Friday, 14 December 2007

cDVDs vs. Ebay - Who will come out on top!

I’ve mentioned Pink Ffloyd before, perhaps even more than once, but they’re a band very close to my heart and when I am not in front of my computer you can usually find me walking to the office listening to the epic Comfortably Numb (either singing along or playing the track’s outstanding guitar solo with an invisible guitar).

Now, this band is especially close to my heart as I remember watching the Pulse DVD on a wonky VHS with my Dad and brother around ten years ago now, and being enthralled by the lightshow, visuals and guitar solos. I absolutely love this live show, and only wish I was old enough to have had the chance to attend it, but at least I’ve seen a recording, which reminded me to get another copy, but this time on DVD, which I’ve been meaning to for sometime.

Out of curiosity, I decided to see if I could get my hands on a second hand copy so my first port of call was obviously Ebay and new copies were being sold for an average of about £10.



I then sorted the auctions by Price (lowest first), and again the average price was around £10.




Even the Ebay shops were charging an average of around £12.99 and once again, excluding postage and packing.



However, and please excuse my bias, I then had a look at the DVD section of cDVDS.co.uk and the Pulse DVD, at the time of writing, was available from 21 retailers and from only £7.99 – which includes postage and packing!


So, in this instance, buying second hand DVDs really isn’t the most efficient option and with the fiercely competitive market for new DVDs there are always bargains to be had – you just need to know where to look.

And don’t forget, you can also submit to our Price Watch service and we’ll keep an eye on the prices for you.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Radio 1 Established 1967 - A suitable Christmas Reward

This album has certainly made me feel a little bit better when I consider the true cost of this month’s festivities, coupled of course, with the adverse weather I’ve just experienced on the way to get some coffee. And with this, I thought just a few days earlier I would buy myself a present. A kind of “well done for getting your Christmas shopping done, wrestling with the tree and actually not eating all of the candy canes and chocolate coins that have taken their positions around the house”.

The latest offering from Radio 1, of Live Lounge fame, was to be the reward. The 2 CDs are crammed with modern ‘reinterpretations’ of classic tracks from the likes of Elton John (covered by the Street’s Mike Skinner) to David Bowie, Roxy Music and The Jam.

Is all modern music rubbish rendering the evolution of the album to one of covers? Perhaps… but then again, perhaps not…. 1967 is as much of a celebration of this music, a rebirth than a mere commercial exploitation, and it’s certainly one I am happy to have got my hands on.

The full tracking listing includes:

Disc 1
1. Kaiser Chiefs - Flowers In The Rain (The Move)
2. The Fratellis - All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
3. Amy Winehouse - Cupid (Johnny Nash)
4. Robbie Williams - Lola (The Kinks)
5. The Streets - Your Song (Elton John)
6. Sugababes - Betcha By Golly, Wow (The Stylistics)
7. The Feeling - You're So Vain (Carly Simon)
8. Foo Fighters - Band On The Run (Paul McCartney & Wings)
9. Kylie - Love Is The Drug (Roxy Music)
10. K T Tunstall - Let's Stick Together (Bryan Ferry)
11. Franz Ferdinand - Sound And Vision (David Bowie)
12. The Raconteurs - Teenage Kicks (The Undertones)
13. Mika vs Armand Van Helden - Can't Stand Losing You (The Police)
14. Kasabian - Too Much Too Young (The Specials)
15. Keane - Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie)
16. McFly - Town Called Malice (The Jam)
17. James Morrison - Come Back And Stay (Paul Young)
18. Gossip - Careless Whisper (George Michael)
19. The Pigeon Detectives - The Power Of Love (Huey Lewis & The News)
20. Lily Allen - Don't Get Me Wrong (The Pretenders)

Disc 2
1. Stereophonics - You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate)
2. Mutya Buena - Fast Car (Tracey Chapman)
3. Editors - Lullaby (The Cure)
4. Razorlight - Englishman In New York (Sting)
5. Groove Armada - Crazy For You (Madonna)
6. Paolo Nutini - It Must Be Love (Madness)
7. The Kooks - All That She Wants (Ace of Base)
8. Mark Ronson - You're All I Need To Get By (Mary J Blige)
9. Calvin Harris - Stillness In Time (Jamiroquai)
10. Klaxons - No Diggity (Blackstreet)
11. Just Jack - Lovefool (The Cardigans)
12. Natasha Bedingfield - Ray of Light (Madonna)
13. The Twang - Drinking In LA (Bran Van 3000)
14. The Fray - The Great Beyond (REM)
15. Girls Aloud - Teenage Dirtbag (Wheatus)
16. Maximo Park - Like I Love You (Justin Timberlake)
17. The View - Don't Look Back Into The Sun (The Libertines)
18. Hard-Fi - Toxic (Britney Spears)
19. The Enemy - Father And Son (Yusuf and Ronan Keating)
20. Corinne Bailey Rae - Steady As She Goes (The Raconteurs)

To compare prices for this CD, simply click here, or type “Radio 1 Established 1967” into the Search Bar and click the “Compare Prices” button.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Pre Christmas Bargain Boxsets:

Stuggling for gift ideas? I was this weekend, and the shops were best avoided what with the queues and crowds, so instead I wanted to share a range of bargain booksets I've found in my christmas shopping research which are showing some massive discounts.

Now, the prices qupted are correct at the time of writing this post and are subject to change so be sure to snap them up, as once they're gone, they're gone.

First up is the epic 10-part World War II drama "Band of Brothers" which was £59.99 and Now only £14.99.

