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Mrs Brown [DVD] [1997]
Mrs Brown [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Judi Dench
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £16.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality drama, but no DVD extras.., 2 Jan 2006
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This review is from: Mrs Brown [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
This is a superb film. While you perhaps couldn't claim it was of the "thoroughly entertaining" type of movie, it leaves the viewer feeling they've watched something very worthwhile and enchanting.
Dealing with Queen Victoria's self-imposed mourning period several years after he husband's death, it's fascinating to see the character change, as John Brown gets under her skin and brings her back to the land of the living. And of course we are given the mystery of the nature of their relationship, to think about too!
Judi Dench is just fantastic as Victoria and Billy Connolly shows that he CAN act, portraying a lot of character development as John. At times the scenery is breathtaking, and the script is subtle and clever, with a superb supporting cast, including Judi's "As Time Goes By" co-star, Geoffrey Palmer.
The only downside is the DVD has no extras. With most DVDs offering at least a small featurette or photo gallery these days the lack of it here is a little disappointing.

Queen Emma and the Vikings: A History of Power, Love and Greed in Eleventh-Century England
Queen Emma and the Vikings: A History of Power, Love and Greed in Eleventh-Century England
by Harriet E. O'Brien
Edition: Hardcover

57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book on pre-conquest England., 28 Dec 2005
Naturally, it's very hard to gain much in-depth knowledge on women in history from this era, but thanks to Queen Emma having commissioned a book in her lifetime a lot more light has been shed on the woman.
The author has produced an absolutely fascinating book, with obvious passion on the subject and extensive research of documents and chronicles. When only a couple of chapters into the book the reader feels immediately sucked into the 11th Century.
The writing style is excellent. Each chapter starts off with the author setting the scene/event as if you are seeing it through the eyes of a witness at the time. Then the majority of the chapter following these introductions examines all the available evidence theories and political machinations, while all the while placing things in context to Emma.
This isn't normally a period of history I read about, but the background information on Emma alone inspires the reader to delve deeper. Queen to King Aethelred II(Unready), Queen to King Cnut, mother to King Harthacnut, mother to King Edward the Confessor, and Great Aunt to William the Conqueror. That's an amazing profile and she was indeed an amazing woman of her time.
History fans of all eras will find this book of great interest, and as the book is written in a very accessible style it can be enjoyed by all levels of history fan.
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Sharpe: The Complete Series (Collector's Edition) [DVD] [1993]
Sharpe: The Complete Series (Collector's Edition) [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Offered by BIG Bargains
Price: £34.99

80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant set!, 28 Dec 2005
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This complete set of the Sharpe TV movies will appeal to many people. Sean Bean fans, historical military fiction fans, Bernard Cornwell fans, action fans, early 1800's fans!
Above all if you're already a Sharpe fan and don't own any of the episodes on DVD yet, then buy this set!
With great action, decent scripts and good acting and effects this is compelling and entertaining viewing. All set in the Napoleonic Wars on the continent, following the career and adventures of Richard Sharpe; raised from the ranks to officer class, through to the Battle Of Waterloo.
There are 15 feature-length episodes here, with the 15th a bonus episode of clips recalling Sharpe's exploits. The box set has a very attractive, neat design.
EXTRAS: Not a lot compared to some DVDs, but there is a 25 minute behind-the-scenes featurette and photo galleries. There is a lovely booklet to accompany the DVDs and also a glossy colour map of the continent charting where each episode/battle from the Sharpe series takes place.
A simply brilliant set!

As Time Goes By Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
As Time Goes By Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Judi Dench
Offered by uk-no1-store
Price: £13.75

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooooo entertaining!!, 27 Dec 2005
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If you've never seen this series, or have only seen the later series, then you HAVE to buy this set. It's some of the best comedy the BBC have produced in recent years. It's subtle in places and you can find yourself thinking of people you know in your own life that act like Jean and Lionel!!
The factor that really makes this series so good is the brilliant comedy performances by Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, and what wonderful chemistry and comic timing they have on screen together.
The first two series are excellent; showing how Lionel finds Jean again after many many years. All the characters are there such as Sandy and Alistair, the latter is far more irritating than in later series, but you can't help but like him and laugh at his antics.
This is the kind of series that entertains no matter how many times it's watched. A timeless sitcom!

Viking 3: King's Man (Viking Trilogy)
Viking 3: King's Man (Viking Trilogy)
by Timothy Severin
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent finale to an excellent trilogy..., 12 Dec 2005
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This final book in the trilogy following the fortunes of Thorgils, is excellent!
The reader continues the journey Thorgils takes, starting with his life in Constantinople; witnessing the power struggles within the court of the Basileus. Makes good reading, giving the reader a real sense of the difference in culture in that part of the world compared with northern Europe.
Thorgils escapes this life and goes forward, back into Viking lands, where on a mission for his liege lord, Harald Hardrada(future King of Norway) he finds love and happiness again. As always in this trilogy he is prevented from living the comfortable stable life and gets thrown in with the preparations to invade England. This leads Thorgils to a meeting with William The Conqueror prior to the Duke's own invasion of England.
Events move swiftly and we get a very realistic back seat view of the Battle of Stamford Bridge, where Thorgils loses his dream of returning the "Old Ways" to the people, when Hardrada is defeated.
This book finishes the trilogy perfectly and neatly ties in the events and battles of 1066. The way Thorgils last days are described leaves it quite open for the reader to think on. Like all VERY good books, this final volume leaves you satisfied but still wanting a little more!

