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Discovery Channel - Liberators: The Soldiers of the Red Army [4 DVD]
Discovery Channel - Liberators: The Soldiers of the Red Army [4 DVD]
Offered by The Canny Store
Price: £15.04

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Army good source!, 17 Nov. 2013
Glad to see that no-one has REALLY dissented from the basic purpose of this box-set. Alright, I know it is a Russian produced documentary series based upon the Great Patriotic War and all of the elements of the Red Army/ Navy/ Air Force elements involved in it....& I know that it was Russian produced, so I know that it is not completely unbiased....
HOWEVER, that apart, this series breaks down the various roles of the armed forces of Stalinist Russia & how they operated in WW2. The presentation is of good quality. The Russian presenter is backed up by a high quality of CGI background that represents the equipment/ vehicles used in the conflict while he is narrating. Beyond that, the CGI is used to good effect & quality when representing/ recreating the war. It is of a very good standard.
I know that some reviewers have been dissenting in their summaries with regard to the script not following the narration on certain parts of the series...true, but is IS a Russian series translated into English, & I know it is not perfect in this respect, but it really is not that bad. As a consequence, it is better to receive Russian TV translations to see their point of view, than a completely Western view without this facility. It provides more more 'balance'.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series, & even with it's aforementioned faults, definitely a solid 4 stars. Recommended.

Guns N Roses - Live In New York [DVD] [2014]
Guns N Roses - Live In New York [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Guns & Roses
Price: £8.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Guns n' Roses classic line up, in their pomp!, 19 Jan. 2013
I originally saw this when a mate of mine (who had cable TV way back then!) recorded it & showed it to us, time & time again.
I had already seen the band in November 1987 & again in Donnington 1988 & was well caught up in the whole Gn'R whirlwind and excitement of the time. So, to me, this is always the classic line up. This was when the band were at their best, this was their TIME & this is the best live DVD I have seen of them to date (set & performances).
Professionally shot for TV & still 'intimate' in it's visual.
Guns n' Roses as they should be remembered & at the peak of their powers.

Top Gun: Combat Zones
Top Gun: Combat Zones
Offered by media-4-u
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars TOP GUN, TOP GAME!, 28 Nov. 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Top Gun: Combat Zones (Video Game)
I do like shooting games & I do like flying games & I do (guilty pleasure) like the film TOP GUN!
However, apart from being able to fly an F14 Tomcat, that is about all this has in common with the movie.
Still, it has lots of varied levels. Lots of different planes to fly (some you have to earn!) & has many different types of mission & all to varied levels of challenge. Some were very difficult, but overall VERY addictive, I loved it & would heartily recommend it.
Great game. Buy it!

Skinwalkers [DVD] (2006)
Skinwalkers [DVD] (2006)
Dvd ~ Jason Behr
Price: £3.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated WereWolf Legend!, 1 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Skinwalkers [DVD] (2006) (DVD)
This was a cool movie! Well shot, interesting American Indian connection, conflict between good & evil politics & seriously (& wrongly in my opinion) shot to pieces by some reviewers. Good story line, too. Well worth a watch.

Operation Barbarossa [1975] [DVD]
Operation Barbarossa [1975] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Balty
Offered by A*BargainProducts
Price: £2.63

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BUILD UP to Barbarossa, 29 Sept. 2011
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The DVD covers the political build up to the launch of Operation Barbarossa.

The narrative philosophises about 'what ifs' like if the British had become involved in the Russo-Finnish war, etc. (i.e. would Barbarossa have even happened?), but when it eventually comes to the titanic conflict that decided WW2, there is little new.

As an avid history fan, I heard the (blatantly) plagiarised narrative, lifted directly from Olivier narrative from the (vastly superior) 'World At War' series. The producers are brazen enough to use huge tracts of this word for word! I know that the aforementioned series is world class & plagiarism is the greatest compliment, but this is just plain rude!

However, on a positive note, there was some film archive I had not yet seen previously. Additionally, it was very cheap!

Bathory: Countess of Blood [DVD]
Bathory: Countess of Blood [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anna Friel
Offered by Helen's Goodies
Price: £8.16

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sooooooooo Disappointed!!!, 28 Aug. 2011
I LOVE Anna Friel, I LOVE the legend of Bathory, so I was so looking forward to watching this.
However, after initially watching the documentaries on the DVD, I realised that this may be a bit different to the sexy vampire, gore fest that I was anticipating...& indeed it was.
The film was a very protracted & drawn out & (according to the director from the making of documentary) still a hypothetical take on the legend of Bathory...& ended up a much more boring one than if it had followed the traditional take on the life of the lady in question.
Instead of a good horror movie (for which the subject matter would have been excellent) the film became a very subjective slant on how Bathory had been framed by power hungry politicians & served to suggest that the whole bathing in blood/ murderess/ vampire mythology was, not even just exaggerated, but entirely made up! Even if most of it was untrue, by the director's own admission, this was also unsubstantiated. The end result made for a very long, very boring movie, with little to save it (except for the stunning Anna Friel, couple of good battle scenes & some of the architecture in the localities of the shoot...all of which would have been better used lending themselves in a more traditional take on the Bathory legend).
For the DVD cover to proclaim 'Countess Of Blood' & 'Vampire' and then to contain teh film that it does is, at least, very misleading. VERY disappointed.

