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Unbreakable (2 Disc Collectors Edition) [DVD] [2000]
Unbreakable (2 Disc Collectors Edition) [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Price: £3.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Way ahead of its time, 17 Jan. 2013
When this movie was released in 2000, everyone expected another Sixth Sense-esque movie from Shyamalan and many were sorely disappointed. The twist ending didnt help either.

I have had this DVD since it was released and happened to watch it a couple of days ago - just by accident - I had nothing to do and happened to pop the first DVD that came to my hand in the DVD player. I was completely impressed.

I'd already watched this movie 3 or 4 times earlier but not recently. While I liked it then, I found it better now. So what changed from then till now? The mindset after watching the new wave of super hero flicks starting from 2002 with Spiderman, then Daredevil, Hulk, Batman, and so on and so forth.

Unfortunately for Shyamalan, this movie was released before these flicks, and there was no "reference" point for people to connect to and identify with. Seen now against the backdrop of all these films, Unbreakable makes much more sense. It is all about an "ordinary person" - one of us - coming to terms with his abilities - the ignoring, the unease, the disbelief, sacrifices, slow recognition and the reluctant acceptance.

The movie is extremely subtle; a movie that will delight the thinking person. The story evolves slowly; the camerawork is intriguing to say the least (for instance, when the young Elijah is presented a comic book in the playground, it is shown up-side down, as it is to him. He turns the book around, and the camera also follows so that it is up-side down again to us); the colour of the entire movie has a bluish tinge which gives a slightly unreal effect; the music score is incredible (note how the tone changes from a slightly sad yet happy tone to ominous when the "hero" Willis in the station is about to encounter the "villain" janitor).. the "twist" ending is almost an anticlimax but very relevant.

All in all - a movie that was ahead of its time. 4.5 stars.


Original Delamax GGS Screen Protection for Nikon D90
Original Delamax GGS Screen Protection for Nikon D90
Price: £17.93

5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have accessory for the D90, 12 Dec. 2011
Nikon's plastic screen protector BM10 for the D90 gets scratched very easily, and ruins the photo displayed on the screen. So I bought this glass screen protector kit, which comprises two tough and slightly flexible glass protectors, one for the main D90 display and the other for the smaller display on the top.

Both the protectors are shaped exactly like the screens and have a thin line of adhesive around the edges. Very easy to stick them onto the camera display screens (be sure to clean them first, and dont smudge the protector surfaces!), and afterwards they blend so easily with the camera, you cant even make out you've stuck anything!

I've used these for the past 6 months or so, and the screens have held up pretty well so far (they dont scratch easily). The only disadvantage I see is replacing the screens can be tough (the adhesive is strong), but if you dont break it, you dont need to replace it :).

There are equivalents available (e.g., NEEWER GGS III Pro Glass LCD Screen Protector for Nikon D90) but I dont know how good these are.


That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires [DVD] [2009]
That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Megadeth
Price: £9.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Great concert, but..., 17 April 2011
I agree with comments of all the other reviewers, but I must give this DVD 3.5 stars. Why the 1-1/2 stars lesser? Because Mustaine does not kick ass hard enough. Nope, he doesn't.

Though songs are played to perfection, it lacks the bite of Megadeth's Megadeth - Rude Awakening [DVD], which, according to me, is a far superior concert. Just hear Mustaine and Pitrelli shredding on all songs ("Dread and the Fugitive Mind," "Hangar 18," "Holy Wars," come to mind), then DeGrasso annihilating the drum kit during "In my Darkest Hour," and see the crowd frenzy during "Hangar 18" and other songs... the whole DVD gives you an uncontrollable adrenaline rush. Astounding.

Some of my favourite songs lack the brooding and melancholy feel - for instance, "A Tout le Monde" has got a peppy feel, as opposed to the gritty gloomy mood in Rude Awakening.. the drums towards the finale in "In my Darkest Hour" are not a patch on DeGrasso's frenetic pounding in Rude Awakening..

I also think that the best way to start a Megadeth concert is Mustaine snarling "Let me introduce myself." Except perhaps, "Hangar 18" or even better, "Five Magics" (which sadly, has never been played live till recently).

4 stars because Amazon does not allow 3.5 rating, and I anyway dont think 3 stars does justice to this great concert.


