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Free Agents [DVD]
Free Agents [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Mangan
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £23.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite the most unfunny thing I've seen for a while, 9 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Free Agents [DVD] (DVD)
Romantic comedies with a darker edge to them have potential. But unfortunately the best thing about this one is the well-designed title sequence.

This so-called comedy quickly descends into very cheap laughs. I have no problem with bad language - to deny we all use it would be to deny reality. But when it is used constantly as an alternative to real humour it just becomes predictable and repetative. I can't believe anyone who watches these kinds of things is shocked by bad language anymore. I'm sure there are 9-year-olds who will be sniggering all the way through this at the constant f-ing and c-ing. But anyone with an IQ above 20 will feel their intelligence is being insulted by alleged writers who expect them to find buzz-words hilarious.

All in all it's just a waste of three talented actors. The three leads do the best they can, but I'd defy even the greatest actor with the best comic timing to inject humour into this petty juvenile dross.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine classic, 17 Nov. 2011
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A young astronomer witnesses the arrival of a flying saucer in the wilds outside his house one night. His father goes to investigate and returns a very different man. Before long it is evident people are being taken into the underground saucer and put under alien control. But who will believe this lad's fantastic story?

Forget "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". This is a masterpiece of sci-fi. It captures excellently the threatening, imposing world from the viewpoint of a small boy, combined with classic "reds under the beds" paranoia. What really holds this film above the majority of other similar films of the 1950s and 60s are the genuinely unnerving atmosphere, the superb acting (for example, witness the first victim's transformation from caring family guy to icy conspirator and the creepy little girl who tries to burn down her family home), the attention to detail, the cerebral story and of course the aliens themselves. They are voiceless and underplayed, and therefore come across as memorably sinister.

This DVD set comes with the original US and the extended British version (the one with the proper ending which strangely isn't available in Britain). There's also a collector's booklet.

LEGO Alien Conquest 7065: Alien Mothership
LEGO Alien Conquest 7065: Alien Mothership
Offered by bubble n squeak
Price: £48.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic set, 12 Nov. 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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As alien spaceships go, this is up there with the best Lego designs. A very dramatic and impressive "space wheel", the central control pod of which can be detached to become a a saucer-shaped smaller UFO. There is a nice-looking alien pilot, a helpless human reporter to be snatched away and a small alien beast which can be placed on the reporter's head (in the way you would attach a Lego minifig's space helmet) in order to take over her mind and put her to work creating whatever gas the aliens need to breathe (sorry, I'm a fan of Quatermass). Included in the set is another of those "sound pieces" (which comes with battery). Rotate the wheel or the central control pod and the sound brick will make an appropriate alien-sounding noise. There is also a flexible arm under the ship for collecting unsuspecting humans.

All in all, a great set. Imaginative use of Lego pieces (including curved railways) and a first-class design. Children and adult fans of Lego will love it.

LEGO Space Police 5971 Gold Heist
LEGO Space Police 5971 Gold Heist
Offered by toydealer_de_shop
Price: £47.68

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much cop, if you'll excuse an unfunny pun, 12 Nov. 2011
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
If you look at the photographs of this set you'll find they show the spacecraft pointing at an angle towards the camera. Seen from this viewpoint, the craft looks good. But if you view it from the side, its flaws are revealed for all the world to see. It looks skeletal and half-finished. Not only that, but the rocket boosters cannot be held in position, and therefore wobble about all over the place. I would imagine a child would want to play at "space chases" or whatever, but I'm sure even the youngest Lego fan knows a spacecraft's boosters don't wobble around and so would just been annoyed by it. The cockpit is not very well designed and more or less empty. Yes, the ship could be improved by adding a few pieces, but why should the buyer complete a building/design job the Lego-employed designer is evidently too lazy to do? The best thing about this set is the green four-armed alien. Pity no thought at all seems to have gone into the design of its little craft.

Plenty of useful pieces, but overall this feels like a rushed job.

