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Before Midnight
Before Midnight
Dvd
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and turgid, 23 Mar. 2014
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This is more of a collection of about five conversations, each in a new setting but containing nothing but a very, very long annoyingly shallow and trivial conversation in each scene. Then the film ends.
Each scene goes on much longer than is necessary, nothing much happens, the dialogue is banal and there is no depth to the characters. We may have missed a few bits as we fast forwarded when we couldn't stand any more of the drivel, but each time we landed on the film it hadn't got any better or shown any signs of going anywhere.
The credits were a welcome sight, and there were one or two glimpses of Greek scenery, but not enough to make the film interesting by any means.


SLx Gold - 28577R/01 2 - Way HDMI Selector
SLx Gold - 28577R/01 2 - Way HDMI Selector
Price: £22.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but don't expect automatic switching., 22 Nov. 2010
This works when you press the button for changeover for at least 3 seconds each time, however the automatic feature works only very occasionally.
So if you're happy using it manually I can recommend it, it passes signals well and switches over when the button is pressed. It stays switched and is reliable in that sense.


Toshiba 40RV753B 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Digital LCD TV with Freeview HD
Toshiba 40RV753B 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Digital LCD TV with Freeview HD

18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very bad sound quality, 12 Nov. 2010
I nearly bought this model, but after seeing so many bad reviews of the sound quality I went to my local store and auditioned one. I have a surround system at home but for much of the viewing I usually use the tv speakers and need them to be clear and pleasant if not accurate. I have been a professional engineer in pro-audio for many years and have experience of analysing audio problems.
After listening to this tv for a few moments, I abandoned any hope of living with it. There is a serious resonance of the speakers/cabinet in the lower midrange frequencies which manifests itself as an unpleasant "honk" around 200-300Hz. This makes speech particularly unintelligible and music quite unpleasant. They could cure this quite easily with some intelligent damping, but until they address this well reported problem, I would avoid this model
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Panasonic KX-TG8522EB DECT Twin Digital Cordless Phone Set with Answer Machine - Black
Panasonic KX-TG8522EB DECT Twin Digital Cordless Phone Set with Answer Machine - Black

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product, shame about the default message, 2 Nov. 2010
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This replaces a Vtech phone system which has lost keys and bits of its display over the last couple of years.
The Panasonic is good, and it seems to do everything required although the written instructions could do with more picture content as you have to stop every line and check which button they're talking about which can hinder the learning process.
The one BIG embarrassment is the dopey bird who recorded the default message, it causes so many comments from callers who can't believe how bad it is. I can't understand why a company like Panasonic have a message from a young bimbo on their product - it really damages their image. We will record our own grown-up message when we get the chance.


Cardo Scala Teamset Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom / Headset with MP3 Connectivity
Cardo Scala Teamset Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom / Headset with MP3 Connectivity

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality and very useful, 28 April 2010
Listening to music is never going to be in good quality because the helmet earpieces will never be close enough to your ears to give decent bass, so it's more like midrange intelligibility with these units, and very good they are, with intercom audible and usable up to 80mph. Phone calls come through fine as well if you have your phone linked to it (no problems in pairing here). I have my satnav audio feeding the mp3 input which works well.
Fitting to the helmet is tricky because of the inner edge liner on the helmet, but with careful surgery and foam sculpture to make a clear fixing area, it goes on easily and stays put.
The flexible mic boom is useful to move the mic out of the way for helmet fitting, and appears strong enough.
The documentation is a mixture of odd bits of paper, with a useful "quick guide" but no full manual. The full manual is however downloadable.
The customer support is staffed by complete bozos who either ignore emails or answer a different question to the one submitted. They deny any existence of a full manual!
One tip - put a thin foam adhesive pad along the bottom of the helmet clip so that when you put the helmet down it won't get scratched or damaged.


Neo Socket :- FUEL ECONOMY (PATENT APPLIED FOR)
Neo Socket :- FUEL ECONOMY (PATENT APPLIED FOR)

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hello Trading Standards!, 16 Feb. 2010
This is utter nonsense, there are capacitors already in accessories inside the car which have zero effect on fuel economy.
10% to 30% of a cars fuel consumption is a lot of energy, none of which can be matched by a common capacitor.
Car audio enthusiasts fit much much larger capacitors to help low frequency amplification, and there's never been any link to economy.
This device can never have any effect on the car's performance or economy, so don't be conned! Trading standards authorities should be made aware of this bogus claim.


Tous les matins du monde
Tous les matins du monde
Price: £14.56

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite music, 11 Jan. 2010
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The SACD surround version is truly excellent. Very emotional and touching music played well and recorded beautifully, evoking the atmospheric qualities of the film.
This is not background music, you have to be receptive before playing it without any distractions, then you will appreciate it fully.


Daewoo DSD9520 Top-Up TV Set Top Box with 80GB Hard Drive
Daewoo DSD9520 Top-Up TV Set Top Box with 80GB Hard Drive

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent & reliable, 24 Sept. 2009
We've had our box for about 3 years now and it's been fine. Video quality through our projector and on tv has been excellent, and the digital audio output feeds my Denon surround system with good quality sound. We used to use Top-up TV with the card but ended that as we only watched UK Gold and there's only so many repeats we can endure.
The hard drive sometimes does emit a small vibrating buzz, but a slight tap on the unit stops it for another six months or so.
Also some recordings will not play in reverse. Otherwise it's very quiet, has performed well and has been very reliable.


Russell Hobbs Steam Glide 2200 Digital Iron - Grey
Russell Hobbs Steam Glide 2200 Digital Iron - Grey

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars short lived iron, 6 Jan. 2009
All that advanced digital control electronics, but the element has died like the other reviewers irons, at about 14 months. Just outside guarantee period! These irons do seem to have a short life expectancy.


Nero 7 Premium Reloaded (PC)
Nero 7 Premium Reloaded (PC)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly flaky and unusable but some parts work well, 15 April 2008
I've been using Nero for many years, mainly for burning audio cds. I guess I would qualify as a satisfied and loyal customer.
Recently though I have been using Nero 7 for video capture, editing and burning (it came bundled with my Asustek Hybrid DVB-T tuner card). The capture is bad as it uses such a high cpu usage (75-90% as opposed to 30% with Cyberlink). Jerky and out of sync sound make it unusable at any resolution. The software keeps wanting to connect to the analogue part of the card rather than the DVB-T part and has to be manually connected at each use. The audio configuration menu is always greyed out.
One dvd edited on Nero Vision had the first half with interlaced fields swapped whereas the second half (recorded and edited in the same session) was ok.
When editing, finding the edit point with a drag and place pointer leads to a very time consuming and frustrating exercise. Not user friendly at all.
Nero Home is a bit of a joke - it looks good but does not come close to being classed as usable.
Nero wave editor is very good and compares well with Sound Forge which I have used for years.
So if you buy Nero 7, do not expect it all to work, but if you can use the bits that do it may well be useful. It seems that Nero has not quite mastered video technology to a usable standard.
Given this overall flakiness, I would not hold out much hope for Nero 8 and would certainly not buy it.
The forums are full of criticism for recent Nero releases, with Nero Vision coming in for the greatest mauling. Updated versions are worse than earlier ones, with posters advising older versions be installed. My experience over the past month seems to confirm this.


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