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Extreme Fishing with Robson Green Series 1-4 Boxed Set [DVD]
Extreme Fishing with Robson Green Series 1-4 Boxed Set [DVD]

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does get much better than this., 2 Oct. 2013
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This is a documentary about fishing. Robson Green talks about different fish, some of which have to come up for air so they get some oxygen in them. This is just like dolphins do, as all fish need air to breathe. Robson doesn't get bogged down with misinforming the viewer like that Attenborough nonsense Blue Planet does, no, this is all about catching fish and putting them back, or eating them or watching them escape.

Having said that, there is an over reliance on CGI fish. CGI, which stands for Computer Game Images, is used to fill in the gaps between reality and TV. Some of the fish are a different colour when they are underwater, yet they are a different colour out of the water. I checked my trunks when I went swimming, and they were red out of the water and in the water, so Robson didn't spend much on his CGI. Using Computer Game Images is understandable as there is a lot of bobbins talked about by so called sea doctors telling us about rare fish and pollution.

Fish only have themselves to blame. If evolution was true, it would still be happening somewhere, and if swimming about in your own and others fish wee and fish poo doesn't make you want to come onto land and invent a toilet then Charles Dickens Theory of Evolution is a fairy tale.

All four series' of Robson's programme are on a bunch of discs. Some are better than others as they vary in quality and entertainment. The competitive ones are not very exciting though, even with snappy editing and Robson acting daft. There are some nice countries he visits, with occasional facts thrown in, but not much land based information. There is definitely are bias towards coasts, seas and rivers. No forests, mountains or deserts at all.

Jeremy Flynn, his singing partner in a duo they were in does some of the camera work on this show according to the extras on one disc, sadly, all the other discs contain the same extras, which consist of lots of photos of Robson looking cheeky at the cameraman. I wasn't sure what to do with the extras, they really were just lots of pictures of Robson.
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Star Wars IV: A New Hope (Limited Edition) [DVD]
Star Wars IV: A New Hope (Limited Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Hamill
Offered by Glenns-unwanted-stuff
Price: £14.90

25 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anti Jesus and derivative., 6 Dec. 2010
What follows is one ludicrous situation after another involving laser guns, a trash compactor, more stupidity with the cyborgs and more anti Jesus propaganda. Look tries to master the force, a kind of telekinesis as seen in 'Carrie' by Steven Kings. Look also has the traditional weapon of the Jedi's, which is a danger torch, or lightsaver if you go with the films silly explanations. It limps along until Look pilots a ship (that would not fly in reality) into Darth Vaders' trench and shoots a protein bomb into his hole blowing up his Def Star.

All in all, George Lucas wasted an opportunity to do justice to the legend of space jesus and instead gives us cowboys in space with very bad muppets and lazy lasers. He did a great job of ensuring he made a mint on the moichandising and fair play to him. However, in the anals of film history it barely registers a blip on the radar.

In summary, watch this film if you like space films and stuff, but don't expect too much if you are a serious film lover. There is very little in the way of redeeming features, unlike 'The Black Hole' which came out at a similar time, but still far and away a better film than 2001. Recommended, avoid!

First things first, this film, set in the future, is both anti Jesus and pro Green face agenda and has bad special effects. The minor characters, Greedy and Yoga both have green faces and serve only to normalize this insipid crypto nastiness. The central theme of the films 'story' is based on Jesus and associated characters. The Force is also a direct rip off of Jesus' powers.

The story begins with the crazy claim that it is part 4, after a stupid text scrolling intro which is difficult to read, with some cyborgs escaping the clutches of Darth Vaders, a bad Jedi as counterpoint to the good Jedi Obi Wonky Nobi, played badly by some old actor with a beard. The cyborgs have a message recorded by Carol Fisher's character The Princess. One cyborgs in this film can talk a million languages, which don't exist, and the other is a glorified spanner.

