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Doctor Who - The Time Warrior [1973] [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Time Warrior [1973] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £5.95

4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 28 Jan. 2016
The Time Warrior is an intriguing tale about a space warrior who crash lands on earth during the Middle Ages, and it introduced two memorable characters in Sarah-Jane Smith and the Sontaran Linx. I particularly enjoyed the verbal jousting between 'primitive' Irongron and 'toad face' Linx which was both colourful and amusing in equal measure.
Jon Pertwee is one of the all-time great Doctors; he had an unruffled dignity, always maintaining the right balance between drama and humour (not all of them did) while Sarah-Jane is fiesty, smart and likeable. The Sontarans were clever and ruthless and in some ways (such as being able to climb stairs) even more dangerous than Daleks.
The Time Warrior is a clever, well written story and one of a handful i'd bother to watch a second time.


Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark series in 'Who' history., 4 Dec. 2015
Perhaps the most iconic of all Doctor Who stories and the one that established Tom Baker as one of the two or three best Doctors if not the best. It also introduced the key villain of all time, Davros the creator of the monstrous Daleks.
The story, production (on VT in those days) and dialogue are all excellent and the 'dream team' of Baker and Sarah-Jane really hit their stride after their rather flippant early appearances together.
Whether you prefer the early years or the new rebooting, William Hartnell or David Tennant, 'Genesis Of The Daleks' is a must-see for all fans of all ages.


Doctor Who: Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who
Doctor Who: Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who
by Justin Richards
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.43

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for beginners., 22 Aug. 2015
As a non - Who addict i found this the ideal guide to his first 50 years. All the Doctors, his companions, his enemies and most memorable adventures are profiled, and it's easy to read without being bogged-down by minute detail and geeky trivia. The author doesn't allow their personal preferences to show although my own favourite Doctor Tom Baker comes in for particular praise.
Lavishly illustrated throughout, there are also some cracking drawings of each Doctor and his adversaries; in fact this book is so attractive looking i found it hard to put it down.


Diesel-Hydraulics in the 1960s and 1970s
Diesel-Hydraulics in the 1960s and 1970s
by John Jennison
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Seen it all before., 27 Feb. 2015
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Disappointingly for me, almost every photo in this book has been widely available to view online for years now. A nice book for the beginner but i certainly wouldn't reccomend it to anyone who's looking for previously unseen material. 'Heyday Of The Hydraulics' by Hugh Dady is far better.


Saturday Night Fever [DVD]
Saturday Night Fever [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Price: £3.54

4.0 out of 5 stars Of its time but not dated, 11 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Saturday Night Fever [DVD] (DVD)
A bored Italian-American kid dreams of being the next Al Pacino and lives out his fantasies on the dance floor. Directed with great style and panache, "Saturday Night Fever" abounds with snappy dialogue and perfectly captures the Disco craze before it was killed by a thousand mickey-takes and bad imitations.
The sountrack is truly iconic, and although not a disco fan songs like "How Deep Is Your Love" and "More Than a Woman" are gorgeous, while "Disco Inferno" maybe the definitive anthem of the era.


British Railways Diesel Hydraulic Locomotives The Western regions always Different
British Railways Diesel Hydraulic Locomotives The Western regions always Different
by DAVIES G
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars What's this?, 14 Dec. 2013
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A cheap looking pamphlet containing a few poorly reproduced photos printed on low-grade paper. Not worth more than about 50p i'd say.


Hippie
Hippie
by Barry Miles
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Halcyon daze., 19 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Hippie (Paperback)
Firstly, full marks to the author for avoiding the mistake of so many books about 'The Sixties' ie lazily lumping together the early and latter parts of that decade when in fact they were vastly different times. Miles correctly identifies the counter culture era as lasting from 1965-1971 with 1966-67 being its peak, before Haight-Ashbury became a tourist attraction and the hippie movement slid into mainstream self-parody.
I like the book's format - a series of short essays which makes it more readable than one long, rambling text, and i think that the choice and reproduction quality of the photos is first class. How refreshing to see full page colour pictures of obscure bands like Tomorrow and Soft Machine rather than yet another Beatles/Stones retread.
Anyone who was around back then will love this book for being such a vivid reminder of those times, while anyone who wasn't will probably wish they had been.


Western Renaissance - DVD - Globe Video
Western Renaissance - DVD - Globe Video

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grand finale, 11 Oct. 2013
Absolutely loved this look at the Class 52s in their final years. Westerns come and go from Reading, criss-cross the West Country and haul fan specials as far as York and Crewe. There are also rides behind D1001 and D1043 (warning: the latter is so loud it'll blow your ears off!).
100% in colour and almost entirely original sound - i cannot recommend this dvd highly enough.


Western Legacy - DVD - Globe Video
Western Legacy - DVD - Globe Video

5.0 out of 5 stars Western heaven !, 11 Oct. 2013
Westerns were, and still are probably the most handsome and popular diesel class of all time and this stunning dvd contains some of the best sound and footage i've ever seen of them. Enjoy Westerns storming through Reading General, thrashing out of Bristol Temple Meads, a pristine, maroon D1048 at Cardiff, and hordes of boys in parkas 'spotting' them at Plymouth.
Not only that, but a plethora of Warships and Hymeks in all kinds of liveries and a fascinating glimpse of Swindon works in 1967. This is a truly great nostalgia fest for hydraulic fans and you can choose to watch it with or without commentary.
Highly recommended.


Quatermass 2 [DVD] [1957]
Quatermass 2 [DVD] [1957]
Dvd ~ Brian Donlevy
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £14.97

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A British sci fi classic, 24 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Quatermass 2 [DVD] [1957] (DVD)
"Quatermass 2" is that rarest of beasts - a sequel that is a lot better than the first - and although it's nigh on six decades old and the monsters could've been made on Blue Peter, it has stood the test of time thanks to a really gripping story.
What makes Q2 chillingly efective is that the sinister plot takes place in tranquil, civilised 1950s England. What lurks inside those mysterious domes in the secretive government facility, and why is it being guarded by what appear to be British soldiers? What's causing the strange meteor showers, and what dark secret is being hidden by apparently stiff-upper-lip civil servants? All is not what it seems and the film ratchets up the suspense brilliantly.
Brian Donlevy plays the good scientist with a great sense of urgency, and praise also for Sid James in his only straight role. Interestingly, Quatermass 2 was made the same year the Soviets launched the world's fisrt satellite when paranoia was rife, and this could partly explain why it's more eerily creepy than many of the big budget ones that followed. I would go as far as to rate it the best British sci fi movie ever made.


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