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Alias 1-5 The Complete Set [DVD]
Alias 1-5 The Complete Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Garner
Price: £29.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like this, 2 Jun. 2014
I kept passing this lurking at my local retailer and kept thinking to myself that ought to buy it. So after many months of procrastination I dd. What sold it to me was the premise - double agents and the questions "Who do you trust" and "Who do you serve." So I sat down one weekend and watched the entire season 1 and although there was one episode that ended on a cliff hanger that was never resolved in the next episode continued to watch the rest of Season 1. Then I started season 2 and I'm afraid it all went pear shaped for me. I really don't know what quite what it was about Jennifer Garner that suddenly turned me right off her character. I mean ok, she plays a spy who basically has to lie to everyone irrespective of her relationship with them, has kick-ass Matrix-like punch ups with bad guys using whatever weaponry comes to hand (the fight in the kitchen s a great example) and has to be as cool as a cucumber when under pressure from both sides. There's her father who is also a double agent, then her mother who she thinks is dead (killed by her father), then she's alive and oh look actually she's the agent who used to work for the bad guys but turned herself in to the good guys.... Ugh - too complicated and I'd end up even more paranoid that I already am and I can't lie for toffee either. have nothing personal against Jennifer Garner, I'm sure Ben Affleck loves her, but there was a pot in Season 2 where she just didn't do t for me anymore and although I tried to watch two or three more episodes ended up shutting the off after 20 minutes. A shame. I give t three stars as if you like paranoia, lying, arse kicking, gadgets and the "old switcheroo" the you'll like this.

Fractale [DvD]
Fractale [DvD]
Dvd ~ Yu Kobayashi
Price: £19.41

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but, 30 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Fractale [DvD] (DVD)
I was looking forward to seeing this series as the premise interested me and sure enough the series was very good. It seems that most people are plugged into some kind of virtual environment called Fractale. There are two factions - those who want to keep Fractale going and those who wish to destroy it. The main character becomes involved when a princess ends up befriending him. Although I really enjoyed this series I have to make mention of the fact that although the option to turn off the subtitles was available from the menu it didn't seem to work and I was forced to watch the whole thing with yellow subtitles (not the best colour in the world for them) which were completely different to the spoken English dub making the series extremely hard to follow as you ended up half listening to the dialogue and half reading the subtitles which would occasionally disappear too quickly.

Amine purists would probably tut-tut at me for not watching it in Japanese with subtitles but hey I like English dubs so sue me.

If the option to turn off subtitles is available at least make it work and not force us to watch it with horrible yellow subtitles.

As with most Japanese anime the ending is left ambiguous.
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She- The Ultimate Weapon - Complete [DVD]
She- The Ultimate Weapon - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mitsuko Kase
Offered by xyxxxx
Price: £29.00

2.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry, 6 Dec. 2013
The premise of this anime (your girlfriend turns out to be a military weapon of mass destruction) could be fairy interesting however.....

The girl is forever apologizing saying in a somewhat whiney voice "I'm sorry" multiple times throughout each episode which gets extremely irritating.

Also what seems extremely odd is that the box set I found has four slimline jewel cases in a box (the complete series plus Another Love Song OVA) but three of the slimline case holds two discs with different artwork on the disc, each disc containing exactly the same material. I do wonder what that was all about.

If you want to collect all the manga available on Region 2 then yes as if, like me, you organize your collection by catalogue number then this (MANG 5013) will fit neatly somewhere between R.O.D Read or Die (MANG 4139) and Origin Spirits of the Past (MANG 5088).

Two stars because it's became increasingly more annoying to hear the girl say "I'm sorry" over and over every episode and I lost interest in it somewhere along the line.

Jack London And The Sparrows
Jack London And The Sparrows
Offered by barneys_cds
Price: £19.79

2.0 out of 5 stars Mersybeat Steppenwolf, 29 April 2013
Jack London and The Sparrows were styled Mersybeat and this album definately has that Liverpool sound. "Presenting..." was issued in 1965 and Jack London (real name Dave Marden) along with a couple of brothers Dennis and Jerry Edmonton and Bruce Palmer (later to join Buffalo Springfield) churned out 12 tracks of whimsical sub-Beatles-esque tunes. What is lesser know is that after London left, Jerry Edmonton, Gordy McJohn and Nick St.Nicholas would go on to become members of Steppenwolf. It's just a shame that the only CD version available is an illegal needledrop from the Radioactive stable of non royalty payments.

Seaquest DSV - Season 1 - Complete [1993] [DVD]
Seaquest DSV - Season 1 - Complete [1993] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roy Scheider
Price: £10.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sunken Dreams, 15 Feb. 2013
Seaquest was a hugely ambitious project that had some great names attached - O'Bannon, Speilberg, Schieder what could possibly go wrong ? For starters the terribly ropey CG - for 1990 these are bad (credits state Video Toaster) which Babylon 5 had used to much greater effect (and better executed) some time before. The story lines were mostly ecological in nature since the show was set in the 22nd century and dealt with humanity's effects on the earth, the ocean and the environment. Roy Scheider stars as Nathan Bridger brought back from retirement (where have I heard that before). There were some humerous and entertaining moments especially from John D'Aquino and the wonderful Royce D. Applegate. Just a shame that they seemed to waste the talents of Stephanie Beecham and the late Jonathan Brandis as the "token teen intellect" was obviously to draw in a younger audience. They even roped in Bob Ballard of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute as consultant who gave "factoids" at the end of each episode. It has a touch of nostalgia to it since I remember watching it on terrestrial TV when it first came out but it ended up being somewhat preachy and dull overall. I can understand why most people tended to eventually hate Darwin - or at least his voice provided by Frank Welker which had the unfortunate effect of reminding me of Uni from the cartoon series "Dungeons & Dragons". Some of the designs I thought were quite radical - a futuristic looking scuba outfit for Darwin was intriguing and outside the moon pool he was merely just a poor old CG beast. Even inside he looked a little unreal. I guess they wanted to make an underwater version of Star Trek or something but alas it didn't seem to go anywhere except to "threat of the week" territory which was a shame really because it could have been a much better show if they hadn't been moralizing about the issues they presented in the show. There were many thin gs touched on briefly that they could have (and forgive the pun) gone into greater depths but alas they didn't. The first season isn't so bad it's unwatchable although you do have to allow for the appaulingly bad CG and the repeated shots of Seaquest descenting into a CG crevace for the umpteenth time nor was the weird (and poorly executed) hull patterning ever explained (some kind of ablative/reflective armour or something from what I recall). The first season doesn't really stand up to multiple viewings and alas continued to sink into the bottom of a barrel by the second.

