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Goldfinger - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]
Goldfinger - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Price: £21.25

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Edition Is Worth It's Weight In Gold, 19 Sep 2014
Goldfinger : Limited Edition Steelbook (Blu-ray).

Blu-ray Info.
Region Free
Ratio 16.9 1.66:1.
Certificate: PG
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Running time 109 minutes approx.

Special Features.
Commentary with director Guy Hamilton.
Commentary with the cast and crew.
Three featurettes.
Original screen tests with Theodore Bikel and Tito Vandis.
Original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots.
Original publicity featurette.
Original radio interviews with Sean Connery.
Photo galleries.
Offers French and Spanish language dubbing and German, French, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles.

Cast.
Sean Connery as James Bond (007
Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore
Gert Fröbe as Auric Goldfinger
Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson
Harold Sakata as Oddjob
Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson
Bernard Lee as M
Cec Linder as Felix Leiter
Martin Benson as Mr. Solo
Desmond Llewelyn as Q
Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
Austin Willis as Mr. Simmons
Michael Mellinger as Kisch
Burt Kwouk as Mr. Ling
Margaret Nolan as Dink
Gerry Duggan as Hawker

Trivia.
1)Debut of The Aston Martin DB5.
2)Shirley Bassey on singing the final note to the Goldfinger title song nearly passed out as she held on to the note for too long.
3)First of four Bond films to be directed by Guy Hamilton.
4)Honor Blackman was the oldest Bond girl being 37 at the time of the movie's production.
5)Harold Sakata (Oddjob) was a Japanese American Weightlifter & pro wrestler.
6)Sean Connerys love of Golf stems from learning how to play the game for this film.
7)Gert Frobe couldn't speak a word of English & was dubbed by Michael Collins except for the "Except Crime"quote which was Gert Frobes actual voice.
8)Sean Connery injured his back in the Oddjob fight sequence & used it to his advantage to get a better deal for his next Bond film.
9)In the novel Oddjob doesn't speak due to a cleft plate.
10)Apparently Pussy Galore was like her character in the novel a lesbian in this film & is seduced by 007 who apparently turns her straight, Obviously 007 is keeping his British end up.
10)The Fight between Bond & Oddjob was a lot more more brutal featuring karate chops & was cut by censors to gain a PG rating.
11)First Bond film not to involve SPECTRE.
12)Sean Connery was getting very concerned being strapped to a table on the laser beam sequence as the effects department were underneath the table using a blowtorch for the laser effect as the heat from the blowtorch was getting a little to hot near his manhood for his liking.

Synopsis.
James Bond is in Miami were CIA agent Felix Leiter asks him to investigate Auric Goldfinger, Bond sneaks in his room & discovers Jill Masterson who is helping Goldfinger cheat at a card game & as Jill is seduced by Bond, Goldfinger loses the game & money.

This causes Jill to be murdered by Goldfinger by his henchmen Oddjob & Bond to be knocked unconscious later awakening to find Jill covered in gold paint.

On returning to London, Bond is assigned the task of monitoring Goldfinger who is scheming to raid Fort Knox Bank under the codename Project Grandslam & set off a nuclear bomb which would cause the world's gold supply to become radio active for over 50 year's allowing Goldfinger to be the main supplier of the worlds gold bullion income.

Bond is assigned a new car the gadget laden Aston Martin DB5 on his latet assignment were he'll evade a powerful laser beam & a Judo throwing pilot named Pussy Galore plus battle a vicious karate henchman by the name of Oddjob whos steel rimmed Bowler hat kills his victims instantly. As 007 races against time in attempting to thwart Goldfingers sinister scheme.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is when the franchise became less serious & more tongue n cheek with Guy Hamilton going for the epic & spectacular who as director has great flare & scope to his direction of the movie's action sequences.

This Bond film is a bigger & bolder Bond movie in every sense with Sean Connery delivering another great performance as 007 probably his best who's a natural with the humourous quips but has that steely edginess to him, while his good humoured banter with Desmond Llewellyns 'Q' began in this film.

The action truly delivers from the awersome pre title sequence to the gadget laden Aston Martin car chase & that iconic Bond strapped to a laser beam sequence that all builds up to a epic action packed climax at Fort Knox.

Gert Frobe casts such a menacing shadow in his portrayal of Goldfinger & the iconic dialogue interplay between Bond & Goldfinger is one of the movie's highlights.

Harold Sakata as Oddjob is simply excellent who speaks no dialogue except "arh" yet his facial expressions say it all, his fight with 007 in Fort Knox is brilliantly choreographed & it's just a shame the harder cut fight sequence that was shot but edited for the PG rating at the time isn't reinstated back into this edition.

