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Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - With Special Offers [Previous Generation]
Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - With Special Offers [Previous Generation]
Price: £129.00

10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One complaint, 25 Nov. 2012
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This is a smart little object. It looks good, it does everything you need it to do and it is a good price. The one reason I am taking a star off is because of the ludicrosly early sale price. I bought this 3 weeks ago at a price of £129 only to log on to Amazon today and see it on sale for £99. For everybody who got it at £99, well done as you have got yourself a great bargain, for everybody who has paid the full price for it, I bet you feel slightly annoyed right now. Especially if you were buying it as a Christmas present for someone and even more especially if money is tight as it seems to be for most people right now. If it is worth £99 today how can it have been worth nearly one third more just last week. Thanks Amazon.
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Firefly - The Complete Series [DVD] [2003]
Firefly - The Complete Series [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Nathan Fillion
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 25 May 2009
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Every superlative that can be used to describe this series already has. It really is that good. It is funny, sad, uplifting, disturbing and brilliant. What is not so brilliant is that it is no longer around. Never underestimate the stupidity of studio executives. Their shortsightedness is already well documented but it reached new heights of idiocy when they cancelled this show. You don't need to read a review telling you all about this show, just buy a copy and revel in it.


Twilight (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Twilight (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kristen Stewart
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £2.65

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Style minus substance equals turgid garbage., 25 May 2009
Where do you begin to tear the sheer pretentiousness out of this film. It lacks dramatic impact, it has almost no substance, it has no sense of humour, it has predictable villians and even more predictable heroes, it has a heroine who is less interesting than Moaning Myrtle. Meyer's books are garbage, so given that the source material sucks it's no surprise that the film does as well. I like my vampires to eat people in the dark. Not give them piggy back rides in broad daylight. I want my vampires to be either tortured (Brad Pitt in Interview With The Vampire) or amoral monsters (Bill Paxton in Near Dark). I want some black laughs as well (The Frog Brothers in The Lost Boys). What I don't want is someone who is basically 108 years old hanging around with a po faced 17 year old, living with a family who are vegetarians (they only eat animals you see) making an effort to fit in at school. I don't want to make any serious points about Twilight. There are none to make and it takes itself far too seriously as it is. The worst bit of this film is at the end, that's when they tell you there is a follow up on the way.
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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 'All-Play' (Wii)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 'All-Play' (Wii)
Offered by GamePlace.co
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 17 Nov. 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Tiger Woods 09 is basically a decent all round game. It feels as though you are playing golf. The graphics (for the Wii) are pretty good. You can create your own golfer, jump straight into the game and play as you try to improve your own created player. Where the game does fall down is in the putting. Yes it can be very frustrating, too many people have commented on it for it not to be the case. The constant changing of putter lengths, the continous lipping out or even worse going straight over the hole turning a round of 63 into a 68 can become very annoying, but unfortunately that is just the way it is and yes you can get used to it. All in all a good game that could have, should have been better.


Troy (2-Disc Special Edition - Director's Cut) [DVD] [2004]
Troy (2-Disc Special Edition - Director's Cut) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £8.99

