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Alex "Alex Campbell, London" (London, UK)

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Beethoven Was Deaf
Beethoven Was Deaf
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.98

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey live sounds lazy!, 28 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Beethoven Was Deaf (Audio CD)
As it can be seen with the "Morrissey live in Dalls" video, this album certainly catches the essence of Morrissey live. He plays a good selection of songs from his "Your Arsenal" era and the band/background singer put on a good show.
The songs that are played though are done at quite a pace and in fact sound a little rushed. I am sure that Morrissey was enjoying visualy what was going on in front of him but his singing sounds lacking in effort or accuracy.
Most interestingly, this album is not an edit of the concert. As well as arriving late at the Paris show, he only played for 45 mins before disappearing off with no oncores. The audience were also less impressed with the "I still cannot speak French" comment!
Still - he's Morrissey the legend and this is the best official live album of his around.

Doctor Who - The Robots Of Death [1978] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Robots Of Death [1978] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £5.22

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Baker at his best, 10 Jan. 2003
The Robots of Death is thought to be one of the very best 4th doctor outings and quite right too. Tom Baker is now very comfortable in the role as he had been playing the part for the while and his saucy companion Leela put in an very good performance.
The set, the acting, the plot, the effects and the costumes are really first rate. It is a very enjoyable watch. The extras are thinner on the ground than the others but the commentaries and on screen production notes are very enlightening. Great fin.

Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £9.95

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing ending to the Doctor Who era, 10 Jan. 2003
Again the BBC and the Doctor Who restoration team have done a good job here. The DVD is packed with extras from this 1989 outing - outtakes, deleted scenes, extended scenes trailers and detailed on screen production notes. Unfortunately the show itself had rather lost steam.
By the 7th doctor, the programme was only getting a mid week showing and an audience of around 3 million. The writers tried to cleverly tie it in with the 1963 "Unearthly child" first doctor story but the plot is all rather unconvincing. The Doctor's companion Ace tries hard but Sylvester McCoy doesn't really cut it as Doctor Who. The daleks wonder around in a confused state and look rather tired.
Watch it for completness but this really isn't a cut on earlier episodes.

Across America
Across America

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing effort, 10 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Across America (Audio CD)
Art Garfunkel is one of the world's great male singers but it is not captured here.
The album is a live recording from an American tour in the late 1990s. The real problem is the production. It has been recorded as if it is heard from some way away so the backing track can rather drown out the vocal track. Also, rather than mixing one song into the next with crowd applause, most tracks are faded out, often before the end of the song or the beginning if the applause. This makes it disjointed.
All the right songs are there. Unfortunately Art seems to be playing to a home audience and being rather indulgent. He doesn't sound like he's made much effort in his singing.
There must surely be a better live release soon.

Private Parts [DVD] [1997]
Private Parts [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Howard Stern
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.96

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Shock Jock stars in his own film, 10 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Private Parts [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
Private Parts is a very entertaining film.
For people who are not aware of Howard Stern's Breakfast radio show in New York, it is a good stand alone autobiographical piece about his life. From a geeky film student, to a local radio disc jockey at a tiny station, to a highly sucessful radio star in Washington to a world famous radio legend in New York - it's all there.
The direction is stright forward and avoids anything too distracting and the comic pace is very good. All the characters in the film except Howard's wife is played by the real people themselves. This makes it more real and personal.
One criticism might be that Howard, for all his irresponsible horse play, is portrayed as a really well behaved and nice person. Having recently divorced from his wife and seen his radio show now broadcast on TV, I begin to wonder!

Doctor Who - The Aztecs [1964] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Aztecs [1964] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.98

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars View the beginnings of Doctor Who!, 10 Jan. 2003
This is yet another fantastic release from the BBC and the Doctor Who restoration team.
It is amazing when viewing this DVD that whilst everyone knows the programme ran for a long time, that it really did start as long ago as 1963. In those days, television programmes and BBC recording was still really in its infancy and actors were only really used to stage.
The programme is very well put together. The plot, dramatic acting and effective but cheap sets are very impressive. It stands as a good example of television productions from the time. The audio commentary from the associate producer reveal that an episode a week was shot and they were only allowed to cut the tape 3 times so it was filmed in sequence like a stage production.
The extras are very complete. There are interviews with the original actors, a comic "How to make Aztec cocoa" sketch, an Aztec documentary from Blue Peter and unbelievably detailed on screen production notes. The only weakeness is the audio commentary as the actors and producer tend to just watch the programme and make the occasional "Ohh, yes I remember that" comment. A minor criticism however - it is a masterpiece. Keep up the good work.

