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Hunting Venus (A Soundtrack To The 80s)
Hunting Venus (A Soundtrack To The 80s)
Offered by westworld-
Price: £12.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant soundtrack for a fantastic film that is SCREAMING for ..., 3 Sept. 2014
Brilliant soundtrack for a fantastic film that is SCREAMING for a DVD release! Can someone, somewhere not make it happen? Bootleggs will continue to be sold all over the place until it does!


Rendez-Vous Houston / A City In Concert [DVD]
Rendez-Vous Houston / A City In Concert [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean Michel Jarre

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Concert, 26 July 2013
No I don't have the DVD. Like all the other fans I would love it, instead of the old VHS I transferred myself. Without an official release, bootlegs on the net will be rampant. It's too good a concert not to be available. Release on it's own, or as a set with older VHS concerts transferred as well.


T'ai Chi And QiGong - The Prescription For The Future - An Anthology [DVD]
T'ai Chi And QiGong - The Prescription For The Future - An Anthology [DVD]
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £19.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 15 Jun. 2013
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As with it's companion book, 'The Idiots guide to Tai Chi & Chi gong', this is simply an outstanding introduction to tai chi and qigong which in my opinion is head and shoulders better than anything similiar on the market. Because it does what it says on the tin, and does it well.
There are nicer looking DVDs on the market, flasher more complex ones, tai chi masters whose form are beautiful, but this simply is the best one to follow. And that is what a tai chi DVD should be. Informal and relaxed, with a great introduction and an excellent teacher who shows and explains everything perfectly. Too often tai chi DVD lessons are not thorough enough in explanation or demonstration. This one is excellent, and highly recommended.


The Face - The Best Of Visage
The Face - The Best Of Visage
Price: £5.54

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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Best of album from the New Romantic Boys, 15 Jun. 2013
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Always been a fan of the first two Visage albums, the self titled debut and the second album The Anvil. There are several Best of Visage albums out, and for the most part follow the usual suspects of tracks. This would be my fave of them, although I must say it has the worst cover! Ignore that though, as if you like Visage and only want one good best of to cover it, this is a good one. Perhaps a remix of Fade to Grey could have been dropped to make way for another track, but otherwise this is decent.


Silent Hill: Downpour
Silent Hill: Downpour
Price: £19.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good SH soundtrack, 15 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Silent Hill: Downpour (Audio CD)
Daniels vision of a soundtrack is a little less abstract than Akiras brilliant, original soundtracks for the earlier SH games, but is nevertheless a great soundtrack fitting of the SIlent Hill name. A bit more accessible for listeners in many ways, it is still very atmospheric and more towards a traditional movie soundtrack. I also love the track by Korns frontman Jon Davis.
I really like it and would recommend it to any fan of dark atmospheric music. It's the sort of thing I love to draw or paint to!


Complete Idiot's Guide to Tai Chi and Qigong
Complete Idiot's Guide to Tai Chi and Qigong
by Bill Douglas
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Introduction to the world of Tai Chi, 15 Jun. 2013
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Tai Chi isn't just an excercise routine; it's a lifestyle change. It can seem a little overwhelming when first having a look at it, seem all a bit 'new age', and when first attempting it, it can be very difficult to switch your mind off and relax. Once you can overcome those initial hurdles, you will find it to feel the most natural way to live, the mysterious nature of it disappears and you find it to be a true science, and not new age- very old age!
I am only a beginner, and have been attending classes for coming up two years. I have been looking around for various publications to compliment the classes, not replace them, and found there are many excellent books on the subject. This particular one is close on the best, if not the best for beginners wanting to get a good in depth introduction to Chi, tai chi and qigong. It is not intimidating nor patronising, and speaks in very plain informal language rather than trying to be too clever early on. It is written with a western audience in mind, introducing you slowly to an eastern philosophy. It starts with very basic introductions, how to find classes etc, leading into tai chi and qigong excercises, right through to a yang long form. Just outstanding. Highly recommended, and best with the DVD anthology by the same Author. Ideal for beginners and tai chi students for reference as well.


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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caution: Funstock=Blaze=Xploder, 22 Feb. 2013
First, this unit. It's an okay machine albeit a bit overpriced for what you are getting. But if you like classic Neo Geo games you should enjoy this. Although it is simply an emulator, it does a pretty authentic job. I would be interested in purchasing at some stage, but certainly not at this price, and certainly not the one distributed here.

Why? Bare in mind that the company distributing this is Funstock, which is part of the Blaze/Xploder group that bought you the notoriously bad Gamegadget. Their own sites only have outstanding reviews of this unit because all other ones are deleted, they do not handle criticism very well, and customer service is atrocious to say the least. After the disgusting, arrogant mess that occurred with the Gamegadget, I would not support them again whatsoever.

***Edited with Update: I have dropped this item down to minimal stars...Because simply you are paying for a flash wrapper. It has become apparant this item uses a Port of 'Final Burn Emulator' for Dingoo (a handheld game emulator player) available at far less than this. Check out the 'Ashens Review' on utube, which goes into details. The PSP actually emulates the games better- Just not good enough when you are paying so much for this thing. Quite disgraceful really, but not all that surprising considering who is distributing the thing!!!
Be warned- If you want Authentic Neo Geo games, this aint it. If you want an emulator thats okay, this will do, but you'll be paying too much for the priviledge.


