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East End Shan Bombay Biryani 65 g (Pack of 6)
East End Shan Bombay Biryani 65 g (Pack of 6)
Price: 5.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow steps: and it tastes like a real Biryani., 5 Dec 2013
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Very similar to the East End Shan Sindhi Biryani 65 g (Pack of 6) mix I've already reviewed.My tips on the storage and use of that product apply also to the Bombay mix.

The taste is excellent and very authentic, just like the Biryanis my old Mum used to make.

Amazons prices are excellent for the 6-Pack on offer as I write,much cheaper than any speciality store in London as I remember.

Highly recommended.


East End Shan Sindhi Biryani 65 g (Pack of 6)
East End Shan Sindhi Biryani 65 g (Pack of 6)
Price: 5.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Biryani is complicated but this kit makes it simple., 5 Dec 2013
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Following the instructions is a bit daunting at first,but my 2nd attempt came much easier.

Once completed the dish is absolutely authentic,just like the real thing cooked by my mother.

Having now used this kit several times I found the following action useful:the instructions state use the whole packet to cook 500-750g of meat.
The result is a very fiery curry(much as I enjoy this level of heat).To others this may be too hot.
I have stored the ingredients in a plastic pot,and only use a couple of tablespoonfuls to cook my dish along with the other spices I use:the result is a delicious curry but with the heat levels acceptable to the majority of my friends.
Don't forget to pull out the 'pits' after cooking---these are the stones from the dried plums in the ingredients.

Highly recommended.


Matthew Mcconaughey Collection [DVD] [2005]
Matthew Mcconaughey Collection [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Matthew McConaughey
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 8.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action+Thriller+Romcom=Entertaining Box Set., 4 Dec 2013
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At the time of writing this review I can't fault this compilation for value: just a few pennies for 3 well produced,well acted and highly varied films to suit most tastes.

Of the 3,'Sahara' was somewhat implausable and a bit over the top but I think McConaughey fans won't worry too much:the word escapism comes to mind.

Sub titles are not advertised on the site or on the packaging,but the set I received(exactly as pictured on this site) has them which is a bonus.

High entertainment value.


Point Limite
Point Limite
Dvd ~ George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Hank Azaria, Brian Dennehy Richard Dreyfuss
Offered by vendeur-pro2011
Price: 6.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An experiment in television, 1 Dec 2013
This review is from: Point Limite (DVD)
This was originally transmitted as a 'live' play on American television by CBS.
It does have a very 'stagebound' feel to it as you might expect,but credit to all the actors for taking part in what must have been a very risky undertaking.
The actors performed very well particularily Harvey Keitel and Richard Dreyfuss who stood out in my view.
I was left with the feeling that it didn't work on all fronts unlike the original Fail Safe [DVD] [2007].But that did have Walter Matthau and a marvellous duet between Henry Fonda's President and Larry Hagman's translator.
If nothing else this 'play' has made me realise just how good the 1964 film is.


State Of Play [DVD]
State Of Play [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 3.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Commander Crowe, 1 Dec 2013
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This review is from: State Of Play [DVD] (DVD)
The mini series State Of Play: Complete BBC Series [2003] [DVD] of 2003 was absolutely top class:the question is how do you follow that?

One way is to cast Russell Crowe, who has huge presence,in the central role as the investigative reporter and build the plot around him but still retain the interesting,complicated storyline.

Kevin Macdonald has succeeded very well in this remake,which runs for only 2 hours compared to the series's 5 1/2 hours plus and he's managed to retain much of the sub-plots and detail of the original.

The intrigue and conspiracy of Paul Abbott's story drives the film.Thankfully Abbott also produced this film.

This worked very well for me,and was NOT yet another disappointment from Hollyood mutilating another country's prime assets.But I still think it's not a patch on the original BBC thriller.
Recommended.


The Naked Prey (Thai NTSC import)
The Naked Prey (Thai NTSC import)
Dvd ~ Cornel Wilde

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece., 30 Nov 2013
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The copy I received,titled 'Thai NTSC import',has English and Thai soundtracks and Thai sub titles which can be switched off when viewing with the English soundtrack.The brand name on the publicity is 'Triple X Film'.

There are NO ENGLISH SUB TITLES on this dvd contrary to the details in the technical description of the 'Thai NTSC import' version.
It is correctly described as an 'All Regions' disc.

The film itself is magnificent and perhaps made before its time which is probably why the film has received little recognition in nearly 50 years.

Dialogue and plot are minimal which is why it stands up so well today:no lavish props or cgi's.

Cornel Wilde's other epic Beach Red [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] has elements of the beach landing directly copied by Steven Spielberg in the brilliant Saving Private Ryan 60th Anniversary [DVD] [1998].

There is no need to remake 'Prey' as it's so complete and utterly absorbing.
Be warned:the opening scenes are very disturbing.Which is why I remember the film so well having seen it at the cinema in the late 60's.

Highly recommended.


Mr Scratchings Pork Snack Scratchings 50 g (Pack of 12)
Mr Scratchings Pork Snack Scratchings 50 g (Pack of 12)
Price: 9.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product and terrific value, 23 Nov 2013
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This is as good as the more expensive brands producing this type of snack and its such good value on Amazon at the moment.
Well worth a try,especially with Christmas comming up.


A Hill In Korea [DVD]
A Hill In Korea [DVD]
Dvd ~ George Baker
Price: 10.42

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Brit action/drama, 21 Nov 2013
This review is from: A Hill In Korea [DVD] (DVD)
They weren't there to win Hearts and Minds and this film clearly shows that.

In the only scene involving native 'friendly' Koreans British soldiers treated them with suspicion and disrespect.And who could blame them in a civil war where you couldn't tell friend from foe.

The film itself has a catalogue of marvellous British actors who often performed their 'squaddie' roles in countless films and on TV.

Most prominent are Michael Caine,Stephen Boyd and Stanley Baker in very minor roles.Sadly perhaps the richest talent,Baker,died far too early to realise his full potential as a mature actor.

There is much interesting dialogue between the actors as well as a good dose of action throughout the film.The fear and hoplessnes of the soldiers situation is cleverly shown by every actor and by the director.The film reminded me of Men In War [DVD],a film also set in Korea and about soldiers cut off and facing insurmountable odds,a plot similar to this film.

Picture quality on my copy(an old VHS tape) was not great but hopefully the DVD is better.Recommended.


Tilda Steamed Basmati Vegetable Biryani Rice 250 g (Pack of 6)
Tilda Steamed Basmati Vegetable Biryani Rice 250 g (Pack of 6)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A meal on its own for vegetarians, 19 Nov 2013
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This is very good cooked Basmati rice with spices and small amounts of carrots,beans,sweetcorn etc.,as you would expect from a Biryani rice dish.

It has everything it says on the packet and for me is a terrific accompaniment to a meat or fish dish which doesn't neccessarily have to be a curry.

Recommended.


Pacific Fusion Red Thai Curry Paste (Pack of 2)
Pacific Fusion Red Thai Curry Paste (Pack of 2)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good value, 19 Nov 2013
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I give this 5 stars because it's as good as many of the other brands of Thai curry paste on the Amazon site but is also less than half the price as I write.

And of course it's much cheaper than in supermarkets if indeed you can find it there.


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