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I know there are regional variations of the Metro, but for the purpose of this opinion I will only comment on the London edition. The Metro is a free Newspaper widely available monday - Friday from all Tube stations and Major rail stations, the papers are available usually from 6am onwards and are always in several large dispensers. I have usually found that it's quite hard to get a copy if you happen to be any later than 8.30a.m The daily edition usually contains news from all of yesterday and early evening's event's. I have often found though anything that happens after 10pm doesn't always make it into the next days paper. The stories are usually direct and factual with not too much padding or analysis of the story, The first few pages are usually dedicated to yesterdays headline story, the remainder of the papers concentrates on the lesser news with the average story not covering more than a half a page. There are always good quality pictures to acompany the majority of stories. What I do like about this paper is where appropiate they always give a good detailed diagram which helps to visualise the story. On average there is usually between 15 and 20 pages of news, following that there is usually several pages of entertainment which reviews a range of subjects from Theatre's, show's, museums, cinema, dvd's, music and Pub's clubs and Resteraunts. This is usually followed by a basic TV guide with the 5 terestial channels spread over the cetrefold and usually a small selection of satelite channels on the half a page. The next scetion is the classified section, where London jobs are advertised, the paper sticks to the same format and sticks to a different job sector each day. Monday - Secretarial Tuesday- Financial and Banking Wednesday- Public sector Thurs- General, retail & sales Friday - Property and Travel The last few pages of the paper
are taken up with a puzzle and horoscope page, a business page and then a couple of pages of the followiing day's sport headlines. Being a free paper there is obviously a large quantity of adverts, with a couple of ad's per page these vary from Large national companies and brand name products down to London specific ads. I enjoy reading this paper on the way to work, and even though the stories may be brief and not informative enough, but it helps pass the time and usually lets me catch up on some of the sport results I missed the previous night! And after all you cant complain for free.
When you think of pizza, normally most people will think of the same two companies Pizza hut and Domino's, Pizza hut may command the Pizza restaraunt business but when you think takeaway this is where Domino's rule. I have used Domino's quite a lot, and never once have I had a problem with their service. Domino's has three main ways of ordering, the first being the good old fashioned way of using the menu, and telephone to dial up and order what you want, Once you have used Domino's they store your details so next time all you have to give is your telephone and they have access to your address details. when I have ordered using the phone normally the pizza is delivered within the half hour. The second method of ordering is by using Sky's OPEN interactive service, this is simply to use and you cant really go wrong if you follow the on screen instructions. Firstly you select your food and then you enter your details via your remote! this is where phone and TV differ, for TV you have to enter your card details and pay up front, but phone orders you pay when the driver delivers. The third method is via the internet, I cant comment on this service as I have never used the facility. Dominios menu sadly isnt very exciting and only offers the usual pizza toppings. I tend to stick to ordering one of their meal deals which normally consists of a large pizza, chicken strip dippers and a bottle of a coke. These deals are normally limited to only a few variety's of Pizza but sometimes they include different toppings as part of the deal. As for prices I would definatly say that Domino's fits into the average bracket, the meal deal is normally around £14 with large pizza's normally about £9 - £10. All in all from my experiance Domino's as always delivered on time, with the correct order, and the main point being that the pizza is still piping hot. The pizza is always
very tasty with a good covering of the toppings that you asked for, but I often find that their pizza's are very greasy which spoils it slightly. I would definatly recommend it to any other couch potatoes who really cant be bothered leaving the house.
