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The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power behind Five English Thrones
The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power behind Five English Thrones
Price: £7.03

5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Tale That Makes Game Of Thrones Look Like A Side Show!, 14 Aug. 2015
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What a great read! I'm only halfway through and I've already learnt so much more than I thought I knew. For instance, I always considered Richard I as a bit of a hero figure, but this book shows his cruel human side.
What a tale The Greatest Knight is. From the five year old that escaped execution three times under King Stephen to being one of the most powerful men of his time. How William The Marshal faced Richard The Lionheart in face to face combat protecting King Henry II and the time he caught and hit someone who stole his horse so hard he knocked his eye out, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.


More Fool Me
More Fool Me
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best, 13 July 2015
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This review is from: More Fool Me (Kindle Edition)
Having read Moab Is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles, I was looking forward to the third instalment in the life of Stephen Fry. Maybe we get to read about his recent marriage or a chance to find out what it was like behind the scenes of The Hobbit.
Instead we get a disappointing recap of the first two books and a big chunk of his 1993 Daisy diary, which consist of repetitious visits to the Groucho Club, celebrity name dropping and constant reminders of drug taking.
Maybe I'm just envious. After all, no-one ever offered me a free stay at the Savoy for a month!


The Professionals - Mk 1 [Blu-ray]
The Professionals - Mk 1 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Martin Shaw
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £21.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Any Fans Of The Professionals, 14 July 2014
Compatibility: The discs are labelled as A,B &C compatible, but I was unable to play on 2 region A players, therefore you'll need a multi-region player to watch if outside the UK.

Packaging: Excellent! Box set comes in two parts. One part contains four Blu-Ray discs, the other is a very comprehensive soft back book containing 180 pages of extremely detailed notes.

Presentation: Awesome! Contains 13 completely remastered episodes in 5.1 surround sound and includes the episode "Klansman" that was never shown on British television due to it's sensitive content. Please note that these shows were filmed in 4:3 format, so will display black bars on the sides of a HDTV. Disc four contains the special features including an eye opening, no-holds-barred documentary and tons of pictures including early shots of Anthony Andrews who was the original "Bodie". Also, anyone with a BD-Rom can access PDF files containing scripts.

Overall: The Professionals as you have never seen before. Fantastic picture quality and can't wait for MK II coming at the end of September.


Sharpe Classic Collection [Blu-ray]
Sharpe Classic Collection [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Price: £30.53

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe Picture, 19 July 2012
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I am just on the 4th episode (Sharpe's Enemy) after receiving this set 2 days ago and I have to say that I am very impressed so far. A minor niggle is that in typical ITV fashion, the outer box is closed so just like Lewis, Auf Wiedersehen Pet etc, it can be a pain trying to get access to the three standard blu-ray boxes without creasing the flaps. Each blu-ray contains 2 movies totaling 7 discs in all.

Video Quality

Anyone used to watching Sharpe in the muddied, slightly blurry previous editions are in for a real treat. The daylight footage is superb and really makes you think you are watching these episodes for the first time. The opening scene on Sharpe's Rifles for example, is so clear, the cannon in the foreground almost looks 3D. The night shots however, are a hit and a miss becoming very grainy in places with some reviewers putting it down to the 16 mm film stock. In my humble opinion, some of the night scenes in Rifles look more like digital noise than film grain. You do get used to it though and the good far outweighs the bad.

The video has been slightly cropped for 16:9, but before anyone gets out their pram, this is not Ben Hur so you are not sacrificing very much and it really adds to the fresh look in general.

Audio Quality

Considering the source, the 5.1 upgraded sound is a real plus giving great dimension to the battles in particular. Purists can opt for the original 2.0 though.

Extras

Pretty poor really. There is a photo gallery, which is pointless as it's mostly black and white photos lifted from each episode. You can do a better job by just pausing when watching the show. There are some historical facts pertaining to each episode and 2 seen to death documentaries, Sharpe The Legend and Sharpe's Shooting.