The Very Best of Era [CD + DVD]
The Very Best of Era [CD + DVD]

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful CD and DVD!, 6 Dec 2005
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I first heard of Era when I saw the stunning video to "The Mass" on Classic FM TV. I was intrigued by it and the group that produced the music.
I decided to buy this set, of "The Very Best Of Era" CD with the DVD of the music videos with it.
An excellent CD. To people that haven't heard of Era, I'd say it's a sort of cross between Enigma and Enya, with another different twist. I really good mixture of sounds, but with a basic theme that tells you this is an Era recording.
Apart from "The Mass", my other favourite songs include, "Don't Go Away" and "Looking For Something".
The videos on the DVD are great; all try to tell a story, and were the thing that had drawn me to Era in the first place.
If you like this style of music, then you'll love this CD!

LMA Manager 2006 (PS2)
LMA Manager 2006 (PS2)
Offered by 4GamersUK
Price: £3.75

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent detail, but perhaps TOO much and LONG loading..., 6 Dec 2005
On looks alone this game is superior to the previous LMA Managers. Much better graphics and a better system of training...with reports that give each player's progress; whether they have been good in training or weak in certain areas.
The transfer market, although much larger in potential, is a bit annoying, and making negotiations, especially from a smaller club is extremely hard to get players to sign. Realistic to the "real world", but irritating to the gaming world.
My one big problem with this game though, is the loading time. The loading between days, match days and the loading to watch highlights of the matches, and the loading if you decide not to watch the match. After a while it feels like 80% of your time is spent watching the game's loading pages. This perhaps suggests there is TOO much detail that has to be logged and updated all the time. If you want to play for a quick half hour, it's impossible to get much further than a week and one game...such is the time sat there watching it load.
It's good that there is the potential to update player data from the game's internet site. I won't be getting round to that though, I've already sold my game on, such was my disappointment!

Shining Through [DVD] [1992]
Shining Through [DVD] [1992]
Dvd ~ Michael Douglas
Price: £4.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, underestimated..., 3 Dec 2005
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This review is from: Shining Through [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
I found this movie on a TV channel a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It's good to own the DVD now, which also has a couple of extras...including a small featurette.
On first appearances, yes, it looks very "budget movie", with dodgy sets, dodgy script, shakey acting in places and a wobbly storyline...BUT it is STILL a good movie to watch.
It has all the elements of undercover intelligence within Germany in WW2, with a light love story over the top of it. Add into the equation that Griffiths' character is also half-Jewish, it gives a little more grit to the story. Particular good points include Joely Richardson's performance; as good a woman semi-villain as you'll get anywhere. A good strong performance by Liam Neeson as a German General and also the fact John Gielgud plays a small part gives the movie some credit too.
It's a very simple story, slightly predictable, but you'll find the movie much better and more enjoyable than you think.

The Darling Buds Of May - Complete Series (Special Edition) [DVD]
The Darling Buds Of May - Complete Series (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Jason
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £28.35

292 of 293 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, brilliant series!, 1 Dec 2005
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It's great to own the COMPLETE series on DVD, the transfer to disc is of high it takes up the space of only half of one of the VHS box sets!
If you enjoyed the series when it was first broadcast in the early 1990s then you'll love this set. All episodes are included in this set: Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and BOTH Christmas specials. There is a special feature of commentary from both Philip Franks and Pam Ferris in the first series, which is a nice addition.
This is the kind of series you can just sit back and enjoy. Timeless entertainment, and excellent acting and on screen chemistry from all the cast. David Jason and Pam Ferris are fantastic together and the first major role for Catherine Zeta Jones is good too. Highly recommended set!

Offered by Factory Shop Deals
Price: £8.99

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly gorgeous album!, 22 Nov 2005
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This review is from: Amarantine (Audio CD)
I've been a huge fan of Enya's since Watermark. Her music has got me through some pretty horrible times over the years. I eagerly awaited the arrival of this CD through the letterbox, I was not disappointed. "WOO-HOO!" and "WOW" sum up my thoughts after one listen.
The "Enya sound" is there, but this album provides some different ideas and compositions. It's a very strong album with no weak tracks at all. Stunning!
Personal favourites songs are "Amarantine", "If I Could Be Where You Are", "Long Long Journey", "Amid The Falling Snow" and "Water Shows The Hidden Heart". Those tracks are just beautiful and take the listener away from every day life.
The song you'll find the hardest to stop your feet from tapping to has to be "The River Sings", just a superb punchy track! And I adore the haunting "Sumiregusa".
It's hard to favour an Enya album over another, but I've been blown away by this one. Arguably some of her best work so far.

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