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3 Days to Kill [Blu-ray]
3 Days to Kill [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Kevin Costner
Price: £12.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Action Thriller - a Return to Form for Kevin Costner, 21 Dec 2014
This review is from: 3 Days to Kill [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Kevin Costner plays Ethan Renner, a fifty-something, semi-retired C.I.A. "cleaner", who's estranged from his wife Christine, and teenage daughter Zooey. His career has led to a broken family unit and he wants to make amends. Terminal cancer has forced issues for Ethan and so he goes to Paris, where his wife and daughter live, to seek a rapprochement with his family.
Amber Heard plays Vivienne Delay ("Vivi"), another C.I.A. operative. She's on the hunt for a terrorist named Wolfgang Braun ("The Wolf"), and his right-hand man The Albino. The bad guys want to supply a "dirty bomb" to Syrian terrorists, and Vivi is tasked with stopping them. She enlists the help of Ethan by offering him a big financial incentive and the use of an experimental drug that might cure or at least retard the progress of his cancer.
The film opens with a masterful 15 minute action sequence, when Ethan is attempting to foil a terrorist atrocity at a hotel. The movie then changes gear and spends the best part of an hour telling the story of Ethan's efforts to get back into the lives of his wife and daughter. Kevin Costner is an enormously likeable actor (I had to endure my girlfriend swooning over him for much of this film, a guy in his fifties just shouldn't look that good), and although the film occasionally seems like a slightly uneasy alliance between an action thriller and a father and daughter tale, ultimately it works, and Kevin's performance is carried off with brio.
The film comes back to life with a bang, with a brilliant one to one fist fight between Ethan and a baddie in a supermarket, which is a match for anything seen in the Bourne movies - The Bourne Collection [Blu-ray]. The closing half hour neatly brings together the loose threads of the film, as Ethan and Vivi close in on the terrorists. Part of this closing segment of the film includes a thrilling car chase through the streets of Paris, which is on a par with the car stunt-work in Ronin - Ronin [Blu-ray].
Kevin Costner is a fabulous actor and is well able to carry most movies. Anybody who's seen The Bodyguard will know that he can convince in a role as a hardman. This role as a C.I.A. killer, who's softening a bit with age and becoming a bit more of an iron fist in a velvet glove, suits him perfectly. The support cast, especially the wife and daughter, are excellent. Paris is a fitting backdrop to the tale - cue lots of scenes of the Eiffel Tower. The Albino is a decent villain, though The Wolf is arguably less successful. All in all, this is a slickly produced, glossy action thriller, with brilliantly staged action sequences, interspersed with a touching father and daughter story.
I could see clear parallels between this film and some other excellent thrillers, including not only Liam Neeson's Taken, but also Clint Eastwood's In The Line Of Fire, Bruce Willis's The Jackal, and Chris Pine's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Taken [Blu-ray], In The Line Of Fire [Blu-ray] [1993] [Region Free], The Jackal [Blu-ray] [1997] [Region Free], Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [Blu-ray].
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Roberts Radio Dreamtime2 DAB/FM Clock Radio
Roberts Radio Dreamtime2 DAB/FM Clock Radio
Price: £44.01

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3.0 out of 5 stars Roberts Need to go Back to The Drawing Board..., 21 Dec 2014
I bought one of these radios from a John Lewis store, a couple of weeks ago.
John Lewis staff are normally quite knowledgeable about the products they sell. When the salesman was unable to show me how to set up the DAB stations, that was a foretaste of what was to come when I returned home with my purchase.
This is a fairly compact radio, measuring 17 cms wide, 10 cms tall, and 13 cms front to back. The body is a combination of gun-metal grey and black coloured, it's a simple design and reasonably attractive.
It took me thirty minutes of extremely annoying fiddling around with the push button controls on the top of the radio, just to set ten D.A.B. Station presets. I followed the owners manual to the letter, but setting the ten stations was probably more by chance than skilful input. If the salesman at John Lewis was unable to set the stations on the display radio, and I had a real struggle to accomplish the task at home, I can see lots of people finding this radio far from user friendly. I own a lot of hi-fi products, by the likes of Bose, Denon and Mission, all of which are very user-friendly, but the controls on this Roberts radio are irritatingly counter-intuitive.
You can save a maximum of twenty station presets, I was losing the will to live after setting the first ten.
