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Kidnapped - The Complete Series [DVD]
Kidnapped - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ David McCallum
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb version, 10 April 2016
Superb version of this classic story which has been a favourite of mine since childhood and remains so as an adult. I don't recall this TV serial which surprises me but having caught up with ti I regard it as a real find and one to keep in the old dvd collection to savour again. Largely sticks to the novel, well sort of sticks to it but there is nothing added that detracts from the original. Captures the nuances of Scottish loyalties divided between Jacobites and Loyalists and the action scenes all have an authenticity that is sometimes lacking in other series of that era. The acting is more realism than theatrical and the young Balfour character is perfectly cast. The period recreation is pretty good and is helped enormously by the location filming. The indoor scene echo with the sounds you hear in museums - loud steps on hardwood floors.... The music is one of those are TV themes that haunt each episode and you'll be humming it long afterwards. I've always enjoyed the Michael Caine film version but this one edges ahead.


Patrick Troughton : The Biography Special Anniversary Edition
Patrick Troughton : The Biography Special Anniversary Edition
by Michael Troughton
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smile on your face - charming philosophy, 16 Jan. 2016
So little has been written about Patrick Troughton's life outside of Doctor Who fandom that it is greta to find something that gives us a wider picture of one of our best character actors ever. It is written by his son Michael who does as you'd expect give us a perspective largely based on his views but whilst this might not suit high brow biography readers it suits me fine. He was after all his son and someone who was close to Patrick as a son and fellow actor. I was astonished about Patrick's private life though these days we always expect our stars to be wayward. With all due to respect to his families though my interest was in the action career as he appeared in two of favourite series - Dr Who and Hammer horror films as well as being part of my holiday childhood with Jason & the Argonauts and a scene-stealer in The Omen. It seems that Patrick really did die for his profession as he used so much nervous energy to give us the characters that he portrayed. He would be 96 this year I think and what a shame that we could not have had his talent on our screens for the last 29 years (he would have made a brilliant "Hundred year old man who climbed out the window...". Lots of personal insight into the Dr Who years (still my top doc) and like many of his generation he deserves respect for returning from the USA to volunteer to fight in WWII.


The Last of the Mohicans [DVD] [1971]
The Last of the Mohicans [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ John Abineri
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £9.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top class classic, 4 Jan. 2016
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Let's get the old guy revisiting his youth bit out of the way first - yes I remember avidly watching this series back in 1971.... And I cannot agree with those who say that these old series were slow because this one rattles along at a good pace whilst giving us good chunky dialogue, well ok, monologues by Hawkeye that fill in necessary detail. The action scenes are well done if you allow for the absence of blood - well this was family afternoon TV and on a Sunday! The characters are well-drawn and the photography work around the forests and waterways of Scotland is excellent. I did not notice any issue with the quality of the DVD picture and indeed it has a natural look to it. Whatever the budget was the sets look pretty good and only on a few occasions do you come across obvious studio scenes. You do need to make allowance for the numbers of Indian tribesmen and British /French troops but most of the action involves small-scale fights and the finale does the producers and director credit with a fairly large-scale set-piece. For the PC crowd you cannot fault the representation of the native views. Good acting by all concerned and the make-up crew worked wonders - and let's not apply current PC to the use of Caucasian actors as it would be difficult to find genuine Mohicans or Hurons to play the role of indigenous peoples. One of the better "old" series and it stands the test of time.


Doctor Who - The Moonbase [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Moonbase [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic cyberman story, 31 Dec. 2015
The two remaining live action episodes were already included in the excellent Lost in Time boxset (loads of orphaned episodes) but they have been nicely polished up for this Moonbase dvd. The two animated episodes are impressive and the style suits the story - as good as the animation used for Invasion and vastly superior to that used in the Reign of Terror. Seeing the full story played out raised my opinion of it though it was already high. Not so much a base under siege as one infiltrated and under attack. Some sinister moments in the early episodes give way to nicely filmed moon shots of cybermen on the march. The moonbase set looks great on the cleaned up film. Good addition to the Patrick Troughton DVD collection.


