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The Raid [DVD]
The Raid [DVD]
Dvd ~ Iko Uwais
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 4.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well, 30 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Raid [DVD] (DVD)
What starts out as quite an interesting premise becomes a rather repetitive martial arts flick by the end. The first half of the movie is quite engaging and offers a nice blend of tension and action (it is quite brutal in places) but the second half becomes a series of sequences in which people are simply smash each other in the face over and over and over again. The increasingly formulaic story arc and action set-pieces becomes somewhat disappointing; a better and more engaging execution of the same idea can be found in the recent "Dredd" movie, albeit without the martial artistry.

Welcome To The Punch [DVD]
Welcome To The Punch [DVD]
Dvd ~ James McAvoy
Price: 5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable style over substance, 16 Feb 2014
This review is from: Welcome To The Punch [DVD] (DVD)
Quite enjoyable and pacy thriller, well shot with plenty of action for a British cop drama and some good performances. The plot is a little more predictable than the writers seem to believe but it is watchable all the same. The weakest part of this film is probably the dialogue which comes across as quite clunky and prone to cliche, a shame as some sharper lines would have complemented the stylish action sequences rather well. I don't think this compares to some more heavyweight films like "Heat" but it is a good effort all the same.

Merry Mixmas: Christmas Classics Remix (Digital Version)
Merry Mixmas: Christmas Classics Remix (Digital Version)
Price: 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Funky alternative take on Xmas tunes, 9 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very listenable jazz funk remixed versions of classic Xmas tunes which do not spoil the tone of the music. The Awayteam mixes are especially catchy.

Bernie [DVD] [2011]
Bernie [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Jack Black
Price: 5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Slight movie; a documentary would have been more interesting, 9 Feb 2014
This review is from: Bernie [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Billed as a jet black comedy, this is actually a fairly straightforward telling of a real-life event and, as such, comes off as neither especially funny nor as shocking as the hype suggests. Certainly, what happened was pretty awful but the tone of the film is quite subdued and somehow lessens the impact of the events. Jack Black puts in a good straight performance but the other characters are oddly exaggerated by comparison. What you do not realise (unless you watch the featurette in the DVD extras) is that many of the minor players are not actors but real residents of the town the film is set in. In fact, it was only when I watched the mini-documentary featurette of the real story that the true absurdity of the story really became clear.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation [DVD]
How I Spent My Summer Vacation [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Price: 4.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing prison-set action film, 26 Sep 2013
Gibson plays a career criminal on the run who winds up in a surreal Mexican prison resembling a city in miniature. Whilst the thrust of the story follows a fairly predictable arc of violence and revenge and feels quite similar to 'Payback', there are enough novel touches in this film to make it worth considering. The bizarre setting allows a little humour to creep into the brutality (echoing the work of Quentin Tarantino) but this is not laid on so thickly as to be distracting. In all, a watchable action film with a superior cast.

The Dark Knight Rises (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
The Dark Knight Rises (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Price: 7.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unmissible? Unintelligible, more like., 20 Aug 2013
There seems to be a great deal to be disappointed by in this episode of the "Dark Knight" trilogy. The story seems overly complicated and too reliant on implausible coincidences to keep you engaged, the dialogue is difficult to make out (partly due to the sound quality, partly due to the delivery), the main characters are either lifeless (e.g. Anne Hathaway) or hammy (e.g. Tom Hardy) and there is an overall absence of drama (the trailer contains a representative selection of the film's action sequences, so there are few surprises left to be revealed). Perhaps the problem is that, unlike the earlier instalments of the Batman franchise, none of the characters dominate the proceedings - everybody helps the plot move forward but you don't find yourself rooting for anyone in particular.

A Field In England [Blu-ray]
A Field In England [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Julian Barratt
Price: 9.00

7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like "Kill List", this is too incoherent to be satsfying, 7 July 2013
Not as hard to watch as "Kill List" (which combines brutal violence with an increasingly baffling plot) but "A Field In England" is similarly experimental. For a low budget film, it is well shot in black and white and the individual performances are quite engaging (on the strength of this, Reece Shearsmith certainly deserves more film roles), but it relies too heavily on drug-addled symbolism and psychedelic scene-cutting to let you get a grip on the drama that is unfolding. Some may describe this as a horror or psychological chiller but the tension feels rather too forced at times (for example, the tent scene isn't nearly as disturbing as I guess it was supposed to be, in spite of the prolonged blood-curdling screams).

I have no doubt that this will attract five-star reviews from known and unknown critics alike but don't be fooled: this was only ever intended for a niche audience and will never appeal to those with more mainstream tastes. And if you thought that this film was a work of towering genius, I have good news for you: there are dozens of far better films in this vein out there for you to discover.

EVODIGITALS 4GB Covert Digital Voice Recorder USB Memory Stick
EVODIGITALS 4GB Covert Digital Voice Recorder USB Memory Stick
Offered by EvoDigitals
Price: 8.95

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat little gadget, 15 Jun 2012
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This audio recorder works well for discussions round a table, and the recordings it makes are surprisingly clear and noise-free. You may have to turn up the volume to listen to recordings of quiet or distant voices but there is very little background hiss, even at high volume. Its somewhat cheap appearance is useful if you want something that looks unobtrusive, although you should know that an LED blinks for around 15 seconds when it is first switched on and the ON/OFF switch is small and a little awkward to operate. There is also a delay of a few seconds before recording begins but I wouldn't let that put you off this product if you are looking for a cheap, discreet audio recording device. To the casual observer (and even under close scrutiny), you wouldn't be able to work out that it was an audio recording device (I can't work out where the microphone is physically located, although the diagram suggests it is by the LED). I made a 90-minute recording which resulted in a WAV file of 150Mb and, as the life of the built-in rechargeable battery seems to be far longer, you should have no problems making far longer recordings.

I do have a couple of minor criticisms:

- the output format (WAV) appears to be a little non-standard (that is, it records WAV files which are not recognised by Linux-based computers but, so long as you have access to a Windows machine, you can access all recordings).
- Each recording is date-stamped from the beginning of 2008 and there doesn't appear to be any way to update that on the device itself.
- The microphone picks up anything rubbing against the device (e.g. clothing) which can drown out quiet sounds so avoid moving it around when making a recording.

In spite of those issues, I think this is an excellent little device for close-proximity recordings.
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Carriers [DVD] (2009)
Carriers [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Lou Taylor Pucci
Price: 3.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superior low budget zombie-type movie, 11 Mar 2012
This review is from: Carriers [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
Whilst the suspense is created by the atmosphere of the movie rather than graphic horror (of which there is actually very little), this film is engaging and more intelligently played than "Dawn of the Dead", "28 Days Later", etc. In fact, the label "zombie movie" is a little misleading as zombies are largely absent. If you like your horror movies to build suspense through what you don't see, this is for you. If not, avoid.
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Attack The Block [DVD]
Attack The Block [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nick Frost
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.51

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rooting for the aliens in this one, 29 Feb 2012
This review is from: Attack The Block [DVD] (DVD)
Not sure what the reviewers found so deserving in this film to award it five stars. It is a fairly typical low budget B movie but the characters are almost all universally unlikeable "yoofs" which, in the end, makes you root for the aliens. There are one or two nice sequences but the film generally lacks atmosphere or humour (there should be at least a little tongue in cheek to forgive weak plotting or poor characterisation, but they don't pull this off in this case). This is especially disappointing considering the pedigrees of the director, producer and highest profile actor.
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