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An Evening With John Barrowman (NTSC) [DVD] [2009]
An Evening With John Barrowman (NTSC) [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ John Barrowman
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £5.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD for JB Fans, 30 Nov. 2009
I'm so glad that the DVD is available for US as well as UK fans. Although it's not a substitute for live performance, the concert recording is as close as many of us can get to being there. Not every song is one of my favorites (as is true with any concert), but I especially enjoyed "I Know Him So Well," "Both Sides Now," and, of course, "I Am What I Am." Whether you prefer your JB as a pop singer or a theatrical performer, you'll find some cuts just for you. Throw in JB as storyteller, good son, dancer, and improvisationalist (as the "split trousers" outtake illustrates), and you've got an entertaining couple of hours. The extras, including the outtake and a behind-the-scenes feature, and the concert footage are in the same tell-all, chat-with-the-family tone used in JB's autobiographies, which makes this DVD less conventional, more personal, and more lifelike than the vast majority of concert DVDs. There might've been a question why the May 14 Glasgow concert was chosen as the one to record, because JB switches between Scottish and American accents as he tells anecdotes. The shift is noticeable but rather endearing, and I'm glad that Glasgow was the venue for the concert's DVD. If you like JB as far more than Captain Jack, then you'll want this DVD.

Torchwood - Children Of Earth
Torchwood - Children Of Earth
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Companion to "Children of Earth", 11 Aug. 2009
If you're a "Children of Earth" fan, you'll undoubtedly recognize specific visual moments from a scene when you hear the track from it. The 40 tracks are arranged chronologically by Day to remind you where the music added an important layer of meaning to the on-screen action.

I've listened to this soundtrack a lot in the past few weeks, and I'm continually impressed with the variety of ways in which character themes blend beautifully with the drama shown on screen. As well, if you're familiar with the character themes for Tosh, Owen, Jack, and Gwen (from the previous Torchwood CD--also a fantastic soundtrack), you'll find them added to important moments within new music. For example, listen to Jack's departure song, "I Can Run Forever," and you'll also hear some of Ianto's and Tosh's themes (accompanying the scene where Jack mentions those he leaves behind). Within a "danger" track like "Judgment Day," you'll hear a bit of Jack's theme.

The lushly emotional cuts are nicely offset by the danger music that also pulses through the CD. The soundtrack balances faster-paced action tracks with reflective moments; it nicely summarizes all the many experiences and emotions of "CoE."

One of the strengths of the Torchwood soundtracks is specific music relating to key characters, and the poignant additions to the "CoE" soundtrack are "Ianto's Theme" and the longer, crescendo-ing "The Ballad of Ianto Jones." Each character's personality is captured by his/her theme. It's worth going through both this and the previous soundtrack to listen just to those character moments, because they appropriately capture the essence of the characters we've come to love.

"Torchwood": The Sin Eaters: (Audio Original) (BBC Audio)
"Torchwood": The Sin Eaters: (Audio Original) (BBC Audio)
by Brian Minchin
Edition: Audio CD

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Torchwood Audio Books to Date, 6 July 2009
Like many fans of the TV series, I turn to the novels for the characters more than the plot. True to most Torchwood novels, this one suffers from a weak mystery, although it's entertaining. If I were rating the plot alone, I'd give it only 2 or 3 stars.

What sets this audio book apart from previous ones is Gareth David-Lloyd's interpretation of characters and his marvelous reading voice. He gets voices and characterizations spot on; it's easy to visualize characters having a conversation without wondering who's who. However, his reading voice alone is worth a listen; his familiarity with Torchwood's nuances of characterization just adds another reason to appreciate his performance. I hope that he'll read more audio books, both in the Torchwood series and other fiction. GDL's interpretation of the text raised my overall rating to 4 stars; I give his performance 5 stars.

The Sin Eaters offers glimpses into the Ianto/Jack or Gwen/Rhys dynamic that we haven't seen in the TV series. Rhys continues to grow as a supporting character; he's gradually becoming Gwen's true partner in every sense of the word. Janto fans should be happy with insights into Jack's "Ianto time" when the world doesn't need immediate saving. The story illustrates the playful side of Ianto's intelligence and does a good job of leading into "Children of Earth"'s exploration of the Ianto/Jack relationship.

As another reviewer noted, the book is a quick "read" and entertaining. Although the plot may not be memorable, the experience of listening to GDL tell the story is. Add a few new character details, and you've got an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

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