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Breaking Bad - Season 4 (Blu-ray + UV Copy)
Breaking Bad - Season 4 (Blu-ray + UV Copy)
Dvd ~ Bryan Cranston
Price: 16.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 8 Jan 2014
There are some truly great television dramas. In irecent years MadMen, The Killing, The Bridge to name but three. Since Twin Peaks turned television drama on its head and set an unprecedented quality, shows such as Carnivale followed, demonstrating that the extended television form had come of age, equalling, and indeed surpassing much cinema productions. Quite simply , Breaking Bad is the best television drama thus far; an incisive and stunning excoriation of consequences, a very fresh take on the moral fable. In a word it is brilliant.


New
New
Price: 8.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Dog, New Tricks!, 1 Nov 2013
This review is from: New (Audio CD)
This is an easy album to review. There is good news and bad news. First the bad news.
There is only one very weak track (Hosanna) and it is fairly cringey. The good news is that the rest of the album is a definite return to form after the dreadful "Memory Almost Full" album in 2007.
There is freshness to some of the material and the four producers have done some very good work.
On a first listen, it is easy to pick out the album's strengths as they leap out and grab the attention.
I am not convinced that Ethan Johns has done much good with the material, but Paul Epworth (Adele's producer) has done a stellar job on three tracks, all of which are really strong and convincing, "Save Us",
"Queenie Eye" and "Road". Mark Ronson too has done a fine job on the title track, "New" and the unusual grower, "Alligator".
Giles Martin gets the lion's share of the production duties and with mixed results. On My Way to Work
"Appreciate" and "I Can Bet" are as good as McCartney can get these days. They are really very good additions to his magnificent body of work.
"Everybody out There", "Looking at Her" and "On My Way to Work" are fairly good, enjoyable, but not quite top notch or terribly inspiring.
It is clear that Paul's voice generally isn't what it was and is at times quite creaky, while at other junctures it is quite expressive and takes some risks away from the treading water, clichéd approach that made "Memory Almost Full" such a tedious listen. Paul really benefits from working collaboratively with producers who aren't sycophantic or afraid to curtail his mawkish excesses. I particularly like what Paul Epworth has delivered on this album.
It is a good sounding album, with a good dynamic. It doesn't quite break into drastically new territory but it really shows the greatness of the man, still able to conjure some new moments of magic after 50 odd years.
This won't bring in millions of new fans, but it really is very, very good and well worth buying.
I'll just keep skipping "Hosanna" which is a blot on the otherwise appealing soundscape.
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Wtf (Without That Feeling)
Wtf (Without That Feeling)
Price: 0.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Emily Sande and Laura Mvula!, 30 May 2013
This is a good debut from a breakthrough artist and it makes a refreshing change. It is heartening to hear a bit of risk taking in the songwriting and production. This sounds fresh and original, not a clone of other artists and singers. Intelligent pop for Radio 2.


Dream House - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + UV Copy) [2011] [Region Free]
Dream House - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + UV Copy) [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 13.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intelligent Spin on the Genre, 1 May 2012
A very good film indeed.An excellent cast deliver fine performances and this is a surprising, unusual thriller rather than a "scary house" movie. If you expecting something along the lines of "Insidious" then think again; this is a much more compelling, psychological type of film rather than one that relies heavily on scare tactics. That said, it is full of atmosphere and tension and a real sense of uneasy emotion. I am giving this five stars, not because it is a utterly brilliant,flawless film but because it delivers fully as intelligent entertainment. If you like films like Fight Club, Memento,The Ice Storm and so forth I think that you will really enjoy this.


Every Kingdom (2CD + DVD Deluxe Edition)
Every Kingdom (2CD + DVD Deluxe Edition)

6 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scraping the barrel!, 18 April 2012
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Every Kingdom is such a good debut album that the prospect of a "de-luxe" edition with a CD of extra tracks and a DVD was met with positive expectations. Unfortunately the extras are little more than rejects that would, if included in the original album, have done nothing but dilute the quality of it. The weaknesses in Ben's voice are quite surprising as he is barely in tune on most of the bonus tracks and it did not make for enjoyable listening at all. The dvd is pretty good however; nothing that we haven't seen televised in a promotional sense, but really enjoyable nonetheless. The significant feeling that comes across however,without undue cynicism, is that Ben, India et al are privileged, rich kids who embrace the neo-folk/neo hippie surfer culture with all the smugness and solipsism of those for whom every day is a kind of Sunday. The second album will be make or break.
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Tyrannosaur [DVD]
Tyrannosaur [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Mullan
Price: 6.25

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell on Earth!, 20 Mar 2012
This review is from: Tyrannosaur [DVD] (DVD)
Tyrannosaur is an excellent, intelligent and stunning film. This is a compelling, deeply disturbing and, at times, shockingly brutal and uncompromising vision which excoriates rage to its destructive core. The urban underclass is depicted with a tragic, compressed expediency. The redemptive quality of the central characters is key to the film's power. Their transcendence is far from ideal and with the impossibility of any happy conclusions there are, nonetheless, steps away from hell. This is very powerful stuff, as horrifying as it is brilliantly acted. It is important to note that the film progresses through a series of abominable events in a non-gratuitous way, sensitively revealing the desperation and frustration which are the seeds of rage. This film respects its audience; it doesn't kick you in the guts, but you feel like they've been ripped out with it power. This can be very uncomfortable to watch and it will not cheer or entertain. That said, it is not meant to and it is essential viewing.


Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Offered by filmrollen
Price: 3.87

16 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Greatest (S)Hits?, 13 Dec 2011
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
What makes a good collection of music? Hmmm.....
What would I have wanted to now before I bought the product? Hmmmm....
Oh, my goodness I have to write between 75 and 300 words? Huh?
I'll save everybody's time and say that this is utter crap.
In less than 18 months this will be in Home Bargains sell off bin for 50p and there will be no takers.
Biggest problem? Tulisa C. Not only the most manipulative bitch in the UK with a ma-hoosive chip on her shoulder( see X Factor footage )but the most mediocre,soul-less,derivative exponent of pap in the guise of "street" that ever has been. The only thing worse than this audio atrocity is her "street" venture into pimping fragrance. Her so-called celebrity scent TFB, The Female Boss,is not so much 'Scent of a Woman' but more like the stink of a queen biatch on heat.Tulisa, history awaits you, the rusting shelf next to S Club 7. No better. No cleverer. Just callous, lucked out garbage. Oh, and by the way, we do know you have breasts. That's all you have left to promote after your massively inflated ego. Go and pollute some other universe.
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Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Closed Headphone for ENG/DJ use with split headband, 1.5m steel cable/70 ohms right angle
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Closed Headphone for ENG/DJ use with split headband, 1.5m steel cable/70 ohms right angle

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 7 Sep 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Excellent headphones on every level. Very Clean and tight sound.Bass performance is very fine. Highly detailed and comfortable. Good build quality, these are nothing but a pleasure to use. Best of all THEY ARE MADE IN IRELAND!!!! For once, a great product the EU can be proud of and by buying these, you are minimising the support given to the abominable Chinese regime, which produces cheap products by oppression and slavery. Politics aside, you won't be sorry you bought these.


FOMO
FOMO
Price: 9.80

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That Difficult Second Album - Love it!, 5 July 2011
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This review is from: FOMO (Audio CD)
Liam is such a refreshing musician. This is a really fine follow-up to "I'll Be Lightning" and trust me, it is a grower. I was surprised to be the first to review this as I have enjoyed it more and more for a couple of weeks. On first listen there are as many challenges as there are the immediately likeable. What I like about Liam is that he takes chances and risks within the hybridised genre of melodic pop rock. Yes, it is true that he is a chip off the old block ( Neil Finn of Crowded House being his father) but he is definitely his own man, with his own agenda. He has certainly inherited his father's talent for melody and harmony but he pushes all the traditions and isn't afraid to play the classic pop card. What is so refreshing is the approach he takes toward it, blending the listener friendly with the edgy.

So to the songs ( and songs they are; well constructed pieces,finely wrought structures far removed from an improv vocal over beats) which are an excellent collection. All the songs are good, though I did encounter some resistance to "Cold Feet" which seems on the twee side and "The Struggle" which seemed abrasive and a difficult listen. They are the polar opposites on the album and the virtue in this is that it is rather like the increasingly lost art of album making circa mid 60's up to 80's where there was great variety in the material. If we take The Beatles "Revolver" as an example and a point of comparison, we have "Yellow Submarine" on the one hand, which is daft fun and "Tomorrow Never Knows" which is the epicentre of emerging psychedelia.

Liam's approach is like that of a post-modern journeyman who knows his chops! He mixes it up and we are left with an album that is special insomuch that it sounds like nothing else around at the moment. "The Struggle" is a wake up call in the middle of the album that we are not at all indulging in easy listening and by the album's closer, "Jump Your Bones" we have an innate sense of satisfaction that we have witnessed a very creative manifestation which is as humourous as it is poignant, as playful as it is considered. There's a lot to like here. Mr Finn is a talent of major worth which isn't matched (yet) by huge sales. But I'd rather listen to this than Adele anyday.

"Chase The Seasons" is sublime and raises the bar on post-modern melodic pop and "Jump Your Bones" is a fantastic closer. You know I think I'll just have to play it again, right now.


Year Of The Wolf
Year Of The Wolf
Price: 8.34

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Sow's Ear out of a Silk Purse!, 18 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Year Of The Wolf (Audio CD)
In a nutshell, this is a real drop in quality from Nerina's last album, which ( cover art and design aside )was a beautiful collection of excellent songs. My feeling is that the fundamental problem is in the production. Bernard Butler has made a sow's ear out of a silk purse with some really irritating elements to the audio presentation. The opening track starts okay but the prominent guitar adds a harshness to the mix which, in this listener's case, had me reaching for the EQ to tame it. I failed. On first listening I could not get past track 2. Subsequent listens have not provided a warming quality to this collection. Essentially the production is harsh, the mastering sounds as if has been over level, producing digital harshness. It is lacklustre, is commercially contrived, lacks passion and sounds lke a shot at mundane commercialism and whiny, quite unlike Ms Pallot's last two fine releases. As ever the songwriting is very, very good but frankly, I would give this a miss.I also have to say that I quite detest the Joni Mitchell style referencing in the cover photograph. When will she get a good designer? To be fair, I think Nerina has tried to do something outside her comfort zone, but I think Bernard Butler has murdered what could have been a cracking album.He has managed to do the unthinkable; reduce Nerina to a low-fi Corinne Bailey Ray with more than a pinch of Duffy and Kate Nash. Ouch.
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