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The Phantom of the Opera (3 - Disc Dual Format Edition) [DVD]
The Phantom of the Opera (3 - Disc Dual Format Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lon Chaney
Price: £8.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Far Greater Than You Realise, 24 Dec. 2014
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If there was ever a competition to determine which edition of this classic masterpiece was the best, this one would win hands down., and not just because it gives you it on Bluray and DVD in one go. The 1929 version is beautifully revitalised in both High and Standard Definition; there is not a single thing wrong with its quality, although I do find the music change quite jarring (I grew up knowing the soundtrack IML Digital Media and Eureka Video used for the film).

The special features are quite excellent as well. Inside the edition's case, there is a little booklet which basically covers the film's production, its place in cinematic history, and of the time and effort it took in making the remastering possible. Then of course there's what are on the discs. There's a restoration souvenir programme you can access through your computer, the famous documentary on the life of the movie's title star Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces, the enigmatic 'Man with the Lantern' sequence, and a special look at a 12 minute segment of the otherwise completely lost sound version of the film.

Everything on this edition is fantastic, but there is one thing it has that makes it stand out from the rest. The icing on the cake, as one would say. For decades, viewers and Phantom lovers had to make do with the 1929 version, which to put it plainly was a reshoot. Now for the first time in years, and on Bluray and DVD, one can finally watch the original 1925 cut of the film. Although not as wondrously remastered as its reversion, it is fully there for you with all of its glory that made audiences scream and gasp with shock. I won't say anymore than this, otherwise I'll be spoiling many surprises of why the original cut is more great than the reshoot.


Sing Along Songs - The Twelve Days of Christmas
Sing Along Songs - The Twelve Days of Christmas

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Way To Celebrate Christmas, 16 Aug. 2013
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I grew up on the Disney Sing Along Songs video series, loving every minute singing the words to my favourite songs from the best movies from the best film company on the planet. But The Twelve Days of Christmas is a very special volume in the collection; it does not use songs from Disney films, it uses traditional Christmas carols and more modern Yuletide songs such as Jingle Bells, Hip Hop Noel, O Christmas Tree, I Want An Elephant for Christmas, He Delivers, Here Comes Santa (Christmastime is Here!), the titular Twelve Days of Christmas and perhaps the most well known carol, We Wish You A Merry Christmas. Additionally, instead of using footage from films, Twelve Days uses original live-action footage of Mickey Mouse and his friends singing the songs themselves.

My family has always watched this video every December to celebrate the coming of Christmas, and always has our hearts and minds glowing with anticipation to celebrate the most special period of the year amongst ourselves, our extended family, and everyone else around us. You will never regret getting this video and seeing it all for yourselves and hsaring it with others.

Enjoy and sing The Twelve Days of Christmas and all the other songs included in this beautiful video. Merry Christmas, everyone.


Long John Silver 5 DVD Set (TV Series)
Long John Silver 5 DVD Set (TV Series)
Dvd ~ Robert Newton
Offered by ajdiscs
Price: £39.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A TV Collection That Doesn't Seem Enough, 6 Nov. 2012
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I have heard stories of this television program for many years, after watching Walt Disney's Treasure Island as a kid. Stories such as that it was filmed in Australia, it was Robert Newton's final work, and that it was the first action adventure series on television. In recnt years, I bought the movie that began the series: Long John Silver, and I was not disappointed. I was practically waiting for a chance to finally get the series on DVD.

Then I saw this collection and I leaped. Watching it was a blessing, but upon further research I found that it is missing a moderate portion of the entire program. If you are looking as I did for a complete set of the series, I'm afraid that has not been granted as of yet. Bu if you are a fan of Robert Newton as the infamous pirate Long John Silver, I guarantee one hundred percent you will not be let down in obtaining this DVD set.


Doctor Who-The Underwater Menace
Doctor Who-The Underwater Menace
by Nigel Robinson
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor Under The Sea, 19 Aug. 2012
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Have you ever heard the legend of the lost city of Atalntis? The civilisation that was overtaken by the ocean? If you haven't, I'll teel you of it. If you have, need I say more? Well, actually I do. Aeons ago Atlantis was flooded by a rising sea and would now be at the bottom of the ocean as a spectacular ruin. Perhaps, perhaps not. The legend says that the people still survive. In every tale written or filmed they have found some way of staying alive. Doctor Who and the Underwater Menace is no different. Except in how the story ends.

