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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A full spectrum of music, 9 May 2006
This review is from: Patience (Audio CD)
I am puzzled as to why this CD has had such mixed reviews. To those of you who like George Michael's music (and his success lies in appealing to a very wide audience) then this continues the genre of excellent music which he is expected to produce. Why do I like this CD? Because it contains the full spectrum of his music - the disco/dance type stuff (which is my favourite) the "soft rock style" as well as the jazzy numbers with his instantly recognisable silky smooth vocals. A genuinely throught provoking and a truly something for everyone album, and Im certainly glad I bought it!

Super Size Me [DVD] [2004]
Super Size Me [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Morgan Spurlock
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.62

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good documentary film, 27 Feb 2006
This review is from: Super Size Me [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Morgan Spurlock decides to prove allegations that eating too much McDonalds is bad for you by living on their menu for 30 days in a row and nothing else, while closely monitoring the changes to his physiology! Its informative, funny and very interesting to watch. Morgan Spurlock puts his point across in a very humourous way whilst at the same time underlining a very serious message.
Having been a serial McDonalds eater in my time, it has made me watch what I eat in there far more than before, and if you get nothing else from this video then that alone is a good reason to get this DVD, either for yourself, or someone you know who loves their menu.
If you are reading this and you happen to hate McDonalds simply because of what the corporation represents, then try "McLibel" an interesting documentary about what happened to two people who got sued for distributing anti-McDonalds leaflets!

McLibel [DVD] [2005]
McLibel [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Helen Steel
Price: £6.64

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A seriously interesting DVD!, 26 Feb 2006
This review is from: McLibel [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
For those of you who like documentary style DVDs' then this is one to watch. Two people Helen Steel and Dave Morris were distributing leaflets outside a McDonalds in the 1980's, which critiscised company working practises and environmental degredation. Suddenly they found themselves sued for libel by the instantly world recognisable McDonalds Corporation itself.
Consider the David and Goliath scenario! Two ordinary members of the public, not allowed legal aid, and with no legal experience, thereby forced to defend themselves. Against them was set the full might of the McDonalds corporation able to afford whole teams of lawyers to put the opposing side of the argument.
The trial originally estimated to last not more than 3 to 4 weeks, soon rolled into years and become the longest in English legal history.
I took great heart in viewing this DVD because it shows how individuals really can make a difference when they refuse to back down against seemingly insurmountable odds and believe that what they are doing is right.
There are two DVDs in this issue with considerable overlapping of the material. However the second one is updated with the ruling from the European Court of Human Rights in 2005. On the first DVD covering the court case in 1997, there is generous additional material including press conferences and interviews with key individuals (well worth watching) who are part of the story as well as a clever re-enactment of many of the court scenes using original transcripts. The DVDs follow the highs and lows of the McLibel Two in such a way it makes you feel you are there with them. That is what I liked most about this DVD - and the way it was made on a shoestring. However it only gets 4 stars because there was slightly too much overlapping material - like watching the same program twice.

First Among Equals
First Among Equals
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly top of the range English literature!, 23 Feb 2006
This review is from: First Among Equals (Paperback)
Four young men start out on their long climb up the greasy pole of politics. This book follows their progress as they join different parties and their progression into the ultimate corridors of power with one of them destined to become Prime Minister.
Although the story starts out as an entertaining and sometimes compulsive read, progressing deeper into the book you get the feeling of a disjointed story line and an impression that the writer seems slightly bored with what he is writing.
I have to be honest with you though and say that I am not a Jeffrey Archer fan. Archer novels are clearly English literature's answer to junk food,- a great read at the time, but afterwards you feel mentally the worse for wear, with the distinct feeling of having achieved nothing of serious substance in your own life. I know Im not wrong on my appraisal because so many of his books can be found languishing in Charity Shops whereas most book buyers I know tend to keep books they have read on their own book shelves. I rest my case!
On a slightly more positive note, my favourite of his stories is "Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less" which they managed to turn into a pretty decent drama on TV. One to watch out for if they ever release it on DVD.

Dick Turpin - The Complete First Series [1979] [DVD]
Dick Turpin - The Complete First Series [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard O'Sullivan
Offered by me-2-u
Price: £14.97

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant dramatisation!, 16 Feb 2006
For those of you looking for your next DVD acquisition and are reading about Dick Turpin for the first time, let me say here and now that this is one well worth considering!
A clever dramatisation of the legendary highwayman first shown on ITV in the late seventies and which has lost none of its original appeal.
Brilliantly played by Richard O'Sullivan who strikes a perfect balance between ruffian and gentleman (sad we dont hear more about him these days!) with a sidekick in tow called Swiftnick. Each story focusing on the plight of the two fugatives, are self-contained adventures in single 28 minute episodes - with an occasional two parter thrown in for good measure, and are surprisingly good.
Great family entertainment with lots of suspense, good strong dialogue and characterisations, and an outstanding cast. Set amid a wonderful countryside backdrop of woods and fields, this series really is well worth watching while pleasing to the eye. It combines escapism and drama to make some very enjoyable television viewing, and its slightly unusual genre is one I am glad to have as part of my ever burgeoning DVD collection! Go for it and enjoy!

