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The Ultimate Adventure (Doctor Who: The Stageplays)
The Ultimate Adventure (Doctor Who: The Stageplays)
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £12.24

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2.0 out of 5 stars A Dire Adventure That Needs Disposing Into A Black Hole ASAP!, 1 Oct 2014
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The Ultimate Adventure (Doctor Who The Stageplays - Audio).

Product Info.
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Jason, Crystal
Main enemy: The Daleks, The Cybermen
Main setting: Skaro, London, 1988, Altair III, The Bar Galactica, Paris, 1789, The Dalek Emperor's ship

Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Director: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Release number: 1
Format: 2 CDs
Running Time 120 minutes

Extras.
Behind the scenes interviews
Trailer for Seven Keys To Doomsday

Cast.
The Doctor - Colin Baker
Jason - Noel Sullivan
Crystal - Claire Huckle
Karl - David Banks
Madame Delilah / Mrs T - Nadine Cox
Envoy / Zog - Derek Carlyle
Nightclub MC - Bryan Pilkington
The Daleks / The Cybermen - Nicholas Briggs

What's Up Doc?
The Daleks have allied themselves with the Cybermen & a deadly band of mercenaries & the future of Earth depends upon a vital peace conference as Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher knows that there's only one Time Lord can save the world...his name is The Doctor!

Trivia.
1)After meeting the British Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street, the Doctor tells Jason that "that woman" terrifies him.
2)Crystal is a singer at the Number Ten, a nightclub in Clarendon Square.
3)The Doctor finds his fourth incarnation's scarf in the TARDIS.
4)The Doctor compares an attempted Dalek invasion of Altair III to humans causing global warming on Earth.
5)This is an adaptation of the original stage play Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure. Colin Baker & David Banks are the only actors from the original play to reprise their roles for the audio version.

Timelord Thoughts.
Terrance Dicks is a excellent writer & has written many crackingly good Doctor Who novels, adaptions over the year's & script edited the season 7-11 of the Jon Pertwee era.

Uncle Terrance now adapts his written 1989 Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure into a full cast 2 hour audiobook adventure for Big Finish Productions Stageplays range with very mixed results.

I can't believe for one minute that the Doctor would go on a mission for Margaret Thatcher? The Doctor is a anarchist who wouldn't be intimidated by the iron lady & this early opening sequence starts this play adaption off on a very bad footing.

The plot is utter piffle & doesn't work on audio as everything seems camped up & overacted throughout with only Colin Baker as the Doctor giving a good performance who is working with the flimsiest of material here who has to occasionally make some bizarre noises as he attempts to reproduce some alien languages or is required to deliver a few dreadful puns.

Unfortunately, Colin's Doctor is saddled with two awful companions in Jason (Noel Sullivan) & Crystal (Claire Huckle) who are bland & completely dull who don't do a lot apart from argue th& ll in love with each other.

The whole storyline seems like an exercise for silly indulgences & has no depth or drama to merit it's story which is hampered by three awful songs which are painstakingly grating on one's nerves & sound like some X Factor wannabe is singing them for the live shows.

Overall, The Ultimate Adventure doesn't adapt well on audio & despite a good performance by Colin Baker it just didn't keep my interest as it lacks mystery & intrigue that these Big Finish audiobooks usually do so well in, So if you're curious about the stageplay & seek a little 80's nostalgia then by all means give it a listen but don't expect a whole lot of entertainment.

Timelord Rating.
3/10
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Enemy of the State (Extended Edition) [DVD]
Enemy of the State (Extended Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Will Smith
Offered by filmrollen
Price: £4.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You're Either Very Smart... Or Incredibly Stupid", 1 Oct 2014
Enemy Of The State (Extended Edition DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, PAL
Language: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Touchstone
Running Time: 134 minutes

Cast.
Will Smith as Robert Clayton Dean
Gene Hackman as Edward "Brill" Lyle
Jon Voight as Thomas Brian Reynolds
Barry Pepper as David Pratt
Regina King as Carla Dean
Ian Hart as John Bingham
Lisa Bonet as Rachel F. Banks
Jascha Washington as Eric Dean
James LeGros as Jerry Miller
Jake Busey as Krug
Scott Caan as Jones
Jamie Kennedy as Jamie Williams
Jason Lee as Daniel Leon Zavitz
Gabriel Byrne as Fake Brill
Stuart Wilson as Congressman Sam Albert
Jack Black as Fiedler
Anna Gunn as Emily Reynolds
Laura Cayouette as Christa Hawkins
Loren Dean as Loren Hicks
Bodhi Elfman as Van
Dan Butler as NSA Director Admiral Shaffer
Seth Green as Selby (uncredited)
Tom Sizemore as Boss Paulie Pintero (uncredited)
Jason Robards as Congressman Phil Hammersley (uncredited)
Philip Baker Hall as Attorney Mark Silverberg (uncredited)
Brian Markinson as Attorney Brian Blake (uncredited)
Larry King as Himself (uncredited)
Ivana Miličević as Ruby's Sales Clerk

