S. Riley

Top Reviewer Ranking: 7,761
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (293 of 335)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 7,761 - Total Helpful Votes: 293 of 335
World War II ~ Countdown To Victory (11DVDS) (PAL)&hellip
3.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable, 3 Jun 2014
No talking heads here. All narration over plenty of archive film footage. The downside being that some of it is repeated numerous times across various episodes, and often it doesn't match the narration.

Couple of examples: Footage of US troops & armour during the Battle of the Bulge (1944-45) and from the German-Russian war on the Eastern Front is shown while the narrator talks about the Russo-Finnish "Winter War", and footage from the late-war Pacific "island hopping" campaign is used to illustrate the Japanese attack on the Philippines in 1941-42.

A decent enough (though unremarkable) broad overview of the six years of conflict, but the above will probably grate with… Read more
Autumn Sky ~ Blackmore's Night
Autumn Sky ~ Blackmore's Night
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Hum, 21 Dec 2013
Probably the weakest album of the entire BN back catalogue. Ritchie and Candice very much going through the motions with this one and "phoning it in". No stand-out tracks at all, all very same-old same-old, and as another reviewer put it, strictly elevator music. For BN completists only.
Winter Carols ~ Blackmore's Night
Winter Carols ~ Blackmore's Night
I do love this album. It features an interesting mix of traditional carols and Christmas songs that have all been given that familiar Blackmore's Night treatment in their arrangement. So if you're a BN fan there really is nothing to dislike here. It's perfect to put on on a cold winter's night during the festive season with the lights down low, candles lit, the dog / cat curled up all snug in front of the fire and a large glass of mulled wine in your hand.

The only thing that puzzles me is the inclusion of "Wish You Were Here", a song off the very first BN album. For one thing it's a very sad and melancholy song (to the point of being borderline depressing), and as far as I can… Read more

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