Honor Blackman shows why sees a Bond girl we all remember as he gets in the action from flying planes to using judo throwing 007 in the hay, yet succumbs to Bonds charms allowing herself to be seduced by 007.

This Blu-ray release comes in a limited edition case featuring the original cinematic artwork on the front & back while inside features the Aston Martin DB5.

The HD transfer is clear, sharp colourful & vibrant that has been completely restored frame by frame while the sound has an amazing clarity that is the best the film has ever sounded.

This is a iconic Bond film in many ways, bigger & bolder than the previous two movies as Goldfinger takes 007 up into the stratosphere & delivers a fast paced excellent action packed James Bond adventure.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Ninja Apocalypse [DVD]
Ninja Apocalypse [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ernie Reyes Jr.
Price: £7.00

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2.0 out of 5 stars Ninjas Vs Zombies, 19 Sep 2014
This review is from: Ninja Apocalypse [DVD] (DVD)
Ninja Apocalypse (DVD).

DVD Info.
Region 2
Aspect ratio: 16.9/2.40:1
Subtitles: English
Certificate 15
Running time 84 minutes

Cast.
Christian Oliver - Cage
Les Brandt - Surge
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - Fumitak
Ernie Reyes Jr - Hiroshi
Isaac C. Singleton Jr - Sky
Kaiwi Lyman - Trillion
West Liang - Becker
Tara Macken - Mar
Antoinette Kalaj - Siren
Alvin Hsing - Horace
Bryan Cartago - Rafter
Mark Heidelberger - Ninja Guard Captain

What's The Story.
Framed for assassinating the Grandmaster, the Lost Ninja Clan must battle their way up an underground nuclear bunker filled with hordes of supernatural enemies, mutants & flesh eating zombies.

Trapped a thousand feet below the earth's crust, these ninjas face a battle for survival against the forces of darkness.

Timelord Thoughts.
Just when I thought I'd seen it all my curiosity gets the better of me & I have to go & watch Ninja Apocalypse which involves ripping off Star Wars & Mortal Kombat that features appalling acting & lame effects, all the ingredients of a poor low budget movie.

Of course there is lot's of fighting & action which isn't badly choreographed while the ninja swords glow like light sabres which is obviously a blatant Star Wars rip off, theres nobody who particularly stands out & the story what little there is features a group of ninjas who after year's of wars go beneath the Earth & face off against zombies & supernatural beings.

Acting-wise, well nobodys going to get any recognition in a movie titled "Ninja Apocalypse" as this is a one watch movie experience & apart from the fight sequences has nothing else to recommend it.

"Ninja Apocalypse" is so bad it's just about watchable, gone are the day's of those excellent Sho Kosugi ninja movies of the early 80's, instead we are given this low budget nonsense instead, my advice is to forget about watching this movie & watch Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear instead which is a far better quality ninja movie with great action featuring the underrated but brilliant Scott Adkins.

Timelord Rating.
3/10
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Knowing [Blu-ray] [2009]
Knowing [Blu-ray] [2009]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
Price: £7.23

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nic Cage Faces Aliens & Armageddon, 19 Sep 2014
This review is from: Knowing [Blu-ray] [2009] (Blu-ray)
Knowing (Blu-ray).

Blu-ray Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region B/2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Entertainment One
Running Time: 122 minutes
Budget $50 million
Box office $187,858,642

Cast.
Nicolas Cage as Professor Jonathan "John" Koestler
Rose Byrne as Diana Wayland / Lucinda Embry-Wayland
Chandler Canterbury as Caleb Koestler
Joshua Long as Young Caleb
Lara Robinson as Young Lucinda Embry / Abby Wayland / Young Diana Wayland
Nadia Townsend as Grace Koestler
Ben Mendelsohn as Professor Phil Beckman
Alan Hopgood as Reverend Koestler
Benita Collings as Mrs. Koestler
Adrienne Pickering as Allison Koestler
Liam Hemsworth as Spencer
Ra Chapman as Jessica
Lesley Anne Mitchell as Stacy
Gareth Yuen as Donald
Verity Charlton as Kim
Tamara Donnellan as Mrs. Embry
Travis Waite as Mr. Embry
D.G. Maloney, Joel Bow, Maximillian Paul & Karen Hadfield as The Strangers
David Lennie as Principal Clark in 1959
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen as Principal in 2009
Alethea McGrath as Priscilla Taylor in 2009
Danielle Carter as Priscilla Taylor in 1959

Trivia.
1)The predicament of being able to see future disaster while fearing no-one will believe you is called "The Cassandra Complex", after a Greek myth.
2)Film debut of Liam Hemsworth.
3)This is the second film featuring Rose Byrne to revolve around the possible end of the world as the result of a solar event after Sunshine.
4)The date for the end of everything, according to the film, is 19/10/09.
5)Richard Kelly was originally set to write & direct the project.

