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Arrested Development - Series 3 (Box Set) (DVD) 16/04/2007

Free Chicken!

Arrested Development - Series 3 (Box Set) (DVD) BRIEF OVERVIEW OF SERIES Arrested Development is an American comedy television series, which ran from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. The series was the brainchild of Mitchell Hurwitz, who also created The Ellen Show. The main story revolves around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the only seemingly "normal" one in a dysfunctional family of crazies, who is forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father, George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), is sent to prison for shifty accounting practices (including building estates from Saddam Hussain). BACKGROUND I was first introduced to Arrested Development a few years ago when I happened to by channel surfing and the program caught my eye. The channel was BBC Two and the program was an episode in the first season of Arrested Development. I've been hooked ever since. What really caught me was the really dry and witty humour used throughout. The exclusion of a laughing-track and the inclusion of a narration (brilliantly done by Ron Howard) only added its laugh out loud funniness. I really enjoyed the first season and the second season was almost as good, in my eyes this program is the best to come out of the US in many years. But there was already signs during the second season that the show was going to be cancelled in the foreseeable future - with the 22 episodes first ordered by Fox being cut to 18 and ratings continually falling. The show did thankfully come back for a third ...

Sony Handycam DCR-HC27E 11/04/2007

Handys in the Name.

Sony Handycam DCR-HC27E OVERVIEW I bought my Sony DCR-HC27E a few months ago from Curry's for about £200 (but I see Amazon.co.uk are currently selling for £179.99), I also picked up a case for it for about £15 - not essential but I have found it extremely useful. The first thing that attracted to me was it's size - it's quite small and easy to carry. It also had a nice touch screen which I think is a pretty cool feature - again in no way was this essential, but nice touches like this really add to the cameras feel. The Sony brand name also in a small part attracted me as I didn't know much about camcorders and wanted a name I could trust and rely on. It also has a Carl Zeiss Lens that I have been hearing so much about. When I got the camera home the first thing I realised was it's ease of use - I expected to be sitting around for awhile with the instruction manual trying to find how the thing works - the instruction manual stayed in the box. I had it up and going in no time. The camera uses Mini DV tapes - which were my medium of choice as I have used them before. In no time I had recorded a small clip of my living room and connected the camcorder to the computer. It was easy taking the footage off the camcorder and putting it on the computer - Windows XP basically did it all for me. While it was easy to get the footage on the computer I did notice that the quality wasn't brilliant - and a few minutes later I realised the battery life wasn't either. DESIGN The camcorder is well designed - ...

Sony FWD-42PV1 10/04/2007

You HAVE to see this TV.

Sony FWD-42PV1 BACKGROUND I was in dismay; smoke was bellowing from my television, as I stood with the remote in my hand. My television had just given up, after only about two years of service - check the review here http://www.ciao.co.uk/SamsungWS32W8VDReview5491720 - my warranty had ran out and it was time for me to get a new one. I looked on the bright side; at least now I would finally be able to get a HD TV I had been hearing so much about. OVERVIEW After a trip down to my local electronics shop I decided on the Sony FWD-42PV1/S - 42" plasma panel - almost completely on looks alone. I'm a sucker for a pretty device, and this is A PRETTY device. It set me back about £750 including a two-year warranty, but it had a much larger screen than my old TV and since it was also HD I was excited when I brought it home. Admittedly I didn't have anything HD to test on it - but even still the image quality was far superior to my old TV. USABILITY: This television is very simple to use. I thought my old TV was easy to use, but this one is much better - not to mention it has MANY more features. All I had to do was plug it in and I was off. LOOKS This TV looks VERY nice; it's a flat panel, which is very slim for its screen size. It quick dominates the room though and becomes a focal point - it will create a lot of conversation with your friends about how it looks. Oh and don't worry - its just slightly big enough to warn off any would be crooks. Here are the dimensions and weigh: Depth: ...

Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi 02/09/2006

Brilliant.

Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi OVERVIEW This movie is the sixth in the Star Wars series and the third in "the holy Star Wars trilogy." After seeing the trilogy a few times, this movie was my favourite by far, probably because of all the action and great story line. I do have to admit that over time i have realised that i like Empire Strikes Back (Eps. 5) better, not by much. But even so, this movie continues on from Eps. 5 and i like to see them more as one big movie. PLOT This movie basically starts right after the end of Eps. 5, when Han's been frozen in carbonite and is being held captive by Jabba the Hutt. Luke and the rest of the gang have to save him. The gang being Leia (Luke's soon to find out sister, who is in love with Han,) R2-D2 & C3PO (the annoying but lovable droids,) Chewwy (a Wookie which is Hans long time best friend and co-piolet of the Milenium Falcon.) After Han is saved, the Rebels have to destroy the second death star before it destroys them, in one final battle to save the galaxy. In order to defeat the Empire Luke and the gang go to Endor in order to shutdown the deathstars shields, where the meet up with there unlikely copanions in the Ewoks. Watch on as the fight comes to its climax and Luke is faced to fight his father, Darth Vader, in the ultimate showdown. CONCLUSION All-round this is a superb movie, i must have seen it atleast 100 times but it never gets boring, i'm sorry i didnt write more about the storyline in the bit above but i really dont want to give ...

Sony Vaio VGN-B1VP 02/09/2006

Slick, Thin, Stylish and oh-so Pretty

Sony Vaio VGN-B1VP OVERVIEW I got this laptop about eight months ago after my previous one breathed it's last breath. I really needed something that was small, light and portable and yet could still give me enough power and performance for work (and games). A friend had recommended that i get a Sony Vaio, mainly, i reckon, because he thinks they look cool. And he's very right; it does look VERY cool. I picked mine up online for just over £800, and it arrived within a few days. The first thing i realised about the laptop was when i switched it on, the 14.1" XGA screen really is impressive and really has a depth to it's colours. Let's check out the rest of the specs and everything else more in-depth. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS CPU Section: Intel® Pentium® M processor 725 1.60 GHz Supports Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Operating System: Windows® XP Professional Display: Diagonal Size (in) 14.1 Display Type: TFT Colour Resolution Format: 1024 x 768 Memory: Memory Size (MB) 512.0 Drives: Optical Drive Type, CD-RW/DVD-ROM Drive Graphics: Integrated Chipset, Intel® 855GME integrated graphics chip and 64 MB of shared memory Connectivity: Wireless LAN Type 802.11 b/g Hard Drive: 40 (GB) DESIGN The VAIO VGN-B1VP is very well designed. It looks slick and very business-like. At 321 by 43 by 255mm, it's very small and easily portable. Although it does weigh somewhat more than many laptops of a similar size/design at 2.3kg it's still seems very light (to me anyway) and is still easily ...

Samsung WS 32 W 8 VD 26/03/2005

I Can See Clearly Now...

Samsung WS 32 W 8 VD OVERVIEW: Just over a year ago I got my hands on this television after my old one went kaput. It did leave a small hole in my pocket costing around £400. Its target buyer was, "the sort of person who would like a plasma display but can't afford one," and I defiantly fell in that category. After it finally arrived (after waiting a week or two for it to be delivered) I found out that I was in for a treat. LOOKS: Its screen is a CRT Pureflat screen, not a plasma, although they have used very crafty methods to make it look almost flat. It has a cut-away back and uses a lot of glass and metal to give a real emphasis on the screen and it really does give the television a ‘high-class’ look and feel. I have to say as television’s go, this one is rather pretty, it’s massive 32” screen is dominating, although the beautiful finish on the set really makes this television a bigger part of the furniture than a piece of entertainment. Although please keep in mind it does weigh a hefty 57kg, so don’t expect to be moving it like a piece of furniture. Its power supply is integrated so theirs nothing external to take away from its visage. USABILITY: This television is very simple to use, basically, after it arrived, all I had to do was switch it on and it automatically found all the channels. Then it took me about five minutes to switch around the channels to the numbers I wanted, and then I was off. The remote control is very simple and is the same as the basic Samsung controller. ...