81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better then before, 25 Mar. 2008
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Troy (Director's Cut) is so much better than the theatrical version that it is almost hard to believe that they are in essence the same movie. That is not to say that this new version is perfect, it isn't. As with the Theatrical version, the acting is in some instances passable at best and it takes quite a few liberties with the accepted version of events according to Homer. However, what it does do is make the film run far more smoothly than it did before. Considering over 30 minutes of footage has been restored it actually seems to make the film a lot tighter than it was before. The rather disjointed, lacking in focus theatrical version is now replaced with a movie that always keeps you engrossed. Not just in the battle scenes which are really quite brilliant but also in the political intrigues and infighting amongst both the Greeks and the Trojans. Brad Pitt always seems to divide people as to his worth as an actor. I happen to think he is actually quite good. In Troy he is the leading man and he does a good job of holding the film together. According to Homer, Achilles was the most beautiful and the deadliest warrior of his age. Pitt is undoubtedly in excellent physical condition but he also manages to convey Achilles coldness and mastery of arms. His Achilles is a killing machine who cares for almost nothing but his own personal glory. He knows what his alternative futures are before he sails to Troy, but he would rather die young covered in glory than live to be old surrounded by love. There is a vacant look in Achilles eyes almost as though he is aware of everything that is happening around him but doesn't really care as long as it does not seem to personally affect him. However, in war, every action has a knock on effect and Achilles discovers this to his own personal loss. Achilles is not an easy role to take on, but Pitt does it well and he makes Troy a better film because of it.
On a side note, why do film companies continue to keep on ripping off the average punter who buys DVD's. If you are a film fan you are always going to want to see exactly what the director wanted to show in the first place. I can accept that for the theatre sometimes you have to trim the film down a little to make it a more palatable running time for people to be prepared to go and see or in some cases to cut down on some of the director's wilder excesses. But surely when they release the DVD they could make both the theatrical and the director's version available at the same time or on the same package. After all it's not like the footage isn't already available. Too many times I have come across extended additions and director's cuts, mere months after they have released the theatrical version. I know it's too much to hope for that they will stop ripping us off, but I would just like them to know that it's pretty poor show from them.


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [DVD] [2007]
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by SweetBuzzards
Price: £2.49

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a killer = birth of a legend., 19 Mar. 2008
The Assassination of Jesse James lingers in your mind long after the closing credits have finished. Everybody will have heard of Jesse James, America's Robin Hood and of how he was killed in his own home by a so-called friend. However, in Pitt's near perfect performance we a see a completely different and probably as close to a true portrayal of Jesse as we are likely to get. This Jesse James is a cold, dangerous killer. True, he loves his wife and children but this does not redeem him as a person. He is a man who needs to be in control. He needs to have people constantly on edge, continuosly wondering what his next move will be. His Jesse doesn't have friends. Nobody really likes Jesse, they fear him. As good as Pitt is, and he is very good, he has also has some superb performers around him, most notably Casey Affleck as Robert Ford, the man whose name will always be connected to Jesse's. His portrayal as a worshipper who eventually turns into an assassin is brilliant. His first notable scene in the movie where he tries to first ingratiate himself with Jesse's brother Frank sets the tone for the rest of the movie. In the space of a five minute conversation Frank can immediately spot that the boy is trouble and basically tells him to get lost, Jesse however, feeds off of such people and allows the boy to feel as though he is valued by him. It is in this moment that Jesse sows the seeds of his own destruction. The rest of the movie shows us how that destruction eventually comes to pass. As many other reviewers have noted this is a stunningly beautiful picture to look at. The achingly gorgeous landscapes combined with the not very pleasant people who inhabit them are a superb combination and one that allows the film to remain in your memory. There is very little in the way of 'action' in this film and the little that there is, is nasty and brutal. This is not a Walter Hill take on the Jesse James legend. There are no stylised shootouts, only brief moments of all too believable violence. This is an excellent look at the character of Jesse and the man who eventually killed him.


WWE - Ric Flair [DVD]
WWE - Ric Flair [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wwe

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Nature Boy, 4 Mar. 2008
This review is from: WWE - Ric Flair [DVD] (DVD)
Anybody who knows anything about the modern professional wrestling business knows that Ric Flair is the very best to step into a professional wrestling ring. At his peak, Flair was so good both in the ring and on the microphone that he could make you believe that his best friends dog was the most dangerous opponent he had ever faced and he could then fashion a decent match with it. This DVD is a fitting tribute to the man with some absolutely fantastic matches against Ricky Steamboat, Barry Wyndham and Sting. It shows you how good he was on the microphone and just how much he is respected by his fellow workers. Flair is one of the true good guys of the sport. A man capable of carrying a company on his shoulders but never too proud to put good young talent over. The off the air tribute paid to him by his fellow WWE performers shows you how highly respected he is and it is only fitting he receives a DVD as good as this one.