What's The Story.
John Koestler, a teacher who opens a time capsule that has been unearthed in the grounds of his son's school contains some chilling predictions, some of which have already occurred & other still worse prophecies that have yet to happen.

With the reluctant help of Diana & Abby Whelan, the daughter & granddaughter of the now-deceased writer of the predictions, Koestler sets out on a race against time to solve the riddles & do what he can to avert destruction on a global scale.

Timelord Thoughts.
Knowing is a tension filled sci-fi thriller that has great moments of suspense, drama, terror & some truly frighting sequences that at it's core delivers a chilling message & gives the film it's deep emotional impact & despite what the critics say the shock ending is valid & makes complete sense as it ties everything together perfectly & gives a solid explanation as to why these strange event's have occurred.

My only niggle were those ridiculous albino aliens who's appearance is not valid to the plot as the aliens could've been used without being shown as there featured appearances give the film a supernatural element tone which is not what this story is about.

Nicolas Cage gives a excellent performance here & adds great emotional gravitas as teacher John Koestler who is estranged from his own father & is a father to a boy named Caleb who starts tying these recent strange occurrences together when he discovers that these event's could have a strange link with his son.

The direction by Alex Proyas it skilfully edited & tightly paced delivering some epic disaster sequences that are chilling viewing while the visual effects enhance the storytelling rather than give the movie a overloaded CGI spectacle.

The Blu-ray release has a crystal clear sharp & vibrant picture that features amazing enhanced sound & is well worth upgrading to Blu-ray.

Knowing is a entertaining, chillingly good sci-fi movie that features a superb & believable heartfelt performance by Nicolas Cage that's well worth watching as this film had this reviewer gripped from beginning to end, those who like there sci-fi films with a happy ending however may want to give this one a miss.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Battlefield Earth [DVD]
Battlefield Earth [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Price: £6.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Incoherent Nonsense, 19 Sep 2014
This review is from: Battlefield Earth [DVD] (DVD)
Battlefield Earth (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Studio: Studiocanal
Running Time: 113 minutes

Please Note:This DVD release restores the Terl headbutt scene which was omitted by the Warner Bros edition).

Cast.
John Travolta as Terl
Barry Pepper as Jonnie Goodboy Tyler
Forest Whitaker as Ker
Kim Coates as Carlo
Sabine Karsenti as Chrissy
Richard Tyson as Robert the Fox
Kelly Preston as Chirk
Michael MacRae as District Manager Zete
Shaun Austin-Olsen as Planetship Numph
Tim Post as the Assistant Planetship
Michael Byrne as Parson Staffer
Christian Tessier as Mickey
Sylvain Landry as Sammy
Earl Pastko as the Bartender
NoŽl Burton as the Clinko Learning Instructor

Box Office.
Budget $73 million
Box Office Gross $29,725,663

Trivia.
1)Forest Whitaker expressed his regret for participating in this movie (I don't blame him).
2)The original plans called for a sequel to be produced, which would be based on second half of the novel by L. Ron Hubbard. These plans were scrapped due to the poor critical & public reaction to this film.
3)Listed among the Top Ten Best Bad Films ever made in "The Official Razzie Movie Guide", by Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson.
4)Barry Pepper said that had he known he was going to win Worst Supporting Actor at the Razzies, he would have shown up to accept his award in person.
5)Author L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of the controversial Church of Scientology, to which John Travolta & Kelly Preston belong.
6)The film covers only the first half of the L. Ron Hubbard book.

What's The Story.
Earth 3000, there are no longer any countries or cities. The planet is now a wasteland & man has been taken over by the Psychlos, an alien race bent on global domination.

The Pyschlos, led by Terl have taken all of mankind's natural resources leaving humanity to rot. But one man, Tyler, has decided to make a stand against these aliens & show them that mankind is not dead yet.

Timelord Thoughts.
Battlefield Earth has been critically panned by just about every movie goer & critic alike but is there anything good about this movie & are movie goers seemingly jumping on the hate wagon to trash talk this movie?

No!, Battlefield Earth is as bad if not worse than you think & has to be one of the worst films I've ever seen in my entire life, why you ask? Well here's a few points as to why it's such a bad movie, Travolta is silly & as campy as Butlins, the special effects & lighting is dreadful, awful camera angles, pace is completely off, appalling written dialogue, the 'Rat-brains' quote in particular had me in hysterical laughter.

