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PajamaMania Women's Flannel Pyjamas-Rose-X-Lrg
PajamaMania Women's Flannel Pyjamas-Rose-X-Lrg
Offered by Sleepytime Pyjamas

5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful cossetting pyjamas, 26 Jan 2014
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Good quality - well made with nice vibrant design. They are warm and very soft. My wife likes these very much.

Ted Baker Men's Carota Dark Brown Slipper 9-11955 7 UK
Ted Baker Men's Carota Dark Brown Slipper 9-11955 7 UK
Offered by TheMenswearSite
Price: £60.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Smart, but beware of sizing and the price, 8 Jan 2013
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I bought these in the dark red check. They look smart, but there are a couple of points worth mentioning. Size wise, they are very snug (I wear size 11 shoes and so ordered the same in these). Quality wise, I am not yet convinced; for the money I would have expected something that felt a little more substantial. My last pair of slippers (M&S Thinsulate moccasins) lasted 12 months and were extremely comfortable. I am not convinced these will last so long, but will update this review once I have worn them for a few weeks. For the moment, the slippers rate as "OK" at best. Update 27/2 - having warn the slippers for a while now, they have stretched slightly and are pretty comfortable now. At the price I am not sure I would recommend them, but this apart I am pretty pleased with them. Update 11/3/14 - I forgot to add a final note onto this; the slippers lasted until December. Overall I liked them, but still feel the price was too high.

Tenebrae [Blu-ray] [1982]
Tenebrae [Blu-ray] [1982]
Dvd ~ Anthony Franciosa

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eureka, ignore sub titles and buy the Wild Side release, 28 May 2012
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I have commented on this release before but having just watched the Wild Side (Universal) label release (bought from Amazaon France), I thought I should speak once more. The downside of the French release is that subtitles are automatically displayed (unless watching in French!) and you cannot deselect them on a standard blu ray player (but they are not burned on). I didnt find them distracting but you should be aware. Watching this edition of Tenebrae has made me appreciate how dire the Arrow release is. The picture displays a good balance of colours as I would have expected them to be (with prominence towards browns, whites, reds). The picture is also sharp and displays good depth. Sound is good, but still does not display exceptional fidelity. Comparing this back against the Arrow edition, there is no fizzing of the images as on the Arrow edition (I dont know but I am beginning to wonder of there was a lot of processing applied to the master of the Arrow edition which just did not work?) possibily as a result of edge enhancement or perhaps an attempt to digitally sharpen the image (I'm no technician) - you can even see Peter Neal's face clearly in the opening sequences. The balance of colour is off too, green's/foliage should not have appeared with the same searing strength of colour as, say, the reds. Every now and again there is a suggestion of detail in the image (look at reflections in glass), but this is inconsistent as the Wild Side release demonstrates with textures in backgrounds (the texture of masonry/plaster). I really cannot overstate how good the Wild Side release is - the difference is like looking out of the window through a net curtain (Arrow) and then lifting it aside. Blu Ray is here to showcase the best quality of film exhibition available in the mass market. To provide something which falls short of the standard I know is possible with this Argento classic is, quite frankly, insulting. For fear of treading over old ground, Arrow must have been aware that the HD copy made available to them was sub standard. If that was the case they should have refused to proceed with the release until the issue was resolved. Watch the Wild Side edition and appreciate what a mis step the Arrow release has been.
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X-OOM Movies on iPad, iPod & iPhone 4
X-OOM Movies on iPad, iPod & iPhone 4

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor product - definately avoid, 21 Feb 2011
I bought this primarily for the You Tube to iTunes/iPod option. As with the previous reviewer, I found that this did not work. The actual software had to be loaded onto my laptop three times before it would even work and the help tab would not open at all. I shall be looking to Roxio Creator 2011 for the solution. This is the second time I have bought X-OOM software which has not performed at all as expected.

Cry of the Owl [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Cry of the Owl [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Christophe Malavoy

