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UFC 102: Couture vs Nogueira [DVD]
UFC 102: Couture vs Nogueira [DVD]
Dvd ~ Randy Couture
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavyweight legends Couture and Minotauro produce a classic!, 8 Aug 2010
Most MMA fans knew Randy Couture Vs Minotauro Nogueira was a dream fight but not many predicted it would produce an octogon classic! Both heavyweight legends displayed blistering moments of action both in the stand up on the ground in an epic war. It was the highlight of a very entertaning card.

Under Card:

Marcus Auerelio Vs Evan Dunham- Lightweight 3/5
Decent BJJ Vs Wrestling fight.

Nick Catone Vs Mark Munoz- Middleweight 3/5
Lots of back and forth action with a close decision

Todd Duffee Vs Tim Hague- Heavyweight 4/5
Fastest KO in UFC history made here!

Ed Herman Vs Aaron Simpson- Middleweight 3/5
Another good fight with a brutal injury.

Justin McCully Vs Mike Russow- Heavyweight 2/5
Pretty poor fight actually that painfully needed a finish.

Gabriel Gonzaga Vs Chris Tuchschere- Heavyweight 4/5
Very good bloody battle. Get ready to wince at the low blow.

Main Card:

Brandon Vera Vs Krysztof Soszynski- Light Heavyweight 3/5
Could've (and should've) been a lot better but still a worthy fight with Vera showing his well roundedness.

Nate Marquart Vs Demian Maia- Middleweight 4/5
Blink and you'll miss it!

Chris Leben Vs Jake Rosholt- Middleweight 4/5
Very good fight with Leben embracing performing in his home town of Portland. Excellent finish too.

Thiago Silva Vs Keith Jardine- Light Heavyweight 4/5
Another smash n' grab KO.

Randy Couture Vs Antonio Minotaro Nogueira- Heavyweight 5/5
One of the greatest fights in UFC history from the heavweight legends. My reccomendation is that you buy this DVD for this epic fight alone.

UFC 100: Making History [DVD]
UFC 100: Making History [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brock Lesnar
Price: £8.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UFC puts on an excellent show for its centenary event, 8 Aug 2010
UFC had big plans for it's 100th major card held at it's spiritual home at Mandalay Bay Center in Las Vegas. The Main Event of choice was the re-match between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir for the undisputed heavyweight championsip. Another championship fight featured with GSP defending the welterweight title against muay thai powerhouse Thiago Alves as well as the grudge match between middleweights Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping.

Under Card:

Matt Grice Vs Shannon Gugerty- Lightweight 3/5
Good fight that was over a lot quicker than I anticipated.

C.B Dollaway Vs Tom Lawlor- Middleweight 4/5
One of the more action packed fights of the card between the brash Dollaway and the ultra funny Lawlor. Good set up for the finish.

Dong Hyun Kim Vs TJ Grant- Welterweight 3/5
Not as good as good as the "Stun Gun's" other fights but still very watchable.

Mac Danzig Vs Jim Miller- Lightweight 3/5
Another solid fight with a good jiu jitsu display by Miller

Jon Jones Vs Jake O'Brien- Light Heavyweight 4/5
Very good fight with the exciting young prospect Jones displaying another thrilling performance

Mark Coleman Vs Stepahn Bonnar- Light Heavyweight 4/5
Good all round fight between the legendary ground 'n' pounder and the TUF fan favourite.


Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs Alan Belcher- Middleweight 4/5
Best fight on the card ruined by a controversial judges decision

Michael Bisping Vs Dan Henderson- Middleweight 4/5
The grudge match between the TUF 9 coaches finally came to a head and produced one of the most brutal KO's in recent UFC history.

Paulo Thiago Vs Jon Fitch- Welterweight 3/5
Not a bad fight despite the usual Fitch "grind and pray" display.

Georges St.Pierre Vs Thiago Alves- Welterweight Title Fight 3/5
GSP at his wrestling best. Good fight overall but fades out late on.

Brock Lesnar Vs Frank Mir- Heavyweight Title Fight 4/5
A lot of trash talking went into this one. Mir was looking to establish himself as UFC's premier heavyweight and Brock was looking to avenge his sole loss. Good finish to the fight with some crazy moments in the aftermath. Look out the Bruce Buffer 360 during the announcement!

