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Dredd [DVD]
Dredd [DVD]
Dvd ~ Karl Urban
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Robocop+Training Day+Precint 13 = DREDD (NO spoilers), 22 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: Dredd [DVD] (DVD)
FOR - Gloriously uncomplicated, gripping tale told with ruthless authority.
AGAINST - Graphic violence simply NEVER lets up.
SUM UP - Best remake in a generation, finally worthy of the original spirt.

Assumimg most of us are familiar with the charactarisation, lets fast foward to how this sets up.
Essentially this is Denzels' training day formula retold in MEGA CITY 1 with Karl Urban using ROBOCOP Robocop (Special Edition)[DVD] [1988] (80's) as his template for the bitten Judge mentor. Thirlby is alongside as his soberly contemplative rookie. Reluctantly tied together for a day they are presented as opposition to Ma-Ma the merciless as manifested by Lena Headey.
There is a refelection of the 70's ASSAULT ON PRECINT 13 Assault On Precinct 13 [DVD]with its setup of law enforcement officers trying to escape from "their own" turf.

IS IT WORTH WATCHING? ABSOLUTELY!
The visuals are "dark" and dystopian, captured vividly with plenty of lens flare and for once appropriate use of slo-mo (SIC).
The acting is faithful to the genre and the concept and easily up to the mark by all.
Apart from DREDD's own weapon the tech is familiar and restrained and largely takes a back seat, but cirtically means this will date slowly.
This is an all-out action movie for those who like their action hardened rather than accessible. No-one should be under any illusions of compromising accuracy for the sake of taste. Nothing is spared to the immagination although the relentless energy of the movie can become wearisome (there is only so much shooting you can take......surely?). The pacing is otherwise perfect with little wasted fat along the fairly straightforward journey.

Credit is deserved for the simplicity of a film that remains gripping simply because of the desire to see how it finally connects to the innevitable conclusion. It delivers leaving few (relevant) plotholes. Start to finish we never deviate from the obvious in a movie that avoids the trap of being "clever" in its use of reveals and subplots. It gets straight to the point from the off and stays focused with scalpel-like accuracy throughout.

WHAT ABOUT US FANS?
I believe this will finally appease those comic book fans still dissapointed by STALLONE'S Judge Dredd [DVD] [1995]misguided schlock.

DO YOU BUY OR RENT OR FREEVIEW?
DREDD has Huge replay potential and definately worth a place in your permanent collection.

Looks like a future, uncomfortably close to the present - but then we are now well past 2000AD.


Uptown Funk
Uptown Funk
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect - BUT BEWARE OF COPIES, 18 May 2015
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Perfect - BUT BEWARE OF COPIES. Care needed as you have official variants and remixes, an unofficial bootleg mix - still a stomper - and some enterprising, if not damn entertaining covers - and that is before you get to the karaoke's and backing tracks.

OK Folks if you made the cover offered as choice #3 well done, cos, its slick. HOWEVER!!! Titling this as "UPTOWN FUNK!" by BRUNO RONSON, might be accurate, but at the same time potentially misleading. So just to be clear about this, among the originals and there are many, there are also some "COVERS" - I deliberately did not say FAKE. Therefore choose accordingly, and in my opinion, if you do get UPTOWN FUNK! (with the exclamation mark) by BR, then providing you chose to do so, my opinion is, you have probably made an excellent choice. If you didn't and end up getting bump, the compensation is, the cover is so sharp, it may take you some time to realise it. In which case, you should still be happy...yes?


ETC Micro Adjustable Seat Posts - Black, 28.6 x 400 mm
ETC Micro Adjustable Seat Posts - Black, 28.6 x 400 mm
Offered by bikes4life limited
Price: £10.02

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low cost High Quality. Wide range of post diameters., 24 Mar. 2015
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Contents, seat post, clamp and pin.
Made in black painted aluminium. Very smart finish. (I would have settled for anything, but this looks damn smart in place.)
Very well designed, extremely lightweight. Took ten minutes to fit and adjust. Idiot-proof.
Docks with a nice snug grip into the associated post shaft.
E-Bikes direct proved to be an outstanding AMAZON retailer with customer management bordering on the luxurious for something so rudimentary. It is worth mentioning as they were the alternative to the only other seller I could find for this particular seat post size 28.6.
That other seller wanted buttons for the part but would charge a ludicrous £25 for the delivery - No thank you!!!

ETC/E-Bikes offer posts for virtually every specification you can think of including those, older or less common sizes, as mine proved to be. This could have cost me three times what I paid without any effort.
First impressions in use - simple and bulletproof.

