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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Seasons 1-4 [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Seasons 1-4 [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Various
Price: £34.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely done, 17 Mar. 2013
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Although I grew up with the original Star Wars trilogy I never really thought much of the prequels when I saw them years later, although as my own kids have reached the age where they watch those films I do appreciate them a little more.
Recently I borrowed the Clone Wars animated film for my children to try it out and they loved it so I had to buy this four pack of the series.
The animation is stylized rather than realistic but is really very nicely done and often looks truly cinematic in HD, especially in the space battle scenes. I was also impressed by the story lines which involve a great variety of different viewpoints rather than always following the same couple of heroes. As I have a daughter who watches these together with her brother I was also very pleased to see the way that the series included very strong female characters throughout, much more so than in the original films.
All-in-all I found the Clone Wars series to be very well made and very entertaining for my kids.


Helix Book Safe (Concealed Security Box) W17020
Helix Book Safe (Concealed Security Box) W17020
Offered by Teckstar
Price: £8.49

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing looking dictionary. Nicely done., 19 Feb. 2013
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This is a convincing looking dictionary. Despite the fact that the edges are actually plastic coated metal they do look like the edges of paper pages so on a shelf it looks real. The box is large enough to hold passports and other small valuables. Obviously it can be detected by anyone making the effort to check every book on your shelves so it's only a way of preventing a burglar in a hurry from finding a few valuables. Also the metal box construction and lock won't stop a thief walking off with it to break open at their leisure but this added security could be useful to keep items safe from children for example so it's not completely wasted. All-in-all it's a simple product but it's nicely made and in my opinion an excellent way of protecting a few valuables.


WD40 Safe Can
WD40 Safe Can

5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing looking safe can, 19 Feb. 2013
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This is a convincing looking WD-40 tin. The plastic access plug is hidden underneath so on a shelf it looks convincingly real. Obviously it can be detected by anyone making the effort to check every tin in the cupboard but as a simple hiding place to store some small valuables it's a great solution.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A great place to stash some small valuables, 19 Feb. 2013
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This is a convincing looking baked bean tin, complete with metal ring pull lid. The plastic plug is hidden underneath so on a shelf it looks convincingly real. Obviously it can be detected by anyone making the effort to check every tin in the cupboard but as a simple hiding place to store some valuables it's a great solution.


To Lose a Battle: France, 1940
To Lose a Battle: France, 1940
by Alistair Horne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book, 28 Jan. 2013
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This is a superb account of the Battle of France. I was particularly struck by the long account of the lead-up to the Battle of France itself. Making up something like a third to half of the book you might expect this material to be less interesting than the part dealing with the fighting itself but in fact Horne's account of the pre-war period makes truly fascinating reading.


Veho VMS-004, 20-400x Magnification USB Digital Microscope Camera with 2 Mega Pixel Cmos lens (interpolated) and alloy flexi-stand and measurement software
Veho VMS-004, 20-400x Magnification USB Digital Microscope Camera with 2 Mega Pixel Cmos lens (interpolated) and alloy flexi-stand and measurement software
Price: £39.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money. Easy to use for kids., 28 Jan. 2013
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For the price I reckon this is an excellent piece of kit. It's important to note that it only offers two levels of magnification, 20X and 400X, but the images at both levels are pretty sharp and the adjustable LED lighting works well.
Reading in advance about the issue of focusing at the 400X level I thought it might be challenging to use but in fact it's very simple. My 6 and 8 year old kids got the hang of switching between the two magnifications and focusing after just a couple of tries.
Once the viewing software is installed it's really just a plug-and-play device that can be brought out whenever you want to use it.


Black Swan [Blu-ray]
Black Swan [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Natalie Portman
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £5.82

12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unrelentingly grim, 9 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Black Swan [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I was looking forward to seeing this film, but found it pretty disappointing in the end. The acting is good and the psychotic breakdown of the lead is powerfully portrayed, but unfortunately it's almost impossible to feel any sympathy with the lead character. As for the handful of secondary characters, they are either cold or downright unpleasant.
Most of the shots are uncomfortably in your face, the settings unrelentingly gloomy and grim, and even the ballet scenes are filmed in such a way that you can't actually enjoy the spectacle as the ballet audience might.
All of this is of course deliberate on the part of the director, showing the stark and often unpleasant reality behind the beauty and perfection on the stage, but it doesn't make for a very enjoyable movie experience.
If the lead role had been written in a way that made the audience feel something for her the film might have been be more gripping, but in the absence of any character to empathise with you're left not really caring much what happens to any of them.
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How To Train Your Dragon - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)
How To Train Your Dragon - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)
Dvd ~ Dean DeBlois
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £15.25

40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb fun for ALL the family, 13 Dec. 2010
I missed this film when it came round at the cinema and hesitated to buy it for my kids (girl aged 6 and boy aged 4) when it came out on DVD/Blu-Ray. Having taken the plunge I was very pleasantly surprised by this film that is now my kids' firm favourite.

The first time they watched it they were a little scared in places but never too much. Some supposedly young children's films still scare my kids so much that they're not keen to see them again but this film they wanted to see again straight away.

The animation is beautifully done (and stunning on Blu-Ray), particularly that of the main dragon which is more like a cat than a lizard, and I have to say that the big bad dragon at the end of the film is one of the most impressive CGI monsters I've seen in any film, children's or otherwise. The music is wonderful and you'll have trouble getting the theme out of your head if you watch the film a couple of times. The basic story is quite straightforward but the themes are nicely tackled - not always following the herd, being yourself, dealing with parental rejection, overcoming fears and prejudices...

All in all I'd say this is one of the best children's films of recent years, up there with Cars and WALL-E, and one which should appeal to both boys and girls (and young-at-heart adults too).
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Thomas & Friends - Misty Island Rescue  [DVD]
Thomas & Friends - Misty Island Rescue [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Angelis
Price: £4.50

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 Nov. 2010
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The previous CGI Thomas film is probably my 4 year old son's favourite, so I was expecting him to enjoy this new one too.
In fact both my son and my six year old daughter love it. There's a bit more excitement and action in this new film than in the previous one which is no bad thing.
The little book of the story included in the case is a nice bonus as they both demand to hear it before going to bed after having seen the film.
Otherwise the bonuses on the disc itself (the film weighs in at around an hour) are pretty skimpy:
- a sing-along version of the main song (which gets my kids dancing like lunatics)
- a 3 minute documentary similar to that on the first film (which the kids enjoy)
- a 'game' which literally last about 30 seconds and is always the same. The pay-off is a bonus sing-along song which doesn't feature in the film (which gets my kids doing another lunatic dance routine)
In any case, if your kids like the CGI Thomas TV series and the first film they will love this one. It's certainly the new 'best film ever' in my household.
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Ravensburger Postman Pat Special Delivery 4 in a box
Ravensburger Postman Pat Special Delivery 4 in a box

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two out of five for effort, 26 Dec. 2009
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
It doesn't take much effort to produce a puzzle but this set of four puzzles has clearly been produced in a rush. What's the problem?
There are four similar puzzles with different numbers of pieces showing Pat with different vehicles but all are provided in a single box and the backs of the puzzles are all an identical shade of blue.
The four puzzles do have different coloured borders but the centre pieces are virtually indistinguishable between the four puzzles (all four puzzles feature red vehicles with white stripes). This leads to much frustration for a 3 year old trying to tackle one of the puzzles.
This problem could easily have been avoided by simply printing each puzzle with a different coloured backing.


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