Lego Space Police Freeze Ray Frenzy 5970
Lego Space Police Freeze Ray Frenzy 5970
Offered by DaJu Online (Alle Preise inkl. MwSt, bitte Versandkosten beachten)
Price: £28.14

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For small children only, 10 Nov. 2011
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Rather than release a range of Space Police sets and then a range of alien villain sets, Lego seem to have crammed them together. This set comes with a Space Police speeder bike and an alien craft. Presumably the idea is that kids can play at space chases, and I'm sure they'll have great fun with the two little vehicles. The problem I have is with certain details in the construction of the models. The police officer is forced to sit in a very strange position, and if both ships landed and any chase continued on foot I can't help thinking he'd be hampered by cramp from sitting so awkwardly. Also, his ship seems to be unarmed, which is odd. On the plus side, the alien and his (her?) ship is quite nice, even if his/her unsecure seat means he/she tends to fall off it. What irritates me are the traffic light and the stop sign. Where in deep space or on an alien planet in the future would you find a traffic light (which doesn't light up despite the rather misleading box picture) and a stop sign? And why would an alien on the run from the police take any notice of them anyway? They'd have been better off including some weapons for the police officer. All in all, though, if you want to keep kids quiet for half an hour I'm sure they'll love this set and overlook its flaws.

Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.60

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fantasy, 19 Oct. 2011
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The Doctor and Mel, at the insistence of the latter, journey to Paradise Towers, a supposedly luxurious place with a fantastic swimming pool. Unfortunately what they find are squallor, killer robots and something nasty lurking in the basement.

This is Dr Who as social satire with comments on urban decay and the problems facing inner cities such as social deprivation and in particular tower blocks. Far from being an ideal place to live, they had become dirty, over-crowded and dangerous. This story is also something of a black comedy, filled with grotesques such as sweet old ladies with cannibalistic habits, crossbow-wielding all-girl street gangs and authority figures who are quite literally fascists. Then there's the Great Architect, a parody of the way architecture in the 1980s had become all about designers wanting to stamp their own ego on the landscape rather than build anything useful or attractive.

Season 24 is often unfairly de-rided. It has high humour content which isn't to everyone's taste, true, but it also has a refreshing originality about it. The obsession with the show's past which had all too often served to alienate or irritate the casual viewer is gone. Dr Who is once more about a mysterious traveller who journeys with his human companions to amazing places. Paradise Towers is not without its darker moments, and there are some genuinely memorable scenes - the Doctor turning the Caretakers' own obsession with rules and regulations against them being a good example.

This DVD comes with a commentary, a "making of" documentary and the option to watch the episodes with their original unused music track. To be honest the unused score is just a repetative drone which soon begins to grate on the nerves. But overall this is a worthwhile purchase.
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Doctor Who - The Sun Makers [DVD] [1977]
Doctor Who - The Sun Makers [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.20

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All-singing, all-dancing, all-taxing, 8 Oct. 2011
Ah, this is remembered as being one of Dr Who's greatest moments of satire.

In truth it is little more than a generic example of "the Doctor arrives on a planet ruled over by tyrants and helps the oppressed freedom fighters overthrow the hated rulers". Every cliche in the well-thumbed book is here - capture, escape, running around corridors, bland fugitives. What elevates this above the usual stories of this nature are satirical sub-texts. Also, this has the advantage of being written by Robert Holmes, who apparently penned it after receiving a huge tax bill. True, the Doctor is kind of over-the-top at times (he now seems to hand out jelly babies as though he has shares in Bassets), but what makes this tale memorable are those little moments (the P45 corridor, Leela pondering the tax system, etc). Not to mention the hilariously obnoxious Collector and his simpering underling (one of Holmes' great double-acts).

Though most of this story is nothing you haven't seen before, the satirical aspect makes it entertaining and it's certainly one of the better stories of its era.

