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Wild Women of Wongo (DVD) (1959) (All Regions) (NTSC) (US Import)
Wild Women of Wongo (DVD) (1959) (All Regions) (NTSC) (US Import)
Price: £4.58

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's dreadful, 13 Aug. 2013
This is truly awful. You've heard the oft-used clichéd term: "It's so bad it's great"...well this is so bad it's....bad! No saving grace anywhere - no script, terrible performances, embarrassingly daft dialogue, zero production values, even completists will struggle to stay awake through this one. Before watching I was reliably informed that the story revolves around a clan of beautiful women living on an island paradise known as Wongo (Florida). The lovesick Amazonians are on the prowl for a group of gormless men living on the other side of the island, but find themselves under the radar of a horde of lonely ape men who plan to take them as mates. Having now sat through it I'm still none the wiser.

At least the tasty Amazonian totty are pleasing on the eye.... With not a hair out of place, they pounce on their hapless male victims (gulp) before marching them off dog-on-lead style. Please don't knock the squawking-talking parrot - he's the best thing in it. With nothing going for it, the movie needs a lifeline - surely the producers will at least attempt to play it for laughs (which they do) but it's not funny just downright bloody annoying.

I obtained my copy through buying the bumper bargain boxset: Sci Fi Classics [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] which at least gives you another 49 low-budget movies to mull over if this charmless bull droppings from 1958 should fail to please (and the collection also plays on a Region 2 DVD player).

Highway To Heaven - Season Four [UK DVD]
Highway To Heaven - Season Four [UK DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Landon
Offered by Wowudo
Price: £7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good release from Revelation, 7 Aug. 2013
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Revelation Films season four release has good picture & sound quality with English subtitles. There are no extras.

Those who have already tasted the previous three series will already know that the late "Little House on the Prairie" co-stars, Michael Landon & Victor French are teamed to good effect, with Landon portraying Jonathan Smith, the angel sent to Earth to offer a guiding hand to those in trouble. Joined by the streetwise ex-policeman Mark Gordon (French) the stories cover a wide range of themes, with more grittier subjects such as drugs, along with various individuals who are helped to see the error of their ways. Often sentimental and warm-hearted with a sprinkling of good humour, the writing is intelligent while also carrying a proverbial message. a solid thought-provoking drama series from the '80s. Highway To Heaven - Season Four [UK DVD]

This 6-disc set contains all 24, fourth series episodes which are as follows...

*Man's Best Friend (Part One).
*Man's Best Friend (Part Two).
*Fight For Your Life.
*The People Next Door.
*I Was a Middle-Aged Werewolf.
*Playing For Keeps.
*Amazing Man.
*All The Colours of The Heart.
*Why Punish The Children?
*A Dream of Wild Horses.
*In With The 'In' Crowd.
*With Love, The Claus.
*A Mother's Love.
*Country Doctor.
*Time In a Bottle.
*Back To Oakland.
*We Have Forever (Part One).
*We Have Forever (Part Two).
*The Correspondent.
*A Dolphin Song For Lee (Part One).
*A Dolphin Song For Lee (Part Two).
*Heaven Nose, Mr Smith.
*The Whole Nine Yards.
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Judge Vista 20cm Saucepan
Judge Vista 20cm Saucepan
Offered by Harts Of Stur
Price: £22.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality saucepan, 30 July 2013
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Picking the pan & lid up for the first time, it felt reassuringly weighty (but not too heavy) unlike some of the flimsy types I've come across in the past. The lid fits snugly into the pan & the ventilation hole does it's job very well. Unlike the shiny outer, the inside of the pan has a more duller appearance, with a four-pint measuring guide which I find very useful. The sturdy handle is attached without any protruding rivets on the inside of the pan, which I personally prefer.

I bought my pan to mostly cook potatoes and rice on a gas cooker & I find it settles down very quickly when simmering and the food is cooked evenly. Another great feature for me is the fact that the lid handle stays reasonably cool, so it's a doddle to strain the water away. The long guarantee seems like a statement of confidence in the product & it certainly doesn't feel like it's going to give out in the near future. Possibly the best saucepan I've ever come across, would recommend unreservedly.

Out of the Fog / Radio Cab Murder
Out of the Fog / Radio Cab Murder
Dvd ~ David Summer
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good British B-movie double bill, 26 July 2013
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This is an entertaining pair of vintage black & white B-movies with good picture & sound quality, which should please fans of the genre. There are no extras or subtitles.

An Eternal Films production, OUT OF THE FOG (1962) is for me the pick of the two. The movie opens with George Mallon (David Sumner) being released from prison. A brusque with a chip-on-his-shoulder angry young man & two-time loser, Mallon begins his rehabilitation at the hostel/halfway house run by Daniels (James Hayter). Getting a job as a furniture van driver, Mallon quickly becomes the prime suspect in the case of a serial killer who targets blondes when the moon is full (with not a werewolf in sight!) with Supt Chadwick (John Arnatt) and young police officer, June Lock (Susan Travers) setting the baited trap which hopefully will trap the killer.