As mentioned by previous reviewers, this is a region B locked set so international buyers must make sure their players are region free. Sharpe can be purchased in the US at an insane price of around $250 minus the 5.1 (2.0 lossless added instead), but it comes in a nice wooden ammo case, contains a map and nifty little paper knife that looks like a sword.


Mars Bar 58 g (Pack of 48)
Mars Bar 58 g (Pack of 48)
Offered by AWH-Direct
Price: £21.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars American?, 30 Jun. 2012
I'm an expat living in the US and just a heads up that America doesn't make a Mars Bar. In the US it's referred to as a Milky Way and the Milky Way equivalent in the US is Three Musketeers. This may be from Canada, but who knows!
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Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
Price: £7.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Missing Some Pieces, 9 Nov. 2011
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This is one of the most interesting biography's I have ever read. Ruthless, cantankerous and an all round nasty piece of work, Jobs was also a genius with incredible vision. Isaacson does a first class job in making this a thoroughly absorbing insight into Jobs' life without the reader becoming immersed in boring technobabble. There are some questions that were left unanswered, such as why a perfectionist who once insisted that a circuit board be changed because it didn't look attractive enough allowed production in China or why the original iPhone in 2007 had only one initial carrier in the US, arguably allowing Android in the back door then making the same mistake again when the iPad made it's debut (even though consumers made it clear AT&T sucked!). I would also have liked to have read about what happened to the guy who left his prototype iPhone 4 in a bar in California and what Jobs' reaction was considering his volatile nature.
Nevertheless, I totally recommend this book. As a footnote, despite Jobs' vision of total integration, by purchasing this book on my Kindle, I can also read on my netbook, PC, iMac and iPhone all seamlessly. Ironically, I can't do that with iBooks, which is possibly the reason Amazon is outselling Apple's version.


Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory [Blu-ray] [1971] [Region Free]
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory [Blu-ray] [1971] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Gene Wilder
Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Upgrade. Poor Extras, 16 Jan. 2010
First of all, I would consider importing the US version of this movie as it come in a special book type case complete with stories and colour photos.

The slight downside of this release is that all the extras are taken directly from the last DVD special edition. While this in itself is no bad thing, the resolution is still SD, so the quality does deteriorate especially when playing the sing-a-long feature.

The movie itself transfers to Blu-Ray very well, especially with it's 70's style psychedelic boat segment and the eye popping colours really jump out of the screen. The presentation is 16:9 widescreen so makes use of the whole screen (HDTV). The Dolby TruHD audio is nothing to write home about.


Only Fools and Horses - A Royal Flush  [DVD]
Only Fools and Horses - A Royal Flush [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Jason
Price: £3.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Royal Disaster!, 2 May 2008
I don't really want to go over old ground as all the other reviews have nailed it, but I do want to offer a little ray of light.
The US version does contain the complete 90 minute episode complete without the laughter track. The US versions of OFAH in my opinion are a lot better with 5 volumes in a nice set. A Royal Flush is on disc 3 paired with To Hull and Back (notice no annoying single disc editions of a 60 minute episode)of series 4, 5 and the specials.


The Darling Buds Of May - Complete Series (Special Edition) [DVD]
The Darling Buds Of May - Complete Series (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Jason
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £24.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Set, But Flawed, 13 April 2008
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This is a great set containing six discs of the entire series. Disc 1 has an audio commentary, which reveals some interesting facts such as "Ma Larkin" actually being a vegetarian in real life and "Charlie's" hair being dyed.
The only downer for me is the fact that the shows are spliced together. Being a completist I have to admit to being disappointed, but by the third disc however, it's like they gave up and we suddenly revert to a 2 part episode.
Still, it's worth every penny.


The Vicar of Dibley - Holy Wholly Happy Ending [DVD]
The Vicar of Dibley - Holy Wholly Happy Ending [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dawn French
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £11.39

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great End To A Great Series, 6 Nov. 2007
I have the US release and though not sure if this version is the same regarding extras, luckily the episodes are. I was not a big fan of the previous Christmas specials, but these two last episodes bring it right back to the original series. Both shows are funny, especially the dream sequence. The US release has a great documentary showing rehearsals and such and has interviews with all the stars, Jim is particularly amusing as he sounds all posh!


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