In a world of .. Well you probably all ready know the quote from the movie, but this movie certainly doesn't fit into that category. Full Metal Jacket is Stanley Kubricks 1987 adaptation of Vietnam. The movie is split into two sections. The first being the introduction of the new Marines to Parris Island boot camp. The movie starts with the drill sergeant(Lee Ermey) setting the Marines straight. The opening scene has to be one of the most unforgetfull scenes in cinema history, with some of the best quotes in the business available e.g. "Only queers and steers come from Texas, and you dont look much like a steer to me boy! So do you...." The first half of the film mainly concentrates on three main characters, the drill sergeant, Private Joker(Matthew Modine) and Private Pile(Vincent D'Onofrio). Private Pile turns out to be a useless, overwieght half-wit who cant seem to get anything right. The drill sergeant strikes apon the idea no longer to punish Pile but to punish everyone else for his mistakes. Sometimes during the opening you don't know wether to laugh, or feel sorry for the treament that Pile recieves at the camp. After Piles "Major Malfunction" the story then follows Joker to Vientnam where he is posted as a military journalist. Joker starts to get bored of being a part of the American propaganda war and decides that he wants to see a part of the front line action. He meets up with one of his fellow boot camp graduates and decides to go in for the final push with his squad. The movie gives very thought provoking look at the Vientnam war and questions what the American involvement was for, this is highlighted in the proganda TV interviews. I personally thought the ending could have been more fufilling, as it seemed pointless and hadnt achieved anything, probably it was meant to reflect Kubricks view on the war itself. Overall this is a fantast
ic movie, which was well shot, and tell's its story to great effect. The movie also has a spectacular soundtrack. I would definatly recommend this movie to anyone who like's their military film's but wants something a bit more thought provoking than a straight out shoot them up and big explosions.
Karting offers the rare chance for the "Ordinary bod" to have a go at a motorsport. The concept is very simple drivers compete in Karts, small, lightweight vehicle powered by either single or twin engines( sometimes propane powered) and the driver who completes the race first is the winner. Apart from the karts and the fact that often the race track is indoors, everything else is similar to professional motorsport. All the same rules and penalties apply. Most karting facilities over the same service which allows for the public to turn up and have a go. These usually consist of getting kitted out in protective gear( overalls, helmet and glove's) next follows the most important part of the event, the safety talk! The marshals will explain in great depth the rules of the track and the event, explaining what the flags mean, and how to react to each one. Most circuits offer similar types of events, the most common are: 1) A straight session where all drivers race over a set time period 2) A grand prix event, all drivers are split into groups of 5/6 depending on how many people are there. These groups are rotated so that every driver has the oppertunity to start from a different grid position, with each mini race lasting 5/6 laps. Once these are completed the fastest 15 or so go through to semi's and then the final. 3) Endurance event, this is usually a team event over a couple of hours, basically the winners are the team who cover the most distance in that set time period. The good thing about this sport is the fact that you go at the speed you feel most comfortable at, if you feel you are going to spin the kart then ease off! Most people's views is that motorsport is dangerous, and indeed it can be but with the correct precautions karting can be as safe as any other hobby/sport. All tracks are well protected with tyre barriers. The track marshals make sure that if the
re are any incidents that the rest of the competitors are aware of this and adjust their spped accordingly. One of the most common injuries from Karting consist of people trying to get out of the vehicle and placing their arms on the hot exhaust! Most people dont realise how physically demanding this sport really is! A short 20 minute spell will leave the majority of people's arm's aching!! This is due to the fact the force that need to be excerted in steering the vehicle. As far as price goes, it can be quite expensive, for between 15 minutes and 30 minutes the price can be anywhere from 15 to 40 pounds. For those who aim to take up the sport seriously then they should bear in mind that karts are over £1000, you will need to maintain it and have a way of transporting it, and then you have the rest of the safety gear to consider. I would definatly recommend that everyone at least gives this a go, as the thrill of speeding round corners and beating your mates, and then covering them in bubbly is unbeatable!
