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Hellboy [DVD] [2004]
Hellboy [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ron Perlman
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: 2.65

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, 24 Sep 2007
This review is from: Hellboy [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
There's no faulting Ron Pearlman's performance in this movie. He plays the cigar-chomping Hellboy in an endearing fashion. However, the actual plot is stiff and mundane, leaving you wondering why this film received good reviews when it was released. It's difficult to get worked up about a few stilted fight scenes, the confusingly dull plot, and Rasputin's evil machinations. To be honest, I'm jaded by the glut of superhero adaptations that promise so much but let you down, Particulary when this film was made by Guillermo del Toro, the man behind the fabulous Pan's Labyrinth. My adivce is to buy that.

WWE Ruthless Aggression: Chris Benoit
WWE Ruthless Aggression: Chris Benoit

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Notorious!, 5 Aug 2007
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Like the discerning customer above, I too admire this brutal rendering of one of wrestlings most infamous stars. The pained, mental-anguished look on the face, hinting at an inner turmoil, is particularly exciting.

Ricky Gervais Live 3 - Fame [2007] [DVD]
Ricky Gervais Live 3 - Fame [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ricky Gervais
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.73

11 of 96 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre, 25 July 2007
Good to see that, judging by the other reviews, Ricky Gervais has not be unmasked yet as mediocrity personified. His stand up is limp, lifeless and dull, as is everything he has done since the Office, which, i have to confess, had the semblance of something stronger thanks to serviceable characterisation. Added to his arid performance is his galling media-hungry personality, constantly on the television, never off the nearest chatshow. For a genuinely talented comedian try Chris Morris.
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The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (PC DVD)
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (PC DVD)
Offered by clickforgamesltd
Price: 12.23

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth investment, 15 May 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
i have a confession to make - i've never played World Of Warcraft and i'm unlikely to after trying this rich immersive game; it's simply engrossing. the world of middle Earth is brought to life with obvious fondness for the source text, giving its mythology a distinct advantage over WOW. With respect to the bugs and glitches (something, touch wood, I have not experienced too much), I am confident that these will be corrected over time. So far, the other players seem civil and helpful. Overall, a cracking game that i can't commend enough!

The Blunkett Tapes: My Life in the Bear Pit
The Blunkett Tapes: My Life in the Bear Pit
by David Blunkett
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rebarbative nonsense, 11 Feb 2007
A diary is meant to be something of an exploration into a well-known persons private thoughts, aspirations and fears. moreover, their meant to be self aware and self critical. Blunkett, however, neglects these points stunningly. What one is left with is a chunky tome of conceited drivel. [...]. self-awareness - awareness of ones own faillings - is key to any stimulating diary. [...]. I must confess that i only got one hundred pages through the Blunkett tapes, reading the other pages in a desultory fashion. The book is sickeningly bad! the true low-point comes when he attends a convivial lunch with the dastardly Ruper Murdoch - makes your flesh crawl!

Jam: The Complete Series [DVD] [2000]
Jam: The Complete Series [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Christopher Morris
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic comedy from Morris, 11 Feb 2007
After having had this show recommended to me, i went out and bought it. It doesn't let you down. the sketches are just the warped fantastical merriment that I savour. Stand out performer has to be David Cann as the bizzare Doctor. perhaps the most disturbing thing on this disc has to be the House for Sex Sketch: the ending is utterly ghaslty! The only beef I have with this show is the music; compared to the radio show, it feels uninspired.

Machina / The Machines Of God
Machina / The Machines Of God
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: 7.49

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an exceptional album - but enough, 6 Feb 2007
The fifth album by the Pumpkins is really a mixed bag. personally, i find myself only listening to the first seven songs, the others being trite and rather bloated. the flagging interest the album inspires is only compounded by the over-produced and fuzzy sound. Corgan's vocals, never his strong point, sound truly grating on some of the songs. the real nadir on this album is Glass and The Ghost Children - over-long and awfully pretentious. The crying Tree of Mercury is also hideous. The opening is so off-putting that i promise you will not listen to it all the way through!

Now, enough with the negativity. some of the songs, such as Try,Try,Try, are classic Pumpkin's magic, rewarding a repeat listen. Everlasting Gaze is mindblowingly intense - just don't let it deceive you into thinking this is the same quality throughout!

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game Of The Year Edition (PC CD)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game Of The Year Edition (PC CD)
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: 5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid strategy game, 6 Feb 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Dawn of War is fun, engaging and superb in terms of graphics. The last is particulary good when compared to something like Warcraft 3. I also think that it is more accesible with faster gameplay. In addition, you don't need to be familiar with the table-top game to immerse yourself in the mythology of the 40K universe. the moving over of impassable terrain of certain units adds a bit of novelty, as does the morale bar for most troops.

On the negative side, i would recommend buying Dark Crusade over this game, simply because it is a stand alone product with all-new troops and two new races, the necrons and the Tau empire. Perhaps it would be better to buy Dark Crusade. It's comparatively cheap compared to Dawn of War and has a lot of new features.

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