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Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy: Labyrinth of Evil Revenge of the Sith Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars (Random House Paperback))
Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy: Labyrinth of Evil Revenge of the Sith Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars (Random House Paperback))
by James Luceno
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, interesting background novels which explore the character of Anakin, 9 Mar. 2013
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Far from being an avid book reader (I actually hadn't read a book for quite some years), I really enjoy the books so far.

Labyrinth of Evil explores the preceding months prior to Revenge of the Sith and it mainly focusses on the search for Darth Sidious and the adventures of Anakin + Obi-Wan. The banter between Anakin and Obi-Wan is quite light hearted and humorous, akin to how they are portrayed in the beginning of the Revenge of the Sith film. It also provides a counter point to the search for Darth Sidious, which is quite a bit more serious.

The Revenge of the Sith novel expands greatly on the movie, explaining why Anakin was so incessant on becoming a Master and how his relationships with Obi-Wan, the Jedi Order and Padme on changed due to the mentoring of Palpatine. It also finally fleshes out Dooku, so we know what his personality is and what his motives are (and how he views Grievous) and includes the Rebellion subplot which was also filmed for ROTS but then deleted (the deleted scenes are in the DVD version of ROTS).

Rise of Darth Vader should further examine how Anakin contemplates his actions and his new life as Darth Vader but I haven't got to that point.

All in all, very recommended for anyone who likes the films and wishes to know more about the characters and their motivations.
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Clash Of The Titans [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Clash Of The Titans [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Sam Worthington
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.88

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable action flick, 26 April 2012
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Most people probably have an opinion of this move which they can put much more eloquently as I can, but it is safe to say it just an enjoyable action flick with some great action set pieces but little other substance.

The story is about Perseus, son of Zeus and a mortal queen, which makes him a Demigod. The queen is murdered by the King (as Zeus impregnated the queen via a deception to get back at the king) and along with Perseus, put in a casket and dropped in the sea. He then resurfaces and winds up being adopted in a normal fisher family, until a certain Titan resurfaces..

Of all the characters I found Liam Neeson, with his portrayal of Zeus, the most interesting. Sam Worthington feels like any other role he has portrayed (how much more films is he going to act in in which he feels like something else than he really is? Avatar, Terminator Salvation, now this).

The film features quite the mythological characters, such as the Kraken and Medusa, which end up in interesting fights.

I bought it in a special offer (2 for 10 pounds), but I would say that 10 pounds for this film alone is a bit steep. Buy if you are interested in mythology and some great but mindless action.

Fallout: New Vegas - Ultimate Edition (PS3)
Fallout: New Vegas - Ultimate Edition (PS3)
Offered by BLUESHINE
Price: £18.40

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable game, not as memorable as Fallout 3 so far, 26 April 2012
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The game itself feels very similar to Fallout 3, which isn't a bad thing per se. Maybe it's the dated engine or the all to familiar mechanics, but it didn't feel that amazing to me this time around. While I'm far from completing the game, so far I haven't really got amazing quests, they mostly felt like the clichéd, go here, kill that (mind you that I am at the point in which I have to enter New Vegas, I often complete many side quests. I also haven't taken a look at the add-ons).

There are various game improvements of which I find the improved aiming the most enjoyable (now you can also use your aiming skills instead of always mashing the R2 button whenever you see an enemy). There is also a greater variety of guns and their special versions (which cost a lot, but do negate the typical problem of RPG's where you're carrying around loads of cash which can't be used for anything more than a health pack or a Stimpak in Fallout's case).

After really enjoying Fallout 3 but not enjoying the bugs that bringing over a character to the GOTY edition brought, I decided to wait for the Ultimate Edition of this in the hope that it would be more stable.
But alas, for me it was even more buggy than the original Fallout 3 was. Luckily it has also many moments of stability but once it managed to lock up on me twice in the time span of an half hour. Including the time it took me to reboot my PS3 and my save file...

All in all it is an enjoyable game if you liked Fallout 3 and I can recommend it on that basis, though content wise I haven't really gotten those special moments which stuck with me for a while. It does have it's gameplay improvements though.

Komputerbay 32GB Class 10 SDHC Ultra High Speed Memory Card
Komputerbay 32GB Class 10 SDHC Ultra High Speed Memory Card
Price: £20.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 26 Oct. 2011
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Well, what can you say about a SD card.. it is fast (it is a Class 10 SD card) and it can store to 32GB, for only 23 GBP (and with Free Super Saver Delivery).
Highly recommended.

