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Travel Sentry Lock
Travel Sentry Lock
Offered by Travel Shop Plus
Price: £6.71

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Travel Sentry Lock, 18 May 2009
This review is from: Travel Sentry Lock (Sports)
I had purchased this lock for my upcoming trip to Australia but I was very disappointed with the product as a whole.

First off the instructions for setting the combination and engaging the lock are vague at best; it basically consists of 5 pictures on the back of the packaging which gave little information as to how the lock should be used.

Once the lock is finally secure you should be able to simply turn the dials to your chosen combination and the lock will disengage, unfortunately that was not the case with my lock as it was jammed shut and despite going through the 1000 possible combinations 4 times over the lock refused to open.

After that the lock went straight in the bin.

So if you do choose to buy this lock may I suggest a decent set of bolt cutters to go with it as you will need these to open your luggage.

Thunderball (James Bond 007)
Thunderball (James Bond 007)
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Ian Fleming's Best, 28 April 2004
Thunderball was the 9th James Bond book by Ian Fleming and it is one ofhis best 007 books.
The story sees secret agent James Bond 007 being sent to try and recovertwo atomic bombs that have been hijacked by the terrorist organisationSPECTRE, lead by their ruthless leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who has giventhe UK government 7 days to pay SPECTRE a ransom of £100,000,000 or thebombs will be detonated in two unspecified but high profile locations inthe US or UK. Whilst investigating in the Bahamas 007 meets Domino Petachia girl who is the lover of a millionaire explorer Emilio Largo who is inthe Bahamas with a group of businessmen with the intention of treasurehunting from his luxury yacht the Disco Volante. Bond becomes suspiciousof Largo and is convinced that Largo has stolen the bombs and is stowingthem on board his yacht and is using the treasure hunt as a cover to avoidarousing suspicion, but trying to convince the government and 007's boss"M" that there is a case for action proves difficult so Bond and CIA agentFelix Leiter must use their own with and recover the bombs before timeruns out.
This book sets a very fast pace early on and is a very engaging novelwhich leaves you wanting to turn to the next page quickly and it is a verysharp piece of work by one of the best thriller writers in history.
If, like me, you have seen the 1967 film version of this book it will helpyou to understand the plot and create a better picture in your mind of thestory that is taking place.
Even if you are not a Bond fan but enjoy a good thriller novel then thisis definitely worth a read.

RoboCop Trilogy [DVD]
RoboCop Trilogy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Weller
Price: £13.91

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "You're Move, Creep", 8 Jan 2004
This review is from: RoboCop Trilogy [DVD] (DVD)
RoboCop 1:
The Original and best of the 3 films. This stars Peter Weller as Alex Murphy, A Detroit cop murdered by an underworld gang and reborn as a crime fighting cyborg, this was Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's first US film and was released to critical acclaim and is still popular today as it was in 1987 with its brilliant set pieces and a stunning musical score by Basil Poledouris. The extras concentrate solely on RoboCop 1 with two original documentaries and a brand new documentary and also includes deleted scenes, storyboards, and a commentary by Director Paul Verhoeven, Executive Producer Jon Davison and Writer Edward Neumeier and best of all is the option to watch an extended cut of the film with extended scenes and a bit more violence.
RoboCop 2:
Peter Weller returned as RoboCop but the director's chair was filled by 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Never Say Never Again' director Irvin Kershner which was a shame that Paul Verhoeven did not return. This one was disappointing because there was violence aplenty but it did not carry the story as it did in the first film and also the plot was weak and was not as satisfying as the original. The only feature of this disc was the trailer.
RoboCop 3:
The film that killed the franchise stone dead in my view. Peter Weller bowed out and handed the fibreglass suit to Robert Burke who gives a good try as RoboCop but not as good as Peter Weller. Overall this was very poor with a disappointing story and some dreadful acting and dialogue certainly its one fit for Sunday afternoon telly. Again only a trailer in terms of features in this one (and is all it deserves).
The discs come in an impressive fold out box with a booklet about the series across the three films. In short it is worth it if you liked all three but if you just liked the first one then your best to buy it on its own.

Never Say Never Again [DVD] [1983]
Never Say Never Again [DVD] [1983]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £4.70

7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Sean.. You've had your six, 18 Aug 2003
Having read all the terrible reviews about this film, curiosity lead me to buy this DVD and I have to say that the panning this film has received is justified.
First off this is not an official Bond film which means there is no gun barrel sequence, no pre-credits teaser and no spectacular credits sequence which the first of many flaws. The film opens with a terrible title song and if you can survive that without switching the film off your doing well. Sean Connery appears as 007 for the last time and he looks too old and too overweight and he seems to be trying to copy his rival 007 at the time Roger Moore by relying on tongue-in-cheek rather than the style we saw in his earlier films. Having survived to the end of the film it was obvious to me that the film was done on the cheap. The visual effects are awful; the musical score is out of touch with the film and the acting left a lot to be desired. One good point was the main villain put in a good show and was the one light in this long dark tunnel of a movie.
If you want a good Bond movie go for one of the official ones and give this one a wide berth.

