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Highlander [Blu-ray]
Highlander [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lambert
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There can only be one. And it's THIS one., 26 July 2016
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This review is from: Highlander [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Okay so firstly, let's put pay to something straight off the bat: I've owned multiple releases of this classic film from VHS through to the last blu-ray release and can categorically state that this edition, in all it's re-mastered glory is unquestionably the finest I have ever seen it look. Clearly, if you're expecting some super pure, digital style HD eye-fest, then you're either deluding yourself, or have just simply forgotten the budgetary constraints and limitations that these kinds of films had to contend with. That said, how a fan of Highlander can watch this 4K director approved restoration and not be delighted with it, or worse still claim it's "no different" is beyond me.

For starters, we've got an MPEG-4 AVC encoded disc, as opposed to the previous VC-1 mess. Gone is the wobbly credit sequence (direct result of the video transfer process), gone is the horrible uneven brightness between the light and dark scenes, that invasive softness and digital noise, the really awful attempted DNR that plagued several scenes with weird anomalies, and the grossly inconsistent black levels and poor shadows. There are huge improvements in this restoration, in terms of depth, detail, and clarity, and everything looks startlingly more natural and stable. Colours are bolder, (gone is that awful "hue" to certain sequences), and it's all far better balanced throughout exactly as it should. The old blu ray almost looked like it was cobbled together from different sources, some of which didn't even look HD. This restoration is quite simply brilliant. It's a "restoration", not some horrible botched re-mastering. It's not been been screwed with, tinkered, or slathered in digital sharpening adjustments or noise reduction etc. In fact, the only "work" I could see done here was just the removal of imperfections in the film stock - specks, scratches, etc. Which is exactly how these things should be done!

Where the release doesn't differ, is in the sound. This was relatively the same as the prior release. But the 2.0 track was clear and stable and nicely balanced, so certainly nothing to complain about. And then, where this release goes on to shine even brighter, is the extras, which is about the most comprehensive I've seen compiled in one place. There's the ported Mulcahy's audio commentary from the prior release, the incredibly insightful 4-part making of documentary, brand new interviews, trailer, deleted scenes and archival material.

In short, it gets no better than this. It's the best and most authentic it has ever looked, and if you're a fan, you'll love it.
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wolsey WFAV 225 Masthead Amplifier with PSU Kit
wolsey WFAV 225 Masthead Amplifier with PSU Kit
Offered by Solitaire
Price: £17.22

2.0 out of 5 stars Signal to noise., 26 July 2016
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I bought this to replace an older. less powerful mast head amp and was impressed with the reviews claiming 100 percent of channels, and the listed capabilities. What I liked about this one is that it had a much higher gain (nearly twice what my older model could achieve). Thought this would at least be good enough to give me some of the channels that I consistently can't get, or break up. However, having fitted it up, whilst providing an adequate enough boost to give me some channels, it made absolutely no discernible difference to what I was getting out of my old amp. In fact, it was actually marginally worse, even on the highest gain setting which a massive let down. So be wary about the I got "100 percent quality and signal" claims here. I think if you live in an area where the signal is a tad weak, this will undoubtedly suit you fine, but if you live somewhere with a particularly bad signal, it's not going to be your miracle.


Attack on Titan: The Movie - Part 1 [Blu-ray]
Attack on Titan: The Movie - Part 1 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Shinji Higuchi
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film, marred by mediocre release., 26 July 2016
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There seem to be a two camps with regard to the Attack On Titan live action movie: those who adore the original anime series are disappointed and annoyed that the laws of the universe couldn't be bent to condense 25 hours of animation into a couple of 90 minute films, and those who appreciate this for what it is: a live action interpretation of the Attack on Titan story arc with its themes and set-pieces. And in that, these two films are an awesome success. And far more than simply being a nice adaptation, the live action edition, in realising the story with real people and effects, offers something the anime series can't - a genuine tangible sense of empathy, and horror. Taking the same aesthetics and designs as the lumbering manga giants, the titans in the movie are nothing short of terrifying in their child-like indifference, unnerving appearance, and unflinching brutality. It's truly the stuff of nightmares. I defy you to watch the very first wall sequence without at least a few hairs standing up on your neck.

The film itself I'd easily give four stars, but this blu-ray release, only really deserves a three. Picture quality is superb, in fact very hard to fault, detail is immense, colour and blacks perfect representation of the intended cinematography, but the sound is just a little bit too lazy and wimpy for my liking, especially given that this is an "event" movie. Don't get me wrong, the 5.1 DTS-HD is perfectly adequate, but I just felt it really could have done with being a little more dynamic in the punchier places, and utilised the sound field better to create a greater sense of immersion. There's not much bottom end to it either. Not sure if this is an up-mix from 2.1, but it kind of feels that way a lot of the time.

