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When i first got my DVD player, most of the websites i used to visit were very plain and dull and were not really updated too often. I then stumbled across DVD Times and through them, the DVD Forums. This was back in the latter part of last year, and since then, i think i can safely say that i have not visited a web site as much as i have this one. It's a daily thing now. It's like i LIVE there... :) If you have not already visited the Forums then get on over there. As i was new to both DVD and to online Forums, it took a bit of getting used to, and there was so much info to take in at first. It is all things DVD, and lots more. There is a real friendly community spirit there with so many regular users, and it really does feel like a second home... :) Registering with them takes a few minutes, as does the addiction to them. There is just so much info there, you'll need to make it your home page!!! If you have any Hardware or Software problems, post a message and you will be sorted out quite possibly within a few hours. I had some technical problems with my player, and posted a message. Within a few hours... problem solved thanks to some fellow Forum members. Check out all the latest movie and DVD reviews, as posted by Forum members. Pop into the Bargain Forum and pick up some info regarding all the latest bargains on the high street or online. Then there's the Classifieds Forum where you can buy, sell or trade just about anything, not just DVD's. And with it being such a friendly Forum, you have the piece of mind that you will get some good deals there, from good reliable people. Share your thoughts and opinions with well over 7000 other DVD enthusiasts. In fact i really cannot say enough good things about The DVD Forums, best thing is for you to go check it out for yourself... www.thedvdforums.com
After reading all the reviews and hearing from my friends just how good this game was, i decided to get it... I made a good choice i think!!! Virtua Tennis on the Dreamcast is probably one of the best Sports games on any console right now (in my opinion). The graphics are excellent and the gameplay is very realistic. It is very easy to play even if you are not a fan of the sport, and has a very good multiplayer mode allowing you to either play against your friends or go on the same side and play doubles with them against the computer. Options allow you to set up the match length and the level of difficulty, and it's not long before you are itching to get on Court!!! Gameplay wise, you can either get right into a quick Exhibition match and play, or you can take on various computer oponents, getiing tougher as you go along on your way to the Trophy at the end. Or travel the world, taking you through Singles, Doubles and stacks of Training, which includes mini games like a Ten Pin Bowling Tennis Serving game, and loads of other addictive, but simple Tennis games. There is even a Shop where you ca buy a change of clothes, offer a contract to a Doubles Partner, get your raquet re-strung and unlock extra players and venues. Overall, Virtua Tennis is great value for money. It is a great sports game with very good graphics, good for single and multiplayer fun. The only thing i could fault it on was the choice of players, as this could have been a bit better. So, if you have a Dreamcast, and you like Sports games, i would certainly suggest you go and buy Virtua Tennis soon. Game, Set and Match... Virtua Tennis. :-)
Superman on the N64 has got to be the worst game ever released on any console ever - in my opinion!!! The game retailed at £49.99 and reading up on it, to be honest, it actually sounded promising. A Super Hero, Fighting, Puzzle Solving Action Adventure... You are Superman. With the Super powers... the ability to Fly, you can lift up vehicles and throw them around. You have the Ice Breath and the Burning Ray eyes. In a sort of third person persective, with the camera point of view directly behind Superman. Basically, you are to rid Metropolis of all Evil. Well it really sounded good on the box!!! BOY WERE THEY WRONG - BIG TIME!!! The controls Suck, when you try to fly or navigate, you end up all over the place. The Graphics are Pants, there is far too much Fog in the very near distance so you see nothing in the distance and the entire City that you try to fly around has about 5 inhabitants. The level of dificulty is for PG Tips Chimps. In fact after playing this game for about 20 mins, it got returned to the shop. I just got the impression that the game was not finished, that they were only 40% through the game, and still had to finish writing it. Was this a Demo ??? Nope, just a very crap attempt to produce a game on a console using a Well known Character to sell it. PANTS!!! Some of the levels are really poor, and you find yourself trying to fly around Metropolis going through a series of rings in the sky. Fly through them all and reach the end in a specific time. Other levels have you up against multiple enemies and you a certain order in which to be rid of them to advance to the next level. Like i said, the level of difficulty is not really too hard, so before long you will find yourself advancing through the various levels. I think one of the Nintendo Mags gave this game 7%. Yes that is 7% out of 100%!!! < br> To sum up - STAY WELL CLEAR OF THIS GAME. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!! On the other hand, this is only my Opinion. Maybe you will like Superman on the N64 ? Aye Right!!! :)
