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Bruce Lee Fights Back From the Grave [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Bruce Lee Fights Back From the Grave [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Jun Chong
Price: £2.23

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Lee Spins in His Grave, 2 Nov. 2004
Is this the worst film ever made (or MAID as the dubbing actors would have it)? Yep! But it's so bad it's good. The movie opens with a shot of "Bruce Lee" leaping from his grave! Wow! Marvel as a beautiful day suddenly becomes a dark and stormy night! Amaze! Bruce Lee has risen from the grave (a freeze frame indicates that Bruce has put ona bit of weight, was buried in jeans and no shirt... oh and is white and blonde... a fact he kept well hidden).
This opening was a brave move by the director as it has nothing to do with the plot of the film. Everyone should own this on DVD. The fact that the entire cast is wearing super powered tap dancing shoes that click even when walking on capret is something else, again a brave move!
The dubbing is also quite "special", particularly during a brilliantly shot interrogation scene where it turns out that our hero "Wants to have his own MAID". Seriously.
Buy this now, have a few mates around and enjoy!

Mein Herz Brennt: Based on Music of Rammstein
Mein Herz Brennt: Based on Music of Rammstein
Offered by momox co uk
Price: £17.28

9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Rammstein, 1 Nov. 2004
Allegedly based on the music of Rammstein this album plumbs new depths of musical depravity (in a bad way too, not good depravity). This album is actually painful to listen to. It is meant to be "alternative" classical music. Stuff that challanges the listener. And in a way it does. It certainly challenged my sanity and rates as one of the worst pieces of musical misadventure I've ever had the misfortune of listening to.
Buy instead Mutter, the album on which most of this is based upon. It is far more classical and epic in scope and sound than this bizarre, immature attempt at music.

Doom 3 (PC)
Doom 3 (PC)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's back, and looking like a dream!, 13 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Doom 3 (PC) (Video Game)
Wow, what can I say. Doom is back. For those of you who remember the original (and I mean those of us who played the first episode on shareware back in 93, die hard Doom fans)this is somewhat different and I don't just mean graphically (more of this later). It is still a staright forward FPS and still feels like Doom(theres no alternate fire here by the way, which takes a bit of getting used to) but whereas the original achieved success through constant streams of enemies Doom 3 goes for fear. And when I say fear, I mean FEAR!!!
I have never been truly frightened by a game before. Alien versus Predator made me jump out of my seat when that damned face hugger got me the first time but I've never had to look over my shoulder as the hairs on the back of my neck stood on end. Walking down a corridor and hearing a disembodied womans voice calling to you and luring you down a corridor pleading for help is unnerving to say the least. Or when the lights flicker and go out and you hear a growl from right next to you. Or when you hear a low breathing sound from inside a wall...
Graphically, if your machine is up to it, this game looks stunning. I have never seen anything like this. Realtime lighting that looks totally accurate, bump mapping that makes faces look incredibly life like, hi-res textures... the list goes on. It's worth updating your graphics card (A word of warning, if you have a new ATI X800 download the latest beta drivers, otherwise you won't get the best framerate).
Buy this game for one reason, the tension. I've never experienced anything like it. If you don't grasp the concept of atmosphere like some other reviewers here, then don't bother. But if you are ready for total immersion then jump right in. This is like playing a movie.
To sum it up, well heres an example. There's one bit where you are escorting this scientist through this maze like room, he's got the only lightsource illuminating a very small area around the two of you. Oh yeah, and there is something moving out in the dark... Scary stuff.
Buy. It. Now.

Mein Teil
Mein Teil
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £31.45

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannibalsitic treats..., 31 July 2004
This review is from: Mein Teil (Audio CD)
A superb first single from Rammsteins upcoming album "Mein Teil" is influenced heavily by Armin Meiwes, yes that's right the "German cannibal" who advertised online for a dinner partner... a partner who wanted to be served as that dinner (he also made up several lunches, or so I believe).
Typical Rammstein then! I have never heard Till sound as creepy as he does here, singing as he is from the perspective of the victim rather than the killer, his voice is nasal and... different is all I can think of to say. Of course once the chorus kicks in we're treated to his powerhouse vocals and boy are they as good as ever.
Mein Teil is a wonderfully crafted song from the opening strings with knives being sharpened over the top, to the superb guitars and choral backing (is that a sample from {the original} Texas Chain Saw Massacre in there?) it really sets the bar for the upcoming album. According to music journalists this is one of the weaker tracks from that album. All I can say is... the rest of the tracks must be bordering on the divine!
Oh FYI, Mein Teil means my part. Yes, it means THAT part of your anatomy. And its being served up fried on porcelain! Das ist mein Teil! Nice!


