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Prison Break - Season 1, Part 1 [DVD]
Prison Break - Season 1, Part 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dominic Purcell
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £2.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Years LOST, 5 April 2006
Gripping, Brilliant, Innovative - Prison Break is what it says on the tin - a TV series about a Prison Break.
Lead character Wentworth Miller as Michael is the genius masterminding the whole operation, and does a great job at the introverted non-prisoner type. He's on the mission for saving his brother, who has been framed for murder. There are many more prisoners who get in on the ride either through greed or for their skills in this the first part. (YES - the UK gets jipped again with split-season releases)
Throw in some office politics, government corruption, a non-romance with the prison doctor and another narrative developing as the lawyer team hunt down the lie, and you find yourself with a very addictive new show.
Whereas Lost has lulled in Season 2, Prison Break looks only to get better - with the theme already identified as 'Manhunt' you can tell this won't go the way of a boring, repetitive, stalemate...
An exciting addition to the 2005-06 season and dangerously worth a risk investing in should the show propel to further cult status.


The Simple Life: Season 2 - Road Trip [DVD]
The Simple Life: Season 2 - Road Trip [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Simple Life
Price: £11.61

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Paris and Nicole..., 2 Jan. 2006
The Simple Life 2 - Road Trip was a welcome return for the girls. After alledgedly being 'stalked' by the Ledding Family of Season 1, the girls decided to stay with each family for a matter of days instead of weeks this time.
Full of hillarious moments, yes its probably staged and set up, but you can't knock Nicole's snap wit and Paris' rare but comedy gold moments.
Unlike 1 and 3, this season is on 1 disc - 10 episodes and a half four outtakes reel, which is basically footage that didn't end up in the episodes probably for time. Its a nice little addition, and Paris and Nicole get their comeuppance in one of them when they're made to wash dishes they hid in the outdoor water shed the night before.


Peter Pan (2003) [DVD]
Peter Pan (2003) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Sumpter
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Do Believe in Fairies, 2 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Peter Pan (2003) [DVD] (DVD)
Sad, really that this film didn't do better at the box office as it deserves to be a smash.
However that may have worked in our favour as the DVD is now a real bargain. Haven seen the posters and the trailers at Christmas 2003, Peter Pan became another film I recall wanting to see but never made it to the cinema.
Two years on and now I've come to see it on DVD - I rented it, finally - and was then convinced to buy it.
Superb in just about every way, this film is different from the Disney version, the plot slightly differs and seeing flying in live action is not brushed past but expertly inserted into many areas of the film, even the sword fighting gains merits as Pan flies as he fights.
The special features are alright but not extensive; the alternate ending is the one from J M Barrie's original novel - but apparently was changed because the onscreen chemistry in the scenes between Peter and Wendy was so strong that it seemed unjust for Peter Pan to simply 'fly off with another chick' (Wendy's daughter, Jane).
This film is completely worth the money, and I for one enjoy rewatching it without it becoming monotonous (current count is 4 times) - a glorious film that never succumbs to cheesy dialogue, each minute is a delight you'll want to relive again and again - put it this way - this film is so good, it doesn't have to remade ever again.


Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter and the Tartly Effort, 5 Aug. 2005
So here we go again - another book woven from the mind of JK Rowling. With more hype than a shuttle launch, HP has fast become something of a phenomenon worldwide.
True - the first book was fine. Excellently paced, spaced, an ideal length - every chapter (like good drama) allowed the action to occur as a consequence of what had come already. So why have her more recent offerings been so lame?
Two, Three - fine. Four? Fine - so the books were getting bigger each go - but was it really necessary to have a book double the size of her regular offering? By this point, HP had become a huge hit - yet within days people were finding errors throughout Goblet of Fire which subsequent reprints have striven to fix.
A few years ago, Order of the Phoenix (which, like book 4, I could only stand to read the once due to length) read like a 1st draft, unchecked as though JK now believes herself to be 'the word of god' - never wrong, always correct.
Truth be told, HP has become such an elaborate story with realms that exist of its own that (Arguably) nobody BUT JK can say how she should be doing things. She said that 5 would be smaller than 4. After 5, she said 6 would be much shorter as she didn't have much to put in it. Well - there's a lie; the huge book is packed full of useless information, pointless and overstretched events that could be summarised in a matter of paragraphs than pages. Again she's playing the 'Harry Potter is right but nobody will believe him' card - surely, after 5 years, people would have learnt to take the boy seriously?
And so, after the many hundreds of pages you reach the end of the chapter - did it come full circle? Was it the great novel you had hoped? Was there a big resolution that didn't leave you feeling cheated, or was it too rushed?
Sadly, I for one feel that this book was just an advert for the next - you can sum up in maybe 4 sentences everything that happens in this book, and you're still left without the showdown that can ultimately only happen in book 7.
JK also becomes fond of the words 'tartly' and 'ejaculated' this time round, using them about 3 and 2 times respectively.
Though her word a day calendar still doesn't disguise the fact that she's not all THAT - when it comes to her skills as an author - and not just an entertaining writer - its all hap.


