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Daniel J. McCormick "crowtrobot1" (Madison, WI USA)

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Dangermouse - The Great Bone Idol [DVD] [1981]
Dangermouse - The Great Bone Idol [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ Dangermouse
Offered by alan30965
Price: £5.63

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A possible collector's item to watch for!, 28 Oct. 2001
Dangermouse collectors will be interested in this DVD. Not only does it have the second Dangermouse pilot (the first is currently lost), but some versions of the DVD are circulating with its original title, "The Tower of Terror." The title was changed due to the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, but some copies of the original version were already pressed.
For American fans, the DVD is enjoyable enough, and I had a lot of fun watching the Duckula episode. Unfortunately, the producers should have tried to keep the episodes in their original format. I just hate the re-edited titles with the truncated theme song & the exceptionally out-of-place shot of DM being menaced by a spider. They also cut the end titles short, not only depriving numerous Cosgrove staffers of the credit that they richly deserved, but it also clips short the narrator's hilarious end-of-credit ramblings. Moreover, they removed the cliffhanger & recap bits from the two-parters. Please, leave the show as it was. The cliffhangers are as integral to Dangermouse stories as they were to Bullwinkle stories.
I also wish they could insert alternate versions containing the North American versions, where Stilleto's voice was more intelligible, relying less on derogatory Italian stereotypes for humor.

Family Guy - Season 1 [1999] [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 1 [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Price: £2.47

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Underrated in the USA, 18 Oct. 2001
Meet Peter Griffin: A father who is so unaware, he mistakes a bowl of Cheerioes for an ominous serving of alphabet soup. Created by animator and voice artist Seth McFarlane (who actually missed a scheduled flight on 9/11, which later crashed into the WTC), this series never got a fair shake from Fox after it was moved out of the Sunday night time-slot. Nice to see the UK stepping up to bat on this great comedy series.

The Two Ronnies: The Best Of The Two Ronnies [DVD]
The Two Ronnies: The Best Of The Two Ronnies [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ronnie Barker

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fine compilation of the mighty Ronnies!, 13 Oct. 2001
If you enjoyed the Two Ronnies broadcasts on PBS in the 80's, then you'll definitely enjoy this compilation. It captures the Ronnies at their best, with elegantly simple sketches, wonderful news gags, Ronnie Corbett's solo storytelling skills, and Mr. Barker's keen affection for comical wordplay. Sure, it is available on videotape for much less, but you WILL wear out the videotapes by constant re-watching. The DVD will save you the bother of purchasing a second copy. It's extremely funny & witty! Here's wishing that someone in the UK could release the whole series on DVD's, and thus preserve the integrity of each particular episode from the show's 12-season run.

Acoustic And Intimate [Australian Import]
Acoustic And Intimate [Australian Import]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £47.65

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique experience for fans of The Church, 15 Dec. 2000
This CD gives us an acoustical array of passages from Steve Kilbey's 20+ years in music. Hear some of the earliest works that he ever came up with, like the fragmented version of the Lou Reed-influenced "Scyscraper Carnivore." (Note how the title became a textual motif in Kilbey's 1997 collaborative effort, The Refo:Mation.) Kilbey wisely selects songs not only from his career with the Church, but also from his lesser-known solo efforts, as exemplified by "Limbo." Kilbey seems especially proud of "Providence", which was created in conjunction with Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens for the first Jack Frost LP. Ever the advocate for artistic enigmas, Kilbey revisits "Under the Milky Way", the chart-topping song that the band has distanced itself from in recent years. A must-have for "Seancers", and an excellent introduction to one of the most literate songwriters and compelling voices of our age.

Santa Who? (2000) [DVD]
Santa Who? (2000) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leslie Nielsen
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £1.17

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A sad waste of great comic talent, 11 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Santa Who? (2000) [DVD] (DVD)
A promising film that fails to deliver. Not only does Leslie "Naked Gun" Nielsen appear as Santa, but Steve Smith of the US "Red Green" show had a supporting role. Sadly, they are but ancillary players (Smith's role was sadly unnecessary), playing second fiddle to a bachelor who argues with his girlfriend's son about the existence of Santa. The son is not very endearing as the faithful child, and many plot points are unnecessarily delayed. (Can we say "idiot plot?") Nielsen's comic potential is needlessly squandered. Red Green fans would never accept that their hero could be overcome by Tommy "In Living Color" Davidson, who plays an oversized elf.

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