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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost a work of art., 1 Feb 2012
This review is from: Nightcall (MP3 Download)
Kavinsky seems to have succeeded here where many have failed and created something truly '80s elecro sounding only better. Trouble is it it sounds like '80s music that's played on FM radio, it sufferers from too much pointless hyper compression the most modern music does and it achieves nothing except to make me not want to listen to songs even though I like them, my ears can't take it.

The House of Cards Trilogy [1990] [DVD]
The House of Cards Trilogy [1990] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Richardson
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £21.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show, but this release is rather poor quality., 23 Jun 2011
I would give this series 5 stars, but unfortunately this DVD is based on the original early '90s telecine, now I wasn't expecting a HD scan akin to what they did with Pride and Prejudice, but I wasn't expecting a transfer from the original telecines either, so rather than going back to the original film reels, it looks to me like they just did a transfer from the broadcast tapes.
This could be to get people to buy it again when they do decide to go back to the original negatives.

Brand New TV AV Audio Video Gold Plated Cable Lead composite For PS1 PS2 PS3 Sony Playstation 1, 2 or 3
Brand New TV AV Audio Video Gold Plated Cable Lead composite For PS1 PS2 PS3 Sony Playstation 1, 2 or 3
Offered by Blue-unplugged
Price: £1.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK for what they are, but get a SCART lead., 17 May 2011
These are OK for what they are, but unless your TV doesn't have the input then a SCART lead will give you MUCH better picture, composite cables are to be avoided. And yes you can still get SCART leads that let you put L&R channels into your stereo.

iPod in-Line Remote Control for iPod Video/Nano All Generations
iPod in-Line Remote Control for iPod Video/Nano All Generations

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 23 Nov 2009
Somehow this remote degrades the sound quality quite significantly making it useless to me, also no radio and no lock function, stay away.

Too Much Pressure
Too Much Pressure

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD REMASTER, 15 Mar 2008
This review is from: Too Much Pressure (Audio CD)
I don't know what they were trying to achieve but this sounds awful compared to the original version, avoid this re"master" look for the originals this is really distorted.

Black Holes And Revelations
Black Holes And Revelations
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.46

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Victim of the loudness war, 17 Jan 2008
it sounds good but the loudness treatment has the effect of making people not want to listen to it again.
Muse have really turned it up to eleven with this release, there is very little variation in volume, and I think its been pushed to the point now where the drums are actually quieter than the other instruments, this doesn't make it more hardcore, it just makes it weaker as the album is stuck at the level that the listener chooses, meaning it can't pop out at you because its already and constantly at full volume!

Myths Of The Near Future
Myths Of The Near Future
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.97

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another victim of the loudness war, 25 Sep 2007
I liked this album but I found that I just didn't listen to it, for some reason it sounded to garish, and the drums sound pathetic and quiet.
I downloaded some audio analysis software and looked at this album in it and it was like looking at a picture of a brick!
If you don't know what the loudness war is and why it is ruining music search for loudness war on youtube there is a video there with a great explanation (its especially worth watching before you leave a helpfulness vote on this review!!). Meanwhile the producer who did this should be fired for making what would other wise have be a great album, into something rubbish.

Olympus MJU-II CG Black/Gold 135 mm Camera
Olympus MJU-II CG Black/Gold 135 mm Camera

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed by digital compacts even in 2007, 4 Aug 2006
When I say unsurpassed, I mean by digital cameras of the same or similar size.

The simple reason for this is because in a digital compact the sensor that records the image is tiny 7x5mm and in a film compact of the same size takes film which covers an area 36x24mm. Draw to rectangle side by side and you get the idea.
So when it comes to making a print a 7x5" is a 25x enlargement while with film it is a 5x enlargement, a digital camera can make acceptable 6x4' prints and maybe even 7x5" prints but you put one of those next to a picture from this camera then you see the difference, at 9x6" a digital compact print looks nothing short of visually destructive, especially at higher film speeds (ISO 400+), and forget mega pixels, It doesn't make much difference.
Sensors in digital compacts may get bigger eventually, but don't hold your breath.
So a digital camera is OK for pictures on the net, small prints in good light, and when a large quantity of pictures is needed (yes I do own a digital compact, and use it, It cost me over £200) but when the picture is bound to mean something to you its best to buy and use something like this. Think about it you will be glad you did in 25 years looking at the image on your wall or in an album what is seeing the image on the screen when you took it going to mean to you then.

The camera its self is easy to load, you can just chuck the film in. It has a lens that works well in low light, this is because it has no zoom, which is a good thing because a zoom lens stops most of the light getting to the lens, and it is nearly as sharp as the lenses on some pro cameras, it is so sharp its amazing, this camera is often the pocket camera of choice for pros and enthusiasts in photography.
It's easy to use and the fill flash works great for portraits.
This is a simple Point and Shoot and camera, with the added advantage of amazing image quality almost on a par the quality I get from a big pro camera that I own. Not bad for the £18 I paid for it.

Avoid cheap and nasty film and poor processing, so shop around..
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Wall and Piece
Wall and Piece
by Banksy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

33 of 64 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Let down by poor image quality., 7 July 2006
This review is from: Wall and Piece (Hardcover)
I was keen to buy this because I am a fan of Banksy, But after looking though it I decided not to buy it. I wanted to see banksy's work in its full glory, but I thought that the image quality of the photos was awful. This would not normally bother me, but since I would be paying for a book mainly for the photos, I didn't see why I should pay such a large amount of money for a book full of such poor quality images. It does look like all the pictures were taken with a digital compact, and I can't think why the photographer didn't use a decent camera when taking photos for a book it is VERY UNPROFESSIONAL.

Fuji Superia 200asa 35mm - 24 exp 3 for 2
Fuji Superia 200asa 35mm - 24 exp 3 for 2
Price: £7.53

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying even if you have compact digital!, 19 Aug 2005
Your probably wondering why you should buy film in this digital age, well I'll tell you why, Image quality. The image quality of film and especially this film is still far better than digital in most circumstances this is ESPECIALLY true in the compact market, where a good compact camera with a half decent lens can make an image that is greatly superior to that of a digital compact.
The main reason for this is the size of the image sensor; technology is yet to allow for large sensors to go into a compact camera, infarct the only camera currently being made with a sensor the size of 35mm film costs about £5000 and is far from compact!
A sensor in most digital compact cameras is probably about 7x5mm or maybe even smaller, compared to films 36x24mm, NO amount of mega pixels is going to fix this problem, you are still going to be enlarging a 7x5mm image.
This isn't especially noticeable at 6x4" at first but you put two 7x5" prints next to each other and the difference will hit you in the face, this becomes more noticeable as the enlargement gets bigger, and lets face it the images that get enlarged are the one that really count, and when the film speed or ISO is increased.
I'm not saying digital compacts do not have there uses (I do own one) they are good for when you have to have an image quickly for a good reason or for sharing pictures on the internet, its just that making great prints isn't one of them. So next time there is a wedding or a gathering and you want some great prints of great memories, then dig out your film camera, get some of this film, because Superia is one of the best films out there, and get shooting.

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