FriendsReunited is one of those sites that once you visit for the first time you become absolutly hooked on(A bit like Dooyoo). The principal of the site is such a simple concept, I am suprised that it wasnt developed sooner, basically all the site is a list of people, the school they went to and the year that they finished. The site also allows you to define your primary school and a seperate sixth form college if that was the case. Friend reunited is available in two formats. The first is the free version, where upon registering, it allows you to select what school you went to and the year that you finnished. There is also an optional section were you can enter a brief description of what you are now upto these days. What this doesnt allow you do is enetr an e-mail address. All this format does is allow you to register and show your details for your school. If you want to actually contact some of the people on the list this is where you have to upgrade to the other package. This is just a case of registering your payment details over a secure site. Once this has been accepted this gives you the ability to contact ex-pupils this is done by double clicking on the envelope icon next to the list of your fellow pupils. This allows you to enter your message from within the site. Once you are ready click on send, This mails the person and also sends a copy of the message to your own mail address. The payed format also allows you to include a photograph of yourself next to your details. Even though I only left school six years ago, after a stint at college, university and then moving away from my home town. I was only still in contact with two people that I had gone to school with. Out of about 250 people who were in the same year as myself there is about 30 pupils at time of writing registered on the site. Thanks to this site I now have regular contact with several of my ex-peers. So all in all this is a very successfull sit
e which I would highly recommend to everyone out there who wish to catch up with old friends, or even just be nosey to find out what people have made of themselves since leaving school.
The Green Mile is another film adaption of a Stephen King Novel, again being directed by Frank Darabont. StoryLine: ----------- The story is based apon Paul Edgecomb(Tom Hanks) who is the head guard on a Death Row wing, known as "The Green mile". The story focus on the relationship between the guards, and their inmates who face a very short future! The prison then recieve a new prisoner John Coffey(Michael Duncan), and absoluely mammoth man, charged with the brutal murder of two young sisters. The remainder of the film is focused on life on the wing, and the suprises that John Coffey manages to spring! This is a story of supernatural powers, humanity and life in general. The film manges to tell the story of several charcters, rom the guards, Inmates through to the family members of the prison. This is more a film for people who enjoy a good story, rather than action packed. The film is just over 3 hours long, but Frank Darabont manages to tell the story so well that the time just flies by. The DVD -------- The disc I prurchased was Region 2 and had an 18 certificate. The film is presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic format. The movie is available to watch in English and German, with the ability to chose English in Dolby 5.1 or Dolby 2.0 option also available. The disc also has a vast array of languages available for subtitles. The extras on the disc include a Walking the mile documentary, a theatrical trailer, and then the standard interactive menu's and Scene Access. Due to the fact that this movie is aimed at more telling a story rather than a action thriller, there is no action packed sequences or any scenes that will test the full capabilities of DVD. What we do get is very clear and pronouced vocals and a crisp transfer, which makes the film viewing enjoyable. Conclusion ---------- This isnt a film for adrenalin junkies, but rather one f
or folks who enjoy a good thought provoking story. The DVD doesnt really offer any advantages over any other format, but would make a fine addition to any collector's library of discs.
