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Doctor Who Collection One: The Lost TV Episodes (1964-1965)
Doctor Who Collection One: The Lost TV Episodes (1964-1965)
by BBC
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £70.00

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent substitute until the video is found., 24 Jan. 2011
Good audio recordings of the actual TV production sound, captured here and linked by extra narration from the cast to make full adventures of otherwise lost episodes. It works very well too.

It is good to hear them. It is just a shame that there were no video recorders back then to replace the footage.

Shame on the BBC for being so short sighted and wiping so much invaluable stuff. I bet that they are kicking themselves now.


Genuine EC800 USB Data Charge Cable for Sony Ericsson Aspen, Vivaz, Vivaz Pro, Xperia X10, X10 MINI Xperia X8, Yendo, Cedar, Yendo, Spiro
Genuine EC800 USB Data Charge Cable for Sony Ericsson Aspen, Vivaz, Vivaz Pro, Xperia X10, X10 MINI Xperia X8, Yendo, Cedar, Yendo, Spiro
Offered by emartbuyuk
Price: £3.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Just as described., 24 Jan. 2011
It does 'exactly what it said on the tin' in that I connected my son's SONY phone to our computer and was able to start downloading things to it straight away.

Trouble is, he now wants a bigger capacity SD chip :)


Sherlock - Series 1 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
Sherlock - Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 20 Jan. 2011
I don't usually like modernisations or (worse still) modernised re-imaginings (Planet Of The Apes anyone?) so when I heard about folks having another go at Mr. Holmes, I was hesitant.

Then I read that it was by the team of Gatiss and Moffat, who were responsible for some really enjoyable new WHO adventures, and so was reassured a little. Eventually, the trails hit the screen. We were intriuged by the new and somewhat unusal casting. A relative new comer for Holmes and a (usually) comedic actor for Watson. Would it work?

Then we watched the programme on BBC HD.

What a find in Benedict Cumberbatch! Though he has been very good in a number of different things prior to this, he is mesmerisinig as Holmes. As for Martin Freeman, the man of whom everyone thought that he would forever be marked as "Tim" from The Office, he is just a revelation as Watson. And the thing that cements this show together, is the vital and central element. There is real chemistry between the leads. You can see it and hear it. The best part is that, in this series, you can see Holmes is aware of his own uniqueness but also of how much it limits him as a human being. His "I'm not a hero" speech is as shocking as it is tragic.

Roll on more Sherlock.


Doctor Who: K9 Tales Box Set (Invisible Enemy/K9 and Co) [DVD]
Doctor Who: K9 Tales Box Set (Invisible Enemy/K9 and Co) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elisabeth Sladen
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable...., 18 Jan. 2011
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Passable Dr Who. Not brilliant by any stretch, but made easier by the enjoyable attempt of doing FANTASTIC VOYAGE on a miniscule budget. That and Louise Jameson jumping around in her leather bikini. You know I'd forgotten just how racey she must have looked on prime time 70's BBC1.

Here we are in 2011 and it did me no harm whatsoever.


Tarzan Collection Vol. 2 - Triumphs / Desert Mystery / The Amazons / Leopard Woman / Huntress / The Mermaids [DVD]
Tarzan Collection Vol. 2 - Triumphs / Desert Mystery / The Amazons / Leopard Woman / Huntress / The Mermaids [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Weissmuller
Offered by alentertainment
Price: £39.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A second great set., 30 Dec. 2010
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Though the selection of TARZAN films are all from the Johnny Wiesmuller era, sadly by now, the quality of the films has slipped, with the studiou using as much footage from previous movies as possible to keep the costs down.

Even Johnny Wiessmuller, by now, must have started to grow tired of the role as he is clearly not in the shape he was at the start of this part of his career.

He was still a tremendous figure of a man though, still a very crediblr Ape-Man indeed.

So, the films are not as high a quality as the first boxed set, but still good films. A great price though.

A great value set all round.


The Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan Collection  [DVD]
The Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Weissmuller
Offered by ajdiscs
Price: £49.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tarzan at his best., 30 Dec. 2010
What great value this set offers, for fans of classic Tarzan movies. And who better as Tarzan himself other than the mighty Johnny Weissmuller? These movies make it easy to see why Weissmuller remains to this day a fan favourite Tarzan. His take on the character is innocent but brave, affectionate but strong, childlike but not childish.

There are MANY actors who have played the part, and done so very well, but there are just a handful that will forever be classed a actors who have defined a role in quite the way that Weissmuller did. Very few others indeed...Barker, Scott, Henry, Ely (on TV), Lambert?

As for the films themselves, there are things in these films that just would not happen today, the cool indifference to racism (shooting dead a bearer that does not want to go any further through fear) the clearly white small actors, blacked up to play Pygmies, the footage from real hunting safaris, used as stock footage and as rear-projection back plates, showing lions and hippos actually being shot for fun. Thankfully, these things have passed, and good riddance to them.

