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The Comeback: The Complete ONLY Season [DVD] [2006]
The Comeback: The Complete ONLY Season [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Lisa Kudrow
Price: £6.75

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel and Hillarious, 9 May 2007
In "The Comeback" Lisa Kudrow plays Valerie Cherish, a Z-List ex-Sitcom star who is desperate to resuscitate her flagging career. She lands a role on a tacky new sitcom (although her 'lead' role quickly descends into a recurring cameo), but only under the proviso she also star in a low-rent Reality series documenting her return to the spotlight. "The Comeback" is comprised of scenes presented as 'raw' footage from the fictional reality show that the programme is based around. Much of the show's humour comes from the idea that we are watching un-edited, raw footage of an over-the-hill actress and her constant attempts to regain dignity, which always fail.

First to be applauded for this marvellous series is Kudrow who puts in the flawless performance only ever hinted at on the sterile apartment sets of "Friends". The comparisons between Kudrow and the character she plays in this series are obvious, and add greatly to the overall appeal of the programme. Kudrow's decision to knowingly mock herself is both self-assured and inspired. In "The Comeback", Kudrow is at her best; subtle, with impeccable timing and always completely hilarious. The way in which she constructs her characters gradual unravelling as she's faced with a variety of embarrassing situations is fascinating and presents a masterclass in how comedy acting should be done. Valerie Cherish will make you cringe, laugh and, here's what makes Kudrow's performance really superb, you'll also feel desperately sorry for her.

Along with Kudrow, the camera style of "The Comeback" is what makes it so funny and entertaining. There's something continually funny about seeing the reality show's Producer dip in and out of frame and ask Valerie pressing questions off camera; as she's stitching poor Valerie up like a kipper whilst making her a laughing stock. The constant parodies of current American Reality shows are great, especially because they expose the entire premise of Reality TV to be complete garbage. The world of network sitcom is also taunted throughout the series. Even the fake sitcom's name - 'Room and Bored' - is so awful that you can imagine seeing it pop up in next week's TV Guide.

If you're a Film or Television producer, you'll find endless humour at the sight of camera crew's bashing through doors and falling down stairs to keep up with the 'star'. There is definitely a perverse pleasure to be had, for those in the business, to see a crew struggle with those irritating logistical problems that you've faced before and will no doubt face again on the next shoot. Laura Silverman, by the way, is excellent as the mild-mannered, but totally ruthless, Reality Show Producer who you'll want to work on your next production! She's completely believable.

"The Comeback" is an outstanding comedy series that ended well before it's time. For those in Film and Television, especially, it offers an entire new level of humour that has rarely been shown before. The writing is great, the performances stellar, and the idea actually very novel; although it might not seem so at first glance. Without a doubt, this is a must-see series that I can't recommend highly enough.

Tekken 5 (PS2)
Tekken 5 (PS2)

4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Paris Hilton of Videogames., 18 Aug 2006
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Tekken 5 (PS2) (Video Game)
I gave this game a real fair chance. It's the first "Tekken" title I've ever brought - I'm more of a "Soul Calibur" or "Dead or Alive" man myself. I will never, ever purchase another "Tekken" game after this one.

The main issue I have with the game is the lack of skill involved. From what I can gather, Guarding, Blocking and Reversal attacks play a minimum role in the gameplay mechanics. It's all about notching up ridiculously large combo attacks. That might be fine - but there isn't much skill involved in doing that.

On the plus side, the visuals are stunning. Namco must be congratulated for getting such amazing character models out of the PlayStation 2 hardware. This game looks incredible, make no mistake about it. Unfortunatley - that's not enough for me. I need a bit more substance to my fighters.

I will certainly never buy another "Tekken" game again. I found this really irritating. The game is just yet another "Button Basher". No skill required. The end Boss of the Story mode is very badly designed also - he is not skilled, but he can take away 75% of your health with one move. That's not a challenge - it's an irratation.

If you like games that require a bit of skill, steer well clear of this one. "Tekken 5" is a bit like Paris Hilton. Damn nice to look at, but there isn't a whole lot going on beneath the service. Avoid.
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Hed Kandi The Mix 2006
Hed Kandi The Mix 2006
Offered by Hausmusik
Price: £23.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Very Tasty Kandi, 29 May 2006
This review is from: Hed Kandi The Mix 2006 (Audio CD)
Hed Kandi was one of dance music's best kept secrets for years, but someone let the cat out of the bag. Now it has become a hugely successful brand, rivaling even the somewhat dated Ministry of Sound. Hed Kandi compilations didn't become a sensation through luck - they are bloody good. Fact. The "Twisted Disco" set is awesome - this is the Kandi flavour to look out for the in the future I think! "Disco Heaven" does a good job at supplying all those "hands-in-the-air" moments, while "Back To Love" represents the weakest of the three sets being little more than a re-hash of yesterday's classics that are suffering a severe case of over exposure. But it means well and there is a true love for house music evident throughout.

