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I Will Find You (Theme from "The Last of the Mohicans")
I Will Find You (Theme from "The Last of the Mohicans")
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal and haunting, 3 July 2014
"I Will Find You" by Clannad is a theme song in the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans. Unfortunately, the song only goes for 1 minutes and 51 seconds in the film; the rest of the song was cut out. I am glad to find this song in its entirety here in this album. According to legend, the name Clannad was derived from "Clann As Dohhar", meaning "the family from Dore" in Irish. It reflects the Irish origin of the band and the fact that band members the Brennans and the Duggans are all related in blood. The music by Clannad is a blend of Traditional Irish, Folk, Celtic, and New Age as it evolves through the years, with most notably the ethereal and haunting vocal melodic harmonies in their later works. "I Will Find You" is a good example of Clannad's later music. It is beautiful.

My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £15.17

5.0 out of 5 stars My fair lady Marni Nixon, 26 Jun 2014
This review is from: My Fair Lady (Audio CD)
The 1964 film My Fair Lady is timeless. Fifty years after its release, I still find the music by Lerner and Loewe enchanting. Alay Jay Lerner wrote the lyrics and Frederick Loewe composed the music. They collaborated in many Broadway shows and musical films; they made a great team. Many younger audience may not realize that the songs of the female lead was performed by Marni Nixon, not the star of the film Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn was a fabulous actress but not so much as a singer (See my comment below). On the other hand, Marni Nixon has an illustrious singing career. Besides My Fair Lady, she also sang the female lead in The King and I and West Side Story. When she was not working as a playback singer, she sang on stage in operas, musicals, and concert tours. She had recorded a few albums. Occasionally, She appeared in films with minor roles; she was Sister Sophia in the 1965 film The Sound of Music.
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Nova: Elegant Universe [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Nova: Elegant Universe [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Michael Duff
Price: £7.42

5.0 out of 5 stars The Theory of Everything, 20 Jun 2014
In this Nova - The Elegant Universe DVD, Brian Green explains in layman's terms the String Theory, which might be a step towards "The Theory of Everything" if it proves to be correct (See Note 1). An all-encompassing theory, like the String Theory, has long been sought after by physicists from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, in the quest to unify the two major branches of physics, namely Quantum Mechanics and Relativity, which are totally incompatible with each other. The String Theory manages to describe all four fundamental forces of nature, including gravity, when neither Quantum Mechanics nor Relativity by itself is able to (See Note 2). Brian Green has the unique talent to reduce complex ideas to simple terms that laymen can grasp. There are plenty of special effects in the program to illustrate the physics, which may otherwise be incomprehensible to the audience. I found this Nova program both entertaining and enlightening.

Note 1: Physicists have long believed that matters are made of small point-like particles called fermions (protons, neutrons etc.) and that forces are carried by force-carrier particles called gauge bosons (photons, gluons etc.). The String Theory replaces particles with one-dimensional strands of vibrating energy dubbed "strings". When vibrating one way, the strings make up a proton, the other way a photon and so on. For the theory to work, space-time must be made up of 10 dimensions - one time dimension and nine spatial dimensions. The extra six spatial dimensions are very small and curl up among the three familiar spatial dimensions. They are too small for human beings to detect but big enough for the strings to move in and do their things. There are five versions of the String Theory. Most theoretical physicists today believe that they are in fact special cases of the M-Theory, which might well be The Theory of Everything - a fundamental theory that explains all the physical laws of the universe.

Note 2: There are four fundamental forces in nature: (1) the Strong Force, which holds the proton(s) and neutron(s) together in an atomic nucleus, (2) the Weak Force, which is responsible for radioactive decay, (3) electro-magnetism, and (4) gravity. Quantum Mechanics describes the first three forces precisely but is totally mum on gravity. Before the discovery of the String Theory, physicists must resort to General Relativity to describe gravity, which governs large objects like stars and galaxies but is totally nonsensical in the quantum world. There are objects in the Cosmo that are very small in size but very massive in gravity like a black hole or the early universe billionth of a second after the Big Bang. To study them, physicists sorely needed a quantum theory of gravity. The String Theory turns out to be exactly what they need.