The second major down-point is that there's ZERO special features. Not even the English dub. No bonus episode of the anime, no making of, not even the trailer. That's exceptionally poor, especially given the price of this release! I hear that Madman have the Australian rights to this, so am hoping that they can put out something better. That said, this is certainly a nice release of the film, but it's just that. The film.


Bellelli MammaCangura Mr. Fox Children's Bike Seat
Bellelli MammaCangura Mr. Fox Children's Bike Seat
Price: £33.64

1.0 out of 5 stars Out-foxed, 24 July 2016
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So having finally faced up with the indignity and soul crushing reality that my days of carefree mountain biking on my rockhopper are now over thanks to becoming a Dad, I've thrown on my best chords and old school trainers, and opted to finally give in, and buy a bike seat. This one seemed great, however, it's utterly useless.

Not only is it constructed like some glorified flimsy washing up bowl, the construction is dire. So much so, that it's completely incompatible with any bike that has central gearing (i.e. the cogs that take you from gears 1-10, 11-10 etc, because as anyone with a bike will realise, the cabling roots through a metal hoop in the frame and then down to the mechanism at the pedals. Want to clamp that up with a giant clamp? No me either. You can of course, get around it, but only by positioning the clamp lower than the hoop, allowing the physical cable to run through the triangular gap that the clamp provides (but again, is it actually supposed to? No idea). However, whilst this seems okay, by the time you've tightened the thing up in accordance with the hieroglyphs that constitute instructions (does it ever actually stop tightening? How tight is too tight? Which way up is the clamp supposed to go?) with endless screwing with an allen key and a spanner, and a whining baby in your ear, you quickly discover that the bike is now immovable because the giant, bizarrely positioned bolt under the seat frame is now wedged against your tyre.

Can't raise the clamp any higher , can't put it around the saddle pole, and can't go anywhere without the back wheel wedged. Also, the seat did appear to tilt forward somewhat, in spite of the centre frame bar leaning backwards, so unless this is by design (i.e. to counter the child's weight) it looks as if any child might be doing miles with face wedged into my back. So in short, this does not fit 'every bike', and besides the supported frame bar diameters being mentioned, there's absolutely nothing anywhere else to say what kind of frame or bike this is compatible with in terms of size, or construction. And even if you do choose to wedge this over your cable housing, or cables without doing irreparable damage to the bike or clamp or both, I'd seriously question the safety of the seat, as the clamp is clearly designed to sit flush to the frame. So exactly What kind of bikes people have that accommodate this seat, is a mystery. I'd argue not anything that modern (possibly my mum's old "super shopper" or a Raleigh Grifter,?) and certainly not anything with the kind of cabling that mine and my wife's has (as pictured).

All in all though, I have to say I'm not that disappointed that this was something of a dud, as I'm not convinced it offers much more in the way of protection than covering your child in tupperware and dragging them behind you in a wheely bin. I now need to try and find something else. If I do, I'll update the review. If I don't, maybe I'll just flog the kids.
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PetSafe Drinkwell Mini Pet Fountain
PetSafe Drinkwell Mini Pet Fountain
Price: £31.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The rattly fountain and the wet floor, 29 Jun. 2016
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So this is the second fountain I've tried. The first, a different brand and model entirely gave up after 8 months. This one however, is going back after a mere week of use because of the mind boggling awfulness of it's design. Firstly, the way the actual water reservoir is constructed means you have about four interconnecting plastic sections, none of which can sit tightly enough together to prevent the unit rattling when the motor is running. You can stop the rattle by taping it together, or sticking some kind of weight on top of it, but should you really have to? Surely this was actually tested? It's a poor design for something that contains a motor that by it's very nature will create some rattle. I wouldn't say the rattle is loud, but it's certainly loud enough to be irritating, especially when it's on all the time. The second, and most annoying design feature, is the actual spout itself. The flow itself is great, as is the motor adjustment, but the spout points out to one side and drops water a couple of cm from the side of the well onto a sloping plate. This is presumably to enable animals to drink from the well without getting their heads wet, however, as undoubtedly most cat owners will attest to, cats prefer to drink from the water fall or spout itself (as demonstrated by the pics in the accompanying marketing blurb). But because the spout is so close to the edge, the resultant splash-back from an animal drinking there, creates a HUGE well of water on the floor at the base of the fountain. And this is from the dainty lapping of a cat - I hate to think what kind of reservoir you'll end up with on your floor with a dog, who let's face it, are not renowned for their delicate drinking manner! So consequently you find yourself having to mop up the floor every single time your animal has even the smallest of drinks from the spout, and consequently the water wastage is also huge. I have to refill this with about 2/3 of a pint of water every couple of drinks. This is not a cheap brand either, so I really expected a far better design than this. You have to wonder whether anyone ever actually tested this out in a home with an actual cat or dog, it's that poor. So unless you really like mopping up lakes of water, and constantly refilling a rattly plastic thing, I would steer well clear of this. I'm now about to try my third brand of fountain, so let's hope it's third time lucky!


