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It's Morecambe and Wise (Vintage Beeb)
It's Morecambe and Wise (Vintage Beeb)
by Eddie Braben
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.25

5 of 5 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.


Stephen Gately and "Boyzone" - Blood Brothers 1976-2009
Stephen Gately and "Boyzone" - Blood Brothers 1976-2009
by Emily Herbert
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Only Words, 13 Feb. 2010
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Very obviously speed written and unofficial, nevertheless my mum cannot put it down. She was devastated by Stephen Gately's death, especially so young, so she's lapping up reading all about his youth and everything.
Easy to read, well illustrated, fantastic picture on the cover.


Doctor Who - Dreamland [DVD]
Doctor Who - Dreamland [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: £5.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Teddy Boy Medusa, 13 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who - Dreamland [DVD] (DVD)
Right, so... BBC DVD can waste a whole disc with three hours of self indulgent interviews from their so-called Greatest Moments series, yet still deprive us of Attack of the Graske?
These three or four months between the regeneration and Matt Smith's debut are, for the time being, our last chance to give David Tennant a glorious hoo-hah. All the missing bits and pieces could have made both this and the Specials boxsets things to be proud of, treasured possessions to give our grandchildren. Instead we get what we saw on TV, with very few extras. Everything here has been seen on TV before. I've no desire to ever watch the "Greatest" moments ever again, so that's a whole shiny disc doing nothing.
Dreamland itself is a so-so tale, which works better in individual episodes as when its put together you realise just how repetitive and boring it really is.
A brave effort none the less, and all kudos for trying, although not counted as an official episode, it's always nice to have an extra portion of David Tennant.
Best thing though, is Doctor Who Magazine's description of the cartoon Doctor, with his snake like hair as "some kind of Teddy Boy Medusa"
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Buster Souvenir Special (Egmont Classic Comics)
Buster Souvenir Special (Egmont Classic Comics)
by Various
Edition: Comic

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best is Yet To Come, 29 Jan. 2010
Buster was the best British comic ever. Miles and away above anything the Beano or Dandy ever offered, Buster always had at its heart characters and stories that were well drawn, well told, and well loved. It kept me going right through from school to university.
It's just a shame that after so long off the shelves, this souvenir issue is a bit of a mess. Concentrating entirely on strips from 1975 and 1976 means it lacks the variety and the energy of Buster's long history. Too much room is given over to "serious" strips - there are three Pete's Pocket Army stories in a row, and even a facsimile of an old Royal Marines advert. A waste of 10 pages.
Certainly, well done Egmont for bringing Buster back to the shelves, even just this once (more, more, more!) but at least they didn't go so far as to call it The Best of Buster - because it isn't, it's just a reasonable, limited selection.


Doctor Who - Winter Specials 2009 - Waters of Mars and The End of Time [DVD]
Doctor Who - Winter Specials 2009 - Waters of Mars and The End of Time [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: £10.30

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Confidential Tale, 11 Jan. 2010
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I've given this 5 stars, but the overall boxset only three. That is because this release excels expectations, the "complete" box set fouls up on them.
For a start, there are three discs, and three full length Confidentials. The stories are individually packaged, so you can slot them next to your other releases. What could have been all on one disc with no extras has become magnificent. Well done.


Doctor Who - Complete Specials (The Next Doctor/ Planet of the Dead/ Waters of Mars & Winter Specials) [DVD]
Doctor Who - Complete Specials (The Next Doctor/ Planet of the Dead/ Waters of Mars & Winter Specials) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by RevisionNet
Price: £37.45

