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  • Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray] [2008] Review

    Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray] [2008]

    Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray] [2008]
    Directed by Marc Forster


    Editorial Reviews

    Synopsis
    Daniel Craig returns as Ian Fleming's most famous creation in Quantum of Solace, the first film in the James Bond series to follow directly on from the previous entry. Continuing where Casino Royale concluded, Quantum of Solace finds Bond on a perilous mission to uncover the truth behind the betrayal of his beloved Vesper, while keeping one step ahead of M (Judi Dench – Mrs Henderson Presents, Shakespeare In Love), the CIA and a shadowy organisation fronted by the diabolical Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric – The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, Marie Antoinette).

    Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright – Basquiat, Oliver Stone's W) and the dubious Rene Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini – Black Belly of the Tarantula, Seven Beauties) also return for this high octane sequel directed by internationally-renowned German filmmaker Marc Forster (The Kite Runner, Finding Neverland). Though Quantum of Solace takes its gritty and uncompromising lead from Casino Royale, many of the series' hallmark ingredients are present, including a bevy of beautiful women which includes Gemma Arterton (St Trinians, Rocknrolla) and Olga Kurylenko (Le Serpent, Hitman), and a post-modern music score from series veteran David Arnold.

  • Planet Earth: Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray] Review

    Planet Earth: Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray]

    Planet Earth: Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray]
    From 2 Entertain Video


    Product Details

        * Amazon Sales Rank: #2 in DVD
        * Released on: 2007-11-12
        * Rating: Exempt
        * Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
        * Format: Widescreen
        * Original language: English
        * Number of discs: 5
        * Running time: 550 minutes

    Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.co.uk Review
    Not only is Planet Earth one of the most jaw-dropping, ambitious, nature documentaries the BBC has ever produced, it’s now taken on another role: as a superb demonstration disc for the strength of and Blu-ray.

    Spread over a good ten hours, the series charts life and nature in dozens upon dozens of differing locations around the earth. Diligently and warmly narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Planet Earth calmly goes close in on its subject matter when required, and then pulls out some stunning perspective shots that are simply breathtaking. It’s hard to come up with the right superlatives to do the photography on the programme any kind of justice, and that it’s married to such fascinating subject matter is all the better.

    And if you think the original broadcast of Planet Earth was something special, or you were gobsmacked by the picture quality on DVD, just wait until you see it in 1080p HD glory. Particularly some of the broader shots here are all but without parallel, and it’s a real reward for those who have invested ahead of the crowd in high definition technology.

    Presented over five discs, and matching wonderful content to spot-on visual presentation, Planet Earth is now not just a landmark in nature documentary film making. It’s also a chartermark of quality for just what HD DVD and Blu-ray can offer. A stunning release, in more than one sense. --Jon Foster

    DVD Description
    From the team behind the multi-winning Blue Planet comes this epic series celebrating the Earth as never before. Embracing the world’s incredible landscapes and fascinating wildlife, Planet Earth takes the definitive look at the diversity of our planet.

    Four years in the making, with a budget of unprecedented proportions, Planet Earth has stretched the boundaries of natural history television. High definition photography, revolutionary ultra-high speed cameras and detailed images from the air enabled the series to capture the most amazing footage ever seen.

    This stunning television experience combines rare action, unimaginable scale, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the challenging seasons and the daily struggle for survival in Earths most extreme habitats. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the beauty of Planet Earth.

    Including: Natural World: Desert Lions & Snow Leopards
    The BBC’s flagship natural history series Natural World has consistently produced amazing wildlife stories with breathtaking imagery. These two gems from the series feature incredible footage of these rare, beautiful and magnificent big cats.

    "Expect everything from underwater elephants to mountains of guano and a snow leopard in attack mode… Pure Class"-- The Guardian

    Synopsis
    Emmy award winning series which explores the evolution of the Earth, and the life which it supports.
    Customer Reviews

    A Blu-Ray Must buy5
    This a stunning programme, which even in standard definition is a must buy. The quality of programming is amazing and this has to be the finest Attenborough documentaries to date. This is another documentary series from the BBC that is simply outstanding, with fantastic photography unseen in other productions of this sort. Combined with the stories of fascinating struggles that are endured by some species, some illusive, some unknown by many, this is a series not to be missed.

    Just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!5
    Planet Earth what more can you say. The pictures on Blue Ray is just breathtaking!!!!! What's even more impressive was shipping to sunny California from UK took only 5 days. Order it on 12-17-08 and got it on 12-22-08. Amazon is the best!!!!

