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Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation
Offered by Side Two
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Classic Like The Original, 8 Feb. 2013
The original WoW album (which I bought on vinyl) was the epitome of pomp rock/pop and keyboard orientated music of the 1970's. It also featured a sterling cast, both in terms of the musicians and voice cast. Liam Neeson is a fine actor, but he's no Richard Burton. Neither can the singers brought in on this version compare with the likes of Lynott and Hayward.

That aside, so far as the arrangements are concerned I could detect very little difference. Here was a chance to incorporate some of the musical elements which have come to pass since the original - prog rock, power metal, trance heck even a couple of raps - but the mix is flat and lifeless.

Rather than a New Generation, Wayne would have been better off doing an updated and cleaned up version of the original.

The Sweeney [Blu-ray]
The Sweeney [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Ray Winstone
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.72

74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Average Cop Thriller, 6 Jan. 2013
This review is from: The Sweeney [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
As an occasional viewer of the original series and having watched the John Thaw movie version, this is nothing like the "Sweeney". Switching to a modern day setting doesn't help the cause, nor does the casting - Ray Winstone just plays his average hard man persona and Ben Drew is hopelessly miscast as George Carter. Gone is the wise-cracking sidekick, replaced instead by the foul mouthed oaf from Harry Brown. Mr. Drew needs to work on his repertoire a little bit if he wants to be more than a UK imitation of Eminem. They'd have been better off with Statham in that part.

The plot is largely predictable with stereotyped Eastern European bad guys, little in the way of "detective" work and a "shock" two thirds of the way through it was fairly obvious they have been building towards since the opening scene. Ray Winstone's "sex" scenes with a colleague young enough to be his grand-daughter make you squirm and there's a surprising number of "F" and "C" bombs for a 15 certificate movie.

Another rental only job, I'm afraid.
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Numatic HVR200A Henry A1 Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner plus Kit A1, Red/Black
Numatic HVR200A Henry A1 Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner plus Kit A1, Red/Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Vacuum Cleaner, 6 Jan. 2013
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Can only add to the existing 5 star reviews. This is a good traditional style cylinder cleaner and (with the kit) comes with a good range of tools. It feels solid in use, the metal extension pipes adding to the overall feel of quality. There's two suction settings but thus far Henry has coped magnificently on the standard setting, but good to know extra power is there for the odd stubborn piece of grit if needed.

Any niggles? Only a couple of minor ones. It could do with a box to store the tools - there is one bracket on the machine to hold a preferred tool, but the rest have to stay under the stairs until you need them. I can't see any bag full indicator which would be useful as otherwise you have to dismantle the lid to access the bag. (NB: You can buy fabric re-useable bags if you don't want to keep changing the paper ones).

If you are looking for a powerful vacuum at a reasonable price, Henry should fit the part and (so far as I can tell) by purchasing this make you are supporting British industry, too.

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Wet Feline 32 x 100g alutray chicken
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Wet Feline 32 x 100g alutray chicken

1.0 out of 5 stars Urghh..., 25 Dec. 2012
Our vet sold us a sample of this after telling us our cat only has about 25% kidney function left (he's nearly 14) and that we need to cut down his protein intake.

However it is totally disgusting stuff, smells like half digested food/vomit, the odour made both of us nearly sick and it persisted around the house. Cat wasn't exactly enthused about it either.

I have also read elsewhere there are concerns that all a low protein diet does is end up causing liver damage. I think we are in agreement with our cat (if not the vet) that he would much rather continue on normal senior food, rather than this muck, for the sake of a few extra weeks of life.

Total Recall (Blu-ray + UV Copy)  [2012] [Region Free]
Total Recall (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2012] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Price: £4.44

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Review - Sound Borked - Avoid, 25 Dec. 2012
I would like to have been able to write a review of the movie but sadly the Blu-ray version of the movie is unwatchable. After about 20 minutes there was a sound dropout, after which the lipsync progressively deteriorated until the sound was running about 10 seconds behind the picture. This persisted whether watching on the home cinema amp or just through the TV speakers. We had read previously this was a problem when hardware chained through HDMI leads so switched to optical, but still the same problem.

Hopefully Sony will do a Recall (ha) but if you must watch the movie I would suggest stick with the DVD until they sort a new master of the Blu-ray out.
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Train Simulator 2013 (PC DVD)
Train Simulator 2013 (PC DVD)

9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All Change!, 7 Nov. 2012
Train Simulator 2013 is actually a continuation of the Railworks title from However whereas before existing customers received a complimentary update this time there's a few caveats and stings in the tail.

First off, RSC decided to retire all their original "default" routes (Somerset & Dorset, London to Oxford etc.) from the front line. New customers get an entirely different set of routes with this title - London to Brighton and Isle of Wight for the UK, Sherman Hill for the US etc. However these are not automatically given free of charge to existing customers (you do get the technical uprades) but have to be purchased as DLC from the RSC Steam shop. On the other side of the coin new customers who want the old routes or the assets these contain (e.g. to run existing freeware add-on routes which use these) need to buy these off Steam. The upshot is, that Railworks no longer has any one particular basic set of routes or assets that all users own. Not a problem if all you want to do is play with what you own, but a bind if you're downloading content which relies on this or if you want to make your own stuff from "built in" content.

