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Kingavon BB-HL103 Portable C Class 400w Halogen Lamp
Kingavon BB-HL103 Portable C Class 400w Halogen Lamp
Price: £12.83

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let me shine some light on this product......., 25 Sept. 2012
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There are a number of different 'work lights' available on Amazon, but I thought I'd give this particular model a go because of its mostly positive reviews and its competitve pricing.

It arrived packaged in a cardboard box, the cardboard used was thin though and gives little protection, fortunately I purchased the item direct from Amazon so this was then placed in a second much stronger box for delivery; I mention this because I don't think it would take too much for this item to be damaged in transit, so recommend that if potential buyers choose a Marketplace supplier they check how the item will be sent.

The lamp is very lightweight, so much so that I would question its overall durability; don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it is poorly made, its just that this should be taken into account when deciding what it will be used for and how often.

The lamp comes supplied with a C Class 400w Quartz Halogen Bulb; this is in its own packaging to prevent damage, I liked this because there is nothing more annoying then getting an item delivered only to find out it won't work!

It is weather resistant and is thus suitable for use both indoors and outdoors; although the lead provided is not particularly long at just 1.37 metres so an extension will almost certainly be required.

There is a foam grip handle on the top to help with carrying it; it is designed to be used free-standing with the actual light itself having an adjustable angle.

The glass cover for the light is tempered and thus heat resistant and there is also a pretty decent wire guard to provide further protection.

The light is VERY bright, but be aware that it heats up very quickly and gets tremendously hot, so much so that it is quite possible to burn oneself if not careful.

I would recommend purchasing a back-up bulb at the same time because in my experience it is quite difficult to guage just how long they will last; also they can be very expensive in shops, and a significant saving can be made online.

Overall a really good little work lamp; yes there are almost certainly better quality ones out there but you will pay accordingly, this lamp is perfect for ocassional use or in an area where it is unlikely to get damaged and not have too much prolonged use.


James Bond - 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray] [1962]
James Bond - 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray] [1962]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by A2ZSupplies
Price: £95.95

282 of 303 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty......., 24 Sept. 2012
Well my boxset arrived this morning and it really is a thing of beauty.

I had managed to pick it up for a fantastic £74.00 from a well known supermarket, so this means each of the 22 Blu-ray films cost me just £3.36, simply astonishing value.

I'll start with the packaging, it appears to have divided opinion judging by other reviews on Amazon, it certainly is different but I think it adds a touch of class to the collection.

Firstly there is an outer-sleeve, it is solidly manufactured of a very thick and strong glossy cardboard, the dimensions are 280mm x 180mm and 45mm thick. It is simply illustrated with 'Bond 50' lettering adorning the front, and little else.

Inside are two individual books, these once again are produced from a high quality glossy cardboard with a nice strong binding and are more or less the same dimensions as the outer-sleeve, although they are both 20mm thick.

Each book contains 6 pages, and each page has 2 disc holders; the pages are once more made of sturdy stuff, 2mm thick, and I like the disc holders. Doubtless some will say that they don't offer much protection, but I disagree; the discs are held firmly in place when the 'books' are closed and then surrounded by the outer-sleeve, I personally think the discs are better protected than in normal packaging!

The pages within each book are illustrated with scenes from the accompanying films, and next to each disc holder there is lettering showing the year of the films release with a picture of one of the beautiful 'Bond girls' from said film.

The contents of each book are:

Book 1

Page 1 - Dr No & From Russia with Love
Page 2 - Goldfinger & Thunderball
Page 3 - You Only Live Twice & On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Page 4 - Diamond are Forever & Live and Let Die
Page 5 - The Man with the Golden Gun & The Spy Who Loved Me
Page 6 - Moonraker & For Your Eyes Only

Book 2

Page 1 - Octopussy & A View to a Kill
Page 2 - The Living Daylights & Licence to Kill
Page 3 - Goldeneye - Tomorrow Never Dies
Page 4 - The World is Not Enough & Die Another Die
Page 5 - Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace
Page 6 - [Empty disc holder for 'Skyfall'] & 'Bonus disc'

A minor criticism for me is that there is no information on what each disc contains alongside the feature, I don't consider this to be a big deal though as the main contents of each disc generally relate to the actual film.