SouthWest trains(SWT) are owned by StageCoach Ltd, this train company at present hold the train franchise to operate the services between the South-West of London and the South-West of England. As well as running the train services, SWT also own and maintain the majority of the stations on these routes. The largest of these being London Waterloo and Clapham Junction ( The busiest station in the country) The majority of SWT customer base is those who commute into London WaterLoo from surrounding London boroughs and suburbs, it is these services which suffer from the most problems as far as timetable issues and overcrowding are concerned. SWT seem to have a shortage of train drivers as many a train has been cancelled due to the service having no driver. Most of the delays that do happen are due to network and engineeriing works which are the resposibility of Railtrack, and is out of the hands of SWT. At least the station's keep you well informed of any developments. Every now and again services are cancelled or delayed because of train breakdowns. SWT at present operate three types of trains. The first are there new diesel trains which tend to operated on SWT longer haul journeys from Waterloo to the South West of England. These trains are very modern, clean and well maintained. There is no graffiti and none of the seats have been damaged These trains also provide a toilets and a trolley refreshment service. These trains dont often get that busy and it isnt hard to find a seat. The second sets of trains are the commuter trains, these type run from London Boroughs into Waterloo. During peak times these trains are very busy and it is often hard to find a seat, On many occasion these have been so full that people cant actually squeeze on. This is a major problem for SWT on these routes as tempers often get frayed between passengers, often when stopping at staions as waiting passengers are heard saying "Can you mo
ve down please" apart from the fact that passengers are squeezed into every spare sq inch as it is. It often doesnt help when SWT trains in their wisdom sometimes decide to cut these services from there usual 8 carriage services to a 4 carriage service. Imagine the chaos as 8 overcrowded carriages worth of people try to get on 4 carriages, Trust me its a sight to be seen. The third set of trains are the old slam door trains that SWT operate these are mainly used for the middle distance routes such as Reading and Woking, these trains are often clean and well maintained. These trains do get busy during peak times. Because the seats take up so much room the seating often get filled up very quickly. The main problem I have with these trains is the safety impliction of the doors. On many occasions I have seen passengers opening the doors and trying to get on, as the train is pulling out of the station. Waterloo being the main station is well maintained and well presented. There is a good range of Toilet and refreshment services provided. There is ample information about trains available from timetable stands, train display screens and staff that are positioned nearby to provide info. The only issue I have is the poor planning that was involved when they positioned their new flat blue information screens, when its busy everyone crowds round them blocking off all the entrances to the platforms. In conclusion SWT do run a good service, but its a thankless task, if the service is on time people go on there way happily, but when things go wrong thats when you start to hear peoples views on SWT service. I think people will be satisfied with the service as Railtrack start to complete their engineeering work, that is as long as SWT dont try to raise their fares.
Elbow rooms 89-91 Chapel Market, London N1 9EX 0207278 3244 times Monday - Thur 2am Fri & Sat - 3am Sun 10:30 The Elbow rooms is different from must pool halls/bars in the fact that it is friendly and welcoming. The club is only a 5 minute walk from Angel tube station(Northern line). The clubs website gives a very decent map which helps if you dont know the area that well. Most pool halls/bars that I have been to are always dark/dinghy and usually the custumer base is slightly on the shady side :-) The Elbow rooms differs in the fact that its decor is more closely related to that of a trendy west-end bar and the customer base to match. There is a vast range of usual bar drinks from larger, ales and wine's and the more expensive tipples, the prices are reasonable for London! The club also offers waiter/waitress service for people who are playing on the pool tables. Food is also good with a good range of bar snacks and more substantial meals, prices are what you would expect to pay in a normal bar and service is usually prompt. What makes this place different from other halls is the fact that the Elbow rooms also cater for the casual drinkers who dont want to play pool, and maybe have a dance as the evening wears on. Getting down to the nitty gritty of why this place is succesfull is simple, the pool, the club has 9 large american size tables, with another available in a private room. There is a vast array of cue's, triangles and chalk so there no need to go hunting for your desired weapon. The tables are of a good standard and are well maintained, they are well spaced so you dont have to worry about clashing with other players. The only criticism I have with this place is their policy on play, unless you book a table for a number of hours, at £20/hour then you have to settle for 1 hour slots at £9/hour, once this is over if you want more you have to go to the back
of the queue for a table. If you want to come here make sure you get there early, as the place gets exceedingly busy from about 8 onwards, usually with large queue's forming outside.
