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Katy Perry: Part Of Me [DVD]
Katy Perry: Part Of Me [DVD]
Dvd ~ Katy Perry
Price: £4.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Baby, you're a firework!, 13 Nov. 2014
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Surprisingly entertaining and informative. I expected less, but got more. And by the by, Katy Perry is ambitious, interesting, talented and altogether a very intelligent young woman.

South Park: Season 17 [DVD]
South Park: Season 17 [DVD]
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars I'm obsessed with wieners? Well what about HBO?, 13 Nov. 2014
This review is from: South Park: Season 17 [DVD] (DVD)
I've been a fan of South Park from the very beginning and thought the second half of the season was better than the first with the Game of Thrones trilogy and The Hobbit episode being the main highlights, as well as Ginger Cow featuring the awesome Van Halen cameo. However, the episodes Let Go, Let Gov, Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers and World War Zimmerman were very disappointing, particularly Murder Informative Porn, which if handled as brilliantly as Make Love, Not Warcraft (a season ten episode based on and animated in the style of World of Warcraft) could have and should have been an instant classic. South Park isn't quite as strong here as it was in its earlier seasons, though that can be said about almost any long running television show. Recommended, but if you're coming in as a newbie, start with seasons four to ten.

Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines [DVD]
Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roxanne McKee
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Roxanne Mckee, 14 Feb. 2013
OK. It's Wrong Turn, so if you've seen any of the others, you pretty much know what to expect by now.

Our favourite hillbilly freaks Three Finger, Saw Tooth and One Eye are back on another killing spree across Virginia and this time they've brought a friend. And this is where we encounter some sort of continuity error from the series. Even after watching the film, I'm unsure who the guy is supposed to be.

First off, I'll need to explain that Wrong Turn 5 is a sequel to Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings and a prequel to the original Wrong Turn, meaning that the action takes place between those two films. Our bad guy, the only one here who isn't mutated or deformed in any way - physically, at least - claims that the hillbillies are his "boys" and the events seem to take place in the year 2003, which is when the first movie is set. Whether or not he is the Old Timer who claimed to have fathered the mutants in the first two films at a younger age is questionable to say the least, seeing how that character was older than my dead grandfather. Maybe he aged terribly in the space of a few weeks. Or perhaps he isn't even supposed to be the same character. Even after reading up about the Wrong Turn series online, and gathering up all the opinions and thoughts of other fans, I'm still at a loss. I like to think that he is not related in any way to the hillbillies and just stumbled upon them whilst murdering innocent people in the woods, as it hurts my brain and the series' continuity less that way.

The excuse for this sequel/prequel/sequel/???? is that a bunch of teens are heading off for a Burning Man, I mean, Mountain Man festival in West Virginia, happen to get run off the road by a serial killer, and - along with him - are arrested and hunted down by our loveable hillbilly friends in an effort to break their dad/uncle/bessie mate out of prison.

As usual, the deaths are fun and creative, and you genuinely don't care whether the characters live or die, so the sooner the better. And Roxanne Mckee plays her part well, despite receiving possibly the worst treatment in the film (I'm talking, of course, about THAT ending, but I'll not spoil it for those who have yet to see it).

I enjoyed the movie, although not quite as much as Bloody Beginnings. It didn't live up to that, nor did it live up to the first and second. However, it was better than the third movie, which so far, remains my least favourite. I'd definitely watch it again. Probably not as much as Dead End and Bloody Beginnings, and I think I'd need to have a few beers beforehand.

And if anyone can help with the identity of the antagonist, feel free to drop me a line.
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Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings [DVD]
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jenny Pudavick
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £3.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Enjoyable, 14 Feb. 2013
After the mediocre third movie, I didn't have particularly high expectations for this one, but was pleasantly surprised and somewhat satisfied with what I'd seen by the time the ending credits had started rolling.

A prequel to the original Wrong Turn, explaining the origins of the hillbillies we've come to know and love/hate, the action this time takes place within the walls of a mental asylum where Three Fingers and his brothers are hiding out, and centers on the unlucky teens who end up taking refuge inside after a "wrong turn". It takes a while to get going, but once the first killing starts things begin to move along nicely and the deaths certainly won't disappoint, especially the "fondue" scene. You hardly build up an affection for these characters, which means their individual demises are quite welcome by the time they come around.

In terms of quality, it's a step up from Left for Dead, but not quite up there with Dead End. In my opinion. A good entry to the series.

The Simpsons - Season 15 [DVD]
The Simpsons - Season 15 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dan Castellaneta
Price: £7.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I hope you like the taste of ringworm medicine!, 6 Feb. 2013
I've loved The Simpsons for many years. I've bought every DVD box set and continue to watch the show on television, and despite the decline in quality, The Simpsons is still one of the best reasons to own a TV. And as a superfan, I believe that this, the fifteenth season, was where OFF started to lose it.

Although there are a lot of good episodes here, they never really get any better than just "good". None of them are as bad as I remember, although like the season before it, perhaps mainly because they aren't as Lackluster (Video) as they are now.