Budget: $90,000,000
Box office: $250,649,836

Trivia.
1)Seth Green, Tom Sizemore & Jason Robards are all uncredited in this movie.
2)Gene Hackman turned down the film several times, but was ultimately convinced to sign on after a phone call by director Tony Scott. Will Smith later signed on at a relative post-Independence Day (1996) bargain price because he wanted to work with Hackman.
3)Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer began developing the story for the film in 1991.
4)Sylvester Stallone was considered for a role.
5)Director Tony Scott initially turned down producer Jerry Bruckheimer's offer to direct the film.
6)George Clooney was considered for the lead role.
7)It's rumoured Gene Hackmans character Brill could actually be an older Harry Caul living under a pseudonym & he even wears the same translucent raincoat worn by Caul in The Conversation.

What's The Story.
Robert Clayton Dean is a successful lawyer who runs into an old college friend who's in a big hurry, Unknown to him, that friend secretly drops a disc & viewer containing footage of a political assassination overseen by the senior advisor to the National Security Agency.

Unfortunately, that politician soon learns what Dean has in his possession & secretly uses the vast resources of the NSA to find, investigate & stop him before he goes public.

Soon, Dean finds himself on the run, with his assests frozen, his loved ones under surveillance as Dean is actively hunted by NSA agents using all the survellience technology they have & the only help Dean has is from a former government operative & surveillance expert named Brill who is his only chance of a way out of this dangerous situation.

Timelord Thoughts.
Enemy of the State is quite a scary movie that plays on our paranoia as it's plot describes anyone with powerful connections can have access to such technology to track down anyone who knows far too much which & expose them to the public which is a scary thought more so of today's technological advancement never mind in 1998 when this film was made.

Will Smith & Gene Hackman deliver two excellent & believable performances, with Smith showing great emotion & believability as Robert Clayton Dean, Smith tones down the comedy & instead allows his character to become fallible & show desperation of being framed becoming the centre of a perilous situation he has no control over, while Gene Hackman gives grit & conviction to his performance as Brill who is cynical & very pessimistic of todays world trusting nobody.

Jon Voight is superb as Thomas Brian Reynolds a cold, calculated, fiendishly clever villain who completely seems to justify his characters motives.

Seth Green, Barry Pepper, Jake Busey & Jack Black get small but important roles as part of Reynolds surveillance crew & all share a bond & great chemistry together bringing moments of much needed humour to a otherwise dark paced thriller.

The late Tony Scott's direction is extremely entertaining, fast paced & intense while the script by David Marconi is fresh & original adding plenty of drama & nerve bitting suspense to the screenplay intercut with the films tension fuelled action sequences.

Overall, Enemy of the State is a gripping suspenseful thriller that's very smart and doesn't dumb down to it's audience, featuring great performances by the entire cast plus a solid script chock full of paranoia & tension by David Marconi which is brought to life by the late Tony Scott's excellent punchy paced direction which makes this action thriller five star unmissable entertainment.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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The Rookie [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
The Rookie [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by PurpleBix DVDs
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "If You Want A Guarantee, Buy A Toaser", 1 Oct 2014
The Rookie (Blu-ray).

Blu-ray Info.
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Greek
Region B/ 2
Aspect Ratio: 16.9/2.35 : 1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Warner Home Video
Running Time: 116 minutes

Extras.
Theatrical Trailer

Cast.
Clint Eastwood as Nick Pulovski
Charlie Sheen as David Ackerman
Raúl Juliá as Strom
Sônia Braga as Liesl
Tom Skerritt as Eugene Ackerman
Lara Flynn Boyle as Sarah
Pepe Serna as Lieutenant Raymond Garcia
Marco Rodriguez as Loco Martinez
Xander Berkeley as Blackwell
Roberta Vasquez as Heather Torres
Hal Williams as Powel

Trivia.
1)The movie was to be directed by Craig R. Baxley starring Matthew Modine & Gene Hackman in 1988 but the production was stopped by the Screen Actors Guild strike.
2)The picture is considered to be Clint Eastwood's biggest ever action movie.
3)Clint Eastwood agreed to do this movie in exchange for the Warner Brothers studio letting him make his personal film project, White Hunter Black Heart (1990).
4)The movie was controversial for its depiction of a provocative & unconventional woman-on-man rape sequence with it garnering much publicity.

What's The Story.
David Ackerman is a young rookie cop who pairs up with Nick Pulovski a hard-bitten, hard-drinking maverick as the duo work in the auto-theft division & are on the trail of a big stolen car ring led by a South American drug lord named Strom who was responsible for the death of Pulovskis partner.

