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Dead Ringers - Series 1 [DVD] [2002]
Dead Ringers - Series 1 [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Kevin Connelly
Price: 3.57

4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious impersonations-based sketch show, 5 May 2012
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This 1-disc set contains the full first series (5 programs) + Pilot episode + Christmas Special (labeled as program 6 on the menu) with a total running time of nearly 2.5 hours.

I couldn't agree more with the Daily Mail credit cited on the box :"... a mastery mix of impersonations and top-notch writing."

With each episode containing dozens of excellent short sketches the LOL moments come in a hazardous pace.

The actors simply shine in their impersonations, and although based on some ten years or older events and TV-shows, it hasn't aged a bit thanks to the superb writing.

Here's just a fraction to be mentioned::

Dr. Who (mainly candid camera very funny outdoors sketches)
"- How much is it?
- 45p!
- Have you got change of a Galifrean Zonk?"
George Bush (with some of the funniest sketches I've ever seen) & Saddam Hussein
Tony Blair, the Queen, Michael Buerk, Ozzy Osbourne,So-called TV chefs Nigella Lawson, Delia Smith ,Jamie Oliver,
Darth Vader (warned about the use of Tabasco - "Don't underestimate the power of the sauce") & Obi Wan Kenobi,
Gandalf & Frodo Baggins ,Prof. Ryan (Silent Witness), Hyacinth Bucket,
Russell Crowe /Gladiator as John Nash (Sorry - Maximus Calculus Decimalus)
and many others.

My only quibble is the total lack of extras and the fact that the subtitles are far from being exact transcript, with large chunks missing and many changes, which for me made it almost useless and I had to turn them off.
The pilot episode is not subtitled at all.

Overall highly recommended. Such a pity later series aren't available on DVD.

John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982]
John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Kurt Russell
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, well made and acted pre-CGI Sci-Fi/Horror movie., 1 May 2012
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First of all I must confess that I'm:

A. Far from being a horror movies fan.
B. Haven't seen the movie at the time it was released (although I was a perfect potential 17 year old viewer at the time).

The reason I ordered and watched it is I do like Sci-Fi movies, and I happened to read a very favorable review about the commentary in this DVD. I'm very happy with the order and enjoyed watching it along with all the extras.

This 30 year old movie can hardly compete with today's SFX and CGI magic, but with good story line, good actors and a fine atmosphere and tense it really manages to grip the viewer from start to finish.

Encouraged by the success of Alien three years earlier, comes this somewhat similar movie, with a twist - where the monster is a shape-shifting/ imitating creature and the isolated environment is Antarctica rather than a faraway spaceship, and not even a single woman is seen along the movie...

The movie is very serious with almost no humorous moments.

For me the highlight of this DVD was the Extras:
A very interesting and well made 80 minutes(!) behind the scenes documentary featuring Carpenter, Russell and many of the actors and production team. The documentary is subtitled as is the main feature.
The feature length commentary track with the director (John Carpenter) and Kurt Russell is priceless, and anyone interested in the art of making movies will find many insights and eyeopener references there.
It seems that Carpenter took very seriously preparing the commentary, and watched the movie prior to recording it, which results in fluent,non-stop and perfect timing. The commentary is not subtitled.
It also has many humorous moments in contrast with the total lack of them in the movie itself.
There are 4 minutes of outtakes, but none of them is essential, and they're not funny as one may expect (e.g: an actor that is supposed to play dead blinks, or a dog that should run like hell suddenly stops and looks back.)

Overall very nice DVD experience largely thanks to the extras' added-value.

Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD]
Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Second Season [DVD]
Dvd ~ Torri Higginson
Price: 26.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good season presented in a boxset loaded with excellent extras., 25 April 2012
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With the welcome addition of Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex in Episode 3 (Runner) SGA continues the successful tradition of top notch SF action with many humorous moments and probably bigger budget well spent...

Regarding the extras - they're excellent and abundant.

Fluent and non-stop commentaries are presented on all 20 episode in various combinations of writers, directors, actors and other staff, and for the first time the commentaries are also subtitled! Thanks!
On them, they tend to share us with lots of interesting behind the scenes info, and with almost no dull moment.

Featurettes include, among others, a 20 minutes profile on Paul McGillion (disc 2), a 20 Minutes profile on David Hewlett (disc 3),a 15 minutes intro about Ronon's character (disc 4) and an 18 minutes "SGA: Stunts".

Some nice and subtitled Mission Directives on selected episodes.

A small and nice booklet with episode summaries and special features info is also present.

Overall it's apparent that they've put a lot of effort in order to present a joyful experience to all the fans.

Highly recommended.