16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAMMSTEIN The First, 1 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Herzeleid (Audio CD)
RAMMSTEIN's frist album is a wonderful fusion of heavy guitars and elctronic sounds. The dissparate parts of the band compliment each other perfectly. Richard and Pauls thrashing guitars, Flakes masterful keyboard playing, Schniders drumming and Olivers cracking bass playing. But what really sets Rammstein apart are the vocals.
Till Lindemann is something special. Till Lindemanns gravelly bass tone is something to hear. While Herzeleid does not allow his voice as much freedom as the following two albums it is still quite awesome.
If you like your music heavy and ever so slightly different then maybe Rammstein is for you. Hell even if you don't like heavy music (and until i heard these guys I didn't!) give it a shot. I recommend starting with Sehnsucht then moving onto Herzeleid or Mutter.
Song Highlights: WOLLT IHR DAS BETT IN FLAMMEN SEHEN (listen out for samples from Doom!), HEIRATE MICH (possibly my fave Rammstein song), HERZELEID and of course RAMMSTEIN (a favourite of David Lynchs used in the Lost Highway).

Republic: The Revolution (PC)
Republic: The Revolution (PC)
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £44.99

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original? Well, certainly... revolutionary even!, 31 May 2004
Many years ago I fell in love with a game called Shadow President. In it you played (no prizes for guessing) the President of the USA. It was and extremely complex game filled with political intrigue. In order to survive in the hotseat for more than a few minutes required quite an investment of time by the player. Republic is another such game.
If the idea of building a political party from scratch to challenge an evil and morally bankrupt dictatorship (somewhat like Tony Bliar and co but more honest)appeals to you, give this a shot. It has divided the gaming community down the middle but for those who want an intelligent and tough game, look no further.
Forward the revolution!

A Brief History of the Hundred Years War: The English in France, 1337-1453 (Brief Histories)
A Brief History of the Hundred Years War: The English in France, 1337-1453 (Brief Histories)
by Desmond Seward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb intoduction to a fascinating period..., 11 Dec. 2003
The book does exactly what it says on the cover... it's a brief (but suprisingly detailed) look at a very long, very bloody conflict between two great nations in a period of many changes. He handles the political events of the period with care, never overpowering the reader with to much data.
The battle descriptions are fantastic, some of the best I've read outside of historical fiction. The Hundred Years War is in my opinion one of the most interesting periods of history and Seward does it justice, describing in detail the colourful characters of the period including Edward the Black Prince, Henry V and the mad Charles VI of France (he thought he was made of glass... not to good a conviction when in battle)...
This book will leaving you desperate for more information on the period, I would recommend any of the Osprey books to do with the period (in particular that on Crecy), The Bowmen of England by Featherstone is also a good light read... and of course the Jonathon Sumption epic histories...

The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete Movie Collection [DVD]
The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete Movie Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Harrison Ford
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £24.75

70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let me clear a few things up..., 12 Oct. 2003
I'm writing this as I feel a few people may be put off buying this superb set for all the wrong reasons. The version of Temple of Doom available in this set is the version released in this country way back in 1984... THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE. The BBFC did indeed cut 1 minute and 6 seconds from the film back then. In particular a shot of Mola Rams hand plunging into the sacrificial victims chest, shots of said victim burning as he closes with the lava and a scene of Short round getting flogged by Thugee guards.
The BBFC felt that these scenes were unsuitable for children (the target audience of the movie) and cut the scenes accordingly. Indeed the Anerican equivelant the MPAA felt the same way, Steven Spielberg came to an arrangement with them and lo and behold the PG-13 rating was introduced (it took us a few years to catch up with our own 12 rating). the BBFC offered Spielberg the option to have it passed uncut at a 15 rating. Spielberg refused and hence the cut version came into being.
Let me assure you unless you have seen the American version of this movie this DVD will the version of TOD that you love and cherish as much as I do!!! Some of the articles I have read regarding this subject seem to indicate that these cuts are new made specifically for the DVD (that includes the reviews on this site)and I just thought I'd set the record straight THEY ARE NOT! (if, like me, you want the uncut version its time to get a multi region chip!!!).
Oh and rumour has it that when the trilogy was released on video a few years back, the BBFC offered to re-rate it. Spielberg refused... (the BBFC have been very good with rerating old films recently and passing them uncut so I think this rumour may well be true).
Anyway, these films are the best in the world (and that is official by the way) cut or uncut, so sit back whack up the volume and enjoy... Adios, Sapito.... ominous rumble....
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