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Hancock's Half Hour: Series One (The Golden Age Of BBC Radio Comedy)
Hancock's Half Hour: Series One (The Golden Age Of BBC Radio Comedy)
by Alan Simpson
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.25

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest Classic Comdey, 29 Nov. 2010
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I've always enjoyed listening to and watching Tony Hancock's comdey programs and this is a lovely slice of his vintage material that I wasn't overly familiar with. I couldn't help but laugh my way though this wonderful gem of a 2-disc set.

FORMAT:
Four half-hour episodes spread over 2 CDs, which I must admit came as a bit of a disapointment as someone who is used to a bit more from BBC audio collections. I'm not 100% certain, but the mix of spoken jokes I'm sure is sprinkled with some visual humour which makes me wonder if this was a series that was originally filmed as well. There are a few gags that seem to me to be dependant on a missing visual element.

AUDIO:
Once again the BBC have presented a lovely clean and crisp audio transfer which makes for easy listening.

SUMMARY:
I really enjoyed this slice of classic Hancock with it's cast of excellent comdey giants including "Carry On" staples Kenneth Williams and Sid James. Well worth adding this volume to any audio comdey collection.


Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva [DVD]
Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Miller
Offered by Bendnb
Price: £9.69

3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Quite Make The Grade, 29 Nov. 2010
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Having played the first to of Professor Layton's DS adventures, I was rather looking forward to seeing how the story heavy puzzle game would translate onto the big screen in a whole new story. And the answer...well, "meh" really.

PLOT:
The Professor gets caught up in a giant series of puzzles including an opera house that turns into a ship and a labyrinth of a island castle. With his pint-size assistant in tow, the bad-guys dole out devilishly hard puzzles in the same manner that players of the DS games are given them. While this has a certain charm the first time it happens, the theme very quickly gets old. A series of awkwardly added sub-plots break up the main puzzle solving element but add nothing except maybe a bit of character development, however if you are familiar with the game series this will seem like unnessary padding.

VIDEO:
As you would expect from a new anime film, the video is a clean crisp 16:9 transfer with the now standard mix of digitally inked characters and CGI backdrops. Keeping to the simple designs of the games was a good move and visually at any rate, it is a perfect translation of the game universe to the screen. The English subtitles for Original audio mode are good and do not detract from the film itself.

AUDIO:
Both English and original Japanese audio tracks are what you would expect from a recent release and come in clean, clear and well mixed although as always the English language translation feels unnatural and awkward but that is one of the hallmarks of anime. The use of full orchestral renditions of certain key themes from the games make a nice touch too in the rest of the score which is mostly quite throw-away incidental music.

SUMMARY:
While this is a great attempt to bring a game to the big screen, The Prof and team soon loose their charm in this outing which really could have been cut down to a 30 minute episode and been just as good. A decent rental, but only purchase if you are a die-hard Layton fan.


Philips O'Neill SHO9560/10 The Stretch  Headband Headphones
Philips O'Neill SHO9560/10 The Stretch Headband Headphones
Offered by West Audio UK
Price: £29.00

5.0 out of 5 stars PHILIPS - I LOVE YOU!!!, 29 Nov. 2010
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I'm something of an obessessive when it comes to the quality of my audio equipment, and I've learnt that you can't go far wrong with Philips kit. I own one of their 5.1 surround sound systems with a subwoofer that makes the neighbours think there's an earthquake everytime I watch a Sci-fi movie, and now I have my hands on these headphones which delivers the same for private enjoyment.

As soon as I saw the case for these headphones, I knew there had to be a heafty price tag on them. But As I will lay out in this review the nearly £100 price is so worth it if you are an audio-freak like me.

The 3.5mm jack cable is an extra strong cloth rope coated affair that is actually seperate from the headphones themselves and connect via another 3.5mm jack. The ear cups are soft and very comfortable for long periods of use (which my pair are definately getting at the moment) and have some of the best noise cancelling that I've ever experienced, just put them on and you go deaf to the world before you even listen to anything. The padded headband is equally soft and comfortable and after a couple of minutes you forget it's even there.

Now, onto the important bit - PERFORMANCE!!!