Fantastic Four: World's Greatest
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest
by Mark Millar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.53

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Millar and Hitch re-unite for Marvel's first family!, 12 April 2009
It's been one of the most hotly anticipated FF runs to come around in years. Writer Mark Millar and red-hot penciller Bryan Hitch, the two men who made their names on the acclaimed Ultimates run together again on one of Marvel's A-list books. No doubt Marvel made a big deal of this to the point of even posting a trailer on their website and giving the book a modern make over. Clearly they were going all out on this so was the hype justified? Yes.....and no.
Millar has developed the reputation of being a fearless writer. Much like his fellow Scot Grant Morisson at DC, he's the guy Marvel goes to if they want a majour status quo shake up (Civil War for example). But Millar has decided not to take an aggresive approach this time round. Instead he's decided to go for a slightly darker approach. The first story contains a visit from an old flame of Reed Richards jokingly called "Ms.Fantastic". She tells Reed that the world may be coming to an end in just 10 years time so a gathering of billionaires has put her charge of building a "New Earth" designed be a utopia. However like all utopias things don't turn out that well and the planets security system CAP goes "2001 Space Odessey" and starts a rampage leading to massive team-up between the FF and the Avengers. "Great to see us all fighting together for a change" as The Thing puts it. In the end it's just your typical FF story as suprise, suprise Reed builds a wacky device and the world is saved. Decent story with some good action but nothing too spectacular. Also some FF purists will not like how Sue is compared to Reed's old flame "Ms.Fantastic." The second story shows an improvement though. This time Dr.Doom drops by warning the team that a group from the future are out to get them to save the future. We also see and old but slightly familiar older women hired to be the babysitter for Franklin and Valeria. She discovers something shocking about little Val. Now this I liked because I've always found Val to be a slightly useless character so I'm glad that finally someone has decided to do something about her. The climax is a shocker. I won't give too much away other than to say it might go down as one Doom's finest hours.
Millar's story-telling is fast paced as ever and I'm glad to say he's kept some of that witty dialogue in there for The Torch and The Thing. Some fans don't like him for it but I was actually willing to see him do something really drastic and shocking that would rock everyone's socks off that we'd be talking about for years to come but that doesn't seem likely. Maybe he has too much respect for the FF to do that. Hitch's art is excellent and well thought out as ever but there are some small things that bug me about it. I'm not a fan of Reeds new shaved head and the Thing looks messy at times. The women are beautiful looking as ever though and much like in Ultimates, the detail shown in the action scenes are stunning.
If you are a devoted fan of the two Brits then you may enjoy it. It's hard to judge however how well it will go down with hardcore FF fans. I doubt very much they will see this a classic run and Millar/Hitch have a long way to go to compete with Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo as the best modern FF run.

Batman: Dark Knight Returns
Batman: Dark Knight Returns
by Frank Miller
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most revolutionary and compelling comic book series ever, 26 April 2006
Prior to Frank Miller's work on the character, Batman was generally seen as as a campy comic book character that belonged in the "swinging 60's". That all changed however when Miller teamed up with artist Klaus Jenson to create "The Dark Knight Returns". Miller's dark edge story telling and movie like narration combined with Jenson's moody and sometimes gritty looking art was the perfect combination to provide the re-birth of a character that had be flawed for far too long and now has trancended into the phenomonom that we see in recent comic book series, TV shows and movies. Look at all the great Batman comic stories that we see today from Jeph Loeb, Alan Moore, Brain Azzarello, Grant Morrisson etc. they all mirror Miller's work and style.

Based on a near future Gotham were the streets are crime ridden and being controlled by a gang calling themselves "The Mutants" (no they're not the X-Men). A pushing-60 Bruce Wayne who had retired from figiting crime as The Dark Knight for over 10 years decides to dawn the cape and cowl one last time and save Gotham from the vast crime that had nearly crippled it. He makes a triumphant return by taking down his old nemesis Two Face but the media and many members of the political circuit are sceptical of his return and many believe he's up to something bigger. Batman finally takes down "The Mutants" with some help with a new Robin by his side but this leads to some bigger issues like one last showdown with his arch-enemy The Joker and even a face off with....Superman!

Overall it's an excellent comic with perhaps only some minor flaws like Superman and Batman's interactions, why does Superman always have to seem like the dumb one of the duo? He is the last surviving member of possibly the smartest race that ever lived you know? Apart from that, this is THE Batman story to own weather you're a long time Bat fan or someone just discovering Batman, this along with Miller's other Batman masterpiece Year One are the perfect places to start.

The Massacre: Special Edition
The Massacre: Special Edition
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £5.25

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Room for improvement, 29 July 2005
Although I feel this album was enjoyable, I can't help but feel a little let down. The reason is (like most of 50's supporters) that it isn't even half as good as "Get rich or die tryin'". Yes it does have some thrilling club songs like "Disco Inferno", "Candy Shop" and "Just a lil' Bit", but the rest of the album doesn't really feel like he's making a good effort. In fact the only track that he really shows any determination or passion is the super-dis song "Piggy Bank", this is probably strongest song on the album but at the same time it's just 50 being 50, boasting about being about being a super-hard gangster. When 50 releases his third album I would like to see him be more creative, we know he can be. I would like him to put more heart into his work like Eminem showed in "The Eminem Show" and less boasting about his ritches.

