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3 Days to Kill [Blu-ray]
3 Days to Kill [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Kevin Costner
Price: £12.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed & Disappointing Effort, 23 Oct 2014
This review is from: 3 Days to Kill [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
3 Days To Kill ( Blu-ray).

Blu-ray Info.
Region B
Resolution: 1080p
Ratio: 16.9/2.37:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:English, English SDH, Spanish
Certification: 15
Running Time 117 minutes (Theatrical)
123 Minutes (Uncut).

The Making of 3 Days to Kill (10 Minute Featurette).
McG's Method (5 Minute Featurette).
Covert Operation (5 Minute Featurette).
Theatrical Trailer
Contains both Theatrical & Uncut versions of the film.

Blu-ray Quality.
Picture quality is sharp & well detailed, colours are generally very accurate looking aided by strong, consistent contrast.

Audio Quality.
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 delivers a warm clear clarity & the dialogue is very cleanly presented & overall the track boasts superior fidelity with no issues whatsoever.

Kevin Costner as Ethan Renner
Amber Heard as Vivi Delay
Hailee Steinfeld as Zooey Renner
Connie Nielsen as Christine Renner
Richard Sammel as the Wolf
Marc Andréoni as Mitat Yilmaz
Eriq Ebouaney as Jules
Tómas Lemarquis as the Albino
Raymond J. Barry as the CIA Director
Jonathan Barbezieux as Louis
Jonas Bloquet as Hugh
Rupert Wynne-James
Philippe Reyno as Young Agent
Eric Supply as Invite

Budget: $28 million
Box office: $52,597,999

What's It About.
Ethan Renner, a recently-retired international spy finds out he doesn't have long to live, No longer committed to his job, he begins trying to mend his relationship with his estranged wife Christine & his teenage daughter Zooey who now live in Paris.

When Ethan is approached by his ex-handler at the CIA, Vivi Delay & offered experimental drug treatments in exchange for his help in taking down an international terrorist dubbed 'The Wolf', he sees an opportunity to put his work behind him once & for all.

But when Christine must leave Paris to attend to other commitments, Ethan is left solely responsible for Zooey, Can he care for his daughter while taking care of 'The Wolf'?

Timelord Thoughts.
I'm not quite sure what tone this movie set out to be?, as at times it's like a serious CIA thriller that's been mixed together with a tongue & cheek comedy that just doesn't work at all & completely loses the plot, there's a fair amount of action & explosions but isn't in the same league as Bourne or Taken despite a solid lead performance by Kevin Costner.

Amber Heard is one sexy stunning beautiful woman but her performance here is a wooden as Pinocchio as she's completely unconvincing as Vivi Delay who gives a phoned in performance throughout, while Connie Nielsen is a very capable actress & is excellent in her scenes as Ethan's Ex-wife Christine & deserved far more screen time than she's given here, the family melodrama elements of the relationship between Ethan & his daughter Zooey feels tagged on & the movie tries & fails to juggle two many subplots instead of focusing on just one linear plot narrative.

So 3 Days To Kill isn't quite a spy thriller or a all out comedy & while the action sequences are decent enough & the uncut version adds a little more blood & guts, but there's nothing that stands out while the comedy elements affect the films tone quite badly as the whole film feels a completely disjointed affair that needed tighter pacing as at times the movies more like a sitcom in it's execution.

Overall 3 Days To Kill is a film I'd recommend you rent not buy.

Timelord Rating.
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Azada (Nintend 3DS)
Azada (Nintend 3DS)
Price: £23.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Puzzle Game, 23 Oct 2014
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Azada ( Nintendo 3DS).

Product Info.
Format: 3DS
Game Type: Puzzle / Strategy
Rating: Suitable for all ages

What's The Game About?
Trapped in a haunted room by his great-uncle, Titus has asked you to help release him from the magical spell. With the last of the magical powers he acquired while trapped, he transports you to his study and asks for your help to set him free.