Ackerman Initially despising his older colleague's methods & is also haunted by a childhood incident, Nick & David do a stake out, their hatred for one another slowly decreases.

But Ackerman realises it's time to get tough when Pulovski is kidnapped by Strom & his crime ring leaving it all left down to Ackerman to rescue him.

Timelord Thoughts.
This movie is a very standard cop buddy action film which details a maverick cop being assigned to work with a rookie cop to catch a crook who killed his old partner, this film was slated by the critics but no matter as what it lacks in plot it delivers in cool action & stunts especially the opening car chase on the freeway.

Clint Eastwood who also directs this film gives a decent performance as a grizzled detective Nick Pulovski & is quite funny at times with his dead pan wisecracking delivery as Clint proves hes still got a handle on action films delivered in his trademark style while his direction is fast paced & skilfully edited.

Charlie Sheen seems miscast however & is just way out of his depth here as tormented rookie cop detective David Ackerman who doesn't share any chemistry with Eastwood & doesn't match up to the Gibson & Glover chemistry that is so believable in the Lethal Weapon franchise.

Raul Julia makes a for a great bad guy as the movie's villian Strom while Sonia Braga caused controversy with her role as Liesl who rapes Pulovski who is tied to a chair in a very uncomfortable sequence that should've made the cutting room floor.

The Blu-ray is a marked improvement than the previous DVD version as it looks more vibrant & sharper in detail but seems a little dark in some parts of the movie while the sound is excellent quality & adds clarity to the audio mix.

Overall, The Rookie is entertaining enough & like any Clint Eastwood film it's watchable & it does contain plenty of solid action throughout & the movies shot at a energetic pace despite the flaws in the script but makes for a enjoyable Friday night action movie with a beer & pizza.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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Cradle 2 the Grave [DVD] [2003]
Cradle 2 the Grave [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Jet Li
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Action Hokum, 30 Sep 2014
Cradle 2 The Grave (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English, Korean
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Greek
Dubbed: French, Italian
Subtitles: German, English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Warner Home Video
Running Time: 97 minutes

Extras.
Fighting Champions ( 9 minute featurette)
Choreography of the Camera (7 minute featurette)
The Descender Rig (3 minute featurette)
X Gon' Give It to Ya (4 minute music video)
Cast & Crew (list)
Theatrical Trailer

Cast.
Jet Li as Su
DMX as Anthony Fait
Gabrielle Union as Daria
Mark Dacascos as Ling
Kelly Hu as Sona
Drag-On as Miles
Anthony Anderson as Tommy
Tom Arnold as Archie
Paige Hurd as Vanessa Fait
Paolo Seganti as Christophe
Michael Jace as Odion
Chi McBride as "Jump" Chambers
Lester Speight as Chamber's Club Doorman
Randy Couture as Fight Club Fighter #8
Martin Klebba as Fight Club Announcer
Johnny Tri Nguyen as Ling's Henchman
Tito Ortiz as Cage Fighter
Hector Echavarria as Cage Fighter
Natasha Yi as Club Girl (uncredited)
Chuck Liddell as Cage Fighter
William L. Johnson as Black Diamond Carrier Armored Driver (uncredited)

Budget: $25 million
Box office: $56,489,558

Trivia.
1)This film reunites actors Jet Li, DMX, & Anthony Anderson with director Andrzej Bartkowiak, who they first worked together with on Romeo Must Die.
2)The casting of Mark Dacascos was the result of a poll on Jet Li's website where fans were asked who they would like to see him fight next.
3)Real life UFC competitors Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture & Chuck Liddell were recruited by producer Joel Silver for the cage fight sequence with Jet Li.
4)Randy Couture features alongside Jet Li in The Expendables movies.

What's The Story.
When Ling an who is an international arms dealer kidnaps the daughter of Anthony Fait's who is the leader of a crew of highly skilled urban thieves, Fait forges an unlikely alliance with a Taiwanese Intelligence officer tracking the gems himself in a plan to rescue her as the duo race against the clock to find the precious stones ultimately unravels a plot to distribute a deadly new weapon of war.

Timelord Thoughts.
While Cradle 2 The Grave won't set the world of action movies alight, it is a decent paced action thriller featuring some excellent fight sequences which are there to paper over the cracks in the plot.

Jet Li's fight scenes are decently choreographed especially against several cage fighters in a very good kung fu punch up, but better use should've been made with his one on one fight against Mark Dacascos bad guy Ling as the final confrontation that has been built up is ruined by poor lighting, the rain & the horrible cutting from one fight sequence to another which is a pity as Dacascos is a pretty decent villian here & gets a great gore demise.

