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The web is full of bad reviews. Bad in the sense that they leave burning questions unanswered, and bad in the sense that they
do not criticise
enough. Many reviews I read give next to no useful info to a potential buyer - and often find that they shy away from highlighting problems in products that buyers really ought to know before laying out their cash. These are bad reviews.

As an
experienced reviewer I always review a product based on it's strengths and weaknesses and I'm not afraid to pull any punches should problems arise. And I buy all this stuff myself, so write from an ordinary punter's perspective.
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Review © 2008 Paul Mallinson
Zatoichi Box Set 2
Product: Collection of four DVDs
Aimed at: Fans of Japanese Samurai cinema
Label: Warrior/Artsmagic    Price: £17.99
Features: Four films from the famous Zatoichi series. "Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman", "Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo", "Zatoichi at the Blood Fest" and - supposedly - "Zatoichi's Pilgrimage", but that doesn't turn out to be the case... To call this a "travesty" would be an understatement.
RATING: 30 out of 100 - AVOID!
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Review © 2007 Paul Mallinson
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Product: PC computer game
Aimed at: Sophisticated and discerning Goblin-bashers
Label: Take Two    Price: £34.99
Features: Amazing, cutting-edge, immersive 3D world in which you explore and live out a fantasy life full of danger and adventure. It's not perfect, but is a damn good attempt at something truly ambitious. Months of gameplay, and with a high replayability factor. Could be the only game you ever need...
RATING: 96 out of 100 - SHIT HOT!
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Review © 2005 Paul Mallinson
Green Day Bullet In A Bible
Product: Live LP and DVD movie of the American Idiot tour
Aimed at: Music lovers and punk rock mosh monsters
Label: Warner Reprise    Price: 10.99
Features: Two discs. Disc one a 14-track audio CD, and disc two a two-hour documentary movie. The DVD also features a photo gallery with a 'karaoke' (ie. non-vocal) version of Boulevard of Broken Dreams. At just over ten pounds this two-disc pack is incredible value for money!
RATING: 95 out of 100 - SHIT HOT!
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Review © 2005 Paul Mallinson
Jobo Giga Vu Pro
Product: Portable hard drive/MP3 player/movie player with LCD screen
Aimed at: Professional digital photographers and gadget-lovers
Manufacturer: Jobo Digital     Price: 430 inclusive of VAT
Features: Compact Flash port, USB 2 connection, touch sensitive screen, built-in speaker, earphones, video out, updateable firmware
RATING: 88 out of 100 - SHIT HOT!
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Review © 2005 Paul Mallinson
Green Day American Idiot
Product: Ninth and best album from USA's finest punk rock trio
Aimed at: Disillusioned youth
Label: Reprise    Price: 8.99
Features: 13 tracks of punk rock perfection
RATING: 95 out of 100 - SHIT HOT!
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Review © 2005 Paul Mallinson
Maxtor One-Touch USB/Firewire external hard drive
Product: Portable storage for Macs and PCs
Aimed at: Data-hungry computer users
Manufacturer: Maxtor    Price: 150 inclusive of VAT
Features: USB 2 and firewire connections, on/off switch, cables, stand,
power supply, software disc, Retrospect Express backup software

RATING: 50 out of 100 - FAIRLY SHIT
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Review © 2005 Paul Mallinson
System Shock 2
Product: Classic sci-fi horror game for the PC
Aimed at: Players who like a scare and a challenge
Company: Electronic Arts    Price: variable
Features: Exciting first-person action, unique role-playing system, scary thrills,
runs like a dream on modern PCs, still packs a serious gaming punch

RATING: 93 out of 100 - SHIT HOT!
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