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Roy Jones Jr: Heart of a Champion [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Roy Jones Jr: Heart of a Champion [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Roy Jr. Jones

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch 'the Legend' Train, 8 Oct 2007
This is an unusual DVD release as it charts Roy Jones training for the rubber match he had with former conqueror Antonio Tarver in 2005. The bizaare bit being that this is the training and lead up to a fight that Jones absolutely blew and lost a unanimous 12 round decision, hardly an inspiring source point then. If they wanted to do a Roy Jones release it would probably have been better to focus on Jones training and show a highlight reel of Jones at his peak!

For those of you who are not familiar with Roy Jones Jnr. He is a former Middle,Super Middle,Light-Heavy and Heavyweight world champion who between 1989-2003 was unbeateable. A blinding display of poise, speed, accuracy and power. Pound for Pound Jones was probably the best fighter in the world from 1994-2003 and is a definate for the Boxing Hall of Fame.

This DVD fatures the leadup to the fight and his training with reknowned Sports trainer Mackie Shillstone, along with an additional section featuring Shillstone putting various people through there paces and his training regime.

All in all this is an interesting insight into a greta fighters training.

Title Bout Championship Boxing (PC CD)
Title Bout Championship Boxing (PC CD)
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: 2.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its No boxing version of FM 2007 but its a start!, 8 Oct 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Unfortuantely boxing Management games are a little thin on the ground nowadays,as boxing has lost popularity, which is a shame as the source material should make for a great Management game. Infact its a sad reflection when overall the best Boxing Management game that has been released is World Championship Boxing Manager (look it up on the net) which was released on the Commodore 64 in 1989 (nearly 20 years ago).

This unfortunately is not the Football Manager 2007 of boxing Management. Yes it does have thousands of boxers and stats however the Management side is its failings as it is not comprehensive enough, nor does it make you feel that your doing anything more than setting up random fights.

That said this game does have its uses tho. I particularly like using it to predict the outcome of future boxing matches which can provide an intersting prediction for any fights that re coming up.

All in all this is more a boxing enthusiasts tool as opposed to the indepth Management sim we've all been craving for.

Stranglehold (Xbox 360)
Stranglehold (Xbox 360)
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 9.73

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it should be, 25 Sep 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is the spiritual successor to the 1992 John Woo 'cult' Hong Kong action film Hard Boiled which features the same lead character Insp 'Tequila' Yuen (played by Chow Yun-Fat in both), which if you want some background on the lead character i would suggest you rent/view. The film has developed a cult following for its sheer bullet expenditure, and over the top action sequences (in typical John Woo style) which is the primary selling point of the game.

The game itself is set in the Hong Kong and Chicago underworld as Insp Tequila battles the drug peddling mob, although the story itself is pretty secondary against the action pieces.

The game is viewed from the 3rd person and boasts 'apparently' the most destructbale scenery ever created and a true 'John Woo' (re action, action, action) experience. Unfortunately there are a number of issues i had with this game which for me prevents it from scoring higher. The main one is that apart from unloading a million bullets into a sea of repetitive generic bad guys constantly there is very little else to the game and virtually no variation. There is no free roam or interaction with the environment other than 'set pieces'. True you can destroy the environemt galore however you have to go the path the game tells you and there is nothing to explore or investigate. The 'Tequila' Bombs are nice however there are only 4 (retore health, snipe, barrage and spin attack) and the weapons are the standard Pistol, Uzzi, Shotgun, Assault rifle etc) variety. Once you've played for an hour or so you've pretty much see all the game can do and it becomes repetitive.

I have reviewed the pro's and cons below:

Its Tequila
Decent Graphics
Destructable locations
Great mindless fun (for an hour or so)
Decent Voice overs (inc Mr Fat)

To Linear
To short
Character can't jump (in the usual manner)
Character can be difficult to control at times
Cannot interact with surroundings (other than to blow up)
Non fans of the film and Mr Woo may wonder what all the fuss is about

All in all i think this title would make for a great Friday night rental for fans of the film who want to enjoy some harmless mindless fun with there friends after a few beers. Anyone looking for something more indepth or interactive would be better off at Bioshock etc.

Mr Bean's Holiday [2007] [DVD]
Mr Bean's Holiday [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Price: 3.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously UNFUNNY!!!, 17 Aug 2007
My 7 year old daughter was desperate to see this and since i found the 1997 film Bean to be quite amusing i thought no problem. Unfortunately this film is chronically unfunny with Atkinson spending 90% of the film gurning stupidly in closeup at the camera.

The story sees Mr Bean winning a raffle to go to Cannes with a camcorder and 200 francs. From there on follows the predicatble path of Mr Bean getting lost accross France, causing havoc and mayhem to numerous poor peoples lives, accidentally getting accused of kidknapping before eventually ending up all safe and sound where he should be (Cannes) with no harm done. The jokes and slapstick are so telegraphed that you see them and know the result long before they eventually hit and the whole thing is quite frankly embarrassing.