Hercules GS414B Guitar Stand
Hercules GS414B Guitar Stand
Offered by Sound Affects
Price: £27.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Plastic Components, 23 Jan. 2011
I bought this one about 15 months ago. Stand is great, sturdy, the metal used is good. Unfortunately what should be a 5-star review became a 2-star just because the main "hub" of the system, the plastic component in the middle which enables one to adjust the height, appears to be made of cheap plastic - it just degenerated in a span of 15 months. I've used the stand continuously since I bought it, but didnt adjust the height. However, the component started becoming sticky (reaction with the air, I suppose), and the spring mechanism broke off recently. I am lucky as my guitar was off the stand at that time. I have a cheap stand similar to Tiger Black Guitar Stand (purchased 15 years ago), it's still going strong (minimal moving parts). My advice - better try the other stands that dont have moving parts and save yourself some money.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Nov 14, 2013 4:07 PM GMT


Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm VR Lens Kit (12.3MP) 3 inch LCD - (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm VR Lens Kit (12.3MP) 3 inch LCD - (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure needs more to go with it!, 11 Jun. 2010
I recently bought the D90. Rather than repeat what others have already mentioned, I'd like to suggest a few accessories:

1. An SDHC card. For some reason, the D90 kit does not come with an SD card. My fingers were itching to try out the D90 but I had to wait a few days for the SD card to fetch up. Nikon should have supplied a low capacity one at least! I would urge you to buy an 8GB SanDisk SDHC Extreme III, which is a fast card (133x). It is optimized for continuous shooting and for video, and writes to the card very fast. In contrast, lower speed cards take some time to write to the card, and you may miss that moment... See SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 8Gb High Performance Card - 20Mb/s 133x edition. Note that the Extreme III cards are rebranded to Extreme HD Video

2. A remote control - for taking self portraits, long exposures, etc.. Dont buy the Nikon ML-L3 (see Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control or its equivalent) as these are not very functional. Though it is highly rated, do read the 3-star and lower rated reviews to understand its limitations before you decide. Instead, try out the Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Cord For D90 or the Hama NI-3 Wireless Remote Control Release for Nikon Camera. Both these work with the D90 and D5000 and not others

3. A UV filter to protect the lens. Note that the 18-105mm VR lens that comes with the kit is 67mm dia, so buy a suitable filter

4. Nikon SB-400 flash - I was pretty impressed with Ken Rockwell's review of the SB400 (Google for it) and I just went ahead and bought it. The flash head can be swivelled upwards 60/75/90 degrees and the bounced light photos are very pleasing. In contrast, the onboard flash does not swivel, and can produce washed-out pictures. See Nikon Speedlight SB-400 External Flash

5. An SD card reader - from the reviews in this topic, I see that the D90 will not be recognized as a USB device and you need the clunky Nikon software to transfer images, etc. The Integral SD card reader (See Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader) enables your computer to treat the SD card as a USB pen drive. It is a snap to install.

Hope this helps!

Update 12/12/2011: Another must-have accessory

Nikon's plastic screen protector BM10 for the D90 gets scratched very easily, and ruins the photo displayed on the screen. So I bought a glass screen protector kit (See GGS LCD Glass Screen Protector For Nikon D90) which comprises two tough and slightly flexible glass protectors, one for the main D90 display and the other for the smaller display on the top. Both the protectors are shaped exactly like the screens and have a thin line of adhesive around the edges. Very easy to stick them onto the camera display screens (be sure to clean them first!), and afterwards they blend so easily with the camera, you cant even make out you've stuck anything! I've used it for the past 6 months or so, and the screens have held up pretty well so far (they dont scratch easily). The only disadvantage I see is replacing the screens can be tough (the adhesive is strong), but if you dont break it, you dont need to replace it :).
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Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control
Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control
Offered by F-House
Price: £7.84

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy some other remote instead, 10 Jun. 2010
I have a D90, and for this model, this is a very basic remote control. It does exactly what it says on the tin. In my opinion, it has two big flaws -

(a) it does not support autofocus. You click the button, it clicks a photo without focusing. So if you want to take photos with this remote, you have to focus the camera on your subject first. The D90 manual is very fuzzy on this aspect (If autofocus is in effect, the camera shutter-release button can be used to set focus...)