Doctor Who Revisitations 2 (The Seeds of Death / Carnival of Monsters / Resurrection of the Daleks) [DVD]
Doctor Who Revisitations 2 (The Seeds of Death / Carnival of Monsters / Resurrection of the Daleks) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £14.90

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three classic adventures, 6 Oct. 2011
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Three more examples of the best of Dr Who, each one accompanied by plenty of extras and commentries.

The Seeds Of Death features Patrick Troughton facing the Ice Warriors. Whilst the real world in 1969 was planning the first moon landing, Dr Who took the bold approach of suggesting one day space travel (along with all other forms of Earthly transport) will be obsolete. T-Mat (matter transmission) now has the monopoly over transport on a future Earth, and the Ice Warriors plan to take advantage of it in their plan to invade planet. This is a classic old-fashioned monster story. It has thrills, tension, real characters and it builds on the success of the first Ice Warrior adventure, introducing an Ice Lord and even a Grand Marshall. The story is accompanied by extras including two documentaries concerning the Ice Warriors.

Carnival Of Monsters (or "Planet of the Ian Duncan Smiths" as it might be called if it was made today) is one of the best Jon Pertwee stories. The Doctor and Jo Grant arrive on board what appears to be a perfectly ordinary ship. But then a plesiosaurus has risen from the sea and a giant hand has reached down from above and snatched the Tardis away. Meanwhile, two entertainers (who are almost a kind of showbiz parody of the Doctor and his companion) have arrived on an alien planet with their machine full of miniaturised monsters. This is a clever tale with its combination of intrigue, satirical takes on bureaucracy and rampaging monsters. The Drashigs, by the way, are one of the most memorable creations of the era. This story comes with "making of" documentaries and a documentary about Ian Marter (noveslist and the actor behind Harry Sullivan, and who also plays a character in this adventure).

Resurrection of the Daleks is one of the stories from Peter Davison's final (and best) series. After the comical (but still very enjoyable) "Destiny of the Daleks", this is a return to the darker atmosphere of "Genesis of the Daleks". A high-security prison in space is raided and Davros is released. Meanwhile the Doctor and his companions have stumbled across a time tunnel, cannisters of an alien virus and mercenaries from the future in present-day London. This really is the kind of Dalek story which gave the creatures their reputation. They are at their most ruthless here, resulting in a huge bodycount and plenty of fast-paced action. Peter Davison shows how good he can be when given decent material to work with and Davros is at his scheming best. This story comes with various extras including an intriguing and informative hour-long look at the Davison era presented by none other than Dr Who and Davison fan David Tennant.

So, three great stories. Even if you already have them on DVD it's worth buying this set for the wealth of new documentaries. Roll on Revisitations 3.

Piranha 2 the spawning
Piranha 2 the spawning
Dvd ~ Tricia O'Neil
Price: £2.97

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertains., 27 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Piranha 2 the spawning (DVD)
Before I begin I'd just like to point out that this is actually "Piranha 2: Flying Killers" (a sequal to the original version of "Piranha") with a different title.

Once again unsuspecting holiday-makers are threatened by flesh-chomping fish. But these piranha can fly around in the air due to humanity fooling with nature (or something). So there are more killings and mayhem. This is quite a fun film to watch. It's nothing spectucular, but it's nothing too demanding and it entertains. The ever-reliable Lance Henriksen is good in his role and the flying piranha are kind of amusing to watch.

Oh Marbella! [DVD]
Oh Marbella! [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rik Mayall
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £2.69

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Has a few good moments, 22 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Oh Marbella! [DVD] (DVD)
As a comedy, this feels kind of lightweight. The repetative scenes of naturists just seem to remove any need for jokes. It's just endless "look at the people with no clothes on". Rik Mayall and Mike Reid are good as a slippery estate agent and an old-time gangster, but considering their names are used to sell this movie they don't really have enough screen-time and the story doesn't really go anywhere. They should have had a decent showdown. That would have been great.

Given the low price tag this film is probably worth a look if you're a fan of Rik Mayall or Mike Reid, otherwise I'd look elsewhere.

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