The set is described as having over 120 hours of extras, here are the extra contents of each disc:

Dr No - (Over 3 hours)

Commentary with Director Terence Young and cast and crew; 6 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.

From Russia with Love - (Over 3 hours)

Commentary with Director Terence Young and cast and crew; 2 Featurettes; Animated Storyboard Sequence; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.

Goldfinger - (Over 3 hours)

Commentary with Director Guy Hamilton; Commentary with the cast and crew; 3 Featurettes; Original Screen Tests with Theodore Bikel and Tito Vandis; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Original Publicity Featurette; Original Radio Interviews With Sean Connery; Photo Galleries.

Thunderball - (Over 6 hours)

Commentary with Director Terence Young and cast and crew; 2 Featurettes; Animated Storyboard Sequence; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.

You Only Live Twice - (Over 4 hours)

Commentary with Director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew; 4 Featurettes; Animated Storyboard Sequence; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - (Over 4 hours)

Commentary with Director Peter Hunt and cast and crew; 4 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.

Diamond are Forever - (Over 4 hours)

Commentary with Director Guy Hamilton and cast and crew; 3 Featurettes; Deleted Scenes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots.

Live and Let Die - (Over 7 hours)

Commentaries with Director Guy Hamilton, Roger Moore and Tom Mankiewicz; 3 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.

The Man with the Golden Gun - (Over 5 hours)

Commentary with Director Guy Hamilton and the cast and crew; Commentary with Roger Moore; 2 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.

The Spy who Loved Me - (Over 5 hours)

Commentary with Director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew; Commentary with Roger Moore; 3 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; TV and radio spots.

Moonraker - (Over 5 hours)

Commentary with Director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew; Commentary with Roger Moore; 4 Featurettes; Original Theatrical Trailer; Photo Gallery.

For Your Eyes Only - (Over 7 hours)

Commentary with Director John Glen and the cast and crew; Commentary with Roger Moore; Commentary with Producer Michael G. Wilson and crew; 4 Featurettes; Animated Storyboard Sequences for Snowmobile Chase & Underwater; Music Video performed by Sheena Easton; Deleted Scenes and Expanded Angles; Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots; Photo Galleries.

Octopussy - (Over 6 hours)

Commentary with Director John Glen; Commentary with Roger Moore; 4 Featurettes;
Original Screen Tests with James Brolin; "All Time High" Music Video; Original Theatrical Trailers.

A View to a Kill - (Over 6 hours)

Commentary with Director John Glen and the cast and crew; Commentary with Roger Moore; 4 Featurettes; A View to a Kill Music Video performed by Duran Duran;
Original Theatrical Trailers and TV spots.

The Living Daylights - (Over 5 hours)

Commentary with Director John Glen and cast and crew; 3 Featurettes; Deleted scenes with introductions from Director John Glen; The Living Daylights Music Video performed by A-Ha; Original Theatrical Trailers.

Licence to Kill - (Over 6 hours)

Commentary with Director John Glen and cast; Commentary with Producer Michael G. Wilson and crew; 3 Featurettes; Licence to Kill Music Video performed by Gladys Knight; "If You Asked Me To" Music Video Performed by Patti LaBelle; Opening Titles Sequence; Original Theatrical Trailers; Photo Galleries.

Goldeneye - (Over 5 hours)

Commentary with Director Martin Campbell and Producer Michael G. Wilson; 8 Featurettes; Deleted scenes; GoldenEye Music Video performed by Tina Turner.

Tommorow Never Dies - (Over 9 hours)

Commentary with Director Roger Spottiswoode and Dan Petrie, Jr; Commentary with Vic Armstrong and Producer Michael G. Wilson; 2 Featurettes; Interview with Composer David Arnold; Deleted and Extended Scenes with introduction from Director Roger Spottiswoode; Tomorrow Never Dies Music Video performed by Sheryl Crow; The James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-Version).

The World is Not Enough - (Over 6 hours)

Commentary with Director Michael Apted; Commentary with Peter Lamont, David Arnold and Vic Armstrong; 4 Featurettes; Opening Titles Sequence; The World Is Not Enough Music Video performed by Garbage; Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scene; Original Theatrical Trailer; Photo Galleries.

