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Miami Vice [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Miami Vice [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Price: £8.00

3.0 out of 5 stars theatrical version, 1 Jun. 2012
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Unlike most other people I think this, the theatrical version, is an excellent movie but I was not too impressed with this blu ray

I had to play the movie at a much higher volume than every other blu ray I have because the sound was too low.. this was not a dialogue problem either, I actually like the mumbled dialogue in the Miami Vice, no the entire soundtrack is low and didn't seem to be a great mix to me. It appears to have been compressed or something like that probably to address the dialogue complaints, but it definitely does not have the same range as the movie I saw at the cinema or on DVD.. the music at the start and the shootouts were both not significantly louder than the rest of the mix so there are definitely problems

The picture is okay but because of the way it has been shot, especially the gritty nighttime scenes, it does not look outstanding

Overall I think I actually prefer my DVD of this one and hopefully there will be a better release in the future. Four stars mostly for the movie not the blu ray quality

Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £13.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars poorly paced, 1 Jun. 2012
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the game gets off to a tremendous start with the reapers attacking earth but then loses it's pace when we find ourselves under no immediate threat roaming around the citadel and galaxy as per usual like nothing happened

the situation on earth gives us tonnes of story potential, eg. aiding the resistance movement and stealth visits to earth not unlike the visits made to Caprica in Battlestar Galactica. Perhaps this comes later in the game but because of this loss in momentum I've lost interest and have not played it for several days

we still need to take an elevator to shepard's cabin which is a small room and does not justify the loading time

I also did not like the default sound option with large dynamic range and this spoiled the start for me.. no ambience or Foley could be heard on my system so I would've preferred to be given a very obvious choice at the start of the game like you are given sometimes with a games brightness setting

I've been a fan of the series since ME1 which I still believe to be the best one, but this third episode is not cutting it for me so far

Dr. No [Blu-ray] [1962]
Dr. No [Blu-ray] [1962]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Price: £4.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty new, 31 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Dr. No [Blu-ray] [1962] (Blu-ray)
Sorry but the 'nothing new' comment below, especially regarding the picture, is nonsense. Yes the extras and the style of the menus are the same as the ultimate editions but people are surely buying this for the picture and audio enhancements

This blu ray looks gorgeous, pretty much every shot daytime and nighttime looks clean, bright and sharp. Ursula Andress looks even better if that is possible especially in her infamous bikini intro. The level of extra detail brought out in the picture from hi def is amazing, really awesome

The lossless audio is better than the dvd although I agree that the mix is dodgy sometimes especially when Bond is being driven from the airport and yes extra reverb is present in one or two scenes. I also have the region 1 version though which does include the mono track.. I just listened to it and switched straight back to the new mix, you are not missing out. The surround mix sounds much nicer even on stereo speakers - I personally would not want to listen to a 1960's Bond movie mixed originally for mono in anything other than stereo but buyers should be aware the mono track is missing in the region 2 release

For the picture alone, if you love this movie you have to own it on blu ray

Blade [Blu-ray] [1998] [CA Import]
Blade [Blu-ray] [1998] [CA Import]

2.0 out of 5 stars the blu-ray is cropped, 25 Dec. 2011
I got the blu-ray very cheap so I'm not that bothered but when I just compared it to my DVD I could see nearly a third of the picture is missing at the sides so the movie loses a lot of it's cinematic quality, which for a movie this good is not ideal

The good news is that the transfer is very good, but the the DVD doesn't look too shabby either

Apparently Blade is being released properly on blu-ray next year 2012. If you can't wait, have money to burn or can pick this version up very cheap then go for it. Otherwise I would wait for the best experience

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior [Blu-ray] [1985] [Region Free]
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior [Blu-ray] [1985] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Price: £8.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome blu-ray transfer, 18 Dec. 2011
I watched this back to back with Aliens on blu-ray and was more impressed with Mad Max 2

I was a bit concerned initially because the opening was in 4:3 format but when the picture opens up it looks gorgeous.. the contrast with the intro actually makes you appreciate the blu-ray even more. Lovely colours and some amazing Aussie outback scenery. The audio mix is pretty solid also, Max's v8 interceptor sounds great and the dialogue is nice and clear

They've done a great job on this. Far far better than I was expecting. 5 stars

Long Gone Before Daylight
Long Gone Before Daylight
Offered by westworld-
Price: £12.98

5.0 out of 5 stars The Cardigans - always there when I need them, 30 July 2010
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Something about this band draws me to their music when I'm encountering difficulties and their songs always seem to help me through it

