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Game of Death 2 [DVD]
Game of Death 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Lee
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars More entertaining than the original, 20 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Game of Death 2 [DVD] (DVD)
The big issue with Game of Death was that it focused too much on it's story over action; while this was no doubt to imitate the style of Bruce Lee's earlier films where fighting was kept at minumum to increase it's impact, it didn't really work without the charisma of the man himself.

That is not an issue with this sequel in name only - fun fact, the Asian title for this movie is "Tower of Death" and only the dub makes a connection to Game of Death by dubbing the not-Lee's character's the same as in Game of Death. As soon as the film begins, we're immediately treated to some kicking by a man known for doing just that, Hwang Jang-Lee, a famous Korean bad guy actor.

This is soon followed by some more fights and some kind of a story too, but I'm not going to waste my time talking about the details; instead, I'll just say straight why this film is so much more enjoyable than Game of Death. The story is hokey (and should you choose to watch the dub, which is *hilarious*) full of bad acting. In fact, if I had to name one complaint about this film, it's that the final underground fight goes on for what must be full 20 minutes and really does dull the senses.

Between the genuinely well-choreographed fight scenes (staged by at the time relatively unknown Yuen Woo-Ping), the film provides us with something kooky to gawk at, whether it's the stand-ins bumbling around trying to keep their faces out of sight, the awkwardly edited in stock footage from other Bruce Lee films to try and convince us it's really him, the outrageous token caucasian character, or the outrageous disrespect for Bruce Lee's memory - in fact, the American version of the film (sadly not on the UK disc) not only recycles the glasshouse fight scene from the Asian version of Game of Death, but even repeats that film's use of footage from the actual funeral of Bruce Lee! Yes, the Bruce Lee character is actually killed off about 50 minutes into the film, at which point the body double takes over as an entirely different character.


The Toxic Avenger Part III [Blu-ray]
The Toxic Avenger Part III [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Ron Fazio
Price: £17.87

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not uncut, 25 Feb. 2015
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The opening sequence in the rental store is heavily edited compared to the unrated DVD.


Giorgio Moroder Presents: METROPOLIS (LIMITED EDITION DVD STEELBOOK) [1984]
Giorgio Moroder Presents: METROPOLIS (LIMITED EDITION DVD STEELBOOK) [1984]
Dvd ~ Fritz LANG
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why no blu-ray?, 21 Sept. 2014
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The most obvious answer to that would probably be the simple fact that this film has not been restored. That is, the restoration seen here is the original chemical process made for it's 1984 release, with no further work done, so it looks rather bad - in fact, comparing an upscale of the transfer here to the Kino blu-ray, I honestly could not tell the difference. Apart from the negligible improvement brought by the higher resolution, there are only two reasons why you should opt for the blu-ray release (which, sadly, is locked to region A and will not play on unmodified UK players) are the inclusion of the original theatrical trailer (a big miss for this release) and the DTS Master Audio.

Unfortunately I'm not a golden-eared hi-fist who can tell the difference between uncompressed PCM and the 320kbps dolby digital provided here, so the mere inclusion of a trailer would've been enough to make me chuck the region-locked blu-ray in favour of this one.


M.A.S.K. (Complete Collection) [DVD]
M.A.S.K. (Complete Collection) [DVD]
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £8.49

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and repetitive, 1 July 2014
Unlike many other reviewers, I never saw MASK as a child; my only contact with it was a single comic book I owned, and an ad trailer on the videotape that would play on the bus to kindergarten.

After sitting through every single episode of the series (being the completionist nut that I am), I can say that it was not a smooth ride. I actually gave up about 2/3rds into the first season after realizing that, apart from a very, very few episodes, most of the series just recycles the same story every time. Matt Trakker and his son Scott (with the kid's robot buddy T-Bob, both of whom would subject the viewer to a hurricane of puns) would visit some part of the world, conveniently being at the right place at the right time for the bad guy group VENOM to show up on some treasure hunt. Then Matt would assemble MASK and they would stop VENOM.

And that's pretty much it. Apart from a very few episodes that would have some kind of an original idea (like VENOM swiping the statue of liberty and holding it for ransom), it's pretty much just treasure hunt of the week. Sometimes the treasure is based on a real legend, but most of the time it's just made up. And some of the PSAs were incredibly stupid, like the one about not putting plastic bags on your head. Sounds like a good idea, except they demonstrate it with T-Bob. Who is a robot. And doesn't breathe. In fact, even in the episodes themselves, it seems like the writers forget T-Bob is even a robot.

The second season introduces new vehicle and a new gimmick of racing of all sorts, although this quickly turns to treasure hunt of the week as well (and the treasure happens to conveniently be somewhere along the course). The only thing that took me by total surprise was that in the second season, the end of episode PSAs are now delivered by the villains as well, now showing uncharacteristic concern for each other, something which came to me so utterly out of the left field that all I could do was laugh.

I didn't expect this series to be rich in characterization or story telling - but it really does become unbearable to watch after a while.


Sonic The Hedgehog - Wave The Swallow Free Riders Figure
Sonic The Hedgehog - Wave The Swallow Free Riders Figure

2.0 out of 5 stars Does Jazwares even have QC?, 19 Mar. 2014
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I own several of Jazwares' 3 inch Sonic figures and nearly all of them have some kind of a major issue. Because Sonic the Hedgehog characters have such top-heavy anatomy, the knee joint are rarely strong enough to hold them standing up, even with the included stands, unless you place them in a pose that looks stupid and undynamic. The skinny limbs also require the joints to be thin and fragile, and in the case of this one, the right arm was almost torn out of it's socked with visible tear in the upper arm.


