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      07.02.2010 13:10
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      Good hotel, good level of service, well located, and breakfast to die for!

      I have stayed here twice and have both experiences have been pleasurable and a fun time. Situated just off Oxford street with most London attractions only a few minutes away by taxi, bus or subway. With on site Chinese, Italian and Japanese restaurants, all offering a good standard of service and nice food. For a quiet pint there is the Lazy Dog bar that has a nice atmosphere, good sellection of beers/spirits and a waitress service to save your legs from being too active.

      Another onsite facility is the underground Gym area that I paid £4 to use and it is set on three different levels in the bowels of the eath that you access by elevator. The gym offers an extensive cardio area, free weights, and a sports hall area all fitted with very impressive features. The only thing I will say is that becuase of the size of the Gym/Sports area set on three floor levels it can be a little hard without going every week where all the desired machines and apparatus are located. If you are there for quite a long stay or work out every day you will get to know your way around the different levels.

      There is also amednities like an ice machine, and vending machines on each floor. as this is only a three star they do not offer room service which means the vending machines are a god send if you want a midnight feast or a few more beers after the bar starts to close. On the ground floor there is a coffee shop with a nice seating area and internet access.

      On the same floor there is the breakfast room, which is a spectacle to behold. The decor is very basic in the breakfast room with the look of a school dining room. However the breakfast is truly one of the pinacles of the hotel. Usually Bed and Breakfast is offered in the room rate and it is well worth it. The breakfast is a buffet mix of traditional English Breakfat and Continental breakfast. With ham, cheese, croissants, cereal, fruit, bacon, sausage, hash brown, beans, coffee, tea and juice all available almost on tap in inexhaustable supply. You can litterally fill up until tea time on this meal!

      All the staff were very helpful offering a truly friendly service, and also offering a consierge service for all your travel and entertainment info, and bookings for attractions if required. The hotel location makes it perfect for shopping, eating out and pub crawling as it has an abundance of all these venues within walking distance. Bank cashpoints are not an issue for all you monetary needs, sited all over Oxford Street you are never too far away from your spending money. Also Sainsburys is located just over the road from the hotel for all your domestic shopping (if required). All in all worth the poultry money that I spent to stay there.

      The rooms are basic, but all you need for a short stay in London, there is a bed, TV, on-suite bathroom with toilet and shower with usual bars of complimentary soap etc. The rooms were clean, well kept and the maid service was very efficent. I can only speak about the state of the standard double rooms as that is all I have stayed in, I would say the room did not blow me away, but I was not disappointed either. Good enough for a couple of days stay, and after all it was London I went to see and not the room, so I was not in it more than about 7 hours a day, just to sleep.

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      • Aeon Flux [2005] (DVD) / DVD / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        07.02.2010 12:40
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        Good effects and over the top action, but that is all folks!

        This film looks very impressive from first off, however after about 15 minutes you soon see that it is all like a bad christmas present, the packaging is much better than the heart of what is inside. They introduce some novel ideas, but this is a film for the MTV generation (no surprise as it is based loosely on the Aeon flux MTV series). The special effects are well done and the action scene completely outlandish. However, the action comes so thick and fast they you find yourself more annoyed by the lack of plot rather than intrigued as to what it is all about.

        I found myself asking "what is happening?" constantly, with the show of action and effects the plot never really emerges until about an hour into the film. The basic premise is that a virus has wiped out 80% of the worlds population leaving a commune of humans that are run by a council. The lead character is Aeon Flux who is played by Charlize Theron, who shows more of her body in her tight clothes than she does her acting ability.

        Aoen is given the task of killing a council member who starting to question things. His name "Trevor" which seems a very out of place name in this future world where everyone else seems to have cool names like Oren or Sithandra. Trevor is played by Marton Csokas (now thats a name for a futuristic character), who hits me like some weird genetic experiment that has crossed Gerard Butler and Kevin Spacey into one person (that is not a detriment just an observation and I in no way mean this a derogatory sense).

        Aeon manages to get to Trevor and has the chance of killing him but stops because she is bombarded of unexplicible memories of Trevor as her lover, even though they have never met. He inturn spares her life when she gets captured. Now you may be thinking that sounds good so far, however that is about all the plot until you find out the real premise of the film, which you could write on the back of a postage stamp. What started as a film with a possibly a twist in the tale gives its twist which is not worthnwaiting for and becomes rather a rudimentry story. You find yourself searching for some sort of additional significance, asking "why would they pin all this film and spent so much money on such a weak plot?"