You must solve the most mysterious puzzles of Azada & fill in the missing pages of the enchanted book to free Titus from his prison. With more than 40 unique puzzles & five master level puzzles, you will need to use strategy, think logically & have a keen eye to succeed.

Uncover the secret of Azada today.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Good.
1)Good audio cues
2)Inventive item combinations

The Bad.
1)Patchy visuals
3)Too easy & Short

Azada is an average hidden object adventure game that is reasonably fun to play, but for experienced puzzle gamers who are expecting something akin to the Professor Layton adventures will find disappointment with this game & the game seems way overpriced that's far too easy & short giving little value for money.

Timelord Rating.
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The Forbidden Time (Dr Who Big Finish)
The Forbidden Time (Dr Who Big Finish)
by David Lock
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Paced But Atmospheric Companion Chronicle, 22 Oct 2014
Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles The Forbidden Time.
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Polly, Ben, Jamie
Main enemy: The Vist
Main setting: Shadow Earth, 2011
Writer: David Lock
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 5.09
Running Time 60 Minutes
Format: 2 - Episodes - 1 Disc

Behind The Scenes Interviews

Polly Wright - Anneke Wills
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines

1)Polly claims that she & Ben thought of Jamie as being like their "baby brother" during their travels together.
2)The Doctor lies about his people being the first to evolve.
3)The Vist can move through time like creatures move through space. The Doctor tricks them into travelling so far back in time that they become forever trapped in a time before time exists.
4)Time and space are connected because they came into existence at the same time. Time, like space, has a geography.
5)Polly's dictation machine doesn't use tape but records on "files," though what connection there is to digital files, if any, is unknown.
6)The Doctor doesn't like to talk about his people. His fifth incarnation later tells Polly he didn't refer to himself as a Timelord during his early travels. (AUDIO: The Five Companions).

What's Up Doc.
Time Walkers have descended upon the Earth. This alien race, known as the Vist, has claimed an area of time for itself & any species entering into the immediate future will pay the most terrible forfeit.

The human race is in a state of panic, but one woman knows the truth. Her name is Polly Wright & she visited that future many years ago, with the Doctor, Jamie & Ben.

She has stepped into the Forbidden Time -- & this is her story...

Timelord Thoughts.
The Forbidden Time is a surreal & at times sinister adventure with echoes of 'War Of The World's' about it featuring a creepy alien race known as The Vist who with their long skinny legs & creepy insect wrinkled heads look just like they escaped from a H.G.Wells novel.

David Lock has written a solid sci-fi story here which has great moments of atmosphere & is brimming with creativity but sadly feels a little slow in it's pacing & takes fartoo much time to get to the drama which ends on a unsatisfactory episode one cliffhanger, whilst episode two is better paced as the story builds up great suspense & momentum that creates a tense dramatic atmosphere thanks to some excellent sound design by Richard Fox & Lauren Yason that adds chills to it's frightening location & genuine menace with alien race The Vist & a finale that gives a thrilling & solid conclusion.

Anneke Wills is a strong narrator of the Companion Chronicles & reprises her character Polly Wright magnificently & does a competent job of voicing the other parts in the play bringing a nostalgic charm to her readings, while guest actor Frazer Hines returns as the spirited highlander Jamie McCrimmon with such efficient ease even through it's via voice recordings, sadly Hines doesn't get to voice his excellent interpretation of the Second Doctor in this adventure.

Overall, The Forbidden Time is a decent enough if adventure that needed tighter pacing by director Lisa Bowerman as the story's uneven as episode one felt slow & unengaging & yet episode two the pace is a little to rushed, but by the end the story turns into a solid adventure thanks to Anneke Wills solid narration & some wonderful atmospheric sound design by Richard Fox & Lauren Yason & while it's not a classic play by any means it does capture the Tv season four era brilliantly & is a unique Second Doctor audio adventure.

