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5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favourite Returns, 27 Dec. 2013
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Axe is effectively Lynx under a slightly different trading marque. Marine is one of the classic fragrances from the 90's which has disappeared from the Lynx range in the UK (that sadly now consists of just two choices - Temptation and Africa) and is just as pleasant to use as it was then. Slightly sweet fragrance which mellows after a couple of hours, well worth it as a budget aftershave.

A shame more Axe products aren't on sale here as the range includes many of the old favourites, but only readily available in Germany and won't ship inflammable products outside mainland Germany.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Classic, 5 Nov. 2013
This was one of the classic aftershaves of the 90's, originally made by Faberge and marketed as "Brut Aquatonic" but now sold under its own marque.

Fresh fragrance, not too heavy and distinctive too.

I bought some about 18 months ago from Asda but they seem to have stopped selling it, so thanks to Amazon and their supplier for making it available.

Fast & Furious 6 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Fast & Furious 6 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Vin Diesel
Price: £5.30

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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Sequel, 17 Sept. 2013
Not the best sequel in the series (though better than Tokyo Drift!).

Much has been made of the movie's predominantly London setting (though most of it was filmed in Glasgow), but in truth apart from a few landmarks, red buses, "Z-Car" police vehicles and some token stereotype "British" characters it could have been set anywhere in the world. The UK is not reknowned for its street racing scene - if they wanted to be realistic should have found some "lads" racing their souped up Hondas on a council estate somewhere! And whether under the mantle of Interpol or otherwise, the British law enforcement agencies are unlikely to take kindly to what amounts to a bunch of mercenaries shooting up the centre of London.

This isn't nit-picking as the high octane adrenaline pumping action is what makes the other films tick, but what works in LA, Florida or the Mexican desert doesn't hit the spot here. The final action scene takes place on what must be the world's longest runway the absurdity of which kind of ruins the action which is unfolding.

As to the story, most of this seemed contrived to merge the events of sequels 2, 4 and 5 and resolve the Lettie and (in the closing credits) Han back stories up to the end of FF3 but introducing a new antagonist (I won't spoil it by saying who) for the inevitable FF7. However at times it all seems too much by the numbers, the Toretto/O'Conner cosy up continues and a far cry from the anguish and betrayal of the denouement in FF1. The whole basis of the plot is so thin, something about parts for a super-EMP device but this is never fully explained or resolved.

In conclusion, if you enjoyed the previous films you will undoubtedly want this in your collection, just don't expect the originality of FF1 or the punchiness of FF5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ambient, 10 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Resonance (Audio CD)
Agree with the previous 4 star review. This is very much the Anathema ambient/chillout album of the collection but still very listenable. Emphasis is on the acoustic rather than electric/metal instruments so don't expect too much in the way of soaring guitar solos.

However nice to sit back or lie down and relax to.

Bristol to Avonmouth (PC DVD)
Bristol to Avonmouth (PC DVD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Little Route, 31 Aug. 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a good add-on for Railworks, the core of which is the Bristol to Severn Beach line but extends to Portishead in the west (with a fictional passenger service), Bristol Parkway in the east and under the Severn Tunnel to ST Jn in Wales. The route is generally put together very well with a good selection of custom items (such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge). A few liberties have been taken with gradients particularly the Severn Tunnel which is depicted as largely flat whereas in reality it is a steep drop down, momentary level then steep climb out again.

Not a route if you want prolonged high speed thrash but will give hours worth of pottering around the Bristol area.

Good selection of scenarios though as with most JT add-ons, they haven't provided any custom rolling stock. These either use default stock (Class 166's on the Severn Beach branch, maybe not so far fetched in a few years time) or items from the JT catalogue that need to have been purchased separately.

A portion of the purchase price goes towards supporting a UK Armed Forces charity, always a worthwhile cause.

In conclusion, if you like a more relaxed pace to your train simming and have an interest in the railways around Bristol, this is a must have purchase.

Olympus Has Fallen [Blu-ray] [2013]
Olympus Has Fallen [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Price: £6.00

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Fun, 27 Aug. 2013
I was originally going to give this four stars but downgraded to three after thinking about it.

Works well as a reasonable action movie if you can suspend your disbelief that it really would be that easy (post 9/11) for a terrorist group to take over the Whitehouse. (Not to mention an unregistered C130 gunship would be on final approach to Washington DC before being challenged).

