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Catacombs
Catacombs
Dvd
Price: £2.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrous, 27 April 2016
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Intrusive industrial metal music, screaming girl, bad chase scenes. The best part of the film is the twist at the end although it also seemed to serve to end it quickly. Pretty bad film to be honest.


Discovery
Discovery
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £139.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd - Discovery Box Set, 22 Sept. 2014
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Excellent box set of cd remasters of all of Pink Floyd's albums. I have never heard some of these albums so cannot compare sound-wise but as a collection this is great. The box itself is sturdy and the cds sit easily spine-facing in two separate compartments.A book is also included which features graphic design work for each of the albums. The sleeves themselves are card recreations of the original albums and are nice touch as they feel glossy and well made. Each comes with informative booklets too which is good for someone like me who doesn't really know the history of the band or the background to the albums etc.The compilation album "Relics" isn't included nor have they opted to include a set much like the Beatles Past Masters compilation which mops up the singles tracks and other offcuts and curios released elsewhere, which is a shame. But other than that, overall, its an excellent product.


The Beatles In Mono [VINYL]
The Beatles In Mono [VINYL]
Price: £293.32

27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Product review for the Vinyl edition of the Beatles in Mono box set, 14 Sept. 2014
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I thought it would be useful to advise people what you actually get with this set rather than go hysterical on the music and witter on like some failed music journalist which some reviews seem to descend into when reviewing products on this site.

This set comprises the vinyl album editions of Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Days Night, Beatles For Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles (aka The White Album) and a triple set of non-album Mono Masters of singles and EP tracks and the four film tracks which were originally included on the Yellow Submarine album. Basically its the vinyl version of the Mono CD box set of 2009. The albums have all been re-mastered in mono from the original mastertapes and re-cut for vinyl using the original mixes from the 1960s. They all come on 180g vinyl and sound superb. The labels recreate the original labels each album originally was released with albeit with modern copyrights etc.
The album sleeves are supposed to be recreations of the original album jackets although the early albums up to Revolver with the exception of Beatles For Sale do not appear that authentic to be honest. The glossy front covers aren't as thick as 1960s jackets and the foldbacks on the back of the covers seem thinner and seem to come away slightly at the corners. Clearly its a modern day attempt at 1960s cover designs but they're much better than the re-pressings since the 60s. However with Beatles For Sale it would be difficult unless checking the actual record label copyright to differentiate this from a 60s original, it is a superb recreation along with Sgt Pepper which again I couldn't tell any difference except for the label copyright. The original psychedelic inner sleeve and cut-outs are also included with the Pepper album.
Magical Mystery Tour is a recreation of the original Capitol Records US album from 1967 and has the picture book restored inside the gatefold sleeve. The record label is the original design used and the overall sleeve appears to be an authentic recreation of the type of card used at the time.
The White Album features the poster and photographs - the difference is the Apple copyright on the back of each photograph which the original set didn't have. The sleeve is as the original - opening at the top rather than sides. The record labels are the Apple labels.
The final album set is the triple Mono Masters set which is basically a 3 vinyl set of the 2 cd set issued with the CD Mono box set. The sleeve folds out and has lots of photographs and text on the set and is a great addition to the Beatles compilation sets.
Finally there is a hardback book included with the set which goes through each release and the mono mastering process and lots of pictures of trade adverts used for each album at the time each was released. Overall a great book.
The box itself is very sturdy and has a gloss finish in white and opens at the top. It comes with a display card which fits over it.
I was initially going to give this set 4 stars as I thought slightly more attention to detail could have been applied to the early sleeve designs to ensure they matched exactly a 1960s original if that was the idea. But to be honest, they're probably as close as you could make in 2014. Its still a superb set and is light years better than the re-pressings issued over the years since the late 1970s.
I do believe it does indeed merit 5 stars and all Beatles fans will cherish it. And as others have pointed out, the sound reproduction of the discs is brilliant.
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Steepletone SRP1R-11 1960's/1970's Retro Style 3 Speed Record Player with Radio - Black
Steepletone SRP1R-11 1960's/1970's Retro Style 3 Speed Record Player with Radio - Black
Offered by Digitalis Direct
Price: £94.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Steepletone SRP1R-11 record player, 31 Aug. 2014
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To be fair its not at the high end of the hi fi spectrum but its great for passing a few hours spinning a few oldies on. A standard 1960s/1970s mono style record player with modern addition of a USB/SD ports and radio receiver. The lid is a bit clunky to close but nothing which would cause any problem as such. The only disappointment for me is it isn't an auto select so you have to place the needle yourself . I was also slightly surprised that the plug is a separate where you fit the jack into the back rather than an already fixed cable. But these quibbles aside its fine overall although the speaker isn't as rich and punchy as original players were, bit tinny but that could be me being used to modern day hi fis .
Overall okay for what it is and certainly fine for a bit of nostalgic fun.