The cyborgs land in Tunisia and get attacked and sold by pygmy monks to Look Skywalkers family, who in turn get turned into Skywalkers crisps by Darth Vaders evil white soldier robots. Look survives because of some convenient plot device and goes with the cyborgs to meet Obi Wonky Nobi. Due to Look having no reason to stay, they hook up with Hand Solo and Chewbaccy, a stretched Golden Retriever and fly off to rescue The Princess from Darth Vaders in a space capri.
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Requires Attention
Requires Attention
Price: £18.60

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swear at a mole!, 12 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Requires Attention (Audio CD)
I like Cursor Miner. This album is great listened to on head phones as the stereo effects bounce round and through your head like a binaural recording. Tunes are ace, bouncy, psychedelic, thoughtful and some fast ones too. Hard to describe his albums other than suck em and see. I sucked and I liked it. Jesus Christ would also approve of this album, and it sounds good from the shower cubicle with varied bass lines and interesting sub bass. It really upsets the canal wildlife when this is on!

Full English Fastbreak is my current favorite off this album, but I am enjoying all of them equally as I study the Bible and practice my crossbow target shooting. Very much a recommended album to listen to, with both ears up loud. Hug it!

Very interesting sounds, and dare I say it, better than Cliff Richards!
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Carnival Of Souls [1962] [DVD]
Carnival Of Souls [1962] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Candace Hilligoss
Offered by BYGONEDAZE LTD
Price: £3.60

3 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romero Rip Off...., 13 Oct. 2010
This film is a direct rip off of the George Romero's zombie films and it also inspired 'White Zombie' by Victor and Edward Halperin, the Jedward of their day, due to its black and white colors. A very derivative piece bursting with fresh ideas and a similar twist to that used in 'The Sixth Sense' where Bruce Willis is a ghost all along.

The story centres around a blonde or white haired woman (I cannot tell for sure) who knows her way round an organ or two, and pulls out all the stops to survive a car crash. The crash is badly done by dropping off a bridge after a drag act, and then a short while later she clambers up the river bank with dry clothes on, after being in the water!

The film then switches gear as she settles into her job providing the soundtrack to the film with her 'freestyle' organ playing, she is no Richard Stilgoe by the sounds coming out of her pipes. There are a few scenes with a zombie man who appears, such as being reflected in the side screen as she is driving and in a few other places too. I am not sure if they are supposed to be scary, but they are not at all to me.

As hinted before, the story treads similar ground to Monday Knight Shamayly somethings film in that you are wondering whats going on a lot. I fell asleep towards the end only to awake for the credits and my friend told me how it ended. By the sound of it, my dreams were better than the ending with its predictable 'it was a ghost all along' conclusion.

This mechanic has been used countless times before and to better effect. The black and white choice is grating, the sound is over dubbed badly at the start and the editing is sloppy to say the least. A very enjoyable film let down by very interesting shots where the heroine is silhouetted and very bad acting.

All in all, a not very convincing ripoff of a dead genre that adds nothing to the mix other than originality and clever filming on a shoestring. Very recommended film to avoid.

In conclusion, a wet nightmare...
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Mouneissa
Mouneissa

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound of honey in your ears...., 1 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Mouneissa (Audio CD)
Ramsey, me that is, has sustained a mild head injury, resulting in a short stay abroad. Canals are not as good as blighty canals so I am back now. I stumbled on this whilst listening to Burkina Faso radio stations and this voice is stunning. Only a short review for a change, and just to confirm, it still sounds good whilst I am in the shower! Try the title track on download for a taster, it is really nice and chilled. Well recommended, do not avoid!

Mouneissa
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Leadership
Leadership
by Rudolph W. Giuliani
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Western Super Mayor..., 10 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Leadership (Paperback)
Compared to our oafish mumbler bumbler Boris Johnstone or his successor, Ken 'Frank Sidebottom' Livington, Rudy Giuliani doesn't look like a mayor. He doesn't look fat or have a Mr T style necklace round his neck or get photographed cutting ribbons around new shops. In fact I am not even sure that he is a mayor.

All I know is he got popular after the ninth of november attacks on the World Trade Buildings when 'planes' hit the sky scratchers before they were demolished by explosive charges. Prior to all the regeneration work in New York, he was as popular as a pantie rash. Then, once he said a few nice things about all the people that were dead and buried in the rubble, he got popular again! Spin!

