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One Of The Boys
One Of The Boys
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £4.06

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid debut, 11 Jan. 2009
This review is from: One Of The Boys (Audio CD)
There are some great, catchy songs here, namely "Hot/Cold" and "I Kissed a Girl". This album does not pretend to be what it is not. Katy Perry knows that she is unashamedly-pop in every conceivable way but I think this album pushes the envelope a tad too far. The vocals are overproduced and each track has layers upon layers of electronics and beats, making it difficult for us to evaluate whether or not Perry has any real vocal power. That is why I suspect that listening to this album for more than a half an hour will be more than a little annoying. You will reach for the remote to turn down the volume a bit, because it is difficult to pay full attention.

Lyrics are 'fun' and Perry delivers on the 'tomboy' front. However, don't expect any real thought or meaning behind the songs. This album does not reach the quality of albums by Pink and Sophie-Ellis Bextor even though many compare Katy Perry to them. She clearly tries to position herself in the same category though, but she puts her own light-hearted twist on it. Unfortunately, Perry's tracks are overproduced.

I have seen her live and was left unimpressed by her (lack of) vocal ability. However, she is a promising studio artist. A few songs here do deserve some attention, but I recommend you to buy the songs you like off a service such as Itunes rather than cashing out your hard-earned pay on the full album.

Mad Men - Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Mad Men - Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Hamm
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and challenging, 8 Jan. 2009
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This show is perfect. It delivers on all fronts: dark humour, brilliant dialogue, thought-provoking discussion on fundamental human decency, friendship and love. All of this is done against a novel backdrop of a golden-decade in American advertising.

Do not expect this to be light-viewing. Viewing this is about as challenging as viewing The Wire. The show will require attention from start to finish. It will kick-in in your psyche only midway into the first season. After that, though, you will already be swearing by it and nagging your friends and family to see it.

Another recommendation: look out for an upcoming show by HBO. It will be similar to Mad Men and will focus on a high-flying team of financiers and the golden era of hedge funds.

The Wire: Complete HBO Season 2 [DVD] [2005]
The Wire: Complete HBO Season 2 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Dominic West
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £14.07

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV doesn't get any better, 8 Jan. 2009
The show's themes can be summed up this way:
Season 1: drug wars, corruption
Season 2: docklands, human traffic, politics
Season 3: drug wars, politics, corruption
Season 4: education system, drug wars, politics
Season 5: media, corruption, media corruption, drug wars, politics#

As you can see, throghout the seasons the show steadily expanded the subject matter it focuses on. However, the quality of the engrossing content never faded. Season 2 is also my favourite in terms of acting.

If you are reading this, chances are you have already seen Season 1. I am pleased to tell you that Season 2 is just as perfect. In this new season, the show's creator David Simon tackles an entirely new problem in Baltimore: crime, corruption and illegal cargo in the Baltimore as well as a broader backdrop of the declining industrial and marine prominence of Baltimore and with it, the fortunes of the city's many dock-workers and long-shoremen (known as 'stevedores'). The show will track McNulty and the team as they turn their attention to a new investigation.

Michael McIntyre - Live & Laughing [DVD]
Michael McIntyre - Live & Laughing [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael McIntyre
Price: £1.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbingly funny!, 8 Jan. 2009
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Just where did this man come from? I never heard of Michael McIntyre before! I bought this DVD on a whim and it was a good decision: minutes fly as you laugh to tears. From now on I will look out for McIntyre's new DVDs and also live shows around where I live. There should be plenty in the coming years seeing how McIntyre is so much fresher and funnier than the established comics like, say, Alan or Jimmy Carr

The Dark Knight (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
The Dark Knight (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.64

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film, Disappointing DVD. Waste of money, 5 Jan. 2009
As the title says: a great film but poor DVD product. Why? Because for a "2 Disc Limited Edition", the low amount of Special Features is shocking. Do not expect a complete and lovingly created collection of special features you may find on a usual "Spiderman" DVD or any DVD from Pixar. No, this DVD does not even have a commentary present. Is the studio guilty of rushing the product for the Christmas season? Read on.

This is a brilliant film with great acting that has scored hundreds of millions at the box-office. Despite the amount of thought put into making this film and the interest behind the directing, casting, acting and writing processes, virtually none of that is present as a Special Feature. Instead, the special features merely focus on the mechanics of how the IMAX scenes were shot (misleadingly named as "Gotham Unmasked") and the useful but short episodes of Gotham Tonight. It's as if Christopher Nolan and the studio were dogged in their determination to deprive the DVD of anything that could shed the light on the following:
- how the script was written
- the story of the Joker
- how movie-versions of the Joker and Two-Face differ from the comics
- how characters were cast
- how locations were scouted
- how the decision to make Dark Knight in the first place has come about
- how stunts and martial arts-scenes were created
- how Ledger's death affected the editing process

For such a critically and commercially successful and thoughtprovoking film, the frankly outrageously poor selection of special features is a shocking paradox. Save yourself some money and go for the single disc edition rather than this sarcastically named "Limited 2-Disc Edition". The simple fact that you can find out more about "The Dark Knight" by reading the Wikipedia or even a men's magazine Christian Bale interview than from this poor product should prevent you from repeating my mistake. If I could travel back in time, I wouldn't waste my time and money and I'd go for the single disc. Let's just hope that Nolan and the studio redeem themselves in the eyes of disappointed (and robbed) fans and consumers by releasing an "Even More Limited" edition or Director's Cut somewhere down the line.