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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A high budget low thrill James Bond release, 6 Dec. 2002
It has been said over the last couple of years that the James Bond formula is being brought into the 21st century. This means that the films are supposed to be more politically correct with strong women roles, more realistic about the feats of a human (he bleeds shocker!) and have lots of powerful action. I am not sure mission has been accomplished.
The pace of the film from the start is quite exhausting. Like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the opening sequence takes our secret agent through totally implausible physical action before scenes of uncomfortable prison torture is hinted at (before an evil looking yet beautiful Korean woman).
The moment Halle Berry and Miranda Frost arrive into the film, they steal the show. The acting and their characters are undoubtedly the best female roles to appear in the series. That said, some of their dialogue material is poor. The double entendre's are about as subtle as "Carry on Spying" and Halle's flashing of her bikini to distract evil guards is not exactly a feminist role model gesture. Miranda Frost's cliché weak woman being seduced is even more cheesey.
There is plenty of action - by car, boat and plane. Unfortunately though CGT computer aided effects come in in such a big way that it all looks terribly fake and unbelievable. An ice palace in Iceland is "next to" the bioglobes from Cornwall in England. The effects are so over the top, it is like watching Star Wars Episode 1 or 2.
It's not all bad. The film has clever references to each of the previous films in turn to celebrate 40 years of James Bond. John Cleese take's on Q's role brilliantly.
But that's it. Otherwise, it is the weakest film in the series - even worse than "A Licence to Kill." I am sure due to the superb film marketing that it will be the biggest grossing James Bond films yet, but it really is nonsense. Bring back not only Sean Connery and Roger Moore but the style and format of those classics.

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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silence of the Lambs Part III, 28 Nov. 2002
Red Dragon is not a bad little film by any means. The story of a disfigured serial killer being tracked down by an FBI agent able to "think" like a serial killer who is being helped by Hannibal Lecter sounds pretty good. Indeed, it is and the cast do a very good job. It is certainly a lot less gory and grotesque than "Hannibal."
The trouble is that the film is not a touch on Silence of the Lambs. The story lacks suspense and there are no very clever twists. It appears as though most of the actors have just turned up to appear in "yet another Lecter" film and collect their pay cheque. It feels a little like you are watching a TV movie spin off from the original.
Still, if you haven't seen the other two films and your anticipation has not been built up too much, it is an enjoyable watch.

"Pink Floyd": Bricks in the Wall
"Pink Floyd": Bricks in the Wall
by Karl Dallas
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A journalist and friend's insight into Pink Floyd, 7 Nov. 2002
The book spans from Pink Floyd's original formation through to the 1983 split up after "The Final Cut" and up to pre release reviews of the New Pink Floyd's album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason."
The book is relatively short but contains all the key factual information needed about the band. It covers and discusses all the band's releases and studies the 1970s and "The Wall" phase in lots of detail.
Karl Dallas is a journalist who followed the band for many years and who often interviewed its members.
It is out of date now and needs updating as lots has happened since 1988. That said, it is not a bad book to start on.
My only criticism is that the author is a serious fan. This means, he reviews everything "over positively" and doesn't critise anything they do. It is a bit sycophantic.
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The Cure: Play Out [VHS]
The Cure: Play Out [VHS]
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Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Cure on home video, 23 Oct. 2002
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Released in 1991, the video is simply an amateur home video shot of the band, capturing a week in their life from that year. But what a week - London gigs, Jonathan Ross TV appearance, MTV Unplugged (one of the very first bands to be recorded) and Wembley Arena.
The camera simply rolls on. Most of the footage is behind the scenes material before and after gigs and none of it is staged. The band are all having lots of fun and it is exciting to feel almost as if you are at the particular parties with them. Certainly the back stage facilities are nothing glamourous!
The video is only really for the genuine fan though. It is rather incoherent and, like a home holiday video, it does get a bit dull to watch. Most of it is like the filler segments seen on the "Staring at the Sea" and "Pictureshow" releases.
It is still a personal document though and an enjoyable watch.

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