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Infamous: Second Son - PlayStation 4
Infamous: Second Son - PlayStation 4
Price: CDN$ 19.96
67 used & new from CDN$ 13.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Improves on the previous games in basically every way., April 28 2016
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I liked it better than Infamous 1 and 2. Those were good, but a bit too grim. This one was nice and colourful, and had more humour as well. I liked the main character more than Cole, and also liked having a wider range of powers than the previous games. Don't want to spoil to much about it. It was also nice not having weird looking enemies like the previous games. The main villain was also more detestable than the previous two. This game improved on the past two in pretty much every way, and also looks graphically spectacular. Must own in my opinion.

Lexar Jump Drive S25 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive-LJDS25-128ABNL (Black)
Lexar Jump Drive S25 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive-LJDS25-128ABNL (Black)
Price: CDN$ 47.20
16 used & new from CDN$ 45.37

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent hardware enclosed in a badly designed case, April 25 2016
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The copy rate of this was pretty good. I got over 30MB/s write speeds, which I was satisfied with for a cheaply priced flash drive

The problem is that the design of the case is terrible. It's hard to get the drive into a USB port. You have to jam it in really hard, and the male end of the drive often just slips back into its casing. You have to hold the little tab on it while pressing the drive into the slot pretty hard. It's just annoying. Also, the part that you insert being plastic doesn't help. Most drives have metal around this part. I'm not planning on being careless, but when I was trying to insert it the case was bending and I was afraid the part you insert might snap off.
Overall I'm not super dissatisfied for a 128GB flash drive for only thirty bucks, but it could have been designed better.

NikiLamp BL-FP230I/SP.8KZ01GC01 replacement projector bare lamp for OPTOMA projector HD300X,HD33,HD3300
NikiLamp BL-FP230I/SP.8KZ01GC01 replacement projector bare lamp for OPTOMA projector HD300X,HD33,HD3300
5 used & new from CDN$ 69.46

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No the exact bulb for my HD33 projector as advertised, but it seems to do the job with some tinkering, Oct. 20 2015
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This is not the right bulb for my HD33 projector as advertised, but it seems to do the job. As you can see from the pictures, the bulb is not the same as the original, which I will elaborate on below.

Firstly the model number is different. The original one is P-VIP E230/0.8 E20.8. This bulb is P-VIP E180/0.6 E20.8. Clearly not the same.

Secondly, this bulb does not have the indents cut out from the plastic base like the original does (as seen in the picture). That is important, because it means that the curved metal part that helps to hold the bulb in place has nowhere to "lock in" to, which causes it to be pressed out a bit, which in turn means that it cannot go back into place correctly. This causes a gap where the curved metal part is screwed in, so it cannot go back into place properly, which means that the metal housing cover also cannot go back on properly. I had to remove that rounded metal part altogether so the housing cover would go back on.

All in all, I am not confident that this bulb is the right one for my projector, although it does seem to work, with the modification to the housing. I hope it keeps working. Fingers crossed.
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Timecop/ Bloodsport (DBFE) [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres franais)
Timecop/ Bloodsport (DBFE) [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres franais)
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 17.19
33 used & new from CDN$ 10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the extras?, Jan. 14 2015
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I just wanted Bloodsport and was stuck with Timecop. I would have rather had Kickboxer or some other Van Damme fighting movie. Also, where are the extras for Bloodsport? It's just a bare bones release; the movie that made Van Damme a star deserves better treatment. Maybe some interviews or BTS footage. It's a real shame to not have anything for the Van Damme fans who buy this.

PS3 Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection
PS3 Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection
3 used & new from CDN$ 49.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Colossus was great, Ico kind of sucked, Jan. 14 2015
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It's too bad they had to pair two games that are so different in their style/content and fun factor.

Ico is basically a platform puzzle solving game, with the frustration of having to lug around a helpless companion that basically just slows you down and is hard to really care about. You can't leave her behtind or else you "die", but I had a hard time actually caring what happened to her and found her more of a nuisance than anything else. The most enjoyable part of the game was the part when she wasn't around. Even without her, the game is just OK. It's an interesting game, but nothing close to the artistic masterpiece it was made out to be. It's just a kid with a viking helmet on (oh wait, those are his horns?) going around a castle trying to find a way out, and smacking some shadows around with a two by four. The back story isn't well fleshed out, and even when you beat it you still don't really get all the answers.

Shadow of the Colossus on the other hand, was a great/thrilling game. You know those big bosses that you fight at the end of a level on some games? Imagine a game that's ALL boss fights, and the bosses are mostly huge behemoths. It was a great thrill to try to take down those huge Goliaths by figuring out how to get at their weak spots and holding on for dear life as they try to shake you off.
There were some negatives though. That horse is a huge pain to ride/control (and even try to get on to), and you're stuck mashing one button continuously for minutes on end riding around trying to find where the next colossus is.
Also, what's with all the haze and dull colours? I don't know what the designers had against clear and colourful graphics. It also has some of the worst pop-in I've seen in a game. There's no excuse for that given that it's a remaster based on a low res older game. On the other hand, it had the best use of stereoscopic 3D that I've ever seen in a game, especially with the monsters that extend deep into the screen.