Drowned Wednesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 3)
Drowned Wednesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 3)
by Garth Nix
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nix is the man!, 25 July 2005
I haven't actually finished this book yet (work has been a pain in the you-know-what and the new Harry Potter book has sidetracked me) but despite that I've really enjoyed it. I bought Mister Monday and Grim Tueday last year and they both gripped me, so I pre-ordered Drowned Wednesday in anticipation and it hasn't dissapointed. But I guess the best thing about this saga is that there's another FOUR to come! The writer Garth Nix is really on a roll, he's been praised for the stunning 'Old Kingdom' series and so far 'Keys to the Kingdom' looks like he's getting that same praise again, good on you big chap! One thing is for sure, he's no longer the 'next best thing'.... he's THE 'big thing.'

WWE - Backlash 2005 [DVD]
WWE - Backlash 2005 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Triple H
Offered by A2ZSupplies
Price: £11.95

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Triple H Vs Batista-The Rematch., 10 July 2005
This review is from: WWE - Backlash 2005 [DVD] (DVD)
Backlash was a fairly decent pay-per-view, but as always with WWE in their post-Wrestlemania period, it was clear that their creative team was worn-out of fresh ideas. The show featured Batista and Triple H in their World Heavyweight Championship rematch from Wrestlemania. It also features The Dream Team of Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan teaming up to face the America-despising Muhammed Hassan and Daivari, and also Christian doing a rap dissing WWE Champion John Cena.
Here are my reviews:
Intercontinental Championship
Shelton Benjamin Vs Chris Jericho 5/5
Despite the fact that we've seen these two go at it before, this was still a cracking match. WWE need to push Benjamin.
World Tag Team Championship
Tajiri & William Regal Vs The Heartthrobs Vs Rosey & The Hurricaine Vs La Resistance Vs Simon Dean & Maven 3/5
A blatant cardfiller but it was a decent-quality match. By the way, The Heartthrobs have the worst gimmick that has ever been put on a tag team.
Viscera (W/Trish Stratus) Vs Kane (W/Lita) 3/5
A rubbish match of coarse but it's the comedy from the storyline that you've got to find the entertainment from. Trish hired Viscera to protect her from Kane, in return she'll give him some S-E-X. The 500 lb Viscera then started to think that he was a super-stud and declared himself the "World's biggest love machine." It was the funniest thing WWE has come up with in years!
Edge Vs Chris Benoit 4/5
Edge dislocated Benoit's sholder during the 'money in the bank' ladder match at Wrestlemania, Benoit was out for revenge. A good hard-hitting match.
Hulk Hogan & Shawn Michaels Vs Muhammed Hassan & Daivari 3/5
A decent match but I really could've done without all the pro-American non-sense and Hogan's 15-miniutes of glory-hogging.
World Heavyweight Championship
Batista Vs Triple H (W/Ric Flair) 4/5
Not too different from their over-stretched match from Wrestlemania but it did seem to move alot faster.
Not the most memorable pay-per-view, it might be worth buying if you're assembling a collection, otherwise save your money and buy Wrestlemania 21 or patiently wait for the release of Vengeance.

WWE - Wrestlemania 21 [DVD]
WWE - Wrestlemania 21 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Batista

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrestlemania goes Hollywood!, 7 Jun 2005
This review is from: WWE - Wrestlemania 21 [DVD] (DVD)
WWE produced one of the best pay-per-views ever. Wrestlemania 21 was full of great wrestling action and high drama and had a great "Hollywood" theme were many superstars performed parodies of many famous films. We also seen a host of legends inducted into the Hall of Fame two of which were "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan and a hilarious piper's pit segment were 'The Rowdy One' interviewed 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and was interrupted by Carlito Cool, unsurprisingly Austin opened a can of whoop ass!
Here are my reviews:
Eddie Guerrero Vs Rey Mysterio 4/5
Perhaps not the world-class bout some predicted but still very enjoyable and got the show off to a good start.
Chris Benoit Vs Chris Jericho Vs Shelton Benjamin Vs Kane Vs Christian Vs Edge 5/5
A thrilling match that was full of exciting spots and IC champion Shelton Benjamin showing why he's WWE's most exciting prospect. There was a neat stipulation to this, the winner would earn the right to a World title match at anytime up until Wrestlemania 22!
The Undertaker Vs Randy Orton 5/5
Orton was looking to add The Undertaker to his list of beaten legends, while 'Taker was aiming for 13-0 at 'Mania. It was a superb hard-hitting match, probably 'The Deadmans' best 'Mania match since he battled Triple H at WM 17.
Womens Championship
Trish Stratus Vs Christy Hemme (W/Lita) 3/5
I didn't expect much from this match but I was plesantly surprised. Hemme proved that she may be more than just a pretty face and Stratus proved why she's the top female performer in the business.
Shawn Michaels Vs Kurt Angle 5/5
'The Showstopper' finally clashed heads with 'The Olympic Hero' it what may be every WWE die-hards dream match. To put it simply, it was AWESOME! Match of the year? No, MATCH OF THE DECADE!
The Big Show Vs Ake Bono 0/5
Why did they have to go and ruin with this? I mean who wants to see two 500 lb fat guys wearing nothing but togas pushing eachother around?
WWE Championship
John Bradshaw Layfield Vs John Cena 2/5
Was prevented by the sumo match as being the worst of the night. Predictably poor but it did have a feel-good eneding.
World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H (W/Ric Flair) Vs Batista 3/5
This match lasted too long for me, but credit has to go to Triple H for doing a good job against a large weak performer. This also had a feel-good eneding.
The DVD extras will no doubt feature all the movie parodies. It also is suppose to have a 30-Man battle royal that was shown for the audience only.
Really you have to ignore the fact the two main events lacked quality and just be grateful that Michaels Vs Angle, Orton Vs 'Taker and the Ladder match were stunners. It really is a worthwhile buy.

