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Spies Like Us [DVD] [1985]
Spies Like Us [DVD] [1985]
Dvd ~ Chevy Chase
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars An 80s Classic, But Awful Transfer, 17 July 2013
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This review is from: Spies Like Us [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
The fact is you either hate Chevy Chase or you can put up with him. Where he is best is like in The Three Amigos playing the crass Dusty, National Lampoon's various outings and in this.

As many have said there are one or two really classic scenes - the exam scene is possibly one of the funniest of its type. The rest is a typical by the numbers 80s comedy but fun as it goes.

What did shock me a little was how poor the transfer was to DVD. Lots of 'sparkle' and grit on the picture, slightly fuzzy, but in the days of Blu Ray I suppose we are getting a bit spoiled especially when you can pick films up for under £3.

Moonrise Kingdom [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]
Moonrise Kingdom [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky Masterpiece - Blu Ray Review, 8 July 2013
A simple story of pre-teen love told in such a quirky way and acted so incredibly well with such a surprising 'support' cast as to make it totally watchable. That just about sums it up!

The two main 'child' leads both acting in their first films are completely astounding. And then at each turn a familiar face turns up - Frances McDormand, Bruce, Ed Norton, Harvey, Bill, Tilda Swinton.................

Yes, in terms of Blu Ray quality, this will never be as digitally 'sound' as anything shot on high quality film or shot digitally, but the Blu Ray renders every single simple frame beautifully. Where you really get the benefit is the sound. Booming and then subtle. Perfect.

There are many reviews on here that give away the story. We watched this without any pre-knowledge and it is wonderfully made and acted so I won't give anything away. It will definately be a favourite for the future.

Any Human Heart [Blu-ray]
Any Human Heart [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jim Broadbent
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars An Intellectual (British) Forrest Gump, 22 Jun 2013
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Following the journals of Logan Mountstuart's life, intertwining with several periods of historical interest this is a thoroughly well made, well acted drama.

For those a little prude, you do get a fair share of 'naughty bits' but in honesty this is one of those dramas where it does not take away anything, and the three stages of his life, acted by the three different actors (almost 'overseen' by Jim Broadbent's character looking back) are incredibly well done and interesting.

Expecting a story? Well, this is a life story, so you will get everything.

Good quality Blu Ray, good sound and this will be a regularly watched prized disc in my wife's collection.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Big For A Pocket But Well Worth the Money!, 22 Jun 2013
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This was £9.99 when I picked it up and the only criticism I could possibly have is the size. Having thought it was 'pocket' sized I was quite surprised how big a pocket you might need - about six inches long! Yes, out on walks people will think you are happy to see them..........

I have limited vision in my eyes because of Cogan's Dystrophy so I often have one eye clear and one blurry so binoculars were no use. This one comes with a case and cloth and a very good eye piece that means I can use it with glasses.

It focuses by twisting near the eye piece and I found the best way to use it with specs was to turn the body to focus. Saves marking your lenses.

Did a bit of moon and star gazing for which it was pretty good - but it won't replace a telescope. However the clarity was good for general use and I am very happy to recommend.

Master and Commander
Master and Commander
by Patrick O'Brian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Unexpected Classic, 31 May 2013
This review is from: Master and Commander (Paperback)
When you first read a Jack Aubrey book you can fall into one of two camps.

The first is the 'Oh my God, what is this? This guy has lost me in all the naval jargon......'

The other is the camp who will simply fall into the stories like a warm blanket and even then some of the naval jargon will wash over you. It helps that of the two main characters one, Stephen Maturin, goes twenty books and many years and still falls between boats, can't tell one side of the boat from the other, and probably is little different to most landlubbers like us. On the opposite side you have an intense description of life at sea, life on land for those who were at sea and a clever deep insight into politics, social life and many other fascinating details.

I always remember the 'Captain' and 'Colonel' and 'Admiral' characters in the Jane Austen books. But there is never any background.

Here you get some of the background, even more telling as Jane Austen's brother WAS at sea at the time. Here you get what you might call 'Jane Austen for Men' but even that is not selling the books to you. Men and women can read these books as the main character stories are so very compelling.

The only way you can describe the way these books are written is to assume that O'Brien wrote them at the time, or in some weird way he was there. He was that good.

The Russell Crowe film had a fair old stab at showing a feeling of the books, but someone seriously needs to make a mini series.

Get one book and hopefully you will be hooked, but be prepared for the disappointment all us O'Brien fans feel when you get to book 20 and then realise that that is it. O'Brien passed away in 2000 before he finished book 21.

To the other O'Brien fans on here I need only say "Jack, you have debauched my sloth!"

Surrogates [Blu-ray]
Surrogates [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Price: £5.90

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Almost Like Facebook With Legs - Blu Ray Review, 21 May 2013
This review is from: Surrogates [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Facebook? Whatyoutalkingabout?

Well the concept of Surrogates (and it's not giving away the plot as this is all explained in the titles) is people use robots to go out an be them in the world. This leads to robots not being exact copies but rather what the owners want them to be - Bruce's has a full head of floppy hair for example.

And the whole idea of people interacting from their homes via this electronic method isn't that too far removed from part of the concept of Facebook. You only put out what you want people to know, so a 'false' you is out there.

