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Xcessor Vintage Looking United Kingdom Flag Case for iPhone 5/5S
Xcessor Vintage Looking United Kingdom Flag Case for iPhone 5/5S
Offered by Accessory Department
Price: £4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality., 18 Oct 2014
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Two months down the line and a lot of the design has worn off.

Poor quality.

Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition [DVD]
Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable release - dreadful packaging, 8 Sep 2014
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The content of these discs are what you would expect. The journey from the Season 7 finale to the Christmas Special makes a logical choice as well as including the Night of the Doctor mini episode. I do feel a little peeved to have The Name of the Doctor or yet another release. I've been collecting each season since the reboot and this is the only occasion I've had to double up on an episode.

The extras are relevant, if a little sparse. The lack of commentary anywhere is a real letdown.

The biggest downside is the appalling packaging. 2Entertain continue to cut corners as each season has progressively worse packaging. For a 'collector's edition" the packaging lets the whole release down. It's the kind of box you get on a cheap toy from Asda, not a celebratory release.

On the whole, while I'm happy to have the content in my collection, it certainly doesn't feel all that special.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 13, 2014 11:03 AM BST

Toyvault HP004 - Cthulhu Small Plush
Toyvault HP004 - Cthulhu Small Plush
Offered by YUK
Price: £12.74

4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of fun, 13 Aug 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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Who knew that an Ancient One could be so cute? A great item for any Lovecraft fan with a sense of humour.

Rokono® BASS+ Mini Speaker for iPhone / iPad / iPod / MP3 Player / Laptop - Black
Rokono® BASS+ Mini Speaker for iPhone / iPad / iPod / MP3 Player / Laptop - Black
Offered by Gadget Hunter
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor first impression, but great customer service., 13 Aug 2013
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I was eager to get a reasonably-priced speaker to use with my iPhone. This looked like a good option.

I wasn't expecting too much from the sound quality, but I did expect the closing mechanism to work beyond the first use.

After posting my problem on an earlier version of this review, James at Gadget Hunter contacted me and told me how to fix the problem. The halves of the casing can move slightly and prevent the locking mechanism from engaging. This is easily remedied by slightly rotating the casing.

While this is a simple fix, it is unfortunate there is this weakness in the design and hope it doesn't prove to be a longer-term issue.

However, I have decided to hold on to the speaker and see how it fares with use as the early impressions of sound quality are good for the price.

Top marks to Gadget Hunter for the customer service!
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Fear in the Sunlight (Josephine Tey Book 4)
Fear in the Sunlight (Josephine Tey Book 4)
Price: £2.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - not what it says on the tin, 31 Aug 2012
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In retrospect, it probably wasn't a good idea to start with the fourth book in this series. However, the setting, time period and the inclusion of Alfred Hitchcock were all intriguing to me.

The set up of the story was full of complex characters whose dark secrets I was eager to discover through the investigation. However, no real investigation actually takes place.

Rather than being a detective story, this is a portrait of a variety of characters and their conflicts. However, once the three deaths occur, the players all disappear and the matter is resolved in a short and unsatisfying manner.

Ultimately, I feel this book fails to deliver on its promises. It isn't really a detective story in the true sense. Rather it's a set piece during whichs ome deaths occur.

The writing style is also inconsistent with characters being referred to by their first name for a large chunk of the book and then referred to by their surname, before being referred to by their first name again.

I do feel that reading this book was ultimately a wasted opportunity and certainly not the book I thought I was buying.

Doctor Who - Complete Series 6 [DVD]
Doctor Who - Complete Series 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £28.99

12 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Things are going downhill, 3 Feb 2012
Firstly let me comment on the product presentation.

Compared to the presentation of pre-Matt Smith seasons, the "Series Six" box set is very much on the cheap like the previous series. No glossy booklet, a stack of plastic compared to elegantly presented trays. Also the extras seem to be very stingy in comparison.

However, the quality of video and sound are acceptable with attractive menus.

Sadly this is just putting glitter on a cowpat. There are 13 episodes in this box set of which only three are of an acceptable standard - "The Impossible Astronaut", "The Day of the Moon" and "The Doctor's Wife".

Yes there are "moments" in other episodes, but the overall standard is really lacklustre. The whole second half of the season is so poor as to be embarrassing with "Closing Time" representing the lowest point in the show to date.

Since the advent of Moffatt, the characterisation of the Doctor is a one-dimensional buffoon. In fact the series has been more about Amy Pond than the Doctor. Matt Smith is a very talented actor, but the material drags him down.

There is no real threat anymore as it only takes one wave of the sonic screwdriver to get out of most problems. As viewers, we don't fear for the protagonists. The series used to have a reputation of being scary. Apart from the early episodes featuring the Silence. there was nothing that frightening at all. "Night Terrors" was an exercise on how to do it wrong! Especially as it was almost a retread of "Fear Her" from a couple of seasons ago.

I bought this DVD set as I am a completist. I will continue to enjoy the episodes I have noted above. But believe me some discs will rarely leave the case.

If the series is to continue, Moffatt needs to up the game and return to the edge he had as a writer in the Russell T Davies era. Moffatt has written episodes which are rightly regarded as classics, but you would be forgiven for thinking that the current producer is not the same person.

"Doctor Who" should not be an infantile program with CGI. Moffat apparently commented that the sow is for kid. That shows a total misunderstanding of his audience. "Doctor Who' has always been a family show, with something for everyone. However, that doesn't mean making overly syrupy episodes such as "A Christmas Carol".