The decline begins with the episode "Catch 'Em If You Can". I never liked this episode originally, and having rewatched it, my opinion hasn't changed. In this episode, Homer and Marge ditch the kids to spend some intimate vacation time together. Fair enough. But Marge, particularly, in this episode behaves extremely out of character. Portrayed as a mother desperate to escape her children, it totally destroys her loving nature. What happened to the woman who couldn't bare to be separated from her children in the seventh season episode "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily"? In this episode, Marge also uses language which is usually absent from her vocabulary such as referring to sex as "sex", whereas in earlier episodes (seasons) she would have normally used a euphemism such as "snuggle". Maybe I'm looking into it too much, but this isn't how classic Marge would act. It's almost as if they were trying to turn her into a poor man's Lois Griffin at this point. On a related note, in the following episode she refers to contestants on a Bachelor-type TV show as "skanks".

What you're getting with the fifteenth season is the beginning of the end. A strong start for a season, and a series that perhaps in some opinions should be put out to pasture, and a mediocre end.

It's The Simpsons, Jim, but not as we know it.
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Jasper Carrott - Back To The Front Complete [DVD] [1999]
Jasper Carrott - Back To The Front Complete [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Jasper Carrott
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £5.29

5.0 out of 5 stars No. Wallet!, 27 July 2012
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I remember watching this back in the late 90s, a year or two before I left secondary school. I'd often recite the jokes in school the next day after the episode aired.

It's exactly how I remembered it and equally as funny. Jasper Carrott, genius.

South Park: Season 15 [DVD]
South Park: Season 15 [DVD]

4.0 out of 5 stars AWKWAAARRDD!, 4 July 2012
This review is from: South Park: Season 15 [DVD] (DVD)
I love South Park. Love it. Since day one. Although The Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama & American Dad! are hilariously fantastic, there's just something about South Park that I can't quite put my finger on that raises it above the rest. And yes, the disappointing release of the fourteenth season on DVD last year seriously did a whole lot of damage to those looking to complete their collection, I honestly don't think this albeit major flaw can take away the fact that this is probably the best animated adult sitcom ever. Matt & Trey push the envelope, and that is why we love them. And not just them, but the crappy animated genius they have created.

With such gems as HUMANCENTiPAD, the controversial episode that parodies the...controversial movie The Human Centipede, Funnybot, 1%, The Poor Kid and of course, You're Getting Old, which, at the time, would have brought a tear to almost every South Park fan's eye, this is the season that no one should be without. Essential.

The Simpsons - Season 14 [DVD]
The Simpsons - Season 14 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dan Castellaneta
Price: £7.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmm..., 30 Dec. 2011
The season itself is better than I remembered it. Had plenty of laughs so far, although it could be that each season is worse than the one that proceeded it, so this one looks pretty good so far compared to season nineteen. However, the packaging, agh, I experienced a skipping of the episode "Pray Anything" on disc 2, most likely due to the absurd cardboard packaging. Also, the glue that is supposed to keep the packaging together keeps coming undone on the inner section that's supposed to hold the booklet in place. So, I have to keep pressing it back down and hoping the glue will stay in place, but it's already come unstuck twice now, so...oh, and there were glue on the fourth disc that I had to peel off. Hopefully the disc will play okay, but doubtful. Terrible packaging, but a season that is still quite up there with Simpsons' quality.

Balls Out
Balls Out
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars I Like Drugs, but They Don't Like Me..., 7 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Balls Out (Audio CD)
Addictive and hilarious, Steel Panther's latest offering, Balls Out, even manages to outshine their previous album, Feel the Steel. Don't believe me? Then check out Supersonic Sex Machine, Just Like Tiger Woods, 17 Girls in a Row, It Won't Suck Itself, I Like Drugs, Critter, well, just about every track is a gem. Even the weaker tracks such as That's What Girls Are For and Weenie Ride are better than anything else anyone else is currently doing.

I haven't stopped listening to this album since I got it. With this, Steel Panther prove that they are something quite special and I look forward to see what they do next.

South Park - Season 14 [DVD]
South Park - Season 14 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Trey Parker

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars POINTLESS! (Though on reflection...), 24 Aug. 2011
This review is from: South Park - Season 14 [DVD] (DVD)
Put simply: if 200 & 201 are not included, I will not be buying. And neither should any other South Park fan. Why pay full price for something that is not even the complete season? Ridiculous.

I swore I wouldn't buy this DVD due to the removal of 200 and 201 but being the huge South Park fan that I am, I couldn't resist picking it up today. It is annoying that two of the biggest and most controversial episodes are not present, but I've come to realise that it's doubtful they will re-release this season, so to not buy it would be cutting your nose off to spite your face. If 200 and 201 are ever released over here (which is unlikely), then Paramount will probably release it as a stand-alone DVD, perhaps with a few other episodes as a "bonus". I will still enjoy this season despite its obvious flaw. I've re-rated this 4 stars, taking into account that it is a great season, yet missing two of the series' most rewarding episodes. At least it still has the Mysterion saga...

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