Timelord Rating.
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The Invasion of E-Space (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
The Invasion of E-Space (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
by Andrew Smith
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Cold & Emotionless Companion Chronicle Adventure, 22 Oct 2014
The Invasion of E-Space (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana II, Adric
Main enemy: Farrian
Main setting: Ballustra, E-Space
Writer: Andrew Smith
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 5.04
Running Time: 60 minutes
1 Disc - 2 Episodes

(Please note that the sleeve cover isn't the image of the overall product).

Behind The Scenes Interviews

Romana II - Lalla Ward
Marni Tellis - Suanne Braun

1)Adric has been travelling with the Doctor & Romana for two months.
2)The Farrian can create CVEs.
3)There are eight billion Ballustrans (on Ballustra).
4)Letrus is the moon of Ballustra.
5)Ballustra has conditions similar to those of Earth.
6)This story had the working title of The CVE Makers.
7)This is the first full story outside of the Season 18 television serials to be set within the E-Space trilogy.

What's Up Doc?
Trapped within E-Space, the Fourth Doctor, Romana & Adric are searching for a Charged Vacuum Emboitment -- the gateway back to our universe. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Then, by pure chance, a brand new CVE rips into being. Its makers are the Farrian, a warlike race who have the technology to break into E-Space. They have come to invade & plunder this new territory & the riches of the planet Ballustra are their first target.

Timelord Thoughts.
Season 18 is regarded as a Marmite era for Doctor Who, some fan's love it while others loathe it, the story's tone in season 18 were very different from what had gone before & what came after due to Christopher H.Bidmeads script editing taking the show in a completely new direction, this story is written by season 18's Full Circle writer Andrew Smith & is set in between Tv adventures State Of Decay & Warriors Gate.

While The Invasion Of E-Space is quite an unusual story & captures the sterile
sci-fi imagery of season 18 is mostly a well written Fourth Doctor adventure that is brilliantly performed by actress Lalla Ward who narrates with gracious ease & reprises Romana II superbly, but due to her incarnations emotionless nature it failed to engage me fully as it seemed to lack any dramatic or emotional impact, that in the end just sounds like scientific gobbledygook.

Andrew Smith captures the technical storytelling of the season & writes the character of Adric extremely well but is wide of the mark on the character drama & slowly the story becomes difficult to care about the events that are unfolding & builds to a solid if uninspiring conclusion.

The Invasion Of E-Space is a above average Companion Chronicles adventure that's style over substance, Big Finish capture the style of season 18 magnificently in the sound design & music score department, so well in fact that they also captured the emotionless tone of this particular season with a story that left me cold as it failed to grasp any great moments of character drama, Lalla Ward's narration just about keeps this adventure afloat but she deserves better material than what's on offer here & overall is a slightly disappointing effort.

Timelord Rating.
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There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You
There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You
by Lynda Bellingham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.49

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Courageous & Inspirational Woman, 22 Oct 2014
There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You (Book).

Product Info.
Hardback Edition
288 Pages
Written By: Lynda Bellingham.

Timelord Review.
This is a poignant deeply emotional & yet upbeat memoir of how the late Lynda Bellingham has dealt with her diagnosis of terminal cancer & the effect it has had on her family.

Lynda doesn't show any anger at what has happened to her as she writes with brutal honesty & great warmth & humour choosing to stop the Chemotherapy & spend whatever time she had left with her loved ones hoping for just one more Christmas which sadly was not to be.

This book made me cry as Lynda shows such dignity & strength with an amazing spirit throughout what must have been a very dark period & terrifying part of her life but her kind heart courage & emotion shine throughout this book as Lynda recalls many colourful tales past & present over her life, her anecdote about dealing with a stoma bag in the ladies' at Buckingham Palace, when she accepted her OBE in March is hilarious & shows that a good sense of humour can help you get through just about anything as this book mixes tragedy & heart break with some truly laugh out loud moments with Lynda recalling some wonderful anecdotes about her varied acting career & family life.