However, the films in themselves are excellent. It is good to see them again.


Spears & Munsil High-Definition (HD) Benchmark Blu ray Disc Edition. Picture Quality Calibration and Evaluation Tool for Displays, Blu-ray Players and Digital Video Processors [Blu-ray]
Spears & Munsil High-Definition (HD) Benchmark Blu ray Disc Edition. Picture Quality Calibration and Evaluation Tool for Displays, Blu-ray Players and Digital Video Processors [Blu-ray]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really does make a difference..., 30 Dec. 2010
Though the menus look a bit daunting, and the adjustments do seem to go back and forth, this really does make a huge difference to a Bluray picture.

You will say to yourself, probably more than once... "but I have just adjusted that!" don't worry. This disk is designed to first make big basic adjustments on your TV, and then gradually fine tune it to get to just right. Just leave any pre-conceived ideas at the door and do what the disk tells you to do.

There are a lot of things on the disk that don't really help you in the calibration of your set, like the different animations involving the 'cone' and the 'racing car' I understand that they demonstrate the different audio and visual codecs that exist, that you TV will have to deal with, but as there is nothing you can really do about them, there seems little point in having them on...except as to pin-point exactly where your TV is falling short, and where is the appeal or helpfulness in that?

Still, stick with it, and when you get to the test footage section you really should see a huge improvement. It will all probably look a little darker than you would probably like it, but the first thing you learn is that all, yes...ALL, modern TVs factory pre-sets are all placed much too high. Once your eyes have adjusted to the newer and more accurate levels, you'll notice things you did not before.


Doctor Who - The Creature from the Pit [DVD] [1979]
Doctor Who - The Creature from the Pit [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid story, but an unbelievable monster!, 27 Nov. 2010
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This story has taken a lot of heat over the years. Every show has both its stronger and its weaker moments. For the Doctor, and after such strong stories before it, this was a somewhat weaker moment.

But that is not to say it is bad. It is not. The story is full of good ideas and magnificently huge vision. Well done to all involved in tryig to make it all happen. The only real reason things just don't work too well is purely down to time and money.

There clearly was not enouh time to properly polish the rough edges out of the script, and there was not enough time to realise the creation of the monster well enough. Otherwise, I am sure that we would not have had a story that is quite so disjointed, and we would have had a monster that actually looked like the mile long green slime threat that it was meant to be, and not an enormous representation of male genitalia. I openly admit that I did laugh when it 'attacks' the Doctor, it is unintentionally hilarious.

Or is it?

I sometimes wonder when I see this, if that this was not some kind of wicked joke played on us all by Douglas Adams. Whilst his humour was generally of the 'clever' variety, he would not have been above the old 'schooll boy' naughty joke here and there.

As many here have already said, it was a bit of a mixed bag for new Romama Lalla Ward. I am glad that I am having a chance to get reaquainted with her interpretation of the character. Very pretty girl too, every inch the elegant Time Lord in that white number she was costumed in for this tale.

It's amazing how relative time has influenced my, admittedly rather limited male, perceptions. As a boy, I looked at Lalla Ward and though "Yes she is pretty, but why do they pick women that are so old to be with the Doctor?"

Now I look at her and think "Dear Lord! She was so young when she started!"


Doctor Who: Peladon Tales (The Curse of Peladon / The Monster of Peladon) [DVD]
Doctor Who: Peladon Tales (The Curse of Peladon / The Monster of Peladon) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £12.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value Dr Who., 27 Nov. 2010
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As usual, this boxed set represents pretty good value for money from AMAZON.

Good Dr Who stories. Not brilliant, but still solid and legitimately classic Who. It is interesting to look at these purely as productions of their time, as there are valid, if somewhat heavy handed, political parallels running through both stories in the set.

The second story, being made in six parts, does seem to lag just a little bit but that said, both should easily qualify as being placed pretty high on any Dr Who fan's "MUST BUY" list.

Luckily, I met Elizabeth Sladen recently, and she is a strikingly beautiful woman. As a result I remembered how much I fancied her back then too:)


Star Trek The Next Generation - Season 4 (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
Star Trek The Next Generation - Season 4 (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Price: £21.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At Last, Some Half Decent Episodes..., 26 Oct. 2010
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Well they certainly took long enough to get here but there are a fair number of pretty good episodes in this season.

Picture quality did improve too in this season, I am not entirely sure why as this is as they were still using the "shoot it on film and then edit it on video" technique adopted by many TV shows of the time.

Audio also switched to Dolby Pro-Logic (which has stereo left+Right Centre and Surrounds), rather than just bog standard surround (Stereo Left+Right and Surrounds) to give clearer sound.

A slight improvement over the first three years, but still certainly not brilliant and certainly not as good as many people claim, nor as good as it should have been.
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