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Out Of The Blue
Out Of The Blue
Price: 5.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album. ELO's finest hour., 27 July 2013
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This review is from: Out Of The Blue (Audio CD)
ELO at their best and at the peek of their career. Not a bad song on the album. One or two 'filler' tracks but even the best roller coasters have level bits. A double album of catchy pop, symphonic rock, experimentation and Jeff Lynne's production genius. Musical influences can be heard throughout. ELO may be dated and as uncool as music comes, but this is a guilty pleasure to be proud of.

All the Best
All the Best

2.0 out of 5 stars This is the American release and as such, many of the tracks i was looking for are not included., 27 July 2013
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This review is from: All the Best (Audio CD)
Uk version gets 5 stars but this is usa version and the track listings vary considerably. Will be looking for the full Uk version in due course.

Blake's 7 - Series 2 [DVD] [1978]
Blake's 7 - Series 2 [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ Gareth Thomas
Price: 19.34

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blakes 7 at its peek, 16 Mar 2006
Season two begins where season one ended, with the crew facing Orac's prediction. Terry Nation's opening episode "Redemption" is a fast paced action adventure which clearly builds on the cliffhanger ending without letting the fans down. We finaly meet the race of beings that created the liberator, and Nation explores the idea of the ship being a "living entity", although the snake like powercable "bleeding" on the floor goes a bit too far ! There is one powerful scene where Zen gives a status report as Blake is being tortured showing that Blake has lost command, and confirming Zen's emotionless impartialy.
The scripting for the rest of the season was shared with other witers incluing Chris Boucher, Alan Prior and Robert Holmes. These writers all input their own ideas into the series, but still kept its dark tones. All the script writers made excelent use of Orac who / which was given some of the best lines in the series. Robert Holmes developed the "Avon Villa" relationship to the point that the unlikey pair became almost a comedy due. The main Story arc of Season two involves Blake and crew's search for Federation Central control. This results in a series of very powerful episodes. In "pressure point" a main character is killed off showing that the crew could be beaten. Cast and crew give some wonderfull perofrmances, including Jaqueline Pearce as the venomous Servalan. Her interactions with Karnel and Jobain in "Weapon" and "Hostage" respectivly show her at her most condescending...Brilliant!
Season two is let down by some poor prodction values. Asteroid PK72, for example, is a painting that would put a primary school production to shame, and seeing the Crimmos being killed by Polystyrene blocks in "hostage" just looks silly.
The series peeks in the last few episodes as the crew get closer and closer to Star One. The epsiode "Gambit" is a fantastic episode full of plotting, sub plotting, betrayal, double crossing, a game of chess, and the BBC costume departement going wild ! Aubrey wood gives a magnificently camp performance as Krantor and Pearce also gives one of her best performances, showing servalan at her most devious. The Costume department had a wonderful time in "The Keeper" showing that Sci Fi can take place in Low tech "dark age" style environments.
"Gambit" "The Keeper" (magnifent performance from Bruce Purhcase) and Star One" bring the story Arc to a fitting climax and Paul Darrow gives a wonderfull expression when Blake announces "For what it is worth, I have always trusted you". This performance is evelavted to retrospective shakespearian Irony after Season 4 is witnessed.....
The only other dissapointment is the casting of Brian Croucher as Travis. With all respect to Mr Croucher, his portrayel of the Space Commander as a bumbling cockney fool doesn not always work.
Minor isses aside, Season two is simply Blakes 7 at its peek. Some of the best episodes, best performances, and the strongest story arc of the entire series. Enjoy.

Blake's 7 - Series 3 [DVD] [1980]
Blake's 7 - Series 3 [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Jan Chappell
Price: 18.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Season Three- No Blake but still Blakes 7, 9 Mar 2006
"FIRE" was the last word spoken at the end of season 2 and who could forget the dimming of lights on the lberator, and Vila's finger pushing that button as soon as the credits rolled. Such cliffhangers made season three so welcome but, after repeated viewings, is it any good ?
As with Season two, the script writing was shared By Nation Boucher and newcomers Ben Steed and Tanith Lee input their own ideas. The opening scene of the epsiode "aftermath" is a space battle made entirely of Stock footage from season 2 with the odd laser blast superimposed! This is the BBC at its most cost cutting, its most cheeky, but what about Nation's Script ? Nation uses the 1st two episodes to disband the crew and allow them to reform minus blake and Jenna. Aftermath and Powerplay are important "scene setters", and powerplay explores the theme of organ donation in sinister proportions. The best line in these two episoded is given by Avon when in a million to one chance he meets servalan. "It has a Perverse kind of logic.....surprise seems inapropriate somehow"
The rest of the season has strong episodes and weak epsiodes, some like Dawn of the Gods being one of the weakest of the entire series. Boucher's scripts are certainly the strongest, and "City at the Edge of the World" is one of his finest episodes and Vila's finest hour. This episode also features a wonderful performance by Colin Baker.
Tanith lee penned a bazare but wonderful epsiode called "Sarcophagus" and wrote a very powerfull scene between Avon an Tarrant, an uneasy tension introduced by Nation in "Aftermath". Boucher also links Season 2 and 3 together in "Roumours of Death" and explores Avon's past. Here we see avon at his most vulnerable but why ? because of a Woman. "Off all the things I have known myself to be, I never recognised the fool"....brilliant.
Many other episodes have good scripts but are let down by low production values. Moloch, "Homeworld" in "city..." even the stock footage battle in "Aftermath" , but somehow, these don't matter because the scripting and characther interaction is as strong as ever, which brings us to Terminal, the final story and what was supposed to be the last ever episode. This story features some silly "monkey" costumes but, as he did in season two, Nation explores the idea of the Liberator as a living Entity and destroys it with a parasitic Fungus or "cancer in a machine" . This is one of the most unique and immaginatve ways of destoying a star ship ever concieved. Star wars showed us bags and explosions, but the BBC show us the ship we all loved for years, slowly disintigrating in front of us. Even Zen gives his most poignent line ever "I have failed you, I am sorry". The destruction of the liberator in the final moments as the flight deck and zen explode, also shows that the BBC can give us wonderful effects when required. This epsiode also deserves praise for Paul Darrows performance as a single minded Avon, desperate to find Blake. The Interaction betwen Avon and Blake (in an illusion) is B7 at its best. Where this epsiode fails is Orac is given nothing to do (would he have found a "cure" for the fungus ?) and why, when servalan boards the liberator, did she do nothing even tho it was disintigarting with green mould ?

