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Rainforest 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu Ray)
Rainforest 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu Ray)
Dvd ~ Julian Thomas
Price: £9.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Distracting, 16 April 2013
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Good cinematography, but still not up to par with some of the BBC/Attenborough stuff which is far superior in a myriad of ways.

For me, this documentary was spoilt by the incredibly annoying narration which I found grating and intrusive. As such, it gets a mid-range rating from me.

My advice, buy it - but watch it with some suitable music or your own ambient jungle soundtrack!

Dream Boy [DVD]
Dream Boy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephan Bender
Offered by fat_buddha
Price: £4.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Sorely Lacking Experience, 16 April 2013
This review is from: Dream Boy [DVD] (DVD)
At the risk of sounding like i'm trying to shock, provoke or titillate, I have to say the sex scenes were really uncomfortable to watch. I can almost get past the awkwardness of the two straight actors - it's sadly painfully obvious at times with lots of pitiful arm stroking and faces-rubbing against each other in the vain hope of "is this good enough?" (Sadly, no - it wasn't).

But it was the scenes that intimated penetration that made my jaw drop - I understand the basic conceit at play here with regards Nathan's back-story, but i've never seen anything so poorly handled by a Director, it was laughable.

Believe me when I say, I REALLY wanted to love this movie, as I think Stephan Bender has a bright future ahead of him with the right parts. Whilst brave, this part wasn't a good fit, and sadly - it shows on the screen. I really hope he does eventually get his chance to shine, as although his character falls in to cliché at times with all the shoe-gazing, hunched shoulders, and "please-don't-notice-me-i'm-shy-and-damaged-goods" furtive glances, there is definitely something there worthy of exploration - sadly, I do not feel Stephan was given enough time to breath true depth in to the character, which you can see he's trying to do, it's just nowhere near fleshed out or as ready as it should have been for a film shoot - a play yes, a

Don't even get me started on James Bolton's absolutely abhorrent direction "skills" - some of the worst cinematography i've ever seen. The only thing I can presume is that due to the problems the shoot ran in to on location, they had to piece together a movie from what they had in the bag, which if this is anything to go by, wasn't much. The fact James Bolton was allowed to butcher the story in to the mess that ended up on our screens is borderline detestable (how this won the Grand Jury Award for "Outstanding Screenwriting" in 2008 I will NEVER understand). The way the ending was handled was particularly distasteful, (and Max Roeg, no - this doesn't make it art, sorry). If anything, James Bolton undid all the work Stephan and the rest of the actors HAD done to that point - James Bolton should be ashamed.

It's a mess. The actors try their best, but it's beyond saving due to the dreadful handling by its director.
The best I can advise it to save your money and buy it second hand.

6 out of 10
(For the actors - they do try all things considered)

2 out of 10
(For the movie overall - gaping holes in the screenplay and sorely-lacking in production talent sink this ship)
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Locke and Key: Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key Volume)
Locke and Key: Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key Volume)
Price: £6.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating from beginning to end, 13 Mar. 2013
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It has been a long time since I read a story as well crafted and paced as this.

Characters you actually care about and feel invested in, combined with sublime artwork make this an absolute must have for any self respecting fan of either graphic novels or suspense/thrillers.

Highly recommended - about as damned close to perfect as you could ever hope to get.

Mrs Brown's Boys - Series 1 (Blu-ray + DVD Bonus Disc)
Mrs Brown's Boys - Series 1 (Blu-ray + DVD Bonus Disc)
Dvd ~ Brendan O'Carroll
Price: £9.52

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Mind Boggles, 13 Mar. 2012
The mind boggles as to why things like this get a Blu Ray release, and other far better looking shows and movies are left to flounder in the vaults of TV and Film companies. Who in hell would want to watch this in high definition, seriously?

Truly bizarre.
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Battlestar Galactica: Downloaded (Inside the Universe of the Critically Acclaimed TV Show): The Official Color Companion: 1
Battlestar Galactica: Downloaded (Inside the Universe of the Critically Acclaimed TV Show): The Official Color Companion: 1
by David Bassom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, but a beautifully presented and upgraded edition, 25 Feb. 2011
Just to add a little further context etc to previous reviews, if you're a fan of the Battlestar Galactica universe as reimagined by Ronald D. Moore, then this is a no-brainer of a purchase. However as previously mentioned, this is nothing more than a graphically updated edition of the first two books Bassom wrote on BSG but on better paper stock and in colour.

