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Jimmy Carr In Concert [Live] [DVD]
Jimmy Carr In Concert [Live] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jimmy Carr
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.77

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More miss than hit this time round..., 9 Dec. 2008
I have now seen all of Jimmy's live DVD's, and this one I enjoyed the least. His first 2 are his best, and last years DVD showed his style taking a down turn! To his credit he does make each show a bit different. Here he has a Jazz band play while he spouts off his quips, and the long cartoon section at the end where he is drawn in different styles I found funnier than the actual show.

He has very little new to say here, and he gets most of the shows content from talking to his audience directly. He is very quick and clever with his replies as usual, but I would have liked it if he had more to say. He is in fact just relying on his audience and using them to cover and pad out for his lack of new and original material.

His delivery and style of material means we are used to his quips, which are getting less and less funny by the year. The Material he does cover is the same old same old too. I do admire him for his earlier work, but this is a poor show by those shows standards. Perhaps he should have waited a few years to think of some new material. We have had too much too soon of him. I feel he has had his day!
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Frank Skinner - Stand-Up (Live from Birmingham's NIA) [DVD]
Frank Skinner - Stand-Up (Live from Birmingham's NIA) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frank Skinner
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.26

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 & a half stars, 9 Dec. 2008
I hadn't realized it was Frank's first stand up for 10 years. He is one of my favorite comics, especially his work on Fantasy Football, Unplanned and his talk show.

So, is the DVD funny? Indeed it is. So why only 3.5 stars? Well, the material is not very broad. Frank spends too much time on sex, or more so, his sexual experiences, in graphic detail. About 70% of the act in fact! It's all very funny but he could have moved on to something different just to break it up. A lack of material is apparent. The best comics on their day cover a lot more day to day misgivings. His visuals and timing are spot on however, and he writes a good song too while playing the banjo. His encounter with a horse was a highlight.

He closes with an account on how people behave while txting, especially during the start of a new fling. It is so true, and this is what makes comedy work when comics touch on day to day activities which make us feel relieved in a way that it's quite normal behavior, but at the same time the mind creating it's own troubles.

The material in the Billionaires extras segment is good enough to have been in the main show. His quick impression of Oko Ono was funny while talking about Heather Mills.

This is still a lot better than Jimmy Carrs DVD also from 2008...
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Sony NWZA818 - 8GB Video MP3 Walkman - Upto 30hrs Battery Life - Black
Sony NWZA818 - 8GB Video MP3 Walkman - Upto 30hrs Battery Life - Black

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average Sony player, 25 Sept. 2008
This average player is easy to use once you have everything on it, with 8gbs fitting nearly 3,500 tracks using wma 64kbps quality. There are problems however. The short lead on the head phones at the length of just over 30cm. If you don't have a shirt pocket then you have no where to put it. There's plenty of cord between the two ear phones at 55cm and there's no logic to that. Why have such a short main lead to the player. The sound with the head phones supplied is not as good as a cheaper pair of Sony one's I had before, which is strange as the head phones supplied are a lot more expensive separately.

The player doesn't come with any software for changing clips to mp4. Using Media Player to upload is a pain, and you can't always get the right album info or album art from their search. It also has to configure wma files while it's uploading in Media Player to the player (enough time was spent converting mp3 files to wma) so this lengthens the upload time. You have a feature to make up your own sound setting and save. The options there sound muffled and don't improve the sound. You have club, live, heavy, pop, unique and karaoke etc, and a few others. I managed to get a clear sound in the edit option that sounds much better then just having the normal or no effects setting set. Playing movies and clips works well and looks good on the colour screen once you have converted them to mp4.

The player went wrong once and stated that everything had gone. This happened while I was transferring wma files over in Windows Explorer, it froze up and wouldn't recognize anything on there. Although when I checked in Windows Explorer all the files where still showing on the player. I should have tried the re set button but forgot,
and wiped the player and up loaded everything which took an age. The screen is easy to scratch, but most screens are. I have a clear screen case that goes over the player, but that scratches too.

Overall it's a well made player (as you would expect from Sony) that has many problems while getting it ready first off, and a few annoying ones while using...

Price: £6.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars below par, 25 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Forth (Audio CD)
Forth is a disappointing album. It could be the forth Richard Ashcroft solo album too as a lot of the tracks sound like his solo work. They have lost their identity because of this and there's only 3 tracks that stand out for me. These being, Judas, Valium Skies and Columbo. Love is Noise is exactly that, noise, Sit and Wonder is the same too. The other tracks are uninspiring and dull. Overall it feels like it was an effort to come back and make another album they didn't want to have to make.

Black And White 050505
Black And White 050505
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 & a half stars, 27 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Black And White 050505 (Audio CD)
Certainly a return to some sort of form after the string of lacklustre albums from 1995 onwards! Again a shortfall of only 9 tracks, but there is no real weak tracks this time round. It's all about the music for me, and this it better sounding music with a lot less of the dodgy sounds found on the awful Neon Lights or Cry. Track 2 and single Home sounds great even now, and secondly single Stranger is catchy. The only real weak moments of any note are the plodding re cooked Jeweller to the Stairs from Our Secrets are the Same, and the thudding keyboards of Different World, which can't make up which direction it wants to go in, but isn't a bad track all the same.