This film is taken seriously by Scientologists as writer of this film Ron.L.Hubbard created the so called Scientology religion & converts believe this film actually speaks some truth which makes this film scary for all the wrong reasons as to believe this nonsense seems delusional with it's utter incoherent script & lacklustre dull action sequences that are just tedious & unsatisfying, just were did that $73 million dollar budget get spent on?

I kind of feel sorry for poor ole Barry Pepper & Forest Whittaker having to have there names associated with this nonsense as they are far better actor's than starring in this farcical load of tripe, while John Travolta dials up the ham to a factor of ten & delivers a shambolic over the top awful performance as the villainous Terl complete with Vincent Price 'Thriller' laugh which has to be seen just once to believe how bad his performance is.

My advice save your cash & avoid this film like the plague, it's not as bad as critic's have claimed it's in fact far far worse & is a complete turkey of a movie & 113 minutes of my life that I won't get back.

Timelord Rating.
1/10
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Pistol Whipped [DVD] [2008]
Pistol Whipped [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £2.39

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3.0 out of 5 stars Better Seagal Effort, 19 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Pistol Whipped [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Pistol Whipped (DVD).

DVD Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Turkish
Dubbed: Czech, French, Hungarian
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Running Time: 96 minutes

Cast.
Steven Seagal as Matt Conlin
Lydia Jordan as Becky
Lance Henriksen as The Old Man
Renee Elise Goldsberry as Drea
Blanchard Ryan as Liz
Arthur J. Nascarella as Bruno
Paul Calderón as Blue
Mark Elliot Wilson as Lt. Steve Shacter
Wass Stevens as Tim Wheeler
Niall Griffiths as himself

Trivia.
1)When Matt receives his last assignment, the picture of the target is actually an image of director Roel Reiné.

What's The Story.
Matt Conlin is an elite ex-cop with a gambling problem & a mountain of debt, Matt gets a chance at a fresh start when the mysterious 'Old Man' buys up all of his outstanding gambling debts. However, in return he must pledge his absolute loyalty & use his talents to kill the city's most notorious criminals.

The only man who has Matt's back is married to his ex-wife & has legal custody of his daughter, Even worse, Matt's heavy drinking & excessive gambling continually ruin his attempts to be a decent father.

Matt must learn the politics of the underworld and grapple with his role as hired muscle. He soon realizes that there is more going on than meets the eye. As the pressures of his new world come crashing down around him,

Timelord Thoughts.
Pistol Whipped is a solid Steven Seagal DTV effort that contains some extremely brutal fight sequences that are impressively choreographed with Seagal doing most of the fight sequences himself, plus a decent enough directed shoot-out at the cemetery towards the climax of the movie.

The script is competent enough which has a nice twist up it's sleeve & contains better written dialogue than recent Seagal efforts delivered in the whispered tones of Seagals dry deadpan humour & Pistol Whipped features none of the awful dubbing of Seagal's voice, as he seems far more engaged in his performance in this movie & seemingly comes across as more bad ass.

Lance Henriksen is always good in any roles he's given & adds a layer of mystery to his character simply known as the 'Old Man', yet his character deserved far more screen time than he gets in this movie.

The direction by Roel Reiné is tightly shot & paced well, no MTV cutting here just solid camera angles which allows the viewers to see what's going on during the action & the annoying slo mo of recent action flicks is kept to a minimum here.

Overall, Pistol Whipped is a brilliant return to form & shows Seagal can still deliver a decent action film when he puts his mind to it, this is another solid effort & is definitely worth adding to your Seagal DVD collection.

Timelord Rating.
7/10


Doctor Who: Robot [1974] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who: Robot [1974] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.60

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tom's Stunning Debut, 18 Sep 2014
Doctor Who: Robot (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: U
Studio: 2entertain
Running Time: 98 minutes

Special Features.
∑ Commentary by Tom Baker, Elizabeth Sladen, Terrance Dicks & producer Barry Letts
∑ "Are Friends Electric?" Documentary
∑ "The Tunnel Effect" is a 13-minute interview with graphic designer Bernard Lodge
∑ Blue Peter, which was broadcast from the set of Robot
∑ Photo Gallery
∑ Production Notes
∑ Coming Soon Trailer

Cast.
Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor)
Companions
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith)
Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan)
Others
Nicholas Courtney -- Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
John Levene -- RSM Benton
Edward Burnham -- Professor Kettlewell
Patricia Maynard -- Miss Winters
Alec Linstead -- Jellicoe
Michael Kilgarriff -- The Robot
Timothy Craven -- Short
Brian Fellows -- Soldier

Production
Writer - Terrance Dicks
Director - Christopher Barry
Script editor - Robert Holmes
Producer - Barry Letts
Season 12
Length - 4 episodes, 25 minutes each
Originally Broadcast.
28 December 1974 - 18 January 1975

