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Ocean's Twelve [DVD] [2004]
Ocean's Twelve [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £2.49

39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance, 1 April 2005
This review is from: Ocean's Twelve [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
A very disappointing sequel with little of the magic of the first film. Whilst it's watchable enough it's never truly engaging, the plot is wafer thin and the story hops about all over the place with no real direction. It comes across as a 2 hour showcase for the big names with each of the stars jostling for screen time. The script is filled with irrelevant chatter, the Chinese man Yen has practically zero lines and zero duties and therefore zero point being in the film other than to make up the original numbers, Andy Garcia comes across about as menacing as the Andrex puppy and Bradd Pitt is constantly stuffing his face. I must just mention the part with Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts actually pretending to be themselves in real-life, I guess this is supposed to be funny but it's really just ridiculous, and any film where there is a character called "The Nightfox" you'd expect to be related to Marvel comics. This was a sequel made purely to cash in on the success of the first film, it's nicely filmed (though a little too much wobbly camcorder action for my liking) with beautiful locations and wardrobes, but none of this helps to save what's in the end not even in the same league as it's predecessor - I was gutted when I left the cinema.


Sony VTX-D800U Freeview Digital TV Set Top Box (discontinued by manufacturer)
Sony VTX-D800U Freeview Digital TV Set Top Box (discontinued by manufacturer)

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic bit of kit, 7 Mar 2005
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Superb box, after having a number of cheaper alternatives (and getting rid of them all due to bad reception) I finally bought this based on the high reviews. I would agree with everyone that the picture & sound quality is superb, this box found all the channels first go using a signal booster and a set-top digital compatible aerial, no rooftop aerial involved and the quality is amazing. The only niggle I have so far (hence the 4 stars) is the inability to use Top-Up TV, but hey it's way better than having just the standard 4 analogue channels. Definitely recommended.


Man On Fire [2004] [DVD]
Man On Fire [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £2.65

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 7 Mar 2005
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This review is from: Man On Fire [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
The story in brief: Denzel Washington is a washed out heavy drinking ex-military type and takes up a job as a bodyguard protecting a 9 year old girl for a wealthy family living in Mexico City. This is a truly superb movie and has to be one of Denzel Washington's finest pieces of work, in fact the acting on all fronts is superb the chemistry between Washington & Fanning, the little girl he's protecting, is fantastic as she finds a way into his life. Strong performances all round help to cement a very realistic presentation of a situation many well-off families in South American countries must dread finding themselves in. Filmed on location in Mexico City and filled with corrupt police and law officials it really gets across the dangerous feeling intended by the filmmakers of living in that part of the world. The first half of the film deals with the growing relationship between Washington & Fanning and leaves us guessing as to what dark secrets hide in Washington's past, the second part of the film takes a different and surprising turn when the young girl is kidnapped and Washington's past is revealed as he takes it on himself to avenge the kidnapping. All in all an emotional and nail biting ride from start to finish, just superb. The only slight niggle I have is with the occasional subtitles, whilst some of the dialogue is in Spanish and they are required, in these particular scenes the English is subtitled also and the titles can be quite intrusive with various words in bold and enlarged as if to emphasise the speech - I found this "PowerPoint" style of showing the subtitles rather distracting, and detracted from the power of the various scenes; but, as I said, this is a very minor point.


Fahrenheit 9/11 [2004] double disk extra features [DVD]
Fahrenheit 9/11 [2004] double disk extra features [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Moore
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One-sided anti-Bush propaganda documentary., 28 Jan 2005
This is basically an anti-bush propaganda documentary, whilst the first 40 minutes or so were quite interesting in relation to the Bush family business links to the Saudis etc, the whole film has been so heavily cut, edited and re-edited as to be a wholly one sided view on events and as such should be taken with a large pinch of salt. Any credible documentary should give a balanced view, or at least put the events into context, look at the bigger picture. One particular part of the film mentions the "alliance" of countries the US had put together pro the invasion of Iraq and reels off a bunch of 3rd world or small-player countries (to highlight how world support was against the invasion of Iraq), but unbelievably Moore fails to mention both Britain & Spain, two key countries in the alliance, an oversight maybe, I think not. Anyway, I can't really see this becoming a title people will be wanting to watch over and over again (hence the relatively swift journey from cinema to DVD & then straight to TV), my advice is watch it but don't take any of it as gospel truth - give me the same footage and I could make Bush look like a mathematical genius with the right editing (well not exactly but you get the point).


Earth 7: Scorched Earth Edition (W/Dvd)
Earth 7: Scorched Earth Edition (W/Dvd)
Offered by RareGroove
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll on the Jazz & funk, 31 Dec 2004
This is a superb album, a warning if you're expecting a Progressive Sessions type mix then you may be disappointed. This album is a slight step away from drum and bass and is really a mix of funky jazzy style tracks, some have vocals, some have a more house feel reminiscent of the legendary Frankie Knuckles and some have more chilled drum and bass style patterns. Basically this is a great mix of stuff suitable for chilled out summer nights, beach life, smoky jazz bars, late evening\early morning sessions - it fits all occasions, relax and enjoy.


