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Man in a Suitcase: ITC-land Volume 1
Man in a Suitcase: ITC-land Volume 1
by Rodney Marshall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the Guide, buy the DVD and enjoy!, 24 Nov. 2015
This is an online review of the book from the United States:

I feel that I should begin this short review of Lee and Marshall’s guide to Man in a Suitcase with a confession. Despite the quasi-religious hold which it has over its cult followers, I have never really liked The Prisoner. Sure, it looks great, I love the location, the atmosphere and the music, but it lacks something….soul. McGoohan was uncomfortable with actresses and it shows. He only wanted to make seven episodes and that shows too. There is a distinct lack of wit and humour. Call me a blasphemer, but I think it is overrated, with critics seemingly unwilling or unable to see through it. What has any of this to do with Suitcase? Good question. When McGoohan called a stop to Danger Man, the crew was split in two: half worked on The Prisoner, half on Suitcase. One show is remembered with whispered reverence, the other disappeared without trace. Well, give me Bradford’s McGill. Any day.
Lee and Marshall offer a critical guide to all thirty episodes. Rather than try to write ‘together’ they have gone their separate ways and written fifteen chapters each. Their styles are very different, which I like, even if I’d have preferred alternate chapters from each, rather than batches. As a crude generalization, Lee is wittier, offers a deeper knowledge of sixties television but a far shallower analysis; Marshall digs far deeper, despite his shorter, drier guides. Take your pick. The former is at his best when he holds back a bit, as in Brainwash which is a gem of a chapter on a gem of an episode. I prefer the latter when he concentrates on analyzing the episode, rather than categorizing or comparing them. Lee tends to ‘overwrite’; Marshall to ‘underwrite’.
I’m being picky, though. The book is well-written, thought-provoking and fun. Overall, they have done a fine job. Half the time I wanted to put the book down…in order to watch the episode being talked about: Sweet Sue, Brainwash, Day of Execution, Web With Four Spiders, Dead Man’s Shoes, The Whisper, Why They Killed Nolan, Three Blinks of the Eyes…The guide reminded me what a great show it is (most of the time), how Bradford’s risk-taking paid off and how much soul it has. It also reminded me how public opinion often sucks.
Read the guide, buy the DVD and enjoy.
Philip Cordeau
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Doctor Who: The Vault  (First Edition)
Doctor Who: The Vault (First Edition)
by Marcus Hearn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 July 2015
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First class 'coffee book' with glorious photos, which was what I was looking for.


See No Evil [DVD]
See No Evil [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mia Farrow
Price: £4.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent thriller if a little too unpleasant, 26 July 2015
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Decent, disturbing film. It is a slow burner - which I don't mind - but is arguably overly sadistic.


Man in a Suitcase: Original Soundtrack
Man in a Suitcase: Original Soundtrack
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £18.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have but too expensive, 26 July 2015
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I love the series and the music is part of the charm. It is a very expensive CD though, taking advantage of the fans who 'have' to buy it.


In the Flesh - Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
In the Flesh - Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Luke Newberry
Price: £9.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching but..., 26 July 2015
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The first mini-series is first class, beautifully filmed and memorable. I got the feeling that the ideas ran out half way through Series 2 which is a great shame.


Vans Churchill, Men's Trainers, Black/Mid Grey, 8 UK
Vans Churchill, Men's Trainers, Black/Mid Grey, 8 UK

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and cool., 26 July 2015
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Comfortable and cool.


The Prisoner [DVD]
The Prisoner [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick McGoohan
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £23.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive DVD but..., 26 July 2015
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Comprehensive extras and beautifully restored images. Perhaps it's just me but while the series is innovative and memorable I found the episodes mildly pretentious and McGoohan's acting OTT at times.
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And Soon The Darkness [DVD]
And Soon The Darkness [DVD]
Dvd ~ Pamela Franklin
Price: £4.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and Outré, 26 July 2015
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First class thriller. Beautifully filmed with a backdrop which is a character in its own right. Atmospheric and outré.


After the Crash
After the Crash
by Michel Bussi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class Thriller, 26 July 2015
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First class thriller. Cleverly written and plotted without being pretentious. Expertly translated as well.


About Time [DVD] [2013]
About Time [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Rachel McAdams
Price: £4.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Consume in Moderation, 26 July 2015
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Some clever narrative touches and Bill Nighy is on good form as usual. However, this is very moderate fare and almost humourless.


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