        The only cast member that deserves his dues is Johnathan Lee Miller who does a good job at expressing a coldness and quite disturbing character from every pore as Trevors' brother Oren. He does such a good job to the point when you are questioning why the other characters did not see he was the evil one. The reason he does such a good job is that he has a three dimensional character that he shows isn't all bad but when he is bad has very little remorse.

        I will not tell you the twist, as with most of my reviews I will never reveal all, as why would you bother watching it if it was all spelt out for you. I ask you watch this film yourself and decide, don't spend too much money in getting a copy, but enjoy watching with a few friends and give it the punishment it deserves in the form of nit-picking!

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      • Watchmen (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        07.02.2010 11:30
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        Quite good, and worth a look at

        In a parallel 1985 the president is Richard Nixon, who is battling the Russians, the world has gone to pot ever since the watchmen have been unmasked. The watchmen were originally a band of individuals with special talents that were formed to fight crime. As any self respecting "superhero" all have a disguise and costume. The film goes back to the first band of watchmen to present disbanded 1985 watchmen.

        Quite a thought provoking film, once it gets to the point. This was a very ambitious film that does labour by being too long. However, saying that is does go through the main characters backgrounds one by one so that you understand how they became "superheroes", which in any film would take a long time to establish. The film has no super villain as such, and really only one true superhuman being, the rest of the band are just very agile and superior skills.

        The nub of the story is someone is going around killing off watchmen, with the looming Russian and USA conflict coming to a head the watchmen (reluctantly in some cases) have to discover the reason behind the killings. Very much a superhero film for adults, this has some truly graphic scenes of blood and nudity. It is probably about as dark as a superhero film could ever go.

        The film asks questions like how far would someone go for peace, how many people should be sacrificed to save a greater number. The action scenes are well don, and the special effects are good without taking over the whole film. Despite the hype, this film a character driven film that derserves to be watched at least once, you will probably get bored half way through (I did), but stick with it!

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        04.02.2010 22:08

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        Good drive for those who are not gentle to hardware

        This drive is just what it says on the packet, TOUGH!

        The rubber outer covering makes the surface of the drive resilient to dropping, smacking, and even being thrown across the room (but I do not recommend). The simple pull out USB connector slots away to stop any possible damage and even the USB connector lead is covered in a soft rubber.

        The drive requires no additional power supply and runs off any USB slot, and has no additional software. Windows XP and preceeding OS systems install as a mass storage drive for convenience. Even though the drive is a little bigger than you would expect, it is still able to fit in most average pockets although you will struggle if you try fitting in your tight jeans hip pockets. Chances are this will not only put stress on the drive but promote bodily damage aswell (tried, will not do it again).

        If you require a drive to use in harsh environments then this is the one for you. If not, just stick with a standard USB drive but this will limit your storage capacity compared with the large capacity of the tough drive.

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        19.01.2010 00:35
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        Absolute must for fans of the original cut of the film

        K.W.Jeter has managed to capture the world created by the Blade Runner film and helps clear up a few questions left by the film, one major question what happened to the sixth replicant!?

        Please do not think this is a sequel to "Do Androids dream of electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick, as it isn't. The Philip K. Dick book had some differences from the film (as usual), this book is a direct sequel to the film and is also followed by another two K.W.Jeter books that delve deeper into the Tyrell corporation.

        The story starts with the the loss of two major characters from the film, and then progresses to Deckard keeping Rachel alive with a status unit located in a cabin that they happened upon after the end of the first film. Deckard is ready to give up, when Sarah Tyrell the original woman used as the template for Rachel turns up. She is bitter about her copy in statis, Sarah offers Deckard a special reward to return to LA to go after the sixth replicant from the first film that was basically ignored by Bryant. The book charts Deckards progress and the mysterious smiling stranger who appears to have an agenda.

        The syle of writing takes a while to get used to, however the familar characters are well written and descriptions hold some vivid imagery. You can completely understand how K.W Jeter has managed to get full backing of the Philip K. Dick trust as he has offered a further installment in a Bladerunner franchise that should have been committed to film, or at least deserves a greater attention paid to it!

        Please go out and buy a copy, you can find copies out there for £3 and it is well worth it. If you are not a Sci-fi fan you will find that this story speaks to you on a humanistic level as well, asking many questions such as the phyilosophical elements of the film.

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          14.01.2010 22:47
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          One of the original mascauline Men fragrances

          Since 1989 Eternity for Men has offered a wonderful fragrance, a mixture of natural ingredients that ends up offering a very mascauline smell. The price tags reflects the use of quite a few quality spices and herbs. A 50ml bottle can cost up to £25 at some stores, saying that it is a very recognisable smell and has longevity so it is worthy of these prices.