Die Another Day - (Over 8 hours)

Commentary with Director Lee Tamahori and Producer Michael G. Wilson; Commentary with Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike; 5 Featurettes; MI6 Datastream Trivia Track with Branching Video; Opening Titles Sequence; Photo Galleries.

Casino Royale - (Over 1 hour)

Becoming Bond; James Bond: For Real; Chris Cornell Music Video.

Quantum of Solace - (Over 1 hour)

2 Featurettes; "Another Way to Die" Music Video; Original Theatrical Trailers.

'Bonus Disc' - (Over 2 hours)

'The World of Bond' - A look at the style and attitude that is signature Bond. From the cars, to the women, to the villains and the music. The World of Bond takes the viewer through the best of five decades worth of classic James Bond in one thrilling montage. The World of Bond featurette also has a Pop-Up Trivia option to challenge even the sharpest of fans with little known facts and interesting trivia from the Bond Universe.

'Being Bond' - Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig each reflect on the impact and importance of taking on such a famous role.

'Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style'

'SKYFALL Videoblogs' - behind-the-scenes look at the making of SKYFALL from the cast and crew.

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The extras on the feature film discs are all the ones included on previous releases, but that is no bad thing because they are really superb and there is so much information provided.

The 'Bonus disc' does contain new material, and brings us very much up to date with some really good footage of the upcoming 'Skyfall'.

The quality of the Blu-rays is simply superb, and it is evident that a great deal of time and money has been spent on these transfers.

I have owned all the films in many formats, and for the last ten years I have been watching them predominantly on the DVD's issued in the late 90's; these were a big improvement at the time, but watching the films now in HD takes it to a new level.

I watched 'Dr No' this morning and it is so hard to believe that it is 50 years old! The detailing on the clothing, the surface textures, the lines on the faces, and the richness of the colours is a sight to behold. In fact the image has such clarity that you can see just how much make-up the actors are wearing and the blood used looks like paint!

The audio department has not been forgotten either, everything is so much clearer and the definition from the quietest sound to the largest explosion is amazing, the difference between 5.1 and stereo really is night and day.

All the films feature subtitles and audio tracks in several languages and there are also subtitles for the hearing impaired on all films, with audio description tracks on several of the features.

All the discs bar 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace' are Region Free.

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Overall I am so chuffed with this set, it is beautifully produced and is a true collectors piece in every sense of the word; it is just about the most complete set of the Bond series that could have been produced.

There can be very few people who have a liking for the Bond films that don't already have many, if not all of, the films on DVD, I too have the complete set; this should not be a reason for not buying this set however, the Blu-Rays are in a different league and I would guess that the current packaging will not continue in the long term, so there is a good chance that with time these sets will become quite collectible.

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Update 19th October 2012

I have now watched all the films, in order, and must say they do not disappoint!

As expected the more recent outings look the best, but for me it was the huge improvements in the older films that provided the most enjoyment.

Standouts for me were 'Goldfinger', 'Thunderball' and 'The Spy Who Loved Me', with 'Thunderball' in particular looking absolutely amazing; the film never quite did it for me previously if I'm honest, but on Blu-ray it was a completely different experience and the underwater scenes are now some the most memorable from the whole series for me.

If I'm being critical I would say that the 'Bonus disc' is slightly disappointing, the 'footage' of 'Skyfall' is lacking and offers no insight into the new film; however, when the aforementioned film is released on Blu-ray (with all its expected extras) and put in with this boxset that won't be a real issue.

I also found the 'Quantum of Solace' disc a little bit of a let down, it is clearly the original release and as such the menu screens are different from EVERY other disc; however, I would say that the film was better than I remember (having only watched it at the cinema and then a couple of times on DVD over eighteen months a go), it looks fantastic in HD and the film is definitely not the disappointment that some would have you believe.

This boxset is simply stunning.

With a price of just over £4.00 a Blu-ray I think it is undoubtedly the best value Blu-Ray boxset on the market, just about every film is good at the very least (apart from the awful 'Die Another Day', I'm afraid all the HD in the world won't save it, thus proving the old adage that you can't polish a ****!) and there are so many memories for just about everyone who has an interest in films!
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The Da Vinci Code / Angels and Demons [Blu-ray] [2009]
The Da Vinci Code / Angels and Demons [Blu-ray] [2009]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by Venture Online
Price: £4.86

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is more like it!, 17 Sept. 2012
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I don't need to tell anyone how wonderful the Dan Brown books are, they are genuine page turners of the highest order, although I have to admit that despite all the fuss about 'The Da Vinci Code' the book I have enjoyed most thus far is 'Deception Point', now THAT would make a fantastic film!

