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Shadow Squad [DVD]
Shadow Squad [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Williams
Price: 7.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am terrible at reviewing items, but I'll try, 2 Dec 2013
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I didn't know what to expect when I bought this (which debuted over 30 years before I was born), though I've seen several other ITV series of the period. I found it to be quite decent. I admit the sets are a bit crude, and there is the rare/occasional technical fault (a couple stumbled lines, etc...was this show live?), but even so it's quite enjoyable. The writing is quite good, and the most of the cast are good too.

The four episodes on the disc consist of "Race Against Time" (Parts 1 & 2, written by Barry Baker) and "The Missing Cheese" (Parts 1 & 2, written by Lloyd Barclay), and these episodes are from 1957. These episodes obviously come from telerecordings, and these prints could do with some restoration (there are noticeable scratches at the start of each episode). Even so they are quite watchable.

It's a shame only four episodes survive, but even so, at least there's something left to view, which isn't the case with many 1950s series.

The bonus features consist of the sole surviving episode of "Skyport" (from 1959), a spin-off featuring the "Ginger Smart" character. The premise of the show is interesting, and it's a shame there isn't more available to make a better judgement of the series. The tone of "Skyport" was quite different to "Shadow Squad" based on the episode.

I do hope Network releases more ITV series of the 1950s on DVD.


The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection - Volume 4 [DVD]
The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection - Volume 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Googie Withers
Price: 6.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm poor at reviewing DVDs, but I'll try, 6 Sep 2013
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A delightfully mixed bag.

On the one hand, "The Secret of the Loch" is a very cheaply made programmer with some unintentionally memorable special effects. On the other hand, "The Loves of Joanna Godden" is a well-made period drama with an interesting script and some nice photography.

"Birds of Prey" was filmed in 1930, and has some of the faults typically associated with films made in that year, particularly those that were based on plays. Still, it is interesting from a historical standpoint. "Davy", a 1950s film made in colour, suffers from a script that is under-written, but Harry Secombe (playing a music hall entertainer) does his best with the weak material.

So, while this isn't the strongest of the "Ealing Studios Rarities" DVDs, it is nevertheless still of interest.


The Arthur Haynes Show - Volume Two [DVD]
The Arthur Haynes Show - Volume Two [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arthur Haynes
Price: 12.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, however, 5 April 2013
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Entertaining if predictable comedy. The episodes aired in 1961, and run around 23-25 minutes. I actually like most of the music segments, particularly the pianist who appears in six of the episodes (whatever happened to him?). Picture quality is OK but not great (what else would you expect for 1961 telerecordings?).

My only complaint is that some of the sketches are very similar to each other. However, the later volumes see the writing improving considerably.


Emergency Ward 10 Volume 2 [DVD]
Emergency Ward 10 Volume 2 [DVD]
Price: 23.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good series, 1 Dec 2012
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It's a shame many episodes are lost, but the surviving episodes are really fun to watch. Well-produced, quality soap opera.

Discs 1-3 are early 1960s, disc 4 contains some surviving 1964 episodes. A storyline involving a teacher hitting a teenage student with a ruler provides some historical interest. Episode 724 (disc 4) is extra-noteworthy....television's first ever inter-racial kiss!


Ridin' the Wind - The Anthology
Ridin' the Wind - The Anthology
Price: 11.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Before my time, 19 Oct 2010
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Lot's of good tracks here. Unlike some other reviewers, I liked the handful of vocal tracks. Even the re-writes of "Telstar" like "Life on Venus" and "Globetrotter" are very good. Many otherwise "meh" songs are made special by Joe Meek's wonderful productions.


The Best Of Chubby Checker: 1959-1963
The Best Of Chubby Checker: 1959-1963
Offered by soulsearchingplus
Price: 8.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Happy Music, 31 May 2010
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Much of what's here is fine, catchy pop-rock aimed directly at the teenagers of the 1960s. That means it's technically "dated", but the joyous nature of these songs transcends it's time, while remaining a time machine for the nostalgic. There are many highlights on this compilation, which features excellent remastered sound quality.


Centipede / Reaction
Centipede / Reaction
Price: 10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 31 May 2010
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Rebbie Jackson didn't have a great voice in the strict sense, but her vocals here are appealing and fit the songs. Musically it's typical 1980s pop/R&B, with some soul and bubblegum added for variety. Many of the tracks were co-written by members of the Jackson family, which should add appeal for fans of "The Jacksons". Some of the tracks are excellent, and all of it sounds at least good. Sound quality is good if unspectacular.

Overall, I'd easily recommend this for those curious about the musical output of this often-forgotten singer.


Big Brother Jermaine - The Jermaine Jackson Collection
Big Brother Jermaine - The Jermaine Jackson Collection
Price: 5.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value for the Price, 17 April 2010
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Good compilation of songs by the talented vocalist. Ranging from catchy dance-floor fillers, to slick ballads, to a few unexpected novelties ("Let Me Tickle Your Fancy"), this collection is a good start to those wanting a sampling of this prolific artists work. One can only wish, though, that his entire discography will be re-issued one day. Until then, this will do.


Live a Little.../Trouble With Girls/Change of Habit/Charro: Double Feature/Original Soundtracks
Live a Little.../Trouble With Girls/Change of Habit/Charro: Double Feature/Original Soundtracks
Price: 6.03

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag, 26 Aug 2009
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This CD combines the songs from Elvis' last few movies, which had noticably less songs in them than his pervious films (in fact, "Charro!" only had one song in it, played during the opening credits). Nevertheless, and disregarding the films box office performances, there are some good songs here. "Almost" and "Almost in Love" are Elvis trying his hand at being a pop-crooner, and work better than you'd expect. "A Little Less Conversation", in a very different mix than the two versions on this disc, would chart in the Top 10 in much of the world decades later. "Edge of Reality" is the only psychedelic-type song Elvis would ever record, and it ain't half-bad. Even songs as fluffy as "Have a Happy" and "Let's be Friends" are listenable, even if they are far from his best. Admittedly there is some stuff that only the most dedicated Elvis fans will desire (case in point being "Signs Of The Zodiac", which barely features Elvis at all), but considering it's dire reputation, a suprisingly amount of this is not only worth listening but also worth owning.
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The Best Of Ringo Starr: The Christmas Collection - 20th Century Masters
The Best Of Ringo Starr: The Christmas Collection - 20th Century Masters
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 7.86

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Not all that bad, 22 July 2009
The whole idea of Ringo Starr performing Christmas songs may seem a little odd, but the result is surprisingly decent. The well-known Christmas standards chosen fit within his vocal range and the originals, co-penned by Ringo (under his real name, "Richard Starkey") are quite enjoyable. As the previous reviewer notes, Ringo also performs a solo version of the legendary "Beatles Christmas" song "Christmas Time is Here Again", which here features a full and lively arrangement. Musically, it's what you'd expect: Ringo rocks on "Come On Christmas, Christmas Come On", is soft on "Christmas Eve", while the final track on the album, "Pax Um Biscum (Peace Be With You)" sounds influenced by The Beatles experiments in Indian-based music. This album, first released in 1999 was out-of-print for a while, but seems to of been re-issued under the "20th Century Masters" series, and has also finally come back in print in the US as well.

I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who likes both Ringo Starr and Christmas music.


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