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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Slayer Collection (Spike) [DVD]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Slayer Collection (Spike) [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Marsters
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.25

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Gift, 7 Jan 2008
This review is primarily in response to those asking the question of "What is the Point?" and "Why are Fox becoming so consumerist?". I have little bad to say about the entire range of the Slayer Collection. These are fantastic dvds with a wonderful handful of episodes each. Whilst being redundant for the avid Buffy fan who has all of the boxsets already, it's perfect as a gift for that special someone or just a friend for whatever occasion if they enjoyed Buffy on TV but wouldn't have the time to watch or the funds to buy the actual series.

I would certainly reccomend buying one of these dvds as a present, particularly if the individual being bought for is a fan of one specific character, as so often happens.


The X Files: Season 3 [DVD] [1994]
The X Files: Season 3 [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Price: £9.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good as far as things go., 5 April 2006
I have nothing bad to say about this season. The quality of the first two continues. The conspiracy deepens and their are some first rate stand alone episodes. There just isn't anything new or groundbreaking here to be honest.
The first down right funny episodes apear here as well. "War of the Coprohaghes" and "John Chung's From Outerspace" which both take a comedic stance on the content and characters of the series.


The X Files: Season 2 [DVD] [1994]
The X Files: Season 2 [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Price: £9.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything suddenly makes sense..., 5 April 2006
Season 2, all of a sudden the bigger picture begins to unfold and the mythology that would prove to make X Files one of the most succesful sci fi shows ever is laid down.
Like season 1, this season has a wonderful collection of stand alone episodes, but the best thing about this season is that it serves as the perfect introduction to the conspiracy. Colony and End Game are the best two episodes here. Arguably this season is essential to the mythology.


The X Files: Season 1 [DVD] [1994]
The X Files: Season 1 [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Price: £9.90

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of something great..., 5 April 2006
There's something about season 1 of the X Files that I just love. It's a much simpler time for the series, without the presence of complicated mythology story arcs and in jokes. The X Files at this time, was a whole new concept. And we're given some of the darkest and strangest episodes of the entire 9 years that the show ran.
The X Files season 1 presents stand alone stories of top quality horror. The alien episodes themselves are fascinating, leaving the audience desperate for the truth that won't even be hinted at for another two years.
The stand alone eps are arguably better in this series than any other. My personal favourites include "Darkness Falls" and "Ice" in which Mulder and Scully are terrorised by agent bugs released from a cut down tree and trapped in an antarctic research lab where there's a parasite infecting the team...
Buy this series if you're just getting started, or if you want some horror/sci fi stories that can just be watched without worrying about the back story.


Comic Relief Harry Potter's School Book Pack
Comic Relief Harry Potter's School Book Pack
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback

153 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory for anyone serious about their O.W.L exams!, 15 Aug 2005
It has to be said, JK Rowling has really thought out the Harry Potter universe well, and these books only support that claim. Simply put, "Quidditch through the ages" gives you everything you could ever wish to know about the magical sport, and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them" is a great fountain of information about creatures in the main books.
Of course, it would be very easy for these books to become something serious, intense and sleep inducing like some of the Lord of the rings publications around... that is, if Rowling wasn't responsible for them.
"Fantastic Beasts & Where to find them" is filled with some of Harry and Ron's personal doodles, sarcastic comments and pen and paper games, definitely funny stuff. On top of this the articles themselves have an underlying sense of humour to them, especially whena creature already seen in the main books crops up.
"Quidditch through the ages" is completely different, and while it lacks the unique doodles of the fore mentioned book (it is official Hogwarts library property you know!) the history of Quidditch more than makes up for this. In no way is this just a tedious account of how the sport developed, but it talks about strange events, customs and peculiarities which will have you chuckling to yourself as you read.
Would I prefer to see a bigger full version? Yes! But at the end of the day, it's for chairty and definitely worthwhile! A must for anyone who loves Harry Potter or is just a charitable person!


Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Adult Edition (Harry Potter 6): 6/7
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Adult Edition (Harry Potter 6): 6/7
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.39

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To use the mother of all cliches, MAGICAL!, 15 Aug 2005
I've been a huge fan of the Harry Potter novels since by parents first thrust The Philosopher's Stone into my hands on a family holiday as a young child. Admittadly I was slightly skeptical, especially considering the front cover. That was the first and last time I judged a book by its cover. With that in mind, I was looking forward to book 6 with high expectations,
Goblet of Fire had already made the first leap from a bloody good kid's book to a cracking adult's novel.
With the stage firmly set for darker things in Order of the Pheonix, The Half Blood Price had a lot to live up to. Simply, it does. The Half Blood Prince, begins with a chapter that captured my interest immidiatly, a meeting between The Minister of Magic and our own "beloved" Prime Minister.
It has to be said, this book has disposed of or recycled the traditional HP formula of "Harry goes to school, something happens to make him suspicious, he works all year to find out about it then fights it" In Book 6 Harry is in a new, uncertain time in the Magical Community. The Wizarding World is at war! Ministry of Magic security posters cover the walls of Diagon Ally... And for once, nothing in Hogwarts is black and white. In this book, Hogwarts reflects the wizarding world that houses it, enemies and allies are in the most unexpected places, and Harry may well be beyond the help of his friends as he has to come to terms with his destiny.
This revolutionary edition in the Harry Potter saga will never let you put it down until you finish the last page, and even then, you will hold it in your hands for the next few days, glancing at its cover every so often, and whispering the word... "wow" JK Rowling has excelled herself and the scene has been wonderfully set for book 7, the nerve wrecking finale that with any luck will bring Harry and his Nemesis, Lord Voldemort into close combat, for it is true that Neither can live while the other survives...


Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Children's Edition (Harry Potter 6)
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Children's Edition (Harry Potter 6)
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To use the mother of all cliches - Magical!, 9 Aug 2005
I've been a huge fan of the Harry Potter novels since by parents first thrust The Philosopher's Stone into my hands on a family holiday as a young child. Admittadly I was slightly skeptical, especially considering the front cover. That was the first and last time I judged a book by its cover.
With that in mind, I was looking forward to book 6 with high expectations, Goblet of Fire had already made the first leap from a bloody good kid's book to a cracking adult's novel. With the stage firmly set for darker things in Order of the Pheonix, The Half Blood Price had a lot to live up to.
Simply, it does.
The Half Blood Prince, begins with a chapter that captured my interest immidiatly, a meeting between The Minister of Magic and our own "beloved" Prime Minister. It has to be said, this book has disposed of or recycled the traditional HP formula of "Harry goes to school, something happens to make him suspicious, he works all year to find out about it then fights it"
In Book 6 Harry is in a new, uncertain time in the Magical Community. The Wizarding World is at war! Ministry of Magic security posters cover the walls of Diagon Ally... And for once, nothing in Hogwarts is black and white.
In this book, Hogwarts reflects the wizarding world that houses it, enemies and allies are in the most unexpected places, and Harry may well be beyond the help of his friends as he has to come to terms with his destiny.
This revolutionary edition in the Harry Potter saga will never let you put it down until you finish the last page, and even then, you will hold it in your hands for the next few days, glancing at its cover every so often, and whispering the word... "wow"
JK Rowling has excelled herself and the scene has been wonderfully set for book 7, the nerve wrecking finale that with any luck will bring Harry and his Nemesis, Lord Voldemort into close combat, for it is true that
Neither can live while the other survives...


