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Top Gear - Series 23 [DVD]
Top Gear - Series 23 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Evans
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £6.99

17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Poor Top Gear Tribute Band, 6 July 2016
This review is from: Top Gear - Series 23 [DVD] (DVD)
I don't own the DVD (I have sufficient drinks' mats anyway) but I have seen the tv programmes as transmitted. Oh dear. Now, for honesty's sake, I readily admit I have never liked Evans on tv and I loved the Clarkson-Hammond-May Top Gear. However, I thought it only fair to see in which direction Mr Evans et al would take the post-classic era of TG. I wanted them to do well, even if I expected it would be considerably below Clarkson's TG. But the big error they made was to try to ape that TG. They should have re-invented the programme with new features, new perspectives - well new everything really. They never would compete successfully with the surreal chemistry between the classic trio - so why even try? Be inventive, be prepared to fail in order to succeed. Harvest the viewers with unexpected and delightful quirks and perspectives. Instead, from the moment Evans howled his welcome in a very poor impression of Clarkson and then danced round his co-presenter, we knew the asylum had been taken-over by the sane pretending to be crazy. Some items were better later in the series but, overall, it continued as a weak homage to a much-loved slice of classic tv, rather than an improving - and risk-taking - programme in its own right. This tribute band played safe and played to fail. Sadly, they succeeded.

Lewis - Series Two [DVD] [2007]
Lewis - Series Two [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Kevin Whately
Price: £19.99

51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis Atop Detective Fiction, 12 Mar. 2008
I have seen the first instalments of Lewis Series Two and have been fascinated by the characterization and plot-twists. All the production qualities of Morse are there: extremely high-quality writing, direction, photography and acting. The only thing missing is Mr Thaw, alas. But, given we cannot have the great man back, Mr Fox is proving to be a superb replacement. Lewis' own character has plausibly matured. Yes, he does have a certain bitterness of life which Morse had - but convincingly portrayed and arrived-at via a rather different path of loss. Lewis did, in the latest episode demonstrate a cursory knowledge of Wagner certainly - perhaps slightly over-done. However, given all the time he spent with Morse this did not seem (to me) too unreasonable - and was certainly not a major part of the drama.

I have the entire Morse DVD collection and watch most episodes quite frequently. Using analysis it is possible to pull them apart too - possible to pull almost anything apart. However, Morse had a certain magic forged in those production values and the chemistry of the two main actors. I am delighted to say that Lewis, to a very large degree, replicates that for me.

Well Keep a Welcome
Well Keep a Welcome

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crosseo y Cymru!, 30 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Well Keep a Welcome (Audio CD)
Bryn Terfyl and the other musicians have produced a tour de force of Welsh popular and historical music. Terfyl is superlative and he ranges his voice from his natural bass-baritone to almost tenor - moving along the scale as the songs require. If one is Welsh these songs vary between a soaring rendition to fight for language and culture to a sentimetal journey through what Welshness is. However, even if one is not Welsh then the sheer quality and power of these recordings is a joy to wallow in. (Although medieval anglo-saxons might be chilled by some of the lyrics!). One simply cannot praise this album sufficiently, let alone too much.

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