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The Sorcerers [Blu-ray]
The Sorcerers [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Boris Karloff
Price: £20.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended low-budget British 1967 thriller from the late Michael Reeves and Tigon Productions, 22 Jan. 2015
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"The Sorcerers" is an excellent of-its-time British low-budget thriller (though it's described as a horror, I don't really class it as such) made by Tigon Productions and directed by the late Michael Reeves (1944 - 1969), who is better known for his later film "Witchfinder General" (1968). It's from an idea and original screenplay by the late John Burke, though you wouldn't know that from the credits.

The blu-ray picture quality couldn't be much better, having been well restored with typical deep, glowing colours of the time (1967), no damage, debris or sparklies evident. The unusual story-line benefits from the added bonus of a look at a film-maker's perception of the "swinging" London club scene of the time, though the music played in the club scenes is typical mid-60's film library fodder and that played by the club band is more average 1964/5 rhythm and blues than the pop and psychedelic music associated with the time - there's no trace of Sgt. Pepper-style psych or pop at all. The only realistic "swinging" London thing here is in fact a plethora of mini-dresses on the leading ladies, including Susan George. Outside the club scene London is portrayed as a grey, grim place. Boris Karloff stars whilst the other male lead is a young, arrogant and suave Ian Ogilvy, which should keep the ladies happy (indeed his character appears to be keeping several of them happy in the film).

The sound is an acceptable LPCM mono 2.0 but would have benefited greatly from what would appear to have been an easy remix into stereo or even a little ambient surround-sound to give you a choice of audio, whilst retaining the original. Perhaps the lack of this was down to cost. Unusually for a blu-ray, you get a nice colour booklet (a substantial 20 pages) of information and pictures relating to the film and peripherals, including a couple of interviews (by Johnny Mains with Tom Baker and Ian Ogilvy), though there is nothing on the film's restoration. There is also the added bonus of one of the film's posters occupying the full reverse of the case cover.

If you like the film as much as I do, I can also recommend the associated hard-back book "The Sorcerers: The Original Screenplay" by John Burke, edited by Johnny Mains, which, as well as containing the text of John Burke's original film outline from 1965, then called "Terror for Kicks", also contains the text of John Burke's original story and screen play of "Terror for Kicks" and much extra connected and interesting information, including how the final screenplay evolved. All this restores John Burke to his rightful place as the original writer of the story and screenplay which was later slightly altered by Michael Reeves and Tom Baker (no, not that one) at Boris Karloff's request to change his character's profile from an evil baddie to a not-so-evil baddie, John Burke being too busy with other work to do this. That resulted in Tom Baker and Michael Reeves being credited with the screenplay and Burke relegated to a "from an idea by" position ever since, even on this new 2014 blu ray edition which, on the rear cover, credits the screenplay to Baker and Reeves with no mention of Burke. In the booklet's text of an interview of Ian Ogilvy by Johnny Mains, Ogilvy is asked whether he read Burke's original screenplay and says that he knew nothing of it until Mains told him. The book's a limited edition of 500 so be quick (I've just received my copy so it is still available, probably as it's very much a niche subject) but it should also be out in a more affordable paperback edition.

Both the film and the associated book are highly recommended.


Curvy Kate Women's Roxie Boy Short, Blue (Night/Silver), Size 18
Curvy Kate Women's Roxie Boy Short, Blue (Night/Silver), Size 18
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars My wife loves it., 22 Jan. 2015
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Curvy Kate Women's Ritzy Boy Short, Red (Ruby/Spice), Size 18
Curvy Kate Women's Ritzy Boy Short, Red (Ruby/Spice), Size 18
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My wife loves it., 22 Jan. 2015
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Again, my wife loves it.


Curvy Kate Women's Roxie Camisole Plunge Baby Doll, Blue (Night/Silver), 38DD
Curvy Kate Women's Roxie Camisole Plunge Baby Doll, Blue (Night/Silver), 38DD
Price: £18.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Jan. 2015
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My wife loves it and so do I when she wears it.


