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Thomas And Friends - Splish, Splash, Splosh [DVD] [2009]
Thomas And Friends - Splish, Splash, Splosh [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
Price: £5.81

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Splash the Cash, 21 April 2010
Four episodes, which are constantly shown over and over again on Milkshake anyway. I've given up with these type of releases and instead wait for the Complete Series to come out. It might take a few years, but by then we'll have seen them several times anyway.
These days of DVDs, where you can jump to the episode you want at a moments notice, you really can't expect to get away with substandard releases like this.


Thomas & Friends - The Best of Thomas [DVD]
Thomas & Friends - The Best of Thomas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Angelis
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.60

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Episode Guide, 20 April 2010
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Nowhere on the packaging does this DVD say what episodes you're getting, and for the record, only the first three are narrated by Ringo Starr, the remaining 17 are by Michael Angelis.
The Episodes are as follows:
1. THOMAS & GORDON (first ever episode)
2. EDWARD & GORDON
3. GHOST TRAIN
4. THOMAS, PERCY & THE DRAGON
5. TRUST THOMAS
6. HENRY & THE ELEPHANT
7. CRANKY BUGS
8. JAMES & THE RED BALLOON
9. PERCY'S CHOCOLATE CRUNCH
10. GORDON & SPENCER
11. THOMAS TO THE RESCUE
12. THOMAS & THE BIRTHDAY PICNIC
13. EMILY KNOWS BEST
14. PERCY & THE FUNFAIR
15. IT'S GOOD TO BE GORDON
16. GORDON & THE ENGINEER
17. DUNCAN DOES IT ALL
18. THOMAS & THE SPACESHIP
19. HEAVE HO THOMAS!
20. STEAMY SODOR
Not so much "The Best of", more a random selection of episodes.
(Also listen out for a comment in "Edward & Gordon" that implies there's only one driver & fireman, something flatly contradicted by every other episode - and even that episode itself!)
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Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise Movie Collection [DVD] [1965]
Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise Movie Collection [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ Isobel Black
Offered by BornPig
Price: £19.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Men of Intelligence, 12 April 2010
Eric and Ernie in action are always a marvel to behold. The Intelligence Men is one of the best British films ever made.
That Riveria Touch even has the duo singing the theme!
The Magnificent Two is included here also.
I watched these films in reverse order, that way they get better and better. Undeniably, The Intelligence Men is the best, whilst The Magnificent Two is the worst.
It's always a pleasure to watch these two, regardless of the quality of the material. If they'd made more, maybe they'd have gelled a bit more (nobody mention Night Train to Murder). They do their best throughout.
This three disc boxset has practically no special features (the odd trailer here and there), but is a must have for all fans of Eric & Ernie, even if you only watch them once. (I've only rewatched The Intelligence Men, myself)
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Star Cutouts Cut Out of Sarah Jane Smith
Star Cutouts Cut Out of Sarah Jane Smith
Price: £33.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventure Begins, 10 April 2010
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Let's face it, it's the closest most of us with get to having Elisabeth Sladen standing in the corner at our barbecue.
Lifesize (so smaller than some other Dr Who standees) and really detailed photo, with good flash resistant finish. Durable cardboard, folds in the middle for ease of storage and posting. Simply excellent.


Robin Hood - 12" Talking Figure
Robin Hood - 12" Talking Figure

5.0 out of 5 stars Sherwood Sure Would, 10 April 2010
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Back in the days when everyone was bit hissy about the BBC's new interpretation of Robin Hood (ie, series 1), a range of figures were brought out, including the talking dolls. Then they disappeared as the series grew in popularity. Then my mum started getting interested in the series, and so the hunt was on to try and find a talking figure. Argos had them in 2006, but this is 2010. Would I discover one?
Thankfully, Amazon to the rescue, with a fully functioning talking Jonas Armstrong figure, and at a reasonable price. Very reasonable. And it still had it's Argos number on. A truly amusing moment as it was taken from the box. Batteries still worked, but needed replacing after a few weeks (well, they are 4 years old). Truly, a magnificent find.
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The Best of Morecambe & Wise [DVD]
The Best of Morecambe & Wise [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eric Morecambe
Price: £3.55