I have seen first hand the devastation of what cancer can do to a person as I myself have lost two people who I loved very much to this disease & yet I didn't find when reading this book the tone depressing or morbid instead I found it to be uplifting & inspirational as Lynda has shown such optimism & courageous strength in the face of adversity & never lost her wicked sense of humour despite the many tragedies in her life.

Sadly Lynda has now passed away but I thank her for being so open in writing this memoir as it may help somebody whom is suffering the same fate as Lynda, I hope someone reading this book finds solace & comfort in knowing there not alone in what there going through.

This memoir reflects on what's truly important in life which is to enjoy everyday as if it's your last & tell our loved one's how much we love them.

Lynda you were a true inspiration & a strong courageous forthright person who showed strength & determination by carrying on with grace & your wicked sense of humour & you'll no doubt continue to help many cancer suffers with this wonderful memoir that you leave behind & will always be remembered by you loved ones, friends & fans.

God Bless.

Timelord Rating.
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Dr Who Nights Black Agents CD (Dr Who Big Finish Companion) (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
Dr Who Nights Black Agents CD (Dr Who Big Finish Companion) (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
by Marty Ross
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £7.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Companion Piece To The Land Of Fiction Trilogy, 21 Oct 2014
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Doctor Who: Nights Black Agents CD (Dr Who Big Finish Companion).
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Jamie McCrimmon (Land of Fiction)
Main enemy: Reverend Merodach
Main setting: Scotland, 1780
The Land of Fiction
Key crew
Writer: Marty Ross
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 4.11
2 - Episodes
1 x CD
Running Time 60 Minutes

Behind The Scenes Interviews

Jamie - Frazer Hines
Reverend Merodach - Hugh Ross

1)The Doctor tells Jamie that the Scottish legend of the Kelpie has no basis in fact.
2)Reverend Merodach is the minister of the parish of Lammermoor in Lothian.
3)Jamie describes Reverend Merodach as resembling a "chewed out apple core."
4)Reverend Merodach states that the wearing of tartan has been banned in Scotland since the Jacobite Rising in the 1740s.
5)Reverend Merodach describes the Doctor's coat as resembling that of "a carnival magician."
6)The Doctor quotes Macbeth.
7)Reverend Merodach contemptuously refers to Bonnie Prince Charlie as "an Italian dandy."
8)This is the first Companion Chronicle to feature the Sixth Doctor.
Reverend Merodach refers to the Doctor's recent arrival in Scotland & his defeat of the Red Caps. (Audio: City of Spires).

What's Up Doc?
Jamie McCrimmon & his new friend the Sixth Doctor are lost on the moors of Scotland, where the legendary Kelpie roams...

They are offered shelter by the Reverend Merodach, the minister of the parish of Lammermoor & are welcomed to his castle, But strange forces are at work within its walls & Merodach is not what he appears.

Can the Doctor & Jamie prevent their powerful enemy from taking the TARDIS for himself?

Timelord Thoughts.
Nights Black Agent's is a Sixth Doctor Companion Chronicle that's set between main range releases City of Spires & The Wreck of the Titan.

This is a strong character & a polished piece of writing by Marty Ross that starts to unravel Jamie's life piece by piece & shows his true character heroism as a older, world-weary but utterly charming loyal selfless& honourable man who will do anything to protect his friend, The Doctor even if he can't remember him & his past adventures with the Timelord.

Lisa Bowermans excellent direction takes full advantage of the castles sinister dark claustrophobic atmosphere while Marty Ross script sparkles peppered with excellent exchanges of dialogue between Jamie & the mysterious Reverend Merodach.

Frazer Hines narrates the story with real charm & ease who adds something new to his role as a older battle scarred Jamie & whilst his sixth Doctor interpretation isn't quite as good as his second Doctor, Hines gets the tone & attitude correct enough.

Guest actor Hugh Ross makes for a fine & sinister threatening villain who really gets under Jamie's skin, Hugh Ross adds such macabre menace & nearly steals the show from under Hines in the part of Reverend Merodach.

