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The World At War: The Ultimate Restored 40th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
The World At War: The Ultimate Restored 40th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Peter Tiffin
Price: £25.00

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate version of the ultimate WW2 Documentary, 20 Sep 2010
Having watched this series on VHS, DVD and now Blu-Ray, this new Blu-Ray edition is the best yet. The picture is noticeably improved over the previous editions. There are obviously some segments of the film they were unable to improve, such as the black and white battle footage, but particularly the wartime colour footage and the interview segments are much sharper and show much less grain and dirt than previously. As regards the switch to Widescreen, I do not see this as an issue. I've now watched the first two episodes, and I see no problems what so ever with the aspect ratio. I certainly don't feel I'm missing out on anything!!

Sound is very clear. I'm just listening in Stereo and not 5.1, but the commentary by Olivier, the music, and the sound from the archive footage are very clear and again are a marked improvement over the previous releases.

The discs themselves keep the episode, biographical and series text elements from the previous DVD release. The only major change here is finally the inclusion of Subtitles. There are also, I believe, some new special features on the last disc, including a piece on the restoration process, but I haven't made it that far yet. As a final note, I was particularly impressed by the packaging. It's designed like a book, with each of the discs slipping in to its own case between each page - very well done.

As you may have gathered, I'm extremely happy with this new Blu-ray, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an interest in WW2. I would also recommend it as a worthwhile upgrade for anyone with the older DVD release. You won't be disappointed.


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0, Full Version (PC/Mac)
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0, Full Version (PC/Mac)

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality product, 12 Sep 2010
As our digital photo collections continue to grow, there's a space in the market for software to help in organising your collections, and this is where a product like Light room comes in. It doesn't have as advanced editing features as the full blown Photoshop, but has a more than adequate suite for most basic editing. The real strength in the software comes in organisation and output, giving plenty of options for publishing your finished photos. If you need more advanced editing for certain pictures, you can link the software with Photoshop Elements or the full blown Photoshop CS. Overall, a handy piece of software, although I think the interface could be a little more streamlined.


Philips BDP3000/05 Blu-ray Disc Player
Philips BDP3000/05 Blu-ray Disc Player

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent player, 20 Sep 2009
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is an excellent blu-ray player for the price. Simple to set up and use, fast start-up and disk loading times. Does a good job at upscaling existing DVDs up to 1080p. Blu-ray picture quality and sound are very good, as you'd expect. Also supports the blu-ray live feature. Although i feel that studios are yet to fully take advantage of this feature, it's good to know that this player is future-prrof that way. The one thing to bear in mind is that, unlike the more expensive players, this unit doesn't have integrated wi-fi, so you would either need to place your router close to your TV, or as I have done, get a wireless access-point that can connect to the player's ethernet port. All in all, for the price, I can't fault this player.


Roxio Toast 10 Titanium (MAC)
Roxio Toast 10 Titanium (MAC)

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Mac Utility, 22 Feb 2009
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Toast 10 is primarily a disk burning utility, and a very competent one at that. Although OS X includes a built in disk burning utility, it's basic to say the least. Toast has all the burning functions you would ever need - Data, Audio/MP3 CDs, enhanced Audio (i.e. Audio and Video on the one disk), Video DVDs, Blu-ray disks (you get a free plug-in to allow you to author blu-ray and you can even burn HD content to a standard DVD and play it back on your blu-ray player; a great way to get the quality of HD, although you can only fit approx. 20 mins of content on a DVD). Toast also taps in to Apple's iLife media browser, allowing you to easily take your media from iLife and export it using Toast.
As well as all of these fairly standard features, Toast is also an excellent file converter for video and audio. Take a Windows Media video for instance, and it can easily convert it for playback on your Apple TV, iPhone/iPod, Blackberry or games console. You can even convert a whole batch of files at one time. One really interesting feature is that you can import a multi-cd audio book, and Toast will automatically convert it to a singe audio file with chapter markers for you to send to iTunes.
The interface is really straightforward - just drag and drop. I've been a user of toast for 5 years now, and this is a great evolution of the product. It seems very fast and stable (I had problems with the previous version frequently crashing); it converted a batch of 35 video files without a problem.
To summarise, this is an excellent utility for the Mac - a great compliment to iLife, and in my opinion an essential program.
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Virtual PC Professional for Mac 7.0
Virtual PC Professional for Mac 7.0

