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Endeavour: The Complete Second Series [DVD]
Endeavour: The Complete Second Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shaun Evans
Price: 11.97

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PAST TOUCH AND SIGHT AND SOUND, 22 April 2014
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This series is on a par with the best of the original Morse years, if not better. Shaun Evans & Roger Allam's relationship goes much deeper and has more drama than the Morse/Lewis relationship and I think this is the reason why many people seem to be favouring Endeavour over Morse more and more.
This series had many nods to the original Morse series, even copying camera angles and dialogue, but it is set apart from Morse because it only has occasional nods to the past/future and is a really exceptional drama in its own right. I stopped thinking about John Thaw after episode 2 of the first series. Shaun and the Endeavour team have been very clever in going back to the grit of the books and allowed themselves to not only enhance the original Morse episodes but also present a Morse who we feel we barely know, but who we are desperate to find out about. I really hope they carry on with making Endeavour, even if they just finish off the 1960s which would give us 3 more series at least. Still plenty of stories to tell and relationships to discover, especially Morse & Macnutt, who is mentioned twice in the last episode of this series.
A wonderful series, always keeping the audience guessing, never becoming too comfortable and filled with actors who are at the top of their game, especially Shaun, Roger, Anton, Abigail & Sean. 'Neverland' may be the most dramatic and moving episode in the entire canon. 'Like a bird set free, soars the delightful day . . . '

Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Definitive Collection (Series 1-13) [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Definitive Collection (Series 1-13) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Suchet
Offered by gameshop_fuerth
Price: 121.49

32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE POIROT FANS., 23 Nov 2013
With the certain knowledge that ITV commissioned a company to go back to the original negatives and clean up and remaster the early Poirot films, I assumed that this collection WAS it!
Having had the original Poirot box-set for many years, I was looking forward to seeing the older episodes 'remastered' and looking better than ever. These are NOT remastered! I watched 'The Clapham Cook' and compared it with the original dvd and there is NO difference.
What a big disappointment and waste of money! Buy the Spanish Blu-ray editions, if you want to see Poirot in pristine condition.
Poirot gets upset at a spot of grease on his suit! Well, as a fan, I get upset with the poor quality of this release.

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Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Suchet
Price: 11.00

226 of 228 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'au revoir, mon ami . . .', 9 Nov 2013
This final series of Poirot has it all. Murder, reunions, humour, excitement, thrills and extreme sadness.
'ELEPHANTS CAN REMEMBER' reunites Poirot with Ariadne. Both are distracted with their own quarry, but later, come together to solve an old mystery involving the shooting of a couple on a cliff-top. Zoe given lots of screen-time to show us new sides to Ariadne. Very well cast. I loved this episode, it is always a joy to see Ariadne & Poirot in scenes together.
'THE BIG FOUR': The old gang back together. I am aware of how tough this book must have been to adapt: Plenty of drama, action and brilliant visuals, well cast, but very frustrating to have Poirot go to such extremes for such a mediocre reason. The plot in the book justified his actions, but, as a viewer, I was left deflated at the end. I SO wanted to see Achille Poirot. Unfortunately he was, apparently, an element too far in an already rich brew.
Dare I say it: The weakest of this series.
'DEAD MAN'S FOLLY': This was the very last film that David Suchet filmed. Agatha Christie's 'Greenway Home' doubles for 'Nasse House'. It looks exceptional. Ariadne making her final appearance. A very strong 'classic' Agatha story. Very well cast, as always, beautiful sets, beautiful locations and a really strong story, with the dialogue lifted very faithfully from the book. The only changes were minor and the added final scene made for a dramatic conclusion. This will be one you will return to again and again.
'THE LABOURS OF HERCULES': I was worried about how they would fit all 12 Labours into one film. Whilst I would have loved to have seen a more 'faithful' adaptation of the book, I was very impressed with how they incorporated elements from most of the stories. They even referenced: 'The Lemesurier Inheritance' at the beginning, as this is the only short story that was never adapted. If you can forget about the book, this adaptation, in my view, is one of the most exciting and thrilling Poirot films in the entire canon. You could say, this is a sequel to 'Orient Express', with a mixture of 'Ten Little Indians' & 'An Inspector Calls', thrown in.
'CURTAIN: POIROT'S LAST CASE' : This is a film I had been anticipating & dreading in equal measure. Set in 'Styles', the scene of Poirot & Hastings first adventure, we find Hercule in a wheelchair, aged, unwell, arthritic, but with his 'Little Grey Cells' still firing on all cylinders. I shall not spoil this film for anyone. Poirot is up against, perhaps, his greatest & most insidious nemesis, a person who manipulates the minds of others. This film is very claustrophobic in style, so don't expect the radiance of the early years, as this is Poirot at the end of his life. It is one of Agatha's finest, darkest stories. Written in the 40s & kept in a vault till 1975, it has a strength and vitality, despite the setting. It is a real treat to see Poirot & Hastings reunited, a testament to one of the greatest casting decisions in television. Hugh Fraser & David Suchet offer a masterclass of acting in this film: Hastings given some real, quality time, to expand on his character & show real gravitas as Poirot's best friend.
All in all, a really strong set of films and a lovely bookend to one of the most beloved and enduring literary & televisual characters.
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Charlie Chan - The Warner Oland Collection [DVD]
Charlie Chan - The Warner Oland Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Warner Oland
Price: 65.31

