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The Lord Of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy On Blu-Ray Reviewed

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Warner Home Video / Region 1 / Released April 6, 2010

Surely this is the collection that Blu-Ray aficianados have been waiting for. A truly awe inspiring nine disc set that features all three theatrical versions in gorgeous 1080p and 6.1 Master Audio as well as six plus hours of bonus features and extras and last but not least separate disc digital copies of all three films.

When the first Lord of the Rings movie The Fellowship of the Ring hit cinema screens in 2001 nobody had seen anything like it before, truly special special effects, bone crunchingly realistic fight scenes and a totally involving tale based on one of the most loved stories of all time. Featuring an all star cast that includes Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys Davies and Elijah Wood and directed by Peter Jackson the trilogy (based of course on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien) is the ultimate story of the battle between good and evil, told on a truly epic scale.

In The Fellowship of the Ring young hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) is placed in charge of a ring, a ring of dark and mysterious power and one that is coveted by the dark Lord Sauron whom seeks to have the entire Middle Earth under his dominion. The wizard Gandalf (the legendary Sir Ian McKellan) tells Frodo that the ring must be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom and only he has the ability to do it. He is helped in his epic journey by three fellow hobbits, the man Aragorn (Mortensen), the Elf Legolas and the Dwarf Gimli (John Rhys Davies) and of course Gandolf.

The second film The Two Towers sees the group splitting in an attempt to throw Lord Sauron and his minions off the trail os Frodo, especially the evil wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee at his finest) whilst in the third and final film The Return of the King Frodo is forced to face his darkest moment alone as the rest of the group and their growing legions of followers join to do mammoth battle against the massed dark forces of Sauron.

Put together, the three films are very magnificent, storytelling at its very best. Possibly the greatest spectacle movies of this generation. Add to this the fact that these sets look as good as they did on the cinema screen and the huge amount of extras that are featured and you have one of the releases of the year.

There are a huge amount of extras in fact from extensive documentaries on all aspects of the making of the movies, TV specials from Fox, the WB and the Sci-FI, a look at the music, costumes, battles, languages of middle Earth, a behind the scenes movie made by star Sean Astin called The Long and the Short of It, a look at director Peter Jackson’s own personal vision of bringing the movies to the screen and trailers for the upcoming big budget Aragorn’s Quest console game.

In a nutshell the extras feature everything you could possibly ever need to know about the world of Middle Earth and the making of the Trilogy.

As well as making its Blu-Ray debut the trilogy is also available On Demand and for Download.

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Dave Saint Show, The (UK Play 2000, John Thomson, Alexander Kirk)

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The Dave Saint Show was a comedy about a useless heavy metal DJ on a local radio station. As was usual with with shows on extra terrestrial channel UK Play music videos were interspersed throughout the show.

production details
UK / UK Play – Channel X / x30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2000

Writers: Alexander Kirk, Simon Messingham / Script Consultant: Stacy Herbert / Music: Steve Cripps, Dan Mendford / Costumes: Pookie Russell / Producer: Jim Reid / Director: Mark Mylod

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JOHN THOMSON as Dave Saint
ALEXANDER KIRK as AK
KATE LOUSTOU as Jeneane

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Game of Thrones Season Six Opener reviews from around and about

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Assorted reviews from the interweb of the season six opener for Game Of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is back, with a premiere full of shocks, bloody acts and creepy reveals – but no definite answer about the fate of Jon Snow.

Season six is the first time the TV series has moved ahead of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, so even dedicated readers have no idea what will happen. Reviewers say the first episode, The Red Woman, resolved some of the cliffhangers from the last series, but also has a few shocks in store, including one very creepy reveal involving a leading lady.

“The tension was incredible,” says Ed Power in the Daily Telegraph.

Season six opened with the camera swooping low over Castle Black and pausing on noble Jon Snow after his bloody run-in with the traitorous Night’s Watch.

“Alas, the Bastard of Winterfell (Kit Harington) was, for the time being at least, staying very dead indeed,” says Power. This was confirmed by “a haunting close-up of his waxy visage and the pool of scarlet arranged like a skewed halo”.

Short of spelling out: “He’s dead!” in huge flaming letters, the writers couldn’t have driven the point home harder, adds the critic, who asks whether this was “a sadistic riposte to fans” who have waited a year to see if their heart-throb will return or “a sleight-of-hand intended to make his eventual reappearance all the more dramatically satisfying”.

Christopher Hooton in The Independent writes: “The last season of Game of Thrones didn’t so much end on a cliff-hanger as a splat on the beach below. Jon Snow is unequivocally dead,” or so we’ve been repeatedly told over the past few months.

However, he adds, the sheer amount of screen time given to his body “suggested more than just a ‘funeral then we all move on with our lives’ narrative”.

With the “obligatory Jon Snow death check” out of the way, this episode was mostly about setting up the playing field for the rest of the season, continues the critic.

Indeed, it was “a sombre, sturdy opening”, says Matt Fowler on IGN. While “not a high watermark for the show”, the series’ opener resolved some cliff-hangers and included “a big creepy reveal regarding Melisandre right at the end”.

It also set up the pieces on the chessboard and managed to touch upon just about every character in the ensemble, says the journalist, a much easier task these days, “now that the herd is so thin”.

Yes, it was a “table-setting episode”, says Daniel Fienberg at the Hollywood Reporter, as premieres are supposed to be. The episode did what it needed, putting this mammoth locomotive back on the track.

Being Game of Thrones, however, there were a few shockers, including some gory violence and nudity that is “more shocking in its narrative ramifications than its gratuity or titillation”. And while the answer to Snow’s wellbeing comes quickly, says Fienberg, “it needn’t necessarily be permanent, because what things are?”

Source: The Week

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Columbo Series Three Region 1 DVD Review

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Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment

Certificate: Not Rated | 11 Hours and 24 minutes
Available to buy

Extras: Yes

ANYONE IN IT WE KNOW?
Peter Falk, Martin Sheen, Vincent Price, Deidre Hall, Jackie Cooper

WHAT’S IT ABOUT THEN?
The Columbo releases from Universal are now upto the third season and of course by now it is full steam ahead as Columbo really hits its stride, of course the basic premise of the show dictates that we know who the killer is right from the get go but by the third season the audience was lapping up the way the Superlative Peter Falk as Lt Columbo doggedly pursued

his villain who were always lulled into a false sense of security by Columbo’s grubby mac, battered old car and down at heel demeanour, all tactics designed to throw the suspect off guard before he lets them know that he knows they did it.

Spread over two double sided discs this nicely put together set features all 8 feature length season three episodes, Columbo’s cases include the mysterious death of a well known author, a country singer who is prime suspect in a murder case, he also finds time to uncover police corruption and political skullduggery. Columbo also always managed to attract a high level of guest and this series includes the legendary Johnny Cash in the episode Swan Song as well as the likes of

Jose Ferrier, Vincent Price, Martin Sheen, Dana Elcar and Robert Culp. A classy slice of 1970’s Tec TV Heaven, Columbo always entertains and should be on any Classic TV fans must have list.

ANY SPECIAL FEATURES?
There’s a great bonus episode from the series Mrs Columbo (which many have claimed isn’t a spin off from Columbo but having now seen an episode it clearly is) this is called Murder Is A Parlour Game (from 1979) and features Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo, journalist on a small local paper and married to a never seen Lt Columbo, she investigates when a suicide case appears to be murder, the excellent Donald Pleasance guest stars, this is great fun and is hopefully a precursor to the whole series getting a release.

Please note: This article predates the published date and is from the old HTML version of Memorable TV and is part of our From The Archives collection.

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