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No Jacket Required (Deluxe Edition)
No Jacket Required (Deluxe Edition)
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £10.65

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity, 14 May 2016
I was looking forward to this reissue but have been left sadly disappointed. The album itself is what it is, a marker in time. Like a lot of albums from the mid 80's some of it holds up quite well and some of it doesn't. It also signals Collins' slide into mediocrity that would become more apparent with each consecutive release from here on in. The stand out track is still Take Me Home, it was back then and still is now. What is most disappointing is the second disc, just filled with live versions of the album tracks and a few demos. If nothing else, No Jacket Required spawned some great singles that were released with 12" remixes/extended versions (Sussudio, One More Night, Who Said I Would, Only You Know and I Know, Don't Lose My Number and Take Me Home) that were begging to be remastered and included here but there is no sign of them which is a real missed opportunity.
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And Then There Were Three
And Then There Were Three
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Neither one thing or the other., 12 May 2016
While I have always liked the songs on this album, it's always been a bit of an oddity as it's neither here nor there. It doesn't fit in with the albums that came before it or the ones that come after it. One thing that has always struck me about ATTWT is how badly produced it is, this has to be the worst Genesis album in terms of production. If you compare it with the two that preceded it and the two that followed it then it simply pales in comparison. This has been the case with vinyl, cassette and CD copies I have owned over the years and it has never been 'fixed' to my ears. Both the drums and vocals are muddy and sound like they were recorded in a cardboard box, the keyboards are more front and center than normal, drowning out everything else, and it all seems to have a very thin sound to it. Perhaps the lack of Steve Hackett left a gap in more than just personnel. It's also a very low key and somewhat melancholy album, there are no real upbeat moments. It feels like it should be played on a cold, wet November evening. Having said all that there are some very good songs on it. My personal favourites are Down and Out which is a great opener (although if the drums were a bit more forward in the mix it would have been even better), Undertow, Deep in the Motherlode, Many Too Many, Scenes From a Night's Dream (which a lot of people don't like but I've always loved the, incredibly well drawn comic strip from the early 20th century, Little Nemo, which is the inspiration for the song) and, of course, Follow You Follow Me. This is probably not best recommended as a starting point for listening to Genesis but it should definitely be listened to if their music interests you.


Constantine Season 1
Constantine Season 1
Dvd

4.0 out of 5 stars Refershingly different., 6 May 2016
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Refreshingly different in a world of more-of-the-same TV shows. Having been disappointed with the film version of Constantine, I went into this fearing the worst but it is well written with some very good developing storylines and a lot closer to the source material. Sadly, just when it was finding it's feet, it was cancelled so we'll never know how it would have progressed. Even if you're only vaguely interested, this is well worth a try.


Expecting To Fly
Expecting To Fly
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £13.25

4.0 out of 5 stars A gem of an album, 13 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Expecting To Fly (Audio CD)
This is The Bluetones magnum opus, while their subsequent albums had some great songs they never quite recaptured the consistent creativity of this release. Every song is a cracking good tune (the guitar work is especially noteworthy) and they stand the test of time, hard to believe this is nearly 20 years old now. The reason this reissue doesn't get 5 stars is because I was a bit disappointed that the second disc contains just radio sessions and live versions of the tracks on disc one. Had they included remastered versions of the two non-album singles (Are You Blue or Are You Blind? and Marblehead Johnson) along with all the extra tracks that accompanied both those and the other singles then I would gladly have given it 6. Overall, a great album but a shame about the extras.


The Hunting Party
The Hunting Party
Price: £5.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Mind numbingly bad., 10 Dec. 2015
This review is from: The Hunting Party (Audio CD)
Remember the days when Linkin Park used to release albums that were musically and lyrically satisfying? Judging by this latest album, those days are long gone. Most recent LP albums had the odd track that consisted of some kind of noise with Chester screaming over the top of it for a couple of minutes and would then move on to something more tuneful. Well, they've decided to run with the former and disregard the latter so you now have an album that is 90% noise plus screaming something unintelligible leaving room for only one recognisable song, Final Masquerade, near the end...by which time you've pretty much lost the will to live. Even their weakest album offering Minutes To Midnight is better than this shambles and if this is the direction the band are heading down then I don't see me purchasing any of their future releases. Coming after the excellent A Thousand Suns and Living Things, this was a real disappointment and not a pleasant listening experience.