Blackadder: Complete collection BBC Series 1&4 and The Specials. Was £59.99 now £ 26.98

Planet Earth the complete BBC series (5 Disc box set) Was £39.99 now £17.93

The original Star Wars Trilogy (1997) (Episodes IV-VI) was £44.49 now £26.19

Found any other great offers? Why not share them in the comments.

And don't forget to check our our compare DVD section to ensure you get the best price this Christmas.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

15% OFF at Waterstones - Expires 26th

Enjoy shopping without the crowds at Waterstones on Monday November 26th between 4pm and Midnight and get an EXTRA 15% OFF all Children’s books with the Voucher Code - YD2007
But don’t forget to ensure you are getting the best price from any title you are looking to buy from Waterstones, even after the 15% discount by checking out our “Compare Books” section which you can access at: http://www.cdvds.co.uk/books/

You can be sure to get the best price, and unlike other website, we also compare the prices of postage and packaging so you can be sure to get the best price for your books.

Monday, 19 November 2007

Recycle CDs - Are you doing your bit?

What do you do with your old CDs?

Do you throw them with your old videos and cassettes? Donate them? or do you recycle them?

We've just uploaded a new feature to the cDVDs.co.uk site entitled "Recycle CDs" which offers practical (and some not so practical) tips and advice on how you can reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfil sites as well as clearing some space for some new CDs this christmas.

Feel free to get in touch if you can reccomend any useful resources, and we'll be happy tyo include them.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

What's in a Turkey Twizzler?

We've got a new feature, titled: "There's no excuse for Turkey Twizzlers" which features a range of cook books to inspire you in the kitchen and banish the infamous turkey twizzlers to the bin, where it belongs.

However, if Jamie Oliver didn't turn you off these Iceland friendly products, then why not have a glance over the ingredients, courtesy of the Guardian.


What's in a Turkey Twizzler?

Turkey (34%),
Water,
Pork fat,

Rusk,
Coating (sugar, rusk, tomato powder, wheat starch, dextrose, salt, wheat flour, potassium chloride, hydrogenated vegetable oil, citric acid, spices, onion powder, malt extract, smoke flavourings, garlic powder, colour [E160c], mustard flour, permitted sweetener [E951], herb, spice extracts, herb extracts),
Vegetable oil,
Turkey skin,
Salt,
Wheat flour,
Dextrose,
Stabiliser (E450),
Mustard,
Yeast extract,
Antioxidants (E304, E307, E330, E300),
Herb extract,
Spice extract,
Colour (E162).

Tasty.....

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 - Win £50,000


We just caught this on the Play website:

"Have you got the flicks, tricks and kicks to beat thousands of other players and walk away with £50,000 cash? The winner of this exclusive video game tournament will scoop a whopping £50,000!

Buy a copy of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 on either PC, PS2, PS3 or Xbox 360 from Play.com to participate in the online tournament kicking off in December 2007. The top 32 players will then go on to the finals which will be held at Wembley Stadium in the UK in March 2008 where the winner takes the £50,000!"

Please note: This is a Play.com exclusive event, you will only be eligible to take part in the tournament with a Play.com Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Family Guy: Season 6: (3 DVD)

Season 6 of American Emmy Award winning cartoon Family Guy is out now, on a 3 DVD release.

You'll either love it or you'll hate it... so why not take 1 minute out of your evening to watch the trailer.



Family Guy Season 6
is currently available from only £17.49 (including Postage and Packing) and we've compared all the major retailers including HMV, Amazon and Play.

Leona Lewis : Sprit

We're looking forward to 2006 X-Factor winner Leona Lewis' long-awaited debut LP, 'Spirit', which comes nearly a year after her first single, 'A Moment Like This' and preceded by the single 'Keep Bleeding'. It's currently available to Pre Order at just £8.93

Catch the video of her performing "I will always love you" on last years X Factor here:


Click here to pre-order her album, which is released on the 12th November : and features:

1. Bleeding Love
2. Whatever It Takes
3. Homeless
4. Better In Time
5. Yesterday
6. Take A Bow
7. I Will Be
8. Angel
9. Here I Am
10. I’m You
11. The Best You Never Had
12. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
13. Footprints In The Sand
14. A Moment Like This – UK Bonus Track

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

15% off at HMV: Expires Midnight 01/11/07

Get an extra 15% off almost everything at HMV.com simply by entering the promo code: HMV036 at the checkout. Please note this offer is only available for Today and Tomorrow so forward it to your friends (Expires midnight on the 01/11/07).

You can’t get 15% off pre-orders, vouchers, downloads, consoles or mp3 players but everything else is up for grabs, and UK shipping is free too!

Remember to compare prices with cDVDs.co.uk first to ensure that HMV has the cheapest price for the item you are after, but don’t forget to factor in the 15% discount.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Movie Monday (03):

Ok, so it's Tuesday and the whole point of Movie Monday was to post cool movies on a Monday in order to inspire and ease us into the working week - but I think I ran a bit too fast on my jog this morning, and I feel a bit dizzy - so what the hell.

And I thought I would start with a question? So here goes...

Did you know you can now compare HD (Higher Definition) DVDs at cDVDs.co.uk?


We are very pleased to have launched a new section enabling users to search and compare a enormous range of HD titles, which is accessible at http://www.cdvds.co.uk/dvd/hddvds.php

If you already have an HD player then we hope you find some inspiration in our recommended titles:

1. 300 (HD)
2. Batman Begins (HD)
3. 16 Blocks (HD)
4. Backdraft (HD)
5. Black Hawk Down (HD)

But if you are only going to buy 1 HD DVD this month, make it Planet Earth which is earmarked, without doubt as the most significant HD release to date!