More a character study than out and out crime tale, the focus stays firmly on Mallon's agitated character, as the movie effectively builds up to a pretty tense and satisfying climax. Good performances all round with solid support coming from the likes of familiar character actors such as Michael Ripper & George Woodbridge. Written & directed by low budget B-movie specialist, Montgomery Tully, this is one of the prolific director's finest hours (68 minutes to be precise!)

Produced at Nettlefold studios in 1954, RADIO CAB MURDER stars Jimmy Hanley as Fred Martin, a reformed criminal turned taxi driver going undercover to help the police catch a gang of safe robbers by offering his talents as a safecracker to the gang. Eventually things start to go wrong, with Martin left high & dry with the gang after a mix-up which sees the police staking out the wrong bank. With his wholesome on-screen image, Hanley does well in his role, with Lana Morris also featuring as Martin's ever-helpful cab dispatcher and love interest. Amongst the nefarious gang, Sonia Helm stands out as a rather cool & calculating femme fatale. Writer/director Vernon Sewell's story is well paced, IMO a notch down on the accompanying movie but still a very entertaining 70-minute crime tale.

The Invisible Man [DVD]
The Invisible Man [DVD]
Dvd ~ David McCalum
Price: £14.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series, good fun, good picture quality, 16 July 2013
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This review is from: The Invisible Man [DVD] (DVD)
*This review is for the Acorn Media (2013) DVD release*
After getting by with a sub-standard unofficial release of the series for the last few years, I was delighted to discover that this release has good picture & sound quality, along with English subtitles. The extras are filmographies of David McCallum, Melinda Fee, Jackie Cooper and Craig Stevens, along with a 1-minute picture gallery.

Broadcast from 1975/76, THE INVISIBLE MAN was a short-lived sci-fi/crime TV series made up of only twelve, 47 minute episodes (plus the pilot TV movie) which introduces Dr. Daniel Westin (David McCallum) who works for the Klae corporation which is run by Walter Carlin (Jackie Cooper - to be replaced by Craig Stevens in the series) which is involved in scientific research. While experimenting on inanimate objects and animals, Westin manages to make himself invisible, after which the doctor is portrayed as a victim. The subsequent series moves away from the dark tone of the pilot to a more light-hearted and humorous feel, with the invisibility angle sometimes humorously punctuating the more serious aspects of the show.

While often assisted by his lovely wife, Kate (Melinda Fee) Westin faces a variety of crimes, including the likes of political intrigue, kidnap, and a corrupt little town where even a minor violation can land you in big trouble. The series features a respectable line-up of guest stars, including Nehemiah Persoff, Scott Brady, Farley Granger, Loni Anderson, John Vernon and Henry Darrow. All the performances are good, with the regular cast embracing the change of tone from the pilot movie very well. After all these years the special effects still look good. This is solid albeit unspectacular 70s entertainment - good fun. Each episode is a stand-alone story which means the series lacks continuity, and a pity the series was cancelled before we could discover if the afflicted doctor managed to find a cure for his condition. For fans of 70s retro TV I would say this series is well worth a look. The Invisible Man [DVD]

Here is a list of the episodes (an episode synopsis is available on the IMDb)

*Pilot: The Invisible Man (70 minutes).
*The Klae Resource.
*The Fine Art of Diplomacy.
*Man of Influence.
*Eyes Only.
*Barnard Wants Out.
*Go Directly To Jail.
*Stop When Red Light Flashes.
*Pin Money.
*The Klae Dynasty.
*Sight Unseen.
*Power Play.
*An Attempt To Save Face.

Edgar Wallace Presents: The Terror [DVD]
Edgar Wallace Presents: The Terror [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wilfrid Lawson
Price: £5.99

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Things that go bump in the night...., 3 July 2013
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Considering the age of the movie (1938) the black & white picture quality on this Network/Studio Canal release is good. The sound is OK and thankfully the volume level is pretty consistent throughout (I didn't have to keep a finger on the volume button!) There are no extras or subtitles. The movie is presented in it's as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio (1.33:1) while the disc is housed in a slim case.

Adapted from a story by the prolific writer of many a crime story (Edgar Wallace) THE TERROR is a humour inflected 70-minute crime tale, with "The Terror" of the title being the arrogant head of a crime trio who happens to be the brains behind a bullion robbery, which sees the leader of the gang having it away with the proceeds of the crime after double-crossing his two companions. Left languishing in Dartmoor prison to serve a ten-year sentence, the pair count the days while plotting their revenge.