There's a six position graphic equaliser which is easy to use with the remote control, there are pre-programmed configurations including rock and pop, and you can adjust the bass and treble. The equaliser works well.
The clock has an auto-time set which works the first time you switch the radio on, fixing the date and time.
There are two independent alarms. You can wake up to to a radio station, either a pre-selected one, or the last station which you listened to the night before, or to your iPhone or iPod. I've used the alarm with my iPhone 6 mounted on the radio dock and it works fine. However, setting the alarm and resetting it has been made more complicated than it needs to be. Logically, turning an alarm on and off should be a one step process, either a solitary button on the top of the radio, or a solitary button on the remote control. At 6.00 a.m. when my alarm goes off, I should be able to reach out to my bed-side cabinet and turn the alarm on or off, without even opening my eyes. Roberts, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to make this a two stage process, so that you have to scroll through an on-screen menu and then turn the alarm on or off. It's like re-inventing the wheel with a square shape. Why do it?!!
There's an adjustable display dimmer which works fine, you can have the screen dimly lit but still legible, all the way to very bright.
There's a USB socket to the rear of the radio, for charging your iPhone or smartphone.
There's also an auxiliary input socket at the rear, for a standard audio lead, so that you can connect other products such as an Amazon Kindle. In addition there's a headphone socket.
The radio has stereo speakers which work okay. If you set the bass above 3, the sound gets a little boomy. The treble response is alright, not tinny. I couldn't see the wattage on any of the product packaging but my best guess is maybe 6 to 8 watts. You're not going to get Bose or Denon speaker quality on a radio like this, but it's listenable.
Roberts need to do some fairly basic tasks to make this is a high quality item. The alarm function needs a one step on and off function, by way of a small button on top of the radio and a corresponding button on the remote. There should be an auto-tuning function like you get on televisions, so that the radio finds one D.A.B. station at a time, and the user simply selects "yes" or "no" to preset each station. The radio, next generation, should also have a Bluetooth capability for iPhones and smartphones, I want to able to use my iPhone 6 for messaging, etc, and to listen to my iTunes at the same time, and I can't do that if the iPhone has to be stood on the dock.
Finally, Roberts should give the radio a sleep setting, just like the one on the Amazon Kindle, so that you can set the radio to switch off automatically after 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes, i.e. so that you can listen to the radio whilst drifting off to sleep, which is what my girlfriend and I like to do.
Simple ideas for frankly essential improvements, which do make me wonder a little about the quality of the product testing team at Roberts.
If you can figure out how to set the station presets, this is not a bad product. However, the irksome nature of the alarm settings means that I'm still using an old alarm clock which I received as a wedding gift over twenty years ago!
If you can bear with me a short while longer, I'd like to end on a much more positive note, by recommending the best hi-fi products which I've bought and greatly enjoyed this year:-
If you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker, I can highly recommend the Denon Envaya speaker, which has a great sound - Denon Envaya Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black.
If you're looking for a set of headphones, I can't speak highly enough of Sennheiser Momentum - Sennheiser Momentum 1.0 On-Ear Headphones - Ivory.
If you're in the market for a first rate set of in-ear 'phones, you should seriously consider Vibe Brass Balls, which were awarded the rare accolade of a five star rating by The Gadget Show. I don't think they're available on Amazon yet, you need to go to the Vibe Audio website.
If you want a Bluetooth speaker for your iPhone/iPod/iPad/Kindle/smartphone, etc, you should demo a Mission Aero. It's not just a crystal clear room-filling sound, it's much more than that. It's a house shaking Bluetooth speaker in a relatively compact, sleekly designed unit, with an audio quality which has to be heard to be believed. Both John Lewis stores and Selfridges in London sell the Mission Aero, although this product is so good that, notwithstanding the £500.00 price tag, it's frequently sold out.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review.

Blue Steel (Blu-Ray)
Blue Steel (Blu-Ray)
Dvd ~ Ron Silver
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £22.98

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Stylish, Eighties Crime Thriller, 20 Dec 2014
This review is from: Blue Steel (Blu-Ray) (Blu-ray)
This is an accomplished and well executed, eighties police thriller, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jamie Lee Curtis.
Jamie plays Officer Megan Turner, a twenty-something, newly qualified, rookie cop working in the NYPD. Early into her career, she finds herself in the middle of a supermarket robbery and shoots dead the felon. The subsequent crime report indicates that the robber was unarmed, and the young cop finds herself suspended from work.
