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The Open Championship 2008 [DVD]
The Open Championship 2008 [DVD]
Offered by rightpricediscs
Price: 9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough coverage of the golf., 24 Oct 2008
Having been on holiday during the Open this year and being a big fan of golf I thought this DVD would show me all the action from, as it states, a 'classic Open championship'. All the ingredients were there - the revival of the Great White Shark, an Englishman pushing for the title, a fantastic links course, the horrific British weather and the eventual back-to-back winner of the world's greatest golf championship. With years of experience producing these films they really couldn't go wrong...

Unfortunately of the 53 minutes of Open highlights included on the DVD a large portion is taken up with background information / commentary, pictures of an empty golf course and, worst of all, pointless interviews with staff who pick up the litter and make the fish and chips for the tournament! However interesting it may be to discover how many umbrellas and mobile phones go missing over the four days or how sniffer dogs can identify explosive devices (!) I really want to see highlights of the golfing action. Surely that is the point of these videos?

The first three days of the tournament were dispatched in quick time with only very brief views of the golf. Seemingly Greg Norman was doing well and Padraig Harrington was up there with the leaders but it was difficult to tell. Obviously you cannot show all the action from four whole days of golf so I assumed that at least day four would get more detail. It does, but not much more and before you know it Greg has lost his advantage, Ian misses a putt and Padraig is the champion.

Perhaps the producers should look at some of the Masters movies which are regularly shown on ESPN Classic where the golf itself is given priority and you can work out how the title was won or lost. Sure they still have their interviews and commentaries but they take up much less of the time than this effort.

The film is put together in a very professional manner and the disc has a number of extra features such as the Senior Open but what I really wanted was some decent highlights from the Open itself.

A real disappointment.
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Everybody Loves Raymond: Complete HBO Series 1 [DVD] [2005]
Everybody Loves Raymond: Complete HBO Series 1 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Ray Romano
Price: 6.80

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Should Love This Show, 24 Sep 2005
Not knowing anything about this sitcom I was not expecting much from 'Raymond' when I first watched it on Channel Four. It followed 'Friends' and I thought that it would be poor in comparison.
I was in for a pleasant surprise.
Everybody Loves Raymond is one of those rare sitcoms where not only do you find the script extremely funny but you also begin to associate yourself with the characters. At first glance the family seems to be the usual dysfunctional sitcom creation but then you see how familiar and likeable they actually are. Each one is quite different and have their own crazy traits which contribute to the storylines but none of them are so extreme that you cannot relate to their behaviour.
This is all well and good but all sitcoms live and die by the number of laughs they generate. Once again you cannot fault Raymond as each episode explores the natural conflict between Ray and his wife Debra or with Ray's parents or with Ray's brother etc. Each plot develops into a number of different hilarious situations but concludes with the realisation that the family is just trying to look out for each other.
This series is a real gem and one you really need to experience before making a judgement.

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 Days [DVD]
Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 Days [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Palin
Price: 12.08

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I was there..., 16 Nov 2003
My memories of '80 Days' when it was first broadcast was of a gripping traveller's tale that left you desperate to see the next instalment.
The choice of Michael Palin as the modern-day Phileas Fogg was inspired as it brought both a sense of humour and candour to a series which could have easily been another documentary. From England to Italy, Greece, Egypt... Michael's keen observations, trials and tribulations really did bring you along on the trip. The real success of the programme is that you believe that it is only Michael and yourself who are on the journey.
The choice of destination, mode of transport and specific areas of interest are also spot-on. The one programme which was entirely based on the sea trip from the Middle East to India does seem boring at first but gives you an insight into how the other inhabitants of this world live and it becomes the most enjoyable and poignant episode in the series. The fact that Michael comments that he will never see the crew again suggests that he too has learnt something from that part of the journey.
The reason behind only giving this 4 stars is that production team seem to have run out of ideas for closing the series. The final episode is quite poor with the journey from the US to the UK being uneventful and the welcome home in England being non-existent. It seems rushed and I would have thought that they would have mentioned to the Reform Club that Michael Palin would be arriving in 80 days time...
Overall a brilliant piece of work which has spawned a number of sequels hoping to recapture the sense of adventure of '80 days'.
Did I find it as gripping as in the 1980's? Well I did watch the whole DVD over the space of 24 hours...

Battlefield 1942
Battlefield 1942
Offered by AllGoodDealz
Price: 8.68

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Multiplayer Wargame, 18 Jan 2003
This review is from: Battlefield 1942 (Video Game)
...If you are in to playing single-player wartime shooters and don't mind linear gameplay then Medal Of Honour is the game for you. The game is a classic and no-one has come close to matching the tension of the Omaha Beach landing.
However if you have a broadband connection and enjoy an open-ended multiplayer game then buy 1942. The sprawling landscape, the tanks, the jeeps, the planes and the battleships all filled with online soldiers co-operating to defeat the enemy. How you defeat the enemy is up to you and your comrades - there are no flashing red targets for you to attach bombs to...
The gameplay is so varied that it has to be filled by human players who don't rely on basic AI to instruct them to drive tanks or landing craft. Each game can be different in that you can hold the fort, attack the enemy base, co-ordinate a devastating bombardment or just have a sniper shootout with another player - it's your decision.
The graphics are fantastic and with so much happening you do need to have a very good spec. PC and internet connection. If you have these don't worry about finding servers to play on as it seems that the whole world is playing this online.
Battlefield 1942 is what you make of it and it has to be the future of gaming.

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