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Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD] [1970]
Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD] [1970]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Offered by actionrecords
Price: £15.00

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolfmen Attack!!!, 22 Jun 2006
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Long ago there was a time were the Doctor was a man, a serious man, he acted like a dignified hero and not like an over excited teenager that's just got a new Raleigh Grifter, That's a little Jib at David Tennant by the by. Ah gone are those days but we can still take a peak with BBC's DVD releases and this one, Inferno is an absolute gem, Yes it's from a different time, 1970, with different standards in special effect and production but if you're the kind of person that doesn't have the imagination to see beyond the clunky unconvincing special effects you've no business watching it.
This 7 parter tells the story of a British government sponsored Drilling experiment, The rather obtuse Scientist in charge believes that drilling through the earths crust would tap into reserves of a super gas that could cheaply fuel the UK for years to come, The Doctors involved as an adviser and as far as the chief scientist is concerned an unwelcome one, Whilst tinkering with his own experiment off activating the Tardis's Main console he quickly becomes concerned by the drilling and the sudden appearance of members of staff who after coming in contact with a mysterious green Goo have turned into bizarre green versions of Lon Chaney Jr. Later whilst the Doctor is using the Tardis console he accidentally gets transported to a parallel universe, in this universe the drilling experiment is under way in a UK governed by a 1984 Big Brother style government. In this parallel UK they successfully drill through the earths crust unleashing all sorts of bad stuff, bad stuff like the world blowing up, The doctor of course escapes back to his own universe to prevent the drilling and the same thing happening to his UK.
The Lon Chaney jr monsters running around are obviously an after thought, you get the impression they probably wrote it and thought " Bugger we've no monsters, here's 50p!! , down the corner shop and get some Green poster paint and a wolfman mask", never the less this really doesn't detract from the story, it adds a little excitement, even if it is a little bewildering. There are a few other flaws, not massive ones, I accuse myself of petty niggling to even think of them, just ignore all that and enjoy!, enjoy a ripping good Dr Who story from a time that's lost to us, savour it.

Special mention has to go to the Doctors assistant Caroline John who ( Shock horror) unlike Katy manning can Actually act!!.
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Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £57.95

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potato's with no meat, 7 April 2006
It's quite difficult to review this game, coming from the same developers who created the incredible ICO, so many hard core gamers have waited long and hard for Shadow, a game everybody thought would be a an absolute gem, a work of video game art.
Again the creators of ICO have come out with something new, something that breaks all the video game rules but it's a break to far, Shadow is a series of Boss encounters which leave you feeling like the meat of the game has been left out, insubstantial, it's as unearthly and ghostly as the strange ambiance of the games vision. You wander from one boss encounter to the other with the distances you need to travel getting larger and larger. The landscape is interesting but that's all, it's not really interactive, you can look at it but you can't touch.
The bosses themselves are a visual tour de force, spectacular giants that you have to scale and find some weak spot in order to kill them, Once you killed a few of them you start to realise there's very little involved in doing this, once you've figured out how to scale them it's really just a matter of hanging on and sticking your sword in every now and then. The colossus themselves are somewhat impotent, being mostly incapable of shaking you off or causing you any damage. It can be quite exciting and the diversity of the bosses can keep you interested but as they fall one by one you are left thinking " was that it??".
All in all what can I say, Short, unsatisfying but spectacular at times.

Road Games [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Road Games [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Stacy Keach

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ozzywood Classic, 14 Feb 2006
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Stacy Keach takes the lead as an american working, with his dingo on the big rigs in Australia, the plot revolves around Keach's encounters with a van driver following the same route across the outback. Throw in several murders of pretty female hitchhikers and it slowly becomes obvious to you and Keech that this van driver is the culprit. Jamie Lee Curtis joins Keach on his adventure as a runaway heiress Hitchhiker and is as charming as ever.
Keach has always been a fine actor, better than people give him credit for and with the help of an excellent script he makes a believable lead, theres no point in the film that any of the actors do or say anything that a real person wouldn't do or say in that self same situation. All in all this is a lovely little Ozzy film, full of the kind of little touches that can make an average film into an excellent film, even the moments with just Keach driving through the deserts of Australia that could be just blank moments he keeps the interest up with his constant dialog with his pet Dingo.
Give road games a chance, you won't regret it.

Solar Crisis [1992] [DVD]
Solar Crisis [1992] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tim Matheson
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £1.99

33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Alan Smithe film, need I say more, 9 Jan 2006
This review is from: Solar Crisis [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
Well obviously I do have to say more to fill this space, I'd never heard of this film and got suckered in by the 70's looking cover, An unknown Charlton Heston sci fi classic,, , , no!. This is a low budget affair and commits a fault a lot of low budget films make, namely to put too much of a plot in. The basic plot of a mission to the sun to prevent a solar flare from burning the earth, fine thats enough. But the had to add a government plan to thwart the mission which I could never quite figure out, a mole in the crew and a search on earth for the captians missing son, too much, add to that simply the worst dialog I've ever heard. Truely truely dreadful, please don't waste hours of your life watching this when you could be watching paint dry.