The reason I mentioned my now 7 or so years old 5.1 system with it's epic bass now comes into play. These headphones are the same thing designed for when you and you alone want to enjoy the thumping bass of a good rock album or feel your skull vibrate with every explosive rumble of battle in your favourite movie. These are truly awesome headphones and will be jack-hammering into your brain all your favourite music and movie audio tracks.

A must buy product - go on, it's so worth it!!!


The Complete Theory Test 2011 Edition (PC)
The Complete Theory Test 2011 Edition (PC)
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: £1.59

4.0 out of 5 stars What it Says on the Box, 11 Nov. 2010
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I gave this to my sister to replace her now out of date verison as she is taking her test in the new year.

The hazard perception videos are somewhat better than in earlier editions, but the test questions are not as random as expected, however seeing as the actual test is randomised, I suppose that it is possible that this is how it could go.
I don't have a compatible mobile device so I was unable to check any of those features but if it is anything like the rest of the content, there is nothing to complain about and with hard work and study, it should help you pass just as it suggests.
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The Brides Of Dracula [DVD] [1960]
The Brides Of Dracula [DVD] [1960]
Dvd ~ Martita Hunt
Offered by angel_bookstore
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great film - but pan & scan, 11 Nov. 2010
As a big fan of hammer horror I must admit my shame that I couldn't bring this film to mind until I started watching and then remember "Brides of Dracula" from a late night TV showing a number of years ago.

PLOT:
A student teacher stumbles her way into a delicate balance of good and evil which is destroyed when she releases a young Baron being held prisioner by his mother and discovers his horrible secret.

VIDEO:
considering the age and condition of some it's contemporaies, Brides has a beautiful clean and fresh looking print and this came as a very pleasant surprise. As many others have commented, this is a 4:3 pan & scan print of a widescreen film. However, thanks to old fashioned filming techniques of centralising the action, there is only one or two incidents where the true nature of the print is revealed.

AUDIO:
Lovely clear audio track that pumps through the speakers with no complaints at all. Music, effects and dialogue all perfectly mixed and reproduced.

SUMMARY:
Although I was disapointed by the lack of a widescreen print, there was nothing to dislike about this film at all - a fine print even if it is ever so slightly cropped and certainly didn't detract from my enjoyment of another wise excellent slice of Hammer Horror.


The Proper Care and Feeding of Zombies: A Completely Scientific Guide to the Lives of the Undead
The Proper Care and Feeding of Zombies: A Completely Scientific Guide to the Lives of the Undead
by Mac Montandon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Science in a Humourous Subject, 6 Nov. 2010
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Being familiar with what is often considered the ultimate book on zombies "The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead" I was looking forward to this "research" angle on the idea of the undead.

PREMISE:
put simply, this book is an in depth look at zombies from a serious and real science point of view. Drawing on a wealth of real scientific research, it's hard to forget at time that this is a book about a fictional creature.

FORMAT:
Broken into well rounded chapters that focus on specific areas of the physo/nerological make up of zombies in an easy read format, although you will have to invest some serious time per chapter as this does make for slow reading and they are quiet large.

SUMMARY:
This is defintaley the perfect companion to Max Brook's "Zombie Survival Guide" or a good stand alone for anyone who knows how to read a science text book and/or research paper. Well worth adding to a reference library.


The Price of Fear (Classic BBC Radio Horror)
The Price of Fear (Classic BBC Radio Horror)
by British Broadcasting Corporation
Edition: Audio CD

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Audio Horror, 30 Oct. 2010
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The BBC has pulled another excellent classic from the vaults in this 2-CD set of brilliant stories.

PRESENTATION:
The legendary Vincent Price narrates these four episides of the radio 4 show which are all based on classic short stories. All are wonderful adaptations and keep you very much fully involved. Price's distinctive voice sets the tone for each story and works wonderfully.

AUDIO:
The BBC have done the usual great remastering work for CD and it is a great sounding audio presentation. A flawless stereo presentation which sounds as fresh as a brand new recording.

SUMMARY:
As great as these stories are, I'm a little disapointed by the limited number of episodes. They are so well made that they call out for more and more!!! A great addition to any audio drama collector.


