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Essential Soundtracks
Essential Soundtracks
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: £5.91

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation of Soundtrack music, 17 Dec 2014
This review is from: Essential Soundtracks (Audio CD)
This album is the perfect soundtrack to anyone who enjoys the music from indie films that were so popular in the '90s, movies like 'Trainspotting', 'Shallow Grave', 'A Life Less Ordinary', 'Little Voice' and 'Fever Pitch'.

There's big contemporary hits from bands such as Ocean Colour Scene, Ash, The Stone Roses and Stereophonics on disc one, whereas disc two tends to lean more to the oldies. Whilst I do prefer the first CD, the second still has some good tunes, including 'Didn't I (Blow You're Mind This Time)' by The Delfonics from the movie 'Jackie Brown', and several others that I wouldn't normally go out of my way to buy on an album, so it's good to have some of them here. The atmospheric and upbeat 'Shallow Grave' track by Leftfield is also welcome.

'Essential Soundtracks' is a great compilation, ideal for movie buffs.


Mickey's Magical Christmas - Snowed In At The House Of Mouse [DVD]
Mickey's Magical Christmas - Snowed In At The House Of Mouse [DVD]
Dvd ~ Carlos Alazraqui
Price: £3.40

4.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting Christmas at the House of Mouse, 17 Dec 2014
'House of Mouse' was one of my favourite morning kids shows before I went to school, and this festive feature-length special from 2001, unlike 'House of Villains', does not disappoint. The animation on 'Villains' was better, but 'Snowed In' doesn't seem half as rushed, and the choice of cartoons was better.

When the bad festive weather results in everybody being snowed it at the 'House of Mouse', Mickey and the gang arrange to have their own Christmas party, via the entertainment of cartoons, to entertain their guests, with is everyone from Timon and Pumbaa to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The cartoons shown include a brilliant newly made short that was a Disney remake of 'The Nutcracker', as well as some real oldies like 'Pluto's Christmas Tree' from 1952, and 'Mickey's Christmas Carol' from the early 1980s. The whole thing is great festive fun for all the family, and finishes on a high with 'The Best Christmas of All', a genuinely great song performed by all the Disney characters.

'Mickey's Magical Christmas' isn't the best kids Christmas film on the market, but it's a heart-warming tale, full of laughs, and encourages the importance of friendship. A must-see for fans of 'House of Mouse'.


Only Fools and Horses - If They Could See Us Now [1981] [DVD]
Only Fools and Horses - If They Could See Us Now [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Jason
Price: £4.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Old faces return - from riches to penniless, 17 Dec 2014
Like several of the later 'Only Fools and Horses', this episode isn't up there with the best of them. Whilst, in my opinion, the show's heyday was in the 1980s, with a writer like the late, great John Sullivan, and actors as good as David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, any episode of 'Only Fools' is miles better than you're average sitcom.

'If They Could See Us Now' was broadcast originally on Christmas Day in 2001, and charts our heroes fall from millionaires to paupers after a series of bad investments. 'Only Fools' has a history of adding sensitive pathos to the humour, and none as much so as Uncle Albert's final curtain. The ending of this special raised a big laugh from me, purely because it was just so very typical of the Trotters, Del especially, that they should not realise that they have messed up their chance of the big time yet again, just as we the audience like it.

In short, lots of laughs as usual, and one that can be enjoyed by the entire family.


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Offered by ukoutlet
Price: £6.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Dec 2014
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I needed a new charger for my laptop, and opted for this one. It does the job, is cheaply priced, and the service from Amazon was as great as usual, arriving in good time. I could recommend this item anytime.


Lily Savage: 3 Great Shows [DVD]
Lily Savage: 3 Great Shows [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul O'Grady
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Lily at her vulgar best, 14 Dec 2014
WARNING: 'An Evening with Lily Savage' is NOT included in this box set, instead you have 'Lily Savage: Untransmittable'. I hope that Amazon corrects this mistake eventually because it is very misleading. As this special has never been released on DVD at all, I assume that a lot of people might be tempted to buy this box just for that.