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CHARLIE & SON, 28 Mar 2013
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I watched Charlie Chan when it was shown in the 80s on BBC2 on a Friday night at 6PM. I absolutely loved them. Warner Oland has a very gentle manner, and his relationship with Key Luke, who plays "Number one son" is why these films are filled with warmth.
The first film 'THE BLACK CAMEL' is obviously a misstep, as it is very different from the rest of the series.
The next film is 'CHARLIE CHAN IN LONDON' which, in my opinion, is one of the best of the whole series, as is 'CHARLIE CHAN'S SECRET', which has some great mystery elements and drama.
In fact, ALL of the films are great, with the exception of 'CHARLIE CHAN AT THE CIRCUS' which was probably the weakest film in Warner Oland's time as Mr Chan.
Films in order:

Warner Oland is the greatest Charlie Chan. The movies are full of humour and warmth.
Always best to watch on a cold afternoon with a hot chocolate and a roaring fire.
"Thank you so much"

The Boys In Blue [DVD]
The Boys In Blue [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bobby Ball
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars ROCK ON TOMMY . . ., 16 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Boys In Blue [DVD] (DVD)
This is a wonderful piece of comedy. When video machines first took off in the U.K. my Brother & myself rented this film out 4 weekends in a row. When i watched 'CANNON & BALL' as a child i always felt frustrated that Bobby wasn't on screen longer, well, here he is, and he plays a blinder in this film. Yes the comedy is broad, but if you want good clean fun then buy this film. It's worth it just to see Bobby break into a barn!!??

Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) [2012 Remix]
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) [2012 Remix]
Price: 0.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to feel how it feels?, 13 Aug 2012
One of Kate's best songs gets a new vocal and remix, a risky move considering how cherished this track is by fans and non~fans alike, however, Kate has made this song even stronger!! With more mature vocals, it has filled this song with more depth than ever before.
Kate's recent output, 'DIRECTOR'S CUT' & '50 WORDS FOR SNOW' have been some of her best and most emotional work, and this new version of 'RUTH', likewise.
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Michael Jackson: Live At Wembley [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]
Michael Jackson: Live At Wembley [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Michael Jackson
Price: 7.54

