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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter tat!, 5 Nov. 2015
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Doctor Who - The Five Doctors (25th Anniversary Edition) [1983] [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Five Doctors (25th Anniversary Edition) [1983] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Price: £5.98

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great romp, 2 Mar. 2008
25 years have passed since this milestone in British TV sci-fi. The actual 'five' weren't all there, but does it matter?

Extras first; this DVD contains two versions of the episode; a special edition containing some new SFX (nothing too mind-blowing) and is a slightly longer cut, and the original version as broadcast in 1983. There are various commentaries (I haven't listened to them all yet) including one by the companions, Peter Davison with Terrance Dicks, and a not-too-well-hidden Easter Egg in the form of a commentary by Phil Collinson, David Tennant and Helen Raynor from the current Doctor Who team. There's also a documentary on the Doctor Who continuity narrated by Paul McGann, another on the making of `The Five Doctors' presented by Colin Baker, as well as features from Nationwide, Saturday Superstore, the Longleat exhibition and studio out-takes. In short, there's plenty of stuff over the two discs to keep most Who fans amused for many moons.

Basically, the episode is an excuse for a Who's-Who of Doctor Who - barring Tom Baker (shown only in clips from the unreleased `Shada') and the deceased William Hartnell. For the remainder, it's time to get back into character. The story concerns the 5th Doctor returning to Gallifrey in order to become `whole', as his previous selves have been scooped up from their respective time streams and placed in the Death Zone as part of some nefarious plot. As far as bad guys go, the usual suspects are in place (mostly); there's a lone Dalek, a lone Yeti, the Master and a whole bunch of Cybermen.

The real appeal of an episode like this lies not with the power of the story, but with seeing the various Doctors do their stuff one more time. As a budding writer myself, I can only imagine the problems that lay before Terrance Dicks when trying to juggle the almost insane amount of leading and supporting characters in a episode like this. To his credit, he manages it well - especially considering that he managed to keep the 5th Doctor at the story's centre. But overall, this is not as strong a story as 1973's `The Three Doctors'; firstly, as the Doctors are mostly divided in their quest the opportunity to actually see how they get on together goes amiss. One of the things that made 'The Three Doctors' so great to watch was Troughton and Pertwee bouncing digs off each other. Secondly, the overall sense of threat doesn't seem as great in 'The Five Doctors'; worth comparing to Omega threatening the whole of existence.

While I admire Dicks' writing skills, I feel he missed an opportunity in terms of serious emotional connection between the Doctors and the various companions. True, there is genuine joy when the Brigadier meets the 2nd Doctor again, and relief when Sarah-Jane is rescued (down a pathetic hill!) by the 3rd Doctor, but the differences in emphasis between the writers of the classic series and the writers of the current series become evident. The 5th Doctor shows almost no emotion when faced with the Brigadier and Sarah-Jane again; just compare that for a moment to the events of 'School Reunion' and all the joy, competetiveness, sorrow and memories that ensued. This is bad enough, but then neither he and the 2nd and 3rd Doctors even bat an eyelid at their own grand-daughter, Susan, who they would not have seen for an eternity. I can't help feeling that huge opportunities went amiss here. In a show which is basically an excuse for a get-together, the sense of reunion in the script was a bit lacking. This is something that the current writers would have probably exploited to the max.

Saying that, it was still good to see the old faces back in action. Richard Hurndall actually does more than just mimic William Hartnell; he captures the 1st Doctor's essence excellently (I pour scorn on David Tennant's commentary that he was `just a bloke in a wig' - a little unfair I think). Patrick Troughton, as always, is charm personified (and is arguably the star of this story), but my first and favourite Doctor was Jon Pertwee, and for me it's always a thrill to see him in action - plus he gets to use that famous line one more time! Also a nod to the always-excellent Anthony Ainley as the Master - terrific.

