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The Larry Sanders Show: Complete Season Two [DVD]
The Larry Sanders Show: Complete Season Two [DVD]
Dvd ~ Garry Shandling
Price: 10.40

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes - season 2. Its here at last!, 20 Oct 2010
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Amazon sent me an email this morning about this forthcoming release and all I can say is - its about time!

The Larry Sanders Show is a real gem of TV comedy that I am proud to say is one of my favourite shows of all time. Containing 18 episodes (see below), Season 2 is both longer and funnier than season 1. Our trio of main characters (Larry, Hank and Arty) are now in perfect sync with each other, shooting off memorable (and usually quite subtle) one-liners that will make you want to rewind and hear them again and again. We also get appearances from a huge array of real-life celebrity guests to spice things up even further.

Episode list
1 and 2. The Breakdown parts 1 & 2 (featuring Dana Delany, Helen Hunt and Teri Garr)
3. The List (Alec Baldwin, Ed Begley Jr and Daniel Baldwin)
4. The Stalker (Corbin Bernsen)
5. Larry's Agent (Barry Levinson)
6. The Hankerciser 200
7. Life Behind Larry (Bobcat Goldthwait, Tom Snyder and David Letterman)
8. Artie's Gone (Bruno Kirby)
9. Larry Loses Interest (Joan Embry)
10. Larry's Partner
11. Broadcast Nudes (Hugh Hefner)
12. Larry's Birthday (Sugar Ray Leonard)
13. Being There (Gary Kemp)
14. Performance Artist (Roseanne Arnold, Tom Arnold, Jay Leno)
15. Hank's Wedding (Ed McMahon, Adam Sandler)
16. Off Camera (John Ritter)
17. The Grand Opening (Jerry Seinfeld, Burt Reynolds, Martin Mull)
18. L.A. or N.Y. (Howard Stern, Chris Farley)

I can also say the price, at 18, is very reasonable. The DVD box has been put together quite nicely with 3 disks having 6 episodes each. A minor gripe is the lack of subtitles but I can manage without them.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Two [DVD] [2010]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Two [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Various
Price: 11.99

45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent season, 6 Sep 2010
Season 2 of Clone Wars is another enjoyable run of episodes following the events during the legendary battle between the Galactic Republic and the Separatists.

It starts off where season 1 ended with a couple of episodes involving the bounty hunter, Cad Bane. Then it gets into a 3-4 episode story arc covering a second Battle of Geonosis (it was retaken by the Separatists at some point after Attack of the Clones). Some good battle sequences are shown with things not going quite to plan for the Republic army.

In the middle of the season, we get what many have been waiting for - the legendary Mandalorians! They can certainly handle themselves against Jedi and we also learn something interesting about Obi-Wans past. I must admit I was disappointed that we didnt see a more expanded Mandalorian vs. Jedi battle but it may be being saved for the next season.

There is also a two-part story covering a monster called the Zillo beast - a homage to Godzilla movies by Clone Wars creator Dave Filoni. Look out for some brilliant action as it is unleashed on Coruscant.

There are a few filler episodes that are bit dull (esp Senate Murders) but the season ends with another good story arc centred on the young Boba Fett and his quest for revenge. Fellow bounty hunters Aurra Sing and Bossk join him in his mission.

Episode list:
1. Holocron Heist
2. Cargo of Doom
3. Children of the Force
4. Senate Spy
5. Landing at Point Rain
6. Weapons Factory
7. Legacy of Terror
8. Brain Invaders
9. Grievous Intrigue
10. The Deserter
11. Lightsaber Lost
12. The Mandalore Plot
13. Voyage of Temptation
14. Duchess of Mandalore
15. Senate Murders
16. Cat and Mouse
17. Bounty Hunters
18. The Zillo Beast
19. The Zillo Beast Strikes Back
20. Death Trap
21. R2 Cone Home
22. Lethal Trackdown

I just cant get enough of this series. Looking forward to season 3.

Flip the Flaps: Planet Earth
Flip the Flaps: Planet Earth
by Mike Goldsmith
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for young children, 21 May 2010
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a really nice hardcover book. It has good content with nice colourful images. Both fun and educational for little children. A great way to introduce kids to some of the wonders of our planet.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season One [DVD] [2009]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season One [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Matt Lanter
Price: 12.05

101 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the complete series 1 and it's excellent, 4 Aug 2009
This box-set contains all 22 episodes in series 1 of 'The Clone Wars'. I really enjoyed watching these CGI/animated stories and kind of wished aspects of them were included in the prequel movie trilogy. We get to see many different new planets and races and some awesome space and land battles with Anakin more vividly shown as the "powerful Jedi" whom Yoda speaks of to Luke in that scene in 'The Empire Strikes Back'.

