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The Walking Dead - Season 1 [DVD]
The Walking Dead - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andrew Lincoln
Price: 9.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't keep up the quality, 22 May 2011
The opening episode of The Walking Dead is a fantastic piece of TV, featuring for the most part only 5 characters it gives a The Day of the Triffids style opening with the main character (Andrew Lincoln) walking up in hospital to find a devastated world. It's expertly done with real tension and the absence of zombies at this stage works really well.

But from episode 2 things go downhill as we get introduced to a bunch of generic TV movie characters who engage in some unlikely behavior (romping in the woods) and generally fail to engage as we wait to see which ones will die. Which feels like it takes a long time as at times there is little sense of threat or danger.

Things pick up a bit toward the end, and Andrew Lincoln is a revelation - but his excellent performance sometimes feels out of place among the rest.

Some really strong elements, heres hoping series 2 delivers on them.

Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [2009]
Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 2.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but overlong, 22 May 2011
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
Die hard Sherlock Holmes purists will probably hate this modern style (though set in Victorian times) take on the master detective. In some ways I can't blame them.

But get past that and this is a fast paced, slick action thriller with a fair bit of wit and strong cast and performances. But Ritchie makes a bit too much use of visual trickery and the whole thing is probably about 30 minutes too long.

Inception (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2010]
Inception (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 3.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that complicated, 21 May 2011
Not sure why this is regarded as complex or confusing. After the initial set up in which entering into the world of dreams is explained - at length, - the later third is pretty straight forward assuming you got the first bit. Neither am I sure why it has had such rave reviews.

There are some pretty clever ideas here, and some fantastic visuals, which I'm sure look even better in the cinema. The core plot (no the industrial espionage nonsense) about Dom Cobb and his wife is also good. But there is too much exposition, too many lengthy and tedious action scenes the whole thing owes rather too much to the Matrix and we get and a corny ending that seems designed to set up a sequel. I can't help that so much more could have been made of the key concepts.

Not bad - but could have been so much more.
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Being Human - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]
Being Human - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lenora Crichlow
Price: 13.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What does it mean to be human?, 11 May 2011
I'd caught a few episodes of series 1 on BBC3 so convinced someone to buy me this for Christmas - I'm glad I did.

Being Human blends the supernatural, horror, comedy and character based drama in a way I've not seen anything do so successfully since Buffy. But it does it in a distinctly British way, with a strong and distinctive Bristol setting.

The success is down to strong script writing and some great performances which help you sympathise with characters thrown into dark and difficult circumstances. While it's dark and gory at times, the horror is never just for shock value - the core question remain how do these characters do the right thing?

All in all excellent drama.

Archos 14 Vision 4GB with FM Tuner
Archos 14 Vision 4GB with FM Tuner

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat little player, 7 May 2011
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If you looking for a lightweight MP3 player than this is probably a bit of a bargain. (To be fair with a screen this size photo and video are perhaps more gimmicks than useful features)

It easy to set up, just plugin via USB (which also charges) and sync via Windows Media Player (Win7) with no problems. Though it doesn't seem to support playlists.

Sound quality & volume are good,though I'm not using the supplied headphone. FM radio is fine. Battery life seems ok - about 5 hours of MP3 on a full charge, less if you do use video.

Controls are perhaps a little fiddly , but you get used ti them fairly quickly.

Main quibble is that it doesn't remember what you were doing, switch it off and on and you are back at the start screen, not back at the track or station you were listening to.

But overall great if you are looking for a small light cheap player.

Angels of Darkness Demons of Light
Angels of Darkness Demons of Light
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 10.70

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark yet beautiful, 14 April 2011
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Earth is effectively Dylan Carson, perhaps one of the most unappreciated guitarists of the last decade. The early Earth albums took Black Sabbath riffs and slowed them down to almost stationary, in doing so creating a great music but also inspiring a a genre: Drone, including critical favourites Sunn O))). While some bands sought to be faster and faster, Carson went off in the opposite direction. Earths music is an exercise in restraint - less in this case is definitely more.

The last few Earth albums have seen more light and shade added to the sound with Carson's guitar playing getting more subtle. Angels of Darkness Demons of Light continues in that vein with 4 piece band, Drums (long standing collaborator Adrienne Davies), bass and cello. Not surprisingly the music is at the lower end of the spectrum, instrumentals with repeating patterns, minimalist guitar, slooow dark and brooding - not to everyone's taste - but I love it.

