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Hama DVD Player Storage Bag for Car, Large (Fits a Portable DVD Player and 4 DVDs)
Hama DVD Player Storage Bag for Car, Large (Fits a Portable DVD Player and 4 DVDs)
Price: £15.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy!, 6 Mar 2012
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Fits my 9" portable dvd player perfectly and has velcro straps to secure it inside the bag - the outside pocket also has enough room for about 2 to 3 discs (without the cases!!) and the power & a/v cords. Also includes straps to secure it to the back of the front seats for in-car use. Tough and durable - a good and reasonably priced buy.


Paths of Darkness (Forgotten Realms Novel: Paths of Darkness)
Paths of Darkness (Forgotten Realms Novel: Paths of Darkness)
by R.A. Salvatore
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More new characters...more adventure!, 17 Jan 2012
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This is the next book (chronologically with Drizzt as the main character) after 'Legacy of the Drow'. As usual some fast paced action and adventure with lots of ogres, half-ogres, pirates, drow, elves, gnomes, dwarves, thieves, wizards, noble men, bad men and the like! As with the previous books it is useful to have read the books chronologically to fully understand events in the present time period in this book and how they connect with past events (in the previous books).

Drizzt & Jarlaxle are still prominent in this book with the assassin Artemis Entreri featuring quite a lot in it as well. We are also introduced to a host of new characters along with some old ones, and Salvatore sometimes seems to be 'branching out' with more emphasis on the new characters and their antics than simply the exploits of Drizzt and his friends - building and expanding his 'world' so to say (feeling a bit 'Tolkien-ish' as with Lord of the Rings).

Good fast-paced action adventure book which Salvatore fans will love - all-be-it I think the ending was a bit too abrupt. Here it could have done with a bit more narrative and 'played out' the story more instead of having such a quick and all-to-simple ending...but still very entertaining! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Time to move onto the Sellswords Trilogy....!


Legacy of the Drow (Forgotten Realms)
Legacy of the Drow (Forgotten Realms)
by R. A. Salvatore
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Gr8 book..., 22 Sep 2011
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Another great fantasy classic from Salvatore! Continues with the adventures of Drizzt the drow with some new characters in this trilogy where he forms new friendships - with a 'giant' barbarian & a human girl in particular - who travel with him during his adventurous exploits. We also see hints of romance in Drizzt's life, which is something Salvatore hasn't really introduced before. Full of twists, and sometimes a bit far-fetched (but then that's why it's called fantasy!!), but none-the-less entertaining reading. I shall now proceed to read the next trilogy (chronologically) - "Paths of Darkness"!


Premier AV SB-D9020 9" Region Free Portable DVD Player with Swivel Screen, USB and Card Slot - Black
Premier AV SB-D9020 9" Region Free Portable DVD Player with Swivel Screen, USB and Card Slot - Black
Price: £99.99

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little piece of kit!, 13 Sep 2011
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Have been using this for some time now and think that it is pretty good! I will outline my experience of it:

PROS:
1) Gr8 to keep the kids occupied - not only on long journeys such as long drives or flights but I've also found it useful in restaurants, especially when you are going out in family groups! Just put the volume low and chuck a movie on and voila! The kids are kept busy!
2) Has a USB port - reads my flash drive like a dream (upto 16GB flash drive) & is easy to navigate. This is also very useful as one can then view the USB drive by plugging the portable DVD player straight into the TV to get the big picture using the A/V leads provided (though sound quality in this case isn't excellent but sufficient)! - if you don't already have a USB port on your telly that is (usually the case if you still have an old CRT TV).
3) Has a remote control - with plenty of functionality.
4) Has a memory card slot - though I haven't tried this yet.
5) Comes with all the leads - A/V lead, power lead, car charger, earphones.
6) Also comes with a simple carry case - with room enough for just the portable player.
7) Is light - under 2 kilos.
8) Picture Quality & Resolution is excellent.
9) Swivel screen.
10) Plays multi-region & multi-format cd's/dvd's/files.