However, that is not why we're here!

I don't normally review an item on Amazon when there are already a number of existing reviews unless I feel I have something to offer, and although there are a number of excellent write-ups for this item I had difficulty ascertaining just what this double blu-ray set actually consisted of.

So for the benefit of those who, like me, have struggled to find out the specific details here goes!

The set consists of two seperate standard blu-ray cases surrounded by a cardboard sleeve, the sleeve isn't the best quality but I feel it does look better on the shelf than the two individual boxes.

The Da Vinci Code is the extended cut, running at 174 minutes it offers an additional 25 minutes of footage compared to the standard release and I feel it is definitely all the better for it; it is amazing how much 'good' material was cut from the cinema release.

The disc itself is pretty 'bare-bones' when it comes to extras, just commentary from director Ron Howard on a selection of scenes and a feature called 'Unlocking the Code', this is a picture-in-picture video that offers insight into the film and story.

The picture is presented in 1080p High Definition with a screen ratio of 2.40:1, audio is 5.1 but only available in English, and the subtitles available are:

1. English
2. English (Hard of Hearing)
3. Danish
4. Finnish
5. Hindi
6. Norwegion
7. Swedish

The disc is multi-region, compatible with regions A, B and C.

One slightly strange thing about this set is that the disc for The Da Vinci Code has 'Disc 1' printed on it; the Angels and Demons disc does not have 'Disc 2' printed on it, so I can only assume that the Da Vinci Code blu-rays were orignally produced for a two disc version?

The picture and sound are beautiful in the format, the film is visually stunning on standard definition as far as I am concerned so the improved detail and richness make the viewing experience all the more rewarding.

Ok, on to Angels and Demons..............

This disc features two versions of the film, the original theatrical version running at 133 minutes and a new extended cut that runs to 140 minutes; I know it doesn't sound much, but it is amazing just how much you can get into 7 minutes and these additional scenes definitely offer a more complete interpretation of the written material.

Once again the disc offers only limited extras, although more than on the first disc:

1. The path of Illumination (& tutorial video) - Follow Robert Langdon's journey through Romeand see if you can unlock the path of illumination.

2. Movie IQ - Real-time in-movie information about the cast, crew, music and production via BD Live.

3. 'Rome was not built in a day' - featurette

4. 'CERN: Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge' - featurette

5. 'Angels & Demons: The Full Story' - featurette

The picture is once more presented in 1080p High Definition with a screen ratio of 2.40:1, this time the audio is available in 5.1 DTS HD and English Audio Description 5.1, but still only in English, and the subtitles available are:

1. English
2. English (Hard of Hearing)
3. Hindi

THIS TIME THE DISC IS NOT MULTI-REGION, IT IS REGION B, SO BUYERS BEWARE!!

The picture and audio quality are even more stunning than on the first film, perhaps because Angels and Demons is a more visceral experience, and this film simply has to be seen on this format to truly appreciate it.

Overall a very nice collection, and for me the extended footage in the films more than makes up for the relatively meagre extras, the quality on Blu Ray is stunning and if you can pick this up when it is reduced in price (I picked mine up direct from Amazon at an amazing £7.11!) you should not hesitate.


Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 [Blu-ray] [1988] [Region Free]
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 [Blu-ray] [1988] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Price: £27.91

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than DVD, not as impressive as Season One Blu-ray though...., 16 Sept. 2012
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Well it's finally here and all the concerns about a repeat of the problems experienced with the first season release can be addressed.

The first season of the restored high definition version of Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST: TNG) is a triumph Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 [Blu-ray][Region Free]; yes there were the well documented `technical issues' but putting them to one side surely nobody who has seen any of it can deny the stunning visual and audio quality.

I grew up watching the series on television and subsequently spent a small fortune buying them all on VHS and DVD Star Trek the Next Generation: the Complete Seasons 1-7 [DVD], but the huge improvements in these new Blu-ray versions completely justifies purchasing them once more in my opinion.

