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SanDisk 64GB Mobile Ultra MicroSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter
SanDisk 64GB Mobile Ultra MicroSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter
Offered by Flashmemo-Uk

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Counterfeit - avoid, 29 Aug. 2012
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The item I received is counterfeit. The evidence:

1) The packaging claims the card contains utility software for android yet the card was empty.

2) Every attempt to copy files failed with copy errors.

3) The industry standard external media testing utility h2testw.exe reported the card as only containing 6GB

Conclusion: obvious counterfeit. I am seeking a refund.

Dune (Blu-ray + Bonus DVD)
Dune (Blu-ray + Bonus DVD)
Dvd ~ Kyle MacLachlan
Offered by dvd-uncut
Price: £39.90

104 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A flawed epic brought a fresh lease of life by high definition, 13 May 2009
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This is the review I would have liked before buying this blu-ray title.

I don't understand why this title has only been published for the German market. Perhaps it has a stronger following over there. Anyway, although the packaging and disk art is in German, once the movie's playing, that's all irrelevant.

I took the risk in getting this German import because although the movie is deeply flawed it has qualities that I really appreciate. The soundtrack by Toto is stunning and Brian Eno's "Prophecy Theme" is haunting. The story is epic. As a kid I was a fan of the book series and was deeply disappointed when the movie came out and was universally slated by the critics.

However, it is also beautiful. The sets and costumes are sumptuous. It oozes atmosphere, like Brade Runner and Aliens. If you can filter out the flaws and focus on enjoying its qualities, it is moving and uplifting. I will add my plea to those of others: "David Lynch, please transcend the trauma of making this film and the confused reactions of the test screening audiences that caused the studio to force you to butcher the movie down to its theatrical release length, recognise that this is a cult film and delight your fans by publishing your original, full-length director's cut." Given that this isn't likely to happen, the next best thing is this German blu-ray package...

To my immense relief, the upgrade to blu-ray was worth it. High definition detail makes it a different experience, one that amplifies the DVD experience. The dire special effects and the grainy scenes are rendered even more painful by high definition. However, the richness of the sets, costumes and performances from the all-star cast are equally boasted to new heights.

For me, the way that high definition brings out the rich production and performance qualities actually helps to heal the flaws and makes it a better movie. If you were able to enjoy the DVD version despite its flaws then you'll love the blu-ray presentation. Enjoy.
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Gandhi [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]
Gandhi [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Ben Kingsley
Price: £7.98

71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic showcase for blu-ray, 13 May 2009
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This is the review I would have liked before buying this blu-ray title. I was put off by the "Blu-ray/Upscale Comparison" review but wanted the disk so much I took the risk.

I do not understand how that reviewer could detect "little difference" between the blu-ray and DVD versions. Upscaling cannot produce detail which is not in the video signal, only interpolate to make the picture smoother.

Ghandi benefits from high definition detail in a variety of types of scene:

1) Close-ups of actors faces when delivering great performances. This movie is an epic and was a phenomenon in its time. Its 8 oscars are an indication that it wasn't just because of its historical importance - there are some great performances. High definition really brings this to life: you see every strand of hair and skin pore. The eyes and muscle tone in the face make performances utterly engaging. For example, the tension in the debriefing scene with Edward Fox after the massacre is positively palpable.

2) Wide vistas (sumptuous, colonial interiors and sweeping, panoramic exteriors) with characters in the distance. Blu-ray enables you to see the actors' performance while on DVD you just know they are there and hear them talking.

3) Complex scenes, such as the opening funeral with a crowd of 400,000 people (how do you upscale that from 720x480?), lavishly ornate colonial interiors and exteriors, and lush Indian landscapes and panoramas.

I was concerned about the age of the film. The opening scene was grainy and my heart sank. However, it was shot in low-light and there's only a handful of shots in the whole 3-hour epic that suffer in this way, a record which is substantially better than films many years younger than Ghandi. Colour is superb, with the sets, costumes and beautiful use of light by Attenborough making Ghandi a visual feast.

This is a wonderful movie and a stunning demonstration of what blu-ray can do. I commend it whole-heartedly to anyone with a blu-ray player.
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Braun Series 7 790cc Clean & Renew System Electric Rechargeable Male Foil Shaver
Braun Series 7 790cc Clean & Renew System Electric Rechargeable Male Foil Shaver

24 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be warned - great shave but inpractical, 9 Oct. 2007
This model is definitely Braun's best, but it's improvement over recent models is marginal. Yes, it is the best but not by that much. I experienced the most improvement in the time needed for a shave rather than the closeness of it.

However, there is a big downside. To get as close as possible, Braun have made the cutter block and foil a single integrated unit - you can't get inside it and it quickly clogs up. End result is it is impossible to clean without the cleaning unit that comes with it.

Tapping the separated shaver head against the basin releases about a third of what you can remove from the older models that come apart completely. The rest stays put, to the extent that the six-segment "hygiene" indicator on the bottom of the shaver goes from fully clean to flashing red empty in just three shaves, and I have a light growth compared with some men.

The advertising says you can clean it under a running tap. Well, in my experience you can't. Doing so had no impact on the "hygiene" indicator, despite endless experimentation on my part. When I saved the water to see how much beard dust was washed out this way there was virtually none.

I personally would not have bought this product had I known this. I used to clean my old shaver with their cleaning system once a month, to get it back to a pristine state with just a "tap and buzz" 20 second daily clean in between. Not only would cleaning every three days be costly on consumables it is environmentally unsound.

You have been warned.
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