This series is very different to the 2003 cartoon series made by Genndy Tartakovsky, in which the action was simply relentless and the force powers beyond comprehension. Here, the action scenes (and force powers) are more in sync with the movies except the focus is purely on the events of the clone wars.

It should have been released a bit sooner instead of the 4 episode disc that has been available for some time (I would strongly recommend against buying that). An obvious money-grabbing tactic by Lucasfilm but I can't imagine many people would settle for 4 episodes only.

Anyway, most of the series follows the two heroic Jedi knights, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi, though a few episodes do feature other characters such as Yoda (episode 1), Padme and the much-maligned Jar Jar (episode 8), Ahsoka Tano (episode 9), Kit Fisto (episode 10) and Mace Windu (episode 21). Furthermore, some storylines focus on the clone troopers (episodes 5 and 16) with Captain Rex and Commander Cody emerging as fan favourites. Each episode is about 20 minutes long and titled as follows:

1. Ambush
2. Rising Malevolence
3. Shadow of Malevolence
4. Destroy Malevolence
5. Rookies
6. Downfall of a Droid
7. Duel of the Droids
8. Bombad Jedi
9. Cloak of Darkness
10. Lair of Grievous
11. Dooku Captured
12. The Gungan General
13. Jedi Crash
14. Defenders of Peace
15. Trespass
16. The Hidden Enemy
17. Blue Shadow Virus
18. Mystery of a Thousand Moons
19. Storm Over Ryloth
20. Innocents of Ryloth
21. Liberty on Ryloth
22. Hostage Crisis

My kids and I loved watching this and we cannot wait for the second series.
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2-Disc) Special Edition [DVD]
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2-Disc) Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shia LaBeouf

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not as good as the first movie, 6 July 2009
Transformers 2 is an action-packed sequel released this summer to mixed reviews. I and my 8 year old son both quite enjoyed it so it was an afternoon well-spent. I thought it wasn't as good as the first film and he thought it was miles better!

The good points:
Lots of new Transformers - both good and evil. Great action and humour - though not all appropriate for an 8 year old.

The bad points:
Weak story and the film was a bit too long at 2 and a half hours.

To expand on the plot, the Autobots (good robots) are teamed up with US marines to take out lone Decepticons (bad robots) hiding around the world, but cause too much damage in the process and so the missions are shut down by the US government. In the meantime the Decepticons steal the remaining shard of the All-Spark (see the first movie) and use it to resurrect their defeated leader Megatron. He teams up with his master, 'The Fallen', an ancient Transformer who seeks to destroy the inhabitants of Earth. Sam Witwicky is hunted down again because the knowledge contained within the All Spark has been transferred to his mind. Much like the first film there is a series of cat and mouse events between Sam and the Decepticons, with the movie ending in a climactic battle in Egypt.

In terms of the cast: Shia Lebeouf delivers another good performance as Sam, the teen struggling to cope with it all, and Megan Fox provides the eye-candy, though it was probably over-done this time. The absence of Jon Voigt (Defence Secretary Keller) was notable and I would have liked to have seen more of John Turturro as his character (Agent Simmonds) was one of my favourites in the first film.

I give it 7 out of 10 and recommend it for a one-off viewing on a big screen.

Verbatim  47375 2gb Micro Flash Drive (orange)
Verbatim 47375 2gb Micro Flash Drive (orange)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thin yet functional, 20 Jun 2009
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I was very surprised at the dimensions on this Verbatim USB device (3cm length and 0.2cm thickness) but upon using it realised that it slots in like any other USB stick and works really well. File transfer is smooth and quick (500 2MB jpegs copied across in about 90 seconds) and music & video files played back with no hitches.

The main benefits are that you can actually carry this in your wallet without it causing a bulge and because it doesnt protrude as far out from the USB slot as a regular device would, it is less likely to get knocked by something.

The downside is that the thin design increases your chances of losing it or breaking, so you will have to really look after it. I personally wouldnt go for a higher capacity one although they are very good value for money.

I give it 4 out of 5 and recommend it highly.

Terminator Salvation [DVD] [2009]
Terminator Salvation [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 2.50

39 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed, an improvement on T3, 19 Jun 2009
I was really looking forward to the release of Terminator Salvation because I was hoping to see more of the action and battles that we get glimpses of in the previous films. On that front this film delivers hands down as the camera work and special effects are quite breathtaking.

The story follows resistance fighter John Connor (Christian Bale/Batman) in his quest against Skynet, the supercomputer that has become self-aware and subsequently declared war on mankind. The other main characters are Kyle Reese, Connor's father (remember T1?), and Marcus Wright, a death row prisoner who donated his body to Cyberdyne Systems for medical research. This character (played by Sam Worthington) is probably the most interesting one of the movie. On top of that you have Michael Ironside (remember 'V' and 'Starship Troopers'?) playing a no-nonsense general - brilliant!