Whilst I certainly have no qualms about adding it to my collection regardless of essentially having the same thing twice, my only real disapointment is that it is incomplete. As this was released in 2009 (and if memory serves me correctly POST-finale) then it would have been truly appreciated by most if not all fans of the show to have everything collated into one volume. A good example of how this can be done is the wonderful 'Lost Encylopedia' - a true treasure trove of trivia for fans of the show.

I would have given this 3 stars if it hadn't been for the fact that it had been for the quality upgrade. Much deserved - just a shame there could have been so much more.

Incomplete, but hardly essential if you have the previous seperate volumes.

For diehard fans only.

Lost Encyclopedia
Lost Encyclopedia
by Tara Bennett
Edition: Hardcover

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4815162342 Reasons To Love Lost All Over Again, 1 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Lost Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
Lost was a show you either loved or hated. Those that 'got it' went along for the ride. Those that got left behind will sadly never be convinced that what they missed was something truly special, the likes of which will never be seen again.

To pull off a show that had such a huge story arc and fantastical elements to it, yet have the characters all remain such well-realised and believable is no small feat, and reading the Lost Encyclopedia just makes you appreciate the sheer depth, scope, and hard work that went into delivering the show to such a rabid and passionate fanbase who asked as many questions of the creators as they demanded answers. There is only one other show in recent memory that I can think of that had such a consistent and rich universe to play in, and that was Battlestar Galactica - a show that touched upon things that spoke to the core of who we are as people. Lost was no different, but it does approach things in a more intimate and direct way by pushing emotional buttons.

All of this aside, the work that Tara Bennett and Paul Terry have put into this mammoth tome really shows. It is lavishly illustrated at every turn, with detailed information on every and any character that ever made an appearance - be that big or small. If it had some bearing on Lost's winding narrative, it can be found here.

The one thing you will not find however are too many definitive answers - many things are expounded upon, and the wealth of information and trivia is plainly obvious right out of the box. But the cryptic nature of The Island and its mysteries was (and always will be) the beauty of Lost. The only definitive answers you will find here are what the show already provided us with. The fact that this overwhelming wealth of information is collated here in one book is pretty awe-inspiring when looked upon as a whole, and gives you a real appreciation for the sheer depth of the show. A great example being that I've recently started rewatching the show from scratch on Blu-Ray, and in Season 2 Locke answers a crossword puzzle with the word: 'Gilgamesh'. The scene must last all of 2 seconds at most on screen. I went and looked it up on Wikipedia...pretty amazing stuff in hindsight.

Those that got it, enjoyed one of the most rewarding and satisfying shows that connected with us on very personal levels. This book only seeks to prove this further, and does so with great style and conviction. I applaud the authors and the obvious amount of hard work and effort that went into making it happen, I certainly don't envy their task!

For those of us who went down with Oceanic 815, this is an absolute must have. For those of you who are yet to visit the Island and uncover its secrets - put this on your Amazon wishlist, because once you've reached the end you'll be left craving more - and this book delivers that in spades, and then some.

PS: It smells absolutely great out of the box too - nothing like the smell of a freshly printed book! Kudos to all involved in putting this together.
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show [Blu-ray] [1975]
The Rocky Horror Picture Show [Blu-ray] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tim Curry
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £7.24

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Shiver, With Anticp...., 1 Nov. 2010
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Rocky Horror fan? Then simply put, this is a must have for your collection.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show has never looked or sounded so good, plus you get some pretty amazing extras to boot.

My only gripe (hence the deduction of a star) is that finding the extras for the first time is quite the chore. I'll not say anymore, but you'll see what I mean. Obviously, once you've located them and how to navigate thru them it's fine, but it's just a shame that it's the one area that let's it down, as it could have been done better with a little care and attention.

That said, overall it's an absolutely stellar package and worthy of anyones collection who's credo is 'Don't dream it'.

Content = 5 stars.

