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An Adventure in Space and Time [DVD]
An Adventure in Space and Time [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Bradley
Price: £6.80

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Brilliance, 23 Nov 2013
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A nostalgic tribute to 50 years in time and space, Mark Gatiss' docu-drama is by far, the very best of its genre. Taking great care not to produce an exclusively 'fan-boy' offering, what Gatiss succeeds in relating, are the numerous intricacies involved in 60's television production.To a man and woman, the ensemble cast are excellent. David Bradley (an actor similarly known for his grumpy on screen performances) delivers a genuinely impressive performance as the 1st Doctor, William Hartnell; his latter scenes being particularly poignant. If 'Day of the Doctor' fails to hit all the right notes, then 'An Adventure in Space and Time' will have more than made up for it. Now will someone please hand Mark Gatiss a writers' award?


Marvel Now! Omnibus
Marvel Now! Omnibus
by Marvel Comics
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £67.50

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Mine Marvel, 27 July 2013
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As a forty something year old it's safe to say that my prior experience of Marvel Comics was gleaned from its output in the 1970's.Like so many who found youthful enjoyment in the exploits of The Amazing Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk, getting older somehow got in the way of enjoying the escapism.Following the overwhelming success of Marvels 'Avengers Assemble' and (in a state of semi-retirement) having the free time to do so, I decided to catch up on the Marvel universe as it currently stands. Given that I can be harshly critical, I have to admit that after reading Marvel Now, the current renderings of the company's finest remain as absorbing and exciting as ever. Though somewhat pricey, what you get in Marvel Now is an eclectic mix of introductory titles, all of which are wonderfully scripted and deftly illustrated. That Marvel continues to evolve its characters is a testament to its love of the genre and, as an introduction to its current crop of titles, this book is wholly indispensable.


ZOMBIES! An Illustrated History of the Undead
ZOMBIES! An Illustrated History of the Undead
by Jovanka Vuckovic
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies Rock!, 30 Nov 2011
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Due in no small part to such TV shows as "The Walking Dead" and such console games as "Dead Island", the zombie has never been so culturally significant. The star of countless films, comic books, and boardgames, and a creature that has prompted a slew of "survival" manuals, had the zombie adhered to its cultural voodoo origins, the archetype would have been little more than a footnote in the history of the genre. With a foreword by the "grandfather of the ghoul" George A. Romero, this lavishly illustrated, lovingly rendered book deserves a place on every zombie fans bookshelf. With carefully selected photographs complimenting the text beautifully, this user friendly work examines the history of the zombie whilst bringing us bang up to date with its influence on contemporary popular culture.One of a batch of zombie related books I've read of late, this attractive hardbound edition will stimulate the imagination of those new to the genre, whilst at the same time will appease the critical eye of the purist.
Highly recommended.


500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide
500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide
Price: £10.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A deliberate oversight?, 3 Nov 2011
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Whilst 500 Essential Cult Movies knowledgeably explores a plethora of celluloid entries, the one film it ignores (in favour, perhaps, of Kubrick's tedious "The Shining") is William Friedkin's "The Exorcist"."The Exorcist" qualifies as 'cult' purely through its continuous influence on popular culture. I can only assume that the author harbours an inherent dislike for the film; what other reason could there be for its glaring omission? A poor show in my opinion.


Alien Vault: The Definitive Story Behind the Film
Alien Vault: The Definitive Story Behind the Film
by Ian Nathan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, 21 Sep 2011
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Whilst not going into the depth of Scanlon and Gross' "The Book of Alien", "ALIEN: Vault" is a must have for fans of Ridley Scott's ground-breaking 70's sci-fi horror. On the wealth of behind the scenes stills alone, worth it's RRP, where "Vault" goes above and beyond is through the glorious collection of sleeved memorabillia you'll find secreted within. A hardback book bound in a resilient outer sleeve, not only is this aesthetically pleasing, it's abundant with thoughtful insights into the pre and post-production of the film itself. Conceptual artwork, floorplans of the Nostromo and storyboard facsimilles aside, the authors love for the movie is what sells this most. An extremely well executed piece of work that advocates of ALIEN will return to time and time again, I simply couldn't recommend this one enough.


Letters From Whitechapel
Letters From Whitechapel
Price: £39.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant!, 15 Jun 2011
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Letters From Whitechapel (Toy)
Having possessed more than a fleeting interest in the 'Whitechapel Murders' and being a keen board-gamer to boot, the announcement of 'Letters From Whitechapel' had piqued my interest almost from the offset. Though designed for play for up to six players, 'Letters From Whitechapel' plays far better in the one-on-one scenario. With one player taking on the role of the nefarious 'Jack the Ripper' and the other, the forces of Victorian law and order, the battle of minds between those partaking is both tense and utterly involving. Based on the five canonical murders of 1888, the game is played over four consequetive 'game' nights. The down-trodden unfortunates are on the streets, and after identifying his hide-out, Jack must despatch each one of them without getting himself caught. Utilising as its game-board a numbered map of the East End and incorporating a secret movement chart for the ruthless killer, the player/s controlling the police must attempt to second guess where the killer is located on the area of play an execute an arrest. Should Jack go on to claim his last victim, the combined forces of vigilance will have failed.On the other hand, if the killer is located and brought to justice, the streets of Whitechapel will be (relatively) safe again. Beautifully packaged and well designed, 'Letters from Whitechapel' is a consummate work of strategic board-gaming. Competetively priced, and extremely user friendly, I really can't recommend this one enough.