So, was it really `The Five Doctors' or `Doctor Who 3.5'? Whichever way it's viewed, this special commemorative episode is still a fine romp through the history of the most infamous Time Lord of them all.
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Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 3 Box Set - Limited Edition Lenticular Master Sleeve (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]
Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 3 Box Set - Limited Edition Lenticular Master Sleeve (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by CC Exeter
Price: £30.99

54 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another season of improvement, 3 Aug. 2007
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New series, new companion, new (and old) beasties and new adventures, the 3rd series of the revitalised juggernaut that is Doctor Who rumbles into view. And, generally speaking, it's another success, and maybe the best of the all the new series'. Series 3 was mainly concerned with the following themes: a new companion, Martha Jones, and her feelings towards the Doctor, a cryptic message from The Face of Boe, and the enigmatic Harold Saxon. Martha's character, and her introduction in `Smith & Jones' (maybe the best of all the new series' openers), is generally handled well and Freema Agyeman does reasonably well in her first major role, and I was pleased to see that she will be back for series 4, along with Catherine Tate (oh dear..).

Ultimately, any series of Doctor Who will be judged on its episodes and series 3 is generally rollicking entertainment. As usual the filler episodes vary in quality, whereas the arcs almost define the long-lasting memories of the season. The Daleks returned again in `Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks', and once again the writers showed an inclination to try something different with the Doctor's most enduring foes, without detracting from the Daleks' original concept, this time creating a Dalek in human form in 1930's Manhattan. The mid-series arc `Human Nature / The Family of Blood' dealt with the Doctor's decision to become a human being in order to escape a malevolent alien family who are out destroy him in order to further their own life span. I remember this story best for David Tennant's excellent, and touching, performance as John Smith, the Doctor's human alter-ego. Strange how his best performance in his tenure was when he wasn't actually playing the Doctor! A great story set in England just before World War 1, with other notable performances from Agyeman, Jessica Hynes and a very creepy Harold Lloyd. The final arc was the series-closing, three-parter, `Utopia / The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords', which re-introduced another of the Doctor's greatest enemies, the Master, played briefly by the excellent Derek Jacobi, and then regenerating into the wonderful John Simm. The story mainly deals with the Master's domination of both the Doctor and the whole human race and is memorable for Simm's absolutely brilliant performance as the Master, and the return of Captain Jack Harkness to the Tardis crew. While this arc didn't close the season as well as series 2's `Army of Ghosts / Doomsday', it certainly didn't lack in excitement and even managed to draw on a moment from the golden age of Doctor Who in one of its final scenes.

The filler episodes range from being solid to superb. While episodes such as `Gridlock' and `The Lazarus Experiment' fall into the former category, they manage to attain some level of importance in the series with their connections to the series end. `The Shakespeare Code' once again showed the writers' willingness to involve some of Britain's greatest historical figures, this time in a tale of witchcraft, while the absolutely superb `Blink' not only showed Steven Moffat's ability as one of the show's very best, and most original writers (he also wrote `The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances' and `The Girl in the Fireplace'), but also that a successful episode can be made that isn't told from the Doctor's viewpoint. After last season's utterly abysmal `Love & Monsters' I was a little surprised that a similar episode was tried again, but this time we were offered a true `behind the sofa' experience.

Series 3 is not without its niggles though. I still have some quibbles with David Tennant's portrayal of the Doctor. Tennant still has the annoying propensity to grossly overact when displaying bouts of intense emotion or when trying to convey Time Lord eccentricity. Capturing the Doctor's quirkiness is one thing but unnecessary shouting, teeth-gritting and stomping around in a circle while verbally rambling and grasping your hair is another. Barring those points, Tennant's looks, natural charm and sense of style carry him through well enough, always making him extremely watchable, but without him capturing the Doctor's quirks as well as Tom Baker or Christopher Ecclestone. There's also still too much sycophantic babble from the Doctor about the accomplishments of the human race. If the series actually dealt with other races as potential victims a little more this could be reduced, or even avoided. Freema Agyeman's performances plateaued a little after `The Family of Blood', also coinciding with her character appearing a little under-written too. Finally, the re-introduction of Captain Jack seemed almost unnecessary as he added next to nil to the finale; maybe a cameo from the Doctor in Torchwood may have served better.

