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Snow Globe
Snow Globe
Price: £9.80

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make it wonderful, 20 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Snow Globe (Audio CD)
With 'Snow Globe' Erasure deliver a seasonally-themed album of carols and classic Christmas songs, plus a handful of new compositions. Over the thirteen tracks, Vince Clarke's music is stripped right back, presenting an enticing pallet of warm, electronic minimalism. With this sparse backing, Andy Bell's wistful and soaring vocals are given plenty of space to shine, really cementing the heart and soul of the album.

Though there are a couple classic Erasure-style pop stormers ('Loving Man' and 'There'll Be No Tomorrow')- which could easily add sparkle to any Christmas party- many of the tracks featured here have a darker and almost eerie tone ('Sleep Quietly' and 'Bleak Midwinter'). However, you'll be pleased to know that nothing gets so sombre that you're left crying into your eggnog. Among the tracks there are also moments of quirky and refreshing experimentation: 'The Christmas Song' is rendered as an 8-bit chip tune and 'White Christmas' features vocals recorded live in a subway (complete with background ambience). A special mention should also to go to 'Gaudete', which turns a sixteenth century, Latin-sung carol into a no-nonsense electro stomp, complete with spectacular vocal harmonies and ominous, bell chimes.

If you want a Christmas album that has a traditional flavour, but with a slightly alternative twist, then 'Snow Globe' is definitely worth a purchase. Even if you're the sort of listener who avoids this sort thing, there's still plenty to enjoy beyond the Christmas motifs.


Love To Love You Donna
Love To Love You Donna
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £5.42

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a typically average remix album, 31 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Love To Love You Donna (Audio CD)
I'm sure nearly all these remixes would sound great on any dance floor today, but give it a year, six months or less and I doubt anyone will give them the time of day.
I don't want to sound like some retro-loving, old fart, but the original versions of these songs really ARE immeasurably better than anything that these pumped-up mixes have to offer.
With the exception of Giorgio Moroder's mix of 'Love to Love You Baby', the Chromeo & Oliver remix of 'Love is in Control' and the inclusion of a new (old) track, 'La Dolce Vita', there's very little here that warrants a repeat listen.
I think Donna Summer deserves much better than this.


The Thing (2011) [DVD]
The Thing (2011) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £4.95

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Things aren't what they used to be, 11 Jan. 2012
This review is from: The Thing (2011) [DVD] (DVD)
Even if you manage to blank any fond, nostalgic memories of John Carpenter's 'The Thing' and avoid the inevitable comparison test, Matthijs van Heijningen's prequel-not-a-remake still misses the mark.

The Thing 2011 makes a reasonable attempt at capturing the look and gritty tone of the 1982 version, while at the same time trying to carve out its own personality. But nearly all of the original's brooding paranoia and visceral horror are traded in for unimaginative jump-scares, cut to the chase action sequences and rampaging aliens (mostly rendered in gloriously average CGI).

Non of the thrills and spills on offer here can disguise what's sorely lacking: a believable protagonist, character development, pace, logic and any real sense of horror. Together with a pretty perfunctory script, all we're left with is just a run-of-the-mill monster movie hanging on the coat-tails of a far superior film.

If you go into this hoping to see a worthy prequel to the John Carpenter movie, then you're likely to be left feeling downhearted. But if you want a throw-away sci-fi / alien / action flick, then go ahead and indulge yourself. It's not, by any means, a complete waste of time, just disappointing. Turn your expectation levels right down low and you'll probably get some enjoyment from it.


Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide [DVD] Limited Edition
Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide [DVD] Limited Edition
Dvd ~ Ruggero Deodato

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I fell in love with a video nasty..., 15 Nov. 2010
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This 3-disc DVD set really shines as a labour of love. A must-have for any fan of the horror movie genre and anyone even slightly interested in the details surrounding a shameful period in British censorship history (which is covered by the excellent documentary on the first disc).

Trailers from the DPP list are featured over the other two discs. Each has a filmed introduction from one of a handful of genre critics and horror aficionados- which range from the informative to the jocular. My only quibble with a few of these was the inclusion of Emily Booth, who somehow manages to say nothing of interest, while mugging to the camera and reading badly from her autocue. If you tire of watching the intros, however, you have the option of watching the trailers without.

There are also two galleries full of original video cassette artwork and a section of video company idents (which are more entertaining than you'd expect!). The inlay for the chunky, video cassette-sized box features some wonderfully lurid artwork, plus there are six video nasty art postcards thrown in for good measure.

Well done to Nucleus Films for putting the time, effort and care into this brilliantly produced package.


Zombie Holocaust: How the Living Dead Devoured Pop Culture
Zombie Holocaust: How the Living Dead Devoured Pop Culture
by David Flint
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the dead..., 21 Nov. 2009
The perfect purchase for any serious fan of the zombie genre. Covering the history of the living dead, from folklore and literature to their shambling, lurching portrayal on the silver screen- also including the world of video games. Succinctly written, with plenty of worthy comment and analysis, plus a generous collection of great movie stills, poster reproductions and illustrations... Excellent!


Blast
Blast
Price: £5.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great slice of late 80s pop!, 11 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Blast (Audio CD)
Holly Johnson proved that he was more than just a cog in the ZTT machine with his first solo release for MCA, Blast. Pure pop, with some great synth-disco leanings. This album contains the popular sinlges Americanos and Love Train, plus the big, lush ballad, Heaven's Here.


Freak Unique: My Story
Freak Unique: My Story
by Pete Burns
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity..., 22 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Freak Unique: My Story (Hardcover)
I've always found Pete Burns to be a interesting character and enjoy Dead Or Alive's music, so I was very excited at the prospect of him releasing an autobiography. Sadly this book didn't meet many (if any) of my expectations.

It's sloppily written and erratic, skimming quickly over certain events and periods in his life. There are a few glimmers of interest, but I know that from reading and hearing interviews, Pete Burns has a lot more to say for himself than anything you'll find in this book.

It seems to be a very rushed effort overall- probably hoping to cash-in on his 2006 Celebrity Big Brother appearance. This is a shame, as I'm sure with a bit more time and effort this could have been an interesting and entertaining read. A wasted opportunity.


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