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Time Bandits BD [Blu-ray]
Time Bandits BD [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Price: £6.25

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Bandits (re-issued 2013 Blu-ray version), 31 Aug. 2014
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This 50GB region B locked disc is a re-issue of Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" which is a vast improvement on the 2009 version on Blu-ray and is like a different film comparing it to the 2002 release on DVD which like the 2009 version on Blu-ray had various flaws ranging from print damage and scratches to a lack-luster sounding soundtrack, this 2013 incarnation is both an improvement in both departments with a picture that is both better in depth of colour and field of blacks I found the most impressive version of the audio track to be the English LPCM 48kHZ 24 bit stereo which I thought had a better sounding dialogue track comparing it to the previous Blu-ray and DVD copies which sounded muffled and at times difficult to follow.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray release:

"The original 35mm Time Bandits negative was scanned at 2K resolution on a pin-registered ARRISCAN, and the film was fully graded using the Nucoda Film Master Colour grading system.
Restoration work was carried out using a combination of software tools and techniques. Thousands of instances of dirt, scratches, and debris were carefully removed frame by frame. Damaged frames were repaired, and density and stability issues were significantly improved. The soundtrack was transferred from the original magnetic tracks and underwent audio restoration to repair bumps, clicks and other instances of audible damage.
Director and co-writer Terry Gilliam has approved the restoration.

Film Restoration Supervisor: James White.
Film Restoration by Deluxe Production: Mark Bonnici, Graham Jones, Paul Collard.
Datacine Colourist: Stephen Berman."

The disc is encoded using the MPEG4 codec in full 1080p resolution in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85.1 the audio comes in English DTS Master audio 5.1 24 bit and English LPCM stereo 24 bit with English subtitles for the hard of hearing, the cover artwork is reversible so you can use either the hourglass deign or the familiar boat design this package from Arrow is so much better in my option compared to the Anchor Bay issue....

Lawless [Blu-ray]
Lawless [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Tom Hardy
Price: £5.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawless (Blu-ray version), 28 July 2014
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This review is from: Lawless [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This 2012 production based on actual events set in the post depression-era of Franklin County, Virginia about the activities of a trio of boot-legging brothers (played by Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke and Shia LaBeouf) who are threatened by the arrival of a new special deputy (played by Guy Pearce) and the local authorities who want their cut of the profits.

This 50GB region B locked Blu-ray is encoded using the MPEG-4 video codec in full 1080p resolution in the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 the original aspect being 2.39:1 this slight change does not effect the look of the film the soundtrack is in English DTS-HD Master Audio there are English subtitles for the hard of hearing.

The special features are as follows: - feature commentary from the director John Hillcoat and the writer of the book “The wettest county in the World” Matt Bondurant, music video from Willie Nelson, Deleted Scenes and the Theatrical trailer.

Oblivion [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013]
Oblivion [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £11.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oblivion (Blu-ray version), 28 July 2014
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This 2013 production directed by Joseph Kosinski who wrote the story for the graphic novel that the film is based on with its ground-breaking visual effects this is a delight to both the eyes and ears in the Blu-ray medium, this story concerns the everyday life of Jack Harper (played by Tom Cruise) who is a repairman and one of the last men on Earth who along with his female counter-part Victoria (played by Andrea Riseborough) who is a computer and communication specialist who keeps them in touch with the Tet and up-dates their progress in the maintenance of the drones that patrol and protect.

The stunning cinematography is perfectly complemented with a soundtrack by M83 which plays as the “Bubble-ship” flies from Tower 49 location to location and during the action combat sequences adding both atmosphere and tension in equal measure.
This 50GB region free Blu-ray is encoded using the Video codec MPEG-4 in full 1080p resolution in the original aspect ratio of 2.39:1 with a English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track along with French& Italian soundtracks in the same and a Spanish track in DTS 5.1 there is also a separate music track in DTS 5.1.

There are also subtitles in the following languages English for the hard of hearing French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish.

