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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 15 April 2013
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For the price, one of the most stylish ankle boots out at the moment. It is sturdy and, when the leather softens a bit, comfortable. As with most biker boots make sure you get a size smaller than normal, unless you are planning to wear super thick socks.

Offered by United Footwear Coventry
Price: 49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 15 April 2013
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For the price, one of the most stylish ankle boots out at the moment. It is sturdy and, when the leather softens a bit, comfortable. As with most biker boots make sure you get a size smaller than normal, unless you are planning to wear super thick socks.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor reproduction, 10 Feb 2013
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They have stretched the picture to fit it to the 11 x 17 format; consequently the people look out of proportion - NOT like the image you see above. Also the contrast of the black and white image is very dull. I emailed seller with my feedback and got no response.

Skyfall [DVD]
Skyfall [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: 11.06

18 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transition complete, 27 Oct 2012
This review is from: Skyfall [DVD] (DVD)
The transition is complete. Bond has resolutely shifted from superficial superspy to multi layered hero. Yet whilst Skyfall firmly grounds Bond in reality it still gives us some of the best action of the series.

Movie opens with a classic Bond set piece, a breath-holding chase by car, motorbike, and train (not to mention JCB) where Bond tries to recover a stolen hard drive. The climax of this stunner segues into the most unique title sequence to date with a macabre montage of glimpses into the film to come. And with Adele's song blasting out, if you haven't got goosebumps all over by now, you'll need to check your pulse.

Skyfall follows Bond from has-been agent to last line of defence as he and the film's antagonist, Silva play cat and mouse around the globe. One of the most beautifully shot Bond movies, we are treated to glorious cityscapes in Shanghai, Macau and London and stunning visuals of Glencoe in Scotland. The thoroughly engrossing storyline, which majors on Bond's family legacy and his relationship with M and her skeleton-revealing past, is interspersed with spectacularly staged action pieces, which thankfully forego the shaky-style edit overused in Quantum of Solace. To top it off, the heady soundtrack totally absorbs us into an atmosphere like no other Bond.

Thoroughly character driven, there is not one bad performance from the leads. Craig and Dench are as usual top drawer, as is Bardem who bestows Silva with a depth not seen before in a Bond villain to the extent that calling him a villain doesn't do justice to his layered character. Ralph Fiennes as ever is quality but the surprise of the bunch is Bérénice Marlohe who, whilst looking like a typical Bond girl, is in fact nothing like with her unsettlingly edgy performance.

A perfect mixture of story, character, exposition and action, this Bond film is as good as anything you would want in an action thriller, it is a bona fide 5-star movie whereby when the final scene ends you will be positively salivating for Bond 24.
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Total Recall (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Total Recall (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Price: 4.00

51 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beckinsale rocks!, 23 Sep 2012
If you go into this film not expecting much, primed by all the negative reviews, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Whilst it's very similar in storyline to the now-surprisingly-camp 1990 original (it is based on the same Philip K Dick story after all) it's totally different in look and feel. For a start its dour set designs are much more realistic of a dystopian future urban environment, instead of the simplistic Logan's Run style sets of Arnie's film. True, it's quite derivative, Blade Runner meets Minority Report with some I Robot thrown in, but it's bustling, intense, action packed and has enough original set pieces to call its own.

With car chases and fights to match Bourne, and twists and turns aplenty, this Total Recall never lets up as the ripped Colin Farrel's intense amnesiac spy races around trying to aid the Resistance's struggle against the Evil Corporation. If that wasn't difficult enough, he is hindered at every turn by scene-stealer Kate Beckinsale's homicidal wife and hard as nails counter spy. Beckinsale is superb (here playing both the Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside roles of the original), gleefully embracing her serious anger management issues as she shoots, punches and kicks her way all over the place.

Overall a completely different experience but this Total Recall is easily as good as the original, so ignore all the nay-sayers even if it's just to see Kate fight angry.
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Digital Stream DHR8203U Freeview+ HD, 320GB HDD, 3 x USB, Set-top box with CI Slot
Digital Stream DHR8203U Freeview+ HD, 320GB HDD, 3 x USB, Set-top box with CI Slot
Price: 169.70

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No longevity, 22 Sep 2012
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It's unlikely you will be in the market for a 2 year old model but just in case, mine is now 20 months old and has arbitrarily decided to stop recording series links - some work some don't. There is no software update available so now I have an unreliable, once quite expensive unit.
So I am back in the market and quite glad for it, because despite the excellent picture quality, the Digitalstream's downsides became annoying, for example:
* Rewind live TV only works if you pause it first - and will only rewind to that pause-point
* Remote control slow response
* Can't trim recordings or adverts
* Regular system crash and picture freeze
* No on air system updates
Be cautioned. Over twice the price but the Panasonic DMR-HW220EBK looks the business.

The Woman in Black [Blu-ray]
The Woman in Black [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Price: 5.50

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned bumps in the night, 10 Feb 2012
Daniel Radcliffe's Victorian solicitor is tasked with sorting probate of the recently deceased owner of a foreboding manor house in the back of beyond. Gradually, he uncovers dark secrets of a previously dead resident whose ominous presence has the inhabitants of the nearby village seriously oppressed. The villagers are not exactly welcoming of the Radcliffe's visitor but if he thought they were unfriendly, it tames by comparison when he visits the deserted mansion....

Highly reminiscent of The Haunting (1963), this film is more about what you hear and see in the shadows rather than gratuitous horror, and so effective it is, not like the dire The Haunting 1999 remake. Also heavily influenced by The Innocents and The Others the menace is turned up to 11 and when it gets going the tension and jumps come with hair-on-end regularity.