GameGadget Handheld System
GameGadget Handheld System

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A hat trick of buyer beware!, 30 May 2012
This is the third review of the 'Game Gadget' and like the first two, I simply cannot recommend it whatsoever. The concept behind it excited me, like it did many other fans of retro gamers. The reality is far different.
The product had months of hype-including assistance from a few games mags suckered into the dream of how good it sounded. Sadly it was not to be. It's point of difference, to other open sourced handhelds was the 'itunes styled' store- it was hyped on that fact, promoted heavily on that fact, and has failed miserably on that fact. Supposedly, it was going to allow gamers to go to a user friendly store and be able to download a wide selection of games from a large range of past hardware. It would start with the Megadrive games (you find on cheaper Blaze handhelds) and build on that. They were quoted in January of this year to be announcing more games 'within a couple of weeks.'
When released, it took close to a month before users could actually use it-Then the real issues emerged- That aside from the same Blaze MD games and a few freewares, there were NO OTHER GAMES WHATSOEVER, the software was riddled with bugs and problems, and there was region issues with what few games there were.
Several weeks further on, there are still many bug issues continuing to emerge, and still no word on premium games. It has also come to light some of the advertising is misleading (The SD cards cannot be used for the purchased games, despite the wording not clarifying that. Not that it matters as there is only those Blaze MD games there anyway), and what has really caused anger more than anything is the attempt to stifle customer complaints by removing the facebook page that was riddled with angry customers- and the forum now under dictatorial rule where even a question like 'When are games coming out' results in a warning of banning. Despite editing and softening the 'welcome' a little in the forum, the damage was done and simply shown the arrogance of a company willing to blame its own customers for their impatience, rather than concede the failure is due to overhyping and lack of being able to back up their own promises.
Sadly, the dream has become a nightmare and I would strongly recommend if gamers want a handheld system for a range of retro games, pay a little more and opt for a Dingoo-Far better quality. The thing that would have made this a contender was the store had it worked. It hasn't, making this machine frankly only a junkier and more bug riddled version of the other better quality emulators already available and well established (like Dingoo). One to avoid.

***Update as of October- Despite words to the contrary, and various promises from the Company BLAZE/XPLODER, they have proven to be unreliable, misleading, arrogant and bordering on dodgy. The promised updates have not eventuated, so this machine remains riddled with bugs. The promised games have not appeared. There was an actual confession on their Gamegadget forum they did not actually have signings at all! However, as they forum has now gone- like their facebook page did, to remove the hundreds of complaints, it cannot be seen. But many, many customers have commented on this product and the people behind it on the Retro Gamer magazine forum- Somewhere they cannot delete the customer complaints. I cannot stress buyer beware enough!!!!


Twelve Inches
Twelve Inches

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy in the collection, 13 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Twelve Inches (Audio CD)
Okay! If like me you were a 'Frankie' fan before and after they were cool, this is a great addition to the CD collection. But I add a 'BUT' here.
But it's not perfect. To me personally, if you want a good selection of Frankie Goes to Hollywood stuff you must have the great album Welcome to the Pleasuredome, and a CD (or)two of extended versions of their fantastic 12" singles.
This set is great, don't get me wrong, but does not in my opinion have the best versions of Relax or Two tribes on it. For that reason I knock it down a point. TO get those you'll need 'Reload-The whole 12"' CD as well as this one. But that is slightly flawed as as well.
Pros and Cons for this set:Pros are that it has some great versions of their well known songs and that it is 'broken up' (That is, you can listen on the player without getting sick of it as it doesn't have ten versions of the same song one after another-the order is better organised), the con is that I was disappointed a couple of my favourite versions of Relax and Two tribes weren't there, and you'll have to buy the other 'Reload' CD to get them.
There are issues with the 'Reload' CD as well though-The pro is that some great versions are on it, the con...and this is a bad couple of cons: Firstly, too many versions of the same song are in a row making it a bit annoying (But nowadays you can ipod it and change the order) and there are modern remixes on it which are in my opinion a bane on music (Cut most of the song except for a couple of lines and run a 'doof doof' through it is not music to my ears frankly).
There you go. Just my opinion!


Discovery Channel - NASA's Greatest Missions [4 DVD]
Discovery Channel - NASA's Greatest Missions [4 DVD]
Offered by The Canny Store
Price: £15.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WYSIWYG! What you see is what you get!, 21 April 2009
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What you see is what you get with this set. I ordered this set as I wanted a nice set of DVDs covering NASAs biggest highs and lows, and that is exactly what you get with this set, at a great value price.
I like the packaging, featuring individual slimline DVD cases within a cardboard outer, it sits nicely within the others sets and being slimline doesn't hog too much shelfspace!
The set covers the from the first in space, to orbits, the space race, men on the moon, Apollo 13, the Shuttle Era (including the low points of the disaster), Hubble and Skylab. The four disc set covers a lot, probably not as in depth as others but well enough for most-which also keeps it interesting and moving along fast. Interviews with Astronauts throughout with their viewpoints and feelings are a great feature as well.
Highly recommended for anyone wishing to have a good set of historic moments in space flight and America's space program.


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