Overall, Nights Black Agents is a nice companion piece to the 'Land Of Fiction' trilogy that is also a great little chilling adventure in it's own right & contains plenty of mystery, suspense & intrigue to make this a very enjoyable listening experience & one I easily recommend purchasing.

Timelord Rating.
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The Glorious Revolution (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
The Glorious Revolution (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
by Jonathan Morris
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jamie's Quest, 21 Oct 2014
(Dedicated to Keen Reader & M.S, You guy's know why, appreciated).

The Glorious Revolution (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Jamie, Zoe
Main setting: London, November 1688
Scotland, 1788
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Jonathan Morris
Director: Nigel Fairs
Music: Nigel Fairs
Sound: Nigel Fairs
Release number: 4.2
2 - Episodes
1 x CD
Running Time 60 Minutes

Behind The Scenes Interviews

Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
The Visitor / King James II - Andrew Fettes

1)Jamie's Time Lord visitor is a member of the Celestial Intervention Agency (CIA).
2)Upon having his memories returned to him, Jamie mentions Victoria Waterfield, Zoe Heriot, the Daleks & the Cybermen.
3)The scene in which Jamie begins to fade from existence to the point where his hand becomes transparent is highly reminiscent of a scene in the 1985 science fiction comedy film 'Back to the Future' in which the same fate befalls its protagonist, Marty McFly.

What's Up Doc.
After years as a companion to the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon was returned to his own world and his own time, & his memories of his travels were erased, until now.

A visitor from beyond the stars needs to explore Jamie's past, & discover what went wrong. What happened in the year 1688, when the TARDIS landed in London, & the Doctor, Jamie & Zoe were welcomed into the court of King James II.

It was the year of the Glorious Revolution, The birth of a whole new history...

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Jonathan Morris seems to write well for any Doctor or any companion in any era as this latest Companion Chronicle sees Jamie paid a visit by a mysterious visitor from the Celestial Intervention Agency to his cottage in Scotland about this particular adventure with the Doctor & Zoe as Jamie has inadvertently changed history in persuading James II to stay in London to fight instead of fleeing which of course changes the time line.

Frazer Hines is simply brilliant & is not only a superb warm narrator but reprises his role of Jamie to perfection sounding exactly as he did on tv in the late 60's who leaps into battle to the noise of jeering observers to rescue the Doctor & Zoe at the gallows throwing punches like a 80's action hero & saves his friends lives & yet underneath the bravado shows a more vulnerable side as Jamie feels let down after meeting King James II who is somebody Jamie had always admired.

Hines also captures the voice & mannerisms of the Second Doctor delivering a spot on interpretation that is so brilliant it's as if the late Patrick Troughton is channelling his voice through Frazer from beyond the grave.

I was slightly disappointed that the Companion Chronicles didn't include Wendy Padbury reprising her role as Zoe as it would've been nice for the duo to have shared the adventure but guest actor Andrew Fettes does give a excellent performance in dual roles as James II & the Time Lord from the Celestial Intervention Agency investigating the potential time anomaly who gives each role the own distinct personality & character.

I would highly recommend this to fan's of the Second Doctor & Jamie as it mixes a great time paradox & historical adventure together with high production values & great performances in delivering a solid entertaining engaging Companion Chronicles audio adventure.

Timelord Rating.
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Sudden Death [DVD] [1996]
Sudden Death [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Jean-Claude Van Damme
Offered by replay-international
Price: £3.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme Fights A Penguin...Sort Of, 20 Oct 2014
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Sudden Death (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: Italian
Region: 2
Ratio: 16.9/2.35 : 1
Audio: 5.1 DTS
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Running Time: 105 minutes