Thunderbirds [DVD] [2004]
Thunderbirds [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Bill Paxton
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blunderbirds are Gone, 2 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Thunderbirds [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
How could any studio take a winning concept (based on puppets) and turn it into a bland over-blown pile of pap is beyond understanding. The producers when faced with disaster should've called for International Rescue and let the puppets save the day. All I can suggest is that we drop our dvd copies of this Blunderbirds down the nearest mine-shaft and hope that the Tracy brothers find something more interesting to save - like the dodo.


Children Of The Stones: The Complete Series [DVD] [1977]
Children Of The Stones: The Complete Series [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Gareth Thomas

5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Day...(and that's not a reference to summer hols or the Fonzie), 27 Oct. 2015
I thought I'd seen everything as a teenager that was horror/sci-fi/supernatural throughout the 70s but this one passed me by. Glad I've caught up with it. One of those older serials that allows the plot - and the mystery - to develop. The story is a classic spooky scenario with an English village that has something not quite right about it. Village of the Damned meets Quatermass IV - sort of. Like many programmes from those days this one would have appealed to adults even though strictly it was made for kids TV though these days that would mean young adults. Great cast - Gareth Thomas (Blake's 7), Iain Cuthbertson (Budgie) and Freddie Jones (Hammer Horror films). Enjoyable hokum. So Happy Day!


The Patriot [DVD] [2001]
The Patriot [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by Emjays Webstore LTD
Price: £3.57

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Or How I Learned to love the tomahawk/ extra long range musket and won the War of Independence all by myself, 26 Sept. 2015
This review is from: The Patriot [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
flag-waving (not even the right flag) tosh from a discredited actor. Freedom for all - oh but not quite everyone eh?


The Flesh And The Fiends (Region 2)
The Flesh And The Fiends (Region 2)
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Offered by DVD STORE SPAIN
Price: £9.94

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE classic Burke & Hare, 15 Aug. 2015
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After 4 attempts to secure a copy of this rarely seen late 50s British horror film I finally got a hold of it. Some of the scenes look a bit studio-bound but that is a very minor quibble for a nicely amoral tale of Burke & Hare's attempts to make money in a grim Edinburgh of the early 19th century. The double act of George Rose as the less-than-bright but brutal Burke (spot-on Tyrone/Donegal accent for once.."Wullie...") and Donald Pleasance as the conniving and ultimately treacherous Hare, is wonderful to watch. Hare's dance of death as Burke suffocates one victim is a bizarre and chilling piece of cinema. And of course that gent of horror Peter Cushing who is grimly clinical as Dr Knox and no sign of any Victor Frankenstein mannerisms. Billie Whitelaw positively glows in her role. Just why this film is not better known is beyond my ken (after 30 years in Edinburgh I've picked up one or two Scots' words). Easy to get hold of US version but I'm told that is cut so well worth hunting down this Spanish/ Castillian region 2 version which has English audio version and subtitles that can be switched off. - and uncut!


The Great Fire [DVD] [2014]
The Great Fire [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Andrew Buchan
Price: £5.78

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In no way is this a 17th century "London's Burning", 15 Aug. 2015
This review is from: The Great Fire [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I enjoy historical dramas and am happy to make allowances for budget limits ... but not poor story-telling, poor plots (pun intended) and lack of suspense/excitement/character interest. Such a good cast assembled for a very poor production - nearly said slow-burner but that would have given too much credence. The Great Fire, the uniquely frank views of Pepys (captured without fear or favour in his diaries), the political and religious strains within the newly-restored Royal Family and a missed opportunity to show the origins of The Great British Bake-off ... all missed by a mile. Best consigned to the archives..."Ashes to ashes..."


Thibaud ou Les Croisades - intégrale 4 DVD
Thibaud ou Les Croisades - intégrale 4 DVD
Offered by Bayapi
Price: £29.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh if only it had English subtitles (or dubbing!) - but great to see it still exists, 28 July 2015
One of the best school holiday serials of the 70s. What a shame that the DVDs do not have English subtitles - or even the dubbing of the original UK screenings! A class above the norm for Saturday viewing. Great action scenes and location filming and from memory a more intelligent representation of crusaders and politics of the era for its time. And the catchy theme music that marked many 60s and 70s TV. I do hope that the French producers release a DV version that carries subtitles and not just English as I'm sure others would enjoy this adventure series.


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