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Casanova [2005] [DVD]
Casanova [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter O'Toole
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic programme, pity about the DVD authoring.., 5 April 2011
This review is from: Casanova [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
There's nothing I can say about this fantastic mini-series that hasn't already been said and I'd give it a full five stars if it wasn't for the atrocious quality of the DVD itself. Am amazed that no one else seems to have commented on it but the compression/encoding of the audio is dreadfully raspy and renders all the amazing music by Murray Gold sounding like a badly encoded MP3 from the early days of the internet. Appalling work.


Fearless
Fearless
Price: £10.00

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Cherry Pop! THE label for reissuing old stuff! :), 23 Jan 2010
This review is from: Fearless (Audio CD)
When this CD came out I wrote a negative review (like many other people) complaining of the fact that the mastering of this CD had been botched and the 'Dance Mix' of "Baby Baby" wasn't included (the album version was repeated twice instead) and the end of the 'Disco Mix' of "I'm Not Scared" was truncated. I'm happy to report that the CD has now been repressed and all the faults have been fixed so, please ignore the complaints and purchase with confidence. If anyone does end up with the faulty disc, simply contact the lovely people at Cherry Pop via their website and they'll be happy to issue a replacement. :)
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28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later [DVD]
28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Carlyle
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £8.76

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No extras on 28 Days Later, 27 July 2008
This is a great value for money package but, be aware (if you like your DVD extras) that the 28 Days Later disc is a vanilla one unlike the original one that was released.


Push the Button
Push the Button
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.94

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bloody brilliant!, 20 Feb 2005
This review is from: Push the Button (Audio CD)
ignore cptapollo's comments below - he obviously only listened to this once and, to me, the best albums are the ones that grow on you over time. This album is quite simply bloody brilliant. A few years ago I went off the Chems and am one of the minority who hated the direction they took with "Surrender". However, they returned to form with "Come With Us" and I can't understand why people find it a weak album - the first four tracks alone were worth the price. Still, with this latest album they've gone one better and I haven't stopped playing it since I got it on the day of release.


Chocky's Challenge [DVD] [1984]
Chocky's Challenge [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ James Hazeldine
Offered by g515tfl
Price: £15.99

16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unnecessary sequel to an already-unnecessary sequel, 6 Jan 2005
This programme really does scrape the bottom of the barrel. What I hate most about it is how unrecognisable the character of Chocky herself is from the original novel/series. In that first story, it's established at the end that she has to leave Matthew and never openly communicate with children again as she foolishly miscalculated the greed of humans and placed Matthew in great danger. In "Chocky's Children" - the not-so-bad second story, it's neatly explained that she's learned from her previous mistake and is now carefully, but very silently guiding Albertine and other children around the world with their development. Just like at the end of the first book, you are left with the feeling that it will be quite a few generations before her work is complete and mankind "discovers" cosmic energy.
This third instalment destroys all that subtlety. In the first episode alone, Chocky has casually forgotten her previous mistakes and is openly communicating with Albertine who, just like Matthew in the first story, gives the impression of talking to herself. Albertine is, in turn, quite openly bragging about the cosmic energy and anti-gravity that she's going to discover and giving lectures about it at the age of 13 - while her father, who was previously (and quite rightly) fiercely protective of her, now doesn't bat an eyelid at the attention she's drawing toward herself from the kind of unscrupulous baddies who kidnapped her and Matthew in the previous tales. The episode ends with Albertine being quite rightly ridiculed by a panel of University Professors in her search for a grant, only for Chocky to magically reveal herself to them and save the day! Subtle it ain't...
Later on, it just gets stupider. More children (who can't act) turn up and start moving tables, boats and blowing up computers with their minds and building futuristic technology with just a few microchips and bits of plastic and metal. They build one "generator" that gets stolen then trust "Mrs Gibson" - a complete stranger who just turns up claiming to from the Ministry Of Science and gives them money to build a second one. They do this and then leave it overnight at the risk of getting stolen all over again. Paul, the super-child turns out to be the son of Doctor Liddle and, er, it doesn't make one bit of difference to the plot. "Mrs Gibson" reveals herself to be NOT who she claimed and gets kicked out by everyone (didn't anyone think to check her credentials when she first appeared?) yet Super-Paul AND Chocky(!) are both stupid enough to get easily kidnapped by her less than one minute later. What's really creepy is the fact that the Ministry Of Defence quite happily store away a futuristic pyramid containing a 12 year old boy and don't seem to spare a thought for feeding him and keeping him alive!?
Things reach a nadir in the final episode when the children decide to send their minds across space to search for Chocky's "parent" to help them out. Luckily for them, back in the first episode, Chocky got Albertine to trample over some poor scientists radio telescope work and locate signals from her race. No reason was given for this at the time other than to make Chocky "so happy" and have a bit of a giggle (I swear I'm not making this up - she literally giggles) but now, thanks to the knowledge of where the planet is located, they easily summon up Chocky's "parent" (after some some bad 80s special effects..) who locates the missing two and the day is saved. In the very final scene, you see Chocky plus parent go flying off back into space. What I'd like to have seen added on is a bit where parent kicks Chocky around for causing the whole mess in the first place! Haven't these aliens even heard of the Prime Directive, lol???
This programme is truly bad and it's hard to believe that the same team who created the excellent adaptation of the original novel could produce such drivel. Am I being unfair to a 20 year old kids programme? No, not really, as I thought it was bad when I saw it the first time round at the age of 13!
One more final niggle. Why is Matthew even featured on the cover or in the title sequence. He only appears as nothing more than a cameo in three of the episodes!
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The Way of Curve
The Way of Curve