(b) The second flaw is that you have to stand in front of the camera to click a photo. This is because the remote operates on InfraRed (ie, line of sight operations), and the IR receiver is in the front of the camera. So you cannot stand behind the camera and use the remote to click photos.

Combined with the 5m (about 16-18 feet) range as per the manual, it is most effective in controlled situations, viz., self-portraits where you take a long time to adjust your position. Is it worth the price? No. Can you not use the timed release? Yes, you can, in most (if not all) situations. Is it worth buying non-Nikon equivalents? In my view, no, because the convenience offered is too little.

Conclusions:

1. Ditch this and buy the Hama NI-3. See Hama 00005369 NI-3 Wireless Remote Control Release for Nikon Camera.
2. Consider buying the corded MC-DC2 (overpriced) or its equivalent. See Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Cord For D90
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Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Cord
Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Cord
Offered by HD Sales Inc
Price: £15.91

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but overpriced, 10 Jun. 2010
I own a Nikon D90 and bought the MC-DC2 through Amazon. The MC-DC2 plugs into the D90's GPS slot. Very easy to use after that - you press the release button slightly to autofocus, and press it completely for taking a picture. It cant get simpler than that! It therefore supports all modes of operation - single, continuous and bulb (for long exposures).

In my view, the MC-DC2 is overpriced. You might want to check out its equivalents, or, the Hama NI-3, a radio control with a range of about 30m. See Hama 00005369 NI-3 Wireless Remote Control Release for Nikon Camera. Since it works on radio, it is not limited to line of sight operations (like the rather silly ML-L3 remote - see Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control). I have both the MC-DC2 and the Hama because the latter needs batteries, and the MC-DC2 does not. So it is a backup, should I run out of batteries!


Hama 00005369 NI-3 Wireless Remote Control Release for Nikon Camera
Hama 00005369 NI-3 Wireless Remote Control Release for Nikon Camera

50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nifty little remote control, 9 Jun. 2010
I was searching for a remote control for my D90 and I stumbled across this by luck in Amazon and immediately ordered it. I could not find any information on the net (it wasn't there in the Hama UK website!) - looks like this is a recent product. The German product description at the time of this writing wasn't helpful either, I could figure out that it is compatible with the D90 and D5000.

Here's what I understand from the German product description:

Wireless radio remote control release (16 channel, 433 MHz) for Nikon DSLR cameras with MC-DC2 connections*. Serial release and time exposure (bulb). Range upto 30m (also through walls). Very easy installation of the receiver via the Remote input. Two stage release key - autofocus, release. For timed exposure, the release has to be pressed for 3 seconds.

* Compatible with the D90 and D5000

The product comes with 2xAAA batteries for the transmitter, and 1xLR23 battery for the receiver. The transmitter comes with the shutter, and the receiver comes with an on/off switch. Channels on both must be set identical for operation.

It was easy to set up; the transmitter plugs into the GPS socket. Contrary to the ML-L3 IR remote, you dont have to set the shooting mode to remote (It took me a while to figure this out, though).

The remote supports 3 modes -

(a) single-shutter - ie, the camera is in signle shot mode. Here, you just half-press the shutter for autofocus, then depress it fully to take the shot.

(b) continuous shutter - ie, the camera is in continuous shoot mode. Here, you keep the button depressed after autofocus, and the camera keeps shooting until you release the button

(c) Bulb shutter - ie, the camera is in bulb shoot mode. Here, you keep the remote shutter depressed for more than 3 seconds; to end the shot, depress the remote shutter once again

The remote works with all the dial settings of the camera except the Macro and Sports modes.

The build quality is not that good. It feels flimsy, and the battery cover on the transmitter looked like it was made from poor quality plastic.

Final conclusions:

(a) Much better than Nikon ML-L3 IR remote control, which works only line of sight (remote must be in front of the camera and in line with the IR receiver). This remote works on radio, and can trigger the shutter through walls
(b) Range (as in the manuals) is better than the ML-L3 - 30m vs. 5m
(c) Supports autofocus, which the ML-L3 strangely does not
(d) Better than the wired Nikon MC-DC2 which sports a 1m cord

Worth the money I paid - approx. 22 quid. There are a number of similar remotes, but pricey.
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