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Groucho a Life in Review [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Groucho a Life in Review [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £9.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Roy Abramsohn is the new Harpo - and Chico - But Ferrante is Groucho, 23 Sept. 2013
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First the problems/disappointments with the DVD. This is a TV broadcast which shows essentially highlights of the full show. Or at least it feels like highlights. There's obvious breaks where the action cuts from one scene in the show to another. You can tell where the breaks for adverts would have been. That's not so bad but it would be better to have an uncut show.

The script is, well it's a Broadway show so it's going to be a bit theatrical - you know, by definition. But that isn't a bad thing...

The major positives are the performances by the lead actors. Ferrante has already established himself a great performer of Groucho, but it's more than that. He naturally goes through all the ages of Groucho and the further he goes into the role he almost becomes him.

But the real revelation is Roy Abramsohn, who gives not one but two stunning support performances. Although he doesn't really look like either brother he gives both roles an emotional resonance that makes you feel like he is them

So, although this is probably only going to be really be purchased by people who are into Harpo, Chico, Groucho and maybe Zeppo, there should be enough there for other people to have a look if the chance comes to them. Or even buy, if the price is right...

Icons of Science Fiction: Toho Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Icons of Science Fiction: Toho Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Price: £6.22

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4.0 out of 5 stars Remember, You are Watching A Giant Moth and A Lot of Slime..., 27 Jun. 2013
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The other reviewers are right about the packaging. Although the cover is pretty nice the dvd's themselves are stacked one on top of the other. You'll need to be careful taking them out or they are going to get scratched pretty quickly...

Thankfully the content more than makes up. The picture quality is excellent on each movie. The films come in English and Japanese cuts so you can play the traditional "they cut what?' game. The commentaries provided by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski match the ones they have previously provided for the Classic Media Toho releases. It's a pity their commentaries are only on the English versions but they have included clips from interviews they've done with some of the cast members. There is no commentary on H-Man but...

...but look, these are movies where giant moths save tiny singing twins, where astronauts fight aliens by having huge laser fights in the distant future of 1965, and where blobs of slime eat people. What more do you want?

End of Part One - The Complete Series [DVD]
End of Part One - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Denise Coffey
Price: £19.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The alternative before alternative comedy, 25 Mar. 2013
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It is often the case when watching a t.v. show you haven't seen since you were a child that the reality won't match the expectation. Either the sets look awful, or the politics and attitudes are from another time, or it just isn't funny.

My memory of End of Part One was that of a main stream show that edged towards anarchy, a daytime comedy that wasn't a kids show. The older I've got the more I remember it as a link between Monty Python and Alexei Sayle, a schoolboy introduction to alternative comedy, as the title of this review indicates.

By and large that is what you get. Written by Renwick and Marshall (co writers of The Burkiss Way and Alexei Sayle's Stuff - see there is a connection) the humour is a mix of innuendo, experimentation and satire. Jokes at the expense of Enoch Powell, religion, nuclear war and Thatcher are mixed in with Sue Holderness in a corset and the traditional men in dresses.

There are a couple of jokes that remind you that race/sex/gay rights were still had a long way to go but in general the sketches take the mickey of those who are racist/sexist/homophobic. This is not the worse excesses of Milligan but rather closer to the miss-hits The Young Ones would occasionally make.

The second series is better than the first, there are a couple of bits that clunk rather than hit, and the lack of extras is disappointing but not unexpected. That being said though, in general this DVD far exceeded my expectations and hasn't ruined my memories. I still think EOPO is one of the most underrated sketch shows there's ever been.

Answer Me This
Answer Me This
by Helen Zaltzman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars More questions answered than a pub brawl between the Eggheads and the Chasers, 30 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Answer Me This (Paperback)
I recently became addicted to Helen and Olly's podcast and in an effort to ensure they are able to buy more Chupa Chup lollies I decided to buy this book. I was worried that the pages inside would contain nothing more than the random telephone messages of their more deranged listeners. I can happily report that this is not the case. Instead you get pages filled with the same wit and wisdom that can be found their damn fine show. Unfortunately it does not tell me who would win in a fight between Anne Hegerty and Daphne Fowler. Maybe they'll answer me that another time...

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