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Ben 10 - Season 1 - Complete [DVD]
Ben 10 - Season 1 - Complete [DVD]

4.0 out of 5 stars bought this for my son and he loves it!, 6 Sept. 2010
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my son is now 3 and he loves Ben 10. i have no idea where he heard of it first, but i bought the dvd set to sate his desire and he watches it pretty much every day. the quality of animation is good, the stories are ok, though not always coherent: kid finds alien watch, learns how it works, goes a bit wrong, fixes itself(? - unexplained) and then he's back to it being fine again in the course of a few episodes and most of the middle series of those events seem to happen off-camera.

still the stories are quite varied, if stretched too thin over a season - more weird earth things than alien in some cases, but it's a kids show so i guess it doesn't need to make too much sense. there's plenty of exotic aliens to support the toy line, and also plenty of eye-catching explosions, too. i think i'll get him the older-skewed ben 10: alien force next time though, where the protagonist is a bit older and it might be a bit more coherent.

weirdly there are 3 dvd discs in the set, with 4 or so episodes on each - being a 25-minute cartoon i'm pretty sure that could have been on 2 discs, even with commentary tracks included. all in all, though, a pretty decent cartoon, with good production value and ok premise - kids love aliens and explosions, after all.
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Star Trek (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Star Trek (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Pine

5.0 out of 5 stars a much-needed and fantastic reboot, 6 Sept. 2010
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I admit i was one of the people who thought that: a. star trek had been worn to death with continual series' and b. the premise of "young kirk and spock adventures" sounded awful, BUT in the hands of j.j. abrams (of ALIAS, Felicity, MI:4, Lost and Fringe fame) and an amazing cast led by zachary quinto as spock and chris pine as kirk; this re-boot not only work phenomenally well but actually makes star trek relevant once again - not only as science fiction but as a promising film series. quinto in particular is awesome as spock, and has the meatiest role, pine in a slightly-less-showy than you might expect role as kirk arguably had the hardest job though - following the 'unique' bill shatner, but more than fills his shoes to rightfully take his place as captain of the enterprise. the film, for all it's contemporary nature and re-booted feeling is surprisingly traditional in terms of plot - time travel rearing it's head once again, but the cast and inclusion of the always amazing leonard nimoy - reprising his role as the 'original' spock one last time - elevate the material above the still-decent writing and make this a film well-worth owning.

great cast, contemporary film-making, lense flare galore and great action make this one to watch and it was justifiably a big hit at the cinema.


District 9 [DVD] [2009]
District 9 [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Sharlto Copley
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: £2.97

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovative science fiction from a talented director, 6 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: District 9 [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
fantastic film, delivered from the premise: what if aliens came to earth but they were only refugees and not conquerors? shot with gritty realism in the director's own country (South Africa) the comparisons to apartheid are quite blunt at times, but the seamless integration of cgi and pratical effects brings this tale of aliens and the price of one man's humanity into sharp focus. sharlto copley (1st time actor in a lead role) delivers a stand-out performance as a pretty unlikeable lead who suffers the most unfortunate fate since jeff goldblum in The Fly. the film successfully explores not only human-alien relations (more ruthlessly and more realistically than in most films), but what certain people will do to other people for power/technology. shot mainly in a pseudo-documentary style (which changes to a more conventional style later for no discernable reason), it imbues the film with gritty realism - even before you see any aliens in their filthy slum/refugee camp. the climax is satisfying and quite fitting, with some awesome action sequences, futuristic weaponry, a huge body count and some very bad people getting their come-uppance, before a quite surprising ending.

for a film shot on a relatively small budget, the sfx in this film are incredible, aided by a suitably gritty setting and powerful central performance means this is one of the best films of recent times.


Avatar (DVD + Blu-ray)
Avatar (DVD + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Sam Worthington
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £9.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AAA science fiction, 5 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Avatar (DVD + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
having grossed a whopping 2.7 billion dollars worldwide, this film has prbably been watched by everyone by now. if you haven't seen it but do know of james cameron, then you probably know what to expect: mind-blowingly good looking science fiction by one man who spares no detail (or dollar) in pushing the boundaries of film-making. yes the story is quite a simple tale, but when you are introducing such complexity elsewhere (visuals, sfx, subject matter, science fiction concepts) then that is not necessarily a bad thing. thankfully the loss of 3-d which most people saw it in at the cinema does very little to diminish the impact of this visual spectacular - watch it in high definition for the best effect, this is film-making at it's finest which should have swept the board at the oscars if there was any justice (and no snobbishness) in the academy.


Refresh White Water Repellent Polyester Shower Curtain Including 12 Curtain R...
Refresh White Water Repellent Polyester Shower Curtain Including 12 Curtain R...
Offered by The Home Store
Price: £6.98

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars white shower curtain, 5 Jun. 2010
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have purchased this product as listed before, however it appears to have been updated slightly in design (not better or worse the material just looks slightly different. it's still white and pretty water resistant, so it does exactly what it says - great product.


Chuck: Season 1 [DVD] [2008]
Chuck: Season 1 [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Zachary Levi
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £6.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome cast, good concept, more than "alias-lite", 3 April 2010
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This review is from: Chuck: Season 1 [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
although bearing a high-concept premise (nerdy slacker gets hi-tech government computer system uploaded into his brain), this dramedy relies on it's excellent cast to sell it's more outlandish storylines - the strength in depth here is amazing. the way the stories integrate not only the hero's (chuck) home/work-life and friends/family into it's spy-stuff is generally excellent, and the show treads a fine line between comedy and drama at times. similar overall to alias, but less heavy on that show's heavy emotions, i was very pleasantly surprised by how good this show is.

positives: awesome cast (although "nerdy" zach is a little too smooth/cool to be believable). yvonne strahovski is gorgeous and easily the best thing in the show, followed by adam baldwin, a genre favourite for good reason.

negatives: sometimes poor film quality, it will be interesting to see the show in HD to compare.