Ironically enough the most interesting and amusement to be had actually comes from the surprise appearance by Willem Dafoe who actually conspires to steal the show with his playing it straight performance.

The DVD comes with the usual extra's however it should be noted (and should result in the direct slapping of the editor) that the deleted scenes are all actually funnier than what amde it into the movie.

I would avoid this as it fail to entertain my 7 year old and Mr Bean has outlived it's shelf life. If your new to the character you'd be better off investing in a couple of the series dvd's as it is much cleverer and funnier than what is on offer here!!!

Box Like the Pros
Box Like the Pros
by Joe Frazier
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start!!!, 7 Aug 2007
This review is from: Box Like the Pros (Paperback)
Anyone whose into boxing will be familiar with Joe Frazier. A terrific fighter in the 70's (former World Champion) who contested a memorable trilogy with Muhammed Ali, and also fought George Foreman (twice). Frazier retired with a 32-4-1 (27) resume and was renowned for his relentless agression, and vaunted Left Hook. Trained by the legendary trainer of Champions Eddie Futch Frazier has done it all and has the knowledge to empart.

This is a great book for starting out. Its very old school and focusses on the old skool training regimes. Frazier is not an advocate of lifting weights, modern day training and dietary supplments and it shows. They werent around in his day and he doesnt preach it here. If your looking for a book that features lots of info on weight machines, treadmill cardio and the latest designer whey protein your going to be dissapointed.

What you get in this book is good old fashioned boxing technique, and training (road work, medicine ball, situps etc) along with some sound advice on picking a gym, what to look for etc.

I would reccomend this to anyone looking to start out or just to get fit in the boxing way. Its not equipment focussed and the drills listed will get anyone fit. If your after something more modern and technically advanced then this isnt it.

Before you discount though you should remember that back in Frazier's day and before fighters used to contest 15 rounders (not todays 12) and box very regularly. Theres a reason for that, boxing existed before the treadmill!!!

Hard Road to Glory
Hard Road to Glory
by Johnny Nelson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all!!!, 7 Aug 2007
This review is from: Hard Road to Glory (Hardcover)
Brednan Ingle has worked with many good or world class fighters (Herol Graham,Prinne Naseem, Junior Witter, Ryan Rhodes) so its surprising that a fighter with a record of 45-12-2(29) would be the fighter he has been most proud of. In short J.Nelson should never have acheived what he did (6 year WBO Crusierweight champion, with 14 successfull title defences).

Nelson turned pro in 1986 (at 19) and lost his first 3 fights (the worst of starts). in 1990 with a record of 15-5 he had a tepid draw with a faded Carlos De Leon for the WBC Crusierweight crown (its one of the worst fights in history). 2 years later with a record of 21-5-1 he lost another terrible fight to James Waring in another stinker for the IBF title. Nelson was then content to traverse the continents campaigning between Crusier and Heavyweight losing here and there as a journeyman. in 1996 Nelson had a record of 25-12-1 and was going nowehere. Somehow though things changed. From 1996 onwards Nelson went 20-0-1 (12) winning the WBO title and establishing himself as one of the best and most avoided Crusierweights on the planet. It was a career of 2 half's. the first 10 years were terrible, the next golden and its a very compelling tail.

This story , not just the fights but what goes on behind the scenes and in the udnerworld you never see is a compelling tail and this book will serve as a great encourager of what can be acheived if your determined, belive in yourself and stick with it. Mr Nelson could easily have ended his career with non title and a terrible record. That he didnt is a testament as to what can be achieved, even with a bad start!

Airwolf: Season Three [DVD]
Airwolf: Season Three [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jan-Michael Vincent

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The end of the road, 7 Aug 2007
This review is from: Airwolf: Season Three [DVD] (DVD)
This is the third season of Airwolf which started great (series 1), started to flounder (series 2) and was nearly completely shot by series 3. By this point series creator Donald Belisario had left (unhappy with the changes and series 2), so had Deborah Pratt (who had married Belisario in ine interim) . The budget had spiralled (resulting in more stock footage usage) and Jan-Michael Vincent was having very public personal problems. All this served as the nail in the and ratings plummeted, which matches the qulaity of the show. Unfortunately throughout series 2 and 3 it served to contradict series 1, the end result is a rather disjointed mess with very little connection to Series 1

The episodes are:

The horn of plenty
Airwolf 2
And a child shall elad
Fortune Teller
Kingdom Come
Annie oakley
The deadly circle
Where have all the children gone
Half pint
Day Of Jeopardy
Little Wolf
Desperate Monday
Hawke's run
Break in at Santa Paula
The girl who fell from the sky
Birds of paradise

This was the final series for the original cast, with Airwolf: Series 4 being a total travesty, with only Jan-Michael vincent appearing right at the beginning to kill off his character (the series also didnt have access to the helicopter so all the footage for that series was series 1-3 stock).