Other main difference this time is a return to longer pieces after the relatively short (under 10 minutes) songs on The Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull- the title track is 20 minutes long.

Overall so far I've not found it quite as satisfyingly as the last one, but Carson seems to have found a new inspiration in his 40s and is producing some fantastic music

Van Halen
Van Halen
Price: 6.26

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Era defining - but not that great, 7 April 2011
This review is from: Van Halen (Audio CD)
No question that this album had a massive influence on hard rock in the 1980s, for good and bad (hair metal).

But when I first heard it as a 17 year old metal & punk fan it seemed too polished, too American too me. More suited to the sunshine of California than the rainy streets of Glasgow.

Listening to it again 30 odd years on it still seems surprisingly ordinary for an album that in many ways can rightly stake a claim to be one of the landmark rock albums. It also apparent how influenced it was by Montrose supperior debut album Montrose

No question that sound and attitude wise it moved rock on. But for me it just doesn't have enough strong songs; sure Running With The Devil & Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love are great, and Eruption is in it's way iconic. But all those are in the first 4 tracks. Beyond that songs are ordinary (I'm the one, Jamies Cryin'), or in some case poor e.g Atomic Punk (which has not aged well). While the 2 covers: You Really Got me & Ice Cream Man add little.

Dave Lee Roths lyrics don't help (Ok lyrics aren't always the strongest part of a hard rock album) but "I am the ruler of these netherworlds, The underground. Whoa, yes" embarrassingly shoddy. He is happier with nudge nudge lyrics (Feel Your Love Tonight).

Listening to it again I got to the end and thought - is that it?

Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD (PC)
Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD (PC)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of compendium than a 'suite', 28 Mar 2011
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I last used Nero back at version 6 when operating systems didn't burn CDs 'out of the box' and Nero was the best music ripping and burning software around and very good it was to.

But with Windows doing much of what Nero used to do what's its role on 2011? It has certainly grown and takes on a whole range of functionality such as audio editing, managing your media files, video conversion etc. and on the whole it seems to do those things pretty well on my Windows 7 64bit box.

But despite StartSmart attempting to put a front end to it all, it doesn't really feel like an integrated suite, more a collection of vaguely related software. At times it is confusing to know which bits to use for what.

As well as Windows doing much of what's included (though Nero claims to offer `advanced features') I already have software that does much of the other functionality (e.g the excellent TotalRecorder) so the benefits of Nero Suite for me are limited.

If you are buying a new PC then Nero might well be a useful addition, and perhaps the advanced features will be worthwhile for some, but for a typical user I suspect it's not worth the investment.

Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Price: 10.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, 17 Mar 2011
Another Mogwai album - another great album, in fact possibly one of their best. Quite how they keep doing it year on year, when most bands have brief creative peak, is beyond me. But I'm very happy that they do.

As ever their sound has been tweaked again, more uptempo songs, more synths and vocoder, fewer of those 'paving stone dropped on the head' quiet to loud moments. To be honest I was a little underwhelmed at first, but like the best albums it has grown on me with every play. Hard to pick out tracks as it is quality from start to finish, that great Mogwai mix of melancholy and happiness, crushing riffs and delicate melodies. Simply brilliant.

The 2 CD version is worth getting for "Music for a forgotten future (the singing mountain)" 23 minutes of beauty.

Don't hesitate - buy it!

Holy Smoke [DVD] [2000]
Holy Smoke [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Kate Winslet
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 7.26

2.0 out of 5 stars Less than the sum of its parts, 14 Mar 2011
This review is from: Holy Smoke [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Jane Campion, Harvey Keitel and Kate Winslet - what could possibly go wrong!

Sadly lots, but before that the good stuff; the film (and Kate) looks absolutely ravishing even on TV, must have been a real treat in the cinema. It start pretty well as Kates character is seduced by a cult in India, then brought home to Australia to meet Kietels sleazy macho exit counselor. Though even then there is a problem with tone, is this being played for laughs (Kates bizarre extended family) or are we meant to take it seriously?

Once Kate and Harvey are holed up in a secluded shack it downhill from there. The dialogue lumbers rather than sparkles and the relationship heads for a rather predictable conclusion. By the end it has a sort of car crash quality as Harvey stumbles around the desert in red lipstick and a minidress, chasing after Kate who is wearing shoes made out of books!

Has its moments, but not a film I could recommend to anyone

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