Raffles [1977] [DVD]
Raffles [1977] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anthony Valentine

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of english nostalgia and costume drama, 13 Feb 2006
This review is from: Raffles [1977] [DVD] (DVD)
First shown in 1977 Raffles was a 13 part TV series on ITV about a gentleman England amateur cricketer A.J. Raffles, turned jewel thief, aided by his side kick and bumbling junior partner-in-crime Bunny Manders. Living in gentlemens rooms in the heart of London and a taste for the high life, Raffles augments his money by helping himself to the jewellery of people in the high society circles which he frequents. Hot on his tail is the dour speaking Scotsman of Scotland Yard Inspector Mackenzie who strongly suspects Raffles is the mystery hand behind some of the most audacious jewellery thefts in London - and he is right to think so too! Raffles enjoys taunting the Inspector by the sheer daring acts of defiance with a "catch me if you can attitude". Magnificently played by Anthony Valentine who really does capture the essence of what it must have been like to be an English gentleman living in those times.
A great pity that more episodes were'nt made before they called time on the series, however it is worth remembering that fewer episodes, better made stand longer in the memory than a TV series which has been flogged to death.
Only one complaint! A lack of special features which was a golden opportunity missed. I would have loved to have seen interviews with the cast and more about the making of the series! But still well worth watching so buy and enjoy!

Magnum PI - Series 2 [DVD]
Magnum PI - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Magnum P.I.
Price: £9.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD to chill out on!, 13 Feb 2006
This review is from: Magnum PI - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
When I bought the DVD of Magnum (having seen it first time round on TV) I really had doubts about whether I was doing the right thing. But two box sets later they really have been great TV.
For those of you who dont know much about the series, Magnum is a retired naval intelligence officer, turned private detective, who lives in the guest house, (as head of security) on the estate of an incredibly wealthy, but very illusive writer Robin Masters. Glimpses of Mr Masters are extremely rare and Magnum ekes out a living as a private detective aided by his two friends "Rick" who runs a local club and TC a helicopter pilot who makes a living flying tourists around the island.
The stories are set in a beautiful location with the sun and sea always in the background, and generally well written mixing a good detective story with a touch of humour thrown in. Magnum has constant run-ins with the english estate manager "Higgins" who likes to reminisce about his war days and enjoys exercising the dogs "Zeus" and "Apollo" on Magnum, as they see him pretty much as an intruder. It's cheery, upbeat and generally light hearted although not comic, and is great for family viewing (I showed them to my 15 year old nephew and he quite liked them). Im very glad I bought these series and I shall be getting the third box set when it comes out.

Dick Turpin - The Complete Second Series [1979] [DVD]
Dick Turpin - The Complete Second Series [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard O'Sullivan
Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: £17.14

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another second helping of a great drama series, 9 Feb 2006
If you have a hankering for Englishness of the past coupled with a degree of romantic nostalgia, then Richard O'Sullivan in his excellent characterisation of Dick Turpin epitomises the bygone age of the highwayman brilliantly.
Series 2 is more of the same as Series 1! If you liked the first DVD then this is just the ticket! Dick Turpin and sidekick Swift Nick winding their merry way trying to keep ahead of Captain Spiker and Sir John Glutton.
Good story lines all cut and dried in 29 mins an episode - with the occasional two part episode thrown in. Dont be put off by the shortish episode lengths, and while you are at it have a glimpse at the main story writer - none other than Richard Carpenter who went on to pen the "Robin of Sherwood" series. From this DVD I went on to buy the Robin of Sherwood collection something to take a look at if you havent already done so! My only complaint is I would have liked some special Dick Turpin features - interviews with the actors etc etc. But still worth buying make no mistake!

The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
Offered by langton_info_england
Price: £27.49

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ideal CD for updating your 12 inch vinyl collection!, 9 Feb 2006
This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
This album contains the extended versions of Sharon Redd's hit singles when she was prevalent in the early 80s as a dance/disco singer, but sadly no longer with us. Ideal if you are updating your vinyl collection and in addition acquiring some of her singles which you liked but didnt get round to buying.
For me my personal favourite is her best known song - "Can You Handle It?" and Im glad I bought the CD on the strength of this track alone because the extended version is great! Other tracks in this collection, because of their "stretched" length can be slightly boring because they were intended to stimulate dancing feet first and brain second, hence 3 stars instead of 5. For me I would have liked to see an album which had both 7 and 12 inch versions so the buyer can choose which song version to listen to
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We Were Soldiers [DVD] [2002]
We Were Soldiers [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Price: £2.70

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit like the film "Zulu" only with helicopters!, 29 Jan 2006
Ive seen many of the other Vietnam war films and in my judgement this ranks as one of the best. While other films dwell on the futility of war, cynicism about why they are there, an indifferent high command to the plight of the men, along with the brutalising effect (all very true) which war has on the soldiers themselves, this film tends to dwell more on the professionalism and strong comradeship of the soldiers as a unit without being overtly gung ho. The soldiers realise that they are in a situation where they are caught between the hammer and the anvil, and that they can do little about it, but get on with the job at hand and knowing that they can rely on one another to with their lives as their training has taught them.
What gives this film such strength is that the basis of the story is true - with around 400 american soldiers outnumbered ten to one by the North Vietnamese army in the ensuing battle which is to follow. You feel the rising tension of the situation as the soldiers move into the military zone, coupled with the helplessness of the soldiers wives, some of them with babies who are left behind to wait, and the clumsy even callous way in which the army delivers telegrams of those killed using taxi-drivers.
While I am very wary of the Hollywood war/propaganda machine punching out films depicting the american soldier as good true and invincible, all of which is a huge turn off to me. Its worth remembering that most soldiers (reflective of the communites they come from) are ordinary decent people with wives and families who try to live good lives according to their understanding, and that good is expressed through the comradeship and loyalty to one another and to their unit.
I dont doubt for a second there is a lot of poetic license in this film and "hollywoodisation" of much of what happened, so remember when watching, that the basis of Hollywood is first to entertain and later to educate

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