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Family Guy - Season 6 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Offered by Gleam Retail
Price: £14.95

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Guy, 21 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Family Guy - Season 6 [DVD] (DVD)
This show still is as great as it ever was. In fact its better. I love all the new seasons and this is no exception.

Seth Macfarlane is a genius.

A Drop of Scarlet
A Drop of Scarlet
by Jemiah Jefferson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars A Drop of Scarlet, 21 Jan. 2008
I was so looking forward to this book. It seemed like such a long wait after the wonderful Fiend and I couldnt wait to get started.

But alas it didnt really live up to expectations. Unfortunately this novel was more in the same vein as Wounds which I believe is her strangest and weakest book. Its had no real plot, the characterisation was quite all over the place and the ending was bizarre again.

It seems to have a very stong premise at first glance. Arianne (heroine of the entertaining Voice of Blood) returns to centre stage, discovering a miracle drug that produces a very vivid state of euphoria in vampires. That to me suggested all sorts of possibilites.

But no, thats where it ends really. Nothing happens besides long descriptions of the vampires tripping out. The drug itself Orchid is not really the catalyst for anything. Once John is cured (far too soon by the way)the rest of the book is spent with all of them just off their heads.

I really expected more. I didnt really undestand what Jemiah Jefferson wanted to say with this book. The eroticism of her earlier work was nowhere to be seen. Orfeo was pretty unrecognisable (but Ive found he changes alot from book to book anyway)and I just didnt really care about anyone.

Nevertheless I do admire Jeffersons work and will buy her next book because I do think she is very talented. Her period novel Fiend was excellent and I would love to see her tackle that again. Plus I must commend her on her decison to remove Daniel from the series. Knowing what a fan favourite he was, I was half expecting him to turn up for most of the new book (even in a drug enduced dream) but he didnt and I think thats very brave of her.

Anyway, A drop of scarlet is by no means her best effort but its still readable.

Looking forward to great things from her in the future.

The Mighty Boosh Live [DVD]
The Mighty Boosh Live [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Mighty Boosh
Price: £3.98

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mighty Boosh, 13 Jan. 2007
This review is from: The Mighty Boosh Live [DVD] (DVD)
I took a chance on this as I had never seen The Mighty Boosh tv show before. I had a little knowledge of what the humour was like (having seen them perform on other shows etc) but was still prepared to maybe not like it in large doses. But happily I loved it from start to finish.

From the long introduction, including the fabulous Pies sketch to the second half which has a more coherent structure, all of it is bizarre, insane humour that is rooted in something very universal. The songs in particular are created in reference to other works, sounds that everyone would be familar with.

It also helps that Fielding and Barratt are emmensely likeable, easy to watch and very capable at handling a live audience. Which is just as well since there appears to be a constant heckler at the recording of this performance. It could have thrown them off numerous times but largely they just ignored him.

Now that Ive seen the tv show, I would even say that the live show is better. Barratt and Fielding seem to work best on stage, theres a nice feeling of "anything can happen" when they are live as opposed to the highly stylised, staged feeling of the series. Plus there are quite a few lines and sketches lifted from the show that clearly work better live.

I dont think its necessary to have seen the show before seeing this. In fact it was a nice introduction to the Boosh humour and I would recommend it highly.

Funland [DVD]
Funland [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Gatiss

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funland, 4 July 2006
This review is from: Funland [DVD] (DVD)
This is fantastic. Not a bad word to say about it. Scary, weird, complicated and funny(in places at least), this is a little gem of a show that everyone who likes bizarre drama should watch.

Funland has a wonderful cast, who were no doubt revelling in being involved with something so different and original. Sarah Smart and Kris Marshal as Dudley and Lola Sutton do a great job as a the couple who get involved in the demented politics of the seaside town of Blackpool. The poison runs deep among the resorts inhabitants and due to Dudleys naivity during a poker game, Lola is forced to work as a stripper to pay off the debt.

Sounds pretty "Indecent Proposal" doesnt it? Well things get so much worse after that. As a result of their mistake, the Suttons become linked to the powerful Woolf family, the matriarch of which is Mercy Woolf who runs the club Lola must work at. (Judy Parfitt in this role is amazing, portraying pure evil to a tee.) Her son Shirley is borderline pyschotic and has his own problems having to find some sort of balance between a demanding wife, problematic children and an overbearing mother.

Things get even more complicated with the addition of Carter, a mysterious man hell bent on finding out why his mother was killed. All he has is a key and her final words to him before being brutally murdered by too unknown assailants with chainsaws. He too becomes embroiled with the Woolf family but decides to play by his own rules in order to find out what really happened.

I wont spoil the ending. This series works best when you just try to link things up as you go. And the reward is astounding as you find out just how messed up the Woolf family are.

Im not usually a fan of saying things like "If you liked *this* then youll love *that*", but if you loved League of Gentlemen (Like me) then Funland is right up your street. If its possible Funland is even darker and more twisted than the League.

Watch it! Its brilliant!

Micah (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)
Micah (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)
by Laurell K Hamilton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Micah, 24 Jun. 2006
I really think this author is losing her way with this series. Even compared to the horrible Incubus Dreams, this book is pretty slap dash at best. Granted there was only one sex scene, which was a blessing in more ways than one way considering how bizarre and unerotic it was, but there were still plenty of other problems ready to fill its place.