I didn't get this particular album until just now and it could not have come along for me at a better moment

They have now helped me through career/life disillusionment (Gran Turismo), the near death of a loved one (Super Extra Gravity) and now through a very very rough point in a cherished relationship (Long Gone Before Daylight)

As usual the album is incredibly well recorded and produced. Brilliant performances and powerful songs, beautifully written. Every song emotionally charged

I think the Cardigans must be angels in disguise

Mass Effect 2 (PC DVD)
Mass Effect 2 (PC DVD)
Offered by Play Galaxy
Price: £4.90

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game but flawed, 20 May 2010
This review is from: Mass Effect 2 (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Not as good as the first one in my view. It's very good and tremendous value for money but the additional time they have spent on AI etc in this game has not paid off, squad members will run ahead and do there own thing much more than they did in ME1. Also the combat is too easy even at maximum difficulty, you can kill everything pretty much with your assault and sniper rifles, and the latter is far too easy to control unlike ME1 where it took real effort and skill to aim

All guns now sound like standard guns instead of nicely futuristic as they did in ME1, loading times are enormous in comparison and the loading screens are a missed opportunity, the elevators in the first one were a much better idea

The Mako sections, which needed improving, have been axed and replaced by a simple move the mouse over a circle and find the minerals type affair which feels like a tremendous waste of time after a short while. If anything, the Mako provided some welcome filler. Surely it could have been improved upon, eg making the Mako an upgradeable piece of equipment would've helped

The vocal performances in ME2 are absolutely stunning, Shepard is obviously great, but also Jack and Miranda are fantastically well performed. The story also has more emotion than ME1 and is genuinely moving, although the Collectors are an unsatisfying adversary compared to the Geth and their homeworld is quite a joke

Do yourself a favour and buy the game. But if you can, go for the console version as I suspect it will be a better experience, mostly because of the DLC comments below that I've kept till last for those that don't like to read them!

[extra comments on DLC - I've played the Normandy crash site, Zaeed mission and all the other stuff that you get for purchasing an authentic version of the game but now I still need to connect to load saved games? That makes no sense

Bioware have had ample opportunity to connect with my game and ensure it's legit so now I've finished the extra content why do they still need to do this? All I get are news stories that some poor person at Bioware needs to invent each day]

Burnout Paradise - The Ultimate Box (PC DVD)
Burnout Paradise - The Ultimate Box (PC DVD)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars great game, horrendous menu system, 6 Mar. 2010
you cant register your serial number without an internet connection which is a wee bit irritating. then every time you start the game you must wade through about four menus before you can actually get started including repeated invitations to join windows live which i didn't join out of general principle. the game also starts in an unusual way, taking ages to load with no visual indicator

the game itself, when you get to it, is really very enjoyable. ridiculously and hilariously over the top in every way from the cars to the engines and sound. the cars you end up getting access to are like rockets or tanks. i did find the game a little short though as single player from start to finish and obviously it's more geared toward multi-player

i managed to quit the game cleanly once i think but then forgot how to do it again because the quit option is so buried in countless menus. a real pity as it did spoil the experience. i also didn't find the game terribly efficient on resources.. i bought batman arkham asylum at the same time as this, a more recent hit title and it ran way better, was easy to start and quit, and was also playable without registering which pretty much says it all really

still good but why bury your game like that in some rubbish interface?

(just removed a further star because the game also took about half an hour to uninstall. ridiculous)

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (PC)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (PC)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good beat em up with little story, 3 Aug. 2009
the best thing about spidey comics was and is the stories. definitely spider-man beats up a lot of people but he also has a life

in this game the objective is to beat up everything in sight and the game offers little in the way of real variation

the game is also very resource heavy and you'll need the absolute best system that you can get your hands on to play it without lag as of summer 09. explosions and fire hydrants are the worst. overall i'd avoid the pc version if you have a console available

some of the sound in this esp the vehicles is pretty substandard. if the game requires so much power, why do i not get brilliant sound across the board?

a good bit of fun but nowhere near what i'm used to in terms of game depth

Verbatim  49803 Laptop Mouse Pad
Verbatim 49803 Laptop Mouse Pad

4.0 out of 5 stars a versatile mat for your laptop, 6 July 2009
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at 24cmx19cm the mat is a pretty good size for a laptop, also it has a 'sticky' underside, I guess the idea being that you could set it on the arm of a sofa or similar

pretty versatile and recommended

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