"The Mix 2006" is a good round-up of the year and shows us one thing without doubt. Hed Kandi have thier finger right on the pulse of modern dance music, something thier nearest rivals can only dream of. If this is a sign of things to come, then those who are beginning to doubt Hed Kandi's durability will be enjoying a nice slice of humble pie real soon.

Twelve Stops and Home
Twelve Stops and Home
Offered by NetsavesUK
Price: £2.37

10 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filling The Little Airwaves Right Up, 9 May 2006
This review is from: Twelve Stops and Home (Audio CD)
Haven't heard the rest, but "Fill My Little World" is the best song I've heard in a long, long time. Just a bloody good record - incredibly simple but you're hooked after the first listen. Who'd have thought a little line like "Show some love; you ain't so tough; come fill my little world right up, right up" would leave such an imprint in your mind but it does! I love it. If the rest of this album is half as good, this will be the MUST HAVE CD of the Summer! I reckon this album will be huge, and I think I've just found my new favourite band!

Damita Jo
Damita Jo
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls Short. WELL Short., 16 Feb 2006
This review is from: Damita Jo (Audio CD)
''Damita Jo'' was a big deal for Janet Jackson - this needed to be a truly unmissable album to bring her back to form. It's unfortunate then, that the vast majority of this album is totally forgettable. The over-long album seems to go on forever with one sloppy R&B ballad after another. Jackson's vocals have been lost in the production of Jam and Lewis which is totally dispensible more times than not on this album.
"Damita Jo" gets 3 stars because it has a couple really outstanding tracks. ''All Nite (Don't Stop)'' is a wonderful House-fused R&B Crossover record that has a huge appeal. The production is very ''busy'' with lots of different sounds, but the track is infectious to the last and a real winner. ''Slolove'' follows suit, although it's not so accomplished. The other single ''Just A Little While'' has good mainstream rock-style hooks and is a pretty good track overall. ''R&B Junkie'' is the only other track worth mention. The rest of the album falls into the ''instantly forgotten" category - 4 decent tracks just isn't good enough and ''Damita Jo'' falls well short of the mark.

Humax PVR8000T/80  Set Top Box
Humax PVR8000T/80 Set Top Box

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Changes How You Watch TV!, 11 Jan 2006
This little piece of kit will totally change how you watch TV. It's very easy to set-up - just plug the scart in and power it - you're good to go! It also allows for you to connect your VCR, DVD or even another Freeview reciever (Very handy as this will allow you to watch a different channel while the Humax box records another). The 8000t is totally simple and easy to use - just bring up the complete 7-Day TV guide and click the programme you want to record. The box will do the rest - couldn't be easier. You'll never miss your favourite shows again, it's fantastic! Recording quality is perfect, pin-sharp image and crisp sound.
The Humax PVR8000T is now a very reasonable price. With a big 80GB hard drive, you can record up to 40 Hours which, for most of us, is plenty. This is a great product because it really will change how you watch TV, you'll never be controlled by TV schedules again and you can watch what you want, when you want to. You can even pause live tv and come back to resume play where you left of hours later! I can't recommend this product highly enough - it's easy to use and very reliable. Well done to Humax!

The Aviator (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2004]
The Aviator (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £4.25

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie - Really Under-Rated!, 27 Dec 2005
Despite what some negative reviews might say, "The Aviator" is a great film and a true achievement for DiCaprio and Scorsese. In my opinion this is DiCaprio's best performance to date - he is simply outstanding as Hughes and the fact he walked away empty handed from this at the Academy Awards is difficult to understand after watching the film. Main supporting role from Cate Blanchett is equally excellent, and Kate Beckinsale is perfect as the era's sexiest siren Eva Gardener. Scorsese directs with his usual shine and polish, giving the film real style. Also, this is a truly gorgeous film that has captured the style and glamour of the time period it's set in (1930's - 1950's) with incredible results. The use of spot colour, sepia toning and other film effects is inspired and yet another layer of excellence in an already amazing movie.
The DVD Boxset is also very good with a bonus disc full to bursting with all kinds of bonus material that will be very interesting for any movie buff. More Interviews and Behind-The-Scenes stuff than you can shake a stick at, great! This is a really excellent film and I highly recommend it, particually if you're interested in the life of Hughes or even just this time period. Amazing performances from the cast and top drawer direction from one of the true masters - an oustanding biopic. And make sure you look out for Gwen Stefani's brief appearance as Gene Harlow - stunning!

