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Doctor Who - The War Doctor 1: Only the Monstrous
Doctor Who - The War Doctor 1: Only the Monstrous
by Nicholas Briggs
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £24.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Missed it by THAT much..., 21 April 2016
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I gave this 4 stars because while it's a big important chunk of newly discovered retconned Doctor Who history, dealing with the War Doctor as played by John Hurt, there are aspects I don't like.

Theme tune - a discordant mash which is neither epic in scope or particularly well arranged. They could have used something sinister yet clearly the Doctor Who theme.

For a Warrior he doesn't do much in the way of fighting... the angry 8th Doctor we saw in "Night of the Doctor" seems to have become less of a fighter and more of a talker like his old self.

It could have been epic, with the Doctor taking up arms against the Daleks, but sadly no. I'll get the other sets, but I miss the anger of Paul McGann's later 8th "Dark Eyes" 8th Doctor


House [Hausu] Masters of Cinema [DVD] [1977]
House [Hausu] Masters of Cinema [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Kimiko Ikegami
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not funny, not scary, 21 April 2016
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When this started I thought it was a spoof of a 1970s horror film... then I clocked the copyright date, and it IS a 1970s horror film. It's a bizarre mix of badly acted melodrama, misfiring comedy and unscary horror. It's destined for the charity shop I'm afraid... it's not as clever as it thinks it is... or the beard stroking critics think it is.


SODIAL(R) Taiyaki Fish-Shaped Cake Maker
SODIAL(R) Taiyaki Fish-Shaped Cake Maker
Offered by SWEETY LIFE
Price: £12.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, 13 April 2016
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Took me a few attempts but I can now make Taiyaki at home!


Kobra KOB-10031 400ml Aerosol Spray Paint - Blue
Kobra KOB-10031 400ml Aerosol Spray Paint - Blue
Price: £4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 13 April 2016
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I bought a couple of cans of this to spray a very large resin model kit and it covered very well, no clogging or sputtering. However, that was three weeks ago and the paint is not cured on the model. While it feels touch dry after some handling to paint details the surface starts to feel tacky.

I fear I may have to strip the model back to the resin and try again with another brand. I will apply a varnish coat as a sealer, but I have a feeling it may not work.


Doctor Who: Inferno - Special Edition [DVD]
Doctor Who: Inferno - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Pertwee at his best., 9 July 2015
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The Great Pertwee's first series shows all of the invention and promise that a new direction offered, as well as long stories, excellent characters and the Man Himself on great form, settling into the role from the off and commanding that you watch him.

Inferno shows us both the dangers of tapping the earth's core and also of mucking about with TARDIS consoles. I prefer the series with the introduction of the Master and Jo which followed, but these earlier stories are just so wonderful.


'71
'71
Dvd
Price: £5.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 9 July 2015
This review is from: '71 (Amazon Video)
I was really looking forward to this after all the glowing reviews... and was a bit disappointed. Being Film 4 it was already going to be controversial, but I didn't expect it to be so anti army. It made the soldiers out to be stupid and there merely to back up the RUC, who were shown to be violent snatch gangs... clearly the writer had issues.

I watched it, but found it more and more annoying as it went on. NI vets won't like it at all.

Watch "Harry's Game"... far better.


Airborne Normandy: 12" Inch Action Figures - US and British Paratroopers
Airborne Normandy: 12" Inch Action Figures - US and British Paratroopers
by Frederic Bouteiller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £38.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent miniature mayhem., 2 Jun. 2015
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As a collector and customiser of 12" figures I knew I had to have this book.

The photography is excellent throughout and sometimes, just sometimes you forget these are 1/6 scale figures. I have other books by the authors and I have to say this is a huge leap forward in terms of the quality of the figures and the very realistic lighting brings them to life in a way that studio photos never could.

Great stuff.


Thunderbirds: X-ray Cross-sections
Thunderbirds: X-ray Cross-sections
by Alex Pang
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the film, 2 Jun. 2015
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While the film was a major disappointment for Thunderbirds fans, the cross-sections tie-in book isn't. Okay, it isn't exactly as well thought out as Graham Bleathman's classic cutaway books, but it does a decent job.


Space Battleship Yamato [DVD]
Space Battleship Yamato [DVD]
Dvd ~ Takuya Kimura
Price: £5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, 2 Jun. 2015
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Saw this in Japan on release over there and thought it was absolutely stunning. The Japanese audience were glued to the screen as the Yamato made her way towards the planet Iscandar... this was their Star Trek, and the live action film felt just like the anime.
The effaects are beautiful, and the melancholy reworking of the theme tune fits the concept much more than the funky '70s original ever did.

I know that some American reviewers were annoyed because it was an all-Japanese cast and used the Japanese names... they seemed to forget that "Uchuu Senkan Yamato" was around before it became "Star Blazers".

Anyway, the Manga DVD is a great transfer with easy to read subtitles and good sound.


Shady [DVD]
Shady [DVD]
Dvd ~ Izumi Okamura
Price: £14.35

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, 2 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Shady [DVD] (DVD)
This starts off as a nice film about two outsiders becoming friends because both are bullied at school, but then descends into something more macabre and nasty.
I deducted a star because of several issues: it's too dark in places and you can't see what's going on. The ending of the film is also a bit at odds with the rest... it's jarring and the gore wasn't really needed.

Apart from that I quite liked it.


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