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The Tripods: Series 1 [DVD] [1984]
The Tripods: Series 1 [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ John Shackley
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: 13.98

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Tripods, 27 Nov 2004
This has dated badly. The first half of the series is slow, very very over lighted 80ies ish with 3 leads who do their best but are hardly every sympathetic or involving and contrived cliff hangers that often consisted of a tripod in the distance oh help let's hide. If you have fond memories of this from childhood and don't want them spoilt stop now. Having said that, if you can sit through the first half in detached curiosity, the second half does get better when the director is changed to old Doctor Who hand Christopher Barry and the leads do seem more settled and he does seem to get more from them. Also more time is spent drawing the minor characters met. The Tripods themselves have dated well, in the same way as the 1950's War Of The World machines have, have maintained their 'reality' and only look really modelish in one shot. The music and the title sequence are still impressive and effective. But taken as a whole this does not deserve the tag 'classic' as it does not compare well with the troubled Doctor Who of the time that it is widely accepted as a replacement for because it lacks the atmosphere due to being an effects rather than character driven piece.


The Dream Of Scipio
The Dream Of Scipio
by Iain Pears
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Of Scipio, 14 Jun 2004
This review is from: The Dream Of Scipio (Paperback)
This book is best summed up as the more things change the more things stay the same. Central to the book's themes are love, friendship and the preservation of society and we follow 3 men in 3 different times accross History when France faces social collapse who have to try and balance those 3 things. It's very lyrical and the use of the manuscript binds it together wonderfully but the constant jumps between time zones can be distracting and you can be left trying to remember where you are because each visit can be quite short in comparison to say A.S. Byatt's 'Possession' but you still become gripped enough to want to know each story's ending. The only thing being at the end of the book you're left wondering which hero achieved the most and whether the sacrfices each made were worth it or not.


The Wind In The Willows [VHS] [1995]
The Wind In The Willows [VHS] [1995]
VHS
Offered by stephensmith_426
Price: 16.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Willows In Winter, 14 Mar 2004
A Lovely follow up to what I still think is the best adaption of the Wind in the Willows, this cartoon is a great way to spend a lazy Sunday Afternoon in front of the fire. Toad is still as mischevious as ever and Rik Mayall so obviously enjoys the role to the hilt but the sequences in which Mole is lost and feared dead may upset some of the smaller ones in the audience.


Doctor Who - Invasion Of The Dinosaurs [1973] [VHS]
Doctor Who - Invasion Of The Dinosaurs [1973] [VHS]
VHS

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who and The Invasion Of The Dinorsaurs, 29 Oct 2003
I found myself wishing, while watching this, that they'd released the whole story in black and white because it adds something to the first atmospheric shots of a deserted London and also hides the worst CSO since The Claws Of Axos. I know it shouldn't be allowed to detract from the story and also that we shouldn't be too hard on an effects team working pre CGI but in all of the colour episodes you can see that the monsters are models filmed seperately and for the most part then projected onto a film screen while the actors react by standing up beside that screen and it looses the action any credibility it might have and prevents it from being at all spooky.
Jon Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney are up to their usual standards and enjoying themselves, John Levene's Benton is good as he comes to terms with the fact that 2 of his superiors are involved in the conspiracy and decides to side with the Doctor whatever the consequences, Elizabeth Sladen's Sarah is the gutsy investigative jounralist from The Time Warrior and I think it's a good story and if it had been made now, with all of the effects available to programme makers now, it would have been gripping with the right mix of action and thoughtful drama.
As it is because of the time it was made it suffers and has a mixture of everyone enjoying themselves and maybe winding down to John Pertwee's departure in a couple of stories time and a sense of tiredness in that yet again we have a deserted London being menaced by whatever with the Doctor saving the day, making it understandable why the production team decided to set the Doctor's adventures back in the rest of the Universe for the majority of his fourth incarnation.
Not the greatest John Pertwee story, stick to Spearhead from Space or the stories either side of this one.


