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Vax C89-P7N-T Power 7 Total Home Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Vax C89-P7N-T Power 7 Total Home Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing customer service, 7 Dec 2013
As for most customers, the first impression of this vaccuum cleaner was good. Powerful performance, cleaning as expected.

Five months later the motor wouldn't start. Yes, that's right. My old vaccuum cleaner lasted twenty years, this one 5 months!
The customer service was outrageously unhelpful. First they sent us back to the supplier, asking for useless numbers they didn't need in the end. Then they asked for a fee to send a replacement. Excuse me? This is my warranty I paid for when buying the device. Either you make a long-lasting product or don't give a two year warranty.

Needful Things [DVD] [1993]
Needful Things [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Ed Harris
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £3.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In2films - not really, 19 Jan 2013
This review is from: Needful Things [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
This is not a review about the film, there are enough other customer reviews.
I just wanted to add that the In2films DVD release should be avoided. It is not mentioned in the product description that the aspect ratio is 1:1.33 instead of 1:1.78. I don't know when the last 4:3 TV set was sold in the UK. But in 2012 labels still release DVDs in the wrong aspect ratio to "fit" on a TV set from 1970. Fitting in this case means: cutting off picture parts which have been carefully included by the DOP. Would people working for a DVD label also accept a reprint of Mona Lisa squeezed into a random frame by removing parts of the picture? I hope, in the future the answer is no.
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Cinderella 2000 [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Cinderella 2000 [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Catharine Burgess
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £23.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Retro doesn't mean cropping, 3 Jun 2012
The film is somewhat infantile, though as a softporn sex comedy definitely not intended to be seen by children. If you don't mind cheap settings and love films for their extra bit of whackiness, you probably can enjoy this one.
But what on earth made Retroseduction Cinema release a widescreen film on DVD from a TV master in 4:3? The visual effect is horrible. Most of the time at least one actor is not visible. Sometimes you see an empty frame, because one actor is on the left and the other on the right border of the picture. Shame on you for such an unprofessional DVD release.

The Last Man On Earth [DVD] [1964]
The Last Man On Earth [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
Price: £3.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The last DVD on earth, 9 Sep 2011
The film is of course five star rating. Vincent Price, apocalypse, zombies, italian film - what else do you want? But the DVD from Elstree Hill is horrible (as always, I am inclined to say). Wrong aspect ratio, muffled sound, no extras. Go and buy the MGM Midnite Movies double feature. You get the film in a better version, the wonderful PANIC IN YEAR ZERO with Ray Milland as a cherry on top and don't have to pay more than for this mediocre Elstree DVD.

Streets Of Fire [DVD]
Streets Of Fire [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Paré

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Go for another release, 11 Jun 2011
This review is from: Streets Of Fire [DVD] (DVD)
The movie in itself has been praised here by others already, so I don't have to go into details. I really like the flow of the film, the unreal setting with it's mixture of fifties and eighties youth culture and the DOPs ability to paint with light. But this DVD release is not recommended. How can you choose the 4:3 TV master for a DVD release, cropping a substantial amount of the picture? And these people, who don't know anything about artistic values, complain about copyright infringements as an act of disrepect toward the artist? Really?
Go and buy the American release from Universal, it has the right aspect ratio to fully enjoy the camera work. Make it a good day for Walter Hill.

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