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Batman: The Killing Joke (Includes Mini-figure) [Includes Digital Download] [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Batman: The Killing Joke (Includes Mini-figure) [Includes Digital Download] [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Sam Liu
Price: £10.44

132 of 189 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is ridiculous and Amazon need to find a way to stop "reviews" like this when a product has not even been released, 17 Jun. 2016
Amazon customers need to ignore these so called "reviews" that have been placed months before this disc has been released.

This film hasn't had a cinema release as it is a straight to video production, so no one posting here before the release date will have seen it yet. This is ridiculous and Amazon need to find a way to stop "reviews" like this when a product has not even been released. It should be a simple matter to block reviews before the release date of the product.

These people are basing their reviews on the graphic novel this film is based on. They have not yet seen the film version, which may well be as great as the graphic novel, but it may not be either. Case in point - Alan Moore, the writer behind the graphic novel of 'The Killing Joke' was also the writer of the 'Watchmen' comic book series. The 'Watchmen' comic is most certainly a 5 star item, but the film adaptation is definitely not. So it's a bit pointless posting these asinine "reviews" based on a film you haven't yet seen, isn't it boys?

Unfortunately Amazon does not allow a comment to be posted without leaving a star rating so I've put mine somewhere in the middle. When the disc is released and I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN IT (Hint-hint!), I will come back and revise my star rating if necessary.
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Doctor Who - Series 1 [Blu-ray]
Doctor Who - Series 1 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Christopher Eccleston
Price: £19.95

24 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who and the Curse of the Placebo Effect, 17 Sept. 2015
The 1 star is for the unnecessary Blu Ray release and not for the series per se.

There are a lot of people on this page who are really kidding themselves. I have finally managed to view this series on Blu Ray and do a direct, very close, A-B comparison to the DVD set. There is no difference in picture quality whatsoever. The upscaling of the image for the Blu Ray release is exactly what your Blu Ray player will do for the DVDs if it has even a half decent upscaling capability.

Upscaling, whether converting the non-HD image of the DVD on a Blu Ray disc or allowing your Blu Ray player to do it with the original DVD, is just that - upscaling. It adds no new information or extra detail to the image. This is a very clever marketing ploy by the BBC, because they know the fanboy mentality very well, and this is designed to appeal to the OCD desire to have all the seasons in matching formats/packaging. Essentially, what you are paying for here is a new box.

And judging by the reaction on this page and various internet fora, that marketing ploy has worked a treat.

Part with your money by all means if you simply can't live with these earlier seasons being in different packaging to the later genuine Blu Ray releases, but please, do not kid yourself that you are seeing a better image, than upscaling from a half decent Blu Ray player will give you with your original DVDs. No difference in video quality whatsoever.

See "placebo effect". ;o)
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On Land, Sea and in the Air: Action Man
On Land, Sea and in the Air: Action Man
by N.G. Taylor
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book. A couple of minor errors but nothing ..., 27 July 2015
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Terrific book. A couple of minor errors but nothing to detract from the overall beauty of this obvious labour of love. I often pick this book up to look at something in particular and end up going through it all. Invaluable to both the serious Action man collector and to the casual fan looking for a nostalgia fix.


The Thin Red Line [Blu-ray] [1998] [Region Free]
The Thin Red Line [Blu-ray] [1998] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ James Caviezel
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Malick at his best, 22 July 2015
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Absolutely brilliant and profound film making from Terence Malick.

"Action" fans, look elsewhere.


The New World: Extended Cut [Blu-ray]
The New World: Extended Cut [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Price: £6.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible film making (Extended Cut Review), 22 July 2015
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Quite simply one of the most beautiful, mesmerising and profoundly moving films I have ever seen.

Action movie fans - look elsewhere and do not be fooled by the cover or by the trailer. This is most definitely not another 'Last of the Mohicans' or anything like it. It is much, much more. It is that rarest of things in these days of disposable, homogenised, multiplex fodder - it is a work of (dare I say it!) art. With a capital 'A'.

This is not so much a film that you watch as you literally experience. Incredible!


Century 21: Classic Comic Strips from the Worlds of Gerry Anderson: Menace from Space
Century 21: Classic Comic Strips from the Worlds of Gerry Anderson: Menace from Space
by Chris Bentley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful volume!, 13 April 2015
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The first of these volumes I have owned in hardback and well worth the extra. Like many who owned all of the previous volumes in softback, I was waiting for this volume to appear in softback, but apparently the new publisher has no such plans. Now, having actually held this luxurious volume in my hands, I am wishing I had the previous volumes in hardback as well.

Superb quality, using a heavier paper stock and, once again, excellent, vibrant reproductions of the original artwork. This time the content extends beyond TV21 to include some strips from Countdown comic as well. Another bonus is revealed when removing the dust jacket from the book, as Lee Sullivan's beautiful cover rendering of Thunderbird 3 is embossed in gold into the cloth binding of the book (see attached photo).