Ron Silver, who I've always thought of as a bit of an Al Pacino clone, plays Eugene Hart, a thirty-something, smooth talking and sharp dressing commodities trader. Eugene is a witness to the shooting in the supermarket and he knows that the thief had a handgun, but he keeps his cards close to his chest when he starts romancing Megan.
The basic plot is that there's a serial killer at work in the Big Apple and Megan soon finds herself very closely involved in the hunt for the maniac...
This is a glossy and highly stylised eighties flick, shot in a flashy manner which is typical of the era (think Wall Street in terms of the slick production values - Wall Street [Blu-ray] [1987] [Region Free]). Some of the night-time shots, filmed in slow mo and in the pouring rain, are reminiscent of the visual panache of the peerless Blade Runner - Blade Runner: The Final Cut [Blu-ray] [1982] [Region Free]. When Megan and Eugene take a midnight helicopter tour of Lower Manhattan, it's a truly amazing advert for New York (and it really is that beautiful at night, I know because I've been there twice and taken a helicopter tour myself).
Bigelow's directing is confident and muscular (she's also directed Near Dark, which I think is a strong contender for greatest vampire movie of all-time - Near Dark [Blu-ray]). The dreamy synth soundtrack is by Tangerine Dream (think Jean Michelle Jarre). Jamie gives one of the best performances of her career, up there with Halloween - Halloween [Blu-ray]. Silver is convincing as a complex charmer who seems to have all the skeletons from Jason And The Argonauts in his closet.
The film seems to have things to imply or infer about gun ownership and gun use generally, but it gives mixed messages here. It both stylises and almost glorifies gun use - some of the shots of weaponry are almost like an advert about how sexy guns are, and yet, it also challenges the merits of the right to bear arms. If you want to be made to think about the arguments on gun ownership, Michael Moorer's Bowling For Columbine is extremely thought provoking - Bowling For Columbine : Special Edition (Two Disc Set) [DVD] [2002].
A film which makes an excellent double-bill pairing with Blue Steel, is Al Pacino's Sea Of Love - Sea of Love [Blu-ray] [1989] [Region Free].
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Sabotage [Blu-ray]
Sabotage [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Price: £11.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars A By the Numbers Arnie Action Pic, 20 Dec 2014
This review is from: Sabotage [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The redoubtable Arnie (who's clearly still spending a lot of his time pumping iron), plays John "Breacher" Wharton, a D.E.A. investigating officer with a formidable reputation.
He heads a team of similarly intimidating and fierce looking D.E.A. officers - if you recollect Arnie's team of crack Special Forces soldiers in Predator, you'll get the picture. Sam Worthington plays one of the crew of officers - he sports a somewhat naff goatee beard bedecked with jewellery, which makes him look like a hipster who's trying really much too hard to be cool, and is a completely ill-fitting look for his character in the film.
The D.E.A. team go on a mission to retrieve hundreds of millions of dollars from the Rio Scarza drug cartel. The task is carried out with S.A.S. type clinical efficiency and with maximum prejudice to the bad guys. However, during the drugs bust ten million dollars suddenly goes missing.
Arnie and his team of badge-wielding bad asses fall under suspicion and get suspended by the D.E.A. The F.B.I. investigates and Arnie's crew starting dying one by one, in bizarre and particularly gruesome fashion. The team of agents start to lose trust in their buddies, and try to figure out which members of the criminal fraternity are most likely to be responsible for the atrocities. The middle third of the film basically plays out like a reasonably accomplished 'whodunnit'.
Arnie, even as a gentleman of advancing years, still has the required muscularity and physical prescence to carry off the role of a hard as nails tough guy. His D.E.A. team look suitably gimlet-eyed and fearless, though not quite in the same league as the hard nut troops in Predator. The movie is basically a passable action thriller, which has several scenes of violence and stunt-work (mostly in the last twenty minutes), and is watchable and occasionally very effective. What most lets it down is a somewhat lethargic pace and a distinct lack of any meaningful tension - the first fifteen minutes tick all the right boxes for an Arnie fight-fest, but the next hour or more is a slow burner, which definitely doesn't play to Arnie's strengths. The "shoot 'em up" denouement in the closing twenty minutes is too little too late to make the film a really good one.
