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Battlestar Galactica: Season 2 [2005] [DVD]
Battlestar Galactica: Season 2 [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jamie Bamber
Price: £7.99

55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the full season 2, 11 Aug. 2006
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Don't worry - the Region 2 release is the complete season 2, with all 20 episodes and the extended 'Pegasus' (though not the original cut).

The series is stunning, audacious, and thought-provoking. Buy it. Nothing else needs to be said.


The New World [DVD]
The New World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.94

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nothing like the whole truth, 10 Jun. 2006
This review is from: The New World [DVD] (DVD)
Amzon's review suggests that Malicks' New World is the 'true' version of Disney's Pocahontas story. However even basic research will reveal that this retelling is as fictional and fallible as Disney's more famous counterpart. For example Smith's relationship with Rebecca/Pocahontas has never been proven to be romantic in nature, which is a central tenet of both Disney's and Malick's.

The film, it must be said, is however beautiful. This is an example of poetic cinema at its best. While not as morally stimulating as 'The Thin Red Line', the film is nethertheless an interesting meditation on love - both for an individual and for idealistic concepts such as nation and belonging.

Where it fails is in a contradiction between a desire to elevate the primitive (shared with 'The Thin Red Line') and a Westernised misinterpretation of Native American concepts. Smith comments that the 'natives' have no concept of ownership, and yet minutes later they deliver lines to the effect of 'the white people are stealing our land'. This appears to be a classic example of a western-centric viewpoint imposed on native values which is at odds, it feels, with Malicks' intentions.

However if you can get past this contradiction, the film is a stimulating example of 'great' American cinema. The latter quarter is perhaps less gripping, but as a whole it is an achievement, even if it is not a masterpiece.


Sony MDR-EX81SL In Ear Headphones - White
Sony MDR-EX81SL In Ear Headphones - White

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the ex70s, 28 April 2006
I bought a pair of these to improve my iPod, but to my ears the sound quality os not as good as for my old pair of EX70s. the bass is quieter and the trebles are louder and thinner. the midrange is good. Overall they don't seem as solid as the EX70s, and in the end now I never use them.


Giga Pack 2 Game Bundle (PSP)
Giga Pack 2 Game Bundle (PSP)

19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars almost great..., 21 Nov. 2005
This is great, but why can't the giga-pack be purchased without games? I've been waiting to buy this since it was announced, but I've no idea why Amazon have chosen to add such an amazing collection of sucky games to the giga-pack. Give me Wipeout Pure and Liberty City Stories, or nothing at all.


The West Wing: Complete Season 5 [2001] [DVD]
The West Wing: Complete Season 5 [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £11.25

69 of 105 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars end of an era, 3 Mar. 2005
The fifth season of the West WIng is but a shadow of the previous four. The absence of creator and scriptwriter Sorkin lef the series aimless and directionless. Charaters made about-turns in their actions which were completely unrelated to their established personalities. Worst of all however, the script writing lost the sizzle and panache that it seems only Sorkin could provide. The stories became lumbering, they ceased to involve the audience in the action. The politics, which Sorkin so brilliantly made accessible to the 'everyman' become inpeneterable and uninteresting. This sudden collapse of a brilliant show was almost heartbreaking. The characters which I cared for suddenly became mean. The idealism of the 'original' four seasons was given over to the type fo stories John Wells gave to ER. I would prefer to suffer even the most cloying patriotism of the first four seasons rather than watch this excellent series succumb to the ordinariness of American network television that season five represented.


K-Pax
K-Pax
by Gene Brewer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sacks in Space, 12 Feb. 2004
This review is from: K-Pax (Paperback)
I read K-Pax after seeing the film. It's a pretty good mix of Oliver Sacks style psychoanalysis and sci-fi. It maintains the 'what-if' basis of storyline for much of the book, but towards the end I feld a lot of the suspense had vanished.
The film adds a few scenes from k-Pax II, and is, to be honest, a good version of the book. In fact, the book doesn't really offer anything extra over the film, which is a shame.
A word of warning though - the books go downhill considerably after this one.


Babylon 5: Season 2 [DVD]
Babylon 5: Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Boxleitner
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Price: £15.85

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comin of Shadows, 12 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: Babylon 5: Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Season two of B5 is when things start to get serious. Gone are the trivial episodes and there is less of the portentious scene setting. By the end of the season everything has changed. Even the lighting on the sets seems more ominous.
You'll find other comments on the Hugo winning 'Coming of Shadows', but for me the best episode was the dark 'The Long. Twilight Struggle'. Straczynsky elevates the level of writing considerably in season 2. We even get two significant dream sequences to ponder the significance of. Character's personalities change, and the stage is set for many future events.
The effects in the latter half of the season are exceptional, and again, 'the Long, Twilight Struggle' makes brilliant use of CGI - it's rare that you feel emotionally moved by computer graphics, but in combination with the script and some actually very good acting (from Jurasik/Molari and Katsulas/G'Kar) you really feel pulled into the terrible conflict between the NArn and Centauri.
Series 2 is where B5 gets seious. If you don't buy season 1, this is a good place to start.


Babylon 5 : Season 1 [DVD] [1994]
Babylon 5 : Season 1 [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Michael O'Hare
Price: £9.95

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last, best hope gets going, 12 Feb. 2004
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The first season of B5 serves as a good introduction to the series - however it is not absolutely essential to following the overall story arc. B5 only really began to kick off in season 2, when Brice Boxleitner replaced Micheal O'Hare in the leading role.
For completists, however, the first season is impressive because it contains script elements that lay the foundations for events throughout all five seasons - for example, an event in the very first episode is eventually resolved in the final episodes of season five. It is this remarkable 'arc' which makes B5 superior novelistic sci-fi.
Unfortuantely, some of the first season's episodes are less than exemplary - mostly those written by 'legendary' sci-fi writers (some of whom worked on the original Star Trek series). With B5, the quality of the episodes is largely dependent upon whether or not series creator Joel Straczynsky wrote them. Hence in the first season, only half are really any good. By the third season Straczynsky was writing all the scripts, and it's no coincidence that series 3 is generally regarded as the best.
Yes, the first season's DVDs are a little poorer in quality than the rest, but I only noticed real problems when viewing on a laptop LCD. On the TV they were less noticable.
But even with these caveats, B5 is still some of the best sci-fi in recent years.


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