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Sony BDPS6200 4K UHD 3D Smart Blu-ray Player with Super Wi-Fi
Sony BDPS6200 4K UHD 3D Smart Blu-ray Player with Super Wi-Fi
Price: 174.95

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very fast processing, 19 April 2014
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The last two bluray players I owned were good in video but slow processing, so for example it took ages for them to respond to switch on, open and load the movie even on the fast boot option. The first one was an older generation Sony, and the second a slightly newer Panasonic but 3D. This Sony BDPS6200 beats those hands down in processing speed. I don't have to wait around for the unit to come on. I just hit eject, load the disc and close and it's ready. The Netflix and Amazon instant and other apps on there are useful if you don't already have a smart TV.

The 3D quality on this new Sony is awesome. The best I've seen at home so far. The operation and settings options are intuitive and the connection to the internet is easy to set up, just follow on screen options step by step.

The only criticism is the shape of the unit on the top surface. I can only assume they've done it like that so you don't stack other media boxes on top of it. Other than that, pretty much perfect little package.


Into The Abyss [Blu-ray]
Into The Abyss [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jason Burkett

5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult and compelling, 18 April 2014
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Another almost flawless documentary movie from Werner Herzog. His ability to linger on people and abstract honesty from his subjects is unparalleled. I won't need to go into why the subject is difficult, it doesn't take a genius to work that out, but nevertheless it is compelling viewing without rushing the film. Has to be seen, whether you're a fan of the director or not and bluray is such an excellent medium for it. The scenes of the vast Texas countryside really does frame the question of how such a small town, in a vast state, could repeatedly produce such tragedy?


Prisoners [Blu-ray]
Prisoners [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Price: 13.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Zodiac ish, 12 April 2014
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The movie has the same slow burn feel of the other Gillenhall cop movie, Zodiac. But with a bit more incidental action and some very conflicting moral dilemmas. It's a solid screenplay with solid performances all round. Paul Dano is excellent as always and his presence is there throughout even though he isn't actually on screen as much as you think he had been by the time you get to the end. It's a bluray which I will definitely watch again.


Profi Baked Beans with Pork Sausages 500 g (Pack of 6)
Profi Baked Beans with Pork Sausages 500 g (Pack of 6)
Price: 7.56

4.0 out of 5 stars Hearty, 4 April 2014
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A quick and nourishing meal. I like it with a chunk of crusty bread. Nice for lunch or early dinner. It's supposed to be two portions but probably fairer to say enough for one hearty portion


Peacock [DVD] [2010]
Peacock [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Cillian Murphy
Price: 8.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, 4 April 2014
This review is from: Peacock [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
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Engaging, intriguing from the start. Some heavy hitting actors and it unfolds like a very well written ensemble piece. Cillian Murphy is astonishingly good. It's one of his finest performances. Susan Sarandon is very watchable as always, and natural, as always. The story is quite original and up to the very end it's intriguing but not confusing (as it could easily have been made). However, I think there was a bit more scope of expanding the main "duo"'s back story, perhaps an extra fifteen minutes would have bulked up the psychology of how they got there, and the end was a bit abrupt, but satisfactory.


Wow! Stuff Science Museum Sky Writer
Wow! Stuff Science Museum Sky Writer
Price: 18.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, 1 April 2014
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Good fun, easy to fly, although without lateral control there is no say where the flying gadget ends up once it's up and hovering. The flying text is also cute. But the instructions are atrocious and the battery life is sucked away very quickly (make sure you use rechargeable ones but you will need to recharge after about 3 cycles of charge-up of copter and flying it to it's discharge and repeat)


Talk Russian (Book & CDs)
Talk Russian (Book & CDs)
by Georgina Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, 29 Mar 2014
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Well structured, nicely presented, visually engaging and the accompanying CDs are very useful. Educational bargain. I like it a lot.


Easy Russian for English Speakers Vol. 1 & 2: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian; From everyday essentials to Chekhov, Pushkin, Gagarin and Shakespeare
Easy Russian for English Speakers Vol. 1 & 2: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian; From everyday essentials to Chekhov, Pushkin, Gagarin and Shakespeare
by Max Bollinger
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 15.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Novel, 27 Mar 2014
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This is more of an immersive experience, rather than a structured language course, but I do like it as an accompaniment to a structured approach, it's a sort of supplemental module to whatever course you're taking for learning Russian. Given the massive cultural and historic heritage of Russia, the subjects the two volumes cover are quite interesting and very relevant. I also like the alphabet card you get included, it's a nice one to carry around in case you forget the stranger of characters' sounds.


Ahmad Tea English Scene Caddy Darjeeling 100 g
Ahmad Tea English Scene Caddy Darjeeling 100 g
Price: 3.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, 26 Mar 2014
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Good quality tea, and good value for the quantity too. Good Darjeeling is expensive, so I'm happy to have found a supplier with an everyday drinking blend. The great thing about this one is that you can leave it brewing a bit longer than you would with other inexpensive Darjeeling blends because it doesn't get a bitter taste with over-steeping. Gives a lovely light amber colour brew and soft "muscatel" taste on the palate, and very light citrus finish that doesn't linger. Great refreshment with lunch and afternoon/evening snacks.


Convection Oven
Convection Oven

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, works fine, 18 Mar 2014
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Very similar to halogen ovens of higher price, so it seems a bit of a bargain at the price; I got it at 24.99

The instructions are sparse but adequate including basic recepy pointers for standard types of cooking (eg roasting). I've used it for meat and vegetable and frozen meal cooking and it performs well with good results. The only criticism is that the temperature control dial is a bit flimsy and as a result I am not sure how accurate the setting is. I treat the number as an approximation and set the times accordingly (a couple of minutes over what I think it should be with precise control).


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