The biggest weak spot to this film was DMX, he's not a great actor & the producers of this film should've learned from there mistakes casting DMX with Steven Seagal in Exit Wounds that DMX lacks any screen presence or charisma who is very weak when it goes to acting emotion when he discovers his daughter's been kidnapped.

Kelly Hu is devilishly sexy & kick ass as Sona while Gabrielle Union is wasted in her role as Daria who is more or less reduced to flaunting herself in her bra & knickers doing a private lap dance to cause a diversion for DMX to steal black diamonds, while Tom Arnold & Anthony Anderson are pretty poor as the comedy sidekicks Archie & Tommy who are nowhere near as funny as they were in Exit Wounds.

The plot holes you could steer a truck through but are hilarious which includes the cops arrival at the crime scene at the movies climax & decide not to arrest DMX for stealing the diamonds or even consider slapping on the cuffs of Tom Arnold's character Archie for possessing a Tank & don't even bother question Jet Li's character Su of why he's spying in United States.

Warner Bros have excelled as far as the visual & audio elements of the DVD but unfortunately the quality of extras is somewhat lacking with 3 very basic short action featurettes which add up to about 18 minutes.

Overall a entertainingly good Friday night action movie with the lads that has plenty of kick ass fighting & the usual shootouts & cheesy one liners but is enjoyable action fare nevertheless.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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Doctor Who: The Stone Rose (Unabridged)
Doctor Who: The Stone Rose (Unabridged)
Offered by Audible Ltd
Price: £8.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative & Enjoyable Audiobook Download, 30 Sep 2014
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Doctor Who: The Stone Rose (Unabridged Audio Download)

Product Info.
Running time 150 minutes
Author: Jacqueline Rayner
Read By David Tennant

What's Up Doc.
Mickey Smith is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old, The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he & Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture.

While the Doctor searches for a missing boy, Rose befriends a girl who claims to know the future; a girl whose predictions are surprisingly accurate. But then the Doctor stumbles on the hideous truth behind the statue of Rose, as Rose herself learns that you have to be very careful what you wish for.

Timelord Thoughts.
David Tennant is an amazingly good narrator, as there's something magical about how Tennant pitch-perfect his characters voices are & at times with this audiobook I thought I was listening to a full cast adventure.

Packed with plenty of Doctor & Rose moments, The Stone Rose is fun interesting Tenth Doctor adventure with it's ancient setting which contains great plot twists, timey wimey paradoxes & many escapades for our time travelling duo to escape from.

Writer Jacqueline Raynor has been a little hit & miss for me with her Doctor Who adventures put I'm pleased to say she captured the tone & characters of the Tenth Doctor era superbly well here & delivered a clever engaging witty script that held my interest throughout, with many great moments including the Doctor in the Colosseum which is brilliantly written & shows the Tenth Doctor in all his wonderful mad eccentric glory brought to life by David Tennants outstanding passionate performance.

This is a great two & a half hour entertaining audiobook adventure that has a great self contained story by author Jacqueline Raynor plus a engaging read by the Tenth Doctor himself David Tennant that's well worth downloading to your Kindle Fire.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Fist of Fury (2 Disc Ultimate Edition) [DVD]
Fist of Fury (2 Disc Ultimate Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Lee

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Lee At His Very Best, 30 Sep 2014
Fist Of Fury (2 Disc Ultimate Edition DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Subtitles: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 2
Classification: 18
Studio: Cine Asia
Running time 102 minutes

Special Features.
- Double Disc DVD
- DVD Transfer created from High Definition Master
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese and original Mandarin Mono Track both with English Subtitles
- Dolby Digital 5.1 English
- Audio Commentary with HK expert Bey Logan
- The First Lady: an interview with leading lady, Nora Miao
- Blade of Fury: an interview with lead villian, Riki Hashimoto
- Master of Bushido: an interview with Jun Katsumura
- The Fist of Fury location guide
- First Amongst Equals: an interview with Sifu Dan Inosanto
- Legacy of a Master: an interview with acclaimed action-director Jeff Imada
- Tracking the Dragon: an interview with Bruce Lee's personal photographer Linda Palmer
- Friend to the Stars: an interview with Bruce Lee confidante, Joe Torreneuva
- The Magic Lantern: a rare photo archive
- Trailers

Cast.
Bruce Lee as Chen Zhen
Nora Miao as Yuan Li'er
Riki Hashimoto as Hiroshi Suzuki
Robert Baker as Petrov
Tien Feng as Fan Junxia
Paul Wei as Wu En
Feng Yi as Yoshida
Lo Wei as Inspector Lo
Wong Chung-shun as Tien
Han Ying-chieh as Feng Guishi
James Tien as Fan Jiaqi

Trivia.
1)Jackie Chan doubled for the villain Suzuki when he is kicked back through the large paper windows.
2)Bruce Lee choreographed his own fight scenes.
3)Because of the movie's racial content & personal disagreements, Bruce Lee quit working with Lo Wei after this movie.
4)The international title of this film was "Fist of Fury". In the United States the English dubbed version was released under the title "The Chinese Connection" to avoid confusion with "Fists of Fury", the title for the U.S. release of Bruce Lee's previous film The Big Boss (1971).
5)In the Cantonese & Mandarin versions of the film, the voice of Petrov is dubbed by 'Bruce Lee'.
6)To make the point that crime and violence don't pay, Bruce Lee insisted that his character must die at the end, but die with honor.