CONS (not many):
1) Looks a bit cheap & 'plasticky' - but I don't particularly mind this
2) Battery only seems to last around 2-2.5 hrs - basically can only watch 1 full movie on it before having to recharge. This may be a pain for some people! Note that on long car journeys though you can keep it plugged in with the car charger.
3) A/V and power leads are a bit short - both only about a metre long - so reach is limited from the mains socket to player and from player to TV.
4) Doesn't seem to play MP4 video format!

In the end I think the advantages far outweigh the cons and is a reasonable price to pay for a mid->good quality multi-format/multi-region 9" swivel-screen portable DVD player with all the functionality described above. I will give 4 stars instead of the full 5 due to the battery lasting only 2-2.5hrs and the delicate swivel hinge as below!

ADDITION: - After a while of usage now (including a lot of usage by the kids), I have noticed that the TV screen flap has become very shaky and doesn't 'lock' into place once in the closed/down position anymore - leading to the tv screen being able to swivel even in the down position (although it works fine but something has obviously broken in the hinge)! Hence customers/kids need to take extra care when opening/shutting/handling/revolving of tv screen - the swivel hinge seems to be quite delicate.


Scooby-Doo - The Movie: He's Live And Un-Leashed (2002)[DVD]
Scooby-Doo - The Movie: He's Live And Un-Leashed (2002)[DVD]
Dvd ~ Matthew Lillard
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: £2.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for younger children.., 13 April 2011
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Upon playing it, it soon became obvious that it was not meant for children under, say 11. The plot is pretty poor and very badly acted, with a few 'adult' jokes chucked in....again, would warn anyone from buying this for children under 10-11!!


Sherlock Holmes - Complete Collection [DVD]
Sherlock Holmes - Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Brett
Price: £23.81

5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Sherlock Holmes fans!, 23 Mar 2011
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What can I say - this set has given me hours of entertainment. Jeremy Brett for me is the ultimate Sherlock Holmes and carries off this role down to a tee! Brilliant evening viewing and very well adapted period detective series, including some feature length episodes. Must own in my opinion - and you will keep coming back to them in the future!


The Gangs Of Chicago
The Gangs Of Chicago
by Herbert Asbury
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.36

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK historical book..., 13 Jan 2011
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This review is from: The Gangs Of Chicago (Paperback)
A mildly amusing history of the development of the 'under-belly' of Chicago..but it does tend to drag on a bit...ok if someone is particularly interested in reading about the rise of the nefarious elements of Chicago from a purely historical perspective, but not for someone who is expecting it to read more like a novel/tale. Tends to be a bit confusing and repetitive in its description of the characters (all real) and general criminal activities that gradually took shape in the city over time. The information, in my point of view, could have been presented better.


Jonathan Creek Complete Series 1 - 4 & The Christmas Specials Box Set [DVD]
Jonathan Creek Complete Series 1 - 4 & The Christmas Specials Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Davies
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £13.66

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Viewing! Episode synopsis included in review.., 9 Dec 2010
Brilliant series!! Alan Davies is brilliant in his character as the calculating and witty illusion artist/amateur detective Jonathan Creek solving seemingly inexplicable mysteries. As the sidekick, I preferred Caroline Quentin's character to Julia Sawalha's as she seemed to fit more into the series - being the bumbling, inquisitive investigative journalist - over Julia's as a pretty run-of-the-mill semi-inquisitive TV presenter; both of whom appear to be far and away mentally inferior to Creek (intentionally shown as such) when they attempt to help him in the logical workings behind solving each mystery. Caroline Quentin also carried off their growing on-screen relationship very well, and brought a real 'earthiness' and affable quality to the character. Very good mix of humour and mystery.

Entertaining evening viewing, albeit with some of the episodes being a bit far-fetched but none-the-less having interesting ideas and concepts. Its creator David Renwick has done a magnificient job (it won a BAFTA as the Best Drama Series in 1998) and I recommend this wholeheartedly....well worth the buy...sit down with a cup of tea and get absorbed in Creek's world!

