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Keeping Up Appearances - The Essential Collection [DVD]
Keeping Up Appearances - The Essential Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patricia Routledge
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £29.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An amusing comedy, disappointingly lacking in special features/additional content., 23 Feb. 2011
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BBC deliver yet another unimaginative box set with bland packaging (the worst of the several Beeb DVDs I've bought). There is no added content for a series that spanned five seasons - each disk having a bland case, no index card, and a cheap screen menu with a continuously repeating theme tune. That all said, the content itself is amusing - with comical tales of Hyacinth, her long suffering husband Richard, and a dysfunctional family. Easy viewing.
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Dad's Army - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1968]
Dad's Army - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Arthur Lowe
Price: £18.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A must have collection for any fan of British Comedy!, 23 Feb. 2011
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As now living overseas I bought this box set as it's never on TV. It was a good deal as part of the pre-Christmas sale (tens of percent off) however even at close to the full price I believe it would represent good value given the hours of quality comedy spread across nine seasons (excl. a few early 'lost' episodes), the Christmas Specials, and to the Beeb's credit a good bit of bonus material.

The only thing missing (other than the lost episodes) is the Dads Army Movie. Not a big loss as far as I'm concerned.

The presentation box is basic but compact, and has a handy index of episodes for each disk.


Still Game: The Christmas and Hogmanay Specials [2007] [DVD]
Still Game: The Christmas and Hogmanay Specials [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ford Kiernan
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £5.85

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the same standard as seasons 1-6, 23 Feb. 2011
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Whilst still funny unfortunately most of the episodes aren't up to the same comedy standard as previous seasons - with one episode in particular not even resembling Jack and Victor's characters well at all (i.e. making them far less likeable).

Worth the purchase to complete your collection of Still Game DVDs (assuming you have seasons 1-6), but I found I haven't really re-watched them - unlike the main seasons. If you are new to the series, I'd recommend the 1-5 boxset.


Agatha Christie's Poirot - Complete Series 1-11 [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Complete Series 1-11 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Suchet

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for fans of Agatha Christie, 23 Feb. 2011
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For those who are fans of the books, it's clear that Suchet is the ultimate incarnation of the famous Belgian detective. Although the episodes vary in their degree of adaptation from the books, they have a breadth of fine actors and predominantly all are meticulously filmed in a 1930s art-deco setting (deviating from the time period of some of the novels, but in my view for the better).

The box set is well presented, containing a booklet summarising each episode however clearly an add-on given it doesn't tie up with the disk labels/numbers. Disappointing for there to be few special features for a series spanning three decades (and counting).

4 not 5 stars purely due to the lack of special features.


'Allo 'Allo! - The Complete Series [DVD]
'Allo 'Allo! - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gorden Kaye

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Timeless comedy, let down by the laziness of the Beeb to include special features/additional content, 23 Feb. 2011
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Encompassing nine seasons (equating to ~80+ hours of viewing) it represents good value, and a must have for fans of British comedy. However disappointingly once again a lacklustre DVD productive by the BBC - cheap presentation box, no central index and a lack of any special features.
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The Cobra
The Cobra
by Frederick Forsyth
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing end to an otherwise great Forsyth thriller, 23 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Cobra (Hardcover)
As usual, a meticulously researched and topical Forsyth novel with a diverse cast of well developed characters. The novel begins in present day and projects to the near future - with a completely believable tale on how the "war on drugs" may be fought far more effectively. I really enjoyed it but found the final few paragraphs unnecessarily hurried and rather predictable - a disappointing end to an otherwise great Forsyth thriller.


The Ghost
The Ghost
by Robert Harris
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not your typical Harris novel, 30 Dec. 2007
This review is from: The Ghost (Hardcover)
I found Harris' most recent novel an enjoyable read, however felt it lacked the fast-paced and gripping narrative of his previous works such as Fatherland, Archangel or Selling Hitler. It is however very well researched and written, and progresses steady - building significantly in the last few chapters.

The Ghost is somewhat of a departure from Harris' typical style. Unlike previous works, it is set in the present day; he skilfully develops a storyline which draws parallels with recent events in world politics, in particular those in Great Britain and the United States. Having chosen to write in the first person of the principal character, Harris provides an interesting, if somewhat different perspective, from the typical thriller - this is very well matched with the subject matter.

I would certainly recommend the novel, however rate it four stars as I do not believe it is Harris at his best; it is still very much an above average thriller!


Police Academy - The Complete Collection (7 Disc Box Set) [1984] [DVD]
Police Academy - The Complete Collection (7 Disc Box Set) [1984] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Guttenberg
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £20.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's comedy at a bargain price, 15 Dec. 2007
Over the years I had bought a couple of the Police Academy films on video cassette; having decided to purchase the DVD box set of all seven films I have not been disappointed. In addition to the seven easy watching and amusing movies, there is an interesting, if short, interview with a number of the main characters in the special features section of each disk (filmed in 2004). Also, the picture and sound quality for all films are good considering six of the seven were made in the 1980's.

A good addition to the collection of any 80's comedy film fan - 4 stars!


The Afghan
The Afghan
by Frederick Forsyth
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meticulously researched, and a well thought-out tale, 24 Jan. 2007
This review is from: The Afghan (Hardcover)
As usual, historical events have been intertwined with Forsyth fiction to create an enjoyable and informative read.

I would certainly recommend the novel, however those expecting a fast-paced and gripping Forsyth narrative may be disappointed; I personally did not find the novel as enthralling as previous works such as Icon and The Day of the Jackal, and overall found it unbalanced -focussing largely on past events in great detail, and rushing through the more gripping, present-day events.

3 out of 5 - still an above average thriller; however it's below average for Forsyth.


Decipher
Decipher
by Stel Pavlou
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent blend of fact, myth and pure fiction, 5 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Decipher (Paperback)
Not being a huge fan of science-fiction-type novels, I was sceptical when a friend recommended this book. As I have a keen interest in novels which combine ancient history with fiction, I thought it would be worth a read.

In short, the novel centres around a major catestrophic solar event, and a group of scientists perolouse search to understand the mysteries of a lost civilisation to avoid disaster. Pavlou superbly blends historical fact, myth and conjecture to create a fascinating, gripping and descriptive narrative.

I believe Pavlou should have sought a greater diversity of characters and avoided the typical 'Hollywood Blockbuster' format of 'Americans save the world, again'. That said, this is still a well researched, well written, novel. It is a must for those who enjoy a read which combines historical fact, with an interesting, if somewhat far-fetched tale. 4 out of 5!


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