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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [DVD]
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Price: £2.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - a great adventure!, 16 Jan. 2013
I didn't come to this film as a particular fan of Tin Tin, but was drawn mostly by the trailer and probably a friend's enthusiasm for the film. At time of review I am in my late thirties with a young family - but this DVD was for me. I loved it: the animation is superb with so much body language shown as motion capture was used, unfortunately Snowy didn't look anywhere near as realistic but then the animation method was different - and it stands out for that too. The story is well paced, well voiced, and exciting. I found it an easy watch and can readily recommend it to other adults, although that said my three year old enjoyed what he saw of it too. Could have been five stars if Snowy looked better in the film!

Extras are fairly short behind the scenes type stuff, but interesting.

I'm Not Like Everybody Else
I'm Not Like Everybody Else

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly non-distinct - but could be good for fans of the RAK sound, 16 Jan. 2013
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Before I picked up this album the only track I knew was Box Number which was put on a magazine CD years ago. I loved the track: prominent bass line, good arrangement, witty lyrics. I have of course heard motor biking and was aware of some of Spedding's session work. The album starts well with the title track, and then Box Number, but sadly - for me - continued in a non-distinct pub rock type way which was a real disappointment. There is an element of house sound of the record label to it, but I guess that could be down to Mickey Most's production. Maybe it is telling that little of this album appears on The Very Best of Chris Spedding. You may love it. Sadly, I didn't.

The Nutcracker (Jackson, Lso) [CD + Dvda] [DVD AUDIO]
The Nutcracker (Jackson, Lso) [CD + Dvda] [DVD AUDIO]
Offered by Sound and Vision
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Great performance, great recording, great surround mix., 12 Oct. 2012
The sound is so clear, with so much presence and detail. The surround mix is really tastefully done and absorbing to listen to. Instruments do play in the rear speakers (rather than just being hall ambience) but - at least to me - it doesn't sound jarring at all. Great fun. Breathtaking.

Rocket D.I.Y. [VINYL]
Rocket D.I.Y. [VINYL]

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A miserable alternative to The Hour of Bewilderbeast, 5 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Rocket D.I.Y. [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This album bears a number of musical similarities to Bewilderbeast - the experimental sounds, some upbeat music, but MAN are the lyrics are a downer. One song after another seems so embittered whatever the musical style. It sounds great on vinyl although there is no lyric insert or printed inner sleeve. Beware of the F word popping up once on Klutz if you're planning to play this in front of kids. Decodes nicely to some form of surround sound on the Neo 6: Music setting on an AV amplifier.

ALPINE CDE-113BT - Radio / CD / MP3 player / USB flash player - Full-DIN - in-dash - 50 Watts x 4
ALPINE CDE-113BT - Radio / CD / MP3 player / USB flash player - Full-DIN - in-dash - 50 Watts x 4

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding unit with needless technical issues, 22 Sept. 2012
Soundwise, I love this unit - it's great in that respect. It is a little complicated to get the sound right though, both the bass and treble can be band selected for adjustment (there's a choice of around 4 or 5 bands for each setting) but unlike EQ only one band within bass and one within treble can be used/adjusted at any one point. So if you go to boost 80Hz, but decide something like 120Hz could do with adjustment too you can only use one of them! If you switch out of 80Hz to adjust 120Hz you will loose the former setting. It's also multiple button/dial set so more complicated than it needed to be - but once you find your way it can sound fantastic (which is limited of course by the speakers in the car.) There is a richness to the sound to be found!

Plays mp3s easily from CD-R and USB stick. I currently use a 16GB(really 15.2GB)stick with little issue. It seems that there should be no more than 100 files in a folder. Pleasingly it seems that playback is - or can be - in order the tracks were added to the folder rather than alpha order. If the stick is removed (and not used on another machine/laptop, etc.) playback resumes from where it left off. Folder navigation is easy.

Technical issues:

1) The initial volume steps are MASSIVE. With family in the car the stereo is often somewhere between 3 and 5. Often the music is either too loud or too quiet due to the massive differences between one notch on the volume control. This is crazy and has not been a problem for so many car stereos for so long it is a mystery why it should make its way into the design of this one.

2) Tiny parts of the beginning of some tracks are clipped off. This means that half an introductory drum beat or vocal note just isn't heard. This applies to mp3s when the track starts very close to the beginning of the start time. It happens from CD-R and USB stick, even if a track plays right through and onto the next one. I haven't played many CDs in the unit, but I believe I recall it being a problem there sometimes too. My phone can play mp3s with less issue! This is not new technology, yet somehow this flaw is there on the unit. I've not heard that since a Sony CD player I bought (and returned) over 14 years ago!

So in conclusion, it sounds great, can be a bit fiddly to set up, and has some rediculously antiquated technical issues.

EDIT 30 June 2014: about six months ago this unit stopped working intermitantly, it would power up on any function, but there would be no audio and then DC ERROR would appear on the screen. Sometimes it would clear (not necessarily on the same day) but it got worse to the point where the unit was replaced for another brand about two months ago (a Sony model, which doesn't sound as good, and has at least one peculiar quirk of its own.) I've looked online, and it appears this error issue was not unique to my unit.

