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The Loney: Costa Winner 2015
The Loney: Costa Winner 2015
Price: £4.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The book where nothing happens, 17 May 2016
All the way through reading this I was waiting for some horror, some drama, some anything. It never came. The book just about paints an eerie picture, but the pace is far too slow and there's never enough development in the storyline to justify the hype or even justify publishing. Very disappointing.


The West Wing: Complete Season 5 [2001] [DVD]
The West Wing: Complete Season 5 [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Offered by Assai-uk
Price: £11.45

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear not, season 5 is still great, 26 April 2005
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I know there has been a lot of doom and gloom about TWW since Sorkin left, allow me to put the record straight.
While season 5 does suffer from not having Sorkin at the helm, this is still a great series. The writing does not have the same quality or humour to it, many episodes are not funny - but that's partially through design. This season overall has many truely laugh out loud moments (several in the first episode, of all episodes, considering the topic) but this season is a very serious one, the mood has changed a lot while not being as "enjoyable" as the first 4 series it is still an honour to watch and still has the "wow" factor (less frequent, but still there).
This series also benifits from 2 new semi-regular cast members. Marina, Toby's assistant and Ryan, an intern who works for Josh. Both very likable and humerous characters who add a lot to the scenes they are in. Leo is his usual no-nosense self and the President (after the episode "Shutdown", which I will come to) is his usual lovable self. Other than that some of the characters are slightly different, which is a bit unsettling - but not to get worked up over. Toby seems slightly more upbeat than usual, CJ is perhaps more critical of the administration and Josh is less welcoming - these are perhaps flaws in the new direction of the show, but be in no doubt - the things that made you love these characters are still there.
The season kicks off about an hour after season 4 finished, the first 2 episodes are sheer brillaince, and the new writers certainly did do a great job of finishing off this storyline. Then, the series hits a slump, both in quality and in the administration itself. The approval rating of the Bartlet administration (which plummets) is much like the quality of the next few episodes. Bartlet is not leading and a feirce new speaker of the house has the White House on the ropes. Then, the episode "Shutdown" comes along. This, in my opinion, is up there with the classics of seasons 1-4 and Bartlet kicks into shape. From then on the season is much more enjoyable. As i've said above, it's not as funny, but it's very watchable. There are several very good episodes later on in the season, especially "The Supremes", "Gaza", "Eppur Si Muove" and "Memorial Day" - but there are many more enjoyable episodes.
Without going into spoilers here, the climax of the series is very well done. There are 2 key storylines (obviously I won't say what) both very interesting and tense. We have 2 major cliffhangers going into season 6 and I eagerly await it's DVD release.
I know season 5 has gotten a lot of bad press, and while it is the weakest out of the first 5 seasons, it is still very good. If you've watched series 1-4 I do not need to sell season 5 here, as you'll buy it just for the first couple of episodes alone. This season has some dissapointments in it, but overall could have been a lot worse and I think this is atleast a decent addition to an excellent creation.
One definate downside is that the boset is a horrible colour! But that's hardly important.


The West Wing : Complete Season 2 [DVD]
The West Wing : Complete Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Price: £10.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV at it's best (again!), 23 Mar. 2005
(Some spoilers in review) Well, where to start? With the amazing cliff-hanger of the final episode of the first season, the story picks up straight where it left off as we realise the exent of the damage done. Who is dead? Who is alive? It's frantic stuff.
To say this is the best season is difficult. It might well be, for reasons I will go into; but every series of TWW adds something and the style of this season is different to the first, but equally as good. The first few episodes clear up from the events of "What kind of day has it been?" and it's not long before the main theme of the season kicks in: The President's MS disclosure. Season 1 was based on excellent stand alone episodes and only a weak thread tied the whole season together - which is fine, you certainly won't catch me saying a bad word about it! Season 2 is much more closely knitt. From Toby noticing Hoynes' increased activity to the introduction of the excellent Oliver Babish the series is mostly aimed in the direction of the President disclosing to the country his illness, ofcourse with other stories along the way, such as the introduction of Ainsley Hayes (who you will instantly love to see destroying Sam on TV, even if you are a big fan of Sam) and many other plots that will keep you eagerly awaiting the time when you can watch this DVD!
If you've seen the first season, I don't think i'll need to twist your arm into buying this as i'm sure you'll already be convinced. If you haven't seen season 1 then watch that first, but know that if you're Aanything like me there is no way you'll be able to wait to see the start of this season after watching the end of the first, so have this DVD at the ready!
To sum up: Buy it!