Price: £8.80

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing little Amira, 14 Jun 2014
This review is from: Amira (Audio CD)
Little Amira Willighagen has an amazing singing voice that an adult singer would envy. Even more amazing is that she was singing opera arias by the age of nine without having any formal training. She is a natural. She became an international star when her performance of "O Mio Babbino Caro" at Holland's Got Talent became a YouTube sensation with more than 20 million hits. In this debut album, Amira sings familiar crossover classics. They are beautiful. I am looking forward to hearing more of Amira in the coming years as her voice matures.

The Black Hole [DVD] (1979)
The Black Hole [DVD] (1979)
Dvd ~ Maximilian Schell
Price: £5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning visuals and beautiful soundtrack, 8 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Black Hole [DVD] (1979) (DVD)
This 1979 Disney film The Black Hole is notable for its stunning visuals. The story is so-so and the actors are forgettable, except for Maximilian Schell who played Dr. Hans Reinhardt, the mad scientist. It is the special effects that carry the film. This is before the widespread use of computer generated imagery (CGI). The special effects were generated with a computer-controlled camera and modeling stand, in addition to miniature model and matte painting scans. Nevertheless, the resulting visuals are artistic and stunningly beautiful. Another thing worth mentioning is the soundtrack by John Barry. I was especially impressed by the opening "Main Title", which is mysterious and foreboding, perfectly fitting for the theme of a menacing black hole in space.

Bow Wow Pet Food Can Covers, 3-Pack
Bow Wow Pet Food Can Covers, 3-Pack

4.0 out of 5 stars They fit Purina Friskies & Fancy Feast, 8 Jun 2014
These Bow Wow pet food can covers come in a 3-pack. They supposedly fit four can sizes. I can say for sure that they fit the Purina Friskies 5.5 oz. and Fancy Feast 3 oz. cat food cans. They fit the Friskies cans fully but there is a 5/8 inch beam sticking out all around when they are put on the smaller Fancy Feast can. There is a small tab on the covers to help lifting them up easily. The covers fit the cans tightly and help seal the moisture in. But I do wish that the pack includes a cover that specifically fits the smaller Fancy Feast can.

Emperor   [US Import] [Blu-ray] [2012]
Emperor [US Import] [Blu-ray] [2012]
Dvd ~ Matthew Fox
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £10.26

3.0 out of 5 stars Romance or historical drama?, 4 Jun 2014
This movie suffers from split personalities - it tries to be a romantic movie and a historical drama at the same time. The result is that it is good at neither, in spite of the stellar performance of Tommy Lee Jones (as General MacArther) and Matthew Fox (as General Fellers). In my opinion, the romance between General Fellers and his Japanese girl friend Aya Shimada (Eriko Hatsune) presented as a series of interlacing flash-backs only serves to bog down the movie. It would have been much better if all the romantic elements were cut out. The historical drama of the aftermath of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the unconditional surrender of Japan, the subsequent arrests of Japanese war criminals, and General MacArther's all out effort to spare Emperor Hirohito from the gallows for political reasons is a lot more interesting.

The script is based on the book His Majesty's Salvation written by Japanese author Shiro Okamoto. Hence the film generally presents the Japanese view of the war:

(1) Japan attacked Pearl Harbor only in response to the oil embargo imposed on Japan by President Franklin Roosevelt,
(2) Japan attacked and defeated British and Dutch colonial powers in the Pacific and was indeed the liberator of the indigenous peoples from their colonial masters,
(3) the use of atomic weapon on Japanese civilians by the American was just as criminal as the atrocities committed by the Japanese during the war, and
(4) Emperor Hirohito was but a figurehead of imperial Japan and had little or nothing to do with Japanese war aggressions.

Most, if not all, of these claims had been refuted by historians outside of Japan. I will go no further on these issues because Amazon review is not the proper forum to debate these controversial topics. After all, it is just a movie.

HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset for PC/PS4/Mac/Mobile
HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset for PC/PS4/Mac/Mobile
Price: £68.85

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best quality sound I heard over a headset, 4 Jun 2014
This Kingston Technology HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset is light, weighing no more than 8 oz. It is not surprising because this headset is made of lightweight aluminum and leather. The ear cups and headband are deeply padded. The headband is adjustable. This Kingston headset is comfortable to wear, even for extended period of hours. A set of spare pads for the earcups comes with the purchase.

