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Battlestar Galactica 1980 - Complete [DVD]
Battlestar Galactica 1980 - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lorne Greene
Price: £5.00

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better could be worse !, 22 Jan 2008
It is nice to see Dirk Benedict , Lorne Greene & Herbert Jefferson jr again and Kent MCcord & Barry Van Dyke make a decent fist of things . Galactica finding Earth was not a bad idea per say - if it had not been so childish and the budget a bit higher then it could have been really good . This is what one buys if one is a Battlestar Galactica fan who wants a complete collection . No wonder it was axed due to poor ratings ! The storylines are not bad & neither is the acting . For people who like BSG a little gentler than the updated in your face variety on offer at present then this is for you !


Murder On The Orient Express [DVD] [1974]
Murder On The Orient Express [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Albert Finney
Price: £4.00

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat this Mr Suchet !, 19 Jan 2008
This is a classy , lavish adaptation of a brilliant novel ! Albert Finney had Dame Agatha Christies blessing to play the great Hercule Poirot and watching it I can see why . Vannessa Redgrave , Sean Connery , Michael York , Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman along with John Giulgud are very well cast in a film that stays loyal to the novel in question . With this film being so very impressive - it is no wonder that Sir Peter Ustinov never attempted to film his own version and that ITV have never done a David Suchet adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express . They probably feared that their efforts would suffer through being compared with Albert Finney's excellent movie . It is a piece that combines characters with real depth & substance and a powerful , dark storyline . Like Evil Under The Sun an unsolved past case is a prelude to another murder . It is every bit as clever as The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd - only the plotline is so first rate that Hastings , Japp and Miss Lemon are not needed as devices to capture the attention of the viewer via bolted on comic sub plots . But it manages to keep auidiences on the edge of their seat without the kind of raucous spicing up that so ruined the adaptation of Cards On The Table ( as broadcast in 2006 ) . The people behind Murder On The Orient Express can be well pleased with this classic , iconic film - no wonder it was the most popular British film of 1974 beating even the legendary Carry On Dick .


Agatha Christie's Poirot: Evil Under The Sun [DVD] [1989]
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Evil Under The Sun [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ David Suchet

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A last hurrah !, 19 Jan 2008
Given how superb Pauline Moran , Philip Jackson and Hugh Fraser where in this fine TV movie as Miss Lemon , Chief Inspector Japp and Captain Hastings you have to wonder what possesed the producers & writers to exclude them from the series since 2003 ? By including these three fine artists as those ever popular characters the basic gist of the novel was perfectly conveyed while keeping a lighter touch that had been the hallmark of Poirot between 1989 & 2002 . The ratings figures for Poirot in that period prove that it was a winning formula to include Japp , Hastings & Miss Lemon even if they were not in the short story or novel concerned . David Suchet is brilliant as Poirot and it is really sad watching the great Belgain detective & his mates at the end of this one all laughing away while knowing that things go downhill after this episode . It is filmed very well indeed - the location is spot on ! Could anyone explain why the ITV drama department felt the need to ruin a superb series for the sake of being PC ?


Evil Under The Sun [DVD] [1982]
Evil Under The Sun [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Peter Ustinov
Price: £4.00

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Sir Peter Ustinov !, 19 Jan 2008
David Suchet ought to watch this & squirm ! This lavish film proves that you can make a superb adaptation that is perfectly watchable without public hanging , dodgy sexual behaviour , terrorism , abortion etc being included . Sir Peter Ustinov's film also proves that you can exclude Captain Hastings , Miss Lemon and Chief Inspector Japp while still having the light comic touches needed to make a murder mystery palatable to viewers of all sensiblities . The casting decisions , settings , costumes and the fact that the screenplay closely follows the novel all make for a first rate movie . This is a must for fans of the great Dame Agatha Christie !
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The Big Four (Poirot)
The Big Four (Poirot)
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I look forward to the TV show !, 8 Jan 2008
This review is from: The Big Four (Poirot) (Paperback)
This kept me excited right up untill the end ! I was the edge of my seat as it unfolded . Without giving away too much it is Poirot doing a James Bond & with the fantastical super villians involved it is very different to all the other novels that Agatha Christie wrote . It is not so much murder mystery as spy thriller . What is good is the return of Chief Inspector Japp & Captain Hastings - they have large roles in this book . So it is real Holmes , Watson & Lesrade stuff - Dame Agatha obviously learnt from the structure used by Arthur Conan Doyle in using Poirot , Hastings and Japp in this way . There are plenty of twists & turns to interest the reader and I look forward to the TV adaptaion with David Suchet , Hugh Fraser and Philip Jackson as Poirot , Hastings & Japp . They are three brilliant actors who play their roles superbly ( just watch Evil Under The Sun , Lord Edgeware Dies & Peril At End House ) . As David Suchet wants to film all the Poirot books lets hope that the talk about The Big Four being filmed is not just idle chatter but something that will happen in the next year or two . Hugh Fraser & Philip Jackson are still appearing in new productions & their return in a gripping Poirot TV show would be very popular ( as they have been absent since 2003 the novelty factor would help the ratings ) . To do all the twists & turns justice it could be a two parter and as they only use characters from the books in the TV version ( since 2003 that has been the policy )they could use Japp & Hastings ( portrayed by Mr Jackson & Mr Fraser ) while still being consistent with how the show has gone since 2003 . It is a forgotton gem in the Christie cannon crying out to be filmed by ITV . I certainly say that people who love powerful suspense & drama will regard this novel as well worth the modest expense of buying it ! Poirot is on form - even though he is having to do a bit of a Bond parody . Agatha Christie was a genius for having created him !