The West Wing - Complete Seasons 1 and 2 [DVD] [2001]
The West Wing - Complete Seasons 1 and 2 [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Offered by pokerbooks
Price: £45.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my word., 9 Nov. 2004
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A friend of mine reccomended The West Wing to me. I knew it was a programme on channel 4 but had never seen it. One day I thoguht i'd buy this 2 series set and to date it was probably the best purchase I have ever made.
I was skeptical at first, to be honest I did take 3 or 4 episodes to really get into The West Wing (not that the first few episodes were bad, i've gone back and rewatched them since and they are great) but once you get hooked this show will never let you go. Every episode in series 1 is so tightly made it flows perfectly. Great storylines, even better characters - played perfectly by a great cast including Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Bradley Whitford. There are 3 main different types of episodes in the West Wing (and this is true for all the following series') there are the funny episodes (which are still dramatic, not outright comedy), the dramaitc episodes, and the episodes which combine the two. Most are the third type. They hold a tight story with great moments of humour (but never out of place), the best example of this is "Take this Sabbath day", which is still one of my favourite episodes ever. The funny episodes, "Lord John Marbury" being a good example. The serious episodes however, are where the West Wing shines.
Comedy is great, but it's the West Wing's ability to be truely moving as well is what makes this possibly the best television programme ever. The climax to series 2, "Two Cathedrals", without going into any spoilers, is truely amazing - and those words do not do it any sort of justice. It's moving, tear jerking, powerful and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat (and until you see series 3 :D).
If I could watch only one TV programme ever again it would be the West Wing - even if I have seen the epsidoes all before, they never get tired.


The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD]
The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £11.75

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 4th great series, 4 Nov. 2004
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(No spoilers in review)I cannot say this is the best series of the West Wing. The first series is the best, but this sure is close. I've seen series 1, 2, 3 and 4 - All are unbelievably great. This is better than series 3, it seems more focused and has some great story ideas. All the characters are up to their usual great standards and with some new ones added.
The climax to the series, however, is possibly the best piece of television I have ever seen. Any fan of the West Wing will recognise "2 Cathedrals" from series 2 as a legendary episode - the final episode of series 4 "25", surpasses that.
Right from episode one this series delivers the goods and it carries on all the way through. One or two episodes can't be considered brilliant, but there are certainly no bad episodes. Special mention goes to the episodes "Game On", "Evidence of things not seen", "Commencement", "25", "Inauguration part 1&2" (2 especially) and "The California 47th" - But as earlier stated, there are no bad episdoes.
I cannot wait until series 5 comes out. Once you watch series 4 you will be thinking that exact same thing as well!


Kill Bill, Volume 2 [DVD] [2004]
Kill Bill, Volume 2 [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.44

10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film, 4 July 2004
How can Kill Bill 2 live up to the energy and brilliance of Volume 1? Well the fact is, it takes a different route. It is not the violent bloodfest of Volume 1, but it does have enough to keep the fans of Volume 1 happy (well, most of them). The truth is, we've had the violence in Volume 1 and now for the 2nd film we need something different, and we got it.
To be fair, this film does start slowly, but once it gets going you will be remember what the edge of your seat is like! We learn much about the Bride's past - We are introduced to Pai Mai, who's part in this film is legendary.
Some people are dissapointed that this film is so different to Volume 1, I am not. You think after all the violence, how could this film come to a suitable end? You will not be dissapointed.


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