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3.0 out of 5 stars A masterful thriller, 14 Mar 2004
The story features a man (Robert) in the throes of a separation (developing to divorce) from his wife who starts watching a young girl (Juliet) at night. Juliet is engaged to her boyfriend Patrick and they are soon to marry. One day Robert approaches Juliet in her back garden and tells her what he has been doing and, surprisingly enough, she doesn't mind. This is the only weak point in the story - I would have expected her to react rather differently, but hey, you never quite know how people are going to behave I suppose. The reasoning here, perhaps, is that Robert's prowling has no sexual overtones. This is made clear once he has started speaking with Juliet - his problem is essentially that he feels lonely and somewhat ostracised from "normal" life. From hereon Juliet takes a fancy to Robert and ditches Patrick; Patrick tries to get Robert out of the picture and soon there is police involvement and murder on the cards.
The things that really struck me about the film are the way it was made and the way that it all works. The approach is very minimalist, although some of the visuals are quite haunting. Chabrol keeps everything very measured (visually and script/performance wise), you could be unkind and interpret this as slow, but think "real world" and you may be part of the way there - let's face it, life is not full of jump cuts and explosions! He allows each scene to develop on the strength of its characters with subtle camera movements and focusing.
There are one or two set pieces in the film which really work, but like the rest of the film these are comparatively low key. The whole set of scenes around the attempted shooting of Robert in his own home are beautifully handled. The actual shooting comes about whilst Robert is sitting in his lounge and it is in very essence very matter of fact. The incident comes about without warning and is shot in a completley "real life " manner - the actual incident is over in a matter of moments. There is no attempt to hype up the sequence and it is all so naturally staged. The camera as your eyes follows the events simply as if you were standing in the room (i.e. the camera captures the complete event but is so unobtrusive in its manner).
The film was actually made towards the end of the 1980's, but on watching it I had to look at the box to confirm this. It could so easily have been made in either of the previous decades. The film is masterful and assured in every way. It is certainly not uplifting - the characters that populate it are, ultimately all quite lonely and none of them have quite found their niche in life. Robert is an accomplished graphic designer and artist, but it think he merely gains comfort from these abilities rather than revelling in and cashing in on them. There is also a certain playfulness in the proceedings, largely due to the character of Robert's ex-wife, which develops quite nicely with the narrative. The ending itself is a fitting conclusion which is doubly satisfying in that it successfully brings proceedings to a clear end, but does also manage to leave the way open to other possibilities for the future.
Cry Of The Owl will leave you neither depressed or elated, but it left me feeling suitably content and looking forward to the next time that I come across a film directed by Claude Chabrol.

Zombie Flesh Eaters [1980] [DVD]
Zombie Flesh Eaters [1980] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tisa Farrow
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Price: £9.22

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Shuffling Dead Paint Our Screens, 4 Mar 2004
Zombie Flesh Eaters (ZFE) was the first of Lucio Fulci's assault on the walking dead splatter genre. It gained notoriety from its visions of extreme gore (most notably the shard of wood through the eyeball sequence), but is actually the weakest of Fulci's dead trilogy (the others being City of the Living Dead and The Beyond - the subsequent House by the Cemetary is something slightly different again).
The film was made to cash in on the success of the Romero film Dawn of the Dead, although apart from the flesh eating Zombies it is a considerably different film. Whilst Dawn of the Dead takes place in the heart of a civilisation already at the mercy of the undead, ZFE starts off with a much more isolationist approach but concludes with sequences which could be seen to actually set up Romero's tale. And, unlike Romero, Fulci is interested in his tale only and not on any commentary on society.
For many, ZFE became known due to its run-ins with the UK censors (although the full uncut edition of Dawn of the Dead has some fairly graphic moments, these are never as convincing or quite as well staged as those in ZFE). Fulci certainly never lets himself be drawn away from the main theme and it is only for brief moments that the film drags. One sequence which always irritates me for "getting in the way" of the narrative is an underwater fight between a zombie and a shark. It is an original scene in conception and raises an interesting point (i.e. the movement of zombies underwater - they don't need manmade craft afterall - given that they have no need of air this is a not unreasonable idea), but I just find the sequence to be too drawn out to be of any great use - I just want to get to the mayhem on Matoole!
Views on the acting vary (I don't have a problem with it), but look beyond this and you will see good fx, good cinematography (the frame is always filled with good visuals, and can even be quite creative - just check out the sequences preceding the famous eyeball scene)and the soundtrack itself features a good score (suitably unnerving electronica, along with trade make Fulci jungle sounds - I could pick out a few good examples, but certainly one of the most effective is the sequence where Ian McCullogh and his team come accross scenes of dissembowlment and zombie feasting at the Doctor's home, the full horror of the close ups is accompanied by a wild funky tune that captures the charged and ridiculous nature of the situation).
One other reviewer mentioned that Zombie Holocaust fans would like ZFE; I saw the films the other way around and thought Zombie Holocaust was a very cheap and lame effort. However, it is worth noting that Zombie Holocaust came about as the producers were so pleased with Fulci's ZFE - Fulci did not direct Holocaust, but that didn't stop the use of some of the same locations, cast and fx crew; but if the truth were known I don't think anyone's heart was in this effort.
Anyway, back to ZFE - it is a film out of one of my favourity sub-genres, I find the idea of the undead rather frightening - whether they be slow and menacing, or running around (as I gather they do in the Dawn of the Dead remake) - and a film I would most definately recommend to gorehounds. This film does stand out with gore aplenty but also with a quality of interest not found in many other exploitation/splatter films. Just try to make sure you see it in as close to its original form as possible (and as a letterboxed edition, not pan and scanned). And then get ready to sit down and watch the other Fulci films mentioned ...
Three stars is perhaps a little generous to this movie, but if nothing else I know how many times I have watched and enjoyed it over the years, so that must mean its pretty good!
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