Planet Earth, narrated by Sir David Attenborough takes a sprawling look at our world and its wildlife, sumptuously captured by the most technologically advanced cameras.
The crisp, colourful pictures of this HD release are most likely the closest you’ll get to visiting some of the remotest places on earth. Truly Superb.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Where have all the Wii's goes?

Looking to buy a Wii this Christmas? Well that might be tough as retailers are struggling to keep up with demand.

In our new section, entitled "The Battle of the Games Consoles" we mentioned that the Nintendo Wii was the worlds most popular console with more Wiis in the world than any other current console. And with this demand, retailers just cannot keep up.

In 2006 the BBC reported in their technology section of the frustration of gamers, and with Christmas '07 only weeks away, one can only hope that the distribution issues of last year get sorted out.

Retailers have been reported to cancel and refund order that they cannot honour, but that doesn't help the christmas shopper looking for the "worlds most popular console".


So what can you do... Well you could start by checking our Nintendo Wii page, where we have listed all the retailers for the Wii - and you can simply click on the 'More Info' tab to check availability.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

No blog post this week....

We are still here... everything is working except we've been busy comparing prices, designing new parts of the site and writing new features.

We'll have more Movie Monday, Midweek Reads and Stereo features just as soon as we can get some time.

Also, following the redesign of our homepage, you might noticed that some of the links posted on previous blog entries are no longer working. Rest assured we are working on rectifying this.

Have a lovely weekend, and if your Christmas shopping has started already.... make sure you are getting the best price.

Si

Friday, 12 October 2007

Spiderman 3 DVD Trailer

After researching the latest Spiderman DVD, I came across this spoof trailer..

It claims:

"Spiderman 3 went way over budget, and to finish the film, producers had to use product placement to generate more money. Spiderman 3, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, spins into theatres May 4. Sponsored by Doritos"....

Very funny indeed....



And now for the proper trailer....



Spiderman 3 is released on Monday (15th October) and is currently available to pre order. Click here for more info and to compare prices...
http://www.cdvds.co.uk/dvd/fetch.php?id=mfno1073658

Radio One Live Lounge CD 1

There is something really special about cover versions, as the artist can reinterpret a song and add their own stamp to it. We've seen it recently to great effect with Mark Ronson's album Versions, but another absolutely blinding example is that of Radio One's Live Lounge CD.



Jo Whiley's Radio show has brought us some fantastic covers, including Keane's excellent performance of U2's With or Without You.



Other tracks included on the 2 CD album are:

Disk 1
* 1.DOA - with Foo Fighters
* 2.Love Machine - with Arctic Monkeys
* 3.Run - with Snow Patrol
* 4.Crazy - with The Kooks
* 5.Golden Touch - with Razorlight
* 6.Munich - with Corinne Bailey Rae
* 7.Gold Digger - with The Automatic
* 8.All Sparks - with Editors
* 9.Maneater - with Boy Kill Boy
* 10.No One Knows - with Queens Of The Stone Age
* 11.How Come - with Embrace
* 12.If There's Any Justice - with James Blunt
* 13.The Scientist - with Natasha Bedingfield
* 14.Molly's Chambers - with Kings of Leon
* 15.Frontin' - with Jamie Cullum
* 16.Livin' For The Weekend - with Sugababes
* 17.I Believe In A Thing Called Love - with Lemar
* 18.Hey Ya - with Will Young
* 19.Tied Up Too Tight - with Hard Fi
* 20.Songbird - with Oasis

Disk 2

* 1.The Scientist - with Coldplay
* 2.Smile - with Lily Allen
* 3.With Or Without You - with Keane
* 4.Other Side Of The World - with Kt Tunstall
* 5.What You Waiting For - with Franz Ferdinand
* 6.Family Portrait - with Pink
* 7.Ms Jackson - with Outkast
* 8.Hounds Of Love - with The Futureheads
* 9.Numb - with Jamelia
* 10.Jus A Rascal - with Dizzee Rascal
* 11.Nice Weather For Ducks - with Lemon Jelly
* 12.Dreaming Of You - with The Coral
* 13.In My Arms - with Mylo
* 14.Song 2 - with My Chemical Romance
* 15.Dreaming Of You - with The Coral
* 16.Gone Missing - with Maximo Park
* 17.Let's Push Things Forward - with The Streets
* 18.Romeo - with Basement Jaxx
* 19.Push The Button - with Orson
* 20.In Da Club - with 50 Cent

You can compare prices for this CD by visiting cDVDs.co.uk or clicking here:

Or if you would like some more information on both Jo Whiley and the Live Lounge part of her show, check out the official BBC website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/jowhiley/

Also: Live Lounge CD 2 is due to be released on 22nd October! But you can pre-order it now.
Click here to visit our website for more details:

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Halloween Horror Films

With Halloween just around the corner, we couldn't resist sharing our excellent feature on the Top 10 Horror Films... but you aren't going to find Scream or Scary Movie at the top of this list.. oh no.

When we stress the top 10, we believe it really is.

Click here for more info..... and have a happy Halloween.
http://www.cdvds.co.uk/10_Must_See_Horror_Films.html

Sisi from ITV's X Factor - Booted out... ah shame.

Sisi who was put into Hope (one of the bands formed from rejected solo singers by judges Simon Cowell and Louis Osborne), was booted out on Saturday following revelations that she could be arrested on live TV if cops saw her perform on future shows.


The South London girl is wanted for failing to finish her community service after being convicted of assault on a McDonald's worker, and after having the unfortunate experience of watching her over the course of the auditions it was hardly surprising that the charge would be assault.