One thing of note; the previous volumes are numbered 1 to 4 but this volume carries no such number. I wonder could this be the start of a new run in hardback only? Fingers crossed...
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Pawnbroker [Blu-ray] [1964] [US Import]
Pawnbroker [Blu-ray] [1964] [US Import]
Price: £11.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore a previous incorrect review. This release IS in the correct aspect ratio of 1.85:1., 22 Mar. 2015
Please ignore the previous incorrect information about this release posted by tarallems. This Olive Films Blu Ray release of 'The Pawnbroker' has the film shown in its CORRECT intended aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

The film has NOT been ruined by cropping as its proper intended aspect ratio is indeed 1.85:1. Many widescreen films in this ratio are shot on 35mm film in open matte, giving a 4:3 aspect ratio image on the film. However, the image is composed by the cinematographer for 1.85.1 widescreen with the aid of markings on the camera viewfinder, ignoring the information at the top and bottom areas of the image and the extra, unwanted image at the top and bottom is matted off for final projection in the cinema.

Quite often in the days of 4:3 TV and VHS tape, the studios would release the open matte 35mm image to fill a 4:3 screen size, which is why you used to occasionally see overhead boom mikes come into shot on some films, as the top and bottom of these images were never meant to be seen in the first place. For example in the VHS and early TV versions of 'Dirty Dancing' in open matte format you can even clearly see a sound man lying on the ground under a bridge holding up a microphone beneath the actors, which you cannot see when the film is shown in its intended widescreen aspect ratio.

Quite often these open matte versions prepared for TV and tape release were mistakenly released on DVD in 4:3 aspect ratio as well, the original DVD release of 'Night of the Hunter' being a well known example. This mistake has been rectified for the recent Blu Ray release where it is now in its intended widescreen aspect ratio.

So, 'The Pawnbroker' in this Olive Films Blu Ray release is indeed in shown its correct aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Image quality is also excellent with excellent contrast levels showing off the superb black and white cinematography, with a satisfying, natural, film grain structure with no evidence of DNR having been applied to artificially smooth out the image.

A highly recommended release of a great film.
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Shivers [Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray] (Special Edition)
Shivers [Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray] (Special Edition)
Dvd ~ Paul Hampton
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £17.63

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I will not be buying this until a complete, ..., 12 Mar. 2015
I will not be buying this until a complete, uncut version is released. Will stick with my DVD until then.


Action Man: The Gold Medal Toy for Boys
Action Man: The Gold Medal Toy for Boys
by Frances Baird
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars This book is a disaster. Riddled with inaccuracies throughout ..., 19 Jan. 2015
This book is a disaster. Riddled with inaccuracies throughout. Avoid!


Westerns Collection [Blu-ray] [1956] [Region Free]
Westerns Collection [Blu-ray] [1956] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ John Wayne
Price: £14.90

31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Ignore the negative reviews on this one., 16 Nov. 2014
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I'm completely baffled by the 3 Star and 1 Star reviews of this set that are complaining about the audio and video quality of this set.

I'd suggest that the reviewers in question either need to take a very close look at how their playback systems are set up, or they need to get their eyes and ears tested.

First of all audio quality. Melfol complains...

"Surround sound was inadequate for blu-ray on most of the movies. In fact I questioned whether the sound was even in stereo."

There's a very simple reason for that. A simple perusal of the information for the discs will reveal that "The Searchers" and "Rio Bravo" have mono soundtracks as neither film was originally shot or presented in stereo let alone a surround sound format.

"The Wild Bunch" also never had a surround soundtrack for its original theatrical showings. A high quality 5.1 track was created by Warner for this Blu Ray release so sound is mainly focused on the front three speakers with occasional ambient surround effects. Bass extension is modest, because, with very rare exceptions, that's how movies sounded in the 1960s. Again, nothing wrong with this soundtrack at all. Indeed on a good quality home cinema setup this new 5.1 mix will be an improvement on how the film would have been heard on its original cinema release

As to R. Cowie's comment...

"Totally rubbish sound quality. 150watts of surround sound turned to max (usually no more than half) and could barely hear the dialogue."

...all I can say is that on my set up the sound, dialogue included, is crystal clear and perfectly balanced. In fact if I came anywhere near playing these discs at reference levels the sound would blow my windows out.

Video quality on four of the five titles is outstanding with "The Searchers" and "How the West Was Won" being particularly stunning transfers, not only because of the quality of the transfers but due to the source materials being high quality Vista Vision and Cinerama prints. The only disc that is less than stellar is "Pale Rider", which while a decent transfer, it lacks the natural, filmic quality and picture depth of some of the other transfers, but even then it is more than adequate and a huge improvement over the DVD transfer.

Definitely gents (or ladies) look to your equipment set up or get an eye and/or hearing test.

Outstanding quality and outstanding value. Not only that two stone cold classics and three other great films. Highly recommended.


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