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Breaking Bad - Season 1 (Blu-ray + UV Copy)
Breaking Bad - Season 1 (Blu-ray + UV Copy)
Dvd ~ Bryan Cranston
Price: £9.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Great series, shame about the BD, 20 Feb. 2015
The series is fantastic, no doubt, truly a landmark in television, however the Bluray production is very poor.

The show is excellent, a beautifully shot drama that is right up there with some of the finest shows around. The first season is a little slow, a lot of breakfast scenes, but some of the exchanges between characters make for a particularly entertaining show, it is highly recommended.

The producers have gone for a hi-tec menu with moving backgrounds and pop ups and this of course causes issues with a PS3, which has a low RAM to start with (users might not have issues with a strong BD player or PS4), it suffers from ridiculously long loading times, often hanging on the loading screen, and the menu selection is delayed. The quality of the picture is not awful, I don't know what it is with TV producers these days adding grain to the shows, The Walking Dead has the same issue, so the bluray transfer always looks poor, however the picture quality is stronger than that of Netflix or Amazon Instant Video that compresses the video for streaming purposes. Overall I was disappointed with the set, simply because of the poor production of the bluray, rather than the quality of the show. If you're deciding on a bluray looking for higher production quality I would not bother, simply buy the cheaper alternative DVD (as there are no bluray exclusives) or get a Netflix subscription.

Going To Hell
Going To Hell
Price: £9.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Close to 'Light Me Up', 7 May 2014
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This review is from: Going To Hell (Audio CD)
I waited so long for this album! But damn I was so disappointed. 'Light Me Up' was such a good listen, chugging guitar riffs, thumping drum beats and Taylor's soaring vocals made it one of the finest rock albums of it's generation. But the follow up is far from that quality. The opener 'Follow Me Down' carries some of the influence from 'Light Me Up', but falls way short in quality during the chorus and bridge, same problem with other tracks such as 'Going to Hell' and 'Heaven Knows'. It seems as though TPR have forgotten how to write really great chorus', something they excelled in during 'Light Me Up'. The album slows down far too much, on 'Light Me Up' you had a couple of slow acoustic songs, but this one is full of them, and in my opinion, that doesn't bring out the best in TPR. A decent album, but it should have been a lot better following the quality of the amazing first album.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4)
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £17.36

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Not-So Amazing Spider-Man, 7 May 2014

I looked forward to this game for a while but when I bought it I quickly realised it was more of the same from the last release, this game is not a PS4 quality game and more or less seems ported from the PS3 version. The game is fun and the improved web-swinging is brilliant, but the graphics and general look of the game do not even come close to what we've come to already expect on the latest consoles. If this game was released 4-5 years ago it would have been ground-breaking, nowadays it's mediocre. The game can be quite enjoyable at times, like unlocking new suits, solving crimes on the streets, and the improved swing mechanics, however it's nothing we haven't seen before. Overall I was disappointed with the game and had expected much more from Activision who've released some truly "Amazing" Spider-Man games over the years, such as 'Web of Shadows' and 'Shattered Dimensions', this one unfortunately doesn't come close. If you're a huge Spider-Man fan I wouldn't recommend the game, you'll only be disappointed, but if you're just a casual gamer who's looking to have a bit of fun, then this is for you.

The Big Bang Theory - Season 6 [Blu-ray] [2013]
The Big Bang Theory - Season 6 [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Johnny Galecki
Price: £13.10

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true testament to TV comedy in 2013., 7 Sept. 2013
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First of all I'm going to talk about the actual bluray transfer of the show, the first 1 or 2 seasons weren't brilliant transfers and it wasn't hard to notice them getting better as the series progressed and technology advanced, but this season is leaps and bounds ahead of the last five in terms of picture and sound quality. I usually use the eyes (like camera operators in the film and television industry) to see how clear the picture quality is on a bluray and usually you get a little bit of grain around the eyes and in the background, but the transfer is top of the range, there is literally not a grain in sight (watched on a 52" flat-screen).

Now I've seen people complain about the quality of the series and a lot of people saying the genius of the show is in the writing and Jim Parsons of course, while that still holds true to the day, characters like Rajesh and Bernadette really get fleshed out and improve dramatically this season, Amy Farrah Fowler is a gem of a character who is literally made by the brilliant Mayim Bialik, if Mayim wasn't portraying that character I have no earthly idea how she could succeed.

The bottom line is this is one of the hottest shows on television right now (up there with The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad) and this season shows us exactly why, episodes like "The Spoiler Alert Segmentation", "The 43 Peculiarity" and "The Parking Spot Escalation" are true examples of what makes a sitcom great. This is definitely the finest sitcom to come around since the greats of Friends and Seinfeld.

The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
by Robert Kirkman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.25

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest things I've ever read, 18 May 2013
A lot of people say that the Walking Dead novels have lost their magic since being overshadowed by the (might I add; insanely good) TV series, but I actually watched the show before I decided to buy the books and I was absolutely blown away by the books. The TV series is brilliant but the books blow it out the water, the character development is so much more deeper and there's so much left to the imagination. The first chapter is much like the first few episodes of the show, but a lot changes after that and (to me) it becomes an object of itself, it is insanely good to read and you'll struggle to put it down. The price on here is really good for what you're getting, I bought both compendiums together, it'll take you weeks to finish one but it's well worth it.

Absolutely love these books, not many better graphic novels out there, if you haven't read a comic or graphic novel before, this is where to start.

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