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Aliens  (Special Edition)  [DVD]
Aliens (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Offered by figswigs
Price: £13.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aliens Galore!, 14 July 2007
I first saw this film when it was released in the cinema. I saw it during it's first week of release and hadn't really read much of the publicity about it. All I knew was that the first "Alien" movie had scared me half to death - and that was with only one Alien! We were now talking plural! ALIENS! As the cinema filled up, people were chatting and talking away, suddenly the lights dimmed and the film began. The feeling of dread and the awareness of there being lots of Aliens this time seemed to permeate the audience, and as the titles began, along with the creepy James Horner soundtrack, you could actually see everyone in the audience of this big London cinema physically shrinking down into their seats!
Yes it starts slowly, but when it does get going - wow. Hold on to your hats. James Cameron (the director) may be many things, but he is certainly a damn fine action director. He grabs hold of you and just won't let you go from there on. Some of the scenes in the darkened corridors with the bleeping movement sensors are almost too much to stand. The added 17 minutes of footage on these DVD's that were removed from the original cinema release add a lot to Ripley's character, and the scenes in the dark tunnels with the auto sentries will have you chewing your fist with suspense.
A fine fine film spoilt only by some of the extras on the bonus disc proving just how utterly humourless someone like Lance Henriksen is. Lancey-wancey seems to take himself just a tad too seriously. But acting like such a complete pr*tt makes him look stupid and made me laugh like a drain. Thanks Lance!

Ford Sterling: The Life and Films
Ford Sterling: The Life and Films
by Wendy Warwick White
Edition: Paperback
Price: £41.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb work, 1 July 2007
Thorough, entertaining and hugely accurate piece of work. Wendy Warwick White shows a natural aptitude for nailing a story and delivers a fresh insight into what life in a primitive movie studio must have been like. An excellent debut. Hugely recommended read.

Shadow Hunter
Shadow Hunter
Price: £14.88

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album generally but...., 1 July 2007
This review is from: Shadow Hunter (Audio CD)
....for the best pick-me-up in town, trust me on this one, just crank up the volume on "Indiana Drones". If you are not leaping around the room like a dirty great eejit listening to this track, there is no soul in you at all! Great album over all. Wonderful stuff.

Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 2 Box Set [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 2 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by movielovers786
Price: £17.76

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When it's good, it's very very good..., 20 Jun. 2007
I have to go on record by saying right at the start that I am a through and through Doctor Who fan and have been since I was about 6 or 7. I am now in my 40's and am still delighted and perplexed in equal measures by this wonderful TV programme.

After witnessing the re-birth of the series with Christopher Ecclestone in the role (a job I think he did brilliantly), I was more than a little worried by the introduction of a new actor as the Doctor so quickly. I was initially hostile to the idea of David Tennant taking over, but he settles into the role in this series so effortlessly that, in the words of Eric Morecambe, "you can't see the join".

My one quibble with this series is the over-reliance on modern day or near contemporary Earth as settings for the stories. It is only in the final two episodes, and the final emotional departure of Rose that it doesn't grate on your nerves quite so much. For me the highlight of the series isn't the final showdown between the Doctor, the Daleks and the Cybermen at Canary Wharf, but the two episodes of "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit". These were Doctor Who at it's very very best. The small isolated group of human's menaced by something utterly evil and alien, this was almost a throwback to Patrick Troughton's days.

The weakest episode for me is "Fear Her" which just doesn't work. The much maligned "Love and Monsters" is actually a nice quirky change of pace and extremely moving at the end.

Buy this DVD box set if you love the series. Buy it if you just happen to like good British sci fi. Oh hell, I can't think of any other reasons for you to buy it - so just buy it. You will thank me one day.

One to One
One to One

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Huge redeeming feature, 21 Feb. 2004
This review is from: One to One (Audio CD)
Admittedly this is not a patch on Dream into Action, but how do you follow that?? However, how can you criticise an album that contains two of the Wycombe boys finest moments? "All I Want" is Howard Jones in a nutshell. Clever melodies, sublime synths and some nice harmonising. Then we have "Will you still be there?". Why, oh why was this not released as a single? It is a beautiful song, showing quite remarkable depths for a performer who was so often tainted with being so shallow. The arrangement and vocalisations are perfection and have hit written all over them. If only you could have heard it as I did at the NEC in 1985 when Howard used it as a sound check number... Sigh. I am getting old...
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Evil Beneath Loch Ness [2001] [DVD]
Evil Beneath Loch Ness [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Bergin
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £7.19

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The least convincing accents since Dick Van Dyke, 14 Feb. 2004
To produce a film of this incompetence takes skill of quite jaw dropping proportions. Wonderfully inept cutting and accents straight out of the Dick Van Dyke book of "How To Do Dialects Proper" this Ford Edsel of a movie will delight any fan of such classics as "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "Bride of the Monster". And is it me, or is Lysette Anthony really turning into a Muppett? I think we should be told...

Very Peculiar Practice
Very Peculiar Practice
by Andrew Davies
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Altered priorities ahead....., 7 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Very Peculiar Practice (Hardcover)
This is everything you want the novelisation of a great TV series to be - and so much more. The immensely underrated Andrew Davies has produced a miniature masterpiece of comedy and social commentary. I defy any person to read some of the Bob Buzzard and P R Prettiman exchanges in the final chapter and NOT laugh out loud. This is just such a fantastic piece of work - buy it!
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Offered by trec002
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome creativity, 7 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Skylarking (Audio CD)
The next time some tediously fashionable music scribe puts pen to paper about the latest creative "genius" in the music world, I would be more than happy to slap them around a bit and then make them listen to this jewel of an album. It glistens and glitters with creativity, it's lush orchestral arrangements and soaring harmonies take your breath away, it's a picture perfect snapshot of a sultry summer day in England, from the opening sun rise and chirruping insects of "Summers Cauldron", to the final fading drum beats and dusky half light of the sublime "Sacrificial Bonfire", this is XTC at their creative and sappiest best. Buy it and never listen to anything else!

One World One Voice
One World One Voice

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We will meet again....., 7 Feb. 2004
This review is from: One World One Voice (Audio CD)
Such a brilliantly simple idea - a musical chain letter if you will. Each artist adds their own individual stamp and moments of brilliance leap out time after time. For me personally Suzanne Vega, The Chieftains and the Howard Jones/Bob Geldof concoction press all the right buttons, but there is something for everyone on here.

A Very Peculiar Practice: The Complete First Series [1986] [DVD]
A Very Peculiar Practice: The Complete First Series [1986] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Offered by Quality Everytime
Price: £19.98

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait, 7 Feb. 2004
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I have waited so long for the BBC to release this series - then the seemingly endless putting back of the release date was almost too much, but it was worth it! The writing is so clever, so biting, so droll and the performances spot on. Peter Davison as the eternal innocent; Barbara Flynn fairly smoulders as Rose-Marie, a character you are never quite sure where you are with; Graham Crowden is cadaverishly humourous as Jock McCannon and David Troughton is wonderfully gung ho as the hapless Bob Buzzard. Now we want the 2nd series and the Polish finale! Buy it buy it! Brilliant!

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