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A Light Out Of The Dark
A Light Out Of The Dark
Price: £0.79

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Song for a Great Cause!, 10 Dec 2013
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Highly recommended for everyone - Spraff & the band should be proud :-)

Only 69p and you get a sublime winter song and all the proceeds go to charity - surely that's what Christmas is all about.


A Good Day to Die Hard (Blu-ray + UV Copy)
A Good Day to Die Hard (Blu-ray + UV Copy)
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Offered by DGR Film
Price: £3.99

38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extended Cut is EVEN WORSE!, 10 Jun 2013
Blu Ray review - I should have known better. I went to the cinema to see this and I was appalled at the 12A rating, most of the violence was toned down, the cursing was cut and the experience was a massive disappointment.

Then I saw that there was an extended harder cut, exclusive to Blu-Ray - being a collector of film franchises, I couldn't help myself and bought it. Bad move. Although the extended cut restores some of the violence and swearing, it actually CUTS a few of the redeeming features from the original theatrical version! Gone is the scene with Lucy McClane driving her Dad to the airport and also excised is the uplifting ending with the McClanes meeting up back in the USA. Instead we're "treated" to an even longer car chase - and that's it.

On the upside, the extras are worthwhile - although the Maximum McClane featurette is simply a montage of scenes from Die Hard 1-4 which only go to remind the audience of how good these films used to be.
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7dayshop USB / Battery Powered Green Apple Desktop Fan
7dayshop USB / Battery Powered Green Apple Desktop Fan

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 4 Aug 2011
This is without a doubt one of the best USB / Battery powered green apple desktop fans available. If you need a fan, powered by USB or batteries, specifically in the shape of a strange plastic flower - then this is for you. Fact.


4Gb Slim MP4/MP3 player
4Gb Slim MP4/MP3 player

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute garbage!, 4 Aug 2009
Having endured this item for a week, I've now given up even trying. I was initially impressed with the small exterior and relatively good build quality, but once I turned it on I was in for a shock.

The menu system is one of the most user-unfriendly interfaces ever created, the radio refuses to pick up a signal and the screen is atrociously bad quality. I managed to load some music onto it once, then on the following occasion, it decided of its own accord to delete everything that was there but refused to let me add more music as it said there was no memory left!

Please buy a decent branded product from a high street store, the extra expense is definitely worth it in the long run.


Captain America The Movie [Video to DVD conversion]
Captain America The Movie [Video to DVD conversion]
Dvd ~ Matt Salinger
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £10.95

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst transfer to DVD ever seen - Craptain America!, 25 Jun 2009
The film itself is a guilty pleasure; unbelievably cheesy, badly lit and amatuer acting at best, but it is also undeniably entertaining (if you're in the mood for something that so bad, its good!).

However, this DVD has blatantly been copied from a particularly poor VHS version of the film. There are even parts where the tracking seems to be out and causes the picture to wobble! It truly is unwatchable, especially so on a HDTV.

Please do yourself a favour and do not buy this DVD - even the artwork on DVD case is a joke - it is not a picture Matt Salinger as the titular super hero, but a random Captain America action figure!


Friday The 13th: Part 8 [DVD]
Friday The 13th: Part 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jensen Daggett
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £6.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Part 8, Not Gr8., 23 Feb 2009
Having been a long time fan of the Friday the 13th series, I was looking forward to a re-release of part 8, with hopefully a few extra features and a digitally restored picuture.

Unfortunately, despite new cover art for the DVD case, this is EXACTLY the same DVD as you get in the Friday 13th boxset, or the previous DVD released a few years ago. No features. No restoration. No commentary. They haven't even bothered to update the disc artwork!

Nevertheless, if you don't already own part 8 of the Friday franchise, this is a nicely priced DVD of a generic slasher film - entertaining if your in the mood, but badly acted (as is expected from an 80s genre horror) and oddly paced, with much of the action taking place on a boat heading to NY and only the final 15 mins or so actually happening in Manhattan. This is the least graphic of the series, a few kills verge on the comedic side and the ending is perplexing - which is why I'd hoped for a director's commentary to shed light on it.

In conclusion, Paramount should be ashamed of repackaging such an old vanilla DVD, but at least the price is right for those who don't already have this in their collection.


