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Californication - Season 1 [2007] [DVD]
Californication - Season 1 [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Price: 8.85

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, 28 Nov 2009
Season one of Californication is an hilarious and refreshing comedy drama staring David Duchovny as a failing writer who turns to blogging for a living. While estranged from his wife, who he spends more time with than the many lovers he takes, he struggles through life while looking after their daughter.

This is so unconventional for an American show in that it doesn't worry about being clean and wholesome but portrays life in all it's sordid detail. This is one of the best and most enjoyable series I have watched in years. Well written and fanastically acted. Highly recommended.


One Tree Hill - Season 2 [DVD] [2006]
One Tree Hill - Season 2 [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Chad Michael Murray
Price: 8.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Second Season, 28 Nov 2009
Season two continues straight after season one and builds well on the story lines from that. It successfully moves away from the tight drama of the two brothers to expand and bring in the other characters lives. It remains gritty and realistic in the most part avoiding any story arcs which are too far fetched.

The box set contains all 23 episodes of the second season; the last two being a double episode (so it looks like there are only 22 in the booklet). As with season one there are plenty of extras while loads of additional scenes, commentaries on three episodes and some featurettes; including one on the music which is brought more to the fore in this season.

If anything this is better than season one, so if you enjoyed that this is a must have.


Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom AF Lens for Selected Digital SLR
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom AF Lens for Selected Digital SLR
Offered by Shockbuy srl
Price: 148.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Zoom, 22 Nov 2009
I bought this lens to go with my Canon EOS 400D to supplement the standard 18-55mm lens that comes with it. I've now been using it a little over a year and it has proved to be an invaluable addition. At 250mm, the zoom is fantastic for getting into detail or to far out subjects and the quality of the images captured is excellent. The built in auto-focus works well, though can be a little slow in lower light and the image stabilisation is good to allow you to get steady shots at lower shutter speeds.

The one thing that lets the lens down for me slightly is the maximum aperture of 5.6 at 250mm which means that you need good light to use it properly without either resorting to a tripod or changing the ISO. However, this is a small price to pay given the excellent value this lens represents at the price.


The Sharpe Box Set: Sharpe's Challenge & Sharpe's Peril [DVD] [2006]
The Sharpe Box Set: Sharpe's Challenge & Sharpe's Peril [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Price: 6.75

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Final Sharpes?, 21 Nov 2009
This boxset contains what could turn out to be the final two Sharpe tales:

Sharpe's Challenge

As one of the other reviews said, none of us are getting any younger and this posed somewhat of a dilema for the series makers. This is set in India, which in the timeline of the books saw Sharpe there before the Napoleonic campaign - so fifteeen or so years before Waterloo. They had the choice of either replacing Sean Bean (which would likely be economic suicide) and sticking with the books or keeping him and re-working them. They chose the latter route of course and if you haven't read the books, you'll be very happy with the results. You'll also be happy that they have extended the running time to 2 and a quarter hours so that they can give more depth to the story rather than just purely focusing on the action scenes.

If you have read the books then the story line is a little painful as they have taken a mash-up of the first two books, Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Triumph, set it 1799 and 1803 respectively. Because of this it is quite confusing as all the events are jumbled up when compared to the books.

Ultimately though, if you can put this aside, it does work as a piece of entertainment.

Sharpe's Peril

As with Sharpe's Challenge, this is a departure from the books taking them as purely ideas for the film. This works much better than Sharpe's Challenge as you aren't constantly being reminded bits of the books in the wrong order.

As with all the other Sharpe's it has plenty of action, drama and romance so won't disappoint.

One thing of note though, on the box the running time states that it is four hours long. It is actually two and a quarter hours; the other 100 minutes being a shorter version of the same film. For me at least, this was a bit of a waste of a second disk as while it speeded up the story a lot, it took too much away to be worthwhile.
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Gilmore Girls - Season 4 [DVD] [2009]
Gilmore Girls - Season 4 [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Lauren Graham
Offered by rsdvd
Price: 11.12

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Keeps Getting Better, 21 Nov 2009
Season four brings together quite a few of the plot lines that had been building in the first threee seasons; Rory has gone off to Yale, Lorelai finally gets her own inn, the grandparents manipulation starts to backfire, Luke and Lorelai...

The same great writing is there with all the whit that you've come to expect, though the storylines are now a little more serious as the characters have grown and developed. As Rory is now at Yale, it is split between there and Stars Hollow, so unfortunatley there is a little less of relaxed small town atmosphere that the show started off with.

