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I Spit On Your Grave [DVD]
I Spit On Your Grave [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sarah Butler
Offered by Helen's Goodies
Price: £4.15

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Better Than Average Remake But Doesn't Excel, 12 Jan. 2012
This review is from: I Spit On Your Grave [DVD] (DVD)
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Staring Sarah Butler and directed by Steven R. Monroe, "I Spit On Your Grave" is a remake of the 1978 film of the same title. The plot evolves around a young girl called Jennifer Hills who while working on her next book draws the unwanted attension of several locals who share a unlike for city girls. The night escalates into an odeal of physical, mental, and sexual abuse from the men to seek to finally kill her. The girl is able to escape despite her injuries and sets about finding those resposible with one thing on her mind - vengeance.

At the heart of things the film is a torture horror, with some distrubing scenes dealing with rape and revenage. Despite it being a remake it is somewhat better that other recent remakes such as The Hills Have Eyes, and proves with some effort even a cult classic can be improved on. The script and dialogue isn't ground breaking and the lead actress spoken words are somewhat weak almost uninteresting and unintelligent, but to be honost the film relies more on visual effects and shock factor to get it's point across, and in this case it works as your still able to follow exactly what is happening.

Sadly the ending of the film somewhat fails, it comes across as violence and vengeance for the sake of such without any proper fulfilment or justice. Many of the violent scenes are unnecessery long and give the impression that they have been done so only to add padding to a film that doesn't offer much else.

If you have noting else to watch then give this film a go, bearing in mind that it may offend in more ways than one. Despite a few redemming features and being a bit better than your typical remake, there are still much better movies to spend your time watching
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Great Discoveries in Medicine
Great Discoveries in Medicine
by William Bynum
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.97

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Discoveries Await You..., 13 Dec. 2011
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It's so easy to forget how far medicine has came in the last one hundred, fifty, or even five years. Many advances such as antibiotics, heart surgery and insulin are somewhat common place these days but the very idea of them before their creation and discovery was highly exotic. This coffee-table-like popular science book combines these discoveries as far back as ancient Egypt and from counties all around the world in to a very intresting self contained text.

Great Discoveries in Medicine is well structured, easy to follow, but more importantly packed with amazing facts, diagrams, and photos, all of which help to keep you interested from cover to cover. It is worth noting that a basic knowledge of biology and science would be helpful as while the book doesn't overload you with knowledge it does at times become a bit technical.

Overall however a great read for anybody interested in the field, it's not advanced enough for medical students and not basic enough for complete beginners, so sitting in the middle it appeals to the vast majority of readers who I doubt would be disappointed.

An Introduction to Fire Dynamics
An Introduction to Fire Dynamics
by Dougal Drysdale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £51.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Good, It Burns., 8 Dec. 2011
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Firstly don't be fooled by the word introduction in the books title, as this text is in fact very comprehensive and very heavy. It is not a book for the general public but has been written for those within the fire safety, engineering, physics or another similar line of work.

It is for those who require it, a brilliantly written and very well structured book containing a wealth of facts, tables, diagrams, and well pretty much anything and everything you could possibly want to know about fire safety. As I've mentioned this is not an introduction as such as those new to the field will be totally lost, even myself with solid grounding in chemistry was left lost at times.

In summary if you require it, then "An Introduction to Fire Dynamics" is a excellent one stop resource. Its been awarded only four stars based on the slightly misleading title and the fact that it is a topic specific volume and as such it's appeal to the general market is somewhat limited.

Titanium Maximum Security 2011, 3 User, 1 Year (PC)
Titanium Maximum Security 2011, 3 User, 1 Year (PC)

4.0 out of 5 stars What Makes A Good Internet Security Suite?, 18 Oct. 2011
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Trend Micro's Titanium Maximum Security 2011 software offers real-time protection from the many viruses and items of spyware that always seem to be on the increase. The software is designed and developed to offer peace of mind allowing you to be online knowing that your protected.

While the suite doesn't offer some of the bells and whistles of the more expensive software, it does have a few things going for it. The system tuner works well to 'improve' performance and also deletes temporary files and files such as tracking cookies. An interesting feature is that the software allows you to install it on your smartphone for no additional cost, providing additional security and safety for your handset.