The cast is all suitably grim, but Radcliffe is a revelation and a million miles from Harry Potter. He proves he can both carry the weight of the film (he is in every scene) and the weight of the dour widower seriously hassled by the malevolent ghost of the title.

A film which will possibly be even scarier in your darkened lounge over the cinema this is highly recommended.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (DVD + Digital Copy)
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (DVD + Digital Copy)
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: 5.19

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts of the past, 27 Dec 2011
Film starts with Cruise escaping as slick as you like from a hard as nails Russian prison, to the tune of Dean Martin's Aint That A Kick In The Head, causing a full scale riot along the way. This superb opener segues into the story proper which sees the IMF team wrongly accused and disavowed for blowing up the Kremlin. So they go on the hunt for the real culprit, who is aiming to start an all-out nuclear war.

The action takes us across the globe and some truly standout sequences, the highlight probably being another high-swinging-on-a-building and free-climbing act (see MI3 and MI2 respectively) but this time to much greater effect. Shot for real in Dubai, 1/3 of a mile up the Burj Khalifa building, it's a bona fide vertigo-inducing rush. And there is some unashamed borrowing from the first film as well, such as in the first 20 minutes; a superb showcase of suspense and action within the setting of an ominous eastern European town (substitute Prague for Moscow). But the same ploy doesn't quite work when the film attempts to emulate MI1's suspended vault penetration scene; a similar premise, this time with a magnetic suit, fails to capture the tension of the original.

A few things that don't quite work; Jeremy Renner's character is too similar to Cruise's (who is great as ever) and Michael Nyqvist's baddie is too superficial, much like an old-fashioned Bond villain. But Simon Pegg is fine as Simon Pegg the computer geek and the film's comedy relief, and there are a few nice cameos at the end.

Whilst Ghost Protocol has clearly tried to borrow from the best bits of its predecessors, it mainly falls short in its over simplistic storyline; a powerful megalomaniac trying to start a nuclear war is now even too basic for Bond. So despite having the best action of the series, alas it has to take second place behind the original, just.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [DVD + UV Copy] [2012]
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [DVD + UV Copy] [2012]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Offered by EagleDVD
Price: 3.98

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I've been expecting you, Mr Holmes, 19 Dec 2011
Theory is that sequels have to be better than their original in order to be considered as good, as it's no longer new. And that's what Game of Shadows is. The spectacle is on a grander scale, the action more abundant, the intrigue more complex and the comedy elements more fun. And the result is so entertaining that this is at least as good as its predecessor.

Story sees Holmes on the case of the mastermind behind various acts of terrorism that are leading to accusation between the European leaders and threatening to overspill into war on a global scale. But this, despite the modern parallels, is not important as it is just a vehicle to showcase a rollercoaster of a movie.

The bickering bromance between Holmes and Watson kicks off with gusto as Holmes botches Watson's stag night, crashes the honeymoon and throws his wife from a train. And that's just the start! There is so much fun to be had revelling in the interplay between the two leads and we get added value with the introduction of Holmes' self-assured, equally clever brother Mycroft.

Guy Richie ups the ante on his trademark slo-mo and super close up camera techniques and has created a Victorian Europe so bustling and lifelike he's clearly had a bigger budget to play with. But he's avoided spending his money on a supporting cast of cameo A-listers, instead casting wisely with what's largely an outstanding ensemble. Stephen Fry is perfect as Mycroft, but is basically Stephen Fry with added superiority. Richard Harris' son Jared is mesmerising as Moriarty and never lets himself be upstaged by Downey Jr's slightly pantomimish yet thoroughly likeable Holmes. And Jude Law again cleverly plays Watson as the only seemingly normal person of the lot, constantly exasperated with all the eccentricity around him. And the only criticism I have with the characters is the disappointing underuse of Eddie Marsan's Lestrade, who nevertheless makes good use of his one and only line.

Some may argue the film is too long at over 2 hours but that's a minor quibble considering what's on display. Fist fights and quips, observation and deduction; James Bond meets Jonathan Creek in the 19th century. What more do you want?

Cowboys & Aliens [DVD]
Cowboys & Aliens [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Price: 3.00

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as much as you hoped, 2 Sep 2011
This review is from: Cowboys & Aliens [DVD] (DVD)
Let's manage expectations. This is a cowboy film, with aliens in it. It is not an alien Sci-fi movie with cowboys. And despite the suggestively light-hearted title this is not in any way a comedy.

Yet like the title, this is a no frills straight forward storyline where a bunch of cowboys go after a bunch of kidnapping aliens. So since the film doesn't rely on plot, it focuses on spectacle, atmosphere and characterisation, which it achieves to varying degrees of success.

Ticking many of the boxes of the Wild West genre it's got the mean and moody stranger who comes to a small town, a beautiful prostitute, a ruthless rancher, posses on horseback and wise speaking Red Indians. It is a film with lots of gloss but a forbidding atmosphere reminiscent of Unforgiven. Yet unlike Unforgiven, it struggles to find the time in between the special effects to flesh out its characters. However, the leads do their darn best. Harrison Ford is impressive as a hard-nosed war veteran made cynical by his experiences on the battlefield; but he will disappoint those who were expecting Indiana Eastwood. Daniel Craig is excellent as the amnesiac outlaw who in the very first 5 minutes makes you completely forget he is Bond. The weak link though is Olivia Wilde's character; beautiful as she is you can't help but feel her presence pointless until you get to the film's only twist, which she is central to, and then you reflect that the twist is in fact pointless.

This film will probably not satisfy Sci-fi geeks or the Western stalwarts, but for most of us in between, it delivers originality and good fun. Not quite 4 stars but definitely recommended.

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