Anyway, I have had all of these shows on VHS for years, and they still make me laugh. I was happy to upgrade to DVD, and think that this box set offers fantastic value for money. Although we have come to love the man behind the drag act even more, and Paul O' Grady is rightly considered as a national treasure, fans should not ignore the beginnings of his career.

Lilian Maeve Veronica Savage was more than just a drag act (and international sex symbol ;)), she was a brilliant, perfected character who hit the right notes every time. She was vulgar, but so down-to-earth and funny. I'd like to imagine that there are quite a few Lily's out there in real life.

In 'Lily Savage: Untransmittable', the lady takes you on a guided your behind-the-scenes of her hit BBC sketch show 'The Lily Savage Show', with a combination of clips from the series, and some unseen outtakes. To my knowledge, you can't buy this separately on DVD.
In 'Live and Outrageous', you have a cracking 1995 live performance at The Garrick Theatre. This is my personal favourite of the three discs.
'The Live Show' is, as the title suggests, another live performance, this time from 1998. To my knowledge, you can't buy this separately on DVD.

The stand-up is hilarious, and was very topical for the time. Although you may feel like you are being transported back to a 1990s time warp, I think Lily's comments about the celebrities and TV shows like 'Coronation Street' are still very funny. Other topics that don't seem as aged, are Lily's forthright opinions on men, stewardess on aeroplanes, and Cilla Black, of whom Paul is now close friends with. This isn't the light-entertainment Lily you saw on 'Blankety Blank', this is no-punches spared humour, which knew no bounds.

Perfect present, tons of laughs guaranteed!


Her Autobiography
Her Autobiography
by LuLu
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Self serving fiction, 14 Dec 2014
This review is from: Her Autobiography (Hardcover)
I read this book wondering if it would be warmer than Lulu's most recent (mentioned below), it wasn't. 'I Don't Want to Fight' is the better book, but it still only merits three stars. I would give this one 2.5 if I could.

Lulu wrote this book in 1985 when her the hit records had dried up, and she was working on the stage, in TV variety, and as a model for Freemans' clothing catalogue. She revealed on 'Piers Morgan''s chat show a few years ago that the 1980s was not a great time for her career, and she was depressed. Her manager, who she is full of praise of in this book was taking her down the family friendly route, but Lulu wanted to rock and concentrate on making good music, which she has done several times in her career. Despite her manager being portrayed as a segregate mother here, Lulu dropped her a few years after this book was published, and she now admits she wishes it could have been different, but she also believed that she might have had a better career without her. Lulu was unhappy with her career at the time, presumably why she need to pen a book whilst only in her mid '30s, but this 'autobiography' fails to capture this.

In 2002, by which time her parents had sadly passed on, Lulu's wrote another book Lulu: I Don't Want To Fight, which tells the true story of her life, and her feeling towards it. She couldn't reveal the full extent of her parents volatile relationship and her father's drink problem while they were alive, and in the foreword to her 2002 book, she did write that the book "could not have been possible with you here."

So what we have here is a book that isn't completely true, not just to the reader, but also to herself. There are lots of things she chose to disclose from her parents, and you can't blame her, she wanted to protect them. However, this book does contain a good overview of her career, a teenage pop star at 14, a one-time film star in the US, sharing the same screen with Sidney Poitier and topping the Billboard charts, to winning the Eurovision Song Contest and working with stars such as David Bowie. It's good light reading, although very dated. At the time of writing she was married to hairdresser John Frieda, but the couple have since long divorced.

It's a mistake to write an autobiography too early in life and Lulu made this mistake in 1985. It's still worth a deep into if you are a fan, as it does include some fantastic, rare photographs, and her thoughts on the more obscure songs she recorded that she didn't make note of in her sequel.


Ewan McGregor: The Biography
Ewan McGregor: The Biography
by Billy Adams
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A superb biography, 14 Dec 2014
Ewan McGregor has long since been one of my favourite actors, and I will always regard the earliest roles in indie classics like 'Trainspotting' and 'Shallow Grave' to be his absolute best. Although he's now long since been established in Hollywood, I would still have had the same amount of respect for him had he remained an independent British movie star.

