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Star Wars Omnibus - Episodes I-VI  The Complete Saga
Star Wars Omnibus - Episodes I-VI The Complete Saga
by Archie Goodwin
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, but what about the original artwork???, 11 Dec 2011
It has been a most welcome addition to the Star Wars cannon having loads of the comic book stories collected into these Omnibus collections and after reading all of them so far, this is by far the most disappointing. I thought the aim was to publish the hard to find books as well as some of the better known. However, the disappointment for me is that the comic of A New Hope is from 1997 and the Greedo shots first scenario. Where is the original Marvel adaptation from 1977? I know that this is in the Long Time Ago Vol.1 Omnibus but what about some consistancy. The ESB andf RotJ are both the 80's Marvel version. Either have all of the Marvel versions or all of the 1997 Special Editions. The second gripe for me is in the Empire Strikes back which is the second edition of the classic Marvel comic from 1980, it is the updated Yoda which made him look like the one in the films. In the original comic, Yoda looks blue and skinnier. Isn;t this just a repeat of the comic that is published in the A Long Time Ago Omnibus. It would have nice for us older readers to read the comics as they were when we were younger. A shame, but maybe, just maybe, they will appear in future.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Two [DVD] [2010]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Two [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Various
Offered by Sent2u
Price: 12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The episodes are good, but the presentation doesn't compare to Season 1, 17 Jan 2011
I quite enjoyed the first season of the Clone Wars cartoon. Not just for the episodes but for the detail in which the set had been put together. Each episode had a documentary; there were a couple of episodes with Directors Cuts and a couple of Easter eggs thrown in. The same cannot be said of season two. The episodes still zip along nicely but it is missing all of the additional features that made the first set so good. A couple of documentaries and Easter eggs are contained but it seems a bit of a let-down after the first season set. Come on Lucasfilm, maintain the quality throughout the series, not just with the first one.
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Other Way Out (Deluxe Edition)
Other Way Out (Deluxe Edition)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 90's Psych At Its Best (even if the outtakes are not up to the same standard), 4 Jun 2010
I bought the original vinyl edition of this album on a whim many moons ago and it has been one of the few albums I pull out every so often just to remember how good it was. Five stars for the original album (first six tracks on disc 1). However, I bought the Other Way In outtakes album (represented on Disc 2) and I left me a bit cold. None of the tracks have the sparkle of the original album and are just not as memorable, which is what I can say for the rest of this deluxe edition. There is a good reason folks why they were outtakes in the first place. However, don't let me put you off because ones man's poison is another man's nectar and anyone who bought the Children of Nuggets boxset will no doubt get a good deal of pleasure from this album. It is also nice to see a proper deluxe version of an album from an artist who cares about their back catalogue with loads of studio takes and not just a disc of live material. Good work!


Sun Dial
Sun Dial
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure if this is any good or not, 1 Jun 2010
This review is from: Sun Dial (Audio CD)
Sun Dial has not just been the psych drenched band that was Other Way Out (in fact, it could be argued that it was only that album that sounded that way). For those with long memories, there was the original indie sounding Libertine before Gary Ramon remixed it, but this is a real departure. Gone are the wig outs and long guitar solos and in are short songs with a really heavy edge. Some of the tracks reminded me of the early Smashing Pumpkins with a bit of Pearl Jam thrown in for good measure. It is a bit of a dirge and is a bit heavy going. I found it difficult to listen to the whole thing in one sitting. Is this the Sun Dial everyone was expecting? Well, no but bands should be allowed to try going in different directions without their fans bemoaning the fact that their band have done so. However this is a major departure from what has been before. I am not sure if I like it or not but I don't think it will hold my attention enough to buy the deluxe edition if they ever make one.
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Clone Wars: Wild Space (Star Wars Clone Wars)
Clone Wars: Wild Space (Star Wars Clone Wars)
by Karen Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another dull Star Wars book, 25 Feb 2010
Over three hundred pages and what did I learn about the Star Wars Expanded Universe. That they are now stealing ideas from the Lord of the Rings. Reading the adventure of Obi Wan and Senator Organa was like reading the travels of Sam and Frodo in the Return of the King, except without the drama. We both know that these people will survive this ordeal because we know the futures story lines of these characters. Overall, this is another poor story. I also felt that it had been fleshed out somewhat. I am sure there could have been a cut of about 100 pages and it would have been a tighter, more interesting story. I also hope that Karen Miller is the new Karen Traviss with an insistence of lots of talking and not much action. Please start to deliver some more interesting Star Wars books soon like the Darth Bane series.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season One [DVD] [2009]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season One [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Matt Lanter
Offered by Venture Online
Price: 10.60