Ice Age [VHS] [2002]
Ice Age [VHS] [2002]
VHS
Offered by pkeylock
Price: 0.01

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ice Age, 19 Oct 2003
This review is from: Ice Age [VHS] [2002] (VHS Tape)
Although this is a kid's film Adults will enjoy the antics of the cynical mammoth, sneaky sabre tooth tiger and the odd one as they try to reunite a human baby with his family. Has some memorable characters but will always be remembered for its daft mammal and his precious acorn. This came out the same year as Monsters Inc and probably suffered for it because although it's funny and hits some of the same plot points as M.I. it somehow misses something even though in its own way it's as original as M.I. So really only recommended for those who didn't buy the Disney Film.


Monsters, Inc. [VHS] [2002]
Monsters, Inc. [VHS] [2002]
VHS
Offered by watsonsinc
Price: 7.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsters Inc, 11 Oct 2003
Call themselves the Scare Team? They are cute no other word for them but the whole idea that there is a world run by our Kid's nightmares releasing energy is wonderful and you can imagine a few kids opening their cupboard doors to see if Sully is in there so that they can sneak through for a quick explore. Boo steals the show though and there's one scene when they're in the loos and Sully asks Boo if she's finished only to get the door slammed in his face which will make adults roar with laughter because if we've been in charge of small kids, we've so been there. There's also a scene involving a chase through the world's portals shaped like doors which is brilliant and the nearest to a roller coaster I ever want to get. But, as always with these things, it's the relationship between Sullly and Mike that really makes it. Highly recommended


Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets [2002] [VHS]
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets [2002] [VHS]
VHS
Offered by EWARDS SPECIALS
Price: 3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars The Chamber Of Secrets, 11 Oct 2003
This is darker. It's also not a good film to see if you're scared of spiders, like poor Ron, 'cos the giant spiders in this are believable and I was watching between my fingers at that point. There are some things which are just the same as last time. Hogwarts, there's something evil working in the background and Harry and co break rules to fight it but you also get the feel these kids have got closer because of what they've already faced. There's also the whole doubting Harry's the good guy bit because he can talk a snake's language and the sense that Harry and Voldemort are 2 sides of the same coin, which people who've read the books know is developed later on. But if you're not going to see it for any other reason, watch it for the flying car at the beginning because that bit is brilliant!


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [Theatrical Version] [VHS] [2002]
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [Theatrical Version] [VHS] [2002]
VHS
Offered by pkeylock
Price: 1.48

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Two Towers, 11 Oct 2003
In this film the Fellowship of the Ring splits up with Frodo continuing to the Fire Mountain while the main group of the Fellowship go to rescue his fellow Hobbits. Really everything you've heard about the Fellowship of the Ring applies to this and some. The battle between the Orcs and the good guys at one particular fort is amazing, edge of the seat stuff. While on the emotional side you have Frodo trying to combat the ring's influence on anyone who 'owns' it, hide from the Dark Lord's troops and try to reach out to the Golem and seemingly managing it, until the end of the film anyway. When you come out you feel like you've been wrung out as it's 3 hours of emotional on the edge of your seat film but if you want a 'grown up' alternative to Harry Potter it's got it all.


Doctor Who: The War Machines [VHS]
Doctor Who: The War Machines [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: 3.98

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The War Machines, 11 Oct 2003
I think I'm right in saying this is one of the first stories to be completely based on contemporary Earth and to benefit from the 'Yeti in the Loos at Tooting Bec' effect. It's atmospheric and very creepy to watch the War Machines trundle through the streets of London controlled by a super Computer in the then newly opened Post Office Tower. I suppose it was written to touch on the fears of where computerisation would lead and it does scare. It also is the story that introduces the sailor, Ben and the resourceful Polly who are both fun believable characters and an improvement on Dodo who feels very wooden. There are lighter bits, such as a policeman trying to go into the TARDIS thinking it's a real police box until he sees an out of order sign, and William Hartnell seems to be enjoying himself. Well worth a look.


Doctor Who: The Hartnell Years [VHS]
Doctor Who: The Hartnell Years [VHS]
VHS

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who The Hartnell Years, 11 Oct 2003
This, like the Troughton Years, is a good way to see all the odd episodes from the era still in the BBC's archives and mourn the loss of the rest of the story and the other losses from the era. But if you want to get a real feel for the series, buy one of the complete stories, especially The Daleks or The War Machines, and leave this to completist fans like me.


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