Caption: With equally famous Charlie from Big Brother


You have to marvel at the wasted opportunity… getting to the final 3, only to be booted out, but of course, if this news of the world article is anything to go by, we can surely expect Sisi to milk her 15 minutes dry…


Image Source: Daily Mail

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Feist - The Reminder

Feist is an artist getting a bit of attension recently, but it's only a shame the rest of us didn't hear about her early. The Reminder, is her third full-length album, and its one I get involved with after hearing my tune of the summer which was the Boys Noize remix of My Moon My Man (which I've included at the end of this post). Every time I hear it, the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end...

Expect really big things from this album, with tracks including 1,2,3,4 and especially the video appearing like they should belong on an advert for Gap - but don't let that get in the way of this outstanding feel good album, which is already charting as one of our 10 most popular CDs this week with prices starting at just £5.99!!!

Check out the "My Moon My Man" video below.



And heres 1,2,3,4


You can purchase her album The Reminder at cDVDs.co.uk or why not check out her website, which features more video content at: http://www.listentofeist.com/

And now for the Boys Noize remix... which is absolutely awesome... (sorry for the poor quality nightclub shot) -


MY tune of summer 2007...

Spice Girls Tickets


Just a quick post, which perhaps nobody will either bother reading - but due to phenomenal demand, the Spice Girls have added new dates to their reunion tour. Will this be as fantastic as that of the reunion of Take That? Well judging by the back catelogue, perhaps not.

Anyway, the new listings are as follows.

LONDON The O2 Arena - Tue 15 January

LONDON The O2 Arena - Wed 16 January

LONDON The O2 Arena - Fri 18 January

LONDON The O2 Arena - Sun 20 January

LONDON The O2 Arena - Tue 22 January

To buy tickets for SPICE GIRLS visit Ticket Master


Sunday, 7 October 2007

CGI, Pixar and Ratatouille

To tie in with the release of Pixar’s new title – Ratatouille - which sees wannabe chef ‘Remy’ the Rat team up with calamitous cook Liguini, we thought we would take a moment to chart the history of Pixar’s CGI titles.

But what does CGI mean?
In its basic form, CGI stands for Computer-generated imagery, however this simply does not give CGI justice. Especially with the immense development of CGI that we’ve seen over the last ten years.

Over the passed 12 years CGI ‘creator’ Ed Catmull and directory John Lasseter have helped Pixar generate almost $4bn at the box office, with the following titles:

1. Toy Story (1995) Box Office: $360.1m
“Cowboy Woody is put out by the arrival of new toy Buzz Lightyear”

2. A Bug’s Life (1998) Box Office: $361.8m
“Flik the ant recruits a bug army to defeat some hostile grasshoppers”

3. Toy Story 2 (1999) Box Office: $484m
“Buzz tries to rescue Woody, who has been stolen by a toy collector”.

4. Monsters, Inc (2001) Box Office: $523.7m
“Monsters Sully and Mike protect a little girl traps in Monstropolis”

5. Finding Nemo (2003) Box Office: $862.4m
“Epic story of a clown fish’s journey to rescue his son from a fish tank”

6. The Incredibles (2004) Box Office: $765m
“A family of undercover superhero’s come out of hiding to save the world”.

7. Cars (2006) Box Office: $461.9m
“A young race car realises there is more to life than winning races”

Perhaps the outlook for 2007’s Ratatouille is secure afternoon. It is just a shame that they felt the need to phonetically spell out the title – there is nothing like a bit of education with a movie is there?

Friday, 5 October 2007

Have you ordered anything this or last week?

Don’t despair if it still hasn’t arrived yet as with the current Royal Mail strike from the Communications Workers Union (CWU) has announced that normal service will resume by next Thursday, the 11th of October.


A statement on the Royal Mail website reads:

“The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has announced further strike action. Two 48-hour strikes are planned. The first will begin at lunchtime on Thursday 4th October and ends at lunchtime on Saturday 6th October. The second will begin in the early hours of Monday 8th October, ending in the early hours of Wednesday 10th October. Whilst deliveries will recommence on Wednesday 8th October, we anticipate it may take some time before normal service resumes”.

Let hope this all gets straighten out and normal service can resume as soon as possible, I’m not sure I can wait!

John Lennon photograph uncovered


This is what John Lennon (right) looked like during his teenage years. The 17-year-old Beatles legend is accompanied by his friend Nigel Walley. The photo, taken in 1958 and locked away in a cupboard for almost 50 years, emerged after an anonymous Beatles collector who bought the image at auction came forward.

Source: Telegraph

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Play dead - Bjork

It took an all male cover band at Brighton's joogleberry playhouse to remind me of this track... and how amazing it is.

I am not going to go on and on, because Play Dead, from Bjork's album 'Debut' really does speak for itself.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Midweek Read (2):

Welcome to the 2nd of our Midweek Read sections, where we explore some cookery and children's titles:

As ever you can compare the prices of these titles, simply by clicking on their respective titles.
1. Nigella Express – Nigella Lawson (Chatto & Windus)
Nigella offers a collection of super quick, super tasty recipes for every occasion.
2. Tana Ramsay’s Real Family Food – Tana Ramsay (Harpercollins)
Mrs Ramsay gives husband Gordon a run for his money in this cookery book full of mouth-watering recipes.
3. Blood Ties – Sam Hayes (Headline)
Prostitution, kidnapping, intrigue, abuse and murder: this psychological thriller is a perfect choice for fans of Jodi Picoult.
4. The Eddie Stobart Story - Hunter Davies (HarperCollins)
The definitive account of the members of an ordinary Cumbrian family who, through sheer hard work and entrepreneurism, turned a Cumbrian haulage company into an internationally recognised brand.
5. Slam – Nick Horby (Puffin)
The About a Boy author’s latest, aimed at a younger audience, is a funny, sensitive story about a teenage pregnancy.