In my opinion this book would have benefited a lot from having Micah as the narrator. Hes been a one dimensional character for so long and I think it would have helped a lot of readers accept him. Instead we got a generic back story that was hardly enlightening and Anita bitching at him for the first hundred pages because he booked a fancy hotel room! Nice.

I also strongly feel that Anita needs to be retired as the voice of this series. Shes a repulsive character and has gone as far as she needs to go. Get rid of her! Start fresh with someone new cus Anita is a dead horse.

Dave Chappelle - Killin' Them Softly (2003) [DVD]
Dave Chappelle - Killin' Them Softly (2003) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dave Chappelle
Price: £8.47

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dave Chappelle - Killin' Them Softly, 24 Jun. 2006
I came across David Chappelles stand up on a compilation dvd of the Just for Laughs festival. His section was only a few minutes long but he was easily the funniest comic included.

I decided to look him up and found this dvd at a low price. Im glad I got it. David Chappelle is hilarious. From the baby on the corner in the ghetto to the unbelievable stories of his white friend "Chip", this dvd is hilarious from start to finish.

Highly recommended.

Green Wing Series 1 [DVD]
Green Wing Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tamsin Greig
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £6.76

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Green Wing, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Green Wing Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Unlike anything else on tv at the moment, Green Wing is wonderful, bizarre, hilarious, touching, scary (observe Sue White) and groundbreaking.

Set in a hospital like no other, Green Wing follows the lives of a group of doctors who you would be worried to be in the care of. Theres Guy and Mac, who are always in competition with each other. Martin, the wannabe doctor who seems destined to fail at everything. Angela and Alan, secret lovers and perverse beyond all reason. The office girls, who range from bitchy to bizarre. Sue White who just defies explanation(you have to see her to believe her). And Caroline, the new girl who seems a little out of her depth at first then begins to blend right in.

It took absolute ages for this dvd to come out but its here now and its totally worth it. The extras arent really that interesting. The deleted scenes and commentaries are nice but dont really enhance anything. But thats ok because the episodes alone are enough to impress.

Roll on the second series boxset! Lets hope it doesnt take as long to arrive as this one did.

Family Guy - Season 4 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Family Guy
Offered by Door2DoorEnt
Price: £5.42

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Guy, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Family Guy - Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
I love Family Guy and couldnt wait to get this new boxset. The only problem though is that this dvd set is listed as Season 4, when in fact it is only the first half. Theres another 10 or so episodes in this series and the dvd should clearly state this. I didnt know until I got it and was very disappointed.

But the series is great and its wonderful to see all the characters again.

The Catherine Tate Show - Series 1 [DVD] [2004]
The Catherine Tate Show - Series 1 [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Catherine Tate
Offered by RobertsEstores
Price: £3.49

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Catherine Tate Show, 21 May 2006
It took me a while to see this series all the way through. I had a feeling I wouldnt like it but...its ok. Not great but ok. Not really a laugh out loud kinda show though. Some of the sketches and characters really work. Like Lauren, the office worker who loves guessing games, the gran or "one swift backhander".

Then there are some that really fall flat. Like the woman who screams at the slightest noise or the couple who just find each other hilarious (the worst ones and for some reason the most frequently used).

But on the whole Catherine Tate is a very talented comedy writer and performer and even though the show is uneven in places its still worth a look.

The League Of Gentlemen - Live At Drury Lane: Special Edition  [DVD]
The League Of Gentlemen - Live At Drury Lane: Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Bendelack
Price: £4.34

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this!, 21 April 2006
If you love the League, this is the DVD you should not be without. It is the most wonderul example of what exactly these guys are about, showing us a glimpse of their origins and how the characters have evolved to where they are now.

This isnt just "Royston Vasey: The Play", it has sketches that they performed in their most early days, dressed in only tuxedos with occasional props. The Scott sketch is a work of genius (ie Mark Gatiss :)) as is the Legz Akimbo skit which closes the first half.

The second half may be firmer ground for a few. Its has all the Vasey characters in full costume. We have Herr Lipp with his usual innuendo laced german. An even more manic Papa Lazarou (if such a thing is possible). Mau Mau of course is included (how could it not?).And a wonderful lengthy "Dallas" style "Who Shot Pauline" sketch where Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith seem to be having a whale of a time as Pauline and Cathy Carter Smith.

As usual the commentary is hilarious. I love commentaries on any DVD but the League ones are by far the best you'll ever hear. They seem to genuinely enjoy being together. Its not just a "work thing" for them. They are friends and seem deeply protective of their collective vision of what these characters should be. The one little problem with this is that sometimes their humour is very impenetrable at times, with lots of "in jokes" and plenty of "no we cant say that". But never the less they are a joy to listen to and always enhance the viewing of any of their dvds.

The documentary is excellent also. I loved seeing the other performance where they just went wild and changed loads of the sketches. That would make a great dvd all on its own. Mark going off script during Mau Mau is fabulous as he is apparently the main member who wouldnt usually change anything. And of course the changes to the Denton sketch are hilariously rude.

I love The League of Gentlemen and this DVD was watched about 4 times the day I got it. It was just great to see them doing the stuff live and corpsing occasionally. Loved every minute of it and hopefully you will too.

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