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Hands of the Ripper
Hands of the Ripper
by Guy Adams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.67

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear..., 8 July 2012
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This review is from: Hands of the Ripper (Paperback)
After his so-so novelisation of 'Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter', I was worried when I saw that Guy Adams' next novelisation was to be of the 1971 Hammer classic 'Hands of the Ripper'. Even so, I could never have imagined what a total mess this book would turn out to be.

Described in the forward as "a new and exciting makeover", what we actually have is version of the story which is not only updated from the film's original late Victorian setting to the present day, but which also manages to lose practically everything that made the original film so good.

Most of the main characters from the film survive in some form or other, but their motivations and traits are almost unrecognisable. Although in the film, the murders were somewhat gory for the time, here they are just plain sensationalist. Even the film's final climatic scenes, on the page come over as totally banal.

Adams can write good original material as his 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Torchwood' novels showed, but in adapting Hammer films something seems to go wrong.


Winter Solstice 2005
Winter Solstice 2005
Price: £20.21

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad, 23 Feb 2010
This review is from: Winter Solstice 2005 (Audio CD)
This had the potential to be a good release: great set list, mixing recent tracks and classics from the past, as well as one of the best band line-ups in recent years. However, it is let down by truly awful sound quality. It does make you wonder if Voiceprint have any form of quality control. Coming after two pretty good previous releases in the series, Minneapolis and Reading University, it is a major let down.


Treworgey Tree Fayre, 1989
Treworgey Tree Fayre, 1989
Offered by groove_temple
Price: £21.50

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voiceprint, we have a problem..., 19 Feb 2010
Voiceprint's recent range of Hawkwind live releases have ranged from the good ('Reading 1992') to the awful('Winter Solstice'). With this release Voiceprint have surpassed themselves. Although the sound quality is probably the best yet, it is definitely not 'Treworgey Tree Fayre'. Its actually a concert from the 1993 Tour, which is good as the previous live release ('The Business Trip') was only a single CD.

The correct tracklisting is:

CD1:
Intro
Letting In The Past
Tibet Is Not China
Psychedelic Warlords
Sputnik Stan
Green Finned Demon
You Shouldn't Do That
Gateway
Golden Void
Right Stuff

CD2:
Wastelands
Iron Dream
Hassan I Sahba
Instrumental
Quark, Strangeness & Charm
LSD
The Camera That Could Lie
Right To Decide

So five stars for the sound, but several minuses for the packaging!


Journey To The Far Side of The Sun (aka  Doppelgänger) [DVD] [1969]
Journey To The Far Side of The Sun (aka Doppelgänger) [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Roy Thinnes
Price: £5.00

44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, 6 Nov 2008
This is an excellent piece of late Sixties SF from Gerry & Sylvia Anderson. Like UFO and Space 1999 (well, season one anyway!)which followed, it provides the viewer with a blend of action and mystery. Coupling a thought provoking script with the excellent effects that had graced their Supermarionation output.
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Doctor Who - Winner Takes All (New Series Adventure 3)
Doctor Who - Winner Takes All (New Series Adventure 3)
by Jacqueline Rayner
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable enough, 16 May 2005
If you like the new series, then you will enjoy this novel.
The interplay of the Ninth Doctor and Rose is well-captured, as are the soap opera elements of Rose's domestic life.
And although the plot is somewhat derivative (not only of previous Who stories, but also a certain Terry Pratchett novel!), Jacqueline Rayner has given the various strands a through mix. Resulting in a novel that rattles along at such a pace, that you do not mind.


Doctor Who - The Clockwise Man (New Series Adventure 1)
Doctor Who - The Clockwise Man (New Series Adventure 1)
by Justin Richards
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable romp, 16 May 2005
This is an enjoyable read from one of the best BBC Books Who range authors.
The novel captures the interplay of the Ninth Doctor and Rose (one of the best features of the new series) perfectly and thankfully without the overtly 'soapy' elements that keep creeping in to the TV episodes.
The plot is quite good too!


Who's Next: An Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who
Who's Next: An Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who
by Eddie Robson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, but..., 2 Mar 2005
This is not a bad book, certainly the discussions on each story are enjoyable, but there are a lot of factual errors and inconsistencies which will have devoted Who fan either tearing their hair out or laughing out loud.
Still, any book that calls for a re-examination of the much-maligned 'Sensorites' deserves a prime place on any Who fan's bookshelf!


Hammer Comedy Film Music Collection
Hammer Comedy Film Music Collection
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £38.87

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a 'House of Horror'!, 14 July 2001
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Although widely regarded as The House of Horror through out its existance, Hammer Films actually had an extremely diverse output beyond that genre. They made a number of crime & psychological thrillers, war movies, costume dramas and comedies. And it is music from the latter that this collection covers.
Hammer made over twenty comedy pictures during its lifetime, the most famous of which are the TV spin-offs from the early 1970's. Although the likes of 'On the Buses', 'Love Thy Neighbour' and 'Man about the House' are now seen as politically incorrect they were big business at the time and proved to be extremely profitable for Hammer.
This CD collects together music from twelve films, all but three being 70's TV spin-offs, and features the work of well-known TV composers such as Ron Grainer, Albert Elms and Denis King.
The CD succeeds on two levels: Firstly as a collection of catchy film themes. But more importantly as a reminder of the diversity of Britain's greatest independant film producer.


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