Furthermore, the script is anodyne and haemorrhages viewer interest - neither Arnie nor his supporting cast utter a single memorable line - I was yearning for an 'I'll be back'', or 'If it bleeds, we can kill it', but no such luck. All in all, this is a 3.5 star movie, which had the potential to be an excellent one, if only the script had shown a lot more verve and wit.
I do hope that Arnie's swansong will be something like another Predator movie, and I sincerely wish that he doesn't retire from the film industry with a fairly average film like this one as his farewell gift to his fans. Given the U.S. involvement in war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq, I do wonder why Hollywood doesn't stage one of the Predator franchise in the middle of somewhere like an Afghan battle zone , i.e. a flick which plays out like a fusion of Battle For Hathida and Predator. I think that such a film could work as a seriously exciting action blockbuster - Battle For Haditha [2007] (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD], Predator (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] [1987]. That's the sort of fitting end to an amazing career which Arnie has earned over the last thirty odd years...
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See No Evil 2 [Blu-ray] [US Import]
See No Evil 2 [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Glenn Jacobs
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £12.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Slasher Movie - For Fans of Friday the 13th, 18 Dec 2014
This is a competent and entertaining slasher flick.
Jacob Goodnight is a seven feet tall man mountain, played by the WWE wrestling star, Glen "Kane" Edwards. Jacob is a one-eyed serial killer with some serious mother issues, who wears a hockey mask and likes killing with meat hooks, chains and power saws. After a brutal killing spree with eight victims, he's killed and taken to the city morgue.
Seth is a thirty-something mortician, a borderline geek, who has the hots for his very pretty, similarly aged co-worker, Amy. They work alongside a paraplegic fellow named Holden. It's Amy's birthday and, unbeknownst to her, her brother Will has broken into the morgue with a group of Amy's best buddies. They plan to give Amy a birthday surprise, and before long, the very good looking twenty-somethings, notably including a svelte and lithesome blonde named Taylor, are pairing off in the romantic setting of the mortuary - except Seth and Amy, who have a secret crush on each other, but are too shy to do anything about it.
Before long, and like a Phoenix from the ashes, the dead Jacob comes back to life. Hmm, a serial killer who wears a hockey master, and is seemingly indestructible, now where have I seen that before... (Jason Vorhees anyone!?). What follows then is a well staged battle for survival, as the killer pursues the friends through the labyrinthine corridors and rooms of the morgue..
This is a slickly produced, well directed, glossy horror movie. The setting in the myriad corridors of a morgue lends the movie a good atmosphere. The killer Jacob is genuinely scary, not the sort of guy you'd want to meet in a dark alleyway. The cast give perfectly competent performances. The film has a few scary and tense moments, but nothing too arduous or disturbing for the viewer - there's nothing here that you won't have seen before in the Saw movies - Saw 1-7: The Final Cut Collection [DVD].
Finally, if you're a horror buff, I'd mention that the horror films I've most enjoyed watching this year are Venom, American Mary, Grabbers, and above all, the fabulous Wolf Creek 2 - Venom [DVD], American Mary [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free], Grabbers [Blu-ray] [2012], Wolf Creek 2 [Blu-ray].
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Price: £6.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Synth-Pop Album Harking Back to the Eighties, 18 Dec 2014
This review is from: Happiness (Audio CD)
I've been a lover of synth-pop for the last thirty years or so, going right back to my teenage years.
Back in the eighties I was buying lots of music by the likes of Human League, OMD, Ultravox, Visage, Soft Cell, Blancmange, Thomas Dolby, Naked Eyes, Depeche Mode, Paul Haig, Heaven 17, China Crisis - all supremely gifted artists, with a love of synthesisers and drum machines.
In more recent years, I've followed artists like Goldfrapp, Royksopp, Filthy Dukes, Pete Lunn, Feneche Soler and Friendly Fires, all of whom are equally gifted electro-pop artists.
This well-crafted, fabulous synth-pop album from Hurts, can comfortably hold its own with any of the works from the aforementioned bands. The lead singer has a silky smooth vocal, he reminds me a little of Steve Strange from Visage, only this singer's voice is nicer. There's a combination of wonderful power-pop ballads - Silver Lining and Blood, Tears and Gold are stand-out songs - with a few more up-tempo dance-floor tunes. I don't think that there's a single duff track on the whole album.