Trivia.
1)This story had the working title The Giant Robot.
2)This is the last time that the Third Doctor's lab is seen.
3)Benton is promoted to Warrant Officer. This is not reflected in the closing credits, which continue to give his rank as Sergeant.
4)This is the first story which makes note of the Brigadier's full name: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Prior to this story, his middle name had never been revealed.
5)Parts of this story were recorded at the same time as parts of Planet of the Spiders. This not only meant that Jon Pertwee & Tom Baker were literally playing the Doctor at the same time, but also that Elizabeth Sladen & to a lesser extent, Nicholas Courtney & John Levene were rushing back & forth between the two productions.
6)The TARDIS interior is not seen throughout this serial, nor indeed at any point until Planet of Evil, the first post-Harry Sullivan story.
7)Director Christopher Barry considered Colin Baker for the role of Arnold Jellicoe.

What's Up Doc.
With the newly-regenerated Doctor behaving rather erratically, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart & UNIT have to contend with the theft of the plans for the new disintegrator gun by what seems to be a mechanical monster.

However, the theft is only the beginning of a plot to hold the world to nuclear ransom, Can the Doctor, now in his fourth incarnation recover from his post regenerative trauma to save the Earth from Think Tank & their plot for world domination?

Timelord Thoughts.
Those big eye's, that manic stare & that toothy grin, Robot sees the arrival of the legend that is Tom Baker who is completely bonkers but brilliant & far removed from Jon Pertwees more authoritative performance, here Baker who takes on the role of the Fourth Doctor injects his incarnation with great energy & eccentric enthusiasm from the off & is just mesmerizing to watch & completely holds your attention when he's on screen.

The plot is a reworking of King Kong with a giant Robot in place of a Gorilla who is being manipulated by Think Tank a supposedly scientific group run by the sinister Miss Winters who intends to plot nuclear ransom upon the world by using a giant robot to steal a disintegrator gun.

The late Elizabeth Sladen is excellent as Sarah Jane Smith & connects easily with the Fourth Doctor far better than the Third & shares a instant chemistry with actor Tom Baker, while the late Ian Marter debuts as Medic Harry Sullivan who's a bit of a spare part as he was cast in case the new Doctor was a older actor who couldn't do the action scenes but when Tom Baker was cast at 39 years old he could competently do the physical scenes himself & the Harry Sullivan character became a little redundant which is a pity as Ian Marter gives a good performance in the role.

Patricia Maynard is perfect casting as the cold, calculated & sinister Miss Winters who gives a stern performance here, her character lacks any compassion & completely insane who fully intends to launch nuclear ransom upon the world if her demands are not met, while Edward Burnham plays the part of Professor Kettlewell who is the robot's creator & plays the typical nutty professor complete with mad scientist hairstyle.

Nicholas Courtney & John Levene are there to lend continuity & support to the new Doctor's first adventure as the Brigader Lethbridge Stewart & Sgt Benton who bridge the crossover gap between the Third Doctor to the Fourth & as ever they excel in there well defined roles.

Terrance Dicks script is basically a reworking of King Kong with a robot & the story's tone feels more like a Third Doctor adventure but as these scripts were originally written for Jon Pertwees Doctor that's perfectly understandable.

The extras are great especially 'Our Friends Electric' which is a brilliant 40 minute documentary about the casting of the new Doctor & the making of this story, while the commentary delves the listener with trivia & it's completely obvious how much Elizabeth Sladen adores Tom Baker in the role of the Doctor.

Overall, Robot is a excellent debut adventure for the new Doctor & Tom Baker who in my opinion is the greatest actor to have ever played the role & to date is the longest serving Doctor at seven year's 1974 - 1981, & while the adventure is hardly groundbreaking in it's originality it gives us a glimpse of what's to come & is a great start to the Tom Baker era.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who - The Sun Makers [DVD] [1977]
Doctor Who - The Sun Makers [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.60

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fourth Doctors Taxing Adventure, 18 Sep 2014
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Doctor Who: The Sunmakers (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: U
Studio: 2 Entertain Video
Running Time: 100 minutes

Cast.
Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor)
Companions
Louise Jameson (Leela)
John Leeson (Voice of K-9 Mk. I)
Others
Henry Woolf -- The Collector
Richard Leech -- Gatherer Hade
Jonina Scott -- Marn
Roy Macready -- Cordo
David Rowlands -- Bisham
William Simons -- Mandrel
Adrienne Burgess -- Veet
Michael Keating -- Goudry
Carole Hopkin -- Nurse
Derek Crewe -- Synge
Colin McCormack -- Commander
Tom Kelly -- Guard

Production
Writer Robert Holmes
Director Pennant Roberts
Script editor: Robert Holmes & Anthony Read (both uncredited)
Producer: Graham Williams
Series Season 15
Length 4 episodes, 25 minutes each
Originally broadcast.
26 November - 17 December 1977

Special Features.
Commentary with cast & crew
Documentaries
Behind the scenes footage
Photo Gallery
Digitally re-mastered picture & sound quality
Coming Soon Trailer.

