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The Simpsons - Christmas With The Simpsons/Bart Wars (DVD) 06/03/2009

Christmas With The Simpsons / Bart Wars review

The Simpsons - Christmas With The Simpsons/Bart Wars (DVD) Christmas with the Simpsons / Bart Wars is a boxset containing two previously released Simpsons DVD's. Episodes included on the "Christmas with the Simpsons" DVD are "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", "Mr. Plow", "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace", "Grift of the Magi" and "She of Little Faith". Episodes on the "Bart Wars" DVD include "Mayored to the Mob", "Dog of Death", "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" and "Marge Be Not Proud". "The Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" is a nice opening to this DVD as it is the first ever full length episode of "The Simpsons" and deals with Mr. Burns canceling Homer's Christmas bonus, there is also "Mr. Plow", an absolute classic, which is about Homer starting his own snow plow business but soon a rivalry soon forms with his friend Barney, who also wants a piece of the snow plow pie. The Simpsons get burgled in "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" so all Springfieldians pull together to give them the best Christmas possible, little knowing that the culprit was a spiky haired little boy, there's also "Grift of the Magi" where Springfield is taken over by a big corporation who seem less concerned about the children learning, and more about making the next big toy. Finally, in "She of Little Faith", Lisa starts looking for a new religion after the first church of Springfield rents out its wall space to advertisers, commercializing what is supposed to be a place of worship. This is a nice set with some well written episodes and, as always, lots of very ...

The Simpsons - The Simpsons.com (DVD) 06/03/2009

The Simpsons.com review

The Simpsons - Treehouse Of Horror (DVD) 03/03/2009

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror review

Nintendo Wii 03/03/2009

Nintendo Wii review

Nintendo Wii The Nintendo Wii is a home video console released by Nintendo. It is Nintendo's fifth home console and a direct successor to the Gamecube. It was released in November in the US and over here the following month. Ever since word leaked out about Nintendo's new console, it had the codename of 'Revolution'. That changed after 27th April 2006, when the name was changed to 'Wii'. This change wasn't well received by some people who thought it was too childish and that Revolution was a much better name. But I have to say, after two years, it's really grown on me, and now I can't imagine the console being called Revolution! The Wii is backwards compatible with the Gamecube, meaning that you can play all your favourite Gamecube games on it. You just slide it into the slot loading optical drive and away you go. The console has 4 Gamecube controller ports and two memory card slots concealed by removable flip-open panels at the top, so there's no need to buy any extra add-ons in order to play Gamecube games straight out of the box. One of the biggest innovations since Nintendo invented the D-pad for the NES is the Wii controller. It uses accelerometers and infrared detection along with the sensor bar to sense the controller's position in 3 dimensions, meaning you can control the game by physical movements as well as with traditional button presses. Along with the remote you get the nunchuk unit, which plugs into the bottom of the Wii remote and features a traditional analog stick with ...

Nintendo DS 01/03/2009

Nintendo DS review

Nintendo DS The Nintendo DS is a handheld console released by Nintendo in 2002 in Japan and 2005 in Europe. It has a clamshell design, similar to the Game Boy Advance SP, and has two LCD screens inside it (hence DS - meaning dual-screen), one being a normal screen and the other being a touch-screen. It also has a built-in microphone and supports WI-FI. The DS comes with a stylus, which fits neatly into the back, which you use with the touch-screen, being more delicate and precise than your fingers. This allows you to interact with games directly, pulling you right into the game. There are traditional controls as well though, on the left of the bottom screen is a D-pad with the power button above it, and to the right are the A, B, X and Y buttons with 'Start' and 'Select' buttons above them. There are also two shoulder buttons located on the top of the lower half of the console. Also included is a microphone which can be used for voice recognition or if you need to either blow or shout into the microphone in order to accomplish something (i.e. a minigame). The DS has stereo speakers providing virtual surround sound, which is a first for a Nintendo handheld. The battery life is great, giving 10 hours of playing time for an hour's charge. The screens are backlit, which gives more illumination than other Nintendo handhelds, and makes things a lot easier to see. There are a number of excellent ports for this console, from "Super Mario 64 DS" which is a fantastic game, and made even better ...

Top Gear 01/03/2009

Top Gear review

Top Gear Top Gear is a multi award winning TV show about cars that is broadcast on BBC 2 while repeats are shown on Dave. It started in 1977 as a conventional motoring show but, since it's relaunch in 2002, a lot of comedy and quirkiness has been injected into the show. It is currently on its 12th series. The show is presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and The Stig, who drives all the featured cars around the Top Gear track to see which posts the fastest time. Jeremy Clarkson is synonymous with this show, having been one of the reasons the old Top Gear peaked in the '90's. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled in 2001 but brought back after Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman pitched a new format to the BBC executives. During the first series Clarkson was joined by Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe, who was replaced by James May after the first series. The new series boasted new features that are still going today, such as "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car", where each week a celebrity sets the fastest lap time they can on the top gear track using a normal car. There are also the power laps, where whatever car the guys test at the track that week is taken around by the stig in order to see which is fastest. Currently the fastest time was set by the Gumpert Apollo. There are also a lot of challenges, such as buying a cheap car and seeing which presenter bought the best by issuing a number of tests. They have also bought trucks, vans, cheap supercars, motor homes and ...