Sid And Nancy (DVD) 26/03/2005

He was a Sex Pistol and She was a Sex Kitten...

Sid And Nancy (DVD) Sid and Nancy, Love Kills. ABOUT: This is Alex Cox’s stunning portrayal into the lives of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spurgeon, an obsessive tale filled with drugs, sex and addiction. STORY: The movie begins with Sid beginning questioned by the NYPD in the Chelsea hotel after Nancy is found dead. This transports us back to the beginning of the story, when Sid has recently been received as the new bassist for the infamous punk rockers, the Sex Pistols. The story continues to show how Sid meets the heroin addict from America, Nancy, and soon falls in love. After a while Nancy soon starts falling for Sid as well, as he seems to be the first person that genuinely cares for her. Nancy soon introduces Sid to heroin and he gets hooked. The band doesn’t take well to Sid’s newly found habit or girlfriend, as they can see the bad influence on him and the affect it’s having on his performances. Johnny Rotten, singer of the Sex Pistols and Sid’s best friend, soon tries desperately to get rid of Nancy and Sid’s heroin addiction. After his attempts fail, and the all-important American tour looming, the band sees no choice but to kick Sid out of the band. Malcolm McLaren, their manager, insists they let him stay. Malcolm thinks he can control Vicious' drug habit by keeping him without money and away from Nancy. And therefore he bribes Nancy and Sid to stay apart during the tour. The tour is a massive disaster with the Sex Pistols not gaining enough publicity to get noticed in the US. ...

Big Time (The Best Of Rudi) - Rudi 23/03/2005

Rudi, the band that time forgot...

Big Time (The Best Of Rudi) - Rudi I think it’s fair to say that Rudi must have been one of the unluckiest bands ever. This is the only album available which signposts the band that time forgot… Let me start off by saying that his album is truly remarkable, definitely one of the best in my collection. After listening to is through I started to wonder what actually happened to this band, and why are there no other albums by such a quality artist. Its true to say that I could fill up a few pages about the history of the ill-fated band, but that would be going off topic as this is a review of the album, but I am going to tell you a little bit about the band as I feel it will give you a better insight into this album, and exactly why it is so essential. Away from contrary believe, Stiff Little Fingers weren’t the only, nor the first, punk band from Northern Ireland, Rudi were. Rudi were also the first band to release a single on the famous ‘Good Vibrations’ label, and “Big Time” proved a great success. After gigging their Asses off for a few years and supporting bands like the Adverts and the Jam, Rudi were about to be signed the Jams record label, but out of the blue the Jam split and the record label had to fold. The lads from Rudi saw this as a sign and decided to call it a day, never releasing a full LP. Although they never released a full LP, they had many great tracks recorded. And although time had forgotten the band – their fans lived on. And in 1996 due to popular demand Anagram Records added a ...

Rolling Stones, Now! - Rolling Stones (The) 23/03/2005

Get This Album, Now!

Rolling Stones, Now! - Rolling Stones (The) The year’s 1965, the Rolling Stones have already released two successful LP’s, they make a decision that this one has to be the best yet. In doing so they record an album, there most bluesy and scorching yet. This album’s released in the form of “No.2” in the UK, and it appears to be quite a big hit. Then for the all-important US release they quickly change the name to “Now!” and change some of the tracks around and add a few news ones (and take out some, including the infamous “Time On My Side”.) Disappointingly the LP didn’t sell well in the US, becoming what is still to this day the Stones’ lowest-charting studio album ever, only reaching #5 in the charts. At time consumers wanted something fresh from the Stones, not just another cover album which sounded basically the same. It’s only more recently that fans have seen the significance and integrity of this album. It’s the first album that the Stones really get to show off a few of their own songs, which prove strong against the classic covers on the albums. The songs “Surprise, Surprise” and “Heart of Stone” (which was their first Top 20 hit) are great examples of Mick and Keith’s oozing songwriting talent. The track list is as follows; 1.Everybody Needs Somebody To Love. This version was released by mistake. It is a studio run-through, the correct version appears on the UK version of the album “No.2”. This song is a great example of the Stones bluishness during the album, and the best cover of this classic ...