Philips SHS8000/00 Earhook Headphones
Philips SHS8000/00 Earhook Headphones

80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best money can buy, 15 Mar. 2008
I am a bit of an audiophile: I have owned over 20 or so models of earhpones and headphones, built by Sennheiser, Sony, Creative, Bose, Shure, Griffin, and even the Klipsch Image. I am happy to say that these Phillips Earhook's put up a good fight.

Comfort: these fit perfectly. The supplied rubber buds come in many sizes, and do not irritate the ear. The left wire length matches the right wire length, which is extremely important. The ear-hook is well designed and properly proportioned.

Noise isolation: EVEN IF THE EARPHONES ARE NOT PLUGGED IN, these will eliminate much of the background ambience. Perfect if you need to concentrate when reading something on a flight or in a public library without actually listening to music. That's how good these are.

Audio quality: Excellent mid and high tones. No noticeable static or hiss. Excellent for listening to classical music. Contrary to other reviewers, I found that the bass on this is very powerful compared to other earphones available over Amazon, except Klipsch Image (which are the best that money can buy, but they also are more expensive). Of course Phillips Earhook earphones will not give you as much bass kick as a pair of headphones, but at this price, the bass quality is a steal.

Build quality: these will withstand a good amount of wear-and-tear, and will hold their own in rain and wind. The ear-hook is sturdy. I wore these outside during the wind and storm a couple of weeks ago.

OVERALL: tremendous quality, even at this price. Judging on comfort, these are the best. Judging on sound quality, these come second after the Klipsch Images. Judging on value-for-money, these are a steal. If you are thinking about getting Shures, Sennheisers or Creatives, try these first, you will not be disappointed. The only drawback: no volume control wheel. But that is a very common drawback.
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Motion in the Ocean (Bonus Track)
Motion in the Ocean (Bonus Track)
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.24

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plesantly surprised, 30 Nov. 2006
I was very pleasantly surprised while listening to this album. I was unfamiliar with the band and was highly sceptical, thinking of them as 'kiddie boy-band with immature sounds and emo leanings'. But, McFly is so much more than just a band which consists of all boys. The sound is rich and thick, the lyrics - thoughtful. And of course, there is passion and humour as always. I can recommend this album to anyone, there is not a single song here which is below standard.

U218 Singles
U218 Singles
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £4.99

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity, 30 Nov. 2006
This review is from: U218 Singles (Audio CD)
In my honest opinion, this album is like a spoon of dirt in a barrel of honey. It fails to include many lesser-known but much more 'U2'like songs the band has written over the decades. For example, 'Electrical Storm' (and it's William Orbit mix) has forever set a milestone for U2, defining its sound for future. But, the track is sadly missing.

The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Supremacy

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 28 May 2006
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (Audio CD)
A miracle of a score. Everything about this music just WORKS and gets through to the listener: just listening to this music tells you the whole story, it is even unnecesary to watch the movie.

The album does not have a single/main unifying theme. Instead, it has three or four themes that appear in a number of places throughout the album and the movie.

The first one is a thoughtful suspenseful theme which appears in the tracks "Moscow Wind Up" and "Nach Deutschland". A beatiful piece of music, this reflects Jason Bourne's confusion, as he desperately tries to uncover the secrets of his dark past.

The second one is a kinetic, energetic high-adrenaline theme which appears in the track "To the roof". This theme is highly effective in the movie, during the car-chase scenes in Goa and Moscow. Simply gripping!

The third one is a thoughtful and sad theme which opens and closes the story in tracks "Goa" and "Atonement". Words can't describe the beauty and strength of this theme: you have to hear it.

However, I have one major gripe: the second car chase theme which picks up in the end of the movie, during the tunnel sequence of the car-chase is MISSING from the CD. A real pity, because I like that version of the theme much more than its variation at the end of the "To The Roof" track.

All in all - a beauty of an album. Buy it, irregardless of whether you have seen the movie, which is equally brilliant.

Metal Gear Solid 3 : Snake Eater: Original Soundtrack
Metal Gear Solid 3 : Snake Eater: Original Soundtrack

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something's missing, 17 May 2006
"Starsailor - Way To Fall" was used in MGS3. Also, the song from Snake's and Eva's ending is missing, too.

Otherwise - ace.

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