Taken (DVD) 24/02/2009

Taken review

American Dad! - Series 2 - Complete (DVD) 24/02/2009

American Dad - Volume 2 review

American Dad! - Series 2 - Complete (DVD) American Dad - Volume 2 is the second DVD boxset from the creator of Family Guy, Seth McFarlane. It was released here on the 28th May 2007. This set comprises of the last ten episodes of the first season and the first 9 episodes from season two, from "Stannie Get Your Gun" to "The Best Christmas Story Never". Quite why they're releasing sets like this is anybody's guess, I don't know why they just don't do what everyone else does and release one DVD boxset for one season, another one for the next season etc. To me what they're doing is pointless and complicates things. Episodes to look for include "The Best Christmas Story Never" where the ghost of Christmas past visits Stan and tries to show him the true meaning of the festive season, Stan however thinks Christmas will be better if he changes the future by killing Jane Fonda, "Of Ice and Men", where Francine finds out about Stan's passion for ice skating and becomes his partner, "Tears of a Clooney", in which Francine plans to woo George Clooney and then break his heart, but Stan infiltrates Clooney's circle and becomes friends with him! What will he do? There aren't really any bad episodes in this collection, so I think everyone should be pleased with this release. If you find Family Guy too racy you should check this show out, it can still be pretty out there but I don't think it goes as far. I think this is pretty under-rated as a show myself, everyone knows about Family Guy but I bet only a small percentage of those ...

American Dad! - Series 1 - Complete (DVD) 21/02/2009

American Dad - Season 1 review

Family Guy - Freakin' Sweet Collection (DVD) 21/02/2009

Family Guy - Freakin' Sweet Collection review

Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest (DVD) 17/02/2009

May the farce be with you

Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest (DVD) Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest is the Emmy nominated hour long premiere to the sixth season of Family Guy, premiering on September 23rd, 2007. This was the first ever 60 minute episode of Family Guy. The whole episode is a spoof on the first "Star Wars" film, with Family Guy characters taking up the famous roles of Luke, Chewbacca et al. The title is a reference to the code name for the production of "Return of the Jedi", which was called Blue Harvest. The sequel, spoofing "The Empire Strikes Back", will be shown as part of the seventh season and will be entitled "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side". Luke Skywalker is played by Chris Griffin, Lois is Princess Leia, Brian is Chewbacca, Peter is Han Solo and Meg is...,well, see for yourself. Stewie is perfectly cast as the evil Darth Vader and C-3PO and R2-D2 are played by Quagmire and Cleveland respectively. To see such an iconic film with well known characters in the starring roles is great, and it's nice to see George Lucas has got a sense of humour, as he usually stops anything infringing on his beloved films. So the story is basically the same as "Star Wars", with Luke Skywalker training with Obi-Wan Kenobi to become a Jedi in order to defeat Darth Vader, who Obi-Wan says killed his father. The whole thing is filled with funny references (a star destroyer having a 'Bush-Cheney '04' bumper sticker) and in-jokes about the Star Wars universe (two people on the Death Star talking about mundane topics) so there is ...

Family Guy Season 6 DVD 17/02/2009

Family Guy - Season 6 review

Family Guy - Series 5 - Complete (DVD) 15/02/2009

Family Guy - Season 5 review

Family Guy - Series 4 - Complete (DVD) 15/02/2009

Family Guy - Season 4 review

Family Guy - Series 4 - Complete (DVD) Family Guy - Season 4 is the fourth season of the popular TV show, Family Guy! It was created by Seth McFarlane, who also created "American Dad", and was the first season back after they were canceled during the third season run. Understandably, Family Guy fans were furious at this and started again to try and get their show back on the air again. Petitions were created garnering thousands of signatures, and people wrote into Fox and staged protests to try and bring back Family Guy. Luckily for them (and me), when the show was released on DVD, it was a huge success, selling over two million units within the first year. This, combined with good ratings of past episodes on Cartoon Network, prompted the execs at Fox to screw their heads back on and renew the show. The fourth season premiered in 2005 and the first episode opened on a very funny sequence set in 2002 showing Peter telling the family they have been canceled. He then lists off all the Fox shows that would have to be canceled (they were) before they could return to the airwaves. The last three episodes of this season were the basis for the feature length film "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story". "North by North Quahog" is a great start to the season where Peter and Lois go on a second honeymoon and Peter ends up impersonating Mel Gibson so they can use his luxury hotel suite. There they see a trailer for "Passion of the Christ 2" and then have to escape from the priests who have come to collect it. I think over time ...

Family Guy - Series 3 - Complete (DVD) 11/02/2009

Family Guy - Season 3 review

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