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The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season
The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season
DVD ~ Dan Castellaneta
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 63.78
23 used & new from CDN$ 9.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Someone has to say it, Sept. 6 2003
The three stars isn't for the show itself. The episodes are great and the third season really has the Simpsons taking off. My favorite is where Lisa becomes the bad school student when she thinks she can only be a homemaker, and Bart becomes the good student patrolling the hallways. The writers did some of their best work in Season 3. I just wish that the menus looked better. I like the first two season menus more.
Also, are we going to wait for The Simpsons to be released piecemeal? If so, don't expect many sales in five years when we have all died of boredom.

Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters
Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters
DVD ~ Jon Pertwee
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 84.75
5 used & new from CDN$ 46.51

5.0 out of 5 stars "Roll up, roll up and see the monster show!", July 21 2003
The 2nd story from the 10th season is probably one of the best of the Pertwee years. It combines a series of monsters, both up-front and cameo, with both seriousness and tongue-in-cheek insight.
Dr. Who and Jo land on what the Doctor believes is Metabelis-3, the famed blue planet. Jo, however, believes that they are on a ship in the Indian Ocean in 1926, based on evidence of a newspaper and the ship's cargohold. Unfortunately, they are both wrong. The TARDIS has landed in a Mini-Scope, which is being viewed both by the government officials and visitors (two show people who have brought the Mini-Scope) to Inter-Minor. The Mini-Scope contains such specimans as Ogrons, Cybermen, the people on the ship, and the dreaded Drashigs.
I won't go on and spoil the story, but honestly the ending of Part 2 is probably the best cliffhanger of the Pertwee (and perhaps others) years.
The DVD picture is much sharper than the video, and comes with fun extras such as watching Vorg warming up for the camera ("Roll up, roll up and see the Monster show"), alternative electronic credits, a 1981 BBC promo for THE FIVE FACES OF DR WHO, and others.

Doctor Who: The End of The Universe Collection (Boxed Set)
Doctor Who: The End of The Universe Collection (Boxed Set)

5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, July 15 2003
I give this collection 5 stars because the BBC finally figured out that sales decrease exponentially year by year of the unreleased videos (especially since now they are releasing the DVDs as piecemeal as the videos).
I wondered if the powers at be thought that these were the worst stories of Dr. Who. Certainly THE HORNS OF NIMON (and unfortunately on some levels even INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS) qualifies. But THE MUTANTS is actually one of the best Pertwee stories (another allegory with pollution, tampering with lives of others, illegal hunting etal), and I look forward to finally seeing MEGLOS in episodic form (Tom Baker in his second, more excellent, doppelganger role after THE ANDROID INVASION). And I really really look forward to THE TIME MEDDLER.
Too bad that the BBC can't learn from the DVD releases of such popular series as THE X FILES, BUFFY, and even ABFAB. Releasing a complete season is infinitely easier and makes far more sense. They did it once with DR WHO - THE KEY TO TIME series.

Reykjavik
Reykjavik
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 54.95
7 used & new from CDN$ 33.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal MMMMMMMMM, July 2 2003
This review is from: Reykjavik (Audio CD)
This is really an incredible CD set and by far the best by Nick Warren. CD #1 is filled with great trance music and CD #2 is slightly more ravy. I preferred CD #1, especially for driving, writing and ...well, you know...
The best on CD#1 - The first four tracks: Avatar - Dub in Time followed by Substructure - Firewire followedd by Atlas - Compass Error followed by Ulrich Schnauss. This is truly truly sublime. #10 is rather humourous and I'm not sure where he got the voiceover.
CD #2 is also good, especially Tracks 3 and 4 (Vector - Rise followed by Aquaculture - Don't Play the Game).
I am definitely not an expert on rave, house, trance or such music, but I know what I like to listen to. This is even better than Nick's BACK TO MINE set that I purchased last year. Overall it is very surreal.
I can't wait to go to Iceland now. <G>

Say You Will
Say You Will
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 18.24
36 used & new from CDN$ 2.60

4.0 out of 5 stars ...watching her decline..., May 9 2003
This review is from: Say You Will (Audio CD)
I was both elated and a little disappointed by this album. I was especially looking forward to more Stevie songs after her last solo album. Unfortunately, some of her songs seem repeats of her previous works. Even my first favorite "Thrown Down" had musical similarities with "No Questions Asked" (Greatest Hits 1988) - I found myself able to sing along with her after just one play.
BUTTTTT Illume was extremely haunting and I wish more of its ilk was on this album (I can listen to it over and over and hear different things each time). "Everybody Finds Out" (new favorite) takes a couple of times to listen to, but is really an incredible song once you understand it. Stevie is sublime when she writes and sings like this. I did relate a lot with "Destiny Rules". I was disappointed with "Silver Girl", and "Say You Will" (title song) was really pale to her potential.
I found myself enjoying more of Lindsey's songs with this CD (Miranda and Red Rover were tops for me), and I wonder why more of his solo works couldn't sound like these. The studio version of "Bleed to Love Her" sounded clearer for me than the live version from "The Dance". Lindsey's "Say Goodbye" was one of the album's best songs, and his explanation of its inspiration at the concert showed me how similar it meant for me.
The less spoken force behind FM will always be Mick and John. They will always be perfect (love those drum solos!) and I think contribute incredibly to the FM magic. Too many of today's rockers dismiss the older ones as passe. Definitely not here, folks. I miss Christine too a lot.
Overall, even with the misses, this is still a sublime album.

