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Now That's What I Call Love
Now That's What I Call Love
Offered by Side Two
Price: 4.90

1.0 out of 5 stars Chart songs are about love and relationships anyway, why didn't they get more well known all time classics, abysmal!, 26 Mar 2014
I'm a NOW collector and I don't want to write bad reviews about NOW spin off products but with "Now Love" there is very little choice. I actually have a "Now Love Songs" released in the 90's and it actually features a decent range of love songs and ballads, they weren't afraid to go back to the 80's to get some classic power ballads to feature, this album is a great excuse to feature "Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You" "Up Where We Belong" "Everything I Do, I Do It For You" "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" etc alongside any classic songs from the current millennium, but despite featuring some of these songs on their other recent cash-in compilations such as "Now Movies" and "Now Wedding" they haven't done that and just presented a bunch of recent songs that are very loosely related to the theme they are presenting here. As most chart songs are about love and relationships anyway they could have presented just about anything and they indeed have, it needs true love songs classics to work, so this is very poor. I like only the cover design but that is no reason to buy the CD or download. I don't have this one in my collection.


Now That's What I Call Movies
Now That's What I Call Movies
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 8.25

3.0 out of 5 stars More like "Movie Chart Hits loosely associated with movies that many haven't heard of"!, 26 Mar 2014
I'm a fan of the regular NOW series and I collect them so all these spin off albums nag at me somewhat for me to collect them also, but so far in most cases I have resisted because whilst we know what the regular NOWs are all about, an anthology of the latest season in chart music, these spin-offs have often been cheap cash ins that sometimes bother to have little to do with the actual theme being presented to you.
At least they are not pretending to be "the best album in the world ever" even though they seem to be rushing these out as if there's no tomorrow and attempting to hurriedly slap out an album covering as many profitable genres and themes as possible, just like "the best album in the world ever" series also did, but they happened to do it far better than the NOW series is bothering to do now.
I'm a big fan of movie songs and soundtracks in general so I already knew that this compilation was going to be awful, they have just gone for obvious tracks that they can easily licence that already exist on other NOW albums, some of the tracks are more famous in themselves than the movies they appeared in which is besides the point when it comes to movie hits. A good example is Abba's Mamma Mia, why couldn't they have got the song from the Mamma Mia movie itself, I have to give it some points for having a few movie classics but it has hardly any songs that are only famous from being in a movie rather than for being a chart hit, eg no Wizard Of Oz "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" or "Singin' In The Rain" inclusion, but to its credit some big songs such as "Ghostbusters", "My Heart Will Go On" and a couple of Disney classics make it and it's for this reason only that I reluctantly give it a 3, but it's not in the spirit of this compilation to actually offer true movie hits. To date there has never actually been a decent "movie hits" compilation and "Now Movies" hasn't changed that!


This Time of Year ( Remember It's Christmas )
This Time of Year ( Remember It's Christmas )
Price: 0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully emotional poignant christmas song that easily sits with the classics., 19 Dec 2013
We say it about a lot of songs, but this song really does deserve mainstream success for having such a poignant message about Christmas. It tells us to think about the people for whom Christmas is usually a hard time and although it's a contrasting message to many of the big Christmas songs that we hear over and over again, it nevertheless sits comfortably amongst them as a christmas classic. A lot of the relatively few people who have discovered this say it becomes a must for them to play all through December, download this and I dare say you will become one of them.


Now That's What I Call Music! 84
Now That's What I Call Music! 84
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 8.53

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars About half as good as it should have been.., 25 Mar 2013
One thing we always love about the NOW albums is that it'll give you a handy all in one collection of all that is latest and noteworthy in the charts and it can build into quite an anthology and it can become an easy way for you to chronicle pop history. The only drawback comes when the latest NOW struggles to have either all that is "latest" or all that is "noteworthy".

Filler tracks (often just included for artist promotion too!) are one thing but not including a significant number of obvious major hits is another quite serious offence in the eyes of pop music fans, as a previous review has already stated we are missing some rather obvious ones here, to name a few myself Adele's "Skyfall" despite Adele previously having no trouble featuring on the other recent NOWs, the Harlem Shake which will be forever associated with the outset of 2013, not featuring Emeli Sande's powerful vocal version of "Read All About It" and going for a more minor hit from her instead, the same thing happening with Rihanna "Diamonds" which was charting around Christmas featuring and not the current "Stay" and the excellent "Thrift Shop" rap, whilst we might have to concede that getting the rights to absolutely everything might not be possible, could it also be that they haven't even considered getting the rights or including certain tracks in some cases. NOW 84 does about half the job of covering the charts filling you in with some big hits such as "Scream & Shout" "Don't Stop The Party", "Troublemaker" and Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" but not others.