    Really disappointing1
    I have ordered this product on 7 Aug 2007, even before the blu-ray version was released and can't descibe how hard was to wait until I've received the package from amazon.co.uk. On 13 Nov 2008 I have ordered for one of my friends the DVD version of this extraordinary documentary pack about our beautiful planet. Even thow I searched for the special features on the BD version thinking I am the one who doesn't know what is doing, I accepted the pack as it was with great footage like nothing ever seen before and was really amazed. After purchasing the DVD pack for this friend of mine I said "let's watch the DVD a little bit for the image comparison" and guess what: at the end of each episode there is a diary of that episode; there are the special features! They are not mentioned on the DVD pack, but they are there! They are mentioned on the back of BD pack and they are NOT there! Why? The problem is at BBC not at amazon. I came with the BD pack at the computer intending to scan the back of the package and attach the image to this review, but I can't find where. I have read the other reviews on amazon.co.uk and found the difference on disc 5. Now I am disappointed even more. I checked both packages and the review that I've read was correct. Why would BBC create such an amazing documentary with this difference between DVD and BD versions. The diaries are great. I've watched only two of them. I couldn't keep myself to watch the other three episodes that doesn't appear on the BD version at all. I just came to write this review and feel like will explode if I won't send back the BD version. But is not amazon's fault and they wouldn't accept the item anyway. In conclusion: the BD version image is great even thow is 1080i only, but the special features on the DVD are priceless. What I would recommend: somebody contact BBC (I am from Romania and don't think BBC will listen to what I have to say) and ask if they are going to release a new BD version with all the materials included and wait for that one. The second option is to purchase both BD and DVD packs. Check the running time on both packages: BD 550 minutes; DVD 643 minutes. Almost two hours more material on DVD. Didn't BBC found enough space on the BD?

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  • Lee Evans - Big - Live at the O2 on DVD

    Lee Evans - Big - Live at the O2

    Lee Evans - Big - Live at the O2
    From Universal Pictures Video


    Editorial Reviews

    DVD Description
    Lee Evans - Big - Live At The 02 was recorded at the world famous London 02 Arena in front of over 16,000 fans in October 2008. The five record breaking nights saw Lee perform to over 80,000 people. This DVD is the highlight of the record breaking Lee Evans - Big - UK Tour 2008 which took in over 59 dates in the UK's biggest arenas. The total ticket sales topped 500,000 which makes this the biggest ever comedy tour to date. Catch Lee at his peak with big stand-up, big effects and a big performance in what will be the biggest DVD of the year.

    Synopsis
    Lee Evans returns to the stage with another hilarious stand-up routine, this time at London's 02 arena.


    Customer Reviews

    good but not his best2
    Although BIG is a fairly funny DVD, its not one of lee evans' best. There seemed to have been many small one liners which were sometimes funny but not at all as good as his jokes in previous shows. Personally, i find lee much funnier when he re-enacts life situations with the use of funny voices, however in BIG there weren't as many. My advice to anyone who wants to see the best of lee evans is go and watch wired and wonderful, that is easily his best performance ever.

    Overall, not too bad but only a 2 star rating

    Gut-busting5
    What can I say. Another fantastic tour from the legend that is Lee Evans. Watch this DVD at your own risk - you are guaranteed to laugh at everything that is said.

    You call that BIG?5
    Lee Evans is, in every sense, the biggest comedian out there. He holds all the important records, his gigs sell out months (sometimes a whole year) in advance, and can last something that can rival a Lord of the Rings film for length. And yet he retains an air of anonymity; not quite a full-blown celebrity. This is probably because he's a pure comedian; nothing more, nothing less. He hasn't used his comedy to propel himself into other areas (ie. Eddie Izzard) and nor has he used fame to leap-frog into comedy (Russell Brand). Lee Evans gets by on craft alone, and I have full respect for him for that.

    With every passing DVD, his gigs grow in size, scope, and length, but the quality is maintained. In fact, if anything, he seems to get better all the time. The last show, XL, was sublime, crammed with laughs for over two hours, and is still funny after many repeat viewings.

    When Big came out, I had a niggling feeling that Big would maybe be a step too far, that maybe it was all starting to get a bit much. I shouldn't have worried. Big is excellent, and I must've missed half the gig from laughing so much and blinking back tears.

    So, is it his best? Erm...no, maybe. But it's a close thing. Trouble is, to say Big isn't as good as XL makes it sound as if it isn't good at all, but it is! Staggeringly good! If amazon ratings dealt in percentages, it would be a case of XL: 95% and Big: 92%. Everything you love about Lee Evans is there in spades, but is just a hair's breadth from that heady perfection XL has.

    You may disagree. You may even think Big to be his best work yet. It's certainly in the top three. Needless to say, if you're denying yourself this, you're denying yourself some of the finest comedy since...well, his last one.