But, as I mentioned earlier, series 3 is possibly the best of all the new series and seeing as it doesn't have any really weak episodes then I can't help but recommend it heartily (still not looking forward to Catherine Tate though...)

A brief footnote: I must say that this 'exclusive' box-set from Amazon represents very poor value for money. A lenticular sheet stuck onto the front of the high-street box-set hardly seems worth an extra £8 after last year's Cyberman box and exclusive postcards. More effort for the season 4 packaging please.


Superman Returns - 2 Disc [DVD]
Superman Returns - 2 Disc [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brandon Routh
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.26

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superman Returns, but not quite with a bang, 28 Nov. 2006
`Superman Returns' has a lot going for it. I can only imagine the problems trying to replace Christopher Reeve. Reeve captured the essence of both Superman and Clark Kent with a warm, compassionate, funny and yet determined performance - and he managed to look exactly like him too. So, what can be said of Brandon Routh? Thankfully, Routh is excellent. His is a much more restrained Clark Kent, as the bumbling and fumbling of Christopher Reeve's version is brought into 2006 with a more mellow geekiness from Routh. For the modern Clark Kent, this works perfectly. Routh's Superman also seems a little more restrained and straight-faced than Reeve's, but thankfully is still allowed the occasional naive-sounding one-liner. All in all, a good start from a newcomer with some mighty boots to fill. Another with big boots to fill is Kevin Spacey. The difference here is that Spacey is a highly experienced actor and he brings his typical calmness to the role of Lex Luthor. A little more of him wouldn't have gone amiss though.

It almost goes without saying that any current big-budget movie will probably be CGI-laden and modern technology gives a character like Superman the opportunity to do some really incredible stuff. The early action scene involving Superman and a Boeing 777 is shot fantastically and is easily the best section of the film. Mind you, it isn't all perfect; watch the final shot of Superman doing a patrol around the Earth and it`s obvious that Routh's face has been fixed onto a CGI body.

It is also worth tipping the imaginary hat to Singer for his approach to this blockbuster. Instead of going for a plotless, sterile, action-laden behemoth, he actually tries to bring some feeling, relevance and meaning to the world of Superman. It's also nice to see this film following on (albeit loosely) from `Superman 2', thus bringing back Marlon Brando and almost making us forget the loathsome third and fourth films.

So where's the missing star got to? Maybe Kate Bosworth took it with her. In the first four films, as well as in `Lois & Clark' and `Smallville', Lois Lane is a feisty, sharp, driven, and gutsy reporter. Kate Bosworth's version is not. While I accept that the one the film's themes is change through the passage of time, I cannot accept that Lois would have changed that much, nor would I want her to. The dynamic of Lois' streetwise drive paired with Kent's apparent naivety and clumsiness has been a strong part of what made the partnership so watchable. Kate Bosworth doesn't deliver at all and it's a real shame.

Lex Luthor is a great villain, and his wanting revenge on Superman for the years he spent in prison is OK as far as super-villain motivation goes. But the idea of him being some overblown property developer seems a little weak; just compare that for a moment against Ra's Al Ghul's motivation for wanting to wipe out Gotham in `Batman Begins' and you'll see what I mean. More thought required for the sequel.

The film has pacing problems too. After the initial rush of Superman's return and the Boeing 777 scene the film seems to go into a very long lull, with only some minor action scenes to show Superman in action, and the final stand-off isn't exactly rivetting.

Finally, I can just about live with the rest of the world not being able to see that Kent is Superman, but when this is added to the fact that they (presumably) took off at the same time, spent exactly the same amount of time away, and then coincidentally reappear at the same time is utterly preposterous. Hercule Poirot not required for that mystery, I think.

The thing about the aforementioned faults is that they should be easily fixable, which could make for a tremendous sequel. It's also worth remembering that when Singer made `X-Men' he almost used that film to set the scene for the superior follow-up,'X2', so all bodes well for the next film. So, taking `Superman Returns' in the context of a scene-setter, it serves its purpose very well. But, the problem is that it too is a sequel (of sorts), to `Superman 2', and in that respect it fails as it is a slightly less enjoyable film.


