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The Beatles Rock Band (Xbox 360)
The Beatles Rock Band (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £4.15

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Respectful, fun, well designed, just short, 15 Sept. 2009
The game is very well done. It's the first Rock Band product I've ever bought, and I was impressed. The graphics are amazing, and the history of the band done through story mode and the unlockable photographs is very, very nice. There are many different challenges and achievements in the game that extend it's shelf life, and that's besides the brilliant music you get to play along to.

The game is quite short though; about half the length of the Guitar Hero games I have previously played and enjoyed. It's a shame really, as many other Beatles classics are MIA. I suppose that more songs will become available via XBox Live, but having to pay for more songs when the game itself is already a bit short is a bit of a con. I guess it all depends how much of a fan you are really.

I should say that the above point may only be relevant if you're a more experienced Guitar Hero/Rock Band player. If it's your first purchase of such a game, go for it! The style of play is a lot of fun, and learning how to play along is a skill that may require time, making my comments about the game being short irrelevant. These games are all the more fun when you get your mates or family involved with other instruments, so good times will be had.

The Beatles: Rockband - John Lennon Rickenbacker Guitar (Xbox 360)
The Beatles: Rockband - John Lennon Rickenbacker Guitar (Xbox 360)

17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confused, 9 Sept. 2009
I thought that for the price, I was paying for a guitar *and* the Rock Band game. I've only ever bought Guitar Hero products before, and the game always comes with whatever instruments you buy. It's my own silly fault really, I should have made sure when I ordered the guitar. Although to be fair to myself, looking at the item page now it isn't clear that the guitar comes without the game.

Anyway, the guitar itself is awesome, and deserves five stars. :)
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The Shrek Collection - The Story So Far (Shrek 1 & 2 Box Set) [2004] [DVD] [2001]
The Shrek Collection - The Story So Far (Shrek 1 & 2 Box Set) [2004] [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Mike Myers
Offered by bobstoys
Price: £14.99

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funkylicious!, 13 Nov. 2004
When Shrek first hit our cinema screens a few years ago, it was likely that your whole family was grabbed by the charm of the many characters, before being thrown around all over the place in a flurry of adventure, comedy and downright hilarity. Shrek appealed to all parts of the family by remembering that not everyone who would be watching the film would be under the age of 8. It was funny in many different ways, and the characters were completely loveable.
The magic wasn't quite replicated in Shrek 2, but everyone involved gave it their best shot, so at least the film doesn't fall under the 'trashy sequel' category. The parody of Hollywood and the lifestyle of celebrity is compelling in today's current gossip-obsessed culture, yet the addition of more loveable characters, especially Puss in Boots, ensures that the film appeals to the various parts of its audience like its predecessor.
Indeed, I bought this box set, and I'm 20, and currently living away from my family! It contains two of the best animated films around (as long as we're not talking about Pixar, which I'll sweep under the rug), and has certainly kept me entertained. Far Far Away Idol (the alternate 'ending' from Shrek 2) is something the kids will love.

Football Manager 2005 (Mac/PC CD)
Football Manager 2005 (Mac/PC CD)

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want my life back, dammit!, 12 Nov. 2004
everything that made us fall in love with CM at one time or another is all present and correct. An exhaustive database of players, which as always remains scarily accurate. Well over 100 leagues are represented here and you're able to run any of them. There's even more media involvement now, which allows you to slag off other managers with no good reason other than to make yourself feel better. The superb match engine leaves you on the edge of your seat with your little 2D players scurrying around to fulfil the hopeless task you've given them by exploring yet another stupid formation. Train your players insane, sign future stars, win endless trophies and build the respect of the fans and the board, before giving it all up to move to a small Japenese league and start all over again.
I could go on forever. CM fans will lap it up, since they've done it all before. If you've never played a managerial simulation, and your Fantasy Football bone has never been tickled, take the plunge with this. Whilst it takes concentration and patience to get into, you'll soon realise how you've wasted another three hours checking out how an unknown potential star from Albania will fit into your diamond formation.
You may need to quit your job, but with a managerial simulation as involving and as realistic as this, you'll soon find that you never really needed a life anyway. In fact, you'll be living a new one.

Angel - Series 5 Part 2 [VHS] [2000]
Angel - Series 5 Part 2 [VHS] [2000]

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel Season 5 Part Two, 1 Aug. 2004
If you read my review for part one, you'd notice that IU was quite disappointed with the first half of Angel's last season. One thing I noted was the absence of Charisma Carpenter (I LOVE CORDY!) Step forward episode one of this boxset; 'You're Welcome,' the welcome (do you see what I did there?) return of Cordy, of which I shall say no more...
It seemed that the wirters took a while to get themselves going this year, but as soon as they did, the riskier stories started pumping out, with 'A Hole in the World' and 'Sheels' creating an incredibly poignant (for many reasons) two-parter that sends the rest of the season into an unexpected direction. 'Smile Time' is a brilliant episode where Angel is turned into a puppet, with hilarious consequences. Rather than being a dumb episode, it can be noted as one of those special Buffyverse moments such as 'Hush' or 'Restless' from Buffy, or 'Spin The Bottle' from Angel.
Other surprises will be encountered along the way, including in the amazing finale, which will leave you wanting, and perhaps even needing more. Incredibly emotional, well-written and powerful, Angel ends with a bang, despite the start f the season's time wasting.

