Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn more Shop now Shop now
Profile for - topcat - > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by - topcat -
Top Reviewer Ranking: 128,782
Helpful Votes: 543

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
- topcat - (Brighton, UK)
(VINE VOICE)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
pixel
To All New Arrivals
To All New Arrivals
Price: £5.50

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 14 Jan. 2007
This review is from: To All New Arrivals (Audio CD)
Like other reviewers here I was gutted when I listened to this the first (and only) time. This is a sad let down after some other great albums, the mood is more chillout than dance or club and is ruined by silly voices and baby sounds. On top of that, as someone else mentioned, it really is like having a charity advert rammed down your throat with depressing messages of death, poverty and world peace - whilst I'm not anti any of that, there's a time and place. This is not something you're likely to put on when your mates come round or listen to in bed. Shame really.


To All New Arrivals
To All New Arrivals
Price: £5.50

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 14 Jan. 2007
This review is from: To All New Arrivals (Audio CD)
Like other reviewers here I was gutted when I listened to this the first (and only) time. This is a sad let down after some other great albums, the mood is more chillout than dance or club and is ruined by silly voices and baby sounds. On top of that, as someone else mentioned, it really is like having a charity advert rammed down your throat with depressing messages of death, poverty and world peace - whilst I'm not anti any of that, there's a time and place. This is not something you're likely to put on when your mates come round or listen to in bed.


Quentin Tarantino Presents: Hero [DVD] [2004]
Quentin Tarantino Presents: Hero [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jet Li
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £2.49

6 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 9 May 2005
As some of the other reviews have pointed out, this is really a bunch of very artily filmed sword fights strung together with a threadbare plot, whilst the sword fighting is superbly staged and well shot I struggled to keep interested in the plot, the acting was pretty wooden throughout with the exception of the character 'Broken Sword' and these two things really let down the film as a whole - no character sympathy & no emotion = lack of interest. One also has to wonder why Mr Tarantino would put his name to a film he really had no involvement with other than to boost sales & interest. I have to point out as this is rather a negative review that I loved Crouching Tiger and many other similar films, but just found this one didn't do it for me.


Automatic Card Shuffler
Automatic Card Shuffler

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for, 3 May 2005
This review is from: Automatic Card Shuffler (Toy)
As a regular late night card player I decided it was high time to purchase a card shuffler, this particular model was the first one I happened across and so this is what I got. Basically it does the job reasonably well but nothing more, the unit is plastic, it's very loud when in action which we found irritating particularly late at night and only seems to shuffle well about 80% of the time - the cards either get stuck at the wrong angle in the middle, aren't pulled in by the rubber wheel or not evenly pulled from both sides. I guess you get what you pay for; my advice would be to spend more money and look at other products (if you can find them).


Ocean's Twelve [DVD] [2004]
Ocean's Twelve [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.22

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
Sony VTX-D800U Freeview Digital TV Set Top Box

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic bit of kit, 7 Mar. 2005
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
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 A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.68

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 7 Mar. 2005
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
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: £3.49

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)
Price: £18.51

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
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
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?


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10