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With all due respect...F*ck Off Mad Mug
With all due respect...F*ck Off Mad Mug
Offered by Bathroom Trends
Price: 5.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 4 Feb 2014
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Brilliantly crafted mug. The slogan is also a great addition and saves on using any verbal communication with those people who you "just can't be bothered dealing with"

Anika 16-Piece Stainless Steel Antibes Cutlery Set
Anika 16-Piece Stainless Steel Antibes Cutlery Set
Price: 13.45

5.0 out of 5 stars great value for money, 4 Feb 2014
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Excellent cutlery set.

It's hard to review cutlery but in doing my very best I would state that these are very well crafted and great value for money.

X-Men Origins
X-Men Origins
Offered by Speedyhen Ltd
Price: 22.70

3.0 out of 5 stars Origins isn't the best addition, 4 Feb 2014
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This review is from: X-Men Origins (DVD)
In terms of the overall X-Men franchise, Origins isn't the best addition.

In saying that, there are times when the story is fully engaging and fans of the original comics are sure to get moments of happiness at the various nods to the original comic series.

For me, this just didn't quite excite me enough to rate it any higher that 3 stars. It is not, by any means, the worst movie that I have ever seen. It is worth watching for yourself, as it's one of those polarising movies where opinion is divided down the middle.

The Three Musketeers (Classics)
The Three Musketeers (Classics)
by Alexandre Dumas
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging piece of literature, 4 Feb 2014
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A timeless and ever engaging piece of literature.

The magic of The Three Musketeers lies in its ability to have you relate to some part of the tale at any point in your life. Tales of friendship, solidarity, love, loss, hatred, deceit, lust and trust all combine to make one of the finest novels ever written.

Considering that this was Dumas' first ever novel the flow and elegance of the writing convey skill of an accomplished novelist.

If you're brought up on the Hollywood versions of D'Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos then stepping into the world of the original will be somewhat of a shock. Gone is the frivolity and campness of the film and television versions for here you are treated to solid and emotionally charged writing.

It took me over twelve years to give this its second read through and I will never leave it that long again. The Three Musketeers ignites a fire in your imagination and connects with you in a way that is as rare as multi-planet alignments

If you want an adventure story of old that's line with laughter, joy and everything you could find in a modern tale then The Three Musketeers is for you. Almost 200 years later and this novel stands the test of time perfectly.

I couldn't recommend it any higher.

Man of Steel [DVD + UV Copy]
Man of Steel [DVD + UV Copy]
Dvd ~ Henry Cavill
Price: 7.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise, 30 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Man of Steel [DVD + UV Copy] (DVD)
After the disaster that was "Superman Returns" it was definitely time for a reboot. However I'll admit that I was sceptical at first. I am glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the script and execution. MoS is one the highlights of 2013.

The DVD release is lacking in some extra features and for the life of me I can't work out why there's a documentary on Middle Earth included. The extras let it down and that's why I'm only giving it 4 stars. If you just want to see the movie then definitely buy this, it's worth every penny but if you (like me) like to see behind the scenes documentaries to feed your inner geek then maybe hold off for a special edition.

An Adventure in Space and Time [DVD]
An Adventure in Space and Time [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Bradley
Price: 8.66

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly captured and executed., 22 Nov 2013
Whether a Doctor Who fan or not, this Drama is a must for everyone.

It truly captures the beginning of a television legend and has performances worth of awards from David Bradley, Jessica Raine and a whole host of others. William Hartnells very essence is captured perfectly and although there is some minor creative freedom the overall portrayal of the shows beginnings is flawless.

Small things such as a tax disc with the date "Oct 1966" are enough to make the hardcore fan feel emotional whilst the lesser fan can still get that truly touching and heart-warming feeling from the 90 minutes.

Cameos from many people involved in the history of the show are nice recognitions of their part in the legacy of Doctor Who and there are moments where it is positively astonishing at how accurate the show is.

For 50 years Doctor Who has been a huge part of peoples hearts and Mark Gattiss manages to capture that perfectly and admirably.

I would highly recommend this to everyone whether a DW fan or not.
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Doctor Who - The Trial Of A Time Lord [1986] [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Trial Of A Time Lord [1986] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: 12.75

4.0 out of 5 stars The verdict is..., 7 Nov 2013
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The mid-1980s were a very turbulent time for "Doctor Who." After the 22nd season ended in 1985, the show was cancelled. There was a bit of an uproar from the public, and BBC bosses were forced to rethink it, its status then changed from cancelled to 18-month hiatus.