The Bonus features are as follows: - Deleted Scenes, Feature commentary from Tom Cruise and the Director/Writer Joseph Kosinski, the M83 Isolated score and the making of Oblivion “Promise of a New World”.
This is an excellent disc to both test and show off what your audio visual system can do both in the sound and vision department with its near reference picture and sound quality.

Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver for Men
Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver for Men

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic wet/dry washable shaver (ES-LV95-s), 28 Jun. 2014
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The first thing to say about this shaver is to read the manual as the approach that Panasonic have taken with this shaver is different to any of the previous shaver models I have used which where all made by Braun.

First thing to get used too is the larger than normal shaver head took me a few uses to get to grips with, the shaver feels good in your hand solid but not to heavy with its chrome and black design not only did I find it pleasing to the eye and to the hand the 5 blade cutting system which this shaver uses did a great job of removing the stubble on my face which I tried at different days of growth from 1 to 3 days, it did shave closely but caused redness on my neck area.

Putting this shaver on charge out of the box the blue LED informs of the status of the shaver the readout tells you in percentages the amount of power the shaver has been charged with the on/off button which does have a lock ring which I found until I got used I did kept catching with my fingers and slid the ring into the lock position and when you do this the shaver is locked on but in the lock position next to the pad-lock symbol the shaver will not go on prefect for when you are travelling when you have it placed in a bag or case, with the power lead attached and plugged in the shaver will not go on and there is a red LED to show the shaver is plugged into the mains, another thing to note about the on switch is when in O position which is "on" you can press the button once and the shaver goes into sensor mode(which you can tell by the graph symbol on the front of the shaver) this means the motor speeds up for heavier areas of stubble which I found worked best for me with my fair skin and not to heavy growth of bread with the shaver head in the locked position (this is way it is best to read the manual before using the shaver) press the button again the shaver goes into normal mode, the thing I found awkward to use was the trimmer which you do by sliding the button beside a comb symbol up-wards to lock the trimmer into position to trim sideburns and moustaches.

What comes in the box is a power lead a small bottle of oil to lubricate the blades a sachet of cleaning fluid for the cleaning tank, you use the tank with the shaver up-side down and match up the three metal buttons which are in a "V" formation on the back of the shaver with three buttons in the tank, a plastic carrying case and a protective cap for the shaving head for a shaver with this kind of price tag I would have expected the case to be leather and there to be a bottle of fluid for the cleaning tank at least the shaver does a good job but does it justify its price in a word "NO" I think well under the two hundred pounds maybe the replacement parts such as the cleaning fluid (box of 3 about£15.00)and foils are also expensive (£50.00) a five star performance shaving wise let down by poor presentation and expensive replacement parts.....

Excalibur [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]
Excalibur [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.40

3.0 out of 5 stars Excalibur (U.S. Blu-ray), 15 Jun. 2014
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Director John Boorman brings to the screen the Arthurian legend in this 1981 production which draws its material from the works of Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur" version of the story with the part of Merlin played by Scottish born Nicol Williamson who steals every scene he is in, he plays Merlin with great gusto and style, John Boorman creates a film that is both beautiful and frustrating to look at with scenes full of fog and filmed through filters and uses natural light so much so the modern film fan is going to be a bit bemused by the films look but it's look was the director intention but in saying that the transfer in the MPEG-4 AVC codec in full 1080p resolution on this 50GB region free disc leaves a lot to be desired with some scenes looking stunning and others looking very ordinary.

I wish I could report that the audio track was a redeeming feature but the DTS-HD Master audio 5.1 sounds flat erratic although the dialogue is clear and intelligible on the whole but sound effects such as horse hoof beats are reduced to weak and sluggish rumble, the special features are as follows the original trailer and a really dull commentary by director John Boorman.
There are also audio tracks in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and Czech in Dolby Digital Mono, there are also subtitles in the following: - English for the hard of hearing French, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, German and Italian for the hard of hearing.