50 x 12" inch Vinyl Record Album LP 450 Gauge Polythene Sleeves Covers
50 x 12" inch Vinyl Record Album LP 450 Gauge Polythene Sleeves Covers
Offered by Vinyl Guru
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Opaque and pretty thin compared to the clear ones of my youth and now twice the price they were in 2013, 26 Dec. 2014
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Whilst these polythene covers do the job and protect your 12" vinyl albums they are opaque, as opposed to clear, and pretty thin compared to those protective covers I bought in my youth and to make matters worse, on coming back for more, I find that they are now nearly twice the price they were when I bought the same ones on Amazon in 2013 (they were just over £10 then). This time I am buying different protective covers of the same thickness at a lesser price.


Space 1999 - The Complete First Series [Blu-ray]
Space 1999 - The Complete First Series [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Martin Landau
Price: £24.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant remastered picture but 5.1 remix and original special effects disappointing., 11 Dec. 2014
Firstly the restored picture quality is brilliant - flawless with no sparklies or damage whatsoever evident. The models in the main look very good though the special effects are somewhat corny and dated by todays TV series standards. I suppose that there just wasn't enough money available to redo anything like they did on the original Star Trek series. The 5.1 surround remix is, however, a great disappointment (so far at least as I have not finished the series yet) with very little rear speaker action evident other than ambiance or echo (a bit like that of many live concerts). It always seems a waste of time doing a 5.1 remix when it turns out like this and is also a missed opportunity. It is better than just having the original mono soundtrack, however and I note that the earlier German box of series 1 and 2 states that the sound track is only in stereo. To be honest the 7.1 mix on Star Trek is a disappointment too as are the surround remixes on many older films.

Overall then this is well worth the purchase price, though I cannot comment on how much better that the DVD it is, hence whether it is worth upgrading, as I have never seen the latter.

Finally, though irrelevant to the quality of the product, I cannot understand why people insist on complaining about vagaries of the site as a review and rate things accordingly instead of reviewing the product as, to me at least, the review is invalid and cannot possibly help those thinking of buying it.


Mens Hawaiian Shirts Short Sleeve Shirt Tree Beach Floral And Printed Colorful Graphics (X-Large, Design-5)
Mens Hawaiian Shirts Short Sleeve Shirt Tree Beach Floral And Printed Colorful Graphics (X-Large, Design-5)
Offered by Boston Cothing
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Boston Clothing 100% cotton Hawaiian shirt is a top-quality product in all respects., 6 Dec. 2014
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I bought this "Boston" brand shirt (made in China) from Boston Clothing and a "Happy Bay" brand shirt (not Laleela as stated) which was made in India from Laleela, both in XXL at the same time here on Amazon. This Boston shirt was 100% thick cotton whilst the Happy Bay one was 100% thin, flimsy Terivoile which felt rather like the old drip-dry nylon shirts of yore. As such this Boston shirt was of vastly superior quality to the Happy Bay brand shirt. Furthermore the colours were exactly as shown whilst the Happy Bay shirt colours were not. Even the buttons on this Boston shirt were of better quality than those on the other. Finally, the Happy Bay XXL size was much bigger than that of the Boston brand, which fitted correctly for what I perceive as my size, there being about another 4 inches of room around the chest and middle in the Happy Bay shirt. I therefore recommend the Boston shirt over the Happy Bay one and will be buying another one forthwith. I therefore suggest going for the quality, thick cotton Boston brand which both looks and feels the part.


La Leela Beach Hawaiian Printed Shirt For Men XXL
La Leela Beach Hawaiian Printed Shirt For Men XXL
Offered by *LaLeela*
Price: £16.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Go for the quality "Boston" brand Hawaiian shirt instead of this "Happy Bay" one, otherwise you will be somewhat disappointed., 6 Dec. 2014
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I bought this "Happy Bay" brand shirt (not Laleela as stated) which was made in India from Laleela and a "Boston" brand shirt from Boston Clothing both in XXL at the same time here on Amazon. The Boston shirt was 100% thick cotton whilst this Happy Bay one was 100% thin, flimsy Terivoile (albeit material type much as stated) which feels rather like the old drip-dry nylon shirts of yore (the 1960s) which I imagine will not be much good under the 'pits and elsewhere in humid or hot weather (or any other time for that matter). As such it is of vastly inferior quality to the Boston brand shirt. Furthermore the colour was not as shown, being predominantly orange, including totally orange sleeves (which should have predominantly blue, black and white) whilst the Boston shirt colours were exactly as shown. Finally, the Happy Bay XXL size was much bigger than that of the Boston brand, which fitted correctly for what I perceive as my size, there being about another 4 inches of room around the chest and middle in the Happy Bay shirt. I cannot therefore recommend it and earnestly suggest buying the quality, thick cotton Boston brand instead which both looks and feels the part.