Orbus (Spatterjay 3)
Orbus (Spatterjay 3)
by Neal Asher
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Awesomness from Neal Asher, 8 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: Orbus (Spatterjay 3) (Hardcover)
*some spoilers*

The first thing i will say is that i read this book in one sitting. Over the course of those 6 1/2 hours or so i went through an amazing journey encompassing two alien civilisations - including the worst and best characters and behaviours in both, as well as a pretty unsympathetic lead and a particularly resourceful AI from our (postulated) future society acting as our lens into this universe.

For anyone that doesn't know, this is the "Polity" universe - created by the author in his original Cormac series - a far future of humanity ruled by Artificial Intelligences, with wondrous technologies, massive weaponry, no let up in conflict from now (only we do it with other races, too) and some pretty nasty people, to boot.

The title takes it's name for the titular hero - who isn't much of one, really. having recently regained a great deal of his sanity after the fallout from recent prador actions on his adopted homeworld of Spatterjay (after losing it completely during the first Prador war because of what he did to survive then), and being many centuries old and an "old captain" (basically unkillable as his body has been mutated by the Spatterjay virus who's sole purpose seem to be to make the host survive almost anything, but not always intact), Orbus swapped his erstwhile sailing vessel for a starship in order to fully regain his humanity. the other, perhaps more standard "hero" character, would be the Polity war drone, sniper whom initially stows away on Orbus' ship before he can be "examined" by more senior polity AIs after his own involvement in the latest actions on Spatterjay. They head into the "graveyard" - the area of space decimated by the Prador/Polity war years before, unaware they have been manipulated by the Polity AIs to undermine recent Prador activity there.

Whilst this forms the crux of the book, perhaps the majority of the events and focus is on the Prador themselves - especially the "king" of their kingdom, and the newly-mutated Vrell. in some ways this is disappointing because it destroys some of their mystique as alien reatures, but given the changes wrought by the ubiquitous virus upon the King himself and Vrell perhaps not so after all (the prador kingdoms before the introduction of the virus were quite... different). Another Prador character becomes quite prominent amongst the Kings hunt to exterminate the apparent threat Vrell represents - that of the golgoloth, an ancient Prador legend, but one well-realised, though given their nature, personally i would have doubted the character's survival and power, even given it's apparent intelligence.

The last factor in the book are the Jain. The jain were a race that actually went extinct 5 million years ago, but the true nature of the Spatterjay virus reveals a rather surprising return, with disastrous consequences for some of those involved.

Needless to say, the book quickly builds to a massive climax with those who have a penchant for massive space-battles, exotic weaponry and aliens very well-catered for, as always. and the whole thing is written so wonderfully everything springs vividly to life in your mind as you read it. I loved this book - the only downside to me was the actual lack of Polity-side action (i love their AIs - especially their warships and Jerusalem), although the focus on the prador and their respective hardware was cool, and the insight to their society an excellent one.

Orbus as a hero doesn't quite work for me - it is easy to see why physically, at least, he was an excellent choice (as nobody else would survive what he went through) but the very nature of the character made him a bit impersonal, to me. One of his companions for most of the book, also seems a complete waste and didn't really add anything, either.

Very clever was the subtle hand of the Polity in all of the machinations - you were aware that they knew far more about most things that were happening than anyone else, especially regarding the Spatterjay virus, the Prador and the Jain (though given the way the eventual threat emerges, their direct inaction becomes even more puzzling), and perhaps were capable of stepping in at any moment. this also throws up an interesting question - is the Polity so benevolent after all?

The answer to that question may become a very good book in the future.


Mass Effect - 2 Disk Special - Classics Edition (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect - 2 Disk Special - Classics Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by bnhlmt
Price: £25.76

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mass Fantastic, 8 Sept. 2009
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i already have the Collector's Edition - i bought this for the 2nd disc's bonus content, which includes more videos and behind the scenes material as well as a premium theme etc. than the original releases had, and make a darn good viewing, imo.

the game itself is a classic - by no means without flaws, but the scope and imagination on display here make any complaints almost petty - this is truly one of the best games ever made, and certainly one of the best works of science fiction art ever produced, right up there with the best contemporray science fiction in literature or film/tv.
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Shadow of the Scorpion (Novel of the Polity)
Shadow of the Scorpion (Novel of the Polity)
by Neal Asher
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another brilliant neal asher polity tale, 18 May 2009
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Shadow of the Scorpion is a brilliant book. there's no getting round that. it is also kind of odd for the Author, going more with his previous "Prador Moon" title as a shorter novel, rather than any of the full-blown Polity series he has made his name with. using the back-story of that series' main character - Ian Cormac - Neal Asher weaves a characteristic hardcore sci-fi rollercoaster ride of conflict, action, AIs, Golem Androids, devious villains and a superb protagonist into one fast-paced, almost blockbusterish, package. the only downside is that it could have been longer!


Halo Wars - Limited Steel Book Edition (Xbox 360)
Halo Wars - Limited Steel Book Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by bnhlmt
Price: £75.00

5.0 out of 5 stars the console strategy title, 18 May 2009
like it or not halo is synonymous with microsoft's x-box consoles. drawing on the impressive resume of the now-defunct Ensemble Studios, the first non-FPS Halo game is easily the finest strategy title on any console. combining a thrilling campaign with beautiful cut-scenes and a play-both sides multiplayer experience over Microsoft's own Xbox live, this is a great game experience.

also, with this limited edition release, it must be said that they went all-out on the presentation, extras and packaging, with a metal case, "Spirit of Fire" badge and character cards it is all beautifully done. well worth the purchase.


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