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC) 30/12/2004

A long time ago...In a galaxy far far away...

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC) A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, there was two sides, the Dark side, sith, and the Light side. Jedi. You my good friend have to choose your own path, and change the galaxy - for good or for bad. The story for this game is set for thousand years before the rise of the Galatic Empire, with the Republic on the verges of collapsing. The evil Darh Malak, the last survivng apprentice of the late Darth Lord Revan, has somehow built up an undefeatable Sith army, and is savagily taking over an unsuspecting galaxy. Bursting through any resistance, Malak’s armies have left the Jedi Order scattered and vunerable as many Kinights fall in battle, and many more swear allegiance to the new Sith master. When the game starts, you find yourself stuck on a ship in the skies above the planet Taris. Malak’s forces are quickly taking over the ship in a fierce battle. You have to quickly find a way out before you become a victim of war, but this isn’t so easy saying you have no memory of anything that happened more than 2mins before... Ok, just to show you the true greatness of this game lets go back awhile, KOTOR had been out for X-Box for a few and all I had heard was great things, never had my expectations been so high for a game, because for 1. It was a Star Wars game, not only that it was ment to be a GOOD Star Wars game, something we haven’t seen for awhile, and 2. It was ment to be a kick ass RPG, and I don’t know anyone who dosen’t like RPGs. I pre-ordered the game for my PC ...

Incredibles, The (2004) 16/12/2004

The Incredibles, Incredibly Good?

Incredibles, The (2004) Meet Mr. Incredible, Elastagirl and their kids Dash, Violet and Jak Jak – together they create the Incredibles. A superhero family. This is a fun animation by Pixar and Disney. With such recent hits as Finding Nemo, great things were expected by the release of this next venture, and boy was it not a let down. The background of the story basically goes that Mr. Incredible the ‘coolest’ superhero around falls for Elastagirl, a marriage made in heaven right? But all goes wrong when people they’ve saved start suing for damages, saying, they didn’t want to be saved. All of America’s finest superhero’s are soon finding their jobs redundant and must take new identities from the ‘Superhero Protection Agency’. The story begins 15 years later when we find the housewife Elastagirl, who wants to forget about all there former exploits, and a Mr. Incredible stuck in a dead-end job about to have a mid-life crisis. They’ve also now got three children, Violet; who can turn invisible and throw up protective shields, Dash; who can run at the speed of light and the loveable baby Jak Jak who doesn’t seem to have any powers. Mr. Incredible drives the whole first half of the movie showing that he hasn’t forgotten about his old ways and wanting things to go back the way they were, but his wife on the other hand seems content with their new life, and is continually urging him to forget about it. He gets his chance when he’s offered one last job as his old way of life, little does he know ...

Glentoran 01/12/2004

Glentoran: In A League Of Their Own

Glentoran If you live outside of Northern Ireland, you may see the Northern Irish Premier League as a bit of a joke, well let’s say compared to English Premier League. And well your probably right in thinking that. But if you forget all about other leagues and just focus on the NI Priemer division, you find...surprisingly enough..great football. A few years ago the only team worth mentioning in Northern Ireland was Linfield, but in more recent years that has all changed, now Glentoran are giving Linfield a run for their money. Glentoran was founded in 1882 and has quite a good and long history. It's great to watch team play, and there's always a great atmostphere from the crowds. This team has great spirit and a great feeling about them. THE TEAM: GOALKEEPER: Elliott Morris: Surprisingly released on free transfer, last year by West Bromwich Albion, their loss was Glentoran’s gain as time and time again during the season Morris made spectacular saves. Finished the season with more honours when he was selected for the N.lreland B International side. DEFENDERS: Chris Walker: Not even a broken bone in his foot can stop this guy from playing. One of Glentoran’s oldest and most experienced players. Colin Nixon: One of the youngest "veterans" in local football, the 25-year-old player has received over 350 appearences in Glentoran. Paul Leeman: Since bouncing on to the scene at the tail end of the 1996/97 season, he is a superb defender ands is a fan favourite. ...

