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The Man Who Tried to Get Away
The Man Who Tried to Get Away
by Stephen Donaldson
Edition: Paperback

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second not fifth, 29 July 2004
The Amazon review is incorrect, this is not the 5th title in the Axbrewder series but the second. It was previously published under the pseudonym of Reed Stephens (forced by the original publisher), but is now being re-released under Stephen Donaldson's own name.
That being said, it's a decent read and I have enjoyed all of the books in this series. Brew is a very similar character to Thomas Covenant in many ways, particularly the mental anguish and guilt he puts himself through. Worth a read if you like Donaldson's other work, or if you like crime books with antiheroes.
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Six Feet Under : Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD]
Six Feet Under : Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Ball
Price: £13.90

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent relationship drama, 17 Jun 2004
I borrowed Six Feet Under from a friend. After I watched the first episode I nearly gave it back - the setting in a funeral home, with death and reconstruction of corpses being quite vividly show, can be very distasteful. What made me watch the second episodes, and keep watching, were the characters. They are superbly rawn and played, the characters are very strong and their interactions absolutely believable.
SFU is by turns funny, sad, shocking, fascinating and disgusting. It doesn't pull its punches very often, and there is a lot of swearing. It's not for kids either - I think some of the scenes could be very disturbing. With those warnings in mind, though, if you've a reasonably strong stomach it is a thoroughly absorbing show.


Babylon 5: Season 4 [DVD]
Babylon 5: Season 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jerry Doyle
Offered by A-2-B DVD
Price: £27.65

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, 17 Jun 2004
This review is from: Babylon 5: Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Babylon 5 is probably the best sci-fi series I've seen on TV - better than Star Trek which has some hokey PC nonsense and self-indulgence which mar it. While I agree with some of the criticisms about the resolution of the Shadow War in particular, it is still a fascinating political story played out by strong characters with a convincing futuristic backdrop.
It's true that the packaging is different; it's also true that you can level some criticisms at the show and pick a few holes in it. In the end, though, it's just 18 hours of great entertainment at a pretty reasonable price.


My Family - Series 1 [DVD] [2000]
My Family - Series 1 [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Robert Lindsay
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £10.29

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment, 21 May 2004
My Family is indeed one of the best sitcoms of recent years. It is essentially about the various tensions between the five very different characters within the Harper household, plus the odd ancillary character (such as Ben's dental - or should that be mental - assistant). The relationship between Ben and Susan (the parents) is generally the most interesting - the characters are more rounded, and of course both are excellent actors. Nick is entertaining, but rather one-dimensional.
The DVD quality is fine, I didn't spot any problems. There are 8 episodes on the one disc, but no extras at all, which is a bit of a shame. Four stars partly because of this and partly because it's good, but not quite top comedy.


The Best of Alex 2003
The Best of Alex 2003
by Charles Peattie
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex put through the mill, 15 Mar 2004
This review is from: The Best of Alex 2003 (Paperback)
Poor old Alex! This volume sees him put through the tribulations of redundancy and the ignominy of working as a headhunter, only assuaged by grinding Clive even further into the dirt. Entertaining as ever, the only problem is that the Alex books are always hard to get hold of. Even this one, a recent title, took several weeks to be delivered.


A Very Peculiar Practice: The Complete First Series [1986] [DVD]
A Very Peculiar Practice: The Complete First Series [1986] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison

3 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I've been harsh with the stars..., 15 Mar 2004
I hesitated between three and four stars but I've decided to be critical! The package is quite good - seven 50-minute episodes plus extras (some interviews - not very exciting - and two commentaries that I haven't tried yet) on two discs. The price is a bit steep, though.
The show itself is reasonably entertaining and there are some nice stories. Peter Davison is generally pretty good as Dr Daker, but most of the other characters overact horribly, especially the three other doctors. An honourable mention goes to John Bird, who plays a good Vice Chancellor.
Interesting side-note - a young Hugh Grant appears in one of the episodes!
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Drop The Dead Donkey: The Writers' Choice [DVD] [1990]
Drop The Dead Donkey: The Writers' Choice [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Neil Pearson
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £12.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too eclectic - let's have it all!, 2 Mar 2004
Living abroad and without access to Channel 4, it was over 10 years since I had seen Drop the Dead Donkey but I had fond memories. They had not been tempered by time; it is indeed a very funny programme. The six episodes and numerous other clips on this DVD are thoroughly enjoyable (although the sound quality is not 100%). I hope that this issue is successful enough to warrant a full release.


Canon MV650i Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 22xOptical DV-in/out]
Canon MV650i Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 22xOptical DV-in/out]

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, 13 Jan 2004
I spent ages researching camcorders and finally bought the MV650i. It is a super device, quite small but still perfectly usable by someone with largish hands (some of the upright camcorders are just too small). Screen and viewfinder are both good, and the 22x zoom is fantastic!
I think it's worth going for the 650i over the 600i or 630i, because it includes the longer zoom, a bigger battery (which easily lasts for a 90-minute squash game!) and the wide angle attachment (check the price for that on its own).
The software included is OK, and I had no trouble at all connecting it to the PC - the only caveat is that you need to buy the firewire cable separately.


Sex and the City: Complete HBO Season 5 [DVD]
Sex and the City: Complete HBO Season 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sarah Jessica Parker
Offered by Wharnmill Ltd
Price: £12.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still good, but have we had enough of a good thing?, 12 Jan 2004
Three stars may be a little harsh...I was hesitating between three and four. I really enjoy SATC - it's saucy and sassy, and season 5 is almost enjoyable as ever.
Unfortunately, this release has a few drawbacks: 1) only 8 episodes (yes, it's cheaper than the other series, but price per episode is still higher); 2) no extra features whatsoever on the DVDs; 3) the girls are getting a bit too old!
Personally, I think this series has run its course and it's time for the Next Big Thing.


Philips DVD728 Multi-region Capable DVD Player
Philips DVD728 Multi-region Capable DVD Player

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 6 Jan 2004
After much searching, I bought this DVD player as a Christmas present for my family. The price is very reasonable, it's a good brand and the unit looks attractive - it's quite slim, although it is wider than one might think necessary. It played the few DVDs we tried with no problems, and also coped very well with a CD of JPEG photos.
The remote control is well designed (although I still don't understand why they have number buttons on them), and it's easy enough for the older generation to understand! Philips also gets a gold star for including a SCART cable with this player, which is a significant hidden cost with most players. The only problem I had was that you have to connect the cable in a specific way - the ends are marked, but they could be clearer.
Overall, this was an excellent buy and thoroughly recommended as a good quality but very reasonably priced player.


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