I'll start with a quick season overview before moving on to details of the set itself.

The second season of ST: TNG ran from 1988 to 1989, and due to his growing popularity following transmission of the first season, Lieutenant Commander Data played an increasingly central role, much as Lieutenant Commander Spock did from the original series. Many of the best episodes centred around the wonderful character that Brent Spiner bought to life, such as "The Measure of a Man", "Elementary, Dear Data" and "Pen Pals".

Lieutenant Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) was promoted to chief engineer, he had frequently shown his technical knowledge as the first season went on and this felt like a very natural progression for the character; I suppose I must not forget to mention young Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton), yes he was there and in my opinion he was just as annoying!

The beard made its first appearance on Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes), and Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn) reacquainted himself with K'Ehleyr, who would one day provide Worf with his son Alexander.

The fantastic Diana Muldaur came on board as a replacement for Gates McFadden and played the ships new chief medical officer Dr. Katherine Pulaski, I think she was a great addition and it's a shame her character only stayed for the one year, it would have been most interesting to see how her character could have evolved.

The Enterprise's beautiful counselor, Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), continued to be an underused character although she does have some memorable moments with her mother Lwaxana, played brilliantly throughout the season by original series veteran Majel Barrett.

And last, but most certainly not least, we have the peerless Patrick Stewart in his role of Jean-Luc Picard; he built on his work from the first season and further convinced us of his superb leadership qualities, at the same time showing us that along with his intelligence and wisdom he was also an incredibly brave and courageous warrior.

We were once again treated to an appearance from Q (John DeLancie), and we had our first meetings with Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan and the Borg, really showing what the show was capable of producing.

The full list of 22 episodes featured on this Blu-ray box set are:

1. The Child
2. Where Silence Has Lease
3. Elementary, Dear Data
4. The Outrageous Okona
5. Loud as a Whisper
6. The Schizoid Man
7. Unnatural Selection
8. A Matter of Honor
9. The Measure of a Man
10. The Dauphin
11. Contagion
12. The Royale
13. Time Squared
14. The Icarus Factor
15. Pen Pals
16. Q Who
17. Samaritan Snare
18. Up the Long Ladder
19. Manhunt
20. The Emissary
21. Peak Performance
22. Shades of Gray

This was the shortest season of ST: TNG, with all other seasons having 3 or 4 more episodes, and this was due to a writers strike at the time in America.

This is the season that the show really started to take shape; yes, the first season certainly had its moments and laid down many of the important foundations that led to the show's success, but it could be a bit 'hit and miss' with respect to the quality of episodes and several of the stories were copies of ones from the original series.

The second season is far more consistent, it has a much more cinematic feel to it, and it includes some episodes that can stand proudly with the best from the entire cannon; The Measure of a Man, Time Squared and Q Who spring to mind and there is also Peak Performance, one of my personal all-time favourites.

This set is 5 discs, the first season having 6, with the discs having a combination of between three and five episodes and extra material.

The extras featured are largely in line with those in the first season collection, and there are also some really fascinating additions:

1. Episodic Promos
2. 1988 On-Air Season Two Promo
3. Energized! Season Two Tech Update (HD)
4. 1988 Reading Rainbows segment with LeVar Burton
5. 2012 Reading Rainbow iTunes Promo (HD)
6. Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Year Two: Production
7. The Measure of a Man (HD Extended Version)
8. Audio Commentary on 'The Measure of a Man' with Melinda Snodgrass and Mike & Denise Okuda
9. The Measure of a Man (Hybrid Extended Version)
10. Gag Reel
11. Archival Mission Log: Inside Starfleet Archives: Penny Juday - Star Trek Coordinator
12. Archival Mission Log: Selected Crew Analysis Year Two
13. Archival Mission Log: Departmental Analysis Year Two: Memorable Missions
14. Deleted Scenes: The Icarus Factor, Up The Long Ladder
15. Audio Commentary on 'Q Who' with Dan Curry, Rob Bowman and Mike & Denise Okuda
16. REUNIFICATION: 25 Years after Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD)
17. MAKING IT SO: Continuing Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD)
18. Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Two

The extras on this season two set really are excellent, with the two main features running to nearly two and a half hours long.