Day the Earth Caught Fire [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Day the Earth Caught Fire [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Janet Munro
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £32.95

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Anti Nuclear Film, 15 Jun 2005
I remember seeing this film on Saturday afternoons when I was a kid and rewatching as an adult made me appreciate just what this film has to say. The day the Earth caught fire was made at a time when people lived with the fear that world could at any time be decimated by nuclear war, even when I was a child it seemed quite probable yet people doggidly went on with there lives. There's an element of this in The day the Earth caught fire as people continue to live their lives as the earth rocked by nuclear tests hurtles towards the sun.
Edward Judd plays a reporter for a london newspaper who through bouts of drinking discovers that similtanious nuclear tests by the americans and russians have dislodged the earth from it's orbit and have set it on course to hit the sun, Judds not bad in the role and Janet Munro makes an excellent and sexy female interest but Leo McKern can't help but steal the show. His grizzled portrayal of Judds friend and newpaper journo is electrifying to watch. It's worth the money just to see him but you won't have wasted any cash on this film even if he hadn't been in it. The day the Earth caught fire is an intelligent taught and highly entertaining film, to call it Sci fi would be wrong, It's just an excellent drama with a slightly far fetched plot. Although at the time it really didn't seem that far fetched living under the shadow of the bomb.
The end is particularly un Hollywood as it leaves you hanging, never finding out the fate of the characters.

Battlestar Galactica - The Mini Series [2003] [DVD] [2004]
Battlestar Galactica - The Mini Series [2003] [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos
Price: £2.73

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars But not as we know it, 11 May 2004
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I have always loved the original series, It appeared just at the right time in my youth and since then having rewatched it time and time again I've grown to appreciate it in so many more ways. I was with this in mind when I bought the new mini series by the Sci Fi channel.
I had hoped the series would be more of the same but I was greeted with a new vision of Galactica, and a pretty entertaining one at that. This isn't the old Galactica scrubbed up for a new generation, It's new, reworked, redesigned and sure to upset Galactica fans. But the scripts good, it's well acted by the main characters, and most importantly were the original series had 50 minutes to tell it's complicated and emotive story the new series has a full 3 hours to give it justice.
The characters have gone through a revamp too admittedly with varying degrees of success, Starbucks had a sex change and has emerged as a shallow stereo typical hero stroke token female for the MTV generation, Baltor on the other hand has changed from a cackling comic strip villain to a complicated character who you can't decide wether to hate or sympathise with.
All in all Galactica's not perfect, It's well rounded and more believable now but it's lost some of it's charm, It is however a good production and stands on it's own as a fine piece of entertainment well worth the cost.
P.S. the special effects are breathtaking.

Yamada DVD 5520 Multi-region DVD Player
Yamada DVD 5520 Multi-region DVD Player

4.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, 26 Aug 2003
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Absoloutly amazing value, great picture, plays just about everything, even plays Mpg's and avi's you've saved off your computer, Jpg's Vcd's Mp3's, the list goes on, The best 40 I've ever spent without breaking the Law.
The only bad point being that sometimes the the door won't open, it will eventually after a few try's but it can be tricky.


4.0 out of 5 stars smooth jazz, 20 Mar 2003
This review is from: Ecco! (Audio CD)
This album is a fantastic piece of jazz and although packaged as a 60's retro product it has a timeless quality to it. Most of the tracks are quite loungy, the Love Theme from Spartacus is particullarly inspired and worth the purchase alone.
If your into Jazz or just looking for good music do try this, I got heavily into Jazz after buying this cause I liked the cover.

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls [VHS]
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls [VHS]
Price: £14.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How very odd, 17 Oct 2002
This was the only Russ Meyer movie that had a budget of any sort but for all the money and studio interference it's still a typical Meyer work. The movie even when trying to be normal still has that odd alternative way of looking at things that's soo Meyer, an example being the emotional scene were the main male character dramatically leaps from the scaffolding above a stage were his girlfriends band is playing, the falling body is accompanied by the sound of a plane diving.
The film is so dated and that's part of it's charm, It's definitely a work of it's time and makes it all the odder for it, highly recommended for fans of the sixties, the odd and the bizarre.

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter (PC)
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter (PC)
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £3.39

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the firt one?, 17 July 2002
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I played the first one of these and loved it, gleefully looked forward to the second one and good, more of the same, just what I wanted. However and it's a big however, Serious Sam 2 after a while started to bore me, the developers had stuck in some theme rooms, ie a zero gravity room, a rotating room, a dark room all in the attempt to freshen things up but it all left me with this feeling that it was all a bit desperate and directionless.
Serious Sam 2 looks better than the first one and probably if I hadn't played the first one would have been great, but I had played the first one and was ultimatly unsatisfied with this sequel.

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