Pieces of a Dream - The Best of Anastacia [Special Edition]
Pieces of a Dream - The Best of Anastacia [Special Edition]
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £6.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits of a Great Artist, 29 Nov 2005
This is an essential album of 2005, of that there can be no doubt. This collection of huge hits is a fitting reminder of what an incredibly successful artist Anastacia has become in her five years atop pop charts all around the world. "Pieces of a Dream" brings together all these much loved hits together onto one album for the first time - and the results are very impressive. From the beginnings of her pop genius with "I'm Outta Love", right up to the biographical perfection of "Left Outside Alone", all of Anastacia's biggest hits - and, thankfully - some of her less well known but awesome all the same singles are here. Also included are some nice new tracks which make the album a must-have for her most dedicated fan.
This gorgeous Special Edition is lovingly presented in a stunning fold-out ''book'' with some great photographs and all the lyrics. Most importantly it contains a Special Remix CD with some excellent Dance/Club re-works of all the hits. Anastacia's huge cross over appeal to the Club Market is on display here with the best of her Dance remixes from big names such as Thunderpuss, Maurice Joshua, Hex Hector and Roger Sanchez. It also contains the fruits of perhaps her most successful remix partnership with Jason Nevins on his remixes of "Left Outside Alone" and "Sick and Tired" which are the stand-out tracks of the Remix Disc.
"Pieces of a Dream" is an outstanding Greatest Hits package of one of the 2000's most loved, respected and simply wonderful artists. Anastacia is everything us Brits look for in our favourite artists, and this Greatest Hits collection should be a real top seller for this Christmas Season and beyond. Buy it, listen to it and fall in love with the amazing Anastacia.

Walking Wounded
Walking Wounded
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.45

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Electronica, 18 Nov 2005
This review is from: Walking Wounded (Audio CD)
Launched into the spotlight with thier mammouth cross-over hit "Missing" (Thanks to a genius re-work by legendery Todd Terry), Everything But The Girl became somewhat reclusive with thier subsequent albums following "Amplified Heart". With this relase, one that didn't obtain nearly as much commercial success as it desserved, they bring perfection to thier previously often flawed 'Emotive Electro' style. As always, Tracey Thorn's vocals are perfect. At a time when gushing diva-esque vocalists with a range larger than Mariah Carey's were all the rage in dance music, Thorne's vocals provided (and still provide) a breath of fresh air. It's her stunning tone and the quality of her voice that is so outstanding rather than her range.
Aside from the vocals, production matches up and is brilliant throughout. The difficult task of bringing together the emotive lyrics and vocals provided by Thorn with the striking hooks and beats that make this an electro/drum and bass influenced recording has been completed successfuly. Everything just sounds fantastic and most tracks are both instantly distinctive and appealing. The two remixes that appear (courtesy of Omni Trio and Todd Terry) seem tacked on to beef up the tracklist but this can't really be said to flaw the album - there a nice little extra if nothing else. Overall, this is a much over-looked piece of Electronica history that anyone with even a slight liking/interest for the genre should adore.

The Movies (PC DVD)
The Movies (PC DVD)
Offered by GeeksWholesaler
Price: £9.99

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All The Fun of The Pictures!, 18 Nov 2005
This review is from: The Movies (PC DVD) (Video Game)
I can't get enough of this game - "The Movies" is a truly excellent game. The premise is very simple - you build up your own film studio from scratch. Hire and Fire the staff, Make the Stars and Shoot the Movies! A great aspect of the game is how it moves through the ages. You begin the game at the dawn of the movie industry with only one set, a tiny crew and a handful of stars - the films are silent movies and in black and white. As the years go by, technology improves and so do your movies. This is a really great feature because you see how movies developed over the years, and the game is actually very accurate at showing a sort of history of cinema. You have problems to deal with - like stars getting addicted to alchohol (Sending them to Rehab is VERY funny.
A smoothly run studio lot produces better films - keepn the crews, stars and directors moods high and they produce better work to make a better movie, which will in turn make more money. There is even an Award Cermony that takes place with the best studio's awarded for thier good work. The graphics in the game are amazing - really bright, colourful and vivid and watching back the movies your studio made is always alot of fun. The game isn't a system hog either - it will run well and some of the more modest styems out there. I play on an Intel Celeron 2.8GHZ with 1.25GB RAM and a GeForce 6600GT - the game runs at a perfect 60fps most of the time with drops in speed only a couple times.
This is a really great, fun game with so much to offer. You can even make your own films with the powerful Movie Maker, without worrying about running a studio. Movies you make can be uploaded to the website and shared with others. "The Movies" is a totally slick product from Lionhead, and if you love to watch films or just want a great new Business Sim, you'll find it in "The Movies".
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