          I find the aftershave slightly too over powering, whereas the Eau de Toilette has the same manly smell yet the potency is about right as not to burn your friends nostrils out. After the first spray the Eau de Toilette works with your body chemistry and the spray bottle makes it easy to deliver the spray wherever required.

          Eternity for men is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. I advise that if you are thinking about buying this go and either find somewhere that offers a sample or some places actually sell the ex display spray sample bottles. One note of caution, it can be very easy for you to over spray this as you get acclimatised to the smell and do not realise how much you reak. If you like the Eau de Toilette there is also Deorderant stick, shower gel, lotion and even a very limited Talcum Powder.

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        • Tippex Pocket Mouse / Homeware / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          13.01.2010 22:42
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          Don't bother with a mouse, get original!

          When these little cute alternatives to liquid tippex came out when I was a lad I remember wanted one of these little fellows just as a fad. Now I am older and I am well experienced with the old liquid tippex it was thrush upon me at work that we should try the Tippex mice due to the controversy of the blatant misuse of liquid tippex as solvent abuse.

          Apart from assuming all of us are into stiffing liquid paper I found this insulting in that everyone should be allowed to pick their own stationery preferences. Anyway, I digress, Tippex has become a brand recognised by most office workers as a lifeline. Just like the rubber is to pencil, tippex is to print and ink and has helped save many a document from the office bin.

          Now I have finally tried a tippex mouse I can say that I am not wholly impressed. The corrective tape can be a fiddly getting to where you want it. The spool that holds the corrective strip can sometimes slip and cause the spool to become lodged or loose. This basically ends the usefulness of the Tippex mouse. Sometimes you can manage to unwind some of the spool and wind back tight again, but you need the dexterity of a double jointed squid. In short, don't bother with this, get a Tippex correction pen if you can find one.

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            09.01.2010 14:56
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            A good service that is from a well respected supplier

            I haD always had Sky as a digital tv subscription far back to when it first came available. So when I moved to a house that had NTL (as it was) already installed from a previous occupant I though why not try it and save a little money. Shortly after my subscription NTL was bought out by Richard Branson to make it Virgin Media.

            Virgin Media became a major name in the TV, Telephone, Broadband and Mobile market. Sky still wanting full Dominion as Rupert Murdoch had achieved in many other sectors tried to put a dampener on some of the channels available to Virgin Media by exercising a vicious exclusive contract battle to own the rights to several channels. Virgin Media stood tall and fought for all that it was worth and managed to win not only a lot of respect from customers but also some of the channels back.

            Virgin Media has become an innovator in the field and offers on demand services of many TV programmes, Music videos and Movies. Their packages for combined Telephone, TV, Broadband and Mobile are good value for money that may not in some instances be finianially competitive compared with some other providers but the quality of content and reliability of service far outweigh the monetary savings.

            The service has a clear advantage to over other service providers that the fibre optic cable that runs under the pavement to provide the service is uneffected by weather unlike other provider systems. Also the technology of fibre optics gives license for further advances to be added to the system in the future with very little upheaval.

            In truth I believe as most Virgin products Richard Branson has offered a value for money service that has shook the other providers into supplying a better standard of service. Much like his punt on Mike Oldfoeld's Tubular Bells with the music industry Richard Branson has managed to offer something new once again that will be used hopefully by other providers as a template on how to get up to speed!

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            09.01.2010 14:03
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            Good bit of kit, reasonably priced

            I purchased this to help with my training (obvoiusly) after having a set of usual press up brackets. Not expecting too much from these I opened the box to find as pictures of discs with handles that look very simple and unassumming. However the simpest idea are always the best.
            Endorsed by Jack Zatorski world record push up champion 2003 the Push up pro rotates on ball berings and once you get the technique right it helps limit pressure on your joints and isolate the muscles you want to work on. With its unique action i have felt it working my chest, shoulders, arms, back and abs in in one go. There is a guide included to show you the technique and general nutrition guide that highlights a simple dietary balance to achieve results. One word of caution, do not get it out the box and start using it to do ordinary pressups. This set isolates the muscles like nothing I have tried before and will take you alittle time to reel off 15-30 pressups at a time. Take time to read the guide and work progressively through the four levels and techniques from beginner (standing pressups against a wall) , intermediate (pressups with knees bent), advanced (normal pressups) and expert (legs on a chair). To avoid any injuries swallow your pride and start from the bottom up. Once you can do 15-30 reps and you don't feel your form slipping move to the next technique. It boasts 10 day prgress, and believe it not i have found this. Don't expect to look like Arnie in 10 days but performance wise you will find yourself getting stronger and more adept. I used to use my standard pressup brackets and do 30+ at a time easily, when I first tried this working up to the standard pressup technique I could barely do 10 full pressups, now i am up in the 20s before lactic acid forces me to stop. Again just don't try too much too soon!
            Also be careful that you don't drop these too much, one of my discs has a few ball bearings loose due to a dropping related accident.