Trivia.
1)The story originated from recent problems Robert Holmes was experiencing with UK tax authorities, & contains many references to the British tax system, These include the Inner Retinue (cf. Inland Revenue) & "the P45 return route" (cf. the P45 form).
2)The name of the Collector's home planet, Usurius, is a pun on the term "usurious" which describes unusually high or unfair interest rates.
3)This story marks the last appearance of Leela's darker outfit. For the next two serials -- her last -- she would continue to wear the lighter ( & more revealing) one.
4)At one point in scripting, the scene in which Leela is stunned when entering the large safe was to have been her death scene. However, the production team decided against killing Leela, in part because to have Tom Baker's Doctor shown grieving midway through a story would have been deemed inappropriate.
5)The Sun Makers is Louise Jameson's favourite story.
6)This episode was watched by 8.5 million viewers on its original transmission.

What's Up Doc?
The TARDIS arrives in the future on the planet Pluto where there are now six suns, a breathable atmosphere & a large industrial community.

The Company is run by Gatherer Hade & his associate the Collector who controls the planet & exploits it's workers by paying them a pittance & then taxes them on everything imaginable, The Doctor & Leela join forces with an underground band of rebels led by a man named Mandrel who wishes to lead an uprising against the Company & bring a end to Hade & the Collectors sadistic rule.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Sun Makers is written by the shows most experienced & best ever writer the late Robert Holmes who writes a political satire story here which is an attack on the UK tax system as Holmes had recently been made to pay higher tax rate by the local Inland Revenue. which made him very angry so Holmes script goes about merging together the state & big businesses that is simply called The Company who pay a pittance to it's workers who are as good as slaves & then go about exploiting there wages taxing them for everything including a 'breathing tax' & funeral expenses.

When the Fourth Doctor, Leela & K-9 arrive in a colony on another planet they soon become involved in a struggle against capitalism-gone-mad as the Earth has now exhausted it's resources & this 'Company' which has colonized the colony on Pluto by setting up video monitors, using brain-washing techniques & eventually forces the 'Company' employees underground until one man named Mandrel make a stand & leads a uprising to fight back against the Company.

Tom Baker is superb & delivers another bonkers eccentric magnificent performance as the Doctor which sees Baker in full flow here seemingly enjoying every minute & gives the story plenty of wonderful black humoured moments throughout it's four episodes.

Louise Jameson's performance as Leela in this story is very powerfully played as her character shows great strength & compassion in this story, the scene were she trys to stop Cordo from committing suicide even going against the Doctors wishes who tell her not to touch him is a great dramatic moment in the story while her defining moment is telling Mandrels men that they are all a bunch of cowards is delivered with great uncompromising conviction by Jameson.

The protagonists running this Company include Richard Leech as the pompous Gatherer Hade who is obsessively sinister & sets about killing any citizens who don't pay there taxes who works for the Collector played by Henry Woolf who just about balances his performance from going wildly over the top as his character is a pen pusher statistics man who is very sinister & literally quite bonkers over money (a bit like my parents).

William Simons plays the threatening yet cowardly Mandrel, the leader of the rebels, while Blakes 7 actor Michael Keating plays Goudry in a small but important role.

Holmes writes these characters quite edgy & violent who even threaten to attack the Doctor & Leela when they try to intervene, while some of the violence is quite savage especially the scene were Gatherer Hade get thrown off a building falling to his death to the cheer of workers is very dark humoured satire yet is still shocking to witness for a tea time programme & one wonders how this release was issued a 'U' rating is mind blowing & confusing, perhaps the BBFC were asleep when they rated this adventure for DVD.

Overall, The Sun Makers is a entertaining surreal Doctor Who adventure as writer Robert Holmes has written a very clever witty adventure with a dark humoured satirical narrative well suited to the Fourth Doctor era.

Featuring a great cast of actor's & excellent performances by Tom Baker & Louise Jameson as The Doctor & Leela make The Sun Makers a great classic stand out adventure from Doctor Who's sixteenth season.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Flight Of Fury [DVD] [2007]
Flight Of Fury [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £2.20

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1.0 out of 5 stars Another Seagal Clunker, 18 Sep 2014
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Flight Of Fury (DVD).