Jean-Claude Van Damme as Darren Francis Thomas McCord
Powers Boothe as Joshua Foss
Raymond J. Barry as U.S. Vice President Daniel Binder
Whittni Wright as Emily McCord
Ross Malinger as Tyler McCord
Dorian Harewood as Matthew Hallmark
Kate McNeil as Kathi
Michael Gaston as Hickey
Audra Lindley as Mrs. Ferrara
Brian Delate as Blair
Faith Minton as Carla
Manny Perry as Brody
Brian Hutchison as Young Secret Service Agent

Budget: $35 million
Box office: $64,350,171

1)Body Count: 36.
2)Jean-Claude Van Damme doesn't fight a henchman until 37 minutes into the film.
3)Raymond J.Barry & Powers Poothe also starred together in Rapid Fire with the late Brandon Lee.

What's The Story.
Darren McCord must rescue his little girl from terrorists who have interrupted the Stanley Cup ice hockey final, The bad guys led by ex secret service agent Joshua Foss who kidnaps the Vice President of the United States & threatens to blow everybody up unless he gets a billion dollars from the treasury by the end of the game.

Therefore, Darren must not only stop the terrorists by any means necessary, but try to locate & deactivate the bombs in time before the game ends.

Timelord Thoughts.
Sudden Death is a solid action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme who gives a strong performance here as ex fireman Darren McCord who takes his children to watch a ice hockey game as he's a caretaker there & also has something to prove as two years before he was unable to rescue a child in a fire, but unwittingly McCord becomes entwined in a terrorist & extortion plot that involves the kidnapping of the US vice president & eventually McCords daughter Emily, the terrorists led by Joshua Foss want $1 billion dollars or he'll blow up the hockey stadium & kill thousands of innocent people, so it's up to Van Damme to save the day & kick, punch or use any means necessary in a bid to rescue his daughter & stop the terrorists plan..

Powers Boothe is extremely convincing as Joshua Foss who oozes a sinister sadistic charm without going over the top who is leader of the terrorists & literally don't care who he or his men kill, whether it's women, the head cook & his wife, no one is safe, Raymond J. Barry is good in a supporting role as vice president Daniel Binder who tries to talk Foss down from blowing up the stadium.

Director Peter Hyams keeps the action & the pace moving along nicely staging some impressive action & kick ass fight scenes especially when Van Damme is seen fighting a female assassin who's wearing a Penguin mascot outfit in the stadiums kitchen is a brilliantly choreographed & is one of the movies most memorable scenes.

At times Sudden Death can be a little far fetched but overall this is a enjoyable action movie & one of Van Dammes best who was at the top of his game when he made this movie & is one of the most entertaining action films of the 90's that delivers a wide variety of over the top action & fight scenes scenes, has a great villain in Powers Boothe, contains plenty of witty one liners plus a half decent plot & were else are you going to see Van Damme fighting a Penguin mascot assassin?

Timelord Rating.
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Mrs Brown's Boys: More Christmas Crackers [DVD] [2013]
Mrs Brown's Boys: More Christmas Crackers [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Brendan O'Carroll
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Brilliance By Ole Mother Brown, 20 Oct 2014
Mrs Brown's Boys: More Christmas Crackers [DVD] [2013]

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region: 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
2 x 30 minute episodes

What's The Story.

Buckin' Mammy: Christmas is just round the corner, &no-one knows what Bono wants for a present. He's already posted his letter off to Santa, so how can Mrs Brown find out in time? Meanwhile, at her family games night, Agnes struggles to control her temper when none of the guests will play by her rules. But at least there shouldn't be any problems with the Christmas tree - she's having a very special one delivered...

Who's A Pretty Mammy? Agnes is a Mammy on a mission - trying to make sure grandson Bono isn't sent to the infamous local primary school despite what his parents want & if her house isn't normally noisy enough, she finds herself lumbered with a brand new houseguest in the form of a homeless parrot. At least she's got her New Year's Eve party to look forward to - until her guests start dropping like flies. Suddenly it looks like she might be seeing in the New Year without her family around her..

