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The League Of Gentlemen - Live At Drury Lane: Special Edition  [DVD]
The League Of Gentlemen - Live At Drury Lane: Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Bendelack
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.96

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Original Vs New Edition, 22 Oct. 2005
I'm sure that many people who are reading this are already in possession of the original (and slightly leaner) release of this Live performance, which was released a couple of years ago. As one of those suckers who buys everything League related, I have to say that for this version to be given full marks (so far) is more than a little hasty.

Of course, the performance itself is fantastic, containing much material that preceded the TV show as well as some old favourites given a new twist. This DVD is absolutely essential if you weren't lucky enough to see them when they came to your town.

The original release came with a few features: 2 extra scenes, a short audio track (from the radio series) and a screensaver. Added to this are now a commentary track, a documentary, a brief gallery and a movie clip. While this may sound more impressive, if you aren't a major fan or aren't keen on stuff like commentaries, you could easily save a tenner and get the older one.

The League COMMENTARY tracks are always funny and entertaining, but on this occasion they're only discussing touring life and offering back-stage anecdotes. Understandably, there are very few insights into the world of Vasey adding to the mythology of the show that we have heard on previous commentaries.

The DOCUMENTARY is okay, if a little amateurish. It mainly comprises Jeremy Dyson's camcorder footage of their final performance, in which they deviated greatly from the script. There's a talking heads section with Steve and Reece, which brings the running time to just 18 mins.

The unremarkable photo gallery lasts for a couple of mins and the movie clip is fairly pointless now that the movie is out.

As of writing, this newer DVD is more expensive than the old one for not a great deal extra. If you're a major fan or simply missed the first release, this edition is well worth getting. Everyone else might want to save a few quid buying the old one, or see if they can borrow this off a friend.


Hicks, Bill Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand Up Comedian [DVD] [2004]
Hicks, Bill Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand Up Comedian [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Bill - Live Hicks
Offered by zoreno-uk
Price: £10.76

58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots on it, but not quite as good....., 11 Jun. 2005
Ultimately, this release is a very mixed blessing. Although this disk contains material from all three previous DVDs, the quality has indeed suffered. As you may expect from an NTSC format and a compression that gets 3.5 hours on one disc, the quality of picture and sound is below that of the individual PAL releases. Not awful, but certainly inferior.

As ardent fans will know, the main attraction to this disk is the inclusion of RELENTLESS, which has not previously appeared on DVD. This makes it's shortcomings all the more irritating. It's frustrating and bizarre that this performance claims a 'missing' 10 min segment, whereby the quality suddenly dips to sub-VHS standard towards the end of the performance. As the UK tape version includes all of this 'added' material in perfect quality, it is a somewhat confusing fault with this DVD. It's also tragic to note that this section is the absolute highlight of the performance (the 'Drugs and Rock music' classic).

That annoyance aside, if you aren't too concerned about having 'perfect quality' transfers, or if you're completely new to Bill Hicks, this a cheap and concise record of his work. However, die-hard Hicks disciples should note that because of the imperfect transfer mentioned, and since the quality of each individual UK (region 2) release is higher, you might want to wait for the UK release of Relentless rather than buy it within this omnibus disk.

Update (08/08/2014): Okay, so Relentless was eventually released on it's own. Sadly, however, the same dip in quality mentioned above is also present in the individual release as well. A huge shame.
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Yerself Is Steam
Yerself Is Steam

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime, 8 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Yerself Is Steam (Audio CD)
One of those rare albums which could sincerely be describe as transcendental- an album of pyschedelic rock which is truly epic in depth.

The music is truly unlike anything you'll ever hear. The songs seem to float from your speakers and fill the room with smoky atmospheres, you'll feel like you're wading through the room. But as your head is filled with hazy melodies, a soaring guitar riff, pounding percussion beat or delicate flute section will emerge which fills your heart enough to burst. But while 'Yerself Is Steam' succeeds in being vague and dense, it still has the tunes in rock-out moments like 'syringe mouth' and 'Coney Island Cyclone'.

The lyrics are richly bizarre and manage to be enigmatic ('I need pink, I need cream. I need someone who sews up seams'), hilarious ('space control uh...it's out there, I better get my pants back on. My mom is coming over') or profoundly moving ('And you wonder why I leave so soon/ I get so high then sink/ to the bottom of your room').
The words can mean nothing, everything or both at once and are simply perfect.

As with each Rev release, there isn't another album which sounds anything like this- even other Rev records. Listening to this will make you a better person.


Autechre
Autechre

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool, 9 Aug. 2002
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Autechre (Audio CD)
Sorry, but I just didn't find this album difficult at all. I'm rather amazed that everyone found this such a 'grower' they had to hear multiple times to appreciate. Maybe it's because I bought Confield before this one (By-the-by, if you found this album too 'avant-garde' to tolerate, then I wouldn't go anywhere near Confield- if LP5 is is 'taxing', then I don't know what Confield is).
Original and quite warm, with some cool beats and charming interludes, this is probably the last Ae album that you could tap your foot along with the music. These are some great tunes.
Maybe I've just been listening to alternative/electro for too long, but I'd say the 'difficulty' of LP5 is over-exaggerated. This is simply a unique and groovy slice of electro-jazz. Worth a look, but I'd agree it isn't one to start with: try Amber or Tri Repetae first.


Ep7
Ep7
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £21.95

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have CD, 4 July 2002
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This review is from: Ep7 (Audio CD)
First of all, forget the title- 'EP7' is no EP at all at more than 60+ minutes of music.
Secondly, the material is easily some of Ae's best work, combining the difficulty of later works with the accessiblity of their earlier stuff. It really is a superb listen.
Forget the [single] tab, this is an album crucial for any fan of Autechre.


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