A single cord about 4 feet long at the bottom of one of the two earcups ends in two 3.5 mm male plugs, the one coded red for the microphone output and the one coded green the audio input. They can be plugged into an optional audio control box (included). The overall length with the control box is about eight feet. If this is not long enough, an extension cord (included) extends the reach to an additional seven feet. A detachable microphone plugs into the earcup next to the cable.

Connection to my Dell computer is easy. There is an audio output jack and a microphone input jack at the front panel. Supposedly, this headset is compatible with the PS4 console. I don't have a PS4, so I have to leave it to other reviewers. I figured out how to connect to the audio output of my PS3 and my Xbox 360 by use of a 3.5mm jack to dual-RCA jacks female/female adapter. But I haven't figure out how to connect the microphone to the consoles yet. That doesn't bother me because I never feel the need to talk while playing video games. Curiously, there is no instructional manual in the box. I couldn't find any online either. A bag with a draw string and a Velcro secured front pocket (included) conveniently holds the headset, the spare parts, and the extension cords all in one place.

When I get tired of playing games, I can plug the headset into my iPod for music with a 3.5 mm male plug to dual 3.5 mm female jacks splitter cable (included). The sound is superb. It is one of the best quality sound I heard over a headset. There is plenty of bass. I can clearly hear the drums in the sound tracks of Conan the Barbarian by Basil Pledouris. I think this Kingston HyperX Cloud headset is worth its price.

Starcrash [DVD]
Starcrash [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Hasslehoff
Price: £11.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Cult sci-fi classic with Caroline Munro, 7 May 2014
This review is from: Starcrash [DVD] (DVD)
Starcrash is a typical Sci-fi fantasy movie in the same genre of Barbarella and Flash Gordon. Through the years, this 1978 B-movie has gained some sort of a cult status. The special effect is crude, compared to today's standard and the plot is silly and sometimes laughable. Nevertheless, I found the film quite enjoyable. I won't spoil the fun by going too deep into the plot. I will only say that it is all about a scantily clad heroine who saved the universe.

The cast is impressive. There are some very familiar names: Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), and Joe Spinell (Godfather), among others. But the star of the film is undoubtedly Caroline Munro. For the younger audience who doesn't know who she is, Caroline Munro is a British actress/model who appeared in many sci-fi, horror, and action films. She was that cute helicopter pilot in the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, who winked at 007 before she shot up his submarine car with his Russian spy girl friend in it. She was also the beautiful slave girl in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. For a look at this British beauty alone, this movie is worth its price.

AOC E1649FWU 16 USB-Powered Portable LED Monitor - Glossy Black
AOC E1649FWU 16 USB-Powered Portable LED Monitor - Glossy Black
Offered by Synergy Data
Price: £165.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Super-easy to set up, but..., 3 Mar 2014
This AOC Portable LED Monitor is super-easy to set up - install the driver from the included CD with the monitor DISCONNECTED, connect to the computer with the included USB 2.0 dual Type A to Mini-B cable, and, voilà, it works. The extra Type A male plug is provided in case the computer fails to provide sufficient power. I found it unnecessary at my Dell mini-tower. This monitor is compact, measuring 9-1/8 inches x 14-5/8 inches x 1-3/8 inches and weighing about 2 pounds. It is ideal for the traveler. The collapsible backstop can be rotated 90 degrees such that the monitor can be set up either horizontally or vertically and the display can be rotated correspondingly with the software. The graphics is not the greatest but acceptable. Here is the bad news:

When I connected this AOC monitor and a 750 GB USB portable drive to my Dell mini-tower at the same time, I lost connection to the USB drive. Later I found that some of the files were damaged. (See my comment below for the full story.) I don't know why it happened but I know that both the AOC and the portable drive are USB devices and they were competing for the same resource. Each user's computing environment is different. What happened to me may never happen to anybody else, but it doesn't hurt to take some precaution, like backing up the USB drive before plugging it in with this AOC monitor for the first time.
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