Much has been made of the fact this is Die Hard for the 2000's. Sadly the main element of Die Hard - the wry humour from both John McClane and the bad guys - is sadly lacking. Instead we get a deadpan hero with a penchant for stabbing people in the brain and villains who dispense sudden extreme violence. Realistic - maybe, but not so entertaining.

The whole thing runs by the numbers with no surprises or major plot twists which could have added a bit more spice to the proceedings. As such the running time of nearly two hours gets a bit wearing, this should have come in under 100 minutes with a tighter paced cut.

The Tall Ships
The Tall Ships
Price: £11.89

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3.0 out of 5 stars Midlle Of The Road, 20 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: The Tall Ships (Audio CD)
If (like me) you bought this on the basis of John Mitchell's work with Arena, you might be a tad disappointed.

Instead of an album of soaring prog rock replete with guitar solos of the furrowed brow variety, what you get instead is a collection of pop-rock ballads, pleasant easy listening but hardly soul stirring.

In terms of style, think Ray Wilson meets Breathing Space and you will get the idea.

Not overly good but if you were looking for a quintessential prog experience, you won't find it here.

Red Dawn [Blu-ray]
Red Dawn [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Chris Hemsworth
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Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Not That Bad, 1 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Red Dawn [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Despite the negative reviews this film has garnered, I actually found it quite enjoyable. Of course the whole premise is absurd and the American gung-ho ism slightly annoying, but that aside you get a fairly reasonable action movie. At times it could almost be a homage to Call Of Duty Modern Warfare and indeed there is an oblique reference to the game during the movie!

If I had one criticism it's that we never really see beyond the local events as to why the DPRK would want to invade the USA or full resolution by the film end. Despite the jingoism the story is not afraid to kill off a few characters or to show the less seemly side of occupying force/partisans/collaborators.

Essentially though it's a goodies vs baddies shoot 'em up and if you go in expecting just that, you won't be disappointed.

Medway Crompton
Medway Crompton
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Price: £19.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Not One Of The Best Wired For Sound Titles, 31 July 2013
This review is from: Medway Crompton (DVD)
Being a fan of classic UK traction "thrash" I usually purchase one or two of the Wired For Sound series a year.

This one features a Class 33 hauled freight trip from Hoo Junction in Kent down to East Peckham via Paddock Wood and back again. Unfortunately the choice of venue is also its undoing, a slow freight run on a line with little scenic appeal and few gradients to speak of does not make for a very memorable outing. Picture quality on the outward journey is marred by a dirty cab window and a fair amount of internal reflection. There are few locations where the power handle is open more than about 50%. The return does have a slightly better image but with the wagons emptied out there's even less loco noise.

David Maxey's commentary seems even more irritable and intrusive than normal, amounting almost to a guided tour and even talking over sections where the loco is actually working. I wish there was an option to switch him off.

In fairness the original footage was taken in 1996 and therefore something of a time capsule and this location was probably one of the few where working Class 33's could be found. Just didn't really come over as anything special.

The Man Who Haunted Himself (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Man Who Haunted Himself (Blu-ray + DVD)
Dvd ~ Roger Moore
Price: £10.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Tense Psychological Story, 31 July 2013
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It's years since I watched this film and having seen it was getting a Blu-ray release decided it was worth a nostalgic punt.

Roger Moore plays Harold Pelham, a businessman who "dies" momentarily on the operating table during emergency surgery for injuries sustained during a car crash. While being revived the ECG machine briefly record two heartbeats. On release from hospital he finds himself being told of situations or incidents where he was present, but has no recollection of. The pace is fairly slow at first but the tension does build quite nicely through the middle of the film, as events escalate putting his job and marriage in jeopardy the audience is kept guessing as to the exact nature of Pelham's predicament. The denoument does answer what happened if not why and the ending is rather abrupt, leading the viewer to wonder exactly what did happen next.

Of course it's all fairly tame by today's standards but always good to see 1970's fims which show things as they were, not re-imagined years later. Things were alot different back then! The Blu-ray transfer is fairly incredible for what was a low budget film - crystal clear picture and vivid colours - though of course this does show up the relatively low tech film making of the era in terms of special effects etc. Sound is nothing special - a serviceable mono track so don't bother to trouble your AV amp.

Watch out early on for a perhaps unintentional quip from Roger Moore about spies, given where he ended up three years later!

So still an enjoyable film all these years later and may well have served as the inspiration for later titles such as Sixth Day.

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