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Doctor Who (Classic) Time-Flight
Doctor Who (Classic) Time-Flight
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware: Digital downloads are often unrestored, 25 Aug 2014
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Buyer Beware: Purchasing digital "classic" Doctor Who (it's the same show as it's always been) is a minefield. The BBC hold fully restored digital copies of all surviving Doctor Who episodes yet release these unrestored poor quality versions for those of us who have moved into the 21st century and wish to stream these episodes. Not acceptable. In this case, needless to say, you are better off buying the astonishingly superior DVD which is presumably the commercial motive.


The Odd Life of Timothy Green [DVD] [2013]
The Odd Life of Timothy Green [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Garner
Price: £4.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music, Joy, Love, 7 Dec 2013
I'll keep this short - it's a daft fairy tale about a boy made from soil and plants. However, if you love music, and you love Doctor Who circa 2010-2012 then I absolutely ensure you will love this film.


Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks - Special Edition [DVD]
Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £5.80

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Doctor Who, 27 Jan 2013
A perfect TV show. Brilliant throughout - one of those rare occurrences where acting, direction, writing and music meld perfectly together. I have been watching the reboot of Doctor Who since it started in 2005 and after watching this on DVD recently I have to say it drew more emotional and dramatic impact than any Doctor Who I've seen since. However I also just rewatched the Curse of Fenric and this cemented forever for me the superiority of the 7th Doctor's reign over all others. Yes, it might be an age thing but my god, this stuff is incredible. Special mention must go to Keff McCulloch who has created an astonishing score that puts Murray "Bland" Gold completely to shame.
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Red, 30th Anniversary Edition
Red, 30th Anniversary Edition
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Cobain Loved This Too, 18 Jun 2012
Another album I bought on the strength of an old rock music guide that rated it A+. I wish I could find that book again, but it has disappeared into the ether. If this was indeed A+, I thought at the time, then it would need to grab me from the first minute. Well guess what.


The Forgotten (Blake's 7)
The Forgotten (Blake's 7)
by Cavan Scott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.64

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plasma bolts launched and running..., 2 Jun 2012
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This is a joy. It's an episode of Blake's 7 season 1 none of us has seen before, yet belongs completely within that magical first year. While obviously providing a little more depth to the characters, it remains faithful to the show and could easily have been penned by Terry Nation himself. The visualisation of the novel comes easily, with everybody acting and behaving as you would expect. I really can't fault it for entertainment value - the only annoying aspect is having to wait until November to get the next adventure!


Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
Price: £3.32

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, fun nonsense, 26 May 2012
"Crap. Oh Crap. Holy crap. Double crap. Oh my. I flushed. I bit my lip. He cocked his head to one side"

There. Now I've given you 50% of what makes up the text in this work, I'll review the other half. The novel existed in its original form as a piece of fan fiction, published for free on the internet on a website overflowing with Twilight fans "re-imagining" the work based on their own erotic fantasies. The references to the vampire characters have been removed for this reworking, with the main characters now firmly rooted in the real world.

Well, sort of. As this is a work of fiction based on a fantasy, it is of course nothing like the real world and the titular Mr. Grey is about as far from a true representation of a male as could possibly be. There is of course no discernible plot - the book consists of a collection of fairly inane set pieces, each culminating in exhausting, graphic sadomasochistic sex sessions, save for the relatively tame first one. The hot billionaire Christian Grey is a dominating control freak and Anastasia has no problem submitting her feeble, inexperienced "inner goddess" to him. You'll hear about this inner goddess, and her muddled understanding of the conscious & subconscious throughout.

Ms James is not an experienced writer, but to her credit she has bafflingly managed to compile a work that is an addictive page turner. Ultimately this is a worldwide bestseller and therefore a triumph. You will probably enjoy the book, whether you relish turning the pages because you find it out-and-out hilarious or you are genuinely intrigued or turned on by the fantasy. As for the "mommy porn" debate, my view is that one is words that form an image, one is a ready-made image, and both have the same effect. Is there really a difference?


Archos 501840 Gen9 8 inch Tablet (RAM 512MB, Memory 8GB, Android 3.2) - upgradeable to Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich
Archos 501840 Gen9 8 inch Tablet (RAM 512MB, Memory 8GB, Android 3.2) - upgradeable to Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Archos 80 G9 8" Android Tablet, 25 April 2012
First let's get out of the way I am a "new iPad" owner and those who have seen and used this product will be aware nothing else compares in terms of build quality, screen resolution, process speed, design and simplicity of use. You are indeed spoiled if you own one of these and quite simply no other tablet, android or otherwise is in the same league. Having said that, I also own an Android tablet because I enjoy the Android experience, the limitless customisation and some of the more inventive apps geeks churn out for us Android junkies. Some apps are better on Android than Apple versions and so I happily use both devices in day to day business and leisure, which I understand is not uncommon.