Alien Anthology [Blu-ray] [1979] [6 Disc Set]
Alien Anthology [Blu-ray] [1979] [6 Disc Set]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Price: £12.00

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Transfer Yet!!!, 22 Oct. 2010
For those of you looking for a real review, look no further!!!
I'm a massive alien fan...my copy is the limited edition with egg statue, the discs live in the base. And dispite the mixed bag history of all these films lets just face the fact that the alien movies ROCK!!! But how good is the transfer? and what are the special features like?

NOTE - I've only watched the special editions not the theatrical releases which is were my interst lies and this is a review for such.

VIDEO:
Alien - Quiet possibly the cleanest and most vibrant video transfer I've ever seen. All the blacks are black, the light and shadow really show up fantastic with this new remaster.

Aliens - Put you're fears to rest, this film is the best it's ever looked but still has its film grain!!! Fox obviously listened to the complaints from the Predator - Ultimate Hunter Edition [Blu-ray] [1987] uber-clean up. While the grain does sometimes become a distraction in some scenes, there are some scenes that clearly were made with better quailty film and look super clean in comparasion...but even with that said, this is still the best this film has ever looked.

Alien 3 - Even the work-print edition looks great, but some of the primitive CGI used in this film does show it's age. Again, the best the film has ever looked.

Alien Ressurection - I've always thought this film looked pretty ugly in places (bad CGI, poor lighting mix, etc.) and even the great remaster does nothing to change certain scenes...however this is the best the film has ever looked.

SOUND:
All four films have a great full re-mixed audio that blasts out of my surround sound system and the isolated soundtrack scores blow my mind!!! Alien 3's work print edition now has fixed audio for most of the scenes that had bad static and interference.

EXTRAS:
each film has the same SD intro to each of the extended editions that featured on the Alien Quadology DVD set, and speaking of that excellent dvd set - the full set of features from that collection appears hear along with a whole host of new and extended stuff...my personal favourite addition being the mythical "Burke Cocoon" Deleted Scene that so many people have been telling me about for years (it appears in the novelisation and I thought no where else).

SUMMARY:
This is THE Blu-ray set of the year. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that so far, it's the only awesome blu-ray release made to date.
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Rowan Atkinson's The Atkinson People (Classic BBC Radio Comedy)
Rowan Atkinson's The Atkinson People (Classic BBC Radio Comedy)
by Rowan Atkinson
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Snap-shot of Early Alternative Comdey, 11 Oct. 2010
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Rowan Atkinson & Ben Curtis are almost inseperable in their comdey workings and this six episode collection is typical of their early attempts to amuse.

Presentation:
Another 2-disc set featuring 3 episodes each. Rowan Atkinson's unmistakable voice drones on as the interviewer and tries to disguise as other characters in what feels very much like a student comdey club scetch that frequently gets stale long before the episode is over. Rather typical of the so-called "alternative comdey" scene that gave this writting duo and many of their contemporaies their breaks in that the humour comes in spurts few and far between.

Audio:
The BBC audio team have again proved that if there is one thing they can do right is present excellent quality transfers to their CDs.

Summary:
While this may be of interest to those exploring the roots of today's comdey, this collection seldom amuses for long enough to be entertaining for any length of time. Very much for the speicalist taste.


Ronnie Barker's Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (Classic BBC Radio Comedy)
Ronnie Barker's Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (Classic BBC Radio Comedy)
by Ronnie Barker
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars Ronnie Barker At His Best, 11 Oct. 2010
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Free of all the constraints of Television, "Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead" presents Ronnie Barker with a chance to show just how funny he is.

Presentation:
The 2 disc set contains 4 episodes of comdey gold from one of Britain's greatest. Each episode is a series of beautifully crafted scetches, some very short and others making up most of the episode. Ronnie is joined by a great supporting cast that just makes the whole thing perfect.

Audio:
Dispite the age of these recordings, the BBC Audio team have presented us with a crisp, clean transfer which is alot better than some others of the same age.

Summary:
If you enjoy a bit of good, honest fun then you can't go far wrong with this collection. My only complaint is that there isn't more of it.


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