The OC - The Complete Season 2 [DVD]
The OC - The Complete Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benjamin McKenzie

81 of 98 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing R2 Set, 4 Jun. 2005
Die-hard fans of Orange County antics certainly won't be impressed with this set when it is released two weeks ahead of the United States counterpart.
Sure, it contains all 24 episodes of the BRILLIANT second season of the OC - but the disc count has suffered. Whilst the US gets 7 discs, we're getting 6.
We're also getting fewer special features - if you want to see the Obsess Completely documentary that aired before season 2 began on E4, its not included on the R2 - but it is on the R1.
Several other features are cut from our UK release including bloopers from Marissa's kiss with Alex, but it will be on the R1.
My advice to the fans would be - forget this one, import the US one.


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season 3 [DVD] [2001]
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season 3 [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Laurence Fishburne

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Third Year is The Human Element, 10 July 2004
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Personally, I would have to say that this is the best season of Crime Scene Investigation to date, even better than the fourth year. The CSI DVDs are often criticised for having too few special features, but with the features added to the complete season, they become more of a bonus.
To have the option of purchasing the entire set of 23 third-year episodes in a great package like this for a price of just £45 is undeniably as good as it gets.
It was the third year, where a long overdue Eric Szmanda and Robert David Hall were finally given opening credit status, which gave them more involvement, and in the case of Szmanda, more storylines as Greg Sanders - he goes 'undercover' for Grissom, and even manages to get blown up by Catherine by the time the season is out.
It was also the year where 'the human element,' as the CSIs put it, is thrust into the episodes more than ever;
Grissom, following on from the events of Season 2, is still having problems with his hearing and is choosing to keep this a secret from the other CSIs.
Catherine's life and family are effected to the extreme; she discovers something unexpected about Sam Braun and the rocky on-off relationship with her ex-husband reaches an extreme conclusion in the incredible 61-minute episode, 'Lady Heather's Box', which also sees Grissom cross paths with Melinda Clarke's (Julie Cooper from 'The O.C.') Lady Heather again...
Sara takes a brief break from Grissom-loving, but is her boyfriend Hank being honest with her?
Of course Warrick and Nick are around too - this year Warrick is affected by a shooting near his old neighbourhood.
Season 3 should be seen as the most novelty season yet of CSI, with episodes like 'A Little Murder', 'Abra Cadavar', 'Lucky Strike' and 'Precious Metal' exploring the world of dwarfs, magicians, vampires and even robot wars.

Mix in more betrayal, homicide staging, lies, wrongly accused suspects and convicts and a satisfying amount of development for each of our favourite 8, and you've got CSI Season 3.


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season 2 [DVD] [2001]
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season 2 [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Laurence Fishburne

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Year Two, and it just gets better, 20 Jun. 2004
This has to be one of the most rewarding boxsets I've ever bought. Having gotten completely addicted to CSI in a matter of weeks from seeing episodes on TV in December 2003, I wasted no time in catching up with the DVD sets. I was thrilled with this set, because you basically get the whole season in a neat little box with the 8 person cast on the cover - what can be better.
Anyway, Season 2 of CSI is brilliant; and finally we get the WHO ARE YOU music on the credits instead of the warped Survivor-esque 'music' on the season 1 DVDs.
My favourite episode has to be 'Chasing the Bus,' though if you really want to get your non-CSI friends addicted to the show as much as you are, simply have them watch 'Stalker' with the lights down; it's worked every time so far.
With so many twists and turns in the series you never get bored; and being able to watch the episodes back again and again is actually less of a deterent on the appeal of the show than you think; I watched Season 1 about 6 months ago, and have started watching it back again this week, and have already watched 7 episodes. Even though you know what's happening, you can't help but enjoy seeing it all over again, and you do pick something up each time that you missed the first.
Overall, a totally justifiable set - buy it and you won't go unsatisfied.


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