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          • Star Trek XI (DVD) / DVD / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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            09.01.2010 13:35
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            A good film, Damn it Jim!

            Well, yet another reboot of a dying franchise, did it pay off?

            Ultimately I have to say yes, I watched this film at Christmas 2009 and I was pleasantly surprised. Being an ex-trekker myself I decided to swallow my anomosity and sit and watch it. Apart from pulling the story to bits from the beginning I sat in a quiet vidual when the explanation for the continuity problems was explained.

            The nub of the story is Kirk from birth to getting into starfleet and how he got his first command. With a mysterious Romulan in a big ship after Kirk and Spock that seems to know more of events to come!

            The casting was spot on, and the chemistry of the new cast was very reminscent of the original series. Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, John Cho as Sulu and Anton Yelchin as a very young Chekov all played their parts brilliantly. Congratulations to Chris Pine for filling the shoes of such an icon and Zachary Quinto manages to add a few new dimensions to a well established character. It was also nice for Uhura to get a lot more screen time than the original series. I would say that Chekow and Sulu were slightly under used but they did get their time in the spot light.

            Now the two cast member I have left out at the moment are because of the surprise how good they actually were. Karl Urban, a rather bland New Zealand actor in my opinion (before this film) in what ever else I have seen him in such as Lord of the Rings, Pathfinder, Doom and Riddick. But to give him his due these parts were not really oscar winning material. Here he plays McCoy, a very hard role that requires alot of work to embody such a multi faceted and underated character that Deforect Kelly made his own. Karl Urban would never have been my choice (to be honest I struggled thinking on anyone) but from the moment he appeared on screen he had the mannerisms and the diction of Bones down to a tee.

            The second crew member of course was Scotty played by fellow Brit Simon Pegg. Again when this was first announced I thought no way! However again Simon Pegg gave a solid and comical, James Doohan always added a little humour as well as the occassional drama int he original series and now I cannot imagine anyone else as Scotty.
            I am alittle surpised Simon Pegg did not get some of his Spaced co-stars in as bit parts. You can just imagine Mark Heap as a Vulcan, Jessica Haynes (was Stevenson) as a green slave girl, Jula Deakin as a Kligon Woman drinking blood wine and smoking int he back ground, sharing a table with an Andorian with a passion for Romulan Ale played by Nick Frost. Now that would have been good...haha!

            Now another Brit Ben Cross deserves a mention for his role ar Sarek, offering a more three dimensional performance than Mark Lenard fromthe original series (not a criticism just a observation), as Sarek has been allowed to show a ittle emotion for once (apart from TNG episodes when Sarek was ill of course then hats off to you Mark Lenard).
            Winona Rydr as Spocks mum has a imited amount of screen time (thank god!). Also Bruce Greenwood as Pike, who resembles the previous enterprice captain in may ways. Of course you can not have a Stat Trek that features Pike without a Green girl, this time a Starfleet recruit and it isn't Pike that get to ....well ...you know it is Kirk!

            Hardcore fans that have avoided this like the plague, I urge you as an ex-trekkie/er see this film. Delay you nipniking until the end as there is an expanation for everything that is wrong in the storyline compared with what we know fromt he original series etc.

            In the end of the day nothing can replace in our hearts the exploits of William (the ego) Shatner, Leanard (the ears) Nimoy, Deforest (god damn it Jim) kelly, Nichelle (the ear whisk) Nicholls, George (the blade) Takei, and Walter (big hair) Koenig. This reboot is not bad, and it can only give more attention to the original and subsequent spin-offs by breating new life into a tired franchise and giving a novel starting point at which to re-write our preconceptions.

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              08.01.2010 21:43
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              Great Comedy, shame it was a horror franchise

              I was only 15 when this came out and I can remember being a big Freddy fan, slightly disturbing perhaps for someone of that age perhaps. Anyway, it seemed to take ages for this film to come out, and when it finally did with the ending of the film in the old blue and red 3D could not save a rather bad ending to the Nightmare on Elm Street films.

