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Brutal Youth (2cd)
Brutal Youth (2cd)
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 44.95
6 used & new from CDN$ 34.15

4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Parade, Oct. 9 2009
This review is from: Brutal Youth (2cd) (Audio CD)
Buy this album, it's worth every penny. This is Costello and the Attractions roaring back to rude good health with all the breatless urgency of their younger selves.Tracks like This is Hell and London's Brilliant Parade stand easy comparison with any of Costello's earlier triumphs. Before you know it you get hooked on this album making it easy to forgive the odd mixing or production clanger that you may come across. Good knock about stuff with the usual Costello emotional and sonic manipulation - it was great when it was first released and it's great now.

Doctor Who: The Beginning (Boxed Set) (Includes: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, and The Edge Of Destruction)
Doctor Who: The Beginning (Boxed Set) (Includes: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, and The Edge Of Destruction)
DVD ~ William Hartnell
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 146.19
8 used & new from CDN$ 143.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Television, May 14 2009
With Doctor Who, Sarah Jane and Torchwood filling the air-waves, and with - it seems - no week passing by without some related merchandise hitting the shelves, it is easy to forget the origins of this rather peculiar phenomenon that fires the imagination of so many. This exquisitly crafted and well packaged box set provides the perfect aide-memoire to those of us who had forgotten and an introduction for those that never knew how good the show was right from the beginning. It's all here in all of its glorious eccentricities: the mysterious traveller, the wonderously realised TARDIS, time travel, faraway planets, endless jepordy and the Daleks. Free of its future history, the possibilities of the show seem endless when viewing these early episodes. Magic and mystery seem to seep from the screen, the remastered images bring a vitality and sharpness to the experience that makes a mockery of any doubts the viewer may harbour about the "viewability" of the black and white era of the show. For pure suspense, can the very first episode bettered? It's also easy to see why the show gathered an enormous audience and established itself in the public consciousnes following the debut of the Daleks. The Edge of Destruction episodes may lack the strength of the first two stories but in a season that was to see a fine crop of stories such as Marco Polo and the Keys of Marinus, this slight stumble isn't that inauspicious. The extras, including the pilot episode, place this release in the "must have" category. Landmark television, a fine example of the industry, creativity and professionalism of the BBC during its golden age.

Doctor Who: Black Orchid (Story 121)
Doctor Who: Black Orchid (Story 121)
DVD ~ William Hartnell
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 90.98
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1.0 out of 5 stars For completists only, Dec 30 2008
Let's face it, the resurrection of the series in 2005 and the flood of excellent, well produced stories since then has not been kind to the likes of "Black Orchid". Where once we would have rushed to celebrate this story as a somewhat charming "experimental" historical adventure, we no longer need to defend it so mechanically. Instead it's an ill-conceived,under written, poorly realised cliched pastiche of twenties English country house thrillers which were doing the rounds in TV-land back in the early eighties masquerading - literally - as a Doctor Who story. Or perhaps this is its towering genius, while all the leads shed their regular outfits and identities the show takes on new clothes and by doing so moves beyond the established confines of the series and - metaphorically speaking that is - liberates itself from the tried and true formula that has served it so well and instead frolicks in the turgid wetlands of by-the-numbers TV that - with laughter track applied - would have been a terrible, unbelievable episode of "You Rang M'lord".

The real gems on this DVD release are the extras, the audio commentaries of the series regulars - thankfully - pull no punches at all. The special feaures, especially the "Now and Then" location piece, have been crafted with more care than the show warrants. Unintentionally hilarious is the "restoration" feature which, like a bad dream, replays so often some dire scenes from "Orchid" to demonstrate some technical insights and restoration wizardry that you wished they hadn't bothered.

Buy this because you have to, not because it's any good.

Doctor Who: Snakedance
Doctor Who: Snakedance
VHS

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Examination, Sept. 28 2002
This review is from: Doctor Who: Snakedance (VHS Tape)
Snakedance is a tremendously strong outing for the Doctor and is highly recommended.The guest cast is superb, Martin Clunes is first class and the absence of Adric gives the Doctor and the companions more to do. Tegan takes center stage and Peter Davison as the Doctor is at his breatlessly, urgent best. The story is a simple exploration of the power of myths in society and how they can be easily exploited, good Dr. Who territory and with a 'monster' thrown in to boot. A sequel to Kinda but less demanding on the viewer.

Doctor Who: Ghost Light
Doctor Who: Ghost Light
VHS

3.0 out of 5 stars Exit the Doctor, Sept. 28 2002
This review is from: Doctor Who: Ghost Light (VHS Tape)
Ghost Light was the last Dr. Who produced at the BBC and ended 26 years of regular time travelling for the Doctor. If one was to describe the story in one word that word would be 'confusing'. The sets and guest cast are typically top notch for the BBC, however the plot appears to have gone missing in action.The direction is uneven and McCoy is not handled well. The viewer is left to piece together meaning from a few scaps of plot exposition. Ultimately the viewer is left unsatisfied although the story does leave behind some strong visual impressions.

Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks
Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks
DVD ~ Sylvester McCoy
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 57.57
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5.0 out of 5 stars 7th Doctor comes of age, Sept. 28 2002
An excellent story that goes some way to rescuing the McCoy years from irrelevance. There is much to savour, in particular the especially menacing Daleks and the splendid special effects all played out against a backdrop of swinging London. The production team did a great job in realizing the period setting with the BBCs trademark panache.The direction is tense with spalshes of humour thrown in. This was without doubt McCoy's finest outing as the Doctor and was the last hurrah of the BBC produced Dr. Whos.

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