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable dip into the Star Wars universe, 5 Jan 2010
Having suffered much of the naffness that was associated with the prequel trilogy, I was not overly optimistic about the cartoon series even though I did enjoy the one from 2003. It was nice to be pleasantly surprised by the film and the first TV series which were very enjoyable. This DVD boxset is excellent with each episode having its own documentary. Throw in a couple of easter eggs and this kept me entertained throughout Christmas. As with the films, the series is let down by any appearance of Jar Jar Binks, but he doesn't raise his head very often. One final thing, but is the cartoon Anakin less of a wooden actor that that bloke who played him in the films?


Family Guy - Season 8 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Offered by Helgy
Price: 10.46

4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well past its sell by date, 5 Jan 2010
This review is from: Family Guy - Season 8 [DVD] (DVD)
I have been an avid fan of Family Guy since the first season was released on DVD back in 2001 but this will be the last series I will be buying. It just isn't funny anymore as the jokes are conspicuous by their absence here. It seems that the writers feel that the way to get laughs to be offensive. If you are unsure what I mean, just watch some of the episodes from the first three DVD box sets to see how funny this show use to be. Jokes that weren't that funny in the first place are repeated once again (how is someone holding onto a knee having fallen over once again funny?) and then wrung out until you just wish the next scene would arrive. Like the Simpsons, it seems that this show has gone well past its sell by date but it seems that Fox has found itself another cash cow so it unlikely to be cancelled again in the near future.


Star Wars: Imperial Commando: 501st
Star Wars: Imperial Commando: 501st
by Karen Traviss
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Star Wars book equivalent of prog rock, 29 Dec 2009
I may well be in a minority of one with this but having read all of the Clone Trooper books, I am glad that this is the last one Karen Traviss will be writing. I have found them all tedious to read and they are all the same. There are pages upon pages of dialogue that meanders to the point of tedium. There is hardly any action and when there is some, it tends to be over within three pages and then we are back to chapters of dialogue. Another point on the dialogue, if I wanted to read James Joyce Ulysses, I would have bought that. The Mandalore language is used far too often, especially when the meaning has never been revealed. The characters blend into one and the plots unmemorable. Others seem to enjoy them but they are not for me. Boring.
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Star Wars: Death Troopers
Star Wars: Death Troopers
by Joe Schreiber
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Old Fashioned Star Wars Romp, 15 Dec 2009
I really enjoyed this and thought it to be the best Star Wars book I had read for a while, especially after the sludge that are Karen Travis books and the awful Coruscant trilogy. It did start off a little slowly but once it got going, I could not put it down. I do have a couple of gripes though. Firstly, what the hell was Han Solo and Chewbacca doing here? The story would possibly have been better if they were not in it because their inclusion felt a little forced. Secondaly, the end was just a little to neet with people sacrificing themsleves all over the place so the main characters could escape. Zombies might be the big noise at the moment, but we need to remember that Star Wars has gone beyond setting the trends and now follows them. Enjoy this romp for what it is. A bit of a blast from the past where the action is everything.


Island Records Folk Box Set - Meet On The Ledge
Island Records Folk Box Set - Meet On The Ledge
Price: 12.17

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit More Effort Next Time, 31 May 2009
I feel a bit short changed by this compilation. Granted, the music is by and large fantastic but there are too many songs by the same artists. Out of 46 tracks, 6 are by Fairport Convention, 6 by John Martyn (7 if you include the one with his then wife Beverley), 3 by Sandy Denny (5 if you include the Fotheringay recordings) and 3 by Richard & Linda Thompson (5 if you include the two solo tracks). There is also some repetition with the previous Island compilation, Strangely Strange but Oddly Normal with the following songs appearing on both: Banks of the Nile by Fotheringay, A Sailor's Life and Meet on the Ledge by Fairport Convention and Strangely Strange but Oddly Normal by Doctor Strangely Strange.

It would have been nice to have a couple of rarities thrown in or even some unreleased tracks to tempt the completist, the people most likely to buy this type of compilation. The fans of Island music in their late 60's, early 70's hayday will no doubt own most of these tracks already. With four years between this and the Strangely Strange but Oddly Normal compilation, I would have expected more. Island were once known as an innovative label and the music does clarify that, but this is a lazily put together compilation.
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