View to a Kill [DVD] [1985]
View to a Kill [DVD] [1985]
Dvd ~ Roger Moore
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.83

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where was Timothy Dalton when we needed him ?, 14 Aug 2003
This review is from: View to a Kill [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
Roger Moore's final appearance as James Bond was a huge let down. The story was good but the acting caused the film to become silly.
The plot sees Bond investigating Max Zorin (Batman Returns star Christopher Walken) and his psychotic girlfriend Mayday (Grace Jones) to find out if Zorin has been fixing horse races but Bond uncovers a plot to destroy Silicon Valley by generating a large earthquake. Bond is assisted by geologist Stacy Sutton (Tanya Roberts) who has a personal vendetta against Zorin.
The performances by Christopher Walken and Grace Jones were excellent but Tanya Roberts was just a dumb blonde and Roger Moore was far too old for Bond, personally I think they should have got Timothy Dalton for this one because his hard edged, humourless approach to Bond would have made this a more successful film. A couple of good points to this film were the brilliant musical score and Duran Duran's title song which was one of the best of the series.

Die Another Day - Special Edition [DVD] [2002]
Die Another Day - Special Edition [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Pierce Brosnan|Halle Berry|Rosamund Pike
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £1.40

24 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 Years and still going strong, 14 Mar 2003
The 20th Bond outing coincided with the 40th anniversiry so the makers have given us exactly what you would expect from a Bond film and more.
The adventure starts with Bond attempting to kill a corrupt North Korean Colonel, but Bond is captured ant tortured. 14 months later Bond is released and vows revenge on the person who betrayed him. His mission takes him to Havana where he meets Jinx(Halle Berry), An American agent who is after the same person.
Bond then turns his attention to millionaire playboy Gustave graves (toby Stephens) whom Bond belives is laundering diamonds from his setup in Iceland soon Bond finds the connection and a thrilling battle to the finish ensues.
This is one of the best Bond films of the lot with great performances from Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan who is definatly the best Bond since Sean Connery and the regular cast with Judi Dench as "M" and Samantha Bond as Moneypenny (whose brief scene with Bond being the movies funniest moment) also John cleese gives a good performance as Q and appears to handle the pressure of taking over from the late Desmond Llewelyn.
Watch out for appearances from Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen and a cameo apppearance from Madonna.
This is definatly worth the money and no Bond fan should be without, Roll on the May release date.

TGV Train Sim Pack
TGV Train Sim Pack
Offered by Zartek UK
Price: £8.71

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you watching Abacus, 10 Jan 2003
This review is from: TGV Train Sim Pack (Video Game)
If you saw my review for Roundhouse by Abacus on this website then you will notice i recommended this product as an alternative, this is Why.
For a start you get a whole new route with abut 500 miles of track, a selection of activities and three new trains. Let consider the trains first. You get two high speed TGVs and a local TGV for activities in France The other two for cross channel activities one of them is presented in its origional silver and the other in a more modern red and white livery. All three are superbly detailed from the authentic cabview to the passenger view which is one of the best i have seen. The route itself is fully loaded with scenery, roads and buildings. The main route carries you from the Folkstone terminal, Through the Channel Tunnel to Lille, there are other routes to follow on the way but the main route is enougth to keep you content for hours. This is well worth the money if you are looking for life like realism then invest in this because it the best addon you are likely to get.

Roundhouse: Train Sim Add-On
Roundhouse: Train Sim Add-On

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Three words sum up this add-on: Laughable and Pathetic, 10 Jan 2003
On the packaging this addon promises new rolling stock, new routes and activities. So you would expect the rolling stock to be well polished with authentic cab and passenger views and the routes to be fully authentic with scenery and buildings, well if this is what you want from a game try something else because all of the aforementioned are sadly lacking in this game.I took one look at the Eurostar and one of the routes and i was back at my local computer store claiming a refund. Let see why shall we. For a start The Eurostar has a cabview used by another locomotive in the original game and looks nothing like the real thing, there is no passenger view and even the sounds are nicked. This applies to all of the other rolling stock especially the Deltic locomotive which is laughable at the pathetic attempt to recreate this classic locomotive, my two year old cousin could design a better looking Deltic than Abacus. The routes have little to no scenery probably because Abacus could'nt be bothered to include any scenery. You can get all, or at least most, of the rolling stock from the internet for free from certain websites so you don't have to waste your money on this patchwork piece of software. So take my advice either go and find a freeware site to download new rolling sock (and there are plenty of them) or try JustTrains TGV and Euro Loco products because Abacus have really shot themselves in the foot with this one.

Microsoft Train Simulator (PC CD)
Microsoft Train Simulator (PC CD)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £6.35

39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At least these trains won't be late, 12 Dec 2002
This game is very good for budding train drivers or enthusiasts. You have a choice of 9 locomotives to drive, ranging from steam, Diesel and electric and all are driveable on the 6 routes available which vary in age and location for example you can drive the highly powerful Present day Acela from Baltimore to Washington or the classic Flying Scotsman from Carlisle to Settle.
Each route has various activities for you to complete which involves driving your train with other railway traffic and attempt to complete your tasks on time.
The game is probably best played on a good graphics card around about 16mb but if your card is a little older say around 8mb it will still run OK but will look a bit hazy, also make sure you have at least 2.5Gb free on your hard disk because it does take up a lot of space. but still well worth the money and a good present for Christmas but I would not recommend it for young children because it does take a few goes to get to grips with the controls but once that is overcome you can have hours of fun and then you can maybe try one of the many add-ons that are available to buy.

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