Even during the low-budget eras, the series was distinguished by the clever writing and characterisation, neither of which have been present since Moffatt took over.
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The Concise Book of Muscles
The Concise Book of Muscles
by Chris Jarmey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best muscle book!, 9 Mar 2011
During my years of training and working as a massage therapist, I've seen lots of books covering this subject. Some have been written by leading teachers in the subject. However, many seem to miss something.

This book was the answer to my prayer of a definitive book for learning and reference. Even now, many years after I've qualified, this is a regular reference work which I consistently use.

I heartily recommend this to anyone who wants to learn and revise muscles when training and working in massage and other bodywork.

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, 2010 Christmas Special  [2010] [DVD]
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, 2010 Christmas Special [2010] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £5.72

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Christmas? Yes! Special? No!, 1 Feb 2011
This special left me wondering what TV programme I was watching.

There was more "Discworld" than "Doctor Who" in this story. Other reviewers have commented on the shortcomings of the plot, but this episode seems to encapsulate what has gone wrong with the series lately. Lazy writing, strange production values, trying to be too clever and frustrating glimpses of greatness in Matt Smith.

Although we knew that the central premise was borrowed from Dickens, this episode could have been so much more. It just didn't work.

The main reason was that we knew it would be alright in the end. There is no edge. It would have been more dramatic if the Doctor failed in his mission. By keeping the material safe, it made the outcome boring. Maybe that's why all the Victoriana was ramped up and that it ended up more like a Terry Pratchett creation with the strange twist on our world. But with none of the edge....

I am not a Matt Smith hater. In fact, he has demonstrated that he is capable of holding down the lead. Some aspects of his performance in this episode and the preceding series showed depth, but in this case it was not the Doctor. His character is pretty much a big brother figure: to Amy, to the young Kazran and to Abigail. The Doctor could be anyone, but certainly not a Time Lord from Gallifrey.

Unsurprisingly, Katherine Jenkins was merely adequate in her role as Abigail and - guess what - she sang. Despite possibly representing "good value", it was stunt casting at its worst.

One of the blessings of the episode was that the appalling Karen Gillan had a smaller role. The dreadful characterisation of Amy seems to have reduced Karen's repertoire to shouting "Doctor", pouting and posing. Even though she had little to do, she managed to fit all of this in. This just served to underline the failure of this companion, especially following on from the critic-defyingly good Catherine Tate.

Steven Moffatt seems to be a great writer while someone else produces. But his production choices and series direction are already showing signs that all is not well. It is very odd that Moffatt has done so poorly producing "Doctor Who" when you consider his other show, "Sherlock" is everything current "Doctor Who" is not. There is edge, humour and a great twist on the original material. How does he get two series so different?

And there lies the possible problem.... Has he taken his eye off the ball? "Doctor Who" is an inherited show, but "Sherlock" is Moffatt's baby.

If the show is to survive, it needs to get its edge back. It doesn't look like that will happen with Moffatt at the helm.

I would label this DVD: "For Completists Only"
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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray]
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Elijah Wood
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £16.18

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Even the director doesn't like this..., 1 May 2010
In a recent interview, Peter Jackson stated his agreement with fans over the unhappiness at this release of the LOTR movies.

Warner Bros - get the proper release sorted and give the fans what they deserve. Also take full advantage of Blu-ray. Upgrade the picture and sound. Don't just dump the DVD material onto a Blu-ray disc.

This has the potential to be a landmark release, not just a cash in.

Until a quality version of these movies appear, I will not be buying any lesser option.

Hamlet [DVD] [2009]
Hamlet [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: £4.50

6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I hoped, 18 Jan 2010
This review is from: Hamlet [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
I expected so much of this version. After all the praise lavished on the stage production, I hoped some of the magic would have transferred to the screen. Unfortunately, what was left was a very "bitty" production.

Firstly the good bits. Penny Downie really shone as Gertrude. Her mix of emotions in her bedroom scene with Hamlet was splendidly conveyed as was the final realisation during the duel scene. Patrick Stewart was wonderfully restrained as Claudius and (pretending I didn't already know the script) you only really feel he IS a villain when he reaches his "prayer" soliloquy. That twinkle that appears in his eye along with the wry smile which replace an apparently kind and genuine demeanour, really supports what has been said about Claudius behind his back.

The opening scenes with the sentries are suitably creepy along with the realisation of the Ghost.

The scenes where Hamlet is making a video blog in lieu of some of the solioquys is inspired. However, the security camera shots undermined the intrigue and as another reviewer has mentioned, gave the impression Claudius could have checked up on Hamlet anytime...

Finally, Oliver Ford Davies as Polonius was well cast, carrying the interplay between his character and Hamlet very well.

Now to the less successful parts. At no point was I convinced that there was any true affection between Hamlet and Ophelia. This made Ophelia's burial sequence come across as hollow. I must admit I found Mariah Gale totally boring as Ophelia. Even the mad scenes lacked something. Laertes didn't fair much better. Edward Bennett was far too stagy and somehow lacked the air of being a "good egg".

Finally, David Tennant. As one of my favourite actors, David should have been onto a winner in my opinion. Instead, Hamlet was generally unsympathetic. I didn't feel any real sense of pain during some of the more anguished sequences - except maybe for the bedroom scene with Gertrude. The lack of chemistry between Hamlet and Ophelia really undermined several key sequences and was a major flaw in my opinion.

While David Tennant was a good choice for the role on paper and probably on stage, this production coming up alongside his departure from Doctor Who only underlined the problem with casting him. It was far too easy to compare his mannerisms between the two productions.

I think that the glories of the stage production with the sense of immediacy one gets at the theatre were really damaged by the translation to television.

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