It's still an OK deal for the price, but if you play Ico and don't really like it at first, don't expect it to get any better. The play time for each game is kind of short (roughly 10 hours each), but together they can give a decent bang for buck at 20 hours.

Final verdict
Ico: 2.5/5
Shadow of the Colossus: 4/5
Average: 3.25/5

Thundercats Sword of Omens
Thundercats Sword of Omens

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Nov. 4 2014
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Not worth the twenty five bucks it cost. Cheap plastic and cheap paint job, with bleeding of colours all over. The one I got had the paint worn off in multiple places. It's seventeen bucks on the US Amazon site, but I'd say it's worth no more than fifteen.
Good size though. About the size in the cartoon before it grows when he does his "hoooo" shout.

Simplybeautiful 100 Percent  Pure Badger Brush With Chrome Handle, 1-Count
Simplybeautiful 100 Percent Pure Badger Brush With Chrome Handle, 1-Count

3.0 out of 5 stars Coarse on face, not very enjoyable., Aug. 24 2014
This is my first brush, and I was expecting this brush to be softer than it was. This can sometimes feel like poking my face with straw. I have to brush at an angle rather than straight on, otherwise it feels more like porcupine bristles on my face than soft badger hair. You're probably better off going with a "best badger" or "super badger" brush, since that'll give you a softer feel.

Also, this brush doesn't quite fit into a blade/brush stand made by the SAME COMPANY. What the heck? I have to really push it in to get it to fit. I don't think it's too much to expect it to slide in nicely with one hand (like my Edwin Jagger blade does), rather than have to use two hands (one to hold the stand and one to push the brush in).

It did lose some hairs the first few times I used it, but that seemed to stop after a couple uses. All in all though, this was a disappointment.

I'd like to give this 2.5 stars if I could, but it's rounded up to 3.

Ever After
Ever After
Price: CDN$ 10.00
12 used & new from CDN$ 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great album. This band should be more popular than they are., Jan. 22 2014
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This review is from: Ever After (Audio CD)
This is a great album. I first liked their song Fallout when I heard it on the radio, then Desperate Measures, then Haven't Had Enough grew on me, and after I heard Stutter I had to get the album.
There are a few other gems I discovered on there too, like Truth or Dare, Toy Soldiers and B Team. I'd give all of those tracks 8/10 or higher.

That's a total of 7 songs on one album that could be hit singles in my opinion. Well worth getting. I only wish I discovered it earlier.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Elijah Wood
Offered by Shopville Canada
Price: CDN$ 50.48
19 used & new from CDN$ 31.95

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been great but marred by green tint, too many discs and forced trailers., Dec 5 2011
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I've been waiting for this since the extended editions first came out on DVD. I held off on getting a DVD set or the Blu-Ray Theatrical editions because I knew this would be the definitive set to get. Needless to say I'm a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's not BAD per se; it just could have been better.

It's great that FOTR got a new transfer for this release (compared to the theatrical editions), but in getting that new transfer the infamous green tint issue popped up. I know some people say that it's supposed to be like this because Peter Jackson said that the new transfer looks really good and how he intended for it to look - but he said that at the time that the transfer went out for an HDTV broadcast. That statement was made well before this Blu-Ray set came out, so he couldn't have seen what they did to the Blu-Ray. If you compare screenshots with the DVD versions, you can see that the colours are pretty off in this tinted version, especially inside the Hobbit dwellings where it causes everything to appear unnaturally yellow and other colours to be dulled out. The colours on the DVD version are much more vibrant. The detail on the BR version is much better, sure, but the colours really mar what could have been a great release. The colour shift back to "normal" is noticeable when you go from the first movie to the second.

Secondly, one could say that it's really cool that this set includes so many discs of extras, but that actually shows the relative laziness of the studio, because the extras come on DVD discs and unnecessarily bulk up the set. Even if the extras are in SD, we're buying a Blu-Ray set so they could have fit those 9 DVDs of extras onto one or two Blu-Ray discs and saved some space and plastic. It's great to have so many extras, just not great to keep having to switch discs in and out when the technology is there not to have to do so.

Lastly, the Canadian version is an Alliance release and has forced trailers that the American version doesn't have.

All in all, I don't regret buying this set and it's be best available version of the LOTR trilogy, but it's not the definitive set that the fans could have had. It's unlikely the studios are going to do anything about it though, since plenty of people still bought it and lined the execs' pockets with their hard earned cash, so we'll just have to live with it for now.

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