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Outlander - Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Outlander - Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Caitriona Balfe
Price: £9.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The High Road to disgust and disappointment, 16 July 2017
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Most of the one star ratings of this season seem to be moans about the disc itself and whether it could be played on the reviewers’ equipment. The two stars are nearer the mark as far as this reviewer is concerned.
The series starts off well, introducing the element of time travel into what becomes another period drama. Not enough is done to explore what a mid-20th century woman would do in the coarse, rough and smelly world of 1746.
That said, beautiful cinematography and well constructed sets are enjoyable and the makers are not afraid to insert the slow dialogue heavy passages that build the stories. Unfortunately, instead of relying on good plot and dialogue, we have to sit through pretty boring periods and even the actors seem embarrassed to have to grind out the story line.
However, the worst failing is the readiness of the heroine to shed her kit and shake her stuff. Then, in the final two episodes the series descends into such a graphic visualisation of vicious, deviant, violent behaviour that you see that programme makers and actors gave simply given up. There was some good character building throughout the series and it would have been perfectly possible to make the same impact by……………………….well, good acting.
Is the ability of actors to portray skin-crawling, gut-wrenching disgusting behaviour in front of the camera a skill? Surely not.
I have no idea what the books were like but if this series is a true rendering, this reviewer is glad he left them on the bookshelf.
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Midsomer Murders Series Fourteen [DVD]
Midsomer Murders Series Fourteen [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jason Hughes
Price: £13.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breath of fresh air, 10 July 2017
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At last somebody levered John Nettles out of the series. A wooden actor if ever there was one. With Neil Dudgeon we feel a new style to the show. Fitted against the same cosy, country cottage background, with the incongruously murderous population, truly warm and fuzzy feeling entertainment. It can run another 14 series like this.

The Good Karma Hospital - Series 1 [DVD]
The Good Karma Hospital - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Amanda Redman
Price: £15.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars casualty mets the real marigold with disastrous result, 8 July 2017
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Now that Casualty has moved on from its original format, whereby more of the story is taken up with the complicated, trivial, grubby and inconsequential doings of the casts’ characters than it is with a good story about the doings in A&E, the BBC obviously thought it was time for a new hospital drama.
Enter the The Good Karma Hospital. This is nothing but a small scale Casualty, transplanted to India.
We get right into the stuff about the emotional background of the cast’s characters including a worst-for-wear Amanda Redman who should have stayed in New Tricks where her obvious shortcomings were covered up by some proper actors.
There is an attempt at putting a hospital in rural India into context but it fails miserably and what is portrayed is a very long way away from what the reality is.
Shoddy plots and monotonous dialogue make for very poor viewing

Sleepy Hollow - Season 2 [DVD] [2015]
Sleepy Hollow - Season 2 [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Tom Mison
Price: £9.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Once was enough, 5 April 2017
When this reviewer wrote about Series 1 of Sleepy hollow, the truly bad acting and disregard for solid plot lines were the main subject. It was at least fun, however.
Series 2 brings up a new issue. The majority of characters have adopted the current contempt for their audience, evident is so many series, in mumbling and gabbling their dialogue. Of course, the dialogue still seems to have been written by a 12 year old so perhaps it’s a question of shame or just wanting to get the lines over and done with as quickly as possible. I spent a good deal of time straining to make out what the characters were saying; I tried running the disc back and playing the same scene at a higher volume. Marginally easier to follow what was said but it was only to discover that the characters were talking tosh. John Noble is an eminent exception. Mind you, he is at least a good actor. I wonder what made him take on a part that is basically a creepier version of Walter Bishop in Fringe.
By the way, did the programme makers think of giving Nicole Beharie a bigger wardrobe? She has become a bit like a female version of the Fonz of old, wearing the same outfit throughout the series.
The fun/romp element has gone out of this series and it is becoming a serious irritation. I hate having to give up half way through a series and trash the discs but I may have to with this one.

Happy Valley - Series 2 [DVD] [2016] [Dutch Import]
Happy Valley - Series 2 [DVD] [2016] [Dutch Import]
Dvd ~ Sarah Lancashire
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Price: £7.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars depressing, 9 Mar. 2017
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Oh my Lord why would you look forward to a third series, if ever one was made?
Interesting story lines here clouded by the writers' obsession to make the main players "real" people. Real here means taking the personal life of the copper involved and winding up her various agonies in the story lines. Yes, the interaction of the copper and the man in the nick was an essential plot element but, it was all too dreadfully drear

The Burning Page (The Invisible Library series)
The Burning Page (The Invisible Library series)
by Genevieve Cogman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A downhill course with a great concept, 22 Jan. 2017
Looks like two and three star reviewers are in the minority here. The first book was innovative and drew attention immediately, the second in the series did not live up to the expectation that the debut novel created. This third offering just confirms that Cogman had a bright concept but cannot handle its development like a master such as Pratchett could. This is corny and clunky. A lot of new concepts that required a much longer book to explore and one that would require far more narrative skill than Cogman can conjure up. Entertaing if its a rainy Sunday afternoon and nothing on the tv but eminently "put-downable".