***** NOTE: THE LAST 2 X-MAS/EASTER SPECIALS MADE (2008 Christmas special - The Grinning Man & 2010 Easter special - The Judas Tree) ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS BOX-SET *****

** NOTE ALSO: THIS BOX SET (WITH THE BLUE COVER) IS A FEW POUNDS CHEAPER THAN THE OLDER ISSUE (WITH THE OCHRE COLOURED COVER)!! **

SYNOPSIS OF THE SERIES:

Season 1
1.The Wrestler's Tomb
2.Jack in the Box
3.The Reconstituted Corpse
4.No Trace of Tracy
5.The House of Monkeys

Season 2
1.Dance Macabre
2.Time Waits for Norman
3.The Scented Room
4.The Problems at Gallows Gate - Part I
5.The Problems at Gallows Gate - Part II
6.Mother Redcap

1998 Christmas speical
Black canary

Season 3
1.The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish
2.The Eyes of Tiresias
3.The Omega Man
4.Ghost's Forge
5.Miracle in Crooked Lane
6.The Three Gamblers

2001 Christmas special
Satan's Chimney

Season 4
1.The Coonskin Cap
2.Angel Hair
3.The Tailor's Dummy
4.The Seer of the Sands
5.The Chequered Box
6.Gorgons Wood

***** (2008 Christmas special
The Grinning Man - NOT INCLUDED IN THIS BOX-SET) *****

***** (2010 Easter special
The Judas Tree - NOT INCLUDED IN THIS BOX-SET) *****

Brief overviews of episodes:

SEASON 1

Season 1, Episode 1
THE WRESTLER'S TOMB
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Marcus Mortimer
Originally Broadcast (UK), 10th May 1997 on BBC1
9.31 million viewers in the UK

Feature length pilot episode. A painter called Hedley Shale is murdered in suspicious circumstances. However the way in which he was murdered doesn't quite add up. Madeline Magellan an investigative journalist enlists the help of Jonathan Creek, a man who invents magic tricks for a living.

Season 1, Episode 2
JACK IN THE BOX
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Marcus Mortimer
Originally Broadcast (UK), 17th May 1997 on BBC1
9.35 million viewers in the UK

When veteran comedian Jack Holiday is found dead in a locked nuclear bunker inside a cliff, it looks like an open and shut case of suicide. However Jack had crippling arthritis and couldn't peel a banana let alone hold a gun to his head! But if it was murder....how did the murderer escape?

Season 1, Episode 3
THE RECONSTITUTED CORPSE
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Marcus Mortimer
Originally Broadcast (UK), 24th May 1997 on BBC1
8.28 million viewers in the UK

Zola Zbzewski's plastic surgeon is found shot to death in his home, and she claims she knows nothing about it. The fact he would have ruined the launch of her new book gives her no motive at all! But when Zola turns up dead in Maddy's wardrobe, things start to look suspicious...

Season 1, Episode 4
NO TRACE OF TRACY
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Originally Broadcast (UK), 31st May 1997 on BBC1
7.62 million viewers in the UK

Roy Pilgrim an old rocker from the 60's comes home from his run only to be knocked out and chained to his radiator. Meanwhile at four O'clock a fan of his arrives at his house and walks in. However at four O'clock all Roy saw was a frog enter and then leave...where did Tracy go...?

Season 1, Episode 5
THE HOUSE OF MONKEYS
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Originally Broadcast (UK), 7th June 1997 on BBC1
7.57 million viewers in the UK

Elliot Strange is found murdered in a locked room, which has bars on the windows. As there was no way of the killer leaving without being seen, as his wife knocked on the door moments later where did they go...? Cue Jonathan Creek and Maddy Magellan....!

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SEASON 2

Season 2, Episode 1
DANSE MACABRE
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Originally Broadcast (UK), 24th January 1998 on BBC1
9.68 million viewers in the UK

A best selling author is shot in the heart in her daughter's home on Halloween. The killer appears to have vanished in a puff of smoke, but with Jonathan Creek to busy to help Maddy, she must solve the crime on her own.