Tour Of The Universe: Barcelona 20/21:11:09 [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Tour Of The Universe: Barcelona 20/21:11:09 [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Depeche Mode
Price: £28.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concert spoiled by bad filming., 28 Jan. 2011
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The concert itself is good (though the beginning does sound as if they need to warm up, it starts to get in gear from Hole to Feed and onwards). The setlist is a bit too predictable with songs which have been played too often on their different concerts, whereas Depeche Mode has such a great catalogue of good songs.

After seeing the outstanding visual quality of the Touring the Angel DVD, I really thought I would get a new reference disc with the Tour of the Universe Blu Ray.
Sadly it didn't quite live up to those expectations. Firstly, there are quite some instances of colour banding. This essentially looks like as if colour doesn't gently transitions but instead you can see clear rings, each with their own hue. It is also presented with black bars, which I find to be a disappointment for a concert Blu Ray (it takes you of the experience of being there). Lastly, the picture looks average. Even during close ups you don't see that much detail. This is disappointing when you compare it to the close up shot of Dave Gahan in the song Walking in My Shoes during the Touring the Angel DVD, the picture on this Blu Ray never tops this moment.

In terms of directing.. the director though it was a great idea too constantly soft focus then focus again, let the camera come from behind the stage or stand in the middle of the crowd, showing hands clapping.
In other words, utterly boring. Even when Dave Gahan and Martin Gore are headbanging at the drums for example, he barely shows it! When there a song gets ramped up and you expect a bit more energetic directing.. you get another completely out of place focusshot.. Though the Touring the Angel DVD, with Blue Leach as director, got a bit too much at times in terms of what kind of effects he used, it was far more interesting to watch.

Sound appeared to be good, though I don't have a DTS HD capable system so I can't really give a good judgment on that.

Bottomline: Good concert, with a bit too predictable set list. Average picture quality. Energetic Depeche Mode performance captured in a boring (and often out of place) way.

Seraphim Falls [Blu-ray]
Seraphim Falls [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Liam Neeson
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: £5.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seraphim Falls [Blu-ray] [2007], 28 Jan. 2011
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A movie I never heard of, Seraphim Falls depicts the chase of Pierce Brosnan by Liam Neeson, all the way from a snowy forest to unrelenting deserts. It has a great pace and I really enjoyed the fact that the movie only shows how Liam Neeson is and it is only towards the end that we get to see why he is chasing Pierce. It makes for a morally grey movie, where you can root for both characters.

The picture quality is outstanding. Faces are very detailed, colors are well saturated plus the cinematography is of very high level. Combined with the great image quality, this really is a looker.
The only nitpicking would be that in the area where movie starts of, in the snowy forest, detail isn't as pronounced as it is through the rest of the movie.

Aduio quality was good, though nothing spectacular. The movie simply doesn't have massive gun fights or explosions which would give your audio system a workout.

Overall, the movie is highly recommended, especially at such a low price.

The Last Samurai [Blu-ray] [2003] [Region Free]
The Last Samurai [Blu-ray] [2003] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Price: £7.76

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, though could have been better, 12 Sept. 2010
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The movie depicts Tom Cruise change from a drunken, sorrow filled American captain who changes sides to the Samurai which he was to battle in the first place. The movie is interesting, with a great performance of Ken Watanabe and overall good action scenes.

Picture quality is decent, though nothing special. A real shame considering the great cinematography of Edward Zwick, with several great shots in the mountains with the sun and the blossoming of flowers, which now don't just pop like they do on higher quality masters.

Overall it is a nice movie which you can't go wrong with if you like the genre, though movies like Troy (Directo's Cut) and Red Cliff (Special Edition) are way better.

The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value, 12 Sept. 2010
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It isn't too often you get so much content for so little in beautiful package (it is packed in a nice, quite big sturdy box).

I bought this for my mom and she loves it. The original CD remastered and the bnous materials were well worth the upgrade. Simply a must buy for a U2 fan.

Red Cliff [Special Edition][Blu-ray] [2008]
Red Cliff [Special Edition][Blu-ray] [2008]
Dvd ~ Tony Chiu Wai Leung
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £6.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great PQ, 12 Sept. 2010
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The first thing that you will notice is how gorgeous it looks. Colours are excellent and detail is also excellent.

As for the movie itself, I like movies like Troy and 300 and I also enjoyed this one. It shows some new tactis I never saw before (using shields with mirrors to blind enemy horses for example) and has a overall good cinematography. This version of the movie has the 2 parts of Red Cliff plus the original Mandarin 5.1 DTS HD mix, so this is the total package and the version you should buy.

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