Sonic: Unleashed (Xbox 360)
Sonic: Unleashed (Xbox 360)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Unleashed: Best Next Gen Sonic Game Yet!, 18 Dec 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Overview:

Graphics 9/10 - excellent intro, great sense of speed and animation
Gameplay 8/10 - thrilling 2D speed sections, overlong "werehog" stages
Sound 8/10 - nice original sound effects, but no instantly recognisable themes
Overall 8/10 - a solid return to form for Sonic

Main Review:
Sonic Unleased is a good game, although not quite great. At least not for those who aren't adept at 3D platform games.

In the old days of the humble megadrive, anyone could pick up a joypad and have a quick game of Sonic The Hedgehog. It's controls were simple, the aim of the game was simple and the mechanics of pressing 1 button to jump meant even Grandad could manage to play and enjoy the game.

In the 3D arena of Xbox 360s and PS3s however, Sega has made the assumption that everybody is clued up on 3D platformers and using each and every button for the simplest of tasks. This is all well and good for avid gamers, but for the inexperienced or very young, the game is overly complicated and at times frustratingly difficult. Gone have the days of "pick up and play". Without knowing your way around a joypad blindfolded, this game is a nightmare.

However, there is still much joy to be had from this game. The opening level is reminisent of the Sonic of old - the speed at which the game plays is frantic, but fun - hearing the original "ping" when you collect a ring is nostalgic gold. Viewed in a 3rd person perspective, charging around a primary coloured playground (Greenhill Zone style) is like playing a super fast drving game - only with a jump button to enable new routes. At times the view changes to a 2D plane, when the speed increases to such an extent that you can't help but grin like to cheshire cat.

The game changes pace significantly during the "werehog" stages. These stages, although not entirely without merit, do drag on for too long and towards the end of the level, outstay their welcome. Initally grabbing, throwing and beating up bad guys does offer a refreshing change to the super fast preceding stages, as do the simple(ish) puzzles - but when it takes over 30 minutes to do one stage, compared to the couple of minutes to the "normal" Sonic levels, the game becomes somewhat imbalanced. You also need to be adept on the control pad, as to beat some baddies a Quick Time Event (a series of timed button presses) are required, one false move and you have to start all over again.

The in game music is less inspired than in previous Sonic outings. The orchestral changes in music indicate an incoming invasion of bad guys during the werehog levels and the ambient meoldies in the background throughout the arenas are nice, but lack the instant recognition of the old megadrive tunes.

If you are prepared to invest time into the werehog stages, you'll be greeted by some excellent animation, clever use of lighting and a relatively useful camera. My 9 year old daughter's attention span couldn't take it, nor could my girlfriend (who is a megadrive sonic expert), the incoherent storyline didn't endear them either.

The story - another over complication from Sega for a Sonic title - sees Sonic trying to rebuild a world that has literally been torn apart by Dr Robotnik/Eggman. This involves an amnesiac flying dog thing, Tails/Miles Prower and a host of other characters that you have to liase with before each pre-stage arena, as well as the aforementioned werehog that Sonic changes into during the night time (beat em up) stages.

In conclusion, this new Sonic game will engage you - if you allow it. Invest enough time, have patience and you will be rewarded with a great platforming experience - something this next generation of consoles is sorely lacking.


Toshiba 32AV504 - 32" Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV With Freeview
Toshiba 32AV504 - 32" Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV With Freeview

30 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HD Ready? - I'll never know!, 1 April 2008
After much trepidation I decided to ditch my old faithful CRT TV in favour of a new HD Ready LCD.

When I saw the deal on Amazon to get a Toshiba with a free glass stand at a very reasonable price, I thought I'd take the plunge.

The free glass stand arrived within 2 days and the TV turned up the following day - and what a handsome TV it is, lots of connection options, easy to follow instruction manual and well packaged.

This is as far as my review can go as despite following the set up guide to the tee, the TV was unable to display a picture. Just a vague greyness emitted from the screen. I unconnected, reconnected, unconnected and re-reconneted everything until I was blue in the face - not a dicky bird or hint of a picture. I have a fair amount of experience with setting up and maintaining electronic equipment, but this counted for nothing when the TV provided was broken to start with.

Disappointing doesn't even come close. I thought Toshiba would be a household name one could trust, even going so far as to buy a matching Toshiba DVD player with upscaling - but seeing as though thats only compatible via HDMI I can't even test it via my old television. D'oh!

Avoid buying this TV and - if you can - purchase a TV from a high street store where you can complain in person rather than via email, which I'm currently having to do with Toshiba/Amazon.

If/when a replacement turns up, I may be able to give an honest review of this television's performance, but until then - nil point!
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