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Doctor Who - The Sontaran Experiment [1975] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Sontaran Experiment [1975] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.99

17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective, 20 July 2006
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Wow! I've had to pinch myself that this is coming out on DVD soon. I've always loved this two-parter, and I thought I'd have to wait a few more years until this saw the light of day.

This is written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin, and it is set on Earth sometime in the far future on a bleak and barren landscape of hills and mountains (this was shot on Dartmoor). The Doctor, Sarah and Harry arrive here, where they come across a small group of humans who are getting captured and then used for sadistic experiments by Styre - a Sontaran (a race of time travelling warriors). It's enough to make you think twice about going for long distance mountain walks.

This is an action packed adventure that is full of tension, fear and excitement, plus it is filmed entirely outdoors. It hasn't dated that much, simply because there are very few special effects in this classic two-parter. Let's celebrate its release!


Tired Of Hanging Around
Tired Of Hanging Around
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.11

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Retro but Contempory, 12 July 2006
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This review is from: Tired Of Hanging Around (Audio CD)
I have played this a few times now, but it is still fresh and continues to grow on me, however the knockout tracks for me, are the two singles: 'Valerie' and 'Why don't you give me your love', plus 'Oh Stacey (look what you've done)' and 'I know I'll never leave', which vocally David McCabe really belts out. The Zutons have a retro sound, but with contempory lyrics. They're like a mix of: The Faces, Marc Bolan & T-Rex, and 'Ziggy Stardust' & 'Aladdin Sane' period Bowie, finished off with a Britpop sensibility, and Ska type saxophone playing courtesy of sax on legs - Abi Harding, who is an awesome sax player, and if it were 1979/1980, she would probably be in a Ska band like The Bodysnatchers. The song that really blew me away the most, out of all the songs that I mentioned, was 'Oh Stacey (look what you've done)'. The breezy saxophone playing, combined with it's uplifting tune, is very deceptive, because lyrically it is a very tragic tale about a daughter stressing out her dad to the point where the stress kills him, and then she drinks her inheritence money to cope with what she's done. We have a great British tradition of writing tragic lyrics disguised in upbeat commercial sounding songs. Buy it!


One Step Beyond - 45 Classic Ska Hits
One Step Beyond - 45 Classic Ska Hits

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will never find a better Ska compilation, 9 Jun. 2006
This 2-disc cd is crammed full of practically nearly every single Ska & 2 Tone anthem going. You only have to check the tracklist to see what I mean. Disc 1 concentrates on the original Jamaican Ska sound from the 60's and disc 2 from the late 70's/early 80's British Ska revival, by the likes of: The Specials, The Selector, Madness, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Bodysnatchers etc. You will be hard pushed to find a more comprehensive, commercially packaged Ska compilation than this.


The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
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Price: £19.99

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably The Best Stranglers Compilation, 9 Jun. 2006
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This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
If 'Greatest Hits 1977-1990' concentrated more on the Stranglers Eighties period and 'Peaches: The Very Best Of The Stranglers' was more focused on their Punk Rock phase, then this compilation evens up the score by concentrating fully on both periods without sacrificing any of the hit singles. To see what I mean, you've only got to look at the tracklist. So if you've never bought a Stranglers 'Best Of' before, then this is probably the one to get.


Twelve Stops and Home
Twelve Stops and Home
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Price: £2.24

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get the feeling, 6 Jun. 2006
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This review is from: Twelve Stops and Home (Audio CD)
As I have only played this once so far, the two singles: 'Sewn' and 'Fill My Little World' are still the outstanding tracks, but this is a grower, and I'm sure that most of the other album tracks will eventually suck me in, with their gentle but infectious melodic grooves. Think Pilot and 10cc, finished off with Beach Boy style harmonies and Supertramp type piano playing. So don't be an indie snob, just go ahead and buy this! This is one for the beach, barbecue and open road.


Life On Mars : Complete BBC Series 1 [2006] [DVD]
Life On Mars : Complete BBC Series 1 [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Simm
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £22.98

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quantum Leap meets The Sweeney, 28 May 2006
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As another reviewer has already pointed out, the Beeb, when it wants to, can still put out really high quality drama, and it doesn't come much higher quality than this. Everything about this time travelling cop show is top notch, from the acting, the scripts, the storylines etc. It's funny, gritty and very moving. The leading characters Sam Tyler (John Simm) and DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister), really play off each other, and it's a delight to watch. You can tell they both had a ball doing this. Also, ironically, seeing as this is about a man in a coma, it's very life affirming to watch. If you don't like this, then you really might as well be in a coma (no offence intended to anyone), so bring on series 2.