Installation was easy and quick, despite not being a great fan of Trendmicro software previously I have discovered that the interface now seems to be easier to use as does the various aspects of the software. Scanning your system on the default settings is much quicker than it was with my previous (Kaspersky) software.

The price offers excellent value for money considering what's actually on offer. While there are things I would like to see improved such as the software making less of a dent on system resources, and the "Block potentially dangerous website" feature which automatically seems to block perfectly genuine and trusted sites. Overall it's well worth considering especially on a tight budget.

CraftArtist Platinum Edition (PC)
CraftArtist Platinum Edition (PC)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Crafty, 19 Sept. 2011
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With CraftArtist Platinum Edition you can create a huge range of products, everything you can think off really from postcards, greeting cards, newsletters, invitations and books, while also offering tools for photo editing.

It isn't the easiest software to use from the word go, especially if your used to other rival products. It does take some practice and trial and error to achieve a good result. The installation and the actual user interface isn't great and could be stream-lined. Same to be said about the fact that the package is contained over four discs a few of which only contain a few hundred megabytes.

While the software can't hold a candle to Adobe products it's still much cheaper, and is perfectly able to create some stunning results.

If you have the time to practice and are keen on producing your own products then this is ideal and offers good value for money.

Kaspersky Pure Total Security (3 PC, 1 Year subscriptions) (PC)
Kaspersky Pure Total Security (3 PC, 1 Year subscriptions) (PC)

4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Protection ??, 19 Sept. 2011
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On offer from Kaspersky is an internet security software suite containing parental controls, data backup, Anti-Virus, Firewall and a host of other features to keep you safe including a very useful virtual keyboard.

The software is easy to install, and even easier to use. I like many others prefer the user interface and skin of Kaspersky more than it's rivals. Tasks seem easier to find and run, settings seem easier to change, all of which saves time and frustration.

The only drawback I noted is that when the database and program updates (rather often) it tends to slow down both the speed of your internet connection and the speed of your computer. I've used Kaspersky products before and haven't had this problem so I don't know if the software has been changed or if I have changed a setting somewhere. Either way when it happens you have to sit back and watch.

Considering the three user licence included Kaspersky Pure offers great value for money especially when the price seems to be getting lower each week.

Gillette Fusion Proglide Power Razor
Gillette Fusion Proglide Power Razor
Price: £10.94

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can This Lastest Razor Cut It?, 11 Mar. 2011
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Another year and another new release from Gillette who once again are claiming to have advanced the field of shaving with the Fusion ProGlide Power, a razor that has been "reengineered and redesigned" to provide a "most comfortable shave." Now be it online, on television, on advertisements, or on the product packaging there are a lot of buzz words floating around this product trying to persuade you into buying. Hearing things like "low resistance coating" "lubricating polymers" and "blade stabiliser" is all well and good but the proof is in the shave, and the real question is can this new razor cut it and live up to the hype?

Firstly there is no denying the rather high cost of the Fusion which can be found in retailers as cheaply as £6.49 or as expensive as £11.79, the replacement blades don't seem to vary as much in cost, however are pretty expensive with a blister pack containing three blades can be found for £9.99, and since the razor vibrates you also have to factor in the cost of replacement batteries (AA size).

I'm glad to say that it does provide a close shave and has no trouble getting rid of stubble. It has a six blade design which helps to remove more hair on the first past, meaning that you don't have to repeatedly shave the same part of your face. It is waterproof and hence shower proof, while I personally wouldn't want to shave in the shower as if would be difficult to see what you are doing, others may find this an advantage as it would save time.

The vibrating nature of the razor is a pretty strange sensation to begin with (almost like using a sonic toothbrush) but you get used to it quickly. It is easy to grip and comfortable to hold and the actual design is pretty neat and modern.

The biggest drawback however was the fact that I developed a shaving rash after only two morning's use, something which I have never had problems with before. It is possible that it's down to not being use to shaving so close, but the rash was pretty bad meaning I had to return to my normal Fusion by the third day. It would therefore pose problems for anyone that has soft sensitive skin.

At the end of the day it does do what it was designed to do, and allows you to achieve a very close shave over that of previous razors from Gillette. For that it does deserve merit. It's just a shame that the running cost is so high. That combined with the rash it gave me, means that sadly it is likely to sit on my bathroom shelf.

