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Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 9 (PC)
Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 9 (PC)
Price: £59.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of money, 19 Mar 2014
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This isn't worth the bother. I bought it change photographs, create new photographic images and create covers for science fiction and horror novels. Frankly you'd be better off using the money to buy lots of pencils or paint brushes and pieces of paper. The processes in this so-called photo and graphic designer are so basic and clumsy there's really nothing you can do with it. And don't expect any help from the useless 'help' mode or the online website.

Unless you've got several thousand to spend on CGI technology then the best way of creating your own pictures is by hand.


Jurassic Attack [DVD]
Jurassic Attack [DVD]
Dvd ~ Corin Nemec
Price: £4.93

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, 3 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Jurassic Attack [DVD] (DVD)
Dinosaurs must be one of the most over-abused animals in film history. It's therefore disheartening that good dinosaur films are so difficult to find. This one sees a return to the "lost world" theme of old. A group of people, in this case a team of military types, find a remote area where prehistoric beasts still exist. Along the way they discover a character who has left society to live among the dinos in the wild.

If you're looking for something with the special effects of "Jurassic Park" you'll be disappointed, as the creatures in this film are kind of low-budget CGI. If, on the other hand, you just want a dinosaur romp then this will be just your cup of tea. It's fun and it entertains.


Toshiba RDXV60 3-in-1 DVD, HDD and VHS Recorder (discontinued by manufacturer)
Toshiba RDXV60 3-in-1 DVD, HDD and VHS Recorder (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by DIRECT 4
Price: £349.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another rubbush Toshiba machine, 21 Jan 2014
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After my previous Toshiba DVD/VHS player conked out after two years (for some reason the 3-year warranty I spent £45 on was invalid) I bought a new Toshiba DVD/VHS player which failed to work properly (it switched itself off if you played a cassette and the sound was often distorted). I ordered this machine only to find the DVD tray refuses to open. The flap jerks a bit but the tray will not open after many attempts.

Do not buy a Toshiba DVD/VHS player. Whether they are intentionally trying to faze out DVD/VHS machines I don't know, but if that's the case I wish they'd just stop making them rather than messing people about like this.

I see all other makes of DVD/VHS transfer machines have been discontinued, leaving only the unreliable Toshiba rubbish. You'd be better off buying a machine from some street corner trader in sunglasses and a grubby mac. If you have an old VHS player then look after it, because you can no longer transfer your collection to DVD.
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Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £6.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling tale, 9 Jan 2014
In the future the Earth has become an icy wasteland where glaciers threaten to engulf everyone. Then a mysterious man in armour is found in the ice, and when he thaws out he is revealed to be a stranded alien who revives his cronies and is soon threatening the local humans.

As a way of introducing the Ice Warriors, this works well. The story is interesting, there are strong performances from the cast and now there is a chance to see the two missing episodes. But there lies the problem. Nothing much actually happens in them, although there is character-building between two of the visiting cast (both good actors). Like a lot of six-parters, this is an episode or two over-length. It's still good sci-fi drama, but "Seeds of Death" is a much better choice if you want an old Ice Warrior story. The animation is reasonable and the usual wealth of extras make this a must for fans.


Octopus [DVD]
Octopus [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jay Harrington
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: £1.61

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film, 6 Jan 2014
This review is from: Octopus [DVD] (DVD)
A Russian submarine attempts to deliver nuclear cargo to Cuba. After being destroyed by the US army, the underwater explosion causes an octopus to mutate to huge size. Nearly forty years later, the beast is still out there.

It's true the octopus itself is only sparingly used, but like "Jaws" this is more about suspense and character-building. It is also a dark gritty tale of international terrorism combined with a genuine tense claustrophobic thriller as a group of characters are trapped underwater in a disabled submarine.

Maybe not for someone who just wants monster-rampage action, but a great film.


The Creature From Black Lake [1975] [DVD]
The Creature From Black Lake [1975] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Elam
Offered by multimedia-online
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Keep a crossword puzzle handy., 6 Jan 2014
A pair of intrepid explorers decide to track down a hominoid-like creature which lurks around a lake.