Championship Manager: Season 03-04 (PC CD)
Championship Manager: Season 03-04 (PC CD)
Offered by PREMIER-ONE
Price: £39.79

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant game, 13 Jan. 2004
Of course, this depends on if you own any of the previous Championship Manager titles. This certainly is an improvement over the bug-ridden CM4, but if you already own that, you might want to just go and find yourself a nice data update for the 03/04 season, because that's basically all you're getting with this game.
If you're a CM3 (or an of the CM3 updates) veteran, then maybe it's time to take the plunge with the newer version. The season-in-a-day addictiveness is still there (something I can account for after the day I had yesterday - come on, Liverpool winning the Premiership; how often does that happen?) The data held on all of the leagues and countless players is exhaustive and very accurate. The media interaction in this game is a good improvement over past titles, and the way players are trained has been updated again.
If you're a football fan, don't be without a copy of Champ Manager - it really is better than the rest of the competition.

Buffy: The Watcher's Guides Boxed Set (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Buffy: The Watcher's Guides Boxed Set (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Christopher Golden
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing guide to an amazing series!, 13 Jan. 2004
The first book covers the first two seasons, whilst the second book covers the next two (it's not hard maths!) Whilst the first book is a solid guide in itself (offering interviews with cast and behind the scenes folk, as well as episode synopses and little trivia tidbits), the second book is the real star here, by going into all of the previously mentioned in a completely exhaustive way, whilst also noting how continuing storylines develop and relate to past episodes. Especially concerning episodes such as 'Restless' (the excellent season 4 finale), the guides serve as a great way of enhancing the viewing experience by explaining things that you might not have noticed the first time, or didn't understand.
I really cannot hype these books enough - they're great to go back to again and again. Go buy! Now!
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Star Trek: Nemesis [DVD] [2003]
Star Trek: Nemesis [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.58

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly average, 13 Jan. 2004
Anyone who suggests that even-numbered Trek films are better than odd-numbered ones is completely foolish - an opinion confirmed with the release of the latest (and, unfortunately, probably the last - for a while) Star Trek film. The people who created this film definately did not shy away from keeping special effects scenes at the expense of a logical plot, a lot of which seemed recycled from Star Trek II anyway.
It's nice to see the TNG family moving on after 15 years together (though why they do it all at the same time is a little strange), but this film doesn't have much emotion in it. The effects throughout are great (the Enterprise colliding with the Scimitar had me holding my breath), but they alone don't make up for areas of the story which are lacking.
The commentary isn't bad, and the special features are interesting (watch how strange plot points are explained away in scenes that were cut - mostly for the better). I could see Paramount releasing a special edition of the film in the future though (like with all the other films), so buy this with caution. If you're expectations aren't too high, go for it!

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 [DVD] [1990]
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Offered by entertainment uk
Price: £14.99

28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Season 3's here and wow what an improvement!, 18 May 2002
The first season was good, the second season didn't really build on the start that well, but by the time season three rolls into town, it becomes clear that TNG is a series to be reckoned with. Behind the scenes, shake-ups in the writing department had been continual since TNG started, but season three introduces us to Rick Berman: Executive Producer, and even more importantly, Michael Piller: Head of Writing Staff (and one Ronald D. Moore's first Trek script - 'The Bonding' - not a bad episode either!) From this season on, TNG's already good characters begin to grow and become much more interesting, and once sometimes-mediocre stories are replaced with often considered Star Trek classics - season three boasts classic sci-fi 'Yesterday's Enterprise,' heart rendering 'The Offspring,' a TOS crossover, 'Sarek,' and the ultimate cliffhanger, 'The Best of Both Worlds.' These certainly make up for a slow start to the season, and pave the way for a great future for TNG.
Again, getting the season on DVD is totally worth the money - 26 episodes of entertainment, plus over an hour's worth of extra features? Amazing - this season looks at the return of Gates McFadden in particular (replacing Diane Muldaer who played the good Pulaski character, though in retrospect didn't fit into the TNG all that well.) Season three really was a good change for TNG, and could be considered one of its best. Personally, I don't, but at the moment its the best TNG DVD boxset out of the three available.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition [DVD]
Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Shatner
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £8.56

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Improves the film and you get loads of extras!, 7 May 2002
Well, I can admit to not being the biggest fan of this film, but I've seen it enough times to realise its charm, its sci-fi qualities, its epic feel and so on. But has the Motion-less Picture been improved with this extensive reworking? Well, at the moment its the only Trek film DVD I own...
Well, the DVD certainly offers value for money - three documentaries looking at Star Trek: Phase II's development into a film (I didn't know that Paramount changed their minds about whether to have a Trek series or film four times!! :)), plus two commentaries - one text by Mike Okuda, offering loads of trivia-tidbits, and another group one by Robert Wise (director), Douglas Trumball (special photographic effects director), John Dykstra (special photographic effects supervisor), Jerry Goldsmith (composer) and Stephen Collins (Commander Decker). Oh, and the film itself in its reworked glory. :)
Well, the cut of the film has changed the early pace - it runs a little faster now, despite the running time being a few minutes longer than originally! The shot of San Francisco when Kirk lands in his shuttle is amazing. We actually get to see what V'Ger looks like now (and where it may look to advanced and weird, it was actually suggested in the original storyboards in 1979.) New SFX also stop quiet scenes from becoming dull now - and the horrible SFX they had when V'Ger dissolves the Klingon vessels at the start has, thankfully, changed. :)
Well, I could go on forever, but what has happened is that Rob Wise has made subtle changes that have improved the film's quality here and there. Along with all the extra features mentioned, this is certainly worth the money and will have fans crying out for more Star Trek (insert film name) Director's Edition DVDs in the future.

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