Season 2, Episode 2
TIME WAITS FOR NORMAN
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Originally Broadcast (UK), 31st January 1998 on BBC1
9.15 million viewers in the UK

Can a man be in two places at the same time..? Apparently Norman Stangerson can.....

Season 2, Episode 3
THE SCENTED ROOM
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Originally Broadcast (UK), 7th February 1998 on BBC1
10.49 million viewers in the UK

Although Jonathan Creek knows how a painting worth a million pounds was apparently stolen by an invisible thief, he refuses to tell anyone!

Season 2, Episode 4
THE PROBLEM AT GALLOWS GATE - PART I
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Keith Washington
Originally Broadcast (UK), 14th February 1998 on BBC1
8.99 million viewers in the UK

Jonathan is lumbered with baby-sitting Adam's sister Kitty, and ends up taking her to a badger watch with Maddy. But Kitty ends up seeing more than just badgers in the woods....

Season 2, Episode 5
THE PROBLEM AT GALLOWS GATE - PART II
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Keith Washington
Originally Broadcast (UK), 21st February 1998 on BBC1
8.94 million viewers in the UK

How can a man who apparently committed suicide be seen killing a woman three weeks later..? Jonathan and Maddy investigate at Gallows Gate....

Season 2, Episode 6
MOTHER REDCAP
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Keith Washington
Originally Broadcast (UK), 28th February 1998 on BBC1
10.92 million viewers in the UK

When a judge receives a death threat due to a high profile case he receives round the clock protection. Despite this he is still killed, but how did the killer manage to get past the police...?

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Christmas Special 1998
BLACK CANARY
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Originally Broadcast (UK), 24th December 1998 on BBC 1
9.86 million viewers in the UK

The famous female Illusionist, Marella Carney - The Black Canary - is found dead. Her death is suspicious, and it seems even Jonathan Creek can't solve the mystery. Perhaps Detective Inspector Gideon Pryke can help solve the case....?

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SEASON 3

Season 3, Episode 1
THE CURIOUS TALE OF MR SPEARFISH
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Keith Washington
Originally Broadcast (UK), 27th November 1999 on BBC1
11.02 million viewers in the UK

Lenny Spearfish is not having a good life, his marriage isn't great and life is generally on a downward spiral - until he agrees to sell his soul to the devil...

Season 3, Episode 2
THE EYES OF TIRESIAS
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Keith Washington
Originally Broadcast (UK), 4th December 1999 on BBC1
9.9 million viewers in the UK

Audrey Panguitch, a 73 year-old widow has a dream about a man being killed, a few days later it comes true - a tin of Goldfish food holds the key...

Season 3, Episode 3
THE OMEGA MAN
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Keith Washington
Originally Broadcast (UK), 11th December 1999 on BBC1
10.7 million viewers in the UK

Professor Lance Graumann - a leading authority on extra terrestrial phenomena invites Maddy to see his latest discovery - a perfectly preserved alien skeleton. The American military have other plans and take the skeleton - however when they open the case at their military base it's no where to be found...

Season 3, Episode 4
GHOST'S FORGE
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Richard Holthouse
Originally Broadcast (UK), 18th December 1999 on BBC1
10.47 million viewers in the UK

Maddy's former newspaper colleague Mimi Trantor investigates an old mystery at a house called Ghost's Forge, but can she do it without the help of Jonathan Creek? And why were there five copies of The Grave Digger by Gerald Eastland hidden in the attic...?

Season 3, Episode 5
MIRACLE IN CROOKED LANE
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Richard Holthouse
Originally Broadcast (UK), 28th December 1999 on BBC1
11.45 million viewers in the UK

A former 1970s sex kitten decides to spill the beans about her past love affairs. Then she has an accident and is left in a coma - so how come she was seen near a church making her peace with god. Enter a man in a duffel coat and shaggy hair with the answer....but this time it isn't Jonathan Creek.