It will seem odd that Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere" is here solely on the back of it being in an advert recently, those critical of how bland pop music can seem these days will comment on how it seems to blow many current hits away and to follow that idea NOW 84 also gives us another nod to the late 80's with the inclusion of the Christmas no.1 charity single from the Hillsborough Justice Collective "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" presumably now well outside the window where the all important charity single sales would be important. A nice inclusion and we also get the X Factor's winners' single which won't do much to defer criticism that it's more of a collection of songs from around Christmas 2012 than January-March 2013, of course it does need to cover the last few months since the last NOW or else some hits would be completely missed out, of course that has happenned anyway if only NOW could be more completist about chart history that it often manages to be.


Jack Dee: Live Stand-Up Collection 2012 [DVD]
Jack Dee: Live Stand-Up Collection 2012 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Dee
Price: 12.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Re-iterates most already available Jack Dee, but includes Happy Hour., 16 Dec 2012
Whilst it is poor to call this collection a "2012" based one given that the most recent stand up in the collection is from 2005, it does have one interesting thing to offer fans of Jack Dee, even for those who have already obtained all the available stand up on other DVDs. This is the inclusion of the Best of Jack Dee's Happy Hour which was formerly only available on VHS, shame that whole series could not be made available.


Now That's What I Call Music Years
Now That's What I Call Music Years
Offered by Just4-U-Media
Price: 16.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable all round collection., 30 Nov 2012
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Whether you think this is a good selection of what it purports to be probably depends on how much of a follower of the NOW series that you are because if you actually keep up with the NOWs you usually find that these catchall compilations end up covering the same tracks you will no doubt have already collected, the NOWs are always managing to miss some key tracks or other though and sometimes these compilations do manage to include big tracks that got left out of the NOW compilation they ideally should have been on at the time.
In terms of catchall compilations this one has to cast a larger net than even a single decade and it does this job reasonably well, these aren't always the absolute smash hits of all time but it's a good all round collection of pop songs that represent different ages, so this is decent so long as you haven't got most of these already anyway.


The Stars of Coronation Street - 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters [DVD]
The Stars of Coronation Street - 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters [DVD]
Dvd ~ Denise Welch
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 4.07

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to get a feel for Corrie's place in telly history, 30 Nov 2012
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For the cheap price if you are enthusiastic about Coronation Street you can't go wrong with this really. If you're a bit short of money to be buying the decades collections of episodes this is a good cheaper alternative which includes the first ever episode from December 1960 which can't fail to be interesting to even the most apathetic of telly fans because it is full of such historic significance and now feels quite trippy to witness as if we have travelled through a timeslip, the memorable coach crash episode of 1969 when Coronation Street was in colour for the first time & the 40th anniversary live episode from 2000 t00. The main centrepiece of the DVD though is the 50 years, 50 moments documentary, it's an even better way than just watching a bunch of selected significant episodes to relive the iconic moments of corrie history and really get a feel for the role the show has played in telly history.
With it now available for just a few quid I don't see how you could be disappointed.


Verbatim 53032 1TB Store n Go USB 3.0 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive Silver
Verbatim 53032 1TB Store n Go USB 3.0 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive Silver
Offered by Value_Deal
Price: 69.88

5.0 out of 5 stars A hard drive that's as simple as a USB stick., 30 Nov 2012
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Who doesn't need an extra hard drive every now and then? With the rate that most of us collect things now they are becoming like lifelines, and in this digital world if you don't back up your trusty movie, TV, music, photo & document collection you have to live with the ever present nagging worry that you've only got one copy and hard drives can actually be more holocaust like than a fire raging through your house if one of your drives was to go. If you're looking for a quick and easy backup or an extra drive as overspill then these drives are your perfect choice. Hopefully not tempting fate but up to now I've never known a Verbatim drive to lose data, for whatever purpose you have in mind for an extra drive this is sure to do it, and for whatever it is you have in mind it's not much bigger than a USB stick and works just as simply requiring no plug in power. you've actually got nearly a terabyte more or less in the palm of your hand.
Costing admittedly a little extra than those drives that must be plugged in it quickly seems to become worth it to have one of these plug and go drives, it's quick and it's fast and needs nothing more than a USB port so now you have a versatile little drive that is so small and light that you can easily use it for a myriad of different purposes, requiring no power means it can be quickly exchanged between PC and laptop, if you use it for TV and movies it's easy to quickly take it over to a games console like the PS3, it's small enough to take with you with no real inconvenienve as extra storage for your laptop or to take files to friends houses and work, it's pretty much the ideal extra hard drive.