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance, 27 Oct 2004
Virtual PC 7 for Mac with Windows XP Pro SP2 is a difficult program to review. I switched to the Mac platform in February after 10 years with Windows. I love the Mac, but there are some programs that are only available on Windows, and certain websites that only work with Windows. Virtual PC seemed ideal, and since this is the first version compatible with my G5, I had to wait ten months to get it.
Basically, Virtual PC allows you to run Windows on a virtual PC. The Specs of this virtual PC are:
1. An 80686 processor running at 533 MHz. It's on a par with a 1999 computer - say the AMD K6-2 proccessor.
2. A maximum of 512 MB Ram
3. A 4MB graphics card (NO 3D CAPABILITY) - can be increased to 16MB, although this affects performance
4. A Sound-Blaster 16 compatible sound card that doesn't work well at all - no smooth sound I'm afraid!
5. Default HD size of 15GB, although this can be changed
6. CD-Rom/DVD-Rom drive - No burning possible
Performance is a mixed bag. Games are out of the question, and the start up time is pretty terrible. However, once windows is actually going, performance is what you would expect from the specs above. It's more than adequate for business software and for general web browsing. As indicated, sound isn't great, so audio/video programs and multimedia web content are pretty poor. I have got various business programs up and running, with no problem. You get the latest windows XP with SP2 included, so there are very few updates to download. Installation on my G5 takes about 10 mins.
You can drag and drop files from your virtual PC to the mac, and vice versa. Printing uses the MAC OS X printer settings, providing you have Panther.
To be honest, the more I use virual PC, the more I am impressed with it. You can freeze the state of the PC, and then just re-launch it within seconds, meaning you very rarely need to sit through the long Windows start-up.
If you accept that it is not for multi-media intensive software, this is a great piece of software. Furthermore, industry insiders do expect Microsoft to continue to improve Virtual PC, increasing the amount of Ram you can allocate beyond the 512MB limit, improving the sound and supporting 3D graphics. This software would seem to be a good investment for the future.


iLife '04
iLife '04

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 19 May 2004
This review is from: iLife '04 (CD-ROM)
iLife '04 comprises five applications. iTunes allows you to import your CD collection, sync with your iPod and, hopefully coming soon in the UK, purchase music on-line. Since this is the only program in the suite thato is also free to download from the web, you may wonder why it is part of the suite, but this will become clear. The remaining four programs are only available by purchasing this box.
iPhoto is designed with digital cameras in mind. Simply plug in your camera, click import and that's basically it. You can set up various albums to store your photos, you can rate your photos, you can edit your photos to some extent, you can upload your photos to the internet, you can burn them to CD, you can order prints, and you can run slide shows. You can use your music collection from iTunes as background music, you can send your photos to iMovie, and you can set them up as a slideshow on a DVD by sending them to iDVD. Hopefully it is begining to become clear that the key to this whole suite of programs is that they all compliment one another, and work together as a set like nothing else on the market today, for either Mac or PC. iPhoto does have one drawback, namely that the edititing features are pretty basic. It's also a good idea to download the patch as I found it did quit by itself on one or two occassions.
Moving on to iMovie, this is a video editing program. Just plug your DV camcorder into a firewire port, click import, and iMovie does the rest. This program is very similar to Pinnacle, with your usual options for sound, titles, effects, etc. Again, music from iTunes can be used as background music, photo's from iPhoto can be used. Once your movie is finished, you just send it to iDVD, and that takes care of the rest. Apple do another consumer video editing program called Final Cut Express 2, which costs £200. I have found iMovie to be more than capable however, on a par with Pinnacle. Before switching to the Mac earlier this year, I used Pinnacle Studio 8, which was an awful program for crashing. I have no complaints what so ever with iMovie, although I would suggest you download the latest patch for this program as well.
iDVD is the program that brings the others together. Your iMovie project, your iTunes music and your iPhoto slideshows can all be burned to a blank DVD that can hold 2 hours of footage. You get various menu designs to choose from. Again, there is a patch for iDVD that should be downloaded, and my only real complaint is that only Apple SuperDrives are compatible, and not any third party DVD writers.
The final application in the suite is GarageBand, a music program that I don't really use to be honest. It allows you to hook up a keyboard to your Mac, and compose your own music. You can also use pre-recorded loops. I have played around with it a little, and it seems quite good. However, performance is not great unless you have lots of Ram. I have a 1.6Ghz G5 with 256MB Ram, and GarageBand does struggle. I would probably recommend as much as 1GB of Ram if you want to get the best out of it. There is also a 36MB patch available that you really must download. Continuing the theme of integration, GarageBand projects can be sent to iTunes and then burned to a CD or sent to your iPod. Pretty cool.
I can't praise iLife '04 enough. iPhoto is a great program, even though the editing features are basic. iMovie is better than Pinnacle in many ways, and bear in mind that Pinnacle on its own costs more than this whole suite. In fact, this can be said for all the programs. iPhoto is similar to Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0, and iDVD would be similar to lets say Pinnacle's burning software. For PC users to even get close to this suite, they would have to go out and buy three or four seperate programs, one of which will cost more thann this whole suite. If your a PC user trying to work with digital content, you have my sympathy. If you're a Mac user, you have to buy this.


Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best OS in the world...period, 19 May 2004
This review is from: Mac OS X 10.3 Panther (CD-ROM)
I am a recent convert from PCs to Macs. I had been using PCs for ten years, but a few months ago I had just had enough. I knew very little about the Mac, but after a little research I was convinced. Before leaving PCs behind, I was using Windows XP. What a disaster that is at the moment. Thirty or forty patches through windows update, and still crashing too often. As for Panther, it is just wonderful. The start up time can not be beaten. Multi tasking is a dream. Yesterday I had seven programs running and the Mac wasn't breaking a sweat. More than two or three programs on the PC, and you think it is going to blow up. The fast user switching is FAST, and a wonderful feature if you share your Mac, and as for Expose, I'm not sure how I lived without it. I have virtually filled my 80GB hard drive with video, music and tons of applications, and the OS still performs as well as the day I installed it. Put this wonderful OS together with iLife 04 and Office 2004 for Mac, which looks great, and you have the best computing platform available. By the way, been using Panther for 3 months. It's NEVER crashed!


Palm Tungsten E Handheld OS 5.2.1 / 32Mb
Palm Tungsten E Handheld OS 5.2.1 / 32Mb

101 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, Great look, 28 Nov 2003
This is my second Palm powered device. Before buying the Tungsten E, I had a Palm m500 black-and-white device. Not only is this handheld better in virtually every way to the m500, but its also £60 cheaper than I paid for the m500 only 16 months ago. The colour screen is top-notch, the 32mb of internal memory is more than enough. The Expansion slot can take all manner of devices, including the soon to be released (early 2004) digital camera add-on, which will be great in conjunction with the high-quality screen. SD memory cards can also be used, giving you the potential of up to 512MB of extra memory. The ability to play both movie clips and MP3 adds even more value, although it should be noted that you will need an SD card to play MP3 files. They will not play off the Palm's internal memory. If that wasn't enough, you also get a great suite of software with the device, including the latest version (version 6) of Documents to Go, allowing you to view, edit and create word, excel and powerpoint files on your palm. The software alone is worth something like £30-£40. In short, buy this handheld. It has a broad range of features at a great price.


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 4 [DVD] [1995]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 4 [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Avery Brooks
Offered by lightningdvd
Price: £59.65

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better, 3 Oct 2003
Like all Star Trek series, DS9 got off to a rather slow start. Season 4 was when things really started to kcik off. For one thing, the Klingons were finally back! Worf made his entrance from ST:TNG and the dominion war was jsut getting under way. The first episode of the season, "The Way of the Warrior" is excellent, and in my opinion is one of the best Trek shows ever made. Other hightlights include "Home Front", "Paradise Lost" and "Our Man Bashir." The only negative is really with the DVD. It just lacks that final polish, such as commentary on at least some episodes . Still great trek though...can't wait for season 5!


Yes Minister - Series Three [1982] [DVD] [1980]
Yes Minister - Series Three [1982] [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Paul Eddington
Offered by rightpricediscs
Price: £4.05

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comedy makes up for poor DVD, 2 Oct 2003
This is a wonderful program...anyone with an interest in politics will enjoy all 3 seasons of this program now available on DVD. It should be noted that this season 3 DVD is BETTER than amazon's product description details. This is actually a TWO Disk set - as well as the seven episodes detailed in the product description, this set also includes the Xmas special that leads on to the yet to be released on DVD Yes Prime Minister series. The DVD includes subtitles, but that's it. An opportunity missed on DVD, but still an excellent series.


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