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Psycho [Blu-ray][Region Free]
Psycho [Blu-ray][Region Free]
Dvd ~ Anthony Perkins
Price: 7.00

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's masterpiece given the restoration it deserves!!, 8 Aug 2010
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Everyone who has lived on Earth must know that Psycho is one of cinemas greatest milestones! The story of Marion Crane who steals $40,000 from her employer & flees town. On the way to surprise her boyfriend with the money she stops at the Bates Motel for the night & chats to it's owner, the charming Norman Bates. Realising her mistake she decides to go back & return the money but Norman's mother has other plans!!

Hitchcock's 1960 thriller redefined horror movies. Shot in b&w to give it an atmosphere with the perfect performance from Anthony Perkins as Bates. This film is iconic for many reasons, the shower scene, quotable dialogue, the screenplay, direction & the brilliant conclusion.

Hitchcock's horror masterpiece celebrates it's 50th anniversary in 2010 & gets it's blu ray debut.

Having owned all previous DVD/VHS editions of this classic film one thing that bothered me was that this film was crying out for some treatment. It was beginning to show it's age with grain, blotches on the print, etc. Whilst Universal have never given their Hitchcock films the treatment that Warners do theirs they have certainly pulled out all the stops here!!

This blu ray has a fully restored picture that has NEVER looked better. Grain is minimal, the images are clean, sharp & bright. The sound has been remastered to 5.1 digital sound, you can hear things you never heard before. Listen to the rain pounding the car, the traffic from the road, the infamous score, it's vastly superior to any previous release of this film. The extras are mostly collected from the previous DVD collection, whilst the menu is the same style as most Universal blu ray titles.

Also if you purchase the steelbook edition you get a booklet all about the history of the film.

Very highly recommended.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2009]
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Kristen Stewart
Offered by Games Heaven
Price: 2.49

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It just gets worse!!, 21 Mar 2010
Having sat through the first movie against my will I really did not want to watch this one. However I have seen this film and it somehow manages to be even worse than the first one!! The film is obviously aimed at young girls as men with big muscles seem to have a phobia of shirts, removing their clothing at every opportunity, Bella cuts her head so naturally Jacob has to take off his shirt!! This is to distract the teen girls from the paper thin plot.

The acting is the worst I have seen. Kristen Stewart is the most unpleasant, miserable cow I have ever seen. Would it kill her to smile! Pattinson and Lautner are more wooden than Pinnochio! The script is awful too, as is the chemistry between the actors. There apparently is a story here (apparently!) but it could have been written by a ten year old.

I just imagine the producers laughing all the way to the bank knowing that they haven't really had to make an effort here. As long as Taylor lautner keeps his shirt off and Robert Pattinson does his broody looks to the camera then it's working.

The film has high reviews here on Amazon because they're written by so called 'twi hards'. Check out the low scores on most critic sites and the multi razzie nominations for an honest opinion of the film.
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Avatar (DVD + Blu-ray)
Avatar (DVD + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Sam Worthington
Price: 7.00

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blatant Greed from Cameron, 16 Mar 2010
This review is from: Avatar (DVD + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
Avatar has become the highest grossing film of all time. Fact. Therefore studios think it's acceptable to rip off fans of the movie with a bare bones release like this. This release has absolutely NO extra features whatsoever (other than a DVD copy). The reason for this is down to every bit of space on the disc being used to ensure the best possible print for the film. Sounds great but why not use a second disc for the extras. It's simple, there's the already announced 'ultimate edition' coming in November, not to mention the 3D version to be released in the future. Like Peter Jackson before him ('Lord of the Rings' & 'King Kong' both released in the bare bones theatrical edition before getting the edition that people really want) Cameron has allowed this film to be milked for every last penny he can squeeze from hard working movie lovers. It's a shame that fans are treated this way by greedy studios encouraging us to double/triple dip. Also just how many would want the DVD too? They should at least give people the option to buy it with or without the DVD. Of course making people buy the double edition brings even more profit. I'll wait until the extended cut with multi discs of extras in November, or maybe for the 3rd edition in 3D.
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24 - Season 7 [Blu-ray]
24 - Season 7 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Price: 16.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 24's HD debut, 6 Feb 2010
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This review is from: 24 - Season 7 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Having been a massive fan of this groundbreaking series since day 1 I was excited that at last it was going to be making it's first appearance on blu ray (at least until I saw the price!!). The picture is pretty good with bold dark colours and bright scenes standing out. Definately an upgrade from the DVD, audio too is quite clear. All in all quite pleasing. I was surprised just how small the case was, which is definately better than the fat DVD boxes of the first few season's! All 24 episodes feature on 6 discs, there are some extras such as commentaries, deleted scenes, etc spread onto these discs too.

Season review (no spoilers):

a few months have passed since Jack Baeur left Africa (24 Redemption) to face the hearings he had been avoiding. Whilst answering questions about his past, the FBI intervene & ask for Jack's help in apprehending a terrrorist beginning another stressful day for Baeur...

Now 24 has always been one of those shows which is unafraid to take bold new steps. In the past we have seen many popular characters unexpectedly killed or change sides and this series offers many twists throughout. You never quite know what to expect next. After 7 seasons the energy and wit of the show is still one of the best on TV. However season 7 is not the best season. In my opinion the story was stretched a little too much and some of the developments were a little disapointing for me. It is still a great show though. I guess it just felt a little unfamiliar for me as the action now takes place in Washington with CTU now disbanded resulting in the disappearance of a few characters and a lot of new faces to get used to.