For me though the most intriguing extra is an extended HD version of the episode 'The Measure of a Man', considered by many to be one of the very best episodes of Star Trek ever.

This is the first time it has ever been made available and is actually a first cut of the episode, featuring deleted scenes and alternative camera angles that were thought lost; it has been found, cleaned up, reconstructed in high definition and has even had new two new visual effects added to integrate the original and the new material.

I would say that although this new version of the episode is probably no better than the original, which is no bad thing, as a long time fan who has seen the episode countless times it is really fascinating seeing it in this new cut.

Both the extended version and the original "network" cut of the episode are included in this Season 2 Blu-ray box set, so you will be able to compare and decide for yourself which one you think is best!

The featurette entitled `REUNIFICATION: 25 Years After Star Trek: The Next Generation' has been specially produced for this set; it features all the main cast members sitting round having a chat about their memories and experiences; it is just over an hour long and it really is fantastic, it is great fun and the cast clearly enjoy the reunion! It reminded me a lot of the excellent featurette 'The Captains Summit' available on the Star Trek Movie Boxset Star Trek: Films 1-10 Remastered Special Edition Box Set [Blu-ray] [2009].

The picture quality is once again simply stunning; but, BUT...... not consistently so.

My initial thoughts were that this second season is as much of a triumph as the preceding one, and for large parts it is.

The textures on the fabrics and other surfaces look almost good enough to touch, the detail on faces and hair also make you realise just how poor the VHS and DVD versions are, and the special effects shots do look far sharper.

However, following on from comments from other reviewers I have looked at the season in more detail and also compared it directly to the Season One (S1) release and I have to admit that some of the criticisms are correct.

On closer examination the effects shots just aren't as impressive as they are in S1, some scenes have varying degree's of clarity and the more I have watched the more I notice a 'fuzziness' with the black areas on screen.

I think the problem for me was that it's been a while since I watched the S1 Blu-ray and I have never before seen footage from S2 on a Blu-ray (I had seen footage prior to release but this was via the internet), so on initial viewing it does look tremendous; it's not until one casts a more critical eye over it that it's inconsistencies are apparent.

I would have thought that the advantage with the second season is that much of the original material has actually been preserved better than that from the first season and so the HD image should be even more astonishing; my thinking therefore followed that the team responsible for its remastering should have had an 'easier' job of things?

I have heard rumours that the team that worked on S2 were different from those who worked on S1; if this is indeed the case I hope this problem is corrected for S3.

Fortunately the sound is once more brilliant, 7.1 DTS-HD in English, and it is such a strange experience hearing these episodes in this way having spent years listening to them in just stereo, there are sounds I never noticed before and it gives me more of an appreciation for just how much detail the makers of the show went into.

The audio is also available in English Stereo Surround, French Mono, German Mono, Italian Mono, Japanese Mono and Spanish Mono.

There are subtitles provided in English for the Hearing Impaired, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish.

In summary ST:TNG is a landmark television series and season two was when things really started to 'click'; there are two ways to look at this release in my opinion.

Is it as impressive as the S1 release? No it isn't; there are inconsistencies in the transfer and it overall has less of the 'wow' factor.

Is it the best the S2 has ever looked? YES! Despite the aformentioned inconsistencies it still does look amazing at times and that coupled with the remastered audio makes the viewing experience a fantastic one.

I would say that if someone is having doubts over the purchase because of criticisms then they should try and watch an episode from this set and compare it to the same one on DVD; the difference will speak for itself.

When I first reviewed this set I gave it 5 stars, but having taken on board others concerns and then rewatching it and comparing to the previous season I have decided to lower my score to 4.

Ideally I would probably give the set 3 1/2, but this is not possible; the set is better than a 3 in my opinion so thus the 4!

Roll on Season Three!
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Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course
Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course
by Gordon Ramsay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

232 of 247 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon's best book to date............., 15 Sept. 2012
Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course accompanies the televison series currently being shown on Channel Four each teatime, yes the program is a rip-off of the wonderful Jamie's 30-Minute Meals, but that doesn't really matter in my opinion.

At the time of writing this review the show has only been on for one week (five epsiodes) but it has already grabbed my attention and I fully intend to see it through to the end!

I've actually had the book about a fortnight now, so had already started using it before the show first televised.