Keeping Up Appearances: In Full Bloom [4 Discs]
Keeping Up Appearances: In Full Bloom [4 Discs]
DVD ~ Patricia Routledge
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 154.54
8 used & new from CDN$ 62.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the Best, March 29 2003
Patricia Routledge is incredible and wonderful as Hyacinth, and the other case members are superb playing off of her antics. At last four discs with my favorite lady. My favorite episode has to be when Richard is dressed as Santa Claus with a case of mistaken identity. And I loved Ms. Routledge's Kitty monologues (good extra) on Disc 4.
Many thanks to the BBC for finally starting to release this series on DVD in complete seasons rather than odd shows on the video series. Now, when are the next seasons coming?? Please do not piecemeal this - we may all be dead by the time they are released!
The only complaint that I have is that there was only 3 minutes of bloopers on Disc 1, Disc 2 and Disc 3. The Absolutely Fabulous set has 15 minutes on each disc. I laughed almost as much watching Ms. Routledge trying to get her story correct - best line by Geoffrey Hughes "Your Hyacinth on the phone is better than Hyacinth in bed"!

The Last Suppers
The Last Suppers
by Diane Mott Davidson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
99 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars This is one of her best!, March 6 2003
OK OK the recipes are better in some of the other books. And would Goldy really be have the ability to concentrate in a church committee review board while her fiance is missing? And unfortunately this is one of the shorter books....
BUT!! This is truly a gem to read from beginning to end. Being Episcopal myself, I can relate to some of the items that Goldy talks about with her church. Her reaction to a miracle performed at the church, not to mention a certain thing happening to her at a Women's Prayer Group (I won't spoil it), show that Goldy truly is not a one-dimensional character. I guess what really got me in the end was the true love that Goldy showed for Tom by not thinking he just ran off on her. Thank you Dian Davidson! Keep on cooking

Dr. Who: Colony in Space
Dr. Who: Colony in Space
VHS
2 used & new from CDN$ 111.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Still, it's a Pertwee!, Feb. 28 2003
Whether you agree or disagree with the overall story being good or bad, this is still a good way to get your Jon Pertwee/Katy Manning fix. I first saw this on PBS, luckily one episode each Saturday, in 1976.
This is probably the weakest story of this particular season, although it promised a lot by being the first Pertwee adventure away from Earth. I think that too many elements were added for this story (Master, colonists, mining company, natives, Doomsday Weapon...eliminating something from it actually would have created more interest). The ending of Episode 2 is actually a fun cliffhanger.
It was fun to note that Jo Grant's reaction in the TARDIS was no different than most of the other companions before her (bigger inside than out, NOT ON EARTH, OH MY!).

Back To Mine
Back To Mine
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 42.95
6 used & new from CDN$ 4.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible CD and Totally Cool, Jan. 7 2003
This review is from: Back To Mine (Audio CD)
This man knows how to mix music. What a talent! I have already sent this CD to three friends, who all enjoyed it. Nick Warren is normally known for mixing house music - this CD shows how versatile he really is. He has made a mix of music that I would die to do.
The best track is #4 This Love - if you are in love or have been, tears will be in your eyes. Likewise, #11 Part-Y Time will make you feel like you in the midst of that Italian porn flick. So totally cool!

Doctor Who: The Key to Time (The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, and The Armageddon Factor)
Doctor Who: The Key to Time (The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, and The Armageddon Factor)
DVD ~ Tom Baker
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 236.39
7 used & new from CDN$ 91.49

5.0 out of 5 stars GRRRRRREAT!, Jan. 3 2003
I love this collection. True, there are not many extras on them, but the color is very clear and the sound is great. I only had 1 on video and had never seen THE ARMAGGEDON FACTOR completely. Mary Tamm was really one of the better companions for Tom Baker - the beginning of the STONES OF BLOOD emphasizes this.
I have only one beef with the BBC in general - why can't they just release the remaining Doctor Whos on DVD instead of releasing them piecemeal? This collection was one of their best ideas. Now is the time to release those E-Space and Black Guardian trilogies on DVD, or better yet, complete seasons! It will take them years to release them on DVD at the rate they are going, and certainly people might lose interest by then! And the BBC releases only 6 videos a year, so everyone in the UK and Australian see them months to over a year before we do.

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