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Do You Think of It So Far?, 10 April 2010
Essentially the "Comedy Greats" video on DVD. It's best to treat this disc as a companion piece to the Complete Series releases, as most of the sketches here are incomplete, with either the beginning missed off, or the end, or both. Out of context, some jokes make little sense, and splitting sketches (kind of) in half ruins the flow and the immense comic timing.
Thankfully, BBC DVD are releasing the complete episodes, with the sketches in full and in context, so rather than The Best Of, this is more an edited highlights, a 90 minute trailer, for the best is yet to come.


Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.99

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boldly Going Backwards, 3 April 2010
I can't stand The Leisure Hive. It's a boring, meandering tale with nothing much happening, poor costumes, poor lighting, poor scripts and extremely poor production standards.
Everyone seems to champion The Leisure Hive as a bold new beginning for a series past its prime. WRONG! Everyone says it is better than The Horns of Nimon. WRONG!
The best thing about this story is the opening tracking shot across the empty deckchairs on the beach. It is creepy, atmospheric and scary. But then the story turns into farce. Blowing K9 up is so stupid, but then K9 is "killed" in a South Park Kenny way so many times in the 1980 series (he'll be beheaded in a few stories) that this shows a production team out of touch with its core audience. No wonder viewing figures would soon dip to 3 million.
The DVD itself is a nightmare fair. On the plus side, there is a wonderful feature, "Synthesizing Starfields" looking at the new music and titles, which is highly recommended, and the only part of the DVD I'm keen to see again. On the downside, not only have you got 4 of the most boring Doctor Who episodes ever, you've got one of the worst commentaries ever, with Christopher H Bidmead sighing every time Tom Baker smuggles a joke in to his beloved story.
The Leisure Hive was the beginning of Doctor Who at its worst and most self important.
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Primeval - Series 3 [DVD]
Primeval - Series 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Douglas Henshall
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £10.00

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Past It's Prime, 29 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Primeval - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
A complete waste of time, effort and money. I was glad they axed it after this incredibly poor run of far fetched drivel.
Not that it was all bad, the first three episodes are among the best ever, culminating in the death of Nick Cutter. What with the clones (including one of Nick) and the cool new way the anomilies can turn into balls etc, it all seemed to be going well. But then they threw the season finale away in episode three, leaving us with another seven episodes of also-ran nonsense.
You can always tell when a series loses its way by how it responds to the death of a major character. When Stephen was killed at the end of series two, there was a funeral and everything. But when Nick dies, nothing. Apart from a couple of tears now and again from Connor.
But when Nick died, the story died. Jenny's sudden departure after finding a photo of Claudia lacked any kind of emotion. Helen's apparent death at the end of the run was, again, another wasted moment. Her speech should have been to Nick, not Danny, who she barely knows.
Douglas Henshall held this show together, and although it was his choice to leave, they could have made his departure more open ended (lost in an anomaly, perhaps?) allowing the chance of a return if he wanted some day.
As it is, I'm not waiting with any kind of anticipation for series four.
And I haven't even started on the silly reporters who get themselves killed, or the daft episode with the knight!!


Sarah Jane Adventures: Quiz Book
Sarah Jane Adventures: Quiz Book
by BBC Worldwide
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ask Questions, 15 Mar. 2010
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It's a bit cheeky, putting the Doctor on the cover, as he was only in two episodes of Sarah Jane, but it'll sell an extra copy or two, I imagine.
As for the questions, you really do need to know your stuff. They are not all as easy as they may appear!


Moonlighting Season 5 [DVD] [2009]
Moonlighting Season 5 [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Cybill Shepherd

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rising From the Ashes, 15 Mar. 2010
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This is Moonlighting almost like it should have been all along. From the opening breaking the fourth wall song (including the line "We know they'll only make 16 this year" - they actually only made 13) to the dying moments when they run off the set desperate to survive, this is nearly a masterpiece.
After the diabolical Season 4, the only way the show could go was up, and thankfully it did. And who could not love the sight of Bruce Willis in a romper suit?


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