It's a lovely big book, 320 pages to be exact, and it is full of beautifully photographed food and the odd shot of Gordon, good if that sort of thing rocks your gravy boat!

The book starts with an introduction to the basics of a kitchen and has some useful information on how to get the best out of Knifes, Pans, a Blowtorch, Digital Scales, Food Processors, Free-Standing or Stick Blenders, Ice Cream Makers, Mandolines, Microplane Zesters, a Pestle and Mortar, a Potato Ricer, Probe Thermometers, Sieves, Vegetable Peelers and Whisks; there is even a well written descripton of how best to cut an onion.

We then move on to the recipes, 123 to be exact, and they are split into themed chapters:

1. Classics with a twist - 13 recipes

2. Fish - 12 recipes

3. Meat - 12 recipes

4. Spices - 14 recipes

5. Good Food for Less - 15 recipes

6. Cooking in Advance - 12 recipes

7. Cooking for Crowds - 13 recipes

8. Baking - 13 recipes

9. Basic Skills - 9 recipes

The instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow; most have a beautifully photographed example of the final result you're aiming for, but unfortunately not all recipes have this and its a disappointment, albeit a relatively minor one.

We have already been pretty busy making some of the dishes, so far we've had the beautiful Stuffed Roast Chicken (with chirizo and cannellini beans), the amazing Slow-cooked fiery lamb (melt in the mouth, but REALLY hot), and my personal favourites, the Chilli beef lettuce wraps (these are one of the best things I have eaten for ages!).

This weekend we're trying the Fish Pie, and if all goes well my fiance will be baking the Lemon polenta cake at some point later on next week!

This book is primarily aimed at the day to day cook in my opinion, its style and content are realistic and achievable, and most of the recipes should cause no problems for anyone with average skills in the kitchen.

At the same time though I would say that this book would be a good start for a beginner, and also has enough inside to offer inspiration to the more experienced cook.

Overall a really good book, the best I've seen from Gordon Ramsey to date in fact, it has loads of really appealing recipes that will provide something new for your table but won't necessarily break the bank in the process!
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Silverline 633459 Super Angle Guide - 550 mm
Silverline 633459 Super Angle Guide - 550 mm
Price: £10.02

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A essential purchase for any workshop or shed.............., 14 Sept. 2012
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This Angle Guide from Silverline is really an excellent tool and I would say that it is a essential purchase for anyone who does any sort of DIY or even construction work.

It is solidly made, constructed from heavy gauge steel and has a black, powder-coated finish, with white easy to read printed graduations.

The angle guide consists of a long 585mm arm (with markings from 0 to 550mm), an attached protractor that allows for settings of between 20-160 degrees,and a smaller arm of 295mm that is attached to the centre of the protractor that is used to hold the tool against the edge of the cutting material.

Its advantage is that it can allow fast and accurate line markings (with a tolerance of just +/-2°) and it can also be used as a guide for sawing, a particularly useful feature as anyone who has used a jigsaw can appreciate.

There is a seperate screw clamp that allows the angle guide to be fixed firmly to a material of up to 60mm thick.

Being Silverline this angle guide comes with the standard lifetime guarantee for all handtools, simply register online via the Silverline website within 30 days of purchase.

Overall this is a really fantastic addition to a workshop; a large heavy duty angle guide with a lifetime guarantee for about a tenner delivered, you can't ask for more than that!


Knives Craft Compass Cutter 10-150mm For cutting accurate circles or arcs in various materials including paper, card, masking films, leather, vinyl and rubber. Includes 2 spare blades.
Knives Craft Compass Cutter 10-150mm For cutting accurate circles or arcs in various materials including paper, card, masking films, leather, vinyl and rubber. Includes 2 spare blades.
Offered by Consoletronic Ltd
Price: £4.80

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really handy little tool................, 14 Sept. 2012
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A good value compass cutter from Silverline.

This really is an excellent little tool and is very effective at doing what it is designed to do, and that is to cut accurate circles or arcs in a variety of materials.

The cutting depth is limited so it is only really suitable for materials such as paper, card, thin plastics, masking film, leather, linen, vinyl and rubber.

It comes complete with a blade already attached and a further 2 spare blades, so if used appropriately it should provide some considerable use.

