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Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt
by Rachel Barnes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book & Excellent Price, 29 Mar 2014
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Beautiful book, at an excellent price. Vibrant image quality with useful commentary. And yes, this is a very LARGE book.

This would make an excellent gift for a lover of art, of would sit well on a coffee table (assuming you have one big enough)

Morning Phase
Morning Phase
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Change (Pt. 2), 29 Mar 2014
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To say that this album could be Part 2 to Sea Change is no exaggeration. Neither is it a bad thing, as personally, it's one of my favourites.

There is no escaping the similarity, as right from 'Morning' you realise you are in pretty much the same territory. In fact, 'Morning' is pretty much at the same tempo, time-signature and genre as 'The Golden Age' (first track on Sea Change) giving us a good idea as what to expect from this album: folky, down-beat, reflective, sometimes solemn, but with one difference... This is a very uplifting album on the whole.

Personal favourites include: This Morning, Say Goodbye, Don't let it go, Walking Light... But in fact, they are all personal favourites at this moment in time.

In short, if you loved Sea Change, you will love this album.

The Silmarillion Gift Set
The Silmarillion Gift Set
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £20.40

3.0 out of 5 stars A review of the product: Disappointing, 14 Dec 2013
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This is a review of the product itself, and not the actual 'Silmarillion' which, in my opinion, is excellent.

Unfortunately, I feel rather let down by the actual physical product.

It describes itself as a 'Gift-set' but there is really nothing about it that sets it apart from a bog-standard Audio CD Set.

The item comes in a single, and rather plain, plastic case, and all 13 CDs sit in one spindle. And that's it. There is nothing else to it. No little booklet, no sleeve, no interesting art-work, nothing that really warrants this being labelled a 'Gift-set'.

I think that they could have made a little extra effort to embellish the finished product, but it's clear that no thought has gone into making this a 'gift' item.

Still, if you are buying this for yourself, or for a fan of Tolkein's work, the content is what matters most. The Silmarillion is a hard to follow at times, but is overall an excellent account of much of what happens long before The Lord of the Rings.

This particular audio version is well narrated with good audio quality.

The Crossing
The Crossing
Price: £12.13

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different side to Menahan..., 31 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Crossing (Audio CD)
Menahan's 'Make The Road By Walking' was a fantastically beat-driven, horn-tastic, catchy affair.

This second album is a different beast altogether. Although still toe-tappingly good, it has a very different vibe. At times it's very Budos-esque, surprisingly so. Rich in horn saturated orchestration and deeply atmospheric... even eerie at times.

It'd make a great score to a movie.

Overall, this is a far more laid back affair. That being said, the horns are still here, the beats are still groovy, and the music is still fantastic.

Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 [DVD]
Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Shatner
Price: £15.64

124 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise ..., 23 Oct 2009
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There have been a number of complaints about the packaging, content and visuals, some of which aren't quite accurate. Just to give those of you who have yet to buy this a clearer picture I will address some of points raised by others:

"The episode list isn't included in the packaging"

The episode list is included. The episodes are clearly listed on the inside on the front and back covers.

"The episodes aren't even in the right order"

Well, this depends on what you mean by 'right order'. The episodes are not organised by stardate, so from that perspective, no they aren't. However, the episodes follow the original order that they were aired, so from that point, they are in the right order.

"The first episode 'The Cage' doesn't even feature in the boxset at all."

Technically, wrong on both counts. 'The Cage' was a pilot episode which never actually aired during the original run of the series during the 60s. The first episode to actually air was 'The Man Trap' on the 8th Sept 1966. 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' is in fact the first episode of series 1 with regards to both its stardate and production date. However, Despite this, the DVD boxset does actually refer to it as episode 2. The only character to survive from the pilot to 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' is Spock. In addition, 'The Cage' practically features in its entirety in the two part 'The Menagerie' so you wont miss out.

"The remastering and GCI looks animated and worse than the original"

Firstly, there is nothing 'animated' about the appearance of the remastering or CGI. It is a vast improvement or the original and yet fits in very well without looking out of place. The fact is, this is not the original. It is the remastered edition, so there is not much that can be done unless you can get your hands on the older now out of print DVD boxsets.