6. Flanimals – Ricky Gervais (Faber and Faber)
The fourth children’s book in the series by funnyman Gervais is as cheekily irreverent as we’ve come to expect from him.

Monday, 1 October 2007

Radiohead Inrainbows

There has been a lot of hype this week about Radiohead not bothering signing with a record label but instead releasing their new album “Inrainbows” themselves, which is currently only available on pre-order from their website http://www.inrainbows.com/

They’re offering both a digital download and a discbox (a disc box being the new album on CD and vinyl, plus a second CD with more new songs) priced at £40 and will be posted on or before 3rd December, however I am sure you will find, like we have, that it is impossible to complete the transaction.




Despite all of the hype, including national radio promotion and a domain forwarding from the core Radiohead website one might question whether this is merely a a demonstration of non-conformity. Do Radiohead not want us to buy their music? or not want corporations to sell it? Because if they did, surely they would make the website more accessible, make the shopping cart more simple, and perhaps do away with the psychedelic graphic which is eating up bandwidth and causing web browsers to slow right down.

Or perhaps this is all a scam? Perhaps the Radiohead site has been hacked, and is merely a Phishing scam? Whatever it is, I hope they are able to do something about it, and soon, so we can start to enjoy whatever Radiohead are about to put out.

Here's the album track list - with links to awful YouTube clips, courtesy of the Guardian Blog.

1. 15 Step

2. Bodysnatchers

3. Nude

4. Weird Fishes/Arpegii

5. All I Need

6. Faust Arp

7. Reckoner

8. House of Cards

9. Jigsaw Falling Into Place

10. Videotape

Movie Monday (02):

Welcoming to week two of our 'Movie Monday' feature, where you’ll find some top titles and new releases, which are all available to compare. Don't forget all prices quoted are correct at 01/10/07 and include postage & packing!

1. The Lives of Others (15) – Ulrich Muhe, Sebastian Koch, Martina Gedeck
Last year’s winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar is the grim sounding story of a secret policeman in 1980’s repressive East Germany who spies on a renowned playwright in the hope of exposing him as a traitor. But the office soon become’s intrigued by the writer’s life in ways he doesn’t expect.
Compared at: £11.97

2. Magicians (15) David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Jessica Stevenson
Peep show duo Mitchell and Webb are rival magicians in this Brit flick full of TV-star cameos. Admittedly it’s not a patch on Peep Show, but then nothing compares.
Compared at: £7.99

3. Perfect Stranger (15) Halle Berry, Bruce Willis
Reporter Berry goes undercover as a temp at Willis’ fancy ad agency to expose him as a murderer in this tech-y thriller.
Compared at: £11.89

4. Shaun the Sheep Shape up with Shaun (U) Shaun the Sheep
Eight Brand new animated adventures with Shaun from the award winning creators of Wallace and Gromit.
Compared at: £8.93

5. Factory Girl – Sienna Miller / Guy Pearce
Miller plays a (surprisingly) fantastic role as New York socialite Edie Sedgwick who befriends Andy Warhol and is subsequently made a movie star. What follows in this fictionalized story is her ultimate demise. Excellent casting. We recommend.
Compared at: £10.89

6. Casino RoyaleDaniel Craig and Eva Green
Introducing both James Bond before he holds his license to kill and Daniel Craig as the new Bond, Casino Royale (Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel) ditches the cheesy lines of earlier films and opts for a smoother and more ‘professional’ stance, that reminds me of BBC’s Spooks. Expect fast cars, free running and lots of high tech gadgets!
Compared at: £6.99

Friday, 28 September 2007

Stereo (1):

What we are listening to and feeling this week… thank god it’s Friday…

1. Boys Noize - Oi Oi Oi: Aggressive dirty electro from a guy who usually shares the bill with heavyweights like Soulwax, Felix and other left of the centre dance DJs and producers. Although reminiscent of early Daft Punk this is nothing new, but still working casting your ear over.

2. Various Artists - Ibiza Rocks:
A 2 CD set featuring acts who’ve graced Ibiza Rocks the annual indie festival come beach party in San Antonio Bay.

3. Bob Sinclar – Live at a Playboy Mansion: A 2 CD compilation mixed by French jock Bob Sinclar (World Hold On, The Beat Goes On) which is Mixmag’s compilation of the month (October). Except 4/4 house beats, in a typical defected style.

4. Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace:
Do we need to look any further than Q Magazine who proclaim “Foo Fighters have delivered their best album. This surely is their moment”. Get on board for Alt-rock of stadium-sized proportions.

5. Mia – Kala: Bold, brilliantly worldly beats from Britain’s own ‘political pop star’. Sometimes it doesn't need a huge review.

6. Hard-Fi – Once Upon a Time in The West:
Rousing rock sing-alongs including the awesome Suburban Knights.... You know who you are.

7. Justice – The cross: We’ve mentioned this before in our CD Inspire section, but this is still a very special album for us, a little hard at times, and nothing ground breaking, but still doing it. Think Daft punk vs Micheal Jackson vs Shandy Sandwich and you’re almost there, but not quite.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

"If it ain't broke, then don't fix it"


"If it ain't broke, then don't fix it".... a phrase we perhaps should have taken something away from.

Please accept our apologies if you haven't been able to access the blog - we have been carrying out some work, and despite nearly 2 hours knee deep in code, we are back to where we started.

At least we have a new feature to make everything ok, which will be going live tomorrow at 2pm!