What's The Story.
Chen Zhen returns to Shanghai for the funeral of his martial arts mentor, who died in suspicious circumstances. Whilst he is mourning his old mentor, members of a rival school arrive & begin to taunt Chen & his friends, who do not react at first.

Chen later visits the rival school & humiliates them by beating every single one of them, but this causes bloody repercussions leading to a violent confrontation between the two schools as Chen begins to uncover the real reasons behind his mentor's death & set's about avenging his teachers murder on those responsible.

Timelord Thoughts.
For me, Fist Of Fury has to be the best Bruce Lee film there is & shows Bruce's dynamism, charisma & skills as a true martial arts master which script is based upon a true story.

Bruce plays the character Chen Zhen, a past student of a school of martial arts at which his master has died, Chen does not believe his master died of natural causes & after overhearing a conversation his teacher was poisoned he goes about killing those responsible & restore his schools honour.

The late great Bruce Lee has an aura & screen presence which surrounds him in his movies & Fist Of Fury showcases his talents for the martial arts here as Bruce has choreographed some of cinemas best fight sequences that are brutal & totally uncompromising & deliver bone crunching mayhem as his character becomes a fugitive evading the law & donning a variety of disguises to single handedly taking down his master's killers, Lee's beating up the rival school's student's after there "sick men of Asia jibe" at his masters funeral to his fight with Robert Brown near the film's climax being just two of the many highlights this film has to offer, plus a final freeze frame heroic & poignant final image gives you an insight into why Bruce Lee became a legend.

The HD transfer is impressive & looks clearer, sharper & rich in colour & texture, the 5.1 Cantonese audio is more vibrant that adds more atmosphere to the movie, the 5.1 English dubbed is a far clearer soundtrack it's just a shame the actual dubbing & lip sync is horrendously bad, while the Mandarin mono soundtrack isn't quite as good sounding a little hissy in places.

The commentary by Ben Logan is intriguing & very insightful to listen too while the interviews featuring Nora Miao & Riki Hashimoto who discuss behind the scenes of what went on in the making of this movie.

There are a couple of other decent interviews featuring Jun Katsumura, Dan Inosanto, acclaimed action-director Jeff Imada, Bruce Lee's personal photographer Linda Palmer & Bruce Lee confidante, Joe Torreneuva plus a rare photo gallery & various trailers that rounds off this two disc DVD release.

Overall, Fist Of Fury is a cult classic & in my opinion the late Bruce Lee's best movie that has a decent plot & moral message about honour & revenge featuring some truly phenomenal fight sequences that are now fully uncut featuring the restored BBFC cut scenes of the nunchaka & a brutal kick to the throat sequence.

This film is a must for Bruce Lee fan's or anyone who has a liking for martial art movies who wish to see the greatest martial artist of them all at his absolute best & contains a excellent restored print & audio mix plus a great set of extras, a highly recommended purchase.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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A Town Called Fortune (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
A Town Called Fortune (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
by Paul Sutton
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ole Sixey & Evelyns Wild West Adventure, 29 Sep 2014
Dedicated to actress Maggie Stables who sadly died on the 27th September 2014 ( a great actress whom will be fondly remembered by Doctor Who fans).

A Town Called Fortune (Companion Chronicles Audiobook).
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion: Evelyn
Main setting: Fortune, USA, the late 19th century
Writer: Paul Sutton
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 5.05
1 x CD
2 x Episodes
Running time 60 minutes

Extras.
Trailer
Behind the scenes interviews

Cast.
Evelyn Smythe -- Maggie Stables
Sam -- Richard Cordery

Trivia.
1)Evelyn complains to the Doctor that, because of him, she is making a habit of jumping from trains. (AUDIO: The Nowhere Place)
2)Many years later, the Seventh Doctor & Evelyn would reminisce about "leaping from steam trains in the Wild West." (AUDIO: A Death in the Family)
The Doctor previously visited the Wild West in his First incarnation (TV: The Gunfighters) &would later do so again in his Eleventh incarnation (TV: A Town Called Mercy).

What's Up Doc.
Problems beset the Doctor & Evelyn Smythe as they travel by train to the Wild West town of Fortune, a young woman is investigating the murder of her father nine years earlier & a wanted poster indicates that the Doctor is the killer!