              You may argue their is one after this with the New Nightmare , but of course this was set in reality and not the same franchise really. Or even Freddy vs Jason, but that was just milking the cash cow of two great horror icons meeting...nothing more nothing less. This film was the end of the franchise!

              Strangely enough this film doesn't seem really to carry on from the previous in anyway, set in the future with no character or reference to the continued story developed over the previous 5 films.
              From the start of the film Freddy showed his usual brand of dark humour which continues through the film however the comedy out wayed any horror or gore. The film centres around a kid that loses his memory and is found walking in the street. After a stay in a teenagers looney bin he is taken with a few stow aways to Springwood due to some dreams he keeps having about the town. His councillor goes with him and they find a town with no kids and discover Freddy has a child somewhere. Freddy wants out of Springwood so he wants his child to take him inside their mind...but who is Freddys child?

              The film becomes a farce half way through, and I must say quite a good one. However this is supposed to be horror, and not slapstick. I think if ever a franchise lost it's way it's this one!

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              08.01.2010 00:00

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              Fictional book that scarely resembles aspects of life today, very absorbing!

              This book is outstanding, and it is very scary how in 1931 Aldous Huxley managed to forsee a nightmare world of state intervention and power over all the people. They are told when to get up, when to exercise, when to eat and when to congregate, even when to have sex to repopulate the species.
              Death is no longer feared as all are asked to leave productive lives and assume positions in society that give an acceptable quality of live and attainment. This novel was based on HG Wells novel Men Like Gods (which is the Disney version of Brave New Word). Huxley set out to make an anti-utopian novel and he does succeed!
              This is one of those books that can be directly compared with modern contemporary life in the 20th century, this was one of the critiques of Huxley but utlimately became a strength. To read this book is to realise that truth is not stranger than fiction but fiction can become the truth!

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            • Highlander (DVD) / DVD / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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              07.01.2010 00:15
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              Epic film with an age old struggle between good and evil

              There can be only one, and that is the way the should have left it. Not that I didn't enjoy parts of the sequels and the series, but you can not better perfection. The music score by queen is energetic, the Highlander theme haunting, acting brilliant, and direction of film astounding. The cut scenes between flashbacks are inventive and still can be appreciated by todays special effect standards.

              The ultimate bad guy played by Clancy Brown is so evil and yet comical at the same tim with a vicious sense of humour. Sean Connery as the wise sage advising our hero Connor Macleod of his specil gift of immortality that can only be taken away by a stroke of a sword and the fall of a head.

              You don't come accross films that work so well, films that you forget the small budget and forgive the errors in some of the special effects at the end when you see wires holding Christopher Lambert in the air. It doesn't matter, this film has everything!

              If you have not seen Highlander see it, and you will have to watch this is film over and over again for all eternity!

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              • Atlantis - The Lost Empire (DVD) / DVD / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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                06.01.2010 23:57
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                Very good all round film

                I was sitting with my 3 yr old daughter when someone suggested that we put this film on. Being a little sceptical of Disney films I was alittle reluctant. I sat there and found myself enthawled by a great story, superb animation, very good voice acting by some well know actors, and even the music was top notch.

                This was not a typical Disney film, a little darker and more of a plot that offers alot to all ages. I think when this came out it was not well received because people that expected a typical Disney went to see it at the cinema or rented it would be given something unexpected. Whilst Disney sceptics as myself did not bother at all with it until now by accident!

                This film has the talents of Michael J Fox, Claudia Christensen, Jame Garner and John Mahoney (Frasiers dad's Frasier) just naming a few. I can not recomment this higher enough for Kids and adults alike, and I am not ashamed to say I am a massive fan and say please take a punt get this film.

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                  06.01.2010 23:40
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                  Original film good, Directors Cut Bad!

                  A truly magnficent film that has been hacked about with and genrally destroyed by the Director. The original cut of the film was inspired, dark and very film noir that gave you a real empathy with the lead character.

                  The extra scenes added about the unicorns were a waste and straight out of another film from Ridley Scott's Legend. This version feels more like the verison that was orignally released with the first release being a special edition with extras. In essence I felt cheated by this version, that mewed the whole premise of the film and all the foreboding atmosphere lost with the absence of the voice over by Harrison Ford.

                  I would recommend that if you can find the original version, or fork out a little extra cash and get the definite Blade Runner edition released last year that has many different versions of the film. A great film, with a brilliant cast, great camera work and hit the perfect level in the original cut. The Directors cut is still worth a look, but please track down the original before you look at this!

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