Hoya 58mm HMC Skylight Screw in Filter
Hoya 58mm HMC Skylight Screw in Filter
Price: £19.99

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Skylight, Skybright, What's The Best Filter To Reduce The Light?, 10 Mar. 2011
This is the Hoya Skylight screw filter (1B, 58mm) a photographic 'attachment' designed to improve certain elements of your photography. In this case the filter is designed to reduce bullishness which you'll often encounter in shady conditions when the sky above is clean and bright. The 1B aspect simply means that it provides a slight warming effect to photographs, which is worth having especially for many aspects of landscape photography, however the effect is slight and doesn't create any major color casts on photos. It also reduces the degree of flare created in some shooting conditions.

The thread size on this filter is 58mm, the size you require will depend on the thread size of the lens your using. This make and model comes in different sizes so remember to check what size you require, instead of having to buy several for all your lens it's an idea to buy one for your largest lens and use stepping (down) rings to allow you to use it for your other lens.

Like all filters of this nature installation is easy, taking only seconds to screw it on to the front of your lens element. Always remember not to over tighten and watch out for smearing it or your lens with your finger prints. Build quality is good and the glass is multi-layer coated (improving quality and again reducing flare).

The packaging was disappointing as it arrived essentially wrapped in a piece of plastic and cardboard, as a result my first order arrived with a hairline crack down the glass and was send back for a replacement. Nothing else is included in the cost, not even a small carrying case.

The problem with all filters is that you are adding another layer of glass between the camera sensor and the photo that your taking. While there are benefits, there are also risks mainly distortions being caused or decreased image quality. Both are why it's essential to buy the best quality filter you can afford to ensure that you minimise the chances of ruining a photo. I'm happy with the quality of this Hoya (used with a Canon DSLR), and after taking a number of photographs with it attached I can honestly stay that I noticed absolutely no problems (but not really any benefits.)

It also (like a UV filter) acts to protect your lens from damage, from small grains of sand to large pebbles being fired at you from an underside of a tyre, I would rather have to replace the filter instead of the lens itself.

If you shoot in Auto-white balance then you remove the 'warming' effect that the filter offers meaning it's only function is protection (which isn't a bad thing) but then wouldn't be required if you already have a UV filter.

Sadly it's by no means the most useful filter I have, especially when compared to an ND or Polarizing filter. I don't feel that it reduces as much 'bad light' as a UV filter, and the warming effect can be produced in photoshop or by changing your cameras white balance.

It's hard to identify who would best benefit from this Skylight, it might be a case of what ever offers you best value for money (this or a UV filter) will determine what you buy. I've spoke to a few other photographers, most of them don't have strong feelings either way. The quality is good, it's on the market for a good price, and it's good at what is does. The problem still remains that I personally don't really use it and sadly I can't really think of anytime where this would be required to produce a good photo. If you know otherwise please let me know, prehaps I'm not using the filter to it's full potential.

You can buy this filter for just under the twenty pound mark making it similar in cost to a UV filter (same brand and size)

Pentax K-5 DSLR + SMC DA 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens
Pentax K-5 DSLR + SMC DA 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens
Price: £731.74

10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiasts Camera? Does It Offer Enough For The Cost?, 10 Mar. 2011
For me coming across a Pentax DSLR is a rare event, the vast majority of people I know used Canon, Nikon and (even a few wild cards opt for Olympus.) Last week was the first chance I've had to actually used a Pentax system out in the field (in this case the K-5 an enthusiasts level camera) as opposed to simply reading their reviews. Being the kind of photographer who likes to try out everything (even if it's just once) I have to thank one of my friends who allowed me to borrow his new camera to give it a run down.

We're both predominantly outdoor photographers, and one of the main highlights of this camera is the vast array of weather-proof and dust-proof seals built into the design, combined with the ability to resist the cold (officially down to a chilli minus ten) means that it offers the chance to capture the best of the British landscape and beyond without having to worry about damage. This however welcome, is a bonus feature often included in Pentax models, the proof as they say is in the photo and while the Pentax doesn't do enough to temp me away from my Canon DSLR it is none the less an impress and powerful camera, but with a few problems

The main features on offer include a 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor along with a new PRIME image processor to reduce noise, built in image stabilisation, live view, an ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 51,000), Full HD Video recording, SD card slot, an impressive seven frames per second burst rate, and a KAF2 lens mount.

