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Hardcastle Semi Commercial Flat/Incline/Decline Weight Bench
Hardcastle Semi Commercial Flat/Incline/Decline Weight Bench
Offered by SDE Online
Price: £91.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcastle Bench, 8 Jun. 2016
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An excellent, solid bench. Yes, there is a decline option & the seat can be adjusted- 1 decline position & 2 incline positions.

I've marked it down one star for 3 reasons.
Firstly there were 2 large bends in the iron work- they corrected themselves as they were screwed into position but when you unpack something you've paid almost £100 for you don't want to see bent parts.
Secondly & most importantly re assembly is the issue of no tools being provided. I do have a few spanners knocking about but most were not the correct size so I had to improvise with an adjustable spanner and a pair of pliers, this meant the assembly took over an hour & became a frustrating & unenjoyable experience. I don't think it's unrealistic to expect 3 or 4 cheaply made spanners to be provided as not everyone has sets of spanners at home.
There was also a minor issue with the seat, a piece of debris was embedded on it which after removal left a small hole. Not concerning enough to return the item but I do think more care is needed with the packing of the parts, which come in a rather cheap cardboard box and contained a noticeable amount of dust/debris.

Symptoms (Flipside 032) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Symptoms (Flipside 032) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Angela Pleasance
Price: £12.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symptoms, 27 April 2016
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Up until two days ago with this bfi release, the only way of seeing 'Symptoms' was via the third generation VHS copy doing the rounds, apparently recorded from ITV in the early 1980's, and like most of Larraz's films has been impossible to appraise properly due to its poor quality picture. Much like Jean Rollin, Jose Larraz concerns himself with atmosphere and aesthetics rather than plot. One film looms large in the vocabulary of horror cinema, Roman Polanski's 'Repulsion', quite possibly the best horror film ever made and certainly the best horror film ever made in Britain, Larraz uses 'Repulsion' as his blueprint, it serves him well as he slavishly but adroitly copies 'Repulsion''s plot, languid pace & brilliantly realised shock moments. Jack Clayton's 'The Innocents' is another film that Larraz was obviously taken with.

Derivative it most certainly is, but 'Symptoms' is beautifully, at times sublimely photographed, particularly the warm interiors of the rambling house, and Pleasence and Heilbron's faces, if not their performances, so fascinating that this sumptuous new HD transfer is a pleasure to watch. If there is a distraction it is the presence of peripheral characters like Peter Vaughan's odd job man, endlessly rowing about on the lake and looking furtive, intruding upon the dreamlike atmosphere Larraz manages to create, as do Heilbron's unlikely ( Larraz favoured unattractive middle aged looking men ) boyfriend and others.

No masterpiece then, but very lovely to look at and at times genuinely unsettling, 'Symptoms' can now finally be properly appreciated as the considerable film it is. Excellent extras include a rare opportunity to hear and see Angela Pleasence speak about the film and two Larraz documentaries.

MyProtein Impact Whey Protein, Unflavoured 1KG
MyProtein Impact Whey Protein, Unflavoured 1KG
Price: £10.15

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Negative Side Effects Of Whey Protein Powder, 6 April 2016
I'm writing this review to highlight what seems to be a little reported issue re whey protein powder.
Having used this powder approx. once or twice a day for approx 2 weeks I can safely attribute the moodiness/irritability/anger/lack of focus & patience I've felt back to when I started using it. Seeking some confirmation I googled 'whey protein powder irritability' & discovered a forum thread describing more or less exactly the same symptoms as mine.
I recognise that many can apparently use whey powder without negative side effects but for me & others this just is not the case. The symptoms are compromising enough for me to stop using this product immediately, so fair warning to others- whey protein DOES have unpleasant side effects more serious than smelly gas & it seems they are not being talked about enough.
I'm switching to hemp and pea protein with immediate effect.

Edit- stopped using whey powder & as expected the irritable feelings I described disappeared within 24 hours. It could only have been this powder that caused them. No such negative effects from the pea protein powder I've been using.