The film has the running time has been restored to 2hours 20 minutes which is better than the US edited version of 119 minutes at the cinema.

With the current state of affairs with this release it is for die-hard fans of the film and if you can find it at the right price I would recommend for the moment stick to the UK DVD version...
My 3 star rating reflects the quality of the Blu-ray and not the film itself which is at least 4.5....

Pale Rider [Blu-ray] [1985] [US Import]
Pale Rider [Blu-ray] [1985] [US Import]
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Pale Rider (U.S. Blu-ray re-issue), 15 Jun. 2014
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This 1985 production starring and directed by Clint Eastwood, Pale Rider was the first Western that Eastwood had made in nine years which is the story of pan mining gold miners in California who are besieged by the neighbouring landowner who is intent on stealing on their claims.

This Blu-ray was released in 2010 with a different cover to the 2008 version both issues are region free and are both 25GB discs as well as both being encoded using the VC-1 codec in full 1080p resolution and both are in 2.40.1 aspect ratio which is different from the original cinema release which was 2.35.1 aspect ratio having not seen the earlier released Blu-ray so I am unable to comment on that transfer but what I can comment on is the difference between DVD and the Blu-ray format; the DVD looks like you are viewing the film through fog the colours where pastel looking and lacked any brightness and depth compared to Blu-ray version which has a better range of blacks and hues both issues of the Blu-ray's appear to have the same audio tracks English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French, Spanish, Japanese Dolby Mono tracks along with the same subtitles which are as follows:- English subtitles for the hard of Hearing, French, Portuguese German, German for the hard of Hearing, Italian, Italian for the hard of Hearing, Danish, Finnish and Swedish both Blu-ray's have no extra features except the original theatrical trailer.
A worthy up-date from the DVD issue if you can find the Blu-ray at a decent price...

Ultrasport Men's Miami Polo Shirt - White, Small
Ultrasport Men's Miami Polo Shirt - White, Small
Price: £21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Ultrasport Miami Polo Shirt, 24 May 2014
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This Summer polo shirt came in clear easy to open clear bag the first thing I noticed about it was the strange smell coming from I put this down to the dressing manufacturers put on garments to make them look good in the bag and for make them sit well on the display shelves in shops, I just knew I couldn’t wear it the way it was when it arrived so first thing to do was put it in the washing machine, the shirt washed well with none of the bright colours or the embroidered patches or the stencils that are on the shirt that make up the design running or bleeding at a 40 degree wash and the white of the main body of the shirt stayed nice and white. With the eye-catching design of this shirt it would ideal or either day or evening wear it also came with a spare button.

The Name of the Rose [Blu-Ray] [Import]
The Name of the Rose [Blu-Ray] [Import]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Name of the Rose (U.S. Blu-ray version), 13 May 2014
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Set in 1327 the story is of a Benedictine Abbey where the monks believe the end of the World is coming after an unexplained death. The Abbey is to play host to a council on the Franciscan's Order's who thinks the church should rid itself of its wealth, William of Baskerville played by Sean Connery who is a respected Monk is asked to assist in determining the cause of the untimely death unfortunately more deaths occur the investigation draws closer to uncovering the secret the Abbey wants hidden, and there is finally the Holy Inquisition who are asked to an active part in finding out the reason for the deaths, William and his young novice Adso of Melk played by Christian Slater must race against time to prove the innocence of the unjustly accused and avoid the wrath of Holy Inquisitor Bernardo Gui played with a great deal of menace by F. Murray Abraham
This 1986 production directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud comes to Blu-ray in August 2011 sadly only released in America but this region free 50GB disc is encoded using the MPEG-4 AVC codec in full 1080p resolution in the aspect ratio of 1.77:1 this changed from the original aspect of 1.85:1 this is no great hardship the DVD was of a similar presentation which was 1.78:1 from the 1.85:1 the picture which is an up-grade from the DVD with a sharper and more detailed picture but the real star of this of this disc is the audio which not be all explosions and gunfire but the ambience of the halls and stone rooms with their weird echoes that waft across the sound field give a very unsettling sound presentation the English DTS-HD Master Audio is a real joy there are also tracks in Dolby Stereo in French, Italian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian and a Mono track in Spanish and there are Subtitles in English for the hard of hearing, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Swedish and Norwegian.
The Extra features include the following: - Commentary by the director Jean-Jacques Annaud
Theatrical Trailer
Photo Video Journey with the Director
The making of Documentary “The Abbey of Crime”