Build quality of the camera is very high, the main body is composed of magnesium alloy and beneath that a stainless steel interior adds to the robustness. Surprising it's not overly heavy (at just over 700g) and is still easy to hold for prolonged periods. I like the top-LCD plate which displays at a glance important information, and the main three inch LCD is quick, and offers a high resolution for composing or reviewing you photos.

It took more than a few attempts to pick up the menus systems and controls of the camera (being more used to Canon DSLR's), but once I got the hang of it I managed to grab some stunning images, again with low-light and low shutter speeds being made easy. The design itself I do have a few issues with, the first being the fact that the LCD screen is very much to the left of the camera meaning it's almost unavoidable not to smudge it with your thumb-print. The buttons on the D-pad seem a bit soft and a too close together making it easy to accidently press the wrong button. Finally the actual design seems to me at least a bit old fashioned, cumbersome, and box light (especially the pop-up flash). None of which is a fatal flaw however it is still worth noting.

Using the auto-focus was a bit disappointing as it is pretty slow (especially when compared to the cameras rapid start up speed) and does struggle to focus at times (macro throwing up the most problems). White balance indoors also threw up a few problems and it seems to be a bit hit and miss to what works when.

The kit lens included with the camera (18-55mm) is (somewhat unusually for a kit lens) great quality and can deliver some stunning images that retain plenty of details in photographs. It excels in difficult low light without giving any of the typical problems, and while the lens isn't the fastest or the quietest when it comes to focusing it is still a brilliant starter lens. It's worth checking out what other lens are available for the camera and at what cost.

Overall the Pentax K5 is more than capable than pleasing; however its abilities seem far outweighed by other cameras in the same price bracket - cameras such as the Canon 60D and Nikon D7000. I feel that the Pentax doesn't offer enough to warrant the cost. If it comes down in price and you really need the low-light or weather proof aspects then the camera might be for you. For me however I have now returned it to my friend and feel that unusually there wasn't a great deal to get excited about. I know that I don't use Pentax cameras on a day to day basic, however in the end while it was a decent enough DSLR, I would recommend looking at cheaper options that offer more.

Family Guy - Season 9 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth McFarlane
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaking Sweet, 27 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Family Guy - Season 9 [DVD] (DVD)
(contains very minor spoilers)

It seems today that all you see is rubbish on DVD and crap on TV. But never-fear "Family Guy Season Nine" is here - offering fifteen fantastic "Family Goy" episodes in a three disc boxed set (Family Goy being an actual episode before someone corrects me for a typo).

Highlights of this latest season to name a few include Brian committing murder, Quagmire becoming a Father, the truth behind Hannah Montana, Major West being 'activated' and the genius "Road to The Multi-verse" which in my opinion is one of the greatest episodes within the last few seasons if not the entire collection.

Many of the episodes are extended when compared to their TV counterparts (blame the censors) along with dozens of deleted scenes which will keep even the most devoted or demanding Family Guy fan happy. Other special features worth noting are the Multi-verse featurette which was pretty interesting along with commentaries from cast and crew alike.

Despite being cancelled twice the show is still going strong and still offers brilliant humor, dialogue and cutback scenes after all this time. The characters continue to amuse and develop as the seasons progress (Stewie on Steroids stroke of brilliance) and there is plenty of scope for the future.

The only thing that annoyed me was the use of real video clips and pictures such as a brief showing of The Hills, for an animated show I don't really feel it works very well and is in fact overused. Stewie's character has taking a turn for the worse in camp which is a shame, and I wonder if he has giving up trying to kill Lois (but still its better than repeating subplots over and over again.)

The vast majority of the episodes are gold. I've already mentioned Multi-verse but also up there is "Dog Gone" which I watched twice in a three other period (the gap being the time it took me to go out an grab a takeaway.) Like always there are one or two lemons (for me it's "Jerome is The New Black" which was painful for me to watch.) However one mans lemon is another mans sugar so I'm sure that the season will offer something great to most people ensuring happiness, enjoyment, and entertainment.

I've noticed a number of negative reviews on this Season most of which I've read and while most of them do offer some valid points, I still feel that we have to remember what Family Guy is, what it offers, and the fact that it still remains one of the greatest shows out there.

All things considered this is a must buy for fans, and while there are a few faults it's still well worth the time and money.

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