I just got my Sega Dreamcast a few weeks ago, for £50 second hand. For the money, right now it just cannot be beaten, and with so many great games out already and a few hundred more planned in the coming 12 months or so, it does look like the Dreamcast is certainly not over and done with quite yet. I will not go into details of the games here, but the first two i purchased were Shenmue and Metropolis Street Racer, and they are both excellent. :) They graphics are very good, and on a 28" widescreen tv, they are even better!!! It also doubles up as an Audio CD player, which is handy. Accessories wise, you can get the usual Controllers, Steering Wheels, a Keyboard, a Mouse, Rumble Packs and the Memory Pack comes with a built in Screen which is used by various games. You can also download straight off the Internet to the Memory Pack. Add to this the Internet Browsing via your TV, which can be a lifesaver if your pc goes up the duff unexpectedly. :) If you have not already got a Dreamcast, then for £50 second hand, and games from £5 upwards, you really cannot beat it. And it is a very good stop gap until some of the newer consoles become affordable and have a good game selection. GO GET ONE . . . NOW !!!
I got the Hitachi Dv-p305e initially to compliment my Hitachi Widescreen TV. As i had no problems with the TV, i thought i'd give their DVD player a try. The main plus for me is the fact that the player can be made Multi-Region using the Remote Control supplied, and after a short sequence of button presses... You have a Player that will play all Regions and can even handle RCE. I had no problems with the likes of Hollow Man or The Patriot. And with a good plus comes a minus in that the Dv-p305e will not play CDr's. Picture and Sound quality are about what you'd expect from a £200 player, both PAL and NTSC look great on the 28" Widescreen. The front readout could be better i suppose, and i prefered my old Panasonic 160's Speaker layout on the front panel. :) Remote Control is fairly straigh forward, simple to get the hang of, and is not too big either. So to round off... For the £200 price tag, you get a Multi Region, well built, easy to use DVD player. Well, i have had no problems with it yet... :)
Having seen Evil Dead quite a few years ago, way back in the late 80's... it was good to get to see it again recently, and in all its uncut glory, and through the clarity of DVD. The movie itself is fantastic, full of gore, blood, guts and body parts. The version i watched and the one i am reviewing here is the NTSC region 0 DVD. The story is about a group of friends who rent a cabin in the woods. They discover a book in the cabin, and evil spirits are unleashed slowly turning each of them, one by one, into zombies. As ever, there is one survivor, Ash... played here by Bruce Campbell. Evil Dead is Directed by Sam Raimi, and was made on a very low budget. The effects are very good considering, and there certainly is plenty of blood and gore and zombie parts. The DVD version is complete and uncut, and contains all your favourite scenes in their entirety. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you really should try to see it, but if you have a weak stomach or are not too fond of bloodfest movies, then maybe you should give it a miss. Personally, i rate Evil Dead by Sam Raimi very highly, and it is still as good as it was, very entertaining, shocking and funny. At the end of the day though, the descision is entirely up to you.
If you like the movie Gladiator, then the Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard is the perfect companion to it. From start to finish, it is an hour of breathtaking, haunting music that makes you want to watch the movie all over again. As you listen to each track you will easily remember which scene it is taken from. For your money, you get 17 tracks ranging from the Opening Battle music through to the Arrival in Rome, and on to the End Theme, and everything in-between. Everyone who has seen the movie will know most of the tracks on the CD, and it is great to hear them all again with the volume cranked up full. The accompanying inlay unfolds to give you a little montage of Characters and Scenes from the movie, as well as a full Credit list. Hans Zimmer has really done a great job here and combined with the very haunting vocals of Lisa Gerrard, this is an excellent CD of music taken from an Excellent movie and i would reccomend to anyone, whether you've seen the movie or not. This Soundtrack is dedicated to the memory of the late Oliver Reed.