Staggered [DVD] [1994]
Staggered [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Martin Clunes
Offered by Films and Figures posting until Dec 23rd
Price: £18.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stag night from hell !, 4 Jan 2008
This review is from: Staggered [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Heaven help anyone getting married whose mates take an interest in this potty film ! It certainly should have a do not try this at home tag . What happens to Martin Clunes is pretty cruel - but the cast rescue it from being just Men Behaving Badly The Movie as does the scripting . One does wonder why the Carry On's could not have thought up this idea in the late 1970's . It would have made a great adult movie style challenge to the Confessions Films . A typically British film which like Four Weddings & a Funeral , Love Actually , Calander Girls & The Full Monty prove that there is still a market for such home grown movies . Nice to see another British success story at the box office - those finance people who told Peter Rogers that Carry On Again Nurse would not succeed as it was ' too British ' really lacked judgement .....


Galactica 1980: Complete Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Galactica 1980: Complete Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Kent McCord
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £13.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better !, 31 Dec 2007
While it is splendid to see Lorne Green & Herbert Jefferson JR back in action - along with Dirk Benedict at the series premature ending one does miss the other characters . It was cancelled during the production of an episode involving Cleopatra escaping & Glen A Larson planned another called Wall Of Fire which sounds excellent . So it is a shame that Larson was not given the chance to make things better - budget cuts & the desire to make it childish sealed its doom . There were never any reasons for the absence of Athena , Baltar , Apollo or Cassie and the lack of fighting between the fleeing humans and the cylons is a bore . It shows all the hallmarks of some of the episodes that came later in the original Battlestar Galactica ( i.e. camp , cheesy and divorced utterly from the whole dark premise of survivors fleeing a holacaust with the ghastly 1970's hair dos being far more scary than the villians who replaced the cylons ) . With the best will in the world Richard Lynch is just not John Collicos - but Barry Van Dyke does play his part very well . The last episode is very poignant indeed & if the broadcasters had backed Glen A Larson and more ones of this quality had followed we might have been toasting Galactica 1980 as being better as it went on . It is depressing the way they labour the theme of people being left behind & not being seen again without saying what happened . Lorne Greene is very good indeed & he makes this series at least bearable . As with Carry On Emmannuelle it is something that is the part of a series that few perhaps understandably remember . It is just a footnote in the history of TV sci-fi and that is why it has taken so long to come out on DVD . Only watch if you want to see how not to do a spin off . It was a good idea but could have been better developed .


Battlestar Galactica: Razor [DVD] (2007) (Tv)
Battlestar Galactica: Razor [DVD] (2007) (Tv)
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth every penny !, 31 Dec 2007
It was very interesting to see how Admiral Cain ended up the way she did as what the cylons did clearly messed her up . Michelle Forbes does certainly play the part far differently to how Lloyd Bridges did in the 1978-79 series . It is a perfect joining up exercise between series 3 & the final one - but one must have seen the previous three seasons to know what is happening & why . On a comic note it was funny seeing the old fashioned looking cylons & quite harrowing to see both civilians being shot and Frankenstein style experiments being carried out . It is pretty 'adult ' in the sense lesbianism is clearly hinted at - so the FHM reading market is going to feel well looked after . All in all a very powerful piece of sci-fi drama that effectively tackles contemporary themes . The casting is as ever impeccable while the special effects are first rate . I will miss this series when season four ends - but it is winding down and it is best to go out on a high . Razor makes one very curious about season four as we get lots of enticing hints about what lies ahead . So £10.98 is a very fair price for getting Razor on DVD from Amazon.co.uk .


Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 5 [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Poirot
Price: £14.00

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First four are better than the second four, 30 Dec 2007
Five Little Pigs is horrid ! Purists objected that the series took liberties with the novels & short stories prior to 2003 but look how this novel was made into an adaption that was even more depressing than the book . There is a problem today with TV as producers feel the need to shock people in order to boost the ratings - showing an innocent woman being hanged at the start is repugnant & I fear for the decency of anyone who likes watching that . Children can hardly watch sordid things & so they are excluded from seeing it which is unfair . Had they written in Hastings to do half the investigating then it would have been less ghastly - his reaction to the death of an innocent wife would have been poignant . The Hollow was made far too dull & predictable and the ending was less interesting than in the novel . The investigating officer was a cheap parody of Philip Jackson as Japp - surely the real thing would have been better ? Making the identity of the murderer so obvious at the start as with Death On The Nile rather kills ones interest . Sir Peter Ustinov's version was better as it was 50% longer and so more of the substance of the book was conveyed making it more interesting . As per usual with Poirot since 2003 they use simulated sex & cast so called celebrities in the roles ( rather than people who would be best at playing them ). If Hastings had replaced Colonel Race then it would have been more bearable as Hugh Fraser is a fine actor and his personal chemistry with David Suchet was a winner . After all Hastings was not in Murder In Messompotania the novel - but he was a fine addition to the TV show and could have been so in Death On The Novel . In Sad Cypress seeing Japp proved wrong over who the murderer was would have been classic as Poirot triumphed again .David Suchet looks bored & Poirot is relegated to being a marginal figure in a tiresome romantic TV movie with a dull & talentless group of ' stars ' .The police inspectors in the shows since 2003 are bland wall flowers with no ideas of their own and so are pretty feeble compared with Chief Inspector Japp as brilliantly played by Philip Jackson .Poirot is a vain character & seeing him taken down a peg or two was a comic way to allay the obvious darkness of people being murdered & then caught and hanged . Some of Agatha Christie's books were not good enough to be televised without having Japp , Hastings or Miss Lemon shoehorned into the proceedings as she made some super characters but did not make enough use of them . That is why Evil Under The Sun worked brilliantly . Lord Edware Dies was far more true to the period than the Sir Peter Ustinov version & Murder In Messomptania included Hastings while conveying the substance of the book very well indeed . The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd was not rubbish unlike much of the misguided criticism thrown at it . It was very well cast and it was as true to the book as a TV version can be . Liberties are always taken so that the TV show is not too long & that it will conform to what the viewers like . But The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd was very clever indeed & seeing Poirot and Japp solve it jointly for old times sake is a joy to behold . Lord Edgware Dies proves how well Philip Jackson & Hugh Fraser played Japp & Hastings as you can compare how they are played in the TV show with how they are written in the original novel . It is a stunning TV show that captures the period very well - it is not light & fluffy ( unlike Thirteen At Dinner with Ustinov which is a tongue in cheek parody ) but not too dreary ( unlike the rubbish Five Little Pigs which should appeal to manic depressives ) . Pauline Moran is a fine actress who played the part of Miss Lemon in a way that is true to how she is in the books . Seeing her in Lord Edgware Dies & Evil Under The Sun hardly harmed the ratings . David Suchet is still brilliant as Poirot but this set of DVD's is a sign post of decline as it moves from being a superb series to utter nonsense . Time to recall Pauline Moran , Philip Jackson & Hugh Fraser !
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Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.92

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong stuff but worth seeing !, 30 Oct 2007
Ian McDiarmand shows why he is such a superb Shakespearian actor with a master class performance as the devilish Chancellor / Emperor . Yes it is a violent & depressing film but given the fact that Darth Vader finally turns up what else can one expect ? The suspense , drama and twists & turns keep the viewer gripped untill the powerful conclusion when the New Trilogy rejoins the continuity of the old one as filmed between 1977 & 1983 and we see it all as pattern of a story . The tale is about the rise , triumph , fall and redemption of Darth Vader . As a film the writing is not too bad - the dialogue could have been worse . It avoids being poor like Independence Day whereby special effects are relied upon while the scripting and acting is poor . But in Revenge Of The Sith the cast rise to the challenge very well and as a tragic warning about the perils of greed & fear driving a person to make mistakes it works very well . Unlike The Phantom Menace this more recent Star Wars film does manage to live up to the hype . I really enjoyed seeing it again the other day - an absolute must for sci-fi fans ! Well done George Lucas !


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