I'd rate this as one of the five best synth-pop albums of the last few years, alongside the following brilliant works by Filthy Dukes, Royksopp, Goldfrapp and Pete Lunn - Nonsense in the Dark, The Inevitable End, Head First,Peachland.
If you need a wonderful pair of headphones to maximise your enjoyment of electro-pop music, I can do no better than recommend the brilliant Sennheiser Momentum - Sennheiser Momentum 1.0 On-Ear Headphones - Ivory.
You can demo these headphones in a John Lewis store, I suggest that you listen to the two following tracks by Royksopp and OMD when having the demo, and if you're not reaching for your wallet there and then, I'd be surprised - I Had This Thing, The Future Will Be Silent.
If you're looking for a first rate pair of in-ear 'phones to enjoy your synth-pop music, I can highly recommend the very stylish Vibe Brass Balls - you need to go to the Vibe Audio website to view that product.
If you need a superior portable Bluetooth speaker, I can happily endorse the excellent Denon Envaya - Denon Envaya Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black.
Finally, if you're in the market for a Bluetooth speaker for the home, which can double up as a surround sound system, I can strongly recommend the Mission Aero speaker - I had to buy mine from Selfridges in London because most stockists seem to sell out very rapidly. It has sublime audio quality and packs a very big punch, you'd soon fall out with your neighbours if you played this speaker at even half the noise level it can reach. It gives simply astounding performance when you listen to it using your ipod, ipad or iphone, etc, although it is somewhat less effective when hooked up to your T.V.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.

Nine Dead [DVD]
Nine Dead [DVD]
Dvd ~ Melissa Joan Hart
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £3.49

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Passable Thriller - A Gentler Version of Saw, 17 Dec 2014
This review is from: Nine Dead [DVD] (DVD)
This is a reasonable thriller, which is reminiscent of the Saw franchise of movies, but without the gore - Saw: Uncut Version [Blu-ray].
A man in a rubber mask and hoodie, with the help of a taser, kidnaps nine apparently unrelated individuals, and imprisons them in a concrete bunker. He chains the nine to individual steel poles. The group includes a lawyer named Kelly (played by Melissa Joan Hart), a paedophile named Coogan, a burglar named Leon, an insurance salesman named Eddie, a strip club owner called Sully, a cop named Dean, a priest called Father Michael Vincent, a drug-dealer/bartender named Christian, an un-named Chinese lady, and a guy named Jackson.
Their captor explains that the group need to work out why they've been targeted. Until they do so, one prisoner will be killed every ten minutes. If they figure it out, they'll be released. It's not long before the kidnapper proves that he's a man of his word...
The dwindling number of victims bounce ideas off each other in a desperate attempt to solve the puzzle. The movie makes frequent use of flashbacks to show the past actions of each captive, but never gives the game away, which is a good thing.
The film has the look and feel of an average made for T.V. movie. Each actor gives a so so performance, except for the best known one, Melissa Joan Hart, who gives it her all and gives a decent performance. One of the actors is named John Terry - I was really looking forward to seeing the Chelsea captain himself, in his first foray into the world of cinema, a la Vinnie Jones, but no such luck, it's a different guy.
The use of the enclosed space ought to give the film a really claustrophic feel, but paradoxically it doesn't. The film is handicapped by the fact that not one of the individuals is particularly likeable, or especially interesting, and the villain isn't nearly nasty enough - he's no Jigsaw. If you want to see just how a nasty guy should be portrayed, I thoroughly recommend that you watch the brilliant Wolf Creek 2 - Wolf Creek 2 [Blu-ray].
There's a distinct lack of tension in this flick, and the scenes of violence are more suggested rather than graphically revealed. The movie has a very promising opening thirty minutes or so, but then it starts to slow down and meander. All in all, this film is watchable, but it never excites or grips. A far superior thriller set in an enclosed space is Exam, which I'm happy to recommend you choose over this movie - Exam [DVD] [2009].
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.
P.S. A good read with a tale very similar to Nine Dead is The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks - The Bunker Diary. It's aimed primarily at a teenage market, but it's such a good novel that I think it would appeal to most adults as well.

Ghostmaker [DVD]
Ghostmaker [DVD]
Dvd ~ Liz Fenning
Price: £7.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Reasonable Sci-Fi/Horror Tale, 16 Dec 2014
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This review is from: Ghostmaker [DVD] (DVD)
Kyle is a twenty-something college student with a drug habit, crystal meth. He's in debt to his drug dealers who are putting pressure on him to pay what he owes.