After reading a few of the opinions on Swordfish here on Dooyoo. There was a mixed bag of opinions on this movie so I decided the best way to sort the argument was to go and see it for myself. I was slightly disappointed by the storyline, but if you are there for action then this movie certainly doesnt dissappoint. STORYLINE: ========== For some reason, Swordfish is one of those movies that Start's with one of the end scenes, I am not sure why theyt have done this to be honest, as I personally think that it doesnt add to the story, but probably ruins it. The opening explosion scene is amazing and should leave the whole audience gob-smacked. The movie follows a gang of Black-op soldiers who need to raise cash to finance their own personal war against terrorism. The gang led by Gabriel(John Travolta) a playboy leader, and assisted by Vinnie Jones and Halle Berry, hatch upon a plan to relieve the goverment of all the money in a secret bank account, but to do this the need the help of Stan(Hugh Jackman), "The worlds most dangerous hacker". stan only decides to help the gang to try and help pay for a lawyer to re-gain custody of his 10 year old daughter. Sadly after that the movie follows the pattern that you would expect for this type of movie, and up to the finale get a bit dull. The ending has a little twist, but nothing that will have you racing to watch it again in the near future. Conclusion. ------------ I would have to warn any potential viewers that if they were considering watching this do so only if you take it for what it is, which is an action movie, and try not to read too much in to the story line. Sadly the acting in the movie is a bit wooden and none of the cast give award winning performances. I would though highly recommend it to fans who enjoy excellent action scenes and great effects.
For those of you who have never had the experiance of using the Waterloo and City line then I feel its my duty to warn you of what you might expect. As the name of the line suggests the line operates between Waterloo station and Bank station. Where this line differs from most of the other lines is that because it exists purely for the business community, there is no weekend service, and the last weekday service is at 9:30pm. Trains are frequent and when everything is running smoothly you should expect a train to turn up evry 2-5 minutes. Waterloo has only a huge ramp and a wide set of stairs as access to the platform fo this line. This can be really off putting in peak times when you see thousands of people queing just to get on the platform, but dont despair, because of the frequency of trains the queue is fast moving. Once you finally do get on the train, this is one of those occasions in life where the smaller you are the greater advantage you have. Everyone will try to cram in to every last nook and cranny there is available. If you are tall like myself (6ft 4) then make sure that if you cant get a seat that you stand in the middle of the aisle, if you dont you are likely to find yourself doing the whole journey folded into the curve of the train. As for the journey itself this is where the real fear is, the train is probably one of the fastest travelling on the underground network, except that the condition of the track doesnt really lend tself to travelling at those speeds. If you are standing make sure that you get a good tight grip of either the railings or a very trusted friend next to you, if not the consequence could be disatorous. On many occasions I have seen many a Waterloo&City virgin trying to do the journey without holding on, only to see them get thrown round the carriage like a rag doll, and usualy to the displeasure of many streesed and irate passengers. On arrival at Bank, just foll
ow everyone else dont event attempt to stop mid flow, in fact I think this is impossible anyway, the crowd will just sweep you in the direction that you want to go. For the more active the stairs offer a a faster escape route than the at present one trav-o-lator, this wiil be remedy some time in the new year when the 2nd one is opened. During the summer when the temperurs start to soar, life on the line can become very unpleasent as the temperature soars to unbearable levels. Outside of peak ours you would hardly recognise this line as it rarely gets busy so that you cant get a seat. Reliability is mainly in the whole good, but when it does go wrong ity usual goes wrong in style, leading to usually huge delays and often complete closure of the line. There was a story not so long ago about one of the trains got stuck in the tunnel under the Thames, the train behind it tried to push it out, but this too got stuck,in the end all passengers had to get out and walk a few miles in the pitch black sweltering tunnell. So all I can say is that if you do have to use the line, try to do it off peak, and if it must be peak time, well get prepared to be trampled!