I bought and read this book when it first came out, during all the controversy. After finally finding a shop that actually stocked it, as several had banned it here in Glasgow, i started it and found that i could not put it down. And i have since read it a second time. The story is about Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street Business type by day and Sick Deranged Serial Killer by night. The story is told as a sort of narrative, through the eyes and the day to day goings on of the main character. And having read the two previous Novels by Brett Easton Ellis, i was familiar with his style of writing. As the tale unfolds, we get to know the two sides of Patrick Bateman and through the very descriptive (maybe too much at times) narration, we really get a real insight into the mind of a deranged madman. Some parts of this book will shock you, some will make you laugh. I have to say that i really enjoyed this book and now it has made it onto the big screen, it was interesting to see how they would actually do this due to the nature of the story and all the graphic violence. Lots of stuff has been left out as it would have been too much for the screen and may have offended, but the story itself is there. In the end i suppose the book is always better than the films. If you are easily offended or have a weak stomach, then maybe this book is not quite for you, but if you are looking for a really well written and humourous, yet graphically violent and disturbing story, then you should give American Psycho a read. Available now as the movie tie-in and a lot cheaper than it was when it first came out... and easier to get now as well !!!
This Movie should need no introduction. Most people would or should have seen it by now. Now with the release of the R2 DVD, it comes available in two versions. One is the Special Edition, but you don't want to go and buy that... For an extra few pounds you can get the 2 Disc Limited Edition set. Why Columbia Tristar have released two versions is quite bizarre. Is there any need for it? Who knows. I am sure there is some marketing ploy behind it. Anyway, Men In Black, when it came out in 1997 was a very successful and very enjoyable Movie. Both Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are great as the two MIB Agents. The SFX are fantastic. The story is great, and the idea that our galaxy is in fact a little marble in some Alien's marble collection was brilliant. The DVD comes with both Widescreen and Standard versions, on either side of the disc, and all the extras are on a second disc. These include... A Visual Commentary from Director Barry Sonnenfeld and Tommy Lee Jones, Various Scenes with Multiple Angle Options, Extended and Alternative Scenes, A Documentary, Will Smith Music Video, Trailers, Biographies, A 1000 image Art Gallery and 3 Scene Editing Workshops. Probably one of the most feature packed R2 DVD releases to date, and really the only thing that lets it down it the horrendous case that Columbia Tristar have packaged it in. You have to actually bend and twist your disc to get it out of the case. A real disaster of a case. Thankfully know though, i have got a hold of an Amaray Double DVD case, like the one used for Gladiator and that is a whole lot better. To sum up, for £20, you get the movie on both Widescreen and Stardard format. A second Disc so crammed full of extras that it is worth the money alone just for this. And at the end of the day, you can always get a new case to put it in, to prolong the lifespan of your discs. Great Movie, Great Value... Go get it ! ! !