Whole New World
Whole New World
Price: £13.91

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection., 8 Dec. 2015
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This review is from: Whole New World (Audio CD)
A great collection of the first four It Bites albums with the added bonus of B-sides, 12" mixes and tracks previously only available on the 12" singles. The sound quality is excellent and an improvement on the original CD releases. My only real niggle is that the actual volume level seems very low, especially on The Big Lad in the Windmill, which means I have to turn the volume up on my player to a much higher level than for most other CDs. I seem to remember this being an issue with the original vinyl release of TBLitW and I would have thought it could have been fixed when remastering for this release. Apart from that, it's a joy to listen to.


Longbourn
Longbourn
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, 3 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Longbourn (Kindle Edition)
This book was interesting in parts - highlighting the drudgery that would have been the lot of the servants in Pride and Prejudice. Pertinent points make you reflect, for example would Elizabeth Bennet have gone trudging through the fields if she had to wash her own petticoats?
However I found the plot meandering and the characters incredibly dreary! Also even though servants lives were awful there surely must have been some humour, sarcasm and playfulness in their interactions and observations of others? The ending was also rather peculiar.


An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre)
An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre)
by J. B. Priestley
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ulimately Disappointing, 28 Oct. 2015
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I was really looking forward to hearing this BBC audio play but I was left feeling more than a little disappointed. There's nothing wrong with the adaptation, it's pretty close to the play as written, but some of the performances aren't great. In fact what disappointed me most of all was the performance of Toby Jones as The Inspector. I think he is an excellent actor and was expecting great things from him in this role but, to my ears at least, he got it all wrong. He starts off sounding like a whispering version of someone from The Sweeney and by the time he gets to his closing speech he's like a snarling, seething maniac along the lines of his Dream Lord character in the Doctor Who episode Amy's Choice. It just didn't fit the persona of The Inspector at all and, if you watch the far superior performances of both Bernard Hepton and David Thewlis in either the two BBC TV adaptations you will see why. When taken as a whole piece, it's not terrible...it's just not very good.


James Bond - 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray] [1962]
James Bond - 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray] [1962]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by Farrell International
Price: £76.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 1 July 2015
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This really is a first class box set. The picture quality and sound is top notch, especially on the earlier films, and the restoration job performed is pretty much faultless. I completely agree with the other reviewers who have gone into far more detail on those aspects, they really have to be seen to be believed. There are a couple of minor niggles that take the gloss off but only a little bit. The first is the bonus disc and, more precisely, the Being Bond segment. This was quite a draw for me as I thought, with it being the 50th anniversary, it would feature new interviews with the six actors who played Bond giving some insight into the role. Sadly, what you get is a 3 minute compilation of bits from old interviews that you've probably seen elsewhere in the past. It's very disappointing. The other slight letdown is the Quantum of Solace disc. This is basically the regular blu ray with a different label stuck on top. This means the menu doesn't match all the other discs, it is the only disc to contain trailers for unrelated films (none of the other discs have any ads or trailers) and it is also the only disc not to contain a commentary track (there is a commentary on Casino Royale, despite what the Amazon listing says). This just feels lazy in comparison to the other 21 films and does elicit an "Oh" when seen for the first time. As I said, these are minor niggles and you shouldn't let them detract from the superb collection that is on offer. If you like Bond, you'll love this set.


Dracula [Blu-ray] [1931] [Region Free]
Dracula [Blu-ray] [1931] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Bela Lugosi

4.0 out of 5 stars Dracula...Restored to life., 19 Dec. 2013
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This has to be my favourite of all the Universal Horror films of the 30's and 40's. I have owned it on DVD for many years and was persuaded to upgrade to the Blu-Ray by the reviews here praising the restoration work. I have to say that I am in full agreement, both the picture and sound quality are now probably at a standard even better than when it was originally made. Why am I only giving it four stars? It loses one star over my minor niggle that, no matter how I set the aspect ratio on either my TV or Blu-Ray player, it seems it can only be viewed with two black vertical bars on either side of the picture. This was not an issue with my DVD copy which was displayed in full widescreen. This is something I cannot seem to fix or alter and it takes away a little of my viewing enjoyment. As I said, this is a minor niggle (but a niggle nonetheless) and, apart from that, I can see no reason to not recommend this release. If you've enjoyed it on VHS or DVD before then you really need to see it again on Blu-Ray, it is almost like a new film all over again.
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