Menu Navigation = 4 stars
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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan [DVD]
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos
Price: £5.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Gem For Completists Only, 5 May 2010
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Battlestar Galactica's desperate crew members were always great recyclers. Short on replacement parts, they kept their aging spaceships humming by reusing whatever bits and pieces of technology they had lying around. That recycling continues in 'Battlestar Galactica: The Plan'.

Even after all this time, (having purchased the original American Blu-Ray release last year), I'm still torn over this final Battlestar movie. It's good, but it's not great - it's fun, but it's far from perfect - it's interesting, but at times feels incomplete or leaves you feeling somewhat frustrated in wanting that little bit more exposition or other issues addressed.

But there are some real gems to be found and savoured here if you're prepared to look for them: like the storyline between Cavill and The Boy, which I found particularly rewarding and moving (wonderfully played as ever, by Dean Stockwell), the internal struggle that the Cylon model Simon (Rick Worthy) undergoes, and the tenderness towards his human wife that he retains, is powerful, and sheds new light on this previously mysterious model. There are also wonderful moments with Ellen, Shelley Godfrey and more. There IS much to be savoured here, but maybe like most spreads, it's spread a little too thinly at times and leaves you wanting more.

The real price of admission, however, is two-fold: Firstly, for Dean Stockwell's performance as Brother Cavill. I've always felt he was the most conflicted and complex of all the 'original' models and this film serves as his star turn. He is everywhere - at once a priest on the Galactica, a resistance warrior on New Caprica, scheming on the baseship. It's equally fun watching him boiling with frustration that The Plan isn't coming to fruition, snapping at his fellow Cylons, and every dry, sardonic aside in-between. The second being the masterstroke that is the Cylons devastating attack on Caprica which is truly quite something to behold, coupled with an amazing score from Bear McCreary that really comes into its own during this long scene.

Edward James Olmos directs this movie as only someone so intimately familiar with the material can. Reshot scenes on Caprica and supplements to Galactica footage all fall seamlessly into place, as though rewatching major plot points unfold from the series again in real time - just from the perspective of others - which of course, is the entire point.

Whether you enjoyed it or not, to simply dimiss the hard work and effort that actually went into bringing this all together into a cohesive whole is just plain insulting and dismissive to those involved. It couldn't have been easy to weave the machinations of the Cylon materplan as documented throughout the series (the attack, the human resistance, Cylon activations, etc.) without coming off as disjointed, bloated or just plain gimmicky, for the most part it is handled beautifully.

If anyone is under any illusion that this was some mere hack job, they really need to watch the extras - particularly how the original version of the scene between Ellen and Cavill was to play out, as this only goes to prove how EJO's attention to detail and pacing paid off here in droves - the way it was re-edited into the attack scenes works amazingly well and really ups the ante and the tension. far, so good. What's not to like? Well, for one - I was very disapointed that there was no real further exposition to the saga of The Olympic Carrier from Season Ones epic '33' (personally, I've always been convinced that the voice that is heard over the Talk Wireless during its reappearance is the 'Simon' model Cylon). It could have been really interesting to have found out what really did happen on that ship when it vanished: were those "thousand some-odd souls" killed? Experimented upon? Airlocked? Did Apollo really end up killing a ship full of innocents? Or were there no passengers left on it at all? For me, I felt like this was such a shame this opportunity was missed to truly tie that up once and for all.

That's my one major gripe. The other is not so much a gripe, more a personal opinion down to taste. The series finale 'Daybreak' served as a wonderful coda for the show, but 'The Plan' somehow seems to dilute and detract from the beauty of that experience. Yes, I too was clamouring for more. But somehow, for all it's good intentions, 'The Plan' just doesn't quite seem to hit the mark it was aiming for. This is not to say it's bad - it's most certainly not, but after watching it, I just felt like I had cheapened my journey somehow with Galactica and her crew.

Those who have not had the pleasure of watching the show and are yet to take that journey, be strongly advised - this will blow pretty much every major plot point for the first 2 seasons out of the water, including some big reveals in the other seasons, so be warned: this is not something you should watch prior to diving into the series.

To summise: One for completists only, and definately something to not rush into so soon after watching the series finale. Give it a few months, then approach it as if it were a special treat you'd stored away for a rainy day.