X-Files: Resist Or Serve (PS2)
X-Files: Resist Or Serve (PS2)
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £14.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X Files, Do not resist...., 12 July 2004
I'm a huge X Files fan, and when I saw this in the shops I wanted it immidiatly. Unfortunatly several magazines have said it's awful. This is a total lie! The game is BRILLIANT.
From the first opening FMV, you can see that this has taken the atmosphere and originality from the episodes themselves. The game recreates the series mysterious air and when you begin playing the game you do feel like youre on an official X files investigation.
The great thing abou the game, other than the actual actors doing the voices, is the fact that the plot is so brilliantly put togetehr that both loing term x files fans and regular gamers can enjoy it and not get too confused. It does however, fit seemlessly into Series 7's mythology, and when I say seemlessly, i mean it.
The game play is very much like resident Evil, you go round shooting zombies, finding a key for this door etc ect... however there's less stupid puzzle solving. That's not to say there aren't puzzles... but they're not stupid. Remember back in res, when you have to put some kind of emblem ina socket to open a WOODEN door, when it would have been just as easy to shoot it down... or you have to move crates to create a walk way, when in reality you could just shin up the side.... Thiss something that Resist or Serve improves on massivly. ANy puzzles there, are solved by human methods like working out how to get the combination to a bomb using a police officer's tool... or conducting a body autopsy and then working out how to generate a cure for a disease...
It's brilliant. Sheer brilliant.
There's less concern regarding ammo saving here too... due to the fact it's divided into 3 episodes (that are different for each character) so you can concentrate more on the game then holding back with your trigger finger.
There is however one minor problem. Camera Angles and controls. It takes a lot to get used to. The camera seems to change an awful lot, and the control system is: up makes you go up the screen, but hold up and run from one angle to another and youll continue in the directyion you were going, even if its not up screen... confusing isnt it?
That aside, it's a great game, filled with lots if nice little bonuses such as FMV, Documentary pieces and notes...
Buy it!


Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] [2001]
Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Sam Neill
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.89

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ingen should have closed the park for good!, 30 Nov 2003
This review is from: Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Ok, in all seriousness, what made the original two great? I think it was the nice balance between action, dinosaurs and plot. As you watched in JP1 and saw Malcolm's predictions disturbingly true, and you discovered exactly what was going on, you couldnt help but feel involved. The same can be said for the second installment. The other great thing was they way you learnt about the chracaters, what made them tick etc.
Do you get this in JP3? HELL NO! The first concern with the characters is the way they are so bland, there is nothing to latch on to, the second is the way they do incredibly stupid things. Like constantly shouting their heads off. WHenever a character dies, it's always onje you don't care about, and haven't had the time to get to know. Next problem is the stupidity of things. Why does a spino pursue a copuple of humans when he's just killed a rex? Why don't the raptors go all out on the egg nappers? Why the hell was that aviery never seen in The Lost World, and where was the Spino in the fore mentioned film? The Spino wasnt even on ingens list! Next in the beggining why the hell was the kid and his mum's friend scared of the boat crashing? It's not like it would have hurt them where they were! Then we have the whole prospect of Ellie knowing exactly where Alan was after hearing a few screams over a Satalite phone, it's amazing she even knew which island! And don't get me started on the awful ending! They could and should have done more! Generally, there was no plot, other than five people desperatly trying to get off an island. Woohoo! I haven't seen that before! Only buy this if you're a die hard fan!


Resident Evil: Dead Aim (PS2)
Resident Evil: Dead Aim (PS2)
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £29.95

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dead End..., 29 Nov 2003
The game isn't bad as such, but it's not exactly brilliant...
The plot is awesome, a nice break from the all to often used accidental outbreak story! The plot follows a US Government agent as he attempts to stop a terrorist who has stolen the T-Virus and attempts to release it upon the world. Along the way he meets a Chinese operative, and it follows a very James Bond The World is not enough aproach. However, if you don't have a light gun, don't buy it! And if you do, only if you;re a true Res fan. The action is medicore, the bosses are ludicrus, and the "new virus" is laughable, a combination of the T and G virus... Howeverm it proves to be an amusing diversion to reality, and a nice tide over until Res 4 arrives. Don't expect to get much out of this game after you've finished it.


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