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Doctor Who - Series 7 Part 1 Weeping Angels Limited Edition [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
Doctor Who - Series 7 Part 1 Weeping Angels Limited Edition [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Offered by The Trade Inn
Price: £9.49

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic, energetic and awesome, 20 Nov. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
So, the seventh series of the rebooted Doctor Who, gets off to a fine start with the Daleks making a welcome return to the show. It has long been established that Daleks aren't really as scary as they might appear to be. The more you show what they can do, the more apparent their limitations become. With this story, we are almost taken back to basics, in that their potential is really only in the mind of the viewer, which is actually much more frightening. A strong visual opening and some nifty story telling make this adventure an instant classic. Plus we are left with certain questions remaining unanswered, at least for now.

The second adventure sees the Doctor ably assisted by more companions than I think he's ever had in an on screen adventure, facing the anachronistic problem of dinosaurs on a space ship. This episode has come in for a bit of criticism for its plot. I'd argue that it's hard to have more fun in forty five minutes of TV drama.

The third instalment takes us to the Wild West and was possibly just an excuse to film on the same set as many iconic westerns of yester year. There were a few cliche moments, but doing that kind of story in that setting, it would be impossible to ignore them. There are also moments of comedy gold, as well as intense, dramatic ones where Matt Smith once again proves how he was born to this part.

The next story is a little more contemporary. Out of the entire series, it features more pointers for what is to come than it concentrates on the plot. It's bread and butter Doctor Who I suppose. Slightly contentious, is the fact that the brigadier from the classic series is found to have a daughter. While her portrayal was touching, I had a hard time with continuity issues.

The Angels take Manhattan, is of course the swan song for Amy and Rory. I guess that its almost impossible to pull off a show that delivers a lasting tribute to two of the shows most popular and enduring characters, while at the same time, not dwelling on that too much and telling a decent story. It's partially delivered, though not entirely without flaws. It does deliver in some true scares, at least for he first time of watching. The Statue of Liberty becoming a weeping angel being the best example.

All in all the first part of season seven is well worth buying if you like Doctor Who and would watch it again and again.

The extras on this set are a little weak though, with the webisodes of Pond life and the prequel to the dalek episode. As well as a small introduction to the gun slinger. The little documentary on the science of Doctor Who is OK. These also the season trail that went out to promote the return of the show. The extras were a bit thin on the ground though. No commentaries and of course, no more behind the scenes documentaries since the cancelation of Doctor Who Confidential.

The UV content was a bit laborious to set up. So much so, that in the end, I bought it on iTunes to watch on my other devices. That was the only reason I marked it down in the end though.

All in all, the show appears to go from strength to strength!

Doctor Who - The Complete Series 5 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Doctor Who - The Complete Series 5 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £16.30

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor and the TARDIS doesn't know., 18 Oct. 2010
OK. So as i'm writing this prior to release, you'll have to forgive the lack of mention of any of the special features, except to say that I'm a little worried about the inclusion of in vision commentary. They tried this a few years back with series two. It added nothing to the content. I also note that there will only be commentary available for some episodes. Other than that, I suspect the extras will be up to the usually very high standards.

The series literally crashed onto our screens in April with a brilliantly directed first episode. The eleventh hour has strong performances from all four leads. I include Caitlin Blackwood in there, as the young Amelia Pond. Arthur Darvill's performance as Amy's slightly hapless boy friend was also a joy to watch. Not forgetting Karen and Matt, who between them brought so much to the wonderfully written script. I think that this has to go down as the best new doctor story ever.

The next episode was a bit of a filler, in my opinion. However, it is one that is watchable, with a strong plot. Next came the Dalek story, set in world war II. I am not too bothered by the new look daleks, I am more bothered by Spit-fire's in space and an android that could blow a hole in the fabric of reality being left behind to get on and live a normal life, in spite of the fact that he could be used as a weapon again. While the former's visual opportunities couldn't be resisted, the latter should have been disposed of, if only to eliminate possible continuity problems in the future.

Next up the weeping angels two parter. I wasn't overly bothered the first time round to be honest. In fact, I began to wonder whether I'd missed something in the earlier adventure, as it's so highly regarded by everyone else it would seem. These episodes are notable for the return of River Song, the Doctor's enigmatic friend from the past/present/future. Alex Kingston is wonderful in this part, and is as watchable now, as she was in Moll Flanders so many years ago.