Harry & Paul - Series 4 [DVD]
Harry & Paul - Series 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Harry Enfield
Price: 8.20

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's still Harry & Paul, but it's a slowburner., 30 Nov 2012
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I would always welcome more Harry & Paul but this series does seem to be the weakest yet. I don't want to pour too much cold water on it because the charm, the wit, the atmosphere and the extremeness of the caricatures that Harry & Paul famously provide is all still here, but some of it though does feel to be wearing a bit thin in this series ,sad as I am as a fan to say. It labours on past successes from the first three series a lot and when you do get a weak sketch you often find it repeated annoyingly throughout the programme often with a disproportionate amount of time spent on it as well. The series is shorter quite literally than the first three because only 5 episodes have been made and although it's billed in the Radio Times as 6 episodes we are actually just getting highlights of Series 3 for that last one which makes me wonder before I get the DVD whether we are actually going to get that highlights episode included. What we do get new isn't necessarily new material either though unfortunately as each episode rehashes a lot of ideas from the previous 3 series which always seemed much more fresh and highly innovative. We have been introduced to some great new Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse characters in the Noughties, the pisstaker who runs "I Saw You Coming", the "Benefits", "Parking Pataweyo", the intellectual builders, the Radio 4 producers who can stop a white van man in his tracks when they announce they are making a documentary, these ideas poked some much needed fun at our sterile society through hilarious stereotypes, Harry & Paul are happy to stay away from being too PC and have something to say about Noughties life and the sketches from the first three series reflected that but in 4 what is the best we have when you think about it, the Scotland obsessive?, the kitchen sink drama stereotypes? My favourite was "Work Experience" but that was a single sketch once, and the ones I find more annoying and to be weaker material seem to get repeated ad nauseum, not only that they now often dispense creative characters altogether because there has been a creeping invasion of Harry & Paul doing impressionism almost "Dead Ringers" style and it takes away from their originality. I guess their Dragons Den sketch might have been well received which might have encouraged them to take on more impressions rather than come up with hilarious original characters, in Series 4 we seem to see a record number of impressions favoured over original sketches, the most welcome of these for me was their take on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and when it comes to the more creative sketches they are definitely more few and far between, the result is this series is still passable entertainment that's all it is, you can watch it as a fan and still enjoy the atmosphere of Harry & Paul but there's far less brilliance and sarcasm at modern society and instead there is just a few vaguely funny sketches. There's always some that grate and it feels as if those have been allowed the run of Series 4, if you're a Harry & Paul fan I'm sure you'll still appreciate but you won't be in awe of much satirical brilliance this time around.


Now That's What I Call Musicals
Now That's What I Call Musicals
Price: 10.00

32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Again another loosely stuck to collection which only has a passing resemblance to a definitive collection, 30 Nov 2012
NOW albums are collections that you expect to be if not definitive, or at least you might not expect them to be because of commercial realities but you do realise that they would work best in this way. They should function as a good anthology on whatever it is they are trying to make a popular CD listing out of. Once it really was just chart and dance music, but they've started to branch out into anything else they think could become a guilty pleasure, we used to get fairly trusty collections of nearly all that was current in the charts, but as they turned to try and use the popular format as a catchall with themes like Classical music the results have been more than a bit hit & miss. Now Britain and Now Disney though actually hit the spot really well, but just like with NOW Classical which was really awkward and lacklustre, this isn't really a good overview of all things "musicals", we only get a skimming of the true classics that fanatics of musicals would be bound to want included, one or two here and there such as Singin' In The Rain are rightly included, but where's Sound Of Music, Oliver! or Willy Wonka to name but a few examples, the listing on this collection lays bare the rights that they seem to always stick to, disappointingly Disney songs are used rather a lot again for this despite the availability of Now Disney which any NOW collector would surely have already got and they are targeting the casual market again with TV ads about anyway, and wherever a pop track will suffice that they could easily feature which could be loosely called "musical" they have done it even annoyingly at the expense of a genuine "musical" track, a good example is they have used Queen - We Will Rock You when more ideally they would have used the version of We Will Rock You from the musical itself which would be far more fitting.
I only give it two stars because some tracks could be borderline interesting such as the alternate version of "A Whole New World" from Aladdin, NOW is such a bold and authoritative brand that it would be nice if the selection on these themed CD's could actually be as bold and authoritative as the brand itself, instead it's a study of the way EMI rights seem to work.
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