Product Info.
Format: Subtitled, PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Dubbed: French, Spanish, Italian
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Running Time: 98 minutes

Cast.
Steven Seagal as John Sands
Steve Toussaint as Captain Ratcher
Angus MacInnes as General Tom Barnes
Mark Bazeley as Captain Richard "Rick" Jannick
Ciera Payton as Jessica
Alki David as Rojar
Tim Woodward as Admiral Frank Pendleton
Vincenzo Nicoli as Peter Stone
Katie Jones as Eliana Reed
Gary Cooper as Commander Bud Jackson
Barton Sidles as Captain "Fox" Hinkle
Cristina Teodorescu as Pendleton's Operational Soldier Lisa
Rares George Panfil as Williams
Noah Lee Margetts as Eliana's Soldier
Karen David as Barnes's Operational Soldier Flanders

What's The Story.
John Sands is a special agent working for an underground division of the U.S. Air Force.

When his own agency begins to feel threatened by the knowledge he's gained from past missions, they decide to imprison him & wipe his memory clean, leading John to escape from a high-tech detention center.

But they quickly catch up with him & offer him a deal he can't refuse: return a stolen top-secret stealth bomber into U.S. airspace & Sands will regain his freedom, Fail & the bomber will fall into the hands of deadly terrorists hellbent on loading it with biological warheads.

Timelord Thoughts.
Flight Of Fury is another poor Seagal effort as this film has the cheek to use stock footage as the ariel action sequences which just looks completely horrendous while the direction by Michael Keusch is lacklustre & boring.

Steven Seagal co-wrote this screenplay with Joe Halpin & frankly it's terrible with some atrocious written dialogue & featutes whopping great plot holes in the script, while Seagal gives his laziest phoned-in performances since Attack Force & when he isn't mumbling his lines he's being dubbed by a voice actor who sounds nothing at all like him.

The action is poor, the fight scenes are few & far between & tediously executed, the films pace is sluggish & is just a complete waste of 98 minutes & everybody's time & seems only to have been made to make use of the purchased ariel stock footage by Seagal & Halpin.

Flight Of Fury is another Seagal clunker & is in the Attack Force, Against The Dark, Submerged, The Foreigner league of worst Seagal movie's ever made, it seems the former action legend no longer cares about the quality of movies he decides to make, so gone are the glory day's of Under Siege, Nico, Marked For Death, Out For Justice & Hard To Kill as Seagal now seems hellbent on alienating his fan's with these cheaply made DTV action flicks.

So my advice is save your money & give this one a miss, my purchased copy was thrown in the skip.

Timelord Rating.
2/10
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Fire Down Below [DVD] [1997]
Fire Down Below [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £8.62

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3.0 out of 5 stars Above Average Seagal Flick, 17 Sep 2014
This review is from: Fire Down Below [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
Fire Down Below (DVD).

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Romanian, Bulgarian
Dubbed: Italian
Region 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Warner Home Video
Running Time: 96 minutes

Cast.
Steven Seagal as Jack Taggart
Marg Helgenberger as Sarah Kellogg
Harry Dean Stanton as Cotton Harry
Stephen Lang as Earl Kellogg
Brad Hunt as Orin Hanner, Jr.
Levon Helm as Reverend Bob Goodall
Kris Kristofferson as Orin Hanner, Sr.
Mark Collie as Hatch
Alex Harvey as Sims
Ed Bruce as Sheriff Lloyd
Amelia Neighbors as Edie Carr
Richard Masur as Phil Pratt
Randy Travis as Ken Adams
Budget $60 million
Box Office Gross $16,228,448

Trivia.
1)The box office flop of this movie caused Steven Seagal's multi-picture contract with Warner Bros. Pictures to end. However, he would work with them one last time for Exit Wounds (2001) & that movie proved to be a box office success.
2)It took about two weeks to film the scene where Jack was being chased by the coal truck.
3)Marg Helgenberger visited several mines while on location to achieve a better understanding of her character.
4)The first Seagal film to be passed completely uncut for home viewing by the BBFC in the UK, all of his previous films at the time receiving edits for either '15' or '18' ratings on video.

What's The Plot.
After F.B.I. agent Jack Taggart looses his best friend to the hands of a corrupt toxic dump cover up, Taggart decides to visit the town & uncover what he can about the cover up.

In the process he is met by unfriendly town folk who are being paid to keep the dumping a secret, but the help of an old man Cotton Harry & a young woman, Sarah Kellogg, Taggart takes on the corporate head of the toxic dumping Orin Hanner, Sr & his henchmen with a vengeance.