Get It Off
Get It Off
Offered by Stewybus
Price: £6.57

2.0 out of 5 stars Zeppelin Light, 30 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Get It Off (Audio CD)
A lone album from a band about which virtually nothing is known, other than this power trio effort, which appeared on the Pepperhead label (76294) circa 1974 was privately pressed in extremely small quantities. Probably, given the Wabash connection, the band hailed from Illinois or thereabouts, and it is fair to conclude that the three members learned their craft (and certainly perfected their sound) by listening to Led Zeppelin albums, as the legendary band's influence, augmented by a touch of Lynyrd Skynyrd and possibly a smidgen of Johnny Winter, is lurking around every musical corner of this album. Their singular approach to couture also suggests that the lads spent a lot more time listening to Led Zep records than thumbing the pages of Vogue, and it is not inconceivable that the album's title derives from critical comments on the band's lack of sartorial elegance.

Look Where I Am
Look Where I Am
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £12.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needledrop, 30 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Look Where I Am (Audio CD)
During the '60s, Vanguard Records, founded by brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon, became renowned as the premier folk and blues label of the era, boasting such diverse talents as Joan Baez, The Weavers, Buddy Guy, Doc Watson and Buffy St. Marie. It was clearly the commitment to folk that led the brothers to sign and record the previously and subsequently unknown hippy folk singer, Erik, whose sole musical offering, 1968's Look Where I Am (VRS9267) remains one of the label's undiscovered gems. The 11 tracks on Look Where I Am cover the full range of psych/acid folk, from the strong opening track, with its multi-instrumental backdrop of flute, vibes, horns and bells, to the voice-and-guitar of 'Why Come Another Day' to the heavy fuzz guitar of 'You Said/But I've Got My Way'. There's even a long, soulful Davis-esque muted trumpet passage on 'Lights Across The Field'. The album has a dreamy, almost wistful Donovan-like feel, with tons of acoustic guitar and ethereal flutes.

Sugar Bear
Sugar Bear
Price: £18.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needledrop, 30 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Sugar Bear (Audio CD)
Another private pressing from the '70s, this time featuring a charming chunk of rural rock from the Sunshine State. Originally released on No Label Records (NR5392), this four-piece outfit from Florida (named after the hip American '70s singin'n'guitar-playin' cartoon character, Sugar Bear) have managed to produce an album of high originality which defies categorisation. From the rock'n'roll opening track, via the superb 'Honey Love', and the album's two standout tracks, 'Season For Love' (vaguely reminiscent of Neil Young's 'Southern Man') and 'The Garden', this is a record of real depth and intelligence. Three of the band's members share the vocal duties, as well as taking turns to deliver some highly-proficient harmonica playing that, particularly on 'Honey Love', supports excellent instrumentation. In terms of musical styles, the 'rural rock' probably covers just about everything you'll find here, from rock'n'roll to the blues and plain ol' country rock in the style of The Outlaws or Pure Prairie League.

Offered by partmeter
Price: £6.34

2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wood for Trees, 30 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Forest (Audio CD)
Originally issued by Harvest in 1969, this is one of the definite debut folk albums of all time. "As the 1960s progressed, almost every musical genre was affected by the psychedelic boom -- and folk was no exception. Forest, whose two Harvest albums have long elated listeners and eluded collectors, featured prominently among them, and have become synonymous with so-called 'acid folk,' inspiring -- alongside Vashti Bunyan, C.O.B. and a handful of others -- the current wave of successful underground folk acts. This, their debut album was recorded at Abbey Road early in 1969 and featured completely original material, with their strangely-sculptured melodies and partially improvised accompaniment. The playing is often inspired and the album's recording quality excellent. Mastered at Abbey Road by Nick Webb from the original analog tapes. Featuring full participation from founding band member, Martin Welham.
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Relatively Clean Rivers
Relatively Clean Rivers
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all Relative, 30 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Relatively Clean Rivers (Audio CD)
Former Beat Of The Earth leader Phil Pearlman assembled Relatively Clean Rivers in the early '70s and eventually recorded this excellent rural rock album in 1975. Although it should be easy to pigeonhole the sound of Relatively Clean Rivers, it is actually anything but. At times sounding like The Grateful Dead in all their American Beauty pomp, or CSNY circa Déjà Vu, this tight, richly talented ensemble produces an album of almost majestic quality. The sound is superb, and clearly no time or expense were spared to produce an album which is probably the most flawless snapshot of Californian '70s under ground music that you will ever hear. Originally there were 2 pressings of this unique album, each of only 500 copies each. An album highly recommended to anyone even remotely interested in '70s West Coast music or simply top-notch music in general.

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