With the TARDIS lost to them & the law on their tail, can the travellers unravel the mystery or will Rachel Ann Donovan take her revenge first?

Timelord Thoughts.
This Companion Chronicle adventure features Evelyn Smythe who travelled with the Sixth Doctor who recalls a past adventure here when she & the Sixth Doctor visited the Wild West.

Paul Sutton does a wonderful job of nailing Evelyns character from her academic intellect to the warm aunt-like figure who loves hot chocolate & cake to her friendly sparing with the Sixth Doctor who over time Evelyn has helped to mellow.

Writer Paul Sutton delivers many humoured Western clichés as he'd dare but keeps the story tightly paced which makes for an intriguing listen, while Maggie Stables is a warm narrator & her reading feels like when my grandma used to tell me a story of the old days as Stables keeps the story entertaining by not only narrating but also adds a great performance into the mix as Evelyn who tells ole sixey to "shut up" & becomes part of the action jumping from a moving train for a second time, credit must also goes to guest actor Richard Cordery who gives a very good performance as Sam the Sheriff.

A Town Called Fortune is a delightful entertaining Companion Chronicles adventure that's full of plot twists & timey-wimey turns but keeps the listener intrigued, with it's atmosphere of gun slinging Wild West fun combined with it's spaghetti western vibe plus great direction by director Lisa Bowerman who captures the moody settings of the western era that's mixed together with atmospheric sound effects all combine together to bring this production to life & make for a enjoyable 60 minute audio adventure.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Death Warrant [DVD]
Death Warrant [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean-Claude Van Damme
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £4.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Bring Me A Dream Burke", 29 Sep 2014
This review is from: Death Warrant [DVD] (DVD)
Death Warrant (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, German
Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Running Time: 85 minutes

Extras.
Theatrical Trailer

Cast.
Van Damme - Louis Burke
Robert Guillaume - Hawkins
Cynthia Gibb - Amanda Beckett
George Dickerson - Tom Vogler
Dean Colbby - Flitz
Art LaFleur - Sergeant Deffrey
Patrick Kilpatrick - Chistian Naylor
Abdul Sazaam El Razzac - Priest
Joshua John Miller - Douglas Tisdale
Hank Stone - Romaker
Conrad Dunn - Konefke

Trivia.
1)Filmed before A.W.O.L.: Absent Without Leave (1990) despite being released later.
2)David.S Goyer went on to write the Blade Frilogy as well as The Christopher Nolan: Dark Knight Trilogy.

What's The Story.
Renegade cop Louis Burke poses as an inmate in order to investigate a series of murders in maximum-security Harrison Penitentiary.

But all his martial arts skills are required when he uncovers the truth about the killings & attempts a daring escape who is hunted by the unstoppable maniac known as the Sandman who is one of Burkes previous captures.

Timelord Thoughts.
Death Warrant is your typical 90's Van Damme movie , as Van Damme goes undercover as Louis Burke to a prison where inmates have been disappearing and discovers that their body parts- livers etc are being sold by the corrupt guards.

Van Damme is decent enough in this film & takes out the bad guys with his fists & high kicks in a number of gut crunching fight sequences. especially in his final fight against the seemingly unstoppable "The Sandman" (A chilling performance by Patrick Kilpatrick) who Burke previously arrested is transferred to the prison & recognizes Burke revealing his real identity to a prison full of murderous convicts.

The story is a gripping tale of corruption & is a perfect balance of action & tension building up pace as it goes while the supporting cast including Cynthia Gibb gives a good performance as the love interest Amanda Beckett who is aiding Burke from the outside while Robert Guillame is excellent as a fellow prisoner Hawkins who reluctantly begins to help Burke.

Overall, Death Warrant is a entertaining enough action flick & has great moments of tension & some kick ass fight scenes in it's dark & gloomy prison surroundings, the film doesn't overstay it's welcome either at 85 minutes & is well worth purchasing for fans of Jean-Claude Van Damme movies.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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Halloween: Uncut (Director's Cut Edition) [DVD]
Halloween: Uncut (Director's Cut Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Malcolm Mcdowell
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £9.75

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2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless Inferior Remake, 28 Sep 2014
Halloween: Uncut (Director's Cut Edition - DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
Audio: English 5.1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Running Time: 116 minutes

Special Features.
Commentary with director Rob Zombie
Deleted Scenes
Alternate Ending
2 Featurette
Theatrical Trailer

Cast.
Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Loomis
Sheri Moon Zombie as Deborah Myers
Tyler Mane as Michael Myers
Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode
Brad Dourif as Sheriff Brackett
Danielle Harris as Annie Brackett
William Forsythe as Ronnie
Daeg Faerch as Michael Myers (10 year's old).
Pat Skipper as Mason Strode
Dee Wallace as Cynthia Strode