This excellent in-depth biography by Billy Adams was the first book to be written about Mr. McGregor, and just before he was to become a firm favourite with 'Star Wars' fans. The author had access to many key players in Ewan's life, and the book is based heavily on fresh interviews with his family, friends and co-stars, as well as plenty of quotes taken from various sources by the man himself. The result is a fascinating portrait of a determined young man who had enjoyed enormous success over such a short period of time.

There are also very well-written and interesting reviews of all of Ewan's movies up until the book's 1997 publication date, and lots of good quality pictures. I don't believe a better book about Ewan McGregor could have been written at the time, and Billy Adams' account still holds up as to what a good unauthorised biography should be, but very seldom is.

An essential read for fans!


The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher: From Grocer's Daughter to Iron Lady
The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher: From Grocer's Daughter to Iron Lady
by John Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Well written Thatcher bio, 14 Dec 2014
This volume combines the two books about Margaret Thatcher, written by the acclaimed political biographer John Campbell. Like the late woman herself, Campbell decided to write and publish the books about Thatcher's early years, and her years as Prime Minister of England separately.

Miraculously researched, beautifully written and illustrated with lots of black-and-white pictures, this abridged book offers a fairly balanced, very comprehensive overview of Thatcher's life and achievements. It isn't as heavy going as her own memoirs, and although I found myself sometimes disagreeing with Campbell, I still regard this as the most worthwhile unauthorised book about Thatcher that I have ever read. Unlike a lot of the other Amazon reviews, I'm not a Maggie Thatcher supporter, but you can't ignore her, she was a political giant, and a woman who moved mountains. Her story from grocer's daughter in Grantham, to the highest office in the land is remarkable and inspiring.


Brit Girls of the Sixties: Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw & Lulu
Brit Girls of the Sixties: Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw & Lulu
by David Bret
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a look, 14 Dec 2014
David Bret, an author who's' books appear to receive very mixed (mostly negative) reviews - has written a good one here. I'm interested in 1960s pop culture, and in this book, he writes in detail about the recording career of three of the decade's most popular female singers - Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw and Lulu.

David profiles these three 'Brit Girls' in detail, offering his opinions of each of their songs and albums. This actually makes for a good read, because all to often, authors tend to be either fan boys who ''love'' all of the work of their subjects, or there hacks who will try and trash everything. How refreshing it was then to read the opinions of an author who gives much respect and credit where due, but isn't afraid to balance it out by offering negative comments about certain bits of their careers. This is how it should be, but very often isn't. The book is illustrated with black and white photos which vary in quality, and a complete discography of each singer is presented towards the end.

With plenty of background information on the girls and their songs, 'Brit Girls of the Sixties' is just a nice, easy read.


Sir David Jason: A Life of Laughter
Sir David Jason: A Life of Laughter
by Stafford Hildred
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars An unauthorised biography, 14 Dec 2014
I have to give this unauthorised book about the great Sir. David Jason a three star review, because it is a step up from your usual celebrity biography, in that the authors did actually conduct fresh interviews with David's co-stars, who provide fresh information about him. The list of interviewees include high profile individuals like Buster Merryfield, Michael Aspel, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker But all their views are nevertheless personal opinion only, and 'A Life of Laughter' felt unbalanced to me. There are lots of facts and figures, but no real insight into him, and no meat to the story.

The authors aren't particularly unkind to one of Britain's greatest ever TV stars, but the rest of the book is a rehash of old articles from media sources. David himself on 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show' referred to this book, and said that he wasn't very happy with it, which does suggest that there is a lot in here that isn't true. Nevertheless, among the rather dry descriptions of David's life, there is at least a comprehensive list of his string of TV credits at the end, which provides a synopsis of each show. It's an okay fan's book if you can purchase it at a bargain basement price. However, if you haven't already, I would very strongly suggest that you buy David's official autobiography, David Jason: My Life, which is the 'real deal', as Del Boy would say.

Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank were clearly trying to cash in on David's fame, but they weren't the first, and I doubt they'll be the last. Three stars for the effort, but no more for the content.


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