On to the Archos device itself - the first thing you must understand (and others have pointed this out) is that for the time being at least (as at April/May 2012) you should run the Honeycomb (3.2) operating system if you want to avoid glitches, freezing, drop-outs etc etc etc. It works absolutely flawlessy on Honeycomb and is a great experience. If you are tempted to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich I would advise you to check online to see if and when stability will be achieved. I upgraded mine and reverted back to Honeycomb after a week because of the problems numerous other reviewers have described here. Once reformatted and reverted to Honeycomb, all of this disappeared as if by magic and revealed a reasonably well-made, compact and enjoyable tablet.

It won't let you down on battery life, the 8" screen is perfect for surfing, reading and watching films, it has some neat features (such as the built-in table stand) and the 3G stick option is a nice idea. Even better is connecting to your TV to output the likes of Netflix via an HDMI cable which costs just £4.99 on Amazon. Apple users will be aware the cost of doing this for the iPad is outrageous. For the price you pay this is a great device and serves its purpose well. It's not 5 star machine by any means but that was never the intention with the "middle market" aimed for here by Archos.

If you want an affordable tablet computer that does the job but lacks only a few bells & whistles, I recommend this one.


Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [Blu-ray] [1977] [Region Free]
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [Blu-ray] [1977] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Mark Hamill

47 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Am I In The Right Place?, 15 Oct 2011
So, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page have re-released 'Led Zeppelin IV' in a new, re-mastered and re-mixed 5.1 version. Over 40 years since the songs were written they've got a contemporary perspective and they've re-recorded the vocals on most of the tracks. Robert's voice sounds completely different of course, but the changes in melody lines are a major improvement. As for the rather odd and naïve original lyrics, the new lyrics for 'Stairway to Heaven' (which incorporate, amongst other things, amusing references to Shrek) are a huge enhancement, bringing the song into the 21st century. 'When The Levee Breaks' now has a fresh synthesised drum accompaniment rather than the overly brash and thumping drums of John Bonham's original. The rather silly 'Rock and Roll' has been cut altogether and replaced with a brand new song which showcases the pair's growing interest in rap & R&B sounds. Elsewhere, 'Battle of Evermore' has a neat tape hiss correction which, although creating a somewhat muddied and duller sound, has been compensated by the exciting addition of clanking swords, horses and cries of "CHARGE!" (also love the cheeky 'fart' sound tagged onto the end guys!)

Finally, Page's newly recorded maniacal rendering of the Stairway solo adds over four minutes to the song's length. The re-sequencing of the tracks (eg placing 'Misty Mountain Hop' at the start) and - at last - an actual title for the work finally delivers the version of `IV' (now 'Mothership to Hell' of course) we'd all been waiting for. As a bonus if you buy the deluxe edition you get a cassette copy of the original album, but that's only if you're nuts enough to want to hear those faintly embarrassing 40 year old recordings in a crap lo-fi format. BTW love the new cover - fans are still guessing but most think the fist raising a middle finger in close-up belongs to film legend George Lucas.
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Pulse (Live)
Pulse (Live)
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars P.H.E.N.O.M.E.N.A.L., 28 May 2010
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This review is from: Pulse (Live) (MP3 Download)
Well. What can I say? I've seen the comments on Amazon (90% positive) and the Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (ridiculous) and I will say this: This is THE definitive Floyd album.

I've heard them all over the last 20 years, from Syd to Roger to Dave. I love Roger and his work but I always come back to this one. It's not only a great career summary - it also contains undeniably definitive performances of most of the great Floyd back catalogue. If you're a fan of Dave Gilmour and his magic guitar you'll love the live versions of the Lapse/Bell tracks, which all rip s**t out of the studio originals (especially Coming Back to Life, which was a favourite Floyd track of mine until I heard this, which elevated it to favourite track of all time) Comfortably Numb is certainly not bettered anywhere else on official record and neither is Shine On in my opinion. I've seen a few reviews saying newcomers should listen to this album first and ignore Echoes (the Best of Pink Floyd) and I will whole-heartedly join them in championing this truth.

One final note - High Hopes was the best closing track of any Floyd album, giving you goose pimples every time - on here it will give your goose pimples goose pimples.


Blonde On Blonde
Blonde On Blonde
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. It is: *****, 12 Mar 2010
This review is from: Blonde On Blonde (Audio CD)
I got my first exposure to Bob in 1989, aged 13 when I rented Blood on the Tracks from the library, because I had read an A+ review in a rock guide book (also from the library.) I liked Tangled Up In Blue but discarded the rest of the album, favouring the sounds of the time. Years later while on holiday in Florida I picked up a tape of Blood on sale for $1.99 in a well known cheap retail outlet centre and have never looked back. Blonde followed weeks later and after many months of indifference, dislike and forced listening, I finally GOT it. It's worth the patience and perseverance believe me - if you're struggling to get it right now, play it again - and again. You'll get there. It's outdated, bluesy and eclectic and won't sound like anything else in your collection. It's not pop or rock or anything else, but give it time and you will join the ranks of the people who insist it's the greatest album ever made. My favourite song changes every week, but at the moment it's Temporary Like Achilles. This will change next week of course. Get it and endure the hardship - the rewards are plentiful!
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