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Kingdom Of Heaven (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
Kingdom Of Heaven (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Martin Hancock
Price: 5.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars FLAWED BUT FABULOUS EPIC, 1 May 2014
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Kingdom Of Heaven is a far better film than its ratings would have us believe. The directors cut raises it from a slash and cut medieval romp into the realms of a classic. Although not an entirely accurate portrayal of the events surrounding the fall of Jerusalem in 1187 AD it does give us the flavor of the confrontation between two religions and their different cultures. Eva Green is beautiful and mysterious as Sybylla but you must watch the directors cut to understand her sudden decline into depression and despondency. For the male lead, Orlando Bloom may appear too lightweight but he does bring to the screen a tortured soul in search of redemption for his dead wife. Again it is the directors cut that shows that he is more experienced in warfare than you would presume as a village blacksmith. The battle scenes are marvelous and the production looks sumptuous thanks to Ridley Scott's eye.


Vikings: Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2013]
Vikings: Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Travis Fimmel
Price: 26.63

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3.0 out of 5 stars Should have finished at episode 7, 18 Feb 2014
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For the most part I really enjoyed this saga. Travis Fimmel plays the affable Ragnar with arrogance and swagger. Behind those baby blues you really could not determine his next move. Gabriel Byrne brings a touch of class to the ageing Jarl trying to protect his position. It should have ended at episode 7. After that it lapses into mystical claptrap.


Secrets of the Knights Templar: The Hidden History of the World's Most Powerful Order
Secrets of the Knights Templar: The Hidden History of the World's Most Powerful Order
Price: 2.98

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3.0 out of 5 stars Potted History, 18 Feb 2014
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I can only review this book based upon reading it on my standard Kindle. The illustrations may look fine on either a tablet or in book form however they really did not add to my reading pleasure as they were just monochromatic. As a potted history of the Knights Templar, it is quite good. For a more detailed account I would turn to Malcolm Barber’s “The New Knighthood”.


Robbie Williams - One Night at the Palladium [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Robbie Williams - One Night at the Palladium [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Robbie Williams
Price: 14.30

5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ENOUGH TO STOP THE XMAS PARTY, 9 Jan 2014
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Put this on in the background after Christmas day lunch whilst we all regained our senses and started to play cards in the run up to Christmas night 5 card brag, which can be costly if the Christmas spirit is flowing. Robbie Williams stopped them all in their tracks and we all had to pack away the cards until he had finished. You don't get a better recommendation than that in our house.


The Starbuck Chronicles: The Complete 4-Book Collection
The Starbuck Chronicles: The Complete 4-Book Collection
Price: 14.29

4.0 out of 5 stars CORNWELL NEARLY AT HIS BEST, 30 Dec 2013
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Very readable with Bernard Cornwell's excellent eye for detail and description. Can't give it 5 stars as the series just seems to run out of steam as the battle scenes take precedence over the plot.


Lionheart
Lionheart
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4.0 out of 5 stars Behind The Myth, 27 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Lionheart (Kindle Edition)
Despite starting with a shipwreck that introduces a minor and needless character, Lionheart is sluggish to begin. As the narrative proceeds the machinations between the kings of England and France initially take precedence over the fighting of the Holy war. The character of Richard the Lionheart is explored most ably from the viewpoints of the women in his life. It is refreshing to see that he is not caricatured as either a punch drunk bully or a sodomite but as an educated and literate medieval man. His relationship with his new wife, Berengaria, is quite touching but the strongest characters remain his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine and his sister, Joanna. The portrait of the stricken Outremer and the poulain Baron's is excellent. All in all, Sharon Penman's epic is a worthwhile read once it gets the bit between its teeth.


The Devil Rides Out (Duke de Richleau)
The Devil Rides Out (Duke de Richleau)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Wheatley, 23 Nov 2013
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Enjoyed reading Dennis Wheatley's novels when I was a teenager and Bloomsbury must be congratulated in bringing them back into the public eye. This is by far the best of his Black Magic series and is truly frightening in parts. Whether younger generations brought up on more explicit modern horror movies will appreciate the attitudes and manners of pre war Britain remains to be seen. For me I will be purchasing more and relishing Wheatley's fine storytelling.


The Sand Pebbles (RosettaBooks into Film)
The Sand Pebbles (RosettaBooks into Film)
Price: 4.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars Deep & Interesting, 8 Oct 2013
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I remember reading this book after seeing the film on its release in the 60's. More interesting and deeper than the movie, it still requires a lot of effort to finish but it is worthwhile. The scenes in the engine room are pretty accurate in my experience as a watchkeeper on vessel's much larger than The Sand Pebble.


The Wrong Side of the Sky
The Wrong Side of the Sky
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4.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING THRILLER, 20 Sep 2013
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Great to read this once again. It feels dated now with the absence of mobile phones or laptops and the novel should be viewed more as historical fiction than a modern thriller. Gavin Lyall was definitely underated. Can't wait for my next holiday to download another excellent poolside read.


Medieval - Blood of the Cross (The Medieval Sagas Book 1)
Medieval - Blood of the Cross (The Medieval Sagas Book 1)
Price: 2.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Crusading Tale, 13 Sep 2013
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Light but enjoyable yarn set in the later Crusades. I have a few minor quibbles about the grammar and some of the punctuation which I am sure will be corrected in a later edition. Looking forward to the next one.
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