Coleraine, Northern Ireland 29/11/2004

Pack Your Bags...Your Coming To Coleraine!

Coleraine, Northern Ireland Many people would turn there back on Northern Ireland, too many terrorists and not enough love. Well, obviously these people haven’t been around Coleraine at night, it truly is the place to be. Coleraine Borough is an outstandingly beautiful area featuring some of the most spectacular countryside in Northern Ireland. An ideal holiday base for all the family, there's simply so much to see and do. For children there are water activities, beaches, adventure playgrounds and amusements. Golfers can perfect their game on any one of ten challenging courses while anglers will enjoy some of the best fishing in Europe. Watersports and lots of other activities are easily accessible. Lots of Colourful spectacles and events include the Raft Race Festival and North West 200 Motor Cycle Races to name but two. A range of excellent accommodation is provided too, most of which have received the NI Board Awards for Standards of Service and Quality, together with numerous well equipped caravan and camping parks. All in all, the Coleraine promises you a warm welcome, as well as room to move and time to unwind. With more and more shops becoming interested in the springing economy of Coleraine, it is fast becoming one of Northern Ireland’s best shopping spots, where believe me, you can really pick up some good deals. Coleraine is a very quiet town, just missing city statis, with a great cinema, the Jet Centre. Even though it’s very quiet this does not stop it from having a ...

Tony Hawk's Underground (PS2) 27/11/2004

Don't be a MUG get: THUG!

Tony Hawk's Underground (PS2) THUG is another addition to the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series. It’s a great installment, but rather a lot like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 + 4. All the great features are back plus a whole host more, including create a trick, WALKING! design your own board! and whole host of new tricks. The main difference with this and the other games is that instead of starting out as a Pro, in this one you start out as a rookie and have to gain your way up the ranks and win all the major skate competitions to become the best skater in the world. The whole drawing point to Tony Hawk games are the fact it’s so fun to just skate around and pull crazy tricks. But be warned this is very far from the norm and you really can pull crazy tricks, of which so ‘serious’ skaters complain, but of which I find very fun doing a 1020 Kickflip. I love the fact you can jump off your board and run around in this game, and drive other vehicles like cars etc. Many people see this as them making the games to gimmicky, but with me it’s the more gimmicks the better! So bring the gimmicks on. Unfortunately some mission descriptions are very vague and require many attempts not because your time runs out or anything, but just because you don't know exactly what you should be doing or what item you should be looking for. I find this especially when you play the game in ‘sick mode’. A good feature is when you can eventually pick your sponsors, which provide you with new gear graphics and outfits, there’s ...

An American Werewolf In London (DVD) 27/11/2004

Like Horror?...Love This!

An American Werewolf In London (DVD) This is the movie that revolutionized the werewolf horror movies. It had, what at the time were, stunning special effects. It even went on to win an Oscar for it. The story starts as follows; Two incoherent American Backpackers in the North of England, despite warning, find themselves wandering unknowingly through farmland on a stormy night, not only to be attacked by a werewolf. One is killed off immediately but the other just survives, waking up the next morning only to find himself in a London hospital. Not to long after he endures a close encounter with his recently deceased friend who tells him that he is know a werewolf and must kill himself in order to break the curse. Being the American that he is, he disregards his late friends warning an goes about life as normal. But it’s at the next full moon, when all the fun starts! A masterpiece directed by John Landis, which has reached cult stasis. It stars Griffin Dunne as the late friend, and David Naughton as the unexpecting werewolf. But my hat has to go off to the lovely Jenny Agutter, who plays a nurse, and the werewolf’s love interest. The film was recorded in 1981 and is Certificate 18. This is a must see, definitely rent before buying though, as I do know people who’s tastes haven’t quite got to rips with this movie. 9/10
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