Beauty And the Beast [DVD]
Beauty And the Beast [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kristin Kreuk
Price: £11.70

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The 1980's version of this was bad enough but at least it had the excuse of ..., 19 Jan. 2017
This review is from: Beauty And the Beast [DVD] (DVD)
The 1980's version of this was bad enough but at least it had the excuse of being a product of its times. This new version follows more or less the same format but suffers in whole range of ways. The story lines are childlike in simplicity and come over as a seven-year old's version of police procedure. The acting is clunky and nobody take the trouble to give background characters any content. After slogging through the police-drama bit we always arrive at the same bit where the two main characters agonise about their relationship; unfortunately, neither of the actors have the skill or presence to make those scenes sickly sentimental.
There is always a punch-up somewhere along the line and in this show, like so many others, everybody seems to be a martial arts expert. Just where did the heroine receive the training to acquire the level of expertise evident in the fights.
And one last thing, Nina Lisandrello. I do not wish to be libellous but am I the only one to think that she is...........................well, let's say not exactly feminine

Bones - Season 10 [DVD]
Bones - Season 10 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Boreanaz
Price: £14.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh put it out of its misery, 24 July 2016
This review is from: Bones - Season 10 [DVD] (DVD)
What can you say? ten series on and still going strong? Well, no. The series is beginning to choke.
It still has the same wel-tried ( or should that be tired?) formula.
• A horrific discovery of a decomposing corpse "(for variation they can also be incinerated)
• The team turn up and there is general wisecracking
• Back to the lab (which much always be referred to as The Smitsonian – pronounce the capitals please)
• A series of incredible discoveries by the scientists
This include ones made by Angela Montenegro (the one with the incredibly annoying, nasal voice) who employs completely undefined software unknown anywhere else in the world.
• A couple of red herring suspects thrown in to spin the story out to an hour
• An unexpected unmasking
If I thought Michaela Conlin’s delivery as Angela Montenegro was irritating, Deschanel surpasses even here. Judging by the comments on the internet, the way that Deschanel’s character draws out words in every sentence is a general point of irritation. While it is supposed to reflect a brilliant brain hard at work while actually trying to talkj at the same time, it fails. It would get in the way of the script but that isn’t worth much either.
I see that and eleventh series has also been filmed. To what deapths of hopelessness will the new series decend?

Witches of East End: The Complete First Season [DVD]
Witches of East End: The Complete First Season [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julia Ormond
Price: £8.10

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars hopeless, 6 Jun. 2016
As many reviewers have said, there is a large element of Charmed on this series. However, Charmed was made a lot earlier when a lot of its clumsiness could be excused a s a novelty.
This series should know better. A clumsy, galumphing plot, bad acting and a cast of female members who show way to much flesh. The main players are what you might call prominent personalities from other popular series but the only heavy hitter is Glenne Headley who is stick in a dead-end part.
The passing references to magic are almost as clumsy and contrived as those on Sleepy Hollow.
If it is pouring with rain outside, the pubs are closed, you haven’t got a decent book to read, you’ve finished the newspaper and the radio’s broken, this series is a good option

Banshee - HBO Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Banshee - HBO Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Antony Starr
Price: £10.79

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strictly for those seeking lust and violence, 29 May 2016
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The plot of this series is tenuous. A parolled 15 stretch convict takes on the identity of a man killed in a barroom fight in a small Pennsylvania town. The dead man just happens to be the town’s new sheriff. Of course, the most logical thing for the ex-con to do is assume the dead man’s identity, isn’t it?
In his guise of sheriff the ex-con then proceeds to enforce the law or, rather, flout it. This includes beating to a pulp a prominent sports personality visiting the town. His apparent ignorance of the law comes to nobody’s particular notice, not even the career lawmen and women that make up his deputies. Not even an FBI agent awkwardly inserted into the plot realises the subterfuge, which must make this the dumbest agent in the history of the Bureau.
The plot also has the standard henchmen who rules the town as if it was his own business; his character is made more interesting by being an outcast from the Amis community adjacent to the town. Then we have a Ukrainian gangster and his assorted heavies to add an interesting story loop.
Having this incredible and badly cobbled together plot as a basis, what makes this show the four and five star rated attraction that Amazon buyers seem to think it is?
It’s simple. Every episode has two things. Firstly bloody (literally) and graphic violence; secondly, gratuitous, full on sex scenes. This show is just a magnet for those who want the two things in equal measure and do not care in what ridiculous context they find it.
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