"The Trial of a Time Lord" kicks of with a spectacular effects shot, A space station which hovers in silence. The camera slowly moving toward it and moves its way around the exterior finishing on a bust of blue light which the TARDIS enters. This is without a doubt the best effects sequence in the Classic Series.

Told over 4 separate stories, interlocked with scenes from a Gallifreyan courtroom and the trial, this is rather quite a gripping story from the beginning to the end/ Colin Baker gives (unbeknown to him) his final performance as the Doctor and it is by far his best portrayal. Sadly we lose Nicola Bryant during this season and for some weird and unknown reason the Doctor Who team thought it would be a great idea to give us Bonnie Langford as the new companion.

You get guest stars with Brian Blessed and Honor Blackman, Lynda Bellingham appears as the Inquisitor in the trial.

The writing is absolutely superb and also feature Robert Holmes final script for Doctor Who which he sadly passed away whilst writing.

The DVD box set also has some great special features. One I would highly recommend is Trials and Tribulations, a documentary looking at Colin Baker's tenure as the Doctor and a great insight into the behind the scenes goings on during Colins tenure.

All in all it is a box set definitely worth purchasing.

Doctor Who - The Deadly Assassin [DVD] [1976]
Doctor Who - The Deadly Assassin [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: 6.75

5.0 out of 5 stars The PInnacle, 6 Nov 2013
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For me, this is the pinnacle of Classic Who. Strangely enough both my favourite serials come from someone who is not my favourite Doctor.

The Deadly Assassin sets in stone a whole host of Time Lord mythology which at the time was still mysterious. This serial has a sincere dark, brooding, and terrifying feel throughout and the Doctor seems much more fallible and human (insert your own alien comment here) than ever before especially when inside the matrix.

Peter Pratt strikes terror into me even as an adult with his portrayal of The Master. The makeup is possibly the only thing that lets this whole arc down but you can see past that when you realise that the script is one of the strongest that you don't even realise there isn't a companion.

The first Doctor Who to ever have him without a companion could have been a gamble, but it paid off. It showed a different side to the Doctor and it gave a bit more credibility (in my eyes) to the Time Lords. Summoning the Doctor but making him come alone, all just added to the backstory of the Time Lords.

If you were to strand me on a desert island with a dvd player and a television and told me to pick one dvd, then there's a 50/50 chance that it would be The Deadly Assassin.

Doctor Who - The Five Doctors (25th Anniversary Edition) [1983] [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Five Doctors (25th Anniversary Edition) [1983] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Price: 9.78

5.0 out of 5 stars "There's five of me?", 6 Nov 2013
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In a year where the show is celebrating 50 years of being on the air I found myself updating to the Special Edition DVD for the Five Doctors. In terms of storyline, I've always found TFD to be a potentially weak narrative but pulling together 3 Doctors, William Hurndall and that Baker chap via the means of footage from Shada actually makes what could be a terrible story rather exciting. "There's five of me" is the line that Hurndall utters as the First Doctor and to this day, even 30 years after it's original airing it still excites me. The Three Doctors was a great serial but the Five Doctors is a fanboys dream. Sure it divides the fans in certain ways but having a multi-doctor story is always a great watch.

If you're looking for multiple Doctors, a handful of companions, clashing personalities and a bit more of Time Lord mythology then you can't do much better than The Five Doctors.

The extras on this edition are quite brilliant. A whole host of audio commentaries and some great insights into the making of The Five Doctors make it worth the money.

The Imposter [DVD]
The Imposter [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frederic Bourdin
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Chilled...., 4 Nov 2013
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From the very outset you're taken on a journey. Watching Frederic Bourdin looking out through the camera at you with his eyes that hold lies, you're not quite sure who to feel sorry for. The Imposter takes you through a variety of emotions from disgust to anticipation and even empathy.

Frederic Bourdin created a lie so unbelievable that it was believed but the question looms; was it believed?

In watching the events unfold and hearing the accounts from the different people involved it becomes apparent that there is something else going on than the original narrative. The Imposter raises as many questions as it answers and truly opens your eyes to a varied set of possibilities as to why this family so readily accepted this man into their lives.

Stranger than fiction doesn't even start to describe the story that unfolds in this film. Bart Laytons feature film debut is both thought provoking and chilling to the core.

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