Its a neat little tool; its dimensions are 113mm long and just 100mm in height at its highest point.

The cutting range is arcs or circles of 10mm to 150mm.

The tool is marked in cm and mm and shows radius and diameter.

There is a small built in compartmet to store spare blades, a good little touch, and a protective cap to cover the blade and compass point for safety.

Being Silverline the compass cutter comes with the standard lifetime guarantee for all handtools, simply register online via the Silverline website within 30 days of purchase.

Overall a really neat little tool; a compass cutter with a lifetime guarantee for under a three pounds delivered, you can't ask for more than that!


Silverline 868879 Wire Hand Saw, 330 mm
Silverline 868879 Wire Hand Saw, 330 mm
Price: £2.93

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A secret weapon for your toolbox!, 14 Sept. 2012
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A good value wire hand saw from Silverline.

The saw comprises of a 350mm flexible blade, and two removable handles.

The design allows for use in confined spaces, such as with pipework under sinks and behind toilets and radiators.

The blades can cut wood and metal, but are most effective when cutting plastic.

This kit come complete with a spare blade, so it should last sometime if used appropriately.

Being Silverline the wire saw comes with the standard lifetime guarantee for all handtools, simply register online via the Silverline website within 30 days of purchase.

Overall a really good little tool; its one of those items that you may go months, if not years, without using but then when you do it will prove to be invaluable!

A good quality wire saw, with a spare blade and a lifetime guarantee for under three pounds delivered, you can't ask for more than that!


Silverline 893790 Stubby Screwdriver - Set of 4
Silverline 893790 Stubby Screwdriver - Set of 4
Price: £3.73

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price............., 14 Sept. 2012
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A good value set of stubby screwdivers from Silverline.

Work out at about one pound each which is pretty good as far as I am concerned.

There are four head types:

1. Slotted - 5mm
2. Slotted - 6mm
3. PZD - No.1
4. PZD - No.2

They are composed of chrome vanadium steel and soft-grip handles, they are comfortable to use and are perfect for use in confined spaces.

There is a hanging hole through the top of each of the handles, this can also allow use of the shaft of another screwdriver to apply rotational force from the side, sometimes necessary because it can be difficult to exert a large amount of force with a stubby screwdriver.

The overall length of each screwdriver is 100mm, with the handle comprising of 60mm of that.

It states when purchasing that the 'Handle colour may vary', and so it did with mine, the ones I received being yellow instead of the blue pictured; this obviously makes no difference whatsoever to the performance though!

Being Silverline they come with the standard lifetime guarantee for all handtools, simply register online via the Silverline website within 30 days of purchase.

Overall a really good little set; four good quality stubby screwdrivers with a lifetime guarantee for under a fiver delivered, you can't ask for more than that!


The Peacekeeper [DVD]
The Peacekeeper [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dolph Lundgren
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £0.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action 80's style!, 14 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: The Peacekeeper [DVD] (DVD)
The Peacekeeper was initially released in 1997, and was mostly well received at the time.

In the film big Dolph plays Major Frank Cross of the US Air Force, he is responsible for carrying and protecting the President's personal communications computer (basically this is a briefcase that has the capability of launching the US arsenal).

The main premise is that a terrorist group have attacked Major Frank Cross and stolen the all important briefcase, they take control of a missile silo and then basically hold the president to ransom, Dolph has to then save the day, along with the help of Montel Williams (yes, THAT Montell Williams!).

The film co-stars Michael Sarrazin, the aforementioned Montel Williams, Roy Scheider and Christopher Heyerdahl, and was shot on location in Montreal.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it really took me back to all those great 80's action flicks.

The action is really good, particularly the sequence at the start of the film where the case is stolen, there is a car chase across rooftops (yes, rooftops!); and there are very few periods when the film slows down.

The performances are all good, Dolph in particular is surprisingly good giving a very relaxed and natural display, and its always good to see Roy Scheider, he plays a pretty tough US President here.

The film itself has a running time of 90 minutes, the picture and sound quality are not as good as I'd like, the image at times is quite soft, but this didn't actually detract from my enjoyment.

This disc is Region Free.

Overall a surprisingly a good film, more enjoyable than many action films released nowadays, and one of the better films in Dolph's career in my opinion.
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