Season 3, Episode 6
THE THREE GAMBLERS
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Richard Holthouse
Originally Broadcast (UK), 2nd January 2000 on BBC1
10.65 million viewers in the UK

A man of pure evil is "disposed" of with the help of six bullets to the head - but has his corpse come back to life with revenge on its mind?

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Christmas Special - 2001
SATAN'S CHIMNEY
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Originally Broadcast (UK), 26th December 2001 on BBC 1
7.64 million viewers in the UK

A famous actress is shot on set in front of everyone whilst shooting her latest film. With her dying breath she points to the window, but the glass is intact. How did the killer do it?

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SEASON 4

Season 4, Episode 1
THE COONSKIN CAP
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Christine Gernon
Originally Broadcast (UK), 1st March 2003 on BBC1
8.6 million viewers in the UK

Two young women have been murdered in almost identical circumstances, and fears are growing that the killer, who throttles his victims with a thin length of steel wire, will strike again. The only clue to his identity is the macabre shadow of a man seen lurking near the scene of the murders... a man who according to eye witnesses was wearing a Davy Crockett hat.

Season 4, Episode 2
ANGEL HAIR
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Christine Gernon
Originally Broadcast (UK), 8th March 2003 on BBC1
9.3 million viewers in the UK

Creek is called in to explain how a girl who has just had a full set of shoulder-length hair cut off can miraculously have grown it all back in 48 hours.

Season 4, Episode 3
THE TAILOR'S DUMMY
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Christine Gernon
Originally Broadcast (UK), 15th March 2003 on BBC1
9.5 million viewers in the UK

How can a man physically transform himself into another person, right in front of someone's eyes? When the infamous feature writer Donna Henry savages a leading fashion designer in print, such is the victim's shock and desolation that he immediately takes his own life.

Season 4, Episode 4
THE SEER OF THE SANDS
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Originally Broadcast (UK), 14th February 2004 on BBC1
8.39 million viewers in the UK

When "ghost hunter" and investigator into the spirit world, Justin Mallory is killed in a boating accident and his body mysteriously disappears is it true that his spirit now desperately trys to communicate with his lover, beautiful American businesswoman Geraldine Vacarro to try and explain his own death?

Season 4, Episode 5
THE CHEQUERED BOX
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Originally Broadcast (UK), 21st February 2004 on BBC1
8.45 million viewers in the UK

Detective Inspector Adrian Fell, a sharp-witted and highly respected police officer, appears to be the ideal subject for an Eyes and Ears profile. Until damning evidence is uncovered by a hard-nosed tabloid photographer that throws his whole relationship with Carla Borrego into jeopardy. Is he, in fact, a ruthless killer?

Season 4, Episode 6
GORGONS WOOD
Written by David Renwick
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Originally Broadcast (UK), 28th February 2004 on BBC1
8.07 million viewers in the UK

A priceless porcelain statue of the ancient Shinto monk Sikoto-no vanishes from a small town museum under impossible circumstances. Is the train of tragic events that follows a manifestation of its destructive nature?
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The Deaths Of Ian Stone [DVD]
The Deaths Of Ian Stone [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christina Cole
Price: £3.65

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok modern day B-movie...good on a lazy evening/afternoon! -- broad story outline inc. in review, 7 Dec 2010
This film tells the story of evil creatures that co-exist with us on this planet, who one cannot see (unless they reveal themselves to you), and get their 'thrills' out of killing humans time and again by 'arranging accidents' or simply murdering you and then 'resurrecting' you. Ian Stone is a man who is murdered time after time, each time waking up in a different environment and character, until he starts to remember his 'previous lives' as well as the identity and nature of his killers....

As mentioned - Ok B-Movie if you have nothing better to do....
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Starship Troopers 3: Marauder [DVD] [2008]
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Casper Van Dien
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £2.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Starship troopers action!, 1 Dec 2010
I have been a fan of Starship Troopers for a long time and this latest movie is yet another film in the same vein as the original - lots of superb fast-paced shooting & bug action!! Get it if you are a fan of ST...


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