Brian Pern: The Life of Rock/A Life in Rock/45 Years of Prog and Roll [Blu-ray]
Brian Pern: The Life of Rock/A Life in Rock/45 Years of Prog and Roll [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Simon Day
Price: £19.99

9 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brian Tap, 5 Mar. 2016
Tedious 'rockumentary' ( yawn ) featuring the Fast Show's Simon Day attempting to do an impression of Peter Gabriel, various showbiz chums dressing up & offering unconvincing cameos & actual 'rock stars' cropping up to prove they have a sense of humour & are able to laugh at themselves in this horribly irrelevant & largely laugh free copy of 'This Is Spinal Tap'. Trouble is it's already been copied several times before- The Comic Strip's 'Bad News', Walliams & Lucas' 'Rock Profile' and the lesser known Graham Fellowes creation 'Brian Appleton'.
Spinal Tap worked to great effect because it was largely accurate & wonderfully observed, 'Brian Pern' however is just self indulgent & tiresome and doesn't even pretend to strive for accuracy, it's just a clumsy hotchpotch of music documentary cliches strung together with little care & fewer laughs. The impression left is of middle aged comics with their best work behind them cobbling together another potboiler for the BBC, an organisation whose flagship 'comedy' show currently is the beyond dire 'Mrs Brown's Boys'. Parody is something Chris Moyles does, it's something someone with NO new ideas & no material does.
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Honey Bear Full HD 1080P Media Player TV BOX For 2TB External Hard Drive, HDMI , AV ,USB, VGA, SD/MMC Port, Support Blu-Ray Movies
Honey Bear Full HD 1080P Media Player TV BOX For 2TB External Hard Drive, HDMI , AV ,USB, VGA, SD/MMC Port, Support Blu-Ray Movies
Offered by KARDEX
Price: £28.95

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honey Bear Media Player, 22 Dec. 2015
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Had this media player a couple of months now to use with a JVC tv & Western Digital hard drives & am very happy with it. Previous media player was a Western Digital ( had it a few years so an early model ) which rejected several file formats, takes a few minutes to search the external hard drive before use & has laborious, user unfriendly navigation. Likewise my LG blu ray player refuses to play up to 50% of the files on my hard drive.

The Honey Bear however plays virtually all file formats ( no problems with codecs, etc. ), takes a second to search the external hard drive for content & is easy to navigate with its simple vertical listing of files which the remote quickly scrolls through unlike the sluggish & frustrating navigation on the Western Digital. I haven't fully explored the Honey Bear's features but it seems that you cannot add image files to act as thumbnails for your movie files ( unlike the WD ) & the zoom function has failed to respond. If you watch films with subtitles there is a handy function that allows you to increase/decrease text size, change text colour & change screen position of the text.

I bought this player on spec as it is reasonably priced & has mostly positive reviews. It's a no nonsense player with the usual cheapo remote typical of media players that so far has been mostly glitch free & has played all but a couple of files ( flv files which I didnt expect it to play ) without problems.

The One That Got Away [Blu-ray]
The One That Got Away [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Hardy Kruger
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £8.75