Slavecraft: Roadmaps for Erotic Servitude
Slavecraft: Roadmaps for Erotic Servitude
by Guy Baldwin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.31

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and essential reading for those that seek...more, 21 April 2010
i bought this book a couple of years ago, whilst on my on path/quest (call it what you will) for truth in what i was looking for. there is a lot confusion within our community about what does exist, what doesn't exist, what is real and not real, what is fact, what is fiction. for those searching for a deeper meaning to their life and a reason for the existence of the feelings they have, this book helps to clear the skies of such confusing (and often heated) discourse and help plot a course forwards.

the book is clearly written, and is a real gem. if i ever had the opportunity to contact or speak to the anonymous author ('a greatful slave') i would have much to thank him for. this book has helped me immeasurably since its purchase and paid for itself many times over. to say it's worth its weight in gold would be an understatment and then some. there were a number of times whilst reading this book, that it made me cry. why? because after searching for so long for someone in this big wide world of ours who understood me, who knew what i needed, and was looking for in my life to feel complete, to simply be able to read the words of someone else who was living that life, that comprehended the depth and power of the things i felt was an incredible feeling. it enabled me to no longer feel alone or 'outside the box'.

this book saved me from just giving up and falling into line with what society expects is 'the norm', and helped me keep the faith when i had little left of my own to steer me.

as of april 2010, i now have found the very thing that was missing from my life, and have never felt happier or more content in my life - much of this is down to the many lessons this book taught me to be mindful of. the real mind-bender is comprehending that this is simply the beginning of my own journey now!

from one grateful slave to another, i truly thank you for the part you played - wherever you are out there.


ps: Mr Baldwin, if you ever read this, please get in touch - i would dearly love to try and pass on my sincere thanks for all this book did for me in helping me grow and find my true sense of self.
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Mass Effect
Mass Effect

5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Fun I've Ever had With My Clothes On, 20 April 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mass Effect (Video Game)
After waiting for a number of years for this game, it really didn't disapoint when it finally dropped. After a number of revised release dates by Bioware, the game was released with a classy promotion campaign that avoided much of the hype and hyperbole of Halo 3.

I've discussed this game with many friends - as many who have not played it as those who have, all inquisitive as to what lies at it's heart. I'll tell you what lies at its heart: story, immersion and adventure. If you ever hoped as I did as a young kid that one day a game would emerge that would drop you into a huge, fantastic world that wasn't inhabited by golbins, faeries, orcs and elves, and that evolved as naturally as a well-crafted sci-fi film, then "this is the game you have been looking for".

Within it, you will find subtle elements tucked away not just in the gameplay, but also in the look of the game, the feel of the game, the music, the dialogue, that will make your alien surroundings feel somehow familiar. This is all down to the amazing talents and efforts by the Bioware team who have to be commended on making a work of art - it's hard not to notice the occasional nod to such epic movies as 2001 A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner (the soundtrack owes a lot to the feel of Vangelis iconic score as well as James Horner's Aliens soundtrack), Logans Run (take a look at The Citadel's architechture for example) amongst others whilst avoiding many (if not all) of the usual comparisons with the Star Wars saga. Although this must have taken some concerted effort on the Bioware team, being so burnt into our generations conciousness, it does make for a far more engrossing (and in turn far less distracting) game.

Yes, there are a few little glitches here and there, but when you bear in mind just what is going on under the hood, this can easily be overlooked, and I can honestly say that I've never found it so bad as to detract from the game - hopefully these few minor issues will have been ironed out for the PC port in may/june 2008)

As a gaming experience, this remains to date, unrivalled, and I for one can't wait to see what Bioware do with episodes II and III (and no, that wasn't a Star Wars reference - honest)

To summise:
If you have a 360 (or indeed a PC with the up-coming release on that platform) then you really do owe it to yourself to buy this game and experience all the riches it has to offer you. Even if you are no RPG fan like myself, this is a whole different kettle of fish, with none of that turn-based nonsense getting in the way of immersion.

This game truly does DELIVER THE GOODS - and does so in abundance. So often in fact that you'll find yourself hard pressed having to describe one moment that made your jaw drop when you're done. You'll not want it to end...

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