As with series 1-3 there are no extras, and the title emnu and screens are identical to series 2 with just a change in colour. Of the 3 this series is the weakest of the lost (series 1 being the best), but is still worth buying just for the episode Airwolf 2 which sees airwolf battling Redwolf.

Airwolf: Season Two [DVD]
Airwolf: Season Two [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jan-Michael Vincent

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as series 1, 7 Aug 2007
This review is from: Airwolf: Season Two [DVD] (DVD)
This is the 2nd series and thankfully retains its core cast of:

Jan-Michale Vincent: Stringfellow Hawke
Ernest Borgnine: Dominic Santini
Alex Cord: Archangel
Deborah Pratt: Mariella

Unfortunately the producers of the show started interfering with the show, against the Creators wishes (Donald P Belisaio creator of Magnum, Quantum Leap etc) wanting to make it more family friendly, jazzing up the Theme tune, adding more elecronic sounds to the soundtrack (all detriments) and also adding a female lead(Jean-Bruce Scott as Caitlan O'Shaughnessy)which unfortunately throws the narrative off and makes the show uneven. Whilst not a travesty this season saw it take the Knightrider route with Airwolf less involved in Government issues and more into a sort of dispute settler. All this conspires to detract from all the good work establsihed in season 1. The show also amkes the sin of having some actors from the previous series return in different roles and also of very noticably re-using stock footage.

The episodes are:

Sweet Britches
Moffett's Ghost
The truth about Holly
The hunted
Sins of the past
Fallen Angel
Flight #093 is missing
Once a hero
Random Target
The American dream
Inn at the end of the road
Santini's millions
Prisoner of yesterday
Natural Born
Out of the sky
Severance Pay
Short walk to freedom

The DVD again has no extras, and the screens are not as nice as series 1. It still has the airwolf theme tune playing but looks like less effort was made for this one.

Airwolf: Season One [DVD]
Airwolf: Season One [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jan-Michael Vincent

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Machine!!!, 7 Aug 2007
This review is from: Airwolf: Season One [DVD] (DVD)
This was a truly superb series, featuring a great cast, iconic music and a great premise. This is the first season, and starts off with the 2 part pilot episode (It should be noted that this 2 part pilot is avaialable seperately edited into a shorter Airwolf: the Movie film. That verson contains more violence, sexual references and swearing which are all absent in the more family friendly pilot).

The core cast are as follows:

Jan-Michael Vincent: Stringfellow Hawk
Ernest Borgnine: Dominic Santini
Alex Cord: Michael Goldsmith Briggs III, codename: Archangel
Deborah Pratt: Mariella

The premise is that the government have spent 1 Billion Dollars on a hightech Helicopter (Airwolf) which is promptly stolen in a massacre by its psychotic creator and pilot Dr Moffatt (a great turn by Oscar Winner David Hemmings). The government then turn to reclusive vietnam veteran Stringefellow Hawke who reluctantly agrees. Que the love interest, heartbreak, and climatic recaputure of the helicopter in Libya. Theres a twist though, the government renay on there agreement with hawke who subsequently hides Airlwolf and refsues to return it unless his brother , an MIA in Vietnam is recovered.

Its all very engaging though and Jan Michael Vincent really does engage you.

The subsequent episodes are:

Daddy's gone a hunt'n
Bite of the Jackal
Proof through the night
One way express
Echoes from the past
Fight like a dove
Mad over Miami
And they are us
Mind of the machine
To snare a wolf

All the episodes are self contained and the DVD and usually centre around either the government or Foreign body trying to reclaim Airwolf or Airwolf undergoing secret missions for a secret government organisation called THE FIRM.

Unfortunately the DVD lacks any extras, however it does have a nice layout screen (complete with Airwolf theme tune) and stands up well even today.
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Shrek The Third (Wii)
Shrek The Third (Wii)
Offered by clickforgamesltd
Price: 15.49

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish this game would go Far-Far Away, 6 Aug 2007
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Shrek The Third (Wii) (Video Game)
The Shrek franchise is beloved and given its source material there is the potential to be quite a funny, enjoyable and entertaining video game. Unfortunatey this is not the case and this game, like most released based on a movie this is a shameless cashin.

Quite literally everything about this game is substandard, be it the terrible voice overs which arent even the cast of the movie (barring John Cleese), the short duration, the controls, the shoddy frame rate or the fact that its so basic that even my daughter (7) found it repetetive and boring (not to mention the "why doesnt it sound like Shrek,Donkey etc?" questions).

For what its worth the game has 20 levels with each level having around 3-5 quests in them. Its all very linear though and is just a matter of relentless and finger killing button mashing.

Its shrek

Shoddy voice over impersonations of the Shrek cast
Last gen Graphics
Slow down when muultiple characters get on screen
Short Duration
Nothing but button mashing (may strain young fingers)
No Co-Op play

If you are desperate for a Shrek fix i'd opt for Shrek 2 on the original Xbox. It is a better game and has 2 player co-op mode which improves upon the gameplay greatly, otherwise avoid this.

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