure
Robin Hood - 12" Talking Figure

5.0 out of 5 stars Sherwood Sure Would, 10 April 2010
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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Back in the days when everyone was bit hissy about the BBC's new interpretation of Robin Hood (ie, series 1), a range of figures were brought out, including the talking dolls. Then they disappeared as the series grew in popularity. Then my mum started getting interested in the series, and so the hunt was on to try and find a talking figure. Argos had them in 2006, but this is 2010. Would I discover one?
Thankfully, Amazon to the rescue, with a fully functioning talking Jonas Armstrong figure, and at a reasonable price. Very reasonable. And it still had it's Argos number on. A truly amusing moment as it was taken from the box. Batteries still worked, but needed replacing after a few weeks (well, they are 4 years old). Truly, a magnificent find.
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The Best of Morecambe & Wise [DVD]
The Best of Morecambe & Wise [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eric Morecambe
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 4.09

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Do You Think of It So Far?, 10 April 2010
Essentially the "Comedy Greats" video on DVD. It's best to treat this disc as a companion piece to the Complete Series releases, as most of the sketches here are incomplete, with either the beginning missed off, or the end, or both. Out of context, some jokes make little sense, and splitting sketches (kind of) in half ruins the flow and the immense comic timing.
Thankfully, BBC DVD are releasing the complete episodes, with the sketches in full and in context, so rather than The Best Of, this is more an edited highlights, a 90 minute trailer, for the best is yet to come.

Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: 6.51

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boldly Going Backwards, 3 April 2010
I can't stand The Leisure Hive. It's a boring, meandering tale with nothing much happening, poor costumes, poor lighting, poor scripts and extremely poor production standards.
Everyone seems to champion The Leisure Hive as a bold new beginning for a series past its prime. WRONG! Everyone says it is better than The Horns of Nimon. WRONG!
The best thing about this story is the opening tracking shot across the empty deckchairs on the beach. It is creepy, atmospheric and scary. But then the story turns into farce. Blowing K9 up is so stupid, but then K9 is "killed" in a South Park Kenny way so many times in the 1980 series (he'll be beheaded in a few stories) that this shows a production team out of touch with its core audience. No wonder viewing figures would soon dip to 3 million.
The DVD itself is a nightmare fair. On the plus side, there is a wonderful feature, "Synthesizing Starfields" looking at the new music and titles, which is highly recommended, and the only part of the DVD I'm keen to see again. On the downside, not only have you got 4 of the most boring Doctor Who episodes ever, you've got one of the worst commentaries ever, with Christopher H Bidmead sighing every time Tom Baker smuggles a joke in to his beloved story.
The Leisure Hive was the beginning of Doctor Who at its worst and most self important.
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Primeval - Series 3 [DVD]
Primeval - Series 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andrew Lee Potts

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Past It's Prime, 29 Mar 2010
This review is from: Primeval - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
A complete waste of time, effort and money. I was glad they axed it after this incredibly poor run of far fetched drivel.
Not that it was all bad, the first three episodes are among the best ever, culminating in the death of Nick Cutter. What with the clones (including one of Nick) and the cool new way the anomilies can turn into balls etc, it all seemed to be going well. But then they threw the season finale away in episode three, leaving us with another seven episodes of also-ran nonsense.
You can always tell when a series loses its way by how it responds to the death of a major character. When Stephen was killed at the end of series two, there was a funeral and everything. But when Nick dies, nothing. Apart from a couple of tears now and again from Connor.
But when Nick died, the story died. Jenny's sudden departure after finding a photo of Claudia lacked any kind of emotion. Helen's apparent death at the end of the run was, again, another wasted moment. Her speech should have been to Nick, not Danny, who she barely knows.
Douglas Henshall held this show together, and although it was his choice to leave, they could have made his departure more open ended (lost in an anomaly, perhaps?) allowing the chance of a return if he wanted some day.
As it is, I'm not waiting with any kind of anticipation for series four.
And I haven't even started on the silly reporters who get themselves killed, or the daft episode with the knight!!

Sarah Jane Adventures: Quiz Book
Sarah Jane Adventures: Quiz Book
by BBC Worldwide
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ask Questions, 15 Mar 2010
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It's a bit cheeky, putting the Doctor on the cover, as he was only in two episodes of Sarah Jane, but it'll sell an extra copy or two, I imagine.
As for the questions, you really do need to know your stuff. They are not all as easy as they may appear!

Moonlighting Season 5 [DVD] [2009]
Moonlighting Season 5 [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Cybill Shepherd
Offered by Rapid-DVD
Price: 8.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rising From the Ashes, 15 Mar 2010
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This is Moonlighting almost like it should have been all along. From the opening breaking the fourth wall song (including the line "We know they'll only make 16 this year" - they actually only made 13) to the dying moments when they run off the set desperate to survive, this is nearly a masterpiece.
After the diabolical Season 4, the only way the show could go was up, and thankfully it did. And who could not love the sight of Bruce Willis in a romper suit?

Doctor Who - The Cybermen [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Cybermen [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: 5.96

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No New Episodes, So Wheel Out the Old Ones, 13 Feb 2010
2009 was always going to be a flat year for New Series DVDs. With only two episodes to release (the final three released in January 2010), what were we to spend our money on? Answer: repackage episodes that are already avaliable, stick on some cheap extras, and hey presto!
Don't be fooled by the words "David Tennant Introduction". He doesn't introduce a thing. It's a chat about Cybermen, probably pulled from a Confidential somewhere. It does not scream out This Was Made Exclusively For This Disc. If it was, then 1/10, you failed to impress.
And of course it's incomplete, as The Next Doctor had already been shown and released by the time this collection came out, but sales of that disc may have been affected if it was included here, so it is obviously absent, making this even less attractive a package.

Doctor Who - The Dalek Collection [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Dalek Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher Eccleston
Price: 7.51

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There's Always Another Way, 13 Feb 2010
The follow up to The Cyberman Collection (which includes Army of Ghosts and Doomsday, which is why they are not included here), this is yet again a pretty bland re-release of episodes already released several times on DVD.
The pictures on the discs are quite good, a moody blue background with stock shots. Disc 1 is the best, with an unfamiliar picture of Christopher Eccleston, as the David Tennant pictures we've seen many times before.
Also, don't be confused by the "David Tennant Introduction". It's nothing of the sort, it's merely bits and bobs from Doctor Who Confidential, with Tennant talking about the Daleks, but no actual episodes are introduced.

It's Morecambe and Wise (Vintage Beeb)
It's Morecambe and Wise (Vintage Beeb)
by Eddie Braben
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 6.10

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Try Positive Thinking, 13 Feb 2010
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A CD re-issue of a 1971 LP, this material has been on CD before. In effect, this is more or less CD1 of the "Bring Me Sunshine" double CD. Hence, it is surprising that on this release the sound quality is very inferior, very tinny and fluctuating.
That said though, reproducing in minature the LP cover and then making the CD look like an old record (black - even including grooves) is inspired, but then all those in the Vintage Beeb collection are like this.
Good for what it is, but "Bring Me Sunshine" has the better sound quality.

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