Archive for December 26, 2009

The Keeper of Traken: Amazon Review

Posted: December 26, 2009 by datechguy in amazon reviews, doctor who
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My review of the penultimate Tom Baker Doctor Who Episode: The Keeper of Traken is available at here.

The special features on this DVD are above avg for a Doctor Who DVD. The adventure is very much above par.

If you are not well versed in Dr. Who you might wonder about the scarf. Where are all the colors?

The last season he switched from a multi-colored scarf to a kind of three toned reddish one even longer than normal 18′-20′. Much darker in keeping with the entire tone of his last season.

Sherlock Holmes a matter of perspective…

Posted: December 26, 2009 by datechguy in oddities
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Take a look at this excerpt from Loder’s review of the new movie:

Ritchie’s pandering to the action audience (an agenda no doubt reinforced by knock-’em-dead producer Joel Silver) strips Holmes’ world of its style. The director and his production designer, Sarah Greenwood, have taken considerable pains to conjure the dark cobbled streets and plush interiors of Victorian London — as shot by Philippe Rousselot, this is often a great-looking movie. But the sense of prickly wit and gracious restraint that was translated to the screen so well by the old Holmes films — with their indelible performances by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson — is buried in the over-amped frenzy of this new picture. The only real mystery here is how anyone involved could have thought that trashing such a classic would be a cool idea.

And now take a look at this quote from Nigel Bruce’s via IMDB concerning the classic Holmes movies he made with Basil Rathbone:

The stories we did were modernised but the characters of the famous detective and his biographer were kept more or less as originally written by Conan Doyle. Watson, however, in the films was made much more of a ‘comic’ character than he ever was in the books. This was with the object of introducing a little light relief. The doctor, as I played him, was a complete stooge for his brilliant friend and one whose intelligence was almost negligible. Many of the lovers of Conan Doyle must have been shocked, not by this caricature of the famous doctor but by seeing the great detective alighting from an aeroplane and the good doctor listening to his radio. To begin with, Basil and I were much opposed to the modernising of these stories but the producer, Howard Benedict, pointed out to us that the majority of youngsters who would see our pictures were accustomed to the fast-moving action of gangster pictures, and that expecting machine guns, police sirens, cars travelling at 80 miles an hour and dialogue such as ‘Put em up bud’, they would be bored with the magnifying glass, the hansom cabs, the cobblestones and the slow tempo of an era they never knew and a way of life with which they were completely unfamiliar.

What a difference a half century or so makes!

My Review of The Spider Woman the 7th entry in Basil Rathbone’s series of Sherlock Holmes adventures is available at here.

Holmes is always best when facing a foe worthy of him and this picture provides that sort of foe.

Given the choice between the special effects and gay overtones of the current movie or the dull tones of a B movie from the World War 2 era, give me WW2 every time.

2nd Day of Christmas, Boxing Day

Posted: December 26, 2009 by datechguy in personal
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Had a good time at my mother’s on Christmas Eve, one small snafu on Christmas Day (water overflowed from the tree got some of the books under the tree wet), but other than that is was very pleasant.

The 2nd day of Christmas (Boxing Day) is upon us and the countdown to the open house has begun. Seven days from today the open house will be on.

If you are a friend of mine and didn’t receive an invitation consider yourself invited. If you need a hard copy of one e-mail me or comment on the post.

As before if you are a reader of this blog I offer this challenge, if you can find my house and show up and introduce yourself as a reader you will be admitted and welcome.