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant collection from one of the best UK bands., 28 May 2004
This review is from: The Way of Curve (Audio CD)
Many old-time indie fans from the early 90s may be surprised to discover that Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia are still very much alive and releasing music as Curve.
As a counter to the first, rather hysterical (and elitist) review on these pages, it should be pointed out this is not a collection that's been released solely for the benefit of die-hard fans. This double-CD set attempts the envious task of summing up the last 12 years of a band who have never once compromised their art for extra sales, while attempting to appeal to both old and potential new listeners alike.
Even if you ARE a die-hard Curve fanatic, there is plenty here for you. All the tracks have been newly mastered and sound better than ever before. The presence of all three tracks from the super-rare German-only "Superblaster" single (a CD that fetches three-figure sums on Ebay!) are worth the money alone. And new track "In Disguise" is utterly sublime and proves that Curve are still pushing frontiers and are not the one-dimensional has-beens that the moronic New Musical Express continues to brand them (their recent review of this album suggests that they only listened to the first 5 tracks then switched off).
To newcomers (or old fans who thought Curve had dropped off the radar in 1994), if you're unsure whether to purchase this or not then do yourself a favour and hunt down a cheap copy of the incredible "Gift" from 2001. Then come back and apply. You will not regret it.


Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (PC)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (PC)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars so much promise, yet..., 12 Sep 2003
Ok, first things first. The controls SUCK on this game. A "Brand new control system allowing much more direct control over Lara" – yeah, right! If this is what Eidos spent 3 years perfecting then they really need to spend a bit of extra money getting in some game-testers to actually PLAY the darned thing!! The controls are annoyingly sluggish - when you want to run (especially if some beastie is chewing into you!) then Lara kinda casually saunters a bit THEN starts running?? TR: Chronicles had the control system pretty much perfect – why they changed it for the worse baffles me. I nearly went mental for the first few hours I played it – running into corners that you should just automatically slide around, trying to move up stairs and spinning round in circles (geez!) - however, if you stick at it you do get used to it... (and it’s definitely not as clumsy as the new Indiana Jones game – I’ve only made it through two levels of that so far and refuse to play any more for now as it was just way too frustrating!)
So, the controls are bad but with effort become bearable. How about the rest of the game? Again, sticking at it is the key... Once you’ve got out of Paris (not the most impressive intro) then the good old Tomb Raider of old re-emerges, and it’s fantastic!! The graphics and music are first rate, though I gather you need a pretty up-to-date system to appreciate them – I’ve got a Pentium 2.66 with a GeForce Titanium 4800 3D card, Audigy 2 sound card plus 6.1 surround speakers and it’s glitchless on it.
Other "innovations" prove to be utterly superfluous. The decision-making sections aren’t much cop - all you have to do is play nice and you always get through them – in fact a couple of them play exactly the same way regardless of what you choose so seem a bit pointless really... The "Massively improved A.I." is nothing of the sort – enemies still get stuck trying to walk into walls and run around in circles while you easily shoot them dead. Oh, and the 'new' moves such as stealth (where Lara does a rather lame monkey impression!) or the ability to 'upgrade' is rubbish. You pull one block and find that you can’t. If you then pull another identical block, bingo! Now you’re strong enough to pull the first block!? Lame.
So, all in all. I WOULD give this gorgeous game a 5-star rating even though it plays like the older TR games as I love playing them (though admittedly wasn’t so keen on "The Last Revelation" as it became just one long hard slog with no real pay off). However I deduct one point from it for the incredibly bad controls (which I suspect will put off a lot of people from playing it at all) – and I’ll take off another point for Eidos once again promising so much, yet totally failing to deliver the truly groundbreaking experience that’s been delayed and hyped since last year.


Electric Cafe
Electric Cafe
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £18.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning, 28 Jun 2003
This review is from: Electric Cafe (Audio CD)
An amazing album. Recorded, some could say, years after their peak when other bands had caught up with them, yet, the minimalist approach works so well. The final, title track has got to be, to me, the most beautiful track they ever recorded. If you're even remotely interested in electronica and the founders of it then buy this album.


V - The Final Battle: (Box Set) [DVD] [2002]
V - The Final Battle: (Box Set) [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Michael Durrell
Price: £4.80

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very very disappointing, 29 Mar 2003
Not a patch on the 2 part "Mini Series" DVD which came out last year – that was worth the entry fee alone for the superb commentary by writer/director Kenneth Johnson. Alas, he'd left the programme before "The Final Battle" was made due to 'creative differences' so this is a very watered down version of the much creepier original. By Part 3, the rot has well and truly set in and the ending is just pretty much unwatchable to me. I still can't believe they carried it further and made a whole series after this – if it ever gets issued on DVD I certainly won't be buying it...
On this DVD there are no frills whatsoever – just simple scene selection and the usual tacky 'cast and credits' still screens... I was initially chuffed to see that these episodes are in Widescreen though... Oh, hang on a minute – widescreen TV didn't exist when this programme was made? Oh yeah, this is just the old VHS version with the top and bottom of the screen cut off so you get less than before. Hmmm, I think I'll keep my original tapes.
Just like those video releases a few years ago the "endings" to the episodes from the original TV showing (which give a preview of the next episode) are still there – but, I'm disappointed that the similar "intro" sequences at the beginnings haven't been restored this time round...
All in all, a pretty disappointing release


Portishead - PNYC - Live At The Roseland Theatre [1998] [DVD]
Portishead - PNYC - Live At The Roseland Theatre [1998] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Portishead
Price: £8.31

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pity about a couple of things..., 13 May 2002
about time this was released - a brilliant concert (apart from the last couple of songs which are completely ruined by the american audience clapping very badly along to them - grrrr)
I would give this 5 stars as the extras are great too but... why isn't the promo video for their most famous single "Glory Box" included? A criminal oversight :(


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