The Vampires of Venice came after, with that brilliant opening scene reintroducing Rory to the show. It stands out as being old school Doctor Who, in a good way. Amy's Choice, however was to me one of the weaker episodes in an otherwise excellent season. All that nonsense with the dream lord was a bit of a waste of 45 minutes which I'll never get back. Then came the Silurians two parter. Reintroducing monsters from the classic series is always going to divide the fans, but on the whole I think this one worked. It showed that it's not only humans who are prone to prejudice with tragic consequences. The final few minutes of these episodes were truly heart wrenching.

Vincent and the Doctor stands out as one of the best pieces of television that I've seen in a long time. It deals with the issue of depression in an effective way, which is no mean feat for a telly show going out early on Saturday night. The best TV shows make you think while kidding you that they aren't doing anything other than evtertaining you. James Cordon guested in the next story, The Lodger. Brilliantly barmy, this story sees the doctor trying to fit in with humanity. Living like us, playing football and trying his hand working in a call centre.

The final two parter tied up all the loose ends of the series, many of which I hadn't even realised were loose ends. The watch word of RTD's era on the show was "epic". These two episodes are truly epic. With a story spanning thousands of years, possibly every enemy the Doctor has ever met, the return of River and Rory, moments of pure genius, high comedy and intense emotion combine to make this story one of the best in the entire history of the show.

Whether you are a true fan, or just someone who watches in passing, you should own this box set. As a DVD collection, these episodes will be good to watch in a marathon during the cold, dark weekends of winter, or to dip into every now and then to enjoy an hour or so of gentle but fun story telling.

Smallville - The Complete Seventh Season [2007] [DVD]
Smallville - The Complete Seventh Season [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Welling
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £13.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Seventh Season, 23 Mar. 2009
This show moves into it's seventh series and for the most part continues to improve on its earlier seasons. As has become the norm for the show, it kicks off wrapping up events from the last season finale. As with previous years; this is done a little too efficiently.

Much has been written in these reviews of the new and returning villains and heroes from Superman mythology. I'm going to concentrate on the demise of Lionel Luthor. John Glover has played this part brilliantly over the last seven years. He's added more shades of grey between black and white than one would have thought possible. His carefully crafted acting has added more dimensions to the character. I shall miss his talents in future series. I guess though that the writers and producers have been trying to make the two central characters grow up and leave their parents behind. Lex and Clarke are both the products of their parents in terms of their attitudes, values and so on. Now that has been established, we can see how the future is moulded on the past.

My only slight dissapointment with this series is that I'm not sure how much longer it can continue. It had the tag; "Superman the early years" and yet we are fast approaching a time when the actors at least will be hitting middle age. However, for the moment at least, it keeps my attention with more plot twists and turns than a twisty, turny thing. If like me, you keep forgetting to watch or record these from the telly, these DVD sets are a must.

Oliver Twist [DVD]
Oliver Twist [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Lindsay
Price: £17.60

100 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Twist. Amazing adaptiation!!, 12 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Oliver Twist [DVD] (DVD)
Alan Bleasdale's excellent adaptatation of Charles Dickens' classic story of a young boy who's life in Victorian England is far from perfect. His mother died in child birth, so he is brought up in an orphanage, then moved to a work house. Under nourished, he has the nerve to ask for more. From that moment on, the boy begins a journey that sees him fall in to the company of a gang of thieves led by Fagin, superbly played by Robert Lyndsay. He later meets a gentleman, Mr. Brownlow (Micheal Kitchen)who unknowingly holds the key to the boy's future as well as answers from his past. Sam Smith plays Oliver with a depth of character not seen before or since in any other dramatisation. With a stunning supporing cast including Julie Walters, Roger Lloyd Pack, Alun Armstrong, Sophia Myles and Lindsay Duncan. Andy Serkis is chilling as Bill Sykes and Marc Warren is just brilliant as Monks. Very high production values make this look stunning and in some ways better than the recent cinema release. Bleasdale expands a back story, only briefly touched on in the original work, to add intense complexity to the story. It is a brave move, as it makes the drama run to nearly six and a half hours! It pays off though, as so many loose ends get tied up to make the story make sense as it never has before. Originally made for and shown on ITV in 1999, it is proof that when they try, they can make superb dramas. I hope and believe this to be the unabridged version, as subsequent repeats on TV had major cuts made, so as to appeal to a younger audience. In my opinion, this is the best screen version of Dickens' Classic tale.
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