Superman Returns - Single Disc [DVD] [2006]
Superman Returns - Single Disc [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Brandon Routh
Price: £1.26

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of heart., 2 Aug. 2007
Superman Returns basically starts from where Superman II ends, so in order to get the most you can from this movie you will need to have seen the first two Christopher Reeves films. Once you have done that then you can sit back and enjoy Superman Returns, for there is much to enjoy in it. The acting is all good, Routh and Spacey in particular have got their roles just right. Gene Hackman was a great Lex Luthor but sometimes he seemed not quite cruel enough. Luthor, after all, plots to kill billions of people in order to enrich himself. Not a very pleasant characteristic, and Spacey's Lex Luthor is in no way a pleasant man. Routh perfectly captures Superman's loneliness. No matter how many wonderful and truly good feats he performs, Superman is basically an outsider. He is unique, the last of his species. That he looks like and interacts with human beings doesn't disguise the fact that he is an alien. Luthor knows this and as such he realises that this is his only true weakness. The scene between Spacey and Routh where Luthor reminds him of this is perfectly done as is the scene where Superman listens to Lois Lane and her new fiancee talk about her former relationship with the Man of Steel. The action sequences are really well done especially Superman's first entrance and there is an air of reverence to the characters and the mythology that permeates the whole film. The film is a little overlong and the loss of about ten minutes would have tightened it up considerably, but in truth this is a minor fault as ten extra minutes spent watching this movie is no real chore. The follow up should be even better as now that we have got the reintroduction out of the way they can focus on the action.


The McCann Years: The Inside Story of Celtic's Revolution
The McCann Years: The Inside Story of Celtic's Revolution
by Allan Caldwell
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was this book ghost written by Brian Dempsey?, 31 July 2007
The Mccann years by Allan Caldwell focuses on the time spent by Fergus McCann in pursuit and in control of Celtic FC. This should have been a fascinating book as McCann's tenure at Celtic Park is undoubtedly one of the most important moments in the club's history. Unfortunately, Caldwell makes it plain very early on in the book that he doesn't like McCann and generally takes almost every opportunity that he can find to give him a hard time. McCann was undoubtedly a driven and focused man often to the point where he did ride roughshod over other people. But he also put his money where his mouth was and as such was entitled to walk away from the club with a large amount of cash in his pocket. Celtic not Rangers are now the dominant power in Scottish football at the moment, not bad for a club who were less than an hour away from going into receivership before McCann paid the bank and guaranteed Celtic's debt. If you want to read a more balanced look at this pivotal moment in Celtic's history read Archie MacPherson's Flower of Scotland. This book is only for those who have already made up their mind.


Munich  [DVD]
Munich [DVD]
Dvd ~ Geoffrey Rush
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.68

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge comes with a price., 4 July 2006
This review is from: Munich [DVD] (DVD)
Steven Spielberg's Munich highlights the actions of an Israeli operation to target and kill all those it believes planned the murder of 11 of their athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Eric Bana plays the Mossad agent who is given the responsibility of leading a cell of agents in Europe. At first he welcomes this assignment as he views it as a way of repaying the debt he feels he owes his country. As time goes by however and the body count piles up, he starts to wonder if violence is really the answer to the Middle East problem. Bana is solid as the troubled agent who finds it increasingly difficult to view his targets as nothing more than terrorists. One scene where he is talking to a man on a hotel balcony that he is planning to kill highlights this perfectly. Bana finds himself liking him and his internal struggle to give the signal to his colleagues to detonate the planted bomb shows the beginning of his changing viewpoint Spielberg, to his credit, does not paint the Palestinians as rabid fundamentalists. He gives them a voice and attempts to highlight some of the reasons behind their actions.

Munich is not for the faint hearted as much of the violence is shocking and horrific. The impact of bullets and bombs on human bodies is not glossed over and the central message that violence only begets more violence is brought home with chilling power.


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