"The packaging is no good"

Well, if you have bought some of the other Star Trek series, which are almoght entirely in the 'slimline' format, you will know that it is no thrills and fairly flimsy. This however comes in a tin casing which houses a sturdy plastic case. A vast improvement on 'slimline' if you ask me!

And as for the viweing? After having worked my way from TNG to Enterprise I decided it was time to revisit the show that started it all. It has not disappointed so far and I am looking forward to Series 2. Well worth watching!
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Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian
Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian
Price: £10.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, 22 Oct 2009
I can only agree with the first reviewer. The last three releases can probably be best summed up as 'pointless' ... and yes, this release is pointless.

'Vocal Studies & Uprock Narrative' and 'One Word Extinguisher' were great, 'Surrounded by Silence' was nice, but things really started going down hill after 'Security Screenings'.

I am not sure why albums are released under Prefuse 73. Does anyone really think that we want to pay money for this? It's not even a question of taste, more one of whether any effort went into making this at all. It's more like a collection of 'bits' that weren't going anywhere musically, and then bunched together to make this album.

Saying that, it's probably not as bad as 'Security Screenings' but enough is enough. Big let down and a bit of an insult to paying fans. Next time make an album that people will actually want to listen to.

Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe
Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe
Offered by Naxos Direct UK
Price: £5.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless and complete recording of Daphnis et Chloé, 26 July 2009
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Here it is, the complete suite in all its glory, as it should be. The performance and quality of this recording is top notch and perhaps the best I have heard to date.

The suite itself is something special indeed - lush, dream like and dramatic, tantilising the imagination and evoking a range of emotions. It deserves to be heard in full.

This is certainly one of the greatest suites ever composed, and perhaps Ravel's greatest composition, with a performance and recording that does it justice.

The Eternal
The Eternal
Price: £9.51

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on form ..., 28 Jun 2009
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After only a few listens so far I'm very pleased with this album. From the opening track 'Sacred Trickster' right through to 'Massage The History' just about every tune is a winner.

On the whole, The Eternal quite simply rocks. The tunes are catchy and melodic with just enough edge, although overall a lot less dissonant than what we have come to expect from Sonic Youth.

In some ways this is as close to a 'pop' album we're likely to hear by them ... but don't let that put you off.

Some stand-out tunes include:

- Sacred Trickster
- Leaky Lifeboat
- What We Know
- Calming The Snake
- Malibu Gas Station
- Thunderclap for Bobby Pyn

Although I expect the likes of Daydream Nation and Dirty will always be personal favourites of mine, The Eternal is a very welcome addition indeed, and surely one of their best albums for a while.

Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 (Part One) [DVD]
Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 (Part One) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos
Price: £10.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 21 Feb 2009
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I am simply going to review the quality of what is actually 'within' the boxset as it has already been touched on by many that this is NOT the complete season.

Simply put, the first 10 episodes of Season 4 are fantastic. Although I enjoyed Season 3, I did find it to be the weakest, particularly as things seemed to slow down. Season 4 really picks up the pace, and despite being less action-packed than earlier on in the show, each episode is a real eye opener. The episodes include:

- He That Believeth in Me
- Six of One
- The Ties That Bind
- Escape Velocity
- The Road Less Travelled
- Faith
- Guess What's Coming to Dinner
- Sine Qua Non
- The Hub
- Revelations

The first DVD includes the movie 'Razor' which fits in perfectly between Season 3 and 4. If you have yet to see this, you are in for a treat. I thought it was excellent. Also included are the mini-episodes of Razor Flashbacks, most of the scenes of which are from Razor.

Although this is only half a season I still think it is worth owning, until perhaps a complete season is released, as it contains just as much content as Season 1, is at a new low price, and is, simply put, excellent viewing.

Prince of Persia (PC)
Prince of Persia (PC)
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £2.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive, 12 Jan 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Prince of Persia (PC) (CD-ROM)
Stunning visuals, great gameplay, gripping storyline, and full on action. Beautiful and immersive environments show how far gaming has come and this is certainly one instance where style and substance are aplenty.

That being said, the game is quite easy, easier than most, but you probably won't notice thanks to the stunning graphics and environments.

Oh yes, and no DRM, showing that common sense is starting to win the day. Well done Ubisoft.

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