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A Perfect Plan [DVD]
A Perfect Plan [DVD]
Dvd ~ Diane Kruger
Price: £12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Painfully slow and not very funny, 30 Dec. 2014
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I'm a fan of French Rom-Coms and of Danny Boon but this is boring and clumsy. The whole thing is in flashback during a never-ending meal with an overhead-lit white table cloth so you can't read half the subtitles.

Try Danny Boon's own films like Nothing to Declare, available on amazon.fr with optional English and French subtitles


Doctor Who - The Complete Series 8 [DVD] [2014]
Doctor Who - The Complete Series 8 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Peter Capaldi
Price: £35.00

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2.0 out of 5 stars old stuff repackaged on a low budget, 30 Dec. 2014
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The minute you open the box set, series 8 shouts Cheap! The case is one of those nasty ones with overlapping spaces for 6 discs but only 5 are used. There's also no booklet.

The first episode starts with a dinosaur in London, but budget cuts mean the population has shrunk to about 20. Victorian London would have been HEAVING with people for goodness sake! The next twenty minutes are padded out with characters left over from earlier series, then we get a poor rerun of the mechanical robots looking for human spare parts.

Next is a fatous episode where our heros are miniaturised to repair a Dalek! Ridiculous. Then comes Robin Hood, which is the first episode to show some originality ... until the end when the baddie's castle is revealed as yet another damaged spaceship stocking up on fuel.

Even worse there's no consistency: in one episode the doctor refuses to take sides to teach the humans free will. Yet in another, he sees off the aliens with the old "this planet is protected!" speech.

Time for new writers


Muck And Brass - The Complete Series [DVD] [1982]
Muck And Brass - The Complete Series [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Mel Smith
Price: £12.83

5.0 out of 5 stars The squallor of property development writ large, 29 Nov. 2014
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Impressively awful character played brilliantly by Mel Smith. A few flaws in the plot but who's quibbling? Shame the music's so bad otherwise I'd force it on guests!!


Coco Before Chanel [DVD]
Coco Before Chanel [DVD]
Dvd ~ Audrey Tautou
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 29 Nov. 2014
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Nice period feel but our Coco has little to do in the film apart from looking bored and disdainful.The real star of the film is Benoit Poelvoorde (Rien a Declarer) who outshines her. You get the feeling they knocked out the script to trade (successfully) on the Chanel name. Worth seeing on tv but not buying


The Wimbledon Poisoner (Wimbledon Trilogy 1)
The Wimbledon Poisoner (Wimbledon Trilogy 1)
by Nigel Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing but dries up before the end, 29 Nov. 2014
A brilliant idea daringly executed and wonderfully written. However the last third sags compared to the outrageous rest so only 4 stars


Sherlock - Series 3 [DVD]
Sherlock - Series 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
Price: £8.00

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1.0 out of 5 stars Enormous disappointment, 27 July 2014
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After the excellent first two series, I was appalled at how the writers now think they can get away with any old 'buddy' slapstick and relegate the Conan Doyle plot - in theory the reason they're there - to a few minutes now and again.

I didn't even finish the second programme.


Peter Cook - The Rise And Rise Of Michael Rimmer [2006] [DVD]
Peter Cook - The Rise And Rise Of Michael Rimmer [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Cook
Price: £12.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Just as topical now as in the seventies, 27 July 2014
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It's remarkable how this film has aged so little. Think Murdoch, think Berlusconi...

Superb!


Nothing to Declare ( Rien à déclarer )
Nothing to Declare ( Rien à déclarer )
Dvd ~ Karin Viard
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £24.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb comedy. Can't imagine why anyone would criticise it!, 27 July 2014
OK, let's get the racism thing out the way. The Belgian customs officer hates anything not Belgian and especially the French. Unfortunately they've put him on the French border and his French counterpart is in love with his sister. That's the plot. As someone said, it's like complaining about nudity in a porn film!

Benoit Poelvoorde plays this part brilliantly, dominating the film. The cast are excellent, particularly the incompetent criminal asked to do hide the drugs in a somehwat undignified manner.

I bought it from French Amazon to be sure of getting French subtitles as well as English. (though it says you get them on the UK version, this isn't always the case in my experience)

Highly entertaining.


Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Definitive Collection (Series 1-13) [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Definitive Collection (Series 1-13) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Suchet
Price: £64.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series but the packaging is a shambles. The first episode is on Collection 2, disc 3: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, 28 Jun. 2014
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As others have said, this is The Definitive Poirot collection. The acting, the costumes, the props, everything is superb.

However ITV have simply shoved the original 35 DVDs in 2 boxes with a nice picture on the front without re-ordering them or removing the stupid "You wouldn't steal a TV" (picture of two blokes shifting a huge old CRT telly out of a window) etc etc compulsory anti-piracy nonsense at the start of every disc except the last few or removing the nauseous Granada animated logo at the end of each episode obscuring the year of production. In order to understand how Poirot knows Hastings, you need to start with The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the first Poirot story. This is on Collection 2, disc 3!!! Evidently it was filmed a few years after the start and ITV left it there!

The difficulty of extracting these discs from their stupid packaging meant that 4 episodes were unplayable, presumably damaged by being packed in this fashion. Amazon supplied a replacement box set speedily but insist on getting the defective set back, even paying postage, which strikes me as nonsense.

Conclusion: use your little grey cells, overlook the awful packaging and enjoy the definitive Poirot!


Bloodbath at the House of Death [1984] [DVD]
Bloodbath at the House of Death [1984] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kenny Everett
Price: £13.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 28 Jun. 2014
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An entertaining tootle through all the old horror film clichés. The pace is a bit slow in parts but the low budget special effects in those pre-CGI days are surprisingly good, particularly the conclusion of the bathroom scene (I jumped!)

The interviews with the two producers at the end are also amusing. A real shame it flopped and Cuddly Ken never made a second film.


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