This book covers all this jazz and his meat ache, though you have to wonder, if it wasn't for bad pilots, would this book have ever been written at all? Avoid, but read it first.
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Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Series [1978] [DVD]
Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Series [1978] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lorne Greene
Price: £9.90

5 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Earth calling Face...come in Face..., 4 Aug. 2010
This is a massive film cut into episodes that was shown years ago on TV. The stylings of the sets and suits worn by the actors is old fashioned futuristic, so things look very eighties or early nineties at least.

It is a very derivative series, with loads of original ideas and plot twists based on religion. It also borrows the cyborgs from the A-Team intro titles, the one that Templeton Face nods a bit funny at. He must have known what was coming.

The segments follow the exploits of a big space liner full of the last people on Earth, who aren't really, as they are not on Earth for this and I doubt that everyone would have gotten to get on in time or afford a ticket, so it isn't about the last people on or from Earth at all.

This a space series about Earth people looking for another Earth. Why they didn't go to Mars and do that thing that Arnie does in Terminators is not mentioned for some reason, possibly budget restrictions for steam.

Dirk Benedict, who plays Starbucks, opened a chain of coffee shops with his earnings, who also played Face in the A-Team. He wasn't the only one who went into shops though. Dick Hatch, who played Appollo, which is Mexican for chicken, opened some electrical goods shops. Not to be outdone, Mary Jenson who played Athena, opened up a poster shop selling tennis cheek shots and black and white men holding babies.

The series bumbles along for quite a while, getting a bit Star Trekky with the running out of sets syndrome and opting for alternate reality modern day stories. The space bits are often repeated, just like in Buck Rogers, another Eighties ace space thing that this series inspired as well as George Lucas' Star Wars.

The main bit of the story is the exodus of Americans looking for some new resources to exploit. I think they found somewhere to park and live, but the ending is a bit confusing, even upon repeated watching.

The best bits are the cyborgs from the A-Team, they speak like robots through a vocodery type sounding device which wasn't even invented then! One of a number of things featured in the series that have appeared as science fact now. The robotic dog for another.

All in all a very good series, with a forward looking view of technology and our ecology with an eye upon human interactions and conflicts at an individual and cultural level. Recommended! Avoid!
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Moon [DVD] [2009]
Moon [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Sam Rockwell
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £2.75

5 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worst Space Film Ever and NO Commentary!, 5 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Moon [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
I nicked this DVD from a friend and I only wish I had bought it properly so I could take it back with the receipt and get money back. I cannot return it to my friend as they were hopping mad that it had gone before they watched it and so they bought another copy. My only solution is to nick their receipt.

I only watched the film up to the point where time travel raises its stupid head. Ever since 'Back from the Future' with Michael J Cloth kick started the old time travel plot device in stories, everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Films with paradox's and silly situations affecting the future from the past type situations are really annoying because time travel is impossible.

Any film that uses time travel to hinge its narrative upon is doomed for me. The time travel bit in this film is when the main dude finds himself watching himself after crashing his moon jeep and then rescuing himself from the crashed vehicle. I couldn't watch anymore after that as it is a waste of actual time let alone travelling time so I switched it off and watched 'Total Wipeout' instead.

Up to that point, there were other silly bits. A slight ecological message is shoehorned in about resources on Earth running out, which is bobbins as there is more than enough for my lifetime. Also, the replacement fuel is apparently Helium 3, a sequel, made from moon rock. Now, I am no scientist, but moon rock, even though it is light and has very little gravity, is a rock and not a gas like helium is. There is something very wrong with the technical advice given to the script writer regarding moon rock making it cheesey.

There is another problem too. The cyborg, voiced by slimey pervert sounding and bad actor Kevin Spacey, ooh spacey film spacey name, is a cheap rip off of the robot in '2001' directed by Arthur Sikh Lark, another very bad film. In Moon though, because the budget was spent on Mr Spacey's voice, they had to use a wobbly cyborg that is hanging from the ceiling. No wires nor CGI to make a floaty cyborg, just a badly made and designed box that dangles badly from tracks that run all through the building made from old 'Space 1999' sets.