After an hour and a half of waiting for this movie to start, it doesn't. This feels like an attempt to create a home movie version of "Creature from the Black Lagoon". The film looks washed out and grainy. Not only that, but often it's painfully obvious only one camera is in use. During conversations the screen 'slides' back and forth between characters rather than cutting to different angles to show their faces.

Perhaps I'm being too critical and this film actually breaks new ground by being a monster movie where the characters fail to actually find (or even see) the monster. Blink and you'd miss it.

Now, how many 'm's are there in 'remembrance'?


Toshiba DVR20 Digital DVD Recorder and VCR with Freeview  (discontinued by manufacturer)
Toshiba DVR20 Digital DVD Recorder and VCR with Freeview (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by DIRECT 4
Price: £279.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this, 22 Dec 2013
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I have had this item for about a week now. So far it has failed to play or transfer several cassettes properly (try to play a VHS tape and the sound keeps becoming distorted, as though it keeps trying to play the tape too quickly). When I've tried to play a DVD the sound kept distorting and then the machine switched itself off. This was a replacement for a previous Toshiba recorder of the same model which worked alright for two years before refusing to play tapes. Now it won't play anything. Every time I try to play or rewind a tape it just switches itself off. The same thing happened to the other one of the same model, although that lasted two years rather than a week.

Don't buy this. It's an expensive turkey.


Razorback [1984] [DVD]
Razorback [1984] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gregory Harrison
Price: £5.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, gripping horror film, 5 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Razorback [1984] [DVD] (DVD)
In the Australian outback, an old man is blamed for death of his grandson. Nobody will believe his story about a wild boar the size of a white rhino. But a few years later it strikes again, this time killing a woman reporter who has come from America to do a report on animal cruelty. Her husband soon shows up, finds the grandfather (brilliantly played by Bill Kerr, who should be familiar to fans of Galton & Simpson's comedy) has become an Ahab-like figure determined to find the razorback and avenge his grandson's death.

This is an intelligent, well-made and gripping film from the excellently atmospheric outback to the extraordinary nightmare sequences to the little touches of social satire. The suspense has you on the edge of your seat and the razorback itself is a terrifying monster. Who needs Jaws when you can have Gnaws?


Hydra [DVD]
Hydra [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dwayne Adway
Price: £4.83

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tense and well-made thriller, 4 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Hydra [DVD] (DVD)
A group of ex-convicts are kidnapped and taken to an island where they will be hunted for sport by the wealthy. Before long the situation becomes a game of survival. The hunters arrive on the island with the big guns whilst the hunted must use their best survivalist skills to brave the dangerous uncharted landscape. Unknown to all of them is the last of a doomed expedition living on the island, along with a creature from the darkest realms of human mythology.

This is a great film. The characters are all well-written, the storyline never ceases to be gripping and intriguing and the Hydra itself is a fantastic and terrifying CGI creation. Cut off one of its heads and it will simply grow another, in the tradition of the hydra legend.


Mega Shark in Malibu [DVD] [2010]
Mega Shark in Malibu [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Renee Bowen
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £4.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good., 4 Dec 2013
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Ladies and gentlemen, we have with us one of the stars of this film. Please put your hands together for Goblin Shark No 4.
(Round of applause)
Mr Goblin, would you tell us something about your experiences whilst working on this film?
"Of course. During the early scenes in this film I was given the impression me and my brothers were going to be playing second fiddle to a load of the usual muscle-bound men and bikini babes who seem to be taking up most of the screen time. But once the movie starts getting into action we were out there doing the "Jaws" business. It's true the science in the movie would hack scientists right off. Real goblin sharks are not extinct and we, as CGI Great Whites with different heads, only bear a passing resemblance to them. But come on. These films aren't made for professors, and the later scenes after the tidal wave are a genuinely tense and exciting example of the 'stranded people in danger' theme".
It's certainly nice to see someone make the effort with a kind of shark other than the usual Great White. Have you any future film ambitions?
"Actually I'd like to go into banking, but I think they already have enough sharks".
Mr Goblin, thank you.


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