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Survivors: The Complete Series 2 [DVD]
Survivors: The Complete Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lucy Fleming
Offered by 5-star-media
Price: £29.94

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama - Roll on Third Series, 28 Oct. 2004
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Following on from the excellent first series, series two continues the story of the Survivors.
The "Death" has claimed over 99.9% of the population and those that are left must now struggle and fight to continue, gone are the mass producing factories, gone is the centralising Governments. Now just a collection of small communes to re learn all that the past generations have forgotten about living of the land, life with out dentists, hospitals and state run schools.
The Second Series survives major culls, both of characters and locations , but excellent scripts, excellent Direction and outstanding acting carry on where they left off. These programmes were made in the days when the BBC made the best quality television in the world, their drama really was second to none.
This is further highlighted by each individual episode, which cover such topics as rising fascist states, a person's willingness to risk their life for their friends. Changing values (the way a society so ravaged may have to move on from traditional views of love, marriage and the family home and just produce children - the next generation) and ultimately the need for co-operation and cohesion in order to rebuild a brave new world.
If you enjoyed the first series then this is an absolute must, roll on series three.


Secret Army: The Complete Third Series [DVD] [1977]
Secret Army: The Complete Third Series [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Bernard Hepton
Offered by Gift_Of_Sound
Price: £29.95

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BBC & Drama at its Very Best, 14 Oct. 2004
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The final instalment of what is, in my opinion, one of the greatest period dramas ever made. Secret Army is excellently acted, written and directed. This was in the days before big budgets and the programme reminds us all that "Razz am a tazz special effects does not necessarily good drama make.
The characters and story lines are all very believable, no doubt because the attention to detail was superb and the character actors / actresses used were second to none. People who were actually involved with the real life 'Secret Army' were heavily involved - no 'poetic licence' reinterpretation here. Just gritty stories were the good guys don't always win and the bad guys are not always bad.
All the central characters are memorable, they were after all the inspiration for Hello Hello (sorry this always seems mentioned but is an unavoidable truth.). This is how you would imagine that the evasion line people and their German adversaries really were - no Fiction made super heroes just normal people, both good and bad and perhaps even evil, fighting a very dirty war.
This was when the BBC made the greatest dramas the world has known and this was one of the very best.


Tarzan Pack: Tarzan And His Mate, Tarzan Escapes, Tarzan Finds A Son (Johnny Weissmuller Years) [VHS]
Tarzan Pack: Tarzan And His Mate, Tarzan Escapes, Tarzan Finds A Son (Johnny Weissmuller Years) [VHS]
VHS

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Swing Through Memory Jungle, 21 Sept. 2004
Three films I remember from Christmas holidays as a kid. The storylines however unbelieveable are great and the performances of Maureen O'Hara as Jane and Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan are, in my opinion, peerless.
The fact that the few special effects, these were made in the days when special effects were in their infancy, and the quality of the film is so obviously dated only adds to the charm.
Johnny and Maureen have obvious chemistry as the hero and heroine in three great stories of relationships, loyalty, honesty, greed and ultimately the triumph of good over evil.


Arnhem - A Bridge Too Far The True Story [VHS]
Arnhem - A Bridge Too Far The True Story [VHS]
VHS

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 1st Class Documentary, 27 May 2004
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Without doubt the best documentary I have seen on this particular battle – Monty’s plan to end the war.
It is well paced with just the right balance of documentary, expert analysis (from the highly knowledgeable Frank Steer who acts both as a historian and tour guide) and accounts from veterans who were there.
It covers the background to the Operation (at the time it was the largest Airborne Operation ever launched), the men involved the tactics and the plans. Explaining in detail why the plan was put into operation, what went wrong and some of the more famous legends – from the infamous failure of the radios to the amazing river assault by the American 82nd Division.
Although it mainly concentrates on the British objective it gives enough coverage to the American involvement to explain what happened.
Well paced and just the right running length it is a must for anyone who has seen the all star cast film, read the book or just has an interest in this battle.


Arnhem: The Landing Grounds and Oosterbeek (Battleground Europe)
Arnhem: The Landing Grounds and Oosterbeek (Battleground Europe)
by Frank Steer
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a tour guide, 27 May 2004
With the 60th Anniversary rapidly advancing and the increased possibility of people taken time out to visit the battleground then I would highly recommend this book. Frank Steer, who I believe runs an excellent tour of this famous battle ground, mixes history and tour guide in perfect balance. The history narrative is well informed and breezy while the guide part is well illustrated.
The book gives so much more though than just an account of a battle and the location of the relevant monument or museum. It looks at who, what, why, when and where. It goes into details about the background to the battle, the plan, the men and the equipment used.
As the title suggests this guide concentrates mainly on the Landing Grounds and Oosterbeek and paints, at times great detail, a vivid picture of what happened, when and where. There is a "sister book" to this which in the same manner covers the battle at the Arnhem Bridge itself, I would recommend buying both and get the complete picture of this heroic struggle.


