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Seagate Expansion 500GB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 inch External Hard Drive
Seagate Expansion 500GB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 inch External Hard Drive
Offered by Maplin_Webdeals
Price: £44.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for Mac backup, 6 July 2015
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Bargain hard drive (it cost £29.99) to use as a Time Machine backup. It's not listed as Mac compatible but it is, of course. Just format it for the Mac using disk utility, which takes a few seconds, and you have your clean drive all ready to go with Time Machine.


Sharpe Classic Collection [DVD]
Sharpe Classic Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Price: £14.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe by name..., 6 July 2015
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Brilliant remastering of the classic Sharpe series, which presents the films crystal clear. Never looked better. The films were shot with widescreen in mind and you can tell. Well worth upgrading if you have the other set in the big box.


Replacement Foam Earpads for KOSS Portapro, Sennheiser PX40, Compatible With Most Other Headphones / Earphones / Headsets (47mm Black) EP-19
Replacement Foam Earpads for KOSS Portapro, Sennheiser PX40, Compatible With Most Other Headphones / Earphones / Headsets (47mm Black) EP-19
Offered by Gadget Zoo
Price: £2.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tight fit, 6 July 2015
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The pads are very tight to get on and I thought at first they were the wrong size, but they do fit with a bit of pulling and stretching. Once they're on, they're perfect.


QUMOX Black Memory Card Bag Hardcase for SD MicroSD CF Case Zipper Cover
QUMOX Black Memory Card Bag Hardcase for SD MicroSD CF Case Zipper Cover
Offered by Sunwood-UK
Price: £4.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, compact and sturdy., 10 Nov. 2014
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Excellent card case. It's small enough to fit nicely into a jeans pocket and it won't take up any room in your camera bag. The sleeves inside are good and take two cards per sleeve, the outer case is nice and solid so your cards are well protected. Very pleased with this case, just the job!
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Kenro Negative File Pages 120 Paper - pack of 25
Kenro Negative File Pages 120 Paper - pack of 25
Offered by OptixMania
Price: £7.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job, 4 July 2013
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Perfect negative sleeves and unlike the all polythene ones I've had, the negs don't stick to the sleeve. Excellent product, but you'll need a foolscap sized binder for these as A4 ones are too small.


Shield: Season 5 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Shield: Season 5 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Sony version!, 4 July 2013
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I love The Shield and bought the US Season 5 set because it had the full version of Post Partum on it, unlike the UK release. Unfortunately for me I bought the earlier FOX release, which is presented in 4:3 format when I should have bought the SONY release, which is 16:9


The Thing (2011) [DVD]
The Thing (2011) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.17

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A prequel that's a remake, 26 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: The Thing (2011) [DVD] (DVD)
This film is not a bad film, but it's far from a great one. It seems fairly obvious that the studio wanted to remake Carpenter's classic but bottled it and presented their film as a prequel. It doesn't fit with the earlier film however, as the Norwegians do not blow the saucer up with thermite charges, as shown in Carpenter's film.

There are some decently grisly moments but the effects, a mixture of practical and CG, don't match up to Rob Bottin's work from almost 30 years previously. I also feel this film is ruined by the presence of women. Part of the strength of Carpenter's film was an all male ensemble cast, but Winstead is just not believable in the lead role. The Norwegian actors are all excellent, however.

I do like the way the film uses scenes from the earlier version at the end to marry the two together and other bits that link the two films are very well done, but they appear to have been caught between prequel and remake, and the film suffers as a result.

Still well worth a look, but don't expect it to match up to Carpenter's classic.
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13 Assassins [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
13 Assassins [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The remake is slightly better, 30 July 2012
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Having seen the remake, I decided to buy the original when it was recently released on DVD, as I was curious to see how it compared. I would say the remake is more to my taste, even though I love black and white films of this type. This film is less violent than the remake, as I suppose we should expect, but I felt that the film lacked a bit of punch as a result.

The Akashi lord of the remake commits his acts of casual violence on screen and for me, this makes the plot - the need to stop the unstable and cruel lord from rising up the political ladder - easier to get hold of. In this original, he commits his crimes largely off screen and without the in-your-face cruelty the lord comes across as more of a fool and less of a threat to the system the assassins wish to protect.

The big battle at the end is done very well here, but the remake handles this lengthy sequence with such energy, and the actors are so good in the fight scenes, that I found some of the one man army stuff entirely believable. Don't get me wrong, this is still an excellent film and one I would recommend, but it does feel a more gentle experience and a more wordy one too. A product of its time, I suppose.

A quick word about the DVD. The subtitling on this film is a bit messy in a couple of places early on. Sometimes there is a line of descriptive text, in white, at the top of the screen and there's also a subtitle for the narration or dialogue at the bottom, at same time. I found myself getting half of the top caption and half of the dialogue, as there was too much to read and it flew by. The dialogue subtitles are also in various colours, which I found very distracting. The subtitling is way better than the dreadfully small subs used on John Woo's Red Cliff, but they do overwhelm the screen occasionally.

All in all though, certainly a film to consider and particularly if you haven't seen the recent remake. Give it a go...


Red Cliff (The Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Red Cliff (The Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Tony Leung
Offered by Helen's Goodies
Price: £4.59

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Super film, but..., 4 May 2012
John Woo's epic Chinese tale is presented in full (bar some censored horse falls) on this two disc DVD. It's a lavish film, beautifully made with a stirring score and some stunning cinematography. So why only three stars? The film is almost impossible to follow at times because of the subtitling. Whoever passed this in quality control (if there was any) must have been sitting right in front of a massive screen, because that's the only way they could possibly have read them. The font used for the subtitling is so small as to be virtually unreadable, and to add to this they are also frequently lost in the background as they are white, and often presented against a light background. The subtitles should be half as big again, at least, and overlaid onto a translucent darker panel in my opinion as too often they are completely lost in the background image. They also fly by in places, so I found it a real struggle to make sense of some sections of the film.

It's a great film, but the DVD presentation is pretty poor. There's not a lot of point to presenting this film in full if you're going to make such a hash of the subtitling!


Texas Across The River [DVD]
Texas Across The River [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dean Martin
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £6.40

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pegasus do it again, 25 April 2012
This review is from: Texas Across The River [DVD] (DVD)
The new release of Texas Across the River, from Pegasus DVD in the UK, continues to grow their library of westerns from the studios of Universal. Once again I'll leave the review of the film to others and concentrate on the print and sound quality. As is the norm with Pegasus, they have sourced the best available print and presented it in the original aspect ratio, in an anamorphic, progressive, transfer. The standard of the Universal western releases from Pegasus has been consistently very good and this film is no exception, the colours are strong, the image nice and sharp and the soundtrack is two channel stereo. At this price, the Pegasus range should be part of any western fan's collection, and I for one hope they will be continuing their western range throughout the year.


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