Toy Story Andy's Toy Collection Sheriff Woody
Toy Story Andy's Toy Collection Sheriff Woody

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One thing that always bugged me about the "replica" toys..., 10 Jan. 2013
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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I've noticed that a lot of people, namely collectors, have complained about the lack of "Andy" written under the characters' shoes. This doesn't really make sense to me since these aren't Andy's, these are *yours*. Write your own name on them if you want to! No, my biggest gripe has been the inaccurate "static" faces; in the movies, Buzz was practically grimacing while Woody had this neutral, glassy-eyed smile, which neither of these Toy Story Collection figures have. That said...

The detail on the toys is absolutely remarkable. Woody is essentially a ragdoll, so he stands with the help of a pose stand provided in the box...which isn't very good as it clips onto Woody's neck with a holder far too small; there's already stress marks on mine. Compared to Buzz, Woody is somewhat lacking in terms of playability; his shoulders are sewn in a way that leaves them incredibly stiff, practically immobile, and he canot raise his arms at the shoulder, only at elbow. Likewise, toggling between his "toy mode" and his interactive mode is more complicated, because the only physical interaction to trigger his electronics is his pullstring while Buzz had a slew of buttons for this purpose. Likewise, accessing his battery compartment is far more difficult as you basically have to pull his pants down, with the battery hatch located right at the bottom of the torso.

I'm not sure how common a problem this is, but the one I received from Amazon has a bit of a lazy eye going on for him as well; his right eye is a few millimeters higher than his left, which is actually quite noticeable...fortunately, Amazon was kind enough to accept my return for a replacement, so it's good now.


Universal Waite Tarot Deck Premier Edition
Universal Waite Tarot Deck Premier Edition
by Pamela Colman Smith
Edition: Cards
Price: £18.14

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely stunning deck, 9 Jan. 2013
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As my first tarot deck, I shuffled through several different sets to find out which one would be the best; rather difficult, since amazon does not show the actual cards, so I picked this mostly at random.

A good choice, the drawings are clean, the colours are vibrant and generally I find the deck very pleasant to look at, especially with it's glossy finish.

For a first time Tarot reader however, I recommend getting a proper book on the subject; the included booklet only covers the celtic cross layout and provides instructions that are rather vague at best, making it difficult for a first-time read.


The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck
The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck
by Arthur Edward Waite
Edition: Cards
Price: £9.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sunbleached colours do not make this pretty to look at, 9 Jan. 2013
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I'd originally purchased the Universal Waite deck for myself, and bought this one for my mother as a Christmas present; however, Amazon took an incredibly long time delivering this, eventually forcing me to give away my Universal deck to my mother instead. I got this deck only after Christmas, only to discover how flat-out ugly the pictures were in contrast; they look they were taken from a hundred year old book, the colours were far too dark and had a stark yellowish tint.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection 6" Raphael Figure
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection 6" Raphael Figure
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £11.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any oldschool TMNT fan, 9 Jan. 2013
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Yes, if you buy it online, it is most likely going to have derpy eyes. Even if you went to a real-world toystore to browse through all of them, chances of finding a non-derped Turtle are low, albeit not impossible. Raph seems to be one of the two figures out of four whose eyes are most likely to be "normal", although mine appears to be permanently glancing to his right.

With that said, many action figures these days like to boast about their articulation; ultimately it is only just a number in the box if little of that articulation is actually useful. What's the use in an action figure with loads of articulation that doesn't actually make it posable, or worse, it cannot even stand up?

Playmates' TMNT classics line does come with pose stand with pegs for both feet, but it isn't really necessary; these guys have absolutely no problem standing up on their own. There is a load of cool action poses you can pull off with these, unfortunately the shape of the torso limits the amount. They cannot, for example, hold their arms straight forward with their arms crossed or sit without doing the splits.

With that in mind, they're still a considerable improvement over the original '88 toyline, and are a must have for any fan of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 6-inch Classic Collection Leonardo Figure
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 6-inch Classic Collection Leonardo Figure
Price: £11.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any oldschool TMNT fan, 9 Jan. 2013
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Yes, if you buy it online, it is most likely going to have derpy eyes. Even if you went to a real-world toystore to browse through all of them, chances of finding a non-derped Turtle are low, albeit not impossible. Leonardo seems to be one of the two figures out of four whose eyes are most likely to be "normal", although mine appears to be permanently glancing to his right.

With that said, many action figures these days like to boast about their articulation; ultimately it is only just a number in the box if little of that articulation is actually useful. What's the use in an action figure with loads of articulation that doesn't actually make it posable, or worse, it cannot even stand up?

Playmates' TMNT classics line does come with pose stand with pegs for both feet, but it isn't really necessary; these guys have absolutely no problem standing up on their own. There is a load of cool action poses you can pull off with these, unfortunately the shape of the torso limits the amount. They cannot, for example, hold their arms straight forward with their arms crossed or sit without doing the splits.

With that in mind, they're still a considerable improvement over the original '88 toyline, and are a must have for any fan of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


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