Stargate Atlantis - Season 1 [DVD]
Stargate Atlantis - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joe Flanigan
Price: 25.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable "fiction science", 22 April 2012
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Yes, it does tend to resolve complex and sometimes hopeless situations with almost a snap of a finger,
Yes, it doesn't take itself too seriously (and that's some of its charm),
yes, it has its ups and downs,
yes, you may say it is more fiction science than science fiction,
and yes, I STILL LOVE to watch it, with all it's well done special effects, villains, story lines, and original ideas.

I won't elaborate on the content, as I believe potential buyers have already seen most of it.
I'll just try to complete the missing data that doesn't seem to appear neither on the Product Details on Amazon nor on the boxset or accompanied booklet and nor in the previous reviews I've read here.

I,personally, find it highly interesting, especially on heavy loaded movie magic productions, to have behind the scenes information given in the form of featurettes and commentaries.

This boxset has some good ones, but I've removed one star to differentiate it from later seasons where it got better and better, culminating in season 4,where all episodes have commentaries (with subtitles !!!).

In this boxset one or two episodes at most on each disc have commentaries, and they are generally very good and well presented. None of them are subtitled.

These are their details:

Disc 1
Episodes 1&2 Rising
Martin Wood (Director) & Joe Flanigan (Sheppard)

Disc 2
Episode 6 Childhood's End
Martin Gero (Writer), Rachel Luttrell (Teila) & Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Ford)
With some long silences and not so well prepared, this is the least memorable commentary, but still has it's good moments.

Disc 3
Episodes 10+11 (The Storm + The Eye 2-parter)
Martin Wood, Martin Gero & David Hewlett (Dr. McKay)
Episode 12 - The Defiant One
Peter De-Luise (Writer & Director) & Dan Shea (Actor & Stunt coordinator)

Disc 4
Episode 13 Hot Zone
Martin Gero (Writer), Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks & Paul McGillion (Dr. Becket)

Disc 5
Episode 18 The Gift
Peter De-Luise (Director) & Gary Jones (The Actor that plays the SGC "Chevron Guy" - Walter Harriman)
A very joyful and wacky at times commentary with the best part IMHO is the cool story about Rainbow Sun Francks' audition (at around minute 30 of the episode).

Episodes 19+20 (The Siege 1+2)
Martin Wood, Martin Gero & David Hewlett

Overall highly recommended, but with shipping costs accumulating when ordering separate seasons consider buying the complete season 1-5 boxset.

Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD]
Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD]
Dvd ~ Amanda Tapping
Price: 25.35

5.0 out of 5 stars That's how a DVD box set should be produced., 16 April 2012
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Regarding the episodes (20 spanned over 5 DVD's) - I believe any fan of the Stargate franchise will be generally pleased, as they keep the good tradition of fine action packed and entertaining episodes, with Wraith, Replicators, some SG-1 crossovers and more.

I think one of the things I like best in this franchise is the fine blend of the producers both taking themselves very seriously and very lightly, resulting in superb entertainment.

This blend finds it's way both to the episodes and the stories and both to all the extra features available on the box set. There are insightful and at times very funny behind the scenes featurettes.

Disc 2 contains 7 minutes of bloopers (for the first time) and each and every disc has some more fine featurettes.

All (!) the episodes have commentary tracks that are sometimes very interesting.
There are English subtitles for all the episodes AND featurettes AND commentaries(!), with the latter containing also who says what (as usually there's more than one commentator). This is simply great - I wish it was a standard option on other DVD productions - thumbs up!

There's also a nice booklet with the summaries of all episodes and special features on all discs, including, for the first time, details of commentators for each episode.

Overall superb boxset - highly recommended.

The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes: Over 10000 Gems of Wit and Wisdom, One-liners and Wisecracks (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes: Over 10000 Gems of Wit and Wisdom, One-liners and Wisecracks (Mammoth Books)
by Geoff Tibballs
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extensive contemporary (2004) and consistently good collection, 27 Mar 2012
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This collection is more electronic media oriented than other similar books, with the introduction acknowledging dozens of TV shows for their contribution to it. Less emphasis on quotations from the fields of Politics, Literature, History, Poetry and so on.

Needless to say, there's nothing wrong with that...

Although published in the UK it has a slightly more American aroma to it.

For example, it has dozens of quotes from the likes of The Simpsons, Rita Rudner, Jay Leno, SNL, Seinfeld, MASH whereas contributors such as Lewis Carroll or Lord Byron have no foothold here, as they do have in the Oxford Humorous Quotations Dictionary, where almost none of the aforementioned contributors appears.

It does, however, contain many quotations from "Monolithic" contributors like Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill and many others that no worthy compilation can do without.

Content : 5/5
Most quotes are consistently funny and of good quality.

Indexing: 4/5
Thematic 20 page table of contents and a contributors index at the end. No keyword index and no numbering for quotes on page for easy reference.