I know there are all ready numerous opinions on Amazon.co.uk, but I would just like to give credit where its due. For those of you out there who are a bit sceptic of purchasing on-line, well Amazon, is probably the best place to start. The main page is well designed and awfully simple to navigate, each product group is clearly identified for instant access on the left of the page. Also their is an excellent search facility which will bring up all instances of a title, wether it be in book, video or DVD format. Once a product is selected, you get an in-depth description of the product, and all its technical details. Amazon also has a review section where previous customers write their opinion on the product. Purchasing is simple all you do is select the product you require and add it to your cart, once you have completed all your purchases, all you need to do is to proceed to the checkout. If you are existing customer all you are required to do is confirm which address you want the product sent to. New customers will be required to enter their payment details as well as their delivery instructions. Once completed Amazon will e-mail you a reciept of the order, and also a reciept of postage. This is where amazon come into their own as they are by far the most efficient at shipping their goods. Previously I have placed an order for a DVD at 4pm one evening, and it was sitting on my door matt the very next morning. Its not always that quick, but if the product is in stock you can almost guarentee that it will be with you within 48 hours. Amazon's after sale care is also excellent with refund's or delivery problems always handled efficiently. They also keep you informed of their promotions and events they have running. The only disadvantage of amazon is that they are not the cheapest site on the web, but with ample opertunity of Amazon vouchers from various promotion and special deals, many a good barg
ain can be obtained
This is one of Adam sandler's finest movies. For those out there who havent seen it, I would highly recommend it. This movie is non stop laughs and had me rolling on the floor with laughter most of the time. Storyline --------- The movie is based around Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) who because of his over protective mother (Kathy Bates) is a local no-hopers college American football team's "waterboy". Bobby never attended a school so is always bullied to to is lack of intelligence. After the coach(Henry Winkler) persuades him to stand up for himself, the coach realises that bobby could just be what the team is looking for. The story follows the teams and Bobby's rise to footballing stardom, all while his disapproving mother doesnt know what he's up to. DVD --- Unfortunatly this movie isnt available in R1 format, as the R2 format is severly lacking any form of extras. What you do get for your 14 pounds is screen: 1.85:1 widescreen languages: English & German in Dolby 5.1 Also Hungarian subtitles:Dutch ; Swedish ; Norwegian ; Danish ; Finnish ; Portuguese ; Icelandic ; Croatian ; Polish ; Hungarian ; German and Closed caption The picture and sound quality are what you would expect from a DVD, but the movie doesnt really have that much in the way of audio action to benifit from 5.1. The layer change is well placed and doesnt interuppt the viewing of the movie in anyway. Conclusion ---------- This is a excellent comical movie but is only worth purchasing on DVD if you are a serious collector who must have all their titles on DVD, for those who like to get a extra packed disc then this is probably one that you best leave alone.
REGION 2 The Untouchables Movie: The Untouchables directed by Brian De Palma, just happened to be one of the best movies to come out of the eighties. It was a classic mob tale of how the authorities tried to convict Al Capone(Robert De Niro) for crimes of murder and running a gang. The story focuses on 4 members of law (Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith) and their pursuits to end the illegal trafficing of Alchol; in 1920's America. Apart from the superb performances by every member of the cast, the film itself is probbaly remembered for the staircase scene at the rail station. DVD: Certificate:15 year:1987: screen:Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages English Sound:DD 5.1 Subtitles: English, English for hard of hearing, Arabic, bulgarian Czech and Danish amongst others. Duration: 1 hour and 55 Extras: Theatrical trailer. The colour and picture of this DVD are excellent, with 20's Chigago looking crisp and clear and very well defined. Sadly the layer change in the movie is quite length of time but thankfully it happens in a very dull part of the movie. Conclusion: Excellent movie, cast and script but as a DVD is very poor, this being a new release on DVD deserves to have at least average extras but instead just has the one trailer.
