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The Great War - BBC Series 6 Disc Boxset [DVD]
The Great War - BBC Series 6 Disc Boxset [DVD]
Dvd ~ michael redgrave

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive WW1 documentary series, 8 May 2014
The BBC's 1960's great war series is to the first world war what ITV's the world at war is to the second. With hours of archive footage, more than any other series I've seen & interviews with those who fought in it a series like this could obviously no longer be made in the 21st century. I can't see why this is so rare to find when the world at war is far more common but if you can find it then buy it. This is unmissable.


The Wretched (Les Misérables)
The Wretched (Les Misérables)
Price: £3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic worth investing time in!, 8 May 2014
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Before there was the musical there was the novel...

The story of a man (Jean Valjean) who stole only to feed his starving family, forced to endure 19 years hard labour as a prisoner and comes out bitter & angry towards the world. That is until he meets a Bishop, the first person to show him sympathy, charity, kindness & compassion setting him on a life goal to redeem himself & help others whilst at the same time trying to fight off his past in the form of a police inspector (Javert) determined to return him to prison for breaking the conditions of his parole.

Almost Dickensian in style, Hugo's protagonist represents the ordinary man whose life has changed by social injustice, resentment, religion, & atonement. Spanning decades at over 2000 pages long, Les Miserables may sound like a chore but it is well worth a read. At first impression it can seem as though Hugo pointlessly digresses from the plot, often writing chapter after chapter at 100 page lengths on events such as the battle of Waterloo, social background of the time, minor characters, etc. However once you get into it you see exactly how these chapters link into the main plot & help paint the scene.

The 2013 translation by Christine Donougher does not use modern words found in other editions, keeping in tradition with its age yet is easy to read for a modern reader. Donougher is my personal favourite of the many translations (I've read a few!). Give it a go!


Muhammad Ali - 6DVD Microbook
Muhammad Ali - 6DVD Microbook
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £13.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ali retrospective documentaries with hardback book, 27 April 2014
The set is a hardback book with photos & text detailing Ali's career. Housed inside the pages are 6 discs.

Discs 1-4 are the ESPN Ali ringside series first aired in 2006 which show extended highlights & analysis of Clay/Ali fights from 1963 to 1975 featuring discussions with past opponents, sports writers & those within Ali's camp. It's a fairly decent overview of his career although the dvd's do end abruptly at the end of a fight with analysis starting on the next disc.

Disc 5 is a documentary of Ali's attempted 1980 comeback against Larry Holmes - 30 for 30 Larry & Muhammad.

Disc 6 features the full fights of the rumble in the jungle (vs Foreman) & the Thrilla in Manila (vs Frazier) often considered to be amongst the best fights of all time.


Shakira. (Deluxe Version)
Shakira. (Deluxe Version)
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £3.28

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakira's self titled 2014 English album, 26 April 2014
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Apart from the single released with Rihanna (Can't remember to forget you) which is probably the weakest track on the album, this is Shakira's best English album to date. Catchy, modern & packed with memorable tunes! Definitely worth a listen!


Marshall Monitor Headphone - Black
Marshall Monitor Headphone - Black
Offered by macworld
Price: £93.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Marshall!, 26 April 2014
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So you're looking for brand name headphones with quality sound & look great. Forget Beats, they're overpriced and the sound is terrible. Marshall Monitors are cheaper with a bass that doesn't cloud the vocal but still packs a punch. Crisp, clear, loud & proud, best headphones I've ever owned!


True Detective - Season 1 [DVD] [2014]
True Detective - Season 1 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Woody Harrelson
Price: £11.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intense & memorable, hard to resist this perfect series!, 8 April 2014
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HBO's True Detective starring 2013 Academy Award Winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) in another career defining performance & Woody Harrelson in his best role yet could just as easily have been another run-of-the-mill TV Detective series. What sets this series apart from the rest, other than the performances, is that the story is not rushed, it develops beautifully over 8 cinematic episodes all written by Nic Pizzolato & all directed by Cary Fukunaga which gives it consistency & builds up tension without needing gimmicky & uneccesary set pieces to keep us entertained. Whilst action is limited (except for one or two scenes, in particular episode 4) the tension remains high throughout thanks to the snappy dialogue & character development over the course of the series.

Spanning 17 years from 1995 as the pair are investigating a serial killer across Louisiana, we see the scenes of 1995 played out as the investigation jumps through the years to 2012. Suspicion soon begins to gather against Hart & Coles handling of events in '95 and we see how their personal & professional lives unravel over the years leading to the 2012 climax.

Sophisticated, stylish & visually stunning. True Detective is an incredible insight into the minds of these two Homicide Detectives & the case that has haunted them for years. Like a good book, it pulls you and the only dissapointment is knowing there is an end after 8 hours of tense drama!

This could be one of the best miniseries ever made. A class apart in it's genre.

5/5


Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013]
Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're not just a Fisherman!, 8 Nov. 2013
What could be just another run of the mill true story turns into a tense edge of the seat thriller thanks to the usually dependable Tom Hanks. Hanks yet again raises the bar in a moving and powerful performance proving to be one of the great Actors of a generation as Captain Rich Phillips, tasked with the job of transporting cargo along one of the most dangerous coastal regions in the world, the Indian Ocean.

April 2009, Phillips' Ship becomes the target of Somali Pirates, intending to make millions from the Americans from the Insurance Companies. After using his head to keep the situation under control without any blood shed, Phillips is taken hostage for ransom by the Pirates. With the Navy closing in on them tensions rise and Phillips ordeal becomes a desperate plight for survival with a powerful finale...

Whilst Hanks is a sure fire Oscar nomination, I wouldn't be too surprised to see some award consideration for Barkhad Abdi. As Moe the leader of the Pirates he is terrifying and mesmerising.

Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum) directs this must see movie.
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The Snowman - 30th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1982]
The Snowman - 30th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1982]
Dvd ~ David Bowie
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £7.99

43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Snowman blu-ray, 6 Nov. 2012
Whilst the colours do look a little brighter on this HD release it's worth noting that the video is the cropped widescreen version. Tops of heads are cut off, detail at the bottom of the screen missing. Also all 3 of the introductions are on the bonus features menu, the story itself starts without any intro at all from the title screen. Dissapointing considering they could have included all 3 versions on 1 blu-ray disc (a cropped and the original version too) for the viewer to choose their favourite version. (it is after all only 25 minutes long). 30th anniversary special edition? Cheap & poorly produced disc of a much loved classic more like.
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MediaDevil Apple iPod Touch 2nd Generation / 3rd Generation (2008 & 2009 releases) Screen Protector: Magicscreen Privacy filter edition - (1 x Protector)
MediaDevil Apple iPod Touch 2nd Generation / 3rd Generation (2008 & 2009 releases) Screen Protector: Magicscreen Privacy filter edition - (1 x Protector)
Offered by MediaDevil

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Customer service excellent, screen protecter dissapointing, 17 Aug. 2012
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First of all I would like to praise the customer service of the seller. It arrived 24 hours after order, an e-mail was received with a video link on how to apply & there was even a couple of sweets in the envelope!! The price also was not too bad.

However I was a little dissapointed with the protector. Whilst it does provide some privacy, no matter what angle you look at it it looks as though your screen is dirty. Had to remove it after less than half an hour, I couldn't stand it it was a strain to see through it.


Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £12.06

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: GREAT EXPECTATIONS US BLU-RAY, 14 April 2012
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Please be aware that the product is NOT multi-region. It is locked to region A therefore playback in the UK is not possible.


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