Blake's 7 - Series 4  [DVD]
Blake's 7 - Series 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Darrow
Price: 18.84

19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blake's 7 Season Four, 23 Jan 2006
This review is from: Blake's 7 - Series 4 [DVD] (DVD)
The Episode "Terminal" was written by Terry Nation to wrap up this series, but no sooner as the credits rolled, it was announced that a new series would be shown. This delighted B7 fans across the country and soon 13 more episodes were written and broadcast including the classice finale which is still one of TV's most controvertial moments.
While there are some strong episodes in this season, some epsiodes suffer from last minute scripting and appear rushed. "Power", for instance, is a strong episode, but new charachter Soolin has little to do and is gived four lines of dialogue. This is somthing to do with Jan Chappel not returning as Cally, so the script seems to have been re-worked at the last minute. This is alos eveident in "Animals" which was originally written for Cally. This episode simply doesn't work with Dayna.
The main story arcs of the season are based on the crew re-building and trying to recruit new experts (who always die before the end of each episode due to their "guest appearance" contracts), and the expension of the federation using the new "Pylene 50" pacification drug. The opening scene of the episode "Warlord" helps to remind us of just how corrupt the federation are. Tanith Lee, the writer who brought us the underated "Sarcophagus" in season three, attempts to explain how a ceratin femail nemesis escaped the Liberator. While her episode "sand" has some wonderful moments, her explanation is weak to say the least. Character developent was also very interesting in this season. Avon becomes more paranoid, Villa becomes increasingly interested in booze (soemthing Keating himslef objected to) and of course, finishing Blake's 7 by bringing back Blake himself, was a stroke of genius.

Halo 2
Halo 2

2.0 out of 5 stars YAWN, 29 Dec 2004
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Halo 2 (Video Game)
This game gets two stars for its beautiful and high production values but, thats all. Good graphics and good sound just didn't make up for the gameplay. Its all point and fire, point and fire and is sooo boring. On the basis that this is supposed to be the best for the x-box, i decided to sell my x-box because if this is the best, their is no point owing it. Its the last x-box game i ever played !

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)

5 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TRY BEFORE YOU BUY, 26 Sep 2004
This game was a MAJOR dissapointment and provides me with more evidence that games nowadays depend on good graphics and sound at the expense of gameplay. (how ADDICTIVE and FUN was the old Coin op Star wars game of the 80's where you piloted an xwing down a vector graphics Death Star Trench ?)
Yes, the graphics are good, and yes the sound is good and Yes, it Is star wars. But STAR WARS does not make a game GOOD and I belive this is what the main selling point of the game is.
The game is slow. Action is slow. The instruction manual with the game is more complex to read than the flight manual of the Millenium Falcon, I would imagine, and I was trying to work out what all the menus meant and what this was supposed to be about. The control system is cumbersome, confusing and, for me, the fact that the whole game just pauses whilst you make selections, just detracts from the story. By the time I had descovered what a "spike" was, I ahd frogotten where I was and what I was doing and more to the point, I DIDN'T CARE
Star Wars means fun, action, adventure
This game simply tries to be an interactive story set 4000 years before the empire, involving charachters we don't even KNOW.
If Lucas Arts want a good star wars game for the X-box, then why not develop X-box versions of X-wing and Tie fighter. THESE were classics. This, I'm afraid, is all show and no fun at all.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 6.00

5 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TRY BEFORE YOU BUY, 21 Sep 2004
I love Star Wars and purchased this game with eager anticipation after my dissapointments with Clone Wars and Jedi Outcast.
Unfortunately, it only took me one hour to get board of what is an otherwise very well presented package.
Sound is awasome, dialogue acting is good, graphics are on a par with most x-box games and well, this is a game, but it TRIES too hard to be an interactive Star Wars movie. A read of the game instructions proved to be confusing and I would assume the take-off and flight training manual for the Millenium Falcon would be easier to understand. The control system and menu selection options were simply too complicated to make this game fun. The "play as you go" help was very usefull to begin with, but all that was happening was that buttons were being pressed and menus were being manipulated so often, that the game just didn't seem to flow. This overly complex control interface also detracted from the main story and by the time progress had been made, I had forgotten what the whole point of the game was.
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