Anyway, put that aside, this is actually a good thriller. If it dumbs it anywhere it's in making James Cromwell (the farmer from Babe) the creator of the surrogates - yes, he was also the guy who created all the robots in I-Robot with Will Smith.

What saves this from being a clone of that is Bruce and some interesting and clever ideas. I'll not say too much as it will give the plot away, but it's easily one of the best of the batch of recent Sci-Fi - like Source Code, Inception and the like.

I have to knock a star off for Cromwell. He's a good actor, plays the part well but it's a bit daft casting him in an almost identical role.

Still the film is a worthy edition to your collection and some decent picture quality and good sound.

Independence Day [Blu-ray]
Independence Day [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Bill Pullman
Price: £7.60

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loud and Back With A Vengeance - Blu Ray Review, 19 May 2013
Already have this on DVD, and like another review I was initially disappointed that it was the original cinema shorter version, no Special Edition here nor the option which is a bit strange when you can buy Close Encounters and get three versions on the disc. But then, you know what? It is the better version.

Like Stargate, ID4 was edited the way it was edited for cinema for a reason. The deleted scenes weren't really that good anyway. Having seen the film at the cinema on release the added scenes never really added anything.

One thing that is noticeable is that despite it's age, it has a really good picture quality. But over that, the knock out punch is the sound. This is a LOOOUDDD Blu Ray - and is really worth the upgrade from DVD for the sound alone.

The film? Yes, you can argue it's USA saves the world, but the fact is of all the 'alien invasion' films that there have been over the years, this one delivers. And yes, the US saves the world but the European director, Roland Emmerich, certainly spends a lot of screen time destroying most of the country in the process.

Almost 20 years on and ID Forever Part 1 AND 2 have been announced...............

Mini 300 Lumen CREE Q5 Zoomable and Focus Adjustable LED Flashlight Torch With Waterproof Design
Mini 300 Lumen CREE Q5 Zoomable and Focus Adjustable LED Flashlight Torch With Waterproof Design
Offered by Buyin-now-UK
Price: £1.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Big Torch In A Little Package!, 18 May 2013
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This is a review of a purchase from FamilyMail. Delivery was a couple of weeks as they come from Hong Kong. But well wrapped and secure.

I'd read a little about these new type of torches and the fact is the truth is always in the seeing. Is it REALLY that bright?

I used an ordinary single AA in mine although I know you can buy a special type of battery that gives a better power, but the ordinary AA gives such a powerful light that you cannot imagine wanting better. It's the sort of torch you simply cannot look at without getting 'white spots' in your eyes and therefore as well as giving an excellent torch light it could be a very good protection device.

It's quite well built and a decent weight, the end piece is well made and slides back and forth very easily. Fitted snug you get an incredibly wide beam from such a small torch. Slid to the full extent you get an extremely powerful narrowed beam. Seems sturdy and solid in everyday use.

I've used one of those big rechargeable torches at work for ages - usually about £20 from Argos, but one of these replaces it.

Just ordered a second for my wife. Nuff said!

Standard oven roasting bags 8 PK
Standard oven roasting bags 8 PK
Offered by Trading Reliably
Price: £0.65

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking Revolution............., 13 May 2013
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We first encountered 'cooking in a bag' with one of those all in one herb and bag sachets. Lovely chicken, perfectly cooked.

The trouble is, if you say to anyone about cooking in a bag, they tend to act like it's a bit of a 'cheat'. Actually it's more like a very good cooking tip. I mean, you are still cooking properly at the end of the day.

So we tried a few of these - and also got some from a pound shop. What we found is that the quality of these is far better.

What is surprising is what you can actually cook in a bag. A leg of lamb, roast beef, fish, whole chicken........just about anything. We've held off trying pork for lack of crackling but the difference is stunning.

Meat juices stay so you get succulent beef, lamb, chicken.......And you don't tend to have to hover over the meat part of the dinner to make sure it is 'done'. You can almost leave it longer than you might.

Yes, we will probably try the turkey at Christmas in the big sizes, and the other point is a clean roasting tray, cleaner oven. Worth a go just to see if it makes your cooking and life a bit easier.

Synthetic Leather Case + USB Keyboard for 7 inch ePad aPad tablet PC
Synthetic Leather Case + USB Keyboard for 7 inch ePad aPad tablet PC
Offered by Time2 Direct
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Worth It., 5 May 2013
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I bought a M009S 8GB Capacitive Android 4.0 tablet and really wanted a case more than anything, but a keyboard would be useful too.

For £6.22 I got just that. The keyboard has a really good feel and is easy to connect - my tablet has a micro USB whereas this came with a standard USB connector but the tablet itself came with the right converter cable so no issues, but bear in mind if you have a Micro USB port and no adaptor.

If I had a 'complaint' it would be when the tablet is in place you have to move the USB out of the way or the case won't shut. This just means simply arranging it so it is in the right place, nothing to get fussed about.

The clips to hold the tablet work very well with mine, and although there are two bottom clips and a spring loaded top clip but nothing on the sides, it never feels like it will drop out.

The fact is if I had paid £20 I would be writing the same review BUT £6.22! I notice at the time of this review it has dropped 14p.

Tablet recognised it straight away. Perfect.

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