Treago Farm Crantock Nr Newquay. Description: Treago farm is a well run, extremely well cared for and maintained holiday site, with a good mixture of static caravans, touring caravans and camp pitches available for people who are looking for a place close to the exciting holiday resort of Newquay. Directions/Location: --------------------- As you Approach Newquay on the A392, instead of turning right to go to Newquay, go straight on the A3075, take the next right and follow the signs for Crantock and Treago farm. The site is well sign posted from the main road and is approximatly 10 minutes drive from the Newquay turning. The farm is just located on the outskirts of Crantock village, a pictures little village, with a decent range of local ammenities including shop, pubs, post office and tea rooms. The highlight of the campsite is the short distance to Crantock beach, this easily accesible through a range of footpaths Crantock beach has to be one of the most picturesque and clean beaches in this country, the sand and water are both immaculatly clean, the beach is also patrolled by lifeguards, with safety at the forefront. The beach has plenty of dunes and caves to keep youngsters amused, as well as ice cream vans and shacks to hire wetsuits and surfboards. The best feature of the beach is that it never gets busy, so beach frisbee and football are never a hassle. For the livelier member in the party, who require a bit of nightlife Newquay is easy accesible by a 15 minute car/or taxi ride(usually only about £2 a person). Facilities: -------------- The site has a host of faciliies which include. shop- The camp shop is as well stocked as any town cornershop with products ranging from Toiletries, papers, fresh bread, milk, frozen food, packaged food and also usefull items for those camping such as gas bottles sun cream etc. The store is open most of the day, prices are about the same
as highstreet prices. Bar- The site has its own bar for guests, stocking a good range of draught and bottled beers at normal pub prices. The bar also has a pool table, dart board and host of games behind the bar for customer use. The bar is open from 8pm -11pm each evening. The site also has a seperate kids play room with another pool table and a TV. Washing- Treago provides about a dozen sinks for guests to wash their dishes, with never ending hot water! Also a deep chest refregiratot and fridge to allow guests to keep frozen and fresh food. Also available on site is a laundry and drying room available for use. There is also a pay telephone on site. Toilet facilities at this site are excellent with several toilet cubicals in each block, these are regulary cleaned and maintained by the staff. The shower block also host several sinks and shower cubicles for each sex, again maintained to a high standard. The shower facilities always has hot water available!! General: ------------ The site in general is excellent with well mown fields, always clean and plenty of water oulets and caravan electric points throught the site. This site is mainly a family site but they will accept groups if they book in advance, this site is very popular so booking in advance is always reccomended anyway. The site is a family run business and are never to busy to go out of their way to help and make the stay enjoyable. The best thing about this site is that its relaxed, safe and well mainained allowing a hassle free break. All at a very cheap price. All in all this is the best campsite I have ever stayed at, being the only one were there is always hot water on tap.
Braveheart special edition R2 Background: For those who live on another world and have never seen the epic Braveheart then you are certainly missing out. The story is based in 13th century Scotland, when it is still ruled by England, The story begins by showing how ruthless the English king rules his new land, with a show of peace, he murders all the nobles of Scotland who were invited to the peace talks. The king also introduces a law that allows the English lords who have control of Scottish lands, the right to consumate any marriage on the first night of marriage, in the hope that the king can breed the Scots out. The story focuses on William Wallace(Mel Gibson), who returns to his home village after spending his childhood with his uncle after the death of his father and brother. Wallace returns to grow crops and raise a family, this is quickly changed when his bride, who he married in secret to prevent the lord having his way, is executed as an example not to uprise against the English. From this point on Wallace raises an army, and intends to destroy all thing English, and reclaim Scotland for its people. The biggest difficulty he faces is persuading ther Scottish nobles that they should also help, and risk losing their titles and land's. The DVD: The disc is rated 15 sound: English 5.1 subtitles: 11 languages also English for the hearing impaired region:2 screen: 2:35:1 and widescreen 16:9 special fetures: Bonus disc featuring a film makers passion Audio commentry by Mel Gibson Interactive menus scene access original theatrical trailor I am suprised that the movie only got a 15 rating as there are some pretty gruesome fight scenes contained in this movie, some people who are more squemish may want to look away at some points. The disc as a whole is superbly put together as the sound and picture quality is first rate. The layer changes withi
n the disc are un-noticable making it an enjoyable movie to watch. The effects, acting and directorship of this film is excellent, and I have to say this has got to be one of Mel Gibsons finest movies, even though his Scottish accent is not the greatest you'll ever hear. All in all this is a fantastic movie and is a must for all DVD collectors as I have no doubts that iin the future this movie will be regarded as one of the all time greats.