Star Wars: Republic Commando (Xbox)
Star Wars: Republic Commando (Xbox)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staw Wars shooter sublime!, 22 Aug. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I had heard that this game had been well reviewed, so expectations were high. However, it did not dissapoint in the slightest.

A fine example of the console shooter genre. Pretty simple in it's purpose & what it tries to deliver. There is a SLIGHT (very) nod to strategy in the way that you can command your squad members in battle, but basically it is straight ahead blaster.

So what makes it so good? Well, EXCELLENT graphics (just about as good as I have seen on the original X-Box), sublime control system (noticed the difference when played the (still great) Star Wars Battlefront & (still good) Star Wars Jedi Academy afterwards), great attention to detail re the Star Wars context. Plus excellent cut scenes & great lighting effects (including types of vision you can choose to use in certain environments) lead to brilliant atmosphere.

A real 'adrenalin rush' type of a game, giving you a challenge whilst not being frustrating or impossible. Always bringing you back for 'one more go'! Even the open end finale of the game made me hope (momentarily) that there may be a sequel on the way...then I realised that this game was a good few years old now! Still, if anyone at Lucas Arts is reading, I have a PS3 now & would love a sequel to this on that console...

Highly recommended. A really quality item!
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Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £3.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attack Of The Clones...Star Wars prequel getting better..., 19 Dec. 2010
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As with it's predecessor (The Phantom Menace), Episode 2 is STILL a very enjoyable film. Also, like it's predecessor, it inevitably suffers in comparison to Episodes 4 & 5 (didn't mention Return Of The Jedi in the same breath as not quite up with its 2 predecessors either).
Primarily, this is because (& talking about a space sci-fi fantasy film this may sound ironic) it just does not seem as 'REAL' as the Star Wars movies of 1977 & 1980! The OVER use of CGI seems to create this scenario. Some of the CGI just looks basically false! Also,EVEN for a jedi, Anakin dropping out of Obi Wan's vehicle and falling about 3 miles below exactly into the ship of the bounty hunter they are pursuing just seems TOO incredible to be plausible! (although it DOES look good).
Additionally, there still seems to be an attempt by the makers to please all of the age range of the audience age range too much...I mean, that part with C3P0's head being placed on a battle droid & all of the loopy dialogue that goes along with it! To quote the robot himself, "It's such a drag!" Far too camp, not very funny & would have been better if less farcical. Although seems that the producers had learned the lesson a bit by having less Jar-Jar Binks slapstick like in the first movie, only to replace with the droids taking over the mantle!
However, it has to be remembered & acknowledged that the special effects in the movie are generally amazing (above points taken into account). The flight sequences & ships around the planet traffic are awesome, as are other 'stand-out' bits like the creatures in the arena. Also, the space cut scenes & the bit in the asteroid field are jaw-dropping.
The score is, once again, exceptional. The new character of Jango Fett is cool & the really poignant look on his son Boba's face when he holds his dad's decapitated head in his hands is classic Star Wars.
So, a very, very good Sci-Fi movie for many reasons, that deserves watching again & again. Watched it again last night & it does get better every time...I KNOW that they have their flaws, but the prequels are REALLY cool if the truth be told! Don't be too hard on it...FAR more good than bad!

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [DVD] [1999]
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £9.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Menace, good but not perfect..., 18 Dec. 2010
Anyone expecting this to live up to ALL expectations must have been, at least naive, BUT to be honest it IS still good.
The film would have been better if you had had more Darth Maul (lost a really great character prematurely), MILES less Jar Jar Binks & having less of the camp humour & more of the seriousness of Episodes 4 & 5, then this film could have been truly fantastic...
The CGI is truly excellent, if all the Star Wars films had been done to this standard, they could have ALL been better, but at least the original (2 films @ least) had some sort of 'realism' about them & did not try to court all of the audience & please kids & adults, they were good because they were good, so that's quite simply why the new ones 'missed the point'.
However, again the score is excellent...& basically, as far as space fantasy is concerned, George Lucas & Star Wars still have not got any equals (even considering the imperfections of the prequels). That just about sums it up...almost, but not quite, perfect!

Que Sera Sera
Que Sera Sera
Price: £8.04

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NeilTindale, 16 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Que Sera Sera (Audio CD)
I first got this album on vinyl in the late 80s, and listened to it loads then (and afterward!) due to it containinng a great cross-section of songs.
The lyrics, on different tracks range from comedic (i think! on 'Cool Operator')to really heart-felt (on 'I Only wrote This Song For You') and everywhere in-between.
I love the guitar sound too (esp. on 'Short Lives' & 'Tie Me Up'). A real gem of an album to me....and has meant a lot to me @ certain times in my life by letting me know that someone else has felt like I did, but then it kicks your but and gets you ready to party!!! Cool record.

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