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MICHAEL IN HIS DIVINITY, 31 July 2012
In 1988 Michael Jackson embarked on his very first solo world tour. This DVD is from the 2nd leg of the BAD TOUR on Michael's 3rd night at Wembley Stadium, he was to play Wembley another 4 times, setting a record at that time. Michael was at his physical peak on the BAD TOUR. No longer shackled to his brothers, he comes out fighting from the get~go in this concert with a breath~taking, highly energetic rendition of 'Wanna be Starting Something', and the energy and showmanship just get better and better throughout the concert.
1988 was Michael's golden year as a live performer. All those years with his brothers,all those influences, all that energy and talent, it all just bursts onto the stage and, even if you are not a fan, you can't help but just "LOOK" at the man. His talent and energy was boundless in 1988.
Not much emphasis on pyrotechnics and rigid dance routines that would highlight his later tours, this tour concentrated on Michael as a man out on his own, absolutely "owning" the stage and whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
Some say this concert is better than 'Dangerous in Bucharest' purely on the basis that there is hardly any crowd shots of fainting fans, so all you see is Michael dancing and singing for a pure hour and a half.
A great set~list, great outfits, brilliant dancing, live singing, and a man at the top of his game. Watch and learn all you 'X Factor' generation, this is "true" talent . . .
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I Just Can't Stop Loving You
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
Price: 6.44

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael at his peak?!, 19 Jun 2012
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The Michael Jackson estate have done the fans proud with this release, not only do we finally get the "original" cut of 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You', but we also get an unreleased demo from the 'BAD sessions'. 'Don't be Messin' 'Round' is a catchy tune, albeit unfinished, and one the fans will love. Michael's single releases always frustrated me at the time because his b~sides were always either old album tracks or dance remixes, and whilst i enjoyed the dance remixes "of the time" i always felt let down by the unimaginitive b~sides. The BAD album produced "9 singles", now if there was 1 new song on each single that would have been like having a brand new album, and would have taken the sting out of having to wait 5 years for DANGEROUS to be released in 1992.
However, gripes aside, this is a great taster for BAD 25 in September, and here is hoping they re~release the rest of the singles, in order, and give us, the fans, some more great new unheard tracks.

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Original Music from the BBC Television Series
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Original Music from the BBC Television Series

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please accept this the only intimation . . ., 15 May 2012
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Joan Hickson's 'Miss Marple' is outstanding, i would say definitive, and the 12 episodes she appeared in are by far and away the best. The soundtrack is also exceptional, helping to bring to life those dark corners of 'St Mary Mead'.
Tracklisting as follows:

1. Miss Marple Main Title
2. 4:50 from Paddington
3. At Bertram's Hotel
4. A Pocketful of Rye (Treble solo: Aled Jones)
5. The Moving Finger
6. A Caribbean Mystery
7. Nemesis
8. The Body in the Library
9. A Murder is Announced
10. The Mirror Crack'd
11. Sleeping Murder
12. They do it with Mirrors

It's a shame they missed off 'Murder at the Vicarage' as i loved the music in that episode, but i would say the highlights are 'A Pocketful of Rye', with Aled Jones singing what ought to be an innocent nursery rhyme, but on this cd it sounds sinister, you can almost hear Miss Marple saying "Gladys? . . Gladys!!!"
Also 'A Caribbean Mystery' is outstanding. I love the violin that is used in this piece, always bringing a tear for some reason.

All in all this cd is a great companion piece to the Joan Hickson Miss Marple series.

Endeavour (The Origins of Inspector Morse) [DVD]
Endeavour (The Origins of Inspector Morse) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shaun Evans
Offered by signalboyblue
Price: 18.99

228 of 231 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the West away . . ., 3 Jan 2012
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Shaun Evans plays Morse with his own style, never once did i think he was doing an impersonation of John Thaw, but little inferences in his performance payed due homage to John and also gave us definition and clarity to Morse the human being.
Strongly supported by a great cast, we even see Morse giving his future Jaguar MK II a glance over.
I wasn't prepared to be so overcome with emotion when we see John Thaw's reflection in a mirror near the end, but it summed up how i felt about this prequel, it reflected the things i love about Morse as a whole, Oxford, Morse character, the music, the whole essence.
I'm pleased the makers didn't fall into the trap of trying too hard to copy and repeat things, instead we get a prequel that could run and run, but also a fitting tribute to a much loved and much missed character.
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