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Compare Halo 3 on Xbox 360


One of the most eagerly anticipated video games of all time, first person shooter Halo 3 is available now on Xbox 360 and you can compare it with cDVDs.co.uk now!

Halo 3 represents the third chapter in the Halo trilogy—an international award-winning action series that grew into a global entertainment phenomenon, logging more than 650 million hours of multiplayer action on Xbox Live, and spawning action figures, books, a graphic novel, apparel, an upcoming film adaptation, and more.
Taking full advantage of the power of Xbox 360, Halo 3 features next-generation high-definition visuals, enhanced A.I., an advanced real-time lighting engine, and new weapons, characters, and challenges.

Plug in to Xbox Live on Xbox 360 and Halo 3 builds upon the unique social multiplayer experience and innovative, evolving online game play of Halo 2 – a truly special title.

Watch the Halo 3 trailer now….



And click here to compare the retailers currently stocking Halo 3.

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

The Midweek Read 01:

Following on from this week’s launch of Movie Monday, we would like to introduce our Midweek Read section, exploring new books and must read titles.
Whether you are simply looking for a book to read on the way to work or perhaps a poolside read, we hope you find inspiration with our Midweek Read entries.

As ever you can compare the prices of these titles, simply by clicking on their respective titles.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling (Bloomsbury).
The seventh and final wizardly instalment is the darkest – and the best- yet. It’s time to find out how it ends.

2. Jamie at Home, Jamie Oliver (Penguin).
To tie in with his Channel 4 series, Jamie rustles up 100 brand-new recipes n this beautifully illustrated tome.

3. Keep Smiling, Charlotte Church (Orion).
No-nonsense Charlotte tells it like it is in the warts-and-wall autobiography, which is refreshingly authentic.

4. I Never Fancied Him Anyway, Claudia Carroll (Bantam Press)
Relationship-solving psychic Cassie’s love life sucks in Carroll’s latest entertaining tale.

5. Second Glance, Jodi Picoult (Hodder & Stoughton)
Still grief-stricken years after his fiancée’s death, Ross searches for her ghost in this paranormal themed read.

6. Operation Sunshine, Jenny Colgan (Sphere)
Sun, surgery and secrecy in the south of France. A perfect lazy sunlounger read, and enough to put you right off your boxtox injections.

7. The Manny, Holly Peterson (Harper)
Juggling a career, husband and kids, New Yorker Jamie hires a male nanny in this sharp and funny read.

8. Clean Cut, Lynda La Plante (Simon & Schuster)
Detectives Anna and James tackle a gang of murderous illegal immigrants. Sprinted and gruesome, La Plante delivers again.

9. The Naughty Girl’s Guide to Life, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson & Sharon Marshall (Sphere).
TP-T offers advice on being a naughty girl. She’s had a lot of experience!

10. Since I don’t have you, Louise Candlish (Sphere)
Heartbreaking buy fascinating story of a woman trying to come to terms with the death of her only child.

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Movie Monday (01):

Welcome to the first of our new weekly 'Movie Monday' features, which aims to explore new DVD releases and 'Must See' titles.

As ever you can compare the prices of these titles, simply by clicking on their respective titles, and we’ll instantly go to over 40 top retailers including Amazon, HMV, Play, SendIt and Selections.

1. Becoming Jane (PG) – Anne Hathaway / James McAvoy
This tale of Austen’s (Hathaway) affair with Irish Lawyer Lefroy (McAvoy) is deeply moving by may upset purists.

2. 28 Weeks Later (18) – Robert Caryle / Catherine McCormack
The 28 Days Sequel delivers even more zombie attacks and military mayhem. Not for the Squeamish.

3. Sunshine (15) Cillian Murphy / Chris Evans
A team of astronauts have to kick-start the dying sun in this gripping sci-fi tale from Trainspotting director Danny Boyle.

4. Factory Girl (15) Sienna Miller / Guy Pearce
Sienna plays 60’s It girl Edie Sedgwick who famously befriended Andy Warhol before descending into drug addiction.

5. This is England (18) Thomas Turgoose / Stephen Graham
Coming-of-age tale from director Shame Meadows about a young boy who falls with a band of skinheads in the 1980’s. Must see.

6. The Painted Veil (12) Naomi Watts / Edward Norton
A dramatic tale of infidelity and love, as Norton drags adulterous wife Watts to a cholera-ridden village in China.

7. Shooter (15) Mark Wahlberg / Danny Glover
Elite sniper Wahlberg is framed for assassination and must take matters into his own hands in his fight for justice.

8. Curse of the Golden Flower (15) Gong Li / Chow Yun-Fat
Think house of flying daggers but with more incest and less fighting, as an empress battles a controlling ruler.

9. Skins (18)
3 DVD boxset of E4’s teen tales of vodka, vomit, virginity smashing and house parties….. The perfect opportunity to catch up before the new series.

Pressing Pause, and then Play 7 days later

Taking the last 7 days away from an internet connection allowed me to do many things, including read the Sunday times cover to cover (plus supplements) in addition to Dave Vice’s fantastic “The Google Story” (which charts the rise and rise of the web’s favourite search engine) and Tescopoly by Andrew Simms (which has certainly caused a great deal of considerations as to my global/local outlook).


The last 7 days have also enabled me to relax and really put pen to paper and start to really plan elements of the cDVDs.co.uk site and it’s future.
I hope you will enjoy the range of new features we hope to bring to the table.

As ever, cDVDs.co.uk is about saving money and ensuring you get the best price, and we’re truly thankful when to receive your emails notifying us than pages aren’t loading as quickly as they could be or requesting new sections including our new Blu Ray comparison engine, so please feel free to get in touch, anytime, as we’d love to hear from you.