Timelord Thoughts.
Steven Seagal I'm certain is a "Jack of all trades" as here Seagal plays an Enviornmental Protection Agent named Jack Taggart who is also happens to be a pilot, a carpenter, a martial artist & even a guitar player & singer, is there anything this Seagal fella can't do well apart from decent acting.

Fire Down Below is such an absurd movie with Seagal doing his man of few words who kicks the townsfolks bad guy's ass when he discover a toxic waste dumping ground racket & discovers his former best friend & partner was killed when he uncovered the conspiracy.

Steven Seagal always plays the same character in every movie usually himself using a different character name but at least he tones down the preaching here which was utter incoherent bafflegab in his On Deadly Ground & The Patriot movies.

Yet throughout this movie some of the fight sequences are speeded up? Which made the sequences look ridiculously silly, why the director thought this,to be a good idea is completely mind boggling & doesn't do the movie any favours, but at least it is Seagal doing the fights himself instead of using those awful stand in's & thankfully he also isn't dubbed by another voice actor in this movie either.

Thank God for acting heavyweight Harry Dean Stanton who gives this movie a excellent character named Cotton who's mountain-boy simplicity injects moments of great humour & stops what would've been a mediocre film without his characters charming inclusion.

Kris Kristofferson is completely wasted as the main bad guy Orin Hanner, Sr who does very little expert moan at his son to kill Taggart, while the usually reliable Steven Lang isn't given enough screen time to make his character of Earl Kellogg menacing, but at least Marg Helgenberger tries to add some acting weight as Earl's beaten & abused sister Sarah & gives a very good performance.

The best thing to do if you watch Fire Down Below is to sit back, relax & just go with it, you know what your getting with a Seagal action movie & it's a decent enough Friday night flick to watch with the missus or the lads & with Fire Down Below you get a additional extra & hear the pony tailed one sing over the closing credits which proves the aikido master can hold a tune & like I said before "is there anything this man can't do?"

Timelord Rating.
5/10
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The Patriot [DVD]
The Patriot [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £3.39

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2.0 out of 5 stars More Action, Less Talk Needed From The Pony Tailed Aikido Master, 17 Sep 2014
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The Patriot (DVD).

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: UCA
Running Time: 86 minutes

Cast.
Steven Seagal ... Dr. Wesley McClaren
Gailard Sartain ... Floyd Chisholm
L.Q. Jones ... Frank
Silas Weir Mitchell ... Pogue
Camilla Belle ... Holly McClaren
Dan Beene ... Richard Bach
Damon Collazo ... Lt. Johnson
Whitney Yellow Robe ... Dr. Ann White Cloud
Brad Leland ... Big Bob
Molly McClure ... Molly
Philip Winchester ... Young Miltiaman
Douglas Sebern ... Judge Tomkins
Ross Loney ... Clem
Bernard O'Connor ... Dr. Tom Hergot
Leonard Mountain Chief ... Grandpa
R.J. Burns ... Navy Captain

Trivia.
1)Dr Wesley McClaren's assistant in his clinic is played by Steven Seagal's real-life daughter, Ayako Fujitani.
2)This was the first Steven Seagal film released direct to video.

What's The Story.
When a madman unleashes a deadly virus over a remote Western town, the only hope for its survival lies with the rugged local doctor, Wesley McClaren.

McClaren having previously worked as an immunologist for the US governmen knows exactly what to do, but alongside his struggle with the deadly infections, he must also fight a running battle with the army & the local militia groups who stand in his way.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Patriot isn't as action packed as other Seagal movies but I found it to be a reasonably ok story & featured decent production values on a $25 million dollar budget, Seagal is basically playing Steven Seagal this time as a Doctor but doesn't have the acting chops to pull off the believability of the part but at least Seagal isn't dubbed & does what fight scenes there is himself instead of using those awful stunt doubles that appeared in later Seagal action movies.

What hampers The Patriot is that it takes far too long to build up steam with far to many talky sequences which slows down the action & when the fight scenes do eventually happen they feel tagged on to the plot simply to keep Seagal fan's happy & aren't that kick ass anyhow.

While The Patriot at least has a more sinister villian, Floyd Chisolm who is the leader of a militia group played by Gailard Sartain who gives a decent enough performance as his character releases a deadly virus over a remote Western town, while LQ Jones shows great support in his role of McClaren's best friend Frank.

Overall, The Patriot needed less talk & far more action, Seagal needs to learn his fan's watch his films for action not to listen to him preach a sermon which he does at the end of this movie & boy does he waffle on, this is ok to watch if it's on telly but The Patriot isn't worth adding into your Steven Seagal collection, I gave mu copy to The Charity Shop.

Timelord Rating.
3/10
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