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Doctor Who: Ace Adventures - Dragonfire / The Happiness Patrol [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who: Ace Adventures - Dragonfire / The Happiness Patrol [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £12.10

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wicked!" And all the retro-speak!, 29 April 2012
Can't wait for this set to come out! Roll on Bank Holiday Monday!! It was just the audacity of the then writers to give the Doctor a dysfunctional working class teenager as a companion that I find insprirng here. I really don't care whether the realsiation isn't top-notch its the integrity of the writing that shines out for me. I do find the Ace/7th Doctor dynamic one of the best ever in the whole series and it's a great pity we never got to see how it ended on screen. Yes, the issued based stuff is of its time but the Doctor as an almost probation officer to the wayward Ace and not doing too grand a job is an intriguing take on the character. Plus Sylv & Sophie do have great on screen chemistry. I'm a 50 year old Who fan and by the mores of fandom I should be slagging these stories off and making everyone avoid them and get Pertwee or T. Baker ones instead - but folks, life isn't that simplistic!! I can even say wholeheartedly that I LOVE the Candyman with his weasley, hysterical voice - just what Capitalism is!!! Ace & the Professor ROCK!!!

Downton Abbey - Series 2 [DVD]
Downton Abbey - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Maggie Smith
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £6.07

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tripe!, 10 Feb 2012
If DA were a sitcom without a laughter track I'd give it 5 stars! But, alas, it's typical flaccid, patronising ITV guff made specifically to lull you into a Sunday evening stupor. Talk about lazy writing! Shockingly bad!!

Doctor Who - Complete Series 6 [DVD]
Doctor Who - Complete Series 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Offered by BBC Shop
Price: £14.49

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stonking!!, 13 Nov 2011
Moff & Co have done it again! I know not much time has passed since the end of screening and it may be too soon to say it, but this for me is the BEST season of Who ever. And once more I'm impressed that something so daringly cerebral, energetic, complex and bloody entertaining went out and succeeded in the totally bland, stale & simplistic arena of primetime tv! This show's got balls - big ones! Roll on 2012 & 2013!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (DVD + Digital Copy)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (DVD + Digital Copy)
Dvd ~ James Franco
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £4.59

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A competent regeneration of a franchise, 4 Nov 2011
Not a perfect film - the final half an hour or so is just vacuous crowd-pleasing, lowest common demoninator, action movie crud. But the build up is solid with its something nasty happening in suburbia angle. This is - surprisingly - for your common or garden gormless summer blockbuster quite a thoughtful film. The hints at the formation of the AIDS virus - Man messing about with apes in labs, the satire from the original novel and film still intact, the Alzheimers plot keeping it topical, animal cruelty etc.. I liked it when the overly ape-hating Dodge Landon just seemed to be an example of lazy multiplex movie writing forced in to get the revolt going - surely he wouldn't be employed in such a job being by nature so cruel to animals? But then in one tiny almost throwaway line he calls the owner of the Ape Sanctuary 'Dad' - a nice touch which aslo brings up the issue of nepotism and all its ills. It's little flourishes like this that take this film out of the no brainer category. As I said, it's not perfect - the lead couple are rather one-dimensional and could have been given more dialogue and more naturalistic dialogue too. What was Feida Pinto's role in the film? She was so obviously just there for eye-candy and again the lack of depth to her interaction with James Franco made it seem that at the end he loved his ape more than her!! And wasn't Jacobs just on the wrong side of Pantomine? His demise via melodramtic cliched burning heliocopter was even more silly! Alas, these are all concessions to make the film more maintstream & less challenging. But it does rise above all this as I said earlier. Plus this film has the best performance from the most cynical & laconic orangutan ever - Maurice is a blast! Need I mention the wonderful John Lithgow? Add to this mix the neat denouement/twist which works in an convincingly unsettling way! And for those in the know ROTPOTA is teeming with references to the witty & thought provoking 1968 film - from character names to lost space missions! Bravo Mr Wyatt! Hope you're involved in the sequel. I hope you make it a bolder film with fewer fluffy edges - you've already got enough to work from with contemporary news - financial collapse, society breaking down, threat to global peace....those apes on the other side of San Francisco will just walk over us! BTW, am I the only person to enjoy this film as it was only a blissful 90 odd minutes long? Thank God it wasn't some awful 3 hour saga of tedium! I hope most films will revert to this time length...

Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £7.00

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise found....?, 13 July 2011
This is the first story where the writers were given more say by the producer and it shows - yes even through the woeful studio lighting, high camp and pantomine acting. As usual this is a case of substance almost swamped over by a serious lack of style. 'Paradise Towers' is an original and gritty story (by 1980s TV standards) with some strong ideas being ruined by the realities of budgets and time restrictions. There IS a lot going for this and I'm not here to repeat what other sensible reviewers have already said and we can't go slagging 'Towers' off because the Rezzies should have been directed ala Mike Leigh and not ala 'Terry and June' and the Caretakers are too Disco in their look when they should be Grunge. Mind you, the Kangs' argot does nod to Anthony Bugress! Enjoy this segment of Classic Who it is fun and has it moments. Just remember it's all there in theory - girl gangs marauding around a dlapidated tower block, fallen heroes, over sensitive artists, cannibalistic tennants, pedantic middle men gone to seed, menacing cleaning robots and a meglomaniacal zombie. It's just let down in practice. It's still loveable, nevertheless!
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Doctor Who  Series 6 - Part 1 [DVD]
Doctor Who Series 6 - Part 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £11.54

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time fan says "YES!", 6 Jun 2011
Finally a Doctor Who series we can all be proud of and I've been watching since the late 1960s. I've thoroughly enjoyed the journey Moffat has taken us on these past three months - it's been a rollercoaster of fun, twists, turns and tears. It's sci-fi that has kept its focus on involving drama and remains thoroughly entertaining. It's fun and challenging - I LOVE all the so called confusion - how dull it can be when everything is so obvious and accessible (like most drab primetime fare)??! What's wrong with a bit of mystery and a few unnanswered questions? Surely it adds more intrigue and a sense of wonder? It also has a great central performance from Matt Smith - whose your-embarrassing-and-clumsy-uncle interpretation of the Doctor is more engaging than Tennant's annoying shouty Mockney blokey gurning schtick. Amy is much better this series too - she's stopped shrugging, frowning and muttering "Shut up!" all the time and become savvy and brave. Rory is turning out to be a more rounded character as well and Arthur Darvill is a very good yet underrrated actor. What's not to love about Nixon and taped phone calls, the concept of the Silence, Neil Gaiman's sparkling script, Hugh Boneville as a pirate with a conscience, Lily Cole in a nightie, Amy's baby, the swashbuclikng Silurian as Victorian superhero, the lactating Sontaran...etc..? I'm impressed with the energy and force of the writing here and can't wait to see Moffatt top it in season 7! Wonderful stuff!!

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, 2010 Christmas Special  [2010] [DVD]
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, 2010 Christmas Special [2010] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £5.12

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Christmassy and really classy!, 6 Jan 2011
The Doctor Who Christmas Special is usually a mixed bag - its quality is dictated by the fact that it's normally stuck between two slices of the feeble sensationalism of 'Eastenders' and its ilk so it tends to pander to such an audience but gladly 'A Christmas Carol' didn't. Hurrahs all round! I keep saying this about New Who - it always surprises me that something so thoughful and slightly off kilter goes down so well with godawful primetime fare. Anyway, this is a clever re-working of Dickens' done-to-death Yuletide yarn but with Moffat's writing it is anything but. It's rather beautiful to look at too especially with the fish 'swimming' around in graceful CGI.It's also very quotable - always a good sign. This story is filled with some succint and effective scenes - the Doctor on performing your first snog is an absolute gem. I'm warming greatly to Matt Smith's 'doctorish' Doctor a far cry from Tennant's mockney laddish approach and quite refreshing to be honest. Watch this and enjoy.

Doctor Who -- The Complete Series 5 [DVD]
Doctor Who -- The Complete Series 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matthew Smith
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £29.99

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moff, Smith & Gillan - BRING IT ON!!!, 11 Oct 2010
This is probably my laziest review ever but just read my comments for each of the individual releases for series 5 and you'll see why I recommend it so much! Highly enjoyable stuff all round - mind bogglingly confusing, fun and warm all at the same time. Love the idea of the extra scenes as opposed to deleted ones or are they really deleted just under a different title? I don't really care - this is a great series buy and enjoy! Sorry for my idleness but I don't want to go on repeating myself. Cheers!

Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 4 [DVD]
Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £6.82

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series definitely goes out with a bang, 13 July 2010
What I like about Steven Moffat's writing is how he plays on connotations so we all expect the 'Big Bang' to be a huge FX, all-exploding, loud finale while, infact most of the big bangs here are all felt inside and character driven. It's amazing that the ideas behind this finale are so huge on the sci- fi front but work eloquently on an intimate level too. Sublime stuff. Vincent's story was heartbreaking too. This really is 'the little show that can'!

Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 2 [DVD]
Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £6.36

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Weeping Angels two parter - absolutely stonking!!, 13 July 2010
What a joy the Weeping Angels 2 parter is! It just zooms along and leaves you breathless! Best opening 5 minutes in Who ever! Angel Dave and his chirpy 'dead' voice was superbly disturbing and more kudos to River Song's hallucinogenic lipstick - what a riot! This is simply a great chase story with some chilling and hilarious moments. Great stuff Moffatt! The Vamps in Venice looked stunning parading with their parasols and baring their fangs - probably the most beautifully shot scene ever in Who. But their true form was too comical to take seriously - the bodies were effective but the heads too silly. But great stag do scene at the beginning and overall, not too bad for a pedestrian Who story. Good thrills and spills viewing. Where else do you get this on terrestial TV? BTW, River Song and the Vamps are pretty sexy!! I think I've been a wee bit over zealous in my use of exclamation marks....

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