In the novel, based on the television serial of the same name, the Second Doctor along with companions Ben, Polly and Jamie find themselves journeying down to the mythical city to find that the Atlanteans are receiving help from Professor Zaroff, a man the Doctor knows to have a brilliant mind. Zaroff intends to raise Atlantis above the surface. A nice gesture from a humanitarian, right? WRONG! Zaroff's plan is indeed to raise the city, but by splitting the planet in pieces to do it!!! And so, it is left to the Doctor and co. to convince the people of Atlantis that the man they have put so much trust in is a crazed maniac. But it will not be easy as Zaroff is always one step ahead. It is a battle of the minds between human and Time Lord, a deadly duel that will come at a destructive price. The city of Atlantis or the entire Earth?

Doctor Who and the Underwater Menace, a story of Atlantis like you've never known it before. An adventure unlike any other with... DOCTOR WHO!!!


Addams Family Reunion [VHS] [1998]
Addams Family Reunion [VHS] [1998]
VHS

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5.0 out of 5 stars ADDAMS AT ITS BEST!!!, 6 July 2012
I am a great fan of the original black and white television show from the 60s, and I've seen the previous two movies with Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd. So, I heard that this movie was coming along and since it was only done as a TV film, I didn't expect much from it. Boy, was I wrong!

Addams Family Reunion restores the franchise to the tone and fun quality that the classic TV series has, something that was dampened by the cartoon show and the other two movies. The movies are good of course, but they were largely focused on strong gothic themes and adult humour; and the cartoon, BLEURGH! It lost all pathos!

The film begins with Gomez and Fester worrying about their grandparents as they appear to be turning normal, and so they decide to attend a family reunion to seek out a cure. The problem is that they were misinformed and they arrive at the wrong reunion. An Adams family one. They are mostly greeted with apprehension, with the exception of its patriarch. Back at the mansion, two members of the Adams family end up there and spend what is for them a chaotic night with Grandmama and Cousin Itt. At the reunion, high jinks follow as some of the Adams do their best to act friendly to the Addamses while others plot to have them removed. One word, no sorry, two words: uproarious comedy.

You will be turning your insides out with laughter as you see every single moment that makes this film worthy of being a part of the franchise. Come join the reunion party. So get a witch's shawl on, a broomstick you can crawl on. Come and pay a call on... the ADDAMS FAMILY! CLICK! CLICK!


Doctor Who-Galaxy Four (Doctor Who Library)
Doctor Who-Galaxy Four (Doctor Who Library)
by William Emms
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Different Galaxy, Same Old Troubles, 25 Jun. 2012
Doctor Who lands himself in trouble yet again, but in a whole new place. Welcome to Galaxy Four. In this story, the TARDIS lands on a mysterious unknown planet and the Doctor and co. are thrust into a war of survival between the cloned humanoids of Drahvin and the reptilian race of Rills. At first, it seems that the Rills are the enemy of the time travellers once they are caught by a machine and being led away from the TARDIS, but they are then saved by the Drahvins, led by one called Maaga. She asks the Doctor to help get their stranded ship off the planet and away by taking a part the Rills are going to use to get their own ship away.

But as things turn out, Maaga is a megolomaniac, believing the Rills to be savages (when in fact they are harmonious) while she and her clones are the supreme creatures. As such, she would rather die than see the Rills escape the soon-to-be destruction of the planet. The TARDIS crew escape the Drahvins member by member and make their way to the Rills with Maaga in pursuit. It is race against time to save the Rills, defeat Maaga, and return to the TARDIS. Can they do it? Can the Doctor lead his companions through yet another adventure and back to safety? Can they survive the perils of the Fourth Galaxy? Only time can tell, and it can only be truly told when you take up your own adevture with... DOCTOR WHO!!!

NOTE: Aside from the recently recovered Episode 3, the parts of this serial are lost. Until they can be found, this book is the only way you can experience the whole adventure. And those episodes have been lost for nearly fifty years, along with others. Who knows when they could pop up?