Timelord Thoughts.
Mrs Brown's Boys is without doubt one of my favourite comedys as I never laugh so hard as when I'm watching an episode of this show & these two specials that were shown over Christmas 2013 & New Year's Day 2014 are side splitting hilarious.

Brendan O'Carroll is a genius playing Agnes Brown who is the matriarch of the Brown family, Carroll is superb with great comic put downs delivered perfectly with that cheeky Irish grin, the show never feels scripted & due to it's fourth wall antics anything can happen & it usually does.

Crude, yes.. its not politically correct thats for sure, but I wouldn't deem the humour tasteless or offensive & with how depressing the world is today with what is shown on the news it's great to have a show that can make people laugh & make us forget our problems for an hour or so.

I don't remember ever wanting to watch a sitcom episode more than once but the first time I rewatched a episode of this show & I knew what was coming next, I couldn't help but continually laugh.

Brendan O'Carroll is brilliant charmingly funny, as is the rest of the cast, I love the "old school" comedy tone, with the occasional use of crude humor is a series that's funny, edgy & completely unpredictable whilst being hilariously entertaining.

This is a little overpriced for just two 30 minute specials & no doubt these episodes will be available in another Mrs Brown box set later in the year so it's a question of do you want to buy now or wait a while for a cheaper price or wait for another box set.

If these specials don't make you laugh nothing will, a highly recommended purchase of comedy brilliance that I hope will continue to keep me entertained & laughing in 2014 & beyond.

Timelord Rating.
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Oculus [DVD] [2014]
Oculus [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Karen Gillan
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Look In The Mirror!, 19 Oct 2014
This review is from: Oculus [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Oculus (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL, Subtitled
Language: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Warner Home Video
Running Time: 103 minutes

Karen Gillan as Kaylie Russell
Annalise Basso as 12-year-old Kaylie
Brenton Thwaites as Tim Russell
Garrett Ryan as 10-year-old Tim
Rory Cochrane as Alan Russell
Katee Sackhoff as Marie Russell
James Lafferty as Michael Dumont
Miguel Sandoval as Dr. Graham
Katie Parker as Phone Store Clerk
Kate Siegel as Marisol Chavez

Budget: $5 million
Box office: $44 million

What's The Story.
Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody & wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents' deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home.

Determined to prove Tim's innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century, With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim & Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations & realise, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again...

Timelord Thoughts.
Oculus is a slow-burn supernatural horror that jumps from past to present & tells the story in an unique way as we never really know whether anything is real or simply a malevolent evil that is causing the hallucinations & flashbacks.

For a horror movie that contains very little blood, no gore, no nudity, no sex, no swearing, Oculus contains some very dark imagery that sends chills down your spine as the ghostly manifestations are projected by the mirror giving the film a uneasy chilling tone.

The genius of Oculus is the screenplay of how two storylines that parallel side by side can be weaved into a coherent & complex story which is quite effective in this movie as it allows the audience to draw there own conclusions to if there is another universe beyond the mirror?

Former Doctor Who companion Amy Pond - Karen Gillan gives a excellent performance as the obsessive Kaylie Russell who's showing shes fast becoming a very capable actress while Katee Sackhoff gives a stong performance as the emotionally scarred mother, Marie Russell.

The child actors Annalise Basso & Garrett Ryan who play the younger Kaylie & Tim are truly impressive & both give solid believable performances throughout the movie.

The mirror's entity is able to trick people's minds & make them see what may not be there as this emalevolent entity captures spirits which it kills & hold them inside the mirror gives this movie some tense spine chilling moments & uses creepy camera angles to maximum effect.

Oculus contains some dark psychological elements that gives the film a unsettling feel & just when you think that you have the secrets of the mirror all figured out, some strange event happens to make you think otherwise.

The ending is a little abrupt & quite ambiguous in leaving it open for another movie, but if this does becomes a stand alone horror film then Oculus is a gripping, creepy & unique disturbing horror movie that will make you think twice before looking in the mirror.

Timelord Rating.
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