Quentin Tarantino Presents: Hero [DVD] [2004]
Quentin Tarantino Presents: Hero [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jet Li
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was Oyissouth watching the same film as us?, 19 Mar 2005
Great film and all that but I'm just hear to hit-back at that idiot reviewer Oyissouth. This guy is trying to say that the visual FX on this film were incosistant? overrated? And compared them to a cheap pilot of an American sitcom? On top of that, he says the fight scenes fails to measure up to the hype! I'm convinced this guy wasn't even watching the film as us, he probably mis-took it for another Jet Li film like Exit Wounds or The One. He's probably also one of these types who think the Harry Potter films are better than The Lord of the Rings films. And by the way we all know Tarantino didn't direct this film he produced it!

WWE - The Rise And Fall Of ECW [DVD]
WWE - The Rise And Fall Of ECW [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wwe
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £29.98

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most innovative wrestling promotion of all time., 12 Mar 2005
ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) innovated wrestling in the 1990's and the impact it made can still be seen today. I first became a fan of ECW in '98 at a time were wrestling as a whole was changing. At the time ECW was entering it's most succesful peiod in it's history, I got hooked after seeing a pay-per-view called Heatwave '98 and it blew me away. From there, I remained a fan till its dying day in February 2001.
This two disc DVD explores it's roots from the time Paul Heyman took over as it's head promoter and when it was called Eastern Championship Wrestling and when it was still part of the NWA. It talks about that controvertial moment were Shane Douglas took the NWA World title, threw it to the ground and declared himself the ECW World Heavyweight Champion. From there, Extreme Championship Wrestling was born. It also documents all of ECWs big stars and famous feuds and talks heavily about Paul Heyman's sheer hatred for Eric Bishoff and WCW (probably why him and Vince McMahon get along so well). It also focus' heavily on Steve Austin and Mick Foley's stints in ECW. (Can U believe Austin once had long blond hair?!) It also talks about Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Misterio, Chris Jericho and Dean Malenko's times there as well and how those 5 were tapped by WCW. (So Paul Heyman claims, strange how he doesn't say WWE tapped Taz, The Dudleys, Austin and Foley). Also it documents on all the controvertial moments in the promotions history like the comissioner Tod Gordon helping WCW getting a hold their talent, their first pay-per-view getting cancelled because a 19 year old who lied about his age got injured in a show, the time when 2 female performers kissed eachother and their TV show got thrown off the air, Raven crucifying the Sandman while Kurt Angle was in the audience (Angle had just won his Olympic Gold medal and is a stonce Christian). And probably the most controvertial moment of all, Mike Awesome signing with WCW in 2000 while he was their champion!
Disc 2 has 7 of the company's most famous matches. The one I would reccomend you watch is Rob Van Dam's match with Jerry Lynn at Hardcore Heaven '99 which to this day I believe to be greatest match ever! Another one is Tommy Dreamer Vs Raven were Jerry 'The King' Lawler appears at the ending. I'll let you discover the other 5.
Really, there's so much to see here and I would advise you to buy this immediately. All the evidence is hear to see that ECW changed wrestling. Face it, would you have seen Steve Austin down a couple beers at the end of his matches in WWE if it wasn't for ECW? If it wasn't for ECW would you have match types like TLC, First Blood, Falls Count Anywhere, Street Fight and Hell in a Cell? If it wasn't for ECW would you have WWE Divas like Torrie Wilson and Stacey Keibler rolling in the ring with each other in their underwear? OF COARSE YOU WOULDN'T! ECW changed wrestling for the good of business. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you WWE for realeasing this wonderful DVD. It's done so well in the states, WWE has decided to book a one off ECW pay-per-view in May!

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