Let It Be [VINYL]
Let It Be [VINYL]
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let It Be reissue, 31 Aug. 2014
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Vinyl format.
Nice polished modern reissue which comes on 180g vinyl and sturdier sleeve than previous repressings. The disc is housed in a plain inner sleeve with protective lining and the labels are the traditional Apple labels albeit with modern copyright notices. The set is shrink wrapped and has a sticker advising its part of the stereo remaster sets of 2009. Overall good reissue of standard release.


Yellow Submarine [VINYL]
Yellow Submarine [VINYL]
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yellow Submarine reissue., 31 Aug. 2014
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This is for the vinyl format.
Nice modern reissue of this album. Disc itself is on 180g vinyl and the outer sleeve is much thicker and glossier than previous repressings. Also included is a second inner sleeve which contains some pictures and the story. The disc itself is housed in a standard plain black sleeve with an inner protection layer. The set comes shrink wrapped with a sticker advising its a stereo remaster from the 2009 sets. Overall very nice set.


Abbey Road [VINYL]
Abbey Road [VINYL]
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abbey Road vinyl reissue, 31 Aug. 2014
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This is for the vinyl format.
This re-issue is on 180g vinyl and the sleeve is much more sturdy than previous repressings. The set comes shrink wrapped with a sticker confirming its a stereo remaster from the 2009 set. The inner sleeve is black with lining protection for the disc and the labels used are the traditional Apple labels. Overall a superb reissue on vinyl.


Charlie Is My Darling [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]
Charlie Is My Darling [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ The Rolling Stones
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Is My Darling Blu Ray, 1 Sept. 2013
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This is a superb film and gives a great insight into the Rolling Stones during their early years just at the point they became hugely successful. Also to note is how dapper each member looks - typically sharp dressed men of the age. Makes you realise how scruffy people in the UK are these days when you compare to the 60s. Anyway, back to the film: Great shots of the Stones live in concert including full performances during their tour of Ireland in 1965 and some great location shots too coupled with plenty of interviews with the group members. Great film for fans of the Stones and for anyone interested in the pre-Psychedelic 60s era.


A Quick One
A Quick One
Price: £3.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time it was upgraded into a deluxe version, 21 Nov. 2011
This review is from: A Quick One (Audio CD)
This is probably the least well known of their 60s output but its by no means a mediocre or filler album by any stretch. Theres some killer Who cuts here such as Run Run Run, So Sad About Us and the ambitious title track itself. Elsewhere, the Who's eccentric side comes to the fore with two John Entwistle numbers Whiskey Man & Boris the Spider. Even Keith Moon gets on the writing credits with I Need You and Cobwebs & Strange. Roger Daltrey contributes with a Buddy Holly style track See My Way and Townshend's knack for a catchy pop song in Don't Look Away make this a very enjoyable set. My only gripe with this re-issue is with the bonus material. The compilers didn't include the full Ready Steady Who EP and missed out the best track from it, Circles. However, I'm not sure whether that was down to a space issue on the cd itself or a possible license problem with the ownership of the track - it was at the centre of a row between the Who and their original producer Shel Talmy back in the early months of 1966. Its definitely worth buying but personally, I would love to see this album given the deluxe treatment the other two early Who albums received recently. They could issue a second disc of the original mono album mix and this time include Circles as well along with the alternate version of I'm A Boy first heard on Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy plus any other off-cuts, alternate takes, demos etc. In fact see The Who Sell Out's deluxe edition for a great example!
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The Avengers  -  Series 5 [DVD]
The Avengers - Series 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick MacNee
Price: £28.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Avengers series 5, 4 Feb. 2011
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Not sure what the fuss is about re the audio - mine is perfect and I bought this set around the same time as these other reviewers. Picture quality is great as well and the box is a slim case which I prefer. My only gripe is the extras are pretty dull but that might be down to the fact there isn't much extra material of interest available. On the whole a great set and one of the most iconic television series ever broadcast.


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