We would also like to introduce the first of three new blog posts, which will follow this entry, and seeing as it will usually be posted on a Monday (and it just works…) we’ve decided to call it “Movie Monday”.

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Revised: Mercury Music Prize Nominations - Now Sorted

Ok... so we launched a page, raved about it, blog about it and let our friends know wht we had done. But did we check the code? was everything working at it should?

No.

A big thank you to Steve for the email, we'll try and get you a CD sent out to you as per my reply. Might we recommend Chromophobia by Gui Boratto? (minimal/ electro) - It's outstanding.

So.
The Mercury Music Prize Nominations section is now sorted, properly. The Games section is live, properly, and the Wii buttons are working, properly.

Perhaps it was all the excitement of Brighton's new nightclub Digital and the launch last night, or perhaps we just took on too much - whatever the reason, we are sorry if we let you down.

Rest assured that next week will bring more behind the scenes work, which we'll check and check again, before blogging about it.

:)

Friday, 14 September 2007

Mercury Music Prize Nomination List

So it was The Klaxons who scooped this years Mercury Music Prize, but who was nominated and who else won on previous years?

Not sure?

Well don't worry, as we have included details of all Mercury Music Prize nominations and winners from as early as 1992, Remember Screamadelica?

As ever you can compare the prices of each nomination, simply by clicking on their respective titles.

Thursday, 13 September 2007

10% off at Waterstones - Promo Code

To celebrate the launch of our book comparison tool, which is accessible from the homepage or at http://www.cdvds.co.uk/books you can now get 10% off everything at Waterstones before 30th September 2007. Simply enter the code VY3546 in the 'promotional code' box at the checkout to activate this cDVDs.co.uk customer discount.



Don’t forget to compare the prices of titles from all available retails with our book comparison facility before you buy as even with the 10% discount you might be able to get the title cheaper from another retailer.

As ever, terms and conditions apply:


1. Discount code entitles you to 10% off at Waterstones.com.
2. Discount code valid until 30th September 2007.
3. Only one discount code to be used per transaction and the code can only be used once per customer.
4. Discount code cannot be used with any other voucher or coupon.
5. Discount code can only be used at time of purchase and not retrospectively.
6. This voucher can only be used on Waterstones.com and not in Waterstone's stores.
7. All prices on Waterstones.com are online only and may differ from Waterstone's stores.

CD Inspire and DVD Inspire September Now Live

Although these sections are usually due on the first day of the month, the recent site developments had led these features to be delayed, however both CD and DVD Inspire sections are now live, and can be accessed from the homepage, or at http://www.cdvds.co.uk/CDinspire.html and http://www.cdvds.co.uk/DVDinspire.html

Special DVDs to get your hands on this month including Lords of Dogtown, the 1975 underground skateboarding movie, which is nothing short of spectacular. Check out the trailer below, which we're affraid isn't the greatest quality:



As ever you can compare the prices of our DVD and CD Inspire titles simply by click on their respective titles.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Refreshing... please bare with us...


We are in the process of uploading the refreshed version of cDVDs.co.uk - so please bare with us.

We know we are not perfect, so please let us know if you spot a problem or a page not loading and we'll get right onto it.

UPDATE: WE ARE ON FACEBOOK - Come and Join our group
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See you there....

Friday, 7 September 2007

Luciano Pavarotti | 1935-2007

A sad day indeed, as the great Luciano Pavarotti sadly passes away.

Please enjoy the following video, of his famous performance of "nessun dorma" this time at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics - which is absolutely sensational.

We have mentioned Paul Potts in our blog, but Pavarotti I am affraid is in a league of his own.

cDVDs.co.uk now has it's own dedicated Classical section, which includes the top 10 classical searches. You can also find a range of Pavarotti and 3 Tenors CDs there as well.

If you would like to make any suggestions for future sections of the cDVDs website, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Updates and new features coming SOON!!

Sorry for the slack blog posts this week, in truth we have been busy beavers, getting some new features for the website...

So be sure to pop back at the end of the week...


:)

Saturday, 25 August 2007

HMV's new logo - oooo... swanky!



You might have noticed, you might not have - but HMV have had a rebrand.... it's nothing major... or is it?

Having dropped the capital letters, which could be argued are quite aggressive - but of course when allied to bubblegum pink, they are like a biker in a pair of hot pants.

But having been in business since 1921 you would think it was about time to ditch Nipper the dog and inject some viagra into the logo, and think, with the new design, they have achieved this. The lower case letters, the near stencil like image of Nipper listening to the gramophone and the trademark pink. A excellent, but subtle evolution.

Of course it's arguable whether, when it comes down to it, the branding really matters - but this shuffle has brought with it some great offers available at their website


Take for instance, the following titles:

1. Bourne Identity / Bourne Supremacy: 2 DVD - Now only £10.99 with free delivery!

2. Or 70% off selected boxsets
3. 2 CDs for £10 including Kasabian, Editors, Foo Fighters and Lilly Allen

4. A selection of paramount DVDs from only £3.99 including War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible 3 and Godfather Part 1, 2 and 3!

Remember you can check prices on all of these items right here at cDVDs.co.uk, as whilst HMV might look good with it's new logo, it still has to pay the designers....

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Finding a CD you thought you had forgotten about....


Don't you just love it when you are having a clear out, or perhaps sorting out your DVD collection and you stumble upon something that you'd forgotten about, something so specially that you question how it ever got lost.

Albums like Kruder and Dorfmiesters the K&D sessions, and, from today, I rediscovered 'Dub Side of the Moon' by Easy Star All-Stars. Originally released on 28 April 2003, 'Dub Side of the Moon' is a Reggae Tribute to Pink Ffloyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' with fantastic covers that would have Mark Ronson wishing he had got there first.

