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Lesbian Vampire Killers [DVD] [2009]
Lesbian Vampire Killers [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ James Corden
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.07

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless inane drivel - not even so bad it's good, 3 Nov. 2011
A thinly veiled attempt to cash in on James Corden's (Gavin & Stacey) popularity sees a hapless pair of losers stranded in a vampire-haunted forest in the company of 4 pneumatic sirens. Sorry folks, that line is more exciting, more sexy and more entertaining than anything that happens after the opening credits. Badly written (the plot line is so weak and stale that some of the corpses exhibit more life) badly acted (at times so poor that even Dan Lobb looks positively natural by comparison) if it wasn't for the generous bust lines I doubt that anyone would watch beyond the first 10 minutes. (and for those fan's of cleavage who think that is enough to redeem this complete turkey - you find watching an episode of The Weakest Link more satisfying) I gave this film one star only because nothing less is available. To be fair to anyone not recognising the references, suffice to say this is a practical example of why English people are reputed to have no sense of humour, no sex appeal and no imagination...
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Madman Across The Water
Madman Across The Water
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sets the scene for the next step........., 11 April 2005
This review is from: Madman Across The Water (Audio CD)
Madman across the Water is one of my favourite Elton John albums...... and I've got a good few. It was released at a time when Elton was just starting to be an "international" phenomenon (rather than a one hit wonder) and at a time when his personality (and possibly/probably ego)played second fiddle to the music (no pun intended).
However, it shows Elton and the production team, playing with new-found ideas, (and probably finance) experimenting with orchestration on most of the tracks, and generally looking to produce something that was recognisable as Elton John, but sufficiently different to the previous two albums as to be interesting.
The result is an album of tracks which are instantly recognisable as Elton John, but not the tracks that are played constantly as "Elton in his heyday"!
Ranging from intensely personal (Tiny Dancer) to bizarrely abstract (Indian Sunset, considering the artist)the lyrics and the music withstand the test of time well, and if the new remasters lack the crackles and clicks of my old vinyl copy, then the character and atmosphere of the music, particularly Indian Sunset and Madman, more than make up for the loss.
A must for afficionados of Elton John, and a definite must for music lovers.
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The Saint: Vendetta For The Saint [VHS] [1969]
The Saint: Vendetta For The Saint [VHS] [1969]
Offered by londonstorehouse
Price: £9.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A must for collectors... but sorry, no cigar, 11 April 2005
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Those of you who are wizened enough to remember Roger Moore as "the Saint" will probably appreciate this, the only "modern" feature length Saint story. Compared to many of the standard 30 minute episodes on normal TV, the story is true(ish) to the original story, not having suffered through having large portions of the plot "cut away" to make it more palatable or commercial for TV - on the other hand, lots of stereotypical acting from Moore, Hendry and Amee (forgotten surname) do little to capture the menace of Charteris' original characters. Effectively it is an hour and half Saint story, OK, but not wonderful. For the nearest glimpse of a Charteris story accurately portrayed by Roger Moore at his best as the Saint, try "The Golden Journey". now available on video and DVD.
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The Goon Show Vol.6 - Have a Gorilla
The Goon Show Vol.6 - Have a Gorilla
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Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not art as we know it but................., 11 April 2005
Volume 6 of the BBC's series (now upto 22, which destroys another myth about their ability to count beyond 10!) 4 more episodes including the classic "I was Monty's Treble" - (hurrah for John Mills!)and Rommels Treasure - one detects the wartime experiences colouring the dynamic trios script-writing here - along with ample lubrication in the form of the "old brandy". The oldest gag in the book - car doing 100mph, running Eccles repeatedly catching up..........braces stuck in door - now you know where it started! As the Chinese would say - it's a class act, all the old favourites, a few "guest appearances" (so called because they had nowhere else to stay!) and numerous belly, knee and elbow laughs for anyone daft enough to enjoy it. Count me in.....

Moriarty Where
Moriarty Where
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance never fades..... is it me or is it dark in here?, 9 April 2005
This review is from: Moriarty Where (Audio CD)
Ever wonder where Monty Python, Pete and Dud, Robin Williams, Jim Carey et al get their ideas from? Ever wonder about the way that "train of thought" comedy never fails to raise a smirk....... then you're thinking too much! Take a lesson in subversive comedy at it's best, anarchy, mayhem and lunacy rule as Ned, Bluebottle, Eclles and crew attempt to foil the evil Moriarty (now you know where Arthur Conan Doyle got his idea from!) in four hystorical esipodes from the 1950's (that;s10 to 8 for anyone pre-decimal) including The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea in which Constable Neddy attempts to foil a criminal mastermind (nufsed), Julius McCeasar invaded England - I don't know how he had the Gaul, an unlikely but spontaneous secret weapon is lauched upon the world and Bushey Spon is invaded (but you can get a cream to rub on twice a day)!
Not for the faint-hearted, or witted, the first part of the 80 odd episodes which the BBC have released in order to sponsor it's new season of costume dramas, set in Eccleshall in the 1920's, centring on a family of consummate squirrel-gropers.
Get this one, then the other 21 4 episode tapes, lock yourself in a darkened room with a loaded pistol and a toilet brush and think what you've done for British Culture - answers on a postage stamp to the BBC, Burble, Burble Lane, Mumble Street, Carlisle.
Great stuff!

Sparks / a Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
Sparks / a Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
Offered by Andthebeatgoeson
Price: £17.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vastly under-rated classic of the 70's, 26 Feb. 2002
Sparks - pre-chart success - were a cult band in progressive music circles. On "Woofer" they manage on every track to do the unexpected, both in terms of lyrics and music. Much seems tongue in cheek, and lyrics are open to translation in many ways - the new sleeve notes that accompany the CD answer questions that have haunted me for quarter of a century. In terms of style, comparison can be made with very early Roxy Music, mixing (then) current rock with older, more sedate rhythms and vocals. (Not that the results bear any similarity). Sparks were/are totally unique in style and Moon over Kentucky with its' wierd echo and eccentric yodels is still an all time classic.
The additional bonus of getting their first LP release "Sparks" on the same CD was a surprise - and a rewarding one - whilst the earlier songs are raw and don't hang together quite as well as on "Woofer" they are still unmistakably Sparks.
The first time around I brought "Woofer" the same week I purchased "Hunky Dory" by Bowie and for sheer innovation, musical excellence and the fact that even now, you can listen and relisten and discern new things happening in both music and lyrics - it is difficult to say which I would take as a "desert island disc".
Whilst Sparks later releases made the more money and a they became a "pop" band - these early releases show the formative stages of their style and in many ways demonstrate much of the essence of the early 70's which was about breaking new ground, developing new styles and, above all, enjoying the music, both as a performer and as the audience.

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