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Ross Noble - Randomist [2006] [DVD]
Ross Noble - Randomist [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ross Noble
Offered by ajdiscs
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Massive vfm, 23 Aug. 2008
Noble's hard-core fans will obviously already own this, but for casual fans this offers frankly staggering value for money.

At the heart are three full, unedited, two-hour performances from the "Randomist" tour. Now then, for some comedians this might mean "the same performance in three different locations"; with Noble's improvisational approach however, each show is completely different. Even the 10% of prepared material works completely differently in each venue. For example, the "Sparkly Poo" routine is worked through in full in one show, but at the Stoke show Ross only gets half-way through as he engages a heckler in an in-depth discussion of "bath bombs" or "lass grenades".

Then you get commentaries on the shows which are effectively shows in themselves as Ross struggles to focus on the shows and chooses to discuss the process of commentaries and the threat of being surprised by Carol Vordeman.

Then there's two full-length docs following Ross round the Scottish Highlands and Australia.

And then there's the Randomiser which contains extracts from lots of other appearances.

That's more Ross Noble than anyone can shake a stick at. If you want to do this you must first purchase a Ross Noble cheeky shaking stick and put a blanket over it.


Sandman: Endless Nights
Sandman: Endless Nights
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, beautiful, and a just little disappointing, 16 Aug. 2005
The ten collected volumes of "The Sandman" are about as good as graphic fiction can get. In this volume, Neil Gaiman returns to the key characters, and gives us seven self-contained stories illustrated by well-known artists, each dealing with one of the Endless. I was hoping that Gaiman would fill in some important gaps in the series; for instance how Delight became Delirium, how the first incarnation of Despair was killed, the exact circumstances of Destruction's decision to leave: no such luck! However the individual stories are often superb.
The "Dream" story is brilliant and beautifully realised; anyone who has an interest in the series will need this story. Desire's tale is, inevitably, darkly erotic and well-illustrated. The "Death" story is competent, but not spectacular. The "Despair" section is highly experimental, pushing the bounds of graphic fiction, it is horrible, but compulsive; just don't read this section if your feeling low. Delirium's story is wild and strange and confusing at first reading; what would you expect when the only sane characters are a talking dog and a loquacious crow? The artwork here is by Bill Sienkewicz, who I remember from his work on Elektra in the late 80's. He has lost none of his skill and it's hard to imagine any other artist doing justice to this tale. Lots of big, swirly, water-colour-style images bring the story vividly to life.
The Destruction story is a disappointment; I really couldn't see the point of it, maybe I need to read it again. The final section "Destiny", is blessed with some spectacular images, but isn't really a story.
In summary: one essential story "Dream"; three very good ones "Desire", "Delirium", "Despair"; two pretty good ones "Death", "Destiny"; one puzzling disappointment "Destruction".
If you are a fan you need this volume; if you are a newcomer, this isn't the place to start.
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