There's a few upgrades to the graphics and lighting system this time round though not as dramatic as the previous year's upgrade. Sound has had a rework too with added reverb and effects for passing under bridges. Little has changed with regard to issues and bugs from previous versions such as train physics and performance or signalling and how AI traffic is handled. RSC's paradigm seems more and more orientated to the casual market rather than the hardcore simulation fan.

One final note. If you use the built in tools to create and distribute your own content, there is a new End User Licence Agreement which I advise you to read very carefully to understand your liabilities and what RSC could (potentially) do to you if you get it wrong.

LG 55LM620T 55-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Cinema 3D Smart TV with Freeview HD (discontinued by manufacturer)
LG 55LM620T 55-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Cinema 3D Smart TV with Freeview HD (discontinued by manufacturer)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But A Few Issues, 24 Oct. 2012
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Had this just under a week and it's a good set but under the surface you start to see where corners have been cut to offer the TV at an attractive price.

The stand is quite awkward to fit and even once attached the TV does not rest evenly, ours tilts to one side quite noticeably. Removing the stand and re-attaching has not cured the problem so stop gap measure has been to put a piece of corkboard under one side of the stand to balance it up. Effective but hardly elegant. I guess this size TV is really intended for wall mounting.

Sound quality is not that good. The built in speakers point downwards and are very tinny, even after fiddling with the settings. The headphone socket is pretty much useless, with hardly any output (possibly because it's 16 ohms whereas most "cans" need 32 ohms). Most of the time not an issue when using the separate amp, but there are times when, 1. You just want to use the TV speakers watching something off Sky or a TV series on DVD and, 2. Headphones required if viewing without disturbing others in the house (e.g. someone in bed off night shift).

The set is somewhat redeemed by the picture quality. Getting the right setup is still a work in progress but for the most part it is stunning with excellent quality. The 2D is outstanding, Tron Legacy leapt out of the screen in HD, almost lifelike, no stutter either which was a problem at 24p on our old set. 3D depends on the source material - e.g. Prometheus was very good but Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer was blurring out on the edges. It copes fairly well with old upscaled material too. A Starsky and Hutch DVD we just viewed was quite watchable.

So if you're looking for 55" 3D TV on a budget this TV is probably the one to go for. Just don't expect it will be perfect in every respect.

Double Scotch: 40145 Aberdeen - Inverness - Kyle - DVD - Locomaster Profiles
Double Scotch: 40145 Aberdeen - Inverness - Kyle - DVD - Locomaster Profiles
Offered by Videoscene
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Double Set, 23 Oct. 2012
If you like Scottish scenery and the sound of a Class 40 working hard, this is a must have purchase.

As with all Locomaster Profile "Wired" series, this is largely shot from the cab view point but with the recording mikes placed in the rear cab to pick up the traction noise. Disc One is Aberdeen to Inverness which has some (relatively) fast running while Disc 2 is the more sedate but utterly fantastic Kyle line. You don't get the entire length of the route but edited highlights where the loco is working hard, but nevertheless around 70% of each route.

Picture and sound quality is very good on this release, the only downer being (as usual) David Maxey's occasional "humourous" and invasive commentary.

Price: £12.51

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Genius From Josh & Co., 6 Sept. 2012
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You can't really go wrong with the Mostly Autumn sound and the band are on fine form with the new album, delivering just over 50 minutes of progressive rock. If anything, this album is less quirky than some previous releases with the two female vocalists putting in some stunning deliveries - at times reminiscent of Within Temptation.

Standout tracks for me 8, 9 and 10 with shimmering keyboards and outstanding melodic guitar playing. The weakest is 3 (sounds like an extended riffage/jamming session) but still listenable.

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Bosch Rotak 34 Ergoflex Electric Rotary Lawnmower (34 cm Cutting Width) (Old Version) (discontinued by manufacturer)
Bosch Rotak 34 Ergoflex Electric Rotary Lawnmower (34 cm Cutting Width) (Old Version) (discontinued by manufacturer)

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mower...Once Assembled, 4 Sept. 2012
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Purchased to replace the old mower (also a Bosch) which retired with honour following 8 years of service after the "Deadmans" device on the handle broke.

It's a nice bit of kit, but I have to knock a point off for the slightly tricky assembly. Not too much is required, attaching the upper handle but even under light finger pressure one of the plastic gripper/washer devices snapped. Luckily the parts off the old mower fitted as a substitute. The grass box comes disassembled so you have to match about 15 plastic lugs over the respective holes of two flexible plastic sections and snap to fit. Took around 10 attempts and over half an hour to get it to fit.

Anyhow once up and running, everything else as you would expect from a Bosch. Fairly heavy so tracks the ground well and went through typical 2012 summer grass (lush, tall and damp) like butter. The handle is maybe angled a bit too far back for my liking making it more awkward in tight corners than its predecessors. Once assembled (!) the grass box is large and commodious, also easy to inspect via the spring flap. Should reduce interruptions to/from the green sack or compost heap. The height adjuster is a rather flimsy looking plastic lever but as that only gets used once or twice a season will hopefully last.

So generally happy with my purchase and being the Bosch brand will hopefully give many years service before needing to be replaced.

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