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Doolittle
Doolittle
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 13 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
Great album. Every track is a gem.


The Long Good Friday [DVD]
The Long Good Friday [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bob Hoskins
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent movie. Hoskins is outstanding!!!, 13 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Long Good Friday [DVD] (DVD)
A masterpiece. Arguably the best British gangster film ever made. Mind you when you look at the pile of rubbish that's been produced in the last 20 years or so, its not a difficultult honour to have. Hoskins is outstanding in the lead and the rest of the cast are all superb too. A great plot, although when the 'who dunnit' becomes clear, it might well be lost on younger viewers today.


The Wire: Complete HBO Season 1-5 [DVD]
The Wire: Complete HBO Season 1-5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dominic West
Price: £49.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing! Simple as that., 9 April 2012
When i borrowed the box set of 'The Wire' last year i sat down to watch having prepared to be entertained to a pretty high standard if the critics and my friends were to be believed. I ended up watching the entire box set within in 3 or four nights. I simply couldnt leave it alone. Theis is the best television series i have ever seen. Completely original in its approach to how the viewer is introduced to the characters - the police, the users, the dealers, the blue collar residents, the politicians and the journailists of Baltimore. You get to know the characters like they were real. You have your favourites and you have the ones you hate. There is
also a Dickensian element to the characters - Proposition joe, Stringer Bell or Snoop Pearson would all have fitted comfortably into most Dickens novels (or Shakespeare). The storylines and plots are superb but for me its the incredibly high standard of the acting from everyone involved that swings it. There is plenty of humour too running alongside the violence and the ultimately pessimistic view of the battle against drugs.

Do yourself a favour and watch this series. It will take some beating.


Country Life
Country Life
Price: £5.75

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More famous for the cover but don't be fooled......, 10 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Country Life (Audio CD)
...This is a very good album. Roxy's fourth album but still retains some of the freshnesh of the earlier albums. It is very much a violin and guitar dominated album with Manzenara really putting his marker down on many of the songs. Also, Ferry's lyrics appear to be becoming more mainstream but there some quirky little tracks such as 'Bitter Sweet' and 'Three and Nine'. However the outsatnding tracks jump out at you once you play this album - The Thrill of it all, All i want is you and Out of the Blue are all fast guitar and violin infused tracks. A great album and, a famous cover......


Stella Street: The Complete First Series [DVD]
Stella Street: The Complete First Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Sessions
Price: £5.97

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly funny!, 22 Jan. 2012
The first series of Stella Street is wonderfully funny. For me, the funniest thing of all is the surreal notion that all of these celebs live in the same little suburban street in Surrey. The impressions are excellent and the dialogue is side splitting.
Michael Caine acts as our guide,introducing us to the celebs. This is a masterstroke as Phil Cornwall's Caine is excellent. Session's Al Pacino is also brilliantly created.
Watch out for the truly bizarre scene where David Bowie and Roger Moore exchange christmas presents in Bowie's living room (a £10 book voucher and face flannel)and then sing Oh come all ye Faithfull (Roger Moore on the organ)!!
After you watch this, you'll want series 2 and 3. I did, and still cant help marvelling at this great idea for a sitcom. The problem i have now is that when someone mentions Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson or Michael Caine - i think of their Stella Street characters rather than the real actors themselves!!!


L.A. Confidential [1997] [DVD]
L.A. Confidential [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £9.24

5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite movie of all time!, 21 July 2011
This movie was better than all of the hype. How often does that happen? The plot is absolutely brilliant; the characters are complex and deep; the sets are wonderful and the clothes are brilliant. It actually feels like it was shot in the 50's. An absolute must for anyone who loves action, great acting, and a helluva story!!!
Oddly enough, i found the movie more enjoyable than the book.


Charles Dickens's England - extended version [DVD] [2009]
Charles Dickens's England - extended version [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Derek Jacobi
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £8.84

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be better!, 10 July 2010
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This is an excellent DVD. The extras are brilliant-almost as good as the main feature. Watching this dvd has made me want to re visit my favourite Dickens novels, and read the ones i haven't yet been acquainted with. This dvd will be of great delight to anyone who loves Dickens abut also anyone just setting out on the discovery of his novels and world. Derek Jacobi is the perfect guide to Dickens's England and the pace of the film is comfortable and appropriate. Buy, sit back and enjoy.


Roxy Music
Roxy Music
Price: £5.43

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut album!, 2 April 2010
This review is from: Roxy Music (Audio CD)
I had actually only discovered Roxy Music in 1973 after listening to 'For Your Pleasure', their second album and i listened to 'Roxy Music' somewhat retrospectively. 'Roxy Music' contains some absolute gems - 'Ladytron' and 'If there is something' being the stand out tracks for me. It has almost rough around the edges feel to it compared with their later offerings but that's where its appeal lie for me. This album really does sound a debut album and you kind of get the feeling that the band are still finding their way regarding the sound they want to achieve.
Notably on this album, Paul Thompson's drumming is to the fore on almost every track and Eno's synthesizer gives the tracks that distinct 70's pop sound, even on tracks that could have been written 30 years earlier, such as 2HB and Chance Meeting. I play this album more and more because it never fails to remind of me how good this band were. The later version included 'Virginia Plain' which was not originally on this album so there's a bonus too!
Enjoy!


The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £6.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!, 2 Nov. 2008
In my opinion, this is one of the greatest albums ever recorded. I first heard it in 1972 (after Starman had got into the charts) and never looked back - been a bowie fan ever since. Bowie's best album still. It contains classics such as Moonage Daydream and Suffragette City and the Spiders never sounded better. Every track is superb, even the oddly sounding 'It ain't easy' penned by Ron Davies (surely not the same Ron Davies who played for Southampton?. It also seems to have a very intimate feel to it, i.e. the production is so clear its almost like being in the studio with the musicians.
Says on the album sleeve 'To be played at maximum volume'- indeed it should, all across the land!


Stranded
Stranded
Price: £5.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watershed, 2 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Stranded (Audio CD)
The third Roxy Music album and also a watershed. This album marks the beginning of the movement towards mainstream commercialism. That is not to say that this album is bad. Far from it. This album contains some of Ferry's best songwriting and his voice is stronger too. The band sound more mature along with the production that compliments these great songs. 'Street life' still sounds like an out-take from the previous album, 'For your pleasure', with its distorted intro and Manzenara's blistering guitar. For me though , 'mother of Pearl' is the highlight of the album and marks Ferry's maturity as a songwriter. Another little gem on this album is 'Sunset' - Ferry's slow homage to the sun - wonderfully sad and thought provoking.
With Eno gone and Eddie Jobson taking his place (and adding his violin) the band moved on with this album. Although the previous two albums are my favourite, this comes third on my list! Great stuff!


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