Unless you are racing and need carbon fibre, this looks like the perfect solution.


Karaoke of Merry Christmas Everyone (Original Version byShakin' Stevens)
Karaoke of Merry Christmas Everyone (Original Version byShakin' Stevens)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly safe, 13 Mar. 2015
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does this have an extra refrain. Other than that, perfect.

Zoom tracks all feature:-
Full professional backing line-up
Acoustic instruments were practical (especially brass and horn sections)
Faithful reproduction of the original arrangement in the original key and timing
For performance purposes all fade-outs are replaced by an appropriately written rall or close.
Full Hi-Fi multi-track mix
Master track is normalised to Zero dB to standardise and optimise the levels for your playback.


Dancing in the Dark (Karaoke Version) [Originally Performed By Bruce Springsteen]
Dancing in the Dark (Karaoke Version) [Originally Performed By Bruce Springsteen]

5.0 out of 5 stars Belter, 13 Mar. 2015
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Comes storming out.

Zoom tracks all feature:-
Full professional backing line-up
Acoustic instruments were practical (especially brass and horn sections)
Faithful reproduction of the original arrangement in the original key and timing
For performance purposes all fade-outs are replaced by an appropriately written rall or close.
Full Hi-Fi multi-track mix
Master track is normalised to Zero dB to standardise and optimise the levels for your playback.


Band of Gold (In the style of Freda Payne) [Karaoke Version]
Band of Gold (In the style of Freda Payne) [Karaoke Version]

5.0 out of 5 stars this may be better suited to your PA than the original, 13 Mar. 2015
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Bearing in mind the age of the original, this may be better suited to your PA than the original. Backing vocals safe in typically British style.

Zoom tracks all feature:-
Full professional backing line-up
Acoustic instruments were practical (especially brass and horn sections)
Faithful reproduction of the original arrangement in the original key and timing
For performance purposes all fade-outs are replaced by an appropriately written rall or close.
Full Hi-Fi multi-track mix
Master track is normalised to Zero dB to standardise and optimise the levels for your playback.


Oblivion [DVD] [2013]
Oblivion [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.91

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "new" Cruise creates a future cult-classic., 13 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Oblivion [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
I just love this film! Losing count how many times I have seen it and knowing I will wear it out one day.
This is no Oscar winner (although the breath-taking landscapes deserve to be). There are plot holes deeper than the Icelandic Volcanic craters and the acting gets a bit clunky (even Morgan GOD? Freeman manages an off-day.) But who cares? For dark humour, it’s a hoot AND I LURRRRVE IT!!!
First Monsieur Cruise - someone far more qualified than me made the assertion that TC works much better leading the cast from the bottom up, than he does as pre-eminent all conquering hero. Here we have him perfectly appointed the role of "generic bloke" best friends with a dummy called "Bob." As such he is outstanding switching from unflinching hard man to childishly flawed irreverence and possessed of the best man-cave you are EVER going to see.
At his side is the eloquent Geordie beauty Andrea Riseborough who easily steals the show from under the nose of OLGA KURYLENKO. Full marks to KOSINSKI for selecting deliberately alternative faces to play the female leads and romantic interest. Both definitely do not look like they were made in Hollywood. It works for Riseborough as resolutely corporate VIKA in a way that misses by miles for Kurylenko awkwardly trying to hold up the mystery of JULIA.
The basic tenant of Science Fiction is some of the underlying "science" is more fictional than it ought to be. And so we are asked to suspend believe, occasionally beyond the point of credibility but in the good cause of enjoying a no-nonsense tale that is entertaining in way that it plays out rather than any grand notions of pulling the fleece over your eyeballs.
MOON is more intriguing, and decidedly darker.
INTERSTELLAR is more detailed by an order of magnitude, but both take themselves way too seriously for this. OBLIVION is no comedy, but is intended as a tall tale to be "enjoyed" if you let it go where it asks without question.

Acting honours go to Cruise edging Riseborough by a nose and for being so refreshingly human.
Special mention goes to Melissa Leo as the wretchedly irritating SALLY. Without the contextual justification of the final act, voice acting of this type could easily earn a Razzie.
MORGAN FREEMAN? Sorry, just not your day this time. He looks somewhat out of place in a way last seen in HARD RAIN. This film just doesn’t NEED him in the way others do.
The villain’s award must go to the menacing clones. A deviant blend of Steve Jobs styling with "personality" added courtesy of ED 209 (Mk I). Rotten to their APPLE-esque core.

