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Wonderland - CD
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It must be said that this group have potential - for their first album it is a good one that's easy to listen to and most songs are either "ok" or really good. The main reason I don't give it 5 stars is because (to my knowledge) 3+ of the songs are covers and, though good covers, not as good as the originals (since they sound more "commercial" than some of the original). However imo if on a debut album they have to use covers it make you wonder if they're unable to produce original stuff of their own. Having said, their cover of The Corrs' "When the Stars go Blue" is my favourite song of the album.
Very worth buying if you like The Corrs/Lady Antebellum/Taylor Swift type of music since Wonderland's style feels like a blend of those three ("In Your Arms" even reminds me of Bucks Fizz a bit).
Wonderland (With Exclusive Signed Poster)
Star Trek: U.S.S Enterprise Web Cam
Gifts & Gadgets
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I'd been contemplating getting a webcam for a while, and when I saw this I couldn't help it for the novelty factor alone.
The Good: Surprisingly decent webcam, more than ample for IM and Skype use. Uses standard drivers so was up and running very quick. Looks nice with lit up nacelles.
The Bad: Brings no software at all, unlike other webcams, so you can't take your own photo with it, add fancy effects or similar without 3rd part software. Can look perhaps a little TOO plasticky (but find if you're a geek like me or if it's for children). Though the foldable stalk is durable, it is "stuck on" your monitor by a sticky pad on the logo. This started becoming loose after 5 minutes and came off totally the first time I had to point the camera elsewhere. I now have it superglued on (that works for a while). The USB cable it brings is too short for the fact it's going to be put on a monitor, unless you put it on the side next to a usb port if your monitor has it. I have it placed near the middle of my 20" Dell widescreen, which has 2 USBs on the left and 2 more underneath - the USB doesn't reach and required a (not included) extension cable.
Overall: despite some flaws, it does its job, and looks quite cool (for me and my geek friends' standards) and am happy I bought it.
Hairspray (2007) (2 Discs)
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This was one of the first two Blu-Ray films I ever bought, and it was definitely the one that made me do a complete flip and dump DVDs forever. It is very sharp, good quality sound and good colour. The quality still stands up to more recent Blu-Ray films (and BD technology has improved a lot since). Still one of the ones I put on to show people why BD is better than DVD. The show itself is great fun, catchy-as-hell music, and worth watching just for Michelle Pfeiffer who is as brilliant as she is beautiful, and for the seriously-funny-in-a-completely-wrong-way love duet between John Travolta and Christopher Walken... Great Stuff!
Mariah Carey: The Adventures Of Mimi
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I must admit if I could turn back time, I'd not buy this BD again. It has its moments, and the quality of sound and video is adequate for BD, though not as sharp as that of Take That, Girls Aloud or Celine Dion blu-ray concert disks were. But the song selection is very much most of her modern stuff, and overall the concert felt very "stale" with pretty much her just coming on, singing, and walking off with that fixed smile that seems glued. My mate is a bigger Mariah fan than I, and he loves it though... so I guess my summary is: Buy only if you're a big Mariah fan.
Celine Dion: A New Day - Live In Las Vegas (2 Discs)
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I must admit to not being a great fan of Celine, and this was a gift BD I may not have otherwise bought. Having said, I must confess to having a new appreciation for Celine. The show is great and interesting, with a good song selection. The quality of both audio and video is very clear and sharp. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because compared to shows such as Girls Aloud, Kylie X and Take That, it seemed a little short.
Take That: Beautiful World - Live
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I must admit to never really being that keen on Take That. I thought they had some good songs, but they were the exception, rather than the rule. But I bought this disk anyhow as most of the ones I liked were on it, and because I was going through a BD-concert spree. It's the best decision I ever made. The quality is great, both visually and audio (perhaps if you have a mega sound system it may not be the best, but to my normal surround system, it sounds great) - but the show itself is amazing. Good song selection, great showmanship, and nice audience interaction. As shows go, it's probably the best I've seen and in my top 2 BD-concert list.
Girls Aloud: Tangled Up Tour - Live From The O2
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I own various blue-ray concerts, and this is definitely in my top 2. The sound quality is great. The visual quality is sharp and colourful. The concert itself is great and I found I even liked some of the songs that I didn't (and still don't) like on the CD! A must-have for all GA fans, casual or fanatical.
Meat Loaf: 3 Bats Live
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The good: the sound and visual quality is good.The bad: Meat Loaf sings virtually every song very out of tune, to the point where my friend and I, both fans with his albums, can only "tolerate" this show in small doses. Honestly, the backing singers sing MUCH better than he does! Only buy if you're a hardened fan who wants to own everything possible. I wish I'd not bought it.
Kylie: Live X2008
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I agree with the previous reviews - the show itself is great (though not as good as Showgirl in my opinion), and the sound quality and colour are great. However the entire show lacks sharpness and seems very grainy - often very out of focus. Whilst these may be common in "dark photography" situations, the only thing that makes this stand out over DVD is the sharper colour and sound - though that's pretty much what you want though isn't it (hence my 3 stars)? But when you compare it to the Celine Dion, Girls Aloud: Tangled Up or Take That: Beautiful World Blu-Rays, it is extremely poor in comparison.