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Frankie Boyle Live 2: If I Could Reach Out Through Your TV and Strangle You I Would [DVD]
Frankie Boyle Live 2: If I Could Reach Out Through Your TV and Strangle You I Would [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frankie Boyle
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.13

36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Onslaught Continues...., 17 Nov. 2010
Frankie Boyle's new DVD is much his first, a constant onslaught of hellish, brilliant jokes. Normally in reviews like these I could post a snippet, an example of the material on offer; that's not going to happen. The gags are so near the knuckle, they're punching you in the face. Needless to say, this ain't a christmas present for your mum, or indeed ANYONE who can be even vaguely offended. It's flawless stuff as expected, even if it's his last stand-up for now, he's going out with a hell of a bang. Also, Frankie manages to pack an awful lot in material into the seventy-five minutes, without once losing his pace or energy. And for anyone who was wondering, this is nearly all new material, he only recycles jokes a few times and even then they're still good to hear.

I will say one thing though, Boyle's act feels a bit disjointed this time around, it doesn't have the easier, chatty fluidity that the first DVD had. For the first ten of fifteen minutes, he literally picks audience members at random and screams insults at them. This isn't necessarily a criticism though, and could easily be a result of editing, either way he settles down after this into his usual demeanour. And one thing he has dramatically improved is his ability to reference his own jokes and build on them later in the show, something that he has never showed us in the past.
The extras are fantastic, especially the footage from his joke test warm-ups. It's great to see him trying out fresh material and the interviews with him about writing experience.

Definately worth buying for any fan of Boyle or dark comedy in general, and you will remember what you miss about Mock The Week.
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BLEACH GN VOL 29 (C: 1-0-1)
BLEACH GN VOL 29 (C: 1-0-1)
by Tite Kubo
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting Back The Fallen Ones, 27 Jan. 2010
After a relatively slow, but entertaining start to the Arrancar Saga, Bleach returns to what it does best; violence, big weapons, violence, bad guys and more violence.
Volume Twenty Nine, "The Slashing Opera" documents the struggle against the deadly Privaron Espada, with three of the main protagonists dividing to conquer Lord Aizen's ex-Capitans. It's here that author/illustrator Tite Kubo really shines; his characters are distinct enough to be memorable and interesting in a manga that is already long past saturation point. Part time Soul Reaper and full time ginger Ichigo Kurosaki faces off against the flamboyant Dordonii Alessandro Del Socacchio, whose pride demands he fight Ichigo at full power.
Uryu Ishida fights Cirucci Sanderwicci, helped and hindered by Pesche Guatiche. Cirucci's unique Zanpakuto keeps the Quincy and the Arrancar duo on their toes.
Meanwhile, Chad does his level best to not to get killed by Gantenbainne Mosqueda. Fans of the series will know of his unfortunate history in invasion attempts, and despite being a lot bigger and physically stronger than his comrades, we catch up with him being whimsically beaten around by the afro-Espada. But like Uryu, he has more than a few tricks up his oversized sleeve, making the last chapter one of my favourites.
Bleach's brilliant mix of serious combat and light-hearted humour (sometimes even on the same page) is ever present, and it hasn't lost its touch. I think it's fair to say those who would be interested in buying this will have already read online scans, or watched the anime, and the story at this point is still quite far behind the Japanese releases. Nevertheless, it's worth having if only for the sake of the brilliant artwork, which at its best, is second to none. And from here on out, Bleach starts to resemble the Soul Society Rescue Arc, with its quick pace, and constant imminent danger (for Chad).

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