The ultimate problem is the commentary track though. I like to watch films first time with the commentary on as it saves time watching it twice. I cannot be bothered to watch a film and then see it again with some director and actors chatting pap afterwards. This film would not play the commentary track for some reason, even though it was there as an option.

All in all, steer clear of this film, and whatever you do, don't steal it if you do want to watch it. Either rent it or buy it and then take it back after. A mimimalist film on a microbudget with great ideas and a good script let down by none of that being true. Well made and heartily recommended viewing for anyone with an interest in spacey films, but not Kevin though as it only features his slimey voice.

Also, no one has been to the Moon yet. If the Americans had been up there, assuming that they landed on the lit up side, we would all still be able to see the rovers and landing units they claim to have used and left behind, these are not visible and makes them look like fat fibbers.

Brilliant film. Avoid.
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Prunella: The Authorised Biography of Prunella Scales
Prunella: The Authorised Biography of Prunella Scales
by Teresa Ransom
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Expectations..., 19 May 2010
Prunella Scales is a well respected actress from many a production off of the telly vision and plays on stages. I used to watch her in 'Forty Towers', the hotel sitcom with the tall man from other programmes, where she played his wife. This familiar face has had a colorful upbringing to clate that belies her characters.

A keen rock dimber and mountaineer, Prunella was the first actress to have ever dimbed Killymanjarro, or Kaytoo as the locals call it, from Britain. Her avid pastime lead, according to this book, to an ill fated pilot programme that has not seen the light of day.

The book tells of Prunella being approached to do a series about mountains and she would have a film crew dimb with her as she narrates the dimb. The name of the programme was called 'Prunella Scales', but the central idea was cloomed as she is a silent dimber. No matter what she tried, she could not talk and dimb at the same time.

There are some other chapters about her early years on radio and in telly vision from when things were black and white, and her newer stuff like 'After a Henry'. The really fascinating bits are a true surprise and she is a many layered person.

There are tales of foiled bank robberies, her time at a kibbutz, her engineering feats in Egypt, her family ties to a very influential politician and her hobby of knife throwing.

All in all, a very, very good book. Recommended.
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Forza Motorsport 3 (Xbox 360)
Forza Motorsport 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Excess Gaming
Price: £13.91

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clumpy clamped clammy clump., 22 Feb. 2010
This game is silly. It is supposed to be a simulator of race driving and it is nothing at all like it. The graphics, which some 'easy eyed' people are impressed by, are not all that either. The engine sounds are annoying and so is the stupid colored triangles in the way of the racing line. The thing that ticked me off the most is the fact that when you look at the cars in the show off bit, the wing mirrors do not reflect the car. This shows a distinct laziness on the part of the programmer.

I drive sensibly on the roads, easy on the gas, and don't over rev the engine or drive fast. When I drive like this in this driving 'simulator', I lose every race and so I have to drive like a lunatic, just to keep up. I end up shrieking and getting a little wet eyed because I just don't drive like that and I find it distressing and offensive.

Also, it has a rewind function, which, stupidly, doesn't work in multiplayer. This is a weak feature with the only possibility of going backwards in the race you have just done. Why? The car doesn't even have indicators that work, but this makes a little bit of sense.

This is because there are no choices to make of which direction to go. There is no alternative routes like in FPS 'GTAIV' or even 'The Saboteur'. Its always one track, either stupidly short or coma inducingly long. Why would anyone want to drive on such a road is beyond me. The illusion of space is thus ruined by the inclusion of barriers, some invisible, funnelling you along one road.

There are no pedestrians either. There are some static dummies moving around to try and convince the player that its a crowd, but if you stop and look, they just loop the same thing over and over. All in all, this game is not as good as 'Full Auto', which has a proper rewind function, or even as good as 'The Flatout Ultimate Carnage' with its stunts and crashes.

Forza tries too look good but falls way short in comparison to other racing games. Stick to 'Burnout Paradise' for a more authentic driving experience. Avoid!
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