After the two are released, the movie quickly switches focus towards an old Priory which is allegedly haunted by the ghost of a monk, where awaits a gathering of assorted characters. From then on it becomes a tongue in-cheek blend of whodunit and 'haunted house' hokum, with secret passages, nervy characters, mysterious noises.....and with a sinister chuckle, a creepy & shadowy figure strikes again!

Nicely paced with good performances, Alastair Sim impresses with a performance which showcases his talent for walking the fine line between drama & humour to good effect, as he stars as one of the double-crossed criminals. Wilfrid Lawson and a youthful looking Bernard Lee are also good fun along with Linden Travers. The delightful Kathleen Harrison also puts in what happens to be an all too-brief appearance as one of the kitchen staff. Although not a great movie & while some may find it dated and an acquired taste, I found it to be good old-fashioned entertainment.

Point of Know Return
Point of Know Return

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prog-Rock Gem, 29 Jun. 2013
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Often feted as the band's creative high point, "Point of Know Return" (1977) certainly lives up to the hype. A powerful yet subtle blend of light and shade with odd time signatures, along with some intriguing lyrical subject matter (Albert Einstein!) The album is a listening pleasure from start to finish. Difficult to pick a favourite track, although for me "Portrait (He Knew)" and "Closet Chronicles" feel like the hub on which the rest of the album is built.

Along with the titular opening track, "Dust In The Wind" is probably the most familiar track to those new to the album, an acoustic song with the bleakest of lyrics (now where's the Samaritans phone number?) melancholy can sound so beautiful!

Not a weak track anywhere. The musicianship is high calibre & sounds tight throughout, with Steve Walsh's legendary vocals a delight. 5 stars - of course! IMO the band's previous album "Leftoverture" (1976) is equally impressive, but this follow-up shades it - just!
Why not give your lugs a treat and buy both albums together! The sound quality on both is very good.

The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 20 slices of Bread, 24 Jun. 2013
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A nice cross-section of Bread material, highlighting the subtle blend of folk/country/soft rock with a commercial & haunting sound which the band enjoyed particular success with in the 1970s. "Make It With You" "Baby I'm a Want You" and "Guitar Man" are probably the most familiar sounding to the casual listener like myself (check out the track samples) but you also get a selection of less familiar tracks to balance things up.

Personally I enjoy the band's folk/country sound the best, with the likes of "It Don't Matter To Me" "Too Much Love" as well as my favourite "Look What You've Done". The beautiful "Everything I Own" with it's moving lyrics and vocals is another highlight (Ken Boothe enjoyed a number 1 hit with a Reggae version of the song back in the mid-70s). All in all a good introduction to the band, and a very pleasant way to unwind & drift away. Good sound quality too.
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Mens Heavy Weight Reinforced Toe Work Boot Socks (Pack Of 4) (UK Shoe 6-12, EUR 40-47) (Black/Navy)
Mens Heavy Weight Reinforced Toe Work Boot Socks (Pack Of 4) (UK Shoe 6-12, EUR 40-47) (Black/Navy)
Price: £9.53

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too tight, 17 Jun. 2013
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I take a size 10/half so usually buy size 11 shoes, so was really looking forward to receiving these. I'm of average build, never suffer from swollen feet or ankles etc, but I knew straightaway I was going to have problems as I struggled into them - couldn't believe how tight they were. My feet and ankle areas were in a vice-like grip before I managed to wrestle them off. Very disappointing when considering how rugged & well-constructed they feel. Ended up giving them away to someone with size 7's - a great fit (lucky so & so!) A pity for me though, as with a little extra material they would have been good value.
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First Division Play-Off Champions 2000 - Ipswich Town [DVD]
First Division Play-Off Champions 2000 - Ipswich Town [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Gubba
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great memories, 10 Jun. 2013
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With a total running time of around 120 minutes, here's a list of the highlights with approximate running times...

*Play-off semi-final 1st leg: Bolton 2, Ipswich 2 (12 minutes).
*Play-off semi-final 2nd leg: Ipswich 5, Bolton 3 (26 minutes).

*Play-off final: Ipswich 4, Barnsley 2 (including post-match interviews & victory parade) (60 minutes).

*Selected goal highlights from 1999/2000 season (14 minutes).
*Goal of the season (12 goals).

Town's path through the play-off's certainly wasn't a stroll in the park. 2-0 down before battling back for a 2-2 draw in the semi-final 1st leg against Bolton at the Reebok, followed by a breathless 2nd leg at Portman Road....the game was a real humdinger, with drama and controversy by the shedload, with that dramatic last-gasp Jim Magilton equaliser which took the tie into extra time before Town finally reached Wembley. 1-0 down & a penalty saved against Barnsley in the final, before eventually coming through 4-2 to reach the Premier League. The picture & sound quality is generally good/OK. A thrilling trip down memory lane for all Town fans. Enjoy!

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