Gladiator on DVD (R2) is another one of these Must Buy-Must Own movies. I first saw this movie at the Cinema a few months ago, and now I can watch it over and over again on DVD. As far as the movie goes, the acting is good, the action sequences are very good. The CGI creation of Rome and of the Coliseum are very good. The story could be a bit better, but other elements of the movie as a whole make up for this. On the Region 2 DVD, you will find a stack of extra features all on the second disc. These include a 25 minute documentary on the making of the movie, a 50 minute documentary all about the Gladiators, Photo Gallery, Trailers, Biographies and a Deleted Scenes section with Commentary from Ridley Scott. There is also a montage of Deleted Footage with the haunting Theme music from the Movie in the background. Overall, this is another top release from Columbia Tristar, and unlike previous release MIB, which was also on 2 discs, Gladiator comes packaged in an Amaray Double DVD case, so you do not have to bend and twist your DVD's to get them out. Just a pity Columbia Tristar did not think of this sooner. Shame on them!!! If you have not seen Gladiator yet and are thinking of purchasing it, you will not be dissapointed. For your money you get over two hours of entertainment, and a second disc packed with extras. * UPDATE * Just found an Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott, Pietro Scalia and a few others which you can access via the Audio Menu for the Movie. Had no mention whatsoever of this on the back of my disc cover. * END OF UPDATE *
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When i first got Zelda for the N64, it was one of those cant-put-down games, and found myself playing it till the wee small hours of the morning. It was just so addictive. The game was conceived by Shinji Myamoto, the guy who brought us Donkey Kong and Mario, so right from the start, you know and expect this to be something special. It is a game that you can pick up and play, even if you have never played this sort of game before, as it is just so easy to grasp the whole gameplay. You start off the game with no items in your inventory and as you progress through the game... your clothing, your items and your abilities are all improved. The graphics when the game first came out were very good. The scenery in the game is very colourful, and very clear. The world in which the game is set is so vast and when you first leave the forest and enter int o the Hyrule Field, you get a sort of idea of just how vast the gaming area is. All of the different areas of the map are re-visited throughout the game, so a lot of backtracking is required, but you get used to this. Loads of other characters to interact with. Swordplay, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Swiming... loads and loads of mini games. Excellent addictive gameplay. Puzzles to solve, a princess to rescue, an Evil Thief to defeat.... If there was ever a MUST BUY console game, then this surely must be it. One of the BEST games ever written. Worth buying an N64 for. And a sequel due out for Christmas.
Being an NTL subscriber (both TV and Telephone), it was only a matter of time before they switched us over to the Digital Service. Although not properly launched just yet, we are connected to the Digital Service and recieve the Digital Transmissions. The Interactive Elements of the Service are due to go online soon. E-mail, Internet, Online Shopping, Games and Digital Teletext are all on the cards. The picture quality is not that fantastic, but whether or not this will get better when the service fully launches remains to be seen. As far as the selection and choice of Channels go, they include all the best channels from Sky Digital and OnDigital, The Sky Movie Channels and Sport Channels, as well as all the rest. Most of the channels now transmit in Widescreen, which is good as I have a widescreen tv. The movies on-demand service is up and running and offers a good selection and choice of films. At this moment in time, I could not really fault NTL as I am sure there are a few tweaks to be done here and there and some changes will be made before the Digital Service Officially Launches. But it certainly looks promising.
RyanAir are one of the Low Cost Cheap Flight Companies currently doing all sorts of crazy priced flights from Glasgow to London. I got a return from Glasgow Prestwick to London Stansted for £29. This price included airport taxes, so the seat itself must have been pennies. The seat is booked over the internet, and you never get a ticket, just a reference number that you quote when you check in at the Airport. I would have to say that they offer quite a good service. From take off to landing, i don't think the plane was in the air for any more than an hour, and for the money, they just cannot be beaten. The only downside is that you have some extra travel to get to the centre of London after the flight, but it is a small price to pay. I would certainly recomend RyanAir for anyone looking for Cheap, Quick and Easy travel. Check local papers though, as they have really great special offers on most of the time.
Of all the DVD mags currently available, in my opinion DVD Review is the best of the bunch. It may not come with a free cover disc, but it makes up for this with great content, and does come with a free book every now and then i.e. Eyes Wide Shut, Fight Club, Gladiator. The layout of the mag itself is very well done, starting with the regular news round up from the world of DVD. Following this is a release schedule usually for the coming 6 months, which is very detailed, and i assume up to date. After a few features and the letters page, we get to the actual reviews. The reviews are always laid out very well and include details of the movie and all the extras (if any) on the disc. Region 2 and Region 1 reviews are included, and there is a full a to z listing of available movies also. Towards the back of the mag you will find a Hardware section, which covers Players, TV's, Amps, etc. This is followed with a buyers guide. Overall, for the few pounds that this mag costs, and compared to the other mags available, DVD Review is a very well put together DVD magazine, and i would recomend it to anyone who owns or is thinking about owning a DVD player.