If you enjoyed the first three seasons then this is an essential addition. Now, if only they would release the rest of the seasons!
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One Tree Hill - Season 1 [DVD] [2005]
One Tree Hill - Season 1 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Moira Kelly
Price: 7.33

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Season, 21 Nov 2009
I found this first season of One Tree Hill quite unusual, and in some ways refreshing, for an American TV series. Rather than being set in the usual unrealistic and glamourous world of the ultra rich (such as The OC, Gossip Girl, 90210 to name a few), it takes a group of ordinary families and tells their story. This does tend to mean that the storylines are more down to earth than escapist fantasy but it still makes for good viewing overall and holds the interest to drag you into their world.

The box set contains all 22 episodes of the first season and each disc has plenty of extras on it including lots of additional scenes, cast commentaries and a couple of featurettes.

Well worth investing the time to watch.


Farscape 1.1 [DVD] [1999]
Farscape 1.1 [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Ben Browder
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of Classic Sci-Fi, 16 Nov 2009
This review is from: Farscape 1.1 [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This box is one of the original releases of Farscape (now replaced by full season box sets) and contains the first four episodes split across two discs.

It is refreshingly different science fiction in that it doesn't rely on the big scale Star Wars or Star Trek models but focuses on a small group of escaped prisoners, each from different planets who are trying to live and stay free from the chasing Peacekeeper forces. Add into this mix an ex-Peacekeeper and a human who has been transported through a wormhole why conducting an experiment around Earth and you have a very interesting show.

This mix of characters works well and these first four episodes are a great start to the series.


Sharpe's Rifles/Sharpe's Eagle [DVD] [1993]
Sharpe's Rifles/Sharpe's Eagle [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: 2.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's Rifles / Sharpe's Eagle, 8 Nov 2009
Sharpe's Rifles

Sharpe's Rifles was the first of the television adaptations of Bernard Cornwell's books. It was made before the new series of India based novels and so doesn't quite link up with them storywise. In this Sharpe starts out as a sargeant and saves Wellington's life to get his commission whereas in the novels this happened earlier in India. It differs slightly from the novel in other ways too but retains the same basic storyline so I guess it was at the time a compromise on the writers behalf to introduce Sharpe and bring him up from the ranks.

The adaptation seems a little dated now compared to the newer episodes and was obviously shot on a tight budget. This doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment though and it is still highly recommended for all Sharpe fans.

Sharpe's Eagle

Sharpe's Eagle, the second of the television adaptations of Bernard Cornwell's novels, sees Sharpe now a captain with the South Essex. They lose their colours due to the incompetence of Simmmerson (to become one of the series ongoing anti-heroes) and Sharpe captures a French Eagle in return to regain the battalions honour.

This episode also sees an appearance by an up and coming Daniel Craig playing Berry, an officer that Sharpe clashes with.

As with Sharpe's Rifles, this was obviously made on a tight budget and seems a little dated now but is still essential viewing for all fans.


Sharpe's Eagle [DVD]
Sharpe's Eagle [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Offered by admediauk
Price: 2.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's Eagle, 8 Nov 2009
This review is from: Sharpe's Eagle [DVD] (DVD)
Sharpe's Eagle, the second of the television adaptations of Bernard Cornwell's novels, sees Sharpe now a captain with the South Essex. They lose their colours due to the incompetence of Simmmerson (to become one of the series ongoing anti-heroes) and Sharpe captures a French Eagle in return to regain the battalions honour.

This episode also sees an appearance by an up and coming Daniel Craig playing Berry, an officer that Sharpe clashes with.

As with Sharpe's Rifles, this was obviously made on a tight budget and seems a little dated now but is still essential viewing for all fans.


Sharpe's Rifles [DVD]
Sharpe's Rifles [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 2.68

3.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's Rifles, 8 Nov 2009
This review is from: Sharpe's Rifles [DVD] (DVD)
Sharpe's Rifles was the first of the television adaptations of Bernard Cornwell's books. It was made before the new series of India based novels and so doesn't quite link up with them storywise. In this Sharpe starts out as a sargeant and saves Wellington's life to get his commission whereas in the novels this happened earlier in India. It differs slightly from the novel in other ways too but retains the same basic storyline so I guess it was at the time a compromise on the writers behalf to introduce Sharpe and bring him up from the ranks.

The adaptation seems a little dated now compared to the newer episodes and was obviously shot on a tight budget. This doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment though and it is still highly recommended for all Sharpe fans.


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