The track listing mimic that of Ffloyd's album but with a dub reggae sound system thrown in for good measure.

Hailed as one of smartest covers albums ever produced, this is well worth getting on, providing you can track down a copy!

The tracklisting includes:

  • 1. Speak To Me / Breathe (In the Air)-Feat. Sluggy Ranks
  • Listen 2. On The Run
  • Listen 3. Time-Feat. Corey Harris & Ranking Joe
  • Listen 4. Great Gig In the Sky-Feat. Kirsty Rock
  • Listen 5. Money-Feat. Gary 'Nesta' Pine & Dollarman
  • Listen 6. Us & Them-Feat. Frankie Paul
  • Listen 7. Any Colour You Like
  • Listen 8. Brain Damage-Feat. Dr Israel
  • Listen 9. Eclipse-Feat. The Meditations
  • Listen 10. Time Version

Bonus Tracks

  • Listen 11. Great Dub In The Sky
  • Listen 12. Step It Pon the Rastaman Scene-Feat. Ranking Joe
  • Listen 13. Any Dub You Like

Click here to compare prices for this title.


Friday, 17 August 2007

The CD turns 25


In Germany on August 17, 1982 the first ever CD rolled off the presses at the Philips factory near Hannover, not even the Philips staff could foresee how these small discs would revolutionise entertainment.

Stephanie van den Berg offers an indepth review on Yahoo News, however whilst some are sceptical whether the CD will make it past it's 30th Birthday, with the surge in digital music downloads, Paul Solleveld of the Dutch organisation for the entertainment industry NVPI think there will always be a place for the CD....

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Max Power at the movies - The Transformers Movie


Max Power magazine is what was brought to mind as I sat through Transformers at the cinema last night. Having been charged £6.80 for a pleasure I had hoped that the cartoon adaptation would be worth waiting for, but not the cheesy line/ plot ensemble that as far as I am concerned wasted my evening.



Have you ever bitten a metal spoon? Horrible feeling isn’t it? Well with the continuous metal on metal transformer fight sequences you will probably, like me, need a lay down to recover.

A heard a review from BBC Radio 1’s James King that Transformers was about cars and breast, and it was exactly that….

The following statements sum it up for me.
1. Needy Boy
2. Glamour Model
3. Fast Cars

I am sure you will agree…. Max Power all over….

The movie can be praised for it’s special effects, but it’s just a shame that more attention wasn’t paid to the weaker areas of the film, particularly if tickets are going to hover around £7 a go. But of course, with it being the summer holidays, will kids be happy with anything?

One question remains as I reflect on the cheesy one-liners from main goodformer Optimus Prime… shame on you, but was the cartoon always this bad? Or am I viewing them in rose tinted spectacles?

cDVDs Advice: Wait for the DVD.

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Mid Week Hot DVD Price Comparisons

Is your pay cheque burning a hole in your pocket? or just got some money to spend....? well you needn't feel guilty, and with these offers you might actually be saving yourself a fair few pounds!

All prices quoted are inclusive of Postage and Packaging within the UK.

Offers of the Week

Almost Famous - £14.99 Now 2.99!!!

The Holiday - Was £17.99 Now £5.99!

Borat - Was £13.99 Now £7.89!

Departed (2 DVD) - Was £23.99 Now £5.99!

Little Miss Sunshine- Was £20.00 Now £4.99!

Happy Feet - Was £14.99 Now £4.49!

Shrek 1 & 2 Box Set - Was £33.99 Now £6.99!

Homicide: Season 1 & 2 - Was £22.99 Now £10.98!

Poltergeist Legacy: Complete Season 1 - Was £34.99 Now £18.97!

Lone Gunmen: Season 1 - Was £39.99 Now £15.99!

Kate Nash - Made of Bricks - Was £12.00 Now £8.93!

Absolute Garbage: Greatest Hits/Limited Edition
- Was £12.99 Now £8.79!

Other Hot DVD Deals

Blades of Glory - Was £19.99 Now £11.95!

Bourne Identity - Was £15.99 Now £5.99!

Amazing Grace - Was £19.99 Now £11.49!

DeadWood: Complete Season 3 - Was £49.99 Now £35.93!

OZ: Season 2 - Was £24.99 Now £15.98!

Spotted any good offers this week? then get in touch.... hello@cdvds.co.uk
we would love to hear from you.


Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Site Updates:

New DVD and CD Inspire sections for August are now live on cdvds.co.uk for your reading pleasure.

More updates to be announced shortly, so keep those eyes peeled.

Monday, 6 August 2007

Albums we are feeling... - LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver

The new album from Grammy Nominated Band LCD Soundsystem features the awesome "North American Scum" & "All My Friends".

Described as an blend of dance with punk with disco with nu-rave, LCD Soundsystem is something special indeed.

On December 8, 2005 the group received nominations for two Grammy awards in the Electronica category for their self-titled album and in the Dance category for "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" and time will only tell how far this new album will go.


Click here for Audio Samples from their official website, or alternatively click here to compare prices of their 'Sound of Silver' album.

Tracklisting:
1. Get Innocuous!
2. Time To Get Away
3. North American Scum
4. Someone Great
5. All My Friends
6. Us V Them
7. Watch The Tapes
8. Sound Of Silver
9. New York
10. I Love You But

If you like this, you might also like to get your hands on their previous self titled album which was released on 24th January 2005 and features the top 40 track "Daft Punk is playing at my house". It is available from just £5.19 including postage and packaging, click here to compare prices on this title.