Budget: $15 million
Box office: $80,249,467

Trivia.
1)John Carpenter has not seen the film & said he would not criticize the film because Rob Zombie is a friend of his.
2)Emma Stone auditioned for the role of Laurie Strode.
3)Tyler Mane is the tallest actor to portray Michael Myers at a height of 6'9.
4)This is third Halloween film that Danielle Harris has been in. She first appeared in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) & Halloween 5 (1989) as Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode. (Her character was re-cast in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), & then killed off.)
5)The film underwent re-shoots as a result of poor test screenings. These included a new escape for Micheal from the hospital as well as an alternate ending.
6)The actor who sells the guns to Malcolm McDowell's character is none other than The Monkee's drummer/singer Micky Dolenz.
7)Was originally going to be another sequel entitled "Halloween: Retribution" starring Lindy Booth but the idea was scrapped & they went with Rob Zombie's remake vision.
8)Adrienne Barbeau's role was cut from the final finished film.
9)Deborah Myers is the only person to die in the film that wasn't killed by Michel Myers, she's also the only character in the entire Halloween saga to ever commit suicide.
10)Danny Trejo's death scene was cut from the work print after studio heads complained about it. Zombie lobbied to them, stating it was important to show how brutal & uncompassionate the character truly is. In the final cut, Zombie won & was allowed to put the scene in.
11)An alternate ending was shot, then changed by Zombie. In it, Loomis survives & Myers is gunned down by Brackett's men in front of the Myers house.
12)Total Body count: 17 (with only one death not committed by Michael Myers).

What's The Story.
10 year old Michael Myers is committed to Smith's Grove after the brutal murder of his mom's boyfriend Ronnie, his sister Judith & her boyfriend.

After being there for 17 years, he escapes his incarceration & returns to his home town of Haddonfield in search of one of the only people he has ever cared about, his baby sister Laurie Strode.

But Dr. Sam Loomis who is Michael's doctor knows of Michael's true intentions & races to Haddonfield to stop Myers bloody massacre on Halloween, as Loomis frantically trys to find Michael's sister Laurie Strode before Michael can get to her.

Timelord Thoughts.
Why Rob Zombie thought the need to remake this cult John Carpenter horror classic is of a complete mystery to me as director Zombie gives away far to much detail about the Myers family backstory stating that a young Michael Myers was a mistreated abused kid instead of the originals evil supernatural malevolent force that manifests in Michael's soul.

Michael Myers is supposed to me a average built man with a childlike expressive face & is not supposed to be a seven-foot tall long haired wrestler & although Tyler Mane's does his best he seemingly needs to duck down to avoid hitting his head on doorways & maybe bigger built & taller but is nowhere near as frightening as Nick Castles slimmer original interpretation of the character.

Everyone who is a fan of the original movies knows Michael Myers doesn't run but in this film, Zombie has Myers charging about everywhere brutally killing his victims in some very gory sequences it's as if Michael is channeling his inner Jason Voorhees.

Malcolm McDowell isn't a patch on Donald Pleasence take of the character & gives a rather lazy phoned in performance as Dr. Loomis, while Scout Taylor-Compton is miscast as Laurie Strode who doesn't have Jamie-Lee Curtis emotional strength & survival gravitas in her performance of Laurie Strode & it may have worked better giving Danielle Harris the lead role as Laurie as she is the only one bothering to act & gives a good performance in this movie as Laurie's friend Annie Brackett.

Voice of Chucky, Brad Douriff is passable as Sheriff Bracket & injects some credibility into this remake but director Rob Zombie hasn't a clue how to pace his movie & doesn't add any tension or suspense who instead is over reliant on gory kills to keep the horror fans happy.

Overall, this is a lacklustre below par remake that has only a few decent moments that mostly involving Daeg Faerch as the 10 year old Michael Myers who gives a sinister performance & is quite frightening in the scenes were he goes about killing his family especially the scene when he puts on the iconic boogeyman mask.

This is ok to watch once if it's on Tv, but Halloween (2007) can't hold a candle to the original films frightfest & is just another pointless inferior remake that Hollywood seems to keep churning out that isn't shocking or scary & contains cheap gore effects & overused expletives as the only thing shocking about this remake is how on earth this nonsense actually got made in the first place?

Timelord Rating.
3/10
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Halloween H20 [DVD]
Halloween H20 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jamie Lee Curtis
Price: £5.77

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Lacklustre Horror Despite Curtis Return, 28 Sep 2014
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Halloween H20 (DVD).

