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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Eric Sykes
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.14

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who needs a review? Who hasn't seen it?, 29 July 2006
The way I feel before a Harry Potter film is probably shared by a million others: hoping against hope that they won't muck it up. I love the books far more than the films, and I thought that the first two were okay, but terrible compared to the literary originals. The third was good, and I let out a sigh of relief. The fourth is excellent. The book's collosal, so I was sure that they couldn't make this film without cutting out most of the stuff that I love, but it works. The things that they have included are the most relevant and important, and you can understand why they chose some scenes over others. Admittedly, the acting can be wooden and you can't help but be disappointed at how Daniel Radcliffe stumbles through the more delicate scenes, but it's wonderful to see the three evolve through the process of these films. I can't imagine anyone reading this who hasn't seen it - it's obviously a must-see, even if you hate the Harry Potters, just as the books are must-reads. If you've seen it at the cinemas it's still worth buying, just so that you can know that it's there to watch at any time.


Spellbound: The Improbable Story of English Spelling: The True Story of Man's Greatest Invention
Spellbound: The Improbable Story of English Spelling: The True Story of Man's Greatest Invention
by James Essinger
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it!, 1 Jun 2006
Being a complete beginner in the subject of the history of the English language, I found this book quite hardgoing, but it was a fascinating read. I imagine that it would appeal both to novices and to specialists in the field of written languages. James Essinger keeps you interested about subjects that could quite easily be very tiring. His style of writing is both amusing and informative. Even if you're not particularly interested in the subject matter, if you read as much as the preface you'll be hooked. There's enough information in this

small but compressed book to turn any beginner into a reasonable authority on the matter.


King Kong [DVD]  [2005] (2 Disc Special Edition)
King Kong [DVD] [2005] (2 Disc Special Edition)
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £2.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars!, 14 April 2006
Not much to say really. I love the film. I went to the cinema expecting a bit of a let-down - how could Peter Jackson follow up from lotr? - but I was amazed to find that Jackson had made another classic.

There isn't anything specific about this film that makes me love it. Almost everything about it is great - the music, Kong, the effects, etc - but it's not until you put it together that it becomes outstanding.

What amazes me most is the character of Kong, the fact that he's actually a character for a start. They managed to make a 25 foot gorilla a believable creature that you can connect with, and yet all the way through he's basically a mindless gorilla who has only showed feelings for one thing in his entire life.

The three hour thing is what most people have a problem with, and I agree that they could have cut it down. The first hour should have been fourty-five minutes maximum, and there are a few pointless scenes that seem only to have been put in there to show off their cgi skills. However, I think that the story would have been too compressed if it was less than two and a half hours (even though the original was only one and a half hours long, but I didn't think much of the original personally).

I've watched it three times so far, and i'll watch it a couple of times more before it even starts to get boring. If you have't seen it then see it, and now.


King Kong: 2 Disc Special Edition - Limited Edition Sculpturally Embossed Packaging (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]
King Kong: 2 Disc Special Edition - Limited Edition Sculpturally Embossed Packaging (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film, 23 Mar 2006
One of the best films i've ever seen. It's incredible how, when in the hands of Peter Jackson, you can watch a three hour film without feeling the slightest bit bored from start to finish. It could have been cut slightly, but personally I don't think that the story could have been told any better if it was much under three hours. Kong is an amazing achievement in CGI, but the whole film is just as visually stunning. All in all, it's a brilliant film.


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