Though rated PG, the film is actually very dark and brutal in tone with some very creepy robots doing a lot of killing. It isn't a particularly nuanced movie though, with an abundance of bland and cheesy dialogue and no real surprises in the plot. At times Christian Bale does seem rather miscast and you also wonder what could have been if James Cameron was at the helm to direct and/or produce. Hardly any time was given to story or character development which makes me suspect a director's cut will be released shortly after this theatrical version to help fill some of the gaps.

Terminator Salvation is definitely a sharp improvement on the last movie (T3) but not really up there with the first two films (T1 and T2), which were both classics that would have been difficult to match. However, it has stunning, though relentless, action and that ticks enough boxes for a simpleton like me.

Kingston 16GB DataTraveler USB Flash Drive
Kingston 16GB DataTraveler USB Flash Drive

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent device, 4 Jun 2009
I am a big fan of Kingston USB memory sticks having owned Kingston devices from 500MB up to 8GB. I went for this 16GB one as a replacement for an USB stick that my friend 'borrowed' from me some time ago.

All I can say is that Kingston just excel in this category. The 16GB device obviously allows greater storage capacity (15GB to be precise); I can now carry up to 15 700MB DivX movies on the stick and run programmes from it without needing to install on my PC. File transfer is fast if copying lots of small files (500 jpegs of 2MB size took 1min) but a little bit slow with big files (4GB DVD took almost 10min).

My old stick was the cap-free one with the retractable design. This was a neat idea but not really a problem; I have never lost a cap (touch wood) simply because having so much useful stuff on them means I take care of my memory sticks. I have also heard the slide mechanism can eventually go faulty on those cap-free devices.

For the price this is great!

Mad Men - Complete Season 2 [DVD]
Mad Men - Complete Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Hamm
Price: 11.50

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant drama, better than season 1, 28 May 2009
Like season 1, Mad Men season 2 provides some of the best drama for a television series in current times. With the characters and settings (1960s New York advertising agency) introduced and established in the first season, the storylines get more interesting in season 2. The jump forward of 2 years gives you the sense of times changing - season 1, set in 1960, was dominated by attitudes from the 1950s, whereas in season 2 a new era has begun with John F Kennedy the man in the White House.

Don Draper, the top advertising-man at Sterling Cooper and main character in the series, is no longer able to maintain his apparently perfect life as things gradually begin to fall apart at the seams, in his marriage and at work. This is all driven by his internal conflict of who he really is. Peggy Olson returns to work after her hospitalisation and works her way further up the ladder at Sterling Cooper. Through a series of flashbacks we find out about her giving birth. Her relationship with co-worker Pete Campbell and issues with her catholic family background are also explored. Pete himself has problems with his wife Trudy and his overbearing mother, but summons the courage to express his feelings for Peggy in a sad last episode.

I could go on as there are so many intriguing nuanced tales going on in the lives of each character. All this is done in great style and pace, with fantastic music, and of course some major world events (Cuban Missile Crisis) going on in the background!

The 2nd season contains the following 13 episodes:
1. For Those Who Think Young
2. Flight 1
3. The Benefactor
4. Three Sundays
5. The New Girl
6. Maidenform
7. The Gold Violin
8. A Night to Remember
9. Sixth Month Leave
10. The Inheritance
11. The Jet Set
12. The Mountain King
13. Meditations in an Emergency

Looking forward to season 3 and hopefully many more beyond that.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - A Galaxy Divided [DVD]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - A Galaxy Divided [DVD]
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 2.65

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The complete series... it is not - 4 episodes only... there are, 13 May 2009
This volume of 'The Clone Wars' contains the first 4 episodes (as marked across the top of the case) of the TV series recently aired on childrens satelite channel Cartoon Network.

The 4 episodes are :

1. Ambush
2. Rising Malevolence
3. Shadow of Malevolence
4. Destroy Malevolence

Episode 1 starts things off with Yoda himself leading a secret mission and facing a droid army led by the assassin Ventress. Episodes 2-4 cover a story arc about a massive new Separatist spaceship called 'Malevolence'. It has a deadly weapon that threatens to singlehandedly destroy the Republic fleet and thus influence the outcome of the war. The Jedi plan to find and destroy the ship, with Anakin Skywalker leading the way.

The actual episodes are great fun and capture the Star Wars spirit from the old trilogy, but the release of only 4 episodes is a bit naughty of Lucasfilm as they will soon be releasing a complete Season 1 DVD set (with all 22 episodes). This is why the item only deserves 3 stars and so, until the full season is available, patient you must be!
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