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kruger Runs, 8 Mar. 2015
Good hi def picture & sound on this Network release.
As for the film itself, given the supposed 'true story' on which it's based it's a rather static & suspenseless exercise with the diminutive Hardy Kruger proving curiously dull as the titular hero intent on escaping from a sucession of cushy looking British POW camps. Unusual Lakeland locations can't disguise a slow and routine film that offers very little suspense or action, a cocky German POW that it's hard to care about & a faceless supporting cast of second league British character actors.
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The Little Book of Common Sense: Or Pause for Thought with Wogan (Jimmy Suttle)
The Little Book of Common Sense: Or Pause for Thought with Wogan (Jimmy Suttle)
by Sir Terry Wogan OBE
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Veritable Treasure Trove, 22 Nov. 2014
If you only buy one book, buy this one, it's unputdownable, a veritable treasure trove, in short a page turner. Of particular interest to my grandchildren were 'Old Tel''s musings on the internet! 'I've no truck with rockets from outer space, gadgets & nano dongles, I'm a big fan of the good old pen & paper'. Great stuff. The great man gets all lovey dovey & sentimental with his musings on lurve & marriage- 'Tis a veritable institution that no man can put asunder', but the old techno phobe has no time for 'online dating'- 'This online dating is for the desperate, get out & meet people'. Wise words Terrence of Woganshire! For me this book was a cornucopia of coomon sence, which as they say is not so common 'these days'! But I digress, if you buy any book buy this one, it's a veritable treasure trove of 'common sense'. Fave Tel Quote for me has 2b the one about Lord Shugar of whom M'lord Telchalzo Of Wigonville has this 2 say- "Obnoxious barrow boy, can't stand the little man. Encountered him in a BBC lift once & he smelt". Old Tel is also scathing of the modern way in which gongs are handed out to all & sundry- "It comes to something these days when any old eejit can be given one of Her Majesty's gongs- tv hosts, dj's given knighthoods? Ole Tel says it's just not right!".
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Unearthly Stranger [Blu-ray]
Unearthly Stranger [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ John Neville
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £11.14

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Left Handed Marriage, 8 Nov. 2014
Pretty good picture and muddy audio on this unrestored high definition transfer of John Krish's unambitious B feature.
Unambitious because this story frustratingly had the potential to be very interesting indeed, though instead of pursuing the theme of the place of women in the World which is clearest during the film's last act & closing images, things remain mostly bogged down in static & tedious office scenes. Too much time is spent watching John Neville & Philip Stone's dull characters wandering about looking worried. Only one scene, both eerie and touching, really has any lasting impact in what has to be considered a wasted opportunity.

This Sporting Life [Blu-ray]
This Sporting Life [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Richard Harris
Price: £8.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hi Def Harris, 9 July 2014
Excellent picture & sound on this blu ray of Lindsay Anderson's homoerotic kitchen sink classic.
Comes with a booklet, but extras are limited to photo galleries & a trailer
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Tenebrae Steelbook [Blu-ray] [DVD]
Tenebrae Steelbook [Blu-ray] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anthony Franciosa

0 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tenebrae Steelbook, 31 Dec. 2013
Arrow's previous bd of Tenebrae was an unwatchable mess of fake grain. This new release rectifies matters and though it's an acceptable enough transfer, there's little to write home about image & sound wise. The steelbook itself has quite pleasing opalescent cover art.

As for the film itself, despite its reputation it is one of Argento's weakest.
Poor script, lousy dubbing, poor acting by Christian Borromeo & several of the minor players, the miscast cheese of Tony Franciosa, typically flat attempts at humour, embarrassing homophobia ( like the non humour, an Argento trademark ) and sexism ( ironic considering most of the women seem literally to be 'bra burners', female 'pokies' clearly being a preoccupation of Argento- see Inferno ), dated electronic soundtrack unrecognisible from Goblin's prog rock heyday of Deep Red, naff 80's clothing & decor, unappealingly bright photography, arbitrary, suspenseless & tasteless gore ( if you can describe watery stage blood as gore ), disjointed & largely incomprehensible story of no emotional content and pretentious camerawork- compare the clumsy louma crane work ( much talked about by Argento devotees ) with the louma work 6 years earlier on The Tenant- Polanski's operator skilfully guides the camera over the building's exterior during the opening titles, whilst Argento's camera operator appears to be practicising with it ( to little effect ) like a child with a Christmas present.

Worst of all the film is deadly dull. Suspense and scares fail to generate throughout the laboured running time, as Argento concentrates his efforts on presenting an uninvolving story through superficial visuals and self conscious camera work, forgetting as usual to present sympathetic characters ( be they hero or villain ) that the audience can emotionally invest in.

I first saw Tenebrae in the late 80s. I've seen it a few times since & this most recent high definition viewing still leaves me cold...perhaps Thomas Rostock's commentary might throw some light on the tenebres, if only I had the stomach for his & Alan Jones horrendously pretentious & unhelpfully partisan musings re this strangely overrated director.
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