Anastacia: The Video Collection [DVD]
Anastacia: The Video Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anastacia

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fake 5.1 surround, nothing spectacular in the videos, 21 Sept. 2012
The music speaks for itself, but the key aspects of the DVD are the visuals and the boasted 5.1 surround sound. Sadly the 5.1 surround is not a dedicated mix, despite it being referred to as a mix on the audio menu on the DVD. The videos are pretty standard affairs, and the 2 bonus remix videos - whilst musically different - appear to be the same as, or similar to, the standard the versions (and don't even have fake surround applied.)

Fantastic 80's extended
Fantastic 80's extended
Offered by NetsavesUK
Price: £13.63

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hold back the celebrations - this compilation is not right., 19 July 2012
This review is from: Fantastic 80's extended (Audio CD)
This compilation is a real mixed bag - there's some decent stuff on here, but also some questionable sound quality, at least one track that isn't a 12" mix and at least three that are edited!

SOUND QUALITY - nothing awful: this certainly isn't over loud, but it sounds like some tracks have been sourced from vinyl and some sound like they have additional reverb/exciter added to them. Some tracks just don't sound quite right to me.

NOT THE 12" MIX: "Easy Lover" by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins. Is this the LP version? It's not the 12".

"Heart and Soul" (Remix) by T'Pau. This is either edited by about 1min or is the LP version.
"Don't Turn Around" (12" Mix) by Aswad. This has around 1min 10secs shaved off it.
"Don't Talk To Me About Love" (Extended Version) by Altered Images has around 1min 30secs removed.
"Girl You Know It's True" (Super Club Mix) by Milli Vanilli appears to be mistitled or missing 1 or 2 minutes depending on which Super Club Mix you have.

Wishful Thinking
Wishful Thinking
Price: £9.35

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is it really worth the upgrade?, 28 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Wishful Thinking (Audio CD)
If you have - and like - A Secret Wish, but not this then give it a go. Personally for me it is the better of the two by far.

However, the following are worth considering:

1) SOUND QUALITY - not much improvement

I've had the chance to play this on a serious bit of hifi (not mine!) and there is little difference between this version and the 1990s Warner release. There very little extra bass to be heard, but the top end is clearer (not boosted, there is audible improved definition) but it's not necessarily worth the entrance price as it is not major. I wonder if this has come from the LP cutting tapes rather than the actual mix masters as the album sounds quite bass shy.

2) BONUS TRACKS - not very interesting

This seems to be common opinion. While I don't have issue with the bonus tracks following the album (although I would have preferred an additional CD with further outtakes/remixes, etc.) there is little to be excited about.

Strength to Dream - a basic version of what appeared on A Secret Wish. No strings, no thunder and rain, a sudden end instead of the grand finale of the LP version.

p:Machinery (The Beta Wraparound) - as per the reactivated 12" I guess (Beta mix + reprise as also heard on p:Polish mix.) To be honest I have very little motivation to compare to the original 12".

The Murder of Love (Murderous Instrumental) - basic track, not a straight instrumental version of the LP mix, nowhere near as good as Loved on the main album.

Dr Mabuse (Outtake) - very similar to the LP version in structure with different mix levels, some elements mixed out, and different reverb on (some of?) the vocals, it plays out to the end like the instrumental mix and then gives just a little more. Kind of interesting but nothing to blow you away - don't expect another 12" mix.

Frozen Faces (A Secret Sense of Rhythm) - for me this is pretty tedious. Pretty much a loop with no vocals.

p:Machinery (The Voiceless Beta Wraparound Edit) - why?

There is still stuff that was released that is hard to get hold of on CD - so ZTT please stop teasing bits out on compilations and get the good stuff in one place.

3) PACKAGING - Fragile and doesn't match A Secret Wish

Instead of the digipak for some reason this album has been issued in a trifold square sleeve. The CD does not sit in a tray, but has to be pulled or tipped out of a pouch. On about the forth time of taking the CD out the card sleeve tore. This was while it was being squeezed to try and get the CD out without scratching it. So it is inconsistent to the previous release and apparently easily damaged.

What happenned ZTT? This could have been a much better release. Shame.
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Sony Ericsson K660i 3 Pre-Pay Mobile Phone Including £10 Airtime - White & Lime
Sony Ericsson K660i 3 Pre-Pay Mobile Phone Including £10 Airtime - White & Lime

1.0 out of 5 stars Phone crashes, 22 May 2012
Well we've currently got two K660i phones. (In both cases mainly black trim.)

After a certain age one of these started to crash (the other was bought second hand and does the same) - sometimes when using facebook, sometimes when unattended. The phone gives a brief vibrate and then the screen goes blank and some of the keypad remains lit. Updating the phone software was not ideal for two reasons:

1) It didn't actually fix the fault

2) There were some fairly strict sounding terms which seemed to imply that the next person who bought the phone also had to agree in writing to the same terms for them to take on ownership!

Additionally with my phone I find that if I key in texts too fast the phone either pulls up some menu or option or whatever.

The phone is fairly easy to use, but primitive for these days. The phone pictures are not very good, and of course there seems to be problems with them crashing.

Not recommended.

Ideal world (Ext. Remix Version, 1987) [VINYL]
Ideal world (Ext. Remix Version, 1987) [VINYL]

3.0 out of 5 stars Average 12" mix - not much extra in the extension, 18 May 2012
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This 12" mix is around 5mins 18secs, so it's only about one minute extra than the single remix. The flow of the mix sadly is not great and it feels like something more special could have been made from the track. Sadly the interesting, stripped down TR808 mix is not included.

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