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Star Trek FAQ 2.0: Everything Left to Know About The Next Generation, the Movies, and Beyond
Star Trek FAQ 2.0: Everything Left to Know About The Next Generation, the Movies, and Beyond
by Mark Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal entertainment for Star Trek fans, 11 Oct 2013
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I loved Mark Clark's FAQ book on the original series of Star Trek and this one on The Next Generation is just as good. He had a lot more information to cover in this volume - not only all 178 episodes of The Next Generation but the ten movies including the six involving the original cast plus details of the three following Star Trek TV series. Information on Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise is minimal, just one chapter, so perhaps there is more to come. Otherwise this is a commendable effort to cover an awful lot of information. Cast details are given pre and post Next Generation and there is a spot of gossip for those who like these things (Patrick Stewart's love life, for example). Each film gets its own chapter with details about how they came to be, plots and Clark's own views on how successful they were - or not. There are details about the people behind the series from producers and directors to make-up people, designers, etc. And each episode of the TV series The Next Generation gets a plot precis and background detail and Clark's viewpoint. There is a chapter on quotes from the series, details of Star Trek shows that were never made, awards,guest stars, secondary cast members, heroes, villains, the food of Star Trek and a lot more. This really is as compehensive as you can get in 421 pages and unlike a lot of fan books there is an excellent index. Unlike the previous book, the cover, back cover and spine bear the legend "Unofficial and Unauthorized" (had there been a row over the previous tome?) but this does not seem to have affected the book's contents. It really is all here. OK, there are not so many official photographs but the posters, advertising material and collectables provide plenty of visual delights along with scenes from the series. It is an excellent book for those who loved the series or like me were fairly new to it.

Everyday Cooking For One
Everyday Cooking For One
Price: £4.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice, variable recipes, 26 July 2013
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Good advice for single eaters, recipes vary between delicious and ugh. Still got to try many of them. Easy to read.

Star Trek I: The Motion Picture [DVD]
Star Trek I: The Motion Picture [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Shatner
Price: £4.10

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A different edition, 7 Mar 2013
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I have rated this one star only as it is not the film I thought it was. I already have a box set of original cast Star Trek films in which Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the theatrical version. Reading the five star reviews they all mentioned the director's cut version with director Robert Wise's improvements so I assumed that is what I was getting. I didn't - this is the theatrical version from the box sets. Amazon should really make it clear when publishing reviews that they refer to the specific version being advertised. As it is, I feel cheated. I really enjoy the film (it is worth four stars) but I would love to see the one I thought I was ordereing.
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Mrs. Swing (4CD)
Mrs. Swing (4CD)
Price: £16.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz vocals at their best, 7 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Mrs. Swing (4CD) (Audio CD)
The singer Mildred Bailey (1907-1951) was one of the biggest stars in America in the 1930s, appearing on numerous radio stations and recording many of the most successful sides of the era. Today, while fellow jazz singer Bille Holiday is given legendary status, Mildred remains less known. This immaculate four disc set providing around five hours of Ms Bailey's work shows this comparison to be totally unfair. She was unable to give a dull performance from ballads, blues and popular songs of the day to novelty numbers like The Weekend of a Private Secretary and Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry.
Her clear, little girl voice swung every number like the clappers hence the title she and her husband Red Norvo earned as Mr and Mrs Swing. She sang with some of the best jazz musicians of the day like Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson, Chu Berry and Ben Webster and they all became fans. Above all she made many recordings with Norvo often with superb arrangements by Eddie Sauter.
This collection follows her career from her first recording in 1929 to the 1942 I'll Be Around. There is not a duff track among them. As with all Proper box sets there is an informative booklet (52 pages) giving full details of her career and complete personnel listings.
Mildred Bailey was physically a big lady and hated that (although she was proud of her slim ankles) and it was her weight that gave her medical problems later in her career. She suffered a lot of illness in the 1940s, had a divorce from Norvo and despite all her success died broke, far too early.
This collection shows her at her brightest and best and if I am honest I prefer her performances to Holiday's in the same era, bright, tinged with a light lilt and, as her title suggests, always swinging.

Charlie Chaplin at Keystone [DVD]
Charlie Chaplin at Keystone [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charlie Chaplin
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £19.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Chaplin, 5 Jun 2011
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I have waited a long time for some restored Keystones featuring Chaplin and here they all are - apart from the lost Her Friend the Bandit (1914) - and all looking very smart thanks an army of restorers, technicians and musicians. Many of them are of historical interest only: I can take only so much brick-throwing which seemed to have amused audiences at the time. After all, if you are hit by a brick it could possibly kill you but in the silent era they caused just minor inconvenience, even when hit full in the face.
There is a lot of kicking - again too much, often to the point of tedium - but Chaplin always shows a balletic ability which is pretty graceful at all times, even when fighting.
Chaplin finely created a complete character, one often imitated but rarely bettered. As the films are in chronological order one can see how he developed very quickly. In some early films you can almost see him thinking about what he could do that would be funny - and not always succeeding. Later he knew exactly what he was doing.
One surprise for me was to find Chaplin in drag playing a woman rather than a man dressed as a woman. He's pretty good at it and very funny in the pantomime dame tradition.
As the films were shot very quickly there are more than a few rough edges but all are fascinating to watch now.
Previous video and dvd copies of these 34 films have been poor with no intertitles,fuzzy pictures and music that had nothing to do with what was on screen. Now they have new scores, intertitles wherever possible and the picture quality is pretty good considering the mangling some of the copies received over the years.The 56-page booklet is useful with each film discussed although I might suggest Glenn Mitchell's The Chaplin Encyclopedia for more information including cast lists The Charlie Chaplin Encyclopedia.
The BFI have done an excellent job here and must be thanked. But one word of warning. Like a previous reviewer I found that Twenty Minutes of Love on disc one does cut off and revert to the main menu fairly early on. You get rather less than Twenty Minutes! I returned my box set to Amazon who replaced it with another but that had the same fault which obviously happened in the manufacturing process.
I have kept my box set fault and all as this remains a great collection at a bargain price.

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