Doctor Who-The Myth Makers (Doctor Who library)
Doctor Who-The Myth Makers (Doctor Who library)
by Donald Cotton
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Side to the Trojan Horse, 27 May 2012
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Pretend you're at the Siege of Troy right now. You have just seen Achilles slay Hector. You know that the subterfuge with the Trojan Horse is soon to follow. But there is a change. You suddenly hear a loud groaning hum. A small light appears. With it, a wooden blue police telephone box. You stare in amazement as it all appears before your eyes. The TARDIS has arrived.

Based on the television serial of the same name, Doctor Who: The Myth Makers sets the Doctor and his companions Steven and Vicki to one of the most infamous wars of ancient history. Unfortunately, none of this serial exists anymore, save for a few seconds of footage. The only way you're going to know the events at this point of time is to read this book. Anyway, the Doctor is the first to exit the TARDIS and is believed by the Greeks (most of them) to be Zeus, because of the way the TARDIS appeared. Steven goes out after him while Vicki remains behind. The TARDIS however is found by Paris and he orders his men to carry it into Troy. Vicki comes out and is assumed to be a priestess of power, much to the displeasure of the city's high priestess Cassandra.

At the Greek camp, the Doctor's disguise is soon foiled and he is forced by King Agammemnon and hero Odysseus to construct a means of ensuring their victory over the Trojans. King Priam expects a similar thing of Vicki by predicting what the Greeks are going to do, and renames her Cressida. Steven aims to rescue them both, with the the willing help of one Greek poet named Homer, the legendary author of epics The Illiad aoctornd The Odyssey. The heroes must now work on separate sides to rejoin one another and return to the TARDIS. It will not be easy, as one of them faces an agonising choice. And when that choice is made, it is the Doctor who pays the price.

Doctor Who: The Myth Makers. The television episodes that make up the story are a myth within themselves as with also being lost celluloid they are as per usual told from the points of view from the TARDIS crew members. With the book however it is told completely from the viewpoint of Homer as he is relaying it to an audience much later in his life. So are you willing to see the story of the fall of Troy in a new light, told by the man who wrote two great epics about it, with the characters we all know and love from a science fiction television program? Or are you afraid to have an adventure with a history you believe you already know? Well, this is my opinion. Always ready for a new adventure with... DOCTOR WHO!!!


Doctor Who-Reign of Terror (Doctor Who Library)
Doctor Who-Reign of Terror (Doctor Who Library)
by Ian Marter
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Terror of the French Revolution, 14 Mar. 2012
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The French Revolution! Anyone who has researched or taken an interest in French history will know the horrific effects this period has had on the nation. The people have risen up aginst the royalty and nobility, taking several of them including the king to the Guillotine. Any noble who has not been captured attempts to escape or hide in the countryside, with the peasant soliders breathing down on their throats. It is a time period that any time traveller would want to avoid. Any, except Doctor Who.

Written by Ian Marter (who any classic Doctor Who fan would recognise onscreen as Fourth Doctor companion Harry Sullivan) and based on the First Doctor TV serial of the same name, The Reign of Terror sees the Doctor land the TARDIS right in the middle of the ferocious period.

The Doctor, his granddaughter Susan, and Susan's teachers Ian and Barbara, are initially led to believe by the Doctor's navigations that they are back in 1960's London, only to find they nearly 500 years offcourse and in France, during the Reign. The companions are soon captured by the soldiers of the People and are quickly sentenced to death at the guillotine, and it is up to the Doctor and a small band of noble rebels to save them and return to the TARDIS safely.

The book itself is a must for any Doctor Who fan interetsed in having the novelisations of the series, mainly for its accurate representation of the troubled times of the period and the cold vicious way that the rebel nobles are hunted down by the People and treated by the gaolers before they are taken to 'Madam' Guillotine, if they have not been murdered beforehand. One small problem with it though is the text size. It is so small that it took my eyes a while to adjust to it, but that is probably just my own reaction. So come on...

The Reign of Terror! The French Revolution! One of the most dangerous periods in Earth's medieval history! Whether through what remains of the television serial or the entirety of this book, it invites you to make an adventure out of it. An adventure all your own with all the twists and turns you can expect out of an adventure with DOCTOR WHO!!!


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