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Purrs Mouse attachment- Fits PurrSuit, Frenzy & DaBird wand Cat Toys
Purrs Mouse attachment- Fits PurrSuit, Frenzy & DaBird wand Cat Toys
Offered by Purrs In Our Hearts
Price: £3.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, avoid, 14 April 2016
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Not the same mouse which came with the original wand and got chewed in half by my cat in no time.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 30, 2016 11:10 PM BST

Mr. Ducktail - Grease - 40Ml / 1.4Oz
Mr. Ducktail - Grease - 40Ml / 1.4Oz
Offered by Jazz Pelu
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Great hold, not liking the sickly scent, 24 Jan. 2016
It's a great pomade if you are into the rockabilly look. For those who have complained that it has no hold, you should only use very little of it. Use too much and the hair gets too greasy. However I've stopped using it because I don't like the sickly sweet "cherry cola" smell which gives off a strong enough whiff for people to have commented on it. This would be far a better product if it wasn't scented and I now import an identical non-scented product from France instead.

Manborg - Retter der Zukunft(Blu-ray) (FSK 18)
Manborg - Retter der Zukunft(Blu-ray) (FSK 18)
Dvd ~ Matthew Kennedy
Offered by zoreno-uk
Price: £7.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't get this heavily censored German Blu-ray, 16 Nov. 2014
The film itself is a hilarious pastiche of 80s straight-to-VHS low grade action and sci-fi flicks. Unfortunately this German version is heavily cut and censored, missing nearly 10 minutes of the original running time. The censor there seems to have missed to joke of the completely unrealistic and cheap looking gore effects and then didn't just leave it at that, but also cut several non-violent scenes to completely ruin the film for the sheer hell of it.

Halloween Steelbook Edition: 35th Anniversary [Blu-ray]
Halloween Steelbook Edition: 35th Anniversary [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jamie Lee Curtis

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 35th Anniversary Blu-ray a disappointment, 28 Nov. 2013
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I love Halloween and must have seen it around twenty times since it's release. One of the reasons for the film's artistic success was DOP's Dean Cundey's elegant widescreen cinematography. Therefore I'm a little puzzled by some of the choices made for this Blu-ray re-release. The colours look far more muted, especially in the daylight scene which transform the warm colours of US suburbia into an almost monochrome, dull grey which doesn't resemble the film I love and remember. At some points it doesn't even look like a film shot in the late 70's because its monochromatic colour scheme looks like it could only be archived by a digital grade. While nowhere near as bad, this reminds me a little of the first French Connection Blu-ray which also had its looked digitally tampered with to look more monochrome. The night scenes fare better, but here too the colours have been dialled down. This Blu-ray release looks a little more sharp than the previous one, but the previous release looked perfectly fine for a low budget film of its era. I am aware that Cundey was involved and the idea was to make a film shot in spring look more like autumn, but to me an American autumn is yellow and red leaves, not a steely grey. The documentary with Jamie Lee Curtis is Fine, but a little long and otherwise there is a brief extra about cast and locations and the scenes from the TV version which should be familiar to any true Halloween fan. I'll stick with the previous release.
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The Brides Of Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1960]
The Brides Of Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1960]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Price: £20.00

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cropping of original ratio ruins Blu-ray release, 29 Sept. 2013
Brides of Dracula is among my favourite Hammer films and it also is one of their most beautiful looking, with Terence Fisher at the height of his powers, crafting stylish films on a small budget. Brides of Dracula has a unique fairy tale look with castles bathed in candy colour lighting and I'm certain that this film was the main inspiration of Polanski's stylish Hammer parody Dance of the Vampires/The Fearless Vampire Killers.

I have the R1 Universal DVD as part of the The Hammer Horror Series box set, which boasts a fantastic transfer. Therefore I was looking forward to upgrading this to a Blu-ray, hoping it would yield great results in HD. Unfortunately the PQ of the Blu-ray is a disappointment on almost every front. Sure, it features a little more detail but for some inexplicable reason Final Cut Entertainment decided to reformat the original 1.66:1 ratio to something like 2.10:1 by cutting off a considerable amount of the image at the bottom. This unbalances many of the careful compositions, even cutting off characters chins in closeups. Why they thought that would be a great idea is beyond me because it doesn't make any sense. Adding to that, the print used is considerably more grainy than the one used for the R1 DVD and the colours are far warmer, frequently giving characters a tanned face colour when they looked suitably pale in the DVD.

What a shame as this was one of my most anticipated releases this year.
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Horror!: 333 Films to Scare you to Death
Horror!: 333 Films to Scare you to Death
by James Marriott
Edition: Paperback

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-issue of decent reference guide to horror cinema, 7 Sept. 2010
This is a fine if rather general reference guide to horror cinema, though it should be pointed out that this is an updated paperback version of Horror: The Definitive Guide to the Cinema of Fear by the same authors. Rather confusingly the books look completely different, but most of the content of the two versions is the same. This paperback re-issue has been brought up to date to make up the "333 films" of the new title. This version is also more compact and lacks colour illustrations.

Apple iPod Classic 160GB - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
Apple iPod Classic 160GB - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars EU iPod volume limit makes this useless, 24 Dec. 2008
Recently I replaced my 20GB 3rd generation Pod with this model. Unfortunately it's useless to me. A once great MP3 player has been ruined by the EU volume limit which isn't compulsory in most countries, but which Apple has chosen to adopt. As someone who listens to classical music and to podcasts I can now only listen to my iPod in a completely quiet environment. On trains, planes, the underground or walking down a noisy street, anything that isn't techno or trash metal is now close to inaudible, even at top volume. The sound is so quiet that not even noise cancelling headphones help.

Considering MP3 players were made to listen to on the move, this somewhat defeats the purpose. I used to be a big fan of the iPod, but this one was the last one I bought. Other manufacturers of MP3 players have chosen not to apply this particular EU idiocy.
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