DVD Info.
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16.9/2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
Chapters: 13
Certificate: 18
Running time 82 minutes

Special Features.
Making of,
Music Video,
Trivia Game

Cast.
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode/Keri Tate
Josh Hartnett as John Tate
Michelle Williams as Molly Cartwell
Adam Arkin as Will Brennan
LL Cool J as Ronald "Ronny" Jones
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Sarah Wainthrope
Adam Hann-Byrd as Charlie Deveraux
Janet Leigh as Norma Watson
Nancy Stephens as Marion Chambers
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jimmy Howell
Lisa Gay Hamilton as Shirley "Shirl" Jones
Chris Durand as Michael Myers

Budget: $17 million
Box office: $73,000,000

Trivia.
1)During the scene where Norma is leaving, she stands in front the car from Psycho (1960). The music playing in the background at this part is also from Psycho. Janet Leigh, who plays Norma, played Marion in Psycho. The license plate on the car is also the same as the second car Marion buys in Psycho, NFB 418, which are Norman Bates' initials.
2)Josh Hartnett's film debut.
3)LL Cool J's line, "Comb your hair!" was ad-libbed, inspired by Josh Hartnett's messy haircut.
4)The movie was made after a suggestion by Jamie Lee Curtis. She wanted to "20-year Anniversary" movie with John Carpenter, but the director declined.
5)The writers & director decided to treat this movie as if Halloweens 3-6 never took place. This was a decision made to keep the plot simple & focus on the Laurie character.
6)Director Steve Miner also directed two films in another popular horror series: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) & Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
7)There was at one time a plan for Michael Myers to speak a single line at the end of the movie. He was to have said "Laurie" just before being beheaded by Jamie Lee Curtis. This idea was dropped from the final script.

What's The Story.
On Halloween night in 1963, 6 year old Michael Myers murdered his sister, Judith, In 1978 a 21 year old Michael Myers broke out of Smith's Grove institute to kill his other sister, Laurie Strode.

Myers killed all of her friends, but she escaped & a few years later, she faked her death so he couldn't find her, but now, in 1998, Michael Myers has returned & discovered his sister is still alive & tracks her down to a private school where she is the headmistress & has undergone a new name Keri Tate wiliving with her son John.

Brother & Sister will come face to face one last time as Laurie must find her inner strength & courage to do what she should have done a long time ago... kill her brother Michael Myers.

Timelord Thoughts.
While Halloween H20 is a continuation from 1981's Halloween 2, this seventb film omits parts 3-6 & despite the return of Jamie-Lee Curtis the film lacks gore & just isn't as scary like the first two movies, were.

The film starts well with a decent pre-credit sequence that has a fair bit of suspense to it but then goes into a long drawn out 40 minute borefest that is quite dull & it's only when Myers turns up at the school to find a group of teens having a party including his nephew John that the movie shifts into gear with a final confrontation with Myers battling Laurie being the best parts of the movie.

Jamie - Lee Curtis reprises her most iconic role of Laurie Strode & adds believable character drama to Lauries personality who has become a recluse & a victim of sorts herself who has taken to anti depressant drugs & become a borderline alcoholic who is fearful of her brother returning.

Josh Hartnett is decent enough in his performance as Lauries son John, while LL Cool J provides a little comic relief to the movie as campus security guard Ronald "Ronny" Jones, yet I found Alan Atkins performance as Will Brennan irritating & annoying & I was hoping Michael Myers would've dispatched him far earlier in the movie.

Chris Durand as Michael Myers does a competent job & is the best Myers since Nick Castle who captures the essence of Castles previous performance, while sadly the late Donald Pleasence character Dr. Sam Loomis is heard in a pre-credit voiceover dubbed by Tom Kane who does a reasonable job of mimicking Pleasence voice but why not just use Pleasences voice instead?

With a bigger budget & Friday The 13th's Part 2 & 3 director Steve Miner directing this movie I was expecting a lot more than what's on screen, as I've said it does opens well & then there's a 40 minute borefest until Michael appears which should've ramped up the tension, gore & horror with Myers stalking kids around the school but instead Michael kills only 4 people in this movie & neither of these kills are gory, horrific or terrifying enough that hardly feature little to no blood as unlike Miners Friday movies the kills were gory & effective.

The final confrontation between Laurie & Michael is far to short & doesn't deliver the nerve shredding tension of the first two movies & feels extremely rushed after all the bulid up to get to this moment in the film.

One thing the film does get right is having Laurie decapitate Michael Myers at the end of the film & at least concludes this 'Laurie Trilogy' on a none anti climatic note, yes I know there was another movie that followed this but don't get me started on just how awful that film is & for me the Halloween movies ends here.

Overall, Halloween H20 is a lacklustre movie that has very little horror, the performances are decent enough & the production values are high but what let's the movie down is it's not scary or gory & could've easily have been rated a 15 certificate, the pace is uneven with a boring first half & a rushed finale which concludes all to quickly that sadly makes Halloween H20 a underwhelming slightly boring horror movie.

Timelord Rating.
5/10
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