Creative Zen Micro 5GB - Silver
Creative Zen Micro 5GB - Silver

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Design genius., 30 Dec 2004
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This is possibly the most beautifully designed piece of electronics I have had the pleasure of owning. The size and shape of the Zen Micro is just right, it's very small and yet has a solid and robust feel to it, it makes you want to hold it. The laptop style touchpad looks great and keeps the minimalist Zen look just right, not only that but it works well (the sensitivity is adjustable and the power button has a further option to lock the touchpad, so no changing of settings in your pocket). Obviously this little puppy is going to become the latest must-have accessory so it comes in 10 different colours and limited editions currently have a spare battery lobbed in for good measure. Performance wise the sound quality is excellent and I have no problem with the volume level, at it's top level it's too loud for me and I like loud music. The menu structure is simple and easy to use with all the things you'd expect from a good mp3 player, nice blue backlight by the way. Transferring music is best done through Windows Media player 10 (which come on the cd) as the Zen Explorer software is fairly basic. I haven't fully tested the battery running time as yet on a full stretch, but it promises 12 hours.
Having found these were all sold out in the shops, I ordered mine from Amazon on the 27th December and it arrived just before 9am on the 29th, superb service. The only negative thing I can say so far (and I'm fishing around here) is that Creative have obviously been somewhat inspired by Apple with the white cables and head phones, no bad thing in the looks department, but they could easily have done something different and unique as the rest of this bit of kit certainly stands apart from the competition. Mini iPod, what's that?


The Ladykillers [DVD] [2004]
The Ladykillers [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.27

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overshadowed by the original, 20 Dec 2004
This review is from: The Ladykillers [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
As a stand alone film this is fine, but having grown up with the original, it's impossible not to make any comparisons with the 50's Ealing comedy classic. I won't go into the story etc as other reviews have done that, so keeping it short - if you're a fan of the original version with Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers & Herbert Lom etc then the odds of you liking this version are slim (very), however if you haven't seen the original then you'll probably enjoy this. Tom Hanks gives a pretty good performance, the general story line remains similar and the script fairly tight (though Hanks has a tendency to waffle unnecessarily). I would warn you this version has a lot of swearing (and I mean a lot), so if you're planning to buy it for your parents or grandparents for Christmas then I would seriously reconsider. I'm going to give this 2 stars as the original British classic is still in a totally different league than this modern day American remake.


I Robot (Collector's Two Disc Edition) [DVD] [2004]
I Robot (Collector's Two Disc Edition) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Will Smith
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.71

37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment, 18 Oct 2004
The story in summary: It's the year 2035 and robots are an everyday household item, everyone trusts and relies on them except one paranoid detective (Will Smith) who is investigating what he believes is a crime committed by a robot; this is unheard of as robots aren't built to be allowed to harm humans. Smith has difficulty turning anyone to his way of thinking and finds himself being drawn into something far more sinister. The film is amazingly shot, beautiful vast city skylines reminiscent of Blade Runner set the scene and mood brilliantly, visually it's stunning. The robots themselves are fantastic and don't seem out of place walking down the street with humans, a fine achievement as this can so often let a film down. The graphics people have done a great job with the robots themselves they look good and move beautifully, Sunny the star robot really has a human edge but still reminded me a little of Casper the ghost. Whilst there probably is a moral buried in here somewhere, it's not immediate and the film is just huge entertainment and action the whole way through - the car scene is fantastic. This is a big budget production and there's the now familiar product placement, JVC, Audi & Converse All Star all feature this time around, but that's the norm these days. Will Smith is excellent as the cynical lead and plays his part to perfection. Great escapism, and you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy it.


I Robot (Collector's Two Disc Edition) [DVD] [2004]
I Robot (Collector's Two Disc Edition) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Will Smith
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.71

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment, 23 Sep 2004
The story in summary: It's the year 2035 and robots are an everyday household item, everyone trusts and relies on them except one paranoid detective (Will Smith) who is investigating what he believes is a crime committed by a robot; this is unheard of as robots aren't built to be allowed to harm humans. Smith has difficulty turning anyone to his way of thinking and finds himself being drawn into something far more sinister. The film is amazingly shot, beautiful vast city skylines reminiscent of Blade Runner set the scene and mood brilliantly, visually it's stunning. The robots themselves are fantastic and don't seem out of place walking down the street with humans, a fine achievement as this can so often let a film down. The graphics people have done a great job with the robots themselves they look good and move beautifully, Sunny the star robot really has a human edge but still reminded me a little of Casper the ghost. Whilst there probably is a moral buried in here somewhere, it's not immediate and the film is just huge entertainment and action the whole way through - the car scene is fantastic. This is a big budget production and there's the now familiar product placement, JVC, Audi & Converse All Star all feature this time around, but that's the norm these days. Will Smith is excellent as the cynical lead and plays his part to perfection. Great escapism, and you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy it.


Welcome To The Jungle - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Welcome To The Jungle - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Dwayne Johnson
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.83

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great all round entertainment., 2 Aug 2004
Great all round entertainment, full of action, stunts galore and some of the best (and most original) fight sequences I've seen in ages. The Rock and Seann William Scott are perfect in their respective roles and work brilliantly together, very amusing. The jungle theme is a nice idea, and having just returned from the central American jungle it was even enjoyable. Christopher Walken was excellent as usual, and while the storyline is not the most original it works well. Definitely worth a viewing.


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