OBLIVION from the start strolls along at its own pace, gently developing a simple plot that occasionally threatens to divert you, but ultimately becomes vividly clear once you discern good from bad. Its patient emphasis of the barren scenery is entirely keeping with the plot and focuses the eyes during the frequent occasions when the story meanders more than it should.
The tech, is restrained and a measured counterpoint the bleak world we are presented with. The cast pared back to leave no choices but the obvious where this is off to.

OBLIVION is not cerebral sci-fi in the way of CONTACT, but lighter in the way that gave us HAN SOLO or ALIENS, albeit without the drama of either.
Watch once to "get-it," twice to double-check, but over and over for sheer entertainment as the perfect antidote after the let-down the unrelated PROMETHEUS proved to be. It’s not a guilty pleasure, just a movie that delivers so solidly it is excused its many flaws.


Cloud Atlas [DVD] [2013]
Cloud Atlas [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £4.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lavish,loosely connected vignettes., 13 Mar. 2015
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Engrossing, touching and sumptuously shot, the structure of CLOUD ATLAS will cause unnecessary comparisons with CRASH, PULP and MEMENTO if only for trying to tell a conventional story using a thoroughly unconventional methodology. To an extent unlike those (no spoilers) CLOUD ATLAS is ALL about the underlying theme of that unconventional approach.
Does it work? In reality the billing, sets up more complications than the reasonably straightforward collection of tales actually delivers. If you follow faithfully in one sitting you should comfortably arrive at the same conclusion the writers did. The movie definitely doesn't need 165 minutes to make its point and suffers from the visual elastic indulgence that MEET JOE BLACK does for no more reason that it looks stunning. I missed the theatrical run and therefore the big 3D "thaaang," But this looks like it would justify the fully featured home cinema treatment. The imagery is as delicate as it colour rich.

The style is fiendishly crafty so rarely do two successive scenes come from the same era, let alone the same cast members. It is easy to keep up with the multiple visages of the lead players although you will easily overlook some of their sub-roles - HUGH GRANT for me in particular.
The cast are too strong for this to falter, though many including Susan Sarandon are under-used along this multitude of capers. No point in picking favourites, CLOUD ATLAS is deliberately set-up to provoke debates on all kinds of levels but I can’t help feeling BAE DOONE'S enduring modesty deserves a mention amongst the towering icons of Hollywood.

Should you buy? Yes of course.
Will you watch over and over? Possibly not.
You can scroll through the bits missed first time, but CLOUD ATLAS does not manage the heavy disguise for the final "reveal" that SIXTH SENSE so cunningly pulled off.

It’s a very satisfying evening’s entertainment that falls short if intended to be visionary epic..

RECOMMENDED - If you enjoy CLOUD ATLAS, why not try HUGO for something simpler yet equally visually arresting.
CONTROVERSY - The makers hit trouble over artificial colouring applied to some actors to fulfil their multi-racial performances. I am having none of it. The whole point is that they were deliberately selected to tastefully re-appear as people they could not possibly represent in reality - SUSAN SARANDON take note.


The Heart & Soul of
The Heart & Soul of

4.0 out of 5 stars Filling Station throwback that serves as an excellent gap filler., 13 Mar. 2015
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Cover art tells its own story for this generic, non-descript compilation. However, these are good reproductions of original album and single releases. No Vegas live shows, or re-records with a new backing line up. If you danced then and still enjoy the occasional listen now, then MEDICINE SONG comes pounding out with the same vigour it did thirty years ago. The term "greatest" is provocation to debate, but remains a solid collection of genuine hits that lightly cover most chapters for this highly talented and somewhat under-rated gem of the Diva era.


SVGA VGA MM Male to Male Monitor Extension Cable - Blue
SVGA VGA MM Male to Male Monitor Extension Cable - Blue
Offered by Oypla
Price: £1.83

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap!, 12 Mar. 2015
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FOR: Price. Build quality. AGAINST: Variable performance. SUMMARY: Spend more and be certain.
Cannot fault the build which looks far from cheap. Pins are solid and not misaligned. Connects sharply and locks in place solidly. yet I still get variable results and certainly nothing approaching high performance.

I have experienced variable results with this. Extending an ACER monitor from a LAPTOP output gave poor grainy results. The same monitor from a desktop was sharp but stretched in the horizontal plane, where the original equipment in the same application displayed the correct proportions. Last trial was from laptop to XEROX widescreen, which seemed to be on par. I will use mine for occasional presentations, in which case it is up to the task. If this were for a primary monitor or any graphics applications, the saving is not something I would value. Recommendation - if you care buy better.


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