The Da Vinci Code (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
The Da Vinci Code (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
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Price: £1.50

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been great, 10 Nov. 2006
First things first; I haven't read the book. I'm not much of a reader and I never have been, so I came into this film without any preconceptions about the transference from book to film. Also my background knowledge of the plot was scant; I hadn't paid any real attention to any of the blurb surrounding the book, so all I knew was that this was a thriller with a religious theme that had caused some controversy with the Church.

If I wanted to cut this review really short then I'd say that `The Da Vinci Code' is a half-decent piece of fiction that has become a half-decent thriller on film. There's some great cinematography with some superb splicing of scenes from relevant historical events into the modern world narrative. The story has enough twists and turns, however unlikely, to keep the viewer's interest. Also, anything that courts controversy is always worth a watch and `The Da Vinci Code' is no different. Unfortunately the film is riddled with faults, and not the sort of faults that can be easily ignored.

The acting from the majority of the film's leading cast members is poor to say the least. Tom Hanks, as Robert Langdon, seems utterly lifeless, which seems strange for a man whose life seems to be at risk at every turn. He hardly seems to muster even a hint of surprise at the sequence of extremely unlikely events. The leading lady, Audrey Tatou as Sophie Neveu, manages to upstage even Hanks' Mogadon-driven performance with a robotic turn that has the emotional range of a salted peanut. Acting by numbers indeed. Conversely, Paul Bettany goes completely in the opposite direction and over-acts as Opus Dei's albino hyper-zealot, Silas, with one of the strangest accents I've heard, coupled with the strangest look of facial distress; more akin to a bout to severe diarrhoea. To his credit, Bettany at least manages to create the only sense of menace in the whole film. Jean Reno is also completely wasted as French detective Fache, with another performance straight from the Dummy's Guide To Acting. Whether the fault of Reno or the director, Ron Howard, there seems to be no sense of divided loyalty in Fache's character as he relentlessly marches on in his Opus Dei-driven, misguided quest to capture/kill Langdon. The film's acting credits are partially redeemed by the ever-reliable Sir Ian McKellen as Leigh Teabing, showing both enthusiasm and conviction for the role.

If during the course of a thriller flick things become predictable, then the thrill is quickly taken from the thriller, and this is one of this film's major problems. Many points in the film seem glaringly obvious - often without them even being hinted at. Two of the film's main mysteries (term used very loosely) seem utterly blatant; the true identity of the Teacher, and the end of the Christ/Magdalene bloodline. These points are so easy to see coming that I'd wager that Stevie Wonder couldn't miss them. The problem is that this creates both a lack of tension and surprise. There's no point in the film where you feel that Langdon and Neveu are ever in any real peril, there's always a sense that they'll escape to fight another day. With the French and British police forces, Opus Dei's loony henchman (Bettany) and the mysterious Teacher after them you would think that this would a thriller in the most literal sense of the word. But it isn't. The leading characters always seem safe. Some of the old faithfuls of religious legend are brought to bear to further garner interest in the story; the Holy Grail, the Knights Templar and the Priory Of Sion. But, there have simply been better films involving those same legendary artefacts and groups. While not as deep, or indeed as challenging, `Excalibur', and two of the Indiana Jones films, `Raiders Of The Lost Ark' and `Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade', simply offer far more in terms of action, thrills, humour, quality scripts and acting, and tension than `The Da Vinci Code'; which ultimately ends up as a semi-interesting piece of fiction which offers an alternative story of the life of Christ. As I said earlier, it's half-decent and no more.


