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Harold's Going Stiff [DVD]
Harold's Going Stiff [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sarah Spencer
Offered by rsdvd
Price: 2.89

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, beautifully acted and surprisingly moving, 12 Aug 2012
This review is from: Harold's Going Stiff [DVD] (DVD)
I just saw this at a PCC screening and loved it. The cover art and plugs shown here are a bit misleading IMO; there are nods to "Shaun", but this is much closer to a Mike Leigh film than to a standard genre piece like "28 Days Later". It manages to say serious and nuanced things about aging, illness, death and dignity without ever becoming grim or po-faced about it - it's not too proud to throw in more tradional zombie scenes for comic relief when needed to lighten the mood.

The two leads are great, both individually and together. One thing mentioned at the Q&A was that many scenes weren't scripted in advance; the dialog has a very spontaneous and natural feel. Highly recommended.


Toshiba HDDR500E04ER_CS StorE Art 500GB 2.5-inch Portable External Hard Drive, Red
Toshiba HDDR500E04ER_CS StorE Art 500GB 2.5-inch Portable External Hard Drive, Red

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of kit; Mac compatible too, 11 April 2010
Very, very impressive. Small, solid build, nice design. Almost completely silent in operation. Decent speed - slightly faster than my 1Tb Western Digital 3.5in HDD, in fact. Running off a single USB port for power is a real boon for laptop use.

Despite what the description implies, this drive works perfectly well with a Mac. The bundled software won't, obviously, but it's just the usual pointless crapware and can cheerfully be deleted.


Samsung SE-S084C External 8X DVD Writer Slimline USB 2.0 - Black
Samsung SE-S084C External 8X DVD Writer Slimline USB 2.0 - Black
Offered by Fast Link
Price: 24.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent kit, Mac compatible, 24 Oct 2009
Compact, feels solid, reasonably quiet after a brief initial spin-up.

Works fine with a MacBook Pro (for reading, at least; I don't burn discs). One warning here, though: it needs two USB ports to draw sufficient power, and the extra branch of the supplied cable is only about 3 inches long. Given the dumb decision to only put 2 USB ports on current Mac laptops, and to put them on opposite sides of the machine, this means that a) you won't be able to plug in anything else while using it, and b) you'll need a USB extension lead.
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NEO CD DVD ALUMINIUM Box Storage Case 800 Capacity With Sleeves
NEO CD DVD ALUMINIUM Box Storage Case 800 Capacity With Sleeves
Offered by Atronica
Price: 37.86

41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good product but a couple of caveats, 16 July 2009
Previous commenters have already covered the good points. It's a compact and convenient way to store large numbers of discs. A few things to watch out for, though:

1) Build quality is good, but the sleeves hang by a hooked plastic bar from rails and the design doesn't feel very secure. Fine for storage, but if you're using it for transport I suspect you'll need to be careful to keep it level and avoid knocks, or everything's going to go flying inside.

2) The bars/rails design means that normal disc sleeve refills aren't going to work - they don't have the bars - and despite Mr. Digweed's comment I can't find matching refills available for sale anywhere on the web.

3) The "800 capacity" is a bit misleading; it assumes two discs per sleeve, back to back. The big benefit of this kind of storage - as opposed to the more common book-style wallet - is that you can insert a new disc without having to shuffle everything else along. Packing two discs per sleeve kind of negates that. (And if you aren't storing alphabetically, good luck finding anything, especially if half the discs are facing away from you.)
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