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Ultimate Desires DVD Tracy Scoggins [1992]
Ultimate Desires DVD Tracy Scoggins [1992]

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Baffled, 30 Aug. 2009
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This DVD comes in French language packaging and the set up options allow it to be played in English. After watching it the phrase "lost something in translation" sprang to mind.
Apart from the named stars, tha acting is atrocious and the plot childish. The direction sends the film off in erratic directions with no device for repairing the shoddy continuity. There is a lightly erotic moment when Ms Scoggins is watched through binoculars while she does a brief routine in silk underwear but this is so out of context that you wonder if it wasn't cut in from a different film by mistake.
The ending leaves you looking for a second dic in the box to explain what on earth was going on and what really happened at the end.
spend your money of something else


Space Captain Smith
Space Captain Smith
by Toby Frost
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars refuses to be classified, 15 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Space Captain Smith (Paperback)
Whatever drove Toby Frost to write a Science Fiction novel? Certainly his economical plot style and his wonderfully elegant feel for the appropriate one-liner could have allowed him to use his sense of the ridiculous in many contexts. However, Science Fiction it is and that does not detract at all from the enjoyment. reviewers here compare Frost to almost every conceivable writer but, for me, he rivals Terry Pratchett in the way he hides a loke in a narrative run-up so that it jumps off the page and socks you where you will laugh most. Long live Captain Smith and let's have a lot more of his adventures.


Bad Science
Bad Science
by Ben Goldacre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

12 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is it just me?, 16 July 2009
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This review is from: Bad Science (Paperback)
I seem to be the only one who doesn't find this book outstanding. I gave it two stars because it had a nice cover, the book's only redeeming feature. Dr Goldacre is definitely one of those people by whom you do not wish to be cornered at a party of in a pub. Is it really a surprise that cosmetics companies are economical with the truth when it comes to their advertising, didn't we all know that they spend more on publicity than they do on R&D? Is it really a surprise that newspapers will capitalise on the smallest grain of information to create indignant rage amongst their readers? Is it a revelation that certain "Guru's" in the health industry are charlatans? Dr Goldacre obviously think such things are a revelation and his book is dedicated to an indignant rant against all of these. About three quarters of the way through the book (if I was Goldacre I would quote the page and paragraph number and the ISBN number of the edition I had read) he says, "A large majority of the public think they are fair-minded, less prejudiced, more intelligent and more skilled at driving than the average person, when of course only half of us can be better than the median". Logical enough but then there is a footnote that says, "I'd be genuinely intrigued to know how long it takes to find someone who can tell you the difference between "median", "mean" and "mode" from where you are sitting now". Dr Goldacre, please, nobody likes a smarty-pants. The book is pepered with observations like this and it reads like a laborious series of letters to the Daily Telegraph from affronted, retired infantry colonels and oozes a "look at me , I'm clever" tone from every page.
Buy this book if you want to boost the author's ego even further. If you want an enjoyable and informative book, buy the sceptics dictionary.

The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions
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Kingdom: Series Two [DVD]
Kingdom: Series Two [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Fry
Price: £12.20

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just a good, flawed man, 14 July 2009
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This review is from: Kingdom: Series Two [DVD] (DVD)
When everything else in Britain goes wrong, you can at least rely on the chances of really good, TV drama being made and the two series of Kingdom are a prime example.
A combination of mystery and whimsy with a solid cast this is just pure relaxing entertainment played out in wonderful scenery.
Peter Kingdom, the title role player comes out as an all-round good type who's greatest flaw seems to be that he spreads his kindness and wit liberally around the community but overlooks his own family when he actually loves them with impressive ferocity.
Series thee is now available for preorder and I am dying to know how the new plot threads that appeared at the end of series two will develop. Will mR Kingdom finally find a soul mate of his own?