Extra Info: 4/5
Rare and minimal extra info such as on who/ to whom / on what occasion.

Overall a very good book. If you consider only purchasing one or two quotation books this should be high on your options list.

Classic Rock Legends: Van Der Graaf Generator [DVD] [2011]
Classic Rock Legends: Van Der Graaf Generator [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Van Der Graaf Generator

5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming 2011 Live VDGG trio performance., 13 Mar 2012
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A heart warming Live performance from 2011 of VDGG in their latest trio Line-up(Peter Hammill,Hugh Banton, Guy Evans)

The sound and picture quality are excellent and since it was taken in a very small room with a small crowd of around 100 squeezed people it feels like actually attending some intimate nightclub performance.

The experience is also very special for the players, as they mention in the interview.

The show runs for about 90 minutes in 1 continuous go with a song selection feature on the DVD that allows for direct access to each song.

The songs performed are:

Interference Patterns (TRISECTOR 2008)
Nutter Alert (PRESENT 2005)
Your Time Starts Now (A GROUNDING IN NUMBERS 2011)
Lemmings (PAWN HEARTS 1971)
Lifetime (TRISECTOR 2008)
Childlike Faith in Childhood's End (STILL LIFE 1976)
Over the Hill (TRISECTOR 2008)
(We Are) Not Here (TRISECTOR 2008)
Man-erg (PAWN HEARTS 1971)

There is also a very nice 16 minutes "interview" (no interviewer is actually seen/heard) with Evans, Hammill and Banton from 2011 where they speak of their reunion and musicianship and their latest 2011 studio album.

Overall an excellent production from Classic Rock Magazine.

Mind you, I can see now (December 2012 update) that there's an even better package here on Amazon, apparently of the same performance, containing both a DVD and 2 CD's:Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios London [2CD+DVD].

Second Life Syndrome
Second Life Syndrome
Price: 15.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 21st century Prog with some very gentle touches of Metal, 7 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Second Life Syndrome (Audio CD)
Classifying Riverside as Prog metal may put off potential PROG listeners that can very hardly digest (like me) METAL elements such as growling and very aggressive guitars , but these are not to be found here.

The occasional high pitched voice and aggressive guitars are very scarce and serve rather like spice that blends perfectly with the otherwise gentle and melodic but never dull music.

The melodic yet complex album is the kind that cannot be instantly liked, but rather after repeated listening - as is so typical to really good Progressive music.

You may look at my other review to their fourth and IMHO best album to read a bit more.

After repeated listening to the first four albums, they easily jumped to the top of the list of my favorite Prog bands.

Metal fans will probably find little interest here and raise an eyebrow at their being called Metal at all.

Highly recommended to any Progressive Rock fans.

Anno Domini High Definition
Anno Domini High Definition
Price: 15.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album - much more Prog than Metal., 6 Mar 2012
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Riverside are probably much more suited for those who come from Progressive Rock background than Metal.

Their fourth studio album is the first that I've come across, and the more I listen to it the more I'm hooked. Simply great. Their first (OUT OF MYSELF) and second (SECOND LIFE SYNDROME) are also great albums, with the third (RAPID EYE MOVEMENT) very slightly weaker. I still think ADHD is their best so far.

Even though they're from Poland, they sing in English and usually in "normal" voice with only a few high-pitched moments and with no apparent foreign accent which sometimes is a deterrent with non-English bands.

Lot's of moods and moving from light to heavy but always highly melodic and complex.

I think that classifying them or comparing them to other bands doesn't serve them good, as they really have a unique sound, so I won't, however, in order to give you some direction if you haven't heard them yet - I'll just say that my usual taste in Prog is quite "conservative", meaning : Symphonic,Italian,Folk,Heavy,Canterbury and so on and much less the Metal related sub genres.

After ordering I discovered there's a version that comes with a Live DVD so consider ordering that one instead if you're about to order.

Overall great 21st century Prog.
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The Naked Truth [DVD]
The Naked Truth [DVD]
Dvd ~ Terry-Thomas
Price: 4.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Fine and farcical slightly black 50's British comedy., 3 Mar 2012
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I was introduced to this film as a Sellers fan and wasn't disappointed. The other leading actors also gave fine performances.

The plot revolves around a blackmail and consequently murder plots that get entangled.

The pace is quite quick for a 50's film.

If you liked Ealing Studios' "The Lady Killers" you'll probably like this film as well, that has a faster tempo but slightly less finespun.

I don't consider it to be a masterpiece, however it's well made and very funny at times.

Thankfully pretty well English subtitled with only a short trailer as an extra.

If for some reason you're not up to watching it all, don't miss the ending scene, as it's one of the best LOL endings without giving anything away.

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