The Green Hornet [DVD] [2011]
The Green Hornet [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Seth Rogen
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £4.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mindless Fun, 15 Jun 2011
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Originally a stable-mate of the awful 1960's 'Batman' series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, 'The Green Hornet' similarly, was the brain-child of American TV producer Bill Dozier. Most notable for its co-starring of Jeet Kune-Do legend Bruce Lee as the ever reliable sidekick Kato, 'The Green Hornet' in it's original guise, was a criminally short-lived albeit, wonderfully entertaining piece of 60's pulp television. Given the overwhelming attraction of the four colour comic-book hero in the new millennia, and the apparent dependency film companies now have on the medium, it was almost inevitable that at some juncture, 'The Green Hornet' would make a long overdue return. The casting announcement of 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno's' Seth Rogen as the playboy masked vigilante had originally been the cause of some personal concern.Noted for his infallable comic appearances, the notion that Rogen was to attempt a 'dramatic' role was a little too much to contemplate. If you're looking for high superheroic drama ala Christopher Nolan's 'Batman Begins', in the case of 'The Green Hornet', you're going to be sadly disappointed. If however, you're in the mood for an up-beat buddy movie awash with clever gadgets, and even cleverer one-liners, then 'The Green Hornet' is precisely the film for you. Don't allow the 'nay-sayers' to put you off this one. If you're not adverse to a work of comic escapism, you really should check this out.


The Ordeal (Calvaire) [DVD]
The Ordeal (Calvaire) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurent Lucas
Price: £7.05

3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarrely fascinating, 15 Jun 2011
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A dark pastiche that pays tribute to such 1970's classics as Deliverance (hostile gun-toting locals), and Straw Dogs (an isolated house under siege) Calvaire is a wonderfully atmospheric piece of Belgian backwoods terror. An astute exercise in surrealism, and a distinctly urbanised reflection on country bumpkin mentality, whilst Calvaire might not be the most original of productions, what it does bring to the table is a decidedly unique take on rejection, isolation, and insane infatuation. With a story that revolves around the unfortunate stranding of an entertainer in the Belgian countryside (and his subsequent imprisonment by a demented hotelier) Calvaire throws up some rather unique insights into the vast - often disturbed - human psyche. Less visceral than the current crop of French horrors, (but no less unsettling in its absence) where Calvaire raises the bar is through the curious relationship of its two pivotal players. Honouring requests for a private performance, Marc unwittingly triggers the old man's resentment towards a wife that has long since abandoned him. Convinced that she has returned in the form of his unfortunate guest, Bartel ensures the singers presence by sabotaging his van and adroitly rendering him unconscious. Bound to a chair and dressed in the absent woman's clothing, Marc's physical and psychological torture begins earnest. Taking into account the Neanderthal countenance of the ensemble (all male) cast, as the clean cut outsider, it is Marc who becomes the film's feminine aspect. Now a surrogate wife for the clearly unbalanced Bartel, it isn't long before he attracts by far more 'unwanted' attention. An offbeat production populated by characters that wouldn't look out of place in an asylum, Calvaire is a consummate example of Belgian avant garde.
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Dans Ma Peau [2002] [DVD]
Dans Ma Peau [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marina de Van
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disturbing, 15 Jun 2011
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A highly original and extraordinary piece of work, Dans Ma Peau epitomises the very experimental nature of the 'New French Extreme'. A body horror by way of David Cronenberg's Crash, directed by and starring Francois Ozon collaborator Marina de Van, Dans Ma Peau forwards a taboo shattering image of deliberate self-harm. After recieving a deep gash to her leg, a young research analyst becomes dangerously fascinated by her own skin. A clandestine addiction, and a distraction from mounting personal and professional pressures, the woman's self-destructive tendencies push her towards to the brink of mental collapse. An obsessive compulsion - the result of which places it very firmly in the horror genre - director de Van opts to explore the affliction from an increasingly visceral point of view. Growing ever more dependent upon the desire to harm herself, Esther's graduation from initial cutting to the eventual gnawing of her skin, is equally tragic as it repulsive. A far cry from such genre archetypes as the vampire and the zombie, wherein the threat is clearly manifest, in Dans Ma Peau there is no differentiating between the victim and victimizer. Visually and audibly disquieting, the scenes of self harm - picking at sutures with a rusty door hinge before progressing onto the practice of cannibalistic auto-erotica - are incredibly difficult to watch, and in Dans Ma Peau, there is little ground that de Van leaves unexplored. A scathing reflection as to the over-emphasis placed on body image, Dans Ma Peau affords a timely reminder on the physical and psychological dangers of hopeless addiction.


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