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1941 [DVD]
1941 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dan Aykroyd

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1941 - an under-rated classic, 2 July 2011
This review is from: 1941 [DVD] (DVD)
I love this film; in fact, I've loved it since I first saw it, over 25 years ago. It's a very under-rated movie, many critics and film guides giving it around 3 out of 5, but I think it's much better than its reputation.

An homage to classic 1940s screwball comedies, this film has some great characters, played by a real all-star cast (Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Warren Oates, Nancy Allen, Ned Beatty, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Stack, Treat Williams, etc etc). Set in Los Angeles, a week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, it brings together a normal family, a tank crew, a plane-crazy woman, a plain crazy fighter pilot, a really crazy Colonel, a Japanese submarine, and General 'Vinegar Joe' Stillwell, throwing them into an ever-escalating emergency, complete with fistfights, dogfights, dance fights, and a shoot-out between a Ferris wheel, a house and a submarine! How anyone could fail to like this movie is beyond me.
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Lotus 78 and 79: The Ground Effect Cars
Lotus 78 and 79: The Ground Effect Cars
by John Tipler
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Player Special!, 31 May 2010
I haven't read this book from cover to cover, but here are my impressions anyway: this is quite a comprehensive coverage of the subject, looking not only at the Lotus 78 and 79 (from 1977-1979 seasons), but also at the cars that came before, including (briefly) the March 701, and the 79's successor, the Lotus Type 80.

There are plenty of photos, not only from the races, but also from the workshop with the cars under construction. Many of the pictures are ideal reference for modellers, with lots of bodywork removed. Be advised, though, some of the detail pictures are of the prototype 79, which differs from the ones actually raced (and modelled in 1/20 scale by Tamiya and Hasegawa).

If you're interested in Lotus, or F1 history, or in modelling these ground-effect John Player Specials, then I would definitely recommend this book.

Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus [DVD] [1964]
Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: 6.25

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you've been led to believe, 21 April 2010
Many Doctor Who fans seem to disparage this story. I had first read about it in Doctor Who magazine in the late 1970s, and wanted to see it ever since. Well, I finally got my copy the other week, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It's a good adventure story, with a change of location almost every episode, and although the basic plot is a little pedestrian at times, the sub-plots that hang off it make for quite an exciting journey.

The sets and costumes are rather good, and belie the lack of budget available for Doctor Who, but this shows up in other ways, particularly the acting - with a lack of proper rehearsal time, some of the performances are a little stilted, or erratic, but this adds to the charm of early Doctor Who stories.

There are fewer extras for this story than for most other classic Who dvds, but what is there is good, and enlightening.

All in all, I would recommend this to anyone interested in classic Doctor Who.

A little bit of trivia for you - this story features the first on-screen materialisation of the TARDIS, but without the sound effect.

Minichamps Red Bull Racing RB5 Winner Chinese GP 2009 - S Vettel 1/43 Scale Die-Cast Collectors Model
Minichamps Red Bull Racing RB5 Winner Chinese GP 2009 - S Vettel 1/43 Scale Die-Cast Collectors Model
Offered by TRAX Motorsports Marketing
Price: 79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An all-round winner, 21 April 2010
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a very nice model, limited quantities of which were made, of the first F1 victory for the Red Bull Racing team. It was the second victory for Sebastian Vettel, and like his win at Monza in 2008, this was also a wet race.

The model has a die-cast body, with plastic floor, wings, suspension, driver figure and other smaller details, with soft rubber or rubber-like tyres. The decoration is a mixture of spray-painted main colours, with tampo printing and decals for the logos etc.

This model differs from the standard release in two main ways: it features wet-weather tyres, with detailed tread pattern (the standard model has slick tyres), and the figure of Sebastian Vettel is standing in the cockpit, celebrating his win (in the standard model, the driver figure is seated). The box is also slightly taller to accommodate the figure, and the packaging mentions the fact that it is a limited edition.

All in all, this is a fine model of an important win, and is also the only way to get this car in 1/43 scale, as no other die-cast companies have a Red Bull licence, and no kits have been made either.

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