Star Trek - Enterprise - Series 1 - Complete (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
Star Trek - Enterprise - Series 1 - Complete (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Scott Bakula
Price: £17.37

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong, 19 Jun. 2009
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Thankfully, after the disasters of DS9 and Voyager, they managed to find a leading man who can act, something that has been missing since Picard.
Even now that the blockbuster prequel film has been released this series still has its place. It is filled with good story lines that interlink well and the character building is solid.
I just wish they work lose that iritating and cumbersome ST menu.
A worthy addition to the ST family
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Moonlight - Season 1 - Complete [DVD] [2008]
Moonlight - Season 1 - Complete [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Alex O'Loughlin
Price: £9.75

5.0 out of 5 stars The fantastic hasbeen improved still further, 24 May 2009
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A comparison with "Blood Ties" is unavoidable and, although the completely delectable Christina Cox is absent from this series, it is in my humble opinion even better than Blood Ties, even though it shares the same plot surmise.
I suppose with such a good-looking leading man Moonlight may appeal more to the female audience but the series is self is solid. The "Modern day vampire" idea is handled with such great care that willing suspension of disbelief is easy. The story lines are varied and the cast really pull the whole thing together in a very watchable production. Some of the things we learn about vampires do go against the accepted myth; yes they can go out in daylight, a stake through the heart only paralyses them (not a kill in the great Hammer Horror tradition) and crosses and holy water are of no use at all. However, if you want to belive that there are hundreds of vampires living amongst us today, why not go the extra mile and forget all the Bram Stoker stuff that was the received wisdom on vampires.
I sincerely hope there is more of moonlight to follow


Jeeves and Wooster - Complete Collection [DVD]
Jeeves and Wooster - Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Fry
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have, 15 May 2009
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The production values on this series mean it is just as watchable now as it was in the 80's. Laurie and Fry are perfect for the parts and even if the story lines sometime depart from Wodehouse's work you would have to be a fanatic to complain. The only place it falls down is in one of the later episodes that has the pair leaping overboard from a transatlantic liner and paddling home via Australia.
Costume, design and characterisation are all perfect and the storylines connect well throughout the series making the viewer feel very at home in Bertie's life.
Buy it and watch over and over


Dark Angel: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2001]
Dark Angel: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Jessica Alba
Price: £23.56

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same old tat, 15 May 2009
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I admit to watching anything with Jessica Alba in it - even if it is so bad that I have to turn the sound off. In her case that is an advantage because that awful voice of hers would strip paint at thirty yards. The first disc of this series is fun. Fast moving with lots of smash, bang, wallop action it is great relaxation. By disc two the writers have obviously lost interest and the storylines get ever more incredible until even the sight of Ms Alba doesn't compensate.
Buy series one but steer clear of #2.


Firefly - The Complete Series [DVD] [2003]
Firefly - The Complete Series [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Nathan Fillion
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless, 14 May 2009
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You (almost)can't understand why this series was pulled. The story, the production values, the actors, everything leaves you just screaming for more. Less self-reverential than farscape it shares that iconic series' idea of a bunch of closely-knit misfits on board a spaceship past its best. While roaming around a post-apocalyptic universe looking for casual work - not all of it legal- there is still some time (not enough) for character development. Oh yes, and although its space Sci-Fi, everybody dresses and acts as if they are in the Wild West and they even heft firearms that fire real bullets. Low on CGI but big on atmosphere this is hugely enjoyable.
The special features in this series reveal some of the "what if" plot lines that might have been developed ina second series. For me that showed just why the series might have been pulled. It sounded like the show was going into the contrived conspracy theory that seems to be the last resort of so many series writers. Better to leave it as it is (after all, the the film of Serenity was a five-star disaster) As it is this stands out as a one-off masterpiece of imagination and prgramme making.


Painkiller Jane - Complete Season 1
Painkiller Jane - Complete Season 1
Dvd ~ Kristanna Loken

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this at all costs, 3 May 2009
The concept of this series sounded quite good. A lady who, after a literally death-defying fall, becomes immortal but still feels the pain of each passing death. Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons with Sex Appeal?
It is complete rubbish. The basic plot item is driven along by a story involving a small, autonomous and highly secret government unit who are seeking out "Neuro's". These are mutants who have developed strong mental abilities. Each ability is different such as being able to perform magic, causing objects (and people) to combust spontaneously, thought-stealing and whole host of other over-contrived ideas. Each programme drags laboriously on until the heroine can show off her immortality trick. In the later programmes the predictable conspiracy theory emerges to wind the plot into even more pointless twists.
Poorly acting by largely unknown people, this is a series to avoid.


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