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I Don't Want to Go!", 1 Jan. 2010
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David Tennant has completely recreated the Doctor. With superb writing, magical special effects and complementary music, he has been the pivot around which the show has revolved. Yes, Russell T Davies this, and Russell T Davies that, but Mr Tennant has given the scope the role needed to bring the show into its all conquering present. To leave now is madness. Another series and he'd have equalled Patrick Troughton's tenure. (Complicated maths involved, each to their own)
But if we wasn't going now, these specials would not have been this strong. From the charming yet cheeky NEXT DOCTOR to the ridiculously sublime PLANET OF THE DEAD to the nuances of WATERS OF MARS, we get THE END OF TIME. A glorious send-off. One of the best episodes ever, whatever other people say. The ending may have been a bit drawn out (revisiting old friends etc) but it wraps it up nicely.
However, I've only given this boxset 4 stars because the extras are bound to be missing something. They always are. Where are Series One's out-takes and deleted scenes? Or Series Two's specially shot trailer? Or Attack of the Graske? And I bet it won't contain the clean version of Music of the Spheres. Show us what the people there saw - don't keep cutting to the crowd. But I bet all these missing gems, in perhaps their final chance to be released for now, will still remain forever intangible. So what if some of these are on websites? Nothing beats having them on an actual solid real disc.
UPDATE: I now have the item in my hands, and have reduced my star rating to 3, because, as predicted the extras are sparse. Really sparse! Worse than I expected. Yes, what is there is excellent, no doubt, but... we should be used to it now. The yearly disappointment of the "complete" box set with the most obvious extras missing. The first three discs don't even have commentary! What? What?! WHATT?!? That is unforgivable - The Next Doctor transmitted over a year ago! With commentary on BBC3 - so why not here? Total disgrace. The most up to date two-parter managed a commentary, so why not one on a year old episode?
It's only the final two discs that make up for this travesty, but even then... I don't know. It's worth the money (not £39.99, but definitely £26.88) but... to misquote the Doctor, "There could have been so much more. So! Much! More!"


Dr Who Exclusive - Sixth Doctor Regeneration Figure
Dr Who Exclusive - Sixth Doctor Regeneration Figure

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Same Yet Different, 18 Dec. 2009
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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Last year the standard Colin Baker figure was extremely difficult to get hold of. So as if to make up for it, now we have two new ones!
This particular one is the Sixth Doctor as seen in the closing moments of The Caves of Androzani and his first scene in The Twin Dilemma. Sans celery, covered in mud.
The only real downside with this item becomes clear when you stand it next to one of the other Colin Baker figures. Taller, leaner - it's the Davison body with Colin Baker's head shoved on.
Whatever next? The coal-sodden version from Mark of the Rani? or the waistcoat version from The Two Doctors?


Not Going Out: Series One And Two [DVD]
Not Going Out: Series One And Two [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lee Mack
Offered by secondhand heaven
Price: £8.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Mack, Get Your Coat., 8 Dec. 2009
Lee Mack is an exceedingly funny comedian. After first seeing him in The Sketch Show, I have followed his career with interest. However, as wine gets better with age, Not Going Out seems to get worse with each series.
The first series was brilliant. With reasonably strong storylines (by sitcom standards) and hilarious one-liners, and Lee's continual tryouts of various jobs like a 21st century Frank Spencer (but with only minor slapstick), these episodes are the strongest of the lot. And of course, it spawned the catchpharse "She was 23."
Series Two is still of a high standard, although the addition of a cleaner and the older boyfriend sapped it off a little energy. Miranda Hart is a good addition once you get used to her, like a human version of Count Duckula's Nanny. Sally Bretton is likewise a good replacement, but without the "She was 23" catchphrase, Tim seems slightly sidelined.
The yet-to-be-released Series Three however is a shocking letdown and the show was quite rightly axed, its final episode to be shown this Christmas (December 23rd).
But Series One and Two show what genius Lee Mack is capable of, particularly when he's in fancy dress looking through a window.
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Michael McIntyre Live 2009: Hello Wembley! [DVD]
Michael McIntyre Live 2009: Hello Wembley! [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael McIntyre
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £1.74

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Strange Little Man Returns, 5 Dec. 2009
I left work in a downbeat mood. You know what bosses are like, particularly at Christmas time. I was depressed, upset and generally in a bad mood. As I walked towards the car, only one thought was on my mind - "Buy Micheal McIntyre's DVD!"
So I did. And I had the time of my life. Nearly an hour and a half of extremely funny comedy. I'm not a fan of swearing, but that aside this DVD was a joy, really lifting me out of my bad mood, in particular the routine about losing your mobile phone and then phoning your mobile to find where it is. I have to do that at least once a week.
This DVD is the perfect remedy for a serious bad mood and makes you forget your troubles for 83 minutes. Quality.
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Button Moon - Boat Race On Button Moon [DVD]
Button Moon - Boat Race On Button Moon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Button Moon

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Episodes, 27 Nov. 2009
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Excellent mid-price DVD (only three episodes - the first release in the early 2000 had ten), with a snazzy carry handle.
Contains the following three megatastic episodes
1. BOAT RACE ON BUTTON MOON
2. LOOKING FOR BUTTON MOON
3. DAY TRIP TO BUTTON MOON
Worth investing in, just as all Button Moon DVDs are, just a shame it's so short.


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