Kyle moonlights as a door to door house clearance guy. A little old lady asks him to remove a rather ornate coffin from her home, with the stern warning that the coffin must be disposed of in the landfill dump. Kyle ignores her and takes the coffin straight home, discovering a complex machine inside, with dozens of brass cogs and wheels.
Kyle has a stunningly pretty and wealthy girlfriend who loves him, Julie. He lives in the house of his best mate Sutton, a paraplegic in a wheelchair who fantasises about Kyle's girlfriend. He also has the token geek friend, Jared.
The friends, primarily Jared, do some research and discover that the coffin is the Ghost Machine, made by a Satanist, Wolfgang Von Tristem. They start experimenting and soon realise that the machine can suspend a human life in a kind of limbo, and let the spirit depart the body and wander. This part of the story had distinct echoes of Kiefer Sutherland's Flatliners - Flatliners [Blu-ray] [1990] [US Import].
Kyle and Sutton swiftly realise that being able to wander around unobserved as ghosts, can have its advantages. Kyle thinks up ways to use this power to solve his drug debts. For Sutton it's a way of getting into the bedroom and shower of the very cute Jenny, and watching her in some intimate moments. This aspect of the tale had me thinking of Kevin Bacon's Hollow Man - Hollow Man [DVD].
However, what the boys take an inordinate time to realise, is that the Ghost Machine is also the doorway for an evil spirit to come back into the World, namely the Satanist who created the machine... Here, the film had me thinking of the ghost and the television set in both Poltergeist and Ring - Poltergeist (25th Anniversary Edition) [DVD] [1982], Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000].
This film is a fairly mild horror flick, and it possibly has slightly more of a sci-fi feel, a bit like the aforementioned Hollow Man. It's not particularly tense, or scary, but the first thirty minutes or so develop an interesting concept in a very intriguing fashion. The actors make a reasonable fist of things, but, unfortunately, the film does go off the boil in the second half. All in all, this film has the look and feel of a decent extended episode of The Twilight Zone - quite enjoyable to watch, but it's just a pity that the interest aroused by the first half of the movie couldn't be sated by the tale in the second half. It's a solid 3.5 star flick, in any event.
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Oddero Barolo D.O.C.G. 2006 Wine 37.5 cl (Case of 3)
Oddero Barolo D.O.C.G. 2006 Wine 37.5 cl (Case of 3)
Price: £40.36

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Pleasant Example of Barolo, 16 Dec 2014
I love wines like Barolo, Amarone and Chateauneuf Du Pape, and this one is a good example of Barolo. It's a medium-bodied red wine with a fruity aroma and a flavour of sour cherry and raspberry, with detectable hints of liquorice and leather. It definitely needs a good breathing time on opening, at least one hour in a jug, and even two to three hours can be a good idea. I'll sometimes open a bottle of this wine, drink a glass, and then drink the rest with my family the following day, when I think that the complex flavour becomes even more enjoyable.
At £40.00 or thereabouts for a case of three bottles, I think that it's good value - one bottle for Christmas Day, another for Boxing Day, and the last for New Year's Eve/Day!
If you like wines like this, you'd probably also enjoy Amarone, which you can buy from Amazon, or else from larger Waitrose stores - Montigoli Amarone DOCG 2011 Wine 75 cl, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, La Colombaia 2010.
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LORENZO CANA Luxury Tie Jacquard Woven Italian Silk Handmade Necktie Ties - Turquoise Striped Pattern
LORENZO CANA Luxury Tie Jacquard Woven Italian Silk Handmade Necktie Ties - Turquoise Striped Pattern
Price: £99.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Lorenzo Cana's more Discreet Ties (and Still Gorgeous), 16 Dec 2014
I'm a very big fan of Lorenzo Cana ties, which I think have simply stunning designs and make great use of colour. This is one of their less ostentatious ties but it's still very nice and looks best in a Windsor knot. I think that this particular tie looks best when worn with a white or very pale pink shirt, combined with a black or very dark grey suit.
The silk is very high quality and nice to touch, and dry clean only is advisable. I personally think that a Lorenzo Cana tie, especially when combined with some eye-catching cuff links, is the perfect finishing touch to a good suit, or can even bolster a slightly tired looking suit.
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