That said the new President Allison Taylor is the best Commander-in-Chief the show has seen since David Palmer and the development of FBI Agent Walker's character is well written.


Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) (Radio Edit)
Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) (Radio Edit)
Price: 0.99

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ENOUGH ALREADY!!, 4 Feb 2010
This singles release is only proof that the British music industry is in decline. They were shockingly awful on the X Factor and should never have made it past the first round, and the fact that they are getting more publicity than the winner is a sign that X Factor should now be put to rest as there is no point in winning the competition anymore.

With all the tweaking in the studio this song still is unbearable, Queen+Bowie's song is a classic, this certainly isn't.

Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] [1951] [US Import]
Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] [1951] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Patrick MacNee

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars blu ray details, 5 Jan 2010
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The picture is clearer than any previous dvd edition however there are some blemishes on the print (due to age). It is presented in the original aspect ratio (black lines at side) so no longer are tops and bottoms cut off like before. I agree with the other reviewer that the artwork may be misleading for some. There is NO COLOURISED version present here. But the colourised version of this film wasn't really very good anyway. In fact there aren't really any extras at all other than a bonus dvd copy of the film. Still the best version ever made.

Both the blu-ray disc and dvd are REGION-FREE.
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Apple iPod touch 32GB (Launched Sept 2009)
Apple iPod touch 32GB (Launched Sept 2009)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good gadget - minor flaws, 25 Dec 2009
The ipod touch comes reccommended for anyone with a large amount of music. The music sounds great, and the screen looks terrific. I'm sure there are many reviews here on Amazon that point out the wonderful feaures of this player in more detail so I'll just make reference to a couple of the flaws.

Basically the smart playlist feature (where you can make a playlist that has live updates such as "top 20 most often played", "recently added", "recently played", etc) does not work properly. On itunes the playlist shows you exactly what songs should be there but they never sync to the ipod, instead you get a random playlist.

Secondly the screen is very delicate and can scratch easily, please think about getting screen protectors, they are cheap and can save you a lot of money by keeping your screen from being damaged. I would also reccommend a case to protect it should it be dropped.

Other that that the ipod touch is a brilliant music player.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [Blu-ray] [1989] [Region Free]
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [Blu-ray] [1989] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Chevy Chase
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 8.27

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Family Christmas Treat!!, 12 Dec 2009
This film comes very reccommended to watch at Christmas time. The story is Clark Griswold is planning his perfect christmas with his family. He has enough lights on his house to be seen for miles, he has the perfect tree, and the relatives are all arriving. But when things start to go wrong (such as the tree burning down, not receiving his christmas bonus) Clark begins to reach breaking point with hilarious results!!

The biggest let down with this blu ray disc is that the studio's have'nt really bothered to make this disc worth double dipping (if you already own the dvd). The picture is pretty much the same as the dvd, certainly not 1080p, and the only extra is the feature commentary (also on the dvd).

On another note its worth mentioning that this film is the UNCENSORED verson. Despite having a PG certificate and saying on the rear of the case 'mild language' there is one use of strong language in this film. If you've seen the censored version before (TV, dvd edition) then you may have noticed the line where Clark mentions Danny 'dancing' Kaye is actually dubbed (notice the surprised reaction from his wife).

All in all a pretty good film but probably not worth buying if you already own the dvd.

Philips BDP3000/05 Blu-ray Player
Philips BDP3000/05 Blu-ray Player

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD PLAYBACK PROBLEMS - NOW FULLY RESOLVED!!, 30 Nov 2009
When I first purchased this player I was pleased with the playback of blu-ray discs, it was only when I tried to play dvd's that there was a problem. Some (not all) dvd's would not play at all. There is a solution. Philips have created a new software upgrade for this player. If you cannot upgrade by connecting to the network then here's how to do it by USB:

Step 1: Search Philips website for this player, go to support and there you will find the software/firmware upgrade available to download to a USB Memory stick.

Step 2: Once the file has been saved, click to extract the zipped file and open the folder. Then copy the folder with the software in to your Memory stick.

Step 3: Plug it into the USB position on your player, go to settings, then to software download by USB and wait while the upgrade is applied.

After this the player will switch itself off. When powered back on again you should find that all dvd's will now play and there are 3 new TV ratio's to choose from in settings.

I'd also like to thank the reviewer here for pointing out the hack to play multi region dvd's (not blu ray discs). It really does work!!!

Samsung BD-P1500/XEU - Blu-ray Disc Player
Samsung BD-P1500/XEU - Blu-ray Disc Player

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Short life player, 23 Nov 2009
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When I first purchased this player I was quite pleased with it, so pleased that I even bought a second player for another room, everything worked great, picture quality was great. However after 8 months blu-ray discs began freezing and skipping, some wouldn't play at all, I kept getting a message saying 'unreadable disc' or 'disc cannot be played'. The noise became very loud and the disc inside was clicking. I tried other films and they were all the same.

For 8 months I had a pretty good blu-ray player but now I was left with a machine that would damage my discs rather than play them. The strange thing was that dvd's were unnaffected. The worrying thing now is that my second player is beginning to freeze on dvd's.

I gave the machine a clean hoping that would work. No joy. I even tried firmware updates which also didn't work. Having looked after this player, not doing anything that could cause damage I am very dissapointed that it would only last a few months. Thankfully it malfunctioned whilst still under it's 12 month warranty. I contacted Amazon who were great and arranged for the player to be collected. I was offered a replacement or refund. Naturally I chose the refund and I will never buy another Samsung product again.

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