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Third time lucky ... sorta

Well, I took the dodgy Tomb Raider DVD back to Video Ezy at Coorparoo. I have to say their service is good. Told the lady behind the counter (Jessica) the problem, she put that DVD next to their DVD player to look at later, grabbed a spare copy, put it in the case, and gave it to me.

No checking out to make sure I'm telling the truth, no questions, just fixed the problem as quickly as possible, leaving me happy.

Until I got home. This disk had less scratches, the few it had weren't all that noticeable at first glance. However my DVD player liked it less. I tried it four times. The furthest it got into it was about a minute before it froze completely, and one of the times it didn't even recognize it as a DVD!

Grab it, and take it back to the shop. Thankfully I get the same lady again, and this time she puts it in to the player to check it out. Of course it works perfectly in their player.

However, she still gives great service, and asks if I'd like to try another copy of the movie, or rent something else. I decide to give the movie one last try. I really liked the movie when I saw it in the cinema's, so I still want to watch it. She gives me a third copy of the disk, and lets me know that if it plays up as well, then to ring them and they'll put a note on my membership that I get a free DVD rental.

I like good service. Unfortunately it's getting a bit hard to find some times.

I take it home, put it in, and it works! Mostly...

Everything works fine up until my favourite scene, the temple in Cambodia where they get the first piece of the Triangle. At that point it decides to hick-up, and start from the opening scene again!

The rest of the disk is like that. work fine for a while, and then jumps, skips, and freezes for a bit. I ended up not seeing a few sections (only a couple of minutes total) so I'm a little bit annoyed.

Also, the special features were a lot like that as well. Some worked really well, others I ended up giving up on.

However, I will have to say that the Special Features on both it and Final Fantasy were good. I think my favourite were the joke bloopers and the "Thriller" video in Final Fantasy.

Also, I think they let the geeks play a bit when they worked out the menu structure and extra's in both of them. Well done.

I return them both tomorrow. I'm not sure if I going to say anything about the disk or not.

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Desert Rose

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes
This rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of her love

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

Sweet desert rose
This memory of Eden haunts us all
This desert flower
This rare perfume, is the sweet intoxication of the fall

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