Nine Inch Nails - Live: and All That Could Have Been [DVD] [2002]
Nine Inch Nails - Live: and All That Could Have Been [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Trent Reznor

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as being there?......maybe, 13 Jan. 2004
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Having not seen NIN live I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this DVD. My only glimpses of Trent’s stage performances were MTV2’s very occasional showings of the ‘Hurt’ promo and the performance of ‘The Fragile’ on the MTV Awards. While both of these clips were impressive they really left me gagging for more – and here it is.
First off, the sound and picture quality are top-notch, a variety of camera angles are used and are all on hand-held but the picture is almost always rock-steady and always crystal clear. As for the sound, this is without a doubt the loudest DVD I’ve got which, given the nature of NIN’s music, suits the performance perfectly.
The performance itself is tremendous. The energy from the whole band almost leaves you tired just watching them, Trent wiping out his keyboard on ‘Closer’ and Jerome Dillon sending Charlie Clouser flying during ‘March Of The Pigs’. Trent’s voice is excellent throughout and the general playing quality from the whole band is spot-on.
The set-list is mainly well chosen but, as with ‘The Fragile’, there does seem to be too many instrumentals where songs like ‘Into The Void’, ‘The Perfect Drug’ or ‘Ruiner’ would have slotted in nicely.
The extra stuff on the DVD menu isn’t exactly going to get your heart pounding but this is partly made up for by the inclusion of hidden stuff. There is hidden footage of NIN and Marilyn Manson performing part of ‘Starf**kers Inc.’ and ‘The Beautiful People’, NIN performing ‘Reptile’ plus some trailers and ads for ‘The Fragile’. It's a bit of a shame that all this stuff was added as hidden material; for example, if the NIN/Manson stuff was included on the extras menu then it would have added to the appeal of the whole DVD.
The only minus point against this DVD is the lack of any extras that have any involvement or input from Trent himself. Seeing that Trent IS Nine Inch Nails then surely an interview or even a commentary would have been welcome inclusions.
I just can’t recommend this DVD strongly enough and if, like me, you haven’t seen much of NIN’s live work then this has landed just in time. Roll on the 'Bleedthrough' tour.


All This Time
All This Time
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A short career ahead I'm afraid, 7 Jan. 2004
This review is from: All This Time (Audio CD)
While it must be said that I generally loathe 'pop music' and that anything concerning musical quality is purely down to opinion, I still find it utterly incredible that Michelle McManus is 2003's Pop Idol. In terms of it's overall feel, this single certainly conjures up memories of Will Young's debut hit, the awful 'Evergreen'. But, like or loathe him, Will Young has character and his subsequent releases have his instantly-recognisable personality stamped all over them; Michelle's single is just the usual pop nonsense; a timid, manufactured attempt at a pop power-ballad with a singalong, semi-epic feel to try and show off Michelle's voice as being above average. If that's the case then it doesn't work for me.
We end up in a position where a girl may be deluded into thinking that she may have a long career in music to look forward to, due to her success on Pop Idol. I fear that this will not be the case for Michelle McManus; morally correct or not, image is utterly and totally vital in the current pop market. Christina Aguilera has a magnificent voice and is an extremely attractive girl, but would she have even been considered for a recording contract if she was 252lb? What's worse is if she got a recording contract would the public even bother with her after the first couple of singles? It's a harsh thought, but it's true. Hear'say and One True Voice are long-gone, David Sneddon has already talked of retirement [!], Gareth Gates' career has begun to falter and, for all her fine voice and good looks, Kelly Clarkson's career has yet to manifest itself in the UK. And these are all people who could not possibly have received votes for being 'physical underdogs'. A better example may be Rik Waller; one 'hit' and he was gone, and I still believe that his image was his curse, rightly or wrongly.
Those with true talent [Will Young] or occasional killer releases [Liberty X] will find their footing in the mainstream. Michelle McManus may need a selection of the most killer-of-killer tracks to stamp any sort of authority on the music scene. Even then I fear that her limited talents and short term appeal will be her undoing in the long run. Good luck to her nonetheless.


Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (PS2)
Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (PS2)
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £4.93

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First impressions are not good..., 26 Dec. 2003
I have recently read an Amazon review of PES3 by someone called 'materiaux from Dublin Ireland'. As this person only gave the game 2/5 the review was not exactly flooded with 'yes' votes!! However, I for one agree almost entirely with what was said in that review.
I am not what you would call a world-class PES2 player, but I had a good grasp of the basics and could more than hold my own against CPU oppositon. In PES3 I am struggling just to get the ball off players who turn out for Iran and Ecuador! In the previous two PES games defending was a matter of timing, now it seems more like a game of chance. CPU players effortlessly dribble from one side of the pitch to the other, easily shrugging off challenges from supposedly world-class defenders. The technique of closing down attackers with the X or Square buttons mostly results in your defender running past the oncoming forward, who does no more than run in a straight line. Totally infuriating.
The game does not even manage to compensate for it's defensive inadequacies with well-balanced attacking play. More often than not strikers are left completely surrounded by the CPU's defenders and support from midfield takes an eternity to catch up - by which time the ball is lost. Again this is common even when playing as France against Saudi Arabia!
A plus point are the new set of ball tricks which have been introduced. This was an area where PES1 and PES2 were both sadly lacking, only containing the completely useless step-overs. I found the 'R2 sidestep' feature to be the most effective of the new skills, but the rest seem to be little more than window dressing as the CPU's Zeus-like defenders have already swarmed round you like moths round a light bulb.
The game's graphics, while certainly more highly detailed, also look a hell of a lot more grainy than PES3's predecessors. Maybe this is more of a problem with the PS2 than Konami. There have also been points made about the refereeing in PES3. I don't have a problem with the AI of the refs as such [different refs see fouls differently after all], and, even though you have no control over it, the new handball feature is a nice touch. My only complaint here goes back to my earlier point about defending; it's hard not to get a player sent-off when it's so hard to get the ball back from the CPU.
While the game's passing system is still very good and the choice of teams is excellent the overall impression left by PES3 is a one of massive disappointment. I neither hope or expect any game I buy to be a complete pushover as soon as I insert the disc but I do hope and expect sequels to be big improvements over their previous incarnations.
I loved PES1 & PES2; they were [and still are] two of the greatest football games in history but for me PES3 has soiled the series. Here's to PES4.


The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 8)
The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 8)
by Lemony Snicket
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good series continues..., 18 Aug. 2003
The Hostile Hospital is a good book. There are some slight changes in this book compared to the last seven, for example, no-one in the hospital serves as the Baudelaires' guardian; in the previous seven books Count Olaf, V.F.D., Aunt Josephine, etc. was their guardian. I enjoyed this book, but it could have been more realistic. I wouldn't choose this book as my favourite in "A Series of Unfortunate Events" as there has been better. My favourite book of the series would have to be "The Ersatz Elevator", yet that might change when the ninth book is released


I, Assassin
I, Assassin
Price: £9.95

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best bonus tracks ever, 5 Aug. 2003
This review is from: I, Assassin (Audio CD)
I always remember this album in particular for two of Gary Numan's best singles, `Music For Chameleons' and `We Take Mystery To Bed' (his last Top 10 hit). `I, Assassin' followed on from the mighty `Dance' and while it is not really anywhere near it's predecessor in terms of experimentation and overall musical quality it is still a pretty fine effort nonetheless. It could almost be classed as `Dance-lite' as Numan continued with the fretless bass and sax but in a much more upbeat, commercial manner.

There aren't any real bad tracks on this album as such; for me only `'War Songs' really stood out as an average track while stuff like the aforementioned singles and the magnificent `This Is My House' are the tracks which left the most lasting impression. Where Gary Numan really slipped up with `I, Assassin' is only evident when you get to the B-sides and bonus tracks, as some of them are MILES better than the album's original tracks, which as I said earlier weren't half-bad themselves. Considering that `I, Assassin' only had 8 tracks on it's original release it seems baffling why songs like `War Games', `The Image Is', `This House Is Cold' and the classic `Noise, Noise' were only used as B-sides or 12" extras. These tracks really do enhance this album even further making `I, Assassin' an even more attractive purchase now than it was in 1982.
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