28 Days Later (2002) [DVD]
28 Days Later (2002) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cillian Murphy
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Price: £2.69

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem, 28 May 2006
This review is from: 28 Days Later (2002) [DVD] (DVD)
I've probably got nothing new to say about this, I just wanted to show my admiration for this horror/zombie flick. This is one of those movies that I can watch again and again. Everything about this is film is perfectly executed, from the acting, the directing & editing, the camera work, the overall frenetic pace, the locations, the horror and suspense, and the tension racked soundtrack, plus it is very moving in certain places. Although this is Danny Boyle's and Alex Garland's first sci-fi/horror film, they have touched upon horror elements before, with the dark and psychological comedy crime thriller - 'Shallow Grave' (also featuring Christopher Eccleston).

I must admit that I'm a sucker for these modern day British horror films, whether they're straight horror, or with a strong comedy element to them, for example: 'Dog Soldiers', 'Severance', 'Shaun Of The Dead', 'The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse' and 'The Descent'. This is an outstanding modern day horror/zombie flick, that I can't recommend highly enough.


Let's Make This Precious: The Best Of Dexys Midnight Runners
Let's Make This Precious: The Best Of Dexys Midnight Runners
Price: £5.00

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 26 May 2006
If you wanted to you could be very petty and easily find fault with this, after all, there's no 'Dance Stance', 'Keep It', 'All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)', 'Old' and 'Liars A To E', but let's face it, if you were to put every outstanding Dexy's song on a compilation there would be no need for their albums. In fact when you stop to think about it you realise that this compilation has been very well put together with a lot of love and care (I believe the great man Kevin Rowland had a big say as to what went on this). There's the hits, the much loved album tracks, a couple of excellent live recordings and even two new tracks - including 'Manhood', which on a personal note I can so relate to. So whether you're a casual fan or a diehard, there's something here for everyone.

Also whilst listening to this again recently, it struck me how contempory their sound is at the moment, because if you're into bands like Kaiser Chiefs, Hard-Fi and The Ordinary Boys, you would love the tracks lifted from 'Searching For The Young Soul Rebels' plus all the other early 80's big brass tunes like 'Show Me' and 'Plan B' etc. Also if you're into bands like The Feeling and The Magic Numbers, you may like the more melodic and mellow sounds of 'Too-Rye-Ay' and 'Don't Stand Me Down'.


Doctor Who - The Hand of Fear [DVD] [1976]
Doctor Who - The Hand of Fear [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.99

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk to the Hand (4.5 Stars), 23 May 2006
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It is not surprising that this classic four-parter is coming out on DVD soon, what with the recently aired 'School Reunion' episode. It gives the BBC a chance to cash in on the younger fans who want to know more about Sarah's departure.

This is written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin who also penned the excellent 'The Sontaran Experiment'. It is set on modern day Earth, where the Tardis lands in a quarry where a controlled explosion is just about to take place. The Doctor and Sarah get caught in it, but it is Sarah who gets trapped underneath the rubble, where she comes across a fossilised hand. Sarah then gets pulled out by the Doctor and taken to the local hospital for observation where she becomes more and more hypnotised by the hand. Sarah, clutching the hand, travels to the nuclear research and development complex where the hand soaks up the radiation from the reactor core to then evolve into a female Alien lifeforce etc.

The extras on this DVD include: a commentary featuring Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Judith Paris (Eldrad), Bob Baker (co-writer) and Philip Hinchcliffe (Producer), plus a 50 minute documentary about the changing relationship of the Doctor and Sarah.

This is good solid entertainment that is gripping and full of tension. Thoroughly recommended.


Collected - The Best Of Massive Attack : Greatest Hits
Collected - The Best Of Massive Attack : Greatest Hits
Price: £3.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class, 9 April 2006
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Groundbreaking 90's Trip Hop act Massive Attack have finally put together a 'best of' spanning 1990 - 2006. The remaining two members of the band, Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall helped compile this themselves. This collection captures the highlights of the band's career and includes: 'Safe From Harm', 'Unfinished Sympathy', 'Protection', 'Angel', 'Teardrop' and new single 'Live With Me' featuring, yet again guest vocalist Terry Callier, bringing Massive Attack back to a more soulful sound like in their early days. In fact, 'Live With Me' has the same kind of chilled out, soulful groove as Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy'. So to sum up, a fine body of work with great artwork on the front cover, and definitely an essential purchase.


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