The Wave [DVD] [2016]
The Wave [DVD] [2016]
Dvd ~ Kristoffer Joner
Price: £7.00

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instruction manual to Hollywood.., 23 Jun. 2016
This review is from: The Wave [DVD] [2016] (DVD)
This superbly made, relentless and emotive nail-biter of a disaster film from Norway is like a ninety minute lesson to Hollywood. Here’s a film about a natural disaster that creates an immense cinematic experience, not because of its reliance on spectacle (which alone, it could easily do, as the effects rival anything out of a US studio), but because of its ability to make connections with its audience, craft characters you care about and seamlessly believe and relate to. There are none of those eye-rolling Hollywood tropes here. No huge named stars, no butch leads, no chopper/boat/airplane pilots, no war vets, no retired lifeguards; no divorced parents sharing custody of irritating, slightly wayward son, and no recognisable landmarks shattered into a million pieces. And there’s not that horrible emotional redundancy of a Hollywood effects film that stems from over reliance on the big set-piece disaster which actually ends up softening the impact of the very disaster that's supposed to be so terrifying. What you have in The Wave, is a film built around an endearing and instantly recognisable family unit, living a perfectly normal relatable life. And because of the how relatable and likeable these characters are, you find that you aren’t spending the first half of the film just twiddling your thumbs waiting for the landslide to hit so you can wow at the effects, you’re actually fear it – just as they do. And further, because this is just a normal family enduring extraordinary circumstances, the ensuing events that test the limits of their courage, resilience and love for one another has you absolutely stuck to the seat and digging in with your finger nails till the very end. There were moments in the film where I actually held my breath. Just a brilliantly executed film, and one that once again proves Norway as an absolute force in film making, irrespective of genre.


Flymo Chevron 34VC Electric Wheeled Rotary Lawnmower 1400W - 34cm
Flymo Chevron 34VC Electric Wheeled Rotary Lawnmower 1400W - 34cm
Price: £93.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The machine that made me unafraid of Sundays, 15 Jun. 2016
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I really wish I'd bought this mower about 5 years ago! I think with all the time I'd have saved through not having to empty it every ten minutes, or un-bung the blades, or adjust the height with a spanner, or fetch an extension chord to reach the corners of the garden, I could have written a 22 episode series teleplay for an amazon original series..

After years of pushing around a little store own mower, this is literally like upgrading from a Ford Fiesta to a Land Rover. A lot of people complained about assembling the grass unit, it's really not that difficult, you just need a bit of patience and common sense, although I agree that the instructions perhaps aren't the greatest. There's a handy little video though actually on the site here that shows you how to do it. Make sure you look INSIDE at it, so see how the top connects to the bottom, and that will pretty much enable you to line things up and get it slotted in properly. Seriously, if you're having to "send it back" because you can't put two bits of plastic together, I think you need to question your place as a member of the most intelligent species on the planet.

Following the box assembly and handle assembly, you are ready to go. Now for the most part I hate mowing, I specifically hate it because for some reason down the years, it's become exclusively a man-job. Why me? Why can't you do it, just once? Instead of just pointing at the grass and moaning about it? Surely you can push a mower on your own without the need to be all manly? But, when you've spent all your years of home ownership mowing gardens of various sizes with a crummy little mower that came in a box with various other start-up gardening equipment, this is bordering on joyful.