They still suffer from not having a variety of style's and a good strong 12 track album. It always feel like there's something missing after a listen of their albums, since 1995, that their not tapping into something, or finding even. All in all though a sharper enjoyable album from Simple Minds in 2005, one of which has taken a long time in coming...

Offered by westworld-
Price: £6.12

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor late 90's Simple Minds album, 27 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Neapolis (Audio CD)
This was a marked departure from the overblown tiresome rock of Good News, 3 years previous. This has a modern looking and stylish cover with new type face, which was meant to show case the music style of electronic approach. They team up with New Gold Dream producer Pete Walsh, but he can't help save this album from being yet another long line of recent disappointing albums. There's more variation in styles to Good News 1995, but the over produced music let's this album down. Néapolis leaves you feeling very little, and only tracks like the basic sounding Song for the Tribes, the album highlight War Babies, and Lightning stir you. Killing Andy Warhol is not so bad, as is Superman v Supersoul, but as usual a lack of tracks leaves a shortfall, and shows a lack of creation...

Cry - Simple Minds
Cry - Simple Minds
Price: £4.66

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing mixed bag, 27 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Cry - Simple Minds (Audio CD)
After a long 4 year wait for new material after the poor Néapolis, Simple Minds returned with Cry. This although more refreshing than Néapolis, was just as disappointing however. They had recruited other writers to help, and so much so borrowed music, or let others do entire tracks too. The whole project was different to the way they had gone about making a new album, with a lack of togetherness on this project, and this shows all too well! At least they broke out of the lazy 9 track syndrome, but over used the sound gadget boxes to make over long intros, and poor sounding songs musically. The writing is of a poor standard too, complete with dodgy album cover. Jim's voice has never sounded so bad. The tracks I do enjoy are Spaceface, Sleeping Girl and Slave Nation...

Good News from the Next World
Good News from the Next World
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.96

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars over blown disappointment, 27 Aug. 2008
I was just getting into Simple Minds at the end of 1994 when out of the blue, this album came out. I saw She's a River on a music channel and this marked the dawn of the new material. I bought the album on the day of release, and was disappointed with a weeks worth of plays. I much preferred the earlier work I was just discovering before hand. The album does have a few good tracks, I enjoy Night Music and My Life, but the album is overblown generally. Jim shouts a lot here and tracks out stay their welcome after 3 minutes of their 5+ minute durations. If they had added another 3 tracks and shortened them all, and added a bit more variation in styles, this might have been a more enjoyable experience. This style of bombast rock didn't and doesn't suit Simple Minds, as they tried to be less poppy in 1995...

Jimmy Carr - Live Stand Up  [DVD] [2005]
Jimmy Carr - Live Stand Up [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Jimmy Carr
Offered by RED 32
Price: £2.49

4.0 out of 5 stars funny, but..., 18 Aug. 2008
This is better than his first stand up offering the year before. Here he sticks to traditional stand up, rather then the small ads, t-shirt slogan and member of audience asking questions on couch style material. He 'clearly does' use a lot of material from the first dvd (more so than any other comedian) so much so you are wondering if you are watching the 2004 dvd. But, he makes up for this by adding new material amongst the old stuff. This new material is good enough to make this a 4 star offering. Jimmy still picks on the front rows, and does this more so and is more ruthless than before. He adlibs brilliantly too when he gets responses from his victims. His material is not for the easily offended, or even the not so easily offended for that matter, and sometimes he does go too far. Overall however this is an entertaining 80 minutes of sharp observations of day to day life.

Transporter 2 [DVD]
Transporter 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jason Statham
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.52

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stupid and awful but still kinda fun..., 26 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Transporter 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I thought The Transporter was an ok film, over the top but entertaining. When I saw Transporter 2 I thought it would be on the same lines as the first film, with regards to the type of stunts and action, but oh no!

The first parts of T2 is actually good, and I was thinking this could be better then the first. But it then became apparent that the the makers had been watching the Matrix too much. There's a whole load of cgi here, and it's laughable the things that happen. The film lost it when with moments to go before a bomb is about to explode on the bottom of The Transporters car, there just happens to be a ramp for the car to do a 360, and just happens to catch a hook from a crane that is hanging at the perfect height for it to brush along the bottom of the car, knocking the bomb off as it explodes. The car lands perfectly and off he goes. Plus, there's other crazy moments as implausible as this through out the film. It's as if the film makers were thinking this is fine and everyone will but into this.

The acting is really bad throughout, and choice of casting bad too. The French Policeman from the first film is now buddies with The Transporter, and is cooking in his home while on holiday in Miami, in his socks and sandals. His part is hilarious and just adds to the whole awfulness of it all. The blonde with attitude and guns is cool though, and you get to see a lot of her near the end of the film. You will see what I mean.

There are many fight scenes and shoot outs, and this is the fun element. There is a plot here, but of course the action takes over, and when the film nears the end, it all works it's self out fast and conveniently with out actually showing you much detail. We get the scene that shows we will get a 3rd film. That's coming out end of this year 08.

If you just want a laugh at a film that is way ott with plenty of shooting, fighting and cars, then this is perfect. I just needed a bit more realism than this. CGI is evil.

There's a very short making off, quite a few cut scenes and bloopers.

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