    (Read Review More at Latest DVD Releases)

  • Review of DVDs Films from Amazon UK

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2 Disc Edition) [2008]

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2 Disc Edition) [2008]
    Directed by Steven Spielberg


    Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.co.uk Review
    Nearly 20 years after riding his last Crusade, Harrison Ford makes a welcome return as archaeologist/relic hunter Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, an action-packed fourth installment that's, in a nutshell, less memorable than the first three but great nostalgia for fans of the series. Producer George Lucas and screenwriter David Koepp (War of the Worlds) set the film during the cold war, as the Soviets--replacing Nazis as Indy's villains of choice and led by a sword-wielding Cate Blanchett with black bob and sunglasses--are in pursuit of a crystal skull, which has mystical powers related to a city of gold. After escaping from them in a spectacular opening action sequence, Indy is coerced to head to Peru at the behest of a young greaser (Shia LaBeouf) whose friend--and Indy's colleague--Professor Oxley (John Hurt) has been captured for his knowledge of the skull's whereabouts. Whatever secrets the skull holds are tertiary; its reveal is the weakest part of the movie, as the CGI effects that inevitably accompany it feel jarring next to the boulder-rolling world of Indy audiences knew and loved. There's plenty of comedy, delightful stunts--ants play a deadly role here--and the return of Raiders love interest Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, once shrill but now softened, giving her ex-love bemused glances and eye-rolls as he huffs his way to save the day. Which brings us to Ford: bullwhip still in hand, he's a little creakier, a lot grayer, but still twice the action hero of anyone in film today. With all the anticipation and hype leading up to the film's release, perhaps no reunion is sweeter than that of Ford with the role that fits him as snugly as that fedora hat. --Ellen A. Kim

    DVD Description
    DVD Special Features
    - Production Diary: Making of Crystal Skull
    - Warrior Make-up
    - The Crystal Skulls
    - Iconic Props
    - The Effects of Indy
    - Adventures in Post Production
    - Closing: Team Indy
    - Pre-Visualisation Sequences
    - Galleries
    - Trailers

    Stills from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Synopsis
    Harrison Ford dusts off his infamous brown fedora for another Indiana Jones film, which is once again made by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The year is 1957, and Indy is on the run from a team of Russian spies led by a rapier-wielding Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett). The Russians want Indy to help them locate an ancient artefact that they believe can be used as the ultimate military weapon. Indy manages a narrow escape, and tries to return to his life as a professor of archaeology, but he soon bumps into a '50s greaser named Mutt (Shia LeBeouf). Mutt's mother, as well as one of Indy's longtime friends, have been captured somewhere in Peru. Mutt and Indy hop on a plane to the country, where they manage to track down both Mutt's mother, Marian (Karen Allen), and Professor Oxley (John Hurt), but they also find themselves surrounded by the same scheming Russians. The Russians have found the artefact they were seeking, but Indy now knows its secret and dangerous powers. With the help of Mutt, Marian, and Oxley, he races to return it to its rightful resting place.
    While a bit more grizzled than the last time we saw him cracking his whip in INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, Ford still manages to bring the right mix of humour and swagger to Indy. Longtime fans are sure to love the many inside jokes and nods to the previous films, as well as the reappearance of some favourite old characters. While CRYSTAL SKULL has the same exotic locales and wild chases of the earlier movies, it definitely sets itself apart with its heavy use of CGI. This fourth instalment of the Indy franchise is immensely enjoyable entertainment that contains some fun surprises along the way.

    (Read Review More at Latest DVD Releases)

  • Discounted Christmas Shopping at Amazon

    It's Christmas (nearly) and everyone likes a bargain, well at the moment bargains are a must as everyone is trying to save money any way they can, people don't want to stop buying things we all just want to make our money go that little bit further.

    Many people now do most of their Christmas shopping online as it takes the hassle and stress out of buying all those presents, and with one of the biggest retailers on the internet (AMAZON), which is always busy as they sell the biggest range of presents from DVDs electricals, clothing etc.

    Now Amazon is great for shopping in general as their prices are always competitive, their delivery is fast and Free over a certain value and you can buy all your items from them instead of searching all different retailers.

    Amazon is a big site though and can sometimes be hard to find the best deal, but by using the below search you can search the category by the discount against the RRP, so for instance you can search for all DVDs that have 60% off , or search for DVDs that have 90% off, want to buy an electrical item? Just change the category and select the discounted rate you require, its that simple.

    So make shopping easier and cheaper this Christmas by checking what is discounted on Amazon first, there is always a bargain to be found , so remember just select the category, pick the amount you want the items discounted by and you will then have your items to review all in the cheapest discounted item first.

    AMAZON DISCOUNT CHECKER CLICK HERE

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