To begin with, it's easy to adjust he blade height. Simply move the selector at the side. Perfect. No flipping it over, no spanners, no screws. And then there's the performance. It's amazing. Our grass usually gets pretty long, because most of the time I can't be bothered to go out and do it, and then when I do, it's a pain because mowing such thick tall grass bungs up the mower repeatedly and you have to stop and turn it over, and clear the blockage and the blades etc. Not so with the Flymo. This thing eats up weeks of grass without even slowing. Not on time anywhere, at any length or thickness did the mower stall, get blocked, or require any attention whatsoever. And then there's the box capacity, which is huge compared to my last one. I usually had to empty that about nine or ten times doing the back garden, but with the Flymo it is literally twice for the entire thing, dependent on how lazy I've been and whether or not the garden currently resembles the Sawyer's Texas Chainsaw Massacre back yard. Also it has a window on the top so you can actually see when its full, rather than waiting for the grass to start flying out underneath and leaving mounds all over the place. So easy to detach and reattach, you're empty and back on again in no time.

And then to top it all off, the cord ties really neatly and nicely around the handles so I don't spent the first twenty minutes of any reluctant gardening session untangling power line and getting irate. It's no exaggeration to say that this mower has revolutionised my life. I no longer dread Sundays in the summer. No longer feign illnesses or suffer garden related anxieties. It's a truly awesome machine..


Cat Mate Pet Fountain
Cat Mate Pet Fountain
Price: £22.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really great, but will not make a year, 15 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Cat Mate Pet Fountain (Misc.)
So if you look through the reviews here you'll basically find two types, those written by people who have just bought one and are impressed and those who've had one much longer and aren't. It's a bit like when a car magazine rates the something as "car of the year" having taken one from the factory line, and driven it for an hour or two. People don't buy cars to drive around for one afternoon. For most people the measure of a good car is by what it's state is at 70 thousand miles. And here's the problem with the fountain: irrespective of how well you treat it, clean it, replace the filters, etc, it has a finite and decidedly short life span, because the pump will die. Typically at well under a year. If you get over ten months out of your fountain, I would say that you are doing extremely well.

The actual fountain itself is great. It's nicely designed, with three drinking wells, and the running fountain for cats to choose from, and my cat loved it, but the fact is that none of that matters when the core of the unit itself is so cheap and poorly made that it's dead inside 8 months. If I can have a small pump in a pond, outdoors, with all the algae, weed, grime and fish, and it can run every day for years without problems, then I'm certain a weekly cleaned, perfectly filtered pump in a fountain for a cat in my kitchen, should be lasting way longer. And if it's genuinely not built to last, because of it's size, then the design needs to be changed, because his unit is way big enough to accommodate a bigger, and more robust pump. You clearly don't expect these sorts of things to last forever, but something like this, that is clearly intended to be used on a constant daily basis, should be lasting several years at least.

So I wanted to write this review to tell you something that the manual and the product info won't tell you. If you buy this particular model of fountain, to use every day, there's an extremely high probability that you'll be replacing it within a year, no matter how well and regularly you clean it and replace the filters. I did everything to the letter and mine made 8 months, other people's have made even less than that. I'm going to try an entirely different fountain next, which I'm hoping will last a damn site longer than this one!


Dandelion Leaf (Taraxacum Officinale) Loose Herbal Tea - 50g
Dandelion Leaf (Taraxacum Officinale) Loose Herbal Tea - 50g
Offered by Indigo Herbs of Glastonbury
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly awesome., 9 Jun. 2016
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Awesome tea. Had no idea what to expect from this, but was really surprised at how great it was. Kind of a cross between a black tea and a herbal kind of tea, it's incredibly good and lots of health benefits too. Not quite sure that the instructions were printed right on the back of the pack I had as it stated 1 to 15 spoons per cup which is a pretty sizeable variance. I found one and a half was perfect.


Trousselier Magic Lantern Little Prince Frame (Blue)
Trousselier Magic Lantern Little Prince Frame (Blue)
Price: £38.73

2.0 out of 5 stars The square light of feebleness, 9 Jun. 2016
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Okay so firstly this is really not very much product for 40 quid. it's basically a very small wattage light bulb, one of those Christmas style lantern that kids make, four bits of wood and a cellophane wall. But that aside, this flimsy novelty lamp, is simply not very good. Firstly it just doesn't do much in particular. It's an internal carousel style light, moved by the heat generated from the blub to show the picture on the exterior wall. It doesn't project said picture into the room, and as the thing is square, and it pretty much only ever has one side facing you, it's just not that inspiring. And worse still, the interior carousel is poorly balanced and only turns for a short time, before stopping. Completely. Probably one of the most overpriced and useless things I've ever bought. And this coming from someone who also bought a juicer. I'm still trying to figure out what's magical about it, I can only think it's in the obscene mark-up this thing demands.


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