Tour of Duty - Complete [DVD] [1987]
Tour of Duty - Complete [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Terence Knox
Price: £51.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Poorer quality overall than original US release of some years ago hence disappointing., 1 Dec. 2014
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I can add little of use to comments on how good the series is (it's brilliant) but must say that the overall quality of the product is poorer than the original US issue. The GB packaging quality is very poor and flimsy when compared to the original US issue, each series of which came in multi-fold-out trays within a slip case. The picture quality is no improvement either, being exactly the same as the US release, which was a bit disappointing. Roll on a blu-ray issue which will probably never happen, at least here in the GB!


FH1363 Extra Multifry Air Fryer with 1.7kg Load Capacity in Grey/Black
FH1363 Extra Multifry Air Fryer with 1.7kg Load Capacity in Grey/Black
Offered by Kenco Spares
Price: £149.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but on first impression seems more substantial than the Actifry I had before it died aged under 2 years, 12 Oct. 2014
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I had a black Actifry and after needing many spares to replace broken parts (including 2 paddles and a lid) it packed in, ceasing to rotate its paddle, a week after I spent £25 on the new lid. I'm mentioning this as it was the situation that caused me to buy the Multifry as a replacement (there was no way I was having another Actifry after the bother I'd had).
The first thing that struck me on taking the Multifry out of the box was that it was of much sturdier construction that the Actifry.

Secondly it had double-heating action, with a lower element like that of a kettle in the base. You use both that and the normal circulating hot air from a fan and element for most things.

I've immediately found a couple of problems, however. Firstly the paddle doesn't have a locking device to push down when using but the result is the opposite of what you might think. The paddle pushes on over a plastic central spine by means of a metal clip inside the paddle's centre but you have to locate it properly before pressing it home, which would not be simple for the elderly or those with arthritis in their fingers. Worse still, the same applies to taking it off. It takes a good deal of pulling and there's nothing to grip but two indentations. Try gripping them when they're covered with oil. Once again this is no good for old folks or those with limited finger-mobility. Even my wife could not pull it off. Now that is two serious design flaws in one part.

Another thing that isn't a fault but should be mentioned is that the paddle doesn't start rotating until about 5 minutes after you switch the unit on.

The recipe book that comes in the box isn't a patch on that with the Actifry, being a black and white, no illustration affair comprising only a few English pages and around 10 recipes. If you go to the company web site on your smart-phone, however, you can down load a 250 recipe colour book but who wants to have to go to their phone and print out or write down a recipe every time? Personally I don't even have a smart phone and even if I did, when paying £130 I would expect that larger recipe book to be included in glossy, colour, hard copy format.

I have given this a provisional rating as so much depends on how it lasts in use. I intend to update it with a comment if anything untoward happens, as it did with the Actifry, including total death, before it was 2 years old.

On the bright side, the Multifry cooks "healthy" low-fat chip every bit as nicely as the Actifry. Making cheesy chips by putting in some grated cheese at the last minute, however, causes the chips to stick together in massive clumps which I don't remember happening with the Actifry.

Addition 18/10/14: I forgot to mention a down-side - the removable timer display at the front bottom of the unit is tiny, difficult to read, difficult to set in situ, difficult to remove and difficult to put back in. Also the paddle has quickly discoloured to a sort of deep green. It has not cooked anything green or been in the dishwasher. It also (in the so-called recipe book) recommends use of the lower element (under the pan) cooking fish fillets but this overcooks, giving the bottom of the fillet a hard texture as if the skin were still on.


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