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D. G. Whittaker (Leeds, England)

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1.0 out of 5 stars ... if I had the choice - the book is fantastic but whatever you do don't buy the ebook - ..., 17 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Jumanji (Kindle Edition)
This product would get zero stars if I had the choice - the book is fantastic but whatever you do don't buy the ebook - the images are tiny and cannot be zoomed in on. I will be asking for a refund - absolutely shocking considering the price, amazon.

Zenith: Phase Three
Zenith: Phase Three
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1.0 out of 5 stars but I'm afraid this was pretty poor. Also the art lacked clarity and was ..., 20 May 2015
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Weak storyline, goes too much for epic battles and spends far too little time on the characterisation which was a feature of phase 1. Always a weakness of third acts, but I'm afraid this was pretty poor. Also the art lacked clarity and was tricky to follow, making the story even more fractured.

Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Series [Blu-ray] [2004-2009][Region Free] [1978]
Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Series [Blu-ray] [2004-2009][Region Free] [1978]
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos
Price: £34.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi heaven, 17 Feb. 2013
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This is the best sci fi series ever seen on tv. The performances are outstanding, the scripts intelligent, the technology realistically conceived, the special effects are special, the characters well rounded, and there are no aliens with bizarre forehead make up! This series sets the bar for everything that (hopefully) follows it. Very well done to all concerned. This box set is the best presented and most exhaustively complemented by extra features version I have seen. Still missing the face of the enemy webisodes, but apparently they'll never see the light of day due to legal wrangles, so no sense holding out for that. At the £35 I paid, this is outrageous value for money, I would have paid twice that based on the quality of the production.

Hurt Locker [Blu-ray]
Hurt Locker [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Renner
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2.0 out of 5 stars leave it in the locker..., 8 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Hurt Locker [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Having read the glut of positive reviews this movie had received, I was ready for a real modern war masterpiece, perhaps a 'Platoon' or 'Full Metal Jacket' for the Iraq conflict. Unfortunately, 'The Hurt Locker' doesn't deliver on anywhere near that level. This is the weakest movie to win major honours at the Oscars I have ever seen.

First of all, although it achieves a realistic feel and atmosphere, there is little or no meaningful character development in this movie, making it nearly impossible to empathise or engage with the characters, whom it is indeed hard to differentiate from one another (strike one is the script). a particularly weak scene sees the jar head protagonists taking turns to throw drunken, macho stomach punches at each other, during which we discover, well...nothing about them at all.

Secondly, there is a distinct lack of plot; the story lurches and meanders from one bomb disposal scene to another rather similar one, which (not unlike the principal characters) are difficult to tell apart, and all of which seem to take place on the same desolate street. Don't expect a satisfying problem -twist - resolution story arc here; the film simply stops, very abruptly, mainly because it doesn't appear to have anywhere interesting to go. In fact, there is very little story whatsoever; the film plays more like a docu-drama than narrative fiction, but one which lacks strong, memorable characters.

The film does briefly liven up, during a tense sniper scene featuring Ralph Fiennes (who plays a cardboard cut-out Brit), but its a brief rally in an otherwise deeply forgettable movie.

In conclusion, 'Hurt Locker' seems to have won the Oscar for Best worthily-themed Film not featuring blue aliens; the Academy Awards, notoriously conservative and anti sci-fi, have remained true to form again. The Hurt Locker is truly a mediocre film, particlualry in terms of script, plot and chiefly characterization; daft though it was, even Inglourious Basterds would have been a worthier winner - at least you could detect a pulse in that from time to time.
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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (Steelbook) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (Steelbook) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential treat for fans of the series, 27 Feb. 2010
I purchased The Plan with some trepidation, having read some of the more negative reviews emphasising the re-run footage/fan exploitation aspect of the release. I was relieved to find that this couldn't be further from the truth.

Rest assured that the script, direction and acting in this production are every bit as high in quality as the mainstream series. The early destruction of the colonies scenes are jaw dropping. The re-run footage used is actually brief and minimal, and is only utilised to show how seamlessly the plot of this story marries with the mainstream series, and of course to set a time frame for the events of 'The Plan' in relation to the main story.

The Plan is an excellent stand alone product, adding a fascinating new dimension to the Battlestar story arc; it is not simply a montage of old footage made to exploit completists. Furthermore, Edward James Olmos (Adama) seems to have hit his stride as a director with this one, which doesn't suffer from the pace problems which marred a couple of the main series episodes he directed.

Battlestar newcomers should definitely start with the mini series, and then go straight to season 1; 'The Plan' is spoiler-tastic if you have yet to see season four and five. For exisiting fans of the series, who have seen the final season, 'The Plan' is an absolute treat, essential to your understanding of the story as a whole, and not to be missed.
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A Princess of Mars (Penguin Classics)
A Princess of Mars (Penguin Classics)
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of the Red Planet, 5 Sept. 2009
I took a chance on this story having been fascinated by the portrayal of Burroughs' Mars in 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 2.' Needless to say, I was not disappointed.

From the moment Carter mysteriously travels to Mars (Astral projection? Magic?) the reader is thrown into a rip roaring adventure that takes in lost and ancient cities, sky battles, savage alien tribes,stunning red princesses, and the superb and dynamic character of Carter himself, all set against the wonderful backdrop of Burroughs mysterious, dying Mars. The planet holds many disparate civilizations, who are all living and warring in the ruins of its once magnificent cities and dried up seas.

The standard of writing is excellent, far beyond the 'pulpy' origins of the tale. The realization of Mars acheived in these stories (in my opinion) is as rich as any middle earth or Hogwarts castle. The narrative is immensely visual, and the forthcoming Disney film has a lot to live up to - Peter Jackson would have been a better choice.

If you love sci-fi, tales of imagination, adventure, and above all, have ever wondered what life on Mars could/would hav been like, buy this book, you will be hooked!

I would strongly recommend this edition, as it contains a superb introduction discussing the cultural legacy of the stories, and a beautiful cover by X-Men artist Dave Cockrum, who illustrated the 70's Marvel Comics adaptations.

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