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Battle Beyond The Stars (Region B)
Battle Beyond The Stars (Region B)
Dvd ~ Robert Vaughn, John Saxon, George Peppard, Darlanne Fluegel, Sybil Danning. Richard Thomas
Offered by wmdservices
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This version of the classic movie is awesome. Hi def picture quality, 1 July 2015
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This version of the classic movie is awesome.
Hi def picture quality, 5.1 HD English soundtrack.
What more can you ask :)
Of course you still get artefacts from the old print - it hasn't been through a full cleansing process - but these only add to the nostalgia. After the first couple of minutes I got so used to them I had to remember to look for them!
It is so good to finally watch this in cinematic quality after years of only catching it on TV.
It's easy to select the 5.1HD Eng soundtrack & remove subtitles. If you don't fancy the disc menus, just do it through the normal player controls.
Delivery was reasonably quick and hassle-free.
The box is "medium" slimline (i.e. not full width, but also not the thinnest there is), and the artwork very stylish.

If you have missed this gem of a movie, I recommend it if:
- you like 70s/80s sci fi classics
- you like westerns, of course particularly the magnificent 7
- you like Japanese classics!

It is translated as "The magnificent 7 in space" - which is exactly what it is (with TM7 being in itself a remake of the Seven Samurai)

Acting, script & special effects are about what you expect for a cult movie - excellent in some places, wanting in others - roughly on a par with the original 70s Battlestar Galactica, from which I am sure some influences are drawn.

The score is beautiful. It has many unique points and themes which are instantly recognisable, and many which you will recognise from other sources such as Star Trek movies (a good or a bad thing, depending on your view - but very much Horner!) It is very well balanced against the effects and dialogue.

USB 2.0 External DVD RW CD RW LIGHTSCRIBE Burner Drive For all PC Laptop Netbook and Mac
USB 2.0 External DVD RW CD RW LIGHTSCRIBE Burner Drive For all PC Laptop Netbook and Mac
Offered by Victorian Systems
Price: £22.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lightscribe burner, external DVD player - all at a great price, 21 April 2015
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The good thing is that the LightScribe works - but you have to choose extremely high contrast (basically hard black & white) images to see them. I have not used other LightScribe drives/discs, so do not know if this is a limitation of the drive/discs (I'm using HP gold discs) or the technology.
Burning the image twice seems to work fine, and deepens the contrast.
Note also that available LightScribe software is limited to Windows 8 at the latest. Nero seems to work fine on 8.1, but I could not get the free template software to install on 8.1. This limits you to finding your own images and building templates from scratch.
At the end of the day though - this is a really good price for an external DVD drive :)
I had problems with my first unit, contacted the seller and the return was processed promptly - the new unit works perfectly.

Talisman Prologue HD
Talisman Prologue HD
Price: £1.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start, 13 May 2013
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This review is from: Talisman Prologue HD (App)
This is a brilliant introduction to the ever-growing world of Talisman.

Fans of the original will find themselves at home alongside fans of the new board game and even players new to the game.

This version makes no assumptions, guiding you every step of the way. As a veteran, I didn't find this annoying, but rather a refreshing new take.

Why four stars?

Two reasons.

1/ For both Android & PC, the multi-player version has not yet been released - quite a major drawback.
2/ For both Android & PC, the game crashes when switching applications - a serious problem in the modern, multi-tasking age, which needs to be resolved - this is regrettably not a good sign of modern programming.

Rest assured that the gameplay & functionality are preserved - these are relatively niggling issues.

James Bond - 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray] [1962]
James Bond - 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray] [1962]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Price: £67.18

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a joy..., 27 Sept. 2012
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I was just skimming the 1 star reviews out of interest - why review a product you have decided not to buy for your own reasons? Most odd!
Anyway - I am now one of the proud owners, and am pretty much satisfied it does what it says on the tin, so to speak.
I don't personally know what the reviewer's issue with the card sleeves is. These sleeves are very robust - thick card backing - and the disk slides in and out of them very easily. The backing is smooth, so should reduce scratching.
Most DVD/BR boxes have plastic insets where the middle is held solid and you often have to put some pressure on the disk to remove it - this is not the case with the card sleeves where the disk slides in/out with ease.
The disk is held firmly enough, as the card has an indent in it so it does not slide around or fall out easily.
For those complaining there will be another movie in due course - one would imagine that is a good 3 years away. If you really want to include that movie in the 50th anniversary box set (wouldn't that defeat te object?) you can always take out the bonus disk to make room - a trick that has worked well for me with other box sets in the past.
The movies, as others have stated, are crystal clear prints - beautifully and lovingly restored.
The ONLY reason I have dropped this to 4 stars, is that the packaging arrived with two minor damage points - slight scuffing on the outer sleeve (which I didn't want to keep anyway) and a slight dent in the side of the box. I am certain I could return for exchange if I wanted, but it is minor enough not to worry about - it just drove home how easily damaged cardboard sleeves are - but then, that is why this set is a bargain price for this many movies I guess.

Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll (PS3)
Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll (PS3)
Price: £21.24

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting but repetitive, 27 Sept. 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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I've been playing this game for a significant number of hours now, so am a fair way into the game.
At first, I agree with the other reviewers completely - the gameplay overall is great, visuals OK - definitely one to pass the time with.
Many hours later, it feels like a repetitive quest game. Plot advancement is via a string of quests, which are all visit place X, kill monster Y, return to sender.
After a while, I have fallen back on two basic fighting styles out of the myriad available - but can trounce the bosses with ease by figuring which style is relevant for each boss.
I guess I have probably spent far too long doing optional quests, so am probably slightly over-levelled - but optional quests are what I normally enjoy in RPGs.
If you explore using the different characters regularly, and changing styles frequently, you can certainly add further variety - but this seems to be minimally rewarded, and indeed you are forced back to just your main character on several occasions so it is best to remain familar with him.
Unusually for an RPG, I am not sure I will make it to the end - but I will persist! I think a trick is to spend a lot less time in the guilds, and a lot more following the storyline.
Variety of items/monsters is also very poor, and there appears to be no way to customise your own items (certainly to the point I have reached)
I'm only really posting this to provide some balance / consideration for those thinking of purchase. I don't want to put you off, as it is a good game overall - but it's worth being aware of the pitfalls.

White Knight Chronicles 2 (PS3)
White Knight Chronicles 2 (PS3)
Offered by Tracymuk
Price: £29.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choose seller carefully!, 27 Jun. 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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The game itself has been reviewed several times, so I will be brief on that count...
If you enjoyed WKC1, you will LOVE WKC2 - it improves on it in many ways, even allowing you to play the original with the improvements.
You get to revisit old locations for fond nostalgia.
If you have not played WKC1, but you like Jap RPGs in general (Final Fantasy for example) you will probably enjoy this game.

NOW - the main reason I am leaving a review though, is that you need to be very careful which marketplace seller you use!
The version advertised here is an EU version - which is fully compatible with importing games from WKC1.

Several of the marketplace sellers only stock the US version. Some tell you this on their page, but some don't...
Make sure you go for a seller who states it is a UK version, or contact the seller first.

Also, you need to be a little careful with second hand versions - a large part of the game is building your own town, and you can only do this with an online code. If you buy a second hand copy, you may find you need to buy a code to play this part of the game (I think you still have to pay for this) - so the difference in price may be misleading.
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Fast & Furious 1-5 - Limited Edition Collector's Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Fast & Furious 1-5 - Limited Edition Collector's Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Vin Diesel

36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty box but tricky to use, 6 Sept. 2011
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First up, the movies are excellent - this review is just for those considering the packaging (which after all is why you would be looking at the special edition!)
The outer packaging is a strong plastic case that will protect the gem during transport & storage.
The wheel itself is beautiful - rubber type with tracks, and a shiny hub.
The back of the wheel is flat, so breaks the illusion slightly.

Opening the wheel however is why I've dropped this to 3 stars (again - not a fault of the movies, just the casing)
The wheel rotates half way down to open - this isn't immediately obvious and is quite resistent so you may not be certain how much pressure you want to apply.
Take care when it does open - the disks are loose inside on a non-locking spindle so are liable to jump out at you.

Getting to any disk requires removing all disks above it.

This case would have benefited from being slightly wider, with a removable insert that let you access each disk a little like a multi-DVD box.
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Ultimate Mind Games (PS2)
Ultimate Mind Games (PS2)
Price: £10.08

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mind the gap, 11 Nov. 2004
This is a very good compilation of board games, from the classics (Chess, Backgammon) to the more obscure.
There are a few classics noticably missing (9-mens-morris, hearts) but it is good to see a range of more unusual titles to stretch any player's experience.
There are no difficulty levels as such, but players should find a level of play to suit them - bosses are much harder to beat than other players.

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