National Treasure [Blu-ray]
National Treasure [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars National Treasure (Blu-ray version), 1 May 2014
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This 2004 production directed by Jon Turteltaub about the rip-roaring adventures of Benjamin Franklin Gates played Nicholas Cage who is the third generation of the Gates family to look for the fabled Knights Templar treasure, the historical community have ridiculed the Gates family for their belief in the treasure existence but by deciphering the clues Benjamin finds along the way looking for it the goal of finding the family prize gets ever closer the quest for the treasure also becomes a race against time to find it before a group of mercenaries do.
This Region free 50GB disc is encoded using the MPEG-4 AC codec in full 1080p resolution with audio tracks in English Dolby True HD 5.1 (48 kHz 16 bit) along with French, Italian and Spanish DTS 5.1 there are also Dolby Digital 5.1 in the same, the subtitles that on are offer are as follows: - English for the Hard of Hearing, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish.
The Bonus features contained on this disc are:-
Blu-ray only feature Mission History “The Declaration of Independence”
Audio commentary with Director Jon Turteltaub and Actor Justin Bartha

From the DVD version
Alternative ending with optional director commentary
Deleted Scenes with optional commentary
Seven Featurettes

Comparing the Blu-ray against the DVD the image is blurry on the DVD, the Blu-ray is a sharp and clear image with a greater and bigger amount of colours and the edges of the image is clearer and the actors have a natural skin tone and the shadows are more defined with deeper blacks and greys.
This is a great piece of family entertainment and a worthy addition to a Blu-Ray library with its superb transfer which delivers a sharp image along with an excellent soundtrack which has enough punch and kick for any surround sound set-up.

Robin Hood - Extended Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Robin Hood - Extended Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £3.52

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood (Blu-ray Version), 30 April 2014
Director Ridley Scott 2010 production retells the story of Robin (Hood) Longstride who is played by Russell Crowe who is in the returning army coming home after a ten years absence while fighting in the Crusade of Richard the Loin-heart played by Danny Huston is killed on the last part of the journey home to England this version of the legend presents a more gritty version of the character with dirt, blood and sweat aplenty for a more realistic and a different version of the well-know tale.
Scott recreates battle scenes very well which are not just there for gory entertainment but are part of the plot and adds greatly to the storytelling.

This region free 50GB disc is encoded with the MPEG-4 AVC codec the original aspect ratio in the cinema was 2.39.1 this disc is changed to 2.40.1 the audio tracks are as follows English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 along with Catalan, French, German, Italian and Spanish DTS 5.1audio tracks there are also subtitles English for the Hard of hearing, French, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Korean, Swedish, Traditional Mandarin and Norwegian.
There are also two versions of the feature the original Theatrical running time of 140 minutes or the Directors cut of 156 minutes the first pressing comes in a slip-cover.

The sound and picture quality of this Blu-ray are of reference standard the colour palette along with the range of blacks make for an excellent test for Televisions and the music soundtrack along with the sound effects during the battle scenes will test the speakers and amplifier of any surround sound set-up.

The bonus features on the Blu-ray are as follows Directors notebook which is in HD, The Art of Nottingham which is in HD (production and costume design) and the pocket Blu app for iPhone or iPad touch.
There are also Bonus features on a second DVD disc Rise and Rise again “Making Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood: An epic three part journey into the production of Robin Hood (62 minutes)

10 Deleted scenes with an introduction by Film Editor Pietro Scalia

TV spots & Trailer Archive.

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