Arnhem: The Bridge (Battleground)
Arnhem: The Bridge (Battleground)
by Frank Steer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a tour guide, 27 May 2004
With the 60th Anniversary rapidly advancing and the increased possibility of people taken time out to visit the battleground then I would highly recommend this book. Frank Steer, who I believe runs an excellent tour of this famous battle ground, mixes history and tour guide in perfect balance. The history narrative is well informed and breezy while the guide part is well illustrated.
The book gives so much more though than just an account of a battle and the location of the relevant monument or museum. It looks at who, what, why, when and where. It goes into details about the background to the battle, the plan, the men and the equipment used.
As the title suggests this guide concentrates mainly on the battle too and at the Arnhem bridge and paints, at times great detail, a vivid picture of what happened, when and where. There is a "sister book" to this which in the same manner covers the battle at the Landing Ground and Oosterbeek, I would recommend buying both and get the complete picture of this heroic struggle.


Campaigns in History - War of the Roses [VHS]
Campaigns in History - War of the Roses [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £5.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a very Civil War, 16 May 2004
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An excellent, if all too short, documentary about the series of conflicts which came to be known as the Wars of the Roses. Brian Blessed is at his avid best throwing his all into the commentary part of the video with expert analysis from the ever informative Dr.David Chandeler.
The programme does much to dispel some of the myth and leaves the viewer with a good basic knowledge. It follows the whole period giving a background to the Wars and their causes, the main events and battles all the way to Bosworth Field where Henry VII was triumphant.
The re-enactments are brilliant giving a realistic portrayal of a medieval battle. You feel that you know what it must have been like to fight in a medieval battle.
However well made I feel that an hour was at least thirty minutes too short a coverage of this turbulent, historic period.


Secret Army: Complete BBC Series 2 [DVD] [1978] [1977]
Secret Army: Complete BBC Series 2 [DVD] [1978] [1977]
Dvd ~ Bernard Hepton
Price: £15.99

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It should be No Secret how good this is!, 29 April 2004
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If ever there was a series that needed to be put on DVD then this was it.Series One was excellent but Series Two did what many would have thoughtimpossible and was even better. It survived location and character changesand introduced a more up market La Candide and some new blood.
Kessler is still ruthless and seemingly without any compassion - thischanges slightly when he acquires a mistress. Brandt still plays thehonourable Luftwaffe police chief who at times achieves more with hisDutch Uncle approach to the prisoners than Kessler does with his morebrutal ways.
All the plots are well written, excellently acted and very authentic.Bernard Hepton is every inch the penny pinching bar owner who at the sametime is a cold, calculating patriot who will stop at very little to keep"Lifeline" going.
Both Angela Richards and Juliet Hammond-Hill play their roles as barmaids/ lifeline guides with the right mix of measured coolness and heartfeltpassion.
Clifford Rose and Michael Culver for their parts don't put a foot wrong asthe Gestapo Chief and his more sympathetic comrade in arms as they doevery thing in their power to smash the evasion line. One footnote here isthat unlike so many other productions Secret Army at times portrays theGermans, especially Brandt, as being very human - taking a look at hisfamily life and what effect the war, particularly the Allied bombingoffensives, was having on them.
Other regular characters are not just for padding out. Alain the radiooperator, Max the forger, the Doctor, Major Bradley all the flight crewsand even Natalie's uncle are far more than just ciphers. This series wasbased on real people and real events and maybe this is why it is sopopular now 25 years since it was made.
If you have seen Series One then Series Two is in my opinion a must. I amlooking forward to Series Three, which with luck may contain the"Un-aired" Last Episode, to be released.


Campaigns in History - War of the Roses [VHS]
Campaigns in History - War of the Roses [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £5.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A not very Civil War, 28 April 2004
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An excellent, if all too short, documentary about the series of conflicts which came to be known as the Wars of the Roses. Brian Blessed is at hisavid best throwing his all into the commentary part of the video withexpert analysis from the ever informative Dr.David Chandeler.
The programme does much to dispel some of the myth and leaves the viewerwith a good basic knowledge. It follows the whole period giving abackground to the Wars and their causes, the main events and battles allthe way to Bosworth Field where Henry VII was triumphant.
The re-enactments are brilliant giving a realistic portrayal of a medievalbattle. You feel that you know what it must have been like to fight in amedieval battle.
However well made I feel that an hour was at least thirty minutes tooshort a coverage of this turbulent, historic period.


Richard III (Spark Notes)
Richard III (Spark Notes)
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparks Illuminates Richard III, 19 April 2004
Whether Laurance Olivier’s hunchback “A horse, a horse my kingdom for a horse”, or Ian McKellen’s up to date Hitler high bred. Whether on Stage or screen Richard III, one of the most notorious Kings in history, is still a truly a masterpiece.
For anyone who has or is going to either see the film, watch or read the play then I would highly recommend this book.
In a well-informed breezy manner it takes you through all the main characters, the historical background, the speeches and the play itself which as this guide explains obviously portrays Richard as the dragon and Henry VII as St George, it was after all written during the Tudor Dynasty so singing their virtues while blackening their enemies was always going to be a good move by the Bard.
It matters not that this may be one of the more biased of the bard’s work (everyone should make up their own minds on that one), this is still a great play and this guide will only add to any novice’s enjoyment


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